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Below you will find a complilation of obituaries gathered from various newspapers throughout Shasta County and elsewhere in California. If YOU have an obituary for a Shasta County resident and would like to add to this collection or, better yet, if you want to volunteer to transcribe obituaries please contact the county coorinators.

Lambert, Thelma
Redding Record-Searchlight, Tuesday, May 28, 1985

Thelma Lambert, Redding's 1985 Citizen of the Year whose philanthropic deeds have likened her to Redding's version of Mother Theresa, died Monday at Redding Medical Center. Mrs. Lambert, 86, had been hospitalized since May 12. Her heart collapsed at 12:30 p.m. Monday, a hospital spokesman said today.

Born in Springer, N. M., in 1898, Mrs. Lambert moved to Shasta County from San Francisco in 1939, and had been helping Redding's poor and needy ever since. Her years of community service were recognized in February, when more than 1,000 community members, local and state dignitaries toasted her as Redding's Citizen of the Year, the first woman to be presented the honor.

Over the years, she made hundreds of visits to patients in convalescent hospitals and collected clothing, furniture and food for those left homeless by the ravages of fire. She was a leader for the Shasta-Tehama Council of Camp Fire, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Rebekahs, the Redding Grange, and the Senior Citizens of Shasta County. She had been 'Mother of the Year", named by the Downtown Mall Merchants Association.

In the 1960s she was selected as one of "12 best citizens" of Shasta, Trinity, and Siskiyou counties. As a senior citizen, she became "Sunshine Chairman", a post she held for more than 20 years. Her extensive community involvement included participation in the American Heart Association's "Rock and Roll" fund-raiser and a special Christmas project benfiting shut-ins.

After operating the Sacramento Hotel in downtown Redding, Mrs. Lambert became a homemaker, and for several years worked as a volunteer for Roy Wilsey. She later worked with the Y's Men organization within the Shasta County YMCA. Mrs. Lambert is survived by daughters Pamela Mitchell of Redding and Leora Wicker of San Mateo; son Frank Jr. of Redding; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday at McDonald's Redding Chapel. Burial will follow at Lawncrest Memorial Park in Redding

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Lamphier, Susie
Redding Record-Searchlight, Thursday, April 16, 1987

Graveside services for Susie Lamphier, 88, of Redding will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Burial will be at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Mrs. Lamphier died Tuesday at Beverly Manor Convalescent Hospital in Redding.

Born May 22, 1898, in Duluth, Minn., she moved to Shasta County in 1984 from La Puente. She was a homemaker. She is survived by daughter Lois Lambert of San Jacinto; sister Nancy Acker of San Jacinto; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are being handled by Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Leitzel, Cynthia June
Redding Record-Searchlight, Monday, July 23, 1990

Cynthia June Leitzel, 73, of Redding died Saturday, July 21, 1990 at Canyonwood Nursing Home in Redding. No services are planned. Burial will be at the Redding Cemetery.

Born Nov. 6, 1916, in San Francisco, she moved to Shasta County in 1950 from Grass Valley. She was a homemaker. She is survived by son Wayne of Dunsmuir; sister Florence Weiffenbach of Bradford, Conn.; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3290 A Bechelli Lane, Redding CA 96002.

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Leonard, Eula Eleanor
Redding Record-Searchlight, Tuesday, June 13, 1978

Funeral services for Eula Eleanor Leonard of Lakehead will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at McDonald's Redding Chapel. Mrs. Leonard died Sunday at her home. She was 79. Born Aug. 21, 1898, in Indiana, she lived in Shasta County 19 years. She leaves a son, Ivan of Lakehead; two daughters, Margaret M. Turrell and Jeannie Childs, both of Lakehead; a sister, Thelma Sparks of Indianapolis, Ind.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Redding Cemetery. The Rev. John Lawrence will officiate at the services.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Lerza, John
Redding Record-Searchlight, Mon., September 21, 1964

John Lerza died of a heart attack in a Redding hospital Sunday morning. He was 58.

Lerza, who had owned a vineyard near Lodi, was born in Wisconsin April 16, 1906. He had been a resident of California for 44 years.

He was visiting a sister, Mrs. Ida Trowbridge of Redding, when he suffered the fatal heart attack.

McDonald's Redding Chapel has sent the body to the Geirhart and Wells Funeral Home in Lodi, where funeral arrangements will be made.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Limacher, Josephine
The Evening Sacramento Bee, Page 6, April 18, 1906

Death Lays a Heavy Hand On Aged Parents, Suddenly Taking Their Two Children From Them Redding (Shasta Co.) --
Mr. and Mrs. John Geiger, living in Happy Valley, lost a grown son and a married daughter, their deaths occurring within twenty-four hours of each other. Both were sudden, and each was caused by heart disease.

The Bee of Tuesday told how Frank Geiger, the son, had died Sunday in the home of his parents after returning from Easter service. He sat down in a chair, gave one gasp and was no more. When the bereaved father came to Redding the next day to make arrangements for the funeral of the son, he was given a telegram informing him that his only daughter, Mrs. Josephine Limacher, had dropped dead the evening before in her home in San Francisco. She left two children, one a babe of two weeks and another that had seen but one birthday.

The two funerals - those of the son and the daughter - were held at the same hour yesterday afternoon, the one in San Francisco, the other in Redding. Surely, aged parents like Mr. and Mrs. John Geiger are seldom called upon to suffer the double sorrow that has befallen them.

Mrs. Limacher and Frank Geiger - sister and brother - were natives of Switzerland, though both were reared in Shasta County. They were universally respected. Strangely, too, both had always enjoyed apparently perfect healthy, and that both should drop dead so nearly the same hour and of the same disease is a coincidence most remarkable

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Littlejohn, James A.
Sutter Appeal Democrat, September 15, 1945
J.A. Littlejohn Dies Suddenly

James A Littlejohn, native and lifelong resident of Sutter County died suddenly this morning of a heart attack at the family's summer home at Sweetbriar near Castella in the Dunsmuir section. He had been spending a vacation season there with Mrs Littlejohn and their son, Elmer. Littlejohn was born Jan 2, 1870 on the ranch developed from a homestead taken by his parents Sutter county pioneers south of Harkey corner. There he had developed one of the Sutter county's outstanding orchards. In recent years he had turned management of the farm over to his sons Lloyd and Edward Littlejohn.

Golden wedding On Oct. 6, 1942, he recieved his 50 year pin as a member of Enterprise Lodge No. 70, F & A.M. He had received the master Mason degree on Sept 10, 1892. He was also a member of Washington chapter No. 18, Royal Arch Masons of Marysville. On Dec 7, 1944, Mr and Mrs Littlejohn celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a reception at Bogue country clubhouse. They were married in Sutter county on Dec 5, 1894. H

e is survived by the following relatives, who with one expection all reside in Sutter county. The expection being a brother William B Littlejohn of Athena, Ore.; Mrs Anna McCune Littlejohn, the wife ; three sons, Elmer, Edward and Lloyd; brothers and sisters, Mrs Julia Green, George W. Littlejohn, Chester Littlejohn, Mrs Charlotte Cooley, Mrs Laura Cope and William B. Littlejohn. Grandsons are Corp. Donald William Littlejohn, Fort Sheridan, Ill., James and John Bonte Littlejohn of Yuba City. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, 10:30 am in the Ullrey Memorial chapel.

Transcribed by April Hennes

Loftus, Charles Thomas
Redding Record Searchlight, Monday, August 21, 1972

The family of the late Charles Thomas Loftus of Redding has requested that any rememberances be made in the form of contributions to the Shasta-Trinity Heart Association in care of Bank of America, P.O. Box 993, Redding. A Pioneer nurseryman, Loftus died Friday at his home after a long illness. He was 94.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at McDonald's Redding Chapel by the Rev. Patrick O'Connor. Burial will take place in Lawncrest Memorial Park.

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Long, Elvaretta
The Redding Record-Searchlight, Friday, Dec. 18, 1964

Weaverville--Funeral services for Elvaretta Long, who died in a Redding hospital Wednesday, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the McDonald-Files Chapel here. The Rev. Paul Richins will officiate.

Mrs. Long, a resident of Weaverville for the past 19 years, was born in Pittsburgh Sept. 21, 1886. She was 78.She was a housewife and a member of the Weaverville Baptist Church. Mrs. Long leaves a son, Alonzo P. of Fresno; three daughters, Mrs. Eva. G. Barrios of Santa Rosa, Mrs. Vickey Baum of Pakistan and Mrs. Margaret Logan of Weaverville; two brothers, Vernon Hetrick of Pennsylvania and Clarence Hetrick of San Diego; a sister, Mrs. Nell Peterson of Winett, Mont.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Interment will be in the family plot in the Weaverville Cemetery.

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Long, Fred L.
Redding Record-Searchlight, January 6, 1950

Funeral services for Fred L. Long, former deputy sheriff, were held yesterday at McDonald’s chapel, the Rev. E. J. Troutner officiating. Interment followed in the family lot in Redding cemetery. Ac

tive casket bearers, all sheriff’s deputies, were: Earl Sholes, Dan Heryford, Guy Malcolm, Steve Erickson, Jess Grant and John King. Honorary casket bearers were: William F. Weber, S.C. Baker, John Grant, Lloyd Knox, Roy Meeker, W.W. Sublett and Albert F. Ross.

Long, Laura B. Long
Redding Record-Searchlight, Saturday, Dec. 19, 1970

Funeral services for Mrs. Laura B. Long, 88, who died Thursday, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Lawncrest Funeral Chapel in Redding. Mrs. Long was a housewife and a past member of the Anderson Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. Long had been a resident at the Redding Convalescent Hospital since Aug. 20, 1968.

She leaves her son, Robert D. Bailey of Redding; one granddaughter and two great-granddaughters. Friends may call at the Chapel from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday

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Long, Lydia Lee
Redding Record-Searchlight, Saturday, October 21, 1978

Graveside services for Lydia Lee Long of Redding will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tulare Cemetery. Mrs. Long, a housewife, died Thursday at Memorial Hospital in Redding. She was 81. She was born July 3, 1897, in Oklahoma Territory. She lived in Shasta County 18 years.

She leaves a daughter, Catherine Balkovek of Redding; three sisters, Mabel Woodruff of Edmund, Okla., Minnie Cook of Fresno and Cora Martin of Ventura; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding is in charge of local arrangements.

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Lorenz, Lyndon
Sacramento Union, January 12, 1906

Redding, Jan. 11 -- Lyndon Lorenz, the 18-months'-old soneof Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lorenz of this city, died Tuesday afternoon at the Lorenz home on East Butte street. Diptheria was the cause of death, and a quarantine was place on the house during the afternoon.

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Lucas, Laura I.
Redding Record-Searchlight, Thursday, Feb. 11, 1971

Laura I. Lucas, a former Redding resident, has died in Eugene, Ore. of cancer after a long illness. Mrs. Lucas died Monday at the Good Samaritan Center in Eugene. She was 76. She was born Feb. 25, 1894 in Texas and had lived in Shasta County about 10 years before moving two years ago to Eugene.

Private family graveside services were to be conducted this morning in Lawncrest Memorial Park by the Rev. Claude Porter under the direction of Lawncrest Funeral Services. She leaves a son, Willard Dieschbourg of Eugene; a brother, Claude Massey of Redding, and two sisters, Mrs. Lee Grider of Eugene and Emma Granberry of Winterhaven.

Relatives have asked that donations be made to the American Cancer Fund, Box 760, Redding.

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Ludlum, Baby Girl
Redding Record-Searchlight, Monday, July 11, 1960

BURNEY-Funeral services for the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Ludlum of Glenburn were conducted yesterday in McDonald's Burney chapel. The Rev. James Haggard officiated. Burial was in the Pine Grove cemetery in McArthur.

The child leaves her parents; three sisters, Linda, Debbie and Tammie; a brother, Rickey; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Pope of Covelo; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ludlum of Whiteville, N.C.

Transcribed by Robin Bills


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