Obituaries for December 31, 2003

December 31, 2003 12:00 am

Shirley Bernice Bancroft

Nov. 19, 1920 — Dec. 28, 2003

Longtime Columbia resident Shirley Bernice Bancroft died Sunday at her home. She was 83.

She was born in Marysville, Mich., and lived in the Columbia area since 1969. She moved to Sonora 15 years ago.

Her family said she was a homemaker and a great cook.

She is survived by her husband, Burton Bancroft of Sonora; a son, Richard Carl Bancroft of Citrus Heights; a sister, Mary Lou Rockfellow of Redford, Mich.; grandchildren, Kim Forsberg of Oakdale and Richard Bancroft Jr. of Virginia; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jeremy Davis, both of Oakdale, and Catherine Bancroft of Virginia.

No services are scheduled at her request.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Tressie Goldie Bushing Beach

June 8, 1914 — Dec. 24, 2003

Tressie Goldie Bushing Beach of Sonora died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital. She was 89.

She was born in Milnor, N.D., and had lived in Sonora since July 1989. She worked as a hospital aid for 55 years. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Her friend said she was an inspiration to many.

She is survived by her sisters, Alta L. Devitt of Mitchell, S.D., and Florence B. Ramsdell of Gettysburg, S.D.; five stepchildren; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Val Devitt.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers; three sisters; and two husbands, Howard W. Bushing and Ralph B. Beach.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sonora.

Donations can be made to Quiet Hour, P.O. Box 3000, Redlands, CA 92373-1500.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Florence Marie Cunningham

Dec. 5, 1912 — Dec. 24, 2003

Florence Marie Cunningham of Groveland died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital. She was 91.

She was born in Verbicaro, Italy, and had lived in Groveland for one year. She was a homemaker.

She attended University of California, Berkeley, and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a double major in sociology and English. She attended St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Vallejo and St. Justin's in Santa Clara.

Her family said she was intelligent and loving with an uplifting attitude even in her older years. She enjoyed collecting antiques and interior decorating, her family added.

She is survived by her son, Mike Cunningham of Groveland; granddaughters, Angela Cunningham of Sunnyvale and Kim Cunningham of Merced; a brother, Frank Silvestri of Vallejo; close friends, David Flores and Colleen Reece, both of Groveland, and Marion Houlahan; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date.

Donations can be made to Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc., 2672 Bayshore Parkway, Suite 520, Mountain View, CA 94043.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Helen Jo Denny

June 5, 1933 — Dec. 29, 2003

Former longtime Sonora resident Helen Jo Denny died Monday at her home. She was 70.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and had lived in California since 1960. She lived in Sonora from 1966-95 with her husband, Charles. She moved to Florida for five years and moved to Waterford in 2000. She was a homemaker and a member of what was known as St. Mels Catholic Church in Twain Harte and the Sonora Moose Lodge.

Her family said she enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by her husband, Charles H. Denny of Waterford; children, Corinne Day of Mountain View, Roberta Speer of Modesto, Linda Chiodo and Mark Denny, both of Waterford, and Michael Denny of Hernando, Fla.; four sisters, including Tina Branch of North Carolina; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A rosary is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Modesto. Burial is scheduled at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel in Modesto is handling arrangements.

David Lee Hanf

Feb. 24, 1930 — Dec. 26, 2003

David Lee Hanf of Tuolumne died Friday at a Sonora hospital. He was 73.

He was born in Ramona, San Diego County, and lived in Tuolumne for three years. He worked as an engineer for 50 years and served in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Hanf is survived by his wife of 47 years, Veronica Hanf of Tuolumne; five sons, Michael Hanf of Denair, Daniel Hanf of New Jersey, Mark Hanf of Colorado, Kenneth Hanf of Turlock and Phillip Hanf of Visalia; and 11 grandchildren.

A vigil is scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Tuolumne. Burial is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Modesto.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 642, Twain Harte, CA 95383 or Community Hospice Inc., 601 McHenry Ave., Modesto, CA 95350-5411.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Harry Wesley Hansen

Oct. 11, 1937 — Dec. 26, 2003

Harry Wesley Hansen of Sonora died Friday at his home. He was 66.

He was born in East Los Angeles and lived in Sonora for three years. He worked in construction for 40 years, much of that time as a superintendent.

His family said he enjoyed woodworking, playing practical jokes and especially his family, and he had a good sense of humor.

Mr. Hansen is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara Hansen of Sonora; four sons, Paul Hansen of Los Banos, Ralph Hansen of Jamestown, Bruce Hansen of Tacoma, Wash., and Aaron Hansen of Sonora; a brother, David Lee Hansen of Phelan, San Bernardino County; and two sisters, Christine Busby of Hesperia and Carol Davis of Sacramento.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Christian Life Center.

Donations can be made to American Lung Association, 1231 W. Robinhood Drive, Suite A1, Stockton, CA 95207 or to General Post Funds. Call 588-8405 for information on how to donate to General Post Funds.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Douglas ‘Doug' Aird Hossack

May 9, 1917 — Dec. 27, 2003

Longtime Twain Harte resident Douglas "Doug" Hossack died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. He was 86.

He was born in Winnipeg, Canada. His career as a lithographer concluded with him serving as president of National Press in Palo Alto. He retired in 1977 and moved to Twain Harte. He served on many community boards, including the Twain Harte Planning Board, Sherwood Forest Water Association and the Mother Lode CommUNITY Church. He was a member and past president of Sierra Pines Golf Club and Palo Alto Hills Country Club.

He was a passionate golfer, his family said, and only a few weeks ago he was playing a few holes and walking the course at Twain Harte Golf Course.

Mr. Hossack is survived by his wife of 66 years, Patricia Hossack; children, Susan Spring of Twain Harte, Donna Layburn of Alameda and Paul Hossack of Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz County; a sister, Grace Jamieson of Winnipeg, Canada; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mother Lode CommUNITY Church, 326 W. Stockton Road, in Sonora.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Otto R. Vetter

Oct. 6, 1929 — Dec. 24, 2003

Otto R. Vetter of Groveland died Wednesday at his home. He was 74.

He was born in Fresno and lived in Groveland for six years. He retired from the California Highway Patrol after 271?2 years. He served the Fresno area for 14 years, including 10 years as the first resident post officer at Shaver Lake. While there, he started the local ambulance service staffed by 50 community volunteers. He taught most of the first aid/CPR classes to cross train attendants and drivers. He retired in 1985 from the San Luis Obispo-area office. During his years with the CHP, he was chosen to be the driver for Vice President Johnson during a visit to the Fresno area, and then-President Ford's sons while in the San Luis Obispo area.

His family said he was extremely proud of his service to the state.

In earlier years, he played saxophone with his band at the Rainbow Ballroom in Fresno. He also drove midget racecars during the early 1950s and was a licensed hardwood-flooring contractor before he joined the CHP in 1958. He served on the Pine Mountain Lake Association Board of Directors from 2000-03.

He was an instrument/instructor-rated pilot who enjoyed 25 years of flying small airplanes.

He loved camping with family and friends, playing tennis and telling jokes to anyone who would listen, his family said, and he treasured his family and many friends and was extremely grateful to all of them who gave him love and encouragement during his battle with cancer.

Mr. Vetter is survived by his wife, Louise Vetter of Pine Mountain Lake; sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Timber Vetter of Lompoc, James Vetter of Fresno and Michael and Nancy Vetter of Atascadero; daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Wade Dierksheide of Atascadero; sister and brother-in-law, Ursula and Dan Chamness of Eugene, Ore.; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and 12 nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Groveland Evangelical Free Church.

Memorial donations can be made to the Groveland Museum and Library, (STCHS) Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society, or Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

DAHLIN — A graveside service for Donald G. Dahlin, 72, of Sonora is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at Carters Cemetery. He died Monday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

MAHONEY — Donations for George Mahoney, 85, of Tuolumne County can be made to Tuolumne General Hospital, Attn.: Long-term care, 101 Hospital Road, Sonora, CA 95370. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

PALMER — Visitation for former Sonora resident Virginia Helene Palmer, 92, of Georgetown is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel. She died Monday at a Placerville hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WALSH — Joyce "Carol" Walsh, 53, of Sonora died this morning at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.