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JUNE ~ 2014


Alan Bruce “Big Al” Bavetta, long-time resident of Burney, passed away unexpectedly on May 28, 2014.

Alan was born on January 20, 1951 to Joseph and Jeanette. He graduated from Humboldt State with a BA in Forestry and later, in 2008 obtained his Master’s Degree in Accounting. Al retired from the California Log Scaling and Grading Bureau and continued his accounting business, Al’s Income Tax Service, in Burney, for over 35 years. Alan also devoted much of his time to the Burney Chamber of Commerce; most recently serving as their acting Treasurer. Community service was an important aspect of his life and he often looked for ways that he could be a positive influence in his community.

Al took great pride in his yard and loved making it look like a well-manicured golf course. (Christopher) “Dad for a great father, grandfather, and best friend. I love you with all my heart and miss you tremendously. I will see you soon and we will get our golf game in dude. I know you’re happy and smiling down on all of us with a beer in hand. Love, Chris Brenda and Teegan and new baby.” Our father lived with dignity and honesty. Family and community were his driving forces and where he found his strength.

In addition to his three beloved children, Timothy Bavetta, Amberly Bavetta, and Christopher Bavetta; all of Redding, CA, Al is also survived by numerous grandchildren of whom he doted on. He also leaves behind many cherished friends and a caring community. He was predeceased by his parents, Jeanette and Joseph, as well as his brother Patrick, and sister Virginia.

It was Al’s wish to have no formal services; however, the family will be having a Celebration of Life at a later date, as yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you give time back to your community and spend quality time with those that you love. Our loving dad will undoubtedly be missed greatly by all those hearts and lives that he touched. Memorial donations can be made to the Alan Bavetta Scholarship Fund that is being established at US Bank in Burney. An online obituary with comment capability can be accessed at The family encourages friends and family to leave stories and comments.

Arrangements under the direction of McDonald’s Chapel, Burney, CA

In Memory of
Jan Cetta

Long time Fall River Mills resident Jan Marie (Chesney) Cetta passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills, CA. Born March 25, 1936 in Breese, IL. to Charles and Della Chesney, Jan grew up in Breese and graduated from Mater Dei High School in 1954.

Jan enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at Camp Zama, Japan where she met and married Robert (Bob) Cetta. After army life they settled in Clio, CA via Missouri and Illinois.

Jan, Bob and their four children lived in the Clio and Portola area from 1958 to 1975, before moving to Fall River Mills, CA. Bob and Jan co-owned and operated the Greagle Frosty for six years from its inception in 1961. They also co-owned and operated Fall River Arts and Trophies for nearly 15 years.

Preceded in death by husband Bob (2008) and daughter Charmaine (2003), Jan is survived by son Tony and wife Robin (of Dayton, NV), daughter Valerie and son Matthew (both of Fall River Mills, CA), 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Jan realized her exceptional artistic talents bringing life and beauty to canvas. Her talents as well as her bright and friendly essence will be forever missed.


In Memory of
Douglas Wayne Kaul
December 22, 1952 – June 9, 2014

Douglas Wayne Kaul passed away following a brief illness on Monday, June 9th at his home in Pittville, with his loving wife Sandi, daughter Yvonne and his beloved Labradors, Brawny Bear and Bailey at his side. He spent his last day surrounded by friends and family, watching the Giants beat New York twice and maintaining his sense of humor and spirit to the end.

Doug and Sandi moved to Pittville from San Mateo, CA in 2010 to fulfill the dream of enjoying their retirement years in the beautiful Fall River Valley. Having retired as a Welding Inspector, Doug built his dream ranch and shop and enjoyed every moment spent here with family and friends. Doug’s spirit will live on here in our community and at their ranch for years to come.

A memorial celebration of Doug’s life is planned for Saturday, August 9th. Sandi is planning to establish a scholarship fund to benefit students of Fall River High School in Doug’s memory. Details of both will be announced at a future date.

In Memory of
Rollie Elwin Wood “Butch”

Born June 7, 1952 in Eugene, Oregon to Rollie & Francis Wood. Passed away after a long illness on June 2, 2014 in Nampa, Idaho. Memorial services were held in Grangeville, Idaho on Friday June 6, 2014.

He married Lashell in 1972. They had five children. Rollie (little Butchie), Rodney, Shannon, Holly, and Heidi. He has 8 grandchildren. He had 10 sisters and 5 brothers, Ramona, Betty, Pauline, Judy, Sharon, Jackie, Yevonne, Dean, Gene, Merry, Juanita, Corwyn, Rodney, Tony, and Connie. He is preceded in death by his son Rodney whom they lost in April of 1975, 2 brothers Corwyn and Tony and 1 sister Sharon.

He enjoyed doing things with his kids and grandkids. Loved playing music with his nephew Joe, hunting and fishing with his brothers, talking for hours on the phone with his sisters, and no one was a stranger, just a friend he hadn’t met yet.

He spent as much time in his backhoe as he did on his drive abouts (long story). He loved God and spent his life giving to others and there was nothing he wouldn’t do to help someone. He will be missed greatly.

In Memory of
Lewis Pouls

Lewis Gail Poulsen age 85 passed away peacefully after a short illness, on 27 May 2014 at Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills, CA, with his loving wife Lora Mae Poulsen by his side. By his request there will be no services.

Gail was a long time resident of Burney, Shasta County, CA He worked as a mechanic/machinist throughout his life from California to Alaska in the lumber/timber industry. His great passion was flying small aircraft.

Lewis Gail Poulsen was born 22 Sept 1928 in Susanville, CA to Grant Wilford and Rhoda Miller Poulsen. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first two wives Jean Ann Jarvis and Doreen Poulsen, a brother Darell and sister-in-law Betty Poulsen, a son Leslie, as well as a stepson William Rolla Van Wormer.

He is survived by spouse Lora Mae Poulsen, sister Virginia (Ralph) Coleman, Lake Tahoe, California. Children; Lew (Gayle) Poulsen, Meridian, Idaho. - Larry and Lee Poulsen of Oregon. - Linda (Fred) Timmons, Washington, Utah. - Ted (Laura) Engberg, Escalante, Utah - Deborah Sue (Dave) Travers, Anchorage Alaska - Peg Haas Van Wormer, Nebraska - Richard J. (Elea) Van Wormer, Fort Bragg, California, - Christy Haley, Redding, California - Terry L. Van Wormer, Burney, California - Peggy Crispin, Fort Bragg, California - Lee Roy ( Cathy) McFarland, Anchorage, Alaska, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of gifts please take your time to post your thoughts, stories, and memories to the Dignity website. Your comments will be collected and shared. This will be part of Lewis Gail Poulsen’s life story, more valuable than gold.

In Memory of
Ken Lyford

Ken left us unexpectedly on April 25th 2014. He was a valued member of our construction company, Pasternak Construction. In his passing, he left his wife, Terri, and his two daughters Casey and Jodi. Ken was a great man, he was a funny man, who always had a joke to tell. He worked very hard and his family was the most important thing in his life. There has been a Memorial Account set up at Tri Counties Bank, for anyone who would like to help out for his family’s expenses in this time of need. Please make checks payable to Terri Lyford, Jodi Lyford, or Casey Parks Memorial Fund.

We Love You & We Are Going to Miss You Ken, WE WILL NEVER HAVE A CREW LIKE THIS AGAIN! From all of us at Pasternak Construction, Jody, Theresa, Tyler, Jay, Gary, Donnie, Larry, Chris, Jamie, Darla, Dave, and Mike & Teri<