Obituaries for the week of 5/9/2014

Clarence N. Angel

Clarence N. Angel passed from this life on April 13, 2014. He graduated from Portola High School in 1966 and continued his education at Barstow J.C. He then served in the U.S. Navy from 1969-1973. After returning to Portola, he engaged in various occupations before retiring from the Plumas County Sheriff’s office.

He is survived by his wife Diana of 44 years, his children Cynthia (Robert) Sears, John (Ambere) Angel and grandchildren Kendall Sears, Robert Sears Jr. and Benjamyn Angel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Sr. and Lucille Angel, of Banning.

Graveside services were held Saturday, April 19, at Shady Grove Cemetery in Portola.

Dana Lynn Freeman

Longtime Quincy resident Dana Lynn Freeman died April 23, 2014, after battling lung disease.

She was born March 5, 1954, and lived in Quincy for 22 years.

She is survived by longtime companion Ron Ogier, of Quincy, daughter Amber Freeman and granddaughter Quinn Freeman, of Quincy; brother and sister-in-law Steve and Shirley Oxley, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., brother Ron Oxley, of Quincy and 12 nieces and nephews.

No memorial services will be held at Dana’s requested.

We will miss her.

Wolfgang Walter Methner

Meadow Valley resident Walter W. Methner passed from this life peacefully with the love of his life, Helga at his side April 30, 2014, following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born Wolfgang Walter Methner in Berlin, Germany, on Oct. 27, 1931, he was raised and educated in Berlin. At the age of 22, Walter immigrated to the United States with help from his aunt and uncle in New York. Walter was looking for a way to get beyond New York and joined the Army where while serving in Germany he received his citizenship.

Following Walter’s discharge from the military, he settled in Southern California where he parlayed his passion for art into Walter’s Sign Studio. He moved to Meadow Valley in the 1970s and continued producing signs while also spending time wintering in Southern California.

Walter had a great interest in history and enjoyed watching the History Channel on TV. He also enjoyed the Mexican culture. Folks in the community will remember him as he walked his dogs around the neighborhood.

Walter is survived by the love of his life and longtime companion Helga of Meadow Valley along with his brother Werner and dear friend Eva of Madera.

A celebration of Walter’s life will take place at the graveside next to his parents in the Meadow Valley District Cemetery 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 7. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at

Any remembrances in Walter’s memory can be made to Plumas Community Hospice c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Thomas Cameron Schmid

Quincy resident Thomas Cameron Schmid passed from this life surrounded by his loving family Thursday morning, May 1, 2014, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy.

Born in San Luis Obispo, on Nov. 29, 1956, to Carl and DeAnne (Davis) Schmid, as a young child he moved to Quincy where he was raised and educated graduating from Quincy High School as a member of the Class of 1975.

Soon after his high school graduation Tom began what became a thirty-year career with the railroad beginning with Western Pacific and retiring with Union Pacific in 2006 as a track machine operator.

On Oct. 30, 1976, he married his high school sweetheart and best friend Vivian Thompson and to this beautiful union two sons were born. 
Family was always an important part of Tom’s life and he especially enjoyed the time he had with his grandchildren. He had a great love of the outdoors where he loved to fish, hunt and prospecting for gold as a member of the Gold Prospectors Association of America. Tom also enjoyed hunting for artifacts, especially bottles and arrowheads. His love of baking and cooking were always enjoyed by his family.

In passing Tom leaves his loving wife of 37 years, Vivian Schmid, of Quincy; sons, David Schmid and his wife Katie and Jeff Schmid and his fiancé Sandra, all of Quincy; his precious grandchildren Cameron and Kaylee Schmid, Alexa Galon, and Nathan and Maxwell Schmid, along with his mother DeAnne Mosley, two brothers, and three sisters.

A celebration of Tom’s life is planned for Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Pioneer Park in Quincy. If planning to attend, please bring a dish to share. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at The family asks that any remembrances in Tom’s memory be made to the Portola Railroad Museum c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Matthew Henry Boquist


Matthew Henry Boquist, 57, died Feb. 22, 2014, in Kingman Ariz.

He was born July 21, 1956, in Yakima, Wash.

He is survived by his sister, April Keenan and her family, and his brother, Barry Boquist and his family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Association.

Jack Fry Stewart II

Jack Fry Stewart II passed away March 18, 2014, at the home of his sister Michelle and her husband Arnold Schaffer in Siletz, Ore.Jack was born April 21, 1961, in Portland, Ore., to Jack Fry and Shirley Anne (Mandell) Stewart.

He is survived by his children Jeremy and Amy andstep-son Michael of New Orleans, La.;siblings Thomas Stewart, Michael Stewart, Terry (Geigle) Scott, Bradley Smith, Wallace (Corky) Geigle,Michelle (Stewart) Schaffer,Duke Stewart and Walter Stewart, all of Oregon, and his father Jack Fry Stewart I, of Salem, Ore.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother Shirley Anne (Mandell) Geigle Stewart.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Patrick John Bonnel

Greenhorn resident and Hot Rod aficionado Patrick John Bonnel died Saturday evening, April 26, 2014, at his residence following a valiant battle with cancer.

A San Francisco native, he was born July 28, 1942, to Alfred and Mary (Hudson) Bonnel.

In passing, Pat leaves his loving wife of 37 years, Patty Bonnel, of Greenhorn Ranch; son John Bonnel, of Quincy; daughters Lisa Dickerson, of Lincoln, and Natalie Joy of Stevensville, Mont., and Alice Bonnel, of Quincy; sisters Barbie Parrott, of Palm Springs, Marlene Griffith, North Pole, Alaska, and 6 grandchildren.

Pat is preceded in his passing by a brother, William Greely.

A celebration of Pat’s life is planned for Saturday, May 17, 5 p.m., at the Sloat Town Hall.

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


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