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Our Obituaries

Lathrop G. Hoffman

November 13, 1924 - April 2, 2014

Lathrop G. Hoffman passed away from natural causes on April 2, with his entire family with him for his last days. He was born in Los Angeles as the 5th son of Paul G. and Dorothy B. Hoffman, and raised in South Bend, Indiana. He attended Thatcher School in Ojai and graduated from Putney School in Vermont in 1942, joining the army shortly thereafter to serve in India and China during World War...
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Gerald Leonard Snider

March 4, 1928 - March 28, 2014

Gerald Leonard Snider, better known to all as Jerry or J.L., passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the age of 86. He was born March 4, 1928 in Glendale, CA. Jerry was a hard worker, eventually owning his own plastering business. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Helen Snider; son, Jerry Alan, daughter, Sharon Wortham; sister, Dorothy Bell; 7 grandchildren and 8 great...
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J. Shirl Cornwall

September 18, 1927 - March 22, 2014

J. Shirl Cornwall quietly slipped from this life to the next on March 22, 2014 in hospital near his home in La Canada - Flintridge, Ca. Shirl was b¬¬orn the 6th of 7 children to J. Spencer Cornwall and Mary Alice Haigh on Sept. 18, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Shirl was preceded in death by his dear wife Lenore Neeley Cornwall who passed away in 2002. Shirl's legacy is his family of 9...
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Millie Rose Babakitis

July 13, 1937 - March 20, 2014

Millie Rose Babakitis, age 76, passed away March 20, 2014. Millie enjoyed volunteering at the Arcadia Fire Department. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and cousin, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Millie's funeral will be held Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM at Immaculate Conception Church, 740 S. Shamrock Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016, followed by...
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Kenneth James Player

March 23, 1957 - February 28, 2014

Kenneth (Kenny) James Player was born to the proud parents of Johnnie Player & Luzzell Wise on March 23, 1957 in Los Angeles, California. Kenny was the third of five brothers. Kenny was raised in Duarte & Monrovia CA with his mother and four brothers. There he attended Andres Duarte Elementary School, Santa Fe Middle School and Monrovia High School, and graduated from Mt. Olive Continuation...
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Julia Tolentino Malolos

July 21, 1922 - February 27, 2014

Julia Tolentino Malolos, 91, born on July 21, 1922, in the Philippines, passed away February 27, 2014. She resided in Fontana, California at the time of her passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Douglass & Zook Funeral and Cremation Services, Monrovia, California.
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Melvin Wayne Caquelin

October 28, 1924 - February 14, 2014

Melvin was born in Wright County, IA to Raymond and Ethel Caquelin. He attended school in Eagle Grove, IA, and then served in the army from 1943 – 1946. After his discharge from the army he graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, IA in Electrical Engineering. He then worked at Collins Radio Company (which later became Rockwell) in Cedar Rapids, IA. There he met and married his wife Norma....
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Hanna Helena Wojciechowski

August 5, 1932 - February 13, 2014

Hanna Helena Wojciechowski de domo Schmidt-Madalinska (1932 to 2014) In Loving Memory: A filmmaker, educator and a successful businesswoman Hanna passed away on February 13, 2014 in Monrovia, California. She was 81 years old. Born shortly before World War II in Warsaw, Poland, Hanna lived through the German occupation. Her parents were Helena Sobolewska: an educator and recipient of the first...
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Silvio Carlos Quintas

February 14, 1956 - February 8, 2014

As I sit trying to gather my thoughts to honor the man who made me a better person, who gave me unconditional love, who expressed kindness and gentleness, who saw forgiveness as a God-given quality he practiced often, I am struck by Sil's incredible, overflowing wealth…his family, friends, students and even complete strangers who were drawn to him. Yes, he had career accomplishments and degrees...
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David Michael Leming

December 15, 1938 - February 6, 2014

David Michael Leming, 75, of Pasadena California, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 6 2014. Born in Cincinnati Ohio, he lived most of his life in Southern California. David was a passionate family man who enjoyed being outdoors and volunteering his time to various organizations. He retired after 33 years employed by Pacific telephone and AT&T and also held various positions in the...
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Edward Austin Rhoads

September 7, 1925 - February 4, 2014

Edward Austin Rhoads, 88, born on September 7, 1925, in Los Angeles, California passed away February 4, 2014. He resided in Monrovia, California at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Douglass & Zook Mortuary, Monrovia, California
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Gavino Montanez

February 19, 1920 - February 4, 2014

Gavino Almarez Montanez passed away February 4, 2014. Survived by his 12 children, 35 Grandchildren, 57 Great Grandchildren & 28 Great Great Grandchildren. A visitation will be held from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 8, 2014 with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 Douglass & Zook Chapel. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Montebello, California.
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Lawrence "Doug" Douglass

October 6, 1932 - January 30, 2014

Lawrence Ward "Doug" Douglass was born on October 6, 1932 in Garden City, Kansas and he passed away peacefully in Palmdale, California on January 30, 2014 at the age of 81. He and his twin brother were the eleventh and twelfth of twelve children born to Mabel Era (Ward) and Charles Meade Douglass. He grew up on a farm in the town of Ingalls, Kansas, but after graduating from Ingalls High School...
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Jose Sam Samaniego

January 13, 1936 - January 8, 2014

Jose "Sam" Samaniego, born January 13, 1936, passed away January 8, 2014 at the age of 77. Sam was the long-time owner of Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Marlene; children, Ken Samaniego, Kelli Wurster, and Kimberly Samaniego; sister, Armida Wright; and numerous grandchildren. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at...
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Rodger A. Karcher

May 8, 1944 - January 7, 2014

Rodger A. Karcher passed away last Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the age of 69. He is survived by two daughters, Rainy Karcher (San Clemente, CA) and Holly-Rae Van Hoof (Downs, IL), and five grandchildren, Tanner and Devon Bush, Brendan Doyle, and Gracie and Jack Van Hoof. He also leaves behind two brothers and their families, Bernie and Krysti Lusk (Topeka, KS) and Brad and Olivia Lusk (Grover...
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Lorena Gouaux Wynne

April 26, 1927 - December 7, 2013

Born in Carencro, Louisiana on April 26, 1927, the second of five children, Lorena was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. She attended Lafayette High School and the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where she majored in English Literature. She married her husband of 60 years, Leslie Bernard Wynne, Jr., in 1949 and came to Sierra Madre, where they raised five children. She passed away...
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Bertha Hanson

October 27, 1929 - August 29, 2013

Bertha "Bert" Hanson, born October 27, 1929 in Alpine, Texas, passed away August 29, 2013 in Orange, California at the age of 83. She is survived by her children, John (Sharon) Hazlett, Julia (Edward) Thompson, Jeffrey (Kimberly) Hazlett, Joseph (Bobbi) Hazlett, and James (Staci) Hazlett; and numerous other family members. A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM at...
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John Alan Bennett

June 3, 1942 - August 23, 2013

John Alan Bennett June 3, 1942 ' August 23, 2013 Our beloved father, John Alan Bennett passed away peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2013 at his home in Sierra Madre. He is survived by his son John Alan Bennett Jr., his wife Stella and their three children ' Elliot, Sonya and Michael; his son James Madison Bennett; his daughter Christina Denise Bennett and her partner Cristi Long; his...
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Cecelia M. Feghali

May 4, 1930 - August 23, 2013

Cecelia Mary Feghali, 83, of Arcadia, CA passed away on August 23, 2013 from congestive heart failure. Known to all as Sheila, she was the oldest of Charles and Mary O'Reilly's three children, born May 5, 1930. Sheila was an avid gardener, cook and bridge player and was known by many as a fount of information. If she didn't have an answer or piece of advice on the spot, she would have one by...
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Catherine Mae Smith

October 7, 1923 - August 23, 2013

Catherine Mae Smith October 7, 1923 ' August 23, 2013 A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Catherine passed away peacefully on Friday, August 23rd, at Santa Teresita Hospital, Duarte, Calif. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and extended family. A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, August 28th. In lieu of flowers, please make a...
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Mark R. Gabriel

April 10, 1954 - August 16, 2013

Mark R. Gabriel, 59, passed away Friday, August 16, 2013. Mark is survived by his wife, Rose; their children, Brandon, Rebecca & Brittney Gabriel; his mother, Loraine, his brothers, Eric, David & Don, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation time beginning at 9:30 AM on Monday7, September 9, and a Services at 11:00 AM will both be held at the Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance...
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Kevin Ray Farley

October 16, 1956 - August 5, 2013

Kevin Ray Farley, age 56, passed away August 5, 2013. Kevin was a supervisor at Professional Construction Services for 25 years. He was a Harley-Davidson enthusiast and enjoyed going to the river. Kevin was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all. He will be truly missed. A visitation will be held Friday, August 16 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Douglass & Zook...
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Stephen Gregory Hauk

May 24, 1966 - August 1, 2013

Stephen G. Hauk, age 47, passed away August 1, 2013 from complications after receiving a heart transplant at UCLA Medical Center. As a 1984 graduate of La Salle High School in Pasadena, California, Steve's lifelong pursuit as an educator, mentor, and writer began with an Associate Degree of Arts from Citrus College in September, 1987. Steve went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in June,...
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Elda Aguilar Abadia

February 28, 1926 - July 13, 2013

Elda Aguilar Abadia, passed away in Oxnad, California at 5:25 AM July 13, 2013 at the age of 87. Elda is predeceased by her husband, Lino Manuel Abadia, and son Rene Aguilar Abadia. Elda is lovingly remembered by her sons Leandro, Marlon, Lyle, Adonis, Lino III, Alan Joel, and Alvin, and her daughters Febe, Gina, and her Grandchildren. Elda was born in Cebu City, Philippines; February 28,...
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Lorraine Boatenhamer

November 1, 1924 - July 8, 2013

Lorraine Boatenhamer, born Nov. 1, 1924 in Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on July 8, 2013. After growing up in Buffalo, she moved with her parents to Pasadena in the 1940s. Lorraine and her husband, Cecil, moved to Monrovia in 1976. She worked many years for Scott Tours in Pasadena. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 15, 2013 at Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia...
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Veronica D. Thee

November 6, 1924 - July 6, 2013

Veronica D. Thee was born November 6, 1924 in Irwin, PA to John and Veronica (Vargo) Kovacs. She would later become a permanent resident of Arcadia in 1951. She passed away July 6, 2013 at age 88 in her own home. Well known in the Arcadia community for her active participation in local projects & organizations, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Soroptimist International & Village, a...
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Marthann Demchuk

September 20, 1936 - July 4, 2013

On July 4, 2013, Marthann (Lang) Demchuk (76) was tragically lost to her family and friends as the victim of a terrible accident in San Clemente, California while celebrating Independence Day. Marthann was born in Iowa September 20, 1936 to Martha Elizabeth (Shelton) and Herbert Haven Lang. When she was not much more than a year old, the Lang family decided to head West and on the way, Marthann...
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Jacqueline Beverly Lamb

September 4, 1929 - June 23, 2013

Jacqueline Beverly Lamb, Passed away early Sunday morning, June 23, 2013, "Grama Jake" joined her son "Uncle Bob" and daughter-in-law, "Aunt Debbie". Lord look out! Jacquie is survived by her husband Jack of 67 years, daughters, Susan Lamb of Monrovia, and Kelli (Mark) Fasick of Sierra Madre, sons John Lamb III of Sierra Madre, Michael Lamb of Monrovia, and Scott (George) Lamb of Sierra Madre...
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John Weiss

November 24, 1957 - June 5, 2013

John Weiss Jr., 57, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2013, disheartening to those who knew him ... for to know John was to love him. John is survived by his wife, Claire; sisters, Mary-Ellen Weiss, Ann Fries, Barbara Weiss, Eileen Fredricks & Regina Tripp, their families and his many friends. Private family services. Contributions in his memory appreciated to the charity of your choice. Care...
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David Britton Collins, Jr.

July 27, 1937 - June 1, 2013

David Britton Collins, Jr., passed away on June 1, 2013, surrounded by family. He was born July 27, 1937, the son of David Britton Sr. and Susie Collins in Monrovia, California. He was the only son in a family with five sisters. Mr. Collins started the successful Collins Janitorial Service in Monrovia. He served as a member of the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce and held memberships in several...
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John L. Buffington

June 29, 1954 - May 25, 2013

Buffington, John L. Born June 29, 1954; Died May 25, 2013. Beloved son, brother and uncle. Survived by brother Mark Buffington of Amherst, NY; sisters Barbara Buffington and Ellen Buffington of Littleton, CO; nieces Kelly Pollock (Ken) and Catie Buffington of Annapolis, MD; and nephew Ted Buffington of Amherst, NY. John recently celebrated 30 years of working with Costco. He was loved by many...
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Gloria Frances McCully

March 12, 1923 - May 22, 2013

Gloria Frances McCully, age 90, passed away May 22, 2013. She was a resident of Azusa for nearly 50 years, and she also resided in Carpinteria for about 15 years. Gloria is survived by her sons, Michael J. (Jeanine) and Paul F. (Cathy) McCully; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Her funeral mass will be held Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 AM at St. Frances of Rome Church in Azusa followed...
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Dale H. Anglin

December 26, 1933 - May 19, 2013

Dale H. Anglin, 79, died Sunday May 19, 2013 at Methodist Hospital of So. CA in Arcadia, California after a short illness. Mr. Anglin was born on Dec. 26, 1933 in Alta Loma, California. He was the youngest child and son of Arthur and Bertha Lee (Massey) Anglin. His family resided in both Brawley and Chino, California. He enlisted in the Army in 1951 and was a Korean War Veteran. Mr. Anglin...
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Edith L. Burnside

February 5, 1918 - May 15, 2013

Edie passed away peacefully at her home May 15, 2013 at the young age of 95. She was born in Kansas City, MO on Feb. 5, 1918, to the late Richard M. and Frances B. Heinrich. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1920 and she has lived in the area ever since, moving to Arcadia in 1948. Edie is survived by her loving husband William James Burnside (better known as 'Burnie') and by her four...
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Debra Ann Gonzalez

June 12, 1975 - May 8, 2013

Obituary for Debbie Gonzalez Debbie Gonzalez was born June 12, 1975, in Fort Belvoir, Virginia and grew up in a career US Army family, experiencing life around the world before the family settled in Richland, Washington. She graduated from Hanford High School and then moved to Los Angeles in 1999, a year after graduating from Washington State University. She took off to find adventure and...
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Donna Sue Hartman

March 7, 1944 - April 27, 2013

Donna Sue Cogburn Hartman; beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away from this earth on Saturday, April 27, 2013, due to complications related to cancer. She is survived by her husband of nearly 49 years; William C. Hartman, her three children and their spouses, Jason and Rileen Hartman, Kyle and Taryn Hartman, and Robyn and Thomas Hanks, as well as ten...
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Marguerite Gordon Brown

July 22, 1913 - April 26, 2013

Marguerite G. Brown, born July 22, 1913 in Garrison, Iowa, passed away April 26, 2013 of natural causes. Teacher, assistant girl's basketball coach going to State Championship in 1933, wife of a college dean and diplomat, author, college administrator, loan officer, bank manager and bank Vice President, sheriff's department volunteer, artist, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother...
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Jean Bishop Gibson

April 20, 1924 - April 22, 2013

Jean Bishop Gibson, 89, passed away on April 22, 2013 at her home, the Terraces at Park Marino, in Pasadena. Jean was born in Altus, Oklahoma on Easter Sunday, April 20, 1924. She moved to California at the age of 6. Jean, widow of James Gibson, is survived by her three children, Peggygene Outsen, Terry Bishop and Rebecca Bishop, her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A family...
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Frank W. Mossbarger

June 30, 1923 - April 12, 2013

Frank W. Mossbarger June 30, 1923 ' April 12, 2013 Francis Wilbur Mossbarger, 89 years old, passed away peacefully in Bradbury, CA on April 12, 2013. He was born June 30, 1923 in Mandeville, MO at home to Wilbur Eli Mossbarger and Mary Bernice Shea. Frank spent his childhood on the farm in Mandeville, MO along with his sisters Ellmary (Mossbarger) Wood, Lucille Mossbarger, and Mildred (Mossbarger...
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Sally Ann Rausch

July 21, 1939 - March 19, 2013

Sally Ann Rausch, (Mary Sarah Ann Kleppick) 73 years old, passed away at her home in West Covina, CA on March 19, 2013, after a long illness. She was born, Mary Sarah Ann Kleppick on July 21, 1939 in Pittsburgh, PA, to Joseph Kleppick and Jessie Mary Starr. She grew up in Greenfield, PA and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She married Henry Lawrence Rausch on Sept. 27, 1957 and moved to...
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Robert Lee Brown

August 10, 1950 - March 15, 2013

Robert Lee Brown passed away at his home in Gardiner, OR on March 15, 2013. Bob was born on August 10, 1950 in Pasadena, CA and made his home in Monrovia until his retirement. In 1967 he proudly joined the U. S. Marine Corp and served in Vietnam. Bob is survived by his four daughters and sons in law, Tricia and Gary Hobbs, Tamara and Richard Morrison, Taylor and Steve Nestlerode and Emily Brown;...
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Russell E. Vest

June 23, 1953 - March 14, 2013

Russell E. Vest, 59, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, March 14, 2013. A long time resident of Monrovia, and an MHS Graduate of 1971, Russ is survived by his sister, Patricia Griott, his brother, Jerry Vest, and their families. A service in celebration of his life is pending. Care entrusted to the Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance FH in Monrovia.
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Bernard McDermott

January 30, 1920 - March 13, 2013

Bernard McDermott passed away March 13, 2013. He was born in England on January 30, 1920; served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in World War II, and was active in numerous ministries within the Catholic Church. Bernie was predeceased by his wife, Hildagard, and he was a loving father to his seven children: Dennis, Kevin, Mary, Anne, John, Joan & Constance and their spouses, 20 grandchildren and...
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Irena Kudirka

June 21, 1927 - March 13, 2013

Our dear mother, Irene Kudirka, passed away on March 13, 2013, at the age of 85. Irene was born in Kybartas, Lithuania on June 21, 1927. Together with her parents, Andreas and Berta Giedrys and older brother, Eugene, Irene moved to Kaunas, Lithuania where she spent her youth and attended school. During the Second World War, her father was a wartime prisoner at the Kaunas 9th Fort Prison. After...
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Fred Conrey

October 30, 1932 - March 4, 2013

Deacon Fred Conrey, passed away peacefully at home on March 4, 2013. Born on October 30, 1932, Fred worked for Unocal for 44 years, served for the Pasadena TOR “white suits” for 15 years, and after being ordained as a Deacon in the Catholic Church in 1990 he served at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Monrovia. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Maureen, his daughters, Kathleen...
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Elbert Eugene Souders

November 28, 1918 - March 4, 2013

Elbert E. Souders Nov. 28, 1918 - March 4, 2013 Elbert E. Souders died in Arcadia California on Monday, March 4, 2013, age 94, peacefully, in his sleep at his home surrounded by his family. Elbert was married to Irene and had two children, Scott and Elb. Elbert attended numerous universities including Nebraska Wesleyan University, University of Southern California, and Harvard University. Elb...
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Gladys Dorothy Bogle

February 17, 1923 - February 25, 2013

Gladys Dorothy Bogle, 90, passed away on February 25, 2013. Gladys is survived by her sons, Bruce and Gary Bogle; her daughters, Karen Bogle and Diane Lokar; also by 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. Visitation hours 5-7 pm on Wednesday, March 6 will be held at the Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance Funeral Home in Monrovia. A Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM on...
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Jose Jurado

November 2, 1935 - February 22, 2013

Jose “Chepe” Jurado Nov 02, 1935 Feb 22, 2013 Beloved Husband, Father, and Grandfather. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, left to join the Navy at the age of 17 during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife, son, and grandson. He married Armandina Alvarado after completing his military service. From humble beginnings and through many struggles Jose and Armandina spent 57...
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Dora M. Gafney

June 28, 1925 - February 2013

Dora Mora Gafney was born on June 28, 1925 at Pomona Valley Hospital. Raised by her father Albert B. Mora, Dora lived in Arcadia with her two sisters, Vera and Virginia. After graduating from Monrovia, Arcadia, Duarte (aka MAD) High School in the winter of 1944, she attended Pasadena Business College. As a young woman during WW II, Dora joined the Marines for a short time before the war ended....
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Felicidad Santamaria

November 23, 1928 - January 30, 2013

Felicidad Santamaria, 84, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013. She is survived by her Sons,Wilfrido & Serafin Santamaria; her daughters, Veronica Levin & Aletha Bailey, as well as her many grand and great grandchildren. Visitation hours 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, February 1, will held at the Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance in Monrovia. A funeral mass at 11:30 AM on Saturday, will be...
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Mary Isabelle Zelasko

July 23, 1923 - January 30, 2013

Mary Isabelle Zelasko, 89, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013. A native of California and a long time resident of Monrovia, Isabelle is survived by her niece, Susan Gallegos, and many friends. Visitation hours beginning at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, February 5 and a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM will both be held at the Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance FH. A Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM on Wednesday,...
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James M. Hegarty

March 18, 1924 - January 22, 2013

James M. Hegarty, 88, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2013. A fomer long time resident of Alhambra, Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Barbara; his sons, Patrick, Thomas & James Hegarty; his daughter, Joan Lopez; brother, Jerry; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A Memorial Mass at 10 AM on Saturday, January 26 will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church in Alhambra.
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Richard James Steele

February 19, 1932 - January 21, 2013

Richard “Spark” James Steele, age 80, passed away January 21, 2013 in Monrovia, CA. He was the former owner of Carburetor Engineering in Pasadena, which was a family business for 63 years. Spark loved traveling to the mountains and the desert to enjoy the outdoors. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Bob, Dutch and Norma; and niece, Susan. He is survived by his wife, Julia;...
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Joseph Benjamin Earl

June 9, 1924 - January 15, 2013

Joseph Benjamin “Ben” Earl, 88, passed away peacefully at home on January 15, 2013. Ben was born in Chicago but lived most of his storied life in Southern California. He graduated from Flintridge Prep, then attended Stanford University as WWII began. In his sophomore year Ben had joined the Navy who sent him to Caltech to complete his civil engineering studies in 1944 before serving...
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Virginia Frances Askren

February 16, 1930 - January 13, 2013

Virginia Frances Rodebeck Askren was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on February 16, 1930, and passed away January 13, 2013. Virginia attended Butler University before graduating from Indiana University in 1952 with a liberal arts degree. She and Paul Askren were married on August 31, 1952, and moved to Albuquerque for two years while he was stationed there in the Air Force. They moved to southern...
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Joseph A. Nohejl

May 24, 1923 - January 12, 2013

Joseph "Joe" A. Nohejl, age 89, passed away January 12, 2013. He is survived by his children, Joseph M. Nohejl and Mary Nohejl; and a host of other family members and friends. A visitation will be held Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance. His funeral will also be held at Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 1...
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Margie Grasha

January 21, 1926 - January 12, 2013

Margie Grasha, life long resident of North Hollywood/Burbank, passed away January 12, 2013 at home surrounded by her family, due to acute leukemia. She was 86. Margie was born January 21, 1926 to Frank and Mary Mizerak in Martin, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of six children and married WW II veteran, Frank L. Grasha, November 26, 1949. Margie worked tirelessly for her family assisting her...
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Richard R. Stueve

June 17, 1928 - January 9, 2013

Richard R. Stueve, 84, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Richard was preceded in death by his wife Meda and his daughter Patricia. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara (Rev. Allen) Schroeder, and his son, Richard W. (Penelope) Stueve; 4 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 5 brothers, and 3 sisters. Richard was born in Frohna, MO and moved to Southern California in 1948. He worked for...
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Mary Venetta Luther

March 10, 1915 - January 2, 2013

Mary Venetta Luther, 97, passed away peacefully at home on January 2, 2013. Mary was born in Hutchinson, MN on March 10, 1915 to Agnes & Henry Felepe. Upon graduation in 1935 from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in Economics she married her college sweetheart, William H. Luther. Mary Venetta and William Luther founded Luther Investment Inc. in Arcadia, CA where she was Chief...
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Charles H. Ettensperger

August 2, 1925 - January 1, 2013

After 87 years of life, Charlie went home to God on January 1, 2013. He was born on August 2, 1925, in Sierra Madre, CA to Carl and Mary Ettensperger. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy (Rodgers) Ettensperger, six children, and grandchildren. In his early years, he owned and operated Mountain View Dairy, Monrovia. Charlie married Dorothy Rodgers in 1953, and they had six children. In...
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Joseph Gregory Wigginton

November 21, 1933 - December 26, 2012

Joseph Gregory Wigginton, age 79, passed away December 26, 2012 in Pasadena, CA. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but lived the majority of his years in California and Nevada. He was the first of 5 children born to Joseph C. and Mary Wigginton. Joe spent his teenage years in Huntington Beach. He was a graduate of Huntington Beach High School and attended Orange Coast College. He was a...
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Samuel A. Migliore

June 15, 1921 - December 25, 2012

Samuel Albert Migliore, 91, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Sam was preceded in death by his wife, June, who had died on May 19, 2012. A Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 31 will be held at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Arcadia. Inurnment at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 4 with Military Honors by the Army. Care...
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Leonard E. Tyler

February 10, 1914 - December 20, 2012

Leonard Ellis "Jim" Tyler, 98, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012. A long time resident of Torrance, Jim is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Wayne & Mary Tyler; his step children, Diane & Steve; his brother Francis; granddaughters, Renee, Sarah & Julianne; step grandchildren, Buddy & Cody, and a niece, Jeanie. A graveside service at 12:00 PM on Friday, December 28, was held at Harbor...
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Robert Wesley Fisher

November 6, 1919 - December 20, 2012

Robert Wesley Fisher, 93, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012. A former long time resident of Monrovia, Robert had been a Post Office employee for many years later moving to the Oakland area. Robert is survived by his brother, William; sisters, Arlene & Vivian; four grandchildren, Gina, Clifton, Jonathan & Christopher Jones; his ten great grandchildren, Stacia, Blair, Tasha, Bethany, Andrew,...
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Vern Smith Bullington

June 17, 1925 - December 10, 2012

Vern Smith Bullington passed away peacefully with family by his side on Monday, December 10, 2012. He had been born in South Dakota on June 17, 1925 and has lived in Duarte, California since 1949. Vern’s bright positive personality touched everyone he knew, and his easy going nature was an added benefit in his insurance work for Prudential for over twenty five years, where he worked as an...
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Vern Smith Bullington

June 17, 1925 - December 10, 2012

Vern Smith Bullington passed away peacefully with family by his side on Monday, December 10, 2012. He had been born in South Dakota on June 17, 1925 and has lived in Duarte, CA since 1949. Vern’s bright positive personality touched everyone he knew, and his easy going nature was an added benefit in his insurance work for Prudential for over twenty five years, where he worked as an insurance...
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Jessie Luera Fonseca

February 4, 1920 - December 2, 2012

Jessie Luera Fonseca, life long resident of Duarte, passed away December 2, 2012 at home surrounded by her family. She was 92. She was born February 4, 1920 to Norberto and Tiburcia Luera in Rocktown, Duarte and wed May 25, 1946 to Tony Fonseca in Monrovia. Jessie began working as a housekeeper at age 16. During World War II, she served our country by working as a riveter at the Douglas Aircraft...
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William Copland Brooks

December 30, 1928 - November 29, 2012

William “Bill” Copland Brooks, age 83, passed away November 29, 2012 in Arcadia, CA. He was a US Army Veteran and Monrovia resident for 35 years. Bill was very active in his community and was generous in volunteering his time. He was a member of the Arcadia American Legion, the Monrovia VFW, and the Duarte Elks Lodge #1427 for over 25 years, 20 of which he was the trustee. Bill was...
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Kathryn J. Garrity

November 27, 1923 - November 20, 2012

Kathryn J. Garrity was born on November 27, 1923 and passed away on November 20, 2012. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Kathryn attended Bishop Conety High School in Highland Park. Kathryn married John Bradley Garrity on July 17, 1948 and the two were married for 51 years. An active member for over 50 years at Annunciation Catholic Church, Kathryn was one of the first charter members. Kathryn and John...
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Marie A. Schmitt, M.D.

July 11, 1919 - November 17, 2012

Marie Anna (Kioebge) Schmitt, M.D., a resident of Arcadia for over 59 years, passed away November 17, 2012 at the age of 93. Marie is survived by her children, William J. Schmitt and his wife Lori, Frederic “Fritz” P. Schmitt and his wife Bernie, and Anne M. Schmitt; her grandchildren, Megan, Kaitlyn, Edward, Frederic Jr., Samantha, Emily, Jordan, Parker, numerous nieces and nephews,...
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Orville George Kniep

March 16, 1931 - November 11, 2012

Orville George Kniep was born on March 16, 1931 in Arcadia, CA and passed away in Azusa, CA on November 11, 2012. Orville was a career carpenter, but dedicated his life to serving as a volunteer at his church and its related charities. His memorial service will be held at his home church that he helped build, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arcadia on Saturday, November 17 at 2:30 PM. He is...
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William Delmere Mathis, Sr.

March 7, 1917 - October 20, 2012

William Delmere Mathis Sr passed away peacefully on October 20, 2012 at age 95. Born in Missouri, he traveled to California at age 7 and lived in Pasadena-Duarte-Bradbury-Monrovia. He was a veteran of World War II. After graduating from Caltech with a degree in civil engineering, he worked at James M. Montgomery for some 40 years. Bill was instrumental with the incorporation of the city of Duarte...
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John Paul Curry

April 26, 1914 - October 19, 2012

John Paul Curry, beloved husband, father and grandfather was born on April 26, 1914 in French Creek, WV, and died at his home in Monrovia, CA on October 19, 2012. He was a college business school instructor, a successful independent business man, and a high-school mathematics teacher in his native West Virginia for 35 years, and retired to Monrovia with his now late wife Elizabeth where he...
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James Theodore Halkias

April 2, 1928 - October 2, 2012

James Theodore Halkias passed away peacefully in the evening of October 2, 2012, in his home in Pasadena, California. Jim was born April 2, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the Philadelphia area. He is survived by his two sons, Theodore and James, Jr., daughter-in-law Jill, grandchildren Katherine and Christopher, sister Mary Snyder and husband Nicholas of Houston, Texas, and...
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Anthony Roland Contreras

April 12, 1977 - September 25, 2012

Was born in Pomona, CA and was a long time resident of the City of Monrovia. He struggled with heart failure for 11 years and sadly was taken from us on September 25th, 2012, while waiting for a heart transplant. He will be missed by many, but never forgotten. he is survived by his mother Janice Savage, father Bernie Contreras, sister Arlene (Mai) Martinez, brother Joseph Contreras and his 3...
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Robert C. Day

October 20, 1923 - September 17, 2012

Robert C. Day, 88, passed away peacefully at home on September 17, 2012. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Kay; daughter-in-law, Susie; niece, Cindy Smith and extended family. Bob was preceded in death by his son, Charlie. Visitation hours beginning at 5 PM and a Vigil Service at 7 PM on Sunday, Sept. 23 will be held at the Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance FH in Monrovia. A...
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Alfredo De La Cruz

July 20, 1932 - September 8, 2012

De La Cruz Corona Alfredo died September 8, 2012, in the company of loved ones. Alfredo was born July 20, 1932, in San Antonio, Jalisco, Mexico, to Juan De La Cruz and Leonarda Maria Corona. He married Rosalba Mendoza in June 1970. They are the parents of 5 children. Alfredo grew up in the Catholic Church and was baptized in1932. He worked in agriculture with his father before immigrating to the...
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Louise Betty Thatcher

March 30, 1938 - September 1, 2012

Louise Betty Thatcher, 74, passed away Saturday, September 1, 2012. Louise is survived by her Sister, Mary Schuhmacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Denslow. Private services. Care entrusted to Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance FH. Condolences to: www.caringfuneralservice.com
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John G. Hencier CMF

July 22, 1925 - August 28, 2012

Father John “Jack” G. Hencier, C.M.F., 87 years of age, died at St. John of God Retirement Center in Los Angeles, CA on August 28, 2012. He was born on July 22, 1925 in St. Paul, MN. In 1970 at the age of 45 he made his first vows and was ordained in 1972 a Claretian Priest at Claretville Seminary in Calabasas, CA. Fr. John will always be remembered for his availability, dedication...
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John Joseph Healy

November 1, 1922 - August 27, 2012

John Joseph Healy was born on November 1, 1922 in Curragh Donoghmore, County Cork, Ireland. He passed away peacefully on August 27, 2012 at home in Glendora, California. John was a wonderful Father, Grandfather, Brother and friend. He will be greatly missed by his Daughter, Ellen Martina Hoover; his Sons, Patrick Healy & John Joseph Healy Jr.; Daughters-in-law, Nancy Healy & Addie Healy; by his...
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Frank Joseph Pyka CMF

April 2, 1921 - August 23, 2012

Father Frank J. Pyka, C.M.F., 91 years of age, died at Santa Teresita Manor in Duarte, CA on August 23, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born on April 2, 1921 in Miami, Arizona. In 1940 he made his first vows and was ordained at Santa Barbara Mission in 1946. His missionary availability led him to accept assignments in England, Arizona, Washington and California. Fr. Pyka will always be...
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Tammy Lynn Ozenbaugh

June 15, 1959 - August 21, 2012

Tammy Lynn Ozenbaugh, 53, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Tammy is survived by her: Son - Todd Ozenbaugh, Daughter - Catrina Kerr Daughter - Tracy Ozenbaugh Daughter - Bessie Ozenbaugh Visitation hours beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 1, and a Service at 11:00 AM will both be held at the Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance in Monrovia. Condolences to: www.caringfuneralservice...
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Joseph M. Gamm CMF

July 17, 1920 - August 20, 2012

Father Joseph M. Gamm, C.M.F., 92 years of age, died at Santa Teresita Manor in Duarte, CA on August 21, 2012. He was born on July 17, 1920, in Istria, Italy. He entered Dominguez Seminary in Compton, CA in 1938, and in 1939 he professed his first vow of poverty, chastity and obedience at the age of 19. In 1945, he was ordained to the priesthood at St. Francis of Assisi in Chicago, Illinois. Fr....
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Kathryn Eileen Orcutt

October 6, 1958 - August 20, 2012

Kathryn Eileen Orcutt, age 53, passed away August 20, 2012 in Arcadia, CA. Her rich sense of humor enriched many lives. Kathy is survived by her daughters, Natalie Szubert and Shannon Bojorquez; mother, Marian Celin; and brothers, Francis “Skip” Celin and John Celin. She will be forever loved and missed by all. A visitation will be held Thursday, August 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and a...
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Janet Shiels Byrne

May 31, 1921 - August 15, 2012

Janet Shiels Byrne, 91, passed away Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Jan was long time resident of both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. She graduated from Pomona College with her BA and Long Beach State College with her Teaching Credential. Jan touched the lives of many children as a 1st grade teacher for the ABC Unified School District. She was honored as a Master Teacher for her ability to excite...
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Patrick James McPolin

July 30, 1916 - August 15, 2012

Father Patrick McPolin, a well-known Claretian priest and former provincial passed away in San Pedro, CA on August 15. Ordained in 1943, Fr. Pat had a close association with the St. Jude Police League established in 1932 by the Claretian Fathers. In 1965, Fr. McPolin was appointed the provincial of the Claretian Western Province. Completing his term as provincial in 1971, Fr. Pat turned his...
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Pamela Joy McBeath

December 17, 1957 - August 14, 2012

Pamela Joy McBeath, 54, passed away August 14, 2012 at Methodist Hospital. She is survived by her father, Gerber McBeath and stepmother, Renate; sisters Robin and brother-in-law, Jack Robertson; sister, Carla Cook and Scott; nephew, Anthony Ingrassi III and Bonnie; great nephew, Lil Anthony; nieces, Jessica, Samantha, Rebecca and Alexandra. She was preceded in death by her mother, Darlene Joanne...
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Ernestine Rowe Ritter

March 5, 1924 - August 13, 2012

Ernestine Ritter passed away peacefully with grace and dignity on Monday August 13, 2012, at her home in Sierrra Madre, CA. With her were her long-time caregiver, Freddie Garcia; her daughter, Anne; and Anne's husband, David Johanson. Ernestine was born on March 5, 1924, the eldest child of four, to Dascomb and Ruth Rowe. She grew up in Waterbury, Vermont and throughout her life treasured the...
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Eleanor Higuerra Angulo

October 16, 1923 - August 13, 2012

Eleanor Angulo, age 88, passed away August 13, 2012. Eleanor was a long-time resident of the San Gabriel Valley and her family has had a long history here. She was a loving daughter, sister, and aunt who was very devoted to her family, helped raised her siblings, and cared for her mother until she passed away. Eleanor is survived by her nephews and nieces, David Angelo, Gregory Galvan, Michael...
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Ruth Ann Hawkins

March 3, 1922 - August 9, 2012

Ruth Ann Hawkins, age 90, passed away August 9, 2012 in Pasadena, CA. She was born in Hartley, Iowa and was a long time resident of Arcadia. She later moved to the Oaks Retirement Community. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Norman, and her daughter, Teri Schmidt. She is survived by her daughter, Debra Hawkins. A graveside service was held August 14 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Covina,...
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Joe M. Presley

September 1, 1931 - August 5, 2012

Joe M. Presley age 80 of Dewey, Arizona passed away at home on August 5, 2012. He was a former Glendora resident for 36 years. He was born September 1, 1931 in Birmingham, Alabama to Elbert F. and Virgie D. Spann Presley. Joe retired from Dowty Aerospace having worked over 34 years. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed fishing, camping and loved to paint. He is survived by his wife, Georgia Presley of...
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Kevin Ernest Westervoorde

April 2, 1987 - August 5, 2012

Kevin Ernest Westervoorde, 25, passed away Sunday, August 05, 2012. He is survived by his Mother, Julie A. Wilkins; his Father, Jerry Westervoorde, and his brothers, Shaun, Joshua & Ryan. Visitation hours 6-8 PM on Monday, August 13, and a service at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, August 14 will both be held at the Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance in Monrovia. Condolences to: www.caringfuneralservice...
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Lucy Joan Ferraro

September 13, 1924 - July 28, 2012

Lucy Ferraro passed away peacefully at her home, July 28, 2012, with family at her side. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Anthony. Lucy is survived by her children (spouses) - Robert (Lory), Donna (Dale), & James (Liza); grandchildren - John, Tony, Michelle, Daniel, Dana, Joseph, Jamie, Grace, George, Guia, & Gemma; great grandchildren - Tyler, Steven, John John, Samuel,...
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Jerry Andrade

April 20, 1931 - July 26, 2012

Jerry - Andrade, age 81, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2012. Jerry is survived by his wife, Yolanda; his Step-Daughters, Monique Benavides and Melissa Agajanian; four grandchildren; his Sisters, Virginia & Rosemary, as well as his Sisters-in-law, Martha & Edna Garcia, and his brother-in-law, Robert Garcia. A Memorial Mass at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 3rd will be celebrated at the San Gabriel...
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Carolyn Sue McQuown

July 14, 1953 - July 23, 2012

Carolyn Sue McQuown, age 59, passed away July 23, 2012. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Chris Dragan; her father, John McQuown and her sister and brother. Services are pending. Care entrusted to the Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance FH in Monrovia.
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Sam V. Pirolo

November 22, 1923 - July 23, 2012

Sam V. Pirolo, 88, a former long time resident of Arcadia passed away on July 23, 2012 in Huntington Beach, California. Sam is survived by his daughter, Sharon (Jim) Landis; his son, Ron (Stephanie) Pirolo; step children, Amy Haas, MaryAnn Brown & Neale Mansfield; also by seven grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service at 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 28 will be held at the Douglass...
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James David Boyle, M.D.

September 2, 1928 - July 19, 2012

On the evening of July 19th, 2012 Los Angeles lost a favorite son, James David Boyle, M.D. David was born September 2nd, 1928 in the midst of the Great Depression to James and Barbara Boyle, a prominent early Los Angeles family. His first family home was on Olympic Blvd. in greater Los Angeles, which at the time was a residential neighborhood lined with trees and grass parks. He was a 4th...
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Donald C. Buhrmann

August 10, 1920 - July 16, 2012

Donald C. Buhrmann, age 91, died July 16, 2012 at his home in Pasadena, CA in the arms of his wife and daughters. Born in Aurora, he attended East High School and the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. Don was a Marine in WWII. He fought in the battle for Guadalcanal and did mapping of the South Pacific for the Intelligence Division. Some of his paintings were held in the national archives. Later, he...
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Frances Edna Cahill

February 21, 1920 - July 15, 2012

Frances Edna Cahill, age 92, passed away July 15, 2012. She is survived by her children, Gary and Sharon Cahill; grandchildren, Todd and Maureen Cahill; and grandchild, Kole Cahill.
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Mary V. Merritt

September 21, 1916 - July 15, 2012

Mary V. Merritt, age 95, passed away July 15, 2012. She is survived by her brother, George Dragan; a granddaughter and two great grandchildren. Private Services. Care entrusted to Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance FH, 600 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, CA
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