Brian Riffel |

Brian Riffel

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Brian Riffel, born Aug. 6, 1960, in Sacramento, Calif., to Delbert and Catherine Riffel, passed away far too soon on Jan. 10, 2008, following an automobile accident.

He is survived by his father, Delbert C. Riffel; sister, Nancy Riffel of Lodi, Calif.; brothers, James and Joseph Riffel; beloved niece, Katharine Riffel of South Lake Tahoe; and many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Mary Riffel.

Brian moved to Kyburz, Calif., in 2004 to be in the mountains that he loved and to be closer to his beloved niece, Katharine. Brian, though retired from the state of California, made many friends in his new mountain community. He was a member of the Western Slope Men’s Social Group and attended St. Theresa Catholic Church.

Brian was a kind and generous man as was evident when he was playing with his niece or by the love and attention that he poured onto his pets Jessie, Simone and Chang.

Brian was happiest when he was driving his recently restored 1952 Chevy, playing with his niece and spending time with his pets and family. Words cannot express how immensely he will be missed by his family, friends and pets. He will live in our hearts forever.

A Catholic Mass will be held at St. Francis Church in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday Jan. 25, at 10 a.m., with a private inurnment in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery immediately following the services.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to contribute to the charity of your choosing.

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