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Obituaries: Bobbie Joyce (Rentfrow) Fleshman (July 2, 1936 – Jan. 20, 2011)

Read more...Longtime Del Norte County resident Bobbie Joyce (Rentfrow) Fleshman went to be with her Savior Jan. 20, 2011, at Sutter Coast Hospital. She was born July 2, 1936, to George and Marjorie Rentfrow in Borger, Tex. She was the wife of Rev. Edwin O. Fleshman, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Crescent City. They were married August 26, 1955, in San Jose, and remained devoted to each other until her passing.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Edwin, her four children and their families, Micki and Gary Lowe of Lake Elsinore, Calif.,  Alyce and Patrick Pearson of Susanville, Calif., Nicole and Jeff Stout of Crescent City, and Edwin G. and Heidi Fleshman, of Crescent City.


Obituaries: Rufus Edward β€œBob” McNamara (Jan. 30, 1918 – Jan. 17, 2011)

Read more...Bob was born January 30, 1918, in Crescent City, to Eva and Tom McNamara. He passed away January 17, 2011, at the age of 92, in the comfort of his home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., with his family by his side.

Bob and Ruby moved to Orick in 1940, making it their home for over 70 years. For two years he worked as a cheese maker for the Golden State Creamery in Orick. In 1942 they built the Palm Motel and Café, which they operated for 37 years. One of his most memorable moments was catering to the first lady, Lady Byrd Johnson, at the dedication of the Redwood National Park’s Lady Byrd Johnson Grove.


Obituaries: Terri Sue Jones-Noble (June 3, 1955 – Jan. 13, 2011)

Read more...Terri Sue Jones-Noble, born June 3, 1955, was unexpectedly taken to the Creator on January 13, 2011. She was an exceptional mother, sister, auntie, cousin, and friend. She was a proud and lifelong member of the Yurok tribe and of Del Norte County. She was known for her unending kindness towards others, her amazing traditional artistic skill; especially her carved jewelry, which she was always willing to barter with.

You couldn’t be in the same room with her without getting a smile on your face. She always enjoyed the simple things in life like a good game of cribbage or 10,000. She will be truly missed and always be within our hearts.

Obituaries: Joseph William Gensaw, Sr. ( Nov. 15, 1962 – Jan. 12, 2011)

Read more...Joseph William Gensaw Sr., a Yurok Tribal member, passed away with his family at his side at St. Joseph Hospital on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at the age of 48.  Joseph was born November 15, 1962, in Crescent City.

Joseph was preceded in death by his father Oscar Gensaw Sr, mother Josephine Gensaw and brother Kenneth Charles.

Obituaries: Jennie Ann Azevedo (July 24, 1938 – Jan. 14, 2011)

Jennie Ann Azevedo, 72, passed away on January 14, 2011, in Crescent City. She was born in Alhambra, Calif., on July 24, 1938. She was a 29-year resident of Del Norte County. Mrs. Azevedo was a commercial fisherwoman for 15 years on the fishing boat “The Chiquita” that she and her late husband owned. Jennie also worked at the convalescent home.

She was proud of her daughters. Jennie enjoyed working on her crafts, the ocean, collecting lighthouses and loved animals.


Obituaries: Joseph Cleve Galeoto, Jr. (May 26, 1926 – Jan. 8, 2011)


Joseph Cleve Galeoto, Jr., passed away on January 8, 2011, in Crescent City. He was born on May 26, 1926, in San Francisco. Joseph was an 18-year resident of Del Norte County. He was a WW II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army Air Corp, flying in Southeast Asia during the Viet Nam era. Joseph was also a bush pilot in Alaska. His career spanned for over 60 years.

Joseph started his career in San Francisco in 1947 and spent over 61 years in law enforcement. During his career he was Chief of Police for Tulelake, Calif. During his retirement, Joseph served with the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office and was Chief of Public Safety for the Yurok Tribe in Klamath.

Obituaries: Mary Elise (Mills) Hemmingsen (Mar. 5, 1928 – Jan. 13, 2011)


Mary Elise Hemmingsen passed away at her home in Crescent City on January 13, 2011, at the age of 82. Mary was born March 5, 1928, in Oakland. She attended Fresno State College, majoring in music. She married Donald L. Hemmingsen in 1947 and they moved to Crescent City in 1949, where they raised their five children. She went to work at the Unemployment Department in 1962 and later worked for the Bank of America, where she retired after 15 years. She loved to play bridge with her many close friends. She also enjoyed playing the piano, reading, crossword puzzles and working in her garden. Mary and Don were married 52 years and enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, and half-brother Don Mills.

Death notices published Jan. 17, 2011

Obituaries: Frances Fearing (Dec. 24, 1934 – Nov. 21, 2010)

On November 21, 2010, Frances Fearing, age 75, passed away at her home after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. She was a loving mother and grandmother, survived by her sons David and Matt, daughter-in-law Rae Fearing as well as three grandchildren Dan, Michael and Morgan.

Frances was born in Fresno, Calif., and was the youngest of five children, including her brother Ed and sisters, Dorothy, Ellen and Connie. In 1956, Frances married Douglas Fearing, also of Fresno, and as she would say, “her life began.” They remained in Fresno where she worked for Pacific Bell, Del Web and Fort Washington. For many years, they had hoped and dreamed of moving to the Del Norte area and in 1977, arrived in Crescent City. Frances worked at GTE, the Del Norte County Building Department, and later, Hambro Forest Products.


Death notices published Jan. 15, 2011

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