Norma Katherine Lewis

Beloved artist Norma Lewis passed from this life Jan. 1, 2019, at the age of 87.

Born Norma Tuomala in 1931, to Finnish parents in Hibbing, Minnesota, Norma grew up on the Mesabi Iron Range. Her father worked as a certified welder. During World War II they moved the family to California where her mother and father worked at the Mare Island Shipyards. From there they moved to Monterey where they built a home on Terry Street with a view of the Monterey Bay.

Graduating early from high school, she continued her studies at Monterey Peninsula College and California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. There she was able to pursue her keen interest in art. She also studied privately with Carmel artists Richard Lofton and Howard Bradford. Among many things, Norma was a daughter, wife, mother, musician, horsewoman, artist and volunteer.

In 1949, she met up with a handsome Army Air Corps man, Gordon Lewis; they went on their first date in his Model A to Rosie’s Crackerbarrel in Carmel. Gordon eventually became fire captain for the Monterey Fire Department and Norma worked a variety of jobs, including a stint as a telephone operator.

They were married in 1952 and built a small house on Terry Street, near her childhood home. They raised their two children, Dan and Julie, in Monterey. No matter how busy Norma was, she always managed to take her children and many of the neighborhood children to galleries and cultural events. This provided some of them with their first exposure to art.

As a family, they liked to camp in Big Sur and Mariposa. Norma often joined Gordon on his many sailing trips along the West Coast.

Norma and Gordon moved to Quincy in 1974. There Norma continued her art pursuits and also joined the High Mountain Riders Horse Club. She bought a very smart horse, Miskey, and the two of them traveled around the north state competing and earning many ribbons. The activities of her horse club were a highlight in her life.

As though that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, she ran the old Quincy Greyhound Bus Station, worked on the cook crew at fire camps, helped Gordon fix up properties for resale and more recently walked many dogs at the local animal shelter.

She became an active member of the art community, attended art classes at Feather River College and Chico State University, joined several galleries in Quincy and exhibited throughout Plumas County.

Throughout her life Norma produced a large body of compelling artwork in various media: printmaking, monotypes, serigraphs, etchings, collages, as well as hundreds of drawings and oil and gouache paintings. She had a particular affinity for figurative and nude drawing and painting. A special exhibit of her artwork is on display through January at the Main Street Artists Gallery.

Norma embraced art of all kinds and searched it out wherever she went. She participated in workshops and shows with friends and her daughter Julie, also an artist. She painted often with her partner in crime, Sally Yost. The two of them created, laughed and traveled together. Norma could not work a cell phone or a computer, but she knew how to see. She will be missed.

She was predeceased by her parents, Joan and John, brothers, Henry and John, as well as her son, Daniel Lewis.

She is survived by her dedicated and loving husband, Gordon Lewis and daughter, Julie Lewis, as well as numerous cousins, including Quincy local Joanne Filippi.

Memorial services will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 298 E. High St., Quincy, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m. Reception to follow in the church hall. All are welcome to attend.

**In last week’s obituary for Norma Lewis, mention of her grandchildren, Dayne Lewis and Helen Lewis, was inadvertently omitted. Norma was a devoted grandmother who enjoyed sharing her love of horses by taking her young grandchildren to the corral to ride and was also ready at a moment’s notice to draw or paint any subject of their heart’s desire. Dayne and Helen were an integral part of her life. They will surely miss her.

Leland A. Cross

Leland A, Cross, a 70-year resident of Loyalton, died peacefully in his home on Dec. 11. He was an accomplished artist/sign painter, a loving husband, caring father, grandfather and an active community member.

Leland moved from Vermont to the Sierra Valley in the 1950s where he met the love of his life, Phyllis, and married after a three-week courtship. They were married for 68 years when Phyllis passed away in January of this year. Leland and Phyllis had four children: daughter, Pam Whitley and husband, Marty; son, Greg Cross and wife, Karen; daughter, Pattie Williams; daughter, Penny Gamble and husband, Mark; as well as 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Leland was born and raised in Wilmington, Vermont, which cultured his great love for sharp cheddar cheese and a warm slice of apple pie. He had a secret salad dressing recipe that tantalized the taste buds. He attended Ag School and helped his folks on their farm along with his brother Myron, and sisters Ada, Jane and Linda. Linda is his only surviving sibling. He shared many happy memories of the years he spent in Vermont hunting, fishing and serving in the National Guard.

Leland took great pride in his activity in the 20-30 Club, Loyalton Fire Dept. and the Rotary Club. He earned the nickname in Rotary of “Dead Eye” due to a bet he made with some friends that he could shoot a squirrel; he missed. He illustrated the Rotary paper and drew many caricatures of club presidents and district leaders. He often donated paintings to club events and various community fundraisers in the Sierra Valley and beyond. He had a heart for the valley and the town he made his home.

Leland will be sorely missed by his family and the friends in the valley he so dearly loved.

An open house celebration of Leland’s life will be held at the Sierra Brooks Lodge 510, Longhorn Drive, Loyalton on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please send memorial gifts to the Loyalton Fire Department or the Loyalton Rotary Scholarship Fund in his honor.

Robert Paoletti

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Robert Paoletti. After a hard fought battle with cancer over the last five years, he went home to Jesus on Nov. 30, with his loving wife and children by his side.

Bob was born in San Jose on March 31, 1958.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lori Paoletti, who grew up in Portola; they had two children, David and Nicole Paoletti, who live in Vinton/Chilcoot; his sister, Janice Garite, of Colleyville, Texas; and brother, Al Paoletti, of Arnold. He is also survived by many cousins and nieces, nephews and his in-laws, Cliff and Marilyn Klemesrud, of Portola,

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Virginia Paoletti.

Bob grew up in San Jose and later moved to Santa Cruz, where he met his wife Lori. They eventually moved to Truckee, where the lived for 20 years and raised their children.

He worked in the sign business for many years, passed on from his father. He also owned a retail store, was head of maintenance at a Tahoe resort, and with his son David, ran a property management company in Truckee. He spent the last 10 years in Vinton, where he ran his antique shop, buying and selling “junk” and visiting with all of his many friends that would stop by.

He was very involved with his church in Vinton, especially the youth group, where he was much loved. He was an accomplished guitar player, loved music and wrote many songs. He loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, mountain biking and going for walks with his wife and three dogs.

He was a funny, kind, loving person who would help anyone who needed it and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Vinton Grange Hall at 1 p.m.

Georgia Ann Craig

Georgia Ann Craig was born on Feb. 8, 1945. Georgia went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Nov. 28, 2018.

Georgia was a hairdresser in Portola, since she relocated here in 1982. She enjoyed doing hair for many locals and family. It was her passion to get to know, and love, each person who sat in her chair.

She loved family, friends and our entire community. Her parents brought her here as a young girl, and she returned to her love of Portola with her boys and husband. There was nothing that she would not do if it meant she could help someone.

She loved to laugh, and be with her family and friends. She enjoyed everything girly, from her toes, to her nails, to the fashionable clothes she wore. One of her favorite music artists wasGarth Brooks. Her favorite song was “Amazing Grace.” She loved scrap booking, camping and shopping. And for many years she was on the local bowling team. She enjoyed traveling and loved NASCAR.

She leaves to cherish her memories, a loving and devoted husband of 43 years, Butch Craig; former husband and friend, David G. Healy; her adult children and their spouses, David H. Healy (Christy), Scott Craig (Arah), Thomas Craig (Danie), Jamie Harris (Adam), LeeAnne Craig, Tim Oudyk (Trang Vu); and many, many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; in addition, a host of other relatives and friends.

Audrey J. Kimmel

Audrey J. Kimmel peacefully passed away at her home on Nov. 27, 2018, as a result of cancer. She is survived by her daughter Jacque Renwick and son-in-law John Renwick, of Athol, Massachusetts; son John Kimmel and daughter-in-law Pauline Kimmel, of Quincy; granddaughter Christina Kimmel Lutz and grandson-in-law Kenneth Lutz, of Reno, Nevada; and grandson Aaron Kimmel, of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Kimmel — a World War II veteran — and her brother, Lorne Wilson.

Audrey was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Los Angeles. She graduated from Alhambra High School and received an AA degree from College of the Sequoias in 1951. In 1952, she married Edward L. Kimmel, of Monterey Park. She worked from 1953 until retirement in 1988 as medical secretary in Norwalk, mostly for surgeon Jean F. Crum, MD. Audrey was a devoted mother and member of the Nazarene Church in Whittier, teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir. Upon retirement, Ed and Audrey moved to Willits. In Willits, she spent hours each week volunteering in the local library and distributing food to the needy. She had resided in Quincy the past two years. She will be missed by all those who knew her, but is in a much better place now.

Joseph Thomas Bones II

Joseph Thomas Bones II, better known as JT, was born April 14, 1996, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nevada, and died Nov. 25, 2018, due to injuries sustained in a car accident.

A lifelong resident of Portola, JT’s school years encompassed Head Start Preschool, C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School and Portola Junior/Senior High School, where he graduated in 2014. He attended Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, from 2015 – 2016.

While in high school, JT played junior varsity and varsity basketball 2011 – 2014 and varsity football in 2014. He relished his role as the Portola Tiger mascot in 2013.

JT enjoyed his involvement with the Youth on Fire (YOF) group at the New Life Christian Center (Assembly of God) in Portola, led by Lance and Lynnann Benbow. During his junior high and high school years he attended Acquire the Fire conventions held in Sacramento. JT also loved the annual YOF summer trip to Yosemite and faithfully worked the car washes and Christmas tree sales to fund that favorite event.

Armed with a work permit at age 15, JT began his work career at the Graeagle Restaurant in 2011, where he remained employed until September of this year. Owner Ed Ward, a vital presence in JT’s life from the beginning, was a beloved mentor JT looked to for guidance and direction.

JT loved animals and they loved him. He worked at the High Sierra Animal Shelter 2014 – 2015. He proved to be an excellent dog sitter and provided care for other pets as well. He also adopted his well-loved best 4-legged companion ‘Cocoa’ into the family.

After his stint at college, JT took a seasonal job at the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort (2016 – 2017). He worked the lifts with some of his high school buddies, and as roommates they commuted together from Portola to Tahoe. The enthusiasm of those same friends propelled him into snowboarding, a sport he quickly grew to love.

His heart’s desire was to be a firefighter and JT accomplished that by first becoming a volunteer firefighter with the Graeagle Fire Department in 2016. This year, 2018, he began his rookie season with Wood Fire and Emergency Services and worked the Carr, Hirz, Ferguson, Camp and Woolsey fires. Owner Cindy Wood said the engineers would almost “fight” over JT to be on their team.

Those who knew and loved JT describe him as “a free spirit full of love.” His joy and happiness were contagious, and others felt better just by being around him. He had the ability to lift spirits and make others laugh as they looked at life through his eyes. Being with JT guaranteed special and joyful times.

Even while doing daily tasks or working one of his jobs, JT embraced life with anticipation and excitement. That became especially evident when he was going to one of his favorite places. Las Vegas topped his list of exciting places, while the ocean captured his favorite spot for serenity.

JT grew up in a very close family, raised in the same town as his parents and where his grandparents still live. His family did everything together, which not only included JT’s parents and siblings but his grandparents and uncles and aunt from Reno. His parents often included many of JT’s friends, making them “family” as well.

Survivors of JT are parents Lisa and Tony Hartwig; father Joseph Thomas Bones and wife Lisa Bones; siblings, Daphne Bones, Claire Hartwig and Leon Hartwig; grandparents, Richard and Kathy Eisenbeiss; grandfather Lauren Hartwig; uncle, Nick Hartwig; uncle, Richard Eisenbeiss II; nephew, Seth Eisenbeiss; uncle, Nicholas Eisenbeiss; aunt and uncle, Sarah and Jesse Hibbs; and niece, Lyric Hibbs.

For those privileged to know JT, they enjoyed the awesome experience of knowing a kind-hearted and loving young man. Fortunate are the ones who shared in the special life of this joyous and wonderful person. To all who knew him, he will remain a legend.

The celebration of life for JT Bones will be held Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 449 W. Sierra Avenue in Portola, with a reception to follow.

Diane Lynn Green

Diane was born on June 5, 1955, in Vallejo and raised in Vacaville. She came to Portola in 1998. She died on Nov. 22, 2018.

She retired from Bank of America, after working for them for 34 years.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Green; and his sons, Kenneth and Gregory; also her sister, Debbie Kiser.

June Schoknecht Dewey

June Schoknecht Dewey died on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at her home in Graeagle. She was 86.

Born on Aug. 27, 1932, in St. Louis, Missouri, June attended Washington University School of Nursing at Barnes Hospital and earned a nursing degree. While there, she met her future husband, Richard Ryder Dewey, a student intern at Washington University Medical School. They graduated in 1955 and were married for 62 years.

In 1959, June and her husband moved to Los Altos, where Dr. Dewey started a private practice in Palo Alto.

June was active in her community and volunteered for many organizations. She is past president of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Santa Clara Medical Society, the Bellarmine Prep Mother’s Guild and the San Francisco Symphony Mid-Peninsula League. She was also a member of Allied Arts and the Peninsula Volunteers.

An avid golfer, June was captain of the Stanford Women’s Golf Club, and played regularly with women’s groups at Stanford Golf Course, Graeagle Meadows Golf Course, White Hawk Ranch Golf Course and De Anza Country Club in Borrego Springs. She and close friend Moo Anderson co-founded the Medalist Club to raise money for the Stanford Women’s Golf Team, now a perennial NCAA title contender.

For 19 years, June and Dick assisted with the Super Bowl Golf Tournament, which raised money for NFL Charities. They also helped with the Pro Bowl tournament in Hawaii.

June was outgoing, generous and devoted to her family. She loved to entertain, often hosting dinner parties for friends, doctors, professors, Stanford student-athletes and clergy. June also enjoyed collecting modern art.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Dewey, her son Richard Ryder Jr., daughter-in-law Lynnie Tuck Dewey, daughter Valerie Dewey Soltau, son-in-law Mark Soltau, and grandchildren Richard Ryder III (Trey), Jenna Michelle Dewey and Shelby June Soltau, and great-grandson Ryder Dewey.

The family will hold a private memorial service. In memory of June, they ask that donations be made to the Peninsula Volunteers, 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park, California 94025.

Donald Keith Davis

Don Davis, 85, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at Renown Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Don was born to Jim and Lena Davis in Keifer, Oklahoma, April 15, 1933.

He will be greatly missed by his high school sweetheart of 66 years, Joan (Justice) Davis; son Mark (Merna) Davis of Carlsbad, New Mexico; daughter Donna (Ned) Chaney of Dayton, Nevada; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and countless lives he touched throughout his life.

Arrangements for Don’s memorial service, held Tuesday, Nov. 20, were lovingly provided by Greg Marr of Manni Funeral Home, Brad Campbell of Portola Station Church, Rallin Klundby of Sierra Christian Church, and Portola VFW Post 3758.

Phillip Jay Simpson

It is with great sadness that the family of Phillip Jay Simpson announces his peaceful passing on Nov. 8, 2018. He was born in Los Angeles, June 10, 1933.

Phillip served four years in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from San Jose State in 1960. He retired from Willamette Industries after 35 years.

Forever remembered by his loving wife of 60 years, Arline; their three children, Stephanie Armstrong (Chris), Steve (Debbie) and Jennifer; grandson, Kyle; granddaughter, Cara (Matt); and great-grandson, Isaac; and sister, Bonnie Apps.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

A memorial is planned in the springtime at Whitehawk Ranch, Clio, where Phil loved living the last 22 years of his life.

A life well lived. A loving heart. A lasting legacy