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Subject: [CAMODOC] MCR Obit 5/17/2007
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 11:58:33 -0700
Modoc County Record – May 17, 2007
Beth A. Osterby
Returning Alturas resident Beth Anne Osterby, 17, passed away Saturday, May
12, 2007 as the result of a car accident in North Pole, Alaska where she had
been living. Beth was born Feb. 6, 1990 in Fairbanks, Alaska. She attended
North Pole Elementary School, North Pole Middle School and was a junior at
North Pole High School. She had attended Modoc High School as a sophomore
and had planned to fly back to Alturas, CA May 28, so she could finish her
senior year at Modoc High School, and live with her mother Laurie and
step-father Jason Teal of Alturas.
Beth was a former gymnast and a member of Order of Rainbow for Girls. She
had a kind heart and was a beautiful, caring young lady who will be missed
by everyone who knew her. She had many friends in Alturas and she was
looking forward to returning to Alturas.
Her funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m. today, May 17, at Friends Community
Church, 1485 30th Ave. in Fairbanks, AK. A reception will follow at the
Masonic Lodge, 10th Ave. and Noble Street. Beth will be laid to rest in
Beth is survived by her father Ray Osterby of North Pole, AK; her mother and
stepfather Laurie and Jason Teal of Alturas, CA; sister Teri Osterby Taylor
of Hollywood, CA; brother Christopher Osterby of North Pole, AK; maternal
grandparents Michael and Carol Smith; step-grandparents, James and Janice
Teal; uncles Robert Curry and family, Daniel Osterby and uncle Charles
Baxter and family; aunts, Diane Withorn and family, Marilyn Baxter, Shirley
Merckley and family, Sharon Baxter and family and Cassandra and family;
step-uncles, James Teal and family and Jesse Teal, and many friends.
Arrangements were by Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
California Pines resident Joan Norman passed away of natural causes at her
home on May 14, 2007. Mrs. Norman, age 60, was born in Lumberton, New Jersey
on July 29, 1946. She was the owner and operator of bookkeeping services.
She and husband Marc had moved to Modoc County eight years ago. Services are
pending, with arrangements being made through Kerr Mortuary, Alturas.
Lillie May Kunert
Lillie May Kunert passed away April 15, 2007 in Redding, CA. Mrs. Kunert
would have been 83 on May 30. She was born Lillie May Johnson in 1924 in
Pontotoc Stonewall, Oklahoma and completed the eighth grade in Porterville,
CA. She married her husband of 54 years, LeRoy Edward Kunert, Sr., on March
9, 1950, in Visalia, CA. Upon LeRoy's discharge from military service, the
family resided in Porterville for 12 years. The family moved to Sisters, OR
and arrived in Surprise Valley in 1974, where LeRoy worked on several
ranches while Lillie tended the house, children and cooked for the ranch
hands. The Kunert's resided in Surprise Valley for 31 years and upon LeRoy's
passing December 23, 2004, Lillie moved to Alturas to be closer to her son.
Lillie loved being with her family. She had an extensive collection of salt
and pepper shakers and dolls. She enjoyed sewing and created many outfits
for the dolls. She was a wonderful cook, wife, mother, friend and confidant.
As per her wishes, no services will be held. Donations may be made to any
charity of the donor's choice.
Mrs. Kunert is survived by her daughter Judie Hunt and husband Bob of
Porterville, CA; son LeRoy Kunert, Jr. and girlfriend Melissa Berkshire of
Phoenix, AZ; son Jeff Kunert and wife Cheryl of Alturas, CA; grandson Robert
Hunt and wife Carol of Lincoln, CA; granddaughter Kara Lee Kunert of
Redmond, OR; grandson David Kunert and wife Angie of Tillamook, OR;
grandsons Jeremy and Sean Kunert, Rex and Kaid Kunert of Alturas, CA; sister
Edith Bettancourt and husband Tony of Morgan Hill, CA; sister Mary Woods and
husband Woody of Pasadena, TX; sister Caludie Bowden of Arkansas;
great-grandchildren J.C. Hammer, Jordan and Karia Newgen of Redmond, OR;
Shelby and Carter Kunert of Tillamook, OR; Joshua, Melissa, Caleb, James and
Mark Hunt of Lincoln, CA.
Margarie Nelson died Wednesday, May 9, 2007, of natural causes at Modoc
Medical Center in Alturas, CA. She was 92. Margarie was born August 3, 1914
in Mangum, Oklahoma, to parents Robert and Theo Roberts. She graduated from
high school in Mangum, and on November 18, 1933, she married her high school
sweetheart, Lonnie Nelson.
In 1947, Margarie, Lonnie and daughter Marilyn, moved from Oklahoma to
Alturas, where she spent the rest of her life. Margarie worked for Henderson
Motors for several years, then worked for the City of Alturas Clerk's
Office. She retired from there in 1977. Margarie was a member of Beta Sigma
Phi sorority. She loved to play cards and belonged to a duplicate Bridge
club for over 25 years. She also loved to sew and she crocheted many afghans
for her family. She and Lonnie enjoyed camping and fishing together. After
Lonnie passed away in June 1993, she spent several winters at Lake Havasu
with Marilyn and her husband Ernie. She will be remembered for her devotion
to family and friends.
Margarie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Marilyn and Ernie Hess,
Alturas, CA; grandson Mike Hess and wife Marcie, Allen, TX; grandson Keith
Hess and wife Lesley, Durham, CA; great-grandchildren Tim and Danielle Hess,
Allen, TX; Whitney, Taylor, Nick and Alex Hess, Durham, CA; several nieces,
nephews and friends.
Margarie was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lonnie Nelson;
grandson Barry Hess; brother Lamar Roberts; sisters Lorene Stiles and Margie
Margarie will be laid to rest beside her husband. A memorial will be held
this summer in Alturas. Donations may be made to the Federated Community
Church, Alturas, CA.
Nancy Slosson and James E. Slosson, PhD
Nancy Jane (Samuel) Slosson, 82, a long-time resident of Sherman Oaks,
California, passed away April 27, 2007, from complications of congestive
Nancy was born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 11, 1924. Nancy spent her
early childhood in Douglas, Arizona, where her Welsh-born father, John Moore
Samuel was a mining engineer, and her mother, Gladys Doane Samuel, was a
school teacher She moved with her family to Los Angeles, California, and
graduated from Los Angeles High School and the University of Southern
California. Nancy was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority at USC and
graduated with a BS in Business and Marketing in 1947. Nancy was an avid
Trojan football fan, attending games as a school girl, and later,
accompanied by her husband. A loyal Trojan fan, Nancy rarely missed a home
game in over 65 years.
While at USC, she met and married James Edward Slosson. Nancy was a wildlife
enthusiast and actively supported the Los Angeles Zoo and the San Diego Zoo,
as well as other zoos across the country. Whenever she accompanied Jim to
geologic conferences, she would always visit the local zoo. Her favorite
animal was the Sea Otter, and she contributed to the Long Beach Aquarium Sea
Otter Exhibit. Nancy and Jim were active supporters of USC Track and Field
for their entire adult life. Nancy served as President and Business Manager
for her husband's consulting geology practice, Engineering Geology
Consultants, for over 30 years. Nancy was active in civic affairs, including
the Federation of Republican Women's Club of the San Fernando Valley and the
Carrousels, a San Fernando Valley service organization. Nancy was a
volunteer at the Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys. Believing in
public service, Nancy and Jim often hosted and organized candidate and
public forum events in their home and at their favorite Topanga Canyon
retreat, the Trippet Ranch. Nancy also volunteered on many local and
James E. Slosson, Ph.D., a native of Van Nuys, California, passed away the
next day, April 28, 2007 at the age of 84 after a lengthy illness. They
moved down the road as they had in life: together. Jim Slosson was born
April 12, 1923 in one of the first ranch houses in Van Nuys. He graduated
from Van Nuys High School, where he excelled in track competitions. He
graduated from the University of Southern California and pursued his passion
for track and field events, as well as an eventual profession in geology.
Jim Slosson was a three-year varsity letterman on the USC track team in
1946, 1947 and 1948. In 1947, Jim married Nancy Jane Samuel, and began a
life together that spanned 60 years.
Jim served in the U.S. Army during World War II, rising to the rank of
Second Lieutenant. He also served as a reserve in the Naval Reserve and the
California National Guard. Jim graduated from USC in 1950 with a Master's
degree in Geology. After graduation, Jim was an assistant track coach at USC
from 1955-1962, under the direction of Coaches Dean Cromwell and Jess Hill.
He coached Max Truex, who competed with the U.S. Olympic Team in the 1956
Melbourne and 1960 Rome games. Mel Hein was a member of the USC track team
under Assistant Coach Slosson, excelling at the pole vault. Jim took joy in
the many accomplishments of his student athletes and pupils, maintaining
long relationships with many, near and far. In 1958, Jim received his
doctorate from the University and began his career in geologic consulting.
Jim was a charter faculty member of Los Angeles Valley College, serving as
Professor of Geology and Chair of the Geology Department at Valley College
from 1975-1984. He also served as California State Geologist and Chief of
the Division of Mines and Geology from 1973 to 1975. As State Geologist, he
introduced a series of Guidelines for Practice, which had enormous impact on
raising the standard of care of engineering and environmental geologists,
not only in California, but nationwide.
Dr. Slosson worked for the City and County of Los Angeles and the State of
California. Dr. Slosson helped develop and pass the Seismic Safety
Commission Act of 1975, which established the State Seismic Safety
Commission to advise the Governor, State Legislature, state and local
government on ways to reduce earthquake risk. He served on the Seismic
Safety Commission for 8 years. James also served on the State Board of
Geologists and Geophysicists. James was a member of the Board of Trustees of
the Geological Society of America for 2 years and on the Board of Directors
of the Dibblee Geologic Foundation. He was often sought after by the news
media as a consultant following numerous earthquakes and landslides in
California. He volunteered to develop basic applied geology programs for the
education and training of geology inspectors and engineers, and presented
numerous talks on earthquakes, landslides and other geologic hazards. Dr.
Slosson had published over 100 articles emphasizing the geologic processes
associated with landslides, sedimentation and flooding.
Jim and Nancy never missed a USC/UCLA Dual Track Meet. In fact, James
watched the 2007 Dual Track Meet with his beloved family in his hospital
room the day he passed away.
While their permanent home was located in the San Fernando Valley, Jim and
Nancy also spent a great deal of time each year at their cabin in Modoc
County, in the little town of Likely, California. The Slosson's first
encountered Modoc County in the 1950's. They initially enjoyed a very
primitive cabin near Soup Springs in Jess Valley, eventually exchanging that
for a comfortable log cabin at Pine Shadow Village at the northeastern end
of Jess Valley.
Jim acted as the County Geologist for Modoc and Lassen Counties for a number
of years and worked on several geologic projects in the area. Coach Slosson
also found summer work for many of his track athletes during the summer
months in Modoc. They both enjoyed the country life at the end of the meadow
in Jess Valley. Jim hunted and fished with Nancy and friends, and Nancy
prepared his catches. They also shared a love of horses, golden retrievers
and Jack Russell terriers.
Jim and Nancy are survived by their daughter, Bonnie Slosson and her
husband, Michael D'Onofrio, of Sacramento, and their son, Thom Slosson, his
wife, Lynn, and two grandchildren, Clint, 21, and Katelyn Slosson, 18. Jim
is survived by his brother Jack Slosson and his wife, Eleanor, of
Carmichael, CA. Jim and Nancy also shared their love with godson Gary Hein
and his family of Walnut Creek, and the entire Hein family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the
following organizations: Trojan Force of the USC Track and Field, Dr. James
Slosson Academic Achievement Award, Attn: Ron Orr, USC Heritage Hall, Los
Angeles, California, 90089-0602; Los Angeles Valley College Foundation, 5800
Fulton Ave., Valley Glen, CA 91401, Attn: Slosson Memorial; Richard O. Stone
Scholarship Fund, USC College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, 3551 Trousdale
Parkway, ADM 204, Los Angeles, California, 90089-4015; Likely Volunteer Fire
Department , PO Box 515, Likely California, 96116; and Great Basin
Institute, PO Box C, Cedarville, California, 96104,
Private celebrations of the lives of Jim and Nancy Slosson are being planned
by the family at USC and Likely, California.
Billie C. & Anita 'Jean' Reynolds
Family Researcher of "The Last Frontier"
Modoc County, California
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