Frances Sophia Holmes, 90, died at her home in Susanville on March 11, 2001. She was born in Clinton, Calif., (which was located in the Honey Lake Valley near Leavitt Lake) on Oct. 30, 1910, and had been a lifetime resident of Lassen County. Along with being a homemaker and mother, Holmes had been employed by the local J.C. Penney Store and Lassen Drug. She had been a member of both the St. Paul's Luthern Church and the Monticola Club. Survivors include her husband, Pentice Holmes, of Susanville; sons, Don Holmes, of San Jose and Dick Holmes, of Susanville; brother, Ray Wright, of Susanville; and sister, Ada Atterberry, of Idaho. Also surviving are six grandchildren and nine great-granchildren. Memorial services will be held at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on March 24, 2001. The family requests that any donations be made in Frances' memory to the American Diabetes Association.
Lewis King Brooks McMahan, 99, died at the Sunbridge Care Center in Willows, Calif., on March 13, 2001, from natural causes. He was born in Anna, Ill., Nov. 13, 1901, to Charles Brooks McMahon and Mary Lyerly McMahon. He served as anelectricians mate for the U.S. Navy from 1918-1926. After leaving the Navy, Lewis settled in the Butte/Glenn County vicinity. He was variously employed as a barber at his fathers shop in Orland, as a painter at Crow's Auto Dealership in Chico and as a fire dispatcher for the U.S. Forest Service in Stirling City. Immediately prior to World War II, he was employed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard working on submarines. In 1943, he went to work for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs where as an undercover officer, he worked out of the Sacramento office. In 1945 he transferred to the Sierra Ordinance Depot in Herlong, Calif. He worked there as an investigator in the DOD Police until his retirement in 1959. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a Golden Eagle and a member of Chico Aerie 218 since 1936. He enjoyed prospecting for gold in Northern California and was a coin and stamp collector. He is survived by former spouse, Katherine, of Susanville, Calif. A son, John, a deputy sheriff in Orlando, Florida, a step-daughter, Ona May Durham of Rockhill, SC, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Minnie Iola Smith, and two grandchildren. Services will be private. Cremation and scattering of ashes at sea has been arranged through The Neptune Society of Sacramento.
Mary Lou Dooley, 75, died at her home Monday, May 6, 2002. She was born Nov., 18, 1926, in Russel, Ky. She later moved to San Jose, Calif., and married Harry I. Dooley Jr. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Harry; son, Richard Dooley; daughters Marleen Baker, Sharon Underwood and Karen Neves; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. For 24 years she lived at Lake Almanor Country Club where she enjoyed her weekly Bridge Club activities. For the last few years she lived in Reno, Nev. A memorial service will be private. Cremation is under the direction of the Neptune Society.
Jeri Ann Morast, 46, died Saturday, May 4, 2002. She was born in Omaha, Neb., Oct. 15, 1955, to Betty and Jim Hosler. She graduated from Katella High School, Anaheim, Calif., in 1973. Morast was known for her kind and generous heart, and her sense of humor. She was an accomplished paralegal and she also helped her mother care for the elderly people in our community. She loved to read, cook, bike ride, and most of all spend time with her granddaughters. She is survived by her husband, Carvin Morast of Lovelock, Nev.; daughter, Amy Ursulo-Morsat of Sacramento, Calif.; Son Bryan Morast of Sacramento; mother, Betty Dillon of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; sister, Jamie Carothers of Redding, Calif.; brother, Herb Hosler of Phoenix, Ariz.; two granddaughters; and uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held Saturday, May 11.
Albert John Greiner Sr., 92, died Friday, May 3, 2002 at the Long Term Care Unit of Seneca Health Care in Chester, Calif. Born March 14, 1910, in Red Bluff, Calif., he had been a 34-year resident of Westwood, moving here from San Francisco, Calif., in 1968. He had been self employed as an appliance mechanic for more than 50 years operating Al's Appliance repair. His leisure time was spent in the outdoors fishing and hunting as well as in his shop tinkering with any and all types of mechanical devices. He is survived by his son, Albert "John" Greiner Jr. of Fallbrook, Calif., step-daughter, Wilma Jean Alvarez of Montabello, Calif., two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his wife, Viola in 1987, step-daughter Lela, one grandchild, one step-grandchild and a sister Josephine. Following cremation at Fehrman Crematory in Quincy, Calif., a celebration of his life was held Wednesday, May 8, in the Westwood Cemetery. An opportunity to leave a personal memorial tribute is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com. The family requests any donations in his memory be made to the Patients Activity Fund of the Long Term Care Unit of Seneca Health Care District c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory P.O. Box 803 Greenville, Calif. 95947.
Gordon Lee Hutchison, 56, died at his residence in Herlong Thursday, May 2, 2002. He was born in Albany, Calif., Aug. 12, 1945, and had been a resident of Lassen County, since moving from Richmond, Calif., 41 years ago. He loved the outdoors, being a cowboy and riding horses, which he spent all of his time doing. He was a veteran of the Air Force and was discharged honorably from the service. He is survived by his two daughters, McKenzie Allen of Tacoma, Wash., and Edith Morrison of Port Orchard, Wash.; two brothers, Charles Hutchison of Tampa, Fla., and four grandchildren. He was an active member of the Baptist faith and attended church in Herlong. A memorial service was held Thursday, May 9, at 10 a.m., at Waltons Colonial Mortuary, inurnment will follow at a later date at Diamond Crest Cemetery
in the Veterans section.
Jannie Lynn Shaw, 18, died Friday, May 3, 2002. She was born March 19, 1984, in Uijongbu, South Korea, and had been a resident of Susanville for the past four years, moving here from Ansonia, Ohio. She was currently a Lassen High School senior, and had been employed by the Grocery Outlet. She was a member of the Susanville Assembly of God Church, and had been active in their youth group. She had also been a member of the Lassen High School Vocal Stage Ensemble for three years, and the Lassen High Choir for two years. She is survived by her father, Gary Shaw of Susanville; mother, Mrs. Williams and her husband, Richard of Ansonia, Vincent Bennett of San Diego, Calif., and Bobby Bennett of San Diego; sisters, Jammie Williams of Ansonia, and Sherry Bennett of Susanville; niece, Tamra Bennett of Susanville; and three aunts. Services were held at the Susanville Assembly of God Church. The family requests that any donations be made in Jannie's memory to the Lassen High School Choir.
Rose Frances Cozort, 82, died with her family at her side Saturday, May 4, 2002, at her home in Chester, Calif., following a courageous battle with cancer. Even in her last months she expressed more concern for the welfare of her family and others than herself. Born Oct. 4, 1919, in Trujillo, Colo., she graduated from the University of Utah where she received her bachelor of science degree in education. Shortly following her graduation moved to Westwood, Calif., from Sunnyside, Utah and later to Chester, in 1947. Cozort had been a teacher for 31 years, retiring from the Plumas Unified School District after teaching in Chester, for 25 years. She was a longtime member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Chester. A member of the Chester/Lake Almanor Seniors, she served on the Plumas County Commission on Aging and was an active participant in zoning and water rights issues. Always reaching out to help others, Rose was a strong supporter of veterans both as a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary where she was honored as a member of the 8/40 group and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She was a member of the California Teachers Association and the Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. Rose was a respected member of the teaching profession who gained great pleasure in challenging, sharing in the accomplishments and keeping in touch with over two generations of her former students. She recruited people to share her more gentle passions such as her native language Spanish, flowers and birds. She is survived by her husband, Charles "John" W. Cozort Sr. of Chester; children, Charles "Chuck" W. Cozort Jr. of Carmichael, Calif., Everett L. Cozort of Shingle Springs, Calif., and Colette M. Cozort of Chester; brothers, Caesar Cobo of Rio Rico, Ariz., F. L. "Pete" Cobo of Seal Beach, Calif., and Thomas Cobo of Puyallup, Wash.; sisters, Lucy Cowley of Mountain View, Calif., and Julie Schlaich of San Jose, Calif, along with four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews. Recitation of the Holy Rosary took place Friday, May 10, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Chester. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, May 11, at Christ the King Catholic Church with interment following in the Chester District Cemetery. An opportunity to leave a personal memorial tribute is available online at www.fehrmanmortuary.com. The family requests any donations in her memory be made to either Sierra Hospice, the American Legion Auxiliary Harry Doble Unit 664 of Chester, Calif., or a favorite charity of the donors choice c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory P.O. Box 803 Greenville, Calif., 95947.
Thomas E. Fossati, 33, died suddenly in his home in Susanville, Calif., Saturday, May 4, 2002. He lived in Ventura, Calif., most of his life. He was a graduate of Ventura High School, Fresno State College and received his Ph.D. from UC Irvine. After teaching at Indiana State University, he was presently residing in Susanville. He is survived by his parents, Nick and Bobbi Fossati; brother, Michael Fossati of Ventura; grandparents, Richard and Kay Dornbusch of Ojai and other family members in Bakersfield, Chico, Redding and Susanville. A private burial service was held for family and friends Saturday, May 11, in Susanville, with the assistance of the Walton Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Gladys Esther Sanders, 80, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nev. A native of Eagle Rock, Calif., she was born Dec. 1, 1921 to Edward O. and Edith (Milner) Hammer and had been a Doyle resident of for 20 years coming from South Lake Tahoe. Sanders was an engineering secretary for many years at Harvey's at South Lake Tahoe and a member of the South Lassen Seniors Club. She loved going to Mexico for the winter, camping and outdoor life. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother. She is survived by husband, Arthur Sanders, of Doyle; daughters, Nancy Flynn, of Stockton, Calif., Janet Berry, of Tobyhanna, Penn., and Judy Everett of Herlong, Calif.; two sisters; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Private services will be held.