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Obituaries for 11/11/2009

Carol Ann Donnelly
Amybel Ellen "Betty" Taylor, 88
Donald E. Morris, 89
Thomas Glen Atkins, 48
Pauline Lorrainne Breault, 82
William Lee Funk, 24
Louis Dwain Wertenberger, 84
Bonita Araminta O'Melia, 62
Louis John Poloni, 83
Myra Lahoma Dawson, 90

Longtime Quincy resident, Carol Donnelly, also known as “"Bozo,” quietly passed away in her sleep Oct. 28, 2009. CaroI was welcomed home into the loving arms of her parents Grace and Felix Donnelly, along with her older brother Steve.
Carol was a charismatic person, who filled the lives of those who knew her with an unforgettable ray of sunshine. She was someone who simply loved life and those who were blessed enough to be a part of her life.
She was always willing to do whatever she could for those in need. She could bring a smile to your face in even the most difficult times. She will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and her laugh.
Carol is survived by her son Chris Graham, daughter-in-law Angelique and granddaughter McKenzie; along with eldest son Gerry Graham, daughter-in-law Angel and grandchildren Heather, Austyn, Leah, and Erynne; her brother Jay Donnelly and sister Marcia Hildebrand and their families. Carol also leaves behind her lifelong best friend Debbie Martin.
Carol will be remembered by her family and all who came in contact with her for the rest of their lives. Carol, we love and miss you very much. May your soul rest in peace, till we meet again!


Betty Taylor peacefully passed away, late Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Sacramento at the age of 88.
Born to Leslie and Amybel White in Sacramento, Feb. 25, 1921, she was raised in the Sacramento area most of her life.
After moving to Quincy in 1937, she graduated from Quincy High School in 1939.
She went on to nursing school in Seattle, Wash. and became an LVN. Returning to California, she divorced her first husband of 14 years.
She then moved back to Quincy and married local resident Jack Taylor. They were married for 25 years until he passed away in 1976.
Betty was employed at the old County Hospital in Quincy for many years until it closed. She worked at Plumas District Hospital for many years before returning to Sacramento and worked at UCD Medical Center for 10 years before she retired.
When she was 71 years old, she worked at Sierra Army Depot in Herlong for one season, commuting each morning from Quincy.
She enjoyed traveling and was an avid reader. She and her husband enjoyed hunting, fishing and the great outdoors. She also read her Bible each day.
In passing she leaves five children, Lee Bell (Jim) of Auburn, James Scott (Janice) of Claremore, Okla., Bonnie Brown (Buzz) of North Highlands and Quincy, Debna Haley and Steven Jehs of Tulsa, Okla.; sister, Marilyn Mello of Hilmar; and 12 grandchildren: Jackie, Julie, Paul, Greg, Jennifer, Diane, Karen, Laura, Dawn Dee, Janeau, Scott and Tiffany. She also leaves behind 26 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Betty will be greatly missed by her family as well as her many friends. The family held a service at Eastlawn Cemetary, in Quincy, Saturday, Nov. 7. Any remembrances in Betty's memory may be made to a charity of your choice c/o Bonnie Brown, P.O. Box 3055, Quincy, CA 95971.



A native Californian, Donald Morris was born in Gridley July 24, 1920, and raised in Susanville and Sacramento.
He served honorably in the United States Navy during World War II and after discharge resided with his wife Pauline and family in Susanville, and then Chester, where he worked for and eventually retired from the Collins Pine Company after 33 years’ employment.
After retirement, he and his wife Pauline moved to Chico, where they lived for 25 years prior to his death Nov. 3, 2009.
Don was a gifted artist and prizewinning amateur photographer, a staunch Democrat, a compulsive reader and thinker and an enormously capable millwright, mechanic, carpenter and welder. His grandchildren were a very great joy to him. He was also a great fan of traditional jazz and loved attending jazz festivals throughout California with his family.
Donald is survived by his wife and life partner of 70 years, Pauline; his son Daniel; daughter Marilyn Morris Quadrio (Bill Quadrio); son Richard (Tricia Williams Morris) and his grandchildren Barrett Morris, Katie Morris, Cassandra Quadrio and Lindsey Quadrio.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the Fresno Dixieland Jazz Society, P.O. Box 16399, Fresno, CA 93755, to promote the live performance and preservation of the music that he loved.
A memorial was held Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Brusie Funeral Home in Chico.


Tom was born July 23, 1962, and raised in Redding. He died Nov. 4, 2009.
His family moved to Yuba City when he was 17, and he graduated from Yuba City High School. He also attended Yuba College where he studied criminal justice.
Tom worked in sales for 29 years, specializing in wood products such as molding, doors and windows. Tom, Jennifer and their son Tyler, moved to Portola in 2002, from Sacramento.
He enjoyed golfing, hiking with his dogs, mountain biking, fishing, cross-country skiing and remodeling homes.
Many knew him best as the man who always had a smile on his face, a Hawaiian shirt on his back and shorts on his legs.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer and son Tyler Atkins of Portola; his parents Ronald and Joanne Atkins of Yuba City and his brothers Bob Atkins of Sacramento and Rick Atkins of Yuba City.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. at the New Life Christian Center in Portola.
Because of Tom's love for animals memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society. Services are under the direction of Manni Funeral Home of Portola and online condolences may be made at mannifuneralhome.com.


Pauline Breault was born in New Bedford, Mass., Dec. 9, 1926, to Alma (Beaudry) Gonneville and Valmore Gonneville. She passed from this life peacefully Oct. 17, 2009, at her home with her two daughters by her side.
In 1947, she married and spent the next 30 years as an Air Force wife, moving from state to state and raising five children.
After losing her husband, Chief Master Sergeant Sylvester N. Breault in 1975, Pauline went to work for the County of Riverside in the property data center as a systems operator.
She retired in 2004, and moved to Blairsden to be with some of her children.
She is survived by daughters Susan D. Ave-Lallement of Citrus Heights, Eileen M. Ludden of Blairsden, Sandra J. Carruthers of Blairsden and sons Michael T. Breault of Riverside, and Wayne R. Breault of Blairsden. She was also blessed with nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Internment and graveside services were held Nov. 7, at Olivewood Cemetery in Riverside. She will be laid to rest with her late husband.
Pauline’s family would like to express their gratitude to all the doctors and nurses who helped care for her.


William Lee Funk, 24, of Portola, passed away Saturday, Oct. 31. He was born Dec. 4, 1984.
Many knew him as a loving, caring, do anything for you guy. He loved weight training, being a mechanic and working on his trucks.
Billy and his brothers Dan and Eddie recently opened Funk Automotive, it has forever been their dream.
Billy was a 2003 graduate of Portola High School.
Billy will forever be in our hearts, he was more than a son, brother, uncle and friend, he was an inspiration to us all.  Thank you, Billy, for the joy and laughter you brought into our lives.
Billy is survived by his parents Ed and Kim; brother Dan (Tegan), niece Aubrey and nephew Luke, brother Eddie (Amanda), sister Amy (Levi); grandparents, Ed and Gloria of Sloat and LeRoy Deriso of Placerville; many uncles, aunts, cousins and the McCleery family.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Memorial Hall in Portola at 11 a.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Manni Funeral Home of Portola and online condolences may be made at mannifuneralhome.com.



Today another of the great soldiers passed.
Louis Dwain Wertenberger peacefully passed from this life under the loving care of the staff at Country Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation in Quincy as well as Plumas Community Hospice, early Friday morning, Nov. 6, 2009.
Born April 10, 1925. in Aley, Texas, to Texas natives and sharecroppers Henry and Hattie (Gardner) Wertenberger, Louis was raised and educated in Aley. He was forced to leave school early to help provide for the family of 12.
Louis entered the armed forces at the age of 17, where as an equipment operator for the Army's Corps of Engineers. he served his country valiantly in the Philippines during World War II.
At the conclusion of the war Louis returned to Texas to find there was just no work in the farming industry, so he re-enlisted, serving a total of nine honorable years as a member of the Army and also serving during the Korean War.
Following his honorable discharge Louis settled in California, first to reside in the community of Firebaugh, then later in the Sacramento region, before finally settling in Quincy.
In October 1967, following a blind date, Louis married the love of his later life, Nancy in a ceremony in Reno, Nev.
Louis had a fulfilling career with the Bureau of Land Management working as a heavy equipment operator before he was required to retire following an on the job accident.
Other than his family, his passion in life was just plain hard work. He enjoyed the outdoors especially hunting, fishing and obtaining firewood for his family and others who might be in need as well as relaxing with a good Louis L'Amour western.
Louis was a longtime member of the Quincy Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars as well as the Quincy Baptist Church.
In passing Louis leaves his loving wife of 42 years, Nancy Wertenberger of Quincy; sons Larry Wertenberger of Ft. Lewis, Wash.; Sami and his wife Laura Azzam of Reno; Rami and his wife Kim Azzam of Gilbert, Ariz.; daughters Dr. Evelyn Wertenberger and life partner Connie Bersticker of Pueblo, Colo., Glinda Wertenberger of Reno and Tania and her husband Daryl Hutchins of Quincy,  along with 10 precious grandchildren; brother Norman “Buck” Wertenberger, of Roseville, and sisters Dorothy Duncan of Fresno and Ella Pearson of Merced.
He joins his siblings along with his parents in their eternal home.
A celebration of Louis's life will take place appropriately at 11 a.m. Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at the Springs of Hope Church in Quincy. Inurnment will take place in the Quincy East Lawn Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com.     The family suggests any remembrances in Louis's memory be made to the Quincy Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.

Bonnie Araminta O'Melia passed away Oct. 6, 2009, with her family by her side. She was born July 27, 1948.
A private family service will be held. She is survived by her daughters Dawn McKay and Shannon O'Melia; sisters Margie Ellis Dean and Georgia Brooks and brother Phil Brooks.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tahoe Forest Hospice. Arrangements by Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


Louis John Poloni died Nov. 3, 2009. He was born Dec. 9, 1925.
A private family service will be held.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine of Graeagle; son John Poloni of San Francisco, daughters Joanne Poloni and Christine Hoobery (Jim) of Santa Maria and grandchildren Stephanie and MacGregor Hoobery. Arrangements by Manni Funeral Home of Portola.


Myra Lahoma Dawson died Nov. 8, 2009.
She was born June 6, 1919.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 16 at New Life Christian Center in Portola at 2 p.m.
Services under the direction of Manni Funeral Home, Portola.

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