Monday, July 15, 2024

Catherine Ellen Barnes

August 31, 1950- March 13, 2024

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Catherine Ellen Barnes
  • Catherine Ellen Barnes

Catherine Ellen Barnes went to do God's Laundry, her departing flight was out of Eureka. She loved the sensation of flight, as she would bungee jump over the waters of Mexico. Born in Long Beach, California, to Betty Jean Hubbard (Barnes /McElhill) and Philip Barnes, she spent time as a young person fishing in Humboldt County with her Grandmother Harriet "Jane" Hubbard. Having raised her daughters Wendi D. Wood, Deborah L. Hart, and Karyn B. Hart in Martinez, California, children of her marriage to Gregory E. Hart, she moved to Eureka in 1996 to enjoy the ocean with her grandchildren: Kelli Wood, Kevyn Harris, Dylan Hart Arnold and Gage Hart Arnold.

Being an excellent cook, she taught them how to run a proper kitchen and make pies. Any child under her influence emerged with excellent comprehension of the English language. She loved babies and considered her job done when they were able to speak in complete sentences. The friends of her children were taken under her wing as family, most notably Missy Ferguson.


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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Gary Lee Markussen Jr.: 1951-2024

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Gary Lee Markussen Sr., March 15, 1951, to June 29, 2024.
  • Gary Lee Markussen Sr., March 15, 1951, to June 29, 2024.
Gary Lee Markussen Sr. was born March 15, 1951, in Hoopa, California, and passed on June 29, 2024, in Klamath.

Gary grew up in Arcata, California, and spent his youth with friends and family throughout Humboldt and Del Norte counties. In his younger years, Gary was a self-taught musician, which was a lifelong love of his and was something that he shared by teaching the guitar and performing in the Paul Moon Band. After high school, Gary attended Humboldt State University as an ITEPP student and met many lifelong friends while also teaching at College of the Redwoods as a student professor.

After college, Gary began his career focused primarily on Indian law and ICWA advocacy for Native American children and families throughout Northern California. His work as an ICWA expert for various tribes, community organizations and families defined Gary’s career. He testified in countless child and family court cases and provided immeasurable assistance to native families and communities for more than 40 years. Continuing his work toward assisting his community, Gary served on numerous executive boards and committees, empowering and uplifting those around him.

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David Keith Boston: 1951-2024

Posted By on Sun, Jul 14, 2024 at 6:30 AM

David Keith Boston, May 21, 1951, to June 25, 2024.
  • David Keith Boston, May 21, 1951, to June 25, 2024.
David Keith Boston passed away on June 25, following complications of a stroke. David was a Taoist and it is believed that you come from nature and then go back to nature. Death is a natural process of life. During his passing, David was surrounded by close family and friends.

David was born to David Ray Boston and Betty Jane Boston (Stallman) on May 21, 1951, in Lusk, Wyoming. In his early years, after David’s family moved to Hennessey, Oklahoma, in his teens David worked on hot rods, hauled hay, worked in the oil fields and did welding. He earned his LVN degree in 1974.


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Robert Vernor Ford: 1931-2024

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Robert Vernon Ford, Nov. 3, 1931, to May 2, 2024.
  • Robert Vernon Ford, Nov. 3, 1931, to May 2, 2024.
On May 2, 2024, Robert Vernon Ford, known affectionately as "Bob" and "Uncle Bob," peacefully passed away at his home at Silvercrest in Eureka, California. He was 92 years old, born on Nov. 3, 1931, in Willits, California.

Bob's life was marked by his deep passion for fishing, a hobby he cherished throughout his years. Many Saturdays were spent with his fishing buddy, Gerald. When they weren’t fishing together, they would attend local events, creating cherished memories. Bob always had great stories about those Saturday adventures. Many times, “Uncle Bob” would spend time with his family over at Coffee Creek in Trinity County, where he would eagerly wait for someone in the family to be headed to the nearby fishing pond.

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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Pat Hassler: 1935-2024

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Pat Hassler, March 14, 1935, to June 22, 2024.
  • Pat Hassler, March 14, 1935, to June 22, 2024.
Patricia Joan Hassler (Kitchen) passed away peacefully June 22, 2024, in Arcata California. surrounded by her loving family. Pat was born March 14, 1935 , to Wesley and Florence Kitchen in McCook, Nebraska. Born the eldest of three children, Pat grew up in a loving family with many relatives living close by to guide her. As a young girl, Pat was a happy blend of princess and tomboy, enjoying fishing and boating with her dad and helping her mom in the kitchen. She was an attentive older sister and treasured the company of her two siblings. Pat graduated from McCook High School in 1952 where she was active in athletics, both basketball and baseball. She was a member of the student council and the pep club, a cheerleader for the athletic teams and disc jockeyed a teen program for a local radio station. Patricia asked a young Tom Hassler to attend the Sadie Hawkins Day dance in their junior year and thus began a lifelong romance.


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Janis Nees: 1944-2024

Posted By on Sat, Jul 13, 2024 at 6:30 AM

Born to Sylvester and Marjory Mart, Janis Nees passed away into the arms of her savior on June 3 in her daughter's home. AKA: Janis Martz, Janis Shaffer and Janis Teague.

Janis is survived by her husband, Bud Nees, and two children: David Shaffer and Kim Lueras. She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Janis had a 31 year battle with conjestive heart failure.

Janis worked much of her life as a waitress and knew many, many people. She was very outgoing and would strike up a conversation with anyone who crossed her path! She would light up any room she entered. She was funny and witty, and full of light! She instilled in her children the importance of hard work, promptness, honesty and being mindful of those around you!

Janis was very generouse and loved helping people. She was dependable and a woman of her word! She was often found in one of the resteraunts where she worked or frequented, giving it right back to anyone heckling her.

She will be deeply missed! Until we meet again!
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Elaine Vogt: 1935-2024

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Elaine Vogt, Sept. 20, 1935, to June 1, 2024.
  • Elaine Vogt, Sept. 20, 1935, to June 1, 2024.


On June 1, Elaine Vogt passed peacefully in her home in McKinleyville, surrounded by family and loved ones.

She was born Sept. 20, 1935, to William (Hartford) Pearl and Ada Pearl near Fresno, California. Her greatest passion of her life was her family. She married Earl Lee Vogt on Sept. 2, 1950. She had a busy life raising their five children, Mickey, Randy, Janice, Carol and Lee in Westhaven, California. Elaine excitingly took up cake decorating so she could make both of her daughters' wedding cakes. She then became at the cake baker of the family. Fishing was an enjoyable pastime for her. She loved volunteering at Hospice and at the Clearlake Senior Center. As Elaine got older her favorite pastimes were reading, working crossword puzzles, which kept her mind sharp. she also enjoyed crocheting, and she loved to set in her favorite chair and watch the hummingbirds feed and play in the water fountain.

Her warm, easy smile and infectious laugh will be missed by many.

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Friday, July 12, 2024

Dorothy Blackcrow Mack: 1934-2024

December 24th, 1934 - June 15th, 2024

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Dorothy Lee Mack, Dec. 24, 1934, to June 14, 2024.
  • Dorothy Lee Mack, Dec. 24, 1934, to June 14, 2024.

Dorothy Lee Mack passed away June 15, in Eureka. Dorothy was born on Christmas Eve, 1934, and grew up in upstate New York. She was the second child born to Guilford and Dorothy Mack. She had an older sister named Helen who died in early childhood, and a younger brother Guilford, now deceased. She was married twice, so also took the names Lambert and Blackcrow.

She was a rebel, a tomboy and a rule breaker. She didn't like dresses or dolls and preferred to play with boys or play the violin. She was an excellent student and a trailblazer, being one of the first women to attend college at Oberlin, get a PhD in linguistics and teach at the university level. She was proud to turn down an offer of graduate school admission at Harvard for a place at Yale, and that is where she met her first husband Robert Lambert. Dorothy and Robert had three children, two biological and one adopted, and named them after great poets: Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and David Elliot King. Unfortunately the marriage did not last and Dorothy raised the children as a single parent.


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Petey Brucker: 1952-2024

October 15,1952 - April 22, 2024

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Peter "Petey" Daniel Brucker, Oct. 15, 1952, to April 22, 2024.
  • Peter "Petey" Daniel Brucker, Oct. 15, 1952, to April 22, 2024.

Peter (Petey) Daniel Brucker passed away peacefully, in the arms of his loved ones. After a decline from the disabling neurological disease, progressive supranuclear palsy, Petey took his last breath as the sun rose on Earth Day, April 22.

Born in Nyack, New York, on Oct. 15,1952, the son of Mildred and Daniel Brucker, Petey was known as a loving and wily child who favored his sense of connection to the earth over being in school. In the spring of 1975, Petey followed his older brother Phil to the Salmon River, where he met Geba Greenberg in 1977 and spent the rest of his life with her. Petey's sister Donna soon joined them.


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Sandra Fredrickson: 1939-2024

April 24,1939 - May 24, 2024

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Sandra Fredrickson, 1939 to May 24, 2024.
  • Sandra Fredrickson, 1939 to May 24, 2024.


Sandra Fredrickson was born in 1939 in Duluth, Minnesota, to John and Ruth Fredrickson, and was the middle child of three, between Paul and younger sister, Tracey.

Sandra was an active nurse for 40 years, the last 20 spent as a nurse educator in San Francisco.

She began her retirement in Humboldt County in 1999, finding peace in the remote area of Westhaven. Sandra enjoyed volunteer work, especially at the Humboldt County Animal Control Shelter where she helped socialize kittens and cats. She was a pie maker for the Westhaven Blackberry Festival, made home deliveries for Food for People, helped Barbara Snell and Lena Macy with blood drives in Trinidad, and was an ombudsman for the Mad River Adult Day Care.

A faithful member of Trinidad Women in Black, Sandra stood for peace every Friday for more than eight years.

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