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 www.truckeetahoemortuary.com

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.

Valeta Imogene Mason 1920 – 2016

Valeta Imogene Mason

Valeta Imogene Mason

Valeta Imogene Mason                                                                                         November 22, 1920 – October 16, 2015

Valeta passed away peacefully October 16 in Auburn after a long struggle with dementia and arterial disease.
Valeta was born in Angus, Nebraska to Floyd and Velda Joiner. She grew up in a loving family that included her two younger siblings, brother Willis and sister Oretta. She spent her early years in the mid-west, mostly Kansas. In 1938 graduated from Washington Rural High School in Kansas City, KS.
At 22, she moved to southern California in the early days of World War II and helped build B-17 bombers, one of many women who were employed inthe defense industry.
She enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1944 and was stationed in San Francisco where she would eventually meet her future husband Robert “Bob” Mason. They remained married for 48 years, until Bob’s death in 1993, having raised three children (Laurel, William and the late Dianne).
For over 20 years, while Valeta lived and worked in Auburn at Placer Pharmacy and Auburn Drug Company, she and Bob frequently spent summers in Sierra City. In 1988, she and Bob permanently moved back to Sierra City, where Bob began his career with the U.S. Forest Service and they had started their family. Val stayed in Sierra City after Bob’s death and began working at Bassett Station. After her own retirement in 2004, she moved back to Auburn to be near her family.
Val is survived by her sister Oretta Baker of Cumberland, Maine, two surviving children, Laurel La Shell in Auburn and William Mason (wife Maryn) in Citrus Heights, seven grand children, 12 great-grand children and one great-great-grand child.
Decades of memories, stories,, recipes, laughter and love are just part of the legacy she created in her life.
Services and internment will be on November 19 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Sierra City, (weather permitting).

Levi John McKenney 1987 – 2016

Levi McKinney

Levi McKinney

Levi John McKinney passed away Sept. 23 in Missoula, Montana, at the age of 29.
Levi was born July 2, 1987, to proud parents Rod and Kim McKinney.

Levi spent his childhood life in the beautiful Sierra Valley with his parents and younger brother, Morgan. During that time he enjoyed the unique camaraderie of many other brothers and sisters that only a small town can provide.  He attended local schools and played football for the Loyalton Grizzlies for four years. As a teenager he worked construction with his grandfather and brother, a labor that he cherished.
He attended the University of Montana, Missoula, earning a two-year welding degree. Levi loved Montana and remained for the last ten years in Missoula, where he was beloved by his employers. He had a passion for the outdoors and caught countless fish and filled three big game tags last fall.
Levi was proud of his relationships with people. He had friends wherever he went: at the mini-mart, at the sandwich shop, at work and at play. He had a brother with whom he shared a love of the outdoors, making them nearly inseparable. Best of all, he had a loving family that he held close to his heart. Levi made the world a better place with his genuine grace and kind soul.
Levi is survived by his parents, Rod and Kim McKinney of Sierraville; his brother, Morgan McKinney of Missoula, Mont.; his paternal grandmother, Victoria McKinney of Sierraville; aunt Tracy (Arnold) Studer and cousins Zoe and Tristan Studer of Calpine; aunt Jan (Armando) Estrada and cousins Armando and Adrianna Estrada, a step-grandmother, Jodi Sperry  and a step-great-grandmother, Shirley Anderson. A celebration of life was held on Oct. 1 at Sierraville School, with an earlier service held in Fort Missoula.

Anne Clements Clark Eldred 9/28/16

Anne Eldred

Anne Eldred

Anne Clements Clark Eldred, 84, of Sierraville, Calif., died Monday, September 19, 2016 after a long illness. She had a deep and abiding love for the Sierra Valley, the place she called home for half her life.

Anne was born and raised in Hollywood, Calif., the only child of Thomas and Lydia Clements. She earned degrees in archaeology and music at the University of Southern California. One of her great joys was singing as a soloist in several choirs, and she was deeply involved with the Girl Scouts of America for many years.

During her years in Sierra County, Anne served on the school board and the planning commission, bringing tremendous passion to each and working zealously to maintain the beauty and well being of the valley she loved. She was a dedicated volunteer with the Sierra County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, allowing her to combine her love of horses with her desire to help others. She conducted archaeological work in the Sierra Valley to help document and preserve the heritage of local tribes. She also was a member of the Sierra County Historical Society, and worked for several years as a tour guide at the Kentucky Mine, introducing countless visitors to the history of the area.

Anne was a woman of diverse and wide-ranging interests that included geology, politics, birding, the Bear Dance, turquoise jewelry, Los Dos, and dark chocolate, among others. In her later years, to the surprise of her family, Anne became a devoted fan of the San Francisco Giants. She never missed a chance to watch or listen to their games, and was delighted by their numerous recent World Series triumphs.

Anne is survived by her six children, Gene Clark (Sara), Robin Dawson (Curt), Gwyneth Van Buskirk (Bruce), Jon Clark (Martha), Thomas Clark (Tania), and Jay Clark, and four grandchildren. She also leaves behind some dear friends and her beloved furry companions, Crystal and Smokey.

The Celebration of Life will be held November  5th  at 1pm at the Sierraville School. In lieu of flowers, donations in Anne’s memory can be made to the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, 10121 Pine Avenue, Truckee, CA 96161.

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