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Eva Catherine McKee

May 28, 1921 - July 1, 2014

Eva Catherine McKee, 93, entered into eternal rest on July 1, 2014, in Sonora.

She was born on May 28, 1921, in Tulare, Calif., to the late Earl and Grace Wright. Awaiting her arrival in Heaven is her adored husband of 60 years, Robert McKee.

Eva leaves behind her children, Steven McKee, of Tuolumne, and Robyne Edwards and her husband Ron, of Sonora. She was blessed with six grandchildren, Michelle McKee, Jeffery Edwards, Stephen Edwards, Bryan Edwards, Robert Rees, Kristy Winter; and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition, she has a surviving sister, Alice Blackard, of Jackson.

Eva was a homemaker for most of her life. Alongside her husband Robert, they ran their family farm in Lathrop for nearly 60 years. Eva loved the simple pleasures in life, tending to her beautiful gardens and picking delicious fruit from her many fruit trees. Throughout her life she was involved in every aspect of her children's lives from volunteering countless hours at school to making sure all their needs were met at home. She was in every sense of the word a "Professional Mother" to add to her most cherished title "Farmer's Wife."

Eva was full of life, and of course energy! She gave a new meaning to everything. Her greatest joy was to raise a beautiful family and see coming generations appreciate her hard work and dedication.

Mrs. McKee will be remembered for her beautiful essence and for demonstrating the true meaning of a mother. She will be missed deeply.

P.L. Fry is honored to serve the McKee family. A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, at P.L. Fry and Son Funeral Home, 290 North Union Road, Manteca. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Cherokee Memorial Park, Highway 99 and East Harney Lane, Lodi, Calif. For condolences to the family please visit our website at www.plfryandson.com search obituaries.

Maria Roman Parker

Dec.14, 1936 - June 28, 2014

Maria Parker died on June 28, 2014, at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek of cancer. She was 77 years old.

Maria was born in Mexico. She graduated from Douglas High School in Douglas, Ariz. She was a 17-year resident of Columbia, Calif.

She leaves behind her husband of 50 years, James; five children, Kathleen Swan, of San Jose, Michelle Eckert, of Scotts Valley, Patrick Parker, of Gilbert, Ariz., Margaret Girard, of Tracy, and Stacy Yturallde, of San Jose; 13 grandchildren, three sisters and six brothers.

She will be deeply missed by her loved ones.

No services will be held. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Robert Frederick

George Loll

Dec. 10, 1928 - June 18, 2014

Robert Frederick George Loll, 85, entered into rest on June 18, 2014, in Stockton, Calif.

He was born in Detroit, Mich., on Dec. 10, 1928, to Frederick and Louise Loll. After graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served in the Korean War.

Later, after obtaining his degree, he worked in the aerospace industry for Lockheed for over 28 years. Robert was very active in his community and a member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge and Habitat for Humanity; he served on the Chamber of Commerce in Chester, Calif. He was a lifetime member of the ARRL (WA6UPX). After retirement, he established a second career as a motel owner and operator at Chester Manor and Childs Meadow Resort.

His hobbies included fishing, ham radios and golfing. He was a determined, generous and hard working man who loved his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Betty; he is also survived by his children, Dawn, Linda, Jeff, Brian, Susan and John; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister; and son, Michael.

A memorial service will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 9 N. Washington St., Sonora.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity of Tuolumne County.

Michael Allen Jansen

Nov. 28, 1942 - June 14, 2014

Michael Allen Jansen, a 40-year resident of Tuolumne County, passed away in Sonora on June 14, 2014. He was 71 years old.

Michael was born on Nov. 28, 1942, in St. Louis, Mo., to Albert and Margaret Jansen. He graduated from James Lick High School in San Jose, Calif. Michael joined the U.S. Air Force and was in the Military Police on Travis Air Force Base. He spent 20 years as a meat cutter, 15 years in hotel and casino management and he also worked at the Christian Heights Thrift Store.

Michael enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, spending time with his family and gardening. He was a member of St. Patricks in Hilmar, Calif., and the Moose Lodge.

In 1978 he met his future wife, Ivy, in Twain Harte through mutual friends and they were married on Dec. 10, 1978.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Margaret Jansen; and his aunt, Evelyn Labiska.

Michael is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Ivy Rose Jansen; his daughters, Tammy Jansen and Tracey and her husband Paris Breaux, of Columbia; five grandchildren, Chad Abell, of Dana Point, Calif., Morgan Abell, of Columbia, and Maycee, Malory and Liberty Breaux, of Columbia; great-grandchildren, Preston Boitano and Raylie Flynn, of Columbia; sister, Patricia Patrick, of Tulsa, Okla.; nieces, Kimberly and Julie Patrick and nephew, Scott Patrick, all of Tulsa.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 23036 Gold Springs Drive, Columbia, CA 95310. Call Tracey Breaux at 209-505-8593 for more information.

James Edward Sime

May 20, 1918 - June 28, 2014

Jim Sime passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on June 28, 2014.

He was born in Oakland, Calif., to Fred Sime and Enid De Place on May 20, 1918.

He joined the U.S. Navy as a young man and was a decorated World War II Veteran and a proud Pearl Harbor survivor.

Jim spent many years a Purchasing and Operations Manager for various electronics companies in the Bay Area and Southern California. He was active for many years in Bay Area and foothill theater groups, primarily playing the villain in melodramas. After his retirement, Jim and his wife Marilyn settled in Sonora and raised a few cows, pigs and chickens. They enjoyed gardening and the country life. Jim enjoyed reading, playing the piano and annual trips to Yosemite.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Frances Hopkins and her husband Phil; his step children and their spouses, Deborah and David Cismowski, Norman Santos, Tracy and Paul Shannon and Carol Wada; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his stepson, Mark Santos; and his first wife, Marie.

At his request there will be no services.

Jim's family would like to thank the Hospice of the Sierra for their caring help and support during the last month's of his life.

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