Obituaries for March 27, 2003

March 27, 2003 12:00 am

Ellaline M. "Ella" Edmundson

Jan. 1, 1917 - March 24, 2003

Longtime Calaveras County resident Ellaline M. "Ella" Edmundson died Monday at her home in Murphys. She was 86.

Mrs. Edmundson was born in Bournemouth, England, and moved to Oakland when she was 5. She and her husband, Jack, moved to Calaveras County from the San Francisco Bay Area about 40 years ago. They lived in Arnold until moving to Murphys 2 1/2 years ago.

She was a homemaker and also worked about 15 years keeping the books for her father, who owned two filling stations, one in Arnold and another in Angels Camp.

Mrs. Edmundson was a member of the Meadowmont Women's Golf Club in Arnold and of the Independence Hall Quilters in Arnold.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Edmundson of Murphys; two sons, John Edmundson of Roseville and Ron Edmundson of Angels Camp; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation was to be held from 1-5 p.m. today at Angels Memorial Chapel in Angels Camp. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Buena Vista Cemetery in Murphys.

Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 207 E. Alpine, Stockton 95204.

Francis "Frank" Evans

Sept. 8, 1924 - March 21, 2003

Jamestown resident Francis "Frank" Evans died Friday at a Sonora hospital after a long illness. He was 78.

Mr. Evans was born in Fresno. He lived in Tuolumne County for 46 years, most of that time in Tuolumne. He grew up in Winton in Merced County.

He worked as a lumber grader for about 30 years, including for West Side Lumber Company in Tuolumne until it burned down. He then went to work for two different companies in Chinese Camp.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army.

Mr. Evans' relatives said he loved his family. He enjoyed fishing and camping and also loved reminiscing and telling stories about the "olden days" to his family, especially to his grandchildren.

Mr. Evans is survived by his wife, Cleo Evans of Jamestown; two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Sally Evans of Sonora and Ray and Patty Evans of Jamestown; a daughter and son-in-law, Novella and Steve Campbell of Sonora; a brother and sister-in-law, Fay and Emma Evans of North Fork; seven grandchildren, Steve Campbell Jr. and Marvin Ennis, both of Columbia, Misti Ambler and Julie Johnson, both of Jamestown, Jeffery Campbell and Michelle Evans, both of Oklahoma, and Michael Evans of Phoenix; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

No service is planned. Disposition was by cremation.

Heuton Memorial Chapel in Sonora is handling arrangements.

Lawrence

G. Orndoff

May 11, 1950 - March 22, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Lawrence G. Orndoff died Saturday at a Sonora hospital after a long illness. He was 52.

Mr. Orndoff was born in Modesto and had lived in Sonora for about 30 years.

He worked as a tree planter for a Sonora company for about 10 years.

His family said he loved the outdoors.

Mr. Orndoff is survived by his father and stepmother, Carl and Brinn Orndoff of Central Point, Ore.; a brother, Bruce Orndoff of Grants Pass, Ore.; a sister, LaDonna Jenson of Santa Clara; a niece, Elizabeth Jenson of Santa Clara; and a nephew, Thomas Jenson of Santa Clara.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Orndoff, in 2001 and a brother, Roger Orndoff, in 1989.

A memorial service is pending.

Heuton Memorial Chapel in Sonora is handling arrangements.

Walter John Roppolo

Dec. 28, 1928 - March 25, 2003

Jamestown resident Walter John Roppolo died Tuesday at a Sonora hospital after a long illness. He was 74.

Mr. Roppolo was born in San Francisco and had lived in Jamestown for 30 years.

He worked as an electrician for 50 years and was a member of the International Brother of Electrical Workers No. 684 in Modesto for 30 years.

His family said he lived for football and played semi-pro football when he was younger. He was a big San Francisco 49ers fan.

Mr. Roppolo is survived by his wife of 51 years, Doris Roppolo of Columbia; two daughters, Catherine Isabel of Brentwood and Jennifer Dye of Las Vegas; a brother, Robert Roppolo of Sonora; and six grandchildren, Kevin Lawrence of Sonora, Amber Lawrence of Brentwood and Misti Landucci and Erika, Kayla and Michael Dye, all of Las Vegas.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home in Sonora.

Patricia Bert Stallings

Oct. 22, 1929 - March 26, 2003

Longtime Pine Mountain Lake resident Patricia Bert Stallings died yesterday at her Salinas home after a long illness. She was 73.

Mrs. Stallings was born in Gilroy, the only child of Esma Tess and Edward Albert "Frenchie" Bert.

She attended St. Mary's Catholic School — a boarding school — in Gilroy, Washington Junior High in Salinas and Salinas High School, where she graduated in 1947.

Mrs. Stallings married Bill Bingaman Jr., and they had three sons. The family moved from Salinas to San Jose, Santa Rosa, San Luis Obispo and San Francisco.

She moved back to Salinas in 1963 and attended Salinas Beauty College, where she later became an instructor.

In 1975, Mrs. Stallings and her second husband, Tom Stallings, moved to Pine Mountain Lake, where they owned and operated a building supply store.

Following Tom's death in 1980, she continued to live in Pine Mountain Lake until 1999, when she returned to Salinas.

Mrs. Stallings was a member of the Pine Mountain Lake Ladies' Golf Club. She also belonged to a bowling league in Sonora and played bridge weekly. She enjoyed traveling. She was especially fond of the time she shared with the Ashland Ladies' Group, which traveled to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., for 20 years.

Mrs. Stallings is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, William III and Barbara Bingaman of Salinas, Tom and Linda Bingaman of Carlin, Nev., and Robert Bingaman of Stockton; her companion of the last six years, Richard Holbrook; and four grandchildren, Alison Porter, Matt Bingaman, Josh Bingaman and Jason Bingaman.

Remembrances may be made to Hospice Home Care, 555 Abrego St., Suite 100, Monterey 93940 or to a favorite charity.

A private family service is planned. Disposition will be by cremation.

Struve and Laporte Funeral Home in Salinas is handling arrangements.

Notices

CONTRERAS — Timothy Contreras, 39, a Sierra Conservation Center inmate, died yesterday. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WOODARD — Walter Woodard, 89, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.