Obituaries for the week of 7/18/2014

Amy Holsapple

J. “Richard” McCutcheon

Theresa Taddei

Irene Weinreich

Amy Holsapple, 97, passed away at her home in Brookings, Oregon, on July 4, 2014.

Amy was born Feb. 1, 1917, in Larson, North Dakota, one of ten children to Gunder and Mary (Carlson) Gunderson.In her early years, Amy worked as a nanny and housekeeper.She married Leonard J. Holsapple in Brainerd, Minnesota, on Oct. 2, 1939.They moved to Chester where Amy worked in a local grocery store.She retired in 1979.Following retirement, she and Leonard traveled all over the U.S. and Canada.Amy enjoyed rock and agate hunting, doing handwork and loved to read.She was also a wonderful baker — she made the best apple pie.

Survivors include her daughters, Florence Savercool of Brookings, Joy Larson of Yakima, Washington, son and daughter-in-law Lester and Sharon Holsapple of Missoula, Montana, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Amy was preceded in death by her husband, six brothers and three sisters.

No local ceremony will be held.Inurnment will be at a later date at the Chester Cemetery in Chester.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.Condolences may be expressed online at

Indian Valley native and life long resident J. Richard McCutcheon tragically passed from this life sometime Tuesday evening, July 1, 2014, from injuries incurred from a quad vs. deer accident on China Grade outside of Taylorsville, while returning from what he so dearly loved, that of photographing the local scenery.

Born John Richard McCutcheon on Feb. 12, 1938, on the family ranch in the North Arm of Indian Valley to Indian Valley pioneers John and Lois (McColm) McCutcheon, Richard — as he affectionately became known — was raised on the ranch until its sale. As a young child, he and his family moved to Taylorsville where he attended grammar school at the Old Taylorsville School House.

Richard went on to attend and graduate from Greenville High School as a member of the Class of 1955. A talented athlete, Richard lettered in football and basketball where he was named All League and track where he was a sprinter and held the league record in pole vaulting until it was just recently broken.

In a ceremony on March 3, 1957, in Reno, Nev., Richard married his high school sweetheart, Jacqueline Woodmansee, and to this union two sons were born. The couple settled in Taylorsville where they raised their family and Richard worked as a lumber grader first for Setzer Lumber and later for Louisiana Pacific, The Sloat Lumber Company and finally for Sierra Pacific Lumber Company at their Loyalton Mill. Following his retirement from the lumber industry, Richard went to work for the former Nugget Motors as a salesperson until it closed in 1999.

Richard was an accomplished horseshoe pitcher competing at the upper level of national competition. He is a co-founder of the Indian Valley Horseshoe Club where he constructed sanctioned pits and was instrumental in the organization of the club’s tournaments. He also was instrumental in the construction of a bow range outside of Greenville. Richard was a longtime member of the Indian Valley Grange as well as volunteer at the Mt. Jura Gem and Museum Society of Taylorsville. His knowledge of the area led him to writing a book on the history of Indian Valley for Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series in 2008. A talented photographer Richard took up the hobby in high school and continued his love of the art until taking his final photograph of the local sunset on the evening of his passing. His photography is on display in the local museum as well as the local phone book and a number of other venues throughout the county. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors deer hunting, jogging, riding his bike and exploring the area on his quad as well as a good game of golf.

In passing Richard leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Jacqueline McCutcheon, of Taylorsville; sons John David McCutcheon and wife Patty and Ron Marcell McCutcheon, all of Taylorsville; his precious grandchildren John “Tony” and Chrissy McCutcheon, Chris McCutcheon, Jared and Megan Morris and Matt and Chelsey McCutcheon, five great-grandsons, along with his sister, Barbara Anicich, of Carmichael.

A celebration of Richard’s life is being planned for later this summer. Interment will take place in the Taylorsville District Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at

The family suggests any remembrances in Richard’s memory be made to either the Mt. Jura Gem and Museum or the Indian Valley Grange, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

Greenville resident Theresa M. Taddei passed away on July 5, 2014, in Quincy, with her children at her side. She was 86 years old.

Theresa was born in Bedford, Kentucky in 1927 and spent the next 18 years in Wises Landing, Kentucky.

At 18 years old, she rode a train out to California to work in Alturas for a short period of time where her brother was living. She then came up to the Indian Valley area and got a job at the Crescent Hotel working for Mary Baker in the hotel and restaurant. She was given room and board and had very fond memories of Mary and her kindness.

She attended Greenville High School to attain her diploma. She then met the handsome Andrew Taddei just back from the war in Europe. They dated three months and were married. For a while, she worked at Seltzer’s Camp, a local logging camp in Greenville, as a cook. She then took on the busy life of raising four children sewing much of their clothing herself.

Theresa was a highly self-motivated person and loved keeping busy. She loved cooking, baking and learning new recipes. She grew beautiful big gardens and made sure her children, grandchildren and neighbors enjoyed the fresh organic vegetables throughout the summer while her husband had his own garden growing blackberries, strawberries, grapes and fresh corn. They both maintained many kinds of fruit trees.

With rake in hand beside her husband she kept a beautiful yard around their home and was not happy until every pine needle, oak leaf and pine cone was picked up.

She had a love of photography. In the winter months, when she could not be outside, she loved to create beautiful oil paintings of the deer that visited her yard and landscapes always with a person or wildlife in them. She would take photos of a scene or animal and then paint her own rendition of it. 
Even in her older years after Andrew had passed away she insisted on helping stack her own wood and take care of herself. 
At Christmas Eve each year she created a festive gathering at her home with all her children, grandchildren, neighbors and Santa Claus. A ham or turkey with all the trimmings was always on the menu with her homemade cookies for dessert. She always made sure and had a gift for each and every person attending.

She was preceded in death by her husband Andrew Taddei one year ago, children Shirley Taddei and Gilbert Lee Taddei, her parents Alma and Owen Harsin, sister Wilma Wilson and brother Jimmy Harsin and granddaughter Sarah Taddei.

Theresa leaves a large family that loves her very much: daughters Phyllis Brown and Elaine Taddei, son John Taddei, grandchildren Sesha Putnam, Lara Wheeler, Tisha Wheeler, Daisy Wheeler, Wesley Wheeler, Jeff Taddei, Reatha Taddei, Shannon Cano, many great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly, daughter-in-law Duanne Taddei and son-in-law Larry Brown, sisters Norma Kyle, Bonnie Cano and Evelyn Duntin, and many nieces and nephews.

Following private graveside services, a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at

Irene Largent Weinreich passed away on July 4, 2014, at home. Her loving husband of 72 years, Verner Weinreich, was at her side. Her health had been failing for the past several years.

Irene was born on Dec. 25, 1922, in Los Angeles, to parents Lucille and Alex Largent. Her family moved to Indian Falls, and later lived in Greenville, where she graduated from Greenville High School in 1943. She met the love of her life while in high school and they were very happily married for 72 years.

Following Verner’s time in the U.S. Army during World War II, Irene and Verner lived in Sacramento, Chico, Corning, Quincy and Greenville. While in Greenville she was an office manager for Cheney Lumber Company and then worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Plumas County.

After moving to Yuba City in 1977, Irene was a member of the Peachtree Lane Church of Christ and was also the church secretary. Her family and faith were very important to her and she was an active member of the Peachtree Church until her illness prevented her involvement.

Irene was pre-deceased by her daughter Claudia Weinreich Blake, her mother Lucille Furtwangler and stepfather Frank Furtwangler, sisters Helen Largent Prideaux and Thelma Largent Winter and a brother Alex Largent.

Besides a loving husband, Irene leaves son-in-law Tom Blake, a grandson John Blake and his brothers Tom and Brian Blake, in addition to many nieces and nephews who dearly loved her. She always remembered everyone’s birthday and sent birthday as well as other greeting cards to all members of the family and to many friends. She was an excellent seamstress and crocheted beautiful baby sets whenever a new family member was born.

Irene was a very loving person whose family and faith were very important to her.

Memorial graveside service was held Friday, July 11, at Glen Oaks Cemetery in Chico. Reception followed at Irene’s church, Peach Tree Lane Church of Christ.

Memorial contributions in her memory may go to the Peach Tree Lane Church of Christ, 1321 Peachtree Lane, Yuba City.

Arrangements were under the care of Holycross Memorial Services, Yuba City.

Lynn Leal

Lynn Leal, of Janesville, died May 26, 2014, in Susanville of natural causes. He was born Sept. 27, 1946, in Price, Utah.

He is survived by his mother, Katherine Borden; brothers Douglas and Lynn, David, Steven and Shawna, and Forrest Jr. and Madge; sisters Pamela and Gilbert, Susan and Tom; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Forrest Leal, stepfather Jack Borden and sisters Tami, Linda and Annie.

No services are scheduled at this time.

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