Obituaries for March 14, 2003

March 14, 2003 12:00 am

David W. Hidalgo

Nov. 7, 1961 — Feb. 23, 2003

David W. Hidalgo, 41, of Jackson died unexpectedly Feb. 23 in a Stockton hospital, after a short illness.

He was born in Castro Valley and grew up in Hayward. He moved to Valley Springs 17 years ago and was a frequent visitor to Tuolumne County. He moved to Big Oak Flat two years ago and recently to Jackson.

An avid outdoorsman, his family said he loved living in Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne counties and enjoyed whitewater rafting, swimming, fishing, camping, barbecues and NASCAR races with his friends.

He was a member of E Clampus Vitus Matuca Chapter 49.

Before his illness, he was a window covering installation technician and commuted to the Bay Area.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Judy Hidalgo.

He is survived by his longtime friend and fiance, Vickie Webster of Big Oak Flat; his father, William Hidalgo of Valley Springs; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Annette Hidalgo of Placerville; a grandson, Aaron of Placerville; a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Holly Lencioni of Manteca; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Lisa and Larry Bettencourt of Lakeworth, Fla., and Lori Bullock of New Orleans; nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Stacie and Tarkis Campbell of Santa Barbara and Curtis and Michelle Ellis II of Santa Clara; and step grandchildren, Christopher, Haylee and Curtis III; and friends Heidi Robertson of Mokelumne Hill, Myra Hidalgo of King City and Candy Briones of Groveland.

Cremation has taken place. Neptune Society of Stockton handled arrangements.

Donations may be made to liver transplant research, Stanford University, 301 Encina Hall Stanford, 95240 or Make and Wish Foundation.

Richard Lewis ‘Rick' Bergstrom

July 30, 1949 — March 11, 2003

The Rev. Richard Lewis Bergstrom, 53, a former resident of Sonora and Arnold, died Tuesday at his home in San Jose.

Rev. Bergstrom was born in Logan, Utah, and grew up in the Sonora area. He attended Sonora High School and graduated from Sacramento State University. He went on to become an elementary school teacher in Jamestown.

He later received a masters of divinity degree and began a career in the ministry, serving as pastor of Oak Circle Community Church in Arnold for 16 years. During the past two years, he was in the doctorate program at Fuller Theological Seminary.

He was a star athlete in high school and college. His family said he was passionate about the outdoors and was a powerful force in his community, serving in numerous leadership positions.

Bergstrom is survived by his wife, Victoria Bergstrom, of San Jose; a son, Nick Bergstrom, of San Jose; two daughters and a son-in-law, Emily Bergstrom and Kasey and Jason Smith, all of San Jose; a granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth Smith, of San Jose; his parents, Lewis and Barbara Bergstrom, of Sonora; and two bothers, Mark Bergstrom of San Francisco and Rand Bergstrom of Gooding, Idaho.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Kristi Bergstrom.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at First Baptist Church of Sonora, 14425 Highway 108, East Sonora. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jane Tremewan Nighswonger

Jan. 11, 1939 — March 7, 2003

Jane Tremewan Nighswonger, 64, a native of Sonora and longtime diabetes sufferer, died March 7 at her home in Cameron Park.

A descendant of Cornish and Italian pioneers, Ms. Nighswonger was born to William Joseph and Delia (Carboni) Tremewan. She attended schools in Tuolumne County and graduated from Sonora High School in 1956. She moved to Sacramento that same year, and graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 1960.

She taught in elementary schools in the San Juan Unified School District for 38 years, until she retired in 1998.

Her family said she was a dedicated and gifted teacher. They said she loved her family and friends, animals and gardening, and added her many years of teaching children was a special source of joy in her life.

Ms. Nighswonger is survived by two children, Jon and Brian Nighswonger of Cameron Park; a granddaughter, Tara Nighswonger of Cameron Park and Tara's mother, Kristen Stuart; two aunts, Marion Tremewan of Grass Valley and Barbara Tremewan of Sacramento; a nephew, William Tremewan and his wife, Leonor, of San Diego; a niece, Lisa Hunt of Columbia; four great-nephews, Ryan Hunt and Robert, William and John Tremewan; a great-niece, Jennifer Hunt; a sister-in-law, Pat Tremewan; and many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert "Bob" Tremewan; and a niece, Tara Tremewan.

A private service is planned. Inurnment will be in Columbia Pioneer Cemetery. Green Valley Mortuary in Cameron Park handled arrangements.

Donations may be made to El Dorado Humane Society, 484 Main St., Suite 9, Diamond Springs 95619.

Herschel Omer Grimes

Feb. 28, 1922 — March 4, 2003

Herschel Omer Grimes, 81, of San Andreas died March 4 at a San Andreas convalescent hospital.

Mr. Grimes was born in Pinora, Mo., and had lived in San Andreas for the past 30 years.

He was a musician and had served in the Army.

Mr. Grimes is survived by a son, Ricky Grimes of Ione; a daughter, Terri Northrup of Ben Lomond; two brothers, Buddy Grimes and Chuck Grimes, both of Arkansas; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

No service will be held at his request. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

STANSFIELD — Mary "Cam" Stansfield, 78, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

MAFFUCCI — Gregory Maffucci, 57, of Twain Harte, died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.