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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
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
Martinez, Michael  
Michael Martinez Passed away May 4, 2015. He was born May 30, 1955. He is survived by his father, J.A. Martinez; mother, Cruz Aguilar; son, Michael Martinez Jr; daughter, Alexis Martinez; brother, Mondo Martinez; and sisters, Mary Lou and Jesse. Viewing will be held Tuesday, May 26 from 8:30-9am. Mass starts at 9am, both at Green Hills Cemetery. "Now we lay you down to rest with your brothers, Harry, Renae and Ronnie Martinez....Thank you Green Hills"
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Published in Daily Breeze from May 22 to May 25, 2015
O'Neill, Thomas Eugene  
Thomas Eugene O'Neill Thomas Eugene O'Neill, age 62, CA died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep on April 20, 2015 in San Jose, CA. Tom was born on June 27, 1952 in Los Angeles, CA, raised in Gardena and Torrance and lived many years in Redondo Beach before moving to San Jose for work. His parents are Donald (deceased 2011) and Arlene O'Neill. His marriage to Tina Bowers produced two children, Kevin O'Neill from Las Vegas, NV, and Christa Perkins (Dave, Katelyn & Brody) from San Diego, CA. He had also been married to Marcy Morrow. Tom also leaves behind sisters Pam Bridges (Bob) and Peggy Gerend (Rick) and brother Tim O'Neill (Corina) and 10 nieces and nephews. There are also many cousins and friends too numerous to mention. After graduating from Serra High School in Gardena in 1970, Tom worked for 13 years at Golden State Precast in Gardena. An extremely skilled and proud cabinet maker, he later became a member of the Carpenters Union, working as hard, as long, and as much as he could. Just recently, and in spite of his many health issues, he said he wouldn't let those "young guys" get the better of him. His greatest pleasure, besides his family, beer and women, was his long-time pal, Brandy, his beloved Golden Retriever. He also loved taking weekend rides on his Harley, something he did just the day before he passed. Tom so loved living in Redondo Beach, that per his wishes, that is where his ashes will be scattered. For those wishing to share favorite memories of Tom, please send your e-mail to RememberingTomONeill@yahoo.com and we can share them with family and friends at his service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society ( www.cancer.org ), the American Lung Association ( www.lung.org ), the Humane Society (www.humane society.org ) or to your favorite charity in Tom's name. Rest in peace, Tom, you certainly were one of a kind! You lived life on your own terms. We will miss your laugh, your crude and highly inappropriate jokes, your Barry Manilow impression (O, Mandy!), your guitar singalongs, and most of all, the kids will miss your alphabet burping talent! Let's raise a glass in his honor! In Tom's own words, "if the big guy has a sense of humor, I'll see you all later". Please sign the guestbook at www.daily breeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 24, 2015
Russell, Marilyn Barbara  
Marilyn Barbara Russell 1932-2015 Marilyn Barbara Russell, 82, a fifty-four year resident of Rancho Palos Verdes passed away peacefully at her home on Mother's Day, May 10th, after a short battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Howard Russell in 2009. She is survived by her daughter, Sheri Hodgson and her family of Redding and her son Jerry and his family of Newport Beach. Marilyn was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, businesswoman, philanthropist, world traveler, cook extraordinaire, legendary hostess and beloved friend to many. Marilyn was born in Los Angeles and spent her early childhood years in Venice, California. Following his work as a union electrician, her father moved the family to San Bernardino, where Marilyn came of age and made several deep friendships which lasted throughout her lifetime. She subsequently attended San Bernardino Valley College where she earned an AA degree and was courted by her future husband, Howard. Shortly after graduation and marriage, Howard was called on to serve his country and the young family was posted to Monterey, California and subsequently to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana, where their daughter was born. After mustering out of the service, the young family returned to Los Angeles, where Howard entered UCLA to pursue an MBA. The family lived on campus at married student housing, where Marilyn maintained a home for her growing family after the birth of their son. Howard's professional career brought the family to Palos Verdes in 1961 and they bought their view home, the venue for many memorable parties the following year. Marilyn began her community involvement with the Junior Women's Club, in which she was a very active member for many years. In addition to maintaining a beautiful home and raising two young children, Marilyn found time for a part time secretarial job at Trans World Airlines. This job provided the family with the opportunity for world travel, which was enthusiastically embraced. Howard and Marilyn went into business for themselves in 1978, and until their retirement in 1995, successfully grew and managed their business, Lomita Blueprint/Cad West. Retirement brought the opportunity for travel, and Marilyn and Howard had the privilege of seeing much of the world as well as the United States. Throughout her life in Palos Verdes, she was constantly involved in community service from her early days in the JWC to her later work with The Circle of the Palos Verdes Art Center and the Norris Theater. She was also committed to maintaining friendships through the more intimate social groups she was involved in such as her Birthday Club, Gourmet Group, Jaguar Owners Club and investment group, and her precious junior high school friends. She will be missed by all who knew her. A private family memorial is planned. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Palos Verdes Art Center or a charity of choice is suggested. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 24, 2015
Yamamoto, Greta  
In Loving Memory of Greta T. Yamamoto Greta T. Yamamoto of Carson, born February 18, 1916, passed away at her home on May 16, 2015 at the age of 99. She is preceded in death by her husband Sakae Yamamoto. Greta was born on Vashon Island in the state of Washington and moved to Southern California in 1937. Greta had deep roots in Carson where she and her husband resided for 60 years. Greta had many friends. She was active in her community and served in various service organizations along with her husband. Greta is survived by her children Glenn Yamamoto, Karen Castorena, Brenda Atyim and Janice Smithwick; 8 grandchildren (Traci, Kelly, Tina, Greta Ann, Glenda, Mark, Julie, Jill), several great grandchildren; a sister Frances Mori; and a brother-in-law Robert Yamamoto. Funeral services are private. Please sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com
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Published in Daily Breeze from May 22 to May 26, 2015
Young Jr., Alvin F.  
Alvin F Young Jr. Alvin F Young Jr., a long-time resident of Torrance, passed away on May 7th. Alvin was born in 1930 in Los Angeles, graduated from Manual Arts High School in June 1949, saw combat in the Navy during the Korean Conflict, and retired from the Aerospace Corporation El Segundo in 1996. Preceded in death by his wife, Agnes, his parents and one sister. Alvin is survived by 4 children, Sharon (Wantz), Craig (Janet), Lisa (Chris Mennes) and Randy (Tresa); 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Services will be held on Friday, May 29th at 11:30am at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary, 3801 West Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood 90305 followed by a graveside ceremony and a reception held at South Bay Church of God, 17661 Yukon Ave., Torrance 90504. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Alvin's honor and memory to your favorite community service organization or to South Bay Church of God. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from May 21 to May 27, 2015

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Ferrell, John Louis "Jack"  
Jack L. Ferrell July 8, 1927 – May 11, 2015 John "Jack" Louis Ferrell, 87, of Rancho Palos Verdes, passed away peacefully Monday evening, May 11, 2015 of pneumonia. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 8, 1927, to Louis and Clara Ferrell. Jack graduated from the Benedictine High School in Cleveland, Ohio. He met his beloved wife Rosemary while attending John Carroll University. He studied and earned a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology at Carnegie Mellon University. He enjoyed the camaraderie of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He served in World War II in the Pacific Theater in the Navy on USS LCS (L)-51 from 1943-45. He became a Grand Knight of a local chapter of the Knights of Columbus in Ohio. He began his career in manufacturing at Cleveland Graphite Bronze, Racine Hydraulics, and Parker-Hannifin. He was also employed by TRW REDA Pump working with the manufacturing and implementation of water and oil pumps in the Midwestern United States as well as advised many manufacturing processes in China and the Middle East. He was also employed at TRW rising to Vice President of Manufacturing and Systems, for the Space and Defense Sector. He acted as President of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Chairman of the Board of the Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium where he was integral in acquiring funds to expand the educational space. He is now Director Emeritus alongside John Olguin at the aquarium. He then served the California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo as a member of the President's Cabinet, and was the founding Executive Director of the California Manufacturing Technology Center for Los Angeles County. He truly loved mentoring the educational excellence and development of others and fostered an environment of learning. He notoriously said many a time he brought home a report card with a string of A's followed by an F (in behavior). An avid sailor and golfer, he was most at home on his cherished sailboat Sea-Du-Cin and enjoyed golfing with the Grumpy Gramps and his grandson. A humble, loving, and humorous man of integrity and intellect, he lived a rich and fulfilled life having experiences so broad and memories so unfathomably deep, he loved to tell his stories and pull his famous one-liners. He traveled the world and was involved with global influence of manufacturing and technology. When faced with a challenge, he would ask himself, "What's the worst that could happen?" and offered the same question to others asking him for advice. His wife of 64 years, Rosemary; sister, Carolyn Rice; daughter, Kathleen (James) Yinger; son, John (Rena) Ferrell; three grandchildren, Cynthia Ferrell, Sean Ferrell, and David Yinger; and one great-grandchild Caleb Ferrell survive him. He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched and those who admire him. Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. May 31 at Rice Mortuary in Redondo Beach followed by a prayer service. The Funeral Service will be held at 1 pm, June 1 at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, Rancho Palos Verdes. The family of Jack would also like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude to the army of caregivers who helped to lessen his suffering over the past year and a half provided by Always Right Home Care and Comfort Keepers. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the Alzheimer's Association in his memory are appreciated. Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 23, 2015
Gates, Thelma  
Thelma (Todie) P. Gates Thelma (Todie) P. Gates, 84, of Gardena, went to be with the Lord at 2:00 am Saturday May 16, 2015 at her home in Gardena. She was born October 5, 1930, in Paia, Maui to Louis and Ramona (Ortiz) Roman. She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Elmer Henry Gates in 1990. She is survived by her sister, Nora Cambra, of Manhattan Beach; brother, Buddy Roman of the Philippines; two daughters, Mona Colvin of Joshua Tree and Lori Ikediashi of Torrance; one son, Lonny Gates of Gig Harbor; grandchildren, Larry, Sheila, Johnny, Chidi, Emma, Mckenna, Isabella and Gabriella; and seven great-grandchildren. Nicknamed Todie after the actress, Thelma Todd, because of her light color hair, lived in Hawaii until age 21 and moved to the mainland where she worked at New York Life Insurance Co. for 35 years. She graduated from Maui High School in 1950 and was the Principal's number one messenger. She made a name for herself as a hustling, efficient school service worker. Some of her energy was expended in Aikane, SEC, FHA and Imua clubs. Her most cherished past time was babysitting, cooking, feeding and being with her grandchildren. Often seen driving through Torrance daily to be a taxi driver for her grandkids. She lived and loved every day for her family who in turn loved her very much. The Funeral Services will be from 9:30 to 10:30 am on Sunday, May 31st at Rice Mortuary at 5310 Torrance Blvd. in Torrance, with a Celebration of Life following. Pastor Dusty Vroom will be officiating. Burial will follow at 1:00 PM at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach. Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories. Sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 23, 2015
Pena, Anna Marie  
Anna Marie Pena Our beloved sister passed away on May 1, 2015. Annie, as she was always called by those who loved her, was a special person who brought joy and laughter to all who knew her. Our "angel unawares" was born on October 7, 1950 and was predeceased by her parents, W. O. Pena and Maria K. Pena. She is survived by siblings, Emma Conaway, Tina Saxe, Elizabeth (Ron) Roberts and John ( Nikki) Pena and their families. She was a playful and loving Aunt to all of her nieces and nephews and a much valued member of our family. A Graveside Service will be held at Pacific Crest Cemetery on Friday, May 29th at 2:30 p.m., followed by a "Celebration of Life" luncheon at the home of Tina Saxe. Maps and address will be available at the Service. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 23, 2015
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