Patrick S. Cronk

April 24, 2017

Patrick S. Cronk passed away at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital on April 5, 2017.

Patrick requested there would be no service.

He was a duck hunter for many years and also enjoyed fishing and traveling to Hawaii and Mexico with his wife.

Patrick was kind hearted and fun loving. He will be missed by all that knew him.

He is survived by his wife Vicky; children Sean Cronk, Lisa (Brian) Cronk Hill; step children Jessie (Michael) Left and Peter (Kara) Dempsler, as well as numerous grand children.

Larry Van McGinness Sr.

April 24, 2017

Larry Van McGinness Sr. passed away on April 14, 2017 in Grass Valley, Ca due to natural causes. He was 76.

Larry was retired from USMC. He was born on August 20, 1940.

He is survived by his twin brother Garry McGinness; sisters Jane San Filippo and Sandra Minor; daughters Jamey Clement and Teresa Harrison; sons John King and Jason King as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife Roberta McGinness and daughter Suzie Marquardson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., on April 28, 2017 at The First Baptist Church of Nevada City.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Minnie Caldeira

April 24, 2017

Minnie Caldeira passed away on Jan. 20, 2017. She was 100.

Graveside services will be held at a later date at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Sacramento.

Minnie was born on Aug. 17, 1916 in Garden City, Kansas. She moved to California in 1926 and attended high school and college in Sacramento.

Over the years, she was an artist, working with oils, acrylics, pen and ink.

During WWII, she volunteered for the Red Cross and during the Korean War, made dog tags for service men.

For 10 years, Minnie was a beauty consultant for Estee Lauder.

She was an avid reader all her life, passing down the desire to her children.

Minnie was a wonderful role model.

She is survived by her daughter Carol Ann; son Fred; daughter-in-law Kathy; five grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Minnie was preceded in death by her husband John; parents, Mary and John; her siblings, Henry, Alma and Irene; granddaughter Candice; and son-in-law Dallas.

She was loved and will be greatly missed.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Betty L. Stuart

April 24, 2017

Betty L. Stuart passed away on April 18, 2017 in her home of 58 years in North San Juan. She was 90.

Graveside services will be held at noon on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the North San Juan Catholic Cemetery. Immediately following, there will be a potluck celebration at the North San Juan Fire Hall.

Betty was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 18, 1926 to Demetrio and Jubita Consas.

As a young adult, Betty was running her parents’ business, “Frankie’s Drive-in” and later worked at the pineapple canneries. In Hawaii, she met her husband of 37 years, Richard L. Stuart, and together they moved to his hometown of North San Juan.

Betty was always active. She also worked as an assistant cook for CDF, as a domestic engineer at Babe’s (now known as Bigley’s) and held many other jobs and interests. But her main concern and love was for her husband, nine children, family and friends. She was known for her generous heart and was loved by all. She made everyone feel welcomed and her home will be remembered by many as a place full of laughter, family and friends. Betty loved the art of hula dancing. Betty and her daughters’ hula troop, O’hana, performed at many social events, including the many luau’s held at her home. Her performance of Ala’Moana Annie was a favorite of many. She brought her Hawaiian style here to the mainland and loved to share the spirit of O’hana.

With her first husband, Betty had four children; Jacob, Lorraine, Priscilla and Wally. With her second husband, Richard, she had five children; Barbara, Clayton, Donna, Rosalie and Virginia. She was a grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother to 75 children and counting! We love you, Betty, Mom, Grandma. It was a pleasure and honor to know you. May the spirit and love you showed to us continue on for generations to come. Aloha.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Elmer Heidinger

April 21, 2017

Elmer Heidinger passed away on March 12, 2017. He was 92.

Elmer was born on May 25, 1924 in Lodi to Adam and Johanna Heidinger. He was raised in Sunnyvale and served three years in the US Navy during WWII on the USS California. After receiving an accounting degree at San Jose State University, Elmer was employed for 35 years at the Santa Clara County Assessor’s Office.

Elmer loved sports and travel. He and his wife Carolyn were blessed to have traveled the world in retirement. He especially loved golf, dancing, jazz standards, fishing, camping and hiking in the Sierras. He was an avid sports fan.

Elmer had five children whom he leaves behind, Janet Heidinger, Gary Heidinger, Karen Russell, Rebecca Enberg and Joanna Heidinger; as well as nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Elmer loved his family and was so thankful for all he had. He lived a long eventful life.

Family will be having a Celebration of Life at a later date in Monterey where he and Carolyn were married.

Arrangements are under direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Sandy Saxon Bibeau

April 20, 2017

Sandy Saxon Bibeau passed away on February 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was 90.

Sandy was born January 17, 1927 in Canon City, Colorado to Bill and Ethel Burns. She worked at the Fremont Union High School District for many years. She loved dancing and taught ballroom dancing for most of her life. Sandy was an outgoing person who loved life and had a great sense of humor. She loved to entertain and was an amazing cook. Sandy loved movies, animals, playing card games, painting and music. She greatly enjoyed the wildlife around her home. Her brother Jimmy, her son Larry and her grandson Scott preceded Sandy in death.

Sandy is survived by her husband Gene; children Sandy, Ron, Terri, and Joni and their spouses and significant others; 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Sandy is loved by her family and will be missed greatly.

A private gathering celebrating her life will be held.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Chester Herbert Lundmark

April 19, 2017

Chester Herbert Lundmark of Nevada City passed away on April 12, 2017. He was 89.

Chester was born on November 11, 1927 in Warren, Pennsylvania to Herbert and Emma Lundmark. He served in both the Navy and Army during and after WWII. He married the love of his life, Eleonore, while serving in Germany. After returning home, he earned his engineering degree from Penn State University. Immediately after graduation, Chester worked for General Electric for a number of years before moving his growing family to California to take a position with Lockheed Missiles and Space in Sunnyvale.

After working with Lockheed 28 years, Chet and Eleonore retired to Nevada City, where he lived happily to the end of his life.

Chester is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eleonore; brother Robert (Molly) Lundmark of Warren, PA; sister Jane Lesh of Newcastle; daughters Patricia (Jorge) Accorinti of San Jose, Sonesa (Michael) Lundmark Angus of Orofino, ID; sons Michael (Laurie) of Belen, New Mexico, Christian of Nevada City and Nicholas (Tracy) of Saratoga, along with ten grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in early summer.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Betty Smith-McCoy

April 19, 2017

Betty Smith-McCoy passed away on April 10, 2017. She was 88.

No services will be held at this time.

Betty was born November 26, 1928 in Bend, Oregon to John and Isabel Bowersox. She attended school in Eureka, California. She married William Smith in 1949, moved to Southern California, where her only daughter was born in 1954. In 2003, she married Kenneth McCoy and they had three years together before his passing. She moved to Grass Valley in 2006 and lived at the Bret Harte Inn for 10 years.

She was a 50-year member of Eastern Star and attended Grass Valley Methodist Church, along with singing in the Cornish Choir.

Betty is survived by her daughter, DeeAnn (Bruce) Bellows; two grandsons, James (Lia) and Gregory (Lesleyanne) Bellows; one great-granddaughter, Emilia North; brother-in-law, Roger Murray; two nephews, their wives and children.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her only sister, Mary Murray.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Irene Frances Kee

April 19, 2017

Irene Frances Kee of Lake of the Pines, Auburn, CA passed away at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville, CA, after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones, music and prayer. She was 89.

A visitation will be held from 4 -7 PM Wednesday, April 19th at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City. A Mass will be celebrated at St. Canice Church in Nevada City at 11:00 AM, April 20th with burial to follow at St. Canice Cemetery and a reception at St. Canice Hall.

Irene was born in Middlesex, NJ to Walter and Catherine Bartelt. She graduated from Bound Brook High School and in 1947 married John Kee. The family moved to Fremont, CA, in 1972. After settling into California, she began some college courses at Ohlone College and when she responded to an opening in a local school library, she began a 33-year career as the librarian in the Niles and Ardenwood Schools of the Fremont Unified School District. Upon retiring and after the death of her husband, Irene relocated to Penn Valley, CA to be near her daughter and just last year moved to Lake of the Pines with the family.

Irene’s interests were wide and diverse, starting in elementary school with working on the newspaper and being secretary of her library club. In high school, she took the “Academic Track” hoping to eventually go to college. She took mechanical engineering and, due to the war effort, learned to design and build aircraft models to be used for military spotters. She also joined the Army Civil Air Patrol, and took flying lessons up to but not including her solo flight, a lapse she would never forget. She always yearned to be in the sky, even going as far as parasailing in Hawaii and Florida in her eighties! She spent many years as a Girl Scout leader, volunteer in the schools and mentor to young people everywhere she went. She loved gardening,and sewing and dabbled in many different arts over the years. Her last few years she spent most Tuesdays at the St. Canice Religious Education classes greeting the children as they came in and chatting with everyone who would give her an ear. Irene received prayers from across the country from young and old as she battled her cancer. She has left a hole in many hearts with her passing.

Irene is survived by her daughter Mary Ann Kokai and partner Tony Whalen of Rockaway, NJ; daughter Kathy Kazules and fiancée Nick Puppo of La Mesa, CA; son John Kee of Bridgewater, NJ; daughter and sonin- law Carolyn and Loren Ayers of Auburn, CA; son Christopher Kee of Sonora, CA; son and daughter-inlaw Thomas Kee and Tiffany Glenn-Hall of Santee, CA; and 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband John Kee, granddaughter Samantha Kee, and great-granddaughter Bailee Walsh, her parents Walter and Catherine Bartelt, and her brother Walter Bartelt.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City, CA.

Norma Joyce Gum

April 17, 2017

Norma Joyce Gum passed away on April 12, 2017. She was 85.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Norma Joyce Cargile was born on March 19, 1932 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to James O. Cargile and Delia L. Helmer. The family came to California in 1941 settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to Grass Valley in 1966.

She enjoyed her family, square dancing, sewing, crocheting and gardening.

Norma is survived by her daughter, Diana Haines of Grass Valley; sons, Daryl Haines of Tyler, Texas and Derek Haines of Grass Valley; stepsons, Daryl Gum of Carmel and Kevin Gum of Bothell, Washington; sisters, Delores Reeder and Gertie King; brother, John Cargile; 11 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and two more on the way!

She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years Dale Haines Sr. and husband of 17 years Russell Gum; son Dale Haines Jr.; and brother James Cargile.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Atria’s Life Guidance Center for the love and wonderful care they gave her in her final months.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.

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