Obituaries for January 6, 2003

January 06, 2003 12:00 am

Rose ‘Carmen' (Werdeman) Nickles

Nov. 4, 1910 — Dec. 29, 2002

Rose "Carmen" (Werdeman) Nickles, 92, a former Tuolumne County deputy assessor, died Dec. 29 at her home in Belvedere, Marin County.

Mrs. Nickles was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Tuolumne County, where she lived until about 1970, when she moved to Aptos. She moved to Belvedere in 1988.

She graduated from Jamestown Elementary School and, in 1929, Sonora High School. She and her husband, Marshall J. Nickles, built a home on Banner Drive in Sonora, where they lived for many years.

She was deputy assessor of Tuolumne County in the 1960s and also managed a title office.

Mrs. Nickles was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Sonora, where she volunteered for many activities, including helping with children's activities.

After moving to Belvedere, she worked at her daughter's business, Sweetthings, until she was 90. She was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Belvedere. She loved wearing hats, enjoyed having breakfast at San Francisco Yacht Club and spending time with her great-grandchildren and loved her daughter's dog Lucie. They said she was a very sweet person and was very supportive and encouraging.

Mrs. Nickles is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marsha Nickles Lasky and Michael Lasky; Michael Lasky's children and their spouses, Michael and Teri Lasky, Blake and Cece Lasky, and Beth and John Anderson and Skip Lasky; eight great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Valeria Werdeman of Burlingame; and a niece, Joyce Cahallan and husband, Bill, of Burlingame.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Marshall J. Nickles, in 1978.

A service will be held at a later date at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. Neptune Society of Marin County is handling arrangements.

Perry D. Cox

April 24, 1919 — Dec. 31, 2002

Perry D. Cox, 83, of Sonora died Tuesday at a Modesto hospital.

Mr. Cox was born in Hot Springs, Ark., and had lived in the Bay Area for many years, before moving to Sonora, where he had lived for the past 25 years.

He was a diesel mechanic for Operating Engineer's Local 3 in San Mateo. He was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Sonora and the Marion Barber Senior Lounge. He taught a wood-carving class at the senior lounge and later at Tuolumne County Senior Center in Sonora.

Mr. Cox is survived by his wife, Alma Cox of Sonora; two sons, James Cox of Baypoint, Contra Costa County, and Robert Cox of Camp Connell; two grandsons, Sean Cox and Elliott Cox, both of Camp Connell; and a sister, Mary James of Ashland, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Arcie Mae Cox.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, and a funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, all at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A private graveside service will be held at Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora.

Philip Joseph Kelleher

March 28, 1932 — Jan. 2, 2003

Philip Joseph Kelleher, 70, of Sonora died Thursday at his home.

Mr. Kelleher was born in Lynn, Mass., and had lived in Sonora for the past four years.

He was a chemical engineer for various engineering firms in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco for a total of 40 years.

He attended St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora, was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous in Sonora and the San Ramon Valley area. He enjoyed singing in barbershop quartets and the Columbia College Choir. He loved to play the piano and loved the arts and created sculptures, drawings and paintings. He collected art, antiques and books.

He was a pilot, loved to scuba dive, garden and enjoyed computer work and genealogy.

Mr. Kelleher is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Kelleher of Sonora; two sons, Kenneth Kelleher of Sonora and Robert Kelleher of San Ramon; five daughters, Laura Kelly of Danville, Lee Ann Kjar of Orinda, Kristin Lynch of Oxnard, Kathleen Feller of Roseville and Amy Meineke of Pleasanton; a sister, Ruth Mason of Onset, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; and five sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Kelleher, in 2000.

Visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Heuton Memorial Chapel. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sonora. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Sonora.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Dublin.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame 94010 or the Sonora Alano Club, 19421 Village Drive, Sonora 95370.

Tommy Gardner Walling

March 14, 1922 — Jan. 2, 2003

Tommy Gardner Walling, 80, of Sonora died Thursday at a Sonora hospital.

Mr. Walling was a native of Sonora and had lived in Jamestown from infancy until he was about 11, when his family moved to Colfax. He lived in the Bay Area for many years before returning to Sonora 11 years ago.

When he was 17 he joined the Army, serving from 1941 to 1945 during World War II in Europe and Africa.

He later worked as a supervisor of maintenance for the City of San Bruno for many years.

He was a past master of the Free and Accepted Masons 120 of San Francisco, where he received the Hiram Award. His family said it is the highest Masonic award given. He was a past high priest of the Royal Arch Masons of California, Santa Rosa 45, past commander of Francis Drake Masonic Temple 16. of S. San Francisco, past potentate of Shriner's Asiya and past patron of Order of the Eastern Star.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at San Bruno Funeral Home, 200 W. San Bruno Ave. Terzich and Wilson Funeral is handling local arrangements.

Donations may be made to Shriner's Children's Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, 95817 or a favorite charity.

Carol Leonie Bartlett

Jan 7, 1941 — Dec. 25, 2002

Carol Leonie Bartlett, 61, of Angels Camp died Dec. 25 in a Lodi care home, after a long illness.

Mrs. Bartlett was born in Monterey and had lived in Angels Camp for the past 13 years.

She was a janitor for Rogers Corporation in Chandler, Ariz., and later owned Angels Delight ceramics and gift shop in Angels Camp for many years. She liked to make ceramics.

Mrs. Bartlett is survived by a son, Gene Rhoar Bartlett III of Phoenix; a daughter, Carolyn Bartlett of Angels Camp; and six grandchildren.

A service and burial will be private. Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Christian Harold "Chris" Klein

Dec. 24, 1924 — Dec. 31, 2002

Christian Harold "Chris" Klein, 78, of Jamestown died Thursday at his home.

Mr. Klein was a native of Berlin, Germany, and had lived in Groveland for seven years and in Jamestown for the past eight years.

He worked as a real estate appraiser for Laguna Federal Bank in Laguna Beach for 10 years.

He loved to travel, and his family said he was a great handyman and painter. They said he loved his friends, life and good food.

Mr. Klein is survived by his wife of 49 years, Hella Klein of Jamestown; a brother, Albert Brauer of Hanover, Germany; and two nieces, Katie Brauer of Hanover, and Cornellia Tonn of Carlsruhe, Germany.

A private celebration of life will be held. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Notices

CUMMINGS — Patricia Dolores Cummings, 74, a former resident of Tuolumne County, died Dec. 16 at her home in Hawaiian Shores, Hawaii. Homelani Memorial Park and Crematory handled arrangements.

STEMIG — Mark Stemig, 22, of Sonora died Friday in Utah. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SCHELLER — Jean Scheller, 63, of Sonora died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

BERRY — Lillian Berry, 72, of Sonora died Sunday at her home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

CORMIER — Richard Cormier, 68, of Twain Harte died Friday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

LANG — Alvin F. Lang, 78, of Sonora died Friday at a Modesto hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

SILVA — Anthony F. "Tony" Silva, 80, of Sonora died Wednesday at a Davis hospital. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

LOVE — Kari L. Love, 34, of Sonora died Saturday at her home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

WOOD — Agnes H. Wood, 90, of Twain Harte died Friday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

AYRES — Nina M. Ayres, 85, of Sonora died Saturday at a Sonora care home. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

CARTER — Charlotte A. Carter, 47, of Groveland died Sunday at a Sonora hospital. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.