Obituaries for Jan. 13, 2015

Betty Jane Goodwin

Diane Grace Bertanzoni

Gary Lee Purdy

William Edward Wright



Betty Jane Goodwin

  Betty Jane Goodwin passed from this life peacefully, with her loving husband at her side, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. The compassionate care she received from the wonderful staff at the Long Term Care Unit of Seneca Healthcare District was a blessing to her and her family in the days prior to her passing.

  Born Feb. 17, 1925, in Annapolis, Missouri to the late Willard and Hattie (Kelley) Dunn, she was raised and educated in Missouri. Betty was introduced to the love of her life, a handsome young serviceman named James Goodwin by her cousin while James was on leave. Their love for one another blossomed and the couple married Nov. 2, 1957, in Hernando, Mississippi. To this union a son and three daughters were born.

  In 1958, Betty and James moved west to settle in Cedarville, before moving to Chester in 1959. Following Jim’s retirement the couple moved to Janesville, where they have resided for the past 23 years.

  Many in the community will remember Betty for her upbeat but down to earth personality as her service as a waitress at the Kopper Kettle Café in Chester. Some of her greatest gifts were that she never met a stranger and always expressed her opinion.

  Family has always been at the forefront of Betty’s life. She was a staunch supporter of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and bestowed unconditional love. A passionate sports fan, she could be found in the stands of family sporting events. She was a former Girl Scout leader, and a former member of the Chester PTA. She also enjoyed following NASCAR. Betty relaxed by reading and knitting, and enjoyed traveling the countryside with her husband following their retirement.

  She was a tireless advocate for those with special needs.

  In passing Betty leaves her husband of 57 years, Jim Goodwin; her three children, Steve (Susan) Goodwin, Jane (John) Goolsby, Pattie (Doug) Flowers; grandchildren, Ayme and Jeff (Katie) Goodwin, James (Stephanie) and Mark (Amelia) Flowers, Jesse (Sarah) Goolsby, Josie (Tanner) Hunt, Alisha (Jamie) Rouland and Tanner Sylvester; great-grandchildren, Ella, Owen and Abby Goolsby, Jaden, Donovan, Emmett, Wyatt, Sawyer, Cody (McMillian) and Arianna Flowers, Olivia Rouland and Roman Hunt.

  In addition she was the grandmother to Carrie Sartor-Valdez, and Christina Nystrom, and great-grandmother to their children, Kayla, Serena, Nicholas, Travis, Cory and Brady.

  Along with her parents she joins her daughter Penny Kathleen Goodwin and grandson J.R. Flowers in their eternal home.

  A celebration of Betty’s life is being planned for a later date. Inurnment will take place 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.

Diane Grace Bertanzoni

Diane Grace Bertanzoni passed away Dec. 31, 2014 in Susanville from cancer. She was born April 16, 1951 in Perley, Minnesota.

She lived in Susanville, California for 27 years, and she was a part of the Laborers Union Local #185 and the Northern California Cancer Advocates. She also enjoyed gardening.

Bertanzoni was preceded in death by her mother Alice Harker and brother Ronald Harker.

She is survived by her husband, Phil Bertanzoni; her father, Clayton Harker, of Susanville; her brother, Kenneth Harker, of Conoga Park, California; her sister, Susan Durbin, of Sebring, Florida; her children, Shauna Patterson, of Susanville, David Coughling, of Santa Clarita, California, and Rachelle and Scott Surian, of Susanville; her grandchildren, Ryan Brunger, of Ventura, California, Brittany Brunger, of Red Bluff, California, Justin Reams and Kristi Eichensehr, of Susanville, and Colton and Grace Surian, of Susanville; and her great-grandchildren, Logan and Lilah Brunger, of Susanville.

A celebration of life will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 21, 2015 at the Susanville Senior Center.

Memorial donations may be given to the Northern California Cancer Advocates at P.O. Box 270938 in Susanville, California, 96127.

Gary Lee Purdy

Gary Lee Purdy was born Jan. 22, 1953 in Susanville, California to Leroy and Ardene Purdy. He passed from this life on Jan. 6, 2015 with his family by his side.

Gary had a deep love and respect for the outdoors where he enjoyed fishing, gold panning, hiking and biking the surrounding areas. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 35 years as a surveyor and retired in 2009.

Gary was preceded in death by his father Leroy W. Purdy, his sisters, Susan Mayfield and Ronda Purdy. He is survived by his mother, Ardene Purdy; his wife of 37 years, Crystal Purdy; his brother, Tim I. Purdy; his children, Brian L. Purdy, Jessica Purdy-Valdovinos; son-in-law, TJ Valdovinos; grandsons Cayden and Cubby Purdy-Valdovinos; along with numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces. There will be no services per his request.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hal Meadows, Connie Herman, Honey Lake Hospice, Dottie Larimar and the staff at Banner Hospital. Donation can be made to The American Cancer Society.

William Edward Wright

William Edward Wright, passed away peacefully Jan. 6, 2015 in Susanville, California after a short illness. Bill was 89 years of age.

Bill was born to William and Mary Wright in Alameda, California on May 25, 1925. He had one sister, Eugenia Wright Timmerman (1915-2003).

Bill joined the Navy in 1943 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor until the end of WW II. He then came home and worked for the Naval Air Station until his retirement in 1980.

Bill married Shirley Mae Johnson (1925-2010) of Oakland,

California on May 24, 1947.

Bill and Shirley discovered Eagle Lake and Susanville on a camping vacation while he was working at the Naval Air Station. They fell in love with the place and started making plans to retire there. They bought property on Stone Road at Eagle Lake a few years later and started getting the property ready to build a house. They worked on the property every chance they had until Bill retired. They then lived in a trailer on the property until they completed building their house.

Bill and Shirley, with the help of their daughter, Joyce, built the house without any outside help. They loved their house, their life at Eagle Lake and the town of Susanville. After a lifetime of work and being frugal, it was a dream come true for them.

Bill is survived by his two daughters, Jan Nix of Novato, California and Joyce Wright of

Susanville, California; his two grandchildren, Jason Tindell of San Francisco, California, and

Melanie Philofsky of Longmont, Colorado; and his two great-grandchildren, Amelia and

Jacqueline Philofsky, also of Longmont, Colorado.

Private services were held at Walton's Colonial Mortuary on January 10, 2015. His family said, “We are thankful for the time we had with him in this life. We all love him and miss him.”


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