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Mina Jo Sirovy ObituaryMina Jo Sirovy, PhD (Doctor of Psychology) born August 19th, 1934 in Polson Mt, changed residence from Oceanside Ca on October 31st, 2015 to go live in Heaven with all the other angels.

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. Helmuth
Melvin 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 1933 – 2015

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

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Lieutenant Colonel Carsten D. Carlson

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.

carl obit picHis 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 Williamson, 54, of Fulton MO. passed away on Monday, October 19, 2015 at his home.Born on March 15, 1961 in Quantico, Virginia, the son of Robert Earl Williamson and Sandra (Piatt) Angle.

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.



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


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.


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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.



Carl Black 1946-2015

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: [email protected]


couttsSammy Lyle Coutts, 72, November 1942 – May 2015

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 4/02/1935-3/09/2015

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.


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Malia Joy Langen 1976- 2014

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.

http://www.rsnhope.org/ – http://donatelife.net/ http://bethematch.org/




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

https:/support.woundedwarriorproject.org. Click here to make a one-time donation in her memory.


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Derwent (Jay) Dement

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 1926-2014



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.


barbara boothBarbara Booth

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.


Christine Egerer

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.)


harrischuckHarris Chuck

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.


Fred Milton Gross 1939 – 2014
Fred Milton Gross Obituary
Gross, Fred Milton 03/14/1939 ~ 04/18/2014 CARLSBAD — Fred Gross, born in Boston moved to Vista, California, when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Vista High school and San Diego State University and took over his father’s insurance business “Gross Insurance Agency”. Over the years he continued to work in the insurance business, Johnson and Wood in Carlsbad and finally with Alta Vista Insurance owned by George and Marge Francis.
Fred was 6’6″ tall, a master wood worker and as a hobby made beautiful furniture. He also was a well known chef and made many wonderful meals, not only for his family but also prepared dinners for charity auctions, in particular the Moon Light Theater of Vista and The Girls Club of Vista. Fred met Vicki Monahan in 1992 and they fell in love, finally getting married in 2005. They were always, from day one, very much in love. They loved European travel and began traveling in 2003. Their last trip, before Fred became so ill, was to Canada in 2009. Fred is hugely loved by a large group of close friends that will miss him dearly.
Fred leaves behind his brother John Gross and sister Joanie Laib, two daughters Nicole Rouette and Renee Hinely, his stepdaughter Meagin M. Scott and seven grand- children, Max, Zoe, Sam and Lizzy Rouette, Arabella M. Scott and Makayla and Sarah Hinely. A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, May 24th, at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church on East Vista Way in Vista, California.
Directly following the service, there will be a gathering of friends and family at the home of Tim and Judy Black in Vista. May God bless his beautiful Soul.


Peggyann Weickgenant


peggy2Peggyann 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 Joyce Westendorf  March 1954 – March 2014westendorf-linda

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.

Robert R. Roberts – April 4, 1931 – January 10, 2014 – Vista, California | Age 82 • Husband, Dad, Soldier (US Army, Retired) and Research Scientist


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


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