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Frank N. Blagen Jr.

Dec. 23, 1919 - Feb. 11, 2013

Willow Creek resident Frank Blagen Jr. died Feb. 11 in Eureka. He was 93.

Mr. Blagen was born in Hoquiam, Wash., to Frank and Helen Blagen. He moved with his family when he was 5 to Calpine in Sierra County.

He worked in construction, living in San Rafael, and served as a U.S. Navy SeaBee during World War II.

His family established the Blagen Mill in White Pines in 1940. He took on the family trade and owned and operated various lumber mills in Northern California and Oregon. In the 1980s and '90s, he became a partner in Redwood Coast Trucking Co. and he and his wife moved into the home they built in Willow Creek.

He served on local and county school boards, and served as director of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce and Ingomar Club, all of Eureka.

Mr. Blagen traveled to Europe, Asia, the Galapagos Islands and Peru.

He enjoyed flying his airplane, building furniture and sailboats, gardening, reading, sports and working on the computer.

Mr. Blagen was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Dolores Blagen, in 2004.

He is survived by children, Anthony M. Blagen, of Oakland, Ore., Phyllis A. Stockel, of Willow Creek, Dolores D. Schneider, of Garden Valley, Judy L. Bankert, of Citrus Heights, Virginia L. Bender, of Rocklin, and Frank N. Blagen III, of White City, Ore.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held.

Pierce Mortuary in Willow Creek is handling arrangements.

Joseph E. Bonds

Aug. 10, 1945 - Feb. 3, 2013

Former Tuolumne resident Joseph Bonds died Feb. 3 at his home in Redding. He was 67.

Mr. Bonds was born in California to Joseph and Dorothy Bonds. He graduated from Summerville High School in 1963.

He moved to Redding a number of years ago.

Mr. Bonds was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby.

He is survived by wife, Shirley Bonds; children, Diana, Monica, Lisa; two sisters, a brother and his parents.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, 11800 Gas Point Road, Igo, in Shasta County. A celebration of life and reception will immediately follow at Anderson River Park at Scout Hall, 2800 Rupert Road.

Donald Wayne Castle

March 29, 1942 - Feb. 12, 2013

Hathaway Pines resident Donald Castle died Feb. 12 at his home. He was 70.

Mr. Castle was born in San Diego to Andrew and Elzora Castle. He moved to Stockton in 1949. He graduated Stagg High School in 1960 and later from Stockton Junior College with an associate's degree.

Mr. Castle worked as an assistant manager at Pacific Airlines before beginning his career with California Highway Patrol in 1966. He first worked motorcycle traffic enforcement in Baldwin Park, then in Stockton.

He moved to Hathaway Pines in 1979, serving as a CHP resident post officer of the San Andreas Ebbetts Pass Highway 4 area, until retiring in 1996.

Mr. Castle was preceded in death by his mother in 1984, and his brother, Jim Castle, in 1985.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sharry Castle, of Hathaway Pines; children, Tim Castle, of Hathaway Pines, Doug Castle, of Newman, Kelly Castle, of Hathaway Pines, Holly Bowen and husband Rick, of Tuolumne; nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

No services will be held.

Angels Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

Teri Ann (Bradley) Van Buskirk

July 18, 1949 - Feb. 17, 2013

Columbia resident Teri Van Buskirk died Feb. 17 at her home. She was 63.

Mrs. Van Buskirk was born in San Mateo to Violet and Richard Bradley. She was born into a military family, and first lived at Camp Roberts, then in France and Germany for eight years. After her father retired from the U.S. Army, she went to school in San Jose.

She worked as a milliner, barber beauty consultant, interior decorator, caterer and landscape designer, mostly in San Jose.

She moved to Columbia 15 years ago, where she opened Fancy Dry Goods, in Columbia State Historic Park.

She volunteered for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America.

Mrs. Van Buskirk was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Richard Bradley Jr.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, George Van Buskirk, of Columbia; children, Ezra Van Buskirk, of Fremont, Pieter Van Buskirk, of Sonora, and Jon Van Buskirk, of Sonora; grandchildren, Jacob Van Buskirk, of Columbia, Alli Van Buskirk, of Sonora, Anaka Van Buskirk, of Sonora, and Starielle Van Buskirk, of Castro Valley; siblings, Fred Bradley, of Columbia, and Mike Bradley, of Fremont.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. March 14 at the Columbia City Hotel, 22768 Main St., Columbia State Historic Park.

Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Donations may be made in her memory to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370.


BROWNELL-KAHL - Phyllis Brownell-Kahl, 88, of Valley Springs, died Feb. 15 at her home. San Andreas Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

FRY - Frances Fry, 92, of Sonora, died Thursday at Sonora Regional Medical Center. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

GREGG - Daniel Gregg, 95, of Sonora, died Thursday at his home. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

HALE - Irene Hale, 102, formerly of Sonora, died Thursday in Laguna Hills. Heuton Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.

ST. LAWRENCE - Craig St. Lawrence, 61, of Sonora, died Thursday at Sonora Regional Medical Center long-term care. Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.