Champion drag racer Jeffrey Krug mourned

POMONA-A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Pomona Raceway in Fairplex for Jeffrey L. Krug, a former longtime resident of Downey and South Gate, who died April 20 during a drag racing competition at Famoso Dragstrip in North Bakersfield.

He was the 1994 N.H.R.A. National and World Comp Eliminator Champion, and was killed when his B/Street roadster went out of control and flipped during District 7 Federal Mogul Championships at Famoso.

He began his formal racing career in 1979 and raced in his first national-event final in 1990. The El Monte resident made at least one trip to a major event final in each season since.

He was 40, born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada July 20, 1956, and moved to the South Gate and Downey area in 1958. He graduated from Pius X High School in 1974, and Cerritos College in 1976.

He worked at R.O. Gould Chrysler/Plymouth for several years, then went to work for Clark-Porsche construction where he spent 14 years, working his way up to vice president.

Survivors include his mother, Dolores Krug of Guadalupe; and his brother, Karl Krug of Yucaipa.

His list of victories included the 1990 Palmdale Division 7 Comp Eliminator; the 1991 Las Vegas Division 7 Comp Eliminator; the 1992 Palmdale Division 7 Comp Eliminator; the 1993 Jolly Rancher Nationals Comp Eliminator-Seattle; the 1993 Sears Nationals Comp Eliminator-Topeka; the 1994 Bakersfield Division 7 Comp Eliminator; the 1994 Sacramento Division 7 Comp Eliminator; the 1994 Las Vegas Division 7 Comp Eliminator; the 1994 Western Auto Nationals-Topeka; the 1994 NHRA World Competition Eliminator Championship; the 1994 NHRA Division 7 Competition Eliminator Championship; 1995 participant in the TRW All Stars; 1996 participant in the TRW All Stars; the 1996 Yakima Division 6 Comp Eliminator; the 1996 Phoenix Division 7 comp Eliminator; and the 1996 U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis.

Memorial contribution may be made to the Jeffrey L. Krug Memorial Fund for Abused Children, Redlands Federal Bank, P.O. Box 665, Calimesa, CA 92320.

Pearl Spangler mourned at age of 89 in Downey

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Saturday, April 26, at the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary Chapel for Pearl Spangler, a resident of Downey for 27 years, who died April 22 at her home.

She was 89, a homemaker for 48 years, and was formerly of Huntington Park.

Survivors include her husband, Robert (Bob) Spangler.

Pastor David Oliver of the First Baptist Church of Downey officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Friends mourn Louise E. Bisaillon-O'Hara

BELL GARDENS-A Funeral Mass was heard at St. Gertrudes Catholic Church April 30 for Louise E. Bisaillon-O'Hara, a resident of Bell Gardens for 36 years and a homemaker, who died at her home April 23.

She was 70, a native of St. Lambert, Quebec, Canada born Aug. 1, 1926, and was a former resident of Downey and South Gate.

Survivors include her husband, Jack F. O'Hara; sons Marc (Karen) O'Hara of Franklin, Tennessee, Patrick (Terrie) O'Hara of Portland, Oregon; a daughter, Diana O'Hara of McKinleyville, California; grandchildren Nathaniel, Jason, Gregory and Peyton; and siblings Father Pierre Bisaillon, Andre (Coleta) Bisaillon, Christine (Dezile) Gabriele and Jacques (Jacquiline) Bisaillon, all of Canada.

Rev. Monsignor Henry Gomez and Father Pierre Bisaillon, O.F.M. officiated. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Mary Kay Van dead at age of 80 here

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Monday, April 27, at St. Dominic Savio Church in Bellflower for Mary Kay Van, a Downey resident for 53 years, who died at St. Francis Medical Center April 23.

A native of California, she was 80, was a former employee of McDonnell Douglas, and a member of St. Dominic Savio Church.

Survivors include her son, Paul Van (Pat) of Bellflower; a brother, James Ferraro; sisters Pauline Ferraro, Delphina Frisk; and grandchildren David Van and Casidy Solat.

Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

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