Obituaries for April 18, 2014

Written by Union Democrat staff April 18, 2014 11:36 am

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Chris Burris

Nov. 30, 1984 — April 9, 2014

49er cab driver, born and raised in Ceres, Calif. Nov. 30, 1984 to April 9, 2014.

Chris is survived by his loving wife, Tammy, of 11 years and his wonderful son, Austin, 8 years old.  He lived in Jamestown. Also, he is survived by his loving mother Robin Burris, sister Cassidy Munson and nephew Piers, all of Ceres. He is also survived by his twin sister, Christy, in Georgia, and her two beautiful children, Logan, age 10, and Tiffany, age 8. 

Most of all, Chris loved being a Papa to 6 wonderful grandchildren, Destiny, age 14, Hunter, age 8, Mckenzie, age 7, Raelynn, age 9 months, Carley, age 4,  new baby Robert III, 2 weeks old and his big sister Allyssa, age 4.

Services will be Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at Heuton Memorial Chapel, 400 S. Stewart St., Sonora, CA 95370. In remembrance of Chris, feel free to dress in cowboy or camo attire.

Jay Joseph Genovese

Sept. 21, 1952 — April 13, 2014

Jay Joseph Genovese, 61, said his final “Goodbyes” to friends and family at his home in Angels Camp, Calif., on April 13, 2014. Born Sept. 21, 1952, in Monterey, Calif., to Matteo Genovese and Elizabeth Schwartz, Jay’s passions were fishing and food best shared with friends and family and a good helping of laughter. 

The adventures of Jay and Susie, his wife and partner of 33 years, took them from the Sierras to Napa Valley, a cattle ranch in North Fork, Nev., to fishing in Seward, Alaska, to Monterey and back home to the foothills of the Sierras. He was a “Man to ride the river with”: a good man and a generous friend.

Surviving family members include Jay’s father, Matteo Genovese of Salinas, Calif.; mother, Elizabeth Schwartz and sisters Kathleen and Gina Genovese of Vacaville, Calif.; his favorite brother, Matt Genovese, of Seward, Alaska, and uncle Gerald Mulvey of North Fork, Nev. Jay and Susie combined share five children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

His generosity and humor touched everyone he met. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

In lieu of services, please plant some poppies in a place that will surprise you, make you smile and remember him.

Deborah Elaine Nies

Jan. 19, 1956 — April 8, 2014

Deborah Elaine (Frost) Nies passed away peacefully at her home in Reno, Nev., on April 8, 2014.

She was surrounded with love from her father, daughter and son. Debbie had been diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of leukemia two months previously.

She is survived by her father McKinley Frost, step-mother, Joyce Frost, daughter Brigette Stovall, son Brian Stovall and grandson Tristin Stovall, as well as many loving friends and family.

Debbie was a caregiver at heart, born on Jan. 19, 1956, in Sacramento, Calif., the daughter of Bernice and McKinley Frost, sister of Steven Frost. She grew up and graduated from high school in Sonora. She was crowned Miss Tuolumne County in 1974.

Debbie then went on to raise two children at Mt. Shasta, Calif. She and her family shared many wonderful memories of camping, fishing, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. She returned to school and graduated from Chico State cum laude with a bachelor’s in social work. She had many fulfilling years in her career as a social worker and caregiver. She recently retired and moved to Reno, Nev., where she and her daughter lived together happily.

Debbie treated everyone she met with compassion and kindness which always radiated in everything she did. She will be gravely missed by her friends and family. 

There will be a closed family memorial in Reno, and Deborah will be placed in the urn garden at a cemetery in Sonora.

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LASHINCO — Former Groveland resident Betty Lashinco, 81, of Stockton, died Tuesday at the Hospice House of San Joaquin. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.