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Olivia Muse

April 6, 1920 - July 12, 2014

Olivia Muse, also known as Girlie or Babe, was born in Columbia, Calif., April 6, 1920. She grew up in Columbia and was part of one of the last graduating classes from the old brick school house. She attended Sonora High where she helped plant the large tree outside the now Centennial building.

An amazing woman, Olivia worked in the shipyards during World War II as a welder (not to be confused with a riveter) to support her two children, Ronald and Dennis. She married William "Jack" Muse in the 1950s and had her third child, Suzanne. She was married to Jack for more than 50 years until his death in 2006.

Olivia traveled the world, visiting Italy, Hawaii and the Holy Land. She loved to take trips to Lake Tahoe and Reno in her 70s and Black Oak Casino after it was built, playing her favorite slot game, Jacks or Better Draw Poker. She continued driving herself until the youthful age of 90.

In her "retirement" she took over management of the Cavalero apartment buildings behind the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. She took on a huge renovation project with the help of John LaTorre and the Historical Society of Tuolumne County. She received an award from the Historical Society for the work she had done.

Olivia loved her many hobbies. One was to walk, and at the age of 64 she walked the 18 miles from her house in Sonora across Wards Ferry Road to Groveland. She also was skilled at decoupage and adorned her home in beautiful pictures and sayings, hand picked by her. She cooked amazing Italian dishes, passing her special recipes on to her children and grandchildren.

Olivia was a special person, beloved by all. She took care of everyone she met and kept them full and happy, welcoming all into her home. She was mother, grandmother, and great friend to all and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her loving parents, David and Adelina Queirolo; her sister, Julia Podesta; brother, John Queirolo; and husband, William "Jack" Muse.

She is survived by her oldest son, Ronald Jackson, of Sonora, and wife Wendie; her second son, Dennis Jackson of Taos, N.M., and his wife Carol; her daughter, Suzanne Ctibor, of Groveland, and her husband Gary; grandsons, Dennis William Jackson, Michael Jackson, Kyle Ctibor; and granddaughters, Ronalynn Jackson and Jacleen Morganelli as well as numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Adele Elsa

(Humphrey) Schlenz

July 14, 2014

Adele Elsa (Humphrey) Schlenz went home peacefully on July 14, 2014, in Brentwood, Calif. She was 90 years old.

She was a loving wife to Adolph Schlenz (known as Tony), for 62 years, who preceded her in death. Her son, Terry Schlenz, also preceded her in death with ALS.

She is survived by her children, Anthony Schlenz, Suzanne Socher, Thomas Schlenz, Cynthia Schlenz and Timothy Schlenz. She was also a loving grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition, she touched the lives of several foster children. She was greatly loved by a very large family and will be missed by all.

Adele will be sorely missed not only as a mother, but for all the charitable work that she provided over the years. Adele was a very devoted Catholic and active in several parishes throughout her life.

A memorial for Adele Schlenz will be held Saturday, July 26 in Sonora, Calif.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 127 W. Jackson St., Sonora. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family has designated the Hanot Foundation (Homes for Developmentally Disabled), P.O. Box 950, Lockeford, CA 95237.

Tobias Jennings

Feb. 27, 1932 - July 16, 2014

Tobias Jennings, a long-time resident of Tuolumne County, passed away at his home in Mi-Wuk Village on July 16, 2014. He was 82 years old.

Tobias was born on Feb. 27, 1932, in New York and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, was a member of the Postal Carrier's Union and was a member of the Mi-Wuk Neighborhood Watch. Tobias loved to go to breakfast every morning with his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Jennings, of Mi-Wuk Village; his children, Dawn Jennings Rodrigues (Greg), of San Jose, Demeter Jennings, of San Jose, Suzanne Jennings (Katie Bush), of San Francisco, Marcia Horn (Kerry), of Sioux City, Iowa, and Matthew Raney, of San Jose; five grandchildren, Marissa, Kyle and Brianna Rodrigues and Denyell and Daisya Horn; a great-granddaughter, Aubriella Strong; sisters-in-law, Josephine Wagner and Lucille Sorrentino; and numerous nieces and nephews (especially Kathleen O'Halloran of Tuolumne).

No services are planned. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Arlene Canepa Eberhardt Westenrider

July 27, 1927 - July 7, 2014

Arlene Canepa Eberhardt Westenrider passed away on July 7, 2014, at Foothill Village, Angels Camp. She was 86.

Arlene was born July 27, 1927, in Angels Camp, Calif., to Elmer Canepa and Evelyn Delbar Canepa. She is the mother of Ron Eberhardt (Linda), Paul Eberhardt, who preceded her in death, and Anna Bertrand (Jim).

Her six grandchildren are Anthony Eberhardt (Erika), Ron Eberhardt (Kim), Jacqueline Daugherty (Charlie), David Eberhardt (Gina), Heather Porter (Jeff) and Christie Fairchild. Arlene has 17 great-grandchildren.

Arlene attended Altaville Grammar School and graduated from Bret Harte High School.

A loving mother and grandmother, Arlene was involved in many organizations, clubs and activities as part of her life. She taught Sunday School, loved to sing and was a Scout leader. Arlene worked for the Calaveras Enterprise, the Californian and was owner of the Georgetown Gazette. She greatly enjoyed interviewing local families, making their histories come alive in her articles. For 25 years, Arlene worked at the Stockton Record. She also was the chairperson for the 75th Anniversary of the Incorporation of Angels Camp, was on the Planning Commission and was active in the Republican Club. A many talented lady, Arlene did beautiful crewel work and was an excellent seamstress. She also enjoyed extensive traveling, did much entertaining, especially at her Christmas Eve parties, where there was always wonderful food and fellowship.

Arlene truly loved to dance, even for a time at Foothill Village. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all of us.

Carl William


Aug. 15, 1922 - July 10, 2014

Carl William Kochmann, 91, of Jamestown, died Thursday, July 10, 2014.

He was born in Columbia, Ill. He was raised in East St. Louis where he graduated from high school. While in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was in the Railroad Battalion. Upon returning home after the war, he worked as a railroad switchman. One of his coworkers introduced him to Marilyn, a friend of his wife's. Six months later, Marilyn became Mrs. Carl Kochmann. They were married 65 years before her death in 2012.

Carl was a sheet metal fabricator when he retired to Jamestown from San Jose in 1988. He kept busy with many projects when he wasn't calling on people in the house to house ministry. He was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1966 and liked to share his favorite scripture, John 3:16, with those he called on.

He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Carla Tanya Kochmann, PhD., of Livermore; three grandchildren, Vance Kochmann, Nicole Kochmann and Lynette Lynn; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Aug. 2, 2014, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 22050 Cedar Road, Sonora, Calif. Private interment by Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Death notices

Death Notices in The Union Democrat are published free of charge. They include the name, age and town of residence of the deceased, the date of death; service information; and memorial contribution information. The deadline is noon the day before publication.


CAROTHERS - Patricia Teresa Carothers, 88, of Sonora, died Saturday at her home. The Neptune Society of Central California is handling arrangements.

DORITTY - Louise Doritty, 94, of Sonora, died Tuesday at a care facility in Richmond. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.