Obituaries for the week of 10/27/2010

Norma Armanino, 80

Robert P. (Bob) Hilder, 76

Mary Lazzarino, 96

Marion Emma Miller, 94

Shortly after her eightieth birthday and the birth of her great-granddaughter, Norma Armanino entered immortality on Oct. 4, 2010, after a brutal but brief affliction with cancer.

A caring, devoted, generous, loving, and loyal mother, Norma was born in Clayton, Okla. She moved to Greenville with her parents as a young girl in the thirties. Here she lived most of her life, and many recall her earnest, diligent, faithful and thoughtful service as a licensed vocational nurse at the Feather River Hospital. Norma later retired to Chico, where she enjoyed seventeen years of retirement amid the dazzling sunshine and local amenities. She loved the yard sales and farmer's market.

Norma is survived by her three children: Gail Jones of Reno, Nev., Lindsay Lerma of Forest Hills, and Mark Philpott of San Francisco. Norma is also survived by her lovely grandchildren Allyson, Carry, Jennifer, Joseph and Michael, and her great-granddaughter Emily, whom reside in various locations around California and the United States. Survivors also include her stepson Jammie Philpott of Santee, and the Armanino stepchildren Candice, Anthony, and Terrance. Additionally, Norma is mourned by her older brother, A.W. Glenn of Truckee, who at eighty-six, single-handedly drove over to tell Norma good-bye the day before she died. Grievous as well is Norma's faithful best friend, Jack Dandl, of Chico. Norma is deeply missed by many and no public service is planned.



Bob Hilder was left at the Galt Christian Church in the third grade with only the clothes on his back, and when God called him home at the age of 76 on Oct. 15, 2010, he was blessed with many friends from all walks of life and a loving family that he was so proud of.

Bob is survived by his wife, Jan, of 56 years; son, Dr. Ron Hilder (Kerry); daughters, Suzie Johnson and Terrie Walsh (Tom); grandchildren Stefanie, Robbie, and Trisha Hilder, Kurtis Wahl and Kristi Weist (Brian), Jonathan (Sarah), Sean, and Meghan Walsh; niece Brenda Bisharat (Charlie) and nephews Mike (Kevin), Mark (Coral), and Ric Hilder, with many great-nieces and nephews.

Bob and Jan also opened their heart and home to many foster children and their families. They were the first Caucasian family in Sacramento to be granted black foster children who they raised until they graduated from high school.

He is preceded in death by his father- and mother-in-law, Gus and Evelyn Steffan; foster parents Cecil and Arneta Richards and four siblings.

Showing his leadership abilities early, Bob became President of his freshman high school class and Senior Student Body President at Galt High School where he was a 1952 graduate. He lettered all four years in basketball, track, baseball, and football and was the co-captain his senior year of a football team that won three league championships during his four years.

Bob went to Stockton College where he graduated with an AA degree. He played first string on their championship football team, which was later inducted into the Stockton Sports Hall of Fame. For all his outstanding football achievements, he was awarded a football scholarship to the College of the Pacific (UOP), but was drafted into the army before he played. He served two years in the service at Fort Sill, Okla., where he trained new recruits and returned to Galt in 1957. Although, he still had his football scholarship, he decided his education was more important so he transferred to California State University, Sacramento, where he attended part-time and began a career at Aerojet full time. He became the Department Head of the Material Control Department, Solid Rocket Plant, while he was working on his degree, and graduated with a B.A. in Education and Master’s Degree in Remedial Reading. He left the aerospace industry to teach school. Bob authored a series of educational books and tape cassettes that were adopted by several states including the State of California and are still used in the school system today. He taught elementary, junior high, and eventually at Galt High and Sacramento City College.

While living in Sacramento (1958-1972), Bob was active in coaching Little League, Babe Ruth, and junior high school baseball and was a mentor to many students while serving as an adviser to the junior high school Black Student Union.

In 1973, he was asked to return to his in-laws’ ranch so he moved his family back to the Galt ranch where Bob and Jan currently reside part-time between Galt and Lake Almanor.

Bob never forgot his childhood and tried to be a role model to all young people, bringing home students for meals, staying overnight, summer vacations, and becoming part of his and Jan’s family. He was very involved in supporting many organizations with his time and financial generosity and was always standing up for those less fortunate.

A memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 22 at Galt Bible Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada at 3480 Buskirk Ave., #340, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. The private gravesite service will be held at a later date. A virtual register may be signed at lodifuneralhome.com where memories can be shared. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Mary Lazzarino passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at the age of 96.

Born on Feb. 23, 1914, in Stockett, Montana, to Maria (Sciaqua) Centoni and Girolamo Centoni, was raised in Stockett, Montana along with her three sisters, until the age of 12 when the family moved to Madera, California. Mary continued her education in Oakland, graduating from Fremont High School.

On Aug. 23, 1941, Mary married the love of her life, Frank Lazzarino. To this union a daughter, Stephanie, and a son Michael were born.

Mary worked over 35 years for the Bank of America, starting at the Alameda Branch and later at the Oakland Main Branch. At her retirement, she was the Head of New Accounts. She was one of the founders of the Bank of America Retiree’s Association and remained a board member up until last year.

Mary found great enjoyment in helping others. She volunteered countless hours for the BofA Retiree’s Association and making handmade caps for newborn babies. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Mary lost her husband Frank in 1980 and her son Michael in 2010.

In passing Mary leaves her daughter Stephanie and son-in-law Ed Lynch of Bakersfield, daughter-in-law Corky Lazzarino of Quincy. She leaves three grandchildren, Shawn Walker of Santa Clarita, Stacy Lynch of San Luis Obispo, Jesse Lazzarino of Torrance, a great-granddaughter Mckenzie Jo Walker, brother-in-law Henry Giorgi of Groveland, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held in Alameda.


Marion Emma Miller died at Country Villa-Quincy, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at the age of 94.

She was born in Charles City, Iowa, to the late Herman and Emma (Pfefferkorn) Fredrick on Dec. 30, 1915.

In passing Marion leaves her daughter Sharon of Quincy; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Along with her husband Harold, Marion was predeceased by two sisters and one brother.

A celebration of Marion's life will take place at the graveside in the Hillcrest Cemetery of Porterville, 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. The family suggests any remembrances in Marion's memory be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church of Quincy,  c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.




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