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 www.girdnerfuneralchapel.com.
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 forestservicemuseum.org 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 https://cfnorthstate.org/donations/karen-copsey-memorial-fund/. 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
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 girdnerfuneralchapel.com.
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!