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Adamic, Duane A.  
Our dear husband, father and grandfather has passed away after a long illness. Duane was the youngest child of Joseph and Eda Perino Adamic. Born on October 27, 1925 in Chisholm, Minnesota, he spent his childhood in the wonderful lake country of Northern Minnesota. He played hockey, basketball and football in high school, graduating in 1943. It was here he met the love of his life, Bette Mae Gole. Immediately after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After discharge he continued playing sports at St Cloud State University and attended graduate school at the University of Minnesota. Duane then worked as a sales engineer of electronics, and also worked on missiles as a manufacturers rep. "Bets" and Duane married in 1947 and were blessed with sons: Larry (dec.), Dr. David and Kelly, daughter Shelly White. He also is survived by his grandchildren: Ian (dec.) and Tyler White, Chase, Cameron and Brittany Adamic and Rachael and Lt. D.C. Adamic. Bets and Duane lived an exciting life, living in Oregon, Texas, Alabama and Germany. They have called Rancho Palos Verdes their home for the past 50 years. At Duane's request there was no memorial service.
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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on May 21, 2015
Borelli, Frank M.  
Frank M. Borelli 1923 - 2015 Frank Michael Borelli passed away on May 21, 2015. He was born October 2, 1923, and was a long-time resident of the city he loved, San Pedro, CA. Dad was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, uncle, and godfather. He was also a banker, a walking European History encyclopedia, an avid reader of the Wall St Journal, a traveler, gardener, farmer, plumber, house painter and all around DIY-guy [long before HGTV]. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janice Marie Borelli, his only daughter, Catherine "Trina" Borelli, his brother James Borelli Sr; and nieces and nephews : Michael (Sharon) Cress, James (Susan) Borelli Jr, Shirley (Robert) Rossi-Samario, Eugene (Kathryn) Lunetta, Diane (Lon) Handelsman and numerous grand nieces and nephews. He is also survived by cousins Josephine Mainkranz and Kathryn (Michael) Capanna. He was preceded in death by his parents Angelo and Connie Fortino Borelli (of Reggio and Cosenza ITALY) and his sisters Teresa (Geno) Sega and Jessie (Alex) Lunetta. Born in Blende, Colo, one of seven children, Frank attended Pleasantview School before the family moved to California in 1936. The family settled in Lincoln Heights and Frank attended Lincoln High School. A WWII veteran, he was inducted on Dec 28, 1942 and honorably discharged on Feb 23, 1946. In 1947, my dad began his lifetime career with Bank of America. He worked at 4th and Spring, Santa Fe Springs, Corporate, Wilmington and San Pedro branches. He retired from branch work in 1979 as Vice President and Manager of San Pedro Main Office. Later, he rejoined BofA as a Private Banker, located on Silver Spur Road in Rolling Hills Estates, CA, where he retired in 1986. Dad was an active member of the San Pedro Elks Lodge and the Garibaldina M.B. Society. He was a 15 yr volunteer at Little Sisters of the Poor in San Pedro, CA. Funeral mass and interment will be Thursday, May 28th, at 1:00PM, at All Souls Cemetery, 4400 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. In lieu of flowers, my dad would have loved that donations be made to: VILLA SCALABRINI RETIREMENT CENTER, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley, CA 91352 818-768-6500 http://villascalabrini.com/waystogive.html Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 27, 2015
Franics, Ray Pyle  
Rae Pyle Francis Rae Pyle Francis was born in Tahoe City, California, in 1930. Her family moved to nearby Auburn in 1939 where she graduated from Placer High School in 1947. She attended Sierra College and graduated in 1949. A year later she married her high school sweetheart, Hugh Francis, in 1950. They moved to Rancho Palos Verdes, California, where they raised their three children, Katie, Ben, and Martha. Rae was an accomplished pipe organist for Saint Francis Episcopal Church. After Hugh retired from TWA airlines, they moved back north to Placerville. Art was a big part of Rae's life. So talented, Rae was able to sell some of her pieces, whether they were water colors, pastels, oils, or crochet. Her life revolved around her family. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, sister, and great-great grandmother. She lived to see four generations. Rae had an incredibly strong will to live, surviving cancer three different times since her first diagnosis in 1999. When she no longer was able to speak, she would use a notepad to communicate. You always knew what kind of mood she was in by the size and manner in which she wrote. Rae never complained. She was always upbeat and positive. Preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Francis, in 2007, Rae moved into the Auburn Ravine Terrace. It is a lovely retirement community where she was happy and received loving care. Her sister, Shirly Richards, visited Rae often, giving her many days of joy and delight. Her caregiver, Christine Hobkins, became her dear and last friend. Rae passed of natural causes in her home in Auburn , California. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 30th at 10am at Old Auburn Cemetery , located on Fulweiler between Hwy 49 and Nevada Street. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 27, 2015
Knickerbocker, Jon Rogers  
Strolling on The Strand, snorkeling in Kauai, finding sand dollars in Seaside, Oregon, Jon Rogers Knickerbocker loved the beach and the ocean. This love was surpassed only by his deep devotion and closeness to his family. On May 16, 2015, in full view of the ocean and surrounded by loving family members Jon peacefully passed on in his home in Hermosa Beach. Jon was a loving and committed husband and father. He was passionate about spending time with his family and close friends. His quiet demeanor, calm and peaceful presence, contagious giggle, modesty, and extreme intellect were admired by all. Jon was born in Seaside, Oregon, on September 24, 1938. He lived there during his early years and then moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula where he attended Malaga Cove Intermediate School and Redondo Union High School. He attended University of Oregon and California State University Long Beach, where he met his wife and best friend, Jan. Both were English majors in graduate school. Jon and Jan married in 1961 and had two daughters, Tracey and Kerri. They shared a beautiful love story together. Throughout their 53 years of marriage, they were consistently by each other's sides. They enjoyed traveling together and created some beautiful memories, especially in Hermosa Beach, Rancho Mirage, Kauai, and Seaside, OR. A special highlight each day was watching the sunset and hoping to catch a glimpse of the illusive "green flash." Professionally, Jon worked part-time at the South Bay Daily Breeze during high school and college. He taught English and yearbook at Redondo High School and then moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District where he worked for thirty-five years. He was a teacher, counselor, and assistant principal at Rolling Hills High School. His employment at the school district office culminated when he was Deputy Superintendent of Schools; he retired in 1998. Honored for his lifelong commitment to education, Jon was named Administrator of the Year in PVPUSD and during the Redondo High School Centennial Celebration in 2005 was included as one of the one hundred outstanding graduates. Preceded in death by his parents Dane and Katherine Knickerbocker, and his sister Linda, Jon is survived by his wife Jan; and by his daughter Tracey Carr and her children, Tennaya and Cadyn; his daughter and son-in-law Kerri and Glenn Griffee and their children, Shane and Kevin; his sister and brother-in-law Janice and Kevin Steinkraus; his niece Jamie, her husband Chris, and their daughter Maddie; and nephew Jim; and by numerous cousins. In lieu of a memorial service, the family will honor Jon's life with a celebration at the family home in Hermosa Beach in late summer. Those wishing to honor Jon are requested to make donations to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.
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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on May 21, 2015
Morris, Marjorie  
Marjorie Morris White Marjorie Morris White died at her home in Torrance on May 10, 2015. She was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico on May 17, 1926, and was raised in Wetumka, Oklahoma. It was there that she met her future husband, Lytle White. They were married in 1946 and moved to California. In addition to raising their family, Marge was also active in PTA and Gateway Council and served as president in both organizations. She attended CSUDH and graduated, with honors, with a BA in English. After receiving her teaching credential, she taught English and Journalism at Narbonne High School from 1974-1988 and was advisor for the school's Green & Gold newspaper. Marge and Lytle belonged to the Torrance Moose Lodge for many years, where they enjoyed holiday parties and weekly dances. Marge held offices in the women's auxiliary organization and also edited the lodge's monthly newsletter. Marge is survived by her son, Michael J White; daughter, Karen S White; grandson, Michael R White and his wife, Jennifer White; two great granddaughters, Jadyn and Avery White; and numerous other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lytle; and daughter, Patricia J White. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 30th at 1:00 pm at Halverson, Stone & Myers Mortuary, 1223 Cravens Ave, Torrance, CA 90501. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 27, 2015
Ramirez, Leonard Michael  
Leonard Michael Ramirez Leonard Michael Ramirez, born January 10, 1942, passed away peacefully after a long fought battle with heart problems on May 17, 2015 with his family by his side. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Helen (Urrea) Ramirez; and his younger brother, Jess Ramirez Jr. Leonard is survived by his wife, Maria; his two daughters, Illa and Desiree; grandson, Noel; granddaughters, Jazmine and Destiney; great- granddaughter, Sophia; and sister, Maria Elena (Nena) Ramirez. Leonard was raised in Wilmington. He graduated Holy Family Grammar in 1956 and St. Anthony High School in Long Beach in 1960. After serving in the Air Force, Leonard married Maria Rivera in 1968 and moved to Santa Barbara. He worked for Santa Barbara City College and went to school at night earning a degree in Computer Science in 1980. In 1986, Leonard moved to Stockton to take a position at Delta College as Manager of their Computer Operations Dept. Leonard retired in 1996 and moved to Ventura in 2001. Leonard was a devoted family man, a hard worker, sports enthusiast and will be dearly missed. Memorial Mass will be held May 29th at Santa Barbara Mission Church in Santa Barbara, CA. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Roje, Olga  
Olga A. Roje 5/19/1924 – 5/20/2015 Olga was born to Frank and Antica Roje in Chicago, Ill. Olga was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Boris Roje, Anna (Vincent) Maric, Francis (Joseph) Miller, Benedict Roje and Nediljka Roje. She is survived by her sons Vincent Marinkovich, Ronald (Leah) Marinkovich and grandchildren: Ronald Marinkovich Jr., Lindsey Marinkovich (Bryce) Zakoski, Jillian Marinkovich and sister in law Antonette Roje. She is also survived by numerous dearly loved nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the United States, Croatia and Argentina. Visitation will be held at Green Hills Mortuary Wednesday, May 27th 5pm – 8pm. Graveside services will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park Thursday, May 28th 1:30pm - 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers please make charitable contributions to: Lewy Body Dementia Association, INC., www.lbda.org , 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047. Please sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com and greenhillsmortuary.com
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Published in Daily Breeze from May 27 to May 29, 2015
Smith, William  
William David Smith Passed away May 19, 2015 in Gardena. He was born October 31, 1917 in Los Angeles and was an 85 year resident of San Pedro. William retired from the Los Angeles Fire Dept as a captain after 27 years. He earned an associate of arts degree from Compton Junior College. While there he ran track with Jesse Owens and almost went to the 1936 Olympics with them. William had served in the United States Navy during WWII at Terminal Island and Pearl Harbor. William was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie and son David C. Smith. He is survived by his daughter, Janice (Jerry) Laiblin; grandchildren, Kimberly N. (Peter) McGarry, Jeffrey G. (Michele) Laiblin, Johanna Smith, and Annabeth Lotz (Soren) Vikkelso; great grandchildren, Meghan E. and Stephen W. McGarry, Alexandra K. Laiblin, Noah and Bella Saint Onge, Kristine and Martin Vikkelso; and his devoted caregiver of 10 years, Alma Camarillo. Private services will be held. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 27, 2015
Thomas, Marian  
In Loving Memory of Marian "Beb" Thomas Our beloved sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother Marian "Beb" Thomas (Chuka) passed away peacefully on May 16, 2015 in the comfort of her daughter's home. After 26 years, she has joined her beloved late husband, Louie Thomas, and her loving brothers Marion, John and Joseph Chuka. Marian lived a long full life surrounded by her loving daughter, nieces, nephews, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She lived to be 90 years old and enjoyed spending the last five years living with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. Marian was part of varies women clubs, though very shy in nature, during most of her life. Marian attended 15th Street School, Dana Middle School, San Pedro High School and continued to live in San Pedro for the rest of her life. Marian Thomas (Chuka) will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Services will be held at 11am Friday, May 29th at Green Hills Memorial Chapel. Please sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com and greenhillsmortuary.com
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Published in Daily Breeze from May 26 to May 28, 2015
VanScoy, Jeffery Perrin  
Jeffery Perrin VanScoy Age 74, of Ontario, Oregon, died Sunday May 24, 2015 at home of natural causes surrounded by his loving family. Jeffery was born on November 12, 1940 to Hubert Louis and Eva Armanda White VanScoy in Ventura, California. He graduated from high school and went directly into the US Navy where he honorably served four years. On April 1, 1961, Jeffery married Doris Blankenship and together they had three children, Dawn, Darlene and Daniel VanScoy. He work for National Life Insurance Company for about thirteen years and then moved to Farmers Insurance Company where he was an agent for many years. He was a great people person and made many friends in the Hermosa Beach and Torrance, California Jeffery was very fun and loving, with an incredible sense of humor. He enjoyed collecting things, bowling, the outdoors and fishing, and was an active member of the Rotary Club for many years in California. But most of all, Jeffery loved spending time with his family. He was a wonderful friend, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Jeffery is survived by his two daughters, Dawn (Skip) Rathbun of Ontario and Darlene VanScoy of Caldwell, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Daniel, and grandson Mitchell. The family wishes to thank all of the wonderful nurses who took care of Jeffery. You were wonderful. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28th at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. A video tribute may be seen and condolences may be sent to the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com . Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 27, 2015
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