Obituaries for 11/4/2009

Anna King Flippin, 61

Nancy Anne O’Brien Joyce

Ethel Certiberi Gonzalez, 92

Raymond Karr Abrams, 74

Virginia Seitz Bruning, 91

Edward Charles Brownlee, 67

Donna Marguerite Scott, 84


Anna King Flippin was born July 18, 1949, to Alla Illyaovna Koptunovich King and Joshua King on board the S.S. President Cleveland as it docked in Yokohama, Japan.
She entered eternity Oct. 21, 2009, from Sacramento. Anna, her brothers, and mother lived in Japan until they came to San Francisco, in 1955. When she was seven years old, Anna went to St. Mary’s of the Palms boarding school, Mission San José. Later, she went to the Convent of the Sacred Heart boarding school, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She graduated in 1967 from Star of the Sea Academy, in San Francisco.
Anna loved to travel, take cruises, and lived in Europe for two years.
She had two daughters, Patricia Anne and Christina Larissa and four precious grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her mother, father and husband Thomas.
She accepted Jesus Christ into her heart before she was 10 years old. She was baptized and born again Nov. 29, 1999, in the ocean of Half Moon Bay.
She loved Mariner’s Community Church and all the wonderful people there. Her favorite thing to do was snuggle and read bedtime stories with her grandchildren.
She loved being an American, loved this country and was extremely patriotic, loved classical music, the opera, the ocean, sunsets, swimming, cooking, eating, pranks and loved to laugh.
A celebration of Anna’s life will be held at First Baptist Church of Quincy on Nov. 14, at 2 p.m., As per Anna’s wish, please wear colorful clothes.

Nancy Anne O’Brien Joyce passed away peacefully Oct. 21, 2009, at her home in Danville, surrounded by her loving family.
Nancy was born in Graiguecullen Carlow, County Carlow, Ireland, the first of seven children born to Elizabeth Mary (Moore) O’Brien and Patrick Joseph O’Brien. Nancy spent her youth growing up in Crumlin, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland.
After World War II, at the age of 18, Nancy braved the Atlantic on her own to come to New York where she fell in love with a handsome, young Marine named Patrick James Joyce. A year later, they married and moved west to California to start their new life together. Nancy and Pat raised six children in Hayward. She was predeceased by Patrick in 1999, after more than 50 years of marriage.
Nancy loved life and maintained a positive outlook. She had an active social life, and especially enjoyed singing and dancing. She was proud of her Irish heritage and was a founding member of the Irish American Culture Club of San Ramon Valley.
Nancy was always there for her six children, ever-present at their many activities as they were growing up. Her family was her highest priority, and she loved them with all her heart.
She had a kind and generous spirit, and even in her last days, she was thinking only of others, not herself. Her strong faith in God sustained her to the very end. Nancy was an active member of St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon and prior to that, St. John’s in San Lorenzo.
Nancy is survived by her son John Joyce and his wife Andrea, (Palos Verde), son Patrick Joyce and his wife Janie (Danville), son Tom Joyce and wife Carol (Graeagle), son Kevin Joyce (San Ramon), daughter Elizabeth Joyce Ferris and her husband Scott (Cottonwood), daughter Bridget Joyce Pertzborn and her husband Mike (Reno, Nev.); 11 grandchildren, including granddaughter Erin Joyce Klemesrud and her husband, Jason (Graeagle), granddaughter Kerry Joyce Bowling and husband Brandon (Graeagle) and great-grandchildren Abby, Maggie, and Clara Klemesrud and Owen and Liam Bowling.
Nancy is also survived by her siblings: brother Patrick O’Brien and wife Jocelyn, deceased (Dublin), sister Carmel Karrick and husband Pat (Pleasanton), sister Marie Lambert and husband John (Fremont), sister Margaret Maguire and husband Christie, deceased, (Derby, England), sister Betty Ruffell and husband Carl, (Suffolk, England), and brother Tony O’Brien and wife Carol, (Rojales, Spain).
Nancy will be missed every day by her family, her loving companion Tom Coleman and all her many friends whose lives she touched.
Donations can be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
A memorial mass is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 27, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., in San Ramon. A reception will immediately follow in the multi-purpose room.

Ethel Certiberi Gonzalez, 92, passed away peacefully from this earth at home surrounded by her loving children on Oct. 24, 2009. She was born March 6, 1917.
She was preceded in death by husband Nello J. Certiberi and second husband Victor Gonzalez.
She had three children: son Nelson Certiberi (Sandra), daughters Dorene Garehime (Gerald) and Dianne Runge (Glen); grandchildren Cathi Sue Biagi (Dave), Suzanne Certiberi, Carl Certiberi (Candace), Gregory Garehime, Gwendolyn Garehime, Glen Runge Jr. (Brandy), Paul Runge (Loretta), Joseph Runge, Gary Runge (Roberta); great-grandchildren Rachel Biagi, Amber Forni (Dustin), Emma Certiberi, Ashley and Nicole Runge, Paul Runge Jr., Joseph Runge, Sara Runge, Jacob Runge, Reilly Runge and Griffin Runge; great-great-grandchildren, Aurora and Kimberly Forni. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, at Manni Funeral Home. Condolences can be sent to the family at  ManniFuneralHome.com.
Donations may be made to Tahoe Forest Hospice.

Greenville resident Raymond Karr Abrams passed away from this life peacefully at his home, Sunday evening, Oct. 25, 2009.
Born in Chattanooga, Tenn. to the late William and Mayme (Alton) Abrams Oct. 26, 1935, Ray was raised and educated in Chattanooga.
Following high school Ray entered the Armed Forces and served honorably as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
After his return home from the Navy, Ray settled in the coastal community of Scotia, in 1954. Ray worked in the lumber industry as a heavy equipment operator for the Pacific Lumber Company until 1965, when he went to work in the construction industry also operating heavy equipment.
Ray later moved to the Red Bluff area and proudly earned his AA degree in psychology in 1974 from Shasta College.
Ray later worked for several years as a professional photographer specializing in portraits. Ray moved to Susanville in 2005, then to Greenville in 2007, to be closer to his family.
As one who enjoyed the outdoors, Ray enjoyed fishing, especially the Eel River and the North Fork of the Trinity River and gardening, taking great pleasure in raising tomatoes to share with his friends and neighbors.
Ray is survived by his sons; Scott and wife Judy Abrams of Greenville, Steve and his wife Reneé Abrams of Scotia and daughter Katy and husband Gary Olsen of Susanville.
Ray was also blessed by grandchildren Nick, Garnet, Cleone, Chris, Spenser, Lancer, Jennifer and Beverly and four great grandchildren.
A public service for Ray will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Greenville Southern Baptist Church while a private family service will be held at a later date.
Friends may sign the memorial guest register online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
The family suggests remembrances in Ray’s memory be made to the Memorial Fund of the Greenville Southern Baptist Church, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

Virginia Seitz Bruning passed away Oct. 26, 2009, at Touch of Heaven Residential Facility in Redding.
Virginia was born Jan. 22, 1918, in Reno, Nev., to Tom and Sara Sharkey. She had five sisters, all of whom preceded her in death. She was raised on the Sharkey Ranch in Sierra Valley. She attended Portola High School, graduating in 1936.
She married Frank Seitz in 1937: they had two children, Nick and Pat.
They lived all their married life in Quincy. Frank passed away in 1974. Virginia married Earl “Buzz” Bruning in 198,1 and they moved to Redding in the late 80s. Buzz passed away in 1998.
Her family will always remember her cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the family until she was in her mid-70’s at which time she started having health problems.
Virginia is survived by son Nick Seitz and wife Marsha; daughter Pat Haslam and husband Rody; stepdaughters, Deanna Davis and Denise Reynolds; five grandchildren: Mike Haslam (Kista), Mark Haslam (Naomi), Tom Seitz (Shana), Bryan Seitz and Amy Bender and their families, which include 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Private family services will be held and she will be laid to rest at East Lawn Cemetery in Quincy.

Longtime Quincy businessman Edward "Ed" Charles Brownlee, affectionately known to the community as "Grandpa Ed," passed from this life peacefully, following a long and valiant battle with cancer, early Friday morning Oct. 30, 2009, at his residence in Quincy. His loving wife and son were at his side.

Born July 18, 1942, in Berkeley, to the late Edgar and Mildred (Halvorsen) Brownlee, Ed spent his early years raised in the coastal community of Aptos on the family's apple ranch.
As a young teen he and his family relocated to Santa Rosa where Ed graduated from Santa Rosa High School as a member of the class of 1960. While attending high school Ed was an active member of the Future Farmers of America and lettered in football.
Shortly following graduation Ed and Linda Becker eloped to Couer d'Alene, Idaho. To this union of close to 50 years two sons and a daughter were born.
Ed and his family moved to Quincy in October 1970 where Ed owned and operated Ed's Alignment and Brake (currently DeMartile Automotive) for more than 30 years. Not one to sit idle, Ed worked for Caltrans and Wilburn Construction Co., as well as others, following the sale of the business.
Edward enjoyed flying, skiing and as an avid snowmobiler was a member of the first Plumas County Snowmobile Search and Rescue Team. As a longtime member of the Quincy Rotary Club, Ed served as the club's president and was awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship as well as serving the community’s youth as a member of the Little League's board of directors where he is also a past president.
Ed's passion in life was that of his family, especially his precious grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors with them when ever possible.
Edward is survived by his wife Linda; sons Robert and Chuck Brownlee, both of Quincy; daughter Carolyn and her husband Wayne Fregien of San Andreas; sisters Carleen and husband Robert Hogan of Yreka, Claire and husband David Kennedy and Debbie Brownlee all of Albuquerque, N.M.; his precious grandsons Justin and Bradley Pierson, Mark Young, Charles Brownlee and three greatly loved great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Ed's life will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, 10:30 a.m., in the Tulsa Scott Pavilion at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Burial will follow in the Old Quincy Cemetery.
A time of visitation and sharing is scheduled from 5–8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Quincy. An opportunity to sign the memorial guest register and share condolences with the family is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
The family suggests any remembrances in Ed's memory be made to the Quincy Chapter of the American Cancer Society, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Prattville resident Donna Marguerite Scott, 84, passed from this life peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, Saturday morning, Oct. 31, 2009, at her residence. She had fought a short but courageous battle with leukemia.
Born Aug. 13, 1925, in Westwood, to the late Burton and Dorothy (Snow) Cadle , she and her family traveled extensively throughout Northern California and Nevada in her youth, though her fondest memories of her childhood are from her time spent in the mining communities of Seneca and Dutch Hill. She is one of the last remaining survivors of the area's mining heyday.
Donna graduated high school from Santa Maria High as a member of the class of 1943. She went on to attend Santa Maria Junior College and later Chico State College where she received her BA degree in English and a teaching credential. While attending high school and college she was quite active in the theater arts.
Donna married Burton Scott, a longtime family acquaintance, in Reno, Nev. and they raised two sons.
Following her graduation from college she went to work as a waitress at the old Hotel Oaks in Chico to help support the family while her husband was called to serve his country during the Korean War. She remained employed there until entering the teaching field in 1965 when she began a 15-year career at Bidwell Junior High School where she taught English, speech and drama.
Upon her retirement she and her husband moved to the Lake Almanor community of Prattville. Here she became active with the community as a member and longtime secretary/treasurer of the Prattville Water Association and the Prattville Volunteer Fire Department.
Recently she was instrumental in raising funds for improvements at the Prattville Cemetery.
Donna continued her love of the theater as a member of the Plumas County Readers Theatre Group and had co-starred in a local play “Drink With An Ugly Lady” at age 80.
A devoted grandmother, she found great enjoyment in spending time with her grandchildren as well as visiting the communities of Dutch Hill and Seneca and sharing her memories of the area with her family. Donna enjoyed her pets and was an advocate for the Humane Society.
In passing Donna leaves her sons Patrick "Rick" Scott and his wife Carmen Gonzales of Santa Fe, N.M., and Dennis Ray Scott of Prattville and his companion Geri Jensen; sisters and brothers-in-law Marjorie Scott, Delmar and Alice Scott, Mollie and Bob Brand and Ken Boyles; along with the jewels of her later life grandchildren, Darlene Gray-Scott, Troy Gray, William Scott, Brittan Scott, Morgan Scott, Brianne Murdock and great-grandchild; Cash Murdock.
Along with her parents Donna joins in her eternal home her sister Patricia Boyles and brother William Cadle.
A celebration of Donna's life is planned for summer 2010. A date and time will be announced at a later date.
An opportunity to express condolences to the family along and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
The family suggests any remembrances in Donna's memory be made to the Humane Society c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

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