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Arbuckle, Vera - San Diego  
Vera was born to Martha and Steve Mognis on January 22, 1919, in New York. She passed away peacefully at the age of 95 on January 12, 2015, in Rancho Bernardo. Vera grew up in Yuba City, CA, and moved to San Diego when she was 70, soon after the passing of her first husband, Gilman Jensen. Her high energy and optimistic outlook were contagious at the least. She enjoyed playing tennis, lawn bowling, gardening, traveling and cooking the most amazing food, but was most known for her time on the golf course. Even at 95, she continued to split her time between golf and volunteering at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Rancho Bernardo, CA. Words cannot easily describe how amazing Vera was or the joy that came from her company. There is a void that she will leave behind that can never be filled. Vera is survived by her loving husband of 22 years, John; son, Jay (Cindy); four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nephews; and many more family members who loved her dearly. She is preceded in death by her sister, Teresa; brother, Bob; son, Barry; and nephew, Bobby. No memorial will be held at Vera's request. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Vera's name to the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 16787 Bernardo Center Dr., San Diego, CA 92128.
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Published in the Pomerado News on Jan. 22, 2015
Buoymaster, Ned - La Jolla  
The Board and Staff of The Royal Oak Foundation extend their sincere condolences on the passing of Ned Wayne Buoymaster, the husband of our Board member and supporter, Kathleen Buoymaster. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know Ned over these past few years and send our warmest thoughts to Kathleen, their family and friends. Sean E. Sawyer, Executive Director, The Royal Oak Foundation.
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Published in La Jolla Light on Jan. 22, 2015
Burke, William H. "Bill" - Ramona  
William H. "Bill" Burke died peacefully at his home in Visalia, California, on Monday, January 12, 2015. Bill's interests in life were varied and included sailing, fishing, hunting, horses, and of course, dogs. He was a graduate of BYU and was active in the LDS Church throughout his life. He taught Sunday School for many years, both in Hawaii and California. Bill was a Vietnam Veteran and served as the Engineering Officer on the USS Blue 744 during the Vietnam War. His professional career included several years of hotel management in Hawaii, followed by twenty or so years at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he worked for the Biomedical and Environmental Programs. While at LLNL, Bill was active in the radiation clean-up of the Eniwetok and Bikini Islands. Following his career at LLNL, Bill worked in Silicon Valley for Ultratech Stepper. Bill understood God's gift of life, touched many people, and genuinely spread joy whenever he could. He is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and their labradoodle, Boucle. Celebration of Life services will be held at Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave. in Visalia on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation on Bill's behalf. Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com. Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, CA 93291 (559)732-8371.
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Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Jan. 22, 2015
DeWildt, Clarence - Poway  
Clarence was born January 9, 1922, in Kimberly, WI. He passed away peacefully January 12, 2015, in Escondido, CA, at age 93. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret. They were married on March 6, 1945. Clarence was a veteran of WWII as he served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1941-1945. The family lived in Kimberly until 1964 when they were transferred to Northern California with Kimberly Clark Corp. Clarence was the second youngest of 13 siblings and the last to survive. His survivors include sons, John and daughter-in-law, Chery, Bill and daughter-in-law, Sandy, Tom and daughter-in-law, Mary Joe, and Chuck and daughter-in-law, Wendy; and grandchildren, Lori, Tyler, Bradley, Jennifer and Matthew De Wildt. Clarence was also blessed with two great-grandchildren, Madison and Cameron De Wildt. Clarence was an avid bridge player earning the lifetime masters award. He resided in Poway for the past 15 years, including the last eight years at Gateway Retirement Home. A service was held at Gateway on January 16, 2015. He is buried alongside Margaret at Dearborn Cemetery in Poway. Donations in Clarence's name can be made to: The Elizabeth Hospice, 500 La Terraza Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025.
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Published in the Pomerado News on Jan. 22, 2015
Dunn, Elizabeth Quimby - La Jolla  
Elizabeth Dunn, 78, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2015, surrounded by her five children. She was born in Columbus, Wisconsin, in February 1936. Elizabeth graduated from Markesan High School at 16 and was awarded a music scholarship to attend Oshkosh State College with the dream of becoming a conductor. Two years later she married and moved to Arizona to start a family. While raising her family she resumed her education and pursued a Master's Degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. Elizabeth was a devoted mother who cherished her family. We have fond memories of long summers in Payson where each night she rang the dinner bell calling us back to the cabin for a delicious meal and a night of games or reading. The dictionary was always handy for word games with her children and grandchildren. She traveled the world, made friends easily and kept contact with many. Elizabeth loved to cook, read, entertain and maintained a lifelong love of music, especially jazz and opera. She had a passion for education which later in life led her to study French abroad, a treasured experience. She was proud of her Irish heritage and her green eyes sparkled when listening to Irish music or poetry. Over the past 20 plus years, Elizabeth divided her time between her homes in Phoenix and La Jolla. Preceding her in death were her parents, Lawrence and Mabel Dunn (nee Quimby); brothers, Tom and John Dunn; and sister, Margaret Gust. She is survived by her children, Sara (Gary) Cabirac, Tim (Diane) Steinhilber, Lisa (John) Andrews, Ted Steinhilber and Greg (Susan) Steinhilber; and ten grandchildren. Elizabeth is also survived by her sisters, Mary Doda and Louise Hartung; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Elizabeth was a force of nature and will be dearly missed. A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015, between 3:00 and 5:00 PM at her home in Coulter Estates. Memories/condolences can be shared at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in La Jolla Light on Jan. 22, 2015
Feigel, Norman - Ramona  
County cattle ranching lost one of its strongest advocates when Norman Feigel, a lifelong resident and well known rancher from the Mesa Grande/Santa Ysabel area, passed away at home on January 18, 2015, at the age of 79. Born in 1935 to Jacob and Maria Feigel, he was a member of one of the many Swiss-Italian families that immigrated from their homeland and settled in the Santa Ysabel Valley. They found the region similar to the areas they'd left behind, and equally suitable for dairies, which have since transitioned to beef cattle operations. Norm's lifetime of working with cattle began when he was a young boy at the Santa Ysabel Dairy where his parents both worked. His very first job on the then dairy, at age five, was to mount a horse and lead the cows from the milking barn to the pasture and watch over them until it was time to lead them back in to the milking area. He graduated from Julian High School in 1953 and attended Cal Poly, Pomona for two years before enlisting in the Army and serving as a medic in Okinawa, Japan. The period spent at college and in the military was the only time in his life that he was away from Mesa Grande/Santa Ysabel for an extended period of time.  After returning home, he met and married Kathy Angel, and together they further developed the 2,000 acre Bloomdale Ranch, a working cattle ranch founded by his parents, where they raised four children, Dori, Becky, Matthew and Mark. Norm was passionate in his support of ranching and was an active supporter of 4H, serving as an advisor to his own children as well as many others who raised calves from the ranch and competed in livestock competitions at Del Mar and Ramona where he served each year as an auction volunteer. A highlight for family and close friends was the annual spring round-up at the ranch which he used as a teaching moment where all hands learned about the raising and handling of cattle, with Norm as Headmaster.  In addition to running the ranch, Norm worked for the San Diego County Road Department where he retired after 34 years. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The Santa Ysabel Mission Catholic Church, where he was baptized and was a lifelong member, will be the site of a Rosary on Friday, January 23, 2015, at 7 p.m. and funeral mass at 10 a.m. the following day. A private burial will be held Monday, January 26, 2015, in Ramona.
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Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Jan. 22, 2015
Leins, Helmut J. - Ramona  
Helmut Leins, a longtime resident of San Diego Country Estates and an avid gardener and master craftsman, died Friday, January 16, 2015, of complications related to Parkinson's disease and stroke. He was 79. Helmut was born March 19, 1935, in Koblenz, Germany. He survived World War II as a child and completed a carpentry apprenticeship before he immigrated to the United States in 1960. Helmut left Germany hoping for a better life and in the hopes of winning the heart of Mignon, whom he had met in 1959 when she had travelled to the old country with her family. They married in 1965. On September 18, 2015, Helmut and Mignon would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Helmut was a renowned cabinet maker in the greater Los Angeles area where he and Mignon owned and operated Frank's Woodwork for 35 years in San Pedro, CA. Helmut designed and built the cabinetry while Mignon managed the bookkeeping and payroll. They sold the business in 1995, several months after Helmut suffered a debilitating stroke. They moved to San Diego Country Estates in 1996 to be near their Ramona farm-a high-profile, 20-acre property at the Highway 78 entrance into The Valley of the Sun. It is best known as Pine Tree Acres, a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm. Honesty, integrity and simplicity defined Helmut. He was a true American success story, arriving to this country with nothing and building a successful business through talent and hard work, never cheating anyone nor cutting any corners to get ahead. He was known for his easy-going smile and laughter, which never left him despite losing much control of the right side of his body after his stroke in 1994. Helmut dedicated himself to community-centered volunteering in San Pedro as part of its Rotary Club. He served as club president in 1988-89, became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1990 and was named to the San Pedro Rotary Club Hall of Fame in 1996, thanks to his service on numerous city and district-level committees and task forces. Other community service roles he held include president of the San Pedro Peninsula Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and a longtime fundraiser for the San Pedro YMCA. Helmut also crafted and installed the day altar, lectern, bible stand and tabernacle for Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Ramona. In addition to his loving wife who was his sole caregiver for nearly 20 years, Helmut is survived by his two sons, Kirk Leins and Eric Leins, as well as one grandson, Rocco Leins, the 10-year-old son of Kirk. He also leaves behind a sister, Marie Therese Ciabattoni of Koblenz, Germany; a niece and four nephews from Germany; two nieces and a nephew from California; as well as five grandnieces who reside in California; and other extended family that still live in Germany. Helmut's loving, short-hair dachshund, Beau, also misses him greatly. A Funeral Mass will be held for Helmut on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 12 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. There will be a viewing at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Bonham Brothers & Stewart Mortuary. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Research Foundation.
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Published in the Ramona Sentinel on Jan. 22, 2015
O'Neill, Kathleen Jane "Kathy" - La Jolla  
Kathy (nee Landers) O'Neill died on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 10:35 a.m. at Scripps Green Hospital with her husband, Bob, and her daughters, Shannon and Erin, by her side. She was born March 30, 1948, in Monticello, Iowa. Bob and Kathy married on July 19, 1985, at All Hallows Catholic Church. Residing in Scripps Ranch, they moved to La Jolla in 1989. Although ill for a number of years with an undetermined illness, she was finally diagnosed in August 2001 with a degenerative neurological condition. She was cared for at home by family for four years. Since May 2, 2005, she was cared for at Seasons at La Jolla. The kindness, dignity, care and love Kathy received from staff and caregivers at Seasons at La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital will never be forgotten. Her love of fashion led to her work at Capriccio's in La Jolla, a fashion boutique. Long active with the All Hallows and Mary, Star of the Sea Parishes, she volunteered many hours to Girl Scouts, Friends of the Poor, Social Service Auxiliary, St. Vincent de Paul and Adopt-a-Family. An avid jogger, tennis player, bicyclist and aerobics participant, her illness took away her physical abilities and she was wheelchair bound and bedridden for many years. Kathy is survived by her husband and daughters; her son, Dr. Ronald S. Hillers; granddaughters, Kjersten and Elle Hillers; and numerous other family. Mass of Christian Burial was held at All Hallows Church on January 20, 2015, with burial at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, San Diego. Kathy was an organ donor. Donations to Friends of the Poor, 7660 Fay Ave., #H362, La Jolla, CA 92037. Arrangements by Conrad Lemon Grove Mortuary, www.dignitymemorial.com.
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Published in La Jolla Light on Jan. 22, 2015
Pinney, Elizabeth Ann - San Diego  
Beth Pinney was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1927. She passed quietly at home surrounded by family on December 7, 2014. Mrs. Pinney was a graduate of Lake Erie College. She was a teacher in the South Euclid, Ohio, school system and later in the Elk Valley school system in Girard, PA, where she distinguished herself by developing a series of children's games for learning. She was in demand at National Teachers' meetings to run seminars demonstrating these games. They are still in use today. Later, while in Kansas City, she became a private tutor and concluded her teaching career there. She is survived by her husband, Charles J. Pinney; sister, Lynne Valentine (Lewis); sister-in-law, Mary Ann Tushar; children, Arek Fressadi and Linnea Goodrich; five grandchildren, Mikael Goodrich, Gaired and Derack Fressadi, Maya Andlig and Kirstin Sullivan; and two great-grandchildren, Liam Cain and Brook Fressadi. There will be a memorial service on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at 2pm at Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2324 Miller Avenue, Escondido. Following the memorial service there will be a reception at the Vintana Restaurant, 1205 Auto Park Way in Escondido. In lieu of flowers, donations to the church are appreciated.
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Published in the Pomerado News on Jan. 22, 2015
Schoales, Lorene J. - San Diego  
Lorene Schoales, 93, a long-time resident of Rancho Bernardo, passed away on December 12, 2014, in Clearwater, FL. A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she will be deeply missed by her three children, Barbara Jean Moulaison of Walnut Creek, CA, Robert Schoales of the Philippines and Carol Nahass of Wellesley, MA; as well as her devoted daughter-in-law, Linda Meade of Clearwater, FL. Lorene was also blessed with six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who loved her dearly. Born in Danville, VA, on June 28, 1921, Lorene was a bright, confident and energetic young woman. She moved to Washington, DC, in 1941 where she worked for the government in the war effort. There she met her beloved husband of 66 years, Ray, a handsome Ensign in the Navy. After World War II ended, Lorene and Ray settled in Wellesley, MA, to raise their family. In 1994, they moved to Rancho Bernardo, where they were active members of the Hope Methodist Church. For the past three years, Lorene lived in Clearwater, FL. Lorene loved golfing, was an avid bridge player and an almost unbeatable Scrabble player. She delighted in playing Scrabble with her grandchildren, right up to the end of her life. Lorene was loved and respected by all who knew her. She will be forever in our hearts. Following a celebration of her life on March 13, 2015, she will be interred with her beloved husband, Ray, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA.
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Published in the Pomerado News on Jan. 22, 2015
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