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Family, friends remember Clarence Dudley Bonk

DOWNEY-Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 30, at the Rose Hills Memorial Chapel for Clarence Dudley Bonk, a Downey resident since 1947 and a painting contractor for more than 50 years who retired from Rassner Brothers.

He was 84, born May 11, 1915 to parents John and Nellie Mae Bonk in Los Angeles, and died Dec. 26 at Downey Regional Medical Center.

He was past president of the Exchange Club and a volunteer for 22 years at the Senior Citizens Club of Paramount.

Survivors include his wife, Olive Mae Challacombe Bonk; a son, Dudley James Bonk of Downey; a daughter, Brenda Jean Wilcox (Dean) of Santa Ana; a brother, Don Stanley Bonk (Winifred) of Desert Hot Springs; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Dr. Earl McCallum officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Downey grieves for Eleanor Lola Root

DOWNEY-Eleanor Lola Root, a longtime Downey resident and member of the Southeast Medical Alliance, the Downey Woman's Club, the American Association of University Women and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, died Dec. 25 in Downey.

She was born Dec. 25, 1906 in Dziekanowice, Poland (near Krakow), and came to the U.S. with her parents in 1912.

She lived for a short time in Chicago before coming to California.

She spoke Polish fluently and was an accomplished pianist. In her youth she played the piano for her mother who sang operatic and light opera concerts.

She graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in education and taught school for nine years. Later she returned to college to complete a master's of liberal arts at USC. She studied one summer at Cambridge, England as part of the MLA program.

She married Ralph Root, a physician, who preceded her in death in 1989.

Survivors include a daughter, Joan Murillo of Irvine; a son, Robert Root of Downey; grandsons Brad and Brian Smith of Greenville, South Carolina; granddaughter Brooke Smith of Hawthorne; and great-granddaughter Brie'Anna Smith of Corbin, Kentucky.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Downey on Thursday, Dec. 30. Father Peter Coffey officiated. Entombment followed at Resurrection Cemetery in South San Gabriel.

Arrangements were by Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

George Thomas Muriello mourned at age of 66

DOWNEY-A Mass was heard Dec. 28 at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for George Thomas Muriello, a 58 year resident of Downey and a retired food broker.

He was 66, born in Elmhurst, Illinois, and died Dec. 22 in Downey.

He was a member of St. Raymond's Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Carmen Muriello; his son, Mike (Lynne) Muriello; a daughter, Lori (Michael) Muhovic; a brother, Frank Muriello; a sister, Rosemary (Vito) Mastro; and five grandchildren.

Father Steve Devoran officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Services set Jan. 4 for Goldie B. Harden

DOWNEY-Friends may visit the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 4, for Goldie B. Harden, a 30-year resident of Bell and a former employee in the pediatric department of the Gallatin Medical Group for 30 years until her retirement.

She was born Feb. 3, 1912 in Harrison, Arkansas, and came to California with her husband in the 1930s, settling in Los Angeles. They moved to Bell in 1950. In her later years she moved to Fruita, Colorado to be near her son. She attended the First Christian Church of Bell for many years, and later the Southland Church of Bell Gardens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin "Bud" Harden.

Survivors include son, Robert C. Harden of Fruita, Colorado; her daughter, Nancy Harden-Vernand of Ojai; four grandsons and two granddaughters.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Park Lawn Memorial Park in Bell Gardens. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

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