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Cyril Barber was pastor, theology author

WHITTIER – Cyril John Barber, 80, passed away on April 12 in Hacienda Heights. Born in Pretoria, South Africa on May 18, 1934, Cyril was born to his […]

Dr. Sherley Freudenberger

Dr. Sherley Freudenberger passed away on March 21, 2015 at the age of 87 in Rancho Bernardo, CA. He is survived by his beloved wife Joan of 57 […]

July 24, 1924 to April 18, 2015
Anna Eich

Anna Maria Eich was born in Los Angeles, California, on July 24, 1924, to German parents, Richard and Helene Koettnitz. She was the firstborn of three children, followed […]

Marilyn Tuggle was Girl Scouts, PTA volunteer

DOWNEY – Marilyn Blake Golden Tuggle passed away from advanced dementia in Corona/Eastvale on April 18. She had just celebrated her 79th birthday. She was born in Toledo, […]


Gerald Tompkins services this weekend DOWNEY – Gerald Bunker Tompkins, born in Downey on Jan. 17, 1924, died March 31. He attended Downey High School where he met […]

Ex Downey High basketball player dies

DOWNEY – Isaac Okebiorun, who immigrated to the U.S. from Germany as a teenager and quickly endeared himself to his Downey High classmates and basketball teammates, died suddenly […]

Local Obituaries

Virginia Barta was PTA president WHITTIER – Virginia M. Hollenbach Lanham Barta, 89, passed away March 21. She was born June 16, 1925 in the family home which […]

Donald Desfor was college professor

NORWALK – Donald Merritt Desfor, a magician, photojournalist and tennis coach who was an original faculty member when Cerritos College opened in 1955, died March 29. He was […]

Betty Coon was special education teacher

ARTESIA – Betty Ann Coon, a wife and mother, died peacefully on March 7 at age 64 after a six-month fight with brain cancer. Betty was born on […]

Mildred Kullbom passes away

DOWNEY – Longtime Downey resident Mildred Anne (Millie) Kullbom passed away March 4 at the Newport Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. She was born to Irish Italian parents, John […]

John Lehmann passes away

DOWNEY – John R. Lehmann, 60, passed away April 2 after a four-year battle with cancer. He was a funeral director at Downey’s Miller-Mies Mortuary, where he worked […]

Bill Roberts

“Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter […]

Elmer Black was Downey High grad

DOWNEY – Elmer William Black, 84, of Arcadia, passed away March 23 at his home with his family by his side. He is survived by his son, Alan […]

Alana Sauerwein mourned

DOWNEY – Alana Sauerwein, of Downey, passed away at home on March 9. She was born May 31, 1947 to the late Edmund and Irene Krams. She graduated […]

Nolan Hubbs funeral Saturday

DOWNEY – Downey resident and World War II veteran Nolan Hubbs passed away March 3. He was 98. He was born Oct. 29, 1916 in Equality, Ill. to […]

April 13, 1918 to March 9, 2015
Kenneth Beckner

Kenneth Beckner passed away peacefully on March 9th, one month shy of his 97th birthday. A long time Downey resident, Ken lived a full life with his family […]

Louis Caldarelli passes away at 92

SANTA FE SPRINGS – Louis Caldarelli, 92, a chemical engineer, musician and founder of a Santa Fe Springs business, passed away peacefully March 4 at his home, surrounded […]

Michael Bakel dies at 64

BELLFLOWER – Michael R. Bakel, 64, a former exalted ruler of the Bellflower Elks before moving away to Bullhead City where he lived the past 10 years, passed […]

Local Obituaries

Irma Annette Garza-Garcia, 52 of Pico Rivera, died March 8. She was born on March 10, 1962 to Adelina Rojas and Severino Garza in Los Angeles. Irma was […]

October 26, 1932 to March 1, 2015
Frank Szechy

Loving husband, father and grandfather. Frank touched the hearts of all who knew him. Born in Hungary, Frank emigrated to Canada in 1956 and came to California in […]