January 26, 2006
Diana Casler Donner Lake resident Diana Jean Casler, born in North Hollywood on Nov. 29, 1932 to Joseph and Gizella “Jean” Frantz, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in her home, surrounded by her loving family.Devout Catholic, beloved wife and mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she is survived by Don, her grateful and loving husband of 53 years. Best friends, soul mates and business partners, they are the parents of five children. Diana graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1950. She and Don first met when they were 8 years old at a large family gathering and didn’t meet again until they were seniors in high school. They decided to attend each others’ senior proms and fell in love. They were married in May of 1953. Over the next 12 years Diana gave birth and lovingly raised two girls and three boys. The entire family were avid skiers and in 1973 decided to move from West Covina to Donner Lake in search of a better lifestyle. Diana immediately got involved in reorganizing the Elementary School PTA, which had been dormant for several years. She was a member of the Assumption Catholic Church Ladies Guild, past president of Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, and a charter member and past president of the Truckee Lioness Club. She worked for Squaw Valley Ski Corp. for 20 years and was co owner and CFO of Century 21 Casler Realty, the family business since 1986. Under the umbrella of the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District, Diana and Don started the Buddy Werner Ski Program and later resurrected the old Truckee Ski Team.Diana is known for her cheerful smile, helpfulness to others, and her beautiful lakeside garden. She is survived by daughters Denise (John) Harja of Salt Lake City; and Doreen (Dan) Cooley of Truckee; sons David (Mary Ann) of Novato; Danny, residing in Maui; and Doug (Carole) of Truckee; grandchildren Michael, Andrea, Jakob, Sydney, and Sierra, step-grandson Kipp (Regina) and great-grandchildren, Shelby and Tristen. Visitation and viewing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Jan. 29, at Truckee Tahoe Mortuary, 10126 Church St., will be followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Assumption Catholic Church, 10116 E St. in downtown Truckee. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 30, noon at Assumption Church. A gathering will immediately follow at a location that is still to be determined.In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a donation to the Tahoe Forest Hospice.Fernandez, Linda M. Linda Fernandez, 56, of Tahoma, died Sunday Jan. 8, 2006. Born in Delaware County, Pa., she attended the University of Dayton moving to Seminole, Fl in 1972 where she was employed by Seminole Travel for 25 years. Linda moved to the Lake Tahoe area in 1997. Survivors include three sons, Marc and Carlos of Seminole and Michael of Tahoma. Father Anthony Schmidt of Largo and sister Barbara Overstreet of Clearwater. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service Wednesday, Feb.1, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 905 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.Stephen James CraigStephen James Craig, 54, died of sudden heart failure on Jan 18, 2006, in Redding. Born March 15, 1951 in Red Bluff, he grew up in Corning attending West St. School, and in Wheatland graduating from Wheatland High School in 1969. He graduated from Chico State University with a double major in chemistry and biology in 1973.Steve was a resident of Redding for the past 20 years serving as the Wastewater Utility Manager, and more recently he also developed and directed the HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) Response Team for the city. He served as director of the CWEA (California Water Environmental Association); was an Advisory Committee Member of the State Water Resources Control Board; and, while living in Truckee prior to this time, was Wastewater Operations Superintendent for eight years and served as an elected school board member.Steve served the community through numerous volunteer positions including: Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America producing 13 eagle scouts; Board Member of the the Shasta YMCA; volunteer at Redding schools; and a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church.Steve was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Adella (Slade) Craig. Survivors include his children Chad of Clarkston, Washington; Adam of Vacaville; and Jill of Seattle; parents James and Janice Craig of Wheatland; brothers David of New York and Scott of Meadow Vista; sisters Alice Wagner of Florida and Susan of Connecticut; and six grandchildren.Memorial services were held last Friday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Redding with over 500 attending. Burial services will be planned for this spring in Truckee where Steve will join his wife Adella.Condolences may be posted at http://www.allenanddahl.com. Daniel Felts Daniel “Bear” Felts was born Oct. 19, 1939 in Corbin, Kentucky. He passed Jan. 23, 2006 in Reno. He received degree’s from Los Angeles Mission College and Arizona State and was employed by the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Treasury Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his animals, chilli cook off’s and spending time with his grandson.Felts was a member of the Lion’s International, K9 companions for independence, Leader dogs for the blind, Better Business Bureau, Realtor’s Association and the Chilli Cook off Association. Daniel is survived by his wife Candi, who he married on Jan. 22, 1972 in Inglewood, Calif; daughters Heather and Robin; grandson Joseph; sister Pat Bownan and cousins JR, Linda and Larry. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. at Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary, 10126 Church Street in Truckee. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Guide Dogs of the Desert International, PO Box 1692, Palm Springs CA 92263 or online at http://www.guidedogsofthedesert.orgFrank Thomas NashFrank Thomas Nash was born May 17, 1927 in Ross, Calif. He passed away on Jan. 20, 2006 in Reno, Nevada. Loving son of Frank and Gertrude Nash. He married Catherine Rosemary Klagenberg on June 11 1949. They lived in Sacramento until 1962 when they moved to Lake Tahoe and started his construction business, A&N Construction. He fathered nine children, 23 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren with 1 more on the way. He is preceded in death by his daughter Cheryl Tully. Survived by his loving wife and his circle of trust of 44 loved ones. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 905 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, PO Box 70928, Reno, Nevada 89570. Arrangements are in care of Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary (530) 587-4342.