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Obituaries

Harold RivaraHarold Elmer Rivara, originally from San Anselmo, Calif., died peacefully at his home on Feb. 28 in Hirschdale. He was 82.Harold, known also as “Pete” to his friends, was born on March 13, 1920, to Albert and Gilda Rivara in Ross, Calif. He attended Tamalpais High School and married Barbara Yeo when he was 21 years old.They were married for 50 years until her death in 1992. They had four sons; Gary, Frank, Tony and Petie.Harold worked most of his career as a sheet metal worker in Marin County, and moved to Hirschdale in 1980 when he retired. He spent his youth riding horses on Mount Tamalpais as a member of the Marin County Mounted Sheriff Posse. In his retirement, he enjoyed the fresh mountain air and beautiful view from his porch, working on house projects with his sons, traveling and telling stories to grandchildren.He is survived by four sons, five granddaughters, and his three great-grandchildren. By his own request, there will be no memorial service but his family will be having a Celebration of Life in the coming weeks. Memorial contributions in his memory may be sent to Truckee Sierra Senior Services (meals-on-wheels) at 10040 Estates Drive, Truckee, Calif. 96161 or to Tahoe Forest Hospice, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, Calif. 96160.Pete GiampaoliPeter Richard Giampaoli passed away peacefully in Truckee on March 1. He was 64.Pete was born on June 11, 1937 in Baltic, Mich. He grew up in San Jose and attended local schools.He was a 1937 graduate of Cal Poly where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.He commenced his career with PG&E in 1937 in Red Bluff and retired in 1980 as a senior engineer in materials inspection out of the San Francisco general office. He was a registered professional engineer.He also served in World War II in the United States Navy, attaining the ranking of lieutenant. He served as commanding officer of the Chico Naval Reserve Unit. In 1941 he married Dorothy Belle Rice of Red Bluff and the couple moved to Chico in 1946. In 1965 they moved to Sunnyvale and eventually retired in Paradise in 1980. Pete was a member of the Paradise Lions Club, life member of the Elks Club, Knights of Columbus and member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paradise.He was preceded in death by his wife in 1991 after being married for 50 years, as well as by his sisters Agnes Kamko and Mae Francesconi of San Jose. He is survived by his sons Bruce of Truckee and Pete of Chico; his daughter Pam of Boston; his daughter-in-laws Joyce and Betsy; his grandsons Mike, Andy, Chris and Kyle; brother-in-law Jim Rice and niece Marcellyn Mounce.A mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paradise with a burial to follow at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico.Ken BrownKen Brown of Mesa, Ariz., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24. He was 67.Before moving to Mesa, Brown was a resident in Truckee for 15 years, where he owned and operated Mountain Plumbing Co.He is survived by his wife, Pat, daughter Debbie Chandler and sons Ricky and Russ Brown. He is also survived by his sisters Karen, Nanci and Judi, and six grandchildren.Memorial contributions can be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 116 John Street, New York, NY 10038.


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