Obituaries for March 21, 2014

By Union Democrat staff March 21, 2014 04:00 pm

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Marie Elizabeth Connick

Jan. 10, 1921 — March 12, 2014

On March 12, 2014, Marie Connick entered Heaven’s gate and is now reunited with her husband, Arthur Connick, who preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 2003. They were married for 63 blissful years. 

Father Ray Abella will be officiating the Memorial Service at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Groveland on at 11 a.m. March 29, 2014, and will be followed by her spring/golf theme celebration of life at the OLMC Parish house at noon.

Marie Elizabeth Connick, a long-time resident of Pine Mountain Lake, Groveland, was born in Vallejo on Jan. 10, 1921, the daughter of Lucien Butler and Ada Ferguson. Marie was a member of OLMC Church, was an avid golfer at PML and was a volunteer at the Groveland Museum.

She is survived by her three children, Maureen Myers Connick, of Danville, Barry Connick and spouse Susette of Auburn and Ron Connick, of Groveland. Grandchildren, Jennifer Vietor, of Manteca, Kimberly Dillard, of Borger, Texas, Rolleen Myers, of Pleasanton, Garret Connick, of Auburn and Martin Connick and wife, Tracy, of Port Orchard, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Heather, Kylie, Austin, Coty, Koda, Jada and Trinity Ann; and great-great-grandson, Braisen Blue.

Harold Allen Davis

April 24, 1929 — March 14, 2014

Harold Davis was born in Grand Island, Neb., to Lee and Lena Davis. He had two older brothers named Russell and Gerald; they gave him has nickname “Babe” that stuck with him throughout life. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1935 when he was 5 years old. He met Dixie in 1947 in Los Angeles at a baseball game and they married one year later in Montebello, Calif. They moved to Pittsburg, Calif., in 1949 and had four children. Babe and Dixie moved to Antioch, Calif., in 1961 to raise their family. Babe and Dixie served in many churches throughout their life. They helped anyone and everyone in need.

In 1971, they sold everything and went to Africa to build homes for the missionaries. After the birth of their first grandchild in 1972, they returned to Tuolumne County and remodeled Silver Spur Christian Camp. In 1975, they went to Haiti as missionaries to build a hospital in Port-au-Prince. Over the next few years, Babe built several custom homes and was known as a fine carpenter and mason. Babe and Dixie were members of the Twain Harte Evangelical Free Church and were actively involved in serving Christ. 

Babe loved to play cards, dominoes and was an avid bowler. After retiring, Babe and Dixie bought a travel trailer and visited most of the 50 states.

They settled down in Mesa, Ariz. There, Babe enjoyed shuffleboard, swimming, and riding in the golf cart. He continued to do construction jobs for anyone who asked.

In 1999, Babe and Dixie returned to Tuolumne County to be closer to family. Babe enjoyed woodworking, auto mechanics, sports and home cooked meals. He was a loving, generous and loyal man. He was a 50-year member in the Carpenters’ Union Local 152.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Dixie Davis; his parents, Lee and Lena Davis; his brothers, Russell and Gerald Davis; and granddaughter, Cherish Ellenwood.

Babe is survived by his four children, Dennis and Wilma Davis, of Illinois, Deborah and Steve Nestor, of Sonora, John and Cheryl Davis, of Montana, and Allen and Terri Davis, of Sonora. As well as nine grandchildren, Hillary Iserman, Eric Davis, Cody Rogers, Josh Davis, Isaac Byington, Shiloh Muller, Leandra and Alissa Davis. Babe had 20 great-grandchildren and two nephews, Jeff and Jerry Lee Davis.

A family celebration of life is pending. 

Mary M. Huff

Nov. 26, 1923 — March 10, 2014

Mary Huff was a resident of San Jose and former resident of Pine Mountain Lake.

She retired from Memorex/Unisys Corporation. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends fishing and camping at New Melones and Don Pedro Lakes, golfing at Pine Mountain Lake and Twain Harte golf courses, dancing, playing bingo and bowling at Sonora Bowl.

She was preceded in death by Harry Huff Sr.

She is survived by children, Frank Tobias, of Toone, Tenn., Peg Geringer, of San Jose, Sandy (Ken) Steele, of Sonora, Chuck (Mary) Huff, of Brentwood, and Harry (Candi) Huff, of Jamestown.

Mary always had a smile on her face and was greatly loved by 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Oak Hill Memorial Park, Chapel of the Roses in San Jose.

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CALDERARO — Martha Calderaro, 85, of Columbia, died March 15 at Sonora Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 13 at Seventh-day Adventist Church, 40 N. Forest Road, Sonora. Evins Funeral Home in Modesto is handling arrangements.

MONTUFAR — Marcel Montufar, 93, of Sonora, died Thursday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.