Obituaries for March 27, 2012

By Union Democrat staff March 27, 2012 04:34 am
Walter Edward
Anderson Jr.
Feb. 5, 1929 — March 11, 2012

    Twain Harte resident Walter Edward “Wally” Anderson Jr. died March 11 at Skyline Place. He was 83.
    Mr. Anderson attended school in Oakland and after high school served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
    He later attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga and worked for Slick Airways and then was hired by the Hayward Fire Department, where he retired as captain in 1967.
    Following a serious accident, Mr. Anderson became an amputee. He was a ski instructor for fellow amputees, many of whom were Vietnam veterans.
    Mr. Anderson attended Ohlone Junior College and was in the first graduating class, and later received his bachelor’s degree in geography from California State University, Hayward.
    He began his teaching career in his hometown with the Fremont Unified School District. In retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson moved to Twain Harte, where they enjoyed playing golf together and entertaining their extended family.
    Mr. Anderson was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne Anderson.
    Mr. Anderson is survived by his children and their spouses, Nancy and John Eleazarraraz, of Fremont, Renee Anderson, of Porterville, Kevin and Raylene Anderson of Hazelton, Idaho, Kent and Heather Anderson, of Livermore, Eric and Nelly Anderson, of Sonora, and Chip and KerriAnderson, of Livermore; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
    A donation in his name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project,, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,
    A service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday in Twain Harte. For the location, contact Chip Anderson at 925-784-0287 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joseph A. Southorn
Feb. 12, 1928 — March 18, 2012

    Don Pedro resident Joseph A. Southorn died March 18 at his home. He was 84.
    Mr. Southorn was born in Westin Ontario, Canada, the son of Fred and Daisy Southorn.
    He married Irene Gurr on Feb. 22, 1947, and immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1950s. He was a member of the Coulterville Veterans of Foreign Wars men’s auxiliary. Mr. Southorn enjoyed traveling and was a master builder.
    Mr. Southorn was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Gurr Southorn; and his son, Joseph Southorn.
    He is survived by his wife, Katherine Van Diepen, of Don Pedro; his daughter, Susan Southorn, of San Jose; his son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Rachel Southorn, of Rancho Cucamonga; his son, John Southorn, of Southern California; and his daughter-in-law, Janice Southorn, of Prineville, Ore.; grandchildren Jennifer Buchman, Joanne Shadle, Randy Swanson, Marniee Ramos, Jason Southorn and Alicia Campopiano; and 14 great-grandchildren.
    Services will be held at a later date.
    Wilson Family Funeral Chapel of Atwater is handling arrangements.

Yvette Lambert
Seicot Klunis
March 29, 1928 — Feb. 14, 2012

    Tuolumne County resident Yvette Lambert Seicot Klunis died Feb. 14 at Sonora Regional Medical Center Long Term Care. She was 83.
    Mrs. Klunis was French Canadian and her Canadian family roots date back to the 1840s with inherent ties to Metis Cree Indians. She held dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship and was a longtime resident of Napa.
    She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Susan Klunis, of Sonora, and sons Mark, Matthew and Stephen, and their wives; 12 grandchildren, including Matthew and Sarah, of Sonora; her daughter, Maureen Saliani; her brother Richard; her sister Helen, of Modesto; and many cousins, nieces and nephews in Modesto and Canada.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas J. Klunis, in 1994.
    Private services have been held. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


    ARNOLD — William Arnold, 74, of Big Oak Flat, died March 25 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
    DIEHL — Anne Diehl, 93, of Sonora, died March 24 at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
    DUNKER — Margaret Dunker, 93, of Columbia, died March 25 at Meadowview Manor. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
    MAYES — Devarri Mayes, 95, of Jamestown, died March 24 at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.