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Lucille Morris
Published 6/17/2000
An accounting teacher at Ventura College for 31 years, Paradise resident Lucille Terry Morris died Thursday at Feather River Hospital. 
She was 82.
Born in Half Moon Bay, to John J. and Fannie Terry, she graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 1935. She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was pledged to Beta Gamma Sigma as a business honorary. She received her master of science degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she was pledged to Beta Alpha Psi as an accounting honorary.
She taught business subjects in high schools in McCloud, Half Moon Bay and Pleasanton bofore working at Ventura College, where she retired in 1978. 
In 1942, she married Robert Martee, who was later killed in action during World War II. 
She married H. Verlin “Smiley” Morris in 1951.
A life member of the Delta Kappa Gamma society, the California Teachers’ Association, and the National Education Association, Mrs. Morris was also a member of the Paradise United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Paradise and Butte County Retired Teachers, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Native Daughters of the Golden West and the Paradise Genealogy Society. 
She enjoyed travel, reading, sewing and gardening.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sister, Louisa DeKrause of Redwood City; stepdaughter, Judy Bates of Grover City; one niece; one nephew; and several great-nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Mrs. Morris will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Paradise United Methodist Church. 
Her cremated remains will be scattered at sea off of the coast of Marin County.
The Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico Branch, is handling the arrangements. 

Carol Burket
Published 6/17/2000
After many surgeries and a long struggle, Paradise resident Carol Ann Burket died of lung disease at her home last Saturday. She was 65.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, to Edward and Edna Selter, she attended the University of Toledo. 
Mrs. Burket was employed in human resources at Systron Donner in Concord, where she later became personnel manager and then training and regulatory affairs manager.
She also had her own business, “Carol Burket, H R Specialist on-call.”
She enjoyed working crossword puzzles on a daily basis with her husband of 45 years, James Daniel Burket.
She also enjoyed spending time with her five cats and socializing with her friends at Ron’s Lounge and Shenani-gan’s.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Burket is survived by her daughter, Brenda Montero of Paradise; sons, Brian of Paradise, and Brett of Laguna Hills; sister, Phyllis Hughes of Houston, Texas; two granddaughters; and three grandsons. Contributions in her name can be made to the Paradise Hospice, the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Society.
At her request, no services will be held. Rose Chapel Mortuary of Paradise is handling the arrangements. 

Paul Reiling
Published 6/17/2000
Recipient of the U.S. Army Bronze Star, while serving in the infan-try, during World War II, Paradise resident Paul D. Reiling, 79, died Tuesday.
Born in Brookville, Ohio, to Lloyd and Nellie Davis Reiling, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor of science degree in forestry.
He retired from Lassen National Forest as an administrative officer after working for the forestry department for 30 years. Mr. Reiling volunteered for the Chico Nature Center as its financial manager in accounting for 9 years. 
He also volunteered for several other nature, forest and environmental organizations.
He was an avid fisherman and hiker and was accomplished in lapidary work. He is survived by his sister, Lillyan Leland of Paradise. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Chico Nature Center. 
The Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico Branch, is handling the arrangements. 

Thomas Goguen
Published 6/17/2000
Sheet metal designer, multi-faceted artist and ardent motorcyclist Thomas Goguen, 83, died Thursday. 
He had been a Magalia resident for the past 21 years. Born in Canada, Mr. Goguen often worked with wood to produce his art, but he also made pictures out of pounded copper and sculpted with metal. 
Many residents have seen his unique mailbox, designed out of metal to look like a stagecoach.
He particularly enjoyed riding his motorcycle in the mountains.
Mr. Goguen is survived by his wife, Gerda “Blondie;” brother, Frank; sisters, Julie and Hope; and several nieces and nephews. 
No services are planned at this time. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s favorite charity or to the Paradise Hospice.
Cremation will be held at Bidwell Chapel of Chico, which is handling the arrangements. 

Emogene Gibbons
Published 6/17/2000
A Butte County resident for the past 50 years and current Stirling City resident, Emogene Ruth “Pat” Gibbons died Thursday at Sierra Sunrise in Chico.
She was 88.
Born in Shawnee, Okla., to Warren and Viola Davis, she lived there until she was 9 years old, when she moved to the Los Angeles area. 
A member of the First Assembly of God Church in Paradise, she liked to collect antiques, and she owned the “Heirloom Shop” in Oroville.
A professional seamstress, she also liked to embroider.
Mrs. Gibbons is survived by her daughters, Virginia Rice of Stirling City, and Marionne Myers of Chester; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions can be made to Gideons International in care of Sorensen’s Affordable Mor-tuaries of Chico, which is handling the arrangements.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Gibbons will be buried in Memorial Park Cemetery in Oroville.

Robert Hodges
Published 6/17/2000
A former member of the Paradise Elks Lodge and a member of the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Magalia resident Robert S. Hodges, 91, died on May 23. 
Born in Blandinsville, Ill., to Myra and John Hodges, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. 
In sales all of his life, he worked for over 30 years at I. Magnin’s Department Store. He had lived in Magalia since 1985. 
Mr. Hodges enjoyed dancing, music and especially playing the organ. 
He is survived by his daughter, Helen Burge of Magalia; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
He is predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Donna K.
Memorial contributions can be made to the local Hospice or to the American Cancer Society in care of Chapel of the Pines Mortuary. 
A memorial mass for Mr. Hodges will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. 
Cremation will take place at Chapel of the Pines of Paradise, which is handling the arrangements.

Vivian Callaway
Published 6/20/2000
A Butte County resident for the past 45 years and a current Paradise resident, Vivian Margaret Callaway died Friday at Cypress Acres.
She was 87.
Born in Elkhorn to William and Hattie Beckley, she lived there until she moved to Butte County. She owned and operated a guest home in Gridley for 15 years.
A lifetime member of the Assembly of God Church, Mrs. Callaway enjoyed writing poetry, painting in oils, cake decorating, acting, studying the Bible, telling stories and working in her flower garden. 
She is survived by her daughter, Pat Harrison of Biggs; sons, Dick of Chico, Don of Magalia, Robert of Woodland, Bill of Biggs, and Tom of North Highlands; sisters, Beth Beckley of Roseville, Barbara Pirtle of Roseville, and Phyllis Benvenuti of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; 25 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 
She is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Earl Thomas Callaway, who died in 1989; son, Danny, who died in 1997; grandson, Craig, who died in 1981; three sisters; and two brothers. 
Memorial contributions can be made to the Biggs Community Church Assembly of God in care of Sorensen’s Affordable Mortuaries of Chico, which is handling the arrangements. 
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., tomorrow, at the Biggs Community Church Assembly of God.
Mrs. Callaway will be buried in the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery District in Gridley.

Eric Johnson
Published 6/20/2000
Former World War II U.S. Army serviceman and 28 year Paradise resident Eric O. Johnson, 92, died at Feather River Hospital Friday.
Born in San Francisco to Peter and Ericka Johnson, he worked in the printing business for 60 years and was last employed by the Hartford Insurance Company before his retirement.
He moved to Paradise from Redwood City.
A member of the Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church, Mr. Johnson enjoyed gambling and bowling. 
He is survived by his brother, Nils of Rhonert Park; and his stepdaughter, Charlene Bruechle of Big Bear Lake. 
He is predeceased by his wife, Christine, who died in 1999; brother, Leonard; and twin sister; Svea Rothe.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Paradise Hospice and Homecare.
At Mr. Johnson’s request, no services will be held.
His final resting place will be Paradise Cemetery.
Rose Chapel Mortuary of Paradise is handling the arrangements.

Gladys Estes
Published 6/20/2000
A registered nurse for 43 years at Feather River Hospital and a Paradise resident for 37 years, Gladys Ida Estes died at her home Sunday. 
She was 86.
Born in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., to Harry and Helen Scofield, Mrs. Estes moved to Paradise from Auburn.
A member of the Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church, she loved to walk and knit.
She is survived by her son, Roger D. Estes of Paradise. 
She is predeceased by her husband Leonard D. Estes, who died on May 16, 1995.
At Mrs. Estes’ request, no services are planned. 
Private inurnment will take place at Paradise Cemetery.
Rose Chapel Mortuary of Paradise is handling the arrangements. 

Frederick Frost
Published 6/22/2000
As an avid bird lover, Frederick L. Frost, 69, made bird houses and bird feeders — and he spent hours watching birds around his Paradise home.
Mr. Frost died in Paradise on Sunday.
As an aeronautical engineer specializing in checking designs, he worked more than 41 years on various satellite projects.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He graduated from Buffalo College for Teachers in New York with a degree in secondary education.
Mr. Frost was a member of Paradise Elks Lodge Post 2026 and a member of the Audubon Society.
Besides his enthusiasm for birds, Mr. Frost enjoyed his work, rose gardening, cooking, fishing and bonsai trees.
He also liked investing in the stock market.
He was born to Robert and Irene Frost in Buffalo, N.Y.
He is survived by his wife, Caroline, whom he married on Dec. 28, 1999, a second marriage.
He is also survived by three daughters, Elizabeth Flones of Aptos, Pamela Simion of Miami, Patricia Witt of Aspen, Colo.; son David of Salinas; brother Edward of Alden, N.Y.; and sister Linda Morgan of Titusville, Fla.
He is predeceased by his brother Robert, who died in 1998.
The family requests that donations be made to the American Lung Association in lieu of flowers.
Inurnment will be private. The memorial will be tomorrow at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home.

Marten Lutgendorf
Published 6/22/2000
A former master mariner in the Merchant Marines and a resident of Paradise for 17 years, Marten Lutgendorf died Saturday in Chico.
He was 80.
Born in the Netherlands to Otto and Everdina Lutgendorf, he served in the Merchant Marines for 21 years.
He and his wife Helga moved to Paradise from Woodenville, Wash., in 1983.
When his sons were young, Mr. Lutgendorf was actively involved with the Boy Scouts and Little League. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and golf. He also made handicrafts for his grandchildren.
He and his wife edited a monthly newsletter for a retirement center.
He is survived by his wife, Helga; his sons, Gary and Marty of Fallbrook; his daughters, Eleanor Low of Woodland and Beverly Ladouceur of San Ramon; a brother, Alex of Tuscon, Ariz.; and nine grandchildren.
Contributions can be made in memory of Mr. Lutgendorf to the Humane Society, 925 American Way, Paradise.
He will be privately inurned in Paradise under the direction of Chapel of the Pines.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Ruth Jensen
Published 6/22/2000
A past member and president of the Paradise Ladies Golf League, Ruth Christine Jensen, 85, died Friday in Mercy Hospital in Carmichael.
She was born in Devol, Okla., to Frank and Sue Devol. She married Carl Jensen and moved to Paradise in 1978 from Burbank.
Her husband, Carl, preceded her in death.
She is survived by a son, Chris of Citrus Heights; a daughter, Sue Frost of Pioneer; sister Doris Annand of Lodi; Joe Devol of San Bruno; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
No services are planned. Cremation will be at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary, and inurnment will be in Paradise Cemetery next to her husband, Carl.

Catherine Morgan
Published 6/22/2000
Catherine May Morgan was a cashier for the La Hab-ra School Dist-rict for 25 years before moving to Paradise.
Born in 1917 in Detroit, she was the daughter of John and Frances Furfaro. Her father was born in Callabria, Italy.
She attended classes in library science at Wayne University in Detroit, where she also took drama classes.
She was married to Jack Morgan for 35 years. He died in 1981.
After her retirement she traveled with her husband to Europe, including Great Britain and Scandinavia.
She moved to Paradise in 1990 from Brea.
Mrs. Morgan enjoyed cooking and opera music.
“She was an absolutely wonderful cook,” said her daughter, Marguerite Sheffler of Magalia. Mrs. Sheffler’s husband helped care for Mrs. Morgan during the past year.
Other than her daughter, Mrs. Morgan has no other immediate survivors.
No serviced are planned. Cremation will take place at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary, which is in charge of the arrangements. Inurnment will be private.

May Jaenecke
Published 6/22/2000
A Los Angeles real estate broker for many years, May Brown Jaenecke, 84, died in her Paradise home with seven family members present.
Born in Graniteville, Mo., she was the daughter of Alexander Shand Allan and Isabelle Brown, the oldest of eight children.
She was the valedictorian at Ursaline Academy of Arcadia, Mo. She attended Missouri Business School in St. Louis.
Mrs. Brown worked for the U.S. Forest Service in St. Louis for 11 years, before becoming a broker in Los Angeles.
She was a member of the Parkview Women’s Club of Los Angeles and the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Paradise.
She lived in Paradise for 21 years.
Mrs. Jaenecke was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Donald R. Jaenecke.
Family members described her as “a generous and kind person with an optimistic spirt who was loved by all who knew her.” She was energetic and had a good sense of humor.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Jean Blatnick of Palo Verdes; a son, Allan R. Jaenecke of Paradise; sisters, Margaret Windmoeller of San Antonio, and Flora Larson of Oakland; a brother, James Allan of Farmington, Mo.; grandson Justin D. Blatnick of Palos Verdes, and granddaughter Sara J. Currah of Paradise.
The familly suggests donations be made to the American Lung Association in Chico.
A service was held June 16 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, where she was interred.

Lola Miller
Published 6/22/2000
Lola Miller, 87, moved to Reno, Nev. from Magalia, just one week before her death on June 12.
A homemaker, she retired from Chrysler Corporation. 
She was born in Gothenberg, Neb., the daughter of Dell and Viola Mariott Fairbank.
Her husband, Howard F. Miller, passed away in 1979.
She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Irwin of Reno; sisters, Leone Pearson of Hemet and Laura Harris of San Diego; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.
John Sparks Memorial Cremation and Burial Service of Sparks is handling arrangements.

Don Crabb Sr.
Published 6/22/2000
Don Crabb Sr., 78, died Sunday after a very long battle with Alz-heimer’s disease.
As a young man, he ser-ved in the Army Air Forces as a medical technician and relocated to Southern California where he met and married his wife, Virginia.
The couple remained in Southern California, where they raised their four children.
After 37 years in the commercial refrigeration business, Don retired, and he and his wife moved to Paradise in 1989.
His family described him as a “kind, gentle, soft-spoken and loving husband and father.”
Mr. Crabb loved cats and nature, spending time gardening and enjoying the outdoors, camping, sightseeing and being with his family.
In addition to his wife, Virginia of Paradise, he is survived by a son, Don Crabb Jr. of Redondo Beach; daughters, Donna Bernard of North Palm Beach, Fla., and Dawnene McIntyre of Burbank; brothers, Carl of Aurora, Mo.; Fred of North Andover, Mass., Dennis of Republic, Mo.; sisters, Murel Carr of Galena, Mo.; Joan Robertson of Petaluma, and Mary Leonard of Aurora, Mo.; a grandson and two granddaughters.
Mr. Crabb was predeceased by his daughter, Dawn Renee Crabb.
Private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Paradise and Butte Home and Hospice Inc. in Chico.

Jacquelyn Montgomery
Published 6/24/2000
Born to teach, Jacquelyn Leilani Coombs Montgomery taught school for 17 years and continued to teach others for the rest of her life.
A resident of Paradise, she died Tuesday at the age of 67.
Born in Honolulu to Charles and Merle Coombs, Mrs. Montgomery went on to teach elementary school in the Pasadena School District for 17 years.
But her teaching didn’t stop there. An enthusiast for music, painting, pottery and flower arranging, Mrs. Montgomery enjoyed teaching these to others, like her grandchildren.
She was a member of Eastern Star, Alpha Chi Sorority and the Cal State Teachers Association.
Mrs. Montgomery lived in Paradise since 1993.
She is survived by son John Silva of Paradise; daughters Barbara Dutton of Paradise and Anne Dutton of Burbank; grandchildren Angel Handlin and Stacey Silva of Reno, Nev., Christina and Jessica Gray of Paradise; and two great-grandchildren.
Private services were handled by Paradise Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home. She was cremated and privately inurned.

William Pinegar
Published 6/24/2000
William “Ed” Pinegar, 69, rode the rails for 40 years as a locomotive engineer for the Sante Fe Railroad, and he never lost his love for travel.
Mr. Pinegar, a resident of Magalia for six years and a member of Senior Gleeners, died June 16 at Feather River Hospital.
All his life, he continued to travel. At one point, he worked with Fantasy Caravan Trips for tours of Mexico and Alaska.
Mr. Pinegar was born to William and Mary Pinegar in Ozark, Mo.
He was married in Fresno in 1986 to Carolyn Jo, who survives him.
Other survivors are sons Bruce of Fresno, Allen of Albuquerque, N.M., and Tone of Grand Junction, Colo.
Memorial contributions can be made to the building fund for the Paradise Church of Christ, where he was a member. Its location is 1181 Pearson Rd.
Services were held Tuesday at the Church of Christ.

Mary Jones
Published 6/24/2000
Mary Eliza-beth Jones was an accomplished seamstress who enjoyed making costumes for plays on the Ridge.
A former resident of Magalia, she died at age 79 Thursday in Napa, where she moved to be closer to family in 1999.
Mrs. Jones was born to Patrick and Rosena Curran in San Francisco. She stayed there to raise all of her children with her husband of 58 years, Al Jones.
His job as a bank manager took them to Pacifica. Then they retired to Magalia.
She is survived by her husband, Al; her sons Rich and Tom; her daughters Pattie Owen, Sarah Snyder and Donna Evind; 15 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.
A funeral mass will be held at Napa Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary at 2383 Napa-Vallejo Hwy. at 1 p.m. on Monday. A rosary and vigil will be held at the mortuary on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Donations can be made to the Transitional Rehabilitation Unit at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa.

Dorothy Sitter
Published 6/27/2000
For someone who enjoyed trees, birds and watching deer in the backyard, Magalia was the perfect place for Do-rothy May Sitter to spend the last year of her life.
She died Friday at age 80 in her son’s Magalia home.
Mrs. Sitter’s love of the outdoors began at an early age when her father took the family to Sequoia National Park. They camped there for entire summers.
She continued visiting her beloved Sequoia trees all her life, bringing her grandchildren there as well.
Mrs. Sitter told her family she wanted her ashes spread at Sequoia National Park.
She was born to Earl and Leila Coleman in Taft.
She worked as a dispatcher for repair crews at General Telephone for 15 years.
On Aug. 20, 1938, she married Merle Sitter in Hollywood. 
He died in 1971.
Mrs. Sitter gathered her family’s history, composed a book, published it and gave copies to family members. 
She included history going back to her distant relative, Daniel Boone.
Also, Mrs. Sitter’s ancestors came to California in a covered wagon from Pennsylvania and traveled with the Donner Party. But they split with the Donner Party just before it headed up to the pass, where it was trapped for its deadly winter stay.
Mrs. Sitter collected Boyd’s Bears and liked to crochet slippers, potholders and baby blankets for her family.
She is survived by sons, David of Hanford, Thomas of Magalia and Steven of Fresno; daughter, Deborah Cardoza of Rochester, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Newton-Bracewell Cremation and Funeral Services of Magalia is handling a private family service.
Private inurnment will be held at a later time.

Anne Lemons
Published 6/27/2000
A Paradise resident for 16 years, Anne Therese Lemons’ biggest love was for mountains — Mt. Shasta most of all.
She died in her home Wednesday at age 69.
To be closer to her beloved Mt. Shasta, Mrs. Lemons frequently camped at Lake Siskiyou, where lying out in the sun was her favorite activity.
Mrs. Lemons was born to Edward and Anne Flynn in San Francisco.
At age 13, she began working in a restaurant. 
Early on, she was a waitress, but she moved into management — she was the manager of the Country French Café for six years.
She was also the chairman of Head Start in Concord, where she won awards for her work.
Mrs. Lemons attended the Paradise Assembly of God.
She is predeceased by her husband John William Lemons Sr., who died in 1990.
She is survived by Martin of Concord, Richard of Reno, Nev., John of Paradise, Edward of Pittsburg; daughters Dianne George of Chico, Kathryn Evans of Paradise and Margaret Williams of Salem, Ore.; 26 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The service, held yesterday, was handled by Rose Chapel Mortuary. 
She will be buried in Paradise Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Cancer Research Institute in care of Rose Chapel Mortuary.

Pasquale Crisona
Published 6/27/2000
Pasquale “Pat” Crisona’s work took him all over the world, including Rome for the 1960 Olympic Games. Crisona retired to Paradise in 1984 after managing racetrack concessions in the United States, Canada, Cuba and Puerto Rico.
He died Friday at age 85.
A man who enjoyed cooking, Mr. Crisona also opened restaurants in the Fontain Bleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla.
Mr. Crisona bred thoroughbred horses and raced them in Portland, Ore., race tracks and tracks in Northern California.
He also enjoyed gardening and sharing stories about his past. 
He will be buried in Sherwood, Ore., next to his wife, Thelma, who preceded him in death in 1980.
He is survived by a brother, Joseph in Rhode Island and Rita O’Neill, a good friend of 40 years, in Paradise.
Memorial contributions can be made to Paradise Hospice, 1295 Bille Road.

John Handley
Published 7/27/2000
John R. Handley opened his boot shop in 1947, when Paradise was a tiny town and Skyway wasn’t much more than a dirt road, his daughter said.
Handley Bootery, located where La Comida is now, served Paradise about 20 years.
Mr. Handley died Saturday at age 72.
He also owned and operated a boot shop in Chico and owned a partnership in a Red Bluff shop.
Sharin Ware said her father enjoyed helping his community, such as sponsoring teen dances at the Veterans Hall and chaperoning events at Paradise High School.
Born to Gretchen and Beulah Handley in Longmont, Colo., he had eight brothers and sisters.
After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, Mr. Handley moved to Paradise.
He fished every chance he got, especially in the lakes above Stirling City. His daughter, Sharin Ware, said she grew up fishing with him.
“I was like a son for many years, until he had sons,” she said.
One time at DeSabla, when she was little, some big fish grabbed her hook and stole her whole line. Her father grabbed the pole just before the fish yanked it out of her hands.
Mr. Handley also loved to tee up on the green.
“He was the real deal — he lived for playing golf,” his daughter said.
He played in lots of local tournaments and taught his daughter to play too.
And he was a “big-time” 49er fan.
Mr. Handley was a member of the Lions Club and the Elks Lodge in Paradise — and in Chico when he moved there in the early ’70s.
He left the boot business to work for Corning Ford for about 15 years.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Janice of Chico; daughter, Sharin Ware of Paradise; sons, John of Richmond and Jamie of Oroville; sisters, Dorothy Slattery of Freeland, Wash., and Shirley Carroll of Clovis; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.
Bidwell Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Bidwell Chapel.

Richard Cornell
Published 7/27/2000
While camping, Richard E. Cornell leaped into Lake Tah-oe with his clothes on to pull out someone who couldn’t swim. That episode characterizes Mr. Cornell well, his sister said. He didn’t let his mental disability stop him from helping anyone in need.
A resident of Paradise for 20 years, Mr. Cornell died Monday at age 85.
He lived in Bambi Acres for eight years and in College Hill before that, where he helped by feeding logs into the fireplace.
He was born to Carl and Lura Cornell in Springfield, Mass. 
While living with his parents in Alhambra, Mr. Cornell landscaped people’s yards. 
His father drove him around in a trailer with a lawn mower and garden tools.
He particularly liked flowers of all kinds, his sister said.
After his father died, Mr. Cornell did janitor work before retiring to Paradise from Banning.
He liked coloring with pens and could fill a basement with his work, his sister said.
He would get excited about Christmas, she said, and he’d get out big garbage bags in expectation of the many gifts he’d get.
He is survived by a sister, Loretta Birdsong of Paradise; two brothers, Robert of Paradise and Carl of Marino Valley.
A service at Paradise Cemetery will be held at 10 a.m. Friday.

David Erickson
Published 7/27/2000
A Magalia resident of 20 years, David S. Erickson died Sunday at the age of 47.
In Minnesota, where he was born to Stanley and Mavis Erickson, he graduated from Sauk Rapids High School.
Because of a disability, he did not work. A private service was held at Chapel of the Pines. He will be buried in Benton County Cemetery in Sauk Rapids, Minn.
Mr. Erickson is survived by sisters, Linda Campbell of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Judith Studenski of Sauk Rapids, Minn.; brothers Gerald of Bloomington, Minn., and Ronald of Mora, Minn.; and nieces and nephews.

Iris Pane
Published 7/29/2000 
Iris Noriene Pane, 83, was employed as a “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II for Douglas Aircraft, working with sheet metal. She was also a Navy chauffeur in Long Beach at Terminal Island from 1944 to 1947.
Through the 1950s and ‘60s, she worked at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernadino, working in sheet metal and in the office.
Mrs. Pane was married to Edward G. Pillsbury from 1934 to 1947. They had two children. In 1960 she married Johnnie Payne.
After she retired from civil service, the Panes moved to Sacramento when Mr. Pane was transferred to McClellan Air Force Base. He retired in 1971 and they moved to the Paradise Pines.
He died in 1976 and she continued to live in the house they had built until she became very ill in October 1999.
Her family described her as a “determined person who had inner strength that carried her throughout her life.”
She enjoyed league bowling and spending time with her pets, two dogs and a cat.
She is survived by a daughter, Sharon Pillsbury Keller of Crestline, a son, Joseph Pillsbury of Claremont, five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Magalia Community Church on Aug. 3 at 10 a.m.
Burial will be private.
Paradise Chapel of the Pines is in charge of local arrangements.

Lauren Alvarado
Published 7/29/2000
A resident of Magalia, Laura Isabelle Alvarado was a member of the American Legion and VFW auxiliary.
She died Monday at Feather River Hospital.
Mrs. Alvarado was 76.
Her favorite pastimes were sewing and cooking.
She was born to Juaquin and Mary Abel in Hayward. She graduated from Washington High School in Fremont. As a machinist, she worked for the Caterpillar Tractor Company in San Leandro for 13 years.
In the summer of 1972, she married Raymond Alvarado, and they moved to Magalia 18 years ago.
He survives her, as does son, Steve Garcia of San Leandro; daughter, Jane Bega of Fremont; sisters, Alice Switt, her twin, of Las Vegas, Nev., Ann Estaicio of Castro Valley and Esther Cabral of San Leandro;seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The service will be held today at 11:15 a.m. in the chapel of the Brusie Funeral Home. She will be interred at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.
Contributions in Mrs. Alvarado’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arline Palmer
Published 7/29/2000
Arline Palmer was a legal secretary for 40 years.
When she wasn’t working, she enjoyed playing bridge in many of the groups in Paradise.
Born in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 14, 1905, she lived in Ohio for many years, serving as past worthy matron of the Ann Rutledge Chapter No. 453 of Lakewood’s Eastern Star. She moved to Paradise in 1977 from Bay Village, Ohio.
She died at Twin Oaks in Chico on July 26, 2000. She was 94.
Mrs. Palmer is survived by a son, Stanley R., and a daughter-in-law, Jane, both of Paradise.
At her request, no services will be held.
She will be inurned in Chico Cemetery next to her husband, Stanley Palmer, to whom she was married for 53 years.
Chapel of the Pines is in charge of the arrangements.
The family requests memorial donations be made to Enloe Hospice in care of Paradise Chapel of the Pines.

John Handley
Published 7/29/2000
John R. Handley opened his shoe shop in 1947, when Paradise was a tiny town and Skyway wasn’t much more than a dirt road, his daughter said.
Handley Bootery, located where La Comida is now, served Paradise about 20 years.
Mr. Handley died Saturday at age 72.
He also owned and operated a shoe shop in Chico and owned a partnership in a Red Bluff shop.
Sharin Ware said her father enjoyed helping his community, such as sponsoring teen dances at the Veterans Hall and chaperoning events at Paradise High School.
Born to Gretchen and Beulah Handley in Longmont, Colo., he had eight brothers and sisters.
After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, Mr. Handley moved to Paradise.
He fished every chance he got, especially in the lakes above Stirling City. 
Mr. Handley also loved to tee up on the green.
“He was the real deal — he lived for playing golf,” his daughter said.
He played in lots of local tournaments.
And he was a “big-time” 49er fan.
Mr. Handley was a member of the Lions Club and the Elks Lodge in Paradise — and in Chico when he moved there in the early ’70s.
He left the shoe business to work for Corning Ford for about 15 years.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Janice of Chico; daughter, Sharin Ware of Paradise; sons, John of Richmond and Jamie of Oroville; sisters, Dorothy Slatter of Freeland, Wash., and Shirley Carroll of Clovis; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Glen Oaks Memorial Park.
Bidwell Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Bidwell Chapel.


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