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Born in Sacramento on December 30, 1975 to Barbara Fuentes and Scott Borem. Died in an auto accident in Buena Vista on January 23, 2015

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Elk Grove Park Pavilion, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Road, Elk Grove, CA.

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Steven Hubbard

Steven Hubbard – husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend – died on Monday, February 16, 2015 in Sacramento, CA. He was 74.

Mr. Hubbard is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Ruth Hubbard; his son, Michael Hubbard, of Sacramento, CA; his daughter, Alyce Syester, of Tracy, CA.; his brother, Gary Hubbard, of Fiddletown, CA; and his brother, Donald Hubbard, of Livermore, CA; and three grand-children. He is preceded in death by his brother, Leonard Hubbard, of Portland, OR.

Steven was born on February 3, 1942 in...

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Eva Yvonne Bauer

Eva Yvonne Bauer. of Ione, CA, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015, in Sacramento, CA. Eva was born on December 8, 1943, in Ardmore, OK, to the late Evelyn and Felix Thames.

Eva worked many jobs around the county during her time such as mail currier for Bank of Amador and a Bartender for the Drytown Club.

Eva is proceeded in death by her mother and stepfather, Evelyn and Vearl McNab, of Madera, CA and her sister, Jewel Savage, Clovis, CA.

Eva is survived by her brother, Alvin (Carolyn) Thames of Chandler, AZ, Sons,...

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Lee J. McIntyre

Lee J. McIntyre went to be with the Lord February 23, 2015 at the age of 80.

He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Wilma McIntyre; sisters, Jane Parker, Diane Davis; children, Lee J McIntyre Jr., Kathy Barton, Dennis McIntyre, Machelle Schock, Carmen Dage, Anna Jones, Waylon Giddens; 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Richard McIntyre; daughter, Corrine Molloy; brothers, Richard McIntyre and Bill McIntyre.

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Michael Phillip Smith

Michael Phillip Smith, age 78, of Ione, CA, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Sutter Amador Hospital, Jackson. Michael was born in Sacramento, CA on April 23, 1936, a son of the late Olga Mae (Bielich) and Phillip Benjamin Smith.

Michael graduated from Jackson High School in 1954. He excelled at football and track in high school and still holds the state record for the California small schools 100 yard dash. After graduation he joined the US Army. Upon completing his service duties he attended Sacramento City College and...

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William James "Jim" Reece passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho, after a 3 month battle with pancreatitis.

Jim was born November 5, 1945, in San Andreas, California, to Robert and Theda Reece of Wilseyville, California. He attended West Point Elementry, and graduated from Calaveras High School. As the Vietnam war was ongoing, Jim joined the United States Army and after being deployed to Germany, served as an infrared specialist on the East/West German-Border. Jim finished up...

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Donald Douglas Hensley

Donald Douglas Hensley of Pine Grove, CA, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson at the age of 90. He was born in Los Angeles, CA on December 23, 1924 to the late Aaron and Edith (Lunden) Hensley.

Donald attended Jacob Riis High School in the 1930’s and played first base on the school’s championship winning baseball team. After high school he was recruited by a semi pro team that played at Griffith Park in Los Angeles and Jackie Robinson was on an opposing team.

Donald served in the U.S....

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Donald (Don) Wesley Martin

Donald Wesley Martin died at the age of 82 in Chico CA on February 10, 2015 after a long illness. He was born June 12,1932 in San Francisco CA to Grace and Wesley Martin. He was a long time resident of Amador County. He started working for Oro Madre School District in 1959 as a junior high school teacher in Sutter Creek. He later became the principal for the Pioneer/Pine Grove K-8 school, retiring in 1987.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 57 years, Florence Martin and also his daughters Diane (Steffy) and Doni (Carter). He...

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Robert Butler Caldwell
Robert “Bob” Caldwell passed away on Feb 6, at the age of 93 in Flagstaff, AZ. He was born on December 3, 1921 in Manila, Philippines, to Elmer and Ethel (Butler) Caldwell. His father was in the Navy, so Bob lived in many places as a child: San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, Honolulu, San Jose & Berkeley. He graduated from the University of California at Berkley in 1942 with a B.S. in Commerce. He also took classes in Meteorology & Climatology, and signed on with Pan American Airways as a Junior Meteorologist after graduation. He... [Read more]
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Dale W. Lueders passed away February 23, 2015 in Sacramento, CA after a short battle with cancer. He was born September 9, 1935 in Davenport, IA. He enjoyed mining for gold, camping, fishing, stock cars and his many friends in Fiddletown. Per his request there will no services. [Read more]
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Charles "Chuck" Venezio, age 83, of Ione, CA, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015, in Ione. Chuck was born in San Francisco, CA on December 10, 1931, a son of the late Marie (Zimmerman) and Charles Colletti. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 3:00 P.M., at the Castle Oaks Golf Course in Ione, California. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book. [Read more]
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Joseph Anthony Gregorius “Joe”
Joseph Anthony Gregorius “Joe” passed away on January 31, 2015 in Jackson, California at the age of 81. Joe is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan Caplan Gregorius; four children: Renee Turney, Martin Gregorius (Julie), Joseph J. Gregorius (Gayle); Jeffery Gregorius (Karyn); and several grandchildren and great grandchildren who lovingly knew him as “Pappy”. He is further survived by his brothers Ben and Paul and sisters Theresa; Anna; and Agnes. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Raymond; Gilbert; Francis and... [Read more]
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Roy D. Oneto

Just shy of his 101st birthday, Roy D. Oneto, our beloved patriarch, passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 with his devoted family at his side.

Born in Jackson on March 3, 1914 to Nicola Daniel and Rosa Kate (Ratto) Oneto on the family ranch (in the old two story home with adjoining brick kitchen) located on State Highway 88 approximately 4 1/2 miles east of Jackson. He was a lifelong resident of Amador County.

Roy worked alongside his family cutting, peeling and hauling timbers for the Kennedy and Argonaut mines, which were...

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Guy Mitchell Miller

Guy Mitchell Miller of Sutter Creek, passed away peacefully at home in the loving care of his family and his Hospice Team. Guy was born in Salt Lake, Utah. Life as a youth was that of a military family, living in several states as well as Japan where he attended part of his early school days. His family finally settled in Fair Oaks, California where he attended High School and College. He moved to Sutter Creek in 1980 where he spent the remainder of his years in the peace of the Sierras.

Guy met his wife, Penny, in 1983 and when...

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John William Reynolds

John William Reynolds, age 57, of Plymouth, CA, passed away Friday, February 6, 2015, at his home in Plymouth. John was born in San Diego, CA on December 31, 1957, son of the late Edith May (Drew) and Earnest Edward Reynolds.

John grew up in Livermore then moved to Plymouth in the mid 1980’s. John was a hard worker who was good with his hands. He was a journeyman carpenter in the residential construction business. His meticulous nature provided beautiful woodwork in the custom and log homes he helped build. It was at a construction...

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Angela Pietrowicz

Angela went home to be with our Father in Heaven February 15, 2015.

Angela was born October 27, 1926 to Irvin and Eulalia (Harris) Hays in Galesburg, IL. She attended Roosevelt High School and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

In 1951 Angela took her younger sister Katherine to their Aunt in California hoping the climate change would ease Katherine’s asthma. While in California Angela met John Pietrowicz and they were married August 22, 1953. John and Angela lived in the Los Angeles area a number of years and in 1974 moved...

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Merle L. Croffoot
Merle L. Croffoot passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Stockton. He had been in failing health for several years. Mr. Croffoot was born February 15, 1936 to Harry V. and Pearl (Schlaegel) Croffoot. He graduated from El Monte High School in 1954. Mr. Croffoot enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing cards. He worked as a sheet metal worker for 37 years. He leaves in mourning his wife, Loretta Croffoot; five children, Michael of Florida, David of San Jose, Tami of Hesperia, CA, Darryl of Salida, CA,... [Read more]
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Walter Garfield Noack, Jr.

Walter Garfield Noack, Jr., passed away February 10, 2015.

Walt was born in Benicia in 1918, but moved to Stockton while a toddler, and developed a lifetime affection for the city. With three older sisters, it was clear at an early age that the only boy of the family would take over his father’s farm irrigation and well-drilling business, Noack Pumps, Inc. The responsibility allowed him only a brief carefree childhood, so one of his most precious memories was of an adventurous overnight bicycle trip to San Andreas with a buddy, a...

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Elizabeth (Betty) Bailey Brandson

Elizabeth (Betty) Bailey Brandson, a 40-year resident of Amador County, died Feb. 10 at her home in Pine Grove. She had faced increasing health challenges since suffering a stroke in May.

Born in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1924, her family moved to Illinois where she completed school, serving as valedictorian of her high school graduating class. She earned an accounting degree from Bradley University in Illinois and was listed in the “Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.” She made dear friends at Bradley who have...

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Eleanor “Ellie” H. Smith

Eleanor “Ellie” H. Smith of Jackson, CA. passed away Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at her home at the age of 85. She was born in Honolulu, HI on August 3, 1929 to the late James and Josephine (Coelho) Blodgett.

Ellie spent her growing up years in Honolulu graduating from Sacred Heart Academy. In 1950 Ellie moved to Sunnyvale, CA. where she became an active realtor for 50 years. In 2001 she relocated to Jackson, CA where she was currently working for Davenport Properties.

Ellie is survived by her nieces Renee Cintas of Jackson,...

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