Louise C. Tomberlin
Louise C. Tomberlin
Louise C. Tomberlin was born April 6, 1923 and passed away March 10, 2013 at Country Villa Riverview in Susanville, Calif.
Louise grew up in San Francisco, Calif. During World War II she worked in the shipyards as a welder. She later moved to El Granada, Calif., where she met Frank W. Tomberlin after his return from Pearl Harbor on Dec. 19, 1947. She worked as a cook in a restaurant and a grocery store. Her last job was at a candle company making candles, which she enjoyed. After retirement, Frank and Louise moved to Westwood, Calif. in 1973. In 1998, Frank and Louise moved to Standish, Calif.
She loved to play Bingo and you better not interfere with it! Louise loved to go to the casino, camping, traveling, barbequing, being with her friends, snowmobiling and playing cards with their friends and being with her children and grandchildren. Louise and Frank were married for 66 years.
Louise was predeceased in death by her parents, John and Agnes Frost; her husband, Frank W. Tomberlin; brothers, Herb, Albert and Bill; and sister, Toots.
She is survived by her children, Darlene and husband, Ken Capps, of Standish, Tom and wife, Jackie Tomberlin, of Salida, Calif., Dennis and wife, Betty Tomberlin, of Half Moon Bay, Calif.; and grandchildren, Denise and Mike Firpo, Leonard and Denise Tomberlin, Ron and Ryan Gilly, John and Jamie Gilly, Alan and Sue Gilly, Kelly Thomas, Mathew Tomberlin, Tom Tomberlin, Wesley Tomberlin, Sean and April Tomberlin, Tara Capps and Craig Capps.
Louise was blessed with 20 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Everyone will miss you, Mom, we love you. Services will be at 11 a.m. April 20, 2013 at Diamond Crest Cemetery.
Sep. 18, 1927 - March 13, 2013
Donald Schmanski, 85, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Lihue Medical Center following a battle with cancer.
He leaves his wife of 40 years, Sarah (Larson) Schmanski; his sons, Dean and Charlie Schmanski; his daughter, Sabra Knauf; his brother, Bernard Schmanski; his sister, Donna Marie Kowal; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and countless friends.
Born Sept. 18, 1927 in Hazleton, Minn. and raised in Blue Earth, Minn., the son of Irene and Andrew Schmanski, he was a resident of Eagle Lake, Calif. and Kalaheo, Hawaii.
Growing up in Minnesota during the Great Depression, Don excelled in sports and school and helped earn money for his family by raising rabbits to sell for highly sought-after meat. After serving in the Navy in World War II, Don attended St. Mary’s College where he acquired a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, biology and philosophy. He received his master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota.
Don had great success in the aerospace industry at Fiberite Inc. in Winona, Minn., where he worked for 25 years. He began as a research chemist and eventually became vice president in aerospace operations. During the 1950s and ‘60s, Don invented heat-resistant plastic materials vital to the function of rocket boosters for ballistic missiles and the space shuttle.
In 1975, Don moved his family to Carson City, Nev. where he started Carsonite International using his chemistry and business experience to develop highway safety products sold throughout the world. Although he officially retired when he sold Carsonite, he was always busy with new adventures. He and Sarah moved several times as he enjoyed remodeling homes and developing properties showing yet another talent.
Don was a man of passion. He embraced technology both old and new and was always curious. His masterful sense of humor and political incorrectness entertained everyone who met him. He adored his wife and children and found great happiness in sharing his thoughts and views with his grandchildren. He will be missed.
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