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Kenneth Stewart Speirs 1924 – 2014

| Obituaries | September 25, 2014

KS!Kenneth Stewart “Ken” Speirs, 90, of Canyon Country, Calif. passed away peacefully in Vermont while surrounded by family on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. He was doing what he liked best ~ traveling to see family and friends. He was born to the late Stewart and Anna L. Speirs on April 17, 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Ken graduated from Amundsen High School of Chicago, Ill. in 1941 and proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and Korea. He married the love of his life, Catherine Louise “Caye” Bereiter, on October 9, 1948 at Queen of Angels Church in Chicago and they lived in Chicago before relocating to Canyon Country, Calif. in 1984. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last October with family and friends. Ken had worked at Illinois Bell (AT&T) and retired in 1982 after 35 years of service. He was a superb multi-sport athlete; among his achievements, Ken was inducted into the 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame (http://16inchsoftballhof.com/inductee/ken-speirs/).

Ken will be remembered for the twinkle in his eye and welcoming smile that touched so many people. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Ken was a faithful and active member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church of Newhall, Calif. He loved to travel with Caye across the country visiting their children, grandchildren, and many friends. His guiding wisdom included such things as “Enjoy Yourself” and “Love & Respect for Spouses, Family and Friends.”

Ken is preceded in death by his wife, Caye, and is survived by their seven children: Mary Caye of Chicago, Ill.; James (Debra) of Canyon Country, Calif.; Patricia (Robert) of Brookfield, Ill.; Joanne of Ft. Collins, Col.; Edward (Kyung) of Marietta, Ga.; Elizabeth (Gregg) of Westmont, Ill.; and Andrew (Sheri) of Barre, Vermont. He also is survived by his sister, Audrey of Clearwater, Fla.; his sister-in-law, Sister Mary Catharina, O.P. of Adrian, Mich.; his nieces, Karen (Bill) and Nancy (Bill). He is survived by 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many dear friends, especially Karen Jucksch and family.

Visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday, September, 25, 2014 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary, 23287 Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA 91321. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 26 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 24244 Newhall Ave. in Newhall, followed by a burial service at 11:00 a.m. at Eternal Valley.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Central Vermont Medical Center Branches of Hope on behalf of Ken Speirs (https://www.cvmc.org/cancer-care/donate) or Santa Clarita Home Health (http://www.santaclaritahomehealth.com).

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.

Charles Keith Stoddard 1936-2014

| Obituaries | August 28, 2014

Charles Keith Stoddard, 78, son of Charles H. and Zetta Stoddard, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at his home in Sylmar, California.

Born in 1936 in East Liverpool, Ohio, “Keith,” as he preferred to be called, married Darlene Hargreaves shortly after graduation from high school, served in the U.S. Marine Reserves, and earned a degree in electronics engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) after relocating to California. From there, Keith’s career took him through early involvement in the Apollo space program, to a long tenure with Pacesetter Systems (now part of St. Jude Medical).

Keith loved his family, his dogs, and the outdoors, frequently taking long walks in the hills by his house, backpacking in the Sierras, and going on outings to local desert sites. He also loved his gardening, building the backyard of his Sylmar home into a productive and beautiful setting with many fruit trees and seasonal vegetables.

Keith was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene. After her passing, Keith married Patricia Fernandez and parted amicably before his death. Keith is survived by his son, Jason, of Newhall, Calif., and two dogs, Lady and Shorty, as well as his former spouse, Patricia Fernandez, and her children.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on September 6 in the lobby of Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street in Porter Ranch. Relatives and friends are welcome at the services.

Douglas Vernon Johnston 1933-2014

| Obituaries | August 28, 2014

Douglas (Doug) Vernon Johnston, 80, resident of Saugus for 40 years, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at his home. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 4, 1933, but also made Apple Valley, Hesperia and Saugus his home.

Doug served in the United States Army during the Korean War, he was active in the VFW, Boy Scouts of America, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He received his Associate of Arts degree and was also a surface-air missiles instructor. He worked for many years for Northrop Grumman as an engineer.

Married to Janet for 57 years, Doug enjoyed reading, traveling and collecting stamps and coins. He was greatly loved by his family and friends.

Douglas was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Brantner Rodriguez of Wilmington, Calif., and his father, Elmer Aaron Johnston of Detroit, Mich.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Janet S. Johnston of Lancaster, Calif.; his daughter, Patricia Ramirez of Lancaster, Calif.; his sons, Scott Douglas Johnston of Onalaska, Wisc. and Steven Gregory Johnston of LaCrosse, Wisc.; his sister, Rosemary Randall of Moreno Valley, Calif.; his brother, Luis Rodriguez of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; and eight grandchildren, Erin, Mike, Dave, Dan, Travis, Amy, Amanda and Steven; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (3140 W. Ave. K Lancaster, CA. 93536) with a funeral service to follow at 10:00 am. Burial will take place at 2:00 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park (23287 N. Sierra Highway Newhall, CA. 91321) on Monday, September 1, 2014. Memorial gifts and donations may be sent to the V.A. http://www.volunteer.va.gov/, Hoffman Hospice http://hoffmannhospice.org/make-a-donation/ or to the American Cancer Society https://donate.cancer.org/index.

“We will miss him terribly until we can all be together again.”

Patricia Joann Garland 1931-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | August 21, 2014

Patricia Garland portrait picPatricia Joann Garland, 83, passed away at home on August 17, 2014. Born on June 7, 1931 in Torrance, California, she has been a resident of Santa Clarita for 45 years.

A 1949 graduate of Torrance High School in Torrance, Calif., Patricia was a sales associate for K-Mart and also a homemaker for many years.
She is survived by her husband, Russell Garland of Santa Clarita, Calif.; her daughter, Gloria Garland (Jon Bock) of Oakhurst, Calif.; her son, Steven Garland (Susan) of Santa Clarita, Calif.;  her sisters, Jeanne Cameron of Everett, Mass., Becky Campbell of Corona, Calif., and Kathleen McCarthy of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and her granddaughters, Stephanie Robinson (Daniel) of Santa Clarita, Calif., and Shawna Garland of Santa Clarita, Calif.

Patricia was preceded in death by her mother, June Jessome of Torrance, Calif. and her sister, Nancy Herman of San Diego, Calif.

Services will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary, Chapel of the Oaks, at 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA  91321).

“Patricia will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother.”  Donations can be made in Patricia Garland’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org.
She will be greatly missed.

Steven B Axner

| Obituaries | July 7, 2014

Steven B. Axner passed away at the age of 58 on Sunday, June 27th, 2014. Steven was born to Bernhard Gustav and Doris May Axner on January 3rd, 1956 in Port Chester, New York.
Steven graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a Bachelor’s degree and has been an active citizen in the Santa Clarita valley community for 25 years, serving as a police dispatcher for 10 years before becoming an entrepreneur and starting his own mobile notary business.
Funeral Services for Steven will be held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of the Oaks.

Janice Marie Kogan 1947-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | July 7, 2014

Janice Kogan photoJanice Marie Kogan, 67, resident of Canyon Country for 36 years, passed away on June 24, 2014 at her home after 1 ½ year battle with lung cancer. She was born in National City, California on May 13, 1947.

Married 46 years, Janice was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who focused her seemingly boundless life’s energies on her family, children, and grandchildren. Her “career” was raising her own family, and then playing a great part in raising her three grandchildren. There whenever you needed her, she was always the provider and nurturer, never asking or expecting anything in return. Her world was her family.

Janice was preceded in death by her father, Donald Laverne Balch of San Diego, CA. and her mother, Margaret Cecelia Balch (Johnson) of San Diego, CA.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Dennis J. Kogan of Canyon Country, CA.; her daughters, Trina M. Mitchell (John) of Santa Clarita, CA. and Lori A. Stoll (Ed) of Newhall, CA.; her grandson, Brandon Mitchell of Santa Clarita, CA.; her granddaughters, Brooke Mitchell of Santa Clarita, CA. and Bailey Stoll of Newhall, CA.; her brother, Donald E. Balch of Hercules, Ca. and her sister, Pat Allen of Norcross, GA.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Eternal Valley Mortuary (23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall, 91321) with a funeral service the following day at 1:00pm on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Eternal Valley Mortuary. Memorial gifts and donations may be sentUCLASCV Hematology Oncology at 23929 McBean Pkwy. Suite 215 Valencia, CA 91355.

Janice will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Merle Leroy “Red” Gilmour 1922-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | July 7, 2014

Merle LeRoy Gilmour, 92, passed away on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Henry Mayo Hospital in Santa Clarita, CA. He was born June 20, 1922 in Burbank, CA.

Red was a resident of Castaic, CA for 92 years. A rancher all his life, he always had a small herd of cattle to watch over. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Village Church. He and his wife enjoyed traveling all over the United States during their sixties. He was a man of honor, a devoted husband, and father.

He is survived by his extended family: his step-son David McCoy Family: 1 granddaughter, 3 grandsons, 3 great-granddaughters; his sister Mary Jane Philips Family: 1 nephew and family, 1 niece and family; his sister Gloria Allen Family: 1 nephew, 2 great-grand nieces and families.

A viewing will be held 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 N. Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA 91321. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Eternal Valley.

Cletus Lyle Harris 1932-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | June 24, 2014

Cletus 003Cletus Lyle Harris, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away suddenly at age 82 on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 in Palmdale, Calif. He was born on April 26, 1932 in Bicknell, Ind. He graduated from Bicknell High School and married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Barnes, then joined the military in 1951. Cletus received numerous certifications from various technical institutions throughout his lifetime.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Cletus served his country from 1951 to 1972. He retired as first sergeant from Edwards Air Force USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School. Cletus then joined the U.S. Postal Service, where he worked another 20 years and retired in 1992. In all, Cletus gave 40 years of federal service. After retirement, he and Dorothy traveled the United States.

A resident of Palmdale, Calif. for 27 years, he also donated his time to the Elks Lodge, becoming Exalted Ruler for four years, and he continued volunteering unselfishly until his passing. Cletus loved his wife of 63 years, his family, and his country.

Cletus is survived by his wife, Dorothy Harris; son, Ronald Harris; daughter, Peggy James; son-in-law, Chris Fall; and daughter, Jayne Fall; also grandchildren, Kailee and Shelby James; Alyssa, Drew, Blake, and Makenna Fall. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ermal and Lyle Harris, and his siblings, Claude Harris, Ernest Harris, Roland Harris and Velma Klutey.

Cletus was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

Viewing will be held Monday, June 30, 2014 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 Sierra Hwy in Newhall.

Beverly K. Homer 1926-2014

| Obituaries | June 13, 2014

HomerBeverly K. Homer, age 87 and a 55 year resident of Newhall, CA passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. She was born on August 7, 1926 in Deweyville, UT.

She worked as an Executive Secretary for the Castaic Unified School District for many years.  Beverly was a member of the Daughters of the Pioneers and M&Ms. She volunteered her time at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints library.

Beverly was a devoted grandmother and active in her church. She is survived by her 3 children: Pamela Boyer, Jeanne Fullerton, and Craig Fullerton; her grandchildren: Brian, Kimberly, Chance, and Cassidy; and her great-grandson, Tommy.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, 10 am, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 24915 Peachland Ave, Newhall, CA 91321.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary, Newhall, CA.

Chance Kyle Phillips 1985 – 2014

| Obituaries | June 5, 2014

Chance Phillips obit picChance Kyle Phillips, 28, passed away suddenly at home on Friday, May 23, 2014 in Canyon Country, CA. Born on October 29, 1985 in Carlsbad, NM, he was a resident of Canyon Country on and off for 18 years.

Chance went to Canyon High School, class of 2003. He was employed by Kiewit as a track foreman for 8 years.

He is survived by his parents, Charles and Sharon Phillips of Phoenix, AZ; his brother, Hunter Phillips of CA; his step-children: Senquoya, Nazhoni, and Phoenix; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.

Chance was a caring, loving son, brother, step-father, and friend. His smile warmed every room he walked into and he was always there to make his friends and family laugh. Chance was most often seen with his adopted dog, Tank, a 112 pound Labrador-Bloodhound mix.

Memorial gifts can be made in Chance’s memory to any animal shelter.

A funeral mass was held, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at St. Clare’s Catholic Church, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country, CA 91351.

Chance will be missed by everyone who knew him.

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.

Nellie C. Villegas, 1929 – 2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | May 1, 2014

Nellie C. Villegas, a resident of Sylmar for 43 years, passed away at home after a long illness on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the age of 84. She was born on May 30, 1929 in Oxnard, California.

Nellie was a housewife for 43 years.

Nellie leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Saturnino R. Villegas of Sylmar, CA; her sons, Ruben S. Villegas of Canyon Country, CA. and Richard P. Villegas of Arcata, CA., her daughter, Rachel V. Hernandez of Phoenix, AZ; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sisters, Faye Villegas, Estella Silva and Gloria Castañon, of Oxnard, CA. and many nieces and nephews.

A rosary and visitation will be held on Friday, May 2, 20134 at 1:00pm at Eternal Valley Mortuary, Chapel of the Oaks with a funeral service to follow at 2:00pm. Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary is located at 23287 N. Sierra Highway, Newhall, CA. 91321
She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

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.

Lester Lee Summit 1937-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | April 17, 2014

leeA former U.S. Marine who spent his childhood in Oklahoma, Lester Lee Summit had a life of adventure before he passed away on March 15, 2014. Born on March 26, 1937 to Lester George and Dorothy Mae Summit, Lee’s early years during the depression were hard, but he was surrounded by a big family, including siblings: Colleen Strickland, Eddie Summit, Billy Don Summit, Kay O’Dell and Sue Kendricks.

Lee worked on the family farm, driving a tractor from the age of 8 years old. He attended school in Crawford, Oklahoma and junior high school in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. After ninth grade, Lee began working and joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17. He became a sharp shooter and spent some of his service time in Japan. He later worked at a large variety of jobs, including meat cutting, car sales and estate planning.

Lee was married to Thursa Holladay, Ruth Dodd and Linda Nelson, and he leaves fiancé, Barbara Taylor. He had sons Eric Holladay, Jeff Summit, Garrett Summit, a daughter, Chelse van den Vrijhoef, and from their marriages, he leaves Tami Summit, Janine Summit, Kat Seegar and Ray van den Vrijhoef. He had several grandchildren: Magen Loucks, Jordan Summit, Taylor Summit, Bailey van den Vrijhoef, Gavin van den Vrijhoef, Dillon van den Vrijhoef, Isabella Seegar, Kenzie Summit, Mala’e Kimack and Akua Canales. Lee also leaves twin great-grandchildren, Westley and McKenna Loucks. Lee was preceded in death by granddaughter, Isabella.

A celebration of Lee Summit’s life will be held April 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Crown Valley Community Church, 5734 W. Sierra Highway in Acton, California. For details, call (661) 269-9504.

Susan Ada (Shirley) Johnson 1948 – 2014

| Obituaries | April 17, 2014

Susan Johnson obit photoSusan Ada (Shirley) Johnson passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 in Canyon Country, CA after a battle with cancer. She was born January 15, 1948 in West Los Angeles, CA to Clyde Royce Shirley and Lily Gertrude (Dillenbeck) Shirley.

A graduate of Wm. S. Hart High School in Newhall, CA, she pursued a career with Bank of America as a Manager. A lifelong resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The family is very appreciative of the support of her caring hospice workers.

Susan is survived by her husband Lawrence W. Johnson of Canyon Country, CA; her sons: Jason (Michelle) Osborn of Temecula, CA and Brent (Heather) Osborn of Santa Clarita, CA; her daughter Kimberly (Melissa) Osborn of Saugus, CA; her stepsons: Shane (Heidi) Johnson of Las Vegas, NV; Joshua (Crystal) Johnson of Linden, WA; Bret (Katie) Johnson of Ventura, CA and Lawrence Johnson, Jr. of Santa Paula, CA; her stepdaughter Jodie-Marie Johnson of Ventura, CA; her grandchildren: John, Ashlynn, Michael, Marlee, Marie, John Michael, Briana, Connor, Zachery, Mackenzie, Emily, Carter, Adian, Derrick, Riley, Joanna, and Jojo. She was preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter, Casandra Lee Osborn.

A visitation will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 19513 Drycliff Street, Canyon Country, CA 91351. Interment will be at Eternal Valley, 23287 Sierra Hwy, Newhall, CA 91321.

Catherine Louise Speirs 1925-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | April 10, 2014

SpeirsCatherine Louise Speirs, 88, of Canyon Country, CA passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

She was born to the late Edward J. and Mary A. Bereiter, November 24, 1925, in Chicago, IL. Catherine (Caye) graduated from Amundsen High School of Chicago in 1942 and worked at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois. She married the love of her life, Kenneth Stewart Speirs (Ken), on October 9, 1948 at Queen of Angels Church in Chicago, IL and they lived in Chicago before relocating to Canyon Country, CA in 1984.

Caye was a true and proud work-at-home Mom. She touched everyone she met and was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Mom would often say to her children “you may have thought you were number one, but your father is number one.” They celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary last October with family and friends.

Caye was a faithful and active member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church of Newhall, CA. She loved to travel with Ken across the country visiting their children, grandchildren and many friends.

Caye is survived by her husband Ken and her seven children: Mary Caye of Chicago, IL; James (Debra) of Canyon Country, CA; Patricia (Robert) of Brookfield, IL; Joanne of Ft. Collins, CO; Edward (Kyung) of Marietta, GA; Elizabeth (Gregg) of Westmont, IL; and Andrew (Sheri) of Barre, VT. She also is survived by her brother Edward of Philadelphia, PA; her sister, Sister Mary Catharina, O.P. of Adrian, MI; sister-in-law Audrey of Clearwater, FL; her nieces Karen (Bill) and Nancy (Bill); her cousins Bill (Jo) and Don (Helen); her sixteen grandchildren; her seven great-grandchildren; and many dear friends, especially Karen Jucksch and family.

Caye was predeceased by her two sisters Virginia Delores Bereiter and Barbara Ann Harrell.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to St. Liz Hospice of Los Angeles, CA.

Visitation for family and friends will be at the Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newhall, CA on April 15, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Wednesday, April 16th followed by a burial service at 11 a.m. at Eternal Valley.

Eugene Stenson II 1943-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | April 3, 2014

eugene Stenson webEugene Stenson II was born July 15, 1943 in Peoria, Illinois to Eugene and Geraldine Stenson. Eugene accepted Christ at an early age at Zion Baptist Church in Peoria, and later attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Eugene relocated to California in 1967, where he met and married Naomi Pryor in 1990. In 1997, he retired from Nissan Corporation as the first African American Supervisor of Parts Distribution, from overseas to dealerships throughout the United States.

In 1999, he moved to Santa Clarita, California. Prince Eugene’s ministry was to mentor young men to be all they could be – to impart to others the values of life. Gene, affectionately known as “Gino” by his friends and family, loved tennis, jazz, history, cooking, all sports, fine arts, hosting cookouts, and making floral arrangements.

He departed this life on March 22, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., 9:38 a.m., and 10:00 a.m. at Olympia Hospital in Los Angeles, California, with his wife of 23 years, Naomi Stenson, and his family by his side. He leaves to cherish his memory:  his wife, Naomi Stenson of Santa Clarita, CA; two daughters, Felicia Yvonne Stenson from Concord, Calif. and Minci Sekou Stenson from Santa Clarita, Calif.; one son, Darin Christopher Pryor from Atlanta, Georgia; and one granddaughter, Imani Pryor.

He leaves behind two brothers, John (Arie) Stenson and Caesar Stenson; three sisters, Mary Frances Turner, Yvonne (Rudolph) Booth, and Roberta Marshall; his mother-in-law, Carrie B. Farley of San Jose, Calif.; three sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends that loved him dearly.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Clyde Norvell; and his parents, Eugene and Geraldine Stenson. He will be missed by all who knew him.

John A. Polcyn 1930-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | April 3, 2014

obit johnBeloved husband, father, uncle, and a friend to all, John A. Polcyn passed away on March 28, 2014 at the age of 83 in Panorama City, California. His residence was on 756 acres in Acton, called Polsa Rosa Ranch.

Born July 26, 1930 in Wakeeney, Kansas to John A. and Margaret R. Polcyn, he attended school through the ninth grade. John entered the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne and later settled in California with his wife, Sue C. Polcyn. John was predeceased by a son, Stephen Polcyn. He is survived by his wife, Sue, his daughter, Margie Rose Vodraska, his son, John Michael Polcyn, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

William Edward McKinley 1939-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | April 3, 2014

MckinleyWilliam Edward McKinley, 75, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2014.  He suffered from a long-term illness, which he battled for a long time. He has been set free from that now and has found peace.

William “Bill” McKinley was born  May 10, 1939 in Sylmar, California. He had three bothers, Charles, Robert and Jack (Earl).

Bill is survived by his two loving daughters: Kristina Frances McKinley of Saugus, California; and Deanna Jo Zimmerly, who resides in Temecula, California. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Andrew, Nicole, Amanda and Ashley.

He was a dad, grandpa, husband…and touched so many hearts. Bill was of the Christian faith. He touched all of our hearts and he will be truly loved and missed. God Bless him.

Ralph Spencer Leslie Jr. 1972 – 2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | April 3, 2014

LeslieRalph Spencer Leslie Jr., 42, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 in Valencia, California. Ralph was born April 3, 1971, in Haverhill, Mass. to Jane Elizabeth and Ralph Spencer Leslie Sr. At the young age of four, Ralph Jr. and his family moved to California, where he remained throughout his life.

Ralph Jr. has been a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees of Local #33 for 21 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, California; his sister, Brenda Ann Fife of Palmdale, California; his niece, Ashley Jane Fife of Palmdale, California; his mother, Jane Elizabeth Leslie of Canyon Country, California; his father, Ralph Spencer Leslie Sr. of Bend, Oregon; 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.

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 .

John Franco Estrada 1949-2014

| Gazette, Obituaries | March 20, 2014

Born May 8, 1949, John Franco Estrada entered eternal rest on March 10, 2014. He was the loving husband of 46 years to Barbara, father to Katrina Villarreal, Teresa Estrada, John R. Estrada (Raquel) and Samuel R. Estrada. He was “Papa” to Vincent Villarreal, Sabrina, John Jacob, and Gabrielle Estrada. He was preceded in death by grandson, John “Ricky” Villarreal.

John retired from General Motors after 37 years of service. Friends to many and loved by all, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #3016, and a member of the “Latinos” car club. He grew up in San Fernando, California and graduated from San Fernando High School in 1968. John coached many baseball and softball teams. He also enjoyed traveling, fishing, and camping with his family and friends. John will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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