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The Dan Stucki I knew

I read the obituary of Dan Stucki in The Union. While it may have been basically informative – it really didn’t “say much.”

While Dan has been gone from this area for a long time, while he was here – along with Estelle, his wife of many years, (who has been deceased for many years) – they made a difference in my life and many others.



I was a young teen when my Mom, Arlene Wilder, began working for the Stucki’s in their jewelry store.




Whenever we went into the store, both Dan and Estelle would spoil my sister, brother and I with cookies, or something to drink in the back part of the store.

When I began going to Sierra College, the Stuckis gave me extra work to help pay for my college expenses.

I mowed their lawn, painted trim on their house, pulled weeds in their garden – and yet a lot of time was spent with them just taking time to visit with me and ask how I was doing.

When I worked for Dan and Estelle, they paid me $10 an hour, which in the mid-1970s was pretty good money for mowing lawns and pulling weeds!

I miss Dan and Estelle. They were good people. They didn’t make a big deal of how they helped people, they just quietly did it.

Over the years, since Dan moved to Utah, our family kept in touch with him through a few visits, phone calls and letters.

I have been grateful to have received letters from him with thoughts about life and always words of encouragement.

Dan and Estelle Stucki – really good people.

Melisa “Lee” Wilder

Grass Valley


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