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Birmingham, John Francis  
John Francis Birmingham March 23, 1934 - March 25, 2015 Taps were sounded for John at 0500 on March 25, 2015, 2 days after his 81st birthday at Intercommunity Care Center in Long Beach where he resided for the last 18 months culminating an 11 year struggle with Alzheimers. John was born in Elizabeth, NJ to Peter and Agnes Birmingham. He was a lover of all things Arizona after his move to Tucson at 9 years of age. A graduate of the U of A in 1963 after Army military service during the Korean conflict from 54-56, retired from Allstate Insurance in 1996 after 33 years of employment. He resided in the South Bay with his wife of 55 years, Mary Catherine Carroll (Mary Kay) Birmingham, who survives him along with sons, William Carroll and John Thomas Birmingham; and granddaughter, Alma, whom he never met. Burial at sea will be private. NEVER FORGET THOSE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER - ALZHEIMERS MANTRA Please sign the guestbook at .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 1, 2015

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Benson, Georgia Ann  
Georgia Ann Benson Went to be with our Lord on March 25, 2015 in Torrance. Georgia was born on November 8, 1938 in San Pedro where she was a lifetime resident. She attended Mary Star of the Sea for all her school years. Georgia was a checker at Vons for 15 years and later opened a tanning salon in San Pedro with a long time friend. Her true passion and love was for her family and friends. Nona, as she was lovingly known, was a true nurturer who was always thoughtful, in even the smallest ways. Her love was unconditional and she will be deeply missed. Georgia is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, James Benson; children, Cindy Felando (Mary Winne), Debbie (Frank) Hermosillo, Pam (Mick) Luerken, and Joe (Jill) Felando; grandchildren, Christopher (Christina) Geforos, Josh (Amy) Geforos, Jamie (Christian) Rollino, Drew Felando, Matt Houston, Haleigh Houston, Mark Felando, Tina Hermosillo, and Frankie Hermosillo; and great grandchildren, Gracie, Katie, Benjamin, and the anticipated arrival of Elijah in April. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at Green Hills Chapel. Please sign the guestbook at or .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 28 to Mar. 31, 2015

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Brownell, Virginia  
In Loving Memory of Virginia Brownell Brownell, Virginia Elaine, 72 year resident of San Pedro, CA passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the age of 92. She was born in Larimore, North Dakota on September 13, 1922 to Frank and Hazel (Anderson) Taylor. She married Robert L. Brownell Sr. on January 31st 1942 in Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to San Pedro shortly after. With her mother, she owned and operated Hazel Taylor's Dress Shop in downtown San Pedro for 35 years. Later, she was an administrator for the Palos Verdes Retirement Villa on Western and Summerland, after that she worked for Hi-Shear Corporation in Torrance. She was very active in community affairs having served as President of the former Women's Division of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and the San Pedro Business and Professional Women's Organization. In addition, she was a longtime member of the "Las Angelinas" – the hospitality and community service organization coordinated by the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles. She was always on the go and known as the "Go-Go Girl" by her closest friends. She traveled the world and always had a party to go to, and loved every minute of it. Virginia is predeceased by her husband Robert Sr., infant son Thomas and is survived by her three children: Robert Jr., Michael, and William "Bill", her four grandchildren: Brian, Mark, Amanda, and William, and her six great-grandchildren: Matthew, Marina, Hannah, Kayla, Chloe, and Lilly. We also would like to thank Auroa & Mila, Virginia's caregivers throughout these past years on all their care and loving support that they gave. Services will be held at Green Hills Memorial Chapel on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. 27501 Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dalmatian - American Club Scholarship Fund, 1639 So. Palos Verdes Street, San Pedro, CA 90731, or your favorite charity in her name. Please sign the guestbook at and
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Published in Daily Breeze from Mar. 25 to Mar. 27, 2015
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