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Cheney, Jerry B.  
Jerry B. Cheney December 13, 1962 - February 24, 2015 Jerry B. Cheney joined Jesus in Heaven. Jerry is survived by his wife Pam; his daughters Laura and Holly; his grandson Xander. Jerry was an ER nurse at Victor Valley Hospital for 23 years. He is also survived by Tony, Mallory and Garret Cheney. Services will be held on March 10th at 10am at Sunset Memorial in Apple Valley. Pastor John Schmidt will be presiding over the services.
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Published in the Daily Press on Mar. 3, 2015
CLEMMONS, KAREN IRENE  
Karen Irene Clemmons September 21, 1962 - February 26, 2015 Karen Irene Clemmons, 52, passed away February 26, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was a Barstow resident for 39 years. Karen was born September 21, 1962 in Harbor City, California to her parents James and Mary Clemmons. She grew up in Simi Valley, CA and moved to Barstow in 1976. She was devoted to her significant other, Martin Reeck until he passed away in 2012. Karen was Miss Barstow in 1981. She owned Looney Tunes record store at the Barstow Mall. She worked as a waitress at Top Deck and Idle Spurs restaurants, worked at Calico Ghost town, and in Dr. Chow's office. Karen loved her family; she babysat her nieces and nephews and she spent her days taking care of her significant other Marty. She is preceded in death by her parents and significant other Martin "Marty" Reeck. Survivors include her brothers James, Paul (Cindy), and her sister Lynn (Paul) Sanetti, the Reeck family and many nephews and nieces. Services will be held Friday, March 6, 2015 at Mead Mortuary 36930 Irwin Road, Barstow at 1:00 p.m.
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Published in the Daily Press on Mar. 4, 2015
Dennis, Marguerite M.  
Marguerite M. Dennis March 28, 1918 - February 21, 2015 Marguerite M. Dennis died peacefully at her home in Knoll's West Residential. Born March 28, 1918 to Lester & Nellie (Slusher) White on a farm near Hamburg, Iowa. She was educated in a one room school house and graduated with the class of 1935. She has been a member of the Rebekah Lodge since 1940, was a past Noble Grand and served as Advisor to the Theta Rho girls of the Lodge. She worked in sales for ladies fashions, as well as years in personnel and credit departments. After retiring, she served on the board of Meals on Wheels and was an officer in the 1918 Club. She was an active member of the Jess Ranch Community Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess E. Dennis of 61 years and son, Gary E. Dennis. She is survived by daughter, Patricia Dennis/husband Duncan of Norco; son, Alan Dennis of Stanley, NC; Gary's widow, Donna of Vista; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great- grandchildren. Graveside services will be held March 4, 2015 at 11:00 am at the Montecito Memorial Park in Colton.
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Published in the Daily Press on Feb. 26, 2015
Freeman, Sarajean "Sherry"  
Sarajean "Sherry" Freeman January 18, 1937 - February 16, 2015 Sarajean "Sherry" Freeman, a long-time resident of Apple Valley, passed from this life and to her Heavenly Father on February 16, 2015 in Helena, Montana. She was 78. Sherry was born January 18, 1937 in Blue Island, Illinois; the third of four children born to Earl and Eileen Anderson. She grew up in Oak Forest, Illinois where she excelled in school and was promoted two years ahead of her age group. It was in her childhood church that Sherry began her lifelong walk with our Lord, Jesus Christ. She reared eight children in what she called a "yours, mine and ours" marriage with her late husband of 46 years, William D. "Bill" Freeman, Sr. Due to the health of their youngest child, the Freemans left Illinois in 1963 and moved to the warmer climates of the southwest. In 1967 the family settled down in Apple Valley which was their home for nearly 40 years. While tending to home and family, Sherry found time to pursue her love of the written word. She was an avid reader and a published author of Christian short stories and poetry. Her creative interests included logic puzzles, genealogy, music, painting, crafts, crochet and knitting. She truly enjoyed sharing these joys and her faith with her children and grandchildren. She rejoined the workforce after more than 30 years as a homemaker in the employ of St. Mary's Medical Center in Apple Valley where she worked until retiring. Years went by and her children scattered from coast-to-coast; so, in 2006 Sherry and Bill moved too. They went to Helena, Montana to be with their eldest son. Sherry was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Freeman, Sr.; her brothers, Leroy and D. Vincent Anderson of Illinois; and her son, John H. Booth of Apple Valley, CA. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Fisher of East Carbon, UT; sons, Gordon R. Booth (LT. Col. USAF Ret.) of Helena, MT and William D. Freeman, Jr. of Shelton, WA; daughter, Linda J. Gorman of Arnold, MD; step-children Cynthia Wolcott of Apple Valley, Billie Neininger of South Bend, IN, Joanne Cook of Livingston, MT, Susan Vadeboncoer and James Freeman of Beaver Dam, KY. She was blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A graveside service for Sherry will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Victorville. She will be laid to rest alongside her family at Victor Valley Memorial Park, Victorville, CA. Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home in Helena is in care of the arrangements.
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Published in the Daily Press on Feb. 26, 2015
MARENCZUK, HELEN  
Helen Marenczuk October 26, 1917 - February 28, 2015 Helen Marenczuk, longtime resident and educator in Victorville, passed away February 28 at the age of 97 in Bremerton WA. She was beloved wife of the late Wesley Marenczuk, mother of Pat (Tim) Baker of Longview, WA, and Pamela (Alan) Lee of Bremerton, grandmother of Jack (Kara), Dan (Deborah), Jay, and Jeffrey (Amy), also great-grandmother, aunt and friend of many. Helen was born in 1917 on a ranch near Hemet, the fourth of five daughters. After high school she completed business school and worked for Bank of America. While working she attended and graduated from The Bible Institute of Los Angeles in 1948. Then she began nurses' training at Hollywood Presbyterian hospital when she met Wesley Marenczuk. They were married in 1950. She graduated from University of Redlands and both Helen and Wes taught school for many years in Victorville, where Helen retired in 1984. She was also very involved in their local church. In 1992, after Wes passed away, she moved to Washington to be closer to family.
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Published in the Daily Press on Mar. 4, 2015
Olney, Cecil Willard  
Cecil Willard Olney December 24, 1917 - February 19, 2015 Cecil Willard Olney, Hesperia resident since 1968, died at home February 19, 2015. He was 97. Willard was born the day before Christmas 1917 in Pasadena and after graduating from high school, he worked as a photographer until Pearl Harbor Day when he joined the Navy and served as an aerial photographer until war's end. He and his brother, Winston, then formed a successful rug and furniture business, selling it in 1967. He moved to Hesperia in 1968 and worked as a Realtor and home-builder until 1999, when his beloved wife, Gwyne, passed away. Willard leaves three daughters from an earlier marriage, a stepson and daughter, 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many friends, convinced he is the luckiest man on earth.
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Published in the Daily Press on Mar. 4, 2015
SAENZ, MARGARITO "MARGO"  
Margarito "Margo" Saenz September 30, 1937 - February 28, 2015 Margarito "Margo" Saenz, 77, returned to his heavenly home on February 28th, 2015, after a valiant battle with cancer. The Rosary will be held Wednesday, March 4th at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 5th at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and graveside services will immediately follow at Mtn. View Memorial Park. A reception will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Church's Noonan Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Soup Kitchen or Community Hospice of Victor Valley.
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Published in the Daily Press on Mar. 4, 2015
Stokes, Gretchen  
Gretchen Stokes November 15, 1945 - February 22, 2015 Gretchen Stokes, 69, of Apple Valley passed on to the arms of her Heavenly Father on February 22, 2015 in Victorville. She was born in Pomona, California on November 15, 1945 to Dan and Ehla Jo (Hutchens) Gilbert. She had a love of literature her whole life and put this to good use after receiving her degree in English Literature at San Diego State. She went on to teach 19 years in the Hesperia School District, largely at Sultana High School. The higher ups would always say to the other teachers, "how come you don't get as high of test scores as Mrs. Stokes." Her faith in the Lord was a huge component of her character; her love of our Father was unequaled. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, James Stokes of Apple Valley; her mother, Ehla Jo Triplett of Bakersfield; her children, Tarone Bittner and his wife Bernadette of Davis, Damien Bittner of San Francisco, Brandon Bittner and his wife Christie of Claremont and four grandchildren. Gretchen was predeceased by her father, Dan Gilbert and her son Torr Mixon. Visitation will be held at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 24000 Waalew Rd., Apple Valley, CA. on March 5, 2015 at 12:30 pm, with funeral services starting at 1:30 pm.
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Published in the Daily Press from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2015
Trobee, Raymond Glenn  
Raymond Glenn Trobee June 11, 1938 - February 16, 2015 Raymond Trobee of Apple Valley, was deeply loved by his family and friends. Raymond had a passion for racing and loved anything to do with it. He is survived by 5 children, Denise Williams, Doug, Darla, Dana & Dennis Trobee; his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Bill & Merle Trobee & Sadie Raines; nephews, nieces and many wonderful friends. A Celebration of life will be on March 21, 2015 at 2:00pm in Montclair. Please contact a family member for the address.
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Published in the Daily Press on Mar. 3, 2015

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BASTIAN, MARIAN NORMA  
Marian Norma Bastian January 2, 1920 - December 19, 2014 Marian Norma Bastian passed away peacefully on 12/19/2014 with family by her side. She was born in Leonard, ND on 01/02/1920 to Gilbert and Norma (Grasswick) Elliott. She was one of six siblings, all of whom preceded her in death. She married James Robert Bastian on 09/02/1938 and had ten children. Sons "Little Jimmie" and Dwight Bastian, and daughter Nancy Bastian preceded her in death. Marian is survived by Carol Montague of Yucaipa, CA; Judy Kendrick of Apple Valley, CA; Jane (Ray) Fleenor of Rio Rancho, NM; Bradley (Espie) Bastian of Blanchard, ID; Laurie (Dan) Ragsdale of Blanchard, ID; Donna (Tom) Rash of Sparks, NV; and Gail (Larry) Vanderpool of Apple Valley, CA. She had numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. After raising her children and later in life, mom took a job as an Athletic Attendant at Cal Poly, Pomona. She loved working with the professors, staff and especially the students. She particularly enjoyed setting up for special athletic events (mostly Women's Volleyball). After her retirement from the university, Marian lived the last seventeen years in Apple Valley, CA. She was a very strong-willed woman and was proud to live on her own and take care of herself through her later years in life. She was excellent at sewing (once designing and making clothes for the family of Lawrence Welk). She created her own patterns and sewed clothes for her daughters (all seven of them) for many years, including a few wedding dresses. She also loved to crochet and became skilled at quilting, crocheting afghans and making quilts for her children and many grandchildren. She won many blue ribbons at the Los Angeles and San Bernardino County Fairs. She was known by family and friends for her wonderful homemade bread and watermelon and chocolate pies. Our mom loved camping, fishing, traveling, gardening and hiking. She was good at remembering jokes and would entertain everyone with her wonderful sense of humor. She traveled to many states and countries with family and friends throughout the years. She was an avid hiker, having hiked the Grand Canyon while in her 70s with her longtime friends, Ann and Winnie. She was also a Yosemite High Sierra Loop Hiker back in July 1986. Although mom had ten children, she had a different, unique and special relationship with each one of us. She was truly a very giving and loving mom, grammy and grammy great, and will always be missed. We love you with all our hearts Mom. Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear.
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Published in the Daily Press on Feb. 28, 2015
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