Obituaries for the week of 1/12/2011

Kelley June Stanley, 50

Jedidiah Craig Lusk, 9

Taimi O. Franz, 97

James (Pa) York, 81

Ronald and Janet Gilmore

Kelley June Stanley passed away surrounded by family Dec. 19, 2010, after a courageous battle against cancer.

She was born in Susanville to James and Audrey Hespen Feb. 7, 1960.

Kelley attended Portola schools and, upon graduation, she enlisted in the U.S. Army as a medical administration specialist. It was there that Kelley met and married Warrant Officer 3 Claudie L. Stanley Jr. The couple had two daughters, Andrea and Ashley.

On a trip back to Portola to visit relatives, Claudie was killed in an RV accident Feb. 16, 1988.

Soon after, Kelley moved back to Portola with her children and started work at Sierra Army Depot as a quality control inventory specialist. It was at the Depot that she met an ammunition specialist named Carl Merrill. Kelley and Carl were inseparable for over 21 years until her death.

For the last 10 years, Kelley worked as a customer service representative in the electric department for Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative. Kelley loved working at the Co-op; her no-nonsense honest approach won the hearts of coworkers and customers alike.

Kelley loved to read; watch Tony Stewart (Smoke #14), her favorite NASCAR driver; and play a slot machine or two in Reno. She volunteered many hours typing the newsletter for our NRA grassroots organization, in the early years. She was a member of the Gold Star Wives for over 20 years.

She is survived by her companion Carl; two daughters, Andrea (Mark) and Ashley; mother, Audrey; sister, Beverly (Lobo); three grandchildren; one niece; and one nephew.

Kelley was laid to rest at Whispering Pines Cemetery, Dec. 31, 2010, with military honors followed by a celebration of life gathering at the Portola Memorial Hall attended by many friends and relatives.

The family wishes to thank Kelley's coworkers and management at the Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative for their support, kindness and generosity through this entire ordeal. The family also wishes to thank the Tahoe Forest Hospice, Manni's Funeral Home, U.S. Army Honor Guard (Redding) and the Portola VFW, who, with their aid and compassion, made our loss much more bearable and peaceful than we ever thought possible.

In need of another angel, our Lord called Jedidiah Craig Lusk to his eternal home Monday evening, Jan. 3, 2011. He died of a Glioblastoma multiformes brain tumor. His loving family was by his side at his home in Cromberg.

He was born March 30, 2001, in Quincy, to Scott and Cynthia (Nichols) Lusk. Jedidiah was currently a fourth-grade student at Quincy Elementary School where he enjoyed the friendship of his fellow students but hated the homework assignments.

A talented skier, Jedidiah was a member of the Johnsville Junior Ski Team where he competed as Bib #21 on Fire and Ice. As second-fastest on the team he constantly strived to be first. A passionate lover of the outdoors, he was a member of the Bucks Lake Snowdrifters. Jedidiah found great enjoyment riding his snowmobile and dirt bike: really fast! He also enjoyed playing the fiddle. Jedidiah memorized O'Keffee Slide on his fiddle in order to earn his first snowmobile.

Following in family footsteps, Jedidiah passed Rookie Smokejumper training as the class of 2010 and earned a position as an Alaska Smoke Jumper with the BLM. He was also an Honorary Deputy of the Plumas County Sheriff's Department and a S.W.A.T Member. Jedidiah was an accomplished marksman and a safe firearm handler.

Jedidiah showed naked neck chickens at the Plumas-Sierra County Fair as a member of the American Valley 4-H. He was an active member of Quincy Boy Scout Troop 130, and earned the High Point Award by selling the popcorn in 2009.

In passing Jedidiah leaves his parents, Scott and Cynthia, brother, Justin, sister, Jessica and grandmother, Donnal "Blue Nanny" Nichols, all of Cromberg; grandparents, Bob and Betty Lusk, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; three aunts, four uncles and 10 cousins. He will be remembered as a kind-hearted, funny friend to all.

A time of visitation and viewing was held Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Quincy ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A celebration of Jedidiah's life followed at 4 p.m. Pastor George Tarleton officiated the service.

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

The family suggests any remembrances in Jedidiah's memory be made to either the Sierra Access Coalition or the Johnsville Junior Ski Team, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Taimi O. Franz passed away peacefully Jan. 8, 2011, at Madrone Hospice House in Yreka. She was 97 years old. She had been moved to Madrone Hospice in February 2009 from a retirement home in Chico, where she had been residing for the last five years to be close to her daughter.

Taimi was born Nov. 26, 1912, in Viipuri, Finland, which is now Vyborg, Russia. In 1928 at the tender age of 16 she set sail from Copenhagen, Denmark, for Canada to join her godmother who had immigrated there a year before. It is not known why she left Finland, but her passage was paid for by her mother, who remained in Finland.

She subsequently met her future husband, Arthur Franz, who had immigrated to Canada from Germany during the same period.

They were married in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1935 and came to the United States in 1940 via New York. They traveled west to California where her husband worked in the Bethlehem shipbuilding yards during World War II and got into the construction field during the post-war construction boom.

Arthur eventually obtained his contractor's license and was the general contractor on some major subdivisions built in San Mateo County.

He became involved in real estate and land development, designing and building custom homes; he designed and built every home they lived in.

Taimi was primarily a stay-at- home mom raising two children, but when they were in elementary school, she decided to go back to school and continue her education. She ended up getting her nursing degree and worked for Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City and the Visiting Nurses Association of San Mateo County until her retirement in 1969.

Subsequently, she moved from the Bay Area to join her husband in managing and operating a motel he had built on property they owned in Canyon Dam.

After they sold the motel in 1978, she and her husband spent their retirement years traveling back and forth between Canyon Dam (Lake Almanor) and Sebring, Fla., where they had built a second home.

Taimi loved to travel and over the years, she and her husband made several trips to Europe, Finland and Canada, visiting friends and relatives, with side trips to Mexico, the Bahamas and Hawaii.

Taimi was very musical, a gift she inherited from her father who was a well-known musician and conductor in Viipuri, Finland. As a young child she would attend many of his concerts sitting right in the front row. Even though she had no formal training, she taught herself to play the mandolin.

She was an avid reader and continued to read until her eyesight no longer permitted her to do so.

She was an excellent cook and loved to entertain. She developed her wonderful culinary skills when she applied for a position as a cook for a wealthy family in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1935, leading her employer to believe she already knew how to cook. She taught herself the fine art of cooking by purchasing the Boston Cooking School Cook Book (which her daughter now has).

Taimi was quite athletic, participating in school sports as a young girl. She was a great swimmer (and taught her children how to swim) and loved to cross-country ski. She learned waterskiing along with her children at their vacation cabin (which her husband built) situated on Canning Lake, Minden, Ontario, Canada. She with her family spent many summers camping and waterskiing at Shasta Lake.

She loved to sew, knit, crochet and play bridge. She was a well-rounded person, resourceful and not afraid to take on a challenge. She continued to take college-level classes well into her senior years.

The residents at Oakmont Retirement Home and the staff at Madrone Hospice House loved to listen to her tell stories about her childhood and family in her distinct Finnish accent.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Meamber, and son-in-law, Don Meamber, of Montague; her granddaughter, Krista (Meamber) Grassi, Krista's husband, Michael Grassi, and her great-granddaughter, Marina Grassi, all of Somerset; and her grandson, Brett Meamber of Pleasant Hill.

Her husband, Arthur E.K. Franz, predeceased her in October 1982, as did her son, H.A. Leonard Franz, in November 2005.

At her request, no services were held and she was laid to rest next to her son at the Greenville Cemetery District in Greenville.

Born Oct. 29, 1929, to Melville and Opal Barham York in Standish, Jim passed away in Lodi after a short illness Jan. 8, 2011, at the age of 81.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife Alice; children Judy and husband Chris Alexander, Cindy and husband Tony Maddalena, Cathy Andrade, and Todd York and wife Julie Wilkins; grandchildren Brady Otto and wife Katie, Sam, Molly, Drew, Annie, Becky, Jimmy, Emmy, Riley and Ty; siblings Adella Kenworthy and Ramona Roper; mother-in-law Marion Kunz; nieces and nephews; and many other loved family and friends.

Jim attended high school in Quincy. After graduating high school, he entered the Navy. Upon his return from the Navy, Jim worked as a logger, milk man, truck driver and lifelong respected cowboy. Jim was an accomplished farrier, shoeing horses for over 35 years. Jim retired from shoeing horses at the age of 71. He was a person of integrity and was respected by all who knew him.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. at the Herald Barn located at 12746 Ivie Road, Herald, CA 95638. Please no flowers; family requests donations to your local hospice.



Ronald and Janet Gilmore

Died too soon, but together doing what they loved. Ronald "Butch" Gilmore and his wife Janet died when their plane crashed in Chester Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.

High school sweethearts, they married in 1952 at the Chapel on Treasure Island while Ronald was serving in the U.S. Navy. Janet started her career at Allstate Insurance in San Francisco and was a pioneer in women's sports car racing in her 20s racing at Laguna Seca and other Northern California tracks, with Butch at her side as her mechanic. After moving to Sebastopol in 1969, they became active in the Sebastopol Wranglers with their two youngest daughters.

Janet was a longtime secretary for the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce and finished her working career as a secretary for Babin, Seeger and Byrne law firm.

Ronald retired from a life-long career at PG&E.

After retirement, they purchased a second home in Chester. Ron and Jan quickly became attached to the "Chester way of life," becoming friends with so many wonderful, caring people. In the winter months, you could find Ron on his tractor clearing snow from the neighbors' driveways and Jan welcoming you in with open arms for a hot cup of coffee. They enjoyed many trips through the woods on their ATV, snowmobiling, summers on Lake Almanor and flying "Big Bird."

Ron was known for always lending a helping hand and Janet for her kind soul.

They are survived by their children - Paula (Doug), Gayle, Shawn (Barbara), Dawn (Ean) and Gar (Elaine), 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. They were a vibrant and adventurous couple who will be missed by many.

Services are pending.

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