Sonora Union Democrat
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Saturday, September 25, 2021
James P. Brown
The family of James P. Brown (Jim) held a private graveside service on September 20, 2021. He is laid to rest next to his wife Dorothy, and eldest daughter Nancy, at the Mountain Shadow Cemetery in Sonora. Mr. Brown passed away from natural causes on April 4, 2020 with his youngest... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 24 to Sep. 25, 2021.
Priscilla Mae Franklin
Priscilla Mae Franklin, 99, of Benton, AR, died Friday, September 17, 2021, peacefully in her home that morning. She was born June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Irving and Nina Ruttinger Ketchapaw. She is preceded in death by her parents, one son, Robert Leroy Allison, and... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 24 to Sep. 25, 2021.
Friday, September 24, 2021
D. Wayne Lawton
Dwyer "Wayne" Lawton died at age 85 years, 6 months, and 20 days in Portland, Oregon after a lengthy debilitating illness of heart and vascular disease. Wayne was born on October 12, 1935, on the farm his grandparents homesteaded in Wendell, Idaho to Leslie Lawrence Lawton and Hazel... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 23 to Sep. 24, 2021.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Norma Jean Canaday
Sonora resident Norma Jean Canaday passed away on September 5, 2021 at the age of 81.Norma was born in Riverside, California to Pat and Lola Malone. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.Norma is survived by her children, Cynthia Laws Moultrie and Kristina Yetter; grandchildren... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 22 to Sep. 23, 2021.
Joseph Leroy Cover
Longtime Tuolumne County resident Joseph Leroy Cover, died Sept. 21, 2021 at his home in Tuolumne. He was 90. Joe was born in Modesto to Joseph and Weltha Cover, the fifth of six children. He was raised in rural Modesto on a peach orchard, where his father was a farmer and masseur... Read More
Terzich & Wilson Tuolumne Chapel
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 22 to Sep. 23, 2021.
Geraldine Hupp Hulstine
Born September 7, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, Geraldine Hupp Hulstine passed away on June 28, 2021.Geraldine leaves behind her husband, Richard Hulstine; a brother, Franklin Decoster, a sister, Bonnie Robles and her husband, Ray; sons Glen Hupp, Jr. and his wife Kelli, and Aaron Hupp... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 22 to Sep. 23, 2021.
Lucile (Sumnicht) (Fox) Stutsman
Lucile was born to William Ray Sumnicht and Esther Elizabeth (Edwards) Sumnicht in Bingham, Utah, the 6th of seven children. After her father died, the family moved to Salt Lake City where Lucile graduated from the old South High School and attended the University of Utah.In 1948... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 22 to Sep. 23, 2021.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Richard A. "Rick" Livingston
Richard A. Livingston "Rick", 65, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes, Friday, September 3, 2021 in Salt Lake City. He was born June 1, 1956, in San Andreas to Robert B. Livingston and Margery Lillian Livingston of Jamestown. Rick graduated from Sonora Union High School Class... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 21 to Sep. 22, 2021.
Marcus Bryan McCurley
Marcus Bryan McCurley passed away August 9th, 2021 at age 35 in Maui, Hawaii. He was born in Livermore, California on February 4th, 1986. Marcus was a proud U.S. Army Veteran and proud owner of McCurley's Floor Care & More in Maui. Marcus deeply loved his children and was very... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 21 to Sep. 22, 2021.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Christine Joy Greenberger
Christine Greenberger died gently at home with family nearby on Tuesday, August 24rd, 2021. Born February 1952 in South Bend, Indiana, Christine's family moved to Camden, Maine, when she was two. In 1962 they moved to Fairfield, California. Chris moved to Tuolumne County to attend... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 17 to Sep. 18, 2021.
Robert "Bob" James Lyons
Bob was born to Ruby and John Lyons in Fruita, Colorado. The Lyons family moved from Oklahoma to the small farm town of Brentwood, California, when Bob was young. He received his early education in Brentwood and straight out of high school began his career in the pulp and paper industry... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 17 to Sep. 18, 2021.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Eluterio "Lou" Manuel Galvan
Eluterio Manuel Galvan (Lou Galvan) passed unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 23. Eluterio was born on Aug. 20, 1981, in Sacramento to Bonifacio and Carmen Galvan. He was the second born of four children. He moved to Sonora with his family when he was 4 years old, attending Belleview and... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2021.
William F. Schuler
William "Bill" F. Schuler, age 93, of Sonora, passed away on Sept. 2, 2021. He was born in Los Angeles on June 21, 1928, to John and Betsy Schuler. In 1935 the family moved to Yakima, Washington.He graduated from Yakima Senior High School in 1945, where he enjoyed singing and playing... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2021.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Thomas "TY" Wilson Atkins
You may have known TY through his role as teacher or principal at Mother Lode Christian or Summerville Elementary during his forty-five years in education. TY was a husband, father, brother, son, grandfather, uncle, friend, pastor, teacher, principal, mentor, coach, surfer, snowboarder... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2021.
Clyde Moses Awad
On the morning of August 30, 2021, ClydeAwad of Sonora, died peacefully at home of vascular dementia. Family was by his side.Clyde was born in Malden, Massachusetts, to Hazel and Moses Awad in 1924. Clyde graduated from Malden High School. He then joined the US Army and served during... Read More
Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2021.
Ruby Florence Burgess
Ruby Florence (Castle) Burgess, a lifelong Tuolumne County resident, passed away at Avalon Care Center in Sonora. She was 95.Ruby was born July 7, 1926, in Angels Camp to Darling and Alice Castle. Ruby moved to Sonora to live with her sister, Lodie Menzes, when she was 10, following... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2021.
Steven L. Hassen
Peacefully and surrounded by his family, Steve passed away on Wednesday, September 1 at the age of 61. He was born in Whittier, California to a musical family. His mother was a concert cellist, and his father owned a music store. When he was around 14, the family moved to Aptos, near... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2021.
Donald "Duffy" J. Highley
Donald "Duffy" J. Highley, 60, of Tuolumne, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Duffy worked as a welder in Tuolumne County. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, riding his quads and collecting antiques. He was a loving husband, a wonderful brother and a good friend... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2021.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
JohnEverett "Johnny" Aza Fraser
JohnEverett "Johnny" Fraser was born to a ranching family and spent time in the mountains on his grandfather's cattle range. He attended Curtis Creek Elementary and Summerville Union High School, where he was an active member of the ROTC. From childhood, John was an avid Civil War/history... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 10 to Sep. 11, 2021.
Michael Alan Harris
It is with great sadness and shattered hearts that we announce the passing of Michael Alan Harris, of Cedar Ridge. Mike was born to George R. and Barbara I. Harris on Nov. 23, 1966, at Sonora Community Hospital. Mike, the youngest of three brothers, attended Curtis Creek Elementary... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 10 to Sep. 11, 2021.
Allen Wesley Johnson
Longtime Groveland resident and career wildland firefighter Allen Wesley Johnson passed away on Aug. 31, 2021, at the age of 68 while assigned to the French Fire near Kernville. Allen was born on March 24, 1953, in Glendale, and was raised in Covina, Los Angeles County. The son of... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 10 to Sep. 11, 2021.
Patrick J. Rodriguez
Patrick J. Rodriguez, co-owner of the Bradford Place Inn & Gardens, unexpectedly passed away at the age of 47. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kimberly Rudy, two sons, Grant, 14, and Cole, 10, brothers Michael and Christopher, and grandmother, Frances M. Rodriguez. Patrick... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 10 to Sep. 11, 2021.
Crystal Anne Ruiz
Lifelong Sonora resident Crystal Anne "Grammy" Ruiz passed away on Sept. 4, 2021, at the age of 76.Crystal worked at the Tuolumne County Department of Social Services for 30 years before retiring. She was also a member of the Emblem Club and the Native Daughters of the Golden West... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 10 to Sep. 11, 2021.
Wayne C. Sparks
It is with a saddened heart but joy for the life that he lived that we share that Wayne C. Sparks passed away peacefully on July 31, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen Sparks; children Dave Sparks, Ginny Cady and Steve Sparks; daughter-in-law Veida Sparks, son-in-law John... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 10 to Sep. 11, 2021.
Friday, September 10, 2021
Nan D. Hobbs
Nan Hobbs was born into a large family in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, on Nov. 13, 1933. After she married Jay Hobbs in August 1951, Jay and Nan moved to California and settled in Tuolumne County, where they have lived ever since.Nan was a homemaker and raised three daughters. She loved flowers... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 9 to Sep. 10, 2021.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Alice Carolyn Hardin (Foletti)
Alice Hardin, native daughter of Sonora and Tuolumne County, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, September 3, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her husband of sixty-five years, attorney and Superior Court Judge, James Rowan Hardin (deceased March, 2010)... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 8 to Sep. 9, 2021.
Bree Preitkis
Bree Preitkis passed away peacefully on September 1, 2021, in Nashville Tennessee. Born in 1933 in San Francisco, Bree and her family loved spending summers in Twain Harte. She even learned how to swim in Twain Harte Lake. As a teenager Bree worked alongside her parents (Claude &... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 8 to Sep. 9, 2021.
Shannon Deeann Randi
Lifelong Jamestown resident Shannon Deeann Randi passed away on August 17, 2021 at her home. She was 56.Shannon loved animals, especially her doggies Baby and Tucker. She enjoyed driving her golf cart around the park visiting neighbors. She was an amazing waitress who was loved... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 8 to Sep. 9, 2021.
Ronald Gordon "Ron" Spreadborough
Longtime Calaveras County resident and retired sheet metal worker, Ronald "Ron" Gordon Spreadborough, died on Aug. 10, 2021, at his home in Wallace after being thrown from his horse. Born in Angels Camp, Ron attended elementary school at the little red schoolhouse in Altaville and... Read More
Angels Memorial Chapel
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 8 to Sep. 9, 2021.
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Mary Leona Bonillas
Longtime Soulsbyville resident and retired electronics supervisor Mary Leona (Warner) Bonillas, died on July 30, 2021, at Sonora Senior Living Center. She was 103Mary was born in San Francisco in 1917. She had three brothers and sisters along with seven half brothers and sisters.... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 3 to Sep. 4, 2021.
Daniel "Danny" Charles-Ruiz Wandersee
Danny Wandersee, of Sonora, passed away on Aug. 17, 2021 from a heart attack. Born on Oct. 20, 1977, in French Camp,California to Dan and Michele Wandersee, he was the younger sibling to sister Hava. Danny lived in Stockton until the age of 10, when he and his family moved to Mi-Wuk... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 3 to Sep. 4, 2021.
Friday, September 3, 2021
Arthur Perry Cupler
Early on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, Arthur Perry Cupler passed away in his home. Known for his jovial demeanor, Arthur was always there for everyone. A friend of Arthur's was as good as family. Arthur enjoyed many things in life including creative writing, reading, cooking... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 2 to Sep. 3, 2021.
Gwendolyn Ruth Eaton
Our beloved, beautiful sister Gwendolyn Ruth Eaton passed away at her home in Sonora on Aug. 31, 2021, surrounded by her family.Gwen was born in Denver, Colorado. After graduating from Christ College Irvine with a degree in early childhood education, Gwen taught kindergarten and first... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 2 to Sep. 3, 2021.
Leigh Eckstein-Crabtree
Longtime Sonora resident and homemaker Leigh Eckstein-Crabtree passed away on Aug. 24, 2021, at the age of 51.Born in Santa Rosa, Leigh lived in Sonora for the past 28 years. She is survived by her companion, James Rhodes; her children, Rachael Reagan (Steven), Courtney Bixler (Josh)... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 2 to Sep. 3, 2021.
Richard "Dick" Grundmeier
Richard "Dick" Grundmeier passed away peacefully at home with family and friends. Dick spent 38 years as a survey technician, 22 of those years which were at the Stanislaus National Forest. He leaves behind his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Terri Weaver; grandson, Adam Ryan; and great-grandson... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 2 to Sep. 3, 2021.
Janette Maroa Serpa
Janette Maroa Serpa, an extraordinary woman, passed away Aug. 27, 2021. She was born on April 16, 1927, enjoying her life of 94 years.Janette loved everything that had to do with the great outdoors, camping, going on RV trips, fishing, hiking and swimming. She had a wonderful voice... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 2 to Sep. 3, 2021.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Faith Rae Brewer
Longtime Sonora resident Faith Rae Brewer passed away on March 9, 2021 at the age of 81. She went peacefully at home surrounded by her family.Born in Kentucky, Faith lived in Sonora for the past 32 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, playing games, and often you would... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 31 to Sep. 1, 2021.
Lyle H. Fowler
Lyle Fowler, of Tuolumne, was born June 11,1929 to George and Elsie Fowler and raised in Tuolumne with his six siblings. He passed Aug. 25, 2021, at Adventist Health Sonora. Lyle graduated from Summerville Elementary and Summerville High schools. He started working for Westside, then... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 31 to Sep. 1, 2021.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Eric Matthew Christian
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Eric Matthew Christian after a struggle with Lewy body dementia. Eric was born Oct. 1, 1959, to Loren and Ramona Christian of Hilmar. Eric was raised in Hilmar and was a graduate of Hilmar High School, Modesto Junior College and... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2021.
John Dunlap
Soulsbyville resident John Dunlap passed away on Aug. 21, 2021, at the age of 63.Born in Mount Vernon, Washington, DC, John spent the past 44 years in Soulsbyville and working in construction. He was also heavily invested in church activities. John is survived by his children, Leann... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2021.
Julie Marie Dunlap (Carne)
Long time Soulsbyville resident Julie Marie (Carne) Dunlap passed away on Aug. 10, 2021, at her home.Born in Sonora on Aug. 29, 1959, Julie lived in Soulsbyville the past 40+ years. She worked as a secretary in the family business. She was very involved for over 20 years in Summerville... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2021.
Toni Lynn Sundling
Toni Lynn Sundling peacefully passed away at her home in Tuolumne on Aug. 3, 2021, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. This disease may have taken most of her body, but it never took her spirit, sense of humor or her desire to help others. Toni was born July 16, 1975,... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2021.
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Deborah Susan Flanagan
Deborah Susan Flanagan was born on Oct. 23, 1942, in Hollywood, California, to Donald and Freda Henderson. She entered her eternal rest on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Sacramento, after a brief illness. Raised in Simi Valley, California, with her two brothers, Scott and Keven, Deborah... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2021.
William Otis "Bill" Martin
William Otis Martin, 85, of Groveland, died May 15, 2021, at Adventist Health Sonora.Bill was born June 1, 1935, in Lafayette, Indiana. Bill retired from General Telephone & Electronics (now Verizon) in Long Beach.After Bill retired and moved to Groveland, he worked for Tuolumne... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2021.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Charlotte Lorraine Gruendl
Longtime former resident of Oakland, Charlotte Gruendl, passed in the comfort of her home in Murphys, California. The beautiful daughter of Alvina and Elwood Swanson, Charlotte passed peacefully with her beloved husband of 77 years, Raymond, at her side. Born in San Francisco and... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2021.
Evelyn G. Proctor
Evelyn Grace (Ames) Proctor, born in Modesto, California, on Nov. 4, 1950, passed away Aug. 22, 2020, at the age of 69. She was the fourth daughter of Edward and Jessie (Kettle) Ames. Evelyn attended Paradise Elementary (Modesto), Modesto High School, Modesto Junior College, and... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2021.
Thelma "Tammy" Nadine Rodgers
Longtime Jamestown resident and retired house cleaner Thelma "Tammy" Nadine Rodgers passed away on Aug. 11 at the age of 84.Born in Mariposa, Tammy lived in Jamestown for 82 years. She was an avid walker in the community. She enjoyed going to the movies, eating out and going to Day-O... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2021.
Friday, August 20, 2021
Chandrika Behymer
Chandrika Behymer passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at Adventist Health Sonora at the age of 83, surrounded by family. Arrangements were entrusted to Sierra Cremation & Burial Service.Born Iris Steinman on February 19, 1938 in the Bronx, New York, Chandrika was the middle child... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, 2021.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Mildred "Millie" Grace Smith Harlan
Mildred (Millie) Grace Smith Harlan passed away peacefully June 29 at Skyline Place Senior Living. Despite COVID restrictions, she celebrated her 100th birthday in September of 2020 with her family cheering loudly outside of her apartment window. Born on Sept. 18, 1920, in Sacramento... Read More
Terzich & Wilson Funeral Home
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 17 to Aug. 18, 2021.
Sara Jane Segerstrom
Sonora - Santa CruzDauntless adventurer. Fierce mom, sis, auntie, and Grammie. Queen of quirk. Worldwide heartbreaker. Sally's journeys on six continents included leading her family through Europe in 1994, reconnecting with friends in Bariloche decades after her first visit, safari... Read More
Published in Sonora Union Democrat from Aug. 17 to Aug. 18, 2021.
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