Barbara Ella Stroup mourned at age of 48

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Nov. 7 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey for Barbara Ella Stroup, a homemaker and Downey resident who died Nov. 1 at Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center.

A native of Santa Paula, she was 48, and lived all her life in California.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence B. Stroup; her mother, Lorene Spotts; her sons, David, Larry and Shawn Stroup; a daughter, Tanya Stroup; brothers Virgil and Raymond Everly; a sister, Dorlene Kearns; and grandchildren Michael Gome and Taylor Stroup.

Private burial followed.

The Rev. Steve Batstone officiated.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family mourn Agnes Reuwer Carpenter

DOWNEY-Funeral services for Agnes Reuwer Carpenter, mother of national recording stars Karen and Richard Carpenter, were held Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Church of Our Father in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cypress.

A strong maternal figure and homemaker who also worked outside the home twice in her life, she lived in Downey and died Oct. 1 after complications following triple-bypass heart surgery.

She was 81, born March 5, 1915 in Baltimore, Md. She met Harold Carpenter when she was 16. He ran a box printing operation with clients including Tide soap. They were married four years later, and were together 53 years until his death in 1988.

During World War II she worked for Mettler Brothers, a subcontractor for Pratt and Whitney.

Her family was her hobby. In 1963 the family left Connecticut for California so Richard and sister Karen could be closer to the entertainment world.

Father Harold treated the youngsters at an early age to classical composers including Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Richard studied music and composition here.

When finances were strained by the move west, Agnes went to work at North American Aviation.

When Richard and Karen's music career took hold in the 1970s and "Close to You" climbed the charts, the family moved into a new home on Newville Avenue, which they still own.

Survivors include her sister, Bernice; son Richard; niece Joan; and four grandchildren.

Friends, family mourn Josephine O. Shoop, 70

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Josephine O. Shoop, a resident of Downey for 45 years, who died Nov. 9 at Kaiser Hospital in Bellflower.

Born in Lansford, Pennsylvania Dec. 14, 1925, she was 70, and formerly worked as an accounting clerk for Zackey Foods, Inc., for 10 years.

Survivors include her husband, James R. Shoop of Downey; a son, Richard Shoop of Hacienda Heights; daughters Jamie Bray of Visalia and Karen Shoop of Long Beach; brothers Charles Olsefsky of Northridge and Edward Olsefsky of Redding; and three grandchildren.

Reverend Father John Moloney officiated. Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary of Downey. The family suggests contributions to the Maryvale Home for Abused Children.

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