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Gwendolyn Gay Bright

| Obituaries | 14 hours ago

Gwendolyn Gay Bright was born on December 28, 1935. She past away quietly on July 09, 2019. She was tired, having worked hard all her life. Gwen was a retired bartender that single-handedly raised 3 children and a grandson. Gwen is pre-deceased by her youngest son, Chester William Bright. She is survived by her other two children, Lynn and David.

Nina Mae Marquis

| Obituaries | June 30, 2017

In loving memory of Nina Mae Marquis who passed away suddenly at age 73 on June 15, 2017. She was a loving wife, mother, granny and friend. She was a house wife, licensed cosmetologist and business ower along with her husband Gerard Marquis. She was born in Ventura, California and spent her life close to the coastline of California. She loved camping, traveling and spending time with family, especially when it allowed time for “granny spoils”. She is survived by her daughters; Lisa Coffin, Susan Marquis, Lynn Martinez, her son John Daniel Barnes, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Nina was preceded by her husband of 41 years, Gerard Marquis and her daughter Shannon Buttram Nina always wanted the best for everyone around her and will be deeply missed by all her friends and family. She was a truly a generous soul.

Nina Mae Marquis

| Obituaries | June 30, 2017

In loving memory of Nina Mae Marquis who passed away suddenly at age 73 on June 15, 2017. She was a loving wife, mother, granny and friend. She was a house wife, licensed cosmetologist and business ower along with her husband Gerard Marquis. She was born in Ventura, California and spent her life close to the coastline of California. She loved camping, traveling and spending time with family, especially when it allowed time for “granny spoils”. She is survived by her daughters; Lisa Coffin, Susan Marquis, Lynn Martinez, her son John Daniel Barnes, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Nina was preceded by her husband of 41 years, Gerard Marquis and her daughter Shannon Buttram Nina always wanted the best for everyone around her and will be deeply missed by all her friends and family. She was a truly a generous soul.

Stanley Gerald Bronstrup

| Obituaries | October 21, 2014

Stanley Bronstrup, the eclectic original owner of the “famous greasy spoon eatery”, The Way Station Coffee Shop in Newhall, California, died October 15th, 2014, of colon and liver cancer, at his son’s home in Stevenson Ranch, California. He died less than a month shy of his 81st birthday. Born November 12th, 1933 in Springfield Ohio, Stanley opted to stay on in California after spending four years in the Navy during the Korean War. During his early career, Stanley spent time as a Los Angeles County Sherriff Reserve Officer and later in the Hollywood film industry as both a bit part actor and camera repair technician.

Stanley, a resident of the Santa Clarita Valley since 1967, opened the Way Station Coffee Shop two weeks after the February 9th, 1971, San Fernando Earthquake, when his tobacco shop just a block up the street in Old Newhall, was destroyed. After quick negotiations with the owner of Curry’s Ice Cream Parlor, Stanley moved what was left of his “Smoke Shop and Unusual’s tobacco and antique store into the malt shop and changed the name to “The Way Station”. Breakfast history soon ensued…and fortunately for breakfast lovers, the tobacco store faded into history. He did keep the odd and rather unique collection of antiques and old signs. You can still see a few there today. Most are in his private collection including the wooden Indians and old coke signs that many love and remember.

It wasn’t long before Stanley’s original “Breakfast Club” developed. Sorry Emilio and Molly, Stan’s Breakfast Club started way before you guys existed and by all accounts was far more colorful and interesting. The Way Station quickly became the 5:00 AM starting point for many “a who’s-who of the Santa Clarita Valley”. Tom Lee, President of Newhall Land, and many other notables made the Way Station a part of their daily morning ritual, stopping by for a cup of coffee and to talk politics, the weather, and local happenings. On a regular basis you could find the head coach of both Hart and Canyon’s football team sitting together discussing what… strategy? You never know… Vic from the hardware store, Milt from the western store or Dick from the motorcycle shop were always discussing something with Stanley. Nobody quite knew they were talking about; it was too noisy with so many people clamoring for a seat. Often times you would find a line of early risers waiting as Stanley pulled up in his vintage gold Mercedes sometimes before 4:30 in the morning. Coffee and a donut for most, but the hardy or the tardy, (Harry Welch and quite a few others included), would wait for the grill and Stanley’s famous hash browns. It took well over 40 minutes to get that first batch ready. Jose, a fixture since 1971, (and still there in 2014), or Mamma Sue, followed in later years by Khris, Cindy, and daughter Patty, poured coffee for a buck, refills free, while waiting for the grill to get hot. From that moment on, it was bumper to bumper people as the morning rush for good old fashioned cooking stacked up the order wheel with Stanley behind the grill tossing eggs and hash browns, and one liner’s.

When the first morning rush slowed, Stanley knew who and when his regulars would arrive, and prepared their meal just in time, exactly how he wanted it. Yep, At the Way Station it was how Stanley wanted to cook your meal, not the way you wanted your meal to be cooked. You wanted two eggs over easy with sausage, Stanley would prepare three eggs scrambled with bacon, French toast, and of course those hash browns, with onions, whether you liked them or not. Short-stack of pancakes, (that would be two), nope! You’d get three or four, and you had to cut a hole in the middle to pour the syrup, least it ran off the plate and into your lap. Most ate what they got while enjoying good conversation about whatever was on Stanley’s mind that day. The coffee was hot and thanks to the girls and Jose, always kept pouring, except For Harry the Shoe repair man. He always got his morning cup of luke-warm black coffee and one donut, yesterdays if you please, for a discount, and sat in silence reading the morning headlines in the Signal. A friendly fellow, a bit odd but friendly. Just another character in the “club” called The Way Station. Next was the boys from Randall Ranch. They came along round 10:00 AM or so looking for an early lunch. Ranch hands started early and often didn’t have time to wait for the grill to warm.

Hollywood found Stanley, again in 1974, and it wasn’t long before A-lister celebs of the time were stopping by for breakfast or just to say hello. Sam Elliot, Willford Brimley, Linda Grey, Gary Busey, even Darth Vader, or at least his voice, James Earl Jones, became fans of Stanley and his Way Station. With Stanley at the grill, The Way Station became a regular stop for an ever growing eclectic bunch of characters, all heading off to make their own mark on the world after a full belly and Stanley’s “two cents”. Case in point: Paul Ruben aka Pee Wee Herman was often spotted at the Way Station, incognito of course. I know I’m missing many more, but you get the point.

After a divorce in 1989, Stanley left the restaurant he created and loved, and moved to the mountains of central California where he opened another well known eatery, The “Buckhorn”, which he ran successfully until retirement in 2002. Shortly thereafter he moved back to the Santa Clarita Valley, but soon began working again, this time as the patriarchal figurehead of his son’s construction restoration company. Stanley was working full-time right through August of this year barking orders and opinionating on just about everything when cancer struck him down. Even today many old friends stop and tell me, “The Way Station was never the same without Stanley”.

Before he died, I asked my dad what his biggest regret was. He said, “Not being able to see each morning, all the many people he called friends, after he left the Way Station”. I also think all those friends feel the same way.

Stanley leaves behind his sister; Gene Egloff and her extended family, son Jerry and his wife Gigi, daughter Patty McIntosh, five grandchildren, Justin and Rachael Ward, (last year’s Mrs. SCV), Erika Bronstrup, Kyle Bronstrup, Lauren Bronstrup, Alli McIntosh, and three great grand children, with one more on the way, God-daughter Tina Crowell and many dear friends. He also leaves behind that large turquoise ring he always wore. Those of you who knew and loved Stanley will remember it well. He will be sorely missed.

Anita Beatrice Tellez

| Obituaries | September 7, 2014

Anita died at home with family by her side. She is survived by her husband of 50 years Manuel R Tellez. Her two sons Alex Tellez and Vince Tellez. Her daughter Tara Dahlenburg. Two grandsons Nick Tellez and Mike Tellez. Her two grand daughters Alexis Tellez and Krista Kightlinger.

James R Elliott

| Obituaries | May 22, 2014

J. Robert Elliott
1932 – 2014.

J. Robert Elliott, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Clarita, CA surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 18, 2014. He was 82 years old. He was born in Kansas City, MO on February 18, 1932.

Bob’s high school years were spent at the McCallie boarding school in Chattanooga, TN. Upon graduation, he was accepted at Princeton University, where he graduated with High Honors (Magna Cum Laude) in 1953. He also studied medicine at Emory Medical School in Atlanta, GA and attended Stanford Graduate School of Business.

In the 1950’s Bob moved to Los Angeles where he went on to become the National Sales Manager at Disneyland/Buena Vista Records.

Bob married the “love of his life”, Delores Anderson of Michigan, on July 23, 1960. They moved from Hollywood to Pasadena, where they lived for 40 years and raised three sons.

In 1969, he was recruited by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss as National Sales Director for their newly created pre-recorded tape sales division at A&M Records. He was early member of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and was well respected and admired within the music industry. In 1977 he wrote, directed and produced “HALLOWEEN HORRORS” the highest selling Halloween album of all time.

After retirement, he was active in a variety of numismatic organizations and lineage societies including The Orders & Medals Society of America (OMSA), where he served as President for 8 years. OMSA saw significant growth during his tenure. He also joined and helped lead numerous Genealogical Societies including The General Society of Colonial Wars (Honorary Governor General), Sons of the American Revolution, The Military Order of Foreign Wars (Past State Commander), General Society of the War of 1812 (Past State President), Aztec Club of 1847, and many more. He also wrote regarding Orders & Medals for the World Book encyclopedia, and co-authored the book, AMERICAN SOCIETY MEDALS.

In July 2010, Bob and Delores celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. He was a brilliant man, and a great husband, excellent father and grandfather.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Sandy; his son, John; and his son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Laura; as well as, 5 grandchildren: Suzanne, Jennifer, Kathryn, William II, and Vila.

Maidelle "Jackie" Lloyd

| Obituaries | May 7, 2014

Maidelle “Jackie” Lloyd – Obituary

Jackie Lloyd passed to her reward on May 4, 2014. She was 88 years young and passed peacefully in her sleep after a short fight against lung cancer.

Jackie was born on January 19th, 1926 in Mississippi to Jesse Lee Kendall and Sarah Goza Kendall, and grew up in Elaine, Arkansas. After graduating high school she made her way to Houston and always considered herself a Texan. She moved to California in 2001, settling in Valencia to be near her son Jerry and his family.

She worked in customer service for Southwestern Bell. She had a brief marriage which produced her first-born son Roddy. Later she met and married the love of her life Robert “Bert” Lloyd who had a daughter Lynda from a previous marriage. They added to their family having two more sons, Jerry and Bobby. Bert worked as a lobbyist for Southwestern Bell and they moved around Texas spending every other year in Austin when the legislature was in session.

Jackie was a talented artist which she expressed in her painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting and home décor. She could fix anything, coming up with clever inventions to make tasks easier. Her home is a testimony to her ingenuity. She loved to garden, always working to make her home beautiful. We also enjoyed her talent for jam making. She generously shared her jams with many friends and neighbors to the delight of all.

Her faith was strong at the end of her life and she looked forward to being reunited in Heaven with her many departed loved ones, especially her husband Bert, who her friend Pat said is waiting for her on “tip toes”.

Jackie was predeceased by her husband Bert, her brother Buddy, and her sisters Betty and Gail. She leaves three sons Roddy (Sharon) Lloyd of Springdale Arkansas, Robert (Kathy) Lloyd of Spicewood Texas, Jerry (Ruth) Lloyd of Valencia California, a step-daughter Lynda Galaway of Dallas Texas, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition, she leaves her former daughter in law Donna (Joe) Lovretovich who she felt was a daughter to her in many ways.

John P Dempsey Jr

| Obituaries | April 23, 2014

John Patrick Dempsey Jr., 71, passed away April 21, 2014 at Windsor Gardens Healthcare Center of the Valley. He was born on October 19, 1942 in Medford, MA to John Patrick Dempsey and Agnes Dempsey.

Jack grew up in Arlington, MA and lived most of his adult life in Valencia, CA. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and was proud of his Boston roots. Jack worked as a Pharmacist for over 40 years and was most recently the Pharmacy Manager at Albertsons Sav-On in Valencia. Jack was passionate about helping his customers and he enjoyed his close relationships with them.

Jack was a very generous man and enjoyed giving to others. He was a strong Catholic and enjoyed reading and talking about Catholicism. He was a military veteran who proudly served in Vietnam. Jack enjoyed watching sports, especially the L.A. Kings and New England Patriots.

Jack was extremely loving and proud of his three children, Marissa Kirby of North Hollywood, Colleen Dahlgren of Arroyo Grande, and John M. Dempsey of Santa Clarita. His four grandchildren, Diana Dempsey, Brielle Dahlgren, Jace Dahlgren, and Parker Kirby were the loves of his life. Jack spent every moment he could with his children and grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his two sisters Ann Marie Dempsey and Mary Dempsey.

A funeral service and graveside committal will be held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary, 23287 N. Sierra Hwy., Newhall, CA 91321 at 10:00 am on Friday May 2, 2014. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Jack’s life at the Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia, immediately following the service.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Ralph Spencer Leslie Jr.

| Obituaries | April 1, 2014

Ralph Spencer Leslie, Jr.
1972 – 2014

Ralph Spencer Leslie Jr., 42, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Valencia, CA. Ralph was born April 3, 1971, in Haverhill, MA to Jane Elizabeth and Ralph Spencer Leslie Sr. Ralph Jr. came to California at a very young age (4) and remained here throughout his life.
Ralph Jr. has been a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees of Local #33 for twenty-one years and loved his job. He enjoyed music, sports, playing pool, playing darts, video games and being with his family and friends. There was never a dull moment. He was always the first one to start the decorations for any holiday. He was also known by all as “Ralphie”. He was very loyal to his family and friends and if you needed him for anything at any time, day or night, it only took a phone call and he would be there. He was everyone’s “Protector”.
Ralph is survived by his three children: Nicole Cathleen, Cody Dean, and Zaine Owen all of Canyon Country, CA; his sister Brenda Ann Fife of Palmdale, CA; his niece Ashley Jane Fife of Palmdale, CA; his mother Jane Elizabeth Leslie of Canyon Country, CA; his father Ralph Spencer Leslie Sr. of Bend, OR; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins on the East Coast and Florida.
Ralph, a father, son, brother, and uncle, you will never be forgotten and we will all miss and love you always and forever, bushels and a peck. You are now “free” with the capabilities of going wherever your heart desires. ~Until We Meet Again.
Services will be held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (661-259-0800). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Breast Cancer Society (http://www.breastcancersociety.org/getinvolved/giveadonation/). You may sign the digital guest book at: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Ralph-Leslie&lc=2241&pid=170277411&mid=5900703&cid=em.legacy.dm.2241.5900703 .

Carl Max Lau

| Obituaries | February 10, 2014

Carl passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 7 in his home in San Fernando Valley. He lived a long and exquisite 91 years, surrounded by friends, family, and all who loved him. He lived most of his life in San Fernando with his loving wife Mary Elizabeth Lau.
Carl was born November 27, 1922 in Chicago Illinois to parents Theodore Lau and Irene Weinfurt. He moved to Los Angeles with his mother and attended San Fernando High School and later USC, where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Shortly after his graduation he entered into the US naval service as a First Class Seaman USNR and was discharged in 1946. Meanwhile, Carl was married to his high school sweetheart Mary Elizabeth Gregoire at the First Methodist Church in San Fernando on Wednesday, June 20, 1945.
He was a giving member of his community serving as Treasurer of Kiwanis International Club of Sylmar for many years. He and Mary were co-owners of the Country Antique Mall for over 30 years. He also continued to be a dedicated member of the First Methodist Church in San Fernando throughout his life.
Carl is survived by his beloved wife Mary Lau, his two children Theodore Lau and Katrina Lau Tekulve Lau. He also leaves behind his seven grandchildren, Sarah Tekulve, Ryan Tekulve, Katie Tekulve Phelon, Drew Tekulve, Kyle Kloepper, Bevin Kloepper, and Tessa Lau, as well as his two great grandchildren, Harvey Phelon and Eleanor Kloepper. Carl was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Carl was always cracking jokes and making people smile. He will be remembered as a wonderful inspiration and ray of sunshine to anyone who met him. Public visitation will be held from 11-1, memorial service at 1, and an internment ceremony from 2-3, at Eternal Valley 23287 Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA 91321. Family is asking in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Kiwanis in Sylmar, through their website at:
https://secure.qgiv.com/for/?key=kif

Kathy Marie Hartzel

| Obituaries | February 3, 2014

Hartzel, Kathy Marie December 18, 1955 – January 24, 2014
Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt passed away after two years battling cancer with incredible strength and courage. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Kathy moved to the Santa Clarita Valley in 1983 where she worked as the office manager of a successful dental practice. After raising her three children, Kathy became a registered nurse and worked for Anthem Blue Cross.

Kathy loved doting on her grandchildren, attending their cheer competitions, recitals and sporting events. She was constantly surrounded by friends and family who adored her glowing smile, gracious manner and kind spirit. Kathy leaves behind daughters Amy Ingram and Heather, son Matthew, granddaughters Ashlee and Madison and countless friends.

The funeral service will be held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 Sierra Highway, Newhall 91321 on February 8 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Tribute Fund that has been set up in Kathy’s name.

April Jayne Tucker

| Obituaries | January 29, 2014

April L. Tucker
Passed away 12/25/13 after a long battle with cancer. Daughter of Rachel (Rae Lou) L. and Robert S. Tucker (Deceased), sister of Hugh C. Tucker, Ellen Stacey Tucker Sweida (Deceased) and Robert L. Tucker. Owner and mother of her beloved “Batman”. Best ever auntie of seven nieces and nephews and four great-neices and nephews. Graduate of Eagle Rock High School.
Memorial services will be held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary 23287 N Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA, 91321 on 3/15/14 at 10:00am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers please donate to your preferred charity.