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Ada Dean Cabalzar Obituary

A native of Sutter County, Ada Dean Cabalzar, 96, died peacefully September 17, 2016, surrounded by her family. Born to Maud Bisset and Charles Regli on July 3, 1920, Ada Dean was raised by her maternal aunts, Clara Bisset Krull and Agnes Bisset Moore, after her mother died when she was seven years old. Moving between ranch and city life, Ada Dean was like a big sister to her cousins Tom and Wilma Krull and Donald and Clyde Moore.

Ada Dean was a 1933 graduate of Nuestro Elementary School and recently enjoyed attending the school's 100th Year Anniversary Celebration. She graduated from Sutter High School in 1937 and earned a History degree from Humboldt State in 1941. She married her college sweetheart, Martin Cabalzar, who on their first date took her to a $1 show and outdoor dance in Fortuna. She became a 4th grade teacher; she loved history and teaching her students all about California history, especially the Missions. She became a mother to Jan Cabalzar, born in 1945. Her daughter, Jan, later graduated from U.C. Berkeley and was a school district speech therapist.

After the deaths of her daughter and husband in 1975, Ada Dean returned to Yuba City to live almost 40 years in her smartly decorated and inviting apartment on Franklin Road. She traveled the world with her girlfriends and was a talented storyteller to her friends and family. She loved to dance, attend cultural events and visit family far and near. She was influential in the lives of her cousins' children who affectionately called her aunt and were in awe of her energy and liveliness.

She is survived by her cousins Donald Moore, Kathleen Moore, Peggy Pavese, Sharon Freechtle, Kevin Moore, Colleen Ballew, Liz Garnett and Tom Krull Jr.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutter Cemetery.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Sept. 22, 2016
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