Thelma moved to Wrightwood from Ohio more than 30 years ago. She worked at The Attic, the Evergreen, and Jensen’s Market, and provided in-home care. Thelma was active in the Methodist Church, where she sang bass in the choir, and in the Snowline Players, where she cued actors for their lines. She retired several years ago. Standing 4’11”, Thelma was known for her feisty but loving personality. She loved the Cleveland Browns, and like her team, she was a perennial underdog. She is survived by her children; David, Louie, and Ann, residing in Ohio. She adopted Wrightwood as her home and will be missed by her many friends. A Memorial Service will be held at the Methodist Church on February 12, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Remembrance William “Bill” Bailey
Bill passed away on December 8, 2017 at the age of 86 with his wife by his side; he had been in and out of the hospital since August. Bill was born in Oakland, CA. He was the eldest of 2 boys born to Earl Louis and Mary Florence Bailey. Bill’s family moved down to the south bay and lived in Compton, where they raised rabbits. He attended Willowbrook Jr. High and High School, and attended Compton Jr. College. From college, he joined the Ski Patrol in Big Bear at Snow Summit. He was on the Patrol for 20 years. Bill married Idoma Herring in 1964 and they adopted 2 of her nephews in 1970. He worked for L&F Industries as the VP of Manufacturing. Idoma died in 2004 of Alzheimer’s. Bill met Beverly Doran in 2007 and fell head over heels in love. They were married 6 months later. They have a home on Laura St., here in Wrightwood. Bill enjoyed woodworking and making toys for children. He volunteered at Rolling Hills Covenant Church in the Sunday School program, and helped with making the art pieces for the Pageant of the Lord. He also volunteered at TMMC, delivering mail and other duties for more than 10 years. He loved going to Gaetano’s Restaurant almost every day, even walking there for lunch with his walker. He was predeceased by his brother, Jim Bailey, and son, Bret Bailey. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Bailey of Lomita; son, Loy Bailey in Seaside, OR; stepson, Chris Doran (Rebecca); stepdaughter, Katie Rosin (Jon); sister-in-law, Margaret Mazakis; niece Terri Everett (Todd); grandchildren, Katelyn Bailey, Josie, Domenico, and Sebastian Doran, and Jackson Rosin. Celebration of Life at Rolling Hills Covenant Church-North Campus on Friday, December 29th at 11 a.m. at 2221 PV Dr. North, Rolling Hills Estates. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. or to the PO Foundation. That is a philanthropic group who promotes furthering education for women. PEO checks can be mailed to Beverly at 25525 Pennsylvania Ave., Lomita, CA 90717. Both are tax deductible.
In memory of Seth Greer 1951 – 2017
Seth Andrew Greer III passed away on Monday, December 4th 2017 in San Bernardino, California surrounded by family. He was 66 years old. . Mr. Greer was born in Youngstown, Ohio in March of 1951 to Genevieve McAfee. He graduated from Chaney High School in 1969 and went on to attend Youngstown State University. In 1973 he moved to San Bernardino, California where he met his wife, Lorri Greer. H e moved his family to Phelan, California in 1987. Mr. Greer worked for Red-E-Kamp for 10 years. He then became an employee of Stater Bros. Markets and was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 63 for more than 18 years while living in Phelan, California with his wife and two children. He enjoyed traveling across the country, visiting National Parks, camping, and being a motorcycle enthusiast. H e loved the open road and the wind in his beard. H e was a wonderful son, caring brother, loving husband, and an amazing father. Mr. Greer is survived by his wife Lorri Greer, his daughter Noelle Sack, his son Seth Greer IV, his grandchildren Trevor Sack, Jayden Sack, and Chloe Greer, and his sister Suzanne Martin. Funeral arrangements to be set at a later date.
In Memory of Edward Max Bordenkircher, Jr.
March 2, 1937 - November 18, 2017 Obituary
Edward M. Bordenkircher, 80 of Ontario, died November 18, 2017 at home in Wrightwood. He was born March 2, 1937 in Glendale, CA and lived in Ontario for 20 years. He worked for the Ontario-Montclair School District as an Assistant Superintendent, Principal, and Teacher for 33 years. Ed was a life member of the Lions Club and was honored with the Ambassador of Goodwill Award. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Security Agency, Cryptography and Communications during the Vietnam War. He loved woodworking, making birdhouses, playing with his grandkids and enjoyed spending time in the kitchen making jam.
Ed is survived by his daughter Heidi, his son Scott, and his grandchildren Liam, Ethan, Alexis, Cody, Brianna, and Ashley. He is preceded in death by his mother, Helen and his father, Edward.
Funeral Services will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 920 W. Sixth Street, Ontario, CA on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Bellevue Memorial Park following services.
Terry Gott, March 20, 1953 - October 30, 2017 Former longtime Wrightwood resident, Terry Gott, age 64, died on Monday, October 30, 2017 at home in Spring Valley Lake with his family by his side. He was born on March 20, 1953, in Upland, Ca to Wallace and Betty Gott. Terry graduated in 1971 from Upland High School, and began working for the family business, W. D. Gott Construction Co., where he served as Vice President for over 20 years. Terry was preceded in death by his mother Betty Gott. He is survived by his wife Diana Gott, his father Wallace Gott, brother Mike Gott and sister Connie Gott, his daughters Betsy West and Brooke Canchola, his sons Robert Gott and Bryan Gott, and his seven grandchildren. Terry will be remembered as a man of integrity who cared deeply for his family and always put others before himself. He was an avid golfer and was also known as a fisherman and outdoorsman. Additionally, he enjoyed building model trains. Terry’s zest for life inspired others, and he touched the lives of everyone who knew and loved him. Visitation will be held on November 6th from 5-8 PM at Draper Mortuary, 811 N. Mountain Ave., Ontario, Ca 91762. Funeral services will be held on November 7th at 11:00 AM, also at Draper Mortuary. Burial will follow at Belleview Memorial Park.
Alex Paul Tschantré May 1, 1964 - September 26, 2017
Alex Tschantré passed away on September 26th, 2017. He is survived by his wife Cathy and daughter Danielle, his father and stepmother Louis and Joanne Tschantré, and his sisters Erica & Inga Tschantré. We invite you to join us as we celebrate his life, this Saturday, November 4th, 1:00 p.m., at 1401 Linnet Road (Camp Wrightwood – Top of Elm) in his hometown of Wrightwood, California.
Joan Dieterich, 83 Joan Arlene Dieterich, 83, of Covina California, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 6th, 2017, at Citrus Valley Hospice in West Covina Joan grew up in Baldwin Park, went to Covina High School, and settled in Covina with her husband of almost 60 years, Homer Dieterich. Joan spent a lot of time in the Tri-Community with her daughters Cindy Dieterich of Wrightwood and Cheryl Buckle of Pinon Hills. Joan is survived by her husband, three children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Community Says Farewell to Joe Sosa
Joseph Michael Sosa, 73, died on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at his home in Wrightwood, CA, with his two children by his side. Joe was born on May 31, 1944, in Brooklyn, NY, to Jose Manuel Sosa and Lilia Sosa Santiago, who were immigrants from Cuba. He was the older of two sons. As a child, the family moved to Miami, FL. He graduated from Southwest Miami High School 1964. Joe served a brief stint in the U.S. Air Force. Joe enjoyed skiing, photography, fishing, computers, cars, motorcycles, and music. He also enjoyed flying planes, and had a twin-instrument rating. He was a lifelong fan of the Dodgers, who he loved since attending Brooklyn Dodgers games with his father and brother at Ebbets Field as a boy. Joe moved to California in 1970. He lived in San Francisco for eight years, and then settled in Los Angeles, where he lived for more than 30 years. Joe enjoyed a successful career in advertising, working in Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles over a 40 plus-year career. He started his career working in the mailroom for a small ad agency in Miami. In the 1970s and 1980s, he worked for Chiat/Day as Vice President of Print Production, winning Advertising Production Manager of the Year for Southern California in 1981. He also worked for several other ad agencies and won many other awards for his work over his long, distinguished career. In his retirement, Joe owned and operated a PC repair business, ComputeRxLA. Joe lived in Wrightwood for a few years in the early 1990s, and moved there permanently in 2009. He was active in the community, a member of Sunrise Church, a Director of the Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer for Wrightwood CERT. He was very proud of being recognized as Wrightwoodian of the Year for 2014. Joe was a dedicated member of Alcoholics Anonymous and enjoyed 24 years of sobriety at the time of his passing. Joe is survived by his son, Daniel Sosa; his daughter, Leah Sosa; his brother, Al Sosa; his partner, Joyce Baker; and many other relatives and close friends. The community gathered at the Wrightwood Community Building last Monday, August 14, 2017, for a celebration of life and memorial service.
And now we resume the greatest love story of our time.
On August 2, 2017, Reginald Michael Adams was reunited with his loving mate of 70 years. Reginald Michael Adams, AKA “B”, was born July 23, 1923. He was given his nickname by his sister since he was the baBy of the family. B was shaped into an extraordinarily unique individual through equal forces of optimism, sun, sea, cars, poverty, war and opportunity. He was a troublemaker to be sure. Entrepreneurism tinged with larceny. Call it what you will-he had mechanical affinity & personal affection for cars. he was good at finding them, fixing them, selling them for profit and he was getting this done at the tender age of 14. This was around the time that he spotted the forever love of his life: DorothyVirginia Adams, affectionately nicknamed:HappyDay. Shortly after their marriage-he was whisked away for pilot training to serve in WW2. Owing to his mechanical adroitness, it was decided that he would best serve the country fixing the planes instead of flying them. This served their young family of three very well. It allowed for a luxury unknown to fellow soldiers. HappyDay was able to set up home close to the base and he was able to come home to his family every weekend-as if working a normal job. At the end of the war, B took a few jobs as a machinist and once he hit a perceived ceiling- he left and eventually he leveraged that experience to form his own precision aerospace machine shop. he worked side-by-side with his sons to produce complicated jobs for every major aeronautical company. Their family grew to five. B leaves behind daughter Carol Lee Young & Son Daniel Martin Adams. He was preceded in death by his firstborn Son & namesake, Reginald Michael Adams. These three produced a slew of their own children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The walls of B & HappyDay’s home are plastered with the pictures of progeny of various ages. B did not think outside the box, rather B was not aware of a box. He was a rugged individualist who crafted a world that many came to call home. B Essentially built his own city on 27 acres with paved roads & parks & even the school bus for his school aged grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On this spot of dirt he also operated his successful machine shop. He would come home every lunch hour to have a sandwich with the love of his life and play a game of Scrabble before walking back to work to finish out a full day. He kept this up until his early 80s when his beloved HappyDay’s ailing health required his full time care. He buried the love of his life six years ago and never failed to visit her gravesite daily to bring her flowers. On this day-they are reunited. B lived and died on his own terms due in no small part to the sacrifices that his loving daughter in law-Vickie Adams-made on his behest A memorial service will be held at Desert View Memorial Park this Saturday, August 5th @ 2pm Please come to say goodbye. If you can bring along a story to share- so much the better.
Dean Allen Harris 10/18/1977 – 6/1/2017
Beloved son, Dean Allen Harris died June 1, 2017 of end stage renal failure and breast cancer. Dean was at his home in Pinon Hills, with family, at the time of his passing. He was 39. Dean was born October 18, 1977 at Pomona Valley Hospital. He lived in Pinon Hills for 38 years, and was a graduate of Serrano High School. Dean loved sports; he volunteered at the Serrano football games and he played in local pool leagues for years. Dean is survived by his parents Dennis and Debra Harris of Pinon Hills, brothers Daniel Harris and Darren and his wife Sarah Harris, nephew Darren Harris II, twin nieces Mallory and Violet Harris, uncles, aunts, cousins, and many friends. He was preceded in death by grandparents Mac and Doris Harris, and Robert and Patricia Ferguson. Dean had a big heart. He was well loved by many, and would do anything to help his family and friends. A service to honor Dean’s life is scheduled on Saturday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m., at the Womack Auditorium on the Pinon Mesa Middle School Campus. A reception will follow at the T-Bird in Phelan.
Bob Williams 6/7/1945 – 5/10/2017
Born to Cecil Howard and Margaret Lee Williams 7 June, 1945, on the now defunct Army base at Ordinance, Oregon, (Robert Howard) Bob Williams died 10 May 2017, at home in Wrightwood, CA. Graduating from Oregon State University, Class of 1967, with a B. S. degree in Electrical Engineering, he began his career at the China Lake Naval Weapons Centre, Ridgecrest, CA. Bob received his M. S. E. E. from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. in 1978. 1984 found him at General Dynamics in the position of Senior Engineer. In 1981 he joined Lockheed Martin, Palmdale, CA., as Senior Software Engineer, with additional assignments to JPL in Pasadena, CA and the National Training Centre in Ft. Irwin, CA. A long-term Wrightwoodian, Bob and his adoring wife Jennie relocated to Hood River, Oregon in 2013, after his retirement. In March 2017, they moved back to Wrightwood, planning to have so many more adventures together. None of this speaks to the man, though. To say he is funny, with a gentle manner and an even temper… that he loves entertaining, to BBQ, quiet evenings with a glass of wine, cheese, and Jennie…that he is generous, kind, good…brave. A singer, member of Hood River’s VOCI, the Antelope Valley Master Chorale, Bob also sings with the Wrightwood Methodist and Hood River Valley Church choirs to mention a few. Music and Bob are one together. An avid hiker, tinkerer extraordinaire, opera lover…deeply beloved husband, father, brother, uncle…friend. Faith, his certainty and trust in Christ, is the structure around which his life is built. It is this basis that gave him the courage to manage his diagnosis of Stage 4 Prostate Cancer in 2011. The illness has never been able to diminish Bob. Rather, without conscious decision, he set a role model for others facing this disease. Bob participated in a clinical trial, managing the many time schedules, constant tests, medications and side effects with a self-deprecating humor…relegating the Cancer to its proper perspective…a chronic condition. Services will be held at the Wrightwood Community United Methodist Church, 1543 Barbara St., Wrightwood, CA. 11AM, Saturday, 8 July, 2017, followed by a luncheon.
Whispers in the Wind A Tribute to the Life of Patricia Corpe Krig
Patricia with her brother Edsel
Patricia Corpe Krig passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the age of eighty-seven (87). She was an exemplar matriarch of her family, and a pillar of our community. Patricia, born to Goodspeed Sam and Hildred Caywood Corpe in Alhambra, California, was the younger of the two Corpe siblings. Her older brother Edsel was named after the Edsel automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Patricia’s father Goodspeed owned and operated the first Ford Dealership in Southern California located in El Monte In 1937, after many years visiting Wrightwood on weekends, Goodspeed and Hildred permanently moved the family to Wrightwood, inspiring a perpetual and historic family venture spanning three generations and more than eighty years to date. Patricia, just seven years old when first arriving in our small town, quickly adopted the wonderful mountain life afforded her by assisting her father in the early operations of the Wrightwood Lodge, and by riding and enjoying her horses in and around the vast, then wide open valley, sparsely populated and home to acres of apple orchards. Pat’s love of ponies and horses was a lifelong adoration, which she relished on her own and with her extended family and friends. Pat endeavored in a successful life-long career in real estate. At age eighteen she obtained a Real Estate Brokers License, which expired only upon her recent passing, earning her the coveted status as the youngest female to obtain, and longest to retain, a Real Estate Broker’s License in California. In the early 1950s an astute and handsome Air Force Pilot and officer named Harry E. Krig met Patricia while searching for a rental property within commuting distance to George Air Force Base where he was stationed. The two turned a romantic attraction into an inseparable union of marriage that spanned more than 60 years or, “Till death us do part.” Pat is survived by her 96-year old husband Harry, who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Air Force after more than 20 years of service. In addition, Patricia is survived by sons Erik Krig of South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, Mark Krig of Wasilla Alaska, Lance Krig of Wrightwood, and daughter Kara Krig of Victorville California, and numerous grandchildren, great-grand children and the recent addition of a great-great grandchild. Patricia’s love of Wrightwood, coupled with her hands-on experience and uncanny ability to know and appreciate the historic value of our community, was exemplified through her ownership, development, and management of the many properties she and Harry owned and operated in and around Wrightwood. She and Harry purchased and restored the Wrights’ Ranch home on Lark Street, known to many as “Red Gate Lodge.” The couple brought this historic landmark back to life and provided many a chance to venture back in time as they visited and toured the renovated property. Patricia’s devotion to our little town she so adored was instrumental in gaining her extensive historic knowledge and understanding of the people, places and properties that make Wrightwood so unique. Her love of the history of our town was forever captured in print in two books she wrote and published, Wrightwood and Big Pines, written in collaberation with her dear friend Barbara Van Houten, and Wrightwood’s Past, by Pat Corpe Krig. Pat was available at any time to sit and chat with anyone who wanted to stop by. She would share her wealth of knowledge with a charm and delivery that was unique to her. She was loved and adored by many. The family has planned a local service, for the celebration of Pat Krig’s life, on April 1, 2017, 11:00 a.m., at the Wrightwood Methodist Church. All are invited to attend. In addition, there will be a small family service at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Park, located in Boulder City, Nevada, where Patricia will be laid to rest, on April 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Celebration of Life for Marla Olson Marla was born February 6,1955, and passed away February 23, 2017. She has been part of the community since the early 80s. She has four children, Nate, Michelle, Megan, and Kristen, and two beautiful granddaughters, Emma and Lilah. Jack Firner was Marla’s long-time love. Marla loved animals and she loved her garden. She had such a green thumb; she could grow anything. Marla would light up a room with her witty humor. She will be missed. Celebration of Life for Marla Olson Sunday March 12th 2017 1-4 pm Lake House Wrightwood Country Club 1387 Oriole Rd Wrightwood, CA This will be an informal service, an open house style. Please come and celebrate her life with us, her family, and friends. Food and beverage will be provided.
Margaret Weeks 6/29/1923 – 1/20/2017
Margaret weeks, long time resident of Wrightwood, was born June 29, 1923 and peacefully passed away January 20, 2017. She was preceded in death by her two sisters, her brother, her son Dan and her beloved husband James Weeks. She will be dearly missed by her daughter Diane Krajsa, step daughter Sandra Rakestraw and her husband Jeff, daughter in law Francie Ainsworth, granddaughter Cyndee Smolik, grandson Craig Ainsworth and wife Dana, great grandsons Gavin and Garet Smolik, and granddaughter Alexis Spence. Her extended family includes adopted son Bob Bailes and his wife Elaine, adopted grandson Weston Smith, Richard Smith, and a host of friends whose live she touched. Margaret will be reunited with her husband Jim, for their eternal dance, during a service for family and friends at Riverside National Cemetery, February 24, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.
Richard T. Ackley Richard Ackley passed away on the 2 February 2017 at the age of 88 in his longtime home in St. George Utah, where he and his wife spent many happy years in retirement. Dick’s father, Tom, was a first generation Italian with a third grade education, who had spent his first years in America in a Catholic orphanage in New York City. The orphanage burned down, Tom’s identity papers were destroyed, and he was released to find his way in the new world. Tom eventually moved to Los Angeles, opened a bakery, and met and married his wife and partner in the bakery, Lorraine. Richard, an only child, was born in 1928 and spent much of his non-school hours in the family bakery located adjacent to the University of Southern California. Tom and Lorraine came to know the faculty and students at USC and wanted nothing more than for Richard to grow up and graduate from this private university. And so he did, entering through the US Navy’s ROTC program. In 1950, he received his commission and became the first in his family to earn a college degree. Dick dedicated his life to making the most of his life in a fitting tribute to his father’s legacy. Dick married Joan in a naval wedding service and shortly after deployed on his first assignment aboard the destroyer Brinkley Bass, to support the Korean War. After graduation from Submarine School, he served in GREENFISH and CARP from 1952-1956. His son Steven was born in 1953, and his daughter Karen in 1956. Commander Ackley completed postgraduate training in Naval Intelligence and in the Russian language. He served as Officer-in-Charge, US Naval Field Intelligence Office, Miami, Florida, Executive Officer of REMORA and Commanding Officer of BREAM. Commander Ackley was assigned two tours of duty on the staff of the Commander Submarine Force, US Pacific Fleet, and as Assistant Naval /attache US Embassy Moscow, USSR. He was awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of Hawaii in 1969. Commander Ackley assumed command of Submarine Division Thirty One in August 1969. Commander Ackley retired in 1970 and moved to Redlands, California. Dick received his PhD in International Relations from his alma mater, the University of Southern California. He and Joan then built a home in the mountains of Wrightwood, California where he launched his second career, this time in academia. He taught strategy and defense policy at USC, the University of Redlands, and for 15 years at the California State University San Bernardino. He was a consultant to Science Applications International of Washington, DC. Dr. Ackley authored many articles and contributed to books in the field of strategic studies and defense policy. He was the founder of the National Security Studies graduate program at the California State University, San Bernardino. In September 1990 he became Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Director Emeritus of National Security Studies. In 1989, Dick and Joan both fully retired and moved to St. George, Utah where they built their dream house on the 3rd green of the Bloomington Country Club. He served on the Board of Directors for several years, and thoroughly enjoyed the friendships and camaraderie built from hours of play on the links, and country club dining events. In May 2013 his wife and partner unexpectedly passed away after 63 years together. He used to playfully claim that “she broke the rules and died first!” Her loss was devastating and he worried about how to navigate alone. It did not take long for his St. George neighbors and friends to step forward and show their generous spirit. He frequently commented on how surprised and grateful he was for their warm embrace, and their kindness gave him a new reason to stay engaged, and to reimagine his new life as a single man. He wanted to stay in his house as long as possible, and the goodness of his friends and neighbors made that a reality. All thanks! Services will be held Tuesday 7 February 2017 at 11am at the Metcalf Mortuary Chapel, 288 West St George Boulevard, St. George, Utah. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorprojet.org.
Billie O’Deal Huddleston April 20, 1931 - January 7, 2017
Billie O’Deal Huddleston was called home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 7, 2017. Billie was 85 years old. She was born in Crystal City, Texas to Pete Pierce and Velma Vaughan Pierce. She was a resident of Phelan for 51 years. Billie is survived by her loving husband, Charlie and children Debbie Harris (Ron), Sharlyn Walker-Berry (Al), Mike Jacobs (Terry), and Liz Petersen, her sister Frances Gallant (Bruce), and grandchildren Gregory, Jordan, Michael, Cole, Matthew and Jessica. She leaves 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Billie was a loyal servant of God. She touched many lives as a powerful prayer warrior and witness for the Lord. She was an American patriot and a loyal Texan. Billie was a very supportive, encouraging and loving mother. She will always be in our hearts and will continue watching over us. She will be so very missed by her family and friends. A celebration of Billie’s life was held January 13, at Harvest Christian Center in Phelan.
Virginia Vaughan 10/14/1918 - 12/31/16in Virginia Schofield-Vaughan died peacefully at her Phelan home on New Years Eve, with her family by her side. Virginia was born in St. Anthony, Idaho. She had four children - Trenna Anderson, Lynette Snapp, Kyle Schofield, Christine Noriega. She and her family moved to Azusa, California in 1952 and then to Wrightwood in 1972, and she spent the rest of her life in WrightWrightwood and Phelan. Virginia was very active in her church and community. She loved to paint, sing, listen to music, crochet, quilt and travel. She made quilts or afghans for all of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren. She also made hundreds of quilts for babies in her church, the community, and to send to children all over the world. She sang 16in Sweet Adeline’s for 6 years and loved the girls she performed with. A few years ago one of her great, great grandkids said to her, “You are so old! How did you do that?” She responded, “I walk every day for 2 miles and eat candy!” Virginina is survived by Trenna & DeLoy Anderson, Christine & David Noriega, 9 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and more than 45 great, great grandchildren, and many people who called her friend. Virginia was a miracle in our lives. It is true that she is no longer with us on earth. But, she will always be in our hearts, she will always be watching over us, praying for us, laughing with us when we are happy, crying with us when we are sad, and she will be there to greet us with open arms when it is our time to leave this earth.
Paula Biller VanLeuven 1951 – 2016
Paula Biller Van Leuven of Wrightwood departed this life on October 8, 2016 Paula was born on October 10, 1951 in San Pedro, CA. Paula was a kind loving person, always willing to help others. She had a beautiful singing voice and often was a D.J. for Karaoke. She was a loving mother, wife, sister, aunt, mentor, grandmother and friend to many. Her son Terry Michael predeceased Paula. Paula’s surviving relatives include her husband John Taylor, mother Lona Lee Biller, sister Kathy Biller Maguire, brother Wayne Biller, grand-daughter, Jessica Panto, grand-son Anthony Panto, grand-son Vicent Panto, step-daughter Sharli Taylor and multiple step-grand children, nieces and nephews. Memorial service to be announced at a later time.
Kenneth Joseph Metzmeier August 16, 1941 – September 21, 2016 Kenneth Joseph Metzmeier, 75, of Phelan, CA went home to be with the Lord on September 21, 2016, after a long illness. Ken was born in Louisville, KY on August 16, 1941 to August and Anna Mae Metzmeier. He joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. After boot camp, he trained as a Navy Seal and served in Vietnam. Ken retired in 1995 from McDonnell Douglas, Long Beach as Branch Manager in Assembly after 34 years. Ken loved bowling, golfing, camping, and boating at the Colorado River. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and trips to Las Vegas. He was a member of the Fountain of Living Waters Foursquare Church, where he served as an usher. Ken is survived by his loving wife Sharon Metzmeire, his daughters Devera (Mike) Martin, and Kimberly Metzmeier, both of Garden Grove, CA, his son Todd Metzmeier (Kathy) of Cherry Valley, CA, and grandchildren Alana Martin, Jamie Martin, Matthew and Jason Armijo, Isaac Metzmeier, and Christopher Metzmeier. The Celebration of Life services are on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the New Life Chapel, 10184 7th Ave., Hesperia, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Fountain of Living Waters Building Fund, at PO PO Box 290100, Phelan, CA 92329-0100, or to your favorite charity would be a blessing.
James Charles McCloskey
April 20, 1933 - August 24, 2016
James Charles McCloskey, long time resident of Wrightwood, died August 24, 2016 of complications from COPD and congestive heart failure. He was 83.
Jim was born April 20, 1933 in Toledo, Ohio. As a young man, he served two years as a Private in the Army Signal Corp in Korea. He then worked as a Systems Technician for Pacific Bell Telephone for 40 years before retiring.
Jim met Susan Grieve on a blind date in Anaheim in 1982, and they were married on October 20, 1984. They have lived in Wrightwood for 22 years, where they attend Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church.
Jim is survived by his wife Susan McCloskey of Wrightwood CA, daughters Diane Wood of Armington IL, April Hartnell of Wrightwood CA, Dana McCoy of Newport Beach CA, and sons James McCloskey III of Lake Elsinore CA, Robert McCloskey of Burlson TX, Jason McCloskey of Irvine CA, and Skip DeArmond of Doylestown PA, and his sister JoAnne Gernheuser of Toledo Ohio, and brother Patrick McCloskey of Toledo, Ohio. James also leaves 37 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister Bridget Blum, and son Danny McCloskey.
Although Jim retired early due to diabetes, he took on the role of Mr. Mom to two of his many grandchildren and his 3-year-old stepson, and proceeded to raise them with his wife. Jim always had a positive outlook and devilish sense of humor he shared with his family and many friends. The progression of his illness slowed him, but never stopped him being there for his loved ones. We will all miss him greatly.
A funeral service and Mass is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2016, 11 a.m. at Our Lady of The Snows Catholic Church in Wrightwood, with a reception to follow mass. It is to be officiated by the Pastor Reverend Joachim C. Lechukwu and Father Patrick Kirsch.
William Michael Sikora, father, husband, son, friend and mentor, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the age of 76. He was born September 2, 1940 in Duquesne Pennsylvania. He moved to Fontana, California in 1943 and then settled into Phelan around 1980.
He will be deeply missed byCarolyn, his wife of 55 years, his siblings Marlene Carole, Ronald, Kathleen and Terry, his children Sheli, James, Rebekah, Robert, Julia and Jessica, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends.
William was preceded in death by his parents Michael Robert Sikora and Julia Theresa Sikora, and two siblings Norma and Lois.
William’s life revolved first and foremost around family. He had a great sense of humor and was a hard worker. William was an employee with the Southern California Gas Co. for 40+years. He was interested in history, coins, stamps and rocks.
A Memorial service will be held Friday, September 2, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Phelan, CA. Viewing will be available 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.,with the service at 10:00, and a reception from 11:00 to 12:00. Burial will follow in Bloomington, CA where William will rest beside his parents.
Many will miss William who will forever be in their hearts.
In Loving Memory Sandi Mogg 1938 - 2016
Sandi was born in Los Angeles, CA on January 29th 1938. She passed away August 16th, 2016 in Wrightwood, CA. She was a 16 year resident of Wrightwood, and an active member of the community. She taught line dancing to seniors twice a week for 15 years and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Sandi was loved deeply and dearly by her family and friends. We will treasure our moments and memories of our loving Wife, Mother and Friend. She is survived by her husband Ernie, her sons Dave and Jeff, stepson Doug and grandsons Seth and Sam. A celebration of her life will be announced in the following weeks. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wrightwood Veteran Memorial Park through the VFW Post 9415 in Phelan. Checks should be made payable to VFW Post 9415 with a notation: Sandi Mogg memorial and mailed to Tom Pinard, P.O. Box 309, Wrightwood CA 92397
Adrianne Marie Edgerly 5/16/1948 – 7/4/2016
Longtime Wrightwood resident and shopkeeper, Adrianne Marie Edgerly, passed away on July 4th. Her family was at her side.
She was preceded in death by her father Nicholas Lechiara, and her son Donny Pope. She is survived by her mother Esther Falsetto, husband Ron Edgerly, her daughters Nicki Boyce and Debbie Lynn, stepson Stefan Edgerly, and siblings Joanne Minello, Janice Kinderman, Michael Lechiara, James Lechiara, and Lori Weaver. She also leaves grandchildren Amanda Jo Pope, Jessica Rees, Jordan Rees, Jeremiah Boyce, Charlie Boyce, Levi Boyce, and great granddaughter Penelope Lanning.
Adrianne graduated from La Quinta High School in Westminster, CA and attended Santa Ana City College. She married Ron Edgerly on June 30, 1980 at their home in Wrightwood. Ron and Adrianne moved to Wrightwood full time in 1997.
Adrianne opened Off Melrose in 2002; it became a family enterprise. She changed the name to Willow Boutique and Salon when she moved to the current location in the village center. No one was a stranger in Adrianne’s shop. Her customers became her friends the moment they saw her smile. Her children and grandchildren were inspired by her love of art, fashion and design.
Adrianne was very active in the community. In 2005, she served as President of the Wrightwood Youth Association. Most recently she served on the board of ChemoWize, a non-profit organization that connects Partners in Health with patients in need of financial, physical, and emotional support.
The graveside service for Adrianne will be private and limited to family. However, Adrianne’s beautiful spirit will be celebrated Tuesday August 2 at The Apple Farm, 936 State Hwy 2, Wrightwood. The celebration starts at 5:00 PM.
Mrs. Jean D. Dana (Wakefield) 01/06/1934 – 07/10/2016 Jean Dana, with family and friends at her bedside, joined her Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 10th after a brief struggle with cancer. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. Jean, a resident of Wrightwood, was 82. Jean was born in Monrovia, California on January 6th, 1934 the daughter of Luther and Jimmye Wakefield. The family soon moved to Bell Gardens, California where Jean and her brother Morris Wakefield grew up. There, she would meet and marry her high school sweetheart, Frank Dana. Together they would enjoy a 62-year marriage. Jean worked as an Instructional Aide in the Montebello Unified School District for 20 + years. She enjoyed local politics, as her husband Frank was a Mayor and Councilman in Bell Gardens. In 1988, she retired with her husband and moved to Willow Valley, Arizona and then later to Laughlin, Nevada. Together they enjoyed a long retirement along the Colorado River until 2013 when Frank passed away. In 2014, Jean moved to Wrightwood, California to be near her daughter and son-in-law, Lynn & Wayne Satterfield. In Wrightwood she was active in the local philanthropic women’s club, “The Blue Thong Society,” helping people in the community, and participating in many village events. She also enjoyed being a member of the Wrightwood Country Club. Jean remained very close to her friends, many of whom were from her childhood and high school years. She enjoyed the many visits and yearly reunions with them. Jean’s smile and hearty laugh will be missed by those who loved her.
“Celebration of Life” services are pending.
Michael M. McGowan, D.C., N.D. 12/29/1933 – 07/05/2016
Dr. Michael McGowan, resident of Wrightwood, passed away on July 5, 2016. The beloved chiropractor died in Harrogate, Tennessee of cancer. He was 82. Michael M. McGowan was born in New Zealand December 29, 1933. He served his country in the military. He was a resident of Wrightwood for more than 31 years. Dr. McGowan provided chiropractic care to countless local community members. He is survived by his wife Elaine in Wrightwood, and his four daughters: Robyn Simmons of Simi Valley CA, Sandra Trupiano of Moorpark CA, Deborah Murphy of Rancho Palos Verdes CA, Judy Orland of Manhattan Beach CA, and his brother Tim McGowan of Pauanui, New Zealand. Michael had 10 grandchildren and 3 great grand children. Even after his retirement, Dr. McGowan continued to share his technique with the next generations by teaching at various chiropractic conventions and seminars. So devoted to the health of his friends and family was he, that his last adjustment was literally on his deathbed for two of his dear friends. A small service was held at the McGowan home in Wrightwood, and was officiated by Fr. Patrick Kirsch.
Marcia Hobson Myers
March 6, 1921 – February 2, 2016
Marcia Hobson Myers, Wrightwood resident since 1953, passed away rather suddenly but peacefully in Upland, California on February 2, 2016. Since March 2014, she had been living at the Atria Del Rey senior assisted living community in Rancho Cucamonga.
Marcia was born in Los Angeles and grew up in West Hollywood just a few blocks from the Sunset Strip, which at that time was a dirt road. She graduated from Fairfax High School, and at the end of WWII she went to work for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Burbank, California, serving in their purchasing division for seven years and playing on the Lockheed women’s softball and bowling teams.
In 1953, Marcia moved to Wrightwood where for nearly 20 years she served as a prominent part of the Blue Ridge ski area management team along with her former husband Frank Springer. The second and longer chapter in Marcia’s service role in Wrightwood involved real estate services in which she progressed quickly from real estate agent, to broker, and finally to being the owner of the highly regarded Wrightwood realty firm, Marcia Myers Real Estate Services, prominently located at 6053 Park Drive. It was in this role as a Wrightwood real estate “queen” that she found her calling and in which she helped large numbers of families to find properties to buy at the right price; buyers for properties that needed to be sold; reputable contractors to build and renovate properties; competent tradespersons to make home repairs; and in many cases affordable financing. She loved Wrightwood, the people she served, worked, and socialized with, and contributing her considerable energy to Wrightwood community activities and events.
In 1978 she joyfully married long-time Wrightwood resident Al Myers at Little River on the Northern California coast. The two of them did real estate and property development together in Wrightwood for many years and travelled to numerous far-away places including Kenya and China.
Marcia was an inveterate outdoorswoman. In the 1940s and 50s she hiked, back packed, and fished the Sierra and became an accomplished skier which included skiing the then all-rope-tow Mammoth Mountain ski area in the late 1940s and Sun Valley Idaho in the early 1950s. In her later years, she added tennis and golf to her out of doors life. In the summer of 2005 at the age of 84 she did day-hike summits of both Mt. Baden Powell in the San Gabriels and Mt. Diablo in northern California – both over 3,000-ft vertical climbs. Up until the mid-1970’s she regularly hiked to, fished, and camped at Prairie Forks.
Marcia is survived by her sisters Frances Steadman of Mill Valley and Janice Jensen (Scott) of La Habra Heights; her sons Steven Westfall (Meredith) and Albert Springer (Carla); grandchildren Derek Westfall (Tara), Kira Westfall (Silvan Bliss), and Byron Hiller (Kris); and great grandchildren Rose Undersun, Jared Westfall, and Jordan Westfall. She was preceded in death by husbands Donald Westfall, Frank Springer, and Al Myers.
Plans for a memorial service are pending.
Charles L. Cowen
1927 – 2015
Wrightwood’s longtime resident, better known to his many friends as “Charlie”, passed away peacefully at his home in Wrightwood on November 29, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife Beverly in 1989. He is survived by his daughter Cathy Woods of Brea and his son Jim Cowen of Wrightwood, who were at his side as he passed.
Additional surviving family members are: son-in-law Don Woods, daughter-in-law Sue Cowen, granchildren; Julie Shook, jeff Woods, Marissa Weinhold, Traci Cowen and Jason Cowen, great-grandchilden; Gavin Shook and Parker Woods. There will be no formal services, as this was his request. Charlie led a full life doing the things he enjoyed and he would say to us all, “I’ve lived my life, now you go and live yours.” He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Gerald (Jerry) Travis
9/5/36 - 11/22/2015
Jerry was a resident of Phelan for 21 years, having moved to the community when he retired from 35 years with the State of California Department of Savings and Loan.
He was born in Wakefield, MA in 1936 and grew up in Lawndale CA. It was at his church in Lawndale that Jerry met and married Edith Pearson. Jerry and Edith were married 59 years.
Jerry served in the Marines from 1954 to 1958 and belonged to the Point Mugu Marines Club.
Jerry was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader when his son was growing up and also helped his wife with her Blue Bird and Camp Fire Groups. He enjoyed gold panning and camping with family and friends. Jerry was a compassionate man; he cooked and delivered meals to friends in times of need and served soup and cider to parents of trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
Jerry is survived by his wife Edith (Pearson) Travis, his daughter Diana Gates and son-in-law Jerry Gates of Phelan, son Robert Travis of San Dimas, and grandchildren Chad Travis and Amanda Gates.
Betty Marie Anderson, 82, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 26, 2015, in Thousand Oaks, California, with family at her side. She was born in Surrey, North Dakota on January 30, 1933 and graduated from Surrey High School before marrying Gordon Anderson in November of 1951.
She moved to California in 1957 where she raised her family. Betty was an active member in her church community, teaching Sunday School and volunteering her time for a number of charitable causes. She worked side by side with her husband at their family-owned pharmacy in Thousand Oaks for nine years. Betty and her husband moved full time to their home in Wrightwood, California in 1974 where they continued to live for the next 41 years. She was known and loved for her kindness and generosity. Betty enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, singing, sewing, baking and being with family.
She is survived by her husband, Gordon, of nearly 64 years; her two daughters, Debra Christensen and Kimberly Kussman; sister, Sharon Paulson; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held on Sunday, August 30, 2915, at Wrightwood Community United Methodist Church.
Donations can be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.
Calvin S. Phillips
March 23, 1938 – August 2, 2015
Beloved son, husband, brother father, uncle and friend passed away from complications of leukemia and pneumonia in Apple Valley, California
Cal was a submarine sailor for ten years, last serving on the USS Abraham Lincoln (SSBN 602) as a MK1 and MK2 Missile Technician. After active duty, he was employed by the Department of the Navy serving for six years at the Liaison office at Ford Island – Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and to the Naval Weapons Station – Seal Beach, California.
During his time in civil service, Cal completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics at the University of Hawaii and a Master’s Degree in Quality Assurance Engineering at the University of Southern California.
Over the next twenty-five years, Cal enjoyed bartending at numerous dinner houses, including owning and managing four of his own. His last stop, at the Old Washoe Club in Virginia City, Nevada, was undoubtedly his favorite (1995 – 2001). Serving the locals of that great town and making friends with tourists from around the world were some of his favorite memories.
Cal was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth A. Phillips, Sr. and Elizabeth A Swain. He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie; his four children Christy, Cal Jr., Cameron, Candi; his brother Kenneth A. Phillips, Jr. and his family; Brother-in-law Jerry Cameron and his family; sister-in-law Twylia Cameron and her family; beloved grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Cal enjoyed fishing with his buddies and playing horseshoes and darts with his veteran friends at VFW Post 9415. Cal loved classic car shows and representing Bonnie’s clan at Scottish festivals, He looked forward to his yearly visits back to Virginia City to reconnect with old friends and remember old times.
He deeply loved his Bonnie, his family, his dogs, his friends and his yard. We will all miss him more than words can express.
Private family services are being arranged. Memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Cal’s memory.
Yolanda Sherburn 6/22/1954 – 7/15/2015
Yolanda (Lana) Whited - Sherburn was born June 22,1954 in Denison, Iowa to Hilda and Warren Whited. Lana spent most of her youth in Denison and at the age of 22 moved to Southern California where she met and married Fred Sherburn in 1979. They started a family soon after, adopting their four children, LeeAnn, Nathan, Whitney, and Veronica. Lana and Fred raised their four children in Wrightwood, California. Lana was very active in PTA at Wrightwood Elementary School. She started the first Daisy Girl Scout Troop in Wrightwood, Coached Soccer, T-ball, and kept score and taught scorekeeping for the Little League. Lana worked as a manicurist for many years in Wrightwood. In 2007 Fred retired from Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Lana and Fred moved to Fort Collins, Colorado so that she could be closer to her brothers and sisters in Iowa. All of Lana’s children followed her to Fort Collins. Lana loved her grand children so much that they all loved to come to her house. On 7-15-15 Lana lost her 4-year battle with Melanoma cancer. She died at home under Hospice care with family by her side. Lana leaves Fred, her husband of 36 years, her four children, 10 grand children, and brothers Gale Whited of Vail, Iowa, Jerry Whited of Deloit, IA, and sisters Donna Stone, Schleswig, IA, Ruby Barns Isabella, MO. and Judy Dugan, Theodosia, MO., and many nieces and nephews. Lana was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Irene Stone, Delores Slater and Arlene Bolken. A celebration of life will be held on July 25th at 1pm at Cronks Café and Lounge at 812 4th St. South (Hwy 30) Denison, IA. Please leave a message of condolence for the family at www.VesseyFuneralService.com.
Anita Bishop 08/29/1922 – 07/03/2015
Anita Lydia Cottrell Bishop died July 3rd, 2015 at 11:55 PM. She was born to Lillian and Vern Cottrell in a log cabin near the coal mining town of Mt.Harris, outside Bolder Colorado, August 29, 1922. Anita was raised in a 15’x 10’ homestead cabin built by her father, Vern. Anita’s bother Neil was born on the same day two years later.1924, Neil, being younger of the two, joked “I never had my own birthday, it was always Anita’s.”
The family moved west to California in 1925 after Vern quit his dangerous job working on the Moffit Tunnel, a railroad construction project in Colorado. While on a drilling machine, his best friend was killed while working next to him. So he quit that day, and the family left and moved to California with all their possessions packed onto an open Ford sedan. They travelled through Arizona, driving on rutted dirt roads. Crossing the desert, the tires didn’t last long on the hot roads made of wooden railroad ties. The family sometimes sat on the running boards of the Ford as it moved along the road. The closer to California, the better the roads they encountered.
Growing up in South Gate, Anita participated actively in the Camp Fire Girls and Catholic Daughters, attended South Gate elementary and High School, participating in GAA sponsored women’s athletics, and later attended Compton College. She experienced the 1933 earthquake, which left the family living in their car outside their home. Anita was active in athletics and continued to play club badminton after graduating. After college she went to work for Firestone Tire and Rubber in South Gate, serving in the secretarial pool during WWII.
Anita married Douglas F. Bishop, a Michigan native, in 1943 while he was stationed in California. She quit her job at Firestone to raise a family. Anita had two sons, Douglas born 1944, and Charles born 1946. In 1955 the family moved from their home in South Gate to 7429 E. 3rd St. in Downey where Anita became active in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, was both President of Mother Singers and the Warren H.S. PTA, and helped with booster clubs and sports fundraising at the local schools for her children. She served as President in almost every organization she joined, contributing countless hours to community service in both South Gate, and Downey. In 1965 she campaigned for a seat on the Cerritos College District Board and was the only woman to file for the two vacancies on the all-male College Board. Her background in school activities included offices for Downey Council PTA, a past presidency at North Junior High PTA, an honorary life membership to the PTA, and First Vice President at Warren High PTA. She participated with 15 other women in an investment group, which met monthly for more than 8 years. She was also active in South Gate Woman’s Club and nominated President. She served for many years in the YMCA in South Gate.
In 1972 Anita moved to Wrightwood, CA where she became active in fundraising and social activity in the community. Her support included Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, local Library, and Wildlife Preservation Committee functions. Anita was voted Wrightwoodian of the Year in 2004 and was a prominent member of her community. Anita moved into a retirement assisted living community in 2007.
Preceding Anita in death were her husband Douglas F. Bishop (2003) and her first-born son, Douglas A. Bishop (1972).
Anita is survived by her son Charles S. Bishop of Fullerton, daughter in law Susan, and four granddaughters: Darcee McCarthy, Shelley White, Lyndsay Beard, and Loni Coleman. She also leaves 6 great-grandchildren: Charley McCarthy, Ella McCarthy, Evan White, Cameron White, Allison Beard and Jack Beard. Anita will be missed by her brother Neil Cottrell who resides in Colorado with his wife Pat, and the Cottrell daughters Kirsty and Gail, and son Eric, and their families. Anita is also survived by dear cousins Sandra Cameron, Sister Mary Allen, Sara Joe Sharp, and members of the Hartman, Hale, and Christensen families.
A Graveside Ceremony will be held Tuesday, July 14 at 11:00AM, at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier.Rose Hills Park 3888 Workman Mill Rd Whittier, CA 90601
Phone: (562) 205-4636 or www.rosehills.com
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Mrs. Bishop’s name to Our Lady of the Snow’s Catholic Church, Wrightwood.
Helen Ward (Cornelius)
1933 - 2015
On May 3, 2015 Helen Ward (Cornelius) passed away of sudden cardiac arrest after moving to Northern California to be near her daughters just 4 months earlier. At 82 years of age, she’d only moved from Wrightwood a few years ago and been a part of the community for over 45 years – she talked often of her happy memories while participating in this unique mountain village.
Helen Ward had the privilege of moving to Wrightwood in 1966, first as a weekender, and then as full time resident in 1967. Shortly after settling, she worked as a waitress for the Yodeler on Park Drive where she met and married Grant Cornelius. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal State San Bernardino, her career in real estate began. For nearly 20 years, she and Grant owned and operated what was known as the Wrightwood Village Realty offices in both Wrightwood and Phelan. As a real estate agent and broker, she enjoyed participating in the local community life, raising her three daughters - Debra Edwards, Marcia Mills and Tami Dockendorf- and helping to raise Grant’s two children, Kevin Cornelius and Karen Redmond.
Grant Cornelius passed away in 1987 and in 1988 she married David Ward. As he managed Ski Sunrise (Mountain High North) for many years, her relationship to the community was expanded to include many newly formed friendships in the ski community.
Helen remembered Wrightwood fondly, as a close-knit community where everyone knew you and supported your family and business. She’d recently talked about her memories of sharing in the many activities with fellow residents over the years: swimming and playing tennis at the Twin Lakes Club (Wrightwood Country Club), skiing at Holiday Hill (Mountain High East) and Ski Sunrise, having BBQs and campfires at Table Mountain Campground, Grand Marshall of the Mountaineer Days Parade, participating in the Lions Club, sewing in her quilting group, singing in the Sweet Adelines a Capella group, entertaining for progressive dinner events, hosting luau parties, dining at the Blue Ridge Inn, shopping and visiting at Holiday Foods (Jensen’s), and attending Wrightwood United Methodist Church. No matter what the activity or event, she remembered everyone with kind words and laughter.
Most recently, she absolutely loved her 3rd story view of the Sierra Nevada countryside and was happy to be near her family. Although she’d moved to Apple Valley for health reasons after leaving Wrightwood, she continued to speak of how much she missed the mountains; so it was fitting that she was able to be in the pine trees again as she went home to be with Jesus. A private memorial service was held on June 6th at her daughter’s home in Shingle Springs, where her favorite song was sung – Amazing Grace – followed by a time of sharing memories while eating the foods of her favorite summer holiday – 4th of July. The family would like to extend a warm thank you to everyone who touched Helen’s life and helped make it happy and full. We miss you, Mom, and are happy that you’re now free from pain. We look forward to the day when we can all be together in Heaven.
Wrightwood guitar hero George “Sonny” Harris passes
1949 - 2015
The Wrightwood music community mourns the loss of one of its most brilliant and accomplished artists.
George “Sonny” Harris died Sunday night, June 7, after a brave battle with lung cancer. Sonny was 66 years old.
With his signature cowboy hat, long silver hair and handlebar mustache, playing his Fender Telecaster left handed and upside-down, Sonny was an ionic guitar player in many local lineups. He was a virtuoso in the tradition of seventies blues-based rock music.
In recent years Sonny had been a star soloist for Gayle Dowling and other local luminaries. At the time of his death he was developing original material with local Rock band F.A.B.
Sonny Harris was born in Pomona, CA, on May 21, 1949. He served his country with honor and distinction in the Vietnam War. After his discharge he moved to Canada and joined the celebrated rock band The Guess Who. He remained prominent in the Canadian music scene for many years. Sonny is survived by sister Marlene Risner, and many loving friends and band mates. Dave Cimino and Rob Hazard will miss him as a brother.
Sonny Harris will be remembered for his gentle, kind demeanor as much as for his musical brilliance.
Notification of services is pending.
Edsel Lindy Corpe
EDSEL LINDY CORPE, 87 years of age, passed away peacefully at home in Mesquite, NV, surrounded by his loving wife Loretta and family, on May 5, 2015.
Born on June 6, 1927 in El Monte, CA. Ed, as he preferred to be called, was raised in Wrightwood, CA, and graduated in 1944 as valedictorian and student body president from Victor Valley High School in Victorville, CA. Before joining the Navy, Corpe attended the University of Redlands, transferred to the University of Southern California, graduated and was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy. After completion of forestry school at Utah State University, Corpe began a career with the US Forest Service that included a stint with USAID in Vientiane, Laos, and Supervisor of the Forest Service Southern Region in Atlanta, GA before retirement to Kalispell, MT and Mesquite, NV. Corpe was known for his direct style, memorable communication skills, and creative approaches to challenges.
A man of many interests and skills, Corpe was engaged in many hobbies; he collected and traded guns, collected and traded knives, built custom gunstocks, and participated in many social and civic affairs. After retirement he took particular interest in the Veteran’s and the Senior Citizen’s Centers in Mesquite, NV. However, those who love him are sure that he will be best remembered for his character - he was a patriot, devout, deeply devoted to family and friends, and absolutely dependable - “one of the good guys.”
Preceded in death by his parents Hildred and Goodspeed Corpe, his first wife Colleen Nix Corpe, and his grandson Robert John Goodspeed Hosler, Corpe. He is survived by his wife Loretta of Mesquite, NV, his sister Patricia Corpe Krig of Wrightwood, CA, and a large loving family of children, stepchildren, grandchildren, great grandchildren and dogs.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Senior Center located at 102 W Old Mill Road in Mesquite, NV. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Southern Nevada Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, NV, 1900 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Mesquite Veterans Center, Inc., PO Box 2431, Mesquite, NV 89024. Family and friends are invited to leave a memory or message on their web page at www.virginvalleymortuary.com.
Kevin Howard Hemsley
Born: November 30th, 1950 Passed: April 9th, 2015
Beloved Grandfather, Father & Husband passed away, from a short battle with cancer, in his home of 37 years in Phelan, CA on April 9th, 2015.
Kevin is survived and greatly missed by his wife of 40 years, Teresa, his son John Hemsley and wife Genera and their 2 sons John Jr. and Jarod; his daughter Carol Dabell and her husband Michael and their 3 daughters Makayla, Makenzie and Ashlynn; and his daughter Jennifer Emory and her husband Andrew and their children Charlotte and Bennett. Kevin also had 2 sons who previously passed, Mark who died as an infant and Kevin Jr. who died at the age of 24 from complications of Cerebral Palsy. Kevin is also survived by his Father George Hemsley of San Diego, CA, his brothers Steve Hemsley and Joseph Hemsley and their wives and children. His greatest Joy in life was his family.
Kevin spent his entire adult life focused on raising and loving his children and grandchildren. He was very much respected and loved for supporting his family in every way possible and providing unconditional love and support to his severely handicapped son. Kevin was an amazing example of loyalty, perseverance and love. He was a lover of music and had a special gift of playing by ear, any instrument he picked up. During the years of raising his family he instilled a love for family vacations and the outdoors. He took his family on yearly vacations to ski, camp in the mountains, fish and hike, stay at the beach, ride bikes, and swim. He loved the outdoors and his kids were his best friends. He loved to travel to historical sites of the United States and had a special love for history and politics. He was always reading a book and was a deep thinker. His favorite pastimes during his 9 years of retirement were helping with the grandkids, spending days on the beach or in his yard with his loved pets, tending to his trees, riding his motorcycle around, daily runs down the local ski hill during the winter, and as many trips as possible to Disneyland. Due to the happy atmosphere, music and entertainment, he loved to take his children and grandchildren to Disneyland as much as their schedules would allow. When he learned of his terminal condition, watching his grandchildren grow up and not getting to be a part of it all was what he was most heart-broken about.
Kevin retired from Ralphs Grocery in May of 2006 after 30 plus years of service and hard work.
Kevin was born in Glendale, CA and was raised in Covina, CA. He lived in Redondo Beach, Ca before moving to Phelan, Ca. In 1977 to buy property and have a quiet place to raise a family.
Services will be held Saturday April 18, 2015 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Phelan. Viewing is at 9am and the Memorial Service begins at 10am.
Clifford Tombyll 1923 -2015
Clifford F. Tombyll 91 passed away with his wife at his side. Married for 68 years, Clifford and Amelia enjoyed the trials and loving riches of life together. Born in Montreal Canada on June 8, 1923 his family immigrated to the New England portion of the United States during 1929. Prior to WWII, he spent his early years developing lifelong friendships while honing technical and journalistic skills. Joining the army to support the war effort he naturalized and became a citizen prior to shipping off to the Philippines. Clifford worked communication and power for the city of Manila and ran a small newspaper for his unit. Upon leaving the army with the rank of Sargent he married his love of life Amelia.
They lived in Riverside and Wrightwood (Oak Springs Valley) for more than 60 years. Clifford is survived by Amelia, son Edward and wife Diana, son Theodore, son Thomas and wife Cheryl and eighteen grandchildren.
Clifford worked in aerospace as an electrician for most of his life. To his credit he also built three houses and never lost a love for journalism. He wrote three books, an unbelievable amount of quality poetry which we all enjoyed at frequent family gatherings. A great number of his poems are very patriotic and reflect love of country, sacrifice and the real cost of what others did before us. It is they that struggled for the freedom we enjoy today.
He and his wisdom are greatly missed by family and friends.
Services: Acheson & Graham 7944 Magnolia Ave. Riverside Ca. 92504 11:30 A.M. Tuesday 4/21/15. Military services at Riverside National Cemetery at 1:45 P.M.
Sven “Norm” Willerup,
2/1/1940 – 2/15/2015
Mr. Sven Norman Willerup age 75 of Grass Valley, California died on February 12th, 2015 in Roseville, California. “Norm” was born on February 1st, 1940 in Glendale, California.
Norm Willerup resided in Wrightwood from 1978 to 1985 and worked for Mountain High, Ski Sunrise and the JPL observatory as an electrician and maintenance worker. Mr. Willerup died from complications from diabetes. Norm is survived by his wife Elly Willerup, and his two daughters LynDee Monson and Lori Hetherington. Lori is a graduate of Serrano High School and was Miss Congeniality in the 1982 Miss Wirightwood Contest. Mr. Willerup leaves behind four grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Of note, Norm was long involved in the Boy Scouts and as a young man helped to build the hikers monument at the top of Mt. Baden Powell. He will be greatly missed.
Loren R. Wendt
A man of many talents - Corporate man, Magician, Poet, Community man, and Family man
By Vicky Rinek
Wrightwood community is mourning the loss of one its own, Loren R. Wendt aka Magic. Loren passed away in his sleep Saturday night, February 14, 2015
A longtime resident, and community leader in Wrightwood Loren is known best for his many years as the Honorary Mayor of Wrightwood. “He was a huge part of this community,” said a Chamber member. “One of a truly incomparable individual, Loren impressed everyone with his professionalism conducting the Chamber meetings adding his own kind of humor and magic.”
In recent years, however, he focused the majority of his efforts on one person—his wife, Betty who has health issues.
Loren was born in1927 Woodbine, KS and moved to Ontario, CA in 1941. He and his wife Betty were married in 1947. Loren worked for the Southern California Gas Company from 1947 to 1984 when he retired as District Manager for the Covina area.
Loren had a full life. Most recently Loren was Honorary Mayor of Wrightwood for 3 terms. He won the prestigious Fred Olds Western Poetry Award, 2nd Place, Los Angeles Corral for his poem titled “An Eventful Night in Tombstone.”
Loren was a member in many organizations including:
Member of the Westerners International Poet Society
Member of the Society Of American Magicians
Member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians
He had many published poems and was entertainer to many generations.
He will forever be remembered as "Magic".
Loren is survived by his wife, two sons, five grandchildren, and two great granddaughters.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, February 28, at 4:00 p.m., at the Desert View Memorial Park, 11500 Armargosa Rd., Victorville.
Poem written by Loren, published in 2012
At Peace On The Prairie by Loren Wendt
“You wouldn’t mind a little music now would you, old hoss?”
And Hawley took out his harmonica and gave it a tap or two
The first tune he played was “Little Joe the Wrangler”, of course
Then came “Amazing Grace” for reasons that even he never knew
Echoes of that sad and mournful song had just begun to fade away
As Hawley and his faithful horse were gazing at the setting sun
The sky was turning from blue to orange – the end of another day
Two at Peace On The Prairie – a hard-workin’ day was really done
Hawley stood up – “Well, if that ain’t the gol-durndest thing!”
A towering old Saguaro was framed against that fiery, flaming sky
No one could have doubted the message it seemed to bring
And a cross stood out in bold relief as the day prepared to die
Hawley sort of held his breath and then dropped to one knee
“Lord I tell you – I ain’t never seen the likes of that on this here prairie
I just wish every dog-goned cowpoke could have had a chance to see
That message from up there – Lord, you sure been good to Red and me!”
Published in the Cowboy Poetry book by The Westerners Los Angeles Corral in 2012, with the inscription:
Dedicated to Loren Wendt! A man of integrity and quiet dignity whose cowboy poetry is “Top Rail.”
The Los Angeles Corral of Westerners is proud to have you as our member and dedicate this keepsake to a real cowboy poet. To know Loren Wendt is to be inspired to write honest, from-the-heart, lines on America’s most storied profession: The Cowboy!
Loren’s Magic Man days
Excerpt from newspaper archives from the Covina Argus, 1953 and La Verne Leader, September 1976:
It started when his father gave him several magic card tricks. He had so much fun with them that he began looking for more stunts to amaze his friends with his bag of tricks.
Taking his cue from Dorothy of storybook fame, Loren Wendt left Kansas at the age of 14 years and a fledgling magician with six years of experience behind him to become the “Wizard of Ahhs” in San Dimas, California.
During Loren’s high school and junior college days, he took magic up seriously.
It wasn’t easy to acquire good magic tricks but one day George Foote, a well-known magician, saw him doing tricks before students at Chaffey College and he took an interest in him. Magic said, “He thought I showed a glimmer or two of talent, and sold me his bag of tricks.” He learned many tricks from Foote and after three years of hard work he was able to prove to the public, “the hand is quicker than the eye.”
“I was seriously accused of practicing black magic. But I was finally exonerated and escaped being burned at the stake.” Said Wendt. Wendt’s wife, Betty, used to help him in some of his acts such as mind reading and another where she magically appeared out of a two-story dollhouse filled with furniture. “One of my biggest thrills was when Betty bought me an old sword that turned out to be one of five that had been handmade for a special sword card trick,” Wendt said. “The act consisted of someone picking any three cards out of a deck, then throwing the deck in the air where I speared those particular three cards with the sword. It was quite effective. “However, not all my attempts have been successful,” Wendt admitted. “I at one time planned to add the famous ‘bullet catching trick’ to my repertoire.” I bought a .22 pistol, got ketchup capsules for it and had my assistant fire it at me from 10 feet, expecting to catch the bullet with my teeth. It ended with him shooting off half of my moustache,” Wendt said. “But even with George’s coaching, it took me a good three years before I felt I was ready to perform with my new act.” Since that time, Wendt had given more than 2,000 performances before audiences.
In order to maintain an amateur standing, Wendt never charged for his performances. “I’m pretty much out of the business now,” Wendt said, “because of other commitments that take up my time. But I still perform occasionally to keep my hand in.” There are three types of magic generally performed: close-up, parlor, and stage. Wendt had mastered hundreds of tricks in all three categories. During his active career as a magician, Wendt served as chief wizard of the San Gabriel Valley Magicians and was a member of the Society Of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He was a member of The Academy of Magical Arts and Sciences better known, perhaps, as The Magic Castle. “It’s been a very rewarding hobby,” Wendt said. “But one thing I’ve always made it a point to keep in mind as a magician is that I was there to entertain not to satisfy my own ego. I think this is important for any entertainer to remember.”
There have also been some heartache connected with his hobby, Wendt admited, such as the time he brought a white rabbit back to the hospital as a gift for a little girl and found she had passed away. “But the rewards outweigh the heartaches,” Wendt said, “and there will always be a place for the amateur who goes around saying, ‘take a card any card.’”
His passion of performing magic tricks continued on throughout his life. It was more than a hobby, whenever asked he would do his magic tricks before many groups such as service clubs, PTA, church groups, social clubs, Children’s Hospital, Veterans’ Hospital, prisons, any worthwhile group. Special performances were given before blind audiences where a sighted spectator described the act or members of the audience were asked to hold Wendt’s hands as he performed his tricks. His wife Betty often assisted him in presenting the magic program.
Chance Karras Henopp
2/05/1998 - 11/03/2014
Chance Karras Henopp of Phelan, CA passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014.
Chance was born in Apple Valley, CA on February 5, 1998. He attended Eagle Summit High School in Phelan.
Chance is survived by his loving parents, David Henopp and Jodi Karras of Phelan, and brother Robert Karras of Clarksville, AZ. Chance was a beloved son, and was loved many family members and friends, too many to name. He will be greatly missed.
Join his family and friends for a celebration of his life. We will share stories, memories, and laughter in honor of Chance. The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:00PM at Calvary Chapel, 4501 Nielson Rd. Phelan, CA.
In lieu of flowers, please contact: hdpheonixfoundation.com.
Marianne Lehman (Wilson) Troyer
1/31/1931 - 11/7/2014
Born: January 31, 1931 Pasadena, CA, Died: November 7, 2014, Service: Saturday, November 15th, viewing is 9:00 - 9:30 AM Service starts at 9:30am., Location: Burning Bush Church, 14849 7th Street, Victorville.
Survived by her beloved husband, Richard L. Troyer; Children: Marilee Frank, Evemarie King, Wm. Lincoln Troyer, Melody Woodard; 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren.
Marianne was born Mary Ann Lehman to Aaron Samuel Lehman and Marguerite Thompson Lehman in Pasadena, CA; raised by her “foster” parents, Ruth and W. Henry Wilson. An amazing woman who was extremely talented, creative, hard working, and funny. She had a passion for living for the Lord Jesus and teaching children. She graduated from Pasadena Nazarene College, a teacher by profession, and taught for 10 years in La Puente. She married Richard L. Troyer on June 24, 1961. Family was very important to her and they had four children. They moved to Wrightwood in 1970 and to Phelan in 1978 where they lived for 36 years until moving to the Apple Valley/Victorville area and finally Inland Christian Home in Ontario, CA. She was constantly involved in her church, community, and children’s schools. She was PTA president of Wrightwood Elementary, in leadership for the Grange, and co-pastored, with Richard, the Baldy Mesa Wesleyan Church for 13 years, to name only a few of her accomplishments. She was a reporter/writer for the Mountaineer in the 1970s. Marianne substitute taught for many years in the Wrightwood and Phelan Elementary Schools, but also had opportunities to teach all ages. She was a Master Teacher and last taught at Victor Valley Christian School for 25 years. Marianne served and worked at full-speed - giving, helping and impacting many people within her sphere of influence. She lived to serve and give glory to the Lord!
Stories and remembrances may be posted on Facebook: The Legendary Mrs. Troyer
Ron Marx 1935 - 2014
On the first Friday of October while sleeping, Ron Marx quietly slipped into eternity. Born and raised in California, Ron spent his early years in Beverly Hills. as a teenager , his family moved to Fontana. At age 19 he was employed by Kaiser Steel until the Plant closed in the 1980s. During that time, he married Ellie, now deceased, with whom he had three children. He lived briefly in Victorville, finally moving to Wrightwood where he and his second wife Judy, now deceased, build a home. During the 1990s he was employed by the Snowline School district where he worked exclusively for Wrightwood Elementary as the school’s Custodian. Word was: “He could fix anything.” He is survived by his brothers and sisters: Jerry Marx, Robert McLellan, Christine Rice and Roberta Baker as well as his three children: Ron Marx, Penny Reese and Jeannie Kingsbury, and seven Grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Sheila (Jollie) Lesch
1951 - 2014
Sheila (Jollie) Lesch went home to be with Jesus on October 18, 2014, with her family by her side. She was 63.
Sheila was born January 9, 1951 in Providence, RI to the late William and Mary (Dillon) Jollie. She was a resident of Phelan for more than 20 years. Sheila attended Fountain of Living Waters Church and was a member of Sonshine Ministries. She loved serving others, family gatherings, and playing cards. She will be especially remembered for her love of family, friendly smile, and outgoing personality. Sheila never met a stranger.
Sheila leaves behind daughter Tracey Johnston of Redlands, CA, and son Josh Lesch of Yucaipa, CA. She is survived by her brothers, William (Linda) Jollie and Jay (Cheri) Jollie, both of Phelan, and her sisters, Melodie Jollie and Sharon (Ken) Metzmeier of Phelan, and Frances (Glenn) Flohr of Pinon Hills.
Sheila is also survived by grandchildren Cameron and Lauren Johnston, Morgan, Dylan, and Greyson Lesch, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends who loved her, and a family that meant so much to her, Roy, Treva, Amanda, and Khya Grove.
A private, family Celebration of Life will be held November 8, 2014.
Local family suffers tragic loss
By Terri Hill
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, a fatal car accident took the life of local Serrano student, Allison LaVogue. The accident, which occurred just before 5:00PM, happened at the intersection of Beekley and Nielson Roads in Phelan.
Shockwaves rippled through the Tri-Community as news of the tragedy spread across social media and news sites. Allison was involved in many activities at school, church, and within the community. She was a senior at Serrano High School and a member of the Rattlesnake Regiment Color Guard. In tributes to her, Allison is remembered as a fun-loving, positive young woman who valued her Catholic faith and her family and friends. She is also remembered as kindhearted and thoughtful.
Teree and Larry LaVogue, Allison’s parents, are longtime residents of Wrightwood. Teree works at Serrano as the Director of the ROP Preschool Program on campus, and Larry is a San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief.
A Rosary was held on Monday at Our Lady of the Snows in Wrightwood and the Memorial Service, at Blessed Junipero Serra Church in Phelan, was held on Tuesday.
So many mourners attended the mid-morning service, the church could not accommodate the entire crowd within the building, and many people stood outside, near the doors, to listen and to share their grief.
Jill Yvette Kipnes
July 23, 1965 – September 14, 2014
Jill Bradley Kipnes grew up in Wrightwood. She attended Wrightwood Elementary School, and graduated from Serrano High School in 1983. Jill lived in Laurel Hollow, New York with her husband Andy, and two sons, Maxx and Bryce.
The following is a tribute to a beautiful woman who gave so much love to all who knew her.
God received another Angel,
With blue eyes and golden hair,
She’s a very special lady,
Of this we’re all aware.
She dreamed of being an actress,
This was a life-long goal,
But being a Mom to Maxx and Bryce was her final starring role.
She had the biggest heart,
Beyond generous to all she knew,
Her time with us was way too short,
Days together way too few.
Her beauty was unparalleled,
Both on the inside and the out,
She will be Heaven’s shining star,
Of this I have no doubt.
So many memories of her as a little girl, the daughter of my best friend, will remain with me forever.
In my heart her life won’t end. I know she’s found some peace at last,
After her courageous fight,
And like her days amongst us, She will make the heavens bright.
Christine Banks, 55 years old, a resident of Wrightwood, Ca passed away on September 20, 2014. Christine leaves behind so many family & friends who will miss her dearly. Please join us for a memorial service on Friday, October 3, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Hillside Community Church located in Wrightwood, Ca.
6/10/1941 – 9/6/2014
Alton “Tony” Arens, born June 10,1941 in Hartington, Nebraska to Arthur & Erna Arens, the fourth of ten children, passed away September 6, 2014. Tony died at home, after a short illness, with his sister JoAnn and his girlfriend Suzanne at his side. Tony was predeceased by his parents, brother Melvin, and sisters Yvonne & Karen, and his son Jim. He is survived by his daughters Peggy and Cindy Arens, sisters JoAnn, Elaine, and Cheryl, and brothers Merle, Dale, and Rick.
Tony owned and operated Tony’s Backhoe Service in Wrightwood for 30 years. He retired and moved to Chico, CA where he lived for 7 years. In April this year, he moved “back home” to Wrightwood with Suzanne, his beloved girlfriend of 18 months.
Please join us for a celebration of Tony’s life on Saturday September 20, 2014, 1:00 PM at the Vivian Null pavilion. A potluck at the Wrightwood Community Building will follow.
Ralph Eugene Miller
1935 - 2014
Ralph Eugene Miller, 79, of Phelan, died Sept 1, 2014. Known to family as “Gene” . He was born May 15 1935 in Gardena, California, to Peter Valentine Miller and Inez Clara Moore. His grandparents are Valentine Miller and Anna Ebling; and Ralph Moore and Irma Wimer. He married Barbara Jane Clarke, July 7, 1956, who now resides in Studio City, CA.
Gene often referred to himself as a “Desert Rat” and has lived in Phelan since 1975. Intrigued by geology, he assisted a friend in the mapping of Owl Canyon. He enjoyed fixing large diesel generators, tinkering on old vehicles and scrapping metal. He lived a sparse life while enjoying walks, caring for his dogs and talking to new friends.
The family is grateful for the caring neighbors , friends and strangers who assisted Gene in his last years. Our deepest gratitude to Temie Waymire for going above and beyond while caring for him the last 6 months of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Donald Miller. Gene is survived by children, Sarah, Howard, and Ennis .
A brother, Wayne (Marilyne) Miller, a sister, Virginia Miller, , and eleven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
1957 – 2014
Nancy Joyce Brooks (Laubinger) 57, passed away after a short battle with cancer on Friday, August 8, 2014.
She was born February 16, 1957 in Sumerville, Massachusetts, to the late Phyllis and Robert Laubinger.
She married the love of her life Steve on June 1st, 1975.
Nancy is survived by her husband Steve, son Jason and daughter-in-law Kaysha and their children, Anthony, Nicole and Tiffany, the loves of Nancy’s life.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
In keeping with Nancy’s wishes there will be no services. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made to Loma Linda University Medical Center, 11234 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, California 92354
1912 - 2014
Ruth McDaniel, a pioneer who helped to bring electricity to the High Desert, was elected Phelan’s honorary mayor in 1962, and also served as postmaster for 31 years in the town, has died. She was 101. Her death was announced by her daughter, Patty McDaniel, who said her mother died peacefully, in her Hesperia home on July 8, of natural causes. Ruth was born in Vernon Center, Minnesota on December 18, 1912. Two years ago she made local headlines when she celebrated her centennial birthday in Hesperia with five generations of her family. “She touched every one of us very much. She was a big support to all the five generations of family,” Patty said.
Her memoir entitled, “Phelan: The land of Champagne Climate,” written in 1987, chronicles her bequests and legacies, including the early days of bringing electricity to the High Desert. “We contracted the Rural Electric Administration in 1945 which federally funds organizations to give rural areas electricity. The power companies fought them. We formed Mesa Electric REA in 1945 to serve a large area of the High Desert all the way to Apple Valley. Then the electric companies came in and tried to get easements. Some people would not give them easements and [physically] sat in the holes to prevent them from putting in poles. Those were exciting days,” Ruth McDaniel wrote. After a couple months of negotiations, the local Baldy Mesa REA reached a settlement with the utility.
Ruth’s first husband, Gordon Mannigel, who was right beside her in trail-blazing the local electricity needs, died of a heart attack in 1947, one month after the lights came on. “Each pole (in the High Desert) is a memory to him,” wrote McDaniel. Ruth married her second husband, Alton McDaniel, in 1949. They were married 58 years.
In 1939, Ruth took over Postmaster duties after three days of informal training. According to her memoir, mail was delivered seven days a week, including holidays. Because of the demand, she was able to legally obtain California Driver licenses for her then 14 year-old children, Barbara and Stephen, in order to help deliver phone messages. Barbara died in 1989. Stephen currently resides in Baldy Mesa.
“She had a hand in everything,” McDaniel said. “If you’re in the High Desert and can turn on a light, then you have my family to thank.” “I don’t want this to come across like mother did this by herself, she worked with other families such as the Nielson and Howard families, as well as many other families, as a team, to get all these things going,” Patty said.
Ruth helped form the Phelan Chamber of Commerce in 1961 and Patty said that her father Alton McDaniel was instrumental in organizing street lights until the county took over in 1970.
Ruth was elected Phelan’s first honorary mayor in 1962, at the same time the street lights went up. Her inaugural ceremony was supposed to coincide with the street lighting ceremony, but was abruptly cancelled when a member of the board, Sam Curlet, died suddenly while on vacation.
Ruth also championed and took an active part in the Phelan Woman’s Club. For a time, the club provided hot lunches for Phelan Elementary school.
Also on the list of Ruth’s accomplishments, was being in charge of running the general store and the county library. At the time, according to Patty, they were all located in one building.
In 1950, Pacific bell put a pay phone in the general store. “One of the biggest thrills I ever had was when a new phone booth was sent to me. I really got a kick out of that,” Ruth wrote.
In 1970, Ruth retired with her husband and moved to Hesperia, in order to be closer to Leisure League, a Senior Center in Hesperia. Ruth and Al celebrated 58 years of marriage before he passed away in 2006. At the end of her memoir she writes, “I have enjoyed my life here in Phelan and [the town] is very dear to me and I have watched it grow into a beautiful community.”
Patty mentioned, “People would ask her what her hobbies were, Ruth always said, ‘Phelan.’”
She is survived by her two sons Stephen, and Thomas, and daughter Patty, as well as numerous great-great-great-grandchildren.
Ruth remained active until the age of 100, when, last Christmas, she participated in a fundraiser where she handed out stuffed animals to senior citizens whom she called the “Old People.”
A Funeral Service was be held at 11:00 am on Monday July 14, at Mountain View cemetery, 570 E Highland Ave, San Bernardino 92404, and was be open to the public.
Ensminger, Maria S. (Caballero)
Maria Ensminger, 67, passed away in Pomona, CA., on June 12 after a long illness. She was a resident of Phelan, CA. Maria was married 34 years to her beloved husband Jerry Ensminger who preceded her in death in 2004. She was also preceded in death by her father Albert Caballero. She is survived by her mother
Lupe Caballero of Lancaster, CA, brothers Mario Caballero of Brea, CA, Alfonso Caballero of Lancaster, CA, and Albert V. Caballero of Chula Vista, CA, and sisters Maria A. Bennett of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Anna Maria Caballero of Clyde, TX, Maria C. Edwards of Lancaster, CA, Matilda C. Rico of Long Beach, CA, and many nieces and nephews. Maria worked for more than 20 years with the San Bernardino County Court System as a systems technician. She was also a CERT volunteer in her Phelan community and had been a member of the Red Hat Society. A celebration of life was held on June 20 at Blessed Junipero Serra Church in Quartz Hill, CA. and internment was at the Good Shepherd Cemetery in Lancaster, CA. She is so loved and will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.
Aaron Cagle, 3/19/1971-6/30/2014
Aaron Cagle passed away peacefully from natural causes at home on June 30. He was born in Upland, and resided in Wrightwood for most of his life. He was father to daughter Mallory. They shared a very special bond and friendship, one that only a father and daughter can share. Aaron was the caregiver for his grandmother, Lorene Cagle. He gave her the care, love, support and laughter that only Aaron could give, in his own very special “Aaron way”. Aaron lived his life full of love for all of his family. He is now with God in Heaven, joining his son Casey who passed just 2 years ago.
Aaron will be missed by his daughter, Mallory Cagle, and her mother Carrie Cagle, and by surviving family members his father Jerry Cagle, his mother Debra Parrott, and his brothers Justin and Brandon Cagle.
Please join his family and friends for a Celebration of his Life on Friday, July 11, at 11 am at the Sunrise Church in Wrightwood.
Garry Curry is remembered
Submitted by Eric Steinmann
This week Wrightwood should celebrate the life of one its best sons, Garry Dean Curry, who on Monday, June 2 passed away at his home in Hermosa Beach, California. This is a story about the effect on the world that one good person can have and is not an obituary. Garry grew up in Wrightwood, the youngest in a family of three that lost their mother at a very early age and were then raised by their father in a house on Heath Creek Road. Their father Wendel used to operate the small market in town (before there were minimarts) at the location that now is home to Mile High Pizza. Older brother Larry Curry was a fixture for many years at the Holiday Foods market at the bottom of Park Street before that market moved across the street. Older sister Judi was a long-term employee of the Wrightwood mini mart and friend to many in town before recently moving to New Mexico. Garry’s nephew Eli still lives and works in town as a foreman for C. Ford plumbing.
When Garry was just graduated from High school at Apple Valley (where Wrightwood kids went at that time) his father passed away in a tractor accident. At the time, in the early 70’s, the way to fit in was to “tune in, turn on and drop out.” Garry, even lacking parental guidance, or perhaps because of it, did not go that route. He was simply fun loving and the best example in town of how you could have a lot of fun doing generally the right things. Garry always held down a job, supported himself and then went to college at night. Garry was the organizer of many activities in town and was never concerned with who or what age participated. This is where he changed many lives for the better. On any given day Garry could be found playing basketball or softball, which he generally organized at the school, coaching the Dodgers little league team when he was only 22 and had no kids, working on his 58 Bel Air that he bought for $500 and fixed up with mags and an Earl Scheib paint job, going down to San Bernardino to go bowling, driving to LA to see a Dodger Game, going down to San Bernardino to cruise E Street, going down to the swap meet in Saugus on a weekend. At all times, if he had room in the Bel Air you were welcome to join him at any age, provided you paid your share of the gas. A whole lot of us did, and a whole lot of us are still here and connected to the community we had fond memories of growing up in. We all saw Garry and his brother keeping a job and we all, for the most part, followed suit. We all saw Garry going to the junior college at night and many of us again followed suit. Garry also organized one of the most fun community experiences we ever had in Wrightwood, which was the summer basketball league that went on for about 5 summers. Garry bought the score books and whistles, organized the refs and provided the game scores and statistics and rankings to this local paper after every game. There were two full courts on the upper yard at Wrightwood Elementary (covered with portable buildings now) that were the height of activity, once a week all summer, with big crowds watching and for perhaps 40 people in town with a 30 year age range playing there was the highlight of their week.
As Garry got older he married a flight attendant, traveled a lot and ended up living and working and managing businesses in many different parts of the world, often with some of his friends from Wrightwood. Garry, who was a fantastic long distance runner, always returned to Wrightwood to run the Angeles Crest 100 mile race, He had completed the course every year since its inception (26 straight times) a record he shares with fabled and filmed runner Jussi Hamalainen. What is to be noted throughout this story of a fantastic individual and friend, is that Garry made all of this happen by just thinking, “that looks like fun,” or “that looks like a challenge,” and then approaching the task with discipline, ethics and character. And by doing so, he influenced me and my following friends that remain involved in this community to this day, Brent Speers, Tommy Boyles, Dan Walsh, Joe Walsh, George Keene, William Boyles, Scott Ahern, Richard Smith, David Gates, Brad Smith, Dean Mele, Steve Story, Russell Story, Dennis Nadalin, and many more who all have enjoyed a better life and set off on our own ventures often following Garry’s example.
In closing it should be noted that “only the good die young” is a time worn phrase. Garry passed in his sleep after the previous day having completed a 30 mile training run for this year’s Angeles Crest 100 mile race that will start August 2nd from the bottom of Park Street, and there may never be a better example to point to for this saying.
Dennis Jay Ruhl
Dennis Jay Ruhl
1956 - 2014
A loving father, always himself a kid at heart, longtime Wrightwood resident Mr. Dennis Jay Ruhl will be fondly remembered by his family and many friends.
He died late last month from a heart attack. He was 57.
The son of Elaine and Albert Ruhl, Dennis was born on Nov. 15, 1956, in Lynwood. He graduated from Lynwood High School, later working for more than three decades as a machinist and small business owner.
Recently retired, Dennis loved being with his children. He saved every Father’s Day card and every photograph. His favorite pastime included family vacations to Hawaii or day trips to play Frisbee at the beach or visit local amusement parks.
He was an honest man and a loving person with a quirky sense of humor and an infectious chuckle. Dennis had an appreciation for the small things such as macadamia nuts, scary movies and cooking tacos for holiday dinners.
Dennis is survived by his children Zach, Taylor (and Ashleigh), Elizabeth, and Hunter as well as the mother of Dennis’s children, Karen. He also is survived by his siblings Glenn (and Susie), Kurt and Brian.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. this Sunday, June 22, at McKenzie Mortuary, 3843 E. Anaheim St. in Long Beach. For details, call the mortuary at 562-961-9301.
5/21/1922 to 5/2/2014
Mrs. Miriam Safford of Grass Valley, CA died of heart failure on May 2, 2014. She was 92.
Miriam was born in Boston Massachusetts, May 21, 1922. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts and was a teacher for the Lompoc School District for 20 years. Miriam moved to the Wrightwood area in 1978.
Daughters Linda Strahan of Riverside, CA, MaryAnn Kirschenheuter of Alameda, CA, and Debbie McKitrick survive Miriam. She had five grandchildren and three great granchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Alley Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 585, Mt. Ranier, MD 20712
Veteran Photographer Dan Elliott Died Monday, April 21, 2014
Freelance photographer Dan Elliott died Monday April 21, 2014. His work was featured in the Mountaineer Progress for more than a decade, capturing memorable moments at Serrano High School and breaking news in the Tri-Community. He went on to cover events for the Daily Press, Press-Enterprise and the San Bernardino Sun, as well as numerous magazines and websites with his prep sports and breaking news photography.
For many years Dan was a volunteer photographer for the San Bernardino County Fire Department, capturing photos of firefighters at work. He loved being part of the team, dressing in his fire-gear, and capturing incredible shots on the frontline. He was also a Citizen Patrol member and volunteer photographer for the Sheriffís Department. After years of volunteer service Dan was offered, and he accepted a part-time position with County Fire in September 2006. During his tenure, he captured historical fires such as the Sawtooth fire, residential fires, traffic collisions, Haz-Mat incidents, retirement parties, and department celebrations with his lens.
Though Elliott recently overcame his battle with cancer, he faced many ailments throughout his life. For many years Dan was on regular kidney dialyses while he was on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. After he received his first of two transplants, Elliott contracted cancer. Dan believed it to be a side effect from the anti-rejection medication for the transplant.
ìDan always had a great attitude, and big grin,î said Daily Press Chief Photographer James Quigg. ìBut he really smiled about covering any fire department-related assignments, from toy drives to thousand-acre fires. He loved the fire department.î
According to spokeswoman Tracey Martinez of County Fire, Elliott never stopped talking about ìhis brothers and sistersî and what a privilege it was to work so closely with the people of County Fire.
Thoughts and cards can be sent to The Elliott Family, at 12949 Nellibell Dr., Victorville, CA 92392. Services are being planned and will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahís Witnesses in Phelan.
December 25, 1941 – March 24, 2014
Noel Miloveck, longtime resident of Wrightwood, California, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 24, after a two year battle with cancer. Noel died at home in the early morning hours Monday where he had been lovingly carded for by his closest friends and leaves behind a community where he is remembered fondly.
Noel was born and grew up in Los Angeles where he attended Saint Dominic’s Grammar School in Eagle Rock and Saint Francis in La Canada, California.
He worked for Cal Trans as land surveyor and after retirement, continued to work as a private contractor in the same field.
Noel loved the outdoors. In the winter, he skied Mammoth Mountain, always attending opening day at Lake Crowley, and fishing the streams all summer. Later in life, that favorite pastime was spent at Eagle Lake. He enjoyed riding his Harley, and restoring classic Corvettes. Having a passion for aeronautics, he built and flew radio-controlled airplanes, and excelled at everything he did.
Services will be held Saturday, April 5, 11:00 am at Our Lady Of The Snows Catholic Church located in Wrightwood, at the corner of Acorn & Lark.
Hans G. Steinmann
As we move through this period of deep sadness, his wife, a large immediate and extended family and a number of loving friends and valued work colleagues deeply mourn the passing into eternal rest by Hans G. Steinmann while at home on February 8, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Throughout his suffering with cancer, Hans endured the illness with the quiet strength, personal perseverance and unfaltering love for his wife of 36 years, Hannelore. Despite the knowledge of his terminal condition, Hans continued to lavish his love and attention on his children and their families. His daughter Heidi and her husband Robert and children Becker and Rylan; sons Gregor and wife Robin and children Bergen and Eric; Lance and wife Lili and children Annaliese and Kaitlyn; and, Kristan and wife Kristen and children Aiden, Hunter and Kaia continued to bring many pleasures into his life. Hans’ family, here and in his homeland of Switzerland, brothers Kurt and Heinz and sisters Edith, Isabella and Toni and more than 40 nieces and nephews always enjoyed a long life of sharing mutual pleasures and love. Hans lived a very rich and fulfilling life with many personal and professional achievements that truly marked him as a leader of men and a very successful business in the field of structural engineering for more than 50 years, retiring as the President and principal owner of King, Benioff, Steinmann and King.
Although he devoted considerable time and talent to the success of KBSK, Hans also exhibited highly successful leadership skills while participating in the family management of general operations and ski school manager for Holiday Hills resort in Wrightwood, California---where he met, courted and later married Hannelore. Hans’ father established Holiday Hills in 1948 and in 1959 relinquished the resort management to his sons Heinz, Kurt and Hans. Although Heinz assumed full operational management in 1962, Hans continued management of the ski school for nearly 30 years until it was sold to a management group that renamed the resort property as Mountain High East. Throughout his management of the ski school, Hans was active and maintained certification in the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the Far West Ski Instructors Association, often presenting seminars and training session for both organizations.
Hans also owned and raced a number of thoroughbred horses that competed and won a variety of local track races. In his spare time he focused on golf, recording two lifetime holes-in-one that are documented by the World Golf Hall of Fame. All of these personal and professional achievements were accomplished with the mutual support and undying love of his wife and partner, Hannelore. Hans began his professional development at an early age when he designed the family home in Switzerland at age 13. After reaching age 19, Hans helped his father build a five-story family residence. He then continued to mark his achievements by graduating with a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich Switzerland in 1949—one of Europe’s most prestigious universities. ETH is well-known for its excellent education, groundbreaking fundamental research and for implementing its results directly into practice. ETH is an important member of the 90-country Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESEAR), a conference of 90 countries. Its successful students come from more than 100 countries of the world. Hans also continued educational endeavors through lifelong learning endeavors at UCLA and USC over a period of more than 40 years, as well as being an active participant in professional organization conferences and workshops.
Hans was very proud of his obligatory military service in Switzerland. His success in work endeavors, physical requirements and leadership were evident in his rapid promotion to become one of the youngest military officers of the Swiss Army. Hans served with distinction as a cavalry and artillery officer during his brief military career.
After immigrating to the United States, Hans worked for McKeague and Associates in Honolulu, Hawaii and Ammann and Whitney in New York City before joining KBSK in 1954. He was named President and principal owner in 1966. Not only was the firm successful in the construction of many projects with the US Navy; major film studios (Universal, Warner Studios, CBS, Burbank, Columbia and Paramount Studios); banks (Bank of America Headquarters in Los Angeles); churches (Holy Rosary Church in Pacoima, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Encinitas, and Bethel Lutheran Church in Encino); hospitals (Valley Presbyterian in Van Nuys); and schools (the Administration Building of LA Unified, Alfred Nobel Junior High School, El Camino Real High School, the Engineering Building at the University of California Santa Barbara as well as serving as the prime design professional or structural consultant to schools and facilities design teams for more than 125 projects); but KBSK also created such landmarks as the US Federal Building in Westwood, the Tupperware International Headquarters in Orlando Florida, the unique inverted boat-shaped Henry’s Restaurant in Pomona, the Safeway Distribution Center in Santa Fe Springs, the Sheraton Universal Hotel as well as buildings and exterior facilities for the Los Angeles County Fair Association along with many other projects.
Hans also dedicated himself to the continued professional development of his colleagues by his selfless service in organizations such as The Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (serving in a variety of leadership positions, including President in 1978-79) and California; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Concrete Institute (President 1990-91); American Consulting Engineers Association; Coalition for Adequate School Housing, and California Association of School Business Officials. Hans was appointed and served with distinction as a member of the Los Angeles County Building and Safety Department Appeals Board beginning in 1985.
Hans and Hannelore developed and fervently maintained a bond of mutual respect, love and commitment to one another. Although Hans has preceded us in death, all the members of his immediate, extended family and all of his close friends and respected colleagues will always continue to respect and appreciate Hans as a person and a consummate professional. We will share the fond memories---but we can also contemplate the inner strength of character, the appreciation of quality in all aspects of his life and the respect for quiet confidence. This we can do when we are able to see and appreciate his life work---both as a man of principal and ethics and his professional endeavors that will serve as a physical reminder of his professional achievements.
Memorial services for Hans G. Steinmann will be held on March 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, located at 975 Lark Road, Wrightwood, CA 92329. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in Hans’ name to St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Cancer Services, 1100 W. Stewart Drive, Orange, CA 92868.
Lupe Esther Mayer Karlen
Born: 7/19/1919 Passed: 2/14/2014
Lupe was a resident of Wrightwood for 38 years. She enjoyed living in what she called, “Her Beautiful Mountains.” Lupe participated in all of the Wrightwood Celebrations, especially Mountaineer Days. She was the Wrightwood Queen and rode in the parade down Main Street. She loved to sing and dance especially at the Wrightwood Inn and The Yodeler. Everyone who met her loved her. She is survived by her husband Leo Karlen; her daughters Celeste Bowman and Carole Berwick; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren and many friends and relatives. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years Stanley D. Mayer.
Services will be held on March 1st at 1:00 PM at Rose Hills Memorial Park, in the Memorial Chapel, 3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, Ca. 90601. A reception will follow. A viewing will be held Friday Feb 28th from 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM.
Margaret Mary Boisen Goossen Cramer
1920 – 2013
Margaret Mary Boisen Goossen Cramer, age 93, passed away July 12, 2013 in Apple Valley, California. She was born March 7, 1920 in Dickinson, North Dakota to Anton Peter Boisen and Marguerite (Lardy) Boisen of Sentinel Butte. She graduated from Sentinel Butte High School in the class of 1936 at the age of 16. She later attended Business College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1943, Margaret enlisted in the Coast Guard. In 1946, she married Theodore Bernard Goossen, who was also in the Coast Guard. She then worked in the Narcotics Bureau of Los Angeles as a secretary. Later, she worked at Bank of America and retired in 1978 as an Investment Officer and Secretary to the Manager. After 49 years of marriage, Ted passed, and she married Nelson Cramer in 1997.
Margaret lived in Oak Springs Valley from 1978 to 2003 and Pinon Hills from 2003 – 2013. She was a member of Blessed Junipero Serra Catholic Church, Phelan.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Nelson Cramer of Pinon Hills, 3 daughters; Judy Arlotti of Wrightwood, Vicki Brooks of Lake Arrowhead and Bonnie Tallis of Albany, Oregon; plus 4 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Ginny Rantala of Spokane, Washington, brothers Don Boisen of Diamond Lake, Washington, and Bud (Lawrence) Boisen of Hauser, Idaho. Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Anton Peter Boisen and Marquerite (Boisen) Ogilvie, her brother John Boisen, and sisters Kathleen Buffett, Eleanor Alrich, Angeline Boisen and Mary Ann Fletcher.
Services were held at Blessed Junipero Serra Catholic Church on Friday, July 19, 2013. Internment was held at Riverside National Cemetery on July 22, 2013 with military honors. She will forever remain in our hearts.
Gerald Bradford Quinn
1936 - 2013
Gerald Bradford Quinn, 77, left his earthly home on July 21, 2013, after a valiant battle with cancer. He passed away peacefully at home in Wrightwood, California, in the presence of his loving family. Born on May 13, 1936, in San Bernardino, California, to Robroy and Marie Quinn, he was raised in Colton. In 1962 Gerald married Lisbeth (Libby) Ballard. They then moved to Lancaster where they began raising their family of 7 children. He worked for 20 years at US Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale as a Civil Engineer with Rockwell International Space Division on the Space Shuttle program. While in Lancaster he was actively involved in civic organizations including the Kiwanis Club and the Antelope Valley Board of Trade. In 1976 the family moved to Wrightwood where they have lived for the past 37 years.
After retiring from Rockwell he began a new career as the Building Facilities Manager for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He retired from this position in 2001. Jerry was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served as a Missionary, Branch President, Bishop, and Stake President. He also served as a Mission President in Asuncion, Paraguay and San Antonio, Texas. He later served with his wife, Libby, as a missionary to oversee the construction of the Redlands, California Temple. He was the driving force behind one of his favorite projects, which was the building of the LDS Chapel in Wrightwood. He lived a full life, faithfully served the Lord, loved his family and was a wonderful teacher and example to all. He loved working on cars, finding new adventures, traveling, and always had several projects in the works. His most recent project was remodeling a home in Island Park, Idaho, which became the family gathering place. Jerry and Libby had just celebrated their 50th anniversary in December of 2012. He is loved by his family and friends and will surely be missed.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Libby, and his seven children, Kenneth Quinn (Beverly) of Wrightwood, Kevin Quinn (Wendy) of KaoHsiung, Taiwan, Deborah Walgren (David) of McCall, Idaho, Robroy Quinn (Cecilia) of Wrightwood, Rebecca Berger (Roger) of Richmond, Utah, William Quinn (Julie) of Huntsville, Utah and Brian Quinn (Danielle) of Littleton, North Carolina; and 23 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his only sibling, his sister Marlene Fawcett. Viewing will be from 10am to 10:30am, with funeral services at 11am, on Saturday, July 27th, 2013, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 888 Highway 2, Wrightwood. Interment will be in Montecito Memorial Park, Waterman Avenue and Barton Road, Loma Linda. Emerson-Bartlett Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. You may send your condolences to www.ourfuneralservices.com
1963 – 2013
Durango resident Chris Rezek died Monday June 3, 2013, in an accident. He was just 16 days short of his 50th birthday. Chris was born June 19, 1963, to Jerelyn Rezek Hawkins and Ray Rezek in San Bernardino, California. He was a go-getter from the start. Walking at seven months and causing plenty of trouble for being “too hyper” in school, he eventually learned to channel that energy as a teenager into playing water polo and running cross-country. Always selling something and often winning prizes at school fundraisers, he was a born businessman. Despite his mother’s insistence on attending college, he assured her that college was not necessary to achieve his life’s goal. He was going to be a “very successful businessman.”
Chris had many friends along with his two stepbrothers, Rick Cronk (manager of Jensen’s for many years) and the late Curt Cronk. He worked for twelve years for his father, Ray Rezek, at what at the time was Holiday Foods. He loved to water ski at Silverwood Lake and snow ski in Wrightwood. He also coached Little League at Wrightwood Elementary School.
On December 7, 1985, Chris married Sue Kiverzis in Wrightwood, and gladly accepted the role of being father of her two children, Joseph and Breanne. They built a home in the Old Wright Ranch building and their family quickly expanded to 4 when Brett arrived followed by Caden two years later.
Armed with a single carpet cleaning machine and a burning desire to start a business, the family moved to Durango in 1992. Working incredibly long hours, Chris not only took care of his four children and wife, who was suffering from breast cancer, he also managed to expand his company. After Sue’s passing, in 1998, he became a single parent and continued to provide the best life possible for his children. Happier then ever, the last couple of years were a true testament to the rewards that Chris had earned over his many years of backbreaking work. He had recently purchased his dream property, a ranch in Mancos, where he planned to make a home with Silvia Pina and her two young daughters.
He is survived by his father, Raymond Rezek and stepmothers Karen Rezek of Irvine, and Karen Rezek of Phelan, Jerelyn Hawkins, and stepfather Victor Rempel of San Bernardino; companion, Sylvia Pina of Durango, sons Joseph Huntsinger and Caden Rezek of Durango; daughters Brett Rezek of Durango and Breanne Huntsinger Rezek of Colorado springs; and three grandchildren.
Chris was a loyal, honest and generous man who loved wholly. He genuinely cared about those he encountered and wanted to have fun. Although his life was cut short, Chris was a fun loving man who was blessed with a great many happy days enjoying his family and his time on Lake Powell.
A celebration of Chris’ life will be held in Wrightwood, for all family and friends, date to be announced.
Mike Mathias, 62 of Wrightwood, CA went to be with the Lord on June 10, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Mike was born July 14, 1950 in Buffalo New York, he lived his early years in California. Then moved to Florida where he learned the electrical trade and worked for the next 10 years before returning to California. He then became the owner of Mike Mathias Electric. Mike was a master electrician, well known throughout the community. Mike is survived by his brothers Rick and Mark, sister Corinne, stepdaughter Jody and grand children. Mike is preceded in death by the love of his life Millie. There will be a Celebration of Mike’s life on July 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm at the Wrightwood Country Club.
Kathryn (Katy) E. Smith
Kathryn (Katy) E. Smith, born January 11th 1928, passed away at the age of 85, from lung cancer on June 21st 2013, while being watched over by her devoted family. The eldest of nine children, the mother of five is survived by her two daughters, three sons, her brother Eddie, and her sister Pat, as well as a step daughter and a step son.
Katy had a long and until recently, surprisingly healthy life. She was lively and loved meeting people. Her many friends and neighbors will miss her. For the past several years she had a favorite saying when asked how she was. She would respond, “Mean, ornery and ugly!” All would agree she was rarely mean, never ugly and most definitely ornery. She said it was her orneriness that kept her going.
Katy had close ties to the community. She was a Bookkeeper and Tax Preparer for many of the local residents and area businesses and continued to do so for many years after moving to Hesperia in 1978. Her daughter Jada Speers, teaches at Wrightwood Elementary and her stepdaughter, Mary McHenry, teaches at Quail Valley Middle School in Phelan.
In keeping with Katy’s formal wishes and those of the immediate family, there will be no service held. We would prefer to have her remembered as she was and to keep our grief private. The family does however wish to express our gratitude to all of Katy’s friends and to the healthcare professionals who also became her friends over the past year or so. Knowing she was loved and cared for eased her passing for us all.
Maxine Taylor 1932- 2013
Maxine Taylor, age 80, of Victorville, CA, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013. She was born on December 1, 1932 in Irene, SD to her parents, Lester and Irene Christenson. She was the oldest of three children.
Maxine married Bill Taylor on February 14, 1954. She graduated from Riverside City College in 1952 with an Associate in Business. Maxine and Bill moved to Wrightwood in 1975, where Maxine was involved with the Tri-Community Art Association. An artist, Maxine won several awards for her paintings of birds, flowers and nature.
Maxine loved spending time with her grandchildren, and enjoyed painting, needlework, reading, and jigsaw puzzles.
Maxine will be remembered by her children Mike Taylor (Patti) of Maryland, David Taylor (Liz) of Virginia, and Kathy Walsh (Dan) of Wrightwood. She is survived by her loving grandchildren Jessica Taylor, Alec Taylor, Allison Taylor, Mark Taylor, Sean Walsh (Michelle), and Ryan Walsh. She is also survived by her brother Don Christenson, her sister Shirley McGrath, and many other loving family and friends. Maxine was predeceased by her loving husband Bill Taylor.
Relatives and friends are invited to a service for Maxine at 2:30pm, followed by a 3:30 burial, on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Desert View Funeral Home, 11478 Armargosa Road, Victorville, CA. A gathering will be held in Victorville after the funeral.
Alvin Francis McLean
Alvin Francis McLean passed away at his home on March 15, 2013.
Al loved his country, the Air Force, State Farm, and women – pretty much in that order. Al overachieved at everything he tried, from flying F4 Phantoms over Viet Nam to decades as a State Farm agent. He was highly instrumental in the development of the Wrightwood Veterans Memorial and served as the First Husband of Wrightwood when his beloved late wife Jan Stroud was Mayor.
Al’s prodigious confidence, thirst for excellence, and never failing sense of humor inspired everyone he touched.
Al is survived by his two sisters, Madeline and Cora. Al was the proud father of six children: Robert (and Becky) McLean, James (and Georgia) McLean, Deborah (and John) Barrett, Linda (and Drew) Dye, Dennis (and Kim) McLean, and Vicki (and Tom) Hightower. He has 17 grandchildren and growing numbers of great-grandchildren. He is loved by many and will be missed by all.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 20 at 1PM at the Wrightwood Methodist Church with a pot luck reception at the Wrightwood Inn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wrightwood Veterans Memorial Fund through the Tri-Community VFW Post 9415.
Thomas Joseph Moseley
1950 - 2013
Thomas Joseph Moseley, 63, of Phelan, CA, passed away on March 7, 2013 after a short battle with Esophageal Cancer.
Born in Upland, CA on February 12, 1950, he graduated from Chaffey High School in 1968 and received associates degrees from Chaffey Community College. Tom served on the Upland Fire Department for 27 years where he retired as Captain.
Tom was a collector and historian of the Old West. He was known as “Tom Muley” to the Single Action Shooters Society and a volunteer docent at the California Route 66 Museum in Victorville. A talented artist in wood, leather, drawing and carpentry; his passions included his three mules, his John Deere tractor, landscaping, chuck wagon/dutch oven cooking, prospecting and fishing.
Tom was married to Sandi (Drake) for 36 years. Tom is also survived by son Kurt and his wife Kassee, daughter Lori, daughter Tarah and her husband John Karr and their children Kya and Kase, mother Doris, brother Mark, sister Dorothy, mother-in-law Pat Drake, and brother-in-law Dean Drake. Tom is preceded in death by his father Robert and father-in-law Don.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the California Route 66 museum in Victorville, CA or to various cancer research foundations.
Anita Louise Funk
1944 - 2013
Anita Louise Funk passed away on Saturday February 16, 2013 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona at the age of 68. Anita was born on May 1, 1944 in Upland, CA to Merle Winston and Dorothy Louise (Beck) Sloate.
Anita was raised in Ontario, CA where she met the love of her life, Jerald “Jerry” Funk. Following graduation from Chaffey High School in June 1962, which was one of her greatest accomplishments, Anita and Jerry were married on June 24, 1962.
Anita and Jerry were blessed with two wonderful daughters, Debra Lynn and Denise Renee. Anita was very active in their school activities, assisting in classrooms and PTA, and supporting the girls in their sporting activities. In 1976, Anita and Jerry moved to Wrightwood, CA. where she continued her involvement with the girl’s activities. Anita also learned the bartending profession while working at a fine dinner house, she worked as a checker at the local grocery store and became the merchant/head teller at the only bank. She was also active in the Sweet Adeline Chorus.
Growing tired of the cold winters and the continuous threat of forest fires, Jerry and Anita moved to Lake Havasu City in September 1999 which brought new adventures as Anita became involved with the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary #4299, serving on several charity committees and rising to the honor of Past Madam President and serving as a State Auxiliary Officer. She was also involved with the women of the Moose Chapter #1608 and was honored as a member of the Academy of Friendship. Anita enjoyed bowling, collecting dreamcicles and frogs. During warm weather, she could be found in her pool listening to her wind chimes. Most importantly was enjoying her 5 grandsons.
Anita is survived by her loving husband of 50 years Jerry, daughters Debra Orr and Denise Blair of Lake Havasu City; sister Donna (L. Darryl) Hill of Apple Valley, CA; sister in law Karen (Steven) Jones of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; 5 grandsons, 1 niece, 3 nephews and her beloved pets, Sara and Nibbles. Anita was preceded in death by her parents Merle and Dorothy Sloate and her in laws, John and Georgene Funk. Anita was respected and loved by all that knew her.
Viewing will be on Friday March 1, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home. Services will be held on Saturday March 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home. A reception will follow at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 1561 Marlboro Drive.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Havasu-Polidori House, 1970 Bahama Avenue, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Thoughts and condolences may be submitted to the family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com Arrangements were placed under the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory.
Edward J. French, Jr.
1923 - 2013
Edward J. French, Jr. aged 89 passed away on February 12, 2013 in Riverside, CA after a short illness.
He was born in Cleveland, OH to Edward J. French, Sr. and Florence Rhodes French, who predeceased him.
Edward was married to his wife Elizabeth Gittings French for 31 years before her death in 1975. They are survived by their five children; Suzan French (Greta) of Ashburn, VA, Rae Anne French-Ducharme (Roger) of Sandown, N.H., Thomas French of Orange, CA, Valerie Brown (Peter) of Phelan, CA, Nancy French of Phelan, CA, eleven grandchildren, ten grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Edward was a WWII veteran, having served in the 8th Air Force. He was a waist gunner in a B17 serving 25 missions in France, Normandy, Rhineland, Air Offensive Europe and Western European Offensive.
He was happiest in his later year’s square dancing in several local clubs, where he was affectionately known as, “Just Ed”. He loved taking long walks, reading stacks of history books, and hiking the deserts of California collecting the western artifacts which filled his home.
Private graveside services with military honors will be held on February 20, 2013 at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, CA
In lieu of flowers, his wishes were for donations to The Wounded Warrior Project for disabled veterans or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
William “Bill” Carl Donnan,March 23, 1967 – January 20, 2013
William “Bill” Carl Donnan
March 23, 1967 – January 20, 2013
William “Bill” Carl Donnan of Wrightwood passed away on January 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm at Glen Helen raceway at the SRA Grand Prix, from a heart attack while doing what he loved, racing his motorcycle.
Bill was born on March 23, 1967.
Bill loved his family more than anything. He loved his kids dearly; he had a passion for plants and loved working in the desert as a biologist. Bill spent most of his time in the mountains of Wrightwood working out, hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding. Bill lived to race his motorcycle. He was one of the most kind and loving persons plus the best friend you could ask for. Bill looked out for everyone. He would give you the shirt off his back. Bill will be truly missed by all.
Bill was very proud to carry the #4 plate on his motorcycle from the SRA Grand Prix at Glen Helen.
Bill is survived by his daughter Tesa Donnan, son Trent Donnan, parents David and Julie Donnan, and brother Brett Donnan.
Funeral Services will be held at the Wrightwood Methodist Camp 1401 Linnet Rd, Wrightwood, CA, in the dining hall, on January 26, Saturday at 2:00 PM.
You will be missed dearly my friend. Ride wide open to the clouds R.I.P. Wild Bill.
Gary “Griff” Vincent Griffith
Gary “Griff” Vincent Griffith
Apr. 16, 1940 to Nov. 22, 2012
Griff passed away peacefully in his Palm Springs home on November 22, 2012. Griff had been battling cancer for a year. He was 72 years old. Born in Laramie, Wyoming on April 16, 1940. Griff grew up in Long Beach, California
Griff was well known in the San Gabriel mountain town of Wrightwood. Beginning in the mid-sixties and for over two decades he owned and operated the Yodeler, the very popular pub (best hamburgers) in town. People would come from afar to spend time in the fresh mountain air and relax in the sunshine on the outdoor patio at the Yodeler. He then went on to continue spreading his wit and wisdom and amazing stories at the Wrightwood Inn for several years. He had many friends, including several celebrities and famous sport figures that loved his “Large the Life” personality.
Griff is survived by his mother Shirlee, sister Candee, brother Mark and nieces April and Raphaela.
Speaking of stories, there will be a “Celebration of his Life” at the Yodeler in Wrightwood on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 4pm on. All are welcome come rain, snow or sun.
Michael Roland Carone
Feb. 14, 1946 to Dec. 8, 2012
Michael Roland Carone leaves behind the love of his life, his loving wife Melissa Carone. Michael was so very proud of his son Nick Carone, his wife Jamie and their children Tanner, Riley and Jason. Michael touched so many lives in a wonderful way and he will be greatly missed.
Our Guardian Angel, Beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother, Shelley Hanson was called Home to be with our Lord on Nov. 24, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Robert Hanson, three daughters, Roxie Critton, Gaby Seeba, Kim Abdelmuti, and five grandchildren, Joshua, Reis, Kashus, Harper, and Elle.
A Celebration of Life will take place Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Wrightwood Country Club 1387 Oriole Road Wrightwood, Calif. This will be an open house event please feel free to come by anytime between 12 p.m to 3 p.m.
Betty Jane Brunette-Schneible
On Nov. 10, 2012, Betty Jane Brunette-Schneible passed on to be with our Lord at the young age of 90 years. Betty Jane was a woman of great faith. She had a tremendous love of life and was an inspiration to all that knew her. Betty would have you smiling just by her presence with her beautiful blue twinkling eyes. Her compassion and kindness for others will never be forgotten. She will be deeply missed by all.
Betty Jane was very blessed with the “Voice of an Angel” and began singing at the age of 13 years. She sang a multitude of songs throughout her life. Her last precious angelic voice was heard in the mountains of Wrightwood, CA at the Snowline Players Talent Contest held outdoors on Aug. 4, 2012.
Betty Jane’s passion for tennis began in the late 1930’s. She is known in the tennis communities of the High Desert. She coached tennis in the High Desert for more than 30 years and 20 years in Long Beach, CA.
She is survived by four children, James P. Brunette and his wife Barbara Brunette, Jan P. Brunette, Jill P. Brunette, Jean Brunette-Dougherty and her husband Peter C. Dougherty, 9 Grandchildren, 21 Great-Grandchildren, 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren, many Cousins, and an abundance of Friends.
Betty Jane is preceded in death by her husband Douglas E. Schneible (12/1986), son Jay Paul Brunette (Long Beach, Ca. 4/1986), Granddaughter Lonai Jayne Brunette (Wrightwood, CA.12/2005). Visitation: Friday evening, Nov.30, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Westminster Memorial Park.
Services: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at 12:00 noon in the Westminster Memorial Park Main Chapel with a graveside service also. Followed by Reception in the main building next to the Chapel.
Westminster Memorial Park, 14801 Beach Blvd. Westminster, California 92683. 714-893-2421
Betty’s Dignity Memorial Website:
www.dignitymemorial.com Type: Betty W. Schneible or Google Search.
David Hanly Baker, 80, a respected teacher and counselor, died from advanced dementia on the evening of Nov. 20, 2012. Born and raised in E. St. Louis, IL, he joined the USMC in 1951. His stint in the service included a Mediterranean tour and participation in special exercises related to the first detonation of an atomic weapon, at Camp Desert Rock...later the Nevada Test Site. He retained his pride as a Marine throughout his accomplished life.
While deployed in NV, he was attracted to Las Vegas, where he would relocate upon being discharged in ‘54. There he met his wife Frances at Nevada Southern University. He obtained an MA in Counseling & Guidance from U of N, Reno. His two children Linda and Stuart were born in Reno during this time, before the family moved to Las Vegas. David taught high school before becoming a vocational counselor for underprivileged students. In the late ‘60s he was director of the federal Upward Bound program at UNLV.
In ‘89 he moved to Wrightwood, CA and began employment as a special education teacher at Hesperia High School. He retired in 2000. Shortly thereafter, he experienced the first in a series of small strokes that ushered in the slow advance of dementia, which he battled with humor and bravery during his declining years.
David was a skilled photographer; antique collector; tennis enthusiast; devoted long-distance runner; WWII history buff. He was an ironic man, unreligious and committed to science and rational thought.
Throughout the cruelties of his affliction, his family remained humbled by his devotion and singular concern for their well-being. A selfless man by nature, his family will remember him as a consummate provider and protector.
David Hanly Baker is survived by sisters Margaret and Virginia; life-long spouse Frances; daughter Linda and son Stuart. Services are pending at the Veteran Cemetery in Boulder City, NV.
Hobart Dean Belknap Jr. passed away on Oct. 14, 2012, in Murrieta, California. Aside from living in Murrieta, the family resided in LaVerne (12 years) and Wrightwood (19 years). Hobie was born Feb. 1, 1932, to Hobart Dean Belknap Sr. and Lucille Snyder Belknap in Portland, OR. In 1943, his family moved to Pasadena, CA, where his father served in the United States Army as a doctor. Hobie graduated from McKinley Junior High School in 1948 and then from Pasadena City College in 1950. In 1951, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps proudly serving as an artilleryman during the Korean War. In 1952, he attained the rank of sergeant. After the Korean War, he attended the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany. There he met his future beloved wife, Nancy Toliver. They were married in 1956 in Weathersfield, Essex, England, at the 20th Tactical Air Force Base. They returned to the United States where Hobie briefly attended the University of California, Los Angeles. Hobie moved the family to Kentucky so he could attend the University of Louisville to study law. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science law degree in 1959 and a Juris Doctorate law degree in 1961. Hobie then enlisted in the United States Army for 3 years as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer attaining the rank of captain. After his term in the Army, he returned to civilian work spending 5 years as an attorney for Lockheed in Ontario, CA. In 1970, Hobie began working for Southern California Edison where he specialized in air quality management. He retired 20 years later, an attorney on SCE’s Senior Counsel. Hobie is preceded in death by his father Hobart, mother Lucille, sister Marilyn, son Jeffery, and grandson Cameron. He leaves behind his wife of 56 years, Nancy, his two daughters Suzanne (Steven) Giorgi and Barbara (Jeffrey) Sprague, his two sons Hobart (Bart) Belknap III (Gerda) and Gregory Belknap (Katherine), 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on November 17, 2012, at 11:00 am, at The Colony, located at 40710 Avenida Florida, Murrieta, CA, in the Club House. Interment will follow at 3:00 pm, at Montecito Memorial Park at 3520 E. Washington St. Colton, CA.
1928 – 2012
Margaret (Marty) Amann passed away Aug. 23, 2012 in Fontana, CA. Marty was born Jan. 25, 1928 in Borger, TX to Cleveland Columbus and Gladys Ruth Melson.
She was married to Earl R. Amann in 1943. After raising their family, Marty and Earl moved to Wrightwood, CA in 1972 and later to Phelan, CA in 1976. After Earl’s death Marty moved to Fontana, CA.
Marty is survived by son Timothy R. Amann of Phelan, CA; daughters Theresa E. Thackeray of Proctorville, OH and Toni E. Laws of Corona, CA; seven grandsons, three granddaughters and six great-grandchildren; brothers, Dud Melson of Idaho and Andy Melson of Missouri.
Marty was preceded in death by her husband Earl, her parents, eight brothers and two sisters.
Graveside Services were held at Riverside National Cemetery on Sept. 13, 2012.
1953 – 2012
Connie chin 59, co-owner and operator of Chin Family Day Care in Wrightwood parted from this life on September 1, 2012
Connie was born April 21, 1953 and grew up in La Habra, California. She lived in Wrightwood for more than 30 years and had worked as a waitress, a housekeeper and a Camp Wrightwood until she began caring for many children over the past several years by providing a day care service in her home.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Chin of Wrightwood, her children Erik Stafford and Katrina Stafford, a granddaughter, Nixie, her Mother, Irene Rodriquez, brothers, Mike Ruelaz and Dr. Robert Ruelaz, sisters, Lillian Florida and Dr. Evelyn Ruelaz-O’Leary. Connie was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Ruelaz. She also had many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Connie will be fondly remembered for her shining personality and unique sense of humor.
Her family is asking that her many friends join them for a celebration of Connie’s life on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM at Camp Wrightwood located at 1401 Linnet Road in Wrightwood, CA.
Fred W. Hayden
1940 - 2012
Fred W. Hayden, Jr., 72, of Moorseville, NC, passed away suddenly, August 27, 2012. He was born May 20, 1940 in Santa Monica, CA to Fred and Norma Hayden, long time residents of Wrightwood. Fred, Jr. made his residence in Wrightwood for many years during his life.
He is survived by his mother, Norma Watkins Hayden of Salisbury, NC, brother, Robert Hayden, Simi Valley, CA, daughter Sheryl Hayden-Lenhart, sons Richard Hayden, Philip Hayden, Tony Hayden and Fred W. Hayden III, step-daughter Crystal Southard, granddaughters, Jessica and Ashley Craig and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fred is now in the presences of his Heavenly Father, earthly father, Fred Hayden, Sr. and grandson Todd M. Lenhart. Those left behind will miss him.
Cynthia Gail Schinke
1978 - 2012
Cynthia, surrounded by her family, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, August 5, 2012. Cynthia was born January 20, 1954 in Brownfield, Texas. She found her faith in Christ at a young age and chose to dedicate her life to serve her Savior. Cynthia graduated from L.I.F.E. Bible College in Los Angeles in 1976 and began her ministry in serving at Calvary Foursquare Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. There she met and married Dale Schinke in June of 1977, and the two of them began a journey of service to Christ. Cynthia served as Sunday School Superintendent at Calvary and also worked with her husband in the churches mid-week children’s program.
Cynthia lived for time with her family. Her first child, Melissa, was born in 1978 and her second, Valerie, was born 1980. Her life was dedicated to them. Involving herself in their daily life’s, sports, concerts, and other performances there wasn’t an event that Cynthia missed. Every family vacation was packed with events and memories that Cynthia wanted her family to remember. Cynthia gained a son, through marriage, in 2007 when her daughter married Joshua Sullivan. Cynthia wanted grandchildren and before her daughter had any she made sure to adopt all the little ones in the church. Cynthia’s wish came true in 2009 and 2011 when Melissa and Joshua had Riley Dale and Abigail Joy, her long awaited grandbabies. She spent as much time as possible and made it a passion to spoil and pamper her two little ones. “Roca” as Riley calls her, became very important to their lives and they were Cynthia’s pride and joy.
In the early months of 1990, God called Cynthia and Dale to the High Desert of Southern California to continue the new found work of a small church in Phelan, The Fountain of Living Waters Foursquare Church, which Cynthia served as Co-Pastor with her husband until her home-going. Cynthia had a deep desire and passion that God’s children should read and mediate upon the Word of God. Soon, with the help of a Bible Journaling Program, she was encouraging everyone to ‘get into’ the Word of God, the Bible, to see what the Lord was saying to them individually, and then to write down their thoughts and special insights into a journal that could become a tool of personal strength and growth in the Lord. Soon there were Bible journaling classes, which Cynthia called ‘Read For Life Sessions,’ happening all over the Tri-Community, and Cynthia attended them all. Cynthia recognized the need for women to hear from God personally, so she began a Women’s Bible Fellowship once a month where the ladies would gather for dinner and a study from the Word. Cynthia tailored these meetings around special themes that would help draw the women’s attention to relevant issues that affected them on a daily basis.
Cynthia was also very instrumental in helping to start a Community Women’s Bible Study and Fellowship with friends from Wrightwood, that blessed our community for several years. More recently, she supported and involved herself in the local Women’s Aglow chapter that ministers here in Phelan.
Cynthia also had a heart for the youth of our church and community, serving as a leader in our church youth programs, and organizing and supporting a program she called ‘The Fifth Quarter’ which came together on Friday nights after every Serrano home football game. These special activities gave the young people of our community a place to gather in a safe environment to have fun and food after the game. Cynthia also enjoyed working in our School District, volunteering at many school functions, and substituting in the offices of the district and at several school sites.
Cynthia is survived by her husband Dale, two daughters, Melissa (Joshua) Sullivan of Wrightwood, CA and Valerie of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, two grandchildren Riley Dale and Abigail Joy Sullivan. Also, her mother Bonnie Sanders of Fort Worth, TX, her brother Donald Ethington of Seattle, WA, a Sister Erlene Bates of Fort Worth, TX a brother Ronald Ethington of Cortez, CO, and a step sister Jaime Hamilton of Odessa, TX, as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial has been set up with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Missions Department in Cynthia’s name. Donations in her name can be made to that organization.
Tom Cambroto, who along with wife Barbara built his dream home in Wrightwood in 1974, died August 12 in Redding, CA. He was 75.
Born May 14, 1937, in Youngstown, Ohio, Tom moved with his family to Fontana in the early 1950s. After graduating from Fontana High School, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Bertolina. They were married in 1957 and had three children, son John and daughters, Kim and Kris.
Tom spent his entire professional career at Kaiser Steel in Fontana, working his way up through the ranks to manager of the accounting department. When Kaiser closed down its operation in the early 1980s, Tom was one of the last people on site, handling inventory control as the firm dispersed its assets.
Meanwhile, he and Barbara were entrenched members of the Wrightwood family, with friends throughout the community. Barbara worked at the Mountaineer Progress, where the couple forged many lasting friendships. She later a headed up a large home rental business at Devlin Realty, with Tom’s able assistance with the bookkeeping.
After retirement, Tom and Barb bought their first RV in the mid ‘80s and began a life on the road together, traveling to most of the country and often extolling the life of the RVer. The two worked for several years as goodwill ambassadors for Camping World, talking to similar travelers about the joys and challenges of life on road.
While making cross-country treks, they were never far away from their Wrightwood home and their many friends. Tom was a man known for his ability to lift other people through his sheer kindness and his skills of being able to do most anything.
His daughters, Kris Cambroto and Kim Miller, and brother John Cambroto, preceded Tom in death. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Barbara; son John Cambroto of Auburn, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law Andy and Louise Cambroto of Rialto; and sister and brother-in-law Dolly and Jack Anderson of Fontana.
A funeral service was held August 21 at the Family Funeral Center in Rialto. Memorial comments can be made and viewed at www.familyfuneralchapel.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions in Tom’s memory to Hospice of the Owens Valley, an organization that assisted the family during their daughter Kim’s illness. The hospice’s address is 155 Pioneer Lane, Bishop, CA 93514.
Phyllis Marie Olden
Longtime Phelan resident Phyllis Marie Olden passed away in Fall River Mills on July 3, 2012
Phyllis was born May 28, 1921 in Chino, CA to Henry and Violet Bickmore. She was the oldest of six children. She lived all of her life in Southern California, 28 years in Phelan. She spent the last four years in Fall River Mills with her youngest daughter Helen.
Phyllis is survived by her children Diane Nichols and husband Bruce of Phelan, Suzie Hall and husband Bob of Phelan, Cyndi Seddig and husband Dick of Denver, Colorado, Pete Bellis and wife Judy of Claremont, CA. Debby Bynum of Phelan, Helen Albaugh and husband Andrew of Adin, CA and step-son Del Olden Jr. and wife Georgia of Bullhead City, AZ, 17 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, her sister Nita McPherson of Antioch, brothers Bob and Bud Bickmore and numerous nieces and nephews. She was loved so much and will be missed by all of her family.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Phelan Community Church, 9852 Sheep Creek Rd., Phelan CA
November 1935- June 2012
Bob Jones, a fixture in Wrightwood due to his various involvements with the Snowline Players and, for thousands of Wrightwood children, his years representing Santa Claus at Christmas Shop at Home events, passed away on June 22, 2012.
Bob moved to Wrightwood in 1977, bringing his love of the theater to his new hometown. He joined Lora Steinmann’s Snowline Players and performed in a variety of roles, including his last major role as Andrew, the local judge, in their production of “Oklahoma.”
To his credit, Bob appeared in over 50 stage productions over his part-time “career” of 48 years. “Bob’s effort in “Man of La Mancha” and his outstanding performance as Captain Von Trapp in the “Sound of Music” showed what a performer he was,” stated Steinmann.
A love for singing, Bob performed with local choral groups and sang with the community Methodist Church choir.
With a gift for working with figures, Bob’s career led him to Roadway Trucking where he handled manifesting and scheduling. He retired from their Adelanto facility in 2002.
The son of Elizabeth Perry and Robert K. Jones, Bob was born on November 21, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York. His mother passed away when Bob was ten years old, presenting his with responsibilities well before most of his peers.
Bob is survived by his long-time companion Babs Thompson, his four sons, Greg, Ken Bob and Steve, his sister, Elizabeth Fennie, his three brothers, Canning (Perry), Pete and Kenneth (Paul), his ten grandchildren, Chris, Troy, Tessa, Madeleine, Claire, Hudson, Weston and Nathan, his eleven great-grandchildren, his nieces, nephews, and of course family and friends.
A family service was held in Yucaipa on Friday, June 29. A local celebration of life for Bob is planned for August 5 at the Wrightwood Inn, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
January 1,1939 – May 13, 2012
Sam Spada, beloved husband, brother, father and friend passed on to be with the Lord on May 13, at 6:30 PM at St. Bernadine’s Medical Center. Sam always had a smile on his face and a ready laugh. When someone needed help, he was there.
He was born in Sicily, in 1939, and moved to the United States after World War II. He was a very proud Marine and as a Marine he got to visit Japan. When he returned to civilian life, he worked at Chrysler and enjoyed pointing out the cars he built that were still on the road. He had a long career as a furniture mover and a truck driver. He worked for Snowline School District as a maintenance and custodial person at Phelan School, Serrano High School and Heritage School.
He will be greeted in Heaven by his mother Leona Spada, his father, Leo Spada and his beloved first wife, Bonnie Spada.
He will be sorely missed by his loving wife, Liz Wolf-Spada, his devoted sister Jo Remillard, the many children he helped to raise, Lewis Leighton, Cindy Leighton, Dina Spada, Leo Spada, Johnny Leighton, Karl Buchanan, Will Buchanan and Josh Wolf. He will be missed by his niece and nephew, Lisa and Tommy Remillard, his grandniece, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren.
There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Sam’s life at the Methodist Church in Wrightwood, on Wednesday, June 13 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers please donate money in his name at Antelope Valley Bank for a special fund to purchase another log bench on the Village Trail that will be dedicated to him. Checks should be made payable to Liz Wolf-Spada and can be taken into the bank or mailed to Liz at PO Box 2235, Wrightwood, CA 92397
(Jerry) Gerald C. Peterson
(Jerry) Gerald C. Peterson, from Pinon Hills, passed away quietly in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., on April 17, 2012. Jerry was 94 years young and lived a long, extremely happy life. He was a very sweet, intelligent, wonderful loving man and will be greatly missed.
Jerry grew up in Iowa and after some college, joined the Army. He was proud to be a part of the 358th Fighter Group, on the staff of the ‘Orange Tail’, overseas in England, France and Germany. After moving to California with his wife Lillian, he started a family, enjoyed fishing and boating, opened his own business, received his Master of Photography, was President of the Professional Photographers of America for two years, was part of the Covina Power Squadron, started riding horses around the age of 48 in support of his daughter, Jill and spent years riding his horse “Cimarron”, trail riding, parades and as a Los Angeles County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Mounted Patrol. After moving to Pinon Hills, Jerry wrote as a correspondent for a few newspapers, volunteered in his grandkids classrooms, traveled and took some cruises. In 2000, Jerry’s wife Lillian passed away after over 60 years of marriage.
Jerry is survived by his daughter Jill Wilson, grandsons David Bakanas and Charlie Bakanas, granddaughter Alicia Wilson, his loving partner of over 11 years, Marguerite Wheeler, her sons Terry Wheeler, Gary Wheeler, Lawrence Wheeler, William Wheeler and Mike Wheeler, as well as her several grandchildren who also loved and admired him.
Collin “Q” Quick
1938 - 2012
Collin “Q” Quick passed away on April 5, 2012, in his former wife’s home with son and Janice by his side.
Collin lived in Wrightwood, California, where he had made his home for nearly 50 years.
Collin was born in Monterey Park, California on March 12, 1938 to Lee and Pearl Quick.
Collin had a very intelligent and acquiring mind and was in the first graduating class from Cal State San Bernardino in 1967 with a degree in psychology.
Collin was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He had a great love of flying and owned numerous planes throughout his life. He could fly anything from a Lear Jet to an Ultralight.
He had a great love for animals, especially his dogs.
For the past 20 years families around Wrightwood have depended on him for pine needle removal. He was known for his excellent service and had many out-of-the area customers who would rely on him to look out for their property.
He will be greatly missed by his son, Collin, who meant the world to him, by his former wife, Janice, with whom he remained close and by his many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
A memorial service is to be held at the Hillside Community Church, 3221 Hwy 2, Wrightwood on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Rest in Peace “Q”. You will be missed
John David Gregory
1943 - 2012
John David Gregory, resident of Pinon Hills, passed away at home peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on March 16, 2012. John was born November 16, 1943 in Ohio. He fought a courageous battle for 6 months, but his type of cancer was rare and aggressive.
John ran a successful construction business in Lake Havasu Landing, CA and in the Tri-Community.
John had many interests and hobbies as well as being a huge NASCAR fan.
John is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer, mother Frances, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 9 devoted children, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild, plus many in-laws, and friends.
John was a man like no other. His kindness, devotion to his family, and ever lasting love, touched everyone who knew him.
We now have our “Buddy Angel” watching over us, from Heaven above.
If you wish to honor his memory with a donation, please send it to: The City Of Hope, In Memory of John David Gregory, 1500 E. Duarte Rd. Duarte, Ca 91010-3000
1934 - 2012
Neva Lyons, 78, entered into heaven March 9, 2012 from heart failure at her home with her loving family by her side. She was born in Oklahoma to Mr. and Mrs. Wells. She has lived in California for 75 years. Neva has lived in the West Cajon Valley for 38 years with her husband of 59 years.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Robert “Arky” Lyons, son Rob Lyons of Phelan, CA, daughter Diane Murphy of Idaho, daughter Brenda and Collins Fees of West Cajon Valley, CA, daughter Linda and Darrell Courier of Oregon, 16 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. And, countless family and friends who loved her dearly.
She is preceded in death by her daughter Karen Britner of Phelan, CA, and parents Mr. and Mrs. Wells of Rialto, CA.
She was a devoted wife, mother, aunt and friend. She loved to garden, play cards, go fishing see friends and hang out with her husband everyday.
Services will be held at a later date.
Wilfred “Bill” Campbell
December 5, 1929 – March 4, 2012
Wilfred “Bill” Campbell, resident of Pinon Hills, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday morning, March 4, 2012. Bill was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on December 5, 1929 and moved to California with his parents at the age of seven. Bill served in the United States Navy, CEA BEES construction battalions during the Korean War stationed in Japan and Philippines for four years.
Bill was the youngest son, one of five children born to the late Robert G. Campbell and Frances Campbell.
Bill and his beloved wife, Carol Campbell, were married for 57 years. They lived together in Pinon Hills for 47 years. Bill was a construction superintendent in Southern California and retired around 1995.
Bill will forever be remembered by his devoted son Jeremy Scott Campbell, a ’94 graduate from Serrano, treasured grandchild Bradley Steven Campbell, along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him.
Bill loved to build and fly model airplanes in El Mirage with several of his buddies. Bill was most proud of the real airplane, a Vari Viggen, Rutan model that he built and was one of only five that ever flew. This airplane is now housed at the aeronautical museum in Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. On his property in Pinon Hills, Bill built and maintained a trout hatchery for many years.
Bill is survived by his wife Carol, son Jeremy, and grandson Bradley.
Bill loved the area around Pinon Hills and the Tri-Community and enjoyed his friends, family and activities and will be greatly missed.
George Francis Tillitson
1931 - 2012
George Francis Tillitson, April 17, 1931 – February 4, 2012 died after suffering a stroke. George was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan but relocated to Auburn, Washington with his parents, graduating from High School there.
After high school he worked for Safeway Stores as a produce manager, but decided he liked electronics more and joined the Navy. After serving 4 years in the Navy, he began working first as an Electronics Technician for Convair. He was promoted rapidly to an Electronics Engineer. George worked in the defense industry in nearly all of his professional career. George most recently worked at Lockheed in the “Skunkworks” as a Project Manager. His family never really knew what he did because the projects were and still are classified as Top Secret.
George was interested in microwave radio. He was a charter member of the San Bernardino Microwave Society, established in 1955. In 1962 he and Tommy Thompson talked by bouncing a microwave signal between Pearblossom and Corona off of Mt. Baden-Powell. This was a historical event in the development of microwave communication. With the advent of computers, George used them to a great extent. Throughout his life, George loved to take photographs and spent much time digitizing his large collection of slides which documented much of the traveling he did, mostly in the Western US.
George lived the early part of his adult life in Pomona, California moving there in 1954. In 1974 he and his family moved to Wrightwood where he lived the remainder of his life. In Wrightwood, he was active in the historical society and at one time was appointed to the MAC board.
George was the son of George and Frances Tillitson who are both deceased. He was married in 1953 to Marvine Joan Herron who survives him. They are the parents of Donald, Nadine, Lenore, Beth, and George. He also leaves several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends. A simple service is scheduled for February 24, 2012 at Riverside National Cemetery, Staging Area 4 at 11:45 am.
Celebrating The Life Of
Donald Michael Oster
June 9, 1923 – January 31, 2012
Born June 9, 1923 in Fresno, CA, Don was the eldest of three sons.During his youth, the family moved to Pasadena, CA where he enjoyed the great outdoors, wildlife, and the family pets.His admiration of soaring hawks and birds spurred his interest in flying airplanes resulting in Don obtaining his pilot’s license at the age of 15 prior to obtaining his driver’s license.
After high school, Don became a decorated Marine pilot and served in WWII earning several honors.He also briefly served in the Korean War.
In 1948, Don married his wife Jane and made Rosemead their first home.Together they raised two children, daughter Susan and son Rob.His many interests included wood craftsmanship, gardening, fishing, camping and traveling with his family, often to remote locations.In later years, he and Jane enjoyed flying in their Comanche plane to visit friends and enjoyed seeing interesting new locations.
He was a successful businessman having established two thriving businesses.In the early 1950s, Don and Jane moved to their new home in Monterey Park where, after receiving his Contractor’s License, he started and managed a very successful pool business having several employees.
In the mid 1960s, Don and Jane relocated to San Gabriel with their family where he continued his business.He was also very active in the local Lions Club.During this time they discovered Wrightwood and Don decided on a second career in real estate.He and Jane very much enjoyed the real estate business and eventually moved to Wrightwood permanently in 1980 having built a custom home he designed which included some of his custom woodworking.As a broker, he operated Don Oster Realty until retirement in 2006.
Don was very active in the Wrightwood community.He was a member of the Wrightwood Municipal Advisory Council (MAC), and a member of the Chamber of Commerce including a term as President.In the early years, Don helped organize the annual Mountaineer Days parade.
Don enjoyed the mountain living of Wrightwood and could be seen frequently walking his dog or hiking one of the many trails in the area.Visiting in his office with many of his local friends and clients along with watching the children at play across the street at the Wrightwood Elementary school, brought him great pleasure.Throughout his life and accomplishments, Don was most proud of and loved his family.
A long time Wrightwood resident, Don passed away on January 31.He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Jane; daughter and son-in-law Susan and Jim Billings of San Diego and their children Michael and Melissa; son Rob Oster of Highland and his son Chas; brother Owen “Bub” Oster of Arcadia; the widow of his youngest brother Richard “Alan” Oster, Milbrey Oster of Arcadia,and several nieces and nephews.
Private services with the Marine Honor Guard were held in Redlands, California on Saturday February 11, 2012 with final resting place at Riverside National Cemetery.
Todd Michael Lenhart
December 19, 1990 – January 12, 2012
Todd Michael Lenhart graduated from Palm Springs High School in 2009 where he lived with his mother. Todd was the great grandson of Fred and Norma Hayden, who lived in Wrightwood for over 40 years. About ten years ago Norma moved to North Carolina to be with her son. Todd was also grandson to Tom and Carol Fishburn, weekenders in Wrightwood for 44 years. Todd and his mother, Sheryl Lenhart, loved to visit both sets of grandparents in Wrightwood as he was growing up. Todd is survived by his mother, a cousin, three uncles, two aunts and his grandparents.
Services were held on January 21 in Palm Springs, CA. His family was very touched by all of the kind words and stories shared at the gathering and appreciate those that participated.
Todd will be deeply missed by his many friends and family.
Colonel James L. Weeks
Colonel James L. Weeks, USAF Retired, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2012, ninety-five years after his life began in San Bernardino. Jim, as he was known for his fifty-two years in Wrightwood, was active till the end drew near with his loving wife of 46 years, and best friend, Margaret. He had proudly told friends recently how he had renewed his driver’s license and both he and Margaret were still able to attend social activities until just a few weeks before age caught up.
A quiet and methodical man, Jim was born of a second-generation pioneer family of San Bernardino. His maternal great-grandmother, Sarah Weeks, had been on the wagon trains into the San Bernardino Valley in the 1850’s. He grew up in San Bernardino, graduating from San Bernardino High School during the Great Depression.
With little or no work available, the tenacious young Jim joined the Naval Reserve so that he could continue his “Ham Radio” skills that began in high school, operating high frequency radios and performing Morse code. His part time work and small stipend from the Navy wasn’t enough and Jim found that the new Army Air Corps was looking for talented radio operators. His enlistment in 1939 led to an exceptional career that was never talked about, as his talent took him deep into the clandestine efforts of military intelligence, with most of his World War II service in the Southeast Asia/Burma/India Theater. As the war moved closer to the Japanese homeland, Jim, now an officer, had 600 specialists under his command. He was promoted to full Colonel at 34 years of age, as he continued to serve through the first ten years of the Cold War. Jim’s efforts were underscored when the President presented the Legion of Merit to Colonel Weeks for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services,” from 1954 through 1956. It goes to the grave what Jim was doing for that commendation, but he was forever proud of his service.
Arriving in Wrightwood in 1959, the Weeks family went to work to make the small village their new hometown. Jim commuted to San Bernardino for a few years, first as Trust Manager at Bank of America and then as General Manager of Van Wyk Volkswagen. When the dealership sold, Jim ventured to Victorville and spent the next seven years in the engineering department of California Interstate Telephone, later Continental Telephone and now Verizon. His last working assignment was as a part time instructor in the Electronics Department at Victor Valley College.
Margaret came into Jim’s life while he was at Cal Interstate and their marriage in 1966, at the Mission Inn, led to an active role by the couple in Wrightwood’s growth from adolescence to adulthood, the decades of the ’70s and ‘80s. Jim’s radio skills never left him and he was till the end involved in the amateur radio and disaster preparedness efforts/emergency response program in Wrightwood. While Margaret developed her artistic skills and was involved with others bringing culture to Wrightwood, Jim took his skills and was appointed to the Wrightwood Fire District Board where he served until it was consolidated into the Wrightwood Village Council, and then formally, the Wrightwood Municipal Advisory Council (MAC), bringing community government, although still under the wing of the County Supervisor, to Wrightwood. Jim was the first MAC Chairman.
During Jim’s tenure the plans were developed for the new fire station, with a strong effort made by local community leaders to make sure the funding would be forthcoming for the needed station. Jim was there as Wrightwood worked to stop Riverside Cement from building a quarry at the 5000 foot level of Hwy 2, there when the Lions donated the Community Building to park and recreation arm of the MAC, and in the thick of it when the state attempted to close off much of Wrightwood to building due to the San Andreas Fault.
After eight years “in the trenches” Jim opted to spend more time with his beloved Margaret. They enjoyed performing organ music in the Mountain Organeers and the Apple Valley Organ Club, and were very active in the Community Methodist Church. Jim continued his amateur radio work.
To some newcomers to Wrightwood, Jim will forever be known as that older gent who took to the dance floor or parking lot with his lovely Margaret, to dance, and not just the slow numbers.
He is survived by his wife and best friend Margaret Weeks, daughter Sandra Rakestraw and husband Jeff Solomon of Atascadero, step-children; Dan Ainsworth and wife Francie of Pismo Beach, Diane Krajsa of Pismo Beach; grandchildren Cyndee Smolik and sons Gavin and Garet of Paso Robles, Craig Ainsworth and wife Dana and daughter Alexis; and adopted families; Grandson Weston Smith and his father Richard Smith and Bob and Elaine Bailes. It should be added that Jim is also survived by his friends, the community of Wrightwood.
A memorial service is being planned at the Community Methodist Church on February 25. The tribute to Jim’s life will begin at 2 p.m.
WWII Veteran, Educator, Outdoorsman
1914 - 2011
Alton “Longbow” Safford, long-time Wrightwood Resident, died peacefully in his home on December 21, 2011, having just turned 97. He was known throughout the West as an expert in Indian craft, primitive archery, flint-knapping and tanning in particular. He was also an expert marksman, fly-fisherman and a tireless hiker of the High Sierras.
Alton was born where his father, Lee Ashton Safford, worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the Toppenish Reservation near Yakima, Washington, on December 6, 1914. His mother, Alice Agnes Lugton, was born in Magdalena, U.S. Territory of New Mexico. As a child he learned to make Indian bows and arrows and to brain-tan deer hides, lessons he never forgot. Indians from all over the west lived there; Sioux, Arapaho, Utes and Cheyenne. He watched Indian women brain-tan buckskin and men make their small plains-style flat bows. They taught him to shoot when he was six and he made his first bow, of willow, when he was eight. He learned to make his own moccasins and baskets.
Alton’s parents were told by a doctor that Alton and his brother, Lee, were not thriving as they should be because of the damp climate, so the family moved to Greater Los Angeles. Alton joined the local Boy Scouts and attained Eagle Scout rank. While in high school in Burbank he and his brother sneaked off to Catalina Island and shot a buffalo with their handmade bows and arrows. They were eventually caught and paid a penalty.
Alston graduated from high school during the Great Depression and among other jobs, he cleared trails in the Civilian Conservation Corps (Roosevelt’s CCC), worked in a junk yard, as a “grease monkey” in a garage, on oil rigs, in mines, and for the railroad. One job that stands out was his co-ownership of an archery shop in Hollywood, where he became well-acquainted with all the great Southern California archers of the time, such as Howard Hill, Captain Jack Hoefer, Frank Garske, and his close friends Hugh Rich, Howard Mathisen and Fred Bear. He recalled great camaraderie with this group, as they hunted deer in the California foothills with their self-made 100-pound bows and broadheads. Also, because he had a tuxedo and could work as an usher in theaters, symphony halls, and other venues for live performances, his life became enriched by this education in drama and all kinds of music.
In 1937,influenced by his reading of Ernest Hemingway, Alton traveled to Spain in support of the Loyalist democracy against Franco’s fascist opposition. He drilled troops with wooden machine guns, expecting a shipment of arms to arrive from the Soviet Union. The arms never came. When Barcelona fell, he and others hiked over the Pyrenees to France, where he was arrested and deported back to the United States.
Having taken some machine shop courses in high school, he was able to get a job with Lockheed as the country geared up for World War II, working on Lockheed P-38 Lightnings. At that time he met and married his first wife, Margaret Blankenship. He was promoted to Senior Machine Parts Inspector. In 1943 he was drafted even though he was then 29 years old and working in the defense industry.
In the Army Alton was first posted to England with the 9th Air Corps but in June,1944went ashore at Omaha Beach, Normandy, landing on D-Day + 17. As the best shot in his outfit, for a time the Army made him a sniper. He once said it was a strange duty because he always felt that when he was aiming, the enemy sniper was probably sighting him. He worked across France preparing advance air field bases, was in Paris for its liberation, was witness to de Gaulle’s triumphant return, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he ushered at the Nuremburg Trials before coming home.
Back in California, Alton returned to work at Lockheed and became the father of two children, John and Jeanne Safford. Laid off for lack of production, he decided to use his G.I. Bill to get a higher education at nearby Occidental College. He earned a B.A. degree in education and taught 5th grade for about 8 years while working on his M.A. degree.
Divorced, Alton met his second wife, Juliana Brailovsky in Eagle Rock. They lived and taught in Ojai briefly before returning to Los Angeles where he administered academic tests for the Palos Verdes school district. Alton entered the doctoral program at USC and earned his degree in Education in 1965 at age 51. From his second marriage he now had three more children, Monique, Kimberly and Tony Safford. For the rest of his career he worked for the County of Santa Barbara as head of its Special Education department. Always an unusually good listener, he also used his skills and education as a practicing educational psychologist. Divorced, he met his third wife, Miriam Sacks Coker, a local Santa Barbara educator. They remained together for the rest of his life.
Since his father had died of a stroke at age 54, Alton decided to retire at age 63. He and Miriam moved to Wrightwood in 1977 where he continued with a limited practice for a few years. It was here for thenext 34 years that he flourished,passing on the old ways of bow- and arrow-making, bone work, tanning, and hunting to whoever would listen and work with him. Alton found a group of wonderful friends and students at the annual Wrightwood Flintknapping Rendezvous, which drew Indian-lore aficionados from all over the West. Alton attended the first California Flintknapping Rendezvous in 1983 set up by Ray Harwood at California State University at Northridge. Subsequent Wrightwood Flintknapping Rendezvous were held at Jackson Lake, Camp Guffey, and Indian Hills Ranch. He participated in archer shoots across the state and particularly enjoyed the annual Mountain Men Rendezvous in the southern Rockies. He was known as “Longbow” among flintknapping friends and collected a room full of rare and significant Indian artifacts.
Alton was active until the very end, continuing to hike and camp and even renewing his driver’s license for two more years late in 2011. He had many circles of friends, including the Saturday and Monday Hiking Groups, the flintknapping friends,the Thursday Breakfast Group, the First Friday Reading Group (where his wide knowledge and expansive reading were particularly appreciated), ex-students and clients, and hundreds of people with whom he corresponded. A memorial was held for him on Wednesday, December 28, at the home of Ed and Phyllis Gallagher. Half of Alton’s ashes were interred at the Riverside National Cemetery with full military honors on January 13, 2011. His friends and family plan a spring flintknapping memorial and will also scatter his remaining ashes in the High Sierras as soon as weather allows.
Alton is survived by his wife, Miriam; his son and daughter from his first marriage, John and Jeanne Safford; and former wife Juliana and his children from that marriage; Monique, Kimberly and Tony Safford. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Joseph David Safford, Janet Arlene Safford, Miles Jameson Safford, Sophia Rose Mindas, Benjamin Jacob Safford and one great-grandchild, Benjamin David Safford.
Alton Safford–, one of a kind.
Aaron Casey Cagle
Beloved son, brother and friend.
Aaron “Casey” Cagle
1-15-92 to 1-18-12
Viewing at Sunrise Church, Wrightwood, on Thursday, January 26 from 12-2pm. Small gathering at the Cagle home afterwards for loved ones.
Florence M. Bard
Florence M. Bard, of Inver Grove Heights, MN, formerly of Wabasha, MN, died Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Southview Acres Health Care Center in West St. Paul, MN. She was born May 24, 1932 in Glen Haven, WI, the daughter of John and Ellen (Petsche) Blum. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1950. She worked in data processing for Lockheed Aircraft in California for 28 years, retiring in 1990. She married Robert Bard May 23, 1964 in Las Vegas. He died June 4, 1993. Florence moved from Pinon Hills, CA to Wabasha on October 31, 2000 to be near her niece, Mary Rohowetz. After Mary and her family moved to Inver Grove Heights in early 2011 Florence moved there to again be near them on May 31, 2011.
Florence was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Auxiliary in Wabasha and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She had a special love for animals especially her cockatiel, Pollyanna.
She is survived by sisters and brother-in-law, Agnes Bronder, Greenbush, NY, Margaret and Clyde Noggle, Prairie du Chien, WI, Ellen Skaife, Janesville, WI; brother and sisters-in-law, Martin and Florence Blum, Okeechobee, FL, Bobbie Blum, Cedar Rapids, IA; nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews among whom is Mary and Paul Rohowetz and family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, her parents, two sisters, Rose Mary Christen, and Alice Recker and two brothers, Ora Blum and infant, Bernard Blum.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 1pm at the Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha. Interment will be at Victor Memorial Park in Victorville, CA on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. The Abbott Funeral Home of Wabasha is in charge of arrangements. www.abbottfh.com
Dillie Thomas 1932-2011
Dillie Thomas, beloved and devoted wife of Ed and mother of Barbara and Melody, passed away on December 17, 2011.
Dillie Iris Thomas was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1932, daughter of Gayl Elwood Giberson and Clara Louisa Giberson. Her early life was lived during the great depression of the 1930’s. They traveled west and ended up in Mill Creek Canyon, in the San Gorgonio Mountains. Later she attended college in Redlands to study Fine Art. She always shared her wonderful memories of her childhood with her children. She said growing up in Mill Creek was like a little bit of heaven. She also had many wonderful stories of her summers spent with her grandparents and cousins back on the farm in Nebraska.
Dillie married husband Ed in 1957, and lived in Wrightwood for all of their married life. Family life was full and wonderful. In their studio she had a place to create, while Ed worked beside her on his model aircrafts. Many happy and fulfilling years were spent this way.
Dillie was an energetic and devoted mother.As well as teaching her daughters different aspects of the arts, she got involved with the Girl Scouts and became a scout leader. She continued as leader throughout their childhood, teaching many of the classes in art, outdoor skills and camping.
There were many summer vacations in the travel trailer filled with wonderful times and sweet memories. She gave the girls the benefit of her theatrical expertise in teaching them puppetry, puppet making and stage building which were so well done that the girls were asked to perform a show at the local elementary school. Dillie also loved designing many award winning Halloween Costumes for the girls when they were young and in later years she taught them to sew many of their own clothes. She always encouraged their individual creativity,
Dillie became a Master Oil Painter.She began painting in 1960, taking lessons from Nancy Templeton in Wrightwood. While her girls were still small she practiced her craft.She was a founding member, and then became president of the Tri Community Art Association. In 1974, she was finally able to fulfill her dream of opening an art gallery. The Four Seasons gallery was opened as a co-op where other artists joined in and shared the gallery. Some of her Art Association friends who were involved included Lila Carter, Fran Ouimette, Nancy Nauer, Shirley Pinard, Norma and Fred Hayden, Jan Barton, Barbara Ahern, Lora Steinmann, and many others. After seven years it became a corporation, and Dillie ran it as a successful business for 24 years.
Dillie and Ed traveled all over the Southwest and up the California Coast doing many art shows from 1977 to 2009. During these years they also spent their winters at their Indio home doing shows at Borrego Springs and throughout the Palm Springs Area. Dillie’s paintings can be seen in art galleries across the country, and in her home studio.
Dillie was a loving grandmother to her two grandchildren Aaron and Dillie Elizabeth, babysitting and hosting many birthday parties when the kids were small. Later, she taught them to draw and paint and loved going shopping with her granddaughter.
In 2009, Dillie was diagnosed with a terminal illness and fought the battle for two and a half years. 2011 was a very good year for her, as she got to go through her wish list and do everything on it.
She is survived by her husband Ed, daughters Melody Thomas and Barbara Marrujo, son-in-laws Peter Hunkins and Steve Marrujo and her grandchildren Aaron Marrujo, 25, Dillie Elizabeth Marrujo, age 20, and stepdaughterDelores (Rose) Hagge and God-daughter Christine Rice.
Throughout her long life she touched many lives.
Service will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Wrightwood Community United Methodist Church, at 1543 Barbara Street, Wrightwood, CA 92397. A reception will follow in the Social Hall at the Church.
In lieu of flowers the Thomas’ have requested that friends contribute in memory of Dillie Thomas to herforeign sponsored child of many years “Flavia Jasline Pinto” .
Please make your checkpayable to the Wrightwood Community United Methodist Church In reference to: Flavia Jasline Pinto.
The address is: P.O. Box 62, Wrightwood, CA 92397.
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