George Bohnhoff passed away Sept. 10 at his home in Grass Valley. He was 78.

A longtime Grass Valley resident, George was born Sept. 17, 1929, to George and Mary Bohnhoff of Western Springs, Ill. He attended the University of Illinois, then served in the U.S. Navy for four years before meeting and marrying his wife, Marlea, while vacationing in Mexico. The couple celebrated their fifty-second wedding anniversary earlier this year.

George’s love of aircraft and flying led him to a career in aerial photography and navigating commercial jets. After settling in the Grass Valley area, George opened a family-run business and became active in local civic groups, including Friends of the Library and the Literacy Council. He served as president for both organizations. He was a familiar face at the local airport Ð where he stabled a plane and kept his flying skills up for some years Ð and at the Nevada County Country Club where he pursued his favorite pastime, golf. George made a hobby of refinishing golf clubs, though more recently his love of classical music moved him to venture into violin making.

George is survived by his wife, Marlea Bohnhoff; his son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff of San Jose; his daughter and son-in-law, Julie and John Sarracino of Danville; his four grandchildren, Alex, Kristine, Amanda and Kelsey; his sisters, Gloria Weaks of Boulder City, Nev., Joan Weinberger of Henderson, Nev., and Doris Hutchins of Vienna, Ill.; and his brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Joanne Bohnhoff of Los Osos.

George’s family plans to hold a celebration of his life at a future date. If friends wish to make memorial contributions, the family asks that they send these to Hospice of the Foothills in George’s name. The Bohnhoff family would also like to thank Hospice for their dedication and kindness.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.

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