Miscellaneous Nevada County, California
Obituaries - 2001

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Mildred Moore
Thu, Feb 1, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Mildred Moore of Mountain Home, Idaho, died there Tuesday, Jan. 23. 
In accordance with her wishes, there were no services. 
Mrs. Moore was born on July 8, 1907, in Boston. She was a longtime Nevada County resident before moving to Mountain Home. 
She is survived by her daughters Mildred Kallio of Duluth, Minn., Joyce Demarest of University Place, Wash., and Sue Watson of Redding; daughters and sons-in-law Jean and Fred Byers of Indian, Ark., and Mary and Stuart Ivey of Mountain Home; 23 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest "Red" Moore. 

Andrew Shvetzoff
Wed, Jan 31, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A memorial service for Andrew "Andy" Dimitri Shvetzoff of Nevada City will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Wesleyan Church, 453 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley. 
Mr. Shvetzoff, a volunteer with the Nevada County Sheriff's Department, died Sunday, Jan. 28, at his home. 

Leland Hickman
Thu, Feb 1, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A memorial Mass for Leland John Hickman of Penn Valley will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grass Valley. 
Mr. Hickman died, Sunday, Jan. 28, at home. He was 77. 
He was born on May 5, 1923, in Royal, Iowa, to Merrel and Agnes Hickman. Mr. Hickman enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on April 15, 1943, and he trained to become an aircraft armorer. Mr. Hickman served throughout Europe. His decorations and awards included the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one silver service star and four bronze service stars, the Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and the World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Hickman was honorably discharged on Oct. 16, 1945. 
He was retired from the Shaklee Corp. in Hayward. Mr. Hickman was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 819 in San Leandro and the Foothill Lions Club in Loma Linda. He enjoyed bird-watching and sports, especially the Oakland A's and the Oakland Raiders. He enjoyed vacationing in Maui and traveling to spring training annually to see the A's in Phoenix. 
He is survived by his sister, Darlyne Reed of Cool; son and daughter-in-law, Randall J. and Cathy Hickman of Sacramento; daughter, Sharon Rae Burton of Castro Valley; daughters and sons-in-law Susan Ann and Robert Sudduth of Elk Grove, Marie E. and Robert Dawkins of Daly City, Rebecca Ann and Joseph Havens of Castro Valley and Jacquelyn Ruth and Jack C. Barber of Dublin; grandchildren Brian and Dominic Leland Hickman, Maia Jackson, Clif and David Dawkins, Stephani Ebinger, Jeffery Taylor and Jessica and Julia Havens; great-granddaughter, Ashlee Ann Dawkins; and nephews Stephen and Bill Reed. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Foothill Lions Club in Loma Linda. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels. 

Frank Prigley (1/30)
Tue, Jan 30, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Frank Joseph Prigley of Grass Valley, died Friday, Jan. 26, at home. He was 84. 
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services. 
Mr. Prigley was born on Oct. 14, 1916, in Corbin, Mont. He married Lillian in 1937, in Reno, and worked at the North Star, Idaho-Maryland, Brunswick and several other mines in the area. At one time, he owned Frank's Shoe Repair Shop. He also worked at Fort Ord, Camp Beale, Aerojet and at the Folsom Dam. He retired from Otis Elevator in 1967. 
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lillian; son and daughter-in-law, Frank Earl and Beverly Prigley of Sacramento; daughter-in-law, Kathy Prigley of Castro Valley; grandson, James Patrick Prigley of Sacramento; granddaughter, Tonya Prigley of Castro Valley; and great-grandchildren Brandon and Vicky Prigley. 
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Richard Prigley; brother, Joseph Prigley; sisters Patricia Golden, Ann Verzyvelt and Rose Osborne; and grandson, Bradley Joseph Prigley. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Aid Thrift Shop, 317 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley, 95945. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels. 

Phyllis Butz 
Tue, Jan 30, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Services for Phyllis Butz of Grass Valley will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Grass Valley. 
Mrs. Butz died Sunday, Jan. 28, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She was 97. 
Born on Sept. 13, 1903, in Garden Valley in Yuba County to Harold and Charlotte Nelson, she attended school through the ninth grade. She married Fred H. Butz on Feb. 8, 1922, in Santa Cruz and was a homemaker. 
She was a member of Methodist Church organizations, the United Methodist Women, the Anna Howard Shaw Circle and the Friendly Club; Native Daughters of the Golden West; Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Farm Bureau; the North San Juan Birthday Club; and North Gold Seniors. 
Mrs. Butz enjoyed hunting, gardening, reading, poetry, sewing, quilting and clipping soup labels for McCurdy School and Henderson House. She started the Fred and Phyllis Butz Scholarship Fund for Nevada Union High School. 
She is survived by her daughters Thelma Gates of Grass Valley and Lois Butz of North San Juan; son, Fred H. Butz of Grangeville, Idaho; sisters Carol Ames of Cupertino, Isabel Sindel of Forest Hill and Harriet Servid of Lynden, Wash.; brothers William Nelson of Los Gatos and David Nelson of Paradise; brother-in-law, Merle Butz of North San Juan; three grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred H. Butz in 1972; and grandson, Russell Gates in 1983. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Church Building Fund, 236 S. Church St., Grass Valley; or to a favorite charity. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Irene Brusseau
Sat, Jan 27, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Private arrangements for Irene B. Brusseau of Nevada City have been completed with the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. 
Mrs. Brusseau died Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Grass Valley. She was 85. 
She was born on Aug. 22, 1915, in Arizona. Mrs. Brusseau had lived in Nevada County for 28 years. She married John M. Brusseau in 1972, in Sacramento. Mrs. Brusseau served with the Goleta School District in Goleta for 30 years, including as secretary to the superintendent. 
She is survived by her husband, John M. Brusseau of Nevada City; daughter, Donna Silva of Nevada City; sons Don Lee Knapp of Morro Bay and Jack Knapp of California; and numerous grandchildren. 

Dorothy Hylton
Sat, Jan 27, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Friends and family of Dorothy A. Hylton of Grass Valley are invited to a celebration of her life at her home from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday. 
Mrs. Hylton died Sunday, Jan. 21, at home. She was 80. 
She was born on Sept. 20, 1920, in Toronto, to Gordon and Gwendolyn Julia (Morden) Ferguson. Mrs. Hylton was raised and attended school in Toronto, graduating from the University of Toronto in 1942, with a bachelor of arts degree in biological and medical science. 
That year, Mrs. Hylton went to work at the Ontario Research Center where she remained until 1946, engaged in work related to the war effort. In 1948, she moved to Picton, and went into the canning business, and in 1950, with her mother, bought East Lake Canners and worked there until its sale in 1977. 
During a six-month trip around the world in 1965, she met and married Billy Hylton, the captain of the ship. A frequent traveler, she visited many foreign countries. 
In 1977, they retired to their property in Nevada County. She enjoyed playing bridge and golf and fishing. She was a member of the Nevada County Ladies Bridge Association and WPCA No. 14 - Widowed Persons Association of California. She also played bridge with the Forest Springs Ladies group. 
Her survivors are her brother, Frank Trebell, nieces Joanne and Kathy Trebell, and nephew, Michael Trebell, all of Vancouver Island, British Columbia; sister-in-law, Eileen MacDonald Ferguson, nieces Pat and Laureen Ferguson (and her children Shauna and Natasha), all of Montreal; and nephews, John Ferguson of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Scott Ferguson of Ottawa. She was preceded in death by her mother, Gwen Trebell; husband, Bill Hylton; and brothers Fred Trebell and Donald Ferguson. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945. 
Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society. of Grass Valley. 

Bessie Hopkins
Sat, Jan 27, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Visitation for family and friends of Bessie Opal Hopkins of Auburn will be from 3-7 p.m. Monday at Chapel of the Hills, 1331 Lincoln Way in Auburn. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Newcastle District Cemetery, 850 Taylor Road in Newcastle. 
Mrs. Hopkins died Friday, Jan. 26, in Auburn. She was 97. 
She was born on Dec. 11, 1903, in Sunnyside, Okla. After about 20 years, Mrs. Hopkins retired as a sales clerk, having worked for various drugstores and for Sprouse Reitz store in Grass Valley. She was also a homemaker. 
Mrs. Hopkins enjoyed her children and grandchildren. She had lived in Cedar Ridge for over 50 years before moving to Auburn nine years ago. 
Mrs. Hopkins is survived by her sons Jack Hopkins of Auburn and Robert Hopkins of Union Hill; brothers Joe and Eddie Marsh of San Diego; sister, Fran Bowers of Michigan; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Hills.

Bryon Hall
Sat, Jan 27, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Services for former Grass Valley resident Bryon Henderson Hall were conducted Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Hull's Walnut Creek Chapel in Walnut Creek. Burial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Haaland Family Funeral Chapel, 202 North Main St. in Linden, Texas. 
Mr. Hall died Saturday, Jan. 20, in Walnut Creek. He was 75. 
He was born on Nov. 4, 1925, in Linden. Mr. Hall served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then in the American Merchant Marine until 1991. He did duty in the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf wars. 
Mr. Hall was past president of the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans and former vice-president of the American Merchant Marine Veterans; was a retired lieutenant junior grade in the Navy Reserve; a member of Marine Engineers Beneficial Association and Marine Firemen, Oilers and Wipers Union; a graduate of the Maritime School in Alameda and the Russ Law School of Engineering in Oakland. 
He had lived in Grass Valley and Walnut Creek. 
Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters Chris (Wende) Shurtleff of El Sobrante and Corrine Thomas of Sun Valley, Nev.; son, Bryon Hall II of Honolulu; grandson, Erik Shurtleff of El Sobrante; granddaughter, Rebecca Shurtleff of El Sobrante; stepson and wife, Scott and Tracy Cameron of Grass Valley; stepgrandson, Donald; brothers Horace of Vallejo, Paul of Gilmer, Texas, and John and his wife, Patricia, of Longview, Texas; brother-in-law, Harold Aronson of Sparks, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Hellen Rice Bonner of Shreveport, La. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Merchant Marine Veterans World War II Memorial; the American Merchant Marine Veterans Monument, Golden Gate Chapter; or the Livingston Foundation Medical Center, 3232 Duke Street, San Diego. 

Robert Best
Fri, Jan 26, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Private memorial services for Robert E. Best of Grass Valley are planned. 
Mr. Best died Wednesday, Jan. 24, at a local hospital. He was 70. 
He was born on Nov. 5, 1930, at his grandmother's home in San Leandro. Mr. Best had lived in Nevada County since 1968. He was self employed as a general contractor and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp., serving from 1947-51. 
Mr. Best collected antique glass and stamps and was a rockhound. He was a commercial grower of elephant garlic under the Best Farms label. Mr. Best was also a Little League coach. He was a member of the Grass Valley Moose Lodge and director of the I.D.G.A.S. Club. 
Mr. Best is survived by his wife, Marge Best; sons Robert E. Best Jr. of Lake of the Pines, Mike Best of Folsom, Ron Best of Grass Valley and John Best of Alta Sierra; stepsons Richard Arambula of Phoenix and Peter Arambula of Tucson, Ariz.; uncle and aunt, Joe and Mary Grace Neves of Grass Valley; aunt, Eleanor Tarling of Vancouver, Canada; and seven grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Aid Thrift Shop. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels. 

Leo Calestini
Fri, Jan 26, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial Mass for Leo B. Calestini of Lake Wildwood will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grass Valley. 
Mr. Calestini died Tuesday, Jan. 23, at a local hospital. He was 94. 
He was born on March 29, 1906, in San Francisco. He moved from the Bay Area to Lake Wildwood in 1979. He worked in the garment industry as a sales representative for 50 years. He was a member of the Colombo Club and the Alameda Elks for 58 years, and was an honorary member of the Diablo Country Club. He enjoyed golf, traveling, dancing and baseball. He was also a survivor of the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco and enjoyed attending survivor reunions. 
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis A. Calestini of Lake Wildwood; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Loretta Calestini of Stockton and Stephen and Sue Calestini of Dixon; stepchildren Julie Hein of Kent, Wash., Kevin Brown of Helena, Mont., and Shane Brown of Davis; grandchildren Mark, Daniel, Scott and Kim Calestini, Debbie Mar, Traci Klatt, Keeli McClearnen and Joshua Hein; and great-grandchildren Kristin and Keri King, Jacquelin and Stephanie Calestini, and Ashley McClearnen. He was preceded in death by his sons Robert and Michael; and sister, Leona Bork. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

Lola Beitz
Thu, Jan 25, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Lola Louise Beitz, 79, of Grass Valley died Monday, Jan. 22, at home. 
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grass Valley. 
Mrs. Beitz was born on July 8, 1921, in Pueblo, Colo., to Oscar and Bertha Schneider. She married John L. Beitz. They moved from San Diego to Grass Valley in 1956. She was a homemaker and also worked with her husband in their jewelry store, Beitz Jewelry in Grass Valley, until he retired in 1978. She enjoyed sewing, hat-box making and walking. 
She is survived by her sons, Frank Beitz of Monterey, Jim Beitz of Nevada City and Bob Beitz of Reno; daughter, Joyce Kramer of Folsom; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Beitz, in July 1986. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills or Cancer Aid Thrift Store. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Ruby Brass
Thu, Jan 25, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Visitation for family and friends of Ruby Fern Brass of Grass Valley will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Services will follow there at 2 p.m. Friday. Burial will be at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City. 
Mrs. Brass died Sunday, Jan. 21, in Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. She was 87. 
She was born on Nov. 6, 1913, in Kansas City, Mo., to Herman and Electa Law. She married Leonard Brass on Jan. 26, 1946. She retired from United Airlines in San Francisco in 1975. She had worked with the company since the early 1940s starting in Cheyenne, Wyo. Mrs. Brass was an avid gardener. She enjoyed traveling, art classes and painting. 
Mrs. Brass is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Robert Johnson of Santa Clara; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Brenda Allen of Grass Valley; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Ellen and Mike Haskuvec of Boulder, Colo.; grandsons and wives Gregg and Jeannine Rathborne of Scottsdale, Ariz., Wally and Julie Rask of Los Gatos, and Sean and Kelly Allen of San Jose; grandsons Ted Fowler of Campbell, Andy Fowler of Santa Clara and Mitchell Allen of Washington; granddaughter and husband, Lynn and Mark Miano of Los Gatos; and great-grandchildren Katie and Gina Miano, both of Los Gatos, David, Devin and Michaela Allen, all of San Jose, and Gunnar Rask of Los Gatos. She was preceded in death by her son, William "Billy" Brass in 1951; and husband, Leonard W. Brass in 1991. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Betty Johnson
Thu, Jan 25, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial services for Betty Joyce Johnson of Grass Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chapel of the Angels in Grass Valley. 
Mrs. Johnson died Friday, Jan. 19, at home. She was 78. 
She was born on Nov. 15, 1922, at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to Mary and Joseph H. Dornblaser. She served as one of the Navy WAVES - Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service - during World War II and later during the Korean conflict, during which she met and married Wesley D. Johnson, in Kingman, Ariz. 
She enjoyed swimming and teaching swimming. She served as a Red Cross volunteer and in various other volunteer capacities wherever her Marine husband's assignments took them. They settled in Grass Valley in 1979. She was active with and became a life member of the Soroptimist International of Grass Valley. 
She is survived by her husband, Wes; son, Chris; stepdaughter, Judith Griswald; and sister-in-law, Wilma Civerelli. 
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. 

Beatrice Miller 
Thu, Jan 25, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A rosary for Beatrice M. Miller of Citrus Heights will be said at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holy Family Church in Citrus Heights. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grass Valley, followed by burial at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Grass Valley. 
Mrs. Miller died Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Homestead Senior Community in Fair Oaks. She was 75. 
She was born on July 23, 1925, in Beverly, Mass., to Emma Roseanna Sunjea and William Watson. She graduated from high school in Wellesley Hills, Mass., and attended two years at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Mrs. Miller served in the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1944-46 and retired as a sergeant. 
She began her banking career at Mother Lode Bank in Grass Valley in 1969. Mrs. Miller worked for Wells Fargo Bank for 20 years as a loan officer. 
She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, Christ the King Retreat House and Knights of Columbus. She helped teach classes for children with special needs. Mrs. Miller enjoyed decorating her home, catering with her daughter, spending time with her grandchildren and taking communion to the homebound. 
Mrs. Miller is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Venessa Miller of Auburn; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and James Karr of Sacramento; grandsons Jacob and Aaron Miller; granddaughters Lindsey Miller and Nicole Hartung; great-grandsons Anthony Michael and Timothy Christopher of Sacramento; sisters Lillian DeLorie and Helen Calvairie, both of Massachusetts; and brother, Arthur Watson of Massachusetts. She was preceded in death by her son, Gary Miller in 1966; mother in 1993; and father in 1963. 
Memorial contributions may be made to programs for children or to Christ the King Retreat. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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