Miscellaneous Butte County, California Obituaries - 2000


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Ellsworth Wisler
Published October 10, 2000
Aside from his family, one of the highlights of Ells-worth “Ells” Wisler’s life was his beloved cat, Sammi.
Mr. Wisler and Sammi comforted each other for 10 years. Sammi slept on the bed with him every night, said Mr. Wisler’s wife, Barbara.
Mr. Wisler died Saturday at age 80. Sammi has been missing him.
“Now she’s tucked up in his chair,” Mrs. Wisler said yesterday.
The Wislers moved to Magalia from San Jose in 1979. Eight years later, they moved to Paradise.
Mr. Wisler was born in Porterville. 
His parents were Harry and Myrtle Wisler. There were nine children in the family.
At age 3, he moved with his family to San Jose. When he was 19, Mr. Wisler worked for a railroad company. Then he joined the U.S. Army, serving with the corps of engineers.
From 1944 to 1946, he served on Okinawa. 
He was scheduled to fight in the invasion of Japan, but the war ended before he saw combat. However, his position on Okinawa was bombed a few times.
On June 24, 1949, he married Barbara June Cushing in Carson City, Nev. Mr. Wisler was the cousin of her brother-in-law, Mrs. Wisler said.
Mr. Wisler drove trucks for 20 years, making long hauls throughout the western states. Then he owned a machine shop, which made flanges for warships. 
Mr. Wisler used to go out hunting all the time, going all over Wyoming, Nevada and Colorado to hunt deer. He also enjoyed fishing with his rod and reel, especially for trout.
Besides his wife, Barbara, Mr. Wisler is survived by a daughter, Susan Wisler of Paradise; a son, Brian Wisler of Sunnyvale; a sister, Cressie Lanham of San Jose; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A service for Mr. Wisler will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Paradise Chapel of the Pines. He will be privately inurned.
Contributions in Mr. Wisler’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.

Eileen Thomas
Published October 10, 2000
Eileen Thomas enjoyed crocheting, traveling and seeing her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Thomas, a Magalia resident, died yesterday. She was 84.
She worked as a seamstress at various dry cleaners for more than 30 years.
She was born in Hope, Ark., and married Joseph Thomas in San Rafael on May 3, 1947.
Besides her husband, Joseph, Mrs. Thomas’ survivors include a daughter, Louritha Knox of Collinsville, Texas; a son, William Thomas of Modesto; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time. Bidwell Chapel of Chico is handling the arrangements.

Christopher Chapman
Published October 12, 2000
Christopher Patrick Chapman, a “very outgoing” 18-year-old, wanted to go into the U.S. Air Force, which was recruiting him. The Air Force sought him for his excellent mechanical skills. 
Christopher loved working on cars and motorcycles.
It seemed he could just glance at a car and know what was wrong with it. Christopher, a senior at Ridgeview High School, hated sitting around. He used to hunt, fish, ride a dirt bike and listen to music.
Christopher died in a traffic accident Monday near the Magalia Dam. He was born to Lucas and Debra Chapman in Pueblo, Colo. and moved to Magalia in 1985.
His girlfriend, Sumerlyn Streeter, also died in the accident. Christopher’s mother, Debbie, died a month ago.
Besides his father, Christopher is survived by his stepfather, David Lee of Brookings, Ore.; two sisters, Rachael Chapman of Chico and Jennifer Lee of Brookings, Ore.; two brothers, Kyle Chapman of Magalia and Joshua Lee of Brookings, Ore.; his grandparents, Pat and Jennie Chapman of San Jose, Flo and Dick Raffanti of Cottonwood and Dorothy Hensley of Pueblo, Colo.
A double memorial service for Christopher and Sumerlyn will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Calvary Chapel in Magalia. Visitation will be tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary. Chistopher will be buried in Magalia Cemetery.

Sumerlyn Streeter
Published October 12, 2000
Sumerlyn Maria Streeter was known as a “spunky” girl with a vivid imagination. She would write “smile” on all of her school binders, and she always tried to get people around her to be happy.
A school counselor said Sumerlyn lit up a room when she walked in. Sumerlyn had set her life goal as being a teacher or counselor, so she could help people. An outdoor girl, she enjoyed animals, boating, swimming and camping. 
Sumerlyn used to camp with her boyfriend, Christopher Chapman, on many weekends.
She was born to Jim and Yvette Streeter in Paradise.
A senior at Ridgeview High School, she was active in school activities, like “Every 15 Minutes,” a program teaching the dangers of drunk driving.
Sumerlyn wanted to marry Christopher and was going to wait for him until after he went to boot camp in November. She used to say they were meant to be together forever.
Sumerlyn, 17, died in a traffic accident Monday near the Magalia Dam. Christopher died with her.

Besides her parents, Sumerlyn’s survivors include her grandmother, Maria Slater of Magalia; her grandparents Clarence and Bernice Streeter of Logandale, Nev.; and six aunts and uncles in Paradise.
A double memorial service for Sumerlyn and Christopher will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Calvary Chapel in Magalia.
Visitation will be tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.
Sumerlyn will be privately inurned.

Cecil Orr
Published October 12, 2000
Cecil Franklin Orr was an avid gardener who lived in Magalia. Orr served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and then was a teacher at Robbinsville High School in Robbinsville, N.C., where he was born to Dock and Ethel Orr.
Mr. Orr died Monday in his Magalia residence. He was 69.
While residing in Andrews, N.C., Mr. Orr was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Friends of the Library and worked at The Food Bank. While living in Murphy, N.C., he volunteered at local nursing homes.
Mr. Orr is survived by his wife of 15 years, Elissa; two sons, Mark of Knoxville, Tenn., and James of Sylva, N.C.; a daughter, Naomi Orr of Traphill, N.C.; six stepchildren; a brother, Tom of Santa Rosa; three sisters, Ruth Crawley and Faye Martin of Knoxville, Tenn., and Maye Holloway of Topton, N.C.
His service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Enloe Hospice. Neptune Society of Northern California is handling the arrangements.

Phyllis Arnold
Published October 12, 2000
Phyllis Vera Arnold of Magalia enjoyed reading and sports of all kinds.She died in her home Sunday at age 69. She was born to Robert and Elizabeth Roberts in Corner Brook, New-foundland, Canada. On Jan. 22, 1955, she married Graham Arnold in Downey. In 1962, they moved to Ventura Cou-nty. Mrs. Arnold worked at Marshall’s Department Store for 15 years. About six months ago, they moved to Magalia.
Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by three sons, Terry of Sacramento, Robert of Chatsworth and Darryl of Simi Valley; and two sisters, Pearl Rowlands and Madge Garnett of Canada.
A private family service will be held. Inurnment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to either Muscular Dystrophy or the Valley Ridge Hospice in care of Newton Bracewell Cremation & Funeral Services of Magalia.

Leeanna Strickler
Published October 12, 2000
Leeanna Strickler, an 81-year-old Paradise resident, died Sept. 30 in a convalescent hospital. She was a widowed homemaker. She moved from Sacramento six years ago. Her survivors include a son, Robert Strickler of Sacramento; a sister, Dolores of Alabama; seven grandchildren and nine great-granchildren.At her request, no services are planned.

Luther Hall
Published October 14, 2000
Luther Cecil Hall, who died Wednesday at age 75, will be buried in Paradise Cemetery with military honors. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Hall, a resident of Chico, was an oil refinery worker and a service station attendant. He enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle. He camped, fished and liked traveling.
Mr. Hall was born to James and Stella Hall in Red Fork, Okla. He married Velma Matheny on Nov. 22, 1997 in Reno, Nev.
Besides his wife and his mother, who is 101, Mr. Hall is survived by his daughter, Patricia Kesser of Rohnert Park; three brothers, Danny Forman of Chico, Jim Forman of Woodland Hills and Bobbie Hall of Chico; one sister, Charlotte St. George of British Columbia; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was also a father image to his many nieces and nephews.
His graveside service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Paradise Cemetery. Visitation will be 9a.m. to noon at Paradise Chapel of the Pines.

Pierre Faure
Published October 14, 2000
Pierre Faure, a resident of Paradise, died Thursday in his home. He was 94.
Mr. Faure, a farmer for 50 years, was born to Leon and Marie Faure in Los Angeles. When he died, he was close to celebrating 61 years of marriage to America, who survives him.
His graveside funeral service will be held today at 9 a.m. at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico. Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Hospice in care of Bidwell Chapel. 

Al McNally
Published October 14, 2000
Al McNally worked off and on at Paradise convalescent hospitals for 20 years. He was a supervisor at Riverside Health Care.
Mr. McNally, 66, died Oct. 7 in his Oroville home.
He was born to Jesse and Zellie McNally in Kentucky. He served with the U.S. Marines.
Mr McNally was an avid fisherman, and he enjoyed raising exotic birds in his Live Oak home. 
His survivors include his wife, Jimmie; one son, James Ledbetter of Acampo; five daughters, Becky Chapman of Lodi, Melody Bennett of Manteca, Melissa McNally of Yuba City and Janet Treymane of Grass Valley; two brothers, Harrison and Charles McNally, both of Florida; two sisters, Stella Lee and Sally Knight, both of Florida; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Cora Potter
Published October 14, 2000
Cora W. Potter, who has many children and many grandchildren in Paradise, died Oct. 10 in Chico, where she lived.
Mrs. Potter was 87. She was born in Orland to Charles and Betty Thompson. She married Lowell Potter in Reno, Nev.
Her survivors include a brother, Marian Thompson of Tulelake; two sisters, Ilda Van Allen of Burney and Dorothy Yowell of Redding; two daughters, Vonnie Jones of Fall River Mills and Betty Holt of Paradise; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Christopher Patrick Chapman
Sumerlyn Maria Streeter
Published October 14, 2000
A final service will be held for the placement of Christopher Patrick Chapman and Sumerlyn Maria Streeter, who died in a car accident Oct. 9.
They will be inurned at Skyway Memorial Park in Old Magalia today at 1 p.m.

Clement Trainer
Published October 19, 2000
As a automobile dealer and a member of car clubs, Clement F Trainer Jr. had a great love of cars and sports cars. He ow-ned an automobile dealership in Wilmington, Del., for 40 years.
Mr. Trainer also loved airplanes. He was in the Air National Guard serving as a co-pilot from 1959 to 1962. Many of his friends were pilots, and some were astronauts.
Mr. Trainer died Friday in his Magalia home. He was 69.
He was born to Clement and Margaret Trainer in Darby, Pa. He attended Valley Forge Military Academy as a youth. He married Marjorie E. Daniels in San Mateo on Dec. 10, 1968. He moved from Redwood City six months ago.
He was a history buff and a man focused on his family.
Besides his wife, Mr. Trainer is survived by two sons, Clement Trainer III of Redwood City and Shawn Trainer, also of Redwood City; a sister, Deborah Winfield of New York; and a brother, Philip Trainer of Devon, Pa.
He will be privately buried in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma. Chapel of the Pines is in charge of the arrangements.

Melford Hunter
Published October 19, 2000
Melford Hunter carried mail for the Magalia Star route for 20 years. A member of E Clampus Vitus No. 711 in Paradise, Mr. Hunter loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing.
Mr. Hunter, a Magalia resident, died Sunday in Feather River Hospital at age 70.
He was born in Fargo, N.D. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. He married Eleanor Hawk in Lakewood on Nov. 6, 1965.
Besides his wife, Mr. Hunter’s survivors include two sons, David Wills of Magalia and Jim Wills of Chico; two daughters, Diane Canuli and Becky Bell, both of Vista; his mother, Agnes Vega of Magalia; one sister, Mary Quarn of Magalia; one brother, Buster of Magalia; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Wanda Duran of Orland.
A memorial service was held at his residence yesterday. 
Paradise Chapel of the Pines is in charge of the arrangements.

Frederick Torley
Published October 19, 2000
Frederick Burke Torley, 78, owned and operated a service station prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1942. He was a sergeant in the 374th Twin Engine Flying Squadron in the Army Air Forces.
After the war, he worked for Southern Pacific Railroad for 44 years, rising through the ranks to become a railroad official.
Mr. Torley died Oct. 11 at his home in Paradise, where he lived since 1983.
He was born to Harry and Margaret Torley in Berkeley.
Mr. Torley married Evelyn Louise Griffin in Redwood City on Sept. 14, 1947.
He attended Golden State University in San Francisco.He enjoyed woodworking, traveling and working on cars.
Besides his wife, Mr. Torley’s survivors include two sons, Roy of Springfield, Ore., and Bruce of Mountain View; two daughters, Nancy Torley of Paradise and Hope Torley of Las Vegas, Nev.; and four sisters, Marguerite, Nancy and Marian of the Bay Area and Barbara of Napa.No services will be held. He was cremated at Chapel of the Pines. He will be privately inurned at the Paradise Cemetery.

Lillian Silcott
Published October 19, 2000
Lillian Silcott, a resident of Paradise for 36 years and a member of the Paradise Garden Club, died Monday at age 95.
She was born to Henry and Henrietta Bryon in Oakland. Mrs. Silcott worked as a secretary for nine years at H.R. Mann & Co.
She was a member of the World War I Barracks No. 304 Auxiliary.
Her husband, Marian Silcott, died in 1987.
Her survivors include two stepsons, William A. Silcott of Eugene, Ore., and Richard Nivison of Laguna Niguel; a brother, William Bryon of Paradise; a sister, Eleanor Orazem of Garberville; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
At her request, no service will be held. 
She will be buried in Paradise Cemetery.

Dorothy Heald
Published October 19, 2000
Dorothy C. Heald was a member of Craig Memorial Congregational Church and World War II Elks Wives. During World War II, she worked for Western Union in Oakland. 
A resident of Paradise since 1969, she loved sewing and stitchery. Mrs. Heald died Oct. 11 in Auburn. She was 88. She was born to Bernard and Edith Ryan in Havre, Mont. She attended a business college in Oklahoma. In September of 1945, she married Max P. Heald, who died in December of 1988. 
Her survivors include a brother, Bernard Ryan Jr. of Alma, Ark.; a sister, Ruth Parker of Fresno; a nephew, Jim Heald of Meridian, Miss., and a niece, Judy Eckley. A memorial service for Mrs. Heald will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Craig Memorial Congregational Church. She will be buried in Paradise Cemetery. Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements .

Calvin Clark
Published October 19, 2000
Calvin Andrew “Cal” Clark Jr. moved to Paradise from Long Beach in 1986 and enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
Mr. Clark died Friday at his home. 
He was 65.
For more than 22 years, he was a construction laborer with the Laborers’ union No. 507 in Southern California. 
He was born to Calvin and Fannie Clark in Wamette, Okla. In Southgate on February 14, 1974, he married Elizabeth Koalblas, who survives him.
Mr. Clark’s other survivors include a son, Steven Linderholm of Lompoc; a daughter, Regina Cason of Florida; a sister, Ann Bryson of Clovis; three brothers, Lee of Fresno, Ronald of Georgia and Martin of Oklahoma; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Fresno on Nov. 4, and his burial will be private. 
Neptune Society of Northern California is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Paradise Hospice.

Jean Reddell
Published October 21, 2000
Jean Louise Reddell, 67, died after a lengthy chronic illness on Oct. 5 in Greenville, Texas. 
She was the mother of Steve Walker, who lives in Paradise.
Mrs. Reddell of Cash, Texas, enjoyed family, animals, traveling and writing letters to the editor.
She was born in Seattle.
Besides Steve, her son, Mrs. Reddell is survived by her husband, C.K.; another son, John Walker of Palermo; two daughters, Teresa Voss of Redding and Diane Reddell of Quinlan, Texas; a brother, Ray Miller of Kent, Wash.; and three granddaughters.
Mrs. Reddell was buried in Cash, Texas, on Oct. 9.

Chris Scales
Published October 24, 2000
Chris W. Scales had lived in Paradise since he was 8 years old, when he moved from Canoga Park with his parents. He went on to graduate from Paradise High School and became an avid fisherman.
After being ill for many years, Mr. Scales died of cancer in his home Saturday at age 45.
He was born in Van Nuys to James and Vera Scales, who survive him.
He worked in building and construction with his father.
Besides his parents in Paradise, Mr. Scales is survived by an aunt and uncle, Robert and Mildred Curtis of Iowa. A brother, Brent, died before him.
At his request, no services will be held. Paradise Chapel of the Pines conducted the cremation. He will be inurned in Paradise Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Valley Ridge Hospice in care of Chapel of the Pines.

Pierre Faure
Published October 24, 2000
Pierre Faure, a resident of Paradise, died Oct. 12 in his home. 
He was 94.
Mr. Faure, a gardener and landscaper for 35 years, was born to Leon and Marie Faure in Los Angeles. When he died, he was close to celebrating 61 years of marriage to America, who survives him. His graveside funeral service was held Oct. 14 at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico. Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Hospice in care of Bidwell Chapel. 

Constance Staples
Published October 24, 2000
Constance Clarice Staples, 72, a lifelong resident of Butte County, was known as Connie Peace Staples. A resident of Gridley, she died Oct. 9. Her daughter, Susie Ullman of Paradise survives her.
For 30 years, Mrs. Staples taught school in Yuba City and the Olivehurst-Marysville area. And in Biggs and Gridley, she taught for nine years.
She obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Chico. 
In 1947, she married Bill Purleson, and in 1962, she married Clifford Peace. In 1978, she married Charles Staples, who survives her.
Mrs. Staple’s other survivors include three other daughters, Elizabeth “Betsy” Teesdale of Oroville, Margaret Peace of Gridley and Serena Hinesley of Yuba City; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services were held in Gridley Oct. 14. She will be privately inurned. Contribu-tions may be made to a favorite charity in care of Sorensen’s Affordable Mortuary in Gridley, 846-3016.

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