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Susie Murrah
Susie Murrah transitioned from her temporal body into the arms of Jesus peacefully on July 7, 2016 with family by her side in Stockton California at the age of 77 after a short illness. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 46 years Dale Murrah, her children Carole Sorini, Michael Sorini and wife Michelle, Dede Esparza and husband Juan; grandchildren Ashly Esparza, Brandy Esparza, Courtney Atkins, and Curtis Sorini; great-grandchildren Caleb, Zanayah, Zarriha, and Ezra; siblings, Ray Nelson, Yvonne Schafer, Darla Truman... [Read more]
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Russell Carl Bohl, age 88, resident of Ione, CA. passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 in Jackson, CA. He was born in Eustis, NE. on October 31, 1927 to Clifford Henry and Margaret (Hansen) Bohl.

Russell’s love for traveling began as a child traveling throughout the mid-west with his family, settling down in California in 1941. Russell joined the Coast Guard as a Merchant Marine during World War II. Upon release from active duty, he enjoyed a distinguished career for over 39 years in railroad industry retiring as station supervisor...

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Gerald Calvin Middleton
Gerald Calvin Middleton, known as Jerry or Red to friends and family, age 84 of Jackson, CA died July 16, 2016 in Sutter Creek, CA after a battle with cancer. Born October 6, 1931 in Mulberry, Arkansas to Calvin and Ovia (Johnson) Middleton. Married Eula Wiltbank September 9, 1950 in Hayward, CA. Known for his quick wit and humor and his love of cars, old and new. Owned South Bay Supply and Leisure Products in Fremont, CA until his retirement, and he and Eula moved permanently to Jackson. Proud member of Sons in Retirement,... [Read more]
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At 93 years, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 24th. Preceded in death by her husband Cliff Jackson in ’91’ and her eldest son Pat in 2007. Survived by her other two sons Bob and Jeff, with (8) beloved grandchildren, (18) great grandchildren and (3) great great grandchildren.

Raised on the family farm in Michigan during the great depression time. Graduated from High School and worked as a phone operator and assembly line worker during WWII. After marriage to Clifford Jackson, work took them from Michigan to Wisconsin,...

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Kay Swickard Runquist

Kay Swickard Runquist, 83, of Davis, California, formerly of Orinda, California, passed away May 1, 2016 in Davis, California. Kay was born January 31, 1933, the youngest daughter of Ray and Hazel Hafner Swickard. She grew up in Nichols and Muscatine Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa where she earned a degree in Library Science.

While working summers in Yellowstone National Park in the mid 1950s, Kay met James Runquist, and the couple were married in 1956. They shared a lifelong love of the mountains and hiking as well as...

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Betty Jean Carrier, born Dec 21, 1924, in Bakersfield, California, 91 years old, and resided in Plymouth. Died on July 13, 2016, at Oak Manor in Jackson after a brief illness. Betty was active in the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Forrest Parlor #86.

At Betty's request there will be no services; however, memorial contributions can be made in her name and Parlor #86, to the NDGW Childrens Foundation, 543 Baker Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1405.

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Larry Miles Campbell, 63, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 in Bonney Lake, Washington. Larry enjoyed cooking for anyone and everyone, canning, and spending time with his family and friends. He held a very special place in his heart for Amador County and all the memories that were made here

A Celebration of Life for Larry will be held Saturday July 30th, 2016 from 1pm - 4pm at 215 Bright Avenue Jackson, CA 95642. Parking is limited, please carpool if possible. Donations can be made to Argonaut...

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Hans 'Jack' Hansen died on July 11, 2016 in Davis, California. He was born on March 11, 1936 in Hamburg, Germany. He loved camping, traveling and volunteering in Yosemite. Services will be held on August 1st at 11am at the Sacramento National Cemetery in Dixon, California. [Read more]
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Virginia Rose Fandel of Pioneer, CA, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the age of 69. She was born in Los Angeles, CA on October 11, 1946 to the late Lazaro and Virginia (Taylor) Bahena. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail at amadorhillcfs@volcano.net. [Read more]
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Jean Michaelson Carstensen

A long-time resident of Sutter Creek California, Jean grew up in many places throughout the world because of her father’s international work with General Motors. She went to Junior High School at the American Academy in Kobe, Japan, and Senior High School at the American Academy in Mexico City.

Jean attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and then finished her Bachelor of Arts degree at Stanford University, which is where she met her husband, John Adams Carstensen. They were married on December 17, 1948, at Stanford...

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Joyce Elaine O'Neal

Joyce Elaine O'Neal, lifetime resident of Amador County, passed away at her home in Jackson, CA on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the age of 88. Joyce was born in Sacramento, CA on April 27, 1928, a daughter of the late Mary (Brevoort) and William Christian Kreth.

This lovely lady was a rock to all; she was the strongest and most resilient woman many have ever known.

Joyce is survived by her daughter, Bethene O’Neal and her wife Roxanne, of Sacramento, CA; son, Randy O’Neal and his wife Susan, of Pine Grove, CA; sister, Pattie...

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Ralph W. Smith

Ralph W. Smith, age 70, of Pioneer, CA, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Sutter Amador Hospital. He was born in Monterey, Ca. to Earl and Alma Smith.

In 1964 Ralph graduated from Monterey High School. He worked at Mac’s Poultry in Monterey for years being known as the “Chicken Man”.

Ralph served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. A year later he met the girl of his dreams, Jeannine Welker of Pennsylvania. They were married and raised 2 sons, John and Chad.

They moved their family to Amador...

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John Raymond Sahlberg

June 17, 1942 - June 30, 2016

John Raymond Sahlberg, 74, passed away at home on June 30, 2016 with his wife, Michele, by his side after a brave battle with leukemia. Born in Kansas - only child of Theodore “Ted” & Marian Tebbetts Sahlberg - and raised in Amador County, John was an avid sportsman who graduated from Ione High School in 1960 maintaining many friendships for over 60 years. With a glint in his eye for mischief, John never tired of telling childhood tales from a seemingly inexhaustible cache of experiences - from...

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Charles Eugene Koehler, of Ione, CA, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016, at the age of 79. Charles was born on September 26, 1936 in Osceola, Nebraska to George Herman and Esther (Marshall) Koehler.

At the family’s request there will be no services. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book.

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Michael Edgar Williams passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in Reno, Nevada of a heart attack. He was born June 4, 1958 in Jackson, California to Earl and Janet (Chisholm) Williams.

Mike worked construction and operated heavy equipment for 40 year. He was an avid hunter all his life, he loved being outdoors and traveling to new places, seeing new things. He also enjoyed reminiscing and telling stories about the good old days to anyone who would listen. He will be greatly missed by many.

Mike is survived by his parents, Earl...

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Kurtis Segler

Kurtis Segler, 56, entered into rest on June 29, 2016 in Manteca, Ca. He was born on August 28, 1959 in San Jose, Ca. He is preceded in death by his father Billy Segler. Mr. Segler is survived by his mother Joyce Segler and his sister Kim Celentano.

Kurtis recently resided in Manteca but was a resident of Jackson for many years. He worked in retail for over 40 years as a butcher working mostly for Raley’s in Jackson and Manteca area. He was a simple man who had a great love for all types of music. Kurtis was always up to hearing...

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Born in Oakland, California, she was a wonderful wife, mother and a wonderful and amazing woman.

Memorial services will be held at the LDS Church on Ridge Road on the 9th of July at 1 p.m.

All are welcome.

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Thomas Cessel James

Thomas Cessel James, of Jackson, CA, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016 at the age of 81. Tom was born in Anaheim, CA on August 27, 1934. He was the beloved husband of Judith A. James.

An accomplished scholar, Tom not only graduated from Cal Berkeley, but also earned a PhD from Harvard University. He went on to become a physicist at Lockheed Martin in Palo Alto for many years.

Tom was a man of many talents; he was a virtuoso on the four-string banjo, and past president and member of the Peninsula Banjo Band of San Jose. ...

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Brian Gale Glenn

It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Brian Gale Glenn of Plymouth, California...Bladeguy, gold miner, father, grandfather, friend and entrepreneur.

Brian lost his battle with cancer at his home on June 18, 2016, but never gave up his smile or his fight. He was surrounded by those he loved and and who dearly loved him and was received peacefully and gently to the loving arms of angels.

Born October 23rd, 1956 to Rosemary Fay Richardson and William Glenn he was raised in San Jose, California. There, he grew up...

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"Dr. Chuck"

Charles E. Dunbar, of Ione, California, was received into the arms of His LORD and Savior on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the age of 63. He passed away in Sacramento, California, following the surgical repair of an aortic aneurism.

Chuck was born on December 29, 1952, in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, to James Floyd Dunbar and RosaLee (Harris) Dunbar. He spent his childhood years in Platteville, Wisconsin, with his parents and siblings Jennifer, Steven, Jean Ann, and Cynthia. Throughout his schooling, Chuck was known for his humor and...

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