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Mass heard today for Marian J. Helgeland

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass will be heard today (Friday, May 8), at 9 a.m. at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Marian Josephine Helgeland, a longtime Downey resident, who died at Long Beach Memorial Hospital May 4.

She was 64, born Sept. 26, 1933 in Dusquesne, Pennsylvania.

She received her R.N. degree at Braddock General Hospital in Braddock, Pennsylvania in 1954. She was a captain in the Medical Corps, attached to the Air Force where she served for four years before being discharged in 1962.

She worked for the Gallatin Medical Group in Downey.

Survivors include her husband, Dale E. Helgeland; a son, Steve of Perris, California; a daughter, Vicki Carringer of Sierra Vista, Arizona; a sister, Fran Piscitelli of Duquesne, Pennsylvania; and five grandchildren.

Burial will follow at the Riverside National Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Babette B. Koshear Eucharist tomorrow

DOWNEY-A Memorial Eucharist will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, at St. Mark's Church, 10354 Downey Ave., for Babette Brouard Koshear, a longtime Downey resident who died May 1 of complications from leukemia.

She was born Dec. 17, 1926 in Topeka, Kansas, coming to California in 1940 during her high school years. She later earned a B.A. in music from UCLA.

She was active in many local organizations, as well as at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. In her early years as a homemaker and mother she was active in the Downey Junior Woman's Club, the PTA, Girl Scouts, and the Southeast Concert Chorale.

She enjoyed performing with the Downey Civic Light Opera Company in numerous musical productions, including "My Fair Lady," "Oklahoma," and "The Music Man." In recent years she represented both the American Association of University Women and St. Mark's Episcopal Church on the Downey Coordinating Council.

She devoted many hours to serving the parish of St. Mark's Church, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, and as a lay reader and a lay eucharistic minister, as well as serving as the head of the Altar Guild.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, John; her daughters, Kathleen Bennett and Jeannine Koshear; a son-in-law, Robert Mijatovich; grandchildren Jeff and Kevin; and sister Frances Socha.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jon.

Memorial gifts are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Los Angeles Region, File 55199, Los Angeles, CA 90074-0001.

Michael McCallum, M.D. mourned by many here

HOUSTON, Texas-Funeral services were held at the Rainbow Chapel of Rose Hills in Whittier Monday, May 4, for Michael H. McCallum, M.D., who died in Spring, Texas, April 26.

He was the son of Ernie and Helen McCallum of McCallum Realty in Downey.

He received his medical degree from UCLA, and was drafted in 1966 by the U.S. Army during his internship at St. Lukes Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

He spent seven months in the jungle serving as Squadron Surgeon for 1,200 men, then several more months in a large evacuation unit assisting with trauma surgery.

After Vietnam and after completing orthopedic residency training and a family practice, he "migrated" to emergency medicine during that specialty's infancy in the 1970s. Dr. McCallum re-entered the Army and remained on active duty as a Lt. Colonel until 1984. He served as Commander of the Health Clinic in Stuttgart, Germany. He commanded the Coordinator-Combat Casualty Care Course for Army, Navy and Air Force physicians at the Academy of Health Sciences at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. And he was the Chief of Special Forces Section and Chief, Department of Operational and Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Ft. Hood, Texas. In January, 1985, he became the Medical Director for the City of Austin (Texas) Emergency Medical Services Department, and Medical Director for the Brackinridge Hospital. In May, 1985, he instituted a helicopter program at the hospital called Starflight. Dr. McCallum next chose to work as a staff physician at McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels, Texas, from 1991 to 1993. He came to UT-H Medical School in December, 1993, became active Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine in October, 1994.

He is survived by three sons, M. Shannon McCallum and wife Elizabeth, Timothy McCallum and Matthew McCallum; a daughter, Carrie Mazhar and husband Tony; a sister, Diana L. Mignotte and husband Henry; a brother, Patrick McCallum and wife Danna; and two grandchildren.

Dr. McCallum was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal X2, the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.

He served in Saudi Arabia as the U.S. Army Surgeon General's Team Chief to develop a National Emergency Medical System. He was certified by the American College of Emergency Physicians, and made numerous presentations at emergency medicine and aeromedical conferences throughout the U.S.

Burial followed at Rose Hills cemetery in Whittier. Arrangements were by Morrow's Pico Rivera Mortuary.

Arthur 'Whitey' Edward Heberger dead at 81

DOWNEY-Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m. at Pierce Brothers Griffiths Chapel, Chino, for Arthur "Whitey" Edward Heberger, a former Downey resident for 40 years, who died May 2 at his home in Moreno Valley.

He was 81, born Nov. 16, 1916, in Rochester, N.Y., and was a retired accountant formerly with Ford Motor Co., of Newport Beach.

He lived in Moreno Valley for the past 10 years, after living 40 years in Downey.

Survivors include his wife, Bina P. Heberger of Moreno Valley; two sons, Ron Heberger of Chino Hills, Rusty Heberger of Reno, Nevada; a daughter, Rena Nolin of San Bernardino; and seven grandchildren.

Private inurnment will follow. Arrangements are by the Pierce Brothers Griffith Mortuary of Chino.

Leeroy Eugene Wright services held Thursday

DOWNEY-Services were held Thursday, May 7 at the Downey Zrelak Mortuary Chapel for Leeroy Eugene Wright, a Downey resident for 43 years and a plumber, who died May 4 at Downey Community Hospital.

He was 84, born in Jasper County, Missouri, May 24, 1913, and was a plumber for 25 years working out of Plumbers Union Local No. 78. He was a member of Carl Junction Lodge No. 549 A.F. & A.M. of Carl Junction, Missouri; a member of O.E.S. and past Associate Guardian of the Job's Daughters, Bethel No. 17 of Downey. He was a member of the Downey United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Doris N. (Woodmansee) Wright of Downey; a daughter, Dandra Wright of La Habra; a son, Norman (Gwen) Wright of Torrance; and several nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Gary B. Beard and the O.E.S., and the A.F. & A.M. Lodge officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

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