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Funeral services held for Jeffery M. Hamilton

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held April 15 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress for Jeffery M. Hamilton, a resident of Downey for 43 years, who died at his parents' home April 11.

Survivors include his parents, Daniel and Mary Hamilton; a brother and sister-in-law, Daniel Stephen and Teri Hamilton; and children Paul Duda of Paramount, James Duda and wife Carol of Camarillo.

Burial was at Forest Lawn in Cypress.


Teacher Richard Holz mourned by many here

DOWNEY-Richard Holz, a Downey resident for 45-years and an organizer with his wife of several trips abroad, died April 11.

He was a former teacher and college advisor at Schurr High School in Montebello. He accompanied his wife, Shirley (a Warren counselor), on 11 student trips to Europe, and prepared lessons for the youngsters throughout. On their retirement, he and his wife organized trips for adults abroad.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; his children, Evan, Shelley and Kenny (all of whom attended Downey schools).


Ralph Carll Jenney laid to rest at age of 87

DOWNEY-Funeral services were Wednesday, April 22, at Saint Michael's Orthodox Church for Ralph Carll Jenney, a resident of Downey for 47 years and a former professional engineer for Northrop Corp., who died April 16 at Sorensen Convalescent Hospital.

He was 87, born in Anderson, Indiana, and was a former resident of Pacific Palisades. He was a member of the Golden Trowel Lodge, F. & A.M.; and the A.I.I.E., and Saint Michael's Orthodox Church. He served on the Gallatin School Board in Downey for six years.

Survivors include his wife, Junerose Piper Jenney; his daughter, Elizabeth Forrest of Downey; his son, Ralph Jenney of Downey; and five grandchildren.

The Rev. Father Michael Trigg officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Mass heard Thursday for Robert Orta, 55

WHITTIER-A Funeral Mass was heard Thursday, April 23, at St. Gregory The Great Catholic Church for Robert Orta, a resident of Whittier and a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 10 years.

He was 55, a native of Texas, and died at St. Francis Hospital April 19.

Survivors include his wife, Angelina J. Orta of Whittier; brothers Ramon of Oxnard, Tony of Bell; a sister, Lupe Flores of Texas; and many cousins including Nelda Berndt of Downey.

The Rev. Father Rolly Jardiniano officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Family mourns Marguerite Elizabeth (Peggy) Hetzel

DOWNEY-A memorial celebration of her life will be held in June for Marguerite Elizabeth (Peggy) Hetzel, a 45 year Downey resident and wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who died at her home April 17 after a long illness.

She was 79, born May 15, 1918 in Rutland, Vermont. She and her family moved to Troy, N.Y. After high school she studied at the Mildred Elley Business School in Albany, N.Y., and was employed in the office of Cloverleaf Dairy in Sycaway, where she advanced to office manager.

In late 1942 she flew to Lima, Peru to marry Eustace Hetzel, returning to the Los Angeles area in 1943 where she lived in the Crenshaw District for 10 years before moving to Downey.

She was very active in the Girls Friendly Society of the Episcopal Church and was a leader of a Brownie troop in later years.

Survivors include her husband; her daughter, Marguerite (Peguita) McClure of San Jose; two grandchildren, Jefree McClure and Suzanne Elizabeth (Dunwoody) Pipkin; son-in-law Michael Daniel Pipkin; two great-granddaughters, Katelyn Elizabeth Pipkin and Alison Nicole Pipkin of Redwood Valley, CA.

She was preceded in death by her younger brother, Ernest (Bud) Brown and her stepfather, Arthur Atho Kober.

Memorials may be made to the Downey City Library in the name of the Marguerite "Peggy" Hetzel Memorial Fund, att. Vicki Jenkins, Librarian, 11121 Brookshire Ave., Downey CA 90241.

Arrangements were by the Rose Manor Mortuary.