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Dorothy Anna Rierdan mourned at age of 89

DOWNEY-A memorial service was held at the Downey Retirement Center for Dorothy Anna Rierdan, a resident of Downey for the past 3 1/2 years and previously a longtime resident of South Gate.

She was 89, born in Medford, Massachusetts, and died at the Southland Lutheran Home in Norwalk May 12. She was a former data processing operator for 25 years for Rockwell International, and was a member of the Downey/Rockwell Retirement Club.

Survivors include her two sons, Richard C. Rierdan and Robert W. Rierdan; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford, Massachusetts. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Former Downey purchasing chief Merrill Victor Max

SEQUIM, Washington-Services were held May 3 in Sequim, Washington, for Merrill Victor Max, former purchasing manager for the City of Downey, who died in Sequim after a six-month battle with prostate cancer and congestive heart failure.

He was 65, born in Detroit, Michigan, was known for his quick wit, and kept his sense of humor to the end.

Son of Abraham Herbert and Sadie Faye (Rycus) Max, he moved to California where he married Sandi Sevon in Los Angeles in 1961.

He liked helping others and was a member of the Downey Exchange Club and its program for prevention of child abuse; the Association for Retarded Citizens; and the Reading Program at the Downey City Library. He loved bonsai and held memberships in both the Orange Empire Bonsai Society of La Mirada, and the Sequim-Dungeness, Washington Bonsai Society.

A City of Downey employee since 1981, he retired in 1993, moving to Sequim where he built his dream mountain home and found "Mocha," his chocolate Labrador retriever who was his constant companion.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Andrew of Bothell, Washington; a daughter, Leslie Simmons of Austin, Texas; sisters Resa Brenner of San Diego and Lois Sein of Beverly Hills; and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, City employees have established the Victor Max Memorial Fund at the Downey City Library. Friends wishing to participate may contact the Library.

Graveside services for Downey's Ruth Brinkman

DOWNEY-Graveside services were held May 14 at Westminster Memorial Park, followed by a Memorial service at Downey Memorial Christian Church May 16, for Ruth Brinkman, a 50-year resident of Downey.

She was born Nov. 22, 1917 in Licking, Missouri, and died May 10. She moved with her family when she was just six months old to Santa Ana, California. Her father was a minister and the family supplemented their income with a vegetable garden and by raising chickens.

She married Fred Brinkman on June 11, 1946.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Nov. 3, 1997, and by her two brothers, Joseph and Howard Anderson.

She was a fine artist both in oils and china painting, and loved to garden and cook.

During World War II while Fred was in the Navy, she worked at Douglas Aircraft assembling planes.

She also loved to sail and the family raced their Cal 20.

She was active in the Downey Art League, California China Painter's Art Association, and was president of the Downey Porcelain and Art Guild and Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club.

Survivors include her daughter, Carol Brinkman of Downey; her son, Robert Brinkman of Quartz Hills; sister-in-law June Kiddie of Kingman, Arizona; brother-in-law Vaughn (Sally) Brinkman of Newport Beach; and many nieces and nephews.

Services for Downey's Joe Russi at age of 76

DOWNEY-Services were held May 21 at St. Raymond's Church for Joe Russi, a Downey resident for 50 years and the former owner and operator of J.R. Core Co.

He was 76, born in Dos Cabos, Arizona, and died May 18 at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan.

He was a member of St. Raymond's Church, the St. Bruno Seniors Club, and the Moose.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Russi; his daughter, Joanne (husband Bob Prill); his son, John Russi (wife Judi); grandchildren Craig Klier, Alison and Zachary Russi; and great-grandchild Justin Klier.

Father Tom O'Hanlon officiated. Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family grieve for Catherine Matarazzo

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held May 26 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Catherine Matarazzo, a 60 year resident of Downey and a homemaker, who died May 20 at her home.

She was 81, born in Panarea, Italy, and lived in California 63 years and was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and TOPS.

Survivors include her son, Joseph Matarazzo.

Father John Moloney officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Funeral Mass held for Elizabeth Viola Fall, 90

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was held Thursday, May 27, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, for Elizabeth Viola Fall, a 46-year Downey resident, homemaker, and longtime member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

She was 90, born in Russia, and died May 21 at Downey Community Hospital.

Survivors include her daughters, Joan C. Bernhard and Marilyn Myers; a sister, Barbara Miller; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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

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