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Ernest S. Horany mourned at age of 81

DOWNEY-Services were held Aug. 17 at the Downey First Presbyterian Church for Ernest S. Horany, a longtime local dentist, who died Aug. 14 at his Downey home.

He was 81, born in Shamrock, Oklahoma Sept. 19, 1917. He graduated from Cushing, Oklahoma, High School at the age of 15. In 1935 the family moved to Los Angeles. He attended USC both as an undergraduate and in graduate school, and opened his first pediatric dental practice in Bell and later Lynwood.

He married his wife, Mabel, in 1948.

The family has lived in Downey since 1960. He retired in April, 1998.

He was past president of the Los Angeles Dental Society, a member of the Downey Dental Academy, and volunteered his services to Downey schools and the Assistance League of Downey.

Survivors include his daughter, Sheri Ply Horany of Downey; his son, Gary Horany of Westminster; four grandchildren, Jaime and Brian Ply of Downey, and Kimberly and Tess Horany of Westminster; two brothers, Louis Horany of San Juan Capistrano, and Floyd Horany of San Marcos.

Donations may be made in his name to the USC Kenneth-Norris Cancer Center.

Celebration of life for Patricia M. Pinder, 59

BELLFLOWER-A celebration of the life of Patricia M. Pinder will be held Saturday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. at the home of Don and Joann Trapp.

She was 59, and died at her Bellflower home Aug. 5 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Survivors include her daughter, Tami Skeens; her son, Jeffrey Uptmor; granddaughters Samantha Skeens and Jennifer Uptmor; a brother, Robert (Virginia) Warbrick; sisters Wendy Tumbrello and Vera (John) Nash; and eight nieces and nephews.

For directions, call 633-1964.

Interment will be at sea.

Memorial service Monday for Dorothy A. Aerni

DOWNEY-A memorial service will be held Monday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Hillside Chapel of Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier for Dorothy A. Aerni, a housewife and 46 year resident of Downey.

She was born in Columbus, Nebraska, and died Aug. 17 after a long illness. She was a talented artist, painter, seamstress and woodworker.

She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church of Downey.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Vern Aerni; a son, James Aerni of Colorado; a daughter, Jane Schichi of Downey; four grandchildren, Jason Aerni of Washington, Judd and Amy Aerni of Colorado, Amber Hruba of Montana; and one great-grandson, Layton Hruba of Montana.

The Rev. Norman Stoppenhagen will officiate.

Graveside services for Wanda D. Waskom

DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Thursday, Aug. 19 at Rose Hills Memorial Park for Wanda D. Waskom, a resident of Downey for 45 years and a former vocational nurse at Whittier Presbyterian Hospital.

She was 81, born in Mexico, Maine, and died Aug. 13 in Downey.

Survivors include her brother, Edward Dennis; a nephew, Ryan, and a niece, Heather Dennis.

Father Tom O'Hanlon of St. Raymond's Church officiated.

Burial was at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Mary Ruzich mourned at age of 103 here

DOWNEY-Services were held Aug. 18 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Mary Ruzich, a Downey resident for 43 years, who died here Aug. 14.

She was 103, born in Croatia, and was a member of the Downey Senior Citizens, and the Croatian Fraternal Union of America Lodge 177.

Survivors include her brothers, Marijian "Jim" Kruzic of Toronto, Canada, Ivan Kruzic of Hreljin, Croatia; nieces and nephews in Canada, Chicago, California and Croatia; and an adopted sister, Mary (Zon) Cheesebrough of San Diego.

Her nieces from Canada, Eileen Higgins and Carol Archer officiated.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Memorial mass today for Frank Robert Carcellero

DOWNEY-A Memorial Mass is set for 2 p.m. today (Friday, Aug. 20) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Frank Robert Carcellero.

He was 61, born in Los Angeles, and died in Long Beach.

Survivors include his wife, Roma Carcellero; his son, Eric; his daughter, Carrie Zrelak; a brother, Andrew of Colorado; two sisters, Rachel and Nancy; and his mother, Guadalupe of Riverside.

Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Family, friends remember Altana L. Powers, age 99

DOWNEY-No services will be held at this time for Altana "Alta" L. Powers, a former 25 year resident of Downey, who died Aug. 16 at Sutter Amador Hospital.

She was 99, born in Virginia City, Nevada, Oct. 14, 1889. She had lived in Amador County for five years, in Jackson.

She was a former clerical supervisor for Crumb and Foster Insurance Company for 40 years. She lived in Oakland for many years, then retired to live in Downey for 25 years. She enjoyed the outdoors and sports.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Ina and Arlene; and her brother, Averty Powers Jr.

Survivors include her friends, Eve Stewart of Ione, and Lois G. Clovel of Jackson.

Arrangements were by the Daneri Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

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