Obituaries for the week of 7/28/2010

Phillip Lewis Oels, 82

Joseph Francis Smith, 88

Irene Rae Joseph, 80

Capt. Joseph Emil Chruma, USNR Ret., 75

Rattana Ros, 51

Donald Eugene Buse, 62

Nadiene Petersen, 78


Phillip Lewis Oels, 82, of Nampa, entered into a well-earned state of peace and rest Wednesday, July 14, 2010, with his wife at his side. Born March 22, 1928, to Cyrus Austin and Viola (Borders) Oels, in Quincy, he began life in the Quincy Junction railroad depot where his family lived and his father served as agent and telegrapher.

After graduating high school in Quincy, he enlisted in the Air Force and served most of his time in Alaska. Upon discharge in 1949, he went to work for the Western Pacific Railroad and spent the next 41 years in railroad service, retiring from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1990, at Stockton.

He first married Denisce Wardle in 1955 and stepped into the role of father to her two daughters, Carol and Valorie. The family became complete with the birth of Sheri Lee and Phillip Lewis Oels II.

The marriage ended in divorce and, in 1965, Phil married Beverly (Young) Ritter and gained another son, Michael B. Ritter, whom he legally adopted.

Phil’s first love outside his family was the outdoors where he saw God’s hand in everything and continued to marvel at the majesty of the creation. Specifically, he loved fly fishing on a cold mountain stream, stalking a deer or flushing a pheasant.

His second love was his yard and the flowers he so lovingly planted and tended wherever he lived. His “green thumb” was well known as anything he stuck in the ground grew and flourished!

Phil became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1981, and over the next 28 years served in many callings in Quincy, Lodi and Galt and later in Nampa, Idaho, and the Boise temple.

It was in Lodi, that he first began searching out his ancestors, a process he continued until spring 2009, when his illness forced him to stop researching.

An easy-going man with an off-the-wall sense of humor, Phil made a great many friends among his co-workers, hunting and fishing companions, the many wards of which he was a member and the people he taught to use the Internet for genealogical research while serving at the Nampa Family History Center for nearly 15 years.

Phil is survived by his wife, Beverly; his son, Phillip (Keri) of El Cajon; son, Michael (Cathy Lynne) of O’Fallon, Mo.; two stepdaughters, Carol Foster and Valorie Jackson; one granddaughter, Tara Brooke Oels; two grandsons, Tim and Jeremy Bruce; and two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his only sister, Viola Louise Collins of Hayward. Preceding him in death were his parents, his daughter, Sheri and his brother, George.

The family is especially grateful for each person who assisted with Phil’s care during the last few years — friends, members of his ward and the wonderful team of hospice workers.

His last few weeks were spent at Trinity Mission of Midland where the “angels without wings” who cared for him are too numerous to mention. But they will always be remembered for the concern and gentle care they provided him ‘round-the-clock and the comfort they provided family members.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Nampa West LDS Stake Center, 1500 Smith Ave. in Nampa. A viewing will

Joseph Francis Smith, a longtime resident of Lake Almanor Country Club and member of Christ the King Church, died at his winter home in Yuma, Ariz. Dec. 11, 2009.

He was born to Herman and Mary Smith in Philadelphia, Pa. on February 12, 1922, one of nine children. He is survived by sisters Mary Jane Murray of Drexel Hill, Pa., Ann Schalleur of North Cape May, N.J., Therese Perotti of Oakton, Va. and brother, Frank Smith of N. Fort Meyers, Fla.

Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1940, received his commission as ensign in the Supply Corps in 1944 and retired as a commander in 1968. He met and married his wife of 46 years, Frances Forsey Smith, in 1963 and after tours in Jacksonville, Fla., Taipei, Taiwan and Treasure Island, they retired to Concord and then to LACC in 1977.

Fran and the rest of the family: son, James A. Smith of Walnut Creek, daughter and son-in-law, Deborah S. Kennedy and Sargeant L. Kennedy and grandchildren Alexander, Elizabeth, Grace and Katina Kennedy of Alamo would like friends to join us at the LACC Clubhouse Sunday, Aug. 1, from 3 - 5 p.m. in memory of Joe.


Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister Irene Rae Joseph passed away quietly after a seven-month battle with cancer July 16, 2010. She was 80 years old.

Irene was born April 1, 1930, in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, to Agnes and Rex Hall and grew up in Greenville.

She graduated from Greenville High School in 1948 and attended the University of Pacific in Stockton.

She married Homer Joseph and they lived many years in Genesee Valley raising five sons.

Irene was a homemaker, avid card, bingo and cribbage player and volunteered at Banner Hospital and the Salvation Army in Susanville where she lived the past 25 years.

Survivors include her sons, Darel and wife Margie of Genesee, Dennis and Kathy of Carson City, Nev., Don and Debra of Redding, Dale and Lynda of Susanville, daughter-in-law Jan of Cody, Wyo. and foster son Greg Ford of Sacramento.

She is also survived by her brother James Hall of Sacramento and Sister Pauline Griggs of Corning, fifteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer, and son, David. She also leaves behind her friend and companion, Bill Monroe, and many other good friends.

There will be a graveside service at the Taylorsville cemetery Aug. 7, at 11 a.m.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Irene's memory be made to the Taylorsville Museum or the American Cancer Society.

Chester resident Captain Joseph Emil Chruma, USNR, known affectionately as "Captain Joe" passed from this life peacefully with his wife and family at his side Monday, July 19, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born 75 years ago to the late Joseph and Emily (Vujtech) Chruma in Astoria, N.Y., Dec. 8, 1934, Joe was raised in Astoria graduating from William Cullen Bryant High School as a member of the "class of 1952."

He went on to attend Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W.V., graduating with a degree in physical education and business administration. He attended Santa Clara University, in Santa Clara, while he was pursuing a Masters degree in business.

His membership in the ROTC program at Davis and Elkins led him to a 30-year career with the U.S. Navy. Joe was commissioned as an ensign following his graduation and immediately went to Pensacola, Fla., to the naval aviation's initial flight training program and then on to Corpus Christi, Texas, for an advanced phase of flight training, where he received his Navy wings in August 1958.

Joe was then assigned to Patrol Squadron 2 (VP-2) and joined them in Iwakuni, Japan. Upon returning to VP-2's home base on Whidbey Island, Wash., Joe was deployed to Adak and Kodiak, Alaska, for four tours flying the P2V Neptune.

While serving in Alaska, Joe, who was fluent in Czech, was needed to translate to Russian ships when a Russian officer was trying to defect and again when a young Russian sailor was sick with appendicitis.

Because of his knowledge of his native language, he taught Czech at the post graduate school in Monterey.

Joe was designated radar approach controller in Glencoe, Ga., and received his FAA control operator certificate. He was commanding officer of special operations, San Clemente Island.

Joe served his country valiantly, flying missions over both North and South Viet Nam during 1964 - 65.

After eight years of active duty, Joe continued his career for 22 years in the Navy Reserve as a Naval Aviator, flying out of Alameda NAS and Moffett Field.

He was commanding officer of Patrol Wing 180 at Moffett in 1978. Joe was promoted to the rank of captain in Feb. 1979 and was attached to the Captains Study Group at Moffett for eight years.

In 1976, while making a sales call in Stockton, Joe met a pretty Irish lass named Elizabeth (Betty) Cleary. This led to the couple's eventual marriage in a beautiful naval ceremony at Moffett Field June 13, 1981 and united a family of three sons and three daughters.

Other than his family and his naval career, Joe's passions in life were traveling, dancing and fishing. He and Elizabeth traveled all over Europe and cruised extensively. They danced and rode horses in every country they visited.

In 2005, they took a five-month trip across the U.S. in their RV, visiting friends, family and making great new memories.

They belonged to The Happy Trails RV group and the Roving Roosters in Santa Clara and the Travel N Elks of Chester.

Joe "perfected" the art of fishing and that was one of the things that brought him to the beautiful community of Chester five years ago.

He attended the Lake Almanor Community Church and was a member of the American Legion. He joined the Anacortes, Wash., Lodge #1204 BPOE (Elks) Dec. 6, 1961, and continued actively with the Lake Almanor Lodge while residing here.

He is a former member of the Optimist Club serving the Palo Alto chapter as a distinguished president and later as lieutenant governor. He is a past director of VP2 association, as well as being a member of the Association of Naval Aviation and MOAA.

Joe had a special place in his heart for the science of aviation and loved to watch the History Channel, the Military Channel and his favorite program "Walker Texas Ranger."

In passing, Joe leaves his loving wife, Elizabeth, who so preciously cared for him during his final days at home; daughters Cheryl (Bunky) Harris of Sonoma, MaryPat Hertz and her husband Ron of Bonner, Mont., Stacey Bryne and husband Jim of Stockton; sons Dan Harr and wife Debbie (Gibson) of Chester, Stephen Harr and wife Angela (Woods) of Chipley, Fla., David Harr and wife Anna (Rathbun) of Little River; his 14 precious grandchildren: Alberto, Jessica, Jourdan, Raymond, Justin, Robert, Ryan, Tony, Robin, Kyra Jean, Alex, Mellisa, Allison and Kaylin Elizabeth along with an extra special great-grandchild Brendon.

He is also survived by his younger brother, Henry (Jerry-Ann) Chruma, of Melville, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Patricia Monahan (Larry) of Downers Grove, Ill.; his nephews Michael (Jeannie) Chruma, Chris (Dawn) Chruma and five great-nieces and nephews in New York; nephews Larry Monahan, Sean (Martha) Monahan, Michael Monahan, his nieces Denise (Bill) Hadley and Katie (Steve) Fredenhagen and six great-nieces and nephews in Ill.

He also leaves behind close family in the Czech Republic, in Spain, Palm Springs and New York. Joe will be sorely missed by his many friends and shipmates all over the world.

A celebration of Joe's life to include military honors will take place Saturday, July 31, at Lake Almanor Community Church. Viewing will be at 2 p.m., and the service begins at 3 p.m.

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 Joe's memory be made to the Lake Almanor Christian School or The Elks Lodge 2626 Scholarship fund c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

Rattana Ros crossed over to the next life July 20, 2010.

Rattana was born in Cambodia 51 years ago. During the holocaust of 1975 to 1979, she lost her parents and five siblings, leaving her with only one older sister.

In 1980, she won a scholarship to study early childhood education in Russia. Upon returning to Cambodia, she worked for the national newspaper, translating Russian articles and assisting Russian journalists during their visits to Cambodia.

In 1991, she married Wayne Cartwright, who she first met in 1980, and became the head pre-school teacher at the International School of Phnom Penh. In 1994, she moved with her husband to Burma and took up oil painting, following her passion and the footsteps of her father, who had been a well-known painter of murals in Buddhist temples.

Since Rattana came to Quincy in 1999, she continued to study art and quickly became a well-regarded member to the dynamic Quincy art scene. She also attended FRC and earned an AA in early childhood education. After working briefly at Head Start she opened her own day care center in 2005, in her home on Main Street, providing a nurturing and stimulating environment with a special emphasis on the arts.

Tragically, she fell ill in September 2009, and was diagnosed with lung cancer. True to her warrior nature, she fought valiantly to survive, hoping for one last return to Cambodia. Unfortunately, she was not able to recover the strength needed for such a journey. This was more than compensated for by the enormous love and support that came from her large community of friends in Quincy and in the end she was happy that she had remained at home in the Lost Sierra.

Rattana will be remembered for her loyalty, quiet strength, self-reliance, courage and a sense of humor when life was not being very funny. She had a smile that could light up a room and brighten up the grumpiest child. She was an artist to the end, laboring to the last possible moment on a lovely watercolor of Buddha for her nephew. She will be remembered for paintings that adorn homes throughout Plumas County. She will live on in the smiles of all the Plumas children that were blessed by her glorious smile of loving kindness.

A memorial for Rattana will take place on her 52nd birthday, Oct. 16, 2010, at her home on 639 Main St. in Quincy.

Donald E. Buse, a resident of Graeagle, passed away July 21, 2010.

He is survived by Sylvia, his wife of 62 years, their four children: Charles, Deborah, Sarah and John; three grandchildren: Amy, Michele and Sean, and four great-grandchildren; Evan, Alex, Ryan and Ava.

Don was born in Lead, S.D., Dec. 17, 1927, and lived in Lead and Minneapolis, Minn. before moving to Oakland.

He attended Oakland Technical High School and trained as a plumber's apprentice before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1945.

When he left the service in 1947, the GI Bill enabled Don to attend the University of California at Berkeley. He married Sylvia in 1948, rowed crew for Cal in 1947 - 48, and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in chemistry in 1951.

After finishing college at Cal, Don worked as a petroleum chemist at the Avon refinery in Martinez. Don and family moved from Oakland to Walnut Creek in 1957, then to Bartlesville, Okla., the headquarters for Phillips Petroleum in 1975.

He retired from Phillips in 1986, to work for Petroserv, the Saudi national oil company, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Don retired to the United States in 1988, settling in Springfield, Mo., where Sylvia returned to work. They returned to California in 1999, to live in Ventura and finally Graeagle, also spending part of each year in Albogasio, Italy.

Don was a life-long sports car enthusiast, skilled amateur mechanic and avid cyclist. While he traveled extensively throughout the world, he was happiest at home, where he could be with Sylvia and fix whatever might be broken.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the University of California Berkeley College of Chemistry, 430 Latimer Hall #1460, Berkeley, CA 94720-1460 in memory of Donald Buse, Class of '51.

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


Nadiene Petersen

Our beloved Nadiene Petersen entered into the presence of the Lord July 22, 2010. Her life was a shining example of God’s redemptive love.

Nadiene spent her life extending grace, kindness, and wisdom to those around her.  Her life of ministry to her family, friends and community emulated the love she experienced through her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We will greatly miss our dear mother, sister, mentor and friend.

Nadiene was born Jan. 31, 1932, in Quincy, to Frederick and Helen (Neer) Brown. She grew up in Crescent Mills, and spent many summers with her dad in Tacoma, Wash., after her parent’s divorce.

Nadiene graduated from Greenville High in June 1950, attended cosmetology school in Oakland and after passing her state boards exam in August 1951, decided against opening a beauty shop in Greenville and enrolled at Chico State College.

Through the loving ministry of her roommate, Sally, and others, Nadiene responded to the irresistible grace of her Savior, Jesus Christ. God had more than academic preparation for Nadiene at Chico State as she not only received her degree in education in 1955; she also met the love of her life, Edward Petersen from Cottonwood.

During her first teaching job on the Indian Reservation in Covelo, the romance with Edward continued and they married in Cottonwood, June 16, 1956.

Nadiene began teaching at Meadow Lane Elementary in Anderson and Edward was drafted into the Army to serve in the Korean War. Edward was stationed in Detroit and Nadiene joined him.

As they returned to Cottonwood, Nadiene returned to teach at Meadow Lane and later West Cottonwood, and Edward returned to his teaching position at his alma mater, Anderson High School, and eventually Shasta College. As their family grew with the addition of three girls, Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Sarah, so did their connections and involvements in the community. Nadiene and Edward were instrumental in starting Anderson-Cottonwood Neighborhood Church. Their home in Cottonwood became the center for Bible study, ministry, community outreach, and discipleship.

Nadiene was preceded in death by her beloved husband Edward (they are now hugging in heaven). She is missed dearly by her daughter Rebecca (Wion) with husband Doug and children Matthew, Nathaniel, Rebecca, Timothy, and Elizabeth; and daughter Elizabeth (Boyle) with husband Mark and children Heather, Grace, and Hannah; and daughter Sarah (Fitch) with husband Chris and children Rachel, Jonathan, and Bethany. Her family also includes her brother, who preceded her in death, Jimmy North and his wife Kay and children Chad and Lance, and her brother Harley North and Ann and their children, Tristan and Jill.

A celebration of life will be Saturday, July 31, at 10 a.m. at West Cottonwood Gym. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cottonwood Community Church Mission’s Fund, PO Box 1860, Cottonwood, CA 96022.
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