Obituaries for the week of 8/1/2012

Barbara Frost-Kloose, 90

Dana Alton Handlin, 52

Hildegard Schleicher, 74


On July 10, 2012, Barbara Frost-Kloose died unexpectedly at her home in Red Bluff.

The previous Saturday, her children and grandchildren had hosted a belated 90th birthday celebration for her at her beloved Stump Ranch in Chester. Although no formal count was made, it is estimated that there were at least 100 family members and friends in attendance.

It was a fun event and a wonderful chance for Barbara to greet old friends. She enjoyed the celebration greatly.

Barbara was born May 13, 1922, in Chico to Allen F. “Jake” Alexander and Mary Losee Alexander. She was the oldest of four children.

She was raised in an agricultural background, with her paternal grandparents owning a livestock ranch in Stonyford and her maternal grandparents owning an almond and walnut ranch in Chico. She had an “open door” at the ranch for “droppers-in or trail hikers or riding groups.” She loved her wood range, and could cook anything on it, ignoring the propane stove alongside of it. She canned wild gooseberry jelly every year, and was known for killing a bear, who in fact tore up her kitchen and picture window!

Barbara was very proud of the fact that she was a fifth generation Northern Californian.

She attended Chico High School and Chico State College.

Barbara had been active in Campfire, Blue Birds and Scouting, cattle ranching, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, trustee of Plum Creek School, Order of Eastern Star, Nile Club, Bidwell Presbyterian Church of Chico, Republican Party, Tehama County Cowbelles and Tehama County Cattlewomen.

She owned the Stump Ranch since 1941, and loved her meadow, God’s Country. She made hundreds of cakes for weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, etc., gifts to friends and relatives, catered different festivities, and delivered cakes as far away as Yucaipa, San Francisco and Fresno. She made numerous quilts for friends and relatives for special occasions. She cooked in local restaurants such as The Crystal and The Blue Ribbon in the ’50s and ’60s when her kids were in college.

She is survived by her brother Charles and five children: Frederick, Kay, Marjie, Ronna and Patsy. Her son Bobby passed away last year.

A potluck celebration of life is planned for Sunday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Stump Ranch on the Old Red Bluff Wagon Road near Chester.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Shriners organization.


Dana Alton Handlin, 52, passed away July 18, 2012, at Reno Renown Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Dana was born in Reno, Nev., March 29, 1960. The family moved from Reno to Cromberg in 1967, where Dana attended the local schools in Quincy.

After moving back to Reno, he was employed by the Eldorado Casino operations for over 20 years.

He is survived by his mother, Eleanore Garrison, of Cromberg; brother Don and his wife Jackie Handlin, of Reno; sister Sharon and husband Rick Svilich, of Yreka; several aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews.

A celebration of Dana’s life was honored Saturday, July 21, at the Don Handlin residence by family and friends.

Any remembrances in Dana’s memory can be made to the diabetes or kidney foundation.


A memorial service will be held for Hildegard Schleicher, 74, of Forest Ranch, Saturday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. at Affordable Mortuary.

Hildegard passed away July 26, 2012, at her home.

Hildegard was born Sept. 11, 1937. On June 16, 1956, she married the love of her life, Otto Schleicher. They were co-owners of The Black Forest Lodge near Chester for 18 years. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Her survivors include her husband of 56 years, Otto Schleicher, of Forest Ranch; daughter Evelyn Taylor, of Santa Clara; son Ed Schleicher, of Overland Park, Kan.; three granddaughters, Stephanie Taylor, of Wisconsin, Ashley Taylor, of Santa Clara, and Dr. Kayla Heller, of Kansas City, Mo.; brother Klaus Petry, of San Jose; and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Affordable Mortuary of Chico.



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