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Bertha Parsons
Sat, Apr 7, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Bertha W. Parsons, 84, of Grass Valley died Thursday, April 5, in Grass Valley. 
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services. 
Mrs. Parsons was born on Nov. 21, 1916, in Geary, Okla., to James and Arneath (Burch) Wyman. She married Kyle Cramer on May 21, 1935, in Escondido. He died on Nov. 12, 1968. She married Frank Parsons in 1971; he died in 1976. Mrs. Parsons worked for the JC Penney Co. for 26 years at the Mill Street store in Grass Valley. 
She is survived by her son, J. Scott Cramer of Nevada City; daughter, Marjorie Rutter of Wilson, N.C.; brother, Harold Wyman of Escondido; sister, Neva Clark of San Diego; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands and daughter Norma Cramer Darrow. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. 

Alan Frederick
Mon, Apr 9, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Graveside services for Alan Edward Frederick of Grass Valley will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City. Pastor Richard Buhler of First Baptist Church of Nevada City will officiate. 
Mr. Frederick died Friday, April 6, in Grass Valley. He was 75. 
He was born in Sacramento on April 6, 1926, to Irene H. and the late Harley W. Frederick. 
He served at sea with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and was a phone installer with Pacific Bell for 36 years. A Grass Valley area resident for 23 years, he married Frances O. Este Frederick in 1971 in Nevada City. Mr. Frederick was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 20 of Sacramento and the First Baptist Church of Nevada City. He enjoyed gardening and model railroad collections. 
He is survived by his wife, Frances O. Frederick of Grass Valley; sons Scott and David Frederick, both of Sacramento; brother, Vern Frederick of Sacramento; and sister, Patricia Miller of Sacramento. 
Mr. Frederick was predeceased by a brother, Robert Frederick. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Nevada City, 300 Main St., Nevada City, 95959. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Clara Peterson
Sat, Aug 4, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Services will be held for Clara May Peterson of Nevada City on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City. 
Mrs. Peterson died Thursday, Aug. 2, at a local medical facility. She was 85. 
She was born Feb. 5, 1916, to Earl Henry and Alfreda Mary (Alfson) Billups in Alexandria, S.D. She was raised and attended school in McLaughlin, S.D. 
Mrs. Peterson came to California in 1939, and worked at the Stanford Lane Hospital in San Francisco before moving to Nevada City. There she met and married Chester R. Peterson in 1953. 
She owned and operated a florist shop on the site now occupied by the Chief Crazy Horse Saloon and managed the books for the family excavating company until her husband retired. 
Mrs. Peterson was active in Golden Empire Grange, Neva Rebekah Lodge and Business and Professional Women. In her earlier years, she enjoyed motor home camping and traveling with her husband in Europe and Hawaii. 
Survivors include a niece, Debra Rae Billups of Woodinville, Wash.; stepsons Neil and Lerry Peterson of Nevada City; step-grandsons Richard of Las Vegas, Jim of Citrus Heights, Dale of Grass Valley and Jeff of Fairfield; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester, in 1995. 

Darrell Piercy
Sat, Aug 4, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A celebration of life for Darrell W. Piercy will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, across from Seaman Lodge at Pioneer Park in Nevada City. 
Mr. Piercy died Monday, July 23, in Laguna Beach. He was 40. 
He was born on Aug. 2, 1960. He was raised in Nevada City and graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1978. He attended the University of Nevada at Reno and lived at Lake Tahoe for a few years. He spent the majority of the last 20 years as a business owner/entrepreneur in Redondo Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. 
He enjoyed traveling, casino gaming and most sports. He was an avid golfer. 
He is survived by his brother, Brian of Yuba City. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Piercy; and mother, Dorothy Piercy. 

Albert Benson
Fri, Aug 3, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Services for Albert Benson will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. 
Mr. Benson died Wednesday, Aug. 1. He was 70. 
He was born on Oct. 15, 1930, in New Rochelle, N.Y. He moved to the Sacramento area in 1942. After graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He returned to Sacramento and graduated from Sacramento State College. 
He moved to Washington for two years, Phoenix for seven years, then La Mesa for nine years before returning in 1986 to Grass Valley, where he spent the remainder of his life. He worked as a general contractor for 36 years. He was member of Peace Lutheran Church and the Gold Country German American Club. 
He is survived by his wife, Christa; mother, Sigrid Thorsen of Sacramento; sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Jack Meehan of Kirkland, Wash.; stepsister, Lynne Bottel of Nevada; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Glenn Rollins of Sacramento; son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Becky Benson of Cameron Park; son, Eric Benson of La Mesa; stepson, Tom Spol of Pleasanton; stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Ilona and Karl Enderle of Santa Cruz; three grandchildren; 12 step-grandchildren; two nieces; two nephews; and numerous cousins. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Benson; and stepfather, Tony Thorsen. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

Agnes Hybart
Thu, Aug 2, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A Mass of Christian burial for Agnes M. Hybart of North San Juan will be at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11 at St. John's Catholic Church in North San Juan. Burial will be next to her husband, Bert, in the North San Juan Catholic Cemetery. 
Mrs. Hybart died Thursday, July 26, in Grass Valley. She was 87. 
She was born on Sept. 9, 1913, in Victoria City, Texas, to Charles Ashley and Annie Katherine (Billo) Fagan. Mrs. Hybart married Stanley Bertrand "Bert" Hybart on March 13, 1944. They moved to California in 1944, and then in 1966 to North San Juan. Mrs. Hybart was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church, where she was the church organist. She played the organ at her husband's funeral, which was held at the church. 
Mrs. Hybart is survived by her daughter, Margaret Sims of Bend, Ore.; one grandson, one granddaughter, two great-granddaughters and one great-great-granddaughter, all of Oregon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Bertrand "Bert" Hybart, on Sept. 30, 1981. 
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Catholic Church in North San Juan. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Thomas Jamison
Thu, Aug 2, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Thomas Jamison, 88, of Penn Valley died Saturday, July 28, at the home of his daughter in Oregon House. 
No services are planned. 
Mr. Jamison was born and raised in San Francisco. He was a longtime member of the Teamsters Union in the Bay Area. He had been a resident of the Penn Valley area for 23 years. 
He is survived by his daughter, Marelyn Nicholson of Oregon House; brother, Robert Jamison of Redwood City; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Jamison; sisters Martha Arnott and Evelyn Dunn; and brother, Jack Jamison. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Holycross Memorial Services in Yuba City.

Nick Casci
Wed, Aug 1, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial services for Nick Casci will be conducted from noon to 4 p.m. on Aug. 11 at St. Canice Center, 236 Reward St. in Nevada City. 
Mr. Casci died Tuesday, July 17, in Prescott. He was 57. 
He was born on Nov. 1, 1943, in Nevada City to Phil Casci and Rose Agostini. Mr. Casci graduated from Mount St. Mary's High School and St. Mary's College. He worked as a chemical dependency technician at the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. Mr. Casci was active in Auburn Community Theater productions as an actor and director. He was most recently a resident of Prescott, Ariz. 
He is survived by his brothers Eugene Casci of Medas, Nev., and Lawrence Casci of Kings Beach; one niece and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nick Casci Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1130 Winton Drive, Concord, 94518.

Wayne Coen
Wed, Aug 1, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Private services will be conducted for Wayne "Dutch" Coen of Grass Valley. 
Mr. Coen died Sunday, July 29, in Grass Valley. He was 91. 
He was born on Jan. 31, 1910, in Altus, Okla. Mr. Coen married Ruth on Feb. 9, 1988, in Nevada. He worked for more than 50 years as a member of the Carpenters Union, Local No. 35. Mr. Coen was a member of the Golden Empire Sams. He enjoyed fishing, RV traveling, woodworking and helping others with buildings. 
Mr. Coen is survived by his wife, Ruth M. Coen of Grass Valley; daughters Joyce Kortuem of Coarsegold and Connie Eaton of Citrus Heights; stepdaughters Elsie Tullos of Yuba City, Joan Dunn of Penn Valley, Eleanor Jones of Arkansas and Betty Orear of Oklahoma; stepsons Jack Blevins of Marysville and Richard Blevins of Keyes; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edna M. Coen in 1982; and son, Dean Coen, in 1990. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor's choice. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Edwin Kern Jr.
Wed, Aug 1, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Edwin T. "Bud" Kern Jr., 78, of Grass Valley died Saturday, July 28, in Grass Valley. 
No services are planned. 
Mr. Kern was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Alameda to Edwin and Katherine Kern. He graduated from Alameda High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He married Mary on Jan. 18, 1982. He worked for AT&T. He enjoyed football, hunting, fishing, trips to Reno and being with his family. 
He is survived by his wife, Mary Kern of Grass Valley; son, Mike Kern of Bonanza, Ore.; granddaughters Danielle Raha of Newark, Michelle Bankhead and Jamie Hammer; grandsons Bren Kern and Torren Kern, both of Klamath Falls, Ore., Ron Conine and Mark and Jim Ironside; and great-granddaughter, Sierra Raha of Newark. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita Kern, and his parents. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. 

Terry Williams
Wed, Aug 1, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Services for the Rev. Terry A. Williams of Penn Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Nevada City Chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Interment will be at the New Elm Ridge Cemetery in Grass Valley. 
The Rev. Williams died Friday, July 27, at home. He was 59. 
He was born on July 23, 1942, in Arroyo Grande. He moved to Grass Valley from Buena Park six years ago. He retired from the Christian Church of Grass Valley. He was well-known throughout the community for his services at the fairgrounds, and through the Nevada County Ministerial Fellowship and Pray Nevada City. 
He enjoyed preaching, fishing, woodworking and camping. 
He is survived by his wife, Edda Williams; grandson, Chris Perry; sons and daughters-in-law Joseph and Staci Perry, Jim and Rene Perry and Jeff and Kim Perry; sons Jason and Todd Williams; daughter, Jodee Perry; brothers Dan and Mike Williams; and six grandchildren. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

William Wilson
Wed, Aug 1, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial services for William "Bill" Wilson of Grass Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church of Grass Valley, with reception to follow. 
Mr. Wilson died Monday, July 30, in a plane crash outside Park City, Utah. An avid pilot, he was returning from the AirVenture Fly-in in Oshkosh, Wis., at the time of the crash. He was 68. 
He was born on May 3, 1933, in Alton, Ill. He graduated from Alton High School and earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He worked for General Electric and Shell Chemical before founding Taurus Plastics, a manufacturing firm in San Leandro. After a long residence in Walnut Creek, he retired to Grass Valley four years ago. 
He enjoyed jazz music, San Francisco Giants baseball and San Francisco 49ers football. He was an active member of the Golden Empire Flying Association and enjoyed building his own aircraft. 
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marilyn; daughters Nancy Stone of Pecos, N.M., and Karen Simpson of Danville; son, Scott Wilson of Tucson, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Golden Empire Flying Association, P.O. Box 375, Grass Valley CA 95945.

Mildred Schneider
Wed, Aug 1, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial and celebration of life services for Mildred V. (Anderson) Schneider of Grass Valley will be conducted at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. 
Mrs. Schneider died Thursday, July 26, in Grass Valley. She was 85.

Lynne Wanke
Mon, Jul 30, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Lynne O. Wanke of Lake Wildwood died Friday, July 27, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. She was 66. 
Born Feb. 3, 1935, to Herbert and Ora Ihling, she graduated from high school in Guam and was married on Aug. 28, 1954, in Milwaukee. She belonged to the Allargandos, a singing club in Lake Wildwood; was a longtime member of the Sweet Adelines; and was an avid bridge player. 
Survivors include her husband, Tom Wanke of Lake Wildwood; sons Blaine J. Wanke of Camarillo and Gregg T. Wanke of Healdsburg; daughters Lori A. Rybarczyk of Benicia and Stacey L. Cook of San Jose; brother, Don Ihling of Alameda; sister, Barbara Mercier of Dunnellon, Fla.; and six grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions are preferred to the Cancer Aid Thrift Store in Grass Valley. 
The Neptune Society of Grass Valley is in charge of arrangements.

Homer Sims
Sat, Jul 28, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Graveside services will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Grass Valley for Homer Thomas Sims. Services will be conducted by the Rev. David Pummill of the First Christian Church in Marysville. 
Mr. Sims, a Grass Valley resident, died Wednesday, July 25, in Marysville. He was 82. 
He was born March 7, 1919, in Rockport, Ill., to Thomas and Mabel Myers Sims, and came to California in 1942. He married Alma on July 16, 1943, at Camp Beale. 
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was initially assigned to the last horse-mounted cavalry unit in the Army. He eventually served in Germany, where he became a prisoner of war before escaping. 
After the war, he worked as a produce manager for Lucky supermarkets in Auburn, Grass Valley and surrounding areas. He was a member of First Christian Church of Marysville. 
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Alma E. Sims of Grass Valley; daughter, Sheila Randal of Nevada City; sister, Iona Myers of Quincy, Ill.; granddaughter, Jennifer Randal of Reno; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
The family prefers donations to First Christian Church, 808 Eighth St., Marysville. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Mildred Schneider
Sat, Jul 28, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Services are pending for Mildred V. Schneider of Grass Valley. 
Mrs. Schneider died Thursday, July 26. She was 85. 
She was born Sept. 9, 1915, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Grant O. and Pearl (Coquilette) Anderson. She married Lloyd Schneider on April 30, 1936, in San Fernando. 
She worked at Lockheed Aircraft, then known as Vega Aircraft, as a riveter during World War II. She also worked as a personal property tax assessor for the county of Los Angeles in the 1950s, and as a swimming instructor in Woodland Hills. She was active in PTA, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts , Woodland Hills Community Church and Sweet Adelines. 
In 1975, Mrs. Schneider and her husband became two of the first full-time residents at Lake Wildwood, building a house and living there until 1988. They were active in the Penn Valley Community Church, Penn Valley Fire Auxiliary, Gold Dancers Club of Grass Valley, and played golf in the men's and women's golf associations at Lake Wildwood. 
They moved to Hemet in 1988, then she returned to live in Grass Valley in 1998. She was a member of United Methodist Church of Grass Valley and the Ladies Circle. She enjoyed sewing, baking, swimming, golf, crafts and making stained glass. 
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lloyd Schneider Jr. and Lynne Schneider of Tuolumne; daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Bob Underwood of Lake Wildwood; grandsons and their wives Bill and Jeanine Schneider of Overland Park, Kan., and Mike and Holly Underwood of Thousand Oaks; grandson, Tom Underwood of Palm Desert; granddaughter, Mary Rudewicz of Trabuco Canyon; great-grandchildren Ryan and Kevin Underwood, Jacob Schneider and Lauren Rudewicz; brother-in-law, Darwin Grosvenor of Nevada City; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Lloyd, in 1996; sisters Helen and Marjorie Anderson; brothers Clinton and Donald Anderson; and her parents. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, Habitat for Humanity or United Methodist of Church of Grass Valley. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Bruce Bauer
Sat, Jul 28, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A memorial service will be held Monday at noon in Pioneer Park for Bruce Jay Bauer of Nevada City. 
Mr. Bauer died Tuesday, July 24, in Nevada City. He was 53. 
He was born Sept. 17, 1947, in Tampa, Fla., and lived on the Monterey Peninsula for more than 45 years before moving to Nevada City. He graduated for Pacific Grove High School in 1965, and served in the U.S. Navy as a radar man from 1965-69. 
A graphic designer, his interests included art, photography, philosophy, the outdoors, and sharing the company of family and friends. 
He is survived by his wife, Helen of Nevada City; daughter, Raina, and son, Greg, both of Monterey; mother, Trude Conley of Monterey; brothers Phil of Sacramento, Danny of Portland, Ore., Barry of Middletown, Roger of Santa Maria, and Joe of Pacific Grove; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Web. 
Donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

James Baker
Fri, Jul 27, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A private inurnment will be held at a later date for former Nevada County resident James A. Baker. 
Mr. Baker died Tuesday, June 19, at a Carmichael medical facility, of cancer. He was 74. 
He was born Feb. 6, 1927, in Gridley to Virginia and Marcum Baker. He went to work after grammar school to help support his family and lived in several California communities before settling in Nevada County in 1941. 
He worked at local sawmills before service with the U.S. Navy from 1944-46. 
He became a butcher after leaving the Navy and worked for Purity Stores in Nevada City and Grass Valley. He was also a butcher for Busy Bee and 49er markets before moving to Marysville in 1978. He retired in 1990 due to poor health. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. 
He is survived by his son, Rick of Grass Valley; daughter, Cindy of Kenia, Ala.; stepdaughter, Terri Anderson of Sacramento; grandson, Ryan of Grass Valley; brothers Bob of Primeville, Ore., and Gary of Caldwell, Idaho; sister, Shirley Baker of Sacramento; and his former wife, Betty Baker of Grass Valley. 
He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Memorial contributions should be sent to the Cancer Aid Thrift Shop, 317 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley.

Louise Hovsepian
Fri, Jul 27, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
No services will be held for Louise Hovsepian of Nevada County, in accordance with the family's wishes. 
She died Monday, July 16, at a Grass Valley medical facility. She was 84. 
She was born June 20, 1917, in San Francisco to Thomas Seaton and Mary Burgess. She lived in Nevada County for 21 years. 
She is survived by her grandson, Michael; granddaughters Debi and Patti; and great-granddaughter, Katie. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

Marge Aleo
Thu, Jul 26, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A ceremony for Marge Aleo is scheduled at 3 p.m. Friday at New Elm Ridge Cemetery in Grass Valley. 
Ms. Aleo died Sunday, July 22. She was 79. 
Born Aug. 19, 1921, in Bend, Ore., she grew up in Grass Valley and spent most of her life in San Francisco. She worked for the San Francisco Water Department. 
Survivors include her daughters Carole, Valerie and Terry; and grandchildren Wyatt, Amanda and Ted. 

Sharon Morris
Thu, Jul 26, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Private services were conducted for Sharon Kay Morris of Grass Valley. 
Ms. Morris died Wednesday, July 11, at home. She was 43. 
She was born Sept. 12, 1957, in Ventura to Peggy (Welch) and Robert Morris. She completed 13 years of schooling and worked at Raley's market. She enjoyed gardening. 
Survivors include her sons Mike Morris and Skyler Hockett of Grass Valley; fiance, Tim Locatelli of Grass Valley; her parents Peggy and Robert Morris, sister, Patty Koeckritz and nephew, Jonny Souza, all of Missouri. 
Chapel of the Angels handled the arrangements.

Walter Warnecke
Thu, Jul 26, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A Mass for Nevada City native Walter Naughton Warnecke will begin at 8 a.m. Friday at St. Canice Catholic Church in Nevada City. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in 3Nevada City. 
Mr. Warnecke died Monday, July 23, at a local medical facility. He was 82. 
He was born Dec. 2, 1918, to Walter Henry and Mary Dorothea Grimes Warnecke. A lifelong Nevada City resident, he spent summers in Bloomfield, where his father worked for a mining water company. Mr. Warnecke graduated in 1936 from Nevada City High School and attended the University of California at Berkeley before going to work as an electrician. 
Before his retirement, he was employed locally as a union electrician and belonged to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 551 in Santa Rosa. He also worked on the railroad systems out of Willits. 
Mr. Warnecke enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and began cadet training, but was found to have a heart murmur and honorably discharged prior to active duty. 
A member of St. Canice Catholic Church in Nevada City, he enjoyed local deer hunting and fishing. 
He was preceded in death by his father in 1926, mother in 1978, and sister, Mary Jane Warnecke.


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