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Ray E. Whitney

Nov. 4, 1944 – April 11, 2012 Ray was born and raised in Placerville and attended El Dorado High School. He passed away April 11, 2012, following a long illness. He is the beloved husband of 46 years to Sue; much loved father of Scott and Shawn (Dina); and Papa to Shawn Michael. He is […]

Betty Lou Key

May 23, 1928 — May 5, 2012 Betty Lou Key of Placerville, Calif., went to be with the Lord May 5, 2012, at her nursing home in Galt, Calif. She was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 23, 1928. She married Albin (Hap) Thompson on Dec. 7, 1946. They had three children. Betty was widowed in […]

William F. Fowlkes

Sept. 19, 1936 — May 7, 2012 William F. Fowlkes, age 75, died May 7, 2012, at a local nursing home after a short illness after sustaining several injuries in a fall at home on Dec. 4, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 49-and-a-half years, Sandra; four children, Douglas (wife Cindy) from Chesapeake, Va., […]

Karl G. Ozols

Nov. 2, 1916 — May 10, 2012 Karl G. Ozols was born Nov. 2, 1916, in Baltimore, Md. He left us to be with our Lord on May 10, 2012, in Placerville. Karl was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mary Ozols. He is survived by his daughter, Francine (Gene) Baxter; grandchildren, Shalene […]

Grace Thompson

Feb. 14, 1928 — April 4, 2012 Grace Thompson, born Feb. 14, 1928, died April 4, 2012. She moved to Camino 30 years ago from San Diego, Calif. She retired from Bank of America after many years of loyal service. Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Joy Dale Thompson; and her son, Dennis Mitchell […]

Sophia May Brents

Oct. 10, 1919 — April 28, 2012 Sophia May Brents died April 28, 2012, age 92, in Cameron Park, Calif. Born and raised in Nebraska, she met her husband to be, Ira A. Brents, at the Lincoln Air Base while he was in the Army Air Corp. They married in 1943 at San Antonio, Texas, […]

Charles Albert McCullough

Jan. 6, 1919 — May 3, 2012 Charles A. McCullough was born Jan. 6, 1919, in Nevada City, Calif. He was one of seven brothers and sisters, who all preceded him in death. His family were pioneers of Nevada County, moving there shortly after the gold rush. They worked in the gold mines and ranched […]

Heather Liberty Colleen Bonser-Bishop

Feb. 23, 1973 — April 28, 2012 On April 28, in a tragic accident, Heather Bonser-Bishop, of Gold Beach, drowned while paddle boarding with her family on the Chetco River in Oregon. Her deep love and commitment to her family, friends, and community will be her legacy to all of the many lives she touched. […]

Barbara Collens

Dec. 29, 1925 — April 27, 2012 Barbara Collens, of Placerville, born Dec. 29, 1925, died April 27, 2012. Services will be held at a later date.

Venita Ruth Metzler

July 8, 1922 – April 20, 2012 Venita Ruth Metzler, formerly of Pollock Pines, born July 8, 1922, died April 20, 2012. No services are planned.

Frynn J. Pendry

Aug. 21, 1911 — April 29, 2012 Frynn J. Pendry passed away in Glide, Ore., on April 29, 2012, after recently turning 100 years old. Mrs. Pendry was the wife of the late J. Harold Pendry (2004); loving mother of Candice Rose of Memphis, Tenn.; sister of Dan Nevis; grandmother of Daron Koch, Judy Greeson […]

Elizabeth Jane Pillsbury

June 4, 1919 — April 1, 2012 At her request, no memorial service will be held for Gardnerville resident Elizabeth Jane Pillsbury, 92, who died April 1, 2012, of natural causes. Born June 4, 1919, in Cado, Texas, to Cecil and Warren Smith, she married James W. Pillsbury on Oct. 14, 1939, in Santa Cruz, Calif. […]

Robert B. Wright

Dec. 4, 1922 — May 1, 2012 Bob Wright was born on a farm in Anton, Colo., Dec. 4, 1922, to Lena and Doyle Wright. The first eight grades, he was educated in a one room schoolhouse. Growing up, Bob helped on the farm driving tractors and rounding up cattle on his horse. He enlisted […]

Gary Snyder

April 5, 1935 — April 23, 2012 Gary L. Snyder died at his home in Pleasant Valley, at the age of 77, on Monday morning, April 23, 2012. He passed away peacefully with his beloved wife of 57 years at his side. He is survived by his wife, Dixie Lee Raney Snyder; his older daughter, Steffanie […]

Tyne Bailey

March 6, 1916 — April 19, 2012 Tyne Bailey passed away peacefully after a short illness on April 19, 2012, at the age of 96, in Placerville, Calif. She was born in Oskosh, Neb., on March 6, 1916, to John and Anna Nordell of Chappel, Neb., where she attended high school. She later attended college in […]

Robert L. (Bob) Hopkins

May 26, 1923 — April 13, 2012 Mr. Hopkins, age 88 passed away peacefully on April 13, 2012. Born in Belle Plaine, Iowa, May 26, 1923, he moved to San Francisco at age three with his father (Donald Hopkins) and his mother (Nettie Hopkins), and attended school in Iowa and California. He graduated from Palo […]

James “Jake” Oliver

Aug. 19, 1953 – April 28, 2012 Jake passed away peacefully in Cameron Park. He was born in Gaylord, Mich., and grew up in the Santa Clara Valley. He enjoyed Monster trucks, wrestling, the Oakland Raiders, the beach and spending time with his family. He loved a good story and making small talk with all […]

John Arthur Rigsby

April 28, 1940 — April 21, 2012 John Arthur Rigsby was born April 28, 1940, in Chicago, Ill., and passed away April 21, 2012, in Sacramento, Calif. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Paulette Rigsby. He was the father of Steve Rigsby and Erika Foster and proud father-in-law of […]

Carol Morgan

June 6, 1944 – April 13, 2012 The wife of the sheep shearer passed away. Carol was a resident of El Dorado County for 37 years. She grew up in Rocklin, Calif., with two brothers and a sister. She worked for Technicolor processing film until she was married and became a homemaker. She and her […]

Wanda Lucille Langley

April 24, 1930 — April 22, 2012 Wanda Lucille Langley of Placerville passed away on April 22, 2012, in Sacramento. She was 81. Memorial services will take place on Tuesday, May 1, at 11 a.m., at the Church of the Nazarene in Placerville. Wanda was born on April 24, 1930, in Las Vegas, Nev., to Clyde […]

Diane Wolford

Nov. 7, 1929 — April 5, 2012 Diane Wolford passed away peacefully at age 82 in Cameron Park on April 5, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Douglas; and a daughter, Linda. She was a most beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, […]

Patricia Ann Powell

Nov. 18, 1950 — March 26, 2012 Patricia Ann Powell, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and friend, born in El Paso, Texas on Nov. 18, 1950, passed into God’s arms on March 26, 2012. She is survived by beloved husband and partner of 42 years, Daniel Powell of Shingle Springs. She is also greatly […]

Mary Kraintz Harwell

Oct. 26, 1916 — March 27, 2012 Mary Kraintz Harwell, age 95, passed away on March 27, 2012. She moved to Gold Country in Placerville five years ago from Concord, Calif., where she had lived from the time she married Fred Harwell in 1938. She was widowed for 30 years; Fred died of emphysema in 1982. […]

Mary Adelyne Nomer

Aug. 27, 1927 — April 18, 2012 Mary, 84, was at home when she passed peacefully onto her next journey. Her daughter Sandra Nomer was by her side as she had faithfully been for the past 12 years as her primary caregiver. Mary was born in Manchester, Tenn., the second child of three, the middle child, […]

George “Chips” Franklin

Feb. 22, 1925 — April 16, 2012 Born and raised in Mt. Vernon, Wash., on Feb. 22, 1925, Chips was never fond of school. He started working at age 14 and continued that strong work ethic until he passed away on April 16, 2012. He spent four years in the Merchant Marines where he not […]

Robert Brown

Nov. 22, 1936 — April 22, 2012 Anyone who knew Robert Brown would agree: he lived life right. He worked hard, and was proud of the life that he and his wife Yvonne built together; it was filled with family, good friends and a lot of fun. Bob started in the Carpenter’s Union in 1954 […]

Leonard R. Stroud

Oct. 13, 1933 — April 16, 2012 Len passed away peacefully at Marshall Hospital on April 16, 2012, after a short illness. He leaves behind his wife, family, and friends who knew his great sense of humor, dedication to the community, and, most of all, his fierce devotion to those he cared about. He was, […]

Virginia May Winje

Dec. 27, 1918 – April 14, 2012 Virginia May Winje, a resident of Placerville, Calif., for 85 years, born Dec. 27, 1918, died April 14, 2012. Online condolences may be posted at chapelofthepinesfunerals.com.

Morton Klotz, Ph.D

Sept. 18, 1922 — April 10, 2012 Dr. Morton A. Klotz, longtime resident of Placerville, died peacefully at home on April 10, 2012. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. He attended Townsend Harris High School and was a graduate of City College of New York. He served in World War II as […]

Hank Thomason

Jan. 31, 1931 — April 16, 2012 Hank Thomason was born in Okmulgee, Okla., on Jan. 31, 1931. At the age of 8, he moved with his family to California. Moving from town to town up and down California’s Central Valley, Hank, his three brothers and two sisters settled in Sunnyvale until he graduated from […]

Clair Eugene Miller

Jan. 4, 1937 — April 17, 2012 With great sadness the family of Clair Eugene Miller announces he passed peacefully from this world in the arms of his wife and son on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Clair died at age 75 after a very short battle with cancer. Born in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Jan. […]

Lillian F. Sleep

April 23, 1923 — March 22, 2012 Lillian F. Sleep, age 88, resident of Placerville for 58 years, passed peacefully at Pioneer Hours in Sacramento. She was born April 23, 1923, in Grass Valley, Calif. She is survived by her husband, George Sleep; daughters, Georgia Dixon of Sacramento and LouAnn Reynolds of Elk Grove; and […]

Oletta Fern Blevins

Feb. 28, 1926 — March 30, 2012 Oletta F. Blevins passed away at the age of 86 from complications of a stroke. She has joined Carl, the love of her life. She was born to Samuel and Olga Mills in Roswell, N.M. She and Carl and their family made their home in the Placerville area. They […]

Ray E. Whitney

November 4, 1944 – April 11, 2012 A lifelong resident of Placerville, Calif. Services will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be posted at www.chapelofthepinesfunerals.com

Terany Ashley Vessey

October 17, 1987 – April 10, 2012 Terany Ashley Vessey passed away suddenly in Marysville on April 10, 2012. She was the devoted mother of Videlle Nasca and loving daughter and step-daughter of Pamela and Jim Waddington of Placerville and daughter of Scott Widing; beloved sister of Jessica Vessey and James Waddington; maternal granddaughter of […]

John (Jack) R. Wilkes

July 20, 1920 – April 10, 2012 Jack Wilkes, 91, of Placerville, with family at his bedside, passed away Tuesday evening, April 10, 2012. He died of natural causes. Jack was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, but grew up in Detroit, MI. Jack was a distinguished P-38 Fighter Pilot during WWII. After the war, Jack […]

Jacqueline Zoeth Hanses

April 21, 1930 – Nov. 8, 2011 Jacqueline Zoeth Hanses, formerly of Cameron Park, born April 21, 1930, died Nov. 8, 2011. A memorial mass will be held Friday, April 20, at 11 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3111 Tierra de Dios Drive in El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Walter Lee Nutting

May 13, 1935 – April 10, 2012 Walter (Walt) Lee Nutting, 76, of Ione, CA, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Fair Oaks Estates Memory Center in Carmichael. He was born in Maywood, CA on May 13, 1935, a son of the late Helen Mary (Kocalis) and Donald Nutting.  Walter married his wife, Marie […]

Eugene “Gene” W. Baxter

July 10, 1934 — April 3, 2012 Gene passed away on April 3, 2012, at the age of 77. Born in Las Vegas, Nev., in 1934, he moved with his family to Hawthorne, Nev., in 1937. He was the son of Horace Eugene and Gladys Marie Baxter. He graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees […]

Justin Alan Fisher

May 1, 1984 – April 7, 2012 Justin Alan Fisher was born May 1, 1984, and passed away on April 7, 2012.  He was born in Nevada City, Calif., and grew up in Pollock Pines, Calif.  He was an active brother in goodstanding with the e clampus vitus.  Justin had made an impact on so […]

Peggy Kellogg (Cooper) Smith

July 31, 1926 — April 6, 2012 Peggy Kellogg (Cooper) Smith died April 6, 2012, in Cameron Park of complications from Alzheimer’s. She was born in Santa Rosa in 1926 and lived most of her life in the San Jose area, settling in the Sierra foothills for the last 25 years. Over her long life, […]

Steven Joseph Swars

Jan. 10, 1959 — March 31, 2012 Steve passed away surrounded by his family. He grew up in Rescue, Calif. He graduated from Ponderosa High School in 1977. He was, and is, the sole owner of Swars Construction, which he started back in 1990. He passed away on March 31 of cancer. He’s now peacefully […]

Gertrude Grace Fisher Boom

April 22, 1914 — March 27, 2012 A Grizzly Flat native and grandmother to eight and great-grandmother to 10, Gertrude lived for most of her life in Placerville, Calif. She was the last living child of 10 children of California pioneers Lloyd and Minnie Fisher. She married the love of her life, Roy Dugan Boom […]

Jared Patrick Steiner

1976 — 2012 Jared Patrick Steiner was born in Sacramento and raised in Garden Valley. Affectionately known as the “recycle dude,” he passed away in his sleep at age 36. Jared always greeted people with a smile and friendly handshake. He would remember in detail the last conversation he had with people, and shared their […]

Tommy Oliver Parker

June 26, 1943 — April 6, 2012 Tommy Oliver Parker passed away quietly at home in Diamond Springs on April 6, 2012. He was born June 26, 1943, to Lloyd and Wilma Parker in Mt. Grove, Mo., and grew up in Rodeo, Calif. He retired from the Mountain Democrat after many years as Circulation Supervisor. […]

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