McClatchy Sixty-One

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Jan 23, 2024 at 9:13 PM

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Sep 20, 2023 at 10:07 AM

Dick Miller: Lost a dear friend.  Had a lot of fun with Bob in high school. Together with Barney Scollan, we were roommates at Cal.  He was a kind and thoughtful person.  I will miss him greatly!

Sep 18, 2022 at 5:12 PM

Nancy Lawrence

1943 - 2022

Nancy Lawrence obituary, 1943-2022, Fair Oaks, CA











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Oct. 16, 2022

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Nancy Lawrence
December 29, 1943 - September 9, 2022
Fair Oaks, California -
Nancy Lawrence, blessed with a happy family and friends, died at home on August 9, 2022, at age 78.
Nancy liked to say that she and her sister, Linda, won the lottery when they were born. Their educated parents, Carl and Marjorie McGlashan Lawrence, loved and supported them. They grew up in California's post­ war prosperity with its strong public education system, and had travel and learning opportunities all around them.
Nancy attended Bret Harte, Cal Junior High, and McClatchy High School in Sacramento where she found real joy in learning. She then earned her BA and MA in English literature at Stanford. While attending Stanford's semester in Italy she got an eye-opening glimpse of the world and other cultures.This grew into a love of travel including years of summer travels to the Middle East and to Asia where she fell in love with archaeology and cultural history. Repeat visits to Europe were a treat for her always.
After Stanford, Nancy decided teaching and academics would be most satisfying and taught 17 years at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera in southern California. Teaching and exploring ideas in literature and the arts formed an interesting life for her.
In 1984, Nancy married Gordon Klein, a math teacher and data processing specialist at Pico Rivera. Three years later they moved to Sacramento to manage Lawrence Properties, together with her sister, Linda, and their very valuable property managers, Pat Quarton-Rodini and then Stephanie Paschal-Jividen. Their first project was to computerize the business records and investments, and then they grew the size of its holdings.
In Sacramento, Nancy became involved with local organizations (like her mother before her), particularly Sacramento AAUW and the Crocker Art Museum, where Nancy was a Docent for many years. She served on boards and led groups serving cultural and educational purposes: the Crocker Art Museum, the former Sacramento Public Library Foundation, AAUW, the Kingsley Art Club, the Girl Scouts, the Sacramento Literacy Foundation, and the Mondavi Center. Education provided such satisfaction to Nancy that she worked tirelessly to "give back" by expanding educational opportunity for many more. And Nancy always said that in turn these organizations provided her with education, stimulation, and wonderful friends and relationships that endure forever. At the same time she and Gordon enjoyed the Opera, travel (including regular visits to Gordon's family in North Dakota), and expanding the Klein family group in Sacramento.
Covid struck soon after the time Gordon died. Nancy said that it was with help from her many friends and family that she was able to meet the huge challenge of these years: her sister Linda Lawrence, the Deck Diners, the Fair Oaks Wine and Dine, her many Crocker friends, her AAUW friends, Club 61, and Stephanie Paschal-Jividen, together with Margaret Schrupp, Heidi and A.J. Amstrup (Lara, Luke), Karin Lewis (Jasmine, Dalton), Elisabeth Klein, Vince and Jamie Klein (Kristina, Karol), Ottie Maxey, and Pam Saltenberger, who kept the horrors at bay.
Nancy would say she had a terrific life, was lucky, and hopes that she helped others to lead happy lives too. A memorial celebration will be held October 16, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. at Northridge Country Club. Memorials can be made to the Crocker Art Museum, the Kingsley Art Club Education Foundation, the Sacramento Children's Literacy Foundation or to St. Johns Shelter in order to reach out to the young who need help to flourish and thrive where they are planted.




Published by The Sacramento Bee on Sep. 18, 2022.

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Karen Grace Swanson
December 29, 1943 - September 9, 2022
Sacramento, California -
After a three and one half year journey with Alzheimer's, Karen passed away Sept. 9, 2022. Seventy-eight years earlier, Karen had arrived on this earth, Dec. 29, 1943 at 8:12 a.m., six minutes after her twin brother Roger. It was probably the last time she came in second. Rumor had it that she was born with a golf club in her hands.
Karen grew up in Land Park and began playing golf there, almost as soon as she could ride a bike. As a kid, she was a regular competitor (and only female) in the "nickel-dime-quarter" summer evening putting contests at Land Park Golf Course, rubbing elbows with some pretty wild characters, but always holding her own-kind of an "Annie Oakley" of the "Moss". It was probably this keen competition that honed her renowned putting prowess.
She was the city's Junior Girls Champion four times. At age 13, Karen won the First Flight trophy in of the State Girls' Championship at Pebble Beach. She won the Sacramento City Women's Championship at 16, qualified for the U.S. Girls Jr. Championship twice and the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship twice. At the same tender age, she played a number of nine hole exhibition matches with touring pros, including Barbara Romack, the legendary Mickey Wright, and even U.S. Women's Open champion Pat Bradley.
College then interrupted her golf career. After graduating from Stephens College and USC, Karen earned two master's degrees at the University of Virginia and taught on the S.S. Ryndam Chapman College, later teaching at California State University, Sacramento, until moving on to manage real estate.
Once again, the game of golf was calling for Karen. Her strong community service ethic drew her to SAY-Golf, which became The First Tee of Greater Sacramento. As a co-founder with Ken Morton, she spent several years on the board of directors, serving as president for two years. Her leadership qualities rallied local businesses and individuals to the cause and her generous financial donations to The First Tee had a major impact. She was also instrumental in gleaning a great deal of help from the United States Golf Association. She continued to be very involved with The First Tee through scholarship interviews and the Junior Tour.
She served as a USGA volunteer for more than twenty-five years on six different USGA committees including thirteen years on the Women's Committee. Her passion and commitment to women's golf led her to attend events and meetings around the country (and Internationally). She was a proud recipient of the Isaac B. Grainger Award for her dedicated service.
Karen helped introduce young blind boys and girls to the game of golf; she was a course rater for many years and played an important role when the slope system was introduced; she also attended a number of Curtis Cup Matches.
Karen's work in golf took her to the four corners of the globe, and her travels led to the purchase of a home in Maui and another in Thailand. Karen was most interested in the cultures of the countries she visited and she chronicled locals engaged in their everyday activities and events. Though a self-taught photographer, her ability to capture the soul of her subjects would make any photojournalist proud.
Karen gave much of her life to other volunteer activities. She served on the boards of Sacramento Children's Home Guild and Children's Receiving Home and was chair of the Sacramento County Children's Commission.
During this period, she won the Ladies' Del Paso Championship 16 times between 1971 and 2006, displaying grace and humility, always delighted to play with golfers of all skill levels. Win or lose, other players always felt good about their experiences with Karen. She was inducted into the Sacramento City Golf Hall of Fame in 2002.
Karen leaves behind two adult children, Luke Dedman and Kathleen Brown, and two grandchildren, Salvin and Sara. A celebration of her life by her friends is in the planning. Remembrances may be made to First Tee of Sacramento at 3704 Marconi Ave. Sacramento, CA 95821




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Sep 11, 2020 at 3:04 PM

Dick Miller:

Hank and I were close friends throughout high school and after. We had a lot of fun times together. He was a great guy with a world-class smile and it makes me sad to know I won’t see him again.

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Sep 05, 2018 at 5:33 PM


Harry Bruns passed away August 26th, 2018 leaving behind his beloved partner, 4 children, 9 grand children, and 4 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife Jan.  Harry resided in Sacramento for most of his 74 years. He was a kind, loving and principled man that inspired many.  He was revered in Northern California's flooring industry for more than 30 years. Harry loved his life and the people in it.  He was dearly loved and will be missed.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday, September 7th from 2-5 at the North Ridge Country Club, 7600 Madison Ave, Fair Oaks, CA 95628