Obituaries

Richard Francis Cerone, Jr. mourned by friends here

DOWNEY-Memorial services were held Aug. 14 at the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary Chapel for Richard Francis Cerone, Jr., a former 10-year Downey resident who died Aug. 4 in Riverside.

He was 28, born in Lynwood May 9, 1969, and lived in Gardena. He had attended Downey schools during his stay here.

Survivors include his mother, Kristine Cerone of Huntington Beach; his father, Richard Cerone of Bridgton, Maine; a step-mother, Beth Shain Cerone of Maine; brothers Paul Cerone of Huntington Beach, Les Shain of Maine; and a sister, Daniel Ceron of Huntington Beach.

Fred Davidson and Dennis Whipple officiated. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Friends, family mourn Albert Castillo Escobedo

DOWNEY-A Memorial Mass was heard at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Aug. 15 for Albert Castillo Escobedo, a Downey resident for seven years, and a rubber worker for Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. for 35 years.

He was 74, born in Los Angeles, and died Aug. 12 at St. Francis Hospital. He was a former resident of Lynwood.

Survivors include his wife, Mercedes Escobedo of Downey; his son, Albert of South Pasadena; a daughter, Deborah of San Francisco; a brother, Ernest Escobedo of Lynwood; and three grandchildren.

Rev. Father Peter Coffey officiated. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Services held for Ida Mae McCammon at 80

DOWNEY-Funeral services and burial were Aug. 16 in Irvington Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, California, for Ida Mae McCammon, a longtime Downey resident, who died at Downey Community Health Care Center Aug. 12.

A native of Nebraska, she was 80.

Survivors include her daughter, Sherry Brown of Downey; brothers James McCammon of Fresno, Jerry Rhodes of Milwaukee, Oregon; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Marlene Mooers of Oregon; and a stepmother, Verda Spencer.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Mortuary.


Elsie Isabelle Williams services at Rose Hills

DOWNEY-Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today, (Friday, Aug. 29) for Elsie Isabelle Williams, a Downey resident, who died Aug. 24 at Downey Community Hospital.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, she was 91, born May 21, 1906.

She was the oldest of four children, Isabelle, Dolores, Dick and Marie. Her mother and father were born in Sweden and came to America in 1905.

The family moved from Salt Lake to Portland, Oregon to run a dry goods store and her father worked as a carpenter. During World War I he moved the family to Bremerton, Washington where he worked in the shipyards.

Isabelle graduated from the High School of Commerce in 1923. The family moved to Los Angeles about 1925 to be near other family members. Isabelle went to work for Western Union Telegraph where she met her husband, George.

They were married Sept. 10, 1933, and she became a fulltime homemaker.

Jim, their son, was born Nov. 30, 1943.

Survivors include her son, Jim, and his wife, Gena; her brother, Dick, of Wyoming; and six grandchildren.

Pastor John Rose will officiate. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


Virginia Marie Donato mourned at age of 90

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Thursday, Aug. 28, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Virginia Marie Donato, a Safeway employee in the Food Mfg. Department for 30 years, who died Aug. 21.

She was 90, and was never married.

Survivors include her sister, Lucille Della Pella of Bell.

Rev. Peter Coffey officiated. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Louise Clara Brink mourned at age of 89

DOWNEY-Memorial services for Louise Clara Brink, a 43 year resident of Downey, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 3 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 7707 Florence Ave.

A native of Pomeroy, Ohio, she was a former resident of Huntington Park, and died Aug. 23 in the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 89.

She was preceded in death by husband, Eugene, in 1979.

Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Tamminga of Long Beach; a sister, Ruth Rogers of Downey; and a granddaughter, Cynthia Soldwedel.

Pastor Deborah Anderson will officiate. Private cremation and interment will be in Park Lawn Memorial Park in Commerce.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Louise Brink Scholarship Fund at Long Beach City College Foundation, 4901 E. Carson Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808.


Friends, family remember Elizabeth Yonan Layland

DOWNEY-A Memorial Mass was heard Monday, Aug. 18, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Elizabeth Yonan Layland, a 36 year resident of Downey, who died Aug. 13 at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

She was 41, born in St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood, and was a former part-time controller for JMSCO, and a full-time homemaker.

She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and numerous cancer support groups, as well as the Gallatin PTA and youth sports.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Layland; her son, Alexander; her daughter, Kimberly; her father, Wilbur Yonan of Downey; her stepmother, Gaye; her sisters, Rose Prochnow, Christine French, Patty Brio and Judy Yonan; two stepsisters, Stephanie Gillite and Judy Watson; 10 nieces and nephews; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bruce and Suzanne Layland of Downey.

Father Jozef Prochnow officiated. Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


Lucretia Grace Mercurio laid to rest at age of 71

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard at Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel Aug. 14 for Lucretia Grace Mercurio, a Downey resident for 30 years, who died Aug. 10.

She was 71, born in Los Angeles Sept. 2, 1925.

Survivors include her husband, Michael (Mickey) Mercurio of Downey; her son, Michael J. Mercurio of Downey; a daughter, Ann Marie Mercurio of Downey; and a brother, Veto Bernardino of Los Angeles.

Rev. Monsignor Robert Bipson officiated. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Goldie Robinett Tippit is laid to rest at 90

DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Thursday, Aug. 21, at Downey Cemetery for Goldie Robinett Tippit, a former longtime Downey resident who died Aug. 18 in Norwalk.

Born March 29, 1907 in Tucumcari, N.M., she was 90, and was the daughter of William Lafayete Robinett and Eva Line Marlow.

She survived polio at age two. Her family traveled by covered wagon to Oklahoma where they settled and ranched and farmed in Tuttle. They moved to California in 1937 and lived in the Los Angeles area.

During her years in Downey she enjoyed senior citizen activities, especially shuffleboard and dances. She enjoyed full activity in the Downey 1st Ward of the L.D.S. Church until she moved and later became a resident of the Villa Elena Convalescent Home in Norwalk.

Survivors include her daughter, Gwen Maughan of Downey; her son, Bill Tippit of Las Vegas; brothers Virlon Wesley and Jimmy Lee Robinett of Oklahoma; sisters Vergie Lou Conner of Oklahoma and Georgia Caroline Reed of Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1963, four brothers, a sister and a great-granddaughter.

Arrangements were by the Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Service of Bell Gardens.
 
 




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