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Andrew C. Vadnais

Andrew C. Vadnais, 24, Grass Valley, Calif., formerly of Woodstock, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, surrounded by his loving family and his girlfriend after a battle with cancer. 

He was born Aug. 12, 1990, to Clifford and Vernie Vadnais in Woodstock.

He was a self-employed jewelry designer and gemstone expert and enjoyed collaborating with other accomplished jewelry designers. His passion was traveling to gem shows and music venues with his girlfriend. He was an inspiration to many and loved to share his craft with aspiring artists.

He loved the outdoors and was fond of the many wonders of the Sierra Mountains, especially the giant redwood trees and the Yuba River. He also enjoyed animals, golfing and music. He will be remembered as a kind and loving soul.

Survivors include his parents, Trout Valley; a sister, Carlyn Vadnais, Trout Valley; paternal grandparents, Robert and Esther Vadnais, Woodstock; many loving aunts, uncles and cousins; and his loving and devoted girlfriend, Yvonne Scott, Grass Valley, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ward and Roseann Swenson.

A memorial Mass was held Feb. 8 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Cary. A celebration of life followed at Crystal Lake Holiday Inn. All other services were private.

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