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Friends, family mourn Gordon Arthur Foran

DOWNEY-A Memorial Mass was celebrated Thursday, Oct. 8, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Gordon Arthur Foran, a 48-year Downey resident and a retired machinist superintendent for Duncan Industries, who died Oct. 2 at Downey Community Hospital.

He was 74, born May 29, 1924 in Royalton, Ohio, and was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3697.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Foran of Downey; sons Steve (Diane) of Irvine; Doug (Marcia) of Lake Forest; Greg (Roberta) and Dennis (Tina) of Riverside; a sister, Vi Kirby and a brother, Dick Foran of Lemon Grove; and 11 grandchildren.

The Rev. Fathers John Moloney and Steve Davoran officiated.

Entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego followed cremation.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Mary B. Gibson dead at 80 in Tyler, Texas

TYLER, Texas-Mary B. Gibson, a former 50 year resident of Downey, died Oct. 4 in Tyler, Texas.

She was 80, born in 1918 in St. Augustine, Florida.

Survivors include her brother, Clayton P. Barnes and his wife, Vera, of Ormand Beach, Florida; her sister, Nellie A. Bushman and her husband, Buddy, of Tyler, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.


Nell Gilbert Campbell services at graveside

DOWNEY-Graveside committal services were held Thursday, Oct. 15 at Rose Hills Memorial Park for Nell Gilbert Campbell, a Downey resident for 56 years, who was a self-employed farmer.

He was 87, born Sept. 15, 1911 in Elkwood, Alabama, and died Oct. 9 at Downey Community Hospital. He was formerly of Bell.

Survivors include his wife, Emily Jaime Campbell.

John Moloney, Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church officiated.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Funeral Mass heard for Mary Lou Kampus at 74

SOUTH GATE-A Funeral Mass was heard Wednesday, Oct. 14, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Mary Lou Kampus, a resident of South Gate for 44 years, and a former registered nurse for St. Francis Hospital.

She was 74, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and died Oct. 8.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in 1990.

Survivors include her son, Paul (Maria) Pokorski of South Gate; a grandson, David Pokorski of the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia; granddaughter Michelle Pokorski of Huntington Beach; and a sister, Barbara Synborski.

The Rev. Father Steve Davoren officiated.

Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


First Baptist services for Charles B. Benner

SOUTH GATE-Services were held Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Downey First Baptist Church for Charles B. Benner, a longtime resident of South Gate and a former member of the South Gate Planning Commission.

He was born Jan. 30, 1918 in Indiana, and died Oct. 6 at Downey Community Hospital. He came to California at the age of 10. He worked for Royal Farms Dairy/Adohr Farms for more than 50 years, and was also a consultant for the Orange County Sports Association. At the time of his death, he worked for the University Restaurant Group as a public relations consultant.

He graduated from Bell High School in 1935, and was active in many organizations including the South Gate Kiwanis Club, the South Gate Coordinating Council, South Gate Beautification Committee, and the American Field Service. He was a member of the Masonic Order, a past president of the AFS, past president of the South Gate Chamber of Commerce and was a former grand marshal of the South Gate Azalea Festival. He was a member of the Huntington Park YMCA for many years, and was involved with the Orange County Special Olympics and the "65 Roses" (cystic fibrosis) through the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Survivors include his wife, Zelma; three children, Beverly Wedgeworth, Patricia White and Charles R. Benner; four grandchildren, James Wedgeworth, Paula White, Edward White and Cinnamon St. Germaine; a great-grandchild, Andre St. Germaine; a sister, Eldora Clare; and a host of family and friends. Chuck and Zelma were hosts to two foreign exchange students, Barry Brice of England and Annie DeRosas of Argentina, whom they thought of as their children.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Orange County Special Olympics.
 
 




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