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FISHER Family History, Part V

February 2010

Marjorie Ann (FISHER) CAMBRA (1928-1967)

1CA511. Marjorie Ann Fisher was born May 11, 1928, in Calistoga, Napa County, California. She met Hugh Boyd Cambra, Sr., a World War II veteran, at McDonald's Chevrolet where he worked as a parts manager and she as a secretary. They married on June 13, 1948, in Reno, Washoe Co., Nevada, and had four children:

1CA5111. Hugh Cambra, Jr. --  --  -- 
1CA5112. Timothy Cambra --  --  -- 
1CA5113. Susan Cambra --  --  -- 
1CA5114. Richard Cambra --  --  -- 

Before their marriage, Hugh served in with the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a motor pool parts specialist. After the war he worked at McDonald's Chevrolet and later at Pellini Chevrolet in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, California, as manager of the parts department.

Marjorie later worked as a secretary at the Independent Order of Foresters.

Marjorie Ann (Fisher) Cambra died of breast cancer on June 15, 1967, in Santa Rosa. She was only 39 years old.

Hugh remarried to Patricia (Smart) Burns on May 27, 1978, in Santa Rosa and that same year retired from Pellini Chevrolet in Sebastopol.

Hugh Boyd Cambra, Sr., died following a long illness on March 9, 2001, at the age of 84. Both he and Marjorie are inurned at the Chapel of the Chimes in Santa Rosa.

Patricia (Smart Burns) Cambra died two years later on April 2, 2003, in Santa Rosa. She was 75 years old.

Press Democrat, March 11, 2001

"Hugh B. Cambra Sr., a lifelong Santa Rosa resident, died Friday after a long illness. He was 84."

"Cambra was a Santa Rosa High School graduate and played for the Panther football team. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, but was stationed close to home at Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato."

"Cambra married Marjorie Fisher, whom he met at McDonald's Chevrolet, where he worked as parts manager. He also worked at Comanche Chevrolet and retired from Pellini Chevrolet in 1978. Together, they had four children and raised them in his childhood home. His son, Tim Cambra, raised his children in the same house."

"Marjorie Cambra died in 1967 and he married Patricia Burns in 1978."

"Throughout the 1960s, Cambra coached Little League. `He loved sports and he loved to teach sports,' Tim Cambra said. He also enjoyed playing golf and was on the course three or four times a week well into his 80s. `He liked to teach golf too. He wasn't very good, but he taught a lot of good people,' his son said."

"An avid outdoorsman, Cambra liked to hunt deer and to fish. He was a member of the Oddfellows Lodge of Calistoga, the Druids of Santa Rosa and the Bennett Valley Senior Men's Club."

"A dedicated family man, his greatest joy was to have his large family close his side. 'He loved having all of us here,' granddaughter Melissa Cambra said. 'We all live in Santa Rosa and he loved that.'"

"Other survivors include a daughter, Susan Diez of Santa Rosa; two sons, Hugh Jr. and Richard Cambra of Santa Rosa; a brother, Pete Cambra of Santa Rosa; and his grandchildren, Alicia, Melissa, and Tyler Cambra of Santa Rosa, Diana and Steven Diez of Santa Rosa, and Casey and Chelsea Cambra of Sebastopol."

"He also is survived by four stepchildren, Rick and Laura Burns of Santa Rosa, Sandra Zebroff of Auburn, and Connie Broyles of Santa Rosa; nine step-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren."

"A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Druids Hall, 1011 College Ave., Santa Rosa. A reception will follow the service."

Helen Marie (FISHER) KLINGBEIL (1938-2006)

Helen Marie (FISHER) KLINGBEIL 1CA515. Helen Marie Fisher was born June 30, 1938, in Calistoga, Napa County, California. She married Fred Klingbeil in 1958 and raised two children:

1CA5151. Scott Klingbeil --  --  -- 
1CA5152. Christen Klingbeil --  --  -- 

Helen Marie (Fisher) Klingbeil succumbed to cancer on October 11, 2006. She was 68 years old.

Napa Valley Register, October 11, 2006

"SANTA ROSA - Helen Klingbeil passed away Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, at home with her family."

"Helen was born in Calistoga on June 30, 1938, the youngest of five children, to Earl and Mabel Fisher. She attended Calistoga schools and graduated from Calistoga High School in 1956. She married Fred Klingbeil in 1958, earned her nursing degree from Santa Rosa Junior College in 1959, and worked as a homemaker and in the nursing field for 40 years. In 2000, Helen retired as a nurse from State Farm Insurance Company in Rohnert Park. Helen, an avid golfer and golf enthusiast, was a member of the Napa City Employees Golf Club and the Oakmont Gold Club. She was also a member of Rebekah Lodge and Rincon Valley Grange."

"She is survived by her husband Fred of Santa Rosa; son, Scott Klingbeil (Robin) of Napa; daughter, Christen Patel (Sanjay) of Santa Rosa; grandsons, Samir Patel, Timothy Klingbeil, Vijay Patel and Joseph Klingbeil; and granddaughter, Kayla Patel; sisters, Virginia 'Beanie' Rannells of Calistoga and Nancy Blakely of Santa Rosa; brother, Howard Fisher of Gualala and numerous nieces and nephews. A sister, Marjorie Cambra, preceded her in death."

"Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral service, Friday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Lafferty & Smith Colonial Chapel, 4321 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa, CA, (707) 539-2921. A visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the mortuary. Contributions in Helen's memory may be made to the Humane Society of Sonoma County, P.O. Box 1296, Santa Rosa, CA 95402."

Raymond Everett FECHTER, Jr. (1922-1988)

Raymond Everett FECHTER, Jr. 1CA531. Raymond Everett Fechter, Jr.. was born on July 29, 1922, in St. Helena, Napa County, California. He married Josephine Davies on November 17, 1943, in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. They had three children:

1CA5311. Melvin Fechter --  --  -- 
1CA5312. Gerald Fechter --  --  -- 
1CA5313. Raelene Fechter --  --  -- 

Raymond Earl Fechter, Jr., died on December 15, 1988, in St. Helena, at the age of 66. He is buried in St. Helena.

Everett James FECHTER (1925-2000)

1CA533. Everett James Fechter was born on December 4, 1925, in Calistoga, Napa County, California where he spent most of his life. He served in the Merchant Marines during the Pacific Campaign in World War II and afterward married Hildegard Koch on January 19, 1944 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. They had seven children:

1CA5331. Karen Fechter --  --  -- 
1CA5332. Ernest Fechter --  --  -- 
1CA5333. Janis Fechter --  --  -- 
1CA5334. David Fechter --  --  -- 
1CA5335. Juliana Fechter --  --  -- 
1CA5336. Russell Fechter --  --  -- 
1CA5337. Robin Fechter --  --  -- 

Everett succumbed to cancer on August 7, 2000, at the age of 74. He is inurned at the Santa Rosa Memorial Park.

Press Democrat, August 10, 2000:

"But for a couple of years afloat in the Pacific during World War II, Everett J. Fechter spent his entire life amid the walnut trees of his family's Calistoga ranch."

"The longtime manager and director of the North Coast Walnut Association, he promoted north coast nuts and shared his stock with many people through graftings, his wife, Hilde Fechter, said."

"Fechter was still growing walnuts when he died of cancer Monday. He was 74."

"'He loved his orchard,' Hilde Fechter said."

"Born and raised in Calistoga, Fechter was 16 when he met a girl who'd come to visit the area one summer."

"They married two years later but were wed only a short time before Fechter joined the Merchant Marines and was sent to the Pacific, where he served on a refrigerator ship traveling with Gen. Douglas MacArthur's troops."

"In his absence, Hilde Fechter moved to San Francisco to work, but upon his return the couple went back to work on the family's Calistoga ranch, raising seven children."

"Fechter also served as a rural mail carrier for 16 years and worked as chief and assistant chief of the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years."

"In addition, he was a member of the American Legion, the National Rifle Association and the Diamond Walnut Association."

"Besides his wife of 56 years, Fechter is survived by daughters Karen Opel of Santa Rosa, Juli Fechter of Middletown, Robin Fechter of Petaluma and Janis Zeugin of Pleasanton; sons, Ernie Fechter of Shingle Springs, Russ Fechter of Citrus Heights and Dave Fechter of Colma; and 13 grandchildren."

"A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Daniels Chapel of the Roses in Santa Rosa. Inurnment will follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park."

"Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1451 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa 95403, or Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa 94558."

Milton Oliver FECHTER (1933-2006)Blue Star

Milton Oliver FECHTER 1CA534. Milton "Milt" Oliver Fechter was born on August 12, 1933, in Calistoga, Sonoma County, California. He married Marjorie Sage on October 11, 1952, while serving in the United States Air Force and fathered three sons:

1CA5341. Richard Fechter --  --  -- 
1CA5342. Dennis Fechter --  --  -- 
1CA5343. Timothy Fechter --  --  -- 

Milton Oliver Fechter died at his home in Calistoga on January 20, 2006, at the age of 72. He is buried at the St. Helena Cemetery.

Press Democrat, January 25, 2006

"Fechter, Milton (Milt) O. Taken so suddenly from his loving wife and family, Milton (Milt) O. Fechter passed away at home at the age of 72 on January 20, 2006. Milt, Pepa to his grandkids, will be missed more than anyone can know. Milt always had a smile and a big hug to share. Everyone he met became a friend. The sound of his laugh will remain in our hearts forever. Milt was happiest surrounded by his family and was fortunate to have his entire family at his home for Christmas."

"He and Marge enjoyed celebrating the weddings of two of their grandchildren this past summer, they were the last two left dancing the anniversary dance at grandson Brandon's wedding. Survived by his loving wife of 53 years Marge, sons Rick, Dennis and Tim. His daughters-in-law Dorothy, Jan, and Debbi. Grandchildren Brandon, Tiffany, Amanda, Amy, Kari, Shelby and Shyanne, as well as new grandchildren-in-law Ashley, Danny Minnick, his faithful dog Gunner, his sisters Rubye Campbell and Carol Ann Camire, his sisters-in-law Hilde and Joey and numerous nieces and nephews, to whom he was known as Uncle Doc."

"Milt was born August 12, 1933 in Calistoga. Milt graduated from Calistoga High School and played on the football team. He and Marge married October 11, 1952. At the time he was a staff sergeant in the US Air Force and stationed in Merced. In 1956 they returned to the Napa area and in 1969 settled in a home that Milt built at the top of Sharp Road in Calistoga, known as Fechter Hill, surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond, his mother, Mildred, and his brothers Raymond Jr. and Everett."

"Milt was a long-time director of the Napa County Fair Board and was past President of the organization. He was a 25-year member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, a member and past president of Calistoga Lions Club, a member of the Sharpsteen Museum, a Paid-Up-for-Life Member of the American Legion and a founding board member of the Calistoga Wildcat Athletic Boosters. Milt started working for Milo King in 1956 as a salesman for Golden State Dairy, he then became a member of Union Local 624 working at Granny Goose Foods, where he was given the nicknames Goose and Granny. At the age of 55 he retired and began a new career at Clover Flat Landfill. He also operated Milt's Sharpening Service out of his home shop. Milt and Marge's passion was traveling in their motor home. They enjoyed belonging to RV groups and being with friends."

"Memorial Services for Milt will be held Saturday, January 28 at 11:00 a.m. at Morrison Funeral Chapel, 990 Vintage Ave., St. Helena. Burial will be private in the St. Helena Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calistoga Wildcat Athletic Boosters, Calistoga Lions Club, or the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department. The Fechter family would like to thank the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department for their efforts and all their support along with neighbors Dan and Jan Montelli. Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel of Napa Valley."