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Renate “Reni” Schoedl

Born August 9, 1927, Durham, Berlin, Germany
Entered into Rest August 25, 2019

Celebrating the Life of Renate

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Sterling S. Clayton

Born August 9, 1927, Durham, North Carolina

Celebrating the Life of Sterling

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William Edward Robbins, Jr. Born April 17, 1934, Chestnut Hill, PA
Entered into Rest July 25, 2019, Long Beach, CA

William Edward Robbins, Jr, known to his friends as Bill or “Doc,” passed away at the age of 85 on July 25, 2019 in Long Beach, CA.
He was born on April 17, 1934 to the late William Edward Robbins Sr and Ella (Hallahan) Robbins. He is survived by his sister Eileen (Robbins) Paul, a niece and nephew and three great-nephews.
Bill served in the US Navy on the USS Rendova during the Korean War. He worked for the USPS for 36 years, retiring in 2015. He loved his job because of the great people he worked with and the ability to work outside.
Bill was outgoing and active. He loved running on the beach and riding his bike. He was a generous caring man who took care of numerous people during his lifetime. He will be missed by so many people who appreciated his companionship, stories, sense of humor and surprise visits. We love you Bill and will see you again in Heaven.
A service with military honors will be held on September 11, 2019 at 11:30am at Riverside National Cemetery.

Dennise M. Isbell Born March 12, 1958
Entered into Rest January 19, 2019

Dennise was born on March 12, 1958. She was a twin to Dennis who preceded her to heaven six months earlier. She was a dedicated mother, wife and caregiveer. Dennise was always ready to help those in need even though she would not ask or take help herself. Dennise is survived by her parents, Larry Hernandez and Geraldine Robert, sisters Dolores Sinaguglia, Laurie Revecho, brothers Richard Hernandez, Michael Hernandez and Todd Hernandez, her spouse Bobby Isbell, children Julia Freeman and Michael David Hernandez, and many nephews, nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces.

Thomas Farrell, Jr.

Born August 2, 1946, Long Beach, CA
Entered into Rest January 12, 2019,
Buena Park, CA
Thomas Farrell, Jr. was a very special and much-loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to all who knew him. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Judy Ferrell and his grandson Gavin Thomas Farrell, who has been a devoted and attentive caregiver and companion during these past years. He was preceded in death by his beautiful daughter Leslie Ann, and is survived by his son Bradley and daughter Bridgett. He was an amazing big brother to Francine, Allen, and John Farrell. Tom was always willing to volunteer to help those in need. As an Army volunteer, he served with valor in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart for the wounds he suffered there. Tom and Judy Farrell founded and operated Formal Notice Tuxedo for more than 29 years and shared the joys and celebrations of many in the community over the years. Tom was quick to offer help and never complained. Everyone who knew Tom liked and admired him. He held himself to a very high standard, yet was never judgemental of others. He will be missed by all who knew his loving patience, his quick wit, his wise counsel and his boyish charm. We take comfort in knowing he is joining his daughter, his brother (Allen), his nieces (Melinda, Toni and Lindsey Faye), his parents (Thomas and Evelyn Farrell), and many other loved ones in his heavenly body and life. Well done, Tom. We will miss you.
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Loretta E. Romero Born June 9, 1919, Los Angeles, CA
Entered into Rest August 28, 2018, Fullerton, CA

Loretta Romero was born on June 9, 1919 to Jose and Antonia Encinas. She was an only child. As a Los Angeles native, she knew the city well. Many were amazed that she was better than map of L.A. and could give such good directions to many destinations.
Loretta had a passion for reading. She especially enjoyed mysteries. She was also an avid movie fan and had fond memories of many enjoyable times at the local cinema. Her loved ones enjoyed many of her wonderful meals as she was an excellent cook. She was also known for her quick wit and remarkable memory. However, it is her loving and caring attitude that will be missed the most.
Another important part of her life were her spouses. Her first husband was Miguel Padilla. She later married Luis Romero.
She will be lovingly remembered by her four children; Theresa, Michael, Robert and Diane. She will also be forever in the hearts of her grandchildren; Margo, Coreen, David, Patricia, Victoria and Gregory. She also leaves her great-grandchildren Matthew, David, Thomas, Laura, Elena, Isabel, Emma and Olivia.
Many will agree that she was an amazing woman
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Albert Arthur Wright Born July 18, 1924, Chandler, OK
Entered into Rest February 26, 2018, Long Beach, CA
Born to Grace Blanche and Albert Roscoe Wright, he grew up in Wynnewood, OK. After attending Kemper Military School in Booneville, MO, he served in the U.S. Army in Europe in WWII.
He was a Sigma Phi Epsilon at O.U. then moved to Long Beach with his family and got his B.A. at USC. On July 11, 1953, he married L.A. native Mary Emma Wright at First Methodist Church. They raised two daughters in Long Beach and were in love for 53 years until her death in 2006.
Al’s professional life was spent in Church Business Administration after a bit in advertising and life insurance. After retirement, Al and ME traveled widely, often in motorhome Goldie. He had a lifelong love of music especially Dixieland Jazz and Barbershop. He enjoyed gardening and building things for his kids and grandkids. His Andy Griffith lip-syncs were infamous.
Survivors: Sister Carolyn Silkwood (Gordon), daughters Jennifer and Rebecca (Becki) Wright (Steve Sherman), grandchildren Barbara Platt (Forrest) and Alan Sherman (Andrea). Burial at Forest Lawn.

Paul Thomas Anderson

Born November 22, 1952, Buffalo, NY
Entered into Rest February 24, 2018, Long Beach, CA

Paul Thomas Anderson, age 65, of Long Beach, California, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018 in St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach.
Born November 22, 1952 in Buffalo, New York, he was the son of the late Lewis H. Anderson and the late Ruth (Dinki) Anderson; brother of Judith (John) Esposito of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Kathleen (Lawrence) Zidow of Tampa, Florida; uncle of six nieces and nephews; also survived by 10 great-nieces and nephews, and 24 first cousins.
Paul obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from Hamline University of Minnesota in 1974, and advanced degrees from the University of Buffalo, New York University, Learning Tree University and Los Angeles Community College in California, where he lived for 35 years.
Paul’s work experience included teacher, computer programmer, technology trainer, project engineer, and database specialist. Paul had a passion for tennis and skiing, volunteer activities at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, and attending music performances.

Maria Carmen Perez

Born August 21, 1933, Havana, Cuba
Entered into Rest January 26, 2018, Huntington Beach, CA

Maria del Carmen Perez passed away in her sleep on January 26, 2017. She is survived by her three loving and grateful children: Ana, Rudy and Jerry as well as her sister, Teri Bitar and numerous other family and friends. She especially enjoyed her four grandchildren: Christopher, Monica, Patrick and Marilyn and would also smile brightly when they were around.
She was born on August 21, 1933 in Havana, Cuba to Gerardo and Conception Conde-Alvarez. As a result of the Cuban revolution, she left her homeland and had to work very hard and sacrificed much for her family.
Carmen was devoted to her family and lovingly took in her parents to live with the family for the last 2 decades of their lives. She was extremely supportive of her husband and raised three very grateful children.
Her pain and suffering in this life are now done and she joins her husband in heaven; together once again. She was truly a wonderful daughter, wife, mother and friend who will be truly missed.

Gilbert Joseph Coria Born November 5, 1930, Los Angeles, CA
Entered into Rest January 23, 2018, Long Beach, CA

A loving father and grandfather and a veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by sons Gilbert, Jr. and Mark; daughter-in-laws Vera and Linda; grandchildren Michael, Marcus and Alexis.

Francis Charles Neilson Born October 2, 1925, Tacoma, Washington
Entered into October 3, 2017, El Monte, California

Francis Charles Neilson, “Chuck” to friends, passed away peacefully in October at age 92.
Just out of his teens and after honorably serving in WWII with the 341st Squadron, civilian life led Chuck to Los Angeles where he met Elsie, his bride-to-be. A first date led to 64 years of love and devotion to one another. Road trips, camping, fishing, fixing things, and automobiles were Chuck’s thing. Lately he loved nothing more than a good game of pool with his son or any one of his grandkids. He was additionally known for his great dancing skills and threw down some impressive moves in his 80’s and 90’s at his granddaughter’s weddings.
Somewhat of a community activist who really worked to get out the vote, and always ready to lend a hand, he inspired El Monte’s youth as El Monte Beautification Committee Chair. He enjoyed his American Legion Post 261 and VFW Post 10218 comrades, as well as Moose Club friends and greatly valued many 50-year-friendships shared. His special “buddies” know who they are—he loved and appreciated you!
Preceded in passing by his parents, Harry and Mabel, and his brother Harry Jr., Chuck is survived by his wife, Elsie, as well as his son and daughter and their spouses: Bob (Bonnie) and Sandy (Keith). Also survived by nieces, Carol, Diane, Sharon and their families, who he always enjoyed, as well as his niece, Julie, whom he was pleased to finally know. His 7 grandchildren (Lindsay, Alyssa, Alex, Kirsten, Keena, Bridger and Cooper) and 6 great-grandchildren (Kaila, Peyton, Grey, Owen, Eva, and Reed) made him proud and he cherished each minute he had with them.
The family shared in a private celebration of Chuck’s life but has greatly appreciated all the friends who have reached out to visit and encourage each of us. Many heartfelt thanks go to neighbors and good friends whom the family cherishes for sharing good times and always watching out for the Neilson family. Without you all, life would not have been so rich for Chuck, or any of us.
Please take that moment on Veteran’s Day to whisper a goodbye to Chuck as you honor and thank all our beloved service men and women. He would have appreciated that.
Miguel P. Corral Born May 18, 1949
Entered into Rest June 25, 2017
Every person who has ever crossed paths with Dr. Miguel Conal will say he was an incredible man. Miguel saved and touched many people’s lies. He was a selfless image, a father to four and a great husband. He loved all and was a hero to most.

My cousin Mike, the son of my Mom's brother, was so special to me. I remember ages 5-9, spending my vacations visiting him in Fort Worth. He was a great musician, playing with his band at his graduation party. He was such a star athlete, I recall his numerous trophies on top of the shelves in his home. He was also speaker at his graduation ceremony as president of his graduating class. Even though his family moved to Los Angeles in the early 70s, Mike and I managed to spend time together every time I went out there. He always found something “super fun” to do with me in my teens. Whether it was playing tennis at the U.C.L.A. campus, riding on his Honda 350 out in the desert, or taking me Hollywood sight-seeing in his Toyota, he made sure I was having a memorable time. During the 80s in my 20s Mike didn’t stop. In-between all his doctor duties, we saw Evander Holyfield box at the ’84 Olympics at the Forum. I'll miss you Mike but the great memories and strong family love remain forever!
My hero, role model, protector, and now my guardian angel. Daddy, thank you for the unconditional love. Remember when I was born and you said the delivering doctor said all I needed was your mustache and we would be twins? From the day you shared that story with me I knew that I had stolen your heart. You were and will always be my number one fan. Thanks for taking me to work and allowing me be your assistant at the age of 7 when you would see patients. Thanks for all the pep talks during my teenage years. Thanks for teaching me your hook shot. Thank you for always making such a big deal of all my accomplishments growing up. Thank you for the countless father-daughter dates. Thank you for the exciting boating and water skiing adventures. Thank you for the vacations to Jamaica, Italy, and Tahiti. Daddy you were more than just a father, you were my best friend. You were the love of my life. I am so proud to call you my father and I want the world to know this!! Love you!
Glenda Hayes Born October 15, 1955, San Bernardino, CA
Entered into Rest June 6, 2017, Long Beach, CA

Glenda was born at Loma Linda Hospital on October 15, 1955. She was born in San Bernardino, California. That day a beautiful, blue-eyed baby girl was born to Emmett Riley Hopper and Georgia Uldean McMillin. She and he siblings—Sharron, Shirley, George (Bub), Judy, and Betty—completed the family of her youth. Her beautiful life will be forever cherished in the lives of her loving husband Edgar Hayes and her eight children, Sarah, Samuella, Carl, Carolyn, Michael, Mathew, Andrew and Allison, Nine grandchildren—La’Toya (27), Rose (26), Victoria (24), Kani (13), Jayden (9), Aiden (8), Saoirse (7), and Caoimhe (2)—and two great-grandchildren—Jay’Elle (6), and MyLeia (5). They were her greatest love and deepest joy. The world has lost a living angel and all of them have gained a guardian angel. If anyone would like to make a monetary contribution, you can go to a gofundme page we set up at
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Edna Irene Foster Born August 9, 1933, Kansas City, Missouri
Entered into Rest June 13, 2017,
Long Beach, California

Edna Foster, a long-time Kansas City, Missouri resident, died Tuesday the 13th of June at her son’s California home. Edna will be remembered most as a strong, loving mother, raising four children on her own. She worked amazingly hard, loving and fighting for her kids. A bookkeeping professional retiring in 1996, she was a prolific reader. The life of any party, she loved to dance, play games, serve great food, and make it a great time for all.
Edna was preceded in death by her father Edward, her mother Lillian, two daughters Sharon and Kathy, and her two sisters Lorraine and Dolores. She is survived by her two sons, Greg Foster and Bob Stevens, both of California; four grandchildren, Shelly Harmon of Blue Springs, Missouri, Angela Daigle of Phoenix, Arizona, and Phillip Payne and Amanda Foster both of California, and five great grandchildren, Taylor, Joshua, Annabelle, Allyson and Phoenix.
Private memorial services will be held this summer in both California and Missouri.

Shirley Janet Henderson Born January 25, 1947, Vancouver, Canada
Entered into Rest March 29, 2017,
Long Beach, California

Shirley Janet Taylor was born in Vancouver, Canada on January 25, 1947 to Jesse and Stella Taylor. She was born the second of seven children. They moved to Los Angeles, California in 1950. Shirley was blessed to meet the true love of her life, Rodney Henderson, while working at Bank of America, in 1972. Together they raised six beautiful children, and happily celebrated 42 years of marriage. Shirley was a avid “Laker” fan and loved attending her children’s sporting events and husband’s musical performances. Her hobbies included shopping, bowling and traveling. She cherished laughter with her family. Cooking and baking was her passion and she used her skills to feed the needy at church and to bless family and friends. She loved being a mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She was funny, thoughtful and was the very center of her family’s life. Shirley loved the Lord, and lived a life full in Christ that afforded her God’s greatest honor, Heaven. We Rejoice!
Barbara Jean Burdick Evans Born June 3, 1932, Iowa City, Iowa
Entered into Rest January 11, 2017,
Long Beach, California

Barbara was born in Iowa City, Iowa on June 3, 1932. She died at the age of 84 in Long Beach, CA on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. She is survived by her three children, Steve, Lori and Robert.
Barbara grew up in the Ranshaw House in North Liberty, Iowa with her father Lyman Coleman Burdick, mother Emma, sister Margaret and brother Bud, who all pre-deceased her. She spent most of her youth, however, and college years living in Iowa City where she was born. She was in the 4-H, played in the City High School marching band and played the bagpipes as a Highlander. She always loved a good marching band! She later attended the University of Iowa and went on to earn a nursing degree and became an RN—and of course a passionate Iowa Hawkeyes fan! She married John Evans in 1953 and had three children, Steve, Lori and Bob. She gave up nursing so she could be a devoted wife and amazing mother. The family moved to Upland, California in 1963 where she spent the rest of her life. She loved Upland and was “Mom” to all the neighborhood kids mending many scuffs and scrapes. When her husband John died unexpectedly in 1966, she went back to work and spent the next 30 years as a Public Health Nurse working for the County of San Bernardino.
After Barbara retired in 1991, she began her new life as Volunteer Extraordinaire! She joined the American Association of University Women where she helped raise money for the Tech Trek and scholarship programs. As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution she developed a love for history and genealogy and spent many happy days roving through America’s cemeteries with her sister looking for their lost ancestors. She volunteered at Ontario International Airport as a Traveler’s Aid devoting countless very happy hours helping passengers find their way. Another passion was the Salvation Army where she sat on the board and helped raise money that included ringing the iconic red kettle bell. She loved to travel with the Upland Travelers Club and her family. On her many adventures she was able to visit places in most of the United States and Europe. When she wasn’t working, volunteering, traveling or spending time with family, she was playing bridge with her friends, working in her beautiful garden or watching her beloved Los Angeles Lakers and Anaheim Angels.
Barbara was an amazing woman. She was hard working, generous, a dedicated friend, enthusiastic people person, and devoted mother. She loved her children with all her heart and they loved her back just as much. They will miss her desperately.
A memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the McKenzie Mortuary located at 3843 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90804. A Celebration of Life will be held later this year at her home in Upland, California.
In lieu of flowers, Barbara would have been thrilled for you to support the organizations she loved including the University of Iowa Nursing Progress Fund, spcaLA, Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and the Ranshaw House Renovation.
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Ervin Duaine Hove Born May 31, 1935, Rochester, Minnesota
Entered into Rest June 30, 2016, Fullerton, CA

Duaine Hove, age 81 of Rowland Heights, California was taken ill suddenly and passed away on June 30, 2016. Duaine was born in Rochester, Minnesota on May 31, 1935 and joined the Navy in 1953, serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wars as a mine sweep specialist. He also participated in the A-bomb tests at Christmas Island in 1963.
The Navy eventually brought him to California where after his military service he owned his own service stations, became a truck driver and finally became a postal carrier which he retired from after 26 years of service in 2001. Duaine was preceded by both his parents and his brother and sister. He leaves behind his wife, Diane Hove, three step-daughters, one step-son, one daughter, one son, 15 grandchildren and 11 great grand kids. Duaine’s final resting place will be where he always wanted, Arlington National Cemetery.

William Henry Snyder Born March 28, 1951, Akron, Ohio
Entered into Rest June 10, 2016

William Snyder was born in Ohio and moved to California with his wife Denise in 1979. He followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Army in 1971 thereafter becoming a truck driver for the next 40 years.
He married his best friend in 1994 and had two daughters together whom he left behind (Renee 36 and Brandy 33) along with two granddaughters (Kali 15 and Alexis 4) and three grandsons (Kasey 14, Eddie 7 and DJ 2). They lived in Long Beach from 1979 until their passing. His wife passed away peacefully at home next to her husband in 2007 of acute respiratory failure due to sleep apnea she had been battling for many years.
William “Bill” was a very hard working family man who loved his wife, daughters and grandchildren with all his heart. He had a great sense of humor that could light up a room any given time of day. He had a passion in life for music, sports and cooking. Bill was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and beat it and then diagnosed again in 2016, only to loose the battle the second time.

Ruben Gomez Redkey-Martinez

Born May 14, 1961
Entered into Rest July 4, 2016

Ruben Gomez Redkey-Martinez, age 55 of Long Beach, California, passed away suddenly at his home on July 4, 2016. He is survived by his mom Juana Gomez, sister Lydia Gomez, wife Lisa Redkey, mother-in-law Lynda Redkey and father-in-law Fred Garland. He was preceded in death my his stepfather Lolo Gomez.
Ruben attended Lee Elementary School, Jefferson Junior High School and Wilson High School, class of 1980. He worked for Long Beach Gas Department, then as a roofer, gardener and later as a welder and handyman. He was retired and enjoyed gardening and home projects as well as crafting and painting.
He loved all things Hawaiian including the beach, the people and the music. He was bilingual in both English and Spanish. He was known to be the finder of lost children and animals as was able to get them home safely.
He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. A memorial service will be held at McKenzie Mortuary on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 3.00 PM. A reception will follow the memorial. Casual Hawaiian attire is requested.
Aloha, Ruben; we love you!

Lorraine Vickland

Born January 8, 1917, Center City, Minnesota
Entered into Rest May 21, 2016

Lorraine is loved by her family as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She passed away at 99 years, and she's in heaven with the family members who preceded her in death, including her husband and two sons. The family reunion must be wonderful.
She is the last one of her generation in our family. Mom died in the excellent care of hospice and caring staff at a residential nursing home in Long Beach, where she was a resident for one month. Dad and mom were practical Swedish-Americans, so she must have decided to
check-out before another bill was due.
In the last few months, her son and daughter frequently expressed much love and support for their mom, who knew she was a great mother. Her son and his wife from Colorado helped celebrate Lorraine?s 99th birthday, and he returned to visit often before she passed away. Three family generations will attend her funeral, including her daughter from California and her son?s family from Colorado.

Craig William Sowell Born September 30, 1947, Long Beach, California
Entered into Rest April 7, 2016

Craig Sowell never lost his “little kid” as he grew older. We all have them; that small “you” at 2 or 3 years old where everything is a wide-eyed wonder of saying, Golly gee, I ain’t ever seen nothin’ like this before.
The child usually disappears as one ages and learns more about life, but Craig’s little kid was always there in his eyes as he discovered something else that was wondrous and great and needed to be shared. It was one of his most charming traits, and it is the one I will miss the most. He had a childlike wonder about life that ALS killed long before his eyes dimmed forever.
Craig loved life. He loved the sunrises and the sunsets. He seemed to love every minute of every day. I often wondered how someone could stay so sweet and so simple, and who thought that the world and life was a constant source of pleasure and something to be marveled at and shared. He was always wanting to share with people whatever he was so happy about. There was the beautiful rose that he brought from the yard to my desk while I was working so I could enjoy it too. There was the joy of sailing as he patiently explained how the sail drove the boat through the water and why you couldn’t just point the boat in the direction you wanted to go. There was the running joke amongst friends that Craig would walk up to anybody anywhere and say, “Hi, my name is Craig, wanna play? Let’s go sailing.
There was his love of country, the American flag, the 4th of July, and finally, the very shy, quiet pride in being a vet who had chosen to serve at 17 years old. I will never ever understand how this “little kid” decided at 17 he was old enough to die for his country and enlist in the US Navy, where he served during the Vietnam War.
Life to Craig seemed to be a constant show and tell at just how wonderful it could be. He was an incredibly hard worker who so loved driving his big rig. The day he was told he should no longer go to work and climb into the cab of his big rig was the day that I saw the beginning of his pain and confusion reflected in his eyes. It was the beginning of the slow death of his “little kid.”
His daughter and I looked through so many pictures he took over the years from the cab of his big rig; I wonder how he ever got his job done. Pictures of sunrises, sunsets, pictures of the train we rode to Seattle, Washington, pictures of friends and acquaintances, of airplanes flying overhead, flowers and so many other things. These pictures seemed to be his proof that life truly is great and the world is a wondrous place.
ALS is a disease that tells you the clock is winding down but it may take a while and along the way it will strip you of everything. So little is known and so little can be done about it to this day. Craig’s “little kid” could never understand, “why me, why this,” when there is no explanation for it at all. There is a cruelty and randomness to ALS that is unfathomable. I would watch Craig’s “little kid” disappear as his body deteriorated day-by-day. Things he had done so easily and enjoyed so much simply became impossible to do. In his eyes, Craig’s receded further and further into the recesses of his mind as he lost the ability to speak, to stand, to walk, to eat, to even hold my hand. Nothing I could ever say or do could convince him to keep trying, keep fighting or to keep living. Whatever life is left can still be good. I often wondered where the “little kid” had gone while Craig the man was still here trapped in a body that would not allow him to do anything until even breathing became too hard and his warm, generous, gentle soul simply could not go on. In his eyes there was no “golly gee wonder” left at all.
Craig was a man of amazing stubbornness and determination for living life his own way. It was often joked about amongst so many of Craig’s friends that he marched to a different drummer. ALS was a drummer he could not march to. ALS was a drum beat he could see no way to listen to or live with. It was a way of life that his “little kid” wanted no part of and there was no way I could ever explain. One can only admire a person with such a strong love for his life that he chose to go out to his own drummer, on his own terms and in his own way and not the terms of a hideously cruel disease that destroys life, neuron by neuron.
In memory of Craig Sowell, take a moment to pause, look around you and simply delight in the smallest moments of wonder and joy that do exist somehow, somewhere, and in some way in our lives every day.

Vicky Linn Munsey

Born November 5,1952, Eureka, Kansas
Entered into Rest January 20, 2016, Long Beach, California

Vicky is survived by her sister Sharon Brown of Long Beach, California, another sister Debi Albright of Dix, Illinois, her nephews Alexx Brewer of Farmer City, Illinois, Shaun Heltzel of Dix, Illinois and Shane Federmeyer of Long Beach, California. She was very devoted to her family.
She lived a life full of medical issues and worked hard to overcome them. At 30 years old, in a freak accident, she broke her hip. It never did heal correctly, but still she lived independently and you could often see her walking through the streets of Long Beach with the aid of her walker..
In 2011 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and in spite of all of the surgeries and chemotherapy, she succumbed to complications due to pneumonia and kidney failure.
She was a devoted sister and aunt. She will be missed.
Her memorial is to be held in Dix, Illinois on April 16, 2016.
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Mattie Jane Davenport Born May 19, 1944, Jennings, Louisiana
Entered into Rest February 9, 2016, Harbor City, California

Nancy Jane (Crane) Cunningham Born January 19, 1937, Lebanon, Ohio
Entered into Rest January 12, 2016, Long Beach, California

Nancy Jane (Crane) Cunningham, 78, passed away January 12, 2016 at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She was born January 19, 1937 in Lebanon, Ohio, daughter of Robert and Roberta Crane who preceded her in death. She had lived in Long Beach for 60 years.
Nancy graduated from Sabina High School in Sabina, Ohio in 1955, then moved to Long Beach with her parents. She attended University of Southern California where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority graduating from The School of Commerce with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959.
She was an assistant buyer for Buffum’s and Bullock’s. Nancy obtained a teaching credential and a Master of Business Administration from California State College, Long Beach in 1969. She taught at Wilson High School and Long Beach City College. Later, she was employed by Northrop Grumman Military Aircraft Systems Division and Mattel, Inc. as a Systems Trainer and several other companies as an Independent Trainer.
She was an avid bridge player and was active in The Musical Theatre West Guild. She will be sadly missed by her many friends. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery, Lebanon Ohio.

Michelle Hinmon Born December 7, 1941
Entered into Rest November 4, 2015

Steven Belany IV Born January 6, 1975, Long Beach, California
Entered into Rest October 13, 2015, Costa Mesa, California

Steven Belany IV of Costa Mesa, California died October 13, 2015 as a result of complications from pneumonia. He was an exceptional finished carpenter, contractor, and the successful business owner of S.B. Construction. Steve had a great passion for fishing which led him to obtain his U.S. Coast Guard OUPV Master/Mate Certification. Given his great love of the sea, he will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered over the Pacific. These services will be private for family only. Steve was dearly loved by many and he will be greatly missed by all. His compassion and willingness to help others, his loyalty to friends, and his hilarious sense of humor will never be forgotten. Steve is survived by his mother, Diana Belany; his sister Cristina Jolley; his two nephews Lukas and Jacob; his brother-in-law Jared Jolley, and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins who deeply love him.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16)

Forrest Stephen Alston Born February 3, 1952, Berkeley, California
Entered into Rest July 10, 2015, Long Beach, California

Celebrating the Life of Forrest
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Steven Iadipaolo

Born April 7, 1947, Dearborn, Michigan
Entered into Rest May 21, 2015, Long Beach, California

Steven Iadipaolo was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 7, 1947. He was born into a family of nine children. In 1969, the Iadipaolo family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. Shortly after the move, Steven made his way out to California and lived the last 38-years in the San Pedro and Torrance area.
He is survived by his daughter: Nicole Iadipaolo of Long Beach; his son: John Iadipaolo of Camarillo; his siblings: Samuel Iadipaolo of Peroia, IL; Matt Iadipaolo of South Lyon, MI; Mary Dammann of Tijeras, NM; Beth Piacentini of Howell, MI, and Therese Iadipaolo of Mason, MI. He has four grandchildren: Hayden Iadipaolo six-years, Braden Iadipaolo three years, Bryson Iadipaolo three years and Hannah Iadipaolo, three years. Steve thoroughly enjoyed visiting his grandchildren in Camarillo every chance he got. Steve was a loving and caring father who would do anything for his children and grandchildren.
For several years Steve rode with the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) where he traveled the country visiting family, friends and spreading the good news of the gospel to the many people he met in his path. Steve loved the ocean and could be frequently found scuba diving, spear fishing and snorkeling. He caught fish off of his sailboat, which he called home for the last 17 years of his life.
Steve was such a personable and giving individual and everyone that knew him was blessed by him. We will all miss him tremendously. He went home to be with the Lord on May 21st, 2015.
Celebration of Life held Monday, June 1st, 1:00 PM at Calvary Chapel South Bay, 19300 Vermont Avenue, Gardena, CA 90248.

Betty Pearlman

Born March 20, 1925, Detroit, Michigan
Entered into Rest April 29, 2015, Huntington Beach, California

Betty committed herself to her family and to her community while handling the business end of her husband’s medical practice. She volunteered for whatever schools her children attended, was president of a medical auxiliary, den mother for the Cub Scouts and organized several very large community projects to help make Huntington Woods, Michigan and Sun City, Arizona be her places in which to live.
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James Edward Carter

Born August 5, 1928, Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
Entered into Rest February 15, 2015,
Long Beach, California
ames Edward Carter was born August 5, 1928. In 1946 he joined the U.S. Army and went to Japan. He graduated from Penn State in 1952, belonged to the TKE fraternity and received a B.A. in commerce. He eventually became a CPCU. He was married to Sibby where they raised two children: Meg and Mark. During his 30-plus years of marriage to Margo, he became step-father to Duncan, Ian, Kelly, and Donna Hamilton. In March of 1980, he began his AA and became a speaker.
Jim golfed at the best courses in Scotland, Bermuda, Canada, Georgia, Colorado and locally in La Cañada and Long Beach.
He traveled from the top of Alaska to the bottom of Tasmania. At a whim, he and
Margo traveled to Sydney, Rome, Madrid, Paris, London, Casablanca, Tangiers, Acapulco and Honolulu. They would like to flyer and drive to different places for unusual experiences.
Jim was involved in insurance his entire adult life. He worked for Aetna in
New Orleans, CNA in Chicago and Allianz in Los Angeles where he developed the Pacific Zone by opening offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Orange County. He then moved on to Western Growers Association where he loved marketing. Jim started the Western Growers Insurance Company. He became their first president.
Always a
leader at Bixby Village, Jim was the longest serving association president who was on the board for 10 years. He was a supporter of Friends of Long Beach Animals, Long Beach Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army and one of his favorite pastimes was enjoying coffee klatches with his friends.

Rudy Del Rio

Born November 26, 1960, Michoacan, Mexico
Entered into Rest January 23, 2015,
Long Beach, CA

Rudy Del Rio, 54, of Long Beach, California passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach following a heart attack after an extended illness.
Rudy was born in Mexico and grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from L.A. High School and attended UCLA. Rudy worked at the Auto Club of America in Los Angeles and Costa Mesa for over 30 years.
Rudy loved traveling with his partner across the United States and to Mexico. He enjoyed trying out new restaurants, foods and cooking, art and interior design, computers, reading music, theater, action movies, but most importantly, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Rudy had a passion for life and people with his ready smile and sense of humor. He is survived by Ed Whitford, his partner of over 23 years, his parents Rodolfo and Teresa Del Rio and his sisters.
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Carrie Lilly Dorch Born April 21, 1940
Entered into Rest December 30, 2014
Son Kevin Dorch
Service Friday, January 9, 2015
7.00 P.M. McKenzie Memorial Chapel

Gerald Thomas Barry Born March 21, 1931, Philadelphia, PA
Entered into Rest October 15, 2014,
Long Beach, CA

Gerald Thomas Barry, 83 died Wednesday, October 15 at the Long Beach VA Hospital.
Gerald was born March 21, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to James and Ida Barry. In 1965 he graduated from the Pennsylvania State University College of Agriculture. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on August 20, 1951 until being honorable discharged on May 27, 1955.
He married the late Louise Villa in 1959. Gerald was a very devoted father. He enjoyed watching sports; baseball, basketball and football. He became self-employed in 1980 in the pest control business until he was diagnosed with lung cancer at which time he retired.
He was preceded in death by his wife Louise, sister Jane and brother Jim. Gerald is survived by his brother Tom, his son Michael, daughter-in-law Rina and many friends. Funeral services were held on November 1st at 11.00 am at St. Nicholas Parish Church, 24252 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637

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Sharon Alva Duve/McGuinn

Born August 21, 1941, Detroit, MI
Entered into Rest 2014

Sharon was a stay at home mother for most of her daughters’ early years, then worked various administrative positions and finally retired as an administrative specialist, from Kaiser Permanente.
In 1972 Sharon took on and accomplished one of her toughest challenges of her life; she joined TOPS Organization and lost 102 pounds in 11 months and was crowned their Area Queen in California. In that, she touched and inspired many with her weight loss. We were so proud of her.
Sharon met and married Robert Brian McGuinn in June, 1985. They were married for 29 years. Together they traveled all over the United States, in which she absolutely enjoyed the New England states. She enjoyed antiquing and collected many “special treasures,” as she would call them. Her most treasured moments were celebrating Christmas together with her family, in which she was the ultimate Santa.
Sharon was an extremely deep, passionate, loving, caring and giving person, and exceptionally creative down to every detail. She will be missed terribly, however we all know she will always be in our hearts and that she lives forever.
“Dance with our Lord Jesus, Mom,” WE LOVE YOU!

Father: Alfred Charles Duve Sr.
Mother: Belva Jane McLaughlin/Duve
Sharon was the youngest of 3 children.
She had 2 brothers, Alfred Charles Duve Jr.,
Robert C. Duve
Her Sister-in-laws were Maxine Duve &
Mary Ellen Duve
She had 4 nieces, Annie, Gloria, Janet & Connie

Sharon grew up on Burt Road, in Detroit, Michigan.
She graduated from Redford High School in 1959, Detroit, Michigan.
Shortly thereafter she married Thomas Murray Moore and had 3 daughters,
Julie Lynn Moore/Newman – Born 1961
Linda Louise Moore/Merriman – Born 1962
Mary Jean Moore/Hall – Born 1964
Sharon also had 4 Grandchildren,
David Russell Newman Jr.
Jennifer Christine Merriman
Breeanna Sharon Moore
Matthew Allen Merriman
Sharon had 1 Great Grandchild,
Payton Elizabeth Williams

Shirley Ann Friedman Born February 14, 1940, Long Beach, CA
Entered into Rest July 24, 2014, Long Beach, CA

Shirley Ann Friedman, of Long Beach, California died at Long Beach Community Hospital, the same hospital she was born at 74 years earlier, on Valentine’s Day in 1940. Shirley graduated from Paramount High School in 1958 and Compton Junior College in 1960.
She started her career working at Century Oil in Signal Hill, California. In 1962 she was hired by Rockwell International, where she worked for 23 years before retiring in 1995.
Shirley loved animals, especially her dogs Peaches and Stella. She was an avid golfer and a long time member of the Cerritos Ironwood Women’s Golf Club. She was also an active member of the Rollin’ Singles R V Chapter of Southern California. Shirley was an active, outgoing fun lady and will be greatly missed.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Elwyn and Margaret Friedman; twin sister Edna Friedman; sisters Beverly McGougan and Phylis McClain.
A memorial service will be held at the McKenzie Mortuary, 3843 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach, California at 12:00 noon on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Margaret (Peggie) Nakagawa Born August 20, 1935, Bell, CA
Entered into Rest July 17, 2014, Lakewood, CA
Peggie is survived by her husband of 40 years, Kenny Nakagawa and her children Pamala and Ronald Machado and George Nakagawa. Her son David Machado passed away in 2006.
She spent much of her life in Long Beach, California. She attended Wilson High School and worked at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft for 35 years (retired in 1998) where she made many life-long friends.
She was smart, witty and had a great sense of humor. She loved preparing holiday meals to share with her family and visiting Las Vegas a few times a year. She adored her grandchildren: Alexandra, Bailey, Olivia and Samantha and was looking forward to her first grandson due on her birthday in August 2014.
Peggie loved bowling. Cal Bowl was her home away from home. She met her husband there and bowled in many leagues over the years.
Although she is gone we can still hear her laugh. She will be missed by many.
Lynda Robb Jones

Born March 5, 1939, Long Beach, CA
Entered into Rest May 22, 2014, Long Beach, CA

After a long illness, Lynda passed surrounded by Richard, her loving husband of 53 years, her son Brad, daughter Stacy and granddaughters Hillary and Sophia.
She grew up in Southern California where she attended Downey High School. She was a graduate of Long Beach State where she met her husband, her sisters in Delta Ecta and received a teaching degree.
She and Richard returned to Cypress, California after stays in Florida and North Carolina for Richard’s military career. They eventually settled in Surfside.
Lynda was an avid tennis player at Old Ranch Country Club where she made many close friends.
She travelled extensively with friends and family worldwide. A beach girl through and through, she especially loved visiting Hawaii.

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Isidro M. Corral

Born May 5, 1920, Durango, Mexico
Entered into Rest March 31, 2014, Signal Hill, CA

Isidro M. Corral migrated to the U.S. when he was 19 years old. He met his wife, Abigail, in Texas and had two children, Miguel and Amalia. Isidro spent his entire life as a wood craftsman building homes. Later in life he was blessed with beautiful grandchildren who awarded him with 12 great-grandchildren: eight girls and four boys.
He spent the latter years of his life in California enjoying his family. Isisdro was a very reserved and cordial man who had a small group of friends and family. He was a religious man; one of his favorite hobbies was reading the Bible. Other hobbies included fishing and playing the guitar. We will miss his smile and his wonderful stories. He will be missed and remembered by his sisters and son, Miguel, and their families.

James E. Drew

Born April 5, 1958
Entered into Rest March 12, 2014

James E. Drew was born in Munich, Germany in 1958. He is survived by his parents Jim and Kim Drew, his daughter Jessica and his granddaughter Corinne all from Long Beach. He is also survived by his sister Jeanean McCarty (Kevin) of Phoenix, Arizona and his sister Jennifer Landers (Hugh) of Shattuck, Oklahoma. He also has many cousins and other relatives that will also greatly miss him.
James served almost seven years in the army and was a hilicopter mechanic. After his daughter was born, he began to pursue what he loved; drag racing photography. Through the NHRA and various other drag racing events, James met his best friends and found his true love and desire. Thank you to all of his friends and racing family for the warm wishes and the friendships. James passed away at home in his sleep on March 12, 2014.

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Cheryl Anne Scott Born August 4, 1944
Entered into Rest January 15, 2014
Cheryl Anne Robbins was born on August 4, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Doris Mary Simeon and Charles Daniel Robbins, both also from New Orleans. There they raised Cheryl, along with her brother Daniel Robbins until moving to California after World Ward II.

The family settled into Long Beach and Cheryl attended and graduated from Marymount High School in Palos Verdes.
In 1961 Cheryl met Larry Scott at the “Currie’s Ice Cream Parlor” in Long Beach. They later married and moved to Nieto Street in Belmont Shores. Together they raised three children: John, Suzie and Shelley. They divorced in 1971, yet remained friends.
Cheryl worked as a singer on cruise ships in Florida and Long Beach before retiring from the entertainment business and becoming a newspaper editor. She is survived by her children, nine grandchildren, her brother and her ex-husband.
George Olveda Born February 22, 1924, San Antonio, Texas
Entered into Rest January 1, 2014, Garden Grove, California

Our beloved father and “Popo” passed away at the age of 89, peacefully surrounded by family in his home. After serving in four branches of the U.S. military for a total of 23 years, George retired from the Air Force. He then made Southern California his home with his beautiful wife of 66 years, Antonia. George worked for the City of Long Beach until his retirement.
George lives on through his wife and five children: Yogi Hawkins, Dolores Cobleigh (Ernie), Mary Gonzales, George Olveda (Joan), and Larry Olveda (Debby). He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; Popo was preceded in death by his grandson (Charlie).
There will be a visitation on Thursday, January 9th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a rosary 7-8 p.m. at the McKenzie Mortuary. On Friday, January 10th a celebration of life will begin at 9:45 with presentation of full military honors immediately followed by a funeral mass at Saint Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Los Alamitos, California.
Popo was a loving and gentle man with a kind spirit; one of those individuals that could bring a smile to everyone he met. George had a special place in his heart not only for the children in his family, but for all who crossed his path. In lieu of flowers, we ask those interested in doing so to make a donation to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the George Olveda tribute fund at

Christopher N. Waters

Born October 22, 1970, Anaheim, CA
Entered into Rest April 23, 2013

Chris left this earth leaving cherished memories of his amazing life experiences.
In spite of his struggles, Chris had many people in his life who loved and cared about him. He was loved for his charisma, sense of humor and wonderful, creative intelligence. He had a unique ability to care about the “down and out” and his legacy will live on in his design creations.
Chris was born in Anaheim, CA but lived most of his life in Long Beach. He is survived by his mother, Cora Klahn and step father, Austin Klahn, his sister Jennifer Waters and brother, Austin Klahn (Vera), his stepmother, Beverly Waters and step siblings, Dr. Erwin Lesman (Michelle), Gene Lesman and Cindy Lesman Kahn (David). He is predeceased by his father, Dr. Charles N. Waters.
Chris will live on in the hearts and minds of many.
The family appreciates donations made to so that Chris’ memory will live on through others.
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Dorothy Viola Meyers

Born June 3, 1933, Columbus, Ohio
Entered into Rest March 27, 2013,
Long Beach, California

Dorothy Meyers went to be with the Lord on March 27th. Dorothy loved her family. She was a mother to Susan, Jack, Janet, Kathy, Steve, and a grandmother and great-grandmother to about 30. Dorothy was a long time resident of Long Beach, California.
Dorothy was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1933. When she was a young girl her family relocated to Long Beach, California. She came from a large family of nine brothers and sisters.
Dorothy loved to read, spend time with friends and family, and do crossword puzzles. She was an avid football fan and loved the Miami Dolphins. She was one of their number one fans.
Dorothy attended Pacific Baptist Church in Long Beach where her son Steve was on staff. She was very involved and enjoyed her church family. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be greatly missed.
We love you, mom!
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Emmett Dean Garvin

Born April 25, 1928
Entered in Rest March 19, 2013

Emmett Dean Garvin, 84, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. He was born on April 25, 1928 to Leo P. and Inez (Koeppe) Garvin. After graduating as valedictorian from Dixon High School, Emmett began his long, illustrious teaching career beginning in a country school. While continuing to take classes at Wayne State College, Emmett taught at Concord and Osmond. Emmett was drafted into the army in 1951 and was stationed in Germany, serving as corporal until 1953 when he joined the reserves. Upon his return, Emmett graduated Magna cum Laude from WSC in 1954 and then got his Masters from UNL before moving to California in 1955. He taught in the Long Beach, California School District for forty years, both in history and English. He was the originator of POWER (Program of Oral and Written English at Rogers), a mentor teacher, member of the Board of Directors of TALB (Teachers’ Association of Long Beach), recipient of the Golden Apple Award as Outstanding Teacher and PTA Service Award, and the recipient of dedications in three school yearbooks. While teaching, he sponsored ten student excursions to Washington, D.C., student talent shows, and mock trials. He also was proud of attending Oxford University in England. After retiring from teaching in 1995, Emmett taught English at a girls’ school and tutored students.
Emmett was a voracious reader in all disciplines of knowledge and assembled a private library of over 12,000 books. He also honed the skills of writing, especially poetry, encompassing over 500 since retiring. He collected antique silver, lithographs and oils, obelisks, and representative animal figures. Extensive traveling throughout Europe (13 times) and the United States was another favorite pastime. He also participated actively in the Catholic Church. Since 1974, Emmett has given the “Award of Scholastic Achievement” to Laurel’s valedictorian in honor of his sister, Dorothy (Garvin) Rath. Emmett enjoyed being with his relatives and friends. He taught them how to play Shanghai, and it soon became a family favorite. When his nieces and nephews were younger and he would visit for the summer, he would play Monopoly with them for hours.
Emmett is survived by one sister, Helen Tunink of Randolph; one brother-in-law, Wilbur Rath of Laurel; nine nieces and nephews: Sheri (Tom) Eaton, Steve Tunink, Susanne (Bret) Lingle, Mary (Tom) Munns, Rosanne (Tony) Brown, Valerie (Michael) Hitchings, Bradley (Shelly) Rath, Marcine (Pat) Higney, and Scott (Angie) Rath; twenty-four great-nieces and nephews; an adopted godson, Elliot Lewis of Long Beach, CA; and friends.
Emmett is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald on October 14, 1946; and a sister, Dorothy (Mrs. Wilbur Rath), on December 30, 1973.
Committal will be at St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Dixon following a 10:00 Mass at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Dixon on April 5, 2013

A Visionary Thought
In the closing of the day,
My eyes look up
And view the handiwork of God
And marvel at the display
Of splendor
That illuminates the sky
And opens visions
Of the immensity
And the grandeur of it all.
Yet it is but a token
Of what awaits us
When life’s journey is over,
And we embark
Upon a voyage
Of perfection and glory
And are awakened
To a world
Beyond our wildest dreams.
What have we
As mere mortals done
To warrant such ecstasy

Emmett D. Garvin December 2012

Beatriz R. Ramirez Born July 20, 1905, San Angelo, Texas
Entered into Rest February 11, 2013,
La Verkin, Utah

She was preceded in death by her husband Francisco O. Ramirez, a son Francisco R. Ramirez and daughter Enedina Porres.
Surviving children are Marina Gutierrez of Stockton, California, Anita and Roland Arnold of Hemet, California and Felipa and David Smith of La Verkin, Utah. She was blessed with 24 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 30 great-great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-great-great-grandchildren.
Pslams 73: 23-26
Whom else have I in heaven? And when I am with you, the earth delights me not. Though my flesh and my heart waste away, God is the rock of my heart and my portion forever. In my ending is my beginning.
Dios Es Amor

Robert (Bobby) Gardo Born October 26, 1935
Entered into Rest May 23, 2012

Born to Frank Garcia from Colorado, and Edith Rosenzweig from Balarus, Russia, Bob was often surrounded by lots of aunts, uncles and cousins.
He became a longshoreman as a young man and fell in love with the docks where he eventually retired after 40-plus years.
He is survived by his son Jim, daughter Amy and his grandkids Andrew and Eliza.

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Doris Mae (Brooks) Arnold Born May 28, 1928
Entered into Rest February 4, 2012

Doris Mae (Brooks) Arnold passed peacefully at her home in Long Beach, California with her family by her side. Doris was born in Buffalo, Kentucky, a few miles from Abraham Lincolns cabin and lived to travel the world with her husband Kenneth to enjoy many adventures as a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
Doris is survived by her adoring husband of 55 years, C. Kenneth Arnold and four loving children: Beth Arnold of Studio City, California; Lynn Brown of Austin, Texas; Michael Arnold of Wilmington, Delaware and Martha Bayer of Long Beach, California. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Mitchell Brown, Madeline Brown, Scott Brown, Caroline Arnold, Timothy Arnold, Kelly Bayer and Katie Bayer who have enjoyed her loving kindness over the past 20 years.
Doris selflessly gave of her time to many community needs including delivering meals on wheels for over 40 years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. The family asks that in lieu of flowers please send donations in Doris Arnold’s name to Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., P.O. Box 15688, Long Beach, California 90815.
May you all love God, life and family as much as Doris did.

Virginia Catherine Vaughan Born June 4, 1921
Entered into Rest September 5, 2011

irginia Vaughan, a native of Long Beach, was born on June 4, 1921 to Frank and Rose Arbia. After graduating from UC Berkeley she taught for over 25 years in Long Beach at Dewey Continuation High School and Washington and Hoover Middle Schools. She was married for 62 years to John Vaughan and raised four children. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend to all.
Virginia was known for her jazzy clothes and hats, her absolute inability to decide what to order at restaurants where she always shared and took home the leftovers (even if they were a mere three french fries). She was also noteworthy for her boundless energy, lively curiosity and love of life.
She will be greatly missed by all of us.

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Clinton M. Tompkins Born February 9, 1928
Entered into Rest September 2, 2011

Clinton M. Tompkins, age 83 passed away September 2, 2011. He was born in Hendricks, Minnesota on February 9, 1928. He grew up in White, South Dakota an came to California when he was 13. He spent four years in the Navy and graduated from the University of Southern California. He is survived by his wife Ann, daughters Fern, Melinda and Michelle, eight grandchildren, and six great grand children.
Whether you knew him as a husband, father, grandfather, friend, “Cracked Mirror Tompkins” or “Big Fat Dragon,” you were one the fortunate who enjoyed his stories, paintings, and of course, friendship. We will fondly remember his whistling and singing songs while we traveled, dancing to polka parade, dam building, camping at Jalama Beach, and that we could put up the family tent in 15 minutes!
There is no denying that he was a strong part of our lives and we will miss him dearly. So have a glass of wine and toast Clinton Tompkins, and may a smile come to your lips.
“...although we’re apart, you’re part of my heart, and tonight, you belong to me.” (Patience and Prudence)

Julia Anne Williams
Born February 3, 1923
Entered into Rest August 16, 2011
There would be a union between Julia Anne McCaughey and naval officer Robert Jewell Williams in 1942 that would produce 10 children, 18 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; but before that, young Julia lived a zestful life amid the glamour and esprit of the United States naval base in Long Beach, California.
As a debutante daughter of a navy commander, she would frolic among the “officers and gentlemen” who comprised the cream of a proud navy that would soon be tested in far away waters in WWII. There were the balls and there were the soirées, there were the beach parties and there were the Hollywood romps, all this with friends and/or the occasional courter in tow. But a life settling would eventually come about through wedlock, and Julia would meet the demands of wife and mother with fortitude from a solid Gaelic stock that was her base.
And though her life was dotted with much happiness, there were sorrows nevertheless. But with a strong Catholic faith the road through life was more reward than not
Manuel De Jesus Duarte
Born May, 1926
Entered into Rest August 6, 2011
Manuel De Jesus Duarte was a kind person who always sought the time to wave and say, ”Hello” to passing strangers. He was born in the Salvadorean Province of Ahuachapán.
As a child he enjoyed the outdoors, spending time fishing, riding his bike and swimming in his local river. Growing up in El Salvador, he became a business manager at a restaurant. He also got married and had a daughter named Ana Cecilia Duarte. Afterwards, Manuel decided to pursue the American dream and immigrate to the United States where he lived with his family in Dallas, Texas for about one year. He then moved to Los Angeles and lived with his sister for 32 years after his divorce.
Living in Los Angeles, he came to love the local teams, the Lakers and the Dodgers. He spent many afternoons after work at the Dodgers Stadum. He loved kids and made trips to Canada where his daughter lived. His nephew Richard Duarte was very close to him. Manuel is survived by his daughter and extended family.

John Lindeman Born November 20, 1973
Entered into Rest August 3, 2011
John Lindeman was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California on November 20, 1973. His family lived in Mission Viejo where he attended Capistrano Valley school before graduating from Cal State Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in music education.
As a youth he was active in Scouting and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Early in high school he decided he wanted to be a music teacher. He achieved that goal as a middle school band and orchestra director in Los Alamitos and Inglewood.
John never married. Music was the love of his life. He spent a good portion of his teacher’s salary purchasing sheet music and instruments for use by his students. He had the ability to find quality contemporary band and orchestra music as well as valuable out-of-print pieces. One of his music teacher friends will coordinate the development of a leading library of his extensive music collection for use by other teachers.
John died of a heart attack on August 3, 2011. John’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 12.00 noon at the CSULB Japanese Gardens, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, California, Lot #16. Immediately following the services a reception will be held on the grounds of the gardens.

Hugo Solomon Born December 23, 1957
Entered into Rest July 19, 2011
Hugo Solomon lost a courageous battle with cancer and passed away on July 19th at his home in Long Beach, California at the age of 53. Hugo is survived by his parents, Donald and Barbara Solomon; his beloved companion of more than seventeen years, Julia Noisette; his siblings, Jerome (Adriene), Jeffrey (Lisa), Marcia (Jonathan) Hawkins; his daughter, Jessica; nieces and nephews, Roland Alexis, Tyler, Victoria, Solomon, and Ilana; cousin, Cherry Crawley and a host of extended family and friends.
He was educated in the Culver City Public Schools and Midland School in Los Olivos, California after which he joined the military. He spent tours of duty in Korea, Kentucky and Hawaii and was trained as a telecommunications specialist. After his honorable discharge, he decided to pursue his dream of his own self-employment as a landscaper. In spite of health challenges, he and Julia were able to travel and spend quality time with family and close friends.
A memorial service was held on board the Harbor Breeze, 100 Aquarium Way, Dock 2 in Long Beach, California on Sunday, July 31, 2011.

Lyle Edward Berge Born August 21, 1954, Los Angeles, California
Entered into Rest December 14, 2010

Born to Raymond and Helen Berge, he went to be with the Lord on December 14, 2010.
Lyle graduated from Redlands High School in 1972. After graduation Lyle served his country in the Air Force until his retirement in 1978.
Lyle was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother Stephen Berge of Moreno Valley, California; a sister Susan Stakes and her husband Doug of Mt. Vernon, Washington; an uncle and aunt, Hal and Marion Wallace of El Cajon, California. He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
A celebration of life was held on December 29, 2010 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Sean Thomas Jackson
Born April 24, 1967, Somerville, Massachusetts
Entered into Rest January 3, 2011, West Covina, California

Sean served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, Airborne Ranger from 1990 until 1994. He leaves behind his wife of 15 years, Deborah and sons Andrew (eight years old) and Noah (three years old); brother Richard Jackson, sisters Joyce Jackson, Veronica Reva, Jeanmarie King, all of California and Cathleen Holcomb of Massachusetts along with many nieces and nephews. He is missed and loved very much by all.

Bruce Johnson

Born April 18, 1958
Entered into Rest November 25, 2010
Bruce was born April 18, 1958 to Donald and Linda Johnson in Seattle, Washington. His early interests were electronics, chemistry, photography and astronomy. He had a talent to self-teach and he loved the outdoors. Bruce later developed an interest in the automotive industry, and spent his adult years as a renowned and respected professional in hi-performance vehicles and alternative fuel systems.
Bruce met Michelle and her son Justin in 1979. They married on April 16, 1983 and he became Justin’s father and Michelle’s handsome prince. The family moved to Cerritos, California in the fall of 1989 when Bruce accepted a promotion. Bruce and Michelle then moved to Westminster, California in the spring of 2006.
He proudly watched Justin get married in Maine in 2005, and became a grandfather when Cora was born in the summer of 2010.
Bruce believed in being your best and was always there for his family. Some of his favorite memories were vacations with family, and he will be dearly missed. In Bruce’s memory, donations may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
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Richard Godfrey Keil

Born February 7, 1951, Winnipeg, Canada
Entered into Rest August 3, 2010, Long Beach, California

Celebrating the Life of Richard
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William (Bill) Frank Samaras

Born September 18, 1932, San Pedro, California, Entered into Rest April 4, 2010, San Pedro, California
Bill Samaras was born in San Pedro and touched the lives of many people in the community. As a high school teacher at Carson High, Bill inspired and mentored scores of young people to achieve their life’s goals.
As a marine biologist and geogolist, he was instrumental in designing the Los Angeles Inner Harbor developing programs for the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and National Park Service, and retrieving the only fossil grey whale.
Of note, he was the key researcher for the LA County Natural History Museum in the retrieval and study of beached cetaceans (whales) throughout Southern California leading grops of students on unforgettable journeys of personal and scientific inquiry.
Bill was accompanied in may of his community and scientific activities by his wife, Mary. She was also involved in educating youth and the enviornmental movement about conservation and appreciation for coastal marine life.
His is survived by his daughters, Penelope (Tom) Curtis and Stacy; grand-daughter, Alexis four adult step-children, Delora, Teresa, Jim, John and their eight children.
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Alex Henry Elwell

Born May 17, 1957, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Entered into Rest November 23, 2009, Torrance, California

Alex Elwell was brought up in an old-school environment. He was taught to be a man and to provide for himself and for his family.
He was blessed with six beautiful children whom he loved very much. His personality was outgoing, caring and contagious. Alex spent his entire life in the construction business just like his father. Working with his hands was his passion.
He took in his children’s friends as if they were his own. He gave everybody a chance and tried to help those who were lost. He will be deeply missed.
R.I.P., Story Teller.
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Judith Lynn Saxton
Born March 24, 1957, Bellflower, California
Entered into Rest September 11, 2009, Norwalk, California

In Bellflower to Judith and Harlan Ridenour, March 24th was the day Sunshine was born. Growing up with six younger brothers and sisters, she had to be tough. A best friend to four children, she was an extremely loving grandmother like no other; a wonderful aunt and great-aunt.
Call her Sunshine, Lynn, Sis, Mom, Aunty Lynn, Momma Lynn, Grammy Lynn, she’ll be in our hearts forever. Everyone thought of her as loving, caring and compassionate. She enjoyed life, family, friends, and good times. She was happy to help anyone. She gave her children the world. She was married twice: first with her kids’ dad, then with the love of her life, now reunited in heaven.
She loved adventure, laughter, plants and flowers, crocheting, knitting, crafts, poems, and family get-togethers. She was an inspiration to many, loving to all, well-known and well-loved.
She was the best mother-in-law ever! Lynn, you will be missed and cherished forever.

Harold Bernal Aquirre
Born February 18, 1923, Los Angeles, California
Entered into Rest July 27, 2008, Downey, California

Harold Bernal Aquirre peacefully passed away at home on July 27, 2009 leaving behind his beloved wife, Emma, his children, Diane, Gerald, Rene, Ron and Larry, and his grandchildren, Heather, Steven, Kevin, Jacob and Mathew.
Harold was born in Los Angeles on February 18, 1923. He was a WWII veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. Upon return from the Army, he stayed local and met his beloved Emma in the late ’40s. Both called Downey home for the last 53 years.
Harold was an honest, hard-working man with immense integrity. He loved his family dearly and was so very proud of all his children and grandchildren. All who met him will forever be changed by his life and never be the same after his death. Harold, Pop, Dad, Grandpa...we all miss you.
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Margo Stuart Lyman
Born April 23, 1945
Entered into Rest July 24, 2009, Huntington Park, California

In loving memory of a wonderful mother, Margo Lyman. My mom passed away from breast cancer. I was there for her through everything. I love her with all my heart. She will always be my best friend.
My mom’s last wish was to see Leslie and Mary and their two sons. She loved Mark, Kennith, Mitchelle, Blair, Brian Grier family and her sister Rolinda Lyman.
She is survived by daughter Deseree Rope and son Anthony Ceja, granddaughters Leslie Ceja, Mary Ceja, great-grandchildren Haygen Turney and Donavan Lynne.
Remember, family and friends don’t turn on each other. You’re there for them no matter what. Don’t hold grudges against anyone.
I would like to thank everyone that was there to comfort me and being there for me. God bless you.
You’re with my dad, Margo. I love you mom, Margo Lyman, my dad, Randy Rope.
I know that you’re in heaven looking down on the ones you loved and left behind. God bless your soul forever. You’ll be greatly missed. May you rest in peace.
Love, always and forever, Deseree M. Rope

Leon Wright
Born December 1, 1939, Shreveport, Louisiana
Entered into Rest May 19, 2009, Long Beach, California

written by Lynette:
“Les is what I would call him. I being his wife. He loved his family his immediate family, his sisters, brothers and all of his inlaws. He tried to make sure he called his sister Dora weekly if he couldn’t call his sister. Erma weekly it would be monthly. The same for brother Wade, his brother John. I’ll call him if I can catch up with him. For some he had a special bond with my older sister Dorothy. In his drinking days, he would love to go up to my sister Barb and Al’s to drink and party. He loved talking about the old times with family and friends. He loved making tapes, CDs for himself, others and talking about the ball game. In his eyes, win or lose, the Dodgers are number one.”

Lucille B. Rascoe
Born June 21, 1928, Los Angeles, California
Entered into Rest May 28, 2009, Huntington Beach, California

Widow of Robert Rascoe, “Lou” as she preferred being called, is survived by her daughter Tricia, son-in-law Greg, four grandchildren and her son Keith.
She was an amazing mom who loved her family passionately. Great pride was taken in all she did to make her house her “home.”
Fabulous meals cooked from scratch were her claim to fame. She will be deeply missed!

Katrina Lynn Deaton

Born May 1, 1969, Upland, California
Entered into Rest January 25, 2009, Long Beach, California

Katrina smiled! She loved life, and found joy in all she did. She was a published poet who could pour out her heart on a page, and the next moment tickle your ribs with clever word play. She loved to share her poems with family and friends.
Katrina became a certified special education teaching assistant so she could help in her sons’ classrooms, and others she met through her involvement with Special Olympics.
Katrina and her three sons; Alex 19, Scott 17 and Ryan 15 lived in Long Beach with her stepfather Roger Karle and her mother Judi Karle, who preceded her to heaven in 2002. She is survived by her loving sister Betsy who came to help with her medical and personal needs; her brother Jeffrey from Orange County, and her father Dean Deaton and his wife Linda from Des Moines, Iowa.
The heavenly choir has a new alto!

Anna Catharine Alber “Cathie”
Born December 1, 1923, Pueblo, Colorado
Entered into Rest January 23, 2009, Anaheim, California

Anna Catharine Alber “Cathie,” 85, passed away in Anaheim, California on January 23, 2009 due to complications associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Her husband of 58 years, Charles Ray Alber “Chuck” passed away on September 29, 2000. Cathie is survived by her three daughters; Pamela Graddon, Charl Alber-Lynch and Donna Alber-Christian; sister Lyla Ford; brother Cliff Donley; two sister-in-laws Francie and Pat Donley; 13 nieces and nephews; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and many other relatives and family.
Cathie and Chuck lived most of their adult lives in Washington state. Cathie worked for Boeing for a number of years before she formed her own court reporting school, Lakside Court Reporting Tutoring in Sumner, Washington. Cathie and Chuck will be greatly missed by family and friends and will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cathie’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Gary Duane Glaser
Born February 11, 1946, Carrington, North Dakota
Entered into Rest January 19, 2009, Long Beach, California

Gary is survived by his wife, Susan Carol and his bothers Chuck Glaser from Nevada and Wayne Glaser from North Dakota.
Gary was born on February 11, 1946 in Carrington, North Dakota to Ernest and Alma Glaser. Gary joined the Marines in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1970. He enjoyed fishing and camping. He fought a courageous battle with a short-term illness and will be dearly missed.

Stephen Frederick Morrison


Born July 26, 1948, Wakefield, Massachusetts
Entered into Rest January 26, 2009, Long Beach, California

Stephen Morrison, a/k/a “Mo,” led an interesting life. He was first of six children born to Frederick and Gladys (Quinn) Morrison, of Wakefield, Massachusetts. Steve was a decorated disabled Vietnam Veteran who enjoyed his career driving cabs and trucks.
His proudest accomplishments were his daughters, who continuously made him proud, being “Grampy” to his grandsons, and perfecting his home-made beef jerky.
Steve is survived by his daughters, Samantha Morrison, of Long Beach, Stacy Yankelevitz (Brian) of Lake Mary, Florida, his precious grandsons Brayden Yankelevitz (Florida) and Owen Reid (Long Beach), former wife and friend, Judy Morrison (Long Beach), siblings Phillip Morrison, Jane Fox, Ellen Cardwell, Anne Morrison, and Peter Morrison, nieces Trisha Morrison, Christine (Cormier) Lent, Megan Cardwell, Aimee Morrison, Emily Morrison, all of Massachusetts, many great-nieces and nephews, honorary granddaughters Jaime and Sara Reid (Long Beach), and a friend-extraordinaire Sean Crumby (Long Beach).
We miss you, Grampy!

Donations in Stephen’s memory can be made to The Wolf Education and Research Center at

E-mail addresses for condolences:
Samantha’s e-mail
Stacy’s e-mail

Eleazar Salinas
Born August 24, 1948, Culiacancito Sinaloa, Mexico
Entered into Rest January 9, 2009, Long Beach, California

Eleazar Salinas, periodista independiente y luchador incansable por los derechos humanos, se distinguió desde muy joven por su liderazgo en la lucha campesina, obrera, estudiantil y revolucionaria en México. Eleazar vivió los heroicos sucesos del movimiento estudiantil de 1968 y se inspiró en los anhelos de justicia, democracia y cambio de este movimiento. Como estudiante universitario y maestro de preparatoria contribuyó en la formación intelectual y política de muchos jóvenes, promoviendo la apertura de Casas de Estudiantes y mejores oportunidades para jóvenes de escasos recursos. Fue fundador de importantes organizaciones y partidos políticos dedicados a la transformación democrática de México.
Desde su llegada a California, Eleazar se incorporó a la lucha por los derechos de los inmigrantes. Escribió en revistas y periódicos locales y participo en programas de radio y televisión. En sus últimos años se dio tiempo para compartir las experiencias de su lucha contra el cáncer y escribir poesía.
Eleazar fue un esposo y padre ejemplar. Le sobreviven su esposa Ludivina, sus hijos José y Jesús y familia extendida.