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Shelly Anna Cherryholmes is mourned at age of 20

DOWNEY-Services were held Wednesday, March 17, at the Calvary Chapel in Downey for Shelly Anna Cherryholmes, a librarian and teacher at Calvary Chapel Christian School who also worked as a summer counselor for JAF Disability Ministries.

She died March 12. She was 20, born May 22, 1978 in Bellflower, and lived in Bell all of her life.

Survivors include her parents, Jere and Sandy Cherryholmes; brothers and sisters Tyson, Cia, Brody, Skip and Molly; and many other members of her extended family.

Arrangements were by the Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Service of Bell Gardens.


Friends, family mourn Jack Teresi of Downey

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Saturday, March 13, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Jack Teresi, a resident of Downey, who died March 10 in Covina.

He was born in San Jose, California on May 24, 1913.

Survivors include brothers Joseph D. Teresi and Vincent Teresi; a sisters-in-law Margaret Teresi, Molly Teresi, Vera Mafort, Argy Lombardo, Dorothy Kent; brother-in-law Alfred J. Burke and Gus Lombardo; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Morrow's Pico Rivera Mortuary.


Downey Ward services for Arline Marie Small

DOWNEY-Cremation services were directed by the Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Service of Bell Gardens for Arline Marie Small, a property manager for nine years and a member of the Downey First Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She was 61, born Jan. 4, 1938 in South Dakota, and died March 8 in Downey.

She was a long-time resident of Los Angeles.

Survivors include her husband, Burl D. Small; daughters Pamela English, Jackie Lopez and Charlotte and Peggy; a son, Bill Tiger; and six grandchildren.


Lawrence Reavis Miller mourned at age of 88

DOWNEY-Services were held Monday, March 15, at Rose Hills Memorial Park for Lawrence Reavis Miller, who died March 11 in Norwalk.

He was 88, born May 14, 1910 in Missouri, California.

He was a member of the Benton City, Missouri Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Marilyn M. Rudolph; his son, William Miller; a grandson, John Randolph; a granddaughter, Julia Miller; and three sisters.


Services set today for Celestine Avada Nelson

DOWNEY-Funeral services will be held today (Friday, March 19) at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Downey for Celestine Avada Nelson, a Downey resident for 54 years and a homemaker.

She was 83, born in Brea, California, and died March 15 in Los Alamitos.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Downey.

Survivors include her husband, Floyd W. Nelson, son James F. Nelson, and sister Beulah Dixon.

Pastor Don Burgess will officiate. Burial will follow at Loma Vista Cemetery in Brea. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions payable to the Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 110, Chicago, IL 60611 or American Federation for Aging Research, 1414 Avenue of the Americas, 18th floor, New York, NY 00019.


Franz Reitmayer laid to rest at age 66

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Thursday, March 18, at the Calvary Cemetery Chapel for Franz Reitmayer, a 43 year Downey resident who died in Buena Park March 13.

He was 66, born in Yugoslavia, and worked for the Zinc Co.

Survivors include his wife, Maria; a son, Karl; and a daughter, Brigitte.

Father Rettig officiated.

Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.


Services Monday for Edward J. Terry, age 43

DOWNEY-Services were held Monday, March 15, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Edward J. Terry, a Downey resident for 43 years, who died March 11 in Whittier.

He was born Jan. 4, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois, and came to California in 1925. He attended Los Angeles schools and art classes at Cerritos College and CSU-Long Beach. He was a retired paving contractor, artist, stamp collector, coin collector, bocce ball player, world traveler, and was a former president of the Bell Gardens Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Commerce Rotary, and the Downey Stamp Club. He was a patron of the fine arts, and developed industrial property.

Survivors include his wife, Mary G. Terry; eight children, Mary Williams, Kathryn Abel, Susan Rash, Jeanne Cahill, Barbara Pacillo, Janet Terry, James Terry, John Terry; 25 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Arrangements were by the McCormick Mortuary of Whittier.


Friends, family grieve for Ida M. Hukill at 102

PICO RIVERA-Ida M. (Mickey) Hukill, a resident of the Downey-Pico Rivera area since 1927, died Feb. 10 at the age of 102.

She had suffered a broken hip.

She was born in Riverside in 1996, and was a member of the first class at Riverside Community College. She graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1918 with a degree in economics.

She and her late husband, Brooke, established residence in the Pico Rivera/Downey area shortly after their marriage in 1927. In 1942 they built a new home in Pico Rivera.

She enjoyed gardening, collecting artifacts, hunting for antiques at swap meets and garage sales, and was active in the OP Chapter of the PEO.

Survivors include four nieces, two nephews, and their families.


Mass of Christian Burial for Margaret A. Malloy

DOWNEY-A Mass of Christian Burial was heard Monday, March 15, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Margaret A. Malloy, a Downey resident for 66 years, who died March 11.

She was 96, born in Chicago, Illinois March 26, 1902. Her family moved to Huntington Park in 1928, and to Downey in 1933.

She was retired from Ken Stevens Insurance Company of Downey, was the last surviving of eight children, and selflessly cared for her bedridden mother for 35 years.

She never married.

In recent years she was preceded in death by a sister, Sister Mary Floriana, B.V.M., and two brothers, Rev. John C. Malloy and Rev. Richard T.Malloy.

Survivors include her niece, Rose Mary O'Brien of Oak Lawn, Illinois.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.


Former newspaper chief Harry Polgar mourned

DOWNEY-Funeral services are at 3 p.m. today (Friday, March 19) at Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier for Harry Polgar, former newspaper executive and political strategist, who died of heart failure March 14 at Kaiser Hospital in Bellflower.

He was 54, a lifetime Downey resident, and a 25-year veteran of editing and managing newspapers. He started as an award-winning editor of a community newspaper at 19. In the mid-1980s he was publisher and general manager of the News Tribune, overseeing the operations of six community newspapers with more than 100,000 combined circulation in southeast Los Angeles County including Paramount, Downey, Cerritos, Norwalk, Lakewood and Bellflower.

His prior experience included the job of Director of Communications for the Republican Party of Los Angeles County; editorial consultant to Modern Development Co., publisher of Millennium Press; advertising account executive for West Orange Publishing, publisher of the Kern Valley Sun in Kernville, Calif.; and city editor of the Herald American and Downey Call-Enterprise. He won several awards from the Pacific Coast Press Club for his editorials and news stories.

He was the campaign manager in the early 1990s for the Sanford Kahn for Congress Committee, and was the media manager for the Andrew Hopwood for Congress political campaign.

Skilled in public relations, he was vice-president for communications and public relations with the Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley Board of Realtors and public affairs manager for McMullen Oil Co.

He was active in the Downey Rotary, president of the Huntington Harbour Rotary Club, president of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs, an assistant pageant director for the Miss Downey for Miss America Pageant, and was Rotary District 5280 International Scholarship Chairman. In 1989 he led a Rotary Group Study Exchange to Brazil.

He was founder and first president of the Goof-offers Club of Downey. He was passionate about attending rodeos, taking photographs, playing golf and searching for that one-of-a-kind antique camera or cartoon book.

At the time of his death, Polgar was writing a novel about the space program, love and reincarnation. His son, Robert, described him as a "poet and eccentric wordsmith."

Born in Detroit, Michigan, he grew up in Downey and graduated from Downey High (where he played football). He later attended Cerritos College and CSU-Long Beach. He received his bachelor of science degree and was working on his master's thesis in journalism.

Survivors include his son, Robert Polgar of Los Angeles; his mother, Theresa Kovacs of Downey; and his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Tom Wilson of Santa Monica.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to donate to the City of Hope.







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