Obituaries for the week of 2/14/2014

Blanche L. Stowell

Louise Katherine Rolbeck

Heather Victoria Lewis

Ted Pilgrim

Allan R. Brubaker

Ruth Ellen Lowry

Clayton B. Beck

Gerald “Jerry” Todd

Kandice Rae Elizabeth Kindrick


Blanche L. Stowell, of Clio, passed away peacefully on Jan. 5, 2014, in Reno, Nev., at the age of 93.

Blanche was born March 26, 1920, in Oroville. Her brothers Gene and Charles Boehme preceded her in death.

Blanche was married to Oroval A. Myers, of Quincy. Later, she married Morton Deane Stowell in 1961. She worked at the Quincy Lumber Company and then Sierra Pacific Lumber Company before she and Deane moved to Arizona, to the Navajo reservation. They came back to Clio in the early 1970s and built a home.

She is so loved by us all, never to be forgotten.

She is survived by her daughter Brenda J. Scheppelmann and son-in-law Herman Scheppelmann, grandson David M. Dingel and stepsons Dick and Doug Stowell, nephews Philip and Joe Boehme and Charles Myers, nieces Gracia Ann Johns and Kimberly Myers Hernandez.

A memorial service at the Graeagle Christian Church will be held at a later date (to be announced).

Thanks also to St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno for their love and care for Blanche.


Louise Katherine Rolbeck, of Quincy, passed peacefully from this life on Saturday morning, Jan. 25, 2014, at the age of 95.

She was born in Mannheim, Germany, on May 30, 1918.

A passionate skier and Olympic hopeful, she was an avid winter sports fan who also loved ice skating and mountain climbing in the Alps. In the spring and summer, she devoted countless hours to her garden where she loved working with her flowers, plants and caring for her meticulously landscaped yard that family and friends often referred to as Louise’s Park because of her devotion to preserving its pristine natural setting. In addition, she also had a unique gift for knitting, embroidery, needlepoint and crocheting; hobbies she thoroughly enjoyed during the evening hours and at other times when she could not be outdoors.

Louise was married to Hans Josef Rolbeck from Nov. 4, 1944, until his death in 1989. They immigrated to the United States in 1952 with their two small children and settled in Van Nuys, in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California where she taught herself English and dedicated herself to becoming an American citizen. Subsequently, she started working for W.T. Grant Co. in Van Nuys, as a sales person and later was promoted to department manager.

In 1960, they moved to Quincy, where their daughter Gabriele and son Michael attended Quincy Jr.-Sr. High School until they graduated in 1963 and 1966 respectively.

Unable to find sufficient work, her husband had to return to Southern California for a few years in order to support his family. Meanwhile, she worked tirelessly to care for her children, avidly support their activities in school and successfully maintain the household until his return. Louise worked at Ayoob’s Department Store in Quincy for over 25 years where she was known as the “nice German lady.”

After retiring, she remained in Quincy where she continued to enjoy her old friends as well as making new ones.

She is survived by her daughter Gay Fregulia and son-in-law John, of Enterprise, Ore.; her son Mike Rolbeck and daughter-in-law Kathi, of Placerville; four grandsons: Russell Rolbeck, Jon Fregulia, Reid Fregulia and Dominic Fregulia; three great-grandsons: Kelsey, Vinny and Kaden Fregulia; and a cousin, Johann Jenniches of Salem, Ore.

Louise enjoyed life to the fullest and brightened the lives of everyone she knew. Her kindness, generosity, selfless dedication and love of her family and friends have left us with endless lasting memories and she will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 1, at 1 p.m. in the Elks Lodge in East Quincy.

Final arrangements were respectfully and caringly done by Manni Funeral Home in Portola.


Heather Victoria Lewis, 37, of Quincy, passed on Jan. 27 after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Orange on Nov. 16, 1975, to Chandra Hoag Lewis and Randall Lewis. She was raised in Yreka, where she loved to visit her grandparents’ farm. She graduated from Yreka High School as a member of the class of 1993.

She traveled most of the U.S. and found that small town life was ideal for her. She loved spending time with her family, traveling, fishing, setting up her annual vegetable garden, playing and enjoying music, cooking and being creative.

The eldest of four siblings, she was the cornerstone of her family and a pillar of strength to all. Best known for her sense of humor and warm, caring nature, she was able to accomplish anything in life.

She met Trish Rich in 2003 and started their family life here in Quincy, having daughter Zoe Ella Marie in 2007 and marrying on Aug. 6, 2013.

A 13-year employee of Plumas Bank, she currently held the position of Assistant Vice-President of Customer Service and E-Banking. She received her AA degree in 2011 while working full time and managing her home with Trish.

She is preceded in death by her father, Randall Lewis; uncle Frank Hoag, of Yreka; grandparents Joan and Don Hoag, of Yreka; and grandmother Judy Sullivan, of Oregon.

She is survived by her spouse Trish Lewis (Rich); daughter Zoe Lewis; parents Chandra and Walter West; sister Rebecca Lewis; brothers Travis Williams and Christopher Hoag and numerous immediate family members. The family would like to extend an open invitation for a potluck Celebration of Life on Feb. 16 at the Veterans Hall, 274 Lawrence St, Quincy.


Plumas County has lost a life-long resident, father and husband. On Dec. 26, 1947, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pilgrim welcomed a son, Teddy Jay Pilgrim, into their lives. Ted was one of six children who grew up in the cozy little home on First Street. Being raised in Chester, Ted attended elementary school and graduated from Chester High in 1966.

On Sept. 6, 1967, Ted was drafted into the United States Army. He attended boot camp and upon completion was sent directly to Vietnam. Ted entered the field as a soldier, and was honorably discharged Sept. 5, 1969, as a sergeant in the 1st Battalion 29th Artillery. Ted was decorated with many service medals including; Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, four Bronze Service Medals, Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal and Purple Heart for being wounded by a bullet which he carried internally for the remainder of his life.

In 1969, Ted married Donna Chapman and soon had two sons, Chris and Mark. Ted was a loving father and made sure he was always there for his boys.

Ted was a dedicated employee of the USFS from 1978-2004. He worked as engine captain, air base manager and in fire management. His final years of employment with the Forest Service were spent working in the warehouse where he could often be found taking “five minute breaks.”

Ted volunteered his time in many ways: coaching baseball, umpiring and teaching fishing clinics. He was always the first person to Stover Mountain ski area, plowing the way to make sure the slopes were groomed and ready for family fun.

As an avid bass angler, Ted fished several years as a west coast pro angler and owned a local guide service. Lake Almanor was his fishery of choice and he spent countless hours reeling in small mouth bass and enjoying the beautiful peak of Mt. Lassen from those waters.

In August of 2004, Ted was married to Ann Webster. They shared a common interest in the outdoors and a love for fishing. Together they operated a guide service and, in summer, they could be found heading up the annual “Kids Day Fishing Clinic.”

As Ted’s health began to deteriorate the couple moved to Orland in late 2008. It was there that he battled both COPD and neuropathy for several years. Ted fought valiantly in life and continued to do so throughout his illnesses. On Jan. 31, 2014, with family and friends by his side, Ted peacefully passed.

Ted leaves behind sisters, Charlene Ormachea and Myrtle Huntsman, brother James Pilgrim, wife Ann Pilgrim, sons Chris and Mark Pilgrim, step-daughter Kendall Nicholson, grandchildren Ashlee, Keston, and Makenna, and great-grandson Blake Pilgrim.

Ted is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ruby Pilgrim, a brother, Charles Pilgrim, and a sister, Norma Pilgrim.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Chester later this spring. Condolences can be sent to: Ann Pilgrim, 6392 County Road 15, Orland, CA 95963.


Allan R. Brubaker was born Nov. 14, 1930, in Santa Cruz. He spent his childhood in the Coachella Valley and graduated high school in Whittier.

He served in the U.S. Navy following graduation. He became a mechanic and worked in that trade until he moved his family to Northern California in 1962.

In 1964, he left his trade as a mechanic and joined the police force in Roseville, for two years. In 1966, he moved his family to Plumas County where he went to work for the Plumas County Sheriff's Office. He served Plumas County until 1982 when he retired.

In his retirement, Al enjoyed his family, friends, hunting, fishing, gardening and golf. He enjoyed his hobbies until he passed away at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nev., on Feb. 1, 2014.

Al is survived by his wife Delores Brubaker of Quincy, his daughter Vicki (Brian) Brubaker Thompson, of Wimberley, Texas, his sons Richard (Beth) Brubaker and Tim (Rachel) Brubaker, of Portola, daughter Terry (Wes) Brubaker Marshburn of Crestline, daughter Sharon Carter of Quincy, and daughter Kym Malone of Thousand Oaks; also 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He will be missed greatly by all.

A Celebration of Life was held at the Quincy Elks Lodge on Saturday, Feb. 8. Donations can be made in his memory to: Plumas County Sheriff’s Employees Association Children’s Toy Drive, P.O. Box 37, Quincy, CA 95971, or the Quincy Elks Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1177, Quincy, CA 95971.

Arrangements under the direction of Manni Funeral Home, Portola.


Greenville native and longtime resident Ruth Ellen Lowry went to her eternal home with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Renown Medical Center located in Reno, Nev. Her loving family was at her side.

Born in Greenville to Oklahoma natives John and Alberta (McCullaugh) Taylor on July 7, 1953, Ruth was raised and educated in Greenville graduating from Greenville High School as a member of the Class of 1971, where she served the student body as a song leader. Ruth went on to attend Bethany Bible College in Santa Cruz for a year before transferring to Bryman College where she obtained her Medical Assistant Certification.

Ruth worked for a brief period of time in Las Vegas, Nev., after graduating from Bryman. While returning to Greenville to visit family, Ruth was introduced to a handsome young man, Wayne Lowry, at a church function at the Greenville Assembly of God, an encounter that led to the couple’s marriage on March 31, 1974, in Greenville. To this holy union two sons were born.

Ruth soon went to work for the Indian Valley Hospital District where she remained until the closing of the hospital and clinic. She then finished out her forty-year career with Dr. Jensen’s office in Quincy.

A devout Christian, she and her husband attended the Greenville Southern Baptist Church where they were very active in the church’s music ministry. She served as a Sunday school teacher as well as coordinating the decorating of the church.

Ruth enjoyed gardening as well as the science of genealogy.

In passing, Ruth leaves her loving husband Wayne; two sons, Joshua and Wayne Jr., all of Greenville; brothers John and his wife Kathy Taylor, of Quincy, Jim and his wife Carol Taylor, of Redding, and Michael Taylor, of Sparks, Nev., along with her sister Esther and her husband Jay Pope, of Mt. Grove, Mo.

Private family services were held Tuesday, Feb. 11, followed by interment in the Greenville District Cemetery. A public celebration of Ruth’s life will be announced through the Fehrman Mortuary website and Ruth’s Facebook page.

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

The family asks that in lieu of flowers in Ruth’s memory, donations can be made to Latin America Child Care, c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


Longtime Chester resident Clayton B. Beck passed from this life Tuesday morning, Feb. 4, 2014, at Seneca Health Care District’s Hospital at the age of 72.

Born New Years Day 1942 in Shasta, to the late Lyle and Omie (Franks) Beck he was raised in Hamilton City, before moving to Chico at the age of seven where he graduated from Chico High School as a member of the “Class of 1960.”

Clay, as he affectionately became know, entered the military and served in the U.S. Navy shortly out of high school. He returned to Chico following his discharge and in 1961 moved to the northeastern California lumber community of Chester, where he began what became a forty-year career with the Collins family at their Chester mill. He retired in the year 2001 as a Tallyman.

Clay was a longtime member of the Lumber and Sawmill Workers Union Local 3074. He attended the Chester Baptist Church where he is a former sunday school teacher. Clay enjoyed the outdoors through fishing, was a talented leather craftsman and found pleasure in all types of art.

In passing, Clay leaves his daughter Shauna L. (Beck) Varner, of Chester; grandson, Kyle Varner; his twin brother, Eugene Debbs Beck and his wife Dorothy, of Knoxville, Tenn.; his nephews, Mike “George” Macintosh, Rodney and Mark Beck, and niece Debbie Beck.

He joins his late wife Sandra, who passed from this life in 2008, together in their eternal home.

Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory, a gathering of family and close friends is planned for Memorial Weekend 2014. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


Gerald “Jerry” Todd left this earthly life on Feb. 4, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Jerry was born on Dec 7, 1931, in the dust bowl community of Kendrick, Colo., where his family had traveled by covered wagon to homestead.

As a teenager, he joined the Navy. While stationed outside Sebastopol, he met his wife of almost 62 years, Alice “Janine” McGuire. He served on the USS Chouree in the Korean War.

He was the proud father of three daughters: twins Janine and Janice and younger sister Colleen.

He learned the trade of HVAC sheet metal contractor while living in Santa Rosa. He moved his family to Santa Cruz in 1968 when he purchased Bogner Sheet Metal. He was very proud to have two son-in-laws and a grandson follow him into the same trade.

Jerry retired to Portola where he continued to work with sheet metal as a hobby, traveling and flying his airplane. He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, his antique cars and riding his quad to the end of his life. He was very involved in Rotary International and served as president of his club in two different districts, and was the founding father of the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife, Alice “Janine” Todd; daughters Janine (Bob) Ciapponi, Janice (Phil) Allegri, Colleen (Jim) Kennedy; grandchildren Michael (Kari) Allegri, Nick (Shawna) Allegri, Katrina Ciapponi, Keith Ciapponi, Katherine Ciapponi, Laurie Kennedy and Bud Kennedy, and great-grandsons, Robbie, Riley Allegri and Kai Ciapponi, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in Portola at the Holy Family Parish Hall, 100 S Pine St., Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Rotary Endowment Fund of Portola, P.O. Box 1121, Portola, CA 96122. An additional memorial service will be held in Santa Cruz at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Manni Funeral Home of Portola.

Kandice Rae Elizabeth Kindrick

Kandice Rae Elizabeth Kindrick, 23, died Feb. 4, 2014. Born Oct. 17, 1990, in Quincy, she was a resident of Portola.

Survivors include her mother Tamre Rivera-Kindrick, her father Jesse Ray Kindrick, stepfather Bill Francisco, stepmother Darlene Oakes, brother Jesse Anthony Kindrick and stepbrothers Wesley and Clinton Francisco.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Feb. 16, noon, at Father Burns parish hall at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Taylor Street, Portola.


Kandice Rae Elizabeth Kindrick, 23, died Feb. 4, 2014. Born Oct. 17, 1990, in Quincy, she was a resident of Portola.

Survivors include her mother Tamre Rivera-Kindrick, her father Jesse Ray Kindrick, stepfather Bill Francisco, stepmother Darlene Oakes, brother Jesse Anthony Kindrick and stepbrothers Wesley and Clinton Francisco.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Feb. 16, noon, at Father Burns parish hall at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Taylor Street, Portola.


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