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Finfrock, John Montgomery - Poway  
Poway John passed away in Poway with his family at his bedside. John was loved and he loved life.John was born and raised in San Bernardino and worked there most of his life. He retired in Poway 12 years ago. You could often see him in his electric wheelchair cruising Poway.May the Angels be with you. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ pomeradonews . John Montgomery Finfrock June 9, 1937 - June 14, 2016
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Published in the Pomerado News on June 23, 2016
Gerard, Myrna - Rancho Bernardo  
Rancho Bernardo Myrna Gerard passed away on May 26, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Manning, South Carolina, the youngest of three children. She then moved to Greenville, Mississippi, where she met the love of her life, Richard, who preceded her in death in 1998 after almost 40 years of marriage. She was the proud wife of a USAF officer, and a loving, devoted mother of two daughters. Once her girls were grown she became a successful real estate agent. Myrna moved to Rancho Bernardo in 2006 to be closer to her grandchildren and she made many great friends. She was proud, strong and always a "southern belle". She loved to cook and entertain, and always had the most elegant parties. Myrna is survived by her two daughters, Tanya Gerard and Kristen (Jeff) Zeimantz; two grandchildren, Sara and Taylor; and her sister, Dehra Harris. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ pomeradonews . Myrna Gerard May 3, 1937 - May 26, 2016
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Published in the Pomerado News on June 23, 2016
Harmon, Larry Rheuben - Rancho Bernardo  
Rancho Bernardo Larry Harmon, age 76, passed away at his home in Rancho Bernardo, after a short illness. He grew up in South Boston, VA. Larry was appointed to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he graduated in the class of 1962 with a degree in engineering. Larry became a pilot in the United States Air Force flying KC-97s and C-130's. He later became a pilot with American Airlines where he retired as a Captain in October, 1999. Larry is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lois; son, Jeffrey (Dianna); and daughter, Julie (Randy) Johnson. He leaves behind four grandchildren, Savana and Sydney Harmon and Christopher and Courtney Johnson; his mother, Frances Savarese; sister, Gayle (Denny) Brandon; and Clarence Wilson, whom he considered a grandson. His father, Rheuben "Pete" Harmon, predeceased him.The three loves of Larry's life were his family (especially the grandkids), piloting airplanes and swimming with the turtles in Hawaii every year. He took his family on many trips around the world and coached their ball teams, always encouraging them to be the best that they could be. Later in life he did the same with the grandkids, attending their events and volunteering in their classrooms and on field trips. He was a good man, husband, father and grandfather.A Memorial Service will be held at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. A committal service with military honors will be held on July 7, 2016, at 12:30 pm at Miramar National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Larry would love it if you would make a donation to the Pacific Whale Foundation, Honolulu, Hawaii; the Turtle Rescue Organization in San Diego; or your favorite charity. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ pomeradonews . Larry Rheuben Harmon October 3, 1939 - June 12, 2016
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Published in the Pomerado News on June 23, 2016
Pinnell Jr., George Leonard - La Jolla  
George Leonard Pinnell Jr. October 8, 1928 - May 3, 2016 La Jolla George Leonard Pinnell Jr. was born in the original Scripps Hospital in La Jolla and passed away at his home in La Jolla surrounded by his wife, Kathy, and daughters, Lori and Leslie. He was a graduate of La Jolla High School where he was a star football, basketball, baseball and shot put athlete who earned the nickname "The Vanishing Viking" for his exploits on the football field. He was also senior president of the 1946 graduating class.George always had a close connection to La Jolla where he worked as a La Jolla postal carrier early in his career and later as a pharmaceutical representative. One of his great passions was coaching. He coached Pony League in La Jolla for 13 years during the 1960s and 70s. George was asked to be an assistant varsity baseball coach by Bob Allen, the head varsity baseball coach at La Jolla High. He accepted the offer and coached on a volunteer basis for 17 years, retiring on his 80th birthday.He was preceded in death by his parents, Allene Clark Pinnell and George L. Pinnell Sr., and son, Kenneth A. Pinnell; and his mother, Audrey Jewell Pinnell. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Garcia Pinnell; daughter, Laura Elena (Kenji Carlos) Nishihara, and their son, Kenzo Carlos Nishihara; daughter, Leslie (James) Van Epps, and their son, Todd Van Epps, and his fianc, Stephanie Micek; Melissa Austin (Abraham) Lopez, and their daughter, Sierra Hollis Lopez; and grandson, Robert Christian Gonzales, who lived with his grandparents and was a vital participant in the loving care and comfort of his grandfather.The family would like to thank George's caregivers: two women who became our friends and adopted family members, Melissa Ducey and Christine Lucus Goodwin; our two night caregivers from Meridian Home Care, Raul Dean and Nick Ruehle, who were very professional and caring and always reliable; Scripps Home Health Care and Scripps Hospice, Dr. Susan Bodtke, Nurse Rebecca Scott and home health aide, Jeremy Bibelheimer. Also, George's team of doctors who attended to him at Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. David Cohen, Dr. Scott Simon and Dr. Pauline Q. Uddin.For years and especially the last five months of George's life, Christine, our daughter Lori, our grandson Robbie, and myself made up the core team. I speak for all of us when I say it was truly our honor and pleasure to take care of the man we so deeply loved and respected for how he lived his life and the love and emotional security he provided us. George will always be "our loved one."A Celebration of Life to honor the generous, giving, steadfast and loving life of George L. Pinnell Jr. will be held in July 2016 for family and close friends.In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate a donation to La Jolla High baseball. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ lajollalight .
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Published in La Jolla Light on June 23, 2016
Pisanos USAF, Colonel Steve N. - San Diego  
Colonel Steve N. Pisanos, USAF November 10, 1919 - June 6, 2016 San Diego I was born Spiros Nicholas "Steve" Pisanos in Athens, Greece. Coming to America in 1938 as a crew member on a Greek Merchant ship and unable to speak English, I got a job in New York and earned money to start flying lessons to fulfill my boyhood dream to become an aviator. Still a Greek national, in October 1941 I joined the British Royal Air Force's 71 Eagle Squadron, one of three Eagle squadrons in the RAF comprised of American volunteers.The USAAF 4th Fighter Group absorbed the American members of the Eagle Squadrons in September 1942. On May 3, 1943, I was naturalized as an American citizen in London, England, becoming the first individual in American history to be naturalized outside the Continental United States.On March 5, 1944, I obtained my10th aerial victory and while returning from a B-17 escort mission, crash-landed south of Le Havre. For six months I evaded the enemy and worked with the French Resistance.Returning to the United States, I was assigned to the Flight Test Division at Wright Field, Ohio, and subsequently served as a test pilot testing the YP-80 jet aircraft. During my career in the USAF, I graduated from the University of Maryland, attended the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College. In December 1973, after a distinguished thirty years of service in the United States Air Force, I retired with the rank of Colonel.On September 26, 2003, I was inducted into the Commemorative Air Force's American Combat Airman Hall of Fame and on October 25, 2008, into The San Diego Air & Space Museum's International Aerospace Hall of Fame, and made a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in September of 2009.On June 30, 1946, I married the love of my life Sophie. As a result of 66 years of marriage we leave our two children, son Jeffrey (Carol); daughter, Diane (Richard); grandchildren, Brandon Pisanos and Nicole Wells; and great-grandchildren, Baron and MacKenzie Wells.I am incredibly grateful to America beyond imagination, and always will be. I thank the Army Air Force that ruled the sky over Europe in WWII and the USAF that gave me the most satisfying years of my life. And from the bottom of my heart, I can sincerely say that I am proud to be an American, and even though I have taken my uniform off, I am always ready to wear it again and march forward to defend the United States of America against all enemies. I love you, America, and always will.The church service will take place at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Cardiff, CA 92007, on June 30, 2016, at 10:00 am with graveside services at Miramar National Cemetery at 12:30 pm with full military honors. A reception will follow at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA.In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3459 Manchester Ave., Cardiff, CA 92007, or the San Diego Air & Space Museum, 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ pomeradonews .
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Published in the Pomerado News on June 23, 2016
Zuanich, Kristine Beade - La Jolla  
La Jolla Kristine Beade Zuanich was born at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, to her parents, John and Kathryn Thomas.A 4th generation San Diegan, Kristine grew up in Mission Hills and graduated from San Diego High School. While attending San Diego High, she met Martin Zuanich and they married in 1969. Kristine and Martin had two children, Danielle and John. Over time, her family grew to include a beautiful grandson, Ford Ruhnau. In addition to raising her children and being a homemaker, Kristine worked in the San Diego Zoo public relations department.Kristine married Dr. Lew Cunningham eight years ago.Kristine had a passion for gardening and a great love for animals, both which she was able to fully enjoy in the last few years while at her beautiful home in picturesque Borrego Springs. She was also a world traveler who visited Africa and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, but most of all, Kristine enjoyed spending time with her family.Kristine passed away peacefully on the morning of June 12, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests a donation in Kristine's name to the Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ lajollalight . Kristine Beade Zuanich March 5, 1946 - June 12, 2016
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Published in La Jolla Light on June 23, 2016
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