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Obituaries: Mary Elise (Mills) Hemmingsen (Mar. 5, 1928 – Jan. 13, 2011)


Mary Elise Hemmingsen passed away at her home in Crescent City on January 13, 2011, at the age of 82. Mary was born March 5, 1928, in Oakland. She attended Fresno State College, majoring in music. She married Donald L. Hemmingsen in 1947 and they moved to Crescent City in 1949, where they raised their five children. She went to work at the Unemployment Department in 1962 and later worked for the Bank of America, where she retired after 15 years. She loved to play bridge with her many close friends. She also enjoyed playing the piano, reading, crossword puzzles and working in her garden. Mary and Don were married 52 years and enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, and half-brother Don Mills.

Death notices published Jan. 17, 2011

Obituaries: Frances Fearing (Dec. 24, 1934 – Nov. 21, 2010)

On November 21, 2010, Frances Fearing, age 75, passed away at her home after a long and courageous struggle with cancer. She was a loving mother and grandmother, survived by her sons David and Matt, daughter-in-law Rae Fearing as well as three grandchildren Dan, Michael and Morgan.

Frances was born in Fresno, Calif., and was the youngest of five children, including her brother Ed and sisters, Dorothy, Ellen and Connie. In 1956, Frances married Douglas Fearing, also of Fresno, and as she would say, “her life began.” They remained in Fresno where she worked for Pacific Bell, Del Web and Fort Washington. For many years, they had hoped and dreamed of moving to the Del Norte area and in 1977, arrived in Crescent City. Frances worked at GTE, the Del Norte County Building Department, and later, Hambro Forest Products.


Death notices published Jan. 15, 2011

Obituaries: Raymond J. Chew (Apr. 12, 1919 – Jan. 8, 2011)

Raymond J. Chew passed away in Crescent City on January 8, 2011.  He was 91.


Raymond was born April 12, 1919, in Alviso, Calif., to John and Constance (Soares) Schu. He spent his childhood there. Raymond later moved to Hawaii where he served with the Merchant Marines and the Hawaiian Army. He was working as a longshoreman in Pearl Harbor at the time of the Japanese attack. Raymond lived there for 11 years before returning to California, where he worked as an upholsterer and later as a carpenter installing acoustic ceilings. Raymond married Frances Martinez in 1946. In 1994, he purchased a bait and tackle shop in Klamath and named it Little Ray’s Tackle Box. The family lived there seasonally to operate the shop until permanently moving to Del Norte County in 2005. Raymond loved hunting and building scull boats. He was a master duck hunter and taught others how to hunt – he had even duck hunted Lake Earl at the age of 89.

Death notices published Jan. 14, 2011

Death notices published Jan. 12, 2011

Obituaries: David Glenn Wallace (Apr. 6, 1951 – Jan. 6, 2011)

On January 6, 2011, David Glenn Wallace, 59 passed away in San Mateo, Calif., while visiting friends. He was born in Coos Bay, Ore., on April 6, 1951. David was a graduate of Del Norte High School and was a long-time resident of Del Norte County.

He is survived by his mother Edna Wallace-McCulloch and stepfather Lyle McCulloch, son Kiley Wallace (Alexandra Wallace), brother Joe Wallace (Cindy Wallace), sister Donna Carroll and his two nephews Jonathan Carroll and Scott Jackson. His father preceded him in death.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

— Submitted by Family

Obituaries: Patricia Louise “Patti” Bern (Mar. 12, 1954 – Jan. 6, 2011)

Read more...Patricia Louise “Patti” Bern passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 6, 2011, in San Franscisco. Patti was born to Noah and Ruth Wardlow. Patti was born in Arkansas and moved with her family to Crescent City in 1959. She was a long-time resident of Crescent City. Patti went to local schools, including Bess Maxwell, Crescent Elk and Del Norte High School. She graduated from Del Norte High School in 1972 and worked as a skilled Beautician.

Patti was a classic beauty, fiercely courageous and exceptionally loving. She had a remarkable passion for life and was genuinely devoted to her family and friends. She enjoyed horses, gardening and travel.

Death notices published Jan. 08, 2011

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