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Obituary: Kaleene Marie Willard (Feb. 13, 1948 – Nov. 3, 2015)

Kaleene Marie Willard
 Kaleene Marie (Wegscheid) Willard of Crescent City and Lake Havasu City, Arizona (formerly of Hutchinson, Minnesota) passed on Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015 with husband Tom, and many family and dear friends at her side. Kaleene attended Winsted Holy Trinity into the fifth grade, and then completed schooling through the 10th grade at Waseca Sacred Heart, before graduating from Hutchinson Minnosota High School in 1966. She completed two years at St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul Minnesota, a year at the University of Freiburg Germany, and graduated from Long Beach State California with her Bachelor’s degree in German in 1970. Then, in 1991, Kaleene was awarded her master’s degree in psychology from St. Mary’s College of Moraga California. Kaleene married Tom Willard on Oct. 23, 1971 in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada. She was a licensed counselor specializing in play therapy for children. She was the August 2015 Artist of the Year in Cresecnt City.

Obituary: Alice Tosio Desjardin (June 28, 1927 – Oct. 31, 2015)

Alice Tosio Desjardin
Alice Tosio Desjardin, born June 28, 1927, passed away on the eve of All Saints’ Day, Oct. 31, 2015. She was a loving mother, homemaker, chef, gardener, forager, and member of the Emblem Club for over 55 years. Her kindness, generosity and creativity were well known in the Del Norte community.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edmund Desjardin Jr., mother Maria Tosio, father Louis Tosio Sr., brother Louis Tosio Jr., father-in-law Edmund Desjardin Sr., granddaughter Randee Lee, and son-in-law Nick Desjardin. She is survived by her daughter Marie Desjardin, granddaughter Ramie Gallagher, grandson-in-law Kevin Gallagher, and great grandchildren Darren and Natalee Gallagher of Sacramento; and son Dr. Dennis Desjardin, daughter-in-law Dr. Wipapat Ann Kladwang, and grandson Spenser Desjardin of Pacifica.

A memorial celebration of life will occur at the Emblem Club in the near future. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Emblem Club Scholarship Fund. Cards may be sent to 890 Serena Drive, Pacifica, CA 94044 (son) or 91 51st Street, Sacramento, CA 95819 (daughter).

Obituary: Irene Grice (Jan 12, 1927 – Nov. 10, 2015)

Irene Grice, a long‐time resident of Del Norte County since 1958, died Tuesday Nov. 10 at her home. Born in 1927 in Ashdown, Arkansas, Irene spent time as a Dairy farmer, gardener and member of Smith River United Methodist Church.

She was preceded by her spouse, Thomas Grice, and is survived by her son, Rusty Jones, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Obituary: Betty Timmer (Nov. 19, 1920 – May 08, 2015)

Betty Timmer, 94, died May 8, 2015, in Redding, California. She was born Nov. 19, 1920, in Michigan and was a 40-year resident of Del Norte County. Betty was best recognized by locals as being the lady with two large German Shepherds, walking rain or shine on Pebble Beach, picking up trash.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Arthur R. Timmer, who retired as superintendent of Del Norte County Schools and was a marine captain veteran of World War II in both Europe and the Pacific. She is survived by her children Thomas Timmer and Sherri Smithson, both of Crescent City, and Mary Kepon of Palo Cedro, California, and grandchildren Danny, Russel, Breana, Hunter, Davis and Timolin.

Obituary: David H. Weeks (July 2, 1939 – Oct. 24, 2015)

David H. Weeks, 76, died Oct. 24, 2015, in Crescent City. He was born July 2, 1939, in Elko, Nevada.

David leaves his wife Mary and three daughters; Margaret, Tammy and Alice; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; plus many other family members.

Celebration of life services will be held Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. at North Coast Bible Church located at 8th Street and Wendell Street with finger foods to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzhiemer’s Association, 2290 North 1st St. 101, San Jose, California 95131.

Obituary: Maynard Leroy Dalbec (February 9, 1930 – November 8, 2015)

Maynard Leroy Dalbec
 Maynard Leroy Dalbec, 85, passed away on Nov. 8, 2015. He was born Feb. 9, 1930 in Wakefield, Michigan. Maynard was a 61 year resident of Del Norte County. A U.S. Army veteran, Maynard served his country during the Korean Conflict as a medic and an x-ray technician in Japan. After returning from the service, he picked up where he left off as a timber faller. Maynard was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He later became co-owner of Lanning Motor Parts here in Crescent City. Maynard loved St. Joseph Catholic Church and was very involved with the parish and did a lot of work at St. Joseph’s school. He will be remembered for being an amazing husband and dad and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Doris Dalbec of Crescent City; children Shawn Dalbec, Denise (Steven) Hemmingsen and Stacy (LeAnn) Dalbec all of Crescent City. Siblings Muriel Northrip, Marlene Mills, Carlene Arnold, Lois Slinkard, Betty McKean and Donald Dalbec. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Obituary: Delbert Wesley Edwards (June 25, 1942 – Nov. 6, 2015)

Delbert Wesley Edwards
 Delbert Wesley Edwards, 73, of Smith River, passed away on Nov. 6, 2015 at Sutter Health in San Francisco.

He was born in Salem to Frank and Esta Edwards on June 25, 1942.

His family later settled in Del Norte County where he graduated Del Norte High School in 1960. He then worked at Simonson’s Lumber Mill in Smith River until going into the Navy.

Death Notice, Nov. 12, 2015

Virginia “Ginny” Louise Walworth, 73, died Nov. 11, 2015, in Brookings. She was born March 3, 1942, in Stockton and was an 11-year resident of Del Norte County.

Memorial Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel.

Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com

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

Obituary: Jerry “Butch” Rycraft (January 25, 1945 – November 1, 2015)

Born Jan. 25, 1945 to John and Jeanne Rycraft of Klamath, California. Graduated from Del Norte County High in 1962. A business owner in Arcata, California, for many years. Died Nov. 1, 2015 in Washington. Survived by his wife, Sally Siler of Grayland, Washington; his sister, Joan Rycraft of Medford, Oregon; a daughter, Jennifer Rycraft of Crescent City, California; a son, John Rycraft of Ontario, California; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. No services will be held. Cremation with his ashes scattered off the Pacific Coast are planned.

Death Notices, Nov. 10, 2015

Maynard Leroy Dalbec, 85, died Nov. 8, 2015, in Brookings. He was born Feb. 9, 1930, in Wakefield, Michigan. Maynard was a 61-year resident of Del Norte County.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Del Norte County Veteran’s Cemetery.

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