Obituaries Aug. 13

A graveside service was Monday in Fredricksburg Cemetery for retired Alpine County school teacher Catherine A. Parker, 78, who died of causes related to age on July 31, 2008, at Logan Regional Hospital in Logan, Utah.

Born April 27, 1930, in San Francisco to James and Dollie (Dodge) Bowman, she graduated from Palo Alto High School and received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from San Jose State University.

She married Robert Parker in 1960 in Sunnyvale, Calif. She and Robert raised five children together, daughters Diana, Gayle, and Susan; son Rick, and granddaughter Kanani.

The majority of her career as an elementary school teacher was spent in Alpine County, Calif., She also taught several years in Camptonville, Calif. She retired in Alpine County after 27 years as a public school teacher in 1987. She and Mr. Parker moved to Idaho in 1996 to be near their son and his family. After his death in September 1997, she remained in Orofino and resided at Brookside Landing for several years. She moved with her son and his family to Logan, Utah, in February 2008.

Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her husband Robert, sister Patricia, and daughters Diana, Gayle, and Susan.

She is survived by her son Rick (Jennefer) Parker and three grandchildren in Logan; granddaughter Kanani (Lane) Moskoff of Pennsylvania, grandson Jeremy (Tammy) Parker of Louisiana, grandson Jeff (Ines) Parker of Taiwan, granddaughter Jessica Parker of Hanford, Calif., and seven great-grandchildren.

Services are under the direction of Walton's Chapel of the Valley, Carson City. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Kurt M. Thomas, 58, a Gardnerville resident since 1979, died Aug. 10, 2008, in Gardnerville.

Born in Inglewood, Calif., to William J. Thomas and Aina B. Oberg, Mr. Thomas attended high school in Southern California and graduated from Cal State University at North Ridge Calif.

He attended diamond cutting school in Gardnerville and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He later graduated from the Gemological Institute in Santa Monica, Calif.

He owned and operated Thomas Diamonds Jewelry store in Carson City for several years.

He was a certified diamond appraiser and diamond cutter. He loved gardening and especially how to grow bonsai trees. His animals were his second family.

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother, Aina in Gardnerville and a brother Karl in Moorpark, Calif. Arrangements are entrusted to Walton's Douglas County Mortuary.


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