Obituaries for the week of 7/17/2013

Rose Geraldine McGushin

Melinda Lee “Sunny” Meredith-Reese

Marion ‘Wayne’ Correll

Adella Frances Lombardi

    Rose Geraldine McGushin passed from her life in this world early in the morning on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at her home in Graeagle.Her long-time friend and companion Andrew Smith was with her at her side.

    A well-attended funeral mass was held on Tuesday, June 11, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Portola, with Fr. Arlon Vergara presiding.A graveside blessing followed after the funeral at the Johnsville Cemetery in Johnsville.Her body was then laid to rest in peace,in the earth, next to her mother.

    Rose was born July 8, 1962, in Elmhurst, Queens, New York.She is the daughter of Edward McGushin and Rose Mary McGushin and the younger sister of David McGushin, who are deceased.

    She is survived by her older sister Margaret M. McGushin who resides in Rego Park, Queens, New York.Rose also has numerous relatives currently living in Cavan County, Ireland, who she enjoyed visiting inher childhood and early adult years.

    Rose attended St. Bartholomew’s Catholic School through the 8th grade, and then graduated from Newtown High School four years later.She then attended Hunter College in New York City passionately studying artwhileemployed at the same time as a waitress near Rockefeller Center.She then attended Arizona State University (ASU) in Phoenix, Ariz., earning a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.Aftergraduating, she worked at St.Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.Upon relocating to Seattle, Wash., she worked at Harborview Medical Centerin theLevel One Trauma Center.

    Rose enjoyed many activities especially spending lots of time with loved ones,taking photographs(black and white), paddleball, hiking in mountains with flowing streams, biking,watching award winning independent and alternative films, skiing, knitting colorfulscarves and hats, sewing, planting sunflowers, reading classic booksand The NewYorker, walking the raw streets of New York City and the green lanes of Cavan County in Ireland, and painting watercolors, oils, and acrylics with a modern abstractness.

    Rose also especially loved her dogs Benji, Buck, and Purdy, and her cats Peggy, Yucca, Jason, Ruby, and Louie over the years and did sing many songs to them and about them.


  Melinda Lee “Sunny” Meredith-Reese passed peacefully in her sleep on July 1, 2013, at her home in Portola.

  Sunny was born in 1948 to Madison and Lois Meredith in Los Angeles. She moved to Reno, Nev., in 1982 with her two sons, Paul and Michael. In the late 1990s she moved to Portola and began employment at Feather Publishing. Sunny would want it mentioned that she thought the world of her employers, Mike and Keri Taborski.

  In her later years, Sunny became re-acquainted with the love of her life, Tom Reese. They married and spent 10 wonderfully happy years together. It was truly the best years of her life.

  Sunny was a very creative person. She loved reading, camping, fishing and the ocean. She spent many hours working and playing on her computer.

  Sunny was, in many ways, the glue that held her immediate and more distant family together. This was extremely important to her. Sunny’s sudden passing stunned all.

  She will be greatly missed by her sons, Paul and wife Christy and Michael and wife Jamie; her sisters, Shelly and Lucia; and her grandchildren, Paul Jr., Tiffani, Alec, Devin, Bailey and Michael Jr.

  On July 7, 2013, a celebration of Sunny’s life was held at Paul and Christy’s home, bringing her extended family together from far and wide.

  Sunny had a special appreciation for her two daughters-in-law. Christy and Jamie were always by her side helping her through those difficult times.

  Final wishes for Sunny included donating her body to the University of Nevada Medical Center. She also would want a more intimate gathering of family and friends to be held at a later date at her favorite Plumas County swimming hole.

  An opportunity to express condolences is available online at mannifuneralhome.com


  Portola resident Marion ‘Wayne’ Correll peacefully passed from this life at his residence with his wife and dear friends at his side, Monday evening, July 8, 2013, following a courageous battle with cancer.

  Born in Stockton to Oklahoma natives S.J. and Bessie (Estes) Correll on July 28, 1945, Wayne, as he affectionately became known, was raised and educated in the Stockton and Modesto areas. He is a 1963 graduate of Modesto High School.

  Shortly following his graduation from high school Wayne was drafted and served two years as a member of the U.S. Navy; as a veteran of Vietnam, he served aboard the USS Coral Sea.

  Upon his honorable discharge, Wayne returned to Stockton where he attended San Joaquin Delta College. He joined the New York Life Insurance Company out of college and began what became a thirty-year career with the company, first as the manager of their Stockton office. In 1976, he was transferred to the company’s Reno office where he served as their office manager and, later in his career, Wayne became an agent for the company retiring in 2004.

  While residing in Reno and following an earlier divorce, Wayne was invited on a blind date, an encounter that led to his marriage of Kathleen in Reno, Nev., on June 17, 1995.

  In 2007, following Wayne’s retirement the couple relocated to the northeastern California outskirts of Portola. Here Wayne became an active member of the community currently serving as the treasurer of the Graeagle Lions Club. Although never holding any chairs in the Cal Pine Elks Lodge, Wayne could be found behind the scenes of any and all their activities lending a helping hand. He was a staunch supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Wayne enjoyed traveling with Kathleen in their RV and was an accomplished woodworker.

  In passing, Wayne leaves his loving wife and best friend, Kathleen, of Portola; son Jarrod, of Manteca; daughters Shelly Fournier and her husband Dean, of Irving, Texas, Michelle Betancourt and her husband Tony, of Rancho Cucamonga, and Holly Newman-Bray and her husband Tim, of New Port Beach; along with his precious grandchildren Adam, Taylor, Trevor, Ashleigh and Tasha and numerous nieces and nephews.

  Along with his parents, he joins a brother Larry and sister Betty in their eternal home.

  A celebration of Wayne’s life is planned for noon on Aug. 3, at the Cal Pine Elks Lodge, 71292 State Highway 70, Portola, Ca. 96122.

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

  The family asks that any remembrances in Wayne’s memory be made to Relay for Live in memory of Wayne Correll, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 2215, Portola, CA 96122.


  Adella Frances Lombardi passed quietly at home with family near on July 9, 2013.

  Born to Antone and Edna Dotta Aug. 7, 1920, she was a true Sierra Valley native, having lived in the Valley for over 92 years.

  Raised on the McNair ranch at the southeast corner of Hariot and Dyson, she married Alvin Lombardi on Feb. 20, 1939. They lived for a short time on the Ceasar Lombardi ranch before moving into Loyalton where they lived for the rest of their lives.

  She remained home with their two sons when Alvin joined the navy and until her boys were raised. She then worked for Dr.’s Haggard and Winchell for many years before joining Alvin in retirement.

  Adella had many passions. In addition to her family, she was an avid (and excellent) card player, cook, gardener, collector, a devout and active member of the Catholic church and amassed a huge family genealogy before the internet was available. She was proud of the Swiss heritage she shared with Alvin and travelled twice to Switzerland while in her 80’s.

  The last of her generation, she was preceded in death by four brothers, six sisters and her beloved husband.

  She leaves sons Randy (Kathi), of Quincy, and Mark, (Domenica) of Reno; grandchildren Kim, Mickey, Theresa, Roman and Wade; great-grandchildren Jared, Bryce, Ava, Marcella and Walker, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A special thanks to Tahoe Forest Hospice and Fehrman Mortuary for their remarkable kindess and compassion.

  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for the repose of her soul at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Rosary Altar Society or the Milton Gottardi museum in Loyalton. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary

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