Hi-Desert Star: Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries

Recent Obituaries

Friday 04/29/2016
Wanda M. (Smoot) Rinaldo
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 5:51 pm

Wanda M. (Smoot) Rinaldo died April 19, 2016, at the age of 93, surrounded by her family.

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Benjamin Dan Sabol
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 3:30 pm

Benjamin Dan Sabol, a 34-year resident of California and Yucca Valley, died April 21, 2016, in his mother’s home. He was 34 years old.

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Arthur William ‘Bill’ Deeter
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Arthur William “Bill” Deeter, a five-year resident of Joshua Tree, died March 24, 2016, in Joshua Tree. He was 76 years old.

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Karen L. Atwell
Posted: April 29, 2016 - 3:23 pm

Karen L. Atwell, née Phelps, of Yucca Valley, passed away April 26, 2016, at 74. She was born in Albany, California, to Cyril and Merle (Sartor) Phelps on Dec. 18, 1941. She later moved with her family to Compton. She skipped a grade at Emerson Elementary and attended Compton High School, where she wrote for the school newspaper and was a member of the yearbook committee.

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Friday 04/22/2016
Oswaldo Yanez
Posted: April 22, 2016 - 6:27 pm

Oswaldo Yanez, a lifelong resident of California and an eight-year resident of Yucca Valley, died April 12, 2016, in Yucca Valley. He was 85 years old.

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Nancy Marie Butchy-Shisler
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 4:32 pm

Nancy Marie Butchy- Shisler, 96 years old, a 44-year resident of Yucca Valley, passed away on April 18, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
Albin Vincent Kubiak
Posted: April 20, 2016 - 4:43 pm

Albin Vincent Kubiak, a 46-year resident of California and a 27-year resident of Joshua Tree, died April 11, 2016, in Joshua Tree. He was 92 years old.

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Mitchell Edward Armstrong
Posted: April 20, 2016 - 4:39 pm

Mitchell Edward Armstrong, 51, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016, while at Arrowhead Regional Hospital in Colton.

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Friday 04/15/2016
Penny Roach Hand
Posted: April 15, 2016 - 8:43 pm

Penny Roach Hand, age 74, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at home in Joshua Tree. She was the widow of Kurt Macholtz.

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Ruth Margaret Petro
Updated: April 15, 2016 - 10:20 pm

Ruth Margaret Petro, a 48-year resident of Yucca Valley, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2016, in her home surrounded by family at 92 years of age.

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Gloria Charlene Etherton
Posted: April 15, 2016 - 8:39 pm

Gloria Charlene Etherton, 81, was born Sept. 13, 1934, in Cotton Valley, Louisiana, and passed peacefully from this earthly life to be with our Lord April 13, 2016, in Yucca Valley.

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Denny Lee Fisher
Posted: April 15, 2016 - 8:34 pm

Denny Lee Fisher, a lifelong resident of California who most recently lived in Morongo Valley, died April 6, 2016, in Morongo Valley. He was 58 years old.

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Rebecca Aileen Travitzky
Posted: April 15, 2016 - 8:37 pm

Rebecca “Becca” Aileen Travitzky, a lifelong resident of California and a 23-year resident of Yucca Valley, died March 26, 2016, at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Sacramento. She was 28 years old.

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Wednesday 04/13/2016
William Vincent Tyne
Posted: April 13, 2016 - 3:38 pm

William V. Tyne “Billy,” a 26-year resident of Joshua Tree, entered everlasting peace at his home with his family by his side March 28, 2016. He was 88 years old.

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
Henry ‘Hank’ H. Scott
Posted: April 06, 2016 - 8:31 pm

Longtime Yucca Valley resident Henry H. Scott passed away at his home on April 4, 2016.

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John Edson Burns
Posted: April 06, 2016 - 4:44 pm

John E. Burns passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, March 26, 2016, due to complications of Parkinson’s disease.

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Friday 04/01/2016
Charles James Maloney
Posted: April 01, 2016 - 7:01 pm

Charles James Maloney, age 69, died after a long illness of acute respiratory failure on Jan. 13, 2016, in Yucca Valley.

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Rose Marie Livingston
Posted: April 01, 2016 - 6:56 pm

Rose (Nana) Marie Livingston, of Yucca Valley, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the age of 97.

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Jeffrey Ernest Heyns
Posted: April 01, 2016 - 5:21 pm

Jeffrey Ernest Heyns, 64, peacefully passed away in his home in Morongo Valley Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

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George Moody Gover
Posted: April 01, 2016 - 5:15 pm

George Moody Gover, a 27-year resident of California and Yucca Valley, died March 26, 2016, in Abilene, Texas. He was 82 years old.

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Wednesday 03/30/2016
Mary Alice Morphet
Posted: March 30, 2016 - 6:53 pm

Mary Alice Morphet passed away peacefully on March 21, 2016, after living 88 beautiful years.

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Margaret Patterson Shirley
Posted: March 30, 2016 - 6:56 pm

Margaret Patterson Shirley, a 50-year resident of California and a 40-year resident of Yucca Valley, died March 22, 2016, in Palm Springs. She was 90 years old.

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Friday 03/25/2016
Adriana ‘Tina’ Bergamin
Posted: March 25, 2016 - 7:26 pm

On March 21, 2016, Adriana “Tina” Christina Bergamin passed away peacefully at Ingleside Lodge in Yucca Valley. She is now with her Lord, husband and daughter.

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Wednesday 03/23/2016
Dolores Diaz Torrellas
Posted: March 23, 2016 - 4:14 pm

Dolores (Lola) Diaz Torrellas passed away peacefully on March 17, 2016, after an adventurous, fun-filled 95 years. Born in Alcoa, Tennessee, on July 7, 1920, she always joked she was one of the original coal miner’s daughters. In 1926, Dolores’ family moved to New York City, where she met and married her husband, George. Eventually, Dolores and George moved to Los Angeles, where they raised their family. They retired in 1976 and then moved to their beloved desert, living in Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree. Their marriage remained steadfast for 58 years until George pased away in 1999.

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Thursday 03/17/2016
Sharon Marie Poe
Posted: March 17, 2016 - 11:51 am

Sharon Marie Poe, of Yucca Valley, died March 3, 2016, at Desert Regional Medical Center. She was 72 years old.

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Wednesday 03/16/2016
Robert Charles Pretty
Posted: March 16, 2016 - 8:15 pm

Robert passed away unexpectedly Thursday, March 10, 2016, while working on a project near Mount Laguna in San Diego County.

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Mary P. (Hardesty O’Connor) Huff
Posted: March 16, 2016 - 8:12 pm

Mary P. Huff, a lifelong resident of California and a 75-year resident of Yucca Valley, died at her home on March 6, 2016, at the age of 77.

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Bobby Gene Cox
Posted: March 16, 2016 - 8:09 pm

Bobby Gene Cox, a 54-year resident of California and a 47-year resident of Yucca Valley, passed quietly in his sleep Nov. 17, 2015, in Yucca Valley. He was 85 years old.

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Thursday 03/10/2016
Dillon David Boots, 27
Updated: March 11, 2016 - 5:54 pm

Dillon David Boots, a lifelong resident of California and a recent resident of Arcata, died in a car accident Feb. 25, 2016. He was 27 years old.

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Scott 'Coz' Cosgrove, 52
Posted: March 10, 2016 - 9:52 am

Scott “Coz” Cosgrove, a 50-year resident of California and 25-year resident of Joshua Tree, died Feb. 23, 2016, on a hiking trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. He was 52 years old.

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Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Leach, 87
Posted: March 10, 2016 - 9:51 am

Elizabeth Leach was born in Carthage, Missouri, on June 4, 1928. She was the second youngest of nine children, seven brothers and one sister, born to Fernie Faucett and William H. Faucett.

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Earl B. Pealstrom, 79
Posted: March 10, 2016 - 9:45 am

Earl B. Pealstrom, a 60-year resident of California and a 50-year resident of Yucca Valley, died Feb. 27, 2016, in Desert Hot Springs, at the age of 79.

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Friday 03/04/2016
Janice Ray Washburn
Posted: March 04, 2016 - 3:44 pm

Janice Ray Washburn was born in Neosho, Missouri, on April 27, 1943, to parents Floyd Pacheco and Marguerite Hickle. Her brother is Gaylor Cope.

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Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Leach
Posted: March 04, 2016 - 3:47 pm

Elizabeth Leach was born in Carthage, Missouri, on June 4, 1928. She was the second youngest of nine children, seven brothers and one sister, born to Fernie Faucett and William H. Faucett.

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Wednesday 03/02/2016
James Daniel Smith Jr.
Posted: March 02, 2016 - 8:09 pm

James Daniel Smith Jr., of Yucca Valley, died Feb. 23, 2016, in Yucca Valley. He was 75 years old.

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Terry Mitchell Fields
Posted: March 02, 2016 - 8:07 pm

Terry Mitchell Fields, a lifelong resident of California and a 25-year resident of Yucca Valley, died at the Hi-Desert Medical Center Feb. 27, 2016. He was 53 years old.

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Friday 02/26/2016
Glenn Edward Bell
Posted: February 26, 2016 - 4:05 pm

Glenn Edward Bell, a 60-year resident of California and a one-year resident of Joshua Tree, died from cancer Feb. 11, 2016, at his home. He was 66 years old.

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John Andrew Koppes
Posted: February 26, 2016 - 4:02 pm

John Andrew Koppes, a lifelong resident of California and a 50-year resident of Yucca Valley, died of heart failure Feb. 12, 2016, at his home. He was 89 years old.

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Wednesday 02/24/2016
Joe Noyes Turner
Posted: February 24, 2016 - 6:40 pm

Joe Turner’s life will be celebrated again at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Alano Club on Yucca Trail at Warren Vista in Yucca Valley.

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Abigail Grace Snipes
Posted: February 24, 2016 - 6:37 pm

Abigail Grace Snipes, a lifelong resident of Yucca Valley, died from cancer Feb. 19, 2016, at Loma Linda. She was 13 years old.

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Ronald William Hickman
Posted: February 24, 2016 - 6:34 pm

Ronald William Hickman was born in Danville, Illinois, on Jan. 14, 1950. He was a longtime residence of Scotia and Argyle, New York, and Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Sophie Fox
Posted: February 24, 2016 - 6:28 pm

Sophie Fox, a 60-year resident of California and a three-year resident of Yucca Valley, died at Santa Fe Assisted Living on Feb. 18, 2016, at the age of 90.

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Norman E. Geis
Posted: February 24, 2016 - 6:32 pm

Norman E. Geis, a lifelong resident of California and a 17-year resident of Yucca Valley, died of heart failure Feb. 5, 2016, at Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree. He was 85 years old.

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Sandra Carol Brannon
Posted: February 24, 2016 - 6:26 pm

Sandra Carol Brannon, a lifelong resident of California and a 32-year resident of Yucca Valley, died from COPD Feb. 12, 2016, at her Yucca Valley home. She was 71 years old.

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Friday 02/19/2016
Jim Schauer
Posted: February 19, 2016 - 1:09 pm

Jim Schauer, a 91-year resident of California and a 30-year resident of Yucca Valley, died in Redlands on Feb. 3, 2016. He was 95 years old.

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Joseph Lee Snoberger
Posted: February 19, 2016 - 1:12 pm

Our beloved brother Joseph Lee Snoberger passed away Feb. 6, 2016, in Joshua Tree, where he had resided for the last three years. He will live in our memories as a wonderful person that will be dearly missed.

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Rita Joan Rowland
Posted: February 19, 2016 - 1:04 pm

Rita Joan Rowland, a resident of Yucca Valley, died Jan. 13, 2016, at the Hi-Desert Medical Center. She was 89 years old.

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Annette Fouchey
Posted: February 19, 2016 - 12:59 pm

Annette Fouchey, a Yucca Valley resident who lived in California for 48 years, died Feb. 15, 2016, in Palm Springs. She was 76 years old.

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Wednesday 02/17/2016
Barbara Edwards Foster Pennington, 72
Posted: February 17, 2016 - 9:00 pm

Barbara was born June 7, 1943, to John and Fae Edwards in Los Banos. After John returned from World War II, the family moved to Woodlake, where Barbara attended elementary school. In 1955, her parents purchased the Lindsay Bakery and the family moved to Lindsay. She graduated from Lindsay High in 1961.

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Friday 02/12/2016
Margaret Ann ‘Maggie’ Meldrum
Posted: February 12, 2016 - 3:56 pm

Pasadena, California, native and longtime Basin resident Maggie Meldrum passed away quietly on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, after a long illness.

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