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Robert C. Muir
Robert C. Muir, 78, died Saturday, October 8, 1998, at his home in Quincy. A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Robert was born May 28, 1920. He moved to Quincy seven years ago, coming from Van Nuys. He was a tool design engineer in the aircraft industry for over 35 years and was last employed with Weber aircraft. He was in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a former member of the Valley Symphony Orchestra where he played the oboe and English Horn, he was a great lover of music and also wrote poetry. In their younger years, he and his wife Mary enjoyed backpacking in the high Sierras. He is survived by his wife, Mary of Quincy; sons Malcom and Norman, both of Quincy; and daughter Meridy Muir of Quincy. Services following cremation at Fehrman Crematory, Quincy memorial services will be held at a later date.

Lucy Maddalena Vernazza
Lucy Maddalena Vernazza, 87, died in Sacramento. Mrs. Vernazza was born in Beckworth on the Maddalena Ranch on Jaunary 28, 1911. She lived in Graeagle most of her life. She was employed for 20 or more years for the Plumas Unified School District in food preparation. She was preceded in death by husband "B.G." Vernazza, daughter Lorraine Stewart, and brother Mack Pirazza. She is survived by daughters Barbara Hunziker, and Lillian Stevens. Also survived by five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Friends and family are welcome to attend graveside services Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at Mohawk Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Jason Derek Cork
Jason Derek Cork, 18, of Sparks, Nev., died Oct. 3, 1998, in Reno. A native of Riverside, he was born Sept. 11, 1980, and had lived in Reno for the past five years, coming from Orange. Cork was a student at Feather River College, Quincy. He was a 1998 graduate of Proctor R. Hug High School in Reno and played varsity baseball for the past three years. He is survived by his parents, Joe and Debbie Marie Aguirre Cork of Reno; brother, Joey and several aunts and uncles. Visitation is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7p.m., Oct. 7, at Ross, Burke and Knobel Mortuary, Reno. Funeral services will be held Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at Sparks Christian Fellowship. Cremation will be under the direction of Masonic Memorial Gardens.

Twila Worth
Twila Worth died Wednesday, September 30, at Seneca District Hospital Long Term at age 95. She was born Sept. 4, 1903 in Broken Bow, Nebraska. In July 1923 she married Fred Worth. They moved to Westwood in 1963. After Fred's death in 1961, Twila became active with Westwood Senior Citizens. She later joined the staff of the R.S.V.P. Program and for several years was responsible for recruiting and coordinating volunteers in Lassen and Plumas counties. She received many awards and certificates of recognition during her tenure. More valuable than the awards was the vast number of friendships she developed through the years. In 1992 Twila moved from Westwood to the Wildwood Senior Complex in Chester where she continued to volunteer with the Mountain Care Givers Day Care Respite Program. In 1997 she moved into the Long Term Facility at Seneca District Hospital where she died on Sept. 30, 1998. Twila will be remembered as an avid cribbage player. In 1994 she appeared on the cover of the Sierra Cascade Girl Scout Calendar. She is survived by her daughters, Donna Young of Westwood and Lois Pickett of Castro Valley; five grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 at Wildwood at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations/-memorial contributions be sent to Sierra Hospice, PO Box 95, Chester or Mountain Care Givers Resource Center Day Care, PO Box 1787, Chester, CA. 96020

Welch "Mac" McKenzie
Welch "Mac" McKenzie, 82, died September 27, 1998, at his residence in Reno, Nev. A native of Ferron, Utah, he was born July 23, 1916. He lived in Yuma, Ariz. before moving go Quincy in 1979, and then Reno in May of this year. Mac was a steelworker for Geneva Steel Company in Orem, Utah for 30 years. He retired 22 years ago. He was a winemaker in Quincy, a Presbyterian, and had been in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his wife Bernice in 1990; and his daughter Wanda Kapperman in 1989. He is survived by daughters, Janice Meyer and Linda McAlister, both of Yuma, Ariz., Sandra Burgess, Judy Cunningham, and Geri Sandstrom, all of Reno, Nev.; and 10 grandchildren. Private memorial services will be held. Memorials have been established with Hospice of Northern Nevada, c/o Saint Mary's Foundation, 235 W. sixth St., Reno, Nev., 89520.

MARILYN MARIE CORY
Marilyn Marie Cory, 70, died at her son's residence on Monday, Sept. 28, 1998. She was born on Nov. 12, 1927 in Orange, Mass. She lived to Shasta County since 1991 moving from Susanville. She was a homemaker and loved to play bingo. Survivors include husband, Russell Cory of Anderson, Calif.; three sons, Randy Savage of Anderson, Darryl Savage of Shasta Lake, Calif., and James Savage of Warren, Mich.; two brothers Neil Cote of Susanville, Calif. and Ron Cote of Athol, Mass.; one sister, Carol Colon of Athol, Mass.; and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 1998 at McDonald's Chapel in Redding, Calif. Burial followed at the Redding Cemetery.

DALE BEN KNIGHT
Dale Ben Knight, 51, died at his residence in Doyle, Calif. on Sept. 24, 1998. He was born in Herlong, Calif. on Dec. 16, 1946 and had been a Lassen County resident for 39 years. He was been a maintenance person at Sierra Army Depot in Herlong for 33 years. He had also worked for California Department of Forestry fighting fires and was a volunteer with the Lassen County Sheriff Possee. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and enjoyed acting as manager for his son in motorcross and loved fishing and hunting. He will be remembered as a loving husband, son and father. Survivors include his wife, Carol Knight of Doyle, Calif.; one son, Matt Bussel of Doyle; three daughters, Dina Rimack of Sacramento, Calif., Nicole Kight of Chico, Calif., Brandy Tong of Herlong, Calif.; mother, Veda Knight of Doyle; one brother, Randy Knight of Roosevelt, Utah; and four grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at Doyle Cemetery in Doyle. Service times are pending.

CHARLES DAVID TONG
Charles David Tong, 50, died near Truckee, Calif. on Monday, Sept. 28, 1998. He was born in Clarksville, Ark. on March 20, 1948 and was a Lassen County resident for 13 years. He was employed at Sierra Army Depot as an explosives worker for five years before going to work for Sierra Pacific Industries as a truck driver for the past four months. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing with the bands Arkansas Express and Tennessee Whiskey. Survivors include his wife, Norma Tong of Herlong, Calif.; four sons, Michael Tong of San Marquez, Texas, Charles Tong of Herlong, Noah Tong of Doyle, Calif., and Jason Tong of Herlong; three daughters, Paula Eakins, Mistie Lea and Kristie Lea Tong, all of Herlong; two sisters, Helen Gibson and Joann Griffith of Clarksville, Ark.; one brother, Jimmy Tong of Clarksville, Ark., and 11 grandchildren. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998 at the Senior Citizens Building in Doyle, Calif.

Alex James McGinnis, 46, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Santa Theresa Kaiser Hospital. He was born in Reno, Nev., and moved to Herlong, Calif., where he graduated from Herlong High School. While in school he was actively involved in music as well as sports. He played piano, organ, guitar, and later taught piano and organ to family and friends while attending the First Baptist Church of Herlong. He continued his education and achieved his bachelor's degree and lived in the San Jose and Oakland area. While in the San Jose area McGinnis was actively involved in the Perry Temple of Oakland, St. James AME of San Jose, Southern and Northern Association. He is survived by his parents, Alex and Helen; brothers, Ocie, Charles, Carl and Darrell; sister, Vera; grandmothers Ossie B. Dotson, Ethel B. Gross and many nieces and nephews. A viewing was held Friday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church of Herlong. Chapel services were held Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Herlong with viewing prior to the chapel service. Burial was at Diamond Crest Cemetery in Johnstonville following chapel services.

Vicki Marie Humphrey Wood, 46, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. She was born April 2, 1956, in Woodland, Calif. The family moved to Susanville in May, 1972. She attended Lassen High School. She is survived by husband, Anthony Wood, of Kansas City; parents, Harry and Nada Humphrey of Brookings, Ore.; brothers, Kevin of Susanville, Stephen of Sparks, Nev., Adam of Fort Jones, Calif.; sister, Tricia of Brookings; and grandmother, Etta Myers of Brookings. Viewing was held in Kansas City on Feb. 8. A memorial service will be held at a later date at family property near Eagle Lake. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to your local Cancer Society, or charity of choice.

Harold Gruner Wooldridge, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation in Susanville, Calif. He was born July 7, 1922 in Weatherford, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Wooldridge, Feb. 9, 1997. He is survived by his daughters, Marjorie Schuessler, Borrego Springs, Calif., and Joy Harrison of Susanville; son, Dean of Sacramento; three grandchildren; four brothers and one sister. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at Susanville united Methodist Church. Following the service there will be a time of fellowship with family and friends at the Susanville United Methodist Church. Private burial of cremated remains at Diamond Crest Cemetery are pending at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to Susanville United Methodist Church renovation fund at 70 S. Lassen St., Susanville, Calif. 96130, or charity of your choice.

Rebecca "Becky" Harwell, 19, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at her home in Reno, Nev. She was born Nov. 28, 1982, in Carson City, Nev., then moved to Clovis, Calif., in 1984 with her family. She attended Dry Creek Elementary until 1993, when her family moved to Standish, attending Shaffer Elementary. From 1995 to 1999 she lived with her father in Reno, and at that time she was home schooled. Moving again to Standish, she went to Lassen High School and graduated with the class of 2001. She made the honor roll many times and enjoyed going on the senior trip to Disney Land. After high school, she began working in the office of her brother's electrical contracting company, Venture Electric of Reno. While living in Standish, she was a member of the Standish 4-H club and showed her market animals at the Lassen County Fair. She loved to do arts and craft projects, she enjoyed making things to give to her friends. She is survived by her father, R.W. and brother, Rusty of Reno: mother, Susan and sister, Robyn of Standish; paternal grandmother Anita Champion, of Sacramento; several aunts, an uncle and many cousins. Services will be held at a later date, and the family requests that any donations be made in Becky's name to the Lassen 4-H scholarship fund.

Edwin William Robinson, 83, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2001. He was born on Aug. 23, 1918, in Doyle, Calif., to Burt and Lenora Robinson. Robinson served in the USMC during World War II from 1942-45. He was a JC Penney Management retiree. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Sue Boccasile of Clovis, Calif.; brother, Tuffy Robinson; and sister, Fern Haws. Military services were held Feb. 19, at the Fresno Memorial Gardens. Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, 1495 W. Shaw Ave., Fresno, Calif. 93711.

Rhonda Proffitt, 34, of Anderson, Calif., died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at her residence. She was born Jan. 11, 1968, in Erwin, Tenn., she moved to Shasta County last year from Susanville. She was disabled.
Survivors include sons Michael of Redding and Aaron Pruitt of Red Bluff; daughter, Alisa Degeronimo of Susanville; brother, Tuffy of Tenn.; sisters, Donnna Eldridge of Syracuse, N.Y., and Kimberly Higbee of Nashville, Tenn.; father, Ronald Proffitt of Tenn.; mother, Eileen Kane of Anderson; and grandmother, Mary Walters of Susanville. Memorial services will be held at noon on Thursday, March 7, at Susanville's Memorial Park.

Gladys Marie Crabbe, 90, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at Lassen Community Hospital in Susanville, Calif. She was born in Exeter, Ill., and moved to Susanville, where she had resided for the last 57 years. She was always actively involved in the lives of family by being the best car-pooler in Susanville. When ever a birthday came around she always had a formal party for one of her three daughters inviting the whole class to come and enjoy the birthday party. She came to Susanville in 1946. She and her husband Bill owned and operated Royal Market in Susanville and also Bill's Market in Greenville. Royal Market later became Idaho Groceries. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Music and Sherry Bridges of Susanville and Karen Bradfute of Lemon Valley, Nev.; step-daughter, Betty Jones of Sonora, Calif.; brother, Russell Collison of Winchester, Ill.; sister, Helen Splain of Jacksonville, Ill.; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Services were held Saturday, March 1, in Susanville. Burial will be at a later date at Diamond Crest Cemetery.

Charlene Marie Barker, 44, died Friday morning, Feb. 22, 2002, after a long battle with leukemia, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. Born March 20, 1957, in Oakland, Barker was raised in Fremont, where she graduated from Irvington High School in 1975. Barker was a dedicated and loving homemaker, who enjoyed all types of crafts, especially crocheting. She was preceded in death by her son, Robert, in 1983. Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Doug, of Quincy; children, Charvay K. Barker, of Oakdale, Geri L. Barker and Jon Barker, both of Quincy; father and stepmother, Lawrence and Gail Gonzales, of Ponte Verde Beach, Fla.; mother and stepfather, Elaine and Joe Rivera, of Modesto; brothers, Lawrence "Guy" Gonzales, of Modesto, Scot Gonzales, of Fremont, and Stanley Bennett, of Fremont; sisters, Marie Elaine Robles and Suzanne Gonzales, of Fremont; and one grandson. Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory in Quincy, a celebration of Barker's life will be held at graveside later this spring in the Cromberg District Cemetery in Cromberg. An opportunity to leave a personal memorial tribute is available online at . The family requests that any donations in Barker's memory be made to Plumas District Hospital, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Thelma B. Gerald, 96, died Feb. 26, 2002, at Shadow Brook Convalescent, of natural causes. She was born Dec. 24, 1905, in Cedar Glades, Ark., to Pete and Parley Boone. She was a longtime resident of Oroville. Before moving back to Oroville in 1998, she lived in Portola for about 40 years and then she lived in Reno, Nev. Gerald was a 50-year member of the BeckwithPortola Chapter Order of Eastern Star No. 201. She was a member of the White Shrine and Rebakahs Lodge. Her husband, George E. Gerald Sr., preceded her in death in 1975. Survivors include her sons, George Gerald Jr., of Palermo, and A.V. Kinsey, of Marysville; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. A service was held on Friday, March 1, at the Oroville Funeral Home, followed by interment at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Walton Harvey Fuller, Jr., 74, died Feb. 24, 2002, at Madrone Hospice House in Yreka. He was born Jan. 14, 1928, in Portola, to Walton "Baldy" and Gertrude "Chick" Fuller, and was a resident of Graeagle until 1957. He graduated from Graeagle Elementary and Portola High School. Fuller served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was employed in the lumber industry, starting his career at Graeagle Lumber Company at the age of 17. He retired from the Stone Container Lumber mill in Happy Camp. Fuller enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and hunting. His other hobbies included woodworking, bowling and music. He was preceded in death by both of his parents and his brother, Roland Fuller. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia (nee McNeill) Fuller, of Yreka; daughters, Linda Schaeffer, of Mt. Shasta, and Debbie DeSelle, of Quincy; sisters, Nadine Boris, of Yreka, and Ruth Olson, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two grandsons; two stepgranddaughters; two greatgranddaughters; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held sometime in the future. The family asks that any memorial donations in Fuller's name be made to the Madrone Hospice House in Yreka, or to your local hospice.

Antonio "Tony" Lazaro, 65, died Feb. 23, 2002, at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev. He was born April 5, 1936, to Joseph and Natalia Lazaro, in Susuin. Lazaro lived in Carson City for two years, moving from Portola. Surviving him are his wife, Andrea, of Carson City; son, Tony Lazaro; daughters, Julie, Veronica, Laurie, Linda and Stacy; sisters, Connie Perie, Rose Ann Lazaro, Romona Williams and Ann; and one grandchild. No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Ross, Burke & Knobel Mortuary, 2155 Kietzke Lane, Reno, Nev.

Carol Rae (Keith) Shuler, 66, of Lake Almanor, died suddenly Feb. 26, 2002. She was born July 3, 1935, in Roswell, N.M. During her career as a teacher and speech therapist, Shuler touched many lives. She helped children with speech and hearing differences for 28 years, both in Sonora area schools and in Plumas County. She was a kindergarten teacher at Curtis Creek School. Most of all, Carol loved time spent with family and friends, especially in the outdoors. She will be remembered for her dedication to her family, for beautiful handmade quilts and abundant cooking. She is survived by her husband, Al Shuler, of Lake Almanor; children, Terri Keith, Sheryl Keith, Brad and Debbie Keith, Rick and Yavonn Keith, and Rob and Karen Keith; stepchildren, Wendy McClure, Kris and Dan Wilson, John and Lisa Shuler, and Heidi Shuler; sister, Gene Griffiths; and 15 grandchildren. Services were held Friday, March 1, at the Lake Almanor Community Church in Chester. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shuler's memory may be made to the National Cued Speech Association, 23970 Hermitage Road, Cleveland, OH 44122, Attn: Pam Beck.

Anne Veronica Whitney, 85, died Feb. 21, 2002, at Olive Ridge Care Center in Oroville. She was born April 26, 1916, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Frank and Mary Vanyo. She lived in Southern California for many years, before moving to Greenville in 1980 to be nearer to her family. She moved to Oroville in 1994. Whitney was preceded in death by her husband, Lyman, in 1976. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Boggs, of Chico; brother, Frank Vanyo, of Inglewood; and two granddaughters. Private services were held Feb. 28 in Monrovia. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

Irene Mae Nichols, 87, died at Seneca District Hospital in Chester Sunday evening, Feb. 24, 2002. Born Feb. 7, 1915, in Rochester, N.Y., Nichols had just recently moved to the Chester/Lake Almanor area from Citrus Heights. She had lived in the Sacramento metropolitan area for over 25 years, moving there from the San Francisco Bay area in 1976. She retired from the University of California at San Francisco, where she had worked as a receptionist for over 10 years. Nichols was a longtime member of Golden Gate Chapter No. 1 of the Order of Eastern Star and of Valley Springs Presbyterian Church in Roseville. She enjoyed folk and Polynesian dancing, and skiing the slopes of Northern California. While living in the San Francisco Bay area, she served the community as a Cub Scout den mother. Nichols was preceded in death by her husband, Norvin G. Nichols, in 1990; and son, Alvin, in 1957. Survivors include her daughter, Norene M. Nichols, of the Lake Almanor Peninsula; son, Norvin R. Nichols, of Rancho Cordova; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory in Quincy, a celebration of her life will be held at noon on Saturday, March 9, at the Valley Springs Presbyterian Church in Roseville. Private inurnment will take place at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Colma. An opportunity to leave a personal memorial tribute is available online at . The family requests any donations in Nichol's memory be made to Sierra Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Gernon P. Hesselschwerdt "Dr. Hess," 80, of Clio, died Feb. 26, 2002, at Eastern Plumas District Hospital. He was born March 16, 1921, in Philo, Ill., to Edward and Alice Doss Hesselschwerdt. Hesselschwerdt earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois and served as a physician in the U.S. Army during WW II. He served as a physician at Eastern Plumas District Hospital for 24 years, retiring in 1994, and had lived in Clio since 1970. He is survived by his wife, Gretta, of Clio; sons, Steven Hesselschwerdt, of Champagne, Ill., and John Hesselschwerdt, of Urbana, Ill.; stepson, Henry A. Green, of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter, Sally Tull, of Atchinson, Kan.; stepdaughters, Katherine Dwyer, of Nevada City, and Barbara Dworschak, of Portland, Ore.; brother, Robert Hesselschwerdt, of Port Lincoln, Australia; sister, Catherine McKabe, of Washington, D.C.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. No services are planned.
Memorial donations in the doctor's name may be made to E.P.D.H. Ambulance or Home Health, 500 First Ave., Portola, CA 96122; or to the Graeagle Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 64, Graeagle, CA 96103; or to Whitehawk Search and Rescue/ Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 12, Clio, CA 96106.

Joseph Lazaro, 76, of Portola, died Feb. 22, 2002, at Eastern Plumas District Hospital, after a 4-1/2-year battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 12, 1925, in Mankus Corner. Lazaro had lived in Portola for the past eight years and Esparto for over 30 years. He was a carpenter and member of Carpenters Union Local 160. He also operated the family apricot ranch and drying yard, Lazaro Ranches. He served as a radioman aboard the U.S.S. Robinson - DD562 during WW II, 1943-1946. Lazaro was a 45-year member of the V.F.W. of Woodland Post; a 40-year member of the Woodland Elks Lodge; a four-year member of American Legion Post 329, of Portola; and a member of the "Tin Can Sailors Association. Lazaro's son, James, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Portola; sons, Joe III, of Sacramento, and Jerry, of Woodland; daughters, Evelyn Mihal and Tina Mota, of Sacramento, Roxanne Millhollin, of Esparto, Dodie Truitt, of Woodland, and Althea Frankel, of Kings Beach; brother, Tony, of Carson City, Nev.; sisters, Connie Perrier, of Colusa, Ramona Winters, of Williams, Maryanna Husted, of Apache Junction, Ariz., Rose Lazaro, of Carson City, Nev., and Ann Roberts, of Topeka, Kans.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A graveside inurnment service will be held in the Esparto Cemetery March 9 at 2 p.m. Meet at Esparto High School at 1:30 p.m.

Julius Lawrence "Julie" Cardoza, Jr., 78, of Graeagle, died Feb. 11, 2002, at Eastern Plumas District Hospital in Portola. He was born May 23, 1923, in Gustine. For the past 22 years, he had lived in Graeagle, moving there from Santa Maria. Cardoza served in the U.S. Navy during WW II. He was a building contractor of custom homes in Santa Maria and last owned Sunset Builders. He retired after 47 years in the profession. A member of the Feather River Dixieland Jazz Society, Cardoza also belonged to the Calpine Elks Lodge, the Graeagle Volunteer Fire Department and Holy Family Catholic Church. He was an avid fisherman. Cardoza was preceded in death by his wife, Inez, in July 2001; daughter, Diane Hyslop, in 1986; and two brothers. Survivors include his son, Don Cardoza, of Fremont; daughter, Mary Cardoza-Peterson, of Denver, Colo.; stepson, Bill Hyslop, of Lompoc; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A memorial mass was held Feb. 14 at Holy Family Catholic Church, followed by private family inurnment. The family suggests that memorial contributions in Cardoza's name be made to the Graeagle Fire Department, P.O. Box 64, or Calpine Elks Lodge, P.O. Box 1466, Graeagle, CA 96103.

Lloyd Oscar Carlson, 78, died Feb. 13, 2002, at his home in Greenville. He was born May 18, 1923, in San Francisco. During WW II, he served in the U.S. Army in the 244th Field Artillery Battalion. Carlson had lived in Greenville for two years, after living four years in Portola. At one time, he worked for the General Electric Co. in San Francisco as an order picker. He enjoyed reading religious material and fishing. Carlson was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Carlson, in May 2001. He is survived by his daughter, Denise Carlson, of Greenville; and son, Tracy Carlson, of Portola. Private inurnment will take place in Shady Grove Cemetery at a later date.

Arthur John Thomas, Sr., 83, died Jan. 24, 2002, at the Lassen Community Hospital annex in Susanville. He was born March 1, 1918, in Sierra City, and had been a resident of Lassen County for the past 50 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Japan. He retired from the Sierra Army Depot at Herlong in November 1980 after 28 years. Thomas was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; a member of AARP and NARFE; a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2301, of Susanville; and a past member of the Oddfellows' Lodge. He was active in the Gleaner's program, and he coached Little League for several years. Thomas's wife of 55 years, Alice Thomas, preceded him in death. He is survived by sons, Arthur Jr., of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Arden, of Puyallup, Wash.; daughters, Sue Ann Peay, of Quincy, and Alice Larinda Moore, of Milford; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Feb. 14 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with interment following at the Diamond Crest Cemetery.

William Albert Stone, 73, died Thursday morning, Feb. 7, 2002, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. Born Feb. 25, 1928, in Phoenix, Ariz., Stone moved to Quincy in 1970 from Peoria, Ill. Upon his completion of the family home, he moved to Greenhorn in 1990. Stone served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He had worked as a self-employed building contractor for 44 years. He was a longtime member of the Quincy Post of the VFW and Las Plumas Chapter No. 8 of E. Clampus Vitus. He enjoyed traveling, along with camping and fishing. He was preceded in death by a son, two brothers and two sisters. Stone is survived by his wife of 26 years, Inge, of Greenhorn, one son, two daughters, and one granddaughter. Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory in Quincy, private family services will be held at a later date. An opportunity to leave a personal memorial tribute is available online at . The family requests any donations in Stone's memory be made to Plumas District Hospital, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

James Irven Sandlin, 81, died Thursday evening, Feb. l4, 2002, at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev. Born Oct. 20, 1920, in Swain, Ark., he had been a Plumas County resident for 52 years. Sandlin served with the U.S. Army from 19461950. Upon his honorable discharge, he moved to Chester, living there until 1955. He moved to Twain, where he resided until 1970, then to Sloat, living there until moving to Quincy in 1975. Sandlin had been employed in the lumber industry for over 40 years, working in various capacities in the mills of the Collins Pine Co., High Sierra Pine, DeGeorgio Lumber Co. and, finally, for Essex Lumber Co. in Quincy. A member of Plumas Lodge No. 60 F&AM for 27 years, Sandlin served as Master of the Lodge in 1982. He was a longtime member of the Lumber Production and Industrial Workers Union Local 3074, along with the National Rifle Association. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodcutting. He also found great pleasure in working in his garden. Sandlin was preceded in death by nine brothers and one sister. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Faye, of Quincy; son, Darrell Wayne Sandlin, and daughter, Janice Faye Sandlin, both of Quincy; and two grandchildren. Masonic services, along with a eulogy prepared and read by dear friend Rev. Chuck Kinzie, were held Monday, Feb. 18, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel in Quincy. Burial with military honors followed in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery. An opportunity to leave a personal memorial tribute is available online at . The family requests any donations in Sandlin's memory be made to the Sacramento Shriners Children's Hospital, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Alex James McGinnis, 46, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Santa Theresa Kaiser Hospital. He was born in Reno, Nev., and moved to Herlong, Calif., where he graduated from Herlong High School. While in school he was actively involved in music as well as sports. He played piano, organ, guitar, and later taught piano and organ to family and friends while attending the First Baptist Church of Herlong. He continued his education and achieved his bachelor's degree and lived in the San Jose and Oakland area. While in the San Jose area McGinnis was actively involved in the Perry Temple of Oakland, St. James AME of San Jose, Southern and Northern Association. He is survived by his parents, Alex and Helen; brothers, Ocie, Charles, Carl and Darrell; sister, Vera; grandmothers Ossie B. Dotson, Ethel B. Gross and many nieces and nephews. A viewing was held Friday, Feb. 15, at First Baptist Church of Herlong. Chapel services were held Saturday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Herlong with viewing prior to the chapel service. Burial was at Diamond Crest Cemetery in Johnstonville following chapel services.

Vicki Marie Humphrey Wood, 46, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. She was born April 2, 1956, in Woodland, Calif. The family moved to Susanville in May, 1972. She attended Lassen High School. She is survived by husband, Anthony Wood, of Kansas City; parents, Harry and Nada Humphrey of Brookings, Ore.; brothers, Kevin of Susanville, Stephen of Sparks, Nev., Adam of Fort Jones, Calif.; sister, Tricia of Brookings; and grandmother, Etta Myers of Brookings. Viewing was held in Kansas City on Feb. 8. A memorial service will be held at a later date at family property near Eagle Lake. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to your local Cancer Society, or charity of choice.

M.L. "Lefty" Gardner, 69, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev. He was born Feb. 18, 1932, in Spavinaw, Okla., then his family moved to Northern California and ended up in Susanville 38 years ago. He worked for the Department of Corrections for 30 years and was a member of the CCPOA, CSEA and achieved the rank of sergeant He was actively involved with his family in hunting, fishing, Boy Scouts, Little League, Babe Ruth, Pop Warner football , as well as the football programs at Lassen and Westwood High. When he retirement, he became active with the Sam's Travel Club. He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, James of Orangeville and Joe of Westwood; daughter Kathy Spitsen of Susanville and 10 grandchildren. A memorial service were held Sunday, Feb. 3, at the first Southern Baptist Church 1545 Cornell St., in Susanville. Burial will be Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Roseburg Memorial Gardens in Roseburg, Ore.


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