Obituaries for the week of 7/25/2013

Gloria St. Germain

Dr. Erin E. Fry

LaDonna Anne Kemp

Marilynn Foster Maurer

William George Peay


  Our Gloria St. Germain passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the age of 68, after a battle with lymphoma.

  Gloria loved being outdoors, golfing, hiking and planting flowers. She was extremely devoted to her family and friends. She loved working in the Pro shop at Graeagle Golf Course and enjoyed all the many friendships, and the Graeagle community.

  She was always upbeat and had the most positive outlook on life. She was a stranger to no one and had a heart of gold. She will forever remain in our hearts and we will miss her beautiful smile.

  She is preceded in death by her husband Robert St. Germain and sister Sally Flores.

  She is survived by her mother Toni Chavez; her children Tina Kunkel, Will Kandarian and his wife Brandi, Mike Kandarian and his wife Denise, and Art Mendoza and his wife Elisa; brothers David and Mike Chavez; son-in-law Nick Kunkel; grandchildren Ashley Dacanay and her husband Louie, Weston, Wade, Cassie, Stephanie and Dylan Kandarian, Brian Gaynor Jr. and Shawn Kunkel; great-grandchild Noah.

  A Celebration of Life will be Sunday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the Graeagle Community Church.

  Remembrances may be sent to Graeagle Community Church, P.O. Box 1208, Graeagle, CA 96103 or Tahoe Forest Hospice, P.O. Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160.


  Erin F. Fry, of Gilbert, Ariz., died June 4, 2013.

  Erin was born July 13, 1978, grew up in San Pablo, andannually vacationed with her parentsat Lake Almanor.

  She was a 1997 graduate of Salesian High School, Solano College, U.C. Davis, and Samuel Merritt University.

  Erin held a doctorate as a nurse practitioner, with an emphasis in reconstructive plastic surgery.Her most recent position was at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert.Her specialties included: cardiothoracic, plastic surgery, general surgery, vascular, pulmonary and lung, heart transplant nursing coordinator, special metabolic unit and bone marrow search coordinator.She was versatile and considered a skilled surgical assistant, earning this extended function in SF.

  She had a smile that could light up a room, natural beauty, and infectious laugh.She was amazing; full of life, style and fun.

  Erin is survived by her parents Dusty and Cindy Fry, brother Adam, and too many friends to count. Her remains will be placed with her grandmother Mary Gorrill-Wallace,whom she adored, in Piedmont.

  A scholarship has been establishedby Samuel Merritt University, in honor of her dedication to patients and leadership in the area of breast cancer and reconstruction.

  She lived her short life to the fullest every day, always on the go and full speed ahead.Erin balanced many things at one time, including work, school, learning to speak French and, most of all, to have fun!

  It was a privilege to have had her in our lives.


  Crescent Mills resident LaDonna Anne Kemp passed from this life peacefully with her family at her side Wednesday afternoon, July 10, 2013. She had fought a valiant battle with lung cancer.

  Born in Santa Clara on April 3, 1957, to Stanley and Betty Short, she was raised in Greenville where she was a 1975 graduate of Greenville High School. On July 3, 1985, in Reno, Nev., she married her high school sweetheart Bruce Kemp and to this union a son and daughter were born.

  LaDonna and Bruce returned to Indian Valley settling in Crescent Mills fifteen years ago, moving there from Challenge.

  LaDonna enjoyed photography, picking wildflowers and spending time with her family.

  In passing LaDonna leaves her loving husband Bruce, of Crescent Mills; son Brandon Kemp, of Oakland; daughter Kayla Kemp, of Crescent Mills; father Stanley Short, of Chico; brothers Robert Heard, of Greenville, and Bill Short, of Chico; and sister Linda Roath, of Los Molinos.

  A celebration of LaDonna’s life was held Saturday, July 20, at the Taylorsville Campground.

  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 LaDonna’s memory be forwarded to Bruce Kemp, P.O. Box 244, Crescent Mills, CA 95934 to help defray final expenses.


  Marilynn Foster Maurer, a former Lake Almanor resident, died July 13, 2013.

  She was born Jan. 13, 1926, in Oroville, to Frances and Melvin West and was raised in Las Plumas, a PG&E camp in the Feather River Canyon.

  She was active in Eastern Star and Elkettes, and was an avid bridge and poker player. She never sat down unless she had knitting or needlepoint in her hands.

  Marilynn was preceded in death by her first husband Bob Foster and infant daughter Patricia Ann Foster.

  She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Leonard Maurer, children Robyn (Jeff) Payne of Carmichael, and Douglas Foster of Eureka, step-sons Mark (Cathy) Maurer of Reno, Nev., and Myron (Marilyn) Maurer of Winfield, Ill.; grandchildren Mike, Steve (Tiffany), Brian, Eric, Austin, Kayla, Hagen, Jackson and John, and great-grandchildren Samantha and Zachary.

  Private services are planned.


  Susanville native William George Peay passed from this life peacefully, with his family at his side, Sunday afternoon, July 14, 2013, at Country Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation in Quincy, following a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer.

  Born in Susanville to the late Jennings and Fern (Davis) Peay on Dec. 12, 1938, Bill was raised and educated in Susanville graduating from Lassen High School as a member of the Class of 1957. He continued his education at Lassen Community College. Shortly out of high school, he joined the California Army National Guard and served his country honorably as a member of the guard from 1957 – 1964.

  Following a blind date with a pretty young lady from Susanville named Sue Ann Thomas, the encounter later led to the couple’s marriage in Susanville on Oct. 1, 1965, and to this holy union a son and two daughters were born.

  Bill began what became a 33-year career with the U.S. Forest Service just out of high school as a firefighter. In 1960 he attended the Forest Service’s elite Cave Junction Smoke Jumping School, a passion he had strived for but following an injury while jumping he returned to a ground crew. Bill left the Forest Service for a brief period of time to work for the Lassen County Road Department before returning to the USFS on the Plumas National Forest in 1968. He was transferred to their Quincy district in 1972 where he remained until retiring in 1998 as their fleet manager. Not one to sit idle, Bill went to work for Sierra Pacific Industries, a second career that spanned 13 years.

  Bill had a strong commitment to his community, serving on the Quincy Community Television board of directors for a number of years and as a longtime member of the East Quincy Community Services District until health concerns required him to recently leave the board.

  While his family was growing he served as a coach in the minor and major leagues of Little League as well as a girls softball coach.

  He had a great love of the outdoors especially hunting, camping at Eagle Lake with his family and fishing.

  In passing Bill leaves his loving wife of 47 years, SueAnn of Quincy; son, Steven and his wife Nina Peay, of Quincy; daughters, Glenda and her husband Josh Golden, of Lincoln, and Vicki Hodes and her husband Mike, of Reno, Nev.; 12 precious grandchildren; along with a brother, John, of Cromberg.

  Along with his parents, he joins a sister Carol Ainsworth in their eternal home.

  A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at the graveside in the Diamond Crest Cemetery located in Susanville at noon on Saturday, July 27. A reception will follow at the Susanville Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

  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 Bill’s memory be made to either Country Villa’s Patient Activity Fund, Plumas District Hospital or the Quincy Chapter of the American Cancer Society c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

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