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Gregory "Greg" Allan Faust

Gregory "Greg" Allan Faust of Pioneer, CA, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the age of 54. He was born in Pomona, CA on December 28, 1960 to the late Clifford and Flora (Scherer) Faust.

Greg graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1979 and attended Cuesta College and Concordia Lutheran College where he met his future wife, Karen. The couple was married in Sacramento, CA. Greg worked as a correctional officer for 23 years and associate pastor of Amador Family Fellowship Church in Pioneer for 11 years. He enjoyed baseball,...

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Bruce Hotchkiss, beloved husband, brother, stepfather, uncle and friend passed away on February 15, 2015 at the Fairmont Rehabilitation Hospital in Lodi, aged 79.

Bruce was born on a ranch in Wyoming, and after his family moved, went to Salinas High School. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Accounting. His long and varied career included management of an iron foundry and owner of a restaurant and bar. He ran an antique import-export, served as Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, and was the...

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Catherine Ann Cissna, 67, of Jackson, CA, passed away Friday, March 6, 2015 in Jackson.

Catherine was born in Oakland, CA on May 25, 1947, a daughter of the late Ann and Warren Compton. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 12:00 PM at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Creek. Interment was at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Pine Grove. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book.

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Gregory “Greg” Allan Faust of Pioneer, CA, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the age of 54. He was born in Pomona, CA on December 28, 1960 to the late Clifford and Flora (Scherer) Faust.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras Counties, P.O. Box 595, Jackson, CA 95642. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book.

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Mary Irene Rueger

Mary Irene Rueger of Pine Grove, CA, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at the age of 71. She was born in San Francisco, CA on October 13, 1943 to the late Cornelius and Dorothy Adene (Irwin) Duggan.

Mary made 37 flights as a stewardess during the Vietnam War transporting military personnel with the Flying Tigers. She continued her career with Pan Am, TWA, and American. Mary was part owner of the Sweet Shop and Floral in Pine Grove with her mother, Dorothy and sister, Kae. She and her husband, Rainer owned Big Oak Nursery also...

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Carol Lorraine Tinney

Carol Lorraine Tinney, age 84, of Volcano, CA, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson. Carol was born in Gaylord, MN on January 13, 1931, the daughter of the late Allie (Robertson) and Harry A. Knobel.

After graduating from Gaylord High School in 1949, Carol attended the University of Minnesota and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology in 1953. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco and began an 18-year career as a Medical Technologist working in hospital laboratori...

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William R. Ward, Jr.
William R. Ward, Jr. of San Andreas, CA, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. He was born on May 23, 1951 to Virginia R. (Walloupe) and William R. Ward, Sr. He was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather. William is survived by his wife, Susan; daughters, Angel and Genny; grandson, Elijah; and granddaughter, Haley. A celebration of life was held on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at Daneri Mortuary in Jackson, CA. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest... [Read more]
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Darwin Freeman

October 24, 1921 - March 1, 2015

Darwin was born in Sacramento, California to Herbert and Thelma (Williford) Freeman. After graduating from Sacramento High School he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He went to Europe as a member of the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division where he was seriously wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his return to California he re-joined the CCC before beginning a 35-year career with the California Division of Forestry. At that time he met the love of his life in the Pine Grove Post...

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Joe Mariz Ballesteros passed away on March 11, 2015 in Stockton California at the age of 70. Born on September 22, 1944 in Mexico, Joe was raised in Oakland California. He spent his summers in West Point where he met his wife Nancy Ball. They had two children Denise Schaad and John Ballesteros, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. After serving in the Army he attend College in Oakland were he received a degree in business. He later went to work for American Forest Products as a logger.

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Virginia Grace Cargo passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 21st 2015 in Chehalis, Washington. Virginia was born to Lloyd and Ina (Berning) Sleeper on November 25, 1925 in Sonora, California. On November 20, 1948 Virginia married the love of her life, Lloyd Cargo II in Oakland, California. They together had four children and raised them in the Bay Area. In 1962 Virginia went back to work as a secretary and worked for nearly 30 years before retiring. Throughout her life, Virginia enjoyed her family, traveled around the... [Read more]
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Jim (Doc) McClenahan, age 83, passed away Christmas morning at his home in Jackson, CA. Jim was born in Des Moines, IA to the late Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Edgar Andrew McClenahan. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Sunday March 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church 430 State Hwy 49 Sutter Creek, CA. Memorial contributions may be made to Operation Care 619 New York Ranch Rd. Jackson, CA 95642, Salvation Army Lodi or Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, PO Box 595, Jackson, CA 95642. Condolences may be sent... [Read more]
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Donald Michael Wysopal of Pine Grove, CA, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015 at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento at the age of 82. He was born in Redding, PA on March 24, 1932 to the late Jacob and Virginia (Long) Wysopal. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. at Faith Lutheran Church, 22601 Highway 88 in Pioneer. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church in Pioneer or Interfaith Food Bank, 12181 Airport Rd., Jackson, CA 95642. Condolences may be offered to... [Read more]
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Loretta Martin
Loretta Martin passed away February 9, 2015 after a long illness. She was born in Oklahoma and soon after moved to Wisconsin where she lived until as a young girl, moving to Sacramento, California. She went to San Juan High School in Sacramento where she met her future husband, Walter Martin. Soon after high school Loretta and Walt married. They had two children, Walt Jr. and Linda. Loretta worked at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento prior to moving to Amador City in the mid 1960’s. Loretta then worked for the Federal Forestry,... [Read more]
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Wilma Hudson

August 10, 1928 – March 5, 2015

Wilma Hudson died in Afton, Wyoming at the age of 86. She was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio to William (Bill) and Pearl Paisley, and was their youngest child. She moved with her husband and children to California in 1954. She lived in Ione, CA from 1998 through October 2013, when she relocated to an assisted living facility near her daughter in Wyoming.

Wilma was a volunteer at the Hospice shop that used to be in Ione when she first moved to Amador County. She lived for a time in the Ione...

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Lloyd Dee McLean

February 19, 1919 – February 28, 2015

Lloyd Dee McLean passed quietly on February 28th at the young age of 96 in Jackson California where he lived for the past 6 years. Born in Carney Nebraska February 19, 1919, Lloyd grew up on the farm. Moved to California at the age of 18 to work with his brother Jack and where he met his wife, Barbara of 66 years. Lloyd worked in Long Beach California building ocean breaks. During WWII he was stationed for the first year in Wawona California in Yosemite before the national park boundaries...

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Azar Abdollahzadeh

Azar Abdollahzadeh, widow of Mike Abdollahzadeh lost her life tragically on Sunday, March 1st, 2015. She is survived by her children Shea and Damien Alexander, Shea’s children Sean, Johnathan and Julian, her step-children Michael Abdollahzadeh and his family and Joy Taylor and her family, and many more family members who live all over the U.S., Canada and around the world.

May her soul rest in peace and continue to light up the world by shining over us.

There will be a memorial service held at her church (First Baptist Church)...

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Robert Oliver Briggs born March 6, 1925 in Natoma, California to Margaret and Hugh Briggs, passed away February 26, 2015 at the age of 89. Bob was part of a gold rush family that came to California in the 1850’s. He attended Granite Grammar School and Folsom High School, then enlisted in the Army where he was a mortar man who saw combat in the European Theater in World War II as a member of the 103rd infantry division. Upon his return he attended Sierra College, and graduated from Sacramento State College with a Bachelors and... [Read more]
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Murry Lynn Hunt, age 73, of Sutter Creek, CA, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 in Jackson. Murry was born in Mexico, MO on December 27, 1941, a son of the late Jesse and William Henry Hunt. Friends are invited to attend a visitation Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00 AM followed by a funeral service at Daneri Mortuary Chapel in Jackson, CA, at 11:00 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society 1710 Webster St. Oakland, CA 94612 or American Heart Association, 2007 O St., Sacramento, CA 95811. Condolences may be sent... [Read more]
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Norman Bud Austin

Norman Bud Austin died at home in Pioneer, CA on March 3. 2015 at the age of 72 with his family by his side.

Norman is survived by wife Josie Austin , children Linda and David, grandchildren Lena Orr, Alan Orr, Tyler Austin, Michael Austin, Bryan Austin, James Austin and Daniel Austin, his sister Bette Abina and brother Michael Austin. He is preceded in death by father Bud Austin, step mother Inez, mother Lena and brother Dick of Fremont, CA

Norman was born on June 14, 1942 in Compton, CA to Bud and Lena Austin. He met his life...

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Peggy Gurzenski (Miller)
Sunrise: Dec. 15, 1954, Cincinnati, Oh. - Sunset: Feb. 8, 2015, Jackson, Ca. Went to be with her Savior, & Family. Survived by: Grandkids; Aria, Kaleb, & Paige. Sons; Tim & Alexandra, John & Heather. Husband of 44 yrs Pete. Sisters; Robin Modzelewski, Sandy & Todd (Goodman). Father; Robt Miller. In-laws; Rikk & Sue; Paul & Kathy; John & Linda Gurzenski. And numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Aunts, & Uncles, across the U.S. Preceded by: Mom- Shirley & Papa Wayne (Monroe). Sis- Terry Monroe. And Mom 2- Maria Miller. She enjoyed 40 yrs... [Read more]
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