Obituaries for February 17, 2014

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Vernon David 'Dave' Wallace Rickard

July 25, 1942 - Feb. 2, 2014

Columbia resident Vernon David "Dave" Wallace Rickard died Feb. 2 at his home following a brief illness. He was 71.

Dr. Rickard was born in Los Angeles, the son of Margaret and Vernon Rickard.

He grew up in El Centro and Holtville, where his father practiced medicine.

He completed high school in three years, graduating from San Pasqual Academy in Escondido in 1959. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from La Sierra College in 1963.

He married Francine Jenkins, who also attended San Pasqual Academy and La Sierra College, in San Diego in 1964.

After graduating from college, he worked for North American Aviation where he conducted research as part of the Apollo space program.

Dr. Rickard continued his research career at the cardiology lab at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center.

He graduated from Howard University Medical School in 1972. He returned to LAC-USC for his internship and residency in internal medicine.

He and his wife wanted to raise their family in a rural environment and traveled to Northern and Central California before settling in Tuolumne County in 1977.

He enjoyed skiing, backpacking and hiking in the Sierra Nevada. He also enjoyed gardening, stamp collecting and traveling.

He was a lifelong member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Dr. Rickard was preceded in death by his father in 1998; his mother in 2011; and his sister, Ellen Rickard in 1965.

He is survived by wife of 49 years, Francine Rickard, of Columbia; his children, Michelle Smith, of Newbury Park, and Jonathan Rickard, of Lincoln, Neb.; three grandsons, Peyton Smith, Kyle Smith and Benjamin Rickard; and siblings, John Rickard, of Sheep Ranch, and Patricia Mahadevi, of San Jose.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Mother Lode Adventist Junior Academy endowment fund, 40 N. Forest Road, Sonora, CA 95370.

A private family service will be held.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Dawn Edith Hartwig

July 24,1969 - Feb. 6,2014

Angels Camp resident Dawn Edith Hartwig died Feb. 6 at Sonora Regional Medical Center from injuries suffered in a fatal car accident. She was 44.

Ms. Hartwig was born Oakland, to David and Danielle Hartwig.

She was a 40-year Angels Camp resident.

Ms. Hartwig was a mother, artist, sculptor and musician. She enjoyed horseback riding, playing her guitar, chess and billiards. She worked for 15 years with Miles Metzger at his studio in Angels Camp.

Ms. Harwig recently published books that instruct people on how to carve soft stones.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, and by her grandfather, Al Gregory.

Ms. Hartwig is survived by her daughter, Serenity Heather Dawn Genescritti, residing in Kailua, Kona, Hawaii, with her father Frank Genescritti; Hartwig's stepmother Hanne Hartwig, of Spring Valley; an uncle, James Gregory, of Bellingham, Wash.; aunt, Ginger Gregory of Napa; cousins, Edward Wedertz of Las Vegas, Nevada; Kim Kemper of Indianapolis, Ind.; and Ree and spouse Craig Anderson, of Sonora.

A celebration of life is pending.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

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