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AGUIRRE, Marvin Mitchell  
In Loving Memory of Marvin Mitchell Aguirre. Born 02/4/1965 in Fresno California. Age 51, passed away in Sacramento on 06/13/2016. Survived by his wife Lorraine, four children Angelo, Marvin Jr., Jose, and Angelica. Also his three step-children Marlene, Anthony, Reina and 19 grand-children. His mother Diane and step-father Molin. He will be truly missed by all. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 8, 2016, Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church located at 6600 Steiner Drive, Sacramento Ca 95823. Viewing at 2:00. Services start at 4 pm. Burial service in Fresno, CA., Choinumni Indian Cemetery (Pine Flat Dam, Piedra) on Saturday July 9, 2016 approximately 11:30 am. All Family and Friends are welcome.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 1, 2016
Defazio, Eleanor C.  
Eleanor Defazio was born in Sacramento in 1914 and passed peacefully on June, 2016 at 101 years of age with her loving family at her side. Eleanor was a graduate of Sacramento High School class of 1932. She married Peter Defazio on July 11, 1940 and became widowed in 1948. Eleanor was an incredible cook, gardener, and painter. She is survived by an extended family that will miss her wit and humor. A Funeral Service will be held in her honor on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 11:00 at Nicoletti, Culjis & Herberger, 5401 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, 6700 21st Ave., Sacramento, CA. Please sign the guestbook at www. nicoletticuljisherberger.com
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 1, 2016
Gonzales, Alice Katherine  
Preceded in death by her husband, Fidel and two grandsons. Survived by daughters, Barbara and Joan (Robert), son Richard (Isabella), 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren. The family wishes to express gratitude to the staff at American River Care Center in Carmichael, CA and First Call Hospice for their care. There will be no services. Final resting place will be Foresthill, CA.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 1, 2016
Haynie Beale, Dorothy  
Dorothy was born in Missouri where she later married Robert Carol Haynie. They raised six children and moved the family to Orangevale, California in 1960. Dorothy worked for the State of California for over 25 years. She was also a world traveler, author, hand-writing analyst, Unity minister and motivational speaker, positively influencing innumerous people with her generous and loving spirit. She married William Beale in 2003 and enjoyed an idyllic life with a home on the golf course, cruising, dancing, tennis and true love. On Saturday, July 2, there will be a viewing from 9am -12pm, and memorial reception with a light luncheon from 12pm-2pm, at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks. For further details please see the on-line Mount Vernon obituary.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 1, 2016
Matsuura, Phyllis Haruko  
Phyllis Haruko Matsuura passed away peacefully at her home on June 11, 2016 at the age of 89. She was born on June 4, 1927 to Sadaji and Shizu Yoshimura in Marysville, California. Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years Shiro Matsuura, her sisters Fusako Sakaue of Japan , Ayako "Aya" Takaoka of Los Angeles and brothers Ichiro Cliff Yoshimura of Yuba City, Sadao "Sid" Yoshimura of Sacramento, Yoshito "Yosh" Yoshimura of Marysville, Shigeru "Shig" Yoshimura of Marysville, George Yoshimura of Los Angeles and Jim Yoshimura of Torrance. She is survived by her son Steve "Bubs", his wife Susan, grandchildren Christine Hashigami and Jody (Carlos) Contreras and great granddaughter Marisol. She is, also, survived by sister in laws Kyoko Yoshimura, Toby Yoshimura, Nancy Yoshimura, Bessie Nakano, Sumi Honda and Labelle Matsuura, brother in law Tosh (Betty) Matsuura and numerous nieces and nephews. Phyllis worked for the State of California EDD for 22 years before retiring. She loved cooking, gambling, watching game shows and especially spending time with her family. She was a very quiet and kindhearted person with a feisty spirit. Her sweet and generous nature will be missed by all. A private memorial service was held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, the Sacramento Baron's Organization or an organization of your choice.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 1, 2016
McCuen, John Theron  
John T. McCuen passed away at his Auburn home on June 24, 2016, at the age of 84 after a decades-long battle with cancer. John was born Aug.1, 1931, in Stockton, CA to Theron and Hazel Kelley McCuen. He grew up in in Bakersfield, CA, attending public schools and community college there. He was active in Future Farmers of America in high school and was proud of having the Grand Champion Steer at the Kern County Fair. His father was Superintendent of the Kern County Union High School and Junior College District from 1945-1968 and his mother taught school for a few years in the same district, likely influencing his eventual pursuit of a career in education. John received his bachelors and masters degrees from California State University, Chico, and his doctorate in education from the University of California, Berkeley where he was the recipient of a Kellogg Foundation Fellowship. He served four years of active duty in the Navy during the Korean War. Much of the duty was on board the submarine Charr SS328 as an enlisted regular seaman and sonar operator. John had a 30 year career in California community colleges during which he was a teacher, counselor, coach and administrator. He was President of Long Beach City College when he retired. He served on the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and on many accreditation teams. In 1983-84 he was President of the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges. He served a stint as executive director of the California Community Colleges Trustees Assn. and did community college consulting for several years after his retirement. John married Sharon Speer Ruckle in 1986. They moved to Auburn and built a home on 20 wooded acres. John loved the outdoors and particularly working on his place, whether mowing the pastures, weed eating or cutting fallen trees into firewood for his wood stove. He delighted the grandchildren by taking them for rides around the property in his John Deere Gator. John also enjoyed the cottage he and Sharon built on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound where they spent many summer months; the cottage became a special place for family gatherings. He also loved their annual trips to Kauai; his favorite moments included soaring over the ocean waves twice in an ultralight plane. John was a member of the Auburn Valley Country Club and had years of enjoyment playing golf there, especially as a member of the Bullfrogs. He was also a member of SIR (Sons in Retirement) Sierra Hills Branch 79. He is survived by his wife Sharon Speer McCuen, daughter Julie (Dave) Grover of Westlake Village, son John K. McCuen of Costa Rica, step-children Tim Ruckle, Katherine (Steve) Hardeay, Shelagh (Kevin) Sanford and Suzanne Ruckle, grandchildren Shannon Horn, Caitlin Dirks, Molly Grover, Allison Hardeay and Jason Hardeay and great-grand-children Claire and Charlotte Horn. He is also survived by his sister Martha (Doug) Miller of Bakersfield and predeceased by his brother Peter A. McCuen. A celebration of John's life will be held at the Auburn Valley Golf Club on July 20 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Auburn Community Cancer Endowment Fund, 11899 Edgewood Road, Ste. X, Auburn, 95603.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 1, 2016
Whitus, Jessie K.  
Jessie K. Whitus passed away on June 22, 2016, at age 81. Jessie was born to parents Effie and Fred Kingren, a Swedish immigrant, on April 7, 1935 in Dairyland, Wisconsin. She grew up the middle of five siblings, and moved west to California in 1954 where she raised her family and worked for the US Air Force logistics command for more than 30 years, before retiring in 1992. In retirement, Jessie developed a passion for genealogy and the related travel to tiny county courthouses across the country interviewing acquaintances and copying dusty census rolls. When she was not traveling, she enjoyed spending her time tending to roses, watching baseball, volunteering at the local library, and doting on her grandchildren. She is survived by her siblings Carl Kingren, Marge Rand, Loraine Seeland, daughter and son-in-law Chris and Steve Dunlap, daughters Cindy Smith and Lisa Robinson, and son and daughter-in-law Brad and Sherri Whitus; seven grandchildren, Wendy, Breanna, Mandy, Michael, Kenney, Christy, John Bradley, and six great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Audrey Horner, and sons John and Mike Whitus. The family will receive friends to celebrate Jessie's life on July 5, from 2-5pm at the home of Chris and Steve Dunlap, 400 Kelse Court, Roseville, California 95661. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The National Fragile X Foundation at 2100 M St. NW, Suite 170, Box 302, Washington, DC 20037-1233, or online at www.fragilex.org . The family would like to specially thank Laura Hategan for her compassion and care over these past three years.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 1, 2016

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Baez, Alfred - Sacramento  
Beloved husband of 74 years to his true love, Madeline, father of Alfred and Barbara Anne, grandfather of 6, great-grandfather of 14 and great-great grandfather of 4, brother of Madeline, brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. The family thanks Sutter and Pioneer House for compassionate care. A well led life that speaks for itself. Please join us in celebrating it: 7/1/16 viewing and rosary 4 - 7 pm at Nicoletti's - 5401 Folsom Blvd, 7/2/16 Mass at 10 AM St. Ignatius Church - 3235 Arden Wy, Burial at 1 PM Sac Valley Nt'l Cemetery Dixon.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 30, 2016
Berg, Grace E. Anderson  
December 13, 1933 - June 10, 2016 Grace passed away peacefully, with family by her side, at her Roseville home shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer. She was born in Leonidas, Minnesota and ultimately moved to the Sacramento area in 1958. She is survived by her five children, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great, great grandson. After being a homemaker for many years, she worked as a real estate agent, an operator for Pacific Bell and a customer service representative for Shell Oil. Grace enjoyed being with her family and spending time at Thunder Valley Casino playing the slot machines. A memorial service will be held at Chapel of the Valley, 97 Vernon Street in Roseville on Saturday July 2 at 2pm.
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Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 30, 2016
La Vars, Sarah C.  
Sarah C. La Vars 92 passed away on June 18, 2016 peacefully with her family by her side. She was born July 25, 1923 to Nellie and Herbert Crossland in Leicester England. Sally served in the British Air Force from 1941-1943. During this time she met and married an american soldier. In 1946 as a British war bride, she and her 2 year old daughter came to America on the Queen Mary. She settled in Southern California holding various jobs until attended nursing school and became a psychiatric nurse at Pacific State Hospital in Pomona, Caifornia, where she retired after 20 years. Her greatest thrill was becoming a citizen of the United States. As the matriarch of the Crossland Family she will be missed by many relatives and friends. Sally's wish was have her ashes taken back to England where she be scattered along with other family members in their rose garden. She is survived by her daughter Patricia Hanson, son-in-law Edward Hanson, grandson Steven Hackney, step son Chuck Gruver, step daughters Cheryl Trasher, Jean Russell; nieces Louise Underwood, Julie Ward, Debbie Crossland, Sharon Joyce, Carolyn Peet, Elizabeth Burdett, Pam Mitchell and Debbie Childs; nephews David and Ian Burdett and Stephan Rahling.
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