Obituaries for the week of 5/2/2014

Joan Steinle

John Henry Lee Sr.

Margaret Lois Cooke



Longtime Greenville and Hamilton Branc

h resident Joan Steinle, age 80, died suddenly at her family cottage in Cayucos, on April 13, 2014. Her son Fred was by her side.

Daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend Joan Marie Hedger Steinle was born in Tulare County, to Myrta Glick and Arthur Hedger, was raised in Coarsegold and graduated from Sierra High School where she was a member of the marching and concert bands and a life member of CSF. She graduated from CSU Fresno back when it was “Fresno State” and she was a member of Delta Zeta sorority, living in Mary Baker Hall.

While attending college, she metForrest Steinle andthey married May 27, 1955. Forrest and Joan spent their wedding night in the Cayucos cottage that Forrest’s parents, Fred and Rosina (Fleig) Steinle of Paso Robles had just purchased; the honeymooners were the first family members to stay in the cottage.

The young family moved several times within central California before settling in Greenville in 1967 where they raised their children, Bruce, Julie and Fred.They split their final years between homes at Lake Almanor and Cayucos.

As a young woman, Joan worked at a soda fountain in Oakhurst, and a few summers for Curry Company in Yosemite National Park, but she found her true calling as an educator. Joan taught more than a full generation of students at Greenville Elementary School. Teaching the children of her former students was a late-career treat. Early mornings and late nights were filled with preparing lessons, typing ditto masters and grading papers. Most vacations saw Joan continuing her own education as well as spending time developing thematic lessons so that her students would love learning as much as she did.

Mom was “sharp as a tack” right up to life’s end, still doing her crossword puzzles in pen.

Joan was a long-term member of First Lutheran Church in Greenville, where she served as an occasional organist and sang in the choir. After retirement, Forrest and Joan frequently worshipped at Zion Lutheran Church in San Luis Obispo.

Supportive of her children’s school achievements and involvement, she also fostered her children’s interests in 4-H (Indian Head Chapter) and Boy Scouts (Troop 23), and was active in the local chapter of AAUW. She was a talented artist and loved to paint in watercolor, sew, quilt, garden and cook.

Forrest and Joan were like “two peas in a pod” and rarely seen apart. Their later years were filled with many trips through the American West, enjoying Native American culture and art. We will remember all the laughter and love shared around the nightly dinner table in Greenville and at the Cayucos cottage. 

Joan was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Forrest.

She is survived by brother John (Carla) Hedger, Redwood City; children Bruce (Christy) Steinle, Spokane, Wash.; Julie (Kevin) Alto, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Fred (Kathy) Steinle, Carson City, Nev.; grandchildren Shannon, Callie, Christopher, Melissa, and Fritz; nephew J.C. (Lucy) Hedger; niece Jennifer (Gabriel) Hedger and other family members.

The family expresses sincere thanks to the San Luis Obispo Visiting Angels for providing the care and companionship that Joan needed during the last year. Also many thanks to Joan’s cousin, dear friend and “personal angel,” Jo Ann Ernst, for her unselfish assistance and love. 

Mom and dad always showed their love and affection to everybody that crossed their path. Even though failing health made attending church difficult, she held daily devotionals and her Bible was set for April 14 lessons before she passed on. Mom remained faithful sincetherecent passing of her loving husband and our family rejoices that they are together once again.

Please remember their strong faith, warm hearts and kindness as you continue your life.

Funeral service will be the afternoon of Sunday, May 25, at First Lutheran Church in Greenville. Instead of flowers, the family asks that you donate to your favorite charity, in mom’s name.

Correspondence can be sent to: Steinle Family, P.O. Box 864, Cayucos, CA 93430.

Longtime Quincy resident John Henry Lee Sr. passed from this life peacefully at his residence with his loving wife of 56 years and many other family members at his side, Saturday morning, April 19, 2014.

Born Dec. 22, 1937, in Mabbs, La., to the late Louisiana natives Cy and Ruth (Sweetman) Lee, Henry — as he affectionately became known —moved with his family to Quincy when he was 10 years old. Henry is a 1956 graduate of Quincy High School where he was a member of their track team. It is said that even at age 40 the youngsters in the family still could not out run him.

On June 28, 1958, Henry married his high school sweetheart Flossie Baker in Reno, Nev., and to this union four sons and two daughters were born.

Henry had a love of automobiles and went on to continue his education at Universal Technical Institute where he graduated from their auto mechanics program. Unable to find work in the auto repair business, Henry entered the construction field, a trade he worked at for some forty years, retiring in 1995.

Henry enjoyed the outdoors hunting and fishing while his passions in life were his love of his work, either working in construction or repairing automobiles. He was an avid fan of both the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Lakers.

In passing Henry leaves his loving wife and best friend, Flossie Lee, of Quincy; sons Rodney and his wife Teresa Lee, of Oroville, John Henry Lee Jr. of Stanislaus; Orlando “Van” Lee, of LaPine, Ore., Aaron Lee, of Quincy; daughters Oneather Lee, of Redding, and Brenda Lee, of Los Angeles, nine grand- and twelve great-grandchildren.

Henry is the last of 23 children.

A celebration of Henry’s life will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel in Quincy.

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family, along with signing the memorial guest register, is available online at The family asks that any remembrances in Henry’s memory be made to the Plumas County Crisis Center, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Margaret Lois Cooke

Former longtime Taylorsville resident Margaret Lois Cooke passed from this life peacefully with her family at her side on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at her daughter's residence in Sparks, Nev.

Born Feb. 28, 1914, in Cambridge, Iowa, to the late Frank and Effa (Beckley) Scott, as a young child she and her family moved to Los Angeles where Margaret was raised and educated. Margaret moved to Reno, Nevada in the early 40s and it is here she met a handsome deliveryman named Robert Cooke whom she later married. Margaret was employed as a Sales Clerk for J.C. Penny Company for some twenty years.

In 1957 following the couple’s retirement Margaret and her late husband Bob moved to the northeastern California community of Taylorsville where they immediately became an active part of the community. She and Bob became stalwarts in the Taylorsville Community United Methodist Church where Margaret served as the church organist for some forty years. She served as co-curator and founder of the Taylorsville Museum, served as a 4-H leader for fifteen years, served as a cub scout leader while residing in Reno prior to moving to Taylorsville and was a longtime member of the Washoe Horseman Association. Margaret was an avid quilter and was instrumental in starting the Taylorsville Sewing and Quilting Group.

Margaret joins her beloved husband; Robert “Bob” Cooke, four brothers and two sisters in their eternal home with the Lord.

In passing, Margaret leaves her loving daughter and son, Jean Whittey of Sparks, Nev., Edward T. Crume of Eugene, Ore., nine children, 23 grand-and a number of great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Margaret’s life will take place at the graveside in the Taylorsville District Cemetery alongside her late husband, 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. A time of visitation and viewing will take place at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Greenville from 9 –11 a.m. prior to the services. Margaret had asked that any remembrances in her memory be made to the Building Fund of the Taylorsville Community United Methodist Church c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


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