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Miscellaneous Madera County, California
Obituaries (2001)


Robert Radman
Building contractor
NIPOMO — Robert Stanley Radman, 75, died of cancer on July 4, at the home of his daughter. A brief memorial service will be held in North Fork at the family home on Sunday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Radman was born on June 14, 1926, in Raton, New Mexico to John and Clara Radman. When he was 10 months old, he moved with his family to California. He attended North Fork Grammar School and Sierra High School. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and saw two years active duty in the South Pacific, serving on a landing craft. He married Irene Ulsh of Fresno on March 3, 1947. They lived in Fresno where Mr. Radman worked for Pacific Gas and Electric until 1948, when they returned to the mountains and North Fork. In North Fork they raised their family of five children. To support his family, he worked for Goodwin’s Mill, the North Fork Grammar School, and the North Fork Mill until he received his contractor’s license. Mr. Radman built homes and other buildings all over the mountains and the Valley. In 1994, he and Mrs. Radman moved to Santa Maria. While there he was active with the California Fly Wheeler’s Club, the Santa Maria Mens Newcomer’s Club, and with his church, First Nazarene of Santa Maria. Mr. Radman leaves Irene, his wife of 54 years. He also leaves his children Lennette Horton (husband Bernie); Stan Radman (wife Donna); Diann Miller (husband Jere); Ruth Guidere (husband Henry); and Rod Radman (wife Tisha). He is survived by 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Clara, his brother John and grandson Chris Guidera. Remembrances: American Cancer Society in Mr. Radman’s name.

Joellen Clark
NORTH FORK — Joellen Louise Clark, 39, a resident of North Fork for 16 years, died on July 9 at her home. A memorial service was held last Friday. Mrs. Clark was born in Hawaii on May 24, 1962. She was the wife of Christopher Clark of North Fork and the daughter of Ellen Mason of Twentynine Palms and Joseph John Mihalcik of North Carolina. She leaves her children Christopher, Jennifer and Jessica Crothers, North Fork; Conan Clark, Redding; Cy Clark, Corpis Christi, Texas; and Robert Crothers, Colorado. Mrs. Clark was a sister of Joseph, Twentynine Palms; JoAnne Crawford, Yucca Valley; Tina Fehring, Ridgecrest; Ruth Banks, Mary Mihalcik, and Cindy Miller, all of Missouri.

Pauline Tamosunas
COARSEGOLD — Pauline Tamosunas, a resident here for three years, died at a Fresno hospital on July 22. Private services will be held later. Arrangements are under the direction of Sierra Funeral Chapel in Oakhurst. Mrs. Tamosunas was born in Oklahoma on February 7, 1915. She was the mother of Kathy Papagni (husband, Dominic), Coarsegold; and John Kelley, Texas. Also surviving are her sister, Nancy Leader and brother, Charles Leader, of Oklahoma; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Charlotte Horn
Charlotte Horn and late husband, Bill
NORTH FORK — Charlotte Ernestine Bishop Horn, 93, a long-time resident here, died on July 21. There were no services. Mrs. Horn was born on September 30, 1907, on an island off the coast of Washington state. She was the youngest of seven children. “Lottie,” as she was known to her family and close friends, was raised in the Vallejo/Oakland area. Mrs. Horn met and married Myron J. (Bill) Horn on November 2, 1933. She helped put her husband through Oregon State University by keeping student boarders in their home. Mr. Horn then worked for the U.S. Forest Service, serving on five national forests. They moved to the Sierra National Forest in the North Fork area in 1936. While Mr. Horn was the district ranger in North Fork, she raised their two children, William J. and Charlotte (Sharley). She also volunteered much of her time to service clubs. She belonged to the Mothers Group of the Parent-Teacher Association, the Home Department of the Farm Bureau and the Lady Lions. She was a Brownie leader and Girl Scout leader for years. She also enjoyed two bridge clubs, a canasta group and a sewing group. She and Mr. Horn were chosen as grand marshals of the Loggers Jamboree parade in 1978 for their civic work. She accompanied her husband when he was transferred to the U. S. Forest near San Bernardino for seven years at the end of his career. They returned to North Fork when he retired after 34 years where they built a home. Neighbors honored their long-time residency in the area by naming the road to all the houses near them, Horn Road. Mr. Horn died shortly after they couple celebrated their 50th anniversary. In her late 70s, Mrs. Horn helped her daughter, Sharley, by answering the phone in the North Fork Journal office, while Sharley gathered ads and did the reporting for the newspaper. She was very close to her family and spent much time and energy loving and helping them. Mrs. Horn leaves her children William J. Horn and Charlotte (Sharley) Finch. She also leaves her nephew whom she raised and loved, Jack Bishop, Santa Maria, Florida. She was grandmother to Michael Finch (wife Peggy) Fresno; Eric Finch (wife Kim), Fresno; Myron Horn (wife Lorna), Roseburg, Oregon; Barbara DeMers (husband Mark), Roseburg, Oregon; Charlotte (Jeani) Engand (husband Jonathon), Sand Point, Idaho. She leaves 11 great-grandchildren and her beloved kitty, Snickers. Remembrances: North Fork Volunteer Fire Department.

Francis Brown
COARSEGOLD — Francis LeRoy Brown, 91, a direct descendant of one of the first families to settle in Eastern Madera County, died at his home near 22 Mile House on Friday. A graveside service will be held Thursday [August 2], starting at 10 a.m. at Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera. Arrangements are under the direction of Jay Chapel. A lifelong resident of the area, Mr. Brown led a varied career ranging from mule packer to gold miner, from forester to store owner. Since 1948, he had lived and raised cattle close to the Wide-Awake Ranch just west of today’s Highway 41 where his great-grandfather, Jeremiah Brown, settled in 1853 when he trailed the first cattle into this foothill region. Tracing his heritage through several generations, Mr. Brown was a prolific writer of regional history, published in the Sierra Star, Madera Tribune, Merced Sun Star and The Fresno Bee and Cappers Weekly. [The last contribution by Mr. Brown, received a few weeks earlier but not yet published, accompanies this obituary.] “Francis LeRoy was a natural historian,” commented Dwight H. Barnes, Sierra Historic Sites Association historian. “Throughout his life, he had a passion for history recording not only his family’s roots and tales, but also delving deeply into events and people of the past. His articles and papers written over the years, copies of which now may be found in the archives of SHSA’s research center, make up an outstanding record of life in our foothills and mountains.” Mr. Brown and his wife, Ida May, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1986. At that time, the couple recalled their first home was a tent at the Miami Ranger Station (now called the Westfall Ranger Station), where he was a fireguard. “What an experience for a young girl from Mariposa,” Mr. Brown recalled, “as we had Mono Winds that almost blew the tent away and had fires burning at the same time.” Prior to their marriage, Mr. Brown had worked for the Madera-Sugar Pine Lumber Company and as a horse wrangler for his uncle, Billy Brown, owner of the pack station at Jackass Meadow. As a Civilian Conservation Corps tree faller, he held the record for falling more trees in a year than any CCC member west of the Mississippi River. He felled a record of 1,600 snags which had been killed in the Sweetwater fire of 1924. In the years that followed, Mr. Brown worked in a variety of jobs for the U.S. Forest Service. Enlisting in the U.S. Army Special Services in March 1942, he was assigned as a guard at the Bass Lake Dam. After his 1945 discharge from the Army, he worked at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Wishon Powerhouse. For a few years, Mr. and Mrs. Brown operated Sweetwater Station, a sandwich shop and gasoline station at the site of the present 22-Mile House. At the time the couple raised chickens at their home next to the station and naturally-chicken sandwiches were a specialty for which they became well known. In recalling his life a few years back, Mr. Brown said that in 1958, after raising chickens for nine years without a day off, they sold their hens and started in the feeder cattle business. He continued that throughout the rest of his life, working with his son, Edward LeRoy, commenting: “My wife, Ida May, was a great contributor to our self-employed success as she wasn’t afraid to put on Jeans and package eggs or help with branding and the vaccinating of cattle.” A native of North Fork, Mr. Brown had lived his entire life in the area. He attended Knowles School in Raymond and was graduated from the Green School located in the O’Neals-Zebra area in 1924. He was a 1928 graduate of Madera High School. Mr. Brown was active in community affairs, serving as a member of the Madera County Grand Jury and the county Planning Commission. He was a member of the Madera County Farm Bureau. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, rockhound and jewelry maker in addition to his love of history. Mr. Brown leaves his wife of 65 years, Ida May Brown. Mr. Brown was the father of Edward LeRoy Brown (wife Nancy) of Coarsegold; the grandfather of Darren Brown and Susan Villa [husband Nick); and the greatgrandfather of Nicki and John Villa. Mr. Brown was the brother of Donald Brown and Buela Mae Garner of Madera and Richard Brown of Stateline, Nevada. Remembrances: Donor’s favorite charity.

Ruth Lawrence
Retired nurse
OAKHURST — Ruth Grace Lawrence, 85, a retired nurse who had resided here for 11 years, died July 24 in Fresno. Private services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Sierra Funeral Chapel. She was born on March 13, 1916, in Arrowsic, Maine. Miss Lawrence was a licensed vocational nurse in Southern California and retired to Oakhurst in 1986. She is survived by her sister, Irene Wright, of Falmouth, Maine; and her brothers, Roy Lawrence of Bath, Maine, and Robert Lawrence, of Omak, Washington. Also surviving are her nephews, Alan Cable and Kevin Cable of Oakhurst, and Jerry Cable of Colorado; and her niece, Carolyn Fries (husband Frank), of Fresno. She was preceded in death by sisters Mary Pray and Doris Cable, and brother Elmer Lawrence. Remembrances: Alzheimer’s Association.

Mary Mains
OAKHURST — Mary Nancy Mains died on July 29. Graveside services will be held at Fresno Memorial Gardens on Friday [August 3], starting at 10 a.m. Visitation will be Thursday [August 2], between 4-7 p.m., at Sierra Funeral Chapel in Oakhurst. Mrs. Mains was born in Covington, Kentucky, on March 24, 1918. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn Christianson, and by grandchildren Teri Miller, Sean Mains, Christina Christianson and Kile Christianson. Also surviving are great-grandchildren Jillian Miller, Derrick Miller and Luke Mains.

Ethel Pollard
OAKHURST — Ethel Virginia Pollard, 79, a homemaker who had resided here for 29 years, died in a Fresno hospital on July 28. Graveside services will be held Thursday [August 2], starting at 10 a.m., at Oakhill Cemetery. Visitation will be at Sierra Funeral Chapel on Wednesday [August 1], between 4-7 p.m. She was born in Agency, Missouri, on February 20, 1922. Mrs. Pollard was the wife of Charles Pollard of Oakhurst and the mother of Dee Ann Pollard of Oakhurst and Sandra Mulford of Chino. Also surviving are Mrs. Pollard’s three sisters and her brother.

Elizabeth Bennett
OAKHURST — A memorial service for Elizabeth Bennett, 66, will be held at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church on Wednes-day [October 8], 11 a.m. Mrs. Bennett, faithful servant of God, chef of 40 years and volunteer to many, died on July 30.

Irving Helmer
Heating, air conditioning
OAKHURST — Irving James Helmer, 83, a retired heating and air conditioning specialist, died at a Fresno hospital on July 25. Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Sierras Catholic Church on July 30. Burial followed at Oakhill Cemetery. Mr. Helmer was born September 20, 1917, in Plymouth, Iowa. He came to Southern California in 1940. Following retirement, he came to Oakhurst in 1983. A sports fan, Mr. Helmer especially enjoyed fishing. He also liked to dance. Mr. Helmer and his wife, Tillie, traveled some during their retirement years. Mr. Helmer is survived by Mrs. Helmer, and by their children: Michael Helmer, Fresno; Kathleen Hoenisch (husband, Dave), Los Alamitos; and Dennis Helmer (wife, Peggy), Fort Worth. He was the grandfather of Mark and Kevin Helmer, Fort Worth; and Michaela Helmer, Fresno. Also surviving is Mr. Helmer’s brother, Leeroy Helmer, and sister, Irene Boock, both of Manly, Iowa.

Violet De Rusha
Teacher, homemaker
OAKHURST — Violet Gersabeck De Rusha, 92, died on August 11. She had resided in Oakhurst for a year and a half. A memorial service was held on Monday at Mountain Christian Center. Born in Detroit on March 21, 1909, she attended college to become a teacher while working for the telephone company. She married William G. De Rusha at age 19 and bore three children, Don, Carolyn, and Arlene. They moved to Los Angeles in 1945. Mrs. De Rusha served in leadership positions in numerous organizations throughout her life. She was tour director for Costa Mesa Seniors for many years and traveled to many parts of the world. Her passions were her family, bridge and her church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening. Mrs. De Rusha’s family recognized her as a woman of deep and abiding faith. She was given special recognition by her church in Costa Mesa for serving as its librarian for 8-10 years and also honored by the City of Costa Mesa for her work with seniors. Surviving are daughters Arlene Wells (husband Ken) and Carolyn Adams of Oakhurst; and daughter-in-law Dottie De Rusha of Costa Mesa. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; brother Norman Gersabeck and sister Wynnfred Schumann, both of Michigan; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her husband, William, and son Donald De Rusha, M.D. Remembrances: American Heart Association.

Del Lamphere
OAKHURST — Del R. Lamphere, 76, a resident here for 12 years, died at home on August 11. A memorial service will be held Saturday [August 18], starting at 4 p.m. at St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church. Mrs. Lamphere was born in Detroit on February 10, 1925. She was a homemaker who was also active in Mountain Community Women, Mountain Laurel Garden Club, Soroptimists of the Sierra and St. Raphael’s Altar Guild. Mrs. Lamphere enjoyed hiking, pinochle, pétanque, gardening. bunco and Yosemite. She was the wife of Harry J. Lamphere. Mrs. Lamphere was the mother of Jonnie Lamphere, Coarsegold; Joan Devers, Sacramento; Barbara Donakowski, California; and Bill Lamphere, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Remembrances: National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, 8604 Spanish Bay Drive, Bakersfield 93312; American Cancer Society, specify “Ovarian Cancer.”

‘Nannie’ Moore
OAKHURST — Nancy Oma (Nannie) Moore, a home-maker, died on August 13. She was born in Salislaw, Oklahoma, on October 28, 1913, to Nancy and Harve Baugher. She was married to Oscar B. Moore on November 6, 1933. Mrs. Moore loved to play cards, crochet, telling jokes and fishing. She was the mother of Frances McEver and Raymond Moore, Oakhurst; and Shirley Cressman (husband Larry), Clovis. Also surviving are grandchildren Randy, Linda, Nancy, Michelle and Kelly, along with 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, all of whom loved her very much. He was the sister of Lois Locke, Oakhurst. Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her loving husband, Oscar, and by three brothers and two sisters.

Marion J. Jani
Clerical worker
YOSEMITE LAKES PARK — Marion J. Jani, a retired clerical worker for the Campbell Union School District in Campbell, died at her home here on August 6. She was 78. Memorial services will be held at the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse on Sunday, August 26, from 3-5 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Central California. She was born in San Francisco on August 8, 1922. She retired to Yosemite Lakes Park 19 years ago following her service to the school district. She was an avid golfer and bridge player. Mrs. Jani also loved to travel and has been all over the world. She was the mother of Jon Jani (wife Kim) of Campbell and Michael Jani (wife Jeanne) of Santa Cruz. Also surviving are grandchildren Kevin, Stephen and Julia. Remembrances: Yosemite Lakes Homeowners Association Library, 30250 Yosemite Springs Parkway, Coarsegold 93614.

‘Wally’ Wallace
Retired U.S. Navy
AHWAHNEE — Guinn (Wally) Wallace died at a Fresno hospital on August 10 at the age of 75. A memorial service was held at the Ahwahnee Chapel on August 13. Mr. Wallace was born in San Antonio in 1926 and came to California with his parents, George and Logan Wallace, when he was young. He attended schools in Clearwater, graduating from Clearwater High School. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard, serving for three years and when worked for Western Electric in Santa Ana. While working at Western he met his future wife, Carolyn, and they were married in 1948. Times became a little hard and he went in the Navy in 1949 and spent 20 years traveling and flying all over the world, and retired in 1966 as chief petty officer, AEC. He went on to work for Carmel Community Hospital as maintenance engineer, retired from there and moved to Ahwahnee in 1977. He then worked at the former sawmill in Oakhurst as a security guard at night. The Wallaces purchased a pet store in the Oakhurst Shopping Center — Val’s Pampered Pets — and ran that for three years and then sold the business. Mr. Wallace worked for the Tavis Corporation in Mariposa for a while until he went to work at the Ahwahnee Feed Store as manager, then retired for good. He was an active member of the Ahwahnee chapel. He was also a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Moose Lodge and the Fleet Reserve Association. He was also a proud member of the Navy’s Tailhook Association. Mr. Wallace leaves his wife of 53 years, Carolyn. He was the father of Diane Patrick, Oakhurst; Danny Wallace, Fresno; and Mike Wallace (wife Vicky), Rancho Cucamonga. Also surviving are grandchildren Kevin Wallace, Rancho Cucamonga; and Kameron Wallace, Cleveland. He was the brother of Jeannie Dye (husband Jerry), Oakhurst; and Barbara Lockett, Spring, Texas.

Michael Keeley
Sheet metal journeyman
COARSEGOLD — Michael J. Keeley, 67, a retired sheet metal journeyman and a resident here for the past year, died at home on August 18. Services are being arranged at Sierra Funeral Chapel in Oakhurst. Mr. Keeley was born in South Boston, Massachusetts, on January 9, 1934. He served with the U.S. Army for three years. Mr. Keeley was the husband of Carol Keeley of Coarsegold and the father of Kerry Weiss, Elk Grove; and Patricia Potts, Tracy. Five grandchildren also survive. Mr. Keeley was the brother of Kay Robillard, Mary Raymond, Eileen McDevitt, Josephine Keeley and Jack Keeley, all of Massachusetts; and Joseph Keeley, Connecticut.

Ted Schneider
Retired grocer
FRESNO — Theodore (Ted) Schneider, a lifetime resident here and the father of two Oakhurst residents, died at his home on August 27. Services were held Thursday. Burial was at Clovis Cemetery. He was born in Germany on May 8, 1923 and came to Fresno as an infant. Mr. Schneider retired from the retail grocery business in 1985. Since then, he has been “a full-time golfer,” active in he Fig Garden Golf Club, the Masonic Lodge and the SIRS organization. He was the loving, devoted, wonderful husband to Lois for 59 years. Mr. Schneider was the father of Roger Schneider (wife, Nancy) and Sue (husband, Randy) Graham, Oakhurst; Tim Schneider (wife, Sally), Fresno; and Mike Schneider (wife, Gloria), Highland, Utah. He was the grandfather of Nick and Brooke Schneider and Annie and Casey Graham, Oakhurst; Peter Schneider and Nichole (husband, Dan) Harrison, Fresno; and Steven (wife, Maryanne) Schneider, Michael and Lindsay Schneider; and Rhondelle (husband, Bryce) Rasmussen, Utah. He was the great-grandfather of Kalen, Kasten and McCall Rasmussen and Trevor and Terese Schneider. “You were the best daddy-o, and we will miss you,” says Mr. Schneider’s family.

Dorothy Barclay
School teacher
OAKHURST — Dorothy M. Barclay, 93, a resident of Oakhurst for 27 years, died on August 30 in a Fresno hospital. Services will be held at the Creighton Memorial Chapel in Kingsburg at 10 a.m. on Wednesday [September 5]. Burial will be at the Kingsburg Cemetery. Mrs. Barclay was born in Goshen on August 10, 1908. She was an elementary school teacher for 20 years who taught in Kerman, Fresno and Yuba City. Mrs. Barclay is survived by her children Donald Barclay, Fresno; Jan Purcell, Fresno; and Joyce Arnold, San Antonio, Texas. She leaves her sister Evelyn Hoppe, Sacramento. She also leaves nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

George Oxborough
Forest Service technician
OAKHURST — George Edward Oxborough, 60, died on August 27. Private services were held. He was a recreation technician for the U.S. Forest Service for 37 years. Mr. Oxborough leaves his wife Donna of Oakhurst. He was father to Richard Oxborough, Florida; and Deanna Calhun, Fresno. He also leaves Steve Barber, his stepson, Oakhurst. He is also survived by his sister Carol Spell, Texas, and eight grandchildren.

Bertha Alford
COARSEGOLD — Bertha J. Alford, 68, died on September 2 at her home. Memorial services were held on Thursday at St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church, where she was a faithful member for three years. Mrs. Alford was born in Arch, New Mexico, on September 20, 1932, to Charlotte and Joseph Robertson. She was a long-time resident of New Mexico before moving to Coarsegold to be with her son and his family. Mrs. Alford is survived by her husband of 40 years, Victor. She was the mother of George Alford (wife Kathleen), and the grandmother to Candace Alford, Coarsegold and Cheryl Edwards, Madera. She leaves her great-grandsons Dustin Valenzuela and Bryce Edwards of Madera. She is also survived by four sisters, Myra Robertson and Nora Doyal, New Mexico; Norma Ferguson, Texas; and Lillian Tucker, Arizona.

Ruth Clowd
Retired rancher
AHWAHNEE — Ruth Beverly Clowd, 84, died on September 1. Graveside services will be held at the Oakhill Cemetery in Oakhurst at 10 a.m. Friday [September 7]. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday [September 6], at the Sierra Funeral Chapel in Oakhurst. Mrs. Clowd (Pid) was born on March 17, 1917, in Ahwahnee. She and her husband, Otis, now deceased, were retired quarter horse ranchers. She liked to work outside in her yard in the mountains that she loved. She is survived by her brother, Percy Elam and sister Josephine Thome, both of Ahwahnee. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews and their families that she so enjoyed.

Daniel Alkire
School principal
NORTH FORK — Daniel Sidney Avon Alkire, Sr., 58, died at his home on August 28. He will be buried in Vermillion, South Dakota, on Saturday [September 8]. Mr. Alkire was born in Yankton, South Dakota on November 27, 1942. He was raised there until he moved to California to pursue a teaching career. He taught at Sierra High School for almost 14 years before moving back to South Dakota to raise his own family. Teaching brought him back to the Central Valley where he taught at Fresno City College during the school year and at Sierra High School during the summer. Mr. Alkire was a long-time resident of the mountain community and has spent the last 10 years of of his teaching career at Willow Creek High School, the last five as its principal. He was successful in getting the school accredited and helped bring it a long way in the activities and programs that are now offered there. He leaves his wife Sherry and children Daniel Jr., Deadrea, Ann, David, and his mother Fern. Remembrances: Willow Creek High School Scholarship Fund, Post Office Box 308, North Fork, 93643.

Sharon Hopkins
Former resident
LAUGHLIN, Nevada — Sharon Lea Hopkins, 19, died on August 15, from complications of Graves disease. Burial was in Clovis. Sharon went to North Fork and Chawanakee elementary schools and was a 2001 graduate of Sierra High School. She lived at Big Creek 3 [Powerhouse 3] since second grade. After high school graduation, she moved to Laughlin, Nevada, to be with her mother and sister. Sharon loved her Sierra mountains and all her friends in Auberry and North Fork. She is survived by her father Mike Hopkins of Auberry, and her mother Cyndi Horn-Jaggar. She leaves her sister Tosha Hopkins Rausch (husband Scott). Sharon also leaves her stepmother Elena Hopkins, stepbrother Max, and stepfather Layne Jaggar. She was granddaughter to Gene and Sue Hopkins and Jim and Jody Horn; niece to three uncles and six aunts; and cousin to 14.

Richard Flack
OAKHURST — Richard John Flack, 81, died on August 30 in a Fresno hospital. Services will be held on Saturday [September 8] at 10 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Coarsegold. Burial is private. Mr. Flack was born in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, on May 11, 1920. He was a welder for General Electric. He lived in Oakhurst for the past 14 years. Mr. Flack is survived by his daughters Sally Condon, Oakhurst; Gale Loden, Pennsylvania; and Marilyn Smith, New York. He also leaves a brother, Richard Flack, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jean Ann Regier
Restaurant cook
OAKHURST —Jean Ann Crawford Regier, 39, died on August 30. A memorial service was held on Thursday [September 6] at 1 p.m. in Nelder Grove for family and friends. She was born in Madera on December 13, 1961. She lived in the Mountain Area all of her life. Ms. Regier was a cook and was working at Mountain House in Oakhurst. She is survived by her daughter Jessica Crawford of Oakhurst and her son Dusty Regier of San Jose. She leaves her father Jerry Crawford (wife Kathy) and her mother Judith Yates Crawford. She is survived by her sister Joan Castro of Oakhurst and her brother Butch Crawford, Fresno, plus nieces and nephews. She also leaves her close friend Jerry Yaugher of Oakhurst, his three daughters and his parents, Jan and Bob Yaugher.

Ruth Cloud
Retired rancher
AHWAHNEE — Ruth Beverly Cloud, 84, died on September 1. Graveside services were held at the Oakhill Cemetery in Oakhurst Friday [September 7]. Visitation was on Thursday [September 6], at the Sierra Funeral Chapel in Oakhurst. Beverly (Pid) was born on March 17, 1917, in Ahwahnee. She and her husband, Otis, now deceased, were retired quarter horse ranchers. She liked to work outside in her yard in the mountains that she loved. She is survived by her brother, Percy Elam and sister Josephine Thome, both of Ahwahnee. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews and their families that she so enjoyed.

Whitey Warthan
Pipe fitter
AHWAHNEE — Whitey Marvin Warthan, 70, died on September 5 at his home here where he had lived for the past four years. Graveside services were held on Saturday at the Ceres Cemetery. Mr. Warthan was born on December 31, 1930. He was a native of Pyote, Texas. He served in peacetime in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Local 442 of the Pipe Fitters Union and was a caretaker at Camp Pacifica at Ahwahnee. He was also a member of the Lions Club of Mariposa; the Smyrna Lodge No. 532, F and AM, of Ceres; and a past member of the Eagles Lodge of Modesto. Mr. Warthan leaves his partner Sheilah Bruton of Ahwahnee and his children Patsy Bettincourt, Ceres; Debi Lentz, Salisbury, North Carolina; Butch Warthan, Diane Gill and Terry Warthan, all of Ceres. He also leaves his partner’s children Dennis Bruton and Tubby Bruton of Ceres; and Yvetta Jussel of Oregon. Mr. Warthan was brother to Margaret Satterfield, Lillian Bilyeu, Wanda Wilson and Joe Ann Conway, all of Ceres. He is survived by 12 grandchildren, his partner’s five grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Remembrances: Hinds Hospice, Madera, 1616 West Shaw, Suite C-1, Fresno 93711; or Lions Eye Foundation, Post Office Box 7999, San Francisco, 94120.

Ethel Temple
Mono basketweaver
NORTH FORK — “Omakadi” Ethel Pomona Temple, whose Sierra Nevada ancestry extends back thousands of years, died on September 9. She was 78. Memorial services will be held on Thursday [September 13], at 2 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 56442 North Fork Road [200], North Fork under the direction of Sierra Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Temple was to be one of the grand marshals honored in the Heritage Days Parade in Oakhurst this weekend. She was born in North Fork on December 17, 1922. After the death of her mother in 1931, she was raised at different times by her paternal grandmother Kitty Camino Pomona at their homeplace at Saksakanu in North Fork; by her paternal aunts in Clovis and by her maternal grandmother Lizzie Capp Moore at the family’s home at Peyakinu, above today’s Redinger Lake. She was taken as a very young child by Presbyterian missionaries to live with and be educated by them at the North Fork Indian Mission on Cascadel Road. She graduated from North Fork Elementary School, and in 1942, from high school at Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada. On July 16, 1944, she enlisted in the Womens Army Corps and was trained as a physical therapist. She also played third base on the WAC softball team, who were champions during her enlistment. She was honorably discharged on October 23, 1946, with the rank of sergeant. After she returned to North Fork, she worked at Madera County Hospital and Wish-I-Ah Care Center. In the early 1950s, she moved to San Francisco where she met her first husband, Delbert Lincoln, and they moved to Round Valley in Northern California. She returned to North Fork in 1965 to work with her sister, Ruby Pomona, at Swiss Melody Inn, known today as the Narrow Gauge Inn. During that time she met her future husband, Lloyd “Paizon” Temple, and they were married in Carson City, Nevada, on October 21, 1966. They continued to live locally throughout their marriage. Mr. Temple died last February. Mrs. Temple was well known as a fine weaver of Mono baskets, which were eagerly purchased by collectors throughout the state, and she enjoyed beading. One of her favorite pastimes was playing bingo. She was an active member of the Sierra Mono Museum and participated in their Thursday crafts classes for many years. In 1967 she was awarded a lifetime membership in the museum. Mrs. Temple also belonged to the California Basketweavers Association and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation. On Veterans Day 1999, she participated in Fresno’s annual Veterans Day Parade with many other American Indian men and women veterans as grand marshals. The ashes of Mr. and Mrs. Temple will be scattered together in a private gathering in their beloved Sierra Nevada at a later date. Mrs. Temple was preceded in death by her mother and father, Emma Moore and Willie Pomona, and her brother Harry Pomona. She is survived by her sisters Ruby Pomona, Catherine Pomona Hansen and Melva Pomona Lewis. She leaves her first cousins Harvey Punkin (wife Marian) and Herb Punkin (wife Avis) with whom she grew up. Remembrances: Community Hospice; 1925 East Dakota Avenue, Suite 208; Fresno, 93726, or Sierra Mono Museum; Post Office Box 275, North Fork, 93643.

Gerald Bowlus
NORTH FORK — Gerald Robert Bowlus, 64, a retired wholesaler-importer who had resided here for three years died at home on September 8. Graveside services were held on September 12 at the North Fork Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Sierra Funeral Chapel of Oakhurst. Mr. Bowlus was born in Los Angeles on July 30, 1937. He served with the U.S. Air Force for four years before beginning his professional career. Mr. Bowlus was the husband of Beverly Bowlus of North Fork and the father of Ken Bowlus, Sherman Oaks; and of Tammy Boyle (husband Greg) of Truckee. He was the son of Frances Whiting and the brother of Judy Evans, both of Show Low, Arizona. Remembrances: American Cancer Society.

Patricia Adams
Registered nurse
OAKHURST — Patricia J. Adams, 78, a registered nurse who had resided here for 14 years, died at Stanford University Hospital on September 12. Private services are pending through Sierra Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Adams was born in Corona on July 28, 1923. She was the mother of Joel W. Adams, Coarsegold. Mrs. Adams was the sister of Susan Hunt, Fallbrook; Dottie Kimlel, Vista; and Dickie Dutzi, Sun City. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Darlene Brooks
AHWAHNEE — Darlene J. Brooks, 64, a resident here for 15 years, died at a Fresno hospital on September 18. Services were held Thursday at Sierra Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at Oakhill Cemetery. Mrs. Brooks was born in Grand Junction, Colorado, on June 10, 1937. She was a secretary for a safe company. Mrs. Brooks was the mother of John Davis and Christina Marlow Selby of Ahwahnee and Connie Robinson of Oakhurst. She was the sister of Shirley Louise Guajardo of Clear Lake. Mrs. Brooks was the grandmother of Sarah, 8, and four other grandchildren. Two great-grandchildren also survive.

Marjelle Brizzolara
Retired business owner
RAYMOND — Marjelle Footman Brizzolara, 82, a lifelong resident of the area and onetime business owner at Fish Camp, died on September 20. Services were held Monday at Evergreen Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel in Merced, with entombment following. She was born April 1, 1919 along with twin sister Marjorie in Madera to Bill and Emma Footman. She attended grammar school in Raymond and graduated from Raymond High School in 1936. She later attended what is today California State University, Fresno, with her twin sister. Marjelle and her late husband, Dave, operated several businesses in the Fish Camp area from the 1950s to the 1980s, including The Mile High Frosty, Mile High Cabins and the White Chief Motel. Mrs. Brizzolara’s grandparents, William and Jane Footman, settled in Raymond in 1888 in a small house on the Pearson Ranch, about two miles northeast of Raymond. They purchased what was known as the Summit House Stage Stop above Raymond in 1901. Later, Marjelle’s father, Bill Footman, delivered freight by horse and wagon to the neighboring communities of Grub Gulch, Gambetta Mine, and the Granite Quarries. Her father married Emma Harriet Jones. Mrs. Footman was a well-known school teacher and was on the Board of Directors of the Madera County Historical Society. She died in 1963. Bill Footman died in 1984. The Summit House property and the surrounding land is still owned by Marjelle’s family. She recently donated land to the Raymond community where a community center will be built, named in honor of Mrs. Brizzolara’s parents. [That project was featured in the Sierra Star’s Mountain Pride edition last March.] Marjelle and her late husband, in addition to their Raymond home, maintained a residence in Fresno for several years prior to his death in 1994. They had a wide circle of friends. She was a golfing enthusiast, enjoying the game and even maintaining her own private course on her ranch. Mrs. Brizzolara is survived by longtime friends Lynn O’Brien, Milt and Linda Galloway; nephews Clif Calhoun of Madera and Tom Calhoun of Raymond; and two great-nieces and two great-nephews; and by numerous cousins and good friends. Remembrances: Raymond Community Center Building Fund, Post Office Box 305, Raymond 93653.

Naomi Evans
State employee
COARSEGOLD — Naomi Lee Evans, 77, a resident here for 16 years, died at home on September 21. A memorial service will be held on Saturday [September 29, noon at the Park of the Sierra Clubhouse, Coarsegold. Mrs. Evans was born in Pueblo, Colorado, on December 19, 1913. She was a retired clerk for the State of California. Mrs. Evans was the wife of Charles Evans of Coarsegold.

Dorothy Allsman
Retired Realtor
OAKHURST — Dorothy Allsman, 75, a retired Realtor, died at her home on September 24. A memorial service will be Sunday [September 30, starting at 11 a.m. at Sierra Funeral Chapel. She was born in California on July 3, 1926. Mrs. Allsman was the mother of Clifford Schaffer, Agua Dulce; and Edwin Patrick Allsman, Phoenix. She was the sister of Margaret Sweet, Coarsegold; Louise Leard, Rancho Cordova; James Richardson, Clovis; Paul Richardson, Sonoma; and William Richardson, Ohio. Also srviving are four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mabel Phelan
COARSEGOLD — Mabel Lavon Phelan, 70, died at her home here on October 2. Services will be Friday [October 5], starting at 1 p.m. at Oakhill Cemetery in Oakhurst. Arrangements are under the direction of the Sierra Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Phelan was born in Traver on August 13, 1931. A homemaker, she had resided at Coarsegold for 37 years. Mrs. Phelan was the mother of Tressa Phelan and Skeet Phelan, Coarsegold; and James Phelan, Oakhurst. Her brother, Oliver Brillhart, resides in Michigan. Also surviving are six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

‘Bob’ Bowden
Electrical engineer
AHWAHNEE — William R. (Bob) Bowden died on October 7 at the age of 68, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Mr. Bowden was born January 6, 1933 in Bates, Arkansas to George and Edith Bowden. He was a graduate of Parlier High School and then served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He earned an engineering degree at California State University, Fresno and began a 22-year career as an electrical engineer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, retiring in 1987. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Janet, of Ahwahnee. Mr. Bowden was the father of Jeanne Hagopian (husband Jim), Coarsegold; Ginnie Day, Fresno; Mike Bowden (wife Wendie), El Dorado Hills; and Greg Zanella (wife Meredith), Paicines. He was the grandfather of Cortney and Ashley Bowden, Kim Berry, Dominic and Hannah Day and Aubrie and Troy Hagopian. He was the great-grandfather of Rhyleigh Thompson. Mr. Bowden is also survived by sisters Judy Wilker, Reedley; Loretta Rowe, Medford, Oregon; and Jack Bowden, DeQueen, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his brother, James. Remembrances: Hinds Hospice-Madera Outpatient, Post Office Box 1325, Madera 93639.

Philip Carmen
NORTH FORK — Philip Carmen, who was born here and a resident all of his life, died at home on October 4. Graveside services will be held Wednesday [Ocober 10], starting at 10 a.m. at the North Fork Cemetery. A potluck will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Sierra Funeral Chapel of Oakhurst. Mr. Carmen, born in North Fork on June 26, 1927, worked in construction. He also served with the U.S. Navy for two years. Mr. Carmen leaves his wife Sheila Carmen of North Fork; sons Philip R. Carmen and Richard A. Carmen of North Fork; and daughter Denise Carmen of Visalia. He was the brother of Naomi Carmen, Colleen Bethel and Melvin Carmen, all of North Fork.

George Renoe
COARSEGOLD — George Ivan Renoe, 77, a retired mechanic who resided here for four years, died at home on October 4. A memorial service was held Sunday at the Park Sierra clubhouse. Arrangements were under the direction of Sierra Funeral Chapel of Oakhurst. Mr. Renoe was born in Oregon on July 10, 1924. He served two years with the U.S. Navy and then became a self-employed mechanic. Mr. Renoe is survived by his wife, Pauline, also of Coarsegold.

Myrtle Lenahan
OAKHURST — Myrtle Isabella Lenahan, 77, a homemaker who had resided here for tow years, died at a Fresno hospital on October 8. Graveside services will be Saturday [October 13], starting at 10 a.m., at Oakhill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Sierra Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Lenahan was born in Massachusetts on May 10, 1924. She was the mother of John Lenahan and Violet Williams of Coarsegold and Marilyn Fisher of Ahwahnee. Mrs. Lenahan was the sister of Joyce Maher of Lake Elsinore and David Taylor of Long Beach.

Charles Manahl
Architectural engineer
RANCHO MIRAGE — Former Bass Lake Heights resident Charles Edward Manahl, 72, died here on October 7. Services were held in Culver City, where Mr. Manahl and his wife, Joan, formerly resided for 33 years. Mr. Manahl was born in Normal, Illinois on September 29, 1929. Mr. Manahl was an architectural engineer for McDonnell-Douglas Corporation for 33 years before his retirement. The Manahls lived at Bass Lake Heights for 12 years and attended the Little Church of the Pines. In addition to his widow, Mr. Manahl leaves sons Scott Manahl of Corona and Blake Manahl of Loma Linda and five grandchildren.

Diana Shryock
Airline ticket agent
CLOVIS — Former Oakhurst resident Diana E. Shryock, 78, died in Oakhurst on October 7. Mass will be celebrated on Friday [October 12], 10 a.m., at St. Paul Newman Center. Mrs. Shryock was born in the Phillippines on June 14, 1923. She was a ticket agent for United Airlines and a past president of United Airlines Retirees. She formerly served as president of Mountain Community Club of Oakhurst and also was a past secretary of Chevron Retires. Mrs. Shryock is survived by her husband, Richard Shryock of Oakhurst and by her son, Emilio (Buddy) Palomo of Clovis and daughter Christina Grissom of San Jose. She was the sister of Santa Wyckoff of Fresno, Richard Eroles of Madera and Espy Bartlemay of Clovis. Four grandchildren and her great-grandchild also survive.

John E. Meyer
Physical therapist
FONTANA — John Edwin Meyer, DPT (doctor of physical therapy), son of Earl and Hazel Meyer, resident of Oakhurst for the past 15 years, died here on October 12. He was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on May 16, 1959. He practiced and also taught physical therapy in Loma Linda Medical Center for several years. Most recently he was professor of physical therapy at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa. His fatal attack of gastric cancer, which took his life only a month after the diagnosis, leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of three years, Heidi, and his 10-month-old son, Jonathan. Also, his sister, Martha (husband Pete Butcher), Turlock; and his adoptive parents, Earl and Hazel Meyer, as well as a host of other close relatives, friends, students and colleagues.

Terry Arlene Beatty-Moore
COARSEGOLD — Terri Arlene Beatty-Moore died at her home here on October 13, a victim of stomach cancer. A memorial service will be held at the Stoney Creek Baptist Church in Coarsegold on Saturday, October 27, starting at 1 p.m. Pastor Keith French will conduct the service. Mrs. Beatty-Moore, 43, was born in Glendale on February 15, 1958. She had resided in Oakhurst for 20 years and in Coarsegold for the last year and a half. She attended Pasadena High School and graduated from Western High School in Las Vegas in 1976. she loved her family and friends, the outdoor mountain life, horses, fishing and quilting. Mrs. Beatty-Moore is survived by her husband Darrell Moore of Coarsegold. Also, son Quinn Beatty (wife Nicole), Oakhurst; son Austin Kloss, Oakhurst; by her mother, Arlene Hartman and father, Monte Beatty, Oakhurst. She was the sister of Bob Beatty, Cindy Jordan, and Scott Beatty (wife Debbie), all of Pahrump, Nevada. She was the foster mother and grandmother of Holly and Hidi Melanson, Oceanside. Also surviving are neices Shelbi, Jessica, Carrie, Samantha, Francesca, Jodi, Sara; and nephews Kyle, Evan, Bobby and Jacob.

‘Brandoo’ Bethel
Area resident
NORTH FORK — Brenda (Brendoo) Bethel, 47, died in Madera on October 13. Graveside services were held Thursday at North Fork Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Jay Chapel. Ms. Bethel was born in Clovis. She was a member of the Mono Tribe. She leaves her husband, Ben Davis of North Fork; mother, Velma Owens and brother Robert Charles Bethel, also of North Fork. she was also the sister of Haroleen Bowlan of Oakhurst and Sandra clark of Rosemead.

Jerry Greer
OAKHURST — Jerry Lee Greer, 63, died at his home here on October 16. Services were held on Monday [October 22]. Mr. Greer was born on October 20, 1937 in Ventura. He had been a battalion chief with the Ventura County Fire Department where he lived before moving to Oakhurst. He is survived by his wife Virginia of Oakhurst and his mother Fannie Greer of Madera. He was the father of Steven Greer, Fresno; and James Greer, Thousand Oaks.

Deborah Raphael
BASS LAKE — Deborah Anne Raphael, a resident of Bass Lake for 49 years, died at her home on October 18. There are no services scheduled. Mrs. Raphael was born in Madera on March 26, 1952. She was 49 years old. She is survived by her parents Lloyd and Gloria Pelster of Bass Lake. She was mother to Ralph Lewis Raphael, Folsom; Lloyd Anton Raphael, Wasco; and Debora Christine Walker, Hayward. Mrs. Raphael also leaves three grandchildren.

Mildred Wegner
SANTA BARBARA — Mildred Roberts Wegner died in a hospital here on October 13. Private family services will be held at the Oakhill Cemetery. Mrs. Wegner was born in Denver, Colorado and attended college in Colorado and Montana. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She was a former resident of Palos Verdes Estates, Bass Lake Heights and Solvang. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1988 to be closer to and cared for by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Gilbert in 1974. Mrs. Wegner is survived by her son John Wegner, Newberry Springs, and her daughter Judy Coryell of Santa Barbara. She was grandmother to Jane Missman and great-grandmother to Kevin, Brian and Sarah Missman of Goleta. She leaves her grandson Mark Wanamaker and his mother Diana Wanamaker of Falls Church, Virginia. Mrs. Wegner also leaves her brother and sister-in-law Leslie and Retha Roberts, Illinois.

Mary Hyatt-Smith
Working Posse volunteer
COARSEGOLD — Mary Ellen Hyatt-Smith, 78, and a resident of Coarsegold for 23 years, died on October 23. There will be a visitation at the Sierra funeral chapel on Sunday [October 28] from 4 to 7 p.m. Services will be held on Monday [October 29] at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 49969 School Road [427]. Internment will be at Belmont Memorial Park in Fresno. Mrs. Hyatt-Smith was born on July 2, 1923 in Fresno. She was a long-time member of the Fresno Trail Riders and an honorary member of the Madera County Sheriff’s Working Posse. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mrs. Hyatt-Smith is survived by her daughters Mary Lou Mazzella of Coarsegold and Joy Johnson of Montpelier, Idaho. She also leaves a step-daughter Bonnie Duke of Coarsegold. She was preceded in death by her son, Tommy Hyatt. She was the sister to Doris Wallace, Fresno. She was grandmother to Bridgette Russell (husband David) and their two children Paige and Tanner. She also leaves nine other grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren from Idaho and Michigan.

James Harbison
Retired deputy sheriff
NORTH FORK — James Hempiel Harbison, 71, a former Los Angeles County deputy sheriff and retired heavy equipment operator who had resided here for 11 years, died at home on October 4. No services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Sierra Funeral Chapel in Oakhurst. Mr. Harbison was born in California on June 6, 1930. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Harbison is survived by his wife, Thelma Harbison of North Fork; sons Steven Harbison, Coarsegold, and James Ivan Harbison, Valley Village; and by his mother, Ida Harbison of Corona. He was the brother of Robert Harbison, Laguna Woods and Raymond Harbison, Bakersfield. Also surviving are five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Stanley Mayer
Mono leader
SACRAMENTO — Stanley Ernest Mayer, a former North Fork resident and highly respected Mono Indian Tribe leader, died here on October 23. Graveside services were held Monday afternoon at North Fork Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Jay Chapel in Madera. Mr. Mayer, 53, was born in Madera. He attended North Fork Elementary School, Sierra High School and then the University of California at Davis. He served with the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran. Mr. Mayer worked as a contractor officer for the state Indian Health Services. He and his late mother, Sylvena Mayer, who died in 1999, were leaders of the Monos in North Fork. They were founding members of the Sierra Mono Museum as well as the Mono Nation, a nonprofit organization focusing on the aboriginal land rights issues. Mr. Mayer was a recognized traditional Indian healer and a Mono “bear dancer” for the Yosemite and North Fork areas. In his position with the state Indian Health Service, Mr. Mayer was instrumental in developing programs utilizing traditional Indian health programs. He dedicated his life to the rights and health needs of California Indian people. He is survived by his brother, Laughing Coyote, Auberry; grandmother, Annie Davis, Shaver Springs; and aunts Edith Beecher and Martha Beecher, North Fork. Remembrances: Sierra Mono Museum and Mono Nation, Post Office Box 275, North Fork 93643.

David Day
COARSEGOLD — Retired educator David P. Day, 66, died at home on October 30. Services will be Monday [November 5], 12:30 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Oakhurst. Burial follows at Oakhill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Sierra Funeral Chapel. Mr. Day was born in Aurora, Utah, on September 23, 1935. He was a teacher for Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District in Northern California before coming to Coarsegold a year ago. Mr. Day was the husband of Martha Day of Coarsegold and the father of Nathan J. Day, Oakland; Denise Kersey, Rancho Cordova; Darlene Chambers, Seattle, Washington; and Deanna Ashby, Twin Falls, Idaho. He was the brother of Virginia Hayes, Provo, Utah; Kathleen Bartholomew, Fayette, Utah; Fred R. Day, St. George, Utah; and J. Rodney Day, Orem, Utah. Also surviving are eight grandchildren.

Helen Gunther
Retired sales clerk
COARSEGOLD — Helen Gunther, 85, died on October 22. Services were held in Reedley on Friday of last week. Mrs. Gunther was born in Herbert, Saskatchewan, on April 4, 1916. She worked at Furlong’s Jewelry Store in Reedley for 18 years, at Gottschalks in Fresno in its china department and at J.C. Penney in the jewelry department for 23 years before retiring in her 70s. Mrs. Gunther resided in Coarsegold for 20 years. She was a very loving and beautiful person. The love she showed in her life was a testament to her deep faith. Mrs. Gunther’s husband, Jack, died in 1994. She is survived by Jim and Sandy Gunther, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers. Remembrances: Sierra Vista Church, Post Office Box 2403, Oakhurst 93644, supporting the mission work of Becky Neufeld.

Joseph Bentson
Retired banker
OAKHURST — Joseph (Joe) Henry Bentson, 71, a resident here for the past 12 years, died on October 31. There will be no services. Mr. Bentson was born in San Diego on December 5, 1929. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Bentson loved reading, amateur radio, puttering in his shop and spending time with friends. He and Joanne, his wife of 47 years, loved their dog Princess and traveling in their motor home. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and dear friend. Besides his wife, Mr. Bentson is survived by his two married daughters Teri Soken, Glendale, and and Kay Ridgeway of Newport Beach. He was grandfather to Brad, Kyle, Becky, Scott and Madison. Remembrances: American Cancer Society, 425 N.Gateway, Suite C, Madera 93637.

Shirley Holland
Retired travel agent
YUCAIPA, San Bernardino County — Shirley C. Holland, 69, a retired travel agent who had resided in Oakhurst since the mid-1980s, died here on October 23. A beautiful memorial service was held October 27 at the Yucaipa Christian Church. Burial followed at Pomona Valley Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Holland was born in Pomona on May 1, 1932. She worked as a travel agent and loved to travel. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of TOPS and KOPS organizations in Oakhurst. Mrs. Holland was making plans for a mountain climb in Peru last June when she was diagnosed with the illness that claimed her life. She also loved her dog, “Reggie.” Mrs. Holland was the mother of David Long of Yucaipa and Stephen Long of Oldtown, Idaho. She was the brother of Jim Christianson of Mt. Shasta. Also surviving are three grandchildren.

W. Keith Ramsey
Retired firefighter
COARSEGOLD — W. Keith Ramsey, a retired Palo Alto fire captain who resided here since 1999, died on October 30, the victim of a heart attack. A Memorial Mass was held Monday at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Los Altos. Mr. Ramsey would have celebrated his 62nd birthday on Sunday. After retirement he enjoyed spending time on the country property they had near Coarsegold. He also loved traveling, hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He was the husband of Helen and the father of David Ramsey (wife Kathy) and Cheryl Hirtle (husband Ted) of San Ramon. He was the grandfather of Jessica and Haley Ramsey and Nathan Hirtle.

Elmo Dugan
Aerospace engineer
BASS LAKE — Elmo Albert Dugan, 76, a retired aerospace engineer, died at a Fresno hospital on November 1. Graveside services were held Tuesday at Oakhill Cemetery in Oakhurst. Arrangements were made through Sierra Funeral Chapel. Mr. Dugan was born in Centralia, Missouri, on May 22, 1925. He was an aerospace engineer for the Marquardt Corporation prior to his retirement to Bass Lake. Mr. Dugan was the husband of Patsy Dugan of Bass Lake and the father of Michael Dugan (wife Janet), Shadow Hills; James Dugan, Temecula; and John Dugan (wife Janet), Rochester, New York. He was the grandfather of Sarina Michelle and Suriati Dugan of Temecula and of Kevin John Dugan of Rochester, New York. Also surviving is his brother, Robert Dugan of Oxnard.

Susan F. Goldman
Pet groomer
OAKHURST — Susan F. Goldman died at her home here on November 1. A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, November 18, starting at 11 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 41808 Grub Gulch Road [600], Ahwahnee. Mrs. Goldman was born June 13, 1943, at Fort Bragg. She attended St. Aloysius elementary school and Tulare Union High School in Tulare. She attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia for two years. She met Robert M. Goldman in Happy Camp, where they were married in 1965. She lived in various areas of Northern California while Mr. Goldman worked as a construction superintendent before they came to Oakhurst. In 1992, Mrs. Goldman opened Suzi’s Pampered Pets pet grooming salon in Oakhurst. During this time, she worked diligently and wholeheartedly to build her business, not by just providing quality services but also by genuine caring for her customers and their pets left in her charge. Mrs. Goldman touched people’s lives wherever she went with her caring, vibrant, and sparkling personality. Her passing has left a void in the lives of her friends and loved ones that cannot be filled. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Goldman is survived by son Jack Goldman (wife Dana) and daughter Barbara Raymond (husband Richard). She was the grandmother of Kody Raymond, Kaylee Goldman, Emily Goldman and Jeff Goldman. She was the sister of Katherine Hahn and Benjamin Atteberry.

Phyllis Pacheco
OAKHURST — Phyllis Louise Pacheco, 58, a long-time resident of the Mountain Area, died on November 5 in a Fresno hospital. Services will be held on Saturday [November 10] at 11 a.m at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Bass Lake. Internment will be private. Mrs. Pacheco was born in Marlow, Oklahoma on October 11, 1943. She grew up in Merced and was head varsity cheerleader and homecoming queen in 1961. In 1965 she married Les Pacheco, and a year later had a kidney transplant. The kidney was donated by her mother. In 1967 Mr. and Mrs. Pacheco moved to Fish Camp where they started Fish Camp towing and the Chevron Service Station. Mrs. Pacheco was a charter member of the Fish Camp Volunteer Fire Department and served as treasurer and firefighter for more than 15 years. In 1990, the couple purchased the old Oakhurst Chevron Service Station and in 1994, moved into their new facility. She was one of the original Mountain Area Ski School instructors at Badger Pass and always enjoyed working with children. She also enjoyed water skiing, horseback riding and, for seven years, managed the Yosemite Mountain Ranch in Fish Camp. Mrs. Pacheco is survived by her husband Lester, Oakhurst, and her mother Chris Garner of Merced. Also surviving are her nephews Jonas Garner (wife Jennifer) and their children Peyton and Thomas Joseph; Jeff Garner (wife Loretta) and their children Ellis and Ethan; and a niece Lisa Garner. She leaves Lester Pacheco’s son Scott (wife Patti) and their children Austin and Madison, Newnan, Georgia.

Judy Brown
NORTH FORK — Judy Ann Brown, 87, died in Oakhurst on November 5. Services were held November 9 at Jay Chapel in Madera. Burial followed at Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera. Arrangements were under the direction of Jay Chapel. Mrs. Brown was born in Spring City, Tennessee. She was a member of Bethel Southern Baptist Church who also enjoyed quilting and crocheting. Mrs. Brown was the mother of Maxine Berkley (husband Ovonual) and Ann Alexander, North Fork. She was the grandmother of Shella Baxter (husband Verne) and Randy Berkley (wife Debbie), North Fork. She was the great-grandmother of Cory Baxter, North Fork; and Becky Berkley, Atwater. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Remembrances: American Heart Association, 1495 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno 93711; American Cancer Association, 425 North Gateway, No. C, Madera 93637.

Thomas Robinson
Mechanical engineer
OAKHURST — Thomas Frank Robinson, 81, a retired mechanical engineer for General Electric, died at his home on November 13. Services were held Saturday at Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church. Burial will be Wednesday [November 21] at San Joaquin National Cemetery at Santa Nella. Arrangements were under the direction of the Sierra Funeral Chapel. Mr. Robinson was born in Spokane, Washington, on August 31, 1920. He had resided in Oakhurst for 20 years. Mr. Robinson also served with the U.S. Army, with the rank of captain. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Robinson of Oakhurst and was the father of Janice Palmer, Stockton; Donna Thieman, San Jose; Gordon Robinson and Joseph Robinson, Castro Valley; Curtis Robinson, Severna Park, Maryland; Anita Neel, Texarkana, Texas; and David Robinson, Hillsborough, New Jersey. Also surviving are his sister, Katherine Cockrell, Tacoma, Washington; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Howard Carroll
PG&E retired
PLACERVILLE — Oakhurst resident Howard Francis (Hooks) Carroll died here on November 21. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday [December 1], 1 p.m., at Sacred Heart Church in Merced. Private interment will follow at Mariposa Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Green Valley Mortuary, Cameron Park. Mr. Carroll, 81, was a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Carroll served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was a crewman on a B-17. He worked for Pacific Gas and Electric Company for 29 years before retiring. Mr. Carroll formerly resided in Merced from 1945-71, then in Oakhurst since 1971. He was formerly a member of Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. Mr. Carroll was the husband of the late Agnes Sadie Carroll. He was the father of Michael Carroll, Fresno; Joe Carroll, Merced; Tom Carroll, Placerville; and Diane Lema, Modesto. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Remembrances: Snowline Hospice, 7563 Green Valley Road, Placerville 95667.

Jan Allison
Former resident
CEDARVILLE — Former Oakhurst resident Jan Allison died here on November 25. Memorial services will be held Friday [November 30], starting at 2 p.m. at The Little Church in the Pines at Bass Lake. There will be a reception following at her son Roy Allison’s residence, 48219 Acorn Drive Oakhurst. She was born on August 1, 1940. Mrs. Allison loved the great outdoors and enjoyed working for the U.S. Forest Service for 11 years. Her home was in the mountains and nothing could keep her from living here. She moved to Oakhurst in 1968 and lived in the area until a job transfer moved her to Mammoth Lakes. A second job transfer moved her to Cederville. However, she always called Oakhurst her home. One of her favorite passions was crossword puzzles. Mrs. Allison is survived by her soulmate of 19 years, Frank Parizot of Cederville; her daughter, Joy Allison of Oakhurst, and her sons, Roy Allison and Tye Allison of Oakhurst; Tim Allison of Gardnerville, Nevada; and Jay Allison of Higley, Arizona. Also surviving is her brother, Keith Norgard of San Jose.

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