Obituaries for the week of 3/7/2013

Nancy Jane Cooper

Thelma R. Voorhees

Ronald Francis Seibold

Edgar Errett Wilson Jr.

Helen Louise Abney

Barbara Jean Sevier

Steven Earl Robinson


  Quincy resident Nancy Jane Cooper, 83, passed suddenly at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nev., Feb. 22, 2013, with her family at her side.

  Nancy was raised, educated and graduated high school in Lakeview, Oregon, and shortly thereafter married her childhood sweetheart Harold “Red” Cooper. They lived in Lakeview for numerous years before moving to Quincy in the early 1960s. Red was a local contract logger and Nancy worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Gayle Keifer.

  In 1971 Nancy and Red located to Oceanside where he worked in the housing industry and Nancy worked in the retail clothing industry. After Red’s passing in 1992, Nancy relocated back to Quincy to share her life with son Jeff Cooper and daughter Charlotte Smith.

  In passing, Nancy leaves her daughters Charlotte Smith, Charissa Collier and Christine Charlton and son Jeff Cooper; their spouses Skip Collier, Kerry Charlton and Cheryl Cooper; eight grandchildren: Laura Blesse, Jared Smith, Tammy Shepherd, Angie Kuriger, Shelly DeRae, Allie Bentley, Josh Cooper and Cassie Cooper; 14 great-grandchildren (two on the way); and one great-great-grandchild on the way; and last, but certainly not least, her beloved dog Nellie.

  She joins the following in their eternal home, her husband Harold “Red” Cooper, son-in-law Daniel N. Smith and grandson Zackary K. Charlton.

  Nancy will be greatly missed by all those who came in contact with this very feisty, outspoken woman. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, March 2, at the St. John’s Parish Hall in Quincy.

  An opportunity to express condolences to the family, along with signing the memorial guest registry, is available online at Affinity Burial and Cremation Society in Reno, phone (775) 322-9200.

Clare Charles “Pete” Peterson

  Clare C. “Pete” Peterson peacefully passed from this life to join his loving wife in their eternal home with the Lord Friday evening, Feb. 22, 2013, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. His family was at his bedside.

  Born in Rochester, Minn., to area farmers Charles and Luella (Lawler) Peterson on Nov. 22, 1919, he was raised and educated in the Rochester area where his mother took great pride in his graduation from St. John’s High School as a member of the Class of 1937.

  Following his high school graduation he left the farm to work at the Minnesota State Hospital as an aide until moving west to Southern California in 1942. Here he began what became a 37-year career with Firestone Tire and Rubber.

  Pete, as he affectionately became known, sent to Rochester for his soon-to-be wife Corine “Judy” Antonson, whom he had met while working at the hospital in Rochester. The couple was united in holy matrimony in Southern California on May 15, 1943. The newlyweds settled first in Southgate and later moved to Downey. In 2004, Pete moved to the northeastern California community of Quincy to reside with his daughter and son-in-law.

  A devout member of the Roman Catholic faith, Pete and his wife attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Downey where Pete sang in the choir and was a member of the Holy Name Society. He also attended St John’s Catholic Church in Quincy while residing here. He is a longtime member of the URW Workers Union Local 100 as well as the Firestone Retired Employees Association.

  First and foremost a loving husband, father and grandparent, Pete found great enjoyment in spending time with his family. He loved music and dancing as well as working in his yard and garden.

  In passing Pete leaves the pride of his life, his daughter Sharon Fauver and her husband Gary, of Quincy; his grandchildren Rhonda Gardon and Lisa Labbe; great-grandchildren Lane Jr., Tess, Ryan, Jane, Reese and Rhiana; along with brothers Ralph and George, both of Rochester, Minn.

  Pete joins his beloved wife Corine “Judy” Peterson, who passed from this life in 1981, in their eternal home.

  A Vigil service to include recitation of the Holy Rosary will take place Friday evening, 7 p.m. March 8, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Quincy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for the repose of Pete’s soul Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church. Interment will take place alongside his late wife in All Souls Catholic Cemetery in Long Beach, at 11 a.m., Friday, March 15. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  The family suggests any remembrances in Pete’s memory be made to either the Plumas District Hospital Foundation or St. John’s Catholic Church Building Fund, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.


  Thelma R. Voorhees passed away peacefully Feb. 24, 2013, at her residence. She was born near Twin Falls, Idaho, on June 30, 1929, the youngest of eight children. Thelma grew up in the Twin Falls area where she met her loving husband, Donald. In 1962, Donald and Thelma moved to Reno with their young children, Vicki and Bruce.

  Thelma lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed all outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, golf and spending time at Graeagle. She spent much of her retirement years traveling. She was an accomplished pianist and was a music teacher for Washoe County School District for many years.

  Despite her accomplishments, Thelma was most proud of her family. She attended all her children’s extracurricular events and especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities. She would never pass up the opportunity to discuss in great detail the latest activity participated in by a grandchild. She was always happy, energetic, positively encouraged and supported her family’s endeavors. She always looked forward to spending festive holidays and occasions together and was generous beyond words.

  It is with tremendous sadness that Thelma has now left our presence. She leaves this world a better place than when she entered it due to her compassionate and joyful existence. The world has lost, and Heaven has gained, an extremely special and caring woman.

  She is predeceased by her husband, Donald, and survived by her daughter Vicki (John) Rhodes, son Bruce (Debbie), and grandchildren Melody (Rob) White, Kristina Rhodes, Brady Voorhees and Ashley Voorhees.

  The family would like to give special thanks and appreciation to all Thelma’s friends who displayed extraordinary friendship and care to her in her later years as well as Thelma’s care givers during her final months.

  A memorial and celebration of life will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6695 Mae Anne Avenue, Reno, Nev. 89523 on Thursday, March 7, at 2 p.m. Everyone who knew Thelma is invited to attend.

  In lieu of flowers, Thelma asked that donations be made to the P.E.O. Continuing Education Scholarship fund for women who have had to discontinue their education for some reason and want to continue. Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50312.


  Edgar Errett Wilson Jr. died Feb. 20, 2013, in Quincy. He was born March 22, 1927, in Chicago, Ill., to Edgar Errett Wilson and Hazel Oletha Linn while his father was studying at Garrett Seminary. Edgar grew up the “preacher’s kid” in California as his father moved from church to church within the Methodist conference.

  The family lived in San Francisco at the time the Golden Gate Bridge opened and he skipped school to be among the crowd that walked across it that first day.

  While a senior in high school, Edgar joined the U.S. Navy, attending basic training at Camp Pendleton. Edgar was assigned to the USS Isherwood as it completed repairs after being in a major Pacific battle. While the ship went out on a shakedown cruise, the war in the Pacific ended. His ship then became the first to cross under the Golden Gate Bridge after the war ended and was greeted with people cheering along the bridge railings and all along the shoreline. He went on to serve on Guam helping with the repatriation effort.

  When Edgar was discharged, his family had moved to Susanville, so he returned to a new town. It was there he met Carol Standard and they were married on Valentine’s Day 1947 in the Methodist parsonage.

  Edgar started working in the grocery industry as a clerk for Safeway. As he gained experience and skills, he earned promotions and started on a management training track. Each promotion took the family to a new store in a new town somewhere in Northern California — Oroville, Corning, Yreka, Yuba City, Turlock, Lodi, Carmichael, Sacramento, Vacaville and Jackson.

  After 30 years, Edgar retired from Safeway and bought the Evergreen Market in 1977 with Ken and Centella Tucker. The family moved four generations of family to Greenville. They worked together for 10 years until he retired again, taking up real estate sales for another few years. He served as a volunteer assistant basketball coach for Greenville High School. His retirement from real estate gave him time for gardening.

  He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Carol. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Centella and Ken Tucker of Greenville; his grandsons Andrew, Nathan and Nicholas Tucker, their wives, and six great-grandchildren.

  If you wish to make memorial donations, please consider the Veteran’s Guest House, 880 Locust Street, Reno, NV 89502.

  A memorial service will be planned for spring.


  Ronald Francis Seibold passed away peacefully on March 2, 2013, in Hollister.

  He was born on Feb. 21, 1932, in Teaneck, N.J., but spent most of his 81 years in the forests of California.

  During the Korean War, he served in the Air Force, stationed at Edwards AFB, after which he graduated from Rutgers University.

  He enjoyed his career in the Forest Service, as well as all of the community service he participated in after his retirement. He was active in the Salvation Army, the Food Bank, Methodist Men, and NARFE as well as other organizations.His hobbies of rock hounding and woodworking were shared with his children and continued throughout his life.

  Ron developed many close friendships in Quincy, and their kindness and compassion provided comfort during the years after Doris passed, and after he had moved to the Hollister area. The cards, the phone calls and the newspapers were greatly appreciated and brought a warmth to his life and a connection to his past that he sorely needed.

  He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Doris, whom he has missed terribly the last seven years.

  He is survived by his son Scott, in Ohio; daughter Debbie, in Hollister; son Grant, in Oregon; son Reid, in Chico; and Doris’ daughters Sherri,of Quincy, and Brenda, of Sacramento; as well as 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

  He will be dearly remembered and sorely missed. Our hopes are that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to alz.org, an Alzheimer’s Organization.


  Longtime Chester resident Helen Louise Abney passed from this life peacefully with her son and husband at her side early Friday morning, March 1, 2013, at Country Villa Riverview, in Susanville.

  Born Nov. 8, 1931, in Bonham, Texas, to the late Oswood and Nettie (Wood) Nowell, she and her family relocated to Hugo, Okla., when she was a young child where she was raised and educated.

  On July 2, 1952, in DeQueen, Ark., she married the love of her life, a handsome J.D. Abney, and to this union two sons were born. They returned to Hugo following their marriage and it is here Helen worked for the Wells-Lamont glove factory.

  In July of 1957, the family moved to Chester, where Helen took employment as a cook at the former A&W Drive Inn, later as a park ranger for the U.S. Forest Service and, prior to retirement, cooked at the Chester Senior Nutrition site.

  First and foremost though, Helen was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandparent, who enjoyed camping with her family as well as being an avid fisherman. Helen had attended the Chester Assembly of God Church for many years.

  In passing, Helen leaves her loving husband of 61 years and dedicated caregiver for the past 15 years, J.D. Abney of Chester; sons; Billy J.D. Abney of Redding, and Michael K. Abney of Susanville; brother Ronnie Nowell, of Oroville; sister Delia “Dee Dee” Bell, of Hugo, Okla.; the pride of her later life, her grandchildren Randy, Mindy, Andrea, Christopher and Andrew, along with numerous great-grandchildren.

  Along with her parents, she joins her three sisters in their eternal home.

  A celebration of Helen’s life will take place at noon Wednesday, March 6, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel in Chester. A reception will follow the services at the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge. Interment will take place 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.


  Steven Earl Robinson was born Aug. 15, 1946, in San Diego, to Nathan and Mildred Grace Robinson. He died Feb. 17, 2013.

  He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Nate, his sister Jill, and father-in-law Duke McCarty.

  Steve is survived by his wife Judy; three children, Sparke Robinson (Tiffany), Jackie Oswald (Michael) and Jennifer Roberts (Larry); nine grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and sister-in-law Beverlee Robinson. 

  A celebration of Steve’s life will be held later this summer.

  In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Mountain Meadows Conversancy, P.O. Box 40 Westwood, Ca. 96137. In the memo spot, state if this is a memorial donation or a donation to MMC.

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


  Barbara Jean Sevier was born to George and Nellie Farthing on Jan. 23, 1931, in Princeton. She died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Enloe Medical Center in Chico.

  Barbara is preceded in death by her son Michael; husband of 47 years, Bill; daughter Marcia Stringer and great-granddaughter Jordon Johnson; her significant other Bano Bresciani; and all five of her siblings.

  Barbara is survived by her sons George and wife Donna, of West Jordan, Utah; Harlon and wife Cheryl, of Quincy; daughter Pam, of Quincy; many grand- and great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

  A celebration of Barbara’s life was held Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Quincy Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Inurnment will take place alongside her late husband in the Willows 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.

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