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Friends, family mourn Leila Mae Fox at 94

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Dec. 7 at the Hillside Chapel of Rose Hills Memorial Park Cemetery for Leila Mae "Topsy" Fox, a longtime local resident, who died Dec. 1 in the Country Villa nursing home in Long Beach.

She was 94, born in Nebraska in 1905 to parents William Peter and Grace Irwin. The family moved to Pasadena, where she attended junior high school, and graduated from high school in Covina.

She married William Harold Fox at 18 in Pasadena, and worked their "Fairview" dairy. They moved to Ojai in 1938, then to San Bernardino in 1942. She worked for the Post Office for 15 years in Baldwin Park. On her retirement she and Harold traveled the U.S., always returning to take grandchildren on trips to Cachuma and Palm Springs.

They put on horse shows for the children, served soft drinks during Pop Warner football games, and were active in the Eastern Star and Masons.

She suffered her first stroke in 1971, recuperating at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, then four years at Bird Haven in Norwalk and 18 years at Country Villa in Downey. Last Christmas her back caused her to move to the Country Villa in Long Beach.

Survivors include her children, Marjean Sherfey of Downey; Bettie Randle of Arizona, Bill Fox of West Covina, Janet Allen of Tehachapi; nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The family suggests donations in her name to the City of Hope or the Eastern Star.

Friends honor Martha D. 'Chris' Christen

DOWNEY-Burial was at Rose Hills Memorial Park Dec. 15, for Martha D. "Chris" Christen, a longtime local resident and the oldest member of the Moravian Church of Downey.

She was born in Aarvangen, Switzerland, July 30, 1904, and died Dec. 10. She spent many years living and working in Europe and Latin America, resulting in an ability to speak seven languages. She worked for 17 years for Los Angeles County General Hospital as a clerk, interpreter, and then as a medical records librarian until her retirement in 1966.

She stopped her 35 years of bowling, much of which was at Del Rio Lanes here, at the age of 93. She sang in the Moravian Church Choir for many years.

There are no immediate family survivors. Contributions may be made in her name to the Moravian Church, 10337 Old River School Road, Downey, CA 90241.

Oleta Mann remembered at age of 90 here

DOWNEY-A memorial service will be held by the Lake Isabella Moose Lodge at noon, Jan. 6 for Oleta Mann a resident of Downey for four months, but a 20-year resident of Los Angeles County and a 59-year resident of California.

Funeral services for her were held at the New Joy Church in Bellflower Dec. 14.

She was 90, born in Arkansas, and died in Whittier Dec. 9.

She was a former employee of Bullocks Department Store for 25 years, and was a member of the Lady Moose.

Survivors include her son, Jim Mann of Downey (a retired Downey police officer); a brother, Rob Roy Golden of Kingman, Arizona; grandchildren James M. Mann of Duarte, Jodi Hess of Orange, John Mann of Hudson, Florida; great-grandchildren Kevin Mann of Cerritos, Wyatt and Katy Hess of Orange, and John and Charlotte Mann of Hudson, Florida.

Pastor Dick Horne officiated. Private burial followed.

Services held for Antenatte Ferraro

DOWNEY-Services were held Friday, Dec. 10 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Antenatte Ferraro, a resident of Downey for 34 years and a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

She was 98, born in Pueblo, Colorado, and died in Norwalk Dec. 5.

Survivors include her daughter, Patrina Dicarlo; her son, Dominic (Frances) Ferraro; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Father John Moloney officiated. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Cecil Christian Pasch is laid to rest here

DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City for Cecil Christian Pasch, a longtime Downey resident who died at his home Dec. 10.

He was born in Osakis Township, Minnesota on Feb. 22, 1917, and served his country in the Merchant Marines. He later worked for the County of Los Angeles as a sign poster.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Gladys T. Pasch.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Lucille Margaret Steele Christian burial held

DOWNEY-A Mass of Christian Burial was heard Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Lucille Margaret Steele, a 59-year Downey resident and a charter member and past president of the Assistance League of Downey.

She was born in Hanna, Wyoming Sept. 20, 1911, and died at the Downey Community Health Center Dec. 10.

She married Clayton Steele Feb. 24, 1934.

She was a founder of the Assisteens, and a member of the Women's Guild of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, also helped with the Parish School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton; a son, Chuck; and a grandson, Brett Wismer.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy Wismer; grandsons Brian and Bruce; sisters Barbara White and Darlene Engler; and cousins Mary K. Erickson and Shirley Adams.

Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

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