Shari D. Sartori 1959 – 2016

Shari Sartori

Shari Sartori

SHARI D. SARTORI, 57, passed away Sept. 4, 2016 in Iowa after a brief illness surrounded by her siblings and sons. She was born May 18, 1959 to Nadine Sartori & Donald Sartori in Petaluma, CA.

Shari attended St. Vincent de Paul Elementary and High Schools in Petaluma, graduating in 1977. She attended Santa Rosa Junior College before graduating from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in 1979, a career she decided to enter in the sixth grade. She worked as a Funeral Director and Embalmer for Parent Sorensen Mortuary in Petaluma, Daniels Chapel of the Roses in Santa Rosa and as owner of Sartori Funeral Services in Colma, CA. Shari served many families in the Bay Area for over 30 years.

After she left the funeral business, she moved to Sierra County, back to the mountains she loved all her life. Shari was happiest living in the Sierras and enjoyed snowmobiling, fly fishing, photography and taking her boys on all kinds of adventures. While there she was employed as an Assistant Dispatch Supervisor and EMT II for the Downieville Fire Protection District and Dispatcher/ Volunteer Firefighter for Sierra City Fire Department. She held many certificates and honors which included EMT I/II, Public Safety Dispatcher, FEMA Qualified Mortuary Disaster Coordinator, Certification in Eye Enucleation and former Special Deputy Coroner for Sonoma County. Past member of CA Funeral Directors Association and the Sierra Buttes Snowbusters.

Family & Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 35 Liberty Street, Petaluma, CA on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Private Inurnment.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Shari D. Sartori Memorial Scholarship for Sierra County students entering a Fire Science program. c/o First Community Bank 100 Second Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Goodbye Cleo 9/7/16

Cleo’s Obituary

UnknownCleo, the largest of my three Black Jersey Giant hens (aka Gurlies3), died instantly Saturday from a direct overhead attack by a red-tailed hawk. She is sorely missed by her two sisters, the dog, the cat, and me.

Cleo gave me many joyful laughs and smiles. She provided a singing accompaniment to my nightly lullaby and an early morning squawking demand to be let out of the coop. She insisted on a morning ritual of placing her dinosaur-like feet on the back of my hand to lift her down from her high perch. She used superior hen-pecking skills on her sisters and occasionally on the cat, pecked at Charlie’s tail, and had an extraordinary ability to maintain a constant clucking conversation – usually with her sisters. When I had treats to offer, I would call out “Gurlies!” and Cleo would hurriedly lead her sisters towards me, they would be clucking loudly, running as hens do from side to side and nearly achieving flight with their wings flapping, frequently followed by Charlie and an interested cat – a jubilant parade of feathers and fur!

Cleo was born on April 8, 2015, somewhere in northern California. Four days later she and her sisters left Fort Bragg Feed and Pet and moved into a laundry basket at my home in Little River. She was the largest of the three chicks, weighed a hefty 39 grams and since increased her size to over 3 kilos. She maintained a ferocious appetite throughout her life, consuming a cornucopia of organic feed, scratch, insects, kitchen scraps, perennials, and whatever else she obtained from free-ranging in the yard. In return she was healthy, gorgeous and happy, and laid numerous large brown eggs, mostly in her nesting box.

Cleo’s passing was memorialized by the turkey vultures, ravens and other critters enjoying her ample remains now located somewhere on the hill facing the ocean. Goodbye and thank you Cleo, a Gurlies3.

Charles August Ebbert 1917 – 2016

Charles A. Ebbert

Charles A. Ebbert

Charles August Ebbert born October 22, 1917 in Rescue California to his parents August Ebbert and Grace Mae Pritten passed away peacefully on August 20,2016 at the age of 98.

Charlie was the oldest of 10 children and growing up he worked and helped buy cloths and school supplies for his younger brothers and sisters. 1n 1939 be worked in Centeville Idaho on a gold dredge. Married Virginia Ford October 1940. They had two daughters, Kathleen and Carolyn.

They moved to California after the dredging closed down for the war. He moved to Downieville in 1944. He built his house in 1946 to 1948. He was working for Cal­ Ida Lumber Co. . He was involved in the community with the Cub Scouts,building the Girl Scouts Camp. He worked on the TV system for a few years. He was a volunteer fireman and did repairs on the equipment. He worked on the new water system and operated the treatment plant for about 15 years.

When Cal-Ida shut down he went to work for the Sierra County Road Department. He taught students how to weld and work on equipment at the county barn. He also helped many residents on home projects. He worked there about 15 yearsbefore heretired. He and Virginia traveled to al.I 50 states and afew countries. He made wooden bowls and donated them to the fue department to sell. When Virginia died in 2005 he lost interest in almost everything.

He was preceded indeath by his wife Virginia after 65 years together. They lost Kathleen to Lukemia in1946. He is survived by his daughter Carolyn and son in law John Post. Two grandchildren, Dennis Post and Jennifer Henry and husband Ryan Henry. Two great grandchildren Emma Grace Hernandez and Molly Lyn Hernandez. Three step grandchildren, Katie, Justin and Mathew Henry.

A partially made wooden bowl half furished still remains on the lathe inhis shop. His loved Down.ieville and gave somuch to the community. He will bemissed dearly by his family and friends.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in Charlie’sname please make it to the Downieville fire Department.

Joseph Silvio Marin 1933 – 2016


Joe MarinJoseph Silvio Marin, 82, passed away peacefully at his home in Loyalton, California on Thursday, August 4, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. Joe was born in Sacramento, California to Giuseppe and Ella Marin. He spent his early years in Calpine and Loyalton, California before moving to Reno where he attended and graduated from Reno High School, Class of ’51. Joe served 3 years in the US Army where he was stationed 19 months in Germany and spent time in Alaska testing cold weather gear.

On July 31, 1954 Joe married the love of his life, Dana Chandler of Loyalton, California and worked in the lumber industry until his retirement in 1999. He was a volunteer fireman for the City of Loyalton for more than 40 years serving as Chief for many of those years. Joe was elected to two terms as Sierra County Supervisor and was an active member of the 20-30 Club.

Joe was proud to be a first generation Italian American. He was an accomplished accordion player and spent several years playing in a dance band. He loved sharing his music, stories of his heritage and of course the dishes learned from his beloved Nonna. Joe became his best self when he became “Papa Joe” to 11 grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by sons, Mark, Chris and Glenn, daughter Laurie Belli all of Loyalton and daughter Monica Marin of Gilcrist, Oregon, 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

In-lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Loyalton Fire Department. Services will be help at the Sierra Brooks Lodge in Loyalton, on Saturday August 20 at 3pm.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Aug. 14, 2016

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.

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