Obituaries

Roy Jacobs

Roy Henry Jacobs III passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 6, 2020 in Mariposa after a three-year battle with cancer. He was born in Long Beach, Calif., on Nov. 17, 1948 to Roy Henry Jacobs Jr. and Marie (Schroeder) Jacobs. He graduated from Merced High School in 1967, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968 to 1970 […]

Mary Ellen Kirn

Mary Ellen Joyce Kirn passed away on Nov. 20, 2020, at age 81 in Mariposa from Parkinson’s disease. Mary Ellen was born in Minot, N.D., on Sept. 27, 1939 to Ruth Mary Sullivan Joyce and Sylvester John Joyce. Mary Ellen graduated from Tioga High School and went on to study in Bismarck, N.D. Mary Ellen grew up in Tioga, N.D. […]

Hal Nolen

Harold (Hal) Nolen, Sr. passed peacefully from this life on his 78th birthday on Nov. 1, 2020, with his loving family surrounding him. He is survived by Onita Nolen, his bride of 55 years; two children: Hal Jr. with his bride Donna of 33 years and Tina Dearing with her husband Harve of 28 years; four grandchildren, Tabatha Chapman with […]

Jane Hurd

Jane Elizabeth Hurd was born Aug. 17, 1954 to Claud and Anne Hurd. She passed away on Nov. 7, 2020 at home in Mariposa with her daughter at her side. Art and nature were Jane’s lifelong passions. Jane was a gifted artist and her oil paintings portray realistic landscapes of the Sierra, Yosemite and of the American Southwest. She sold […]

Eleanor Wilson

Eleanor Ruth Wilson passed into eternal rest on Nov. 20, 2020, at the age of 82. Eleanor was born to Frederick Nickelmann and Eleanor Dunne on Dec. 28, 1937, in Raymond, Calif. She was a native and lifelong resident of Raymond. Her Christian faith and prayer life blossomed as her journey in life continued. Eleanor loved going out to the […]

Shirley Forga

Shirley Claudeen Forga, 77, passed away Nov. 11, 2020 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Shirley was born March 7, 1943, in Mariposa, to George and Ella Rhoan. Shirley worked for the Mariposa County Unified School District at Catheys Valley Elementary for 32 years, retiring in 1999. After retirement, Shirley embraced her heritage of Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation in […]

Corrine Wald

In loving memory of Corrine A. Wald, who was born April 12, 1940 in Oklahoma to Clarence and Vivian Waters. Corrine grew up in Merced with her brother Clarence and sisters Sharron, Lois and Imogene Waters. Corrine homesteaded and ranched in Bear Valley (in Mariposa County) with longtime partner, Richard Hill, for 32-plus years. She had a passion for gardening, […]

Marta Silva

Marta Silva passed away peacefully on Aug. 25, 2020. She was born in Mariposa on April 18, 1948, to Earl Jr. and Eleanor Fleming. She married her best friend and husband, Fred J. Silva Jr.; they were married for almost 12 years. Together they enjoyed countless trips to the east side and fished, sometimes driving up there only for the […]

James Eppler

James Eppler was born on Aug. 30, 1935 and passed away at age 85 on Oct. 9, 2020. James was born in Stillwater, Okla., where he lived for 11 years before moving. He was a resident of Catheys Valley for 40 years. James was a teacher for over 40 years and coached boys’ basketball for many years. He was a […]

Jon Heckman

Jon Heckman passed away on Sept. 24, 2020 with his son by his side. Jon was born on May 12, 1960 in Fresno County to Robert Heckman and Edith Heckman (Simmoms). Jon was a happy person who always left a good impression when he met someone. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, whether it be building a […]


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