Obituaries for the week of 1/19/2011

Ruth Ellen Back, 70

Shirley Ellen Peet, 79

Anne Marie Monroe, 57

Sharon Pittman, 71

Marion Jean Schuster, 88

William Floyd Hopman, 53

Richard W. Jahnke, 73

Steven Terry Hunt, 65

Ruth Ellen Back was called to her eternal home early Saturday morning, Jan. 8, 2011, at the age of 70.

Born into the Jewish faith July 29, 1940, to the late New York natives Nathan and Bea Satzman in Brooklyn, N.Y., Ruth spent the first 10 years of her life in New York before moving with her family to Culver City. She continued her education in Culver City, graduating from Culver City High School as a member of the class of 1957.

Ruth went on to attend UCLA for a year prior to her first marriage and the birth of her children. She returned to college after raising her daughters, graduating from College of the Canyon where she earned her teaching credential. She was employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District as an elementary school teacher for 33 years, retiring in 2000.

On April 14, 1984, Ruth, through a blind date, met the love of her life and her best friend, Martin A. Back. The two were united in matrimony in the back yard of her brother’s home in Beverly Hills.

After seven years of vacationing at their home at Lake Almanor, the couple made it their permanent residence in 2007 after residing in Ridgecrest for five years.

Ruth continued her love of education by working as a volunteer for literacy classes at the Chester Lake Almanor Library. She had a love of animals and was a staunch supporter of the National Humane Society. She found solace in reading, and traveled the world with her husband.

In passing, Ruth leaves her loving husband Martin Back Sr., of Lake Almanor; children Wendi, Randi (Ramon), Kathy, Martin Jr. (Michelle), Melanie (Brad); grandchildren (the joys of her life) Natalie (Randall), Nicole, Jeremy, Bradley (Courtney), Penny (Scotty), Eddie, Jonathan, Tyler, Jacob, Anna Rose and Jeremiah; along with great-grandchildren Billy, Ethan and Jaden. Ruth will be dearly missed by so many she touched throughout the year, along with her companions Shayna and Sammy.

She joins her parents and brother Barry in their eternal home.

A celebration of Ruth’s life was held Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel in Chester. Interment took place in the Chester District Cemetery.

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

The family suggests any remembrances in Ruth’s memory be made to the National Humane Society c/o Fehrman Mortuary, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.



Shirley Ellen Peet joined her loving husband in their eternal home with the Lord the afternoon of Jan. 8, 2011, at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Modesto, at the age of 79.

Shirley was born in Marshall, Mo., Aug. 7, 1931, to the late Missouri natives Ora E. and Alma I. (Nelson) Short.

A licensed vocational nurse for over 25 years, she was employed last at the former Indian Valley District Hospital in Greenville. Shirley and her late husband relocated from Modesto to Greenville in 1986.

She was an active member of the Greenville Southern Baptist Church and a former member of the Modesto and Greenville Assembly of God churches, where she taught Sunday school. Shirley found great solace in reading the Bible. She was a talented seamstress, while also enjoying painting and the serenity of the outdoors.

In passing, Shirley leaves her sons David Peet, of Vacaville, Timothy E. Sexton, of Bakersfield, and Jonathan Sexton, of San Antonio, Texas; daughters Judith Ann Marinel, of Rio Oso, Sandra Sexton, of Modesto, Sharon McCullough, of Richfield, Idaho, and Rebecca Hoofard of Gerber; brothers Stanley Short, of Greenville, and Verlin Thomas, of Redding; 17 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, all so precious in her heart.

She joins in her eternal home her husband Paul, who passed from this life September 2009; son Eric who passed in 1977; daughter Ramona who passed in 2001; brother Chuck Short who passed in 2006; and one precious grandson, Seth.

A celebration of Shirley’s life was held at her beloved Greenville Southern Baptist Church Saturday, Jan. 15. Interment followed alongside her late husband in the Greenville District Cemetery.

An opportunity to express your condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

Shirley requested any remembrances in her memory be made to the Building Fund of the Greenville Southern Baptist Church, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.



Anne Marie Monroe passed away Dec. 9, 2010, at her home in Cohasset.

She was born Nov. 30, 1953, to Bobby Jo and Willard Frank Monroe in Glendale.

She moved from West Covina to Quincy in 1972. Anne attended Feather River Community College, then relocated to Chico in 1993 to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology at California State University, Chico, graduating in 1995.

Anne was passionate about helping others and spent her nearly three-decade career helping people with developmental disabilities, most recently working for Far Northern Regional Center in Chico.

She made her first home purchase in Cohasset in 2005, where she enjoyed avid gardening, bird-watching and completing home projects, sometimes reworking a project countless times until it matched her vision.

Throughout her life she sought adventure: traveling and loving all aspects of nature and the ocean, exploring hot springs in the desert, camping and paddling on the water with friends and family.

Anne was a talented artist creating pieces in everything from batik to pencil and charcoal drawings.

She is survived by her mother, Bobby Jo; daughters and sons-in-law Lana and Tyson Adler and Mayli and Jimmy Menesini; and granddaughter, Kyla Menesini. Additionally, she is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Bill and Elise Monroe, and nephews Neil and Kevin Monroe.

A graveside service at Chico Cemetery was held for Sharon LaVerne Pittman Friday, Jan. 14, under the auspices of Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. She died Jan. 9, 2011.

Sharon was born Aug. 7, 1939, in Idabel, Okla., to Jesse R. and Bessie I. Pittman. The family lived in Oklahoma for a couple of years before moving for a short time to Chicago, Ill., and then to Los Angeles. When World War II started, they moved to Oakland, where her father worked in the shipyards. Her sister Karen was born in 1945 and shortly after that they moved to Portola where her father started a 20-year career as a brakeman for Western Pacific Railroad.

Sharon attended Portola Elementary School and graduated from Portola Junior/Senior High School in 1957. She then entered Chico State College and majored in history with the goal of being a high school teacher.

After finishing college, she taught at Chico High School for three years and then at Pleasant Valley High School for 33 years until she retired in 1998. While at Pleasant Valley, Sharon taught mostly American history with some world history. She also developed and taught special quarter classes in the history of the Tudors and Stuarts in English history. At the time, Pleasant Valley was the only high school in California to offer these classes. In 2005, she received the Honored Teacher Award from the Chico Education Hall of Fame.

Over the years, she enjoyed traveling to most of the United States and to Europe. She always loved being able to see the places where the history she enjoyed so much happened.

An extremely avid reader, Sharon read over a hundred books in most years and was a member of the local Chico Mystery Book Club. She was also a member of Alpha Delta Kappa educational sorority, and counted the meetings of her bunco group as one of her most enjoyable activities.

She is survived by her sister Karen Pittman, of Chico, and her sister-by-choice Dorothy Reid, also of Chico. She leaves very close and treasured friends Gwen Joslyn, of Chico, her college roommate; Wendy Causer of Birmingham, England; and Nancy Wrinkle, of Chico.

Donations in Sharon’s honor can be made to the Friends of the Chico Library in care of Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. Thoughts and memories of Sharon may be shared online at nbcfh.com.



Marion Jean Schuster, 88, passed away Jan. 9, 2011, in Reno, Nev. Born Jan. 21, 1922, in Chico, to Emil and Thelma Erickson, Marion spent most of her time in Quincy, before moving to Reno, Nev., after retiring from the Plumas County Auditor’s Office.

Marion in her younger years loved to bowl, especially with her good friend Deanne Mosley. She loved to dance and country music was her favorite, especially Patsy Cline. She also loved to read, play cribbage, work crosswords, and if there were sports on TV she was there, and to her there was nothing better than a good World Series.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Schuster, and her brothers Edward Erickson and Kaley Erickson. She is survived by her sister, Shirley Woodruff of Sacramento; sons Ron Saari (Marybeth) of Manteca and Rick Pakka of San Antonio, Texas; daughters Candice Sweeney (Jeff) of Reno, Nev., Cynthia Hall of Quincy, Christine Williams (David) of Wellington, Nev. and Cathy Walcutt (Chip) of Reno, Nev.; sister-in-law Taty Erickson; nephew Kaley Erickson of Truckee; and niece Sharleen Bloom of Quincy. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

There will be no services but a Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.

Fly with the birds, Mom; we love you.



Aviation enthusiast and community volunteer William Floyd Hopman passed from this life unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Jan. 11, 2011, at his residence in Quincy. He had just returned from performing his duties as a captain with the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department on a local structure fire.

Born Aug. 1, 1957, to the late Ray and Frances (Deal) Hopman in Santa Barbara, Bill was raised and attended school in Solvang, where his family operated a plumbing business. He is a 1975 graduate of Santa Ynez Valley High School. He went on to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo before obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.

He began his passion in life outside of his family at age 17 when he received his private pilot’s license. He went on to haul freight for Union Flights from 1984-2000 before becoming the chief pilot for Foxen Canyon Motorsports and Alan Johnson Performance Engines, a position he held for the past 12 years.

He resided in Quincy first from 1989-1991 and then from 2000 to the present, moving here from Solvang.

While helping out in the family plumbing business on a service call, Bill met a pretty young lady, Lisa Wintersteen, with whom he later commuted to junior college. Their love for one another grew, and the couple was married in the backyard at Bill’s parents’ ranch July 14, 1984. The couple was blessed with one precious son.

When not helping out with the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department and as an assistant leader with Troop 151 of the Boy Scouts of America, Bill could be found at his second home, his hangar at the Quincy Gansner Airport. Whether working on his Cessna 210, Piper Pacer or North American AT6; sharing his expertise with other aircraft owners on the field; or working on his classic Ford Mustang and other automobiles, Bill was doing what he loved.

A drag racing enthusiast, Bill enjoyed helping out on Alan Johnson’s Funny and Top Fuel Cars, having started out with Alan as youngsters together. One thing for sure, Bill was always there to lend a hand to those in need. Bill found great pleasure in both helping out with the Johnsville Junior Ski Team and co-coaching his son in the sport. Two days prior to his death, Bill had also just given his son his first flying lesson.

In passing, Bill leaves his loving wife of 26 years, Lisa; the pride of his life, his son Robert Henry Hopman, both of Quincy; along with brothers-in-law John and Bill Wintersteen and mother-in-law Nancy Wintersteen.

A celebration of Bill’s life is planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at his hangar at the Quincy Gansner Airport. Interment of his cremains will take place with his parents in the Oak Hill Cemetery District and in the Meadow Valley District Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

The family suggests any remembrances in Bill’s memory be made to either the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department or the Plumas Christian School Scholarship Fund, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 53, Quincy, CA 95971.


Richard W. Jahnke passed away at his home Jan. 3, 2011, in Portola.

He was born Jan. 21, 1937.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Jahnke; daughters Melissa Beresford, Krissy Jahnke and Jennifer Jahnke; and his brothers Roy, Robin, Roger and Ronald Jahnke.

Services were held at Manni Funeral Home Saturday, Jan. 8, followed by burial at Whispering Pines Cemetery.



Chester resident Steven Terry Hunt, 65, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Seneca Health Care District Hospital.

He was born to Gerold and Ruth (Parents) Hunt, Nov. 26, 1945, in San Francisco.

Steven is survived by daughters Tracy Verhougstraete and her husband Chris, of Millville; and Teresa Green and her husband Robert, of Pacifica; mother and stepfather Ruth and Al Hugon, of Chester; and sister Carol and her husband Rick Barenchi, of Chester.

Private family services will take place at a later date with scattering of his cremains to take place off of Half Moon Bay.

An opportunity to express condolences to the family and sign the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.






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