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Date: Monday, 21 July 2014, at 2:40 p.m.

Helen Paas
1930 ~ 2007

The mother of Mary Pivetti, artist and educator from Pinon Pines, has passed away.
Helen Paas of Lawrence, Michigan died September 11, 2007 of pancreatic cancer. Born Helen Crowley on June 1, 1930, she was preceded in death by Mary's father, Henry Paas on August 15, 2007.

Also preceding Helen in death were her son, Joseph; brother, Jim; and her parents.

She is survived by her children: Katy, Roberta, Carol, Patti, Mary and Chris; siblings: Katie, Nancy, Tom and John; many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A mass was held in Lawrence, Michigan on September 14.

Mary Pivetti has taught at Frazier Mountain High School and is co-founder of FOCUS Central, which provides affordable performing and graphic arts education for local youth.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan ( or The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (

Georgenia Patricia Hull

In loving memory of Georgenia "Georgie" Patricia Hull, born June 6, 1934 and passed on Sept. 11, 2007. She will be greatly missed.
Grandma was the best. Georgie moved to the United States from Canada in 1957. She gave 27 years to the medical field working for Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills, California. She was a resident of the Mountain Communities for four and a half years, with a great fondness for Frazier Park.

She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (with her husband Ryan and their daughter Gabriella), her son Beau (with his son Chandler and Chandler's mother Dawn).

She was loved by so many. She was everybody's grandma. Her loving spirit will live with us forever.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007 at El Camino Pines Lutheran Church in Lake of the Woods. Please consider yellow roses if donating flowers, they were her favorites.

Howard B. Kolbeins
June 27, 1925 - September 14, 2007

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Sierra Funeral Chapel, 49269 Road 426, Oakhurst, California, (559) 683-4370.

John Russel Columbo

February 12, 1938 - July 31, 2007

Frazier Park resident Russ Columbo passed across on July 31, 2007. He is survived by his only son Nicolas Columbo and his dog Buck.

He was born John Russel Columbo on Februry 12, 1938 to John and Sybil Columbo of Los Angeles, California.

Russ was an only child but part of a large and loving family. His uncle Russ, with whom he shared a name, had become famous as a singer and band leader, sharing the limelight with the likes of Rudolph Valentino and Bing Crosby. My father was always very proud of that. My father lived an incredibly rich life filled with stories that were too good not to be true. He made friends easily, but did not take friendship lightly.

He loved cars and he loved driving them fast. He had a vintage racing team in the 1990s with his friend Peter Raphael. He was a prop master in Los Angeles as well as the owner of Columbo's Antiques on Beverly Boulevard. He appreciated quality and craftsmanship. He loved music and art. He was honest, straightforward and brave to the very end. It was an honor for me to be here with him.

He was dearly loved by many and will always be missed.

Pops, give Nicole a kiss for me.

Jerry Wade Yancy
June 17, 1958 - September 26, 2007

Our dear friend will be missed...

Jerry Yancy was a giant of a man in more ways than might seem apparent. Those who knew him knew just how big his heart really was! He loved life, people and especially his family. Jerry leaves behind a family he loved very much-his son Jerald Wade Yancy; grandson Quinton Yancy; brothers Theodore, Stanley and Gary Yancy; Philip Hamn; his ex-wife Jennet Nichols and her daughter Cindy. Jerry also leaves behind countless friends and other relatives who all are richer for knowing him.

He loved his job driving a tow-truck because it gave him a chance to meet and help people. He was always there for those who needed him. His life was interesting and full. Like all of us, Jerry had his ups and downs-but he never lost faith that God would give him the grace and strength to get through them. He was faithful to God's promises as he sought Him to overcome the battles, not unlike those we all face. Jerry's life, you see, had purpose and meaning: a model of overcoming. Thanks, Jerry, for leading the way.

Family and friends are planning a memorial, tribute and time of remembrance at the Frazier Mountain Park Community Center Sunday Oct. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. If you'd like to help, or want more information, please contact Bob Anderson at (661) 248- 5584 or (661) 406-7007 or email

Robert “Bob” Henry Rand
August 25, 1942~September 27, 2007

Robert "Bob" Henry Rand joined his granddaughter Victoria Rose in heaven September 27, 2007 at age 65.

He lived in Frazier Park and attended Calvary Chapel in Lake of the Woods for five years.

He is survived by his three daughters, Deborah Harris, Christina Bradley and Jennifer Rand, as well as eight grandchildren, Natasha Whitbread, Tatiana Harris-Whitbread, Ashley Bradley, Derick Bradley, Kirrah Bradley, Vincent Sanchez, Nicholas Sanchez and Samantha Brixey-Rand.

Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. at Cuddy Hall in Lake of the Woods (335 Lakewood Place, Lake of the Woods). Please join us for a potluck gathering following the service in the conference room at the Flying J (42810 Frazier Mtn. Park Road, Lebec).

James "Jim" Wainwright

Services Set for James "Jim" Wainwright
Services for James H. Wainwright, 84, a well-known developer in the Mountain Communities, will be held on Tuesday, Oct.16 in Bakersfield. His passing on Thursday, Oct. 11 came as a shock to the many who had seen him just days earlier, appearing his usual vibrant and energetic self.
Jim had been fighting the effects of diabetes for many years and was recently diagnosed with cancer, friends report.
He took great pleasure in planning, maintaining and developing the properties he had acquired throughout the mountain region. He owned several commercial buildings in Frazier Park. He was a former co-owner and managing partner of The Mountain Enterprise (2000-2004) and he had extensive landholdings in Lebec, with a rumored Holiday Inn and mixed-use development planned near Lebec Road. He worked closely with his wife Emilie Hollander Wainright (who is from a long-time Frazier Park family) and who is also a realtor.
Preliminary information about services for Jim Wainwright are viewing Monday, Oct. 15 from 2:00 to 5 p.m. at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Chapel (1100 Truxton Avenue in Bakersfiield).
Services will occur at Green Lawn Chapel, graveside, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16; 3700 River Boulevard, Bakersfield.

James H. Wainright

Forever Remembering Those Sparkling Blue Eyes

January 12, 1923 - October 11, 2007

Jim passed away on Thursday, October 11, 1007, at his home in Lebec, California. He was born in London, Ontario, Canada on January 12, 1923, the youngest of three children, to George A. and Annie Garvin Wainright.

He spent his early years in Canada and attended McGill University. He was stationed in England while serving in the Royal Candian Air Force as a flying officer, air gunner and instructor from 1942 to 1945.

When his duty was completed, he moved to California, residing in Los Angeles until making his home in the mountains in Lebec in 1968.

Jim's zest for life, work and his love of the great outdoors, together with his career in real estate and land development, brought numerous changes to our mountain communities and made cherished lifelong friendships. He will be missed by his many friends and associates.

Jim was preceded in death by his son, Arnold; daughter, Libby Weber; sister, Mary Davern, and brother, Robert Wainright.

Left to cherish his memories, accomplishments, love and humor are his loving wife, Emilie; stepsons, Bill Houser and Bob Zacuto; grandchildren, Emily and Dylan Wainright, Adam Webber and John Bolton; sister-in-law, Harriet and her husband, Ray Filoteo; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Greenlawn Chapel.

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