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Franklin Zelle

Franklin L. Zelle, 85, died Sunday, Feb. 5, from complications of cancer.

In accordance with his wishes there will be no services.

Mr. Zelle was born on July 19, 1920, in Mount Shasta (then known as Sisson), to Lulu (Levasien) and Maurice Zelle. He graduated from high school in Mount Shasta, and attended Sacramento Junior College and Western School of Business. He was a licensed public accountant for many years. He worked for the State Board of Equalization, retiring as a supervising auditor after 35 years, working in Sacramento, Los Angeles, Placerville, Marysville, and the Chicago Office of the board. After his retirement in 1976, he and Lila traveled around the United Sates and Canada. After their travels they settled in Grass Valley. They volunteered at the Empire Mine for many years, where he served as a docent and tour guide. He also volunteered for Friends of the Libraries and was a member of the Professional Management Volunteers who studied and reported on the operations of the various agencies of Nevada County.



He is survived by his wife, Lila; sister, Maurine Sittnen of Napa; sisters-in-law, Sadie Berry of Grass Valley, Mildred Gould of Auburn, Dorothy Graves of Newcastle, Hattie Kivela of Sacramento, Dolly Ann Kivela of Scottville, Mich., and Everyl Kivel of Citrus Heights; brothers-in-law Raymond Kivela of Citrus Heights, and Laurence Graves of Newcastle; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lulu and Maurice Zelle; brother, Jean Zelle; and sister, Phyllis Taylor.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945.




Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.


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