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Obituary for Jeanne C. Strohm

Jeanne C.


June 14, 1919 – March 8, 2021

Please join Jeanne’s family in a celebration of her life on Saturday October 9, 2021 at 11 am at Emanuel Episcopal Church, Grass Valley. Reception beginning at 12:30pm at St. Canice Center, 236 Rewards St., Nevada City.

Obituary for Edith Helen Siebert

Edith Helen


June 1, 1927 – September 20, 2021

Edith Helen Siebert passed away on September 20, 2021. She was the widow of prisoner of war veteran, Vern Siebert. She is survived by her daughter, Betty Lou Meyer and her husband, Mike Meyer; her two grandchildren, Wendy (David) and Tammy (Erick); and her five great-grandchildren, Jessica, Rebecca, Samantha, Nathan, and Robert. Edith Helen will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with her husband.

Obituary for Virginia Magdalene Heller


Magdalene Heller

April 10, 1925 – September 15, 2021

Virginia Magdalene Regenold Heller, longtime resident of Penn Valley, passed away peacefully on September 15, 2021, at age 96. Virginia will be greatly missed by a large, loving family and friends.

Virginia was born on April 10, 1925, in Madison, Indiana, to Clarence and Opal Regenold. She spent many years during the Depression at her grandparent’s farm with her mother and brother. Virginia was very proud to be the first High School graduate in her family. She kept in touch with classmates over the years and attended their 50-year class reunion in Indiana. Virginia married Howard Heller in 1950. They spent 47 busy, productive years together raising a large family. Virginia had a wide variety of hobbies and interests. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for 65 years which introduced her to her passion for Genealogy. Virginia loved tracing her ancestry through the generations. Eventually, she discovered that computers could greatly enhance her ability to help others discover genealogy. Virginia was very active in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for many years holding a variety of offices to include Chaplin. She came to embrace and specialized in native American genealogy. She worked hard in support of a small Indian school, endlessly collecting spent printer cartridges to raise money for school supplies. Virginia loved crocheting and created many beautiful blankets for her children, grandchildren, and friends. She crocheted blankets for newborns through the Women’s Auxiliary at our local hospital. Virginia and Howard loved camping and fishing, and spent a lot of time at Little Grass Valley Lake.

She is survived by her daughters Lucille Balmino (David) of Vallejo, CA, Sue Hudspeth (Lewis) of Lincoln, CA, Valerie Parker (Steve) of Las Cruces, NM, Luana Meecham (Chuck) of Tracy, CA; sons Jeff Heller (Kathy) of Payson, UT, and Chris Heller (Sandy) of Roseville, CA; also 16 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, her husband Howard, daughter Marieta, sons Ronald and Aaron, grandson Jay Hudspeth and granddaughter Jacquie Meecham.

A graveside service will take place at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Grass Valley on Saturday, October 2, at 12 noon. Following the service, a reception will be held at the Western Gateway Regional Park in Penn Valley.

Obituary for Joaquin “King” Aguilar

Joaquin “King”


August 1, 1925 – September 16, 2021

Joaquin “King” Aguilar, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed away peacefully September 16, 2021. Born in Cupertino, August 1, 1925 King grew up in Palo Alto. He moved his young family to Grass Valley in 1959, opening A&A Sheet Metal. King served many organizations, enriching the life of our community. Rosary October 6th 6:00 Hooper Weaver Mortuary. Funeral October 7th 10AM St Patrick’s Church.

Obituary for LaVelle Stanton

LaVelle Stanton

May 25, 1943 – September 10, 2021

The youngest of three daughters to Lloyd and Margorie Jenkins, LaVelle Marie Stanton was born in Oregon on May 25, 1943. She was the beloved wife of the late Lloyd Stanton, mother of Stacie Kennedy and Shanie Gust, grandmother of three wonderful grandsons Zack, Steve, and Ryan, mother-in-law of Dan Kennedy and Tory Gust, sister-in-law of Wayne Stanton and Bob Barbre, as well as aunt to many loved nieces and nephews. LaVelle is survived by her sister Glenda Barbre and was preceded in death by her sister Gloria Smawley in 1985. LaVelle loved to garden and volunteer her time to those that needed her care. She entered Heaven’s gate on September 10, 2021, remembered forever for the love and laughter she shared with her family and friends.

Obituary for Frances “Fran” Dee Moore

Frances “Fran”

Dee Moore

June 30, 1936 – September 3, 2021

With heavy hearts, we regret to share that Fran passed away on Thursday September 3rd, 2021 with family and close friends at her side. She was a loving and cherished daughter, sister, mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many, many people. She is survived by her children, Don Moore, DeeDee Riley, Mike Moore and Janet Llach. Fran had a very large family between her children, sons & daughter-in-law’s, 15 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren

Fran was born on June 30, 1936, in Los Angeles, California to Sam and Clara Collette. Fran met her husband, Don in Southern California and were married in 1954. Their teenage love affair was truly a classic love story until the end and one that will live on in everyone that was a part of it. In 1961 they moved their family to Rough & Ready. In 1983 they left Rough and Ready for Dillon, Montana where they lived the rest of their lives.

Fran’s family was always her number one priority. She lived and breathed through them every day of her life and was proud of them all. Fran lost her husband of 66 years and the love of her life, Don, exactly one year ago to the day that she passed. Their passionate fire for one another burned until their last moments.

Fran was the matriarch and foundation for her large and growing family and quietly provided the base of strength and guidance. She had a legendary and timeless beauty that only enhanced with age. Her cooking was something she poured her heart and soul into and something that brought her cherished family together.

Fran will be deeply missed by her family, her church, the Dillon community, as well as the many long-time friends whose hearts she touched. Though we selfishly wanted her to stay, we know she is at peace with Don getting to watch over her beautiful family with the love of her life. May God bless and keep you, Fran. We love you always.

Obituary for Harry Hillman

Harry Hillman

March 18, 1936 – September 13, 2021

Harry Hillman passed away peacefully at home on September 13, 2021. He was 85 years old. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Nevada City Elks Lodge. Friends and family are welcome.

Harry was born in 1936 and made his first home in Bangor, California, with his mother and father at the Reed Family Cattle Ranch. In the early 1940s, Harry and his mother moved to Nevada City – the place he called home for the rest of his life. Following high school, Harry enlisted in the military and served in the US Navy as an electrician for 20 years. After retiring from the service, he worked for the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff for nearly 20 years.

Harry enjoyed fishing and RVing with friends. In earlier years he loved growing flowers (Dalias were his favorite) and finding gourmet chocolate at local candy shops during his travels. He was extremely active in the Nevada City Elks and served as Exalted Ruler in 1985-86.

Harry is survived by his daughter Deb (Mark), granddaughters Teresa (Joe) and Talia (Nate) along with great granddaughters Farrah and Nina. He is also survived by step-children, Denise Coward (Bob), Dean and Dan Hunt, and the Coward and Hunt grandchildren and great grandchildren. Harry is preceded in death by his mother, Alma Reed Hillman, father, Louis Hillman, and wife, Joanne Hillman.

Obituary for Ada Dziewanowski

Ada Dziewanowski

January 19, 1917 – July 2, 2021

Ada Dziewanowski, cherished teacher of Polish folk dance and culture, died peacefully at home in Nevada City. She was 104. She is survived by her children, Basia and Jas and her grandsons Steven and Alex.

Ada spent the last three years of her life in Nevada City living with her son Jas and inspiring new fans with her keen insights into life and her unsinkable attitude of enthusiasm and gratitude. She continued to dance to her final days.

A celebration of life will be held at Saint Josaphat’s Basilica in Milwaukee at 11:45 am Pacific on Friday, Sept. 24. The Webcast will be accessible on Facebook: Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble of Milwaukee, WI

Obituary for Karen Wheat

Karen Wheat

October 18, 1945 – September 19, 2021

Karen Lee Wheat left this world on September 19,2021.

Karen was born on October 18, 1945, in Macon, Georgia, to Leonard and Ruth Sayle. Karen grew up in Whittier, California and attended Cal High.

In December 1964, Karen married Danny Wheat. They spent 57 wonderful years together, most of them in Grass Valley with their two children, April Wheat Reese (deceased) and Danny W. Wheat II.

Karen’s grandchildren are Tyler Scott, Jeremy Wheat, Eric Phillips, Dillan Reese, Aaron Wheat, Rebecca Reese, and Lucas Wheat. In addition, Karen also leaves four great granddaughters. She was nana to all her grand kids.

Karen was a bookkeeper prior to retirement. Dan and Karen, along with their son, are owners of A to Z Supply.

Karen’s family is grateful to the dedicated staff at Cascades of Grass Valley and the nursing team from Hospice of the Foothills, who all provided care and solace in her final days.

She is deeply missed and loved by many. In Lieu of flowers,

Memorial contributions may be made to: Sammie’s Friends.

Graveside Services for family and extend family, will be held Friday September 24th , 11:00 A.M. at Greenwood Memorial Garden Cemetery in Grass Valley, CA

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.

Obituary for Terry Lynn Nystrom

Terry Lynn Nystrom

February 9, 1949 – September 12, 2021

Terry Lynn Nystrom passed away on September 12th, 2021 in her home at the age of 72. Terry was born on February 9, 1949, she is remembered as a loving wife, excellent mother, grandmother and friend. She worked at the Nevada Union Cafeteria for 18 years while raising her children. Terry had an amazing outlook on life with no regrets that made us all laugh every day. She greatly enjoyed her time bowling, she had a great love of shirts, her cat, and was a die-hard Raiders fan growing up in Oakland. Terry is survived by her daughters Janell Haley, Sarah Johnson, and Regina Wise, Granddaughters, Megan Sampsel, Shelby McHugh, Tatum Wise, and Grandsons Wyatt Haley, Colby Wise, Jesse Pernack and Allan Wise, Son-in-Laws Ray Johnson, and Clayton Wise, and Grandson-in-Laws Kashe McHugh, and Taylor Dolph. Terry is preceded in death by her loving and devoted Husband Allan Nystrom, daughter Janine Nystrom, and Grandson Lyle Haley. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday September 25th from noon to 5pm at the Lucchesi Winery in Grass Valley. Memorial Contributions can be made to Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.