Obituaries for the week of 8/23/2013

Pauline Lengtat

Hattie Bea “Dixie” Cassity

Ramona (Noni) Joanne Compton

Grace Isabel McManus

  On Aug. 4, 2013, lifetime resident Pauline Lengtat rejoined her infant son Christopher and returned to our father in heaven after a year of bravely battling a very aggressive cancer.

  Born on Jan. 29, 1955, in Butte, Mont., to Paul and Elizabeth Claypole (later Tommervick), Anna Pauline was a beautiful soul with chubby cheeks, raven hair and a heart larger than her body. Her youth was spent quilting, gardening and fabric painting with her beloved grandmother — when she wasn’t tormenting or looking after her seven younger siblings, or enjoying the activities of a standard tomboy.

  At 19 years old, Pauline met and married Kenneth Lengtat. Two months after her 21st birthday she gave birth to her first child, a daughter. One year later her second child was born, a son, tragically only having four short but blessed months together before severe birth defects returned him to the Lord. Following his death Pauline and Kenneth divorced and she returned home to Greenville to raise her daughter.

  After several years of working at Sierra Pacific Industries in Quincy, long after her daughter left home and had her own family, Pauline devoted herself to the 24-hour care of her mother who passed away in 2010 of cancer.

  A constant source of determination, strength, humor and love, Pauline endeared herself to nearly everyone she met on her daily walks to and from town over the past 35 years as well as countless others who were involved in her cancer treatment. She will be greatly missed by her community whom she had touched by her unique and friendly personality, as well as her family.

  She is honored and survived by her daughter Emily Suzanne and her four grandchildren. Please direct any personal condolences to the Pauline Lengtat Family, P.O. Box 864, Greenville, CA 95947.

  Private interment will take place with her dear son in the Greenville District Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, Greenville, CA, fehrmanmortuary.com.


  Dixie Cassity, 94, a Reno resident and former 30-year resident of Greenville, died Aug. 12, 2013, in Reno, Nev., after a short illness.

  She is survived by her son, Michael (Joannie), of Reno, and her daughter, Julie (Jim) Little, of Gig Harbor, Wash.; four grandchildren: Brent, of MacArthur; Colleen, of Reno, Nev.; John Little, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Stacy Bronson, of Fox Island, Wash.; and ten great-grandchildren. Dixie is also survived by her sister Goldie, of Kansas City, Mo., and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews.

  Dixie’s husband of sixty-two years, Frank, preceded her in death in 1999.

  Dixie never changed her given name of Hattie Bea, but spent her life correcting others to call her “Dixie,” a name that more characterized her spirit and energy.

  Dixie was born in the small town of Huntsville, Mo., Oct. 27, 1918. After high school she left for Ashfork, Ariz., and became a “Fred Harvey Girl,” one of the famous waitresses who served travelers bound for the West on the railways. There she met Frank, an accountant for the Fred Harvey hotels, and they were married in Prescott in December of 1937 and moved to Los Angeles.

  After retirement, Dixie and Frank moved to their son’s small ranch near Taylorsville in Plumas County where they enjoyed the outdoor life and annual trips to Kauai for 30 years. Dixie moved to Reno in 2005 and so enjoyed her home and all her friends at Sky Peaks Senior Residence.

  Dixie was a member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral parish. A funeral mass was held at the Cathedral Tuesday, Aug. 20.

  Arrangements are under the direction of Walton Funeral Home in Reno.


  Ramona (Noni) Joanne Compton passed peacefully on Aug. 13, 2013. She was born Jan. 30, 1923, in Duluth, Minn., to David and Marie Perry.  

  At 18, Ramona boarded a train and headed to California. She was soon followed by the rest of her family.

  She met her husband Marv in San Francisco and they wed in 1948. They moved to Pacifica to raise their children and build their business, Pacifica Lumber Company. In 1973, they retired to Graeagle. Ramona had a passion for reading art and spent many years volunteering at the Steinbeck house in Monterey and was an active member of the Art Guild in Graeagle.

  She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Boyd Compton, son Bob and daughter Maureen.

  She is survived by sons: Ross (Cindy) and Matt (Brenda) and grandchildren Lindsey, Emily, Pam and Jeff.

  She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.

  Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the home of her son Matt, 867 Rheinfelder St., Portola; 530-832-1433.

  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Tahoe Forest Hospice.


  Grace Isabel McManus passed away very unexpectedly early Thursday morning, Aug. 15, after a short illness.

  She was born in Nebraska to the late Andrew J. Nelson and Elizabeth B. Nelson on April 22, 1920.

  Grace’s family was very patriotic. Her father did his military duty in his home country of Sweden, Grace, her mother, brothers and husband all served in various branches of the U.S. Military. Grace joined the Navy during WWII and served as a WAVE. Grace and Larry’s only child Mark died in Vietnam in 1969 and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for his valor.

  Grace, her husband and parents moved to Quincy in the late 1960s. Both couples lived together at their beautiful home on Jackson Street. Grace worked for the Forest Service in Quincy for several years.

  After Larry’s passing in 1985, she met and married Ernest G. Leonhardt, a union that later ended in divorce. The couple remained friends and enjoyed many dinner dates at Mt. Tomba. Grace returned to her home on Jackson Street where she resided until her passing.

  Grace’s many talents included her love of music and sharing that on the organ, she was an accomplished artist (portraits mostly) as well as taking a class at Feather River College in jewelry making and woodworking. Her biggest joy was knitting and crocheting for family and friends.

  She enjoyed many years camping at Prattville with her little dog “Baby.” Her last year camping at Prattville was in the summer of her 90th year, the owners and other campers gave her a nice party to celebrate the occasion.

  Along with her parents, Grace joins her two brothers, Orrin Nelson and Andrew Nelson, her son Mark and the love of her life Larry McManus in their eternal home.

  She is survived by her nieces, Anna Nelson, Donna Nelson, Sharon Nelson Wood and Kathy Nelson; nephews Orrin Nelson Jr. and Andrew Keith Nelson; along with her stepdaughter, Linda Kosheba-Leonhardt and her husband Kris.

  A Celebration of her Life will take place at the graveside in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Family and friends are invited to visit and share stories after the service at a gathering at Grace’s home at 356 Jackson Street where a light luncheon will be served.

  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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