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Clare, Margaret Pew  
Margaret Pew Clare March 28, 1924 - December 13, 2014 Margaret Pew Clare, of Albany, Oregon died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at her home in Albany, OR, she was 90. She was born March 28, 1924 in Oakland, CA to Russell Hill and Velva (Millett) Pew. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Berkeley, CA and lived there for several years before finally moving and settling in Long Beach, CA during 1927, because her father was transferred by his employer, Mobil Oil Co., to Terminal Island. She attended Lafayette Elementary, Washington Jr. High and graduated from Poly High in 1942. After going to Long Beach Business College she worked for Bethlehem Steel, on Terminal Island and Richfield Refinery, in Watson, CA during WWII. She moved to Salt Lake City, UT in 1945, and worked in the office of Horman Construction Co., where she met their nephew, Melvin LaVare Clare. They were eventually married on June 24, 1946 in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After their marriage, she worked for Salt Lake Hardware Co. In 1946, Mel and Margaret moved to Long Beach, CA where they raised their 4 children. Later Margaret also worked for Jay Boyle Inc., about 1966/67 and for Seiko Corp. in Wilshire from 1970-1973. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she held many positions; Stake Secretary of the Young Woman, Ward Newspaper editor for Gleaners and M-Men, Secretary of Long Beach Stake MIA, Stake Primary Board, Ward Primary Teacher then Secretary under 4 different Primary Presidents, Counselor in the Relief Society organization. Also taught Relief Society and many genealogy classes and genealogy workshops, was the Genealogy Librarian at the Wilshire/Los Angeles Latter-Day Saint Temple grounds and at the Long Beach East Stake Genealogy Library, where she was a Counselor and trained others to be librarians there. In September 1980, Mel and Margaret moved to Sandy, UT and they lived there until November 1993. In Utah, she was Relief Society Culture Refinement teacher, Granite Grandmother Chairwoman. Did extractions in the Family Extraction Program and was Ward Librarian. In December 1993, Mel and Margaret moved to Albany, OR, where Margaret has been Primary Secretary, Chairman of the "No Host Luncheon" committee that meet each month. She has also been a visiting teacher for over 65 years in all three states. She has been a genealogist since she was 16 years of age, building over 18 huge binders of her ancestors. Since moving to Oregon, she has been entering all of this information into her computer to make it available to her entire family. She has always enjoyed this hobby as well as reading and spending time with her family, especially watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up. She has been a world traveler with her husband, to many countries. They have visited all of the Scandinavian countries, Russia, China, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Greece, England, Scotland, Italy, France, the Canary Islands, Hawaii, Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Panama Canal and the Orient. They also traveled a lot in the states and their favorites were New England, steamboatin' twice on the Mississippi River and Ohio River and Alaska. While in Oregon they enjoyed going to the coast and up to Sisters. Their last cruise was in 2002 and was with their son, David and his wife, Barbara, across the Atlantic (2nd time) to Italy, Spain, and France. She is survived by her children: Stephen and wife, Alaing Clare of Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada; Joyce and husband, Pat Buckner of Corona, CA; Cindy Major of Albany, OR and daughter in-law, Barbara Clare also of Albany, OR; 11 grandchildren, Shawn and wife, Anne Clare; twins, Christine Clare and Julie, and husband, Matt McEwan all of Albany, OR, Joshua Clare of Vancouver, WA, Ryan and Samantha Clare of Canada, Paul, Crystal and Jennifer Buckner of CA, Cassandra Major and Merusshomaru(Meru) Tsuki Inuyouki (formerly Melissa Major) of Olympia, WA; 13 great-grandchildren, Emma, Kassandra, Miller, Katrina, Kameron and Hannah Clare of Albany, OR, Bradley Clare of Vancouver, WA, Ariona Nash and Madison Williamson both of Eugene, OR, Michelle and Quinton Garcia of Philomath, OR, Olivia Johnson of Olympia, WA, and Abbegale Porterfield of Corona, CA. She is also survived by her brother, Russell Hill Pew Jr. of Auburn, CA and sister, Carolyn Jean Jones of Long Beach, CA. She is preceded in death by her husband Melvin LaVare Clare of Albany, OR (9/23/2014); son, David Melvin Clare of Albany, OR (1/30/2003); her parents, Russell and Velva Pew of Long Beach, CA; her brother, Donald Millett Pew of Las Vegas, NV (2/13/1993) and granddaughter, Jessica Lynn (Clare) Lund of Albany, OR (6/2008) Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel on 28th street in Albany, OR. She will be laid to rest at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OR with her husband. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Evergreen Hospice of Albany, OR for all the wonderful care they gave, in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 S.W. Washington St. Albany, OR 97321. Online condolences for the family may be posted at www.fisherfuneralhome.com . Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits .
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Dec. 18, 2014
Cox, Sarah Hawkins  
Sarah Hawkins Cox Sarah Hawkins Cox (Betty) passed away peacefully on November 28th. She was 86. Betty was born on November 13, 1928 in Barnesville, Georgia. During the Great Depression, her family moved west and settled in Bremerton, Washington, but she lived most of her life in Long Beach, California. For the last 15 years she lived on Loma Avenue with her faithful dog Baylee and surrounded by dog loving friends. Betty is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Clark and Lisa Cox and grandchildren, Calin and Ciera Cox of Seattle, WA; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Nancy Cox and grandchildren, Kelli and Kenneth Cox of San Diego, CA; daughter and son-in-law, Leigh and Martin Danielsen and grandchildren, Sophie and Oliver Danielsen of Oslo, Norway; and her lifelong friend, June Fletcher. Betty will be missed by all. Per her request, no services will be held. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits .
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Dec. 14, 2014
Raithel, Jerry N.  
Jerry N. Raithel Jerry Norman Raithel was born August 4, 1937 at St. Luke's Hospital in Wellington, Kansas. He was the oldest of three children born to Kenneth N. Raithel and Betty Lorene (Payne) Raithel. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. He spent his youth in Wellington, Kansas surrounded by his extended family of aunts, uncles, and grandparents. He and his family moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1959 where he attended Roosevelt Middle School and Wichita North High School. In football he played center and linebacker and also was defensive captain. He also participated in swimming and baseball. After high school he attended Wichita State University where he played one year as a center on the freshman football team, but with the passing of his father in 1954, he was forced to get a job and help support his mother and two sisters. He was able to help by working at Ark Valley Produce and then as a signal tower operator for the Wichita Union Terminal Railway Co. While attending W.U. he went on to complete his B.A. and Master's degree in English. In 1969 he got his first teaching job at Lakewood H.S. in the Long Beach Unified School District. With additional course work at UCLA and C.S. Long Beach he earned his counseling and administrative degrees. While teaching at Marshall Middle School he met the love of his life Judith (Juilleret) Raithel and was happily married for 46 years, He was also blessed with daughter Renee and son Richard. After 40 years in the LBUSD, he completed his educational career as Head Counselor at Lakewood where he began his career going full circle. Jerry was active in coaching Rick's Little League and soccer teams and helping his daughter on school projects. Jerry was also a real estate salesman for Ellis Schrader R.E. and Herbert Hawkins R.E. in the 70's and 80's. Jerry was active at Holy Cross Lutheran Church and served as Director of Christian Ed. secretary, and also in evangelism and stewardship roles on the Board of Directors. He served his Lord with gladness and thanksgiving. He enjoyed sports, golf, fishing and reading. His family was very important to him. He survived four angioplasty procedures and open heart surgeries. Diabetes and COPD were also his companions in his later years. Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Judith; daughter, Renee Gabbard; son-in-law, John Gabbard; son, Richard Raithel; sister, Janet Klein of San Francisco; sister, Susan Armstrong; and brother-in-law, Danny Armstrong of Rose Hills, Kansas. He was a humble man who loved his wife and family deeply and will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held December 20, at 1:00pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Cypress. In lieu of flowers the family has requested anyone wishing to make a donation do so to Lakewood High School Scholarship Fund at 4400 Briercrest Ave., Lakewood, CA 90713.Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits .
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Dec. 12 to Dec. 19, 2014
Riegler, Donna J.  
Donna J. Riegler Donna J. Riegler Saari of Garden Grove passed away suddenly on October 19th. A memorial service will be held December 21st at 2:00pm at Bayshore Community Congregational Church. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Dec. 14, 2014
Roberts, Marjorie Underhill  
Marjorie Underhill Roberts Marjorie Underhill Roberts, a long-time resident of Long Beach, California, died Saturday the 6th of December at Bixby Knolls Towers six days after her 97th birthday. Born on November 30, 1917 in Council Grove, Kansas, Marjorie was one of five children born to George and Fleta Underhill. She and all of her siblings graduated from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Mathematics in 1939. Marjorie moved to Long Beach, California in 1941 where she met her husband of 24 years, Eric John Roberts. She lost her husband in 1969, but together they had two children. Sadly, she lost her daughter, Vickie R. Ursery in 2007 to cancer. Marjorie was extremely generous with her time and money. She often volunteered at her church, Los Altos United Methodist Church and continuously donated to her favorite charity, American Cancer Society. She enjoyed reading, completing crosswords, and assembling puzzles. She also loved interacting with her friends and listening to music. She is survived by her son, Gary Roberts, four grandchildren - Eric Roberts, Kendra Day, Daniel Ursery, and Kelly Wight, and her five great-children, all of whom live in southern California, and brought her great joy. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits .
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Dec. 17, 2014
Rountree, Richard C.  
Richard C. Rountree, 81, of Harbor City, CA passed away peacefully on December 7, 2014. He was married for 51 years to caring wife Carole. He is also survived by four children Deborah and husband Michael Stewart, Charles and wife Joyce, Kimberlee and husband John Gorman, Seth and seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Born in Lima, Ohio, he moved to Southern California as an infant, and Richard was raised in Long Beach. As a Wilson High School grad of 1950, he was on the CIF Championship Baseball team. Richard coached several local youth baseball teams in the 1970s. He continued to enjoy playing sports (having played semi-pro baseball for the Hollywood Stars in the 1950s and professional softball for the Long Beach Nitehawks in 1960s) until age 65 when he finally hung up his softball cleats, fulfilling a life time goal. He earned his Bachelors, Masters, Professional Engineering, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the Viterbi School of Engineering at University of Southern California. His passions were spending time with family, sports (especially anything USC Trojans, Lakers and Dodgers) reading, and pets. Carole and Richard enjoyed several cruises, trips to Montana, and just spending time together. He enjoyed being a member of the Long Beach Century Club. He was an adjunct professor at CSULB and USC. He started his distinguished career as a Systems Engineer at Douglas Aircraft. Richard was promoted to the drafting department because they needed a guard on their basketball team. He later moved onto Northrop, TRW, Logicon, and retired from The Aerospace Corporation of El Segundo. He supported the guidance system on Apollo 11, worked on the Lunar Excursion Module, established the Strategic Petroleum Reserves, and supported/designed other US Defense Systems. The family will miss the wisdom, love and example of our loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Please sign the guestbook at greenhillsmortuary.com or presstelegram.com/obits.
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Dec. 14 to Dec. 21, 2014
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