Miscellaneous Downey, California Obituaries

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Funeral services for June Hope Vleerick

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Aug. 28 at the Hillside Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier for June Hope Vleerick, a longtime Downey resident, who died Aug. 23 in Downey Community Hospital.

She was born in 1918.

Survivors include her husband, Robert H. Vleerick; two sons, Robert M. Vleerick, Steven W. Vleerick; and three sisters, Patricia Cramer, Evelyn Dobbins and Louisa Thurber.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.
 

Funeral services held for Elsie Mary Hanson

WHITTIER-Funeral services were held Sept. 9 at the Rainbow Chapel of Rose Hills Memorial Park for Elsie Mary Hanson, a longtime resident of South Gate and a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church of Downey.

She was born in 1914 in the farming community of Neillsville, Wisconsin, moved to California in 1947 and worked as a seamstress (power machine operator) for over 30 years at Cole of California in Vernon.

Survivors include her son, Jerry Brady, an advertising representative of The Downey Eagle; three brothers, Gerald Eberhardt and Alvin Eberhardt both of Wisconsin, Roland Eberhardt of Oregon; her sister, Renata of Wisconsin; and two grandchildren, Jeffrey Brady of McKinleyville, California, and Erin Brady of New York City, N.Y.

The Rev. Norman Stoppenhagen, pastor of the Messiah Lutheran Church of Downey officiated. Arrangements were by Rose Hills Memorial Park.


Marjorie C. McMillen mourned at age of 75

DOWNEY-A vigil service will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Downey Zrelak Mortuary Chapel for Marjorie C. McMillen, a Downey resident for 44 years, who died Sept. 9 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

She was 75 and formerly worked as finance manager for Lawson's Jewelers of Downey.

Survivors include her sons, Patrick of Crestline, Richard of Placentia, Mike of Norwalk; daughters Judy Gavin of San Francisco, Debbie Welker of Pico Rivera; sisters Lavonne Regan of Jackson, California, Rita Kocher of Beaumont; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death in 1977 by her husband, William.

A Funeral Mass will be heard at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at Saint Ray- mond's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations for heart research at Good Samaritan Hospital or the Kay Medical Group.
 

Family, friends mourn Ethel Rose Cohen at 84

DOWNEY-Ethel Rose Cohen, who lived in Downey since the 1950s and was a sponsor of the Paramount Pacesetters Club for the physically challenged, died Sept. 3 at Scripps Oceanview Hospital in Encinitas.

She was born Nov. 7, 1911.

Survivors include her son, Donald R. (Rikki) Clauson of San Diego; stepdaughter Sally Hoberman (Len), of Philadelphia, PA; a niece, Marjorie Wittingham of Downey; four sisters, Lorraine Stern of Ardmore, PA, Dorothy Rosenberg of San Francisco, Janet (Ken) Dunlap of Charlottesville, VA, Marion Clauson of Downey; brothers Edward Clauson of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Jack Clauson of Philadelphia, PA; six grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband Edward I. Cohen.

Arrangements were by the Neptune Society.

Donations are suggested in her name to the American Cancer Society or the Paramount Pacesetters Club.
 

Jack Fitzgerald dies in Rancho Bernardo at 74

RANCHO BERNARDO-Memorial services will be held in Rancho Bernardo for Jack Fitzgerald, a former Downey resident for 32 years, who died Sept. 17 there.

A retired builder, talented woodcarver, sportsman and avid golfer (he was a former member of the Rio Hondo Country Club), he was 74, born in Los Angeles Jan. 20, 1922.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia of Rancho Bernardo; sons Michael Fitzgerald (Susan) of Enumclaw, Washington, Jay Fitzgerald (Ginger) of Henderson, Nevada; daughter Laurie (Tom) Black of Downey; six grandchildren, Kellei, Katie, Kellie, Victoria, Michael and John; sister Luverne Gibbs of Balboa; and several nieces and nephews.


Friends, family mourn Giacomina F.S. Nash

DOWNEY-A Memorial Mass will be heard tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 28) at 9 a.m. at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Giacomina F.S. Nash, a Downey resident for 40 years and a former employee of Rockwell International, who died Sept. 18.

A native of Sicily, she was formerly of San Pedro and was a homemaker for 40 years.

Survivors include her husband, Norman D. Nash; a sister, Alba (Paul) Serraino of Downey; and a brother, Gene Sorisi of Florida.

Monsignor Robert Gipson will officiate.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Barbara Eileen Moynihan, former FBI clerk, mourned

DOWNEY-Graveside funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Escondido, for Barbara Eileen Moynihan, a longtime Downey resident and former office clerk for the FBI, who died Sept. 21 at Downey Community Hospital.

A native of Los Angeles, she was 71 and was a victim of polio syndrome for many years.

Survivors include her sons, George Hill of Troy, Montana, and Daniel Hill of Boston, Massachusetts.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Leola Mae Maddox Horton mourned by friends, family

DOWNEY-Leola Mae Maddox Horton, who came to Downey in 1923 and was active in the First Baptist Church of Downey all her adult life, died Sept. 21.

She was born in Warsaw, Illinois, Dec. 7, 1903. She married Audrey Horton in 1924 at the First Baptist Church of Downey. They subsequently owned the Home Boys Market in the 1930s and 1940s, and later operated markets on Firestone and on Paramount boulevards. She also worked as a secretary for the church for many years, retiring when she was 80.

She loved to travel and made many trips with the Evergreen Club of F.B.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband who died in 1968, two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


Bertha Elsie Robertson mourned at the age of 77

DOWNEY-Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey for Bertha Elsie Robertson, a 45 year resident of Downey and a former employee of American Drill Bushing for 20 years.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, she was 77 and died at her home Sept. 20.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara (George II) Kolle; grandchildren Douglas Teel, Terri (Tom) McKeehan, and George Joseph (Suzanne) Kolle III; great-grandchildren Joshua McKeehan, Tiffany Kolle and Michele McKeehan; a niece, Tami Mehlbrandt; and close friend Phyllis Hays.

She was preceded in death by husband Grant Robertson; mother Wanda Mehlbrandt; brother Arthur Mehlbrandt and his wife Maxine, and brother Elmer Mehlbrandt.

Family friend Glen Hays officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


Viola Marie Pace dead at age of 87 in Indiana

DOWNEY-Graveside funeral services are today (Friday, Sept. 27) at 1 p.m. at Park Lawn Memorial Park for Viola Marie Pace, a Downey resident for 42 years who died in Evansville, Indiana Sept. 23

She was 87, a former resident of Seattle, Washington and a former member of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy (Robert) Nelson, and granddaughter Deborah (Darrell) Grigsby of Evansville, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by husband Melvin in 1989.

Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Friends, family mourn Larry Mayfield at 53

PASO ROBLES-Funeral services for Larry Mayfield, a machinist for Pacific Gas and Electric for 20 years, were held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Chapel in Paso Robles.

A native of Huntington Park, he was 53, born Dec. 13, 1942, and died at Twin Cities Hospital in Paso Robles Sept. 22 of a heart attack.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating, was a sponsor and member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and grew up in South Gate.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene Mayfield of Paso Robles; a daughter, Linda Lopez of Las Vegas; a son, Michael Mayfield of Beverly Hills; a brother, Greg Mayfield of Downey; in-laws Martin and Dorothy Jefferson of Salinas; three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private family interment was at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Salinas. The family suggests donations to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were by the Buchheim Family Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Chapel of Paso Robles.
 

Mary E. Samson mourned at 70 by friends, family

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Sept. 30 at Hillside Chapel for Mary E. Samson, a longtime Downey resident, who died at her home Sept. 25.

A native of Sharonville, Ohio, she was 70, born April 5, 1926, the daughter of James and Minnie Leach.

She moved to California in 1948 where she worked as a dance instructor and receptionist.

She married Lawrence Samson, formerly of North Dakota, in 1949 in Ensenada, Mexico.

She was active in community affairs and fundraising for the American Heart Association.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence; two sons, Larry (Jeanne) of Downey, David (Kristen) of Long Beach; two daughters, Mary Ann (Ken) Gale of Long Beach, Julie Robert of Downey; two brothers, Robert of Redondo Beach, Jim of Ohio; a sister, Kathryn of Ohio; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister.

Burial was at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.


Friends, family mourn Irma T. Jones at age 79

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Irma T. Jones, a Downey resident for four years, who died in Norwalk Oct. 4.

She was 79, born in Costa Rica Nov. 18, 1916, and lived in Garberville from 1945 to 1966. She then moved to Perris, CA. She worked as a sales clerk for the Hyken Pharmacy for 15 years.

Survivors include her daughter, Jaycita Byrne of Downey; her son, Rick Jones of Post, Texas; brothers Frank and Roberto Trejos of Spokane, Washington; sisters Luisa Celis and Alma Fischer of Venezuela, Ines Montero of Costa Rica; two grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jay W. Jones in 1985.

The Rev. Fr. John Moloney officiated. Burial followed at the Riverside National Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Helen Margaret Smith mourned at age of 88

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Thursday, Oct. 10, at Saint Raymond's Catholic Church for Helen Margaret Smith, a longtime Downey resident who died Oct. 6 in Paramount Convalescent Hospital.

She was 88, a native of Kansas born Sept. 17, 1908, and was a homemaker for 68 years.

She was preceded in death in 1988 by her husband, Louis S. Smith.

Survivors include her brother, James Meek of Columbus, Ohio; a dear friend and executrix, Elizabeth (Betty) Nagy of Downey; and nieces and nephews.

Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Funeral Mass is heard for Maria C. Juarez

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Monday, Oct. 7 at St. Alphonsus Church for Maria C. Juarez, a resident of Los Angeles for 80 years, who died Oct. 2 at Monterey Park Hospital.

She was 90, born in Mexico May 3, 1906, and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marcos, in 1976.

Survivors include her daughters, Maria Olivia Denisac of Downey, Lupe Juarez and Eleanor Hite of Los Angeles, Elisa Juarez and Carmen Mosqueda of Montebello; a sister, Ruth Viremontes of Monterey Park; 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.
 

Dr. Kay Toma dies at 83 after long illness

WHITTIER-Dr. Kay Toma, longtime Whittier resident, former Downey resident and community leader and businessman, died Sept. 15 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles after a long illness.

He was 83, born in 1913 in Brinkman, Oklahoma, the son of George and Martha Toma. He attended the University of Oklahoma in pre-med, and received his M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine.

He began general practice and surgery in Falfurias, Texas in 1945, and moved to Bell in 1950, practicing medicine there until his retirement in 1995.

He was battalion surgeon with the rank of captain in the U.S. Army's 75th Division from 1941 to 1945, including two years in the European Theater, where he earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and several battle medals. In 1949 he served as a flight surgeon with the rank of major, and saw duty in Korea.

He was a community leader, and was a member of the Bell Chamber of Commerce and sat on the Board of Directors for 10 years. He was on the California State Board of Medical Examiners from 1970 to 1978, serving terms as vice president and president. He was picked by President Reagan in 1982 to the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical Behavioral Research.

He served as chief of staff on Mission Hospital in Huntington Park; was a staff member at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood; was a staunch Republican co-chairing numerous functions for President Ronald Reagan and Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson; and was a member of Who's Who in California, Who's Who in Banking; was a trustee at La Verne University; and was the Lebanese American Society Man of The Year in 1977; the U.S. Omen Man of The Year in 1981; and the 500 Club for Lebanon Man of The Year for 1992.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Ellen; his sons, Michael and James Toma; daughters Paula Lopiccolo, Martha Morrison, and Michelle Toma; grandchildren Jeffrey and Kara Lopiccolo, Hillary Morrison, and Michael and Joseph Toma; sisters and brothers Rose Elkouri, Jaynell Locke, Norma Nix, Delores Betor, Dr. Jeff Toma, Dr. Paul Toma, and Dr. Ernest Toma.


Angelina L. Magan is mourned by friends here

DOWNEY-Angelina L. Magan died Oct. 11 in Norwalk.

She was a native of Pueblo, Colorado.

Survivors include her son, Michael Magan of Corona; a daughter, Joan Daugherty of Fairfield, California; two brothers, Jim and Tony Di Iorio of Pueblo, Colorado; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Resurrection Cemetery in San Gabriel, California. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.
 
 

Lucille T. Hoskins dead at 89: Mourned by many

DOWNEY-Private interment was at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier for Lucille T. Hoskins, a resident of Downey for 53-years, who died Oct. 20 at the Southland Lutheran Home in Norwalk.

She would have been 90 on Thanksgiving Day, and was a native of Covington, Kentucky. The family moved west, settling in Downey in 1943.

She was a member of the Downey Republican Women, the Downey Chapter No. 160 of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Downey Community Hospital Auxiliary, and the 12:15 Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh A. Hoskins in 1987.

Survivors include her son and his family.


Friends, family mourn Priscilla Freimuth here

DOWNEY-Services for Priscilla Freimuth, a longtime Downey resident, were held Oct. 22 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey.

She died Oct. 18.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Martin; her daughter, Linda (and Linda's husband, John); a sister, Anne (Jack) of Michigan; a brother-in-law, Reinhart (and his wife, Hilda), both of California; two grandchildren; 12 nieces and nephews; two brothers-in-law; and a sister-in-law of Germany.

Private interment followed.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


Downey's Ernest Carter is mourned at age of 83

DOWNEY-A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the By-the-Book Church in Bellflower for Ernest B. Carter, a Downey resident who died Oct. 20.

He was 83, born Aug. 7, 1913 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and was a former resident of Long Beach.

He was a Master Checker Champion for many years.

Survivors include his daughter, Cynthia A. Bearse and son-in-law Donald B. Bearse of Downey; grandchildren Dr. Kimberly Bearse Milne of Vancouver, Washington, and Steven D. Bearse of Murietta, California; and great-granddaughter Stephanie Bearse of Murietta, California.


Former Downey resident Lucille Walling mourned

WHITTIER-Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Friday, Oct. 25) at Rose Hills Memorial Park for Lucille Walling, a former resident of Downey, who died Oct. 17 at the Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada, Missouri.

She was 72, born April 3, 1924 in Downey. She lived in Nevada, Missouri, but was a former second generation resident of Downey, a graduate of the 1942 class of Downey High, a former member of the Emblem Club and owned and operated a business in Downey for years.

Survivors include her son, Daniel Blood of Orange; daughters Suzanne Burton of Concord, Donna Lynn Miller of Nevada, Missouri; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by the Neels Brea Mortuary of Brea.
 

Don Irving Schaerrer dead at 86 in Downey

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Sept. 30 at the Downey 4th Ward Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Don Irving Schaerrer, who died at his son's home in Downey Sept. 24.

He was 86, born Oct. 11, 1909 in Benjamin, Utah, and was a longtime resident of Southern California. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and held many positions within the church.

He worked for Lockheed Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft, Par Mel Ice Cream, Gene's Cafe, Beltone Hearing Aids, and was a gardener for Gene Collier.

His hobbies included camping and fishing, and he played football in high school.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Zora R. Schaerrer of Downey; sons D. Emron Schaerrer, Merrill L. Schaerrer and Glen R. Schaerrer all of Downey; sisters Nell Shirts of Utah, Ruth Brown of La Habra and Lois Nield of Utah; brother Shadrack Schaerrer of Utah; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.

Arrangements were by the Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Service in Bell Gardens.


Rudolph 'Rudy' DeLeon mourned at age of 55

DOWNEY-Graveside funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Calvary Cemetery for Rudolph "Rudy" DeLeon, a 27 year resident of Downey, who died Sept. 26 at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital.

He was 55, and a native of Houston, Texas.

Survivors include his mother, Consuelo DeLeon of Downey; brothers Arthur of Riverside and Ronald of Pico Rivera.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arturo in 1989.

The Rev. Msgr. John Fosselman of Saint Raymond's Catholic Chuch officiated. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary. Donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army.


Ida Mae Berry mourned by friends and family

DOWNEY-Funeral services for Ida Mae Berry, a longtime Downey resident, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Friday, Oct. 4) at the Southern Baptist Church, 12382 Downey Ave.

A native of Bickville, Texas, she died Sept. 28.

She was preceded in death by husband, Earl Joseph Berry.

Survivors include her daughters, Geraldine Griffith of Lake Isabella, Jacqueline Morel of Hemet; a son, Earl J. Berry of El Monte; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews.

Burial will follow at the Downey District Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


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