Life Tributes for the week of 5/7/19

Patricia Ann Royalty
Patricia Ann Royalty, age 85, passed away on April 26, 2019 in Stockton, California. She was born on Feb. 3, 1934 in Warren, Michigan to Walter Stephen Juip and Helen Margaret Littler.

She graduated from Hayward High School in 1952. She married Charles Andrew Royalty in August of 1952, in Hayward, California. They lived in several places due to job transfers for Charles.

They finally settled at Eagle Lake in 1978 where they lived until 2013. Patricia would have loved to spend her remaining years at the lake but due to health she and Charles moved to Lodi and then to Stockton to be closer to family.

Patricia was a homemaker most of her life. She did work in real estate for a few years while living in Lodi during the 1970’s. She worked for Inez Realty and TA Bowen and sons. After moving to Eagle Lake she sold Avon and did volunteer work at the hospital. Her hobbies were genealogy and local history. She also loved going on excursions in the area. She always wanted to know where every dirt road went. She spent many hours with her daughter, Debbie and her sister-in-law, Barbara Gibbs traveling all the dirt roads in the area finding many treasures and making wonderful memories.

Patricia is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Charles who passed away on Jan. 27 of this year. She is survived by her children, Debbie Adler (Tim), Donna Cartwright (Chris), and David Royalty (Linda); her grandchildren, Becky Vatanparast, Jennifer Cuthbert and Cole Cartwright; her two great-granddaughters, Maya and Ava Vatanparast; and her sister, Marcia Pecchenino.

Services will be held at the Collins Funeral Home, 123 N. School Street in Lodi, California at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 6.
Memorial donations may be made to: Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95204 or American Diabetes Association 1-800-342-2383.


Ronald Harper (Mac) McCormick

Ronald Harper (Mac) McCormick passed away at his home in Westwood on March 3, 2019.

Mac was born in Escanaba, Michigan on May 28, 1933 to Golda Maxine Ladegast and Erwin Ladegast. He moved with his family to southern California in the mid 1940s and enlisted in the Army-Air Force in 1950.

He was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska as an MP. Following his discharge in 1954, Mac returned to Southern California where he completed barber school. In 1962 he moved to Westwood with his then wife, Claudine; and son, Ken. Mac worked as a barber until the mid-1970s and then drove truck for Westwood Sanitation until he was disabled by a heart attack in 1981.

Mac was an avid outdoorsman, with a passion for fishing, hunting and camping with family and friends. He was a member of the local bass club for 30 years and was one of the founding members of the local pistol and gun clubs. He loved music as well and was a drummer in a local band for 15 years.

Mac was active in the community. He was a member of the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and served on the board of the Westwood Community Services District for 16 years. For the past 20 years Mac volunteered his time at Coppervale Ski Hill. In addition, he was instrumental in helping Mountain Meadows Conservancy raise funds for the restoration of Walker Lake.

Mac is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia McCormick and children. Sons, Ken McCormick; and his five children; James McCormick, Jack McCormick, and honorary son, David Cleveland; and his daughter. He is also survived by daughters, Laura High-Dubois (husband Ralph); and their five children; and Lisa Boettger (husband David); and their three sons; his brother, Duane McCormick (wife Connie); honorary brother, Frank Murray; and a niece; four nephews; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and many friends that were like part of the family.

He is preceded in death by Ervin Ladegast, Maxine McCormick, William McCormick; brother, Kurt McCormick; son, Christopher Jones; niece, Pam McCormick; and grandson, Matthew McCormick.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held for Mac at the Westwood Cemetery at 2:20 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2019 with a potluck to follow at the Westwood Community Center.


Lucille B. Borushko
Lucille B. Borushko 92, of Pavillion, Wyoming passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at the Help for Health Hospice Home. As were her wishes no services will be held.

Lucille B. Borushko was born March 28, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Stephen and Anna (Scherba) Bodnar. She grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was married to George Borushko.

She loved animals and nature and enjoyed the company of many wonderful dogs over the years. She had a passion for life and loved spending time with family members and socializing with many friends.

Lucille was always there to brighten the lives of others.

She is survived by her husband, George Borushko; sons, Stephen Richard Boyd, Gustav Herman Hamann, Karl Frederick Hamann, Heinz Heinrich Hamann, and Stephan Bodnar Hamann; daughters, Naomi Ballve and Anna Hamann; and one granddaughter, Max Kaisler.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

On-line condolences may be made to the family at

Arrangements under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.


Leonard Lewis Griswold “Griz”

Leonard Lewis Griswold “Griz,” age 74, went to rest on April 12, 2019 in Coulterville, California. He was born in Everett, Washington on Jan. 27, 1945 to Leonard Lewis Griswold and Florence Griswold.

Griz is preceded in death by his grandson, Waylon Andreasen in 2005.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Charlene Doris Griswold; three children, Jim Griswold (Tammie), of Susanville, California, Debbie Grooms (Aaron), of Susanville, California; Shari Inlay; 11 grandchildren, Nathan Wheeler, Nicole Wheeler, Chrissy Wheeler, Kalee Mathews, Dillon Griswold, Keith Grooms, Mike Grooms, Waylon Andreasen, Jillian Lowery, Aaron Alexander, Kaitlin Inlay; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Nada Wisher.

Griz lived in Susanville for 37 years. As a meat-cutter by trade, he was the owner of Lassen Custom Meats for many years.

He worked in Holiday Market as the meat manager, also worked in the meat department at Susanville Super Market, and worked as the Fish & Game Commissioner in District 4 for six years.

Griz was a proud member of the Susanville Elks Lodge for 32 years and regularly volunteered for many events.

He volunteered for many organizations; Fish and Game helping with the Eagle Lake spawning and planting programs and various tasks for Lassen and Modoc counties, Junior Fishing Derby, member of the NRA, Wild Turkey Federation, Mule Deer Foundation.

Griz loved the outdoors fishing, hunting, and spending many hours with friends and family enjoying Lassen County.
He was loved by many. We will miss you Griz!

A celebration for life will be held at the Susanville Elks Lodge 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

John Dawson

Born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, to parents, George and Jeanne Dawson on Feb. 4, 1948. He passed away at Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada April 7, 2019.

He and his family moved back to the states when he was in his early teens. He joined the Marines when he was 18 and served in combat in the Vietnam War. He was proud to be a Marine and happy to serve his country. He worked for the state of California at Caltrans for over 30 years as a road maintenance worker, and lived here in Susanville for more than 35 years.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; his sons, George and David; three sisters, Nancy, Linda, and Pat. He enjoyed golfing with his son and friends very much. His death was sudden and unexpected. He is loved and missed.