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Wilma Armanino, long time Pioneer resident, passed peacefully in her sleep on May 5, 2015. She fought failing health with bravery and Tenacity.

Wilma had many friends and alwas lent a hand. She believed in kindness, generosity, volunteering and her faith. Her smile, humor, support and love will be missed by family and friends.

She has joined other angles in heaven. Per her request, there will be no memorial.

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Robert Marchus

Robert died peacefully on May 12th, after a brief illness, and just three days after his 83rd birthday which he celebrated with his entire family by his side.

Born in St. Helena, Ca., to Dale and Jeanne Marchus, he spent his early years in the San Pasqual Valley in Southern California on the family farm. He graduated from Pacific Union College where he met his future wife, Sheila. They were married in 1953. He served as an instructor in the Army Preventative Medicine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

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Kenneth G. "Ken" Gustafson

Kenneth G. "Ken" Gustafson, age 69, of Jackson, CA, died at home of a heart attack on Saturday, May 16, 2015. A celebration of life service will be held at the Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 22, 2015.

Ken was born April 13, 1946, in San Bernardino, CA, to L.D. and Ethel Gustafson. He grew up in San Bernardino and was passionate about sports and the outdoors-eventually becoming an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated from Pacific High School in 1964, where he met the love of his...

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Norine May (Stacher) Weycker

Norine May (Stacher) Weycker passed away May 19 at Delta Rehab convalescent hospital in Lodi California.

Norine was born June 4, 1935 in Stockton, Ca to Isabel (Hatler) and Henry Stacher.

Norine was preceded in her parents, husband Chester Weycker, brothers Henry, Earl,Stanley and Ronnie Stacher and grandson Justin.

Norine is survived by her brothers and sister in laws Vonley (Viola) and Eddy (Ginger) daughters JoAnn Thomas, Donna Thomas, Martha Newport,Kathleen Morris and Karen Campbell. Grandchildren Cassandra, Ivan,...

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David Paul Langelier

August 27, 1953 – April 4, 2015

David Langelier passed away in the loving arms of his wife and children at his home in Pioneer on April 4, 2015, after a very short but valiant battle with cancer.

Born in Newport, RI, David was a talented journeyman machinist for 42 years. He and his family transferred to Amador County in 1995 from Balch Camp, a Pacific Gas & Electric company camp where they previously resided for 5 years. David proudly worked at Tiger Creek for PG&E for 32 years as an electrical machinist and also as a PG&E...

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Lois Imogene James

Lois Imogene James passed away peacefully on May 12, 2015 in Jackson, California. She was 80.

Lois was born on December 21, 1934 in Joplin, Missouri. She graduated from Joplin High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Bob James, on August 8, 1952. Bob & Lois gave birth to four children; three boys and one girl. Lois was a deaconess in her church while they lived in Pasadena, California and worked at Grieger’s Jewelry Store as a buyer and salesperson.

After Bob and Lois relocated to Amador County in the 1970’s, Lois...

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Ailene A. Haley passed away peacefully in her home on the Mayflower Ranch surrounded by her daughters and son-in-laws on May 14, 2015.

Ailene was born in Jackson, CA on May 10, 1929 to Clyde and Clarinda Watson and was raised on the Mayflower Ranch in Wilseyville where she lived her entire life.

Ailene is survived by her daughters Cindy (Rod) Landreth of Wilseyville, Vicky (Joe) Weatherby of Wilseyville, Sister-in-laws Jean (William) Hague of Redding and Aretta Watson of San Andreas. She is survived by 6 Grandchildren and 12...

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Bonita Kathryn “Bonnie” Pulliam, a long time resident of Mountain Ranch, passed away at age of 74 on May 12, 2015.

Known as the conversationalist, Bonnie loved spending time with her close friends, “The Girls”. She also loved camping, reading, and gardening and spending time with family.

There will be no memorial service or celebration of life due to family wishes.

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Gayle H. Studer
Gayle H. Studer, of Ione, CA, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the age of 69. She was born in Ogden, UT, on March 23, 1946, to the late Kenneth and Gladys (Gleed) Hendricks. She was the loving wife of Jay Lynn Studer, whom she married in Lake Tahoe, CA on August 1, 1993. She worked as a bank manager for eighteen years, a secretary/real estate agent/manager of a construction company for 5 years, and finally the general manager at MP Associates in Ione, CA for twenty years. After retirement, she volunteered her time as an officer... [Read more]
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George Robert Meller of Jackson, CA, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the age of 80. George was born in Cando, Canada on September 14, 1934 to the late Vera (Fedosenko) and John Meller.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, May 18, 2015 at Daneri Mortuary in Jackson, CA. Donations may be made to the 3 Angels Broadcasting Network at P.O. Box 220, West Frankfort, IL 62896. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book.

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November 27, 1921 --- May 3, 2015 Vic was born in Tacoma WA and his family soon moved back to Townsend Montana where he grew up. He attended Broadwater High School and played football and basketball. In his off hours and summer vacations he worked for his father at his gas station and Texaco oil distributorship. Vic graduated high school in June 1940. He subsequently attended Montana State U & later University of Minnesota While in college Vic enlisted in USMC and was trained as a radar specialist on an anti-aircraft battery... [Read more]
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Frances Juanita Thompson of Jackson, CA, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015 in Jackson at the age of 90. She was born in Weaver, TX on July 30, 1924 to the late James and Bertie (White) Lamb.

Frances moved to Amador County in 1970 from Hayward. She worked as an admitting clerk at Amador County Hospital for 18 years, retiring in 1988.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Teri Watts (Don) of Pioneer, CA; sons, Steve Thompson (Lori) of Volcano, CA, Rick Thompson (Launa) of Jackson, CA; grandchildren, Rick Jr., Lisa, Nicole, Tori,...

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Jack Forrest

Jack Forrest passed away on Saturday May 9, 2015 at his home in Pioneer, at the age of 79. Jack was born on April 16, 1936 in Reedley, Ca., to Loren and Opal Forrest. Jack was preceded in death by his youngest sister Judy Ross. He served in the U.S. Air Force between 1955-58.

Jack was married to the love of his life for 53 years, which 50 of them were lived in Amador County. Jack's passions were guns, hunting, fishing, and watching westerns but his greatest treasures were his family. He leaves behind his children Dennis Forrest of...

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Helen Evelyn Katz

Helen Katz (born Helen Evelyn Schindler) daughter of Pauline and Oscar Schindler passed away very peacefully on 4/29/15. She had been living with her daughter (Melanie Smith)and son-in-law (Michael Smith) of Jackson for the past 5 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Arthur Katz and her Sister Charlene and brother Shevy Schindler. Helen has 2 other children Greg Katz of Placerville and Nadine Katz of Redmond Oregon and 8 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren. Helen was born in St Paul Minnesota and...

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Dave was a loving devoted husband, avid golfer, accomplished scuba diver, and

amazing home chef.

To honor Dave there is a gathering at our house for family and friends on May 16 from 11am to 3pm.

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Nellie May Hatchett

Oct.4,1932------May9,2015

Nellie May Hatchett passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the age of 82. Nellie was born on October 4, 1932, in Aurora, MO, the oldest child of Daisy (Hillhouse) and Dewey H. Dye.

Nellie was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Fresno, CA. She worked as a supervisor for Pac Bell (AT&T) for 25 years. She enjoyed playing bingo with friends at the Rancheria, the lunch bunches with friends and retired colleagues, and spending time with family.

Nellie is survived by her three children, Susan...

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Edward “Catfish” Stephens

Edward “Catfish” Stephens, age 64, of Plymouth, CA, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, CA. Catfish was born in San Francisco, CA on November 27, 1950, a son of Mary (Garcia) and William Francis Stephens.

He was raised in Concord and graduated from Ygnacio Valley High School in 1969 where he lettered in gymnastics. He also enjoyed surfing at this time in his life. After graduation he joined the U.S. Army. He was born Edward Allen but took the stage name “Catfish” when he began doing...

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Ivan Laverne Hand, age 61, of Jackson, CA, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson. Ivan was born in Kellogg, ID on December 16, 1953, a son of the late Ruby Joy (Thomas) and Wilbur Arnold Hand. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book. [Read more]
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Felix Claveran, age 81, died in his sleep on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at his home at Sea View Senior Living in Brookings Oregon. He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Vanadium, New Mexico. He grew up in Stockton, CA. He was very young when he fell in love with the game of golf. At 9 years old he was already playing and caddying at the fairgrounds in Stockton. He won the very first tournament he entered, The Stockton City Championship, at age 13. He shot 63 in the final round. He won that tournament 3 times. He still holds the course record... [Read more]
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Errol Esbit, age 60, of Jackson, CA, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 at San Joaquin General Hospital with his family by his side. Errol was born in New York City, NY on February 4, 1955, a son of the late Elaine and Harry Esbit.

Errol received his Masters in Architectural History in 1982 from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He began his own business in 1990 designing many beautiful homes and commercial properties. In addition to running his own business he was a drafting teacher at Amador High School for many...

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