Obituaries for the week of 5/26/2010

Charles Henry Sieh, 87

 Marjorie May Bender,76

Margaret (Peggy) V. Lee

Darlene Lillian Wilson, 87


   Charles Henry Sieh passed away Friday, March 12, 2010. He was the dear and beloved husband of Jeanne, who predeceased him November 2000.
    He is survived by his two, daughters, Candy (Bill) and dede (Ken); his two grandchildren, Bill (Amy) and Jami; his three great-grandchildren, Sydney, Allison, and Jacob; his brothers, Larry (Judy) and Donald (Loretta); and nieces and nephews.
    Chuck was born in Sterling, Ill., March 20, 1923. He was one of seven children.
    Chuck served in World War II and saw combat in Lyyte, Philippines, Feb. 1944 to July 1944, when he was seriously wounded and evacuated back to the States.
    He earned his combat infantry badge and numerous other medals including a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
    Chuck worked in the construction industry. He worked building the Pan American Highway in Costa Rica in 1959. He also worked building casinos and other large projects in Nevada and California. He retired in 1989.
    Chuck was very active in the Graeagle community. He greatly enjoyed golf and all the golfers. He was a member of VFW, Calpine Elks and the Feather River Dixieland Jazz Society.
    The family will hold a memorial in Graeagle at the Elks Lodge Saturday, July 10, at 1:30 p.m.

    Marjorie May Bender “Nana” passed away peacefully May 19, 2010, at Eastern Plumas Hospital in Portola, with all of her family and friends at her side.
    She entered into this life March 18, 1934, in Oakland. She was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
    Marjorie lived a very blessed life. She was raised in Oakland and was one of three children.
    She met her beloved husband, Bill in Oakland. Soon after their marriage she gave birth to their first and only daughter, Sharon. Bill and Marge moved to Portola in 1979.
    Throughout her life, she was a homemaker and stayed very involved with her family and also our extended family living next door, the Willises.
     She was a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and a volunteer at the Nifty Thrifty, the hospital auxiliary’s thrift shop.
    She loved bowling with her husband and friends and was a member of several leagues. She was also a well-known waitress at the Canyon Café in Portola.
    She was always up for a trip to Reno to hang out at the local casinos. She was an avid gambler; her favorite game was video poker.
    She spent her more recent years caring for her great-grandchildren. In the past few weeks, she was admitted to Portola hospital where she received so much loving care from their wonderful staff.
    She made many accomplishments throughout life and we are so proud to have had the time we did with her. She touched so many with her generosity and loving attitude. It was always a comfort to hear her say, “Hey, Babe.” Anyone who knew her felt the love she possessed.  
    Nana is preceded in death by her father, Clarence McKay, stepfather Norman Jensen, mother Juanita Jensen, brother Robert McKay,  brother–in-law Jim Bender and her beloved husband, Bill Bender.
    She is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Richard) Castaneda, son-in-law Michael Taylor, granddaughters Theresa Morrow of Tracy, Tina Hafalla of Reno, Nev., Lisa Taylor, Michelle (Leonard) Perez, all of Portola; great-grandchildren, Samantha, AJ, Gary, Alex, Alyssa, Haley, and Jayden.  
    She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her and she will forever be in our hearts. We love you, Nana. R.I.P. 5/19/2010
    And as Nana would say, “Thanks, Babe.”
    Services were held Sunday, May 23, at Manni Funeral Home. Donations may be made to High Sierra Animal Rescue.

Ronald James Sears
    Ronald James Sears passed away May 20, 2010, in the comfort of his home with his wife, sons and close friends by his side. His “homegoing to heaven” was preceded by a valiant battle with cancer that first appeared in September 2004.
    Ron was born Nov. 23, 1946, to Alma James Sears and Dorothy Edrice (Benston) Sears in Miami, Fla. The family lived in Snohomish, Wash., most of Ron's life, until he joined the Marine Corps in 1964.
    Ron was a radio-telegrapher in the First Marine Division. He served a 13-month tour in Vietnam in 1964 – 65. After his honorable discharge in 1968, he lived in Redondo Beach and attended El Camino College in Hermosa Beach.
    Ron worked in the commercial window and floor covering business most of his life. He moved to June Lake in 1972, where he had his own carpet store until 1978. He moved back to Southern California and again opened a window and floor covering store in Huntington Beach.
    Ron met Joyce Middleton in August 1981, and they married Aug. 25, 1984. The family relocated to Graeagle in July 2002, and moved to Portola in 2007.
    In passing, Ron leaves his loving wife of 25 years, Joyce; daughter Alison Diaz and son-in-law Cristino “Cris” Diaz, of Kilbourne, Ohio; sons Harley, 16, and Clayton, 13; and two beautiful granddaughters, Izabela Diaz, 9, and Lilyana Diaz, 3.
    Ron’s passions in life were his family and his growing relationship with his Lord, along with fishing, restoring cars and sports. He loved watching his boys’ games and coaching them during their years in Little League. Ron enjoyed sharing his passions with his children and anyone else who would listen.
    His children will always remember their dad as a strong father, who balanced seriousness and humor in teaching life’s important lessons.
    Ron will be greatly missed by all who knew him and his passion for life. His family and friends take great comfort in knowing he now resides in the presence of our Lord and Savior. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award to me on that day.” II Timothy 4:7-8a.
    As a friend wrote, “The world has lost a good man, but heaven has gained a wonderful saint.”
    A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 30, at 2 p.m., at the Graeagle Community Church with Pastor Mike Preston officiating. A graveside service for family and close friends will be held Monday, May 31, 2010, at 9 a.m., at the Whispering Pines Cemetery in Portola.
    Donations in Ron’s honor can be made to the Graeagle Community Church, P.O. Box 1208, Graeagle, CA 96103.
    The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the Tahoe Forest Hospice for their devoted care and exceptional service to Ron and them. They also would like to thank Greg and Trecy Marr of Manni Funeral Home for their compassionate service.

Lucille B. Hobbs
    Lucille B. Hobbs was born in Salina, Okla., March 17, 1916.  She died May 20, 2010.
    She came to Portola in 1972, from Bakersfield. She worked at Value Wise Pharmacy for 12 years and was a longtime member of Portola Station Baptist Church.
    She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Smitty Hobbs; brother James Robinson and sister Ruth R. Walker.  
    She is survived by her nieces, Sandra Lewis, Marian Brown, Sherry Hill, Laurie Redland and numberous other nieces and nephews.  
    Service will be held at Portola Station Baptist Church Thursday, May 27, at 1 pm with burial following at Whispering Pines Cemetery in Portola. Services were entrusted to Manni Funeral Home.

    Longtime Portola resident Margaret (Peggy) V. Lee died Oct. 20, 2009, in Reno, Nev.
    A celebration of life and reception will be held May 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Graeagle Fire Hall in Graeagle.

    Westwood resident Darlene Lillian Wilson died Friday, May 14, 2010, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Reno, Nev.
    She was born in Elko, Nev., on April 10, 1923, to the late Clifford and Mildred (Robertson) Snowball.
    She is survived by her son, Don Clifford Wilson and wife Dailene of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; daughter Debra Sheets and her husband Randy of Westwood; grandchildren, Angela Dawn Wilson, Jenny Annette Sheets and Janet Cortney Sheets, along with her great-grandson Nathan Don Sheets.
    She was predeceased by her husband, Darrell, and grandson Christopher Wilson.
    Following cremation, inurnment will take place alongside her husband in the Chester District Cemetery.
    An opportunity to express condolences along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
    The family suggests any remembrances in Darlene's memory be made to Lassen Animal Rescue, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


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