Miscellaneous Downey, California Obituaries


Services Saturday for Claire Irene Elston

DOWNEY-Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday (April 11), at the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary Chapel for Claire Irene Elston, a homemaker for 46 years and a native of Downey.

She was 64, born May 13, 1933, and died at her home here April 3.

A former resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell R. Elston, in 1994.

Survivors include sons Steven (Debbie) of Diamond Bar, William (Mary) of Reno, Nevada, Robert of Ukiah; grandchildren Matt, Josh and Dylan; and great-grandchildren Skylar and Parker.

Burial will be in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Francisco. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Judge Carroll Dunnum remembered by Downey

DOWNEY-Private funeral services were held for Judge Carroll Dunnum, a driving force in the movement to incorporate Downey as a city, who later served three terms as mayor, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Downey Union High School District from 1957 to 1961, and then became a Municipal Court Judge in Downey and a Superior Court Judge in Long Beach.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota Aug. 17, 1917, he died suddenly of a heart attack March 30 at Long Beach Community Hospital.

He came to California as a young man and first obtained an accounting degree, but his interest turned to law. He entered Loyola Law School, where he received a bachelor of law degree. He started his law practice in Los Angeles. He and Priscilla Dunnum established the law firm of Dunnum & Dunnum Attorneys at Law in South Gate, and later moved their firm to Downey, where he practiced until being appointed to the bench.

Active in the movement to incorporate Downey, he was a member of its first City Council and helped develop the City's first fire and police departments.

A member of Rotary International and the Elks Lodge, he was a community leader, remembered for his kindness, generosity, gentle nature and soft-spoken way.

But he had a strong sense of justice when on the bench. He loved law and continued working with it even after his retirement. He joined an arbitration and mediation company, and also worked for Long Beach and Norwalk Superior Courts as arbitrator until the time of his death.

He played golf in the California Judges Association Golf Group, and was known for his good nature and sense of humor on the links. He dreamed of a hole-in-one, but never got one. However, he did win a world tournament for one-armed golfers in St. Andrews, Scotland. He had only one arm since birth.

In addition to golf he enjoyed tennis, baseball, and bowling, and was also a hunter and marksman.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Monte.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Janelle; three children, Carolyn, Monte and Ann; a son-in-law, Ralph; grandson Thomas; nephew Jeff; and a stepdaughter, Judy.

Grace Hilda Anderson mourned at age of 93

DOWNEY-Friends may visit today (Friday, April 10) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Miller-Mies Mortuary for Grace Hilda Anderson, a resident of Downey since 1951 and a homemaker. She was born in Jordan, Minnesota and was 93. She died in Downey Community Hospital April 6.

A member of the Downey United Methodist Church, she was a member of the church Dorcas Circle and was involved in numerous ladies groups.

Survivors include her sister, Gladys Porter of Downey; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, April 11), at the Downey United Methodist Church, Pastor Gary Beard officiating.

Burial will follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Gloria Stoneberg funeral services held

DOWNEY-Funeral services for Gloria Stoneberg, a school bus driver for more than 25 years for the Downey Unified School District, were held Monday, April 6 at the Church of Our Fathers at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cypress.

She was born March 10, 1935 in Minnesota, and died April 1 at Downey Community Hospital from complications linked to lung cancer.

She grew up around Elko and Northfield, graduated from Northfield High School in 1952, and married Robert Stoneberg of Farmington, Minnesota. They moved to California in 1959. She went to work for the Downey Unified School District as a bus driver in 1968, and retired in June of 1993.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert.

Survivors include her children, Kimberly of Downey, Terry of Riverside, Rick of Downey, and Scott Stoneberg of Downey; a sister, Arlene Howie of Las Vegas; brothers Myron of Elko, Minnesota, and Reynold Fredrickson of Lakeville, Minnesota; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by Forest Lawn Mortuary in Cypress.

Friends, family mourn Terry Ray Houghton

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held here April 1 at the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary and April 3 at the Adolf-Berwyn Funeral Home in Berwyn, Illinois, for Terry Ray Houghton, a resident of Downey for 11 years and a senior electrical technician for the Mann Roland Company, who died at Downey Community Hospital March 28.

He was born in Plymouth, Indiana, Oct. 6, 1937, and served as a member of the Naval Reserves.

He was formerly of Cicero, Illinois, and was a member of Decalogue Lodge No. 160 F. & A.M. of Skokie, Illinois.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta Houghton of Downey; his sons, Kent of Jasper, Georgia, Stanley Berwyn of Illinois, David of Westmont, Illinois; a daughter, Carolyn Flaherty of Wonder Lake, Illinois; a brother, Allan of Kansas; a sister, Tennie Jones of Indiana; and nine grandchildren.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Services Monday for Georgia Bessent at 77

DOWNEY-Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 13 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey for Georgia Bessent, a local resident since 1940 and a homemaker.

She was 77, born in Malvern, Iowa, and died in Downey April 8.

She was active in community affairs and was a former member of the Downey Woman's Club, the Downey Community Hospital Auxiliary, and the 12:15 Club. She was a member of the Downaires Dance Club for 17 years.

Survivors include her husband, Jack Bessent; a brother, George Robert Marsh; a sister, Mary Marsh Oliver; a step-daughter, Christine Schlager; a niece, Mary Jane Brees; three step-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren.

Burial will follow at the Downey District Cemetery.

Pastor Scott Burns will officiate.

Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.