MAXINE G. JONES
RENA LOVELL MCMAHAN
WILLIAM E. ROWLAND
ESTELL EUGENE SWEETEN
GEORGIA MACK LITZLER
CYRIL ERNEST ALBERT BASSETT
Cyril "Cy" Bassett affectionately remembered in the community as the "Whistler" or the "Old Goat", passed from this life Sunday evening, Sept. 27, 2009 at Seneca District Hospital located in Chester, Calif. His daughter was at his side.
He was born in Hastings, England to the late Ernest and Eveline (Hetzmann) Bassett, fleeing from World War I Cy and his family immigrated to Canada when he was just 1 month old. They resided in Canada for seven years prior to immigrating to the US and settling in the Los Angeles area. Here Cy graduated from Harrison High School as a member of the "Class of 1934."
Cy entered the military on Feb. 13, 1943 serving in the U.S. Army as a Quartermaster during World War II. SSGT Cy Bassett valiantly fought throughout Europe to include the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle at Leipzig. Following the conclusion of the War he remained a member of the Active Reserve retiring honorably in May of 1965 as a CWO2.
While working in a Von's market in Southern California just out of high school Cy met a pretty young customer, Martha "Maggie" Henry. As their love for one another grew the two were united in matrimony on Nov. 13, 1937 in Los Angeles, Calif., and to this union four daughters were born.
The family moved to the Northeastern California community of Clear Creek in 1947 and Cy continued to reside there until moving to Chester in 2001.
Cy was a professional truck driver who drove fuel trucks before going to work for The Collins Family in Chester as a Water Truck driver, retiring in 1984. Following his retirement he could be found working part time at the Holiday market in Chester for a number of years. He had also bartended for numerous establishments throughout the area.
A member of the Susanville Elks Lodge for more than 50 years, Cy served as their bartender. He was a 50-year member of Chester's VFW Post and a Life Member of the Chester American Legion Post. As a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge he attended the former Westwood Lodge before transferring to The Sincerity Lodge of Greenville when Westwood closed. He was a member of the Order of Eastern Star serving as a past Patron and was an Associate Guardian of the Jobs Daughters during the 60's. Cy was an avid coin collector as well as a good cook and enjoyed communicating with others through the mail. He will be fondly remembered by many for his joke telling. Cy found great pleasure in donating his time and sharing his finances with those in need and was one of the largest supporters of Westwood's Breakfast for Kids Program.
In passing Cy leaves his loving daughters Carol and her husband Allen Bunch, of Chester; Caryn and her husband Phillip Looney, of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Cela and her husband Charles Lohrstorfer, of Pahrump, Nev.; four precious grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, along with a brother; Robert Bassett, of Prescott, Ariz.
Cy joins in his eternal home his wife; Martha Lee "Maggie" Bassett who passed from this life in May of 1991, daughter; Martha who tragically passed from this life while Cy was serving in Europe during World War II at the age of 2, a brother; Arthur, sister; Miriam and three grandchildren.
At Cy's request no services will take place. Private inurnment will take place with his wife in the Chester District Cemetery. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at fehrmanmortuary.com.
The family suggests any remembrances in Cy's memory be made to the Westwood Breakfast for Kid's Program c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.
MAXINE G. JONES
Maxine was born on July 17, 1931 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Her earthly house dissolved and she joined her husband Jim Jones in Eternal Life in Heaven.
Maxine was retired after a life time of nursing. She spent more than 20 years with Lassen Community Hospital. She was a dedicated caregiver.
Jim and Maxine moved to Janesville, Calif., in Sept. of 1980, previously from Riverside, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her grandson James Jones, of Shawnee, Okla.
She is survived by her sons Jim (Connie) Jones, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Doug Jones, of Shawnee, Jay Dea (Shelley Jones), of Janesville, Calif.; daughter Galine (Allen Rethaford), of Janesville; grandchildren Morgan Jones, of Huntington Beach, Calif., Kyle Jones, of Huntington Beach, Crystal Hatley, of Oroville, Calif., Justine Diermier, of Petaluma, Calif., Lea Meeks, of Winnemucca, Nev., Tawnjai Cavan, of Pismo Beach, Calif., James E. Jones, of Janesville, and several great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions maybe made to Lung Cancer Funds.
RENA LOVELL MCMAHAN
Rena passed away suddenly as a result of complications from leukemia early Tuesday morning, Sept. 29, 2009 at Orlando Regional Healthcare.
She was born on Sept. 28, 1947 in Susanville, Calif., to George and Virginia Sexton Lovell. She was a graduate of Lassen High School, class of 1965. She further attended college at Humboldt State College in Eureka, Calif., and then California Polytechnic at San Luis Obispo, Calif.
In her life she has been a musician, a National Park Service ranger, a plastic surgery P.A., and most recently an assistant office manager of the Cardiovascular Healthcare Center in Orlando, Fla.
Rena was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband, John, were volunteer ushers at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, in Orlando, for 15 years. Rena was also an avid walker. She and John were members of the Mid Florida Milers Walking Club and have walked over 1,000 10-kilometer events in the United States spanning every state in America. Rena was, as well, a wonderful cook and the hospitality hostess for the walking club. Rena cared deeply for everyone she met and touched many lives in her lifetime.
Rena is survived by her husband of 16 years, John McMahan. They were high school sweethearts who reconnected later in life and became soul mates to the end. She is also survived by her mother Virginia; sisters SaraJo Pyle and Laralon Grooms, all of Susanville; her previous husband Michael Rondas, of Santaquin, Utah; her daughter Ginger Nelson, of Overton, Nev.; her stepson Douglas McMahan of West Pueblo, Colo.; eight grandchildren and many other nieces and nephews.
A viewing and celebration of her life was held in Orlando on Sunday Oct. 4, 2009 at the Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home Conway Chapel. Visitation for Rena will be held in her hometown of Susanville, Calif., from 10-11 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at the Walton Colonial Mortuary, with internment to follow at Diamond Crest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, it is asked that donations be made to the Leuk
emia and Lymphoma Society in hopes that a cure may be soon realized for this dread disease.
Arrangements are being handled by Baldwin Fairchild Conway Chapel 1413 S. Semoran Blvd. Orlando, FL 32807; (407) 277-6700. View and sign the family guestbook at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.com.
WILLIAM E. ROWLAND
William E. Rowland, 89, and an 18-year-resident of Susanville, passed away Sept. 27, 2009 at his home. He was born on Oct. 17, 1919 in Medford, Mass., and was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years Muriel E. (Laskey) in 1977, and his sister Phyllis M. Letson, age 93, in 2006.
Bill was a member of the U.S. Army’s Big Red 1 (1st Infantry Division) during World War II (1944-1946). He participated in the Central Germany, Ardennes, and Rhineland campaigns for which he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and three Bronze Battle Stars.
Bill is survived locally by daughters Carole (Richard) Hack and Susan Osgood; granddaughter Kerri Osgood; great-granddaughter Nicole (Brandon) Vinson and great-great-grandsons Dominic Sullivan and Kai Vinson. He is also survived by daughters Diane (William) Pierro, of Chelmsford, Mass., and June (Ronald) Banks, of Mesa, Ariz., niece Ernestine Letson, of Hudson, N.H. and son-in-law Bernard Osgood, of Bedford, Mass., and total of 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Massachusetts. A celebration of remembrance and barbecue will be held locally. Remembrance in Bill’s name may be to Honey Lake Hospice, P.O. Box 1166, Susanville, Calif., 96130; The Multiple Sclerosis Society or a charity of choice.
A 30-year resident of Janesville, “Peggy” passed away peacefully Sept. 30, 2009, after a long and fulfilling life at the age of 89.
She was born May 28, 1920, in Oakland, Calif., she spent her childhood in Berkeley and was married to Clifford Mitchell in 1942.
Possessing talent and a life long interest in architectural design, she designed two homes in Orinda, Calif., which were built by her husband Cliff and were thoroughly enjoyed by all the family. They lived on Orinda for 30 years raising four daughters. Peggy was married a second time to William Sedberry in 1974. They spent a few years in Orange County and retired to Janesville in 1979.
Peggy also designed her Janesville home and spent 30 happy years in her home in the woods. Also being a talented seamstress, she made most of the childhood clothing for her daughters and she continued this talent in her later years sewing elaborate doll clothes and children dresses for family and friends.
Peggy is survived by her brother Donald Irwin of Seattle, Wash.; her four daughters Linda Pass, of Janesville; Sharon Pryor, of Ione, Calif.; Meredith Finn, of Lafayette, Calif., and Shirley Toback, of Fair Oaks, Calif., as well as five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
All friends are welcome to a memorial service to be held at Lassen Missionary Baptist Church at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. Burial to follow at Diamond Crest Cemetery in Johnstonville.
ESTELL EUGENE SWEETEN
Estell Eugene Sweeten passed away on Sept. 25, 2009 in Susanville, Calif., after a long illness with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.
He was born in Okemah, Okla., on July 6, 1933; Gene was the oldest of four children born to Estell James and Sybil Sweeten.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956.
After his tour in the Navy, he joined the Carpenter’s Union working in heavy construction throughout California.
In 1978 he went to work for the California Correctional Facility at Tracy. Transferring to the facility in Susanville in 1980, he worked in the building trades department until his retirement in 1993.
After his retirement from the state, Gene enrolled at Lassen Community College, receiving his degree in mechanized agriculture.
Gene always had a love for horses and in 1968 began breeding and showing Morgan Horses. He was active in various Morgan Horse Clubs in California and Nevada, donating his time to help with shows, trail rides, cuttings and promotional events.
He was a supporter of 4-H clubs, always willing to haul kids and horses to fairs and shows, and he donate his time when and where needed.
He is survived by his wife Hazel of Susanville, his daughter and son-in-law Debi and Dennis Michaels, of Standish and his granddaughter Melissa Michaels of Reno, Nev.
Gene is also survived by his three siblings and their spouses Geri and Ed Hart, of Curlew, Wash.; Vivian and Clifford Mullins, of Madera, Calif., and Gary and Shirley Sweeten, of Ripon, Calif.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at the Diamond Crest Cemetery in Johnstonville, Calif.
GEORGIA MACK LITZLER
Georgia Mack Litzler died on Sept. 24, 2009 in Redding, Calif.
She was born in San Diego, Calif., on July 11, 1926.
Georgia was preceded in death by her husband and her son.
She is survived by daughters and son-in-laws; Georgene and Terry Neher, of Mill Creek, Calif., Gail and Lynn Enloe, of McCloud, Calif., grandchildren; Kelly Neher, Jake Neher, Ryan Murphy, Katie Murphy, Theresa Shaver, Karen Litzler and Gene Litzler, along with two great-great grandchildren.
A celebration of Georgia's life took place at the graveside in the Westwood Cemetery, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. 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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