Obituaries for the week of 1/9/2014

Stanley Robert Chan 

Megan Elizabeth Sauvé

Jennie Reina

Frances Jinks Marion Velasco





Stanley Robert Chan passed away peacefully on Dec. 8, 2013, in Quincy, at the age of 87. Born April 4, 1926, in Stockton, to Chan Woon and Grace Hong, he grew up attending local schools in the S.F. Bay Area. He was married to May Gate Lew on July 5, 1953, until her death May 24, 1968. 

He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Las Cruces, N.M., where he worked for several Army generals. He returned to the Bay Area to San Leandro and was employed at the naval air station in Alameda for 32 years as a craftsman in the Naval air rework facility, and retired in 1981. 

He was a member of the Chinese Presbyterian Church of Oakland. He was the secretary treasurer for the Tony Lema golf course in San Leandro and a charter member. He was also a Thirty-Third Degree Mason. 

He relocated to the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountain range and settled into retirement bliss in Graeagle with his wife Marjorie L. Chan (Dunn), married June 10, 1977. 

He is survived by his loving wife Marjorie of Quincy; sister Anna Lee of Alameda; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia D. Chan and Elliot Beraha, of Lafayette, and Karen and Charles Kremer of Mesa, Ariz.; step-son Edwin Dunn and wife Georgia, of Moss Beach; stepdaughter Julie Frazier and husband John, of Quincy and step-granddaughters Kimberly Pilkington and husband Jeremy, of Quincy, and Gina Pontarolo and husband Darrell, of Susanville; also step-grandsons Brian Dunn, of Sacramento, and Christopher Dunn and wife Rebecca, of Moss Beach; and step-great grandchildren Cassidy Miller and Jacey Mae Pontarolo. 

He was preceded in death by brother Harry Chan. 

We will all miss his cheerful presence.



Megan Elizabeth Sauvé died unexpectedly on Dec. 11, 2013, at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nev. Megan Elizabeth Sauvé was born in Sun Valley on Sept. 4, 1968, to John Mark Sauvé and Mary Jane Marquis Sauvé. She moved to Novato, after her birth at Serra Memorial where her grandfather Howard F. Marquis was hospital administrator.

Megan grew up in Novato where she swam for the Novato Aquanauts and was a camp counselor at Camp Little Bear in Sonoma County. She graduated from Marin Catholic High School in 1986 where she was a member of the Girls’ Swim Team and Girls’ Basketball Team.

She attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, graduating in 1992 with a BA in History. She rowed on the Cal Poly women’s crew and was awarded a monogram. After graduation, she worked for Allied Van Lines in Sausalito. Aquatics led her to an interest in physical therapy. She moved to Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah, where she was adopted by Bennie, a 20-pound feline who traveled throughout the United States with her for 17 years. She completed a degree in Occupational Therapy at Dominican University in San Rafael, passing the National Occupational Therapy Board examinations and held licenses in 12 states.

Following graduation from Dominican, Megan spent five years working as a traveling occupational therapist and lived in places such as Baltimore, Maryland, Waterloo, Iowa, Rockford and Lombard, Ill., and Spartanburg, South Carolina. She finally settled in Quincy, where she was the occupational therapist at Country Villa. She lived in Quincy until her death.

Megan is survived by her parents, John Mark and Mary Jane Sauvé, of Novato; her sister, Molly Barnhill and brother-in-law Kim Barnhill, of Manhattan Beach; their three daughters Tess, Katie, and Grace; her sister, Moira Sauvé, of Newbury Park, and her brother Mark Sauvé of Henderson, Nev., along with close extended family members Jim and Kelly Donofrio of Las Vegas, Nev.

Megan was a kind, compassionate, and generous soul. She could be stubborn, but none-the-less, a loving and caring sister and daughter. Her circle of friends included an eclectic group who were always welcome in her home.

The family thanks the Renown Hospital ICU Unit and the 300 Wing staff for their attention and care to our Megan. A wake was held at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 12 noon at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Novato, on Monday, Dec. 16. A luncheon was held in the church hall following mass at 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato.



With all the grace and elegance that she lived her life, Jennie Reina went on to her eternal home Thursday morning, Jan. 2, 2014, under the compassionate care of the Staff at Seneca Health Care District’s Long Term Care Unit.

Born to the late Italian natives Giovani and Mary (Pizzo) Primafiori on Dec. 13, 1915, in Santo Stefano, Sicily, at age eight she with her family immigrated to the United States thru Ellis Island to Florida and later settling in Los Angeles where Jennie resided most of her adult life.

She married Los Angeles attorney Joseph L. Reina who, after eight years of marriage, passed from this life unexpectedly. At this time, she began what became a twenty-year banking career, retiring as an administration assistant.

Family was always at the center of Jennie’s life. Not blessed with children of her own, she raised her beloved niece Barbara, as well as caring for her mother until her passing in 1976. Blessed with the talent and an eye for interior decorating, she enjoyed sharing the art with others. A world traveler, Jennie also enjoyed shopping and was a daily regular walking to the local farmers market from her home in Los Angeles. Jennie was a devout member of the Roman Catholic faith.

Health complications required her to be closer to her family and she moved to the Chester/Lake Almanor area eight years ago where she became a fixture at Tantardino’s restaurant, greeting customers and reading her book.

In passing, Jennie leaves her two nephews, three great-nieces, four great-nephews, four great-great-nephews and three great-great-nephews.

She joins her husband, Joseph, sisters, Phyllis Tantardino and Lee Gormley, along with her precious niece Barbara Tantardino, in her eternal home.

A celebration of Jennie’s life will take place at the graveside at the Calvary Cemetery located in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family, along with signing the memorial guest register, is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com. The family asks that any remembrances in Jennie’s memory be made to John Hopkins Hospital Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.



Taylorsville resident “Jinks” Frances Marion Velasco passed from this life peacefully Friday evening, Jan. 3, 2014, with her husband, Tom, sons Karl, Jack and Rex, daughter-in-law Janice, brother-in-law Leo and grandsons Scott and Lief all at her side following a brief stay at Plumas District Hospital. When she was told that all her family was at her side her last words were “That’s nice.”

Born to the late Richard and Julia (Sikes) Retzlaff at the former Engle Mine Hospital on Jan. 14, 1927, she was raised in Taylorsville where she attended the old Taylorsville School House before graduating from Greenville High School as a member of the class of 1945. 

Following her graduation, she moved to San Francisco to be with family where she worked for the U.S. Coast Guard as an elevator operator. Here she met Tom Velasco whom she later married on her birthday in 1950 in Reno, Nev. 

Although in her heart Plumas County was always her home the couple moved to San Francisco where Tom worked in the construction industry building and repairing electrical power plants.

Following Tom’s retirement in 1986 and after traveling through every state in the union in their motor home she and Tom returned to her beloved Taylorsville.

Jenks loved to travel, eating out and was a fabulous cook. She was awarded garden of the month for her hard work in her beautiful garden.

Along with her parents, she joins her sister Barbara, uncles Elmer and Ambrose Sikes, great-aunt Cecelia Chamberlain, Greenville’s lady banker and former judge, Judy Hogan in their eternal home.

A celebration of Jinks’ life is being planned for the summer of 2014. Interment will take place in the Taylorsville District Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


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