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-Following an heroic battle with cancer, Nancy passed gracefully in her home on the morning of June 28, with her husband at her side.

Nancy was-born in Merced, Calif., on March 23, 1948, and soon after, her family moved to Virginia, where Nancy was raised and educated. Nancy worked as a surgical nurse at Fairfax Hospital for 30 years. After reuniting with her high school sweetheart, Randall “Jake” Jacobs, the two were married on June 1, 1996 and moved to Jake’s home in Truckee. Nancy immediately had prospects for resuming her nursing career in Truckee but the onset of her health problems stopped her pursuit.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Jake, mother, Irene Bilger, brother, Don Bilger, sister-in-law, Linda Bilger, nephews Adam and Blake Bilger and many close friends.

A memorial celebration will be held on Sunday, July 30 at the home of Jake Jacobs, 12706 Pinnacle Loop, in Tahoe Donner from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tahoe Forest Hospice, 10083 Lake Ave., Truckee, CA 96161.

On March 11, Michael McBride died at the edge of the neighborhood and woods he grew up in and loved. Mike was raised in Tahoe City, and attended Sierra College and UC Davis. He returned to Tahoe, where he worked in the landscape, sheetrock, carpentry and tile trades.

If you knew him, he helped you build an addition on your home, moved you once or twice, baby-sat for your child when you were in a bind. He played endless rounds of golf with you, or you fished together at the end of a pier or up a stream, for hours. He helped you when your car broke down, laughed with you heartily, was there with a perspective when you needed it. He was a brother, a father, a nephew and a cousin. He was a friend, and a son. He was loved.

There will be a graveside service Saturday, July 22 at 11 a.m. at the Trails End cemetery in Tahoe City. A wake will follow at the residence of Bill and Bernie Bechdolt on Fairway Drive. Friends are welcome to join family at both services.

Soaring heart, open arms, passionate, creative, funny, mentor to many, quietly energetic ” full of smiles and love of man. These are just some of the lingering visions of a beloved soul who departed from this earth on July 8 in a paragliding accident. His wife, his friends, his community and the gliding world are mourning the loss and celebrating the life of John Van Meter. John’s instant legacy is bringing together people from diverse settings to express their love and utter respect for-him. He touched everyone he met and changed each life for the better.

He was born on July 12, 1960, in Ohio. His family moved to Sacramento, where he graduated from La Sierra High School in 1978. He pursued a career as a computer programmer, but was not to be denied his love of the mountains. After marrying his best friend, Lori, on Aug. 3, 1991, they moved to Donner Summit. John had already mastered snowboarding and graduated from the first-ever class of certified snowboard instructors, subsequently achieving the highest level of certification. Simultaneously, John began his paragliding career, and advanced to the highest level of certification in that sport as well. He loved to teach, genuinely sharing in his students’ excitement.-

John endeared himself to his community, was a man who moved without effort, a pacifist, a lover of humans and animals, a kind and caring person.- He never took the popular path and consequently lived a life worth living. His morals were his compass. If the measure of life is the impact one has on others, John surpassed the mark and his effect has no boundaries.

John is survived by his wife, Lori, and friends too numerous to count. All will gather at Mount Rose Meadows on Saturday, July 15, at 4 p.m. to honor his special existence and celebrate his uniqueness. Information about the service, including directions, can be found at John’s Web site, Anyone wishing to make financial contributions can also do so through the Web site.

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