“Marianne Janesko’s green thumb brought happiness to all those she touched, and she gardened everywhere,” said her sister, Patty Martin. Mrs. Janesko was a greenhouse assistant in Fairfield for many years.
Her duties included keeping up the houses, watering, and loading and unloading trucks. “She gave flowers to everyone,” said Martin. In her own garden she planted a variety of flowers and herbs. Roses and Iris decorated her land and intertwined with bee’s balm and plots of medicinal herbs. Echinacea, thyme and sage found a home in her garden.
In addition to gardening, Mrs. Janesko worked at a number of other jobs and carried on a number of hobbies. She was an in-home care provider for many different residents of the Ridge as well. “She brought love and smiles to the many she cared for,” said Martin. She was also a member of the Senior Citizens in Stirling City and the Peace Center in Solano County.
Mrs. Janesko was born in Ashfork, Ariz., to Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Martin. She was a student at Crystal Elementary in Suisun City, and later a graduate of Armijo High in Fairfield in 1959. In 1967, she was married to her late husband Paul Janesko. The two were introduced through her sister’s husband and married within a year. He died in 1973.
Mrs. Janesko moved to Stirling City in 1993 and stayed there for the remainder of her life. She died on May 25 at age 60. In addition to her sister, Mrs. Janesko is survived by her son, Sean Allen Janesko of Stirling City.
Services are planned for 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Stirling City Community Hall. A picnic memorial is planned. Contributions may be sent to the Janesko family, P.O. Box 176, Stirling City, CA, 95978. Arrangements are being handled by Bidwell Chapel.
June Gooch was a nurse’s aide for 30 years in Alameda County. She was also a member of the Alameda County Employee Associated.
Mrs. Gooch enjoyed traveling and gambling, as well as cooking and volunteering in the community. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends and family.
Mrs. Gooch was born on the Fourth of July, 1921, in Great Bend, Kan. Her parents were James and Jessie Sanders. Mrs. Gooch was 79 when she died Monday. She is survived by two daughters, Tamara Mooney of Arkansas and Gail Ennis of Paradise; two sons, Melvin Lietzke of Atascadero and Dean Laho of Paradise; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Services are planned for Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Paradise Church of Religious Science.
Arrangements are being handled by Bidwell Chapel. Memorial contributions may be donated to PASH, in care of Bidwell Chapel.
Paul A. Huber liked fishing, camping, golfing, bowling and playing cards, especially poker and pinochle. He was very active with Little League, and he was an avid 49er fan. He attended Magalia Community Church. He was born in Solon, Iowa, to Arnold and Mildred Huber. He graduated from Solon High School.
He married Elsie “Sandy” Svoboda in 1953 and moved to Southern California in 1960. There he worked 25 years as a carpenter. Mr. Huber was a member of the Southern California Carpenters Union.
He and his wife moved to Magalia in 1989. Mr. Huber died in his home Tuesday of renal failure. He was 72.
Besides his wife, Mr. Huber is survived by two daughters, Debbie Sanchez of Palmdale and Susie Alena of Temple City; three brothers, Skip, Jim and Ben of Solon, Iowa; a sister, Marilyn Merritt of Waco, Texas; and five grandchildren.
Two sons, infant Jerry and 19-year-old Gary, died before him. His brother John also preceded him in death.
At his request, no services will be held. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico branch, is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Magalia Community Church youth group in care of Pastor Rick Prinz.
Elizabeth Margaret Mohr
Although Elizabeth Margaret Mohr was a seamstress by profession, she also worked as a riveter on airplane frames during World War II.
“Betty” Mohr was born in West Virginia in 1926 to Antoni and Margaret Kendzior. She was married to Sherman Finley Mohr for 25 years.
Mrs. Mohr was a member of the Moose Lodge and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars for 40 years in Oroville where she lived. She was also a member of the Bangor Womens’ Club for 30 years and the Gleaners for 17 years.
Mrs. Mohr died of natural causes at age 74.
She loved bingo, fishing, baseball, football, cooking, gardening, quilting and watching old movies.
Mrs. Mohr is survived by daughters, Cheryl Lambert and Elizabeth Glaze; brother, Anthony Kendzior; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 12 nephews and nieces; 19 great-nephews and nieces; and 30 great-great-grandnephews and nieces.
A memorial will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Palermo Grange No. 493 in Palermo.
Arrangements are being handled by Rose Chapel Mortuary.
James William “Bill” Goates maintained and cleaned Paradise High School for 12 years. He moved to Paradise from Buena Park in 1968.
The youngest of eight children, Mr. Goates loved getting together with his large family. He camped, fished and golfed. He also enjoyed bowling on several leagues.
In Copeland, Ark., he was born to David and Eady Goates. He married Glenna Lee Richardson in Fullerton in 1939.
Mr. Goates died Sunday at home. He was 81.
Surviving him are his wife, Glenna; two sons, James of Paradise and Glen of Redding; two daughters, Madonna Wallick of Paradise and Linda Telfer of Chico; a sister, Eva Beale of Arkansas; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Rose Chapel Mortuary, which is handling the arrangements. A service will be held 11 a.m. tomorrow at Paradise Alliance Church.
Memorial contributions may be given to Valley Ridge Hospice.
Ruth Beck, who loved sewing, made quilts for seniors and also enjoyed painting. The former real estate agent worked for Larwin & Sons Real Estate & Development. She was also a homemaker for 55 years.
Mrs. Beck, 89, died May 26 at SunBridge Care Center for Paradise. She had lived in Paradise for 35 years.
She was born to Harry and Mabel Brown in Amarillo, Texas. In 1982, her husband, Donald Beck, died. Her son, Jerry Hupp, died in 1993. She is divorced from Olin Hupp, who survives her.
She is also survived by a stepson, Buddy Beck of Michigan; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 8 a.m. until the service, which will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Rose Chapel Mortuary.
Her inurnment will be private.
Audrey Lorraine Kohler worked as a bookkeeper for Swift & Co. for 20 years. And for 10 years, she was a nurse and caregiver for people in their homes. Besides caring for others, she enjoyed cooking, reading and solving crossword puzzles.
In Fresno, she was a member of the Eastern Star and the Women’s Auxiliary of American Legion, Post 4.
Mrs. Kohler died Friday. The Paradise resident was 85.
She was born in Seattle to Floyd and Lillian Sloan. She graduated from Fresno High School and Fresno Business College.
Her survivors include a daughter, Nancy Lukenbill of Magalia; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces.
A service will be held in Fresno, where she will be buried in Belmont Memorial Park. Contributions in her memory may be made to any favorite charity.
Evelyn S. Eklund
Because of her great love of animals, particularly dogs, Evelyn S. Eklund was a staunch supporter of Guide Dogs for the Blind. For more than 30 years, she worked as an executive secretary for Home Federal Savings & Loan.
Mrs. Eklund enjoyed cooking, bowling, gardening and houseboating.
Mrs. Eklund died May 29 after battling breast cancer for 19 years. She was 76.
A resident of Pacifica for 40 years, she moved to Paradise in 1998.
She is survived by her husband, Howard; a daughter, Nancy Kresnicka of Magalia; a son, Gregory Crimmins of Sacramento; a sister, Pat Partridge of Willets; a brother, Donald Partridge of Old Bridge, N.J.; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael, CA, 94915.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Paradise.
Robert H. Kelly was an avid bowler, hiker and enjoyed travelling in his van.
He was born to John and Susie Kelly in St. Louis, Mo., and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Kelly worked as a machinist at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco for 30 years before retiring.
He then drove a schoolbus for Harker Academy in San Jose for 10 years. He married his wife Dorothy in 1956 in Piedmont.
Mr. Kelly died Monday at age 86.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters, Patricia Kelly Cardoza of Truckee and Kathie Kelly of Arcata; and two grandchildren.
A graveside service will by held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Brusie Funeral Home.
Lillian G. Evans loved feeding birds, gardening, crocheting, reading and playing cards.
“Nannie” was born in Correctionville, Iowa, and took up residence in Paradise where she worked as a nurse’s aide at a convalescent hospital for 15 years.
Ms. Evans died of natural causes at age 87.
Surviving her is her daughter Patricia Saunders of Paradise; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her grandson Terry Saunders.
Ms. Evans’ family has requested that there be no funeral services at this time. Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Jim Sanchez was born in Salamanca, Spain, to a bullfighter and ballerina.
When a young boy, he worked his way to America as a bricklayer after World War I. He ended up working as a mason for Sugar Canes Co. in Hawaii. After three years he and his family moved to the Bay Area.
Sanchez danced with passion. As a young man, he learned to jitterbug, hop and waltz at Oakland dance halls.
He won awards as a ballroom dancer. At a dance contest in 1933, he danced nonstop for 22 days and 22 nights. And sometime during all that jitterbugging, he even managed a proposal to his first wife, Mary.
“Happiness has a lot to do with what I am,” Mr. Sanchez once said.
He lived to be 91. His secret to a long life: prune juice.
“It cleans the septic tank and leach lines,” he said. He learned it from his grandfather, who owned prune orchards in Spain.
Mr. Sanchez also loved baseball. During the Depression, he had no job, but he umpired for $2 a game. He played in the semi-pros as a shortstop from the 1930s into the 1940s. He managed several baseball giants, including Dennis Eckersley, Billy Martin, Joe Morgan, Willie Stargell, Frank Robinson and Vada Pinson.
Sanchez, who moved to Paradise in the 1970s, also umpired for Paradise youngsters.
He loved getting to know the kids over the years.
“I’ve gone to a lot of weddings of kids I’ve seen grow up.”
Besides being a bricklayer for 60 years, he was also a machinist for 30 years. And between working, dancing and enjoying baseball, he also wracked up quite a few bowling trophies.
He married Mary in 1933, Gloria in 1946 and Shirley about 1969.
Mr. Sanchez died May 14 as he wished, surrounded by his family at his son’s home and vineyard, which Mr. Sanchez helped build in Santa Rosa.
He is survived by three daughters, Geraldine Krieg, Beverley Forde and Linda Robinson; two sons, Jim Sanchez Jr. and Daniel Sanchez; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and his second wife, Gloria.
A service celebrating his life will be held Sunday in Alameda.
The family asks that those who knew him in Paradise send personal stories that can be shared at his memorial.
Call Dan Sanchez at (707) 538-7024. Or send a card with a special memory to share to 1551 Los Alamos Rd., Santa Rosa, CA, 95409.
Louise Marion Hansen worked in Macy’s department store in San Francisco for 25 years. She moved from there to Paradise 30 years ago.
Mrs. Hansen died May 31 in Enloe Hospital. She was 89.
Surviving her are a son, Joel of San Francisco; a daughter, “Dolly” Maryanne Kauch of Paradise; a grandchild; and three great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Joseph, and a son, James, died before her.
Funeral services will be held 3:30 p.m. today at the Paradise Chapel of the Pines Mortuary, which is handling the arrangements.
She will be buried in Olivet Memorial Park Cemetery in Colma tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
Leola “Lee” M. Johnson graduated from Fremont High School in Oakland in 1941 as class valedictorian. She was exceptionally intelligent, a speed typist and a student of business administration.
In San Francisco, she worked for the city and county department of social services as an administrative assistant.
She involved herself in many humanitarian causes and was a gourmet cook and seamstress. She also enjoyed needlepoint.
Mrs. Johnson was president of the Glenview PTA in Oakland and was president of the Oakland Police Officers’ Wives Association.
She moved from San Bruno to Magalia in 1984.
Mrs. Johnson, 76, died Sunday at home.
Her survivors include two daughters, Holly Johnson of Magalia and Denise Brown of Alameda; and one grandson.
Preceding her in death were her husband, James Johnson; a son, Brett Tarabochia; and a grandson, who died five years ago.
Memorial services will be held noon Saturday at Magalia Community Church. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.
A luncheon will follow the service. RSVP to 873-4324. She will be interred at Skyway Memorial Park Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be given to the Paradise Animal Shelter Helpers in care of Chapel of the Pines.
William Cadwalader, a masonry contractor, took great pride in his work. He donated the masonry work on the parsonage of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Paradise and the parsonage of Bethany Lutheran Church in Menlo Park, where he was a member.
Mr. Cadwalader served with the 112th Engineers Batallion during World War II. After landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day, he fought in the entire invasion of Europe. He was awarded the Presidential Citation with the Oak Leaf Cluster.
He enjoyed gardening, traveling and family activities. He was an active member of duplicate bridge clubs and was a member of the American Contract Bridge League, where he earned the rank of Silver Life Master.
On Sept. 13, 1947, he married Margaret Frese. They lived in Menlo Park. They moved to Paradise in 1972.
Mr. Cadwalader died Tuesday in his home at age 89. He was born to Mary and Loyd Cadwalader in Denver.
Besides his wife, Margaret, he is survived by four daughters, Kathryn Harris and Margaret Kirsch, both of Sacramento, and Mary Cadwalader and Joan Colyer, both of Paradise; a sister, Marion Chandler of Mendocino; a brother, George Cadwalader of Redwood City; and three granchildren.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. tomorrow at Rose Chapel Mortuary, which is handling the arrangements.
He will be inurned at a later date with full military honors at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine.
Joan Roberta Campbell worked as a grocery clerk for Safeway for 28 years. And she was a reserve Butte County Deputy Sheriff for four years.
Mrs. Campbell moved to Paradise from San Fernando in 1964. For 31 years, she was a “Clamp Widder.” She married Richard Campbell on September 1954 in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Campbell died Sunday in her home. She was 65. In Engelwood, she was born to Robert and Marjorie Crownover Luther.
Besides her husband, Richard, and her mother, Marjorie of Lodi, she is survived by two sons, Hayden of Chico and Richard of Panorama City; a daughter, M’Liss Barden of Oroville; a sister, Cathy Peirson of Lodi; and seven grandchildren.
No service is planned. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements. Inurnment will be private.
Alice “Dede” M. Hoeper loved getting out on the dance floor with her husband for some clogging or line dancing.
A retired 20-year bookkeeper for Mahoney Steel Co. in San Rafael, Mrs. Hoeper crocheted afghans, read cookbooks and volunteered as a lunch waitress at the Paradise Elks Lodge.
Mrs. Hoeper, 67, died Sunday in Chico. She was born in San Rafael to Mary and Egidio Lambretti.
The Paradise resident is survived by her husband of 18 years, Werner Hoeper; a daughter, Debbie Wilcox of Susanville; a son, Dennis Gotelli of Cordelia; two stepdaughters, Ellen-Gail Carpenter and Anne Hoeper; a sister, Donna Egan of Napa; a stepmother, Wilma Lambretti of Middletown; three granddaughters; a nephew; and two lifelong childhood friends, Mae Lacourse of Paradise and Marilyn Lemons of LaGrand.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. June 15 at the Paradise Elks Lodge. Father Brendan McKeefry of St. Thomas More Catholic Church will be officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Hospice and Home Care.
Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling the arrangements.
Jonna Johansson Criswell was an adventurous woman with a passion for business. She owned an aerobics dance company, was engaged in the finance and fashion industries, co-owned and operated the equestrian center Grant Ranch & Co., and co-owned Criswell Investigation Agency.
Mrs. Criswell loved travelling throughout the world, and was especially fond of Maui, England and France. She told wonderful stories about her adventures in ranching, rodeo, foxhunting and fishing. In 1998, Mrs. Criswell and husband Donald purchased Indian Springs Ranch near Paradise where they owned a pack of hounds and foxhunted locally on horseback with friends.
Mrs. Criswell attended Oregon State University and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Kappa Alpha Theta and the Los Altos Hounds. She was also a member of Paradise Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Criswell died Tuesday at age 49 in Palo Alto after a struggle with illness.
She is survived by her husband of 18 years, Donald; son Frank Maestri; daughter Lindley Maestri; stepdaughter Elizabeth Criswell; father John T. Johansson; sister Kristi Bakich; and dozens of family members and friends.
A memorial was held Monday at Paradise Lutheran Church. Flowers may be sent to Chapel of the Pines in Paradise. Donations in honor of Mrs. Criswell may be made to the American Diabetes Association by calling (800) 342-2383.
Alice Barratt loved to garden, sew and dance to her favorite song, the ‘Tennessee Waltz.”
Mrs. Barratt was born in Idaho, and moved to Paradise with her husband William from Reno, Nev. in the 1960s. She was a member of the Methodist Church and was an active member of the Rebecca’s.
Mrs. Barratt died at age 94 Saturday of natural causes in Redding.
Survivors include daughter Charlene of Sunnyvale; sister-in-law Opal of Reno; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at noon. Monday at Rose Chapel in Paradise with Dr. Robert R. Biehler officiating.
Rose Chapel Mortuary in Paradise is handling arrangements.
Maude L. Rippy worked as a cook for the Paradise Unified School District for 28 years.
She retired in 1964, and spent more time doing what she loved — crocheting, quilting and tatting.
Mrs. Rippy died Wednesday at age 98 in Oroville.
Surviving her are her three sons, John Rippy Jr. of Oroville, Alton L. Rippy of Chico, and George E. Rippy of Cohasset; sister Alice F. Anderson of Paradise; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
A memorial gathering will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Alton Rippy’s home at 2031 Honey Run Rd.
Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Marcia Jane Dionne loved her home in Magalia. She had a passion for painting, sculpting and the Oriental arts.
Mrs. Dionne was born in 1922 to J. Howard and Hazel Walzer in Rochester, N.Y. and worked for Etel McCullough in electronics for over 15 years.
She died Sunday in her home at age 79.
Surviving her are her daughters, Deborah Becker of Chico, and Pam Hahn of Ronan, Mont.; brother George Walzer of Las Vegas, Nev.; and granddaughters Erica Anderson of Redmond, Ore., and Mary Jackson Barrie of Ontario, Canada.
A private family memorial was held on her property in Magalia. Cremation took place at Chapel of the Pines in Paradise. There will be a private family inurnment at a later date.
Paradise Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home is handling arrangements.