Obituaries for the week of 1/30/18

William S. Rosencrantz
William S. Rosencrantz, Rosey was born on Feb. 20, 1925 and passed away Dec. 17, 2017 in Reno, Nevada. He grew up in Idaho with three sisters and after service in the Navy during WWII, he began working at Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, California in 1947. While working at the depot, he completed his education and received his certification for electric maintenance from the General Electric Company.

Rosey was always known in the Herlong Community as the go-to guy for any electrical needs or projects. He was always willing to lend a helping hand with a can-do attitude.

Rosey was preceded in death by his wife, Melba (Mickey) Rosencrantz, and his son, Terry Rozencrantz.

Survivors include his daughter, Vivian Peterson; daughter-in-law, Colleen Rosencrantz; three granddaughters; two grandsons, three great granddaughters and one great grandson. We have all been very lucky to have had Dad/Grandpa for as long as we did and to have benefited from his help over the years.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 17, 2018 at Diamond Crest Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held afterward in Reno, Nevada. Information as to the location will be provided at the graveside service.


Brenda Payne
On Jan. 23, 2018, my dear loving wife went home to her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

Brenda Lee Payne was born on May 8, 1940 to Ben and Bernice Tate in Santa Clara, California.

Surviving her is her husband, John Payne; and three married children, Lisa (Brent Dahlin, of Ripon, California), Philip (Elizabeth, of Moses Lake, Washington) and Andrew (Alexis, of Cave Creek, Arizona).

She also leaves 10 surviving grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, all who loved being with their Grandma Payne.

Brenda attended Community EFC in Susanville, California, and was truly loved and a dedicated servant to God’s people. She will be greatly missed, and we all look forward to joining her one day in Heaven.

“How precious in the sight of our Lord is the death of His saints”… Psalms 116:15.


Troy Helton

Troy Helton was born in Chester, California, May 11, 1966 and graduated from Chester High School in 1984. He married Cindy Heeszel Dec. 21, 1985. They have two daughters, Carolina Martin, who has three sons, Wade, Eli and Colter; and Sherill Johnson, who has one daughter, Parker. He is survived by his dad, Russ Weston, and sister, April Ackley.

Troy started his career with the Department of Corrections in 1991. He worked there for 25 years as a correctional officer, sergeant and correctional counselor.

Troy was a very loving husband, father and grandpa. He was very active in his church, Honey Lake Assembly, as a drummer with the worship team and with the Band of Brothers. He really loved fishing, but especially enjoyed taking people out fishing. Troy loved to help people in any way he could.

Troy passed away Jan. 9, 2018 at Renown Hospital from complications due to the combination of the flu and pneumonia. He was greatly loved and will be missed by many.

If anyone would like to make donations in his name, please make them to the Crossroads Ministries in Susanville.


Ricky Joaquin Nelson

Born Oct. 1, 1977 and was taken from us by a tragic accident on Jan. 20, 2018. Ricky was just 40 years old and just wanted to live and prayed often for a better life. He believed in Jehovah God as his Creator, and prayed as often as the law would allow.

Ricky was an active member of the Susanville Indian Rancheria and was proud of his Paiute heritage. His early years were spent living on the Rancheria and attending a local school. Diagnosed early with a literacy disability, Ricky persevered and eventually was able to attend University of Hilo, Hawaii. In two years, he received his AA in business with a 3.0 grade average.

No matter the trials and tribulations, he endured/ encountered, he was never resentful nor hateful; always quick to smile with an infectious laugh. He loved to play basketball like nobody’s business. His momma taught him that. Full of energy and always on, he was invited to walk on by the head basketball coach in Hilo to try out for the team and a full basketball scholarship as he was hearing everyone on the big island, saying, “He’s the best player on the island,” as he played for the City League in Kaliea-Kona, often dunking the ball with finesse and beautiful grace. His dream was shattered when he tragically blew out this meniscus disk and shredded the surrounding tendons; from this, he never fully recovered. His tragedy didn’t stop him though, as he perused his education. When times got hard, Ricky’s tremendous inner strength and willpower helped him endure and carry him.

Ricky was preceded in death by his father, Alfred, and leaves behind his mom, Pamela Meadows; grandmother, Freda Owens; Uncles, Earnie and Duane Meadows, and Patrick Owens; and too numerous to mention aunties and cousins.

Rest in Peace, dear heart; we will miss your soft-spoken ways and beautiful, open heart. We love and will miss you like you wouldn’t ever imagine.

A viewing was held for Ricky from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 and services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary, followed by burial and final “see ya laters” in the SIR sacred burial grounds.

“Keep ya head up.”


Carol Jean Bertoluzza

Carol Jean Bertoluzza entered resplendent glory with her Lord on Jan. 25, 2018 after a short illness. Carol was born in Escanaba, Michigan on Oct. 3, 1928 to William and Eva Garbett. Carol lived in Orange County, California from 1952 to 1957. She then moved to Westwood, California where she met Joseph Bertoluzza. Carol and Joe moved to Susanville around 1968, where they built and operated the Payless Gas stations and car wash, better known as Dirty Joe’s. Carol was a great seamstress, baker and cook. She loved cooking for family and hosting family gatherings. She enjoyed baking and giving out rum cakes around Christmas and banana nut bread all year round. You knew you made the cut if you were the recipient of either. Carol was a world traveler and enjoyed capturing all the beauty through photography. Carol enjoyed ice-skating and ice fishing in her youth. Later in life, she enjoyed playing the slots and playing bingo with her friends. Carol never knew a stranger, everyone became her friend. Her greatest enjoyment and achievement in her life was her family. She loved with the most sincere, pure and deepest love. We, her family, will carry on this beautiful legacy of love she left us.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, William and Eva Garbett; sisters, Eva and Laurie; her daughter, Judy Ivey; and her husband, Joe.

Carol is survived by her daughters, Linda Hardy (Robert), Jody Ellena (Jack) and sister, Patricia Peterson; grandchildren, Michael Hardy, Danielle Hardy, Sarah Colavecchio, Katherine Whitestone, Anna Marie Ellena, and Sean Ivey (Carrie). She is also survived by nine great grandchildren, a loving niece and several loving nephews.

Services will be held at Walton’s Colonial Mortuary at 11 a.m. Feb. 3, 2018.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Honey Lake Hospice at P.O. Box 1166 Susanville, CA 96130.

Charlette Sargent
Charlette Sargent was born in Denver, Colorado Aug. 3, 1928 to the parents of Lorraine and Arthur Morgan. She grew up and met a handsome man named Richard Sargent. It was said that they both loved to dance and they were a striking couple on the dance floor. They were soon married  on March 1, 1959. Richard was very talented and supported the family.  They later moved to Herlong, California where they bought a home and had a son who was named Dennis Wade Sargent. Charlette was a great homemaker and spent a lot of her time taking care of Richard and Dennis. I was said that they were the centerpiece of her life. Richard and Charlette were very close and enjoyed traveling and going everywhere together. Richard passed away March 1, 2016 leaving Charlette alone. Dennis soon convinced his mom that she should come and stay with him and his family. Charlette lived with Dennis and family until she passed away at the Northern Nevada Hospital Jan. 3, 2018 at approximately 3 pm in the afternoon.

Charlotte is survived by her son Dennis and Angel Sargent in Reno, Nevada, daughter Susan Morgan in Hayward California, granddaughter Janea Sargent in Reno, great granddaughter Maizzie Sargent in Reno, sister-in-laws are Lorretta Clark in Reno and Virginia Paine in Medford Oregon.

The services for Charlette Sargent will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint Stake Center located at 2955 Rock Boulevard, Sparks Nevada. The date and time will be Friday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to celebrate the life of Charlette Sargent.