Obituary of Linda and William Smethers
Linda (Fiesel) Smethers passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. She was 76 years old. Linda was born in Long Beach, California, on June 13, 1940 to Carl and Phyllis Fiesel, Sr. Her father was a rancher and her mother was a homemaker. She attended Carson Street Elementary School in Carson, California, a town that her paternal grandparents helped establish after immigrating to California in the late 1800s from Germany. As a child, she had many chores around the ranch and very little time for other activities, besides school. Later she attended Wilmington Junior High and Banning High School. During high school, she enjoyed dances and school sports. She was also a member of the International Order of Job’s Daughters. Upon graduating from Banning High School in 1958, she enrolled in night classes at Harbor City College with the dream of becoming a nurse. Because the nursing program was impacted, she began attending classes at Flavio’s Beauty College during the day. After nine months of cosmetology school, she graduated with her cosmetology degree in 1959. She began her first cosmetology job at Virginia’s Powder Box. In 1960, she moved with her family from Southern California to a ranch in Penn Valley. She took a job at Norma’s Hair Salon in Nevada City. It was there that a client set her up on a blind date with Bill Smethers, Sr.. Their first date was
to the demolition derby at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. It was love at first sight. Bill bought her engagement ring after just two weeks. They were married on Feb. 17, 1962. Linda continued to work at Norma’s Hair Salon until the family moved to Redding in 1975 after which time she was a stay-at-home mom. Then in 1977 Bill’s career took the family back to Grass Valley where she began working at Carreca’s Hair Salon. When the salon closed, she took a job at Youngman’s Hair Salon where she ended her 50-plus years of hair styling due to Parkinson’s disease. Linda enjoyed cooking, shopping, dancing, fishing, watching game shows, spending time with her family, and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. Her grandchildren meant the world to her. She is survived by her daughter Cami (Brian) Rhodes; son Bill (Christina) Smethers, Jr.; grandchildren Parker and Macey Rhodes and Payden, Reid, and Ty Smethers; her mother-in-law Ruth Smethers Mills; brother and sister-in-law Mike and Patty Fiesel; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Doug and Lois Smethers; and several nieces and nephews. Nine days before Linda passed she lost the love of her life and best friend, her husband Bill. They are once again reunited. Services will be held at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary on Friday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough and Ready Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945.
William (Bill) Smethers, Sr. passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. He was 79 years old. Bill was born on April 15, 1937 in Pasa Robles, California, to Virgil and Ruth Smethers. His family moved to Grass Valley in 1942 when he was 5 years old so that his father could work on building the DeWitt Military Hospital in Auburn. During his younger years, Bill enjoyed going fishing and hunting with his father. He was given his first hunting rifle at the age of 13, and he never missed a chance to go hunting with his dad. He also enjoyed spending time with his family at Fuller Lake at the Rifle, Rod, and Gun Club lodge. He attended Hennessey and Bell Hill Schools for grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Bill went on to high school where he played and lettered in baseball, football, basketball, tennis, track and field, and boxing. Upon graduating in 1955 from Nevada Union High School, he received a boxing scholarship to California State University at Chico. Bill chose a different route than going to college. In 1955, he was hired as a seasonal firefighter for the California Division of Forestry at Higgins Corner. His seasonal work eventually became full time in 1957. In 1959, Bill joined the United States Army. During his time in the army, he became a member of the 101st Airborne (Screaming Eagles) stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After serving his twoyear commitment, he was honorably discharged. Upon his return, he returned to work for CDF as a fire Captain at the Garden Valley Station. Shortly after returning to Grass Valley, he met the love of his life, Linda Fiesel. It was love at first sight. After a short courtship, they were married on Feb. 17, 1962. During his 37 years with CDF, Bill served as Ranger 1 at the Redding Air Attack Base, Ranger 1 at the Higgins Corner Fire Station, and ended his career as the Ranger 1 in charge of the Nevada City CDF Station and Washington Ridge Conservation Camp. After his retirement, he went on to work 19 years at the Nevada County Sheriff ’s Department as a Reserve Deputy, boating officer, and bailiff. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, cooking, gardening, yard work, target shooting, and driving his classic green 1972 GMC pickup. But, most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his five grandchildren. Bill leaves behind his daughter Cami (Brian) Rhodes; son Bill (Christina) Smethers, Jr.; grandchildren Parker and Macey Rhodes and Payden, Reid, and Ty Smethers; his mother Ruth Smethers Mills; brother and sister-in-law Doug and Lois Smethers; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mike and Patty Fiesel; and several nieces and nephews.
Nine days after Bill’s passing, his wife and soul mate of 54 years, Linda, joined him in Heaven. They are together again. Services will be held at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary on Friday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough and Ready Hwy. Grass Valley, CA 95945.
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