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Kenneth Walter Hohlfeldt, 82, formerly of Lake Almanor, died Nov. 30, 2001, in Coolidge, Ariz. He was born May 28, 1919, in Chicago, Ill. Hohlfeldt and his family lived in Downers Grove, Ill., for 15 years, then moved to Saratoga, where Hohlfeldt worked for United Technology Plantronics and Microsoft, Inc. His occupation was quality assurance engineer. He set up many projects for SpaceRockets, telephone communications for the astronauts, and Microsoft Laboratories. Hohlfeldt served in the Coast Guard during WW II for three years. He served on a troop transport, the General M.C. Meigs AP116. He was a member of the Elks for 31 years. He also belonged to Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association, and was a 52-year member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. He moved to Lake Almanor in 1983. Hohlfeldt loved golf, bowling and travel. In 1985, he built a large building on his property to house his hobby, model railroading. He was always smiling and telling jokes. Hohlfeldt was preceded in death by his son, Kenn, in 1986. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Kay; and son, Keith, of North Carolina. A memorial service will be held as soon as his wife returns from Arizona in the spring. Memorial contributions in Hohlfeldt's name may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or to the Hamilton Branch Fire Dept., c/o Joe Turner. 

Ruth Allean Wade, 68, of Reno, Nev., died Jan. 28, 2002, at her residence. She is survived by her husband, John Wade, of Reno; daughter, Rhonda Wade, of Portola; sons, John Wade Jr., of Pa, and Brian Wade, of Carson City, Nev.; brothers, Horace Chambers, of Marysville, and William Chambers, of Los Angeles; sister, Dorothy Smith, of Kansas City, Mo.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No services are planned. 

Harry Edward Dailey Sr., 74, a former Quincy resident, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002. Dailey was born July 13, 1927, in Beach, N.D., the son of Edward and Florence (Percell) Dailey. He received his education in Quincy, living there until 1967 when he moved to Forest Grove, Ore. He served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 22, 1945 to Feb. 28, 1947. He married Lea Ola Jennings Sept. 18, 1970, in Vancouver, Wash. Dailey had worked as a cabinet maker. The family lived in Banks, Ore., until he retired from Rodgers Instruments LLC in 1989. He and his wife then spent 12 years traveling the U.S. with their fifth-wheel trailer. Dailey was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, jokes and taking care of his family. Dailey was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Shirley Gonza; and granddaughter, Sommer Dailey. Survivors include his wife, Lea Ola Dailey, of Prineville, Ore.; sons, Frank Harer, of Bremeton, Wash., Harry "Skip" Dailey, of Quincy, Michael Dailey, of Salem, Ore., Paul Dailey, of Fremont, Bill Inman, of Prineville, Ore., and Guy Dailey, of Forest Grove, Ore.; daughters, Sher Patton, of Forest Grove, Ore., Helen Hisaw, of Hillsboro, Ore., Laurie Horlacher, of Banks, Ore., Linda Fulcher, of Forest Grove, Ore., and Rebecca Gilman, of Prineville, Ore.; sisters Thelma Lardy of Cornielius, Ore., Doris Tadlock, of Quincy, and Helen Walker, of Sacramento; 31 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at the Prineville Funeral Home, followed by cremation. The family suggests that memorial contributions in Dailey's memory be made to Pioneer Memorial Hospice, 1201 NE Elm St., Prineville, OR 97754. 

Margaret Eleanor Mitchell died Jan. 3, 2002, just short of her 90th birthday. She and her husband, James, were residents of the Portola/Graeagle area from the early '70s to the early '90. They then moved to Clovis to be near her daughter, Barbara. Mitchell, a Past Noble Grand of the Rebekahs, was affiliated with the Mesa, Ariz., Portola and Fresno lodges. A retired teacher of 30-plus years, Mitchell taught in the Territory of Hawaii and both southern and central California. She had a wide variety of interests, including reading, arts and crafts, good conversation and traveling to almost every continent. Mitchell was predeceased by her husband, James. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Stewart, of Fresno, and Catherine Bergmann, of Walnut Creek; and four grandsons. 

Lyle N. Hoag Sr., 94, died peacefully in Carmichael Jan. 25, 2002. He was born in Missouri in 1907 and was raised and schooled in northern Idaho. Hoag and his wife, Esther, moved to Los Angeles in 1928. He started as a teller at Security Pacific Bank (now Bank of America), and retired in 1972 as a vice president of the bank. Hoag had an enduring interest in art, architecture, gardening and world travel. Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Esther Hoag, of Carmichael; sons, Charles, of Quincy, and Lyle Jr., of Fair Oaks, and their families, including 18 great-grandchildren. According to Hoag's wishes, no services are being held. His ashes will be scattered in a redwood grove. 

Robert Ryan Mariscal, 33, of Fremont, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002. He was born March 25, 1968, in England. 
Mariscal attended Quincy High School from 1982-1985. He worked in manufacturing and production for the Old California Sourdough Pizza Company, and lived in Fremont for the past 12 years. Mariscal enjoyed cooking, fishing, shopping and making people laugh. He was a member of Creech Self Defense. Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Christine Mariscal, of Fremont; daughter, Tiffany A. Mariscal, of Fremont; son, Joseph A. Mariscal, of Fremont; stepmother, Jane Mariscal, and father, Reggie Mariscal, of Quincy; sister, Sonya Mariscal, of Modesto; brother, Brian Mariscal, of Panama City Beach, Fla.; grandfather, John Mariscal, of Merced; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and many nieces and nephews. The funeral was held at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, in Fremont. Donations in Mariscal's memory may be made to MPI, Inc., 3012 Summit St., Oakland, CA 94609. 

Mildred Pauline Ramsey, 81, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, in a Medford, Ore., hospital following a sudden illness. She was born Aug. 4, 1920, in Okemah, Okla., to James Carl and Margarette LeDou. Her family came to Susanville in 1928 when she was a young child, and a couple years later her father died in an accident at the Fruit Growers Supply Co. She grew up in Susanville and attended the local schools. On Feb. 19, 1940, she married James Albert Ramsey and a few years later they moved to Lakeview, Ore., where they raised their daughters. She was a clerk at the Safeway store there for several years. Years later after she retired from the work force they moved to Eagle Lake close to the Spaulding community, resided there for a few years finally moving to Rouge River to be near their daughters. She was a member of the baptist church, the Eastern Star and the Sweet Adelines. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James Albert Ramsey; two daughters, Carolyn Murphy of Rouge River, and Connie Smith of Lakeview, Ore.; sister, Hazel Hamzy of Chico, Calif.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. Several nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Marva LeDou, of Susanville. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Barney and Thad LeDou and a sister, Lucille Harger. A memorial service is planned for a later date in Rouge River. In lieu of flowers her family suggests making a donation to your favorite charity in her behalf. 

Jean Erb, 79, died at the Lassen Community Hospital in Susanville. She was born in Hay Springs, Neb., on March 13, 1922, and moved to Lassen County at the age of 43. Erby was the Co-owner of the A & W Restaurant for 20 years with her husband and Ken Erb. She was past president of the Soroptimist Club actively involved with the Lassen Community Hospital Auxiliary. She loved to garden and sew but her favorite pastime was her grandchildren and family. She is survived by her husband, Ken; sons Kim and David; brother, Robert Hanson; sisters, Helene Peters, Mabel Olson, Clara Dundom, Dorthea Zenovich, Maryann Martin, and Karla Ripp; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Walton's Colonial Chapel. There will be a private graveside service at Diamond Crest Cemetery. The family has asked that all donations be made to the Lassen Community Hospital Auxiliary. 

Marguerite Jordan McKnight, 99, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev. A native of Milford, Calif., she was born to Ernest A. and Margaret Ellen (Doyle) Jordan on April 25, 1902. She had been a resident of Reno, for the past 34 years, coming from Oakland, Calif. She had been retired from general office work for several years. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, American Association of Retired Persons, National Insurance Women, and the National and International Wildlife Societies. She is survived by daughter, Margery McKnight Carr; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. There will be a private family graveside blessing in Janesville. 

Robin Ellen McCain, 44, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, in Merced, Calif. She was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 1958. She lived in Lassen County for many years before moving to Merced. She is survived by her mother, Mary Flowers of Wash.; sister, Bobbie Manka of Ill.; one niece and one nephew of Ill. Services were held Thursday, Jan. 17, at the First Church of God in Merced. 

Robert Joseph Capehart, 60, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, at Washoe Medical Center. A native of Lodi, Calif., he was born Oct. 11, 1941, to Thomas Carl and Faye (Wadley) Capehart. He is survived by wife, Ingrid; sons, John and Charles; brother, Thomas Carl, Jr.; sister, Frances Schultz; and two grandchildren. A memorial service was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Lazy 5 Regional Park, Pyramid Lake Highway Sparks, Nev. Private cremation under the direction of Walton's Sparks Funeral Home. 

Diana Davis Farano, 74, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, after a short illness in San Bruno, Calif. She is survived by husband, Sam Farano; daughters, Candi Fyfe and Michele Magni; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Beulah Davis, longtime residents of Susanville. No services at family's request. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your favorite charity in Diana's name. 

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 will be 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. 

Arthur John Thomas Sr., 83, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at the Lassen Community Hospital Annex in Susanville, Calif. He was born March 1, 1918, in Sierra City, Calif., and was a resident of Lassen County for the past 50 years. He retired from the Sierra Army Depot at Herlong, Calif, in Nov. 1980, after 28 years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, AARP; life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2301 of Susanville; NARFE; and a past member of the Odd Fellow's Lodge. He was a Veteran of World War II, serving in Japan. He was active in the Gleaner's Program and he coached Little League for several years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Alice Brown. He is survived by sons, Arthur Jr., of Klamath Falls, Ore., Arden of Payallup, Wash.; daughters, Sue Ann Peay of Quincy, Calif., and Alice Larnida Moore of Milford, Calif.; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Feb. 4, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with interment following at the Diamond Crest Cemetery. 

Frances (Pat) Lenora Graves Sharp, 70, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at the Redding Medical Center in Redding, Calif. She was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Inglewood, Calif., to Alvin and Bernice Setterburg. She attended local school there and graduated from Inglewood High School in 1949. She married Orville Graves in 1954 and continued to live in the LA area. In 1960 they moved to Trinity County where they purchased and operated the Junction City Store. They moved to Areata, Calif., in 1964, owning and operating Frank's Market and Greenview Market. In 1985, they moved back to Trinity County to retire in the Douglas City area. Shortly after the death of her husband Orville in 1986, she was a volunteer waitress at the Golden Age Center in Weaverville, Calif. This was the beginning of a 13-year senior advocate career. Sharp was elected to the Weaverville Golden Age Center Board of Directors and served as treasurer. Next position was service on the Trinity County Commission on Aging and an appointment to the PSA2 Advisory Council. While serving the PSA2 she was appointed to the California senior legislature as an assembly person. She proved successful and was elected Senator. She rose to the position of chairman of the executive board, the ruling body of the CSL. She also served on the Executive Board of PSA2 and was a past chair of that organization. She also was appointed to numerous Trinity County boards and commissions and served them faithfully. She married Bill Sharp on June 3, 1989, and enjoyed 11 years of working together for the benefit of the senior population. She is survived by husband, Bill; daughters, Irene Barney and Jeanette Johnson of Eureka, Calif.; step-children, Carol and Ken Dunning of Ferndale, Calif., and Marsh and Nancy Sharp of Ga.; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by Orville Graves; son, Steven Graves; parents, Alvin Setterburg and Bernice Dixon; brother, Butch Setterburg. A memorial service will be held at the Golden Age Center in Weaverville, Calif., from 1 - 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9. It was sharp's wish that memorial donations be made to those she served and those who served her. Contributions to: The Roderick Center, Hayfork, Calif; The Golden Age Center, Weaverville, Calif.; and the EMT's of Douglas City Fire Department. 

Ruby Helen Manning, 79, of Loyalton, died Feb. 3, 2002, at Health South in Reno, Nev. She was born Sept. 22, 1922, in Oklahoma, to Edgar Franklin and Leona Eugene Mason Cole. A 50-year resident of Loyalton, Manning moved there from Dennison, Texas. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed handicrafts and kept busy raising six children. While in Loyalton, she was a cook at Sierra Valley District Hospital for several years. She also cleaned medical offices in Loyalton for several years. Manning was a member of the Portola Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 1974, and daughter, Patsy Hessman, in 1992. Survivors include her son, Terry Manning, of Loyalton; daughters, Helen Hansen, of Redding, Cathy Adams, of Reno, Nev., Linda Benson, of Gardnerville, Nev., and Carolyn West, of Portola; sisters, Pearl McKinney, of Calera, Okla., and Ethel McAlister, of Dennison, Texas; 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will take place at Manni Funeral Home, 380 Rio Grande, Portola, Thursday, Feb. 7, between 6 and 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held Friday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Portola, followed by burial in Mountain View Cemetery in Loyalton. 

Earl Edward "Stony" Stoner, Jr., 72, died at his residence in Quincy Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002. Born Feb. 10, 1929, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, he grew up in Pomona. Stoner had lived in Quincy for the past 17 years, moving here from Livermore. He served as a submarine crewman in the U.S. Navy for four years.; then as a Merchant Marine for 20 more years, earning his Master Mariner's license. He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for 16 years. In Quincy, Stoner worked for Feather River Materials. In 1990, he returned to school and graduated with honors from Feather River College in 1992. He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the NRA, E. Clampus Vitas and the Quincy Elks Lodge. During the 1940s, Stoner made a living as a professional racer of midget and stock cars on the West Coast. Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Mariana Andrews-Stoner, of Quincy; daughters, Kathy Stoner, of Torrance, Tammy Krikorian, of Monterey, and Marina Krikorian, of Berkeley; brother, Kenny Stoner, of Canoga Park; and sister, Judy Andrews, of Quincy. Following cremation, a celebration of Stoner's life, along with military honors, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel in Quincy. The family requests any donations in his memory be made to Plumas Community Hospice or the Plumas County Museum, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Florence Hoecker Coursen, 82, died at Harthstone Convalescent Hospital in Sparks, Nev., Friday, Jan. 18, 2002. She was born Dec. 29, 1919, in Trenton, N.J. She was a resident of Chester, Calif., for more than 20 years. She, along with her husband moved to Sparks, two and a half years ago to be closer to their daughter. A longtime member of the Westwood Chapter 377 of the Order of Eastern Star, she served the lodge as a Star Point for a number of years. A member of the National Audubon Society, she loved to study nature and spend time in the outdoors along with playing cards and sewing. Florence is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, William of Sparks; son, Jack of Darian, Conn.; daughters, Bonnie Robertson of Reno, Nev., Suzi Roberts of Dallas, Texas and Lori Coursen of Minneapolis, Minn.; sister, Grace Naffzager of Visalia, Calif.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory in Quincy, Calif., a celebration of her life conducted by the Westwood Chapter 377 of the Order of Eastern Star was held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Westwood Masonic Lodge in Westwood, Calif. Inurnment followed in the Westwood Cemetery. An opportunity to leave a personal tribute is available online at www.fehrmanmortuarry.com. The family requests any donations in her memory be made to the Westwood Chapter 377 of the Order of Eastern Star c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory P.O. Box 803 Greenville, Calif., 95947.

Lorene M. Kirkland, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, at Lassen Community Hospital. She was born in Seneca, Mo., July 14, 1915, and had moved to Northern California at the age of 17. She had lived in Susanville for the last 22 years. She is survived by Garry Morrison, long-time companion of 23 years; sons, Doug and Keith Kirkland and daughter Sandy. The family is planning a private memorial service at a later date.

Kathryn Ann Swanson, 66, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nev. She was born in Plattsburg, Mo., Aug., 24, 1935, and had been a resident of Lassen County since 1979. She is survived by her husband Harold C. Swanson of Janesville, Calif.; sons, Andrew Mark Carter of San Jose, Calif., Casey Joe Carter of Westwood, Calif.; sister, Betty Pearson of St. Joseph, Mo.; three grandchildren; two nieces; two aunts and a cousin. A memorial service was held at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nev. Any donations can be made to the American Lung Association.

Florence Hoecker Coursen, 82, died at Hearthstone Convalescent Hospital in Sparks, Nev., Friday morning, Jan. 18, 2002. Born Dec. 29, 1919, in Trenton, N.J., she was a resident of Chester for over 20 years. She and her husband moved to Sparks two and a half years ago to be closer to their daughter. A longtime member of Westwood Chapter 377 of the Order of Eastern Star, Coursen served the lodge as a Star Point for a number of years. A member of the National Audubon Society, she loved to study nature and spend time in the outdoors, play cards and sew. Coursen is survived by her husband of 56 years, William, of Sparks, Nev.; son, Jack, of Darian, Conn.; daughters, Bonnie Robertson, of Reno, Nev., Suzi Roberts, of Dallas, Texas, and Lori Coursen, of Minneapolis, Minn.; sister, Grace Naffzager, of Visalia; two grandchildren and one great-grandson. Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory in Quincy, a celebration of Coursen's life was held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Westwood Masonic Lodge. Inurnment followed in the Westwood Cemetery. An opportunity to leave a personal tribute is available online at . The family requests any donations in Coursen's memory be made to Westwood Chapter 377 of the Order of Eastern Star, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

Albert Richard Rimbault, 72, died Jan. 22, 2002, at his home in Graeagle. He was born June 21, 1929, in Oakland, to Albert and Iva Carrier Rimbault. Rimbault lived in Concord for many years, before moving to Graeagle about a year ago. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952. He owned Delta Masonry, retiring in 1994. An avid golfer, Rimbault was also a baseball coach for the junior league. Survivors include his wife, Esther, of Graeagle; sons, Marc, of Hansville, Wash., Kevin, of Hendersonville, N.C., and Derek, of Seattle, Wash.; and three grandchildren. No services are planned; there will be a private family inurnment. Memorial donations in Rimbault's name may be made to Tahoe Forest Hospice, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160. 

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. 


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