Obituaries for the week of 5/16/2013

Carole E. Burck

Marilyn Larue Kielhorn

Elaine Roush Thayer

Ida Mae Maddalone-Shumate

Robert Ervin Miles

Andrew Steve Taddei


  Carole E. Burck died peacefully in Chico on April 11, 2013. She was born on Feb. 14, 1945, in Albany, Ore., to Mae and Ernest Burck at a time when children born with Downs Syndrome were trucked away in a back room or were placed in an institution. Her parents chose to bring her home, love her, educate her and expect great things of her. Carole was never one to disappoint.

  She enrolled in the same one-room country school her father had attended, Clover Ridge Elementary, and from there attended Albany Union High School, graduating in 1964.

  In 1970 she left Oregon for Southern California to help her older sister who was expecting a baby. What was going to be a month’s visit turned into 20 years. During that time she moved with her sister’s family to Greenville.

  She was an active family and community member, working in her brother-in-law’s restaurant, caring for her niece, nephews and neighbor children, being active in the ALIVE program, attending Feather River College, and attending the Southern Baptist Church every Sunday. She would spend time each summer with her parents in Oregon but in the fall return to Greenville to continue her education. In 1988 Carole graduated from Feather River College with a degree in Secretarial Sciences. After her nephew Tom Heyerly graduated from high school in 1990, Carole decided her job with sister’s family was done. She moved to Quincy where she realized a lifelong dream: she lived independently. She also became an advocate for people with disabilities, serving on various boards, including Far Northern Regional Center’s board of directors. She worked in the recycling at Plumas Rural Services, as the elevator operator at the Plumas County Courthouse and at the Veterans Service.

  She enjoyed traveling to Disneyland and took her sister on a vacation of a lifetime to Hawaii, where the highlight of her trip was meeting the celebrity Don Ho. She loved bowling and Special Olympics.

  In 2006 Carole began experiencing signs of Alzheimers Disease. At that time she stated “my memory is my strength” which it was, as anyone who ever played Trivial Pursuit with her or attended a family reunion can attest. Life isn’t fair, but Carole handled the diagnosis the way she lived her life, she simply kept doing everything she possible could for as long as she could.

  In 2010 Carole moved to Chico to spend her remaining days at Roses and Ivy Elder Care. Carole will be remembered for her love of hearts (she was a true Valentine), Lawrence Welk, bowling, word searches, board games, Jesus and family.

  She is survived by siblings Wayne Burck, Rosina Heyerly and Susanne Richardson; also five nephews, Andy and Tom Heyerly and Neil, Marty and Ross Burck; and three nieces, Katie Hoiland, Erin Garcia and Amanda Richardson.

  An internment and memorial will be held in Oregon in August 2013. Memorial donations may be made to Far Northern Regional Center.


  Marilyn Larue Kielhorn passed away April 18, 2013, in Reno, Nev.

  Marilyn was born July 3, 1932, in Dodge City, Kansas, to Cecil Dobbs and Faye Miller Dobbs. Growing up, Marilyn lived in numerous locales in New Mexico and Arizona as her father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. After graduating from high school from Williams, Ariz., she served in the Air Force as a cryptologist for a couple of years before marrying Richard Kielhorn.

  Marilyn is survived by her husband, Richard; sons Brent (Teresa), Roy (Anita), Jeff (Jan), Eric (Patrice) and David; daughters Jessica (Erik) Schumick and Aurora (Robert) Davis; grandchildren Jacquelyn Orvis, Ryan, Erica, Allison, Austin, Katelyn and great-grandchildren Aaron and Emily Orvis. She is also survived by her sister Carolee (JR) Schlegel and her brothers Wayne (Dee) and Robert (Jane) Dobbs.

  Married for over 60 years, Marilyn and Richard raised their seven children over the years in Grangeville, Idaho, Porterville, Salyer, Sonora, and lastly in her beloved town of Quincy.

  Marilyn will be remembered for her loving dedication to her family, her outgoing nature, her wonderful sense of humor and her love of gardening and birds, especially her chickens. She was also an avid reader.

  In accordance with Marilyn’s wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes scattered with a private family ceremony. The family is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and support in many heart-felt forms from too many people to name individually.


  Elaine Roush Thayer, 84, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, April 29, 2013, at Life Care Center of Reno.

  Services will take place on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m., at the Crossroads Christian Fellowship in Vinton, followed by a potluck reception and celebration of her life at the Sierra Valley Grange Hall, 92202 Highway 70 in Vinton at 12:30 pm.

Elaine was born on Dec. 20, 1928, to Leslie and Myla Roush in Long Island, NY. She grew up in Westbury, New York, with her two sisters Maryann and Susie. She attended Barnard College in New York for two years before meeting a very handsome sailor. Her parents attempted to distract her from the dashing young man by sending her off to Europe for the summer, but by the time she returned (her suitcase full of love letters) he had completely charmed her parents and Elaine married the love of her life, Chuck Thayer, in November, 1952. When Chuck retired from the military, he worked as a marina construction manager in the Bronx, NY, before they relocated to Squaw Valley, where they ran a restaurant together and Chuck later worked in ski-lift construction.

  Eventually, Elaine and Chuck found their true home in Chilcoot, in the Sierra Valley and settled down to raise their three sons, Michael, David and Les. Elaine was a true ranch woman. She got up before the sun to milk the cows, feed the chickens, the sheep and whatever other animals might be in the barn at the time. She planted and worked a vegetable garden, churned butter and made cheese, baked hundreds of cakes for family and friends, knitted, sewed, refinished furniture and painted fences. All the while, she could always be found right by Chuck’s side. They were one of those couples that were “joined at the hip.” It was hard to imagine one without the other. Chuck coached football, taught swimming and eventually served as the muchloved fire chief for the Sierra Valley Volunteer Fire Department until his death in 2005. Elaine trained as an EMT in her 70s and she and Chuck served in the fire department together for ten years, answering accident calls and fire alarms in the middle of the night, fighting summer wildfires and becoming expert fundraisers. They staged mud bog races and held pancake breakfasts, whatever it took to pay for new trucks, equipment or training for the department. Always adventurous, resourceful and looking for the next new challenge, Elaine also worked one summer as a firespotter, driving into the wilderness alone and climbing to the top of a fire tower in the mountains to give the first alarm in case of wildfire.

  Chuck’s passing in 2005 was a difficult transition for Elaine but she still managed to fill her life with the joys of family, friends and giving to others. She particularly treasured her time as a Sunday School teacher at her church. She will be remembered as a gracious, beautiful lady and a dedicated wife and mother who loved God and served the people of the Sierra Valley for over 50 years.

  Elaine is survived by her three sons, Michael, David and Les; her sister MaryAnn Howard, along with her sons and their families: daughtersin-law Patty and Chandra, nine wonderful grandchildren and eleven adorable great-grandchildren. (Elaine was predeceased by her sister Susie and her grandson Drew.)

  Memorial contributions in Elaine’s name may be made to her church, Cross Roads Christian Fellowship, P.O. Box 61869, Reno, NV 89506.

  Hang on, Chuck, she’s coming home.


  Ida Mae Maddalone was born to James Joseph and Ida (Puckett) Maddalone in Aspen, Colo., July 15, 1930. She died May 5, 2013. Her father James (known as Buckshot Maddalone) emigrated from Italy and mined silver in many local mines. Ida was one of ten children. Family held a special place in her heart.

    A graduate of Aspen High School, she also went to nursing school in Palo Alto. She loved skiing and horseback riding. She married Peter Padilla in Reno, Nev., in 1951. They had one child, Jane. She later married Jess Shumate and had four children; Daniel, Vicki, Kerri, and Paula, and lived a busy life moving with the Air Force, even living in Germany. The family moved back to Colorado to be close to family for several years.

  She was very proud of all her children. She loved to write and did so for the local paper in Basalt, Colo.

  She lived for several years with her daughter Kerri and her husband Richard in Clearwater, Fla., and Alexandria, Va. She loved living with them and particularly enjoyed the time with her grandchildren Richard Jr. and Ryan.

  She moved to Chester in 2006 to be near her daughter Vicki and her husband Jay. She lived at Wildwood Senior Center and enjoyed her friends there. They had lots of activities and her favorite was painting in water color. She was an avid sports fan but bingo was her game of choice.

  Ida was a leader in brownie scouts, blue birds and cub scouts. She loved people and will be remembered as sweet, lovely, good-natured and a woman full of faith. She was a joy and inspiration to those who knew her.

    She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Joseph, Anthony, James, Jesse, Angelina (Caparrella), Thomas (Stogie), Frances, Mary (Clapper), and Charles.

  She is survived by her daughter Jane Highness (Raymond); granddaughter Carolyn; great-grandchildren Anthony and Andrew; her son Daniel Shumate (Mary); grandsons Jeremy and Joshua; her daughter Vicki Francis (Jay); granddaughter Naomi; great-grandchildren Scotty, Brody and Kylee; her daughter Kerri Baier (Richard); grandsons Richard Jr and Ryan; her daughter Paula Collins (Rob); grandchildren Ashley, Paige, and Greyson; and (her sister-in-law Pat Maddalone (Charles), plus many other family members and friends.

  While Ida is now in heaven now with her Savior, she will live on in our hearts. A celebration of Ida’s life will be held Friday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at her church, Lake Almanor Community Church.


  Greenville resident Robert Ervin Miles passed from this life peacefully with his family at his side, Monday afternoon, May 6, 2013, at Renown Medial Center in Reno, Nevada.

  A native of Chico, Bob, as he was affectionately known, was born Dec.r 16, 1922, to the late Warren and Harriet (Elder) Miles. His father was involved in the construction trade and the family moved throughout Northern California before Bob graduated from Grass Valley High School as a member of the Class of 1951.

  Bob entered the armed forces shortly after his high school graduation where he was trained as an aircraft and turbine engine specialist with the U.S. Air Force working on F-86s. He was honorably discharged after serving his country for four years and returned to Northern California where he followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the construction trade as a mechanic. He first went to work for the Frederickson Company and later began a career with Granite Construction that lasted over 50 years. He was respected by his fellow peers for his ingenuity and precision in maintaining the company’s equipment as well as his hard work ethic.

  Bob has been a resident of Greenville for the past twenty five years moving there from Greenwood. He has been a member of the Operating Engineers Union Local 3 for over 54 years and was a life member of the Growlersburg VFW Post 9241. An avid private pilot, Bob was taught by his father and received his pilot’s license at age 18. He owned a number of aircraft and used them extensively traveling from job to job. He was an artist at restoring vintage vehicles as well as building street rods.

  On Nov. 29, 1975, Bob married the love of his life a longtime work acquaintance Rose Ann McMullen in Concord, California.

  In passing Bob leaves his wife, Rose Ann, of Greenville; daughter, Donna Montgomery and her husband Bill of Pittsburg; a sister, Wanda Miles of Sacramento; his grandchildren Robert and Corey; great-grandchildren Tyler, Blake, Brenden and Delaney; niece, Sally Giarrusso; nephew, Will Linthicum; great-niece, Sarah Miles and great-nephew, Matthew Haven.

  Along with his parents, he joins his nephew Ken Haven in their eternal home.

  A celebration of his life to include military honors will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2103, at the graveside 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.


  Greenville resident Andrew S. Taddei peacefully passed from this life Friday evening, May 10, 2013, at Enloe Medical Center located in Chico.

  Born in Chico to Swiss immigrants Innocente and Delfina (Moretti) Taddei in 1924, at the age of six he moved to the Northeastern California lumber community of Greenville. Andy, as he affectionately became known, attended the old Lincoln one-room school house in Indian Valley before attending Greenville High School.

  On Jan. 15, 1943, Andy was inducted in to the armed forces where he served his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Army as a Half Track operator in the European Theater. Upon his return home he entered the logging industry, a career he remained with until retiring at the age of 82. He was a long time foreman, woods boss and heavy equipment operator. His expertise on a grader was respected and sought after by all.

  Shortly after returning from the war he met a pretty young lady named Theresa Harsin through mutual friends, an encounter that led to the couple's marriage on Dec. 8, 1945, and to this union a son and three daughters were born.

  Outside of his passion for work Andy was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish as well as work in the woods. He was a talented fabricator and mechanic who preferred to make what he needed rather than buying it. He was a longtime member of the Greenville VFW Post and the Mt. Jura Gem and Mineral Society.

  In passing, Andy leaves his loving wife of 66 years, Theresa of Greenville; son John and his wife Duanne, of Greenvile; daughters, Phyllis Ann Brown and husband Larry, of Crescent Mills, and Elaine Gayle Taddei, of Greenville; a brother, Marion Taddei of Greenville, his grandchildren, Shannon, Reitha, Jeff, Shelly, Lara, Tisha, Daisy, Wesley and Sesha along with 10 great-grandchildren.

  Along with his parents, he joins his daughter; Shirley Jean Putnam, granddaughter; Sarah Taddei and brothers; Alex and Emil in their eternal home.

  A celebration of his life to include military honors will take place at the graveside in the Greenville District Cemetery 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, May 18. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

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