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Baxman, Laura Inez - Medford  
Laura Inez Baxman passed away at age 98 on March 17, 2015 in Medford, Oregon where she had been living. She was born November 13, 1916 in Willits, California, the second of three daughters born to Mary and John Pedroncelli, former dairy owners and original owners of John's Place. The last of the Pedroncelli girls, she is survived by her daughter, Betty Ann Erbes, granddaughter Jolene Erbes Heckerman and grandson-in-law Brent Heckerman of Pacifica, California. After graduating from Willits High School Laura worked for her father on the dairy and, after the dairy burned down, worked at the Commercial Hotel, her father's subsequent business. Later she worked for a telephone company and then the City of Willits. Originally married to John Stansberry of Willits, she later married Steve Baxman, who operated a gravel business in Fort Bragg where they lived for years. Together they enjoyed fishing and camping in the northwestern landscape and Alaska. Following the passing of Mr. Baxman she relocated to Central Point, where her daughter lives. She was also predeceased by her sisters, Jemma Serventi and Lillie Frost, and her grandson Jason Erbes Stansberry. Her survivors also include two great-grandchildren, Sofie Jo and Jesse John Heckerman; two nieces Sandra Eitelgeorge and Linda Clayton; and a nephew, David Frost. Friends and family are invited to a rosary and celebration of her life at 11a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, at St. Anthony's Church in Willits. Donations can be made on her behalf to Providence Hospice, 2033 Commerce Drive, Medford Oregon, 97504, or your favorite charity.
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Published in Willits News from July 29 to Aug. 28, 2015
Chavez, Raul Avila - Willits  
Raul Avila Chavez, born May 4, 1934 passed on July 29, 2015. A 32 year resident of Willits, he was employed until 2004 by Wagon Wheel Ranch. Raul was an accomplished artist known for his intricate expressive drawings and woodcarving. He was a loving husband, an amazing gardener and a master of the French game, P├ętanque. He was a catalyst in popularizing the sport in Willits. He is mourned by family and all who knew his kind ways and spirit of equanimity. A celebration of his life will be announced for October.
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Published in Willits News from Aug. 12 to Sept. 11, 2015
Clatty, Nadine Jean - Willits  
Nadine Jean Clatty was born in Crescent City, California on March 22, 1929 and passed away on July 16, 2015 at Holy Spirit Residential Care Home in Willits. Nadine grew up and lived in northwest California logging camps the first 30 years of her life and spent the last 55 years as a resident of Willits. She worked at Star Super Market and Safeway as a meat wrapper, worked at Kimberly Jewelry, and was most proud of working 20 years at Howard Memorial Hospital as a dietician. Most recently, she volunteered at Willits Senior Center and enjoyed the time spent there with her friends. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Carl Russell Clatty; daughters: Sherry (Joe) Yampaglia of Millville, New Jersey, and Debbie (Gary) Clark of Vancouver, Washington; son, Richard (Sue) Bloomquist of Scappoose, Oregon; step-children: Sonja (Mike) Williams and Craig (Joy) Clatty, both of Willits; grandchildren: Brian Shuster, Keith Shuster, Ivan Bloomquist, Sara Bergamo, Daniel Williams, Jennifer Clatty, Lisa Clark; as well as seven great-grandchildren and her faithful dog, Rosey. A message to Mom, Grammie, and Gram from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: If We Had A Single Flower For Each Thought Of You, We Would Walk In Our Garden Forever. Memorial Services were held at Anker-Lucier Mortuary Sunday, July 19, 2015. Donations can be made to Holy Spirit Residential Care Home or Willits Hospice.
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Published in Willits News from July 22 to Aug. 21, 2015
Maddux, Joseph Alan - Ukiah  
August 2 1993 ~ July 6, 2015 Joseph Alan Maddux was born in Santa Rosa and died near Blue Lakes in Lake County. He was a 2012 graduate from Clover Valley High School in Upper Lake. Joe lived in Lake County for most of his childhood, spent some years in Willits and was a resident of Ukiah when he died. Joe had a kind spirit and strong belief in God. He wanted everyone to love one another, believing love was always the solution to any problem. Joe was a simple man who believed that family was all important. Music also played a key role in his life. His family is completely devastated by his loss and accepting the loss of such a young spirit. He is survived by his parents Keith Alan Maddux, of Willits; Laura Selby of Reno; brother Anthony Bordessa of Nice and Jenae Maddux of Willits; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; nephews Riley, Jude and Blake Bordessa; Nicholas Delisle III. Celebration of life will be a potluck held at Lake Mendocino, Pomo B Day Use Area on July 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Questions call Marie at 321-9004.
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Published in Willits News from July 22 to Aug. 21, 2015
Randrup, Greg - Willits  
Greg Randrup passed away near his home in Willits on Thursday, August 20, 2015 doing what he enjoyed in a place he loved. Greg is remembered as a wonderfully caring man who was loved and admired by all that knew him. Born in San Francisco on June 17, 1951, and raised in Sebastopol, Greg graduated from Analy High School in 1969. While there he served as Future Farmer's of America Vice President and President before moving on to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he obtained his B.S. then Master's degree in Agricultural Education. Randrup began raising sheep in high school and continued raising sheep for over 50 years in Sonoma, San Luis Obispo and Mendocino counties. Before retiring in 2008, Greg was Willits High School's longtime Agriculture teacher. Dating back to 1977, Randrup was a fixture at the school, taking kids to county fairs throughout northern California, participating in FFA events throughout the state, assisting them with their animal projects, developing lifetime friendships with colleagues and kid's parents, then teaching his kid's kids and even coaching the basketball team for a few seasons. The town knows Greg's impact. His "kids" know they learned from and got to know a really great man. Randrup also taught intramural basketball for Mendocino College in Willits in the 80's and served as one of the founding members of the Roots of Motive Power. He was a member of the California Agriculture Teachers' Association and California Wool Growers Association. After retiring from Willits High School, Greg continued ranching activities (including raising turkeys for friends Thanksgiving dinners) and enjoyed several vacations with his family and friends including a trip to France earlier this summer. Greg is survived by his loving wife Peggy, daughter Jennifer (son-in-law Nigel Swinney), adored granddaughters Ella Estelle and Alissa Ann. He is also survived by his brother Ross and sister-in-law Sibyl, brothers in-law David, Richard, wife Michelle; Robert and wife Laura; cousins Charlie Hughes and family, Lorna Ackley and family, Christine Conterno, and Shirley Wallace; nieces and nephews Chris and Maggie, Jacob, Austin, Aaron, Skylar, Ethan, and Brandon. Greg's memorial service will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Rodeo Grounds in Willits at 5 p.m. Memorial contributions to the Randy Clark Scholarship fund c/o the Community Foundation, Willits High School Future Farmers of America truck fund, or Roots of Motive Power in Greg's name. Arrangements under the care and direction of Anker-Lucier Mortuary.
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Published in Willits News from Aug. 26 to Sept. 25, 2015
Van Brott, George Olney - Santa Rosa  
George Brott departed on his final voyage peacefully at his home in Santa Rosa on July 31, surrounded by his loving family, following a brief illness. He was 85 years old. Born in 1930 in Hartford, CT to Jeremiah Olney Brott and Julia Parke Brott, George was raised outside of Washington DC. Growing up during the Depression, he developed a sense of frugality he carried with him throughout his life. He obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Yale University. In 1954, he and his new spouse Ann moved to Southern California where he took a job with Travelers Insurance to pay the bills while he obtained his teaching credential. He retired from Travelers 35 years later. During that time he and Ann proudly raised three children in Claremont and spent time every summer exploring a portion of the Pacific Coast between Rosarito Beach, Baja California and Astoria, Oregon. After retirement George and Ann moved to Willits, took numerous cruises and played competitive bridge. George was active with Friends of the Willits Library and the Lion's Club. They traveled and participated in many bridge tournaments throughout the western US. Several years after Ann's passing, after 51 years of blessed marriage, George moved to Sonoma County to be closer to his children and the second love of his life, Phylis Ballingall, an old high school classmate. George and Phylis shared many adventures, travel and theater prior to her passing. George is predeceased by his beloved wife, Ann Brott and dear companion Phylis Ballingall. He is survived by his children, Jeremy (Shelley) of Santa Rosa, Anila Roberts (Hugh Williams) of Cotati and Jeff (Liane) of San Bernardino; his grandchildren Alex, Tessa, Deseree, and Kyle; sisters Julie Harris of Portland, Oregon and Anne Hare of Greenfield, Massachusetts; brother Bob Van Brott of Del Ray Beach, Florida; and a verdant garden plot at the Oakmont community garden. George was a devoted dad and grandfather who will be remembered for the many family camping trips throughout California and to many western National Parks, his love and skill at bridge and gardening, and his quiet sense of humor. A celebration of George's life will be scheduled in the near future. He was concerned about the environment and the future for his grandchildren and requested donations be made to the Environmental Defense Fund, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, 350.org , or the environmental organization of your choice.
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Published in Willits News from Aug. 6 to Sept. 5, 2015
Wade, Joan - Willits  
Joan Wade passed away with peace and grace on July 24, after an extended battle with lymphoma. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 60 years, Jack Wade, daughters Barbara and Judy, granddaughter Charlotte, her aunt Esther, sisters Christine and Rachel, and many cousins, nieces and nephews whom she indelibly touched. A son, Michael, predeceased her. Joan was born in St. James, Minnesota in 1932, to Roy and Florence Munson. She grew up in rural Watonwan County, and in Atwater, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1954 and moved to Great Falls, Montana, to start her teaching career. It was in Great Falls that she met Jack on a blind date, and they were married on August 6, 1955. After their marriage, Jack's work took the family all over the United States, each of the children being born in a different state. The family moved to California in 1965, when Jack got a job as an electrical engineer with Lockheed. Not long after moving to California, Joan decided to return to teaching. She earned an additional degree in history from San Jose State, and began teaching in the San Jose Unified School District in 1968. She taught at Gardner Elementary, College Park Elementary, Bachrodt Elementary, and Hoover Middle School. Joan won the Teacher of the Year Award in 1978. Many of her students would seek her out later in life to thank her for giving them a passion for learning. She was on the Board of the San Jose Teachers' Association for many years, serving as President from 1980 to 1984, and was on the Collective Bargaining Team for the Union. Retirement was not a word in Joan's vocabulary. When she and Jack moved to Willits following Jack's retirement, Joan began teaching in the Laytonville School District, where she was also the President of the local Teachers' Union. In parallel with her teaching career, Joan and Jack started a gluten-free flour business after Joan was diagnosed with gluten intolerance. Her flour, pancake, and waffle mixes were sold in health food stores, including Whole Foods, long before "gluten-free" was popular in our food lexicon. Joan finally retired from the Laytonville School District in order to concentrate on her business, but couldn't stay away from the classroom. She was one of the most requested substitute teachers in Ukiah until diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 81. In addition to her passion for education, Joan loved animals, and volunteered at the Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County, where she had a particular love for Shi, a mixed breed dog who learned how to bond with humans because of Joan. A celebration of Joan's life will be held at her daughter Judy's home on August 8th. The family wishes to thank Coming Home Hospice in San Francisco for their fabulous care of Joan. Memorial donations can be made to The Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County, 9700 Uva Drive, Redwood Valley, CA, 95470, or http://mendohumanesociety.com
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Published in Willits News from Aug. 6 to Sept. 5, 2015
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