Eleanora Major De Banker missed by many at Rancho

DOWNEY-Former long-term Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center patient Eleanora Major De Banker died July 31 at Rose Villa Skilled Nursing Facility in Bellflower.

Age 85, she was known as "Little Major," and was a patient-worker and volunteer at Rancho Los Amigos for 42 years.

She requested that there be no memorial services, but simply wished to be remembered as she had lived.

Carl Andrew Rheuark laid to rest at 75

DOWNEY-Services were held Thursday, Aug. 21, at the First Baptist Church of Downey for Carl Andrew Rheuark, who died Aug. 16 in Downey after a struggle with pulmonary fibrosis.

He was age 75 and was comptroller of Bentley Manufacturing in Paramount.

He and his wife, Christena, were lifelong members of the First Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon, Treasurer, and a member of the Finance Board. Over the years they both served as youth directors in their church.

They loved to travel, and seldom missed an opportunity to return "Back East," for family reunions at Long Beach, North Carolina. For years their home in Downey served as a place where family and friends passing through could stay and visit.

A member of the First Baptist Church of Downey, he was also a 32nd degree Master Mason, Chillum Castle Lodge A.F. & A.M., No. 186, Hyattsville, Maryland, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA, a member of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Al Milaikah Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., of Los Angeles; a member of the Royal Order of Scotland; and a member of Eastern Star. He also belonged to the Inland Society of Tax Consultants. In 1994 he was honored with an Older Employee Excellence Award presented by Governor Pete Wilson.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and was part of the Normandy Invasion. After the war he worked for the government as an auditor, stationed in Zaire, Taiwan and Okinawa. While in Zaire, he set up a make-shift outdoor cinema and projected weekly feature-length films for missionary families and others who sought entertainment.

On retiring from government service he returned to Africa as an employee of the American Employees' Recreation and Welfare Association (AERWA), and provided recreation and entertainment for U.S. employees in Zaire. He was made an honorary Marine in 1981 for his efforts.

When he returned to the U.S. he used his accounting skills to help turn the fortunes of Bentley Manufacturing around.

In 1993 he received a Certificate of Recognition from the Mayor of Paramount for his valuable contributions as an older employee.

Survivors include his wife, Christena Leeson Rheuark of Downey; his daughters, Wanda Carlene Rheuark Baker of Atlanta, Georgia, Elizabeth Ann Wood of Las Vegas; his grandchildren, Stephanie D. Wood, Sheena Leiann Wood and Sabrina Lynn Wood all of Las Vegas; sisters Mary R. Watson of Arlington, Virginia, Hazel R. Craig of Burlington, N.C., Myrtle R. Turner of Graham, N.C.; and his brother, Ernest C. Rheuark of Buena Park.

Burial followed at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Military burial for Walter Edsel (Ed) White

A burial service with military honors was held Aug. 8 at Forest Cemetery and Memorial Park in Oskaloosa, Iowa, for Walter Edsel (Ed) White, a longtime Norwalk resident who died July 31 from lung cancer.

He was 74, a retired insurance agent and a longtime watchdog and activist of Norwalk government. He was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and graduated from high school there in 1939.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1943, receiving an honorable discharge at the Presidio in San Francisco. He lived in Bellflower before moving to Norwalk about 40 years ago.

He won several lawsuits against Norwalk City officials over the public's right to information, discrepancies in campaign expenses, and private business calls charged to City phone lines.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen, in 1995.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Lucretia White.

Arrangements were by the Forest Lawn Mortuary in Cypress, and Powers Funeral Home in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

White "tried to keep the city honest," his wife said.

He will be missed by her and many friends.

Services Saturday for Joan Yvonne Stephan

LONG BEACH-Joan Yvonne Stephan, 53, of Long Beach, died as a result of a head on crash on Highway 395 just below Lee Vining, CA, Aug. 14.

She lived in Long Beach, was a native of Los Angeles born Feb. 21, 1944, and was a salesperson for Pabst, Kinney & Associates, Real Estate Brokers.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Belen Latham of Buena Park; her son, Dan Latham of Downey; her brother, John Stephen of Mammoth Lakes and Ojai; a sister, Mary Stephan of Lakewood; and three grandchildren, Chris, Sam and Josh.

A Rosary and Mass will be heard at Our Savior of the Mountains Church in Lee Vining, CA, at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 23).

Burial will be in Mono Lake Cemetery, Lee Vining, CA.

An earlier Funeral Mass was heard Aug. 20 at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Long Beach.

Arrangements are by the Brune & Buck Mortuary in Bishop.

Downey's Maryneil King laid to rest at age 76

DOWNEY-Services were held Aug. 15 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Maryneil King, a Downey resident for 37 years, who died Aug. 12 at Lakewood Regional.

She was age, 76 a native of Oklahoma, and was a retired employee of Adams Ambulance.

Survivors include her husband, Bert King; her daughter, Suzanne Chandler; her son, Terry; a daughter-in-law, Michelle King; son-in-law Tim Chandler; granddaughter Danielle and husband Phillip Wehr of Idaho; granddaughter Jennifer King of Downey; and grandsons Scott and Adam Chandler of Downey.

Pastor John Rose officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

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 resident of Downey for 36 years, 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 included her husband, Michael Layland; her son, Alexander; her daughter, Kimberly; her father, Wilbur Yonan of Downey; sisters Rose Prochnow, Christine French, Patty Brio and Judy Yonan; 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.

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