Obituaries for the week of 2/23/2011

Helen Margaretta French Carman, 87

Clement A. Splaingard, 81

Joyce Ann Brennan, 66

Theresa Frances Elorza, 95

Helen Margaretta French Carman passed away Feb. 15, 2011. She was born Dec. 18, 1923, the ninth child of 13, to parents Theodore and Clarissa French in Janesville. Helen graduated from Lassen High School with the class of 1940.

She married Leo A. Carman Dec. 18, 1941, and to this union a son, Earnie K. Carman (Jeannie Carman), was born May 16, 1947. A daughter, Vonnie M. Kent (Jamie R. Kent) followed June 26, 1952.

A child of the Depression, Helen’s family always came first. During World War II she worked to keep money coming in for her family while her husband served his country in the Aleutian Islands. Upon his return home they resided in Susanville for 13 years then moved to North Fork, where Leo worked as head sawyer for American Forest Products and Helen raised the two children. In 1971, Leo and Helen moved to Greenville to be closer to family and retire.

Helen is survived by one sister, Mrs. Fern Stampfli of Greenville; her two children; four grandchildren, Brad Moore of Winnemucca, Nev., Jillian Brubaker of Long Beach, Josh Huddleston of Greenville and Stefanie Spangler of Roseville; along with seven great-grand children.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Fehrman Mortuary Chapel located at 113 Anne St. in Greenville. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. in the Janesville Cemetery.

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


Clement A. Splaingard, 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in his home at Georgetown, Texas, after a 10-year battle with cancer.

Clement was born Dec. 16, 1929, in Collinsville, Ill., to Prudence and Louis Splaingard. He attended schools in Collinsville. He was first trumpeter in the CTH band under the direction of Franklin  Kreider. After graduation he attended North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, where he was solo trumpeter for the band and orchestra.

After graduation, Clement taught junior high band at Port Nechus, Texas. He then entered the U.S. Air Force in May 1953 and served eight years. He was instructor for the Headquarters U.S. Air Force Command Band in Washington, D.C. He marched with the Air Force band in the inaugural parade for President Eisenhower. He was solo trumpeter for special performances. He was sent to Enid, Okla., to establish the Vance Air Force Base Band.

After his eight years with the military, he taught in Caseyville, Ill., before moving to California where he taught in Sacramento, Oakland, Emeryville and Fremont.

He married Dolores Pometti in August 1951. They shared 59 wonderful years together.

He is survived by his wife Dolores, son Gregory and daughter Renoir States and her husband Mitchell. He has a sister, Angelle Pisetta of Collinsville, and many nieces and nephews. He was loved dearly.



Joyce Brennan of Portola passed quietly at her home Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, while battling lung cancer. She was born in Hot Springs, Ark., April 22, 1944, as the fourth of seven children.

Joyce eventually moved to Grass Valley, and grew up there. She began working at a dry cleaners/Laundromat in the 10th grade. Joyce also worked in nursing. Then she moved to Sacramento and worked at McClellan Air Force Base and eventually moved to Portola. She volunteered most of her time with the community.

Joyce was preceded in passing by her father George Harrison, her mother Evyleen Harrison, brother Donald, daughter Cindy, and husband George Brennan.

Joyce is survived by children Thomas Brennan, Scott Ashley and Sean Brennan; and grandchildren Harrison, Ashley, Jacob, Tylor, Annabelle, Melody, Autumn, Serria Brennan and Sean Taylor.

Theresa Frances Elorza was born Oct. 15, 1915, at the Hotel Espanol in Reno to Martin Yribarren of Banca, France, and Jacinta Yriberri of Hernani, Spain. She passed away Feb. 16, 2011, in Loyalton.

Theresa was raised in the rural Spanish Springs area of Sparks. She married Angelo Elorza in December 1936. They moved to Beckwourth in May 1940, and purchased the Beckwith Tavern. The business stayed in the Elorza family for 37 years and many people in the area still remember the ski-ball game, the shuffleboard and, of course, the fabulous food.

From a young age, Theresa loved the outdoors. She enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips with her children and grandchildren and she shared her love of animals with the family.

Theresa is preceded in death by her husband, Angelo; daughters Debra and Joan; son Paul; parents Martin and Jacinta; brother Martin; and sister Belle.

She is survived by sons Richard (Sharon) of Reno and David (Kathy) of Beckwourth; son-in-law Bud Morgan of Loyalton; grandchildren Merrielyn Elorza of Reno, Max Elorza of Jackson, Kevin Elorza of Grass Valley, Piper (Blaine) Wagner of Rancho Cordova, Marie (Kevin) Renker of Oroville, Analiese Elorza and Elizabeth Elorza, both of Oroville, and Linda Morgan of Santa Maria; great-grandchildren Ember Jordan of Reno, Madisen Elorza of Sacramento, Bodey and Shianne Wagner of Rancho Cordova, Martin Renker of Oroville, Alicia Cooks of Louisiana; sisters-in-law Mary Cendegorta and Benny Elorza; and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed greatly.

Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Loyalton, with the Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Whispering Pines Cemetery in Beckwourth. Pallbearers are Joe Cendegorta, John Giossi, Steven Giossi, Kevin Giossi, Bud Morgan and Duane McGarr.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Holy Rosary Church in Loyalton, or to a charity of your choice.

Services arranged by Manni Funeral Home, Portola.




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