Obituaries for the week of 9/22/2010

Horton H. Kooser, 80
Darcy Delmer Roney, 58
Roberta Batten, 72
Randall Lynn Beck, 58
Ronald Allen Heeszel, 71
Joyce Marie Lighthill, 75
Mary Helen Michalewski, 89

Horton Kooser passed away at his home in Auburn, surrounded by his loving family at his bedside Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at the age of 80.

Horton is survived by his dedicated and loving wife of 35 years, Betty Kooser; children Richard Kooser of Auburn, Carol and Richard Farmer of Nevada City, Cynthia and Howard Hutchinson of Auburn, Janie and Robert Combes of Georgetown, and Nora and Scott White also from Auburn.

He is grandfather to Christine, Jonathan, Jeff, Ray, Rob, Rick, Michael and Sierra. Horton has one great-grandchild, Jonathin.

He is also survived by his sister Bernice Meyer of Reno, Nev., and was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Curry of Reno, Nev.

Horton was born Feb. 3, 1930, in San Jose, to Horton and Maude Kooser. He grew up in San Jose and Capitola. He worked for Pacific Bell more than 33 years, retiring in 1983, after a long and distinguished career.

Horton relocated from the San Jose area to Auburn in 1964, where he met and later married Betty. Horton and Betty lived in Auburn until they moved to Graeagle in 1993. They returned to Auburn in 2009, to be closer to family and friends.

Horton was an avid outdoorsman, and particularly enjoyed lake and stream fishing, golf, and traveling in his recreational vehicle.

Horton was known for his larger-than-life existence wherever he was. He always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye, ever ready to deliver a humorous punch line at a moment's notice.

His rock solid integrity and lifelong work ethic became a foundation for all who knew and loved him. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. One of his greatest joys was getting together with family and friends. Horton was a master at establishing and maintaining friendships.

Horton was very active in social and community organizations. He was a 56 - year member of the Elks and served as the Exalted Ruler of the Auburn lodge from 1975-1976, also serving as Exalted Ruler for the Calpine lodge for 1999 - 2000. Horton also was a Mason in the Feather River lodge # 234. He was also a member of the Graeagle Lions Club.

It has been said that living a full life is about making a difference. Horton Kooser certainly made a difference. All who knew and loved Horton will miss him.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Auburn Elks Lodge at 195 Pine St. in Auburn.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the California Elks Association or to the Graeagle Lions Club.

Darcy Delmer Roney was born March 2, 1952, in Portola, and passed away Aug. 30, 2010, in Reno, Nev.

Darcy was a graduate of Portola High School and later earned an Associate of Arts degree in business. She was a past Worthy Advisor of the Portola Assembly Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a member of the Portola Assembly of God church, and an extremely talented pianist.

Preceding Darcy in death was her mother, Louella Pearson. She is survived by her father, Kenneth Pearson of Sparks Nev.; son, Darren Roney of Reno, Nev.; daughter, Shanna Pearson of Sparks, Nev., and 2-year-old grandson, Kenneth Delmer of Sparks, Nev. She also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Darcy was employed for many years at the JCPenney Distribution Center in Reno, Nev.

She spent the last couple years of life being a loving and devoted full-time grandma. Darcy was an avid NASCAR fan and a number one fan of the family sport of race care driving.     "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Services were held Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at Whispering Pines Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Manni Funeral Home.

A beautiful lady left this world when Roberta Lee Batten passed away Sept. 5, 2010, at the age of 72 in Winston Salem, N.C., after a long battle with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was born Nov. 28, 1937, to Irving Richard Wilson and Juanita Geneva Lee in Devils Lake, N.D.

Roberta was preceded in death by her parents; husband Doug Batten and brother Richard Wilson.

She will be deeply missed by her sister, Pat Benjamin of Kapaau, Hawaii; her children Leland Steffensen and wife Jeanie of Clemmons, N.C., Curtis Steffensen and his wife Pauline of Orlando, Fla., and Connie Stephens and her husband Mark of Woodland; and her five grandchildren, Ericka, Jeremy, Katie, Ariel and Matthew.

Roberta had a successful career and retired from the state of California as a manager for the Employment Development Department in Quincy. She was also involved in the Soroptimist Club in Quincy.

Roberta embraced life and made many friends along the way, she was an adventurer by nature and in spirit, she loved to travel and explore new things, in her younger years she enjoyed snowmobiling and boating, in her quiet times she loved to read and fantasize about life, while living life to its fullest.

Family members will hold a private memorial at a later date.

Please remember Roberta by living each day one day at a time, and to its fullest. Don't look back at yesterday as we cannot change anything, and don't worry about tomorrow as it is beyond our immediate control, let us therefore live but one day at a time.

Longtime Quincy resident Randall L. "Randy" Beck passed from this life peacefully, with his family and close friends at his side following a courageous battle with cancer, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy.

Randy was born in Greeley, Colo., Nov. 19, 1951, to Ohio natives Clarence and Dorris Beck.

In 1953, his family relocated to Plumas County. Randy graduated from Quincy High School in 1970 as the class valedictorian. Randy continued his education at the University of Oregon, graduating in 1974, and earning a degree in biology while making lifelong friends.

In 1970, Randy began seasonal work for the Forest Service, which turned into a dedicated 35-year career. His primary assignment throughout his career was in fire prevention and suppression. He had a great love and respect for Smokey the Bear and the message he stood for.

While working for the Forest Service, Randy met fellow employee Laurie Williams, an encounter that led to the couple's marriage in Taylorsville, in 1978. The marriage was blessed with one son and one daughter.

First and foremost, Randy was a devoted family man who took great pride in his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a loving husband father, grandfather, son, and brother as well as a trusted neighbor and friend.

He loved "rock and roll." He was an avid firearms collector, a passion he shared with his late father. He enjoyed attending gun shows with his family, as well as going to yard sales and bidding on eBay. Later he started collecting WWII military paraphernalia. A walking encyclopedia, Randy could be counted on for answers to various questions whether it is history, math, all kinds of trivia and music.

Over 35 years Randy developed a great love of poker with a special group of friends that only poker buddies can be.

In passing, Randy leaves his best friend and love of his life, Laurie of Quincy; mother Dorris Beck of Quincy; sister Chris Beck of Bucyrus, Ohio; son Clayton Beck and his wife Lisa and children Rosemary, Lila and Annie Beck of Quincy; daughter Loni Beck and her husband Devon Taylor and children, Jordan, Anastasia, Raina and Tristan Taylor, of Quincy; along with many nieces and nephews.

Randy joins his father Clarence Beck and father-in-law Grobner Williams in their eternal home.

A celebration of Randy's life was held Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Quincy Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Randy was laid to rest next to his father, Clayton Beck, at Quincy East Lawn Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

The family suggests any remembrances in Randy's memory be made to Quincy Volunteer Fire Department, Wildland Firefighter Foundation or the Plumas County Museum, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Quincy resident Ronald Allen Heeszel was taken from us suddenly, Wednesday evening, Sept. 15, 2010, at the age of 71.

Born to the late John and Francis (Smith) Heeszel in Santa Rosa June 15, 1939, he was raised and educated in the San Francisco north bay area graduating from Petaluma High School as a member of the "class of 1957".

Following his high school graduation Ron entered the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably until his discharge in 1962.

Shortly following his discharge, Ron moved to Greenville, working a number of jobs until going to work for Don Howard Logging, where he was taught the art of operating a log truck, a profession he remained in until medical conditions forced his retirement from Sierra Pacific Industries in 1997.

While taking inventory in a local grocery store, a pretty young lady caught his eye, her name was Martha Roberts. That encounter led to the couple's marriage in Greenville, at the First Lutheran Church June 26, 1964. To this holy union two daughters were born.

Ron was a devoted family man who took pride in providing for the family's needs. He was a devout member of Greenville's First Lutheran Church. Ron was an avid fan of Rush Limbaugh and greatly enjoyed the beauty and wilderness of Plumas County.

In passing, Ron leaves his loving wife of 46 years, Martha of Quincy; his daughters, Cindy Helton and her husband Troy of Litchfield, Francie Worthing and husband Curtis of Paradise; his precious grandchildren Carolina Martin, Sherill Helton, Daniel and Kristen Courtemanche and his great-grandson, John Wade Martin; brothers, Bob of Clear Lake Oaks, Paul of Lakewood; and sister, Marlene Heeszel of Castro Valley.

A celebration of Ron's life was held Saturday, Sept. 18, at the First Lutheran Church of Greenville. Private inurnment took place at Greenville District Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

The family suggest any remembrances in Ron's memory be made to the Greenville First Lutheran Church, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Joyce Marie Lighthill passed away suddenly Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nev.

Joyce was born in San Francisco March 7, 1935, to Samuel and Anella Castori. As a young child she and her family relocated to Sonoma, where she was raised and educated, graduating from Sonoma Valley Union High School.

In 1954, she married John Lighthill, who was then serving in the U.S. Marine Corp in Bridgeport. They subsequently returned to Sonoma until John's ensuing career with the California Highway Patrol led them and their growing family to establish homes in Indio, Barstow and, eventually, in 1969, in Quincy, where they settled with their three children.

Joyce soon began working for the Plumas District Hospital. She began as a bookkeeper, and through her dedication and hard work, she rose to controller, and ultimately, to administrator before retiring in 1984.

Never idle, after retiring, she opened the Serendipity Gift Shop, which became a popular coffee and yogurt shop in the Plumas Pines Shopping Center. There she shared conversations and yogurt with the many friends she met in the community. She closed her shop in 1995.

Those who knew Joyce will miss her radiant exuberance and dynamic personality. Her devotion to her family went beyond her husband and children. Joyce had several cherished pets, who brought her great joy and fulfillment. Her animals were blessed to have such a caregiver.

In passing, Joyce leaves John, her husband of 56 years; daughte,r Laurie Whitenton, and her husband, David, of Graeagle; daughter, Linda Carr-Auer and her husband, Doug, of Johnsville; son, John Lighthill, and his wife, Johanna, of Aptos; brother, Ron Castori, of Carmichael; grandchildren Felicia Hyllested, Michelle Loux, Mitchell, Taylor, and Natalie Carr, Matthew and Dylan Whitenton, Madeline and Marlena Lighthill; she also leaves six great-grandchildren.

Following cremation, the family plans a private celebration of life. An opportunity to express condolences and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. The family welcome your comments.

The family suggest any remembrances in Joyce's memory be made to the High Sierra Animal Rescue, at highsierraanimalrescue.org


Mary Helen Michalewski died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, at her home in Crescent Mills at the age of 89.

She was born in Calexico June 12, 1921, to the late Frank and Catalina (Paez) Soto.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Janet of Crescent Mills; along with her loving grandchildren Steven, Samantha and John.

She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years Bruno "Mike" Michalewski; son, William; three brothers and three sisters.

Private family services will take place in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, where she will be buried alongside her late husband.

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

The family suggests remembrances be made to the Kidney Foundation, c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

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