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2B Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter VITAL STATISTICS OBITUARIES Joseph Francis Smith Joseph Fran- cis Smith, a longtime resi- dent of Lake Almanor Coun- try Club and member of Christ the King of Walnut Creek, daughter and son-in-law, Deborah S. Kennedy and Sargeant L. Kennedy and grandchildren Alexander, Elizabeth, Grace and Katina Kennedy of Alamo would like friends to join us at the LACC Club- house Sunday, Aug. 1, from 3 - 5 p.m. in memory of Joe. Church, died at his winter home in Yuma, Ariz. Dec. 11, Irene Rae Joseph 2009. Loving mother, grand- He was born to Herman mother, great-grandmother and Mary Smith in Philadel- and sister Irene passed away phia, Pc. on February 12, quietly after a seven-month 1922, one of nine children. He battle with cancer July 16, is survived by sisters Mary 2010. She was 80 years old. Jane Murray of Drexel Hill, Irene was born April 1, Pc., Ann Schalleur of North 1930, in Glenns Ferry, Idaho, Cape May, N.J., Therese Per- to Agnes and Rex Hall and otti of Oakton, Va. and broth- grew up in Greenville. er, Frank Smith of N. Fort She graduated from Meyers, Fla. Greenville High School in Joe enlisted in the U.S. 1948 and attended theUniver- Navy in 1940, received his sity of Pacific in Stockton. commission as ensign in the She married Homer Joseph and they lived many years in Supply Corps in 1944 and re- tired as a commander in 1968. Genesee Valley raising five He met and married his wife sons. Irene was a homemaker, of 46 years, Frances Forsey Smith, in 1963 and after tours avid card, bingo and cribbage in Jacksonville, Fla., Taipei, player and volunteered at Taiwan and Treasure Island, Banner Hospital and the Sal- they retired to Concord and vation Army in Susanville then to LACC in 1977. where she lived the past 25 Fran and the rest of the years. family: son, James A. Smith Survivors include her sons, Darel and wife Margie of Genesee, Dennis and Kathy of Carson City, Nev., Don and Debra of Redding, Dale and Lynda of Susanville, daugh- ter-in-law Jan of Cody, Wyo. and foster son Greg Ford of Sacramento. She is also survived by her brother James Hall of Sacra- mento and Sister Pauline Griggs of Corning, fifteen grandchildren, eight great- grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer, and son, David. She also leaves behind her friend and com- panion, Bill Monroe, and many other good friends. There will be a graveside service at the Taylorsville cemetery Aug. 7, at 11 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial con- tributions in Irene's memory be made to the Taylorsville Museum or the American Cancer Society. Capt. Joseph Emil Chruma, USNR Ret. Chester resi- dent Captain Joseph Emil Chruma, USNR, .Unified School District Starts for a Safe Planning School Year Superintendent PUSD Glenn Harris What is the connection among school safety and learning?. Answer: Significant Plumas Unified School District has been working over the summer to help make our schools a safer place for students. During the months of July and August, exterior walkthroughs were conducted at each school site focusing on easy outside identification of all offices and classrooms. During the ~months of August and September, custodial and maintenance crews will complete the exter~ sign- ~ing of all facilities to ensure crisisgCsponse personnel can eastly locate all areas of our facilities. The district is having all school facility maps redrawn to accurately represent current site facilities. Locations of power and water shut offs, fire extinguishers, evacuation routes and staging areas, will be included to ensure all district personnel and emergency service providers such as the Sheriff's office have accurate information to assist during an emergency. California Education Rscal Woes Mount A record number of school districts across California are headed toward the red, according to the California Department of Education. "We are seeing an alarming spike in the number of districts that are having trouble meeting their financial obligations," said state schools Chief Jack O'Connell. Presently, there is about a 38% jump this year in the number of districts facing financial uncertainty. I am happy to say that Plumas Unified School District is not on this lisU Our district, while experiencing deficit spending, has planned well for its short-term future given the national and state financial crisis. Our board of education is carefully following a strategic plan that places fiscal health and improving outcomes for students as a top priority. I applaud our governing board for their leadershipl Sincerely, Glenn R. Harris, Superintendent known affectionately as Russian sailor was sick with fishing and that was one of "Captain Joe" passed from appendicitis, the things that brought him this life peacefully with his Because of his knowledge to the beautiful community of wife and family at his side of his native lahguage, heChester fiveyearsago. Monday, July 19, 2010, follow- taught Czech at the post grad- He attended the Lake A1- ing a courageous battle with uate school in Monterey. manor Community Church cancer. Joe was designated radar and was a member of the Born 75 years ago to the approach controller in Glen- American Legion. He joined late Joseph and Emily (Vu- coe, Ga., and received histhe Anacortes, Wash., Lodge jtech) Chruma in Astoria, FAA control operator certifi- #1204 BPOE (Elks) Dec. 6, N Y., Dec. 8, 1934, Joe was cate. He was commanding of- 1961, and continued actively raised in Astoria graduating ficer of special operations, with the Lake Almanor from William Cullen Bryant San Clemente Island. Lodge while residing here. High School as a member of Joe served his country He is a former member of the "class of 1952." valiantly, flying missionsthe Optimist Club serving the He went on to attend Davis over both North and South Palo Alto chapter as a distin- and Elkins College in Elkins, Viet Nam during 1964- 65. guished president and later W.V., graduating with a de- After eight years of active as lieutenant governor. He is gree in physical education duty, Joe continued his ca- a past director of VP2 associ- and business administration, reer for 22 years in the Navy ation, as well as being a mem- He attended Santa Clara Uni- Reserve as a Naval Aviator, ber of the Association of versity, in Santa Clara, while flying out of Alameda NAS NavalAviation and MOAA. he was pursuing a Masters and Moffett Field. Joe had a special place in degree in business. He was commanding offi- his heart for the science of His membership in the cer of Patrol Wing 180 at Mof- aviation and loved to watch ROTC program at Davis and fett in 1978. Joe was promoted the History Channel, the Mfl- Elkins led him to a 30-year to the rank of captain in Feb. itary Channel and his fa- career with the U.S. Navy. 1979 and was attached to the vorite program "Walker Joe was commissioned as an Captains Study Group at Moil Texas Ranger." ensign following his gradua- fett for eight years. In passing, Joe leaves his tion and immediately went to In 1976, while making a loving wife, Elizabeth, who Pensacola, Fla., to the naval sales call in Stockton, Joe so preciously cared for him aviation's initial flight train- met a pretty Irish lass named during his final days at ing program and then on to Elizabeth (Betty) Cleary. This home; daughters Cheryl Corpus Christi, Texas, for an led to the couple's eventual (Bunky) Harris of Sonoma, advanced phase of flight marriage ina beautifulnaval MaryPat Hertz and her hus- training, where he received ceremony at Moffett Field band Ron of Bonnet, Mont., his Navy wings in August June 13, 1981 and united aStacey Bryne and husband 1958. family of three sons and Jim of Stockton; sons Dan Joe was then assigned to three daughters. Harr and wife Debbie (Gib- Patrol Squadron 2 (VP-2) and Other than his family and son) of Chester, Stephen Harr joined them in Iwakuni, his naval career, Joe's pas- and wife Angela (Woods) of Japan. Upon returning to VP- sions in life were traveling, Chipley, Fla., David Harr and 2's home base on Whidbey Is- dancing and fishing. Heandwife Anna (Rathbun) of Little land, Wash., Joe was de- Elizabeth traveled all over River; his 14 precious grand. ployed to Adak and Kodiak, Europe and cruised exten- children: Alberto, Jessica, Alaska, for four tours flying sively. They danced and rode Jourdan, Raymond, Justin, the P2V Neptune. horses in every country they Robert, Ryan, Tony, Robin, While serving in Alaska, visited. Kyra Jean, Alex, Mellisa, A1. Joe, who was fluent in Czech, In 2005, they took a five-lison and Kaylin Elizabeth was needed to translate to month trip across the U.S. in along with an extra special Russian ships when a Russ- their RV, visiting friends, great-grandchildBrendon. ian officer was trying to de- family and making great new He is also survived by his fect and again when a young memories, younger brother, Henry (Jer- They belonged to The Hap- w-Ann) Chruma, of Melville, py Trails RV group and theN.Y.; sister-in-law, Patricia Roving Roosters in Santa Monahan (Larry)of Downers Clara and the Travel N Elks Grove, Ill.; his nephews of Chester. Joe "perfected" the art of See Obits, page 3B Obituary Policy Feather Publishing offers free Death Notices or Paid Obituaries. Paid Obituaries start at$70 and may in- dude a photo for an addi- tional $10. 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