Bernice Mae Langrehr-Smith passed peacefully from this life March 6, 2012, into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our mom was born Oct. 28, 1919, to parents Harve Fenstermaker and Floye Annita (Wolfe) Fenstermaker on her parents’ farm in Mount Calmont, Pa. Mom only weighed 3 pounds when she was born, so her parents put her in a drawer and placed her in the oven to keep her warm!
Mom loved living on the farm, helping her father garden, a hobby that stayed with her all her life. She told us stories of riding her horse to and from school each day.
A dashing young man, Orie Judd Langrehr, swept this farm girl off her feet and they were married Aug. 19, 1939, in Bellefont, Pa. To this union, two boys were born, Orie Wilbert Langrehr and younger brother Dale Preston Langrehr. Looking to make a better life for themselves, Bernice and Orie Sr. moved their little family to California in 1948.
Orie Judd supported his family as a house painter and Mom worked in the receiving department at Sears in Mountain View for many years. After the death of Orie Judd in 1967, Mom continued to live in Mountain View.
In 1976, oldest son Orie, wife Marleen and their four children Tim, Mindy, Melissa and Matthew moved to Lake Almanor and Mom and her second husband, Carl Smith, soon followed. Shortly after, Dale and his wife, Linda, Debbie and Dale Jr. decided to follow the family to the beautiful Lake Almanor area and took up residence in Chester.
Mom got a job working for the Plumas County nutrition program delivering meals on wheels all over Indian Valley to homebound people, a job she loved.
Mom was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking Sunday dinner for her family and friends. Her skill earned her a job at Seneca Hospital for a period of time.
Mom will be remembered for her beautiful smile, calm spirit, fashion sense and being a genuine lady!
We who survive her are: son Orie and wife Marleen, of Lake Almanor; grandchildren Tim, of Chester, Mindy, also of Chester, Melissa, of Lakeport, and Matthew, of Kettle Falls, Wash.; son Dale and wife Linda, of Chester; Debbie Weaver, of Kenai, Alaska; and Dale Jr., of Chester; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Mom is also survived by nieces Irene Gampe, Shirley Reed, Anna Mae Burkett and Velma Burkett, of Pennsylvania.
Our family has been blessed to have had such a wonderful lady as wife, mother and grandmother.
A celebration of life is to take place May 19 at Calvary Chapel Westwood at 11 a.m. All who knew Mom are welcome.
Rick Stiles, a longtime Portola resident, passed away March 26, 2012, in a Reno hospital after a long illness.
Rick is survived by a daughter, Andrea; parents Ron and Barbara Stiles; sister and brother-in-law Rhonda and Dan Williams; brother and sister-in-law Ryan and Julie Stiles; and many friends.
Rick retired from the Ironworkers Union and loved fishing, hunting and music.
Susan Margaret Ward, born Dec. 3,1940, in Susanville, died March 5, 2012, in Roseville.
She graduated from Quincy High School, Class of 1958.
She is pre-deceased by her father, Charles “Ernie” Ward; her mother, Margaret Walsh; and her daughter, Ann Bigham.
Susan is survived by the sisters of her heart Muffy, Pat and Cindy.
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Contributions in Susan’s memory should be made to the Plumas County Museum, 500 Jackson St., Quincy, CA 95971.