CURRENT  OBITUARIES
In Loving Memory of
Beata "Grm" Ansotegui


Beata “Gram” Ansotegui, Born January 10, 1917, in Jordan Valley, Oregon to Sebastian and Florentina Larrucea, went to be with the Lord February 25, 2017 surrounded by family and friends.

After moving to California from Nevada in the late 1940’s, Burney became home. She was the happiest with a house full of family especially all the grandkids. She also loved being surrounded by friends, you could always count on a good cup of coffee at her house, the chairs at the kitchen table full with her daily coffee drinkers. She was the mail carrier on the rural mail route around Lake Britton for 42 years, bragging that “even a foot of snow would not slow her down”. The past 4 years she spent at the Burney Annex, where she took pride in teaching the Nurses and CNA’s songs and prayers in Spanish Basque, her native language.

Preceded in death by her husband Santy Ansotegui and daughter Theresa Dragoo, along with her parents and several brothers, and sisters.

Survived by son Leland Ansotegui (Barbara). Grandchildren Douglas Ansotegui (Tracey), Tanya Dragoo, Tamara Brock, Darwin Ansotegui (Jackie), Teri Canaday (Jerry), Kara Ansotegui (Brian). Great Grandchildren Lindsay, McKynzie, Kadee, Kelsey, Brooke, Clay and Sophia. Great Great Grandchildren Teagan and McKinley. Brother Phidel Larrrucea, sister Begonia Corta, many nephews, nieces and longtime friends including the wonderful loving staff at Burney Annex.

Graveside services will be held March 25th, 12:30pm at the Burney Cemetery. Coffee and Dessert reception will follow at the Burney Lions Hall

In Loving Memory of
Janice Marie Straub Oiler


January 13, 1937- January 13, 2017 Our Mothers final wish was to make it to her 80th birthday, which she fought a courageous fight to accomplish that. Janice passed away at Copper Ridge Care Center with her family by her side.

Born to Roy and Gertrude Straub, she was raised in Pittville, California and a longtime resident of Shasta County.

Janice was a gifted seamstress, quilter, home maker and volunteer. She won Volunteer of the Year Award Oct. 2014 with One Safe Place.

Janice loved camping, fishing, and going to the coast, she also enjoyed being part of Redding Quilting Guild and Skogen Lodge #700.

Janice is survived by her brother, Ross Straub Phoenix Oregon, sons: Keith Oilar Anderson, Chris and Kim Oilar Redding, daughters: Denal and John Jurin, Cathy and Tom Wiebelhaus of Redding. 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters Loye Eller and Eunice Dietrich.

Graveside services will be May 13, 2017 at 11:00 at Pine Grove Cemetery, McArthur California, a Celebration of Life to follow at the VFW Hall Fall River Mills, California.

In Loving Memory of
Bonnie Jean Harrigan Tyrrell

Bonnie Jean Harrigan Tyrrell went to be with her Lord Jesus on February 18, 2017, in Redding California.

Bonnie was born to Joe and Erma Harrigan September 13, 1937 In Alturas, CA. She was raised on the family ranch in Round Valley hear Adin attending elementary and high school in Adin and graduating with her class of 1955. She then married Bill Cron and had two children, John Cron and Deanna Cron Haury.

After the marriage ended she married Norman Tyrrell and celebrated 50 years of marriage together until his death on May 23, 2014. To this union was born three more children, Ladonna McFarlan, Michelle Tyrrell and Norman Tyrrell.

Over the years Bonnie worked at Chases Market, Adin Supply and the Shamrock Cafe. She enjoyed making craft decoration, crocheting edges on baby blankets, piercing quilts and watching athletic events involving family.

Bonnie leaves behind five children, John Cron of Anchorage, Alaska, Deanna Haury of Walla Walla, Washington, Ladonna (Dennis Mcfarlan, of Burney, California, Michelle Tyrrell of Carmichael, California and Norman Tyrrell of Forest Ranch, California.

She had nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and her beloved dog “Baily.”

A memorial service to honor Bonnie’s life will be March 18th, 2017.

Graveside Services will be at the Adin Cemetery at 1 p.m. with a potluck to follow at the Adin Community Hall.

In Loving Memory of
Richard "Dick" Alexander Bartram

Born June 8, 1935 in Susanville, CA, Richard “Dick” Alexander Bartram passed away January 9, 2017 aft a year-long illness.

His family being his favorite pastime, Richard was also born an avid hunter and fisherman, traveling out of state for moose, elk and antelope and hunting locally for deer. When not engaged in these activities, he could be found in his shop building or repairing something.

He was active in the Burney Jaycees, Junior Rodeo and was a 4-H leader for many years, taking groups of kids on horseback into the Thousand Lakes Wilderness Area.

Richard grew up in Fort Bidwell, CA, cowboying on the family ranch as well as other ranches in the Surprise Valley area. He was a frequent rodeo participant as well.

He graduated from Modoc High School in Alturas and attended UCS Davis for a short time before returning to the Intermountain Area where he worked on ranches and at local lumber mills until he landed a job at Louisiana-Pacific in Burney where he worked for 30 years, mostly as a millwright.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Bertha Bartram, brother Donald Bartram, sister Sharon (Bartram Long and daughter Diana Bartram McGram.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Arlene, children Dana (Cliff) Davis of Burney; Cynthia (Neil McCrank of Alberta, Canada; Shari (Dale) Galli of Cassel and Jeffry (Michelle) Bartram) of Yelm, WA: Grandchildren Shad, Cicily, Jayme, Janese, Ryan, Sheldon, Lindsey and Tony, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Per his request, no services were held.

In Loving Memory of
Delores J. Powell

Delores J. Powell left us to be with the Lord on March 2, 2017.

She left as the last of her family of siblings that included her older brother Franklin. Francis is her first younger sister and Jane her youngest sister.

She has, or had, her youngest brother, John Davis. We don’t know if he is still with us.

Delores was born January 11, 1934 to Clifford W. Davis and Louise N. Davis in Santa Cruz, CA and where she was also educated and lived most of her life.

She was first married to Loyal Harbison on August 25, 1968. They had a wonderful marriage in that she helped raise Loyal’s three children, two girls and one boy. They moved to Redding in 2000 or 2001 where Loyal passed away.

She met Stephen Powell in late 2004 and they were officially married May 28, 2005.

She was outgoing and was loved by all. Guided by a terrific sense of humor, she made those who knew her very happy. She was a wonderful wife to Stephen and made him very happy.

She said to Stephen when he said let’s go somewhere, “You’re the driver” and away they would go.

She also leaves a niece Jamie Rederman and her husband Mike and their daughter Taylor and two sons, Michael and Hays. She also leaves four other nephews and two nieces of her sister Francis. From her brother John are three daughters.

She will be missed by all who knew her.


In Loving Memory of
Don Herbert Colvin

Don Herbert Colvin passed away at his home in Bieber, Calif. on Feb 13, 2017 at the age of 85.

He was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1931 and came to live in Big Valley in 1966.

He set up the Bieber branch of Shasta County Bank which later became the Bieber Branch of Tri Counties Bank. He was a manager and later a loan officer until his retirement.

Don was involved in a lot of Big Valley activities. He was a Deacon at the Lookout Church, a Director on the Water Board, A member of the Big Valley Lions and also of the Valley’s VFW. He loved Big Valley and the people there.

His favorite pastimes were eating, and talking with his buddies at breakfast and also being on his 40 acres on Big Valley Mountain.

Don is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sue, his son Russ of Redding, daughter Beth McCain of Salem, Oregon, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held on March 4,2017 at the Lookout Fire hall at 12:00 p.m.
In Loving Memory of
Carla Louise Spalding

On February 16, 1938 in Susanville, California a darling baby girl, Carla Louise Spalding entered the world. Her parents Nelmer and Luena Spalding couldn’t have been prouder.

On February 17, 2017 a dear, brave and loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend passed away.

Carla was a special person who loved everyone and was a friend to anyone she met. Her laugh and smile will always be remembered.

Carla and her sister Leanna’s early childhood was spent on the Dixie Valley Ranch where her Grandfather Will Spalding was the manager of this famous huge ranch from 1943 to 1955.

Carla, Leanna and their parents participated in many horse shows as a family group or the girls individually.

Carla and Leanna went to grade school in Little Valley and then Carla went on to Fall River for the 7th and 8th grade. The summer before her freshman year in high school the family moved to Big Valley on one of the Connelly Ranches there. Carla went to high school in Bieber. She graduated from high school in 1955 in a huge class of seven.

Carla attended Lassen College in Susanville and studied Secretarial Science and was a whiz at short hand, which is now a lost art.

In June of 1956, the country girl Carla moved to the big city, San Francisco, to live with an Aunt and Uncle. She worked briefly as a switch board operator at Pacific Bell Telephone Company.

Later on, she worked many years at C.E. Moffett Company as the administrative assistant to the owner, as well as salesperson for his wholesale hardware company.

Carla soon married and had two children, Dwight and Catherine Point.

Carla never would have thought that 42 years later she would move back to Big Valley, which she always thought of as home.

On one of her trips back to Bieber to visit family and friends she met up with an old school friend and on October 5, 1997 Carla and Roy Conner were married. They made their home on Roy’s alfalfa ranch near Adin.

Carla was very active in the community and worked tirelessly with others to re-establish the ambulance in Big Valley. This was one of her most energetic and dedicated accomplishments.

She was also very involved with the AA Group and helped to establish an AA Group at the Intermountain Conservation Camp.



In Loving Memory of
Dale Dennis

Dale Dennis, 35-year resident of Dana, died peacefully on February 10, at Vibra Hospital in Redding, with his son James and wife Michelle by his side. Dale was born in Michigan, and moved with his family to the Fresno area when he was 2 years old. The family then moved to San Leandro when Dale was 13, but he was always a “country boy” at heart, and the Fall River area suited him perfectly.

The Fall River Valley, Dana specifically, was the first home for Dale and his wife when they married in 1982, and remains so today. Dale was a professional pool player for a time prior to his marriage, but on arrival in the valley, became a very successful Fall River fly fishing guide. He brought his integrity, intelligence, amazing memory to that profession for over 25 years. His family and close friends were the only things he loved more than Fall River, from the first time he saw it in the early 1970’s. He fought tirelessly for the health of the river, whether teaching all about it to guide clients or anyone who expressed an interest, or fighting bureaucracy and ignorance as the president of the Fall River Wild Trout Foundation.

Dale and his wife owned and ran the Dana Store for almost 10 years, and he was always ready to help anyone who came by, whether it was for an after-hours grocery or gas need, or just for directions and assurances they weren’t really lost in the middle of nowhere. The love of Dale’s life was his son, who learned from his dad how to dust the shelves and run the cash register (kind of) by the age of 5.

Dale is survived by his wife Michelle, son James “J.D.”, soon to be daughter–in-law Jessica Hero, sister Laura (and brother-in-law Mike O’Malior). Dale was preceded in death by his parents and his brother David.

A celebration of Dale’s life will be held in Dana on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 12 noon.

In Loving Memory of
Dale Dennis


Dale Dennis, 35-year resident of Dana, died peacefully on February 10, at Vibra Hospital in Redding, with his son James and wife Michelle by his side. Dale was born in Michigan, and moved with his family to the Fresno area when he was 2 years old. The family then moved to San Leandro when Dale was 13, but he was always a “country boy” at heart, and the Fall River area suited him perfectly.

The Fall River Valley, Dana specifically, was the first home for Dale and his wife when they married in 1982, and remains so today. Dale was a professional pool player for a time prior to his marriage, but on arrival in the valley, became a very successful Fall River fly fishing guide. He brought his integrity, intelligence, amazing memory to that profession for over 25 years. His family and close friends were the only things he loved more than Fall River, from the first time he saw it in the early 1970’s. He fought tirelessly for the health of the river, whether teaching all about it to guide clients or anyone who expressed an interest, or fighting bureaucracy and ignorance as the president of the Fall River Wild Trout Foundation.

Dale and his wife owned and ran the Dana Store for almost 10 years, and he was always ready to help anyone who came by, whether it was for an after-hours grocery or gas need, or just for directions and assurances they weren’t really lost in the middle of nowhere. The love of Dale’s life was his son, who learned from his dad how to dust the shelves and run the cash register (kind of) by the age of 5.

Dale is survived by his wife Michelle, son James “J.D.”, soon to be daughter–in-law Jessica Hero, sister Laura (and brother-in-law Mike O’Malior). Dale was preceded in death by his parents and his brother David.

A celebration of Dale’s life will be held in Dana on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 12 noon.


In Loving Memory of
Ernest Alden and Virginia Lee (Ginger) Miller
 They had their first “date” at age 14; wed each other at 20; then for 66 years thereafter were constant companions. Thus, it is difficult to separate their stories.

Virginia Lee (Ginger) Miller
On November 28, 2015 in Nampa, Idaho, Virginia (Ginger) Miller was called home to the Lord. She was born Virginia Lee Elzea on January 7, 1929 in Ceres, California to Earl and Beryl Elzea. At age four her family settled near Adin, California, where she attended school at the old Providence School House and Adin High School. Following graduation, she attended Jr. College in Modesto then worked for the US Navy in Oakland. On November 17, 1949, she wed Ernest Alden Miller in Redding and began their 66-year partnership. They lived, worked and raised their family on the Miller homestead ranch in Stone Coal Valley. Until selling the ranch in 1968, Ginger worked alongside Alden on all facets of ranching. After moving to Idaho, she worked in real estate and managed American Land Title in Blackfoot for almost 20 years. She became active in the United Way, on the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce and the Western Idaho State Fair Committee. She and Alden continued to hunt and fish and explore the countryside together. Following retirement, Emmett, Idaho, became home and remained so for the next 20 years. Ginger had a fondness for horses, wildlife, babies, puzzles, and writing. She was a dedicated wife and mother, an expert horsewoman, an accomplished marksman, excellent seamstress, exceptional cook, and a skilled business manager. She was an avid reader, as well as a tough competitor at Pinochle and Scrabble. She could do anything to which she set her mind, and mastered whatever she undertook. She was a can-do, get-it-done, no-whining, tough-minded, strong-willed, compassionate, kind, gentle, caring, giving, gracious, gifted woman whose extraordinary spirit will endure in our hearts; as will our cherished memories and the shadow of her beautiful smile.

Ginger was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Roy Elzea; her sister, Lorna Myers; son-in-law, Gene Young; and two great-grandchildren. Her brother, Bill Elzea, is since deceased. She is survived and will be lovingly remembered by her three children, five grandchildren nine great-grand children and a great-great-granddaughter.

Ernest Alden Miller
Ernest Alden Miller passed at home in Kuna, Idaho, Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Alden was born to John Phillip and Clara Etta Weigand Miller at their ranch home north of Bieber, California, May 18, 1929. At a young age he developed a love for baseball and played through school in Bieber and Adin and for many years after on community teams. Following high school he continued ranching with his father on both the Bieber ranch as well as the family homestead ranch in Stone Coal Valley. In Redding, California, on November 17, 1949, he married Virginia Lee Elzea of Adin. Following a twoyear stay at the Bieber ranch, the two settled on the Stone Coal ranch, for a time, having to ford the river to get in and out. Side-by-side they mended fences, worked the fields, rode the range, fished and hunted, and raised cattle and their family. Due to health issues and the then-pending Allen Camp Dam project, in 1968, with heavy hearts, they sold the ranch, left family and lifelong friends, and began anew in Southeast Idaho. Alden worked as a security guard for American Potato in Blackfoot while studying and obtaining his real estate license. He worked in the real estate field for many years while Ginger managed American Land Title in Blackfoot, during which time he was active in the Exchange Club. They enjoyed their home on the Snake River near Firth, Idaho, watching the wildlife from their back deck and fishing off the riverbank, until moving to Emmett, Idaho in 1990. From the time they were married, the two were devoted to each other and were almost inseparable until Ginger’s health declined and she passed in Nampa, Idaho, on November 28, 2015. Through their 66 years of marriage, they enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, watching sports, taking road trips, rock-hounding and exploring Native American artifacts and cultures, visiting Alaska, gardening, gathering with family and , in later years, watching old western movies and simply reminiscing about their journey through life together.

Sitting on a log by a campfire or at the kitchen table during a pinochle game, Alden would share stories: There were many of riding the range (sometimes in a blizzard) with his father or Ginger, of hunting and fishing excursions with family and friends, of childhood capers with cousins and school chums, and of lessons he learned buying and selling real estate. He could always recount his adventures with a smile or a chuckle or a twinkle in his eye.

Alden Miller was a good man who had many talents, a great sense of humor, and a strong sense of honor and integrity: His word was golden. He placed a high value on his personal relationships and had great appreciation for his Miller and Weigand heritage. Alden worked hard; played hard; sang beautifully; loved dogs, horses, baseball, the great outdoors and nature, his devoted partner, Ginger, and his family and friends. His passing will leave a void in the lives and hearts of those who knew and loved him, but we will treasure our memories.

Preceded in death by Ginger; his parents; his sister, Dortha Riley; a great-granddaughter and great-grandson; son-in-law, Gene Young, and many cousins and friends, he is survived by his children, Victoria (and Ray) Cammack of Kuna, Idaho; Cheryl Miller (Young) of Nampa, Idaho; John Miller of Mulino, Oregon; grandchildren, Beth, Travis, Steve, Jennifer, and Alden; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

A memorial service is being postponed until a later time when Alden and Ginger can be taken home together to their beloved Modoc.

In Loving Memory of
Stephen Bertil Sacson
 Stephen Bertil Sacson went to be with his Savior on January 24th, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, with his son Jim at his side. Steve was born on Feb 19th, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts to George and Audrey Sacson. In 1964, Steve and his family moved to Dana, California, where he was content to spend the rest of his life.

Steve graduated from Sequoia High School, Redwood City, in 1955. He was a faithful employee of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), working 37 years with the company until he retired in 1993.

Steve met his wife Lois at the Rex Club in Burney, and the two married on November 8th 1968. They had a wonderful marriage of 48 years.

The two things that brought Steve the most joy were his family and outdoor activities. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, cutting wood and spending time maintaining his six acres in Dana. He also loved camping and boating on the nearby lakes with his family.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, his brother George, his son George, and his grandson Stephen.

Steve is survived by his wife Lois, son Jim Sacson (and daughter-in-law Ann); daughters Gaylene Sacson and Erika Scott (and son-in-law Herb); nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday Feb 18th 2017, 1:00pm at the Veterans Hall in Fall River Mills, CA.

In Loving Memory
Dianna G. (Wallan) Hockett


Dianna G. (Wallan) Hockett, passed away on January 3, 2017, at her home in Bieber, CA. She was born in Alturas, CA, on November 13, 1944. She was the daughter of Norman and Roberta Wallan, of Bieber, and the 3rd of 4 children. Both her parents, her 2 elder siblings, grandson Cody Graham, as well as her husband John W. Hockett, preceded her in death. She grew up in the Big Valley area and graduated from BVHS in 1962. She raised 2 daughters, Sheilah (Kelly) Hernandez and Whitney (Hockett) Muller, in the valley and participated in many community organizations, including Lions Club, Native Daughters of the Golden West, Ladies Pioneer Club, The Red Hatters and was often found supporting many of the Cardinals’ sporting events. She worked for the United States Postal Service, as well as various other positions in the Big Valley area.

She is survived by her sister Paula (Wallan) Ward, daughters, step-sons, Tracy Hockett and Troy Hockett, Son-in laws, Robert Muller and Francisco Hernandez, Daughter-in-laws, Brenda Hockett and Julie Hockett, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by both her family, and a community she was very much a part of.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Adin Community Hall in Adin, CA, at 1:00 pm. A potluck will follow, with meat and drinks provided.

In Loving Memory of
Betty Jane Cureton
 Betty Jane Cureton, 64, a resident of Hat Creek, passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, CA on January 26, 2017. Betty was born in Downey, CA on August 22, 1952, to Victor and Helene Starr. Betty married her best friend, Steve, on February 27, 1969, and they were inseparable for 48 wonderful years. They moved to the intermountain area in the summer of 1983. Betty is survived by her husband and love of her life, Stephen Cureton; her only son, James Cureton and daughter-in-law, Heidi, along with her three grandsons Bradley, Michael and Jacob Cureton (Tulelake); Brother, Jim Starr (Downey); Sister, Joanne Starr (Redding); Sister-in-law, Charlene Spencer (Fort Worth) and many nieces and nephews. At Betty’s request, a private celebration of life will be held later this spring.

In Loving Memory
JoanLee Nemanic
Joan Lee Nemanic, 84, of McArthur, CA, passed away January 19, 2017 in Chico, CA. Joan was born in San Jose, CA on October 6, 1932 to parents Loy Lee and Paulina Ruth Stuckey. She grew up in the Bay Area and was a graduate of Berkeley High School in 1950. As a young woman, Joan worked at the Emporium Department Store in San Francisco. In 1951, she married Thomas Richard (Dick) Nemanic in Berkeley, CA, to whom she was married for 65 years until her passing. As newlyweds, they moved to Tacoma, WA where her husband was stationed at McCord Air Force Base. They returned to Berkeley where they started their family, then moved to San Jose, CA where they purchased their first home. In San Jose they grew their family further and raised their five children before moving from that urban area to rural McArthur, CA in 1962. It was here that Joan learned to drive for the first time, a skill that was vital for transporting her children to their many activities and making trips into town for household essentials.

Joan was an active member of the community in the Fall River Valley and was a charter member of the Soroptimist Club and the Fall River Boosters Club. She also was active in the McArthur Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, was a 4-H leader, and volunteered and made donations to the Fall River Library. She worked for the local newspaper, The Intermountain News, and worked part time for the McArthur Post Office. As her children grew up and left home, she opened the Corner Closet boutique in 1976. She was the owner/operator for 17 years until her retirement in 1993.

Joan had a passion for travel. She and her husband traveled the world together cruising the rivers of Europe, cruising the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Panama Canal and touring throughout several European countries. Her travels also included trips that aided in her genealogy quest to trace her family history. Joan also enjoyed Collectibles that included antique glassware, jewelry, and furniture. She also was active in the local Bridge Club and enjoyed the friendships she developed during her cardiac rehab workouts.

Joan is survived by her husband Dick Nemanic; children Marc Nemanic (Bettye) of Chico, Tracy Parker (Rick) of Elk Grove, Kurt Nemanic of Forest Ranch, and Leslie Kelley (Gene) of Dorris. She was predeceased by daughter, Karla Nemanic, in July 2016. She is also survived by sister Carol Stuckey Gass of Alamo, CA; grandchildren Jared Zarecky, Trevor and Brett Nemanic, and Denae Nemanic. She also leaves two great-grandchildren and three nephews.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 11th at 4:00 PM at the Fall River Lions Hall, 44256 Highway 299E, McArthur, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Fort Crook Historical Society, P.O. Box 397, Fall River Mills, CA 96028.

Clarification
 Regarding possible confusion about the services for Edward Bosworth:

The services are still on February 4, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Red Bluff Elks Club.

The article in last week’s paper titled “Reflections and Celebration of Life” seems to have confused some people.

The article, written by a friend trying to do a good thing, maybe should not have used the term “Celebration of Life,” and should have said “in addition to” the services in Red Bluff there will be a two hour get together in the Heritage Room February 12, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Stop by for a visit.

All family will not be there. Sorry for any confusion, Ed Bosworth Jr.

In Loving Memory
Babs (Barbara) St. John
 Babs (Barbara) St John passed away peacefully at her home overlooking the Fall River Valley on January 7th holding her cherished dog Rosita in her arms. She was surrounded by her loving daughters Lynn and Lisa St John, dearest friend Toni Diaz and Toni’s daughter Marnie.

Babs is survived by her devoted daughters Lisa Dale St John and Lynn Almont St John, adored granddaughter Crista Dale St John, beloved grandson Drew Almont St John; great grandson Almont Thomas St John; Uncle Roy Hoffman, niece Kathy Bruscia, great nephew Wesley Schafer and great niece Hallie Jo Rivera and their respective spouses and children. Babs was predeceased by her parents, Roy Hoffman and Frances Elizabeth Thomason; son Dennis Roy St John; sister Aletha Maude Bruscia and her brother in law Joe Bruscia, Jr.

After raising her family, Babs returned to school, attending Shasta College and later commuting to Chico State University. She graduated with honors in only 2 ½ years. Following graduation, she was employed by the Fall River School District for many years as an Art and English teacher. One of her former students recalls that she had a welcoming classroom and provided an opportunity for students that couldn’t succeed in an academic setting to find acceptance and success in her classroom. During her tenure, she was shocked and delighted to receive the prestigious “Teacher of the Year” award.

She was extremely accomplished in her hobbies that ranged from A to Z. Some of them include sewing (she made Lisa and Lynn’s bathing suits and clothes and designed and sewed the U S National Water Ski Team uniforms for the World Water Ski Championships in Banolas, Spain) pottery, painting, jewelry making, her deck full of beautiful flowers and plants, home renovations and gourmet cooking. Babs won the national Water Ski Championships in 1963 and held the national water ski jump record. She also was a rated judge, scorer and driver for the USA Water Ski Association (formerly American Water Ski Association) and helped run the St John water ski school at Fall River lake for many years, training countless national and world champions including daughters Lisa and Lynn. Babs was a long time devoted member of Community United Methodist Church. Other activities included playing bridge, being a member of the Fall River Garden club, and she loved music of all kinds.

During the summer she enjoyed long afternoons with her daughter Lynn and grandson Drew, their dogs and many of her former students at Fall River Lake.

A Celebration of Life and Potluck will be held at the McArthur Lions Hall February 4th at 12:00 pm. Bring your favorite dish and memory of Babs!

She will also be honored during the 10:00 am worship service at the Community United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 5th. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community United Methodist Church P.O. Box 280, Fall River Mills, California 96028.

In Loving Memory
Annabelle Herman Magario
Annabelle Herman Magario was born March 18, 1924 in Grand Rapids Michigan and passed away on January 22, 2017 at the Burney Annex in Burney CA at the age of 92. The daughter of Floyd and Lottie Herman, she grew up in Buchanan Michigan where she graduated from BHS and worked for Clark Equipment as one of the first women lathe operators. She enlisted in the Marine Corp where she was extremely proud to serve her country during WW II as a member of the women’s tank and motor vehicle repair unit stationed in San Francisco and attained the rank of Sergeant.

It was there that she met the love of her life, Master Gunnery Sgt. Domenick Magario. They soon married and moved to Oakland where daughters Nancy and Susan were born. Shortly thereafter, they made their home in Alameda for some 30 years. She enjoyed working for Marchant Calculators, Owens Illinois Glass Co., Sunshine Biscuits and the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at Berkeley in the quality control department.

When their grandson, Domenick was born, she was thrilled to become a devoted Grandma. They saw to it that he had many adventures including gold panning and being stalked by a mountain lion on the Tuolumne river.

A few years after her husband passed, Annabelle decided to move to Fall River Mills to be close to her two daughters and their husbands. She loved her little place in this beautiful mountain paradise.

She was honored to be recognized as the “Oldest Marine” in the Intermountain area at the annual Marine Corps Birthday celebration (November 10th) by the Burney Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the patriotic remembrances she received from Ron Mason and Pat Redding of the Women’s Auxiliary.

She spent her last 5 years under the care of the Burney Annex where she made many friends with residents and staff. A special thank you to Dr. Watson, the nurses and CNAs (Sonya, Sharon, Aurora, Brittany, Brooke, Christina, Chari, Derrick, Doree, Heather, Kathleen, Megan, Mike, Sondra and Val, Laverna and Tammy plus the wonderful ladies who ran the gift shop, Marion and Marilyn. All of your friendships grew over the years and your kindness, especially in her last few weeks is sincerely appreciated. Also to the ER staff working Nov 2 who made things so much more comfortable for her and her family. To Zia, thank you for the kindness you showed her during her last visit in January to the ER. Thank you to Patty Shelton of Patty’s Hair Salon and Breanna Covert for always making her feel so beautiful both inside and out after getting her hair done. All of you let her be independent but when needed, you were there, not only for her but for her family too.

Annabelle was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd & Lottie Herman and her loving husband Domenick. She is survived by her daughters Nancy (Max) Weaver formerly of Cassel and now Rio Vista CA, daughter Susan (Gary) David of Fall River Mills, her grandson Domenick (Amber) Weaver of Fairfield CA, great granddaughter Madison Weaver of Costa Mesa CA and great grandson Max Weaver of Herriman Utah. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Loudell Magario of Sandy Utah and many nieces and nephews in Arizona, California, Utah and Hawaii.

You will be greatly missed Mother. Semper Fi. Private internment will be held at the Presidio in San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Burney VFW, Women’s Auxiliary Burney Post 5689, P.O. Box 1448 Burney, CA 96013


In Loving Memory
Joann Arlene Asher
Joann Arlene Asher, 80, passed away January 13, 2017 at home. Joann was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by her husband Eugene Asher, two daughters, three sons, seven grandchildren, 11-great grandchildren and one sister. She will be greatly missed by all.

In Loving Memory
William (Willie) Charles Howard
 William (Willie) Charles Howard passed away January 5, 2017 at his home in McArthur after a polonged illness.

Obituary and inurment arrangements are pending.

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James Burton Schryver
James Burton Schryver, 93, passed away peacefully at home with family members by his side on January 11, 2017. Jim was born in Orange, New Jersey, to Edson and Elizabeth Schryver. After graduating from Staples High School in Westport, CN, Jim enrolled in the engineering program at Cornell University in 1941.

Before completing his degree he enlisted in the Army in 1943 and ultimately became part of the U.S. involvement in World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and remained in Europe after the war as a 1st Lt., responsible for relocating German prisoners of war. In 1946 Jim returned home and resumed his education at Cornell, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1949 he moved to Reno, Nevada, and worked for Dean Witter as a Stock Broker. In 1950 he was recalled to the Army and served in the Korean War until he was Honorably Discharged in 1952. Jim then went to work for Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation where he became a branch manager responsible for Northern California, Hawaii and Nevada. Jim served as the CEO of the Comstock Tunnel and Drainage Co. and the Sutro Tunnel Co. in Virginia City, Nevada from 1959 to 1987. In 1973 Jim opened Sutro Realty in Carson City, Nevada, and remained active in the Real Estate business until his official retirement in 2006. In 1990, Jim married his wife, Margaret, and they built a home on Eastman Lake in the Fall River Valley where they lived part time until they made it their permanent residence in the late 90’s. Jim loved to fish, travel the world, and be with his family and friends. He was an incredibly positive man who inspired those around him.

Jim is survived by his wife Margaret Estes Schryver; his sisters: Patricia Mills (Tacoma, WA) and Sally Raines (Jackson Hole, WY); Children: Laurie Schryver (San Francisco) and Thomas Schryver (Melek), grandson Jimmy (Marin Co.); Stepchildren: Jeanne Utterback (McArthur), Donna Utterback (McArthur) and Robert Utterback (Erin) (Fall River Mills); and numerous other grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life for Jim Schryver on Saturday, February 11 at the Veterans’ Hall in Fall River Mills at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory, to the Fort Crook Museum in Fall River Mills.
 
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Glovena Criss
Glovena Criss of Bieber passed away on December 14, 2016 at the age of 93.

Glovena was born in Lookout California and lived her entire life in Big Valley with the exception of attending college in Fresno, California and her nurses’ training at Sacramento County General Hospital where she received her Registered Nursing Degree. Glovena returned to Big Valley and was married to Harold T. Criss. They had two children, Gail and Tracy.

She worked for many years as a school nurse for the Big Valley School District.

In 1967 Harold and Glovena built and operated the Big Valley Drive-In.

She had a terrific green thumb and always had flowers for everyone to enjoy including Petunias, tomatoes and other potted vegetables.

She always enjoyed the wildlife who came to the vicinity.

Glovena was preceded in death by husband Harold and Son Tracy.

She is survived by daughter Gail (Ron) Clark of Klamath Falls, Oregon; daughter-in-law Marlene Criss of Bieber, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren and quilting and garden club members.

Burial will be at Lookout Cemetery and a life memorial this spring.

May Mom always walk in God’s ever-blossoming flower garden.

In Loving Memory
Dr. Tom Vestal

Dr. Tom Vestal passed away at Mayers Memorial Hospital on January 8th, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born on March 28th, 1939, in McCloud, CA, to Hardy and June Vestal. Tom spent the majority of his life in the Fall River Valley and spent his youth working on the family ranch. Tom was an active member in the McArthur FFA, ultimately receiving the American Farmer Degree. He graduated from Fall River High School in 1956, and moved to Davis, CA to attend UC Davis. Tom graduated with honors from UC Davis in 1962 as a Dr. in Veterinary Medicine. Tom spoke fondly of his time at Davis and about his brothers at Alpha Gamma Rho. Establishing a Veterinary Practice, back in the Valley ,and running the family ranch kept Tom busy but meeting Marie made his life complete. For his 77 years Tom did the things he loved, veterinary medicine, raising working quarter horses, roping, riding and enjoying the sport of rodeo. He was especially proud of his 3 children and grandchildren. Pa will be greatly missed. Tom is survived by his son, Mark Vestal and daughter-in-law, Diana; his daughter, Tami Humphry and son-in-law Brian; his son, Hardy Vestal and daughter in law Chelle, and 9 grandchildren. Services will be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 1:00PM at the Intermountain Fair Grounds in McArthur, CA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Intermountain Fair Heritage Foundation, PO Box 10, McArthur, CA, 96056, or a charity of your choice.

In Loving Memory
Marie Vestal
Marie Vestal passed away at Mayers Memorial Hospital on January 9th, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Marie was born on August 19th, 1940, in Twin Falls, ID to Glen and Gladys Griffin.

In December of 1947, Marie and her sister Marjorie moved to Lake Tahoe and grew up taking care of each other.

Marie graduated from South Lake Tahoe High School and at age 18 years old moved to Fair Oaks, CA, to work at Aerojet in Sacramento. In the summer of 1965, Marie traveled to the Fall River Valley and met the love of her life, Dr. Tom Vestal and on November 25th, 1965, they were married.

For the next 51 years Marie loved the ranch, her cows, but especially her family.

She loved to bowl, play cards and follow her children’s and grand children’s activities and adventures. Ma will be greatly missed. Marie is survived by her mother, Gladys Gust; sister, Marjorie Stephens and brother- in-law, Robert; her son, Mark Vestal and daughter-in-law, Diana; her daughter Tami Humphry and son-inlaw Brian; her son, Hardy Vestal and daughter-in-law Chelle; and 9 grandchildren.

Services will be held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017, 1:00PM at the Intermountain Fair Grounds in McArthur, CA.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Intermountain Fair Heritage Foundation, PO Box 10, McArthur, CA, 96056, or a charity of your choice.


In Loving Memory
Edward Bosworth
Fourth generation Rancher Edward Bosworth passed away after a long illness at Brentwood Post-Acute in Red Bluff in the early hours of December 24, 2016.

Ed was born to Laurence and Ethel Bosworth December 2, 1931. He graduated from Anderson High School in 1949 and returned to Cayton Valley to begin his career ranching. Ed Married Carlene Cole June 3, 1951.

Until he was unable, Ed dearly loved ranching and caring for his cattle. He was also known to have pretty good cow dogs, even being asked to judge dogs at the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale.

Ed was a past master of Fort Crook Lodge #250. He served as a director for the Northern California Farm Credit, and was a trustee on the Mayers Memorial Hospital board. He was a member of the Burney Lions Club, Red Bluff Elks, Shasta County Farm Bureau, Fall River/Big Valley, Shasta County and Tehama County Cattlemen’s Associations.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Melburn. He leaves behind his loving wife of 65 years, Charlene; two sons, Edward Jr. (Cherri) of Cayton Valley and Larry (Patricia) of Medford, Oregon; Three sisters, Lorena Kincaid, Virginia William, Ann Broeckel; five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on February 4, 2017, 1 p.m. at the Red Bluff Elks Club on Gilmore Road in Red Bluff.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mayers Intermountain Health Care Foundation or a charity of your choice.

In Loving Memory
David Eugene Wicks

David Eugene Wicks of Burney died tragically Wednesday, December 21, 2016, in Burney, California.

Dave was born January 18, 1962, in Carson City, Nevada. He spent his whole life in Northern California and in the Reno-Carson City area.

At a very young age he picked up a guitar and learned to play. Music became a big part of his life. Actually, he spent much of his adult life employed in the entertainment field.

At a very young age Dave also began a search for God. He attended church as a youth, even when other members of his family were not. His search for God continued into his adult life when he went from church to church looking for something that made sense to him, something he could really believe in. In fact, at one point in his 20’s he became depressed when his search for God in various churches left him empty.

Back to Dave’s music. He was playing music at the Rex Club in Burney in October, 2000. That’s where he met Sonja. She was to become the love of his life. A relationship developed and they were married in February, 2002.

Back to Dave’s search for God. Sonja had been receiving visits from Jehovah’s Witnesses in their door-to-door ministry. Dave answered the door and he liked what he heard. By early 2005 Dave and Sonja were having a regular Bible study with Jehovah’s Witnesses in their home. Dave finally found what he had been looking for. He could live forever in paradise on earth. He could see his dead loved ones resurrected to life right here on earth. He found a religion who answered all of his questions right from the Bible.

Dave’s life changed. His appearance changed as well as the life style common in the entertainment world. Dave became a happier person. He and Sonja were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2006. Dave began sharing his new-found faith with his neighbors. Dave did this primarily in the door-to-door ministry of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Dave loved to be with people and meet strangers and this part of his personality served him well in his ministry work.

Dave touched the hearts of everyone he met with his friendly smile and infectious personality whether it was through his public ministry, his music or his secular work. Dave had a knack for remembering names and this served him well as he interacted with people. No one was a stranger to Dave.

Dave was a giving person, often offering to help others with a variety of needs. Dave had a motto: “view people as God views them.” That view showed in how Dave treated others.

Dave was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Miller.

Dave is survived by his wife, Sonja, and his mother, Karen Deriso, and sons, Justin and David Wicks, and daughter Megan Wicks, stepdaughter, Yvonne Hand, and grandchildren.

Dave is also survived by twin sisters Jennifer and Jessica Deriso, Uncle Richard and Linda Bacon, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service for Dave Wicks will be held at the Burney Senior High School Gymnasium on Saturday, January 21, at 2 p.m.

Anyone wishing to help Sonja with expenses may do so through a “Go Fund Me” account online or at the US Bank in Burney.

In Loving Memory
Robert Leon Thompson
Robert Leon (Bob/Bobby) Thompson passed away December 13, 2016, at age 67, at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. After decades of robust health, a blood disorder led to a stem cell bone marrow transplant 6 ½ years ago. This journey was aided by numerous friends, family, Hat Creek Construction employees, and countless people in the health care industry.

Bob was a larger-than-life man in the way he lived his life both personally and professionally. He took that same attack-approach to his medical challenges. Bob believed in “giving back”, as evidenced by the way he volunteered for the many youth, service, community, and professional organizations he championed.

Bob’s early education included 5 years attending a 2-room school. He was a 1967 graduate of Fall River High School where he proudly participated in sports, leadership, and FFA. After high school, Bob attended Chico State, majoring in Agriculture. There he married his wife of 49 years, Alice Hutchings. Their only child, son Perry, was born in 1970. While they were students there, Bob worked at many and varying jobs to put himself (and Alice) through college without incurring large student loan debt.

Bob’s background in farming and ranching began as a toddler on the Hat Creek Hereford Ranch. He became active in 4-H and FFA. His involvement in agriculture continued when Bob, Alice, and Perry returned home. Bob helped run the family ranch and Alice began her 37 year teaching career. While Bob loved working with cattle, farming the land, and being involved in numerous agricultural organizations, he turned his focus to construction to “pay the bills”.

With guidance and support from his father, Bob and brother-in-law Howard Lakey became founders and co-owners of Hat Creek Construction. They began from humble beginnings with a used Toyota pickup and several home remodel projects. They soon starting building homes and cabins in the Eagle Lake area. Bob’s construction love favored equipment, and soon the company was doing road building, hydro construction, and general engineering work. The company is currently a dominant force in the construction industry and an area leader in asphalt, concrete, and aggregate delivery and placement. Bob was able to consult and advise until the time of his passing, and witnessed his beloved company and team complete its largest season ever, while proudly providing jobs for 125 local employees.

Bob is survived by wife Alice, son Perry, daughter-in-law April, and grandchildren Isiah, Jessica, and Zachary. He is also survived by sisters Kathy (Howard) Lakey, Pam (Henry) Giacomini, and nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert Ivan and Lois Opdyke Thompson.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 1 PM, in George Ingram Hall at the Inter Mountain Fairgrounds (where he served as a board member for 32 years) in McArthur, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that any donations be made to: New Hospital Wing Building Fund, Mayers I.H.F., P.O. Box 77, Fall River Mills, CA 96028.

In Loving Memory
Virginia Lucile McKee
1927 - 2016

Virginia went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 11, 2016. She was 96-years old and was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) McKee, brothers Richard Weller and Clifford Weller, and sister Grace Steinwandt. Virginia is survived by one sister: Beverly Eaton; two brothers- Daniel (Bob) Weller and Glen Weller; her son, Tom McKee (Susie) of Orangevale, CA; her daughter, Peggy King (Steve) of Cassel, CA: grandchildren, Thom McKee(Amy), Jonathan McKee (Lori), Randy King (Patty), Russ King, and Heidi Williams (Doug) and eleven greatgrandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Virginia was a wonderful wife and homemaker. She was a great mother to son, Tom and daughter, Peggy. She was a foster mother of her younger cousin, Faith for several years. She loved entertaining, cooking, gardening, and teaching the Bible. She and Bill were founding members of Calvary Baptist Church in Los Gatos, California. Bill, a carpenter by trade, was appointed to be the Sunday School Superintendent. When the Sunday School grew to over 800 members, Bill was made full time member of the staff. Virginia was his “right hand.” He held the position for 30 years. Their son, Tom, was youth pastor there for several years and then was the founding pastor of Sun River Church of Rancho Cordova, California.

Bill and Virginia moved to Shingletown, California, when Bill retired. Their son-in-law Steve King was pastor of Open Door Community Church in Shingletown. Bill and Virginia joined the church and started a a ministry for the seniors. They took the group on many week long bus tours.

When Steve and Peggy moved to a ranch in Little Valley, California, to start a home for developmentally disabled adults (Mountain Jewels Ranch), Bill and Virginia moved to the ranch, as well. They enjoyed having one of the “special ranchers” over for dinner one night a week.

The ranchers enjoyed hanging out with “Grandpa and Grandma McKee.”

Bill and Virginia became involved at the the Intermountain Free Church in McArthur, where their grandson, Thom McKee, is now pastor.

“Mom and Grandma, we love you. Thank you for being such a wonderful role model to us.” Your family.

In Loving Memory
Harold Richard Watega

Harold Richard Watega of Anderson, CA was born May 18, 1936 and died December 3, 2016 peacefully at home at the age of 80. Harold was born in Stockton, California to Ladislaus (Bill) and Edna Watega. Harold was the eldest of three brothers. The family lived in various locations as Bill was in the Navy. The family was living in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Edna and the boys returned to Stockton and remained there until the war was over. In 1948 they moved to Day, California.

Harold attended grade school in Stockton, California, Greenbelt, Maryland and Vallejo, California and then started high school in McArthur, California, graduating in 1954.

In 1958 Harold enlisted in the US Marine Corp and served for four years. He received an honorable discharge on March 16, 1962. Harold married Diana and had two sons, Gerald and Thomas. They resided in Anderson, CA from 1963 to present.

He was a backhoe operator. He worked for E.W. Cook in Redding, CA and then joined Kirkwood- Bly, Inc. for the next 30 years. He traveled to many locations and had an interesting career with them. In 1997 he and Kevin Broderick formed Watega/Broderick, Inc. and did work locally. After retiring from construction, Harold then went to work at Fall River Outfitters for five years. He retired in April 2015.

Harold is survived by wife, Diana of Anderson, sons, Gerald of Palo Cedro and Thomas of Anderson, brother William of Hamilton, Montana, nephews Craig, Kevin and Brad, nieces Leah and Kathleen. Predeceased by parents, Bill and Edna Watega, brother Gary and sister-in-law Sharron.

Services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3141 Saint Stephens Drive, Anderson, CA on December 14, 2016. A reception followed at the Anderson Veterans Memorial Building, Burial will be at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Haven Humane, PO Box 992202, Redding, CA 96099-2202 or Charity of your choice.

In Loving Memory
Stephen Philip Lawrence
August 16, 1933 - December 8, 2016

Steve Lrence passed away at home on December 8, 2016 surrounded by Lydia and other family members.

 He is survived by his wife Lydia, his brother Dennis, and sons Edward and Mathew Lawrence and Cory and Adam Thompson. He was predecesased by his daughter Patricia Bockenkamp. He had eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Steve was a native Walnut Creek resident and lived there until 1996 when he and Lydia moved to the Fall River Valley. He owned the Walnut Creek Meet Company, so he arrived in the Valley with an extensive knowledge of meat but little about farming.

None-the-less, purchased a rice and hay ranch and early-on learned much from the generous local ranchers who stopped by to offer their knowledge. As a result, Steve and Lydia successfully worked their ranch together until his death.

Steve was one to quietly offer help, not wanting any fanfare. He was particularly interested in helping many young loal citizens, teaching them about how to succeed as an adult. He also contributed his advice on quaility meat to many local organizations when it came to fund raising dinners. He had a passion for outdoor sports and was a duck advocate. He was a highly respected business owner and citizen to both Walnut Creek and Fall River Mills.

He had many good friends and made a lasting impact on hose who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

A service for Steve will be held at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Building in Lafayette January 8 at 2 p.m.

In memory of Steve donations can be made to either the Mayers Memorial Hospital emergency room or Intermountain Hospice.

In Loving Memory
Crystal Lynn Stannage

Crystal went to be with the Lord and his angels on November ,28, 2016 at home in Burney California. She was born in Healdsburg, California June 3, 1986 to Tammy and Thomas Stannage. She was 30-years old.

Surviving her are her loving parents Tammy and Thomas Stannage of Burney; grand parents, Larry and Darlene McCarty of Cassel, California, Marry Parrott and Rodger Tominello of Middletown, California; many aunts, uncles and friends!

Crystal graduated with her class at Burney High School and attended the Intermountain Services Center in Burney and loved every moment of it! She enjoyed life and was always smiling. She will be greatly missed.

The celebration of life for Crystal will be on December 21, 11 a.m. at the Grace Community Bible Church, 20218 Tamarack Avenue, Burney. Pastor Henry Winkelman, uncle, Reverend Bill McCarty and uncle Reverend Roy McCarty will officiate.

There will be a dinner following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made at Tri Counties Bank in Burney.

In Loving Memory
Janet Ione Wolter

Early October 27, 2016, Janet Ione Wolter passed away at Mayers Memorial Hospital, joining her husband Jim E. Wolter in heaven on their wedding anniversary. While her death is a great loss to those who crossed her path, it is comforting to imagine her now walking, dancing, gardening, swimming, riding her horse, petting her dog, making bread, and reuniting with loved ones in paradise. After nearly 13 years of being partially paralyzed as a result of a stroke, Janet is free at last.

Janet was born on February 13, 1927, in Oakland, CA to parents Edwin J. “Chuck” and Grace M. Larson and sister Mardy. The family had migrated to California from Duluth, Minnesota in 1925. For most of her childhood she grew up in the Oakland Hills and graduated from Oakland High School in 1945. As part of our nation’s “Greatest Generation,” Janet witnessed firsthand some of history’s most talked about events. However, some of her fondest memories centered around an area known as Coon Creek near Auburn, CA where her family spent many summers beginning during the Great Depression. Dressed in bathing suits under jeans, and having eaten a wood-stove-cooked breakfast to fuel an entire day exploring open country by horseback, along with six other “local” kids who also adored swimming, singing, fishing and playing in and around Coon Creek, was how the Larson girls spent Janet’s favorite childhood days. It was during this time that Janet’s love of “country living” was sparked as she helped care for goats, cattle, chickens and a family garden on the Goodridge Ranch.

As a young woman, Janet worked as a ticket agent for a start-up airline, Southwest Airways, which served 9 cities from San Diego to Medford, Oregon. She later worked at the Olson-Nolte Saddlery, which sold fine bits, spurs, saddles and horse gear produced in San Francisco’s “Butcher- Town”. Janet met more life-long friends as she attended U.C. Davis, which is where she met the love of her life, Jim Wolter.

On October 27, 1950 Jim and Janet eloped to Reno, Nevada. For the next decade, they lived in Carmel Valley until they set out for Nevada County, where they eventually purchased 10 acres between Auburn and Grass Valley, suited for accommodating a few horses, a milk cow and livestock projects for their kids.

As the mother of four children Janet was committed to providing a stable, yet fun, rural upbringing featuring 4-H and FFA membership, as well as opportunities to participate in local horse-related events, youth rodeos and jackpot roping and county fairs. She served as a board member for the Nevada County Fair and was a founding member of the Nevada County Agricultural Youth Boosters Club. A cabin on Lake Combie near Grass Valley, where Janet’s and Mardy’s parents spent their retirement, provided the venue for countless hours of swimming, boating, and gathering of family and friends around good food and sometimes a bonfire with campfire songs.

Janet worked as the secretary at the Pleasant Ridge Elementary School for many years, and partnered with Jim on a cattle, hog and sheep operation near Grass Valley, from 1977 until their retirement in 1999. It was then that Jim and Janet began their next adventure by moving to Ash Valley, in Lassen County, to live out their “golden years.” In 2004, following her stroke, they moved into their cherished home in Adin. In 2011 they moved for the final time, together, into the Skilled Nursing Facility of Mayer’s Memorial Hospital, in Fall River Mills, CA.

While it is impossible to adequately capture her life in an obituary, it’s clear that Janet made the most of the hands she was dealt through her nearly 90 years on Earth. Her can-do spirit of strength, perseverance, and quiet toughness through challenges she faced will live on in the hearts of all she met along her journey in life. Her legacy of love for her family, good humor, being a good sport, her love of the outdoors and creating things from scratch will live on through her children: Kathy (Tom) DeForest of Adin, CA, Joe (Jimmie) Wolter of Aspermont, TX, Matt (Jackie) Wolter of Corning, CA and Sally (Billy) Askew of Carmel Valley, CA. She touched the lives of 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren (and 2 on the way), 5 nieces and 3 nephews. She also leaves behind her sister, Mardy Carson of Ashland, OR, cousin, Donald Larson, of Bovey, MN, and dear friends from all across the country. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Jim (on Valentine’s Day, 2012).

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Janet’s life on December 10, 2016, 1pm, at the Adin Community Church, Adin, CA. Random acts of kindness and expressions of gratitude are encouraged to honor Janet’s memory. Memorial contributions may also be made to Mayers Intermountain Healthcare Foundation, PO Box 77, Fall River Mills, CA, 96028 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. 


In Loving Service
Carrie Eleanor Guttry

Carrie Eleanor Guttry  was born February 19, 1923 in Santa Rosa, Missouri to Frank and Hattie Wright Leonard. Carrie and her brother Francis were raised with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins as her dad had 14 brothers and one sister and her mother had five brothers and one sister. Music, church and Chautauqua’s were a big part of their lives.

When some of her dad’s brothers starting moving to California, her folks decided to move there also. They made their new home in Adin on A-2 in the late 30’s. They farm raised livestock, chickens and rabbits. They all worked very hard. Carrie helped her folks and brother with the harvest and all of the farm chores. She loved to go fishing with her dad. She loved playing basketball in high school with the Babcock girls. She made many lifelong friendships while there. She loved to whistle, sing, yodel and play auto-harp. She loved to go to fairs with her brother Francis. She climbed Mount Lassen three times and signed her name in a book that used to be on the summit in a wooden cabinet.

Carrie met Evan Guttry when he came to see her bother. Her first glance of seeing him on a beautiful white horse made her heart skip a beat! Later she was helping her mother cook for a hay crew at Frank Iverson’s ranch and lo and behold there Evan was again! They went to many of the Saturday night dances what were held all over Big Valley at the different dance halls. Even asked her to marry him and they were wed in March 1943. Evan was foreman at the time of the For the Dixie Valley Ranch and that’s where their married life began. Later they moved to the T.E. Connley Ranch in Bieber. That’s where their first daughter, Barbara, was born. When Evan’s Uncle Giles Walsh moved off the Walsh Ranch by Pumpkin Center they bought it and made their home there. This is where their second daughter, Nadine, was born. They farmed and raised cattle, sheep, and lots of chickens. Carrie was a busy homemaker and she raised a large garden. She sold cream, eggs and dressed chickens. The lumber mills were really booming at that time and there were a lot of families in town who were her customers.

Carrie loved to sew, paint, cook and can. She made wonderful turkey dinners and her hot rolls with wild plum jam were a favorite. She played cards at the Country Club that met once a month. She and Evan had a lot of fun square dancing with the Bunselmeirs and Charlotte and Dolan Southard. They made many friends dancing. She was PTA president and helped at potlucks for Farm Bureau and rabbit drives.

She loved to travel and in the 50’s the family and her mother all piled into a Pontiac and went to see relatives in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee. They’ have big family reunions and lots of fun. When some of those same relatives came to California they wanted to see Mount Lassen and Shasta Dam. So, they happily became tour guides. They loved the coast and redwoods and in the 80’s went on a month-long bus tour to see the fall leaves in New England. They continued fall trips with their daughter Nadine and her husband Dave. They had the opportunity to see where their grandkids were going to college. Evan passed away in 1995 and Carrie went back to Missouri one more time. She also traveled with her fiend Glovena to see the tulip fields in Washington.

Carrie went to live at Hilltop Estates in Redding, a retirement home, where she made more friends, played cards and had a real good time. In 2012 she went to live at the Vista where she made even more friends and had a lot of fun with fellow San Francisco Giants fans. Her family was always visiting her there and shared many happy occasions with her.

Carrie had a full life and will be missed by so many friends and family. She leaves behind her two daughters, Barbara Albaugh of Adin and her four kids, Patti Ellison (Vince), Aaron Albaugh (Becky), Nancy McClaflin (Stacy) and Andy (Helen) Albaugh and nine great grandkids, and Nadine Bradshaw (Dave) of Lookout and their two sons, Brian (Mindy) and David (Dee) and four great grandkids. She also leaves her nephew David Leonard (Susan) of Bieber and great niece Cheri Leonard and Niece Gail Betz (Larry) and great nieces Kaila and Kathy Betz.

The family wishes to thank the Vista staff for the friendship and care of Carrie these past five years.

“Go stand high upon the mountain – your work on earth is done…”

Carrie’s final resting place will be at Hillside Cemetery, Nubieber by the love of her life, Evan.

Go Giants!
 




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