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Corbin, Yvonne O'Ferrall "Vonnie"  
Florence Yvonne Corbin October 15, 1923 - August 10, 2015 Yvonne "Vonnie" O'Ferrall Corbin passed away peacefully on August 10, 2015, in Pasadena, CA. Yvonne was born in Abington, PA in 1923, to Ernest B. O'Ferrall and Mildred Blackwell Morse. She was predeceased by her brothers Wallace and Paul O'Ferrall. She is survived by her sister Yolande B. "Honey" Bradley, three daughters Daria L. Franklin, Cheryl Y. Waters (Victor), Adia J. Airitam, 8 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Yvonne graduated Gratz High School in Philadelphia and attended USC. Yvonne was an avid reader, a whiz at completing crossword puzzles, enjoyed watching cooking shows, loved all things with butterfly designs, and the color purple. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23, 2015
Gamboa, Lawrence  
Gamboa, Lawrence Anthony "Tony" Lawrence Anthony "Tony" Gamboa, passed away August 21, 2015 at home. Born in Pasadena on August 29, 1943, Tony never married. He lived with his parents (Lorenzo and Celia) and brother (Michael) in Pasadena, and for the last 56 years at their Altadena home. He is survived by his sister Barbara, 4 nieces, and 1 nephew. In 2002, he retired after more than 30 years from the La Canada school district where he worked as a gardener. Tony loved to bowl and play golf, and he was a long time member of the Pasadena Elks Lodge. He will be remembered as a loving and dedicated caregiver to his mother, Celia, especially during the last years of her life. The Requiem Mass for Tony will be on Saturday, August 29, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Monrovia at 10:30 am, to be followed by internment at Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 26, 2015
Gioia, Phyllis  
GIOIA, Phyllis Phyllis Gioia, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother passed away on August 11, 2015. She is survived by her loving family; daughter, Carolyn (Michael) Davis; daughter, Sharon (Henry) Hoppe; son, Gene (Athena) Gioia. She is survived by 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 23, 2015
Gutierrez, Daniel  
GUTIERREZ, Daniel September 13, 1952 – August 20, 2015 Passed away August 20, 2015. He attended Pasadena High School and is preceded in death by his parents Manuel and Catalina Gutierrez; Survived by his sisters Rosemary Borja, Theresa (Robert) Corrales, brother Robert Gutierrez, 7 nieces and two nephews. Funeral Service Sunday, August 30th at 2:30 p.m. Cabot & Sons Chapel 300 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 25, 2015
HEER, Clara  
HEER, Clara Marie Bickford Clara Marie Bickford, born March 6, 1930, was the daughter of the Rev. John Thomas and Margaret Vardy Millar Bickford, Presbyterian missionaries in Shuntehfu, China. Growing up in the mission field during politically unstable times made Clara open, accepting, brave and resilient, resulting in a lifetime of respone to God's calling. She graduated as student body president from Peking American School, then finished college at Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1952 She taught in the Norwalk School system for a year. Clara received a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1955. The same year she married the Rev. Ray W. Heer and they lived in Laguna Beach where her husband was the Minister of Music and Education. In May 2015 they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. During those years they provided a loving home for 35 different people including foster children, international students, college students, Shakespearean actors, family members and clergy between calls. Over the years Clara lived with her family in San Luis Obispo, Carpinteria, Bell Gardens and Santa Ana. Clara's professionl career included an internship in Visalia, CA. Director of Children's Ministries in Garden Grove Presbyterian Church, and Director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana. She was also Director of Membership Care and Head of Staff during an interim period at St. Andrew Presbyerian Church, Apto,CA. Traveling was a special joy. In addition to trips to China, her birthplace, she and her husband often members of choirs, toured Russia, Europe, Scandinavia, and Central America visiting friends and relatives. The Heers retired to Monte Vista Grove Homes in Pasadena in 1997. They have been active in community affairs and active members of Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Clara was a deacon there and well known for her gifts of generosity, creativity, and service. Clara passed away Aug. 14, 2015 from complications of lung and heart disease. She willed her body to the University of California Irvine School of Medicine Willed Body Program, After research, the cremains will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean, a link to her birthplace. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Dr. Ray W. Heer, daughters Grace Lynne Heer of Santa An; Carol Beth (Kevin) Holsinger of Menlo Park; Gloria (James) Lane of Mentor, Ohio; grandchildren Alexander David Lane and Alyssa Marie Lane;: siblings Jean Baggerly of Fort Worth, Texas; and John Thomas (Virginia) Bickford of Silver Spring, MD. She was "Aunt Clara" to 18 nieces and nephews and their spouses and children, and she leaves hosts of loving friends. Clara was predeceased by her parents and her sister Esther (The Rev. John) Shackelford. Memorial Services will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 2:30 p..m. Saturday Sept. 5, 2015. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be given to Monte Vista Grove Homes Quality of Life Fund, 2889 San Pasqual St., Pasadena, CA. 91107. This fund provides for retired clergy with special needs.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2015
Huhn, Shawn-Tay M. Conley  
HUHN, Shawn-Tay M. Conley Shawn-Tay M. Conley Huhn, age 54 from Monrovia, California passed away August 21, 2015. Shawn-Tay is survived by her two sons, Jason Gayo and Eugene Gayo; grandson, Daniel; mother, Nancy Conley, and two brothers, Tobin and Mark Conley. Shawn-Tay was born on August 24, 1960. She lived in Monrovia and attended the local schools, where she met many of her friends, and with whom she remained close. Her interests included country music and dancing. Her home was open to all who needed shelter. Shawn-Tay was a devoted mother and grandmother, and much loved daughter and sister. Friends may visit the GoFundMe page which has been set up at http://www.gofundme.com/c72fjs9s to help defray funeral costs in lieu of sending flowers. Details for services are pending. You may contact family members directly or send an email to kvncpa@gmail.com for further information.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 28, 2015
KEPNER, Frances Reece  
KEPNER, Frances Reece Frances Reece Kepner of Pasadena, died peacefully at her home on July 31, 2015. She was born in Cayuga, Indiana on December 20, 1919, to Raymond J. Reece and Clara Applegate Reece. She spent for formative years in Terre Haute, Indiana, graduating from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1941. She earned her Master of Arts in Library Science from University of Michigan in 1944. Frances then embarked on a distinguished career in academic libraries, including at the University of Michigan and Ohio State University. From 1963 until retirement in 1985, she was on the library faculty at Indiana State University. Following her move to Pasadena in 1992, she served as a volunteer at the Huntington Library for many years. She recently was selected to receive a 2015 Distinguished Alumni award from Indiana State University. Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Nye David Kepner, son Lee Kepner, and daughter-in-law Trischa O'Hanlon. She is survived by her son Ray Kepner and his wife Cinty of Pasadena; her daughter-in-law Darlene Kepner of Lakeland, Florida; nine grandchildren and step-grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 28th at 3:00pm at Church of the Angels, 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena, 91105. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Indiana State University Foundation (Reece-Kepner Scholarship), 30 No. 5th Street, Terre Haute,IN 47809.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News from Aug. 21 to Aug. 24, 2015
Long, Robert  
Long, Robert D . Robert D. Long, passed away peacefully August 22, 2015 in his Pasadena home, surrounded by his family. Robert was born on May 27, 1923 in Milford, Iowa to Clare Morisky Long and Robert A. Long. His wife Margaret of 49 years, and his daughter Joan Rockenbach predeceased Robert. Robert Long is survived by his five grandchildren: Greg (Marcella) Rockenbach, Cathy Hartfield, Monica (John) Awad, Anita (Paul) Vacca, and Sheila (Jeff) Phillips; his brother Dick (Sandra) Long; and many great grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at SS. Felicitas & Perpetua Church, 10 :00a.m. Friday, August 28, with a visitation at Cabot & Sons in Pasadena Thursday evening from 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 26, 2015
Lundeen, Betty J.  
Betty J. Lundeen 1922-2015 Betty J. Lundeen died peacefully at her home in Pasadena, August 12, 2015. She was 93 and convalescing after a recent heart attack and stroke. She was born Betty J. Myers in Colorado on July 26th 1922. Betty served her country during WWII by tying fly-fishing lures for survival kits, and would engage in knowledgable discussions on the subject. In 1945 she met and married Charles E. Schneeman at Lowry Field in Denver. The couple eventually moved to Pasadena in 1950. Charles worked as an illustrator-retoucher at the Herald-Examiner and continued his science fiction illustration work, while Betty was a full-time mother. They were married for 27 years until Charles died in 1972. Betty married Eric Lundeen of Pasadena in 1975 and they enjoyed their happy life together until his sudden death in 1976. Betty is survived by her children, Paul (Barbara) Schneeman, Gregg (Jean Gaffey) Schneeman, and Lynne (Ed) Fearman. She was the loving Grandmother of Eric (Kathryn) Schneeman, and Great Grandmother of Bennett and Calvin, who live in San Antonio, Texas. She remained a devoted member of the Lincoln Ave. West Unit Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, and will be sorely missed by her many friends, her children, children-in-law, grandson, and great grandchildren.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 21, 2015
Mency, Jesse Lee  
Mency, Jr., Jesse Lee Jesse Lee Mency, Jr., born October 31, 1939, in Byron, Georgia, passed away August 2, 2015, in Covina, California. A visitation will be held Thursday, August 27, from 5:00 - 9:00 PM at Douglass and Zook Chapel of the Foothills. His funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 28 at Monrovia United Methodist Church.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 23, 2015
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