George J. McHugh, 92
Rosemarie Cortez, 52
Scott Carl Roberts, 39
June Laverne Marie Cooper, 72
Doris Della Winkler, 89
Born Jan. 18, 1917, in Butte, Mont., George J. McHugh passed away Nov. 28, 2009, in Irvine, where he had lived for the past two years.
He lived most of his life in the mountain and foothill areas of northern California, mostly in Paradise.
He is survived by daughter Kelley Tomlinson, his dearly loved son-in-law, Bill, and the lights of his life, grandson Will, and granddaughter Ciara, all of Irvine.
He will also be dearly missed by his niece, Kathy Anne Wilson, of Reno, Nev., and his two best friends and cousins, Peggy Burns of Yuba City, and Clarece Breen of Sacramento.
To say that George possessed the Irish gift of storytelling would be putting it mildly and he will definitely be remembered through his stories of growing up in the copper mining town of Butte, Mont.; seeing the ocean for the first time as he arrived in California to join the Army Corps of Engineers, headed to the South Pacific during World War II; and meeting his wife of 49 years, Faye, at a USO dance before he shipped out.
Some of his most cherished stories were about time spent as a snow surveyor for PG&E at Bucks Lake. They would be snowed in all winter, only able to get out cross country skis or the occasional snowcat visit to bring supplies.
George continued his work with PG&E as a heavy equipment operator until retirement, working in and around hydroelectric facilities in the Feather River Canyon. The couple moved first to Quincy, and then to Paradise after their daughter was born.
Besides his family and friends, he loved bowling, snow skiing, calligraphy, John Wayne movies, big band music and, most dearly, photography.
He is now reunited with parents George and Anne, wife Faye and sister Evelyn (Babe).
Those he leaves behind know that when Irish eyes are smiling … it’s hard not to smile back. His were always smiling.
A mass dedicated to his memory will be offered Saturday, Dec. 26, at 5 p.m., St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Paradise.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Disabled American Veterans or a charity of your choice.
Rosemarie Cortez passed peacefully with family by her side Dec. 2, 2009.
She was born to Claudio and Mary Cortez June 24, 1957. Rose was a graduate of Quincy High School and attended Sawyer Business College. She was a 32-year employee of Feather River College.
All of her family, colleagues and friends will miss her loving life force which touched each one of them in a unique and heartfelt way. Her gift, which she willingly shared, was the feeling that you were the most significant person in her life when she spoke to you.
Rose’s gracious nature enveloped many FRC students, but especially those students who were far from home. She cooked for them, invited them to her home and provided comforting words when they needed them.
Rose loved the outdoors and hiked all over Northern California. She loved camping on the coast and spending time with family and friends. Rose was known for the warm smile she always wore and the positive attitude she always showed, even in her battle with cancer.
She joins her mother and father as well as her two brothers Jack Soto and Tony Cortez in heaven.
She is survived by her sisters Margaret Vialpando of Greeley, Colo.; Betty Z. Cortez-Young, and Liz Cortez of Quincy; brothers Claudio Cortez and family of Susanville and Horacio Cortez and family of Ball, La.; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
In memory of Rose, donations may be sent to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St.; Alexandria, VA 22311. A celebration of her life was held at Feather River College Dec. 5.
An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
Scott Carl Roberts, 39, of Quincy, passed away in the early hours of Dec. 4, with his wife and family by his side.
Scott was a huge part of the WildlandFire.com community.
He was a major and longtime moderator known as MOD RED on the Hotlist. Serving wildland firefighters was his passion and he loved every second he spent donating his time.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy Roberts of Quincy; mother and father Carl and Sally Roberts of Winston, Ore.; sister and brother-in-law Katy and Donnie Raney, of El Paso. Texas; stepson James Keffer of Quincy; stepdaughter Jayne and son-in-law Jason Erwin; and his two grandchildren, whom he loved so very much, Jordan and Jessica Erwin of Orcutt.
Scott was a great friend to those close to him. He will be missed greatly. Scott, we will see you again when we, too, reach the arms of the Lord.
Remembrances can be made in Scott's name to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.
Greenville resident June Laverne Marie Cooper died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at her residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in San Francisco, June 27, 1937, to the late Joseph and Dorothy (Burt) Verdoia. She moved to Greenville in 1984.
In passing June leaves son Christopher Perez of Greenville; brother Anthony J. Verdoia of Maricopa, Ariz., and sister Joy Chin of Paradise.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald, who died in 1999.
At June's request no services will take place. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
June had requested any remembrances in her memory be made to the New York Metropolitan Opera or Plumas Community Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.
Doris Della Winkler died Nov. 29, 2009. She was born in Quincy, Dec. 11, 1920, to Mike and Gladys Hedrick.
She survived by her sister, Shirley Ann Martinez; children Martin Winkler, Norma Newald, Janet Simmons, Jean Beavers, Edward Winkler, Norman Winkler, JoAnn Carvalho, Mark Winkler, Paula Johnson, Brad Winkler, Tamara Hitt, Mellany Harris; many grandchildren and great- and great-great-grandchildren and Andy.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Quincy Stiver Cemetery.