Nanette Irene Kennedy laid to rest at age of 34

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was heard Thursday, Dec.18 at St. Dominic Savio Catholic Church for Nanette Irene Kennedy, of Long Beach, who died Dec. 15 after complications from AIDS.

She was cared for in the home of her mother and surrounded by friends and family.

She was 34, and was a licensed nurse active in caring for others until it was no longer feasible.

She was involved with the Names Project Memorial Quilt and travelled the country, along with her mother, helping women and their families find peace and hope while dealing with their affliction.

She was an active and sober friend of Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

Survivors include her husband, Charles L. Fuller; her mother, Margaret M. Kennedy; brothers Steven Michael Kennedy, Paul Anthony Kennedy, and James Gordon Kennedy III; sisters Joan M. Spillan and Kit Maureen Gonzales; two nieces, Krystal and Jennifer; and four nephews, Patrick Mitchell Kennedy, Tyler Paul Kennedy, Matthew James Kennedy, and Daniel Alejandro "Alex" Gonzales.

Private cremation followed. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Vivian (Schectman) Martell is remembered at age of 78

DOWNEY-Vivian (Schectman) Martell, 78, a resident of Downey for more than 25 years, died Dec. 3 at Downey Community Hospital from complications of pancreatic cancer.

During World War II she was a sergeant in the intelligence division of the Air Force. As a former executive of United Artists Motion Picture Company in New York, she was in charge of literary and film properties, their contracts, residuals, accounting procedures and revenue tracking systems.

After coming to California in 1962, she and her husband became commercial real estate brokers.

On her retirement she was active with the Friends of the Downey City Library, introducing the sale of rare books to collectors and creating silent auctions that brought a substantial revenue to the library. Her personal collection of rare and other sought after books totalling over 1,000 volumes will be distributed in accordance with her wishes. Donations in her name are suggested to the Friends of the Downey City Library.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Gregg; a sister Vera; and many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Services tomorrow for Mary 'Mari' Katanjian

DOWNEY-Funeral services are set tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 20) at 2 p.m. at the Church of Our Fathers, Forest Lawn Mortuary, Cypress, for Mary "Mari" Katanjian, a resident of Downey since 1933.

She was born in 1908, in Bursa, Turkey (ancient Armenia).

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, George "Grish" Katanjian in 1977.

Survivors include her children, Gladys Katanjian, Roxie (Hotch) Simonian, Nellie Agajanian, Helen Vartanian, and George Katanjian; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Rosie (Mike) Ermoian.

A visitation will be held today (Friday, Dec. 19) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the church.

Services are directed by the Forest Lawn Mortuary of Cypress.

Contributions may be made to Ararat Armenian Village, Mission Hills or St. Sarkis Armenian Church of East Los Angeles, or Immanuel Armenian Church of Downey.

Memorial service tomorrow for Lola Doris Wallar

DOWNEY-A Memorial Service will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 20), at 1 p.m. at the Rainbow Chapel at Gate 17 of Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, for Lola Doris Wallar, wife of Elton Wallar of Wallar's Appliances and TV in Downey.

She died Monday, Dec. 15, in Paramount after a long struggle with cancer.

She was 63.

Survivors include her husband Elton L. Wallar; a son, Lance Allen; two daughters, Lori Arena and Janet Allen; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Rose Deason and Dorothy.

Arrangements are by Rose Hills Mortuary.

Services today for Clayton J. Haddeman

SOUTH GATE-Graveside services are set today (Friday, Dec. 19) at 1:30 p.m., at Fairhaven Memorial Park for Clayton J. Haddeman, a resident of South Gate for 10 years, who died at Downey Community Hospital Dec. 13.

He was 83, born in Waterloo, Iowa, and was a former resident of Paramount.

He was a veteran of World War II and the Army Air Corps, and was retired from North American Rockwell after 28 years as a mockup engineer.

Survivors include his wife, Anna L. Haddeman; his son, Gary Haddeman of Nebraska; daughters Barbara Maas of Diamond Bar, Sheryl Dugan of Anaheim, Carol Watson of Suisun, California; sister Evelyn Janssen of Nevada; a brother, Ted of California; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Mel Moore of Trinity Bible Church officiated. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Agatha M. Ybarra, homemaker mourned

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass will be heard Saturday, Dec. 20, at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Agatha M. Ybarra, a Downey resident for 24 years and a homemaker for 61 years.

She was 83, born in Silver City, New Mexico, and died at her Downey home Dec. 16.

She was a former longtime resident of the greater South East Los Angeles area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Ybarra, in 1987.

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara and Diane Ybarra of Downey; sisters Felicitas Rosales of Norwalk and Lucy Arellano of Canyon Country.

A Vigil Service will be held tonight (Friday, Dec. 19) at 7 p.m. at the church.

The Rev. Mr. Charles Denisac and Pastor Reverend John Moloney will officiate. Burial will follow at All Souls Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

Friends, family mourn Clifford Leroy Ashwell

DOWNEY-Services were held Thursday, Dec. 18, at St. Raymond's Church for Clifford Leroy Ashwell, a 30 year resident of Downey, who died at Downey Community Hospital Dec. 14.

He was 51, born in Lynwood.

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia; his daughter, Amie Catherine; a brother, Don Ashwell; and nephews Jason and Jeffrey Ashwell.

Father Bob Gibson officiated.

Arrangements were by the Miller-Mies Mortuary of Downey.

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