Obituaries for the week of 9/20/2013

Elizabeth “Scottie” Lawhern

Billie and Billie Joyce Hockenhull

Robert Thayer

Robert Baiocchi

LeeRoy Schuldies

Lydia Marie Sheehan

Anne Packard (Schaefer) VanPutten

Charlene Skaufel


Elizabeth “Scottie” Lawhern went home to her Lord on Sept. 1, 2013. She will be dearly missed by her husband Arthur, daughter Amanda Lawhern Bohm, and grandchildren Angela and Nathan Bohm. Scottie suffered from the effects of serious strokes which occurred several years before her death.

Elizabeth was born in Detroit, Mich., in 1925. She graduated from Detroit’s Redford High School, in January 1943. Earning a degree in Mathematics at Purdue University made her the fourth generation of women in her family to earn college degrees. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a lifetime member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

Scottie moved to San Francisco, working as an architect’s assistant building models of commercial buildings. She also worked evenings as etiquette coach for the John Robert Powers Modeling Agency. She frequently enjoyed lunch-hour visits to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, developing a love of Japanese landscaping and Sumi Brush Painting. She took many lessons in Sumi and watercolors, and the family will treasure her paintings. She and her husband created over an acre of beautiful tea garden space around their home on Chandler Road in Quincy, and then a smaller space with a koi pond and waterfalls around their Texas home.

Scottie married Arthur in 1957, in Palo Alto. From the time of her marriage, Scottie remained a dedicated homemaker, and was always known for her particularly committed devotion and service to her husband. Their daughter was born in 1958.

The family moved to Quincy during the summer of 1966. They lived in a one-room cabin there for the first nine years, while together they built a larger self-architected home, which showcased locally logged and milled woods.

A well-tended garden, a naturally raised stock of farm animals, and a bee hive provided Scottie with the materials to lovingly cook healthy meals from scratch. She had a deep interest in alternative health practices and kept her family strong and well.

In 2006, Scottie and Arthur moved to Austin, Texas, to live next door to their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.


Under the compassionate care of the staff at Country Villa-Quincy, Billie Joyce Hockenhull peacefully went on to join her husband Billie Hockenhull on Sept. 6, 2013. Her husband preceded her in passing on Jan. 15, 2013, also at Country Villa-Quincy.

Both natives of New Mexico, Billie Joyce was born in Roswell while Billie was born in Clovis. The couple was introduced by mutual friends and four months later were united in matrimony on April 7, 1956. Together they moved to Quincy in 2010 from Caldwell, Idaho.

Billie enjoyed the outdoors working in his yard and garden while Billie Joyce enjoyed sharing her artistic touch through all types of crafts especially constructing dolls. Together they both held their family close at heart.

In passing, the couple leaves their children David Hockenhull of Homedale, Idaho, Debra Prysock of Mountain Home, Idaho, and Cindy McGill of Quincy, along with their precious grandchildren Shawn, Rebecca, Robert, Jr. and Billy and nine great-grandchildren.

Billie Joyce is survived by sisters Berniece Morgan of Sacramento and Arlene Olson of Kansas; she is preceded in death by one brother, while Billie is predeceased by four brothers and one sister.

Services for the couple are planned to take place 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family, along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.



Robert Thayer, 96, of Lake Almanor, passed away Sept. 7, 2013, in Reno, Nev. He and his wife Ruth were married for 70 years.

Soon after he was born on April 4, 1917, he was abandoned by his parents. He spent his childhood living with aunts, uncles and cousins throughout Washington, Idaho and California. He struggled with school, finally graduating from high school after attending 16 different schools. He spent summers as an itinerant farm worker, riding the rails.

In Los Angeles, he got a night job at the studios which put him through UCLA. Afterward, he used his ROTC commission to attend flying school, becoming a fighter pilot, flying P40s and P51 Mustangs.

While stationed at Langley Field in Virginia, he crashed a college dance where he met his future wife Ruth. They became engaged and after a deployment in Europe, they married in New York City.

During World War II, he advanced quickly, rising to Lt. Colonel. He decided to become a civilian after six years of service. He, Ruth and his baby son moved to Los Angeles where he got a job with a mortgage banking company. Things were rough for a few years, but soon became much better. He successfully devoted himself to creating a happy and abundant life for his wife and children.

After 25 years of real estate development, he retired at the age of 57. He and Ruth moved to Lake Almanor, spending many happy years of marriage until his death at the venerable age of 96.

Robert is survived by his wife Ruth; sons Robert and Bruce, three grandsons and three great-grandchildren.



Longtime angler and fisheries advocate Bob Baiocchi passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in Napa.

Born Robert Joseph Baiocchi on March 26, 1931, to Francesco and Nellie Baiocchi of San Francisco, Bob spent his youth in the city and at his grandparents’ ranch in Santa Rosa. He attended Balboa High School, concentrating on baseball until an accident to his pitching hand ended a promising career, and worked for A.P. Giannini as an accountant before entering the produce business with Scatena-Galli Fruit Co. Following military service in Japan from 1952-54, he married Lois Ann Carli, and was employed by Lucky stores in San Jose until moving their young family to Paradise in 1967.

It was during his time in the Paradise area, hiking and fishing the local lakes and streams that Bob’s attention turned towards fisheries advocacy, motivated by the discovery of major violations in water use by PG&E. He became active, studying water rights, learning administrative law and the public trust until 1982 when his fervent activism turned professional, and he retired from managing produce in order to concentrate solely on the restoration of state fisheries and watershed protection.

Considered a relentless bulldog in his pursuit of environmental justice, Bob worked tirelessly to preserve and protect state fisheries, working on the Sacramento, Russian, Feather, Eel, Fall, Santa Inez, Yuba, Butte, Pit, Truckee, Navarro, Calaveras, Salinas, Mokelumne, Carmel, and Napa River watersheds, as well as lakes Oroville, Davis, and Eagle, among many others. He filed detailed, voluminous amounts of research, protest, complaints and comment, and provided testimony to state and federal agencies, approaching each issue with fierceness, passion and sense of humor as well as outrage.

Bob’s efforts were recognized by numerous groups during his career, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for “Environmental Heroism” in 2001, the Sierra Club as “Conservationist of the Year” in 1982, the Federation of Fly Fishers in 1989 for “National Conservation,” and California Trout’s “Streamkeeper Award” in 1976. He was inducted into the national Fly Fishing Hall of Fame in 1999.

In 2012, declining health forced Bob to leave his beloved home and trout ponds near Portola in Plumas County to reside closer to a daughter in the Napa Valley. He is survived by four children, Joel, Christina, Teresa, Jon; and two grandchildren, Luci Grace and Justin Henry.

A private ceremony is planned, with a “fisherman’s mass” and more public celebration of his life held next June at Lake Davis.

Bob had requested that any special intentions be directed towards conservation efforts of a favorite piece of water, even if it were a single hour spent on a letter of protest, petition or public comment. He asks that folks learn as he did, to speak for the fish, and most importantly, to never give up. “Don’t cry for me, grieve for the fish.”



Westwood native and life-long resident LeeRoy Schuldies passed from this life Thursday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2013, at his residence.

Born May 20, 1931, to Phillip and Vivian (Sager) Schuldies, LeeRoy was raised and educated in Westwood graduating from Westwood High School as a member of the Class of 1949.

Shortly following his high school graduation LeeRoy entered the military and served his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1954 as a Senior Aircraft Jet Mechanic.

Upon his discharge, LeeRoy returned to Westwood where he managed and bartended at his parent’s establishment and bowling alley Phil’s Place.

He married the late Linda Glenn, a union that later ended in divorce. LeeRoy later married Karen and to this union one son was born.

Upon the sale of the family business LeeRoy began what became a 23-year career with the Collins Family in Chester employed first at their planning mill and later at Builders Supply Company, retiring in 2003.

LeeRoy’s passion in life was the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. LeeRoy was a member of the Chester-Lake Almanor Elks Lodge as well as the NRA.

In passing, LeeRoy leaves his sister Vera Young; nephew Mike Young, both of Westwood; four great-nephews, three great-nieces and two great-great-grandnephews.

He joins his son Dean, who passed from this life in 1983; his father Phil; mother Vivian; stepmother Lydia; former wives Linda and Karen; and niece Trish in their eternal home.

A celebration of LeeRoy’s life to include military honors will take place 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the graveside in the Westwood Cemetery.

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



Lydia Marie Sheehan passed from this life peacefully, with her loving family and caregiver at her side Sunday evening, Sept. 15, 2013, at her residence in Crescent Mills, at the tender age of 102.

Born on the family ranch in Sierra Valley to the late Odo and Josephine (Gudici) Grandi on July 23, 1911, she was raised in Loyalton where she attended grammar school at the old one room Island School house.

Lydia is a 1927 graduate of Loyalton High School and went on to attend the University of Nevada Reno, graduating in 1932. She received her teaching credential from San Francisco State in 1933.

With new teaching credential in hand in 1934 she moved to Crescent Mills where she taught at the Crescent Mills School and worked for the Sorsolis after school in their market. During World War II, she taught for a period of time at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Upon the closing of the Crescent Mills School she went to work at Greenville Elementary where she continued to teach in the primary grades until “retiring” in 1971. With a deep love of teaching, she continued to substitute as a teacher for fifteen years more.

While teaching in Crescent Mills she became acquainted with a handsome young school bus drive named Clifford Sheehan and the couple was later united in holy matrimony in Loyalton in December of 1937 and to this union two sons and daughter were born. The newlyweds returned to Crescent Mills to reside on the family ranch where she has resided ever since.

Lydia was a devout member of the Roman Catholic faith and was the matriarch of the Saint Anthony Catholic Church’s congregation. She was instrumental in their annual Spaghetti Feed, taught CCD was a charter member of St. Anthony’s Altar Society and kept many a pastor and parishioner in line.

Lydia was a founding member of the Sierra Study Club in 1937, was active with AARP and the Senior Gleaners in Indian Valley, was a longtime member of the AAUW, CTA, PCTA where she was bestowed a life membership, served the community as an Indian Valley District Hospital Association President where she was also instrumental in the establishment of their Thrift Store, served as a Plumas County Museum Trustee, was active with the Chipmunk Chapter for adopted children and was a longtime stanch supporter and member of the Democratic Central Committee. For all of this she was honored not once but twice as the Grand Marshal of the Gold Diggers Day Parade.

In passing Lydia leaves her son Patrick and his wife Kathleen, of Lafayette; daughter Marilynn and her husband Bruce, of Hillsboro, Ore.; her precious grandchildren Hilary Martin-Williams, Dugan and Riley Sheehan, great-grandchild Jemma Williams, along with a sister Alvina Lyons. She was proudly expecting her second great-grandchild in November of this year.

Lydia joins her husband Clifford, son Terry, sister Mabel and brothers Clarence, Joseph and Leo in their eternal home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for the repose of Lydia’s soul at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at her beloved St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Greenville. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will precede the Mass. Interment will take place next to her late husband in the Greenville District Cemetery.



  Anne Packard (Schaefer) VanPutten passed from this life Sept. 14, 2013. She was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Oct. 1, 1942, to Henry (Bud) Schaefer and Janice Trost Schaefer, both preceding her in death.

Anne is survived by her daughter, Molly Thomas, son-in-law Stephen Thomas and grandchildren Noah and Anabelle. She is also survived by her brothers, Henry (Fritz) Schaefer III and Edward (Ted) Schaefer and her husband of 14 years and lifelong friend, Leon VanPutten.

Anne was of the mountains and seashore. She was an avid reader, loved walking her dogs and spending time with her family. She was a dedicated social worker and ombudsman for Passages for many years. She loved her seniors who loved her.

Her Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. at the Meadow Valley Park. Please join us for laughter, tears and love.


Charlene Skaufel died July 5, 2013, in Portola.

She is survived by her husband Floyd, and children Veva and Sierra.

Memorial services were held Aug. 3.

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