Obituaries for December 18, 2003

December 17, 2003 11:00 pm

Mary Catherine Geerer

Oct. 22, 1911 — Dec. 15, 2003

Mary Catherine Geerer of Sonora died Monday at a Jamestown care home. She was 92.

She was born in Ohio and had lived in Sonora since 1989. She worked as a homemaker for 70 years.

She is survived by her son, Larry Geerer of Los Angeles; a son-in-law, Jack Fitzsimmons; a niece, Maurine Martin of Bend, Ore.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Fitzsimmons.

No services are scheduled.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350. A separate piece of a paper with your name, address and request restricting the donations to be directed to Breast Cancer Research only should be included with the donation.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Carrie Lou Hopper

Feb. 17, 1934 — Dec. 15, 2003

Carrie Lou Hopper of Groveland died Monday at her home. She was 69.

She was born in Wisconsin and lived in Groveland for eight years. She volunteered with Helping Hands and served senior meals in Groveland. She worked as a waitress for 30 years. She also was a caregiver for hospice patients for many years.

Her family said her favorite hobby was shopping at the grocery store. She loved to cook, was always energetic and busy, and was well-liked, her family added.

She is survived by her daughter, Patti Freer of Oceano; a son, Michael William Wood of Yuma, Ariz.; grandchildren, Merci Freer and twins, Sunny and Kelly Freer, all of Oceano; great-grandchildren, Kerry and Gage Eddy and Isabell Dutra, all of Oceano; brothers and sister-in-law, (her twin) Larry and Mary Haufschild of Las Vegas and Billy Haufschild of Yuma, Ariz.; a sister, Sonia Haufschild of Arkansas; and a brother-in-law and best friend, Doyle Cummings of Groveland.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Marlene Cummings and Betty Culbertson.

No services are scheduled at her request.

Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Memorial and Honor Program, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH, 44720 for research type 1 and to find a cure.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joseph B.

Johnson

Nov. 13, 1921 — Dec. 14, 2003

Longtime Murphys resident Joseph B. Johnson died Sunday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 82.

He was born in Lansing, Mich., and lived in Murphys for 20 years. He was a retired yardmaster for Southern Pacific Railroad. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Mr. Johnson was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Arnold and of Veterans of Foreign Wars in San Andreas.

He is survived by his sons, Joseph Charles Johnson of Hanford and Henry Patrick Johnson of Clearlake; daughters, Barbara Moscirella of Sacramento, Tammy Hawes of Magalia, Kathy Harper of Clearlake and Brenda Lee Robinson of Indiana; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was to be held today at Angels Memorial Chapel.

Loretta ‘Ret' Kolp

Oct. 28, 1917 — Dec. 15, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Loretta "Ret" Kolp died Monday at a Modesto hospital. She was 86.

She was born in St. Louis. She lived in the Jamestown and Columbia areas for 32 years. She was one of 10 children and a homemaker. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Parish.

Her family said she enjoyed gardening, listening to Frank Sinatra, aerobics and rooting for the San Francisco Giants.

She loved her family, and they were always her first priority, her family added.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Mary Kolp of Washington; two grandchildren, Sprague and Elise Kolp of Washington; a brother; and three sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Robert "Bob" Kolp, in April.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora.

Donations can be made to the Halee Eaton Memorial Fund, Central California Bank, 229 S. Washington St., Sonora, CA 95370. The fund was established after the death of Aimee Eaton, who was killed in April when she was struck by a car along Stockton Road.

Moments before the crash, the car's driver, Robert Kolp, had suffered a blood clot that stopped his heart. Loretta Kolp was in the car at the time and tried to steer for her unconscious husband.

"I knew that my mom would want (donations) to go to that fund," said her son, Bob Kolp Jr.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

James Bascom Pryor

Aug. 31, 1924 — Dec. 12, 2003

Former longtime Arnold resident James Bascom Pryor died Friday at his home in Madera. He was 79.

He was born in Cromwell, Okla. He lived in Madera for 12 years and previously in Arnold for about 30 years. He was a retired superintendent of Sequoia Woods Golf Course in Arnold. He was a veteran of U.S. Naval special forces in the South Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Pryor is survived by his wife, Marie Pryor of Madera; a son, Jim Pryor of Murphys; a daughter, Sue Arvin of Reno, Nev.; brothers, Preston Pryor of Seminole, Okla., and Frank Pryor of Shawnee, Okla.; sisters, Irma Jean Stevens of Poteau, Okla., Barbara Ann Plant of Waterford and Freda Sue McCaslin of Clearlake; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Pryor, in 1972.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Angels Memorial Chapel.

Notices

PARSLEY — Jacqueline "Jackie" Ruth Parsley, 81, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

QUARTON — Buford Quarton, 51, of Sonora died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

RENTERIA — Alfred "Al" Renteria, 53, of Sonora died Tuesday at his home. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. Mary Catherine Geerer

Oct. 22, 1911 — Dec. 15, 2003

Mary Catherine Geerer of Sonora died Monday at a Jamestown care home. She was 92.

She was born in Ohio and had lived in Sonora since 1989. She worked as a homemaker for 70 years.

She is survived by her son, Larry Geerer of Los Angeles; a son-in-law, Jack Fitzsimmons; a niece, Maurine Martin of Bend, Ore.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nancy Fitzsimmons.

No services are scheduled.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1604 Ford Ave., Suite 8, Modesto, CA 95350. A separate piece of a paper with your name, address and request restricting the donations to be directed to Breast Cancer Research only should be included with the donation.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Carrie Lou Hopper

Feb. 17, 1934 — Dec. 15, 2003

Carrie Lou Hopper of Groveland died Monday at her home. She was 69.

She was born in Wisconsin and lived in Groveland for eight years. She volunteered with Helping Hands and served senior meals in Groveland. She worked as a waitress for 30 years. She also was a caregiver for hospice patients for many years.

Her family said her favorite hobby was shopping at the grocery store. She loved to cook, was always energetic and busy, and was well-liked, her family added.

She is survived by her daughter, Patti Freer of Oceano; a son, Michael William Wood of Yuma, Ariz.; grandchildren, Merci Freer and twins, Sunny and Kelly Freer, all of Oceano; great-grandchildren, Kerry and Gage Eddy and Isabell Dutra, all of Oceano; brothers and sister-in-law, (her twin) Larry and Mary Haufschild of Las Vegas and Billy Haufschild of Yuma, Ariz.; a sister, Sonia Haufschild of Arkansas; and a brother-in-law and best friend, Doyle Cummings of Groveland.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Marlene Cummings and Betty Culbertson.

No services are scheduled at her request.

Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Memorial and Honor Program, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH, 44720 for research type 1 and to find a cure.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Joseph B.

Johnson

Nov. 13, 1921 — Dec. 14, 2003

Longtime Murphys resident Joseph B. Johnson died Sunday at a San Andreas hospital. He was 82.

He was born in Lansing, Mich., and lived in Murphys for 20 years. He was a retired yardmaster for Southern Pacific Railroad. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Mr. Johnson was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Arnold and of Veterans of Foreign Wars in San Andreas.

He is survived by his sons, Joseph Charles Johnson of Hanford and Henry Patrick Johnson of Clearlake; daughters, Barbara Moscirella of Sacramento, Tammy Hawes of Magalia, Kathy Harper of Clearlake and Brenda Lee Robinson of Indiana; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was to be held today at Angels Memorial Chapel.

Loretta ‘Ret' Kolp

Oct. 28, 1917 — Dec. 15, 2003

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Loretta "Ret" Kolp died Monday at a Modesto hospital. She was 86.

She was born in St. Louis. She lived in the Jamestown and Columbia areas for 32 years. She was one of 10 children and a homemaker. She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Parish.

Her family said she enjoyed gardening, listening to Frank Sinatra, aerobics and rooting for the San Francisco Giants.

She loved her family, and they were always her first priority, her family added.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Mary Kolp of Washington; two grandchildren, Sprague and Elise Kolp of Washington; a brother; and three sisters.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Robert "Bob" Kolp, in April.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora.

Donations can be made to the Halee Eaton Memorial Fund, Central California Bank, 229 S. Washington St., Sonora, CA 95370. The fund was established after the death of Aimee Eaton, who was killed in April when she was struck by a car along Stockton Road.

Moments before the crash, the car's driver, Robert Kolp, had suffered a blood clot that stopped his heart. Loretta Kolp was in the car at the time and tried to steer for her unconscious husband.

"I knew that my mom would want (donations) to go to that fund," said her son, Bob Kolp Jr.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

James Bascom Pryor

Aug. 31, 1924 — Dec. 12, 2003

Former longtime Arnold resident James Bascom Pryor died Friday at his home in Madera. He was 79.

He was born in Cromwell, Okla. He lived in Madera for 12 years and previously in Arnold for about 30 years. He was a retired superintendent of Sequoia Woods Golf Course in Arnold. He was a veteran of U.S. Naval special forces in the South Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Pryor is survived by his wife, Marie Pryor of Madera; a son, Jim Pryor of Murphys; a daughter, Sue Arvin of Reno, Nev.; brothers, Preston Pryor of Seminole, Okla., and Frank Pryor of Shawnee, Okla.; sisters, Irma Jean Stevens of Poteau, Okla., Barbara Ann Plant of Waterford and Freda Sue McCaslin of Clearlake; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Pryor, in 1972.

A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Angels Memorial Chapel.

Notices

PARSLEY — Jacqueline "Jackie" Ruth Parsley, 81, of Sonora died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

QUARTON — Buford Quarton, 51, of Sonora died yesterday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

RENTERIA — Alfred "Al" Renteria, 53, of Sonora died Tuesday at his home. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.