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Alvarez, Lydia  
Lydia "Lily" Marie Guerrero Alvarez Lydia "Lily" Marie Guerrero Alvarez, 89, of San Pedro, went to eternal rest on April 11, 2015 one day before her 90th birthday. Lydia was born April 12, 1925 in San Pedro to the late Adam and Fernanda (née Arochi) Guerrero. She attended Barton Hill Elementary, Richard Dana Junior High and San Pedro High School. Before being married she worked at Kress's, Newberry's and at her brother, Mundo's San Pedro store. Lydia married the late Francisco Alvarez on April 22, 1961. Lydia was a mother, sister, aunt, friend to all and most importantly a grandmother. She was a faithful servant of GOD and enjoyed many years of fellowship at Ocean View Baptist Church. Surviving is her daughter, Maria Dolores (Vance James) Warth; a son, James Anthony (Jennifer Anne) Alvarez; one grandson, Chandler Vanjames Warth and two granddaughters. Her sister, Estella Arreola of Santa Rosa, CA; sister, Martha Gascon of San Pedro, CA; brother, Edmund "Mundo" (Elidia) Guerrero of South Carolina; sister-in-law, Lupe Guerrero of San Pedro, CA; Many nieces, nephews, cousins and relatives. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Ocean View Baptist Church, 1900 South Western Avenue, San Pedro, CA on Friday, April 17th at 11:00 AM Pastor Rich Freeman will be officiating. In her memory and in lieu of flowers the family requests that you please make donations to Providence Trinity Care Hospice Foundation, 5315 Torrance Blvd. Suite B1, Torrance, CA 90503 or Feed the Children Foundation at www.feedthechildren.org . Sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com and greenhillsmortuary.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Apr. 15 to Apr. 17, 2015
Angel, Matilda  
In Loving Memory of Matilda "Tillie" V. Angel Born June 3, 1927 in Pixley, California to Luis and Conception Vasquez and raised in "La Rambla" neighborhood of San Pedro, she passed away peacefully on April 9, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Preceded in death by her daughter, Janet Angel, Tillie is survived by her husband, Chencho Angel; children, Anthony (Olivia) Angel, Stella Nolan and Alfred (Gloria) Angel along with 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Viewing will be on Thursday, 5 to 9pm and a celebration of her life will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015, 11am in Green Hills Memorial Chapel. Interment to follow in Green Hills Memorial Park. Please sign the guestbook at greenhillsmortuary.com and dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Apr. 11 to Apr. 15, 2015
Bogdanovich, Jerry  
Jerry Bogdanovich January 18, 1923 – April 8, 2015 Jerry, surrounded by his entire family, peacefully passed away on April 8, 2015. He was born January 18, 1923, in Komiza, Croatia and immigrated to America after WWII residing in San Pedro for 67 years. Jerry was a commercial fisherman before owning his own business; however, his greatest accomplishment in life was his family. His parents, Matt and Mare Bogdanovich and his son, Matthew, preceded him in death. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 64 years: Madeline; son, Jerry (Tanya) Bogdanovich; daughter, Margaret (Gerry) Thompson; sisters, Marica (John) Evich and Negdi (Jack) Wachelec; grandchildren, Tiffany, Justin, Christopher, and Jennifer; a great-grandchild, Kailey and a great-grandson expected imminently; sisters-in-law, Margaret Hartness and Tonka (Jack) Dulcich; brother-in-law, Andy (Pat) Tudor, nieces, and nephews. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The family would like to thank physician, Dr. James French, Trinity Hospice, and his caregivers for their loving care. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, April 18th at 10:00am at Mary Star of the Sea Church, followed by entombment at Green Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Scholarship or Building Fund of the Dalmatian-American Club, or Mary Star of the Sea High School. Please visit and sign the guestbook at www.mcnerneysmortuary.com or www.dailybreeze.com . Visitation will be held Friday, April 17th from 4-7pm at McNerney's Mortuary.
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Published in Daily Breeze from Apr. 14 to Apr. 16, 2015
Croxen, Christine Marie  
Christine Marie Croxen Daughter of Donald J. Croxen and Patricia Ann Croxen passed away on March 30th, 2015 at 8:00 P.M. due to complications after heart surgery, at a hospital near her home in Arizona. Born December 26th, 1958 in Inglewood, Ca., she was raised in Lawndale, Ca. where she attended St Catherines Elementary and Bishop Montgomery High School. She was a daughter, sister, mother and grandmother by her final age of 56, leaving behind her mother Pat, her sisters Donna and Julie, her brothers Barry and Gregory, her children Jeremy, Jason, Sarah, and Colleen along with all of her grandchildren. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 13, 2015
DeLeon, Ruth  
Ruth Villanueva DeLeon (aka Eya) 1929-2015 Our family is deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Aunt and friend, Ruth DeLeon, born on June 24, 1929, in Las Animas, Colorado (but celebrated on October 24th). Ruth was born to Inez and Genoveba Villanueva and is the last of six siblings to pass away. She went to be with our Lord on April 4, 2015. Preceded in death by her husband, Manuel A. DeLeon, Grandsons, John DeLeon Jr., Sal C. DeLeon and her one and only son-in-law Felix Meraz, Jr. She is survived by her children, Manuel Jr. (Linda); John (Rosali); Thomas (Doreen); Peter (former spouse Noreen); Cynthia Meraz; Albert; Elizabeth DeLeon, 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces and friends. She moved to San Pedro at an early age and was a devout Catholic and enjoyed attending her Peck Park and Wilmington VFW senior citizen clubs. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Visitation will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Mc Nerney's Mortuary in San Pedro with a Rosary service at 7p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Funeral mass will be offered on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. also at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with interment to follow at Green Hills Memorial Park. Please sign the guestbook at mcnerneysmortuary.com or dailybreeze.com .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Apr. 8 to Apr. 10, 2015
Drexel, Charles  
Charles Francis Drexel III Inventor and engineer Charles Francis Drexel III, passed away at his home on March 26, 2015 at the age of 91. Chuck is survived by Carol, his loving wife of 49 years; four daughters, Lynn Spellman, Lisa Dunlevie, Melanie West and Suzanne LeBrun; 8 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren. Born in Washington, DC but raised in "one-store town", Yellow Jacket, Colorado, Chuck rode his horse to the one-room schoolhouse where his mother was the teacher. He graduated from high school at 15 and entered the University of Colorado in 1939, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating with honors from CU in 1943, he moved to Los Angeles to work for Lockheed before joining the Navy. In 1946 he returned to Los Angeles to work for Garrett AirResearch and earn a Masters in Engineering from UCLA before founding the first of several companies in 1958. In 1959, he and a partner formed Tylan Corporation with $5000 from Chuck's personal savings. Two early inventions were used in the Apollo moon landing piloted by Neil Armstrong, but Tylan's flagship product, the first analog mass flow controller, became a key component in the manufacturing of semiconductor chips, spawning an industry of its own. Over the next 20 years, Chuck served as President and CEO of Tylan, setting up companies in England, France, Germany and Japan, then taking the company public in 1980. In 1987, he left Tylan and formed DXL USA, Inc., inventing the first digital mass flow controller, which added 3 additional patents to his career total of 21. Chuck served as Chairman of the Southern California Export Council from 1978-1981, was a Founding Director of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute (SEMI) in 1979 and its president in 1984-1985, and honored in 1991 with a University of Colorado Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in the area of research and invention. Having lived on the Peninsula 61 years, Chuck and Carol have been long-time, active supporters of the Norris Theater. Chuck served on the board and the couple were honored as the Valentine Sweethearts in 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Norris Theater or Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
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Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 16, 2015
Drexel III, Charles Francis  
Inventor and engineer Charles Francis Drexel III, passed away at his home on March 26, 2015 at the age of 91. Chuck is survived by Carol, his loving wife of 49 years; four daughters: Lynn Spellman, Lisa Dunlevie, Melanie West and Susanne LeBrun; 8 grandchildren; 3 greatgrandchildren and sister, Kathryn Dickerson. Born in Washington DC but raised in "one-store town", Yellow Jacket, Colorado, Chuck rode his horse to the one-room schoolhouse where his mother was the teacher. He graduated from high school at 15 and entered the University of Colorado in 1939, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating with honors from CU in 1943, he moved to Los Angeles to work for Lockheed, before joining the Navy. In 1946 he returned to Los Angeles to work for Garrett AirResearch and earn a Masters in Engineering from UCLA before founding the first of several companies in 1958. In 1959, he and a partner formed Tylan Corporation with $5000 from Chuck's personal savings. Two early inventions were used in the Apollo moon landing piloted by Neil Armstrong, but Tylan's flagship product, the first analog mass flow controller, became a key component in the manufacturing of semiconductor chips, spawning an industry of its own. Over the next 20 years, Chuck served as president and CEO of Tylan, setting up companies in England, France, Germany and Japan, eventually taking the company public in 1980. In 1987, he left Tylan and formed DXL USA, Inc., inventing the first digital mass flow controller, which added 3 additional patents to his career total of 21. Chuck served as Chairman of the Southern California Export Council from 1978-1981, was a founding director of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute (SEMI) in 1979 and its president in 1984 - 1985. In 1991, he was honored with a University of Colorado Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in the area of research and invention. Having lived on the Peninsula 61 years, Chuck and Carol have been long-time, active supporters of the Norris Theater. Chuck served on the board and the couple were honored as the Valentine Sweethearts in 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Norris Theater or Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.
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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Apr. 16, 2015
Dysart, Kenneth Ross  
Kenneth Ross Dysart After an adventurous life, a great day, and one of his favorite dinners with his wife of 63 years, Ken Dysart died suddenly of a heart attack at home on March 13, 2015 at age 88. A retired Captain for American Airlines, Ken's love of flying began as a young man. Born in Portland, Oregon, on December 23, 1926, his family moved to Spokane, Washington, where he soloed on his 16th birthday, earned his private pilot's license at 17, and gained his commercial and flight instructor's ratings at 19. After serving in the Army at the end of World War II, he resumed his colorful flying career as a flight instructor in Montana, a bush pilot operating Dysart's Flight Service in Alaska, an early-passenger DC-3 co-pilot for Panagra in South America, and as a private pilot flying Vincent Astor's Grumman Mallard in New York. He joined American Airlines in 1953 and flew every type of aircraft from Convairs to 747s until his retirement 33 years later in 1986. Ken continued flying privately out of Torrance Airport where he owned several planes, one of which he built from scratch. It was while flying for Panagra that Ken met the love of his life: Olive Redfearn, a stewardess for Pan Am. After a long-distance romance, Ken and Olive tied the knot during a 24-hour layover in Panama. They lived in Lima, Peru before returning to the United States in 1952. Ken was an avid golfer and a 50-year member of the Los Verdes Men's Golf Club. He was a fun-loving, no-nonsense character and consummate storyteller who enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and traveling the world with his family. His favorite destinations were fishing villages in Baja and the Reno Air Races. He is survived by wife Olive; daughters Kim (Doug) Anderson of Lakewood, CA, Kristy (Tim) Foster of Boulder, CO, and Holly (Mark) Wyman of Pacific Palisades, CA; grandchildren Kelly, Chad, Amy, Danny, Jessie, Jack and Charlie, and extended family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held for Ken at 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Western Museum of Flight at Torrance Airport (Zamperini Field), 3315 Airport Drive, Torrance, California 90505 ( www.wmof.com ). For further information, contact Holly at 310-454-2046 or hollywyman@verizon.net. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze from Apr. 12 to Apr. 22, 2015
Erdelez, Genoveva  
In Loving Memory of Genoveva "Jenka" Erdelez Genoveva "Jenka" Erdelez, passed into God's hands on April 7, 2015 at the age of 94. Jenka was born to Roman and Francis (Klarin) Kovacev on February 14, 1921 in Jezera, Croatia. In 1949 she married Jerko "Jerry" Erdelez then moved from Jezera to San Pedro in 1952. In her younger years Jenka enjoyed crocheting and knitting, but her passion was her garden which she cared for even into her 90's. Jenka, lovingly known as Baba, was a kind, generous, and gentle soul, but loved her family fiercely. She is deeply missed and will be in our hearts forever. Jenka is preceded in death by her husband Jerry, sister Kordula Lapov, brother Ivo Kovacev, and grandson Robert Erdelez. She is survived by daughter Annie (Dan) DeBenedictis, son Emil (Albina) Erdelez; grandchildren Carly (Patrick) Purcell, Jason (Katie) DeBenedictis, Ryan DeBenedictis, Tome Erdelez, Tina Erdelez, Christopher Erdelez; great-grandchildren Matthew Purcell, Emily Purcell, and Payton DeBenedictis. Services will be held on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the ALS Association-Orange County Chapter, 3002 Dow Ave., Unit 204, Tustin, CA 92780 or online at www.weboc.alsa.org (click donate tab) or call 714-285-1088 Please sign the guestbook at dailybreeze.com
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Published in Daily Breeze from Apr. 10 to Apr. 12, 2015
FIELDS, WILLIAM  
William P. (Bill) Fields 1937-2015 Bill lost his battle with cancer peacefully at home with his family on 3/1/2015 at the age of 77. Born in North Carolina to a Share Cropper, preceded in death by his parents, George C. and Julia B. Fields; four brothers; and four sisters. After a short enlistment in the Air Force, he married and had a family. He came to California in 1962 and became a permanent resident in the Carson-Torrance area the last 52 years. He is survived by his loving wife, Eva; 3 sons, Bill Jr. of Simi Valley, George of Nevada and Joseph (Theresa) of Arizona; daughter, Kathy Brackett of Nevada; 3 stepdaghters, Bonnie Santiago (Nick) of Long Beach, Karran Webb of Texas and Ruth Castro of Carson; stepson, Richard Webb (Laura) of Arizona; and lifelong friend, Cathleen Hatfield of Nevada; 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He was employed at Mattel, Vertue Bros, and Harvey Aluminum until 1967. We went to RubberTech and followed the new owner to Rubber Craft from 1992 to 2012. He retired for medical reasons. He kept associations of just short of over 48 years. He was a member of Torrance Elks Lodge #1948 and enjoyed hosting events for the Special Olympics in Parker, Arizona with Elks Lodge #1929. He volunteered at Carson High School. He was also a member of VFW, DAV, V.V.M.F., American Legion and many Emergency Memorial Funds. He loved playing Bingo at the Samoan Church of Carson, and winning at the casino until the day he went home to his Lord. Celebration of his life will be April 18, 2015 at 11am at Hope Community Church, 129 E 223rd Street, Carson, CA. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
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Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 16, 2015
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