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Robert John Sullivan laid to rest at 56

DOWNEY-Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Downey Chapel of Miller-Mies Mortuary for Robert John Sullivan, a lifetime Downey resident and tireless worker for improvement of in-home care for the disabled.

He was 56, born in Los Angeles, and died Jan. 21 in Downey Community Hospital.

He was a member of the Polio Survivors Association, a board member of Polio Survivors Association, was active in the L.A. County In-Home Supporting Services, and did all the agendas while working hard to improve in-home care for the disabled.

Survivors include his mother, Edna R. Sullivan; and sisters Ann, Marilyn, Kathleen and Julie.

Pastor John Rose officiated.

Burial followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress.

Raymond L. Gregoire mourned by many here

SOUTH GATE-A Memorial Mass was heard Sunday, Jan. 18, at St. Helen's Catholic Church in South Gate for Raymond Louis Gregoire, a longtime South Gate resident who died Jan. 11 of coronary heart failure.

He was 61, born March 6, 1936 at St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach. In his youth he worked in the oil fields of Long Beach, and was a former employee of Berg-Nelson Co., Inc., of Long Beach.

He was among the first students to attend St. Helen's Catholic School and graduated from South Gate High School in 1954.

He loved to fish and was very supportive of his family, known for his friendly personality, warm smile and keen wit.

Survivors include his parents, Richard and Marie Gregoire of South Gate; his son and daughter-in-law, Ray, Jr. and Denise Gregoire of Oakhurst; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and JoAnne Gregoire of Cypress; his sister, LaVonne Starkey of Downey; and numerous nieces, nephews and relatives.

Burial followed in Oakhurst, CA (near Yosemite), where his son's family resides.

Frank Marchese, Jr. dead at 52 in Downey

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass will be heard today (Friday, Jan. 30) at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Dominic Savio Catholic Church in Bellflower for Frank Marchese, Jr., a Downey resident for 47 years and the former owner of F & M Construction Co. of Downey.

He was 52, born in Boston, Massachusetts, and died Jan. 27 at his Downey home of a prolonged cancer condition.

He was an educator at CSU-Los Angeles and Pius X-St. Matthias High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Viet Nam, and held a position as youth minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Downey, St. Louise DeMarillac Church in West Covina, and St. Dominic Savio Church in Bellflower. He was an established artist whose sale items contributed a sizeable amount to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church during the fund-raising effort after it suffered earthquake damage in 1989. He was a former member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Kathleen in 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Veronica of Downey; children Michael Jude Marchese of the U.S.M.C., in Camp Pendleton, Francesca Marie Marchese of Cerritos; his mother, Eleanora Marchese of Downey; a brother, Lawrence Marchese of Bellflower; and a grandson, Jesse Michael Garcia Marchese.

Burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery. Donations are suggested in his memory to the Frank Marchese Memorial Scholarship Fund at Pius X-St. Matthias High School in Downey. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Friends, family mourn Jean Marie Jones at 67

DOWNEY-A Memorial Service will be heard at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey for Jean Marie Jones, a 15-year Downey resident who was employed for 13 years with the state Department of Employment Development.

She was 67, born in Colorado and died in Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital in Norwalk Jan. 23.

She was a member of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jessie Harris of Downey.

Survivors include her sister, Diana Emigh of Downey; daughters Judy, Cheryl and Jennifer all of Colorado; a son, Michael of Colorado; and six grandchildren.

Rev. Raymond Morgan will officiate. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Greeley, Colorado. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Union Rescue Mission of Los Angeles.

Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Isidro Patino remembered by friends and family

SOUTH GATE-A Mass of Christian Burial was heard Friday, Jan. 23, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Isidro "Isidro the Great" Patino, a longtime resident of South Gate and a member of St. Raymond's Catholic Church.

He died Jan. 19 at his home.

He began his military service with the Army Air Corps Feb. 21, 1942, and served in World War II as a sergeant in the European, African and Middle Eastern theaters.

Survivors include his wife, Maria G. Patino of South Gate; his daughter, Nilda; sons Ralph, David and Frank; two sisters; two brothers; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. Arrangements were by the Mirabal Mortuary of Bell.

Former Downey resident Myrtle Binkley mourned

WHITTIER-Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Rainbow Chapel of Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier for Myrtle Binkley, a former longtime Downey resident and retired choir director.

She was 95, born in Denison, Iowa, and lived in this area for 70 years. She died Jan. 26 in Whittier, and had been a resident of Chateau Whittier for seven years.

Survivors include her sister, Margaret Woodruff of Corvalis, Oregon; a nephew, Bruce Richert; and four nieces, Barbara Holler, Patricia Mack, Lurene Schwartz and Valerie Sherwood.

In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the Myrtle Binkley Memorial Fund for the Elegant Living Home, 12029 Beverly Dr., Whittier 90601.

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