Friday, January 26, 2024

Robert Walter 'Wally' Costa: 1956-2023

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2024 at 7:00 AM

Robert Walter "Wally" Costa, Sept. 4, 1956, to July 26, 2023.
  • Robert Walter "Wally" Costa, Sept. 4, 1956, to July 26, 2023.

A most wonderful man has died. Robert Walter "Wally" Costa was born Sept. 4, 1956, and died July 26, 2023, at the age of 66.

Wally was raised in Eureka, graduated from Eureka High School in 1974, then began his life's career in the timber industry. Employed by several private companies, the work was hard and often dangerous — setting chokers, heavy chains slung over his shoulder, up and down steep terrain. He loved hard work and never complained.

Wally was employed by Louisiana-Pacific and later Schmidbauer Lumber, working at Schmidbauer for 37 years. Well-respected for his tough work ethic, Wally developed great friendships. Many of his co-workers have offered condolences and shared colorful stories about this man they admired — always respectful, kind and friendly, quick-witted and clever. He loved Schmidbauer and retired June 2, 2023. He lived 54 days after retirement.

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Monday, January 1, 2024

Steven Lee Branstetter: 1954-2023

Posted By on Mon, Jan 1, 2024 at 7:00 AM

Steven Lee ''Brundy" Branstetter, Jan. 29, 1954, to Nov. 16, 2023.
  • Steven Lee ''Brundy" Branstetter, Jan. 29, 1954, to Nov. 16, 2023.
Steven Lee Branstetter, 69, died in Redding, California, on Nov. 16, 2023, with his loved ones, Joni and golden retriever Cali, by his side.

Steve (fondly known as Brundy) was born in Ferndale, California on Jan. 29, 1954, to Charles Branstetter and Phyllis (Titus) Branstetter. Steve attended Ferndale schools, proudly graduating from Ferndale High School in 1972. Steve’s first job was at the Fortuna bowling alley, keeping score for his mother’s bowling team, and straightening out the stray bowling pins which the old bowling apparatus failed to stand upright. He then worked at Loleta Creamery for several years while attending College of the Redwoods (CR) part-time. After graduating from CR, he left the creamery and attended Humboldt State University full time, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. Steve then worked as manager of the North Coast Daylight Train in the late ’80s, which ran 1950s-vintage coach train cars from Eureka to Willits. In the early 1990s, Steve was convinced by Bank of Loleta to enter the world of banking, which he stayed with for over 30 years. He worked as a commercial loan officer for several years for Bank of Loleta, which became U.S. Bank. He then was a senior vice president for Scott Valley Bank in Redding, which later became Mechanics Bank. Steve retired in 2020.

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Sunday, December 31, 2023

Pamela Ann Sistrom: 1941-2023

Posted By on Sun, Dec 31, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Pamela Ann Sistrom, July 23, 1941, to Nov. 19, 2023.
  • Pamela Ann Sistrom, July 23, 1941, to Nov. 19, 2023.
Pamela Ann Sistrom, 82, was born on July 23, 1941, in Los Angeles, California, to Joe and Katie Sistrom, and died on Nov. 19, 2023, in Eureka. She is survived by her daughter, Dianna Bond, her son-in-law, Xavion Bond, her granddaughter-to-be, Xadie Isley Bond, best friend Henry Buchanan and her many family friends who will miss her dearly. She joins her former husband, Eric Heimstadt, and brother, Anthony Sistrom.

Pam spent her 20s singing in jazz clubs and remained devoted to jazz throughout her life. She knew the lines to every standard and sang along to Miles and Coltrane while she washed the dishes. She would tune herself by singing “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise,” singing SO-ftly, SO-ftly SO-ftly. Her cars were always full of jazz cassettes. A talented artist, Pam attended art college in San Francisco after high school. Her family can find her in her linework and recordings. We are grateful for the many sketches, paintings and music she has left us to remember her by.

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Friday, December 29, 2023

Barbara Deanna Wayland: 1954-2023

Posted By and on Fri, Dec 29, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Barbara Deanna Wayland, Dec. 27, 1954, to Nov. 15, 2023.
  • Barbara Deanna Wayland, Dec. 27, 1954, to Nov. 15, 2023.

Barbara passed away at home in McKinleyville, California, on Nov. 15, 2023 at the age of 68. She was born to Robert and Phyllis Wayland in Pasadena, California, on Dec. 27, 1954.

Barbara grew up in sunny Southern California (Fullerton), as one of five children. She loved the sun, always sporting a dark tan due to all of her outdoor adventures. Barbara loved playing sports. Organized, or with siblings or neighborhood kids, she could be found throwing and catching a ball, depending on what season it was. Her parents were her biggest fans. Attending her every softball game, and cheering her on. Loudly. Barbara loved the LA Dodgers and Rams. She even received a full Rams uniform, pads, helmet and all, one very merry Christmas. She loved to collect sports cards and had quite a collection. Her most valuable cards were either lost in the spokes of her bicycle, or cut up to change the team name if the player got traded. Barbara moved to Humboldt County in 1976 to play softball for Humboldt State University and made it her forever home.

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Thursday, December 28, 2023

Louis Thomas 'Pete' Pietrok: 1930-2023

Posted By on Thu, Dec 28, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Louis Thomas 'Pete' Pietrok, March 13, 1930, to Nov. 19, 2023.
  • Louis Thomas 'Pete' Pietrok, March 13, 1930, to Nov. 19, 2023.
Louis Thomas “Pete” Pietrok passed away peacefully, with family by his side, on Nov. 19, 2023, at the age of 93 in his home in Ferndale, California. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa and brother, as well as a steadfast friend.

Born in Linn County, Oregon, on March 13, 1930, Louis’ childhood was typical of someone who grew up in rural America during the Depression. He enjoyed sharing stories of his childhood adventures including berry picking, working on farms and spending time with his seven siblings. Louis married the love of his life, Lois Seeger, on Feb. 25, 1952. The couple moved from Oregon to Humboldt County, in the early 1950s to live near Lois’ sister and her husband. While he worked for several logging companies — the last of which being Chambers Logging — as a skilled faller, Louis and Lois lived throughout the county, including Dinsmore, Carlotta, Petrolia, Fortuna and Bridgeville. In 1966, the Pietroks moved to Ferndale, eventually settling in their home on “Frog Alley” where they raised their six children and spent the remainder of their lives.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Juanda Lee DeShazer: 1923-2020

December 16, 1923 - June 8, 2020

Posted By on Wed, Dec 27, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Juanda Lee DeShazer, 1923 to 2023.
  • Juanda Lee DeShazer, 1923 to 2023.

After many years living in Humboldt County, Juanda Lee DeShazer’s cremated remains were interred at Hardy Oak Cemetery, near McLouth, Kansas, on June 8, 2023. This date marked the third anniversary of her death, in the 100th year following her birth. Juanda’s grave is beside that of her cherished husband, Frank Kimball Scott, and surrounded by her relatives of the DeShazer, Thompson, Gibbons, Howard, Hamilton and other families.

Juanda’s grandparents and ancestors lived in the region of Lawrence and McLouth, Kansas. Juanda, herself, was born in California and resided here most of her life, and, for shorter periods, in Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, Nevada and Missouri.

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Saturday, November 25, 2023

Barbara Stratton Peters: 1949-2023

Posted on Sat, Nov 25, 2023 at 6:01 AM

Barbara was born on a beautiful spring day (April 18, 1949) in Pocatello, Idaho. She was the third of four children born to Margaret Harris Stratton and R. Wendell Stratton. As a child, she was very shy but had the best time growing up with her wonderful family. They lived in Pocatello until Barbara was 5 years old; then her father's work took them to Price, Utah. There were many Italian and Greek families in that area and she loved the diversity of the community. She and her older siblings attended grade school at Notre Dame Catholic School. Just before the 5th grade, her family moved back to Pocatello, where she finished school, went to college, and started her first jobs in the Pocatello Public Library and the Career Planning and Placement Office at Idaho State University. She earned her BA degree in American Government in 1971 and her MAEd in Student Personnel Work in Higher Education in 1976 – both from Idaho State University.

In 1977, she left home in Idaho to take a job at Humboldt State University in the Career Planning & Placement Center. She worked at HSU for 30 years and made many life-long friendships with co-workers, students and faculty. Barbara's shyness seemed to go away as she worked in this career. Her students were Science and Natural Resources majors, and she developed a love of the environment and conservation through them. After she retired from HSU in 2007, she continued in her profession by offering Resume Writing and Job Hunting workshops at both the Western Section and national conferences of The Wildlife Society. This gave her the opportunity to travel to new places in California Utah, Oregon and Hawaii. She "retired" again from this activity in 2017. The Western Section honored her with the Barrett A. Garrison "Outstanding Mentorship Award" at the 2017 conference.

In 1980, Barbara was thrilled to meet Tom Peters while singing in the Humboldt Chorale. Tom was always THE special man who lit up her life – a match that lasted over 40 years - even though it took four years of being together before Tom proposed. They married in 1984 when Barbara was 35 and Tom was almost 39 – neither had been married before. They did not have children but met many young people over the years. In fact, Barbara kept in touch with many of these young people and former students. In addition to these activities, Tom and Barbara travelled throughout the northwest, Canada and Mexico – mostly to fish and enjoy beautiful places.

She and Tom raised four English Springer Spaniels – Mabel, Maggie, Buster and Maizey. Maggie had two litters of puppies and Tom and Barbara found great homes for them. In fact, they felt that they increased their "litter of friends" with the puppies they had. Over the years they enjoyed three puppy reunions to the delight of everyone involved.

Friendships and family have dominated Barbara's life. She always loved getting to know people and became an instant friend with many of the people she met. She had a broad spectrum of friends of all ages and backgrounds – this enriched her own life.

After she retired, she was involved with the Hospice of Humboldt Auxiliary, local and national politics and community activities. In her activities, she worked toward fairness, social justice and equality issues for all people.

Barbara is survived by her WONDERFUL husband, Tom Peters; sister-in-law Christa (Mike) Stratton, sister Sue (Les) Short, sister Deborah (Ted) Flandro, nieces Jennifer Petersen and Erika Petersen and great niece Kaitlin Chacon, as well as nieces & nephews in Tom's family.

She was preceded in death by her parents Margaret Stratton, Wendell Stratton, and his second wife Billie, her brother Mike Stratton and her brothers-in-law Ted Flandro and Les Short. She was also preceded by Tom's parents, Henry and Carol Peters, his siblings Lynn, Jim, and Christopher Peters, and his nephew Sean.

Donations to the Food Bank and/or the Sequoia Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.

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Mimi Gouldberg: 1943-2022

Posted By on Sat, Nov 25, 2023 at 6:00 AM


A year has passed and not a day goes by that our beloved mom, sister, grandma, and auntie, is not thought of. Forever in our hearts, we will cherish the memories of her.

Mimi Gouldberg, 78 years old, peacefully passed away in her home surrounded by her closest loved ones on November 16.2022.

Mimi, was born in the fall, November 29, 1943 in the state of Washington, to the late Mayme Impe Ranta Gouldberg and Roger Gouldberg. Mimi was the youngest of two children her brother Roger was considered her Irish twin as he was only 11 months when she was born. Mimi adored her big brother. Throughout her childhood she moved around a lot and when she was a teenager, she moved to Hoopa, California.

While in Hoopa she attended Hoopa Valley High School, one of her fondest memories, was being the leader of schools Warriorettes where she danced and twirled the baton, she was so proud of her squad she had hand sewn their uniforms for them. She also worked at the bowling alley setting up the pins, she worked at Oaks Café, for a while as well. Mimi worked hard all her life, and was passionate about helping others.

She got married, had her first child, and created a home on Bald hill for her family, with the help of her good friend Frank Doolittle. Mimi after a turn of events ended up leaving Hoopa and traveling around, over half of the United States. She ended up back in California and stayed in Oakland for a short period where she was amongst the Race wars, having her second child initiated her to follow her brother and his wife and moving to Hawaii in 1967 with her two children at the time. While there she worked at Honolulu international airport where she became the first female bartender.

Her children moved back to Hoopa 1977 and 1979 leading to Mimi moving back to the states and finally settling in Fortuna, California, in 1987 with her mom Mayme and her third child. She was an active member of society she started her career helping others. She worked with special needs people in assisted living for the duration of her life. Mimi continued her education at college of the Redwoods and received an Associate of Arts degree in Humanities. Mimi was an all-around woman she enjoyed writing and art, becoming a self-made artist she opened her own studio / gallery with her work paintings, drawings, and pottery sculptures.

When she was not doing art, she was helping someone always wanting the best for everyone she was actively involved in motivating promoting healthy lifestyles for whoever needed it. Mimi enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, she enjoyed the adventures going on road trips to revivals, spur of the moment trips to see her family, spontaneous shopping, even hiking adventures. Mimi especially loved her great grandchildren, supporting them and their activities. For fun Mimi loved to cook and play Scrabble. Where ever Mimi was needed she would be there. She was not afraid of anything as her lord and savior was always with her, Mimi was a firm believer in her religion and accepted all that came at her. She was truly a resilient beautiful soul who will be forever remembered.

Mimi had three children the late Monte Edward Jarnaghan, Terisa Michelle Jarnaghan, and R.E. Gouldberg. Her greatest accomplishments she said. Mimi adored her children and her continued drive was for them. Mimi never gave up, as she always wanted what was best for them. Mimi worked hard for everything she had. She faced everything Head on.

Mimi was preceded in death by her parents Mayme and Roger Gouldberg, Her eldest Son Monte Jarnaghan, and Sheldon Stongost.

Mimi is survived by her daughter Michelle, son R.E., brother Roger, his wife Camille, her grandchildren Marilyn, Melissa, Melia & lil Monte Jarnaghan, Pamela Branham Heath, Patricia, Douglas, Thomas Jr., Derrick Branham, her nieces and nephews Charmaine Weldon & family, Dallas Gouldberg & family, Izzy Gouldberg, Luke Gouldberg, her 20 great grandchildren, and her friends.

Mimi's family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Timothy Kuan, Shannon Ammon and Jacquie Hostler for being there for Mimi, the positive impact you all had on her was truly inspirational.

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Sunday, November 19, 2023

John Flynn: 1931-2023

Posted By on Sun, Nov 19, 2023 at 7:30 AM

John Flynn, May 16, 1931, to Nov. 7, 2023.
  • John Flynn, May 16, 1931, to Nov. 7, 2023.

John Flynn, 92, of San Luis Obispo, California, passed away on Nov. 7. He was born at home in Ferndale, on May 16, 1931, the oldest of three brothers, to Bernard Flynn and Rosemary Regli.

In his youth, John worked at his parents' dairy farm and at the local newspaper, The Ferndale Enterprise. He attended Ferndale High School, excelling at football. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 and was stationed at the Pentagon, Pearl Harbor and the USS Boxer.

After the service, he moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly, majoring in printing engineering. There he met Barbara Russell. They married in June of 1957 and were married 54 years, raising two children. John worked for almost 35 years at Blake Printery as their lithographer. Retiring in 1993 provided an opportunity for him to travel and engage in many family activities.

John was a fervent San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan, rarely missing a game on TV. He is survived by his brother Ray Flynn, his son David (Ann) and grandchildren Brandon Saunders, Matthew, Mark and Kelly Flynn, great-granddaughter Bryanna Saunders and two great-great grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his brother Jerry Flynn, wife, daughter Cathryn Smith and a grandchild, Morgan Smith.

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Daniel H. Pedrotti: 1939-2023

Posted By on Sun, Nov 19, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Dean H. Pedtrotti, May 21, 1939, to Oct. 16, 2023.
  • Dean H. Pedtrotti, May 21, 1939, to Oct. 16, 2023.

Dan passed away peacefully at his home in Ferndale, with his wife Dorene by his side.

Dan was born to George and Mary Pedrotti in Ferndale. He was the oldest of five children and grew up on the family dairy on Grizzly Bluff. He attended Grizzly Bluff School and Ferndale High School. He graduated in 1957. After graduation, he enlisted in the National Guard and went to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. While he was enlisted in the National Guard, he worked for the Humboldt County Roads Department and Rob Renner Logging as a caterpillar operator.

In January of 1964, he married Dorene Renner. They have two children, Grant and Karen.

In November of 1964, they decided to lease a dairy on Grizzly Bluff from the Keohan family, just in time for the 1964 Flood. In 1969 they purchased the dairy, which they operated until their retirement in 2004. Dan was very proud of his dairy and herd of registered Holsteins and Guernsey's. They had award winning cows for milk production and records through the Ferndale Cow Testing Association.

After retiring from the dairy business, he began making hay on their property. He enjoyed employing many hay haulers throughout the years and loved to talk with them and tell stories and jokes. He sold hay to many loyal customers throughout the years. He loved his garden, dahlias and apple orchard. He also enjoyed making sausage with his family, and smoking salmon in his smokehouse for his friends. He enjoyed watching the Giants, 49ers and Warriors play. He loved supporting his grandchildren throughout their youth by attending every sporting event and fair event possible.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Pedrotti, brothers Norman and Don Pedrotti, sister-in-law Mary Pedrotti and niece Vicky Grandy.

He leaves behind his wife Dorene Pedrotti, children Grant Pedrotti (Missy), Karen Hansen (Darren), grandchildren Danielle Hansen (Kyle), Nathan Hansen, brother Sid Pedrotti (Lorraine), sister Sylvia Grandy (Gary), brother-in-law Ed Renner, daughter-in-law Debra Pedrotti, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

At his request there will be a private, family service at the St. Mary's Cemetery in Ferndale. His family would like to thank Dr. Douglas of Open Door in Ferndale and Dan's cancer doctors, Dr. Fellows, Dr. Bernstein and Dr. Luh. Also, Jan Borges for her care in his final nights, and Hospice of Humboldt for their on-going care and support.

If you wish to make memorial donations in Dan's honor, please remember the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department, Church of the Assumption and Hospice of Humboldt.

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