Obituaries for the week of 4/3/2018

Steven Antonio Marino

Steven Antonio Marino fought an arduous battle with an aggressive rare form of cancer, which ended on March 21, 2018. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by those who knew him and in the loving arms of his family.
He was born in Reno, Nevada, at St. Mary’s hospital on Feb. 5, 1988.
Steven was known as a person who was full of life, energetic, athletic and outspoken. He was definitely someone that everyone who met him would say, was unforgettable. His drive, positive attitude and zest for life was infectious, and he will be forever missed.
A Lassen County native, he attended Meadow View Elementary School, Diamond View Middle School and graduated with honors from Lassen High School in 2006. Steven was a member of the Lassen Aquatics swim team from the age of 8. He played Little League baseball and made the All-Star team twice. In high school, he played on the JV and varsity baseball and basketball teams, American Legion baseball team, volunteered as a referee/coach for the city basketball league and the college basketball camps. He was a T.A. and junior camp director for the high school biology field trip (something he was happily planning to recreate for his daughter before he passed). He worked at Roosevelt Pool as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor, and upon closure of the pool, he worked on the construction of the city’s new museum.
He attended the California State University of Sacramento, and graduated in 2012 with a bachelors of science degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in exercise science. He worked to put himself through college at a Sacramento Safeway as a produce clerk, and IKEA as a department sales associate, where his outgoing spirit made a lasting impression.
Upon college graduation, he began working for California Family Fitness as a personal trainer. While working there, he would take on some of their most challenging clients. Consistently, throughout his career, he felt rewarded and inspired by being able to assist them in their journey to wellness. Steven was ambitiously working to advance his career in the fitness industry with the dream of owning his own gym that specialized in rehabilitation. His relentless passion to change the lives of those he worked with drove him to constantly be the best. He had a gift that allowed him to connect with people and help them find their own inner strength. This led to many successes throughout his career, leaving a meaningful impact to those around him.
It was there that he found his ultimate reward, his soul mate, Lindsay Jule Moore. He knew she was the one from the very first moment they met; it truly was love at first sight. In true Steven fashion, the proposal was epic, and she said yes. Together, they enjoyed traveling, camping, boating, working out, snowboarding and all things outdoors, a match made in heaven. They were married in June 2015, in a picture perfect ceremony beside the ocean in Carmel. They purchased a home, and began building the kind of future dreams are made of. In Oct. 2015, they were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Hailey Jule, Steven’s pride and joy. She wrapped him around her tiny finger, and filled his heart with even more love than he could have imagined. She has his beautiful blue eyes and is full of spunk. She was and continues to be daddy’s little miracle.
Although a definitive diagnosis of his rare type of cancer remained a mystery, they relentlessly persisted in testing and researching, so others might not loose hope. Refusing to give up as his illness quickly progressed, he was confined to a wheelchair, but remained committed to fight his devastating disease. Together, he and Lindsay continued to seek treatments, clinical trials and opinions from the top hospitals across the country. Throughout the process, he strived to continue living as much as possible, despite multiple surgeries and painful procedures. Steven always believed in living life and not letting life live you, and he endeavored to embody this in every aspect of his existence.
Steven loved life and was devoted to those he loved the most. He is survived by this wife, Lindsay Jule and daughter, Haley Jule, of Sacramento, California; parents, Frank and Debbie Marino, of Janesville, California; and brother, Frank J. Marino, of Los Angeles, California; in-laws, Steve and Kim Moore, of South Lake Tahoe, California, Megan and Shane Amey, of Sacramento, California, Michael Moore, of Sacramento, California; cousins, Dan and Bana Owen, of Chico, California and Heather Owen, of Sacramento, California; multiple uncles and aunts, cousins and an incredible amount of close personal friends. He was preceded in death, and welcomed into heaven by his beloved grandparents, Frank and Freida Marino, and Betty Langlitz Sampson; aunt Francine Marino Tolley, great uncle Fred Marino and great aunt Joanie Marino Garbe.
A celebration of Steven’s amazing life will be held at the home he was so proud of, 3430 65th St., Sacramento, California on April 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. An opportunity to express your condolences to the family along with signing the memorial guest register is available online at

Mary Giacomelli

Mary Giacomelli passed away on Friday, March 23 at the age of 97 at the Cypress Meadows Nursing facility in Paradise, California after battling the effects of dementia over the last few years.
Mary was born in Kelowna, B.C. Canada on Aug. 8, 1920. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, eldest son Ed, sister Rose Granzella and brother Edward Quirico.
Mary is survived by her sons, Robert (daughter in-law Maria) and James (daughter-in-law Sherry); and grandchildren, Scott and Seven Giacomelli, Ashley Kinstle (Curtis), Laura Hammon-Persey (Tim); and great grandchildren, Benjamin Kinstle, Angel Hammon, Caylee Slama, and Jaelynn and Jaxon Persey.
Mary was a 70 year resident of Susanville having moved here from Oakland a year after her marriage to Charles in June 1947. Mary and Charles owned and operated the California Hotel and Bar in Susanville for 28 years.
She was a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Susanville, the Italian Catholic Federation and the Susanville Senior Citizens Club.
Mary was extremely active in serving the needs of senior citizens in Lassen County. She was named a delegate to the White House Commission on Aging in 1981 and attended a nationwide conference on senior issues that year in Washington, D.C. In 1982, she was appointed to the California Commission on Aging by then Governor Jerry Brown.
She also served on several county committees helping to establish the Lassen Rural Bus Service and the Lassen County Housing Board. She was instrumental in obtaining disabled parking for Susanville and Lassen County disabled residents having approached the board of supervisors and city council to implement the program here.
Mary, along with Charles, was honored for her many years of community service being named “Old Timers of the Year” in August 1991, during the Lassen County Fair.
She will be deeply missed by her loving family and remaining friends in Lassen County.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Susanville with interment at Diamond Crest Cemetery.

May Frances Stevenson

May Frances Stevenson resident of Susanville, California for 82 years, passed away peacefully at the age of 87 at her residence in Rocklin, California, on March 21, 2018.
May leaves behind the “love of her life of 66 years,” Speed Stevenson; her son Frank and his wife Terri, as well as three granddaughters; Chastity Arnett and husband Micah, Micheline Gunderson and Danielle Stevenson; five great-grandsons Cole, Ty. Gage, Beau and Zack; and one great granddaughter, Lyla. She also leaves behind her two sisters, Eva McLain and Maryvonne Briscoe and husband Bob, as well as her nieces and nephews.
May was born in Fallon, Nevada on May 11, 1930. She relocated to Susanville when she was an infant where she resided until 2016. She attended grammar school and Lassen High where she graduated in 1948.  She made many lifelong friends.  Mary Levada held a special place in May’s heart and she often said Mary was more like a sister to her.
May started her working career at Sears Roebuck. In the 1960s, she found her passion working for Lassen High School as a bookkeeper. Later on she moved up the hill to Lassen College as a purchasing agent, where she made friends with numerous students.
May had the good fortune of spending several summer months in France with her mother, Yvonne Giubergia, her husband Speed and son, Frank. These were some of the happiest times in May’s life.
Family and friends will always remember Mama May’s spaghetti and fried chicken. If company showed up, the first thing she would do is get out the spaghetti sauce and start on the fried chicken.
A special call out to our daughter Danielle Stevenson, who spent day and night taking excellent care of “Gram and Pops.”Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Mom, thank you for sharing your life with all of us. You will be dearly missed. We know you are at peace and that you are happy to be reunited with your Mama and Dad, as well as brothers, Harry and Johnny. God bless you.
Celebration of Life services will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Susanville, California.

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Leah Faye Bendix

Leah Faye Bendix went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 16, 2018 in Round Rock, Texas, where she had resided for the last six years.
She was born in La Verne, California on July 29, 1928. Leah Faye moved to Susanville in 1976 and together, with her former husband, Harold L. Anderson, built a lovely home in Lake Forest. Harold passed away in 1994. She married Richard (Dick) Bendix on May 22, 1998, in New Orleans, Louisiana, while on an Elder Hostel trip.
Leah Faye was a dedicated mother and grandmother, and an amazing homemaker. Leah Faye loved spending time outdoors; camping, hunting and fishing with Dick. She loved gardening and always had beautiful flowers blooming in their yard in Lake Forest. Leah Faye enjoyed watching car races, both at the local county fair and attending NASCAR races in Las Vegas.
Leah Faye was a member of the Community Church of Susanville for many years. She was also a member of the Monticola Club for several years where she was the club historian assembling scrapbooks of the club activities. Dick and Leah Faye enjoyed their fifth wheel RV, traveling across the country and making several trips to Texas to visit her son Jason and family. They thoroughly enjoyed cruising and dancing aboard ship, as they sailed to many ports-of-call including Mexico, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mediterranean, Europe, Tahiti, Hawaii and the Caribbean.
Leah Faye is survived by her husband, Dick Bendix, of Susanville, California; her brother John Huie, of Claremont, California; daughter, Cheryl Billings, of Prineville, Oregon; daughter, Kathy Emerson, of Prineville, Oregon; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Beth Anderson, of Leander, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Frank Schobel, of Janesville, California; and son and daughter-in-law, John and Dee Longbow, of Hot Springs, Montana; grandchildren, Jamie Colleran, of Guerneville, California; Jesse Curtis, of Durant, Oklahoma; Michelle Anderson, of Gilroy, California; Jennifer Allen, of Culver, Oregon; Candace Wilson, of Janesville, California: Frankie Neil-Schobel, of Susanville, California; Ana and Elijah Anderson, of Leandar, Texas; and many more great-grandchildren.
A graveside service for the family will be held at 3 p.m. May 10, 2018 at Rose Hills Memorial Park located in Whittier, California.
Leah Faye will join other family members in the family plot.
Family and friends whose lives Leah Faye has touched are invited to the Community Church, located on Numa Road, at 3 p.m. May 12, 2018 for a celebration of her life, with a reception to follow.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers to make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association using the following link: