Shirley June Higgins, 55, worked in the real estate business for 10 years.
She worked as an agent for Century 21 and was a member of the Real Estate Appraisal Association.
Mrs. Higgins, a Paradise resident, died Tuesday of natural causes.
She was born to Alvis and Lorene Jones in Sebastopol.
She married Donald Higgins May 11, 1967 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Mrs. Higgins has recently moved from Susanville, where she was a member of the Soroptomist Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Susanville Small Business Association, Notary Republic and High Ballers Snowmobile Club.
Besides her husband and her mother, who lives in Sebastopol, Mrs. Higgins is survived by three sisters, Doris Mann of Springville, Wanda Robertson of Gridley and Sue Ramondo of Sebastopol; one brother, Jimmy Jones of Peshitan, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
No services are planned.
She will be privately inurned in Susanville under the direction of Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.
The family requested that donations be made to Hospice in her memory.
Margaret Marie Ellis painted, collected glassware and loved ceramics and visiting with friends.
A 54-year resident of Paradise, Mrs. Ellis died Tuesday at her home. She was 83.
For 30 years, Mrs. Ellis worked at various hospitals as a registered nurse. She belonged to NU ETA Chapter, Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Auxilliary.
Her birthplace was Kansas City, Mo.
Her husband, Leonard Ellis, died in 1981 in Paradise.
She is survived by a niece, Peggy Haines of Barstow.
Her graveside services, conducted by Chapel of the Pines Mortuary, were held yesterday in Paradise Cemetery.
Paradise resident Pearl Dorothy Charvel, 85, enjoyed singing, gardening, cooking, sewing and being with people.
Mrs. Charvel worked at McDonnell Douglas Corp. and as a waitress. She was born in New York to Mr. and Mrs. William Bradshaw. She graduated from high school.
Mrs. Charvel is survived by a son, Wayne, and a daughter-in-law, Susan, both of Paradise; and four grandchildren.
No services are planned.
Aside from his family, one of the highlights of Ellsworth “Ells” Wisler’s life was his beloved cat, Sammi.
Mr. Wisler and Sammi comforted each other for 10 years. Sammi slept on the bed with him every night, said Mr. Wisler’s wife, Barbara.
Mr. Wisler died Saturday at age 80. Sammi has been missing him.
“Now she’s tucked up in his chair,” Mrs. Wisler said yesterday.
The Wislers moved to Magalia from San Jose in 1979. Eight years later, they moved to Paradise.
Mr. Wisler was born in Porterville.
His parents were Harry and Myrtle Wisler. There were nine children in the family.
At age 3, he moved with his family to San Jose. When he was 19, Mr. Wisler worked for a railroad company. Then he joined the U.S. Army, serving with the corps of engineers.
From 1944 to 1946, he served on Okinawa.
He was scheduled to fight in the invasion of Japan, but the war ended before he saw combat. However, his position on Okinawa was bombed a few times.
On June 24, 1949, he married Barbara June Cushing in Carson City, Nev. Mr. Wisler was the cousin of her brother-in-law, Mrs. Wisler said.
Mr. Wisler drove trucks for 20 years, making long hauls throughout the western states. Then he owned a machine shop, which made flanges for warships.
Mr. Wisler used to go out hunting all the time, going all over Wyoming, Nevada and Colorado to hunt deer. He also enjoyed fishing with his rod and reel, especially for trout.
Besides his wife, Barbara, Mr. Wisler is survived by a daughter, Susan Wisler of Paradise; a son, Brian Wisler of Sunnyvale; a sister, Cressie Lanham of San Jose; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A service for Mr. Wisler will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Paradise Chapel of the Pines. He will be privately inurned.
Contributions in Mr. Wisler’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association in care of Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.
Eileen Thomas enjoyed crocheting, traveling and seeing her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Thomas, a Magalia resident, died yesterday. She was 84.
She worked as a seamstress at various dry cleaners for more than 30 years.
She was born in Hope, Ark., and married Joseph Thomas in San Rafael on May 3, 1947.
Besides her husband, Joseph, Mrs. Thomas’ survivors include a daughter, Louritha Knox of Collinsville, Texas; a son, William Thomas of Modesto; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time. Bidwell Chapel of Chico is handling the arrangements.
Christopher Patrick Chapman, a “very outgoing” 18-year-old, wanted to go into the U.S. Air Force, which was recruiting him. The Air Force sought him for his excellent mechanical skills.
Christopher loved working on cars and motorcycles.
It seemed he could just glance at a car and know what was wrong with it. Christopher, a senior at Ridgeview High School, hated sitting around. He used to hunt, fish, ride a dirt bike and listen to music.
Christopher died in a traffic accident Monday near the Magalia Dam. He was born to Lucas and Debra Chapman in Pueblo, Colo. and moved to Magalia in 1985.
His girlfriend, Sumerlyn Streeter, also died in the accident. Christopher’s mother, Debbie, died a month ago.
Besides his father, Christopher is survived by his stepfather, David Lee of Brookings, Ore.; two sisters, Rachael Chapman of Chico and Jennifer Lee of Brookings, Ore.; two brothers, Kyle Chapman of Magalia and Joshua Lee of Brookings, Ore.; his grandparents, Pat and Jennie Chapman of San Jose, Flo and Dick Raffanti of Cottonwood and Dorothy Hensley of Pueblo, Colo.
A double memorial service for Christopher and Sumerlyn will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Calvary Chapel in Magalia. Visitation will be tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary. Chistopher will be buried in Magalia Cemetery.
Sumerlyn Maria Streeter was known as a “spunky” girl with a vivid imagination. She would write “smile” on all of her school binders, and she always tried to get people around her to be happy.
A school counselor said Sumerlyn lit up a room when she walked in. Sumerlyn had set her life goal as being a teacher or counselor, so she could help people. An outdoor girl, she enjoyed animals, boating, swimming and camping.
Sumerlyn used to camp with her boyfriend, Christopher Chapman, on many weekends.
She was born to Jim and Yvette Streeter in Paradise.
A senior at Ridgeview High School, she was active in school activities, like “Every 15 Minutes,” a program teaching the dangers of drunk driving.
Sumerlyn wanted to marry Christopher and was going to wait for him until after he went to boot camp in November. She used to say they were meant to be together forever.
Sumerlyn, 17, died in a traffic accident Monday near the Magalia Dam. Christopher died with her.
Besides her parents, Sumerlyn’s survivors include her grandmother, Maria Slater of Magalia; her grandparents Clarence and Bernice Streeter of Logandale, Nev.; and six aunts and uncles in Paradise.
A double memorial service for Sumerlyn and Christopher will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Calvary Chapel in Magalia.
Visitation will be tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.
Sumerlyn will be privately inurned.
Cecil Franklin Orr was an avid gardener who lived in Magalia. Orr served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and then was a teacher at Robbinsville High School in Robbinsville, N.C., where he was born to Dock and Ethel Orr.
Mr. Orr died Monday in his Magalia residence. He was 69.
While residing in Andrews, N.C., Mr. Orr was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Friends of the Library and worked at The Food Bank. While living in Murphy, N.C., he volunteered at local nursing homes.
Mr. Orr is survived by his wife of 15 years, Elissa; two sons, Mark of Knoxville, Tenn., and James of Sylva, N.C.; a daughter, Naomi Orr of Traphill, N.C.; six stepchildren; a brother, Tom of Santa Rosa; three sisters, Ruth Crawley and Faye Martin of Knoxville, Tenn., and Maye Holloway of Topton, N.C.
His service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Enloe Hospice. Neptune Society of Northern California is handling the arrangements.
Phyllis Vera Arnold of Magalia enjoyed reading and sports of all kinds.She died in her home Sunday at age 69. She was born to Robert and Elizabeth Roberts in Corner Brook, New-foundland, Canada. On Jan. 22, 1955, she married Graham Arnold in Downey. In 1962, they moved to Ventura Cou-nty. Mrs. Arnold worked at Marshall’s Department Store for 15 years. About six months ago, they moved to Magalia.
Besides her husband and mother, she is survived by three sons, Terry of Sacramento, Robert of Chatsworth and Darryl of Simi Valley; and two sisters, Pearl Rowlands and Madge Garnett of Canada.
A private family service will be held. Inurnment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to either Muscular Dystrophy or the Valley Ridge Hospice in care of Newton Bracewell Cremation & Funeral Services of Magalia.
Leeanna Strickler, an 81-year-old Paradise resident, died Sept. 30 in a convalescent hospital. She was a widowed homemaker. She moved from Sacramento six years ago. Her survivors include a son, Robert Strickler of Sacra-mento; a sister, Dolores of Alabama; seven grandchildren and nine great-granchildren.At her request, no services are planned.
Luther Cecil Hall, who died Wednesday at age 75, will be buried in Paradise Cemetery with military honors. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Hall, a resident of Chico, was an oil refinery worker and a service station attendant. He enjoyed playing cards, especially pinochle. He camped, fished and liked traveling.
Mr. Hall was born to James and Stella Hall in Red Fork, Okla. He married Velma Matheny on Nov. 22, 1997 in Reno, Nev.
Besides his wife and his mother, who is 101, Mr. Hall is survived by his daughter, Patricia Kesser of Rohnert Park; three brothers, Danny Forman of Chico, Jim Forman of Woodland Hills and Bobbie Hall of Chico; one sister, Charlotte St. George of British Columbia; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was also a father image to his many nieces and nephews.
His graveside service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Paradise Cemetery. Visitation will be 9a.m. to noon at Paradise Chapel of the Pines.
Pierre Faure, a resident of Paradise, died Thursday in his home. He was 94.
Mr. Faure, a farmer for 50 years, was born to Leon and Marie Faure in Los Angeles. When he died, he was close to celebrating 61 years of marriage to America, who survives him.
His graveside funeral service will be held today at 9 a.m. at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico. Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Hospice in care of Bidwell Chapel.
Al McNally worked off and on at Paradise convalescent hospitals for 20 years. He was a supervisor at Riverside Health Care.
Mr. McNally, 66, died Oct. 7 in his Oroville home.
He was born to Jesse and Zellie McNally in Kentucky. He served with the U.S. Marines.
Mr. McNally was an avid fisherman, and he enjoyed raising exotic birds in his Live Oak home.
His survivors include his wife, Jimmie; one son, James Ledbetter of Acampo; five daughters, Becky Chapman of Lodi, Melody Bennett of Manteca, Melissa McNally of Yuba City and Janet Treymane of Grass Valley; two brothers, Harrison and Charles McNally, both of Florida; two sisters, Stella Lee and Sally Knight, both of Florida; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Cora W. Potter, who has many children and many grandchildren in Paradise, died Oct. 10 in Chico, where she lived.
Mrs. Potter was 87. She was born in Orland to Charles and Betty Thompson. She married Lowell Potter in Reno, Nev.
Her survivors include a brother, Marian Thompson of Tulelake; two sisters, Ilda Van Allen of Burney and Dorothy Yowell of Redding; two daughters, Vonnie Jones of Fall River Mills and Betty Holt of Paradise; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
As a automobile dealer and a member of car clubs, Clement F Trainer Jr. had a great love of cars and sports cars. He ow-ned an automobile dealership in Wilmington, Del., for 40 years.
Mr. Trainer also loved airplanes. He was in the Air National Guard serving as a co-pilot from 1959 to 1962. Many of his friends were pilots, and some were astronauts.
Mr. Trainer died Friday in his Magalia home. He was 69.
He was born to Clement and Margaret Trainer in Darby, Pa. He attended Valley Forge Military Academy as a youth. He married Marjorie E. Daniels in San Mateo on Dec. 10, 1968. He moved from Redwood City six months ago.
He was a history buff and a man focused on his family.
Besides his wife, Mr. Trainer is survived by two sons, Clement Trainer III of Redwood City and Shawn Trainer, also of Redwood City; a sister, Deborah Winfield of New York; and a brother, Philip Trainer of Devon, Pa.
He will be privately buried in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma. Chapel of the Pines is in charge of the arrangements.
Melford Hunter carried mail for the Magalia Star route for 20 years. A member of E Clampus Vitus No. 711 in Paradise, Mr. Hunter loved the outdoors, especially camping and fishing.
Mr. Hunter, a Magalia resident, died Sunday in Feather River Hospital at age 70.
He was born in Fargo, N.D. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. He married Eleanor Hawk in Lakewood on Nov. 6, 1965.
Besides his wife, Mr. Hunter’s survivors include two sons, David Wills of Magalia and Jim Wills of Chico; two daughters, Diane Canuli and Becky Bell, both of Vista; his mother, Agnes Vega of Magalia; one sister, Mary Quarn of Magalia; one brother, Buster of Magalia; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Wanda Duran of Orland.
A memorial service was held at his residence yesterday.
Paradise Chapel of the Pines is in charge of the arrangements.
Frederick Burke Torley, 78, owned and operated a service station prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1942. He was a sergeant in the 374th Twin Engine Flying Squadron in the Army Air Forces.
After the war, he worked for Southern Pacific Railroad for 44 years, rising through the ranks to become a railroad official.
Mr. Torley died Oct. 11 at his home in Paradise, where he lived since 1983.
He was born to Harry and Margaret Torley in Berkeley.
Mr. Torley married Evelyn Louise Griffin in Redwood City on Sept. 14, 1947.
He attended Golden State University in San Francisco.He enjoyed woodworking, traveling and working on cars.
Besides his wife, Mr. Torley’s survivors include two sons, Roy of Springfield, Ore., and Bruce of Mountain View; two daughters, Nancy Torley of Paradise and Hope Torley of Las Vegas, Nev.; and four sisters, Marguerite, Nancy and Marian of the Bay Area and Barbara of Napa.No services will be held. He was cremated at Chapel of the Pines. He will be privately inurned at the Paradise Cemetery.
Lillian Silcott, a resident of Paradise for 36 years and a member of the Paradise Garden Club, died Monday at age 95.
She was born to Henry and Henrietta Bryon in Oakland. Mrs. Silcott worked as a secretary for nine years at H.R. Mann & Co.
She was a member of the World War I Barracks No. 304 Auxiliary.
Her husband, Marian Silcott, died in 1987.
Her survivors include two stepsons, William A. Silcott of Eugene, Ore., and Richard Nivison of Laguna Niguel; a brother, William Bryon of Paradise; a sister, Eleanor Orazem of Garberville; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
At her request, no service will be held.
She will be buried in Paradise Cemetery.
Dorothy C. Heald was a member of Craig Memorial Congregational Church and World War II Elks Wives. During World War II, she worked for Western Union in Oakland.
A resident of Paradise since 1969, she loved sewing and stitchery. Mrs. Heald died Oct. 11 in Auburn. She was 88. She was born to Bernard and Edith Ryan in Havre, Mont. She attended a business college in Oklahoma. In September of 1945, she married Max P. Heald, who died in December of 1988.
Her survivors include a brother, Bernard Ryan Jr. of Alma, Ark.; a sister, Ruth Parker of Fresno; a nephew, Jim Heald of Meridian, Miss., and a niece, Judy Eckley. A memorial service for Mrs. Heald will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Craig Memorial Congregational Church. She will be buried in Paradise Cemetery. Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements .
Calvin Andrew “Cal” Clark Jr. moved to Paradise from Long Beach in 1986 and enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
Mr. Clark died Friday at his home.
He was 65.
For more than 22 years, he was a construction laborer with the Laborers’ union No. 507 in Southern California.
He was born to Calvin and Fannie Clark in Wamette, Okla. In Southgate on February 14, 1974, he married Elizabeth Koalblas, who survives him.
Mr. Clark’s other survivors include a son, Steven Linderholm of Lompoc; a daughter, Regina Cason of Florida; a sister, Ann Bryson of Clovis; three brothers, Lee of Fresno, Ronald of Georgia and Martin of Oklahoma; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in Fresno on Nov. 4, and his burial will be private.
Neptune Society of Northern California is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Paradise Hospice.
Jean Louise Reddell, 67, died after a lengthy chronic illness on Oct. 5 in Greenville, Texas.
She was the mother of Steve Walker, who lives in Paradise.
Mrs. Reddell of Cash, Texas, enjoyed family, animals, traveling and writing letters to the editor.
She was born in Seattle.
Besides Steve, her son, Mrs. Reddell is survived by her husband, C.K.; another son, John Walker of Palermo; two daughters, Teresa Voss of Redding and Diane Reddell of Quinlan, Texas; a brother, Ray Miller of Kent, Wash.; and three granddaughters.
Mrs. Reddell was buried in Cash, Texas, on Oct. 9.
Chris W. Scales had lived in Paradise since he was 8 years old, when he moved from Canoga Park with his parents. He went on to graduate from Paradise High School and became an avid fisherman.
After being ill for many years, Mr. Scales died of cancer in his home Saturday at age 45.
He was born in Van Nuys to James and Vera Scales, who survive him.
He worked in building and construction with his father.
Besides his parents in Paradise, Mr. Scales is survived by an aunt and uncle, Robert and Mildred Curtis of Iowa. A brother, Brent, died before him.
At his request, no services will be held. Paradise Chapel of the Pines conducted the cremation. He will be inurned in Paradise Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Valley Ridge Hospice in care of Chapel of the Pines.
Donations in the name Chris Scales, who died Saturday, may be made to Valley Ridge Home Care and Hospice in care of Chapel of the Pines.
Contributions for the family of Jeff Seger, who died Sunday, may be made in care of Butte Community Bank.
Pierre Faure, a resident of Paradise, died Oct. 12 in his home.
He was 94.
Mr. Faure, a gardener and landscaper for 35 years, was born to Leon and Marie Faure in Los Angeles. When he died, he was close to celebrating 61 years of marriage to America, who survives him. His graveside funeral service was held Oct. 14 at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico. Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Hospice in care of Bidwell Chapel.
Constance Clarice Staples, 72, a lifelong resident of Butte County, was known as Connie Peace Staples. A resident of Gridley, she died Oct. 9. Her daughter, Susie Ullman of Paradise survives her.
For 30 years, Mrs. Staples taught school in Yuba City and the Olivehurst-Marysville area. And in Biggs and Gridley, she taught for nine years.
She obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Chico.
In 1947, she married Bill Purleson, and in 1962, she married Clifford Peace. In 1978, she married Charles Staples, who survives her.
Mrs. Staple’s other survivors include three other daughters, Elizabeth “Betsy” Teesdale of Oroville, Margaret Peace of Gridley and Serena Hinesley of Yuba City; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial services were held in Gridley Oct. 14. She will be privately inurned. Contribu-tions may be made to a favorite charity in care of Sorensen’s Affordable Mortuary in Gridley, 846-3016.
Alex V. Gosev received numerous merits and citations while serving in the Vietnam War. He was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in Texas, where he received advanced individual medical training at the U.S. Army Medical Training Center.
Mr. Gosev was part of the 1st Cavalry Division Airmobile from January 1970 to March 1971. He completed a counter-insurgency ambush and evasion course at Fort Sam Houston. The Army awarded him two Commendation Medals for two overlapping tours in Vietnam, from March 1970 to March 1971 and from January 1970 to July 1970, for meritorious achievement. And he received the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight from July 1970 to December 1970.
Mr. Gosev enjoyed collecting miniatures and war memorabilia.
He died Saturday at Feather River Hospital of natural causes. He was 51. He lived in Paradise for 16 years.
Locally, he was a woodcutter for five years. After leaving the military, he was a cabinetmaker in Los Angeles.
In Gorgan, Persia, he was born to Vasily and Evdokea Gosev, who survive him.
Besides his parents in Paradise, his survivors include a sister, Vera Gosev of Paradise; a niece, Candace Adams of Texas; a nephew, Ryan Gosev; and a great-niece, Emma Adams.
His brother, Michael Gosev, died in 1996.
Visitation will be 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Rose Chapel Mortuary. The service will be held 10 a.m. tomorrow at Rose Chapel Mortuary, followed by military honors. He will be buried in Paradise Cemetery.
Gertrude “Gertie” Belle Davis owned and operated a Lion’s Den Restaurant for 26 years with her husband, Frank. They were married on Jan. 27, 1923, moved to Porterville in 1927 and settled in Paradise in 1942. After retiring from the restaurant business in 1968, they built their home on Honey Run Road.
In 1998, Mrs. Davis moved to Ridgecrest to be closer to her family.
Mrs. Davis died Sunday in Ridgecrest at age 95.
She was a life member of The Order of the Eastern Star in Bunker Hill, Ill., a charter member of the White Shrine in Paradise, a member of the Daughters of the Nile and a past president of the Soroptomist Club of Paradise.
She was born in Bellingham, Wash., to Fred and Laura Warner.
Her survivors include a daughter, Doris Bush of Ridgecrest; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at Chapel of the Pines. A service will be held 1 p.m. tomorrow at Chapel of the Pine.
She will be buried in Paradise Cemetery.
Margaret Bosserman, 85, avidly collected fine spoons and deer ornaments. Whenever her brother, Grover, traveled, he was sure to bring another spoon to add to her collection.
Ms. Bosserman died Oct. 18 at her home in Paradise, where she lived for 32 years.
She was born in Stanton, Va., to Grover and Irma.
Her survivors include her brother, Grover Bosserman of Oroville; and a nephew, Steven Bosserman of Elk Grove.
Her memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Chapel in Magalia. She will be privately inurned.
James Lawrence Bufford, who lived in Magalia since 1991, taught school for 22 years in Mendocino, Lake and Stanislaus counties.
Mr. Bufford died Friday at age 85.
He was born in Kenwood to Lawrence and Irene Bufford. He attended Santa Rosa Junior College and University of California, Berkeley. He was also part of the first graduating class of California State University, Stanislaus.
In 1942, Mr. Bufford was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant at Fort Benning in Georgia. He served in Australia and New Guinea during World War II.
After the war, Mr. Bufford ranched for more than 16 years in Mendocino County.
He retired from teaching in 1979 and lived in Modesto.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mildred Messex Bufford; a daughter, Esther Bufford York of Missouri; two sons, James Bufford of Oroville and Lesley Bufford of Manchester, Conn.; two sisters, Virginia Kinkor of Sparks, Nev., and Betty Wicox of Ashland, Ore.; one brother, John of Greenville, S.C.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Magalia Methodist Church.
Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution in his name may do so to the Magalia Methodist Church Memorial Fund in care of Bidwell Chapel, which is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Charles Van Roon
Charles Van Roon almost made it to his 101st birthday. Born in Holland to Peter and Wilh-emina Van Roon in 1899, Mr. Van Roon died Sunday in a Paradise convalescent hospital.
He came to Paradise from Los Angeles.
He was a dinner cook for 17 years, and his last job was as a chef for Yosemite National Park.
His wife, Sylvia, died before him.
Mr. Van Roon has no known survivors.
A private cremation will be performed at Chapel of the Pines, and his ashes will be scattered at sea near San Francisco.