Obituaries for February 23, 2004

February 23, 2004 12:00 am

Lewis A. Davis

Jan. 29, 1933 — Feb. 9, 2004

Lewis A. Davis of Vallecito died Monday, Feb. 9, at a San Francisco medical center. He was 71.

He was born in Kings River, Ark., and was the ninth of 13 children in his family. At the age of 8, after the death of his mother, he and his three brothers went to Quakerdale Home for Boys in New Providence, Iowa, where he lived until 1951, when he graduated from New Providence High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-56.

An entrepreneur, he owned and operated a home delivery milk business, a trucking company, three beach concessions and several restaurants in Southern California and, in later years, a home handyman repair and painting business. He managed Sierra Storage on Highway 4 for the past nine years and worked as a tax preparer for the past six years. He lived in Vallecito for 14 years.

He was active in supporting Murphys Creek Theatre Company. He helped build sets there and served as treasurer. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2600 in San Andreas.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 19 years, Sherri Davis of Vallecito; two sons, Gary Davis and Harold Davis, both of Lompoc, Santa Barbara County; a daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Doug Moore of Goleta, Santa Barbara County; five brothers, Kenneth Davis of Ames, Iowa, Art Davis of Cedar Falls, Iowa, John Davis of Decherd, Tenn., Ernie Davis of Peoria, Ariz., and Eddie Davis of Grovertown, Ind.; two sisters, Arline James of Des Moines, Iowa, and Eva Anderson of Seattle; two granddaughters, Carly Davis of Lompoc and Kristen Moore of Goleta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Keith and Jerry Davis; and sisters, Ann Opperman and Kathy Simonsma.

No services are scheduled at his request. Inurnment will be at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine at a later date.

An informal celebration of life will be held at a later date in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Lewis A. Davis to UCSF Cancer Center, P.O. Box 0248, San Francisco, CA 94143-0248, Murphys Creek Theatre Company, P.O. Box 603, Murphys, CA 95247, or any favorite charity.

Neptune Society of Northern California in Stockton is handling arrangements.

Norine Dale Holmes

March 24, 1937 — Feb. 15, 2004

Longtime Sonora resident Norine Dale Holmes died Sunday, Feb. 15, at a Sacramento medical center. She was 66.

She was born in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, and had lived in Sonora for 33 years. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College, San Francisco State, Chico State and received her degree from Columbia College.

She worked at Columbia College for 23 years and held many titles there. She last worked as an administrative secretary for instructional services. She retired in 2002.

Her family said she enjoyed photography, nature and animals, and she was passionate about education.

She is survived by her husband, Erwin Holmes of Sonora; and two sons, Kirk Holmes of Seattle and Kim Holmes of Oakdale.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia College Rotunda.

Donations can be made to the American Liver Foundation, Northern California Chapter, 870 Market St., Suite 1048, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Florence (Bushee) Powers

Jan. 10, 1911 — Feb. 5, 2004

Florence (Bushee) Powers of Soulsbyville died Thursday, Feb. 5, at a Soulsbyville care home. She was 93.

She was born in Bennington, Vt. At an early age, she moved to Cambridge, Mass., with her family, where she graduated from Cambridge High School and Latin School. She also graduated from Burdette's Business School in Boston.

She moved to Dallas, where she worked as an executive secretary for 50 years while donating much of her spare time to helping various charities. She moved to Columbia in 1995 to be closer to her sister and niece.

She is survived by her sister, Jeannette Dodge of Columbia; a brother, Joseph Bushee of Salem, N.H.; a nephew, Gregory Dodge of Columbia; two nieces, Deborah Dodge of Columbia and Rebecca Dodge of San Diego; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

A private inurnment was held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Berneice

Gwendolyn

Quenton

Nov. 29, 1924 — Feb. 16, 2004

Berneice Gwendolyn Quenton of Calaveras County died Monday at a Manteca hospital. She was 79.

She was born in Stuart, Okla., and had lived in San Andreas for nine years and Angels Camp for two years. She previously lived in Susanville, Lassen County, for nine years. She worked as a coffee shop waitress.

She is survived by her daughters, Frankie Harlan of Susanville, Carolyn Harlan of Angels Camp, Mary Tompkins of North Carolina and Kathy White of San Andreas; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Nicely.

Services were held.

Angels Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Charlene M.

Sundborg

Aug. 5, 1922 — Feb. 13, 2004

Former longtime Sonora resident Charlene M. Sundborg died Friday, Feb. 13, at a hospital in San Ramon. She was 81.

She was born in Stigler, Okla., and lived for more than 40 years in the West Pittsburg/Concord area. She was a graduate of Mt. Diablo High School in Concord.

She moved to Sonora in 1970 with her husband, Norman. They lived there until his death in June 2003, when she moved to Danville. She worked as a medical secretary for several years in Pittsburg, Contra Costa County, for Dr. Charles Jessup and later for the California Highway Patrol in Jamestown. She was a member of the Contra Costa County Cowbelles and the Business and Professional Women's Association.

Her family said she enjoyed traveling, bingo and reading. She also was an accomplished seamstress, her family added, and especially enjoyed visiting with family and friends and spending time at Kennedy Meadows.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Jim Anthony of Alamo, Contra Costa County, and Bonnie and Gary Boswell of Clayton, Contra Costa County; stepdaughters, Karen Soares of Concord and Marilyn Tiffin of Antioch; a sister, Colleen Robertson of West Point; six grandchildren, Stacy Parker, Jill Pfeiffer, Lisa Hurst, Scott Parker, Michelle Eberhart and Christy Hernandez; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home.

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.

Charmaine ‘Dusty' Castro

Aug. 15, 1937 — Feb. 13, 2004

Charmaine "Dusty" Castro of Tuolumne died Friday, Feb. 13, at her home. She was 66.

She was born in Chicago and lived in Tuolumne for 11 years. She was a homemaker for 46 years.

She was a member of the Dorcus Society.

Her family said she loved to ride motorcycles and was an antiques collector.

She is survived by her husband, John Castro of Tuolumne; a son, Damon Roberts of Arizona; two daughters, Layna Paul of Modesto and Shannon Salis of Sonora; and two grandchildren.

Services were held Friday.

Heuton Memorial Chapel handled arrangements.

Notices

MURRAY — Lena Murray, 99, of Mi-Wuk Village died yesterday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

RAITER — Edward Raiter, 59, of Columbia died Saturday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

ROSEBROUGH — A memorial service for Harry Ernest Rosebrough, 75, of Tuolumne is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sonora. He died Wednesday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

STONE — Wendell "Wink" Stone, formerly of Twain Harte died Thursday at his home in Sacramento. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow at River Cities Funeral Chapel, 910 Soule St. in West Sacramento. River Cities Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

THULOWEIT — Kevin Thuloweit, age unavailable, of Jamestown died Saturday from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident in Jamestown. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

TRIMMER — Joan Trimmer, 75, of Sonora died Saturday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.