Obituaries for the week of 3/3/2010

Joyce Ann Hamar, 79

Robert H. St. Germain

Barbara (Bolton) Powers, 65

Rowena Minor, 93

Gerald Jack (Jerry) Brush, 83

Thelma Alice Ayoob, 89

Helen Easter Tobias, 86

Rowland Holmes Hand, 86

Sharon Dee Gordon, 69

Joyce Ann Hamar went to be with her Lord and Savior Jan. 27, 2010. She had been a resident of Manor Care in Reno, Nev., for the last five years.
Joyce was born July 18, 1931, in Elmira, N.Y., to Lucille and Ray Green. Her family migrated west to Northern California where her father worked in forestry. Joyce graduated from Lassen Union High School in 1950.
It was in Susanville that Joyce met her future husband, Bruce Hamar. They married May 13, 1951. They had three children and moved to Sparks, Nev., where they lived for more than 20 years.
The family enjoyed taking many camping trips throughout Nevada and California.
After raising their children, Joyce and Bruce returned to Indian Valley and lived in Greenville. Bruce passed away in 1996, and Joyce soon returned to Reno where her oldest daughter, Christy, provided for her care until her death.
Joyce is survived by her brother Arthur Green; children Christy Fermoile, Reno; Carol Clausen, Litchfield, Minn.; and John Hamar, Greenville. She also has three grandchildren, Jessica and Kelly Clausen and Nicholas Fermoile.
Family and friends are invited to attend a gathering of remembrances at the Main Street Dinner House, at 11 a.m. with burial following at 1 p.m., at the Greenville Cemetery.

Robert H. St. Germain passed away peacefully Feb. 11, 2010, at his home in Blairsden, with his wife Gloria at his side. He and Gloria were very grateful for the love, guidance and support provided by so many — particularly Pastor Mike Preston, caregivers Kim and Heidi from hospice, and Kathy Roth and Pat Grew, also from hospice, who always put a smile on his face.
Bob was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., to George Henry St. Germain and Louise Arnold St. Germain.
After graduation from high school in 1950, he enlisted in the Navy to satisfy his desire for travel. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1954, Bob attended Plattsburg State University graduating in 1960 with a BS in education.
During his senior year he was elected president of the House of Delegates, the student governing body. It was the first time a student had ever been elected as a write-in candidate.
He also founded a chapter of the Student Education Association of New York State, and was elected first vice-president of the Student National Education Association.
The university had prepared him well for teaching, and he taught sixth grade for three years in White Plains, N.Y. However, his education and experiences led Bob to make a greater contribution to education through a long and rewarding career as a teacher advocate.
He served four years as a staff member with the New York State Teachers Association, three years as executive director of the Rochester Teachers Association, one year as a negotiation specialist with the National Education Association, five years as executive director of the Palm Beach County Florida Teachers Association and 20 years as the executive director of the Fresno Teachers Association.
Shortly after arriving in Fresno in 1975, Bob met Gloria, the love of his life. They were married in South Lake Tahoe Nov. 24, 1990, and they enjoyed 19 more years together.  
All those who knew him and shared time on the golf course with him, would agree that golf was Bob’s number one passion. He especially enjoyed his times playing with friends at Fig Garden Golf Course.
After retirement, Bob and Gloria moved to the Graeagle area to enjoy the beautiful mountains and golf courses of the Sierra Nevada. He loved the many rounds of golf enjoyed with children, grandchildren and good friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, George and mother, Louise St. Germain and his brothers, Barney and Richard St. Germain. Bob is survived by his wife Gloria; daughter Tina Kunkel; sons, William Kandarian (Brandi), Michael Kandarian (Denise); Arthur Mendoza (Lisa); Nick Kunkel; seven grandchildren, Ashley Gaynor (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brian Gaynor (Clovis), Weston and Wade Kandarian (Fresno), Cassie, Stephanie and Dylan Kandarian (Fresno); one great-grandson, Noah James Dacanay (Las Vegas); mother-in-law Toni Chavez (Orosi); as well as three brothers, John St. Germain (Maryann) of Cadyville, N.Y., Jim St. Germain (Joyce) of Plattsburg, N.Y., George St. Germain of Katyville, N.Y.; and three sisters, Mary Welhouse (Jim) of Wisconsin, Pat St. Germain of Florida, Kate Williams of Plattsburg, N.Y.; sister-in-law Sandy St. Germain; and 21 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Friday, Feb. 19, in Fresno. Bob will be buried in Plattsburg, N.Y., with a memorial service to be held there at a later date.
The family suggests donations may be made to Tahoe Forest Hospice, PO Box 7569, Truckee, CA 96160.

Barbara Powers passed away Feb. 13, 2010, after a battle with cancer. She was born March 10, 1944, to Earl and Thelma Bolton who preceded her in death, and was raised on a chicken farm in San Leandro.
Barbara was the youngest of three children.
She met George Edward in 1965 while working for Dailey Chevrolet. They married June 17, 1967, and he was the love of her life.
They moved to Union City where she worked at East Bay Excavating until she retired.
She had always dreamed of a home in the country where she could look out at a meadow and cows. They found that property in Clio.
While she still worked they started to build their home. Upon retiring they moved in. Their home was built for entertaining and with George at her side as her sous chef, she made fabulous dinners. Her hobby was to cook, entertain family and friends or plan an outing with those she loved. She loved to play any kind of card game and Chinese checkers.
She passed away at their home. At her bedside was husband George, brother and sister-in-law Ed and Barbara Bolton, sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Neil Linfoot, niece and husband Kari and Doug White, nephew Mark Bolton; stepchildren David Powers and Laurie Craig.
She also leaves behind great-nephews Chance, Macklin, Caleb and their mother Danette Bolton, stepdaughter Wendy Byrd, step-grandchildren, Ryan and Natalie Powers, Alexander and Patrick Craig and Cody and Angela Byrd and many, many friends in and around Valley Ranch.

Rowena Minor, 93
Our angel mom passed away peacefully in her sleep at home, on Valentine’s Day, at the age of 93. She had been healthy and enjoying life to its fullest up to the time she left us.
We will miss her greatly and will love her forever. She was as good, kind and sweet as they come and her loving spirit enriched the lives of all she met.
She is survived by her three loving daughters, Charlene Light, Jeanne Minor, and Carolyn Candy, her son-in-law John Candy, her grandchildren Ravenna and Nick Candy, and her great-grandson Jackson.
Preceding her in passing were her devoted husband of 70 years, Gordon Minor, her grandson David Candy and her two brothers, Mer and Art Ammer.
Rowena was born in Ferndale, and received her BA from Humboldt State University. She taught at Hillcrest Elem. in Oakland, where she and Gordon raised their family.
She and Gordon spent many years living on Lake Almanor and in Chester. They put on a multitude of musical programs at the Lake Almanor Country Club and enjoyed their retirement there.
Rowena loved life and was an adventurous spirit. Her favorite activities were reading, bridge, scrabble, playing her piano, walking, traveling, golf and dancing in her younger years.
A celebration of her life will be held in Ukiah at the Center for Spiritual Living at 741 S. Oak Street, Sunday, March 7, at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Condolences may be sent to Charlene Light, 194 Gardens Avenue, Ukiah, CA 95482.

Gerald Jack (Jerry) Brush peacefully passed away at home in Red Bluff Friday, Feb. 19, 2010.
Born in Westwood Jan. 31, 1927, Jerry and his wife Petra, whom he met in Westwood, have enjoyed a wonderful, 65-year marriage.
In addition to Petra, Jerry is survived by daughter Karen Wharton of Chester, and John of Sacramento, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
From childhood, Jerry was an outdoorsman. He hunted and fished local territories and beyond with much success.
Completing high school in 1945, Jerry immediately joined the Navy. Most of his duty was in the Western Pacific. He worked in the logging and lumber industry his entire working life, most of it spent with Collins Pine Company in Chester.
In retirement, Jerry and Petra' s social life centered on golf and the warm friendships they nurtured. Only in the last four years did Jerry escape to the gentler valley climate.
At Jerry's request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1425 Vista Way, Red Bluff, CA 96080 or a charity of your choice.

John Elmer Rilea
Longtime Greenville resident John Elmer Rilea passed from this life peacefully, to join his wife in their eternal home with the Lord Sunday evening, Feb. 21, 2010, at Country Villa-Quincy. His loving family was at his side.
Born 90 years ago, Nov. 10, 1919, in Sentinel Butte, N.D., to the late Harry and Alice (Percell) Rilea,
John was raised and educated in North Dakota. At the age of 17, he and his family moved west to work for the railroad, first in Little Valley and later in Indian Falls, Keddie and Portola.
April 4, 1938, John married the former Muriel Orsela Ness in a ceremony in Hayward. This holy union was blessed with six children.
John entered the armed forces in 1945, and was soon honorably discharged at the conclusion of World War II. He returned to Plumas County to work in Keddie before opening a cleaners in Portola that he and the family ran for two years.
John then returned to Greenville where he went to work in tunnel construction for approximately five years and for the Collins family at their mill in Chester, retiring as a maintenance welder after more than 20 years of service to the company.
In his retirement he continued to keep active as a meter reader for the former Bidwell Water Company and helped out occasionally at McMullen Sand and Gravel.
John was a devoted member of the Lutheran faith. Elder Rilea served the congregation in just about every capacity the church could call upon him. He was instrumental in the original construction of the church as well as being there to help supervise the expansion of the church building in the mid-80s.
John was a member of the Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club in its early years as well as a longtime member of the Lumber and Industrial Workers Union Local 3074.
He had a passion for pitching horseshoes and as a founding member of the Indian Valley Horseshoe Pitching Association was recently honored with a lifetime membership.
He was also a member of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association. John enjoyed giving back to his community and was an active member of the Greenville Senior Gleaners, as well as a regular at the Greenville Senior Nutrition Site. He also found enjoyment in raising farm animals, as well as playing cribbage and pinochle.
In passing John leaves his children Leonard Rilea of Redding, Sylvia Quam of Susanville, Mark and his wife Esther Rilea of Greenville, Karen Maxey of Greenville and Mary Dillon of Susanville; sister Florence Alberts of Mt. Ranch, 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was anxiously expecting his first great-great-grandchild in August of this year.
Along with his loving wife Muriel, John joins his son Lawrence J. Rilea, brothers Charles, Jim, Barney and Kenny and sisters Ethel and Fannie in their eternal home.
A celebration of John's life will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 6, at his beloved First Lutheran Church of Greenville. Inurnment along with his late wife will follow in the Greenville District Cemetery.
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 John's memory be made to the Greenville First Lutheran Church, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

Thelma Alice Ayoob died peacefully in her sleep Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.
She was born in Oroville June 16, 1919. She was 89 years old.
Thelma, or Nanny as she was know by her family, was a 63-year resident of Quincy.
She was active in her community for many years, participating in PTA, Emblem Club and for many years in bowling leagues.
She was known for her knitting and crocheted items; many of them won honors at the Plumas County fair. She also kept her family in many clothing-type items which they all prize greatly.
She loved her family and friends being around her any time. She was a wonderful cook and loved to entertain family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Nick Ayoob, in 2004.
She is survived by her daughters and one son: Linda Allen and husband Dennis, Helen Fultz and husband Gary, and son John Boyd and wife Edna; grandchildren Sherri and (Cris) Fissori, Jon and (Kelly) Boyd of Minden, Nev., Mark and (Susan) Boyd of Sparks, Nev., Nick and (Sherri) Boyd of Quincy, Chris and (Lisa) Fultz of Corning, and Corine Thompson of Carolton, Texas; great-grandchildren and spouses: (Danielle) and John Geer, (Adam) and Breanne Fissori, Nochole Fissori, Drew Fissori, Lanie Fultz, Nathan Fultz, Neil Jeffries, Nick Jeffries, Marissa Boyd, Kiersten Boyd, Ethan Boyd and Dominic Boyd, and  great-great-grandchildren Danica Hellner and Parker Hellner.
Thelma will be laid to rest next to her husband Nick at a later date. There will be no services at Thelma’s request.

Longtime Quincy resident Helen Easter Tobias passed from this life peacefully, to her eternal home with the Lord, under the tender care of the staff at Country Villa-Quincy, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. She was 86-years-old.
Born in Strong, Ark., April 1, 1923, she was raised and educated in Strong. Helen relocated to Quincy in the early 50s.
Helen worked at the Plumas County Courthouse Annex for some 30 years as a member of its custodial staff.
A dedicated mother and grandmother she took great pride in her family. Helen was a member of the Quincy Starlight Missionary Baptist Church and found pleasure in fishing for bluegill at Round Valley Reservoir outside of Greenville.
In passing Helen leaves her sons Edward C. “Mickey” and wife Kathy Cranford of Reno, Nev., and Terry and his wife Brenda Johnson of Citrus Heights, along with her precious grandchildren Annette, Sheree, Sequita, Angelika, Eddie and Nick, six great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
She joins in her eternal home her husband James Johnson and sister Mary Wills.
A private family celebration of Helen's life will take place at a later date at her favorite fishing spot on the shores of Round Valley Reservoir.
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 Helen's memory be made to the Starlight Missionary Baptist Church's Building Fund, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Quincy resident Rowland Holmes Hand passed away peacefully, at his niece’s residence in Truckee, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, with family at his side.
Born 86 ago in West Los Angeles, to the late Jack and Lois (Naville) Hand, he was raised and educated in West Los Angeles graduating from University High School as a member of the ‘class of 1947.”
Shortly following Rowland's graduation from high school he began a 38 year career with GTE, rising to the position of a communications supervisor before retiring.
Rowland had spent his adult life residing in the community of Venice Beach area before moving to the Northeastern California community of Quincy following his retirement. He is a former member of the Atom Club.
Rowland had a tender spot in his heart for animals, adopting many throughout his years in Quincy and will be fondly remembered as "Farmer John" aka “Rolly.” He also enjoyed tending to his property, especially his raspberries, vegetables and many fruit trees.
In passing Rowland leaves his brother Jack of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; sister Arlene Large of Big Bear; two grandchildren and one great-grandson along with a number of nieces and nephews.
Rowland joins his loving wife Eileen, who passed from this life in March 2004, daughter Jeanine, who passed from this life, along with his sister Dorothy Ventuleth in June 1993, and a brother, Lawrence, who passed from this life in May 1998, in their eternal home.
A private family celebration of Rowland's life will take place at the graveside alongside his late wife in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery.
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 Rowland's memory be made to the Plumas Animal Welfare Society, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

East Quincy resident Sharon Dee Gordon passed from this life peacefully, with family at her side, Thursday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2010, at the age of 69.
Born July 25, 1940, to Oklahoma natives Elsworth and Mary Ellen (Miller) Stites in Oroville, she was raised on the family ranch in Adin before moving to Willits as a young teen.
She moved to Quincy in 1957 where she graduated from Quincy High School as a member of the “class of 1958.”
Sharon attended college in San Francisco and worked as an operator for Pacific Telephone following high school graduation.
It was there she met and married a Navy medic named Walter Grunberg; to this union one daughter was born. The couple lived in San Diego.
Following the couple’s divorce Sharon relocated to Chico. There she met the love of her life and her best friend, Dana Gordon, while picking plums. The couple was united in matrimony in Chico Dec. 31, 1965, and to this union two sons were born. The family moved to Quincy from Chico 36 years ago.
Sharon's passion in life was that of her family. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who gained great pleasure in providing for her family.
She is a former member of the Plumas County Chapter of Women in Timber, loved reading and caring for the family’s horses as well as being the greatest race car fan of her husband and sons.
In passing Sharon leaves her loving husband Dana, of Quincy; daughter Lorylee Duncan and her life partner Jacquelynn Wilkes of Vallejo; sons Dana M. Gordon and his love Peggy Gordon and Steven D. Gordon and his wife Lori, all of Quincy; brothers E.D. "Skeet" Stites and Duane Stites both of Quincy and Steve Ladd of Garberville; along with the precious jewels of her life, her grandchildren Tia Duncan-McCarron, Breezy Peterson, Heather McKenzie Gordon, Nichelle Nichole Gordon and Joseph William Zattoni and great-grandchildren Alexa Breeze Duncan, Kanyen McCarron, Lily Jeane and Alice Grace Peterson.
A celebration of Sharon's life will take place 11 a.m. Thursday, March 4, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Quincy. Interment will take place with her parents in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery.
An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

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