Obituaries for the week of 12/5/2012

Dana Ellen Coatsworth Green

Timothy John Riffel

Leon Everett Vaughn

Jerald J. “Jerry” Holland

Katherine Linda Carlson

  On Nov. 5, 2012, we said goodbye to our beloved Dana Green. Loving wife, daughter, sister and friend, Dana died peacefully in Sacramento, after a brief but heroic battle with a blood cancer. She was 53.

  Born in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 18, 1959, Dana moved as a child with her family to California where she lived much of her life. In 1980, she married her high school sweetheart, Steve Green, of Quincy. Dana loved sports, travel, reading, her animals, her church and spending time with her husband and extended family. She adored her job as a travel specialist for the National Football League. Dana knew her divine spirituality and was the embodiment of unconditional love.

  She is survived by her husband, Steve Green; mother Sara Broderick; mother- and father-in-law Linda and Gene Butler; brother Stephen Coatsworth; and sisters Sydney Coatsworth and Jamie Audley. We love you, Dana. You are sorely missed.

  A celebration of her life will take place in the spring, with details forthcoming.


  Timothy John Riffel, beloved father to John Riffel and Heather Fisher, unexpectedly passed away in his Calpine home Nov. 9, 2012.

  Memories of Tim will be carried on through his children and grandchildren, Judy, Billy, and Cody Fisher and Shelby and Logan Riffel.

  Tim enjoyed spending time with family, going on vacation, being outdoors and playing cribbage.

  Tim was born in Sacramento to Arnold and Edna Riffel on Sept. 19, 1949, and moved to Sierra County in the 1970s where he worked as a firefighter for the Forest Service and then spent the remainder of his career as a tree faller.

  Please send pictures and memories to fisherfive@charter.net.


  Leon Everett Vaughn, of Chico, died in Redding on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, after a short illness.

  He was born in Crane, Texas, to Verbie and Emma Vaughn on April 24, 1935.

  Leon graduated from Live Oak High School in 1953. After serving in the United States Army, he attended the University of South Carolina and received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1960.

  In 1961, Leon began his distinguished career as a foreign service officer with the United States Agency for International Development. During his career, he served in many countries: Yemen, Laos, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Fiji and several countries in Africa. He retired from USAID in 1986.

  Leon spent his retired years in Chico. In retirement, he loved to spend time with his family and friends. In addition, he was actively involved in his community, both professionally and as a volunteer. He pursued a second career in real estate as a real estate agent and broker. For many years, he was a committed volunteer with the Volunteers in Police Service.

  Leon is survived by his wife, Judy, of 53 years; daughter Susan Jett and son-in-law Carl, of Ohio; sons Joseph, of Sacramento, Michael, of Chico, and Mark and daughter-in-law Martha, of Greenville; sister Mabel McMillan, of Arkansas; brother J.D. Vaughn and sister-in-law Lavada, of Live Oak; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and many friends.

  Leon was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Estel Parker and brother-in-law Ellis Sr., Leda Clark, Emma Lee Hensley and brother-in-law Leroy, and Bernadine Erpenbach; brother Donald Vaughn; and brother-in-law Cecil McMillan.

  A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Nov. 30, at Our Divine Savior Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kiwanis family house: kiwanisfamilyhouse.org.

  Condolences may be sent to the family online at brusiefh.com.


  Jerald Joseph Holland, 75, of Quincy passed away peacefully at home with his 
family by his side Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.

  He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Pat; sons Robert (Harue), Stephen 
and Johnny (Teo); and daughters Wendy Sorosinski (John) and Natasha; as well 
as grandchildren Peyton, Sarah, Lisa, Eli, Olivia and Isabellah. Jerry was 
preceded in death by his father, Ralph, and his mother, Callie.

  Jerry was born in Stockton on Sept. 3, 1937. As a youth, he became an Eagle Scout, and later in life, he guided all three of his sons in 
achieving the same honor.

  Jerry joined the United States Navy after graduating from high school. 
Following his discharge, he earned his bachelor’s degree and teaching credential 
from California State University, Chico, then received his master’s degree from 
the University of Hawaii.

  A proud and successful educator, Jerry dedicated his life to the profession he 
loved. He taught for more than 30 years at Plumas Unified School District and 
served as a part-time instructor for many years at Feather River College before becoming principal and co-founder of the Plumas Charter School.

  Jerry was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 
serving as bishop and trusted advisor to his church community. He was known 
throughout the church and the greater Quincy community as someone always willing to help.

  An avid book collector and voracious reader, Jerry was active with the Friends of 
the Library. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Plumas 
County Museum.

  A life-long traveler, Jerry coordinated the Elderhostel program during his 
summers, and his journeys took him around the world. French Polynesia held a 
special spot in Jerry’s heart and was a place he loved. His greatest love, however, was his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by everyone he touched.

  The family welcomes all who wish to remember Jerry to attend a memorial 
service Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located on the corner of Bellamy Lane and Bucks Lake Road. 

  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jerry’s name to the Friends of the 
Library, the Plumas County Museum or Plumas Community Hospice, c/o 
Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

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


  Quincy resident Katherine Linda Carlson, 80, died at her residence Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.

  She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 15, 1932.

  She is survived by her husband of 54 years, David, of Quincy; daughters Auldene Mohr, of Corona, Nissa Ouellette, of Norco, and Jenny Kent, of Corona; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Michael Schaeffer, of Palo Cedro, and Carl Schaeffer, of Rocklin.

  Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory in Quincy a private family celebration of her life will take place at a later date. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  The family suggests any remembrances in Katherine’s memory be made to the Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

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