A precious angel slipped away Friday September 8, 2000. A graveside
service was held for infant Randal "Talen" Heinke of Magalia, September
13, 2000 at Paradise Cemetery, 980 Elliott Road, Paradise. Heinke was born
and died Friday, September
8, 2000 at Feather River Hospital to Randy and Christine Heinke of
Magalia. Survivors include his parents; one brother, Terran, and three
sisters, Jenilee, Shaylee and Emilee all of Magalia. Maternal grandmother,
Deloris Bates; paternal grandparents, John and Jean Heinke, Sherleene and
Bill Knox. Arrangements were handled by Rose Chapel. Memorial contributions
can be made to the Paradise Christian School playground fund.
When diabetes took Kimberly Ann Parker’s eyesight seven years ago,
even near-blindness didn’t stop her from buying her beloved books.
Her mother, Betty Lou Parker, used to help her into a wheelchair and
drive her to Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Chico all the time.
“We’d spend hours there,” her mother said. “I’d sit in the corner and
let her fondle her books.”
Ms. Parker, who had lived in Paradise since 1990, maintained a large
collection of books.
She’d put books close up to her face — about an inch from her eyes
— and try to read, often without success because of the diabetes-related
blood clots that passed through her eyes.
But throwing out all those books never crossed her mind.
Ms. Parker died of complications from diabetes Friday in her home.
She was 37.
Ms. Parker liked so many different kinds of books, her mother said
it was hard to pick her favorites, but she did appreciate mysteries and
real-life stories. And she used to talk to people about books constantly.
When Ms. Parker died, her mother was left with a bitter-sweet mystery.
Looking through her daughter’s things one day, Betty Lou found mysterious
letters sent to Ms. Parker.
One envelope’s return address was from Buckingham Palace. Inside, the
letter thanked Ms. Parker. Another letter, sent from Bosnia, also thanked
Ms. Parker. But for what?
Ms. Parker’s mother wishes she knew what kindness her daughter did
for these people, but the fact they were grateful came as no surprise to
Betty Lou. Her daughter kept many pen pals during her life.
Ms. Parker did not let her illness isolate her; she enjoyed doing things
for people, giving them money, for instance, even when she had little.
“She loved, loved, loved animals” — especially her pet chihuahuas —
Rosie and Bruno.
Ms. Parker’s intellectual brightness drew her to politics, which she
“She is the one I’d go to ask who I should vote for this year,” her
When her mother ran a nursery for medically fragile infants, Ms. Parker
worked extensively with them.
She also published a book of poems called “All She Wanted Was Love.”
And she played bit roles in movies, such as “Daddy” and “Nightmare on Elm
She was born in Torrance. Her father was Marshall Parker, who died
She married Allen Petree in August of 1984 in Long Beach. He died in
February of this year.
Besides her mother, Ms. Parker is survived by a son, Justin Parker
of Paradise; two brothers, Daniel of Buena Park and Timothy of Pinetop,
Ariz.; three sisters, Janis Jennings of Paradise, Jenny and Brittany; and
an extensive number of foster siblings.
A memorial gathering to celebrate Ms. Parker’s life will be held Saturday
at 4 p.m. in her home. Bidwell Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Bobby Ray Chance, 65, was an avid sports fan who watched wrestling
on television, bowled, gambled and played bingo.
Mr. Chance, who has family in Magalia, lived in Yuba City.
He died Sept. 21 in Oroville Hospital at age 65.
Born in Oklahoma, Mr. Chance’s parents were Ben and Leona Chance. He
served from 1956 to 1961 in the U.S. Army 184th Infantry with Company D,
the 168th Engineers Battalion. He was decorated for his sharpshooting.
He also served in the Naval Reserves.
Mr. Chance worked more than 40 years in moulding mills.
Three brothers, Elmer, Junior and Ernest, died before Mr. Chance. His
survivors include his daughter, Windal Ann Mathis of North Pole, Alaska;
a son, Bobby Wayne of North Pole, Alaska; three brothers, W.B. of Gridley,
Clifford of Marysville and Robert; two sisters, Jewell Atkins and Glindeen
Staten of Yuba City; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and many
nieces and nephews in Magalia, including Connie Sanseverino.
Services will be held at a later date. Cremation will take place at
Chapel of the Pines Mortuary. He will be privately inurned in North Pole,
Samuel “Sam” Vernon Sanders, 93, brokered insurance for more than 50
years and was a former secretary for the Paradise Elks Lodge and the Moose
Lodge. He also was a member of the Paradise Genealogical Society and the
Sons of the American Revolution. He formerly served as secretary for the
Mr. Sanders died Friday in his Paradise home.
He came from Stockton in the early ’70s. He enjoyed studying genealogy.
At the time of his death, he was writing a book on the history of the first
West Virginian cavalry during the Civil War.
He was born in San Jose to William and Lura Sanders. He served in the
U.S. Navy during World War II.
His wife, Margaret, died in January 1991. He is survived by his son,
Vernon of Geyserville; his companion, Louise Wright of Paradise; one granddaughter,
Lura Sanders of San Mateo.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Paradise Elks
Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Paradise Hospice.
Neptune Society of Northern California is handling the arrangements.
Mr. Sanders will be privately inurned at the Paradise Cemetery.
Thelma L. Caldwell, 85, found great joy in attending soccer and baseball
games of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed doing craft projects and flower
While living in Paradise, she attended the Alliance Church. She moved
to Monrovia in May, where she attended the First Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Caldwell died Sept. 14. She was a lifetime member of Eastern Star,
serving as Worthy Matron of the Monrovia Chapter in 1959 and Grand Representative
from California to British Columbia and the Yukon, in 1980 and 1981.
She worked 15 years for Hinshaw’s department store chain in Southern
California, holding positions as department manager and as stationery and
office supply buyer.
Her husband of 47 years, Burton Caldwell, died in 1992. Mrs. Caldwell
is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Dana and Sue Caldwell of
Paradise and Jeffrey and Pam Caldwell of Monrovia; a sister, Louise Eckert
of Vancouver, Wash.; and nine grandchildren.
Her service was held Sept. 19, and she was buried at Live Oak Memorial
Park in Monrovia.
Alice Elizabeth Fickett, an active member of the Craig Memorial Congregation-al
Church and Paradise PEO Chapter TL, died Sept. 4.
Fickett, 81, had lived in Paradise for 33 years. She was born in Seattle.
She married Victor Fickett, who died before her.
Her survivors include a daughter, Patricia Williams of Danville; a
son, Robert of Hamilton, Mont.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Widows, Orphans and Disabled
Firemen’s Fund, 2900 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, 90026.
Mary Jane Day
Mary Jane Day, a custodian at the Brakebill Elementary School in Stirling
City for 15 years, died Thursday at age 85. She had lived in Stirling City
She moved there a year after marrying Edward Day on Jan. 18 in Clinton,
Mo. He preceded her in death in 1967. Her survivors include three sons,
Charles of Anderson, James of Forbestown and Terry of Paradise; two daughters,
Roann Meyer of Stirling City and Nancy Cosper of Cassville, Mo.; one brother,
Clyde Nixon of Red Bluff; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Stirling City
Known to his loved ones as a “teller of bad jokes,” Robert “Bob” Mantey
took prize-winning photographs and played pinochle with dedication.
Mr. Mantey died Sept. 23 at age 64. Mr. Mantey was born in New York
and lived in Greenwich Village.
He also lived in San Jose for 30 years before moving to Magalia in
While serving in the 1st Marine Division, he fought in the Korean War.
He was self-employed as a retailer. He graduated from San Jose City College.
His survivors include a wife, Jean; four daughters, Kathy, Pat, Eileen
and Barbara; a son, John; two brothers, Tom and Steven; and seven grandchildren.
Donald Robert Bauer, 85, was a member of the Paradise Congregation
of Jehovah’s Witnesses who served as an elder in all three Paradise-area
Mr. Bauer died Monday in his Paradise home after a lengthy illness.
He moved there in 1969 after selling the family farm in Alliance, Neb.
He was born in Alliance to Charles and Maude Ferbach Bauer. For 32 years,
he worked as a farmer and rancher.
He also worked in rental property for 30 years in California.
A brother from Missouri, Ira, died before him. His survivors include
his wife of 64 years, Maxine; a son, Ronald of Paradise; a daughter, Colette
Whitehead of Omaha, Neb.; three brothers, Bernard of Alliance, Neb., Clifford
in Centralia, Wash., and Frank of Roswell, N.M.; six grandchildren and
He served his church by going door to door, and he wanted to be remembered
for the good times when he assisted others; therefore, at his request,
no services will be held.
Wilhelmina “Willa” Taggart
A memorial gathering for Wilhelmina “Willa” Taggart, a long-time peace
activist in Chico, will be held Monday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Children’s
Park in Chico. She died Sept. 18 at age 94.
Taggart was the founder of the Chico Peace Center.
Monday is also the birthday of Taggart and Mahatma Ghandi.
Everyone is invited to light a candle and bring any poems, thoughts
or memories to share.
Call Barbara Castro at 894-7160 or Chris Nelson at 345-7590 for information.
After Richard “Dick” Warren Holst retired from his painting company
in 1984 and moved to Paradise, he became an accomplished painter and sculptor
who showed his works throughout the western United States, including Santa
Fe, N.M. He spent much of his time perfecting his style.
Mr. Holst, 79, died in an auto accident Thursday.
He was born in Alameda to Volmer and Elise Holst. He joined the U.S.
Navy during World War II and served with the Marine Corps as a pharmacist
mate in the Pacific.
In 1946, Mr. Holst and his family moved to Hawaii where he eventually
rose to become owner and president of the prestigious Honolulu Painting
Co., which painted and decorated many of the new hotels and resorts that
flourished in Hawaii. Besides Pearl Harbor, his company did a lot of work
in the Pacific region.
Mr. Holst was an active leader in the Painting and Decorating Contractors
of America, and he served many years as a member of the executive board.
In Paradise, Mr. Holst enjoyed fishing, golf and playing cards with
his wife and friends. He also spent a lot of time with the Rotary Club,
Elks, SIRS No. 135 and the Magalia Community Church.
Mr. Holst is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bobbie; two sons, James
and Peter; two daughters, Judy and Terri; three sisters; nine grandchildren
and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Magalia Community
Church in Magalia.
Donations may be made to any charity of choice.
Frank Samuel Cliff Jr., a resident of Paradise since 1984, enjoyed
RV traveling, playing bridge, reading and gardening.
Mr. Cliff died Sunday at age 72.
Born in Carson City, Nev., Mr. Cliff was awarded a four-year Pepsicola
national scholarship. He attended Harvard for one term before transferring
to Stanford University where he earned his doctorate in biological sciences
He wrestled, ran track and performed in the marching band at Stanford.
He served in the U.S. Army for two years at Letterman Hospital in San Francisco.
He later became an associate professor at Colgate University in Hamilton,
In 1959, he moved to Chico and taught in the biology department of
California State University, Chico, for 32 years. He participated in a
faculty exchange to Chester, England, for one year in 1986 and 1987.
He was a member of the Paradise Elks Club, the SIRS No. 43, the RPEA
and the ACBL.
In 1984, Mr. Cliff married Dorothy Evans, who survives him. Additional
survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Tom Main,
Catherine and Nathan Carey, and Susan Cliff and Jerry Hovey; a stepson,
John Evans; a granddaughter, Elaina Carey; and a niece, Janice Compton.
A memorial mass will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas More
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Valley
Ridge Homecare/Hospice. Bidwell Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Jelena Grsetic, a member of the Upper Ridge Seventh-day Adventist Church,
died Sept. 26.
The Paradise resident, a widow, was 72.
Mrs. Grsetic was born in Veternica, Croatia, to Stefan and Agata Brozd.
She worked on electronics in a small business.
Her survivors include Victoria Vrbeta of Paradise; four sisters, Julka,
Marica, Slavica and Lojzika of Croatia; two brothers, Pero and Gustek Brozd
of Croatia; and two grandsons.
Mrs. Grsetic’s memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation
took place at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary. She will be inurned at Paradise
Norman Lake Sr.
Norman Loyd Lake Sr., otherwise known as ham radio operator No. W6TAE,
made friends all over the world through his hobby.
Mr. Lake earned his ham radio license while a senior in high school.
He went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and during
all his world travels, he looked for the familiar ham radio tower.
Wherever he found a home with a tower — in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico,
Japan or the Phillipines — Mr. Lake would introduce himself. Families who
shared his love of ham radio welcomed him into their homes — and sometimes
practically adopted him.
A resident of Magalia, Mr. Lake was a member of Paradise’s Amateur
Radio Operator’s Breakfast Club and the Butte County Sheriff’s Communication
Reserve Unit. His love of radio extended to electronics in general and
computers in particular.
Mr. Lake, 68, died Sunday at Feather River Hospital.
He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Loyd and Pauline Lake. He was
raised in Lubbock, Texas, until age 10. Then he moved to Santa Paula, where
he lived until 22. He lived in Moorpark and Oxnard, where he met and married
Mary Bispo in 1970. They lived in Fillmore from 1970 to 1998, with a four-year
break when they lived in Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico.
Mr. Lake worked for 34 years in the Naval Civil Service as an engineering
technician at places like Point Mugu and Port Hueneme.
His other hobbies included music and reading science fiction.
Besides his wife, Mary, Mr. Lake is survived by two daughters, Mary
Ellen Lake of Ventura and Anita Kay Kanuter of Oxnard; a son, Norman Loyd
Lake Jr. of Santa Maria; a stepson, Norman Cecil Bispo of Magalia; two
brothers, Jack David Lake of Quincy and Nesby Joe Lake of Vacaville.
A stepson, Karl Lee Bispo died in 1992. Mr. Lake is also predeceased
by a sister, Betty Jean Fay.
No services are planned at this date, and cremation will take place
at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.
His ashes will be scattered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake
Tahoe in Nevada.
William Henry Kinnear obtained the rank of master sergeant in the U.S.
Army while stationed in France and Germany from 1940 to 1945.
After World War II, he owned a trucking company for four years. He
also worked 35 years as a railroad switchman for Western Pacific.
He was born to James and Alvira Kinnear in McCloud, where he graduated
from high school.
Mr. Kinnear, a Paradise resident, was a member of the Quincy Elks Lodge.
In Paradise, he was a member of the Moose Lodge and Eagles Lodge.
Mr. Kinnear loved the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, boating and camping
were his favorite pursuits. He also enjoyed taking his RV on trips, and
he liked dancing.
Mr. Kinnear died Friday at Feather River Hospital. He was 81.
His survivors include a companion of 10 years, Laure Heidelberger;
a son from a former marriage; nine nephews and three nieces.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to any favorite charity.
Neptune Society of Northern California is handling the arrangements.
Virginia D. Bell moved to Paradise from Tarzana in 1978. She attended
the Alzheimer’s Day Care in Paradise and was a member of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Relief Society. Mrs. Bell was an avid
Mrs. Bell, 86, died Monday at Feather River Hospital.
She was born in Salt Lake City to Herbert and Edna Darcey. Her husband,
George Henry Bell, died in 1979.
And two of her sons, John and Thomas, died before her.
Mrs. Bell is survived by two sons, Robert of Citrus Heights and Richard;
a daughter, Cherie Anderson-Scott of Paradise; a sister, Jeanette Dyer;
12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Bell’s service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Paradise 1st Ward. Visitation will
be today from 4 to 8 p.m. at Rose Chapel Mortuary.
Flowers may be given or contributions given to the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary fund.
Janet Louise Hutchings enjoyed crocheting, needlework, camping and
hiking. She also loved dogs and birds and liked horseback riding.
Ms. Hutchings, a Paradise resident, died Monday of a brain tumor. She
Born in Salinas to Glenn and Janice Hutchings, she attended Woodland
High School and Yuba Junior College.
Ms. Hutchings worked for the Woodland Democrat newspaper.
Besides her mother, Janice, in Magalia, Ms. Hutchings is survived by
two sisters, Arlene Hutchings of Roundup, Mont., and Sharon Hutchings of
Magalia; two nieces; one aunt and one uncle.
Her service will be today at 11 a.m. in the Woodland Cemetery in Woodland.
Margaret Marie Ellis, a 54-year resident of Paradise, died in her home
Tue-sday at age 83.
Her husband, Leonard, died in 1981.
A niece, Peggy Haines of Barstow, survives her.
Graveside services, conducted by Chapel of the Pines Mortuary, will
be held tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Paradise Cemetery.
George Anthony Silva, 78, worked for the City of Oakland as a heavy
equipment operator for 30 years. He retired in 1980 and moved to Magalia.
He eventually moved to Paradise.
Mr. Silva died at home Tuesday.
He was born to Antonio and Helen Silva in Santa Cruz.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army as a tank driver instructor.
He was a 20-year member of the Paradise Elks Lodge and the Ridge Runners
Square Dance Club.
He enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing and playing cards with several
Besides his wife of 36 years, Dorothea, he is survived by a daughter,
Diane Grosser of Antioch; two stepsons, John Gaddy of Palo Alto and David
Gaddy of Florissant, Mo.; two sisters, Jennie Medeiros of Oakland and Alice
Espinola of San Leandro; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
There will be a rosary at the Brusie Funeral Home in Chico at 6 p.m.
Sunday, and the memorial service will be at the Elks Lodge in Paradise
at 11 a.m. Monday. The burial will be private. Contributions may be made
to St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paradise for masses or the Valley
Ridge Hospice, which took care of Mr. Silva.