Eustace P. Hetzel

September 19, 1917 - July 6, 2018

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Eustace P. Hetzel, age 100, of Downey, passed peacefully on July 6, 2018. Born in Montana, raised in Missouri, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he graduated in 1939 with a Bachelor’s in Aeronautical Engineering, and where he met Marguerite (Peggy) Brown, who he would later marry in Lima, Peru. He received a Master’s of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Caltech in 1940. A longtime resident of Downey, “Hetz” spent most of his career as a test pilot and chief flight test engineer for a variety of southern California companies, including, North American, Northrop, and Rockwell. His testing included the P61 Black Widow, the Northrop YB-35 Flying Wing, a deployable glider system for the Gemini capsule, and the F/A-18 Hornet. After retiring in 1978 he continued to be a private pilot late into his life. With his flying days finally behind him, he studied Russian and worked into his 90s translating Russian engineering periodicals into English. Hetz is survived by his daughter, Marguerite McClure, granddaughter Suzanne Pipkin and her husband, Mike, grandson Jef McClure and his wife, Lisa, great-granddaughters, Alison Pipkin and Katelyn Pipkin. He was a generous and considerate man, and his family and friends loved him dearly. The family requests that donations be made to KCET at kcet.org, as Hetz enjoyed their programming and was a consistent donor over the years.

Patricia Lee Molinaro

February 8, 1932 - July 2, 2018

 Patricia (Pat) Lee (Byrd) Molinaro entered into the gates of Heaven, at age 86 on July 2, 2018. She was born on February 8, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois to Lillian A. Anderson and Richard P. Byrd. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband of 44 years, Thomas Molinaro; her sisters, Irma Brundage, Alice McClure and Lucille Nelson as well as her two brothers, Richard Byrd and Kenneth Byrd. Patricia is survived by three sisters, Clara Treblehorn, Barbara Fanberg, and Eleanor Byers, along with five children, Cynthia Roberts, Antoinette Sampson, Thomas Molinaro (Theresa) Julie Grabow and Frank Molinaro (Elba); eight grandchildren, Jennifer Shramek, Christine Cosato, Monica Molinaro, Melissa Molinaro, Alyssa Grabow, Vance Grabow, Sean Murphy and Ashley Grant; four great grandchildren, Tianna Cosato, Tavian Cosato, Jaden Cosato and Gavin Cosato. Patricia cherished her family, loved life, and was always there to brighten the lives of others. She taught preschool for many years and had many hobbies such as playing the piano, painting ceramics, and coloring pictures to name a few.


Patricia was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Downey, California for 56 years. Her strong, always present faith and positive spirit encouraged both family and friends alike. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. Visitation on Thursday, July 19, 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at All Souls Mortuary, 4400 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807. Funeral Service on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 13200 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242 followed by burial at All Souls Cemetery, 4400 Cherry Ave, Long Beach CA.

Longtime resident Frank Matthew Redd passes away

DOWNEY -- Frank Matthew Redd was born in Los Angeles on March 17, 1933, a week after the big Long Beach earthquake of 1933. His St. Patrick’s Day arrival caused just as much excitement for his parents, Frank Edward and Kathleen Redd. 

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He grew up in Long Beach with his three older sisters. He attended St. Matthew’s grammar school and graduated from St. Anthony’s High School in 1952, where he excelled on the football field. 

Shortly after high school, Frank joined the Army and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska. He caught a serious case of pneumonia that kept him out of harm's way in the Korean Conflict. He was a metal worker for many years.

In 1966, he married Barbara Blackstone. He also became a dad to three children: Sherrill, Michael and Robbin. Their daughter, Kathleen, was born in 1975. They raised their family in Downey.

Barbara passed away in March 2016. Their son, Mike, passed away suddenly on Dec 2, 2017. 
Frank fell ill on June 2, with lung cancer. He passed away June 19 with Kathleen, and grandson, John Paul, at his side. 

Frank was predeceased by his parents, wife, son and sisters Mary Ellen Drapeau (d. Hank) and Margaret Buckley (d. Dan). He is survived by his children: Sherrill Redd, Robbin Spears and Kathleen Richard (Ben); grandchildren: John, Chris, Tiffany, Barbara and Ryan, and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Patricia Redd, and Jeanne Callon, and many cousins.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 12, at 11 am at All Souls Mortuary in Long Beach. Reception to follow services at this location.

Bonnie Jean (Strong) Addington

April 17, 1929 - May 22, 2018

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The life of Bonnie Jean Addington ended May 22, 2018 in Live Oak, Calif. where she resided in the River Valley Care Center. She was 89 years old.


Bonnie was born on April 17, 1929 in Chadron, Nebraska to Dan and Edith Strong. the family moved to California and settled in the town of Downey in 1939. Bonnie attended Downey schools from 4th grade to graduation from Downey High school in 1947. In 1948 she and Ed Addington were married in Downey and soon thereafter they moved to northern Calif.


The couple ultimately made Yuba City, Calif. their home, where they raised 5 children; 2 sons and 3 daughters. Their marriage ended after 21 years Ed passed away in 2010. Bonnie worked for 25 years in the Sutter County Welfare Office in Yuba City, Calif. and retired from that office.


Bonnie enjoyed her life as a mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother and especially loved watching the children participate in sports activities. She is pre-deceased by her mother, father, eldest son, Jeff, and ex-husband Ed, and is survived by son Tim, daughters Kathy, Kristine, Beckie, and grand children and great grandchildren.


Memorial Services for Bonnie were held in the First Methodist Church of Yuba City on June 14, 2018. Cards, letters, flowers may be sent to Bonnie’s daughter, Beckie Howard at 4285 Fruitland Rd., Marysville, CA 95901. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the charity of your choice.

Chris Pelonis, owner of Chris & Pitts, dies at 96

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DOWNEY – Chris George Pelonis, the owner of Chris & Pitts Restaurant, died May 21 in Los Alamitos. He was 96. 

He was born March 12, 1922 in Chicago. He had owned Chris & Pitts since 1949. 

He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Berry; son, Chris Pelonis (Kim); grandson, James Berry; granddaughters, Andronikki Berry and Jessica Pelonis; grandson, Christian Pelonis; great-granddaughter, Clara Berry; and brother, George Pelonis (Arlene). 

William Hojel passes away

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DOWNEY – William Hojel, a Downey resident for the past 55 years, died May 23 at age 86. 
He was born April 22, 1932 and enjoyed nature and animals. 

He is survived by his two children, Susan and Roy; three grandchildren, Michael, Brandon and Shannon; and six great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Celebration of life held for Roy Streeter

DOWNEY – Roy (Everett) Streeter, of Lynwood, passed away Feb. 13 at age 87. 

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He was born Jan. 22, 1931 in Havre, Mont., and was a longtime resident of Los Angeles County. In his early years, he served two tours of duty with the U.S. Air Force. 

Roy made his career mainly in construction with several years spent in the Middle East employed by a major international oil company. In his later years, he worked as a building and contract inspector for the cities of Arcadia and Gardena, respectively, retiring in 2003. 

Roy is survived by a sister-in-law, Shirley Street, of Whittier; several nieces and nephews; an ex-wife, Patricia Striepens, of Rowland Heights; and his close friend, Bernice Mancebo Stumps, of Downey. 

His remains were laid to rest at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, next to his mother, Peggy Simpson Streeter. 

Following the funeral at Rose Hills, a celebration of life was held at the home of Ms. Stumps in Downey.

Judith Ann Hamilton Manis

November 6, 1938 - April 21, 2018

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Judith Ann Hamilton Manis born to Claude and Nell (Watson) Hamilton, November 6, 1938 in Durant, Oklahoma.  She passed away on April 21, 2018 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Downey.  
Judith was 5 years old when her family moved to California.  She graduated from Lynwood High School, where she was actively involved in school activities, she was on the cheer squad/drill team.  She later went on to work at Estech Company in the city of Vernon for 30 years.
Judith had a tremendous love for God, her family & life, she was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Sister.


Judith was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Nell Hamilton, sister Carolyn Burrell and son Frank Manis.


Survivors include husband, Richard Manis, four daughters, Cathy VanWyke-Stahl, Cindy McCoy, Tina Manis, Wendy Maniscalco and her brother James Hamilton, fourteen grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Ronald D. McArthur

May 10, 1934 - May 28, 2018

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Ronald Duane McArthur, 84, was born on May 10, 1934 in Iowa and entered Heaven’s gate on May 28, 2018 in Whittier, California.

Ron worked for over 30 years as a Facilities Analyst for the Transamerica Corporation. He was also a veteran of the United States Army and earned an Honorable Discharge for his service.
Ron leaves behind his loving family: Wife, Arlene McArthur of Downey, Daughter, Dianne Adams (Gerald) of Placentia, Daughter, Terry Appleton (Rod) of Round Hill, Virginia, Step-son, Mark Philpot (Denise) of Denton, Texas and Step-daughter, Rhonda Stankiewicz of Frisco, Texas.  He also leaves 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and his siblings, Gordon (Linda) McArthur of Wisconsin, Joyce Braley of Tennessee and Janice (James) King of Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at First Baptist Church of Downey on June 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM with interment at Rose Hills.

For more obituary information and to leave condolences to the family, please visit www.rishermortuary.com.

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Marshall R. Skinner, Jr.

February 28, 1935 - May 12, 2018

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Marshall R. Skinner, Jr, 83, passed away on Saturday, May 12. He is survived by his son Rob Skinner, daughter-in-law Kelley Garcia; stepdaughter Debra North and son-in-law Mike North; stepson Jim England and daughter-in-law Sue England; granddaughters Kelsey England and Julie Barcia, as well as his great-granddaughter Isabelle and great-grandson Lucas.


Marshall, a Korean War veteran of the Air Force, worked for 40 years and retired from the aerospace industry. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, exploring the desert, and working on antique engines as well as on his collection of Packard cars.


He is preceded in death by his wife Phyllis and his daughter Marcia.


Services will be held at Hillside Chapel at Rose Hills on Tuesday, May 22 at 11 am with a short reception following at his home.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the American Heart Association.

Alice Mae Fray

August 18, 1929 - April 1, 2018

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Funeral services were held on April 27 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Downey for Alice Mae Fray. Ms. Fray was born on August 18, 1929 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to parents Irvin Bernard Hoover and Bernice Herbert and died on Easter Sunday, April 1, at PIH Hospital in Downey.


She studied at Newcomb-Tulane College in Louisiana, was a medical secretary and later a stewardess for Delta Airlines. She was also a real estate agent and property manager. She donated her time to the Catholic Women’s Guild where she met many good friends.


She was a member of the Board of the Downey Symphonic Society, the Downey Symphony Guild, the Assistance League, and the American, California, and Los Angeles County Medical Association Alliances.


She is survived by her daughters Martha Roehl, Nancy Romero and Janet Jacobs; her sons Alan, Darryl and Thomas; her brother IB Hoover; her grandchildren David, Mark, Garret, Amanda, Jonathan, Cristin and Jenna; and two great grandchildren Tyler and Kylee.


Internment was at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Miller Mies Downey Mortuary.

Beverly Ann Luther

May 22, 1925 - May 4, 2018

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Beverly Ann Luther , 92, was born on May 22, 1925 in Fort Collins Colorado to Raymond G Connors and Catherine Wich, and went to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on May 4, 2018 in Downey, California surrounded by family.

Beverly moved to California and worked in the family general store in the Topanga Canyon. She graduated from Canoga Park High School and went on to pursue her nursing career through a special war time nursing program sponsored by the federal government at LA County General Hospital. She graduated in 1945 with a nursing diploma, making her a Registered Nurse of which she was very proud. She went on to practice nursing for nearly 50 years.

She married Forrest LaVerne Luther in 1946. She began as a county health nurse for San Luis Obispo County. They moved to Downey, Ca in 1951 and went on to have 5 children Ronald Luther, Michael Luther, Colleen Wilson Ochoa, Gregory Luther and Lawrence Luther. Beverly worked at Gallatin Medical Group from 1959 to 1964. She took several years off to raise her family. She returned to nursing after her husband’s aneurysm at LA County General Hospital from 1975 to 1985, where she worked in the Pediatric Pavilion with AIDS victims. She then went on to work at Downey Community Hospital from 1985 to 1992 as a charge nurse on the orthopedic floor. She went on to retire but never stopped practicing her nursing skills whether it be on family or friends.

Beverly is survived by a sister Kathleen Freschet of San Mateo, Ca. and a cousin Vivienne Bernhardt of Loveland, CO, 5 children, 9 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren as well as several other family members and friends who loved her and will deeply miss her.

A Rosary and Viewing service will be held on Thursday May 10 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm at St. Marianne de Paredes Catholic Church in Pico Rivera, Ca. Funeral services will begin on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Marianne de Paredes Catholic Church in Pico Rivera Ca. and ending at Rose Hills Memorial Park with reception to follow at Rose Hills.

Beverly Luther, former Downey nurse, dies at 92

DOWNEY -- Beverly Ann Luther, 92, was born on May 22, 1925 in Fort Collins Colorado to Raymond G Connors and Catherine Wich, and died May 4 in Downey surrounded by family.


Beverly moved to California and worked in the family general store in the Topanga Canyon. She graduated from Canoga Park High School and went on to pursue her nursing career through a special war time nursing program sponsored by the federal government at LA County General Hospital. 


She graduated in 1945 with a nursing diploma, making her a Registered Nurse of which she was very proud. She went on to practice nursing for nearly 50 years.


She married Forrest LaVerne Luther in 1946. She began as a county health nurse for San Luis Obispo County. They moved to Downey in 1951 and went on to have five children: Ronald Luther, Michael Luther, Colleen Wilson Ochoa, Gregory Luther and Lawrence Luther. 


Beverly worked at Gallatin Medical Group from 1959 to 1964. She took several years off to raise her family. She returned to nursing after her husband's aneurysm at LA County General Hospital from 1975 to 1985, where she worked in the Pediatric Pavilion with AIDS victims. 


She then went on to work at Downey Community Hospital from 1985 to 1992 as a charge nurse on the orthopedic floor. She went on to retire but never stopped practicing her nursing skills whether it be on family or friends. 


Beverly is survived by a sister Kathleen Freschet of San Mateo, and a cousin Vivienne Bernhardt of Loveland, Colorado; five children, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, as well as several other family members and friends.


A Rosary and viewing service will be held Thursday, May 10, from 6-8 pm at St. Marianne de Paredes Catholic Church in Pico Rivera. Funeral services are Friday, May 11, 10 am, also at St. Marianne de Paredes Catholic Church, and ending at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Patricia Faith St. Marie

December 1, 1924 - March 25, 2018

Patricia Faith St. Marie, 93, of Downey, California died on March 25, 2018. She was born December 1, 1924 in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania daughter of the late Joseph W. and Madeline Burdick Manno and resided in California most of her life.

She met Daniel Allen St. Marie at a dance at the Palladium in California and after a 7 year courtship, they married in April, 1955 in South Gate, California. They were married 44 years at the time of Daniel’s death in December, 1999.

Patricia is survived by two daughters, Karen Anne Arden of Orange County, California and Anita Elizabeth Muller of Orange County, California, one son, Robert Daniel St. Marie of Mexico City, Mexico, two grandsons, Michael James Muller and Brian John Muller, two granddaughters, Kristin Anne Arden and Katelyn Helene Arden, and two great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Bruno, Thomas, and Richard Manno, and sisters Innocence Sinclair, Josephine Anthony, Edith Giovelli, Leonida Manno, Joan Manno, and John and Madeline Manno in infancy.

Services for Patricia were held at Miller Mies Downey Mortuary.

Maxine Watson, former DUSD secretary, dies at 94

DOWNEY -- Maxine Caroline Watson, a former Downey resident who lived most recently in Peoria, Arizona, was born April 22, 1924 and died April 22, 2018. She was 94 years old.

Maxine spent the majority of her career as a school secretary in Downey Unified School District serving at Griffiths Middle, district office and Downey High. 

She is survived by grandchildren Mimi (Mitchell) Gransden, Wendy Mitchell, Jennifer (Worden) Berg and Jill Worden as well as six great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Her children, Sharon (Worden) Mitchell and Vern Worden Jr., as well as her grandson Dave Mitchell, preceded her in death.

Kenneth William Thompson

February 9, 1917 - March 12, 2018

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Kenneth William Thompson, 101, was born on February 9, 1917 in Virginia, Minnesota to William Holmes Thompson and Eleanor Swendby and went to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 12, 2018 in Downey, California.


Ken was welcomed to Heaven by his loving wife, Vivian, and brothers, Don, Wayne and Roger Thompson, who preceded him in death.


Ken grew up during the Great Depression in Duluth, Minnesota. He later moved to California where he was supervisor of field training for the Maytag Company for over 35 years. A veteran of the United States Army during World War II, he served as a radar technician in five major battles, including Battle of the Bulge and Bastogne. Until the day he died, Ken was a great patriot who deeply loved the United States of America.


Kenny was a devoted husband to his sweetheart, Vivian, for over 53 years until her death in 2000, and was a loving father to his three daughters, Joan, Kathy, and Mary. He cherished his role of grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle, serving as a role model to three generations. Above all, Ken deeply loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whom he faithfully served at the Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton and Trinity Baptist Church of Downey.


Kenny was also dedicated to his friends and community, the City of Downey. His warm heart, friendliness, sense of humor, enthusiasm, helpfulness, and hard work endeared him to many. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.


Ken leaves behind his loving family: Daughters: Joanie Hinson (Alan) of Placentia, California; Kathy Broy (Larry) of Brea, California; and Mary Parke (Jim) of Placentia, California. Grandchildren: Joshua Hinson, Kate Gardner, Kari Broy, Laurie Padama, Daniel Gardner, Dustin Broy, Kristen Merrill, Bonnie Fagan, Nicholas Barrington, and eleven great-grandchildren ranging in age from newborn to eighteen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, Ken’s family would ask for contributions to be made to Courage Forward, an organization for Veterans & at-promise youth, finding purpose together at www.Couragefwd.org.


Risher Mortuary and Cremation Service are Funeral Directors.  Condolences may be sent to the family through our website, www.rishermortuary.com. 

Memorial service Saturday for Elinore Corse

DOWNEY -- Elinore Corse, a longtime resident of the Downey and Bellflower communities, died March 29 at home surrounded by family and friends. 

Born March 14, 1933 in Huntington Park, Elinore grew up in Downey and attended Alameda Elementary and graduated from Downey High School in 1951.

After a career as a long-distance operator for Pacific Telephone, she served in the Telephone Pioneers Club doing service for schools, Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Adopt-A-Highway, and repaired and maintained cassette players for the Braille Institute. 

She is survived by her daughter, Linda O’Connell; two grandsons, Ryan and Kevin; grandaughter Katie Joy; cousin, Jeanne Martin; three great-grandchildren, Penny, Seamus and Jack; and adopted daughter, Kelly Holt.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Downey. Graveside services will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to Messiah Lutheran Church.