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April 2, 2017

Patricia Ann Ball was called to be with her Lord, whom she loved and served, on May 11, 2017

Tricia Ball Tricia, as she preferred to be called, was born in Burbank, CA, on June 21, 1951, as an only child to William and Donnajune Foschaar. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and enjoyed family camping and water skiing trips, especially to Lake Shasta and Lake Powell. She especially enjoyed girl time and horseback riding with her best friend Linda Whipp, who became Maid of Honor at our wedding. She attended Simi Valley High School, and graduated from Moorpark College with a degree in wild and exotic animal training and management, which she put to good use working at Magic Mountain with their wild animal shows. One of her favorite stories was about being 'asked to leave' after the manager found racoons and lions living in her apartment.

She loved flowers, and spent a lot of time in the garden. As soon as a plant bloomed, she would bring flowers into the house. When we lived in Fillmore, she worked for a cousin who owned Fillmore Flower Shop.

Another of Tricia's loves was designing jewelry, and for a time, managed a jewelry store in Ventura. She loved Square Dancing, and met her husband-to-be, Sheldon (Shel) when she called a square dance for the high school youth group at Bardsdale Methodist Church, of which Shel was the adult advisor. With her interest in cars (she had restored her own Bug-Eyed Austin-Healy Sprite), she and Shel were a natural couple. On their first date, she told Shel she had grown up handing wrenches to her father while he restored and flew antique airplanes. They were married July 13, 1985. She became an 'instant mom' to Shel's two teen-age children, Allison and Christopher, and later a loving grandma to Kimberly Ball, and Mei and Cole Tanaka.

When Shel retired from teaching vocational education at Fillmore High School in 1995, they moved to Mariposa, and built their home in the Lushmeadows area. Her parents also relocated here about the same time. Tricia loved to be a homemaker, and especially to cook. She designed her own kitchen, around which Shel built their home. Each year she carried on a 109-year old family tradition of hosting a New Year’s Day Pork and Sauerkraut dinner for family and friends.

Tricia's heart overflowed with love for her family, and for animals, and her home was a happy place for Shel and their Doberman Pinschers.

Tricia and Shel enjoyed travelling, especially in their antique and classic cars. She was a life member in the Horseless Carriage Club, member of the Marmon Motor Car Club, the Pierce Arrow Society, the Franklin Club, the Studebaker Club, the Model T Ford Club, and the Mountain Road Rattlers. She was the proud owner of, and helped restore, her 1969 Camaro Z-28.

Tricia became a licensed pilot. She served as a docent at the California Gem and Mineral Museum here in Mariposa. She took an active part in the United Methodist Women. She sang in the choir at Bardsdale Methodist Church, and was a church secretary .She (and Shel) served over 19 years as a volunteer with the Mariposa County Sheriff Department's SCOPE She is a past officer in the Lushmeadows Homeowners Association.

Tricia wanted to thank the caregivers who cared for her in the last days of her illness, and to the members of Hornitos Masonic Lodge No. 98 for their love, support, and prayers for both her and Shel.

A celebration of Tricia's life will be held at the Mariposa United Methodist Church, Saturday, June 10, 1;00 PM. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make a donation to the local SPCA, in fond memory of Tricia's love for animals, and/or to the Hornitos Masonic Lodge 98 Sunshine fund.

April 2, 2017

Jack Desch I am sad to report the passing February 25th of long time member Jack Desch of Topeka, KS. Jack was 79. He worked 40 years for The Hobart Corp. and served 21 years in the Kansas National Guard. Jack was a former member of The HHFC Board, was active in the club, and he and Sharon attended a number of Franklin Treks. His sense of humor and gregarious nature will be missed by all. I think he gave Andy a real run for his money as to who had used the most film when at those Treks. I shall personally miss his numerous friendly emails. Our sympathy to Sharon, their five children and their families.
Barb and Ed Wyle

February 6, 2017

It is with great sadness that we report that Dan Grogan passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Daniel C. Grogan, was born in Bronxville, NY, Daniel had lived in Hawthorne for many years before moving to Wyckoff in 1985. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army. After his service, he was the owner of Action Sprinkler Corp. in Hawthorne for many years. Daniel enjoyed antique cars, aircraft and gardening. He was a member of the Franklin Car Club, the North Jersey A's and the First Reformed Church in Hawthorne. Daniel was the wonderful husband of Janice Grogan (nee Cross). Loving father of Christopher Grogan and his wife Christine and Scott Grogan and his wife Jennifer. Adoring Pop Pop to Jack, Julia and Abby Grogan. Dear brother of the late Bob Grogan and the late Joe Grogan. Daniel will be remembered by his winning smile, love of coffee, kindness toward animals and surprise purchases in the garage. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Reformed Church, 259 Lafayette Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506.

Published in The Record on Jan. 12, 2017


Franklin Club member, Jim Kling from Nampa, Idaho, passed away in September, 2016. He attended a Trek and drove his 1932 Franklin sedan on a Westrek and the Bakersfield Swap Meet and Tour/Webb Franklin get-together. In 2013, I was fortunate to be able to purchase the ’32 and I had a chance to visit with Jim when I picked up the car. After we got the Franklin home, Jim would call me periodically to make sure that I was still happy with the purchase of the car! He had a friendly, outgoing and helpful personality.

...Bill Charpier


Merle Brooks passed away November 27, 2016. An active west coast member of the Franklin Club, Merle drove his 1927 Coupe and 1927 Oxford Sedan on many Westreks over the past 35 years with his wife, Armiene. In 1988, they chaired the 19th Westrek in Leavenworth, Washington. After retiring as the General Manager of the Stevens Pass Ski Resort where he was an innovator in the ski industry (one of the lifts is named for him), Merle and Armiene wintered in Arizona and summered in Washington.

...Marlene Zimmerman