Betty Jean Connor-Latronica-Hixon

November 3, 1934 - February 19, 2019

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Betty Jean Connor-Latronica-Hixon, passed away peacefully at her home with her husband of 34 years, Jim Hixon, by her side on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 3:09 PM. She was 84.

Betty was born in Mobile, Alamaba in 1934. Her family moved to New York City and resided there until the untimely passing of her father, a shipyard worker. Her family then relocated to Youngstown, Ohio where her mother remarried. Betty resided there until she met and married Raymond Latronica in 1955. They moved to the Los Angeles, California in 1955 and purchased a home in Norwalk in 1956 where they raised their three children and she resided until her death.

Betty worked for Thrifty Drug Stores for 25 years and was grateful for and proud of her union affiliation. She had a fun-loving, dynamic personality. She taught ballroom dancing in the 1950’s and 60’s and enjoyed dancing for many years thereafter. She enjoyed outings at the beach, golfing and organizing golf tournaments.

She was a resident of the greater Los Angeles area for 64 years. She was preceded in her death by her first husband, Raymond Latronica, her sister Linda Campbell, her brother, Roy Case, her daughter in-law Terri Latronica, and her son Ollie Latronica. She leaves behind her loving husband Jim Hixon, her sister Marie Bevis, her daughter Allison Minugh, her son Patrick Latronica, 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Victoria (Vickie) Augimeri

April 27, 1927 - February 17, 2019

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Vickie Augimeri, age 91, passed away on February 17 at her home in Downey, with her children and family at her side. Vickie had been a Downey resident since 1953, when she moved here with her husband Pat, and where she raised her five children. Vickie was active in many local organizations: she was the tour director for the Downey Newcomers Club for a number of years, planning and organizing excursions for the group to museums, cultural sites, theatrical performances and casinos throughout Southern California. She worshipped at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, was part of the Catholic Women’s Guild, and served many times as room mother for her children at Our Lady school.

Vickie worked for many years during the 1970s and 80s at Downey City Public Library. She enjoyed her library work, and to improve her skills she enrolled in and completed a certificate program for library workers at Rio Hondo College. She also completed a certificate program for travel agents at the same school.

Vickie was an avid reader and traveler. She made several trips to Europe, with Italy being one of her favorite destinations. She also enjoyed several family trips to Hawaii and Alaska.

Vickie is survived by her five children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her husband Pat passed away in 2012.

Memorial services are being handled by Miller Mies Mortuary in Downey. A rosary will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Downey on Monday, March 11 at 4pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held in the Chapel of the Risen Christ at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Culver City on Tuesday, March 12 at 12:30pm.

Bears off to hot start in preseason softball

DOWNEY – The Warren High School softball team currently has an overall record of 4-1 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Lynwood to play the Lady Knights on March 26th.

The Bears will travel to Downey on April 4th for the first of their two cross-town rivalry games and will then host Downey on April 22nd to complete this year’s away and home series.

The Bears were defeated by La Mirada in the Savanna Showcase at La Mirada 3-2 in 8 innings on February 9th and then defeated Villa Park 6-0 on February 12th. Warren defeated Santa Fe at Santa Fe 3-2 in 8 innings on February 19th and defeated La Serna 4-0 and Culver City 6-4 in a doubleheader on February 22nd.

The Bears finished the Savanna Showcase Tournament with a record of 4-1. Warren played Mayfair at Warren yesterday (score unavailable at press time).

The Bears are scheduled to play at La Serna next Tuesday and will travel to La Palma Kennedy on March 19th for a doubleheader against the Fighting Irish before they start league play.

Warren finished last season with an overall record of 17-13 and were 6-4 in league play. The Bears were defeated by South Hills at South Hills 4-3 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 2 playoffs. Coach Starksen, her staff and players are all looking forward to softball season.

Gahr and cross-town rival Downey will once again be the teams to beat in league play.


DOWNEY SOFTBALL: The Downey High School softball team currently has an overall record of 0-2 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they travel to Paramount to play the Lady Pirates on March 26th.

Downey was defeated by Lakewood at Lakewood in a doubleheader on February 19th 12-0 in the first game and 4-0 in the second game. The Lady Vikings also hosted South Torrance at Downey yesterday (score unavailable at press time).

Downey will be competing in the Best of the West Tournament tomorrow where they will play Murrieta Valley at 9:30 a.m. in their first game and will then play San Marcos at 1:30 p.m. in their second game. The Lady Vikings will then travel to Esperanza next Tuesday to play the Lady Aztecs.

Downey is also scheduled to compete in Bullhead City next week with games scheduled on March 7th, 8th and 9th. Coach Garcia, his staff and players are all looking forward to the start of the 2019 softball season.

Downey finished last season with an overall record of 24-7 and was the S.G.V.L. co-champion with Gahr, respectively. The Lady Vikings were defeated by San Dimas 2-1 in the second round of the Division 4 playoffs. Gahr and cross-town rival Warren will once again be the teams to beat in league play.


DOWNEY BASEBALL: The Downey High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 1-6 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Dominguez at Downey on March 11th.

The Vikings were defeated by Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Cantwell-Sacred Heart 7-2 on February 11th in their season opener. Downey also competed in the Loara Tournament February 12th-23rd. The Vikings were defeated by Cypress 8-5 in 8 innings on February 12th, were defeated by Villa Park 4-0 on February 18th and were defeated by El Modena at El Modena 2-1 in 10 innings on February 19th.

Downey was defeated by Pacifica at Pacifica 1-0 on February 21st and was defeated by San Clemente at San Clemente 4-3 on February 23rd. The Vikings finished the Loara Tournament with a record of 0-5.

Downey defeated Narbonne 5-0 on February 25th in their first game of the Downey Tournament and hosted Long Beach Poly yesterday in the same tournament (score unavailable at press time). The Vikings will host Glenn later today.

Coach Gonzalez, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 baseball season. Downey finished last season with an overall record of 17-14 and were 8-2 in league play. The Vikings were defeated by Santa Fe at Santa Fe 8-4 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs.


WARREN BASEBALL:
The Warren High School baseball team currently has an overall record of 6-1 and will begin San Gabriel Valley League play when they host Paramount at Warren on March 11th.

Warren split a doubleheader against Troy at Warren on February 12th. The Bears won the first game 5-3 but were defeated in the second game 8-7. Warren competed in the Newport Elks Tournament February 14th-21st where they finished with a record of 3-0. The Bears defeated Santa Ana Valley 24-0 on February 14th, defeated Estancia 13-2 on February 18th and defeated Santa Ana 7-0 on February 21st.

Warren defeated Nogales at Warren 10-0 on February 22nd and defeated El Rancho 8-0 on February 25th in non-tournament play. Warren is currently competing in the Long Beach Poly Classic where they played Bell on Wednesday (score unavailable at press time) and will play South Gate later today. The Bears are also scheduled to play a doubleheader against Hoover of Glendale tomorrow at Hoover. The first game is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and the second game is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

Warren finished last season with an overall record of 20-9 and were 7-3 in league play. The Bears were eliminated in the wildcard round of the C.I.F. Division 3 playoffs by Bellflower at Warren 1-0. Coach Pearson, his staff and players are all looking forward to the 2019 baseball season.