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Newman, Kenneth Dean  
Kenneth Dean Newman 06/01/1934 - 06/30/2015 Kenneth Dean Newman passed away June 30, 2015 at the Rock Creek Care Center in Auburn; he was 81. A Memorial Service will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday July 9, 2015 at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine St., Auburn. Private interment will take place at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Grass Valley. Kenneth was born June 1, 1934 in Auburn to Jack & Grace Newman and he attended local schools through graduation. He served in the US Navy from 1956 to 1960. On April 23rd of that same year, he married Joanne Ewald, with whom he spent the next 45 years with, until her passing in 2005. Kenneth retired from both Pacific Bell Telephone company and Placer County Transit. He was a member of many local organizations including the Auburn Elks Lodge, SIRS, the Navy League, American Legion and the Pioneer League. Kenneth was a true and loyal fan of the San Francisco 49ers as well as the San Francisco Giants. He is survived by his children Michael (Lori) Newman and William J. Newman of Auburn, Lori R. Newman of Colorado, grandchildren Katie (Stephen) Rhoads, and Kristen Newman, and sister Jackie Cook. Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife Joanne Newman. Arrangements are under direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.
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Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on July 3, 2015
Pieper, Evette Marie  
Evette Marie Pieper 12/14/1959 - 06/17/2015 Evette Marie Pieper, born December 14, 1959, passed away on June 17, 2015 at the young age of 55 in Folsom, Calif. Evette was the daughter of Everett and Joy Rey, and was born and raised in Stockton, Calif. She went to St. Mary's High School, and at the age of 21 she met her soulmate Douglas Pieper at the Black Angus bar where Douglas was performing close-up magic. Evette and Douglas had two children Doug Jr and Megan. The family lost their husband and father Douglas in 2003, and now their mother Evette. The family is mourning the loss of Evette, but find comfort that in death she is reunited with her Doug, and her beloved parents Everett and Joy Rey. Evette is survived by her son Douglas Pieper Jr and his husband, her daughter Megan Ziegler, her husband and grandson Justin, her brother Everett Rey and his wife, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
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Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on July 1, 2015
Ragoshke, David Michael "Jr"  
David Michael Ragoshke, "JR" 02/21/1948 - 06/17/2015 David Michael Ragoshke, "JR", 67 years young passed away June 17, 2015 at his home in Lincoln due to illness of his heart and lungs. David was born February 21, 1948 in Sacramento, California to Harry and Lillian Ragoshke. Dave grew up in Rancho Cordova and graduated form American River College with an Associate of Arts. Sargent is the United States Air Force; Dave proudly served his country in the Vietnam War as well as working for the Dept. of Defense at McClellan Air Force Base from 1974-1998 when he retired. Owner and Operator of JR's Portable Sanitation, Dave was a well known and loved business man in the community for 21 years. Hard work and pride as the things Dave exuded when he climbed into the truck each day to service the members of this community. He wore many hats while running the business for over 21 years. Dave cared deeply for his customers. He enjoyed meeting new people and made many friends. In his life, Dave enjoyed spending his time out on the lake camping, boating, fishing, and spending time with his family. Dave leaves behind his wife of thirty-three years Janet Ragoshke and two children Jason and Brittany. Dave also leaves behind his older sister Sharon Koenig and nieces Cindy and Michelle. He will be remembered by his quick wit and silly jokes, his laugh, dedication to supporting his family, and his love for the outdoors. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015. For details, please contact the Ragoshke family at servicefordaveragoshke@hotmail.com. We would love to see you there.
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Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on July 2, 2015
Schneider, Charles Francis  
Charles Francis Schneider 06/23/1939 - 06/23/2015 Charles (Charlie) Francis Schneider passed away at home surrounded by family on June 23, 2015, his birthday. He was 76 years old. Charlie was born to Frank and Hulda Schneider, nee Wuebben, of Oak Park, Illinois in 1939. He spent his early childhood in Brookfield, Ill. Later, the family moved to St. Helena, Nebraska. After graduating from from Holy Trinity high school in 1957 Charlie joined the United States Navy. He served as a Seabee and was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Barcelona, Spain. In1960 Charlie returned home and worked with his father as a draftsman and carpenter--designing, building and remodeling homes throughout northeast Nebraska. One of their largest construction projects, built in the mid 1960s, was the former Neu Cheese Plant located outside of Hartington, Nebraska. He assumed responsibility of Schneider Construction in the mid 1970s. Also, during this time Charlie married Joni Sudbeck of Bow Valley, Nebraska and they had four children. While living in St. Helena, Charlie was active in the St. Helena Social Club, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Alcoholics Anonymous, and village politics. Charlie was elected mayor of St. Helena and saw years of community efforts finally realized with the paving of local roads and the construction of a village water tower. In 1981 Charlie and his family moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he worked on various commercial and military construction projects. There, he gained a reputation for his finish carpentry and craftsmanship. In 1990 Charlie joined his sons in Folsom, California where they continued the family business. While in Roseville, Charlie met Dorothy (Dottie) Fields. The two were married in 2003 and moved to Newcastle. Together, they enjoyed traveling around the world; visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Wall of China. Mostly they enjoyed cross-country road trips and visiting coastal communities of California when not spending time with family. Charlie was active in Auburn's St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church as a Eucharistic minister until his health began to fail. He was a good man with a strong work ethic who loved his family. Charlie is survived by his wife Dorothy Fields of Newcastle; siblings, Claudette Binder of Lincoln, Nebr. and Carolyn Kaiser and her husband Rich of Bloomfield, Nebr.; children, Shari Kitchin of Juneau, Alaska; James and Sara Schneider of Placerville, Jon and Kris Schneider of Auburn, Joel Schneider of Sacramento and Kelly Fields of Newcastle; grandchildren, Kohl and Tristan Kitchin of Bremerton, Wash., Hollis Kitchin of Juneau, Alaska; Tim and Alex Schneider of Auburn, and Joseph, Jamin, Alana and Joshua Schneider of Placerville; as well as many nieces and nephews throughout the Midwest. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015 at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 1610 Atwood Rd, Auburn, Calif. There will be a 9:00 a.m. viewing followed by Mass at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 7101 Verner Ave, Fair Oaks, Calif.
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Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers from June 26 to July 1, 2015
Skellenger, Neil  
Neil Skellenger 11/15/1940 Neil Skellenger was born on November 15, 1940 in Bishop, Calif. to his parents Arnold and Mae Skellenger. He was followed by two siblings, Ronnie (1942) and Marian (1951). While there was always plenty for the family to eat, even then, Neil had a hankering for the finer things in life. As a young boy, he would often pick blackberries and sell them to buy nicer clothes and extra things. Neil graduated in 1958 from Placer High School in Auburn. Neil was an avid hunter and fisherman from a young age. Neil married young and had two children, Larry and Lorra. The marriage ended in 1966. However, the love and care of his children continued with the help of his parents. Neil worked in construction his whole life. In 1981, he started his own blasting business called Neil's Controlled Blasting (NCB) with a used pickup truck and drill. With the help of his key superintendent, Gary Skellenger, he built the business into the largest blasting company in Northern California. After many years of being single, he met and married Judy Novak in 2001. Prior to his declining health, they enjoyed traveling throughout the world. Being as generous as he was, he would often include family and friends in their travels. Neil was preceded in death by his father, Arnold, and his brother, Ronnie. He is survived by his wife Judy and his mother, Mae; his sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Gail Miller; his children, Larry Skellenger and Lorra Duncan; and his stepchildren and their spouses, Scott and Susan Novak and Jeff and Michelle Novak; as well as 10 grandchildren and a great grandson. He left behind many cherished memories and funny stories. He will be missed tremendously. Services were held on Friday June 19, 2015. Friends may visit his tribute site at www.tributes.com /George-Neil-Skellenger
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Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on July 2, 2015
Stockwell, Hope A.  
Hope A. Stockwell 06/24/2015 Hope A. Stockwell peacefully passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Roseville, California. She was 93. A burial will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at the Roseville District Cemetery, 421 Berry St., Roseville, Calif. 95678. A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, July 13, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 615 Vine Ave., Roseville, Calif. 95678. Please share love and memories on Hope's guestbook at www.cochranewagemann.com .
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Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on July 3, 2015
Szymczak, Martin T.  
Martin T. Szymczak 05/20/1937 - 03/08/2014 Born in Chicago, Illinois on May 20, 1937, eldest son of the late Vincent and Frances Szymczak. Surviving are his loving wife, Mary and beloved children, son, Gregory and daughter, Lisa (Bruce) Rego, cherished granddaughters, Danielle and Bailey Rego. Also surviving are his beloved brother, Vincent (Rita) Szymczak, nieces, Pamela (Patrick) McGushin, Jennifer (Lawrence) Kinsella and nephew, Vincent (Melissa) Szymczak. Sister, Carol (Leo) Nichols was laid to rest on December 19, 2014. Surviving are her children, niece Frances (Kyle) Crater and nephews, David (Joann), Jeffry (Kelly) and Leo Nichols. Martin was a graduate of St. Rita High School and DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He and his family later moved to California where he enjoyed a successful career in the telecommunications industry, and a second career in the glass industry until his retirement. At rest March 8, 2014. Private Mass held March 14, 2014 at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Rocklin, California. Officiating, Reverend Stanley Poltorak.
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Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on July 3, 2015
Weir, Marshall Lee  
Marshall Lee Weir 11/30/1930 - 05/29/2015 Marshall Weir, 84, a longtime resident of Lincoln, died peacefully at home on Friday, May 29, 2015 in Lincoln, California. Marshall was born on November 30, 1930 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the midst of the depression and the dust storms. He was the second child of James and Frances Weir. The family moved to Illinois in 1946 where Marshall attended high school in Galesburg. He attended Knox College for a short time; then he worked for his father in the wholesale grocery business for a year until he decided to go back to college at Bradley University where he graduated in three and a half years with his bachelor of science degree and he was a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Marshall was an officer and gentlemen; he spent a year at Ellington Air Force Base in Texas. He was transferred to Mather Field, and it was there at a dance at the officers' club that he met the love of his life, Mary Kastrenos. Marshall and Mary were married in the Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento on June 24, 1956. After one year of flying B-36 bombers he was transferred to Travis Air Force Base. At Travis Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command, he was navigator engineer. Marshall worked for Aerojet for nine and a half years until he went to work for Formica as part of the management team. Marshall retired after nineteen and a half years from Formica. Marshall was truly a family man and was also dedicated to community service. He served on the Lincoln City Counsel for eight years and was Mayor of Lincoln for two terms. He served on the Lincoln City Planning Commission for 25 years and two years on the board of the Western Placer Unified School District. Marshall enjoyed time with his family, and he was involved in community organizations such as Far West Good Sam's Club, The American Legion Post 0264, Saint James Episcopal Church, and Sons in Retirement. Marshall loved to play cards. Marshall is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Mary Weir; his son James Weir of Scottsdale, Arizona; his daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Mark Stevens of Lincoln. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Melody and Brian Lake, Jared and Betsey Stevens, Erica Mattey, Ashley and William Johnson, Tiffany Cook and Savannah Weir-Cook. Great grandchildren Adelynn and Eloise Stevens, Giovanni Mattey, and Owen and William Johnson. His brother, James Weir of Carmel, Indiana, sister Nancy Mead of Lincoln, Nebraska; Nieces Marcia Kirk, Sarah Mead; great nephews Brian Kirk and Nathan Roberts; God children Steven Chiostri, Melissa Demas, Robert Takemoto, and James Kastrenos. The family will conduct a private burial with a memorial service to be held later this summer. Memorial contributions can be made to the Saint James Episcopal Church, Lincoln or to Shriners Hospital for Children, Burn Unit, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, Calif. 95817
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Published in Lincoln News Messenger on July 1, 2015
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