Virginia “Jane” Carrier 1933 – 2016

Virginia “Jane” Carrier passed away on July 9th, 2016.

Jane was born on Feb. 2nd, 1933 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to William and Adele Adams. She graduated from University of Miami.

Shortly after marrying her husband Ed Carrier the two took off towards the west coast on a whim with very little to their name. They ended up settling in San Francisco. She got her first teaching job in San Juan Batista where most of her students spoke Spanish which she knew none at the time.

Ed and Jane spent many years in Sierra County with a home in Downieville and a Real Estate office in Sierra City where they enjoyed working, volunteering and living with many friends.

After they started a family she dedicated her time to the care of her children and the home. Later on she decided to go back to school and finish getting her masters at Cal State Harvard.

After retirement Jane and Ed spent a lot of time traveling and enjoying the world. They could be found in France and Hawaii for months on end.

She is survived by her children Nicole and Andre and her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ed Carrier.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Nevada County Hospice of the Foothill.

Irene O’Halloran Drucker 1916 – 2016

Irene O’Halloran Drucker OCTOBER 29, 1916 – MARCH 16, 2016

Irene O’Halloran Drucker OCTOBER  1916 –    MARCH  2016

Irene Valerie O’Halloran Drucker, known to many as “Oma,” died at home in Downieville on March 16, at the age of 99. She was born on October 29, 1916, in Brooklyn, NY, the second and younger child of Anna and Harry Neumann.

Irene married Richard O’Halloran in 1944, and raised five children in Westbury, NY. After Dick’s passing in 1974, she moved to sunny Florida. In 1983, Irene married Peter Drucker, creating a wonderful blended family of 14 children, 20 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. After Peter’s death in 2002, she continued to enjoy traveling, golf, parish activities, and visits with her children and grandchildren.

Irene stayed in her Florida home on the golf course until her sight failed and it was too difficult to be alone. In 2006, she moved to Downieville to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Liz and Mark Stevenson. Irene quickly became part of the community, especially with her friends at Immaculate Conception Church. She prayed and said the rosary nightly and maintained her incredible sense of humor until the end. Many were blessed and encouraged by her warmth and generosity.

Irene was predeceased by her parents, brother Gerard A. Neumann, and two of her Drucker stepchildren. She is survived by her children Eileen (Kenneth) Sullivan, Binghamton, NY; Richard (Harriet) O’Halloran, Shelter Island, NY; Elizabeth (Mark) Stevenson, Downieville, Peter (Sarah) O’Halloran, Dickerson, MD; and Patricia (Daniel) Culhane, Minneapolis; and by her nine grandchildren, Elizabeth MacGuigan, Katherine Sullivan, Patrick Fionnbharr O’Halloran, Bernadette J. Barber, Sean Conway, Peter O’Halloran, Michael O’Halloran, Daniel Culhane, and Virginia Grace Culhane. Irene is also survived by her seven Drucker stepchildren, their spouses, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To celebrate Irene’s joy-filled life, a Funeral Mass will be held in Downieville, on Saturday, July 9, at 7:00 P.M., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. All are invited to attend.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Downieville, or to the Western Sierra Food Bank.

Ruth Mary Wurzburger 1932 – 2015

mary wRuth Mary Wurzburger APRIL 7, 1932 – NOVEMBER 28, 2015

Ruth was born in Minneapolis to Bryson Gerard and Helen Wood and spent much of her childhood with her Great-Grandparents Charles and Caroline Wilkinson of Edina, Minnesota.

She is survived by her five children, Tom Barnum, Dan Barnum, Russell Barnum, Tina Floyd and Mary Rosellen; grandchildren Trisha, Melissa, Candice, Joshua, Cassie, Jason, Aaron, Nicholas, Andrew, Taylor, Chase, Charlotte and Lizzie; great-grandchildren Logan, Tristan, Landon, Eli, Brandon, Caidyn, Ember, Rohan, Micah, Ethan and Rylan.

Ruth graduated from Glendale High School in June, 1950, married and moved to the Sacramento area. Then it was on to Kings Beach where she managed a lake resort. She eventually moved to Sierra County where she spent the remainder of her years. She was primarily a stay at home “Super Mom” but was also employed as a kindergarten teacher who was adored by all her students. She later worked as a Deputy Assistant Treasurer/Tax Collector and a part time postal clerk.

Ruth’s many passions included family, gardening, landscaping, baking and animals. No one could build a rock wall like mom. She was a great cook, known by the community for her homemade pies. Her compassion and kindness was received by many as she often spent her time sharing food for the less fortunate. Her love for all living things was expressed even in the care and nurturing of wild animals, especially raccoons. She loved her life.

Ruth loved Sierra County and its history. She shared many stories with family, passing on memories not to be lost nor forgotten. She enjoyed jeeping in the backwoods and exploring old mining towns and sites. Her picnic lunches hold strong in all our memories. She and her late husband of 45 years, Steve Wurzburger, also loved the Arizona desert. They often camped at the Big Sandy. They now remain together forever and are both deeply missed.

OBit logoThank you to everyone for your kind words and condolences and a special thanks to Chris Gregory for the kindness you showed our mother. We cannot begin to express our gratitude and appreciation.

Writing this obituary for my mother has been very difficult. Sorry, mom that it has taken me such a long time, but to place this in the newspaper seems to make it final and I wasn’t ready to lose you yet. I love you mom. Your loving daughter, Tina

Paul Earl Brandon 1942 – 2016

Paul Brandon 1942 - 2016

Paul Brandon
1942 – 2016

Paul Earl Brandon, 73, passed away at home on June 5, 2016 in Downieville, California Paul was born on August 29, 1942 in Muncie, Indiana to Olen and Jean Brandon. He attended and graduated from high school in Greens Fork , Indiana in 1961.

Paul then joined the United States Navy to serve his country. After serving in the Navy he moved to Sparta, Illinois where he met and married his wife of 50 years, Janet Stiens in 1965. Paul worked in Sparta at the World Color Press where he printed magazines and comic books. In 1975, Paul moved his family to Las Vegas, Nevada where he took a position as Night Side Supervisor for the newspaper, Review Journal. After 3 years in Las Vegas, Paul moved again to the Bay Area where he accepted a position at the Vallejo Times Herald newspaper, where he was a pressroom foreman.

In 1980 Paul discovered the beauty of Sierra County where he quickly gave up the city life to work for Downieville Motors as a mechanic and tow truck driver. After Downieville Motors he went on to test underground fuel tanks for several more years. Finally, after being on the road for years he returned to work locally at Timber Springs Ranch where he performed a variety of jobs.
Paul joined the Lions Club in the early 80’s where he remained active for many years. He held the positions of 3rd Vice President, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President and finally President. During his tenure in the Lions Club, his club received the 100% Award and Presidential Excellence. He also served as Sierra Zone Chairman from 2000-2002 and Donner Region Chairman from 2002-2003. He was very proud of his Lions Club service.
Paul was also an active member of the Downieville Assembly of God until his health no longer allowed him to attend services.
In Paul’s latter years he became an avid stamp and coin collector. He also enjoyed collecting antique guns and the art of Riflery. Paul gave 100% in everything he did. He lived his life with honor and integrity. His friends and community will remember him as a jolly fellow, always with a smile on his face and a story to tell! Paul was a loving husband and father and will be sorely missed by all.
Paul is survived by his wife, Janet Brandon and daughters, Cassie Koch (Jeff) of Downieville and Tava Riley of Grass Valley. He was proceeded in death by his parents, siblings Jack, Jane, Mike, Carolyn and his granddaughter Beth Riley.
In lieu of a Memorial service the family asks that donations be made to the Downieville Lion’s Club, POB 24, Downieville, CA, 95936.

Joe Burgard 1934 – 2016

Joe Burgard JUNE 18, 1934 – APRIL 30, 2016

Joe Burgard JUNE 18, 1934 – APRIL 30, 2016

Joe Burgard JUNE 18, 1934 – APRIL 30, 2016 Joseph Anthony Burgard, Jr. of Sierra City passed away surrounded by his family on April 30, in Grass Valley. Born on June 18, 1934, in Los Angeles, to Joseph Sr. and Anne Burgard, he was the fourth of six children. Joe earned his Eagle Scout Rank in 1952 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1958. Later, he worked at Aerojet General in Sacramento as a rocket engineer, and held management positions for several manufacturing firms. In 1974, he purchased Valmont Corporation (aka Aaburco Inc.) a light manufacturing business in Grass Valley. It produced tabletop restaurant equipment including the CHEFMASTER Food Cutter and the PIEMASTER Turnover Machine. It also provided local metal polishing and electroplating. Joe was an early adopter of computers and local area networking in the 1980s, e-commerce in the 1990s, and coowner of Mrs. Doublebee’s Pasties in Grass Valley. He sold his business in 2004, retiring to Sierra City where he enjoyed hiking, kayaking, taking photos, and working in his shop. He cherished Frances, his wife of 58 years, and their four children: Elizabeth (John) Fulgaro; Daniel (Karen); Gwendolyn (Stanley) Devereux; and Jeffrey (Jacqueline.) “Papa Joe” enjoyed sharing movies and the mountains with 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings: Doris (Marvin) Hayes, John (Donna) and Robert (Barbara). He was preceded in death by: Lucille (Howard) Mosbacher and Rosemarie (Anthony) Buffum. A family memorial service will be held in June. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, POB 302, Downieville, 95936 for the preservation of St. Thomas Church in Sierra City.

Truman L. Huddleston 5/25/16

We will be having a Memorial for Truman L. Huddleston, on June 11, 2016, at the gazebo at the skate park, and after a potluck at the Loyalton Social Hall. Please feel free to bring a side dish or dessert. I hope to see you there. If you have any questions, please contact me, his sister, Katie at 530-277-1134.

Celebrate “Birdman” 5/4/16

Steve Underwood

Steve Underwood

On Saturday May 21, 2016 you are cordially invited to a Celebration of Life honoring our friend Steve “Birdman” Underwood. At 12 noon we gather at the Sierra City Cemetery to place Steve’s ashes alongside many of his friends from his almost forty years in Sierra County. A Potluck gathering of friends and family will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the the Sierra City Community Hall. The Underwood family will provide a luncheon feast of BBQ’d Chicken and Tri-tip with corn on the cob (some of Birdman’s favorites) and guests are asked to bring an appetizer, side dish or  dessert for the Potluck. Please RSVP with Larry Breed at the Sierra Country Store 530 862-1560

Ray Russell Services 4/13/16

It is with a heavy heart that our family has lost our dear husband, father, and grandfather. Graveside services for Ray Russell will be April 23rd@ 1:00 p.m. at the Loyalton Cemetery followed by a reception at the Loyalton Catholic Church Hall.

Samuel Lee Chesney 1948 – 2016

Sam Chesney JANUARY 10, 1948 – APRIL 1, 2016 Samuel Lee Chesney, 68, passed away on April 1 at his Calpine home. He was born to Harold and Vera Chesney in Noblesville, Indiana on January 10, 1948. He enlisted in the Navy shortly after graduating high school. Sam served during the Vietnam War on the USS Ranger and worked for Viking Electric of Tahoe Vista for 20 years before retiring. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and loved to go camping. Sam was preceded in death by his father Harold Chesney and brothers Larry and Bill Chesney. Sam is survived by his wife JoAnn Chesney, children Shannon and Alan Rose, Matt and Kim Morris, and Chad and Shila Morris. Also surviving are mother Vera Chesney, Aunt Jean Chesney and many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at the Calpine community building in Calpine on April 24 at 1 P.M. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to the Gene Upshaw Cancer Center in Truckee.

James “Jim” Deubery 1941 – 2016

James Deuberry

James Deubery

James “Jim” Douglas Deubery passed away at his home in Grass Valley, Ca., on 3/04/16, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 74 Years old. He was born on 6/3/41 in Ohio. Honorably discharged from the USMC in 1962.

Jim moved to Sierra County from So. California with his good friend Dee Wallace more than 30 years ago. He loved panning for gold in the Yuba River, and was well loved by his friends in the AA community.

He is survived by his sister Patty Sturgis and her husband Jim, his children, Heather Foster and Jenny Varn of Downieville, Denise Deubery of Tempe, Arizona, James Hippie in Orange, Ca. and Deborah Martin in Michigan. Grandchildren Aaron, Austin and Grady Foster, Alison Rambo, Kiersten Funk and Taryn Varn, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held later this spring.

Wesley Guthrie 1983 – 2016 3/2/16

Wesley Guthrie 1983 - 2016

Wesley Guthrie
1983 – 2016

Wesley Wilson Guthrie of Auburn, Calif. died suddenly in a vehicle accident on February 18th.Wes was born on June 10, 1983 at the home of Bob and Harriet Stevens, to Brian and Robin Guthrie. He was raised in Foresthill and graduated from Placer High School in 2001, and went to Sierra College before transferring to Humboldt State University where he graduated with his wife, Kelly Jo Pavlica. Together they spent time living in Humboldt, Siskiyou, and Eldorado counties before returning to Auburn, Calif. to raise their children closer to their families.

Wes was born on June 10, 1983 at the home of Bob and Harriet Stevens, to Brian and Robin Guthrie. He was raised in Foresthill and graduated from Placer High School in 2001, and went to Sierra College before transferring to Humboldt State University where he graduated with his wife, Kelly Jo Pavlica. Together they spent time living in Humboldt, Siskiyou, and Eldorado counties before returning to Auburn, Calif. to raise their children closer to their families.
Wes began working for the US Forest Service at 18 years-old and spent several seasons there while attending college. He later worked in the private timber industry and became a Registered Professional Forester (RPF#2886). In 2009 he returned to the USFS, spending the majority of that time on the Tahoe National Forest.
Wes was an ethical, conscientious, and productive man who truly cared for the land.
While Wes was happiest spending time with his family, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, his two very special dogs, and snowboarding. He was also a talented artist and woodworker.
Wes loved the outdoors and the beauty of nature-none more than the Sierra Nevada Mountains that were his true home.
A friend to all, Wes was known for his rare combination of intelligence, common sense, mild-manner, and good humor. He was admired and respected by so many.
Wes is survived by his loving wife Kelly, and his adoring children Joseph and June, parents Brian and Robin Guthrie of Foresthill, brother Blue Guthrie, grandmother Shiomi Wilson, in-laws Davy and Pam Pavlica of Auburn, and brother-in-law John Pavlica. He was preceded in death by grandparents Dale and Kathy Wilson and grandparents Joyce and Harold Guthrie.
A memorial service is being planned, details to be announced when available. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Alta Vista Elementary School:
Bucks Boosters c/o Alta Vista, 173 Oak Street Auburn CA 95603

Daniel Marovich, Jr. 1943 – 2016

Daniel Marovich, Jr. JULY 11, 1943 – JANUARY 1, 2016 After fighting back so many times over the past two years to regain his health, Daniel Marovich, Jr., at the age of 72, came to the end of the trail on January 1. Daniel was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania on July 11, 1943, eight years after the birth of his youngest sister. He shared the same birthday with his brother, born 28 years earlier. He was the youngest of the five children of parents who had immigrated from Yugoslavia in the 1900s. He grew up on the family farm in Aliquippa speaking fluent Serbian. His three older sisters had a strong influence on his upbringing. Serbian picnics and Serbian Christmas with roasted lamb and pig were favorite memories. Dan always enjoyed being outside, and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 437. He also liked inventing and fixing things. As a teen, he had a fascination with fast cars. He graduated from Hopewell High School in 1961. Dan found work at the local junkyards and the glass factory. His most memorable job was working the coke ovens at the J&L Steel Mill.

Dan later moved to California settling in the small mountain town of Sierra City and becoming one of Sierra County’s more colorful characters. His Fu Manchu moustache, sleeveless shirt, and recycled denim hat best describe his individuality. He started out as a gold miner and then he worked a while at Sardine Lake Resort. Later, he had many construction jobs, getting his start with Dick and Babe Lewis who owned the local rock quarry. Other construction jobs followed with Nordic Trucking, McAmis Construction, and Clear Lake Lava taking him to parts of California, Washington, Colorado, and Alaska. Eventually, he started his own business, Marovich Excavating, working at the local gold mines, and doing site preparation and snow removal for local residents and businesses. Dan also worked for Cal-Trans in the winter months.

He married Judy “Jessee” Jess in July of 1981 after an eight year courtship. They made their home on the historical Sacred Mound Mine property. Both loved the outdoors and enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, gardening, and raising rottweilers together. Much of Dan’s retirement time was spent restoring a 1963 Pontiac Catalina that won several awards at local car shows. His last project was a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am. Dan believed that everything that had to be said and done was said and done when he was alive. A celebration of Dan’s life will be held in July at the Marovich residence.

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