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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.

Valencia, Tony
Redding Record-Searchlight, July 9, 1927

Funeral Notice – The funeral of Tony Valencia will be held at the Catholic church Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Mass will be held at the church at 8 o’clock Saturday morning.

Redding Record-Searchlight, July 10, 1927

The funeral of Tony Valencia was held yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock services in the Catholic church, followed by the full Eagles funeral rites at the graveside in the Redding cemetery. In addition, Lawrence J. Roache, assistant priest of the local Catholic church.  There was a large turnout at the graveside.

Early morning masswas said in the church.  There was a large turn-out of Eagles and friends.

Redding Record-Searchlight, July 12, 1927

I wish to thank the many friends who comforted me during the illness and loss of my beloved husband; also for the many beautiful floral offerings.  I expressly wish to thank the Eagles.

Signed: Mrs. Tony Valencia and daughter, Genovevea

Van Cleve, Mrs. Mathilda J.
Sacramento Union, January 7, 1920

In Redding, Shasta county, January 5, 1920, Mrs. Mathilda Jane Van Cleave, mother of C.H. Van Cleave of Redding, Arthur M. Van Cleave of Loyalton, Sierra county; H.B. Van Cleave of Roseville, Placer county; Charles Van Cleave of San Francisco, and Mrs. Dolores Moore of Seattle, Washington, a native of Ohio, aged 80 years.

Transcribed by Jeannette Harper

Van Schaick, John Fonkes
Reading Independent, August 29, 1878


Again we are called upon to chronicle the taking off of an old and highly respected citizen of Shasta County. John Fonkes Van Schaick, after a lingering illness, died in Shasta at 1 o'clock A. M. Sunday, August 25th, at the age of 68.

John F. Van Schaik was born in the State of New York, near Utica, we think. He learned his trade--that of a painter--in the city of New York, after which he moved to New Orleans, where he resided for many years. From New Orleans he emigrated to San Francisco, working there at his trade at very remunerative prices. In the year 1852 Mr. V. settled in Shasta, he and his partner pitching their tent under the large oak tree now in the door-yard of Mrs. A. E. Taylor, formerly the Mix place. Mr. Van Schaick was not merely a mechanic, but also an artist of no ordinary capacity, as his work in San Francisco, Shasta and Reading will testify. He was also enterprising. At an early day, having faith in the growth and permanency of Shasta, he purchased ground at high prices and erected quite a clock of frame building, which after erection for a time paid him handsomely. But the flush times ceased, and the depreciation of property ensued; and failing health rendering him unfit for labor, for a number of years Mr. V. found it hard work to "make both ends meet."

He resided in Reading from the fall of 1872 until the fall of 1873, when he became the Democratic nominee for County Treasurer, and was elected; also re-elected in 1875 and 1877, consequently he died before he had completed the first quarter of his third term, and died trusted and respected. He was a man courteous, kind, generous, and of the strictest honesty, and possessed of a fund of general information. Although having no relations near, he received all the care the most affectionate ones could have bestowed on him from Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Dunn, whose house has been his home for years. He was buried in the old cemetery on Monday, August 26th. The funeral services were held in the Court House, the Rev. Mr. Saxton, of Red Bluff, officiating, assisted by the Shasta choir. The pall bearers were D. H. Dunn, W. H. Bickford, District Attorney Taylor, Sheriff Hull, Hon. A. R. Andrews and Hon. C. C. Bush. The concourse that followed his remains to the grave was large, quite a number from the neighboring towns being present

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Varela, Manuel
Reddng Record-Searchlight, Saturday, October 21, 1978

Funeral services for Manuel Varela of Central Valley will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at McDonald's Redding Chapel. He died Friday in Memorial Hospital. He was 59. He was born Sept. 17, 1919 in Sonora, Mexico. He lived in Shasta County 58 years. He was a track supervisor for the Southern Pacific Railroad 43 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Redding, a charter member of the California Cavemen's Club, the Central Valley post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and St. Michael's Catholic Church in Central Valley. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II.

He leaves his wife, Hope of Central Valley; two sons, Max of Anderson, and John of Fernley, Nev.; four daughters, Sheila LaCoste of Redding, Dottie Rodriques and Maxine Sage, both of Anderson, and Christina of Central Valley. He also leaves four brothers, Jesse and Billy, both of Vacaville, Victor of Central Valley, Joe of Illinois; two sisters, Josie Martinez of Sacramento, Rose Murr of Vacaville; his mother, Maria Sandoval of Vacaville; and five grandchildren.

Burial will be in Redding Cemetery. The Rev. Michael Turner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church will officiate at the service.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Veid, infant daughter
Redding Independent, Thursday, January 15, 1880


In Shasta, Jan. 16, 1880, wife of Mr. Jacob Veid.

Transcribed by Robin Bills

Vinson, Leonard Willis
Redding Record-Searchlight, Thursday, Feb. 26, 1946

Leonard Willis Vinson, 28, of Redding, veteran of World War II, died at Oroville Curran hospital Sunday night of an internal infection. He entered the hospital on Thursday. Vinson was born July 16, 1917 at Grants Pass, Ore. He was currently employed by the bureau of reclamation as an engineering aide at Oroville.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Vinson of north Redding, and four sisters, Mrs. Elsie Upham of Trinity Center, Mrs. Edith Herrick of Santa Cruz, and Mrs. Leila Phelps of Trinity Center. Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at McDonald's Chapel, with the Rev. H. A. Luckenbach officiating. Interment will be in the family lot in Redding cemetery.

Transcribed by Robin Bills


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