It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear mother, Vickie Grundman. She was 63 years young.

Vickie was born in Scotia on February 9, 1957 to Alexander and Dorothy Hill. Vickie went to be with the Lord on May 17, 2020. She was raised in Fortuna with her brother (Dean) and sister (Nancy). Vickie graduated from Fortuna Union High School and married her high school sweetheart, Jan Garfield. They had three children who were her pride and joy. They later divorced and a few years later Vickie found the love of her life, Peter Grundman. Vickie welcomed Pete’s daughter, Audrey, into her life and became a mother once again.

In March of 2019, Vickie suffered a severe stroke and was transported to Sonoma County from Humboldt for treatment and rehabilitation. She worked hard to get her speech back and was able to communicate with us once again. We were unable to bring her home as she needed constant care and support. Vickie passed just hours after her children and sister were able to visit and say their goodbyes. As though she was holding on to see her family. Due to the current restrictions we were not able to be by her side together at the time of her passing but she knew we were there in heart.

Vickie was a homemaker most of her life. She loved nothing more than her kids and family. Her second love was working with wood just like her dad. She went on to make signs, decor and anything she could paint or refurbish. Vickie sold some of her crafts in the Humboldt area on consignment as well as at craft fairs. Vickie decided to go to work part-time to support her hobby. She worked at The Salvation Army in Fortuna for many years. When that store closed she transferred to the one in Eureka until their closure. Vickie then went on to work at the Dollar Store in Eureka on Myrtle Ave. Mom enjoyed working, meeting people and keeping busy.

Vickie and her husband Pete finished raising the youngest three of their children together in Eureka. Vickie enjoyed family gatherings, going to concerts at Konocti Resort, working and had a love for the ocean.

Once Vickie became a grandparent she decided to retire from work to help take care of her grandkids when needed. She loved all of her grandkids and always looked forward to spending time with each of them.

Vickie is survived by her children; Dawn Dokweiler (Todd), Craig Garfield (Betty), Kayla Combs (Ryan) and Audrey Helm (Matt). Her grandchildren; Tristan and Jordyn Dokweiler, Jacob Duncan, Caleb Garfield, Ellis Garfield-Stanbridge, Dylan and Mason Combs. Her sister, Nancy Silva, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Vickie is preceded in death by her husband of 24 years, Peter Grundman, parents Alex and Dorothy Hill, and brother Dean Hill.

Vickie was a loving mother and grandmother who wanted nothing but the best for her children and grandchildren. Mom would not end a conversation with us without saying “I love you with all my heart”. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

We would like to thank Hospice of Sonoma County and Sonoma Post Acute for the care and services they provided. Vickie’s immediate family will have a private ceremony along the beach at a later time.


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