Obituaries for the week of 3/7/17

Juanita D. Binkley

Juanita Binkley passed away Feb. 11, 2017 in Reno, Nevada at the age of 99. She was born to Sam Diaz and Anily Arbiso on June 16, 1917 in Santa Ana, California.

Juanita was the oldest of six sisters and one brother. She grew up in Santa Ana, then moved to Oxnard, California, Salinas, California, eventually making her home in San Jose, California, and later in Morgan Hill, California.

Juanita and her husband Harold moved to Standish, California in 1980 to get away from the hustle and bustle to a more peaceful life, raise alfalfa on their 60 acres and open their own real estate office “Binkley Realty.” Harold and Juanita were active in the community. Juanita was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Italian Catholic’s & Friends, Realtor’s Association, Eastern Star, Monticola Club, and an honorary member of the Sacred Heart Auxiliary.

Juanita is preceded in death by her husband, Harold; son, Rudolph Rivas; grandson, Jeffrey Rivas and daughter-in-law Fay Rivas. She is survived by her son, Richard; daughters, Evelyn Wolfram (husband Ted), Carol Van Amburg (husband, Dennis); and Judy Dail (husband Ray); daughter-in-law, Darlene Rivas; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Juanita loved her children and family, and had a special place in her heart for each one. Her family and friends will miss her love, friendship, smile and laughter. A special thank you to the caregivers at Eagle Lake Village for the care and love they gave her.

A funeral mass was held on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Church in Susanville, California; burial at Diamond Crest Cemetery beside her husband, Harold.


Allona Sue Egyed

Westwood resident Allona Sue Egyed passed from this life following a valiant battle with a blood disease, Friday afternoon Feb. 17, 2017 at the Northern Nevada Regional Medical Center located in Sparks, Nevada. Her loving family was at her side.

Born in Bakersfield, California to Leonard and Betty Lou (Smith) Williams on Jan. 28, 1949, Sue as she affectionately became known spent her early years in Bakersfield before moving to San Jose, California at the age of eleven where she went on to attend Willow Glenn High School. It is here she caught the eye of a handsome but wild young motorcycle racer named Emil Edward “Eddie” Egyed and as their love for one another blossomed the couple was united in matrimony on March 19, 1966 in Reno, Nevada. To this union two sons were born.

The couple returned to the San Francisco South Bay area until moving to the Northeastern California community of Westwood in 1970 from Morgan Hill, California.

First and foremost a loving mother, Sue was a staunch advocate for the mentally challenged and fought hard for many of the services available to them. She will be remembered fondly by those in the community as the manager of the Westwood Land Fill for over seventeen years. A talented motorcyclist in her own right, Sue could be found supporting the families racing team (Team Vile) as their Captain. Sue was a longtime member of the Westwood Chapter of TOPS and enjoyed trying her luck in the local gaming establishments. She had a deep love for her many animals and enjoyed relaxing on the family’s property in the Nevada desert.

In her passing she leaves her husband, Emil Edward “Eddie” Egyed; her two sons, Joseph Edward “Little Eddie” Egyed and Fiancé Lisa Johnson and Jason Earl Egyed, all of Westwood, California; brother, Eric Cartagena, of San Diego, California; sisters, Sherry Sarmiento, of Westwood, Michelle Cartagena and Gail Bray, both of Bakersfield, California.

Along with her parents she joins her brother Dennis Bray in their eternal home.

A Celebration of Sue’s Life is being planned for a later date. The family asks that any remembrances in Sue’s memory be made to help in the care of her son Jason in his name or the Lassen County Animal Shelter c/o Fehrman Mortuary and Crematory, P.O. Box 803, Greenville, CA 95947.


David Walter Sullivan

David Walter Sullivan was born Oct. 24, 1980 and passed from this world, into heaven, too soon on Feb. 21, 2017. Dave was an amazing man. He spent more than half of his life loving his wife, Chris Sullivan, madly, truly, deeply… and loving his kids, Kyrie, Jordan and Dominique to the moon and back.

In his short life, he touched the souls of every person he met. He was loving, sarcastic, funny and though on the outside, but a teddy bear on the inside. He was 100 percent dedicated to every person in his family, especially his dad Eugene “Charlie” Sullivan and his sisters, Christy and Tiffany. Always there for others that he called family. He took both young and old under his wing and gave them guidance.

He was the best poppop ever to his grandson Aaron, and loved sharing snacks and oatmeal with him. Dave also leaves behind his mom, Debbie Sullivan; his grandma, Nancy Chalmers, whom he cherished; and countless other family and friends.

We invite all those that he touched to celebrate his life with us. Come share your stories and memories at 3 p.m. March 18, 2017 at 1400 Numa Road.


Jerene Tinnel

Jerene Tinnel passed away at her home in Susanville; Feb. 3, 2017 surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born Jerene Johnson Sept. 18, 1951 in Yankton, South Dakota to Elliott and Shirly Johnson.

Jerene spent her childhood in Chico, California. Graduating from Chico High in 1969 where she met her high school sweetheart, Tom Tinnel in 1968. They married in 1971 while he was in the Coast Guard. Jerene started her 44-year nursing career in Oregon and was in the first nursing class at Butte College. Her caring for others flowed through her entire life, not only caring for her patients, but their families and her co-workers. She was able to put a smile on others faces with humor and love. Jerene was involved in Elks being a member of the Lake Almanor Lodge in Chester. She was an avid quilter and baker, and supplied the local elks lodge with many treats at special occasions. She was a master gardener in Lassen County, her love of gardening ever present in her beautiful yard. She loved traveling through Europe and Mexico, finding fabric stores wherever she went.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years; her two children, Daniel Elliott and Wendy Tinnel, of Camptonville, California, and Sarah Jerene and Chris Mancebo, of Susanville. There are three grandchildren, Elliott, Caitlin and Wyatt, whom she adored; two sisters, Kathy Conkey (Bill), of Elkhart, Indiana, and Victoria (Guy) Hall, of Granite Bay, California; sister-in-law, Penny Tinnel, of Chico, California; brother-in-laws Bill and Lu Tinnel, of Oakdale, Connecticut and Dan and Susy Tinnel, of Chico, California; and many nieces and nephews.

Her puppies are still at the front door waiting for her return.


James “Jim” Wilburn

James “Jim” Wilburn, 84, of Westwood, California died on Feb. 1, 2017. Jim, the son of William D. and Annie Mae Welborn, was born on June 25, 1932, was the loving husband of over 60 years to the late Lorene “Dene” Opal Wilburn.

Jim died at Seneca hospital in Chester, California, after experiencing health complications. Jim was born in Lawrence County, Tennessee. He is survived by his four children and their spouses, Judy and Rick Shelley, Danny Wilburn, Barbara and Paul Sagan and James Wilburn, Jr.

Jim was preceded in death by his son, Greg Wilburn. Jim is also survived by eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, living between California, Nevada and Utah.

Jim lived and worked in Chicago, Illinois and San Bernardino, California, moving to Westwood, California in 1960 until 1970 and then again in 1973 permanently. Jim spent the majority of his career as a mechanic at the Collins Pine Company in Chester, California until his retirement in 1987, a total of 31 years. Jim brought his love of mechanics home with him nearly every day, where he could be found tinkering in his garage. Jim was a proud member of the Freemasons. He also loved his canine companion, Moose, traveling and spending time in the desert, reading, fishing, spending time with friends at his local coffee shop and especially visiting with family.

Jim will be greatly missed by his family and friends who undoubtedly will cherish memories of his humor, charisma and unparalleled character. Jim will join his beloved wife at Westwood Cemetery, following family services planned for later this spring.