Obituaries for December 31, 2013

Written by Union Democrat staff December 31, 2013 11:25 am

Gerda (Petersen) Stearns

Dec. 15, 1919 — Dec. 20, 2013

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Gerda (Petersen) Stearns died Dec. 20 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. She was 94. 

Mrs. Stearns was born in Denmark. She moved with her parents to Minnesota when she was 15 months old.

She graduated from Winona College in Minnesota. She was an elementary school teacher briefly in Minnesota, before moving to New Jersey, where she met her future husband, Ross Stearns.

The couple moved to Hayward in 1949, where they raised their children. She then returned to teaching. She taught at San Lorenzo Elementary School and at Columbia Elementary School for 23 years.

The couple lived for a time in Sonora, then bought property in Twain Harte where they lived for 50 years. 

She was a member of the California Teacher’s Association and Twain Harte Bible Church.

She enjoyed reading and traveling, including driving across the country with their children in 1953. 

Mrs. Stearns was preceded in death by her son, Alan Stearns; and her daughter, Carolyn Rudloff.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Ross Stearns, of Twain Harte; her sons, Gary Stearns, of Jamestown, and David Stearns, of Hayward; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services have been held. 

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements. 

Notices

FRESQUEZ — Larry Fresquez, 58, of Groveland, died Saturday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

MAILLOUX — Maureen Mailloux, 98, of Groveland, died Sunday at Avalon Care Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

MINIUM — Edward Minium, 91, of Sonora, died Sunday at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

NEBEL — Ramona Nebel, 57, of Greeley Hill, died Dec. 24 at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

RIGGS — Paul Riggs, 81, of Groveland, died Monday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. 

WILLIAMS — Carol Ray Williams, 70, of Jamestown, died Friday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

WRIGHT — Audrey Wright, 87, of Twain Harte, died Thursday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.