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2B Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter VITAL STATISTICS OBITUARIES Donald J. Beerntsen The thmily of Donald J. !;eerntsen, 83, grieves his death ()ec. 5, 2014, at his home in Oakmont. Don loved ,:alifbrnia, in part due to his ! ifelong love of nature - hiking, birding and exploring ihe state's mountains, rivers, !eserts and coasts. Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, he acquired most of ,is education there, at St. >,trick's schools and St. >~orbert's College. At Iowa State, Ames, he studied :)hysical chemistry, worked at ~tle national radiation lab and ~'eceived his doctorate in 1959. qe wed Janice Penman, of !tudson, Wisconsin, that rome year. They divorced in ~975. Obituary Policy ...... Feather Publishing offers free Death Notices or Paid Obit- uaries. Paid Obituaries start at $80 and may include a photo for an additional ~;10. For more information or to arrange for these notices, contact any of our offices during business hours or email typesetting@, subject obit. He spent the bulk of his career doing metallurgical research for Kaiser Aluminum in Pleasanton after brief stints at Allis-Chalmers and Carborundum. The family built a vacation cabin near Yosemite during the late 1960s and Don built his own retirement home in Quincy in the early 1990s. He always had a quick mind, incessant curiosity, a sense of humor (often very dry) and enjoyed traveling (domestically and internationally), skiing, biking, playing bridge, tennis, golf and lawn bowling in his later years. He very much enjoyed working on his homes and gardens, including developing a passion for bonsai. He shared much of this with his three daughters, who survive: Dawn Sauceman, of Hudson, Wisconsin; Lisa Beernt~en (Tony Speirs), of Graton; and Karen (Jeff) Maxfield, of Calistoga. Other survivors include his sisters, Laverne Langlais, of Denver, Colorado; Margaret Timmerman, of Green Bay, Wisconsin; and two brothers, Leroy, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Jerry, of Waupaca, Wisconsin. Don thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren: Lauren and Claire Maxfield, of Calistoga; Andrew Sauceman, of Chicago, Illinois; and Nathan Sauceman, of St. Paul, Minnesota. A man of great wisdom, many accomplishments, much love and dedication to his family, he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Audubon Society or The Nature Conservancy. The family thanks Memorial Hospice for helping with Don's care in the final weeks his life. Barbara Blaylock A memorial service for Barbara Ann Blaylock, 74, of Chester, will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Chester Baptist Church. Barbara passed away Jan. 13, 2015, at Enloe Medical Center in Chico. She was born July 25, 1940, in Redding, to Dale and Leona Bryant. Barbara attended Central Valley High School in Shasta Lake, and she worked as a clerk at Super Saver Market in Chester for 20 years. Barbara is survived by her two sons, Richard (Sherry) Blaylock, of Chico, and Scott (Tiffanie) Blaylock, of Lincoln; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Blaylock, Kayla Blaylock, Kelsey Blaylock, Michael Blaylock, Michael Rice, Robert Brown and Charles Brown; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Larry George Blaylock. Memorial contributions may be made to Richard Blaylock. Condolences may be sent to affordable hileoot estabtish-ed -1@29 Monuments Benches Signs Borders Address Stones GRANITE - MARBLE NATURAL STONE 110 PACiFiC STREET P.O. BOX 1766 "PORTOLA CA 96122 (530) 832.1908 FAX (530) 832-6828 "AnAqN.CHILCOOTM O N U M ENT. N ET MANNI FUNERAL HOME AND EVERGREEN CREMATORY :ll The Plumas County Fire Safe Council. (PCFSC} has a well-established reputation for accomplishing prqiects designed to fulfill its mission. "To reduce the loss of natural and human #lade resources caused by wildfire through Firewise Community programs and pre-fire activities." Since 2002. the PCFSC has helped proactive communities and landowners to develop wildfire mitigation projects. develop planning documents and tools for Plumas County communities, educate homeowners on important steps that can be taken to help homes survive wildfire, as well as work to educate landowners ~, file fundamentals of forest management. In parmership with the Plumas National Forest, the PCFSC is taking on a new role to initiate a collaborative group designed to increase public engagement in national forest restoration. Please come join your neighbors and community in the first of our public meetings to initiate a collective dialog on the management of our forests and the future of Plumas County. Meetings start in February in the communities of Quincy on February 11'h at the library, Portola on February 18th at the library, Indian Valley on February 25'h at the Town Halt, and in Chester on March 4th at the Memorial Hall. All meetings are from 6-8:~)() PM. This is a new, grass roots effort undertaken in collaboration with the Plumas National Forest. We invite motivated individuals and groups to participate and make a difference in national forest restoration in Plunms County. We are looking for people to help shape this effort and to establish a solid, locally in- fluenced foundation for the long term management decisions that will take place on both public and on participating private lands here in Plumas County. People of all backgrounds and levels of knowledge are invited It) come share ideas, insight, and provide local knowledge of the land. Evolution of this forest restoration plan, and the state of our public land in Plumas County depends on your input. 'The platform for our effort is the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act (CFLRA), which can provide federal funding for forest management on public lands. The CFLRA specifies diverse involvement with public input from the very beginning, the final product being a plan that is widely supported, meets the needs of the forest and its user;. With a locally conceived and approved plan, an application to the CFLRA program can be made. The CFLRA program and other initiatives are necessary to protect communities from wildfire and increase the pace and scale of fuels reduction and landscape restoration in Plumas County. With the help of people who have a common vision and perseverance, we could benefit our forests for generations while taking charge of economic opportunities that we create -through this plan. Visit our wehsitc, to find information on the CFLR process and to get a better sense of how this process can influence the future of our county. Funding for this project is provided in part by decision of the Plumas National Forest following a recommendation of the Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee, of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agricultme Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act Title I1 Program. All meeting facilities include accessibility features. If you require additional assistance tQ participate in a meeting then please contact the Plumas County Fire Safe Council at 530-283-0829 at least 7 days prior to the meeting. Please contact PCFSC Chair and UC Cooperative Extension Natural Resources Advisor Mike De l,asaux at 530-283-6125 or email at for more information. Umversltv,~f Califoxfiia of Mike and Olga Kroencke Peter Michael Kroencke was born in Stockton on Oct. 17, 1955, to (b.m. 2001) Peter and (b.m. 2003) Marilyn Kroenckel the middle child between his sisters Pam and Kathi and his younger brother Jeff. As a child he had an inquiring and curious mind, which at times got him into mischief, but his cousins still talk about his exploits and laugh fondly. After graduating from Stagg High School in Stockton, he joined the Navy and served for two years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, stationed in the Philippines and Alameda. He was honorably discharged in 1974. Taking advantage of the GI Bill for education he started his studies at Lassen College in Susanville, and eventually graduated from California State University Chico with a degree in geology. Besides having an inquisitive mind and a dry sense of humor. Michael loved reading, rock collecting and boating. As a history buff, he was once interviewed by KTVU TV channel (Oakland) while protesting for Ukraine's freedom plight in front of the Soviet Consulate (San Francisco). He especially loved to take care of his family. While studying at Lassen College he met his future love, who became his wife. Olga Tscherepenko. Olga Tscherepenko was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Feb. 5 ~958 to (b.m. 1995) Edward and Daria Francisco, with a special Tscherepenko, both World War dispensation from the II refugees from Ukraine. Olga Ukrainian Orthodox Church of was the second daughter, born the USA Consistory in New after her older sister Maria. Jersey, since Michael was Her younger sister Oksana was Catholic and wanted to marry born years later in the United in Olga's church. States. As a very young child Eventually Michael and Olga she first learned to speak welcomed their two children, Ukrainian, then Spanish and son Michael Edward in 1980, eventually English. In Buenos and daughter Leanne Elaine in Aires she participated inthe 1982. Michael worked as a life of the Ukrainian geologist for mining industry community, companieS, while Olga was a The whole family emigrated mom. They to the United States, which settled first in Portola and later included the only immediate bought a home in Cromberg. family in the west, her Michael Edward and Leanne maternal grandparents (b.m. attended C. Roy Carmichael 1980) Ivan and (b.m. 1985) Olga Elementary School in Portola, Solowiej, and arrived in San while Olga worked as a Francisco on her sixth teacher's aide, taught computer birthday in 1964. She attended classes to children and special grammar school in San Mateo education classes in the where the entire family settled summer for many years. in 1966 and graduated from In 2006 daughter Leanne Hillsdale High School, San married Jacob Lee Rice at St. Mateo. Michael's, settled in Oroville, Her childhood and teenage and eventually had three sons, years, besides being a typical Jacob Nathaniel (2004), Caleb American kid, were spent in Alexander (2006) and Andrew the San Francisco Bay Area's Miguel (2009), all christened at Ukrainian community and in the same church. They were St. Michael's Ukrainian Michael and Olga's pride and Orthodox Church (San joy. The Kroencke and Rice Francisco). She performed families visited every year Ukrainian folk dances on together the Tscherepenko Ukrainian Day in Golden Gate family in San Mateo to Park and for festivals, and soon celebrate and partake of she played the bandura Ukrainian Christmas, a very (Ukraine's national special observance for all, instrument) and was very especially for Olg~['s morn and skilled in the ancient dad and family. Ukrainian art of"pysanky" As time went on, Michael (world-famous Ukrainian switched his job to be closer to Easter egg painting), his family as a substitute Olga was very active in high teacher in Quincy High School school. She played field hockey and soon was hired by the and double bass, and also ice Plumas County Engineering skated. In later years she was a Department as an engineer. Girl Scout leader. Being Olga was also hired by Plumas artistically minded she was County as an information always trying new art technology systems analyst. creations, including ceramics Both worked in Quincy and with Ukrainian designs and were very popular and motifs. But. most of all, she respected employees, always loved to take care of her family, described as cheerful. We are After Michael and Olga met told that they will be incredibly at Lassen College (she was missed. interested in forestry), they Every weekend Michael and eventually married Aug. 26. 1978at St. Michael's in San,, See Obits, page 3B 1 I P CAL-FD 158 - CR With over 25 years experience, Greg Marr and Associates have been a part of your family when you've needed them most. Find out how you can celebrate the life of your loved one with gentle guidance and individual touch. Serving Plumas, Sierra and Lassen Counties, Manni Funeral Home arranges home appointments if you are unable to travel. 300 WWW.MANNIFUNERALHOME.COM 530-832-4673