Obituaries for the week of 12/8/2010

Joann Selma Ott Turk, 90

Martha Taroli, 84

Paul Eugene Heuvelhorst, 70

Etta Rodriguez

Joann Selma Ott Turk was born in Berlin, Germany, May 27, 1920. Joann was a United States Olympic gymnast and an interpreter for the Allies during World War II.

She passed away Nov. 23, 2010 in the Olive Glen Nursing Home as the result of an accident in Quincy, Sept. 21, 2010.

She worked in the banking business for many years. She and her husband, Edward, owned and operated an office supply and greeting card business in Santa Barbara for 20 years, and they loved riding horses. Joann enjoyed sewing, quilting and sharing her daily baked goods with others.

She was predeceased by her devoted husband, Edward, and has no living relatives. She was dearly loved by her many friends in Quincy and the Olive Glen in Sacramento.

Remembrances in her name may be made to the Olive Glen Nursing Home, 3025 Becerra Way, Sacramento, CA 95821.



Chester resident Martha Taroli passed from this life peacefully under the care of the compassionate staff at Seneca Health Care District early Monday morning, Nov. 29, 2010. She was 84-years-old.

Born in Empire on Aug. 16, 1926, to Portuguese immigrants Joe and Maria (Barros) Silva, she was raised and educated in Santa Clara.

Martha married the love of her life the late Ray Taroli April 27, 1946, and to this union two daughters were born. The newlyweds settled in San Jose until retiring and moving to Chester in 1984.

Martha was baptized into the Roman Catholic faith. She served as a longtime volunteer with the American Red Cross and found relaxation in reading, while also enjoying cooking for her family.

In passing Martha leaves her two daughters, Diane Rodriguez of Chester and Gail Taroli of Moore, Okla., eight grand and nine great-grandchildren and a brother, Edward Silva of Campbell, all so precious to her heart.

She joins in her eternal home her loving husband Ray who passed from this life in 2001, four sisters and eight brothers.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for the repose of Martha's soul at a later date.

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 Martha's memory be made to the Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.



Paul Heuvelhorst died peacefully in his home Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, ending his five-year battle with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. He was 70-years-old.

Paul was born Jan. 26, 1940, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Joe and Kay Heuvelhorst.

At around age 5 his parents signed him up to audition for the “Children’s Bible Hour” a nationally broadcast radio program. He was made a regular cast member and soloist for the program for about a year. His nickname on the show was “Preacher Paul.”

In 1949, he moved with his family from Michigan to Southern California. His family lived in homes in Bellflower, followed by Lakewood, and finally Long Beach.

He graduated from Bellflower Christian High School in 1957. Following graduation, he worked in his father’s radio store, LandR Radio, as an electronic technician.

He married the love of his life, Judy VanderMey, in August 1961. They started their family and bought their first home in Huntington Beach.

The family made El Dorado Park Community Church their home for many years, where Paul designed and ran the sound system, and sang in the choir.

He worked for Long Beach State University as an electronic technician, and then the Norwalk-La Mirada School District as a buyer. He did his best to teach his sons that God wears Dodger blue.

In 1976 he moved his family north to Novato, for a new job with the Novato Unified School District as an assistant for business services. While living in Novato they made church homes first at Marin Covenant Church and then at Petaluma Community Church.

In 1976, he joined the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO). Over the years, he served as the chairman on several committees, and served as President of CASBO from 1996 – 1997.

In 1986, with his youngest son off to college, he and Judy moved to Sunnyvale where he took a job for the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District as director of purchasing. There, they made their church home at the Church of the Chimes in San Jose.

In 1999, he retired, and they moved back to Novato to start their retirement years.

In 2001 they made their retirement dream come true and moved to Lake Almanor. He was an active member of Lake Almanor Community Church assisting in many ways until slowed by his MS.

In his retirement, the couple worked on short-term mission projects around the United States for the Reformed Church of America and Mobile Missionary Assistance Projects.

They spent six months out of the year traveling to various Christian schools, camps, churches, and homes for the handicapped, spending three weeks at a time doing various projects.

In retirement, he served on the Plumas Unified School District Measure “A” Oversight Committee until his failing health forced him to set aside.

Paul loved God, his wife, his family and his country.

He loved to travel throughout the country to see God’s beautiful creation.

And he loved to laugh and to find the humor that is around us every day.

Paul is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy; sons Joe Heuvelhorst of Roseville, Steve and wife April Heuvelhorst of Chico, Mark and wife Kim Heuvelhorst of Roseville, and Dan and wife Dixie Heuvelhorst of Yuba City; grandsons Matthew, Benjamin and Andrew; granddaughters Kassidy, Kaitlin and Madison; sisters Susan and husband Joseph Bertao of Pioneer, and Nancy and husband Van Switzer of Modesto; brother-in-laws Don and wife Marilyn VanderMey of Redding and Stan and wife Linda VanderMey of Huntington Beach; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father Joe, his mother Kay, his sister Ruth and his brother Max.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at Lake Almanor Community Church Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m.

The family is especially grateful to the men and women of both the Chester Fire Department and the Peninsula Fire Department for their unwavering support and assistance over the past several years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to a charity of your choice, or to one of the local fire departments’ associations.


Etta Rodriguez passed away Saturday evening at Hilltop Care Center.

She was a mother, nana, sister, aunt and friend who will be dearly missed.

She is survived by daughters Cathy Cannata Krege and Lisa Cannata Goossens; grandchildren Sarah, Nicholas, Shelby, and Savanna; sisters Terry Goodman Martin and Leena Goodman Terbeek; brother Ron Goodman and friend Ron Laurus of Greenville.

Services will be held at 1  p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the Holy Angels Chapel, 1051 Harder Rd., Hayward.

The family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association in lieu of flowers.



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