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Obituaries from 1999 Downey Eagle, Downey, CA

Rose Dell 'Innocenti mourned at age 85
DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Wednesday, June 16, at St. Pancratius Church for Rose Dell 'Innocenti, a Downey resident who died June 11.
She was 85.

Survivors include her husband, Vando; her daughter, Susan Dell 'Innocenti; a sister, Josie Friscia; a niece and four nephews.

Burial followed at the All Souls Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Luyben Family Lakewood Village Mortuary Chapel.

Friends, family remember Charles Francis Clayton
DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 16, at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Charles Francis Clayton, a longtime Downey resident and a former employee of Hugo Neu & Proler, a major steel and metal company.
He was 87, born in Sacramento, and died in Whittier June 12.

He was a member of the Acacia Grove Lodge No. 351, and a 50 year member of the Masonic Order.

Survivors include his wife, Millie Clayton; and many relatives and friends.

Walter Jolley, PM, officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial services tomorrow for Mabel Taylor, age 95
DOWNEY-Memorial services for the family will be held tomorrow (Saturday, June 19) for Mabel Taylor, a resident of Downey for five years and a retired employee of Singer Sewing Machine Co., for whom she worked for 35 years.
She was 95, born in British Columbia, Canada, and died June 12 in Long Beach.

She was a member of the Long Beach Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Doris Bremner of Downey; her grandchildren, Beverly (Michael) Marzo of Irvine, Janet Bremner of Downey, and Robert (Marlene) Bremner of Las Vegas, Nevada; and two great-grandchildren, Jason and Alissa Bremner of Las Vegas.

Burial will follow in Vancouver, Canada.

Funeral services held for Janette Alexandra Ellis
DOWNEY-Funeral services were held June 14 at the First Presbyterian Church of Downey for Janette Alexandra Ellis, a resident of Downey since 1924 and a homemaker, who died June 9 at Downey Community Hospital.
She was 95, born Nov. 1, 1903 in Hope, Arkansas. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Downey since 1928, and also belonged to the Women's Association of the First Presbyterian Church, and the Mariners of First Presbyterian.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred L. Ellis in 1986.

Survivors include her daughters, Dorothy Foss and Margaret (Bill) Klein; sons Fred L. Ellis, Jr. and Richard (Rennie) Ellis; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. David Hall and Rev. John Toay officiated.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel of Downey.

Downey surgeon Clyde A. Morris is mourned
DOWNEY-Clyde Aumond Morris, M.D., died at his home in Downey Thursday, June 3.
He was born June 25, 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri. After growing up in St. Louis, he was called to military service in 1942 and served for four years as an army pharmacist in Italy, achieving the rank of sergeant.

On his discharge in 1946, he married Marylene Hubert of St. Louis, and moved with her to California where he attended La Sierra College of Riverside and the College of Medical Evangelists, now Loma Linda University Medical School, from which he graduated in 1953.

In 1958 he completed his general surgery residency at White Memorial in Los Angeles. He opened a medical surgery practice in Downey in September of 1958, and began the Downey Community Hospital Emergency Room in several houses across from the Hospital which was then located on Fifth Street. His emergency room commitment put him on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for one year.

In 1961 he was admitted to the American Board of Surgery and the National Board. Clyde was instrumental in the planning and development of the present Downey Community Hospital. He served two terms as Chief of Staff of DCH.

He was an active member of the Downey Seventh-day Adventist Church and conducted several community-based "Five-Day Plan to Stop Smoking" clinics. He retired from medical-surgical practice in 1989 after 31 years.

Survivors include his wife, Marylene of Downey; a brother, Thayer Morris of Montrose, Colorado; children Kathi Wild of Redlands, Pastor Kevin Morris of Downey, Dean Morris of Santa Fe Springs, Karen Jean Davidson of San Bernardino; and five grandchildren.

Services were conducted yesterday (Thursday) at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier.

Ben 'D Corbin mourned by friends and family
DOWNEY-Services were held May 29 at Rose Hills for Ben 'D Corbin, former Downey Councilman and Mayor, who died May 26 in Cathedral City.
He was born Feb. 9, 1909 in Texas, and came to Downey in 1934, to work at the Los Nietos Valley Ice Cream Co., owned by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Corkum. He married their daughter, Catherine Corkum in 1937.

He served on the Draft Board, the Downey Chamber of Commerce, Downey YMCA, and was a member of the Downey Rotary, was a past president of the 20-30 Club, a member of Downey Masonic Lodge 220, and belonged to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Auxiliary.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Roma Lee in 1989.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine; sons Wayne and Charles; a daughter Penny Moore; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers; and a nephew, Ronald Corbin of Downey.

He and his wife, Catherine, moved to Balboa Island 28 years ago, but for the last four years had spent much of their time at their "hideaway" in Cathedral City.

Jeanette Ordale Andre remembered at age of 83
DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Monday, June 7, at the Downey Zrelak Mortuary Chapel for Jeanette Ordale Andre, a Downey resident for 45 years and an executive secretary for 30 years.
She was retired from the May Company, was born in Story City, Iowa, and died June 3 at her home at the age of 83.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Andre, in 1976.

Survivors include her son, Bruce Andre; her daughter, Jan M. Andre; sisters Esther Olson and Lois Mills; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pastor Thomas Cooper officiated. Burial followed at Park Lawn Cemetery in Commerce. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Former Downey resident Clarence Kropach mourned
DOWNEY-A Mass of Christian Burial will be heard today (Friday, June 4) at 1 p.m. at St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Downey for Clarence Kropach who died May 24 in San Luis Obispo.
He was 86, born March 10, 1913 in Osceola, Nebraska, the son of John and Amelia Micek Kropach.

In 1930 his grandfather, Thomas G. Micek, put him on a train to California because there was no work in Polk County, Nebraska.

He found a job in California as a gas station attendant, then worked in the war years in a defense plant, while attending school to become an electrician.

He married Martha Eleanor Donaldson in 1941, and worked as a journeyman electrician while raising a family in Downey.

He retired as an electrician in 1964, and opened a hardware store known as Mr. K's Hardware.

He later served as an officer for the California Hardware Association and the Downey Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife were also active in the Downey Historical Society.

The Kropachs were among the founding families of St. Raymond's Catholic Church, donating time and construction talents to the church and school. He served as a church usher for many years at the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

He was active with senior citizens groups at the church. In his second retirement he moved to the Atrium in San Jose, and later to San Luis Obispo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha "Pat" Kropach, his brother, Lester Kropach, and his son-in-law, Bill Adrian.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Chamberlin of San Jose, Georgia Adrian of San Luis Obispo; six grandchildren, Karen Chamberlin Groseclose, Michael Chamberlin, Bill Adrian, Jim Adrian, Judi Chamberlin Schroeder and Claire Adrien Steiner; and four great-grandchildren, Taylor, Austin and Parker Groseclose and Ryan Schroeder.

Burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. Arrangements are by the Reis Chapel Funeral Directors of San Luis Obispo.

Services tomorrow for Anti 'Tony' Bacalja
DOWNEY-Services will be held tomorrow (Saturday, June 5) at 11 a.m. at the family home for Anti "Tony" Bacalja, a Downey resident who died May 24.
He excelled at cooking, bowling, fishing and gardening, and will be missed by his family.

Survivors include his wife, Emilia; his daughter, Nola; a grandson, Damon; and many friends.

Private services to be held for Albert Donald Norell
DOWNEY-Private services will be held for Albert Donald Norell, a Downey resident for 35 years who died at his home May 30.
He was 69, born in North Dakota, and was formerly employed as a structural engineer with Beven Herron Inc.

He was an avid golfer, past president of the Candlewood Country Club and a lifetime member of the CHP 11-99 Foundation for Fallen Police Officers.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norell in 1988.

Survivors include his sons, Todd C. Norell (Lucy) of Whittier, Mark A. Norell (Vivian) of Manhattan, N.Y.; a brother, Stanley Norell of Penn Valley, California; sisters Judith Fitch of Mount Angel, Oregon, Violet Fitch of Prineville, Oregon; and a granddaughter, Inga Norell.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Henry P. Baldwin Jr. laid to rest at age of 89
DOWNEY-Services were held May 31 at the McCormick & Son Mortuary Chapel in Laguna Hills for Henry "Hal" P. Baldwin, Jr., a general agent emeritus of the TransAmerica Life Companies, who died May 27 at his home in Leisure World, Laguna Woods.
He was born May 20, 1910 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and moved with his family to California in 1929, where he became associated with Occidental Life Co.

During World War II he was a personal affairs officer at Air Force Headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. Following the war he opened the Hal Baldwin Agency of TransAmerica Life in Huntington Park. He was active in the Kiwanis and started the first Toastmasters Club. He closed his agency in 1975, but continued his personal insurance and investment business. He and his wife, Virginia, moved to Laguna Hills in 1987.

Burial was at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Arrangements were by the McCormick & Son Mortuary of Laguna Hills.

Funeral services held for Jack F. Garland at 80
DOWNEY-Funeral services were held at the Rose Hills Hillside Chapel for Jack F. Garland, a 53-year Downey resident and a former personnel employee for 25 years of Rockwell International.
He then worked for Safeway Stores, Inc., as a wage and hour inspector, from which he retired in 1986.

He was 80 and died April 30 of injuries suffered in a car accident in Whittier.

He was born in 1918 in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Miami University in Ohio and later USC.

In 1942 he entered the Army, serving in the 10th Armored Division in Europe. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1946.

Late in 1946 he and his wife, Della, and daughter, Gail, moved to Downey. In the 1960s he was active in civic affairs. He was a member of the Downey Planning Commission, the Cemetery Board, the Recreation Commission, Rose Float Association, and the local Draft Board.

Survivors include his wife, Della; his daughters, Gail Garland of Downey, Dawn Davison of Hacienda Heights; a son, Jack Jr., of La Habra; and five grandchildren, Brian, Jennifer, Jacob, Becky and Joshua Davison; and a brother, Garfield of Downey.

Burial followed at Rose Hills.

Services Monday for Rosa Dominguez Rojas
DOWNEY-Viewing will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 24, at the United Methodist Church for Rosa Dominguez Rojas, a resident of Downey since 1942, who died May 18 in Vista.
She was 94, born Aug. 30, 1904 in Romita, Guanajuato, Mexico.

She lived on Adwen Street in Downey since 1948.

Survivors include her children, Margaret Rojas Roth of Temecula, Alice Rojas of Fullerton, Dale Rojas of La Mirada, Ben Rojas of Los Angeles, Daniel Rojas of Bullhead City, Arizona; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at the United Methodist Church in Downey at 1 p.m. Monday, May 24.

Iva Powell, at age 91, laid to rest Thursday
DOWNEY-Graveside services were held May 20 at Rose Hills Memorial Park for Iva Powell, a 13 year resident of Downey, homemaker and former part-time clerk at Lee's Department Store in Huntington Park.
She was 91, born in De Kalb, Texas, and died May 16 at Lakewood Regional Medical Center. She was a previous 60 year resident of Huntington Park, and was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Capt. Burl C. Powell, a 38-year veteran of the Huntington Park Fire Dept.

Survivors include her daughters, Darlene Grace of Downey and Gloria Meece (Bob) of Rossmore; grandchildren Lucinda Grace, Candy Hann (Andy), and Greg Meece (Kathryn); great-grandchildren Aaron and Drew Hann, and Jeremiah, Nathan, Ben, and Deborah Meece; a brother, Leon Walker; and a sister, Carlene Howell of Texas.

The Rev. William Hann officiated. Burial was at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Briar D. Visser mourned at age 56 in South Gate
SOUTH GATE-Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society for Briar D. Vissar of South Gate, who died May 2.
She was 56, and had traveled much of the world.

Survivors include her mother, Flora M. Visser; her brother, Charles Marten Visser; two nieces and a nephew.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to the Briar D. Visser Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 7397, San Diego, CA 92167.

Friends, family grieve for Elsie Elaine Harris, 75
DOWNEY-Funeral services were Wednesday, May 19, at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Elsie Elaine Harris, a 57-year Downey resident and a longtime member of the Downey United Methodist Church.
She was 75, born in Norfolk, Nebraska, and died May 14 here.

She was a member of the Downey United Methodist Church Women's Circle and the Rancho Los Amigos Physical Therapy Group.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Harris, and her son, Ronald Harris.

Survivors include her sister, Virginia Luebcke of Norfolk, Nebraska; a brother, Franklin Darrell Deuel (wife Carol) of Willits, a brother, Elmer "Jim" Hayman (wife Medette) of Santa Ana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pastors Earl McCallum and Gary Beard officiated. Burial followed at the Downey District Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Graveside services for William Edward Argo
DOWNEY-Graveside services were held May 10 at Park Lawn Cemetery in Commerce for William Edward Argo, a Downey resident for 35 years, who died May 4 at the Torrance Memorial Burn Center.
He was 73, born Feb. 18, 1926 in Ocala, Florida.

Survivors include his brother, Henry Argo; eight children, Judy Argo, Mike Argo, Robert Argo, Rick Tiffin, Ron Russell, Diane Tiffin, Randy Tiffin, and Robbie Tiffin; 17 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, beside whom he was buried.

Javier Eulalio Sanchez, upholsterer, mourned
DOWNEY-A Mass was heard Wednesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Javier Eulalio Sanchez, a longtime Los Angeles resident and upholsterer in the furniture manufacturing business for more than 30 years.
He lived in Downey for the past two years and died at his home May 9.

He was 59, born in Mexico.

Survivors include his wife, Eustolia Sanchez; his son, Alfonso Ruiz (Eraina); daughters Graciela Rivera (Faustino), Sonia Ruiz (Ruben Rivera); brothers Rafael Sanchez, Moises Sanchez; sisters Elisa Sanchez and Lidovina Chafaros; and eight grandchildren.

Entombment followed at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Services to be today for Edward F. Shepherd at 81
DOWNEY-Services will be held today (Friday, May 14) at 1 p.m., at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Edward F. Shepherd, a former employee of South Gate Electric and a South Gate resident.
He was 81, born in Massachusetts, and died May 10 in Lynwood.

He was a member of the Downey United Lodge 220, Royal Arch 157, the BPOE Elks 2003 of Bellflower, the Fleet Reserve, VFW, and the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Shepherd.

Downey United Lodge 220 will officiate. Burial will follow at Park Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family grieve for David F. Lauer at 91
BUENA PARK-Services were held March 22 at the Renaker-Klockgether Mortuary in Buena Park for David F. Lauer, a former Downey resident and a retired calculator for Santa Anita Race Track, who died March 17 at Citrus Valley Medical Center in Covina.
He was 91, born in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, Oct. 4, 1907.

Survivors include his daughters, Patricia Moffett of West Covina, and Jacqueline McDonald of Lakewood.

Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. Arrangements were by the Renaker-Klockgether Mortuary in Buena Park.

Manuel E. Torres is mourned at age of 64
DOWNEY-Memorial services were held at the First Baptist Church of Downey for Manuel E. Torres, a 34-year resident of Downey and a former manufacturing planner for Rockwell International.
He was 64, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and died at his home May 2. He was retired after 38 years in the aerospace industry.

Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Torres; his daughters, Traci Ann Torres, Carrie Lynn Torres; sisters Lucy Kemp, Margaret Temple (Joseph), Dora Lyons, Linda Torres (Robert), Angelica Pedigo (Mitchell); godchildren Cynthia Torres, Catherine Alvarado, and Mitchell Pedigo, Jr.

He was preceded in death by brothers Ernest Torres, J. Ray Torres, and Robert Torres.

Burial was private. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Private services for Ada M. Davis, age 97
SOUTH GATE-Private services were held for Ada M. Davis, a resident of South Gate for 22 years, who died April 27 in Downey Community Hospital.
She was 97, born in Indiana.

Survivors include her daughter, Edith Pedersen; two granddaughters, Janet Beck and Terri Parks; great-grandchildren Jennifer Greenwald, Rick Greenwald, Sean Parks, Wendy Parks; and great-great-grandson Tyler Haskell.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Memorial service for Delma M. Butler
DOWNEY-A memorial service is set tomorrow (Saturday, May 8), at 11 a.m., at the Rose Hills Rainbow Chapel for Delma M. Butler, a Downey resident for 45 years, and a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was born June 19, 1913, in Cleveland, Ohio, and worked for the U.S. Government (Navy and Air Force) in California, plus 20 years in private industry.

She retired in 1978.

She was the eldest daughter of Elizabeth and Edward Marion, the sister of Winiford and Francis Marion, and a mother of five.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Charles; a son, Chuck; two daughters, Joan and Marie; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Willard Frank Asher services set for today
DOWNEY-Services are today (Friday, May 7) at 11 a.m., at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Willard Frank Asher, a retired 26-year Downey resident.
He was 85, born in Leadville, Colorado, and died May 4 at his home.

He was a member of the Shriners, the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association, the Ancient Mystical Order of Cruses, and was a Downey realtor for 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Bea Salisbury Asher; stepdaughters Terri Reid (Nick), Cheryl Andresen (Phil); grandchildren Chris (Sara), Erik and Kara Andresen, Tim and Sam Reid; and great-granddaughter Forrest Stoodly.

Cremation will be followed by burial at sea.

Arrangements are by Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

James Arthur Hollywood Jr., mourned at age 81
DOWNEY-A funeral mass was heard April 26 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for James Arthur Hollywood, Jr., a 30-year resident of Downey and the former controller for Pioneer Flintkote for 44 years.
He was 81, born in Trinidad, Colorado, and died at Downey Community Hospital April 21.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II, and was discharged with the rank of Aerographer's Mate Third Class.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Hollywood; his son, James Hollywood and daughters Kay Wadsworth, Sharon Nameth and Janice Marquess; a sister, Louise Collier; and 10 grandchildren.

Father John Maloney officiated. Burial followed at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, with the Rev. Steve Faubion officiating at graveside.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Family, friends grieve for Marie M. Williams
DOWNEY-Services were held Wednesday, April 28, at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Marie M. Williams, a homemaker and a 46 year resident of Downey.
She was 78, born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and died April 22.

She was a member the Downey Senior Recreation Club; the Hollydale Seniors Club; and Paramount Seniors Club.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Charles Curtis Williams; four sons, Darrell Williams and his wife Gale; Roy Williams and his wife, Betty; Coy Williams and wife Frances; and James Williams and his wife, Brigitte; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Pastor Jerry Coffman of the First Missionary Baptist Church officiated.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Services held for Robert Daniel Smith
BELL GARDENS-Services were held April 27 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside for Robert Daniel Smith, a 33 year resident of Bell Gardens, who died April 19 at Downey Community Hospital.
He was 78, born in Piqua, Ohio, and had been retired since 1985.

He was a member of the A.M.E. (Cyrena) of Piqua, Ohio, and served in the U.S. Army from 1941-43.

Survivors include his brothers, Arthur B. Smith Jr., of Springfield, Massachusetts, Richard Lee Smith of Upland; a sister, Lela S. Clease of Los Angeles; 12 nieces and nephews, many great nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by eight brothers and three sisters.

The Rev. William Carter officiated. Burial was at Riverside National Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Military burial for George Douglas Roese
DOWNEY-A military burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Riverside for George Douglas Roese, who drowned while swimming April 17 in Cancun, Mexico.
Visitation will be today (Friday, April 23) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Miller-Mies Mortuary. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Downey Memorial Christian Church, 8441 Florence Ave.

He was 57, born in St. Louis, Mo. Dec. 6, 1941.

When his father was called to military service the family moved to Huntington Park. He attended schools there, as well as the Mt. Lowe Military Academy in Altadena. The family moved to South Gate, where he attended South Gate High School, and later USC.

He joined the U.S. Marines and served from 1959 to 1963. He later drove trucks delivering groceries, and belonged to the Teamsters Union.

Survivors include his mother, Marian Rose Steinke, his stepfather, Stanley Steinke; a sister Sheri Roese; a nephew, Peter Realmuto; an aunt, Joan Marks; and many relatives in Florida.

He was an excellent swimmer and diver, and taught those nine months to 90 years to swim. A dolphin was his ad logo. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family grieve for Melvin Laverne Breman
DOWNEY-Services were held Tuesday, April 20, at the Rose Hills Memorial Park Hillside Chapel in Whittier for Melvin Laverne Breman, a 49-year Downey resident, who died April 16 here.
He was 83, born in New York March 30, 1916.

Survivors include his daughter, Lucille Davis; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; also survived by two sisters, and a brother, all living on the east coast.

Arrangements were by Rose Hills Mortuary.

William Bencomo Fierro mourned at age of 66
DOWNEY-Services were held Friday, April 16, at St. Pius Church for William Bencomo Fierro, a Downey resident and a former employee of AT & T, who died at his home.
He was 66, born April 20, 1932 at Avalon, Catalina Island.

He was a member of St. Pius Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Irma Fierro; his son, Denis Fierro of Garden Grove; his daughter, Kathryn Molina of Downey; a daughter-in-law; four grandchildren and a son-in-law.

Father McHugh officiated. Burial followed at Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Former Downey resident Eva Viola McKeague
DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Wednesday, April 14, at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, for Eva Viola McKeague, a former Downey resident who died April 8 at the Alamitos West Convalescent Hospital in Los Alamitos.
She was age 80, and was a resident of Leisure World in Seal Beach.

She was a former employee of the J.C. Penney Co., as a bookkeeper.

Survivors include her daughter, Patty Tossey and son-in-law Randy Tossey of Huntington Beach; a brother, Wallace Easton of Hollywood; and grandchildren Nicholas, Megan and Jarrett Tossey of Huntington Beach.

A memorial service was held at Leisure World Community Church April 14. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Services today for Neva Helena Akloff
DOWNEY-Services will be held today (Friday, April 16) at 9 a.m. at the Rose Hills Memorial Chapel in Whittier for Neva Helena Akloff, a Downey resident since 1957.
She was born in Blackfoot, Idaho, and was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathoic Church.

Survivors include two children, Alexander Akloff Jr., and daughter Teresa and her husband Daniel Hamilton; and a sister, Sylvia Bernat.

Arrangements are by Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.

Friends, family mourn Nick F. Antista at 84
DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was held at the Calvary Cemetery's Mausoleum Chapel for Nick F. Antista, who died April 6 at his home in Downey.
He was age 84, born May 8, 1914 in Colorado, and was a former employee in the motion picture industry as a property person for 35 years with Warner Brothers Studios.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and World War II.

Survivors include his brother, Joseph A. Antista; nephew Gary Antista; niece Jolene Colins; and niece Betty Cantrano.

The Rev. Father Henry Gomez of St. Gertrude Catholic Church officiated. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Sylvia Theresa Nadsady remembered by many
DOWNEY-Private cryptside services were held at the Mausoleum of All Souls Catholic Cemetery in Long Beach for Sylvia Theresa Nadsady, a longtimer homemaker and a Downey resident since 1961, who died April 9 in Downey Community Hospital.
She was age 75, born in Flint, Michigan, and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence "Larry" Nadsady; her daughter, Vicki Nadsady of Santa Monica; sisters Bess Cmerjrek of Fenton, Michigan, Toni Smeage of Saginaw, Michigan, and Vlasti Kucera of Riverside.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Nick Palermo mourned at age of 93 in Downey
DOWNEY-Funeral services are today (Friday, April 9) at 10 a.m. at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Nick Palermo, a well known business man in both Downey and South Gate.
He was 93, the son of immigrants from Italy, and died April 2 in Specialty Hospital in La Mirada. As a small child, he liked to visit the coal mines where his father worked in Springfield, Illinois. When the family moved to Fresno in 1920, he became a shoeshine boy, and got up early to deliver newspapers as well. He loved to work. His formal education ended in the 4th grade. He started his own business in 1941.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; his son, David (the manager of Nick's New & Used Merchandise on Imperial Highway in Downey, and Nick's Antiques in South Gate); his daughter, Rosalie Peter of Wrightwood; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The Rev. John Smyser will officiate. Burial will follow in Memory Garden Memorial Park in Brea.

Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family grieve for Ruben Americo Lopez
DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 7 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Ruben Americo Lopez, a five year resident of Downey, who died at his home April 1.
He was 56, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was an employee of Classic Press.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Marta Elena Lopez; his son, Gabriel Gustavo-Lopez; and his daughter, Veronica Andrea Lopez.

Deacon Ralph Riera officiated. Burial will be in Argentina. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Mary Grace Terrin memorial Wednesday
DOWNEY-Memorial services are set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Mary Grace Terrin, a resident of Downey for 48 years, who died March 26 here.
She was 86, born in Trenton, New Jersey, and was a former legal secretary for several law firms.

Survivors include her husband of 38 years, John Terrin.

Father Steve Davoren will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Beverly Elaine Grant laid to rest at age of 72
DOWNEY-Services were held March 19 at the Inglewood Park Cemetery for Beverly Elaine Grant, a 49 year Downey resident, who died March 16 in Whittier.
She was 72, born in Bell, and was a former employee of the Trans America Financial Corporation.

She was a member of the Calvary Chapel of Downey; the U.S. Power Squadron for 50 years; the Elks Auxiliary Volunteers; the Metropolitan State Hospital Volunteers; and was a student at the Downey Adult School.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Grant; a son, Cary L. Grant (and his wife Charleen) of Huntington Beach; a daughter, Rhonda McConohy of Dublin, CA; grandchildren Danielle McConohy of Dublin, Chaz, Eric and Cara Grant of Huntington Beach.

Chaplain Glenn Kravig officiated. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family mourn James Malcolm Twait
DOWNEY-Memorial Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary Chapel for James Malcolm Twait, a Downey resident and a rehabilitation counselor with the Cider House in Norwalk.
He was 53, born in Los Angeles and died March 28.

He was a former counselor for the State of California.

Survivors include his son, James Michael Twait of Downey; his daughter, Danielle Toney Sullivan and her husband, Thomas of Sherman Oaks; his father, Haldor E. Twait of Downey; mother Ruth Twait of Mission Viejo; brothers Steve Twait and his wife, Marie of Trabuco Canyon, and Larry Twait of Dana Point.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Cider House, 11400 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650 in his memory.

Services Wednesday for Rosina Goldbach, 89
DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 31 at St. Stephens Catholic Church for Rosina Goldbach, a Downey resident for 32 years and a former employee for 20 years of Trans World Airlines.
She was 89, born in Yugoslavia and died March 28 in Garden Grove.

She was a member of St. Stephens Catholic Church, and was preceded in death by her husband, Stefan Goldbach in 1972.

Survivors include her daughter, Maria Kerin of Austria; two sons, Steve Goldbach of Lake Arrowhead, and Frank Goldbach of Downey; a daughter, Helen Erhardt of Oregon; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Father Hermann Rettig officiated. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Private services for Alma Opal Hybarger, 83
DOWNEY-Services will be private for Alma Opal Hybarger, a former teacher and school administrator and an 11 year resident of Downey, who died at her home March 18.
She was 83, born in Texas, and worked for Prince George's County Board of Education in Maryland. She was a school teacher and administrator for 45 years.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen S. Cartano of Downey; her son, Dr. Charles P. Hybarger of Fairfax; sisters Ida Mae Pierce of Oklahoma and Ruby Jean Parker of Texas; granddaughters Wendy Cartano, April Karson, Lisa Hybarger and Eva Hybarger; and a great-granddaughter, Alyssa Karson.

Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Betty Jane Nellie Piano mourned at age of 67
WHITTIER-Graveside services were held Saturday, March 20, at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier for Betty Jane Nellie Piano, a former Downey resident who died March 17 at her home in Lakeport.
She was 67, born July 28, 1931 in Huntington Park. She grew up in Bell Gardens and Downey, and was employed for 10 years as a cosmetics sales clerk for JC Penney here.

Survivors include her son, David Piano of Lake Havasu; a daughter, Pamela Allen of Lakeport; a brother Charles Wyatt and his wife, Jackie of Carson City, Nevada; and grandchildren Dennis Allen, Paula Piano, Jimmie Allen, Kelly Piano, Kris Allen, and Katie Allen.

Arrangements were by the Chapel of the Lakes in Lakeport.

Michael James Hubbard mourned at age of 51
WHITTIER-Memorial services were held Thursday, March 11, at the Rose Hills Mortuary in Whittier for Michael James Hubbard, 51, who was born in Downey and attended Warren High School.
He died at his home in Big Bear City March 7, and was a carpet layer there.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Vietnam.

Survivors include his wife, Rosa Hubbard; two children, Michael and Christina; his mother, Dorothy Hubbard of Downey; a brother, Jay Bowman of Delta, Colorado; and a sister, Linda Keehn of Springfield, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Daryl, who died in February 1998.

He was laid to rest beside his brother, Daryl.

Virginia B. Krier laid to rest at age 91
MAYWOOD-Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 10 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Maywood for Virginia B. Krier, a Maywood resident for 71 years.
She was 91, born in Rock Island, Illinois, and died March 5 at her home. She was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Church in Maywood, the St. Rose of Lima Women's Club, and the Cudahy Senior Citizens.

Survivors include her son, Kenneth D. Burton of Maywood; her daughter, Jackie J. Spencer of Santa Barbara; grandchildren Deborah, Sandra, Steven, Kenneth, Mary (deceased), Jeanne Marie, Susan and Kathleen.

Father George Duran officiated. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

44-year Downey resident Steve Trejo remembered
DOWNEY-Funeral services are today, Friday, March 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Steve Trejo, a 44-year Downey resident who died March 7 in Downey Community Hospital.
He was 66, and was a retired employee of Rockwell International for whom he worked for 37 years. He was an active contributor to his church and community, and was a member of the Downey Elks. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam.

Survivors include his wife, Isabel; three children and their spouses, Ophelia and Carlos, Steve and Cindea, and Rick and Karen; eight grandchildren, Leanna, Renee, Carly, Jacob, James, Karen, Katherine and Gary.

Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Riverside burial for Norbert W. Weinberg
DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Thursday, March 11, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Norbert (Norb) William Weinberg, a 46 year Downey resident and the former co-owner of Lockman and Associates Engineering.
He was a graduate of USC where he received his civil engineering degree. He was a past Grand Knight of the Knute Rockne Council No. 3697 Knights of Columbus, was a past president of the Columbus Club of Downey, a member of the Downey Design Review Board, and was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

He served in the Army Air Corps as a weather observer from 1943 until 1946, and was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves from which he retired as a captain.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen of Downey; a son, Michael (Betsy) of West Linn, Oregon; a daughter, Noreen Bradley (Jim) of Placentia; and four grandchildren.

Pastor Rev. John Maloney officiated. Burial is today (Friday, March 12) at 10:30 a.m. in Riverside National Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Friends, family mourn Harold Sigurd Ovland
DOWNEY-Services were held Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Urn Garden at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier for Harold Sigurd Ovland, a Downey resident for 45 years who died Feb. 21 at his Downey home.
He was born Jan. 14, 1916 in Oslo, Norway, and was educated in Sweden as an aeronautical engineer.

He came to the U.S. in 1937 to work at Consolidated Vultee, North American Aviation, and eventually Rockwell in Downey.

He was an active member of the community, and was recognized for his contributions, which included working with the Southland Lutheran Home Geriatric Center, the Trinity Lutheran Church and school of Norwalk, and the Sons of Norway Solbakken Lodge No. 64 of Placentia.

He loved to travel and took his family to Europe on many occasions.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; his daughters, Kristine Pilkington of Santa Barbara, Kari Albrecht of Trabuco Canyon, Kim Harris of Long Beach, Irene Vachetta of Alpine; a son, Sigurd Zielke of Collonsville, Illinois; three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services continued at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Harold S. Ovland Scholarship Fund at Trinity Lutheran School, to the Southland Lutheran Home, or to the Sons of Norway Lars Skjelbreia Scholarship Fund.


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