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Manos, Erika (Remberg) - San Bernardino  
ERIKA MANOS (REMBERG) born July 14, 1941 in Duisburg, Germany, died February 28, 2015. She married Bill Manos in 1965. They were business partners and owned Manos Used Cars. They enjoyed many years of traveling together. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia (David) Aragon of Highland, Michelle Strong of San Bernardino and Monique (Jeff) Cramer also of San Bernardino. Also surviving her are her four grandchildren Krystal and Ben Aragon of San Bernardino, Sgt. Erik (Erika's namesake) Aragon of North Carolina, and Kaylea Cramer of Kentucky and her great granddaughter Harmony Aragon. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity in Erika's name. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel, 1299 E. Highland Ave. San Bernardino, CA 92404. Bobbitt Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements. To leave a condolence on Erika's Memorial Page, please visit www.bobbittchapel.com
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2015

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Matus, George - Palm Desert  
GEORGE JAMES MATUS Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 5, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church for George James Matus, 96, a dearly loved husband, father, grandfather and family storyteller who lived close to a century in Riverside before relocating to Palm Desert to be with family. He died Feb. 19, 2015 after suffering from pneumonia. A proud World War II veteran, Matus served in the U.S. Navy as a fighter jet mechanic on the Ranger, the nation's first aircraft carrier. He said he crossed the Atlantic twice on the Ranger, the first time transporting aircraft for use in the Battle of Normandy. The second time was to ferry aircraft to a port in Tunisia. He subsequently helped patrol the coast of California and was nearly killed on a foggy night when U.S. aircraft tried to bomb the Ranger, thinking that it was a Japanese warship. After World War II, Matus continued to work for the military as a civilian. His duties include servicing Titan atomic missiles that were based near Denver, Colo.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Rapid City, S.D.; Omaha, Neb.; and Kansas City, Kan. He was subsequently hired by the Central Intelligence Agency and worked for many years in the agency's purchasing department at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino. He also volunteered with the National Guard until the Korean War when his unit was transferred to the Army, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. He retired in 1986 but was very active socially with several clubs and organizations, including the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and a square dance club called the Swinging Rebels. He was also active with the Serra Club, both at St. Francis, where he was a Eucharistic minister, and at Sacred Heart Church in Palm Desert, which became his local parish when he relocated to the desert three years ago. A nearly life long resident of Riverside, George loved to sing, dance and tell stories, particularly about his family's Polish and Czech roots and his years growing up in Riverside. He was born prematurely in his family's residence on Houghton Avenue on Nov. 26, 1918 and was baptized on Christmas Day that same year. His parents, Andrew Matus of Sariska Stolich, Presov, Czechoslovakia and Maria Grucela of Galicia, Poland, a small town near Krakow, had recently immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island. Historical records indicate Maria Grucela arrived at Ellis Island on Dec. 2, 1898 in a ship called the Lahn. George Matus said his father made the 8-day trip across the Atlantic the same year. Andrew Matus met Maria Grucela at a street dance and after getting married they initially settled in Alpha, N.J. The entire Matus family later relocated to Riverside in 1911 after Andrew Matus secured work with the dynamite teams that were building Hoover Dam. Andrew and Maria Grucela eventually had 13 children, 11 of whom survived childhood. George Matus was the last survivor of his generation of siblings. George Matus attended school at St. Francis and later enrolled at Frank Wiggins, a trade school in Los Angeles, where he studied diesel engineering and mechanics. George Matus was preceded in death by his son, Gary Randall, in 1971, and by his wife, Ruth Olive Workman, in 1978. Survivors who are direct descendants include his daughters, Sandra Kay Matus of Oceanside and Barbara Jean Wood of Palm Desert; four grandchildren, Wende Lynn Caputo of Brookings, Ore.; Jeffrey John Crider of Palm Desert; Mark Lundberg of Exeter, Calif.; and Kenneth James Lundberg of Henderson, Nev.; and four great grandchildren, Jennifer Nicole Lawrence of Pasadenia; Isabella Marissa Crider, Maxwell Carl Crider of Palm Desert, and Sierra Lundberg of Exeter. Additional family members who he treated like grandchildren include Scott Robert Lundberg of Moreno Valley. A Rosary recital for George Matus will take place at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March. 5 at St. Francis followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m., which will be immediately followed by a graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery. A private luncheon will follow at the Riverside Women's Club at the corner of 10th Street and Brockton Avenue.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Mar. 1 to Mar. 4, 2015
McAvoy, Helen V. - Riverside  
HELEN V. MCAVOY (nee Reaver) passed away with her loving family by her side on February 13, 2015 at the age of 89. She was born on March 12, 1925 to Charles B. Reaver and Carrie V. Dutterer in Taneytown, Maryland. She was a resident of Riverside, California for over 50 years. Helen's husband, John F. McAvoy, passed away on December 16, 2014, 59 days before his loving wife. They were in their 70th year of marriage and are now together for all eternity. Helen was a very active parishioner at St. Francis de Sales Church and School for over 50 years, serving in many capacities. Helen is survived by two daughters, Virginia M. Blumenthal, Esq. (Lathell McKeller) of Riverside, CA and Lesley M. Baptiste, Ph.D. (H. Prentice Baptiste, Jr., Ph.D) of League City, TX. Grandma McAvoy had a very special bond with her 7 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and they always loved and cherished their Grandma. Aunt Helen is also survived by a host of loving nieces and nephews. Helen is predeceased by her parents. She was the oldest daughter of twelve children: brothers - Ralph, John, Kenneth and George and sisters - Alice, Marion and Doris predeceased their sister Helen; sisters - June and Mabel and brothers - Francis and Frank lovingly survive their oldest sister. Mass will be held at 11:00 am, March 6, 2015 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 4268 Lime St., Riverside, CA 92501. Burial following Mass at 1:00 pm, located at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis de Sales School, John and Helen McAvoy Technology Fund, 4205 Mulberry Street, Riverside, CA 92501. "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant!" PRESTON & SIMONS MORTUARY, Funeral Directors, 951-683-7410.
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Feb. 26 to Mar. 4, 2015
McInnes, James Thomas - Riverside  
JAMES THOMAS MC INNES James Thomas Mc Innes passed away February 28, 2015 in Riverside, CA at the age of 75 years. Born in Wintersville, Ohio he had lived in Riverside, CA for 44 years. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years. James is survived by his beloved wife Patricia. Dear brother of Don and Patricia Mc Innes, and Frank and Jeanine Emna. Loving father of Pamela and Bud Dillingham of Oregon, James Mc Innes and Wendi of South Dakota, Beth Wall and Mark Dachtler of San Bernardino, CA, Susan Arnott of Beaumont, California. Devoted grandfather of 13 grandchildren Travis, Casandra, Patricia, James Thomas III, Katrina, Michael, Brian, Daniel, Heather, Hayden, Harlan and Holly, 8 great grandchildren DeSean, Nevaeh, Aryona, Allison, James Thomas IV, Stephanie, Oscar and Leo. Family and friends are invited to a visitation Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 11 AM to 1 PM and may attend the Funeral Services at 1 PM in Akes Family's "Chapel Of The Chimes", 9695 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92503. Graveside service will be Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1:45 PM, Staging area No. 4 in Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518. Arrangements Entrusted to the Care of 9695 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92503 (951) 785-4071. Please go to www.akesfamilyfuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 4, 2015

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Maietta, Thomasine "Tommie" - Riverside  
THOMASINE "TOMMIE" MAIETTA Born January 17, 1938, in Meadville, PA, and passed away on February 12, 2015, in Riverside, CA, at the age of 77. Family meant everything to Tommie. She was a great wife and mom, and an awesome grandma. She will truly be missed. You and dad are together again, forever! She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Pat. She is survived by her children, Cheryl (Ed) Luna of Riverside, CA, Patrick (Filippa) Maietta of Los Alamitos, CA, Lori (Bobby) Luna of Murrieta, CA; her sister, Antoinette (Ken) Schwartz of Oro Valley, AZ; 5 grandchildren, Christopher (Amy) Luna, Anthony and Cristina Maietta, Danielle and Brandon Luna, and her goddaughter, Luann Vosburg of Oro Valley, AZ. She is also survived by Craig Schwartz of the Netherlands, and the Vosburg Family of Oro Valley, AZ. Services will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery on Friday, March 6, 2015, at 12:00 noon. A reception will be immediately following at the home of Cheryl Luna.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 1, 2015
Mayo, Mabel - Riverside  
MABEL MAYO NOV. 18, 1949 - FEB. 23, 2015 She passed away at age 65. Mabel lived in Riverside, CA for 58 years. She retired from Riverside County Mental Health after 20 years. She is survived by 2 daughters, Anita and Aliyo Mayo, both of Riverside, 5 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; her parents Joe and Mildred Torrence; brother Michael; sister Evelyn (Otis); 1 niece and 1 nephew. Mabel's husband preceded her in death. Viewing will be Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 1-4pm and her service will be Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10am, both at Tillman Riverside Mortuary. She will be greatly missed.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 28, 2015
McGovern, Dorris L. - Riverside  
DORIS L. MCGOVERN, 97, of Arlington, TX, and formerly of Riverside, CA, died Friday, February 13, 2015 at her residence in Arlington, TX. She was born on October 3, 1917, in Newark, NJ, the daughter of Wallace L. Hedges, Sr. and Myrtle (Courter) Hedges. Mrs. McGovern completed Nursing School at Newark City Hospital and passed the board exams to become a Registered Nurse in 1939. She worked in various departments of the hospital, and then as a nurse at the local Tung Sol factory. During the war, she briefly became "Rosie the Riveter" on the assembly line in an aircraft factory, but one of her fellow nursing students called her to come back to nursing because of a severe shortage of nurses. She continued to work in various hospitals in New Jersey until mid-1940 when she and her husband, John G. McGovern, who pre-deceased her in 1992, moved with their growing family to California, finally settling in Riverside. They resided in Riverside and surrounding areas for over forty-eight years. She continued her nursing career with two doctors, in private practice, in Riverside until she retired. Doris became a Texas resident in 1994, when she moved, with her daughter's family, to Sulphur Springs, TX. She is survived by three sons and one daughter: Robert McGovern and wife Sandi of Wildomar, CA, Richard McGovern of Clermont, FL, Raymond McGovern and wife Kathy of Corinth, TX, and Jessica Libby and husband Donald of Alvarado, TX. She also has 13 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at St. James Catholic Church, 297 Texas Street, Sulphur Springs, TX at 2pm. A reception with the family will be held at Coffee off the Square, 204 Church Street, immediately following the service from 3 to 6 pm. An additional reception will be held in Wildomar, CA at the home of her son, Robert McGovern on March 28, 2015 from 2 to 4 pm at 24147 Brillante Dr., Wildomar, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the COPD Foundation online at http://www.copdfoundation.org or by mailing to the COPD Foundation, 20 "F" Street NW, Suite 200-A, Washington, DC 20001.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 1, 2015
Morandi, Richard Allen - Corona  
RICHARD ALLEN MORANDI, 91, resident of Corona 3 years, and of Riverside over 60 years, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. He was a USAF Retired CMSGT and a proud veteran of World War II, Korean, and Cold Wars. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances Ann; sister Irene Vono and brother Michael Morandi (wife Pat; of New Brighton, MN). He is also survived by his son, Richard Andrews (Citrus Springs, FL), daughters Doris Diaz (Reny), Marie Valcarcel (Joe), Carol Coleman (Gary) and Janet Gasco (Gilbert), 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 9 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Aurelio & Seconda Morandi, sister Josephine Moore, and a brother Robert Morandi, all of Iowa. Born Aug. 7, 1923, in Webster City, IA. Graduated as valedictorian of his High School class in Lehigh, IA. Graduated from aircraft training school in Des Moines. July 1941, began work at Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Factory, Baltimore, MD; drafted into the Army in Feb., 1943; stationed at March Field in 1945, retiring in 1963. He later worked as a Lab Assistant producing lecture demonstrations for the Physics Dept. at the University of California, Riverside, for 21 years. He enjoyed his family, playing Bridge, collecting coins, stamps, gardening, fishing and traveling. He volunteered at March Field Air Museum for 12 years. He was an active member of Hope Lutheran Church in Riverside for 45 years where he sang in the choir, ushered, and helped with many maintenance projects. Viewing: March 4, 4-6 pm, Preston and Simons Mortuary, 3358 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; funeral March 5, 11 am, Hope Lutheran Church, 2882 Arlington Ave., Riverside, followed by 1:15 pm burial at Riverside Natl. Cemetery. PRESTON & SIMONS MORTUARY, Funeral Directors 951-683-7410
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Published in Press-Enterprise from Feb. 22 to Feb. 27, 2015
Morgan, Carolyn - Riverside  
CAROLYN MORGAN, 73, of Riverside, CA, passed away peacefully in her home on February 17, 2015. She was born in Anderson, Indiana to Joseph G. Ashcraft and Annabelle Ashcraft. She was the middle child of three. She attended Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach where she was a Pom Pom Girl, a Drum Majorette, and a Job's Daughter. She worked for Taylor Auto Parts for 18 years before moving to Riverside in 1976. She was very proud to have worked for Rohr Industries for over 33 years where she was known for her reliable reputation, her dependability, and her work ethic. She retired in April 2013. She had many friends and was called upon quite often for her cooking skills whenever there was a birthday or holiday. She was generous in spirit and was always the first to pass a card or help a friend in need. She loved cooking, working in her yard, solving Soduko puzzles, and Soboba Casino. She is survived by her only child, daughter Dawn Morgan, and Dawn's partner Anthony Hernandez, whom "Mama Carol" considered a son. She is also survived by her two rescue puppies, Molly and Sasha. There will be a Celebration of Life and Memorial for Carolyn at her home on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. The family asks in lieu of flowers to please make a donation to the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center in Carolyn's name.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 1, 2015
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