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2It Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter VITAL STATISTICS OBITUARIES Donald J. Beerntsen The family of Donald J. Beerntsen, 83. grieves his death Dec. 5, 2014, at his home in Oakmont. Don loved California. in part due to his lifelong love of nature hiking, birding and exploring the state's mountains, rivers. deserts and coasts. Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. he acquired most of his education there, at St. Patrick's schools and St. Norbert's College. At Iowa State, Ames, he studied physical chemistry, worked at the national radiation lab and received his doctorate in 1959. He wed Janice Penman. of Hudson, Wisconsin, that same year. They divorced in 1975. Obituary Policy Feather Publishing offers free Death Notices or Paid Obit- uaries. Paid Obituaries start at $80 and may include a photo for an additional $10. For more information or to arrange for these notices, contact any of our offices during business hours or email typesetting@, subject obit. hileoot est ablis he.d.,!-929 He spent the bulk of his Don's care in the final weeks of career doing metallurgical his life. research for Kaiser Aluminum in Pleasanton after brief stints at Allis-Chalmers and Barbara Blaylock Carborundum. The family built a vacation cabin near Yosemite during the late 1960s and Don built his own retirement home in Quincy in the early 1990s. He always had a quick mind, incessant curiosity, a sense of humor (often very dry) and enjoyed traveling (domestically and internationally), skiing, biking, playing bridge, tennis, golf and lawn bowling in his later years. He very much enjoyed working on his homes and gardens, including A memorial service for developing a passion for Barbara Ann Blaylock, 74, of bonsai. He shared much of this Chester, will be held Saturday, with his three daughters, who Jan. 24, at 11 a.m. at the survive: Dawn Sauceman, of Chester Baptist Church. Hudson, Wisconsin; Lisa Barbara passed away Jan. 13, Beerntsen (Tony Speirs), of 2015, at Enloe Medical Center Graton; and Karen (Jeff) in Chico. She was born July 25. Maxfield, of Calistoga. Other 1940. in Redding, to Dale and survivors include his sisters, Leona Bryant. Laverne Langlais, of Denver, Barbara attended Central Colorado; Margaret Valley High School in Shasta Timmerman, of Green Bay, Lake, and she worked as a Wisconsin; and two brothers, clerk at Super Saver Market in Leroy, of Green Bay, Chester for 20 years. Wisconsin, and Jerry, of Barbara is survived by her Waupaca, Wisconsin. Don two sons, Richard (Sherry) thoroughly enjoyed his Blaylock, of Chico. and Scott grandchildren: Lauren and ( riffanie) Blaylock, of Lincoln; Claire Maxfield. of Calistoga; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Andrew Sauceman, of Chicago, Blaylock, Kayla Blaylock, Illinois; and Nathan Sauceman, Kelsey Blaylock, Michael of St. Paul, Minnesota. BIaylock, Michael Rice. Robert A man of great wisdom, Brown and Charles Brown; and many accomplishments, much six great-grandchildren. She love and dedication to his was preceded in death by her family, he will be deeply husband of 32 years, Larry missed by all who knew him. George Blaylock. Memorial contributions can Memorial contributions be sent to the Audubon Society may be made to Richard or The Nature Conservancy. Blaylock. Condolences may The family thanks Memorial be sent to affordable Hospice for helping with Monuments Benches Signs Borders Address Stones GRANITE - MARBLE - NATURAL STONE 110 PACIFIC STREET P.O. BOX 1766 .PORTOLA CA 96122 .......... (530) 832-3 908 ..... FAX (530)) 832-6828 WWW.CHILCOO'TMONUMENT.N ET, Mike and Olga Kroencke Peter Michael Kroencke was born in Stockton on Oct. 17, 1955, to (b.m. 2001) Peter and (b.m. 2003) Marilyn Kroencke, the middle child between his sisters Pam and Kathi and his younger brother Jeff. As a child he had an inquiring and curious mind, which at times got him into mischief, but his cousins still talk about his exploits and laugh fondly. After graduating from Stagg High School in Stockton, he joined the Navy and served for two years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, stationed in the Philippines and Alameda. He was honorably discharged in 1974. Taking advantage.of the GI Bill for education he started his studies at Lassen College in Susanville, and eventually graduated from California State University Chico with a degree in geology. Besides having an inquisitive mind and a dry sense of humor, Michael loved reading, rock collecting and boating. As a history buff, he was once interviewed by KTVU TV channel (Oakland) while protesting for Ukraine's freedom plight in front of the Soviet Consulate (San Francisco). He especially loved to take care of his family. While studying at Lassen College he met his future love. who became his wife, Olga Tscherepenko. Olga Tscherepenko was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Feb. 5, 1958 to (b.m. 1995)` Edward and Daria Tscherepenko, both World War II refugees from Ukraine. Olga was the second daughter, born after her older sister Maria. Her younger sister Oksana was born years later in the United States. As a very young child she first learned to speak Ukrainian,,then Spanish and eventually English. In Buenos Aires she participated in the life of the Ukrainian community. The whole family emigrated to the United States, which included the only immediate family in the west. her maternal grandparents (b.m. 1980) Ivan and (b.m. 1985) Olga Solow.iej, and arrived in San Francisco on her sixth birthday in 1964. She attended grammar school in San Mateo where the entire family settled in 1966 and graduated from Hillsdale High School, San Mateo. Her childhood and teenage years, besides being a typical American kid, were spent in the San Francisco Bay Area's Ukrainian community and in St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church (San Francisco). She performed Ukrainian folk dances on Ukrainian Day in Golden Gate Park and for festivals, and soon she played the bandura (Ukraine's national instrument) and was very skilled in the ancient Ukrainian art of"pysanky" (world-famous Ukrainian Easter egg painting). Olga was very active in high school. She played field hockey and double bass. and also ice skated. In later years she was a Girl Scout leader. Being artistically minded she was always trying new art creations, including ceramics with Ukrainian designs and motifs. But, most of all, she loved to take care of her family. After Michael an.d Olga met at Lassen College (she was interested in forestry), they eventually married Aug. 26, 1978 at St. Michael's in San Francisco, with a special dispensation from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Consistory in New Jersey, since Michael was Catholic and wanted to marry in Olga's church. Eventually Michael and Olga welcomed their two children, son Michael Edward in 1980, and daughter Leanne Elaine in 1982. Michael worked as a geologist for mining industry companies, while Olga was a stay-at-home mom. They settled first in Portola and later bought a home in Cromberg. Michael Edward and Leanne attended C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School in Portola. while Olga worked as a teacher's aide. taught computer classes to children and special education classes in the summer for many years. In 2006 daughter Leanne married Jacob Lee Rice at St. Michael's, settled in Oroville, and eventually had three sons, Jacob Nathaniel (2004), Caleb Alexander (2006) and Andrew Miguel (2009), all christened at the same church. They were Michael and Olga's pride and joy. The Kroencke and Rice families visited every year together the Tscherepenko family in San Mateo to celebrate and partake of Ukrainian Christmas, a very special observance for all. especially for Olga's room and dad and family. As time went on, Michael switched his job to be closer to his family as a substitute teacher in Quincy High School and soon was hired by the Plumas County Engineering Department as an engineer. Olga was also hired by Plumas County as an information technology systems analyst. Both worked in Quincy and were very popular and respected employees, always described as cheerful. We are told that they will be incredibly missed. Every weekend Michael and See Obits, page 3B I The Plumas County Fire Safe Council, (PCFSC) has a well-established reputation for accomplishing projects designed to fulfill its mission, "To reduce the loss of natural and human made resources caused by wildfire through Firewise Community programs and pre-fire activities." Since 2002, the PCFSC has helped proactive communities and landowners to develop wildfire mitigation projects, develop planning documents and tools for Plumas County communities, educate homeowners on important steps that can be taken to help homes survive wildfire, as well as work to educate landowners on the fundamentals of forest management. In partnership with the Plumas National Forest, the PCFSC is taking on a new role to initiate a collaborative group designed to increase public engagement in national forest restoration. Please come join your neighbors and community in the first of our public meetings to initiate a collective dialog on the management of our forests and the future of Plumas County. Meetings start in February in the communities of Quincy on February 11th at the library, Portola on February 18th at the library, Indian Valley on February 25'h at the Town Hall, and in Chester on March 4'h at the Memorial Hall. All meetings are from 6-8:00 PM. a new, grass roots effort undertaken in collaboration with the Plumas National Forest. We invite motivated individuals and groups to participate and make a difference in national forest restoration in Plumas County. We are looking for people to help shape this effort and to establish a solid, locally in- fluenced foundation for the long term management decisions that will take place on both public and on participating private lands here in Plumas County. People of all backgrounds and levels of knowledge are invited to come share ideas, insight, and provide local knowledge of the land. Evolution of this forest restoration plan, and the state of our public land in Plumas County depends on your input. The platform for our effort is the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act (CFLRA), which can provide federal funding for forest management on public lands. The CFLRA specifies diverse involvement with public input from the very beginning, the final product being a plan that is widely supported, meets the needs of the forest and its users. With a locally conceived and approved plan, an application to the CFLRA program can be made. The CFLRA program and other initiatives are necessary to protect communities from wildfire and increase the pace and scale of fuels reduction and . landscape restoration in Plumas County. With the help of people who have a common vision and perseverance, we could benefit our forests for generations while taking charge of economic opportunities that we create through this plan. Visit our website, to find information on the CFLR process and to get a better sense of how this process can influence the future of our county. Funding for this project is provided in part by decisiori of the Plumas National Forest following a recommendation of the Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee, of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act Title I1 Program. All meeting facilities include accessibility features. If you require additional assistance to participate in a meeting then please contact the Plumas County Fire Safe Council at 530-283-0829 at least 7 days prior to the meetiflg. 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