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From: "Billie C. & Anita 'Jean' Reynolds" <>
Subject: [CAMODOC] MCR Obits 10/12/2006
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 12:20:44 -0700

Modoc County Record – October 12, 2006

Donald Emery Harbert

Services for Donald Emery Harbert, 83 of Bieber, will be held Friday,
October 13 at 11 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery, Nubieber. A potluck luncheon of
salads and desserts will follow the ceremony at the Ladies Club Hall.

Mr. Harbert passed away in Reno, NV. on October 9, 2006.

For many years he was the Harbert Oil distributor.

He was born September 11, 1923, and was a proud descendant of four Big
Valley pioneer families. He served in WWII in the U.S. Naval Air Corps as a
PBM pilot. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, woodcutting and sports. He
leaves behind wife, Nadine Harbert; son Robin Harbert (Cindy), daughters
Gail Philbrook (Richard), Terrill Johnson (Bill) and he was predeceased by
son Kyle Harbert (Cathie). He will be missed by his six adoring
grandchildren, Amanda, Krissie, Wyatt, Luena, Lauren and Denice and three

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. Pall
bearers: Robin Harbert, Wyatt Harbert, Richard Philbrook, Bill Johnson,
Randy Hurd, Jimmy Gier. Honorary pall bearers: Gene Bidwell, Ernie Larkey,
Sam Gerig, Roger Grigsby, Merlie Hatfield, Mark Hicks, Kyle Benefield, Chris
Click, Clarence George, Jack Franck, Greg Bidwell, Michel Josse.

Joshua Velasco Woznack

Josh was born at home in Alturas on February 25, 1983. Dr. Richert and Nurse
Karen were there to help him begin his journey through life, along with a
few family members and close friends.

As Josh grew, our love for him grew as well. He could melt the heart of an
angry mother with just the twinkle in his eye and with that big beautiful

With the patience and skills of several great teachers, Josh became the top
reader in his fourth grade class. From that time forward he always had a
book or two started, mostly about mountain men or cowboy adventures and at
times, the Good Book. He was a wild one, enjoying everything that Modoc and
the good outdoors had to offer. He would say "Don't tempt me with a good
time." And, he meant every word of it.

Josh loved babies and children, his family, friends, dancing, and golf. Josh
enjoyed learning the game of golf. You always knew where he was going with
his golf clubs strapped onto the sissy bar behind him. He was headed to the
golf course to meet a friend for a round of golf.

Josh graduated from Modoc High School in 2002 by the skin of his teeth and
the constant harassment of his good friend, Nicole. He worked at several
different jobs such as ranching, farming and land development at Alturas
Ranches, to road construction and building with Larranaga Construction. Most
recently, he was learning the heating and refrigeration trade with his
long-time friend and mentor Wayne Bethel.

Josh was carried into his new life on September 26, 2006, riding his black
and yellow Harley. Something he loved very much. "RIDE ON JOSH"

Josh's cousin Matt had a dream the day Josh passed away. He said, "Grandpa
Pete and Grandpa Lyle were stringing up the fly rods waiting for Josh to get

Josh is survived by his Grandma, Velma Wilke; Grandpa Don Woznack, his Mama
and Dad, Cindy and Eddie Velasco; his father, Dennis Woznack; sisters
Jennifer Kemper, Sarah Woznack, Christina Woznack-Velasco, Victoria
Larranaga, Lisa Velasco, and Gerese Weber; brother Eddie Velasco Jr., and
many close aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many close friends

"The Pack."

Josh's 23 years seemed all too brief for all of us he left behind, but he
packed a life time of living in those years. He is headed off on a new
adventure. Josh, you will forever live in our hearts.

There is a memorial scholarship fund in Joshua's name at Plumas Bank for
anyone who wishes to make a donation.

James Leal

Former Alturas resident James "Jimmy" Leal also known as "Jackaroo," age 52,
of Albuquerque, N.M. passed away Monday, September 4, 2006.

Jimmy was the tenth child born April 18, 1954, to Joe and Rose Leal in
Tulare, California. He moved to Northern California to live with his sister
Teresa and brother-in-law Eddie Velasco when he was 16 years old. In 1972,
Jimmy enlisted in the Air Force where he proudly served his country.

After the service Jimmy pursued his cowboy dreams. He broke horses and
worked on many ranches throughout Utah, California, Oregon and New Mexico.

In 1987, Jimmy moved to Alturas to work in the building trade with his
lifetime pal and brother-in-law Eddie Velasco. He taught his nieces and
nephews how to be "buffalo rangers." Everyone was his "favorite." He was
always the life of the party and never knew a stranger.

Jimmy settled down in 1998, when he married his lifetime partner Sandee. He
returned to the Roman Catholic Church in Albuquerque where he was to be
ordained as a deacon in June of 2007. He loved the church and he loved the

Jimmy was preceded in death by a stepson, Brandon Spencer, a sister, Irene
Sa; and his father, Joseph Leal.

Survivors include his wife, Sandee Leal; his mother, Rose Leal;
stepdaughter, Shanean Spencer; seven sisters, Dee Martin, Lucille Machado,
Dorothy Leal, Mary Leal, Alice Leal, Teresa Willoughby and Laurie Coleman; a
brother Joe Leal; two grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and
great-nieces and great-nephews including Mark Witherspoon, Victoria
Larranaga, Lisa Velasco and Gerese Weber.

Jimmy was dearly loved by his family and all who knew him. He was laid to
rest September 12, 2006, at Tulare District Cemetery. He will be in our
hearts forever.

Pat Gillespie

Patricia Ann Lawver was born on March 7, 1934 in Los Angeles, CA. She was
the youngest of five children born to Charles Joshua (Nebraska) and Lena
Dell Lawver Hininger (Missouri). Her father, a dock worker, died of
pneumonia when she was eight years old. Her mother, born in 1901, lived for
98 years.

On December 2, 1950 she married Donald Ray Gillespie, her first sweetheart.
The two made their home in the city of Bell, CA. Don began a career in
furniture manufacturing, and in 1951, the first of four daughters was born
and the young bride became a mother. Those four children are: Cynthia Lynn,
Donna Sue, Bonnie Lorene, and Christine Lendell.

The family moved about during those first years eventually planting
themselves in Downey, CA. Their home was always open for get-togethers with
family and friends. Pat had a creative and artistic talent which she greatly
enjoyed sharing with others and entertained and decorated lavishly for
holidays and celebrations. In 1970, the couple purchased the Rancho Steak
House in Alturas, leaving the city life behind. Here, together, the family
lived and worked and again Pat decorated and entertained, this time for a
whole community. She enjoyed those days and the acquaintances and
friendships she made.

They sold the restaurant in 1975 and in 1976 she and Don moved back to
Southern California.

These were difficult times for the couple and they were divorced. Pat began
work as a secretary/bookkeeper, a position she kept and enjoyed for many
years. She lived independently and began painting. Even though they had
divorced she was never far from Don and later his ill health brought them
together again. Although they never remarried, they continued to live as
husband and wife. Don moved back to Modoc County and with the encouragement
of her children and now grandchildren, Pat later followed. The couple lived
in Canby and there Pat opened a small craft store with her floral and craft
creations. This business was later moved to Alturas and she and Don operated
"Crafters" together on Main Street; a small kitchen for him and a local
gifts and crafts store for her. Don's health worsened and the store was
closed in 1998.

In a small house belonging to their daughter, they retired to finish out
their days together. Pat had a heart attack in 1999 from which she never
fully recovered. Don passed away in 2000, after years of struggling with
heart disease. With the help of her daughters and grandchildren Pat has
lived quietly with her poodle, "Greta," and her two cats, "PC and Scooter,"
whom she loved like children.

Pat Gillespie gave up her long battle with lung disease and passed away on
the morning of Saturday, October 7, 2006, in her Alturas home. She was 72
years old.

She is survived by her two brothers: Chuck Lawver (Grants Pass, OR), and
Leonard Lawver (unknown). Her daughters and their families: Cindy Lauer
(Susanville), Donna and Ron Bellamy (Alturas), Bonnie and Jim Sherer
(Canby), Christine and Ken Ward (Tulare); her 10 grand children and their
families: Alice Gillespie, Theresa Lauer, Dawn Emerald, Nicole and Robert
Overacker, Jesse Bellamy, Annette Bellamy, Nadine and Darren Kupsky, Chris
and Lindsey Sherer, Lisa and Mark Newport, and Stephen Ward and 13
great-grand children.

Respecting her request, there will be no memorial, rather a "Celebration of
Life" gathering for Sunday Brunch with all family and friends at California
Pines Lodge on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 12 noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's
choice. Kerr Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

Sandra (Houseman) Sweeney

Services are pending for Sandra Sweeney, 51, of Alturas, who passed away
October 10, 2006, at Surprise Valley Long Term Care, Cedarville, CA. Mrs.
Sweeney was raised in Modoc County.

Arrangements are being made with Kerr Mortuary.

Donna Newsom

Services are pending for Donna Newsom, 66, who passed away at her home in
Davis Creek, CA on October 8, 2006. Kerr Mortuary will be handling

Adam A. Wells

Adam A. Wells, 42, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2006, in a plane crash
in Plumas National Forest near Oroville, CA. He was born August 9, 1964, in
Yreka, CA to Earl and Martha Wells. As a young boy he visited Alturas where
his grandparents Mary and Murray Wells, lived. Adam spent most of his life
in Vancouver, WA and received his Bachelor's Degree at Walla Walla College.
Adam enjoyed flying, and playing keyboard with his band in Paradise.

He is survived by his parents, Earl and Martha Wells; sister Earlene Bailey;
half-sister Becky Trimm; half-brothers Duane and John Wilcher; nieces Tiara
and Brittany; niece Leveta and nephew Jim, aunt Phyllis Clark of Alturas and
cousin Marie White of Alturas. He was preceded in death by his grandparents
Murray and Mary Wells of Alturas.

Funeral services were held in Paradise, CA on September 22. He is loved and

Arnold Shedd

A celebration of life for Arnold Phillip Shedd, 77, of Redding was held at 2
p.m. October 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Redding. The Rev. Eduino
Silveira of the church officiated.

Mr. Shedd died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, at his daughter's residence in
Anderson, CA.

He was born April 30, 1929, in Adin and moved to Shasta County in 1966.

He served in the artillery division of the U.S. Army during the Korean War,
was a lumber handler for U.S. Plywood Corp. and Champion International, and
a member of the U.S. Bowling Congress, the Monday Seniors and Friday Seniors
bowling leagues at Anderson Bowl, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Redding.

Survivors include sons Bill of Sacramento and Mike of Brighton, Colo.;
daughters Linda Helmer of Anderson, Dawna Johnson of Red Bluff, Terri
Derwitz and Nancy, both of Redding; brothers Gordon of McCloud and Delbert
of Anderson; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, 1544 Market St.,
Redding, CA 96001.

Condolences can be posted at

Arrangements are under the direction of Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in

Billie C. & Anita 'Jean' Reynolds
Family Researcher of "The Last Frontier"
Modoc County, California
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