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Services held for William Edward Backer

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 5, in the Waverly Chapel at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana for William Edward Backer, a 48 year resident of Downey, and a longtime car salesman.

He was born Jan. 12, 1922 in Seattle, Washington, was 77, grew up in Los Angeles, and died unexpectedly July 31.

He served in the Navy in World War II on the island of Guam.

He was former president of the Whittier Exchange Club and the Transportation Shrine Club and received the DeMolay Legion Award in 1992. He loved golf and was a long-standing member of the Candlewood Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary; his children, Steven, Jeffrey, Gina and their families, including six grandchildren, Stacey, Cassie, Jessie, Billy, Cole and Tanner.

Chaplain Tom Boles officiated. Burial followed at Fairhaven Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Hospital for Children.


Feres Baclini mourned at 62 by friends, family

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Aug. 3 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Feres E. Baclini, a resident of Downey for nine years.

He was 62, born in Argentina, and died Aug. 1 in Los Angeles.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Baclini; and his children, Nicolas A. and Natalia Baclini.

The Rev. Jose Olea officiated. Burial followed at Inglewood Park Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


Funeral Mass heard for Benjamin J. Lonczak

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard July 9 at Saint Gertrudes Catholic Church in Bell Gardens for Benjamin John Lonczak, a resident of Downey for nine years.

Survivors include his two sisters, Sophie and Florence Lonczak of Downey.

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


Michael Shayne Gwin mourned at age of 28

WACO, Texas-Memorial services were held Aug. 5 at the China Springs United Methodist Church in Waco, Texas, for Michael "Shayne" Gwin, a former resident of Downey and a graduate of Warren High School.

He was 28, born Aug. 11, 1970 in Oceanside, California, and died Aug. 3.

Before graduating from Warren, he attained Eagle Scout, the highest honor awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. He attended CSU-Long Beach and the University of North Texas, and was an honor student at TSTC in the computer networking systems program.

He married Jennifer Williaford on March 22, 1997.

Survivors include his wife, Jeni Gwin; his parents, Ricky and Patricia Klein Gwin; his sister, Shelby Gwin of Waco; his mother-in-law, Kay Ellen McCollough of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; his father-in-law, Mike Williaford of Grandbury; his paternal grandparents, Robert "Bob" Gwin, Jr. and Nettie Gwin; his maternal grandparents, George and Norma Fay Klein; his maternal great-grandmother, Donna Lucille Gilliam, all of Waco; and his devoted pets, Nikki, Cube and Keilah, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Memorials are suggested to the Boy Scouts of America or the Humane Society.


Bernice (Bee, Bernie) Mercer laid to rest at age 82

WHITTIER-A Burial Mass and graveside service were held at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights Wednesday, Aug. 4, for Bernice (Bee, Bernie) Velma Mercer of Whittier.

She was 82, and died July 31 of a stroke shortly after heart bypass surgery.

She and her husband, Cyril Mercer, raised their children in Downey.

Survivors include her sons, Robert and Thomas; a daughter, Annamarie; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and her brother, Robert Lee Troup of Missouri.

Arrangements were by the White Emerson Mortuary of Whittier.


Funeral services today for David L. Allison

DOWNEY-Funeral services will be held today (Friday, Aug. 6) at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church of Downey for David L. Allison, a retired teacher for 30 years at Downey's Warren High School, who lived in Redding.

He was 74, born in Whittier, and died July 31 in Redding.

Survivors include his sons, Paul and Marshall Allison; brothers George and Paul Allison; sisters Agnes Nusement, Barbara Van Vliet and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sister Frieda Schell.

Pastor Gordon Venturella will officiate. Burial will follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


Friends, family grieve for Patricia S. Snively

DOWNEY-Services were held Aug. 3 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey for Patricia Sydny Snively, a 30 year Downey resident and a former employee of Downey Community Hospital.

She was 58, born in Ohio, and died July 29 at Downey Community Hospital.

Survivors include her sisters, Reha Miller, Barbara Esquer, Virginia Clark; and an uncle, Eugene Snively.

Father Steve Davoren officiated. Private burial followed. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.
 
 




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