Miscellaneous San Luis Obispo County, California Obituaries

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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.
 

Antonia Aguilar
 

Antonia Aguilar, 71, of Oceano died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at an Arroyo 
Grande hospital.
A time of visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 7 
p.m. A Recitation of the Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. at the Marshall-Spoo 
Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial will 
be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in 
Arroyo Grande. The Rev. Jim Henry will officiate. Burial will follow at 
the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
Mrs. Aguilar was born July 5, 1929, in Gonzalez County, Texas. She 
moved to the Central Coast in 1966 from Nixon, Texas. She was a member of 
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She was a dedicated homemaker. She had a 
love for music and enjoyed going for rides.
Mrs. Aguilar is survived by her husband of 52 years, Perfecto Aguilar 
of Oceano; nine children, Manuela Aguirre of Arroyo Grande, Ruben 
Aguilar of Oceano, Tomasita UC of Arroyo Grande, Celia Guerra of Oceano, 
Esmeralda Viayra of Grover Beach, Isabel Leon of Santa Maria, Delfina Rocha 
of Oceano, Hilda Aguilar of Oceano and Irene Rocha of Oceano; five 
sisters and three brothers; 36 grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren. 
Mrs. Aguilar was preceded in death by son Joe Aguilar and her parents, 
Teodulo and San Juana Perez.
Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral 
Chapel in Grover Beach.
 
 

David Densmore
 

David Densmore, 56, of Avila Beach died Jan. 25, 2001, in Santa Nella.
A memorial service was held Feb. 3 at Lisle Funeral Home in Fresno. 
Cremation has taken place.
Mr. Densmore was born Sept. 12, 1944, in Fresno. He was the son of Otis 
and Della Densmore. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, he 
worked for his father at Densmore Engine ReNu and Supply Co. He was the 
operations manager until 1995. He then moved to the San Luis Bay Mobile 
Estates in Avila Beach with his companion, Gerrye Scott. He was self 
employed as an automotive sales representative for Hopper Shop Equipment 
Sales in Stanton, and Jiscco in Fresno. He loved golfing and attending 
auto races.
Mr. Densmore is survived by his companion, Gerrye Scott of Avila Beach; 
her three children, Jeff, Doug and Debbye; mother Della Densmore of 
Santa Cruz; daughter Dina Lynn of Fresno; grandson Nicolas Lee of Fresno 
and brother Dennis Alan Densmore of Fresno.
Contributions in Mr. Densmore’s memory may be made to the American 
Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were under the direction of Lisle Funeral Home in Fresno.

Don B. Miller
 

Don B. Miller, a 30-year resident of Los Osos, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 
2001, from complications of a stroke. 
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. at St. 
Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morro Bay. 
Mr. Miller was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1924. After serving in the 
Navy in the South Pacific during World War II, he married Patricia 
Lorene Sheets in 1946. They were married for 51 years prior to her death in 
1997. Mr. Miller graduated from the School of Engineering at Purdue 
University in 1948, and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After 
graduation he moved to California to work for the California State Highway 
Department. In the early 1950s, he became a partner of Campbell and 
Miller Civil Engineering in San Bernardino. The Millers lived in Redlands 
from 1954 to 1972. They were active at Trinity Episcopal Church and 
Redlands Country Club. After Mr. Miller’s retirement in 1972, the couple 
moved to Los Osos. For many years, Mr. Miller was well known for his big 
band show on local radio. He was an active member of St. Peter’s 
Episcopal Church in Morro Bay and was involved in many other community 
activities. 
Mr. Miller is survived by three sons, Donald Coatsworth Miller, James 
Barrett Miller and David Walton Miller, as well as eight grandchildren. 
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morro 
Bay.
Arrangements are by Benedict-Rettey Chapel of Morro Bay. 
 

Death Notices

Perkins
— William Perkins, 77, of Morro Bay died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at a 
San Luis Obispo hospital. Arrangements are pending at Lady Family 
Mortuary and Crematory of Arroyo Grande. 

Brown
— Martin Wayne Brown, 54, of Grover Beach died Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 
his home. Arrangements are pending at Lady Family Mortuary and Crematory 
of Arroyo Grande.
 

Hetty Jenkins
Hetty Faye Jenkins, 80, of San Luis Obispo died Monday, March 26, 2001.
Mrs. Jenkins was born March 6, 1921, on a farm in Midland, S.D., to Art 
and Nellie Larson. She was raised with four older brothers in Rapid 
City, S.D. She graduated from high school in 1939 and went to secretarial 
college. She then worked for the Army Corps of Engineers in South 
Dakota. She moved to Los Angeles during World War II. and worked at Swedlow 
Aeroplastics as a purchasing agent.
Mrs. Jenkins married Clayton “Ace” Jenkins on Jan. 26, 1945, and raised 
four children in Whittier. She had an energetic, loving, and giving 
nature. She was an active volunteer with the PTA, Boy Scouts and Girl 
Scouts and she worked as a teaching assistant and Braille translator for 
many years. She enjoyed working with her hands. She gardened, crocheted 
and helped her husband build furniture for family and friends. She also 
enjoyed baking, her specialties being pies and cinnamon rolls.
In 1992 she and her husband moved to San Luis Obispo. She became an 
active volunteer at Sierra Vista Hospital after the death of her husband. 
She loved being a “pink lady” and was known as the neighborhood’s 
“grandma.”
Mrs. Jenkins is survived by her brother Paul Larson of Rapid City, 
S.D.; son Ron and wife Gwenn of Huntington Beach; daughter Susan and 
husband Ke-Ping Tsao of San Luis Obispo; daughter Patricia and husband Harrol 
Fullbright of Huntington Beach; grandchildren, Mark Fullbright and wife 
Tara, Jeff Fullbright and wife Michelle of Huntington Beach, Danika 
Tsao and Kenyon Tsao of San Luis Obispo; step-grandchildren, Valerie and 
Kim; and great-grandson Shane Fullbright.
Memorial donations may be made to any charity of choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Reis Chapel of San Luis Obispo.
 

Griselda Brooker
Griselda Patterson Brooker, 98, of Morro Bay, died Monday, March 19, 
2001, at a San Luis Obispo hospital surrounded by her family.
A family memorial celebration was held Wednesday, March 21, on the 
Cayucos Pier. 
Mrs. Brooker was born Sept. 11, 1902, in Earlham, Iowa. She was raised 
in Pasadena, and resided at various times in Vista, Escondido, Hawaii, 
Templeton, Atascadero and San Luis Obispo. She enjoyed traveling, 
reading and learning; she found joy and beauty wherever she went.
Mrs. Brooker is survived by daughters Gail Price of Petaluma, and Skye 
Patterson of San Luis Obispo; grandchildren Michael Woelke of Rifle, 
Colo., Elizabeth Hernandez of Alexandria, Va., Gary Spencer of San Diego, 
Laura Spencer of Huntington Beach, and Katherine Brooks-Patterson of 
San Luis Obispo; one great-great-grandchild; her sister Jean Bone of 
Redlands; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. 
Her family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the 
staff of Pacific Care Center in Morro Bay, Dr. Stephen Hilty, French 
Hospital Emergency Room staff and the nurses and staff of the Med-Surg 
Ward. 

Fidel Vela III
Fidel Vela III, 42, of Santa Maria died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at 
his residence.
A visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with a rosary at 7 
p.m., at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria. The Rev. Manuel Liendo 
will officiate. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. 
John Neumann Church. The Rev. Emigdio Herrera will officiate. 
Mr. Vela was born Dec. 31, 1958, in McAllen, Texas, to Fidel and Ramona 
Vela. His family moved to Santa Maria in 1961. He attended local 
schools and graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1976. He continued his 
education at Cal State Fresno where he received his degree in 
journalism. He returned to the local area and was employed with the United 
States Property and Fiscal Office in San Luis Obispo until his medical 
retirement due to complications of diabetes. As a result of the disease, he 
became an amputee. He joined the local support group Central Coast 
Amputees in Motion and helped provide support to recent amputees. 
Mr. Vela’s love of writing lead to many articles being written and 
published in local area newsletters and newspapers. He also wrote many 
short stories on the adventures in his life. He never ceased to provide 
support to those in the community and became involved with teaching 
English as a Second Language for individuals working to attain their 
citizenship.
Mr. Vela is survived by his mother Ramona B. Vela; brother Jorge A. 
Vela and wife Librada; sisters, Elsa Vela, Sandra and husband Manuel 
Castro; nieces and nephews, Yesenia Vela, Ricardo Castro, Sidronio Romero, 
Reena Castro, Tomas Romero, Bianca A. Vela and Marcos Vela. He was 
preceded in death by his father Fidel Vela Jr., in 1991. 
Memorial donations may be made to the St. John Neumann Church Building 
Fund.
 
 

Edith Helt
 

Edith Jeanette Fowler Helt, 70, of Oklahoma died Sunday, March 11, 
2001, at her residence in Weatherford, Okla. 
Mrs. Helt was born Aug. 25, 1930, in Bakersfield to Fred Crawford 
Fowler and Grace Stewart Fowler. She was raised and attended school in 
Arroyo Grande. She married and moved to Okla. with her husband Joe Helt in 
1947. She loved to work with her flowers and spend time at her favorite 
fishing hole.
Mrs. Helt is survived by her husband Joe Helt of Weatherford, Okla.; 
sons, Tommie Helt of Hydro, Okla., Floyd Helt and wife Elaine of Eakly, 
Okla.; Glenn Helt and wife Patty of Weatherford, and Richard Helt and 
wife Leigha of Weatherford; daughter Flora “Blondie” Boland and husband 
Jerry of Enid, Okla.; brother Lawrence Fowler and wife Judy of Santa 
Maria; sister Elizabeth Milne and husband Neal of Arroyo Grande; 12 
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her 
father Fred Fowler; mother Grace Stephens; son J.E. Helt; grandson 
Thomas Helt and granddaughter Lori Boland.

Robert Hooks
 

Robert Dave Hooks, 77, of San Luis Obispo died Wednesday, March 28, 
2001, in a San Luis Obispo hospital.
No services will be held. Cremation has taken place under the direction 
of Los Osos Valley Mortuary. A private inurnment will be held in Los 
Osos Valley Memorial Park.
Mr. Hooks was born Sept. 16, 1923, in San Francisco to Anita Buzzini 
and George Hooks. He served in the South Pacific during World War II as a 
Marine sergeant. He then taught in the Animal Science Department at Cal 
Poly, retiring as a professor after 22 years.
Mr. Hooks was a life member of the Marine Club in San Francisco, He was 
also a member of the American Legion Post No. 66 of San Luis Obispo, 
Cal Poly Retired Faculty and Staff Club and the RAMS of San Luis Obispo. 
He was a sustaining alumnus of Poly Prep School in Brooklyn, New York, 
an alumnus of Cal Poly, alumnus of Iowa State University and a life 
member of the Cal Poly Alumni Association.
Mr. Hooks is survived by his wife, Lillian Hooks of San Luis Obispo; 
four step-sons, Jim L. Brown and wife Laurie of San Jose, Bud J. Brown 
and wife Jenna of Boulder Creek, Jack A. Brown of Paso Robles, and Ray W. 
Brown of Modesto; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 
nephews, Bill Hooks and wife Elaine of London, England, Randy Hooks of Ft. 
Lauderdale, and Joseph Hooks and wife Gail of Charlestown, R.I.; 
sister-in-law Ruth Hooks of Naples, Fla.; and five grand nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to any Cal Poly organization.
Arrangements are under the direction of Los Osos Valley Mortuary of Los 
Osos.

Alfred M. Lovely
LOVELY— Alfred M. Lovely, 86, of San Luis Obispo died Thursday, March 
29, 2001, at a local hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of 
Central Coast Memorial Society. MILLER — Margaret Lucille Miller, 77, of 
Arroyo Grande died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at an Arroyo Grande 
hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset 
Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. WEDGE— Gloria Wedge, 80, of Paso Robles died 
Thursday, March 29, 2001, at a local care facility. Arrangements are 
pending at Kuehl Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles. Memorial donations 
for Barbara Kuentzel may be made to the El Camino Art Association 
Barbara Kuentzel Fund, P. O. Box 1079, Pismo Beach, 93448.
 

Ronnie Joseph Walters
Ronnie Joseph Walters, 53, of San Luis Obispo died May 3, 2002.Mr. 
Walters was born Nov. 20, 1948, and raised in Oakland, being baptized and 
confirmed at St. Lawrence O’Toole’s Catholic Church and graduating from 
Skyline High School in 1966.

Kathryn Shaffer
Kathryn Norine Shaffer, 76, of Los Osos died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at 
her residence with her children at her side.A celebration of life will 
be held at noon June 29 at the Los Osos Community Center.

Edmund Ryan III
Edmund “Ned” Ryan III, 53, of Paso Robles died Wednesday, June 5, 
2002.A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Rose 
Catholic Church in Paso Robles.Mr. Ryan was born Dec. 27, 1948, in Los 
Angeles. He graduated from Alemany High School in 1966 and received an 
associate degree in sociology from Los Angeles Valley College. He also 
received a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Cal State Northridge and a 
master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Cal Poly. Mr. Ryan was 
a retired teacher from the California Youth Authority. He and his wife, 
Amelia, married on Oct. 15, 1983, at the Old Mission Church in San Luis 
Obispo. He coached youth sports and was an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan. 
He also enjoyed mainstream jazz, writing poetry, classic films and 
spending time with his family.

Alfred Mello Jr
Alfred “Al” Mello Jr., 75, of Pismo Beach died Thursday, June 6, 2002, 
at his residence. Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at 
Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel of Grover Beach. Recitation of the 
rosary will follow at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be 
celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pismo Beach. 
Burial will follow at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery. The Rev. Peter Parchem 
will officiate.

Graham Van Patten
Graham Van PattenGraham Lape Van Patten, 90, of Paso Robles died 
Thursday, June 6, 2002.A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in 
Santa Maria. The Rev. Bruce McClain will officiate. A memorial service 
will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Grace Baptist Church in Paso 
Robles.

Shirley Jordan
Shirley Jordan, 69, of Morro Bay died Friday, May 31, 2002, at a local 
hospital.Mrs. Jordan was born Feb. 9, 1933, in Los Angeles. She was 
raised in Walnut Park and graduated from South Gate High School where she 
met her future husband, Jerry Jordan.

Carmel Day
Carmel Marti Day, 77, of San Luis Obispo died Friday, May 31, 2002. 
Mrs. Day was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Long Beach to Rabbi Julius Leibert and 
Leona Goodman Leibert. She was an alumni emeritus at Cal Poly Pomona 
and dean and department head of the hospital administration graduate 
program at the University of Laverne. She continued her career as professor 
at Laverne for 20 years.

Mary Klingensmith
Mary Klingensmith, 90, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, in San Luis 
Obispo.A private service will be held.Mrs. Klingensmith was born in Fort 
Worth, Texas.She is survived by her children, Joyce Kasparek of Los Osos; 
Linda Foss and husband James of Cambria; Ellen Miller and husband Tony of 
Honolulu; and Robin Schousboe and husband Ragner of Seattle; 
grandchildren, Michele West, Helice Callier, Wayne Kasparek, Brett Foss and Diana 
Foss-Alfke; great-grandchildren, Shayla Balentine, Chris Callier, 
Heather Callier, Drake Kasparek, Jed Foss-Alfke, Naomi Foss-Alfke, Haley 
Foss and Brianna Foss. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert 
Klingensmith, in 1978.

Edith Rayner
Edith Mildred Armstrong Rayner, 84, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at her 
residence.A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. June 16, 2002, at 
the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 890 Foothill Blvd. in San Luis 
Obispo.

James MacGillivray
James Fraser MacGillivray, 26, of Paso Robles died Thursday, May 30, 
2002, from injuries suffered in a ranching accident in 1999.Private 
services were held.Mr. MacGillivray was born June 28, 1975, in Paso Robles. 
He was raised on his family’s ranch in Adelaida where he managed the 
100-acre grape vineyard and greenhouse operation.

Maurine Hill
Maurine Hill, 92, of San Luis Obispo died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at a 
San Luis Obispo hospital.No services will be held.Mrs. Hill was born 
May 6, 1910, in Alvin, Texas. She was raised in Arizona and spent most of 
her life since 1940 in California.

Mary R. Jenkins
Mary R. Jenkins, 95, of Bakersfield died Friday, May 31, 2002.Graveside 
services were held at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Bakersfield.Mrs. 
Jenkins was born May 25, 1907, in Arroyo Grande and had resided in 
Bakersfield for 44 years. She was the great-granddaughter of Francis Ziba Branch 
and Manuela Carlon Branch, founders of Arroyo Grande and owners of 
Rancho San Manuela Mexican Land Grant. She worked as a medical secretary 
for 18 years and was last employed by Dr. Knudsen.

Clara Rhyne
Clara Maude Rhyne, 94, of Paso Robles died Monday, June 3, 2002, at her 
residence.No services will be held. A private interment will be held at 
the Rose Gardens at Paso Robles District Cemetery.

James Spreafico
James E. Spreafico, 88, of Lodi and former longtime resident of San 
Luis Obispo County, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his residence. A 
memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Gierhart, Wells 
and Donahue funeral home in Lodi.

Elvira Amyx
Elvira Adelle Amyx, 90, formerly of Morro Bay, died Sunday, May 26, 
2002, at Rideout Memorial Hospital.Mrs. Amyx was born in Alameda. She 
lived in Salinas from 1931 to 1984. She was a homemaker and past member of 
the Corral De Tierra Garden Club in Salinas.

Harry Eckelberger
Harry Gene Eckelberger, 77, of Shell Beach died Friday, May 31, 2002, 
in Long Beach.A celebration of life with an open Hangar Party and 
barbecue will be held from noon to 6 p.m. June 16 at the Vintage Aero Hangar 
No. 46, at the San Luis Obispo Airport. R.S.V.P. at 544-2195.
 

Esther Brooks
Esther “Nana” Brooks, 87, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, in a Templeton 
hospital.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Chapel of the 
Roses in Atascadero. Cremation will take place.
 

Carl Dewlaney Jr.
Carl William Dewlaney Jr., 86, of San Luis Obispo died Tuesday, June 4, 
2002, at a Templeton care facility.A graveside service will be held at 
10 a.m. today at the Santa Margarita District Cemetery. The family will 
officiate.

Mary Wilson
Mary Wilson, 38, of San Luis Obispo died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at a 
local hospital.A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 14 at the 
New Life Community Church of the Nazarene in Pismo Beach.
 

Margaret Lindenthaler
Margaret Holm Lindenthaler, 82, of San Luis Obispo died Tuesday, June 
4, 2002, at a local care center.A memorial service will be held at a 
later date.Mrs. Lindenthaler was born July 24, 1919, in Brooklyn. She 
graduated from Santa Barbara City College in 1968 and had a long and varied 
career, the most recent aspect being as an elder-care innovator and 
advocate. She retired from Santa Barbara Social Services in 1980. Her 
interests included family, crossword puzzles, nature and sports. She also 
enjoyed bird watching and stamp and coin collecting.
 

Edgar Baker
Edgar R. Baker, 83, of Morro Bay died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at his 
residence.Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today, at 
Benedict-Rettey Mortuary. A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, also at 
Benedict-Rettey Mortuary Chapel in Morro Bay. Burial will be held at 
Mount Washington Cemetery in Missouri.
 

Ester ‘Nana’ Brooks
Ester “Nana” Brooks, 87, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, in a Templeton 
hospital.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Chapel of the 
Roses in Atascadero. Cremation will take place.
 

Charles Bagwell
Charles Lee “Charlie” Bagwell, 73, a lifelong resident of Grover Beach, 
died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at a San Luis Obispo hospital.Visitation 
will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral 
Chapel in Grover Beach. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, 
also at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel.
 

Jane Sczechowski
Jane Harris Sczechowski, 39, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at a hospital 
in Grenoble, France.A memorial service will be held Friday at noon at 
Mount Carmel Lutheran Church in San Luis Obispo.
 

Catherine Heinold
Catherine M. Heinold, 77, of Morro Bay died Monday, June 3, 2002, at a 
San Luis Obispo hospital.A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. 
Friday at the Los Osos Valley Memorial Park. The Rev. George Hendrickson 
will officiate.
 

Jacqueline Borre Murphy
Jacqueline Borre Murphy, 78, of Morro Bay died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, 
at her residence.A memorial service will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday 
at Montaño de Oro State Park.
 

Mary M. Stephan
Mary M. Stephan, 65, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, in Oakhurst.Funeral 
services will be held Saturday at Oakhurst Cemetery. She was born Aug. 
24, 1936.Mrs. Stephan is survived by her husband, Hugh A. Stephan; sons, 
Jerry Stephan and wife Linda; and Jim Stephan and wife Susan; daughter 
Terri Stephan; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one 
great-great-grandson.
 

Daisy Kropp
Daisy Maxine Kropp, 75, of Paso Robles died Friday, May 31, 2002, at 
her residence.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Chapel 
of the Roses in Atascadero. The Rev. Tom Wilson will officiate. 
Cremation will take place.

George Louis Hummel
George Louis Hummel of Orcutt died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002.A graveside 
service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Los Osos Memorial Park.Mr. 
Hummel was born Nov. 16, 1931 in Marshaltown, Iowa. He attended Lincoln 
High School in San Jose. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served 
as an aviation machinist. He worked on the U.S.S. Cape Esprance during 
the Korean War. After his tour of duty he returned to Santa Clara and 
met and married Sharalynn VanDien on Aug. 14, 1955.

Richard Hartley Stalnaker
Richard Hartley Stalnaker, 75, of San Luis Obispo died Thursday, Aug. 
1, 2002, at a Morro Bay care facility.Visitation will be held from 6 to 
8 p.m. today at Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo. A graveside service 
with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Los Osos 
Valley Memorial Park Cemetery.

Clifford F. Smith
Clifford F. Smith, 81, of Morro Bay died July 26, 2002, at his 
residence. Mr. Smith was born Sept. 12, 1920 in Strickler, Ark. to Claude and 
Lillian Smith. He served in the Seabees during World War II. He was a 
commercial fisherman for 15 years and the Morro Bay Domino Champion at 
the Morro Bay Fuel Dock.

Virginia Paolillo
Virginia Paolillo, 68, of Nipomo died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at her 
residence.Mrs. Paolillo was born Dec. 31, 1933, in Fresno. She was a 
resident of Nipomo for four years and was a waitress at the Golden Dragon 
restaurant.

Mildred E. Surles
Mildred E. Surles, 87, of Arroyo Grande died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at 
Woodside Nursing Center in San Luis Obispo.Mrs. Surles was born Jan. 
24, 1915, in Los Angeles. She was a resident of Arroyo Grande for 27 
years..

Michael “Mikey” E. McCabe
Michael “Mikey” E. McCabe, 67, died Sunday, July 28, 2002.A private 
family service will be held.Mr. McCabe was born Sept. 20, 1934, in 
Sacramento. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and worked in 
food and beverage management for more than 30 years. He was an early 
member of the National Hot Rod Association and an avid fan.

John C. Zillig Sr.
John C. Zillig Sr., 87, of Paso Robles died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, in 
Cambria.Cremation will occur. Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in 
Bakersfield.Mr. Zillig was born Nov. 4, 1914, in California. He was a 
dairyman for more than 40 years and enjoyed almost 50 years of marriage 
with his late wife, Florence. Mr. Zillig was a member of the Elks 
Lodge, Moose Lodge of Atascadero and Native Sons of the Golden West No. 132. 
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.

Juanita Qualls
Juanita “Nita” Qualls, 76, of Arroyo Grande died Tuesday, July 30, 
2002, at a Santa Maria care facility.Visitation will be held Tuesday from 
noon to 7 p.m. at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. A 
funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the chapel with the Rev. 
Robert Banker of the Open Door Church in Oceano officiating.

Helen Rose
Helen A. Rose, 88, of San Luis Obispo died July 23, 2002.No services 
are planned.Mrs. Rose was born Nov. 16, 1913, in Oakland to Mr. and Mrs. 
Willard Chase. She spent much of her early years moving from city to 
city in several western states.

Charles Ward
Charles Ephraim Ward, 77, of Atascadero died Thursday, July 25, 2002, 
at his home.A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 
10, at the Community Church of Atascadero.Mr. Ward was born June 5, 
1925, in San Francisco to Ephraim O. and Ethel Taylor Ward. He graduated 
from Madera High School in Madera in 1943 and attended seminary schools 
in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Mr. Ward worked for several recording 
studios in Los Angeles and New York City and went to Paris for A and M 
Records to set up a soundstage. He remained as production manager for 
seven years. He then worked with the United Nations as an accountant and 
loan officer for eight years. Mr. Ward moved to Fresno where he worked 
as an accountant for the IRS and was a church organist in Madera. He 
moved to Atascadero in 1994.

Dorothy Morse
Dorothy Loraine Morse, 84, of Pismo Beach died Monday, July 8, 
2002.Services are pending at the Congregational Church in San Luis Obispo.Mrs. 
Morse was born April 23, 1918, in Chicago to Leroy and Dorothy Bush 
Jones. She married Ted Morse on Aug. 30, 1941 and graduated from the 
University of Omaha in 1967. She was a librarian at Thomas Jefferson High 
School in Council Bluff, Iowa from 1968 until retiring to Pismo Beach in 
1986.

Betty Clark
Betty Joyce Clark, 65, of Arroyo Grande died Wednesday, July 31, 2002, 
at an Arroyo Grande hospital.A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. 
Saturday, at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. The 
Rev. Jared Hoover of Kingsway Assembly Worship Center of Arroyo Grande 
will officiate. Burial will follow at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.

Lorraine Sharps
Lorraine Agatha Sharps, 80, of Arroyo Grande died Wednesday, July 31, 
2002, at a San Luis Obispo care center.A funeral service will be held at 
11 a.m. Monday, at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. 
The Rev. Jim Shields of Oak Park Christian Church will officiate. 
Burial will follow at Arroyo Grande cemetery.

William Schumer
William J. Schumer, 67, of Pismo Beach died Tuesday, July 30, 2002.A 
memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Los Osos Valley 
Mortuary.Mr. Schumer was born Aug. 28, 1934, in New York City to Karl and 
Diana Schumer. He graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., and 
received his law degree from New York Law School. He worked for many 
years in the aerospace industry before retiring to Pismo Beach. He had 
vacationed in the area for many years and had married his wife, Linda, in 
Pismo Beach before moving there.

Barbara Ahearn
Barbara A. Ahearn, 62, of Arroyo Grande died Wednesday, July 31, 2002, 
at her home.A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at 
Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. The Rev. Joseph 
Butters of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Arroyo Grande will officiate.

Betty Lowder
Betty Jean Lowder, 72, of Oceano died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at her 
home.A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at the Central 
Coast Senior Center in Oceano.Mrs. Lowder was born May 3, 1930, in Los 
Angeles to Emerson and Emily Githens. She married Donald Lowder on Oct. 
27, 1952, and raised four children.

Collin Wolfe
Collin James Wolfe, 28, of Nipomo died Monday, July 29, 2002, in 
Nipomo.A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at Lady Family 
Mortuary in Arroyo Grande. The Rev. Jared Vawter of the Grover Beach Assembly 
of God Church will officiate.

Roderic ‘Rod’ Keefe
Roderic “Rod” Keefe, 35, of La Quinta died Thursday, July 25, 2002, in 
Rancho Mirage.A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in 
Building One of the Foundation of the Retarded of the Desert in Palm 
Desert.

Mae ‘Ann’ Hampson
Mae Annette “Ann” Hampson, 61, died Friday, July 26, 2002, at her 
home.A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Margo Dodd 
Gazebo in Shell Beach.Ms. Hampson retired to Pismo Beach after teaching 
school in Orange County for 30 years. She enjoyed the butterfly groves 
and dunes. She also volunteered with the local League of Women Voters, 
Clark Center and the Mozart Festival.

Charles Cronin
Charles Cronin, 68, of Arroyo Grande died July 27, 2002.A memorial 
service will be held Monday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. at Marshall-Spoo Sunset 
Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.Dr. Cronin was born Feb. 3, 1934, in Newark, 
N.J. He attended Compton High School, graduating at 16 years old. He 
worked as a lifeguard to save for college. He then went to Whittier 
Community College and received his bachelors of arts degree from California 
State University at Long Beach in 1955. He received his medical doctor 
degree from University California at Irvine in 1962. He worked his way 
through college caring for the disabled at Rancho Los Amigos. Dr. 
Cronin started his own practice when he was 26 years old. He was board 
certified in family practice and in geriatric medicine with an emphasis on 
Alzheimer’s research and treatment.

Robert Garrison
W. Robert Garrison, 86, of Morro Bay, died July 27, 2002, at his home.A 
celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Morro 
Bay Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dale Paulsen officiating. 
Cremation will be by Benedict-Rettey Mortuary.

Gertrude Gidcumb
Gertrude Gidcumb, 80, of Templeton died July 26, 2002, in a San Luis 
Obispo hospital.A memorial service is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. at 
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Atascadero. Cremation will be by 
Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero.

Betty Lowder
Betty Jean Lowder, 72, of Oceano died July 27, 2002, at her home.A 
celebration of her life will be held Saturday at noon at the Central Coast 
Senior Center in Oceano.Mrs. Lowder was born May 3, 1930, in Los 
Angeles to Emily and Emerson Githens. She married Donald Lowder on Oct. 27, 
1952, and raised four children.

Travis Mattson
Travis Carl Mattson, 21, of Atascadero died Sunday, July 28, 2002, in 
Atascadero.A memorial service will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. at 
Atascadero Bible Church with Pastor Dave Rusco and Pastor Will Hesch 
officiating. Final disposition will be at Atascadero District Cemetery.

Robert Waterman
Robert W. Waterman, 58, of Arroyo Grande died Monday, July 22, 2002, at 
his home.A memorial service for the family was held.Mr. Waterman was 
born on Sept. 28, 1943, to Chester and Eileen Waterman. He was raised in 
Canajoharie, N.Y., graduating from Canajoharie High School and State 
University College at Buffalo.

Dorothy Jankay
Dorothy Jankay, 80, of Arroyo Grande died July 22, 2002, at a Valencia 
hospital.A graveside service was held at Arroyo Grande Cemetery with 
Father Joseph Butters of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church officiating.


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