Obituaries for the week of 11/14/2012

Scotty Lee Magnuson

Phyllis Nye Mills, 93

Elmer L. Roberti, 87

Clarice May Stevenson, 95

Philippe George Charbonnier, 59

Thelma Louise Louthan, 89

Joseph Kirk Striplin Jr., 75

Aurora Dolores Quadrio, 87


  Scotty Lee Magnuson, 59, died as the result of a heart attack in his hometown of 40 years, Phoenix, Ariz., on Oct. 14, 2012.

  Scott was born April 19, 1953, to Bill and Dona Magnuson in Eugene, Ore. Since his father was working as a ranch hand, the young family moved frequently between Oregon, Colorado and southern California for the next seven years. During this time, his brother Terry and sister Gay were born. In October 1961, the family settled in the rural mountain community of Greenville, where Scott’s youngest brother, Michael, was born.

  During his school-age years, Scott thrived in the outdoor environment, enjoying hunting, fishing and target shooting with his dad and brothers. Scott’s easygoing nature, ready laugh and kind spirit endeared him to family, friends and his church community. During his teenage years, he developed an interest in “tinkering” with cars and electronic equipment, so after graduating from Greenville High School in 1971, he moved to Phoenix, Ariz., to attend DeVry Institute of Technology.

  Scott loved life in the Phoenix area. He loved the warmth of the people he met at school and work, he loved the hot sauces of southwest foods and he loved not having to deal with the snow and cold of winter! He rarely returned to Greenville, but kept in touch with family through phone calls and cards and photos. Since Scott loved the latest technological developments, his recent interest in photography and camera equipment produced wonderful photographs that he shared with family and friends.

  Through the years of his life in Phoenix, Scott incorporated his work associations into a “family network.” For many years, his work family has been the staff at “Associated Property Management.” Although Scott is survived by his biological brothers, Terry and Mike, and his sister, Gay, they want to recognize and express their appreciation to Scott’s dedicated “work family.” Thank you all so much for the love, support and countless hours you have given to honor Scott’s passing in these recent days. We will be forever grateful.

  A Memorial Service to honor and celebrate Scotty Lee Magnuson’s life was held Sunday, Nov. 4, at Villa De Vallarta in Scottsdale, Ariz.



  Phyllis Nye Mills passed away Oct. 25, 2012, after a brief illness. Her family was at her side. She was alert and talking up to the last 24 hours. She was one week away from her 94th birthday.

  She was born Phyllis E. Thorp on Nov. 1, 1918, in Washington to Olga Brain and Thomas Thorp. Her father drowned when Phyllis was 2 years old. Her mother married Cliff West when Phyllis was 8 years old and he adopted her. Phyllis was raised in Washington and attended college there.

  Phyllis married Leland “Bill” Nye in 1946 and moved to Crescent Mills. For a couple of years she taught second and third grades at Greenville Elementary School, before staying home to raise their daughter, Sharon. When Sharon went into junior high, Phyllis went to work as a social worker for the Plumas County Welfare Department. She retired after 25 years in 1976. After her husband passed away in 1976, she married William “Bill” Mills in 1978 and moved to Reno, Nev. In the three years that they were married, they enjoyed visiting the Panama Canal, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Bill passed away in 1981.

  Phyllis moved to Galt in the early 1990s to be closer to her daughter and her family. John Bronson, a longtime friend and companion, moved with her. They enjoyed living in a small community and John remained active until his death in 2009.

  Phyllis enjoyed gambling trips by bus, traveling to Alaska and walking her dogs. She loved being around her great-grandchildren and watching them grow up. She went to all of their graduations and birthday parties.

  She was preceded in death by Bill Nye, Bill Mills, John Bronson and Diane Finke Eszlinger. For more than 40 years, Diane considered Phyllis her mother and grandmother to her children.

  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Dale Baland; grandchildren Shaun (Melissa) Baland, Scott (Sonya) Baland, Alisyn (O’Ryan) Rudis, Lisa (Kevin) Howard and Johnny Eszlinger; and great-grandchildren Tyler, Marina, Jessica, Layla, Siena, Leia, Kayla and Jonathon.

  At her request, no funeral was held. A memorial open house was held Monday, Nov. 11, in Galt.


  Elmer L. Roberti, 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep early in the morning Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Reno, Nev.

  After devoting more than eight decades of work to his beloved family and ranch in Sierra Valley, his body was tired and he was ready to go home to the Lord. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Josephine Roberti, and daughter-in-law Rose Roberti.

  Elmer was born July 15, 1925, in Reno. He was raised in the old house that was already on the property that his parents bought in 1920. Though he attended the Island School up through the eighth grade, his education truly began and ended on the ranch. Elmer already had his own cow to milk at the tender age of 5 and continued working as a farmer and rancher — first alongside his parents and eventually with his own sons — until the time of his death.

  1952 was a pivotal year for Elmer. In the fall he purchased a registered herd of black Angus cows, some of the first Angus in Sierra Valley. This was Hereford country and Elmer took a lot of ribbing for bringing a different breed of cattle into the area. In later years, he took pleasure in driving around the valley and seeing so many black-hided cattle.

  Elmer married Helen Ruth Wily, from Loyalton, on Sept. 4, 1954. He spent his life surrounded by his loving family — his greatest legacy — and is survived by Helen; their sons Jim (and wife Kathy), Rick (and wife Carolyn) and Dave (and wife Jane); grandchildren Jenny, Ben, Weston, Katie and Kristin, who all fondly knew him as “Papa”; sister Elia Miles; and many nieces and nephews.

  Elmer was incredibly proud of his sons’ hard work in making the Roberti Ranch what it is today. His true pleasure, passion and satisfaction came from working together with his family on the ranch. His desire was to see a job completed and done well, and with the help of his quad he was able to continue to work and accomplish the goals he set for himself. His tireless, hardworking personality was summed up in his simple motto, “If you aren’t going ahead then you’re going behind.” Elmer’s incredible work ethic was well balanced by a great sense of humor and easy laugh — his cheerful, kind nature was a comfort to all.

  An active member of the community, Elmer was on the Plumas-Sierra County Farm Bureau board of directors for more than 50 years. He was also a director on the Last Chance Creek Water District for more than 50 years, a charter member of the Sierra Valley Roping Club, a director on the Soil Conservation Board, a past master of the Sierra Valley Grange and a member of the California Cattlemen’s Association for more than 30 years. He also served in the National Guard.

  Elmer and Louie Maddalena used to provide the music at dances at the Sierra Valley Grange Hall — Elmer at the piano and Louie played the accordion. He took pleasure in simple pastimes and also loved the outdoors. Over the years Elmer and Helen had the opportunity to enjoy several long trips, but for the past seven years the family rented a house on the river in Downieville where they spent time together relaxing and playing in the water. Rodney Silva, who became a part of the family as a little boy, along with his wife Sandy, joined the family there and many other special friends also stopped by to visit.

  Above all, Elmer will be remembered as a loving, kind family man who was charitable to everyone — generous beyond generous. He was a faithful and longtime member of Loyalton Community Baptist Church, where he enjoyed being a greeter for many years. As a Christian, he was a humble man who practiced more than he preached when it came to living the Gospel message in his daily life. In the hearts and minds of his family, friends and community, Elmer will remain always as a shining example of what it means to serve the Lord in the roles of husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend.

  The Roberti family thanks everyone for the love shown during this difficult time. It is very apparent by the food that has been provided, visits and telephone calls and the beautiful flowers.

  Memorial donations may be made in Elmer’s memory to Kids Care Ministry. Funds will be used to provide meals and school supplies for needy children in the Philippines at a Christian school sponsored by Community Church of Loyalton.

  Checks may be made payable to Community Church of Loyalton (designate KCM on the memo line of the check). Send to: Community Church of Loyalton, P.O. Box 326, Loyalton, CA 96118.


  Clarice Mya Stevenson was born Dec. 24, 1917, in Thermalito. She passed away at the Eastern Plumas Health Care long-term care facility in Portola on Nov. 3, 2012. She was a life-long Seventh-Day Adventist.

  Clarice is survived by her daughter, Marlene Keogh, of Portola; sons Donovan Stevenson, of Portola, and Michael Stevenson, of Sandpoint, Idaho; and many grandchildren.

  She was predeceased by her husband, Andy Stevenson Sr., son Andy Stevenson Jr., and granddaughter Julie Stevenson Bowling.

  Clarice spent most of her life in Portola, with a few years in other Plumas County towns such as Frizzee Mills, Crescent Mills and Keddie — then to Portola in 1946.

  She worked at very interesting jobs throughout the years. In Keddie, she called railroad crews for the Western Pacific Railroad. In Portola, she worked at many eateries such as Grizzly Cafe, HM&J Cafe, Snap’s 33 Club Cafe, Log Cabin Restaurant, Kehoe Pharmacy fountain and Grand Cafe.

  Clarice’s husband Andy was chief of police for the city of Portola — a position he held for 15 years. The small jail on Nevada Street only accommodated men prisoners. Women prisoners were transported to jail facilities at the courthouse in Quincy. The female prisoners were always accompanied by a female matron. Clarice stepped in as matron after being deputized. She was always pleased to act as matron as the pay was much better than waiting tables in Portola’s eateries.

  Graveside services will be held at Whispering Pines Cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m.


  Philip Charbonnier, age 59, passed away at his home in Clio on Nov. 4, 2012. He was born March 1, 1953, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Phil was the first, but certainly not the last, child born to Francis and Victoria Charbonnier.

  Phil attended school in McMinnville, Ore., and graduated from McMinnville High School in 1971. Phil attended the University of Oregon for two years and was a proud University of Oregon Duck.

  Phil was passionate about golfing, skiing, fishing, and cheering on his favorite sports teams, the Ducks, Trailblazers, and Forty-Niners.

  Phil’s many careers always had a tie to what he loved. He was a ski patrol and grooming supervisor at various ski hills, timber faller in eastern Oregon and Plumas County, golf course greenskeeper, and a high school sports referee.

  One of Phil’s greatest joys was passing on his love of these activities with his son Tony and daughter Kristin. Kristin could not get enough of skiing with her dad at Johnsville ski hill; and there are dozens of photos of Tony holding up stringers of fish that he and Phil caught together. He taught both of his children golf and they continued to enjoy golfing together through the years. Phil cherished spending time with his large family.

  Phil is survived by his son Tony of Chester; daughter Kristin of Davis; their mother Lou Ann of Taylorsville; his mother Victoria of McMinnville, Ore.; sister Helene Siegfried and her children Charles, Nick and Paul of Portland, Ore.; brother Paul and his wife Janet of Seattle, Wash.; sister Teresa Friedman, her husband Bruce and children Matt and Lauren of San Rafael; brother Rob, his wife Stephanie and son Ryan of Portland, Ore.; and sister Elisabeth Bonomo, her husband Jim and children Sarah and Eric of Sherwood, Ore.

  Phil is preceded in passing by his father Francis of McMinnville, Ore., and brother-in-law Eric Siegfried of Portland, Ore.

  A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the First Baptist Church, 125 SE Cowls Street, McMinnville, OR 97128.

  An opportunity to express condolences to the family is available at mannifuneralhome.com.

  The family suggests any remembrance in Phil’s memory be made to the High Sierra Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 548, 103 Meadowridge Lane, Portola, CA 96122, or any other favorite charity of the donor’s choice.


  Taylorsville resident Thelma Louise Louthan passed from this life peacefully late Tuesday night, Nov. 6, 2012, at Riverside Convalescent Hospital located in Chico.

  Born in Farmington, Mo., on July 27, 1923, to the late Lester and Gladys (Davis) Murphy, her father was a career Navy man so Thelma was raised throughout the west and the Hawaiian Islands. She graduated high school in Southern California and went on to attend and graduate from cosmetology college.

  While residing in Southern California she met a handsome young member of the U.S. Army named Bill Harrison whom she later married and to this union two daughters were born.

  Thelma tragically lost Bill in 1954 due to an accident while working at the Sloat Mill. Thelma always said she was a lucky woman as she had two loves in her life as she later married Howard Louthan and her family grew to a son and three daughters.

  A resident of Plumas County since 1947, Thelma moved to Taylorsville in 1958. Health complications required her to move to Chico nine years ago.

  Thelma worked at the former Knotty Pine Beauty Saloon in Quincy before beginning a career with Bill Beskeen, working there until his retirement.

  She continued practicing the art of hair dressing, volunteering at the local convalescent hospitals.

  Thelma had a great love for the outdoors, was a passionate fisherman as well as loving to hunt. She was a longtime member of the Order of Eastern Star, Rebekahs, Feather River Grange and the Mt. Jura Gem and Museum Society holding offices in all the organizations.

  In passing she leaves her daughters, Tressa Bowen of Montague, Gladys Miller and her husband Roy of Taylorsville and Barbara Razee of Twin Falls, Idaho; a son, John Louthan and his wife Judy of Battle Mountain, Nev., eight grand- and numerous great-grandchildren.

  Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory, private inurnment will take place in the Taylorsville District Cemetery at a later date. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Joseph Kirk Striplin Jr. peacefully passed from this life with his wife at his side in Chico, Thursday morning Nov. 8, 2012, at the age of 75.

  Born in Westwood, on Aug. 23, 1937, to the late Joseph Sr. and Ruth (Coffin) Striplin, he is a life-long resident of Chester where he was raised and educated graduating from Chester High School as a member of the “Class of 1955.” While attending Chester High he lettered in football.

  On Nov. 4, 1962, Joe married his former neighbor and pretty high school sweetheart, Phyllis Catron in a church wedding in Reno, Nev. The couple just four days prior to Joe’s passing had celebrated fifty years of marriage together.

  Following his graduation, he went to work for the USFS as a member of their fire crew before leaving to work in the woods for the Collins Family. Here he started out as a choker setter and eventually became a CAT Skinner.

  He joined the U.S. Navy in 1956 and served his country honorably as a Corpsman until his discharge in 1960. He returned to Chester to again work for the Collins Family in the woods, a job he dearly loved.

  In 1968, Joe had a career change, taking the talents he had learned in the Navy to become a Medical Assistant for the Department of Corrections in Susanville working there for 25 years before retiring.

  Joe was a passionate deer hunter as well as a bird hunter who found great solace in spending time in the outdoors while also enjoying working in his yard and garden.

  In passing, Joe leaves his loving wife Phyllis of Chester; sister, Ellen Sanchez of Chester; one nephew, one niece, two great-nieces, two great-nephews and one great-great-nephew.

  A celebration of Joe’s life will take place 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at the Chester Church of Christ followed by burial with military honors in the Chester District Cemetery.

  An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Westwood native and lifelong resident Aurora Dolores Quadrio died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at the age of 87.

  She was born to Westwood pioneers Matteo and Annie (Ellena) Codemo on Oct. 2, 1925.

  In passing Aurora leaves her children, Nita Jimenez, of Hamilton Branch, JoAnn Martin, of Susanville, and William Quadrio Jr., of Hamilton Branch; and three granddaughters.

  She is preceded in death by her husband William Sr., and a brother, David.

  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for the repose of Aurora’s soul Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church on the Lake Almanor Peninsula. Interment will take place privately in the Lassen Cemetery in Susanville.

  An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign her memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  The family suggests any remembrances in Aurora’s memory be made to either Our Lady of the Snows Altar Society or the Fletcher Walker Elementary School’s Music Department, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

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