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Obituaries for the week of January 13, 2016

Jean M. Canine

Jean M. Canine passed away on Dec. 24, 2015, after a long battle with Lewy Body Disease. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 16, 1925.

At the age of 6 months, he and older brother, Neil, and family relocated to Hayward. He attended Russell City Elementary School, then Hayward High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, where he was a navigator on a B17 in the Pacific Theater.

When his service ended, he had to forgo his college plans, due to the illness of his father. He joined his brother in the family business of growing gladiolas, becoming Canine Brothers later, Glad-away Gardens.

He later went into the insurance business and estate planning.

In 1976, he and his wife, Mary moved to Graeagle where he enjoyed golf and fishing. He was also known for flying his ultra light all around the valley.

He is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Cathy Canine/Black, of Utah, son Richard Canine of Quincy and stepchildren Kathleen McFerrin of Dublin, Kevin Pehrson of Pleasanton and Patrick Pehrson of Livermore. He is survived by five grandchildren and two great grandsons.

Per his wishes, there will be no services.

The family is most grateful to Emerald Home Care for their devoted care for 2 years. We are also grateful to Vitas Hospice for the professional, compassionate care during this difficult time.

Bonnie Delores Davilla

Quincy resident Bonnie Delores Davilla passed from this life Wednesday morning, Jan 6, 2016, at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. Her loving husband was at her side.

Born April 5, 1925, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the late Indiana natives Edwin and Annabelle (Schram) Nichter, Bonnie, with her family, moved to the San Francisco East Bay community of Richmond, in 1942, where her father went to work at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

Here Bonnie attended high school and it was also here while attending a church function she met a cute altar boy named Albert Davilla. As their love for one another blossomed, the couple was joined in matrimony in Texarkana, Texas, in September of 1943.

The marriage was later blessed in the Roman Catholic Church and to this holy union a son and two daughters were born.

While her husband served his country valiantly during World War II in the European Theater, Bonnie also served her country working in the Richmond Naval Shipyards during the War.

After residing in San Pablo for 45 years, upon retirement the couple moved to the northeastern California community of Quincy some 28 years ago. Here Bonnie remained faithful to her faith and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church.

A devoted wife and mother, Bonnie enjoyed traveling with her husband throughout the country.

In her passing Bonnie leaves her loving husband of 72 years, Albert J. Davilla, of Quincy; daughters Marita Lawler, of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Kathleen Busch along with her husband James, of Des Moines, Iowa; the jewels of her later life, her grandchildren Sindi, Trualy, David and Sarah; her three great-grandchildren, along with a sister, Theresa Nichter, of Escondito.

Bonnie joins in her eternal home her son Eddie, who passed from this life in 2001, and a sister, Betty Sindicich.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for the repose of Bonnie’s soul Wednesday, Jan. 13, at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Quincy. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Northern California Veterans Cemetery located in Igo.

Betty Heck

Long-time Graeagle resident Betty Heck passed away on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at the age of 87 with family by her side.

Betty was born Jan. 12, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois. She then moved to California and started a family. After raising her kids in the East Bay Area she moved to Graeagle with her husband Paul when he began building Plumas Eureka Estates in the 1970s.

Betty was president of the Easy Bay Children’s Hospital Auxiliary and worked for the American Lung Association in Reno, Nevada, for many years. Betty became executive director of the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce and resigned from her position there after 17 years for health reasons. While there, she brought the traveling circus to town, as well as worked with the Soroptimists to start Oktoberfest and bring the sled dog races to our county. She was a very active member in the community for many years and even won a Soroptimist Woman of Distinction Award in 2003 for her service to the community.

Betty is survived by her sister Joyce Bregenzer of Chicago; daughter Carol Joyce (and husband Tom) and daughter Nancy Bragonier all of Graeagle; granddaughters Erin Klemesrud and Kerry Bowling both of Graeagle; grandsons Brad, Todd and Chad Bragonier of the Sacramento area; and seven great-grandchildren. A small family-graveside service was held.