Ned E. Young laid to rest at age 80

DOWNEY-Ned E. Young, a longtime Downey resident, self-employed realtor, and member of several world champion senior baseball teams, died here Dec. 16.

A native of Texas, he was 80, born Feb. 10, 1916, and was a member of the Downey Chamber of Commerce, the Downey Rose Float Association, the Downey Elks, Moose, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Gangs Out of Downey (GOOD), and several world champion senior baseball teams. He was also a rock cutter and played horseshoes.

He was a former president of the Downey Board of Realtors and held many awards from that group and the Chamber of Commerce, for which he was an honorary ambassador.

Survivors include his sons, Roger Young, Timothy Young; a stepdaughter, Barbara Krsya; three stepsons, Karl, Greg and Richard; a brother, Jack Young; five grandchildren; and longtime companion Betty Whittaker.

Services were Friday, Dec. 20 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey.

Burial was at the Downey District Cemetery.

Former building director Harry Rayson is mourned

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 26 at the Rose Hills Mortuary Chapel in Whittier for Henry T. (Harry) Rayson, former director of building and safety for the City of Downey.

He was born Jan. 19, 1918 in Poole, England, and lived in Downey for 45 years.

He was an ensign in the Merchant Marines in World War II, and worked as a building inspector for the City of Downey, later advancing to director of building and safety.

He attended Cerritos College and was past president of the Downey Art League.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Annette of Downey; a son, Tom; grandson Christopher; granddaughter Jessica; great-grandson C.J., (all of Oregon); sisters, Flora Dickson of Oakland, CA, and Ella Edmundson of Arnold, CA; and a brother, William (Bill) of Las Vegas, Nevada.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Braille Institute, 741 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90029-3594.

Agnes Kostolany dead at age of 83 in Downey

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass will be heard today (Friday, Dec. 27) at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church for Agnes Kostolany, a homemaker and resident of Downey for 18 years, who died Dec. 23 at Downey Community Health Center.

She was 83, born in Yugoslavia Oct. 6, 1913, and was a former resident of South Gate.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter, in 1943.

Survivors include her son, Robert Kostolany of Downey; and granddaughter Marlene Sweeney of Mission Viejo.

Burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Susan Castillo mourned by friends and family

PARAMOUNT-A Funeral Mass was heard Dec. 24 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Paramount for Susan Castillo, a valedictorian at Pius X-St. Matthias High School in Downey, who died Dec. 12 of a brain aneurysm after undergoing surgery at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had been hospitalized after fainting Dec. 10, and had undergone an operation for a brain hemorrhage.

She was 17, maintained a 4.0 grade point average which placed her at the top of her class, and had applied to USC, Stanford and Yale.

Survivors include her mother, Asuncion; her father, Edwin; and a brother, Alfredo.

Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery and Mausoleum in Long Beach.

Arrangements were by the Paramount Mortuary.

Donations to help with the cost of burial may be sent to the Susan Castillo Memorial Fund c/of Pius X-St. Matthias High School, 7851 E. Gardendale St., Downey, CA, 90242.

Friends, family mourn Minnie Ann Douglas

NEWHALL-Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, at the Eternal Valley Cemetery in Newhall for Minnie Ann Douglas, a resident of Downey for 12 years.

She was 96, a former resident of the Newhall/Saugus area, and died Dec. 21 at the Downey Community Health Center.

Survivors include her son, Wayne Handshy of Atascadero; daughter Lorraine Cousimano of Downey; sisters Marie Flood of Whittier and Florence Grow of Ontario; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry A. Douglas in 1989.

Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

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