Obituaries for April 24, 2012

By Union Democrat staff April 27, 2012 01:52 pm

Imogene Belle (Fluno) Smith Whipple

Nov. 1, 1921 — April 13, 2012

Angels Camp resident Imogene Belle “Imy” (Fluno) Smith Whipple died April 13 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 90.

Mrs. Whipple was born in Alameda, the daughter of Maude Belle Sloan Fluno and Vincent Jennings Fluno. She graduated from Mills College in 1944 with a degree in music.

She married Ariel Smith in 1950. She taught kindergarten in the Bay Area for 20 years. They retired to Camp Connell in 1972. Following her husband’s death in 1985, she married Walter Whipple in 1993 and moved to Murphys.

They enjoyed Bear Valley concerts and traveling. She was a docent at Big Trees State Park, and a member of the American Association of University Women and the First Congregational Church in Murphys. She was a board member of the “Ovations” Concert Series. 

Mrs. Whipple enjoyed music, played the piano, sang and composed songs, one of which is still used at her church. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ariel Smith in 1985; and her second husband, Walter Whipple. 

She is survived by her children, Stephen Smith, of Angels Camp, and Sherrie Smith Olson, of Stockton; and her grandchildren, Kevin Olson, of Florida, and Karissa Olson, of Stockton.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church, at the corner of Church and Algiers streets, Murphys, 728-3141. 

In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name can be made to the Mills College Annual Fund, 5000 MacAurthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613 or the Calaveras Arts Council, P.O. Box 250, San Andreas, CA 95249.  

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

Gertrude (Nelson) Anderson

Nov. 19, 1920 — April 17, 2012

Longtime Soulsbyville resident Gertrude (Nelson) Anderson died April 17 at Casa Viejos in Jamestown. She was 91. 

Mrs. Anderson was born in Boise, Idaho, and was an electronics manufacturing inspector for 25 years. She also worked for See’s Candy. She lived in Tuolumne County for 37 years. She was a member of the Tuolumne County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Ham Radio Club.

Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Anderson, in 2007. 

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Boni and Colleen Anderson, of Soulsbyville; grandchildren Alex Anderson, of Lake McClure and Sonja McGatha, of Simpsonville, S.C.; and one great-grandson.

Private inurnment will be held May 3 at Carters Cemetery in Tuolumne.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

Anne Diehl

Nov. 19, 1918 — March 24, 2012

Sonora resident Anne Diehl died March 24 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 94.

Mrs. Diehl was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and married her husband Bill Diehl on March 24, 1942. Mr. Diehl, while serving in the U.S. Navy enjoyed the San Ramon Valley and the family moved to Walnut Creek, Alamo and Danville. 

She brought up their three children, losing her eldest daughter to cancer at age 27, while her husband worked as an architect in the 1950s and 1960s. She managed his business and worked for a number of years for Bernard of Vienna, a European antique dealer in Walnut Creek.

In the early 1970s, the couple moved to Sonora.

Mrs. Diehl is survived by her daughter, Debbie Colston, of Sonora; her son, B.J. Diehl, of Alamo; grandchildren Natalie McCarty and Jimmy Diehl; and numerous nieces and nephews, the majority of which live in Ohio.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Hills clubhouse.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name can be made to a favorite charity.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Jacqueline Rose ‘Jackie’ Richmond

Sept. 13, 1934 — April 20, 2012

San Andreas resident Jacqueline Rose “Jackie” Richmond died April 20 at Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital. She was 77.

Mrs. Richmond was born in Burbank and was a retired teacher, artist, framer and gallery owner. She won awards for her freelance writing and poetry and was a political activist and naturalist. 

She enjoyed cooking, playing music, gardening and reading. She enjoyed foraging for edible mushrooms and identifying wildflowers. 

Mrs. Richmond is survived by her husband, Jack Duane Richmond, of San Andreas; daughters and sons-in-law Sharon Lynn Richmond-Luwisch and Scott Andrew Luwisch, and Pamela Rose Sherlock-Richmond and Chad Patrick Sherlock; and her granddaughter, Ariel Rose Luwisch-Richmond.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the San Andreas Memorial Chapel, 254 W. St. Charles St., San Andreas. 

Interment will follow at People’s Cemetery in San Andreas. 

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

Notices

ANDERSON — Ronald Anderson, 86, formerly of Tuolumne County, died April 22 at Valley Royal Care in Modesto. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

BIF — Lloyd Charles Bif, 88, of Jamestown, died Saturday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

INGRAHAM — Forrest Ingraham, 81, of Jamestown, died Friday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

LEE — Richard Wallace Lee, 87, of Twain Harte, died Saturday at Casa Viejos in Jamestown. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

LUTTS — Georgee “Darlene” Lutts, 91, of Groveland, died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

PETRO — Arlene Joyce Petro, 63, of Sonora, died Sunday at her home. Terizch and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

WALTER — Udo Walter, 51, of Soulsbyville, died Thursday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.