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Ketterer, Lorraine Leone - Ramona  
Lorraine Ketterer, 91, passed away April 21, 2015, at Pomerado Hospital in Poway. She resided in Ramona, California, for 40 years. Born June 5,1923, in Great Falls, Montana, she was raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the daughter of Albert Roach and Mildred Jacobs. She became a registered nurse and worked in San Francisco where she met Frank R. Ketterer. They were married on Treasure Island on January 19, 1945, and spent many years traveling to different duty stations while Frank served in the US Navy. They raised three children, James (Susan) Ketterer, Diane (Larry) Tagle and Laurie Engel. Lorraine is also survived by ten grandchildren, Kim, Keri, Scott, Rene, Erin, Mark, Angela, Katherine, David and Jacob and 11 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind two sisters and two brothers. Lorraine enjoyed tending flowers, including decorating the altar for Sunday Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Ramona. She was an avid stamp collector and member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Rosary and Mass will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Ramona on Monday, April 27, 2015. She will be laid to rest at Miramar National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 532 E St, Ramona, CA 92065.
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Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Apr. 30, 2015
San Nicolas, Pedro Jones - Ramona  
Pedro Jones San Nicolas was born in the town of Piti on the island of Guam on October 2, 1950. Known as Pete, he was the oldest of seven children born to Juan and Dolores San Nicolas. Pete joined the United States Army two months before his eighteenth birthday in 1968. He served as a United States Army Airborne Ranger during the Vietnam War. He was severely injured on patrol in Vietnam on January 2, 1970, when he stepped on a land mine that took his legs, left eye and full use of his left arm. He recuperated at The Presidio Hospital in San Francisco until 1972 where he was awarded the Purple Heart for serving his country. He then moved his entire family to San Diego, California, where he met and married Valeri Lynn Reeder on February 8, 1975, and they had two children. She predeceased him in 1997. Pete married his wife, Joan Reese San Nicolas, in 1996 and moved to the wide open spaces of Benton, Arkansas, in 1998. There they enjoyed a quiet life with their many adorable animals, including his pet ferret, BooBoo. Joan also bravely walked with him through his final battles with severe medical issues and Cancer the past two decades, supporting and loving him as he passed on April 13, 2015, at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, Joan San Nicolas; his daughter, Anessa (Brian) Peterson, and their children, Joshua, Carter, Natalie and Audrey; son, Peter (Shayna) San Nicolas, and their children, Mikaela, Blake and Farrah; and siblings, Bino, Rose, Lillian, Lena and Kenny. Pete was a member of the VFW, active in scouting and patriotic recognitions, and volunteered at the local schools while his children were attending. He also was a member of the Order of the Freemasons Santa Maria Lodge 580. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design in 1989 and worked for SAIC for several years in their Graphics Department. Pete never met a stranger and would often make trips to the local Walmart where he would stay for hours chatting with service men and women he'd meet in the store. As a younger man, he would roll his wheelchair through the town of Ramona for several miles a day, even up the steep grade of 6th Street. He was an avid movie watcher and huge fan of Bruce Lee and all action movies. He loved and enjoyed life to the fullest despite his physical setbacks or medical issues. He'd perk up for visitors and guests even if he was in pain in his last days. His family and friends have called him the most patriotic man they've ever known as he loved and respected the United States of America. Pete San Nicolas was a light, inspiring and encouraging everyone who crossed his path. He was and always will be a Hero to those who had the privilege of knowing him. A Memorial service will be held on May 2, 2015, at 3 pm at Mountain View Community Church, 1191 Meadowlark, Ramona.
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Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Apr. 23, 2015
Skeen, James Edward - La Jolla  
James Edward Skeen, age 82, passed away peacefully in his La Jolla, CA, home on April 13, 2015, while surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born July 8, 1932, and raised on Staten Island, NY, the younger son of Dewel and Virginia Skeen; brother to William and Virginia, each having passed previously. He graduated from Curtis High School. His earliest years consisted of playing basketball daily at MacDonald's playground. In his teens, he was the youngest summer camp counselor at Bear Mountain, NY, a beach lifeguard, and player on the varsity basketball team. Jim earned his college degree in electrical engineering. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Lenora A. Largo, with whom he shared the last 65 years of his blessed life. Their journey took them to Stamford, CT, San Rafael, Pacific Palisades and La Jolla, CA. Jim served 8 years in the Army Reserve Signal Corps. Along with his engineering background, he was a natural entrepreneur skilled in strategy, marketing and operations, working with companies such as Western Electric and Martin Marietta. Content in Stamford, he was recruited in 1966 to Sausalito, CA, by AG Schoonmaker Co. In 1969, the family moved to La Jolla to join Solar. In 1976, Jim was recruited as EVP of Superior Industries and then, became President of Cragar Wheels. In 1989, Jim returned to La Jolla as President of National Pen. He enjoyed long-tenured board service with companies such as Road Runner Sports. Always a patriot, a fond memory was serving as VP of Technology of the very successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, CA. For over 50 years, Jim was passionate about time at the beach, tennis, ocean kayaking, paddle tennis and golf. He cherished the sports, the competition and all they entail. But mostly, it was about the time doing so with his family and the friends he held so dearly. With Faith and family as their guideposts, Jim and Lenora raised three sons, Jim Jr. (Heather), Jeff (Sheila) and Mark (Mary), who with their respective families, all reside in San Diego, CA. The family expanded to include grandchildren, Lauren (Mrs. Cory Benwell), Chantal (Mrs. Casey Chambers), Carter, Megan, Haley and Patrick to be recently joined by great grandchildren, Logan and Kinsley Benwell. Always together, they enjoy making memories. Jim was a kind and selfless man who will be remembered at once, as an honorable, disciplined and successful executive who was deeply loved, respected and admired by his immediate and extended family, as well as a long list of wonderful life long and more recent friends. He fought the good fight against his illness but never complained. Instead, he continued to greet everyone with a warm smile while asking, "How are you today?" He navigated the last year of his life with strength and dignity and will always be our hero. We are generationally blessed by his many attributes and honored to be part of his legacy. A Celebration of Life will be held at All Hallows Catholic Church in La Jolla on Friday April 24, 2015, at 1pm with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to All Hallows Academy at www.allhallowsacademy.com.
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Published in La Jolla Light on Apr. 23, 2015
Steese, Frederick William - Rancho Santa Fe  
Frederick Steese, a noted North County CPA and a former president of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club, died April 15, 2015. The cause of death was an apparent heart attack, he was 63. He was born in Burbank on October 17, 1951, graduated from Granada Hills High School and earned his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University and was a Certified Public Accountant in California. Fred was outstanding in golf and baseball in high school. A local newspaper in the San Fernando Valley dubbed him "Slugger Steese" for his boxing skills. Steese joined Leaf and Cole, a public accounting firm in San Diego, shortly after graduating from SDSU. He later joined with Dick Wehmeyer to form Wehmeyer & Steese, a public accounting firm in Rancho Santa Fe. Following Wehmeyer's retirement, Steese later opened his own firm, Frederick Wm. Steese, in Encinitas in 2002. "To know Fred was to love him. He was fun, engaged and a marvelous raconteur. He could cite sports statistics and dates faster than anyone I've ever known, " said Bob Page, a former owner of the Rancho Santa Fe Review, and a longtime personal friend. He was an Aztec for Life whose love for San Diego State was contagious. If you asked him to name the starting lineup for any Aztec basketball team, no matter how many years ago, he could. He always said statistics came easily for him, "after all, I spend my life in numbers!" The irony of his death on America's tax day seems hard to fathom. True to his dedication to his clients, he resisted his friends and wife Vicki's insistence that he check himself into a hospital as he was struggling with chest pains. Unfortunately, he put work before his health. "Fred was the ultimate Aztec. He loved his alma mater," said Steve Thomas, a Rancho Santa Fe resident who shared season tickets with him. Mike Phillips, a Rancho Santa Fe resident and longtime client of Fred's, said Fred was "a consummate professional, wonderful friend, and perennially frustrated Aztec, Charger and Padre fan." He took great pride in Vicki, his life partner for 30 years. When she returned to school to earn her Masters degree in marriage and family therapy, he was so proud of her. And when he needed assistance in the office, Vicki was always there for him. In addition to Vicki, he is survived by his sister, Jackie (William) Dahlgren of Saline, Michigan; nephews, Michael Dahlgren and his daughter, Scarlet, of Saline, and Eric (Erica) Dahlgren, and their son, Jonathan, of Chicago; and cousins, Rick Farrell, Tom (Diane) Farrell, Carol Farrell, Gloria (George) Windrum and Diane (Art) Barry. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mary Jane Steese. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 4 p.m. Donations in Fred's name may be made to the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
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Published in the Rancho Santa Fe Review on Apr. 23, 2015
Thum, David Lawrence - La Jolla  
David died April 10, 2015, after a long struggle with cancer. He was born December 8, 1958, in New York City. He graduated from La Jolla High School and Santa Monica College. David lived life fully and on his own terms, right to the end. He was a very skilled carpenter but music was his passion and his profession earlier in his life. Music remained an integral part of his life and he considered it one of his greatest blessings. Descriptions of David shared by friends include, "fiercely independent, environmentally minded, very creative and an uncompromising debater." His keen intelligence, wit, humor and smile will be missed. He is the grandson of Mildred and Ray Redding, long time residents of the Julian community. He is survived by his parents, Martha and Larry Thum; sisters, Margaret (Dwayne) Miller and Carolyn (Will) Brownsberger; brother, John (Wendy) Thum; and five nieces and one nephew. Memorial services will be held on May 2, 2015, at 12 noon at 3195 Old Cuyamaca Rd., Julian, CA. In lieu flowers, contributions may be made to: Friends of the Julian Library, PO Box 813, Julian, CA 92036 or Elizabeth Hospice, 500 La Terraza Blvd., Ste. 130, Escondido, CA 92025.
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Published in La Jolla Light on Apr. 23, 2015
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