Obituaries for May 16, 2003

May 16, 2003 12:00 am

Frances

A. Plotner

July 14, 1913 — May 12, 2003

Frances A. Plotner died Monday at her residence in Sonora. She was 89.

She lived in Sonora for 34 years. While living in San Bernardino with her husband, she operated many businesses. She worked at Western Ho Saddlery and later developed, built and managed 18 rental homes in San Bernardino. She was active in mining in the 1950s in a Big Bear company called the Shari La Don Mining Company.

In 1943, she was named "Queen of the Rodeo" in Lancaster. She was a versatile equestrian and could ride Roman style — standing with one leg on each of the backs of two moving horses. After relocating to Sonora in 1969, she and her husband, "Slim" Plotner, operated the Cahl Quita Arabian Farm.

Mrs. Plotner, named the first woman in California to be licensed to drive a school bus, was a member of the Tuolumne County Seniors and traveled extensively with the group. Her family was always her first priority, and she was a matriarch of extended family and encouraged and fostered in children. She loved music, and she taught a junior college class on leather crafts. She was versed in current events and self-educated, and she independently maintained her large yard, with blooming flowers and roses. She was extremely generous and spoke her mind, and she loved animals. She passed both her written and driving tests until her 89th birthday.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Jim Christensen of Jamestown; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Lowie Plotner of San Bernardino; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Marilyn Crocker of Copperopolis; five grandchildren, Marc Plotner and wife, Claudette, of Highland, Kenneth Valentine of Visalia, Tom Valentine of Rialto, Brandon Christensen of San Bernardino and Jon Christensen of Riverside; six great-grandchildren, including Amber Besser and husband, Bryce, of San Diego, and Chris Plotner of Highland; two great-great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Edna Plotner of Sonora, Amanda "Billie" Plotner of Tuolumne and Peggy Alcott of Willits; a brother-in-law, Levelle Plotner and wife, Lilas, of Tucson, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Beverlee Alexander and husband, Bill Driesel, of Jamestown, Sue and Tom Lucas of Burson, Arlene Longnickel of Carlotta, Donna and Dan Mayer of Lindsey, Gary and Randi Plotner of Oakland, Lanita and Bob Mansfield of Tucson, Craig and Sandy Plotner of Phoenix, and Cristie Mancha of Tucson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, "Slim" Plotner, in 1995, and six brothers.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 tonight at the funeral home. A burial is scheduled at Mountain Shadow Cemetery. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Hugh W. Dodge

March 31, 1915 — May 13, 2003

Hugh W. Dodge died Tuesday at his home in Columbia. He was 88.

He was born in Newton, Mass. He lived in Columbia for 21 years. He worked as a quality control engineer for Memorex Corporation, Santa Clara, for 17 years.

While serving in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946, he was a member of the Black Panther Ordinance Division in the European Theater in France during World War II. He was a member of Eastbelt Tuolumne Masonic Lodge, SIRS and Masonic Luncheon Club.

Mr. Dodge is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jeannette Dodge of Columbia; a son, Greg Dodge of Sonora; two daughters, Deborah Dodge of Sonora, and Rebecca Dodge-Golub of Temecula; two granddaughters, Sarah and Rachel Dodge-Golub; and two grandsons, Matthew and David Utt.

A private funeral service is scheduled for today. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements. Contributions may be made to Visiting Nurses Association/Hospice, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Raul Alvidrez Romero

April 10, 1926 — May 11, 2003

Raul Alvidrez Romero died Sunday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 77.

Born in Glendora, he lived in Valley Springs for 15 years. He was a retired truck driver for more than 40 years. He liked to travel, work in his garden and fish.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Erminia Romero of Valley Springs; two sons, John Romero of Valley Springs, and Ronald Johnson of Valley Springs; two daughters, Rose Marie Romero of Valley Springs, and Mary Ann Johnson of Valley Springs; a brother, David Yrigoyen of Santa Barbara; two sisters, Amelia Yrigoyen of Santa Barbara, and Louise Nighswonger of Chico; six grandchildren, Richard Romero of Sacramento, Alicia Johnson of Valley Springs, Edward Johnson of Valley Springs, Susanna Romero of Sacramento, Katrina Romero of Stockton, and Christina Romero; and two great-grandchildren, Michael Romero and Ryan Romero, both of Sacramento.

A celebration of life is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 25, at the Romero residence in Valley Springs. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

James Riley

Nov. 3, 1924 — May 11, 2003

James Riley, formerly of Tuolumne, died Sunday in San Francisco of natural causes. He was 78.

He lived in San Francisco for nearly 50 years and Tuolumne for many years. After working more than 25 years with Sunset Scavenger in San Francisco, he retired. He was in the U.S. Army and served in World War II in Europe.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Riley of San Francisco; a son, Jim Riley of San Francisco; a daughter, Debbie Riley of Covelo; and five grandchildren, Joseph, Patrick, Daniel, Brian and Phillip Riley, all of San Francisco.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24, at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson. Lakewood Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

RINAURO — Ronald Ciro Rinauro, 63, died Wednesday at a San Andreas Hospital. A public funeral service is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Angels Memorial Chapel in Angels Camp. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

MARTIN — Jay Martin, 86, of Sonora died yesterday at a local hospital. Services are pending. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.