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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:39 pm

Phyllis Viola Walters

Taught at Healdsburg Elementary for 24 years

Phyllis V. Walters passed away in her Santa Rosa home on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from metastasized breast cancer. Phyllis was born in La Sierra, CA where she attended college and subsequently met her future husband. After a brief decade in Pasco, WA, she and her family moved to Santa Rosa where Phyllis enjoyed living the rest of her life. It is difficult to list the contributions Phyllis made to her community:  She was a dedicated teacher and reading specialist at Healdsburg Elementary for 24 years, spending every waking moment researching, planning, and instructing on better ways to guide children through the learning process. She was tireless in her work and took true joy in working with children. Loved by all who met her, Phyllis was a force of nature: If there was one word to describe her it would be “class,” however that single word cannot begin to encompass the selfless work and effort she gave everything she attempted, nor can it describe the care she gave to others.  Phyllis was a consummate pianist, vocalist, and cellist. She was also an accomplished painter, and took to learning Photoshop like her life depended on it. As a caring and loving mother to her daughter, Tricia Walters, and her son, Bret Walters, Phyllis without reserve, loved their respective life partners as her own. The world is a lessor place without you Phyllis — you will be sorely missed. Contributions can be made to support her passion: Healdsburg Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1668, Healdsburg, CA 95448. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 4 p.m. at Tayman Park Clubhouse. Please carpool if possible as parking is limited.

Dennis R. Jensen

Loved traveling, cooking, gardening, good red wine

Dennis R. Jensen died suddenly at Healdsburg District Hospital March 20, 2013, at the age of 67.Dennis was the beloved husband of Denise. He is the dear brother of Rick (Sue) Jensen, and also survived by his “momma” in law Joan Dunlap, several nieces and one nephew.  

Dennis was born in Willows, California to John and Ida Jensen, and raised in Ft. Bragg and attended Ft. Bragg schools. He was discharged from the US Army in 1970. He attended Sonoma State and Chico State, obtaining his Bachelor’s and Masters degrees from Sonoma State. Dennis came to Cloverdale in the 80s and worked in the Plywood industry, becoming a corporate adhesive salesman for over 30 years. Dennis retired in 2005 and pursued hobbies of traveling, cooking, gardening, and good red wine.

Inurnment Service will be held at Oakmound Cemetery in Healdsburg Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Carolyn Joyce ‘Nanny’ Salsedo

Longtime Healdsburg area resident

Carolyn Joyce “Nanny” Salsedo passed away Wednesday, March 6, at Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa due to complications associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). She passed just the way she loved to live-surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and close friends. Carol was born on January 27, 1939, in Modesto, California. She was the only daughter with five brothers: Gilbert, Lester, Wayne, Jerry, and David Fowler born to the late Bernie and Lola Fowler. The Fowler family moved to Healdsburg in 1945, where Carol attended Healdsburg Schools. In 1953, she met Lov Dale “Chief” Salsedo, the love of her life. He drove to work everyday down Westside Road and first noticed her while she was sitting on a milk can waiting for the school bus. He was a local, Native American rebel and she was a church-going, country girl. Theirs was a love that knew no bounds. They were married on January 20, 1954. As newlyweds, they enjoyed going to dinner, drive-in movies, and taking walks around Healdsburg. They started a family and embarked on a journey living in various places like Chicago, Illinois; Vista, California; Salinas, California; and more. During these years, Carol devoted herself to being a wonderful wife and loving mother of four. She was a fun, outgoing mother who enjoyed activities with her family like bowling, going to the ocean, and lots of card games. The family was devastated by the tragic death of their youngest son, Timothy Wade Salsedo, in 1978. Although Carol kept strong for her family, she felt the sadness from his death for the remainder of her life. Carol and Chief made a full circle and returned to Healdsburg (Alexander Valley) in 1992, where they managed the Alexander Valley campground for numerous years. In the mid 90s, Carol was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although in extreme pain everyday, eventually confined to a wheelchair in the last 15 years of her life, she never lost her spirit or humor. She was always a breath of fresh air and would light up a room with her laugh and smile. Carol had the greatest ability to see the best in people and had an open heart to strangers and others in need. She enjoyed watching “the Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars,” was unbelievably good at Words with Friends/Scrabble, and completed crosswords everyday...in ink. She is sorely missed by her husband of 59 years, Lov Dale “Chief” Salsedo; her son Rick Salsedo; daughters Vicki Rainwater-Joiner and Sandi McCoy, grandsons Michael Rainwater, Rick Salsedo Jr., Steven Rainwater-Shrabel, Timothy Griffin, and Cody Brannon; granddaughters Cherri Tetrick-Salsedo, Michele Rainwater, and Amanda Brannon; 15 great-grand children plus one due in July, and her faithful dog, Gizmo. A celebration of Carol’s life will be held at the Healdsburg Community Church (1100 University St.) on April 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. To honor Carol and her courageous battle with RA, please visit her page and make donations to the Arthritis Foundation to help find a cure. Visit arthritis.org (go to “donate,” “honor and memorials,” “Carol Salsedo”). For more information, contact Michele at 707-838-4966. “We miss you deeply. You were a devoted wife, loving mother, and an inspiration to your grandchildren. You taught us all to love unconditionally, embrace life fully, and to laugh easily and often. Although we are lost without you, we find peace in knowing that you are no longer in pain or restricted in life, and that you are free and happy with your parents and son. Today, my dear, we know you are walking with the angels.”

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