Obituaries for the week of 9/19/2012

Gwen Matz, 72

Horace Hoffman Fitzpatrick, 106

Frank Arthur Jenkins, 83

Bradley William Wilson, 50


  Gwen Matz passed away peacefully from this life Friday morning, Sept. 7, 2012, at her daughter's house in Vacaville. Her loving daughter Michelle was at her side.

  Gwen was born March 27, 1940, to Mike and Theresa Cercek of whom are both deceased, and is survived by her two sons, Mike and David Dully, and her daughter Michelle Clement.

  At an early age, Gwen became a very skilled violinist, and as a teenage girl, she wanted to become a nurse. As life would have it, she had her first child at 18 years of age with her husband Joseph Dully. Gwen set aside her earlier ambitions to become a dedicated full-time mother with the help of her parents in San José. Gwen would frequently say that having kids were “the happiest days of her life,” and that she dearly loved her three children without regrets. She also leaves behind three wonderful grandchildren Niki, Chase and Victoria.

  In addition to being a full-time mom, Gwen regularly played her violin at special venues and at a variety of churches. Gwen also worked as a loan officer for a bank in San José, and in her mid-40s, she worked as nursing assistant in Greenville, where she lived with her second husband Ray Matz.

  Gwen loved her old house in Greenville. Gwen and Ray worked hard together at building a beautiful home out that very old farm house. With that task complete, Gwen would spend her days with her daughter Michelle, doing chores, mowing the grass, chasing her rambunctious cats, and she became an accomplished watercolor painter. Gwen also continued to play her violin at the local church and attended art classes at Feather River College. Gwen's many beautiful works of art hang on the walls of her friends and her family members homes, and are a testament to her great appreciation of beauty.

  When Gwen's husband, Ray, passed away in 2005, she remained in her Greenville home helping her elderly mother who lived next door. A few years after her mother passed away, she move to her daughter Michelle's home in Vacaville, where she had assistance from her family and care providers in managing her illness. One activity that Gwen greatly enjoyed was playing music with a hospice worker, Reverend Bladimer Paeste. Bladimer played his guitar and sang as Gwen accompanied him on the violin. Their friendship lifted Gwen up beyond her worldly cares and brought a gentle peace to everyone around.

  Gwen had a caring and generous soul. She will be greatly missed by all. Dear Mom, may you go in peace and comfort on your new journey. We love you with all our hearts.

  No services will be held and photos of Gwen may be viewed at gwenmatz.com.

  At the age of 106, Plumas County lost one of its eldest residents. On Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, 2012, Horace Hoffman Fitzpatrick peacefully passed from this life in his sleep at his residence in East Quincy.

  Born in Cucamonga Dec. 12, 1905, to the late John and Willie (Hoffman) Fitzpatrick, at a young age Horace and his family moved to Vallejo, where he was raised and educated graduating from Vallejo High School as a member of the Class of 1925. Following his graduation Horace began what became a 35-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in the mid-1960s as a substation supervisor.

  After meeting Lucille Sears on a blind date at a local dance in Vallejo, the couple was united in matrimony in Carson City, Nev., in June 1934.

  Horace moved from Vallejo to Quincy in 2002 to be closer to family. While residing in Vallejo he was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and after moving to Quincy attended Our Savior Lutheran Church. He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

  Horace was an avid bowler and while living in Vallejo was recognized nationally as being a member of the oldest combined-age bowling team in the United States. Always up for the challenge, he took a ride in an ultra light aircraft at the age of 100. He also enjoyed the sport of target shooting and as a young teen earned the title of sharpshooter. He also liked to enjoy the outdoors fishing.

  In passing Horace leaves his son Ron Fitzpatrick and his wife Sandy, of Quincy; daughter, Sharon Hendrix and her husband Byron of Kailua, Hawaii; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

  Along with his wife Lucille, he joins a brother, Harold, and sister, Emma, in their eternal home.

  A Celebration of Horace’s life is being planned and will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Quincy. A date and time will be announced at a later date. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Longtime resident and former businessman Frank Arthur Jenkins passed from this life peacefully the evening of Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Seneca Health Care District’s Hospital with his loving family at his side.

  Born May 27, 1929, in Dubuque, Iowa, to the late Frank and Anna (Weiland) Jenkins, Frank was raised and educated in Dubuque where he graduated from Dubuque High School as a member of the Class of 1947. Following his high school graduation, Frank joined the military and served his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Army stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska.

  Following his discharge, Frank returned to Dubuque before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area. It is while living there that he was introduced to a pretty young lady named Josephine Piazza by her brother, an encounter that led to the couple’s marriage in Los Altos, Feb. 27, 1955. To this union a son and three daughters were born.

  The family moved to the northeastern California lumber community of Chester in 1961 where Frank and his wife purchased Frank’s Chevron on the southern outskirts of Chester. The couple continued to operate the station until 1979, at which time Frank went to work for the Collins family in their heavy equipment repair shop. Frank retired from the Collins Company in 1992.

  Frank served as treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Chester Cemetery District for several years. Other than his family, Frank’s passion in life was his work while also enjoying the outdoors through snowmobiling, riding quads and hunting.

  In passing Frank leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Josephine of Chester; son, Frank Jenkins and wife Maria of San Jose; daughters, Sharon Jenkins, of San Jose, and Jennifer Burkey and her husband Jerry of Reno, Nev.; along with seven precious grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

  He joins his daughter, Lynn Gardner, and sisters, Geraldine Anderson and Doris Giese, in their eternal home.

  Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory private family services will take place. Inurnment will take place in the Chester District Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.



  Bradley William Wilson, age 50, died Aug. 29, 2012, unexpectedly in Marin County.

  Bradley was born in Greenville, Nov. 19, 1961.

  He was predeceased by his father George L. Wilson and is survived by his mother Barbara Wilson and siblings Danial, Kathleen, Jeffery, Liana and Craig.


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