Elizabeth Jane Caufield, 79
Alys Kathryn Brown, 87
Peter Karsten Hanson
Shirley Ann Frey
Audrey Katherine Hartwell, 68
Brian G. Michaud, 56, a five year resident of Cornwall, N.Y. and a cook for Storm King School, died June 1, 2004, at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital from a long battle with lung cancer. Brian was born March 28, 1948, to George Michaud and Elaine Bowden in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was a member of Lighthouse Christian Assembly in Highland Falls, N.Y. and of the worship team. He had been a longtime resident of Chester, owning the Copper Kettle restaurant. He was preceded in death by his father and his son, David. Brian is survived by his wife, Deborah A. Michaud of Cornwall, N.Y.; mother, Elaine Bowden of Chester; daughters, Suzanne Parks of San Jose and Cynthia McCallion of Blooming Grove; son, Kenneth McCallion of Warwick; brothers, Steven Michaud of Chico, Daniel Michaud of Chester and Anthony Cushing of Milwaukie, Ore.; sisters, Sandra Smith of Chester and Kim Duffy of Meridian; a great aunt; one grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews. There were no calling hours. Funeral services were held June 5, 2004, in Lighthouse Christian Assembly at the American Legion Hall in Highland Falls, N.Y. Cremation was in Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope, N.Y. Contributions in Brian's memory can be made to the Lighthouse Christian Assembly, P.O. Box 164, Highland Falls, N.Y. 10928 for Operation Renewal or the Walter Hoving Home.
Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Caufield, 79, died peacefully in her sleep on June 5, 2004, at the Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. The youngest of seven siblings, she was born to John and Grace Dwyer on June 29, 1924, in Butte, Mont. She graduated from Girls Central High School in 1942, then moved to Washington where she attended St. Mary's College. Following a divorce, Betty moved to California in 1958 to raise her four boys. In 1974, she and her second husband Robert Caufield moved to Taylorsville where they owned and operated Youngs Market. During that time, Betty nurtured a number of close friendships with many of the people living in and around the Indian Valley area, something her family said she cherished very deeply. Besides her husband, family and friends, her other joy in life was being in the kitchen cooking. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-laws, Robert and Phillis Taborski of Eureka, John Taborski of Taylorsville, Matthew and Martha Taborski and Michael and Keri Taborski, all of Quincy; sisters, Ruth Cusick of Fullerton and Grace Lyons of Butte, Mont. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 1984; sisters, Kay Day, Alice Lyle and Mary Ruckwardt; and brother, Robert Dwyer. Graveside services were held alongside her late husband at the Taylorsville Cemetery on June 8, 2004. The family suggests any donations in her memory be made to the Mt. Jura Gem and Museum Society c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947. An opportunity to express condolences, along with signing the memorial register, is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
Alys Kathryn Brown, 87, died June 6, 2004, at Plumas-Sierra Nursing and Rehabilitation in Quincy. Alys was born to Frank and Cora Pearson in Greely, Kan. on Oct. 17, 1916. She was the youngest of nine children. Shortly after her high school graduation and marriage to Everett Brown in 1935, she moved to California, settling in Bridgeport where she was a cook at a local lodge. She moved to Sierraville to work on the Miller Cattle Ranch for a time, then on to Truckee. Following retirement, Alys and Everett moved to Mesa, Ariz., until health complications required them to move closer to their family in Greenville. She enjoyed gardening and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 65 years, Everett; her son, Ray; daughter, Elaine; and eight siblings. Alys is survived by her son Harold of Crescent Mills; her daughter Marilyn; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A private family celebration of life was held June 6, 2004, at Fehrman Mortuary Chapel in Quincy. Entombment will take place in Sierra View Memorial Park in Olivehurst.
Peter Karsten Hanson died at Eastern Plumas District Hospital in Portola on June 1, 2004. Peter was born April 3, 1931, in Fresno. He served in the United States military from 1952-1954, then the Army Reserves until 1961. He had been a resident of Plumas County for the past 32 years. He enjoyed a long career in the logging industry. He was a talented musician, who played the French horn with the Carson City Symphony and in various musical organizations in the Reno and Carson City areas. He also enjoyed playing cribbage at VFW tournaments and was a staunch NRA supporter. No services are planned and a private inurnment will take place at a later date. An opportunity to express condolences is available online at mannifuneralhome.com.
Shirley Ann Frey died unexpectedly on June 1, 2004. Shirley was born March 24, 1938, in Toledo, Ohio to Fred and Virginia Golder Slawski. Shirley and her husband John moved to Portola in 1979. She was a school bus driver for several years and still maintained her class A driver's license. Shirley is survived by her husband, John; children, John Jr., Dianna Sivak and Cheri Frey; sisters, Gloria Kasten and Kathy Tripses; and two grandchildren. Private services were held at Manni Funeral Home in Portola. An opportunity to express condolences is available online at mannifuneralhome.com.
Audrey Katherine Hartwell, 68, died Monday, May 31, 2004, with her husband and family at her side, at her Lake Almanor Peninsula residence following a battle with kidney failure. Born March 25, 1936, to Willard and Irma Davison in Waupun, Wisconsin, she was a graduate of Markesan High School in 1954. She graduated from the University of Nevada's Elko Campus in 1981. She worked as a registered nurse, employed by Elko General Hospital and Elko Convalescent Hospital, prior to moving to the Lake Almanor Peninsula in 1985, where she worked for Seneca Health Care District until 1995. Audrey then went to work for St. Mary's Hospital in Sacramento. She then took time off to care for her son and, following his death, she worked at the Fallon Convalescent Hospital until she retired. She had been a winter resident of Chico for the past five years. She was an avid Elvis Presley fan, enjoying his music and collecting memorabilia. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and collecting dolls. Survivors include her husband, James; sons John Hartwell of Pleasanton, Rodney Broussard of San Jose; brothers, Gary Northcott and Alan Rassmusan, both of Princeton, Wisconsin; sisters, Clara Werth of Markesan, Wisconsin, Ramona Haima of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and Annette Cooper of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sons, Rick Broussard in 1994 and Randy Broussard in 1999, and her sister Lois in 1998. A celebration of Audrey's life will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 5, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel in Chester. Interment will follow in the Chester District Cemetery. An opportunity to express condolences along with signing the memorial guest register is available on-line at fehrmanmortuary.com. Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.