The San Francisco 49ers lost one of their most loyal (and vocal) fans when our mother, Ellie Hooper, passed away peacefully at Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits April 15, 2012, at the age of 89.
Ellie was the youngest of six children born to Henry and Eva Hose. She was born near Pocatello, Idaho, April 5, 1923.
She spent her early years in Idaho and had interesting stories to tell of rural living including medical emergencies, and riding horseback to school at 40 below. In her teens her family moved to Grass Valley. It was there that she met Don Hooper, who would become her husband and favorite sparring partner for 66 years. They moved to Richmond, where Don was a police officer, to raise their three children.
They were early members of the Tilden Archers and the Rancho Monticello Water Ski Club.
They retired to Graeagle in 1969 where they enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. They also owned and operated the Garden Shop for several years.
She was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother, as well as husband Don and beloved grandson Rick.
She is survived by son Don and daughters Nancy (Bud) and Rinda, who took such good care of her for the last 2-1/2 years. She also leaves behind five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
All who were part of her life will never forget this unique woman.
Please join us at the Calpine Elks Lodge Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. for a memorial in her honor.
Marion Louise Kunz (Nana), 103, passed away July 26, 2012, at the home of her daughter, Alice York, in Herald.
Nana was born Feb. 25, 1909, to Carliss Eugene Nettleton and Amy Pearl McFarland Nettleton in the Oakland Bay Area. She attended schools in Oakland and graduated from Technical High School.
Nana met Albert Kunz at a dance, fell in love, and they were married March 1, 1927. To that union three daughters were born: Francis Wilson (Wayne, deceased), Lois Defanti (Guy) and Alice York (Jim, deceased). They were married for 65 years before Albert passed away in 1992.
Nana lived in her home in Taylorsville until 1993 when she moved to her daughter Lois’ home, on the Defanti Ranch. It was a family effort by the Wangsgard, Van Fleet, Viscarra and Defanti families to care for her. In 2010, Nana moved to Herald to live with her daughter Alice York. She was lovingly cared for until her death by Alice and her daughter Cathy.
Nana’s interests were broad. She won many trophies in her housewives bowling league and played bridge with the same group of ladies in the Bay Area for years and years.
Nana and Papa bought a summer home at Bucks Lake in 1940, where the whole family stayed for three months every summer until the 1970s, when they sold their cabin. What a wonderful childhood they provided for their three girls.
When Papa and Nana retired and moved to Taylorsville in the 1960s, Nana joined the Taylorsville Quilting and Sewing Group. She spent many years making items for the Methodist Church Fall Festival. She was an expert with a crochet hook!
Nana is survived by her daughters, Francis Wilson, of Paradise, Lois Defanti, of Taylorsville, and Alice York, of Herald; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Nana was predeceased by her parents; her husband Albert; brothers Carliss and Roy Nettleton; sons-in-law Wayne Wilson and Jim York; granddaughter Jacquetine Fischer; and great-grandson Craig Wangsgard.
Nana was loved by all who knew her and she will be missed.
Graveside services will be held in Taylorsville Aug. 11, at 11 a.m.
Pete Thill passed away peacefully at home July 26, 2012, in Graeagle. He was born in Reno, Nev., Feb. 17, 1948, and lived in Plumas County his entire life. He graduated Portola High School in 1966 and went on to Humboldt State where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry in 1972.
He was a forester for 39 years and he and his wife Ann owned Gold Lake Lodge for 16 years. He was also a member of the Graeagle Volunteer Fire Department for many years. Pete served as president of the East Side Foresters, president of California Licensed Forester Association and also president of Associated California Loggers.
Pete was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church. He also loved being outdoors. His hobbies included camping, boating, mountain biking and model trains and he loved to read. Most of all Pete loved being a husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Ann; his daughter and son-in-law Jody and Clint Howell; granddaughter Brooklyn Howell; his mother Gladys; sister Linda Brooks; and nephews Ron, Michael, David, Steven and Gary Brooks.
Services are set for Thursday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Graeagle Picnic Grounds. Arrangements were entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.
David Roberts Story, 88, of Graeagle passed away July 29, 2012, at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev.
Dave was born in Calistoga Jan. 27, 1924, to Alonzo and Eva Grace Story. He had six brothers and one sister. The family later moved to Mendocino where Dave graduated from Mendocino High School in 1942, along with his high school sweetheart, Babe Gomes. Dave and Babe were married in 1943. They had two sons: Dave Jr. and Brian.
Dave proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was stationed in Hawaii, Guam and China. He then joined the California Highway Patrol. After graduating from the CHP Academy, he started as a traffic officer in Visalia in 1951, transferred to Quincy in 1953 and then was promoted through the ranks to sergeant and then lieutenant. He was stationed in Weaverville as the first Trinity River Area commander when he retired in 1978. One of the highlights of Dave’s career was serving as the executive officer at the CHP Academy in Sacramento. He served 27 years in the CHP.
While living in Quincy, Dave and his family were active in baseball and Dave was instrumental in building the Quincy Little League field that is named Story Field after him. He loved hunting and fishing the Sierra and throughout the northwest and Canada.
After retiring, Dave and Babe moved to Redding where they lived for 18 years. They returned to Plumas County in 2000, settling in Graeagle to be near family and friends. Dave was a past exalted ruler of the Calpine Elks, member of the Graeagle VFW and Native Sons of the Golden West of Weaverville, and past president of the Rotary Club of Weaverville.
Dave is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Babe Story; brothers Stan Story, of Burney, and Frank Story, of Quincy; daughter-in-law Judy Story; grandchildren Paul, Diane, Keith, Blaine and Jennifer; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Dave Jr. and Brian.
A memorial service will be held Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Calpine Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Calpine Elks local scholarship fund. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at ManniFuneralHome.com.
Carol Wilson died Aug. 2, 2012, in Chester.
Carol was born to Hazel Mae Shearin and Edward Franklin Standard on Sept. 22, 1929, in Susanville. She lived in Susanville and Watsonville as a child and teen. She was a survivor of polio. Carol graduated from Lassen High School in June 1947.
Carol married Edgar Errett Wilson Jr. Feb. 14, 1947, in Susanville. They have one daughter, Centella Dawn Wilson Tucker. Two sons were lost in infancy.
Carol and Edgar moved to many towns in northern California following Edgar’s career advancements with Safeway Stores. During their years in Yuba City, the family endured the flood of 1955-56, repairing their flooded home.
Carol served for many years as a Camp Fire Girls leader and a camp counselor in both Yuba City and Lodi. While living in Vacaville, Carol worked for Explosives Technology assembling component parts for NASA’s Apollo program, including special parts that separated the lunar lander from the lunar capsule, enabling its return to the orbiter. She was very proud of her association with space exploration.
Upon Edgar’s retirement from Safeway in 1977, Carol became one of the founding partners of Evergreen Markets Inc. in Greenville. She worked in the store as a cashier and stock clerk in its early years. She retired to sew, garden, read, knit and enjoy her three grandsons, Andrew, Nathan and Nicholas Tucker.
Carol Wilson is survived by her husband of 65 years, Edgar Wilson, of Greenville; her brother Edward C. Standard, of Susanville; her daughter and son-in-law Centella and Kenneth Tucker, of Greenville; her grandsons and their wives; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Plumas Animal Welfare Society, 2453 E. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971; to “End Polio Now,” c/o Rotary Club of Greenville, P.O. Box 207, Greenville, CA 95947; or to Seneca Healthcare District, Long Term Care Recreation Fund, P.O. Box 737, Chester, CA 96020.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held Thursday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m. outdoors at the home of Ken and Centella Tucker, 132 Round Valley Road, Greenville.
Chester resident Lee Roy Thrall, 81, passed from this life unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2012, in Susanville.
Born in Covina to Earl and Sarah (Sears) Thrall on Sept. 4, 1930, as a young child he and his family moved north to settle in Oakland, where Lee was raised and educated. Following high school Lee returned to Southern California where he was employed in the building trades as a carpenter. He later entered the machinist trade and after working for a number of small machine shops returned to Northern California where he went to work as a machinist in Aerojet’s development branch. In 1973 he left Aerojet to work for Campbell Soup Co., from which he retired as an area manager in 1993.
While residing in the Sacramento area Lee met fellow apartment complex resident Sherrie Wetzel, and the two were later united in marriage at Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe, Nev., in spring 1985.
Lee was an avid outdoorsman, and this passion led the couple to move in 1995 from Loomis to the mountains, where Lee could enjoy fishing and hunting from their home in Chester. Lee was not one to sit idle; when he was not tinkering in his workshop, working in his yard or enjoying the outdoors Lee was serving his fellow residents as a member of the Lake Almanor Recreation District Board where he was chairman of the pool development committee as well as being active with the Chester Seniors, although probably his most important position was that of being at his wife’s side as she served on the Plumas County Board of Supervisors.
In passing, Lee leaves his loving wife, best friend and companion for the past 27 years, Sherrie Thrall, of Chester; sons Steve Thrall, of Folsom, and Stan Thrall, of Lincoln; daughters Kate Lewis, of Rocklin, Ginny Thrall, of Sacramento, and Teri Harper, of Rocklin; stepson Kirk Wetzel, of Chester; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Lee joins his parents and brother Lewis in their eternal home.
A celebration of Lee’s life is planned for Saturday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Chester Community United Methodist Church. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
Lee’s devotion to Sierra Hospice can be carried on through any donations in his memory being made to Sierra Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.
Longtime Westwood resident Ann Funk, 96, died Friday, July 27, 2012, at the Lincoln Villa Care Facility in Fremont.
She was born May 14, 1916, in Frontenac, Kan., to Antone and Lucy (Rienbolt) Zorraso.
Survivors include her son, Richard Funk, of Fremont; daughter, Cindi Baker, of Westwood; stepdaughter Dolores Morley, of Modesto; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jack, and a sister, Lucille.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the Westwood Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
Chester resident Andrew Kenneth Hodges, 83, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Reno, Nev.
He was born in Chico on May 30, 1929, to Andrew and Minnie (Stahl) Hodges.
In passing Ken leaves his daughter, Carol Hodges, of Clear Creek, and his longtime companion, Alice Knox, of Chester.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Helen, and sister Margaret Sloan.
Private graveside services were held in the Chester District Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.