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Pierce, Mignon  
Mignon Pierce Feb. 2, 1933 - May 17, 2015 Resident of Los Gatos Mignon Pierce, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, went to be with the Lord on May 17, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mignon moved to Los Gatos as a young girl. She attended Los Gatos High School, where she met her future husband, Benny, and where both graduated in 1951. She graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing in 1956. In addition to her loving husband of 59 years and her children, daughter Brenda Skrabe and son Larry Pierce, she is survived by three grandchildren- Lindsay Pierce, Kelsie Skrabe-Moller and Brad Pierce, her sister Robin (Buz) Strothers, and her sister-in-law, Megan Hassler. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Bruce Hassler, Kermit and Keith Hemness, and her grandson, Nick Skrabe. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m. at Venture Christian Church, 16845 Hicks Road, Los Gatos. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of the Valley, 4850 Union Ave., San Jose, CA 95124 or Advent Group Ministries, 90 Great Oaks Road, #108, San Jose, CA 95119.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 24, 2015
Pingree, James Elwood  
James Elwood Pingree 1925 – 2015 Resident of Alameda Jim was born in Alameda on his mother's birthday, February 28th. He was the fourth of four brothers, who all grew up on the island and picked up their father's love of baseball. After graduating from Alameda High in 1943, Jim enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific through the end of WWII. After the war, he came home to Alameda and he soon met and married Virginia Stone. He spent the rest of his life with her. Together they raised four children – Mike, Janet, Bobby (deceased) and Cynthia. Jim worked as a lithographer in the Oakland Printing Pressmens' Union No. 125 for over four decades. In retirement, he applied his years of working with color in lithography to the hobby of making stained glass crafts. His beautiful stained glass creations proudly adorn his home and the homes of his loved ones. He also spent his retirement continuing to enjoy the game of baseball - whether in the stands, watching on TV or listening to the radio in his backyard; he rarely missed an Oakland Athletics game. An ever-supportive grandfather, he had many years showering attention and affection on his five grandchildren, Ian Crane and his wife Vici, Rebecca Pingree, Mary Pingree, Laura Pingree and Isaac Pingree, and great-grandchild, Alexia Crane. He died at his home in Alameda on May 9th, about three months past his 90th birthday and about two months shy of 68 years of marriage. Jim is survived by his wife, Virginia Pingree; their children, Mike Pingree, Jan Gill and Cynthia Ferreira, Mike's wife Elena, Jan's husband Gavin, as well as their five grandchildren and soon-to-be two great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Sunday, May 31st at 11:00 a.m. at Greer Family Mortuary and Cremation Services, 2694 Blanding Ave., Alameda.
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Published in Inside Bay Area on May 24, 2015
PonTell, Michael  
Michael PonTell Michael PonTell was a writer, a dreamer, a champion for other young writers whose voices had yet to be heard. An author himself of two books, Michael founded Onlinbrary as a platform for students and budding authors to have their work published on the open market. "To write about your life," Michael wrote on the company's website, "To share and support others in their creativity. To be supported in your own. This is where you turn when publishers and agents turn you down. This is where you decide how far you go, how high you climb. No one will stop you here. Create. Share. Enjoy." Michael, who passed away on May 12 at age 23, created much during his young life. He wrote about relationships, about exploration, about life. His book, James Thatcher and the Seven Keys, opens with a poignant interaction between two foster care children experiencing their first taste of real freedom. "With every passing second," he wrote, "they felt more like regular, loved children than the wandering vagabonds they'd been accused of being more than a few times." His writing came naturally – from a deep sense of compassion and caring for the human spirit, his family says. He grew up in Ontario, attended New York University and ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Hillsdale College. At Onlinbrary, he created a writing contest for high school students, which he'd hoped to take national. The recently completed first contest featured more than 240 entries from the Chaffey Joint Union High School District and Upland High School. Friends and family will keep the contest program going through onlinbrary.com . Michael loved to travel and by the age of 16 had visited 6 continents coming within 200 miles of his goal of reaching all 7. He loved to debate and passionately believed that people should know what they believe and why they believe it. He loved to play all kinds of games and was the master at learning how to find unconventional ways to win. He had very deep personal friendships and made those around him comfortable with his easy smile and keen wit. He will be enormously missed. Michael is survived by his mother Michelle; his father Steve; his sisters Erin and Grace; his cousins Luke, Marko, Kadija, Claire, Paige, Ethan, Loc, Maren, Lachlan, and Caulder as well as those from Switzerland Levin, Dylan, Mario and Nicolas; his grandmothers Mary Dowling and Donna (Dee) PonTell. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 31st at 2pm at the Ontario Doubletree, 222 North Vineyard Ontario. In lieu of flowers, Michael's family requests donations be sent to Achieve Goals, an educational 501c-3 non-profit organization affiliated with Onlinbrary, 11625 Mount Hood Court, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737. Please include "Michael PonTell" in the memo line. The money will be used to support young writers, coordinate future contests and provide scholarships.
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Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on May 24, 2015
Rafferty, Elwyn "Raff"  
Elwyn "Raff" Rafferty Aug. 31, 1938 - Apr. 9, 2015 Former Resident of Contra Costa County Born in Lincoln, NE and raised in Sacramento, CA where he graduated El Camino High School in 1957. "Raff" passed in his sleep of natural causes. "Raff" leaves behind his son Brad, daughter Tracy Aspelund, four grand-children and two great grand-children. "Raff" is lovingly remembered as the "Candyman", he was the founder of Rafferty's Candies in 1967 in Sun Valley Mall which was his trade for almost 50 years and now his son is carrying on the family tradition of Rafferty's Candies. "Raff" took great pride in hearing "That's the Best Peanut Brittle ever Raff". A celebration of life is to be held on June 14th from 2 to 4PM at the Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity in "Raff"s name.
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Published in Contra Costa Times on May 24, 2015
Rea, David Michael  
DAVID MICHAEL REA December 15, 1948 - April 10, 2015 David was preceded in death by father John Stewart Rea and brother Jim Rea. He is survived by mother Carol Rea; sister-in-law Marilyn Rea; sister Nancy (Niki) and brother-in-law Jim Kuchera; along with many long-time friends including Michael and Marna Powell, Darren and Teena Cooper, Mary Solotoff and Jessica Oliver. David lived in many places including Switzerland, but living in Orick were his happiest years, surrounded by good friends, natural beauty and lots of dogs. He held many interests and certifications including, massage therapy, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Most people remember him as a bartender along with Darren Cooper, for tossing bottles and glassware back and forth at Old Town Bar & Grill. It is still believed that "Cocktail" copied all their moves. David also set up the original bar at Woodley Island Marina. He had a gentle nature and graceful presence. He loved reading, gardening, woodworking, beachcombing, movies, hiking, bad puns, debating, and thinking up really creative solutions or weird experiments. He was a loyal friend and reliable dog sitter. David loved animals very much. Our dogs miss him terribly. At David's request there will be no services. Donations can be made to the Emergency Medical Fund for local shelter animals at: Friends for Life P.O. Box 962, Eureka, CA 95502 or at HCSAC 980 Lycoming Ave, McKinleyville, CA 95519 or online at: www.dogrescuers.org . Write "EMF" in the memo. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under obituaries.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard on May 24, 2015
REHFELDT, STEPHEN JOHN  
STEPHEN JOHN REHFELDT Beloved son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend was born on December 20, 1966 in Marquette, Michigan and passed into Eternal Life on May 2, 2015 in Redlands, California. He attended Kingsbury Elementary School, Cope Junior High and Redlands High, graduating in 1985. He was an extraordinary musician, an incredible drummer, a gifted creative artist, and an amazing innovative Lego designer. He had enormous love for family and friends, always making us laugh with his unique sense of humor. He is survived by his parents, Phillip and Sally Rehfeldt of Redlands; forever best friend, Kimberly Watkins of Redlands; brothers Andy (Stephanie) of Chino Hills, CA; Matt (Kimberly Mason) of Bellingham, WA; and Doug (Shakti Hayes) of Bellingham, WA; nephews Joshua, Noah, Nathaniel, and nieces Natalie, Mallory, and Shayla; also uncles Jerry Rehfeldt (Gail) of Moscow, Idaho. Woody Webb of Showlow, AZ and Joe Webb (Melody) of Glendale, AZ. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on May 30, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 Cajon Street, Redlands with Rev. Dr. Sylvia Karcher officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Family under the care of Emmerson Bartlett Memorial Chapel, Redlands, CA. You may send your condolences to www.emmersonbartlett.com
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Published in Redlands Daily Facts on May 24, 2015
Roberts, Michelle Renee Knight  
MICHELLE RENEE KNIGHT ROBERTS went to be with the Lord April 21, 2015 at 1:36 P.M. at the age of 46 years old due to complications of Influenza B. Michelle passed away unexpectedly at St. Joseph's ICU, in Eureka, California. Michelle was born April 3, 1969 at the old General Hospital, in Eureka, California to her mother Bernadette Amaral Madonia. In 1971, when Michelle was only two, and her mother 17, Bernadette was left paralyzed from a terrible vehicle accident. Michelle's babysitter at the time, Margarate Reed and her family took Michelle and her mother Bernadette into their home. Michelle attended schools in Humboldt and Trinity county including Cuddy Back Elementary, Van Duzen Elementary, Southern Trinity High school, and earned her G.E.D. at Adult Education in Eureka. Michelle was a cheerleader when she was young and later in high school, she enjoyed playing volleyball. Michelle had a passion for working in the Medical field. For the past 25 years she had experience in medical front and back office, billing & collections, Injection and Venipuncture certified, Medical Clerical, Extensive Medical Terminology, Para Optometric Assistant, Pediatric/Child/Adult First Aid & CPR. Recently, she shifted gears and went back to school. She took the State test and became a C.N.A. with further intentions of becoming a R.N. She worked at Sea View Rehabilitation Center, where she was loved by residents as well as co-workers. Michelle was well known for going the extra mile for everyone, always making those around her feel loved and very special. She had a unique talent to bring warmth and happiness whereever she went. No matter what life threw at her, she could always be found with a smile, a laugh or a silly joke. She was the type of person who you could be around for a few hours and feel like you have known her your entire life. During the summer Michelle loved traveling, road trips, camping with friends, white water rafting, "taking a tan", and "having dance parties in the car" with her sister Ashley. She loved lazy days watching movies with her family, and was into reality T.V. and loved her Netflix. Michelle was very close with her brother Adam, and loved spending as much time as she could with him; as well as her nephew Hunter, niece Alissia, and her niece Clara Jane. They called her Auntie Shell and Michelle loved it. She had a real special love for her nieces and nephew. Michelle is survived by her mother Bernadette Madonia, brother Adam Adorni, niece Alissia Adorni, and nephew Hunter Adorni, sister Ashley Madonia, and niece Clara Schuessler, as well as her grandmother Dolores Arruda all of Humboldt County; along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Michelle continued her close relationship with her life long friend Shani Pearson of Mckinleyville. There will be a "Celebration of Michelle's Life" Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 1:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Adorni Center Gym, 1011 Waterfront Drive, Eureka. There will be a potluck so bring your favorite dish to share with family and friends, as well as a funny story or memory of Michelle. This will help us start the healing process. She will always be remembered for who she was, and will be deeply missed by all who knew her. We love you Michelle Renee. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com under obituaries.
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from May 17 to May 24, 2015
Rogge Sr., Charles John  
Charles John Rogge, Sr. Oct. 7, 1918 ~ May 20, 2015 Resident of Livermore Charles John Rogge, Sr. passed away May 20, 2015 at the age of 96, of natural causes. Charlie was born on October 7, 1918 in Chicago, Ill to Charles Frederick and Bertha (Jiede), and is preceded in death by his sisters Lillian, Adeline and Verna, his wife Elaine, and infant son William. He is survived by sister Norma Wanner of Des Plaines, Ill, children Barbara Rogge, Charles Jr. (Michelle) and Lynn Perry (Glen), all of Livermore, and grandchildren Allison Perry, Matthew Perry (Toni) and Morgan Rogge. Charlie and Elaine were among 13 original members of Our Savior Lutheran Church and helped construct the church when it was located on East Avenue. Charlie's service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran church on Wednesday May 27 at 11:00am. Graveside burial will follow immediately after the service at Memory Gardens. Donations can be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or Hope Hospice. Callaghan Mortuary 925-447-2942
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Published in Contra Costa Times on May 24, 2015
Rogister Jr., William J.  
William James Rogister, Jr. March 18, 1921 - April 22, 2015 Born in Concord, MA, Bill passed away peacefully at his home in Apple Valley, CA. Bill is survived by his wife of 26 years, Viola Rogister, his daughter Melodie Adams, his son Mark Rogister, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He will be missed by his family and his many friends. Bill's love of photography began at age 14 and led him to become a combat photographer in WW II in the South Pacific. After his service, Bill had a photography studio in Hollywood, CA from 1946 until his retirement in the 1980's. Bill was preceded in death by his first wife Evelyn and his oldest son William III. Bill was very active in more than 20 Masonic organizations throughout his Masonic career. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, May 31 at 11am at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, 1218 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles 90024.
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Published in Los Angeles Daily News on May 24, 2015
Russell, Marilyn Barbara  
Marilyn Barbara Russell 1932-2015 Marilyn Barbara Russell, 82, a fifty-four year resident of Rancho Palos Verdes passed away peacefully at her home on Mother's Day, May 10th, after a short battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Howard Russell in 2009. She is survived by her daughter, Sheri Hodgson and her family of Redding and her son Jerry and his family of Newport Beach. Marilyn was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, businesswoman, philanthropist, world traveler, cook extraordinaire, legendary hostess and beloved friend to many. Marilyn was born in Los Angeles and spent her early childhood years in Venice, California. Following his work as a union electrician, her father moved the family to San Bernardino, where Marilyn came of age and made several deep friendships which lasted throughout her lifetime. She subsequently attended San Bernardino Valley College where she earned an AA degree and was courted by her future husband, Howard. Shortly after graduation and marriage, Howard was called on to serve his country and the young family was posted to Monterey, California and subsequently to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana, where their daughter was born. After mustering out of the service, the young family returned to Los Angeles, where Howard entered UCLA to pursue an MBA. The family lived on campus at married student housing, where Marilyn maintained a home for her growing family after the birth of their son. Howard's professional career brought the family to Palos Verdes in 1961 and they bought their view home, the venue for many memorable parties the following year. Marilyn began her community involvement with the Junior Women's Club, in which she was a very active member for many years. In addition to maintaining a beautiful home and raising two young children, Marilyn found time for a part time secretarial job at Trans World Airlines. This job provided the family with the opportunity for world travel, which was enthusiastically embraced. Howard and Marilyn went into business for themselves in 1978, and until their retirement in 1995, successfully grew and managed their business, Lomita Blueprint/Cad West. Retirement brought the opportunity for travel, and Marilyn and Howard had the privilege of seeing much of the world as well as the United States. Throughout her life in Palos Verdes, she was constantly involved in community service from her early days in the JWC to her later work with The Circle of the Palos Verdes Art Center and the Norris Theater. She was also committed to maintaining friendships through the more intimate social groups she was involved in such as her Birthday Club, Gourmet Group, Jaguar Owners Club and investment group, and her precious junior high school friends. She will be missed by all who knew her. A private family memorial is planned. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Palos Verdes Art Center or a charity of choice is suggested. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits .
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Published in Daily Breeze on May 24, 2015
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