Classmates In Memorium

If you have any information to add, please let us know (Updated 3/22/2017)

Name and Date DepartedAdditional Information
Rita Nickles Allen: December 1993 SSDI records
Hugh Bass: 26 August 2005(Posted on the Classmates website on Sep 5, 2006) News from Hugh - he's gone. He passed away on August 26, 2005. He battled with the rare disease CNSV for two years before we lost him. Jann Bass
Darlene Bertacchi TraylorDate of death unknown
Victoria Berven Clegg: June 1984 Per her husband Michael Clegg
Jim BrewerDate of death unknown
Joyce Byers HackneyDate of death unknown
Mary Chaney Walker: 15 April 2010 WALKER, Mary Elizabeth, May 14, 1944 - April 15, 2010
I am writing with a very heavy heart but rejoicing that my sister Mary Walker went to be with our Lord at 10:30 P.M. Thursday April 15th. She died of a brain hemorrage earlier in the day.
Diane Cheney: 8 October 1960 Diane Cheney was born in Glendale, CA on June 12, 1944, and died at home on October 8, 1960 of leukemia.
Lloyd CurtsDate of death unknown
Ernest Decater: 31 July 2006SSDI records
Jerry Duncan: 18 June 2015

Jeryl (Jerry) Duncan, passed away early the morning of June 16th after complications from open heart surgery. Lynda Duncan Young (sister)

Jeanne Garino Flanagan: 26 September 1997 Received her date of passing from her daughter August 2010
Nancy Gayaldo Tuttle: 26 December 2010
Nancy (Gayaldo) Tuttle, age 66, passed away suddenly on December 26, 2010 surrounded by family in Rocklin, Calif. she was preceded in death by her father Andres "Hank" Gayaldo and son Michael Brian Webb. She is survived by her mother Connie Gayaldo, son Dawayne Tuttle, grandson Nathon and Johnathon Tuttle, brothers Jack (Mary Pat) Gayaldo, David Gayaldo and Dan (Jill) Gayaldo. Services will be held at Cochrane's Chapel of the Roses, 103 Lincoln Street, Roseville on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 10 a.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the donor's personal choice.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers from January 1 to January 5, 2011
Marilyn Hardison De CillisDate of death unknown
Fred Hinojos: 20 April 2011 Alfredo Hinojos was born on September 18, 1943 and passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. He was last known to be living in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He apparently traveled to his daughter's house in Chandler, AZ and lived his remaining brief time there. Cause of death was cancer. Barbara Spain was in contact with him until he was too ill to correspond. (SSDI records)
John Warren HooperDate of death unknown
Tom Howell

September 24, 1944 - March 9, 2017
Thomas Michael Howell (Tom) passed away peacefully on March 9, 2017 at the age of 72 at his home in Addison, Texas due to complications related to melanoma. Tom was born on September 24, 1944 in Sacramento, California to Thomas Nutting Howell and Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Howell. A fourth-generation Northern Californian, Tom spent his childhood in Oroville, California, and later moved to Roseville, California, where he played baseball, football, and basketball at Roseville High School as a member of the class of 1962.

After graduation, Tom continued his education at Sacramento State University, where he was a collegiate baseball pitcher and graduated with a B.A. in Physical Education and a minor in English. After earning his teaching credential, Tom taught English and coached baseball and football for many years at Del Oro High School in Loomis, California.

Following his career in teaching, he lived in Citrus Heights, California and was an enthusiastic regular at Omaha Hi-Lo games at the Lucky Derby.

In 2012, Tom relocated to Addison, Texas to be closer to his daughter, Kelli, and his granddaughters, Bridget and Charlotte. Following his move to Texas, he spent much of his time reading books, following the stock market, enjoying long walks around the neighborhood, playing Omaha at the WinStar on Saturdays, and attending as many North Texas LPGA tournaments as possible.

A loving father and a devoted grandfather, Tom enjoyed golfing, watching the San Francisco Giants, reading the novels of John Sandford, eating mint chocolate chip ice cream, playing cards, encouraging sarcasm in children, challenging equivocations, and cheering on whichever team was playing against the San Francisco 49ers in a given week.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Liz Howell, and his niece Joanna Howell. Tom is survived by his daughter Kelli Howell Heinzerling, her husband Dan, and granddaughters Bridget and Charlotte, all of Addison, Texas; his brother, Dan Howell and his wife Jan, of Cary, NC; nephews Robbie, Tommy and Mike Howell, and extended family and dear friends. A private memorial service will be held this summer in Northern California. As a former high school English teacher, Tom was often asked how to encourage children to love reading. His consistent advice was to let children always choose the books that they want to read, not the books that you think they should read. He strongly believed that letting kids read whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted, was the key to cultivating a love of books.

Accordingly, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that you take a child you love to the bookstore, and let that child choose some books or magazines that they would like to read� not the books that you think they should read. 

Mark Johnson: 25 November 2016

Mark Twain Johnson passed away November 25, 2016, at the age of 72. He was a life long resident of Roseville, Calif. Mark served in Korea for the US Army. He also spent a year in Germany to complete his B.A. degree, in English and German, from Cal State Sacramento. He retired, after 29 years, from the State of California, as Director of Industrial Relations. He was an active, twenty-year member of the Sacramento Bee Book Club. He enjoyed the music of Bob Dylan, and brought laughter and humor to everyone he met. Mark was devoted to his family, and is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda, and sons Dash and Steven Johnson, sister Maxine, and brother Bill. He passed away from respiratory failure.

A Tribute to Mark Johnson written by Dave Koester December 2016

Mark was a good friend of mine � a dear friend � a longtime friend � a trusted friend. And being the literary man that he was, he would no doubt, disapprove of this hyperbole. But it is as impossible to speak of him without it, as it is to sum up the life of a man I�ve known for almost sixty years. I first met Mark when we were boys of sixteen down in the jungle camps of Dry Creek. It seemed to me then that Mark was already a man, as there he told me about such things as Jack Kerouac and the beat generation, Tom Dooley, bongo drums, and poetry. As the years passed by, we would proudly cruise town together in his first car, a car that resembled a Tijuana taxi cab more than anything else with ripped and sagging headliner and inside door handles that were either missing or continuously falling off. We spent many a lonely weekend night in it together parked off some country road drinking six packs of Country Club beer ad talking life. We rode the freights and admired the lives of the hobos who often bought our beer. There were endless sunny summer days of cruising the local A&W, drinking iced mugs of root beer all to the sounds of Run Around Sue. We consoled each other through numerous heartbreaks, backed each other up when it came to fisticuffs, and smoked cigarettes on street corners and back alleys. After school, we played pinball down at the bowling alley and blew circles of smoke through our root beer floats at a caf� downtown. We fancied ourselves pretty cool dudes, and though we�d never left town, men of the world. Yeseree, we knew what was what and we were going to tame the world. We were more than cool dudes, we were �smart guys� who figured we knew things nobody else knew. Little did we know how little we knew. We had problems at school � didn�t fit in with the program or the cliques. At sixteen we ran away from home, heading for Canada with five bucks in our pocket making it as far as Cottonwood, California before being arrested, famished and dehydrated. Our junior year we were permanently suspended from Roseville High � all for drinking a can of beer before coming to pick up our report cards on the final day of school. It changed the course of our lives and could well have ruined them but we didn�t let it. Mark enlisted in the Army and ended up in Germany. I never forgave the school � one reason I never attend reunions � but Mark, true to his nature, did. He mastered the art of forgiveness early on. You could hit him over the head in the morning and by the evening, he�d still call you his friend. Mark was the original �happy go lucky� guy. He was a spark plug, an energizer, and he brought laughter and life to every gathering. Returning from Germany, Mark eventually established a long and successful career in civil service, but as it turned out, his most noticeable accomplishment occurred when he met and married his incredible wife, Linda. She tamed the beast in him, gave him a quiet peace within and two fine boys. That was where his story would end � not a bad ending � better than many of us get! When Mark and I finally reconnected after decades of following our own paths, I wasn�t surprised to see he hadn�t changed a bit � still that loveable goofy smile on his face, still that exuberant laugh, and still that sense of wonder about everything that surrounded him in life. Mark was a literary guru whose walls at home were stacked high with books. Perhaps his favorite writer was Mark Twain, as after all, his parents had bestowed on him the name Mark Twain Johnson. It is appropriate her to quote on of Twain�s epistles: Life is short Break the rules Forgive quickly Kiss slowly Laugh uncontrollably And never regret anything that makes you smile Mark followed these precepts to a tee � and when thinking of him � it will always bring a smile to my face � a smile I never regret! I will miss Mark tremendously but I also take comfort in the words of Kabil Gibran. �When you part from your friends, grieve not; for that which you love the most in him may be clearer in his absence as the mountain to climber is clearer from the plain�. As long as those of us who loved him live, Mark lives still Farewell my friend. May you rest in eternal peace Your good buddy, David December 2016

Fred Korte: 1962 Exact date of death unknown
Ed LewisDate of death unknown
Frank Luna: 29 November 2016

Frank Luna's Memorial will be held Friday, Dec 9th at 11 am at St Rose Catholic Church, 615 Vine Avenue, Roseville, CA 

Reception following the service at Moose Lodge, 506 Lincoln Street, Roseville, CA

Barbara McKinley Pendergast: 12 August 2007PENDERGAST, Barbara Faye ''Grammy''. Born May 9, 1944 in Great Falls, Montana. Passed away on August 12, 2007 in Roseville, California. She went home to be with the Lord and reunite with her son, Tommy. Barbara leaves behind her husband, Bernerd Jack Pendergast, daughters, Amy and Sally, and Sally's husband Joseph; five precious grandchildren, Melissa, Tiffany, Kyle, Micah, and Jonah; sister Louise Baker and husband Robert; dear friends Rosalie, Sabina, and Gina; along with many other family members and friends. A wife of noble character, she will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at 10 am on Sat., Aug. 18, 2007, at Lambert Funeral Home, 400 Douglas Blvd., Roseville, CA. Published in the Sacramento Bee on 8/16/2007.
Phillip McNicolDate of death unknown
Valerice Meyer: 13 October 1988  
Don Middleton: 12 May 2008MIDDLETON, Donald Elwood. Oct 3, 1944 - May 12, 2008. Treasured father to daughter Lana Janey (husband Brian), grandchildren Austin, Lily, and Gloria, and many nieces and nephews. A beloved father figure to Cindy, a loyal friend to many, beloved brother of Roberta Wolf, Leland Middleton, and Marilyn Oliver. In Christ's arms and free at last. Special thanks to Kerry Wolf for his many kindnesses and support, Sutter VNA Hospice, and Matai for his tender care. Memorial to be held on Sunday, May 18, at 2pm at First Baptist Church of Fair Oaks, 4401 San Juan Ave., Fair Oaks. Published in the Sacramento Bee on 5/16/2008.
Lewis MillerDate of death unknown
Ron Mueller: 20 September 2012  
Charlene Nieri Rushing Carlson: 2 December 2011 Charlene L. Carlson, 67, of Olivehurst passed away on December 2, 2011. Arrangements are under the direction of Lakeside Colonial Chapel & Crematory
Jon Nichols - 5 June 2014

Jonnie (Jon) Paul Nichols was born August 7, 1944 to Art and Irene Nichols. Jon was a Roseville High School graduate, Class of 1962, and a life-long Roseville resident. Retiring after a 40-year career with Southern Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad, Jon went on to work in retirement for Enterprise Rental Car. Jon had a love for sports, particularly golf, and always enjoyed a little friendly competition and a good joke. Jon is survived by his two daughters, Karyn Morris (Keith) of Mt. Shasta and Kristen Adamson (Gene) of El Dorado Hills, his two brothers, Art Nichols (Pat) of Roseville and Ken Nichols of Carson City, and his four grandchildren, Ryan, Dylan, Sydney and Zachary. Being a life-long resident of Roseville, Jon had friends wherever he went and so many people who cared about him. Please come join Jon's family and friends on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Trocadero, 119 Church Street, Roseville, from 4:00 to 6:00 for a celebration of his life and to share stories and toast him one last time.

Phil Ortega Date of death unknown
Jackie Parrish (Knutson) Barker: 16 September 2004 SSDI Records
Frances Presti: 13 October 2012

Eulogy by Beryl Singley Mayne                             10/18/2012

 

I stand here before you now to review my Childhood Memories of Frances Presti Jensen but first, let me share some memories of her family.  Her late father, Jack Sr., her late Mother, Serena, her late Brother Jack, and present here today her sister, Rosemarie.   These memories are quite vivid in my mind and important to me, because the Presti family’s home environment provided for me, a normal, calm and loving place to be in contrast to the lack of those things in my own childhood home.   There was nothing better for me, than to hang out with an old school Italian family. So, for that I am forever grateful.

 

My friendship with Frances was indeed very special. We connected quite early in our childhood and became fast friends at Eureka Union Elementary School. Starting in the first grade, we played hop scotch, jump rope, sang songs, and laughed all while learning the 3 R’s , reading, w(riting and  a(rithmatic!  As teenagers, we laughed even more!  We traded clothes and experimented a little with make-up.  We went to High School football games, rallies, and dances. We talked endlessly about (you guessed it) BOYS!  After all, our favorite song was “Where the Boys Are“ by Connie Francis. We shared and did most all the things that teenage girls do. As we went into and through our stages of academia at Roseville High School, we began to formulate serious plans for our future Careers. We thought training to become Airline Stewardesses would be the ultimate career for the both of us. We didn’t have a clue, but soon learned the requirements were far too strict!  WHAT?? No husbands, family or children? What kind of career other than being actresses would require such?

 

Well, reality finally emerged and after graduating from Roseville High School, both of us went into careers that were quite similar after all.  I became a Medical assistant and Frances a Dental Assistant.  Interesting side note; we both chose Healthcare careers and both of our daughters are now, teachers.   Who knew?  And so we went on with our Adult lives.  Frances and I really didn’t see much of one another throughout our respective adult lives but remained in contact with each other through correspondence, birthdays, Christmas cards and an occasional phone call.  I have mentioned to my family and friends many times in conversation about the influence that the Presti family had on my life. I really believe that   the rock tossed into the pond creating a ripple effect applies to me in reference to the Presti family.

 

After all is said and done, I find myself richer for having grown up with her and knowing such a wonderful family. Those youthful memories of her will forever live in my heart. She struck me as a very gentle soul and I am very sure we were in alignment as it was meant to be.  I always admired her Catholic Faith and dedication to her family and I would like to think of her now as being released and flying amongst the Angels.  To her Family I say:  May the light of the Universe shine upon your grieving hearts.  And finally, a quote from George C. Scott:  “The Human Spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. “       

Arlene Rich Tillet: 18 November 1996

Arlene Ann Tillett - Roseville - Died November 18, 1996. Arelne Ann Tillett passed away in Roseville on Nov. 18, 1996. Cherished wife of Thomas Tillett of Roseville, loving mother of Laurie Balmain of Citrus Heights, Kathy Sheldon of Antelope, Cherie Downie of Roseville, Shelly Tillet of Roseville and Jennifer Tillet of Roseville.Also survied by her father David Rich of Oregon and her sister Patti Hancock of Wisconsin, and four grandchildren. Mrss. Tillet was a native of Patterson, New Jersey. She was 51 years old. She was a registered nurse in the Neo Natal Unit at Sutter Roseville Medical Center for 17 years, as well as a Campfire Leader, past president of Mother Lode Council of Campfire girls, and was also very active for many years in the Roseville Bobby Sox. Friends are invited to attend recitation of the Rosary on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at Reichert's Funeral Chapel, 7320 Auburn Blvd.,Citrus Heights, and a Memorial Mass on Friday, Nov.22, at 1pm at St. Rose Catholic Church, 615 VineAve. Contributions may be made to Sutter Roseville Hospice and will be accepted at Reichert's Funeral Chapel. There will be a private interment at Calvary Cemetery.

Lynda Rose Miller:12 June 2000SSDI Records
John Rosene: 4 April 2016

John R. Rosene passed away on Monday April 4th, 2016.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at the Trinity Assembly of God Church located at 202 SE 45th St, Lawton, Oklahoma.
Interment at the Fort Sill National Cemetery.

John was born in Hayward, CA on May 10th, 1944 to John and Elizabeth Rosene. He attended Roseville High School in Roseville, CA; graduating in 1962. After graduation, John worked and attended college. John entered the United States Army in 1964 and remained in service until 1972. John married Iva McAdams on June 27th, 1970. John and Iva have two daughters and the family lived in California. In 1983, the family moved to Lawton so John could begin work as a computer programmer with Telos. John enjoyed a long career as civilian contractor and finished his working years with Glacier technologies. John loved his family and his grandchildren brought a special joy to his heart. John enjoyed many pastimes, but his heart was in music. He played the organ, piano, harmonica, and guitar. His collection of LP's, cassettes, and CD's rivaled many. Any time he went to auctions and yard sales he would returns with new treasures, such as books, as he was an avid reader. He had a thirst for knowledge and learning. John was well-loved by everyone including his church family where he went on mission trips to help build churches in Mexico. He was a deacon, operated the sound booth, and taught adult Sunday school. He believed that cleaning the church was a ministry in itself to which he gladly performed. John is survived by his wife Iva, his daughters: Janice Lonteen, and Renee and her husband Robert Cryer, both of OK; his brother Donald and wife Carol Rosene of CA.; his sisters, Marilyn Hopping of CA and Katherine Gilman of CA.; his cousin, who was like a sister, Nancy, and husband Mike A'mato of Colorado; his brothers in law, James and wife, Carol and Dennis McAdams and wife, Chris; his sisters in law, Carolyn Blaylock and husband, Billy and Catherine Sue Schaefer; his grandchildren: Ian Cryer, Rachel Lonteen, Nick Lonteen, Waylon Cryer, and Chris Lonteen, all of OK. John was proceeded in death by his parents, his father in law, James McAdams, his mother in law Margie Williams and his brothers in law, David Hopping and Robert McAdams.

Evelyn Rudolph Hanson: 26 January 2014 Evelyn May Hanson (nee Rudolf) of Roseville, CA, born May 1, 1943, passed away January 24, 2014 surrounded by cherished loved ones. Evie was predeceased by her father, Anton Rudolf and mother, Mary Rose (Falltrick) Rudolf. A lifelong resident of Roseville, Evie leaves behind her husband of 52 years, Gene, sons, Robert (Teresa) and Scott (Beverly) as well as her beloved grandchildren, Janiah, Brett, Samantha, Nicole, Brandon and three great-grandchildren, Yesenia, Antonio, and Navina. Evelyn's extended family includes her sisters, Nancy Lowe (Bill) of Carmichael, Marilyn Mitchell (Carey) of Dunsmuir, and brother, Paul Rudolf of El Dorado Hills, brother-in-law Bill Hanson and sister-in-law Cleo (Jim) Scutt of Roseville. She was predeceased by her mother- and father-in-law, Mabel and Clarence Hanson. Evie is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Evie was a genuine woman filled with love and acceptance, kindness and consideration. She struggled for many years with various physical ailments and fought through them all with a spirit unmatched. She had a laugh like a wind chime and always made everyone she came in contact with feel welcome and appreciated. She will be so greatly missed. Services will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Lambert Funeral Home 400 Douglas Blvd, Roseville at 10:00 a.m. Burial and reception will immediately follow at the Camptonville Cemetery in Comptonville. Directions will be provided. Flowers are welcome as well as donations made to the American Diabetes Foundation.
Sharon Schummelman Watson Aurora: 7/15/2017 Sharon Aurora Watson:  Born January 3, 1945.  Passed away in Roseville on July 11, 2017.   Memorial service to be held on September 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at her brother's house located at 1016 Enwood, Roseville, CA
Delores Simpson Best Date of death unknown
Ken Sloan: 20 June 2012

July 26, 1943 - June 20, 2012 Kenneth Dale Sloan, 68, of Foresthill and Davis, CA. passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. 

He was born July 26, 1943 in Vernon, Texas but grew up and went to school in Roseville, CA. He received an AA Degree from Columbia Community College, worked for UC Davis and the California State Correctional Facilities in Vacaville and Folsom, CA. He retired in 2003. He loved sailing, fishing, playing cards, and collecting ‘things’ he always knew would one day come in handy. He especially loved spending time at the family farm near Hope, AR. 

He is survived by his wife, Sharon (Styers) Sloan of Foresthill and now Davis, CA,

Steven Smedstad: 3 August 1962Steve Smedstead was killed in a car accident 3 August 1962 per Carol Nikkel.
Donna SmithDate of death unknown
Jim SniderDate of death unknown
Tom Sturgeon: February 1988SSDI records
Margaret Sullivan Channell: 2 March 2007CHANNELL, Margaret. Born Nov. 22, 1944, went home on March 2, 2007. She is survived by husband David, and sons David Matthew and Reed Tavis. She was a local artist who for 30 years has been devoted to the brush. Her watercolor and acrylic paintings have hung in galleries throughout Northern California including Carmel and Napa. Margaret had also taught in craft stores from San Jose to Redding One women shows have dotted her long career, and had won numerous contests. Her inspiration and energy was one of a kind. Funeral services will be held on March 6, at 10:00 AM at the Family Christian Center, 6521 Hazel Ave., Orangevale, CA. Published in the Sacramento Bee on 3/3/2007.
Tom Taylor: 23 April 2000SSDI records
Alvin Thomas 25 June 2004 In Klamath Falls, OR, at age 60. He is survived by his wife, Valerie; sons Rick and Keith; daughters-in-law and five grandchildren. No funeral services were held.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 7/10/2004
Gene VanVoltinburg: 6 October 2008 Eugene Harvey VanVoltinburg - 5/31/1944 to 10/6/2008 - Gene passed away on Monday, October 6, 2008. He was the son of the late Harvey Daniel Van Voltinburg. He is survived by his mom, Betty Van Voltinburg Melligan, his wife of 36 years, Edna, his sons, Aaron (Katie), Matt (Sarah), and John (Mellissa) Van Voltinburg. Beloved big brother of Kathie (Clete) Sterrett, Karen (Mario) Trejo and Loreen (Rich) Dillman. Adored uncle of Alan, Katherine and Monica Sterrett, Skyler and Cameron Dillman and Daniel Trejo. Loving grandfather to Alissa, Baylee & Carley Van Voltinburg. Gene was a lifetime resident of Roseville & Granite Bay. He graduated from Roseville High School in 1962. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad until his retirement in 1993. He was drafted in the Army and served his country with honor. He was a devoted family man and he will be missed by family, friends, former co-workers and neighbors. Gene will be honored in a military service on Saturday, November 15,2008 at 1pm at the Roseville Cemetery. A Celebration of his life will immediately follow at the Church of Christ, 1799 Cirby Way, Roseville. Memorial contributions may be made to: The American Heart Association, 2007 O Street, Sacramento, Calif., 95814.
Larry Way: 28 November 2013 Larry Way passed away in November from complications with cancer per his wife Arlene
James Craig WelchDate of death unknown
John Welder: 6 June 2000SSDI records
Michael Willard: 3 Jul 2007SSDI records
John Zannon: May 1981SSDI records