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Adams, Maxine  
Maxine G. Adams Maxine G. Adams passed away November 17, 2014, around 6:30 am, at Torrance Memorial Hospital in the new Lundquist Tower. She was surrounded by family, with her hand held by her great granddaughter, Kaela Ayala. She is predeceased by her parents, Rev. Bessie and Rev. Wilbert M. Gilroy, Sr. (Assemblies of God); her twin brother, Eugene, who died at age 6; her son, Mark Thomas Adams, who died at age 22; her husband, John Thomas Adams, who also lived into his 90's. She is survived by her daughter, Olivia Dianne Holzheimer of Burton Ohio (Tom Holzheimer); her grandson, Dr. Daniel Merritt MaKieve, M.D.; her granddaughter, Laural Anne MaKieve Ayala; her great grandchildren, Mark Jacob MaKieve, Amanda MaKieve Hedadji (Amine), Geana Ayala, Joshua MaKieve, Kaela Ayala and Timothy MaKieve; great great grandchildren, Triston MaKieve and Ava MaKieve; many, many cousins, nieces and nephews. Maxine had an interesting life. She was born in Breckenridge, TX, where her mother and father were in ministry to the poor. She remembers a tornado coming toward their home, and standing with her family in the doorway, they watched it come toward them, split and go to either side of the house, leaving only enough wind to cause her mother's gown to ripple. The family came to California in the 20's over the corduroy road. Driving through a flooded area they feared they would be washed away; but Maxine's twin, Gene said, "O Look! There's Jesus standing just on the other side." Their fears were calmed and they arrived safely in Walteria, CA, where they set up a Mission Church. They later moved to Los Angeles and Maxine's uncle, Pat, built them a church on Fir Street, where her mother preached and she played. At age 21, she was asked to manage Frantz Jewelry Store in Manhattan Beach, CA. In 1951, she married John Adams and became Catholic because she understood the importance of worshiping together as a family: one God, one Jesus, same Lord. Maxine worked at North American Aviation, Inc. as a Supervisor in the Technical Publications department making the handbooks for their aircraft. She received awards for excellence. She became a 3rd Order Franciscan, worked in the Altar Society, made elaborate table decorations for church celebrations, tended to the sick and elderly, gave tirelessly of herself to her own aunts and parents as they lay dying. She recalls at her father's last hours, at his home in Manhattan Beach, he lifted his head toward their red door and nodded. She asked whom he saw: The soldiers of the Lord marching into the house. Then he raised his hand and said "O Lord. You are so altogether lovely." Maxine had a wonderful caregiver, Myrna Gotong. They sang and prayed together and each had visions, which they shared. On the morning Maxine died, an hour before, Myrna was awakened and heard Mamm Maxine say, "Let's get an In-N-Out burger and share it," Myrna didn't know the night before the family shared In-N-Out burgers surrounding her hospital bed. A visitation will be held at White and Day Mortuary in Manhattan Beach on Wednesday, November 19th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm with the Vigil beginning at 6:30 pm. The Mass will be celebrated at American Martyrs Church on Thursday, November 20th at 9:00 am. Entombment will be at Pacific Crest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Bay Salvation Army or the American Martyrs' School. Visit www.lafuneral.com . to send the family messages and share memories. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2014
Best, Vergil  
In Loving Memory of Vergil L. Best Jr. Vergil L. Best was born in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, July 25th 1934. He went to meet his Lord on November 15th 2014. He is survived by his beloved wife Fay of 62 years. He is also survived by his two sisters Nina Walsh and Bobbie Stilwell-David. Nieces, nephews, church family and friends, too numerous to mention. He served in the Navy in the 50's, worked for the county of Orange as a GSA Property Manager. He retired early to volunteer at Rolling Hills Covenant Church where he served faithfully. He was a great man of God who served us all with strength and love. He will be forever remembered and dearly missed. Service will be held 11:00 am at Rolling Hills Covenant Church November 21st. Please sign the guest book at Greenhillsmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 20, 2014
Bonich., Michael John  
Michael John Bonich Michael John Bonich 66 years old, lifelong San Pedro resident joined his parents John and Mary Ann and brother Greg in heaven on November 7, 2014. Mike was a paratrooper and served in the United States Army 82nd Airborne from which he was honorably discharged in January 1967, shortly after he married Margie they shared 20 years as husband and wife. After they divorced they forever remained best of friends; they shared a special bond that could never be replaced. Mike worked for the US Postal Service as a mailman for 18 years, and retired from Henderson Company as a truck driver ; in which he belonged to the Teamsters Union Local 572. The most important thing in his life was his family, a proud father and grandfather he lived for us! My dad was a smart man, he loved to read and could be spotted wearing a Hawaiian shirt or his army jacket walking around town with a bright smile carrying a book and a newspaper under his arm making friends wherever he went. He was a loving, caring , friendly man with high hopes and a positive attitude. He would talk your ear off but it was always an intelligent, respectful conversation. Mike may not have had a lot of money but he had a heart of gold and would spend his last few dollars to cook for the whole neighborhood . That made him happy ; his family, good music and good food. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. He is survived by his daughter Michelle Bonich, and his grandchildren Alberto Jr and Christopher Michael Encinas, and his "monkey" Angelina Renee Bonich in which he was very proud in all they did! Join us in a memorial to celebrate Mike's life on Friday November 21, 2014, 6:15pm at Church of the Nazarene located at 811 W 11 st. San Pedro CA 90731 Any donations or flowers can be sent to the church. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 19, 2014
Cook, Jay  
Jay Medcraft Cook 1921 - 2014 Born September 1, 1921 in Ogden, Utah, the Harbor City resident passed away peacefully on November 17, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margie, the Navy veteran is survived by many friends. Viewing will be on Thursday, 3-8pm in the Malaga Suite of Green Hills Mortuary. Funeral services will be on Friday, November 21, 2014, 11:00am at Green Hills Memorial Chapel. Please see his full obituary and sign the guestbook at www.greenhillsmortuary.com or www.dailybreeze.com/obits . Green Hills Mortuary and Memorial Chapel (310) 831-0311
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 19, 2014
Diehr, Emma  
Emma J. Diehr Emma J. Diehr, 90, passed away on 11/14/2014. Visitation will be on Friday, 11/21/2014 from 4 pm to 8 pm with a Funeral Service on Saturday, 11/22/2014, at 12 pm noon both at A.M. Gamby Funeral Home, Lomita. Sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com Sign the guestbook at www.amgamby.com
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 19, 2014
DiMassa, Giovanni  
Giovanni DiMassa Joe passed away peacefully in his sleep after losing a battle with cancer on November 13, 2014. He was preceded in death by his mother and father Immocolota and Francesco and two brothers, Arcangelo and Gennaro and his sister Carmela. Joe was born on July 19, 1968 and was raised in San Pedro. While growing up, he loved to play baseball. Joe graduated from San Pedro High School in 1986. Shortly after high school Joe became ill and disabled. Despite his illness he was very independent. For the past 3 years Joe lived in Torrance at Sunnyside Residential. There he made a lot of friends who will miss him dearly. Joe is survived by his brothers Michael, John (Maria) and his sister Maria, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins. Visitation will be Tuesday, Nov. 18th from 5:00p.m. until 8:00p.m. with a Vigil at 7:00p.m. at McNerney's Mortuary Chapel. A funeral Mass will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 19th at 10:30a.m. at Mary Star of the Sea Church followed by interment at Green Hills Memorial Park. Please sign the guestbook at www.mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18, 2014
Garcia, Ernie "Sonny"  
Ernie "Sonny" Garcia Ernie "Sonny" Garcia, 67, of Redondo Beach, passed away early Sunday morning, November 9, 2014. Born in Morenci, AZ on May 26, 1947. He later moved to Lawndale, CA in 1956. He graduated from Leuzinger High School, class of 1965. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served as a combat medic during Vietnam, '67-'68. He earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. After returning home from Vietnam, he married his lovely wife of 44 years, Susan Armenta. Together they had three beautiful children, Rena Villegas (Tadeo), Monique Avila (Adrian), and Ernie Garcia. All together he has nine grandchildren and one on the way in March. Ernie loved for his grandchildren. He was happiest when he spent time with his children and grandchildren. A vigil will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 19th at Rice Mortuary in Torrance from 6 pm-9 pm. A mass will be held in his honor at 10:00 am on Nov. 20th at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. He will be buried with military honors at Riverside National Cemetery. The family asks in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the www.WoundedWarriorProject.org . Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share messages. Sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18, 2014
Grabinski, Ray (Featured)  
Former Long Beach City Councilman Ray Grabinski died last week in Arizona. Grabinski was raised in North Long Beach, where he graduated from Jordan High School and went on to attend Long Beach City College. He served as the 7th District council member from 1986 through 1994, and was elected again for a third term in 1998.
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 21, 2014
Lacey, Bruce  
Bruce A. Lacey Passed away October 31, 2014 in Long Beach. He was born December 6, 1951 in New York, New York and had resided in San Pedro for many years. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:00 am at McNerney's Mortuary Chapel. Interment will be private. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com/obits . McNerney's Mortuary 310 832-8351
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Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 19, 2014
Leef, Charles Richard  
Dick Leef, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away Monday afternoon November 3rd, 2014 at the age of 92. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he left Minnesota after graduating from the Univ. of Minnesota in 1944 and came west to design airplanes for North American Aviation. He worked 50 years for the same company, and was instrumental in the design and operation of the tri-sonic wind tunnel in El Segundo. From 1969 through his retirement in 1993 he worked on the space shuttle program in Downey. In 2003 following the Columbia disaster, Boeing called him out of retirement and he worked overtime for three years to help in the redesign and testing of the space shuttle. He had a lifelong love of music, and spent many days each week involved with musical activities. In addition to singing for almost 50 years in the church choir at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Redondo Beach, he and his wife Eunice participated in two different singing groups, the Motet, and the Baroque Consortium, that performed in the South Bay for many years. He was also a longtime violinist for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Symphony, playing for the symphony for more than 40 years. He also had a love of the outdoors, backpacking with the Boy Scouts and then organizing his own 50 mile long-term backpacks with family and friends well into his 70's. He was married in 1947 to the love of his life, Eunice Melander, and they shared 57 years together before her death in 2004. He is survived by his older brother Robert Leef, his five children Laurel Leef Dahlen, Dixon Leef, Jinnell Leef Cox, Holly Leef Barsugli and Quentin Leef, as well as 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 15th at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 330 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach at 2:00 PM.
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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Nov. 13, 2014
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