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2B Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter VITAL STATISTICS OBITUARIES Sally Ann Bruckner Sally Ann Bruckner died suddenly of a ruptured thoracic aneurysm in Portola, on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, at the age of 75. Sally was born in Merced on Dec. 31, 1939, to parents Robert Andrew McKeever and Billie Broadstock McKeever. Sally was the first of two daughters born to the young couple, Sally's mother being just fifteen when she delivered Sally on New Year's Eve. The young family moved many times during Sally's childhood, living in several different states. Her parents divorced and her mother moved Sally and her sister to Alameda. While attending high school at Alameda High, she was set up on a blind date, which is where she met the love of her life Victor Valentine Bruckner. She graduated from Alameda High in 1958 and Sally and Victor were married a few months later. Their first daughter, Laurie, was born in 1959, followed by another daughter, Cynthia in 1961. The family lived in Richmond and San Pablo in the early years of the marriage and Sally worked as a title policy typist at Western Title Co. After Cindy was born, Sally stayed home raising the children and the family moved to Concord in 1966. She worked for Daskalos Brothers Fine Men's Clothing as their bookkeeper. She was next employed by Mt. Diablo Unified School District working in food services at Valley Verde Elementary School in Walnut Creek, where she was affectionately known for many years as "the lunch lady." During these years, the family took annual vacations to Sierra County. They enjoyed the area so much that they bought a vacation home in Sierra City. In 2002, after her retirement from the school district, Vic and Sally moved permanently to Calpine, where they spent twelve years enjoying retirement. They moved to Portola in 2014 and months later Sally's beloved husband Victor passed away unexpectedly and without warning after 56 years of marriage. Sally is remembered as a shining star in the life of those who knew and loved her. She had a heart of gold. She was a passionate sports fan, supporting her Sacramento Kings, San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants for as long as her daughters can remember. She never missed watching their games. She enjoyed attending school and sports functions supporting her grandchildren's many endeavors. She was a great cook and enjoyed hosting holidays and family birthdays. She loved the outdoors and the special area she called home. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and Where dot turn ,t6 ybUoi g0m6oni you I/fi6 th6 ......... target of bullying or harrassment? At work or at school.,. The Plumas-Sierra Crisis Line at: 530-283-4333 1-877-332,2754 for information & referrals. Text: Here2Help to 72727 A program of Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center First 100" Defensible Space Chain Saw Work Field Mowing Certified Hand Crews Yard Raking Gutter Cleaning, etc. MANNI FUNERAL HOME AND EVERGREEN CREMATORY Certified Wildland Fire Engines friend. Sally will be missed beyond measure. Sally is survived by her daughters, Laurie (Doug) Peterman, of Sierra City, and Cindy Baldwin, of Delleker; grandchildren, Joe Peterman, Cory Peterman, Rachel Peterman and Emily Rose Baldwin; sister Iva Elizabeth (Dave) Lamberti; her constant canine companion Hector, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. She was preceded in death by her husband Victor Valentine Bruckner and parents Robert Andrew McKeever and Billie Noble. At Sally's request, there will be no formal service. Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to the Sierra Schoois Foundation or the High Sierra Animal Rescue. An opportunity to express condolences to the family, along with signing the memorial guest register, is available online at Helen Marie Graves Family, genealogy and reading were important to Helen Graves, a kind and loving woman who was known for her outgoing personality and infectious sense of humor. A talented writer, editor, small business owner and quilter, she had an abiding interest in history and dedicated much of her City, where they raised their family. Helen was active in PTA and also volunteered her time with various youth sports organizations. She was a member of the Redwood City Historical Society and an original founder of Redwood City's Historic Union Cemetery Association (HUCA). She volunteered at the Redwood City Library History Room, where she was a member of the San Mateo County Archives Committee and catalogued rare early San Mateo County maps and worked on the preservation of historical buildings in Redwood City. For many years, she worked in the advertising department of Sunset Magazine and later was the owner and editor of the Western Region-distributed magazine, California Traveler. Her magazine enterprise included an art type business. Her twin interests in family and history led her to the field of genealogy and the discovery that one of her ancestors was hanged as a result of the Salem witchcraft trials in colonial Massachusetts in 1692-1693. She spent many years researching both her husband's and her own family's backgrounds, cataloguing a wealth of information that fills several file cabinets and boxes. In the early 1990s, Don and Helen built their dream home at Lake Almanor, where they became deeply involved with breeding, training and competition field trial dogs, golden retrievers first, then black labs, at their Flyway Kennels. She and her husband spent many hours on the lake fishing for trout and bass. Helen was a voracious reader and was known to sister-in-law Sheryl Graves, of Santa Rosa; and mother-in-law Virginia Graves, of Santa Rosa. Also, she is survived by seven grandchildren, David and Daniel Graves and Sarah and Emily Brooks, all of Folsom, and Erin, Conor and Caitlin Graves of Snoqualmie, Washington, as well as many nieces and nephews. Jim Harper Our dear friend Raymond "Jim" Harper passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his brother Tim Harper; the love of his life, his wife Marian Haid; and numerous nieces and nephews. An. avid fisherman, outdoorsman, musician, artist and all around heart-centered man, he will be missed by so many. He embraced life and was a role model and inspiration to countless others, both young and old. His unquenchable yen for adventure led him to Yosemite as a teenager where he fell in love with climbing, and climbed with some of the era's greatest. Interspersed with climbing were years of blue water sailing as a mate and ultimately as captain. As a young man, he supported his adventures by typesetting for various newspapers across the Donations in his memory can be made to: Tahoe Forest Hospice, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160-0759. Kenneth Albert Kaiser Ken was born on Jan, 1, 1933, in Oakland. He passed away on Aug. 28, 2015, at Enloe Hospital in Chico. Alert, knowing and with his ever-sense of humor, Ken left this life surrounded by his loving wife, family and the compassionate care of medical professionals whom he loved. Ken will be greatly missed and remembered by his wife of 60 years, Doris Kaiser; his sons, Steven Kaiser and Kevin Kaiser; and daughter, Jenelle Ball. Ken was also known as 'Pops' and 'Grandpa K' to a total of 10 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ken's early years were filled with change. After his father died when Ken was nine, he left Oakland to live in Paradise with his aunt and uncle while attending the Centerville Elementary School. He was reunited with his mother when she moved to Chico. Ken graduated from Chico High School in 1951. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree (1958) after a time in the Navy and then a master of arts in education (1969) at CSU Chico. As a freshman at Chico State, Ken was a pitcher on the Greenslit on Aug. 8, 19~3, i~. ~. McMinnville, Oregon, Helen quilts for family and friends, hole he could fired throughout long-wearing veteran.'" In was surrounded by her She developed a beautiful North America. In his spare2000, Ken was inducted into family at her daughter's garden at Lake Almanor and time, he earned his pilot'sthe Chico State Athletic Hall Folsom home when she particularly loved her roses license and flew small planes of Fame. ended her long battle with -- until the deer arrived to whenever possible. Ken's professional career cancer on Aug. 15, 2015. She munch on the blooms. Fishing and the love of hiswasin education. He started was 72; Through the years, she and life inspired him to buya teaching at the Thermalito Helen was a 1961 graduate her husband enjoyed home in Plumas County in Elementary School and later of Santa Rosa High, where traveling; particularly the1992 and, in 2006, he and became an administrator in she served as editor of The East Coast visits to historical Marian retired and moved tothe Wheatland School Santa Rosan, the school sites of both the Graeagle as full-time District for'30 years. He was newspaper, during her senior Revolutionary and Civil War. residents. He then was able to very active in the Wheatland year. She was a scholarship They also traveled in Europe, pursue his love of fishing,community, where he served student at Santa Rosa Junior including England, Scotland, hiking and golf full-time, on the City Council and as College, where she wrote a Ireland and other countries. Retirement gave him the mayor. After retiring, Ken weekly column, "Helen's Helen is remembered as a opportunity to explore his and Doris moved to Lake Sacred Cow," for the college laughing, loving woman who artistic nature and he Almanor where they newspaper, adored her family. She was a became recogni2ed in the continued to be involved in She met her future wonderful cook and hostess.Graeagle area for his pine service through their church. husband, Donald R. Graves Her home was the place to be needle baskets and his Ken switched from baseball on a blind date, while she for holiday gatherings suchfanciful mobiles. His musical to golf, and his spiritual was at SRHS and he was as Easter, Thanksgiving, side also had room to grow dedication continued to attending SRJC. They were Christmas and birthdays, and he enjoyed many musicalgrow. married in Carson City, She was the daughter of thegatherings with friends andKen was a person who Nevada, and celebrated their late Nora L eona Russo and the always-entertaining truly appreciated people. He 53rd wedding anniversary Harley Greenslit and was Wednesday nights at the was a great listener for his earlier this year. The two pre-deceased by her siblings, Outpost in Graeagle. His growing children, he was a made their home in Redwood Phyllis Ward andDonald insatiable curiosity led him good friend and a close Greenslit. to explore all kinds of crafts friend, his arms were always In addition to her husband, including, late in his life, available for a hug and he she is survived by her sonknitting with the ladies atknew that a vanilla milk and daughter-in-law DonaldWoolly Notions. shake could cure all woes (or and Judy Graves, of Jim was a man of great at least most). He will be Snoqualmie; Washington; integrity.and one of the most sorely missed, but joyfully son and daughter-in-law loyal friends you could ever remembered. David and Angela Graves, of hope to have. If he was your In celebration of Ken's life, Folsom; daughter and friend, you knew it. there will be a fellowship of son-in-law Laura and Arrangements entrusted to Richard Kelsay, of Folsom;Manni Funeral Home. 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