Mary Stella Cuicchi Jones

March 23, 1936 - July 27, 2018

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Mary Stella Cuicchi Jones passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018. She was born on March 23, 1936, to Frank and Phill Cuicchi in Greenville, Mississippi. Soon after graduating from Shaw High School in 1954, she met and married Russell N. Jones on March 1, 1957. An Air Force man at the time, they met at a basketball game.

Looking for work, they traveled to Illinois and eventually came to California in 1958. They quickly entered in the fast-food restaurant business, working alongside founders of local Downey establishments El Taco and Plaza Guadalajara, as well as famous chains such as Taco Bell, Baker’s Burgers, and Wienerschnitzel.

With assistance from Glen Bell, founder of Taco Bell, coupled with additional investment from her parents, Mary and Russ started Taco Quickie in 1963. Over a 54-year career, they oversaw restaurants in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Maywood, Lynwood, and Bell Gardens. Their Quickie Dog restaurant was once featured in a Los Angeles Magazine article listing them as a classic choice along with the likes of Hot Dog on a Stick, Larry’s Chili Dog, Pink’s, Oki Dog, and Tommy’s.

The last remaining restaurant in Bell Gardens closed on October 8, 2017. Mary and Russ prided themselves in providing jobs for countless employees, including for a number of relatives from their home state of Mississippi.

Inspired by her parents who had run a grocery store, Mary successfully juggled entrepreneurship with running a household. Following in Mary’s footsteps of being very active–basketball, yearbook staff, homecoming queen, and Miss Shaw High School–she made sure her daughter did the same. She coached, was a team mom, and dance mom. She led countless excursions and camping trips for Girl Scout Troop 1239. A masterful fundraiser, she excelled at cookie and calendar sales, firework stands, hot lunch days, and 50/50 drawings. One of her proudest accomplishments came as President of Downey Girls Ponytail Athletic Association and having a sign installed at Independence Park.

She is survived by her husband of 61-years, Russell; daughter Pamela (Jeff). She was predeceased by a daughter, Kathryn. She is also survived by a sibling Paul (Rosemary).

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a favorite charity in honor of Mary. In recognition of her passion for sports and commitment to helping others, the family would like to highlight the following for consideration:

Bishop Amat High School Boys Basketball (14301 Fairgrove Avenue, La Puente, CA, 91746.   Checks should be made out to Bishop Amat and specify “Boys Basketball” in the memo line).
UCLA Softball (UCLA Athletic Department, Atten: Emily Lerner, PO Box 24044, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Checks should be made out to UCLA Foundation and specify “UCLA Softball” in the memo line).

LMU LionsFund for Softball (

Please indicate that the gift is in memory of “Mary Jones”. Sympathy notes and words of support may be expressed at

Calvin David “Dave” Chappell

September 6, 1951 - July 25, 2018

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Calvin David “Dave” Chappell, 66, was born on September 6, 1951 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and entered into Heaven on July 25, 2018 in Long Beach, CA.

Dave was an engineer in the aerospace industry for over 30 years. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and earned an Honorable Discharge for his years bravely fighting for our freedom.

Dave leaves behind his loving family: Wife, Kathleen Chappell, Son, Patrick Webb, Daughter, Wendy Webb Glenn (Stevo), Daughter-in-law, Stephanie Davis Chappell (Jason’s widow), former Daughter-in-law, Gretchen Valdivia, his Grandchildren, P.J. Webb, Faith Webb, Skylar Webb, Abbygail Webb, Destenee Webb, Cassandra Haywood, Robert (Kate) Steadward, Tiffany Lockman, Katie (Rick) Moore, Brittany Claire, Michael Lakatos, Melony (Tony) Macias and Ashley (Ryan) Smith.  He is also survived by 12 Great-Grandchildren, Brother, Steven R Chappell, Sister, Louise Chappell (John) Cromarty and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dave was met at Heaven’s gate by his loving Son, Jason Kristopher Chappell who was Killed in Action in Iraq in 2004, his Brother, Richard Chappell, his Great-Granddaughter, Brinley Moore, all who preceded him in death.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 10:00AM at Calvary Chapel Downey and interment will be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 12:45PM at Riverside National Cemetery. The Patriot Guard Riders will escort our Veteran to the cemetery.

For more obituary information and to leave condolences to the family, go to our website,  562-699-0916.

Jim Cullison

April 3, 1940 - July 14, 2018

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Jim Cullison died peacefully at home on July 14, 2018, at the age of 78 in Downey, California.  He was a long time resident of Downey, living there since 1974.  He was a loving Husband, Dad, and Grandpa.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, reading the Bible, watching movies, and being around his dogs.

He is survived by his children Shirley Cullison-Manuel, Jimmie Cullison, and Sharon Slagle, son-in-law Mike Slagle, grandchildren Daniel Slagle, Felicia Manuel, Erica Manuel, Jason Slagle, Jessica Slagle, and Darius Manuel, sisters Linda Hoshor, Donna Kemp, and JoAnn Tokar.  He also leaves behind an extended family including nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is predeceased by his loving wife Rose Cullison, his father Guy Cullison, and his mother Esther Dunlap Cullison.

He was born near Birds Illinois on April 3, 1940.  He worked at 7-up Bottling Company for about 35 years, and only had to stop because of injury.  He married Rose Olmo in 1962.

Visitation will be from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at Stricklin/Snively Mortuary in Long Beach on Thursday 7/26/18.  Funeral services for Jim will be at The Walk Church in Norwalk on Friday 7/27/18 at 10:00am.  Jim will be laid to rest at Rose Hills Cemetery.

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DOWNEY -- Jim Cullison died peacefully at home in Downey on July 14 at the age of 78. He was a long time resident of Downey, living here since 1974.

He is survived by his children Shirley Cullison-Manuel, Jimmie Cullison, and Sharon Slagle, son-in-law Mike Slagle, grandchildren Daniel Slagle, Felicia Manuel, Erica Manuel, Jason Slagle, Jessica Slagle, and Darius Manuel, sisters Linda Hoshor, Donna Kemp, and JoAnn Tokar.  He also leaves behind an extended family including nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife Rose Cullison, his father Guy Cullison, and his mother Esther Dunlap Cullison.

He was born near Birds, Illinois on April 3, 1940. He worked at 7-up Bottling Company for about 35 years, and only had to stop because of injury. He married Rose Olmo in 1962.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 26, from 4-8 p.m. at Stricklin/Snively Mortuary in Long Beach.  Funeral services for Jim will be at The Walk Church in Norwalk on Friday, July 27, at 10 a.m.

Jim will be laid to rest at Rose Hills Cemetery.

Eustace P. Hetzel

September 19, 1917 - July 6, 2018


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, 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. 


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.

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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.