Obituaries for April 8, 2003

April 07, 2003 11:00 pm

Henry Lester ‘Hank' Holst

March 17, 1927 — March 21, 2003

Henry Lester "Hank" Holst, 76, of Sonora died March 21 at a Palo Alto veterans hospital, after a two-year battle with cancer.

Mr. Holst was a native of Moline, Ill., and had lived in Tuolumne County off-and-on since 1982, first living in Tuolumne, and later in Sonora at two separate times. He also had lived in The Sea Ranch, Sonoma County, Bodega Bay and the Hawaiian islands since 1982.

The son of the late Lester Laverne Holst and the late Kathryn Dorothy (Mueller) Holst, he was a 1945 graduate of Moline High School. He served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in Germany after the war.

Mr. Holst earned a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1951, a master's degree from the University of Nebraska in 1953 and a doctoral degree from the University of Nebraska in 1957.

Mr. Holst worked as an attorney for the Nebraska State Railway commission, the cities of Lincoln, Neb.; Ames, Iowa; Ketchikan, Alaska; and the city and county of San Francisco. He served as assistant attorney general for the state of Iowa, and for the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. He also worked for several private law firms, both as a member of the firm and as a consulting attorney.

From 1982 until his illness, Mr. Holst was an independent author and legal editor for Bancroft-Whitney publishers. He was the author of two works of nonfiction, "Moment" And "Call Me Omega."

Mr. Holst's professional affiliations include the American Bar Association, Alaska Bar Association and Iowa and Nebraska bar associations.

He was a member of the National Institute of Municipal Law officers, American Association of State Highway official, SCRIBES, a legal writer's organization and American Society of Indexers.

He was an artist and a member of the Bay Area Lawyers for the arts. His family said he was an avid outdoorsman and had been fascinated by birds since he was a child, when he learned to recognize many birds by their calls.

He enjoyed studying philosophy and history and was a talented amateur pianist, photographer and poet.

Mr. Holst is survived by his wife, Rosaline of Sonora; two stepdaughters, Cari Brockett of Sonora and Keely Raymond of Monterey; a brother, Dr. Tom Holst of Sonora; a sister, Kay Anderson of Redwood City; a brother-in-law, John M. Anderson; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Briner of Elk Grove and Marlene Mitchell of Monterey; a niece, Holly Ann Holst Gamel of Englewood, Fla.; a nephew, Henry Holst and his wife, Irene of Novi, Mich.; three great-nephews, Eric and Dane Holst, both of Novi and Matthew Gamel of Englewood; and three cousins, Albion Holst of East Moline, David R. Holst of Moline, and Linda Lee Holz of W. Des Moines, Iowa.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Holst was preceded in death earlier this year by a stepson, Larry Wenzel of Lincoln, Neb.

A private tribute to Mr. Holst will be held later this year, when replicas of early Viking ships, handmade by family members, will be set adrift on the ocean to honor his ancestry and his love of the sea. Cremation was handled by a Palo Alto mortuary.

Donations may be made to Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System, 2C Hospice, 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto 94304, or Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora 95370.

Robert Martin Lowry

June 19, 1943 — April 3, 2003

Robert Martin Lowry, 59, of Columbia died Thursday at his home.

Mr. Lowry was born in Modesto and raised in Oakdale. He had lived in Tuolumne County for 23 years, the past two of those years, in Columbia.

He graduated from Oakdale High School. He drove a truck for a close friend, Rick Minnis, before becoming self-employed as a tree faller. He served in the Army as a military police from 1965 to 1976. He later worked for Caltrans as an equipment operator for 10 years.

He loved fishing, being in the mountains, riding horses and motorcycles and, his family said, listening to good country or rock music.

He loved spending time with his children, family and friends.

Mr. Lowry is survived by two sons, Kirk Lowry of Jamestown and Chris Walker Lowry of Sonora; three daughters and one son-in-law, Erin Lowry-McCormick and Brian McCormick, and Cara Lowry and Ashley Lowry all of Jamestown; his mother, Phyllis Lowry of Oakdale; birth father, Robert Sorenson; three grandchildren, Jana Alyce McCormick, Michael Edward Anthony and Melissa McCormick; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Lowry.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse Grounds in Jamestown. A private burial will be held at Knights Ferry Masonic Cemetery at a later date. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made to The Robert Lowry Trust, P.O. Box 4340, Sonora 95370.

Marion Julia

Kingsbury

Feb. 23, 1908 — April 3, 2003

Marion Julia Kingsbury, 95, of Sonora died Thursday at a Sonora hospital.

Mrs. Kingsbury was born in a sod house on the prairie near Bismarck, N.D. She was the third of eight children born to Frank and Evelyn (White) Kendall. When she was 10, her family moved to Oregon. They lived in Astoria, Fairview, Hopewell and other points in the Willamette Valley between Portland and Salem, while she was growing up.

She graduated from Columbia Adventist Academy in 1927, and graduated with a degree in nursing from Portland Sanitarium and Hospital in 1930.

A registered nurse, one of her first jobs was in Mount Vernon, Wash., working as a surgical nurse in a private hospital, owned by two sisters, Lettie Newcomb and Jennie Kingsbury, her future mother-in-law. She worked for room and board and $100 a month.

She married Alton Thomas Kingsbury, June 26, 1932, in Portland, Ore., and they lived in Tillamook, Ore., for the first few years of their marriage. The couple met while she was giving a singing recital he had attended with his sister.

After a few years, with the help of Mr. Kingsbury's parents, she and her husband bought and operated a small hospital in Hermiston, Ore. They stayed there nine years. In 1943, they traded the hospital for a 400-acre ranch between Lebanon and Sweet Home, on the Oregon coast.

In 1965, she and her husband moved to Hawaii, where one of their daughters lived. Mrs. Kingsbury worked as a nurse in several different places. They lived there until 1973.

Upon her return to Oregon, she and her husband moved into and managed a nine-unit rental property in Salem. They later settled near Corbett, Ore., where they retired. She and her husband moved to Sonora in 1990.

She was a lifetime member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and enjoyed attending church, reading her Bible and singing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton T. Kingsbury, in 1993.

Mrs. Kingsbury is survived by three children, Jean McMurry of Sonora, Katherine Haworth of Simi Valley and Tom Kingsbury of Troutdale, Ore.; a foster child, Doris "Angela" Gavin; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Edgar Kendall of Spokane, Wash.

A memorial service was held this past Saturday at Sonora Seventh-day Adventist Church. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

AROZ — Magilda Queirolo Aroz, 87, of Sonora, died Saturday at her daughter's home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.