Obituaries for March 28, 2013

Written by Union Democrat staff March 28, 2013 01:14 pm

Paul Henry Eric Hensley

Oct. 27, 1984 — March 22, 2013

Sonora resident Paul Hensley died Friday at his home. He was 28.

Mr. Hensley was born in Turlock to Bill and Vickie Hensley. He lived in Sonora the last three years.

He worked as a roofer with relatives in the Turlock area.  

He enjoyed caving and mining for gold.

Mr. Hensley is survived by his parents, Bill and Vickie Hensley, of Jamestown; daughter, Trinity Hensley, of Westley in Stanislaus County; brothers, Billie Hensley Jr., of Modesto, and Jeremiah Hensley, of Turlock; and sisters, Amber Hensley, of Sacramento, Angela Hensley, of Modesto, and Kimberley Wilbanks, of Modesto.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Heuton Memorial Chapel, 400 S. Stewart St., Sonora.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Raymond Edgar Johnson

June 22, 1922 — March 21, 2013

Columbia resident Ray Johnson died March 21 at his home. He was 90.

Mr. Johnson was born in Kansas to Erasmus Edgar and Lucy “Helen” May (Barns) Johnson. He played football for Galileo High School in San Francisco and University of California, Berkeley, and was a graduate of both schools.

He worked throughout California as a forester with the U.S. Forest Service for more than 33 years.

He lived in Tuolumne County for the past 35 years.

Mr. Johnson enjoyed duplicate bridge, square dancing, camping, traveling and gardening. He also collected stamps since age 8.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Johnson, in 1989; his sister, Mirian Roberts, in 2005; granddaughter, Melissa Van Bolt, in 2002; and a nephew, Tom Roberts, in 2012.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Helen (Tregellas) McCleary Johnson, of Columbia; stepchildren, Kathy Nystrom, of Columbia, Patty Penwell, of Columbia, Bill McCleary Jr., of Sunnyvale, Sally Van Bolt, of Sonora, Billie Lee Langley, and Ralph J. Arnold II; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two nephews and a niece.

A celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. April 6 at the family home. Interment will be at Columbia Cemetery.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made in his memory to Church of the 49ers, 11155 Jackson St., Columbia, CA 95310; or Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.

Dale Henry Lambert

March 1, 1924 — March 23, 2013

Sonora resident Dale Lambert died Saturday at his home. He was 89.

Mr. Lambert was born in Modesto to Henry Joseph Lambert and Elizabeth Bernadine Lambert.

He served in the U.S. Army, 386th Infantry Regiment, in Germany during World War II.

He worked as a civil engineer for 25 years at Tulloch Construction Co. in Oakland, and 10 years at his own business, Dale H. Lambert, Engineer.

Mr. Lambert was a member of the Twain Harte Golf Club, St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Walnut Creek Elks Club and a past president of East Bay Structural Engineers Society.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf.

Mr. Lambert was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Lambert; and sister, Virginia Larsen.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jeanette Lambert, of Sonora; his children and their spouses, Sue and Mike Walker, of Auburn, Pam and Bob LeCouve, of Modesto, Karen and Scott Waterhouse, of Concord, Kathy and Steve Bailey, of Sonora, Patti Gagliardi, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Dana and Mike Dolan, of Gardnerville, Nev.; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister and brother-in-law, Nadine and Aubry Harrison, of West Sacramento.

 A graveside service with military honors will be held for the family April 5 at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora, followed by a public memorial service and reception 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 13880 Joshua Way, Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made in his memory to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Playground Fund in care of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 13880 Joshua Way, Sonora, CA 95370; or David Lambert Community Drop-In Center, 347 W. Jackson St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Sylvia Mary (Stoffel) Stratton

Jan. 10, 1915 — March 19, 2013

Sonora resident Sylvia Stratton died March 19 at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. She was 98.

Mrs. Stratton was born in McHenry, Ill., to Mary Anne (VanDyke) and Martin Joseph Stoffel. She spent most of her life in Los Angeles, having moved there when she was about 25.

She moved with her husband, Paul Thomas Stratton, to Bend, Ore., about 1984. She moved to Sonora in 1998 to be with family. 

She spent her life as a homemaker. 

Mrs. Stratton was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Stratton, in 1998.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Thomas Paul and Cynthia Stratton, of Sonora, Teresa Ann and Richard Seigel, of Rancho Mirage, Sandra Ann Stratton, of La Quinta; grandchildren, Kristin Ann Vandenberg, of Tehachapi, Adam Thomas Stratton, of Jackson, Wendith Marie Stratton, of Vallejo, Laurel Elizabeth Stratton and Caitlin Mary Stratton, of Sonora; and one great-grandson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and David Machmuller, of Broomfield, Colo., and Barbara Truman, of Worthington, Ohio.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. April 6 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 127 W. Jackson St., Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Wellma Ruth (Covey) Winters

September 30, 1924 — March 22, 2013

Tuolumne resident Wellma Winters died Friday at her home. She was 88.

Mrs. Winters was born in Lakeport to James Mervin Covey and Genevieve Covey.

She spent her life as a homemaker and moved to Sonora more than 50 years ago.

Mrs. Winters was a member of Chapel in the Pines for 35 years. She enjoyed gardening and quilt-making.

Mrs. Winters was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Joseph Winters, and all of her siblings.

She is survived by children, David Winters, of Sonora, Ray Winters, of Missouri, Harold Winters, of Sonora, Sonda Iser, of Tuolumne, and Wally Wickum, of Stockton; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Chapel in the Pines, 18580 Cherokee Drive, Twain Harte.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.