Betty Arline Hanlon 1926-2016

| Obituaries | February 11, 2016

Betty Arline Hanlon of Newhall, Calif. died Feb, 5, 2016. She was born March 9, 1926 in Bordeaux Wyoming, the daughter of Paul and Gladys Morey. Betty passed away at Silvergate Retirement Community in Fallbrook, Calif. after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

Betty was the loving wife of Leo F. Hanlon from 1947 until his passing in1986. She is survived by a daughter, Carol Hanlon Stucker; a son, Daniel Hanlon; a sister, Francis Birge; and two brothers, Ronald and Larry Morey. She is also survived by three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Betty worked as a secretary at Warren Air Force Base, Hobbs School, and the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne. After moving to California in 1966, she worked at Lockheed until her retirement in 1982.

Betty was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A viewing will be held this Friday, Feb.12, 2016 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 24915 Peachland St., Newhall, Calif. 91321. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Betty’s final resting place will be Eternal Valley Memorial Park at 23287 N. Sierra Highway,, Newhall, Calif. 91321



Ralph Wronker 1955-2016

| Obituaries | January 28, 2016

Ralph Wronker was born in Palmdale, Calif. in May 1955, and was raised, primarily by his father, in Santa Clarita.

Ralph had a natural talent for drawing and opened his own art studio near the Newhall Courthouse after graduating from William S. Hart High School. In the 1970s and ‘80s, he turned his talent into a career, working in both television and motion pictures as a scenic artist.

He had a lifelong hunger for knowledge and learning. Ralph studied electronics at College of the Canyons in Valencia, Calif. and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in information technology from University of Phoenix in 2005.

In the mid-1980s, Ralph turned to another childhood hobby and began working as a senior engineering technician in the disk drive industry and in the pro-audio industry at ElectroVoice International, Audio/Gauss Division in Sun Valley, Calif. His job included diagnosing and repairing problems with audio systems and components, saving the company approximately $1 million by successfully troubleshooting equipment failures during manufacturing. He also salvaged a $3 million project by working over two consecutive weeks of 24-hour shifts. At the same time, Ralph continued to use his artistic skills by writing and creating illustrations for technical manuals.

From 1997 to 2001, Ralph worked as a consultant and trainer for the Pace Group in Pasadena, Calif. He had corporate clients that included Pac Bell and Southern California Edison. The most successful training consultant at PACE, more than 95 percent of Ralph’s students passed the coursework the first time, and he was the only consultant whose classes had a waitlist. Ralph’s accomplishments at Pace Group included: designing an A+ Certification curriculum, including tests and assignments, based on information from over 20 textbooks; serving as a contributing editor for The Basic Electricity Workbook; rewriting copy, generating photographs and technical illustrations; training technical and non-technical students in computer, electronics and telecommunications subjects, including basic electricity and formulas for computing power usage, A+ computer configuration and repair, telecommunications technologies, and Boolean logic; and evaluating students’ technical competency levels and customized coursework based on student proficiency.

In the mid-1990s, Ralph began taking the skills of his past and working his way from parttime self employment to fulltime self employment as a consulting electronics teacher and as a computer consultant to small business. In 1997, Ralph opened his own firm, WronkerRoom.com Mobile Technical Services. With this business he offered computer hardware, data management and networking solutions for small to mid-sized businesses. He saved customers over $1 million cumulatively through effective project and resource management by: maximizing computer network and hardware configurations based on budget constraints; converting manual marketing processes to automated internet-based marketing; securing favorable pricing from key suppliers; centralizing and automating data management; educating clients about computer technologies and process optimization; and salvaging incomplete or poorly-executed projects of other contractors. More than 90 percent of his projects were completed under budget. Ralph was especially proud of managing the computer network setup for simultaneous start-up of 26 nationwide insurance offices. He designed system specifications, procured computer equipment and network hardware. He also implemented security measures to ensure network integrity while allowing for easy integration with independent agent computers.

Ralph was also a family man. He enjoyed raising his son, Jeremy. He shared his love of the outdoors with Jeremy, participating in many of his Boy Scout campouts.

In 2009, while Ralph was working on the computer network at an optometrist’s office, one of the employees suggested Ralph should go out with her mother. A blind date was arranged, and in 2010 Ralph married Carol Walker. Not long after, they adopted their three grandchildren: Evin, Bella and Gabriella.

In 2013, the family moved to Pine Mountain Club, where they enjoyed the openness and the forest and the amenities of their new community, including swimming, basketball, hiking, biking and tennis. Ralph loved his grandkids and participated in as many of their activities as he could. He was usually the grandpa in the back with the giant video camera. Ralph also enjoyed classical and salsa music, and a favorite pastime was playing golf.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Carol; three grandchildren, Evin, 10, Bella, 6, and Gabriella, 4; son, Jeremy Wronker (Ohio); stepdaughter, Jilie Beth Walker (Reseda, Calif.); and two sisters.

A prayer and reflection service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the clubhouse at 25051 Avenida Rotella in Valencia, Calif. A memorial fund has been set up in Ralph’s name.

Shirley Bessette

| Obituaries | January 24, 2016

Shirley Bessette of Santa Clarita passed away on Christmas Day, December 25, 2015.

Her family members said, “The Lord loved Shirley Bessette so much that He took her home on His birthday, Christmas Day, 2015, her favorite holiday. What an amazing party in heaven it must have been for Shirley’s entrance.”

Shirley met her husband, Bill, at a diner in Missouri at the age of 15, and married him soon afterwards. Bill was serving in the United States Air Force at the time. She later became a vascular surgical technician for Kaiser Permanente Hospital in the San Fernando Valley.

She is survived by her four children, Terry, Liz, Candie, and Bill; and five grandchildren, Kyle, Elizabeth, Kellie, Cole and Devon; as well as two great-grandchildren, Lincoln and Reece. They all will dearly miss her wisdom and guidance.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 in the Chapel of the Hills at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA 91321. A reception will immediately follow on site.

Jack E. Coe 1938-2015

| Obituaries | January 21, 2016

Jack E. Coe died in Lindale, Texas on November 16, 2015 from cancer. He was a resident of Newhall, Calif. for more than 35 years.

Jack was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on July 23, 1938 to parents Amos Jack and Mildred L. Coe. He was a graduate of Amherst High School in Amherst, N.Y. and attended the U.S. Maritime Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. He was married to Waunetia and had a son, William Bradford, both of whom preceded him in death.

Jack was a veteran of the United States Army, and he worked for Lockheed Aircraft for many years prior to retiring. After retirement, he worked with many disadvantaged children, focusing on activities involving horse therapy. Jack also enjoyed time with family, boating, fishing and flying.

He is survived by his brother and sister, Tom Coe and Joan Frary; his nephews, Brian Michaels and Kevin Frary; and two nieces, Jaime Chambers and Lindsay Coe.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, Calif. The community is welcome to attend in helping the family celebrate Jack’s life.

Burl William Driskill 1934-2016

| Obituaries | January 14, 2016

Burl William Driskill, 81, of Pacoima, California, went back to live with his Heavenly Father on Friday, January 8, 2016. He went peacefully in his sleep after a long illness.

Burl was born on June 1, 1934 in Bethesda, Arkansas to Otho William Driskill and Pleasie Alma Driskill. He moved from Bethesda to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1942 and lived there until he moved to Los Angeles, California. There he met his wife, Ila. They enjoyed 60 wonderful years of marriage.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where he served in many callings and gave much service to others.

Surviving him are his wife, Ila; five daughters, Lori Kaler (Bruce) of Tujunga, Calif., Teri Mattes (Greg) of Palmdale, Calif., Robi Day (Gene) of Saugus, Calif., Kimberli Bennett (Doug) of Agua Dulce, Calif., and Shawna Lopez (Manuel) of Pacoima, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, George Kaler, Jolene Moser, Trevor Kaler, Travis Kaler, Danielle Arney, Diane Schein, Erin Day, Brandon Day, Michael Bennett, Kevin Bennett, Melissa Funk, Jessica Smith, Jonathon Lopez and Benjamin Lopez; 9 1/2 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Glen Driskill, Bill Driskill and Clifford Driskill; and two sisters, Betty Foster (John) and Flo Ella Kasha.

Burl was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren, Toby Kaler and Troy Kaler.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sylmar Ward LDS Chapel, located at 1360 Sayre St. in Sylmar, Calif.

Ila and the family wish to express sincere thanks to everyone who has ever been a part of Burl’s life.

Sue Chotikasupaseranee 1956-2016

| Obituaries | January 14, 2016

Newhall resident Sue Chotikasupaseranee, age 59, passed away on January 7, 2016.

Sue was born in Cincinnati on February 15, 1956 to Albert and Betty Byrd and raised in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

She lived in Newhall, Calif. with her husband, Wat Chotikasupaseranee. In addition to Wat, Sue is survived by her brother, Tim Byrd, and her daughter, Justine Kessler.

The memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday January 13, 2016 at Newhall Church of the Nazarene.

“Her zest for life will be missed by many,” says her family. “Sue was a devout Christian and is now in the Heavenly Kingdom with our Lord and Savior.”

Lean to the Left

| Obituaries | January 1, 2016

Note to Donald: Dial it Back 

KKK Wizard Weighs In

For anyone who already questioned the extremism of Donald Trump, they only have to tune into a recent news report to confirm their suspicions. Even David Duke thinks Trump’s too extreme.

Hey Donald, when a KKK leader thinks your rhetoric’s too strong, you may want to take a hard look at what you’re saying. A few weeks ago, David Duke said the Republican candidate for president speaks “a lot more radically” than he does. Yikes!

They are both fundamentally bigoted. Duke is almost iconic – anyone associated with the KKK has got to be nuts. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Duke as the “most recognizable figure of the American radical right, a neo-Nazi, longtime Klan leader and now international spokesman for Holocaust denial,” according to Thinkprogress.org.

Trump’s bigotry spews from his unfiltered speech on the campaign trail. He called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, asserting they should have their names in a database. Then there was his defense of a supporter who beat up a Black Lives Matter protestor.

The best part of the Duke-Trump story? The KKK guy’s only exception to Trump is his support of Israel. My guess is Duke didn’t like Trump’s recent use of the crude Yiddish he used when he said Hillary “got schlonged” by Obama in 2008.

Candidates Out or In(dependent)?

Though Jim Webb dropped out of the race for democratic presidential nominee two months ago, he hasn’t dropped out of sight. Will he run as an Independent?

It actually could affect both sides in the election.

Did you know that until candidate Bernie Sanders became a Democrat, he was the longest-serving independent in U.S. Congressional history? Look out, Conservatives, the younger generation loves independent thinking. This could very well be the point in time when a third party candidate can win!

**The Views and Opinions expressed in these columns are those of the writer, not necessarily those of Valley Publications/Santa Clarita Gazette.**

George Thomas Meeker 1934-2015

| Obituaries | December 22, 2015

1934 – 2015

George Meeker, a longtime resident of Newhall, California, died peacefully, surrounded by his wife, Lucie, and daughter, Kathy, at Valley Presbyterian Hospital at 10:00 am on December 14, 2015. He was 81 years old.

The youngest of four, George was born in Los Angeles on November 6, 1934 to Claud and Eva (Burger) Meeker. George lived in Pasadena, Covina and Rosemead until 1988, when Eva passed away and he moved to Newhall to take care of his father. After Claud passed in 1997, George decided to remain at the house, where he enjoyed many years of riding horses, motorcycles, hunting, flying remote-controlled airplanes and building a horse boarding business called the “Rocking M Ranch.” George even rode in the Newhall Senior Olympics on his horse, Sandy.

George was a loving person and will be greatly missed by his longtime wife, Lucie, his two daughters, Kathy (Meeker) Burke and Pamela Meeker; his two granddaughters, Kathy and Michelle; and his five great-grandsons, Jason, Colin, Graham, Hunter and EJ. He will also be missed by his brother, Claud (Bud), his sisters, Olive and Lucene, and his best friend, Ron Whitehead.

The Meeker family offers special thanks to the staff at Valley Presbyterian Hospital ICU and both Dr. Josef Lobel and Dr. Hanon Lobel for their care of George and the thoughtful consideration given to his visiting family members during the last couple of weeks of his life. They are also grateful for the caregivers at California Healthcare facility, where George spent the last seven years under their diligent care after his stroke.

A Viewing were held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Chapel of the Oaks, on Monday, December 21, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The
Funeral Services followed and were performed by Pastor Geoff Beckwith on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Chapel of the Oaks.

Hilario Lopez, 1931-2015

| Obituaries | November 18, 2015

Hilario “Lalo” Lopez, age 84, passed away at his home of 41 years in Pacoima, California, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. He was born on October 19, 1931 in Guadalajara, Mexico to Alejandra Bizarro Lopez and Pablo Lopez. He was one of four children: Rosa, Lalo, Isabella and Margarita. Although Lalo only attended school through the third grade, he was a great scholar and his favorite pastime was to read the newspaper every day. He came to the United States seeking a better life and worked hard in auto restoration to achieve it. He was a proud U.S. citizen and loved this country so much that he wanted to start a family here. On March 22, 1964 he married Maria de los Angeles Preciado in Guadalajara, Mexico and the next day they set out for Los Angeles, California. Lalo and “Los” (his nickname for his beloved wife) were hard working immigrants who had four children, Alex, Diana, Liz and Gaby, who remember him as a great husband to their mother and an exceptional father. He dedicated his life to his family and worked hard to provide them strong family values. He is cherished and survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, three of his children, a daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Lalo rests in God’s Garden next to his mother, daughter, Liz, and great-granddaughter, Lena Rae.

Edmund John Haro 1959-2015

| Obituaries | November 17, 2015

Edmond John Haro, better known to his friends and family as Ed or Mundo, was born on June 10, 1959 in San Jose, California, and entered into rest on October 30, 2015 after a long fight with bone cancer. He is the fifth of seven children born to Hilario & Gloria Haro. From a young age, Ed had always showed natural charm, amazing talent and love for the arts. His genius qualities would extend in his life as a self-taught pianist, inventor and artist. He graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, after which he had an impressive professional history as an art director. His career included working with Gameworks and a long history with The Walt Disney Company as an Imagineer. While at Disney, he personally created three registered patents and achieved several awards, though Edmond remained forever humble about his talent. He was a jovial man who had such a great love for life and his family. He is survived by his wife, Susanne; his three sons, Evyn, Adien, Arron; and his beloved Yorkshire Terrier, “Tron.”Edmond is also survived by his mother, Gloria, and siblings, Irene, Gloria, Peter, Marlene, Edward and Adriana.

Services Friday, November 20, 2015 @ 10 am
Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church
19399 E. Hwy. 120,
Ripon, CA 95366


Raymond George Broderick (November 6, 1943 – September 6, 2015)

| Obituaries | September 16, 2015

Raymond George Broderick was born on November 6, 1943 in Los Angeles, California to Mary Venette Medley and Raymond George Broderick. While still a young boy, his parents moved their family to Brooklyn, New York, where Raymond grew up.

Raymond, or Ray (the name he usually went by), attended St. Agnes Catholic School in Brooklyn for his elementary and junior high years. He then attended Boys High School in Brooklyn, where, as a member of the marching band, Ray played the snare and bass drums.

After he graduated in 1961, he asked, begged and pleaded with his father to sign the papers that would enable him to join the Navy, because he was not yet 18 years old. Ray wanted nothing more than to see the world and the city of his birth. He felt that the Navy would provide him this opportunity. His father objected to his son joining the military, but Ray’s mother was able to persuade his father, who very reluctantly complied. Ray was off to see the world! Well, at least the cities of Long Beach and his birth city of Los Angeles, California, as his ship never left the port of Long Beach during his entire active duty!

Ray served his active duty as an electronics radar technician until October 1964. Coincidentally, his father, Raymond, had served in the same ordnance in World War II, though in the Army. In October 1964, Ray transferred to the reserves and continued to serve in the same capacity until his honorable discharge in October 1967. But his service to his country and his work in the government did not end there. During his time in the reserves, Ray met and married the love of his life, Mary Ann, on May 16, 1964 in Los Angeles, California.

After his honorable discharge, Ray went to work for the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. He then moved on to work at the Naval Public Works Center as a Management Officer, a position that would take Ray and his family to Yokosuka, Japan for three years. He jumped at this overseas opportunity, and upon completion of his overseas assignment in Japan, Ray returned to the shipyard in Long Beach as a senior management analyst. During his tenure there, he was elected local president of the Naval Civilian Administrators Association. He also served on the finance board of the Long Beach Federal Credit Union.

Ray’s next assignment was as an administrative officer for Armed Forces Radio and Television—a position that led the family to move to Santa Clarita. After a few years, he moved on to serve as director for management support at Lockheed. He then moved to the Lockheed Defense Contract Management Division until his retirement in 1999.

Ray was not idle in his retirement. He decided to put his knowledge and skills to use and went to work for the University of Phoenix at Edwards Air Force Base. While there, he learned of the need for a parish business manager at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Canyon Country.  A devout Roman Catholic, Ray jumped at the opportunity to serve his God, his church, and his community, and took the position. He loved serving his community and continued in this capacity until his death.


Another way in which Ray served his community was through his involvement with the Knights of Columbus Council 9740 at St. Clare’s. Ray was a life member and held various positions throughout his membership including Grand Knight and District Deputy. Ray, Mary, and the family were the council’s “Family of the Year” three times. In 1994, Ray and his family were chosen as the “State of California Knights of Columbus Family of the Year.” Ray was also very active in the Fourth Degree, the patriotic degree of the order. Ray twice served as the Faithful Navigator. He was the first Navigator of the local Santa Clarita Assembly 2421, which was formed in 1996. For many years, Ray served as a member of the Color Corps, the visible arm of the Knights. Ray was a driving force in the Assembly’s participation in the events of the Veterans Historical Plaza in Newhall. The Knights of Columbus donated the main flagpole in the plaza, and are involved in both the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies, changing the flags and standards. Ray was also very involved in the Assembly’s purchase of the statue of Rachel Weeping at Eternal Valley. The statue was dedicated on December 8, 2007 to the unborn. Since its dedication, Ray has led the Knights of Columbus in a rosary every December 28 at the statue to commemorate the Feast of the Innocents and remember the unborn.

Ray’s first love was his wife, Mary; however, following a close second in his heart was his love for the game of golf! His best and favorite partner was his wife Mary, and they enjoyed playing the sport together. He also shared the love of the game with his children, and especially his grandchildren.

Ray was known for his booming laugh, ready smile, and great sense of humor. And those jokes! He loved hearing them, and no one could escape his many corny jokes! Ray loved to entertain and host family gatherings. Christmas was always a special time at the Broderick’s house, where their home became full of family and friends, and everyone, young and old, anticipated the arrival of “Jimmy Claus!” Ray was known as Jimmy to his family.  So, when Ray donned his white beard, red sweater and Santa hat, he was dubbed “Jimmy Claus,” which became a family tradition.

Along with Ray’s love for God and country, he was deeply devoted to his family. He was a loving and exemplary husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Ann Broderick; his daughter LaTanya Broderick-Roman, son-in-law Richard Roman and their children Jason, Elizabeth, Miracle, Raquel, and Rei; his daughter Bonnie Bell and son-in-law Dennis Bell, and their children Matthew and Phillip; his son Lance Broderick and his child Sebastian; and his son Orien Broderick, daughter-in-law Monica Broderick, and their children Nicole and Penelope. He is also survived by his sister Veronica Rickett, brother Michael Broderick, sister Mary Ruffin, sister Myra Crow, and their respective families, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members and friends, all of whom will miss having him in their lives.

Coping With Grief and Significant Emotional Loss

| Community, Obituaries | September 3, 2015

by Jeff Zhorne, M.A.

Distraught and running her fingers over weepy eyes, Cindy related how her 29-year-old son died of a drug overdose and was found in a portable toilet in Los Angeles. A sheriff had visited her home to tell her what had happened.

“It’s about your son,” he started.

“Don’t you tell me my son is dead!” Cindy screamed. “Don’t you do it!”

In tears, Cindy described how she would have broken everything in her house and bolted out, had not the sheriff been there.

Cindy’s terror, heartache and confusion capture the shock of grief. Unfortunately, as a society, we are not trained or educated to cope with devastating loss experiences. Some people simply stuff it and try to move through life. Others feel they’ve run out of tears.

Many have suffered so many losses they don’t remember why they hurt anymore. Loss on top of loss on top of loss, all wound up like a ball of yarn. Along comes another loss, and it’s one more wrap around a huge ball of hurt. Over time we can start to feel detached or numb. Life doesn’t touch us in the deepest places of our hearts.

Some may wake up one day and discover they have shut off feelings completely. Others say, “I can’t get over my husband leaving me” or “My life stopped when she died.”

We get bewildered by not knowing what to do about unresolved pain. It sounds so overwhelming. Often, grieving people wind up faking it and acting like everything is all right. We put on our happy face, our go-to-work face, because society gives us about three days to grieve and you’d better be back to work on the fourth day. Later, we hear things like, “It’s been a year, aren’t you over it by now?”

Grieving people can continue to stuff the feelings, shove them away or numb themselves until the losses become an ever-growing weight being carried around. Buried pain is very real, has energy and doesn’t go away on its own. Unresolved grief will make itself known when least expected. Reactions become disproportionate to circumstances. Our emotional, mental and physical well-being suffers.

Healing opens the way to joy, peace of mind and health. Recovery starts by being able to freely express all the thoughts and emotions connected with loss. Maybe it’s regret, which is often associated with loss or grieving the loss of unrealized hopes, dreams and expectations.

Those who become tired of temporary pain relief, of quenching in, can move toward expanding their lives and relationships through grief counseling. They can gain tools for finishing unfinished emotional business to move beyond loss. Grief Recovery offers some of those tools and skills to be able to cherish fond memories of loved ones, risk intimacy again and find freedom to make healthy choices.

Jeff Zhorne, M.A., is a Certified Grief Counselor in Santa Clarita.
You can contact him by calling 661-733-0692 or visit TheGriefProgram.com.

Gary Wurst Dies, ‘A teacher, a mentor, a true friend’

| News, Obituaries | August 27, 2015

Hundreds gathered Wednesday to mourn the loss of a local leader who served for decades in Rotary International and the Boy Scouts of America. When Gary Wurst of Santa Clarita passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2015, it left a sizable void in the community.

“A quiet leader, a kind man, a teacher, a mentor, a true friend. The world cannot replace Gary Wurst,” said Tom Christensen, finance director for Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc. “He will be missed.”

Gary Wurst was a bookkeeper who still, at age 78, handled payroll for a handful of friends. Relationships like those, along with a devotion to his wife of 35 years, Shirley, and their seven children, 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, were evidence of what he cared about most: people.

“I don’t know what it was about Gary, but whenever I saw him, we would both break into a wide grin, without a word being spoken,” recalled Doug Sutton, publisher of the Santa Clarita Gazette. “It would be at our office when he dropped off payroll or at the weekly Rotary meetings. A lot of times that would be the only communication we would have, just great big smiles, but it was enough said.”

A charter member of the Northeast San Fernando Rotary Club and a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club since 1972, his service to the organization Gary Wursttotaled 43 years. He served as president of the SCV Rotary Club in 1986-1987, becoming a Paul Harris Fellow (a major donor to the club) and being recognized as Rotarian of the Year and Rotarian of the Month many times.

“Gary epitomized the Rotary motto, ‘Service Above Self,’” said Steve Corn, owner of Newhall Escrow Company.

Wurst was proud to be a member of the Rotary and rarely missed participating in service projects and fellowship activities, including Rotary conventions in both Munich and Thailand

He was best known as the historian of the club, always taking pictures, documenting club activities and creating elaborate scrapbooks.

“Gary Wurst was a part of our small group when we visited Thailand in 2012 for the Rotary Convention. He was a pleasure to travel with and made every effort to make me feel included in all of our activities,” said internet strategist Connie Ragen Green. “I will remember him forever, and will cherish my memories of all he did for me and the other Rotarians over the decade we were friends.”

Gary Wurst ice creamIt was Boy Scouts of America that had Wurst’s attention the longest. He became a Boy Scout at age 8, staying active as a teen while he attended San Fernando High School, graduating in 1955. He eventually achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He became a scoutmaster when his sons joined boy scouts, and he and his friend, Paul Travers, took charge of many Eagle Courts of Honor. Wurst even flew to Tennessee to present the Eagle Scouting Award to his grandson, Brian Sulfridge.

Gary Wurst was known throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, where he settled in 1969, partly due to his unique interests. Gary and Shirley’s house was known throughout the community for the railroad train crossing in front of their driveway, reflecting his passion for trains. He had an extensive display, with train themed figurines and collectibles, which played a part in his favorite times of the year: holidays.

For Halloween, Wurst shared his passion with his neighborhood by creating fancy displays, handing out full-sized candy bars and inviting kids to bob for apples on his front porch. Christmas decorating for Wurst included lights, music and inflatable decorations in the front yard, while the couple’s displays matched their holiday hospitality during celebrations, including the annual Christmas party for the Rotary Club board members.

It was friend and fellow Rotarian, Bob Tice, who introduced Gary to Shirley in 1979. The couple blended their families, and when the kids were grown, spent much of their time traveling, mostly on cruise ships.

Gary is survived by his wife, Shirley; three sons: John Wurst, Jim Wurst and Donald Wurst; four stepchildren: Charles Perry and his wife, Twilia, Celeste Sulfridge and her husband, Jack, Cindy Vargas and her husband, Mario, and Vince Nomura and his wife, Holly. He also leaves 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In honor and memory of Gary Wurst, donations may be made to Newhall Rotary Community Foundation, P.O. Box 220492, Newhall, CA 91322-0492.

| Obituaries | April 24, 2015

Robert “Bob” Lawrence Svien, World War II veteran and Agua Dulce resident, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from complications related to a hip fracture. He was 94.

He was dearly loved by all who knew him, respected by his fellow servicemen and an inspiration to those who crossed his path. Born to Lawrence Svien and Beatrice Babcock on March 25, 1921 in Northfield, Minnesota, Bob led a full and rich life at an important time in history. After graduating from Faribault High School in Faribault, Minn. in the early summer of 1939, Bob promptly enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served his country during WWII for six years – from 1940 through 1946 as gunners mate first class on destroyer ships, USS John Craig DD-885 and USS Davis DD-395. He was assigned to patrol duty on ships in the American Atlantic, South Pacific, and European theater, helping his fellow crewmen to ensure the freedom of the ones he loved back home. During his service he married his sweetheart, Betty, to whom he remained married for 57 years, until she passed away in 2012.

When Bob was honorably discharged from service in 1946, he worked in Texas at a foundry for a year or so, but one thing beckoned him – his love of blue skies. Being stationed at sea, his dreams were often filled with flight into the vast, and seemingly endless, clear blue sky that surrounded him and his shipmates. He finally realized his passion for flight by attending several schools, and earning numerous certificates in the field of aviation. He first earned a private pilot’s license in 1948, and purchased his first plane. He often spent time in his plane, where he felt freedom, independence, and a sense of tranquility. Bob became a flight instructor, earning his certificate through the VA flight instructors training program. By 1953, he had become a certified aircraft inspector, and went on to become a commercial pilot in 1968. To say he loved the sky and all it had to offer him was an understatement. He continued to fly both privately and commercially for many years, and in his later years was a fixture at the Agua Dulce Airport in Agua Dulce, Calif., where he would frequently enjoy a light breakfast, some flight time, and bum an occasional free ride with other pilots of both airplanes and helicopters.

During this time, he studied and received a real estate license and, once a broker, Bob opened his own realty company. He also studied and became a licensed cosmetologist, and opened a beauty salon to work next to his wife, Betty. He was always one who made friends easily, and was never to speak ill of anyone he met.

He was very independent. Even up to the time he passed, he was completely self-reliant and lived alone in his Agua Dulce home, which he loved dearly. He drove daily at the age of 94, and had a set routine: get up; get dressed; feed his dog, Myra; drive by himself to Mc Donald’s for breakfast; drive to VFW Post 6885 & the Moose Lodge & play pool with his friend, Paul; and spend the day talking with his fellow veterans about current events, making jokes and enjoying the company of others. His nickname at the VFW was “Umm Bob.” Oh, and also – have his one complimentary beer each day.

He was a great neighbor to the surrounding community and was loved by all. We could all hope to be as good a friend, husband, neighbor, serviceman as Bob was. Rest in peace, Bob … we will always remember you.

Bob at the PostScan0001 bw Scan0002 bw Scan0003 bw Scan0004bwBob Svien lived next door to the Hooper family, who were like family to him. Mark and Cheryl called Bob “Dad” and he was “Grandpa” to the kids. He joined them on ATV rides, went boating with the family and they shared holiday parties and meals.

Mildred (Millie) Terranova 1919-2015

| Obituaries | April 16, 2015

Mildred (Millie) Terranova, 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2015 in Valencia, California.

Millie was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 31, 1919 to the late Frank and Frances Vaccaro. She married Edward Terranova in 1946 and moved to Westchester, California in 1948. In 1968, Millie and her family moved to Valencia, where she lived for the rest of her life. She retired from a career in the medical supply industry after working for the Warner Lambert Corporation. While in retirement, she volunteered and worked at the local Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center for many years, assisting with the adult care and respite services.

Millie loved life and especially enjoyed traveling, dancing, going to concerts and the theater with family and friends. She was very spiritual, an inspiration to all who knew her, and her spirit will live on. Millie is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Terranova, and her life companion, Harry Higgins. She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Alma Terranova; granddaughter, Lisa Terranova; as well as many family members and friends.

A visitation and rosary will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 Sierra Hwy., Newhall, CA 91321.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA 91321, followed by burial at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

A reception celebrating her life will follow at the Valencia Northbridge Clubhouse, 23804 Grandview Dr., Valencia, CA 91354.

Richard (Dick) Kelleher 1935-2015

| Obituaries | March 26, 2015

Richard (Dick) Kelleher, 79, of Canyon Country, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, Calif., following a mercifully short battle with cancer. A loving circle of family and friends surrounded him.

Dick was born in Haverhill, Mass. on August 8, 1935 to the late Helen and Cornelius Kelleher. He graduated from Searles High School in Methuen, Mass. in 1953, and served in the U.S. Air Force  as an Avionics Technician on the C-121 Constellation Aircraft.

Dick married Helen Frerking, his beloved bride of more than 53 years, on August 5, 1961, and they resided in Canyon Country for the past 48 years.

Dick retired from Boeing/McDonnell-Douglas/Douglas after a 38-year career as a Radar Cross-Section Testing Engineer, having worked on aircraft projects such as the F/A-18 Hornet and the F-117 Stealth Fighter. Much of his aerospace career was spent working in the Antelope Valley.

A long-serving member of the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, Dick was honored as the organization’s Volunteer of the Year in 2010-11. He was also an avid ham radio operator.

In addition to his loving wife, Helen, Dick is survived by his devoted children: Rick (Sandy) Kelleher of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; Christina Kelleher (Bob) Mills of Reno, Nev.; and Brenda Kelleher (and future son-in-law Wade Melcher) of Reno, Nev. He is also survived by his sister, Gail Driscoll of Salem, N.H., along with close friends, nieces and nephews. He leaves six grandchildren who adored him: Tarryn Andolsek; Matthew and Cory Mills; and Jennifer, Lexi and Tyler Kelleher.

A visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, March 27 at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, Calif. The funeral service will take place Saturday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, with burial (graveside) services at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, Calif. There will be a reception at the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge immediately following the graveside services.

Muriel G. (Mimi) Bifano, 1929-2015

| Obituaries | March 23, 2015

Muriel G. (Mimi) Bifano, 85, of Santa Clarita, CA passed away on March 3, 2015 of natural causes.

She was born Muriel Hanson in Woonsocket, R.I. on July 12, 1929 to the late Everett and Gladys (Bennett) Hanson. She attended high school in Blackstone, MA and began her many years of employment at the local telephone company. She worked for AT&T for over 40 years and was respected and admired by her co-workers for her generous and attentive service in Rhode Island, Maryland, New York, and California. She received many awards for her service during her long tenure at AT&T.

Muriel was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and enthusiastic transplant to the west coast. She moved to California in 1985, following her children from New York. She fell in love with California’s climate and people and thoroughly enjoyed her many friends and family here.

Mimi was an enthusiastic dancer and was known for her jitterbug skills. She was also an avid walker and enjoyed the many trails and walking spots in California and most especially in the Santa Clarita Valley where she made her home for 30 years.

Mimi’s pride and joy was her children and she is survived by Sandra Silvestri of Carmel, CA., Wayne Shue of Hamlin, NY, Diane Moore of Santa Clarita, CA. and David Bifano of Monterey, CA. She had nine grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Her life was full of their many sporting events, school events and birthday parties and she was known by her grandchildren as the “fun” grandmother and they will all miss her wonderful spirit.

Services will be private but those wishing to make a donation may make it through the Michael J. Fox Parkinson Foundation at:




Jamie Lynn Kelley 1978 – 2015

| Obituaries | March 23, 2015

Jamie Lynn Kelley passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 at home in Santa Clarita, CA. She was born June 8, 1978 in Valencia, CA.

A resident of the Santa Clarita Valley for 36 years, she had attended William S. Hart High School and was a member of Real Life Church in Valencia. Jamie was currently employed as a pharmacy clerk.

Loved by everyone who met her, Jamie had the most beautiful heart and enjoyed helping others. Her children and family were very important to her. She treasured all of her friends from childhood to now. She will be truly missed and will be in our hearts always.

Jamie is survived by daughter Kylie Norwood, son Jakob Norwood, step-daughter Amanda Norwood, and mother Ann Apolito Pino, all of Santa Clarita, CA. She is also survived by her sister Fallon Kelley of Colorado, father Arthur Kelley of Baja, CA and grandparents Fred and Frances Apolito of Santa Clarita, CA.

A Celebration of Jamie’s Life will be held 1-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country, CA 91387.

Frank Noriega 1925 – 2015

| Obituaries | March 23, 2015

Frank Noriega, age 89, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2015 at his home in Santa Clarita, CA after a long illness. He was born March 13, 1925 in Burbank, CA. Frank attended Burbank and Ventura High Schools prior to enlisting into the Navy in February 1943 where he served 30 months overseas and was in three major battles during World War II.

Frank had numerous careers, as well as owning two businesses, and retired at age 62 as an Aerospace Inspector. He was the first employee of champion trainer of thoroughbred horses, Noble Threewitt.

Frank loved sports and found his true passion in the game of golf, achieving five holes in one. He loved teaching his grandchildren how to play.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, sharing his good sense of humor.

He is survived by his children, all of Santa Clarita, CA – his daughters: Alicia Renfro; Rita (Jerry) Wheatley; Nora (Doug) Cheatham; his son Neil (Cathy) Noriega; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Alice Guagliano and brother Tony Noriega. He was preceded in death by his son Frank, his parents, his brothers Arturo and Albert.

Services were held Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Santa Clarita, CA 91321.

Gary Lyle Brown 1948 – 2015

| Obituaries | March 5, 2015

GaryBrown (2)Gary Lyle Brown, age 66, of Santa Clarita, Calif. passed away from ALS on November 29, 2014 in Chatsworth, Calif. He was born on February 29, 1948 in Waterloo, Iowa and was a part of the Santa Clarita community for more than 20 years.

Gary attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and then later received a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, Northridge. He was a real estate appraiser for many years before he retired.

Gary leaves to cherish his memory: his son, Blair Brown; his daughter-in-law, Laura Brown; and his grandsons, Zachary and Luke Brown, all of Foothill Ranch, Calif.

There will be a graveside service held on Tuesday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Association through www.alsa.org.

Gary was a loving father and grandfather.  He will be greatly missed.

Benjamin James LeRoy Sr. 1919-2015

| Obituaries | February 19, 2015

Benjamin James LeRoy Sr., age 95, passed away in Newhall, Calif. on Thursday, February 5, 2015.
He was born on September 14, 1919 in Goodrich, Texas and became a business owner after serving in the United States Army. During his time in the military, he received a Purple Heart Medal. He was a born again Christian.
Benjamin is preceded in death by his wife, Mildred G. LeRoy, who passed away on April 21, 2012, and his sister, Marie Robinson. He is survived by his sons, Benjamin J. (Barbara) LeRoy Jr., Darrell J. McGaffie, and Fredrick M. McGaffie; his grandsons, Fredrick ToVaughn L. McGaffie and Benjamin James LeRoy III; and his beloved sisters, Juanita Chavez and Sadie Gilford.
A visitation will be held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. A graveside service will follow at Eternal Valley Memorial Park at 2:00 p.m.
Benjamin was a loving uncle, brother, father and family member.

Edward George Dadulak, Jr. – 1946-2014

| Obituaries | November 10, 2014

Edward George Dadulak Jr., 67, passed away at home after a long illness on October 30, 2014. He was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on November 15, 1946 and was a resident of Stevenson Ranch, Calif. for 17 years.
Dadulak attended the University of Miami, majoring in TV/Film Production and Marketing. He commenced his career in television at Metromedia Television in New York City, WNEW-TV in television, which is now FOX TV. In 1972, he went to work in Boston at WCVB-TV (ABC), Boston Broadcasters, Inc., where, as director of film operations, he was part of a team that helped facilitate initial operation of this landmark television station. Later he moved over to WCVB-TV holding positions as production manager, director and cinematographer for the film productions of award-winning nationally syndicated documentaries, dramas, specials and local public affairs and programming.
Dadulak won Emmy Awards and honors in Cinematography for “Outstanding Individual Achievement” and for many of the same programs that garnered numerous accolades to WCVB.
In 1984, Edward went to Los Angeles to pursue more challenges as a freelance cinematographer, working on commercials, documentaries, and cable and network television shows. He was awarded National Daytime Emmy honors for the “Better Homes & Gardens” televisions series, a Cable Ace award for Best Stand-up Comedy series, “Comedy on the Road,” and 2009 Best Comedy Short, “Daryl from OnCar.”
His passion was photography, still and motion—the study of life and light through a lens. He also loved to golf and was a gourmet cook.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Deane Clegg-Dadulak, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; his sons, Christian Edward Asher Dadulak, 20, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif. and Adam Marshall Dadulak, 18, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; his mother, Charlotte Perry Anderson; his aunt, Edna Corbo; his sister, Diane Weiss; his brother-in-law, Jay Weiss; and his niece, Kim Weiss.
Edward was preceded in death by his father, Edward George Dadulak, Sr.
Services were held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary.
Donations can be made to funds for his sons’ college to “Edward G. Dadulak Living Trust” mailed to: 25626 Christie Court, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381.
He will be greatly missed.

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.

Donna Muriel Ramsey 1939 – 2014

| Obituaries | October 2, 2014

Donna Muriel Ramsey passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at her home of 55 years in Castaic, Calif. Born March 24, 1939, Donna Muriel Sutherland to Robert Jesse Sutherland and Muriel Clara Kidd, Donna was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and later moved to Michigan, where she met and married her husband William David Ramsey of Flint, Michigan. Together, Bill & Donna moved to California to escape the cold and “…never looked back.” Donna’s siblings, Betty Sutherland (Lancaster, Calif.), Debbie Sutherland-Stauffer (Lancaster, Calif.), and David Sutherland (Tecumseh, Kan.) spent their early adulthood with her in California.  

Donna was an avid horsewoman, a dog trainer and a leader in the Castaic Cougars 4-H Club, a member and leader in the Castaic Saddle Club, and one of the original members of what is now known as New Life Baptist Church in Castaic. She was also an enthusiastic member of the Tea Party Patriots. She served 29 years as a medical records supervisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and received a special citation for dedicated service and membership with the SEIU Local 721. 

Donna is survived by four daughters and their spouses: Cheryl (Sheri) Lynn Ramsey-Johnston and John Johnston of Ontario, Canada; Kimberly Ann Ramsey-Bostick and Bart Bostick of Morongo Valley, Calif.; Lisa Ramsey-Russell and Benjamin Russell, Sr. of New Albany, Ind.; and Lori Ramsey-Lazarek and Greg Lazarek of Saugus, Calif. Her cherished grandchildren include Randall Frank, Jason Dunn, Tamara Dunn, Amberly Frank, Dakota Russell, and Aubrey Bostick and her amazing great grandchildren are Randall Dean Frank and Lucy Janae Dunn. Donna is preceded in death by her husband, William David Ramsey (9/6/2000) and grandchild, Nathanael Calow Bostick (3/11/2002). 

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 3, with viewing starting at 11:00 a.m. and services starting at 1:00 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park (23287 Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA 91321) with Pastor Jonathan Fountain officiating. A reception will immediately follow at New Life Baptist Church (27754 Church Street, Castaic, CA 91384). Donna volunteered and contributed to the Santa Clarita Valley Pregnancy Center, the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita, and the American Diabetes Association. The family requests that donations be made to any of these organizations.

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