Lawrence James McCaffrey 1942 – 2013

larry McCaffrey
Lawrence James McCaffrey passed away Wednesday, August 7, at the age of 78. He was born in Orange County July 2, 1934 and moved to Sierraville with his family in 1942. He attended Sierraville Elementary School and Loyalton High School, but graduated from Roseville High.
Larry worked as a timber faller and helped mentor many aspiring fallers. Many of his fellow timber fallers referred to him as “The Legend.” He served in the Army from 1955 to 1957and spent over a year in Korea serving in an engineering battalion and running a maintenance shop. He was an avid skier and snowmobiler.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jerome and Lola McCaffrey and his brother Ronald. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Olivia, and daughter Jill Pierce Abbajay , son-in-law Richard Abbajay, grandchildren Grayson Walsh and Isabel Abbajay all of Fort Collins, Colorado, and brothers Jerry and John of Sierraville and brother Tom of Reno. No services are planned.
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Samuel W. Bekoff, Jr. 1931 – 2013

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Samuel W. Bekoff, Jr.

Sam Bekoff

Sam Bekoff

Sam Bekoff, a former resident of both Forest City and Downieville, died July 30 in Sacramento.   Born in San Francisco, Sam’s family moved to Forest City in 1937 when Sam was just 6, where his Dad went to work at Alleghany’s Sixteen to One Mine.  Sam would recall great times in Forest City, including winter trips via ski to Alleghany.

Sam’s family later moved to Downieville, owning the old Downieville Brewery (today’s Simi residence), and Sam graduated from Downieville High School in the class of 1950.  A working scale model of a stamp mill, still in the Downieville Museum, was completed by Sam and his class.  After graduation, he would serve in the US Navy in the Pacific.  He was a 40 year employee of the Southern Pacific Railroad.  As a machinist, he was second to none.

Sam was predeceased by the love of his life, wife Jean, in 2009.  He is survived by children Sandra, Linda, Sam, Mark, and his sister Juanita.  Another son Michael predeceased Sam.

He is missed by both family and those lucky enough to call him a friend.

Phyllis Jane Watson 2013

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Phyllis Jane Watson of Graeaglewas affectionately known as one of the Pond Scum ladies and loving wife of Garin Watson, Phyllis passed away peacefully surrounded by family, after her brave fight against lung cancer.
Raised in San Francisco, she was the beloved daughter of Kenneth and Margaret Lind. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Patricia Driscoll.
Loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Phyllis (Bubbie) is survived by her husband, Garin Watson, her children, Gary Watson (Deidre), Lynn Velez (Jev), Susan Acero (Mark) and grandchildren Travis, Danny, Patrick, and Andrew.
Phyllis married her high school sweet heart, and after raising their family in Pacifica, they retired and moved to Graeagle, California. Phyllis enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, singing,cooking,baking and hunting and fishing with her husband. She especially adored her grandchildren. Bubbie will be forever in our hearts.
Memorial service was held Sunday, August 25 at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, Pacifica, CA
Condolences may be sent to: Garin Watson, 1051 Broadway, Apt 101, Millbrae, CA 9403

Bernard “Bernie” Edward Stadelman III

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Bernard Edward Stadelman III, known in Downieville as “Bernie” son of John Funk passed away on July 26, 2013.

Services will be held for him at Cooper & Weaver Mortuary on Wednesday, August 7, at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Western Sierra Medical Clinic or Hospice of the Foothills.

459 Hollow Way, Nevada City, CA

Edwin Francis Shotzberger 1925 – 2013

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Edwin Francis Shotzberger
March 31, 1925 – July 8, 2013
Ed Shotzberger

Ed Shotzberger

Edwin Francis Shotzberger slipped gently away on July 8, 2013. Born on March 31, 1925 in Baltimore, Maryland, he was spent most of his youth working on Edge Hill Farm near Haymarket, Virginia. He enlisted in the regular Army on June 5, 1943 and served in the European Theater of operations for 16 months.
As part of the 167th Engineer Combat Batallion, he built bridges and cleared minefields. After the war ended he became a soldier for peace, working in the reconstruction in Rhineland and Central Europe. He briefly left the military for college but returned as part of the Veterinary Corps, serving in Korea, Denmark, Baltimore, San Diego and Japan. He retired after 26 years.
SFC Shotzberger was a dedicated scout master, beginning with Boy Scout Troop 898 in Dundalk, Maryland. His intrepid troop camped every month, rain or shine or snow, often at Deep Run whose shelters were open on the north side. He always laughed when he told how eager they were to attend church on Sunday mornings in January and February. He continued in scouting in San Diego and Sasebo, Japan.
His camping extended to weekend family campouts in the United States and Europe and several memorable month-long, cross-country trips. He was married to Lillian Shanko of Yale, Virginia. Between them, they had two sons, Edward Sitch and Martin Shotzberger and one daughter, Charlotte Zimmerman.
After retirement, SFC and Mrs. Shotzberger wandered into California’s Sierra Nevadas in search of adventure. There, they filed the Do-Lil Claim on the North Fork of the Yuba River near Goodyears Bar and Downieville, California. Campouts were now four-six months long with children, grandchildren and other family members and friends joining them for a few days or a few weeks. It was a glorious time filled with great happiness and the occasional rattlesnake. After Lillian passed in 1993, he continued to travel to Goodyears Bar and Downieville until 2008.
Throughout his life he was an example to his children, scouts and anyone who met him, demonstrating and expecting honesty, courage, faithfulness and devotion to duty. He leaves the world a better place for having been in it.

John LeRoy Johnsen 1933 – 2013

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John LeRoy Johnsen
October 10, 1933 – July 3, 2013
John LeRoy Johnsen

John LeRoy Johnsen

Born October 10, 1933 to John and Ruth Johnsen in Fresno, John Johnsen wore a steady progression of seven uniforms before donning the gray of the United States Military Academy at West Point. There were the Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Sea Scout uniforms, and that of the California Cadet Corps where he was the top cadet Lieutenant Colonel his senior year at Roosevelt High School. John placed second in the Fresno area manual of arms competition his junior year and first place in his senior year while at the same time wearing the uniform of the US Marine Corps Reserve where he taught the manual of arms to wizened veterans. The commanding officer of his unit managed to discharge him when the unit was called up for the Korean War due to John being underage. Upon graduation from high school, John, with relative rank of second lieutenant in the California National Guard, was simultaneously a private in the Air Force ROTC program at Fresno State College.
Entering West Point with the class of 1956, John enjoyed playing handball and running track while singing in the Cadet Chapel Choir. In the 1955 Beast Barracks John again was on the podium teaching the manual of arms. The day following his graduation as a cadet lieutenant, the new Armor officer married Mary Helene Pigott of Northford, CT on June 6th, 1956 and the two set off on his twenty year career as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Highlights of that career included being in armor (tank and airborne) units in Germany for almost seven years, earning an honor graduate jump master trophy, and taking two forays to Vietnam. John earned a master’s degree at Stephens Institute of Technology in Terrain Vehicle Mechanics, represented the US at NATO conferences at Brussels when at the Pentagon Office of the Chief of Research and Development, and commanded the 1st Battalion 70th Armor, 4thInfantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado.
John loved being with troops, so when faced with the prospect of the War College or the Pentagon again, he decided to retire in 1976 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He then did research at the Oregon Graduate Center where he earned a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering followed by a professorship in mechanical engineering at the University of Portland. Back working with the age group that he loved, John was happy teaching Thermodynamics, Materials Science and Fracture Mechanics.
John and Mary’s four sons kept them busy along the way. James, born in Augsberg, Germany in 1957, has a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska; John born in Heidelberg in 1958, died in 1984 in an accident at El Toro Naval Air Station when a Lance Corporal, USMC; David was born at Fort Knox, KY in 1961 and now lives in Oregon where he represents a German manufacturing company; and Erik, born in New Mexico in 1964, graduated from USAFA ’87, flew for the USAF for twenty years and now is an American Airlines pilot. These men have served as John’s best friends through the years. John was also proud of his two grandchildren born to Jim and his Mary, Greta an NPR journalist and Jakob, USMA ’09, Special Assistant for military and veteran’s affairs to the Adjutant General of the state of Alaska.
Throughout John’s careers, his troops, officers and non-commissioned officers, students, wife, sons, and extended family recognized his unabridged honesty, his passion for truth and his respect for others. His West Point classmates also noted he set very high standards with his inspirational leadership skills.
After the first twenty plus years of his life in Fresno and USMA, then twenty in the Army, and the third in academia, John returned for the last sixteen to Downieville, CA. Here he played drums in a band, climbed mountain trails with his golden retrievers and caught up reading in the Books for the Blind the history and philosophy books he had not had time for earlier. He also wrote some 250 limericks and enjoyed the company of good friends. Mary and his sons will always remember him for his terrific sense of humor, as a good and loving man, and a fine gentleman leader and citizen.
The plan is for Colonel Johnsen to be featured in the Downieville Veteran’s Day ceremony at the bell tower on the 11th of November. Upon Mary’s death, John’s cremains will join hers for burial beside their son John in Portland, OR. Should anyone wish, donations may be made in his name to the Downieville Tennis and Education Association, 95936-0518 or a charity of their choice.
Mary P. Johnsen and sons Jim, David and Erik

Jesse Eugene Dunnam 1984 – 2013

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Jesse Eugene Dunnam

Born on a beautiful Monday

While the rain fell lightly

October 1, 1984

He peacefully left us on

May 26, 2013

Jesse was greatly loved

And will forever be missed

Remember me when I am gone, the wind, the sand and the sea

Like a seashell found and tucked away on your shelf

Remember me when I’m gone…

A celebration of the Life and Times of Jesse will be held at the home of Dean and Shelly Fischer on June 1 starting at noon with graveside services around 2 p.m.

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