Obituaries for January 23, 2004

January 23, 2004 12:00 am

Charles Eldon Stanbridge

Sept. 9, 1917 — Jan. 9, 2004

Longtime Tuolumne County resident Charles Eldon Stanbridge died Jan. 9 at a Modesto care center. He was 86.

He was born in San Francisco and lived in Sonora for 40 years.

He was a master carpenter for 30 years and helped with the Dodge Ridge Ski Area's expansion in the late 1960s. He worked at Pickering Lumber Co. in the planing mill. He later worked as a maintenance man for Tuolumne County until his retirement.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-45 as a carpenter's mate in the New Hebrides, an island group in the South Pacific that now forms the nation of Vanuatu, and Guam.

His family said he loved the outdoors, including fishing and hunting. He loved the woods and would cut and sell firewood as a hobby, his family added, and his dog was always with him.

He was an honorary member of the Future Farmers of America of Tuolumne.

Mr. Stanbridge is survived by his wife of 58 years, Norma Stanbridge of Sonora; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Cindy Stanbridge of Sonora; a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Mike Russell of Valley Home; five grandsons, Bret and Kurt Stanbridge, both of Sonora, and Ryan, Danny and Randy Russell, all of Valley Home; and a great-granddaughter, Kimberly Russell of Valley Home.

No services are scheduled.

Donations can be made to Humane Society of Tuolumne County, P.O. Box 830, Jamestown, CA 95327.

The Neptune Society in Fresno is handling arrangements.

Janet Marie Bourdeau

Sept. 22, 1955 — Jan. 16, 2004

Janet Marie Bourdeau of Twain Harte died from injuries suffered in an auto accident near Knights Ferry. She was 48.

She was born in Kalispell, Mont., and raised in Missoula, Mont. She moved to San Jose in 1966 and graduated from Westmont High School there. She worked as a computer network manager for Pacific Bell for 23 years. She lived in Twain Harte for three years.

Her family said she loved forest animals and the mountains. She was very artistic, especially in oil painting, and other crafts, her family added.

She is survived by a son, Ryan Bourdeau of Walnut Creek; a daughter, Kristina Hernikl of Pleasant Hill; two grandchildren, Jade Hernikl of Pleasant Hill and Jericho Bourdeau of Walnut Creek; her parents, Paul and Shirley Bourdeau of Twain Harte; two sisters, Debora Bourdeau of Norco, Riverside County, and Rhonda Bourdeau of Pomona; two brothers, Randy Bourdeau of San Jose and Jean Paul Bourdeau of Libby, Mont.; several uncles and aunts, including Dan Thomas of San Jose and Ronald Bourdeau of Missoula; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Diana Bourdeau, on Jan. 26, 2003.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at All Saints Catholic Church in Twain Harte. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Sonora.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Gerald ‘Jerry' Jay Pilz

Jan. 3, 1936 — Jan. 22, 2004

Gerald "Jerry" Jay Pilz of Sonora died yesterday at his home. He was 68.

He was born in Sacramento and lived in Sonora for 41?2 years.

He retired from Orlando, Fla. He worked as an electronics packaging designer in aerospace for Lockheed Martin for 35 years and worked on many spacecraft, including the Viking Lander.

He was a member of the Sonora First Ward the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was very active there, his family said. He was especially active at the church's Family History Center, where he volunteered many hours as a computer specialist.

He was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

He loved model trains and adored his family, his family said, and loved the mountains, trees, nature and the Tuolumne County area.

He was a second-generation American who loved to travel to many states and European countries, including the Czech Republic, which was his family's native country, his family added.

Mr. Pilz is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Adrienne Pilz of Sonora; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Terilynn and Brent Taylor of Aurora, Colo., Sheri and Bryan Johanson of La Canada, Wendy and John Benfield of Las Vegas, Heidi Pilz of Ithaca, N.Y., and Katrina and Michael Hughes of San Diego; two sons and daughters-in-law, Glen and Tammy Pilz of Henderson, Nev., and Karl and Heather Pilz of Groton, Conn.; a brother, Dwight Pilz of Berkeley; and 21 grandchildren.

A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow at Mountain Shadow Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Call Bishop Shawn Price at 533-3243 for instructions and address.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Robert McEvoy Manly

March 22, 1919 — Jan. 16, 2004

Longtime Greeley Hill resident Robert McEvoy Manly died Friday, Jan. 16, at a Sonora hospital. He was 84.

He was born in New London, Conn., and lived in Greeley Hill for 26 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked as a rancher and a businessman for 50 years.

Mr. Manly was a well-known long-distance runner who for many years competed in the Old Mill Run. He also completed more than 60 marathons and many ultra-marathons.

Mr. Manly is survived by four sons, Tim Manly of Jamestown, Tom Manly of Oakdale, Pat Manly of Lodi and Ken Manly of Midpines; four daughters, Rosemary Gamblin of Acampo, Molly Wood of Albuquerque, N.M., Kitty Quayle of Placerville and Ann Lory of Piedmont; two brothers, Pat Manly of San Diego and Bill Manly of Santa Rosa; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June.

Private family services have been held.

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.

Roma ‘Lori' Cheatham

Feb. 14, 1930 — Jan. 18, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Roma "Lori" Cheatham died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. She was 73.

She was born in Troup, Texas, and lived in Sonora for more than 30 years.

She is survived by three children, Gail Lopez and Dan Wolfington, both of Modesto, and Katy Cheatham of Oakdale; her companion, Tom Chechowitz of Sonora; her dog, Poquito; four grandchildren, Misty Long of Turlock, Eric and Adam Wolfington, both of Modesto, and Jason Lopez of San Diego; two great-grandchildren, Noel Luke of Modesto and Daylan Long of Turlock; three sisters, Kathey McCardia and Joann Bowden, both of Oregon, and Mary Alvada Heuer of Placerville; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A private service will be held at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

GALLINGER — Florence Gallinger, 85, of Copperopolis died Tuesday at her home. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Lake Tulloch Bible Church. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

STEWART — Mary Stewart, 77, of Sonora died this morning at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

STOIA — A funeral service for Eugene Stoia, 88, of Groveland is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Saint Susanna Orthodox Church, 10825 Robinwood Lane, Sonora. He died Tuesday at a Sonora care home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

THOMPSON — Wayne Kerry Thompson, 58, of Jamestown died yesterday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.