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Obituaries for the week of 6/23/2010


Nancy Berges, 62

Donald Virgil Kelly, 86

Russell "Bob" Newman, 65


    Long time resident of Portola, Nancy Berges passed away Friday, June 11, 2010.
    She was born in Sacramento Feb. 4, 1948, to Richel and Retha Humphrey. She was the oldest of eight siblings. Nancy grew up in different locations throughout Plumas County, and traveled the United States with her first husband as a military wife. She moved back to Portola in 1988 where she was united in marriage to Sylvan Berges April 28, 1990.
    Nancy was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and friend. She loved to travel, play games with friends and family, and host parties. She also enjoyed reading and word puzzles in her quiet times. Above all else, she was optimistic and joyful when talking or helping others.
    She is survived by husband Sylvan; her seven siblings: Sharon, Rick, Jack, Mike, Trena, Brian and Terri; her sons Eric, of Portola, and Jonathan, of Wilsonville, Ore.; daughters Suzette, of Reno, and Sylvia, of Portola; and six grandchildren.
    Memorial service will be held June 26, 3 p.m., at Portola United Methodist Church in Portola.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Portola United Methodist church or the American Heart Association, honor.americanheart.org/site/TR?pg=ffind&fr id=1030 or call 1-800-242-8721.



    Donald Virgil Kelly died in Rocklin, Sunday, June 13, 2010. He was born July 13, 1923, in St. Louis, Mo.
    Preceded in death by his wife Juanita Davis Kelly, Don is survived by his current wife, Beverly Kelly; four children, Kit Kelly, Brooke Hobart, Anne Perry, Barbara Gruber; and eleven grandchildren.
    Don proudly served during World War II in the 451st Bomb Group, was a POW after being shot down over Austria on Aug. 23, 1944, and was honorably discharged in 1945.
    Don received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri School of Mines at Rolla in July, 1949, and next taught at St. Louis’ Washington University before moving to California to work at Lockheed.  Don worked 32 years at Lockheed on various projects including development of the mechanical arm of the space shuttle.
    Retiring to Lake Almanor, Don became active in the Elks and the Chester Choir. Don especially enjoyed serving as master of ceremonies at choir concerts, using interesting pieces of history to introduce each song or composer. Don loved Lake Almanor — the lake, the people, his and Beverly's cat Clara, and he marveled at the antics of squirrels and birds on his deck for which he faithfully left peanuts and birdseed. The only things Don loved more were his family and friends.
    A reception and light lunch will be held at the Elks Lodge, 164 Main Street, Chester, on noon Friday, June 25, for friends and family. Memorial services for family only will be held earlier Friday.


    On June 15, 2010, our beloved husband, father, papa, brother and friend was suddenly taken from us.
    Born Oct. 4, 1944, in Westwood, to Russell and Imogene Newman, he lived in Westwood until the family moved to Chester in 1949. Bob graduated from Chester High School class of 1962, he attended Shasta College and Chico State.
    He was in the Army from 1966 to 1968. While stationed in Germany he traveled extensively, loving the letters he received from his parents. He returned to work for Bank of America, retiring from Collins Pine Co. in Chester and then finally retiring from Russell R Newman Accounting and Tax Service in 1998.
    Upon retirement he and his wife relocated to Chico. Bob told stories of the times his family would drive around Lake Almanor listening to ball games on the car radio. One summer he and his brother Larry slept on the patio and listened to the Giants games on their radio. He so enjoyed the Newman family reunions held every year in Chester; family was very important to him.
    Bob was a member of the Chico Cribbage Club and Fraternal Order of Eagles #218, serving on the Board of Trustees for numerous years.
    As anyone who knew Bob they were quite aware he was a San Francisco 49er and San Francisco Giants fan. He also loved to play golf, representing Almanor West at Poppy Hills and Spy Glass. It was a trip he lovingly remembered.
    Family meant so much to him; in fact, he already had plans for this coming Thanksgiving and helping make gingerbread houses with the grandchildren.
    Bob is survived by his wife Linda; children Michael (Kristen) Campbell of Chico, Richard (Kristin) Newman of Reno, Nev., Carole (Craig) Eldridge of Yuba City and Robin (Tyler) Boles of River Falls, Wis.; grandchildren Morgan, Ryan, Jessica, Alex, Huck, Gus, Cameron, Kyle, Ruby and Cohen; brother Larry (Lena) Newman of Cottonwood;  sisters Kathy (Leonard) Newman-Inch of Chico and Jackie Newman of Aspen, Colo.; also numerous aunts and cousins.
    Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Imogene Newman, and son Patrick Campbell.
    Mass was held Friday, June 18, at Newton Bracewell Funeral Home in Chico, with a reception following at the Eagles Hall.
    Donations in honor of Bob can be made to the F.O.E. #218 Scholarship Fund or the F.O.E. #218 Relay for Life, c/o Newton Bracewell Funeral Home, 680 Camellia Way, Chico, CA 95926. View and send condolences online at NBCFH.com.

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