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