Jean Belef, 88, passed away peacefully with family by her side, May 17, 2016, in the English Oaks nursing home near her Modesto home. Jean was a devoted mother and business owner whose photography delighted her customers.
Richard Vought passed away May 28, 2016.
Richard was born in Elyria Ohio and had lived in Vista for 45 years. He contributed in many ways to civic events: chair of a Christmas parade with hot air balloons; chairman of bicentennial committee which initiated the beginning of Vista’s Amphitheater; as well as involvement in Boy’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Community Development Associates, local elections and much more. He was honored to be selected to the Hall of Fame by the Vista Historical Society.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, his son David, daughter Kathleen Vought Mejia, and seven grandchildren.
A memorial will be held at the United Methodist Church in Vista on July 6, at 11:00 am. A light lunch in the fellowship hall will follow.
Proper, Worthy F. / Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy – Obituary
Worthy passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Acadia Place in Vista, California.
He was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy, his son Barry, his nephew Ron and niece Carol. He is survived by his son Don and his wife Valerie, and their daughter Rachel. Also by his three sisters, Irene, Virginia, and Wannabelle and his two brothers, Carl and Donald, and 8 nieces and 4 nephews. He is also survived by his four step children, Keith, Lynn, Scott and Blake Eckerle from his second wife Nancy.
Born in Bonaparte, Iowa in 1916. He grew up and worked with his brothers and sisters on his parent’s farm. He joined the Navy in 1939. He became a pilot and received his wings towards the end of World War Two. He flew numerous single and twin engine aircraft and Helicopters. After the war, he was stationed on Guam for 3 years with his first wife Roberta Heath and his two sons, Barry and Don. After Guam he was stationed at Los Alamitos Air Base in Southern California as a flight instructor and squadron commander. He spent a tour of duty at sea aboard the U.S.S Kearsarge (CV-33), an Essex-Class aircraft carrier. He retired from the Navy in 1961 at the rank of Lt. Commander. After the navy he took a position as the head of the water department for the city of Garden Grove. During retirement he became an advent golfer and he loved to fish.
His was lucky to find love more than once. He married his second wife, Nancy Eckerle in 1969. They were married for 37 years. Nancy passed away in 2006. She had dementia her last 8 years and Worthy took amazing care of her the entire time. He found love again with Dorene Kay in 2008. They were close companions for the last 7 years. She passed away in 2015 at the age of 94.
Worthy was a self-made man, highly intelligent and well-read. He could do anything he put his mind to. He was a very caring and gracious man, but his best quality was his generosity. He gave not only of his money, but of his time. He looked out for anyone and everyone. He was always there to lend a helping hand. Always had a positive outlook and never complained even while in great physical pain at the end of his life.
He had always believed in God, but it wasn’t until later in life that he realized that God was not about religion or legalism, words in a book, but about a relationship. He received the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized in 2014 at the age of 97.
Family and friends thought he would make it to 100. He was 99 and a half to the day when he passed. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. This world is a lessor place without him!
“Memorial services will be held at Arcadia Place, 1080 Arcadia Ave., Vista, Ca. on Thursday, July 7th at 3:00 pm.”
Beloved mother, sister, daughter & friend, Nancy Wolfe-Andrews, passed away May 15th, after her courageous battle with cancer.
Nancy was born in Gallup, New Mexico, her father worked for the Sante Fe Railroad, before they eventually settled in San Bernardino. Her mother Amanda “Francis” Franklin, was from El Monte originally. Her father “Les” was from Pennsylvania. Her mother remarried and moved Nancy and her two brothers Donald and Gerald to Vista, when she was in junior high.
She graduated from Vista High in 1953. Nancy was a majorette for the Vista High School marching band, of which she is depicted in a wall mural, painted in the historical district of downtown Vista. She was a very popular girl at Vista High and during that time met her future husband, Don Andrews, who went to Oceanside/Carlsbad High (as it was known at the time).
Together they had 5 children and settled in Vista. They later divorced, and she never remarried. She was an extraordinary mother, who raised all five of her children, Mark, Jeff, Daren, Bardee & Bret by herself, as a brave, strong, single mother. She was very loving, generous, artistic, and full of life.
Nancy was very prolific with arts & crafts, which she sold at craft fairs around San Diego County. She also very clever with hand made bears. Many in the area still have a collection of the many different things the created and made by hand, especially Christmas decorations.
She is survived by her brother Gerald, her children Mark, Jeff, Daren and Bardee, and her grandchildren, Ethan, Emma, Wyatt, Charlotte, Ava, Henry and Chloe. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Francis, her brother Donald Wolfe of Vista and her youngest son Bret Andrews.
She will be greatly missed by her family and many dear friends. A Celebration of Nancy’s Life will be held June 18th at North Coast Calvary Chapel, in Carlsbad. 11am. Her ashes will be spread at sea. Those wishing to attend should contact Mark Andrews
Korean War Hero, Long-time City Employee dies at age 86 by Cindy Tyler
He refused to be called a hero. “The true heroes,” he insisted, “Are the ones who didn’t make it home.”
Edward Volz, Captain, USMC-Retired, was among the tens of thousands of Marines who went off to a “police action” in Korea in the Fall of 1950, promising their families that they would be home for Christmas. He was one of the few who kept that promise. Wounded and frostbitten in the fighting at the Chosin Reservoir, the young Private First Class was evacuated from Korea and arrived at a hospital in Oakland, California on Christmas Eve.
When he first arrived in Korea, the young communications technician was engaged in assisting airplane landings at Inchon. Then, his unit was ordered to march to Yudam-ni. “All I knew,” he once told his family, “Is that Yudam-ni was too damn far.” But the long march was only the beginning, and Ed soon became a participant in the historic, decisive battle of the Chosin Reservoir. Surrounded and severely outnumbered by a mass of Chinese fighters, the Marines did not retreat, but simply “attacked in another direction.” Cut off from their supplies, suffering the coldest Korean winter in 100 years, hungry and frostbitten, Ed became one of the “Chosin Few,” or “Frozen Chosin” as he described himself and the brotherhood of Marines who fought with him.
After almost a year of recuperation, Ed was returned to active duty and stationed in his home town of San Diego. It was there that he met his future wife, Ruth Jenson, a tall auburn-haired Navy Wave from North Dakota who was stationed at the Naval Training Center. When Ruth was transferred to Washington, D.C., Ed was able to arrange a transfer to near-by Quantico, Virginia. They were married on May 12, 1953 in Arlington, Virginia.
Ed served 23 years in the Marine Corps, stationed at Quantico, Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia; Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; San Diego; Kaneohe, Hawaii, First Marine Division Camp Pendleton; and MCAS El Toro. He also served two tours in Viet Nam (1965-66 and 1969-70). It was during his first tour in Viet Nam that he received a field commission and promotion from Gunnery Sergeant to Second
Lieutenant. He later was promoted to First Lieutenant and eventually Captain.
When he was getting ready for his final deployment, the family knew that he would retire upon his return and that they could choose anywhere in the world to establish their new lives as civilians. They chose Vista, where they had previously lived from 1964-1966 while stationed at Camp Pendleton. For the first time, they purchased a home, and upon his return in June, 1970, Ed came home to his permanent home.
Ed worked a few jobs after his retirement before he was hired by the City of Vista on a temporary “hire a vet” program. The temporary job became permanent, and Ed worked for more than 20 years in the City’s Parks and Recreation Department (later called Community Services). In the evenings, he attended classes at Palomar College and earned an Associate’s Degree in Parks Management. By the end of his career, Ed was the head of maintenance at the City’s Brengle Terrace Park, where he was involved in the early days of the Moonlight Amphitheatre and the Gloria McClellan Senior Center. He was in charge of a group of maintenance workers who affectionately called him “Dad” or “Captain Ed.” Upon his retirement in 1992, his crew presented him with a Marine Officer’s sword.
Leaving his job in the park was another “homecoming” for Ed, but he didn’t stay there much. Ruth was still working as the manager of Faith Lutheran Thrift Shop, and he fulfilled the role of “Thrift Shop Husband,” helping out in almost every capacity. The couple loved to travel, and Ed especially enjoyed visiting Civil War sites. He was also the “on call parent” for his grandchildren, who loved spending time with him. He loved the family Charger game parties every Sunday during football season. Ed was a second-generation Charger fan, and his family is convinced that Ed would say the best day of his life had nothing to do with births or weddings, but was the day the Chargers went to the Super Bowl – on Ed’s birthday.
On a visit to Germany in 1981, Ed discovered “toy soldiers” and he soon began making hundreds of lead miniatures, which he painted with historically accurate uniforms. He had a room full of colorful books on military history, and was an expert on the American Civil War.
In 2002, Ruth was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and Ed lovingly cared for her until her death on December 6, 2003. He continued to stay active in the community, particularly the Senior Center, until he suffered a series of strokes which limited his mobility. Eventually, Ed found himself fighting his own battle with dementia, and he passed away quietly on May 2, 2016. It was one final homecoming for a hero. Ed always believed the streets of Heaven are guarded by United States Marines, and no doubt he’s already settled into his new post.
Ed is survived by his wife Beatrice, whom he married in 2008, and his daughters, Deborah Schuster of Lancaster, California; Cindy Tyler of Vista, and Rebecca Jaburg of Escondido. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Jay Schuster, Natalie Larsen, Kimberly Brentner, Melissa Tyler, Erik Tyler, Patricia Jaburg, Colin Jaburg, and Lauren Jaburg; and by seven great grandchildren: Zachary Loudon, Christopher Schuster, Caleb Larsen, Charlotte Larsen, Edward Brentner, Serenity Brentner, and Rhett Tyler. He is also survived by his sisters, Juanita Geraci of San Jose, California, and Eileen Greason of San Diego. He was preceded in death by his brothers William Volz and Frederick Volz, and his sister, Virginia Jensen, and his parents Helen and Edward C. Volz.
A military graveside service will be held on May 13, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Eternal Hills in Oceanside, and a Celebration of Life service is scheduled for May 14 at 2:00 at Faith Lutheran Church in Vista.
Doris “Dorie” Olsen -February 1925 – March 2016
Doris “Dorie” Olsen, a long-time Vista resident, passed away on March 21, 2016 in Carlsbad, CA.
She was born Doris Amelia to Robert Frederick and Emma Margretha Witt Timm on February 27, 1925 in Evanston, IL. She grew up in Highland Park and attended Lincoln School, ultimately graduating from Highland Park High School. She attended the University of Iowa at Iowa City as a Liberal Arts major where she pledged Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was a dancer with the all-women Scottish Highlanders Pipe & Drums Band.
While attending a dorm dance with friends, Dorie met Irving E “Boots”. Olsen, an Iowa farm boy and former Army Technical Sgt., studying business on the G.I. Bill. According to a family story, before meeting that fateful night, Boots had seen a photograph of Dorie dancing with the Scottish Highlanders in the local newspaper while he was in hospital recovering from a motorcycle accident and told an attending nurse that he “was going to marry that gal.” They did indeed marry during holiday break on December 21, 1946. After both graduated, Dorie and Boots migrated to California to join family members and settle in the village of Vista in 1948.
As Boots built his business, Dorie continued her career in education, teaching Kindergarten first in Carlsbad, and then later in Vista at Santa Fe Elementary, finishing at Olive Elementary. She greatly enjoyed utilizing her creativity in the classroom, especially with Art and reading.
Dorie and Boots started their family with the birth of Nancy Kristine in 1952, followed by Karen Anita in 1954, and then welcomed a latecomer, Kristin Louise in 1961. The family enjoyed many adventures, crisscrossing the country with road trips, dune buggying in the desert, boating and waterskiing at the Colorado River, RV camping, amongst many others.
Dorie was a lifelong learner, taking classes not only to enhance her career, but later for sheer enjoyment, including becoming somewhat of a computer whiz in her mid-seventies. Arts and crafts were a constant in Dorie’s life, and she became an accomplished watercolorist and a rosemauler (Norwegian folk painting). She also excelled in needlework and sewing, taking great pride in creating clothing and accessories for her young daughters, their dolls and Breyer horses.
Traveling was another passion of Dorie’s. Even into her late seventies, she took to adventure as a crew member on a three-mast sailboat along the eastern seaboard, painting in New Mexico, touring various parts of the States and abroad, including India, the Greek Islands, Scandinavia, Europe, and Central and South America.
Being involved in her community was extremely important to Dorie. Long-time friendships were formed through early involvement with the Vista Women’s Club, the Whirlaways Square Dancing Club, and its off-shoot the Sew ’n Sews. During her life, she was also involved with the local chapters of Panhellenic and Alpha Chi Omega sorority alumnae, the Olive Teachers group, the Sons of Norway as well as the Vista Historical Society. She had been a member of First Lutheran Church of Vista, and of late, San Marcos Lutheran Church. As part of her faith communities, Dorie enjoyed Bible studies, women’s group, vocal and hand bell choirs, ushering, and serving on various committees.
Dorie valued education, healthcare, and empowerment for all, volunteering at the Friends of the Library bookstore and the Tri-City Hospital Auxillary gift store, working with Girls, Inc., and being actively involved with P.E.O. since 1952.
She is survived by her: daughters, Nancy Rowles and Kristin Olsen; son-on-law Jeffrey Hanson; grandchildren Jonathon (wife Julia), Amanda, and Matthew (wife Amy) Rowles; Scott (wife Kiran), Christopher, and Kevin (wife Jennifer) Hanson; great-grandchildren Emily, Tyler, and Wesley Rowles (Jonathon), Isabella and Liam Hanson (Christopher), Seth Hanson (Kevin), Sahaj Sekon and Jesse Hanson (Scott); and baby Rowles (Matthew) due in September, as well as other family members and beloved long-time friends.
Dorie was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Barbara Nevada Kennedy, her brother, Robert F. Timm, Jr., her husband, Irving E. “Boots” Olsen, and most recently, her daughter Karen Anita Hanson.
Her zest for life, learning, and community will not be forgotten, nor will her keen observations, lovely sense of humor, zinging wit, and gratitude for family, friends, and the little things in life during her later years. She lived to celebrate her 91st birthday on February 27th with her closest friends and family.
Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 10:30 a.m. at San Marcos Lutheran Church, 3419 Grand Avenue, San Marcos, 92078. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her honor to the following organizations that were of import to her:
PEO Foundation donations.peointernational.org
San Diego County Library, Vista Branch (760) 643-5100
Girls, Inc. of San Diego County http://www.girlsinc.org
WELLSVILLE – Mildred L. West, 88, formerly of Vista, Calif., passed away Wednesday (April 13, 2016) at Highland Health Care Center in Wellsville, surrounded by family.
Mrs. West was born on Aug. 31, 1927 in Inglewood, Calif. to William K. and Maude D. (Ralston) Mudgett. On Aug. 14, 1944 in Las Vegas, Nev. she married Leland E. West. On Nov. 25, 1972, at the Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, they renewed their vows. Leland predeceased her on Feb. 10, 1997.
Mildred worked as an inspector for Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo, Calif.
Millie is survived by a daughter, Donna D. (Gary) Brown of Andover; nine grandchildren, Lori (Sal Salvaggio) Rhein of Mastic Beach, Donna (LeRoy McGhee) York of Wellsville, Anna Locascio of Ocala, Fla., Michelle (Tim) Foley of Spring, Tex., Daniel (Kathy) Longworth of Dothan, Ala., Lee (Kristy) Brown and Jerry (Amy) Brown, both of Andover, Colleen Csizmar of Orange, Conn. and Jennifer (James) Walsh of Sugar Hill, N.H.
Additionally she has 23 great grandchildren, Mitchell Rhein, Zachary Rhein, Crystal (Bill) Ferguson, Kyle York, Kurt York, Kaela Simard, Bryce Foley, Brittany Foley, Nick Longworth, Taylor Brown, Shelbie Brown, Kaleb (Alicia) Brown, Ashley Brown, Daniel Brown, Fiona Brown, Rhiannon Brown, Cormac Brown, Aine Brown, Noah Csizmar, Sophia Csizmar, Rita Walsh, David Walsh and Mary Walsh; 6 great great grandchild, Tera Harrison, Michael Ferguson, Ezra Ferguson, Sandra Ferguson, Aleeah Brown and Lincoln Brown; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Sandra Longworth; two sisters, Gladys Fink and Helen Plew; and four brothers, Ray Mudgett, Wilmer Mudgett, Lawrence Mudgett and infant Lester Mudgett.
Millie enjoyed gardening. She and her husband loved to travel to various destinations in the U.S. They took a train trip to Alaska on one of their adventures. In her younger years, she enjoyed crocheting and in later years would play BINGO and Skiball with her Manor Hills friends.
There will be a time of visitation on Thursday from 1-3p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Chris Mattison of the Andover Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Mildred’s name may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services, Inc., 100 South Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895 or SPCA Serving Allegany County, 1374 NY-19, Wellsville, NY 14895.
Friedl Opacity June 7, 1914 – April 6, 2016
Vista Friedl Opacity died Wednesday, April 6th 2016. A 60-year resident of Vista, California, Friedl grew up in Vienna, Austria, the youngest of four children of her beloved parents, Gerson and Regina Kern. As a young girl, she studied piano at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, and remained an enthusiastic and knowledgeable music-lover her whole life.
As a young woman in Vienna, she met her husband of 47 years, then medical student from America, Ernest Opacity. Ernie and Friedl first moved to New York City, and then to Vista where they made their home atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, amid orange trees and birds of paradise. They were singularly devoted to one another and, following Dr. Opacity’s death in 1982, Friedl continued to celebrate his legacy and memory.
Friedl was preceded in death by her brothers Dr. Joshua Kern, Dr. William Kern, and Frederich Kern, and her sisters-in-law Margot Kern, Leni Kern, and Stella Angela Kern. She is survived by her niece Regina Kern, cousins Fran Halpern Goldstein and Joan Halpern Gross, Ernie’s niece Carol Opacity, and an extraordinary constellation of steadfast and loving friends who supported her throughout her later life all of whom will treasure her loving memory. In accordance with her wishes, Friedl died in the home that she and Ernie cherished.
Funeral services will be conducted at Eternal Hills cemetery on Friday, April 15, at 12:30PM. A reception will follow, hosted by the Reverend Charles Wright at the Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside, California. Friends and family are invited to attend.
(Source Melanie Peet and Rick Ring)
Norman Eugene Thomas, a 1968 graduate of Vista High School, Palomar College, and Fullerton State majoring in glass art, passed away May 21, 2015. He was born in Los Angeles, California, March 18, 1950, and moved to Vista in 1958. He lived in Vista until 2002 when he relocated to Vancouver, Washington to be near his mother, Ola Mae Thomas. He is proceeded in death by his parents Leroy and Ola Mae Thomas of 1402 Montgomery Dr., Vista. He is survived by his widow, Alice Thomas of Vancouver, Washington and his sister, Carol Thomas Montague, now of Oxford, North Carolina, a niece, Geneva Arness of Oxford, North Carolina, and nephew, Micah Montague, of Maryville, Tennessee and two great-nieces and two great-nephews
David was born April 14, 1949, in Escondido, California to David Franklin and Joi (Drummond) Hutchins. He grew up in Vista. After graduating from Vista High School in 1967, David joined the Air Force. He served 4 years, including a tour in Da Nang, Vietnam. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, David returned to Vista. He worked for his dad before starting his own business, Hutchins Concrete Contracting.
David married Donna “Sue” Angel in February 1971. They had three children, Ginni, Matthew, and Carrie.
David was preceded in death by his father, David Franklin Hutchins in 1993 and his mother, Joi Drummond Hutchins in 2008. He is survived by sister, Janet Mosemak, brother, Steve Hutchins, sister-in-law, Shellie Hutchins, his children, Ginni Barkley, Matthew Hutchins, and Carrie Hutchins. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren.
The family wishes to express appreciation for the many messages of condolence. The family is also grateful for the services of Mission Hospice and Home Health.
Christopher was born at Camp Lejune Marine Corps Base, North Carolina April, 15, 1953, to James and Carolyn Radlinski.(both deceased) He was raised in Vista, CA. He attended Vista High School and was very active in choral groups as well as drama groups while in attendance. He graduated from Quantico High School in 1971, at Quantico Marine Corps Base with Honors as Salutatorian and had the honor of delivering the commencement speech in front of a Five Star General.
He graduated from San Diego State University in 1975 and continued on to law school graduating from California Western School of Law in 1977 and was admitted to The State Bar of California in November of 1978.
He was married in 1983 to his wife Jane Radlinski and raised his step-son Christopher Tyschen. He is survived by his wife Jane, step-son Christopher and his wife Jaime, two grand-daughters, Gabriella and Camille Tyschen, siblings, brothers Bruce and Marc Radlinski, sisters Candy Robertson and Lynn Shrader, also, many nieces and nephews who were all very loving helpful during his life and his illness. He is also missed by his beloved dog, Prince Rainer.
A memorial mass will be held on Friday, January 15, at 11 AM at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church 41875 C St, Temecula, Ca. Friends of the family are welcome.
JonPaul “Toby” Flanagan of Bishop, CA was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on January 25, 2016 following a three-year battle with cancer; he was 76 years old. Born in Honolulu, HI June 28, 1939, to Jim and Irene Flanagan, the family moved to Vista in 1944.
Toby attended Vista High School where he excelled in sports. He lettered in track and basketball and was a football standout making the varsity squad his sophomore year (1954). Toby was chosen Avocado League Player of the Year in 1956 by the Breitbard Foundation and honored as Athlete of the year 1956-1957 upon high school graduation. He attended Palomar Junior College in San Marcos where his athletic achievements continued. He scored 32 points in the first half of the 1958 game vs Santa Barbara City College setting a single game school record for most touchdowns scored, most interception returns for touchdowns and most points scored. Those records remain unbroken. As a Palomar Comet, Toby was named South Central Conference Scoring Champion in 1958, a first for the school. He went on to be named Player of the Year in 1958 and 1959.
In 1961 Toby met Patricia Fleeup. They were married in 1962 and welcomed three children into their family.
Toby was Delivery Manager for Drue’s Appliance in Vista from 1964-1989, followed by 10 years transporting disabled veterans to the VA Hospital in La Jolla, California.
In 1999 Toby and Pat moved to Bishop. He worked in maintenance at both Round Valley School and the Bishop Elementary Schools, retiring in 2009.
Toby played rocking chair softball and enjoyed many years coaching his daughters in softball, also coaching pony-colt baseball. He umpired rocking chair and girls softball. Toby’s passion was fishing, particularly the South Fork of Bishop Creek where he followed catch and release protocol alongside his dog, Duffy.
Toby volunteered at the Methodist Church Soup Kitchen. Always happy to lend a hand to friends and neighbors, he will be remembered by many as the kindest soul they ever met.
Cherishing his memory are his wife of 54 years, Pat; daughter Charlotte Files of Vista; grandson David Aguilar III and his daughter, Daphne of Anchorage AK; grandson Tyler Files and his children Xavier, Jayden and Bailey; granddaughters Kristin Dahl and Jordan Files of Vista; daughter Katie Sanders, husband Brad and grandson Mason of Gilbert AZ; cousins Eileen Rozhon of Evergreen Park IL, Phil Guzik of Rhinelander WI; nephews Mike, Tim, Jimmy and Matt Flanagan. Toby was preceded in death by his son, JonPaul Jr. in 1969; brothers Mike and James, and his parents.
Rosary will be Friday, February 5 at 6pm followed by a Funeral Mass February 6 at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father John Gracey officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall where all are welcome to attend and celebrate Toby’s life.
In lieu of flowers, it was Toby’s wish that donations be made to Witness to Life, 849 N. Home St., Bishop, CA 93514
Fred Earl Mitchell, age 82, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 21, 2016. He died shortly after enjoying time fishing with his best friend.
Born on May 16, 1933, in Glendora, California, Fred spent his childhood days there before moving to Oceanside in 1943. He graduated from Oceanside High School in 1951 and earned an AA degree from Oceanside-Carlsbad Junior College (now Mira Costa College).
Fred began working for the Oceanside-Carlsbad Unified School District in 1953 as a bus driver. Simultaneously, he went to night school at Long Beach State University and earned a driver education and driver training credential. With this credential, he began teaching at Oceanside High School. He retired in 1993 after teaching for 40 years of service to the district. He officiated football and basketball for many years, umpired baseball, and spent several years as an assistant baseball coach.
His hobbies included fishing, golfing, and woodworking. An active member of Carlsbad Community Church, Fred loved the Lord with all his heart and expressed this love in service to the Church as an elder, usher, helper, and occasional handyman.
Fred is survived by Alice, his wife of 34 years; son and daughter-in-law Dale and Dawn Mitchell of Fallbrook; son and daughter-in-law Ron and Jeanette Mitchell of Vista; daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Vance Manakas of Moorpark; step-daughter and husband Cheryl and Robert Evans of St. Joseph, Missouri; step-daughter and husband Lucinda and Loren Burkhalter of Chariton, Iowa; and step-son Rex Gray of Ankeny, Iowa. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by first wife Virginia Mitchell, father and mother James and Anna Mitchell, and his brother and wife Hugh and Betty Mitchell.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 12:00 noon at Carlsbad Community Church. A lunch reception will follow. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to Carlsbad Community Church Benevolence Fund in memory of Fred Mitchell. The church address is 3175 Harding Street, Carlsbad, CA., 92008 and the website is 3c.org. Inurnment is at Eternal Hills in Oceanside, California.
She is survived by James Douglas, Katherine Acuña & Thomas Holland. Her youngest daughter, Rebecca R. Holland, preceded her in death in 1980. Flory was married to James Holland (a Vista High School teacher) for 35 years, then divorced. He died in 1984. She is also survived by her sister, Bernice Aleff (of Sheboygan, Wisconsin), 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 2 great great granddaughters.
Flory was born in Calumet, Michigan in 1920. Born & raised a Roman Catholic, she attended Catholic school. After high school she worked at Heinemann’s Bakery. She was so proud that in spite of her small stature, she could carry more plates on her arms than any other waitress.
She had a short marriage to Kenneth Douglas, Jimmy’s father.
During World War II, she was a welder at Ryan Aeronautical Aircraft fulfilling her duties as Rosie the Riveter.
She met James Holland while he was still in the Marine Corps during the war.
In 1968, Flory & Jim opened Flory’s Cakewalk in Plaza Camino Real next to JCPennys. She really enjoyed running that shop. People would just come by for a coffee & chat. She loved that.
She was a long time Republican and a member of the Republican Women’s Club until her death. She served as membership chair and then as club president. She even attended several Republican National conventions, including the 1981 convention when Ronald Reagan was elected candidate.
A private memorial was held at her home.
Betty Stuart Roberson
She was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. At the age of 19, she met and married the love of her life, Willie G. Roberson, known to all as Billy. He joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17, served a two-year enlistment, and was recalled to service when the Korean War began. They spent the next 28 years making a home wherever the Marine Corps sent them. Betty was the quintessential military wife, known for her gracious hospitality and warm heart. She served others at every opportunity – playing piano for the chapel, teaching Sunday School, volunteering as a Red Cross Gray Lady, and serving as president of the Officers Wives Club.
When she saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time she longed to live near, and after many years of moving they finally settled in Carlsbad. There, African Violets became her passion, and she served as president of the San Diego Daytime African Violet Society, a senior judge, and a national director of the African Violet Society of America.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 43 years Billy, brother Ray “Buddy” Stuart, and her parents Esburn and Jewell Stuart. She is survived by her four children; Bill Roberson and wife Denise, Linda Carter and husband Dave, Cyndi Hamilton and husband Paul, and Betsy Romero; grandchildren Katelyn Marchese(Brandon), Kristina Roberson, Bryan Smith(Leslie), Rachel Phillips(Cale), Dan Hamilton, Sarah Valdivia(Michael), Mickey O’Malley and Emily Romero and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Jeannie Matheny(Richard) and five nieces and nephews.
Billy’s sudden death at the age of 62 forever changed her world. While comforted by her church, her family and friends, there was a hole in her heart. We are sad she is no longer with us, but rejoice knowing she is no longer suffering and is finally home. She was a devoted wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother & great-grandmother and dear friend to many. She was so very special.
A private committal service will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery for the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org).
If you ever met our Mom it was probably because you were either needing counseling or just simply wanting a kind word. Mina Jo Sirovy, PhD had a knack for attracting lovely people who simply needed someone to help them navigate back to sanity or to sane situations. Her passion to help you in whatever your need was – was simply, her life goal.
Mina grew up achieving Valedictorian status all thru High School and College. She graduated from Polson High School, Magna Cum something in several Colleges and finally graduated with her PhD in Psychology in her late 30’s in San Diego. She was now officially equipped to save the world.
During that time she married a career Air Force Pilot and gave birth to two especially beautiful daughters (can you tell who’s writing this)? Jo Lynn Barnicoat and Kim Barnicoat-Greenler. Her 1st marriage was to the love of her life but unfortunately it suffered from the separation military life can bring. She did go on to marry 2 more times to very nice gentlemen, Bill Johnson and the recently passed Robert Sirovy of Vista.
In her early 20’s Mina pursued a career in modeling and over several years became a much sought after bathing suit model and modeling instructor. She was one of “those” people who had to drink multiple chocolate shakes to keep the weight on.
Being someone who was not only beautiful on the outside but also of “Mensa” level intelligence . . . she pursued her dream of helping others by studying Psychology and Counseling. She was thrilled to hang her own “shingle” in the early 1980s in Vista and later Carlsbad California and & had her own weekly call-in radio show. The things she disliked the most in her career were testifying in family court regarding heart wrenching custody cases and doing all the long involved insurance paperwork. Her loves were truly helping people understand how special they were and seeing themselves beautiful even in all their personal chaos.
Mina loved to go out to eat, loved movies and popcorn, and she especially loved the sea air and the beach. Family was everything to Mina and everyone who met Mina felt her genuine kindness and just how special & gentle she was.
Mina is survived by her younger brother David Haight, who is a professor of Philosophy in New Hampshire . . . and oh the many late night debates and conversations those two had – as well as the loving sibling ribbing and deep belly laughs they shared.
Mina is also survived by two daughters who will carry on her legacy, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. All who will miss her terribly.
Instead of flowers we bring you a special request from Mina: please do a random act of kindness for some undeserving (or even deserving) poor soul in remembrance of her.
Thank you for all the sweet goodbyes and prayers for our Mom and our family. Mina was deeply loved and a truly wonderful and beautiful lady.
Melvin I. Helmuth1930-2015Melvin I. Helmuth, of San Marcos, CA, passed away Tuesday, October 20. He was 84.Mel was born December 1, 1930, in Arthur, IL, the heart of Illinois Amish country. One of his favorite stories to tell new acquaintances was that his first “car” was a horse and buggy. In 1951 he received his draft notice, but he was granted alternative service because of his family’s Amish/Mennonite beliefs. As part of his alternative service he spent a year in Germany with the Mennonite Central Committee building houses for East German refugees.After returning from Germany he married Elsie Borkholder on November 9, 1952. They resided in Indiana for several years, welcoming three children during that time. In July 1963 he moved his family to California in search of a warmer climate, settling in the Los Angeles area. Two years after moving to California Mel and Elsie welcomed their fourth child.In 1975, Mel once again moved his family, this time to Vista. The following year he started his own bookkeeping and income tax business, naming it Melco Business Service. In 1995 he sold the business, now thriving, to his son, Philip. He continued working in the business part-time right up to the end.Mel is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Elsie, and his four children and their spouses: Anna (Richard) Dunlap; Ruth (Matt) Faulkner; Jon (Lana) Helmuth; and Philip (Stephanie) Helmuth; five grandchildren: Christopher Dunlap, Scott Dunlap, and Janelle Dunlap; David Faulkner and Ashley Faulkner: and two great-grandchildren: Kirah Dunlap and Lily Dunlap. He is also survived by a younger brother, Reuben Helmuth of LaGrange, IN; along with many nieces and nephews.A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at the Rancho Vallecitios Mobile Home Park clubhouse, 3535 Linda Vista Dr, San Marcos, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the San Diego Zoo in memory of Melvin Helmuth, San Diego Zoo, P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112 or online at sandiegozoo.org/memorial. These donations will be used to establish a permanent memorial to Mel.
Elsa Singh March 28, 1933 – October 2, 2015
Elsa Singh passed away peacefully on Friday, October 2, 2015 surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
Elsa was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 28, 1933 to Lucille and William Milby. She graduated from Girls Latin School and went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from Drew University and a Master’s degree in social work from USC where she met and married her husband, Inder Singh, who preceded her in death in 1994. They raised their family in San Marcos, California where she was involved in numerous non-profit organizations, taught adult education at Palomar College, and was an active member of the United Methodist Church.
Elsa lived and led by example through her service to others, her devotion to family and friends, and her dedication to her community and the arts. Whether it was in faraway places like Romania or India, or in her own community of San Marcos, Elsa was committed to using her life to improve the lives of others, bringing light and laughter to everyone she met. She lived everyday with love and hope, and always looked for the best in all of life’s circumstances. Elsa Singh was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Elsa is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Bill and Candy Singh, daughter and son-in-law Varinda Missett and Eric Straus, daughter Jinda Singh and fiancé David Calder, and her five grandchildren, Mitchell Kuhnert, Austin and Halle Singh, and Samantha and Madison Missett.
A celebration of her life will be held on October 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the San Marcos United Methodist Church, 800 W. Mission Road in San Marcos, CA. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Nine Girls Ask? a local organization dedicated to finding a cure for ovarian cancer, or Interfaith Community Services.
Carsten D. Carlson 1920-2015
Lieutenant Colonel Carsten D. Carlson, 95, of San Marcos, CA passed away on August 31, 2015. He was known affectionately to friends as, Carl. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Carlson and sons, Carsten Carlson of Sun City, AZ and Samuel Carlson of Ackworth, GA., brother Charles Carlson of Sultan WA, sister Sarah Jones of Ridgecrest, CA as well as four grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his first wife Rhoda, of Tacoma, WA, his sister Margaret Geisler and brother Vernon Carlson. He was born on February 13, 1920 in Havre Montana to Charles and Celeste Carlson. In 1931 his family moved to Vista, California. In 1937 he enlisted in the US Army. A career officer, he saw worldwide duty including WWII and Korea. Lieutenant Colonel Carlson retired from the Army in 1963. Moving to Tacoma, WA he worked for the City of Tacoma as its director of emergency services.
His wife Rhoda, passed away in 1985. He married Betty Jo on March 1, 1987. They moved to California and eventually settled in San Marcos, CA where he served as a volunteer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department into his 90s. He will be buried with honors at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Michael was baptized into the Church of Jesus Latter-Day Saints in Fulton. He worked as a plumber for Magnum Plumbing . While attending Vista High School in Vista, CA., he was a competitive swimmer and was on the water polo team. He graduated from Alta Vista High School in 1978. He attended Community College in El Paso TX and St. Petersburg, FL. Michael faced many obstacles in his life, but always emerged a stronger and better person. He was generous and giving, always willing to help his community, and often used his talents as a plumber to help others. Michael had two cats he cared for deeply, Katy and Squeakers.
Those remaining to cherish his memory include his father and step-mother Robert and Elinor Williamson of San Teresa, New Mexico; mother and step-father, Sandra and John Angle of Mammoth Lakes, CA; aunts and uncles. Kay Gagna, Dee Maghe, and Bill Piatt of California and Oregon; cousin Shirley Maddox of Fulton; and special friends, Delsa Byrd, Flynn Nickens, Steven Lawson. Tom Machinsky and Shawna Neal.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Gregory Williamson.
HALL OF FAME MEMBER – By Jack Larimer
Bernard Rappaport was born in Israel and moved to the United States as a child. After service in World War II, he and his family moved to Vista. Much of his life here was devoted to public service. He was elected to the Vista Hall of Fame in 2014. What follows is from the Vista Hall of Fame booklet.
Bernard “Bernie” Rappaport, a veteran of World War II, his wife, Lenore, and three children;
Gideon, Hannah, and Sharon moved to Vista from Los Angeles in 1969. Before coming to Vista
he was an engineer in the infancy of the semiconductor industry (before the invention of the transistor).
Once he settled in Vista, he began to involve himself with the community in a variety of ways.
From 1971 to 1977, Bernie was a member of the Vista Planning Commission and served as chairman of the commission for part of his term. In 1977, he was elected to the Vista City Council. He served as mayor from 1978 – 1980. Bernie served on the boards of the Rancho Vista National Bank and the Vista Community Clinic. He also served on the San Diego County Grand Jury for a year.
During their 1990 – 1994 campaign to raise money for the construction of a new library, Bernie became actively involved with the Friends of the Vista Library. He was the chairman of the fund raising committee and was instrumental in organizing the “Buy a Leaf” campaign that was very successful and continues to bring in money for the library. When the State Library Board was deciding what libraries to provide construction funds for, Bernie heard that the desperately needed Vista library was far down the list of priorities. He went to Sacramento and pleaded the case for Vista. Our library was made a priority
due to his efforts. Thanks to his leadership, the funds were raised and designated by the state library
system so Vista was able to open a much needed new library in 1994. He continued to be an active member of the board of the Friends.
From 2005 – 2006, Bernie chaired the citywide campaign to pass Proposition L. This was the ¼% sales tax initiative that passed in November of 2006. This additional money provided the City of Vista with much needed revenue. The money raised funded two new fire stations, the sports park, and the new city hall civic center, as well as other city construction projects.
Bernie became president of the Friends of the Library in 2004 and remained president for 6 years.
During his tenure as president, the Friends were able to donate $237,500 for matching funds to the Vista branch of the San Diego County library system. This money was matched by the county library system.
In addition, $86,913 was provided directly to the Vista branch of the county library system for numerous books, programs, magazine subscriptions, tapes etc.
As president, Bernie was responsible for bringing the “First Sunday” free concerts to the community. He also organized free piano lessons at the library for several students and worked with the library to develop after school programs.
Reprinted from the Vista Historical Society Newsletter
August 1967 – September 2015
Len Charles Carter of Vista, California, died Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at home.
Len was born August 29, 1967 in Pasadena, California, the only child of Helen Louise (Isherwood) Carter and John Buck Carter (deceased).
Len married the love of his life, Lisa Marie (Feeney) Carter on December 20, 2013. Although married only a short time, Len and Lisa spent three years as a couple before deciding to marry. Len and Lisa attended Vista High School together, Class of 1986 and 1988 respectively, and met and became friends during their involvement in Future Farmers of America. They kept in contact for several years after graduation, but as life moved forward, so did they and they lost touch with one another. After an eight year absence, Len visited the last place he remembered Lisa worked and on January 4, 2010, friends were reunited. That was a day that changed their lives forever. Their friendship blossomed into something Lisa certainly didn’t expect. Len proposed in June 2010, and after Lisa said yes, Len confessed that he had loved her since high school.
Len is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Lisa Carter, of Vista, stepson, Daniel Driggs II of Escondido, stepdaughter, Emyleigh Driggs, step-granddaughter, Ryleigh Driggs, of Vista, and loving and devoted mother, Helen L. Carter of San Marcos, and loving mother-in-law Judy Schuler of San Marcos. Len didn’t have children of his own, but Ryleigh was the absolute light of his life. She gave him purpose everyday and to the very end, he took care of her and kept her safe. Known to her as “Pal”, those two were best friends. One of his joys was to teach her all about Star Wars and baseball and at only five years old, she knows the characters in Star Wars and she knows baseball. “Pal” will be greatly missed and will never be forgotten.
Len is also survived by the most devoted friends and although he wasn’t good at keeping in contact, he loved you all dearly, even though he wasn’t good at expressing it.
Services will be held at a later date.
Lyle Kenneth Mueller
12/11/1947 – 6/16/2015
New Harmony, Utah, Lyle Kenneth Mueller, 67, passed away on 6/16/2015 at Dixie Regional Hospital. In St. George, Utah. Lyle was born 12/11/1947 in Escondido, California to Kenneth Arno Mueller and Carla Jean Schroeder Mueller.
Lyle was a resident of Southern California, Vista, Oceanside and Temecula where he managed his own heavy equipment business, “Lyle’s Dozers.” Lyle enjoyed the outdoors and was a member of many different jeep and ATV clubs. He moved to New Harmony in 2001 where he explored the many wonders of Utah and the surrounding areas through his ATV clubs. Lyle served in the Navy Seabees during the Vietnam Era from 1966 -1970.
He is survived by his sister Linda Mueller Siegrist and nephews Aaron Mueller, Nicholas Mueller, Kevin Mueller and Kenneth Siegrist as well as one niece, Christine Siegrist. He was preceded in death by his brother Steven R. Mueller, and his parents Kenneth and Carla Mueller.
A celebration of Lyle’s life was held at his residence in New Harmony for his Utah family and friends. Internment will take place in the Fairhaven Cemetery in Orange, California with his California family and friends at a later time. A short memorial service will be held at 12:30 pm in the chapel at Fairhaven cemetery with internment to follow.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Fairhaven Memorial Park, Orange, California. Lyle did not care for flowers of any sort but loved his animals including his parrot and his two feline friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Best Friends Animal Society 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741 or on the internet at www.bestfriends.org in Lyle’s name.
Now enjoying his favorite fishing spot in Heaven, Carl left this life on August 5, 2015, 1 day after his 69th birthday surrounded by his family. Born in Wilmington, DE, the only son of Carl and Charlotte (Baker) Black, He became the patriarch of the extended Black family at 15 upon his father’s death.
He learned as an adult that his father’s real surname was Sawatsky which resulted in the discovery of many new relatives throughout his life. After serving three years as a Navy Seabee, two tours of Viet Nam in 1965-66 and receiving a Purple Heart, Carl, whose true gift was the ability to sell anything, worked hard to realize his dream of owning his own business.
Moving his family to Vista, CA, Carl started his own State Farm Insurance Agency in the 80’s. Carl was a member of the Vista Optimist Club, served one year as the head of Vista’s Downtown Redevelopment Agency, a life member of Viet Nam Veterans of America and the VFW. He loved fishing, hunting and boating.
After 25 years, health issues forced his early retirement in 2005. Carl and his wife, Wendy spent the next 10 years living between Florida and California visiting family and friends all over the United States and Canada. Carl bought a motorcycle and learned to ride in his fifties. A Christian since childhood, family was Carl’s first priority and he spent his life helping others, including many strangers.
He is survived by his wife, Wendy(Sheldon)Black of Murphys, CA, one daughter, Colleen Renee Black of Fort Myers, FL, one son, Carl C. Black, III “Chip” (husband David) of San Francisco, CA. His only grandchild is Madison Wendy Renee Black of Fort Myers, FL.
Carl’s memorial service will be held September 26th in Murphys, CA. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to USO.org where Carl and Wendy met in 1964 and support our troops away from home. For further details contact: Blacks1News@gmail.com.
Served in Special Forces, guided hunts
Longtime valley resident and outfitter Sammy Lyle Coutts died May 20 at St. John’s Medical Center. He was 72. His family provided the following.
Reprinted from the Jackson Hole News & Guide
Sam was born Nov. 19, 1942, at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California. He was raised on his family’s hunting ranch training bird dogs and so began his passion for hunting. Sam graduated from San Diego City High School in 1960.
He then moved to San Marcos, California, where he attended Palomar College and met Linda McGeragle. They were married for 20 years. He enlisted in the Army in 1963 and went into a Special Forces training group to become an engineer/demolitions man. He was assigned to the Third Special Forces group in Vietnam where he became a member of A-503 Mike Force, the countrywide reaction force for Special Forces. Sam was a platoon leader and company commander and later promoted to staff sergeant. Despite being one of the smallest units engaged in the Vietnam conflict, the group flies 20 campaign streamers on its colors.
Soldiers from the group are among the most highly decorated warriors in the history of our nation, including but not limited to Presidential Citations, a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Valorous Unit Award.
After finishing his military career he started Coutts Plastering in north county San Diego, which grew to be one of the largest plastering companies in the area between the years of 1976 to 2000.
Sam took a hunting trip in 1970 and stayed at the Spotted Horse Ranch, south of Jackson, which is where he found his piece of heaven. He loved the area and hunting so much he went into the outfitting business. He was an outfitter for more than 30 years, growing the business into several hunting camps operated as C4 and Camp Creek Outfitters, owned and operated Camp Creek Inn and lastly, the Black Powder Guest Ranch in Bondurant.
Sam continued military training for our country’s elite forces, including the Delta Force, U.S. Navy SEALs and Air Force Special Tactics Units all the way up until two weeks before his passing.
Sam was a dedicated philanthropist and gave everything to the causes he believed in including building the Optimist Club and Little League park in Vista, California, leading Wounded Warriors hunting trips, and serving as an active member on the board of the Jackson Hole Outfitters and Guides Association and the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association. The last 20 years of his life he resided south of town in Porcupine Creek with his cowgirl companion Julie Hagen.
Sammy Coutts is the son of Sam Lyle Coutts and Irene Meeker of San Diego. He is survived by his children, Samuel Fred Coutts and fiancee Allison Williams of Encinitas, California; John and Alison Coutts of Vista, California; and Carlton and Cathy Loewer of Jackson, their mother Linda Coutts-Griffith; his two sisters, Sandra Marciel and Sally Coutts; his four grandchildren, Jake Stockford Coutts, Garret Ray Loewer, Casey Lee Loewer and Savannah Grace Coutts; and his love, Julie Hagen, of Jackson. Sam Coutts gave so much to everything and everyone who knew him. He was one of a kind, and the Hoback valley, Jackson Hole, the state of Wyoming and this country he loved so much, will never be the same without him. His character and larger than life presence will be greatly missed by many. Reprinted from the Jackson Hole news & Guide
Russell E. Burns 4-2-1945 to 4-8-2015
People come in and out of your life. Some stay with you forever. That’s what happened when I met Russ Burns. Recently a new neighbor of Russ’s described him as being “instantly likable”. I can’t think of a better way to explain why he and I became such close friends. He loved greeting strangers with gruff remarks to see how they reacted. His first words to me were “Don’t you know how to drive?” Some might take this as a challenge but luckily I saw through his bluster and soon we were working side by side as we cooked up a big breakfast for a bunch of hungry campers.
Camping was something Russ and his wife Laverne have enjoyed for many years with a Good Sam Club based out of Riverside, California. They call themselves the Kountry Kampers. The membership includes over two dozen of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Russ Burns served as their president for 2013 and 2014.
When I’m asked by people what was my relationship to Russ Burns, I usually reply “it’s complicated.” You see, Russ has a brother Butch who lives in Arizona (Actually he had 10 brothers and 4 sisters). However, Butch Burns was married to my late sister and so we started out as quasi brother-in-laws. That didn’t last long and soon we found ourselves referring to each other as brothers.
Russell Eugene Burns, and he hated that middle name, was born on April 2, 1945 to Foster and Flora Burns in Rockford, Illinois. His surviving relatives include his wife, LaVerne, his brothers, Butch, Fred, Larry, and Dewey Jr., his sisters, Sylvia, Sandra, and Lydia, and a daughter, Rachael. There are also many nieces and nephews that will miss Russ.
Russ was a graduate of Marana High School in Arizona where he played on the football team and did some FFA judging. Russ was also very proud of his military service with the U.S. Army and he was an advocate of Veteran’s affairs and benefits. He truly was a patriot and always flew the American flag where he lived or camped.
Russ loved building and working on old cars. He built several hot rods and helped restore an old fire engine in Lake Elsinore. He once donated a 1948 ford pickup truck to a charity sale to benefit Veterans.
He was a proud Step-Dad to LaVerne’s son, Daniel. Daniel was a special child that needed special care. Russ never hesitated to help provide that care and he showered lots of love on Daniel and LaVerne’s other children.
Russ was a successful businessman and he logged in over a million miles of accident free trucking. At one time he was the CEO of Burgess Trucking in Los Angeles. His leadership skills were evident in everything he undertook.
In recent years Russ was fighting conditions that were the result of his military service in Vietnam. Exposure to the chemical, Agent Orange, had weakened his heart to the point where it was only functioning at a mere nine percent. VA doctors were amazed that he was able to continue his struggle for so many months with his heart performing so weakly. Just like everything else he did in his lifetime, he fought for his life with every bit of strength he had in him.
Before his passing Russ accomplished a long time goal of converting to Catholicism with Fra David from Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside.
I will miss my friend and brother, Russell E. Burns.
James E. Peterson
Oceanside -Jim is survived by his wife, Laudelina (lovey) Hart Peterson; his son Edward; his daughter Jamie Peterson.
Jim was born in Encinitas in a home as there were no hospitals. Like his father, he was an Elk for 60 years.
He was a golfer and was so proud he played in the Bob Hope Tournament and played all over the world.
He graduated from San Diego State College after serving in the Army and was in the insurance business (self-employed) for over 50 years.
Malia Joy Langen died on December 1, 2014 at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital in Los Angeles. She had valiantly battled leukemia for the past year. Although hospitalized for almost four months, her courageous spirit and effervescent personality drew people together, even in her final days, and she was surrounded by loving admirers to the end.
Malia was born in Oceanside, California on September 4, 1976. She attended schools in Vista and graduated from Rancho Buena Vista High School in 1994. She received a degree from Palomar College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of San Diego. She obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Television Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In 1999 she began work at CBS Television as a page. In 2002 she became part of the comedy development team and was promoted to the executive position of Department Coordinator in 2005. As part of the CBS family, she participated in developing many successful shows and initiated innovative programs, gaining the respect of her colleagues in the industry. She had a particular passion for assisting and mentoring writers.
Malia was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at the age of twelve and received a kidney transplant at eighteen. Despite her own health challenges, her focus was on giving to others. She was Chairman of the Board for Renal Support Network, a national advocacy group for kidney patients. She was involved with the organization’s annual Kidney Prom and lobbied at both the state and national level for rights for dialysis patients. She volunteered for Donate Life Hollywood and for The Painted Turtle, a camp for children with chronic illnesses.
Malia enjoyed music, theater, and dance. She had an appreciation for nature, especially the beach. She supported environmental causes and was recently appointed an Honorary Advisory Board Member of the Catalina Ecology Project. Malia loved to travel and made friends across the country and all over the world.
Malia was preceded in death by her sister, Molly Musser. She is survived by her mother, Teresa Weseloh; her father, Kenneth Langen, and step-mother, Patricia Langen; her brother, Charlie Musser; her sisters, Catalina and Olivia Langen; grandparents Gwen and David Plank; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a multitude of friends, who will miss her beautiful smile and contagious laughter.
Malia will be honored with a funeral mass at the Historic Old Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside on Tuesday, December 9, at 1:30 pm. A reception will follow at the Langen family beach house in Carlsbad, and in compliance with Malia’s wishes will feature good food, music, dancing, and conversation. A private burial will take place at Eternal Hills Cemetery in Oceanside.
Donations can be made in her name to Malia’s favorite charities: Renal Support Network (rsnhope.org), Donate Life (donatelife.com), and Be the Match (bethematch.com), through which lives have already been saved thanks to our precious Malia.
Dorothy Jean Steinman Ossenfort Our beloved mother, Dorothy Jean Steinman Ossenfort, 80, was called home to the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. She passed peacefully at home. She was preceded In death by her husband, Lt. Col. Richard C. Ossenfort, (ret.) in 1975 and their daughter Caroline Ossenfort Solano in 2005.
Dorothy was an elementary school teacher. After her husband’s death, she went back to school and became a travel agent. While raising her children she worked for Royal Travel in Escondido and SATO at Camp Pendleton.
After her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. This past year she was blessed with two great granddaughters who she adored.The family was stationed in Hawaii for five years, and returned to the mainland in 1972 where they made their home in Vista.
Dorothy is survived by her three children, Karen Ossenfort, Ann Carey (Dan) and Curt Ossenfort (Lizette). She also is survived by her sister Anne Christensen. Dorothy also is survived by grandchildren John Carey, Kristina O. FitzSimons, Brian Carey, Ryan Solano, Victoria Ossenfort, Lauren S. Lathem, Ben Ossenfort and Adam Solano and her two great granddaughters; two nieces, two nephews and many loving friends.
A Celebration of Dorothy’s life was held Thursday, Oct. 23 at North Coast Church Vista. It was Hawaiian themed.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to The Wounded Warrior project
Derwent (Jay) Dement, age 86, of Oceanside, CA passed away on September 13, 2014 at Evergreen Chalet Assisted Living Facility in Vista, CA. He was preceded in death by his wife Delores (Dee) Dement, his brother Tom Dement and daughter Donna Medeiros.
He is survived by his wife Anna Dement, his sons Peter Dement, Rick Dement and Michael Dement, grandchildren Jake Dement, Nicole Dement, Erica Dement, Max Dement, Kaitlyn Dement, Chelsea Dement, sisters Doris Duley of Oscar, KY, Joan Lamb of Moorpark, CA and Richard (Dickey) Dement of Paducah, KY. “Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”
Yvonne Joy Askey, 88, of Oceanside passed away on Sunday July 20, 2014. Born on July 9, 1926 in Wichita, Kansas, the daughter of the late Waymen and Gertrude (Gaskell) Beckner.
She was a graduate of Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas. She worked at the Roswell daily Record in Roswell, New Mexico, as an office manager and trainer for Times Mirror, Inc. and for Gad About Tours in Carlsbad. The wife of the late Russell E. Askey, USAF, retired.
She is survived by two sons, Russell A and wife Alana of Boxbourough, Massachusetts, and Waymen J. of Vista. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Joananna and husband Nicholas, Jonathan and wife Jennifer, Benjamin, Rebecca and husband Matthew, and nine great grandchildren, Nora, Caleb, Allan, Ashlyn, Rosemary, Cailyn, Natalie, Hazel and Hannah. She is also survived by a sister, Carole Shanahan of Vista and three nephews. Joy was a member of All Saint’s Episcopal Church. Donations may be made in Joy’s memory to the San Diego Zoo, Post Office Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112.
Vista, California died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 in Amarillo, Texas. Private Family services will be held.
Mrs. Booth was born December 8, 1937, in Maui, Hawaii, to Gloria and Lloyd Duran. She was married to Jim Booth on January 21, 1958.
Survivors include her husband Jim Booth, Daughters, Kelley Harvey, Sandy Lynn Childress, Nicole Lopez & son, James ( Joey ) Booth; Two Sisters, Anette Knox and Christine Razalan; 7 grandchildren, Jason Bailey, Mario Martinez, Kevrin Cordova, Harley LaCroix and Olivia Lopez, Erica Pisapia and James (JoJo) Booth; 4 great grandchildren, Leilauni Cordova, Kori Bailey, Kinsley Bailey and Champ Bailey.
In lieu of fowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org.
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Charles Henry Christman Memorial
VISTA –Charles Henry Christman, 92, passed away on August 6, 2014. He was born in Huntington, IN on September 29, 1921, the son of Earl and Buryel Christman. Prior to moving to California in December 1953, Charlie was a farmer in Indiana. In California, he worked for SDG&E as a utility locator for 26 years. He was actively involved with Vista Little League, PTA, the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Traffic Safety Commission. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Christman in 1979.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 33 years, Katherine Oury Christman; his sister, Harriet Fouts; his children, Sandy Buckley(Buddy), Nancy Dorey (Paul), Dan Christman, Patty de Jong, and Dick Christman (Kay); three step-children, Linda Rogers (Joel), Brenda Shively (Brian), Paul Oury (Cathy); 23 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
There will be a visitation held at Allen Brothers Mortuary, 1315 S. Santa Fe. Ave., Vista, CA 92083 on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 4pm to 7 pm. Memorial services will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 1147 Discovery St., San Marcos, CA on Wednesday, August 2014, at 1 pm.
SHIRLEY ANN BETRAUN, August 8 1925 – June 3, 2014
Shirley Ann Wilkinson was born in Lynnwood, California on August 8, 1925. She grew up in Lynnwood, where she attended school into early college. She was an accomplished majorette, marching in many parades with the well known “Long Beach Rainbow Girls”, including the Rose Parade.
The onset of World War II brought her to work for Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, which was part of a consortium making B-17’s for the war effort.
When her family eventually moved to Vista, she met and married Raymond Thomas Betraun on April 18, 1948, and they settled in Vista. Ray worked with his father and brothers at A.E. Betraun & Sons Construction Company. After his father retired, Ray continued the business as Betraun Construction Company, and Shirley worked with him as office manager and bookkeeper. Ray passed away in May 1991.
Shirley and Ray were founding members of All Saints Episcopal Church, which was built by A.E. Betraun & Sons Construction Company. Shirley was every active at All Saints throughout her life and served for many years on the Vestry, as did Ray. She was very involved in the ongoing renovations and maintenance of the church property over the years. Both Shirley and Ray were also very active with the Vista Historical Society throughout their lives.
Shirley was a devoted and supportive wife to Ray during his lifetime. She was a very loving mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed immensely the company of her friends. She had a keen eye for detail and a wry sense of humor. She was interred on June 18 at Eternal Hills Lakeview Cemetery next to Ray.
Shirley is survived by two daughters, Vicki Betraun Schraner of Rancho Santa Fe, California and Jana Betraun Andersen of Wichita, Kansas, and one sister, Sharon Lee Logue of Cottonwood, Arizona. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Rob Schraner, Elise Schraner Thornton, Mike Schraner, Cameron Andersen and Colin Andersen, and two great grandchildren: Genevieve Thornton and Dravin Andersen, the son of Garrett Andersen, who preceded Shirley in death in May, 2008.
Vermeyen, Jacques… passed away peacefully on Sunday June 22 at Evergreen Chalet in Vista. A funeral mass will be held at 10 AM Monday, July 21 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Vista. Graveside Service will be held at Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery in Oceanside at Noon. A reception-farewell will begin at 1:00 pm at Ciao Ristorante Italianio Banquet Room at 2015 E Vista Way, Vista.
Passed away Tuesday, April 29th. She was past president and member of the Vista Elks Lodge Emblem Club. Her Funeral service • Friday, May 9, 2014 • 2:30 PM Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery • 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego
(Directions to Fort Rosecrans: From Interstate 5 South or Interstate-8 West: Exit at Rosecrans Street, turn right on Canon Street, turn left on Catalina Boulevard.)
Celebration of Life for Harris Chuck on Friday, May 23, 2014 Burial: 12:30 PM • Reception: 2:00-4:00 PM Church Service at 10 a.m. Grace Anglican Church • 4055 Oceanside Blvd. #P • Oceanside, CA (Located in the Rancho del Oro Commerce Center between Avenida del Oro and Rancho del Oro)
Burial with Military Honors: 12:30 PM Eternal Hills Memorial Park – Court of the Cross Urn Garden 1999 El Camino Real • Oceanside, CA Gathering of friends and family to follow Vista Elks Lodge • 1947 East Vista Way • Vista, CA
Donald Edwin Soyland
It is with great sadness we announce the loss of long time Vista resident, Donald Edwin Soyland, who passed away on March 30th 2014 at the age of 75 after a brief battle with cancer. The second child of Lars Soyland and Thilda Samseth, Don was born in Bellflower, California in 1938 and moved with his family to Vista in 1947. He graduated from Vista High School in 1957, after which he served for 2 years in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Germany. Upon his return to Vista, he worked for several companies and became the Associate City Planner of Vista at the age of 33. Later, he worked for Brown & Vogt before opening his own land planning and civil engineering firm, invested in real estate, and designed and built spec homes. For the last 15 years prior to his retirement, Don worked as an estimator for Ehmcke Sheet Metal.
Don graduated with and Associate of Arts degree from Palomar College in Geology. He was an avid golfer and belonged to the St. Mark Executive Course Men’s Golf Club.
Don is survived by his two brothers, Karl and Martin Soyland; his sister, Thoralinda Soyland; his two daughters, Sonja Soyland McColl and Ingrid Terpening; and his four grandchildren, Maxwell and Alaina Harrison and Gavin and Victoria Terpening.
Peggyann Weickgenant died peacefully after a lengthy illness surrounded by her loved ones on Sunday, April 13th, 2014. She was born on the east coast and moved to the San Diego area in 1955 to avoid those “ long cruel winters”. She is survived by 5 of her 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
In addition, Peggyann had 6 step-children and 17 grandchildren from her second marriage to dynamic north county developer Carl Pinamonti. Her passing occurred 7 years to the day after he died.
Peggyann will be remembered for many things but mainly for her love of family, quest for adventure, & generous nature. She was also known as an avid bibliophile & engaging conversationalist. She was a world-wide traveler but her favorite place on earth to visit was Hawaii. She had a life “well-lived” and she was “well-loved.”
An open house celebration of her life will take place on Saturday April 19th @ noon in Oceanside. Please call 619.840.2836 for details. Internment is being provided by Eternal Hills.
Clark William Rasmussen, Sr. August 9, 1936 – March 17, 2014 Vista, California Age 77 – Athlete, Adventurer, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Father, Grandfather, and Friend.
Linda Westendorf of Vista was called home on March 20, 2014 just three days before her birthday. She was the loving wife of Bill Westendorf and beloved mother of Stormie Westendorf. The family is in shock and disbelief of her sudden departure.
Linda is also survived by; her mother Margaret Niszoccia, sister Debbie, Mother-in-law Delores Riech (husband Edwin), brother-in-law Larry Westendorf (wife Cathy), brother-in-law Jim Westendorf (wife Jerilynn), brother-in-law Edward Westendorf (wife Faith Ann), brother-in-law Robert Westendorf (wife Susie), brother-in-law Donald Westendorf (wife Luan), brother-in-law Thomas Westendorf, sister-in-law Marie Fisher (husband Ken), sister-in-law Elizabeth Rodriguez (husband Richard), and a host of nieces and nephews who all loved Linda very much.
Linda Joyce Westendorf Nee Linda Joyce Niszoccia was born March 23, 1954 in Newark, New Jersey and she had been a Vista resident since 1984. She and Bill met in a work out gym in Palm Springs and had been married for 34 years. They attended religious services at the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. Linda taught at the Escondido Adult school for over 8 years. Linda and Stormie recently received their Masters degrees from the University of Phoenix. Linda’s dream was to start a Charter school.
On Sunday March 30, 2014, there will be a celebration a celebration of Linda’s life. Please pass the word. The celebration will be held at the Vista Elks Lodge No. 1868 at 1947 E. Vista Way, from 3 PM to 8 PM. There will be a pot luck dinner with each family bringing a main dish, side dish of salad or desert. There will be coffee, punch, tea and water to drink.
In lieu of flowers, the family said that a donation for funeral costs would be greatly appreciated. Please contact The Westendorf family at 951-922-2082 for more information.
Mary Evelyn “Evie” Hogan Daniel, died March 7, 2014. She was a long time resident of Golden Hills, San Diego. She was born on September 19, 1942 in Perris, Tennessee. She graduated from Little Flower in Memphis and St Catharines College in Bardstown, Kentucky. She was married to Charles “Ed” Daniel on November 28, 1962, in Memphis, Tennessee. As a career marine family, Ed and Evie and their three children bounced between coasts several times, beginning their life together in North Carolina, and after many moves with the Marine Corps, landed and planted themselves in Vista, California.
Evie worked as a preschool teacher for the City of Vista and later moved to the travel and tours department at the City, going to work for Kulture Karavan. She eventually transitioned to the private sector, and worked for Gadabout Tours as a tour planner and guide. Her love for the travel business never faltered and after a move to San Diego following the death of her husband, she went to work for PR Associates, Cadence Travel, and Daytripper Tours, as well as working as an independent travel planner.
Evie had an undying love of gardening, flowers, good fresh food and rarely missed a farmers market. She was a passionate cook, voracious reader and lover of good food and wine. She was a much loved mother, grandmother and friend to many.
She is survived by her children, Jason and wife Janet, Alison and husband John, Elizabeth and husband Steven, seven grandchildren, and long time companion, Dr. William Temple.
Craig Leroy Wolford, age 64, passed away on Monday February 17, 2014 in Hemet, California
Craig was born in San Diego, California on April 20, 1949. He was a boy scout of the Vista Chapter at the age of 10, and after high school attended Mesa College in San Diego. He worked as a machinist in the laser industry for several years.
A true California, Craig loved to surf and even backpacked throughout the entire state between the ages of 18-24. Lake Tahoe was his favorite pace to travel to.
However, Craig’s true love was music. As a musician, Craig was well known throughout north and south San Diego counties. He was gifted in singing, playing the guitar, piano and composing melodies. The Eagles were a big inspiration and he was their biggest fan.
Left to cherish his memory is his brother Bruce Wolford (Sheree), whom he was very close to, his father W.L. Wolford, and many other extended family members and friends.
Submitted by Miller-Jones Mortuary & Crematory – 1501 West Florida, Hemet CA
Obituary for Billy Don Line January 7 1934- Feb. 14, 2014 –Korean War Veteran, Loving Husband and Father Billy Don Line, 80, passed away Feb 14th, 2014. Billy was born Jan 7th, 1934 in Plainview, Texas. He attended Hardin-Simmons University and was a member of the Cowboy Band. Billy proudly served in the USMC and was a Korean War Veteran and lifetime member of the VFW. Prior to retiring, he worked for decades as a Farmer’s Insurance agent and Real Estate Appraiser. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Martha, three daughters, Anna Kiesel, Roberta Geralds, and Terri Wenz and one grandson. Graveside services with full honors will be held on Tuesday February 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM in Miramar National Cemetery 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122. In lieu of flowers the family would like to suggest donations to the VFW or The Alzheimer’s Association.-
Obituary for Michael Paul Napier – January 31, 2014 – Vista, California -Michael was a resident of Vista, California.
Amador, Teresa — Teresa Amador passed away peacefully on November 8, 2012. She was born October 7, 1934 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Pedro R. Amador, her husband of 47 years, preceded her in death in 1997. She was also preceded in death by her son, Peter; and her daughter, Felicitas. She is survived by her children, Juan, Norma, Margarita, Maria, Evaristo, Lupe and Sofia; 24 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., on Thursday, November 15, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Vista