Obituaries for the week of 10/17/2012

Sarah Lavina Sheehan, 99

Charles W. ‘John’ Cozort Sr, 96

Edith Ann O’Rourke, 97

Mark R. Thompson, 36



Longtime Indian Valley resident Sarah Lavina Sheehan peacefully passed from this life early Monday morning, Oct. 8, 2012, at Country Villa Riverview located in Susanville. She was just one month and 10 days from celebrating her 100th birthday.

  Born in Midvale, Idaho, to German immigrants John and Katherine (Geibelhause) Heinrich on Nov. 18, 1912, she and her family relocated to Hillsboro, Ore., in 1923. Here Sarah attended a boarding school along the Oregon coast where she graduated from high school.

  At the tender age of 19 Sarah married Robert Avery Sheehan, whom she had met through her church affiliation. The couple was united in matrimony Nov. 1, 1931, and to this loving union two precious daughters were born.

  In 1934 the newlyweds moved to Indian Valley where they raised their family. Sarah was a devout member of the Seventh-day Adventist faith and served the local congregation as a longtime church treasurer and Sabbath School superintendent.

  Outside of her devotion to her family and her church Sarah found great pleasure in gardening as well as relaxing crocheting.

  In passing Sarah leaves her daughter Patti Pirtle and her husband Rod; the prides of her later life, her grandchildren Reneé, Sabrina and Raif; great-grandchildren Sayward, Nicole and Abby; and three precious great-great-grandchildren.

  She joins her husband, Avery; daughter Carol Thomas; granddaughter Trista; seven brothers; and three sisters in their eternal home with the Lord.

  A celebration of Sarah’s life will take place at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Greenville on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. with private interment to follow alongside her late husband in the Greenville District Cemetery.

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



  Longtime Chester resident Charles W. “John” Cozort Sr. passed from this life peacefully under the compassionate care of the staff at Country Villa-Riverview in Susanville on Tuesday evening, Oct. 9, 2012.

  John, as he preferred to be called, was born in Hammond, Okla., to Abraham and Iva (Fesmire) Cozort on June 25, 1916. He was raised along with eight other brothers, and the family members banded together to support themselves doing mainly farm work.

  At the age of 18, John joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and was assigned to Wyoming. In 1936 he left the corps to follow his parents to California where they settled in San Jose. A year later John followed his brother to the northeastern California lumber community of Westwood where he began work as a waiter in the company’s mess hall. He later went to work in the mill as a lumber straightener while also learning several other job positions. He was eventually promoted to the position of millwright in the dry kiln.

  At the onset of World War II, inspired by the attack on Pearl Harbor, John joined the war effort as a member of the U.S. Navy. Following a three-week boot camp he was shipped to Pearl Harbor and was assigned to the USS Ralph Talbot DD390, a destroyer that had survived the attack. He advanced through the ranks to water tender second class before his honorable discharge in September 1945. He survived numerous campaigns in the Pacific, including the Solomon Islands.

  John returned to his position as a millwright with Fruit Growers Supply Co. along with his new wife. To their union a son was born. The marriage later ended in divorce. While working nights as a bartender at the Meadows outside of Westwood he met a pretty young schoolteacher named Rose Cobo. This encounter led to the couple’s marriage in Lovelock, Nev., on June 4, 1949, and to this union a daughter and son were added.

  Upon the closing of Fruit Growers Supply Co., John went to work for the Collins Pine mill in Chester where he retired as the planing mill millwright decades later with a reputation for hard work and good humor.

  Upon his moving to Chester John was recruited into the local VFW post and later became a member of the local American Legion post. As a life member of the Harry Doble Post 664 John served as commander on numerous occasions as well as a number of other positions with the post. He went on to serve his fellow veterans as a state representative for both the VFW and the American Legion.

  John stayed in contact with his former shipmates on the Ralph Talbot and attended many of their reunions throughout the country with Rose or his children. John joined his shipmates for a commemorative tour of New Zealand in 2004.

  John was a devoted member of the former Christ the King Catholic Church and was a longtime member of their men’s club. Along with selling tickets for all the church functions he could always be found around town selling poppies and flags, fundraising for the local veterans posts.

  He enjoyed “puttering” in his shop and was always there to repair his neighbors’ goods or maintain their yards. He ran the senior bingo and helped workers of the Wildwood nutrition programs for years.

  In passing John leaves his children, Charles W. Cozort Jr. and his wife Kathleen, of Sacramento, Colette M. Cozort, of Chester, and Everett L. Cozort, of Fair Oaks; grandchildren DeeAnn Walker and her husband Gary, Wendy L. Knowles and her husband Jay, Jonathan Cozort and Nathan Bauer; and seven great-grandchildren.

  He joins his loving wife of 52 years, Rose, who passed from this life in 2002, and all of his siblings in their eternal home.

  Graveside services to include military honors will take place alongside his late wife in the Chester District Cemetery at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18. They will be followed by a Memorial Mass for the repose of his soul at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church at Lake Almanor. A gathering to celebrate John’s life will follow immediately at the church social hall.

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

  The family asks that any remembrances in John’s memory be made to the American Legion Harry Doble Post 664, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


  Edith Ann O’Rourke, of Gainesville, Fla., died October 11, 2012. She was 97.

  Mrs. O’Rourke was born on Long Island, N.Y., on July 22, 1915, to Joan and William Innes, formerly of Scotland. She, with her daughter, moved to Quincy in 1950 as the beloved wife of Francis “Tim” O’Rourke.

  She had been a legal secretary in New York and was a homemaker in Quincy. She belonged to The Order of the Eastern Star and was active in Quincy United Methodist Church as a choir member, teacher and dance instructor.

  Edith was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, her brothers Gordon and Jim, and her sister Frances. After the death of her mother-in-law, Claire, who lived to 111, she moved to Reno, Nev., and became active in the South Reno United Methodist Church. She moved to Gainesville in the middle of the 2004 hurricane season.

  Edith is survived by her daughter Diane and son-in-law Lee Kauper, of Alachua, Fla.; granddaughters Laura (Jim) Atwell, of New Jersey, and Amy Kauper, of Gainesville; and several nieces and nephews.

  A celebration of Edith’s life will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Quincy Community United Methodist Church with inurnment to follow in the Whispering Pines Cemetery in Portola.

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



  Mark R. Thompson, of Quincy, and a former resident of Crescent Mills, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at the age of 36. He was born Jan. 9, 1976, in Santa Cruz. His parents are Jim and Mary Schager, of Crescent Mills. Mark was a graduate of Greenville High and served his country as a member of the National Guard.

  Mark leaves his wife, Vanessa Thompson; son Daniel Thompson; step-son Dustin Duplanty; brothers Brian Thompson, of Reno, Nev., and Kevin Schager, of Crescent Mills; and step-brothers Brent and Anthony Schager, of Southern California.

  Services will be at the First Baptist Church, 63 Reese St. in Quincy, on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to help defray final expenses would be appreciated. Contact Fehrman Mortuary at 283-2800 or P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971 to help.

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

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