Obituaries

Charles Francis Bannan mourned at age of 81

DOWNEY-A Mass of Christian Burial was heard Friday, April 18, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Charles Francis (Charlie) Bannan, vice chairman of the board of Western Gear Corp., and a 43 year Downey resident, who died at his home April 16.

He was born in San Francisco Nov. 29, 1915, and was 81. He was a member of the Knights of Malta and the Knights of St. Gregory.

Survivors include his wife, Idell F. Bannan of Downey; his daughter, Toni Gross of Los Angeles; his son, Forrest Bannan of La Canada; brothers Reverend Louis I. Bannan, S.J., of Santa Clara and Bernard Bannan of Pasadena; sister Patricia Cruden of Hillsboro; and three grandsons.

A Funeral Mass was heard Saturday, April 19, at All Souls Chapel in Calvary Cemetery, the Rev. Fathers Louis I. Bannan, S.J., and John Maloney officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Laura I. Unroe mourned by friends and family

SOUTH GATE-Funeral services were held Thursday, April 24, at the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary Chapel for Laura I. Unroe, a resident of South Gate for 35 years and co-owner and manager of a roofing business there for 40 years.

Born in Colorado, she was 88 and died in Downey Community Health Center April 19.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Unroe, in 1995.

Survivors include her sons, David K. Unroe of West Hills, Jewis Dean Unroe of Long Beach; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pastor Connie Regener of the First Baptist Church of Downey officiated.

Burial followed at Inglewood Park Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Helen Oshier Fetterly mourned at age of 74

SAN CLEMENTE-A Mass of Christian Burial will be heard today (Friday, April 25) at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 105 La Esperanza, San Clemente, for Helen Oshier Fetterly, a former longtime Downey resident, who moved to San Clemente in January to be near her children.

She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother, and died April 21 at the age of 74.

Survivors include her husband, John Fetterly; a son, William J. Fetterly of San Clemente; a daughter, Linda Jackson (Ricky); a brother, Kenneth Oshier of Waddington, N.Y.; three sisters, Elizabeth Mayetta, Beatrice Frasher, and Gertrude James, all of N.Y.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Burial will follow at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego. Arrangements are by the Lesneski Mortuary of San Clemente.


Friends, family mourn Alexander A. Marcella

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Monday, April 21, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Alexander Arthur Marcella, a 30 year resident of Downey and a retired truck driver for Trans-Con Trucking, who died at Kaiser Hospital in Bellflower April 18.

He was born in Pueblo, Colorado, was age 71, and was a member St. Raymond's Catholic Church.

Survivors include his son, James (Lisa) Marcella of Kent, Washington; two daughters, Janet (Jeff) Tarbill of Fall City, Washington, and Carol (Barry) Del Fosse of Whittier; and grandchildren, Zachary, Ariel, Dallas, Marcella, Sam and Sarah Tarbill and Tom Del Fosse.

Burial followed at All Souls Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


Military, friends mourn Robert Jesse Whitsit

DOWNEY-Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 22, at the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary Chapel for Robert Jesse Whitsit, a resident of Downey since 1961, who died in Downey Community Hospital April 16 at the age of 77.

He was a retired Army Lt. Col. with 20 years in the military, and worked 20 years for Rockwell International Aerospace Division as a program engineer.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan May 25, 1919.

Survivors include his wife, Judith B. Whitsit of Downey; a daughter, Diana Whitsit Alford of Massachusetts; a son, Lawrence Whitsit of Rialto; and a granddaughter, Stephanie.

The Rev. John B. Toay officiated.

Private cremation followed with interment in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.