‘Rocky’ Rockholm

January 19, 2018

1963 Nevada Union High School graduate and former Roseville mayor ‘Rocky’ Rockholm passed away at the age of 73.

Also a Placer County supervisor, F.C. Rockholm served as mayor in 2002-04 and 2006, suffered stroke in late December
While he worked for Roseville Police Department, one of F.C. Rockholm’s initiatives was combating drunk driving, doing it in an era when DUI enforcement was considerably more lax.

He might have taken this initiative because of where he’d been.

Before Rockholm was a police officer, two-term mayor of Roseville or Placer County supervisor, he worked as a beer deliveryman.

“He would always tell me he’d deliver a case and drink a case,” Rockholm’s longtime barber Rick Espinosa said.

But one thing that defined the life of Rockholm, who died Jan. 11 at 73 following a brief illness, was how often he reinvented himself. Four months after marrying his second wife, Dorothy in 1974, he gave up drinking for good.

“He was mature enough to realize that his lifestyle wasn’t what he wanted,” Dorothy Rockholm said.

Instead, her husband went on to better things, defining the second half of his life by community involvement and service.

Born Frederic Rockholm in San Francisco on Nov. 25, 1944, Rockholm became a police officer sometime in his 30s. Roseville Police Chief James Maccoun said he joined the department in 1980 and that Rockholm became an officer there shortly after.

“He was an all-in kind of guy,” Maccoun said. “He was very proactive in enforcement. DUI was a big problem in those days and he made that one of his priorities. And he was just totally engaged.”

Prosecuting drunk driving wasn’t easy back then, but Rockholm did his part.

“He made very sure that he had good cases to go to the DA,” Maccoun said.

Rockholm’s law enforcement career took him briefly to Utah, where he worked in the mid-1980s for the State Narcotics and Liquor Law Enforcement agency, according to a news report at the time.

He soon returned to Roseville, rising to the rank of sergeant before a medical retirement in 1996 following knee surgery.

Politics was a logical next endeavor. After all, Rockholm could always command a room, talk to anyone or tell a joke.

“He would laugh at his own jokes louder than anyone else,” Espinosa said.

Rockholm began with Roseville’s planning commission in 1999 before being elected to city council in 2000, coming to be known in his political life as Rocky. Having received the most votes in his election to council, he served as mayor from 2002 to 2004.

Richard Roccucci served on the council with Rockholm and was struck by his straightforward but tactful approach.

“He could be hard-nosed once in a while without being blunt,” Roccucci said.

Rockholm also stuck out to another council member, Gina Garbolino.

“He was a kind man,” Garbolino said. “He was funny. He was loyal and true. You knew exactly where you stood.”

Rockholm drew the most votes in his re-election to council in 2004, which pitted him to serve another two-year term as mayor beginning in December 2006. His second mayoral stint wound up lasting just a month after he was elected to the Placer County Board of Supervisors, taking office in January 2007.

His time with the county had its ups and downs. Rockholm drew criticism for attending a $1,600 dinner in 2007 with former Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.) and for taking a $10,000 plane ride at taxpayer expense the following year from a vacation in Utah to a board meeting near Tahoe.

He later reimbursed the county for the plane ride, which was in keeping with his honesty.

“You don’t ask Ric a question unless you want to hear the truth,” Espinosa said.

But fallout from the incident might have lingered, with Rockholm losing a tight re-election campaign in 2011 to Jack Duran.

Life in recent years for Rockholm was about traveling with his wife to see their seven children and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren scattered around the country. It was about making frequent trips to a La Bou near Douglas Boulevard, where he ordered hot chocolate and scones.

“We all knew him,” said store employee Matt Steeves, who visited Rockholm in the hospital before he died. “He came here every day.”

Rockholm also doted on his wife, preparing her lunch and surprising her with love notes.

“That’s just the way he was,” Dorothy Rockholm said.

Dorothy Rockholm was in the hospital recently for pneumonia, being discharged around Christmas. A day or two after his wife left the hospital, Rockholm suffered a stroke. Hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Kaiser Roseville, he showed signs of recovery at one point before succumbing.

A funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 211 Estates Dr. in Roseville. Dorothy Rockholm asked that donations be made to the Boy Scouts of America, in which her husband was actively involved.

Renee Mueller

January 12, 2018

Renee Mueller passed away peacefully on Dec. 15, 2017 while living at home. She was 89.

A private remembrance will be held at a later date.

Renee was born in 1928 in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Colorado College in Fine Arts and received her teaching credential from San Diego State.

Renee sang with the San Diego Symphony Chorale and Music in the Mountains Chorale in Grass Valley. She loved camping in Borrego St. Park, Hiking, backpacking, and working for the US Forest Service and volunteering for the Sierra Club.

Renee was a beloved mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her daughters, Annette (Gregory) Wolters and Jen (Nick) Calandri; son John (Camille) Mueller; grandson Reece Morgan; granddaughters, Alexandra Morgan, Marion (Brittney) Morgan, Brandi Calandri and Shawneesy Calandri.

She was preceded in death by parents, Albert (Papa) and Margarette Ramond and sister Addy Vigelis.

Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Hospice of the Foothills, Sierra Club or California State Park.

Hilda Frida Kitchin

January 12, 2018

A true gentlewoman, Hilda Frida Kitchin passed away peacefully in her Grass Valley, CA. home on December 9, 2017.

She was born and raised in San Francisco to Fredrick and Frieda Schmidt. She attended George Washington High School and was a graduate of the class of 1951 at the University of California at Berkeley. A devoted Cal Football fan and a camper for over four decades at the Lair of the Golden Bear, Hilda was an enthusiastic Old Blue. She was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority.

In 1952 she married William Kelly Kitchin. They settled in San Rafael, California to raise their four children. In later years, she traveled the world with her husband.

Hilda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her daughter Margie (Brad) Miller of Nevada City, Ca; Sons Robert (Millie) Kitchin of Los Gatos, CA; and Thomas (Martha) Kitchin of Agoura Hills, CA; her brother, Werner (Sheila) Schmidt of Los Altos, CA; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

In 2014 she was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years. Her son, James, died in 1965.

Private services were held in San Francisco.

Richard Vincent Panzica

January 12, 2018

In loving memory of Richard Vincent Panzica, who was born January 4, 1942 in Floral Park, New York. Richard (Dick) is survived by his wife Susan, his son Michael, daughter-in-law, Ann, and three beautiful grand-daughters, Alex, Heather and Jordan, his daughter Stacy and his loving grandson AJ. Dick finally succumbed to his fierce battle with cancer on Dec. 21, 2017 after saying goodbye and being surrounded by his family. He was lovingly cared for by the amazing staff at Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab facility for over three months before his passing. We, his family are so grateful to them, and to our many close friends who visited and kept him company and let him know how much he was loved. We are grateful for his faith and that he was able to spend Christmas in heaven.

Dick was involved in so many community efforts throughout his lifetime; but especially during his retirement years. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management at Arizona State University, Dick joined the Air Force, and soon after met the love of his life, Susan. They would have been married 52 years on March 5, 2018. They enjoyed years of international as well as stateside assignments that brought wonderful travel, culture and especially amazing friendships that continue and span almost 50 years. His favorite assignment was his last, at Beale AFB as a U2 navigator. He became affectionately known as “The Godfather,” and organized Solo mission barbecues; which led to a retirement career as a mobile catering business, known as Bada Bing BBQ. He also was known as the “Wagon Master,” as he organized campouts for our U2 friends/families and close family friends, that continue to this day, on Memorial Day and Labor Day. Dick continued to serve the military in civil service after his active duty retirement, as an instructor to U2 pilots and navigators. In addition, he formed the “U2 Dragon Lady Association,” and organized U2 reunions every 5 years over the last several years.

His legacy will definitely live on as a great lover of this unique plane and his affiliation with the amazing group of men and women who serve our country proudly. Dick was a great patriot.

He also served as a Rotarian, a Volunteer Sheriff, and founded the LWW Christian’s Club. Unfortunately, in the past six months, he had to step down from these efforts, due to his illness. One of the charities dearest to Dick’s heart, “The Kellermann Foundation,” was founded right here in our home, at our dining room table. Thanks to a chance meeting with Dr. Scott Kellermann, the mission work he and his wife Carol had started in Uganda, Africa, touched my father’s heart, leading him to assist Dr. Kellermann in founding their non-profit foundation. Over the years the foundation has helped to fund the building of a hospital, schools, and other Christian works in Uganda. He and Scott enjoyed a very special friendship.

Dick will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. He was a man filled with love for his family, friends, God and his country. He served all of them with his whole heart.

His Celebration of Life will be on Fri, January 26th and will be officiated by Ron Thompson, the senior pastor at Twin Cities Church, at 11 am. A reception will follow.In lieu of flowers please make any donations to the Kellermann Foundation. Thank you.

Saundra Louise Nealon (Sandy Bennett)

January 12, 2018

Saundra Louise Nealon (Sandy Bennett) went in peace on December 16, 2017.

After a private burial, we invite you all to a Celebration of Life at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Buttermakers Cottage at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.

Saundra was born in San Francisco on May 10, 1940 to Elaine (Harper) and Ray Bennett. She attended school in San Francisco and graduated from Jefferson High in 1958, where she enjoyed art, music and drama. She married Edward Nealon and lived in Seaside, Novato and San Rafael. They retired in 1998 and moved to Penn Valley.

She was a wonderful seamstress with a great sense of fashion and style. She participated in Toastmasters, enjoyed theater, casino trips, reading and taking leisurely rides through our scenic Nevada County with her four pawed grandchildren.

Saundra loved her family unconditionally. Her happiest moments were being surrounded by them playing cards and Scrabble.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Saundra is survived by husband of 59 years Edward Sr.; children, Sandi (Garrett), Ed Jr. (Patty) and Steve (Carolyn); nine grandchildren, Tod, AJ, Katie, Aimee, Jessica, Samantha, Eric, Brooksley and Grant; six great grandchildren, Sirius, Milo, Seamus, Justice, Lila and Luke.

She joins her mother Elaine; father Ray and grandmother Camille to celebrate with the angels.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the wonderful staff at Golden Empire for their love and attention. God Bless you all.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Saundra’s memory.

Ronni Lee (Boyence) Diel

January 12, 2018

Ronni Lee (Boyence) Diel passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2017 at her home surrounded by family after a courageous 8-year battle with cancer. She was 80 years old.

Ronni was born on April 9th, 1937 in Richmond, California to Harold and Dorothy (Richards) Theriault. She graduated from Richmond High School in 1955. Because Ronni’s wonderful step-father, William Boyence, had a long career in the US Navy, as a child, she lived in Corpus Christi, TX and Pensacola, FL. While she was living in Texas she was “May Queen” in 1948, and a fashion model in later years. She returned to Richmond, went on to dental school in San Francisco where she graduated with honors, and worked in dentistry in the Bay Area and Foothills.

She fell in love with her future husband, Lawrence Diel, when they met on a blind date and were married in 1960; they spent the next 57 years together. Over the years she focused on her three children; Holli, Steven and Robin, who were the light of her life. In 1976, Larry, Ronni and the children moved from the Bay area to Nevada County where she nurtured her family through all the challenges of high school, college, careers and more. She was the matriarch of the family and always made sure the family stayed close in turbulent times. She was honest, giving, kind, brave, and a devoted wife, remarkable mother and loving grandmother. Ronni was always ready to help those in need and loved her friends, neighbors and all animals; however, she held a special place in her heart for cats; Hans being her favorite.

She was a member of Gold Dancers Club, Blue Star Mothers, Lady Elks, and Native Daughters of the Golden West. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed photography, where she won many awards at the Nevada County Fair for her photographs.

After Ronni and her husband Larry retired in 1987, they traveled to Europe and also visited many places across the US in their RV. Ronni was laid to rest on December 19th at Sierra Memorial Lawn in Nevada City.

She is survived by her husband Larry Diel; children, Holli Diel, Steven Diel and Rob (Lauri) Diel and two grandsons, Erich and Nathan Diel. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandmother, (Grace Richards) and stepfather, William Boyence. Larry and his family are extremely grateful for the care and compassion that Dr. Constance Gaulter and Dr. David Campbell gave Ronni during her illness. Because of this gratitude, Ronni’s family would like memorial contributions to be made in her name to Hospice of the Foothills, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Cancer Center or Wounded Warriors.

William J. (Bill) Roach

January 12, 2018

William J. (Bill) Roach, inventor, entrepreneur, music aficionado and a most sought-after dance partner, died at home on Nov 4, 2017. He was 85. Born in the Midwest during the Depression, his parents divorced when he was very young and his single mom, Helen, raised him. The two of them made the journey to California to start a new life where he spent his childhood with an extended family of aunties, uncles, and cousins.

Bill got his degree at SF State on the GI bill after Korea. He met his wife, Janet, while they both were working as wait staff during the summer at Hoberg’s Resort. Mom said she fell in love with him for his dancing and married him for his intelligence and desire to create an interesting life. He definitely had a mind of his own and was destined to be his own boss. There were some worrying moments for Jan in the late 60’s when, with two small kids he quit his job at Lawrence Radiation Lab one day, deciding he wanted to do something different. The story is, as he studied the want ads in the newspaper at the kitchen table, a friend called him out of the blue, to ask him if he would be interested in coming to join the engineering team for a new company. He said yes, joined Oxford Laboratories in Foster City, and soon would become an expert in the field of precision measuring devices, as used in medical diagnostics. The company succeeded and grew, but when it was bought out in 1972, Bill was used to being his own manager and decided to move on. He had already become enamored with the lifestyle and possibilities of Nevada County and decided to relocate his family there. He may have had visions of retiring early, but it didn’t take long before he got bored and needed a project. He built homes for a while but in 1975, spurred on by former colleagues, he launched Tri-Continent Scientific in Grass Valley, a precision manufacturing company eventually employing over 100 people.

As TCS grew, his responsibilities as owner and head engineer took him all over the world, to Britain, Europe, and Asia, with many clients becoming life long friends. Dedicated to his work, he once said he could not imagine living without it. In fact when Tri-Continent was sold in the mid 90’s, once again Bill preferred to remain independent and started a new, smaller company next door.

When Janet passed unexpectedly in 2006, he continued working until he retired at 80.

Though his work may have been his passion, he definitely enjoyed the fun bits too. Sought after as a ballroom dancer, gracious in the role of host behind the bar or at the grill, playing golf or fishing with his buddies, a lifelong car fanatic, and captain at the helm for boat rides around the lake. Music was a big part of his life, and in younger days he always brought out the guitar at parties and even sang in a barbershop quartet. He was an enthusiastic fan of the local music scene, and loved dining al fresco on his deck, of course

with a nice glass of wine. A fixture for years at Friar Tucks with buddy Glen, and George on the guitar. He was a loyal friend and the one you would always call on in an emergency or crisis.

Though he was known for his creative brain and integrity in business, he will be remembered above all for his wry humor and charm. Who knows if his stubborn will made it easier or harder to navigate his last decade with Parkinson’s, but even on the most trying days, his old school manners and his particular flair for witty

one-liners was ever present, usually eliciting a wince and a laugh (Oh Bill!).

So the next time you are enjoying some lovely wine, perhaps listening to some classical guitar music or watching the moonrise, raise a glass to Bill. Goodbye charming Billy.

You will be missed.

Life of William J. Roach Daughters Andrea and Gina, and his grandchildren Kenzie and Kayden Wasley, invite friends to a gathering celebrating Bill: Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 at 1–3pm, at the Eskaton Recreation Room, 625 Eskaton Circle, Grass Valley

hawna Denise Hensley

January 12, 2018


Our beloved Shawna Denise Hensley, died December 15, 2017 in a tragic accident in Davis, CA. She was born April 5, 1972.

She leaves behind her longtime soulmate Seth Hanowell of Davis; mother Linda Hensley; father John Hensley and his wife Sandra; and sister Kristen Hensley of Nevada City.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 870 Gold Flat Road, Nevada City.

Annamaria S. Sauer

January 12, 2018

Annamaria S. Sauer of Nevada City passed away in her home on December 14, 2017 while being cared for by her husband Norm. She was born in 1943 in Budapest, Hungary and spent her youth there living in the basement of her parents’ home after it was divided up by the Communists. Annamaria and her parents came legally to the United States in 1958 shortly after the Hungarian Revolution seeking safety for her father, freedom, and reuniting with her brother Karl Danyi.

Annamaria first lived in Los Angeles where she learned English at Dorsey High School. She worked at a car wash and saved blue chip stamps to afford her first set of luggage. In October 1961, she married Richard Keene and they had two children, Kristina (Fresk) and Richard, Jr. With her knowledge of the German language, Annamaria worked as an archivist at Cal Tech until her marriage to Phillip Marcus brought a move with her children to Marin County, California. Living in Marin introduced Annamaria to working in her own nursery business, but when prolonged drought in the 70’S doomed that business, she ventured out and worked as a top salesperson for the Barkley Meat Company. First meeting Norm in August 1977, Annamaria and he were married on May 5, 1978, and in 1980 she had a second son, Norman III. By 1990 Annamaria became the manager/bookkeeper of Norm’s law firm in San Francisco until they moved to Nevada City in December 2003.

Having lived behind an Iron Curtain of fear in Hungary, Annamaria naturally became a member of the Nevada County’s Republican Women where the members recall her contributions to the club and our community fondly. In tribute it was said: “Our club benefited immensely. She was feminine, dignified, elegant, compassionate, funny, smart, devoted to her family, and a willing volunteer. No project was too large or too small and she spearheaded many.”

Annamaria was passionately dedicated to family and friends. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She often delighted her family with favorite Hungarian dishes. She was the keeper of cherished family traditions. Annamaria was a master gardener and took great joy making her garden and home a beautiful place.

Annamaria had a great sense of style and an eye for beauty, a trait she shared with her son Norman III. Over the years, Annamaria made a positive difference in the lives of friends and acquaintances in need, by offering moral support and practical advice and assistance.

Annamaria is survived by her husband Norm, her three children, and four grandchildren. She will live on in their hearts and memories.

Annamaria’s ashes will be maintained at Hooper and Weaver Cemetary in a joint vault with Norm. A memorial will be scheduled this spring. The family requests Annamaria’s wish be honored that remembrances be made to Women of Worth.

Beverly J. Martin

January 12, 2018


Beverly J. Martin passed away surrounded by her family, on December 26, 2017 at her home in Grass Valley, CA. She battled Parkinson’s Disease for the last 10 years of her life, but it didn’t slow her down until the very end. Beverly was born in 1940, in Decatur, Illinois to Vaughn Dean Kearney and Rosalie Storm Kearny. She was always “that kid” who stood up to bullies and did the right thing and knew how to have a good time. Her parents would say she was a near perfect daughter.

Beverly went to Johns Hill School and then to Eisenhower High School where she was voted homecoming queen, participated in many clubs, and was a great friend to many. After attending a year at Western Illinois University, she became a stewardess with American Airlines. This was a glamourous and exciting time of her life. While living in Santa Monica & Redondo Beach, she flew across the U.S., meeting fun and new people. After two years of living in Southern California, she decided to stay. She started her family and had two daughters, Katie and Jenny, and was a super mom doing everything imaginable for them. While raising her daughters, she became a very successful Broker Realtor with Red Carpet Realty. She loved her job and formed lifelong friendships and memories at this office.

In 1980, she met and later married the man of her dreams, Monte S. Martin. Through this union, she also become a mother to Phil and Holly Martin. In 1982, the family moved to Grass Valley, Ca. Monte ran his “MM” Trucking company, and Bev took care of the books for the business. She also continued her real estate career and joined Rolling Hills Realty in Grass Valley and then transferred to the Century 21 Gold Dust office from where she eventually retired. She met some of the best friends of her life during her career as a realtor. Sometimes the family was worried about just how much fun they had in the office!

Beverly was deeply involved with her husband Monte’s membership in the Grass Valley Sportsman’s Club, helping at the crab feeds and events, and enjoying Weaver Lake Lodge. Bev loved to fish. The Ophir Hill Fire Department was also near and dear to her heart. Monte was a volunteer fireman and Beverly was on the Board of Directors for years, and again helping with so many events, having fun along the way! She made so many genuine friends through the Sportsman’s Club and The Ophir Hill Fire Dept.- friends for life and many, many good times.

One of her biggest passions was being a mom and raising her kids to be the best that they could be. When the grandkids started coming into the family, it sent her to the moon and back with happiness! Her love as a grandma overflowed.

Her smile lit up every room she entered, and she left an everlasting bright, positive, and happy impression on everyone she met. She will be dearly missed by so many. She leaves us with a beautiful imprint and the message to simply “BE HAPPY.”

Bev left behind her amazing husband Monte, who has been the Superman of all husbands. He was her constant caregiver the past years, always being there for her and her needs and doing everything he could to make her smile.

Bev is survived by her husband Monte Martin, and children Katie Jones, Jennifer Walters Staniar, Phil Martin and Holly Baez. She is also survived by her mother Rosalie Kearney,

and grandchildren Trevor, Emmy, Brett, Julia, Alex, Alexis, Larissa, Olivia, Franky and great grandson, Carter.

It would be impossible the show our gratitude to so many friends that touched her life, but we do thank you all for being part of her wonderful world, and keeping the goods times rolling!

You are welcome to join us in her Celebration of Life Service on: Saturday, January 13 at 11:30 AM · Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City. Reception to immediately follow · Nevada County Board of Realtors · 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley We invite everyone to dress casual and happy, as we all know… Bev sure was!

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