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Robert Upshaw
Wed, Oct 31, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Visitation for family and friends of Robert Upshaw of Grass Valley will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Services will be conducted there at 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel. Graveside services will follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Grass Valley. 
Mr. Upshaw died Saturday, Oct. 27, in Sacramento. He was 70. 
He was born on July 21, 1931, in Central, N.M., to Dee and Virginia Upshaw. He graduated from Alhambra High School in Martinez in 1949. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1954, and was in the reserves from 1954-59. He married Frances Ruark on Dec. 27, 1958, in Richmond. 
He worked as a field man with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for more than 35 years in various locations in California, retiring in 1991. He enjoyed fishing and working on household projects. 
He is survived by his wife, Frances Upshaw of Grass Valley; sons Bill Upshaw of Springfield, Mo., and Ronnie Upshaw of Nevada City; daughter, Candy Upshaw of Grass Valley; granddaughter, Acacia Upshaw-German of Grass Valley; and two other grandchildren. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Larry Ferrari
Wed, Oct 31, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A memorial Mass for Larry G. Ferrari of Penn Valley will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grass Valley. Burial will be at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Grass Valley. 
Mr. Ferrari died Thursday, Oct. 25, on Highway 20 in Grass Valley. He was 77. 
He was born on March 18, 1924, in San Jose to Charlie and Alice (Thomas) Ferrari. He was owner of Replacement Glass and Window Corp. He was married Jean Garton. 
He was a member of the Rotary, Knights of Columbus, St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Nevada City Elks and the Italian American Club. He enjoyed dancing and cruising. 
He is survived by his wife, Jean Ferrari of Penn Valley; daughters Dianne, Lisa and Starla Monique; and stepsons Dick and Don. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Aid Thrift Store, Hospice of the Foothills or Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Violet Trautz
Tue, Oct 30, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Violet M. Trautz, 77, of Penn Valley died Friday, Oct. 26, in Grass Valley. 
No services are planned at this time. 
Mrs. Trautz was born on March 27, 1924, in San Francisco. She married Harry O. Trautz on Dec. 24, 1945. 
She is survived by her husband, Harry O. Trautz of Penn Valley; daughters Karen N. Gifford and Blondie Trautz, both of Penn Valley; son-in-law, Robert Marc Gifford of Penn Valley; and grandchild, Murphy Gifford. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Irene Rattray
Tue, Oct 30, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Private services for Irene Carol Rattray of Auburn will be conducted. 
Mrs. Rattray died Monday, Oct. 22, in Auburn. She was 91. 
She was born on March 18, 1910, in Chicago to Robert and Mary Rowlinski. She graduated from the School of the Arts. 
She worked for See's Candies. She was a member of Calvary Chapel of Grass Valley. She enjoyed oil painting and gardening and was a rock hound. 
She is survived by her grandson, Mark Giaritta of Colfax; granddaughter, Fawn Bennet of Grass Valley; daughter, Joy of Nevada City; and adopted grandson, Richard Roberts of Auburn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rattray, in 1988; and brother, Skip Rowlinski, in 1995. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Jeanette Uren
Sat, Oct 27, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Private family memorial services for Jeanette Winifred Uren will be conducted at a later date. 
Mrs. Uren died Thursday, Oct. 18, at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville. She was 74. 
She was born on May 4, 1927, in Modesto. She was a resident of Philomath, Ore., and former resident of Live Oak and Grass Valley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Moose and the Elks lodges. 
She is survived by her husband, Ernest Uren; daughters Judith Uren of Grass Valley, Elizabeth Johnson of Maxwell and Ellen Uren of Sacramento; sons Thomas Uren of Reno and Daniel Uren of Virginia Beach, Va.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hutchison and Carnes Colonial Chapel in Marysville.

Erol Richards
Sat, Oct 27, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial services for Erol Richards of Grass Valley will be conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at Banner Grange on McCourtney Road. For information, call Ronda Ault at 273-7733. 
Mr. Richards died Monday, Oct. 8. He was 89. 
He was born Nov. 28, 1911, in Grass Valley to Lester and Amelia Richards. He was a local rancher who raised purebred Angus cattle at Bonnie View Acres Ranch on McCourtney Road. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a master sergeant during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. 
He was active in Nevada County 4-H and the Nevada County Purebred Beef Breeders Association. He was a past master and active member of the Banner Grange. He and his late wife, Dorothy, enjoyed traveling with the Golden Empire Good Sams. He enjoyed nature, hunting, fishing, gardening, jewelry making and birds. 
He is survived by his stepsons and daughters-in-law Bill and Mimi Pascoe of Sacramento and Kent and Barbara Pascoe of Grass Valley; stepgrandson and stepgranddaughter-in-law, Tim and Rowena Pascoe of Fresno; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Ronda and Larry Ault of Chester; sisters-in-law Dolores Richards and Bernice Pingree, both of Grass Valley; nephew and wife, Bill and Louise Mills of Grass Valley; nephew, Gary Richards of Ventura; nieces and their husbands Judy and Don Boom, Carol and Jeff Jackson, and Mary and Chip Gauthier, all of Grass Valley; and numerous cousins; grandnieces; grandnephews; and two great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; brother, Fred Richards; sister, Lucille Mills; and granddaughter, Jayne Pascoe Stearns.

Ruth Harrison
Fri, Oct 26, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Graveside memorial services for Ruth Angelia Harrison of Nevada City will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City. 
Mrs. Harrison died Sunday, Oct. 21, in Auburn. She was 91. 
She was born July 21, 1910, in Lola, Kan., to Lee Ota McHatton and Julia Pearl McHatton. She married Elvin M. Hildebrand in Kansas in 1929; he died in 1976. In 1985, she married John M. Harrison in Reno; he died in 1995. 
Mrs. Harrison was an avid gardener, bridge player, bowler and square-dancer. 
She is survived by a sister, Leota Baker of Iola, Kan.; a brother, Leo McHatton of El Dorado, Kan.; stepsons Phillip C. Harrison of Grass Valley and Richard Harrison of Auburn; and numerous stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
Preceding Mrs. Harrison in death were her husbands; stepson, James W. Harrison, in 1990; and stepgrandsons John A. Harrison in 1996, and Zachery A. Harrison in 1985. 
Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor's choice. 
Hooper and Weaver Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Hanson
Thu, Oct 25, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Donald D. Hanson, 73, of Grass Valley died Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Grass Valley. 
No services will be conducted. 
Mr. Hanson was born Jan. 28, 1928, in Hollywood. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He attended the University of Southern California and was affiliated with the Phi Gamma Delta national Greek fraternity. He worked for the Lockheed Missiles and Space Division until his retirement in 1985. 
He is survived by his wife, Doris L. "Dodie" Hanson of Grass Valley and daughters Susan of Folsom and Karen Nowosad of Rocklin. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

Ray Litchfield
Wed, Oct 24, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial services for Ray Lynn Litchfield of Penn Valley will be conducted at a later date. 
Mr. Litchfield died Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Grass Valley. He was 74. 
He was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Sweetwater, Texas, to J. Lee Litchfield and Grace Truman Armstrong. He graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario, Calif., and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46. He married Alameda on Aug. 28, 1949, in Pomona. 
He worked for Wildwood West Real Estate as a Realtor associate. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and was a Past Patron of Eastern Star and Past Star of the West. He enjoyed collectibles and antiques. 
He is survived by his wife, Alameda Litchfield of Penn Valley; sons Michael Litchfield of Loyalton and Jeffrey Litchfield of Penn Valley; aunt, Flora Litchfield of Upland; sister-in-law, Patricia Litchfield of Rough and Ready; stepbrothers Wayne and Robert Nelson of Ontario; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his father, J. Lee Litchfield, in 1939; mother, Grace Litchfield, in 1978; brother, J. Don Litchfield, in 1995; and uncle, Kermit Litchfield, in 1991. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

John Bartsch Jr.
Wed, Oct 24, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Graveside memorial services for John Christian Bartsch Jr. of Grass Valley will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Nevada City. 
Mr. Bartsch died Thursday, Oct. 18, at Auburn Faith Hospital. He was 64. 
He was born on Aug. 16, 1937, in Nevada City to John Christian Bartsch Sr. and Alice Marie Day. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-58. Mr. Bartsch married Irene March 11, 1973, in Reno. 
He was a truck driver for Robinson Timber, Graham Brothers, Benuzzi Brothers and other companies before retiring in 1997 for health reasons. He enjoyed keeping his truck No. 27 cleaned and polished, and doing yard work. 
Mr. Bartsch is survived by his wife, Irene Bartsch of Grass Valley; daughter, Sheri Straub of Grass Valley; son, John Bartsch of Colfax; stepdaughter, Jenell Harrold of Grass Valley; stepsons Kim Harrold of Nevada City and Darren Harrold of San Luis Obispo; brother, Jim Bartsch of Grass Valley; son, Joe Swazey of Detroit; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pat Novack; and son, James Bartsch. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

Jeanette Uren
Tue, Oct 23, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Private family memorial services for Jeanette Winfred Uren will be conducted at a later date. 
Mrs. Uren died Thursday, Oct. 18, at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville. She was 74. 
She was born on May 4, 1927, in Modesto. She was a resident of Philomath, Ore., and former resident of Live Oak and Grass Valley. 
She was a homemaker and a member of the Moose and the Elks lodges. 
She is survived by her husband, Earnest Uren; daughters Judith Uren of Grass Valley, Elizabeth Johnson of Maxwell and Ellen Uren of Sacramento; sons Thomas Uren of Reno and David Uren of Virginia Beach, Va.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hutchison and Carnes Colonial Chapel in Marysville.

Douglas Simpson
Mon, Oct 22, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A memorial service for Douglas H. Simpson of the California Veterans Home in Yountville is scheduled there at 10 a.m. Nov. 15. Private burial will be at the Veterans Home Cemetery. 
Mr. Simpson died Thursday, Oct. 18, at Holderman Hospital in Yountville at the age of 82. 
Born May 25, 1919, in Janesville, Wis., to the late Robert Henry and Emily Moore Simpson, he moved to California with his family in 1923. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and during World War II, was a link trainer flight instructor. In 1945, Mr. Simpson served in Tokyo with the Strategic Bombing Survey. 
After a brief contracting career in Fresno, he moved to Berkeley, where he majored in economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He became involved in student housing and the political movements of the 1960s and '70s. He and Elaine Wesley were married in Berkeley, and in 1975, they moved to rural Grass Valley, where they lived for nearly 25 years. Mr. Simpson belonged to the Grass Valley Senior Center Writers Group and was a frequent letter writer to The Union during the 1980s and '90s. He moved to the California Veterans Home in 1999. 
Survivors include his wife, Elaine W. Simpson of Yountville; son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Alison Simpson of Eire, Colo.; sisters Mollie Hughes of Santa Barbara and Ellen Simpson of San Francisco; and a grandson, Tristan Simpson. 
Memorial contributions are preferred to a favorite charity. 
Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. 

William Shiner
Mon, Oct 22, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
A rosary for William "Bill" Ross Shiner will be said at 6 p.m. today at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City. A Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Canice Catholic Church, followed by burial at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Grass Valley. 
Mr. Shiner died Thursday, Oct. 18. He was 64. 
He was born in Price, Utah, on Aug. 25, 1937, to Ross and Sophia (Frick) Shiner. He moved to Fresno in 1952. He joined the Air Force at 17 and spent most of the next four years in French Morocco, where he advanced to the rank of sergeant. After leaving the service, he attended Fresno Community College and Coalinga Junior College, where he met Carla James, whom he married in Coalinga in 1960. He joined the Palo Alto Fire Department in 1960, where he worked for 31 years, rising to the rank of fire captain. He also worked as a real estate agent for 20 years, with Fox & Carskadon and Coldwell Banker in Sunnyvale. 
A member of St. Canice Catholic Church in Nevada City and the Nevada City Elks Lodge, he loved to hunt and fish. 
Mr. Shiner is survived by his wife, Carla of Nevada City; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jonna Shiner of Brentwood; son Robert Shiner of Redding; sister, Bernadette Minnite of Three Rocks; brother, Jim Shiner of San Diego; grandchildren Ross and Jennifer Shiner of Brentwood; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jack Shiner. 
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95949. 
Hooper and Weaver Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Georgina Rausch
Sat, Oct 20, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Private services for Georgina "Jeanne" Rausch of Grass Valley will be conducted. 
Mrs. Rausch died Wednesday, Oct. 17, at home. She was 81. 
She was born on Jan. 2, 1920, in Chandler, Ariz. 
She enjoyed bird watching, needlework, her family and rose gardens. 
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Albert Rausch of Grass Valley; sons Albert Rausch Jr. of Martinez, Daniel Rausch of El Dorado Hills and Christopher Rausch of Oakland; brothers A.E. Mott of Grass Valley and William Mott of Citrus Heights; and six grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels.

Elton 'Dick' Plant
Sat, Oct 20, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial services for Elton "Dick" Plant, 79, of Grass Valley will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. in Elk Grove. Interment will be private. 
Mr. Plant died Wednesday, Oct. 17. 
He was a native of Texas. He had lived in Grass Valley for 20 years. 
He is survived by his children Frank Plant of Nevada, Fran Campbell of Elk Grove and Eltonia Plant of Santa Rosa; siblings Ola Smirthwaite of Idaho and Alva Sanders of New Mexico; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross. 
Arrangements are under the direction of the Elk Grove Funeral Chapel.

Selena Abbott-Rainsbarger
Sat, Oct 20, 2001 (Date of Pub.)
Memorial services for Selena Abbott-Rainsbarger of Nevada City will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian Life Church in Grass Valley. A celebration of life and potluck will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nevada County Sportsmen's Club in Nevada City. 
Mrs. Abbott-Rainsbarger died Saturday, Oct. 13, in Nevada City. She was 24. 
She was born on Feb. 28, 1977, in Grass Valley to Craig and Helene Abbott. She attended Nevada Union High School and Sierra College. She married Richard Rainsbarger on May 1, 1995, in Stateline, Nev. 
She was a member of Christian Life Church. She enjoyed writing, art, snowboarding, hiking and traveling. 
She is survived by her husband, Richard Rainsbarger of Nevada City; parents Craig and Helene Abbott; mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law, Daisy and Steven Gallisdorfer of Grass Valley; father-in-law, Richard Rainsbarger Sr. of Weimar; grandparents Charles and Helen Holt of Stockton, Earl and Elaine Abbott of Martinez, Mary and Everett Holt of Maxwell and Marie and George Rainsbarger of Penn Valley; brothers-in-law Shaun Rainsbarger of Solano and Jesse Gallisdorfer of Bangor, Wash.; sisters-in-law Adair Gallisdorfer of El Dorado Hills and April and Elizabeth Rainsbarger of Vacaville; aunts and uncles Charles H. "Hal" Holt of Mastic, N.Y., Hazel and Mark Niles of Bridgeport, Ore., Russell and Donna Abbott of Martinez, Sharon and Greg England of Martinez; nephew, Kace Rainsbarger of Weimar; and numerous cousins and extended family. She was preceded in death by her nephew, Brandon Rainsbarger, in 1999. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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