Obituaries for the week of 6/13/2013

Guy Emmitt “Twinkle toes” Sherod Jr.

Rochelle Vezina

Helen Rosalie Sather

Harold “Wayne” Gilliland

  Lake Almanor Peninsula resident Guy Emmitt Sherod Jr. passed from this life to join his wife in their eternal home Friday, May 31, 2013, at his residence at the age of 88.

  Born May 22, 1925, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Guy Sr. and Julia (Patten) Sherod, Guy Jr. was raised in Cleveland and as a teen in the Santa Barbara costal area of California.

  Following his high school graduation, Guy joined the armed forces and, as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, S. Sgt. Sherod served his country in the Pacific during the conclusion of WWII and the occupation of Japan.

  Upon his honorable discharge, Guy returned to Santa Barbara where he enrolled in college and obtained his bachelors degree along with his teaching credential from U.C. Santa Barbara. It is while attending school in Santa Barbara he met the love of his life, a pretty young co-ed named Dora Lee Bowen. The couple was united in matrimony on Sept. 1, 1951, in Santa Barbara. To this union four sons were born. Guy went on to receive his Masters degree from Long Beach State.

  Guy enjoyed a 36-year career as an industrial arts teacher with the Torrance Unified School District, teaching drafting and architectural design on their North High School campus. He took great pride in the fact that he was giving his students a trade they could use upon their graduation.

  While residing in Torrance, the family attended St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Torrance. In 1983, following the couple’s retirement, they moved to the Northern California community of Lake Almanor. Outside of his teaching career and family, Guy’s passion in life was that of his Masonic affiliations. He was raised in the Torrance Lodge No. 447 and demitted to the Westwood, Lodge No. 501, where he served as master of the lodge. When the Westwood and Greenville lodges were combined, Guy continued his love of Masonry with the Greenville Sincerity Chapter 132. He was a longtime member of the Shrine, both of the El Bekal and Ben Ali Shrine Clubs, where he was lovingly referred to as “Twinkle toes,” serving as the Shrine’s Clown. His affiliation with the Order of Eastern Star included serving as patron of both the Westwood Chapter 337 and Sincerity Chapter 53 on numerous occasions. He was bestowed Masonry’s highest honor, the Hiram Award on May 31, 1996. Guy enjoyed the water and when younger enjoyed scuba diving as well as swimming. He loved to help his wife work in garden and took pride in the fact that he could fix just about anything while tinkering in his shop.

  In passing, Guy leaves his sons, Steven Sherod and his wife Brenda, of Chester, David and his wife Christina, Bruce Sherod and his wife Susan, all of the Lake Almanor Peninsula, and William “Bill” Sherod, of Chester; 14 grand- and two great-grandchildren, along with a brother Robert and his wife Candy, of Pleasanton. He was proudly expecting his third great-grandchild shortly.

  Masonic graveside services along with military honors were held Saturday, June 8, alongside his wife in the Chester District Cemetery.

The family asks that any remembrances in Guy’s memory be made to the Sacramento Shriners Children’s Hospital, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

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


  Rochelle Vezina passed away peacefully with family by her side on June 6, 2013.

  She had suffered from severe back pain in mid-May, was hospitalized a few days and never fully recovered before having a stroke on June 4. Rochelle made the decision to die naturally rather than try to recover artificially and become incapable of having a quality life.She had made arrangements to donate her body to U.C. Davis and requested no memorial service.

  She will always be remembered as a wonderful, spunky, independent woman who always did things her way.

  Rochelle is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Chamberlain; her son, Derk Swain; six grandchildren: Ilo Nilson, Walter Hunter, Derek Hunter, Stuart Swain, Shan Killbridge, Brian Swain; 10 great-grandchildren; one older sister, Violet Gunning; and her canine companion of 10 years, Casey.


  Bear Valley Springs resident Harold Wayne Gilliland, 73, died Friday, June 7, 2013, in Bakersfield.

  He is survived by his wife, Karen Gilliland; children, Robin Wight, of Quincy, David Gilliland, of Anaheim, and Scott Gilliland, of Reno, Nev.

  A memorial service is scheduled for June 15, at 12 p.m. at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel in Tehachapi. For condolences visit woodmortuary.net.


  Chester resident Helen Rosalie Sather, 101, died at Seneca Health Care District’s Hospital Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

  She was born in San Francisco, Jan. 17, 1912, in San Francisco to Arnold and Jeanette (Lamont) Weber.

  Helen is survived by her two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

  She was predeceased by her husband Jacob; son John; daughter Jeanette Looney and one sister.

  A celebration of Helen’s life is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Fehrman Mortuary in Chester. An opportunity to express condolences, along with signing the memorial guest register, is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

  The family asks that any remembrances in Helen’s memory be made to either Sierra Hospice or to the Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

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