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Heinecke, Albert - Paso Robles  
Albert Heinecke Albert "Al" Heinecke passed peacefully in his home in Paso Robles surrounded by his loving caregivers, Christie Moody and Bonnie Bracken. He was 94. Al was born in September 1920 to Minna Hockemeyer Heinecke and Albert Heinecke. He was raised on his parent's orange ranch in Santa Ana, California. At an early age Albert was recognized for his uncanny ability to take things apart and rebuild them. This talent led him to Stanford University where he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Al enjoyed a successful 35 year career with McDonnell Douglas where he was affectionately known as the "flowmaster" for his work with rocket motors. Early in his career Al met the love of his life, Betty (Gustafson Pettitt). They enjoyed 55 years of marriage until Betty's passing in 2012. Although they had no children Betty and Al were advocates of all dogs and shared a dog named Mike, with Steve McQueen when they were neighbors in Hollywood Hills. Al is survived by his sister, Marian (Bob) Gould; nieces, Susie (Paul) Martin and Liz Gould; nephews, Will (Rusty) Gould and Fred (Cheryl) Heinecke, son of Al's late brother, Richard (Jacqueline) Heinecke. In addition, Al leaves behind his grand nieces, Olivia Martin and Mary (Geoff) Garrett; grand nephew Zach Martin, and great-grand niece, Amanda Garrett. Special thanks go to Dr. Kevin Colton and the staff at Wilshire Hospice and Wilshire In-Home Health who were instrumental in honoring Al's desire to stay at home. A Memorial Service will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes on Thursday, September 3rd, at 2:30pm, where Al will be laid to rest beside his beloved Betty. Arrangements will be made under the direction of Kuehl- Nicolay Funeral home of Paso Robles. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 27, 2015
Kithcart, Jill  
Jill Kithcart Jill E. Kithcart, 67, of Grover Beach, passed away at her home following a long battle with cancer and went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 23, 2015. Jill was born in September 1947 in San Luis Obispo to Dorothy M. and Homer T. Williams. She attended local schools in San Luis Obispo and graduated from San Luis Obispo High School in 1966. She graduated from Beauty College in San Luis Obispo in 1968, and attended Allan Hancock College. Jill married Harold D. Kithcart in June 1973 and they parented a daughter, Michell Kithcart and a son Donald Kithcart. She was a member of Hope Community Church of Santa Maria and managed her neighborhood watch program. She liked playing Bunco with her friends and watching her soap operas. Jill was a NASCAR racing fan, cheering for her favorite driver, Jeff Gordon. She also enjoyed visiting with her friends, family and Hope Community Church Ladies Group. She, with her husband, enjoyed traveling, going to Guam and many places in the United States. Being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother gave Jill much pride, joy and accomplishment. Jill is survived by her husband, Harold Kithcart; son, Donald Kithcart; daughter, Michell Kithcart; brother, Jared Williams (Sue) and their daughter Nickie; her uncle Cornelius Reese (Marianne); grandchildren: Erika Peters, Cody Kithcart, Veronica and Ryan Noble, Rebekah Cook and Monica Cook; great-grandchildren, Kimalee Peters and Sara Noble; many nieces and a nephew. She is also survived by many wonderful friends and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene Reese and Myrtle Stalnaker Reese and a sister, Kevin Williams. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00pm on Friday, August 28, at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. The funeral service will be at 1:30pm on Saturday, August 29, at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 27, 2015
Scott, Forrest  
Forrest Scott Forrest "Scotty" Norman Scott, of Cambria, was born in March 1927 to Bill and Garthy Scott in Los Angeles and passed away Sunday, August 9, 2015. The family wishes to thank the staff of Cambria Community Health Center and Central Coast Hospice for their very professional and caring treatment. Scotty is survived by his wife, Lois; daughter, Laura; son, Eric; daughter-in-law, Mona; and granddaughters Athena and Sonia. Cremation has taken place and services will be private. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 27, 2015
Smith, Gloria  
Gloria Smith Gloria Saralegui Smith of Cambria passed away very early in the morning on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Her husband, her children and their spouses were with her as she passed gracefully in her sleep. Born in 1931 in Modesto near the Stanislaus River, hers was an extraordinary life. Gloria Smith was the child of immigrant parents. Her father came from the Basque region of Spain and her mother traveled from Sonora, Mexico. After arriving in the United States, her parents opened a Mexican restaurant in the Watts region of Los Angeles. Gloria's first language was Spanish. She attended St. Paul's Catholic school in West Los Angeles, and graduated from University High School. Not long after, Gloria went to work at Triad Corporation. There she met Wayne Smith, the love of her life. They married in 1952, and their big adventure began. Their travels together spanned days spent boating on Lake Powell and in the San Juan Islands, camping in the High Sierras, trips to Vegas to hear Frank Sinatra, and tours of Russia, Greece and much of Western Europe. Gloria was always planning for the next experience. In 1973 Gloria, along with two friends, decided to enter the Orange County liquor license lottery. Anyone who has played poker or Mahjong with Gloria will not be surprised to learn that Gloria had the luck of the draw. She won a license and in a matter of months her restaurant Tres Amigos opened in Costa Mesa, California. She was always a lucky lady. Somewhere, tucked away in the Joslyn Recreation Center, is the Cambrian poker trophy that she won some years ago. During the 1970s also, at the encouragement of their then college aged son who visited the region once and was enchanted, Gloria and her husband Wayne bought land in Cambria. In 1993 they moved from Tustin, California, to Cambria, and to the house they had recently built on that same piece of purchased property. That same year Gloria opened The Little Red House on Main, an antique store that was known among locals for its dazzling window displays. Gloria was active in numerous Cambria clubs, and participated each year at the Lion's Club Pinedorado, while also appearing regularly on the Cambria Lawn Bowling green, lunching with the Red Hat society, playing golf, and shuffling those lucky cards. A constant frequenter of Cambria's library, Gloria was a diagnosed dyslexic who used her unconventional understanding of language to become an even more astute reader. The child of a man who crossed over the border illegally, Gloria stressed the importance of work and education to her children. Her daughter raised five children and owns and operates a business in the field of education enrichment. Gloria's son is a writer and a professor of English. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Gloria is survived by her husband, Wayne Smith; by her son, Carlton Smith; her daughter, Dianna Smith Woodbury; by her daughter-in-law, Deborah Paes de Barros and by her son-in-law, Spencer Hunter Woodbury, as well as her grandchildren: Bryson, Payton, Libby and Tate Woodbury, Samantha and Josh Smith, and Benjamin Hatheway. Her love for her grandson Hunter Woodbury is unending. The family expresses their gratitude to Dr. Phillip Kissel, Dr. Patrick Vaughn and Loreen Oeser for their careful treatment that allowed Gloria extra and expanded years of life Anyone who ever met Gloria could never fail to recognize her great capacity for love-a love for her family, her friends, and the unfortunate of the world. Her family members basked in her unconditional affection. And it was difficult for her to pass a homeless person without dispensing cash and perhaps also some good advice. She would want all of us who loved and knew her to pass on that love, and in lieu of flowers to contribute to the Salvation Army. We will miss her always. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 27, 2015
Townes, June  
June Townes June Adele Townes, a fifty year resident of Cambria, died on Monday, August 17, 2015, at Cherish House at the age of 89. She was born in San Pedro, Calif., in February 1926. Her family moved to Banning, Calif., when she was thirteen and she graduated from high school there. She met her husband Robert "Bob" in Banning while attending a baseball game where he was playing. They married in Olympia, Wash., before he was sent to Germany during World War II. He died in 2005. They had been married for 60 years at the time of his death. They owned and operated Townes Emporium on Main Street in Cambria for well over 25 years. They were also members of the Cambria VFW for many years. June loved to sew. She made hundreds of quilts which she donated to various charities. She also loved tending her extensive cactus and succulent garden. Some of the succulents and cactus that can be found around Cambria were started from her garden. June was very spiritual. She was generous, kind and loving to everyone she met. She will be greatly missed. Her family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff at Cherish House on Warren Drive in Cambria for their loving care during her stay there. June is preceded in death by her only sibling, Edward Irwin, and her son-in-law, Robert "Bob" Evirs. June is survived by her three children: Edward Townes (Meryl), of Las Vegas, Donna Baldwin (Michael) of Benicia, Calif., and Linda Evirs of Cambria. In addition she leaves behind four grandchildren: Richard Evirs (Gretchen), Sandy Allen (Chris), Sarah Baldwin Gray (Tyler) and Jessica Baldwin. She had three great-grandchildren: Graham, Emily and Ethan Evirs. She is also survived by nephew, Robert "Bob" Towns (Vivian) of Cleveland, Ohio, and niece, Linda Vaughan (Roy) of Bartlesville, Okla. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 27, 2015

Yesterday's Obituaries

Bidermann, William  
William Bidermann William Robert "Bill" Bidermann, 92, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2015, in San Luis Obispo, California. He was born in April 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Gustav Ferdinand Bidermann and Elizabeth Margaret (Cooley) Bidermann. He was raised in New York City until enlisting in the Army in 1942. Bill served as a combat infantryman in the 1st army 9th armored division and in Patton's Army, carrying an M1 rifle from Le Havre, France, shortly after D-Day, across the bridge at Remagen and on to Prague, Czechoslovakia, when the Allies were victorious. Bill returned stateside, graduated from MIT and became an aerospace engineer. He worked at Rocketdyne on the design and development of large liquid-fueled rocket engines for NASA's missions from Mercury to Project Apollo that delivered the first men to the moon, finishing his career with the Space Shuttle Main Engine and Peacekeeper missile. Bill loved family, country, camping, computers, and animals. He is survived by two sons, Bill and Steve; daughter, Susan; two grandsons, two great-grandsons, nieces, and nephews. Mr. Bidermann will be interred alongside his beloved wife Virginia Ann "Ginny" (Smith) Bidermann at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego on September 18, 2015. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 26, 2015
Nichols, Carol - Atascadero  
Carol Nichols Carol Jean Nichols, born on McChord Air Force base in Tacoma, Wash., passed away on August 18, 2015, in Santa Barbara, Calif. She worked as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties for 20 years. She is survived by her husband, Frank Nichols; son, Stephen Nichols; mother, Patricia Havlichek; and sister, Lynn Simons. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 29 at 11:30am at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1450 Golden Hill Road, Paso Robles, Calif. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 26, 2015
O'Melveny, Richard  
Richard O'Melveny Richard M. O'Melveny went peacefully to be with our Lord on Saturday evening, August 1, 2015, at age 79. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Eileen; his three daughters, five grandchildren, and his sister. He was beloved and cherished and will be greatly missed. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, August 29th, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Los Osos at 2:00pm. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 26, 2015
Pool, Chriss  
Chriss Pool Robert Christian "Chriss" Pool, Jr., passed away in his home in Morro Bay, Calif., on August 2, 2015, after apparent cardiac arrhythmia. He was 53 years old. The son of Robert Christian Pool and Ellen DeMoe Pool, he was born in San Francisco but grew up in Evanston, Ill. He is survived by his brother, William Cloyd Pool II. Chriss blessed all with his positive attitude, big heart and strong spirit, and instilled those qualities in those who met him. A Memorial gathering will take place on Sunday, August 30, 1:00 to 3:00pm at The Green Lotus Center, 550 Morro Bay Blvd. in Morro Bay, Calif. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 26, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

Ardantz, Bert  
Bert Ardantz Bert Ardantz, devoted mother, grandma, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, and friend passed away Monday August 10, 2015, peacefully at her home in Pismo Beach, Calif., after fighting a gallant battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her son, Mitch; daughter-in-law, Krista; granddaughters: Emily, Sarah, and Amanda; her sister, Elizabeth Samuels; brother, Jim Hubbard; first husband, Henri Ardantz, and many nieces, nephews and loved ones. Born in January 1941 in San Diego, she later moved to Santa Maria, Calif., where she met and married Henri Ardantz in 1961 and had their son Mitch. She moved to Santa Cruz, Calif., in the mid 1960's where she would eventually raise her son as a single mother. She was also a long time resident of Mission Beach in San Diego, later settling back on the Central Coast in Pismo Beach. Raised in the foster care system, she became an advocate for foster children while residing in San Diego. During her twenty year residence there, she worked for the Casey family home as well as her private "Yes U Can" practice, tutoring and mentoring young people. This was her passion in life. In 2006 she moved to the Central Coast to be closer to family, where she began teaching and mentoring students in the Lucia Mar School District, as well as working with the Chumash Tribe. Up until her passing, she was active within the San Luis Obispo County Women's Shelter program as an "Economic Empowerment Advocate," yet another position and organization for which she was passionate. While living in Santa Cruz, she made an integral contribution to the successful development of UCSC's Stevenson's College where she worked as an Executive Administrator. Furthermore, later in life Bert tried and succeeded in being accepted into UCSC's Education Program and, even more profoundly, winning the amazing award of Co-Valedictorian of her graduating class in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education! Bert was an avid fan of music, of ALL sorts: attending as many concerts as she possibly could, dancing, playing a mean tambourine, and taking her son and all of their friends whenever she could. She worked hard to nurture the love of music to all those around her, especially her son. Always thirsting for knowledge, Bert loved to study and read. Fortunately for all of us, we became the recipients of this knowledge and intellect. Always eager to give back and mentor to all, especially young people, Bert had a gift of "connectedness" with youth that was second to none. Bert was a consummate advocate for those in need: Always delivering a positive force in a sometimes negative world; always praising "Yes you can, Yes you can." We are and will, miss you Mom / Grandma. Missing the morning phone call, the weekend BBQ's, the great conversation and debates. Keep a watchful eye on all of us as we know you will and keep providing that direction for everyone up in Heaven as you did here on earth. We Love You!!!In lieu of flowers Bert's wishes were for donations to: San Luis Obispo County Women's Shelter, Womensshelter.org , 51 Zaca Lane San Luis Obispo, Calif., 93401. A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, September 13, at 11:00am at the Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Dr., Avila Beach, Calif., 93424. Bring yourselves and your stories as we celebrate her life and accomplishments. To leave a condolence for the family visit Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary's website.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Aug. 21, 2015
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