Family, friends mourn Ralph (Dean) Gray

DOWNEY-A Memorial Mass was heard Feb. 22 at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Ralph (Dean) Gray, a longtime Downey resident.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, he died Feb. 20 following a long illness.

Survivors include his wife; daughters Deanna Mason, Mary Cavazos and Kim Wolfe; mother Delores Gray; brothers and sisters, all from Kansas City, Missouri; and stepdaughters Robin Willson, Shawna Renek; sons-in-laws and six grandchildren.

Justin Homiak's rosary in Downey today

DOWNEY-All Soul's Cemetery in Long Beach will be the final resting place for Justin Homiak after visitation scheduled today (Friday, March 7) at Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel in Downey from 2 to 8 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m.

He passed away at Downey Community Hospital on March 4 at the age of 76, and was a resident of Downey for the past 39 years.

Born in Pennsylvania, he was employed at Bethlehem Steel and was a member of the Ukranian Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Homiak; a son, Norman Homiak; a daughter, Gail (John) Eros of Downey; sisters Irene Rowe of Ohio and Helen Beyers of Indiana; and three grandchildren.

Services held for Ward Clifford Rasmussen

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held for Ward Clifford Rasmussen March 5 at Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary Chapel in Downey with Sunnyside Lodge #577, F. & A.M. officiating.

A 23 year Downey resident, Rasmussen, 77, was born in Racine, Wisconsin May 17, 1919, and passed away at Lakewood Regional Medical Center Feb. 28. He was a salesman for the Qualified Wholesale Electrical Supply Company, a veteran of World War II, a 32 degree Mason for 53 years, an El Bekal Shriner, a 37 year member of Alcoholics Anonymous and an avid fisherman and golfer.

He was survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan D. Rasmussen; sons John of Huntington Beach and Paul of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughters Kristine Cerone of Huntington Beach and Jane Rasmussen of Hermosa Beach; grandchildren Rick, Danielle and Paul Cerone; and great-granddaughter Ashley Blair.

Burial followed at Riverside National Cemetery.

Friends and family mourn Helen Bartholow here

DOWNEY-Memorial services will be held Monday, March 10 at 11 a.m. for Helen Bartholow, a 36 year Downey resident and a former bookkeeper for 30 years for an aircraft foundry.

She was born in West Branch, Iowa, and died March 5 in Downey Community Hospital.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Martin; a sister Evelyn Ziesmer of Iowa; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Pastor John Rose will officiate.

Interment is private. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Family services held for Donald E. Kelbey

Downey-Private services were held for Donald E. Kelbey, 85, a 41-year Downey resident who died at his home March 2.

A native of Illinois, he was president of Kelbey Construction for 60 years. He was a member of the First Church of Christian Science.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Kelbey of Downey; daughter Maridee Kelbey-Olson of Arcadia; grandson Karsten Olson and granddaughter Karina Olson, both of Arcadia.

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