Feb. 5, 1933 — Aug. 22, 2013
Arlene Janet “Jan” Bolster, 80, a long-time Apple Hill grower and resident of Camino, passed away on Aug. 22, 2013, at her home in Camino, Calif. Jan was born in Augusta, Maine, on Feb. 5, 1933, to Maxwell and Gladys Murphy. She moved to El Dorado County in the 1970s and began working as an ICU nurse at Marshall Hospital in 1974. She loved her work at Marshall and continued working there until she retired in 1995. She owned and operated Bolster’s Hilltop Ranch in Apple Hill for 30 years, much of it with her late husband, Gene. Besides being a place that produced apples, cider and blueberries, the ranch to Jan was where she welcomed and held close to her heart the most important things in her life: family, cherished friends and any two- or four-legged stray that happened to wander in and call the ranch home.
Jan was an active member of the Moose Lodge and the Pollock Pines Community Center. She enjoyed annual fishing trips to Pyramid Lake with her late husband, traveling near and far to visit friends and family, playing poker at the Moose Lodge and bingo at the Pollock Pines Community Center and sharing the ranch with visitors to Apple Hill — especially the school children who came to watch apple cider being made. But most of all, she enjoyed spending time at the ranch with her family, countless friends who meant the world to her and her beloved dogs.
Jan was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Bolster; her parents, Maxwell and Gladys Murphy; and her sisters, Helen Borslien and Lois Johnson. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Richardson; brother, Daniel Murphy; sister, Glenna Rawlins; step-daughters, Cindy (John) Cowper and Susan (Darryl) Keck; step-sons, David (Miriam) Bolster and Dan (Pat Lahey) Bolster; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one niece.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Placerville Moose Lodge 1979, 4310 Eight Mile Road, Camino, CA 95709, or to the Marshall Foundation for Community Health, 1124 Sherman Street, Placerville, CA 95667. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Moose Lodge, Marshall Hospital staff and to Jan’s many dear friends who cared for her in her final days. The family invites you to attend a celebration of life service at the Moose Lodge, located at 4310 Eight Mile Road in Camino, on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m.