Arthur F. Loveland 1936 – 2017

Arthur F. Loveland
July 23, 1936 – July 29, 2017

On Saturday, July 29, Arthur Frank Loveland, 81, from Downieville, and more recently Boise, Idaho, passed away in peace. He was born July 23, 1936 to Frank Loveland and Barbara (Loveland) Peterson in Alton. Throughout his life Art lived in many beautiful locations in California, along with an adventure to Idaho where he was the co-owner of a bar and restaurant. He found his true place to call home in Downieville.
If you were lucky to have sat down with Dad, you probably got to listen to a story about the adventures he had throughout life. These stories were of times as a child growing up with his sister, Dorothy, the 20 years of service in the Army National Guard, years spent as a California Highway Patrol Officer, passion for fast cars, fishing trips, gold mining and most of all his beloved family.
Dad, through our eyes you will always be an artist, cook, story teller, disassembler extraordinaire, intelligent, adventurous, articulate, fun-loving, fisherman, gold miner, car enthusiast, veteran, service man and caring. We love you and will always be blessed to call you our brother, Uncle Artie and Dad.
Survivors include his children: son, Karl (Leona) of Arkansas; daughter Diana (Brad) Duncan of Idaho; grandchildren: Tyler Roper and Breanna Duncan of Idaho; Weiland Loveland of Colorado; Sascha and Gabriel Loveland of Arkansas; sister Dorothy Langley of California; nephew Pete Langley of California; three nieces; Coreen Meulrath, Carolyn Jones and Linda Young of California, as well as many loved cousins and friends. Art was preceded in death by his father, Frank; mother, Barbara and step-father Clarence Peterson.
A celebration of Art’s life will be planned in the place he loved, Downieville.
We love you Dad, you will always be with us!
Remembrances may be left for the family at Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian, Idaho.

Warren J. Creswell 7/19/17

Warren J. Creswell
June 13, 1932 – July 13, 2017

Warren J. Creswell passed away in Reno on July 13, 2017. He moved to Sierra City in 1994.
There will be a memorial service at Hooper & Weaver in Nevada City at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 5.
Donations can be made to your favorite cancer thrift shop in Warren’s memory.7/19/17

Mary Mutschler Vannoy 1930 – 2017

Mary M. Vannoy

Mary Mutschler Vannoy passed away on June 10, 2017 in Grass Valley. She and her late husband, Eric, were long time residents of Downieville, until Mary moved to Cascades Residential Treatment facility in Grass Valley, 3 years ago.

Mary was born in St Cloud Minnesota in 1930 to Lawrence Valentine Mutschler and Leah Mildred (Luther), living there with her 6 brothers and sisters. At the age of 18, after graduating from high school, Mary moved to Reno to help her sister, Jean, care for Jean’s daughters: Cynthia, Leah, and Gretchen Geyer. She met and married Herb Warner Kinnell in 1950 and together they had 4 children: Jeff, Kim, Lori, and Shannon. She and Herb divorced in 1970.
In 1972 while working at Harold’s Club, Mary met Eric Vannoy. Mary counted money in the vault and Eric was a slot machine manager. She tried her hand as a 21 dealer but cried every time someone lost. Mary and Eric married and started looking for a place to retire in the future. Mary had spent many summers camping with her children and friends at Yuba Cabins outside Downieville. She and Eric started making weekend trips to Downieville and in 1984 they purchased a home. It was a fixer upper and they spent their days off working on the house, finally moving in sometime in the year 1985.
Shortly after, Mary’s mother, Mildred Leah Mutschler, suffering dementia, moved in with the couple. Mary and Eric cared for Mildred for 8 years, spending many years walking around town to keep up the health of Mary’s mother. Mary’s favorite spot to visit during her morning walks was the Marcantonio Bakery. Eric, having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, was soon using an electric scooter. Mary and Eric were often seen riding the scooter together around town. They were true love birds, very seldom being apart from each other. Eric died in 2007 leaving Mary devastated, and soon battling her own health issues, having been diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2013 Mary was diagnosed with dementia and shortly after, with the help of her two best friends, Debbie Wilson and Sandy Villarreal, moved to Cascades Residential. Until her passing, Mary talked fondly of her years in Downieville and her love for Eric.
Mary is survived by her her brother, John Mutschler of Southern CA, son, Kim Kinnell of Marysville, daughter, Lori Kinnell Prorok of Bellingham, WA, daughter-in-law Jane Miles Kinnell (Jeff) of Tucson AZ, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Jean (Geyer), Elizabeth (Jirucha), Pauline (Knollenberg), Nancy (Taylor) brother Lawrence; and sons Jeff and Shannon.
Mary would want to be remembered as cheerfully walking through the streets of Downieville, holding hands with her one true love, Eric, or playing in her yard full of bright red poppies that she spent so many years tending.
There will be no funeral as Mary was a free spirit and left her desire to have her ashes spread back to this great earth, leaving only the sound of her sweet laughter. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary’s name to Western Sierra Residential Center (Joyce White) or the Downieville Lion’s Club.

Cecilia Benedicta Kuhn 1956 – 2017

Cecilia Benedicta Kuhn

Cecilia Benedicta Kuhn, 61, finally made her peace with mortality at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital on May 4. It was not a negotiated settlement: for better or for worse she butted heads with death until the last hour. Finally, she succumbed to the complications of cancer.
Born in Sacramento but raised Arkansas, in 1974 Cecilia married George Henningson and graduated from Central High in Little Rock. The young couple soon moved to Houston for work, but four years later, in 1978, Cecilia migrated alone by Greyhound bus to San Francisco.
Supporting herself in the Bay Area with temporary clerical jobs (her shorthand, typing, and copy editing skills were extraordinary) Cecilia also frequented the nascent punk rock scene. Already an excellent pianist, guitarist, and singer, she heard an all female band needed a drummer, took some drumming lessons and signed on, spending several years of episodic touring through North America and Europe with Frightwig.
But the life of touring is hard, and rock star fame elusive. In early 1988 Cecilia landed a one year contract, subsequently renewed annually for almost a decade, with PG&E. At PG&E, she met and partnered with Carl Butz, the man who would become her husband in 2006.
In the City, Cecilia was always pining for a place in the country. In 1994 she and Carl bought a cabin near Downieville. Moving to that mountain town in 1997, it was a couple of years before they were able to occupy their rustic, off-grid abode on a year-round basis. Cecilia could begin several years of gardening, sewing, reading, composing songs, and, not surprisingly, entertaining her new locality with musical performances. She had added the accordion to her repertoire during the late 1990s and she was to sing at a variety of venues, either solo or in concert with other local musicians between 2000 and 2010.
Well known in Bay Area musical circles, Cecilia kept that aspect of her life private from most in the mountains. But music came with her. We remember with great fondness the rather spontaneous and eclectic gatherings at Tom’s Bakery on Friday evenings where she would perform. Soon she teamed with Pete Prince, John Johnsen and Brandt Larsen to become area regulars.
The lure of a decent retirement sent her to work for the Plumas National Forest in 2005. In early 2006, she took a position administering transportation projects for the Sierra County Planning Department. She was living the dream: a job with benefits in Downieville. A year later the Sierra County Superior Court stole her away with a better offer. She became the clerk responsible for overseeing all the paperwork involved with civil cases heard by Sierra County judges. In her capacity as ‘Officer of the Court’ from 2007 through her illness-forced retirement in 2015, she gained the respect and admiration from all who she assisted.
Predeceased by her parents, Robert Kuhn and Sally Cooper, Cecilia’s survivors include her sisters Pam Lewis and Barbara Bakarich in Sacramento, numerous nieces and nephews around the U.S., and her husband Carl Butz.
Donations in Cecilia’s honor could be made to any organization dedicated to the cause of promoting the interests of women and bringing down the patriarchy. Memorial celebrations of Cecilia’s life are being planned in both Downieville and San Francisco. The times and locations for these events will be published when they become finalized.

Ryan Christopher Grandi 3/15/17

One of our native sons passed away on March 2, 2017, Ryan Christopher Grandi, “Rio”.
He will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. A gathering in memory of Ryan is being planned for this spring. Time and date will be announced at a later date.
For information call Linda Diltz at 530-562-7324.

Gracie Zimmerman 1931 – 2017

Gracie Zimmerman
1931 – 2017

Gracie Zimmerman, 85, of Goodyears Bar passed away Wednesday, February 8 in Grass Valley.

She attended high school in Daly City..Gracie and her late husband managed senior living homes for 25 years in the Sacramento area. She also worked as an LVN for several years in nursing homes: she was a natural caregiver. “Grandma Z” was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was selfless at heart and always put everyone’s needs before her own. Gracie also enjoyed playing cards, crossword puzzles and word searches.
Gracie is survived by her daughter Lynn Berndt (Jack) and son Jeff Zimmerman, both of Goodyears Bar; grandchildren Kirstie (Jason), Nathan, Wayne (Shawna), Eric (Erica), Melissa (Dan), Sara, Cameron, Matthew (Sefanie), Billy (Megan); great-grandchildren, Alex, McKenna, Jessica, Taylor, Zack, Parker, Lucy, Penny, Tyler, Ryan, Brandon, Caidyn, Madeline, and Greyson; sister Helen Dougherty; daughter-in-law, Peggy Myers, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Edmund Zimmerman, she was preceded in death by her sons, John, Ed, and Bill Zimmerman.
At her request, private family services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are being handled by Truckee Tahoe Mortuary and Crematory, and condolences may be made online at

Thomas G. Schumann 1937 – 2017

Tom Schumann
1937 – 2017

Thomas “Tom” Schumann left this earthly realm on February 15, 2017 to finally discover the truth about “Reality and Consciousness”.

Tom was a Native Son of the Golden West and was born in California in 1937 to Anna and Bernard Schumann, immigrants from Austria. He was raised in Tujunga with his twin sister Jo Schumann Ravalin and sister Barbara Schumann Shapiro.

Dr. Schumann received the Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1958. He received the PhD in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1965. Schumann conducted research in high energy physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York. He taught physics at City College of City University of New York and In 1972 he moved to San Luis Obispo and taught Physics and Mathematics at CalPoly SLO for more than 30 years and retired as Professor Emeritus. During his retirement Tom wrote the book “Reality and Consciousness” exploring the implications of the Theory of Relativity and Quantum Theory for understandings of consciousness and the mind.

Over the years Tom remained a devoted participant of Shotokan Karate, and earned his Black Belt status at the age of seventy. The principles allude to notions of humility, respect, compassion, patience, and both an inward and outward calmness. These principles describe Tom Schumann perfectly as his family, friends and community are well aware. Tom was a fitness advocate, and was a runner until his knees told him it was time to be a swimmer and enjoyed swimming with friends at the CalPoly Pool and YMCA every day.

After suffering a stroke in 2012 Tom moved to Downieville where he joined the Native Sons of the Golden West, the Downieville Lion’s Club, served as a Docent at the Downieville Museum, was a member of the Sierra County Democrats, the Golden Rays and instrumental in establishing the Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc for western Sierra County. He became a mentor for students at Downieville School in Math and Science also served on the 2015 Sierra County Grand Jury. Tom loved to talk politics with all his friends and especially enjoyed passionate discussions with Jack Marshall. Tom loved living in Downieville and the community loved Tom.

Tom will be missed by his sisters Jo (Dick) Ravalin and Barbara (Martin) Shapiro, beloved nieces, Sandra, Cynthia, Tamara and Eve. Nephews, Richard and Michael, cousin Walter, many great-nieces and great-nephews, and long time family friends Evi Debes and Jean Maxwell.. Liz Fisher and her sons David (Laura) and Mark (Ann) and grandsons, Drew, Dylan and Aidan will especially miss Tom’s presence in their lives 45+ years. Many close friends will mourn the loss of this bright, and loving man who always worked to make the world a better place for humans, animals and his cats. We love you Tom.

Donations in Tom Schumann’s memory can be made to the Downieville Volunteer Firefighters Association, P.O. Box 25, Downieville, CA 95936. A Memorial is being planned for early April.

Andrew “Andy” H. Carpenter 1924 – 2017

Andrew Howard Carpenter

Andrew Howland Carpenter, age 92,  passed away at home, on Saturday morning, January 28th, as he wished: suddenly, and peacefully, with his wife, Doris, and his grandson, Maxwell Blakley, at his side.

Andy and Doris were happy to live in Downieville together, with many family members, and friends. He and Doris enjoyed and spent many hours being involved with the local Seniors, lunches and events. He graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in Environmental engineering, with a BS in Petroleum Engineering, in May of 1948. From 1983 until his retirement, he was employed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a petroleum engineer. He retired from the U.S. Department of Interior in June of 1988, after having retired from the Civil Engineer Corps in the U.S. Navy (Seabees), at the rank of a Lt. Commander. From 1976 – 1977 he worked for Williams Bro Engineering Co. In Tulsa, OK., and from 1953 – 1976, he was with the El Paso Natural Gas Company, in El Paso, TX., until he took his military leave between 1968 – 1970, when he served for 2 tours in Vietnam with the 32nd Naval Construction Regiment. Prior to that, from 1948 – 1953 he spent that time with Phillips Petroleum and Cities Service as an oil production engineer.

Andy was a good Christian man, who was born in Texas, a loving husband and father. He is survived by his three children, Lt.Col. John Carpenter (and his wife, Lorna), Cammy Hochtan (and her husband David), and Sally Nadler (and her husband David). He is also survived by two step-daughters, Belinda Ellsworth, and Carrie Blakley (and her husband, Gerald Blakley), and a step-daughter, Deborah Johnston(d.), and her husband, Jim. He has extensive family, including many grand children, great-grandchildren, and cousins. He is also survived by his very special nephew, Harry Tyler (wife of Nancy Tyler – d.), and their son Christopher, daughter Natalie (and her husband, Kelly, and their daughter Kay), and Christopher’s sons, Jackson Howland Tyler, and Hudson Tyler.

He will be missed dearly by friends and family.

John Joseph McCaffrey 1/18/17

John J. McCaffrey

John Joseph McCaffrey John was the fourth in line of the five McCaffrey boys who moved to Sierraville with their parents, Jerome L., Sr. and Lola Ree from Orange, California in 1942.

Beginning his local education in the Sierraville grammer school, John graduated from Loyalton High School. He started a logging company with an old A. C. tractor and a homemade A-frame. His equipment improved, nicely growing to a 977 Cat loader which he used for many years until he retired. He was always very particular in hiring locally and was very proud of their safety record. His number one priority was having NO serious accident in those many years.

For many years he enjoyed using his equipment around Sierraville plowing snow out of driveways and such, usually at night, never asking for money, but just being neighborly. He was an excellent athlete. Logging in the summer, he concentrated on winter sports including skiing, ice skating and snowmobiling, winning many western states awards. After retirement, he dedicated many years to looking after his elderly, widowed mother, Lola.

He leaves two brothers, Tom McCaffrey of Sparks and Jerry McCaffrey of Fernley, as well as many nieces, nephews and other “great”ones. A private burial will be held at a later date in the Sierraville Cemetery.

Thomas Price Gingg 1937 – 2016

Thomas P. Gingg

Tom completed his journey on Earth at CCRCF in San Luis Obispo with his wife Patty by his side.

Tom spent 35 years working for the City of San Luis Obispo Engineering department/Field inspector. He inspected many projects but his favorite was Mission Plaza.

Tom was a founding member of SLO Bull Shooters, (a competitive shooting club.) He was instrumental in building the indoor range and later the outdoor range along with other improvements at both shooting ranges. He loved competitive shooting, hunting, fishing, camping, Woodworking, and trips to Downieville. He especially loved Trains. He created both outdoor and indoor train layouts which were enjoyed by many.

Tom is survived by his wife of 27 years, Patricia A. Gingg, Daughter Denise G. Larned (Frank) Careywood Idaho, Four Step Children: Billy Epps (Kathleen) Kathy Fischer (Lynn) Downieville, Ed Epps (Debra) Carson City NV. Kitty Bierwirth (Dan) Citrus Heights CA..

In lieu of services the family has placed a Memorial bench in Mission Plaza.

Granddaughter Sarah M. Souther (Ryan) Montrose Co. Step Grandchildren Cyle Fischer (Angel), Cody Fischer, Reno NV. MaryAnn, JoJo, Sean, and Katie Epps Downieville Kelsey Epps Grass Valley Ca. Kaley Epps Gardnerville NV. Great Grandson Wyatt Souther Montrose Co. and Step Great Grandson Konner Knoefler Downieville Brothers Robert Gingg (Roseland) William (Patricia) San Luis Obispo James (Cecelia) Los Osos Many Nieces and Nephews who loved him dearly

Tom was preceded in death by his Father, George Jacob Gingg, His Mother Nellie Mae Gingg, His Son, George Jay Gingg, An infant Son and His brother George Herman Gingg

Teresa Ann Snider 1969 – 2016

Teresa Ann Snider

Teresa Ann Snider

Teresa Ann Snider – October 10, 1969 – November 26, 2016

Teresa was born in Berkeley to Wayne and Shirley Snider and lived in the Bay Area. She spent her K-12 years at Downieville Elementary and High School. During her last year at DHS, she became an exchange student through the AFS program and spent a year in Austria, completely immersing herself in the language and culture, becoming extremely proficient in German, she was often mistaken for a native Austrian. In her youth, she was a member of the Downieville Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where she received her first Communion and Confirmation.

Teresa then attended Cal State Pomona. She was very involved in the drama department and continued her love of that subject starring in several plays, including an off broadway production of ‘Three Postcards‘.

She enjoyed traveling and visited Europe on several occasions, touring Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, France and Austria. She loved Hawaii, visiting there frequently.  She was part of a climbing group that went to Nepal and Katmandu and climbed to a Mt. Everest base camp. She thoroughly enjoyed India, the people and places and had hoped to return.

Her great love of animals resulted in her raising English Labradors, leaving behind her beloved red Lab Koana Bear, a service dog trained in rescue work, especially avalanche recovery. Over the years she had developed a great passion for autistic children and working with them in conjunction with the Labradors. She found the children made great strides with their rehabilitation while interacting with these dogs. She was working with an autistic group to film a documentary on this phenomenon.

During her last few years, she had worked extensively with various hospice organizations in the Reno-Truckee areas. In 1994, she gave birth to her son Painter Eden-Kyler Baarsma, the love of her life. He was raised in Downieville and Sierraville and later in Las Vegas with his father.  She and Painter’s father had owned and operated the Forks Bar and Restaurant. Her final culinary adventure was in Sierraville, with the creation of the Stagecoach Bar and Grill. At the time of her death, she was preparing to re-open this establishment.

Teresa was diagnosed with an abdominal cancer about four years ago while on a trip to New York City. She was under treatment locally and appeared to be winning the battle, but God had other plans.

Teresa is survived by her son Painter, mother Shirley Snider, three sisters; Kathleen Thomas, Julie Jackson Potter, Sherrie Conant, nephews Dillon Herrmann, Brad Jackson and family, Eric Jackson and family, Isaac Macchia and family, and niece Rachel Macchia and family and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. She was preceded in death by her dad Wayne Snider, sister Lisa Smith, grandparents Ed Herrmann, Mr. & Mrs. William Jensen, and Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Snider. Teresa was a friend to many and will be greatly missed.

obit-logoFuneral services will be held at the Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary in Truckee on Tuesday, December 6, with visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Sierraville cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, a Teresa Snider scholarship fund is being established at the Downieville High School and donations may be made to that cause which we know would please Teresa greatly as she was a passionate advocate for education.

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