Saturday, October 23, 2021

Danielle Renee Wight: 1987-2021

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Danielle “Danni” Wight Sept. 19, 1987, to Oct. 7, 2021.
  • Danielle “Danni” Wight Sept. 19, 1987, to Oct. 7, 2021.

Danielle “Danni” Wight left this world unexpectedly at her home in Arcata, California, on Oct. 7, 2021, at the young age of 34. She was born in San Francisco, California, on Sept. 19, 1987, prematurely at 4 pounds and 9 ounces to Sandra Dennon and David Wight.

Danni, as known by friends and family, spent her life growing up between the bright lights of Las Vegas and the beautiful ocean and redwoods of Humboldt County. Las Vegas has proven to have bestowed Danni with lifelong friends. Friends who say, “Danni had the biggest heart of anyone they knew. She always helped people in need...even to the detriment of her own happiness. She never stopped caring about other people.” In Humboldt County and surrounding areas, Danni had the love and support of her family and friends who encouraged her in her education and career opportunities. Danni had a gift for writing which was passed on from her mom. Danni expressed this gift through her poetry. She loved her friends and family. She also had a love for music, the outdoors, her piercings, and tattoos. But her biggest love of all is her two daughters. From the moment she found out she was pregnant with her first daughter to her last breath, her two girls were her entire world.

Danni graduated from Silverado High School in 2005. She had many dreams along her path that she pursued. She attended the Paul Mitchell Beauty School of Cosmetology and then went on to study Dental Assisting at College of the Redwoods. Later in her life, she moved on to be a foreclosure specialist and then a loan processor. She was very proud of these accomplishments as were her friends and family.  

Danni was preceded in death by her grandmother Phoebe Rae Rose, her mother Sandra Dennon and her brother Shad Burns.

Danni is survived by her two beautiful daughters Onyx and Omen, her father David Wight, her brother Jasen Dennon, her nieces and nephews Cody, Jacee and Makai. And a large loving extended family. Danni’s unforgettable laugh and her bright smile will be painfully missed by all who knew and loved her.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.


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Monday, October 11, 2021

Richard 'Rich' Olson 1939-2021

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Richard "Rich" Olson, Dec. 20, 1939, to Oct. 1, 2021
  • Richard "Rich" Olson, Dec. 20, 1939, to Oct. 1, 2021
Richard “Rich” Olson, 81, was born Dec. 20, 1939, in Hettinger North Dakota to Rose Wandler and Wriley Irwin. He passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in his Eureka home with his family at his side.

Rich and Linda were married in Daglum, North Dakota on Dec. 4, 1960, and moved to Eureka, California shortly after where they have resided ever since. Rich worked as a laborer/carpenter for many years for various people. He joined Eureka Construction working for Pete Gill until 1974 when he started RAO Construction. Rich was a hard-working dedicated man with the vision of building his company to what it is today. In 2002, he was named construction person of the year with Humboldt Builders Exchange as well as the lifetime achievement award in 2016 and the 2011 contractor of the year with the Ingomar Club. His legacy and work ethic continue through his three boys and grandchildren. He was a member of the Eureka Faith Center and the Eureka Elks Lodge. Rich was an amateur boxer at the age of 21, enjoyed golf and stock car racing but really kept himself busy with work. From his love of racing, Rich decided to pave the track at Redwood Acres Raceway and promoted racing for 26 years.

Rich was survived by Linda Olson, his wife of nearly 61 years; three sons, Rick (Suzi) Olson and stepdaughter Kasidy; Randy (Debbie) Olson and their children Randy Jr, Lacey and great-granddaughter Sophia; Rusty Olson and his children Shelby, great-grandson Laykin, Richard “Al” Olson II, great-granddaughter ember, Rusty Jr, Alexus, Ricky, Royce, Jaylee, Vinitee and Halle; three sisters, Veronica “Ronnie” Ward, Paulette Papageorge, Pat Nichols; one brother Merle Olson; sister in law Renae Heidt, and numerous nieces and nephews. Many Friends he considered close family; Bill and Terri O’Neill, The Marcelli Family, Ralph and Dorene Egerer, and Londa (Coy) and Tom Moore. He was preceded in death by his parents Rose and Einar Olson; mother and father-in-law Emil and Frances Wendling; Brother-in-law Tony Heidt; four brothers, Marvin Wilson, Jim Wilson, John Olson, and Larry Olson; three sisters, Mona Holt, Charlotte Horn and Martha Knorr; and good friends Gary Coy and Mercer “Old Man” Lawson Sr.

The Olson family would like to give a special thanks to Kristina Ellsworth and grandson Al for all their help in allowing us to keep Rich at home and comfortable during his last few days. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Redwood Fields for an honorary plaque for Rich’s involvement with youth sports. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 327 Cutten, CA 95534. A memorial will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Home Ec. building at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds (3750 Harris St Eureka, CA 95503).
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Monday, October 4, 2021

Charles "Chuck" K. Voight: 1944-2021

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Charles (Chuck) K. Voight, April 9, 1944, to June 21, 2021.
  • Charles (Chuck) K. Voight, April 9, 1944, to June 21, 2021.
Charles (Chuck) K. Voight passed away unexpectedly on June 21, 2021, at his home in Fortuna, California. He was 76 years old. Chuck was born April 9, 1944, in Eureka, California, to Mildred and Ray Voight. Chuck loved Humboldt County and lived within the county for most of his life. He spent many years surrounded by the Redwood forests as a timber faller. Later in life, he moved to Pennsylvania and changed careers. He began his career as a forklift operator in a distribution center. But the pull of the ocean and Redwoods became too much for him. He returned to his beloved Humboldt County and family.

Chuck spent his free time enjoying the natural beauty, wonder, and bounty of Humboldt County. Hunting, fishing and crabbing with friends and family were some of his favorite pastimes. He had many adventures and fun participating in these activities with his late friend Joe Quinn and many family members. Another of his favorite pastimes was playing dice and cards with family and friends all in the name of fun. But also a dollar a game.

Chuck is survived by his son Brandon Voight, Brandon’s wife Devin Gallagher, grandsons Charles Voight and Zachery Ruiz (whom he loved and doted on endlessly) of San Diego, California. His brother Raymond G. Voight, Raymond’s wife Joanne Voight of Porterville, California. His sisters Sharon Voight and Tami Voight both of Fortuna, California. His sister-in-law Alice Voight of Bullhead City, Arizona. His nephews and nieces with whom he was especially close to Kim, Tony, Kyle and Edie Behrens, Amanda Deno, Carrie Voight, Tommy Lee, Tawny, and Mike Voight, Kathy Phillipson, Daniel Foster, Susie and Jeff Morris, Rick and Charles Voight, Jessica (Spotted Leg) and Niekoma Cantrell, and Mariah Voight-Buckley.

He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Mildred (Millie) Voight, brothers David, Rick, and Tom Voight. Also his nephew Roy Boy Voight.

Chuck will be dearly and deeply missed by his family and friends. Many of those who knew him will recall the fond and fun memories they had with Chuck out on the boat and sitting around a card table. Chuck was always always ready for a fun time and an adventure, rockin’ and rollin’. He will hold a special place in all of our hearts forevermore.

There will be a celebration of life held for Chuck at the Mountain View Village in the Lunchroom (2123 Smith Lane, Fortuna, California) at 1 p.m. on Oct. 23. Parking for the event is in the church next door. The event will be potluck style. Anyone who is wanting to attend is encouraged to bring their favorite dish.
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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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Saturday, September 25, 2021

David Johannsen: 1952-2021

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David Johannsen, April 24, 1952, to Aug. 20, 2021.
  • David Johannsen, April 24, 1952, to Aug. 20, 2021.
David was the third of seven kids. He was born April 24, 1952, in Eureka. He spent most of his youth in the Cutten/Ridgewood area. On the weekends his dad Hans and his siblings would spend the day surf fishing or digging for clams. David loved his dad’s clam chowder! They would also spend time playing baseball or just hanging out. His cousins and aunts — Pansy, Ester, Irene, Mary — and uncles — Hiram, Allen, Phillip — and Grama Gretta would come, too. The family was very close back then.

David’s class was the first to attend Winship Junior. High. He got to help choose the colors for the school. Sometimes David would get into trouble. Ninety-nine percent of the time it was defending his younger brother Randy who had MD. One day, people still remember, someone picked on Randy. David fought him from one end of the gym to the other. A teacher intervened and was knocked out. Police were called, David was handcuffed and taken away. Two blocks later they let David go. The officers knew David and understood why he did it. David always took care of Randy. David and his friends would sometimes cut class and go to the woods behind Winship. There they would smoke and fish. Weekends they would go and camp out. David always wished his daughters and grandkids could have gotten to experience what he did. When times were simpler and safer. David had fond memories of those days.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Nick Frank: 1943-2021

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Nicholas Andrew Frank was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1943.  With his parents Lou and Irene and his sister Katherine, Nick survived near starvation in Karuizawa during WWII.

On July 14, 1947, Nick disembarked in Honolulu as a stateless immigrant, speaking Japanese and English. So began Nick’s interesting life that included being a star Air Force technician in Holland, building a winery in the Republic of Georgia, and extensive business travel in Russia, Japan and Asia. As a father, he made sure to be done with his job early every day to be available to his daughters Vanessa and Heather whom he adored.  Loyal and proud, Nick was an anchor for them.

Later, after a career in Silicon Valley and starting his own business, Bare Essentials, Nick moved to Humboldt County where he met and fell in love with Nina Groth.  Together they spent the next 20 years in their Trinidad home above the expansive Pacific ocean.  Nick loved the beauty that Humboldt has to offer and relaxed by hiking on the Prairie Creek State Park trails and on local beaches with Nina.  Enjoying the simple pleasures of life, Nick could make an everyday event special, for example; every meal was a celebration.  He appreciated all the local music venues (and not having to wait in lines).  He found great joy attending the concerts of The Eureka Symphony, The Eureka Chamber Music Series and TBAM: Trinidad Bay Arts and Music Festival.

Scientist, mathematician, entrepreneur, Nick was a problem solver and always had time to listen to others, wanting to help them succeed and realize their dreams, whether in business or personal life.  He would give tirelessly of his time.  Nick was also an avid gardener and when at home, spent much of the time planting bushes, trees, flowers and a huge vegetable garden with an adjoining fruit tree orchard as well as a separate elaborate berry garden.  He dearly loved the local farmer's markets, farmers and nurseries where he would always buy more than he needed.

Sociable and opinionated, Nick was curious about other people’s viewpoints of the world and was always eager to converse or debate about life.  There were many lively conversations over coffee, whether at a bakery or when he hosted wonderful lunches on the bluff in Trinidad as he loved to do.  Nick got pleasure from giving other people enjoyment - if he could put a smile on your face he was happy.

Nick will be greatly missed by his wife Nina, his beloved daughters Vanessa and Heather, his six siblings whom he cherished and their respective families, as well as his many relatives and friends.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Rita Wheeler Moore: 1958-2021

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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

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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

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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

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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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