Obituaries for February 21, 2014

By Union Democrat staff February 21, 2014 03:00 pm

John Waggoner
Martin Jr.

Feb.1, 1954 — Feb.7, 2014

Sonora resident John Waggoner Martin Jr. died Feb. 7 at his home after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 60.

Mr. Martin was born in Richmond, son of Vera and John Martin Sr.

He graduated from Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento in 1972.

Mr. Martin began his career in state services in 1975.

He later transferred to the California Department of Corrections in 1981, where he worked for 26 years. He retired as associate warden at Sierra Conservation Center in August 2007.

Mr. Martin met his future wife, Melody Jacobson, while working at Centinela State Prison in El Centro. They married Sept. 14, 1996 at the Church of the 49ers in Columbia.

Mr. Martin enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and golfing. He and his wife were members of the Mountain Springs Golf Club, the Saddle Creek Resort and the Elks Lodge. 

Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Carol Peterson.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Melody Martin, of Sonora; and sister and brother-in-law, Lynda and Dale Meckley, of Fair Oaks; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. March 29 at Saddle Creek Resort, 1001 Saddle Creek Drive, Copperopolis.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370, or a charity of your choice.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

William Robert
‘Bill’ Sistek

Jan. 11, 1931 — Feb. 11, 2014

Sonora and New York resident William Robert “Bill” Sistek died Feb.11 in Dundee, N.Y. He was 83.

Mr. Sistek was born in Montour Falls, N.Y., son of Frank and Clara Sistek.

He served two tours with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, achieving the rank of master sergeant. 

He married Barbara Lissenden on Jan. 31, 1954 in Staten Island, N.Y. 

Mr. Sistek graduated from the College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1963, and went on to work as a landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service. 

He and his wife moved to Sonora in 1969. He worked at the Forest Service office in Sonora as a landscape architect for 20 years. He retired in January 1987.

Mr. Sistek spent retirement between his Sonora and New York homes. He enjoyed nature and fishing in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Sistek is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Sistek, of Sonora; his sons, Bill Sistek Jr., of Point Richmond, David Sistek, of Arroyo Grande, and Neal Sistek and George Sistek, both of San Luis Obispo; and six grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Lakeland Mennonite Church in Rock Stream, N.Y., the Finger Lakes Land Trust, and the Dundee Library.

A memorial service will be held in Dundee, N.Y., at a later date.

Baird Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Roger Dale Nichols

July 16, 1932 — Jan. 23, 2014

Arnold resident Roger Dale Nichols died Jan. 23 at his home. He was 81.

Mr. Nichols was born in Greenville, Ill., to Fred and Elva Nichols. 

His family moved to Huntington Park in Southern California when he was 3.

He was a Korean War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. 

He worked at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center as an ambulance dispatcher. 

There, he met his future wife Peggy Rourke. They married on Jan. 26, 1980 in Encino. 

He retired from full-time dispatch after 25 years. 

Mr. Nichols enjoyed raising animals.

Mr. Nichols was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gwyn Nichols; and son and daughter-in-law, Stanley and Marylou Nichols.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Peggy Rourke-Nichols, of Arnold; sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Kelli Nichols, of Fullerton, David and Sandee Nichols, of Corona; grandchildren, Stanley Nichols, of Tennessee, Jennifer Nichols, of Tennessee, Morgan Alvarez, of Texas, Christopher Nichols, of Arizona, Samantha Zimmerman, of Oregon, Adam Nichols, of Oregon, and Bethany Nichols, of Oregon; and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Calaveras Humane Society, P.O. Box 2065, San Andreas, CA 95249.

Services will be held at a later date.

The Neptune Society is handling arrangements. 

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McDONNELL — John McDonnell, 79, of Sonora, died Thursday at his home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.