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Obituary: Nellie Chisman (Maurer) (Dec. 8, 1934 – Sept. 2, 2013)

Nellie Chisman (Maurer)
On Monday, September 2, 2013, Nellie Chisman (Maurer) left this place for a better one. Mom was born in Crescent City, December 8, 1934, to Harold and Letty Maurer (Cooke). She attended local schools and lived a hard, simple but good life. She met and married Robert (Bud) Chisman and had three children, Robert, Allen and Ranell. Life isn’t always fair and she had to endure the loss of her husband in a tragic accident and then, years later, the deaths of her two sons.

Nellie was a woman of few or many words — those of you who knew her know what this means. She could be very affectionate or extremely tactless, but she never left you guessing! Nellie was cursed with rheumatoid arthritis that robbed her from living her life as she would have liked to, but her strong sense of survival and tenacious spirit kept her going. When she was able to get around, her joys were the salt of the earth! Time spent with family and friends, walks in the woods or on the beach, sunrises, sunsets, picking berries, smelling flowers, listening to birds singing, late- night Yahtzee or beading her beautiful necklaces.


Obituary: John William Barkhurst (Nov. 3, 1933 – Aug. 30, 2013)

John William Barkhurst
John William Barkhurst, husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, went home to be with his Lord on Aug. 30, 2013, after a long illness. 

John was preceded in death by his mother and father, Bertha M. Barkhurst and U.S. Army Sergeant Theodore O. Barkhurst of Sun City, Calif., and brother Otis Dean Bud Barkhurst of Anaheim, Calif.  

John’s family includes his wife of 43 years, Karen F. Barkhurst of Crescent City;  son John O. Barkhurst of Long Beach, Calif.; daughter and husband Roxanne and Brian Greenough of Crescent City; son Jon Burgasser of Grass Valley, Calif.; daughter and husband Beverly  Joanie and Barry Glennan of Plain City, Ohio; granddaughter and husband Michele L. and Aaron Starcher and great-grandchildren Tyler Ryan, Kyle David, Brandon Randall, Dustin Sherwood William, and Kaylyn Fay of Fortuna, Calif.; grandson Jason W. and Angela Greenough of Crescent City; grandson Matthew J. Greenough of Kodiak, Alaska; grandson PVT Second Class U.S. Army Joshua Daniel David Greenough serving in Afghanistan; granddaughter Andrea Burgasser of San Francisco, Calif.; grandson Mark Burgasser of Rocklin, Calif.; granddaughter Kaylin Glennan of Columbus, Ohio; granddaughter and husband Kari and James Jergensen and great-granddaughter Teagan of Westminster, Calif.; and grandson Kyle Glennan of Plain City, Ohio.

John was born November 3, 1933, in Rockford, Illinois. In 1936 his family moved to Lynwood, Calif., where his father took a job with Rheem’s Manufacturing. He graduated from Lynwood High School in 1950.  In 1953 John joined the Army and served for six years as PVT First Class at Presidio, Monterey, Calif. After his service in the military, John lived in Compton, Calif., where he married, raised his two children and operated Compton Imports for many years. John moved to Long Beach, Calif., in 1972, where he reopened his auto repair shop. In 1977 John moved to Sun City, Calif., where he operated a nursery, and raised many farm animals including horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits and a cow.


Obituary: John A. Palmer

John A. Palmer died unexpectedly on August 29, 2013, after a brief illness. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1924, he grew up there until 1938, when he moved with his family to Lake City and then on to Marion, Iowa. He was senior class president at Marion High School, played saxophone in the band and orchestra all through junior high and high school and organized his own band to play popular music. John attended Ames College until deciding to attend electronics trade school. As an Electronics Technician and repairman, he traveled the world for an aerospace firm in the days before modern computers. After retirement he lived in San Jose, Calif., and took up residence in Crescent City in 1997.

He was a friendly man with a quick sense of humor and a generous spirit who made friends easily. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aileen and Robert Palmer. He is survived by his sister, Mary Mills; brother Bob Palmer and his wife, Norma Palmer; and brother George Palmer and his wife, Nancy Palmer; and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.


Death Notice: John William Barkhurst

John William Barkhurst, 79, died Aug. 30, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born Nov. 3, 1933, in Rockford, Ill., and was a 24-year resident of Del Norte County.

A Rosary will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Wednesday and Mass of Christian Burial services will be Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Death Notice: John Austin Palmer

• John Austin Palmer, 88, died Aug. 29, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born Dec. 26, 1924, in St. Paul, Minn., and was an 18-year resident of Del Norte County.

A Rosary will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial services will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Death Notice: Helen Irene Bosanko

Helen Irene Bosanko, 75, died Aug. 21, 2013, in Medford, Ore. She was born March 1, 1938, in Fort Smith, Ark.

The family requests contributions be made in Helen’s memory to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, 1301 Northcrest Drive, Crescent City, CA 95531.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 pm at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel, with funeral services Thursday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Del Norte County Veteran’s Cemetery in Crescent City. Sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Death Notice: Keith Gillihan

Keith Gillihan, 73, died Aug. 23, 2013, in Crescent City. He was born Dec. 31, 1939, in Lexington, Oka., and was a 50-year resident of Del Norte County.

Private services will be held. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.


Death Notice: Harriet Edna Ohman

Harriet Edna Ohman, 89, died Aug. 22, 2013, in Crescent City. She was born Feb. 21, 1924, in Cleveland.

Private services will be held. Arrangements by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.


Obituary: Elizabeth (Betty) June Musser (June 3, 1924 – Aug. 8, 2013)

Elizabeth (Betty) June Musser
Elizabeth (Betty) June Musser passed away Aug. 8, 2013. Born in Oakland, Calif., June 3, 1924, Betty was a 67-year resident of Del Norte County. Betty is survived by sons Dennis Sutton and Bill Musser and her daughter, Kathleen Finnigan, as well as beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous extended family members and friends.

Betty was employed for over 40 years at Seaside/Sutter Coast Hospital, working in various departments from head of housekeeping to director of volunteers.

Generations of children knew Betty as Stocky the Clown who painted their faces at birthday parties, school events and community celebrations including Relay for Life.

A member of the Smith River United Methodist Church, Betty volunteered at the library and for many years was a Salvation Army bell ringer. As a member of numerous organizations, Betty remained active in the community, including providing holiday tray favors for the hospital and convelescent homes in both Brookings and Crescent City. Her beautiful handwriting made her a favorite for providing flyers and notices for events including the Coastal Aires and Coastal Classics Barbershop programs. Betty was a season ticket holder for DNACA, Lighthouse Repertory Theatre and the Community Concert Association and loved attending the performances with friends.


Obituary: Sandra Lee Wilson

Sandra Lee Wilson
Sandra Lee Wilson passed away Aug. 14, 2013, at the age of 61. Sandy was a lifelong resident of Crescent City. She graduated from Del Norte High School in 1970. Sandy worked in many restaurants around town, and in 1978 she married the love of her life, Willie, which is also when she began her most important job, a wife and mother.

Willie had two children from a previous marriage and Sandy loved them as her own. Together, they had two more children to complete their family.

Sandy was a member of many fraternal organizations throughout her life including Eastern Star, Job’s Daughters, Rebekah’s, Eagles and the Crescent City Women’s Club. She also spent many days of her life at the Masonic Lodge supporting her husband, father, children and many other Masons.

Survivors include stepson Donald Wilson (Jodi); stepdaughter Terri Morrison; son Steven Wilson (Anna); daughter Laurelei Wilson; sister Robin Slocum (Alvin); 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends whom she considered family.

Sandy was known as Mama Wilson by many and she loved her adopted children just as much as her own.

She was preceded in death by her parents Victor and Lorraine Stone, stepson Kenny Wilson, daughter Victoria Evans and husband Wallace Willie Wilson.

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