Bernice Eloise Beem passed from this life peacefully Tuesday afternoon, April 24, 2012, at Plumas District Hospital. Her loving family was at her side.
Born March 18, 1915, in Los Angeles to Robert and Addie Bell (Curry) Houston, at a young age she and her family relocated to Yreka where Bernice graduated from Yreka High School. Shortly following her graduation she married Dwyer Skemp and to this union four children were born. The family moved to Sloat in 1951 and she later went to work at the former Plumas County Hospital as a nurse’s aide for 10 years. Following Dwyer’s passing in 1967 she met and later married Paul Barbea and the couple resided in Spring Garden. Following the loss of Paul she married Faye Beem and the couple resided in Hornbrook until ill health required the couple to return to Quincy to reside with Bernice’s son, Harry Skemp, and family in 2002 until her passing. She lost Faye three years ago.
In her younger years while residing in Quincy, Bernice became active with the Order of Eastern Star, the Rebekahs, the Native Daughters of the Golden West and the Quincy VFW Auxiliary, holding offices in all the organizations. Bernice enjoyed working in her yard and garden as well as crocheting gifts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In passing Bernice leaves her sons Charles Skemp, of Montana, and Harry Skemp and his wife Alexandrina, of Quincy; daughters Elva Mansuetti, of Richland, Ore., and Shirley Collis, of La Grande, Ore.; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Along with her parents and husbands, Bernice was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth.
A celebration of Bernice’s life will take place at the graveside in the Cromberg District Cemetery, 1 p.m. Sunday, May 6. The family suggests any remembrances in Bernice’s memory be made to the Quincy Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
Gordon (Gordy) Clyde Hinschberger, 59, passed away March 24, 2012, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Ore., following open heart surgery.
He is survived by his daughter Kelley Tagudin and son Timothy Hinschberger, sister Valerie Vassaur, son-in-law Chris Tagudin, brother-in-law Richard Vassaur, grandchildren Dustin and Leilani Tagudin, nieces Caitlyn and Kristen Vassaur and nephew Scott Vassaur. He also leaves many aunts, uncles and cousins and several close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Hinschberger, and his mother, Edwina Hinschberger, of Roseburg, Ore.
As a longtime resident of Chester he was most remembered for his talent in music and love of the forest where he worked for 20 years as a logger for the Collins Pine Co.
A celebration of his life will be held May 12 at 1 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Chester located at 164 Main St. In lieu of flowers the family has asked mourners to consider making a donation to the Chester High School music department in his honor. The donation can be brought to the service or given directly to the school.