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Norma Jean Pfrunder, Dec. 31, 1942 – July 28, 2020

Norma Jean Pfrunder, Dec. 31, 1942 – July 28, 2020

In the wee hours of July 28, 2020, Norma Jean Pfrunder, nee Swift, stepped peacefully into the heavenly garden after a brief battle with large B cell lymphoma. Born Dec. 31, 1942 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. to Elmer Swift and Edith Barrett Swift, the family soon moved to Norco, Calif. to live in the

Mary Jean Waldkirch, Aug. 16, 1927 – June 18, 2020

Mary Jean Waldkirch was born Aug. 16, 1927 to Thomas and Lena Funk in Portland, Oregon.  She passed peacefully surrounded by her daughters on June 18, 2020, in McKinleyville, California.   Mary graduated from Lincoln High School and continued on to pursue her education as an administrative professional. After a whirlwind romance of only three

Gianpaolo Venturi, Dec. 11, 1940 – June 12, 2020

Gianpaolo Venturi was born on Dec. 11, 1940, in Bologna, Italy.  He died on June 12, 2020, in his home in Arcata, Calif., from ampullary cancer. Gianpaolo graduated with a law degree from the University of Bologna. Shortly after beginning a family, he and his family moved to Beatrice, Nebraska, where along with his father-in-law,

OBITUARY: Jerry Chaney

Jerry Chaney (Gerald) died in Arcata, California on February 3, 2019 at the age of 76.
Jerry was born in Boston, Massachusetts while his father was teaching at MIT during World War II.
He was welcomed into life by his parents and two sisters, Marjorie, age 18, and Monette, age 14.
Jerry was born into a pioneer central Texas family and never forgot his Texas roots. When asked if he would see you tomorrow, often his answer was, “If God is willing and the creeks don’t rise.”
Jerry grew up on the Seventeen Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, California. He came to Arcata to attend Humboldt State, earning an undergraduate and a master’s degree, and declared he would never leave the area because of the people and its climate.
Jerry later bought and further developed West Coast Laboratory. He built his dream home outside Arcata where he enjoyed fine cooking and gardening.
A bouquet of daffodils from Jerry’s garden was the centerpiece at a memorial service.
Jerry served his country during the Vietnam War aboard a United States Navy ship.
Jerry enjoyed traveling, especially bicycle trips with his friend Hugh Ramm. Together they toured the Azores and Portugal, Scotland and England over a period of 15 years. Jerry also made a recent journey down the Rhine River, stopping at towns along the shore.
Later on this trip he visited Assisi and the Chapel of St. Francis.
Jerry is survived by his dear friend Carla Rowland and his sister, Marjorie Lyons of Eastland, Maryland.
He is also survived by nephews Lance, Kevin and Paige Bannerman.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Monette Bannerman, buried in Arlington National Cemetery, and his younger sister Jeannie.
Jerry is also survived by his Texas family, including Amanda Smith, Joanne Hueske, Patty Reid, Mary Sue Duty, Max Hatter, Suzanne Anderson, Mac McGinnes, and his 105 year old aunt, Jeannette McGinnes (his mother’s sister), whom he fondly called Auntie.
Jerry will be remembered for his even temperament, his colorful language, his persistence and determination, as well as his love of fine machinery, travel and photography, and his interest in cooking and gardening.
May God hold Jerry in the hollow of His hands until we meet again.

OBITUARY: Daniel Lee Cobb

Daniel Lee Cobb, age 65, passed away on March 29, 2019, at his residence in Eureka, Calif. His death was sudden and believed to be caused by issues with his heart. Dan was born on Jan. 22, 1954, in Tulare, Calif., to his parents, Henry (“Bud”) and Betty Cobb (Foster), who preceded him in death.