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. 
 

Theodore Clifford Heyer

August 3, 1930 - March 26, 2018

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Theodore Clifford Heyer, 87, was born on August 3, 1930 in Englewood, Colorado   and with the love of his family by his side, Ted peacefully went to the Lord on March 26, 2018 in Cerritos, California.


With hard working hands, Ted was an Electrical Foreman in the Electrical Construction industry for over 40 years. Ted was a veteran of the United States Army and earned an Honorable Discharge for his years bravely fighting for our freedom.


Ted was a devoted husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and brother, and he will be remembered by his family and friends for his passion, humor and joy of life.


Ted leaves behind his loving family: Wife and best friend for over 67 years, Mary Heyer of Downey, California, Son, David Curtis Heyer (Cyndi) of Brea, California, Son, Gary Martin Heyer (Fran) of Indiana, Daughter, Sandy McCaughan (Jeff) of Downey, California, six loving grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren with one on the way in July, Sister, Sandy Johnson (Robby), as well as several other family members and friends who loved him and will miss him deeply.


A Memorial Service will be held on April 27, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Downey in the small chapel at 11:00 am with a reception immediately following in the Fellowship Hall.
Risher Mortuary & Cremation Service are Funeral Directors. Condolences may be sent to the family through our website, www.rishermortuary.com.

Rose Shasha Neal

May 21, 1925 - March 5, 2018

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Rose Shasha Neal, 92 years old of San Bernardino, formerly of Downey passed away peacefully on March 5, 2018 at 11:50 p.m.


Memorial dinner to honor her will be at Buca di Beppo in Huntington Beach at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday March 24, 2018.  Please call Linda 949-331-3411 to reserve seating.


Rose is interred at Riverside National Cemetery at 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518.
Rose was born in Pennsylvania to Joseph and Bertha Shasha on 5/21/25.  She moved to Downey when she was eight years old and lived most of her life in Downey.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Neal who passed away on February 14, 2003.


 Rose is survived by her sons, Michael Neal of Downey and Alan Neal of Huntington Beach and her daughters, Linda Hill and her husband, Brad Malinowski of San Bernardino and Tammy Ford and her husband, Kenny Ford of Las Vegas, NV.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, James Hill, Veronika Hill, Matthew Neal, Samantha Gonzales, Melissa Neal, Michelle Neal, Joshua Neal, Brian Ford, Jacob Ford, Tyler Ford and her great grandchildren, Mariah, Connor, Adam aka “Billy,” Ian, Liliana, Aliyah, Fox, Gennivesia and Jocelyn,  her sister-in-law, Josephine Shasha of Long Beach, her brother-in-law, Robert Neal of Oakland and many nieces and nephews.


Rose spent many years caring for all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, potty training each and every one and teaching them all to read.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453 in the name of Rose Neal.

Thomas Calvin Burger

July 8, 1921 - March 4, 2018

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Thomas Calvin Burger, 96, longtime resident of Huntington Park and Downey, CA, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on Sunday, March 4, 2018.


Born July 8, 1921 in Blanca, Colorado to Albert J. and Ann S. (Eastwood) Burger, he was the youngest of seven children.


Tom graduated from Huntington Park High School in Winter 1940. A loyal “Spartan”, he remained an active member of the HPHS Alumni Association from its inception.


Tom served in the Pacific during WWII aboard the U.S.S. Medusa. By the end of his service he attained the rank of Chief Yeoman.


Having enjoyed a long career in the Swimming Pool Supply industry, he maintained many business friendships following retirement.


A resident of Glenbrook East in Downey since 1988, he served the H.O.A. in many capacities and as Resident Manager until his passing.


Memberships included the American Legion and Downey United Masonic Lodge #220.
Preceding him in death, his beloved wife of 64 years, Kathryn P. Burger.


He is survived by four children: Kathleen Brockie (Robert), Corona, CA; Mary Moode (Mike), Nacogdoches, TX; Peggy McMann, Garden Grove, CA; and Thomas Daniel Burger (Debra), Huntington Park, CA., nine grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.


Visitation only: Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Miller Mies Mortuary, 10229 Paramount Blvd., Downey.


Graveside Service: To follow at 1 p.m. at Inglewood Park Cemetery, 3803 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA.

Janet Molinaro

April 18, 1934 - December 29, 2017

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Long-time Downey resident Janet Molinaro passed away on December 29, 2017 at the age of 83.


Born Janet Mae McCurdy on April 18, 1934, Jan, as she was known to family and friends, graduated from Downey High School in 1951 and later attended UCLA. While working for her family’s company, McCurdy & Son, Inc., Jan would meet and fall in love with Southern California businessman Louis Molinaro. They were married in 1959 and later bought a home on Julius Avenue, where they raised their daughter Dina and son Richard.


Jan was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and sister, and she will be remembered by her family and friends for her passion, humor and joy of life. Jan developed a love for sports while playing golf and tennis in her youth and she passed this love down to her children and grandchildren. She was a dedicated fan of UCLA athletics and all who knew her would agree that she was truly a “Bruin for life.”


A fixture in the Downey business community, Jan entered the real estate industry in 1976 as an agent and later became a broker for Century 21 CB Real Estate, which she owned until her retirement in 2013. She was an active member of the Downey Association of Realtors, which honored her as Broker of the Year as recently as 2011, and a volunteer for the National Kidney Foundation.


Upon the passing of her husband Lou in 2013, Jan retired and spent her last years visiting her great-grandchildren, taking weekend trips to Las Vegas and listening to albums from her favorite musician, Frank Sinatra.


She is survived by her children Dina Kennedy and Richard Molinaro, son-in-law Brian Kennedy, daughter-in-law Janet Hare Molinaro, seven grandchildren: Travis, Nicole, Nicholas, Melanie, Julia, Owen and Carrie, and two great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Alexander. She is also survived by her sister Charlotte Widling.


Her life will be celebrated by family and friends in Arcadia on March 10.

Funeral services March 6 for Marjorie Wimmer

DOWNEY – Marjorie Lucille Wimmer, a resident of Downey for 58 years, passed peacefully Feb. 19 at age 85. 

She was born in Dodge City, Kansas, and grew up in Monett, Missouri  She worked 28 years for Downey Community Hospital in Labor and Delivery. 

She is survived by her sister, Margaret Blackwell of South Carolina; a brother, William Turner, of Kentucky; three children, Dan, Jane and Mary; four grandchildren in California; and many cousins, nieces and nephews  

Services will be held March 6 at 1 p.m. at Rose Hills.

Bill Bruner dies at age 79

DOWNEY – William “Bill” D Bruner, 79, died Feb. 16 peacefully at his home in Anaheim, surrounded by family. 

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Bill was born Nov. 6, 1938 in Huntington Park where he lived through his high school years, graduating from Huntington Park High School. 

Bill then called Downey his home for the majority of his life where he would raise his three children and met his wife of 34 years, Glenda. 

He is survived by his son Clark; two daughters, Jill and Julie; and stepchildren Scott, Terri and Tracy, along with 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at Downey Memorial Christian Church on March 10 at 2 p.m. 

Eugenia Gil, past president of Downey Association of Realtors, passes away

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DOWNEY -- Eugenia Gil was born in Aguacate, Cuba on Nov. 15, 1944. 

She dedicated countless hours volunteering for Alpha 66, a Cuban organization, as well as for PTA and all DUSD schools her children attended. 

She was a past president of the Downey Association of Realtors and past president of the Woman’s Council of Realtors. She also held various leadership positions for organizations such as the California Association of Realtors. 

Eugenia spent her last 17 years as a Disneyland cast member, where she enjoyed meeting people from around the world. 

She died Feb. 4 surrounded by loved ones. 

She is survived by her children Mary Gil-Fernandez, Michelle Gil and Nelson Gil, son in law Manuel Fernandez, ten grandchildren: Juliet, Jennifer, Manuel Jr, Jessica, Gabrielle, Justin, Lauren, Nelson III, Jordan and Bella, six great grandchildren: Kristin, Dylan, Joshua, Manuel III, Sebastian and Penelope. She is also survived by her brother Carlos Rodriguez and her boyfriend of 13 years, Stan Rymsza. 

She was preceded in death by her parents Ceferino and Angela Rodriguez, godparents Ildefonso and Faustina Sosa, brother Pedro Rodriguez and son in law David Amatisto.

Services will be held Feb. 23 at 9 a.m. at Rose Hills Memorial Chapel in Whittier, followed by a Celebration of Life reception from 1-6:30 p.m. at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church in Downey.
 

Audrey Perkins

June 18, 2938 - January 31, 2018

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On 1/31/2018 we suddenly lost our beloved Audrey. She was preceded in death by her parents George and Margaret Salyer, and her late husband Judge David Perkins. She is survived by her step-daughter Nancy Lynn Perkins, Long Beach, California and nieces Cheryl Perkins, El Monte, California, Sandy Curtis, Great Falls, Montana,  Vicki   Perkins, Menifee, California and numerous cousins in the EAST and many many friends in Downey, CA and Bermuda Dunes, CA and throughout the Coachella Valley and in recent years she added her Canadian family.


Audrey was born and raised in Rochester, NY, worked for Kodak and completed her education at Allegheny College. Upon graduation she left for California were she met her fireman husband David. They settled in Downey, CA where they took in many rescue dogs and she was very active in the community. Upon retirement they moved to Bermuda Dunes, again Audrey was active in community affairs, including membership in P.E.O. and Assistance League in both the desert and Downey.


Memorial service dates are pending, both in the desert and Downey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at The Joanne Barr Memorial Liver Transplant Foundation; The Allegheny college Scholarship Fun; South East Area Animal Control Authority (“SEAACA”); Humane Society of the Desert Orphan Pet Oasis or The Cancer Society.


Contact Dottie Grimes at (949) 981-0387 for memorial services.

Victor Plummer was founding member of St. Raymond's Catholic Church

DOWNEY -- Victor R. Plummer was born in Cicero, Ill., to Stella and Frank Plummer and was the fifth of six children. He attended Columbus School where he was among the first group of students to operate motion picture projectors as part of the educational experience in the classroom. 

He graduated from Morton High School and joined the Navy, serving in World War II in the Pacific Theater. 

He worked in the aeronautic industry for 34 years, starting at North American Aviation and retiring from Rockwell International. He loved his career, which took him from the B1 bomber, through the Apollo manned missions, to the Space Shuttle and the many moon landings.

He died of pneumonia and complications of the flu on Jan. 25 surrounded by his three daughters and sons- in -law. 

He and his wife Ann lived in Downey for 65 years and were founding members of St. Raymond’s Catholic Church. They were both greeters and Eucharistic Ministers. 

Plummer was preceded in death by his wife, Ann, and is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law Suzanne (Glenn), Marshann, Annette (Rick); grandchildren Courtney (Kevin)  Travis, Cody (Stephanie), Caitlin (Jake), and Kurt; great grandchildren Nick and Whitney; brother Frank Plummer of Murietta  California and sister Lorraine Dickhaus of Park Hills Covington Kentucky as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. preceded by a viewing. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach.