Obituaries for January 23, 2013

Written by Union Democrat staff January 23, 2013 09:53 am

Harold Herbert
Kitchel Jr.

March 13, 1930 — January 1, 2013

Harold Herbert Kitchel, Jr. died Jan. 1, in his motor home in Groveland. He was 82.

Mr. Kitchel was born in Pixley,Tulare County, and attended elementary and high schools in Porterville. He graduated in 1948 from Salinas Union High School, then attended Hartnell Junior College before entering the University of Southern California.

He worked as a deputy coroner and mortician in Los Angeles County and Visalia. Harold enjoyed sports, according to his family, and worked as a sports official into his late 70s. He followed the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association for 10 years and participated in rodeos locally. He also worked as a rural mail carrier for Coulterville Post Office.

Mr. Kitchel was a member of the Livingston United Methodist Church, and occasionally filled the pulpit as a lay speaker. He enjoyed caring for all livestock since high school and was an expert at showing, judging, and selecting sheep, according to family members. He raised up to 2,000 head of sheep yearly, in the Fort Ord area, and supported the Heifer Project by donation of livestock.

He is survived by wife Joy “Overstreet” Phillips Kitchel, of the Lake Don Pedro area; brother, David Kitchel, of Mt. View; sister, Mary Kitchel Kost, of Minneapolis, Minn.; sons, Charles Kitchel, of Whitethorn in Humboldt County, and John Kitchel, of Visalia; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Mrs. Kitchel’s sons and their partners, Robert Phillips and Lisa Blackwell, of Merced, Randell Phillips and Joyce Scola, of La Grange; and daughter, Valerie Hayward Adams and husband David Adams, of Elkton, Md.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date..

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements. 

Bradley Willis Weimer

June 9, 1980 — Dec. 23, 2012

Former Calaveras County resident Bradley Willis Weimer died Dec. 23 in an auto accident near Fernley, Nev. He was 32.

Mr. Weimer was born in Klamath Falls, Ore.

His family moved to Calaveras County in 1991. He recently moved to Williston, N.D., where he owned and operated a trucking company.

Mr. Weimer is survived by wife, Emily Williams; sons, Cohen and Cash Weimer; parents, Chuck and Debbie Weimer; brother, Eric Weimer; two nieces; grandfather, Oak Porter; grandmother, Thelma Weaver;  and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services were held.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel handled the arrangements.

Angelina Whittle

Nov. 25, 1914 — Jan. 17, 2013

Angelina “Angie” Whittle died Thursday at Foothill Village in Angels Camp. She was 98.

Mrs. Whittle was born to Giovanni and Cirilla Antone in Tuttletown, near Mark Twain’s cabin. She was the second of five children born to Italian immigrants.

She began school in Tuttletown, speaking only Italian and later helped her parents learn English so they could study to become United States citizens. She attended Jamestown Elementary and graduated from Sonora High School in 1932.  

She married Clenn Whittle on May 7, 1933. She and her husband raised their two boys and made a living as cattle ranchers. They spent summers in the Stanislaus National Forest on a range near Crabtree Camp in Tuolumne County until 1968. They lived on their ranch near Angels Creek until 1975 when the ranch was purchased by the federal government to make way for the New Melones Dam. They then built a home in Angels Camp and moved to town.

Mrs. Whittle was a member in the local chapter of the Cowbelles. She and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the west and to Canada and Alaska, and enjoyed a European cruise to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. She was a San Francisco Giants fan and enjoyed card games, especially poker and pedro.

Mrs. Whittle was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Clenn Whittle; her son, Clenn Whittle, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Joanne Whittle; and brothers, Pete, Louie and Joe Antone.

She is survived by her son, Loren Whittle, of Angels Camp; sister, Marian Thym, of Jamestown; grandson and his wife, Bruce  and Karen Whittle, of Angels Camp; granddaughter and her husband, Jeanne and Bill Stiers, of Pleasanton; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held at Angels Memorial Chapel at 11 a.m. Saturday.  A reception will follow at Angels Gun Club.

Donations can be made to any favorite charity.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

RUTH—Eva Ruth, 91, of Sonora, died Jan. 20 at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

KLEIN—Roy Klein, 94, of Sonora, died Jan. 18 at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

McCARTY — Wayne Bert McCarty, 83, of Jamestown, died Saturday at a Stockton hospital. Casa Bonita Funeral Home in Stockton is handling arrangements.