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Dan Colwell
Wed, Oct 4, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial services for Dan F. Colwell of Grass Valley will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Combie Bible Church. 
Mr. Colwell died Sunday, Oct. 1, in Alta Sierra. He was 47. 
He was born on Dec. 9, 1952, in Friendship, Tenn., to Calvin R. and Jo Colwell. Mr. Colwell attended California Baptist College and received a bachelor of arts in religious studies and business administration. He married Mary Alice on Sept. 4, 1975. Mr. Colwell was employed at Hewlett Packard and Northrop Corp. He was a member of Combie Bible Church and wrote and directed "The Visitor" Easter Production 2000. He was a biblical scholar. Mr. Colwell enjoyed singing, hiking, books on tape, and writing poetry. He was a scuba instructor and had traveled throughout the world. 
Mr. Colwell is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Colwell of Grass Valley; daughters Marissa and Sarah Colwell, both of Grass Valley; son Josh Colwell of Grass Valley; mother, Jo Colwell of Friendship, Tenn.; sisters Randa Perry of Friendship, Tenn. and Jann Snyder of England. He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin R. Colwell in 1984. 
Memorial contributions may be made to a church fund being established in honor of Dan F. Colwell. Call 265-2429 for more information. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Dorothy Donnelly
Wed, Oct 4, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial services for Dorothy Jane May Donnelly of Nevada City will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Ave. in Livermore. Interment will be at the Evergreen Cemetery in Seattle. 
Mrs. Donnelly died Friday, Sept. 29, in Auburn, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 79. 
She was born on Feb. 25, 1921, in Seattle. She had been a resident of Nevada City for 15 years and prior to that lived in San Lorenzo for 30 years. 
Mrs. Donnelly worked in communications for Kaiser Hospital in Hayward, St. Rose Hospital in Hayward and East Oakland Hospital. During World War II, Mrs. Donnelly worked at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital and worked for the Coast Guard in Alaska. 
She enjoyed knitting, needlepoint and showing her Labrador retrievers. Mrs. Donnelly was an active member in the San Lorenzo Dog Club, Del Valle Dog Club, Golden Gate Retriever Club and many other Labrador retriever dog clubs. 
Mrs. Donnelly is survived by her husband, Donald Donnelly; children Donna Pruitt of Sacramento, Sue Berlin of Fremont, Judy Guidry of Livermore and Sean Donnelly of Sandpoint, Idaho; sons-in-law Roger Pruitt, John Berlin and Herb Guidry; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Donnelly; sister, June Combs of Atwater; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sons Donald Jr. and Michael Kevin. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Guide Dogs for the Blind. 

William Sammons
Tue, Oct 3, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
A memorial Mass for William Douglas Sammons of Grass Valley will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grass Valley. 
Mr. Sammons died Sunday, Oct. 1, at home. He was 61. 
Born Nov. 10, 1938, in Grass Valley, he grew on his family's business, the Star Dairy. Mr. Sammons graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1957. He married Marilyn Suzanne Milligan on Nov. 15, 1969. 
Mr. Sammons worked for the Bay City Building Supply Co. in Sacramento, and formerly for Georgia Pacific for 28 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and cooking, and was a longtime 4H/FFA parent volunteer. 
Mr. Sammons is survived by his wife, Suzanne of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Michelle Sammons of Auburn; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Cindy Sammons of Sacramento; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945; or the Cancer Aid Thrift Shop, 317 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley 95945. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

John Griffin 
Mon, Oct 2, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
A memorial service for John Bowyer Griffin will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1430 Pine St. in Oroville. 
Mr. Griffin died Monday, Sept. 18, at an Oroville hospital. He was 48. 
He was born Feb. 18, 1952 in San Francisco, and he and his parents later moved to Nevada City. Mr. Griffin attended Mount St. Mary's Academy and Nevada Union High School, where he lettered in cross country. He later attended Sierra College in Rocklin. He was a guitarist, vocalist and composer. Mr. Griffin also played the flute, piano and drums. 
Mr. Griffin is survived by his mother, Waldron F. Schanz of Oroville; daughter, Theoni Griffin-Weber of Martinez; one aunt and one cousin. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, in 1992. 

Ida Richter 
Sat, Sep 30, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
Ida Emma Richter of Nevada City died Monday, Aug. 14, at a local hospital. She was 94. 
In accordance with her wishes, no services are planned. 
Born on Sept. 29, 1905, in Petchkehmen, East Prussia, she came to Nevada County from Berlin, Germany, in 1997. She was a homemaker and an avid gardener. 
She is survived by her daughter, Margitta Precourt of Nevada City; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Friedrich Richter in 1983; and daughter, Renate Smyth in 1999. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels. 

Mary Lopez
Fri, Sep 29, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
A funeral mass for Mary Cruz Lopez of Grass Valley will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grass Valley. 
Mrs. Lopez died Wednesday, Sept. 27, at a local hospital. She was 75. 
Born March 12, 1925, in Phoenix, she came to California in 1967, and moved from San Jose to Nevada County in 1989. A homemaker who loved gardening, sewing and ceramics, Mrs. Cruz was a member of Sierra Services for the Blind. 
She is survived by her husband, Joe V. Lopez; son, Martin J. Lopez of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Grace Lopez of Auburn; daughter and son-in-law, Yvonne and Richard Ruiz of San Jose; sisters Belen Alvarez of Tucson, Ariz., Trini Louio of Corona and Angie Melendez of Phoenix; brothers Manuel Ruiz of Mission Viejo and Gabriel Ruiz of Santa Margarita; and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by a brother, Chuy Ruiz; a sister, Josie Flores, and her parents, Juanita and Leo Ruiz. 
Chapel of the Angels is in charge of arrangements. 

Robert Gassaway
Fri, Sep 29, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
Robert L. Gassaway of Grass Valley died Sunday, Sept. 17, at home after a battle with cancer. He was 78. 
No services are planned. 
Mr. Gassaway was a third-generation Californian, born on Dec. 5, 1921, in Berkeley, to Leslie and Hazel Gassaway. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He joined United Airlines as a pilot in 1951 and retired after 30 years. After retirement, he became an avid golfer and served on the board of the Alta Sierra Golf and Country Club. He also enjoyed woodworking. He married Margaret I. Neely in July 1993. 
Mr. Gassaway is survived by his wife, Margaret Neely Gassaway; daughters and sons-in-law Joan and Richard Easterday of Santa Rosa and Debra and Brian Wiggins of Houston, Texas; daughter, Leslie Watts of Sacramento; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Ledith Gassaway of Sacramento; and 7 grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Hazel Gassaway; his first wife of 47 years, Dorothy Dick Gassaway in 1989; and brothers, Clinton and Arthur Gassaway. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills. 

James Coles
Thu, Sep 28, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
Private graveside and memorial services for James W. Coles of Grass Valley will be conducted. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Grass Valley. 
Mr. Coles died Sunday, Sept. 24, at a local hospital. He was 92. 
He was born on July 28, 1908, in Almy, Wyo. He was employed by Utah Construction until his retirement in 1968, and his work took him overseas for 11 years. He moved from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Grass Valley in 1969. 
Mr. Coles was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for many years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and sports, and belonged to St. Patrick's Catholic Church. 
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Grace H. Coles of Grass Valley; sons M.J. Coles of Grass Valley and William M. Coles of San Jose; sisters Esther Wantland of Hemet and Ruth Grove of Kingwood, Texas; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

Calvin Palmer 
Wed, Sep 27, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
A celebration of life for Calvin Marion Pierce Palmer of Grass Valley will be conducted at a later date. 
Mr. Palmer died Friday, Sept. 22, at home. He was 80. 
He was born on July 21, 1920, in Trinity County, to Arthur and Catherine Palmer. He was a master machinist for Pan American Airlines on the Clippers. From the outbreak of World War II, Mr. Palmer served in the U.S. Navy throughout the Pacific. After the war, he returned to Downieville, where he ran Downieville Motors. In 1953 he moved to Livermore where he worked for Lawrence Radiation Lab. After retiring, Mr. Palmer moved to Grass Valley, where he lived for the past 25 years. During retirement, he worked on the restoration of his home, was on the Grass Valley Planning Commission and was active in the Nevada County Historical Society. 
Mr. Palmer is survived by his companion, Elaine of Grass Valley; son, Don Palmer of Sacramento; brother, Elmer G. Palmer of Gilroy; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Virginia Tuttle Palmer; and son, William A. Palmer. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Lassila Funeral Chapel in Auburn. 

Stanley St. Clair 
Wed, Sep 27, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial services for Stanley Eugene St. Clair of Grass Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Seaman Lodge at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. Interment will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Rough and Ready Cemetery in Rough and Ready. 
Mr. St. Clair died Friday, Sept. 22, at a local hospital. He was 38. 
He was born on Aug. 10, 1962, in Sterling, Ill. Mr. St. Clair had been a resident of Nevada County since 1977. He was a salesman for T.W. Smith. Mr. St. Clair enjoyed fishing, boating, camping and music. 
He is survived by his wife, Karen St. Clair; mother, Alice St. Clair of Grass Valley; brothers Robert James St. Clair of Auburn, Wayne St. Clair of Sterling, Ill., John St. Clair and Alan D. St. Clair, both of Grass Valley and Russell A. St. Clair of Reno, Nev.; and sister, Faith A. St. Clair of Lockwood, Nev. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels. 

Effie Kaiser 
Tue, Sep 26, 2000 (Date of Pub.) 
Effie Viola Kaiser of Grass Valley died Friday, Sept. 22, at a local hospital. She was 87. 
In accordance with her wishes, no services are planned. Burial will be at the Loney-Sanford Cemetery on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. 
Mrs. Kaiser was born on March 16, 1913, in Argyle, Minn., and was raised in Devil's Lake, N.D. She moved to San Francisco in 1942 and married James Harrison Kaiser two years later. She was a Nevada County resident for eight years. 
Mrs. Kaiser was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Petaluma for many years 
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Bonnie Kaiser of Helena, Mont; brother, Kay Imsdahl of Bakersfield; daughter-in-law, Virginia Imsdahl of Grass Valley; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her son, Kermit Imsdahl, in April. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, 95945. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

Charlene Stogner 
Tue, Sep 26, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
Visitation for family and friends of Charlene C. Stogner of Grass Valley will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Nevada City Chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, also at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. 
Mrs. Stogner died Friday, Sept. 22, in Grass Valley. She was 79. 
Born on Oct. 4, 1920, in Preston, Okla., to Benjamin Clyde and Emma Caroline Richardson, she moved to California in 1941, and to Nevada County in 1959. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and her family. 
She is survived by her daughter, Sue C. Nelson of Grass Valley; sons Joseph B. Stogner of Grass Valley and Herbert Stogner of Bedias, Texas; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Bruan Stogner, in 1963; and her second husband, Doug Gehrman, in 1995. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. 

Marie Jesswein 
Mon, Sep 25, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
Private graveside services were held for former Nevada City resident Marie Jesswein at Greenwood Memorial Garden. 
Mrs. Jesswein died Thursday, Sept. 21, in Auburn. She was 79. 
She was born on March 14, 1921, in Arkansas to Ambrose and Florence Foster. She was one of five children and raised in Martinez. 
Mrs. Jesswein married Clarence "King" Jesswein in Martinez in 1941. She and her husband moved to Nevada City in 1946. 
She was a homemaker for most of her life. Mrs. Jesswein lived in Nevada City until ill health forced her to live in a care facility in Auburn. 
She was a member of the Grass Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church and was a former member of the Nevada City School Board. 
She belonged to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Women's Auxiliary and the Republican Women's Club and she volunteered as an elections worker. She gardened and enjoyed playing cards. 
Mrs. Jesswein is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Richard DiCostanzo of Hillsborough; sisters Jeanie Bishop of Carmichael and Clyda Ritz, of Healdsburg; and one granddaughter. 
Mrs. Jesswein was predeceased by her husband, Clarence "King" Jesswein in 1998 and her son, Dan Jesswein in 1991. 
Arrangements were under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. 

Cletus Floyd
Sat, Sep 23, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
Services for the Rev. Cletus Caswell Floyd of Grass Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Abundant Life Community Church, 10795 Alta St. in Grass Valley. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grass Valley. 
The Rev. Floyd died Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Grass Valley. He was 87. 
Born on Feb. 21, 1913, in Cleburg, Texas, to Alvin and Essie Floyd, he received his early education and was raised on a homestead in Pecos County, N.M. He was married for 57 years to Gwendolyn Marie Bradley Floyd until her death in 1994. He then married Florence Floyd. 
He worked in maintenance for San Luis Obispo County schools, but his primary occupation was as pastor of two churches in Wasco and San Luis Obispo. An ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church, he enjoyed golf, motor-home touring, reading the Bible, gardening and boxing. In his youth, he held the Golden Gloves boxing title 
He is survived by his wife, Florence Floyd of Grass Valley; daughters Danni Lee Brown of Bullhead City, Ariz., Linda Smith of Springfield, Mo., Sandra Fikes of Salinas and Rebecca Birch of Hay River, Northwest Territory, Canada; sons Joe Floyd of Oklahoma City, David Floyd of Grass Valley, Terry Floyd of Cholame, Paul Floyd of Cortez, Colo., Steve Floyd of Visalia and Samuel Floyd of Grass Valley; stepson, Ernie Furman of El Dorado Hills; sister, Ruby Miller of Roswell, N.M.; 32 grandchildren and more than 40 great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwendolyn in 1994; and son, Dempsey this year. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Debra Ann Barnes
Sat, Sep 23, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial services for former Grass Valley resident Debra Ann Barnes are planned at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Christian Life Church, 1699 Orchard Ave. in San Leandro. Burial will be private. 
Mrs. Barnes died Thursday, Sept. 21, in Alameda at age 42. She born in Oakland. 
Survivors include her husband, Randy Barnes; son, Joseph Barnes; mother, Barbara Mediati; sister, Deanne Hernandez; and two nieces and a nephew. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Mediati. 
Memorial contributions are preferred to the American Cancer Society, 1700 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94612. 
Greer Family Mortuary in Alameda is in charge of arrangements. 

Ruth Ingram
Thu, Sep 21, 2000 (Date of Pub.)
In accordance with her wishes, no services are planned for Ruth W. Ingram of Grass Valley. Burial will be at the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Crescent City. 
Mrs. Ingram died Monday, Sept.18, at a local hospital. She was 82. 
Born Nov. 12, 1917 in Grace, Idaho, she lived in Novato and Crescent City for many years before moving to Grass Valley. 
Mrs. Ingram is survived by her daughters Joanne Hill of Grass Valley and Lenia Dunphy of Novato; son, Douglas Ingram of Richland, Miss.; stepson, Donald Ingram of Vallejo; sisters Louise Wood and Dorothy Shaffer, both of Casa Grande, Ariz.; brothers Henry Wilson of Magna, Utah, and Ted Wilson of St. George, Utah; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert W. Ingram, in 1996. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.


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