Obituaries for the week of 3/21/2013

Oarn Vincent “Pete” Hargraves

Karen Pittman

Norman Waller

Jean Lucy Locatell

Mary Joan Harmon


  Longtime Greenville resident Oarn Vincent Hargraves or “Pete” as he preferred to be called, passed from this life following a long and courageous battle with lung disease Thursday evening, February 28, 2013, at Country Villa in Quincy. He was 86 years old.

  Born in Pike, Mo., to Missouri natives Roy Richard and Wilmouth (Morton) Hargraves on June 24, 1926. he was one of seven children. Pete was raised and educated in Brownwood, Mo., where he graduated from Brownville High School. He entered the armed forces where he served with the U.S. Navy during World War II serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.

  Pete returned to Puxico, Mo., upon his honorable discharge and in 1948 with a close friend moved to the northeastern California lumber community of Greenville. Here Pete went to work for the former Setzer Lumber Company in their box factory. Pete throughout the years worked for a number of lumber mills throughout the area. He began what became a forty-year career driving truck in the lumber industry while working for the former Genesee Lumber Company, retiring in 1982 from the former Siskiyou-Plumas Lumber Company. He continued operating a water truck for Tom Rahn during the fire season for a number of years following his formal retirement.

  On May 10, 1952, Pete married a young widow, Eathel, in Reno, Nev., and to this union a son was born.

  Outside of his family, Pete’s passion in life was his affiliation with the Masonic Lodge. He was a member of Sincerity Lodge No. 132 of Greenville for over 50 years, was their longtime secretary and served as Master of the Lodge on a number of occasions. His other Masonic affiliations include being a member of the Ben Ali Shrine Club of Sacramento, the Lake Almanor Shrine Club, the Scottish Rite and the Hillbillies traveling group, as well as serving as Patron of the Order of Eastern Star on two different occasions. He was honored by his lodge with the prestigious Hiram Award. Pete was honored to be a 65-year member of the Greenville American Legion Post. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, as well as traveling with his wife in their RV.

  In passing Peter leaves his loving wife of almost 61 years, Eathel Hargarves of Greenville; sons Stephen Wayne Hargraves, of Taylorsville, and David Barnes, of Crescent Mills; brothers Wayne of Bismarck, Mo., and Dennis of Pontiac, Mich.; a sister, Janice Elledge of Puxito, Mo.; along with six precious grand- and six great-grandchildren.

  He joins three brothers in their eternal home.

  Masonic memorial services along with military honors will take place 1 p.m., March 23, at the Greenville Masonic Lodge. Interment will take place in the Greenville District Cemetery. 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 Pete’s memory be made to the Sacramento Shriners Children’s Hospital, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


  A graveside service at Chico Cemetery was held for Brenda Karen Pittman, who died March 7, 2013, on Saturday, March 16, under the auspices of Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home. Services included special recognition and an honor guard from Cal Fire for whom Karen worked for 46 years.

  She was born to Jesse R. “Doc” and Bessie I. Pittman Jan. 10, 1945, in Alameda, where her father worked in the shipyards during World War II. Her family also included an older sister, Sharon, with whom Karen had an especially strong lifelong bond. Shortly after Karen was born, the family moved to Portola, where her father started a 20-year career as a brakeman for Western Pacific Railroad.

  Karen attended Portola Elementary School and graduated from Portola Junior/Senior High School in 1962. In high school, Karen was active in the music program and was offered a scholarship to University of Nevada, Reno, in music. She had many musical talents, and her primary instruments played were piano and trombone. She was also active for several years in student government and received the Bank of America award for the outstanding vocational student in her graduating class. She loved her high school years and looked forward to attending all of her class reunions and the annual Portola picnic. After high school, Karen entered Heald Business College in Sacramento with a goal of working in business.

  Upon completing her education at Heald’s, Karen worked for a very short time in the Sacramento office of AeroJet before starting her 48-year career with the State of California. She started with parks & recreation and with water resources in Sacramento; then went to Cal Fire in San Bernardino, a move that took her into a career she loved. Cal Fire became a beloved part of her family, and she became a beloved part of Cal Fire. For the first few years she worked as a stenographer and clerk. Then she moved into personnel as a personnel specialist and supervisor before becoming an administration officer. In 1994, she transferred to Butte Ranger Unit as a staff services analyst and administration officer. This was a move that was very important to her personally also as it let her live in Chico, where her mother and sister lived.

  Karen always said she didn’t want to retire, that she couldn’t imagine what else she’d want to do or how she’d fill her time with anything that made her as happy as her job. Ill health, however, made it necessary to leave her job in June of 2012.

  Karen loved traveling and made extensive trips through much of the United States as well as to various countries in Europe, Scandinavia and the Middle East. She was a student of history and loved the fact that she could visit places she had read about and could share her experiences with her sister, Sharon, who was a history teacher. She loved to read and was a member of the Chico Mystery Book Club. During her early years in San Bernardino, she was very active in the Junior Women’s Club. She also loved movies and many television programs, especially a lot of the ones on PBS and the BBC; and she counted the meetings of her Bunco club as some of her most fun times. Many of her most fun times were spent going to the Chico area casinos with special friends Joanne, Judy, Cathy, and/or Janet.

  Karen was pre-deceased by her parents, Doc and Bessie; her sister Sharon Pittman, her sister-by-choice Joan Austin, and her BFF Joanne Angel. Her sister-by-choice, Dorothy Reid of Chico, survives her. She also leaves very close and treasured friends Nancy Wiley, Judy Brillhart and Janet Sutton of Chico and Wendy Causer of Birmingham, England. The members of her Bunco club were very special to her, as were many, many of the people she worked with over the years.

  Donations in Karen’s honor, and to recognize her love of cats especially, can be made to Butte Humane Society in care of Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home or at 2580 Fair Street, Chico, CA 95928.


  Norman Waller passed away March 8, 2013, in Reno, Nev. He was 90 years old. Born in North Dakota, he was one of twelve children. He was the last remaining sibling.

  When Norman was eighteen years old, he and three friends left North Dakota and worked their way to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles he worked for a fence company until the beginning of WWII. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the navy. He was stationed in Hawaii on a sub chaser. After his duty was up he moved back to Los Angeles where he met his wife of fifty-four years. Connie Waller. He supported his growing family by working at FIrestone Rubber Company.

  They moved to Portola in 1958 where he was employed by the U.S. Forest Service as a heavy equipment operator. He retired in 1985 after 25 years. Connie passed away in 2000.

  He was member of the New Life Christian Center Assembly Of God Church in Portola.

  They are survived by five children, Tom Walter (Donna), of Portola, Sandra Begley, of Hernando, Miss., David Waller (Dona), of Reno, Nev., Julie Magers (Jonathan), of San Diego, and Tim Waller, of Portola; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

  Graveside services were held Saturday, March 16. A celebration of his life will be held in July.


  Chester resident Jean Lucy Locatell peacefully passed from this life Sunday, March 10, 2013, under the compassionate care of the staff at Seneca Health Care Districts Long Term Care Unit at the age of 95.

  Born Dec. 22, 1917, to Iowa natives Scott and Lucy (Cohran) Jarrard in Wayland, Iowa, Jean was raised and educated in Iowa where she graduated from high school 
in Wayland, Iowa.

  Shortly following her graduation Jean relocated with her family to the Northeastern California lumber community of Westwood with her family where she resided until moving to Chester in 1954 following the closing of the Fruit Growers Mill.

  On July 4, 1936, Jean married Harold H. Kolosick and to this union three sons were born.

  First and foremost a loving wife and mother, Jean took great pride in her family. Her professional career as a secretary, first for Fruit Growers Lumber Company, later for Citizens Utilities and the Collins Pine Company she concluded her career with The National Park Service.

  An accomplished seamstress she especially enjoyed needle work and it is said that she not only knitted items but she knitted wardrobes. Jean was a longtime member of the Peacemakers Quilting Guild and the PEO.

  Later in life following the passing of her first husband, she married Frank Locatell on Sept. 18, 1976. The couple enjoyed traveling together especially on the Baja Peninsula where she collected sea shells to produce beautiful shell art.

  In passing Jean leaves her sons Tommy Joe Kolosick and his wife Elsie, of Chico, and Gary Kolosick and his wife Kathleen, of Chester; along with her precious four grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. She also is survived by a sister, Madge Seher of Salmon, Idaho.

  She joins her husbands, Harold “Harry” Kolosick and Frank Locatell, and son Robert in their eternal home.

  A celebration of Jean’s life will take place 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Community United Church of Chester. Inurnment will take place in the Chester District Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Greenville resident Mary Joan Harmon passed from this life at her residence Thursday afternoon, March 14, 2013, at the age of 80.

  Born to Nebraska farmers Bert and Leona (McMullen) Scott in Wayne, Neb., on Dec. 9, 1932, the family moved to Wakefield, Neb., where Mary was raised and educated graduating from Wakefield High School as a member of the Class of 1950.

  Shortly out of high school, Mary married a handsome young soldier named John Lippolt on Nov. 25, 1950, and to this union three sons and two daughters were born. The couple moved west to settle in Buena Park in 1954 and Mary resided there until 1977 when she moved to Brookings, Ore.

  Following an earlier divorce from John and while residing in Brookings she met and later married Richard Harmon in 1981. The family grew by a son and two daughters at this union. The couple had been looking at property in Greenville prior to their wedding and shortly thereafter moved to the Northeastern California community where she has resided for the past thirty-two years.

  Mary’s professional career as a Certified Nurses Assistant led her to work at St. Jude’s Hospital while residing in Buena Park and to Good Samaritan Convalescent Hospital while residing in Brookings, Ore., although while working she took pride in caring for her family as they always came first.

  Mary had a passion for and was talented in all types of crafts and especially enjoyed sewing and painting. She was involved with the Buena Park Little League while living there and enjoyed fishing the mountain lakes and streams as well as panning for gold while residing in Greenville.

  In passing Mary leaves her sons, Gerald Lippolt, of Greenville, Keith Lippolt, of Pahrump, Nev., and Kenneth Lippolt, of Westwood; daughters Linda Law, of Tahoe City, Nev., and Angela Rios, of Brea; stepson James Harmon, of Klamath Falls, Ore.; stepdaughters Carol McNickle, of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Jackie Thorp; along with her precious eleven grand-, six great-grand- and four great-great-grandchildren.

  A celebration of Mary’s life will take place 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel-Greenville. Interment will take place in the Greenville District Cemetery at a later date. A reception will follow the services at the Greenville Park. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donation in Mary’s memory be made to either the Indian Valley Food Pantry, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947, or a favorite charity of the donor’s choice.

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