Obituaries for the week of 7/14/2010

Lorraine Barlow Nesvig, 91

Floyd Mitchell Preston, 79

Claire G. Lizotte, 85


Lorraine Barlow Nesvig died peacefully at her home in Dewey, Ariz., Feb. 28, 2010. She was 91 of age.

Lorraine was born Dec. 14, 1918, in Grand Forks, N.D. She was the fourth child of Peter and Olive (Marvick) Barlow. Her parents emigrated from Norway in the early 1900s.

The family moved to Rochester, Minn., where Lorraine attended the local schools.

In 1945, she went to Los Angeles, and worked in the office of Clyde Graham Co.

In 1952, she married Joe Del Elia. They moved to Quincy in 1972; Joe died in 1973.

Lorraine worked for Chuck Smith at United Farm Real Estate, and later opened her own offices in Quincy and Graeagle.

In 1976, she married Gordon Nesvig of Graeagle. They moved to Dewey, Ariz., in 1983, where she resided until her death.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Goodwin, Arthur and Walter.

She is survived by her husband, Gordon Nesvig, brother Bill Barlow, both of Dewey; and by nephews Dale Barlow of Lake Wales, Fla., Gary Barlow of Reno, Nev., Bill Barlow of Portola, and Randy Barlow of Quincy; also by Gary's son, Dr. Dan Barlow of Reno, and Dan's two small sons, Jackson and Jonah.

A memorial service was held for Lorraine in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Prescott Valley, Ariz.

Floyd Mitchell "Mitch" Preston, 79, passed away June 26, 2010, at Seneca Hospital in Chester after a short illness.

Mitch is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dottie Preston, his daughter, Kat Stevens, and his son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Tani Preston, all of Greenville. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Christopher Preston of Chico and Michelle Preston of Reno, Nev.

Mitch was a native Californian; he was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Long Beach and attended Jordan High School in Long Beach and Woodburry Business College in Burbank.

After a successful sales career in Southern California, Mitch moved his family to Greenville in 1974, where he bought and ran the F.L. Miller Co., a local hardware and grocery store.

Mitch was active in the community. He was a past president of the Greenville Rotary Club, past president of the Indian Valley Merchants Association and a 12-year member of the Greenville Volunteer Fire Department.

No services are planned.

Claire Lizotte, of Pleasant Hill, passed away peacefully June 27. She was born in Weatherly, Pa., Dec. 28, 1924

She married Arthur Lizotte (deceased) June 16, 1945, and lived in Dover, N.H. until moving to California in 1950.

The joy of her life was her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Marie (Ed) Shockley, her son Wayne Lizotte, and her four grandchildren, Jeffrey (Sally Anne) Ward, Eric Lizotte, Keith Lizotte and Tara (Kenny) Nason; also her brother, Al Levesque; sister, Delia Kramer, nieces and nephews.

After many years living in Concord, she and Arthur moved to Lake Almanor, where they operated a plumbing business for 18 years. They then moved to Delta Hawaii Retirement Park in Pittsburg.

Claire became very active in social activities in the park and also became an avid tap dancer with both the Concord and Antioch's Senior Citizen Talent group. She enjoyed traveling, needleworking and spending time with her family. She moved to Aegis, in Pleasant Hill in 2008.

Claire was a wonder to all who met her and a joy and blessing to her family and friends. She was deeply loved by all of them.

Memorial services will be held at St Bonaventure Church in Clayton Saturday, July 31, at 2:30 p.m. Please send any memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, 1060 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA 94043 or VITAS Hospice, 365 Lennon Lane, #140, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

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