Obituaries for the week of 3/28/2014

Shirley Starr Lucas

Robert Joseph Bob” Baalman

Shirley Althea Stanley

Donna Glosser


Longtime San Jose resident Shirley Starr Lucas passed quietly in her sleep Jan. 17, 2014.

Shirley was born Oct. 26, 1923, in Buckley, Wash., the only child to Alva and Clara Starr. The family moved to Oakland in 1926. Upon graduation from Oakland High School in 1941, Shirley entered the University of California at Berkeley. There she joined Kappa Delta Sorority and worked at the student paper, the Daily Cal. Shirley blossomed in college in her own words, “I went from never going to a dance in high school to never sitting out a dance in college.”

As a child, Shirley spent summers outside Quincy at Oakland Feather River Family Camp while her father was the camp manager and mother was camp hostess from 1930 – 1936. Shirley's father brought theatre to the camp as a way of entertaining campers during the depression years and the Starr Bowl is named in his honor.

It was the spring of 1942 that Shirley met a tall, handsome student at a Cal basketball game. Donald W. Lucas would later tell his mother that he just met the girl he would marry. They became engaged later that year. After four years in the army during World War II, Don returned home in 1946. They finally married in 1947.

Although a college graduate, Shirley stayed home to raise their three children. An avid reader, Shirley belonged to several book clubs. As a child, she had been part of a study on childhood reading at Stanford University. Shirley was able to read before the age of 4. As an adult, she was capable of prodigious feats of reading, often consuming several books a day.

Active in community affairs, she was president of the local PTA and in 1962, Shirley and Don were founding members of Skyline Community Church of Oakland. Moving to San Jose in 1968, Shirley lived in Almaden Valley. There, she continued to be active in her community. She returned to her roots, serving as housemother at the San Jose State Chapter of Kappa Delta in the 198’s.

Shirley was proud of her education and was a lifetime member of the American Association of University Women. A natural teacher, she taught Sunday school at three different churches for 40 years. Later in life, she continued to use her reading skills by correcting papers at several local middle schools.

After 58 years of marriage and 63 years in love, Don passed away in 2005.

Shirley is survived by her three children, David Lucas, Kenneth Lucas and Clare Tapia and her five grandchildren. Private services have been held.



Born on Oct. 28, 1939, Robert Joseph “Bob” Baalman of Quincy, passed away on March 16 after a battle with lung cancer. He was a parishioner of St. John’s Catholic Church.

Bob is survived by Judy, the love of his life and wife of nearly 50 years, as well as their three children: Janet Gates, Joe Baalman and Gary Baalman. Bob will be greatly missed by his siblings, Jim, Tom, Jack, Danny and Rose. Bob is the beloved grandfather of Lizzy, Elaina, and Caroline Gates; Maddie, Anna, and Henry Baalman; and Dashiell and Eamonn Baalman.

Bob, the son of Frank (d.) and Sally Baalman (d.), was born in his family’s home and grew up in Grinnell, Kan. After graduating from Fort Hays State University of Kansas with bachelor’s and master’s degrees, he received a Ph. D. from the University of Oklahoma. Bob started his career as a high school science teacher and then taught at California State University Hayward for 35 years. His classes were enjoyed by thousands of students over the years, and he was a valued colleague and friend.

Bob loved his family, and all of nature, especially fishing, camping, hunting, gardening, reading and telling stories, and he shared all of these loves with whomever he could. His long tales and clever sense of humor will be greatly missed, as will his skill at landing the biggest trout.

A rosary service will be held for Bob at St. John’s Parish in Quincy on April 4 at 6:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. A memorial mass will be held on April 5 at 11 a.m., also at St. John’s. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Plumas Health Care Foundation, 1065 Bucks Lake Road, in memory of Robert Baalman.


Shirley Althea Stanley, 90, of Chico, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Daughter of John and Emma Hammons, she was born on Feb 29, 1924, in Clairton, Penn, and lived in Chicago, Ill., and Pittsburg, Pa., until 1964 when she moved to Northridge.

In 1944, she became the first woman to receive a BA in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburg. After graduation, she worked as a chemist at DuPont, where, among other things, she invented “white” linoleum, a color no one had been able to duplicate. After the war, she was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest child started kindergarten and then she taught junior high science in Los Angeles and Honduras for 20 years before retiring.

She retired to Lake Almanor, and eventually moved to Chico. Shirley is survived by sons James, of Palo Alto, and Robert, of Chico; daughters Hope Quinn, of Vancouver, Wash., and Kristin Clark of Fremont; brother James Hammons, of Bunnel, Fla.; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, James Stanley; brother Russell; and sisters Aileen, Colleen and Isabelle.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 850 Palmetto Ave., in Chico.


Funeral services for Donna Glosser, 86-year-old Buffalo, Wyo., resident who passed away Friday morning, March 21, at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Wednesday, March 26, at 2 p.m. from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor William Dunlap officiating. Visitation will be held from the funeral home chapel on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

Interment will be in Whispering Pines Cemetery in Portola, California on Tuesday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Donations in Mrs. Glosser’s memory may be made to the Breast Cancer Foundation in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.

Donna Mae Glosser was born on Dec. 26, 1927, in Toronto, S. D. to Clarence and Ella Jeglum. She moved as a child to Long Beach, where she grew up and went to school. After her schooling she was a housekeeper for a while before going to work for the phone company as a telephone operator.

She met Ronald Glosser on a blind date, they fell in love immediately and were married on June 5, 1948, in Las Vegas. They made their home in Long Beach where they bought their first home on the G.I. bill in 1951 and raised their family.

Mr. Glosser retired from the phone company in 1982 and they sold their home in Long Beach and moved to Portola, where Mr. Glosser passed away in September of 1999.

Donna moved to Story, Wyo., in 2000 to be near her son. In May of 2000 she became ill and moved into the Bee Hive Home in Buffalo where she enjoyed living until February of this year when she moved into the Amie Holt Care Center.

Donna enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time in the mountains. She loved to play bingo and enjoyed shuffleboard. She also loved spending time with her family, especially her grand kids.

She is survived by two sons, Gary Glosser, of Story, Wyo., and Darrell Glosser and his wife Joni, of West Hills; one brother, Ordell Jeglum, of Long Beach; eleven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one daughter, Sandra.





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