Obituary: Eva Mclain, 101

With her daughter and granddaughter by her side, Eva Mclain died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at the age of 101 (just one week shy of turning 102!). She was born in Montague to Frank and Yvonne Giubergia on Sept. 17, 1920.

She lived in Weed and Fallon, Nev., before settling in Susanville with her family. She was the oldest of five children.

In 1941, she met the love of her life, Norm Mclain, in Susanville, and they married on Nov. 1, 1941. In 1943, they welcomed their daughter Norma Jean McLain (Punkie) while living in Susanville.

Norm worked for Bank of America and he was promoted to assistant manager in Weaverville before becoming the manager of Bank of America in Willows in 1955.

Norm and Eva were married 58 years and they loved to travel, visiting France, Italy, Mexico, and Hawaii. Eva’s favorite island was Maui and she had been there 14 times!

Eva spent many years helping to take care of her granddaughter, Kristine, and then her great-grandsons. Many readers might remember seeing her riding her bike or strolling her great-grandkids around the park.

She was very proud of her family. She was active her whole life and was always positive and always had a smile.

She is survived by her daughter, Norma Jean (Bob) Benamati; granddaughter Kristine Schouten; great-grandsons, Kevin (Erin) Schuller, Kristopher (Emily) Schuller, Jesse (Brittany) Schuller, and Ashton Awad; great-great-grandkids Jackson, Bennet, Zane, Gwendolyn, Elleah, and Owen Schuller; sister Maryvonne (Bob) Briscoe; nephews Frank (Terri) Stevenson, and Dennis (Judy) Giubergia; niece Sondra Lehman; and their children and grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers John Giubergia and Harry Giubergia; sister May (Ken) Stevenson; and her husband Norman McLain.

Eva’s family would like to thank Juanita and Connie for the love and care they gave her over the years. She could not have made it without their dedication and her family truly appreciated everything they did for her.

Services are planned for 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, at the Willows Catholic Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Willows Fire Department or Saint Monica’s YLI.

Arrangements are under the direction of F.D. Sweet and Son Funeral Home, Willows.