Helen Jane Gregorio

June 25, 1920 - October 26, 2018

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Helen Jane Gregorio, 98, was born on June 25, 1920 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, an only child to Charles Peters and Mary Rhodes. She passed peacefully at her home on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Downey, California.

Over the 60 years she lived in Downey, Helen was a dedicated and devoted church and community volunteer. She served at the Downey Family YMCA and also in countless roles in PTA – including helping in the Downey Council PTA HELPS food bank over the past 30 years it’s been in operation. In addition to PTA, Helen logged over 40,000 hours of service in virtually every Auxiliary role in the 32 years she served at Downey-PIH. In addition to her community service, she also spent countless hours in ministry at Christ Lutheran Church here in Downey by singing in the choir, setting up for communion, greeting, ushering, and doing whatever else was needed. Her time and dedication to blessing others was acknowledged with both Rotary Club and Downey Coordinating Council Outstanding Volunteer Awards.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo, and leaves behind her loving family: son James Edwards (Peggy) and granddaughters Sandy Edwards and Lisa Prough of Paso Robles, California; son Charles Gregorio (Melody) of Downey, California, granddaughter Emily Gregorio of Los Angeles, California, and grandson Evan Gregorio of Downey, California, as well as several other family members and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.

A service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at Christ Lutheran Church (7707 Florence Avenue, Downey) on Friday, November 16th, at 10:00 AM. A light lunch will be served at the church Fellowship Hall following the internment at Rose Hills. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Downey Council PTA HELPS or Downey Family YMCA.

Barry (Herman) Ord

December 12, 1941 - October 31, 2018

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Long time Downey resident, Barry (Herman) Ord, passed away peacefully at her home October 31, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time at family gatherings, birthday parties, holidays and sporting events cheering on the grandchildren. She was an amazing person and will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 28 years, Donald Ord, as well as her son, Todd Herman and his wife Margaret, her daughter, Kelly Henderson and her husband Bill and 3 stepchildren, Michael Ord and his wife Cathy, Kim Stromen and her husband Dan and Kevin Ord and his wife Carrie. Also 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and her niece Susan Groff Cole.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus Paul Groff and Esther Elizabeth Vincent, her brother Richard P. Groff and daughter Shelly Montgomery.

Memorial Service will be held November 9, 2018, 11:00 am at Miller Mies Downey Mortuary.

Jerry Lee Klett

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Jerry Lee Klett, beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend has passed away peacefully at 75 on November 2 at his home in Downey.

A memorial will be held Monday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. at Rose Hills Mortuary - SkyRose Chapel.

He was born January 13, 1943 to Charles and Mable Klett in Everly, Iowa. He is survived by his children John, Nora, Jason, Dustin, Derek, Darren and grandchildren Autumn, Lincoln, Leyla, Jace, Austin, Aiden, Kaitlyn, Travis, Madelyn, Josh, Dylan, Cassidy, Levi and great grandchildren Aubree Renee and Aria. In the early 80s after being surprised with triplet sons, he ventured off and started his own business to help feed his growing family. He loved spending time with family, camping, boating and gardening. He will be deeply missed, but we know he has once again joined his wife Diana for all eternity.

Ellen Lena Mascaro

August 12, 1927 - October 5, 2018

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Funeral Service 11/01/2018 at 10:00am at Miller Mies Downey Mortuary Chapel.

Burial to follow service at Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA.

Ellen is survived by: her only brother John Mascaro (86/Wife Patricia), her only niece Claudia Walsworth (66/husband Rick), and six nephews Stephan John Mascaro (63/Wife Betty), James Lee Taylor (62/Wife Ginger), David William Mascaro (62/Wife Rosa) , Michael Wayne Mascaro (59/Wife Vicki), John Anthony Mascaro (57/Husband Andy), and Patrick Joseph Mascaro (56/Husband Sergio). Ellen never had children but she had a big extended family including many grand nieces and nephews: Wesley James Walsworth (39), Christine Marie Campbell (35/Husband Sean), David Joseph Mascaro (33), Stephen Tyler Mascaro (31/Wife Lauren), Cristina Laurel Walsworth (30), Sarah Elizabeth Nelson (30/Husband Dan), Sean Anthony Mascaro (26), Nicole Amber Mascaro (24), Jeremy Parrish Taylor (19), Bridget Rose Taylor (17), Adam Joseph Mascaro (9), Alyssa Cheree Mascaro (7), Ally Kat Campbell (3), Sage Avela Nelson (3) and Hadley Regen Nelson (1).

Lillian Lenora Freeman

April 22, 1919 - October 20, 2018

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Long time Downey resident, Lillian L. Freeman, passed away at the age of 99 on October 20, 2018. Lillian was born in Lawrence, Kansas on April 22, 1919. She was the very first “Miss Baldwin City” in the Kansas Division of the Miss America Contest. Lillian was a gifted pianist and played a difficult classical number as her exhibition talent. Based on her piano skills, she won three musical scholarships to Baker University, Emporia State Teacher’s College and Kansas University.

Lillian was married to Edward Garner Henrich from 1937 until he passed away in 1964. She then married Berkley Ludwick “Lud” Freeman in 1965 until he passed away in 2004.

Lillian was a member of the Downey United Methodist Church and played the piano and organ. She was active with the Downey Shrinettes, serving as President in 1985. She was also an active member of the Woman’s Club of Downey for several years.

Lillian was an avid sports fan, especially baseball, when her son, Robert “Bobby” Henrich played for the Cincinnati Reds. She was a devout Los Angeles Lakers supporter. In addition to sports, she also followed the entertainment industry and enthusiastically looked forward to the Red Carpet and Academy Awards Ceremony. Lillian remained mentally astute throughout her life and was an expert on fashion and current events.

Lillian is survived by her two sons, Robert E. Henrich, James W. Henrich and granddaughter, Kristina P. Henrich-Blaich. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Edward G. Henrich and Berkley L. Freeman and two grandsons, Donald J. Henrich and Thomas W. Henrich.

Lillian L. Freeman led a long, fulfilling and fruitful life. She will truly be missed by all of her relatives and friends, but she will never be forgotten.

Lawrence Scott Zowada passes away

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Lawrence Scott Zowada, 51, left us unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 3 surrounded by family, friends and church community. He leaves behind his wife of 18 years, Jeniffer, his precious children, Jackson (14) and Sophie (8) and the daughter of his heart, Krystal. Also grieving his loss are his parents Lawrence and Diane Zowada.

The family would like to invite you to celebrate his life with them at 10 am on Friday, October 12 at Seacoast Grace Church in Cypress.

Scott will be remembered in our community as an encouraging coach and mentor. Football was his passion. The Rams were his team. He led the Cerritos College Falcons, the Warren High School Bears and volunteered as the coach for the DJAA Panthers for 9 years. Over the last couple of weeks, the family has been flooded with countless stories of the lives that he has impacted with his wisdom and leadership.

Scott had a servant’s heart and spent time volunteering with the homeless and in the community. If you needed something, Scott would be there for you. He had a recent goal to participate in the Triumph Foundation Super Hero 5K which unfortunately he was not able to achieve. Scott didn’t need a race to prove that he was a hero. He has been and always will be a hero to his family. And now through organ donation, Scott continues to come to the aid of other people.

Born in Fullerton, Scott was raised in Downey and attended Warren High School graduating in 1985. He worked for the Downey Unified District faithfully for over 20 years. An amazing and caring hero, Scott was above all things a family man. His love for his wife was unending and continues to give her strength.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Triumph Foundation. This non-profit foundation is close to the hearts of the Zowada family and has helped them in so many ways. It would bring so much joy to the family to know that they could be part of helping

If you feel called and are able to give, please consider donating to help Jeniffer and her family during this time of loss and uncertainty at https://www.gofundme.com/support-the-zowada-family.

Patricia Beckerman services scheduled

DOWNEY – Patricia J. Beckerman, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, at her home in Long Beach.

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She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Beckerman, in 2005 and her daughter, Cindy Halstead, in 2008.


She is survived by her daughters, Lynda Maybruck (Alan) of Saratoga, Christine Mortensen (Craig) of Laguna Niguel, and Laurie McDaniel of Lake Arrowhead, and Colorado Springs, Colo., as well as 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


A vigil will be held Friday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m., followed by the praying of the Holy Rosary at Miller Mies Mortuary in Downey.


A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Oct. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Downey, followed by internment at Resurrection Cemetery in Rosemead.


Donations in her memory may be made at MelanomaAngelNetwork.org/Pat.

Harriet Wadsworth (Hobart) Littlewood

October 21, 1917 - September 23, 2018

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Harriet Littlewood of Downey met with her Lord one month shy of her 101st birthday on September 23, 2018. She passed peacefully at her home of 60 years surrounded by family.

Born October 21, 1917, Harriet was raised in Roscoe, Illinois along with eight siblings, seven whom grew into adulthood. She was born into humble beginnings that she fondly remembered as an idyllic time of life and often reminisced about sweeter less-complicated times. Harriet married Raymond Littlewood in 1938 at 21 years old and traveled with him to California three times before settling in Downey in 1953. She gave birth to identical triplet sons, a daughter, and then identical twin daughters.

She lived her life with a strong belief and love for Jesus and very much wanted everyone she met to share that zest and conviction. Harriet had an amazing gift of memory. She kept in touch with her large extended family and dear friends on every occasion. Harriet told stories of her life with vivid detail as if she were there in the moment. She never stopped learning while pursuing myriad ways to express her artistic talents.

Harriet had a pure childlike heart, and although sometimes ornery, did her best to be helpful wherever and however she could. Harriet worked hard throughout her life to provide for her family by selling Avon, Sarah Coventry, Amway, and by taking odd jobs such as a lunch yard-duty at Rio Hondo Elementary School and as nighttime baby-sitter at Del Rio Lanes bowling alley. She loved working with kids. Harriet volunteered at her local polling venue for over twenty years. But the job she loved most was actual yard work. Attributing her love of all things green from working alongside her father and siblings in his garden.

Living a 100 plus life means that she has lived through many major U.S and world events. Three of her siblings served in WW2, each serving in different branches. As a 10-year-old her family gathered around the radio and heard an announcement that Lindbergh would be flying his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, from St. Louis, Missouri to over Forest Park, Illinois. They heard the engine and ran outside in time to record the historic moment on film. Life was often tough, the money tight, but even at that, there were many adventures and Harriet’s faith never wavered. Harriet will be remembered by many for her tenacity and often-used phrase, “Life is interesting.”

Harriet went on to join her parents, siblings, husband, triplet sons, and twin daughter Wendy. She leaves behind two daughters Carol and Nita, three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, extended family, and wonderful neighbors and friends.

We who believe as she, have no doubts that she was ushered into God’s light and love with the greeting, “Welcome dear and faithful servant.”

No services are scheduled at this time. For those whom wish to honor Harriet in some way, a donation to her favorite charity on her behalf would be a great way to do so. At their website www.seecenter.org a 501 (3) 5 non-profit organization or by mail.

The S.E.E. Center for the Advancement of Deaf Children

10443 Los Alamitos Blvd.

Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Raymond Richard Armas

June 27, 1954 - September 29, 2018

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Raymond Richard Armas, 64 of Downey, passed away on September 29 from complications of pneumonia.

Ray was born in Lynwood, CA on June 27, 1954. He graduated from Warren High School and studied Business Administration at Long Beach City College.

Ray worked as a plasterer for 32 years, a Controller of 2 Hospitals, installation manager for Win Dor Windows until he worked with his son at American Family Bail Bonds.

He enjoyed traveling and meeting people and had traveled to over 13 countries. He loved watching movies and could quote any line from most any movie verbatim. His biggest love was his family and he dedicated his life to their happiness.

Ray is survived by his wife Gaylen, of 34 years, granddaughter Brooke (whom he loved with all his heart), son James, daughter Alicia, brother Paul and nephew Kyle.

Ray is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Stella Armas.

Visitation is Friday, Oct 5 from 5-9 at Miller Mies Mortuary 10229 Paramount Blvd. Downey. Burial will follow on Monday, Oct. 8 at 11:00 at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach.

Caryl Maniscalco

August 5, 1942 - September 9, 2018

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Caryl Louise Maniscalco of St. Helena, California, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the home of her first son, David Boies, overlooking the Swan River in Big Fork, Montana on Sunday, September 9. Caryl was 76 years old. While her loss was sudden, Caryl died of natural causes and left this earth with grace and dignity.

Caryl was born August 5, 1942, Caryl Louise Elwell, in Glendale, California. She dedicated her life to her children, grandchildren and to helping others.

Deeply loved grandmother, mother and fiercely loyal and giving friend to all she met, Caryl was a quiet powerhouse of a woman. A maverick, she raised her four children on her own while operating a small hometown cafe in the Sonoma County village of Monte Rio. She instilled in her children a sense of ethics, responsibility and self-reliance through her example. Despite difficult challenges, she provided stability to her family, friends and community. Regardless of the circumstances, Caryl exuded an infectious optimism and was always there for her children, grandchildren, or anyone who needed her.

Caryl was raised in Southern California. She graduated from Fullerton High School. She then supported her husband, David Boies, and two first children working as a switchboard operator, among other early jobs. She further supported her first husband through college and then law school in Chicago. When her first marriage ended, she moved back to California where her second two children were born. Her second husband was Peter Maniscalco.

Eventually, she opened a small restaurant in Monte Rio. While operating the restaurant and raising her children, Caryl aspired to fulfill her dreams further. She studied for and attained first her real estate sales license and then her real estate broker’s license.

She set an example as a life-long learner, going on to fulfill her life-long dream of being an attorney. She attended Empire Law School in Sonoma County and graduated before her children were out of the house. She became a lawyer - passing the bar exam on the first try - in 1987.

Caryl took up family law because she knew the pain and struggle of leading a broken home. She worked with legal aid to help those in most need. She also practiced real estate law. She was a font of knowledge and could answer just about any question on those special areas of law that would be posed to her. She loved wine and California’s wine country and was house counsel for Hawk and Horse Vineyards for the past 18 years.

In spite of her many accomplishments, Caryl was not prideful. She downplayed her achievements and always put others before herself, especially her grandchildren.

Caryl’s chief passion was her eleven grandchildren. With family spread all over the U.S. and abroad, Caryl kept up with each and every one of her children and grandchildren’s lives and maintained close relationships with all. In fact, just about everyone who met her under the age of 30 called her her “Grandma Caryl.” The rest of us called her “Mom.” The archetypal mother, she would fight any battle for her children or grandchildren. There was only one side - their side. In private she would not shrink from correcting her family with a gentle strength, but where family was concerned, against Grandma Caryl, the outside world did not stand a chance! She led through quiet fortitude and by example.

Rising from virtually nothing, she attained all of her dreams and inspired each of her children to do the same. All of her children achieved college degrees and followed her advice to believe in yourself and all things are possible. She could be feisty, opinionated and fierce but she was even more loving, caring, compassionate and intellectually brilliant. She would stand her ground but was also quick to forgive. She would sacrifice her needs for those of her children and grandchildren - and even strangers. Caryl was deeply human, kind and approachable. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was quick to laugh. Everyone who knew her loved her.

Caryl loved to travel to exotic places and had amazing opportunities to see the world. She was an avid 49er football and San Francisco Giants fan. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, antiquing and playing piano. She founded several small businesses including two restaurants, a real estate brokerage and a candy store. She ran for judge in Sonoma County, receiving 40% of the County-wide vote against an entrenched incumbent. Most of all, she loved to attend any event in which her grandchildren featured - from California high school rodeo to soccer, to Yale baseball, to St. Helena Montessori School Christmas pageants.

Caryl was preceded in her ascent to heaven by her beloved daughter, Caryl Louise Boies, an attorney in her own right, whom she loved with all her heart. One small comfort is that their two spirits may be seated together at the right hand of the Father.

Caryl is survived by her remaining three children: David Boies III, Tracey Allynne Hawkins (Mitch Hawkins), Matthew Patrick Maniscalco (Tania Maniscalco), along with her eleven grandchildren, Autumn Brook Turley, David Boies IV, Marie Louise Maniscalco, Robert Buckley Boies, Virginia Louise Boies, Hannah Maniscalco, Katherine Maniscalco, Samuel Boies, Francesca Michelle Hawkins, Nina Pauline Hawkins and David Baibula.

She has left a space for all to fill in caring for one another. She would be honored if we look for ways to be of service and fill those needs in her honor.

Caryl’s remains will be placed at rest at the St. Helena Public Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on November 10. A celebration of Caryl’s life will be held at The American Legion in St. Helena, immediately following. All are welcome.

Please honor Caryl’s memory by donating to Caryl’s Kids, a charity established in the loving memory of her daughter, Caryl L. Boies: Caryl’s Kids, C/O Sigrid McCawley, BSFLLP, 401 Las Olas Blvd. Ste. 1200, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301.

Cards, condolences and remembrances of Caryl’s life may be sent to Tracey Hawkins, P.O.B. 324, Calistoga CA 94515.

Caryl wanted to be remembered in joy and beauty! Please find a moment to be joyous in her memory today!

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 (www.lmu.edu/giving).


Please indicate that the gift is in memory of “Mary Jones”. Sympathy notes and words of support may be expressed at www.allsoulsmortuary.com/obituary/mary-cuicchi-jones.

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, www.rishermortuary.com.  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.

Jim Cullison dies peacefully at home

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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

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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.