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Obituary: Christopher Thomas Peepe (Dec. 10, 1948 – May 15, 2013)

Christopher Thomas Peepe
Christopher Thomas Peepe was born on Dec. 10, 1948, in Crescent City, and passed away on May 15, 2013, in Crescent City. He was 64 years old.

Chris attended local schools and graduated from Del Norte High School in June 1967. He played football throughout high school and received the best defensive player award his Junior year. He attended College of the Redwoods, where he continued his play of football. With other local players from Del Norte and surrounding schools, they were able to take College of the Redwoods to the State Championship and win.

While attending Fresno State University, Chris was drafted into the U.S. Army in September 1970. He served in the Vietnam War where he received the Bronze Star for his exemplary service in May 1971.

On June 23, 1973, Chris married another local, Suzanne Scarlett. Early on in his marriage, he was able to finish his college education at Humboldt State University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business on March 19, 1976.

Chris worked for his father at McNamara and Peepe Lumber Company since he was 15 years old until its closing in the early 1980s. He then became manager of McNamara and Peepe Builders Supply until its closing in the 1990s. Chris partnered with Jim Rawlings to open up Crescent Cabinets and worked there until his retirement in November 2011.


Obituary: Dale Arnold Miller (Aug. 3, 1921 – April 25, 2013)

Dale Arnold Miller
Dale Arnold Miller was born in Towner, N.D., to Oscar and Garnett Edwards-Miller. Dale’s family moved to California when he was a young child and settled in Danville and Walnut Creek, where he milked cows every morning before school.

The sea and its bounty called Dale early in his adult life, and he fished the waters off San Francisco and chased tuna in Mexico but mostly loved the waters and beautiful redwoods in Crescent City. Dale moved his family in 1957 to Crescent City, where he lived out his life.

Dale always said he had two birth dates, when he was born in 1921 and when he was born again at the Foursquare Church in 1959. He remained an active member of the church until his passing.  One of the highlights in Dale’s life was bringing his boat, the Arney P, through the Panama Canal in 1969, rescuing another boat and crew during a hurricane. The other pride of his fishing career was building the boat  Maranatha.

Dale loved to garden and see sprouts poke their heads up towards the sun. In his quiet way he took care of the Foursquare Church grounds with his wife, Florence, until he was unable. There are many stories that could be told about the life and deeds that Dale has accomplished, however, he was a shy man who was embarrassed by attention and requested that no public services be held in his passing.

Dale was preceded in death by parents, his wife of 60 years, Rita Miller; son Larry Miller; brothers Robert and Blaine Miller.


Death Notice: Del Palmer Skeen

Del Palmer Skeen, 85, passed away May 13, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born Oct. 20, 1927, in Portland, Ore.

Private services will be held. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel.


Obituary: Melanie Anne O’Neill (Guthrie) (Dec. 21, 1949 – May 12, 2013)

Melanie Anne O’Neill
Melanie Anne O’Neill was born in San Francisco on December 21, 1949, and passed away in Gasquet, Calif., on May 12, 2013.

Melanie’s parents were William Guthrie, a San Francisco Police Department Homicide Inspector, and Maxine Busch Guthrie, a Registered Nurse and U.S. Army veteran who served on hospital ships during the Second World War.

Melanie attended Mercy High School, which she graduated from in 1968. These roots and experiences provided Melanie with the formative guidelines from which she grew into the inquisitive, independent, tough, stubborn, compassionate and caring individual that her many relatives, friends and acquaintances all admired and respected. She soon entered the working world and her various job experiences gave her the confidence to fulfill her desire to own and operate her own business, which she accomplished with the purchase of the Cotati Saloon in Sonoma County, which she owned for several successful years. Melanie sold that business and relocated to Crescent City with her husband Barry in early 1990. After a short hiatus to explore and experience the redwood coast and the majestic forests, she returned to school to fulfill her desire to become a nurse. Melanie worked for several local family practice doctors before finishing her career as a nurse at Pelican Bay State Prison.


Death Notice: Riccardo (“Rocky”) Valley

Riccardo (“Rocky”) Valley,  61, died May 10, 2013, in Medford, Ore. He was born Dec. 12, 1951, in Shelton, Wash., and lived in Crescent City from 1957 to 1998.

Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford.


Obituary: Joao M. Marques (May 9, 1932 – May 11, 2013)

Joao M. Marques
Joao M. Marques, 81, passed away on May 11, 2013, in Crescent City.  He was born on May 9, 1932, in the Azores, Portugal.

Visitation will be held at Wier’s Mortuary on Tuesday, May 14 from noon until 7 p.m. with the Rosary starting at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial Services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Please sign the family’s online guestbook at wiersmortuary.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Obituary: Clife Godinho (April 11, 1926 – April 29, 2013)

Clife Edith Godinho passed away in Crescent City on April 29, 2013, at the age of 87.

Clife was born April 11, 1926, in Seattle, Wash., to Ira and Stella (McCartin) Swisher. Besides raising her three daughters, she worked most of her life, especially enjoying her employment with the credit union and the phone company in San Francisco. Clife was a member of the Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening, hummingbirds, beachcombing, music, dancing, fishing, traveling, and a smart Irish wit. She was talented with needlework and other arts and crafts.

Surviving family include her sister, Mary Agnes Guernsey of Seattle, Wash.; daughters Susan Hollman of Union City, Calif.; Catherine Otto and husband, Russ of Pioneer, Calif.; and Margaret Snowden and husband, Joe of Crescent City, Calif.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.


Obituary: Janet A. Birchall (Smith, McKinney) (Feb. 27, 1950 – April 16, 2013)

After graduating high school Janet A. Birchall attended beauty school, married, and had her daughter. She chose to live the early part of her life in the secluded Northern California mountains. Later in life she started a career as a California Correctional Officer in Central California and finished as a Lieutenant at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City. She believed in her job and was proud of what she achieved during her career. After retirement she moved to Bradenton, Fla., to enjoy the sunshine. In retirement she enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She loved life and cherished every moment she had with family and friends. 

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to: Philanthropy Dept.; Tidewell Hospice; 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238. 

She is survived by her husband Charles Birchall, her daughter and son-in-law Annessa and Allen Culbreth, her mother Birdie Mae Hart, and her sisters Sarah Hart and Linda Carter.


Obituary: Richard “Dick” March (April 15, 1933 – May 4, 2013)

Read more...Richard “Dick” March, born April 15, 1933, passed away May 4, 2013.

He was brought into this world in Kingsley, Iowa, the firstborn child of Lee and Mable March, who lived in Kingsley until they moved to Brookings, Ore., in 1946, eventually moving to Smith River, Calif. Sometime later when his father bought a dairy farm, he worked there to help with chores while he attended Del Norte High School and participated in various sports. 

He graduated from Del Norte High School and went to Humboldt State College until he joined the U.S. Army and served in Korea, then was stationed at Fort Monmouth, N.J. While there waiting to be discharged he met Mary Tomaino, who became the mother of his three sons, Richard Jr., Tom and Harry. After he left the Army he returned to Del Norte County with his new bride, where they made their home in Crescent City. Working the mill as well as various side jobs, he began his new family, eventually going into the insurance business that became his career for almost 30 years. In 1966 he was promoted into management with New York Life and transferred to Santa Rosa, Calif., until he retired in 1993. Then he returned to Del Norte County and went into motel management at the Pacific Motor Lodge. 

When the motel was sold he moved to Smith River and began helping out at the Ship Ashore Motel working the desk, as well as being the Ship Ashore limo driver. Since then he worked for the U.S. Census and the Del Norte Triplicate until his health would not allow him to continue to work.


Obituary: Sandra Lee Dompier (May 12, 1949 – April 14, 2013)

Sandra Lee Dompier
Sandra Lee Dompier was preceded in death by her mother and father, Westly and Ione Stott, as well as her son, Westly Dawson. Sandy lived in Del Norte County for over 40 years and she rode her horse over most of it. She loved the clean Smith River, the redwoods and the amazing beaches. Sandy loved many of the people here and the surrounding areas, and would do most anything for anyone. Sandy was a loving mother, partner, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, auntie, great-auntie and friend. During her last days at home we laughed and loved each other. We are glad that she is no longer in pain. She will be greatly missed by many.

Survivors include daughter Carla Manss and husband Rodger of Portland, Ore.; daughter Michele Blaisdell of Crescent City; granddaughter Karla York, mother to LilLee of Portland, Ore.; grandson Nikolous Blaisdell of Washington; daughter-in-law Toebie Dawson; granddaughter Autumn Dawson; great-granddaughter Jazmin; great-grandson Dillin; grandson Blaine Dawson; daughter-in-law Dena Scarbrough; granddaughter Kayla Dawson; and many more grandchildren of Crescent City. Soul mate to Benny Dawson; sister Sharen Fleisch of Williams, Ore.; nephew James Pavlacky and wife Dianna; niece Tracy VanVleet and husband DJ; brother-in-law Greg Dawson; nephew Bill Dawson; niece Lisa Dadson; niece Christine Ross and husband David.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on May 10 at The Lighthouse Inn, 681 U.S. 101 Cresecent City, CA 95531 (707) 464-3993.

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