Obituaries for the week of 9/13/2013

Jane Miller Trombly

Roland Jeffry Litz

James Carroll Pearson

Bettyjean L. Hyden

Mary Elizabeth Barry vanWinkle

Charles Ernest Cory

Richard Russell “Dick” Leeper

Thompson-Haley Rawlin

Jane Miller Trombly passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 22, 2013, in Greenville.

  Jane was born in Passaic, N.J., on Aug. 24, 1924. She spent her childhood in New Jersey, recalling summers spent with her family at the New Jersey shore. Jane attended a small private school in Passaic called Passaic Collegiate School, pursuing a college preparatory course of study.

  Upon graduation from high school, Jane continued her education at the University of Alabama, studying nutrition and dietetics. She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. Jane received her Bachelor of Science degree in June of 1945. During her years at college, she met a young pilot in the Army Air Corps, stationed in Alabama for training. This young pilot was Robert Trombly, the love of her life and future husband.

  Pursuing a course in postgraduate dietetics, Jane moved to Detroit, Mich., and continued her training at Harper Hospital. After the war, Robert moved back to Detroit, marrying Jane in 1947.

  Jane worked as a registered dietitian for Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Vallejo, first as a clinical dietitian before being promoted to administrative dietitian. During this time, Jane and Bob lived in Lafayette, raising their three children, Bob Jr., Rich and Nancy.

  Once retired from Kaiser, Jane and Bob moved to their cherished home in Indian Valley. For over thirty years, Jane immersed herself in the community of Greenville and Taylorsville. She was a supporter of the food pantry in Greenville, sorting food, packing bags, distributing food and just sharing stories with those that stopped by. She spent many hours with her dear friends of the Taylorsville Ladies Quilting and Sewing group, sewing, knitting, sharing life events. Participation in the Quilt Show and Tea, quilt raffle sales at the Quincy Fair, and Fall Festival provided such joy and purpose in her life.

  Jane was a devoted member of the Taylorsville Community United Methodist Church. Her association with her church provided nurturing, guidance, and strength to her throughout her life in Indian Valley. She cherished living in Indian Valley with Bob, surrounded by her animals, big and small, amid this beautiful country. 

  Jane is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Trombly; her brother, Emory Miller; and parents, Janie Wells and Emory Thompson Miller.

  She is survived by sons Robert Thomas Trombly Jr. and Richard William Trombly (MariJane); daughter Nancy Jane Trombly Koch (Craig); and grandchildren Kevin Trombly, Madeline Trombly Walker (Christopher), Christopher Koch (Helen) and Brian Koch (Monique).

  A graveside service for Jane’s family will be held at the Taylorsville Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 14. At 1:30 p.m., friends are invited to a memorial service at the Taylorsville Community United Methodist Church, followed by a potluck celebration of Jane’s life at the Indian Valley Museum on Cemetery Street in Taylorsville.

  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, the family suggests donations in Jane’s memory to a local animal shelter of your choice or to the Taylorsville Community United Methodist Church.


  Roland Jeffry Litz, 60 years old, of Portola, passed away at his home Aug 22, 2013, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

  He was born in Sacramento on Oct. 3, 1952, to Roland and Dortha Litz. Jeff graduated La Sierra High School in Carmichael and, at the age of 17, he joined the United States Marine Corp where he was a Corporal E-4 as a parachute inspector, and during his four years served time in Vietnam.

  He then attended Sierra College where he received his journeyman certificate in carpentry.

  He was married to Connie Popish on June 23, 1979, and they have lived in Portola ever since. Jeff was the owner of Litz Construction Company, a family business that he started with his father in 1978. He coached little league, was a member of the Portola Volunteer Fire Department, active in the Elks, American Legion, the Fallen Ones, VFW and Sierra Cascade Hot Rodders. He recently got the chance to visit Washington, D.C., on the Nevada Honor Flight.

  He is survived by his wife Connie; his daughter Heidi Streeter (Cory); and his son Ryan; his granddaughters Kylie and Tarin; his father Roland Litz (Corky DeVine); and his nephew Tim Knutson (Shauna, Alyssa, Shawn and Aidan).

  He was preceded in death by his mother Dortha Litz and his sister Tara Ballard.

  A Celebration of Life was held Sept. 1, at the Portola Veterans Memorial Hall, followed by a private inurnment at Shady Grove Cemetery.

  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jeff’s name to the following charities: Tahoe Forest Hospice, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160; The Fallen Ones, c/o Curtis McBride, 73825 S. Delleker, Portola CA 96122; or Sierra Cascade Street Rodders, P.O. Box 801, Portola, CA 96122.

  The family would like to thank all their family, friends and community for the continued love and support.


  James Carroll Pearson passed away Aug. 28, 2013, at Northern Nevada Medical Center. He was born on May 11, 1934, in Arkansas to Ova & Jewell Pearson.

  At an early age, the family moved from Arkansas to California. Jim graduated from Portola High School in 1952. He married the love of his life, Sandra Lee Siemann, on July 14, 1953.

  Jim worked in the propane business in Susanville for nearly 40 years. He was very family-oriented and the family spent much time in the desert and at their cabins at Eagle Lake. During retirement years, he and Sandra enjoyed traveling.

  Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sandra Lee Pearson, son Steve (Janet), grandchildren Andrea (Miles) Huggins, Brett, Logan (Dawn), Gabrielle and Lauren Pearson, great-grandchildren Deacon Huggins and newly-born Sandra Jean Pearson, sister Dorothy Helen Monahan, brothers Bill (Pauline), Kenneth, Tom and B.J. (Sylvia).

  Jim was preceded in death by his twin brother, John Harold, who died at age 2 and his eldest son, James Lee, who passed away in 2010.

  A graveside service and burial took place on Sept. 7, 2013, at Whispering Pines Cemetery in Portola.


  With her loving family at her side, longtime Taylorsville resident Bettyjean L. Hyden peacefully passed from this life, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at her granddaughter’s residence in Paradise, following a courageous battle with cancer.

  Born Feb. 3, 1926, to the late California natives William and Mary (Reid) Lewis in Galt, Betty was raised on a dairy outside of Galt and is a 1944 graduate of Galt High School.

  Following her high school graduation Betty entered the Women’s Army Corps nursing training program and was trained as a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco.

  Newly licensed, Betty moved to Plumas County where she went to work for Dr. Wilbur Batson at his hospital in Greenville. She later went to work at the Plumas County Hospital in Quincy before returning to Indian Valley where she began employment at the new Indian Valley District Hospital where she remained until her retirement in 1986.

  Betty is a member of both the Christ the King Episcopal Church in Quincy as well as the Taylorsville Community United Methodist Church where she served as their secretary/treasurer for over sixty years. She was an accomplished seamstress who enjoyed both knitting and quilting and was active with the Taylorsville Sewing Group. Betty served as chairman of the Indian Valley election board for some fifty years, was an avid San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan while enjoying following all types of sports, loved to travel, especially visiting her “sister” in Hawaii, liked spending time in the outdoors camping and horseback riding as well as working in her garden.

  In passing Betty leaves her son Steven Paulsen, of Taylorsville; daughters Marietta Rooney and her husband Dan, of Greenville, and Karen Peters of Stevensville, Mont.; along with the pride of her later life, her grandchildren, Joshua, Bejay and Casey Peters, great-grandchildren Valerie and Morgen Peters, along with her step-children Tammy and Scott Hyden.

  Betty has gone on to join her husbands, Carl Paulsen, whom she married October 23, 1948; and Hubert “Tex” Hyden, whom she married in 1974; her son Jon Paulsen; grandson Patrick; brother Jim and sister Ettamae, along with her dear “Poncho” in their eternal home.

  Private family interment will take place in the Taylorsville District Cemetery to be followed by a celebration of Betty’s life at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at her dear Taylorsville Community United Methodist Church.

  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 Betty’s memory be made to either the Carl Paulsen Memorial Fund or Paradise Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

  Mary Elizabeth Barry vanWinkle passed away Sept. 2, 2013.

  Mary was born Dec. 30, 1958, and raised in Somerville/Medford, Mass. She graduated from high school, Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. She received her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her MA in Marriage Family Counseling from San Francisco State University. She lived and worked in San Francisco from 1983 to 2000 where she was program supervisor for the Daughters of Charity at Mt. Saint Joseph’s. She moved to Portola in 2000 where she was a social worker and program manager for Mountain Circle Foster/Adoption Family Service Agency from 2000 – 2012. From 2012 to present, she worked as a Social Worker III for Plumas County CPS.

  Mary was a great fixer of broken relationships and her life’s work was to heal the brokenhearted. She was an excellent Scrabble player, a mean card player and loved hiking and tennis.

  Mary’s family consisted of her husband David vanWinkle; daughters Samantha Jean vanWinkle and Cerena Margaret vanWinkle; her parents, John Henry and Margaret Ann Barry; her brothers and sisters, John Edward Barry, Joseph Daniel Barry, Martin James Barry, Robert Gerard Barry, Paul Francis Barry, David Michael Barry, Ellen Marie Barry, Ann Regina Barry and Jane Frances Barry.

  Mary was a baptized and confirmed Catholic and lived her faith through her work and her family. A Memorial Mass was held for Mary at Holy Family Catholic Church in Portola with Manni Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.

  Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society for Plumas County Relay for Life, contact Regina Martinez (530) 816-1288.


  Magalia resident Charles Ernest Cory peacefully passed from this life with his wife at his side at his residence, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.

  Born in Toronto, Ohio, on May 6, 1927, to the late Missouri natives George E. and Eugene (Howard) Cory, Charles was raised in Seal Beach, where he attended and graduated from Huntington High School in Huntington Beach, CA as a member of the Class of 1945. He was a member of their marching band where he performed with the clarinet.

  Upon his high school graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving his country as a radio technician at the conclusion of World War II.

  Following his honorable discharge, he returned to school at Stanford University where he again was a member of their marching band, graduating in 1951 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

  With his new degree in hand he went to work for Food Machinery Corporation in San Jose as a member of their engineering department. In the early 70s he took employment with Rietz Manufacturing Company in Santa Rosa, where he rose to the position of chief of engineering before retiring. He then formed Cory Engineering Company also known as CORENCO where he manufactured food processing equipment. In 1990, he transferred his ownership to his son who operates the business to this day.

  On May 20, 1978m Charles married longtime friend Sandra in Sebastopol, a union that combined his two sons and daughter along with her three daughters. Upon his retirement the couple moved to the beautiful Lake Almanor West area of northeastern California where the couple resided until 2005 at which time they moved to Magalia.

  Charles was a devout member of the Roman Catholic faith and was an active member of the former Christ the King Catholic Church in Chester and their men’s club. He is a former manager for the Lake Almanor West Mutual Water Company, was program manager for the Sonoma County Junior Achievement Program and a member of the Paradise Elks Lodge. Charles and Sandra continued their love of music together singing in the Mountain Ridge Chorus of Paradise. He found great joy in fixing anything, be it his or the neighbors’ and especially making it better than the original design.

  In passing Charles leaves his loving wife Sandra Cory of Magalia son Christopher and his wife Saraj Cory, of Santa Rosa; daughter Carolyn Kirk and her husband Ron, of Nampa, Idaho; stepdaughters Dianne Main and her husband Tom, of Coos Bay, Ore., Catherine Carey and husband Nathan, of Chico, and Susan Cliff and her husband Jerry Hovey, of Livermore; grandsons Ryan and Sascha; great-granddaughters Ashley and Brittney; great-great-grandson Camden; and step-great-granddaughter Elaina.

  Along with his parents he joins his son James G. Cory in their eternal home.

  A celebration of his life to include military honors will take place in the Chester District Cemetery at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com.

  Any remembrances in Charles’ memory can be made to Therapy Dogs Inc., c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


  Richard Russell “Dick” Leeper passed away at Eastern Plumas Hospital on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.

  He was born Feb. 10, 1934.

  No formal services will be held at this time.

  Manni Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Della Pearl


  Della Pearl Thompson-Haley Rawlin died Aug. 31, 2013, in Texarkana, Texas.

  She was born in Starbucks, Wash., on Feb. 17, 1934.

  She is preceded in death by her parents Roy and Dorothy Thompson; one brother, Harold Ray Thompson; and one sister, Belvera (Vera) Newton.

  She is survived by her brother Bill Thompson and sister Lois Cote; her children Diane and McDonald, Sharon Hawkins and David Haley; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren, and stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

  Memorial services were held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, Ark. Graveside service is pending. She will be laid to rest in her childhood hometown of Johnsville, with her parents and sister. The family is requesting silk flowers to carry to her final resting place.

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