Obituaries for January 9, 2004

January 09, 2004 12:00 am

Ronald Nolan Arington

May 29, 1945 — Jan. 3, 2004

Former longtime Sonora High School teacher Ronald Nolan Arington died Saturday at a Modesto hospital from injuries suffered a day earlier in a Chinese Camp ranching accident. He was 58.

He was born and raised in Modesto on a farm and graduated from Downey High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He lived in Columbia for 30 years and worked as an agriculture teacher at Sonora High School for 28 years before his retirement in 2001.

He was member of the Tuolumne County Farm Bureau and also served on the board of directors for the bureau. He was also a member of Back Country Horsemen of California, Mid Valley Unit and Volunteer Trail Maintenance, U.S. Forest Service Carson Iceberg and Mokelumne Wilderness Areas, and Volunteer Bureau of Land Management in Red Hills.

His life revolved around the love of his wife, his love of the mountains and his mules and helping local ranchers, his family said. He educated young people not only in the classroom but outside in the simple joys of life and the wonder of their surroundings, his family added.

Mr. Arington is survived by his wife of 33 years, Terri Arington of Columbia; his mother, Viola Arington of Modesto; a sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Gary Lattig of Modesto; mother-in-law Grayce Ceschi of San Rafael; brother and sister-in-law Tory and Jerri Ceschi of Corte Madera, Marin County; nephews Aaron Lattig of Georgia, David and Matthew Lattig, both of Modesto, Ben Ceschi of Novato and Michael Healy of Santa Rosa; nieces Bobbie Ceschi Smith and Maureen Sullivan, both of Petaluma, and Monica Tognini and Melissa Nuyens, both of Novato; nine grandnephews; and six grandnieces.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Arington, and father-in-law, Hector Ceschi.

He was loved by his dogs, Rocky and Rebecca, his family added.

His favorite saying was, "If you're lucky enough to be in the mountains, you're lucky enough."

The Sonora High School FFA will be making a scrapbook for his wife, Terri. The book will consist of funny stories, pictures and great memories of the man known as "R.A." Mr. Arington influenced all who knew him, his friends said. Anyone with stories or photos can send them by March 1st to Sonora FFA Chapter, 430 N. Washington St., Sonora, CA 95370.

A gathering of family and friends will celebrate his life at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse clubhouse on Rawhide Road in Jamestown.

Donations can be made to the Ron Arington Memorial Fund, in care of any Central California or Central Sierra bank.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Rodney William Brooks

July 8, 1950 — Jan. 2, 2004

Lifelong Tuolumne County resident Rodney William Brooks died Friday at his home of natural causes. He was 53.

He was born in Sonora, a fourth-generation Californian. He attended Sonora Elementary School at the Sonora Dome and graduated from Sonora High School in 1968, where he excelled in sports. He later served in the National Guard.

He owned and operated a heavy-equipment business and worked for numerous contractors in the county for many years. Reservoirs, subdivisions roads and land clearing were his marks for posterity, his family said

He loved his many dogs, friends and family, his family added, and he was a generous and caring person, they said.

Mr. Brooks is survived by his mother and stepfather, Ethel and Gary Wyckoff of Vallecito; his father and stepmother, Leonard and Pat Brooks of Keystone; sister and brother-in-law Eileene and Jim Dambacher of Sonora; brothers and sister-in-law Ron and Gerri Brooks and Bob Brooks, all of Sonora, and Lee Brooks of Keystone; nephews Evan Brooks and Jesse and Joshua Dambacher, all of Sonora; a childhood stepfather, Alvin Sylva Jr., of Idaho; and many cousins and friends.

A private service is planned and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

JoAnn Rosa Inman

Dec. 29, 1956 — Jan. 2, 2004

JoAnn Rosa Inman of Mokelumne Hill died Friday, Jan. 2, from injuries suffered in a car accident in Mountain Ranch. She was 47.

Her husband, Michael, was also killed in the accident (see obituary below).

She was born in Ochsenfurt, Germany, and lived in Mokelumne Hill for 10 years. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her sisters, Nancy Cashner of Greeley Hill and Elizabeth Pato and Sandy Tilly, both of Antioch.

Services will be held at a later date.

A memorial fund has been established in JoAnn and Michael Inman's names at El Dorado Savings Bank in San Andreas.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Michael Jack Inman

Sept. 3, 1955 — Jan. 2, 2004

Michael Jack Inman of Mokelumne Hill died Friday, Jan. 2, from injuries suffered in a car accident in Mountain Ranch. He was 48.

His wife, JoAnn, was also killed in the accident.

He was born in Sacramento and lived in Mokelumne Hill for 10 years. He worked as a truck driver until seven years ago, and had served in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Inman is survived by his parents, Betty Inman of Mokelumne Hill and Jack Inman of Elko, Nev.

Services will be held at a later date.

A memorial fund has been established in Michael and JoAnn Inman's names at El Dorado Savings Bank in San Andreas.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Leoma Lillian Martin

Jan. 26, 1914 — Jan. 6, 2004

Longtime San Andreas resident Leoma Lillian Martin died Tuesday at her home. She was 89.

She was born in Antlers, Okla., and lived in San Andreas for 54 years. She was a homemaker for 72 years.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Louis W. Martin of San Andreas; a son, Jimmie Martin of Lockeford; a daughter, Janice Steely of San Andreas; brothers, Calvin McKnight of Whitewright, Texas, and Loyd McKnight and Dearle McKnight, both of Sherman, Texas; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Roy and Alan Martin.

A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Mokelumne Hill Protestant Cemetery.

San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Patricia Madeline Stonecypher

Dec. 15, 1943 — Jan. 6, 2004

Longtime Jamestown resident Patricia Madeline Stonecypher died Tuesday at a Modesto hospital after a short illness. She was 60.

She was born in Miami, and lived in Jamestown for 27 years.

Her family said she enjoyed gardening at home, writing and caring for her pets and all young children. She was an active volunteer with Sonora Community Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency's Youth Mentoring Program.

She is survived by her best friend, Shirley Brown of Jamestown; a sister, Michele Clark of Oneco, Fla.; a brother, Dennis Stonecypher of Phoenix; a half-sister, Christina Jackson of Michigan; her stepmother, Irene Staton of Livermore; and a stepsister, Mary Zappia of Livermore.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Arden Stonecypher, in 1991, and a longtime friend, Billy Moran, in 1996.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Sharon Waller

Feb. 12, 1951 — Jan. 5, 2004

Longtime Twain Harte resident Sharon Waller died Monday at a Sonora hospital after a short illness. She was 52.

She was born in Oakland and lived in Twain Harte for 27 years. She grew up in San Lorenzo and graduated from San Lorenzo High School in 1969. She was a homemaker and loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren, her family said.

Her family said she enjoyed reading and the ocean.

She is survived by her daughters, Sandi Speirer and Kelly Waller, both of Reno, Nev.; her father and stepmother, Brandon and Betty Rohney of San Leandro; a sister, Kathy Hoover of Hayward; two brothers, Mike Rohney of Castro Valley and Barney Rohney of California; grandchildren Taylor and Rachel Speirer, both of Reno, Nev., and one on the way; and her fianc, Victor Day of Twain Harte.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Claribel Briner

Jan. 16, 1906 — Jan. 5, 2004

Claribel Briner of Soulsbyville died Monday at a Sonora hospital. She was 97.

She was born in Fair Play, Mo. She moved to Soulsbyville in 1998 from Hanford to be closer to her family. She had lived in Hanford for 60 years. She opened a nursing home in Hanford while working as a nurse.

Her family said she loved traveling, music and dancing.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, David and Jacqueline Vaughn of Arroyo Grande and Jack and Sharon Vaughn of Jamestown; granddaughters Valerie Barber and her husband, Allen, of Twain Harte, and Kim Bramm of Mi-Wuk Village; grandsons Dan Vaughn and his wife, Kelly, of Pinecrest, Scott Vaughn and his wife, Kathi, of Lodi, and Devin Vaughn and his wife, Bonnie, of Middletown, Lake County; a sister, Fern Taylor of Hanford; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Frank Vaughn and Jesse Briner; her parents; two sisters, Opal Dawson and Willie Harcourt; and a brother, John Fulwiler.

A service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Peoples Funeral Chapel, 501 N. Douty in Hanford.

Donations can be made to the Children's Hospital Central California, Attn.: Foundation, 9300 Valley Children's Place, Madera, CA 93638.

Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Notices

ALLRED — A graveside service for Frances Allred, 83, of Groveland is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Groveland. She died Tuesday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SHAMO — Visitation for Rodger Thell Shamo, 75, a former Sonora resident, is scheduled for 9-10 a.m. tomorrow at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home. A chapel service will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the funeral home. Burial will be at Jamestown City Cemetery. He died Jan. 1 at a Livermore hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

KELLY — Elmer Kelly, 88, of Tuolumne died Wednesday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

O'SHAUGHNESSY — Betty O'Shaughnessy, 73, of Jamestown died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.