Obituaries for July 3, 2003

July 02, 2003 11:00 pm

Laura Elizabeth Franzen

May 18, 1923 — June 30, 2003

Longtime San Andreas resident Laura Elizabeth Franzen died Monday at a San Andreas hospital. She was 80.

Mrs. Franzen was born in Melones and was a retired jewelry store owner. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Auxiliary No. 2600 in San Andreas. She was a longtime supporter of the San Andreas Lions Club and a member of Native Daughters of the Golden West.

She is survived by her son, Tim Miller of Washington; daughter, Nancy Miller of Kenwood; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Franzen.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the VFW Post No. 2600 in San Andreas.

Memorial donations can be made to attn.: Treasurer, LAVFW Post No. 2600, 7300 Nichols, Valley Springs, CA 95252.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Dr. Kevin A. Weir

March 20, 1952 — June 26, 2003

Dr. Kevin A. Weir of Sonora died last Thursday at his residence after a short battle with liver cancer. He was 51.

He was born in Chippewa Falls, Wis. He was born to Julius and Ione Weir and was the second of three sons. He married his high school sweetheart, Donna Larson, in 1971, and joined the family retail business.

In 1976, Dr. Weir enrolled at Palmer College of Chiropractic and later opened a chiropractic practice in Sonora. While in chiropractic college, his wife gave birth to their only son, Michael. Mr. Weir practiced for several years in Eugene, Ore., and later joined his brother, J. Michael Weir, in practice in Monterey.

Dr. Weir's deep commitment to Jesus Christ and love of family led him and his family to relocate to Sonora in 1993 to secure a Christian education for their son and dedicate themselves to the Chapel in the Pines church in Twain Harte, his family said.

Friends said his caring treatment of his patients and dedication to their health endeared him to his patients.

His sense of humor and charisma made him a popular local speaker, his friends said, and he believed strongly in continuing education and attending professional trainings both as a student and a teacher. His friends and family said he had boundless energy and enthusiasm.

He loved cars and collected many in his lifetime.

His last project was the renovation his family's home, a 1940 Tuolumne County ranch estate.

He was a member of the Chapel in the Pines church in Twain Harte, the Sierra Professional Association, California Chiropractic Association and American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Weir is survived by his wife, Donna Weir of Sonora; a son, Michael Weir of Sonora; his mother, Ione Weir of Sonora; brothers, J. Michael Weir of Monterey and Tim Weir of Raleigh, N.C.; and numerous other relatives.

A memorial celebration of life was held Saturday at Chapel in the Pines in Twain Harte.

Memorial donations can be made to the Benevolence Fund, which provides for needy families in Tuolumne County, at Chapel in the Pines, P.O. Box 1858, Twain Harte, CA 95383.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Josie Inez

‘Grandma Bump'

Chambless

March 26, 1909 — June 27, 2003

Former Greeley Hill resident Josie Inez Chambless died Friday at a Dinuba care home. She was 94.

She was born in Chalk, Texas, and was the daughter of Oscar and Maude Dunlap. She married William "Bill" Chambless on Dec. 1, 1924, in Guthrie, Texas. In 1940, she moved to California with her husband and children from Arizona and lived in Orosi, Tulare County, for five years. She later moved to Greeley Hill to work with her parents in a family logging business.

During her years in Greeley Hill, she and her husband ran the Tip Top Grocery Store, and were caretakers of a sawmill. She also helped with building their home.

In 1965, she and her husband moved to London, Tulare County. In 2001, she moved to the Dinuba New Covenant Care Home, where she lived until her death.

Nicknamed "Grandma Bump," her family said she was hard-working and independent. She was strong, sweet, loving and forgiving and always looked for the good in people, her family said. Her family added that her motto was "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."

She is survived by her daughter, Ruth E. Pruitt of Dinuba; two sisters, Peggy Adams and Florence Gibson, both of Dinuba; three brothers, Willis Dunlap of Wenatchee, Wash., Lee Dunlap of Riverbank, and Tony Dunlap of Crescent City; a daughter-in-law, Geneva Chambless of Dinuba; six granddaughters and their husbands, Cheryl and Robert Wainwright of Chinese Camp, Diane Nelson of Oregon, Rita and Gary Hutchings of Cobb, JoIna and Raymond Rico of Visalia, Terri and Mike Hutchings of Sonora, and LaWana and Lyndon Haston of Squaw Valley; five grandsons and their wives, Roger Stafford of Texas, Dennis and Judi Pruitt of Cottage Grove, Ore., Mike and Sherry Stafford of Parlier, Billy Allen and Karen Chambless of Kingsburg and Larry and Susie Stafford of Visalia; great-grandchildren, Evelyn Jourdan of Tuolumne, and Bobby and Diana Wainwright, both of Copperopolis; 21 other great-grandchildren; 18 great-great grandchildren; and one great-great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, son, Billy G., and daughter, Wanda Stafford, along with four brothers, one sister and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held.

Dopkins Funeral Chapel in Dinuba handled arrangements.

Notices

GALLOP — Sandra Gallop of Coulterville, age unavailable, died Saturday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.