Jerry Davenport Sr.

June 15, 2017

Celebration of Life for Jerry Davenport Sr. Gravesite gathering at Greenwood Cemetery, Grass Valley Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Potluck at the Elks Lodge Hwy 49, Nevada City Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Ann Dorothy Phillips-Faria

June 15, 2017

Ann Dorothy Phillips-Faria was an exceptional person and very special to all who knew her. She was much loved and an inspiration to everyone she met. Ann’s stories of her upbringing and life, including her early years in Minnesota, the depression years, WW2, Santa Clara, Grass Valley, and world travels were amazing. She was a smart, witty, kind and loving woman. She was a devoted mother and wife, as well. Ann was born on September 25th, 1916 in Hibbing, MN during the height of WW1. She celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends just last year. Living to be over 100 years old, she carried her immigrant heritage from her parents whom came to the US from Yugoslavia/Croatia. During WW2 she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in support of her family and country. After WW2, Ann worked taking on household jobs such as ironing and boarders. She then moved to Sunnyvale (and Santa Clara), California and worked at Stanford Hospital in the Records Department for over 40 years.

Ann is survived by her two sons, James Phillips and Barry Phillips, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be memorialized and laid to rest at the San Joaquin Valley Veterans Cemetery with her beloved husband George Faria, a WW2 Veteran. We will miss Ann deeply but know she is with us every day.

Mildred ‘Millie’ Gibson Raiche

June 13, 2017

“Millie” as she was known by most everyone, was born April 29th, 1924 in rural Birmingham, Alabama. After spending her early years there she joined the Marine Corp during World War II. Upon completion of her service she met and married James Wesley Dunn, also in the Marine Corp. They built a small home in Plainfield, New Jersey and had three children, William (Bill), Jeffrey (Jeff), and Kathleen (Kady). In 1959 the family moved to Bristol, New Hampshire and enjoyed the rural life until Jim’s untimely death in 1966. Shortly after that Millie moved the family to San Jose, California with the help of her cousins Bob and Margie Brown. Several years later Millie met Leo Raiche and they were married. Upon Leo’s retirement they moved to Lake Wildwood, Penn Valley, Ca. where they enjoyed traveling abroad, camping in their tent trailer, barbershop quartet and getting together with the many friends they had in Lake Wildwood. Leo passed away in 2008 from Alzheimer’s. Millie spent much of her time volunteering at the Hospice Thrift Store in Penn Valley, taking part in bible study, playing cards and working within the Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City.

Millie is preceded in death by her sister Mary Alice Kirchner and her two husbands. She is survived by her three children, 2 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren. Millie donated religiously to many causes over her lifetime but Hospice always seemed closest to her heart and they were there with her during the final days of her life. In lieu of flowers donations to these two causes, Hospice and Alzheimer’s would be most gracious. A celebration of Millie’s life will be held Friday, June 16th, 2017 at 1:30 in the Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, Ca.

Julia Fairbrother (née Suddards)

June 12, 2017

Julia Fairbrother (née Suddards) died peacefully on June 7, 2017 at her home after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 62.

Dearly loved and sorely missed by so many around our globe.

Beloved daughter of the late Jean and Gerald, beloved wife of Michael, mother to Charlotte and William, granny to Sebastien and sister to Jeremy.

A private funeral service will be held nearby on Friday, June 16, 2017, and a celebration of her extraordinary life in the U.K. in mid July.

Brendan P. Lewis

June 9, 2017

Brendan P. Lewis passed away at his home in Arlington, VA on Thursday, May 25, 2017. He was 49.

Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on June 17, 2017 at St Canice, Nevada City, CA. Burial will be shortly after in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. A rosary service will be held the night before in St. Canice at 6:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

He was born in Grass Valley. Brendan, an Eagle Scout, was raised with his two brothers, Brian and Dan, in Nevada City. Brendan attended Nevada City Elementary, Seven Hills and Nevada Union (class of 1985).

He attended the United States Air Force Academy (Class of 1989, Cadet Squadron-02).

Brendan retired from the Air Force in 2014 as a Colonel, after tours at Williams AFB (Phoenix, AZ) as a T-38 Talon instructor pilot, C-12 pilot in Osan AFB Korea (55th ALF), C-141 Starlifter Pilot at McChord AFB, WA (4th then 62nd AS), Double Masters in Astronautical and Electrical Engineering from the Navy Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, VA, Group Exec at Travis AFB, CA (349th OG and 312th AS), Chief of Logistics, Jerusalem Consulate, Kennedy School of Government Fellowship at Harvard University, MA, in the Office of the Joint Chief of Staff, Legislative Liaison, Pentagon, VA, and finally in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, VA.

After the Air Force, he worked for Budget and Appropriations Affairs at U.S. Department of Defense, Pentagon, VA.

Brendan was a devoted son, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend.

He was a man of faith. His generosity was boundless, his devotion to country expansive, his morals and virtues resolute. He was intelligent, hardworking and always there for those in need. He will be sorely missed.

Brendan is lovingly remembered by his grandmother, Helen Kelley; his father William (Rose) Lewis; his brothers Brian (Patty) and Dan (Lynn); his nephews and nieces Olivia, Sean, Aidan, Therese, Aran and Elsa; uncles Bob (Jeanne) Kelley, Kevin (Katie) Kelley; Aunt Anne (Gary) Kelley; and many cousins.

Brendan is preceded in death by his mother Sharon Wentworth (previously Lewis) and his uncle Gary Kelley.

Beverly Jean Arbini

June 7, 2017

Beverly Jean Arbini

Beverly Jean Arbini passed away on May 22, 2017 at Golden Empire Nursing & Rehab in Grass Valley, California.  She was 85.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00pm on July 2, 2017 at the Avila Beach Community Center.  Bring guitars, flutes, congas and shakers to join in making the music that Beverly so loved.

Beverly was born November 29, 1931 in San Luis Obispo to George and Mildred Lopes.

She was a lifelong leaner who put her education plans on hold to marry Tony (Ambrose) Arbini and raise four daughters.  She obtained a BA in Sociology from San Jose State University and enjoyed working in education.  After retiring from James Lick High School, she enjoyed traveling to England, Italy and the East Coast.

Beverly was a whiz at movie trivia, an avid reader and taught all her daughters to sew.  She and Tony loved attending live concerts and theater.  In later years, following Tony’s death, Bev moved back to San Luis Obispo and enjoyed getting together with her high school friends, including Red Hat Society outings.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol Arbini of San Luis Obispo, Catherine (Paul) Arbini of Grass Valley, Joan Arbini of Redding and Janet (Filipo) Tupua of Groton, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren and five great grandsons.

Beverely was preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, Carolyn Bayer; brothers, Joseph and Michael Cattaneo and granddaughter, Ana Arbini-Ponce.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.



Raymond Rignell Fleckner

June 5, 2017

Raymond Rignell Fleckner passed away at the Wolf Creek Care Center on May 29, 2017. He was 66.

He was born on February 22, 1951 in Oakland, CA to parents Clyde and Vera Fleckner.

He is survived by his sisters Sidney Arndt and Sandy Baden.

Everyone loved Raymond.

Bruce David Boss

June 1, 2017

Bruce David Boss died on May 23, 2017. He was 76.

Bruce was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, The Scientific Society of America and the Honorary Chemical Society. Bruce is survived by his wife of 47 years Peggy; daughters, Deborah Cadet of Norristown, Pennsylvania and Sarah Beth Boss of Las Vegas, Nevada.; his sons-in-law, Brent Harmon and Mo Cadet; and his grandchildren, Lliam and Ainsley Boss-Harmon, and Princess and Esther Cadet.

Bruce was a research chemist for the Federal Government in Washington D.C., working on rocket fuels before moving to Modesto, where he taught Chemistry at Modesto Junior College. He then moved to Chicago Park. Bruce pursued woodworking and did 50 craft fairs in and around the area. Bruce was a true Renaissance man with a type A personality devotion to classical music, photography, golf and his wife.

Laughter surrounded him, even if some of his jokes where old fashioned. His friends will miss his outgoing personality and his ability to carry on a conversation about almost anything. Many students from Chicago Park School will remember him for more than 10 years of participation as a 4H leader in woodworking and photography.

Bruce was preceded in death by his beloved son Robbie, and his sister Gail.

No services will be held, but Bruce would enjoy knowing that some of you will listen to a beautiful piece of music and wish him well in his next journey.

Joyce Plaza

June 1, 2017

Joyce Plaza passed away on May 21, 2017 in Grass Valley, CA. She was 80.

She was born on September 1, 1936 in San Mateo, CA to Goody and Lucille Moranville. She went to Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, CA where she resided with her husband and three daughters, until they retired in the early 1990s and moved to Nevada City.

She was an accomplished seamstress who could create anything from a wedding dress to matching outfits for us girls and our Barbies, to re-upholstering our family furniture. She was a fun-loving, get-down-and-dirty grandmother who loved her grandkids very much. She loved traveling to beautiful places with her soulmate, Carl, or she could be found sitting in her favorite chair coloring in her coloring books or reading her Kindle.

She leaves behind her beloved husband Carl; daughters Lynn (Bart), Jeanette (Jeff), Louanne (Kelton); furry daughter Sweet Pea; seven grandchildren/spouses; and four great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind close cousins, nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by each one of us.

There will be a celebration of life later this summer, with further information to be sent out.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Mynola Jean Wilmoth

June 1, 2017

Mynola Jean passed away on May 25, 2017 in Grass Valley. She was born in Roseville, CA on Oct 6, 1925.

She is the daughter of Luther and Vivian Marsh and the great-granddaughter of M.L. Marsh of Nevada City.

She was quite proud of being a fourth-generation resident of Nevada City, CA.

Jean, as she was known, graduated from Nevada City High School in 1943. She liked to tell the story of when she was in high school, they would watch the tanks from Camp Beale drive by on the way to maneuvers.

After she graduated, she worked at Camp Beale.

In 1947, she married Lawrence Wilmoth, and moved first to Sacramento, then San Francisco, then back to Grass Valley in 1969.

Jean is survived by her sister, Germaine Lopes; children Lawrence Jr, Richard, Marsha (Ron) Foster, Lori (Mike) Lydon, Mark (Linda) Wilmoth and Cheryl (Jim) Tofte. She also leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry; son Gary; and her two brothers, Keith (Martin) and Bud (Luther) Marsh.

A special thank-you to her caregivers at Crystal Ridge Conv. Hospital, and her nurses, Mary and Kelsey, for the care they provided “Mama Jean” for the past several years.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m., on June 3 at Hooper and Weaver in Nevada City. A reception will follow at the Nevada City Elks Lodge.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to Becoming Independent, 1425 Corp. Center Parkway, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, or Interim HealthCare Hospice, 2929 Fulton Ave., St 11A, Sacramento, CA 95821.

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