Obituaries for Nov. 11, 2005
November 10, 2005
ObituariesMcGarr, Martha EllenMartha Ellen McGarr age 86 passed on Oct. 31. A California native, she was born Feb. 28, 1919. Martha has been a resident of Loyalton since 1985. Prior to that time she lived in Truckee for a number of years; she also lived on the coast. She worked at Tahoe Forest Hospital and at several motels during her years in Truckee. She also enjoyed the outdoors with activities including camping, hiking and fishing.She leaves behind her husband of 10 years Patrick McGarr also of Loyalton; sons Ron Silva of Fernley, Nev., Manual Lee Silva of Winston, Ore., Robert Silva of Ft. Bragg and Frank J. Silva of Miranda; stepsons Patrick M. and Gary R. McGarr, both of Sheridan, Wyo.; stepdaughters, along with 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.Private inurnment will be held at a later date.Arrangements under the direction of Manni Funeral Home in Portola.Van Ruiten, David JohnDavid John Van Ruiten, 45, of Truckee, passed away Nov. 7. David is preceded in death by his son, James Andrew. He is survived by his children Elisa, Nicholas and Samantha Van Ruiten, of Truckee; the mother of his children, Patti Van Ruiten; his parents George and Kay Van Ruiten of Robbins, Calif., one brother, six sisters and 22 nieces and nephews.David grew up in a farming community in the Sutter Basin where he spent 20 years helping to run the family business. It was during this time that he was first introduced to the Donner Summit area by a family friend. It was the start of his great romance with this area and the sport of skiing. He instilled his passion for skiing in his children, encouraging them in ski racing, snowboarding and teaching. He helped found the Sugar Bowl Academy and eventually gave up farming and became a full-time resident in Truckee, working at Sugar Bowl as events manager.He loved the sport of skiing and through his hard work and good times shared the sport with so many. There are hardly words to describe how much he is loved and will be missed. He was a compassionate and loving father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend. He will forever be in our hearts and always remembered, each in our own way, but nonetheless, as one of the greatest men one has ever known.Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 10 at Assumption Catholic Church, in Truckee, 57 p.m., with the Recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. There will be a funeral mass and burial ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11 at Assumption Catholic Church at 10 a.m. A reception will immediately follow at OB’s Pub and Restaurant in downtown Truckee. There will be a memorial at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m. Donations can be made to the David Van Ruiten Memorial Fund, c/o Sugar Bowl Ski Area, P.O. Box 5, Norden, CA 95724.Patrick, JeanJean Patrick, born in 1926, was a feisty woman who made people laugh with her honesty and candor. She suffered many health ailments but persevered in doing the things she enjoyed. Her pride and joy were her three grandsons. Everyone commented on her “pride wall” of pictures of her family. She was a member of Church of the Mountains in Truckee.She is survived by her son, Colin; her brother, Chris; her sister, Josephine; and three grandsons; Shannon, 21, Trevor, 13, Ryan 11. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. at Church of the Mountains on Church Street.Any donations are asked to be given to the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross in honor of Jean.