Life Tributes for the week of 4/30/19

Regina Lea Ringo

Regina Lea Ringo, 56 passed away March 23, 2019 in Susanville, California. Regina was born May 29, 1962, and was raised in Susanville, California by her parents, Robert and Dee Rich. Regina graduated from Lassen High School in 1980.

Regina is preceded in death by her father, Robert “Bob” Rich. Regina is survived by her mother, Dee “Nana” Rich; her sister, Robbie McCraken (Jim), of Susanville, California; her brother, Bobby Zelwick (Melanie), of Red Bluff, California; her daughter, Mandi Weeks (Casey) and their children, Addison and Michael, of Susanville, California; her daughter, Brandi Regino, of Susanville, California; daughter, Brittani Morgan (Ryan), and their son, Kyler, of Reno, Nevada; son, Shawn Anderson, of Susanville, California; numerous nieces and nephews; and her lifelong friend Carol Berstrand, of Janesville, California.

“Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed, and held so dear. May the winds of Heaven blow softly, and whisper in your ear how much we love and miss you and wish that you were here.”

A private celebration for life will be held at a later date with immediate family members and friends.






Jean Marguerite Berettini

The family sadly announces the passing of Jean Marguerite Berettini, age 93 at Banner Lassen Hospital Friday April 19, 2019.

Jean was born Nov. 9, 1925 in a log cabin near Albin, Wyoming. She was a resident of Lassen County for 78 years, having moved with her parents from Yerington, Nevada to the Sierra Army Depot Herlong in 1941.

Jean attended school in Smith Valley, Nevada, Hawthorn, Nevada and Yerington High School. She was a member of the Yerington High School alumni association and enjoyed attending annual alumni picnic’s. Jean was primarily a homemaker but she had been a volunteer with the American Red Cross for many years and served several terms on the Lassen County Grand Jury.

Jean was preceded in death by husband, Raymond A. Berettini; parents, Jess and Jean Cunningham; sisters, Betty Warner of Reno, Nevada, and Colleen Fletcher.

Jean is survived by sons, Terry L. Cobb Sr. (Gloria), of Janesville, Gary L. Cobb (Rosalie-deceased), of Thompson Falls, Montana, and Michael G. Cobb (Barbara), of Susanville, California; 10 grandchildren, Stephen Cobb (Christa), Gina Little (Jerome), Erin Cobb (Jud), Jesse Cobb (deceased), Tina Dean (Pat), Terry Cobb (Kerri), Robert Cobb (Veniessa), Connie Davis, Kelli Cobb White, Casey Cobb (Marcie); 21 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday May 4. at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary in Susanville with private family internment to follow at a family plot in the Janesville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice.


Raymond Felix Zubillaga

Raymond Felix Zubillaga entered into rest on April 19, 2019 at his home in Susanville. He was the only son born to Jean and Emelia Zubillaga on Aug. 27, 1953 in Susanville, California.

Raymond attended local elementary schools moving on to graduate from Lassen High School in 1971. After high school, he attended Sierra College for a short while, but soon returned home to be with his family in Gardnerville, Nevada.

He worked at the Sierra Motel helping his parents to remodel and add on to the motel property. He also held jobs at local ranches and the mill. He moved to Reno and worked for TSI, Helms Construction, Sierra Rental Transport, Harco, and other transport and construction companies. He returned to his hometown to drive a logging truck for Flintstone Logging. He later became owner-operator of Raymond Zubillaga Trucking, hauling logs, chips, hay, livestock, equipment, and construction materials. He spent 40 years driving trucks on highways and back roads across the western United States and Canada. He was a hard worker and enjoyed his work.

Raymond was a jack of all trades. He was skilled in woodwork, an expert mechanic, a green-thumb gardener, a seasoned wine maker, a knowledgeable handyman, a clever muss player, and a creative storyteller. “Impossible” was not a word in his vocabulary. If he did not know how to do it, he figured out a way to get it done.

Raymond’s pride and joy were his children. He loved taking his kids on his many hauling, hunting and wood cutting adventures from when they were in diapers to grown adults. He enjoyed putting his skills to use with various school and youth projects. Daddy daughter dances, sporting events, graduations and college trips were never missed. As the children became older, he became a mentor, friend and confidant. One of his greatest joys was teaching his children useful life skills and many of the family’s traditions.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jean. He is survived by his four children; Jean, Dominica, Miren and Erinn; his mother, Emelia; two sisters, Anita (Jean Pierre), and Teresa (Miguel); and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2. with the Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary. Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial to follow at Diamond Crest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made in his name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Lassen Humane Society and Knights of Columbus.


Christopher Sean David

On Saturday, March 16, 2019 our beloved Christopher Sean David passed away surrounded by his loving family in Kalispell, Montana.

He was born on Dec. 13, 2000 to Christine Mattingly Hesselman and was later adopted by Charles David. Christopher attended schools in Kalispell, Polson, and Hamilton, Montana. Christopher was born with several challenges and was making great strides in the past couple of years. As he was to graduate from high school this June. He was very proud of his accomplishments: Participation in the Special Olympics earning medals and awards in swimming, track and bowling. However, video games were his favorite, and he loved to challenge all. Helping to set new telephones for his grandparents was a delight for him. He was very proud of the bigger “fish” he would always manage to catch on several trips to the west coast of Vancouver Island.

At the age of 16, Christopher signed up to become an organ donor. He would be so very proud to know his donation will end up making lives better for as many as 80 people. Upon leaving his room in the Kalispell Regional Medical Center Hospital, Christopher was afforded an “Honor Walk” through the halls. Doctors estimated 300 hospital staff, friends and family lined the halls for the walk and that not in 16 years had they seen such a turn out for an Honor Walk.

We wish to extend our gratitude to all who helped Christopher through his life struggles with the positive support and love they provided him. You are forever in our hearts, and we are forever grateful for the support and happiness you’ve added to Christopher’s life.

Christopher is survived by his parents, Charles and Christine Mattingly David; brothers, John and Danny; grandparents, Pat and Suzanne Mattingly; and great-grandmother, Betty Mathis; aunts and uncles, Gena Mattingly, Julie and Taylor Reasoner, Patricia and Shane Parker, and Johna Smith; great-aunts and uncles, Donna and Gene Bonfoey, James and Linda Mattingly, Victor Mathis, Gene Mathis, and Lewis Mathis; paternal grandparents, Carolyn and Gleen Waddell, John and Sheri David; and many cousins.