Obituaries for the week of 3/8/17

Calvin “Rick” Carlson

Calvin “Rick” Carlson passed peacefully from this life on Feb. 28, 2017, in his home.

Rick was born March 16, 1953, in Portola, to very loving parents, Calvin and Dorothy (Goodin) Carlson. His childhood was full of activities and adventures. Some of his favorite childhood memories included hunting and fishing, competing in horsemanship, and skiing on a Far West team.

Rick attended Portola High School, where he played basketball and football. In 1970, he was named to the “Superior California All Star” football team. He graduated from Portola High School as a member of the Class of 1971.

In 1975, Rick married Marian Peat with whom he spent the next 41 wonderful years. He was a dedicated member of the Portola Volunteer Fire Dept from 1974 to 1987 and the Graeagle Volunteer Fire Dept from 1987 to 2004. He loved working on and racing his stock cars and sprint cars with his friends. He enjoyed golf, water skiing, adult softball, talking politics and spending time with friends. Most of all, Rick loved coaching and watching his children Brandon and Calena as they played youth and high school sports. He was proud to be part of three generations of Portola High School graduates and athletes.

Rick worked for the Forest Service as a fire patrolman and on the helitack fire fighting crew from 1971 to 1979. He went on to enjoy many years of working for Graeagle Land and Water on the golf course and in maintenance.

Since his life-altering injury in 2004, Rick inspired his family with his love and strength.

He is survived by his wife Marian; his daughter Calena and son-in-law Matt Long, and their daughters Kaylie, Madison, and Hannah; and his son Brandon and daughter-in-law Kaileen and their children Andrew, Kaleb, and Paige; his sister Cathy and niece Julia; and his loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the Graeagle Community Church in Graeagle onMarch 18 at 1 p.m. A celebration of life will follow immediately after at the Graeagle Fire Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to The Brain Injury Association or the Portola Athletic Fund.

Barbara Jean Chapman

Barbara was born in Santa Monica, on Feb. 2, 1938. She passed away Feb. 23, 2017.

She grew up with her siblings by the sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Barbara was a toe dancer and a ballet instructor. In 1954 she married Bobby Joe White, had five children made up of three girls and two boys.

She always was very proud of her father and husband who worked at the 20th Century Fox movie studios, proud of how much she got to experience spending time with them on the sets of our past-time cinema that the world grew to know and cherish.

Barbara worked many years in southern California as a cashier, but in 1967, it was time for a change and they all moved to Quincy to make a life for her children and her as she worked for The Plumas County Auditors Office for many years.

In 1976, Barbara lost her husband in a fatal car accident in the Feather River Canyon. She was now the sole provider for her beloved children and showed us all the enormous strength to survive as she held her family together.

In the fall of 1977, she married Darrel Chapman and she gave birth to one more baby girl. They loved competing in the local team bowling leagues in the fall and winter and enjoying softball in the spring and summer. Barbara was always wonderful at sports and worked hard to play better each time.

Tragedy struck again when Barbara suffered a brain aneurysm in April of 2004. After a miraculous recovery and battle with dementia due to the injury, she was later diagnosed with lung cancer that eventually would take her life. Not once, not twice, but many times, Barbara Jean (toughest lady I know), had a bond so close with her loved ones that she fought this battle for many years beyond what any doctor told us she would live.

She taught us to love our family, to laugh, cry and support each other through thick and thin. She showed us strength built on defeating the odds of all who told her she couldn’t do something. It only gave her the incentive to prove someone wrong. That if you wanted something bad enough, then we should reach out and make it happen, with perseverance and hard work.

From her children: Mom’s greatest virtue was forgiveness that led to unconditional love. Many forgive others; forgiveness also requires the ability to forgive yourself. She lived this out, as she experienced very tough moments in her life. She had contagious “zeal” about her and always realized how blessed she was no matter the circumstances. She was always optimistic and victorious … not a victim.

I don’t remember a time that she didn’t make us kids aware of how proud she was of all of us and how much she loved us. We now see our mom’s tender heart of unconditional love in all our children. And yes, they see the good in everything just like mom. She will always live on through her children and grandchildren with that joyful Charlie Brown smile.

The past-time love … with the smell of freshly cut grass on a softball field, you could find Barbara cheering with friends and family, admired by her humor, witty comments and infectious smile. Whether it was at the softball fields or a day spent with her listening to the running river with a line cast or better, my mom’s excitement and see her face light up when she set the hook on a nice size rainbow trout. Days spent with her will never be unappreciated, nor forgotten. The smallest moments in life spent with her will be remembered as the most valued for many of us.

We are all so proud to call her “Mom.” You were such a stunning woman, beautiful and with such grace. So grateful she knew her savior. Thank you, mom for the many loving, caring, difficult years you raised us all and showing us to be good people, to love those that love you and never take time for granted as you never know how much you have with them.

She was preceded in death by her parents Vivian Elaine Parker and Gustaf Wilhelm Petzoldt; brother Mike Petzoldt; sisters Joan Olson, Marylee Olson and Jackie Alvey.

Barbara Jean is survived by her sister Geraldine Elaine Garner; six children, Debra Jean Kasenberg, Jimmy Joe White, Teresa Lee White, Robin Lynn White, Buddy Allen White and Lisa Elaine Chapman; her grandchildren, Eric Allen Casequin, Brandon Joseph Ferguson, Kelly Ann White, Logan Anthony Nunez, Ayden Roman White and Eliam James White; and last, but not least, by her two great-grandchildren Kira Lee Casequin and Azalea Rae Casequin.

You will forever be in our hearts and always missed.

Edward Eugene Ebersole

Edward Eugene Ebersole passed away quietly on the morning of Feb. 27, 2017, in Chester. He was born in Springfield, Ohio, on July 10, 1932.

He served his country proudly as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Edward is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, of 57 years of marriage and his two sons, Joseph Oren and Robert Eugene Ebersole, both of Taylorsville.

At Edward’s request, there will be no services. An opportunity to express condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.

Allona Sue Egyed

Westwood resident Allona Sue Egyed died Feb. 17, 2017, at the Northern Nevada Regional Medical Center in Sparks, Nevada.

She was born in Bakersfield, to Leonard and Betty Lou (Smith) Williams on Jan. 28, 1949.

In her passing, she leaves her husband, Emil Edward “Eddie” Egyed and two sons, Joseph Edward “Little Eddie” Egyed and Jason Earl Egyed, all of Westwood; brother, Eric Cartagena, of San Diego; sisters, Sherry Sarmiento, of Westwood, and Michelle Cartagena and Gail Bray, both of Bakersfield.

Along with her parents she joins her brother Dennis Bray in their eternal home.

A celebration of Sue’s life is being planned for a later date. The family asks that any remembrances in Sue’s memory be made to help in the care of her son Jason in his name or the Lassen County Animal Shelter c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.

Albert Brenton Huber

Albert Brenton Huber (Brent) passed away in Tokyo, Japan, on Feb. 6, 2017, surrounded by his family after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Brent was born in Berkeley to Marjorie and Albert Huber Jr. on March 28, 1952, and spent his childhood in Marin County. There he attended Redwood High, spent many weekends on Mt. Tam, and relished vacations where he could jump into Lake Tahoe.

He attended university at UC Davis, receiving a B.A. in Creative Communications and a teaching credential. In his freshman year at Davis, he met a woman who lived down his dorm hallway. Susan Leslie Huber and Brent celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this past December.

After college, Brent and Susan moved to Quincy, in 1976, where Brent taught music at Quincy High. There he spread his love of music and theater with hundreds of students, creating the vocal jazz group Quincy Junction and directing high-energymusicals. He also shared his music with the whole town, fronting the band The Banaltones as his alter ego “Al Tempo” and producing immersive concerts and events. Somewhere in there he also had two children: Elizabeth Aria (Aria), and Albert.

In 1988, Brent and Susan gathered their small children and took them off to Tokyo, where Brent worked as a music teacher at the American School in Japan. In his 29 years there, he continued to bring the joy of music to thousands of students by creating a vocal jazz group and writing and directing musicals, while also pushing the boundaries of technology in music education, eventually being recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator. Throughout his career as a teacher, Brent not only taught students howto play and fall in love with music but also to think and create compassionately.

While not teaching or playing music, Brent loved to fly-fish (picking up the habit in his years in Quincy), travel with his family and hunt for hidden treasures all around Tokyo and the United States. He also really loved Disneyland. His gregarious live-in-the-moment spirit will be missed dearly by everybody he touched. He is survived by his wife, Susan Leslie Huber; his two children, Albert Huber and Aria LeMenager (Sebastien); his grandchildren, Calder and Coralie LeMenager; his siblings, Scott Huber, Katharine Huber, Deborah Huber, Tracy Roberts; and five nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of Brent’s life in Quincy sometime during the summer of 2017 and in Marin in July. Details are forthcoming.

Donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at pancan.org.

Leslie Merit Stetler

The angels came and took our beloved “Pa,” early Thursday morning, Feb. 9, 2017. He was a man of unquestionable intelligence, integrity and abounding accomplishments. He was born Oct. 13, 1938.

He leaves behind the love of his life and soul mate, Joyce. Together they shared 61 years of marriage along with their dreams and wishes. Pa was a wonderful father to five children, Michael, Michell, Shawn, Patrick and Peter. He was also a wonderful grandfather of 11 children and great-grandfather of 14 children and great-great-grandfather of three children.

His love for his family showed in everything he did. Pa was always there to listen, help and share with all of us. His family will never forget his love, understanding and teachings. We are truly blessed to have known him, and he will be with us always.

A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. An opportunity to express condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.