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Memorial Mass for Giselle 'Gigi' Vlad

DOWNEY-A Memorial Mass will be heard at 7 p.m. this evening (Friday, Jan. 16) at St. Raymond's Church for Giselle "Gigi" Vlad, a student at West Middle School who died Jan. 7 in Norwalk. She was 13, born in Torrance, and was a lifetime resident of Downey.

She was a member of St. Raymond's Church, and was a cheerleader, former Student of the Month, and participant in the Science Olympiad and Academic Olympics while at West Middle School.

She had attended Williams Elementary, where she took a second place in writing in a Reflections Contest, won a Good Citizens Award, was named to the Honor Roll, earned a Presidential Academic Fitness Award, and took a first place in a Library Bookmark Contest.

She was a member of the Girl Scouts, the Downey YMCA Gymnasts, and the Divine Talents.

She loved the library, reading and writing, algebra, friends, the phone, the mall, roller coasters, swimming, pizza, ice cream, candy and animals (especially cats).

Father Steve will officiate. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Funeral Mass is held for Antonio Dicorato

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Antonio (Tony) Dicorato, Downey resident for 35 years, who died at his home Jan. 9.

He was 64, born in San Fernando June 27, 1933, and was a cement contractor in Downey for 30 years.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Dicorato; sons Michael, Patrick and David of Downey, Timothy of Hesperia; daughter Karen Lora of Hesperia; twin-brother Ralph of Colorado; sister Thersa Seymour of Buena Park; and nine grandchildren.

Pastor John Moloney officiated. Private cremation followed. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Friends, family mourn John Henry Klopp at 85

DOWNEY-A Memorial Mass was heard Monday, Jan. 12, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for John Henry Klopp, a Downey resident for 44 years and a constructural steel engineer for 31 years for L.A. Door Co.

He was 85, born July 31, 1912 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and died at his home Jan. 6.

He served as a medical technician in the U.S. Army in World War II.

Survivors include his wife, June Mary Klopp of Downey; his daughters, Michelle Bain of Newhall, Lisa King of Downey, Antoinette Sweet of Portland, Oregon; his sons, John Jr., of Mt. Baldy, Peter of Corona and Paul of Downey; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Cremation and entombment followed at Riverside National Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Memorial service for Hallene K. Lawrence

DOWNEY-Memorial services were held Jan. 12 at the First Presbyterian Church of Downey for Hallene K. Lawrence, a resident of Downey for 50 years, and a retired Whittier adult education teacher.

She was born in Willcox, Arizona Oct. 25, 1914.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph of Claremont; her daughter, Ann of Santa Fe, New Mexico; her son, Keith of Studio City; and grandchildren Taylor and Ryan Lawrence of Northridge; sisters Katherine and Louise, and a brother.

The Rev. David Hall officiated. Soloist Ed McCaughan sang the "Lord's Prayer" and "Old Rugged Cross," Frances Miller played the organ, and Carol Ryan, niece, read a poem.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association.

Services held for Hazel May La Vigne

DOWNEY-Services are set today (Friday, Jan. 16) at noon at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Hazel May La Vigne, a resident of Downey for 48 years and a former stationary assembler for various stationary printers over a span of 40 years.

She was 93, born in Baileyville, Kansas, and died Jan. 11 in Inter-Community Nursing Convalescent Home. She was raised a Baptist and was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion.

Survivors include two nephews, Alan and Larry Weeks; and two nieces, Thelma Clark and Jean Ake.

The Rev. Dave Oliver will officiate. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress.

Nalea (Nel) Stobbe mourned at age 69

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Thursday, Jan. 15, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Nalea (Nel) Stobbe, a resident of Downey for 42 years, who died Jan. 10 in Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

She was 69, born March 5, 1928 in Bell.

Survivors include her husband, John Stobbe; her daughters, Susan Weselis and Karen Jennings of Trabuco Canyon, Tina Kirtley of Rancho Santa Margarita; son John of Pismo Beach; sisters Cris Scharton of Lynwood and Lucy Aria of Downey; brother Tony DiCarpo of Hemet; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Rev. Father John Moloney officiated. Entombment followed at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

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