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Davidson, Rose Marie - Hemet  
ROSE MARIE DAVIDSON, 81, of Hemet, California, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at home surrounded by loving family. She was born in Buffalo, New York's West Side on June 7, 1933 to the proud parents of the late Thomas and Carmella Pirro. Rose had a passion for shopping. Not for herself, she would shop and purchase for her family. She was a wonderful cook and was often times called upon to make the meals for family gatherings. Rose loved to read mystery novels and watch horror movies. Rose enjoyed crocheting and made blankets for everyone. Her family described her as spunky, energetic, resilient, selfless, fun and loving. Surviving are her son, Charles Davidson; daughter, Carla Fargo and her husband Steve; companion, Pete Espinoza of 28 years; grandchildren Lexi Bure, Daniel Fargo, Danielle Davidson, and Rachel Davidson. Preceding in death was her husband Robert Neal Davidson of 32 years, brothers Alphonso and Carlo Pirro. A Funeral service will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday at Miller-Jones Mortuary Hemet located at 1501 West Florida Avenue, Hemet, California 92543, with a reception to follow. Interment will be in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 30, 2015
Kester, Stephen E. - Riverside  
STEPHEN E. KESTER, 71, passed away on January 17, 2015, in Riverside, California. He was a graduate of Occidental College and taught high school music and science in Orange County for 32 years. Kester was music director and organist at Victoria Presbyterian Church for 17 years, retiring in 2013, and the founder and conductor of the Raincross Chorale for 14 years, until he retired in 2014. From the inception of the Chorale, it was Steve's dream to provide vocal scholarships for promising college music majors. The proceeds from the Chorale's concerts have supported more than 35 music scholarships. In 2012, Steve received the Riverside City Council's Arts and Innovation Award for his dedicated work with the Chorale. The Chorale is deeply indebted to Steve for his vision and leadership; he will be greatly missed. He was also a member of the Riverside Opera Guild. He is survived by his cousins Raylin Bassler and Deanne Zimpelmann and his partner of 21 years, John Moore. A memorial service will be at 10 A.M., Sat., Jan. 31, 2015, at Victoria Presbyterian Church, 6091 Victoria Ave., Riverside, 92506. Memorial contributions may be made to The Chorale.
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MacDonald, Gregory - Riverside  
GREGORY MACDONALD 1941-2015 I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull's way and the whale's way Where the wind's like a whetted knife, And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow rover, And a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over. John Masefield Long-time Riverside resident Gregory MacDonald died at home on January 28, 2015, at the age of 73. He regaled family and friends with stories and laughter for a year and a half until cancer took his life. An adventurer from an early age, Greg took a summer vacation to sail through tropical storms aboard an aging schooner from Tahiti to Hawaii. An avid motorcyclist, he rode on and off road through the American West, Alaska, Canada, Baja California and the British Isles. He rode alone to Cabo San Lucas the year before the highway was built. He often sailed with his family to Catalina Island and other Southern California destinations. Greg was born in Portland, Oregon. He attended Riverside schools and graduated from Riverside Poly High School in 1960. He attended Oregon State University for two years, then transferred to Cal Western in San Diego, where he met Virginia Frazier ("Ginny"), his wife of 48 years. After their marriage they settled in Riverside, where Greg began his career in library administration with the Riverside City and County Public Library. He oversaw the construction of many permanent libraries around the county that stand as a testament to his dedication. Greg's and Ginny's son Matthew was born in 1972 and was the joy of their lives for 36 years. Matthew accompanied Greg on many of his adventures, and no father-son bond was ever closer or more loving. Matthew passed away in 2009. After retirement in 1997, Greg added another avocation to complement his life of travel and adventure - that of researcher and writer. He researched (often from the seat of a motorcycle) and wrote books on the history and geography of Baja California, lesser-known characters of the early American West, and the story of an 82-year-old dentist who sailed a 24-foot dory from Nova Scotia back to his home in Oceanside. He wrote dozens of articles for boating periodicals about California maritime subjects. He maintained an extensive nautical library. He took an interest in the author, John Steinbeck, wrote about Steinbeck's voyage to the Sea of Cortez, and made his own dog-and-camper trip. The latter is the subject of his last book, finished just weeks ago. He and Ginny traveled extensively, on land and sea, before and after they retired. Greg made fast friends wherever he went. He remained close to friends from his school days in Riverside and chaired his 50th Poly class reunion committee. He was a long-time member of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, where he spent boyhood summers and where he later spent weeks organizing the archives. He and Ginny moved to Fallbrook for about 10 years after retirement. There he volunteered at the library and organized a classic motorcycle show. His cycling buddies, known as Euro Moto, remain among his closest friends. After writing about the voyage of the dentist, he gathered a group, the "RAGMEG crew," that still maintains contact. Greg was predeceased by his brother Ramsay ("Bud"). He is survived by his wife, Ginny; his sister Marion McCarty (Robert) of Riverside; his brother Malcolm (Ann); Bud's widow Bette; nieces and nephews Juli Stead, John MacDonald, Chris MacDonald, Rob McCarty and Katy Krieger; and a host of admiring family members and friends. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the RCCD Foundation, 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506, for the Matthew MacDonald Endowed Scholarship Fund, or to a charity of your choice.
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Pollard, Elaine J. - Riverside  
ELAINE J. POLLARD of Riverside, CA, passed on to her heavenly reward on January 26, 2015. Born in Emmaus, PA, on December 27, 1932, she was the daughter of Ella Wieder Kline and William Kline. She is survived by a son. Les Haugen and wife Kelly; daughter, Mary Ann Haugen; son, Jeffrey Haugen; grandchildren, Ryan Haugen and wife Charlene, Katie Long and husband Clayton, Nikki Glace and husband Bobby. Christina Sumner and husband Anthony, Kurtis Lowrey and wife, Carrie, and Jessica Hubbard. She is also survived by sister, Nancy Kline of Allentown, PA, and a brother, Ronald Kline of Lilburn, GA. She has 14 great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her parents, brother, William Kline, sisters, Emma Schmick, Jean Schaeffer and Viola Mansfield. The funeral arrangements will be handled by Arlington Mortuary, and will be for family only. In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity in memory of Elaine.
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Schy, William Warren (Bill) - Riverside  
WILLIAM WARREN (BILL) SCHY William Warren (Bill) Schy peacefully left his body Friday morning January 16, 2015. He maintained his indomitable will to live and never quit spirit until the end. Bill was born February 9, 1923 in Tekoa, Washington. He moved with his family to Montebello, California in his teens. He graduated from Montebello High School and attended Pasadena City College. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp during WWII, and served as a flight instructor. Bill was always gregarious, friendly and a top-notch salesman, working in a variety of retail and commercial fields. He ultimately established his own company, Totalplan, in the late 1960's and continued to work there until just recently. He loved to be busy and in addition to his work, he was an avid golfer. He belonged to Canyon Crest Country Club for over 40 years and traveled the U.S. and Europe pursuing the game. His wife of 68 years, Norma Lee Schy, and his eldest son, William Earl Schy, precedes Bill in death. His 3 remaining children, Robert Warren of Apple Valley, Utah, Marilyn Cappelletti of Alamo, California and Madilyn Boostrom of Bend, Oregon, his 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren survive him. A family tribute to Bill and a celebration of his life will be held at the home of his granddaughter Jennie Schy in Las Vegas, NV.
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Thornton, Sydney Shea - Hemet  
SYDNEY SHEA THORNTON, age 48, passed away at home on January 14, 2015. Sydney was born Susan Marie Roza on December 1, 1966 in the San Gabriel Valley. Sydney enjoyed rock music and traveling. Some of her favorite places to visit were Hawaii, Ireland and England. After her travels, Sydney's kindness and patience led her to adopt 5 young children. Raising these children led her to volunteer in the local soccer program. Sydney devoted many years of service to the Hemet/San Jacinto/Idyllwild region of AYSO. Her love of soccer enabled her to touch the lives of many children over the years here in the valley. She was a coach and mentor to many of our youth. She volunteered many hours and her dedication to the program was evident in every aspect of AYSO. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. Sydney is survived by her children Ciera, Hunter, Chase, Sage and Kensie Thornton and her grandson Kayden Thornton. She was preceded in death by her mother Kassandra Thornton. A Celebration of Life will be Saturday January 31, 2015, 1pm at 412 Church, 1450 West 7th Street, San Jacinto, CA 92582.
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VanOrsdale, Barbara Ann - Riverside  
BARBARA ANN VANORSDALE died at home in Riverside, CA, Friday, January 16, 2015. She was just two weeks shy of her 79th birthday. She is survived by son Richard and daughter Anita; grandchildren Brian, Andrew, Liesel, and Caroline; great-grandchildren Haley and Riley; and her loyal canine companion Daphne. She was preceded in death by David VanOrsdale, her husband of 51 years. At her request, no funeral or memorial services will be held. Her ashes will be spread in the Tetons at a later date.
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Barnekow, Dorothy Ann - Riverside  
DOROTHY ANN BARNEKOW, age 75, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 in Riverside, CA surrounded by her family at home. She is survived by her three children: Sherri Morones, Scott Barnekow and Kimberly Wine; her two sons-in-law Ernie Morones, Randy Wine and daughter-in-law Deborah Barnekow; 11 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. Dorothy had worked for First United Methodist Church for over 35 years and was also one of the original owners of RODCO in Riverside, CA with her late husband David Barnekow. The Angel that walked the Earth, she will forever be missed by her family and friends. Dorothy's Memorial service will be held Friday, January 30, 2015 at 1:00pm at First United Methodist Church located at 4845 Brockton Ave. Riverside, CA 92506. Graveside Services will be held at Green Acres Memorial Park.
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Brown, Lila Jean - Toledo  
LILA JEAN BROWN, 85 of Canyon Lake, CA passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015. She was born on Tuesday, June 25, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Paul Strang and the late Gladys Jones Strang. Lila was a long time member of St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church. She was a loving mother, wife and friend. Lila loved to go dancing with her husband. She was an artist, painting mostly with oil and water colors but she could draw or paint most anything. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles Brown; son Dan Brown; daughters, Pamela Loomis, Jeanette Moore, Theresa Brown and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Friday January 30, 2015 at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church located at 27931 Murrieta Road, Sun City, California 92586. Interment will be held privately at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside , CA. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at Miller-Jones Mortuary - Sun City, 26770 Murrieta Road, Sun City, California.
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Burgeson, Eva Katherine - Redlands  
EVA KATHERINE BURGESON February 21, 1919 - January 20, 2015 Eva K. Burgeson, 95, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on January 20, 2015 after a courageous battle with complications from a stroke. She was born on February 21, 1919, the 2nd of 7 children born to Norwegian immigrants on a farm near Florence, Minnesota. A few years after meeting on a blind date, Eva married the love of her life, Elgar Burgeson, in 1940. They moved to Dayton, Ohio during WWII so Elgar could work at Wright Patterson AFB. In 1945 they settled in Redlands, CA where Elgar worked in the sheet metal trade which led to the start of Burgeson's Heating & Air Conditioning in 1949. After raising 4 children Eva joined the business as bookkeeper and retired 20 years later. She had a great love and talent for painting china, oils and watercolors as well as being gifted in writing, crocheting, quilting, knitting and much more. Eva participated in many community organizations over the years; PTA, Scouts, the Great Y Circus, Chamber of Commerce and Redlands Art Association. She was also a past-President and dedicated member of the Son's of Norway Soldalen Lodge #67. She was a devoted and faithful member of the University United Methodist Church for 69 years. It is hardly possible to convey the dedication and service that was a part of her life in the church in just a few words, however, she was active in the choir, as a Sunday School teacher, youth leader, quilter, member of 60plus, Esther Lidia Circle, President of United Methodist Women and served as well with the Women's Society of Christian Service as well as Church Women United. Eva was preceded in death by son, Ronald Burgeson; granddaughter, Cindy Burgeson; daughter, Janet Burgeson and her husband of 65 years, Elgar Burgeson (they are reunited and will be celebrating their 75th anniv. together on Feb. 4th). Eva is survived by sister, Mary Wixon of Highland; son, Chuck Burgeson of Calimesa; daughter Dianne Burgeson of Redlands; daughter-in-law, MaryLou Burgeson of Yucaipa, 23 grand-children, great grandchildren & great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends near and far. A visitation will be held at Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel from 4-8pm on Thursday, January 29th (703 Brookside Ave., Redlands , 92373). Graveside services will take place at Hillside Memorial Park at 9:30am (1540 Alessandro Rd., Redlands, 92373) immediately followed by a Memorial service held at University United Methodist Church at 11am on Friday, January 30th (940 E. Colton Ave., Redlands 92374). Memorial donations may be made to University United Methodist Church or YMCA/Camp Edwards (500 E. Citrus Ave. Redlands 92373).
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