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Geneva Dunn
Geneva Dunn of Jackson, Calif., passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson at the age of 94. She was born in Missouri on February 25, 1920 to the late Eli and Velma (Smith) Snider. Geneva grew up in St. Louis, Mo., and Kentucky. In 1936, at age 16, she married James Dunn in Illinois and the couple soon started their family. The Dunns moved to California in 1954 and settled in Berkeley so Jack could attend a Baptist seminary. 1974 brought retirement, Jack and Geneva moved to Amador County. Geneva enjoyed... [Read more]
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Robert Arlin Snyder Sr.

August 5, 1934 - October 12, 2014

Robert “Bob” Snyder, 80 of Pine Grove, went home to be with the Lord on sunday October 12, 2014, after a 7-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He died in the comfort of his home surrounded by family.

Bob was born in Garberville, California, to Arlin and Hattie Snyder. He grew up in San Mateo, California, and graduated from San Mateo High School in 1952. Bob then joined the US Navy Reserves and later the US Marine Corp and served until December 1958.

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Patricia L. Scully

--Emily Dickinson

Patricia L. Scully, a native of Ione, California, passed away on October 8, 2014. She attended Ione Grammar School and Ione High School, graduating in 1968. Always known for her penchant to defy the status quo, Patty attended St. Mary's College in Moraga, California, in which she was a graduating member of the first co-ed class in 1972. Her voracious appetite for seeing things that she only read about ignited her passion for travel and awakened her adventurous spirit. Always on “the road less traveled,” she came...

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Lonnie W. Williams, 83, of Wilseyville, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. He was born May 17, 1931. Friends are invited to attend a graveside service Monday, October 27, 2014, at 1 p.m., at Amador Memorial Cemetery, 25999 Highway 88, Pioneer, Calif. [Read more]
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Patience Hiatt

A farewell ceremony is planned for Patience Hiatt, who at 41 years of age passed away unexpectedly at her Gilroy home following a very brief illness. Born in Carmichael, California, she graduated from Amador High School, and attended Cabrillo College. Upon completion of the dental assisting courses offered at Cabrillo, Patience began a career in Santa Cruz, at Dr. Tim Znamirowski’s practice, where she remained for over 18 years. She was universally loved and respected by her many friends, patients and coworkers alike.

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Robert Lee Picard, of Pioneer, Calif., passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Pioneer. He was born in Lodi, Calif., on May 21, 1945 to the late Jack and Alda Picard. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life at the Daneri Mortuary Chapel in Jackson, Calif., on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at 1 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book. [Read more]
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Donna Lee Kuhl of Jackson, Calif., passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 at the age of 71. She was born in Sacramento, Calif., on March 2, 1943 to the late Elmore and Geneva (Taylor) Sargent. At the family's request there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras Counties, P.O. Box 595, Jackson, CA 95642. Interment will be in the Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks, Calif. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book. [Read more]
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Avonell Pitts Greeness VandeMerkt
Sutter Creek CA – Avonell Pitts Greeness VandeMerkt passed peacefully to our Lord on October 3, 2014, with her family at her bedside. She was at her Sutter Creek residence, in the heart of the Gold Rush country, where her grandfather mined for gold from 1848 to 1850. She was born Jan. 25, 1916, in McLean, Illinois, in the homestead that her grandfather, Joseph Augustus Pitts, built after he returned from the Gold Rush. Her father George W. Pitts and mother Jenny Frances Pitts raised her and her brother, George A. Pitts, and there... [Read more]
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Patsy Cotterel

11 September 1932 - 2 October 2014

Patsy Cotterel passed away from this life peacefully on October 2, 2014, following a brief battle with a serious infection.

In the weeks prior to her death, family members and many of the friends who loved her surrounded her. She kept her sense of humor until the end, making the inevitability of her death a little lighter for those who visited her and for those of us helping with her care.

Patsy was known for her dynamic persona, her attention to detail, and for her rapier-like wit. Patsy...

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Russell “Russ” Robert Tonzi

Russell “Russ” Robert Tonzi, age 101 years, of Ione, Calif., passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014, in Jackson. Russell was born in Mt. Echo, known today as the roads that intersect at Tonzi and Mt. Echo, in Ione, on May 4, 1913, a son of the late Ella Mae (Mason) and John Tonzi.

Russell is survived by daughter, Gloria Conkling (Edwin), of Citrus Heights; grandson, Rob Conkling (Penny), of Ione; granddaughter, Kimberly Swanger (James), of Antelope, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Joshua Oribello (Bekki), Jordan Conkling (Beth), Cayce...

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John Lewis Holt, "The Man of Steel," passed away peacefully at home with his family. He was born on May 7, 1940, and he passed on August 26, 2014. Services will be held at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA. on Friday, October 24, at 2 p.m. For more information, see info@allseasonsburial.com. [Read more]
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Lois Kuiken

Lois Kuiken passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Ione, Calif., the morning of September 25, 2014, another tragic victim of Alzheimer's. Although she was a proud, beautiful lady, she endured her affliction with all her will and strength. Aware of her problem, disheartened by it but never complaining, never letting it depress her or depress those who loved her and cared for her. She just celebrated her 70th anniversary with her husband, Ken.

Lois was born Nov. 7, 1921, in Pittsburg Pa. Her father, Richard, flew in WW1...

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Devin "Mo" Davis, of Plymouth, passed away September 1, 2014, at the age of 60. Mo enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, reading and traveling. Friends and acquaintances are encouraged to attend a Celebration of Life, to be held Friday, October 10, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., at the Plymouth Fairgrounds, inside Pokerville Hall. [Read more]
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Recently Kerry W. “Stoney” Howie, age 66, passed away March 15, 2014, in Wilber, Oregon. Kerry was a friend to all and a stranger to none. He loved dogs, horses, and most people. Friends and acquaintances are encouraged to attend a memorial ceremony to be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Hill. [Read more]
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Date of Birth
Tuesday, 24 Jun 1919
Date of Death
Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 (Age 95)

Adeline J. Rider was a woman of many talents and shared her knowledge of gardening, cooking, sewing, flower arranging and much more with eager admirers. She will be missed by all who knew her, loved her and learned from her.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life service, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, October 11, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Ione, reception to follow at Castle Oaks Golf Club. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Adeline’s name may be made to Sacred Heart...

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Richard Maynard DeLaney, age 83, of Jackson, Calif., passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Sutter Amador Hospital. Richard was born in Rockford, Ill., on April 3, 1931, a son of the late May (Allen) and Henry Charles DeLaney. At his request there will be no services. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book. [Read more]
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Sheila Gayle Ford
Sheila Gayle Ford, of Ione, Calif., passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the age of 50. She was born in Fayette, Ala., on April 13, 1964 to Ralph and Joyce (Cannon) Crawford. Sheila moved to Modesto, Calif., and, in 1991, married Michael Ford, in Reno, Nev. After Michael retired, they moved to Amador County to live in the open spaces she enjoyed so much. Sheila is survived by her husband, Michael Ford, of Ione; son, Christopher Whitehead and his wife, Kody, of Waterford, Calif.; daughters, Sylvia Whitehead, of Concord,... [Read more]
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Armenta “Minnie” Marie Rampelburg

Armenta “Minnie” Marie Rampelburg, age 81, of Ione, Calif., passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson. Minnie was born in Talihina, Okla., on February 15, 1933, a daughter of the late Ottoma and Lee Jackson.

Minnie is survived by her daughter, Angel, and her husband, Todd O'brien, of Pioneer; sons, Donald Rampelburg, of Evanston, Wyo.; James Rampleburg, of Carson City, Nev.; step-daughter, Alice, and her husband, Larry Slayton, of Ione; sisters, Ruth Crutchfield; Bonnie Ruddick, both of...

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William “Rusty” Martin Jr.
William “Rusty” Martin Jr. passed away Friday, August 29, 2014, in Jackson, at the age of 55. He was born in Jackson, California, at the Amador County Hospital on November 27, 1958 to William “Red” Martin Sr. and Shirley Martin. Rusty graduated from Independence High School on June 3, 1977. He started his career in 1979 as a Water Treatment Operator for the Pioneer Community Service District, in Pioneer, Calif. He successfully passed the State of California Department of Health Water Treatment Operator Grade 1, and, only a year... [Read more]
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Date of Birth
Thursday, 26 Jun 1941
Date of Death
Friday, 19 Sep 2014 (Age 73)
Dorman Lee Steele
After a life of unexpected careers and adventure, Dorman Lee Steele gave in to his 7 1/2-year battle with cancer at home with his beloved wife, Barbara Toma Steele, and family members at his side. Dorman was born in Long Beach, Calif., after parents, Freddie and Elva (Mason) Steele, had come out from Missouri to make their new home. They quickly moved to the Santa Rosa/Sebastopol area, where he and his brothers, Darell (Ann) and Larry, and sister, Linda (Jim) Miller, spent their childhoods. Dorman was a well-liked young man with... [Read more]
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