Obituaries for the week of 3/6/18
Roger Allen Brooks
It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Allen Brooks announces his passing in Tucson, Arizona on Feb. 20, 2018 at the age of 59.
Roger graduated from Lassen High School in 1977. He then went on to receive a degree in business and building code at Chico State University. Roger and his family moved to Arizona in 1987 where he became the building official for Pinal County, then went to work for the city of Yuma, and from there he went to Willdan Engineering where he remained until his passing.
More than anything, Roger loved his family. He was an avid outdoorsmen; he loved to camp, hunt and ride his motorcycle. Roger will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 38 years, Dianne Giannotti-Brooks and children, Shara Brooks-Castro (Tommy) and Gordon Kostick (Heather).
Roger will also be fondly remembered by his six grandchildren; Christian, Brooklyn, Jaxxon, Brycen, Caden and Rylee.
Roger leaves behind two brothers, Randal Brooks (Denise) and Anthony Brooks (Kathy) both of Janesville; and two sisters, Nancy Kriskovich (Scott) of Montana; and Carrie Brooks of Nevada, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Roger was preceded in death by his parents Bobby and Barbara Brooks of Janesville.
Susan Ochotorena (Younger)
Susan passed away on Monday Feb. 5, 2018 in Marysville, California with her family by her side. She was born June 15, 1964 to Martin Ochotorena and Joan Ellena (Gorbet).
Susan spent her childhood in Susanville, attending Johnstonville Elementary School, graduated from Lassen High School and completed some courses at Lassen Community College, where she started her life long career in the medical field working at the local convalescent facilities before moving to Chico, California were she took classes to gain her CNA credentials working at Enloe Hospital, then moving to Yuba City working at Freemont Hospital in Labor and Delivery with her last working for the California Corrections Health Care as an Associate Government Program Analyst.
Susan was always well liked by everyone. She leaves behind numerous friends. She enjoyed the outdoors camping, fishing, shopping, but always looked forward to the next family outing at the old sheep camp cabin.
She loved her sons, which were her life, and just like her career, she felt the need to care for everyone putting herself last up until the last minute.
Susan is preceded in death by her brother, Andy Ochotorena and father, Martin Ochotorena. Sue is survived by her sons, Justin Wilde (27) and TY (21); husband, Dave Younger; mother, Joan Gorbet (Del); brother, Tim Ochotorena (Sandy); sister, Kelly Kellogg (Dusty); numerous nieces and nephews and grandchildren.
Susan we will never forget your love, kindness, happiness you have brought to all of us in the short time we shared. We’ll love and miss you forever.
Notice of private services will be at a later date.
Madge Arlene Albers
Madge Arlene Albers, aged 89, died peacefully on Feb. 8, 2018, at LifeCare Center in Reno, Nevada. Madge was born July 15, 1928 in Watford City, North Dakota, the daughter of Cecile McLucas and Edgar Mack.
As a child, Madge enjoyed ranch life and riding horses. In college, she worked in a flower shop and created wedding flower arrangements and bridal bouquets.
Madge married the love of her life, Ronald H. Albers in 1947. They started a family in 1948 and lived in Colfax, Spokane, Mount Vernon and Seattle, Washington, and later in San Leandro, California. She was a “stay at home Mom” until all her children were grown. Her family and friends were the center of her life and she was loved by all who met her.
She always encouraged her children and grandchildren to follow their passions and supported them fully in their activities including Girl Scouts, school and athletic events, camping and fishing, auto racing, and local 4-H and FFA. She was a mother to all and always enjoyed having a variety of pets be a part of her home. She was especially fond of cats and took in strays.
Madge had most recently lived in Janesville, California with her husband Ron for 30 years, where they enjoyed gardening, rock hounding and photographing wildlife. Madge loved growing orchids and tending her fabulous flower gardens. Ron and Madge were very active in the Lassen Gem & Mineral Society, and were members of the Janesville Fire Safe Council for several years. They enjoyed travelling to Hawaii, Alaska and across the United States, as well as several trips to Europe to visit sites Ron was stationed at in World War II. Sadly, Ron passed away in April 2003.
In her later years, Madge helped raise her granddaughter, Lindsay Noggles. She tutored reading and volunteered at the library at Janesville School, and volunteered at several Lassen County 4-H events. She was a member of the Jolly Elders in Janesville.
Madge is survived by her children; sons, Randy Albers, Oregon City, Oregon; Harlan Albers, Danville, California; Jeff Albers, Bozeman, Montana; and daughters, Pam Kirkbride and Sue Noggles, both currently living in Janesville. She has four grandchildren, Noah and Nathan Albers, Autumn Albers Crane, and Lindsay Noggles; and one great-grandson, Corey Albers Crane.
She also leaves behind loving nieces and nephews in the California Bay Area, North Dakota, and Washington. Madge’s compassion, loving heart, and fun spirit will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in Danville, California on March 17, 2018 for family and friends. Donations in Madge’s name can be sent to a scholarship fund for Lassen High School students planning to enter a four-year college. Donations can be sent to Sue Noggles, 466-345 Elysian Valley Road, Janesville, CA 96114, phone 530-253-3245.