Obituaries for November 14, 2003

November 14, 2003 12:00 am

John C. Calhoun

July 25, 1919 — Nov. 11, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident John C. Calhoun died Tuesday at a Sonora hospital. He was 84.

He was born in Vallejo and had lived in Sonora since 1979. He previously had lived in Modesto. He retired as an engineer from the Modesto City Fire Department, where he worked for 30 years.

He was a former member of the Modesto Motorcycle Club of Modesto, the Modesto Elks Lodge, the Sonora Moose Lodge, the Angels Gun Club and E. Clampus Vitas. He served in the U.S. Army M.A.S.H. Unit during World War II.

Mr. Calhoun is survived by his wife of 49 years, Maxine Calhoun of Sonora; stepdaughters, Judith Cree of Fresno and Kathleen Walden of Modesto; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Sonora Moose Lodge in Mono Vista. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any favorite charity.

Neptune Society of Central California in Fresno is handling arrangements.

Robert

Angelo Gianelli

Oct. 26, 1919 — Nov. 10, 2003

Longtime Angels Camp resident Robert Angelo Gianelli died Monday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 84.

He was born in Stockton and lived in Angels Camp for 55 years. He owned and operated Bob's Clothiers in Angels Camp for 30 years. He also worked for Bank of America for five years in Angels Camp. He was a former veteran services officer for Calaveras County for 16 years.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in San Andreas and St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Angels Camp.

Mr. Gianelli is survived by his wife, Rubye Gianelli of Angels Camp; daughter, Deborah Bishop of Stockton; sons, Charles Gianelli of Sonoma and Rob Gianelli of Angels Camp; a sister, Janice Matson of San Diego; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Marie Gianelli.

A private service will be held at a later date. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

William ‘Jerry' Gerald Pettit

July 2, 1914 — Nov. 10, 2003

William "Jerry" Gerald Pettit of Sonora died Monday at a Sonora care home. He was 89.

He was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, and lived in Sonora for six years. He previously lived in Twain Harte for eight years. He was a carpenter by trade.

His family said he was an avid fisherman in mountain streams, enjoyed wood-carving, hiking and driving his motorhome all over the United States, Mexico and Alaska.

Mr. Pettit is survived by his wife, Bernice Pettit of Sonora; a son, William Pettit Jr. of Oregon; a daughter, Sherryl Brinkley of Walnut Creek; stepdaughters, Diane Wetzel of Fresno and Lisa Lowell of Austin, Texas; stepson, Brian Runner of Merced; grandchildren, William Pettit of Sacramento and Robert Pettit of Oregon; stepgrandchildren, Dan and Carolyn Wetzel and twins, Denise and Jennifer Runner, all of Merced; brothers, Clair and Mel Pettit, both of Ottumwa, Iowa; and a sister, Twila Rupe of Aledo, Ill.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Evelyn M.

Sagehorn

April 23, 1912 — Nov. 9, 2003

Longtime Sonora resident Evelyn M. Sagehorn died Sunday at a Sonora care home. She was 91.

She was born in Norwalk, Ohio, and had lived in Sonora since 1970.

She worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance for seven years. She also worked as a school librarian for Skyline High School in Oakland for many years, and at Oakland Naval Supply and Kahns Department Store for several years.

Her family said she enjoyed baking, was an avid reader and loved her dog, Toto.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy Cuesta of Cool and Beverly Arslanian of Union City; grandchildren, Michael Currie of San Leandro, Loretta Cuesta of Livermore and Arlene Cuesta of Sonora; a great-granddaughter, Jessica Snodgrass of Discovery Bay; a great-great-granddaughter, Stephanie Rose Snodgrass of Discovery Bay; nephews, Dr. Howard Sagehorn of Palo Alto and Dr. Robert Sagehorn of Davis; and a brother, Glenn Lux of Oakland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden Sagehorn, in 1980.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Sonora Hills Clubhouse. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

William ‘Bill' Harry Hoefler

Aug. 6, 1940 — Nov. 8, 2003

Longtime Columbia resident William "Bill" Harry Hoefler died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. He was 63.

He was born in San Francisco and lived in Tuolumne County for 40 years, including 20 years in Columbia. He worked as a bartender for 30 years. He managed the Columbia City Hotel's What Cheer Saloon and bars at the Murphys Hotel in Murphys and the Wagon Wheel in Sonora, among others.

He attended a military academy in Minnesota and served in the U.S. Navy.

He was a member and master mason of the Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite Bodies, and was a member and ex-humbug of E. Clampus Vitus.

Mr. Hoefler served more than 3,000 hours as a volunteer at Tuolumne General Hospital Adult Day Health Care.

His family said he was a smart and funny man. He was an avid coin collector who specialized in mint errors.

Mr. Hoefler is survived by his wife, Sky Hoefler of Columbia; a stepdaughter, Katie Smith of Nashville, Tenn.; and nieces and nephews, Jeff, John and Jamie Henderson, Jana Anguis, and Mathew and M'Lisa Rodgers and their children.

He was preceded in death by a sister and his parents.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tuolumne General Hospital, Attn.: Adult Day Health Care, 101 Hospital Road, Sonora, CA 95370 or Salvation Army of Tuolumne County, P.O. Box 654, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

CAVAGNARO — Madeline L. Cavagnaro, 95, a former Calaveras High School teacher, died Tuesday at a Stockton hospital. Visitation is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. A rosary is scheduled at 6 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in San Andreas. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

FILIPPINI — Lillian Norinne Filippini, 97, of San Andreas died yesterday at a San Andreas hospital. Visitation is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Monday at San Andreas Memorial Chapel. A service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel.

ARCHIBALD — A memorial service for Robert Archibald, 56, of Jamestown is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Old Brethren Church in Tuolumne. He died Monday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.