Obituaries for the week of 11/29/2013

Ruth Edith van Rossem

Conrad Paul Nussbaumer

Arlene Zampiello


Ruth Edith van Rossem died on Sept. 28, 2013, in Reno, Nev., two months before her 91st birthday.

She was born Nov. 27, 1922, in Colma, the daughter of Roland C. Hughes (born in Railroad Flat) and Flora MacDonald Hughes (born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia). The second of three children, she grew up in Windsor, and later in Campbell. Graduating from high school at 16, she attended San Jose State College (now University), earning her BA in music.

It was there she met Donald R. “Dick” van Rossem; like Edith, he too was a lifelong musician. They were married Jan. 30, 1942, in Yuma, Ariz. Dick served with the Army Air Corps and was transferred to Ogden, Utah; there they had two children, Jeannie and Richard. When Dick was sent to the European theater, Edith and the children moved back to Campbell.

After the war, Dick and Edith built their first home in Campbell and Dick began his 36-year career as a darkroom photographer. Two more children joined the family, Tom and Steven. In 1961, the family built a home in Saratoga. In 1982, with the children grown (son Richard “Dick” died in 1981) and Dick retiring, Dick and Edith moved to Graeagle, fulfilling a dream to live in the mountains.

Dick died in 1996; Edith moved to Reno in 2000 to be near extended family.

Edith was an elementary school teacher in the 1950s, yet it was her career as a church organist and pianist beginning at age 16 and continuing uninterrupted right through the Sunday preceding her passing that was her most amazing and indelible legacy: a span of 73 years that defined her. She was soft-spoken, deflected praise, assisted others in any way she could. Even as a widow, Edith was fiercely independent, optimistic and confident (she did her crossword puzzles in ink).

She was the final matriarch of the Hughes, Clancy and van Rossem clans, the last of her generation. We will love and miss her forever.




Avid outdoorsman Conrad Paul Nussbaumer passed from this life unexpectedly while doing what he loved, tending to his firewood, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at his second residence in Greenville.

Born Oct. 16, 1939, in Modesto, Conrad was raised and educated in Modesto where he graduated from Modesto High School as a member of the Class of 1957.

Conrad went on to further his education at Modesto Junior College where he graduated in 1959 and then on to Humboldt State where he obtained his Bachelors degree in Forestry in 1962.

Conrad was drafted into the military following his graduation from Humboldt State and served his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Army as a lineman. He returned home to California following his discharge to begin what became a 30-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, beginning in McCloud, later Placerville, the Pacific Ranger District, Callahan, Yreka and finally Greenville, where he retired in 1994.

While working in Placerville, Conrad was introduced to a young lady named Christie Arterbury by his future brother-in-law, an encounter that led to the couple’s marriage in Placerville on April 22, 1967. To this blessed union two sons and a daughter were born.

First and foremost a loving provider of his family, Conrad had a great passion for the outdoors being it cutting wood, fishing, hunting or just enjoying traveling the backcountry with his family. He loved the outdoors so much that following his retirement he, along with his brother, built a cabin in Wyoming where Conrad spent the better part of the year residing. He found great pleasure in inviting family and friends to enjoy this location and was immensely proud of the bull elk he had bagged just two weeks prior to his passing.

A devout member of the Roman Catholic faith and member of St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Greenville, Conrad was instrumental in the care of the facilities for many years. His passion for the outdoors led him to become a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the NRA and Ducks Unlimited.

In passing, Conrad leaves his loving wife of 46 years, Christie, of Greenville; son Matthew Lee Nussbaumer and wife Carol, of Carson City, Nev.; daughter Melissa Mendoza and husband Mike, of Sparks, Nev.; a brother, John Nussbaumer, of Manteca; and the pride of his life (other than maybe the elk he just bagged) his grandchildren: Ty, Kinley, Garrett, Justin and Brynn.

Along with his parents, Conrad joins his son Steven Paul Nussbaumer, who passed from this life shortly following his birth in their eternal home.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated for the repose of Conrad’s soul 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Greenville.

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

The family asks that any remembrances in Conrad’s memory be made to either the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.




Following a courageous two-year battle with breast cancer, Quincy resident Arlene Zampiello passed from this life peacefully, with her family at her side, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at Tahoe Forest District Hospital’s Extended Care Unit in Truckee.

Born in San Bernardino, Jan. 12, 1959, Arlene was raised and educated in Southern California. Health complications brought her to Quincy from Barstow two years ago to be closer to her family during her treatments. While living in Barstow, she and her husband owned and operated Bunboy Restaurant for some thirteen years.

A member of the Roman Catholic faith, Arlene attended St. John’s Catholic Church while residing in Quincy. She was active with the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and found great solace in spending time in the outdoors.

In passing Arlene leaves her son Chris Zampiello and his wife Aly, of San Diego; daughter Anita Glib and husband Piotr, of Quincy; husband Taso Tsakonas, of Quincy, whom she had spent 25 of the best years ever with; brother Tommy Navarro, of Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters Isabelle Contreras, of Glendale, Ariz., and Blondina Contreras, of Las Vegas, Nev.; along with her precious grandchildren Chris Jr., John and Elyssa.

Arlene will be forever remembered as a mentor, loving and amazing sister and the best friend one could ever have. Words are unable to express how much she is loved and will be missed.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for the repose of Arlene’s soul 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Quincy. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.


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