Obituaries for the week of 2/28/17

Marguerite Aguirre

On Feb. 18, 2017, Marguerite Aguirre, affectionately known as “Mach,” passed away at the age of 83. Marguerite was born on Dec. 23, 1933 to Attilio Berettini and Julia Emma Colombero in Santa Cruz, California.

At an early age, Marguerite moved to Susanville and attended both Roosevelt and Lassen high school. Marguerite married Frank Aguirre and had three children from this union, son, Eugene, and his wife, Debbie; daughter, Paula, and husband, Kevin; and son, Attilio, and wife, Gloria.

Marguerite leaves behind her husband, Frank; three children; brother, Ray and wife, Jean; sister, Irene and husband, Pete. Marguerite is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.


Martha Grace Bacon Miller

Martha passed away on Feb. 15, 2017 in Sparks, Nevada at the age of 86. She was born on Feb. 22, 1930 in Hollister, California to Clarence and Grace Butterfield Bacon. Martha’s great grandfather, Myron Bacon, headed out to California during the Gold Rush from Illinois. He, his wife and six children eventually settled in 1866 in Bear Valley on the east side of the Pinnacles and were among the first Americans to settle there. Their son Horace Greeley Bacon, which was Martha’s grandfather, taught at the one-room Bear Valley School for more than 20 years, becoming the community’s most popular and highly regarded teacher.

Martha grew up on the family ranch in Bear Valley and graduated from San Benito High School in 1948. She went to college at U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated with an elementary teaching credential. She moved to Lassen County in 1952 as the new bride of Herb Miller, who had also been born and raised in Hollister, and had purchased a ranch in 1951 near Litchfield, California.

She taught in the Susanville School District before deciding to stay home and be a full time mom and help on the ranch.

After her children were grown and raised, Martha went to work at California Correctional Center where she worked 10 years until she retired in 1995.

All four of her children were very active in 4-H and she enjoyed being involved in the 4-H program. She was the key leader for the Standish 4-H Club for many years. She was also a past member of the Standish Bible Church.

Martha Bacon Miller is survived by her four children, Darlene Miller, (Ted Check), Nancy Sisk (Martin), Becky Neely (Tom) and Chris P. Miller (Nancy) who all live in Lassen County. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Levi Anderson, Clinton Neely, Colter Sisk, Shelby Sisk McArthur, Kyle Neely, Kayla Neely, Ginger Miller and Waylon Miller. She also has two great grandchildren, LeShawn and Aubree Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her husband Herb Miller in 2011; brothers, Warren Bacon, Horace Bacon; and sisters, Marian Peel and Bobbi Hunt.

Graveside services will be held at Diamond Crest Cemetery in Johnstonville, California at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers to make a contribution to your favorite charity.


Kathie Rose Tank

Kathie Rose Tank (Tilstra), from Susanville, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 18, 2017 after a long battle with liver disease. She was born to Jack and Fern Rose in New River, Arizona.

Kathie attended and graduated from La Sierra University in Riverside with a degree in Theology. She moved to Susanville in 2003 to work in ministry for her beloved church where she met Steve Tank, whom she married in January 2006. Kathie had a passion for helping people, and anyone she ever came across was immediately placed on her prayer list. One of her many joys included driving around the county with her husband to explore ghost towns and old abandoned buildings. Her love for nature and all living things was so abundant that it carried over into her daily life. Kathie was also an avid collector of antique kerosene lamps and had a large collection that she displayed proudly.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Susanville Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 3035 Johnstonville Rd., Susanville

Kathie is survived by her husband Steve Tank, of Susanville, California; daughter, Trina Castille, of Middletown, California; son, Ren Tilstra, of McMinnville, Oregon; daughter, Tarin Jones, of Susanville; sister, Jacqueline Meldrajs, of Collegeplace, Tennessee; sister, Jane Wilson, of Phoenix, Arizona; brother, Larry Rose; numerous grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.


Jack Tomberlin

Jack Tomberlin 1930–201.7

Born in November of 1930 to Lewis and Isabel Tomberlin, John M. Tomberlin, one of five children, was always known as Jack. A graduate of Half Moon Bay High school, he participated in band and choir. Jack loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. He later completed his Associate in Arts degree at San Mateo Junior College in 1953.

Jack followed the path of his father and brothers and became a plumber and a Union Member of Local Union 467. Several years later, he became part owner of Gazos Creek Beach House in Pescadero, California, where he could be heard singing from the bar. He was a proud member of the Half Moon Bay Spanish Town Dons Drill Team, with whom he marched in parades in California and across the country.

Jack moved to Lassen County after he retired in the early 1990s settling down in Westwood, California, where his father had served as Community Services Director and other family members lived.

Jack is survived by his sister, Patricia Lawson, of Napa, California; daughters, Judi Tomberlin, of Modesto, California, Paula Fantulin, of Stockton, California, Claudia Tomberlin, of Jackson, California, Anita Zavala, of Susanville, California; and son, Ryan Tomberlin, of Washington D.C.; as well as his 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Services will be held this summer at the Westwood Cemetery.

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