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Patsy Lou Payne, 63 remembered by many

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held June 15 for Patsy Lou Payne, a Downey resident since 1967, who died June 11 at Downey Community Hospital.

She was 63, born July 4, 1935 in Lake City, Arkansas, and was a member of the Gospel Assembly of God Church of Bell Gardens.

Survivors include her mother, Mamie Osborn of Downey; her husband, Carl R. Payne of Downey; daughters Joan Sordia of Downey, Carla Solis of Paramount; a sister, Brenda Biehn of Downey; three grandchildren, Carl Chavis of Bell Gardens, Robert Bishop and Brandon Sordia of Downey; and two great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Colman McDuff officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Friends, family grieve for Mario Giurini here

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held June 23 at the Downey Zrelak Mortuary Chapel for Mario Giurini, a mechanic in the trucking industry for more than 45 years, and a 12 year resident of Downey.

He was born in Yugoslavia, and died June 20 at the Norwalk Meadows Nursing Center at the age of 73.

He was formerly employed by International Harvester, and was a member of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Gisella Giurini of Downey; sons Giancarlo "John" Giurini of Downey, Gianfranco "John" Giurini (Kathleen) of Boston, Massachusetts; a daughter, Annamaria Giurini of Downey; brothers Rudy Giurini of Chicago, Illinois, Miro Iuricich of Yugoslavia; sisters Anna Gregori of Yugoslavia, Maria Sterpin of Yugoslavia; and a grandson Daniel John Giurini.

A Mass of Christian Burial was heard June 24 at our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Father Peter Coffey officiating.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his name to Catholic Charities specifically for children's organizations. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Housewife and mother Sara Kellstrom mourned

DOWNEY-Sara C. Kellstrom, a housewife, mother and a 38 year resident of Maywood, died June 16 in Bellflower.

She was 88, born in San Angelo, Texas.

Survivors include her children, Jan Kellstrom, Carole Ferguson, Alan Kellstrom, and Diana Kellstrom; a daughter-in-law, Betty Kellstrom; grandchildren Mary Dutra, Lisa Ferguson, Wendy Negus and Robert and Christopher Kellstrom; and great-grandchildren Sara, Megan and Eric Dutra; and Colton, Mason and Allison Negus.

Funeral services held for James Lawrence Stopher

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held June 21 at the Saint Raymond's Catholic Church for James Lawrence Stopher, a Downey resident for nine years and a former aircraft machinist for 41 years.

He was 80, born in Hardin County, Kentucky, and died in Downey.

He served in the U.S. Navy, where he was awarded many medals.

Survivors include his stepdaughter, Patricia Tersi; his brother, Garland Stopher; his sisters Mary Merritt, Mildred Beckley; his step grandchildren Christ Kallas and Trisa Nelson; numerous grandnieces and nephews and more than 60 great-grandnieces and nephews.

Private burial was at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Ralph William Thies mourned at age of 92

DOWNEY-Funeral services were held June 22 at St. Raymond's Church for Ralph William Thies, a 33 year resident of South Gate and a former employee of Thor Power & Tool Co.

He was 92, born in Effingham, Illinois, and died June 19 in Downey.

He was a member of St. Raymond's.

Survivors include his sons, Ralph, Gerald and Charles Thies; his daughters, Rosemary Thies and Lorita Ortega; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Father Tom officiated.

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

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