Marjorie Hart Lynch
Marjorie Hart Lynch sweetened the lives of those she knew. Her nurturing nature led her to serve as a dorm mother at Los Angeles Pacific College in the late 1950s, and earlier that same decade she owned and operated Harts Delight Icecream in Watsonville.
Mrs. Lynch was born to Curtis and Lela Downer in Morresville, Va. She moved to California as a child with her family, and married Thomas Hart in 1925. Mrs. Lynch then moved to an apple ranch near Watsonville. Mr. Hart died in 1955, and she married Lester Lynch 10 years later. Mr. and Mrs. Lynch lived in Paradise and Concow until Mr. Lynch died in 1986.
Mrs. Lynch was a member of Bethel Tabernacle in Watsonville and the Paradise Assembly of God Church, where she was active in Sunday school work.
She enjoyed quilting and decorating for weddings. Mrs. Lynch was a central figure in maintaining family history and creating family gatherings. Her deep love of nature was an ongoing theme of her life.
Mrs. Lynch died Thursday at age 94.
Survivors include her son Robert Hart of Fallon, Nev.; daughters Phyllis Garrett of Broken Arrow, Okla., Vivian Lundy of Silver Springs, Nev., and Marie Hart of Chico; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rose Chapel Mortuary, and a graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Cherokee Cemetery in Cherokee.
Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Clifford Denton Kerns served in two wars in his lifetime. During World War II he served aboard the USS Wasp, and continued service aboard the USS Mt. McKinley during the Korean War.
Mr. Kerns was born in 1914 in Conway, Iowa to Walter and Bernice Kerns. He graduated from Creston High School in 1932, enlisted in the Navy the same year, and served until 1934.
Mr. Kerns married Hazel Swan in 1935 in Long Beach, and re-entered the Navy in 1940. In 1959 he ended his service with the ranking of Lt. Cmdr. and went to work for Lockheed aerospace, retiring 11 years later. After moving to Paradise with his family in 1971, Mr. Kerns received his GR-1 certificate from the Realtor’s Institute of California Association of Realtors. He worked for several realtors until he retired at age 77.
Mr. Kerns was a member of the Paradise Masonic Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars Paradise Post, Paradise Museum Patron, Elks Lodge, Gold Nugget Museum, Paradise Senior Citizens Association and Coalition, Craig Memorial Church, American Legion and The Retired Officers Association. Mr, Kerns also enjoyed traveling with the Gem and Mineral Society.
Mr. Kerns died Thursday at age 86.
Surviving him is his wife Hazel of Paradise; son Gary Lee Kerns of Manzini, Swaziland; and five grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Glen Oaks Memorial Park in Chico. A memorial service will also be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Craig Memorial Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children of the Craig Memorial Church in care of the Brusie Funeral Home. Brusie Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Luke Ray Hale loved to draw, read and play computer games.
He attended various local elementary and high schools, as well as Butte College.
Mr. Hale was born in Paradise in 1978. He died June 3 in Reno, Nev.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Debbie and Dan Keehbauch of Reno, Nev.; father and stepmother, Steve and Cheryl Hale of Oroville; grandparents, Ray and Joyce Clevenger of Biggs; Crystal Hale of American Canyon; Jason Siemens of Folsom; Alicia and Steven Hale of Oroville; and also several aunts and uncles.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church in Oroville. Donations or flowers may be sent to Grace Baptist Church.
Gayle Nancy Hill worked in the offices of Pan American Airlines for 15 years before retiring.
She was born in 1911 in Huntsville, Ark., to Isaac and Emma Slape, and lived in Paradise since 1979. Mrs. Hill died Friday at age 89.
Surviving her is her husband, Herbert S. Hill of Paradise.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Skylawn Memorial Park. Cremation took place at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary.
Chapel of the Pines Mortuary is handling the arrangements.
Thomas A. Jones had many careers in his life. He worked as a power lineman in Anaheim, an insurance salesman and owned Delta Plastics in Anaheim.
He died May 28 at age 71 of a heart attack.
Mr. Jones was an active member of Paradise Alliance Church.
Surviving him is his wife Joanne; son Jeff Jones; daughters Regina Terrana and Jennifer Ramig; stepson Rick Gause; stepdaughter Susan Baker; brother Robert P. Jones; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held May 31 in Santa Ana., and an interment will be held in Cambridge, Md.
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 grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Friday 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.
During World War II, Arthur E. Berexa worked on the Manhattan Project, welding parts for the atomic bomb.
He co-founded Paradise Meals on Wheels.
He did precision welding for Westinghouse during the war and was an underground construction worker for 16 years in Southern California.
In San Fernando, Mr. Berexa built the family house. At age 78, he climbed Mount Whitney. He enjoyed reading, metalworking and woodworking. Manufacturing his own designs and inventions gave him satisfaction.
A resident of Paradise since 1970, he was a member of Toastmasters and the Operating Engineers Union. He belonged to VASA Lodge with his wife, Evelyn. She died Dec. 14, 1998. They were married in Pennsylvania in 1931.
Mr. Berexa died June 7 in Chico. He was 92. In Pittsburgh, he was born to Kalman and Julia Berexa.
Surviving him are two sons, Richard and Arthur, both of Chico; a daughter, Nancy Farquhar of Chico; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A service will be held 11 a.m. tomorrow at Craig Memorial Congregational Church. Dr. Jack Carmichael will officiate.
Visitation will be today from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rose Chapel Mortuary. He will be interred at Paradise Cemetery.
Loyal Colby “Slim” Wideen was the “nicest man you’d ever want to meet,” say people who knew him.
A master handyman, he worked 15 years for Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach. He also was a lather during 20 years of construction work.
He loved fishing and camping. He created oil paintings of nature scenes.
In 1976, he moved to Paradise from Bellflower. He attended Paradise Ridge Southern Baptist Church and was a member of Paradise Elks Lodge.
Mr. Wideen, 86, died Tuesday in Paradise. He was born in Monroe, Utah.
His wife of 15 years, Hilda, survives him, as do two sons, Richard of Stockton and Gregory of Rancho Santa Margarita; a daughter, Karen Brooks of Sacramento; a stepdaughter, Maureen Darrow of Roseburg, Ore.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A services will be held 3 p.m. tomorrow at Paradise Ridge Southern Baptist Church. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.
Mr. Wideen will be interred at Paradise Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund of the Paradise Ridge Southern Baptist Church.
After working as a truck driver, Arthur Steven Carrero entered the U.S. Marine Corps to fight in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970.
He received the Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.
He was a marksman and sharpshooter.
In Paradise, he was a member of Disabled American Veterans. He moved to Magalia from San Leandro seven years ago.
Mr. Carrero died Friday in his Magalia home at age 55. He was born in Oakland to Arthur and Evelyn Carrero.
He is survived by his daughter, Jeannie Carrero of Modesto.
Memorial services will be held at noon Tuesday at Chapel of the Pines Mortuary. The Butte County Veterans Coalition will provide full military honors at the chapel following the service.
Mr. Carrero will be interred in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.
James Paul Kalligas served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the U.S. Army in the 1950s and ’60s. Then he was a supervisor with the California Alcohol Beverage Control Department for more than 20 years.
In 1962, he graduated from the University of Maryland. He was a member of the VFW.
The outdoors, car racing, fishing and football were his enthusiasms.
He moved to Magalia in 1989 from San Francisco.
Mr. Kalligas died June 6 at Feather River Hospital. He was 77. In Montgomery, Ala., he was born to Angelos and Theresa Kalligas.
His wife of 25 years, Bongsoo, survives him, as do his daughter, Soyoung Yamashita of Walnut Creek; and two grandsons.
A private ceremony will be held. Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico branch, is handling the arrangements.
achel Tomey worked as a licensed vocational nurse for 40 years after graduating from nursing school in Anaheim.
Ms. Tomey died Monday in Enloe Hospital. The Paradise resident was 61. She moved to town from Los Angeles in 1994. She was born in Texas.
Her survivors include two brothers, Larry and David Hopkins, both of Minnesota; and a sister, Linda Kiekenapp of Minnesota.
No services are planned. She will be cremated at Paradise Chapel of the Pines, which is handling the arrnagements. She will be privately inurned.
Marie Ethelene Rainey died Sunday in Feather River Hospital. She was 82. Mrs. Rainey moved to Paradise from San Jose in 1987.
She was born in Washington, Ind., to Bessie and Roy Bahr Sr..
Her husband, Jack Rainey, died in September 1987.
She is survived by a son, Jack of Paradise; a daughter, Raymona Watson of Sacramento; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.
No services are planned. Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements. Her ashes will be scattered at sea off the coast of Santa Cruz.
Josette E. Christina always had a big smile and an “Aloha” for everyone she came into contact with.
She was born in Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii in 1935 to Christopher and Isabel Espin, attended Hayward High School, nursing school, and worked as a PBX operator. She married August A. Camacho, who preceded her in death.
Ms. Christina belonged to the Magalia Community Church and was active in Bible study. She loved being with family and friends and was always quick to give a hug and a smile. She also enjoyed singing and playing the ukulele.
Ms. Christina died June 8 at age 66.
Her survivors include her son, Jamie Camacho of Paradise; daughters Julie Camacho Kawagishi of Anaholo, Kauai, Hawaii, and Augustina Camacho Corbett of Reno, Nev.; step-daughter Diane Camacho of California; brother Chris Espin of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister Beatrice Daligdig of Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Magalia Community Church, and a pot luck dinner will follow.
Paradise Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Mildred T. Williamson had many interests in her life. She ranched, had a retail store with her husband, and was a self employed property owner.
“Sandy” was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to James and Wilhemina Hart in 1932. She married Phillip Williamson, who died in 1990. Before moving to Paradise, where she lived for the last eight months, Mrs. Williamson lived in Susanville and Arizona.
She enjoyed traveling, visiting garage sales, gardening and growing indoor plants, which she would give to friends before going to Arizona for the winter. She loved helping others and giving rides to medical appointments.
Mrs. Williamson was a member of the Paradise Eagles Lodge, Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign War Auxiliary, American Legion and hospice volunteer and the Magalia Pines Baptist Church.
Surviving her are her two sons, John McCormick of Renton, Wash., and James T. Lynch of Santa Cruz; daughters Susan Baxter of Paradise, and Carol Cotter of Susanville; sisters Marion Chartrand of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and Doreen Pranschke of San Jose; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Williamson’s family will have a private celebration of life at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise Hospice and Home Care.
Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Harley A. “Dick” Clark served for 31 years as building and grounds supervisor at Escondido Elementary School.
He was born in 1916 in Iowa to Harley and Bessie Clark. Mr. Clark also served in the Navy during World War II.
He belonged to the Paradise Alliance Church, the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.
Mr. Clark died Monday at age 84.
Surviving him is his wife of 61 years, Wilma Clark of Paradise; daughter, Sharon Parker of Paradise; sister, Wilma Harkness of Cromwell, Iowa; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service will be held. Rose Chapel Mortuary is handling the arrangements.
Jack Lee Hartman Jr.
Jack was born in Lynwood, California to Jack and Ann Hartman.
Ann remarried Merle Stout and together they raised Jack, his sister Linda and brother, Danny.
Jack married Linda Small on 8/1/1970 and together they had five beautiful children.
Jack also has a son, David born to Sharron Smith.
Jack remarried on 7/18/1983 Linda Hagey.
An infant daughter, Diana, preceded Jack in death.
He is survived by his children; Jack the third, Brenda, Angela, Jason and David.
He leaves five beautiful grandchildren and another on the way.
His father, Jack Senior and Marge, his parents, Ann and Merle Stout, his sister Linda and his brother, Danny, also survive him.
His wife of seventeen years, Linda and stepsons Chris and Mike Clausen and their children survive him.
Jack had many biological and step-grandchildren, some he has never seen.
They would have made him proud, as would his children.
Though you had a troubled life your family wishes you peace now.
Frank Czechowicz was instrumental in organizing the men’s retreat at his church, St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
Born in Auburn, N.Y., he grew up in Poland and returned to the United States in 1933.
His parents were Frank and Anna Czechowicz.
He owned the Auburn Wallpaper & Paint Store until his retirement in 1983.
In Paradise, he was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Elks Lodge, SIR Branch 82 and the Paradise Pines Golf Club.
Mr. Czechowicz died at age 86.
Survivors include his son, Robert Tuleya of Oakhurst; daughters, Monica Czechowicz of Paradise, and Lorraine Dacey of Auburn, N.Y.; brothers, Witold and Joseph of Poland; sisters, Genevieve Woloszyn of Johnson City, and Anna Szymula of Poland; very dear friend Sophia Corbett of Paradise; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nephews and nieces.
A funeral service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Thomas More Church in Paradise. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Ridge Hospice, 7076 B Skyway, Paradise, CA, or to St. Thomas More, 767 Elliott Rd., Paradise, CA 95969.
Paradise Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Carolee McCombs, tirelessly helped family and friends with medical and support counseling throughout her life.
She was born in Santa Cruz, graduated from Vallejo High School in 1963, and received a nursing credential while later living in Napa. Ms. McCombs was an RN in Napa, as well as at Enloe Hospital in 1977.
She also earned a real estate license, and worked in real estate in the early 1980s in Chico and Paradise, all the while keeping her RN license current. She was also an accomplished swimmer.
She died June 11 at age 56 after a long illness.
Ms. McCombs is survived by her son, Rob and daughter-in-law Tracie Tachovsky of Templeton; by Rob’s father Larry Tachovsky of Vacaville; brother Doug and sister-in-law Delight McCombs of Paradise; and granddaughter Kylee Tachovsky of Templeton.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Fred and Dorothy McCombs; and brother Robert McCombs of Reno.
A memorial service was held Monday at the United Methodist Church in Paradise. Flowers and remembrances may be made in her name at Rose Chapel Mortuary, 6382 Clark Rd., Paradise, CA 95969.
Dorothy L. Laskey worked as a secretary for the IRS for five years. She also was a great homemaker and enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading and traveling.
She was born in Stilts, Md. In 1920 to Paul and Mabel Lambert.
She married Marvin Laskey, who preceded her in death in 1996.
Mrs. Laskey died at age 80 in Chico.
She is survived by her sons, Jerry Laskey of Paradise and Richard Laskey of Derby, Kan.; brother Paul Laskey of Orlando, Fla.; sister Mildred Tweed of New Freedom, Va.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Henry; and sisters Corrine Corbet and Helen LaMotte.
A memorial service was held Monday at Rose Chapel Mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 780 B Luther Dr., P.O. Box 3148, Paradise, CA 95967.
Rose Chapel Mortuary is handled funeral arrangements.
Eugene Champion worked for KZAP for two years as an office manager before selling insurance for Nevin and Witt Insurance Co.
He was very active in the Boy Scouts of America and the Boys & Girls Club of Paradise. He loved kids, cooking and computers.
He was born in San Pedro, where he graduated from high school. He also attended Butte College. Last year, he married Susan Schaffer in Paradise.
Mr. Champion, 25, died of cancer June 12 in his Paradise home.
Besides his wife, Susan, he is survived by his parents, Loyd and Marty Champion of San Pedro, Tom Dallas of Chico and Denise Dallas of Magalia; two brothers, Jeff Champion of San Pedro and Scott Ross of Magalia; and a sister, Jenny Champion of San Pedro.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Brusie Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or Paradise Hospice in care of Brusie Funeral Home.