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Ray Ake

Ray was born November 23, 1928 to Burt and Hazel (Richards) Ake in La Mesa Tx., and passed June 17, 2015. Ray married Ina Marie Dusters and after they divorced, he married Jody Holbrook, by whom he had his son Albert Ray Ake and raised Jimmy Holbrook (his stepson). He was survived by Katherine Brown of Brant Arkansas, his companion for the last eight years.

Ray worked for years at the lumber mill in Martell, CA, and then in the construction field in Seattle Washington.

From the age of 13, he loved music and later played for a...

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Iryna passed away peacefully at Mark Twain Convalescent Hospital after surviving a serious stroke in 2012 that left her paralyzed but never broke her loving spirit. She was born Irma Elisabeth Baumler in Bamburg, Germany on April 13, 1931 and grew up in Bad Staffelstein, Germany. After serving as governess to a diplomat’s children in London and Beirut, she immigrated to the United States at age 27 and moved to Chicago, IL, where she married Billie Johnson in 1960. She and Billie had four children and were blessed with two granddaughte... [Read more]
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Joyce Ann Steward of Woodbridge, CA, passed away June 29, 2015, at the age of 70 years. Joyce was born in Los Angeles, Ca. on April 14, 1945. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book. [Read more]
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Owen Clay Jones of Sutter Creek, CA passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015 at the age of 70. Owen was born in Susanville, CA on August 26, 1944 to the late Irene Leona (McKinsey) and Wesley Brooks Jones. He is survived by his wife, Linda Sue Jones; daughter, Camelia (Vince) Bueno; son, Lonnie (Laura) Jones; brothers, Melvin (Kris) Jones and David (Patricia) Jones; sisters, Glenda Compton and Allana Frey; grandchildren, Susie, Shelby, Brooklyn, Kerri, Kristina, Krystal, Arianna, and Ronnie; great granddaughter, Zavia; and many nieces... [Read more]
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Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Speka

Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Speka of Jackson, CA passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the age of 67. He was born in Oakland, CA on April 11, 1948 to the late Rosalin Alice (Stelzer) and Bob Jerald Speka.

Jerry was raised in Oakland and after 27 years as a firefighter, he retired from the City of Oakland Fire Department. Jerry started in college as an engineer and was the owner and operator of the Royal Safe Company which he ran to its current date.

In 2001 he moved to Amador County to get away from the city. Once he moved he met...

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Margie Turner Cockrill

Margie Turner Cockrill of Pine Grove, CA, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the age of 88. She was born in Seminole, TX on April 4, 1927 to the late Maugie and Ona (Williamson) Turner.

Margie grew up in Seminole, TX attended local schools and graduated from Seminole High School in 1945. She moved to Corpus Christi, TX in 1949. Margie and her husband, Wallace owned and operated a plumbing company and a plumbing wholesale supply company in Corpus Christi, TX for 44 years. She was a member of the St. Peter’s by the Sea...

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John Robert Grimes
John Robert Grimes passed away June 20, 2015 at 10:08 pm at the Veterans Hospice facility in Martinez CA of cancer. John was born in San Francisco CA October 8, 1958. When John was 3 the family moved to Amador County Ca and except for a short stint in the military and a short stint working in Florida, he continued to reside in Amador County. John is survived by his parents Don and Pat Grimes, his brother’s family Bill and Debie Grimes, their children Sarah, Kyle and Kyle’s wife Kylie and their daughter Ellie and niece Stacey Grimes.... [Read more]
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Keith Allen Kennedy passed away at his home on June 25, 2015 in Pioneer. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan on July 25, 1933, and married the love of his life, Alice in 1962. He was a devoted Father and Grandfather. He served in the Army, loved to fly, snowmobile, golf, and fish. Services were privately held on 6/27 at the Sierra Baptist Church. [Read more]
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Alvina passed away June 23 after a long illness. She co-owned A & A Rock with her husband, Albert. She is survived by her son Gerald Bauer of Yuma, and daughter Carole Bauer Hiltman of Vacaville. A private interment will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery. [Read more]
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Geraldine Marie Bruch

Geraldine Marie Bruch of Jackson, CA, passed away at her home on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at the age of 84. She was born in Watsonville, CA on June 29, 1930 to the late Rose Marie (Terra) and Manuel Borba Dias. Geraldine married the love of her life, Raymond “Jack” Bruch, on June 28, 1949, in San Jose, CA.

The couple moved to Amador County in 1972. Jack wanted to move out of the Bay Area, so they sold the family business at the Chevron Station, and both went to work at the mill. Family was very important to Geri, and her grandchildre...

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Esther Mae Tuttle of Mokelumne Hill, CA, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Jackson, CA at the age of 87. She was born in California on July 10, 1927 to Fredrick William and Sarah Elizabeth (Plaskett) McKenzie. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life at Daneri Mortuary in Jackson, CA, at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, July 10, 2015. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book. [Read more]
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Donna Rey Castoe, age 67, of Jackson, CA, passed away Wednesday, June 24 2015, at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville, CA. Donna was born in Stockton, CA. on September 18, 1947, a daughter of Jane Lenore (Weston) and Dave A. Young. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 10:00 A.M. at Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene, Sutter Creek, CA. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book. [Read more]
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Geraldine Marie Bruch of Jackson, CA, passed away at her home on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at the age of 84. She was born in Watsonville, CA on June 29, 1930 to the late Rose Marie (Terra) and Manuel Borba Dias. Contributions may be made in her name to STARS, at P.O. Box 208, Jackson, CA 95642. Services will be held at The Call Church in Pine Grove, CA. July 11, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book. [Read more]
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Jack "Tom" Schneider

Jack "Tom" Schneider, 75, of Pioneer, CA, passed away on June 20th, 2015, after complications due to a long battle with diabetes. He was born April 18th, 1940 in Portland, Oregon, to Elizabeth Hawkins (Rawitzer) and Fred Godsey. His adoptive parents were Jack and Dorothy Schneider.

Tom was a graduate of Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, CA. He was active in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962 and was a Service Copier Technician/Manager at Pitney-Bowes for 40 years. Tom was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He...

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Geraldine Marie Bruch of Jackson, CA, passed away at her home on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at the age of 84. She was born in Watsonville, CA on June 29, 1930 to the late Rose Marie (Terra) and Manuel Borba Dias. Contributions may be made in her name to STARS, at P.O. Box 208, Jackson, CA 95642. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book. [Read more]
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Richard Lee Bowman

Richard Lee Bowman, age 87, of Plymouth CA, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Jackson. Richard was born in Southern CA on June 27, 1927.

In 1950 Richard married the love of his life, Dorothy Roach. The couple lived in Southern California where Richard would begin his 20 year career as a firefighter for Los Angeles City Fire Department retiring in 1971. During this time he also owned and operated a precision machine shop creating a variety of products. One of his prototypes was a valve that actually went to the moon....

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Brittany Gail Marie Rafferty

Brittany Gail Marie Rafferty, age 16, of West Point, CA, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Modesto Memorial Center in Modesto from injuries sustained in a car accident on June 1, 2015. Brittany was born in Jackson, CA on August 4, 1998, a daughter of Nicole Marie (Edwards) and Gregory William Rafferty and step-daughter of Mike Spagnola.

She was an animal lover, and as a member of the FFA, she raised champion rabbits. Her dream was to attend UC Davis and become a veterinarian.

Brittany is survived by her parents; brothers,...

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Brittany Gail Marie Rafferty age 16, of West Point, CA, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Modesto Memorial Center in Modesto from injuries sustained in a car accident on June 1, 2015. Brittany was born in Jackson, CA on August 4, 1998, a daughter of Nicole Marie (Edwards) and Gregory William Rafferty and step-daughter of Mike Spagnola. Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life at Daneri Mortuary at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 22, 2015 . Memorial contributions may be made at any

El Dorado Savings Bank, Brittany and Billy...

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Frances Melusky passed on March 6, 2015 to join her beloved family. Preceding her was her father, John Kin, brothers James Garfield and Edward “Bud”, sisters Merta Gibb and Doris, aunt Gertude Clemens,, and her beloved Mother, Selma.

Frances was born in Goldfield, Nevada on June 19, 1922. The family moved to Jackson in 1923. The family home on Peeks hill was purchased in 1926. Frances was a good steward of its upkeep through the years.

Frances graduated from Jackson High School in 1941. Yearly class reunions and her birthday...

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Doug cherished his family, loved singing with his wife and enjoyed hanging out with his friends. A Celebration of life will be held Sunday June 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm. [Read more]
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