Obituaries for December 7, 2012

Written by Union Democrat staff December 10, 2012 12:56 pm

Wolfgang ‘Father Wolf’ Krismanits

June 14, 1952 — Nov. 27, 2012

The Rev. Wolfgang “Father Wolf” Krismanits died along with his wife, LaDonn, in a traffic collision near Hollister on Nov. 27. He was 60.

The Rev. Krismanits was born June 14, 1952, in Graz, Austria.

He was installed as rector at the St. James Anglican Church in February 1989. He with his wife came to Sonora by way of Illinois, Kentucky and Nevada.

The two met while working as counselors at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City, Nev., in 1980 and married soon after before he attended theological seminary.

The longtime pastor was a founding member of Lighthouse Ministries, an organization that helps serve the poor and homeless in Tuolumne County.

Father Wolf could often be found passing out tents, sleeping bags, gift cards and bus passes — even paying utility bills — to help those who needed it.

His 23 years of service to the Red Church made him one of the longest tenured priests in the Sonora church’s more than 150-year history.

The Rev. Krismanits also served for two years on the board of Mother Lode Christian School and ran the St. James food pantry with his wife.

Father Wolf enjoyed golf, San Francisco Giants baseball, and lighthouses. 

His first novel, “The Seven Scrolls,” was published earlier this year after years of writing.

The Rev. Krismanits was preceded in death by his mother, Sonja Krismanits.

He is survived by his father, Josef Krismanits, of Florida; his children and their spouses, Sonja and Andrew Heisinger, of Texas, Summer Krismanits, of Sonora, Paul and Summer Krismanits, of Redding, and Stephen Krismanits, of Sonora; his brothers, George Krismanits, of Nevada, Gene Krismanits, of Illinois, and John Krismanits, of Tennessee; and his grandchildren, Sydney Krismanits, of Sonora, Jacob Krismanits, of Redding, Sonora Grace Krismanits, of Redding, and Courage Kristmanits, of Redding.

A memorial service was held. Heuton Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

LaDonn ‘Doni’ Krismanits

Nov. 30, 1960 — Nov. 27, 2012

 Sonora resident LaDonn “Doni” Krismanits died along with her husband in a traffic collision near Hollister on Nov. 27. She was 51.

Mrs. Krismanits was born in Bexar County, Texas, to Paul and Freida Lemon.

She settled in Sonora 23 years ago when her husband, the Rev. Wolfgang Krismanits, was installed as rector at St. James Anglican Church in February 1989.

The couple met while working as counselors at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Boulder City, Nev., in 1980 and married soon after before he attended theological seminary.

Mrs. Krismanits often worked alongside her husband in his ventures to help the community. They both ran Lighthouse Ministries and volunteered with the St. James food bank. She volunteered with the Mother Lode Christian School while her husband served on the board.

She was also a homemaker and raised their four children.

Mrs. Krismanits was a member of the St. James Anglican Church and enjoyed holidays and movies.

She is survived by her parents, Paul and Freida Lemon, of Boerne, Texas; her children and their spouses, Sonja and Andrew Heisinger, of Texas, Summer Krismanits, of Sonora, Paul and Summer Krismanits, of Redding, and Stephen Krismanits, of Sonora; her brother, Flint Lemon, of Texas; and her grandchildren, Sydney Krismanits, of Sonora, Jacob Krismanits, of Redding, Sonora Grace Krismanits, of Redding, and Courage Krismanits, of Redding.

A memorial service was held. Heuton Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Thomas M. Crise

Sept. 11, 1949 — Nov. 21, 2012

Twain Harte resident Thomas M. Crise died Nov. 21 at his home. He was 63.

Mr. Crise was born in San Diego. He drove big rig trucks for more than 32 years and traveled more than 1 million miles across the United States.

In 2011, he drove the Capitol Christmas tree, 120 companion trees and more than 3,000 handmade ornaments to Washington, D.C.

Mr. Crise was also a licensed cosmetologist and owned and operated Tommy’s Creative Cuts in Twain Harte for several years.

He married Susan Wilson in March 1982.

He enjoyed taking long trips on his motorcycle, traveling the Pacific Coast and surfing.

He moved from San Diego to Twain Harte 32 years ago to settle down and raise a family.

Mr. Crise is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan “Suzi” Crise, of Twain Harte; his children, Tariane Crise, of Clear Lake, Jason Crise, of Napa, Shandy Bearden, of Sonora, and Troy Bearden, of Twain Harte; his siblings, Annette Carpeza, of La Mesa, Ronald Crise, of La Mesa, Gene Crise, of La Mesa, and James Crise, of La Mesa; five grandchildren, Ashley Boyer, of Clear Lake, Thomas Boyer, of Clear Lake, Carly Tolbert, of San Jose, Crise Askew, of Clear Lake, and Marisa Crise, of Ukraine; and two great-grandchildren.

Donations is his memory can be made to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

A privately family service will be held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

OLSON — Carl Warren Olson, 91, of Twain Harte, died Wednesday at Meadowview Manor in Soulsbyville. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

WEIGUM — Michael Weigum, 58, of Twain Harte, died Tuesday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.