Obituaries for April 22, 2014

Jeffery Michael Faust

Kasey Martinez

Bennie Francis Rapacon

Kathryn Irene Schenkman and Roger Bernard Schenkman

Tirzah Anne Stevenson



Jeffery Michael Faust

Jeffery Michael Faust, 56, of Westwood, passed away April 5, 2014 at Fields Landing, Calif. He was born Jan. 11, 1958 in Stockton, Calif.

Jeffery was a machinist and welder who loved camping and fishing at Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Denise Faust; father, William Faust; and step-father, Douglas Hecklenliable, Sr.

He is survived by children, Bradly Faust, Antionette Owens and Gregory Faust, of Susanville; mother, Bernice Heckenliable; sisters, Teresa York and Venus Cooper; brothers, Douglas Heckenliable and Evan Heckenliable; six grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial Services for Jeffery will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3 at Grace Fellowship Church in Susanville, 1401 Riverside Drive.

Kasey Martinez

Kasey Martinez was born March 1, 1961 in Redding, Calif. to Homer Cline and Leila Frazier and has been sharing her heart with others ever since. She grew up in Central Valley where she excelled through school, always surrounded by friends, and graduated at the top of her class.

In 1981, she got married to Jose “Meche” Martinez. They later moved to the small town of Susanville where they would begin a family. On Oct. 23, 1987, Kasey gave birth to her daughter, Kassandra. A year later on Oct. 26, 1988 they welcomed into the world their son, Juan.

Kasey was always known for being a caring and unselfish person who dedicated her life to her family, home and hard work ethics. In 1995, she started her career at High Desert State Prison were she would continue working for almost two decades. Her interests and hobbies were many but mostly her family, animals, flowers and gardening. She found peace and joy raising and growing all things beautiful. Above all, she found pride in her home and the family she had always wanted. She lived her life for her children, always thinking about them before herself by making sure they lived a joyous and full life. This couldn’t be more evident than during the Christmas season. Her house would have no less than four different themed Christmas trees and more snowmen, bears and lights than any one person could count.

In 2008 she was overjoyed when she learned she had become a grandmother and then again in 2010. They were the light in her eyes even during her hard times and she spoiled them like no one ever could.

In addition to her biological children, she opened her home and her heart to countless others that she treated as her own, in the end giving her the large family she always dreamed of.

Kasey is survived by her two brothers, Ken and Kevin Cline; husband, Meche Martinez; daughter, Kassandra Moore; son, Juan “Mike” Martinez; and grandsons, Austin and Dillon Moore.

Kasey was 53 when she went to be with God on April 12, 2014.

Bennie Francis Rapacon

Sept. 16, 1948 to April 5, 2014

Bennie Francis Rapacon, 64, died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at his home unexpectedly. He was raised in Vallejo, Calif. before moving to Lassen County in 1994. Bennie enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam. He was an Air Borne Ranger and proud recipient of the Purple Heart Medal of Honor.

He retired from Sierra Army Depot in 2012 and was enjoying his retirement. He had many achievements in his life from being a 5th-Degree Black Belt in Kajukenbo to golfing PRO-AM with Chi Chi Rodrigues. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, boating, fishing, watching sporting events and going to the movies. Bennie was a special man and will be missed by many.

Survivors include his wife, Regina; brother, Christopher, and his wife, Rita; sister, Leslie Brundige; sons, Bennie Francis II and his wife, Michelle, and Richard; daughters, Talayna Bautista, and her husband, Tino, Amanda and Misty; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18 at the Herlong Post Chapel.

Kathryn Irene Schenkman and Roger Bernard Schenkman

Kathryn Irene Schenkman (Kay) was born in 1941 in Long Beach, Calif. and grew up in Los Angeles, Lakewood and Santa Monica. She graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1962 with a degree in education.

Kay was a skilled and devoted teacher who spent most of her career teaching elementary and middle-school math. She was beloved by students and teachers alike. In 1964, Kay married Armond Gauthier and together they raised two sons in Woodland Hills, Calif. The marriage ended in divorce, and many years later, Kay received a letter from an old friend. In the letter, Roger Schenkman professed his admiration for her, declaring he hadn’t stopped thinking of her for nearly 40 years. Kay agreed to meet, and so began a happy new chapter in her life.

Roger Bernard Schenkman was born in New York in 1937 and moved to Los Angeles with his mother and sister in 1946.

As a young man, Roger served in intelligence in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Europe. He attended University of California, Los Angeles as an undergraduate and graduate student and earned his PhD in experimental psychology. With academic jobs being scarce, Roger began working as a typesetter in the aerospace industry in Southern California and built a successful career specializing in technical manuals.

Known for his generosity and humor on the job, Roger earned many lifelong friends. He also self-published a book on typesetting numerical formulas, developed several patents and wrote science fiction plays which aired on the radio in Los Angeles. Just prior to his death, he had completed a manuscript on scam artists.

Kay and Roger married in 2002 and retired to Janesville. Kay began substitute teaching at Janesville Elementary and aiding home-schooled students.

Roger began teaching computer courses and psychology at Lassen Community College, where he taught for nine years. He also taught at a local prison. Kay completed training to become a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) through Lassen Family Services, helping children in the court system. In 2012 she was awarded CASA Volunteer of the Year for her extraordinary dedication and service.

In recent years, Roger battled cancer four times. In fall 2013, he was diagnosed with stage four cancer and passed away on Oct. 14. At the same time, Kay was in the hospital recovering from a car accident. She passed away only three weeks later, on Nov. 8, due to an infection.

They are survived by Kay’s sons, Armond (Elizabeth) and Joseph Gauthier; grandchildren, Pearl and George; Roger's sister, Jean Sered; Kay's sister, Pam (Mike) Lawler, and brother, Bill (Rosita) Hogle; nieces and nephews, Michele (Dan) Melvin, Danielle (Ian) Burton, Shawn and Darian Hogle; grand-nieces, Lauren, Ella, Payton and Allyssa; and grand-nephew, Luke.

A memorial ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3 in the Janesville Cemetery. The family requests donations be made to Lassen Family Services in their memory.

Tirzah Anne Stevenson

Tirzah Anne Stevenson went home to be with her Lord Jesus on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Fresno, Calif.

Our beloved sister, wife, mother and friend is survived by her husband, Lance; children,Jeannine,Brian,Elizabeth, Pam, Rachel and Charles; along with her grandchildren,Zander,Angie and Amber.

Tirzah was born in Inglewood, Calif. on June 19, 1958 to Marilynne Bogard and Tom Tomlin.

She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Connie Buchs, Vicky Caldwell,Rick Ellison,Marilynne Sue Walpole, Shawn Gayhart and Lester McGuire.

Tirzah loved life and serving her Lord Jesus. She had the gift of hospitality and blessed many by preparing meals for those who were sick or in need.Tirzah was a homemaker, office manager and a Blue Star mom who was very proud of her soldier son Charles.Tirzah enjoyed doting on her grandchildren, collecting snow globes and anything Disney.She was an avid reader, loved boating and being on Lake Almanor, and spending time with her family and friends.Tirzah was tender hearted, considerate of others and loving; she will be greatly missed.

A memorial service is planned starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Susanville Assembly of God Church. There will be a snack and desert potluck reception following in the gym, all are invited.


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