Margaret Louvica Humphrey
Albert E. Valadez, Sr.
Bernice Marie Wenzel Chancellor slipped from our care into God’s hands April 4, 2013 after a bravely fought battle with cancer.
She was born in Alvord, Iowa on Dec. 18, 1928, and the family moved to California during World War II. She lived in various places in California until 1965 when she moved to Susanville. “Bunny” and her husband “Slim” worked in Beckett’s Christmas tree operation for many years. When health forced her to retire, she began volunteering with the Lassen-Modoc Food Bank, the Farmer’s Market on Wheels and with the Salvation Army. She was active in all three organizations until just a few months ago. All who knew her loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Slim; two sisters; and three brothers.
She is survived by her daughter, Winnie “Tawnee” Amos, of Susanville; two grandsons, Martin Lawler, of Oakhurst, Calif. and Charles Lawler, of Texas; one great-grandson, Lee Lawler; two sisters; and four brothers.
In lieu of flowers, please make any remembrances to Lassen-Modoc Food Bank, the Salvation Army or to cancer research. A small gathering of family and close friends will be held at a later time.
Margaret Louvica Humphrey
Margaret Louvica Humphrey, 94, of Milford, died April 12, 2013 at her residence. She was born in Roseville, Calif. on April 7, 1918.
She is survived by her son, Scott Humphrey and wife, Karen; grandson, Casey Humphrey and wife, Angel; great-grandchildren, Addison, Paxton and Brooke; and sister, Janice Satica.
A celebration of life potluck will be held at noon Saturday, April 27 at Milford Community Center. Donations may be made to Alzheimer’s research, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Albert E. Valadez, Sr.
Albert E. Valadez, Sr. passed away peacefully from this life on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, at the age of 90.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine L. Valadez; father, Domingo Valadez; mother, Bernice (Brown) Valadez; four brothers, Dave, Valentino, Joseph and Francis Valadez; and four sisters, Josephine Granados, Florence Rivera, Rosina Guitierrez and Jean Messenger.
He is survived by his five children, Nicolas (Patsy) Padilla, Chris Cobian and Albert Valadez, Jr., all of Susanville, Calif., Gracie (Gabe) Murillo, of Roseville, Calif., and Robert (Tori) Valadez, of Oroville, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, Tiffany Padilla, Benjamin Padilla, Niki Murillo, Dawn Murillo (Jared) Johnson, Chris Cobian, Jr., Tonya (Steven) Costello, Shenese Cobian, Lorraine Valadez, Jamie (Frank) Edeyaoch, Kristin Valadez, Steven (Talaya) Valadez, Lukas Valadez; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Al was born Dec. 9, 1922 in Susanville and attended elementary school at Stewart Indian School in Stewart, Nev. His family later moved to Portola, Calif., where he graduated from Portola High School. His love of track events and his participation on the track team led him to be later inducted into Portola High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame representing the Class of 1942. After high school he attended college in San Francisco, Calif. for a short period but left to voluntarily enlist in the U.S. Army in l943. He served as a member of the 101st Airborne (known as the “Screaming Eagles”) and then served under General Patton with the 301st Field Artillery Battalion at the Battle of Bastogne. His tour in the Army took him to Europe and Africa. He was a veteran of World War II and a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Military Order of the Cootie.
After the war ended he returned home to Susanville and attended Lassen Junior College. He graduated in 1948 earning his associate of arts degree and began his engineering career with the federal government. He worked for the U.S. Army in Herlong, Calif., then the Bureau of Indian Affairs in various locations in Arizona and Gallup, New Mexico and then the U.S. Forest Service in Quincy (Plumas National Forest) and Susanville (Lassen National Forest), Calif. He retired from the Lassen National Forest in January 1985 with 40 plus years of federal government service.
As a young man, Al enjoyed fishing but later traded in his fishing pole for a bowling ball. He was an avid bowler and he and his wife, Josie, enjoyed bowling weekly on the local bowling leagues and participating in various tournaments. Al was also a proud member of the Susanville Indian Rancheria, where he served on the Tribal Business Council and the Housing Authority Committee for several years.
Al recently lost his beloved wife, Josie, on Dec. 9, 2012, his 90th birthday. They are together now and both will be deeply missed by their family and friends. The family is honoring his wishes for no service or funeral. Al has been cremated through the services provided by Walton’s Funeral Home.
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