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Obituary: Ernestine F. Buzzini (April 14, 1921 January 23, 2016)

Ernestine F. Buzzini, a descendant of the pioneer McNamara family, passed away peacefully on the morning of Jan. 23, 2016 in Healdsburg, California. Born Ernestine Nelson on April 14, 1921 to William and Athol Nelson in Crescent City.

She grew up in Fort Dick on Moorehead Road, attending grammar school there and then high school in Crescent City. She married Melvin W. Buzzini on May 25, 1941 and together they raised two children.

In later years Ernestine had a desire to return to college, she first attended College of the Redwoods, then Humboldt State University and finally the University of San Francisco where she earned her master’s degree in marriage and family counseling. Ernestine worked for many years for the County of Del Norte as a social worker, a job she loved and found great satisfaction in. Together with her husband Melvin, they owned and operated the Shell gas station at the top of 9th and L streets for many years. They then opened an Exxon station across the street after leaving Shell Oil.

Death Notices, Jan. 26, 2016

John C Machado III, 81, of Grants Pass, died Jan. 14, 2016, in Grants Pass. He born Aug. 27, 1934, in Oakley and lived in Crescent City from 2002 to 2005.

A private memorial service will be held May 29, 2016, in the San Francisco Bay. His ashes will be scattered along with those of his wife, Rosemary.

Donation can be made to one’s favorite charity in the name of John (and Rosemary, if wished).

Obituary: Haldon L. Hamilton (July 16, 1916 January 6, 2016)

Haldon Hamilton
A gentleman, and a caring and gentle man, Hal passed away from heart failure on Jan. 6, 2016 after a short stay at Havasu Regional Medical Center. Six months short of his 100th birthday, Hal was in good health and good spirits until Dec. 28 when he was taken from his home to the hospital. He was surrounded at death by his longtime caregiver and friend, Barbara Bronson, her husband, Andy and his beloved Jack Russell terrier, Lala.

Hal was born in Newberg, Oregon on July 16, 1916. He spent years in the timber business in the Northwest and Alaska, and served in the Navy in the Seabees. In the early 1960s, Hal and his brother, Buck, formed Hambro (Hamilton Brothers) Forest Products pioneering a method to utilize waste wood shavings and scraps to produce particleboard which was utilized in manufactured housing, cabinetry, and many other end products. At one time, Hambro was one of the largest private employers in Del Norte County.

Death Notices, Jan. 23, 2016

Warren Edward Bales, 92, died Jan. 18, 2016, in Mt. Shasta. He was born March 30, 1923, in Knoxville, Missouri.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Mt. Shasta Memorial Park. A reception will follow services at Lalos Restaurant in Mt. Shasta. Inurnment will take place at the Masonic Cemetery in Crescent City.

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

Obituary: Johanna Mostovoy (March 5, 1923 January 16, 2016)

Johanna Mostovoy
A 53 year resident of Del Norte County, she passed away in Brookings, Oregon after a brief illness at the age of 89 years.

Johanna was born to Johannes and Aaltje Balster in Oak Harbor, Washington, the youngest of three children. She met and married Henry Mostovoy who was stationed with the Navy in Oak Harbor, Washington and they subsequently moved to Yreka, California before settling in Del Norte County. Johanna was the loving mother of three sons, Phillip (Anne) Mostovoy of Crescent City, California, James (Pam) Mostovoy of Carlotta, California and Ron Mostovoy of Susanville, California.

Most may remember her as the Clerk for the Del Norte Employees Credit Union, before it merged with Coast Central Credit Union. She enjoyed the people she worked with and met at the Credit Union until her retirement. After retirement, she enjoyed her time spent with friends at the Senior Center. One particular was Lloyd Perkins, who turned out to be the love of her life. They enjoyed many years of love, laughter and companionship before his untimely passing.

Death Notices, Jan. 21, 2016

Faith Crist, 84, of Crescent City, died Jan. 5, 2016. She was born on Nov. 24, 1931, in Wabasha County, Minnesota.

A celebration of Faith’s life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made in Faith’s name to the Del Norte Scholarship Foundation, C/O Barb Reinhold, 125 Cable Lane, Crescent, CA 95531. Please sign the family’s online guestbook at wiersmortuary.com

Death Notice, Jan. 19, 2016

William “Bill” Richardson, 74, died Nov. 20, 2015. He was born July 8, 1941.

There will be a celebration of Bill’s life 4 p.m. Friday at the Elks Lodge, 356 H St., Crescent City.

Obituary: Ramona Irene Reuss (December 23, 1931 December 29, 2015)

Ramona Reuss
Ramona was born in Lebanon, Oregon on Dec. 23, 1931 and passed away on Dec. 29, 2015 with her family at her side.

She lived in Smith River, California for most of her life. She also lived in Arcata for a short time where she took care of her two sisters when they were young. Mom was a jokester and loved to make people laugh. Some have said she was a kick in the pants. She loved to cook, bake and made the best homemade popsicles ever!

She tended bar at La Siesta in Fort Dick, now called Sea West. If you look at the oak bar top, you will see her name inscribed there. She was much loved by her patrons. She worked in the lily bulbs and was a housekeeper and a caregiver to the terminally ill.

She loved her many dogs, especially Pako her Chihuahua. Mom lived a very simple happy life.

Obituary: Stanlee Stanovich (August 4, 1961 December 22, 2015)

Stanlee Stanovich
Stanlee, 54; lost her hard fought battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and went to be with the Lord on Dec. 22, 2015. Stanlee was born in Sonora, California on Aug. 4, 1961 to Eugene “Stan” Stanovich and Betty Wright Stanovich.

Stanlee grew up in Tuolumne, California, where she formed lifetime bonds and friendships. In 1973, her family moved to Crescent City, California where she continued to form more lifetime bonds. Stanlee graduated from Del Norte High School in 1979 and then attended Santa Rosa Junior College 1979-1981.

Her favorite moments were when she was on the river, lakes, or ocean with friends and family enjoying life. Stanlee loved life and all it gave to her. Her two children were the center and highlight of her world. Her heart was as rich with love as it was with joy. She loved greatly and trusted deeply, and always made sure to have a great time.

Obituary: Muriel Anne Giddings (June 1, 1932 December 26, 2015)

Muriel Anne (Spott) Giddings
Muriel Anne (Spott) Giddings of Port Orchard, Washington passed away peacefully on Dec. 26, 2015, surrounded by her family.

Mom was born in 1932 in Crescent City, California. She was a member of the Yurok Indian tribe and was raised by her two grandmothers in Requa and Crescent City.

She attended area schools and graduated from Del Norte High School. Her first job was working the lilly fields.

She married Ralph Giddings in 1950 and worked in local businesses and ran the Hiouchi Inn for a few years. In 1968, she moved to Tri-Cities, Washington and raised her four children.

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