Obituaries for the week of 12/14/2011

Ophelia de Azevedo Feinblum, 83

Ray Evans, 87

Jeremy M. Krom, 38

Walter Elliott Trainor III, 70

Rodney Lee Shelburne Wells, 75


Ophelia de Azevedo Feinblum passed away Nov. 20, 2011. She was born Sept. 26, 1928, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she lived for the first 28 years of her life. In her youth, she traveled throughout Europe and the United States.

She met her soon-to-be husband, Melvin Feinblum, in Rio while he was working for the Inter-American Geodetic Survey. After marriage, Ophelia lived with her husband in northeast Brazil. Three years later, they came to California, and finally to Quincy in October 1969.

Except for a seven-month visit to Rio in 1963, and a visit to Israel as part of a religious contingent, Ophelia remained in California until her death. The last years of her life were spent under the affectionate and conscientious care of the staff at Eastern Plumas Health Care.

The atmosphere at home was enriched with Ophelia’s stories and the culture of Brazil and reflected her curiosity of other cultures of the world. Her love for beautiful things made her creative in painting, crafts, sewing and cooking. She was an active member of St. John’s Parish in Quincy and a frequent retreat guest at Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina.

Ophelia was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Feinblum, who died Dec. 24, 1994.

She is survived by her five children: Kathleen de Azevedo Feinblum (and husband Lewis Campbell), Barbara Feinblum Nagy (and husband Tibor Nagy), Edward Feinblum (and wife Suzette Parkin), Helena Feinblum Dillon (and husband Steve Dillon) and Andrew Feinblum (and wife Ronda Hardy Feinblum); plus grandchildren Natalie, Samuel and Daniel Feinblum, and Katherine and Sean Dillon. She will be missed by all.

Funeral service for Ophelia will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church, 170 Lawrence St. in Quincy Monday, Dec. 26, at 11 a.m. Burial and reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina.


Raymond Nelson Evans was born Sept. 11, 1924, to Kathryn (Hoag) Evans and Nelson Evans in Pittsburgh, Pa. After his father passed away in 1927 Ray lived in foster homes until age 14 when he moved to Kay House, a privately endowed home in Pittsburgh for orphan boys or boys whose parents could not support them. While at Kay House he attended Peabody High School. After graduation he enlisted in the Coast Guard where be served as a radar man working anti-submarine duty from 1942 until 1946 aboard the USS Poughkeepsie, USS Gen. William Mitchell and the USS Cepheus.

With the GI bill he attended Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania, majoring in biology. Upon graduation in 1949 he went on to earn a master’s degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh while teaching high school in Penn Hills, Pa.

In 1955 he accepted an associate professor position at Slippery Rock College where he also served as dean of men. In 1963 he received a National Science Foundation grant at Syracuse University in New York for his doctorate studies. After completing the grant he worked for the Department of the Interior in Alaska studying effects of DDT on fish populations.

Moving westward, he taught at University of Nevada from 1964 to 1969. While reading an article in the Reno Gazette, he learned about a new community college opening in Quincy. Having some familiarity with the area via his bird banding activities he applied for a biology teaching position. Six weeks after an interview with then Feather River College president Dale Wren he accepted the biology position.

During his years at FRC Ray taught his full complement of classes, served as dean of instruction under president Wren, served four years on the Western States Accreditation Commission for Community Colleges and worked to expand the academic offerings and reputation of the college. He urged the development of biology through courses in outdoor education, field research, forestry, fisheries and horse — all of which have been realized.

After 50 years of teaching, 30 of them at Feather River College, Ray retired in 1999. He was granted professor emeritus status by the faculty. He was overwhelmed and humbled by the respect from his peers.

In passing, Ray is survived by Patricia (Patty), his devoted wife of 45 years; son Krs Evans, of Corvallis, Ore.; daughter Michele and Jack Zittrer; grandchildren Marlin and Aurora Zittrer, of Quincy; and daughter Kathleen Evans, of Winnwood, Pa.

A celebration of Ray’s life will occur in the spring of 2012. Reflective of his support for students and his solidarity with his faculty colleagues, a Ray Evans Memorial Scholarship will be managed by Local 4615, the FRC Federation of Teachers. All contributions will be awarded to continuing students at FRC and may be addressed to FRCFT at 570 Golden Eagle Ave., Quincy, 95971.


Jeremy M. Krom, 38, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, passed away Dec. 1, 2011, of a heart attack.

Son of Richard Krom, of Quincy, and Lynne Porter, of Aberdeen, Idaho, he was born in Quincy March 17, 1973, and was a 1991 graduate of Quincy High School. He worked in Coeur d’Alene in customer service for several years.

He is survived by his parents; his sister Angelyn Arroyo, of Chico; children Patrick and Casey, both of Aberdeen, and Breanna, Conner, Caleb and Brooklyn, of Coeur d’Alene; and fiancee Keri Tournbough, also of Coeur d’Alene.

Funeral services will be held Dec. 27 at East Lawn Cemetery in Quincy.

Condolences can be sent to the family at lynne82@yahoo.com.


Walter Elliott Trainor III, affectionately called Buzz by family and friends, lost his battle with mesothelioma Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.

Born Sept. 30, 1941, in Sacramento, where he spent his elementary school years, he moved to Truckee where he attended high school and went on to attend the University of Nevada in Reno on a football scholarship. However, he soon found the social side of college was more fun than football. He was a loyal member of Alpha Tau Omega at UNR, and he treasured the bonds and friendships that were formed during that time. There he met his future wife, Diane, and they shared over 44 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, Diane, Buzz is survived by his son Scott (Jennifer) and children Charlie and Elliott; and his daughter Shannon Stark (Doug) and children Henry and Harrison. He was a caring father who enjoyed coaching and watching his children in sports. He took great pride in his children, and thoroughly embraced the role of grandfather to Charlie, Henry, Elliott and Harrison

He is also survived by his mother, Phyllis Rupley Snyder; sister Sandra Patheal (Bill); brother Charles Trainor (Paulette); sisters Terryn Davis and Sharon Sangco (JoeBee); and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Walter E. Trainor Jr.; step-father Francis Snyder; and brothers Richard Trainor and Gary Snyder.

Buzz joined the Stockton Fire Department in 1967. He moved through the ranks of the department as a firefighter, paramedic, captain, battalion chief and division chief, and ultimately retired as deputy chief. He was extremely proud of his career and loved his job, retiring in 1998.

After relocating to Graeagle, the game of golf became his new career. Buzz loved to describe his hours on the golf course with friends and the Bandits in great detail, shot by shot, hole by hole. He was happiest when he was with friends and family, laughing and telling stories, whether it was recounting his days on the fire department or the good old days at UNR.

Memorial services were held Monday, Dec. 12. Buzz’s family wishes to extend its thanks and appreciation to the staff of Tahoe Forest Hospice for their gentle care and concern. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Tahoe Forest Hospice, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160.



Rodney Lee Shelburne Wells passed from this life early Wednesday morning, Dec. 7, 2011, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, at the age of 75. His loving wife was at his side.

Born in Fresno Feb. 18, 1936, to Donald and Charlotte (Stapleton) Shelburne, he was raised by Merwin (Red) and Charlotte Wells. “Red” retired from the U.S. Forest Service and was a former Trinity County assessor. At the age of 8, Rodney and his family relocated to Weaverville, where Rodney continued his education, graduating from Trinity High School as a member of the class of 1955, lettering in football, basketball and baseball. A talented baseball player, Rodney played as the youngest member of the community’s baseball team.

While still in high school, Rodney began what became a 40-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, beginning on the Six Rivers National Forest. He enlisted into the U.S. Army in 1957 and served his country honorably as a member of the 82nd Airborne. While stationed in Korea, Rodney was appointed to the 82nd Airborne’s Honor Guard and played baseball for their Army team.

Upon his discharge, he returned to work for the USFS on the Uinta National Forest outside of Logan, Utah, before returning to school at Utah State University in Logan. On Sept. 17, 1960, in Redding, he married the love of his life, Judith Anne Howe, whom he had met while attending college. To this union a daughter and two sons were born.

Rodney returned to the Six Rivers National Forest for a short period before leaving to work as an estimator for a commercial contractor in the Bay Area. Yearning to return to the outdoors, Rodney returned to the USFS to work on the Plumas National Forest in 1972 retiring as the reconnaissance air boss “Recon 40.”

Rodney had a great love and respect for the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, especially salmon fishing in British Columbia, as well as hunting. He shared his love of the game of baseball as a Little League coach as well as coaching recreational league basketball. He is a past president of the Quincy High Boosters and also enjoyed painting in oils.

In passing Rodney leaves his loving wife of 51 years, Judith A. “Judy” Wells, of Quincy; daughter Michelle Wells; sons, Mike Wells and his wife Kristin, of Loomis, Matt Wells and his fiancee, Jordan Smith, of San Francisco, and Robert Lee Gibson, of San Ramon; and the pride of his later life, his grandchildren, Kyle, Mikaela, Mackenzie and Brody.

A celebration of Rodney’s life was held at the Quincy Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Tuesday, Dec. 13. Interment with military honors will take place in the Northern California Veterans Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.

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

The family suggests any remembrances in Rodney’s memory be made to Quincy High School Athletics, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.



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