Miscellaneous San Luis Obispo County, California Obituaries

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Adelaide Anne Solomon
Adelaide Anne Solomon, 81, of Morro Bay died Thursday, March 2, 2000, with her son at her side.
Private services will be held.
Mrs. Solomon was born Nov. 23, 1918, to Frank and Mary Elliott in Southwell, England. She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morro Bay and Jewish Women’s Group of Greenwood Lake, N.Y.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Solomon, in 1986.
She is survived by a son, David Solomon of Morro Bay; and a sister, Ruth Bottomley of England.
Remembrances may be made to Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, 285 South St., Ste. I, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
Arrangements are by Coast Family Cremation.

Peggy Gayton
Peggy Gayton, 56, of Grover Beach died Friday, March 3, 2000, in Arroyo Grande of cancer.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lady Family Mortuary. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Arroyo Grande. Burial will be at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
She was born Oct. 19, 1943, in Murray, Calif.
Gayton had resided in Grover Beach for 37 years and was employed as a meat wrapper for 28 years. She belonged to the Retail Clerks Local Union 1036. She also attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
She enjoyed gardening, traveling and won several awards for her knitting.
Survivors include a sister, Norma Garcia of Arroyo Grande; a niece, Marisa Garcia of Atascadero; a nephew, Scott Garcia of Nipomo; a niece, Monica Garcia of Lebanon; and two great nieces and two great nephews.
Arrangements are by Lady Family Mortuary.

Stephan Kent
Stephan “Steve” Kent, 81, of Grover Beach died Saturday, March 4, 2000, of lung cancer at a San Luis Obispo hospital.
No services are planned.
Mr. Kent was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Ukraine, Russia. 
He had resided in Grover Beach for 22 years and was the owner of Kents Auto Body for 22 years.
Mr. Kent was a loyal husband, a great golfer and a loving father who served his craft well.
Survivors are his wife, Wyona; a daughter, Stephanie Montelone of Woodland Hills; sons Bryan Kent of Martinez and Marc Kent of Shell Beach; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Lady Family Mortuary.

Tokuko Christian
Tokuko Christian, 66, of Arroyo Grande died Friday, March 3, 2000, in Arroyo Grande.
No services are scheduled.
Mrs. Christian was born Jan. 10, 1934, in Japan.
She had lived in Arroyo Grande for four years and previously resided in Grover Beach. She was employed as a cook.
She enjoyed working in the garden and arranging flowers as well as cooking.
Survivors are two daughters, Pamela Ann Richards of Arroyo Grande and Margaret Kinue Locke of San Diego, and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements are Lady Family Mortuary in Arroyo Grande.

William ‘Ron’ Sanders
Ron Sanders died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at a Greenbrae hospital, as a result of injuries sustained from a fall while visiting a sand and gravel quarry where he used to be employed. He was 65.
A service will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Templeton. A reception will follow at Templeton Legion Hall, at Main and Eighth streets in Templeton.
Mr. Sanders was the first-born son of three children born to William and Ingrid Sanders of San Francisco. His parents owned and operated the Avalon Ballroom in that city.
A native of San Francisco, he attended San Rafael High School and a junior college and obtained an associate degree. He purchased his first service station when he was 18 and began a career as a small business owner.
Mr. Sanders was in forestry service as a young man and enjoyed helping people improve themselves. He went into the rock business at a young age and became a longtime resident of Marin County.
He later moved to San Luis Obispo County and resided in Templeton from 1975 until his retirement in 1990 from Kaiser Sand & Gravel, holding the position of plant manager. He was immediate supervisor for seven plants in the area, working mostly in San Luis Obispo and Santa Margarita. He then moved to his most recent residence in Oregon, where he and his wife purchased a ranch in the town of Winston in Douglas County.
Passionate about his work, Mr. Sanders was primarily a real estate investor and avid stock trader who had a knack for business. He owned many small businesses, including service stations, grocery stores, bars, a real estate office and a clothing store, many of which he owned and operated while working in the rock business, often putting in 16-hour days, his family says.
Mr. Sanders was a member of many organizations, including the Lions Club, an elected official of the Olalla Water District, a volunteer for Senior Community Service, where he was a bus driver, the San Francisco Boys Club, the Purple Kumquats and an honorary member of the SloFortunes.com.
At the time of his death he was enjoying what he loved to do, visiting the quarry and reminiscing about his love for the rock business, his family says. He was found collecting various rocks for his grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Keaton’s Redwood Chapel, 1801 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA 94947.

Wanda Cavallaro
Wanda Cavallaro, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, in Morro Bay.
Burial will be held and a memorial Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. A memorial Mass will also be said at 12:10 p.m. Monday, March 13, at Old Mission San Luis Obispo.
Mrs. Cavallaro was born in Baltimore, Md., moving to Los Angeles in 1944. She married pianist Carmen Cavallaro and they had three children.
She spent many years helping to manage her husband’s career and making a home for her family. She lived in San Luis Obispo for the last 20 years. She was active in marketing antique collectibles, hospital volunteering, women’s club activities and aqua-kinetics.
She is survived by her son, Paul; daughter Anita Finkelstein; granddaughter Andrea Finkelstein; and three siblings, Viola Doty, Anita McDonald and Frank Ziegel.

Linn Kelleher
Linn M. Kelleher, 80, formerly of Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo, died in his sleep Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, in Thousand Oaks after a five-month battle with lung and brain cancer.
A memorial service was held Feb. 25, at Ascension Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks.
Mr. Kelleher was born Dec. 30, 1919, in Denver, Colo. He grew up in Salida, Colo., and attended Western State College in Gunnison, University of Colorado at Boulder and UC Berkeley. He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and began working for Union Oil Co. in 1943 in Rodeo.
He was later transferred to Cut Bank, Mont., as assistant superintendent of the oil refinery. There, he met and married Margaret Boe. He returned to California and resided in Napa for 12 years. In 1962 he was transferred to the Santa Maria Refinery, where he remained until 1969. He retired from the Los Angeles office of Union Oil as manager of crude oil supply in 1985.
Mr. Kelleher enjoyed the outdoors of Colorado and skiing, which he did into his 70s. After retiring, he continued to play tennis and walked five miles a day, until two days before his diagnosis in September of 1999.
He is survived by his wife of almost 52 years, Margaret; daughters Kathlinn Kelleher and Sally Weaver and husband Gary of Redwood Valley; son Jim Kelleher and wife Sandy of Thousand Oaks; granddaughter Aimee-Linn Silveria Westlund of Stevenson Ranch and grandsons Joshua and A.J. Weaver and wife Pam; a sister, Justine Talley of Pomona; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by Pierce Brothers Mortuaries and Cemeteries in Westlake Village.

Herbert Bjork
Herbert J. Bjork, 82, of Cambria died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at his residence.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 2680 Main St. in Cambria. Presiding Overseer Howard Main will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Riverside National Cemetery.
Mr. Bjork was born Dec. 5, 1917, in St. Paul, Minn., where he was raised and educated. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Mr. Bjork moved to California in 1955, settling in San Diego, and was a resident of Cambria for 21 years. He was employed as a carrier for the Postal Service for 39 years, beginning in St. Paul and retiring from La Jolla.
Mr. Bjork was a student of the Bible, with a deep interest in prophecy. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed gardening and working in the workshop he built. He was very fond of his cats and was a member of the Santa Barbara Humane Society. He was a longtime member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and served as a ministerial servant in the congregation.
He is survived by his wife, Avis Bjork of Cambria; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reis Chapel Cayucos.

Elzie Holt
Elzie (El) Eugene Holt died Sunday Nov. 5, 2000. 
A memorial service, with the Rev. Gilbert Martinez officiating, will take place Saturday at Guadalupe beach at the end of Highway 166.
Mr. Holt was born Oct. 19, 1935, in Midland, Mich., to Freeman Eugene and Elsie Lybarger Holt.
Mr. Holt was a veteran of the Korean War and a past commander of the Newhall California American Legion Post 507. After the war he continued his education, earning a master’s degree in law from USC and a J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles. He practiced law in Los Angeles, Newhall and the Antelope Valley, and served as judge pro tem in the Newhall court until he closed his law office and moved to Nipomo in the early 1990s. 
He is survived by his sons, Terry of Midland, Mich., Randy of Littleton, Colo., Patrick of Cimarron, Kan., and Charles of Denver, Colo.; daughters Nina Holt of Santa Barbara, Kim Olson of Minnesota; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Triesault of Mapleton, Utah; seven grandchildren; and his special life partner of many years, Sharon Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Janet, and a stepson, John Collett.
Arrangements are under the direction of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home.

David Hathaway
David Paul Hathaway, 42, of Los Osos died at his home on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000.
Services are pending at this time.
Mr. Hathaway was born Oct. 6, 1958, in Long Beach. He was a driver for Redi-Mix Concrete for four years, and had been a resident of San Luis Obispo County for eight years.
He is survived by his wife, Kellie Lynn Hathaway; a son, Troy Hathaway; a daughter, Danielle Coffman; his parents, Bob and Rosemary Hathaway; two brothers, Michael Hathaway and Chris Hathaway and his wife, Deanna; his mother-in-law, Winifred Coffelt; and many nieces and nephews.

Charles Wiswell
Charles Gordon Wiswell, 78, of San Luis Obispo died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, in Selma, Calif.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Wings West hanger at San Luis Obispo Airport.
Mr. Wiswell was born in Lafayette, Ind., on Feb. 23, 1922, to Ellen and Ernest Wiswell. He spent his early years in Colorado, then moved to Southern California after his mother’s death. Eventually he moved back to Colorado and attended Campion Academy, where he met his wife, Geneva, whom he married in January of 1942. He was then called back by the Army and assigned to the occupational forces in Japan. The Army wanted him to remain and make the service his career, but he wanted to be a civilian.
Mr. Wiswell started out as a gas attendant and later became an orderly in a hospital in Southern California. He eventually moved to Redding and became a contractor, then to the Central Coast in 1951 where he had his own construction firm. He later joined Maino Construction Co. where he was a vice president and became a corporate pilot, which was where his love of flying developed. He saw a need for regularly scheduled flights to the Central Coast, which led him to found Swift Aire in 1969 which he led as chief executive officer for 10 years. After Swift Aire, he worked for Eastern Provincial Airlines based in Gander, Newfoundland, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. He returned to San Luis Obispo in 1983, and acted as a consultant for various local commuter airlines such as Wings West. In recent years he continued flying as a charter pilot for Air San Luis.
Mr. Wiswell is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Wiswell, of San Luis Obispo; his children, James and Marge Wiswell of Visalia, and Karen and Evan Harklerode of Arroyo Grande; three grandchildren, Alyson, Kelly and Clifton; stepchildren Lesa and Steve Moses of Houston, Texas, and Karla Ziegenbalg of Alexandria, Va.; stepgrandchildren Tyler, Tanner, Zachary, Joshua, Alexa and Mikayla; and his sister and brother-in-law Violet and Wallace McDonald of North Hollywood. He was preceded in death by wife Geneva three years ago.
Memorial contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo.

Dorothy Kleck, county native
Dorothy M. Kleck, 79, a native of Paso Robles, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000. 
At her request, private graveside services will be held at the Paso Robles District Cemetery.
Mrs. Kleck was born Nov. 16, 1920, to Anna and Louis Wolf of Union, Calif., whose family settled there in 1886. She attended Union Grammar School and graduated from Paso Robles High School in 1938, then attended Merritt Business School in Oakland.
Active in civic affairs, she was Pioneer Queen in 1996, past director of the Paso Robles Historical Society, Main Street Association, Friends of the Adobe and the Pioneer Day Committee, and was also a longtime docent at the Pioneer Museum. She was Chamber of Commerce “Roblan of the Month” twice and Roblan of the Year in 1997. She was active in developing the North County Women’s Tennis Club and the County Tennis League.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Tom Hutton of Pacific Grove; brothers Dr. Harry Wolf and sister-in-law Nathalie of Morro Bay, and Don Wolf and sister-in-law Peggy of San Miguel; sister-in-law Lorraine Martin of Paso Robles; and their families who are Mrs. Kleck’s nieces, nephews and extended relatives, including cousins and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Wayne R. Martin in 1956, and Leon Dutch Kleck in 1980; and her son, Richard Martin, in 1981.
Memorial donations may be made to the Paso Robles Area Pioneer Museum, P.O. Box 461, Paso Robles, CA 93477, or to the Paso Robles Area Carnegie Historical Library, P.O. Box 2875, Paso Robles, CA 93477.

Mary Souza
Mary Laura Souza, 84, of Pismo Beach died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at her residence.
Visitation will be from noon until 7 p.m. Sunday at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. Recitation of the Rosary followed by the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pismo Beach. The Rev. Tom Czeck will officiate. Burial will follow at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
Mrs. Souza was born Sept. 28, 1916, in Lemoore. She lived in Tulare where she helped her husband with their dairy farm until they moved to Pismo Beach in 1969. A member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pismo Beach, Mrs. Souza was a member of the Altar Society. She was a life member of P.H.H.S. in Edna, a member of U.P.E.C., and a member of S.P.R.S.I. She was also a member of Luso-American Fraternal in Arroyo Grande and a member and past officer of St. Anthony Council in Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande. 
Mrs. Souza is survived by two children, Joe Martin Souza Jr. of Pismo Beach and Mary Frances Carter and husband Richard of Santa Maria; five grandchildren, Karen Ann and Gary Martin Souza of Tulare, John Kouchoukian of Visalia, and Rose Maree Souza and Jennifer Rose Souza of Tulare; two great-grandchildren, Tiffany Souza and Gary Souza Jr. of Tulare; one great-great-granddaughter, Mariah Fernandez of Tulare; a sister, Lydia Martin of Tulare; two brothers, Tony and George Mendonca of Tulare; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Joe M. Souza, on Oct. 5, 2000; and by four brothers and two sisters.

Richard Williams
Richard Larry Williams, 58, of Arroyo Grande died Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, in rural Garfield County, Colo., while hunting deer and elk.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria. Rosary will be recited Sunday at 7 p.m., also at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Arroyo Grande. Interment will be at Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
Mr. Williams was born in Santa Maria and was associated with cattle all his life. After graduating from high school he bought and operated a service station. He worked many years at the Bob Williams Feed Lot.
He has been a resident of Arroyo Grande for 20 years, where he ran cattle on his own ranch, along with breeding and raising cutting horses. He was a lifetime member of the Cattlemen's Association and was a member of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge, B.P.O.E. No. 1538. He was also a member of the Nipomo Men’s Club and the Rocky Mountain Elks Foundation.
He is survived by his wife, Kay A. Williams of Arroyo Grande; a daughter, Nichole Bentz-Williams of Weatherford, Texas; a sister, Carolyn Gagliardini of Arroyo Grande; and his loving buddy, Toby.

Emil Mansfield
Emil Mansfield, 87, of San Ardo, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at his home.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in San Ardo. The Rev. Susan Van Leunen Allen of St. Mark’s Church will officiate.
Mr. Mansfield was born July 25, 1913, in Gorda, Calif. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and especially enjoyed rock fishing at Rock Beach in Monterey County. He enjoyed traveling and loved to travel along “Route 66.”
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Mansfield of San Ardo; sons John and Joe Mansfield of San Ardo, and Paul Mansfield of Paso Robles; daughters Bonnie Douglas of Bakersfield, May Hiebner of San Ardo, Hazel McClendon of Jolon, Harriett Grindstaff of Jolon, and Donna Arness of King City; 21 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Elton Mansfield of San Ardo; and sisters Jeanne Bahnke of Los Gatos and Leathea Slingstad of Santa Cruz. 
He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Mansfield, in 1982, and one grandson.
Arrangements are by Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero.

Harry Willey
Family and friends mourn the passing of Harry Willey, who resided in Paso Robles for the past one and one-half years.
He was a native Californian, born in Santa Rosa in 1915. He was raised in Mendocino and Humboldt counties. Before coming to Paso Robles, he resided in Oroville, Butte County, with his wife, Celestia Jane, now deceased. They were married for 65 years. In a short time, he made many friends in Paso Robles.
Survivors include son Ted Willey and Juanita Logan of Stockton; daughter Judy Brown and Donald Ash of Paso Robles; four grandchildren, Kenneth Brown of Paso Robles, Karen Brown of Carpinteria, John Willey of Modesto and Timothy Willey of Stockton; two great-grandchildren, Keith and Jack Brown of Paso Robles; two sisters, Bernice La Monica of Napa and Ruth Miles of Penryn; a brother and sister-in-law, Neal and Norma Wheeler; and 16 nieces and nephews.
He died of an ongoing heart condition. Contributions can be made to the local Heart Association.
Arrangements are by Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles.

Richard Santos
Richard Santos, 73, of Arroyo Grande died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000.
At his request no services are planned. Cremation will take place at Lady Family Mortuary and Crematory in Arroyo Grande, with inurnment at Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
Mr. Santos was born Jan. 24, 1927, in San Francisco. His family relocated to Arroyo Grande when he was 3 weeks old. He worked for System 99 Freight Lines (now Certified Freight Lines) for more than 30 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Optimist Club in Arroyo Grande. He was an avid bowler and bowled in three senior leagues.
Mr. Santos is survived by his wife of 38 years, Anne, of Arroyo Grande; daughters Lucille A. Lintner and husband Douglas of Arroyo Grande, Barbara D. Jarnigin and husband Eddie of Florida, and Debbie C. Santos of Arroyo Grande; grandchildren Devan, Dawn, Mike and Christopher; great-grandchildren Kole, James, Maddie, Michael and one due in April; sister-in-law Marilyn Sweetser of Banning; nieces Anne Tinker and Laurie Reynolds; and nephew Kurt Sweetser.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 550 Camino El Estero, Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93940, or to Hospice of San Luis Obispo County, 1432 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Death Notices
KOMANTI
— Esther Komanti, 84, of Atascadero died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at a Templeton hospital. A graveside service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Atascadero District Cemetery. Pastor Rollin Dexter will officiate. Arrangements are by Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero. 

FROOM
— Johnnie Henry Froom, 84, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at his home. At his request cremation has taken place and no services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo.

Frederick George, county native
Frederick George, 60, of Arroyo Grande died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, in Hanford.
Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the People’s Funeral Chapel in Hanford. A graveside service will be held on Saturday at the Arroyo Grande District Cemetery. For information, call (209) 584-5591.
Mr. George was born in Santa Maria, and had lived in San Luis Obispo County all of his life. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 33 years.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; a daughter, Jennifer L. George of Port Hueneme; a son, William I. George of Phoenix; two grandchildren; his mother, Emma George of Oceano; and a brother, William George of Oceano.

Michael E. Morgan
Michael E. Morgan, 21, of San Miguel, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, in San Luis Obispo County. 
Visitation is today, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles. A graveside service will be held on Saturday at noon at Pleasant Valley Cemetery east of San Miguel.
Mr. Morgan enjoyed fishing, golfing and riding motorcycles.
He is survived by his parents, Michael Morgan and Arlene White Bear of San Miguel; stepfather, Anthony Gerbasi of Downeyville, Calif.; four brothers, Danny Gerbasi, Christian Morgan, Clay Carmaneti and Wyatt Morgan of Arizona; four sisters, Nicole Gerbasi, Vivian Morgan of Arizona, Ciceila Sutherland of Paso Robles, and Frankie Gerbasi of San Miguel; uncles, Don White Bear of Paso Robles, Larry Morgan and David Morgan, both of Paso Robles, Dan Amaturo of Sacramento, Darrel, Greg and Joe White Bear of Sacramento, and Gabriel Morgan; aunts, Stephanie Sutherland of Paso Robles, Gwen Atilano of Fresno, Debbie Gregory of Morro Bay, and Cheryl Amaturo of Sacramento; and grandmothers, Sharon Lee White Bear of Sacramento, Joy Arbaugh of Paso Robles, and Dianna Gregory of San Luis Obispo. 
Arrangements are by Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles. 

Paul Janolis
Paul F. Janolis, 84, of Atascadero died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at his home.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, at 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atascadero.
Mr. Janolis was born Nov. 20, 1916, in Cliffside, N.J. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II, served in North Africa and was awarded the Purple Heart. Following retirement Mr. Janolis and his wife, Marie, enjoyed traveling, ballroom dancing, golfing, metal detecting and reading. He was a member of the Central Coast Treasure Hunters, VFW and the Chalk Mountain Golf Association.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Janolis of Atascadero; five stepchildren, David Williams of Cambria, Dianne Williams of Santa Margarita, Marlene Williams of Atascadero, Jim William of Palo Cedro and Judi Sharp of Los Osos; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Mary Oeder of Cayucos, Gloria Brieske of Cedarburg, and Anne Schendel of Milwaukee, Wis.; brother William Janolis of Morro Bay; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Pauline Wolff in 1975.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice, 285 South St., Suite I, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, or to your favorite charity.
Arrangements are by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary in Santa Barbara.

Edward X. Kunkel
Edward X. Kunkel, 74, a 12-year resident of Morro Bay, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2000, at his home after a battle with lung cancer.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 8 a.m. at Pierside Coast Guard Station in Morro Bay, prior to scattering of ashes. The Rev. Lee Shepard will officiate. 
Mr. Kunkel was born May 9, 1926, in Long Beach. He attended Duke University in North Carolina in 1944 and graduated from Indiana State University in 1951 with a degree in business and a minor in zoology. From 1945 to 1948, Mr. Kunkel served as a Navy hospital corpsman. Later in life, he worked for Dow Chemical as a pharmaceutical salesman for 35 years.
Mr. Kunkel was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Louise, and his parents, Edward P. and Elsa Marchand Kunkel.
He is survived by his son, Edward P. Kunkel II; and his daughter, Susie Romanyk. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Benedict-Rettey Mortuary in Morro Bay.

Marguerite Van Winkle
Marguerite Van Winkle, 78, of Morro Bay died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at a local convalescent home.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall in Morro Bay. Bob Tapia will officiate. Cremation will take place, and remains will be scattered at sea.
Mrs. Van Winkle was born in Sonnery, France, on July 22, 1922, to Numa Mottet and Glglore Camille Lemercler. She married Cecil Van Winkle, and moved to the area 33 years ago. She was a homemaker, and a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
She is survived by her son, Stanley (Jackie) Mottet and wife Eulalia of France; and brother Raphael Mottet and wife Rolland of France.

Morris Kautz Sr.
Morris Wayne Kautz Sr., 83, of Oceano, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at a San Luis Obispo care center.
Cremation has taken place and burial is planned at a later date. No service will be held. 
Mr. Kautz was born in Ira, Iowa, on Jan. 30, 1917, to Adolph J. and Zilpha Emmack Kautz. He married Maxine McKeiver in Minot, N.D., on July 1, 1952. Retiring after 21 years as an officer and command pilot with the U.S. Air Force, he was the recipient of the Air Medal, Purple Heart and Prisoner of War medals, plus many awards and citations during his service years. He also retired after 11 years with ITT/FEC at Vandenberg Air Force Base, and was an Alaskan site-manager and computer analyst.
Mr. Kautz was a lifetime member of the Elks BPOE 1538 of Santa Maria, and a life member of the American Prisoners of War and Disabled American Veterans. 
Mr. Kautz was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Zilpha, and by two brothers, Dale and Max Kautz.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Maxine D. Kautz of Oceano; two sons, Morris “Skip” Kautz Jr., and wife Gerri of Arroyo Grande, and W. Joseph Kautz and wife Sylvia of Santa Barbara; four grandchildren, Nicholas and Tiffany Kautz of Arroyo Grande, and Justin and Jason Kautz of Santa Barbara; sister Roberta Kautz Madsen of Iowa; a sister-in-law, Vera M. Volotta and husband Alex of Laguna Niguel; and many nieces and nephews in Iowa and California.
Arrangements are by Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.

Peggy Smiley
Peggy Lou “Hackney” Smiley, 70, of Paso Robles died recently.
She was born in Marysville, Kan., on March 15, 1930, to Carl and Opal Hackney. She had lived in Paso Robles since 1937.
She attended the one-room school in the Union School District, then finished junior and senior high school in Paso Robles, graduating in 1948. She was a lifelong loyal Bearcat, and worked to keep her class together and in touch with one another.
She married Paul L. Smiley in 1949. They had two children, Rod and Suzanne, who were raised in Paso Robles and went through Paso Robles schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Smiley worked in the laundry, linen and dry cleaning business their entire married lives. Mrs. Smiley belonged to the First Baptist Church since age 15, and was very active in her younger years.
She is survived by her husband, Paul Smiley; son Rod Smiley; a daughter Suzanne Smiley, all of Paso Robles; grandsons Paul I. and Jason Smiley; six great-grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law, June and Larry Moore of Paso Robles; a brother and sister-in-law, Monte and Connie Hackney of Templeton; aunts and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Carl and Opal Hackney.

Arnold Dean
Dr. Arnold Dean, 79, of San Luis Obispo died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, at a San Luis Obispo hospital following a long illness.
At his request, his remains were cremated and no services were held.
Dr. Dean was born Oct. 21, 1921, in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada. His parents were Harold John Dean and Margaret Lister Miller. He received his elementary education at Lloydminster, then moved with his family to Edmonton, Alberta, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture in 1945 and 1947 respectively. He then earned a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1950. Dr. Logan Carter offered him a teaching position in the new Soil Science Department at Cal Poly State University, where Dr. Dean enjoyed a long and successful career until retirement. Many hundreds of students have fond memories of him, as do his surviving colleagues.
He is survived by his sister, Isobel Collins and her husband, Robert, of Olds, Alberta; and a niece, Margaret Arthurs of Edmonton, Alberta.

Wendell L. Miller
Wendell L. Miller, 62, of Paso Robles, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at his home.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Paso Robles District Cemetery. 
Mr. Miller was born July 13, 1938, in Emet, Okla. He moved to the San Joaquin Valley with his parents, Tom and Bessie Miller, and was raised in Pixley. Mr. Miller later lived in Bakersfield for 20 years and spent the last five years living in Paso Robles. According to his family, Mr. Miller was a proud father and loving husband. He spent many years coaching Little League Baseball and served in the U.S. Army. 
Mr. Miller is survived by his wife of 41 years, Robin, of Paso Robles; sons, Brent of Bakersfield and Aaron and wife Kris of Paso Robles; his parents, Tom and Bessie; sister, De De Nickelson of Newport Beach; sister-in-law, Carol Grogan of Atascadero; and several nieces and nephews. 

David Fisk
David Fisk, 64, of San Luis Obispo died Friday, Nov. 27, 2000. He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed.

Oakley Thibodeau
Oakley F. Thibodeau, 86, of San Luis Obispo County died Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, in Templeton.
At his request there will be no services; Burial at sea will be private.
Mr. Thibodeau was born in Georgetown, Maine, on June 20, 1914, and had been a resident of San Luis Obispo County for 43 years. He retired after 20 years as a building maintenance man at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and had been a goldsmith and coppersmith by trade.
His background as a coppersmith led to him building Liberty Ships during World War II. Through Admiral Rickover, Mr. Thibodeau was also very involved with the Trinity Lutheran Church and with assembling Bibles for the blind through the church’s Lutheran Braille Workers Inc.
He loved history and tinkering around the house. He enjoyed his family and his grandchildren. He was a member of the Paso Robles Trinity Lutheran Church, a 44-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Al Malaikah Shrine.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Thibodeau of Paso Robles; sons U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Anthony White of Oxnard, and Michael White of Solvang; and grandsons U.S. Navy Lt. Chris Snowden of Pensacola, Fla., and Michael Thibodeau of Maine.
He was preceded in death by a son, Theodore Thibodeau, in 1958.
Those wishing may donate to Lutheran Braille Workers Inc., Station 104, P.O. Box 5000, Yucaipa, CA 92399, or to the Paso Robles Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446.

Death Notices
FIELDS
— Elsie Fields, 75, of Paso Robles died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at her home. Services are pending with Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero. 

BALDWIN
— Robert F. Baldwin, 82, of San Luis Obispo died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, at his residence. Burial will take place at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustin. A memorial service will be held at Laguna Lake Mobile Estates. Call Lady Family Sutcliff Mortuary in San Luis Obispo for information. 

EDDY
— Dorothy F. Eddy, 92, of San Luis Obispo died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at a Morro Bay convalescent home. Arrangements are pending with Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo. 

COSCI
— Ernest Cosci, 80, of San Luis Obispo died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000, in a local hospital. Arrangements are pending at Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo.


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