Obituaries for the week of 1/16/2013

Ursula Maria Kleinhans

Robert “Bob” Coleman Bradfield

Michael Jason Beckley

Doris Iva Zattoni

Elsie LaVerne “Buzzy” Sharp

Clark Dodson

Dene Owen Norton

  Ursula Maria Kleinhans, of Portola, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nev., with her children by her side.

  Ursula was born Jan. 9, 1941, in Stuttgart, Germany, to Erwin and Emmy Schnetzer.As a child, she moved to the United States with her parents and three brothers in November 1952 and lived in Ohio.

  She graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree inmedical technology.Soon after she graduated she moved to Southern California and worked in hematology at UCLA.While living in Santa Monica, she met Dieter in 1962 and they were married Oct. 29, 1966.

  Christa was born in 1971 and Michael was born in 1973.A few years later, the family made the decision to move from a big city to a more rural area, and created their home just outside Portola.

  For years, Ursula stayed home to raise her children and once they were in elementary school she pursued her interest in travel.She took classes to become a travel agent and worked as an outside agent for an agency in Reno.After several years, the opportunity presented itself for her to open up her own agency based in Portola.For almost 30 years she ran a very successful agency, Travel Unlimited, where she put together scuba diving trips for large groups as well as prepared luxury vacation packages for clients throughout the West.Being in the industry also provided the opportunity to visit many beautiful places within the U.S. and beyond,including Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Germany, Switzerland, Egypt,Austria, Peru and Fiji.

  Ursula loved spending time outdoors including gardening, walking/hiking, cross-country skiing, bird watching and more.She enjoyed painting for many years and created pencil drawings and watercolors of the mountains, old barns and other picturesque views around Plumas and Sierra counties.

  Ursula was preceded in death by her husband Dieter in February 2012.She is survived by her children Christa Kleinhans Tuttle (and her husband Robert and children Erika, 5, and Morgan, 3), of Austin, Texas, Michael Kleinhans, of Reno, Nev., and her son by marriageRolf Kleinhans (and his wife Karin and son Lukas, 10), of Grass Valley; and her brothers Manfred Schnetzer, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Rolf Schnetzer, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

  The family is planning a Celebration of Life for Ursula and Dieter in June in Portola.


  Robert “Bob” Coleman Bradfield, born Dec. 18, 1928, passed away peacefully in his home and into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 24, 2012.

  Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Bob was born one of four children born to Lawrence and Elizabeth “Beth” Bradfield in Kansas City, Mo.

  He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Wood) Bradfield of 64 years; daughters Susan Gosselin, of Noti, Ore., and Julia Bradfield, of Dutch Flat. He was preceded in death by his daughter Jeanne Bradfield. Bob had six grandchildren – Clifford, Stacy, John, M’lissa, Dayna and Jake; and 10 great-grandchildren.

  Bob moved to Clio from San Diego in 1971, where he continued his business as a roofing contractor. Bob and Dorothy became members of Portola Baptist Station in 1978. Bob loved his walk with the Lord and was active in the men’s group at church. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting along with spending time with his family and friends. Bob had a knack for helping and doing for others. He was known to all his family and friends as a man who was never afraid to work.

  Bob will be missed by all those who loved and knew him.A Celebration of Life is to be held on Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. at Portola Station Baptist, 171 South Gulling St., Portola. Arrangements entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


“Mikey B” was born to Kathleen J. Beckley and Edward J. Beckman Oct. 3, 1977, and left this world to be with the Lord Dec. 25, 2012.

  He greatly respected life and the love of music. He taught himself to play the guitar, the harmonica, the drums and he even sang. He also loved surfing, snowboarding, was an excellent swimmer and was not afraid to take on a challenge or adventure. He loved helping other people during stressful times of their lives. He was a construction worker by trade and was very good at it.

  He was preceded in death by his papa George, grandma Geri, uncle John, his favorite dog Conan and cat Toby.

  His children were the apple and completeness of his life. He leaves behind his wife Megan and two wonderful children, Emma Dawn and Austin Michael, of Quincy; their Grammy Amy and special aunt Becky Elder, of Illinois; Michael’s loving mother Kathleen Beckley, of Portola. He also leaves behind four cousins, Chris, Sam and Ben, of Fairfield, Iowa, and Brian Beckley, of Albany; also Olivia Beckley of Florida, uncle Ed and aunt Sunita of Florida, very special aunts Janie Ockenden of Austin, Texas, and Dulce Catalan of Florida; his father Edward Beckman, of Cotati; several aunts and uncles; many cousins; step-brother Jeffrey Martin Jr., of Sacramento; grandmother Soledad Beckman, of Cotati; uncle Rolf, of Reno, Nev.; many wonderful friends that came to be Mike’s brothers, Ian and his wife Tamra, Josh, John, Kayla, David, Dusty, Drew, Jessica and Julie. There are so many you’ll never know who you are and how my son felt about you. My love and my heart goes out to each of you. Thank you for loving him and being in our lives. He will be sadly missed. Until we meet again, I will never forget you.

  Arrangement entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


  Doris Iva Zattoni, 77, entered eternal rest Jan. 2, 2013.

  Doris was born Feb. 21, 1935, to Ruby and Joseph Garrod.

  Doris grew up in Montana. Later in life she met and married John Milton Zattoni, and raised four beautiful children. Then established a loving home in Quincy, where she resided for 30-plus years.

  Doris passed her time crocheting, cooking, enjoying cruises and, of course, spending time with family.

  She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her three daughters and one son, Merrilee Conger, Charlene Sullivan, John Zattoni and Joan Garcia; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

  Services will be announced at a later date.

Fernie Pearl (Fiske) Morton

  Fernie Pearl (Fiske) Morton, 83, of Delleker, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. She went peacefully with both her daughters and a close family friend by her side.

  She was born Jan. 20, 1929, in East Greenwich, RI., to Charles H. and Dorothy A. (Johnson) Fiske. She was raised in East Greenwich along with her three siblings and attended both James H. Eldredge Elementary and East Greenwich High School where she graduated in 1946. She married Joseph G. Letourneau in the same year and had two daughters. They later divorced and she went to work at C and J cleaners in East Greenwich.

  She was a member of the East Greenwich Methodist Church and was always helping out with the children’s choir and involved in other activities at church. She enjoyed being a Girl Scout leader for several years.

  She married two more times in her lifetime, one bringing her here to California in 1963. She worked at Austen’s cleaners in Mt. View until she retired in 1991. She kept very active helping her daughter Dottie run a daycare/preschool. All the kids loved her and called her granny. She loved them just as if they were her own grandchildren.

  In 2003, Dottie and her husband Bill (now deceased) moved to Clio and, in 2005, she decided, along with her daughter Lynda, to move to Delleker to be closer.

  One of her favorite things to do was play Yahtzee. The grandkids would call her the Yahtzee queen. In her younger years, she loved going camping and playing whiffle ball with her grandkids. She liked watching the old shows from the 50’s and 60’s as well as wrestling. She loved getting together with family and friends. Her hugs were the best, so full of love. She attended Graeagle Community Church where she felt loved by all. Her legacy lives on in all who loved her.

  She is survived by her sister, Joyce (Fiske) and husband Ken Hamilton of Naples, Fla., brothers Leslie and wife Nora Fiske, of Greer, S.C., Charlie and wife Bonnie Fiske, of Narragansett, RI.; daughters Lynda Lupis, of Delleker, Dottie (Lindsey) Jenkins, of Graeagle; grandchildren Sgt. Greg and his wife Mary Jane Lindsey, of Paso Robles, Michelle (Lupis) Kaboni of Carthgage, Tenn., Brenda (Lindsey) and her husband David Irmini, of Prunedale, Darren Lindsey of Blair, Wis.; step-grandchildren Will Jenkins of Salinas, Matt and his wife Dannelle Jenkins, of Healdsburg; great-grandchildren Josh Leuschner, Pfc. Zach Lindsey, Karen (Kaboni) and her husband Bobby Voisard, Dalton Irmini, Rebecca Irmini, Kristen, Kevin, Brandon and Jonathan Kaboni, Will Lindsey, Hunter Lindsey; step-great-grandchildren Justin, John Wallace, Ashley Jenkins, Hannah Jenkins; and great-great-grandchildren Tyler, Alana, Robbie and Samantha Voisard, Skylar and Savannah Lindsey, Daniel Albriecht.

  Memorial service will be held at Graeagle Community Church, 150 Graeagle-Johnsville Rd., Graeagle, Sunday, Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tahoe Forest Hospice, Graeagle Community Church youth mission. Arrangements entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


  LaVerne E. Sharp, of Chico, passed into her final rest on Jan. 7, 2013, with her family by her side.

  Known to all her friends as “Buzzy,” she was born April 14, 1929, in Morton, Wash. She met and married her life-long best friend Clarence “Bud” Sharp, and the family spent some years working in the logging camps in northern California.

  In the 1950’s, the family settled in Quincy, and Buzzy worked for years at the Plumas County Road Department, while Bud worked for the Quincy branch of the Susanville Coca-Cola bottling company. In 1970, Bud and Buzzy bought the Quincy operation from the previous owners and re-named it High Sierra Beverage Company. Buzzy was the company’s vice-president and bookkeeper, and the operation became one of the most successful wholesale beer, wine and soft-drink distributors in Northern California.

  After retiring in 1984, Buzzy and Bud traveled extensively in their motor home. It can truly be said that Buzzy Sharp never met a stranger. All who knew her were welcomed with open arms and a cold drink.

  Buzzy and Bud moved to Chico in 1996, so that Bud could be closer to medical care. Buzzy was a member of the Chico Red Hat Society’s “Red Hat Honeys” group, and the Catholic Daughters.

  Buzzy was predeceased by her husband Bud and her sister Betty Glenn.

  She is survived by her daughters Linda (Michael) Sanderson and Ruth (Roger) Steward; granddaughters Michelle and Laura and great-grandson Cody.

  A Memorial Mass was celebrated Monday, Jan. 14, at Our Divine Savior Catholic Church in Chico, with interment to follow in the spring next to her husband in the Meadow Valley District Cemetery.

  An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  Any remembrances in Buzzy’s memory can be made to the Butte Humane Society, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971 Society in lieu of flowers.


  On Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, Clark Dodson went home to be with the Lord. His family lost a great husband, father and Papa.

  Clark was born May 1, 1939, in Oroville, to Lester and Lucille Dodson, moving to Twain where he grew up. He graduated from Quincy High School in 1958, enlisting in the Army National Guard in 1959, where he served for eight years reaching the rank of sergeant.

  Clark settled down in Quincy, where he and his wife of 50 years, Helen, raised their two children, Teresa and Brian.

  Clark will be remembered by many people who knew him for his strong work ethic, love of the outdoors and great sense of humor. His reputation as being a skilled and hard-working timber faller carried him through 40 years in the timber industry. Clark was an avid sportsman and was involved in competitive athletics throughout his life, beginning in high school. In his 20s, he enjoyed go-cart racing, that was followed by competitive snowmobile racing where he ultimately won the Northern California/Nevada Snowmobile Championship for 1972 and 1973. His love of horses led him to buy land and build a home in Meadow Valley, and he spent several years riding with a roping group. He spent much of his time with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors where he hunted and fished. 

  Twenty years ago, Clark and Helen moved to Yuba City, where for the last sixteen years he enjoyed his new role in life, Papa to his beautiful granddaughter, Madison. He cherished his time with family and loved being a grandpa. Retirement suited him well as he spend the last nine years doing the things he enjoyed most, golfing, fishing, camping with friends and spending time with his family.

  Along with his family, Clark is survived by his sister, Shirley (Dick) Moydell, of Fort Gibson, Okla.; his brother Rusty (Liz) Dodson of Quincy; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

  Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, at the First Baptist Church in Quincy, with the burial following at East Lawn Cemetery. Immediately following, a reception will be held at the Mineral Building; everyone is welcome.


  Dene Owen Norton died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Seneca Health Care District Hospital in Chester.

  He was born March 18, 1965, in the Oakland Naval Hospital in Alameda, to Bobby and Carolyn (Bogue) Norton.

In passing Dene leaves his daughters, Chelsey Norton, of Jackson, and Nicole Norton, of Portola; his companion Rhonda Donelson, of Chester; 12 grandchildren; his father Bobby, of Woodbridge; brother Dwayne, of Taylorsville; sister Delpha Bastos, of Citrus Heights; stepdaughter Heather Miller, of Redding, and stepsons Terry Miller and Corey Mitchell, both of Chester.

  A celebration of Dene’s life is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday Jan. 20, at the ABC Center in Chester. A reception will follow at the Lassen Club in Chester. An opportunity to express condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

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