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Obituary: Lavertta June Waggle (January 7, 1962 – April 23, 2016)

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Lavertta June Waggle was born in Crescent City to James Thomas Waggle and Betty Rose Stewart on Jan. 7, 1962. She passed away on April 23, 2016.

Lavertta Waggle was known worldwide for her beautiful redwood carvings She did artwork, beading, crotchet bags and hats. Lavertta expressed herself with art. She was Native American from the Yurok Tribe who enjoyed going to cultural events. Lavertta loved to spend time with family and friends and was always cracking jokes and making people laugh. She loved listening to music and drawing. People were always complimenting her artistic abilities. Lavertta was proud of her accomplishments and sobriety of three years. She was well liked by many and a friend to all. Lavertta had a kind heart and tried to help others who were less fortunate then herself even though she had little herself. She was a strong Native woman who believed in her Native rights. Lavertta was excellent mother, sister and friend who loved her kids and grandchildren very much. She was a beautiful person on the inside and out. Her smile and wit will surely be missed and never forgotten.


Obituary: Lillian Margeret Humphrey (August 15, 1927 – April 24, 2016)

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Lillian Margaret Humphrey, 88 passed away on April 24, 2016 in San Jose. She was born Aug. 15, 1927 in New York City, New York. Lillian was a previous resident of Del Norte County for many years but had been living in San Jose for three years.

Lillian was a very active past member of the Crescent City Women’s Club, Del Norte Senior Center and volunteered at the Del Norte County Historical Society Museum. While living in Crescent City, Lillian was always on the go, she enjoyed attending the DNACA, Curry and Del Norte Concerts, taking dance classes, LHR plays, working on puzzles, reading and attending art and crafts festivals.

Lillian will be remembered for her kindness, willingness to help others, generosity, that twinkle in her eye and wonderful smile. Lillian will be greatly missed by her many friends in Del Norte County. Living in San Jose, Lillian enjoyed many outings with her family, new friends and all the activities at the Brookdale Senior Community.


Death Notice, April 28, 2016

Enrique Alcala Herrera, 83, of Sacramento, died Sunday, April 24, 2016 in Sacramento. He was born April 10, 1933 in Michoacan, Mexico.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation will be held at Wier’s Mortuary Chapel 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday, April 28. Committal to take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel. Please sign the family’s online guest book at wiersmortuary.com


Obituary: Felix Joseph Revetta (Phil) (May 14, 1947 – March 2, 2016)

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Felix was born in Youngstown, Ohio on May 14, 1947 to Rose and Clement Revetta. His parents moved to Pittsburg, California when he was 18 months old. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1965 and joined the Navy. He served on the USS Canberra during the Vietnam War. After his discharge from the Navy he completed his education in Radiology. He worked at Los Medanos Hospital in Pittsburg, Childrens Hospital in Oakland, Sutter Delta Hospital in Antioch. and Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City as director of Diagnostic Imaging.

Phil had a great love for family, friends and food. He loved to cook and entertain. His home was always filled with love and laughter, and his home became known as Hotel Philafornia, a bed and breakfast refuge for friends and family. Vacancies were scarce. Tradition was a very important part of his life. He didn’t know the meaning of the word stranger. If you knew Phil and were called a friend you became a very important part of his life. He had a knack for making you feel you were the most important person in his life. He made a big impact on the lives of many of his friends and family. He was son, brother, nephew, cousin, Dad, friend, lover, boss, teacher and mentor. He was an avid Raider fan and he encouraged most of the family to claim the Raiders as the family’s team. He had many talents and interests, he was accomplished in woodworking, stained glass, restoring Hupmobiles, cooking, tile work, and trips with his friends Tim and Julie Bouslog to America’s great baseball parks. He also became an ordained minister and officiated at the weddings of two family members, Joe and Angie Trezza, and Gia and Scott MacFarlane.


Obituary: Wallace Hoffman Griffin (September 27, 1924 – February 21, 2016)

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Wallace “Wally” Hoffman Griffin, 91, passed away Feb. 21, 2016 in Crescent City. He was born Sept. 27, 1924 in Weiser, Idaho.

Preceeding him in death was Wallace’s wife of 35 years, Lillian Griffin.

Wallace is survived by daughter Constance Cole (Dennis), granddaughter Michele Stewart (Gary), granddaughter Carrie Whitlow (Terry), great granddaughter Carrisa Byrne and great grandson Chance Whitlow.


Obituary: Elizabeth Jane Finley (June 2, 1919 – April 15, 2016)

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Elizabeth Jane Finley passed away at her home in Hiouchi on April 15, 2016 after a long and loving life. Betty was born June 2, 1919 in Sacramento to Ben and Anneva Reardon. She grew up in the Sacramento area with her sister Dorothy, and later, step-brother Jim Hodges.

She married Francis Edward Finley in 1943 while Ed was serving in the U.S. Navy. The couple moved to Del Norte County in 1945, where they settled and started a family. Their three sons made Betty a busy mother as they grew. Betty especially enjoyed tending flower gardens, stitching beautiful needlework and supporting her spouse and children in all their endeavors, ranging from local businesses her husband operated to sporting events in which her boys participated.


Obituary: Rodger Allen Fugate (September 28, 1962 – April 17, 2016)

Rodger Allen Fugate, 53 went suddenly to be with our Lord, Jesus Christ, on April 17, 2016 in Redding. He will be forever missed by Tami, his wife of 30 years, of Redding. His Parents, Roger and Diana Fugate, Crescent City, and parent-in-laws; Harry and Fern Quinlivan, Redding.

Two sisters, two sister-in-laws, a brother and spouses; Tamara Banchero-Bessette, Dallas, Texas, Deborah Gonzalez-Ginnis, Michael, Imperial, California, Dale Fugate, Melodee, Gasquet. Sherry Schumacher, Rod, Loveland, Colorado, Michelle Quinlivan, Redding, along with numerous other nieces, nephews and loving family members.

In keeping with the way Rodger led his life, Tami has requested a private family ceremony, which will be held at Grace Fellowship Foursquare where Rodger and Tami attend. Services are on Friday, April 22. Condolences can be sent to: Tami Fugate, c/o Grace Fellowship Foursquare, 3658 Rhonda Road, Cottonwood, CA, 96022.


Obituary: Elsie Patrice “Pat” Peterson (October 18, 1925 – March 28, 2016)

Elsie Patrice “Pat” Petersen, 90, passed away on March 28, 2016 in Brookings. Born to Michael and Eva Mysak on Oct. 18, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan. She was working for 3M Company in Detroit when she met Maynard Petersen, whom she married in 1948. That same year, Maynard was transfered to the Los Angeles area. The made their home in Whittier. In 2010, they moved to Crescent City to be closer to family. She lived her final years with her husband residing at the Ocean Park Assisted Living facility in Brookings.

Pat is survived by her son Gary A. (Debbie) Petersen, sister-in-law Gloria Kieger, brother-in-law Norman (Joyce) Petersen, grandsons Matthew (Amber) Petersen, Kerry Petersen, Kyle (Jody) Petersen and Kevin Peterson. She also leaves behind six great grandchildren.


Obituary: Nada Adaline Brazeal (December 18, 1923 – April 15, 2016)

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Nada Adaline Brazeal, 92, went to be with her heavenly Father on April 15, 2016. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. Nada and her twin sister Vada, were born Dec. 18, 1923 in Ava, Missouri. She moved to Crescent City in 1953 to marry her childhood sweetheart and the love of her life, Basil Brazeal. They were married for 51 years and were honored with a 50th anniversary celebration and renewal of their wedding vows. Basil and Nada had one daughter Linda, who passed shortly after birth. Nada worked as a caregiver for 35 years and also worked for the McPherson family for many years.

She was a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church until she became homebound. Nada loved her precious dogs and had 11 of them over the years. She and her dog Jack, were like two peas in a pod. She enjoyed her gardening and her birds brought her much joy. Nada was always busy and doing for others.


Death Notices, April 21, 2016

Clyde H. Merrill, 79, passed away April 3, 2016 in Medford Ore. Merrill was born November 15,1936 in Battiest, Oklahoma. He worked in the timber industry and for the US Forest Service in Lakeview, Ore. before moving to Crescent City, Calif. in 1962, where he worked as a truck driver for 38 years. His celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 23, at the Cornerstone Assembly of God church at 1281 Douglas St. Crescent City. In his memory, donations may be sent to Evergreen Lodge 2700 Dolbeer St. Eureka, Calif. 95501, or, Palliative Care, 2825 East Barnett Road Medford, Ore. 97504.

Noel Roger Henry, 46, passed away April 18, 2016 in Eureka, Calif., his current town of residence. Henry was born December 30, 1969 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He lived in Crescent City from the 1990s until 2010. A celebration of life will be held starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at Elizabeth and Norm Henry’s home on N. Pebble Beach Drive in Crescent City. Bequests information call 464-4709.


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