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Roxie Deweese Morris remembered by many

DOWNEY-Funeral services for Roxie Florence Deweese Morris, a longtime resident of Downey and a professor emeritus at CSU-Northridge, were held Feb. 11 at the Downey Memorial Christian Church.

She was born July 6, 1907, and died Feb. 7, 1998.

She graduated from Iowa State Teachers College with a B.A. in physical education in 1929. She attained a certificate in physical therapy from Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles in 1940. And she completed an M.A. in physical therapy at USC in 1950.

She married Donald Riley Morris July 14, 1942.

She was a professor at USC for 25 years, and at CSU-Northridge for 11 years.

Her awards included the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1966; the Award for Excellence in Teaching at CSU-Northridge in 1972; the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association for contributions to the field of physical therapy in 1972; the Award for Excellence in Physical Therapy Education by the Section for Education of the American Physical Therapy Association in 1977; and she was named Professor Emeritus at CSU-Northridge in 1977.

Survivors include two children; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Bruno Manetta at 53

DOWNEY-Funeral services for Bruno Manetta, a Downey resident since 1986 and an assembly mechanic for L & F Industries, were held Tuesday, Feb. 10, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church.

He was 53, born in Italy, and died Feb. 4 at Downey Community Hospital.

He was a member of St. Raymond's Church, and the IAM/AW Union.

Survivors include his wife, Rosaria Manetta; his son, Bruno Manetta (Shawna); his daughter, Lidia Manetta; a brother, Unberto Manetta (Franca); and sisters Josephine Di Raimo (Annibale), and Elena Di Raimo (Modesto).

Father Steve officiated. Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel of Downey.

William Clarke Russell services held here

DOWNEY-Private services and cremation were held for William Clarke Russell, a Downey resident for 48 years and a retired manager for the General Telephone Co., who died Feb. 8 in a La Mirada hospital.

He was born in Portland, Oregon, March 20, 1927.

Survivors include his wife, Rita; his daughter, Jill Conte (Vince); grandchildren Danielle Sallese, Deanne Sallese, Jarrod Leone and Joel Leone; and great-grandchildren Alexandra and Cameron.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

John Brignoli mourned at age of 87 in Downey

DOWNEY-John Brignoli died at his Downey home Jan. 11, following a long illness. He was 87, born in Sette Sorella, Italy. He came to the United States with his family when he was a child. They settled in Massachusetts.

He was a resident of Downey for more than 40 years.

Survivors include his sister, Lena Brignoli; a brother, Joseph Brignoli; his son, John; daughters Eva Marie Boire and Gloria Fitzmaurice; six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

He was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.

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