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Obituaries from 1999 Downey Eagle, Downey, CA

Mary Margaret Brewer laid to rest Thursday
DOWNEY-Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Rose Hills Hillside Chapel in Whittier for Mary Margaret Brewer, a longtime Downey resident.
She was born May 26, 1921 in Sixton, Mo., and moved to Downey with her parents in 1923. She graduated from Downey High School in 1938, and married S. Jean Brewer Aug. 12, 1939. They had two children, David E. and Mary Gayle Brewer. Mary Gayle died in 1982.

Survivors include son David E. Brewer of Arcadia; a brother, Clarence D. Mocabee, Jr., of Downey; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of friends.

A visitation was held Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Mortuary Stateroom at Rose Hills.

Services held Wednesday for Jack Donald Howard
DOWNEY-Memorial services were held Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Downey Zrelak Mortuary Chapel for Jack Donald Howard, a warehouseman for Core-Mark International for 32 years and a 25 year Downey resident.
He was 60, born Jan. 11, 1939 in Benoit, Mississippi, and died Jan. 31 at his home. He was a former resident of Huntington Park, and was preceded in death by two brothers, Harver and Hubert; and his parents, Thomas and Julia Howard.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Howard; children Ronnie Aguliar-Howard of Norco, Malinda Fischesser of Texas, Jack D. Howard II and Michelle Howard of Palmdale; siblings Jim of La Mirada, David of Rowland Heights, Carl of Pico Rivera, Gene of Downey and Frank Howard of Tennessee, Margaret Brown of Texas, Pat Teubner of New Jersey, and Ruby Edwards of Oregon; and 14 grandchildren.

The Rev. Stephen Jordan of the Landmark Community Church officiated. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Jane Alice Noble mourned at age of 82
DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Jane Alice Noble, a Downey resident for 23 years, who died at her home Jan. 29.
She was a homemaker for 50 years, age 82, born in Akron, Ohio, and was a member of the Downey Newcomers Club, the OLPH Woman's Guild and Mission Circle, the Firestone Retirees Club and the AARP.

She was a former resident of South Gate, and was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1983, and her daughter, Lynne Whitney in 1992.

Survivors include her daughters, Jane E. Noble of Anaheim, Anne Kahle of El Toro; sisters Esther McHugh, Betty Suses, Dorothy Jay and Martha Kurtz of Ohio; and six grandchildren.

The Rev. John Moloney officiated. Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Friends, family grieve for Barbara Wheaton
LONG BEACH-Memorial Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 2, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Long Beach for Barbara Wheaton, an active Christian who took many under her wing and into her home, who died Jan. 29 from colon cancer.
She was age 79, the mother of The Downey Eagle's Kristen Price, and was born July 17, 1921, in Alhambra. She grew up in Wilmington, moved to Long Beach with her family, and graduated from Long Beach Poly High School in 1939.

She was a member of the Tajma sorority, and continued her education at Long Beach City College, where she met her husband, Ivan. Before he left to serve as an infantryman in World War II he asked her to marry him. They were wed six weeks before he left for Europe. She supported the war effort by working as a secretary at the Navy Shipyard.

The mother of five, she was active in the PTA, Girl Scouts and as a charter member of the Las Hermanas Assistance League.

She could often be found rearranging her furniture, tending her flowers, or preparing the Mexican Chicken dish she loved to serve at large family gatherings.

She loved to travel and visited Russia, Spain, New Zealand and Morocco through an international exchange organization. She had planned a trip to Costa Rica, but her health forced her to leave the cabin where she had been living in Big Bear and move to Leisure World just a month ago.

Survivors include her children, Karen Lee Ziech of Joliet, Illinois, Kristen Price of Long Beach, Gayle Guzman and Kurt Wheaton of Garden Grove, Susan Wells of Bend, Oregon; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services held for Donald M. Peyton at 74
DOWNEY-Services were held Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS Downey Ward II for Donald M. Peyton, a Downey resident for 58 years and a former employee of the Doty Brothers.
He was 74, born in Iowa, and died Jan. 17.

Survivors include his daughters, Dorothy Judd (Thomas R. Jr.) of Ontario, Laura Martin (Keith) of Montclair, Catherine Lewis (David) of Garden Grove; a sister, Pamela Taliaferro (Roger) of Escondido; and seven grandchildren.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family grieve for Austin Clement Kane
DOWNEY-Memorial services were held Jan. 15 at the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary Chapel for Austin Clement Kane, a resident of Downey for 42 years, who died Jan. 11 at his home.
He was 80, born June 23, 1918 in Union Town, Pennsylvania, and worked as an insurance salesman for 38 years for Allstate Insurance Co.

He was a former resident of South Gate and was a veteran of the Merchant Marine in World War II. He was a longtime volunteer with the Kaiser Hospice Program.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Kane of Downey; a son, Michael P. Kane of Fullerton; a daughter, Mary Anne Veronin of East Hampton, Conn.; a sister, Annamary Clark of Lakewood; five grandchildren; and his caregiver, Wynona Spears of Carson.

Dr. John B. Toay officiated. Burial was in Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Memorial service for Blanche Toay at age 97
DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Jan. 20 at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier for Blanche Toay, a 26 year resident of Downey and homemaker.
She was 97, born in Iowa, and died Jan. 16.

Survivors include her son, John Toay; and her sister, Joyce Good.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the First Presbyterian Church of Downey.

Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Benjamin F. Griffin mourned at age of 64
DOWNEY-At his request there will be no services for Benjamin F. Griffin, a resident of Downey, who died Jan. 16.
He was 64.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; and two sons, Tim and Brian.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Trinity Care Hospice Foundation, 2601 Airport Drive, Suite 110, Torrance, CA 90505.

Arrangements were by McKenzie Cremation and Burial.

Raymond Wilbur Curtis mourned by many here
DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier for Raymond Wilbur "Ray" Curtis, a former 20 year employee of Sachs Lincoln-Mercury, who died Jan. 10 at his Downey home.
He was a Downey resident since 1929, and was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Bonnie, in 1996.

Prior to his years with Lincoln-Mercury he worked for Helms Bakery. He was a member of the Downey Historical Society, the Downey Rose Float Association, and the Downey Seniors Billiards Club.

Survivors include his son, Robert of Downey; two granddaughters, Laura of West Covina, and Denise of Fullerton; grandsons Jeff of Georgia and Brad of Joshua Tree; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lucille of Wisconsin.

Father John Moloney of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church officiated. Arrangements were by Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.

Services held tomorrow for John Spolsky, age 79
DOWNEY-Friends and family may attend a visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. this evening, Friday, Jan. 15, at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for John Spolsky, a 50 year Downey resident and a former employee of Miller Brewing Co., who died Jan. 11 at Kaiser Hospital in Bellflower.
He was 79, born in Pennsylvania, and was baptized at the Russian Church Byzantine Rites, and was also a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

Survivors include his wife; four children; two sisters; five grandchildren; two nephews and three nieces.

A rosary will be held at 7 this evening.

Services will be tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 16) at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Father John Moloney will officiate. Private burial will follow. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family mourn Dick Raabe at age 88
DOWNEY-Richard E. Raabe Jr., a former longtime resident and community leader in Downey, died at 88 following heart surgery.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 1910 and died Dec. 9.

He was the owner of Emergency Engine Service on Phlox Street for many years where he manufactured quarter midget race cars and van style ambulances.

He was involved in many community activities including the designing and building of the frame and engine for several Downey rose floats.

He was a member of the Downey Elks Lodge 2020, the Downey Masonic Lodge, the Al Malaikah Shrine, the Downey Rose Float Association, past president of the Downey Optimists, and past president of the Downey Shrine Club. His hobbies included the restoration of a 1920 Model T Ford touring car and the design and machining of his own steam engine. He was a member of the Los Angeles Live Steamer Club at Travel Town in Griffith Park.

He moved to Lake Park La Mirada about 20 years ago. His signature red custom Chevy pickup truck is now in Tulsa with his son, Chuck.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; his brother, Harry of Victorville; his son Rick of Downey; daughter Jan Youngquist of Yorba Linda; son Chuck of Tulsa; daughter Ginger Maron of Seattle; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.

There were no services.

Maria Allemant de Salinas is mourned at age of 97
SOUTH GATE-A Funeral Mass was heard Wednesday, Dec. 30, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Maria Antonieta Allemant de Salinas, resident of South Gate for six years, who died Dec. 26 in Downey Community Hospital.
She was 97, born Jan. 22, 1901 in Lima, Peru.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar, in 1950.

Survivors include her sons, Oscar and Santiago Salinas of Peru; daughters Esperanza Rodriguez of Peru and Olga Salinas and Nelly Pino of South Gate; and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Funeral services held for David A. Berggren
DOWNEY-Funeral services for David A. Berggren, a Downey resident for 40 years, were held Dec. 18 at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier.
Born in Chicago, Illinois Feb. 22, 1932, he died at his home Dec. 14.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne Berggren; his daughter, Laura Bruce of Downey; stepsons Christopher and Steven Coday; six grandchildren; and two sisters.



Obituaries from 1998 Downey Eagle, Downey, CA

Robert L. Haase is mourned by many here
NIPOMO-At his request there will be no services for Robert L. Haase, a former longtime Downey resident and the former general manager of Downey Plumbing and Heating Co. for 21 years.
He was 64, born April 30, 1934 in Norfolk, Nebraska and died Dec. 21 at his home in Nipomo, California.

He came to California in 1953, and lived in Downey from 1966 to 1984. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp and Korea, and lived in Nipomo since 1984. He was a member of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge No. 1538. His hobbies included travel, water skiing, gardening, and his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Lois L. Haase of Nipomo; his daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Kalvin Packett of Nipomo; a sister, Patricia Zacker of Palm Springs; two grandchildren, Kyle and Cortney R. Packett of Nipomo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Cremation was requested with private inurnment at Memory Gardens of the Dudley-Hoffman Columbarium. Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 766, Santa Maria, CA 93456.

Family memorial for Melba McMahon at 76
LOS OSOS-Private family memorial services were held at her home in Los Osos for Melba McMahon, a former Downey resident for 26 years before moving to Los Osos in March.
She was 76, born Nov. 30, 1922 in Oklahoma, and died Dec. 12. Before her lengthy Downey residence, she lived in Livermore for 15 years. She was a volunteer for the Downey Community Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Downey Newcomers Club.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, John McMahon of Los Osos; daughters Karin Reitz of Livermore, Kathleen Hanis of Lathrop; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements were by the Neptune Society.

Memorials are suggested to the Hospice Partners of the Central Coast, 285 South St., Suite 1, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Memorial services held for Joseph Zilvar
DOWNEY-Memorial services were held at Rose Hills Lakeview Chapel for Joseph Zilvar, a resident of Downey since 1978 and a former employee of Fire-X Corp., of Lynwood, which later became Fire-Bann Corp. of Ontario.
He was 70, born in Hololavy, Czech Republic, and died Nov. 16 in Downey Community Hospital.

He left Czechoslovakia in 1948 for Austria, then journeyed to France. In 1951 he immigrated to Ontario, Canada, where he met and married Rita Le Brasseur in 1953.

In 1962 he and his family immigrated to the U.S., settling in Huntington Park. They moved to Downey in 1978.

He was a longtime member of the Besefa Club in Pasadena and attended regular functions of the Sokol Club in Los Angeles. He was a member of St. Cyril and Methodius, Czech Mission, since 1962.

Survivors include his son, Kevin, and a daughter-in-law, Joan, of Cucamonga; a daughter, Cheryl Godfray, and son-in-law, Philip, of Covina; two granddaughters, two grandsons, three step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

He was honored with a fire engine escort to the reception, and bagpipes at the ceremony. His ashes were laid to rest in a chapel niche.

Funeral Mass today for Gladys Elizabeth Robbins
DOWNEY-A funeral mass will be heard today (Friday, Dec. 11) at 10 a.m. at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Gladys Elizabeth Robbins, a resident of Downey and a retired professor at CSU-Los Angeles, who died at her home Dec. 7.
She was 73, and was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce W. Power in 1974.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen Taylor of North Hollywood; grandchildren Dalton and Emily Taylor; brother Edward Bangham and sister Joy Escobar of Downey; and a niece and nephews.

Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Adrain E. McAllister mourned at age of 59
SOUTH GATE-Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary Chapel for Adrain Eugene McAllister, a South Gate resident for 27 years and a dock worker for 26 years employed most recently by D.S.L. Trucking Co., who died at Downey Community Hospital Dec. 5.
He was 59, born Oct. 17, 1939, and was a former resident of Maywood.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth McAllister; his son, David McAllister of South Gate; a daughter, Sherry Buescher of Downey; brothers Henry, Steve and Larry McAllister of Missouri; and a sister, Alma Diehl of Saugus.

Pastor Gary Beard of the United Methodist Church of Downey officiated. Private cremation followed. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Friends, family remember Margaret L. Stringfellow
DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Monday, Dec. 7, at Park Lawn Memorial Park in Commerce for Margaret Louise Stringfellow, a former longtime Downey resident who attended the Southern Baptist Church of Downey.
She was 79, born March 23, 1919 in Wichita Falls, Texas, and died Dec. 3 in West Hollywood.

Survivors include her sons, William D. Stringfellow of Houston, Texas, David L. Stringfellow of Glendora, Tom J. Stringfellow of West Hollywood; a sister, Bertha May Delmanhorst of Mesquite, Texas; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pastor Charles Hauser officiated. Arrangements were by the Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Service of Bell Gardens.

Many grieve here for Michel Milad Nisser
DOWNEY-A funeral mass was heard Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Our Lady of Mt. Lebanon-St. Peter Catholic Church (Maronite Rite) for Michel Milad Nisser, a 40 year resident of South Gate, who died Dec. 2 at St. Francis Hospital.
He was 68, a former resident of Los Angeles, and the manager of a retail grocery store in Bell Gardens for 37 years.

Survivors include his wife, Amelia Nisser; his sons, Chris Nisser of Bell Gardens and Michael Nisser of South Gate; a brother John Nisser of Downey; sisters Mary Kogais of South Gate and Maggie Hawat and Rose Aoun of Lebanon; and two grandchildren.

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

Rosary/vigil tonight for John W. (Jack) Lindsay
DOWNEY-A rosary/vigil service will be held today (Friday, Dec. 4) at 8 p.m. at our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for John W. (Jack) Lindsay, a resident of Downey for 49 years and the owner and proprietor of Lindsay Lumber Co., in Paramount for 60 years.
He was 80, born in Fargo, N.D., and died Nov. 27. He was a former resident of Paramount and served in the Navy in World War II. He was a graduate of USC's School of Engineering; a member of the Knute Rockne Council No. 3697 Knights of Columbus of Downey; a boardmember of the United Cerebral Palsy Association; and was a co-founder of Marian Homes, Inc.

Survivors include his wife, Marie of Downey; his daughter, Anne L. Caruso of Portland, Oregon; his sons, Mark and Jim of San Diego, Vincent of Buena Park, and Jerry of Portland. Oregon; and nine grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be heard Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8:30 a.m. at All Souls Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Marian Homes, Inc., 3424 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Charles Wayne Pope laid to rest at age 50
DOWNEY-A visitation was held Dec. 1 at Miller-Mies Mortuary in Downey for Charles Wayne Pope, a resident of La Habra Heights, who died Nov. 26.
He was 50, born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and was a self-employed CPA and a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Anna; his mother, Joy Bodnar of Norwalk; his father, Charles Leland Pope of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; a brother, Michael Pope of Tulsa, Oklahoma; sisters Janet and Pam; daughters Julia and Jennifer; and a godson, Timothy Wayne.

Services were held at Rose Hills Cemetery Dec. 2.

Albert Luis Gallardo mourned at age of 80
DOWNEY-Private services were held for Albert Luis Gallardo, a retired electrician for Rockwell International and a Downey resident for 48 years who died in Downey Community Hospital Nov. 28.
He was 80, born June 25, 1918 in Jerome, Arizona. He worked for Rockwell for 24 years, and was a member of U.A.W. Local 887, and the A.A.R.P. Chapter 262.

He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps in World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Francis (Fran) Gallardo of Downey; and a sister, Dora Gallardo of Jerome, Arizona.

Cremation services and disposition were private. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Ann May Consiglio mourned at age 87
DOWNEY-A Vigil Service will be held Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary Chapel for Ann May Consiglio, a 40-year Downey resident, who died Nov. 30.
She was 87, born in Pennsylvania, and was a homemaker for 62 years, preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, in 1976.

She was formerly of South Gate.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia King of Fountain Valley; her son, Thomas of Walnut; a sister, Elizabeth LaSala of Michigan; brothers Michael and Joseph of Pennsylvania; and two grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be heard at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7 at St. Raymond's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Services set Monday for Peter J. Naddeo at 78
BELLFLOWER-Services for Peter J. Naddeo, a former employee of Lyon Metal Products and a resident of Bellflower, will be held at St. Raymond's Church at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7.
He was 78, born in Italy, and died at his home Nov. 30.

Survivors include his daughter, Adele Schilling of Downey; a son, Peter Naddeo Jr.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Father Steve Davoren will officiate.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the church, with a Rosary at 3 p.m.

Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Harry William Madden remembered by many
DOWNEY-Harry William Madden, a 36 year resident of Downey, died Nov. 20 at Veteran's Hospital.
He was 73, born in Brooklyn, New York.

Survivors include his wife, Claire; his son Jeffrey and his wife, Peggy; and granddaughters, Lindsay and Kelsey.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Former mayor Richard M. Jennings mourned
DOWNEY-Services were held Nov. 21 at the Church of Latter-day Saints for Richard M. Jennings, a 30-year resident of Downey and a former two-term mayor of the City.
He was born in Van Nuys Aug. 3, 1912, and died Nov. 16.

Survivors include grandchildren Debra, Richard and Robert Jennings; and six great grandchildren.

He served the community through service clubs and committees for more than 30 years, and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Downey Elks and Downey Rotary. He was a five-year trustee and six-year audit chairman for the Elks; a member of the Department of Public Social Services Commission; a member and former chairman of the Cerritos Corridor Diversion Project; a member of the Los Angeles County Sanitation Commission; a member and former chairman of the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority; a member of the Downey School District Vocational Education Advisory Committee; a member of the Downey Community Hospital Long Range Planning Committee; director of the Second Century Foundation; director of the Barbara Dawson School for the Handicapped; founding member of the American Society of Photogrammetry; and a licensed land surveyor in Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Alaska.

Bishop Robert A. Douglas of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officiated. Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Memorial services for Elizabeth F. Webster
DOWNEY-Memorial services were held Nov. 24 at the Miller-Mies Mortuary Chapel for Elizabeth Fieger Webster, a Downey resident for 28 years, who died at her home Nov. 18.
She was 80, born in Canada.

Survivors include her husband, Fred; a brother, Tony; a sister, Mary Ann; and two nieces, Cathy and Judith.

Friends, family mourn Susan Carol Robin, 51
DOWNEY-Funeral services were Nov. 17 at the First Baptist Church of Downey for Susan Carol Robin, a longtime Downey resident and classified employee of the Downey Unified School District.
She was 51, born Feb. 26, 1947 in Monterey Park, but moved to Downey when she was a child. She attended schools here and graduated from Downey High in 1964.

She met her husband, Rob, in Long Beach in 1969. They settled in Downey and raised their children here.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Downey and taught Sunday School for 30 years, third grade Vacation Bible School for 20 years, and was a camp counselor and a member of the church choir, as well as an active participant in the American Baptist Women (ABW) ministries. She was a Deaconess of the church, and a member since 1957.

She worked for the School District for 13 1/2 years, starting as a two-hour-per-day Food Service Assistant and rising to Senior Secretary, Classified Personnel, which she attained in 1996.

Survivors include her husband Allen "Rob" Robin; a daughter, Julie Clifton; a brother, Tom Thompsen of San Bernardino and his wife Judy; a brother, Jerry Thompsen of Hemet and his wife Denise; a sister, Joyce Smead of Hemet and her husband Larry; and step-mother Virginia Thompsen of Hemet; many nieces and nephews, and 10 great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy, her father Alfred, and her son Nathan.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Senior Pastor Don Burgess of the First Baptist Church and the Rev. Dennie Clemetson of Paradise, CA officiated.

Remembrances are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Downey Camp Scholarship for Kids Fund or to the American Cancer Society specifically for breast cancer research.

Dorothy E. Hines remembered by many
DOWNEY-Services were held Nov. 16 at Rose Hills Memorial Park for Dorothy E. Hines, a longtime Downey resident, who died Nov. 12 at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. She was 89.
Survivors include her daughter, Carol Early of Whittier; two grandsons, Mac Early of La Habra and Mark Adamson of Downey; and four great-grandchildren.

Friends, family mourn Michael David Anaya
DOWNEY-Michael David Anaya, a Downey resident and a graduate of Warren High School, died Nov. 11 after a battle with cancer.
He was born March 3, 1980.

Survivors include his parents, Jess and Barbara; and brothers Augie, Tim and Paco.

Services are held for Mary Austin Hendricks
DOWNEY-Services were held graveside Nov. 2 at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills for Mary Austin Hendricks, a longtime Downey resident and co-owner of the historic Rives Mansion here.
She was past president of the Swedish-American Women's Club, past chairman of Skandia No. 247, Vasa Order of America, The Downey Historical Society, and many others.

Honors she received included The Polar Star presented by the King of Sweden, the Silver Medal presented her by King Carl XVI Gustaf, and scrolls from the Los Angeles County.

She and her daughter, Jane, owned the California Veckoblad, a Swedish American newspaper, and the Rives Mansion.

Survivors include her daughters, Jane Hendricks and Mary Ethel Pierson; grandsons Joe and James; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Gary Beard of Downey United Methodist Church officiated, and graveside services were also offered by Skandia No. 247, Vasa Order of America.

Eulogies for L.A. Sheriff Sherman Block
LOS ANGELES-Thousands packed the Hollywood Bowl Sunday, Nov. 1, to pay their last respects to L.A. Sheriff Sherman Block, who died Oct 29 from a cerebral hemorrhage after brain surgery following a fall.
He was 74 and was in the midst of a campaign to win his fifth term as the L.A. Sheriff.

Luminaries attending the ceremonies Sunday included Gov. Pete Wilson and Mayor Richard Riordan. Wilson referred to Block as the county's "Rock of Gibraltar."

Riordan said law enforcement had lost a consummate police professional.

Survivors include his wife, Alyce; a daughter; a son; and two grandchildren.

Carlos Uranga mourned at age of 66 in Downey
DOWNEY-A funeral liturgy was heard Tuesday, Nov. 3, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Carlos Uranga, who died Oct. 31 in Downey.
He was 66.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha; his sons, Carlos and James Uranga; daughters Irma Gianpaolo and Sylvia Matthews; and grandchildren Laura Obregon, Christopher Herrera and Madeline Fletcher-Uranga.

Private interment followed. Arrangements were by the Stricklin/Snively Mortuary of Lakewood.

Mass conducted for Emily Ruiz Wathen
DOWNEY-A Mass was heard Oct. 28 at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Emily Ruiz Wathen, a caring mother, who died Oct. 23.
She was born Aug. 6, 1915 in Gallup, New Mexico, moving later to Holbrook, Arizona, where she finished high school and cashiered at a grocery store.

She was employed at the Harvey House in Winslow when she met and married Francis Wathen, who was from Los Angeles.

They moved to Los Angeles and started a family.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1991.

She loved sunflowers and small items that added warmth to a home.

Survivors include her two children, Bernard and Randa.

The Rev. Stephen Davoren officiated. Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Forest Lawn Mortuary of Long Beach.

Clara M. Kurant laid to rest at age 87
DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Clara M. Kurant, a resident of Downey for three months, and a former 53 year resident of Huntington Park, who died at Downey Community Hospital Nov. 1.
She was 87, born June 30, 1911 in Britton, South Dakota, and was a former employee for the County of Los Angeles for 15 years.

Survivors include her sisters, Irene Maness of Paramount, Lucille Wanken of Rancho Santa Marguerita; Dorothy Brookie of Oakland and Ruth Angerhofer of San Diego; brothers Philip Millard of Missouri and Raymond Millard of Whittier; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Father John Moloney officiated. Burial followed in the family plot in Britton Cemetery in Britton, South Dakota. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Graveside services today for Charles Suastegui
DOWNEY-Graveside committal services will be held today (Friday, Nov. 6) at 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Cemetery for Charles Suastegui, a Downey resident for 11 years and a former head packer at Bethlehem Steel Co. for 26 years.
He was 84, born in Los Angeles, and died Nov. 3 at Kaiser Hospital. He was a former resident of Bell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise, in 1990, and his son, Richard.

Survivors include his daughters, Mary Ann Petrucelli and Margaret Otto of Downey, and Patricia Jernigan of Tennessee; son Charles Suastegui of Washington; and five grandchildren.

The Rev. Father John Moloney will officiate. Arrangements are by Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Joseph A. Matusevich Mass Monday, Oct. 26
SOUTH GATE-A Memorial Mass will be heard at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 at St. Helen Catholic Church in South Gate, for Joseph Anthony Matusevich, a 53-year South Gate resident, who died Oct. 20 at St. Francis Medical Center.
He was 82, born in Travis, Staten Island, New York, and was a machinist for 40 years for the Notthoff Tool Co. in Huntington Park.

He was a member of the Downey Knights of Columbus Council 3697.

Survivors include his wife, Helen; a son, Allan J. Matusevich of Makaha, Hawaii; a brother, John Matusevich; sisters Polly Choban and Jeannette Wisinski, both of New York, and Sophie Highan of New Jersey.

The Rev. Father Jerome Bouska, Pastor, will officiate. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Friends, family mourn George Donatelli at 75
DOWNEY-Services were held Friday, Oct. 16, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for George Donatelli, a longtime Downey resident, who died Oct. 12 at Downey Community Hospital.
Born in Italy, he was 75 and was an entrepreneur of G & D Body and Fender. He was a member of St. Raymond's Catholic Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army and World War II.

Survivors include his son, Michael; a daughter, Susan; and three grandchildren, Michal, Nicholas and Chadia.

Father Steve Davoren officiated. Burial followed at All Souls Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

Friends, family mourn Gordon Arthur Foran
DOWNEY-A Memorial Mass was celebrated Thursday, Oct. 8, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Gordon Arthur Foran, a 48-year Downey resident and a retired machinist superintendent for Duncan Industries, who died Oct. 2 at Downey Community Hospital.
He was 74, born May 29, 1924 in Royalton, Ohio, and was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3697.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Foran of Downey; sons Steve (Diane) of Irvine; Doug (Marcia) of Lake Forest; Greg (Roberta) and Dennis (Tina) of Riverside; a sister, Vi Kirby and a brother, Dick Foran of Lemon Grove; and 11 grandchildren.

The Rev. Fathers John Moloney and Steve Davoran officiated.

Entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego followed cremation.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Mary B. Gibson dead at 80 in Tyler, Texas
TYLER, Texas-Mary B. Gibson, a former 50 year resident of Downey, died Oct. 4 in Tyler, Texas.
She was 80, born in 1918 in St. Augustine, Florida.

Survivors include her brother, Clayton P. Barnes and his wife, Vera, of Ormand Beach, Florida; her sister, Nellie A. Bushman and her husband, Buddy, of Tyler, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

Nell Gilbert Campbell services at graveside
DOWNEY-Graveside committal services were held Thursday, Oct. 15 at Rose Hills Memorial Park for Nell Gilbert Campbell, a Downey resident for 56 years, who was a self-employed farmer.
He was 87, born Sept. 15, 1911 in Elkwood, Alabama, and died Oct. 9 at Downey Community Hospital. He was formerly of Bell.

Survivors include his wife, Emily Jaime Campbell.

John Moloney, Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church officiated.

Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Funeral Mass heard for Mary Lou Kampus at 74
SOUTH GATE-A Funeral Mass was heard Wednesday, Oct. 14, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Mary Lou Kampus, a resident of South Gate for 44 years, and a former registered nurse for St. Francis Hospital.
She was 74, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and died Oct. 8.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, in 1990.

Survivors include her son, Paul (Maria) Pokorski of South Gate; a grandson, David Pokorski of the U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia; granddaughter Michelle Pokorski of Huntington Beach; and a sister, Barbara Synborski.

The Rev. Father Steve Davoren officiated.

Burial followed at All Souls Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

First Baptist services for Charles B. Benner
SOUTH GATE-Services were held Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Downey First Baptist Church for Charles B. Benner, a longtime resident of South Gate and a former member of the South Gate Planning Commission.
He was born Jan. 30, 1918 in Indiana, and died Oct. 6 at Downey Community Hospital. He came to California at the age of 10. He worked for Royal Farms Dairy/Adohr Farms for more than 50 years, and was also a consultant for the Orange County Sports Association. At the time of his death, he worked for the University Restaurant Group as a public relations consultant.

He graduated from Bell High School in 1935, and was active in many organizations including the South Gate Kiwanis Club, the South Gate Coordinating Council, South Gate Beautification Committee, and the American Field Service. He was a member of the Masonic Order, a past president of the AFS, past president of the South Gate Chamber of Commerce and was a former grand marshal of the South Gate Azalea Festival. He was a member of the Huntington Park YMCA for many years, and was involved with the Orange County Special Olympics and the "65 Roses" (cystic fibrosis) through the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.

Survivors include his wife, Zelma; three children, Beverly Wedgeworth, Patricia White and Charles R. Benner; four grandchildren, James Wedgeworth, Paula White, Edward White and Cinnamon St. Germaine; a great-grandchild, Andre St. Germaine; a sister, Eldora Clare; and a host of family and friends. Chuck and Zelma were hosts to two foreign exchange students, Barry Brice of England and Annie DeRosas of Argentina, whom they thought of as their children.

Burial followed at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Orange County Special Olympics.

Former nurse Dorothy Violet Reck mourned
DOWNEY-Services were held Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Downey Zrelak Mortuary Chapel for Dorothy Violet Reck, a Downey resident for three years, who died Oct. 3 at her home here.
She was 69, born in Ireland Nov. 19, 1928 and was a registered nurse for 28 years, working for Dr. Marion Yandell, M.D.

She was a former resident of Carson, and a member of the Long Beach Moose Lodge No. 600.

Survivors include her husband, Floyd H. Reck of Downey; sons Scott (Gigi) Gonzalez and Michael Gonzalez of Carson, Edward (Cassie) Gonzalez of Virginia; and grandchildren Shawn, Rebecca, Ian, Ryan and Caitlin Gonzalez.

The Rev. Chaples Denisac of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church officiated. Private cremation followed. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

C. Richard Bustamante remembered by many
MONTEREY PARK-A Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, Oct. 8, at St. Bruno's Catholic Church in Whittier for C. Richard Bustamante, a longtime resident of Monterey Park and a former grocery clerk for Ted Pappas Convenience Store.
Born in Los Angeles, he was 66 and died Oct. 3 in Long Beach Veterans Hospital.

He served the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the Korean War, and was a member of the American Legion Post 397 of Monterey Park.

Survivors include his brother, Hugo Bustamante of Monterey Park; a sister, Martha (Bob) Trousil of Downey, and many nieces and nephews.

Rev. Father Jim Bradley officiated. Burial followed at the family plot in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Services today for Richard H. Lawrence
DOWNEY-Services will be today (Friday, Oct. 9) at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 10544 Downey Ave., for Richard Herbert Lawrence, a Downey resident since 1951, who died Oct. 4 at USC-Norris Cancer Center due to complications from colon cancer.
He was 75, born Oct. 23, 1922 in Aromas, California to Kenneth McCray Lawrence and Mabel Ethelyn Wilson. He grew up in southeast Los Angeles and attended Loma Vista Elementary, Bell High School (Class of 1940), and USC (MB '48, MA '49).

"Load" spent three years on the USC Trojan offensive line (1940-42) before joining the U.S. Army serving as a captain in World War II (1942-45) and again in Korea (1950-51).

His professional career started in 1949 as an elementary school teacher, and physical education and youth services consultant.

He continued through the ranks as elementary vice principal, and in 1958 was promoted from principal to the Budget Division in the Office of the Superintendent. He represented Los Angeles Unified School District in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento for 12 years. He was then promoted to assistant superintendent-staff relations in 1969, associate superintendent-personnel division in 1970-71, area superintendent-Area J (San Fernando Valley, 1971-75), assistant superintendent-Division of Education Support Services (1975-78), Area 3 superintendent (South Central Los Angeles, 1978-80), Area 9 superintendent (San Fernando Valley, 1981-83), and assistant superintendent, Special Projects Office of the Superintendent (1981-83). On his retirement in 1983, he continued to serve his profession and community as director of capital development for Junior Achievement of Southern California, coordinating a $6.3 million construction project (1983-94). In 1993 he began assisting the Foundation for the Junior Blind in a $10 million project. Dick also led the Association of California School Administrators (1990-94) as state retirement consultant and received the Robert E. Kelly award for distinguished service.

A faithful USC Trojan, he served on the boards of the USC Trustees, USC Alumni Association, Spirit of Troy Marching Band, USC Football Alumni Club, President's Circle Support Group, was president of EDUCARE (1968-69), Cardinal and Gold, the Education Alumni Association, Women of Troy, and Skull & Dagger. He was the honored recipient of distinguished university awards, including the USC Alumni Service Award in 1974, the Fred B. Olds Support Group Man of the Year in 1978, and was honored in May with the distinguished R.O.S.E. Award. He was also recently chosen as chairman of the California Retired Teachers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Edith of Downey; a sister, Patricia Park of Ventura; sons Gibson of Westminster, Colorado, Jeffrey of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Nelson of Vancouver, Washington; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and countless relatives and friends.

Graveside services will follow at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier. Arrangements are by Rose Hills.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Junior Achievement of Southern California, Inc., 6250 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068; the Kurka Foundation Fund, 22122 Londelius St., West Hills, CA 91304; the Foundation for the Junior Blind, 5300 Angelus Vista Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90043; or the USC School of Education, University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Madera funeral held for Helen Maxine Harpster
MADERA-Funeral services under the direction of the Sierra Funeral Chapel were held for Helen Maxine Harpster, a former resident of Downey for 48 years, who died in Madera Oct. 7.
She was 88, and had lived in Madera five years after moving from Downey.

She was an active member of St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Downey, and was a cafeteria manager for 20 years for the Downey Unified School District.

She married her husband, Albert, in 1928. He preceded her in death.

She is remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, a great homemaker who excelled at sewing, knitting and cooking.

Survivors include her daughter, Jacquelyn Johnson; granddaughters Kelli Spurgeon and Shaun Spurgeon; and a great-granddaughter Presley Rainey.

Remembrances may be sent to St. Raymond's Catholic Church, 12348 Paramount Blvd., Downey CA 90242.

Services Tuesday for Robert J. Henderson
DOWNEY-Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Christ Lutheran Church, 7707 Florence Ave., for Robert J. Henderson, who died while playing golf Oct. 7 in Whittier.
He was 76, born in San Francisco April 27, 1922, and lived in Downey for 40 years. He was a 1944 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy as lieutenant, seeing action in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

He was past president and over-30-year-member of the Downey Kiwanis Club, and was a longtime member of Candlewood Country Club. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge F & AM 273, the Al Malakah Shrine Club, the Terrible 20 Golf Club, and Christ Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Anita of Downey; his son Richard and daughter-in-law Esper of Clovis; his daughter Diane and son-in-law Chris of Naples, Italy; his grandchildren, Maria Henderson, Allissa Henderson, Emily Bott, and Haley Bott; sisters Florence Jensen of Saratoga, Connie Paulsen of Henderson, Nevada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital or Christ Lutheran Church.


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