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Geges, Dina  
Dina Connie Geges October 19, 1928 - December 15, 2014 Dina Connie Geges (nee Vengel) died peacefully in her home in Manhattan Beach, California on Monday, December 15, 2014, with her family at her bedside. She was 86 years old. Born on October 19, 1928, Dina was the youngest of seven children of Dimitrios and Angeliki Vagelatos, one of the pioneer Greek immigrant families to call Manhattan Beach and Los Angeles their home. Dina graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1946, and completed her Associate of Arts Degree, a feat not accomplished by many women of her generation, in 1948. While working in the family floral business, in 1952, she married the man who was her best friend and the love of her life for 64 years, Nicholas Geges. Together, they had four children and a successful liquor store business until their retirement in 1981. With Dina's astute business sense, they acquired various properties in the South Bay, and continued to work into their golden years managing them. Dina was preceded in death by her brothers, George and Jerry in 1992; her sister, Sophia in 1995 and sister, Martha in 2009. Dina is survived by her sisters, Louise Sotiriou of Manhattan Beach, Amalia Ambatielos of Hermosa Beach; her husband, Nicholas Geges of Manhattan Beach; her children, Caliope Lavine of Redondo Beach, John Geges of Garner Valley, Demetra Johal of Pasadena and Maria Pena of Oceanside, California; her beloved grandchildren, Nicholas, Dimitri, David, Peter, Alethea, Ana, namesake Kostantino "Kosta," and Dominic; her great-grandson Nikolas, and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Trisagion Services will be held at White and Day Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA on Friday, December 19 at 7 pm. The Funeral will be held on Saturday December 20 at 11am at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church 722 Knob Hill Ave. Redondo Beach CA. Makaria luncheon at the Church Hall to follow interment. 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 from Dec. 17 to Dec. 19, 2014
Gustafson, Charles  
Charles David Gustafson "Gus" May 26, 1921 – December 11, 2014 Gus died in his sleep in his own home at age 93, which he would have agreed is just about as good as it gets. He was born of missionary parents in Gujarat, India and spent a mischievous youth having adventures in the jungles there. He was educated in India and the United States and was 20 when World War II broke out. He served with the first Armored Division (tanks) in North Africa and Italy during World War II and received five Purple Hearts for combat injuries. Upon returning to the United States to attend USC, Gus met and married Isabella "Gussie" McLarty, to whom he remained devoted for 65 years. Isabella predeceased him 9 months ago. He taught for 38 years in Los Angeles Unified School District, eventually serving as principal of Cabrillo Avenue School in San Pedro, Bonita Avenue in Carson and 153rd Street School in Gardena. Upon retiring, he became a legal arbitrator for the Orange County municipal court and taught art to the inmates at Terminal Island prison. Gus was not easily impressed; he gave his very best at every endeavor and expected no less from everyone else. His favorite phrase was "Did you learn anything?" and he was alert and interesting up until the very end. Gus loved to travel, and returned multiple times to India. He was a talented artist, and enjoyed drawing, painting, stained glass, and miniature models. He was also an accomplished pilot and sailor, flying private small planes and sailing. Gus is survived by his only child, Kris (Jim Brust); his grandchildren Alyssa (Tim Lebetsamer, great grandson David), Scott Brust (Suzanne, great grandchildren Eric, Heidi, Ella), Jeremy Brust (Amy, great grandchildren Frank, Nora, Jason); his brother Lloyd Gustafson, numerous nieces and nephews and a small select group of dear friends. A memorial will be held in February, and as he instructed, at the service we will toast with his favorite drink, root beer. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested you consider donating to the Isabella Black McLarty Memorial Scholarship at the Los Angeles Harbor College RN Nursing program (checks made out to "LAHC Nursing/Nowinski") at 1111 Figueroa Place, Wilmington, CA 90744." Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 19, 2014
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