Obituaries for the week of 10/3/2012

Patricia Ann Womack, 71

Arline Claire Brown, 89

Ardene Elizabeth Ryerson, 74

Forrest Lee Steinle, 80

James Thomas Boll, 69

Eva Mae Fanning, 89

Evelyn Wenona Lansdon, 53


  Patricia Ann Womack passed away peacefully at home with her son John in Salem, Ore., on Sept. 11, 2012. Diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in December 2011, she fought the disease to the end.

  She is survived by her brother Paul, sister Penny and children Sharilee Gray (Meurer), Ron Meurer, John Meurer and Shauna Ann Womack.

  Born in Norwich, England, in 1941, she survived the bombings by Nazi Germany and the following ravages of war. Years later after meeting and falling in love with a member of the American Air Force she relocated to the U.S. and became a U.S. citizen. After stops in many U.S. cities and foreign countries she and her family ended up in Indiana.

  Years later found her in Portola where she lived for 30-plus years while working at the local hospital.

  She moved to Salem in 2009 to be closer to her son John. While in Salem she became a member of the 50+ Senior Center where she was active in the sewing and quilting club, which made items for the local hospital to use for newborn children.

  Her friends in Portola and Salem were very important to her and she wanted all to know how much she loved them.

  The family would appreciate any donations in her name to be made to the 50+ Senior Center in Salem, Ore.

  Arrangementscan be made by contacting Julie Meurer at (503) 507-1427.


  Mrs. Arline Claire Brown, longtime outstanding Portola resident, passed away suddenly Friday, Sept. 14, in Roseville where she had recently moved to be near her children and grandchildren. The day before her death, she had gone to lunch with her daughter, enjoyed her favorite dish, had a tall margarita and was shopping for her new great-granddaughter due in October. She was “on top of the world” and loved her new little apartment, the many friends she made at Roseville Commons, and the ability to shop at the Dollar Store near her new home.

  It was known that she was struggling with kidney disease and for that reason her three children moved her to Roseville three months ago to be near them.

  Arline’s first job was for the Portola Reporter. She was 12 years old and was paid $2 a week. She was a student at Portola High School and, after graduation, attended Heald Business College in Richmond. She then went to work as a roadmaster clerk for the Western Pacific Railroad in Portola. She sold Avon for many years and earned many awards with her great salesmanship. In later years she worked as a legal secretary, and retired as a medical transcriptionist. She taught herself medical terms and was very proud of her skills.

  Arline was instrumental in restoring a monument dedicated to her mother who had taken active part in the development of the Portola Park and swimming pool. The monument was completed this year. She was also very active on the Portola El Tigre website and provided much historical information to Portola residents. She had a wonderful memory, and loved her computer.

  Arline was married to Charlie Brown on Sept. 13, 1947, in Portola. They had a wonderful 54 years together. She fell ill on their anniversary, and passed away the next day.

  She is survived by three children, Paula Buerger, Lincoln (born in 1950) and twins Dennis Brown, of Sacramento, and Debbie Tudor, of Watsonville (born in 1952). Also surviving are seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and 19 nieces and nephews. Many of the nieces and nephews traveled from California, Nevada and the Midwest to join in the celebration of her life at her home in Portola. The home has been in the Janes family for more than 100 years. Arline lived there for 79 of her 89 years of life.

  Arline was preceded in death by her husband; her mother and father (Joseph and Juanita Janes); her siblings Herb Janes, Bertram Janes, Pauline Parrish and Richard Janes; and nephew Bert Janes.

  Her graveside services were held at the Portola cemetery Saturday, Sept. 29. She was laid to rest in the beauty she had done much to establish and preserve.

  A celebration of Arline’s life followed at her home in Portola.

  Arline will be sadly missed by her many friends and her family. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to High Sierra Animal Rescue in Portola (highsierraanimalrescue.org). Arline loved dogs, and her wish was to help out all the little orphan dogs possible.


  Ardene Elizabeth Arancibia Ryerson lived life from Oct. 25, 1937, to Sept. 22, 2012. She adored her husband of 55 years, Rich; her daughters, Kathi and Micki; her son-in-law, Keith; grandchildren Deanie, Jennifer, Amber and Griffin; great-granddaughters Lillian, Julianne and Olivia; a great-grandchild due March 2013; and her family of friends.

  She was proud to be a Californian and grew up in Fresno, lived as an adult in Sunnyvale and retired to Lake Almanor West in 1992. She was one of the first permanent part-time employees of Hewlett-Packard, working for the company for 32 years. She appreciated the arts, enjoyed traveling, was an avid reader, played a few rounds of golf and volunteered time to various organizations throughout her lifetime.

  Ardene was known for her belief in equality for all and standing up for the principle of peace. If you knew “Deanie” you recognized her impressive work ethic, sharp wit, innate style, remarkable beauty, notable generosity, infectious laugh and ability to make a party out of any situation!

  The warmth of her presence will continue to be felt by those who love her. 
Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.

  We are never entirely separated from those who help define us, even when they are gone.

  An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  Memorial donations in the name of Ardene Ryerson are appreciated and can be made to the Barack Obama campaign, via contribute.barackobama.com; the Southern Poverty Law Center, via secure.splcenter.org/donations/donate/overview or 
400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; or Sierra Hospice, via P.O. Box 95, Chester, CA 96020.


  Lake Almanor, resident Forrest Lee Steinle passed from this life to his eternal home with the Lord peacefully in his sleep, Monday evening, Sept. 24, 2012, at his residence. His loving wife was at his side.

  Born May 31, 1932, to Fred and Rosina (Fleig) Steinle in Paso Robles, Forrest was raised and educated in Paso Robles, graduating from Paso Robles High School as a member of the Class of 1950 where he played the clarinet in the schools Jazz Band. He went on to attend Fresno State College where he also played in Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity’s Jazz Band. It is here he was introduced to a pretty young co-ed named Joan Hedger. Following a two-year engagement the couple was united in matrimony on May 27, 1955, in Fresno, CA. To this holy union two sons and a daughter were born.

  Just prior to his marriage Forrest began what became a 32 year career in the banking industry starting off as a teller with First Western Bank in 1955, in Fresno, before being transferred to Fairfield, then to Marysville where the family resided in Yuba City, and then to Greenville where he retired as the manager of Lloyds Bank in the early 80’s. Forrest then began a second career, that of a real estate agent working for Mountain Properties of Lake Almanor.

  Forrest and Joan enjoyed traveling together and in their later years traveled throughout the southwest visiting Native American Cultural Centers as well as shopping for jewelry and artifacts. An avid sportsman, Forrest enjoyed target shooting with the International Defense Pistol Association as well as bird hunting. He is a long time member of the NRA and a former member of the Greenville Rotary Club. A devout member of the Lutheran faith, Forrest was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church of Greenville where he served on numerous church board positions as well as being the Circuit Representative to the California, Nevada, Hawaii District Church Extension Fund for over twenty years. A devoted family man, Forrest took great pride in the fact that all of his children graduated from college and are successful in their life’s passions. Time spent at the family beach house in Cayucos will always remain precious in the minds of everyone.

  In passing Forrest leaves his loving wife of fifty-seven years Joan of Lake Almanor; sons Bruce Steinle and his wife Christy of Spokane, Wash., Fred Steinle and his wife Kathy of Carson City, Nev.; daughter Julie Alto and her husband Kevin of Eden Prairie, Minn.; and the pride of his later life his grandchildren Shannon, Callie, Christopher, Melissa and Fritz.

  A celebration of Forrest’s life is planned for Saturday, Oct. 13, 11: a.m. at Forrest’s beloved First Lutheran Church in Greenville.

  An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  In lieu of flowers, any remembrances in Forrest’s memory can be made to the Lutheran Hour or LCMS Ft. Wayne Seminary c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

  A memorial service will also take place in Cayucos later this winter.


  James Thomas Boll, of Oroville, died Sept. 20, 2012, at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., at the age of 69.

  He was born June 22, 1943, in Ventura.

  James is survived by his sisters, Pam Ramsdell, of Paradise, and Pat Burleson, of Gridley.

  Service arrangements are pending. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Eva Mae Fanning, 89, died Sept. 20, 2012, at the Seneca long-term skilled nursing facility in Chester.

  She was born Dec. 12, 1922, in Cedarville, Ark.

  Survivors include her sons, Bob and Donnie; daughter Loretta Wallace; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

  She was predeceased by her husband Don, her youngest son Ken, four brothers and one sister.

  Services will be held at a later date, with interment at Chester Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Seneca long-term skilled nursing facility.

  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fehrman Mortuary.


  Evelyn Wenona Lansdon, 53, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at her residence in Greenville.

  She was born in Marysville to Marvin Cunningham and Donna Miller on July 3, 1959.

  In passing she leaves four daughters, two sons, one sister and a brother as well as her mother and father.

  She was predeceased by a brother.

  Private Maidu services will take place at a later date. Inurnment following cremation at Fehrman Crematory will take place in the Davis Native American Cemetery in Genesee.

  An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

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