Obituaries for the week of 2/28/2013

Gloria Elizabeth Bonander

Lorenz Martin “Larry” Eppeneder

Shirley Ada VanderLinden McLean

Lisa Kathleen Stewart née Dunkly

Donald Clark Sabin

Nancy Jane Cooper

Jack Albert Reed

Paul Hosmer Westbrook


  Gloria Elizabeth Bonander, 87, passed away on Feb. 4, 2013, at Eastern Plumas District Hospital Long Term Facility.

  Gloria was bornin Kingsburg, California, on April 20, 1925, to R.A. and Pamela Howell who preceded her in death. Gloria attended Kingsburg schools.

  Gloria saw many changes in the world throughout her life and bragged often about being on a woman's softball team during the war.

  Gloria enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

  Gloria married Des Lopthien who preceded her in death. They had three daughters together: Lonnie (Doc) Jeffries of Atascadero, Pam (Steve) Kelley of Cypress, and Jan (Rudy) Gonzales of Portola.

  Gloria had nine grand children and 12 great-grandchildren.

  She later married her childhood friend and the love of her life, Milton Bonanderof Kingsburg. Milton passed away three short months after their marriage.

  Gloria is survived by her brother Clyde (Orpha) of Richvale; her sister IvaLue Bolger of Roseville; sisters-in-law Elsie Howell, of Selma, and Helen Howell, of Kingsburg; stepson Jim (Jean) Bonander; stepdaughter Sharon Bonander and many nieces and nephews.

  Brothers Robert and Ralph Howell, brother-in-law Lee Bolger and sister-in-law LaVern Howell preceded her in death.

  She is also survived by her extended lovingfamily, the staff at Eastern Plumas District Hospital Long Term.

  Gloria enjoyed her life to the fullest and will be greatly missed.

  Thank you, Grandma Gloria, for just being you and all the joy you brought to our lives.

  A Celebration of life for Gloria will be held June 8 at Lake Davis. For more info please contact Jan at 832-5698.

  Arrangements entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


  Indian Valley resident Larry Martin Eppeneder passed from this life late Monday evening, Feb. 4, 2013, at his residence following a short but courageous battle with cancer. His loving family was at his side.

  Born in San Francisco, on April, 11, 1940, to German immigrants Lorenz and Ida (Baier) Eppeneder, Larry, as he affectionately became known, was raised in the East Bay Area community of Walnut Creek graduating from Pleasant Hill High School as a member of the Class of 1958. He went on to attend a welding trade school in Chicago and returned home to work for FMC Corporation. In 1966 he took employment with General Electric Corporation as an appliance repairman and in 1973 ventured out on his own in Livermore, selling the business in 1988.

  On July 22, 1961, Larry married Karen E. Bowen in a ceremony in San Jose, and to this union two beautiful daughters were born. The couple relocated to Indian Valley in 1989 after the sale of their business where Larry, not one to set idle, worked at numerous jobs throughout the years.

  A classic car aficionado, Larry restored and owned a 1933 Chrysler and a 1950 Oldsmobile. He took pride in participating with the ’Round Nevada Classic Car Tour, was a member of the Shasta Classics Car Club and the Sierra Cascade Street Rodders. He enjoyed the outdoors through hunting and fishing.

  Larry had a special place in his heart for beautiful ladies, especially those named Karen. Following the passing of his first wife in April of 2003, Larry was introduced to Karen Reagan and the couple was united in matrimony on July 30, 2006, in Tahoe.

  In passing Larry leaves his wife Karen Reagan of Taylorsville; daughters Kari Johnson and her husband Eric of Susanville, Lisa Balbiani and her husband Tony of Taylorsville; his grandchildren Nicholas, Matthew, Zachary, Hannah, Rosemary and Stella; brother George of Hendersonville, N. C.; sister Marlene Gillio of Martinez; step-children Sherry Castillo of San Antonio, Texas, Darrell Reagan of Medina, Texas, five step-grand- and ten step-great-grandchildren.

  A celebration of Larry’s life is planned for Sunday, February 10, 2 p.m. at the Taylorsville Grange Hall.

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

  The family asks that any remembrances in Larry’s memory be made to the Chimney Fund, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


  Shirley Ada VanderLinden McLean of Quincy died Feb. 13, 2013, in Paradise. She was born in 1931 in Big Rapids, Mich., beloved child of Ada (Winget) and Jacob VanderLinden. When Shirley was eight years old, she and her parents visited her brother Fred and his family in the Imperial Valley of California where she met his neighbor, 10-year-old Jack McLean. Shirley and Jack were pen pals until 1949 when another visit and a motorcycle day trip to San Diego furthered their relationship. They were married in 1953 in the Quincy Methodist Church. Together Shirley and Jack built two homes, raised three daughters and operated McLean’s Plumbing. After retirement, they traveled the western states in their travel trailer.

  Shirley taught many 4-Hers to sew and was very active in the Quincy Community United Methodist Church, leading junior choir, teaching Sunday school, working on the church’s fair garden, arranging altar flowers (often from the gardens of friends), and serving in many capacities.

  Shirley is mourned by her daughters and their husbands, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren: Laurie and Al McGreehan; Melody, Bill and Seamus Reaugh; Cindy and Tom Steffen; Julie, Scott and Isaac Miller; Jill, Nathan, Susanna and Natalie Steffen; Bonnie and Dan Fitzgerald; Katie and Ellie Fitzgerald and Brylee Powell; and by her niece, Carol Linker. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack, her parents and her brother Fred.

  A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Quincy Methodist Church. Memorial donations might be made to the Quincy United Methodist Church’s general fund at P.O. Box 766, Quincy, CA 95971.


  Lisa Kathleen Stewart née Dunkly passed on February 15, 2013, in Portland, Ore. She was 54 years old. She was born on Sept. 24, 1958, in Elizabethtown, Ky. She graduated from Chester High in 1976.

  Lisa was creative, strong, and hard-working. She loved her daughters dearly. She was a caring and compassionate daughter, sister and friend who will be greatly missed.

  She is survived by her daughters Lisa Barradale, of Vancouver, Wash., and Jessica Carlo, of Gresham, Ore., and her granddaughter Megan, age 7, also of Gresham.

  Her mother is Linda Dunkly, of Chico, and her father was Gerard Dunkly, who is deceased.

  She is also survived by her brother Dan Dunkly, of Livermore and Almanor West; her sisters Donna Patton née Dunkly, of Folsom, and Erin Dunkly, of San Francisco, and her niece Karli Smith, of Folsom.

  The family will arrange a small graveside memorial to bury her ashes at Prattville Cemetery near her dad. Rest in peace, Lisa.


  Longtime Seneca resident Donald Clark Sabin passed from this life peacefully with family and caregivers at his side, at his residence, following a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease Tuesday evening, Feb. 19, 2013.

  Born Nov. 8, 1925, to the late Burt and Vera (Clark) Sabin, he was raised and educated in Berkeley where he graduated high school and went on to attend U.C. Berkeley for a short period of time. Don joined the Merchant Marines in 1944 and served his country honorably until his discharge in August of 1945.

  Upon his return back to the San Francisco Bay Area, Don met a pretty young recent divorcee named Marie and while lamenting on how he wanted to get away from the big city she informed him she knew just the place to move to. The couple was united in matrimony in Carson City, Nev., on May 18, 1946 and settled in the mining community of Seneca outside of Lake Almanor.

  Don worked for a short period of time for Red River Lumber Company in Westwood as well as the contractor building the road along the East Shore of Lake Almanor before beginning what became a thirty-year career as an equipment operator for Pacific Gas and Electric.

  Don was a member of Sincerity Lodge #132 Free and Accepted Masons for over fifty years as well as being a longtime member of the Ben Ali Shrine of Sacramento. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Las Plumas Del Oro Chapter 8 E. Clampus Vitus of Quincy. A longtime fixture in the community of Seneca, Don was always there to lend a hand to those in need.

Don is preceded in death by his loving wife Marie who passed from this life in January of 1996 and one sister.

He is survived by his “godson” William “Billy” Davies of Lake Almanor, who for so many years tended to the needs of Don, being it his health care or maintaining the property of Don’s as well as a niece, Stepahanie and nephew, Wayne.

  A special thank you goes out to his caregivers who so compassionately took care of Don’s needs these past couple of years.

  Masonic services followed by military honors will take place 1 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel, 113 Ann Street, Greenville, CA 95947, with interment to take place in the Greenville District Cemetery.

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

  Any remembrances in Don’s memory can be made to the Sacramento Shriners Children’s Hospital, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


  Quincy resident Nancy Jane Cooper, 83, passed suddenly at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nev., Feb. 22, 2013, with her family at her side.

  Nancy was raised, educated and graduated high school in Lakeview, Oregon, and shortly thereafter married her childhood sweetheart Harold “Red” Cooper. They lived in Lakeview for numerous years before moving to Quincy in the early 1960s. Red was a local contract logger and Nancy worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Gayle Keifer.

  In 1971 Nancy and Red located to Oceanside where he worked in the housing industry and Nancy worked in the retail clothing industry. After Red’s passing in 1992, Nancy relocated back to Quincy to share her life with son Jeff Cooper and daughter Charlotte Smith.

  In passing, Nancy leaves her daughters Charlotte Smith, Charissa Collier and Christine Charlton and son Jeff Cooper; their spouses Skip Collier, Kerry Charlton and Cheryl Cooper; eight grandchildren: Laura Blesse, Jared Smith, Tammy Shepherd, Angie Kuriger, Shelly DeRae, Allie Bentley, Josh Cooper and Cassie Cooper; 14 great-grandchildren (two on the way); and one great-great-grandchild on the way; and last, but certainly not least, her beloved dog Nellie.

  She joins the following in their eternal home, her husband Harold “Red” Cooper, son-in-law Daniel N. Smith and grandson Zackary K. Charlton.

  Nancy will be greatly missed by all those who came in contact with this very feisty, outspoken woman. The family has planned a Celebration of Life this Saturday, March 2, 2-5 p.m., at the St. John’s Parish Hall, Lawrence Street, Quincy.

  An opportunity to express condolences to the family, along with signing the memorial guest registry, is available online at Affinity Burial and Cremation Society in Reno, phone (775) 322-9200.


  Jack Albert Reed died Feb. 23, 2013.

  Jack was born March 3, 1920, and raised in Portola. He attended local schools and graduated from Portola High School in1938. He worked for Western Pacific Railroad as a brakeman for 38 years. Jack was a good Christian man. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors. He also loved music. He played in the school band and even had a band with his brother later.

  He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Alma Reed, his twin brother Joe and brother Charles.

  He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years Merle Reed; his sons Joseph Thomas Reed, William C. Reed and Mark S. Reed; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

  A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 2 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Center in Portola.

  Services under direction of Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


Paul Hosmer Westbrook passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends Feb. 7, 2013.

He was born Sept, 12, 1934.

A Memorial Service will be held March 16 at 11 a.m. in the Portola Veteran’s Hall. Arrangements entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.

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