Emma Margaret Swingle
Emma Margaret Swingle, 93, died on Monday, July 4, 2005 at her home in Jackson.
Mrs. Swingle was born on Aug. 15, 1911 in Jackson to Italian immigrants, Charles and Mary Poggio. She spoke no English when she started school in Jackson. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1930 after which she moved to San Francisco to attend business school.
She returned to Jackson and worked for a prominent attorney before marrying Harold Swingle. After their marriage, she moved out on the ranch in Plymouth where there was no electricity or running water.
In 1945, they built and operated the Amador County Locker Service, which later became the Swingle Meat Company.
Emma loved cooking, gardening, square dancing, being with family, sewing, knitting and crocheting. She won best of show at the fair for a knitted tablecloth she made. She was also active in Eastern Star, Golden Star and was past president of Native Daughters Ursula Parlor No. 1. She trained to be an animal groomer in Stockton and established a dog grooming business at her home for many years.
She is survived by her sons, Bill and Tom Swingle, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Richard Swingle and brother, Ernest Poggio.
At her request no service will be held and inurnment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society of Northern California in Sacramento.
Emma wanted to express her gratitude to the volunteers and patients on the Amador STARS cancer van.
June J. Smallfield
Jan. 10, 1917 - Oct. 6, 2005
June J. Smallfield died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005, in Modesto at the age of 88 years.
She was born Jan. 10, 1917, to Fred and Lillian (Ratto) O’Brien in San Francisco. June was raised in San Francisco, was a longtime resident of Jackson and lived the last six years in Modesto.
She enjoyed playing cards, gardening, reading and crossword puzzles. June was a member of St. Patrick’s parish and the Jackson Woman’s Club.
She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Blennerhassett of Modesto; goddaughter Tina Collins of San Jose; brother-in-law, Jim Smallfield of Jackson; sisters-in-law, Beverly and Ethel Smallfield of Jackson; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be missed by long time friend Gertrude Gunther and many close friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack Smallfield.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial graveside service Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Jackson Catholic Cemetery
in Jackson. Interment was in the Jackson Catholic Cemetery
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered to the family via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements are being entrusted to Daneri Mortuary in Jackson.
Seldon Willie Spicer
April 2, 1922 - Oct. 9, 2005
Seldon Willie Spicer passed away quietly at home on Oct. 9, 2005, after a long illness, with his family at his side.
Mr. Spicer was born on April 2, 1922, in Talbert, Ky. He lived in Wolf Coal, Ky. until he was honorably discharged from the Navy on Dec. 7, 1945, at Treasure Island. He married Ramona Rivera of Dawson, N.M. in 1944 in San Francisco. He retired from Stauffer Chemical Co. in San Francisco in 1981 after 38 years.
In 1983, Seldon and Ramona built their home and moved to West Point. He loved hunting, fishing, carpentry and mechanics. He was a gifted amateur songwriter and liked to sing and play his guitar. He was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his loving and caring wife of 61 years, Ramona ; son, Sheldon; daughter, Darlene; grandchildren, Jessica, Jacob, Suryana and Matthew; and great-grandchildren, Austyn and Anthony.
A rosary will be recited Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in West Point. Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at 10 a.m. at the church, followed by interment at the West Point Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association.
McCrory’s of Pine Grove is handling arrangements.
Melvin S. Vukovich
Sept. 22, 1924 - Oct. 6, 2005
Melvin S. Vukovich passed away peacefully at his home in Shingle Springs Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005, at the age of 81.
Melvin was born in Jackson on Sept. 22, 1924, where he lived and attended school. Upon his graduation from Jackson High School, he was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1943. He fought in the famous Battle of the Bulge during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.
Upon returning home, Mel earned an athletic scholarship at the University of California from 1946 to 1950. He also won the 1949 Los Angeles Times Golden Gloves Heavyweight Championship in boxing.
After earning his degree in accounting, Mel worked as a Certified Public Accountant for several years in the early 1950s. In 1955 he opened an insurance agency in Placerville, becoming the first Farmers Insurance Agent in El Dorado County.
Melvin also enjoyed service clubs, holding memberships in the Masons, Toastmasters, Clampers and Rotary clubs. He was very active in local businesses and was one of the original directors of Western Sierra National Bank. He was a resident of El Dorado County for more than 50 years.
Melvin is survived by his wife Ayriane; daughters, Aimee and Claudia; sons, Milan and Troy; and sister Anka.
He was preceded in death by brother Nedjo and son Gregory.
Visitation service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005, at 7 p.m. at Daneri’s Funeral Home in Jackson. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005 at 10 a.m. at Daneri’s Funeral Home in Jackson. A reception at Mel and Faye’s Diner in Jackson will be held following the funeral.
James Aubrey White
James Aubrey White died peacefully at his home in Pioneer on Oct. 8, 2005. He was 97 years old.
A native of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Mr. White lived in Los Altos with his wife Dorothy and two daughters. He retired to Mendocino County and in 1988 relocated with his wife to Pioneer. She preceded him in death in 1996. Mr. White graduated from the University of Washington in 1931 as an electrical engineer. He was awarded membership in Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He supported himself through college by working as a surveyor in a logging camp. In 1932, he was hired by NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) at Langley Field in Virginia. He moved to California in 1940 to help establish the NACA Ames Laboratory at Moffett Field. NACA later became NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). In 1962 he earned a master’s degree at Stanford University. He continued to work at NASA as chief of the instrument division until his retirement in 1968.
He is survived by two daughters, Janet Schwendig of Pioneer and Shirley Wilkinson of Seattle, Wash., four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Beloved by his family, he was an inspiration to them, his colleagues at the laboratory and everyone who knew him. Burial was at Amador Memorial Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amador, P.O. Box 595 Jackson, 95642 or TriCounty Wildlife, 16937 Stage Road, Sutter Creek, 95685.
McCrory’s of Pine Grove is in charge of arrangements.
Joyce M. Black
Oct. 7, 1934 - Oct. 11, 2005
Joyce M. Black died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005 at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson at the age of 71 years.
Joyce was born Oct. 7, 1934 to Howe and Mary (Westbrook) Gates in Sargent, Neb. She lived in Nebraska the first 15 years of her life and moved to Pine Grove in 1949. She graduated from Sutter Creek High School in 1953.
Joyce worked at Mike’s Inn in Martell as a waitress for 15 years and as a cashier at Campbell’s Service Center for five years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, entertaining and caring for family and friends. Joyce was known for her witty sayings and was known as the “Comeback Queen” to her family.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Kenny L. Black of Sutter Creek; children, Larry Wayne Adams of Tenmile, Ore., Rickie Lynn Adams and wife Becky of Myrtle Creek, Ore. and Carol Mix and husband Bill of Sutter Creek; step-daughter, Gail Dowdy and husband Victor of Camanche Lake; sisters, Sissy, Iris and Lee; brothers, Dillerd and Larry; grandchildren, Wayne, Lori, Danny, Wendy, Kimberly, Jenni, Jeff, Jerry, Eric and Brian; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Ally, Austin, Porter, Sophia, Bria, Mckenzie and Tyler; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wayne Adams in 1967 and 10 brothers and sisters. She will be missed by many friends.
Friends are invited to attend a graveside service Friday, Oct. 14, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Jackson City Cemetery
in Jackson. Interment will follow the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to STARS, P.O. Box 208, Jackson, 95642 or the Amador County Cancer Transportation Fund, 516 Sutter St., Jackson, 95642.
Condolences may be offered to the family at email@example.com. Arrangements are being entrusted to Daneri Mortuary in Jackson.