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Annabelle Mae Youmans mourned by many here

DOWNEY-Services were held at the Maywood Faith Church of the Nazarene Saturday, February 28, for Annabelle Mae Youmans, a Downey resident since Dec. 5, 1997, who died in Downey Feb. 19. Rev. Ken Schubert officiated. There was cremation.

She was a former resident of Palm Springs, a native Californian, and was self-employed and a retired school teacher.

She was a member of the Palm Springs Baptist Church. For the first part of her life she was a minister's wife for 30 years and raised seven children. In the second half, she returned to college at the age of 53, graduating with honors from CSU-Reedley.

She was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Merit Youmans.

Survivors include her sons, Alan Jack Youmans of Indiana (Linda), David Ren Youmans of Iowa (Joyce), Joseph Henry Youmans of Colorado (Gail), Daniel Kevin Youmans of Iowa (Tracy); daughters Joanna Marie Schubert of Downey (Ken), Susanna Fay Youmans of New York; a brother, Francis Orvale Henry of Kansas (she was the youngest of 12 children); 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


Gladys Ritchie services are held at Rose Hills

DOWNEY-Services for Gladys Ritchie, who died Feb. 27, were held Wednesday, March 4, at the Rainbow Chapel of Rose Hills in Whittier.

Survivors include her son, William V. Ritchie; her daughters, Pauline Hume and LaVonne Clark; a nephew, Johnny Snyder; a brother, Rev. Donald Snyder; nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Rose Hills.


Graveside services for Gertrude E. Stewart, 92

DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 3 at Inglewood Park Cemetery for Gertrude E. Stewart, a former 74 year resident of Bell, who died at Riviera Health Care Center Feb. 28.

She was 92, born in Los Angeles, April 16, 1905, and was preceded in death by her husband, Cameron in 1984, and her son, Robert, in 1996.

Survivors include her son, Carl (Patricia) of Downey; grandsons Raymond of Downey, Gary of Oceanside; and two great grandchildren.

The Rev. Nimrod Flores officiated. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Funeral services today for Charles Kinderman

DOWNEY-Funeral services are today (Friday, March 6) at 3 p.m. at the Hillside Church in Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier for Charles Walter Kinderman, a Downey resident for 43 years.

He was 88, born in Chicago, Illinois Oct. 6, 1909, and died March 2 at his home here.

He was a salesman for the Uniroyal Company for 45 years, and was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie in 1982.

Survivors include his son, Jim Kinderman of Laguna Niguel; daughters Carolyn Quinn of Bremerton, Washington, Deborah Kinderman of Newport Beach; a sister, Pearl Hyten of Texas; and a grandson, Michael Kinderman,

Pastor Earl Q. McCallum of the Downey United Methodist Church officiated. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Mass is heard for Sarah P. De Conza

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, March 4, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Sarah P. De Conza, a Downey resident for more than 38 years, who died at her home Feb. 28.

She was 86, born in Italy April 20, 1911, and was formerly of Bell Gardens.

Survivors include her husband, John A. De Conza; daughters Rose Wesley of San Jose, Angeline O'Nell of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, Mary Lee Winglad of Norwalk, Rosaline O'Nell of Downey; a son, Michael De Conza of Canyon Country; and 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Father Steve Davoren officiated. Burial followed in St. Rita Cemetery in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Graveside services for Andrew (Andy) Kukel, Jr.

DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Thursday, March 5, at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier for Andrew (Andy) Kukel, Jr., a construction superintendent at Hinnewinkel Construction Co., for 15 years, and a 47 year resident of Downey.

He was 79, born Nov. 4, 1918 in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, and died at his home March 1.

He was a member of the International Order of Foresters, a veteran of the U.S. Army and World War II, and was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, in 1980.

Survivors include his daughters, Andrea Preston of Costa Mesa, Joan Kukel of La Quinta; his son, Melvin, of Chandler, Arizona; brothers John of Simi, Joe of Palos Verdes, Daniel and Bill of Pennsylvania, Victor of Texas; a sister, Mary Jane Woodside of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Rev. David Hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Downey officiated. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Memorial services for Robert M. Brooks, 63

DOWNEY-Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at Old River Elementary School, 11995 Old River School Road, Downey, for Robert M. Brooks, a Downey resident for more than 40 years and a teacher for the Downey Unified School District for 37 years.

He was 63, born in Gilmer, Texas, and died in Downey Community Hospital Feb. 13 from complications of pancreatic cancer.

He taught at Woodruff, South, East, Downey High, Warren High, and since 1989 severely handicapped students at the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital School. He was affectionately known as "Mr. B" by his students and others who knew him.

A graduate of Centenary College in 1958, he was in the Centenary College Choir and was honored as a Centenary Gentleman.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Willis Brooks of Downey; his son, David Byron of Mandeville, La.,; a brother, John M. Brooks of Carson City, Nevada; and a sister, Betty Brooks Gentry of Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Graveside services were held at the Springville Cemetery in Coushatta, Louisiana.

His motto was "Service With Love Before Self." A memorial fund has been established in his name to continue his love and caring for the hospital school students. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in his name to the DUSD/Hospital School, Downey Unified School District, Hospital School, P.O. Box 7017, Downey, CA 90242.
 
 




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