William Carl Burton Sr.

October 21, 2017

William Carl Burton Sr. passed away on Oct. 13, 2017 in his home with his family around him.

William worked in Nevada City Foundry, Yuba River Lumber Co., and construction, retiring from Benuzzi doing construction.

He enjoyed earlier years camping with family, rock hunting and putting on many barbecues.

William is survived by daughters Paula Heath, Denise Kalb (Steve), Roxanna Rist, Roseann Littlejohn; Son Glen Burton; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Brother Richard Burton, Sisters-in-law Bonita Myers (Paul), Ilene Buster (Bill); and many cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents Richard Gatley and Violet Loretta Burton; ex-wife and longtime friend Lavina Bernice Littlejohn; son William Carl Burton Jr. (Debra); and son-in-law Maskey M. Heath.

Any memorial contributions can be made out to Hospice of the Foothills.

Heather (Adams) Childers

October 20, 2017

Heather (Adams) Childers died in Grass Valley on 16 October, 2017. She was 92.

Heather was born in Lismore, NSW, Australia in 1925. She married after WWII and had two children Doug and Margaret (Meg) but sadly lost her husband, Gordon Hume to a car accident in 1949. But happily, rekindled a wartime romance with a ‘Yank’ on Pacific duties – Ray Childers, and without seeing him ‘in person’ for over ten years, got on a ship to Vancouver, married Ray on arrival and set up house in Grass Valley in 1958. Mum was a survivor!

Heather was active in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, baking pasties and donating embroidery to be auctioned; worked at Sierra Nevada Hospital for many years; and, was a dear friend to her numerous ‘oldies’ as she called them. Known for her sense of humor, her burial plaque reads ‘Finally down-under!’

Heather is survived by her daughter Meg (Larry)of San Antonio, Texas; son Doug (Nadine) of Australia; her grandchildren Sherry, Dean and Kathleen and great grandson, Kiefer.

Heather will be missed by many.

There will be no funeral service, with burial next to Ray at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Nevada City — instead you could celebrate her life with a toast of your favorite tipple.

Lois Collins Hardin

October 19, 2017

Lois Collins Hardin died October 3, 2017 in Grass Valley, CA after a long, richly fulfilling life. She was born on August 9, 1920 in San Bernardino, CA where she lived through her high school years. She developed a great love of music, particularly through her vocal training which she made use of professionally to pay for music lessons for her three sons. She spent a short time in Pasadena, CA where she renewed her acquaintance with a former high school classmate, Paul Hardin. She moved again with her family to Whittier,

California where she graduated from Whittier College with a General Elementary Teaching Credential, and married Paul Hardin in April 1942, just before he was sent overseas during

WWII. After his return at the end of the war, they raised their three boys (David, Don and Ken) in Whittier while Lois worked substitute teaching and singing professionally. She later returned to school, earning a Masters Degree in Library Sciences at USC, and afterwards working as a high school librarian until moving away from Whittier. Lois and Paul, together with their sons, enjoyed many years of camping in the mountains and deserts of California, backpacking in the High Sierra, and traveling during summer vacations.

She was especially proud of climbing Mt. Whitney with her family in 1965. After retirement, Lois and Paul traveled the country carrying out a genealogy search of their separate families with many interesting discoveries. This phase ended with a move to Grass Valley, CA in 1984, accompanied by their youngest son Ken and his family, where they lived one of the happiest periods of their lives. At an advanced age, they both moved to an assisted living residence that is now Atria Senior Living in Grass Valley.

This past April, Paul and Lois celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary with close friends and family. Her sparkling smile and great wit will be missed by many.

Lois is survived by her husband Paul, sons Ken (Julie), and Dave (Marilyn), plus four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son Don.

Her family greatly appreciates the excellent care she received from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Wolf Creek Nursing Care, Hospice of the Foothills, and especially Atria Senior Living.

Betty “Marlene” Fowler (Lane)

October 19, 2017

Betty “Marlene” Fowler (Lane) slipped peacefully away from this life on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, to reunite with her husband, family and friends that she had not seen in a long time. While we will be missing her, she will be socializing, dancing, laughing and perhaps doing some cart-wheels, like she enjoyed as a child. Anyone who knew Marlene knew she was the epitome of kindness, friendliness and love. She never forgot a loved one’s birthday, anniversary or special occasion, and loved attending anything her grandchildren and great grandchildren would perform in. Her calendar was always full of family get togethers, time with friends, and volunteer work. She always prepared and planned, and in fact even wrote a memoir letter to share.

Excerpt from Nothing Remarkable – A Wonderful Life by Marlene Fowler

“My twin sister and I arrived on Thanksgiving Day 1931. We moved to Grass Valley in 1933 to be close to my dad’s family. Our childhood was wonderful; we attended Hennessy Elementary and Grass Valley High School. My first job was at the Bluebird Cafe and I later worked at a jewelry store on Mill Street. I met my husband, Don, on a blind date. He was a student at UC Berkeley and I was a sophomore in High School. We became engaged and had a double wedding with my twin sister in October of 1950. Don was working for his parents at B&C when he was drafted. We moved to Toele, Utah, where our oldest son, Greg, was born. We moved back to Grass Valley and in 1954 we had our second son, Gary; and in 1959 our son, Scott, both were born in the Old Jones Hospital. I was very involved with the United Methodist Church, and met many of my lifelong friends there. I taught Sunday school and was chairman or the GV UMC. When the boys were in school I took up golf and played with the ladies at the Nevada County Country Club. Don was a volunteer fireman with the Gold Flat Fire Department and I was a member of the auxiliary and eventually became president. I was a room mother and Cub Scout leader, chairman of Gold Country Meals, a member of the Jayceettes, Travel club, Fidelis and Mizpah Circle, and Golden Empire Pamper Parlor. I had to give up golf, too many other meetings! My sons got married and started families, and Don and I decided it was good time to start traveling! In 2003 Don passed, I still miss him everyday. Our family continues to grow, I guess that’s our claim to fame, the size our family has grown, who would have thought?! I am so thankful for my family and all of my dear friends through the years, what a blessing you have been.”

Marlene is survived by her twin sister, Laurie Lile; her older sister Connie McKee; her brother in law, Charles; her three sons, Greg (Conni), Gary (Arlene) and Scott (Valerie); her grandchildren Brad (Alana); Erin Maddock (Scott); Ryan (Jen); Jeffrey (Brandi); Cory; Lorin (Kristy); Clayton (Natalee); Robert; Christopher (Kandice); Korin Fowler-Hill (Jeffrey); Jeffery (Michelle); Love; Ginger; Josiah; Jeshua (Neysa); Grace; and great-grandchildren Macey; Molly; Jack Maddock; Morgan; Lucy Maddock; Wyatt; Wendy; Joshua; Eli Maddock; Ethan; Anna; Jude; Caitlin; Sienna; Nathen; CJ; Dustin; Carlee; Brighton; Stella; Lincoln; Kalliana Hill; Angeleigh Hill; Ires; Johannah; Andrew; Joshua; Ava; Gabriel; Phoenix Hill; Willow; Ariana; Paisley; Henry; Elias; and Oliver; as well as her many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don; her Mother and Father, Mildred and Lauren Lane; her brother Richard Lane (Nita); and her sister in law Shirley Cooper (George). Services to be held at Grass Valley United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 4, with a reception at the Grass Valley Elk’s Lodge immediately after.

Marlene would appreciate all of your well wishes on her new adventure, and we ask that you spend some time with your children, grandchildren, and other loved ones and toast to enduring friendships, lifelong and beyond. That is what she would wish for you.

The family would like to thank her Doctors, Dr. Neva Monigatti-Lake, Dr. Spin, the ladies at Quest who always had a smile for us, the best caregivers ever, and Hospice of The Foothills.

“The Lord watch between me and thee, while we are absent one from another.” -Genesis 31:49

John Francis Mitchell

October 18, 2017

John Francis Mitchell passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 in his home. He was 97.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Loney-Sanford Ranch Cemetery, 20584 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley.  A reception at Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley will follow.

John was born April 10, 1920 in Reedley, CA to Joseph Leonard Mitchell and Mabel Elizabeth (Trembley) Mitchell. During his childhood, his family relocated to Brentwood, CA where he graduated from Liberty Union High School.  In 1942, he joined the United States Army Air Corps where he piloted B-17 bombers in the 94th Bomb Group, 333rd Squadron and earned the rank of First Lieutenant.  Stationed at Rougham Airfield, Bury St. Edmunds, England, he completed 30 missions over Germany, France and Italy between the dates of September 1943 and May 1944.  Following his term of active duty, John was stationed in Jackson, MS where he met and married his wife of 72 years, Evelyn Virginia McAdams from Forest, LA. Upon completion of his military service, John obtained employment as an aircraft mechanic at McClellan Air Force base.  At his retirement from McClellan in 1970, John took up a new trade as a part-time carpenter for several years.

Flying airplanes was his passion from a young age.  John could fix or build anything.  He and his wife built the house they lived in for the past 46 years.  He also did all of his own auto and equipment maintenance and repair.  He enjoyed bee keeping with his brothers.  Additionally, John and his wife were avid gardeners, which occupied much of their free time over the years. They extended their gardening skills to selling plants at local flea markets.  More than anything, he loved visiting with friends and family.  He is a former member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Grass Valley.

John will be missed by all.  He lived selflessly and would have given you the shirt off of his back if you needed it.  He had a passion for always going the extra mile.  No job was too big or too small for him to face the challenge and give it his best shot.  He lived with a strong code of ethics, unwavering loyalty and an incredible devotion to his family and friends.  Over the years, he and his wife opened their home to countless individuals.  Regardless of if they were blood relatives or not, their house guests were always treated just like family.  John had an undeniable sweet tooth and would never turn down dessert.

John is survived by his wife, Evelyn Virginia Mitchell of Grass Valley, CA; his two children, J. Douglas Mitchell and his wife Carla, and Mary (Mitchell) Robertson and her husband Brad; his six grandchildren Crista Bobisud, Robin (Bobisud) Ireland and husband Ethan, Katherine (Robertson) Rodgers and husband Cullen, Andrew Robertson, Jessica McCall and Jessica Cook; his three great-grandchildren Lincoln and Maddox Rodgers, and Astrid Ireland; his brother, Leroy Mitchell and his wife Doris, of Grass Valley, CA; his nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Mabel Mitchell; daughter Charlotte Carol (Mitchell) Bobisud; and siblings: Bernice, Julius Sylvester, Joseph and Marion.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to your charity of choice.

Sharon Tobiassen

October 13, 2017

Former Nevada City City Councilwoman Sharon Tobiassen died Sept. 18, 2017, at her Nevada City home, from complications of Type 1 Diabetes. She was 76. Sharon endured a life of tragedy, having lost all her immediate family in an 11-year span starting in 1990: her two children when they were 23 and 30, and her husband at age 66. Nevertheless, she remained active in the community as a public servant and volunteer.

A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Elks Lodge, 518 State Highway 49 in Nevada City. She will be buried next to her family in the Pine Grove Cemetery. Born Sharon Kay Hollingshead on March 2, 1941, in Martinez, she was the oldest of two children born to Ralph and Doris Hollingshead. Her brother Richard Hollingshead preceded her in death in 1993.

She was a 1959 graduate of Nevada Union High School, and in recent years, led the allclass reunion. She attended Sierra College and Sacramento State. On July 25, 1964, she married David Tobiassen in Nevada City. Dave, also active in politics, served on the City Council, and was a member of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors when he died in 1995, the day after the couple’s 31st wedding anniversary. They had two children, Aleacha in 1966, and Kevin in 1971. Aleacha died in 1990 — three months after a heart-lung transplant — at age 23. A memorial scholarship at Nevada Union High School was established in her name. Kevin Tobiassen died in 2001, at 30, while waiting for a kidney transplant. Sharon served on the Nevada City City Council from 1996 to 2000, with a term as vice mayor. She was a member of the first graduating class at the Nevada County Leadership Institute, founded in 1996. Around that time, she worked for a decade as executive director of the Nevada County branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Other employment included work as a local real estate agent, and for the Nevada Joint Union High School District. She loved to sew, cook, knit and play bridge.

A constant community volunteer, Sharon served as chairwoman of Victorian Christmas for four years, worked on the Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race and Nevada City’s Bi-Centennial Celebration, and was a member of Soroptimist International and Order of the Eastern Star, among other organizations.

That community service earned her many awards, including two from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce: the Elza Kilroy Award in 2000 and the President’s Appreciation Award in 1989. The Kilroy award, established in 1969, is presented annually to a citizen whose efforts help make Nevada City a better community. She received recognition for work on the 1991 Nevada County exhibit at the California State Fair. And the Tobiassens were the first whole family to be inducted into Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame in 2005.

She is survived by numerous cousins who reside throughout California.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sharon’s name to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

Evelyn Horan

October 12, 2017

Evelyn Horan passed comfortably with her son by her side on October 5, 2017.

She was born on April 4, 1926 in Kansas to Clinton and Eva Taylor. She moved to California in the 1940s, where she remained for the rest of her life.

She worked many years as an electronic assembler. For the last 40 years she resided in Grass Valley.

Evelyn was actively involved in Evangeline Chapter 9 Eastern Star.

She is survived by her loving son Ron (Mary) Swanson of Lincoln; three grandsons, Jeff (Stacey) of Virginia, Dennis (Andrea) of Colorado, and Robert (Sara) of Rohnert Park; and four great-grandchildren, Colby, Keegan, Jacob and Kaylynn. Also leaves behind her beloved poodle, Cindy, the last of many. She is preceded in death by husband Clayton Horan.

Public viewing will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., on Monday, Oct. 16 at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Carmen Monserrat Brocke

October 11, 2017

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In the early morning of October 9, 2017, Carmen Monserrat Brocke entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at her home in Rough and Ready. She was 82. The rosary will be recited at 6 PM, Thursday, October 12, at St. Patrick’s Church, Grass Valley. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at the church, at 12 noon, Friday, October 13, with interment following, and a reception in the parish hall.

Carmen was born on December 25, 1934 in New York City to Jose and Victoria Mares. She lived in Veracruz, Mexico, with her family from 1939 to 1941. Carmen developed her lifelong talent for singing and dancing when she learned ballet folklorico at the Centro Mexicano in New York. She graduated from Cathedral High School, NYC. Later she taught dancing at Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

Carmen married Edgar Brocke in L.A., California, on December 26, 1959. Together they raised seven children. After moving to Grass Valley in 1976, Carmen became an instructional assistant at Seven Hills and NUHS. She earned a degree in E.C.E. from Sierra College in 1989. She worked at Mount St. Mary’s Preschool, and was a Latino Family Advocate at the Children & Families First Commission.

Carmen’s life was motivated by her love for God and family. A member of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, she served as a catechism teacher and choir member, was active with the Catholic Ladies, the Franciscans, and as a counselor at Living Well. She was also a member of the Banner Grange.

Carmen is survived by her children and their spouses, Lynette (Robert) Padilla, Carmen (Don) Robinson, Maria Brocke, Robert (Terrie) Brocke, Miryam (Scott) McKinzie, Edgar (Stephanie) Brocke, Mark (Channelle) Brocke; twelve grandchildren: Anthony, Kevin, Lydia, Victoria, Lauren, Brittney, Andrew, Nathan, Hannah, Julianne, Christina, and Danielle; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Victoria Theisen, of Anoka, MN, Teresa Klein, of Prewitt, NM, brother Jose Mares and his wife Carol, of Oceanside, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carmen was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband of 49 years, Edgar Brocke.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to the Living Well Medical Clinic.

Margot Buchholz

October 10, 2017

Margot Buchholz passed away in her sleep at home on October 3, 2017. She was 88.

Margot was born on November 1, 1928 to Albert and Martha Geismar in Braunschweig, Germany.

On June 4, 1949 she was married to Kurt Buchholz.

Kurt and Margot and their 1-year old son, Hans, immigrated to Oakland, California, and moved to Grass Valley in 1970.

Margot enjoyed playing bridge, was a Lioness and Pink Lady as Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She was also a lifetime member of the Hermanson Lodge in Berkley, California.

She will be missed by all.

Margot was survived by son Hans (Rosemary) Buchholz of Cedar Ridge; daughter Mona (Steve) Borgnis of Grass Valley; grandchildren Cyndi (Josh), Jesse (Nina), Tracy (Dawn), Cristie (Nick); great-grandchildren Jacob, Justin, Dylan, Caden, Mikayla, Riley, and twins Lucy and Luke.

Preceded in death by husband Kurt Buchholz in 2010 and brother Wolfgang Geissmar in August 2017.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Lois Waddell

October 10, 2017

Lois Waddell passed away August 24, 2017 at her home in Grass Valley where she had resided since 1959. Lois Elaine was born on June 7, 1929 in Youngstown, Ohio to Hattie May and Leo Rand. She was the youngest of three children and grew up in hard times. When the family moved to Southern California, Lois finished school and worked at a Burger Drive-In where she met and later married John “Bill” Waddell, a motor officer for Huntington Park Police Department. After their son and daughter arrived, Bill, who was now CHP, accepted a promotion moving the family to Grass Valley.

Lois enjoyed life in the small town and quickly learned the art of baking bread and canning fruits and vegetables. She entered many of her creations in the county fair along with her

embroidery and crocheted afghans which resulted in many ribbons.

Lois was always quick to smile and strike up a conversation with strangers, often making new friends. She was quick witted and had a great sense of humor. Lois worked for several restaurants and a caterer over the years, as well as some retail. She really enjoyed working with the public and after retirement volunteered at Hospice Gift and Thrift where she met many wonderful friends.

She is survived by son David Waddell (Lori); Daughter Linda Susan Throp (Ron); four step-granddaughters; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. There will be no funeral service as per her wishes.

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