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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Laura Anne Wheeler-Graben: 1964-2021

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Laura Anne Wheeler-Graben, Nov. 23, 1964 to Sept. 5, 2021.
  • Laura Anne Wheeler-Graben, Nov. 23, 1964 to Sept. 5, 2021.
Laurie was born to Jessie Pawlus-Wheeler and Michael Bruce Wheeler on Nov. 23, 1964, in Petaluma, California. Her birth fell on Thanksgiving, so her first birthday/Thanksgiving celebration was hosted by Hillcrest Hospital. She left us on Sept. 5, 2021, from COPD.

Laurie attended Gravenstein and Twin Hills grammar schools in Sebastopol and graduated from Analy High School in 1982, maintaining a 4.0 average all the way through. She was active in 4H and band, playing a clarinet and participating in all the marching band events. Following high school, she studied design in Sierra College, Citrus Heights.

Her parents returned to Humboldt County in December of 1982, and Laurie helped with the move during her Christmas break. Graduation from Design School came in 1984 and was attended by her grandmother, Laura Pawlus, and her mother, father, and Brother Michael with wife, Tracy.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Rita Wheeler Moore: 1958-2021

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 7:12 AM

Rita Wheeler Moore, Sept. 12, 1958, to July 9, 2021.
  • Rita Wheeler Moore, Sept. 12, 1958, to July 9, 2021.

Rita Wheeler Moore passed away July 9, 2021, after a brief illness. Rita was born in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sept. 12, 1958, to Eugene and Gloria Wheeler. She graduated from Most Holy Trinity School in Sunnyslope in 1972 and Washington High School in Phoenix in 1975. She attended Glendale Community College until she joined the U.S. Air Force.

Rita moved to Humboldt County California when she left the Air Force. After moving to Eureka, she became active in the community. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Religious and Women's Studies. She was active with the Women's Studies program, now Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, where she participated in many related activities, becoming an activist for gender equality. Rita volunteered with the Red Cross and had the opportunity to help with hurricane relief on the Gulf Coast. What Rita is best known for and was most proud of was her 30 years of work as a swim instructor across Humboldt County. She was most passionate about her special students and her work with the Special Olympics swimming program. The families of her swimmers referred to her as "The Swim Whisperer" for her dedication and success. Everybody in the area knew her as "Grandma Rita."

Rita was preceded in death by her husband Randy Moore, their sons Benjamin and Scott, and father Eugene. She is survived by her son Tim, daughter Pamela, four grandchildren: Dameon, Ericka, Jordan and Jasper, mother Gloria, eight siblings: Kathy, Matt, Ann, Angela, Pat, Ray, Theresa, and Mike, as well as many nieces and nephews.

There will be an informal memorial gathering honoring Rita at Redwood Park in Arcata, California, on Sept. 11, 2021 from 1 to 4 p.m. Please stop by, see friends, share memories and stories with one another and Rita’s family. Bring a picnic. Celebrate Rita's life. Because some family and friends are at high medical risk, wearing a mask when indoors at the park lodge is requested.

A private memorial and interment will be held at Saint Mary's Cemetery at a different time for Rita's family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Rita's honor to the Humboldt County Special Olympics Swim Team through www.sonc.org or to the Laurel Tree Charter School in Arcata, California, through www.laureltreecs.org.
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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Velva Elaine Angell: 1929-2021

Posted By on Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 6:00 AM

April 5, 1929, to Aug. 11, 2021.
  • April 5, 1929, to Aug. 11, 2021.

Our beloved Mother and “Auntie” Velva Angell passed from this earth on Aug. 14, 2021 at the age of 92. She was proud of her Native American heritage as she was Wiyot, Yurok and Wintun Indian. Velva was born in Eureka, California on April 5, 1929 to her parents, Elizabeth Logan Cooper and Henry Clay Cooper. She attended and graduated from Eureka High School. Shortly after graduation, Velva moved to San Francisco to attend and graduate from California Beauty School.

Velva met and fell in love with the love of her life, Lucius “Bud” Angell III, while he was on shore leave as a sailor in San Francisco. They were married on Feb. 8, 1948, at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka. Together they raised three sons: Lucius “Bud” Angell IV (Betsy), Bruce Steven Angell and Paul Douglas Angell. They welcomed their niece, Cindy Dunlap Dutra (Dave), into their home after the death of her mother, and raised “their girl” as their own.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Eileen "Skye" Bolz: 1924-2021

Posted By on Sat, Aug 28, 2021 at 6:00 AM

Eileen "Skye" Bolz, May 24, 1924, to June 3, 2021.
  • Eileen "Skye" Bolz, May 24, 1924, to June 3, 2021.

Skye (Eileen Bolz) lived an unconventional and adventurous life of 97 years and passed away June 3, 2021.

Before moving to Humboldt County, Skye lived at Nepenthe in Big Sur and owned a leather shop in Marin, designing and making sandals, purses and belts. She taught art and was herself an artist who was enthralled with the creative process. Wherever Skye lived, she was always lavish in her support of the arts and artists, purchasing paintings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and also handcrafted garments and jewelry that she wore with flair.

She had an insatiable curiosity about the world, and throughout her life met many fascinating people. Skye’s circle of friends included Kaffe Fassett, Henry Miller, Rita Hayworth, Edward Henry Weston, Boris Karloff and Chairman Mao (whom she dated and received postcards from for years!)

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Friday, August 20, 2021

Katherine (Katey) Jane Ringle-Hackney: 1953-2021

Posted By on Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

Kathrine (Katey) Jane Ringle-Hackney, Oct. 22, 1953, to March 13, 2021.
  • Kathrine (Katey) Jane Ringle-Hackney, Oct. 22, 1953, to March 13, 2021.

Katherine (Katey) Jane Ringle-Hackney, age 68, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Miranda, California, on March 13, 2021.

Katey Ringle was born on October 22, 1953, in Tokyo, Japan, to Jerld Manual Hackney and Tomiko Hackney-Watanabe. Her father, Jerld, had a career as Chief Master Sergeant in the United Sates Air Force. As a result, in her youth she lived in Japan, France and eventually settling in the United States with her parents. She lived in Colorado for a time and moved to Citrus Heights, California, in 1964. She attended San Juan High School and graduated in 1971.

Katey always wanted to help people so she started attending classes in the nursing program at Sacramento State University and American River College. During that time, she worked as a nurse’s aide, dietary cook and driver for Crestwood Behavioral Health. She also worked part time to supplement her income with the Sacramento Medical Personnel Pool.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

George Agis Cozyris: 1937 to 2020

Posted By on Thu, Aug 19, 2021 at 9:12 AM

George Agis Cozyris, June 25, 1937 to Aug. 19, 2020.
  • George Agis Cozyris, June 25, 1937 to Aug. 19, 2020.

In loving memory of our dear father, George Agis Cozyris, who passed away one year ago today.

Dad, there not enough words to express how often you are thought of, how much you are missed, how deeply you are loved. There is not a day that goes by that we don’t think of you, talk to you, listen to you, laugh with you, feel you near us. We remember you and carry you with us every single day.

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” — Pericles

George Agis Cozyris, PhD. was born in Heraklion, Crete (Greece), on June 25, 1937.

He passed away from natural causes on Aug. 19, 2020 in Eureka, California, at the age of 83.

George is survived by his sister Chrysanthi “Chryssi” Antoniadi (Xrisi Kozyri), his nephews Alexandros Patsis, Agis Patsis, great nephew Alexandros Patsis of Athens, Greece; his three children, Trevor Cozyris of Santa Cruz, California, Kali Cozyris of Eureka, California, and Kristian Cozyris of Edmond, Oklahoma and also by his grandchildren Amalia Cozyris and Claire Cozyris in Edmond, Oklahoma; his former wife Linda Steele-Clark; and his beloved cat, Kitsi. George is preceded in death by his parents, Agissilaos Cozyris and Amalia Cozyris (Ilya Livykou), as well as his sister Eva Patsis of Athens, Greece.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

John Harvey McKenzie: 1939-2021

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 6:00 AM

John McKenzie.
  • John McKenzie.
John Harvey McKenzie, age 81, of McKinleyville, passed peacefully Aug. 11. He was in the hospital for a brief illness, and was in the presence of his devoted daughter and dog.

John McKenzie was born August 1939 in Ventura, California, and grew up in Ojai, California. He attended Nordoff High School but dropped out short of completing his curriculum when a forest fire broke out in Ojai Valley. Lying about his age, he went on to work for the U.S. Forest Service for 40 years, starting out as a Hotshot Firefighter, before his training and work as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic. He spent his last 10 years in the USFS as the Head Zone Mechanic for the entire Las Padres National Forest. In 1996, he retired where he and his wife moved to McKinleyville from Morro Bay. To stay busy, he worked as a Medical Transporter. John was also a professional photographer of nature, wildlife and aerial fire fighting. He loved bluegrass music and meeting his friends for breakfast at Niveen’s.

All of his interests were a true testimony of his love, knowledge and appreciation of life and the beauty of living. He was a humbled hero to many, guardian to his family, and those close to him. He was truly one of the good guys, a real gentleman with the kindest heart. He will be deeply missed to all who knew him.

John McKenzie is survived by his daughter of Mount Shasta, and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his adoring wife of 40 years, Virginia (Gina) McKenzie.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Doris Yvonne Gocha: 1937-2021

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Doris Yvonne Gocha, Oct. 8, 1937 to July 30, 2021.
  • Doris Yvonne Gocha, Oct. 8, 1937 to July 30, 2021.

Doris Yvonne Gocha was born on Oct. 8, 1937 in Houston, Texas, to Bessie and Harry Robertson. She was the middle sister to Cova (Vernell) and Patricia, and had a brother, Jesse. Her family moved around a lot when Doris was young and lived for a time in White Sands, New Mexico, where Harry helped build scaffolding to hold the newly developed atomic bomb. Doris had memories of living on a military base there and how her father witnessed the testing while wearing goggles and standing inside an open bunker. The family continued to move around and eventually headed west and settled in California.

Doris was a talented artist, even at an early age. She told the story of how she had loved reading Archie Comics and that when there was an art contest for its new Katy Keene series, she entered her drawing and won. She was disappointed, however, that she was never able to find a copy of the comic book with her winning drawing in it.

In 1956 Doris married George Gocha. They had three children together, Timothy, Deborah and James. The family enjoyed many happy times while living in Granada Hills, an L.A. suburb that still held citrus groves and working farms. Special family outings included jumping into the station wagon in the evenings and going to drive-in movies, all the kids wearing pajamas and eventually falling asleep in the back of the car.

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

John Edward Buffington: 1941-2021

Posted on Sat, Aug 14, 2021 at 6:00 AM

John Edward Buffington, July 6, 1941, to July 23, 2021.
  • John Edward Buffington, July 6, 1941, to July 23, 2021.
John Edward Buffington passed away peacefully in Austin, Texas, on July 23, at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Blythe Buffington and is survived by his wife Georgia Willis Buffington of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by his three sons Peter (Mona), Andrew, and Justin (Jillian) of Pleasant Hill, California, by stepson Robert Milburn (Amanda Ohl) of Napa, California, and by stepdaughter Summer Youngblood (Justin) of Austin, Texas. He is survived by his sisters Karen (Daryl) Bowes of Eugene, Oregon, and Judy (Gary) Sylvia of Monroe, Oregon. He has several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his first wife Kaaren Buffington.

John was born in Salem, Oregon, on July 6, 1941. He was raised in the Willamette Valley, attending River Road Elementary School, Colin Kelly Junior High, and South Eugene High School, where he co-captained the football team. In 1960, John attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in Long Island, New York, graduating in 1963. He served in the Pacific for three years during the Vietnam War with the United States Navy as a lieutenant navigator on the USS Kawishiwi. His experiences on this tanker ship in the Gulf of Tonkin on Aug. 2, 1964, a moment which led to the conflict in Vietnam, deeply influenced him. After release from active duty in 1966, he entered the University of California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco, California, receiving a Juris Doctorate degree in 1969.

Having successfully passed both the California and Oregon bar exams, John began practicing law in Portland, Oregon, in 1970. In May of 1971, he accepted a position as Humboldt County deputy public defender, serving under William Connell and moved to Eureka, California, where he settled for 32 years. John always felt fortunate to have worked for Mr. Connell, who trusted that an inexperienced attorney could quickly adapt to the courtroom routine. In 1973, he accepted an appointment as the city attorney of Arcata, California, while maintaining a private practice. In 1974, John won the race for district attorney, pushing him into the public eye. In 1978, Gov. Brown appointed John a judge of the Municipal Court in Humboldt County. In 1980, he was elected judge of the superior court, where he served for 21 years.


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Friday, August 6, 2021

Fredrick Mordecai Gold: 1936-2021

Posted By on Fri, Aug 6, 2021 at 6:00 AM

Fredrick Mordecai Gold
July 31, 1936 - February 1, 2021

Fredrick Mordecai Gold, born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 31, 1936, died at 84 years of age in the house he built in Eureka, California, surrounded by loved ones, on Feb. 1, 2021. He is dearly missed. He passed after a short and courageous fight with cancer. He beat it three previous times, but it won in the end. He told us that he was not afraid or sad to die, saying that he had had a good life, but was worried and sad for those he was leaving behind. We are grateful that the end was quick and mostly painless, due to the outstanding efforts of Humboldt County Hospice. Fred was very happy to have been able to stay in his home and be with loved ones until the end. He was able to do this for his father Philip before him, and we were fortunate to be able to do the same for him.

Fred was born to Phillip and Minerva, their third child, Jay and Joan preceding him. He is survived by his brother Jay and partner Susan, his sister Joan, his sons Aaron and Jordan, his nieces, Mercedes, Barbara, and Laura, his nephew Fernando, his partner Carolyn and his ex-wife Maggie.

Fred spent his early life in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in 1955, after which he joined the Navy and served aboard the U.S.S Ticonderoga. He earned an Associate in Arts Degree from Santa Monica City College in 1972, after which he moved to Eureka and attended Humboldt State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974.

Prior to moving west from New York, Fred and his father owned a small business on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, where they sold antiques and made and restored furniture. During this time, he was married and had his two sons. Fred was a highly skilled artist and craftsman and was amazingly capable in many forms and media, though woodworking was where his talent really shone, especially regarding creating artwork using the wood lathe. He created many bracelets and bowls that are cherished by his family and friends. He built furniture and several small boats. During his last years, he grew interested in building wooden bows, and like most things he set his mind to during his life, he was successful in building some beautiful bows, which he happily used in his backyard. Fred was also passionate and accomplished at gardening and cooking. He enjoyed both during his 30 years or so of retirement from the Teamsters union, which he joined during his years of driving a concrete delivery truck. Few things made him happier than sharing a meal with friends or family, especially his friend Carolyn, whom he had dinner with almost every night for decades.

Fred’s ashes will be interred next to his father’s in a plot overlooking the ocean in Trinidad. Donations in his name may be sent to the American Cancer Society. We will keep you in our hearts forever, Fred. Rest in peace.
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