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Ronald Alexander Stremel

December 18, 1944-March 22, 2024

Ron was born December 18,1944 to Alex and Helen Stremel. He grew up with his parents and brother, Rick, in Torrance, California. The beach, bicycles, and basketball filled the boys’ days.

Ron and Linda (Nottelmann) met at UC Davis in 1966. They were married in 1968 and continued school until Ron graduated from the veterinary school in 1970. While in Davis, they developed an appreciation for Napa Valley wine tasting and camping and backpacking together.

The couple moved to Redondo Beach for Ron’s first job as a veterinarian and for Linda to attend physical therapy school. They enjoyed the beach and many trips to the surrounding desert and Baja to explore their beauty and unique plant and animal life. 1973 found them ready to leave city life.

After moves to Arcata and then Etna and the birth of their two daughters, Ron and Linda settled their little family in Mt Shasta in 1980. Ron opened Black Butte Veterinary Hospital on Truck Village Drive, where he practiced small animal medicine for 35 years. The family home was on the property. Daughters, Megan and Shelby, enjoyed watching the activities of the clinic and riding their horses. Linda had dual careers of physical therapy and being Ron’s evening and weekend assistant. Everyone’s favorite job was “puppy rubbing” when Ron would call to the house for assistance reviving puppies after a c-section. Ron retired in 2006.

Ron loved his daughters above everything else and always kept the family busy with new and exciting adventures: skiing and snowboarding, rafting, house boating, backpacking, roadtrips, camping, water skiing. Megan and Shelby’s friends joined the fun. What special times.

In retirement Ron and Linda continued their adventures with recreational sports, RVing, cruising, and continued family activities and vacations. He loved family dinners and time spent together.

Ron passed away peacefully on March 22,2024 surrounded by his loving family. He was finally at rest after a long battle with heart failure. Ron is survived by his wife and partner of 55 years Linda; daughter Shelby (Tony) Garcia, grandchildren Wyatt and Molly Garcia, all of Mt Shasta. He is predeceased by his daughter Megan Bainbridge.

Ron was interred at the Forest Burial Ground in Ashland, a green burial site. A celebration of life will be planned for this summer. Donations may be made to any Siskiyou County pet non-profit or the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.


Samuel Hanson Ordway III


Sam passed away peacefully at home with his wife Chris by his side after a long illness that he faced with strength and spirit. He will be deeply missed by those who shared in his life.

Sam was born on November 20, 1930 in New York City, third child to Samuel H. Ordway , Jr. and Anna Wheatland.

As an adolescent growing up in Manhattan, he had many adventures exploring Central Park, riding on the subways and eventually joining the Harvard mountaineering club while studying Russian language and literature at Harvard. Upon graduation, he entered the navy through the ROTC program in college and went off to the Korean war. He took a year off from graduate studies after he returned from the war and traveled through Europe. His language skills landed him a job at the State Department where he served his country as a diplomat for 30 years. He met and married his first true love Penny, where they had many more adventures working overseas together and had two sons, Richard and David. Sam and Penny eventually retired from their jobs and made their way west to the family ranch in Weed, Ca. When Penny passed away from cancer in 1994, he met his second true love Chris, who loved and cared for him for 30 years. He was happy until the end.

He was predeceased by his father and mother, sister Kinney, brother Stephen, sister Ellen and beloved wife Penelope Joan Bronson Ordway.

He is survived by his wife Christina, son Richard and his wife Bonnie, granddaughter Anna & Trevor and great grandson Avery, son David & Sigrid, granddaughter Christine and Zac, grandson Eric and grandson Patrick.


Karole Joyce Meeks


Karole lived a long and wonderful 84 years that brought not only unyielding love and joy to her family, but to all of those she met. Karole was born to Milton and Jacqueline Peterson in the middle of her two sisters, Jackie, and Sondra. Karole spent her younger years growing up on Greenhorn Road in Yreka and attended school there through to her high school graduation. She would often tell stories of riding horses with her sisters and their sweet care for one another and that they would always wait if one of them fell off the horse to get back on again. Karole was a strong and hard worker her entire life and she recalled a time she and her sisters helped their father dig a well as he blew up rock with dynamite and they would climb in to help bring up the debris. One skill she always felt proud of was her accuracy with a 22 rifle that her father taught her to use by throwing old vacuum tubes in the creek for her to shoot.

Karole married Dickie McCurdy fresh out of high school and they had two boys together, Richard and Michael. Michael was born with severe disabilities that he would succumb to at the age of seven. Karole experienced an enormous loss but never wavered in her devotion and care to her other children. Karole possessed the strength of a village of mothers and shared that compassion and kindness with everyone she touched. In 1960, she lost her husband Dickie in a tragic accident and was left to take any work she could to support her two children, even taking in laundry at home in an era that did not offer welfare or any other supports.

Glen Meeks would eventually come into her life with Cindy, a daughter from a previous marriage. Glen and Karole would have a son and daughter together, Craig and Mishelle and raise their family in Dunsmuir. Glen worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad but was also a talented musician that played music locally for many years. Karole spent much of the early years of her children’s life at home but would eventually take a job at the local elementary school as a Librarian. Karole found passion working in the school with children and her impact on those around her built bonds that lasted a lifetime. Karole moved on from the school when she purchased the McLauglin Grocery Store and operated it for several years, but multiple incidents of theft led her to sell. Karole finished her working career at Ray’s market in Weed as the produce manager but a workplace injury that caused her to break her back ended her ability to work. Karole had surgery on her back that caused her to die on the table but was resuscitated and spent the rest of her life with chronic pain. Karole would lose her husband Glen in 1998 to a heart attack.

Through every loss and hardship of her life, Karole remained unwaveringly positive and full of love and joy for those around her. Karole made a home in Montague and was devoted to her community where she served as the bookkeeper for the library, was the fire commissioner, and even facilitated the opening of a teen center. Karole’s greatest dedication was to her many grandchildren, begging their parents every time they picked them up to stay one more night at Grandma’s house. Grandma’s house brimmed with the fun and comfort that some may only think exist in fairy tales. From the salt and pepper shakers lining every shelf to the jellybean chicken feeder, there are so many little aspects of being at Grandma’s that no one that went there could ever forget. Karole created a home that no one felt unwelcome in and that if you could help it, you would never want to leave. That is most likely why she never had a time when a grandchild wasn’t there, even into their adulthood. Grandma’s house was the place all her grandchildren knew they could go to when they needed a place to stay where you knew as soon as you walked in the door you were home.

Karole passed away exactly the way she lived her life. In her home, surrounded with overwhelming love and kindness. Karole’s memory lives on through her children, many grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The family invites all those that wish to celebrate the life of this remarkable person to attend her memorial ceremony that will be held at the Dunsmuir Community Center on May 11, 2024, at 2:00.


Jagdish Chandra “Jay” (Sanmukhbhai) Patel


It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the passing of Jagdish Chandra “Jay” (Sanmukhbhai) Patel at the age of 66 on March 8th, 2024 in Redding, CA. “Sanmukh”, as he was known by his friends and family, resided in Mount Shasta, CA for the last 34 years of his life. He was born 9-15-1957.

Sanmukh cherished being in the company of his children and grandchildren. Watching and playing with them he worked tirelessly to the day he passed. Sanmukh spent over 40 years doing what he loved to do: by doing “everything” himself. His name is synonymous with the words “hard work.” Coming from a very humble beginning in Vaghecha, Gujarat, India he never wanted his family to struggle as his family did in India. He showed his compassion and love by teaching his family to never give up and work hard at everything you do. We miss him so much already and will always love him.

Jagdish Chandra "Jay" (Sanmukhbhai) Patel is survived by:

His Loving Wife:
Prabhavati (Bella) Patel
(Gaam: Timba)

Rakhee and Rushabh Kamdar
Hiten Patel and An Nguyen-Patel
Hennaly Patel

Rithik (7), Rishika (4), Arya (2)

Curry (4)

Jagdish Chandra "Jay" Sanmukh Patel's funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 14th, 2024 at 10am-1pm


Gerry Ann La Salvia


In Loving Memory of Gerry Ann La Salvia

With humble hearts and gratitude for her blessed life, the family of Gerry Ann La Salvia announces her peaceful passing on March 7, 2024 at the age of 80 in Weed, California. Born in Los Angeles on July 31, 1943. Gerry’s life was a testament to the virtues of love, dedication, and respect for the sanctity of family and creation.

Gerry, a beacon of nurturing love, made her home a sanctuary for her beloved husband, Frank, and their cherished son, Jeremy. Her unwavering commitment to her loved ones was the cornerstone of her life’s work, embodying the grace of a caregiver and the warmth of a mother’s embrace. Her life was an exemplar of the Proverbs 31 woman, who rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household.

Survived by her husband, Frank La Salvia; son, Jeremy La Salvia; sister, Bea Dever; brother, Fritz Armenta; sister, Rose McFadden; and sister, Lorrie Moore. Gerry’s legacy is one of enduring love and familial bonds. She was predeceased by her father, Ray Armenta; mother, Teresa Armenta; brother, Ray Armenta, Jr.; sister, Becky Armenta; and sister, Cecil Richards, who preceded her in glory.

Educated at St. Raphael Catholic School and Bishop Conaty High School, Gerry’s path led her to serve her community through her work at the Herald Examiner newspaper and the Hamburger Hamlet restaurant. Her professional journey, marked by integrity and hard work, reflected her respect for the dignity of every individual.

A devout member of the Mount Shasta Seventh Day Adventist Church, Gerry’s faith was the compass that guided her through life’s journey. She served with a spirit of humility and joy, volunteering at the Crisis Pregnancy Center, Coffee Connection, and Stable Hands, where she extended her hands to help and further the mission of each organization.

The sacred remembrance of Gerry’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, March 16th at 1:30PM at the Mount Shasta Seventh Day Adventist Church. The ceremony will include a time of reflection on the blessings Gerry bestowed upon on us, followed by her interment at Winema Cemetery in Weed.

The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the First Responders and the Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel in Mount Shasta for their compassionate assistance during this solemn time. Gerry’s gentle spirit and the light of her faith will forever illuminate the lives of those she touched.


Carl John Hineman


Carl John Hineman of McCloud, California for over 40 years passed away unexpectedly on March 2, 2024. He was 60 years old.

Carl loved to be outdoors. All of the things he enjoyed were hiking, fishing, camping, and wood cutting. Doing those things put a smile on his face. It truly was his happy place.

Carl was preceded in death by his Father, David Hineman; Mother, Patricia Spaise; Brother, Jess Jaramillo. He is survived by his daughter: Nicole Wilde & two grandsons; Brothers: Dennis (Debbie) Jaramillo, of Dunsmuir; Tony Rubin & Amanda Young of McCloud; Sisters: Martha Cardenas of Burney; Fran & Dave Stratton of Hornbrook; Jennifer Zaccaglini of McCloud; Plus, many nieces; nephews; and, also great nieces; nephews; cousins, and friends.

Carl is truly loved and he will be missed terribly.


Joseph Eugene Montgomery

June 10, 1941-February 25, 2024

Joseph Eugene Montgomery of Mount Shasta, passed away on February 25, 2024, at the age of 82. Joe was born on June 10, 1941, to Mary Cyrilla and Edgar Montgomery between Possum Trot and Chicken Gizzard Ridge in Clementsville, Kentucky. In 1956 his family moved from Kentucky to Buena Park, California where he finished high school and proceeded to study sociology at Cal State Fullerton before obtaining his teaching credential at Long Beach State. Although Joe left Kentucky at age 15, his love for Kentucky remained.

He met his wife, Anne (Kennelly) while attending college and they had their first date in February of 1961. They married November 23, 1963, and went on to have three daughters, Laura, Kathryn, and Karen. Joe’s love of hunting and fishing led him to accept his first teaching job at Mount Shasta High School in 1968. He moved from southern California with his wife and two young daughters, Laura, and Kathy, to Mount Shasta where his youngest daughter Karen was born. Joe taught at Mount Shast High School for 31 years, retiring in 1999. He also owned and operated the Mount Shasta Laundromat and Carwash from 1984 to 2015.

Joe loved to hunt & fish and everything that went along with it. He enjoyed reading about it, talking about it, scouting for deer, training dogs, tying flies, visiting Phil’s Prop Shop, and sharing his many stories (some of which were actually true.) Joe enjoyed time in the great outdoors and highly recommend stopping to sit on a stump. He was a huge University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan which was apparent by the clothes he chose to wear. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Jimmy & Dave, and sister Frances. He is survived by his wife, Anne; daughters, Laura Russ (Jason), Kathy Hansen (Danny), Karen Montgomery (Arthur Feidler); granddaughters, Taylor Dowling (Smokey), Tori Hansen, Hannah Russ, Ellie Russ; and great-grandchildren, Henry, Eloise, and William Dowling.

Joe loved to laugh, especially at himself, and as one of his friends shared, “He was a man who did everything he wanted to do and did everything for everybody else.” No services are planned at this time. A celebration of his life may be held at a later date.


John Carl Neptune

October 14, 1946-February 24, 2024

John passed away at the age of 77 on February 24, 2024 at the hospital in Mount Shasta. John was born on October 14, 1946 in Weed, California. After graduating from Mount Shasta High School, he joined the United States Navy. After his service he returned to Siskiyou County and never left. He spent his years working as a millworker, truck driver, and even spent some time as a door to door salesman. He loved to hunt, fish, and spend time with family. He was preceded in death by his Father Carl, Mother Amy, and his Brother Stan. John is survived by his Wife, Jeannie; Brothers, James and Ben; Sister, Cynthia; Daughter, Yvonne; Son, John; Stepson, Jay; and 11 Grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life scheduled at a later date.


Diana  Margaret Aiello-Sandau

8/4/1946 - 2/6/2024

Diana Aiello-Sandau, beloved wife, mother, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 6th at the age of 77. Born on August 4, 1946 Berkeley, California. Diana's life was a testament to love, kindness, and perseverance.

Diana was a devoted wife to Bob Sandau. Diana was also a proud mother and grandmother to Trisha and Alisha - and great grandchildren Keaton and Peyton whom she adored and cherished deeply. She was also a step mother/ step grandmother/ step greatgrandmother.

As a registered nurse, Diana dedicated her life to caring for others with compassion and grace. Her commitment to healing touched countless lives and her legacy of kindness will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Diana's memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

A funeral service to honor Diana's life will be held on March 8th at 12:00 pm at the McCloud Cemetery. Diana will be deeply missed by her family, friends, colleagues, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in eternal peace.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ASPCA. 


William Neil Enos

3/18/1941 - 2/1/2024

William Neil Enos, 82, of Mount Shasta, passed away on February 1st, 2024. After graduating from McClatchy High School in Sacramento in 1959, he attended California State University Sacramento, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree and teaching credentials and later obtained his Master’s Degree in Education and an Administrative Credential. In 1989 he graduated with his Education Doctoral Degree from the University of San Francisco and continued to pursue a lifelong career in education in Folsom Cordova Unified School District and Siskiyou County. Following retirement as Superintendent of the Siskiyou Union High School District, he held a position on the Siskiyou County School Board and served as President for many years.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lil, of sixty-one years, his sister, Gail (John) Eldridge, his two daughters, Kim (Chip)Trumbull and Kelly Hall, and his three grandchildren Jamie, Baylee and Blake


Mark Allan Acquistapace


Mark Allan Acquistapace Weed- On January 13, 2024, Mark Allan Acquistapace passed away. Mark was born September 30, 1968 in Mount Shasta to Gene and Julie Acquistapace. Mark was a skilled Heavy Equipment Operator. Fearless when at the controls. He started in this business with his dad, Gene, and then branched out on his own. Mark was truly passionate about his work. Mark had a kind spirit and a very generous heart. He loved playing cribbage, fishing, and bird hunting. One of Mark's most favorite activities was playing golf at the Weed Golf Club with his friends. Mark is preceded in death by his father Gene Acquistapace. He is survived by his mother, Julie Acquistapace; Partner, Monica; his brother, Monte ( Laural) Acquistapace; sister, Kimberly (Jason) Yaeger; Neice, Karrina Bella Yaeger; nephew, Kodiak Yaeger; Uncle David Burwell; Auntie, Sharon Justin, and many cousins.

The family is planning a private cemetery service in February.

There will be a "Celebration of Life" at a future date with the place and time announced. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to your favorite Charity in Mark's name.


Leen John Korver


Big Springs resident, Leen Korver, passed away peacefully on Monday morning January 8, 2024 at Mercy Medical Hospital in Mount Shasta at age 80.

Leen was born in the Netherlands to Arie and Marie Korver in April of 1943. It was during WWII and not easy for him or his parents as the Netherlands were under German occupation. Food, medicine, and most supplies were scarce. When he was 11 years old his parents, brother, and two sisters immigrated to America on a large cruise ship. He grew up mainly in Southern California. As an adult he married, had two children, and eventually relocated to Siskiyou County in 1985.

After retiring, he indulged in making an assortment of beautiful bird houses, gardening, firewood cutting, camping, and kayaking on Castle Lake and just enjoying nature in the surrounding mountains. He was happiest outdoors and spent many years hiking and exploring. He was known as a sweet and gentle person, hardworking, always helpful, and grateful for his friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his older sister Ellen, and older brother Dirk. He leaves behind his younger sister Tineke of McCloud. Leen’s legacy continues through his two adult children, Heidi and Adam and his two grandsons, Joseph and Matthew. He is survived by Marcia, his wife of 2 years.

A private memorial service honoring his memory will be held with close family and friends at a later date. Any donations on his behalf are asked to be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


John "Jack" Crocker


John “Jack” Crocker passed away December 29, 2024 at the veterans’ hospital in San Francisco. Jack was born on September 22, 1944 to Ted and Eloise Crocker. After graduating from Dunsmuir High School, Jack became an accomplished carpenter. Jack loved to hunt and fish in his free time. He is predeceased by his brother, Ted. Jack is survived by his daughter, Mellissa Dibble; sister, Sue Alameda; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Ronald Adrian Manfredi


It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Ronald Adrian Manfredi on December 19, 2023. Ronald was born in McCloud, California, November 1, 1937, to Aldo and Mary Manfredi. He attended Grammar School and High School in Dunsmuir, California and graduated High School in 1955. He attended Shasta College in Redding, California which is also where he began a career in the grocery business at Farmer's Market. He later moved home to Dunsmuir where he continued as the business owner of Manfred's Depot, a family business that began in 1924 with his Grandparents, Peter and Frances Rossetti, along Highway 99 in Southern Siskiyou County.

In 2008, Ron was the recipient of the Alexander Dunsmuir Award for over 40 years of service to the community of Dunsmuir and to St. John's Catholic Church. He was honored for his 19 years of service on the Siskiyou County Fire District Board, 19 years teaching catechism and 20 years of membership in the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce. Ron also served 10 years on the Dunsmuir/Mount Shasta Scholarship Program sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. He was a dedicated member of the Dunsmuir Elementary School Board for 19 years. As owner of Manfredi's Depot, Ron has hosted numerous school and community fundraisers and has supported many local events and projects throughout the years.

Ron was a loving, kind and generous person who loved to fish, hunt and spend time with his family. He is survived by Dorothy Manfredi (Hale), his loving wife of 66 years; Daughters, Sharon and Shirley; Sons, Michael and Mark; Son in Law, Louis Below; Grandchildren, Matthew, Elizabeth, Michael J., Aaron and Brandon Below.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on January 13, 2023 at St. John's Catholic Church, 5605 Shasta Ave., Dunsmuir, California. Following Mass, Internment will be at Mount Shasta Memorial Park. After Internment, there will be a Potluck Reception held at St. John's Parish Hall, 5603 Shasta Ave., Dunsmuir, California.

Ron's kind heart and selflessness will forever be missed but never forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to American Cancer Society.


Michael David Landon


It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Michael David Landon, (Mike) a cherished son, father, Brother and friend. Born on July 7, 1944, to Mildred and Francis Landon in Fall River Mills, CA, Mike was the 3rd of 4 children. He was a younger brother to Tom and Patricia and an older brother to Dan.

Mike's legacy is not only in the professional achievements and personal milestones he reached but also in the connections he forged with those closest to him. Mike's Passion for animals drove him to pursue an education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. During this time he joined the Southern Pacific Railroad; Moved his family from Happy Valley to Mt. Shasta and built a career that would span 37 years. Mike also served alongside his beloved wife Charlotte for over 30 years in the Strawberry Valley 4-H club. Mike was the Sheep leader and Charlotte served as the Community, and sewing leader. They were both also very active in their Church and loved serving the Lord and the families in the community.

Mike was preceded in death by his Loving wife, Charlotte, and his daughters Laura and Michelle. Mike is survived by Son: Dusty (Misty) Landon of Redding, Ca; Daughter: Patty (Jeremy) NeVille of Queen Creek, AZ; Daughter: Kathleen (Chris) Erickson of Hillsboro, OR; Son: Michael (Holly) Landon of Weed, CA; and Daughter: Brittany (Dallan) Handy of Pleasant Grove, UT. Mike and Charlotte also leave behind 15 Grandchildren and 6 Great- Grand Children.


Robert (Bob) John Dickson


Bob was called home to the Lord on December 4, 2023. He was supported by family and friends throughout his life and most importantly his recent illness.

After a successful battle with cancer in 2021, then cancer struck again and he succumbed to the disease. He is now at peace and no longer suffering. Although very ill, he kept his sense of humor and humility to the end.

Born in the Weed Hospital on February 17, 1954, his love for Northern California kept him there for his entire life. He worked for the Southern Pacific/Union Pacific Railroad as a locomotive engineer for more than 40 years retiring in 2013. When not at work, he was a great help to family and friends with construction and home repairs.

He and his love Dodi married in 1992. Bob was instrumental in building their lovely and loving home which they moved into in 1995.

Bob is preceded in death by his beloved dog Fang. The neighborhood dog adopted Bob in 1996 and happily thrived at Bob’s side for nearly 15 years.

Bob was greeted in Heaven by his parents, Bob and Gladys Dickson and grandchildren Jacklyn Dickson and James Allen Dickson Jr.

Bob is survived by his wife Dodi Bird Dickson of Lake Shastina, sons John Dickson of Temecula and James Dickson of Weed, his “bonus children” Robin and Mark White of Blaine, WA and Russell Cleland of Yreka. Grandchildren Katelyn Dickson of Temecula, Aaron Dickson of Weed, and Ellie Cleland of Yreka. His granddaughter Pastor Cassie Cotter and husband Pastor Ty Cotter of Mountain Home, AR led Bob on his spiritual journey and was a great comfort to him. He also had a number of great grandchildren who he loved and they loved him.

His siblings Pam Willets of Rocklin, CA, Lynne Baker of Truckee and Lonnie Dickson of Fort Bragg will miss their fun and rambunctious brother.

Bob was a man of few words, but his actions were of a person we can all hope to aspire: someone who you can count on.

A Celebration of Life is being planned for the near future.

In lieu of flowers, if you would like, please consider a donation to : The American Cancer Society or an animal rescue of your choice.


Jacqueline Pace


Deanne Pace, age 64, of Mount Shasta, California passed away on December 3, 2023.

She is survived by her loving husband, Tom Duncan; father, Franklin Moulder; sisters, Denise Rogers (Steve) and Darlene Whitaker (Eddie); niece, Ellianna Rogers; and her five rescue dogs. She was preceded in death by her mother, Anne Moulder, and sister, Roxanne Moulder.

Deanne was born on December 30, 1958, in Decatur, Georgia. She and her husband enjoyed many adventurous travels, leading to their most recent destination in Mount Shasta. She was an extraordinarily talented artist and creator and a defender of all animals and nature.

Deanne was known for her creative jewelry and print designs. She authored and illustrated a children’s booklet that has delighted many with its fun, original drawings. She was a lifelong learner, always seeking ways to bring joy through her art.

Deanne was loved dearly by her husband to whom she gave more joy and happiness than could ever be stated. She was a beloved wife, daughter, sister, and aunt. As the oldest sister, she embraced the role of protector and caretaker. She taught her little sisters to read, and she had an expansive vocabulary that often sent them searching the dictionary.

Deanne was a kind and caring person and soul. She had a passion for rescuing animals and was tireless in her efforts to help them find loving homes. She provided a home for numerous dogs over the years, ensuring they received the best care possible. In addition to her volunteer efforts with animal rescue organizations, she generously gave her time and energy to help others in need.

A celebration of Deanne’s life was held in private with her family in the forest surrounding Mount Shasta on December 8, 2023. Donations in her memory may be given to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.


Bonnie Lou Johnson


On the 29th day of November 2023 during the beginning of her 75th year of life, Bonnie Lou passed away peacefully at her home in Dunsmuir California with her beloved husband Tom by her side.

Bonnie had a talent for the creative arts and was a gifted visual artist, seamstress, photographer and avid rock hound. Her yard was full of pathways, stairways and retaining walls crafted from the rocks she collected over the years. She loved all of nature’s beauty and spent much of her time immersed in the many wonders of the outdoors from the mountains to the sea.

Her greatest gift was her ability to love. Being in Bonnie’s presence was to know love. She had a special affection for children and dogs. All kids who came in contact with her were drawn to her playful nature .

Bonnie found her true calling in the healing arts where she had a massage therapy practice for over 30 years. She was not only a skilled hands on practitioner, but also provided a sounding board where clients were able to find a compassionate listener.

She is survived by her husband,Tom; her sisters, Jan and Penny; and brother, Chas. In addition, there are brothers and sisters in law, cousins, nephews, and nieces. She will be missed by all who knew her.


Dwayne Butler


Dwayne Butler was born May 24, 1965 in Koontz, Texas to Harold Butler Sr. and Mary Vincent. Dwayne was the youngest of seven children. He moved to Weed at a young age with his family and attended Weed Elementary, Weed High School and College of the Siskiyous where he played football.

In life, Dwayne a.k.a. “Peanut”, enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, watching his favorite football team the Texans and enjoying a good laugh. He will be missed.

Dwayne was preceded in death by his father Harold, his mother Mary and his adopted parents Ray and Carrie Brown. Also preceding him were his brothers; Graylin, Alfred, Harold, Wilford; a sister Joyce Anne and his stepson Cameron.

Dwayne leaves behind to cherish his memories; his wife, Tracy Butler; a brother Willie Holman; stepchildren, Stephanie, Marcus, Tyresha, Antwon and Angel. He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren: his Aunt Maybel and Uncle Paul, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

As we all know “Peanut” never met a stranger.

A Funeral Service for Dwayne will be held at Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel, Saturday December 2, at 1:00 p.m. Location: 830 Lassen Lane, Mt. Shasta California.


Keith Alexander McCammon


Keith McCammon passed away on November 11, 2023 at the age of 87 surrounded by his wife, Georgia, and son, Edward at his home in Fort Jones. Keith was born in Albany, California on April 20, 1936 to Alexander McCammon and Dorothy Ogden. After graduating high school, Keith joined the US Army in France as a Private First Class from 1954 to 1597.

He was first married in 1957 in France to Francoise Gervias . They had two beautiful girls, Cherie Claire in ’57 and Kim Extoile in ’58. In 1962 he married his second wife, Shirley Silveira. A few years later they adopted a son, Keith Joseph, in 1967. Keith then married his third wife, Georgia Lee McCammon, in 1971 and had a son, Edward Alexander McCammon in 1973.

Keith was a very special person and a very hardworking man. He worked for Safeway for 28 years starting as a warehouse worker and then onto driving trucks. Originally settling down in Dobbins, California, Keith and his family started their ranch in 1975. They all stayed very busy with cattle, horses, sheep, and about every other animal they could find. They truly loved their ranch they made for themselves. After two wildfires, Keith and his family packed up everything they had and moved to God’s country in Fort Jones, California in 1998.

Keith is preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Dorothy; daughter, Sherry Schweyer of Fort Jones; and sons, Pat Schweyer of Corvallis, Montana and Marty Turner of Fort Jones. He is survived by his wife, Georgia McCammon; children, Cherie McCammon of Benicia, CA; Kim McCammon of Miami, Florida; Keith McCammon of JAcksonville, Florida; Dean Schweyer of Great Falls, Montana; and Edward McCammon of Winlock, Washington; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; cousins; nieces; and nephews.

Keith is loved by many and will be remembered very fondly in all of our hearts.


Mary Riley


Longtime Weed resident Mary Riley went home to Jesus on 11/10/2023. She passed peacefully in her sleep at Quartz Hill Post acute in Redding, California. Services will be held on 11/25/2023, at the Mount Shasta Memorial Park located at 830 Lassen Lane Mount Shasta, California 96067. The services will begin promptly at 1:00 PM. The internment will be at the Lincoln Heights Cemetery in Weed, California


Dale Wayne Faulkner


Dale was a proud hard working man that loved and took care of his family. He worked for the last 18 yrs as the Maintenance Supervisor for the Dunsmuir Recreation Park District...

Dale lost his fight with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer after it moved to his bones and lymphnodes.

Dale leaves behind his wife of 15 years Patricia Ballard-Faulkner; a son Shaun Chervanik and daughter in-law Nikki Snow, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren all of Tennessee, : a daughter Theresa Crawford, son in-law Brent Crawford of Sacramento; a son James Ballard along with mother in-law Mary Worley and sister in-law Sandra Ballard of McCloud, Ca. Sister Lynn Atwood Freestone of Sacramento, Uncle William and Aunt Sandy Faulkner of Dorris, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceeded in death by his mother Lavina (Sherry) Mae Atwood and his grandparents Wade and Oleta Faulkner.

He will be missed by all who knew him.


Wendell LeRoy Brown


Wendell LeRoy (PeeWee) Brown passed away on November 4, 2023. PeeWee was born on July 17, 1943 to Luther (Dick) Brown and Sylvia Lorraine Brown in Richmond, California.

PeeWee worked in the road construction industry and was an owner/operator of his water truck business. He enjoyed riding his four wheeler, collecting cans, fishing, hunting and camping. He loved his various animals and spoiled them rotten. He could often be heard whistling while he worked in his shop or reloading ammunition.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl of 57 years, son Steven Lee (wife Colleen), daughter Michele Lea Chandler (husband John), 4 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and numerous cousins and nieces. He is predeceased by his parents, 4 brothers and grandson Michael Chandler.

A celebration of life will be held on December 9, 2023 from 12 PM to 4 PM at the Gazelle Grange Hall in Gazelle, California.


William "Bill" Kinkade


Bill was a resident of Weed since 1966, while teaching Chemistry at College of the Siskiyous until he retired in 1988.

He was born in Forsythe, Montana on his parents 320-acre ranch and attended a one-room schoolhouse with his four siblings, that have preceded him in death.

In 1950, he was given a 'full ride' scholarship to Stanford University, where his roommate was Jon Lindbergh. There he received his Bachelors in Biology and later, went on to the University of Oregon for his Masters.

Bill married Anne in 1954 and together they raised three sons, Dan, Paul (deceased) and Scott. While teaching high school sciences in Sonora, he was given the opportunity to teach ALL the sciences at Lahore American School in Pakistan. So, from 1962 to 1964, the entire family lived in Pakistan and traveled Europe, camping on fjords in their VW bus, making their way back to the United States and ultimately discovering the Mt. Shasta area. Bill felt this area reminded him of Montana and he wanted to raise his kids to ski, fish, hike, camp and gold mine. From skiing the trails on Mt. Shasta and then the 'Old' ski bowl to weeks long backpack trips in the Marble Mountains. After many gold seeking excursions in Northern California, he finally claimed 100 acres on the Trinity River. There he would spend every weekend and all his savings, searching for the riches.

Bill's unbound knowledge and energy around the 'oasis' he created at the Kinkade Grasshopper Farm, will surely be missed by his sons, five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and too many nieces and nephews to count.

A remembrance will be held in the spring, at their farm, in honor of Bill.


Kevin Michael Snider


Kevin Snider passed away on Sunday, October 29th, at home surrounded by loved ones. He touched the lives of many, leaving behind a legacy of love, compassion, and dedication. In the last weeks of his life Kevin benefited from the love and care of many family and friends. His family would especially like to thank Terri Hendee and Jackie Reynoza for their tireless work to help care for Kevin.

Kevin was born on May 14, 1955, in Los Angeles to proud parents, Bob and Vi Snider, and he was the fifth of ten children. As a child, Kevin's family relocated to Redding, California. At Enterprise High School he met the love of his life, Brenda Kirkland, and formed friendships that would last a lifetime.

In college Kevin pursued his lifelong passion and love: physical therapy. He studied at Shasta College in Redding and then at the University of California, Long Beach, and later at the University of California, San Francisco. With unwavering determination and dedication, he completed his education, paving the way for a remarkable career. Physical therapy was more than just a profession to Kevin; it was a calling. He possessed a unique ability to connect with his patients, offering not only physical healing but uplifting support and a smile.

Kevin was deeply involved in his community, children's school, and his church, and he formed lasting friendships with those who shared his passion for giving back. He took pride in contributing to the betterment of the world around him and could often be found helping his friends in need, whether that was a construction project, splitting wood, or physical therapy treatments.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoyed traveling, golfing, fly fishing, and kayaking, finding solace and joy in the beauty of the natural world. His eternal curiosity about the world around him and all who inhabit it was inspiring. He had a gift for making the ordinary extraordinary, and his energy knew no bounds.

Kevin Snider's legacy lives on through the love and memories he leaves behind. Kevin and Brenda were blessed with biological children, adopted children, and those who joined them later in their lives who they came to love as their own. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Viola; his sister, Janet; and his daughter Anna. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; their children, Kathryn (Michael), Joseph (Salleigh), Todd (Ly), Jackie (Alvaro), and grandchildren Mai Ly, Isla, Charles, and Theresa.

A funeral mass will be held on November 11th, at 11am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in McCloud. A reception will follow at the Axe and Rose, 424 Main St, McCloud. In lieu of flowers, Kevin’s family encourages you to donate to a charity that is meaningful to you."


Jack Albert Tucker


Jack died on 10/25/2023, after more than 100 years of a beautiful life. Jack was born on 9/17/1923 in Neodesha, Kansas, to Pearl and Raymond Helton. The Great Depression forced the family’s move to Bakersfield, California in 1935—Jack and his only sibling, Jeanne, made the trip in the rumble seat of a 1932 Chevy Coupe.

Jack served in the US Navy from 1944 to 1946, stationed in San Diego, and earned the rank of PhM3/C (Pharmacist 3rd Class Mate). After he was discharged, the family moved to Yreka, California.

Jack graduated from UC Berkeley in June, 1947 and was accepted to the UC Davis Veterinary school’s second class, graduating with his degree in Veterinary Medicine in June, 1953.

Jack moved to Mount Shasta in June 1957 to start his own practice. He built the Mount Shasta Animal Hospital, which opened on September 17, 1961 (Jack’s 38th birthday) and still stands to this day on N. Mount Shasta Boulevard.

Jack is survived by his children John, James, and Jef (wife Mary); grandchildren Elly (husband Jon), Lily, and Joseph; and great-grandchildren Owen and June. Also surviving is his partner Bonny McKellar.

He is predeceased by his first wife Loretta Tucker, second wife June Tucker and partner MaryLou Scott.

Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, 11/11/2023, 12:00 p.m. at Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel, 830 Lassen Lane in Mount Shasta, California.


Ronald Walter Kelly Sr


Story of A Veteran-1949-2023

Ronald Walter Kelly Sr. was the second of nine children born to John Walter Kelly and Rose Belle Caldwell Kelly on March 8, 1949 in San Francisco, California. As a young child Ronald's parents moved to Los Banos, California and from there to East Palo Alto, California. There he attended grade school and graduated from Ravenswood High School in 1966. Ronald worked at the San Francisco Naval Shipyard and joined the Navy.

Ronald met his wife, Edwina, commuting in 1967.That year Ronald was stationed on the U.S.S. Colleton in Vietnam. On returning to the United States, Ronald moved his family of three to Bremerton, Washington, then returning his family to East Palo Alto. Ronald returned to the San Francisco Shipyard, where his interest in electronics took him to college. He was very successful in helping the colleges in the United States prepare for the Y2K program, which took him traveling to many states. His family grew to five then they moved to Vallejo, California there he worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. His household was two again when they moved to Oakland, California next to Alameda Shipyard. Then he went to Mount Shasta, California to retire.

Ronald acquired many, many friends in this small town. He like to visit the Wayside, Papa’s Donuts, the Black Bear Diner, and Penny's Diner in Dunsmuir, California. You would know this Veteran by the smile on his face. Ronald passed away peacefully at home on October 19, 2023 at the age of 74. Tragically Ronald Jr. preceded Ronald Sr. in 2017. Ronald will be remembered by his loving wife of 56 incredible years, Edwina Kelly; their children, Rose Q.Taylor (Bill), and Anai Deleal (Lauren). In addition to his wife Edwina and two of their children, Ronald is survived by four siblings, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, extended family members, and dear friends. His memory will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing this Veteran.


Phillip Alton Leas


Phillip sadly passed from this earth on October 10, 2023 at his home with his loving wife Betty, at his side, just 4 days shy of their 62nd wedding anniversary. Phillip was born September 6, 1940 in the old Maternity Hospital in Redding, California to Phillip Alton, Sr. and Lois A. (Friebel) Leas. The family moved to French Gulch when Phil was a toddler, where his father and Uncle Ed worked in the French Gulch gold mines. A great bit of Phil’s childhood was spent at Iron Mountain, AKA Mountain Copper, where his dad and Uncle Ed worked for many years. Phil attended school there, along with his brother Grover, and cousins Viola and Maria Krinner until approximately 1956 when the family moved to Redding, with uncle Ed, just a few blocks away from Lois’s childhood home near the Sacramento River. The memories of days spent at Iron Mountain as a boy were a great comfort to Phil, as he spent hours talking about and sketching the area, houses and mine itself in his later years.

Phillip attended Pine Street School, Sequoia, and his freshman year of high school at the newly built Enterprise High School, and as a sophomore, transferred to Shasta High School, where he excelled at Art, Machine Shop, and was an Instructor in the Cadets. After graduation in 1958, Phil purchased his dream car, a 1957 Studebaker Silver Hawk. He and a group of close friends, Cecil Stinson, Kenny Williams, Earl Wegley, Richard Marx, and several others started a Studebaker Club which graced the streets of Redding for quite a few years. He married his sweetheart Betty Crampton in 1961 with his good friend, Edward Mort as his Best Man. Phil started his work career as a mechanic in Hank Mason’s Mobile Service Station on Market Street, Redding where one night he got to meet celebrity Fess Parker (AKA: Daniel Boone). He also worked with the US Forest Service, Lou Gerard Ford and McColl’s Dairy in Redding.

In 1973, Phil began working at the lumber mill and the US Forest Service in McCloud, eventually purchasing a house in Mt. Shasta and moving his wife and kids to the mountains! Phil started a long career as an equipment operator with Caltrans keeping the roadways safe and navigable, and retiring from there in December 2003. After retirement, Phil did a lot of gold panning and traveled a bit, taking trips with Shasta Miners Club to group claims and College of the Siskiyous’ Geology group to Death Valley, Bryce and Grand Canyons. Phil is the last one of the founding members of the Mt. Shasta Longrifles black powder shooting club, and enjoyed hosting the club’s annual event – Trout Creek Rendezvous in McCloud for more than 30 years. Phil was very proud of his Wintu Indian heritage from his maternal great grandmother Narcissus Elmore, and maintained enrollment with the tribe until his passing.

Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip Sr. and Lois, his younger brother, Grover, and his son, Brent. He sadly leaves behind his cherished wife- Betty, sister– Trudy Wheeler, daughter- Christine (Dion) Meadows. Grandchildren – David (Chelsey) Meadows, Ashley (Chris) Palmini-Leas, Cameron (Lexi) Meadows, and four great-grandchildren – Colton, Brinley, Lane, and Gracie Rae, who will all miss him greatly, including his devoted dog, Koda bear. As well as a lot of Cousins, Aunts and Uncles on the Friebel side. The family wants to thank Mt. Shasta Hospice for their loving care of Phil, and also wants to let family and friends know a Celebration of Life for Phil is being planned for the Spring of 2024.


Maria Josephine Oto


Maria passed away peacefully on September 30, 2023. Born in Weed in 1930 to John and Maria Oto from the Campobasso Province of Italy, Maria attended Weed Elementary School, Saint Mary’s High School in Red Bluff, California, and business school in Grass Valley, California. Maria worked for many years at the Edgewood Creamery and then for International Paper Company in Weed. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church all of her life. Her Faith was very strong and she had an unwavering trust in God. She believed even in the face of hardship and disappointment that the world would still become a better place.

Maria was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking Italian foods such as ravioli, gnocchi, minestrone soup, and Turkey and Ziti casserole. She enjoyed sharing food with family and friends, particularly the clergy. She even cooked for the Bishop once. Maria was preceded in death by her loving parents, John and Maria Oto; and her beloved brother, Silvio. Maria is survived by family in Canada and Italy.

The family would like to thank Copper Ridge Care Center for the excellent care they gave Maria. And a special thanks to Jim, Tom, and Mikie for their love and dedication to Maria, she was blessed to have them in her life. A funeral Mass to celebrate Maria will be held October 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Weed and the rosary will be said before the Mass.

Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Church, 1051 North Davis Avenue, Weed, California, 96094.


Lance Paul Wood

10/21/1946 - 9/19/2023

Lance Paul Wood passed away on September 19, 2023, at his home in Mount Shasta. A resident of Mount Shasta since 1996, Lance was born in Vallejo on October 21, 1946, to Frances and Robert Wood. The family moved to Dunsmuir when Lance was a teenager and he graduated from Dunsmuir High School in 1964.

Lance joined the California Highway Patrol on March 24, 1969. He spent many years in Baldwin Park, San Diego, El Cajon, and Ontario and was promoted to sergeant in 1979 and lieutenant in 1982. In preparation for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, he worked on the Planning Review Committee in preparation of this significant event. Lance promoted to captain shortly after and worked on the North American Free Trade Agreement and Port of Entry projects. In 1987, he was selected as the commander of the Yuba-Sutter Area where he was assigned for nine years. During this time, he was selected as a member of the Department's Awards Board, serving on the Board until his retirement. In 1996, Lance was selected as the commander of the Yreka Area, returning to the vicinity of his hometown, Dunsmuir, to conclude his long and successful career. He retired in 2001 at the age of 55.

Lance was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William "Bill" Wood. He is survived by his wife Diana, daughter Heather Driml (Ron), son Matthew Wood (Camille), daughter Alisa Johnson (Erin Kirch), and grandchildren, Tony, Lauren, Travis, Jacob, Audrey, Eleanor, Hank, and Chuck.

The family is having a private celebration of life and burial will take place at Mount Shasta Memorial Park.


Yvonne Theresa McAvoy

9/19/1939 - 9/10/2023

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mom, Noni, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend, Yvonne Theresa McAvoy, 83, of Mount Shasta, California. Yvonne was born September 19, 1939 in McCloud, CA to Louie and Mary Pellegrino and passed away on September 10, 2023 in Mount Shasta surrounded by family. She enjoyed playing BINGO, card games (especially Skip-Bo) and baking homemade bread. Yvonne will be dearly missed and always remembered.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her parents; son, Robbie McAvoy; and former husband, Bob McAvoy. She is survived by her daughter, Robbin (Jack) Beams; her son, John (Petthee) McAvoy; and her daughter, Toni (Mark) Acord; brother, Frank (Audrey) Pellegrino; sister, Lucille (Joe) Bonneville; sister, BJ (late Dwight) Jones; 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in McCloud, CA on September 16, 2023; Rosary is at 12:45 pm, Service at 1 pm and reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following:

Mount Shasta Volunteer Firemen’s Association - 305 N. Mount Shasta Blvd.Mt. Shasta, CA 96067


Dignity Health Home and Hospice - 1544 Market St. Redding, CA 96001


Harold Roosevelt Meadows

11/6/1940 - 9/7/2023

Harold was born in 1940 to John Wesley and Ivy Mae Meadows in Seiad Valley, California, the second of two boys. The family moved to Weed, California in the mid 1940’s where Harold attended school, graduating from Weed High in 1958. Harold started his career working many jobs in and out of town – ending up at International Paper Company in Weed.

In 1962 Harold married the love of his life, Patricia Marie Ortiz, on October 12, 1962 beginning their life of 61 years together.

Harold moved on from the mill to stepping in to a log truck and started a driving way of life that fit him well with a short 4 year stint working for the Hammond brothers. After that, Harold returned to International Paper for a short time until they closed their doors, then back to driving and hauling logs for Gene Erickson Trucking, but Harold wanted his own truck again. So in 1983 he bought another log truck. Long summers were spent in the woods hauling logs, and winters were spent at Cal-Trans plowing snow away for the roadways. In 2000, Harold signed on full-time with Cal-Trans, until retiring in 2006.

Retirement life was full of Oregon elk-hunting trips, and salmon fishing summers on the Klamath River. Harold and Pat also enjoyed black powder rendezvous, and camping with his family and friends. Harold was always up for helping his kids Dion, Shari, and Shelly with a project –which he complained about, but would not have missed for anything. Harold also had a love for cars, and recently finished a 45 year project – building a 1928 Model-A Roadster. For years you could catch a fleeting glimpse of Harold and Pat as they cruised around the county.

Harold was preceded in death by his older brother, David James; his father, John; and mother, Ivy. Harold leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Patricia, and his faithful companion, Bushrod. Also, his three children – Dion (Christine) Meadows, Shari (Ben Serna) Oberg, Shelly Meadows; five grandchildren – David (Chelsey) Meadows, Ashley (Christy) Palmini-Leas, Cameron (Lexi) Meadows, Tyler Meadows, and Shelby (Nolan) Price, and four great grandchildren.

The family cordially extends an invitation to a Celebration of Harold’s Life on September 30, 2023 from 12 to 4:00 pm at the Gazelle Grange Hall, 25328 Gazelle Callahan Road, Gazelle, CA 96034


Dennis Andrew Duchi

- 9/5/2023

On September 5th, 2023, Dennis Andrew Duchi, son of Bill and Susan Duchi of Weed, California, passed away peacefully with his family by his side. He is survived by his mother and father, his brother Darren and sister-in-law Kristin, his children Andrew (Keisha) and Devin (Brant), his granddaughters Ida and Mabel, his nephews Billy and Carlton, his partner Alison, and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

As an active and respected member of the Stand Up and Play Foundation and Davids Chair Organization, Dennis took his love of golf and used it to inspire those who've faced the challenges he did to join him in the adaptive golf community. Along the way, he found healing within himself and his family. "Golf put my son's and my relationship back together," he said when speaking of returning to golf after suffering a life-changing injury. "I could tell after everything we'd gone through that he was proud of me again."

Those who knew Dennis best will remember his joyously infectious laugh and smile, his optimism in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, and the courage he shared with those who feared that physical disability would prevent them from enjoying golf or any other sport again. As a final victory over the accident that paralyzed him long ago, Dennis joined as one of twelve members chosen to represent the United States in the Phoenix Cup in Santa Barbara, California, where he and his teammates left triumphant.

He will be remembered as a loving son, dedicated father, doting grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, partner, adoring caregiver to his dog Ace, and a dearly missed friend.

A service honoring his life will be held at Lake Shastina Golf Resort on October 15, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. 5925 Country Club Drive, Weed, CA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to David's Chair or the Stand Up and Play Foundation.


Myrna Louise Green

1/21/1938 - 8/13/2023

The world became brighter on January 21, 1938 the day Myrna Louise Haddock Green was born. She lived a long, happy and memorable life, making friends everywhere she went.

She left this world the way all of us hope to, in her sleep, on our little alpaca ranch in Weed California, on the date of August 13, 2023.

She left behind her sister, Terry Kiser; a lifelong friend; Anabel Andres; 2 daughters; Cindy Orton and Laurie Bender; numerous Grandchildren and Great grandchildren.

She will be reunited with her children, Robi Peterman and Tony Wilhite and the Love of Her Life, her husband David Green.

To honor Myrna's memory there will be a Celebration of Life on September 30th at 1 P.M. @ Alpaca on the Rocks - 5004 Solus Drive - Weed, California 96094 *potluck style

All that knew her are welcome to attend & celebrate Myrna. We ask attendees to wear bright colors.

Thank you. Info call granddaughter Meshell @ 530-786-1081


Cole Daniel Wizner

November 2, 1985  -  August 16, 2023

It is with great sadness that the family of Cole Daniel Wizner announced his passing on August 15, 2023. He was born on November 2, 1985 in Yreka. He was a Siskiyou County native and graduated from Weed High School. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting and riding his dirt bike.

Cole is survived by his mother, Deb (Tod) Wilson; brothers BeJay (Shawna) Wizner and Travis (Sarah) Wizner; step-sister Kayla Miranda; grandmother Alice Smith; step-grandmother Janis Wilson; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Daniel Wizner; grandfather Joe Smith; step-grandfather J.L. Wilson, and step-uncle Terry Wilson.

We take comfort in knowing Cole loved the Lord Jesus and we will see him one day again. His Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Grenada Berean Church, 512 6th Street, Grenada, CA 96038. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Grenada Berean Church or Winema Cemetery, c/o Paula Rossetto, 491 College Avenue, Weed, CA 96094.


Lynda Sue Barbieri

November 6, 1938  -  August 10, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Lynda Sue Barbieri, age 84, of Weed, California. Lynda passed away peacefully in Medford, Oregon. With an ache in our hearts, we say goodbye to our cherished wife, noni, and friend. Known for her love of The Church, her Deli, and hand made blankets and wash towels, Lynda made every day so much brighter, and the pants a little tighter for those around her.

Lynda was born to Allen and Virgie Hill in Dierks, Arkansas on November 6, 1938. The youngest of four sisters, she brought a radiant light into the world. She is preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Virgie Hill, sisters Louise, Virginia and Wanda, as well as her son, David Toms. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Larry Barbieri; son Gene Toms; her grandchildren, Colby, Lorinda, Lance and Leiah, as well as numerous great grandchildren and many, many friends. Together, we have fondly recalled how Lynda effortlessly put together each holiday dinner. She did so flawlessly. Her doors and cupboards were always open to the friends who would stop by or come to town at a moment’s notice. She thrived in having an open and welcoming home as she raised her sons. Many memories were made and will forever be remembered.

During her life in Weed, Lynda fostered an unwavering sense of community. Whether it was as the owner of The L&L Deli, crocheted half blankets for the residents of Shasta View Nursing Center, or sharing recipes from the Old Country with her family and friends. Her kindness, compassion and talents have touched countless lives.

Lynda’s passing on August 10, 2023 has left a void in our hearts. As we honor her memory, let us remember her grit, work ethic, strength, and the love she had for her family and friends. Let Lynda be a reminder to love fiercely, embrace life’s simple joys, and to appreciate the beauty in each passing day.

Services will be held at the Holy Family Catholic Church at 1051 N. David Avenue in Weed on Saturday, September 30, 2023 at 11:00 AM, with a gathering to follow.


Anna Han Kirkland Snider

6/22/1986 - 8/4/2023

Anna Han Kirkland Snider passed away on Friday, August 4th at home in McCloud, California after a long battle with liver disease. She is survived by her parents, Brenda and Kevin Snider; brothers, Joseph and Todd; sister Kathryn; nieces, Mai Ly, Isla, and Theresa; and nephew, Charles.

Anna was born June 22, 1986 in Busan, South Korea. She arrived to the Snider Family in November, 1986. Anna was an active child whose first love was horses. She loved all animals, participating in 4-H, and was an accomplished equestrian on the American Quarter Horse Association show circuit. She graduated from Mercy High School in Red Bluff and San Francisco State University Cum Laude with a degree in Creative Writing.

Anna had a passion for languages, writing, travel, and the culinary arts. She used her writing skills as a freelance writer and after attending culinary school, worked at a number of restaurants in the North State and San Francisco.

Anna will be missed by all that knew her. Her family thanks all who have given support during this difficult time. A funeral service will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in McCloud, California on August, 19th at 2pm. A reception will follow at the Squaw Valley Riding Club in McCloud. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Siskiyou Humane Society.


Frances Ann Brinkerhoff

4/16/1927 - 7/23/2023

Frances passed away at the age of 96. She is preceded in death by her parents Orville and Elsie Carolyn, husband Duncan, sister Helen, and brother William.

She is survived by her sister Janet, daughters Caroline and Nancy (John), sons Mark (Darlene), Paul (Jill), 5 grandsons, and 5 great grandchildren.

She was laid to rest alongside her husband Duncan at the Mt. Shasta Memorial Park.


Jean Edna O'Brien

10/11/1944 - 7/23/2023

Jean Edna Henchey O’Brien, 78, known by most as Jeannie, passed away in her sleep on July 21, 2023, in Weed, California. She was born to Wilbur and Peggy Henchey in Contra Costa County and grew up in Richmond, California.

Jeannie attended Harry Ells High School in Richmond, known fondly to many as “Hen,” and remained life-long friends with a large group from her graduating class. Her favorite memories growing up included spending every summer with her parents at their cabin in South Lake Tahoe and water skiing across the lake.

Jeannie lived her entire life in Northern California—including Richmond, Truckee, and Citrus Heights—before retiring in Weed. She said that living in the mountains was “living her dream.”

After being an at-home mom for many years, Jeannie worked in the health industry for all of her career, working at the Tahoe Forest Hospital, in doctors’ offices, and for medical billing companies, all before having a lengthy career as an independent health insurance representative. Jeannie said that working for Dr. Black in Truckee and for OUCH in Sacramento were the highlights of her career. She also co-owned the gift shop, The Merry-Go-Round, in Truckee for several years.

Jeannie had a zest for life and loved adventure. Some of her favorite hobbies included hiking in the mountains, camping with family and friends, and taking her WaveRunner out on the lake. She enjoyed making stained glass creations and often made gifts for loved ones. She loved riding her horse I-Spy, especially on early mornings in Euer Valley near Tahoe Donner. She enjoyed traveling, having visited Hawaii numerous times, and cited Italy as her favorite travel destination, visiting Florence, Venice, and Rome. One of Jeannie’s proudest accomplishments was her reign as President of Soroptimist International of Citrus Heights, a global volunteer organization that provides fundraising for women and girls. Her volunteer efforts earned her an award and formal recognition from the local mayor.

When asked once what she wanted to be remembered for, Jeannie said, “The love I have for my family.” Jeannie is survived by her five children: Dana Cheney of Northborough, MA; Rick (& Denise) Neptune of Austin, TX; Andrea (& Gary) Neptune-Charles of Orangevale, CA; Sean (& Sandy) O’Brien of Rohnert Park, CA; and Craig (& Heather) O’Brien of La Pine, OR. Her love legacy includes 12 grandchildren—Holli, Nolan, Aleka, Trevin, Atira, Kendrick, Mikaylie, Derrick, Vanya, Trent, Aynslee, and Bennett—as well as five great grandchildren, her best friend Cindy Harding, and her dog Chip. She is preceded in death by her son-in-law Michael Cheney, her sister Judy Kramm, and both her parents. Jeannie loved hummingbirds and asked that her loved ones “think of her” whenever they see one.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life in early fall.


Louie E. Aiello

3/28/1930 - 7/20/2023

In loving memory of Louie E. Aiello. Born March 28, 1930, in McCloud CA - passed on July 20, 2023, in his home in Sacramento CA. Louie was a loving son, father, brother, Nonno, Bisnonno, uncle and friend. He moved his family to Sacramento to work at Challenge Dairy as a delivery driver where he landed the coveted warehouse job where he worked until he retired. Louie joined the Army during the Korean War where he and his twin brother, Leo Aiello, served proudly as drivers for the base General and his staff. Louie is survived by his sons Darryl, Craig and Mark who suddenly passed six days after his father. He was kind, caring and loving. He will be remembered for his infectious smile. Louie loved sports, especially football. He and his twin brother, Leo Aiello, while visiting San Francisco with their parents were given tickets to the very first home game for the S.F. 49ers at Kesar stadium. This grew into a love of the team until his passing. Dad, you will be greatly missed.

Stand at ease CPL Louie Aiello, you are relieved I have the watch. A Memorial Service will be held on 9/23 at 10 AM at Mt Shasta Memorial Chapel.


Leonard Chester Park

11/1/1941 - 7/13/2023

Leonard Park was born to Harold and Iva Park in Bakersfield, California. Mr. Park then came to Siskiyou County in 1976. He then met his wife, Shirley, and they spent the next 47 years together. Mr. Park is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Veronica; and step-daughter, LeAnn. Leonard worked for the Forest Service for 35 years in their timber department. Leonard was an avid outdoorsman where he enjoyed hunting and fishing all of his life.

Leonard was also a veteran of the United States Army where he was a recipient of two Purple Hearts and the Silver Star. His last wish was for every veteran to receive the honor and respect they deserve. There will be no services at this time.


Jonathan Roberts

- 6/25/2023

Jonathan Roberts passed away peacefully on June 25 in Weed, CA, he was 31. Beloved son of Annie Peterson and Cecil Roberts, grandson of JW and Ida Broomfield. Jonathan was born in Mt. Shasta and attended Weed Elementary and Weed High School before graduating from Mt. Shasta High School. He enjoyed staying in touch with friends and family, listening to music and cheering on the Warriors and Seahawks. Jonathan had aspirations of becoming a food critic with his very own YouTube channel. He was kind and compassionate and will be missed dearly. Services will be held at 11am on July 15, 2023 at Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel.


Frank Dal Gallo

- 6/16/2023

Frank Dal Gallo died peacefully at his home in Mount Shasta on June 16, 2023 surrounded by his family. He was 92. Frank was born in Montague in1930 to Italian immigrants, and was one of four children. His family later moved to Weed, where he graduated from high school in 1949 and went to work for the Long Bell Lumber Company as a Lumber Checker / Tally Man. Frank was drafted by the United States Army in 1951 during the Korean Conflict, attended leadership training for 8 weeks, and served almost 2 years on the frontlines as an Infantryman and Assistant Platoon Sergeant (Rifle Company). He received a combat infantry badge, 7th Infantry Regiment 6 in April of 1953, and Korean Service Medal with two bronze stars, a United Nations Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. Frank served in the reserves until 1960, when he was honorably discharged. He met the love of his life Elvira Franchi at a dance at the Fawn Club, which was situated at the base of Black Butte. Frank and Elvira married shortly thereafter in October 1955 and had three daughters.

Frank purchased his first logging truck in 1963 and eventually owned and operated 15 logging and chip trucks for approximately 25 years with contracts throughout Northern California and Southern Oregon. In 1975, Frank was instrumental in starting the Logger's Association of Northern California, which partnered small trucking companies with the State Compensation Insurance Fund, saving truckers that were association members thousands of dollars on insurance over the years. Frank was one of the original directors and served as the President and in other official positions for 37 years. Other major accomplishments with the LANC during his service included the LANC Scholarship Program, which has awarded over $500,000 in scholarship funds for college students since inception, free CPR and first aid classes for members, and the LANC Certified Logger Program.

Frank also had a short stint in politics: He served on the Mount Shasta City Counsel from 1978-1980, when he resigned from service to move to his beloved ranch, which is located outside of the City limits. He was also serving on the Siskiyou County Public Works, Transportation Commission during this time.

When Frank learned about the demise of the Mount Shasta Fish Hatchery in 1979 due to state budget cuts, he spearheaded a drive to save the hatchery, which is one of the oldest trout hatcheries in the state. Frank worked tirelessly with local and state political leaders, including Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce members Orr Apperson, Joe Fornero, and Donna Brooks, and eventually gained a grant of $80,000 from the State of California to restore the building as a Museum. The Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum was dedicated on July 4, 1983, and the hatchery and museum are still in operation today.

Frank's dedication to service continued into the 80s and 90s as he served on the Fire Commission in the late 80s, and also was appointed to the Board of Reclamation for the State of California on March 16, 1994 by Governor Pete Wilson where he served for four years, two of which he was President of the Board.

Anyone who knew Frank knows that he had a tremendous amount of energy and was passionate about family, nature, and his ranch. He loved to hunt, fish, forage for mushrooms, make salami, soppressata, and sausage, and attend his children's' and grandchildren's music concerts and sporting events. Throughout his life he believed in discipline, hard work, community, and service. Frank is survived by his soulmate Elvira Dal Gallo, daughter Linda Dal Gallo and grandchildren Burt Schnabel and his wife Debbie and great grandchildren Madelyn and Mia; Scott Schnabel and his wife Sabrina; and Eric Schnabel; and his daughter Lisa Dal Gallo, his son-in-law George Sullivan, and grandchildren Michael and Maia Sullivan, as well as sister-in-law Verna Capovilla and her husband Dante, and sister-in-law Verna Franchi, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his daughter Diane Dal Gallo. A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m. on July 13, 2023 at St. Anthony's Church in Mt. Shasta. A celebration of Frank's life will be held at St. Anthony's Church on July 14, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. followed by Military Honors at Mount Shasta Cemetery.


John Michael Robak

4/16/1943 - 6/12/2023

John Michael Robak, age 80, of Weed, California, passed away unexpectedly on June 12, 2023. John grew up in Vallejo, California and attended Vallejo High School where he graduated in the class of 1961. He was an Eagle Scout and an Army Veteran in Vietnam. He was also very active in the Lions International for over 50 years and was an elected “District Governor”. John could always be found with his Great Danes by his side.

John loved his family and he’ll be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his siblings; Cecilia Sheffers (Sandy), Laurie Blackstone (David), Eileen Da Roza (Richard Levy), Richard Robak (Susan Mastman), and Veronica Shirk (Steve Warner); and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. John is preceded in death by his wife, Janice, and his parents; Mary and Richard Robak.

Share your stories of remembrance on Friday July 21, 2023 at the Best Western Plus Tree House, Mt. Shasta from 1-4 pm. Help his kindness, loyalty and compassion continue by making a donation to Lions International.


Victoria Leanna Gray

9/23/1959 - 5/29/2023

“In my daughter’s eyes, I am a hero. I am strong and wise, and I know no fear.” - Martina McBride

Native Siskiyou County Resident, Victoria Leanna Gray, born Victoria Leanna Toreson, entered into eternal rest at the young age of 63 on Monday, May 29, 2023 in Yreka, California. Victoria, better known to her close friends and loved ones as Vicki, was born in Mount Shasta, California to Rosie Marie Toreson (Valenzuela) and Arthur Eugene Toreson. As a commonly referred to “Naval Brat” Vicki and her two older brothers were raised on the move finding home to be various locations along the Pacific Northwest from as far South as San Diego and Port Hueneme to as far North as Adak Alaska. Despite their constant travel and ever changing childhood residency, Vicki found her heart to remain in Siskiyou County where she later made her permanent, lifelong residence.

Vicki returned to McCloud around 1975 with her mom and brothers where she completed her high school education. Vicki graduated McCloud High School in 1978. During her high school career, Vicki was very active in school sports including track and field, basketball, and volleyball. She had many friends with whom she shared her greatest high school memories: Friday night gatherings, rides around town, and good old harmless high school pranks to which still brought a smile, joyous laughter, and a naughty twinkle to her eye.

After graduating high school, Vicki found joy in working outdoors for the McCloud Forest Service District, for which she had various jobs including Fire Watch. In 1980, Vicki married Duane Eastlick, and in 1981 they welcomed the birth of their daughter Jessica Marie. Duane and Vicki later divorced and Vicki made her home in Weed, while taking on the role of single mother with grace and dignity, pouring all of her love, time, and energy into raising Jessica, while also working multiple jobs. In 1987, Vicki married Fred Gray and gradually transitioned to the role of homemaker. During this time she was very active in volunteering as “Room Mother” at Weed Elementary for Jessica’s class, chaperoning numerous field trips and baking goodies for all of the special holidays. Vicki was known for making the BEST Christmas cookies! As Jessica got older, Vicki and Fred together enjoyed supporting the local Athletics by volunteering for the Weed Recreation and Parks District as Tee-Ball coaches for the youth within the community.

In 2006, Vicki welcomed the birth of her first grandchild, and for her a new era, the “Nana Era” began. Nothing in the world brought her more joy than her grandchildren! She poured her heart and soul into the love she gave them whether through gifts, baked goods, or the warmest hugs and sweetest kisses.

Vicki is preceded in death by her father Arthur Eugene Toreson, and mother Rosie Marie Toreson (Valenzuela), both her maternal and paternal grandparents, grand-daughter Monique Harmse, and her beloved niece and nephew Noah Eugene Toreson and Hope Noel Toreson.

Vicki is survived by her husband, Fred Gray of Weed; her daughter, Jessica Harmse (Matt) of Lake Shastina; and grandchildren Aiden, Elijah, and Benjamin Harmse of Weed; and Marleen Crouse (Pierre) of South Africa; step-daughter Jennifer Welsch; of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; and grandchildren Nicholas, Tyler and Brody Welsch, step-daughter Melissa Lemos (Mike) of Redding; CA and grandchildren, Crista and Corynn Lemos; her brother, Art Toreson (Dennise) of McCloud, CA, niece Hilary Toreson, and her brother Marty Toreson (Cindy) of Eugene, Oregon; and nephews, Nicholas (Sara) and Jeffery Toreson; and finally, great-niece and nephew William and Alexis Toreson.

Interment and services will be held at Mount Shasta Memorial Park on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the American Cancer Society in the name of Victoria Gray.

Thank you again, Jessica Harmse


Thomas Fred Muncy, Jr.

7/7/1967 - 5/24/2023

Thomas Fred Muncy Jr., Thom, Tommy died Wednesday May 24th, 2023 of a long illness, while in the comfort of his own home. His family and many friends will remember Tommy as having a booming laugh and always willing to share colorful stories.
Thomas was born on July 7, 1967 in Redding, California to Delores and Thomas Muncy Sr. He grew up in Cottonwood, California. As a child Tommy would stand for hours holding branches hoping birds would come and land in them. He was active in the Cottonwood 4-H where he raised and showed sheep at the Shasta County Shasta District Fairgrounds. In later years his love of animals would see him rescue animals and nurse them back to health including geese and other numerous birds and small animals. Known for his green thumb, Thom always had numerous plants and colorful flowers about his homes. Thom raised numerous pets and animals including his beloved golden retriever, Tucker who preceded him in death.
Thom was affectionately known as the “Winco Guy” to many in the Redding community having worked for the company for more than 20 years.
He is preceded in death by Ansgar and Karla Nielsen and Melba and Alfred Clarence Muncy, his maternal and paternal grandparents, his Uncles Richard and Donald Nielsen and Jimmie Muncy.
He is survived by his parents Delores and Thomas Muncy Sr., his sisters Diana Betz-Muncy, and Teressa Harnois, his nephews Jeffrey Harnois and Justin Harnois, and nieces Tenaya Muncy and Madison Lett along with many of his aunts, uncles and cousins.


Robert (Bob) LaPrelle

7/15/1952 - 5/11/2023

Robert C. LaPrelle, better known as Bob passed away peacefully at his home in Mt. Shasta, CA on May 11, 2023. Bob was born July 15, 1952 in Scotia, CA to Paul and Retta LaPrelle.

Bob’s passing is preceded by his long-time partner, Judith Rainey and his sister Pauletta LaPrelle. He is survived by his 3 children and 6 grandchildren. His son, Randy LaPrelle father to Justus and Story. Daughter Sasha Waits and son-in-law Marc, parents of Hudson and Caleb. Daughter Darcie Hitchcock, son-in-law Geoffrey, parents of Rhett and Lars. His sister Suzanne DePee and brother-in-law Dale from Visalia, CA along with nephew and nieces, Eric, Heidi and Heather.

Bob was raised in Fortuna, CA. He was a standout athlete at Fortuna high school. He had a passion for hot rods and stock cars and was a gifted mechanic. He loved NASCAR, going to the races and was a diehard Dale Earnhardt fan.

Bob had many hobbies throughout his life. He was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He excelled in trap shooting and attained a ranking of 8th in the Nation. During which time, he became the youngest president of the Fortuna gun club and spent nearly every weekend there often accompanied by his two young daughters. While living in Scotia, he was a member of the volunteer fire department and men’s softball team. Later, his employment took him to McCloud, CA and the neighboring Mt.Shasta area.

As proud as Bob was of his many life accomplishments, he was most proud of being a father and was truly happy being a grandfather. A celebration of life will be held in McCloud, CA at the Scout Hall at HooHoo park on Saturday July 15, 2023 at 1pm


Michael Duane Chandler

March 9, 1982  -  May 7, 2023

Michael Duane Chandler was a caring father, brother, son and friend. He left this world suddenly on May 7, 2023 at the age of 41.

Michael was born on March 9, 1982 to John and Corrina Chandler in Mount Shasta. He grew up in Weed, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sports and spending time with his family. He was also an adamant rock hunter.

In 2009 Michael had his first daughter, Keira, and the following year he had his second daughter, Eboni. He always said that his girls were the best thing he ever did in life.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Corrina Chandler and his grandparents Floyd and Barbara Hoven. Michael is survived by his father, John Chandler; step mother Michele Chandler; his sisters Amber Super (Taylor) and Mindi Chandler; his daughters, Keira and Eboni Super; his niece Kaylin Ancell; and nephews Anthony and Tyson Super.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Girdner Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Life will follow the services at Discovery Park in Yreka.


Monte Carroll Robison

7/21/1942 - 5/5/2023

Monte Carroll Robison passed away peacefully in Yreka on May 5, 2023 after a battle with cancer. He was born July 21, 1942 in Klamath Falls, OR to Carroll and Wanda Robison. Monte was raised on a ranch in Red Rock outside of Macdoel and grew up there with his two sisters, Diana (Krouse) and Cinda (Hands). He attended local schools in Redrock and Dorris. He was very active and athletic and in school he played every sport that he could. Monte was a born cattleman and rancher and spent his youth working on the family ranch and showing Hereford steers in both 4-H and privately. He even had his own herd of cattle at a very young age.

After graduating high school in 1960, he married then Beverly Walton and they continued living and working the family ranch. They began a family welcoming two children; Todd in 1962 and Jackie (Girdner) in 1967 and raised them in Red Rock for several years. In 1973 the family moved from Red Rock to Mt. Hebron where they began their own hay farm and Monte also worked additional jobs to support his family and his dream.

Working hard was normal, but Monte also loved to hunt, fish, and camp and raised his family to know all of those things and his family enjoys those things to this day. In 1998, Monte and Beverly sold their ranch in Mt. Hebron and moved to Weed. Monte then went to work for Yreka High School as a maintenance man and retired from there in 2008.

After retiring, Monte survived a heart attack and when that was recovered from, he and Beverly pursued life and enjoyed riding horses and going to horse clinics with friends. Monte lived out his days taking care of their horse ranch in Weed and spending time with family. He loved watching his grandkids and great grandkids grow and enjoyed hearing about everyone and what they were doing in their lives.

Monte was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister Diana whom he loved. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Robison of Weed; his son, Todd Robison of Yreka; daughter and son in law, Jackie and Chris Girdner of Big Springs. He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren that were very dear to him as well as so many dear family and close friends are left behind as well.

Monte was a strong hardworking man who will be missed.


Lena Natalina Johnston

12/24/1926 - 5/3/2023

Lena went to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday May 3, 2023.

Seen as a pillar of strength and compassion, Lena was loved by all. Born December 24,1926 in Weed, California, she lived most of her life in McCloud. She loved stacking her wood in preparation for every winter and cooking for her family.

Lena is preceded in death by her beloved husband Curtis and son-in-law Frank Wood. Lena leaves behind two daughters, Priscilla Wood of McCloud and Sharon (John) Waterman of Redding, along with 3 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 3 great great granddaughters.

The rosary was recited for Lena at 10:30 AM with a Mass at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in McCloud, California.


Ramona Prosperi Moxley

12/28/1929 - 5/1/2023

Ramona Prosperi Moxley passed away peacefully on May 1, 2023 at Fair Oaks Estates in Carmichael, California in the comforting presence of family.

Ramona was born December 28, 1929 in Weed, California to Walter Lester and Anita Baldi. Ramona was lovingly raised by her mother Anita Baldi and stepfather Julian Baldi.

Ramona graduated from McCloud High School in 1947, and began working at the McCloud Laundry. Upon leaving the McCloud Laundry, she accepted a position at Champion Building Products where she continued to work for 17 years, retiring in 1980. In 1981 she moved from McCloud to Redding. In 1991 she retired from Kmart in Redding after 8 years of service.

In 1993, Ramona was preceded in death by her spouse Gino Prosperi. Together they raised their daughter, Cinde and son, Daniel. Ramona’s brother, Bud Lester, preceded her in death in 2020. Brenda preceded her in death in 2019.

Ramona loved traveling and she visited several countries, when not traveling she loved golfing, water aerobics, walking, and dancing.

Ramona was a member of Lake Redding Ladies Golf Association, Women of the Moose, Redding Lodge, and Senior Citizens of Shasta County.

Ramona is survived by her husband, Clarence (Jim) Moxley of Redding; two children, Cinde Belcastro of Redding,; son, Daniel Prosperi of Rancho Cordova; one grandchild; and two great- grandchildren.

A graveside Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday July 12, 2023 at 11:00 am at Mount Shasta Memorial Park, 830 Lassen Lane in Mount Shasta, California.

Her celebration of Life will follow after at Mount Shasta Resort


Frank "Bunny" & Sandra Aquila

July 13, 1939  -  April 28, 2023

   Bunny and Sandy were high school sweethearts and married in 1958. May 9, 2023 was to be their 65th wedding anniversary. Sandy passed away on November 4, 2022 at The Madrone Hospice House in Yreka, California. Almost six months later, Bunny followed and passed away on April 28, 2023 at his home in Big Springs. Sandy was born in Butte, Montana in 1939. Bunny was born in Weed, California in 1939. Both were 83 at the time of their passing.

     Sandy’s parents were Arthur Ray (Sloky) Austin, born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and Florence Kempsky Austin of Weed. Florence was born in Spokane, Washington. Florence’s family were original Washington State pioneers. Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Neil Austin (Betty) of Hawaii and her brother Terry Austin (Donna) of Yuba City, CA.

     Bunny was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Luisa Aquila of Weed. His parents immigrated to Weed in 1921 from Italy. His siblings also preceded him in death; brothers John “Hotch” Aquila (Dodie) of Mt. Shasta, Jim “Chuts” Aquila (Rita) of Weed, Joe Aquila (Esther) of Weed, sisters Flora Spinella (Al), and Rena Stemac (Steve) both of Sacramento. Bunny was the youngest of the siblings, his middle name was Benito so his siblings gave him the nickname of “Bunny”. The couple had three children, Margie Michelon (Mike) of Lake Shastina and twins, Rick Aquila of Redding, and Randy Aquila of Big Springs. They had 2 grandchildren, Mark Michelon of San Diego, CA and Marlena Shaffer (Kevin) of Lake Shastina, and 2 great-granddaughters, Kiley and Katie Shaffer of Lake Shastina.

     Sandy grew up in Weed and Happy Camp and attended both high schools but graduated from Weed High School along with Bunny in 1957. Sandy worked at First Interstate Bank in Weed and later became a housewife. She was very active in the Cedar Lanes Bowling Teams and won many trophies. She was also an avid Bingo player in all the surrounding towns. Bunny worked at International Paper Co. and Morgan Door in Weed,. He also worked at P & M Lumber in McCloud.

      A small Graveside Service for Sandy was held at Winema Cemetary in Weed on November 14, 2022. A Memorial Mass for Bunny will be held at Holy Family Church in Weed at 2pm on Friday, July 7, 2023.

     The family requests any gifts to honor Bunny and Sandy’s lives be made to Madrone Hospice, 255 Collier Circle, Yreka, CA. 96097 or Weed Health Center c/o Wound Care Department, 50 Alamo Ave., Weed, CA 96094.

Online condolences may be made at www.


John Joseph Remlinger

7/19/1949 - 4/7/2023

John Joseph Remlinger, a beloved member of the Siskiyou County community, has passed away peacefully in his home in Weed at the age of 73. For over 40 years, John resided in the county, raising his two sons while operating several successful businesses. He started with a gas station in Dunsmuir, and then established a radiator repair shop with his longtime friend, Bryan Palmer. Finally, John settled into running an auto shop in Mount Shasta, where he earned a reputation for honesty and excellent service.

Known affectionately as “Big John,” he was an imposing figure with an even bigger personality. John had a love for conversation and would often spend hours chatting with friends and family.

John loved classic cars, being involved with the Mount Shasta Longrifles, camping and riding his ATV in the woods. Some of his most cherished memories included his time spent with his sons in the Boy Scouts. His kind and generous nature endeared him to many, and he was always willing to help someone in need. John remained independent and active until the end of his life.

John is survived by his sons, Brian and Todd as well as his sisters Kristine and Karol, his brother Joseph, and his cousin Michael. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his memory will live on in the hearts of those who loved him


Chester Wayne Hampton


Our Wonderful Father, Chester Hampton, has gone to be with the Lord on April 4, 2023. Chet was born in Milford, Texas on April 2, 1930 to Claude and Cora Hampton. He grew up alongside his five brothers; Don, Vaudry, Lee, Pete, Bobby, and one sister Faye. Chet lived to be a proud ninety-three years old.

He spent his time as a young lad picking cotton, fishing and catching crawdads until his family migrated West to Merced, California. He spent his years as a young adult working hard in the dry cleaners and he was such a fantastic car salesman. Chester then fell in love with his beautiful wife, Alice, to whom he married in 1951 and they were blessed with 71 years of marriage. In 1954 Chet and Alice moved to Dunsmuir where Chet took a job with Southern Pacific. This became his lifelong career as he became Lead Signalman for The Southern Pacific Railroad. Following forty-three successful years with The Southern Pacific Railroad, Chet retired in 1992.

Chester and Alice were blessed with six children, two handsome sons and four beautiful daughters. They went on to have twelve grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren, whom they stayed in close contact with. While raising his children, he loved to spend time with them camping, fishing, hunting, gardening, and building rock walls. He was extremely family oriented and treasured his family dearly. All the while he was sure to instill his core values and high moral standards within his children. He had a strong passion for his coastal deep sea fishing trips with his kids and grandchildren. As his children will tell you, “He had a true desire to play the guitar, harmonica, and sing-along with the melodies.”

Chet is survived by his wife Alice; his daughter Janice and Sam Spagnuolo; his daughter Janet Hampton; His daughter Lori and David Bianucci; his son Kevin Hampton; and his daughter Christine & Mike Giacomelli; he is preceded in death by his son Daniel Hampton.

As their children grew up, Chet and Alice found time to travel the world and share their love.

He will be deeply missed and forever in our hearts, leaving us with memories to last a lifetime.

In lieu of flowers the family requests considering a donation be made to Willow Springs Memory Care Facility. Location is: 191 Churn Creek Rd. Redding, California 96003. Checks made payable to Trish Clark.


Floyd Hansen Flack


Floyd Hansen Flack of Mt Shasta was born in Seiad Valley, California to Lawrence Edward “Bud” Flack and Audrey Grace Lowden Flack on December 18, 1938. He passed away on April 4, 2023. A man of integrity, he was also honest, truthful and kind. Floyd was 84 years young. He had a tough exterior but a heart of gold. After graduation from Yreka High School, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp and served from the ages of 18 until he was 21. After the Marine Corps, he began a career in the logging industry. Floyd purchased some land, got settled, then asked his sweetheart, Gloria Burns of Dunsmuir to marry him. Their wedding was August 18, 1979. They had 35 happy years together before Gloria began her battle with cancer. He never left her side, remaining strong, caring for her, until the end. Floyd developed an illness several years ago that weakened his immune system. His relatives recently moved him to an assisted living facility in Yreka. He was weakened a bit by his illness, yet still feisty. He agreed to stay there and stated, “a month and then I’ll go home”. He went to his Heavenly home on April 4th 2023. Some of his lasting words were, “I still miss her.” Floyd is survived by his niece Karen (Chuck) Barker, nephew Gary (Vicki) Flack, cousins Harold and Pat Meadows, cousins Dion and Christine Meadows, his brother-in-law and sister in-law-Wally and Nancee Girard, nephew David (Stacey) Girard and their three children, and niece Susan (Chris) Manzo and several other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and all their siblings, half-siblings and their spouses. A big thank you from the family to Madrone Hospice for their help, care and support during the last part of Floyd’s life journey. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2023 at 11:30 at Mt Shasta Memorial Park, 830 Lassen Lane, Mt Shasta. (May) God be with you until we meet again.


Betty Jane Tadlock


Betty Jane Ross Tadlock passed away peacefully of natural causes February 25, 2023. She was 94 years old.

Betty was born August 19, 1928, in Modesto, California. She moved from Esparto, California, to Mount Shasta in April 1983. In March 2017, Betty moved to Siskiyou Springs Senior Living in Yreka where she resided until her passing.

Betty graduated from Woodland High School in 1945. She worked as a secretary-bookkeeper in the Woodland A.S.C.S. office U.S. Department of Agriculture for a number of years, as well as the Yolo County Farm Bureau-Farm Supply. She was employed by Syar Industries (Madison Sand and Gravel) prior to moving to Siskiyou County.

While residing in Mount Shasta, Betty was active in local quilt guilds and volunteered at a local quilt shop. She was a lifetime member of the Sisson Museum and an avid gardener, winning community awards for her colorful front yard.

Betty is survived by daughter Victoria Pigoni (Steve), granddaughter Melissa Rogers (Matthew) of Red Bluff, and grandson Mark Pigoni (Lisa) of Mount Shasta. She was the proud grandmother to Grace and Jacob Rogers and Emily and Alli Pigoni. Betty's remaining sister, Corline Roberts (Bill), lives in Wheatland, California.

Betty's husband, Elbert Tadlock, preceded her in death in September 2000. Also preceding her in death was her brother, Lowell Ross of Idaho, and her sisters Lorine Wilson of San Jose and sister Dolores Tagliareni of Ripon, California.

Betty's family would like to thank Fairchild Medical Clinic and Fairchild Medical Center for their kindness and compassion in taking care of Betty's medical needs over the last five years, and Madrone Hospice for making her final days peaceful.


Harold B. Orcutt


Lifelong Siskiyou County resident Harold B. Orcutt passed away on March 15, 2023 in Yreka after a short illness. He was 92 years old.

Harold was born on August 22, 1930 in Dunsmuir to Arthur and Mary Orcutt. He grew up in the South County with his six sisters and one brother. He graduated from Mount Shasta High School, then served from 1948 to 1952 in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Technician. Harold returned to Siskiyou County, where he worked for Pacific Bell Telephone (later AT&T) for 36 years. After his retirement from AT&T, he drove for the Mercy Mount Shasta Hospital Auxiliary for many years, helping get people to their medical appointments.

Harold was very active in the community. He was on the Board of Directors of the Weed Museum, later becoming the curator of the museum. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent De Paul. Harold was named Weed Citizen of the Year in 2012.

Harold is survived by his wife, Carole; his children: Renee Shelton, Connie Bailey (Jeff), Vickie Flory (Allen), Robert Rivera (Theresa), Richard Rivera, and Veronica Rivera (Becky); 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 2:00 PM at the Weed Community Center, 161 E. Lincoln Avenue in Weed. Online condolences may be made at


Susan Kay Williams


Susan Kay Williams passed away peacefully at Mercy Medical Center Redding on February 15th, 2023 due to complications with her health. Susan Kay Pelletier was born on January 30th, 1962 in McCloud Ca, to her parents Ray and Angie Pelletier. Susan grew up in McCloud and attended high school in McCloud as well. She played Volleyball and Basketball throughout her school days. She was once named Miss McCloud during her high school years. Susan was Valedictorian her Senior year and went onto be accepted at U.C. Davis. She met her first Husband Andy Williams while attending multi-school functions in McCloud. They were together for a number of years working in the bay area on their schooling and careers. She finished her business degree at University of Chico. Susan went onto become a retail manager in the corporate sector. She and Andy later divorced and she then met her second husband Paul Fredette and had their son Scott Fredette shortly after. They were together for a short time after which Susan moved to Livermore CA. She worked at Cellular Warehouse while raising her young son for almost 10 years. Susan later made the decision to be closer to her family and raise her son in a more peaceful area. They moved to Redding Ca 17 years ago. She was a very caring and supportive mother, friend, sister, and daughter to all in her life. She would always talk or listen to you as long as you needed. She wanted to share her joy with those around her. She was a loving mother and grandma who went above and beyond her limitations at times. She loved music and to cheer on those she cared about be it sports or life. She will be greatly missed by her family. She also will be missed by friends Joyce H., Gayle H. and many other friends. She is preceded in death by her mom Angie Pelletier, grandparents John and Kay Roth, Maurice and Jeanette Pelletier, uncle Robert Pelletier and Carl Roth. She is survived by her father Ray ( Elizabeth ) Pelletier, brother Raymond ( Kris ) Pelletier, son Scott Fredette, and grandsons August Fredette and Ivan Fredette and many other family members.

Susan’s celebration of life will be held at St Josephs Catholic Church in McCloud CA on March 18th at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please make any memorial donations to St. Josephs Catholic Church in McCloud CA.


Virginia Wayne Churchill

October 17, 1937 - March 6, 2023

Virginia is survived by Robert R. Fearon, her husband for 59 yrs. Their sons Stewart R. Fearon and wife Brenda; and Brian R. Fearon and wife Chris. Two granddaughters: Rikki and Amanda; two grandsons Danny and Gino, a great grandson Declan and two great granddaughters Cameron and Parker.

Virginia was a Business Education Teacher. She taught school in Kennebunk, Maine; Harrisville, New York, DeAnza High School in Richmond, CA, and Weed High School in Weed California, and before retiring she taught the Outreach Program for College of the Siskiyous in Weed, CA

Virginia's favorite game was playing Bridge with all her friends, and her favorite pet was Blackie.

In May 2021 Virginia and Robert moved from Mt. Shasta to Eureka, California.


Pamela Sue Padula


On Saturday, February 18, 2023, Pamela Sue Padula passed away unexpectedly of natural causes. She died with her loving husband, Timothy J. Padula by her side, in their long-time Dunsmuir home. Pamela was born April 28, 1960, to Patricia Woodard (McGaugh,) in Arlington, CA. She was raised by her mother and father, Patricia and Carey (Red) McGaugh, alongside her brother Gene McGaugh, who preceded her in death, and her sister Laurie Moore, who currently resides in Coos Bay, Oregon. She was brought up in a family of Police Officers, Dispatchers and Railroaders, which helped to shape her view of the world.

Pamela spent her early childhood years in Dunsmuir, before the family moved to Mount Shasta, where she attended and completed high school, on independent study, months earlier than her classmates. She was the homecoming queen during the 1977/ 1978 school year, as well as an accomplished cheerleader. She attended College of the Siskiyous. Pamela was married to Duane Sidebottom around 1981 and had her first child, Lathan Sidebottom in 1983. Around this time, she began her career as a fire lookout for the California Department of Forestry, on Duzel Rock lookout in Scott Valley. Pamela’s daughter Dayna Padula was born in 1988. She worked at Duzel Rock lookout for at least five years, hiking an arduous route to and from the tower with the kids in tow.

In 1991 Pamela married Timothy J. Padula and relocated to Dunsmuir, where she lived through her final days. As she joined the Padula family, she gained a second daughter in Brenda Padula, who she greatly loved and helped raise. Pamela worked hard to provide for Brenda, Lathan and Dayna, while demonstrating unparalleled devotion to her husband, Timothy. She cared for her mother, father and brother through their final days.

Pamela continued her career in public service working for the U.S. Forest Service on numerous fire lookouts in Siskiyou and Shasta Counties. During her career, spanning approximately 40 years, she restored lookout towers across southern Siskiyou County, while protecting the National Forests and private timberlands she so valued. Pamela spent a handful of years working at the front desks for the Mt. Shasta and McCloud Ranger District offices, edited books for an outdoor writer, and owned and operated vacation rentals in her hometown of Dunsmuir.

Pamela demonstrated a deep level of care for the wild environment in Siskiyou County, and was known for impassioned op-eds, letters to elected officials, and vocal advocacy for issues concerning natural resources in the north state. She displayed consistent activism for a variety of government accountability, civil rights, and environmental justice causes affecting all people and the environment. Pamela had a strong sense of right and wrong, which she instilled in her family and friends.

Pamela kept tropical birds and ensured the neighborhood small game population was well fed at all times of the year. Pamela was a historian at heart, taking great effort to research and document historic structures, original townsites, infrastructure, community leaders, and of course, the history and evolution of fire lookouts. She was a talented writer, with an innate ability to recall and define even the most obscure words in the English language, while achieving a working command of Spanish through higher education.

Pamela loved to travel, with a particular fondness for Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and the islands of the south Pacific. She was a talented, if not reckless skier, and friends to the original founders of Mt. Shasta Ski Park. The Sacramento River watershed and its myriad swimming holes remained close to her heart and occupied much of her free time in the summer months.

Pamela worked hard at being a good citizen, loving wife and mother, caretaker of the natural world, and friend to many. She is survived by her husband Timothy J. Padula, Son Lathan Sidebottom and his wife Deanna, grandchildren Amelia and Avery Sidebottom, Pamela’s daughters Dayna Padula and Brenda Padula, grandchildren Gage, Ireland and Blayke Padula, Pamela’s sister Laurie Moore, nieces Cassie, Patty, Randi, and her nephew Billy Moore. She was preceded in death by her mother Patricia McGaugh, father Carey (Red) McGaugh, and brother Gene McGaugh.

A celebration of life will be held at the Dunsmuir City Park Botanical Gardens at 12:00 PM on Saturday, May 13, 2023, with reception to follow at the Dunsmuir City Hall. All are invited to attend.


Jutta Christine Anderson

11/24/1948 - 1/05/2023

She came into this world on a winter's wind, and left on a winter's wind.

Both directions bringing love to those around her.

She shared her magic and sunshine with those most dear.

Children’s laughter brought her deep joy!

Her garden was where her bright colors flourished, which flowed into her fabric masterpieces.

A mystery novel was almost always being read. A good “who done it” gave her pleasure.

She loved her family, children, nature, and animals deeply - which fulfilled her life.

She was full of wisdom, integrity and strength.

In lieu of a service, her family wishes you to walk through nature, listen to the birds sing, smell the flowers, and think fondly of your time with her.


Frank Arthur Parker


On November 25th, our father, Frank Arthur Parker of Lucerne, Ca. passed away at the age of 81 years old. He passed in the comfort of his home while in the arms of his two daughters. Dad declined fast once he was diagnosed with renal failure and an aggressive form of prostate cancer. We thought we had more time, but unfortunately that was not the case. We will always treasure our last week with him. We spent time listening to his favorites; Neil Diamond and Creedence Clearwater Water Rival while constantly reminding him how much we love him and will be there for our step mother, Suzi. It was an honor to spend that time with him.

Frank was born on July 2, 1941 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, to Arden and Erva Jean Parker. They later moved to Weed, Ca where he attended elementary and high school. He was part of Weed High’s Class of 1959. Weed was a town that was always close to his heart throughout his lifetime and until his death.

Dad could definitely be described as a “greaser” back in the day. He loved working on his cars with friends. They would paint their cars to match and drive to Yreka to participate in demolition derbys. Known as a bit of a rebel back in the day, he was the one to be known for driving down Main St, Weed only on three wheels. We have also heard many stories about him and his friends attending the dances in Mt. Shasta. Sounds to us like it was a fun time to grow up in Siskiyou County. He had a great group of friends from his childhood that he hung out with for many years after high school. They eventually started calling themselves “The Outlaws”. You all know who you are.

He grew up very close to his aunts, uncles and cousins. They have many fun crazy stories to tell about the times at the house on Shasta Avenue and many good times playing poker at our family reunions at Mt Shasta Park every year.

After graduation in September of 1959 Frank joined the Army, He was part of the 25th Infantry Division and was stationed in Hawaii. After serving 3 years and being honorably discharged he served in the Army Reserves until 1965. He went back home to Weed where he met Frances Nash, while he was working at Mallory Chevrolet. The two were married on July 9,1966. Together they started a family in that house on Shasta Ave and had two daughters, Judi and Tracy. They eventually moved to Medford when he got a mechanics job with Allis Chalmers. It was also around that time that Frank and Frances went their separate ways.

He remained in Oregon for several years working for Allis Chalmers, eventually moving up to service management. Allis Chalmers moved him to several places over time. He worked for them in Wisconsin, California and Texas. While working for Allis Chalmers, dad got to spend time working at Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch and hung out with Doolittle, Loretta’s husband. We have pictures to prove what a fun time they had with Doolittle ending up fully clothed in the swimming pool. Our best memory with Dad was the road trip when we drove across the country with him when he moved back to California. That was back in the day when you still looked at maps. We had so much fun taking turns being the co-pilot or being the sandwich maker in the back seat. We got to see so many historic places in the United States, like Mt Rushomore, Yellowstone National Park, the Wild Bill Cody Museum, the Corn Palace, The Black Hills, Wall Drug and Deadwood, South Dakota where we saw the gravesites of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. We have t-shirts from every place we went and I still have them to this day. Also, one of the best things about staying at Dad’s when he was single was that we had cereal for dinner!

Our dad had a lifetime love for all things Nascar. He met and has pictures with several famous race car drivers during his times working in the pits. He even owned his own Sprint car at one point in his life and we spent several weekends at the racetrack in Long Beach.

While living in Fremont, Ca he met and married Suzi Camelli on August 10th, 1982. After moving to Texas for Allis Chalmers for about 3 years, they ended up moving back to California where they lived in Long Beach and he became National Service Manager for Kubota Tractor Company. He was able to experience several business trips to Japan, and would always bring us back fun little gifts. Eventually, he decided to get his construction license when they lived in San Jose,Ca. There he ran All Terrain Backhoe Service for a few years before retiring and moving to Lucerne, Ca to be closer to his daughters and grandchildren.

Known for being a very hard worker he was not a man to just sit still. He joined the Lake County Veterans Council where he fought hard for veteran’s rights. He served as president for several years. In 2000 he received the California State Veteran of the Year award. He served in the Military Funeral Honors Guard Program, in 2019 he received the Service to the Armed Forces Hero Award and he helped organize many Veteran Stand Downs. He helped with Lake County Vet Connect and had many road trips to pick up supplies with “his friend in crime”, Rick Rice. He was an advocate for veterans up until the day he left us and some of those men ended up being his very best friends.

Frank was preceded in death by his father, Arden Parker; his mother, Jean Kirby; his step father Marvin Kirby; his younger brother, Albert Parker and his brother in law, Jack Summers. Along with many aunts and uncles that meant the world to him. Family was very important to him and he was always researching his family ancestry.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Suzi Parker of Lucerne; his oldest daughter, Judi Luna of Loleta, Ca, her husband, Marco Luna and grandsons, Tory Mamea, Tristen Waters; grand daughters, Lauren and her husband, Danny Brown and Brynn Luna. Along with his great grandchildren, Faith and Eliana Mamea and Roy Brown. His youngest daughter, Tracy Kile of Kelsyville, Ca; her husband, Donnie Kile; grandson, Wiley Kirk, his fiance, Cecilia Jackson and grand daughter, Keelie Kirk. His little sister, Patti Summers of Mt Shasta, Ca and his nephews Michael Summers, Jeff and his wife, Jennifer Summers, and Frank Parker. He is also survived by his cousins who were more like brothers and sisters, Pam Rowden, Loretta Bradley, Lee Pangburn and sister in law, Ann Parker.

We cannot forget the special friends that he left behind, including Keith Rohrbacker, of Oroville who he met while working for Kubota Tractor in Long Beach. We are grateful that he got to see him the Sunday before he passed. His VA friends, Rick Rice, Dave Waldschmitt and Ken Scott of Lake County. He said he will miss your “safety” meetings and we appreciate the pinning ceremony you all held for him at his home, as well as the special ceremony that you held the day after he passed. What an amazing friendship you had. His friend, Marco Rotting, of South Carolina who he also met through VA events and their friendship remained even after he moved. Lastly, Sally and Richard Acquistipace of Reno, who he knew most of his life and treasured their friendship over the years.

We would like to thank Hospice of Lake County for their help during the last week of our dad’s life.

Burial service will be held on April 8th, 2023 at 1 pm at The Veterans Circle in Hartley Cemetery in Lakeport. A place our dad helped make happen for our veterans. A reception will immediately follow at TNT restaurant.


Richard Earnest Gempler

December 20, 2022

Richard Earnest Gempler, better known to the world as RICKO, passed away at age 71 on December 20, 2022, after a long and courageous battle with Cancer. Ricko led what, everyone who knew him would agree, a very interesting life. His talents ranged far and wide- from creating art of all kinds, renovating and driving exotic cars, to gardening, astronomy, cribbage and jewelry-making, he had a zest for life that was unique. Ricko was born on August 7, 1951 in Billings, Montana to Richard and Pauline Gempler. As a baby, the family moved to Hillsboro, Oregon then later to Santa Cruz, California where he graduated high school and attended Cabrillo College. While working as an artist and real estate agent in Santa Cruz, Ricko discovered his true ‘happy place’ in Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta, where he permanently moved in 1987. Ricko worked closely with John Harris at the Real Estate Center for many years as an agent until he started his own brokerage firm in Dunsmuir. Ricko loved the mountains of Siskiyou County and their amazing change of seasons, as well as the fishing and the lakes. He loved the people of this beautiful area even more. Anyone that ever-met Ricko remembers him, as he was the type of person who would always leave you laughing, or at the very least scratching your head! He is preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Robert Gempler. He is survived by his sister Jacki Farris (Ken) of Springfield Oregon, his son Jeff Gempler (Sheri) and 3 grandchildren: Kylie, Cassidy and Taylor of Hawaii, as well as several nieces and nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life for Ricko this Spring, when the weather is nice and warm. The exact date will be announced. Ricko requested that donations in his name can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Roland (Honk) Clifford Eastman


Roland (Honk) Clifford Eastman, 88 died peacefully at home in McCloud, California in the early hours of Tuesday, February 14th, 2023. He was born November 6, 1934 in Iron Mountain, Michigan to parents of English and Swiss descent. Roland was the middle child of Claude and Ialeen Eastman. When Roland was six years old the family came west to San Diego before finally settling for good in Siskiyou County. During his teenage years he worked and learned the Stone Masonry craft from his father. After high school Roland went to work for the McCloud Mill but was soon after drafted to serve in the Korean War as medical personnel. After 2 years of service he was able to come back home to his job in McCloud and work his way up to Millwright.

Roland met his wife, Barbara; and, her son Wayne while on a visit to San Francisco. They were married on May 4th, 1964. In the style of pioneers Roland acquired a raw piece of land down Squaw Valley road in McCloud with hopes of building his own homestead. Over the next five years Roland and Barbara developed the property; which included building a road in, clearing the land, and building their masonry block house, even crafting a custom well-drilling machine to drill the well.

In 1971 they had their second child, Brenda. Because of changing times the Mill in McCloud eventually shut down so Roland turned to his Stone Masonry craft for employment. He quickly became the go-to guy for block foundations and artistically crafted some hearths as well as significant improvements around the Hearst Castle property in McCloud.

Crafty, creative, handy, and never afraid of hard work; Roland instilled a strong work ethic to his two children encouraging them to tackle various projects around the house. With varied hobbies including; gold mining, lapidary work, water-color painting, photography, playing guitar, taking road trips, and refurbishing cars with his brother Ken; Roland loved to stay active. He was never one to stay idle; and, one of his oft-repeated quotes was “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

Bazinga. And, just as he did everything in life; Roland will sleep well and he will be missed.

Roland is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Wayne (Deanna); granddaughter Scarlet; daughter, Brenda (Nikolas); older sister Corinne; and, his youngest brother Ken.


Joseph Peter Bonchonsky, Sr.

On Monday, February 13th, 2023, Joseph Peter Bonchonsky, Sr. passed away at the age of ninety-two. Born to Michael and Anna in Pittston, Pennsylvania, fourth of nine children. Joe graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Upon graduating he entered the army and became a 1st Lieutenant, where he met his beautiful German wife, Ingeborg Lindscheid, at a dance while on base in Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. They were married for 69 years and raised five children: Michael, Joseph, Michelle, Andrew, and Tania. Joe became an industrial engineer for Garrett AiResearch in Torrance, California, where he worked on Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo Life Support Systems for NASA.

Joe was always active in sports growing up and in college, such as baseball; where he was scouted by the Detroit Tigers, but passed on the offer so he could finish college. At Penn State he lettered in swimming (diving), baseball, played quarterback in football and was inducted into their sports Hall of Fame. He also participated in wrestling and boxing. He was open to learning a new sport that Inge introduced him to…soccer! He became a referee, commissioner, and Hall of Fame inductee for AYSO, authored the 3 Referee System in 1965 (first used in the inaugural Watts Summer Games), President of both High School and College Referee associations, and built over 300 sets of Soccer goal posts and sold at cost. Inge coached girls soccer and all five children played soccer. Their achievements include scoring the first goal for the newly formed AYSO, becoming a professional player, starting a college soccer program, starting a high school girls team, winning multiple championships, coaching college teams, and operating an elite soccer club.

In Southern California, Joe was active in the church helping build St. Andrews in El Segundo as well as sing in the choir and was Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus several times. Knights of Columbus was where Joe and Inge showed off their wonderful dancing skills. After retiring they moved to Northern California to Mount Shasta and attended St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Joe kept busy writing articles for the American Byzantine Catholic Research Center, and he wrote a book titled, “The Other Catholics: Obedient and Faithful.”

Joe and Inge retired to Mount Shasta where they have lived for the past 38 years on what is lovingly referred to as the “Boncherosa”. He spent his days writing, fly-fishing, golfing, and teaching the youth how to ice skate. He is survived by his wife, Inge, four children, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and three siblings. Services to be held in the Spring at St. Andrew's Russian Greek-Catholic Church in El Segundo, CA.


Jeffrey Perrine Palmer


Jeffrey Perrine Palmer, age 80, of Mount Shasta California died the morning of January 2nd, 2023 at home with his family.

Jeffrey was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 28, 1942 - the only son of Robert Earl Palmer and Eleanor Borsuk. He grew up in Santa Barbara, California where he found his lifelong passions for sailing, car racing, and aviation. He went on to serve his country as a Marine, produce rock and roll concerts in San Francisco during the 1960s, and own several companies. Jeff was a man on a quest to live a perfect life, which to him meant finding love and glory.

In 1968 he moved to Mount Shasta seeking his spiritual path in search of truth. He built a magical world in the woods at the foot of a mystical mountain. He was nothing if not honest. He was a self-professed warrior, outlaw, and adventurer with an indomitable spirit that will live on in our memories and our hearts.

He is survived by his partner Jennifer and his children; Satory, Sophie, Natalka, Emily, Sarah, and Amy. In lieu of a service, his family asks that you visit the mountain and remember your time with Jeffrey fondly.


Richelle Anne "Shelley" (Krause) (Langlois) Lafferty

July 1, 1952—January 20, 2023

Richelle Anne Krause was born July 1st, 1952 to Charles & Anne (Ballard) Krause in Red Bluff, California. Shelley enjoyed life growing up with her brothers and sister, David (Julee), Thomas (Deborah), Mick (Colleen), and Janet Russell (Steve). The Presbyterian Church was a central part of her life with her Great Grandfather, Great Grandmother, and Uncle Richard, being charter members. Shelley later became a Church Deacon and remained active in the church throughout her life. She attended Antelope Elementary School, graduated from Red Bluff High School, and later attended Chico State University. Work took her to the Bay Area where she met her first husband, Roland, the father of their daughters, Colette Estelle and Roxanne Nicole. They made their home in Concord, California. At that time, Shelley was employed as a highly valued Project Secretary for the Engineering firm Earl & Wright in San Francisco. She also continued church volunteer work teaching Sunday School, visiting shut-ins, organizing church programs and activities. Shelley and Roland later divorced but remained friends and co-parents throughout her life. She moved back to Red Bluff where she worked for the Presbyterian Church and volunteered at the domestic violence hotline for women. She met and married Dave Lafferty for a short interval. Single again, she moved to Elk Grove where her girls graduated from high school. There she worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Presbytery of Northern California. Family drew Shelley back to Red Bluff for a while until she finally settled in Weed and was a care-giver for the elderly. She enjoyed being surrounded by nature and living at the base of Mt. Shasta. She loved travel, horseback riding, knitting by the fire in winter, spending summers on the north coast, wildflowers, mountain lakes, and family history. Shelley passed away on January 20, 2023 at the age of 70 after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her two daughters, Colette (Langlois) Langdin and Roxanne (Chris) (Langlois) Realin, her brothers and sister, and former husband, Roland (Rebecca).

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on March 4, 2023 at the Red Bluff Presbyterian Church at 3:00 pm followed by a reception.


LaRita F. Cecil


“A woman, with encouragement, can be whatever she sets her mind to become. One day she will reach her goal, then she will encourage others.” - LaRita Cecil

We are heartbroken to announce the death of our mother, LaRita F. Cecil. She passed away peacefully at the age of 78. She had many friends and was a well-loved member of her community. Mom had a deep relationship with the Lord and we know that she is in her heavenly home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack D. Cecil; her brother, Carlton J. Harris; and her parents, Carl J. and Lela M. Harris. LaRita is survived by her brother, Tom Harris; her children, Loraine D. Cecil Wisler, Larry D. Cecil and Bonnie B. Villarreal; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed and will always hold a place in our hearts.


 Billie Louise Hagedorn


Billie Louise Hagedorn passed away Tuesday February 7th, 2023 peacefully at the age of 86.

    Billie was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Wayne and Hermetta Spencer and was raised with her family in the Ager Beswick area near the Oregon border. She had fond memories of living near her grandparents. She loved riding with her grandfather while he delivered the mail and cooking with her grandmother.

    Billie attended Bogus Elementary School, which was a one room schoolhouse and she was the only graduate of her 8th grade class. She moved to Yreka to live with the Herman Spannaus family so she could attend Yreka High School. While attending high school, Billie met the love of her life, Virgil (Jim) Hagedorn. They were married July 8th, 1955. They enjoyed many adventures together: camping, trips to Reno, and taking jet boat trips with special friends and family.

    Billie was always busy making others feel loved. She was a teacher’s aide at Little Shasta School as well as Montague Elementary School. She was an avid volunteer and served her community as a member of the Daughters of the Nile and the Montague Trail Riders. Billie was often found on election day counting votes with her community members. She helped make many local benefit dinners happen alongside her husband Jim.

    Billie loved to have fun! She always looked forward to participating in the Montague Variety Show, dancing and acting in skits. She also loved her Montague Ladies Pinochle Club.

    Billie and Jim owned several businesses including Jim’s Shasta Valley Meats, The Country Variety and Hagedorns Catering. When she wasn’t working she could be found making her famous bread, pickles and homemade jams. Billie was an excellent cook and always had a little extra for that unexpected dinner guest.

    Jim and Billie had three children: Gary (Roxann) Hagedorn, Kathy Hagedorn, Julie (Bob) Rodgers; grandchildren: Madison, Megan and Colby Rodgers, Nick Van Loan, Casey and LIndsay Awbrey.

    Billie is survived by her children, her sister Donna Jespersoon, Ardyce Van Oss; sister-in-laws Susan Spencer, Kathy Spencer; brother-in-laws Harvey Hagedorn and Gerald (Short) Hagedorn, as well as several nieces and nephews, and our extended family and the Lightle family.

    She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, brothers Gene Spencer and Dewayne Spencer.

    Billie will be laid to rest beside her husband Jim on Friday, February 17th, 2023. A funeral service will be held at Girdner Funeral Chapel at 11:00 am with burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. A reception will be held to celebrate Billie’s life immediately following at the Yreka Elks Lodge. If you would like to bring a salad or desert, that would be appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Madrone Hospice: 255 Collier Circle, Yreka CA 96097 or the Alzheimer's Association.


 Harvey “Dale” Blackston


  Harvey “Dale” Blackston passed away peacefully at his home in Montague on February 5th, 2023. Dale was born to Elmer & Virginia Blackston on March 18th, 1936 in Merced, California.

     Dale is survived by his two sons: Michael Blackston, Tim Blackston and daughter Kelly Duell. His grandchildren: Mike Blackston Jr., Jason Blackston, Josh Blackston, Amy Garza, DJ McDowell and Billy Yarborough. 10 great grandchildren and his loving friend Zelda Monical.

     Dale grew up in and around the Merced area most of his life. He owned and operated HD Saddle Shop for 20 years in Merced. After moving in 1999 to Montague, he opened another business named Dale’s Feed Store and Saddle Shop. Later he worked out of his home doing leather repair after closing and selling the feed store business.

     Dale was also a musician from as far back as when he received his first guitar at the age of 7. He sang and played guitar with three groups; “The Partners” and “Country Gents” out of Merced and for the band “Tulsa” out of Montague.

     Dale was a simple man and was a small rancher, an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a past president of Merced Horseman's Association and loved his animals. Most of all he just wanted to play his guitar and sing.

     A Graveside Service will be held at the Montague Cemetery on February 15th, 2023 at 1:00 pm followed by a small friends and family Celebration of Life at Casa Ramos in Yreka. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Madrone Hospice 255 Collier Cir. Yreka, CA 96097.


Howard Leroy Wynant


Born May 20th, 1955, Howard Leroy Wynant was a man to be remembered. A living legend, he was a person that no one messed with without repercussions. In the afternoon of January 30th, 2023, Howard declared his fierce independence one last time by leaving this plane of existence.

He spent nearly 30 years as a dedicated and acknowledged timber faller and was a self proclaimed wood hog. Howard even kept his home as warm as his heart (and temper if you deserved it.) Howard was always wise, with a never failing sense of humor, and loved his family and friends deeply. Howard spent much of his life serving his tribe; He was identified as the chairman of the Butte Valley Indian Council from 1997 through 1999 in correspondence with the Klamath National Forest and City of Dorris. In 1999, he was elected chairman of the Shasta Tribe and remained so until approximately 2002.

Those who knew him will know he was welcomed into heaven with open arms by his mother, Donnabelle Boomgarden, his daughter, Sierra Diane Wynant, and father, William Howard Wynant. He will be missed dearly by all of his surviving family: his son Matthew Wynant, daughter in law Joanna Wynant, grandsons Chace Wynant, Sade Wynant, granddaughter McKenzie Crawford, his brothers sisters, various cousins, aunts and uncles.

On February 18, there will be a graveside service for Howard, followed by a potluck at 3:00pm at the Dorris Community Center.


Robert Earl Smiley, Jr.


Robert Earl Smiley, Jr. (Bob), born 12-13-1939 passed away on January 29, 2023 at the age of 83. He went to Heaven surrounded by Marlene, his children, his sister Francine and a large number of his Grandchildren in Yreka.

Bob had a positive attitude, encouraging outlook towards life and was known for his "no-frills, just the facts ma'am" style. Bob was born on December 13, 1939 in San Jose. His life centered around his love for family and hard work. Growing up in Grants Pass, Oregon with his parents and sister, he attended elementary through high school. Bob was devoted to raising and showing livestock, earning many 4-H honors. These included: numerous San Francisco Cow Palace Beef Cattle Grand Champions, Cow Palace Livestock Judging Team Championships, Josephine County Fair Grand Champion Southdown Sheep winner, as well as several Portland International Livestock Exhibition awards. His life-long love of horses and riding began with he and his sister's beloved mare Goldie; the horse that he enjoyed so much, competed on and won several horse show titles.

Bob attended Fresno State University for a short time before moving to Scott Valley. During his early career in Scott Valley he leased and operated several ranches, traded and ran cattle throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California and fed yearlings in numerous feedlots throughout the state. Bob's brief ownership interest in a Caldwell, Idaho saleyard ended early as Bob was drafted into the Military. He served in Korea from 1963 to 1965. During that time he received top military honors and awards for his rifle marksmanship.

After his military service, Bob returned to Scott Valley and married Marlene Marlahan. He thrived being outdoors and particularly enjoyed the logging and cattle industries. He, along with Marlene, owned and operated the Last Chance Liquor Bar in Hornbrook, California, a Laundromat in Fort Jones, California and founded and operated Smiley Logging which operated during the 70's, 80's and 90's. His affection for the timber industry carries on as sons' Dale and Dean Smiley founded and operate Smiley Brother’s logging. During his retirement Bob worked in Alaska for a large helicopter logging outfit and continued working for Smiley Brother's Logging. He also thoroughly enjoyed his time spent on the range, gathering and working cattle with Marlene and their kids. Bob was proud of his Grandchildren and all that they accomplished. He could be found at their basketball games, track and cross-country meets, rodeos and watching baseball from his car, while Marlene honked to let the kids know they were there and cheering. Bob, rarely shied from providing his opinion, often sharing that his college education came from 'life experiences' and the 'school-of-hard-knocks'.

He was loved by his family, respected by friends and peers and he will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marlene Smiley, his loving children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and his sister Francine Hahn and her husband George of Yreka. A private military graveside service will be held in honor of Bob. His family is gathering and inviting all extended family and friends to join in a Celebration of Life on March 25, 2023 at 3:00 PM at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall in Fort Jones. Bob’s family is grateful for Madrone Hospice in Yreka. Their compassion and professionalism during such times was remarkable and appreciated. The family encourages donations be made to Madrone Hospice, Inc., 255 Collier Circle, Yreka, CA 96097.


Mary Grace Floyd


Mary Floyd passed away at home on February 14th after a month long illness. She was born to Edward and Naomi Lay in their farm house near Sampsel, Missouri on December 4, 1925. She attended a one room school located in the corner of their farm for her first 8 years of school, later attending high school in Chillicothe, Missouri. After graduation she attended a Radio Electronics Trade School, located in Omaha, Nebraska. After graduation she was employed as a morse code translator and teletype operator by RCA Communications Inc. in New York City. Her job entailed translating morse code messages to and from service men and their families overseas along with Associated Press messages, which included the Nuremburg Trials. She worked there until the end of WWII and joined the celebrations in Times Square on both V-E and V-J Days. She returned home in 1945. She married Virgil Long in 1946 and they moved to McCloud, CA. They had 3 children – Mary Lynn, Edward Raymond, and Lana Suzanne. She was employed in McCloud by the U.S. Forest Service as a Receptionist and Credit Clerk for McCloud Lumber Company. After the marriage ended she moved to Dunsmuir, and managed the Montgomery Ward Catalog Store. In 1965 she married Don Floyd and moved to Mt Shasta. They purchased the Dunsmuir Dodge and ran the business together until 1982 when they retired. She was a 50 year member of Mount Shasta Eastern Star Lodge, 50 year member of Siskiyou chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Colonial Dames. She leaves her daughter Mary and husband Jim Girard, her son Ed Long, and daughter Lana and husband Ken Lovelady; grandchildren Steven Girard and wife Cindi, Greg Girard and wife Kyra, Keri and husband Victor Matamoros, Amanda Lovelady, and Kyle Lovelady and wife Lila; and 6 great grandchildren that she loved and was so proud of. She was predeceased by her husband Don and sister Marjorie Erickson. Services will be at the Mount Shasta Memorial Chapel on February 24th at 1:00pm If you would like, donations may be made to Mount Shasta Hospice


John Duncan McKay


John McKay left this world the morning of Feb 9th at the age of 86. Born May 25,1936 to John Easton McKay and Cornelia Dawn Harris in Henrietta, Oklahoma, he impacted the lives of many. He leaves behind his wife, Glory; daughters Jessica McKay and Shauna McKay Randall; Grandchildren, Katelynn, Jonathan, Shaun, Ali, Cammy, and Aubrey, three great-grandchildren and his Brother Vic Lively (Claudia) along with many nieces and nephews. John served in the U.S. Army from Sep 1951 - May 1957 primarily as a paratrooper. Service stations included Fort Ord, CA; Fort Bragg, NC; Korea and more. Later in civilian life he earned his commercial and multi-engine pilot licenses and was one of the founding members of the Southern Oregon Sky Divers Association. Post military service John worked for Consolidated Freightways, driving a truck for 38 years, and after being named their #1 Driver, retired in 1998. He was an accomplished musician and happily played the organ for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for over 25 years. He was a passionate fisherman and enjoyed traveling. John was beloved by many and will be missed by many more. Graveside services will be on Friday, Feb. 17th at 10:30 am at Mount Shasta Memorial Park Cemetery.


Lee Ross Belau


Lee Ross Belau, of Porterville, CA, passed away on February 2, 2023. Lee was born in South Dakota in 1933 and moved to Dinuba, CA at the age of three. His family moved to Dunsmuir, CA where he graduated high school in 1951. He served the Army before attending and graduating from Montana State University in 1959.

Lee began his career with the US Forest Service, working as a forester on the Shasta Trinity National Forest. His career with the USFS took him to the Yolla Bolly and Los Padres National Forests before becoming Ranger on the Shasta Trinity and then the Mendocino National Forests. He then became Fire Management Officer on the Sequoia National Forest.

There were two things that mattered to Lee above all, and those were forestry and family. It was his work in the USFS that introduced him to his wife, Ann Smithburg, whom he married in 1964. Together, they raised two daughters while he served as District Ranger in Mt. Shasta and Upper Lake, CA. Lee’s daughters grew up waving to EVERY Forest Service green vehicle. Ann was convinced that she must have waved to Lee when she was a teenager driving to Oregon every summer and he was working in Northern California. Lee’s career brought the family to Porterville, CA in 1976, where he was the Fire Management Officer until his retirement from the USFS in 1997. He was an active member of both the Society of American Foresters and the National Association of Forest Service Retirees.

Lee was active in the Porterville community as a member of Porterville Breakfast Lions, Tulare County Grand Jury, and Monache Band Parents Association. Even after his daughters graduated, Lee and Ann hauled equipment and chaperoned band trips to the East Coast and the Rose Parade. Ann and Lee’s garden was a labor of love, and they opened it to the community as fundraisers for the MHS band. People throughout the area often saw Lee riding his bicycle as he regularly logged over 3000 miles each year. His family and friends will remember him for his wry sense of humor, his dedication to important matters, being the very model of integrity, and making the world’s best pancakes.

Lee was preceded in death by Ann, his wife of 55 years. He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Leal and son-in-law Armando Leal of Porterville, and daughter Rebecca Camarena and son-in-law Chris Camarena of Lemoore. He was so very proud of his five grandchildren; Chris Leal of Tulare, CA, Sarah Leal Acosta of Nampa, ID, Elizabeth Leal of Porterville, Noah Camarena of Culver City, CA, and Rachel Camarena of Clovis, CA.

At Lee’s request, no public memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The National Museum of Forest Service History at in remembrance of Lee Ross Belau. This is a cause dear to both Ann and Lee’s hearts.


David Norman Lemos

2/19/1941 - 1/25/2023

David Norman Lemos was born to Harold and Irene Lemos on February 19, 1941. He was a lifelong resident of Weed, California, attending Butteville Elementary and Weed High School before working at International Paper Company. Subsequent employers included Medo-Bel Creamery, Pacific Packing Company, Peters Truck Lines and, before retiring, hauling pipe for natural gas pipelines across the United States. Dave married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Fruzza of Weed, in 1961 at the Holy Family Parish. Their close-knit family grew with the births of their three children to whom they were unfailingly devoted.

Dave’s many interests included excelling at every sport imaginable in his youth; he even had pitching tryouts with the Cleveland Indians and the Philadelphia Phillies. He was an avid sportsman who especially enjoyed hunting mule deer with friends and family. In addition to following his children’s and grandchildren’s athletics, Dave was a conversationalist known to strike up a chat with just about anyone anywhere. He was able to retire at 55 which was a blessing given that his vision would fail him all too soon. Traveling across North America and Europe with Nancy was particularly memorable, including trips they took with friends and relatives. Their travels are well documented, as are many hunting trips, with hundreds of Dave’s photographs. In his later years, he preferred taking only a camera out into nature to capture images of the creatures he respected so much.

It has been said that the measure of a man is the effect he had on other people. Dave was a thoughtful and caring person who will be greatly missed by many lifelong friends and extended family members. His reputation as a dedicated family man, a true friend, and a devoted employee will endure well beyond his lifetime. He passed away peacefully on January 25, 2023 with the knowledge that his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren loved him beyond measure just as he had loved them.

Dave is survived by daughter Trudy Pellizzari of Redding, son Jerry Lemos of Yreka, brother Neil Lemos of Edgewood, sister Nancy Monk of Pahrump, Nevada, grandchildren Jordan Pellizzari of San Francisco, Jamie Robertson of Palo Cedro, Robyn Akana and Ashley Lemos of Yreka, and six great grandchildren ranging in age from three months to six years old. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy in December of 2022, and daughter Julie Renay Lemos in 1972.

A viewing will take place on Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Girdner Funeral Chapel, 202 S. Oregon Street, Yreka. A private entombment at the Mount Shasta Memorial Park will occur at a later date.

A celebration of life for both Nancy and Dave will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at the Weed Sons of Italy Hall, 155 Clay Street, Weed, California starting at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dave Lemos to the Julie Lemos Pediatric Heart Research Fund; California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), 2015 Steiner Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.


John Quincy Hines

January 24, 2023

John Q Hines, age 94, friend, mentor, family man, outdoorsman, and beloved husband, passed away peacefully on January 24 at his home in Mt Shasta. His wife Denise, daughter Cara, and adored Labrador were at his side.

John was preceded in death by his first wife Marlyn, sister Muriel, and his brother Jim. He left behind his present wife, Denise Hines, daughter Caroline (Jon) Nicholson, his son, John Gill Hines, brother Tom Hines, and his bonus-children: Jennifer (Tim) Gorsuch, Patricia (John) Snell, Joanna (Brian) Heffron, Steven (Alison) Niles and will forever be “Grump Pa” to his eleven treasured grandchildren: Tylar, Jake, Colton, Emma, Trenton, William, Caitlyn, Jaylin, Brennon, Patrick and Azalea as well as many relatives, and a countless number of amazing friends and co-workers. He was deeply loved!

John always lived life to the fullest and spent most of his time enjoying the great outdoors. For this reason, he pursued a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State and went on to earn a master’s degree, from Chico State, in Wildlife Management. In his early career, John explored and worked as a researcher and adjunct professor from as far north as Point Barrow, Alaska to as far south as Baja, California. He continued his career teaching at Butte Valley High School, moving up to Principal and then on to Director of Guidance at Siskiyou Union High School District (SUHSD). John became the SUHSD Superintendent until 1990, in Nov 1994 he returned as interim Superintendent and held that position through June 1994 after which time he served on the SUHSD Board of Directors until 2018. He was curious about everything and passed that enthusiasm on to countless students and friends whom he encountered throughout his career.

Complimenting his immense love for his family, John had a competitive spirit, a zest for life and a dare-devil attitude. The twinkle in his eye and quick wit made sure that you always stayed present around him! As an example of that zestful spirt John skied, patrolled, climbed, and summited many mountains, hunted elk, deer, and most every game bird imaginable. That said, he was also a very passionate ornithologist. His life list and deep knowledge of avian life was incredibly impressive. Denise who matched his zest for life accompanied him and explored the jungles and forests of Ecuador, Argentina, Australia, Hawaii, Madagascar, Mexico, New Zealand, and South Africa to spend time in nature observing the wildlife, always with binoculars in hand.

Instead of flowers please consider donating to the John Hines Scholarship Fund held at Tri Counties Bank providing students of SUHSD an opportunity to further their educations in his memory.

*Please join us to celebrate his life and honor his memory on Saturday, February 25 at St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Mt. Shasta at 11am, with a reception immediately following at the Mt. Shasta Community Hall..

Marilyn F. Birkett

7/10/1934 - 1/16/2023

On January 16, 2023, Marilyn F. Birkett, a beloved mother, grandmother and wife, passed away peacefully at 88 years old. She was born to Fay and Freeman Shackelton on July 10, 1934 in Oakland, California. As a young student in Oakland, she enjoyed art and languages. At the age of 18, Marilyn used her saved earnings and moved to San Miguel De Allende, Mexico to study at an art university. While there, she met Antonio (Toni) R. Cansino (a matador), and they were married (1953-1972). She and Toni wanted a large family - they had seven children.

Marilyn was well organized and did an outstanding job cooking, cleaning and keeping up with a family of nine. Marilyn loved spending time outdoors and got her children outside for walks, berry picking and camping on the Scott River and Pacific Coast. While raising seven children, she found time to teach catechism weekly. For years, family members heard how Marilyn was their “favorite teacher.”

In 1972, Marilyn enrolled in the LVN program at College of the Siskiyous. Her first job as a LVN was at Weed Convalescent Hospital (Shasta View Nursing Center). Marilyn then primarily worked at Mercy Hospital(Dignity), Mt.Shasta. She had a heart for the elderly and thrived in this environment.

In 1976, Marilyn married Norman Birkett. Norman and Marilyn enjoyed several years of sailing at Lake Siskiyou and Mexico. Marilyn enjoyed attending the Scottish Games in Woodland and Livermore as often as she could with her husband, Norman, and their Westie dogs. She was able to take a trip to Scotland and twice to her beloved Ireland. Marilyn also took delight in spending time with her friends in the Red Hat Society.

After a significant injury in 1985, Marilyn completed a program to enable her to work as a chaplain. She worked as a chaplain at Mercy Dignity Hospital (Mt. Shasta) until she was 73. She then embraced being a full-time grandmother.

Core to Marilyn’s life-style was living a Christian life. She was fully committed to serving within St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in multiple committees including Eucharistic Minister, Altar Society, St. Vincent de Paul’s, and Bereavement Committee.

Nothing pleased Marilyn more than when her family was all together. For years, Marilyn hosted Thanksgiving, Christmas and July 4th get-togethers. St. Patrick’s Day was a grand holiday for Marilyn. She took her children out of school and celebrated with a planned adventure and Irish festive food.

Marilyn would like to have her life remembered as “one of service”.

Marilyn is predeceased by her parents, Freeman and Fay Shackelton; brother, Leland Shackelton; son, Tony Cansino; grandson, Cameron Davis; Children: Catherine Cansino (Cork McGowan), Carisa (Kitty) Cansino, Celesta Cansino (Rob Parks), Carmen Cansino, Caroline Cansino (Rick Cabitto), and Christina Cansino; Daughter in law: Cristi Cansino; Grandchildren: Roxanne Rafter, Cameron Davis, Ryan Linares, Drew McGowan, Zane Cansino, Myles Cansino, Antonio Perez-Cansino; Step grandchildren: Ty Parks, Heather Parks.

Services: St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Mt. Shasta

Rosary: Friday, January 27 at 4:00 PM

Funeral Mass: Saturday, January 28 at 12:00 PM

*Please consider a donation in Marilyn’s name to St. Vincent de Paul’s or St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Altar Society


Edna Lois Thorstad

4/14/1924 - 1/15/2023

Edna Lois (Omundson) Thorstad, 98, passed away on the Lord's Day, January 15, 2023 at 7:25AM, "Resting in the Spirit", with a smile on her face. She peacefully slept into eternity to join her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and those who have gone before. Edna died of natural causes after a long and blessed life.

Edna was born to Peder and Jennie Omundson on April 14, 1924 in Silverton Township, on their farm in rural Thief River Falls, Minnesota. In 1930 the family moved to a farm near St. Hilaire, Minnesota where she and her siblings attended a one-room schoolhouse. In 1937 the family moved into Thief River Falls, Minnesota. After graduating from Lincoln High School, class of 1942, Edna went to work for the Oakland Park Sanatorium ( for Tuberculous patients). She then went to work for Bjorkman's Clothing, where she continued working until she was united in marriage to James O. Thorstad on October 18, 1952.

James and Edna had two daughters, Mary and Janice. Edna was a wonderful homemaker. She enjoyed embroidering and needlework. The couple retired to Dunsmuir, California in 1990. She continued to be the family letter writer. She loved writing letters to all of our family and friends and kept everyone in touch with letters and cards. And she loved reading letters and emails from friends and family, especially in latter years when her hearing no longer allowed her to visit on the phone. She was a humble, kind, and gentle woman, with compassion for others and loved the Lord and reading her Bible. A couple Bible verses she had written down and kept on her little desk were: (KJV) Philippians 1:3 "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you", Philippians 1:7 "...I have you in my heart..." She loved encouraging others with The word and often included verses in her letters.

Edna is survived by her daughter Janice (Timothy) Seidlitz of Dunsmuir, California. Grandchildren Jill (James) Hill, Texas, Luke (Tammy) Seidlitz, California, Stacey Seidlitz, Mississippi, Edward (Samantha) Seidlitz, California, and Hannah (Joe) Fleck, California, and 9 great-grandchildren. Brother in-law Bert Thorstad and sister in-law Iva Hayes, and nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, husband James Thorstad, daughter and son-in-law Mary and Glen Wilson, grand-daughter Joy Wilson. Brother Iven Gilmen Omundson, sisters Stella Krankkala Omdahl, Eunice Omundson, Deloris Hovland and Inez, Annette and Eunice Luella who died in infancy, and also by many in-laws, Aunts, Uncles, cousins and extended family.


Karen Kay Copsey

11/2/1953 - 1/13/2023

Karen Copsey passed away peacefully at home on January 13 after a brief but valiant battle with brain cancer. Karen was born in Petaluma on November 2, 1953, to Jack Copsey and Barbara (Noble) Copsey. From age 7, she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Frank ("Buzz") Busby. Karen spent her early years in Dillon Beach, Arcata, and Shasta County before settling with her family in Mount Shasta in 1967. She graduated from Mount Shasta High School and College of the Siskiyous, and earned her degree in architecture from UC Berkeley.

She was a pioneer for women architects in the north state, and her design work can be found throughout Northern California. She began her career restoring the historical buildings in Old Sacramento and later moved to Redding, where she was a partner at Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto. During her 26 years with NM&R, she directed the completion of several projects at the College of the Siskiyous, including the Technology Centers at both the Yreka and the Weed campuses, and the main science building at the Weed campus. In addition, Karen completed projects for numerous other school districts and colleges, including Siskiyou Union High School District, Redding School District, Red Bluff Joint Union High School District, and College of the Redwoods. She also served as a licensing examiner for the California Architects Board and was a member of the Board of Directors of the College of the Siskiyous Foundation.

Karen was a creative force of nature. She was skilled at playing the guitar, piano, and violin, as well as vocal music. She was a talented artist and excelled at painting, drawing, sewing, quilting, and crafting. She loved to travel and was an expert skier, an avid hiker, and a certified yoga instructor. Karen retired to Mt. Shasta and devoted her time to these creative pursuits and activities. In recent years, she was an active member of the Siskiyou Art Association and the ArtRoster Atelier in Mt. Shasta. Her watercolor and oil paintings feature everything from landscapes to portraits of pets and people and replicas of the masters. She recently completed a series of streetscapes from cities she had visited around the world. Her award-winning art was displayed in local galleries and shows, as well as at the Pence Gallery in Davis and The Forgery Show at Morris Adjmi Architects in New York.

She was especially close to her family and enjoyed spending time with her siblings, nieces, and nephews. Her talent, humor, and kindness touched everyone who knew her. She will be greatly missed.

Karen leaves her husband of 35 years, John Adamson of Mount Shasta; siblings Glenda (and Steve) Paepke of Herald, John (and Joanne) Copsey of Redding, Brad (and Debbie) Copsey of Shingletown, Jennifer (and Chris) Ciccone of Dove Canyon, and Laurie (and Drew) Barton of Windsor; aunt Nikki Benson of Pleasant Hill; 18 nieces and nephews; 8 great nieces and nephews; her Bernese Mountain Dog, Eiger; and many wonderful friends.

To carry on Karen’s creative legacy, the Karen Copsey Memorial Fund has been established at the Community Foundation of the North State. Donations will benefit the arts and art programs in Siskiyou County. Memorial donations can be made online at Donations can also be sent to 1335 Arboretum Dr., Suite B, Redding, CA 96003.

A celebration of Karen’s life is planned for this spring in Mt. Shasta.


Daryl Swift Sr

January 13/2023

On January 13, 2023 Daryl Swift Sr (59) was summoned to the pearly gates on his final ride to eternal freedom. Born and raised in Mt Shasta, California Daryl spent much of his time outdoors hunting, fishing, skiing and camping and a lot of quality time with his grandparents, parents, family and friends. He enjoyed “raising a little hell” with his brother, Paul, his best buddy, Dion Meadows and his many lifelong friends.

Daryl graduated Mt. Shasta High School and went on to work in construction and then for the railroad. However, it was evident that sawdust runs in the veins of the men in the Swift family and Daryl spent the next 30 plus years carrying on a family tradition in the lumber industry. For the last 22 years Daryl worked at Collins Pine mill in Lakeview, Oregon.

Daryl believed that any man is only as good as his word and his work ethic, so he set the bar high and earned a reputation as a standup guy who enjoyed challenging young people to work smarter not harder.

Daryl felt that his greatest achievement was 16 plus years of sobriety. He was always willing to support the efforts of anyone who needed some encouragement to try to attain that same goal.

The pride and joy of Daryl's life was raising his daughter, Deanna and his son Daryl. Later, the added bonus of his grandchildren Chloe, Avery, Peyton and Gabriella gave him tremendous enjoyment. Only rivaled by his other pride and joy, his motorcycle. He cherished the freedom of the open road and no particular destination.

Daryl and his wife, Elva, created a blended family and a life that was filled with peace, fun, memories, love and adventure that was a true blessing for the both of them.

Daryl was preceded to the afterlife by his grandparents Ernie and Ida Swift, Elwood and Marcy Martin and Stepbrother, Kurt Lutz.

Daryl made an impact with his life that will be cherished, missed and remembered by his family: Wife: Elva, Mother: Carolyn Swift-Cervelli, Father: D. Rod Swift (Linda), Brother: Paul Swift, Step-Sister: Katrina Taylor (Chris), Daughter: Deanna, Son: Daryl (Elizabeth), his 10 grandchildren, & his devoted fur baby CeCe as well as so many relatives and friends that it is impossible to list all the lives he touched.

There will be a gathering on January 28th from 1-4 pm at the Elks Lodge in Lakeview, Oregon. Please join us to share memories of Daryl’s life. In lieu of flowers please plant a tree in Daryl’s memory and keep the sawmills in business.


Dugan George Greene

1/18/1952 - 1/10/2023

Dugan George Greene was born January 18th, 1952, to George and Francis Greene in Centralia, Washington. He was the youngest of three boys and lived life to the beat of his own drum.

Dugan was a proud Harley Davidson mechanic and, through the years, drove a truck and built mobile homes, later becoming the Squaw Valley Mobile Home Park caretaker in his retirement.

He and 'His Nancy' lived happily in McCloud, enjoying the mountain life and regular trips to the coast. He continued to be an avid motorcycle enthusiast, eventually trading in his Harley for a Sport Touring BMW motorcycle.

Dugan is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nancy Joyce, mother Francis, father George, and older brothers, Johnny and Tim.

He is survived by his three children, Heather Greene, Brandi Greene, and Jordan Greene; his stepsons Allan Sarti (Lisa), Lonnie Henson (Sabrina), Jake Stevens, and David Raven; oodles of grandkids, and a community of friends chosen to be family.

Dugan's final goal in life was to finish his days in McCloud, at home, surrounded by friends and family. He did just that, showing gratitude to everyone he spoke to and visited with before he passed on January 10th, 2023.

"He was the son of the last Spooner, gone to change his shoes."


Monica Eileen Ward Conan

2/21/1921 - 1/1/2023

Monica Eileen Ward Conan was born February 21, 1921 in a small Montana town 12 miles south of the Canadian border. Monica, the last of thirteen children, was raised in Montana and Yakima, Washington. She attended the University of Oregon at Eugene, and then settled in Southern California for most of her adult life. Monica was married to Clayton Conan for over forty years and widowed since 1983. Monica was a world traveler and adventurer her whole life. She lived independently and remained active, attending exercise classes at the wellness center in Mount Shasta up to December of 2022, while 101 years young. She passed away at home in Mount Shasta, California on January 1, 2023. She is survived by two adult children, five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.


Diane Louise Kirwin

6/11/1935 - 12/27/2022

Diane Louise Kirwin was born in Bermuda on June 11, 1935 to her parents Roysten and Mildred Towle. Diane had five children; Paul, Michael, Mark, Stephen and Brid. She was a champion of forgiveness and love as shown through her life work helping others. Diane lived in Bermuda, and she ran a nursery school and volunteered helping families and underprivileged children through her church while her husband was the first area director of Young Life on the island. The family moved to Colorado Springs where her husband continued to work for Young Life. In mid life, she realized her husband’s health was declining and needed to get an education to support herself, so began with an undergraduate degree and then earned her masters as a Licensed Clinical Social worker which she used in both Colorado and California. After her husband died, she moved to her home in Mount Shasta California to be closer to family, and then began traveling the world. While in India, Diane saw a great need for education and health care which prompted her to start an organization to build schools, bring health care, and dig wells for the poor. Returning home, she became an active member of the community attending St. Barnabas church and belonged to many groups and clubs. Her passions included love of the outdoors, rivers, flowers, music, art, knitting, British detective shows, books, children, and her openness to the many faiths and religions of the world. Diane died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on December 27, 2022 at 87 years old. She was a true giver, a Quan Yen…the Buddhist healer. She is loved and will be dearly missed.


Kenneth Miles Hartz

11/22/1945 - 12/26/2022

On Monday, December 26, 2022, Kenneth Hartz peacefully passed away at the age of 77 while at his home with family. He was born to Beatrice and Victor Hartz, in Elizabeth NJ, and was brother to Gerald Hartz.

As a Husband, Father, Brother and great friend to many walks of life, Ken was known for an amazing funny bone and sense of humor with a strong penchant for “Dad Jokes” that many recall fondly, and a smile that was infectious, even during hard times. His love for the open skies served him well as a Commander and Pilot for the US Navy, and his passion for flying was passed down and survived by his son.

He was an avid enjoyer of the outdoors. He loved camping, kayaking and going on hikes. After a poorly dealt hand from life in 2004, in which he became paralyzed from the waist down, he refused to let his spirit be daunted. In the many years since, he shared in many adventures and enjoyed going on strolls and excursions with family and friends alike, visiting beautiful scenic views of ocean cliff sides and deep forests.

He is free, and will be remembered and celebrated by the many lives and hearts of the friends and family he has enriched throughout his life, and his memory shall hopefully leave us with a smile that he loved to bring.


Ola B. Montgomery


Ola B. Montgomery, a resident of Weed California, passed away on December 24, 2022 in Elk Grove California.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.


Kenneth James Solus

11/20/1954 - 12/17/2022

Preceded in death by his parents, Melvin & Deloria Solus, and his older brother, Robert Solus.

Survived by his brother Richard Solus and sister-in-law Claris Solus, his nephews Nathan, Wesley, Brian, and Andrew Solus, and his neice Allison Solus Blankenship, and his partner of 37 years, the Reverend Lawrence Holben.

Private committal service at the Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church Memorial Grounds, Mount Shasta.

Memorial Donations to Mount Shasta Hospice.


Catherine Melo Worden

2/14/1957 - 12/14/2022

Catherine Melo Worden was born February 14, 1957 to Louie and Carolyn Melo. She grew up in San Jose, CA, and upon graduating college followed in her father's footsteps and began her career as a teacher. Known affectionately by her students as the "Mole Queen," Catherine taught Chemistry at Santa Teresa high school for over three decades. On more than one occasion she was known to have taught Chemistry to the children of her former students. Several years throughout her career she earned the teacher of the year award for East Side Union High School District, and was well respected by faculty and students alike. Throughout her long and storied career, she went above and beyond to have a deeper impact on her students than just high school chemistry. Catherine often provided a home away from home for kids in her classroom and would lend not only a good ear, but also good advice for any that needed it. While teaching and mentoring was certainly her greatest passion, her greatest love would be her family. She married Charles Ronald Worden in 1980 and they adopted three children soon after. The boys Bryn Scott and Kyle Louis kept the family busy, active in sports and scouting. The daughter Caitlin Janeen was returned to her biological family early in her life, but Catherine reconnected with her in her later years and the two formed a strong bond. The family loved to vacation together, visiting National Parks and exploring different States. Other hobbies for Catherine included going for walks, reading books, and keeping up with the life accomplishments of her students and children. She passed away at sixty-five years on December 14, 2022 surrounded by some of her dearest friends and family. She is survived by her husband and children, as well as her brother and his family.

Posted online on January 21, 2023


Casey Ryan Oates

8/4/1986 - 12/14/2022

Casey passed away at his home in Weed on December 14, 2022. He was born on August 4, 1986 at FE Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was an Air Force "Brat". He lived in Wyoming, Newbury England, and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The one place he considered home was in Weed, where his roots stemmed from. He loved his Grandma Velma, Nono, Joe Tallerico, and Grandpa Hudd Oates. Casey loved Mount Shasta, fishing, and the outdoors. He was proud of his Karuk heritage. He never forgot a special occasion and he will never be forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth "Beaver" Oates. Casey is survived by his beloved wife, Courtney Skeen Oates; step daughters, Teagan and Kasia; two brothers, Shan and Brandon Oates; and his mother and stepfather, Beverly and Gene Flower.

A private family service will be held and online condolences are welcome.


Dale Dwayne Andreasen

February 27, 1945 - December 10, 2022

Dale Dwayne Andreasen succumbed to COPD in the late afternoon of December 10, 2022, at the age of 77.

Born in Idaho, his family moved to California once he was a teenager, where he attended Huntington Beach High School. After graduating, he married Susan Plantz, and they had three children: Davy, Jennie, and Becky. The family moved often but spent the largest portion of their time together in Eureka, CA. Dale and Sue divorced in the 1970's.

Dale remarried in the 1990's. He had been working and living in several different states by that time, in his career in journalism that eventually led to his being the publisher of various newspapers, most recently The Siskiyou Daily News. Dale and Joyce spent the largest portion of their time together in Yreka, CA. Joyce's daughters, Genny and Lisa, also moved to the area with their families. Dale called Siskiyou County his home until November of 2021, when his health necessitated moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, near his three children.

Dale will be sorely missed by many. A charming, funny, free spirit who had always planned to write "the next great American novel," he was an avid reader and movie-watcher. He loved to listen to music, and he always sang along.

Dale is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, as well as his father, Randy, his mother, Millie, and his brother, Jim. He is survived by his brother, Alan, his sister, Sandi, and their families, as well as his children, step-children, and their families.


Nancy Joy Fruzza Lemos

7/17/1940 - 12/4/2022

A beautiful blue-eyed baby girl was born to Katherine Barbieri Fruzza and Jimmie Fruzza on July 17, 1940. Fittingly, her name was Nancy Joy. She was a lifelong resident of Weed, California, attending Weed Elementary and Weed High School before acceptance to UC Berkeley with honors in 1958 where she was a biochemistry major. Nancy married the love of her life, David Lemos of Weed, in 1961 at the Holy Family Parish. Their close-knit family grew with the births of their three children to whom they were unfailingly devoted. Nancy worked for the City of Weed as a clerk and police dispatcher; she later became the manager of the College Siskiyous bookstore and retired after 18 years. Her courtesy toward students and staff, along with exemplary accounting skills, made her a natural fit for the position, which she enjoyed immensely.

Nancy’s many interests included gardening, watching professional and youth sports in which her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren participated; she loved combining her cooking talents with her love of family time. Traveling across North America and Europe with Dave were particularly memorable, including a trip with cousins to meet their Italian relatives and see the village from where their maternal grandmother emigrated. Nancy used her fluent Italian that she had learned from grandparents on both sides, to communicate with locals and navigate the beautiful province of Tuscany.

She was a gregarious, loving and generous person who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Her colorful personality was enduring and memorable to everyone she met. Often described as “a character”, her presence at gatherings increased the fun factor tenfold.

With family at her side, Nancy passed peacefully on December 4, 2022; may she rest in peace.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 61 years David Lemos, daughter Trudy Pellizzari of Redding, son Jerry Lemos of Yreka, brother Ed Fruzza of Redding, grandchildren Jordan Pellizzari of San Francisco, Jamie Robertson of Palo Cedro, Robyn Akana and Ashley Lemos of Yreka, and six great grandchildren ranging in age from two months to six years old. She was preceded in death by daughter Julie Renay Lemos in 1972.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Nancy Lemos to the Julie Lemos Pediatric Heart Research Fund; Pacific Medical Center, 3555 Cesar Chavez Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.

Services previously scheduled had to be canceled due to weather. A celebration of life may take place after the holidays.


Zoe Mary Rossetto


Zoe Rossetto passed away peacefully Saturday November 19, 2022 at Madrone Hospice in Yreka. She was born May 30th, 1926, in Hilt to Erminio and Angela Favero.

Zoe grew up in Siskiyou County and graduated from Yreka High School in 1944. After high school she left Hilt to go to beauty school in San Jose, where she attained her certification in cosmetology. After beauty school she and her friend moved to Pasadena to work at the Bullocks Department Store Beauty Salon where her clientele introduced her to what would become a life long love of the opera.

After Pasadena she moved to San Francisco to work for her aunt who was opening a salon. It was then that the son of life long family friends asked her if she wanted to go to a baseball game. Six months after that day, on November 11, 1951, Zoe married Virgil Rossetto, the love of her life. They chose to settle and make Weed their home. Zoe went to work in the Weed Mercantile Beauty Salon until 1954, when she and Virgil went into business with friends Vernon and Emma Bales. Together they bought the Savoy Hotel in Weed. In 1969 Virgil and Zoe sold their portion of the Hotel and she went to work for the Weed Police Department as a Clerk Dispatcher. During her time with the police department she was also very active with the local United Way until she retired in 1988.

Faith was a very important part of Zoe’s life. She was an active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church Altar Society (now the Holy Family Women's Society) where she served as president for several years and also served as chair of the Bereavement Committee. She was also an active part of the Winema Cemetery Association.

Zoe is preceded in death by her parents Erminio and Angela Favero, brothers John and Dominic Favero, son Dale and husband Virgil. She is survived by her daughter Paula Rossetto of Weed, daughter-in-law Mikie Mulvihill (Tom) of Weed, granddaughter Meagan Smith (Tony) of Roseville, grandson Eric Seyranian-Rossetto (Rob) of Phoenix AZ, great-grandsons Benjamin, Lucas and Samuel Smith, and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Weed on February 18 th , 2023 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Winema Cemetery Association c/o Shirley Dutt 792 Stringtown Avenue, Weed, CA 96094 or Mercy Hospice Mount Shasta, 914 Pine, St. Mount Shasta, CA 96067.

Girdner Funeral Chapel will be assisting the family and online condolences may be made at


Glenda Ameen


Glenda Gay Ameen née Alexander passed away October 29, 2022.

Glenda was born January 17, 1954 in Klamath Falls Or. to Nola and Earl Alexander. She attended schools in Mt. Shasta, Weed and Santa Clara.

She worked as a waitress for many years starting at the “Breakfast House” in Mt. Shasta, the Piemont, where she amazed patrons by taking dinner and drink orders numbering into the teens without writing anything down and serving the order without error. She also worked for and ran Silva’s Restaurant in later years and at the College of the Siskiyous.

Glenda was a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister. She enjoyed reading, gardening and she was very capable at many art forms, although her favorite was pottery. She spent many enjoyable days in her studio throwing clay on her wheel and firing her kiln. She was such a giving person, very adventurous, extremely hard working, she possessed a quick wit and a great sense of humor. She always put the needs of others first.

She was preceded in death her parents Nola and Ed Silva, her father Earl Alexander, sisters Terry Greene, Rhonda Massengill, stepbrother Art Silva and nephew Michael Alexander.

She is survived by her husband Sol of 37 years, son Joseph, sisters Brenda Sedin (Joe), Cindy Schultz (John), niece Mellissa Brophy (Pat), Cristin Harryman (Rob), Kelly Saad (Mike), nephews Garrett Greene (Kaci), David Wall and many more nieces, nephews and friends. She is and will be greatly missed by her family and friends


Harold “Eldon” Ramshaw


Harold “Eldon” Ramshaw, long-time resident of Mount Shasta, passed away on October 26, 2022 with his daughter by his side in Redding, California.

Born on April 23, 1929 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Harold and Beatrice Ramshaw, Eldon and his family, including his brother, Bruce, moved to Mt. Shasta, CA in 1937. He attended school and worked delivering groceries, fighting fires and racing “the fastest car in the county” around as a young man. During the Korean War, Eldon served as a G2 Private First Class in intelligence stationed with a small group in Tokyo Japan until 1953. Upon returning to the states, he attended business college in Oakland, CA. He then returned to Mt. Shasta to run Ramshaw’s Hardware in which his father Harold started in 1945. Harold passed away in 1946 leaving Beatrice to run the store until Eldon’s return. Eldon was pivotal in bringing the franchises of Ace Hardware to the West Coast in the early 60’s and joined Ace in 1969. He then changed the name of the business to Ramshaw’s Ace Hardware. He continued to work and watch over the family business (now run by his son, Bill) until February 2022.

Eldon married Virginia (Sampson) Ramshaw in 1955 and had three children, Robb, Elena and Bill. Eldon continued his passion for duck hunting, skiing, trap shooting and being a hardware man for the majority of his life. Eldon later married Louise (Kerns) Ramshaw the love of his life and were together for 48 years until his death. They loved to have family Monday night football at their home surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Beatrice Ramshaw; and his brother, Bruce Ramshaw. He is survived by his wife, Louise Ramshaw; children, Robb Ramshaw, Elena (Ramshaw) Hunt, William (Bill) Ramshaw; seven grandchildren, Brandon Daugherty, Nicole Pryor, Kiersten Ramshaw, Keith Ramshaw, Mackenzie Hunt, Logan Ramshaw and Rhianna Ramshaw; and three great grandchildren, Ryan Daugherty, Calvin Daugherty and Eli Prior.

He will be greatly missed by the community and his family!

A Memorial for Eldon will be January 21st at the Elks Lodge, 326 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd #9 (upstairs), Mt. Shasta, at 2pm. All are welcome to come share memories!

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