Obituaries for the week of 7/11/2012

Barbara Elliott Ward, 89

Linda Rae Leonard, 73

James (Jim) Robert Schaefers, 83

Troy Lee Clark, 72

Barbara Elliott Ward passed from this life peacefully Friday afternoon, June 22, 2012, at Windchimes Care Facility in Chico. She was quite a force in her families’ lives and will be greatly missed.

Born Feb. 24, 1923, in San Francisco to Pierce and Clementine (Monet) Elliott, she attended Tamalpais High School and later the College of Marin.

Barbara married John Ward in Sausalito and to this union three children were born: John T. Ward, Patricia Elizabeth Ward and Pierce John Elliott Ward. Barbara devoted her early life to raising and caring for her children while also helping in raising children of two other family friends of Marin County. During the 1960s Barbara became a successful businesswoman who worked alongside her father managing the large Elliott’s Laundry and Cleaners, where she took care of the bookkeeping, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day business.

Barbara had a long history of community involvement, serving as a volunteer with Sunny Hills Children’s Services, the Boy Scouts, Blue Birds, Camp Fire Girls and the San Anselmo Little League as well as numerous others. She continued her involvement in community work following her move to Chester, where she volunteered with the ABC Center, Helping Hands and Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church’s Altar Society. She enjoyed world travel, visiting Europe on several occasions as well as Mexico, Hawaii and locations throughout the United States.

Along with her children, she is survived by her daughter-in-law Penne, of Chester; son-in-law Jesse, of Ohio; and grandchildren Sean, Kelly and Bob Ward.

She is joined in her eternal home by her great-grandson Troy who, just days after her passing, tragically passed from a drowning accident.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for the repose of Barbara’s soul at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church on Clifford Drive on the Lake Almanor Peninsula, followed by refreshments served by the church’s Altar Society. Private scattering will take place at a later date.

An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. Any remembrances in Barbara’s memory can be made to Sierra Hospice, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


Linda Rae Leonard passed away peacefully June 24, 2012, in Truckee. She was 73 years old.

Linda was born June 4, 1939, in Albany. The only child of Ruth and Miles Best, Linda was raised in San Bruno. She graduated from Capuchino High School in 1957. Linda was married at age 22 to Thomas Leonard. They started out living in San Bruno, then moved to Milpitas in 1966 where they lived for 36 years. Linda gave birth to sons Richard and Steven.

In Milpitas, Linda worked at selling Avon for 12 years and then later worked for SMS, at which she stayed for 19 years. She retired at age 63.

Tom and Linda and the family would take yearly camping trips up north to Plumas-Eureka State Park near Clio. They loved the country so much there that in 2002 Tom and Linda made the move to live up there after retiring. It was there they became heavily involved in the church. Portola Station Church is where they met their second family, their church family. Linda got involved in a lot of the church activities. She was the one behind the scenes getting tasks done without demanding praise. People young and old were drawn to her.

Linda loved many things: Barry Manilow, taking trips with her husband to the Bay Area to see her boys and their families, sitting near a creek just to put her feet in the water, or even staying at home watching the rain fall.

In passing, she leaves behind her best friend and soul mate of 51 wonderful years, Thomas Leonard; sons Richard Leonard and wife Jerilyn, of Tracy, and Steven Leonard and wife Kim, of Santa Clara; granddaughter Michelle and her husband Jake Raines, and her beautiful great-granddaughter Hazely Marie; grandsons Brandon Leonard, Kevin Leonard, Josh Furtado and Jack Gustafson, of Tracy. She leaves also two feline companions, Pee Wee and Sassy, along with everyone who cared for and adored her.

Services for Linda were held June 30 at the Portola Station Church. The family suggests that any donations be made to the church in Linda’s name.


Jim Schaefers was born July 26, 1932, in Detroit, Mich., to Clayton Gordon and Agnes Neeson, as Robert James Gordon.

On July 19, 1955, his name was changed to James Robert Schaefers; he was raised with love by Joseph and Lucille Schaefers.

The Lord decided to take him home June 30, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He worked for Don Massey Inc. and was general manager of Nugget Motors in Quincy for several years. He treasured his time and many friends in Quincy.

He is survived by his wife, Norma, of 18 years; and four stepchildren: Francis Pytlowany (Tammy), Kevin Pytlowany (Stella), Marie Pytlowany and Shaunn Pytlowany.

He is also survived by his six children, Kaleen Cullen, Steven Schaefers, Cheryl Sund (Kenneth), Robert Schaefers, Cynthia Schaefers and David Schaefers, (Kim); 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A 24-hour visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, July 13. The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. July 14, at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, 17225 Jersey Ave., Lemoore, where he worked for many years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent via smithfamilychapel.com.


Quincy resident Troy Lee Clark passed from this life Sunday, July 1, 2012, at his residence in East Quincy at the age of 72.

Born in Long Beach April 25, 1940, Troy was raised and educated in Southern California, graduating high school from Downey High as a member of the Class of 1958. He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Rita Johnsen, on July 6, 1958, in Downey and to this union three daughters and three sons were born.

Shortly following Troy’s high school graduation he entered the California Highway Patrol Academy and upon graduation went to work in the San Diego area. He transferred to Quincy in 1976 where he worked until his retirement from the force. Troy began a second career as an electrical contractor after retiring from the CHP and was still active in the trade until his passing.

Troy had a special place in his heart for those of the community and enjoyed serving the residents as a longtime member of the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department where he rose to the rank of assistant chief. He enjoyed the outdoors through hunting and fishing as well as the challenge of a good game of golf and kept abreast of current events relaxing and watching Fox News.

His passion in his later life was been that of following his grandchildren and great-grandchildren throughout their sporting events and dance recitals. Most cannot remember an event he missed.

In passing Troy leaves his loving wife with whom he was just days short of celebrating a 54th wedding anniversary, Sharon Clark, of Quincy; sons Jeff Clark and his wife Linda, of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Michael Clark and his wife Bonnie; daughters Cheryl and her husband Robert Downing, of Sparks, Nev., Julie Clark and her life partner Mona Sanchez, of Quincy, and Kelly Clyne and her husband Josh, of San Clemente; along with the pride of his later life, his 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Charlotte Arutunian, of Mesa, Ariz.

He joins a brother, Larry, in their eternal home.

A celebration of Troy’s life is planned for noon Friday, July 13, at the Quincy Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery.

The family asks that any remembrances in Troy’s memory be made to the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.


Gary Arnold Gelini

Gary Arnold Gelini, 53, of Portola, passed away at home June 30 after a longtime battle with illness.

Gary was born in San Francisco Jan. 11, 1959. He and his family moved to Portola from Vacaville in 1998.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Lisa Gelini; two sons, Gary Gelini Jr., 23, and Joseph Gelini, 12; sister Theresa Buitenhuis of the Netherlands; brother Gregory Gelini, of Massachusetts; and mother-in-law Mary Woodley, of Portola. Gary was predeceased by his parents, Nancy and Arnold Gelini, of South San Francisco.

Funeral services were held at Portola Station Baptist Church July 7. Interment was at Shady Grove Cemetery in Portola.

Memorial donations are appreciated, to be sent to the following address: P.O. Box 105, Portola, CA 96122.


Allan David Loretz, 81

Allan Loretz died July 4, 2012. He was born April 9, 1932.

He was predeceased by his parents, Big Al and Tessi Loretz, and son George Allan Loretz.

Survivors include his wife Cathy Loretz; sister Linda Loretz; children Nadine Loretz Parish, Carol Loretz Ford and Allen J. Loretz; stepchildren David, Elizabeth and Annie Adair; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the VAMC, Community Living Center, 1000 Locust Street in Reno, Nev., on July 11 at 3 p.m.




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