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Obituaries: Blanche Lillian Balder (Feb. 20, 1918 – June 4, 2011)

Read more...Blanche Lillian Balder, 93, of Crescent City, died on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in Brookings, Ore. She was born on February 20, 1918 in Watsonville, Calif. After her retirement from the State of California, she and her loving husband of 38 years, Vern, who preceded her in death, traveled extensively across the United States. She always had a smile on her face, and brought joy to everyone she was around. Blanche was a wonderful fun person and enjoyed her life to the fullest. She was a member of the Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church.

 She was the beloved mother of Darlene Sanchez of Crescent City, and Patsy Myaer of Jacksonville, Fla. She had six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.


Obituaries: Patricia Anne Barrett (Feb. 15, 1932 – May 20, 2011)

Patricia Anne Barrett, of Crescent City, passed away on May 20, 2011.

She was born Feb. 15, 1932, to Hurbert R. Hirsh and Mildred Anne Lamphron in New Jersey.

Patricia Anne Hirsh graduated college with a BA in Accounting. She married Bill Barrett and lived her life as a wife and mother, always surrounded by family. She loved to make hooked rugs and work with beads. She lived in Crescent City for 12 ½ years.

Obituaries: Steven Robert Hudson (Aug. 1, 1959 – June 1, 2011)

Steven spent his younger years as a roofer and later on as a vintner. The last part of his life he spent drifting from town to town. His family knows of no marriages, but, knew of at least two children. If anyone knows of these children, please place a personal ad in the Deming Headlight and you will be contacted.

Survivors include two brothers, David Madden of Crescent City and Bill Madden of Rogue River, Ore.; two sisters, Kathi Teese of Central Point, Ore., and Gayla Roch­ambeau of Deming, N.M. Steven was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald Robert Hudson and Eva Louise Starns.

Private services to be at a later date.

— Submitted by Family


Death notices published June 01, 2011

Obituaries: Laura Ann Gardner (Feb. 13, 1943 – May 25, 2011)

Laura Ann Gardner was born on February 13, 1943, in West Palm Beach, Fla. She passed away peacefully on the night of May 25, 2011, in Crescent City. Laura loved her family and all of her many friends and enjoyed life to the fullest.

Laura is survived by sister, Sandi and husband, Mike Speer of Orange County, Calif., and brother Jerry Vanotterloo of Southern California. Laura has two children who were her everything: son Loren Hadsall, wife Gina, and children Tanya and Terra and great-grandson Imari of Fairfield, Calif., and daughter Kimberly Hickman, husband, David and children Emily and Sarah of Crescent City. Laura was preceded in death by her parents and the love of her life, Ron Gardner to whom she is finally reunited with. Funeral services will be private and held at a later date. Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.

— Submitted by Redwood Memorial Care

Obituaries: Debra K. Chavez (Oct. 9, 1953 – May 25, 2011)

Read more...Debra K. Chavez passed away on May 25, 2011, in Medford, Ore., after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was born to Francis and Betty Jabbora on Oct. 9, 1953, in Crescent City. Debra was a life-long resident of Del Norte County and a graduate of Del Norte High School. She was employed by the State Board of Equalization for 20 years prior to her retirement.

Debra enjoyed ceramics, sewing and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her mother Betty Jabborra, son Francisco Chavez and his fiancee Christie Folkins, sister Pamela and husband Glen Hartsough. Nephew David and wife Tatiana Stanley, grandchildren Abel and Adriana, great nieces and nephews.

Obituaries: Frank S. Petersen (June 20, 1922 – May 23, 2011)

Read more...Frank S. Petersen died peacefully at home in Fort Bragg surrounded by family on May 23, 2011, less than a month shy of his 89th birthday, of complications from a stroke.

Frank was born in a logging camp at the head waters of Alder Creek, Elk, Mendocino County, California, on June 20, 1922. He was raised on the Mendocino Coast, attending Fort Bragg Elementary, Junior High, and High School, graduating in 1940. Frank served in the South Pacific for three years during World War II with the US Navy Seabees. After being honorably discharged in 1945, Frank returned to Fort Bragg and worked in the woods on the Crispin Ranch. In the fall of 1946, he commenced studies at Santa Rosa Junior College, received an AA degree in 1948; then graduated from law school at the University of San Francisco with a Juris Doctor degree in 1951.

Obituaries: Paul Kluk (Feb. 29, 1920 – May 9, 2011)

Paul Kluk died May 9, 2011, in Grass Valley, Calif. Paul was a generous and genial man who made friends everywhere he went. He was an avid gardener and often shared the bounty of his gardens with friends and neighbors.      

Paul was born in Hudson, Pa., on February 29, 1920, to Sebastian and Julia Kluk. He was one of 16 children. Upon completion of high school, he was given a football scholarship to the University of Georgia. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox as a catcher in 1942 and played that summer in their farm system. He graduated in 1943. As he often put it, he received his diploma in one hand and his Navy orders in the other. 

Death notices published May 25, 2011

Obituaries: Edward Joseph Prauss (July 4, 1925 – April 28, 2011)

Read more...Edward Joseph Prauss was  born July 4, 1925, in Dickinson, N. D. He died  peacefully on April 28, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka, Calif. Ed’s father, Joseph, died of tuberculosis when he was a very young boy. Soon after Ed and his mother, sister, and brother came west to look for work. Ed soon assumed  the role of head of their family and  took on responsibilities far beyond his years. He often boarded out to farms as a worker providing his mother with one less mouth to feed. These early lessons in unbreakable work ethics and unbending dedication to family would be the cornerstones of the way Ed lived the rest of his life.          

Ed took great pride in the years he honorably served his country in the European and Pacific theaters of World War II. Soon after returning home from the war, Ed met and married Maxine Billings, the woman he would happily spend the next 64 years with.

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