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Ajax, Joseph L. - Folsom  
Joseph L. Ajax 03/02/2015 Of Folsom, Calif., passed away at age 72, March 2, 2015. Joe was born in Tooele, Utah and resided in California for the past 61 years. Loving husband of Diane Ajax. Cherished father of Darin (Sandi) Ajax, Bret (Lori) Ajax, Devin (Nicola) Ajax, Jennifer (Mark) Dundas and Ben (Kelsey) Ajax. Grandfather of Tiffany, Emmalee, Kylie, Joey, Lacey, Sara, Kathryn, Jonah, Whitney, Hannah and Ella. Services were held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Folsom 2nd Ward Chapel. Interment Tooele, Utah. Price Funeral Chapel (725-2109), directors.
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Published in Folsom Telegraph, The from Mar. 11 to Apr. 9, 2015
Aplin, Charles Leland - Auburn  
Charles Leland "Lee" Aplin 06/13/1921 - 02/28/2015 Lee grew up in North Dakota on a homestead ranch in Timmer and the small town of Grenora. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering at North Dakota State in Fargo. After graduation, he moved to California to work on aircraft instrumentation and was drafted during WWII into the Navy at Moffat Field. After the war, he moved to San Francisco where he meet Helen Marie Novak. They were married in 1948, had 3 children and lived in Palo Alto. He spent most of his career working as a Sales Engineer in instrumentation and mining equipment. After retirement, he moved to Auburn in 1989 where he enthusiastically pursued his interests in photography, genealogy, hiking, local history, woodworking, aviation, writing, travel, his Norwegian heritage, philosophy and talking to interesting people anywhere. Lee died peacefully of old age, surrounded by his family. He was preceeded in death by his parents, sister, brother, and wife Helen. He is survived by his children: Kristin Aplin, LeeAnn Aplin Houck, and Paul Aplin, grandchildren: Tyler Clark, Gavin Clark, Alyssa Bartos, Stephanie Lee and Erik Aplin, and great-grandchildren: Baxter Boggie, Aela Clark, Jade Clark and Jayden Bartos. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Monday, March 16th at 11 am at the Canyon View Community Center, 417 Maidu Drive, Auburn, Calif. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Placer Land Trust, www.placerlandtrust.org. See a longer obituary at www.dignitymemorial.com
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Published in Auburn Journal from Mar. 11 to Apr. 9, 2015
Arredondo, Chris Franco - Auburn  
ChrisFranco Arredondo 01/28/1923 - 02/22/2015 Chris Franco Arredondo, born in Lincoln, California on January 28, 1923, passed away the evening of February 22, 2015 at home in Auburn, California with his wife, Grace and familyby his bedside. He suffered dementia. He was preceded in death by his son Christopher in 2006. He is survived by daughters, Nancy Colgan (Joe), Leslie Pelling and grandson, Garrett Pelling, granddaughters Heather McLaughlin, Victoria Sorenson, Christina Colgan, great-grandchildren Abigail Sorenson, Lucas Sorenson, Lilianna Pelling and Hendrix McLaughlin. He attended elementary and high school in Lincoln, California. He was a veteran of World War II. Chris joined the Army Air Force in 1943 and became an electrical tech to work on B17 bombers while serving. He was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1949 Grace and Chris were married in San Jose, California. They would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on April 3, 2015. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation, in Chris' name to the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation - Hospice Program. A memorial service will be held in April (Date and time will be announced in the near future).
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Published in Auburn Journal from Mar. 12 to Apr. 11, 2015
Bailey, Matthew Alfred - Dutch Flat  
Matthew Alfred Bailey 1925 - 02/24/2015 Matthew Alfred Bailey left this life February 24, 2015. Born in San Francisco to Matthew and Phoebe Bailey in 1925, Matt spent his childhood in San Francisco and at the family retreat in Boulder Creek. Following graduation from Lowell High School, he enrolled at Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo. When the campus was converted to military use, he took an appointment to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point and graduated a marine engineer in 1946. Following several years at sea, he did ranch work in Montana and California and packed mules in the High Sierras. In 1952 he married Betty Behrens, whom he had met while a midshipman at King's Point. After trying his hand at farming in Pennsylvania, he returned to the west and took a job with PG&E at Lake Spaulding, later transferring to Drum Powerhouse. In 1958, Matt and Betty and their three daughters settled in Dutch Flat. Matt's pursuits were varied, including pivotal roles in establishment of the Dutch Flat Water Company and historic zoning for Dutch Flat. He was an avid reader and life-long student of local and world history, active in both the Golden Drift and Placer County Historical Societies. He was actively involved in a variety of wildlife and land conservation issues, including several terms on the Placer County Fish and Game Commission. His crowning achievement was inclusion os a 38-mile reach of the North Fork of the American River (Heath Springs to Colfax) in the National Wild and Scenic River System, in 1978. The 10-year crusade to protect the North Fork of the American River included formation of the North Fork River Council and a campaign to prevent construction of a proposed dam at Giant Gap. Matt was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Betty Bailey, and his elder sister Phoebe. He is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law: Heidi and Clif Youmans, Gretchen and Richard Dyson and Lisa and Doug Balmain; granddaughters, Amy Balmain and Lizzie Dyson; grandsons Doug Balmain and Peter Dyson and beloved nieces and nephews. A celebration of life for both Matt and Betty will take place in May, in Dutch Flat.
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Published in Colfax Record from Mar. 11 to Apr. 9, 2015
Beckman, Leah Jeanne - Auburn  
LEAH JEANNE BECKMAN 08/31/1926 - 02/06/2015 Leah was born on August 31, 1926 in Colfax Calif. She passed away on February 6, 2015. She was a long time resident of Auburn, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents Nathan and Audere Clinkinbeard; her sisters Barbara Stall, Elsie Martin and Audere Hoffman; her brothers Frank Clinkinbeard and William Clinkinbeard; and her husband of 66 years Arthur Beckman. She is survived by her loving family: daughter Barbara (Gary) Mayberry; sons Chris Beckman, Mark (Roberta) Beckman; grandchildren: Rebecca (Gerald) McKinnon, Jeff (Crystal) Mayberry, Nicholas Beckman, Sophia Beckman and Sarah Beckman; great-grandchildren Erin McKinnon, Leah Mayberry and Logan Mayberry. Leah graduated from Placer Union High School in 1944 and attended Sierra Junior College. She and her best friend Jerri were the first girl cheerleaders at Placer High. Leah and her husband Art moved to Eureka in 1953. While living in Eureka she was very active in youth groups. She was a Boy Scout Den Mother, Blue Bird Leader and Chapter Mom for Job's Daughters Bethel #86. She was active in Cutten P.T.A., and in 1960 she helped establish the Cutten Baseball League. She was a member of Camellia Chapter # 63 Order of the Eastern Star. After moving back to Auburn in 1967 she helped establish the Auburn Faith Hospital Guild. She was a member of Crystal Chapter #57 Order of the Eastern Star and a Grand Council Member of Job's Daughter Bethel # 148. After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes she started a Diabetes support group at the Senior Center. Leah retired from Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company after 25 years of service. She and her husband Art loved to travel and spent 20 years traveling the world. They loved to golf and their clubs went with them on almost every trip. Because of her love of travel, Leah became a travel agent and worked another 18 years as an "outside" agent. She also loved to learn and attended California State University in Sacramento. Leah was a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. As everyone who knew her says, "she was a lovely lady." We miss her so much. At her request no services will be held. Contributions can be made to a charity of your choice .
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Published in Auburn Journal from Mar. 18 to Apr. 17, 2015
Beechler, Helene Marie - Auburn  
Helene Marie Beechler 07/17/1939 - 12/05/2014 On December 5, 2014 Helene Marie Beechler moved to Heaven! Helene began her Journey on July 17, 1939 in Santa Monica, Calif. as the daughter of Ellen and Frank Indovina. She was a little sis to Tom, and a big sister to Marianne, Jo Marie, and Michele. She had many cousins, was an aunt, married Peter Beechler, and became a mother to five children, Nick, Therese, Christy, Peter, and Alicia. She loved kids and was Funny Grandma to 15, and Great-Grandma to three and two on the way! Helene had many friends in 75 years of life, and spent 14 years sharing them with her best friend, Richard Pierson, and their many cats they both enjoyed. There will be a Memorial on March 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at 1746 Hidden Valley Ln. in Auburn to celebrate my Mom, "The silly string & super glue that held the fam together!" If you have any questions please call (530) 878-0179, Christy Holloway.
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Published in Auburn Journal from Mar. 14 to Apr. 13, 2015
Beltran, Loretta - Auburn  
Loretta Beltran 12/27/1925 - 01/25/2015 Survived by three of four sons, Michael, Charles and George Simkovich. Memorial Sat. March 21, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Canyon View Assembly of God. 23221 Foresthill Rd. Info (408) 691-9101
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Published in Auburn Journal from Mar. 18 to Apr. 17, 2015
Best, Adeline Mary - Roseville  
Adeline Mary Best 11/14/1924 - 02/23/2015 Adeline (Adele) Best 90 years old of Roseville, Calif., passed away on February 23, 2015 at home surrounded by her friends Tina Minasian who was also her caregiver and Patient Advocate, Charlene Good, Doris Easley, Anneliese Grasshof and Jim Burckle. Adele was born on November 14, 1924, in Pound, Wisconsin to Fred and Bertha White who were both born in Russia. Adele was raised on a farm with all the values of thrift, honesty and hard work of a child of the "Depression." She was the 13th of 14 children and out lived all of her siblings. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was known to her family as "Addie" and to her friends as "Adele." After graduating from high school, Adele proudly served during World War II as a US Navy WAVE, Yeoman 2nd Class. She was stationed at Treasure Island, SF, Calif. as a Transfer Yeoman. After serving in the Navy, she went onto work for the Civil Service as a Secretary for Naval Intelligence in San Francisco and Alaska. She loved and served her country proudly and showed her patriotism everyday. She had a huge heart and was a friend to all and touched so many lives. She overcame many adversities and successfully battled ovarian cancer. A life well-lived doing volunteer work for the Roseville Police Department for 19 years, Neighborhood Watch, Emblem Club, Roseville Women's Improvement Club, AARP, NARFE, Sacramento Waves, Sun City Roseville Veteran's Club, SPCA, Accordion and Organ Clubs and many more totaling 40 years of volunteer service. Adele was in good health and active until Christmas of 2014. Her death was sudden. She was secure in her faith and realized that ALL her good deeds and the love she spread was a manifestation of her love for God and Country. She was ready to meet her Savior. Friday, March 13, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Viewing Service: Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel, 6920 Destiny Drive, Rocklin 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Police honors, flag ceremony, and service: Pleasant Grove Community Church, 1730 Pleasant Gove Blvd, Roseville Immediately following the church service, dinner and music will be served at Heritage Oaks Memorial Chapel in Rocklin. Please see tribute to Adele at heritageoaksmemorialchapel .com Her final resting place will be with her beloved husband Richard and dog Benji at the Riverside National Cemetery at 2 p.m. on March 20, 2015 with dove ceremony. 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, Calif. 92518. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Placer SPCA in honor of Adele Best.
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Published in Press-Tribune, The from Mar. 11 to Apr. 9, 2015
Bremenour, Margaret - Auburn  
Margaret Bremenour 7/09/1920-3/06/2015 Margaret was born in Sparta, Illinois to Mary and James Morrison. She lived in the Bay Area for 10 years and has been in Auburn since 1984. She is survived by her son James Murphy and his wife Frances. She leaves behind four grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren. She loved dancing, and was active with the Auburn Senior Center. A Committal Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday March 12, 2015 at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA 95620 She will be greatly missed.
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Published in Auburn Journal from Mar. 13 to Apr. 12, 2015
Briggs, Robert Oliver - Folsom  
Robert Oliver Briggs 03/06/1925 - 02/26/2015 Robert Oliver Briggs born March 6, 1925 in Natoma, California to Margaret and Hugh Briggs, passed away February 26, 2015 at the age of 89. Bob was part of a gold rush family that came to California in the 1850's. He attended Granite Grammar School and Folsom High School, then enlisted in the Army where he was a mortar man who saw combat in the European Theater in World War II as a member of the 103rd infantry division. Upon his return he attended Sierra College, and graduated from Sacramento State College with a Bachelors and Master's degree in History. After graduation he married the love of his life, Carmen, and they settled in the Ione area where they both taught school. Bob started teaching in Folsom, then taught in Ione and the Jackson area where he also became a principal and superintendent. He was a devoted congregant of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ione. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Carmen; son, Kevin; brother's Jim and Jack, and sister, Joan. He is survived by his sister, Lois and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Services were held on Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 20 Relihan Dr., Ione, Calif. 95640. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, PO Box 4, Ione, Calif. 95640. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.danerimortuary.com and signing the guest book.
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Published in Folsom Telegraph, The from Mar. 11 to Apr. 9, 2015
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