Alums In Memoriam
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PAULINE (CARLIN) POOL (AB, Education, ’30) died May 25 at
the age of 95. She was a teacher for many years in the Richmond
Unified School District. Pool is survived by her son Robert, daughters
Margaret and Judy, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren,
and four siblings. Her husband Morris and five brothers preceded
her in death.
HELEN KOEHL (AB, Education, ’33) died Oct. 4. She was 92.
She is survived by her son Glen, daughter Nancy, three grandchildren,
and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband
Raymond and son David.
BARBARA PETERSEN HARRIS (attended fall ’39, fall ’40,
and spring ’41) died Oct. 20. She was 83. Harris was born
in Chico and lived there most of her life. She is survived by her
son Melvin, daughters Cherlyn and Marilyn, four grandchildren,
and three great-grandsons.
JOHN B. “JACK” HEINTZ (AB, Physical Education, ’43)
died Oct. 18 at the age of 84. He served as a U.S. Navy officer
in World War II and was postmaster at the Orland Post Office from
1948 to 1979. Heintz was named to the Chico State Athletic Hall
of Fame in 1989. He is survived by his wife Hope; children Sheri
and John Jr.; stepchildren Pamela, Charles, Erin, Brian, and David;
eight grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
MARION (TOPP) EDGAR (BA, Education, ’45) died June 14 at
the age of 81. In 1950, she and her husband purchased the Dorris
Telephone Company; the switchboard was located in their home. Edgar
is survived by her husband Robert; children Susan, Robert, Brian,
and Scott; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
BETTY (NIELSEN) TAZUK (AB, Education, ’54) died Sept. 20
at the age of 80. Tazuk taught for 41 years in the Chico Unified
School District, the North Monterey School District, and in American
schools in Iran and Saudi Arabia. She is survived by her husband
of 58 years, Lloyd; children Kathleen, Briar, Sally, Susun, and
Tricia; and nine grandchildren.
WILLIAM P. WHITE (attended fall ’54 to spring ’60)
died July 20 at the age of 73. He taught in California and Oregon,
and built houses. He is survived by his wife Idris; children Bud,
Roy, and Wendy; and 10 grandchildren.
GORDON SEESE (AB, Education, ’55) died July 11 in Helena,
Montana. He was 77. Seese served in the Korean Conflict, was a
teacher in Oregon, and was a fly-fishing guide in Montana and Oregon.
LOIS AABERG (AB, Education, ’57) died Aug. 29. She was 92.
Aaberg taught at many schools in the Yuba-Sutter area. She is survived
by sons Bob and Bill, daughters Marilyn and Shirley, nine grandchildren,
and 16 great-grandchildren. Her husband Arnold and her four siblings
preceded her in death.
CAROL STUKALO-COLE (BA, Education, ’58) died Aug. 29. She
was 70. She taught elementary school and retired in Fallon, Nevada,
in 1993. She is survived by her husband Robert, daughters Kathryn
and Linda, and her mother and brother.
ETHEL WAHL (AB, Education, ’60) died in August 2005 at the
age of 95. She was a teacher in Chico for many years. Wahl is survived
by her son Larry, daughter Patricia, and four grandchildren. Her
husband Les preceded her in death.
CHARLES HIBDON (BS, Agriculture, ’62) died July 12. He was
66. He retired from Transwestern Publishing in 2004. He is survived
by his wife Sharon; children Brian, Mark, Jeff, and Tracy; and
CHARLES GUION (AB, Biological Sciences, ’63) died July 15
in Rockport, Texas. He was 68. Guion is survived by his wife of
42 years, Mira; daughters Angela and Gina; two grandchildren; and
WILLIAM LEE (AB, Biological Sciences, ’65) died July 19 at
the age of 63. He was a medical technologist for 25 years at Kaiser
Medical Center in Santa Clara.
ARNOLD JENSEN (BA, Art, ’66) died July 14 at the age of 68.
He designed buildings in the Chico area and taught drafting and
design at Butte Community College. He was also a professional Alaskan
salmon fisherman for many years. Jensen is survived by his wife
Karen; children Michelle, Tamara, Marc, and Kira; six grandchildren;
and six siblings.
HOLLIS BARNES (AB, Social Welfare, ’69) died Aug. 11 at the
age of 64. He received a master’s degree in social welfare
from the University of California, Los Angeles and a law degree
from the University of Oregon. He practiced law in Klamath Falls,
Oregon, until the time of his death. Barnes is survived by his
son William and five grandchildren. His son Eugene preceded him
GRACE SIMMONS (BA, Recreation Administration, ’69) died Oct.
7 at the age of 62. She worked as an administrative assistant at
Oroville High School District. She is survived by her family, including
Ron Carlson and Bill and Pat Dugan.
DAVID HAAKONSON (BS, Agricultural Business, ’70) died July
30. He was 59. Haakonson had worked for the U.S. Department of
Agriculture and Shasta County. He is survived by his wife Barbara,
children Amy and Eric, two grandchildren, his mother, and five
RUTH SWEET (BA, Sociology, ’70) died June 23 at the age of
57. She was a teacher in Chico for 34 years. Sweet is survived
by her husband John, daughter Molly, and four brothers.
ANGELA ALLAIRE-NUSE (BA, Cinematic Arts and Art, ’78) died
Nov. 4. She was 65. Allaire-Nuse received a master’s degree
in film from San Francisco State University. She worked as a script
supervisor for the American Film Institute, as a film production
designer, and wrote feature-length films. She is survived by her
husband Deland, daughters Paula and Michele, son Michael, three
sisters, two brothers, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
DANNY PAYNE (BS, Business Administration, ’82) died June
10 at the age of 48. He established an accounting firm in Pleasanton,
where he lived. Payne also played professional soccer for seven
years, and while at CSU, Chico, he received All Far West Conference
honors twice. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Gayle; son
Shaun; daughter Danielle; parents Bill and Lillian; a brother;
and a sister.
JOSEPH STUART (BA, Liberal Studies and Psychology, ’82) died
Oct. 2. He was 48. Stuart was a real estate developer and entrepreneur
in Chico. He is survived by his wife Karen, son Joey, parents Marge
and Jim, and his siblings.
TERESA MCCARTY (BS, Home Economics, ’83) died Dec. 30 at
the age of 46 in Chichester, England. She is survived by her husband
Tym, parents Charles and Rosemary, and four brothers.
KATHLEEN BRKLJACICH WOOTEN (BS, Business Administration, ’85)
died May 30 at the age of 41. She was an account manager. Brkljacich
Wooten is survived by her husband Michael, her parents Patricia
and Michael, three brothers, and three sisters.
CASSIE REIMER (BA, Liberal Studies, ’85) died Sept. 16 at
the age of 42. She was a special education teacher in Woodland
and in 2005 received the Masonic Educator of the Year award. Reimer
is survived by her husband Frank, her sister, and her brother.
JOE NUCCI (BS, Business Administration, ’88) died July 7.
He was 40. Nucci was president and CEO of Mann Packing Company
in the Salinas Valley and served on the Grower-Shipper’s
Board of Directors. He is survived by his wife Debbie and sons
Michael and Matthew.
JOE OHNEMUS (attended spring ’90 to spring ’95) died
June 2 at the age of 36. He was employed by Providian Financial
in the Fairfield and Pleasanton offices. Ohnemus is survived by
his mother Mary, a sister, and a brother. His father Clair preceded
him in death.
LINDA MARIE RUDISILL (BS, Instructional Technology, ’97)
died Oct. 2 at the age of 44. She had worked as a computer instructor
for a local charter school and was a graduate student at CSU, Chico
in instructional design at the time of her death. Rudisill is survived
by her son Jim, father Brian, and her brother.
KURTIS ATKIN (attended fall ’98 to spring ’00) died
Sept. 3. He was 25. Atkin was an outstanding student, basketball
player, and classical pianist. He worked for Butte Community Bank
in Chico and was planning to attend the University of Utah. Atkin
is survived by his parents Boyd and Vicki, his sisters, and his
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DANIEL HOLTHAUS (BS, Geoscience, ’02) died Sept. 22 at the
age of 33. At the time of his death, he was a graduate student
at CSU, Chico in the single subject credential program and taught
science at Hayfork High School on an internship. Holthaus is survived
by his parents Jerry and Susan, his mother Rebecca, his brother,
and his sister.
JODY (COEL) SARTORI STAHL (BA, Political Science, ’02) died
Aug. 31 at the age of 49. She worked in the Bay Area at Hewlett-Packard,
LaserCraft, and Palecek. Sartori Stahl is survived by her husband
Mark, daughters Alexandra and Olivia, stepchildren Sara and Joshua,
parents Robert and June, her sister, and her brother.
PAUL J. GARCIA (attended spring ’04 to fall ’05) died
Sept. 10. He was 22. Garcia grew up in Yuba City and wanted to
be a pediatrician. He is survived by his parents Rodrick and Christina,
and three siblings.
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