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James Sweeney

Services for James Sweeney of Grass Valley will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road in Grass Valley. Pastor James War of First Baptist Church will officiate the services. Private interment will take place at the New Elm Ridge Cemetery in Grass Valley.

Mr. Sweeney died Tuesday, March 22, at Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. He was 85.

He was born Jan. 11, 1920, in Rock Springs, Wyo., to Joseph and Eda (Hollinger) Sweeney. He attended Grass Valley schools including Lincoln and Forest Springs. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a recipient of the purple heart at the Battle of the Bulge. He married Mable Smith on Nov. 24, 1956, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was the greens superintendent at the Nevada County Country Club for more than 13 years. He was also a self-employed gardener for more than 26 years. He was a member of the Disabled Veterans Commander Club, and a member and church usher for First Baptist Church in Grass Valley. He enjoyed gardening.



He is survived by his wife, Mable Sweeney of Grass Valley; daughters Eileen Boles of Lemoore, Elizabeth Glissman of Pollock Pines, and Linda Somerville of Rocklin; sisters Bertha Brownlee of Auburn, and Edith Peterson of Oakland; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Eda Sweeney; and brother, Joseph Sweeney.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church.




Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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