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Batch, Thomas A.*  
Rev. Thomas A. Batch, who served since 1984 as a priest of the Diocese of Sacramento, died August 24, 2015 in Yuba City. He was 92. Auxiliary Bishop Myron J. Cotta will preside at a funeral Mass on Thursday, September 3 at 10 a.m. in St. Isidore Church, 222 Clark Ave. in Yuba City. Vigil service will be on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 7 p.m. in St. Isidore Church. Burial will follow the Mass and reception on September 3, 2015 at Sutter Cemetery, 7200 Butte Ave. in Sutter. Rev. Batch was ordained on March 17, 1984, in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento by Bishop Francis A. Quinn, after completing studies for the priesthood at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park. He served as pastor of St. Paul Parish in Knights Landing from 1991 to 1999. He also served as parochial vicar of St. Isidore Parish from 1984 to 1990. He was chaplain at Methodist Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and Bruceville Terrace convalescent facility in 1990-91. He retired on September 30, 1999. He was privileged to celebrate Mass with Mother Teresa while he visited Europe and also have Mass with the choir at Castel Gandolfo with Pope John Paul II. He was also a talented professional piano player in his younger years and loved singing and playing the piano. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, Kenneth and Howard. He is survived by his two half-sisters, Harriet Melchioris and Jean Deller, and numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends appreciate all the care which Father Tom received during his final years of life, especially from the staff of River Valley Care Center of Live Oak; Marisa Graham of Interim Health Care, and her staff of Monica, Shanti, Sania, Laura, Tina, Mandy, Matt, Chelsea, Maggie and Austinia, who took care of Father Tom for the last nine months. Thank you also to Andre Howard of Rideout Hospice and his staff of Amy, Terry, Emily, Christina and Joyce, and the excellent care they provided to Father Tom. Thank you also to Marty Norton, who served as Father Tom's conservator for a number of years. Send Condolences to www.appealdemocrat.com
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2015
Baxter Jr., Walter Norwood*  
August 20, 1928 - August 22, 2015 Walter N. Baxter, Jr., age 87, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, August 22, 2015. A native Californian, Walter was born and raised in the Bay Area and was a graduate of Berkeley High School and the University of California, Davis. Walter was the president of Sunset View Cemetery, in El Cerrito, CA for 40 years and an active member of several organizations in the Bay Area including: Bay Cities Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 32nd Degree, Aahmes Temple of Shrine and Richmond Elks Lodge #1251. He was an outdoor enthusiast and retired to Colusa, CA in 1989 to pursue his passions; hunting, fishing and sitting next to a warm crackling fire laughing with family and friends. Walter is preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Baxter; parents Walter Norwood Baxter, Sr. and Ethel Graham Baxter and sister June Baxter Hill. He is survived by his second wife, Kimi Kagehiro Baxter; son William Baxter and his wife Cheryl and stepdaughter Brittani Gomez. Walter was a devoted husband and loving father who will be missed by many. A private celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Send Condolences to www.appealdemocrat.com
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Aug. 30, 2015
Carey, Ray Simpson*  
Ray was born April 13, 1976, to George and Becky Carey in San Diego. He passed away July 28, 2015 in Helsinki, Finland. Ray is survived by his wife, Nina Valtavirta Carey of Helsinki; mother, Becky Reimers of Marysville; father, George Carey and his wife, Jeanine of Divide, Colorado; his mother-in- law, Maija-Liisa Valtavirta and brother-in-law, Jani Valtavirta, of Helsinki. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and many other extended family members. Ray is preceded in death by Becky's husband, Charlie Reimers. Ray's family relocated to the Marysville area in 1980. He graduated from Faith Christian School in 1994 and graduated summa cum laude from Sacramento State University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. Ray expressed himself with great wit and humor through poetry and writings. As a high school student, articles he wrote were published in the Appeal- Democrat. Some were serious and introspective and others were seriously humorous. By the age of 2 his musical acumen was evident and continued through his life with his enjoyment of playing the piano. Ray trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior at an early age and maintained an interest in spiritual matters. The theology of Eastern Orthodoxy became his anchor as he continued his quest for knowledge. The monks of Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery, Kelseyville, were significant in his continued spiritual development. Ray had a keen interest in world cultures which led him to visit Japan, India, Ireland, Turkey, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Israel, and Sweden. On his second trip to India he met Nina, and they married in Finland in 2006. He continued his studies at the University of Helsinki and earned a B.A. and M.A. in English Philology; and was working toward his Ph.D. During his Ph.D. studies, Ray presented several of his research papers at international conferences. His Ph.D. advisor recently stated, "Ray was exceptionally talented. His research was first rate and unquestionably of very high international standard. His hard work and intellectual honestly made him unique." A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015, at Cornerstone Church, Yuba City. Pastors Jim Anderson and Al Jolley will officiate. There will be a reception at the Church immediately following. Gifts may be given in Ray's memory to Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery, 8252 Harrington Flat Road, Kelseyville, CA 95451. Send Condolences at www.appealdemocrat.com
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 9 to Sept. 8, 2015
Hutton, Helen Ruth (Terry)*  
September 12, 1926 - August 26, 2015 Helen Ruth (Terry) Hutton, age 88, of Yuba City, passed away on August 26, 2015. She was a resident of the Yuba-Sutter area for 80 years. Helen owned a dress shop from 1970 - 1975 and worked for Hendrick's Store for many years. She was an almond rancher in Durham, CA for 30 years. She was a member of the Peach Tree and Plumas Lake Golf and Country Clubs and held Bible studies in her home. Helen is preceded in death by her 4 brothers; 3 sisters and her husband Delbert Hutton of 45 years. She is survived by 2 children Harvey Hutton (Vicky) of Santa Cruz and Karen McCarty (Ron) of Marysville; 2 grandsons Nicholas Hutton and Kevin Hutton and 7 great-grandchildren. She was the last living relative on both sides of the family. Graveside memorial services will be held at Sierra View Cemetery, Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 10:00 am. A Wake Service will be announced at the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association. Send Condolences to www.appealdemocrat.com
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2015
Johnson, Kim Lawrence (Nick)*  
Kim Lawrence "Nick" Johnson, 62, of Browns Valley, CA, died of complications on August 7, 2015 in Marysville, California. Born February 9, 1953 in Woodland, California. A resident of Browns Valley for 24 years. Following the footsteps of his admiring father, he owned and operated Johnson's Refrigeration company. The youngest of two children and only son to George and Margaret Johnson of Yuba County. Nick had a great appreciation for all things vintage, and dreamed of a peaceful retirement in the foothills watching from his porch, horses graze, after long days of tinkering. He is survived by his loving son Brandon A. Johnson of Ceres, California. Friends and family may attend an informal gathering of kind remembrance on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 7330 Evergreen Lane, Browns Valley, CA 95918 (a private residence/friend) from 2:00pm to 5:00pm Send Condolences at www.appealdemocrat.com
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2015
Lemenager, Mark*  
Mark Lemenager of Sutter, CA was born on December 27, 1949 and passed away on August 26, 2015 at the age of 65. Mark was a lifelong resident of the Yuba - Sutter area and was a co-owner and operator of the 69 Ranch. He was an active member of the local community serving many years on the Brittan Elementary School Board. He also was a member of the Sutter Buttes Cross Committee and enjoyed supporting our local 4-H and FFA youth. Mark volunteered many hours during the summer time at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds livestock barn area. He graduated from Brittan Elementary School, Sutter High School, and attended both Colorado State University and Chico State University. Mark was a member of both the Sutter Buttes 4-H Club and the Sutter FFA. While in high school, Mark was also a member of both the 1965 and 1966 undefeated S.V.L. Championship football teams. He also played basketball and in 1966 and 1967 set the school records for blocked shots and rebounds. Following high school, Mark was recruited to play basketball at Colorado State University. He played one season of basketball at Colorado State and then transferred home to attend Chico State where he majored in Agriculture. Mark is survived by his wife of 39 years, Gayle Lemenager and their two children Courtney Lemenager and Joe Lemenager (Erika). He also has one grandchild, Ryleigh Lemenager. Survivors also include his mother, Gerry Lemenager; sisters Lila and Carol Lemenager; brother Ned Lemenager (Debbie) and their two children Lee and Andy Lemenager. Mark was preceded in death by his father Austin Lemenager. Graveside services will be held at the Sutter Cemetery on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the following: Sutter Buttes 4-H Club, 142 Garden Hwy., Yuba City, CA 95991; Sutter High FFA, P.O. Box 498, Sutter, CA 95982 or the Yuba-Sutter Fair Barn Fund, 442 Franklin Ave., Yuba City, CA 95991. Send Condolences to www.appealdemocrat.com
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 29 to Aug. 31, 2015
Madison, Michael Scott*  
Michael Scott Madison "Maddog", 58, of Live Oak, CA, passed away peacefully at his home on August 9, 2015. A Yuba-Sutter resident of 55 years born on July 14, 1957 in Red Oak, Iowa. He was a retired rancher and farmer. He was a volunteer at Oregon Peak Forest Fire Lookout Tower in Dobbins for 5 years and was a member of ECV Clampers at La Port Chapter for 13 years. Survivors include his wife Laura Annette Madison of Live Oak, daughter Heather Michele Madison of Yuba City, mother Dorothy May Madison of Marysville, brothers Don and Ron Madison both of Yuba City, sisters Diana Korngold of South Bend, Indiana and Pauline Stewart of Auburn, and his beloved service dog Jake of Live Oak. Preceded in death by his father George Paul Madison of Yuba City. Private family services were held at an earlier date. A "Celebration of Mike Madison's Life" to be held at the Willow Glenn Saloon, 13809 Willow Glenn Rd., Oregon House on September 5, 2015 at 1:00pm. Please RSVP (530) 301-7468, Heather Madison. In lieu of flowers, donations to be sent to Sutter North Hospice - 400 Plumas Blvd., Suite 115, Yuba City, CA 95991 (530) 749-3460. Send Condolences at www.appealdemocrat.com
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 18 to Aug. 30, 2015
Toler, Ronnie Lee*  
Ronnie Lee Toler, 66, of Marysville, CA, passed away on August 25, 2015 in Dickson, TN. Family, call (530) 742-8462. Arrangements with Dickson Funeral Directors 615-446-2313. Send Condolences at www.appealdemocrat.com
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2015

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Accito, Viola Josephine*  
Viola Josephine Accito (Toots) was surrounded by loved ones and caregivers when she was taken by the Lord on August 25, 2015. Born October 13, 1916, she was 98 years young. Viola was truly a divine giver as a daughter, sister, auntie, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Born in Centerville, Iowa, Viola moved to California where she married her best friend, Frank Accito on September 22, 1933. For the next 55 years, they built their lives around their work and children. Some of Viola's fondest memories included her family sitting around her holiday dining table as she loved to entertain and cook, working side by side her husband selling Christmas trees on the corner of Clark Avenue and Colusa Highway, working in the packing shed on Butte House Rd and Howlett Avenue and gardening. Viola loved working and her customers were her friends. She is survived by her children Maryann (Jack) Luedman of Livermore, Judy Mitchell, Diane (Ray) Bull and Gene (Diane) Accito all from Yuba City, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Viola is preceded in death by her parents, Margarita and Angelo Zucco, her sisters, Mary and Angelina, her brothers, Augustine, Angelo and Louie, the love of her life, Frank Accito, and her son, Frank James Accito. A rosary will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM at the Ullrey Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Isidore's Catholic Church. Burial will be at the Sutter Cemetery. The family would like to thank Viola's caregivers, Adeline Diaz, Bright Star Health Care, Bristol Hospice and Dr Balwinder Malhi, Because of these individuals and agencies, Viola was able to live out her dream of staying in her home. Mom, I miss you already but feel so blessed that you had a great 98+ years of life. Keep dancing, singing and smiling! I am sure you are the life of the party in heaven! Send Condolences at www.appealdemocrat.com
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2015
Basrai, Sawarn Singh*  
Sawarn Singh Basrai 86 years old, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2015 at his home. He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and faithful friend. Born in India, he earned a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from Punjab University before traveling to England with his young family and later venturing to America. He settled in Yuba City and for nearly 60 years was involved in farming. He had a passion for tree crops such as peaches, prunes and walnuts. He also enjoyed attending to his garden which he planted yearly, and welcomed the community to enjoy its many fruits and vegetables. Committed to education, his own and others, he took great pride in educating his children. He had an enduring intellectual curiosity and was a voracious reader, mostly reading about history, politics and current world affairs. He enjoyed international travel, having visited five continents. Sawarn could always be counted on to help those in need, family or stranger. He helped many establish a foothold toward economic and educational advancement. He took pride in his U.S. citizenship and never missed voting in an election. Sawarn follows his wife of 63 years, Naranjan Kaur Basrai, by 7 months. He also leaves four children, Kamala K. Alexander (Ranya), Sarbjit S. Basrai, Iqbal S. Basrai (Cecilia) and Sukhpal K. Basrai. He also has four cherished grandchildren, Daya A. Grant, Gyan Alexander, Miya Basrai and Bella Basrai. Services will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Chapel of the Twin Cities & Crematory, 715 Shasta Street, Yuba City. Send Condolences to www.appealdemocrat.com
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, 2015
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