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(Walden) Matt Bond of Rancho Mirage, Calif. passed away on July 19, 2009 from (Walden) Matt Bondcongestive heart failure at the age of 79. A long time actor, playwright, theatre director and designer, Matt produced concerts for Della Reese, Natalie Cole, Florence Henderson, Toni Tennille, Helen Reddy, and Leslie Uggams. He made his stage debut at the age of one year, dressed in a gold lamé diaper. His performance as Dan Cupid is still talked about in certain circles. He later appeared with such stars as Ethel Barrymore, Anne Jefferies and Elvis Presley. As a children's theatre playwright, his "Tom Sawyer, an American Legend with Music" has been produced worldwide. "Earthlings, the ecological musical" received a special citation from the Environmental Protection Agency. During the late 50's/early 60's, Matt served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at the American Embassy in Rome. Italy became his idea of Shangri-La. He was preceded in death by son, Paul; and is survived by Dave Barton, his partner of 40 years; daughters, Heather and Terrell. He cherished family members, Alan, Ann, Donna, Brian, Bob, Kyle, and Chloe and felt blessed to have friends, Bill, Jeff, Don, Joe, Will, George, and Stephen in his life. A Celebration of Life is planned for Nov. 14, 2009 which would have been his 80th birthday. He will live on in our hearts and memories.
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/23 to 7/28/2009
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Rachel Katherine Buchanan, 88, of Yucca Valley, Calif. passed away July 3, 2009 in Palm Rachel Katherine BuchananSprings, Calif. She was born November 11, 1920, to Ralph and Edith Norvell in Charleston, Ark. She was a successful businesswoman who owned and operated her restaurant in Walnut Park, Calif. She enjoyed playing the piano, cooking, canning jams and jellies, sewing by hand, crossword puzzles and playing cards with friends and family. She is survived by her son, James (Kitty) Buchanan of Yucca Valley, Calif.; her daughters, Katheryn Fiore of Indio, Calif., and Debbie Garner of Palm Springs, Calif.; sister Ann (John) Matthews of Madera, Calif.; sister-in-laws, Vivian Norvell of Madera, Calif. and Jane Norvell of Peoria, Ariz.; grandsons, Anthony (Meta) Fiore and Jeremy Fiore, all of Norco, Calif.; great-grandson Nicholas; great-grand-daughters, Shannon and Lauren; ten nephews, ten great-nephews, ten great-great nephews, one great-great-great nephew; seven nieces, twelve great-nieces, six great-great nieces and two great-great-great nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edith and Ralph Norvell; her sisters, Cora Boomhower, Helen McMurtrey, and Mildred Hamilton; her brothers, Robert Norvell, William Norvell and Roger Norvell. Our Mom was devoted to our family and sacrificed a great deal for her children. She was thoughtful, kind and generous, always putting others needs ahead of her own. Mom was our rock and we were always safe within her love. She created a warm and loving home and truly enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, while always making them feel welcomed in our home. Her family and friends share fond and loving memories of "Aunt Kay" throughout the years. She had a love for life and she is a precious gift that all of us treasure for just knowing her. Our Mom has truly blessed each of us in our lives and we rejoice and give thanks for her life with us. OUR FAMILY WISHES TO THANK THE FOLLOWING: Dr. A. Gharghoury, Dr. M. Gupta, Dr. L. Cooper, DaVita Palm Springs and DaVita Yucca Valley; Adrianna, Gilbert, Rudy and John, SMS Transport; Chris Carson, Skilled Nursing Facility; Renee Andres RN - 5 Sinatra; Sara Vasquez, RN - 4 Sinatra; Barbara Jacobs, RN, Sheila Flood, PT, Martha, Caregiver - all of VNA; Robert Bryant - Hospice; Patti Munoz - Dialysis; Kitty Buchanan, Sandra Queen and Coleen Scnear who cared for our Mom during some of her toughest times, and last but not least, Barbara Wagner and Cindy Perea, the Angels who paved Mom's pathway to Heaven. Services are private.
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/25 to 7/30/2009


Gloria Frances Burrus passed away July 20, 2009 in West Covina, Calif. at the age of 84. No Photo AvailableShe was born January 3, 1925 in Riverside, Calif. Gloria loved her family deeply; she will be greatly missed. Gloria is survived by her son, Skip Burrus (Carol); daughter, Debbie Calmes (Don); granddaughter, Melissa Wolfe (Phil); grandson, Brian Calmes (April); and five great grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Fri., July 24, 2009, 1:00 PM at Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Memorial Park, 11500 Arlington Ave., Riverside CA.
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/24 to 7/29/2009
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June L. (Clough) Fish, 81, of Cathedral City, Calif., formerly of Newburyport, Calif., passed June L. (Clough) Fishaway Tues., June 30, 2009, in Palm Desert, Calif. She was the wife of Charles C. Fish. Born in Newburyport on April 2, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Arthur C. and Rosie M. (Fowler) Clough. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, William Kennedy of Bermuda Dunes, Calif., Gary Kennedy of Phoenix, Ariz., and Michael Kennedy of Lithopolis, Ohio; three grand-children, Elizabeth and Madelyn Kennedy of Lithopolis, Ohio, and Jonathan Kennedy of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Rosie; brother, Roland (Nason) Clough; and many nieces and nephews. June will be remembered as a loving wife and devoted mother as well as her faith in the Lord Almighty and her devotion to friends and family. In lieu of services, her husband and sons ask that a donation be sent to: Boy's Town Donor Services, P.O. Box 6000, Boys Town, NE 68010 or by calling 1-800-217-3700.
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/24 to 7/29/2009
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Lorraine Virginia Fox of La Quinta, Calif., born October 22, 1928 in Compton, Calif. to No Photo AvailableHarry and Marie Kolstad, passed away at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on July 15, 2009. The youngest of eight children, she grew up during the depression and learned to be a generous, sharing person. Lorraine married her high school sweetheart, Norman, and they were together 62 years. She was a homemaker and had a talent for painting and drawing. Lorraine is survived by her loving husband, Norman Fox; daughters, Gayle Conyers, Lisa Stone, and Leslie Reick; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and brother, Richard Kolstad. Lorraine now rests in God's loving arms. A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, July 18, 2009, and her remains will be placed in her two favorite locations, the beach and Napa Valley. The family requests that donations be made to a favorite charity.
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Carmen Graydon of Oceanside and Palm Springs, Calif. passed away on July 15, 2009 in No Photo AvailableOceanside. She was born on April 13, 1932 to Jesus P. and Aurora Cortez in Los Angeles, Calif. She married Gerald J. Graydon on Aug. 27, 1953 and was a Homemaker and Artist. Carmen is survived by her daughters, Jeanne Graydon of New River, Ariz. and Julie Graydon of Burbank, Calif.; sons, Timothy Graydon of Montrose, Calif. and Gerald Graydon of Oceanside, Calif.; and brother, Robert Cortez of San Gabriel, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald J. Graydon. A Funeral Mass will be held at Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, Calif. on Sat., July 25, 2009 at 2:30 PM. Eternal Hills is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society .
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Carlos M. Gutierrez, 45, of Cathedral City, CA passed away July 16, 2009 in Palm Springs Carlos M. Gutierrezof health related issues. He was born May 5, 1964 to Lorenzo Gutierrez and Guadalupe Gutierrez in Jalisco, Mexico. He was a chef and a member of New Harvest Christian Fellowship. He is survived by his ex-wife Rosemary Tapia. Daughters; Gloria Gutierrez & Faustina Tapia. Sons; Gabriel Gutierrez & Carlos Gutierrez Jr. . Sisters: Leticia Castellanos, Arcelia Acevez, Abigail Navarro. Brothers: Lorenzo Gutierrez, Alfonso Gutierrez, Ernesto Gutierrez, Ruben Gutierrez, & Julio Gutierrez. Parents: Guadaulupe Gutierrez & Lorenzo Gutierrez. 9 Grandchildren. Visitation will be 4-8PM July 23, 2009 with a Rosary service at 6:30PM July 23, 2009 at St. Louis Church, Cathedral City, CA. Memorial Services will be at 10:00AM July 24, 2009 at St. Louis Church, Cathedral City, CA.
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/22 to 7/27/2009
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Jack Edward Hadler left his earthly life to return to his heavenly home at sunrise on July Jack Edward Hadler16, 2009. Born December 30.1936, in Sacramento, CA. Jack was the son of Pete & Dolores Hadler. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sharon Hadler, children Sandy Curtis of Nibley, UT, Michael Hadler of Elk Grove, CA., brother Robert Hadler of Sacramento, CA & brother-in-law, Bill Palmer of Elk Grove, CA & six grandchildren. Jack was a loving husband, a caring father & a papa extraordinaire. He passionately taught his family through living example the true meaning of strong values, compassionate service, & setting goals. Most of all Jack taught his family to enjoy's life's journey. He spent countless seasons as a Little League Coach & member of board. During those years, he raised funds to build two new diamonds for low-income children. Jack had a lifelong love of golf. He spent the last 9 years of his retirement enjoying this passion with his many friends at Desert Princess Country Club. Jack also served on several committees there. A Memorial Service was held on Monday July 20th at sunrise, at the Desert Princess Country Club. Remembrances may be sent to Shriner's Hospital in Sacramento, CA.
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/24 to 7/29/2009


Daniel Judson Herbert, 84, passed away on July 22, 2009 in Palm Springs, Calif. He was Daniel Judson Herbertborn Sept. 15, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of former Ohio Governor Thomas John Herbert and Jeannette Judson Herbert. After graduating from Peddie School in New Jersey, Daniel attended The Ohio State University, where he affiliated with Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He interrupted his studies in 1943 to join the United States Army, and served as an infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge. Following the war, Daniel graduated with a business degree from OSU. In 1948 he moved to New York, NY where he lived and worked for most of his life. He always appreciated the arts and enjoyed traveling. In 1988, Daniel retired to Palm Springs, Calif. with his lifelong partner Thomas Brady. Daniel's brother, John David Herbert of Harrison, Ohio and his sister, Rosemary Herbert Tolliver of Columbus, Ohio survive him. His parents; sister, Metta Jane (Herbert) Stever; and his partner of 51 years, Thomas Brady, preceded him in death. Following cremation, interment will take place at Desert Memorial Park. A Celebration of his Life will be held in Palm Springs at a later date, and his family will gather for a private memorial service in Ohio. Contributions in Daniel's memory may be made to the Golden Rainbow Senior Center, 700 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262, or to the American Cancer Society .
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The Hollinger family would like to remember their much loved mother and grandmother, Edna Laura Hollinger. She was born February 26, 1921 in Los Angeles, Calif. to Ralph and Edna Laura HollingerWilma Andersen. She graduated from Washington High School in Los Angeles in 1938. Edna became a pioneer of Palm Springs, Calif. after she married John Hollinger and moved to Palm Springs 1945. John and Edna were married for over fifty years and had three sons, Dana, Andy, and Rusty as well as one grandchild, Brooke Hollinger. She worked as a bank administrator for Security Pacific (now Bank of America) in Palm Springs. Edna was also a professional landscape oil painter and an active member of the Desert Art Center. Edna enjoyed traveling to the family cabin in Idaho. She will always be loved by her family.
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/25 to 7/30/2009
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Robert Lewis Hoyt • Bob passed away peacefully on July 15, 2009 in Palm Springs, Calif. No Photo AvailableHe was born in Chicago, Ill. on Feb. 9, 1923, and has been a long time resident of Southern California. He is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps for 17 years. He is associated with the 1st Marine Division and the Veterans of Foreign War. He leaves behind his son, Robert L. Hoyt, Jr. of La Jolla, Calif.; three daughters, Mary A. Hunter of Sun Valley, Calif., Robin L. Hoyt of Rogue River, Ore., and June E Olmstead of Grants Pass, Ore.; two granddaughters, Shanna Christoffersen and Melissa M. Lenker; three grandsons, Robert L. Hoyt, III, Matthew A. R. Olmstead, and Kevin M. Olmstead; three great-granddaughters, Sydni Christoffersen, Ashly Christoffersen, and Elleanor Rose Hoyt; great-grandson, Lewis Robert Hoyt; brothers, Lewis Hoyt and Paul Hoyt. Services will be held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA on Fri., July 24, 2009 with a Viewing from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. The Funeral will be Sat., July 25, 2009 at 9:30 AM.
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James Derek Jeffredo, of Indio, Calif. passed away July 20, 2009 in La Quinta, Calif. He James Derek Jeffredowas born March 15, 1959 to Ronald Jeffredo and Carolyn Jean Jeffredo-Alexander in Indio. He married Consuelo Rodriguez on February 3, 1990 in Indio. He worked for Desert Sands Unified School District for nine years. He is survived by his wife, Consuelo Jeffredo; daughter, Allyson Jeffredo of Indio, Calif.; son, Derek James Jeffredo of Indio, Calif.; sister, Pamela Lee Johnson of Indio, Calif.; and brother, Jeffrey Frank Jeffredo of Indio, Calif. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Friday, July 24, 2009 with a Rosary at 6:00 PM at Forest Lawn Coachella Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 9:00 AM, Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Forest Lawn Indio is in charge of arrangements.
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John Andrew Lang, 81, of Palm Desert, Calif. passed away July 6, 2009 of gastric cancer. John Andrew LangHe was born June 13, 1928, to Andrew and Margaret Lang in Twin Falls, Idaho. He married Martha Johnson on August 7, 1950 in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was a Tax Preparer for H&R Block for many years. He was a devoted Catholic and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm Desert, Calif. He served in the U.S. Army from May 24, 1946 to April 30, 1980 as a Colonel. He enlisted in the Army directly out of high school in 1946 in the Engineers; received the WWII Victory Medal; 1955 attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) and commissioned a 2nd LT in the Engineers; later Branch transferred to Armor; two tours in Vietnam 1968-1969 as the District Senior Advisor at La Hai District in Tuy Hoa Province; 1971-1972 as Senior Advisor to a District in the jungles of Bindin Province; tour in Korea 1975-1978; retired as a colonel in 1980; many awards and decorations that include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with "V" Device for Valor, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantryman's Badge. He attended Twin Falls High School in Twin Falls, Idaho, BA at University of Nebraska, Omaha, MBA at Golden Gate University, California. He is survived by his wife, Martha Lang; daughters, Janet Soussan of Derwood, Md. and Sherri O'Connor of Elk Grove, Calif.; sons, Scott Lang of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Bruce Lang of Claremont, Calif.; sisters, Mari Ybarguen of Fallbrook, Calif., Frances Werth of Folsom, Calif., Agnes Zeman of Klamathfalls, Ore., and Stella Powlus of Twinfalls, Idaho; and eight grandchildren. Interment will be at 12:45 PM, Oct. 20, 2009 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (Washington D.C.). Forest Lawn Cathedral City is in charge of arrangements.
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Howard Benjamin Marks passed away in his sleep on Sun., July 19, 2009, while being Howard Benjamin Markscared for in a private home in Cathedral City, Calif. He was born on Feb. 10, 1912, to Nathan and Lillian (Miller) Marks in Pocahontas, Va.; the family subsequently moved to Knoxville, Tenn., where he attended high school. He attended the University of Tennessee for two years, until the death of his father required him to leave college. On a vacation in Miami, Fla., he met his wife to be, Marjorie Jeanne Liss of Minneapolis, Minn. (second daughter and third child of Herman and Anne Liss); they became engaged on New Year's Eve, 1943, and were married on Feb. 27, 1944. They settled in Minneapolis where Howard established himself as a manufacturer's representative for a large number of office furniture and equipment companies. Marjorie joined the business around 1960. They began to collect art in a serious way in the mid-1960s, and by the mid-1970s had one of the most impressive private collections of drawings in Minneapolis. He was active at Temple Israel in Minneapolis and gave generously to many charities. The Howard B. Marks Co. thrived until the mid-1980s, when the couple retired to a home at Seven Lakes, in Palm Springs, Calif. In Palm Springs Howard obtained a real estate license and worked freelance as both a realtor and a mortgage broker. Howard and Marjorie remained married for sixty-five years, until his death. They had two children, Melissa Anne Rolloff (born 1947), now of Louisville, Ky., and Martin Miller Marks (born 1949), of Somerville, Mass. They loved to entertain, and Howard always displayed a suave, genteel "Southern" manner. He and Margie made a beautiful couple on the dance floor. He greatly enjoyed golf (mainly at Oakridge Country Club in Hopkins, Minn.) and card games, as well as his stamp collection. He also loved to spend time at his workbench, and to fix anything broken as ingeniously and economically as possible. His health remained strong until he entered his ninth decade; during his decline, he rarely complained, and he remained determined to look after Margie and maintain his independence for as long as possible. Never a highly "learned" man, he was nonetheless open to all ideas, thoughtful, extremely funny, and a very wise and shrewd judge of character. His wife and children hope and pray that he is now resting peacefully in a heaven filled with many loving thoughts. Howard, we will miss you and cherish your memory! Donations should be directed to either Temple Israel of Minneapolis, or to the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
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Alfredo Aggabao Martin, Jr., 60, of Cathedral City, Calif. passed away on July 22, 2009 in Alfredo Aggabao MartinPalm Desert, Calif. He was born October 8, 1948, to Alfredo and Conchita Martin in Isabela, Philippines. He married Imelda Labuen on June 12, 1967 in Manila, Philippines. He was a mechanic for 40 years. He is survived by spouse Imelda Martin of Cathedral City, Calif.; daughters, Melita Martin of Albuquerque, N.M. and Maribel (David) Adam of Milwaukee, Wis.; sons, Wilfredo Martin and Paul Martin of Cathedral City, Calif.; sisters, Sampaguita Cabuntala and Daisy Martin; brothers, Sammy and Peping Martin; grandchildren Simone Mardell, Victoria and David Adam Jr. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m., July 26, 2009 at Forest Lawn Cathedral City. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m., July 27, 2009 at Forest Lawn Cathedral City. Forest Lawn Cathedral City is in charge of arrangements.
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Mary Kathryn (Kathy) Martin, 62 of Indio, Calif. passed away July 13, 2009. Kathy, the No Photo Availableyoungest daughter of John and Helen Ross, was born on was May 5, 1947 in Upland, Calif. She spent her early life in Ontario, Calif. and later attended University of the Pacific. While visiting Hawaii, she met her husband of 42 years, Jack Martin. Soon after, they moved to Salinas, Calif. where they raised their family. During her childrearing years she was an active participant in a variety of school and community activities including volunteering at the Steinbeck House. After many years in Salinas, they relocated to Indio, Calif. in 2002. Survivors include her husband, Jack Martin; her children, Chrystina Gallo, Jennifer Reynolds, Ryan Martin, and their spouses; her sister, Jane Tangeman and spouse; five grandchildren, Nicholas Gallo, Mae and Lucy Reynolds, Steven and Jacob Martin; and extended family including John and Nan Martin, and Mae Martin. A Celebration of her Life will be held Sat., July 25, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the Heritage Palms Clubhouse, 44291 S. Heritage Palms Dr., Indio, CA 92201. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association .
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John J. McCarthy, Jr., of Boston, Mass. and Indian Wells, Calif., passed away suddenly on John J. McCarthy, Jr.July 16, 2009. He was the Chairman and Owner of Trans-Lease Group, a major transportation company headquartered in New England. The company was founded over 100 years ago by his grand-father, an Irish immigrant, who delivered ice and coal by horse and wagon to homes in the Brockton and Easton areas. John was born in Brockton, Mass., grew up in Milton, Mass. and was a long-time resident of Wellesley, Mass. He was the son of the late John and Isabel McCarthy. He attended Tabor Academy and was a 1954 graduate of Holy Cross College. He also served as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Navy, working in naval intelligence. John was an avid golfer throughout his life and was a member of several country clubs, including Brae Burn, Nantucket Golf Club, and Desert Horizons in Indian Wells, Calif. A proud Red Sox season ticket holder for more than 50 years, one of John's greatest pleasures was watching his beloved Sox, not only at Fenway and at home, but also on reruns. Another part of his daily ritual was attacking the morning paper's crossword puzzle, even before his first cup of coffee. A kind and compassionate man, John was a generous supporter of numerous charities in Massachusetts and California. His anonymous contributions enabled many deserving students to further their education. John is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Carol Gray McCarthy. He is also survived by his daughter, Mary Lynne McCarthy of New York City; son, John J. McCarthy, III and his wife, Maureen of Cohasset, Mass.; daughter, Christina McCarthy Kepple and her husband, Douglas of New York City, NY; son, James McCarthy of Boston, Mass.; and stepson, Charles Gray of Bermuda Dunes, Calif. John was the proud grandfather of Isabel and Kate McCarthy. He is also survived by his former wife, Mary Morley McCarthy; his sister, Ann Dederding and her husband, Helmut of New York City, NY; and nieces, Lisa Weiss and Mary Adele Burke, both of Dedham, Mass.; and their families. His family, friends and employees will miss John's genuine kindness, loving generosity, the twinkle in his eye and his quick-witted sense of humor which was always followed by a hearty laugh. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Elizabeth Church, 350 Reedsdale Road, Milton, MA was on Mon., July 20, 2009. Relatives and friends invited. Interment at Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in loving memory of John J. McCarthy, Jr., to Massachusetts General Hospital, Attn: Development Office, 100 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 02114.
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November 6, 1960 - July 9, 2009 Lisa Marie O'Connor, 48, of Yucca Valley, Calif., passed Lisa Marie O'Connoraway at her parent's home in Palm Springs, Calif. after a long and courageous battle with cancer with family and friends at her side. She was born to Neil and Rose McMichael in San Dimas, Calif. on Nov. 6, 1960. She was a 1978 graduate of Palm Springs High School and married Jim O'Connor Jan. 26, 1980 and resided in Yucca Valley. Her career in escrow began in Palm Springs shortly after her graduation from high school and she continued in the same field for 28 years until her retirement from Fidelity National Title and Escrow in Yucca Valley in October 2007. Shortly after her retirement, Lisa and Jim became the owners of Hardesty Custom Floors which has been in the Hardesty family for over 56 years. She is survived by her husband, Jim O'Connor; son, Neil both of Yucca Valley, Calif.; her parents, Neil and Rose McMichael of Palm Springs, Calif.; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom and Terri McMichael of Yucca Valley Calif. and their daughter Erin of Burbank, Calif.; Jack and Michele O'Connor and their sons, Tyler and Calin of Georgia; and all of Hardesty, O'Connor, Huff, Laviolette, Maddalena, Johnson and Humphreville families; as well as countless friends and associates. A Celebration of Life service will be held on July 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel, 57373 Joshua Lane, Yucca Valley, CA. In lieu of flowers, it was Lisa's wish that donations be made in her name to the Susan B. Komen Cancer Foundation and Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel.
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R. Paul Reimer, 87, of Palm Desert, Calif. passed away on July 19, 2009 in Rancho Mirage, R. Paul ReimerCalif. He was born on March 13, 1922 to Peter Reimer and Alma Reimer in Goodrich, ND. He married Marcia Loudon on August 23, 1980 in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was the Owner and President of Norwal, Inc. for 35+ years. He served for a period as President of the Plastering Contractors Association, he also served as a Director on the Board of California Drywall/Lathing, Inc. from 1984-1989 and was the Vice Chairman (1991-1997) and then Chairman of the Board (1998-2006) of United Labor Bank. He was a member of the Big Brothers Association and was awarded "Big Brother of the Year" in 1962, he was a Founder of the Los Angeles Music Center, and Founder of the R. Paul and Marcia J. Reimer Foundation which has been helping those in need for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Marcia Reimer; his daughters, Cathy Loudon of Mountain View, Calif., Cynthia Loudon of Sammamish, Wash., Becky Miller of Simi Valley, Calif., Brinda Pola of Fairfield, Conn., Debbie Spector of Simi Valley, Calif., and Kristina Taylor of Henderson, Nev.; sons, Jeff Loudon of West Hills, Calif., Rick McMillan of Utah, Craig McNey of Lake Arrowhead, Calif., Richard Reimer of Burbank, Calif., and Paul Reimer of Aurora, Colo.; 28 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Ken McMillan of Camarillo, Calif. The family suggests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society , 73161 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 100, Palm Desert, CA 92260.
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"Remember the Good Times" George E. Roberts, 75, of La Quinta, Calif. passed away on George E. RobertsJuly 1, 2009 from complications due to diabetes. He was born March 30, 1934 to George B. Roberts and Marvel A. Snively in Akron, Ohio. His family moved to South Gate, Calif. when he was three years old. He graduated from S.G. High School and went to junior college for two years. George served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War overseas for two years. After he came home, George went into the motion picture business. Besides acting, he did stunt driving. George loved his work and continued for 30 years. George and his wife, Carole retired and moved to La Quinta, Calif. in 2003. George is survived by his wife, Carole; daughter, Carole Lee Sarumian of Ontario, Calif.; grandchildren, Sarah, Jennifer, Natalie, and Nicholas; and one great-grandson, Joey. He was preceded in death by both parents, and many close life-long friends. Services are private. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Diabetes Association .
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/23 to 7/28/2009
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February 10, 1930-July 9, 2009 William J. Sparkman passed away unexpectedly on July 9, William J. Sparkman2009, at his beloved Lake Tahoe home. Bill (Sparky) Sparkman was born February 10, 1930, in Santa Rita, NM, to William Sparkman and Effie Jackson. The family moved to Ajo, Ariz. where he and his sister, Wanda, grew-up. Bill graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. In February 1954, he joined the United States Air Force. Under the Air Force Institute of Technology program, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and later a Masters Degree from the University of California in research and development systems management. During his 27 ½ years of distinguished military service he was awarde the National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Legion of Merit. During his years at Vandenberg Air Force Base he was Commander of the 6595th Aerospace Test Wing and subsequently Vice Commander of the Space and Missile Test Organization. He was involved in over 160 unmanned launches. He retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1981. He continued working for Martin Marietta for an additional eleven years. Bill and Dona were married in 1952, and had three sons, Larry, Gary, and Glen. While in the Air Force, he and his family were stationed throughout the United States and Okinawa, Japan. While at VAFB, he was active in the community, serving on the vestry of St. Mary's Church, along with participating in his favorite recreational pastime, softball. He played the game wherever he was stationed, and when he retired his family had the glove he had used since high school bronzed. In 1991, his beloved wife, Dona passed away after 39 years of marriage. In 1992, Sparky retired from Martin Marietta and married a second time to a family friend, Sara Cotten, of Rancho Mirage, Calif. They alternated between homes in Rancho Mirage and Lake Tahoe and were fortunate to travel widely during their 17 year marriage. Sara remembers her husband as a man of many passions, not the least of which was politics. Discussions with Sparky were never dull! Col. William Junior Sparkman will be remembered as a warm and loving family man and devoted husband. He was a man of unparalleled integrity who never wavered from his belief that family, God and country are the things that mattered most in life. William J. Sparkman is survived by his wife, Sara Sparkman; his sons, Larry Sparkman of Tallahassee, Fla., Gary Sparkman of Vero Beach, Fla., and Glen Sparkman of Lake Dallas, Texas; his step-sons, Michael Cotten of Mentone, Calif. and David Cotten of Colorado Springs, Colo.; ten grandchildren, Lisa, Scott, Melissa, Jennifer, Rikki, Cody, Brandy, Christopher, Tyler, and Nichelle Sparkman; three step-grandchildren, Kacey, Kyle, and Mackenzie Cotton; four great-grandchildren; two aunts, Lucille Jackson and Ailene Gossett; a brother-in-law, Ray Williams; and a nephew, David Williams. A Memorial Service with Full Military Honors, followed by a reception, will be held at 4:00 PM, Tues., August 11, 2009 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, located at 2800 Harris Grade Road, Lompoc, CA. For directions please call 805-733-4400. On Fri., Aug. 14, 2009 there will be a private scattering of the ashes at Lake Tahoe. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Living Desert in the name of William "Sparky" Sparkman Memorial Fund, 47-900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA, 92260. Phone 760-346-5694.
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/22 to 7/27/2009


Larry Roscoe Trayler, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of July 18, 2009 Larry Roscoe Traylerat his home in La Quinta, CA. Larry was the oldest of two brothers, born to Frances Marion & Roscoe Paris Trayler in Alameda, CA. on December 15, 1941. As a child Larry lived in Northern California in Middletown, Lake County where his family operated a lake resort on Blue Lakes. The family moved to San Francisco Bay area where he graduated from South San Francisco High School. After a short stint in the U.S. Army, Larry followed his father's footsteps & joined the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage & Moving Picture Machine Operators; I.A.T.S.E. local #409. Larry worked in various theaters around the Bay area including the famous Circle Star Theatre in San Carlos, CA. as a Lighting operator. Larry eventually entered into a career in the avionics industry, where he worked for more than 30 years, with Bell & Howell, Avicom, Hughes Avicom & Rockwell Collins. He would travel around the world (Europe, Australia, The Middle East and Asia) where he installed in-flight entertainment systems on various fleets of aircrafts (Boeing, Airbus, McDonnell-Douglas and airlines including Quintas, Delta, American Airlines and Air France). Larry received numerous Certificates of Achievement awards thru out his long career. Larry was a car enthusiast, movie buff (especially old westerns) and a sports nut. He enjoyed playing tennis and bike riding with Sylvia in Lake Tahoe. He was an avid golfer, who enjoyed playing with his sons whenever possible. Larry is survived by Sylvia Trayler his significant other of 25 years, sons T.J. Trayler wife Shelly, Michael Paris Trayler wife Lori, Brother Dan Trayler wife Patty and grandchildren Dena, Shannon, Dallas, Melody and Zakary. Larry will be loved and missed by all of his family and friends.
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/24 to 7/29/2009


Elizabeth Christine (Liz) Vail of Bermuda Dunes, Calif. passed away on July 18, 2009. Elizabeth Christine (Liz) VailShe was 23. She was born to Floyd Vail and Barbara Benes Vail on October 23, 1985 in Palm Springs, Calif. Liz is survived by her sisters, Tara Correnti-Vail of Palm Desert, Calif. and Kierstan Correnti-Renner of New York City, NY; her mother, Barbara Benes Vail; and her father and stepmother, Floyd and Leilani Vail. She was a student having attended Santa Barbara City College and Cuesta Junior College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Liz loved animals and wanted to adopt every animal she saw. A Memorial Service will be held on Thurs., July 23, 2009 at 11:00 AM at The Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church in Palm Desert, CA. The family suggests in lieu of flowers that donations may be made to Sylvia Mikkelson-Vail Scholarship Fund at Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church, 47321 Highway 74, Palm Desert, CA. Wiefels Funeral Directors, Palm Springs, CA. 760-327-1257 www.wiefels.com
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/22 to 7/27/2009


Homer C Whitney (Bud) -1923~2009 Born in New Jersey 1923, Bud was raised in the Homer C. Whitney (Bud)Franklin Township until drafted into WWII. He served in the Army's Third Infantry division as a radio operator. The war took him to the European front where he fought tirelessly and participated in the Anzio Beachhead invasion. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his aid in capturing eleven enemy soldiers and his bravery in continuing communications while wounded by a piece of shrapnel, which also earned him a Purple Heart. During the occupation, his post-war assignment was securing the property of famous Nazi Hermann Goering. By the end of his military career, he had achieved First Lieutenant status. Bud was smart to record his experiences in letters to his esteemed mother, Anna R. Ely and they have been passed down through the family to his children. After the war, Bud enjoyed a long and interesting career with the much-loved Flying Tigers freight airline. He began early with the company in Ohio, and transferred to Los Angeles where he settled with his family in Manhattan Beach, Calif. He spent 35 years with the company, earning the title of Senior Director of Fuel. The company frequently sent him to Asia and Europe and he often took his wife, Jeannette. Bud retired in 1981 and he and Jeannette moved to Palm Desert, Calif. They were both avid golfers, and Bud enjoyed a very low handicap during his forty year love affair with the sport. They were lucky enough to have many fun filled retirement years under the desert sun. Sadly, Jeannette predeceased Bud by a decade. Bud is survived by daughters, Dawn von Flue of El Segundo, Calif., Tina Kramer of Oxnard, Calif.; and son, Jay Bingham of Melbourne, Fla. Beloved Bud will be greatly missed. Memorial service will be held Friday, July 24, 2009, 2:00 PM at Riverside National Cemetery section 5.
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/22 to 7/27/2009


Shirley Zepp passed away early Sunday morning, July 19, 2009 at her home in Bermuda Shirley ZeppDunes, Calif. at the age of 84 after a very lengthy and brave battle with skin cancer. Born Shirley Dean Olsen on Dec. 13, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Utah, she moved with her family to Santa Monica, Calif. at the age of six months. She graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1942. She worked for the Falstaff Brewing Corp. and the LA Chamber of Commerce before starting her career as a Stock Broker. After moving to the desert in 1978, she continued to work as a Stock Broker for Paine Webber (now UBS), in Palm Desert before retiring in 1994. Her love of travel took her around the world to Hong Kong, China, Australia, South America, India and Europe. She could often be found enjoying the ocean breezes in Mexico at Rosarita Beach. She enjoyed volunteering during the Bob Hope Desert Classic where she drove celebrities to and from the events. Her favorite was Robert Goulet who would sing to her in the car. Strong willed and courageous, she inspired us and with her kind heart she loved us and will be missed by all of those who were lucky enough to know her. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Judith Culler and her daughter, Teri Culler. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Bliss; her brother, Don Olsen; and her husband Wilbur Zepp. A Memorial Service will be held on Sat., July 25, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Forest Lawn, 69855 E. Ramon Road, Cathedral City, CA.
Published in The Desert Sun from 7/23 to 7/28/2009
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