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George Hopkins

George S. Hopkins, 78, died on Sept. 22 at his home in Gardnerville.

A memorial service with full military honors will be held on Monday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Fernley.

A Mass of the Resurrection will also be held that day at 5 p.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville. Father Bill Nadeau will be the Celebrant.

Mr. Hopkins was born on Oct. 12, 1920, in Paris, France, to George and Clarisse Heraud Hopkins.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

On Nov. 4, 1946, he and Catherine Yasko were married in Hollywood, Calif.

A Gardnerville resident for 9 years, coming from Mar Vista, Calif., Mr. Hopkins was a manufacturing engineer who manufactured the Environmental Control Systems for the Gemini and Apollo space missions. He also helped develop the Environmental Control System for the M-1 tank.

Mr. Hopkins enjoyed fixing things and watching football on TV, especially the USC team. He enjoyed spending time with his family and had a special gift of wit.

Survivors include his wife Catherine of Gardnerville; sons Glenn John Hopkins of Minden, James V.C. Hopkins of Placerville, Calif., and Thomas George Hopkins of Huntington Beach, Calif., and daughter Sharon C. Rodriguez of Mar Vista; brother John A. Hopkins of Santa Monica, Calif.; niece Lorraine Osborne of Santa Maria, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville and FitzHenry’s Crematory in Carson City handled arrangements.

Garth McCormack

A special memorial will be held in the spring to celebrate the life and artworks of Garth Stewart McCormack, 55, of Woodfords. Information will be distributed at that time to ensure his friends can all attend.

Mr. McCormack died Oct. 1 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was the owner and operator of Woodfords’ Inn in Woodfords and a friend to many in Alpine County, Minden and Gardnerville.

He was born Jan. 15, 1944, and raised in San Jose, Calif. He served in the U.S. Army, worked for about five years for the San Jose Police Department, then moved to Alpine County to be a deputy sheriff. He returned to San Jose in the mid-1970s and served for 12 years as a patrol officer with the San Jose Police Department. He returned to his beloved mountains, bought Woodfords Inn in the late 1980s and had resided in Woodfords ever since.

Mr. McCormack was a man of varied talents and achievements. He earned his master’s degree in fine arts from San Jose State University. He served at one time as art commissioner for Alpine County. He was an accomplished pianist and photographer, painted and crafted his own pottery. He enjoyed many kinds of music and loved to cook, regularly attending fine dining and wine tasting events. He also loved riding his motorcycle, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Both of Mr. McCormack’s parents preceded him in death. He leaves behind his cousin, Marty Boyer of Hayward, Calif., his companion, Victoria Taylor, distant relatives and countless friends.

Private internment was held in San Jose in accordance with Mr. McCormack’s wishes.

Maxine Williams

Maxine M. Williams, 84, died on Oct. 3 at Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City.

She was born on Nov. 29, 1914, in Ephraim, Utah, to Fred and Emily Christensen Mangelson.

For the last two months, Mrs. Williams lived in Minden with her niece Bonnie Hall.

She came from Kent, Wash., where she was a member of the 1st Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the senior center and AARP.

Before that, Mrs. Williams was secretary for Cedar Green Cannery in Georgetown, Wash., for 15 years and secretary for the Carpenter’s Union in Renton, Wash., for 10 years. She was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Eagles in Renton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and her husband John Williams, who died in Renton in 1987.

Survivors include her brother Robert Mangelson of Spokane, Wash., and niece Bonnie Hall of Minden.

A memorial service and inurnment will be in Renton.

FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville and FitzHenry’s Crematory in Carson City handled arrangements.

Mary Gall

Mary Frances Gall, 73, died at her residence in Walker, Calif., Oct. 1.

Mrs. Gall was born in Indianapolis, Ind., May 26, 1926, to Jennings and Helen Sanford. She had worked for the K Bakery for five years and lived in the Walker area for 25 years.

She is survived by her son Gerry Gall of Walker and two daughters, Jeanette Musselman of Evergreen, Colo., and Juanita Folstad of La Mesa, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside memorial services were held Oct. 5 at Antelope Valley Cemetery in Coleville, Calif.

Brune and Buck Mortuary of Bishop, Calif., handled the arrangements.