Marie Rosetta, devoted to family, dies at 72

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Longtime Murieta resident Marie Rosetta passed away peacefully in her sleep June 9 at the age of 72. Mrs. Rosetta was born in Italy and moved to the United States when she was 8 years old after her sister Rose met and married a U.S. serviceman stationed in Italy. Family members say Mrs. Rosetta was extremely proud of being an American, and attaining her citizenship was one of her proudest memories.

Although she grew up in Boston, Mrs. Rosetta carried on the rich heritage of her birth country, especially through her wonderful cooking.

Maria Immacolata Chiarolanza was born Dec. 8, 1940 in Naples, Italy. She was the youngest of six children.  She met her husband, Steve, when they were teenagers in Boston. Read more » about Marie Rosetta, devoted to family, dies at 72

Randy Twist, past Men's Club head, dies at 50

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Randy Twist -- outdoorsman, businessman, involved in issues of his American Indian heritage and a past leader of the Men’s Club at Rancho Murieta Country Club -- died in a motorcycle accident May 22.  He was 50.  Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the Elks Lodge, 6466 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento.

At the Country Club, he is remembered as a fair, straightforward man who let common sense guide his work.  He advanced to the presidency of the Men’s Club in 2008.  Before joining the board, he and his Uncle Mel won the 2002 Prospector.

“He will always be remembered for his consistent participation, his spirit of sportsmanship and his leadership,” Don Thames, the club’s director of golf, wrote in an email. Read more » about Randy Twist, past Men's Club head, dies at 50

Hal Harris dies a month after his wife's death

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A Mass of Christian burial will be held for Murieta Village resident Hal Harris 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. Mr. Harris died a month after his wife, Lillian, who is remembered as a founder of the Rancho Murieta Voices choral group. A viewing will be held Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at East Lawn Mortuary, 9189 East Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, and the rosary will be said at 6 p.m.

Harold Norman Harris was born in Vallejo, and graduated from Alhambra High School, Martinez, in 1947.

During his 30-year teaching career, Mr. Harris taught at Peter Lassen Jr. High School and John F. Kennedy High School. He retired in 1984. Read more » about Hal Harris dies a month after his wife's death

Lillian Harris, Murieta Voices founder, dies at 79

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Murieta Village resident Lillian Harris, who died Feb. 28 at the age of 79, leaves the community a legacy of music. The choral group she helped found will honor her memory by singing at her funeral mass. Rancho Murieta Voices will sing two of her favorite songs, "I Believe"  and "Let There Be Peace on Earth." The service is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. Read more » about Lillian Harris, Murieta Voices founder, dies at 79

Hugh Davey, retired engineer, dies at 80

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Hugh Davey, a Murietan for more than 15 years, died Jan. 23 due to complications from a fall at his home. He was 80 years old.

Mr. Davey was born in Utica, N.Y., and served in the Navy during the Korean War.  He moved to California in 1961 and worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry, where he met his wife, Diane.  They married in 1962 and celebrated their 50th anniversary last April.

Mr. Davey played golf, but "golfing was not his life," said Diane Davey. "He did it because I liked it and we took some nice vacations. But he was never a competitor kind of person."

Country Club members could often find him in the 19th Hole "with his customary Diet Coke and friendly smile," she said. Read more » about Hugh Davey, retired engineer, dies at 80

Patricia Chamberlain, 20-year resident, dies at 75

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Patricia Chamberlain, a Murietan for more than 20 years, died of cancer Jan. 12 at the age of 75. Her peaceful death, with family and caregivers at her side, marked the end of an epic struggle with health problems. Her family describes Mrs. Chamberlain as a warrior who battled kidney issues for 45 years. The donation of a kidney by her daughter Kim provided Mrs. Chamberlain with six years of unprecedented good health before she was stricken by the rare cancer that ended her life.

To friends and family, she epitomized class and grace under pressure, and she's remembered as always pleasant, friendly, good natured and sweet, and beautiful to her last day. Read more » about Patricia Chamberlain, 20-year resident, dies at 75

Orla Jensen, fought Nazi occupation, dies at 87

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Orla Jensen, a Rancho Murietan since 1998, was with his son and grandson under the care of hospice nurses when he succumbed to heart disease Nov. 12 at the age of 87. He had lived with health challenges for years and took every day as a victory, his family said. Mr. Jensen's battle against illness was a final act of heroism in an eventful life. He survived the World War II occupation of his native Denmark and went on to play a role in one of his adopted homeland's greatest achievements, the moon landing. Read more » about Orla Jensen, fought Nazi occupation, dies at 87

Bob Cunneen, past Club president, dies at 77

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Every year, the Christmas tree went up the weekend after Thanksgiving. But this year was different. Bob Cunneen wanted an early start on Christmas, he told his family. Saturday morning, Mr. Cunneen was in the process of decorating the tree when he collapsed and died. He was 77. Read more » about Bob Cunneen, past Club president, dies at 77

Celebration of life Saturday for Ruth Swindle

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Ruth E. Swindle, a Country Club member with her late husband, Norris, died Nov. 5 after a brief battle with cancer. She was 83.  A celebration of her life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. Read more » about Celebration of life Saturday for Ruth Swindle

Cancer takes Julie Hildebrand at 42

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Julie Hildebrand's brave battle with cancer ended Friday, when she died peacefully at the age of 42. A celebration of her life will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church on Cantova Way. Read more » about Cancer takes Julie Hildebrand at 42

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