OBITUARIES/SERVICES: Luttig, Lin, Stuart

Steve Luttig

Steve Luttig, who passed away in November, will be honored at a Memorial and Celebration of Life on Saturday, January 26, at the Westhaven Center for the Arts, 501 South Westhaven Drive in Westhaven between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

 

Donna Lin

April 2, 1954-Nov. 27, 2012

After a brain aneurysm on November 13, Donna Lin died on November 27 at UCSF.

Born near Buffalo, NY, to Gordon and Maryann Hatfield, Donna Jo Hatfield grew up in New York and Massachusetts.  She attended Northeastern University and Stonehill College and earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Boston University. Donna worked as a research engineer designing medical devices for Boston Scientific and held several patents.

She married Dr. Chi-Wei Lin in 1991.  They moved to Trinidad, Calif., in 1997 and started Linpress Printing Company.  Donna helped artists and non-profit organizations with printing services and advice.

Donna was happiest being active and involved.  She served on the Planning Commission and was a founder of Trinidad Tennis Club, Village Keepers, and Trinidad Trust Fund, which provides funding for local projects. She also volunteered at the Westhaven Center for the Arts and the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center. She organized community members to assist neighbors who needed care.

Donna was supportive of Chi-Wei when he was a City Councilman and Mayor of the seaside village, doing her cheerful best to keep Trinidad a wonderful place to live.

She enjoyed her travels through much of the continental U.S., plus bird-watching in Costa Rica, scuba diving in Bonaire, gondola-riding in Venice, birding in Hawai’i, watching tennis at Wimbledon, touring on a container vessel between European ports, and teaching at an elementary school near Madras, India.  Donna was a tennis enthusiast, an inventor, a painter, a clay artist, a photographer, a gardener, and a lover of people and animals.

She was predeceased by two sisters, one niece, and her in-laws, who lived with her and Chi Wei for seven years.

Left to mourn Donna are Chi-Wei Lin, her husband of 21 years; her father Gordon and stepmother Mary Hatfield of East Bridgewater, MA; her mother Maryann Hatfield of Klamath, CA; two sisters and two brothers; stepdaughter Angela Lin; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law and their families; numerous nephews and nieces; players in the Trinidad Tennis Club; the Tuesday Seascape breakfast bunch; and hundreds of friends in California, Massachusetts, and around the world.

Anyone wishing to honor Donna’s memory might consider a contribution to the Trinidad Trust Fund, c/o Humboldt Area Foundation, 363 Indianola Rd., Bayside, CA  95524 or at hafoundation.org.

Donna’s friends and relatives are planning a celebration of her life.  She will be missed.

 

Shirley Rae Stuart

Shirley Stuart passed away peacefully on January 4, 2013. She was born April 13, 1950 in Petaluma, Calif. Her parents were Ray and May Stuart.

Her family moved to Humboldt County in 1952 where her father was a dairyman. Shirley was raised around animals and she would tell you that during her lifetime she had two horses, fourteen dogs and seven cats and she could name all of them. After her father passed away, Shirley and her mother moved to McKinleyville where she lived for 27 years.

Even though both Shirley and her mother had disabilities, her mother taught Shirley to crochet and quilt. Shirley proudly proclaimed that since she learned to crochet and quilt, around 1977, she had made 177 quilts and 250 afghans for her family and friends. Many of the spare ones went to the McKinleyville Senior Resources Center for fundraisers. There was nothing more cherished to Shirley than a beautiful skein of yarn or brightly colored fabric. She handled each as though they were precious jewels. She was also a music lover and loved to play the piano and organ. Shirley was the catalyst of her family. She kept in touch with family members on a weekly basis and was the first to relay any news. She will be missed very much by her family and her many “telephone” friends Shirley is survived by her brother William “Bill” Stuart and his wife Gwen of Lincoln Ca, her sister Edythe “Edy” Vaissade and her husband Jim of Arcata, her sister-in-law Delores Stuart of Lodi, Calif., plus numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews throughout Arcata, Roseville, Sacramento and Scottsdale, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and May Stuart, her brother Corbitt Stuart of Bandon, Oregon, her niece Jane Vaissade of Arcata and nephew Michael Stuart of Sacramento. The family would like to thank the nursing staff and Social Services Department at Mad River Hospital, staff members, Ashley, Riana and Lindsey at Eureka Wellness and Rehabilitation Center and the Social Services department at Eureka Wellness and Rehabilitation Center for their compassionate care and support to the family throughout Shirley’s illness.

A graveside service was held January 11 at Greenwood Cemetery, 1757 J Street, Arcata. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that donations be made to the McKinleyville Resources Senior Center 1620 Pickett Road, McKinleyville, CA 95519 .