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Memorial services held for Joseph Zilvar

DOWNEY-Memorial services were held at Rose Hills Lakeview Chapel for Joseph Zilvar, a resident of Downey since 1978 and a former employee of Fire-X Corp., of Lynwood, which later became Fire-Bann Corp. of Ontario.

He was 70, born in Hololavy, Czech Republic, and died Nov. 16 in Downey Community Hospital.

He left Czechoslovakia in 1948 for Austria, then journeyed to France. In 1951 he immigrated to Ontario, Canada, where he met and married Rita Le Brasseur in 1953.

In 1962 he and his family immigrated to the U.S., settling in Huntington Park. They moved to Downey in 1978.

He was a longtime member of the Besefa Club in Pasadena and attended regular functions of the Sokol Club in Los Angeles. He was a member of St. Cyril and Methodius, Czech Mission, since 1962.

Survivors include his son, Kevin, and a daughter-in-law, Joan, of Cucamonga; a daughter, Cheryl Godfray, and son-in-law, Philip, of Covina; two granddaughters, two grandsons, three step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

He was honored with a fire engine escort to the reception, and bagpipes at the ceremony. His ashes were laid to rest in a chapel niche.

Funeral Mass today for Gladys Elizabeth Robbins

DOWNEY-A funeral mass will be heard today (Friday, Dec. 11) at 10 a.m. at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Gladys Elizabeth Robbins, a resident of Downey and a retired professor at CSU-Los Angeles, who died at her home Dec. 7.

She was 73, and was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce W. Power in 1974.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen Taylor of North Hollywood; grandchildren Dalton and Emily Taylor; brother Edward Bangham and sister Joy Escobar of Downey; and a niece and nephews.

Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Adrain E. McAllister mourned at age of 59

SOUTH GATE-Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary Chapel for Adrain Eugene McAllister, a South Gate resident for 27 years and a dock worker for 26 years employed most recently by D.S.L. Trucking Co., who died at Downey Community Hospital Dec. 5.

He was 59, born Oct. 17, 1939, and was a former resident of Maywood.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth McAllister; his son, David McAllister of South Gate; a daughter, Sherry Buescher of Downey; brothers Henry, Steve and Larry McAllister of Missouri; and a sister, Alma Diehl of Saugus.

Pastor Gary Beard of the United Methodist Church of Downey officiated. Private cremation followed. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Friends, family remember Margaret L. Stringfellow

DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Monday, Dec. 7, at Park Lawn Memorial Park in Commerce for Margaret Louise Stringfellow, a former longtime Downey resident who attended the Southern Baptist Church of Downey.

She was 79, born March 23, 1919 in Wichita Falls, Texas, and died Dec. 3 in West Hollywood.

Survivors include her sons, William D. Stringfellow of Houston, Texas, David L. Stringfellow of Glendora, Tom J. Stringfellow of West Hollywood; a sister, Bertha May Delmanhorst of Mesquite, Texas; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pastor Charles Hauser officiated. Arrangements were by the Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Service of Bell Gardens.

Many grieve here for Michel Milad Nisser

DOWNEY-A funeral mass was heard Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon-St. Peter Catholic Church (Maronite Rite) for Michel Milad Nisser, a 40 year resident of South Gate, who died Dec. 2 at St. Francis Hospital.

He was 68, a former resident of Los Angeles, and the manager of a retail grocery store in Bell Gardens for 37 years.

Survivors include his wife, Amelia Nisser; his sons, Chris Nisser of Bell Gardens and Michael Nisser of South Gate; a brother John Nisser of Downey; sisters Mary Kogais of South Gate and Maggie Hawat and Rose Aoun of Lebanon; and two grandchildren.

Entombment followed in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

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