Sept. 8, 1916 - Sept. 30, 2001
Joseph L. Messina Sr., 85, was born in Lawrence, Mass.
Joseph Messina worked for Aerospace for over 20 years. He married Wilma Deemer in Las Vegas on July 24, 1971.
Mr. Messina as a member of St. Thomas More Catholic church.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Messina of Magalia; three sons, Joseph, Raymond and Ronald Messina; three daughters, Evelyn Locke, Sandra Brandi and Frances Thompson; nineteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
A Catholic vigil service will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at Glen Oaks, Thursday, Oct. 4., 2 p.m. Rev. Brendan McKeefry will officiate.
Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the funeral.
Jan. 23, 1923 - Sept. 27, 2001
Marie Dorothy “Dottie” Poling, 78, was an active member of the Women of the Elks Lodge in Paradise. She enjoyed playing the piano and dancing.
Mrs. Pling was married for 28 years to Willard “Bill” Poling, who died in 1998.
She previously lived in the East Bay area since birth, then relocated to Magalia for 20 years. She lived her last three years of life in Durango, Colo.
She is survived by her two sons, Michael Chaulklin of Coulterville and Joseph Chaulklin of Durango, Colo. One daughter, Marie Polig of Ignacio, Colo.; one stepson, Rick Poling of Castro Valley, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, Oct 4, 8 a.m. till 10 a.m. at the Chapel of the Pines.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, at Magalia Cemetery.
Aug. 23, 1921 - Sept. 29, 2001
Teresa “Terry” Ann Haynes, 80, was an active hospice volunteer and an active pinochle club member. Mrs. Haynes was a world traveler, loved the movies and knitting. She also loved to spoil her grandchildren and was said to have never known a stranger.
Mrs. Haynes parents, Joseph and Teresa McCarthy are both deceased. Her husbands, Howard Edwin Collins and John P. Haynes, preceded her in death. A son, Joseph Collins and a brother, Frank McCarthy also preceded her in death.
She is survived by her sons, Daniel Collins of Idaho and Thomas Collins of Minnesota; daughters, Peggy Berry of Magalia and Linda Rintoul, of Gilroy; brothers, Tim McCarthy and Joe McCarthy, both of California; and sister, Catherine Heinbockel of California.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, at the East Valley Church, 2827 Flint Ave., San Jose. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Rose Chapel Mortuary is making funeral arrangements.
Jan. 31, 1922 - Sept. 21, 2001
Arlene M. Rose, 79, moved to Paradise in 1991 from Pleasant Hill.
Mrs. Rose worked in the Richmond defense plant during World War II. She also spent time working at a Chinese dry cleaner and as a waitress.
Her husband, Russ Rose, preceded her in death in 1993. She is survived by her son, Allen Evans of Paradise; brothers, Eugene Ziehl of St. Cloud, Minn. and Donald Ziehl of Oxnard; sister, Marge Weis of St. Cloud, Minn., four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
There will be no services at her request. Rose Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Dec. 4, 1924 - Sept. 30, 2001
Gladys Harriet Marti, 76, graduated from Proctor High School, in Proctor Minn. Mrs. Marti married Robert Marti on March 31, 1951, in San Leandro. She and Robert enjoyed 10 different cruises. Their last cruise was on their 50th wedding anniversary. They flew to Costa Rica and spent their anniversary on the island of Aruba.
Mrs. Marti was a member of the Paradise Elks Auxiliary.
Her husband, Robert of Magalia; three daughters, Barbara Bayog of San Jose, Linda Wilson of Hollister and Nancy Roberts of Gilroy; one brother, Robert Helmer of Duluth, Minn., one sister, Genieve Root of Brentwood and four grandchildren survive her.
Services were held yesterday at the Old Magalia Commun-ity Church.
Paradise Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.
April 6, 1943 - Sept. 30, 2001
John B. “Jack” Fontenot, 58, moved from Clearlake to Paradise in 1991. Mr. Fontenot was married to Joy Beeson on Aug. 5, 1995, in Reno, Nev. He worked as a tool and die machinist and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Machinists Union, Electrician’s Union and bartender.
He loved life and was crazy about classic cars. Mr. Fontenot enjoyed golf and all other sports but loved football, especially the 49er’s. He treasured his family and his many friends.
His wife, Joy Fontenot of Paradise; daughter, Danielle Fontenot and son, John B. Fontenot III, both of Chicago, survive him.
No services are planned. Cremation will take place at the Chapel of the Pines Mortuary and inurnment will be private.
Dec. 21, 1922 - Sept. 27, 2001
Anna Singleton Waymeyer, 78, died from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). The disease became evident after she lost her speech following a back surgery in the autumn of 1999.
Mrs. Waymeyer lived a simple life through her grade-school years; walking to a one-room schoolhouse and living out on a country road with no electricity or indoor plumbing. Mrs. Waymeyer graduated with high grades from Bel Air High School and later from National College for Christian Workers in Kansas City, Mo. Her early working career includes several years as a small telephone switchboard operator and Edgewood Arsenal during World War II.
Mrs. Waymeyer’s 50-year marriage to Walter K. Waymeyer began in Las Cruces, N.M., where the superintendent of the local school system employed her, and Mr. Waymeyer was a lieutenant in the army. Ann was her daughter’s Brownie and Girl Scout leader in Venice in the ’60s.
She was a proficient artist in oils and as a florist as she did the flowers for many weddings. Mr. and Mrs. Waymeyer lived in Southern California through most of their married lives, moving to Paradise in 1995.
She was active in her local churches: Forest Hill, Md.; Ithaca, N.Y.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Santa Monica, Huntington Beach, Claremont and Paradise United Methodist Church in Paradise. She was a sister in the TL Chapter of PEO.
Mrs. Waymeyer is survived by her husband, Walt Waymeyer of Paradise; daughter, Joyce Waymeyer of Houston, Texas; son, Ken Waymeyer of Orange and two sisters, Naomi George of Eustis, Fla. and Elizabeth Hamilton of Forest Hill, Md.
A memorial service will be held at the Paradise United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Endowment Fund of the Paradise United Methodist Church.
Sept. 11, 1921 - Sept. 28, 2001
Hazel Irene Murray was born in Tom, Okla., and passed away at her daughter’s home in Rocklin. Mrs. Murray worked for the Paradise Unified School District for many years. She was a Paradise resident for the past 26 years.
Mrs. Murray was a member of the Eastern Star, Rebekah Lodge, and Past Mother Advisor of Rainbow. She loved to cook, garden, gamble and play Yahtzee.
Her daughters, Brenda Cockerham of Groveland and Bobby Kay Pointer of Rocklin; granddaughters, Kathleen White of Modesto; Sherry Arndt of Oakdale; grandsons, David Massey, of Groveland; Jon Robert Pointer of Lincoln, Sean Murray Pointer of Loomis; and nine great-grandchildren survive her.
Friends are welcome to attend a viewing, Thurs. Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Rose Chapel. Graveside services at 1 p.m. in Paradise Cemetery. Donations preferred to your local hospice. Arrangements by Chapel of the Valley, Roseville.
June 4, 1924 - Oct. 1, 2001
James B. Howe, 77, was a resident of Paradise for twenty-seven years. Mr. Howe served in the military from 1942 to 1944 and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans in Paradise. He married Lois Meeks, Dec. 27, 1973, at the First Baptist Church in Reno, Nev., and worked for Peabody Coal Company, drilling and shooting. He was their foreman for 27 years before retiring.
Mr. Howe was a member of the National Rifle Association and was a Disabled American Veteran and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Howe was a lifelong miner of gold, uranium and coal. He loved fishing, hunting and reloading.
His wife, Lois Howe of Paradise; sons, Richard Howe of Paradise and Leslie Howe of Ill.; daughter, Annette Arnold of Reno Nev.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren survive him.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Fri, Oct. 5, at the Calvary Baptist church.
Jan. 6, 1950 - Oct. 2, 2001
Janice Marie Randall, age 51, owned and operated B.J.’s Place Antiques and Collectibles in Paradise for the last six years.
Mrs. Randall belonged to the newly formed “Sassy Dames Society” in Paradise and the Paradise Church of Religious Science.
She enjoyed going to garage and estate sales looking for antiques and collectibles.
Mrs. Randall is survived by her husband Carl J. Randall of Paradise, whom she married on May 8, 1971; son, Mark Randall of Redondo Beach, sister, Irene Conklin of Paradise; mother, Eilene Hazlehurst of Paradise and daughter-in-law, Jennifer Randall of Redondo Beach.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, at Rose Chapel Mortuary.
Services will be held noon, Saturday, Oct. 6, at Rose Chapel Mortuary. Contributions may be made to Paradise Hospice and Homecare.
Rose Chapel will be handling the arrangements.
Dec. 2, 1954 - Oct. 3, 2001
Kimberly “K.T.” Moore graduated Paradise High School and Califor-nia State University, Chico.
He was an insurance agent and a CPA. He is survived by his parents, Terance O. and Marjorie J. Moore of Paradise; wife, Pamela Patterson Moore of Penn Valley; children, Lance J. Moore of Magalia, Stephen T. Moore of Chico, Benjamin J. Moore of Paradise and Kimberly Ann Moore of Magalia.
He is also survived by stepchildren, Rosa K. Anderson of Davis, Emily I. Scism of Paradise and Woodrow E. Anderson, US Navy Goose Creek, N.C.; brothers, William M. Moore of Albany and Roddy R. Moore of Paradise; sisters, Melody M. Dawley of Sparks, Nev. and Shawn K. Moore of Rocklin; grandchildren, Amber, Taylore, Makayla and Caleb.
Five nephews and two nieces also survive him.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Paradise. Private interment at Paradise Cemetery.
Arrangements made by North Sacramento Funeral Home. Donations can be made in his name to the CMA Church of Paradise.
June 2, 1912 - Oct. 3, 2001
Rose Flores, 89, was born in Marble-head, Mass., to Thomas and Jeanne Mayran.
She was married to William Leach who preceded her in death in 1968, and Manual Flores who also preceded her in death in 1987.
Mrs. Flores was a homemaker, and a factory worker in the shipyards in World War II.
She was also a member of the Gleeners and Beatitudes.
Mrs. Flores enjoyed reading and family gatherings.
She was part of a group that went to convalescent hospitals and senior centers and sang and played musical instruments.
She was very active in her community.
Her daughter, Jean Jacobson of Paradise; ten grandchildren, numerous great- and great great grandchildren survive her.
Nov. 29, 1932 - Oct. 5, 2001
A memorial service took place for Eva “Maxine” Lightfoot, 68, of Paradise 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Grace Brethren Church in Chico.
She died Friday Oct. 5, 2001, at a Chico hospital.
She was born Nov. 29, 1932, in Wakenda, Mo., to Maude and Bert Stanley.
She was raised in Missouri, and in 1950 she moved to Eureka where she worked for Pacific Bell.
On July 7, 1951 she married Larry Lightfoot. In 1978 the couple moved to Chico where Maxine co-owned and operated Deep Steam Cleaners.
She was a member of Bible Study Fellowship and for many years served as a greeter at Neighborhood Church.
Survivors include her husband, Larry of Paradise; four sons, Stephen of Paradise, Charles of Stirling City, Brent of Chico and Vince of Santa Clara; a brother, Lee Stanley of Eureka; a sister, June Bryant of Eureka and three grandchildren.
A graveside service took place 11 a.m. yesterday at Paradise Cemetery.
Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons International Memorial Bible Program in care of the funeral home.
June 25, 1902 - Sept. 26, 2001
Marie Underwood, 99, was a resident of Paradise for 40 years. Mrs. Underwood worked for Westing-house Electric as a home economic representative and was also involved in television advertisements for over 17 years.
Her husband, John Underwood, preceded her in death in the 1950s. One brother, Richard Undersood of Grass Valley, and two nieces and two nephews survive her.
There will be no services at her request. Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.
Jan. 5, 1915 - Oct. 2, 2001
Florentino L. Afuan, 86, moved to Hawaii in 1955 from the Philippines, to California in 1962 and to Paradise in 1998.
He was educated at the University of the Philippines and served as a scout during World War II for the United States.
Prior to moving to the United States, he was a dentist in the Philippines.
He worked as a farm laborer in the United States, and was involved with the Farmers Club in Meca, Calif., and St. Thomas More Church.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, and a daughter, Elinda A. Kianno.
A brother, John Apuan of Long Beach; two sisters, Ora Cajigal of Torrance and Maria Buntrock of North Tustin; three grandchildren, Yvonne of Hawaii, James of Hawaii and Justin of Culver City; and one great grandchild survive him.
Visitation was held Oct. 6 at Rose Chapel.
Jan. 8, 1944 - Oct. 8, 2001
William “Bill” Townley Fink, 57, served in the United States Navy from 1961 to 1963 serving aboard the U.S.S. Sproston, DD577 and a destroyer in the Pineapple Fleet.
Mr. Fink was a whale boat operator and certified life guardsman.
He married Toni Allyn Sommerville in December 1964 in Merced County.
He worked 21 years with the Sheet Metal Workers International in southern and northern California, and also was a self-employed plumbing contractor.
Mr. Fink owned P.D.Q. Plumbing and Rooter Service and Feather River Plumbing.
Mr. Fink enjoyed fishing, boating, water sports, hunting, motorcycle and auto racing.
He enjoyed mechanical tinkering, softball and California history. He was a member of E Clampus Vitus Pair-O-Dice Chapter 7-11 for 18 years.
He belonged to S.E.A.R.C.H. and spent many hours tracking trails and tribulations of California miners and pioneers.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Toni Allyn Fink of Paradise; mother, H. Jane Miller of Paradise; daughters, Robin M. Flowers of Modesto and Danielle Darling of Palm Springs; grandaughters, Tayna Darling of Palm Springs and Nina Marie Flowers of Modesto; grandsons, Christopher and Mathew Darling of Palm Springs and Derec Flowers; and many dear friends and loved ones.
Funeral services will be held at Calvary Chapel at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 14388 Dogtown Rd., Magalia.
His burial will be at Paradise Cemetery.
E Clampus Vitus Honor Guard and Devil Mountain Brigade will conduct and a bagpiper will play Amazing Grace at the Graveside.
Paradise Chapel of the Pines will be handling the arrangements.
Jan. 8, 1944 - Oct. 8, 2001
William “Willie” T. Fink, born Jan. 8, 1944 in Atlanta, Ga., resided in California from 1944 until 1961. He joined the U.S. Navy, serving 3–1/2 years aboard USS Sproston, DD577, a destroyer in the Pineapple Fleet, based in Pearl Harbor. He was BM/SN as a motor whaleboat operator and was a certified life guardsman.
After discharge he married Toni Allyn Sommerville in December 1964, in Merced County. He worked 21 years with the Sheet Metal Workers International in southern and northern California. He worked as a self-employed plumbing contractor, owner operator of P.D.Q. Plumbing and Rooter Service and Feather River Plumbing and Mechanical in Paradise. He was also a certified plumbing inspector serving as an industry expert for the California State Contractors License Board. He was an I.C.B.O. certified inspector and I.A.P.M.O. inspector. Mr. Fink served as a charter member of the Paradise Contractors Board of Appeals and the Handicapped access board.
Mr. Fink enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, water sports, motorcycle and auto racing, off roading and four wheeling. He loved mechanical tinkering and softball.
Mr. Fink was a captain and member of E Clampus Vitus , Pair-O-Dice chapter 7-11 for the past 18 years. He was a XNGH and Clamp patriarch for that chapter. Mr. Fink’s passion was truly for California history; he belonged to an organization called S.E.A.R.C.H. and spent many enjoyable hours tracing the trails, trials and tribulations of the California miners and pioneers.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Toni Allyn Fink of Paradise; their daughter, Robin Flowers and son-in-law, Kevin Flowers; grandson, Derec Flowers and granddaughter, Nina Flowers of Modesto; daughter Danielle Darling; granddaughter, Tonya Darling and grandsons, Christopher and Matthew Darling of Palm Springs.; mother, H. Jane Miller of Paradise; and many dear friends and loved ones.
Funeral services will be held at Calvary Chapel at 10 a.m. today.
Paradise Chapel of the Pines will be handling the arrangements.
Oct. 13, 1948 - Oct. 8, 2001
Virginia (Jeni) Gail Knight, 52, lived in Butte County a good part of her life. She also lived in Red Bluff for 15 years before moving to Paradise 10 years ago.
Ms. Knight attended Butte College and graduated with honors in May, 2001 with an associate’s degree in social and behavioral science and a 3.5 GPA.
Her goal was to complete the alcohol and drug studies program at Butte College.
She wanted to be a counselor for children and was certified in massage therapy.
Costco employed Ms. Knight for seven years.
She loved the outdoors, particularly the ocean.
Ms. Knight loved animals and worked at Valley Vet in Red Bluff for several years.
She was a very vibrant and caring woman and would have done anything for anyone, and she was loved by all who knew her, according to her family.
Ms. Knight is survived by her son, Jim Mooney of Chico; daughters, Nicole Goins of Paradise and Christine Ziegler of Salem, Ore.; brother, John Cummings of Red Bluff and sister, Sue Aust of Chico. Eight grandchildren also survive Ms. Knight.
Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Ridge Hospice, Paradise in Care of Sorensen’s Affordable Mortuary.
The scattering of her cremated remains will take place Saturday, at Fort Bragg.
A Celebration of Life will be held next Monday, at 1 p.m. at 5836 McClain.
April 10, 1955 - Oct. 5, 2001
Thomas Howard Vaughn, 46, was born in Castro Valley, to Howard and Patsy Velliquette.
Mr. Vaughn was a mechanic at Thomas Hydraulic for five years.
He is survived by his wife, Jan Vaughn of Paradise; his father, Howard Velliquette of Magalia; two sisters, Vicki Victoria Garner of Sadena, Ariz., and Bami Morgan of Peoria, Ariz; one brother, Scott Velliquette of Magalia.
Memorial services will be held Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. with a reception at 12 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church on Nunneley and Clark Rd.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church in Paradise.
Chapel of the Pines is handling the arrangements.
Aug. 3, 1941 - Oct. 8, 2001
Grover “Mac” Harrison McRae, 60, was born in Wood River, Neb.
He was raised and educated in Nebraska and Kansas, and moved to California in the early 1960s.
On Feb. 14, 1964, he married Renee Chabot in Baldwin Park.
They moved to Paradise in 1965. Mr. McRae was a foreman for Pacific Gas & Electric Company for whom he worked for 29 years.
His last job, which he loved, was camp host at Big Bend.
He enjoyed fishing, going to Gold Country Casino and was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
He is survived by his wife Renee of Paradise; his father, Orval Reed of Anderson,; three daughters, Brenda Firkus of St. Charles, Mo., Diane “Dee Dee” Coakley of Chico and Debora McRae of Paradise; and nine grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Mr. McRae at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Old Magalia Community Church in Magalia.
Inurnment will be held at Skyway Memorial Park, Magalia.
Memorial donations may be made to the Enloe Hospice in care of Newton-Bracewell Cremation and Funeral Services of Magalia, which are in charge of arrangements.