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Del Pesco, Bob  
Bob Del Pesco On June 28, 2015, Bob Del Pesco passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. During his illness he was lovingly cared for by in-home caregiver Leslie MacDonald and later the staff at Bob and Corky's Care Home. Wilshire Hospice personnel provided many services and throughout Bob's illness, Dr. Stephen Hilty was always there for him with compassionate care and support for his wife, Joyce. Bob was born in 1924 in Danielson, Connecticut, to Charlotte and Angelo Del Pesco. Bob was the youngest of nine brothers and sisters and raised in an active and lively home where the siblings' friends could often be found joining the family in sharing Mama Del's Italian cooking. After graduating from high school, with World War II underway, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served until the end of the war. Upon returning home he attended the University of Connecticut and then transferred and graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California, with a degree in psychology. He went on to Tufts University in Massachusetts to obtain his Master's degree in Criminology. While working for the State of California he started as a Parole Officer, then worked his way up as a District Supervisor, Regional Administrator, Chief of Community Services, and retired as a Hearing Representative on the Board of Prison Terms. It was while visiting all of the prisons in California for his job that he got to know San Luis Obispo and knew that was where he wanted to retire. In 1966 he married Joyce Dyvad and they made their home in Southern California. Since both enjoyed boating they lived on the water in Marina Del Rey, Lake Forest and Long Beach, all places where they could have a boat at the front door. Travel was another shared interest and they visited many countries throughout the world. They recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. Bob loved spending as much time as possible with son Rob and granddaughters, Andillon and Danielle and attending his granddaughters' various school activities. Always a patient person, he was perfect in the role of 'Papa.' He became Commodore of the Dolphin Yacht Club while living in Marina Del Rey and he and Joyce spent many enjoyable weekends boating to Catalina and up and down the coast of California with the group. He volunteered as a board member with the Salvation Army, was President of Homeowners Associations in Marina Del Rey and San Luis Obispo, and volunteered as a hearing representative for the Parking Department of San Luis Obispo for 15 years. Bob was an avid football fan and was sorry when each season ended. His choice of a favorite team depended on the current quarterback. He was interested in railroads and supported the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum. What a lot of people did not know about Bob was his enjoyment of writing. He wrote short stories, poetry, a couple of TV pilots and even lyrics to a song when he was taking guitar lessons after retirement. Bob was a very gregarious, outgoing person and always remembered a face. A fun-loving, generous and considerate person, he will be missed by family and friends. He responded to people to the end with a grin and smiling eyes. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Joyce; son, Rob and granddaughters, Andillon and Danielle of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and many nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents and brothers and sisters. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 12 at 3:00pm at the San Luis Obispo Country Club. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a favorite charity. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 2, 2015
Peterson, Wilma - Atascadero  
Wilma Peterson Wilma Marvelle Peterson, 93, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Templeton, Calif. She was born in Moyers, Pushmataha Co., Okla., to Ruel and Clara Hartsell in July 1921. Marvelle and Charlie Jones were married in 1937. They moved to California in 1941 to work in the Richmond Shipyards. She became a certified welder and was considered one of the best, working on the most critical areas of the Liberty ships. She moved to Atascadero in 1944, while Charlie was serving in the South Pacific. She raised chickens, sold eggs, and took in ironing to save enough money to buy an old black smith shop. She and Charlie opened Jones Welding in that location in 1947. After Charlie's death in 1956, she continued to operate the business. Marvelle and Harold Peterson first met when she was working in the welding shop. Harold came in to have a part repaired on his truck. He always said "it was love at first sight!" In 1960, they were married and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary just before his death in 2010. They were very proud of being named Atascadero Colony Days Royalty in 2003, recognizing their service to the community. She was "Nanny" to her family, and excelled in gardening and cooking. She supplied family and friends with fresh fruit and vegetables, canned salsa, pickles and jam. Everyone knew she was the best cook in the family! Over the years, she won many blue ribbons at the Mid State Fair for her pickles and jams. She is survived by seven grandchildren: Donna Downs, Casey Jones, Charles Smith, Sherri Mitchell, Melissa Robertson, Suzanne Pinkerton Whetsel, and Donnie Jones Jr.; stepson, Dwight Peterson; five generations of grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, sons: Charles Wayne Jones, Donnie Merrit Jones Sr., and her four siblings: Harold Hartsell, George Hartsell, Thomas Hartsell and Robbie Truhitte. At Marvelle's request, no public services are planned. She asked to be cremated, with interment for her and Harold at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park. The family will have a Celebration of Life service at a later date. She loved this poem: Miss Me, But Let Me Go When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me. I want no rites in a gloom- filled room. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little-but not too long, and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that was once shared. Miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone. It's all a part of the master's plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to the friends we know. Bear your sorrow in good deeds. Miss me, but let me go. Nanny was the last member of our family's Greatest Generation. She was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. Family asks that donations be made in her name to a charity of your choice. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 2, 2015
Watkins, Thomas - Los Banos  
Thomas Watkins Thomas Jeffery Watkins, 46, a loving father, husband, and son died on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, near Los Banos, California, in a traffic accident. He was born in March 1969 in San Luis Obispo, the first of two children for Wes and Doris Watkins. A second generation resident, Tom graduated from Atascadero High School in 1987, where he was a member of the varsity soccer team. He attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Over the past 15 years, he worked for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations, most recently in the role of Health Program Manager. Tom was an avid fisherman and sailor spending time in Monterey and San Francisco Bay. He also loved the beach, playing the guitar, and sharing coffee with his wife every morning. Tom's greatest love in life was his daughter Ally and his family, who will forever miss him. For those who knew Tom, his laughter and humor will be missed. Tom was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ted and Mary Beth Watkins and General Hudgens and Susie Allen; uncle, Robert Watkins, and cousin, Robert Ross. He is survived by his daughter, Ally Watkins and Ally's mother, Dayna, who he remained in close friendship with; wife, Leti Mendoza and her children, Fabian and Maya Valdez; his parents, Wes and Doris Watkins; his loving brother, Brian Watkins and his wife, Yonnie and two children, and several aunts, uncles, and extended family. Private services for immediate family members will be held on a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to Colorado Horsepower: www.coloradohorsepower.org , 5027 Garton Rd., Castle Rock, Colo., 80104 or any other charity that helps you remember Tom. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 2, 2015

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Rubinstein, Gladys  
Gladys Rubinstein Gladys Rubinstein, 91, passed away in San Luis Obispo on June 25, 2015. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother. Gladys loved people and always saw the best in everyone she met. She was an excellent cook and gracious hostess. Gladys was both artistic and athletic. She loved to paint landscapes of places she knew. She played tennis, golf, ping pong, bridge, and board games with a competitive zeal. She was born Gladys Finberg in February 1924 in Flint, Michigan, and was the oldest of four children. When she was in third grade, the family moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts, where her father Carl sold plumbing fixtures through Finberg Supply, one of the landmark stores in Lawrence during the 1940's and 1950's. Her family had one of the few television sets in the area at that time and there would often be 15-20 people in their living room in the evenings to view this new form of communication. Gladys graduated from Lawrence High School in 1942 and went on to earn an AA degree in business from Boston University. She married Coleman Rosenfield from nearby Haverhill in 1946 and the couple lived initially in Lawrence before moving to the Massachusetts seaport town of Newburyport in 1953. In 1956, the family moved to south Florida where Gladys lived for the next 50 years. She met her second husband, Abe Rubinstein, in Fort Lauderdale and was married to him for 20 years before his death in 2007. Abe and Gladys shared a love of travel and visited many countries, including England and Japan. She and Abe moved to San Luis Obispo in 2003 so they could be closer to family members who lived in California. Gladys is survived by her son, Stan (Elaine) of San Luis Obispo; son, Jim (Diane) of Silver Spring, Maryland; grandsons, Joshua and Ben (Sonia); great-grandchildren: Amedeo, Matteo, and Sara of Silver Spring; cousins, Chuck and Dorothea Gordon of Mountain View, and numerous nieces and nephews. A family celebration of her life was held in San Luis Obispo on June 28. Donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3232 South Higuera Street, #101-A, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 93401. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 1, 2015
Solomon, Caroline - Paso Robles  
Caroline Solomon Services for Caroline Solomon are to be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, July 1, at Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home in Paso Robles.
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 1, 2015

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Hughes, Glenora  
Glenora Hughes Glenora Evelyn Hughes was born in Liberty, South Carolina in February 1923 and passed away in San Luis Obispo on Friday, June 26, 2015. She first married James Hall in 1939; they had one child, Dona Sue. James died in an automobile accident while visiting relatives in Jacksonville, Florida. During World War II, Glenora worked in a defense plant in Jacksonville; she met George Hughes, a California native, who was serving in the U.S. Navy. After George was released from the service, they married in 1942. A few years after their civil marriage, George joined the church and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. They raised two daughters Linda and Pamela while residing in Menlo Park. George passed away in 1986. After George's death, Glenora moved to Merced; in 1996 she relocated to San Luis Obispo to be near daughter Pamela and granddaughter Rachel. Glenora is survived by her three children: Dona Ichelson, Linda Harvey, and Pamela Hughes; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Glenora was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was loved and respected by all those who knew her. A Viewing will be on Tuesday, June 30, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Reis Family Mortuary in San Luis Obispo. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on June 30, 2015
Hummel Sr., David  
David Hummel, Sr. January 1928 - June 2015 David Ray Hummel, Sr. passed away on June 25, 2015, at home, surrounded by his wife, children and their spouses, following a stroke. Dave was born in Columbus, Ohio, the middle son to Paul and Francis Hummel. Dave graduated cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1952 with a degree in Economics. He married Nanette "Chris" Harper in 1952 and the life-long love affair and adventure began. Dave ended his career with International Paper Company in 1985 and the two retired to their paradise in San Luis Obispo. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, and golf. Dave's family describes him as strong-willed, fiercely independent, honest, caring, quick-witted, and having a dry sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Chris; children: Nancy Campbell (Bob), David Jr. (Trudi) and Trish Butier; grandchildren: Kate, Alex, Nick, Ben and Lindsay; brothers, Paul (Shirley) and Philip (Lois). As children we all remember Dad/Grandpa telling bedtime stories, and when he ran out of "material" he would end the story with, "and the tin bended and the story ended"but the story will never end in our hearts and minds. A private family gathering is planned for the future. Dave's family is extremely grateful for the compassionate care provided by Central Coast Hospice. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library, to honor his love of a good book. However, Dave would say "Save your money!" Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on June 30, 2015
Loflin, Gordon  
Gordon Loflin Gordon Ray Loflin, 82, of Pismo Beach, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015. Gordon was born in July 1932 in Lawn, Texas, and was raised in Porterville. He was a resident of Bakersfield for over 40 years prior to moving to Pismo Beach eleven years ago. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Gordon was a truck driver; last employed by Getty Refining and Marketing when he retired in 1983 due to rheumatoid arthritis. In 1982 and 1983 he won awards at the California State American Trucking Association "roadeo" competitions in the tank truck division. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Moose, Eagles, American Legion and Petroleum Production Pioneers. Gordon loved to cook. His family and friends were fond of his biscuits and gravy. He enjoyed walking his "kids," Smoky, Bandit and Caddie on the boardwalk of Pismo and having breakfast at CJ's. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Frances; children: Terry Loflin (Kathy), Sandy Loflin (Rich), Vicki Greene (Chipper) and Frank Loflin (Lisa); grandchildren: Alan, Dustin, Christie, Brandon, Katie, Shannon, Britney and Jaden; great-grandchildren: Kylie, Levi and Makenna; brothers: Johnny (Donna), Bobby (Lynn), and Billy (Oneita); sister-in-law, Yvonne Phillips (Richard), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by infant grandson, Vincent Anthony Greene; brothers, Doug and Homer and sister, Melba Sloan. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, July 1, at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery, 895 El Camino Real, Arroyo Grande. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor may be directed to Shriners Children's Hospital in Los Angeles or St. Paul the Apostle Church in Pismo Beach. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on June 30, 2015
Solomon, Caroline - Paso Robles  
Caroline Solomon Caroline Solomon was born in October 1931 in New York City and passed on June 27, 2015. She lived her 83 years in two locations, 34 years in New York City and 49 years in San Luis Obispo County. Caroline was known for her seamstress skills where she made many beautiful dresses for the ladies in her Eastern Star chapters. She loved to play her piano organ, take her dogs for walks and chat with her neighbors and close friends. She was involved for almost 50 years with the Eastern Star chapters at Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. She also belonged to the Daughters of the Nile. She is preceded in death by her only son, Arthur Barris and survived by her two daughters, Dorothy Taylor and Robin Barris; four grandchildren: Amy Young, Brent Taylor, Robert Martin and Nathan Martin and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Francis Chaffers, and her two sisters, Jean Igel and Ruth Jansen, all of Florida. She will be truly missed by her family and many friends. Services are to be held at Kuehl-Nicolay in Paso Robles on June 30, 2015, at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Shriners Hospital. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on June 30, 2015
Terrill, Oliver "Obbie" - Paso Robles  
Oliver "Obbie" Terrill Oliver "Obbie" Arthur Terrill, age 92, of Peachy Canyon/Paso Robles passed away peacefully at home June 25, 2015. A 7th generation California native he was born on Santa Rosa Creek east of Cambria March 1923, moving to Paso Robles later that year with his family. A graduate of Paso Robles High School, Class of 1941, he was a loyal Bearcat. He married Lee Gunther of Paso Robles in 1945 and they celebrated 41 years of marriage. When Lee's sister Margie died with five young sons, Obbie and Lee opened their home to them, raising them as their own. Known for his lively humor and wit Obbie lived life to its fullest as dairyman, farmer, rancher, hunter, fisherman and a man about town. His many memberships included Atascadero Trail Riders (President 1979/Charter), Paso Robles Moose Lodge (Charter), Elks Lodge (50 yrs/Charter), Native Sons of the Golden West-Cambria Parlor, Cattlemen's Association, Farm Bureau, and Diamond Walnut. He had the honor of being Pioneer Day Marshall in 2006. Obbie is survived by brother, Newell Terrill of San Luis Obispo; nieces, Nancy Terrill and Rosemary (Monty) Montgomery, and niece, Cathy Gunther; nephews: Karl Gunther, Don (Lynn Kerman) Christensen, Mike (Brande) Christensen, Jerry (Cindy) Christensen, John (Lisa) Christensen, Wes (Kim) Christensen, and Tom (Connie) Hartsell. He is fondly remembered by many more family members and friends, including lifelong friend Spencer Bain, and companion Shirley Elkins. Obbie was lovingly supported and surrounded by family as cancer ended his days. He was preceded in death by wife, Lee, and by second wife of five years, Mary Elise Roberts; parents, Arthur Terrill and Olivia [Bassi] Terrill; nephews, John Terrill, Chris Brown and grandnephew, Karl Gunther Jr. Service at 10:00am on July 2, Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home, Paso Robles (805) 238-4383. Burial to follow at Paso Robles District Cemetery. A Memorial Barbecue is planned for July 11 at Paso Robles Elks Lodge. Sign his guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on June 30, 2015
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