Virginia Hope, 1933 - 2017


Virginia Hope Thomason, Feb. 28, 1933 — Feb. 26, 2017

Virginia Hope (Clark) was born in Billings, Mont., Feb. 28, 1933. She grew up with her mother Lucy and siblings in a boarding house/farm. Her mother did the cooking and there were always workers and farmhands around the table. Her love of animals started early when her chores were to feed the animals and clean out their pens. Clearing the table and doing the dishes were also her responsibility. She learned to knit clothes and crochet tablecloths; she was a great seamstress and later in life taught her daughter Sheila to sew.

Growing up, Virginia loved to roller skate, go dancing and listen to classic country music (a passion she never lost) — especially George Jones, whom she met in person. Her love of animals was evident in the pets she had: dogs, cats, horses, rabbits … you name it, she loved them. She met her husband, Hank Thomason, on a double date … with different people. At the end of the evening, Virginia and Hank saw their dates home and the went back out dancing, together. They eloped to Reno on Nov. 11, 1957, much to the chagrin of Virginia’s mother, who cried and made a big scene. Taking Hank’s sister Norma and brother-in-law Don along, off they went; they were married until Hank’s passing in 2012.

Hank and Virginia were both raised as hard workers and that continued after they were married, starting up and running three separate companies. After selling the first, Water King, in San Jose, Calif., they moved and “retired” to the foothills of El Dorado County and eventually Placerville, Calif. Starting yet another company, Western Water Products, with their daughter Sheila and her husband Dan, they were involved in the day-to-day business. Virginia loved running her own businesses, caring for and working with her animals and spending time with her family.

Virginia passed away peacefully in Placerville on Feb. 26, 2017. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Robey and her husband, Dan; granddaughter, Sarah Robey of Eugene, Ore.; and sister, Billie Caya of Placerville.

Jeanne Galli, 1923 - 2017


Jeanne Phyllis Galli, March 28, 1923 — Feb. 26, 2017

Jeanne Galli passed away in Diamond Springs, Calif., with her family by her side on Feb. 26, 2017. She was the loving wife of 71 years to the late Al Galli (2011); caring mother of five; grandma of eight; and great-grandmother of nine.

Jeanne was a native of Woonsocket, R.I., born March 28, 1923. She and Al moved to Diamond Springs seven years ago from Ft. Bragg, Calif., where she was active in the Catholic Church and the Catholic Marriage Encounter and volunteered at a local convalescent hospital.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, March 9 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3109 Sacramento Street in Placerville. Visitation will begin at the church at 10 a.m., followed by recitation of the rosary at 10:30 a.m. and the funeral mass at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the church. A committal service will be held Friday, March 10 at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Contributions in Jeanne’s name may be made to Snowline Hospice of El Dorado County, 2520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619, or online at Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home in Placerville.


Dolores Vanek, 1937 - 2017


Dolores Louise Radney (Vanek), April 9, 1937 — Feb. 25, 2017

Dolores, or Dinky to some family and friends, was a longtime resident of El Dorado County, Calif., and passed away at her home in El Dorado Hills, Calif., on Feb. 25, 2017.

Dolores was born on April 9, 1937, in New London, Conn., to Charles and Irene Vanek. Her father served in the U.S. Navy and was transferred to Vallejo, Calif., where she grew up and graduated from Vallejo High School. That is where she met her future husband, Charles Radney. Out of high school, Charles joined the U.S. Air Force. They had two daughters, Debbie and Denise. Dolores enjoyed the military life and living in various locations, including Japan, Okinawa and throughout the United States. After Charles’ retirement from the military, they lived in several locations in El Dorado County.

Dolores never met a stranger and loved talking to anyone. She loved the outdoors. Some of her most treasured days were spent in the forest helping her husband cut wood and camping with family.

Dolores is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Charles; daughter, Debbie Romani (son-in-law, Peter Romani); and daughter, Denise Storms (son-in-law, Loren Storms). She loved her grandchildren, Anthony Romani, Kristen Romani, Lindsey Pegg (Romani) and Billy Storms. She was able to spend some time with her three young great-grandchildren, Ben, Millie and Autumn, prior to her passing.

A private burial for family will be held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. Friends are invited to join the family to celebrate Dolores’ life on April 9 at 1 p.m. at the VFW Post 6604, 1300 Forrest Street in Folsom, Calif.

Special Weather Statement - Low Snow and Hard Freeze this weekend

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 25, 2017 / comments

[National Weather Service Sacramento CA]

...Two weak but cold weather systems to bring low elevation snow to Northern California...

A couple of relatively weak weather systems are forecast to drop southward through northern California over the next few days. The first will move through from north to south late today and Saturday. The second late Sunday through Monday. Although neither of these systems are particularly strong, they will contain cold air producing very low snow levels compared to the warmer storms of the last several weeks.

Connie Krekelberg, 1942 - 2017


Connie Krekelberg, April 3, 1942 — Feb. 22, 2017

Connie Krekelberg, of Rescue, Calif., born April 3, 1942, died Feb. 22, 2017.

A mass and celebration of life will be held on Friday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 3111 Tierra de Dios Drive in El Dorado Hills, Calif.