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ROSE MORTUARY & CREMATORY

​Rose Mortuary & Crematory is a family owned and operated funeral home. Our locations in Desert Hot Springs and Palm Desert are available 24 hours every day. We were founded with the belief that every family and their loved one should be treated with the respect and dignity that we would expect our family to be treated with. The Lori and Vradenburg family have been serving the Coachella Valley for over 40 years and have provided families care during their most difficult hour with compassion and concern. We feel that a family owned funeral home can give each family the special attention that they deserve. Each member of the Rose Mortuary ​staff is highly experienced in the funeral industry and is here to help you make a difficult part of life less complicated. We believe in family.


Our Obituaries

James Leroy Cornell

April 19, 1949 - November 13, 2017

James L. Cornell went home to be with the Lord on November 13, 2017. He was born April 19, 1949 in Delano, CA to Clayton and Betty Cornell. He married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Leary on October 11, 1969. He served in the Vietnam War from 1968-1972. Jim was devoted to his family and his faith where he was a chaplain in the state and federal prison system. He was preceded in death by...
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Carolyn W. Colletta

June 15, 1940 - October 12, 2017

Colletta, Carolyn W. (Hall, Rinaldi) age 77 of La Quinta, CA, formerly of Atlanta, GA & Ecorse, MI, died peacefully in her home on October 12, 2017. Beloved wife of 38 years is survived by her husband, Donald D. Colletta. She was born June 15, 1940 in Baltimore, MD. The third of four children to George and Dorothy Hall (preceded in death) of Atlanta, GA. Survived by her siblings, Patricia ...
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William Dettman

August 25, 2016

Bill Dettman, the most generous, caring man, quietly passed away on August 25, 2016 after a three month battle with cancer. Bill always greeted everyone he met with a smile and he was quick with his own style of jokes, cracking up restaurant staff, especially when they'd ask if he had reservations. He would reply, "Yes, but we came anyway". In the hospital when the doctors would ask him how...
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Darrell Kent Williams

August 11, 1936 - April 10, 2016

Darrel was born is Lisbon, Ohio, on August 11, 1936, to Gale and Thelma Williams. In his youth he worked helping neighbors on their farms while attending school. When he graduated from Beaver High School, he went directly into the Air Force, where he trained at Lackland AFB. He was trained there for working on airplanes and traveled to many places, spending the last two years of his service at...
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Matthew Lackowski

December 12, 2015

Matthew Alexander Lackowski, aka Red Herring, Red Lackowski, Red McMahon, died December 12, 2015, aged 37, in Palm Desert, CA, after a brief illness. Matthew was married to William H. Schleicher of Morristown, NJ; Palm Desert, CA; and Birr, County Offlay, Ireland. He is survived by Dixie, his Jack Russell Terrier and innumerable friends and acquaintances. Born in Saginaw, MI, the son of...
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Bette Anne Boyer

March 14, 1922 - September 11, 2015

Bette A. Boyer, 93, passed away in Palm Springs, CA. on September 11, 2015 after a 2 month illness. She was born in Decatur, Illinois in 1922 to Carter and Annabel Stowell. She married William (Bill) E. Boyer in 1942 in Hawaii. He was on active duty during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. Bette had gone to Hawaii in late 1941 to be married to William (Bill) Boyer, but the marriage was...
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William E Townsend

January 23, 1931 - April 18, 2015

William E. Townsend, age 84, of Kokomo, Indiana passed away on April 18, 2015 as a result of a long struggle with Dementia complicated by Parkinsons. His family was by his side at home in Desert Hot Springs, CA when he gave his last breath while listening to his early morning jazz music. William was born to Inez Hall and Ervin Townsend of Kokomo, Indiana on January 23, 1931. He served active...
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Charles Edward Poche'

March 11, 1964 - April 14, 2015

Charles "Chuck" Poche' died on April 14, 2015. He was born on March 11, 1964, in Los Angeles, Ca. Charles graduated from high school in the Escondido area. He spent the last 30 years working in construction in Southern California. He is survived by his wife Theresa Poche', his mother, Mary Poche', his sister Margaret Pustejovsky, brothers; John and William and many nieces and nephews. He was...
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Doris Marion Wilder

January 26, 1923 - April 11, 2015

"Well done, good and faithful servant… Enter into the joy of the lord." - Matthew 25:23 Viewing for Doris M. Wilder, a resident of Desert Hot Springs, will be held at Rose Mortuary 66424 Pierson Blvd, Desert Hot Springs, CA Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. with funeral services following at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be at Riverside National Cemetery 22495 Van Buren...
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Howard Clemens LaMere, Jr

June 3, 1923 - April 9, 2015

Howard C. LaMere, Jr., 91, passed away peacefully at his home in Rancho Mirage on April 9, 2015. Howard was born to Howard Clemens LaMere, Sr. and Emma Peterson on June 3, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After attending college and service with the United States Army during World War II, Howard married the former Virginia Bowser, and settled in at home in Chicago, Illinois. The family moved...
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Vanda Theodora Barra

October 3, 1924 - April 9, 2015

Long time Palm Springs resident, Vanda Barra, 90, passed away on April 9 after a long illness. Vanda worked in the entertainment field most of her life beginning as a model in New York City and then moving to California to pursue live theater and television. She is most recognized in her character roles in the "Here's Lucy show," "The Jeffersons," and "All In The Family." Vanda is survived by...
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Barbara Ann Kahle

December 2, 1935 - April 6, 2015

Barbara Ann Kahle was born on December 2, 1935 in Clarion, Pennsylvania to Clarence and Hazel Potter. She entered into eternal rest on April 6, 2015 in Yucca Valley, California with family by her side. Barbara was a caring and loving person. She was very generous to the needs of her family and worked diligently as a homemaker. She also spent 30 years helping others with home health care. She...
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Melvin Richard Nelson

January 29, 1922 - February 17, 2015

Melvin Nelson was born in Galesburg, Illinois in 1922. He was the son of Swedish immigrants who settled in Galesburg because it was a hub for several railroads. Galesburg is an "All-American City" whose impact and reach throughout history has been greater than it should have been, given its size and location. After serving on a destroyer in the South Pacific during World War II, he returned...
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Auston Lavalle Tyler

March 29, 1946 - February 12, 2015

Auston Lavalle Tyler Auston Lavalle Tyler (68), a U.S. Army Veteran, passed away February 12, 2015 in Cathedral City, California. He was born March 29, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was the youngest of four sons born to the late Jesse Cook Tyler Sr. and Esterline Mimms Tyler. Auston was baptized at Centennial Olivet Baptist Church in Louisville. At age 8, he moved to Compton,...
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John Peter Poit

September 25, 1935 - January 28, 2015

J. Peter Poit passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. He was a loving father who is survived by one son,Scott; four daughters, Denise, Donna, Nancy,Jeannette, and seven grand children. His brother Carl and spouse MaryJane; two nephews, four nieces; eight great nephews, and four great nieces.
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Thomas Hiester

November 6, 1949 - January 22, 2015

It is with a heavy heart that our family must announce the passing of...Thomas Michael Hiester, 65 of Palm Springs, Ca. He passed away on January 22, 2015 at his residence. Born in Reading, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Ruth M. (Gaston) Hiester. He graduated with the class of 1967 from Governor Mifflin High School. After graduation he attended Brylan's Beauty Institute. His first...
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Andrew Carroll

April 12, 1928 - January 22, 2015

Andrew F. Carroll of Desert Hot Springs, formerly of Los Angeles, California, passed away on January 22, 2015. Born in Los Angeles, he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War. After his military career he was employed at Ford Motor Company and retired after 30 years of service as a foreman . Andy also worked for the Los Angeles Police Department and developed the Battering Ram...
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Hildur Amy Sesko

August 10, 1925 - January 17, 2015

Hildur Amy Sesko, 89 of Sky Valley, CA peacefully passed away on January 17, 2015 at the Desert Breeze Senior Living home in Desert Hot Springs, CA. The daughter of Gottfrid and Signe Eisfeldt, she was born on August 10, 1925 in Worcester, MA. At the age of 3, her parents and 2 brothers moved to Chicago, IL. She graduated from Senn High School in Chicago, IL. She loved to roller skate at the...
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Shirley Bell (Bryant) Dickherber

September 10, 1941 - December 5, 2014

Shirley Bell (Bryant) Dickherber, began her earthly journey on September 10th, 1941. Despite her courageous battle with failing health, she departed this world and triumphantly entered into heaven on December 5th, 2014, with family and loved ones at her side. She was preceded in death by parents Sherman (Vic) and Opal Bryant, long time residents of Wentzville, Missouri, along with brothers...
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Dennis Ray Everhart

July 13, 1951 - September 7, 2014

Dennis Ray Everhart passed away peacefully at home in Desert Hot Springs on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the age of 63. Mr. Everhart sold merchandise wholesale to retail stores for 30 years. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Everhart of Desert Hot Springs, and a brother, William Everhart of Las Vegas, Nevada and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Hearl...
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Dennis Robert Westergaard

February 9, 1931 - July 10, 2014

Dennis (Denny) Robert Westergaard passed away at home on July 10, 2014 in La Quinta, CA surrounded by family. He was born February 9, 1931 in farmhouse near Viborg, SD to Robert and Anna Marie Hansen Westergaard. A child of the depression years, Denny studied in a one room school house for 8 years before attending Viborg High School where he played football and in his senior year was homecoming...
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Shirlee Colleen Conte

November 30, 1935 - May 17, 2014

Shirlee Colleen Conte, born the 30th of November 1935 and transitioned into the great beyond the 17th of May 2014. We honor our beloved and extraordinary friend, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, inspirationist. Her maiden name is Shirlee Colleen Garner, daughter of Hal and Tilla Garner of Kansas. She married Bill Witty and brought two sons into the world, David Darrell Witty and...
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Sandra Lee Hall

June 16, 1941 - May 11, 2014

Sandra Lee Hall, 72 of Indio, CA peacefully passed into the hands of her Heavenly Father with her family at her side on May 11, 2014 after a ten year battle with Alzheimer's disease. The daughter of Howard H. Hough and Virginia M. Hough she was born on June 16, 1941 in El Centro, CA. She graduated from Imperial High School. She attended Westmont College where she met her future husband. She...
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Michael Scott Donnelly

July 11, 1957 - March 16, 2014

Michael Scott Donnelly passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda. He was born July 11, 1957 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Richard Donnelly and Elizabeth Scott Donnelly. At age 16, while a student at Pullman High School, he reigned as the Chess Champion of Washington State University. He defeated all of the college students at WSU. He...
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John Franklin Jones

February 3, 1953 - March 14, 2014

John Franklin Jones, 61, of Palm Springs passed away on March 14, 2014 in Palm Springs, CA. He was born February 3, 1953 to Barbara Schell in French Camp; CA. John married Lina Fernando on December 2, 1982 in Palm Springs and has been married for 31 years. John is survived by his loving wife Lina Jones of Palm Springs; sons Jeremy Jones of Palm Springs and Johnnie Jones of Stockton; daughter-in...
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Condie Hernandez

February 2, 1931 - March 4, 2014

Condie B. Hernandez February 2, 1931- March 4, 2014 Condie Hernandez joined her Heavenly Father on March 4th 2014, surrounded by her family & friends. Survivors include her Husband, Raul Hernandez of New Mexico; her children, Ronald Esparza of Indiana, James Esparza of Hemet California & Lupe Stoneburner of Desert Hot Springs California; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs...
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James Offord

May 15, 1945 - March 3, 2014

James A. Offord, known to all as St. James, or just, Jimmy, passed away peacefully, on March 3rd, at home, with his life companion, Judith Chapman, at his side. A genial host, artist, chef and restaurateur, whose first eatery, CAFE ST JAMES, successfully opened in 1984. This was followed by ST. JAMES AT THE VINEYARD, and THE VINEYARD TUSCAN GRILL. When asked if he would be opening a...
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Robert Mathison

June 14, 1933 - March 3, 2014

Robert Mathison was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on June 14,1933, and grew up in Canton on his family's farm. After graduating from high school he enlisted into the service and served for 4 years with an honorable discharge from the US Navy. He attended a couple years of college and went to work at San Diego Gas and Electric Company where he retired in 1989 after 25 years of service. Bob...
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Dennis Charles Rice

February 6, 1944 - March 3, 2014

Dennis Rice, age 70, passed away Monday, March 3, 2014. Dennis was born in San Francisco on February 6, 1944 and attended Sacred Heart High School where he played varsity football for three years and was selected first team All-City; Back of the year; All Catholic; All Metropolitan and later inducted in to the Sacred Heart Athletics Hall of Fame. Dennis, a long time resident of Desert Hot...
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Elaine Joanne Miller

September 13, 1936 - February 18, 2014

Elaine J. Miller, 77, died on Feb. 18, 2014, of lung cancer at her home in Rancho Mirage with Robert, her husband of more than 55 years, by her side. Elaine had been ill for several years suffering pain from two failed back surgeries and was under Hospice care for both conditions. She was born Sept. 13, 1936, in Fosston, Minn., the second child of Gerhard and Bertha Berglund. Her parents and...
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John "Jack" Judson Gravlin

April 2, 1933 - January 30, 2014

John (Jack) Judson Gravlin suddenly passed away at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA on January 30, 2014 at the age of 80. He had suffered several years with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Jack was surrounded by close friends at the time of his death. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Josephine Gravlin; Sisters, Joanne Srsen and Marilyn Sherwin. ...
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Laura Michelle "Shelly" Smiley

September 22, 1951 - January 17, 2014

Laura Michelle "Shelly" Smiley was born at Kern County General Hospital in Bakersfield California to Rolland Eldridge Howell and Maxine La Verne Hulse Howell. She married Thomas Bruce Smiley on September 3, 1988 at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. She passed peacefully at sunset, January 17, 2014 at her home in Desert Hot Springs, California with Chaplain Alan Singing some of her favorite songs and...
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Aubery Leon Nicholas

May 1, 1936 - January 11, 2014

This is written In loving memory of Aubery Leon Nicholas who left us on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Aubery is now in the receiving arms of his family in Heaven. He is survived by his wife Cindy and three children- Debbie Langseth, Kathy Nicholas Bernish, and David Nicholas. He is also survived by his sister Faye Kiker, six grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews whom he...
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Alvaro Soliz

June 26, 1943 - January 9, 2014

Alvaro Soliz, age 70, passed away in the comfort and privacy of his home in Thousand Palms, CA on the 9th of January 2014. Dad was cared for and surrounded by his family at the time of his passing, and will be greatly missed every day. Born June 26th 1943 in Hebbronville, TX, he grew up in Texas and while in his youth moved to California. He finally settled here in the Coachella Valley and made...
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Zaida Padua DeOcera

September 9, 1938 - January 4, 2014

Dr. Zaida Padua-DeOcera, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home in Palm Desert, CA on the morning of January 4, 2014, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 77 years old. She graduated with honors with two degrees. One from the University of the Philippines Quezon City with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, and a second degree of Doctor of Medicine from Far Eastern...
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Joseph Paul Fearey

November 25, 1929 - December 22, 2013

Joseph Paul Fearey was born November 25, 1929, in Schenectady, New York to Joseph Gregory Fearey and Anne Elizabeth Coffey. Joe studied at Siena College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned his undergraduate degree in math and physics and, in 1976, his PhD in Economics and Business Economics from Claremont Graduate School. In 1975, in a quiet cabin in Running Springs, CA, he...
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Raymond Joseph Ross

February 16, 1927 - December 22, 2013

Raymond Joseph Ross (U.S.N. Retired) Raymond "Ray" Joseph Ross, 86, Transferred to the Staff of the Supreme Commander on Sunday, December 22, 2013 in Indio, California. He was born February 16, 1927 in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. He was retired from the United States Navy and from the Boilermakers Union. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Alice Ross, brothers Dean C. and...
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Russell Kelso Bolton, Jr.

March 25, 1921 - November 17, 2013

Russell Kelso Bolton Jr., 92, a longtime Palm Desert resident, died peacefully at his home Saturday, Nov. 16, with his family near his side. Russell was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who seemed to have an endless number of friends and acquaintances. A retired corporate executive known to family and friends as Bud, he was an avid golfer who enjoyed his retirement years at Ironwood...
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Kenneth Joseph Notte

March 20, 1968 - October 31, 2013

Kenneth Joseph Notte, 45, of Sky Valley, died Thursday, October 31, 2013. He was born in Livingston New Jersey, March 20, 1968. Kenneth graduated from Palm Springs Adult School. He married Amanda Hill in 2009, and they lived together in the Sky Valley area. Kenneth was a Palm Springs Airport ramp agent up until this spring and passionate about the planes, he collected wings from each of...
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Chase Franklin Kennedy

May 31, 1956 - September 28, 2013

Chase Kennedy, born Charles Franklin Tschirhart, of Salton City, CA died on September 28, 2013. He is the son of Robert Leo Tschirhart and the late Magdalen Louise Tschirhart (Braun) of Port Hope, MI. Charles is survived by two sons Benjamin (wife Sarah) of Hereford, AZ and Lucas (wife Ashley) of Josephine, TX. Charles has six grandchildren Alli, Cole, Jacob, Eli, Jadyn and Abigail. He is also...
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Phyllis Jean Hopper

November 13, 1934 - September 12, 2013

OBITUARY OF PHYLLIS JEAN HOPPER Phyllis passed away on September 12, 2013.. Our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, was a wonderful and loving person. She was a very generous person and had no enemies. She was the loved by all. She opened her house to anyone who needed a place to stay. She was born Phyllis Jean Mattox in Liberty, Crawford Co., MO on November 13, 1934. Her parents' names were...
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Dorothy Jordan Nelson

December 26, 1925 - September 9, 2013

Dorothy Nelson passed away in her sleep after a long illness on September 9th at home in Palm Springs. She was born December 26, 1925 to Harry and Waneta Jordan in a coal mining settlement outside of Albia, Iowa. Yes...she was a coal miner's daughter. The family moved to Galesburg, Illinois were she graduated from Galesburg High School in 1943 and was a member of the National Honor Society. ...
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Amanda Victoria Crawford

September 7, 1984 - September 5, 2013

On September 5, 2013 Amanda was called home to be with her creator where she will be joined by her daddy, Johnny Crawford, grandma, grandpa and many other loved ones. Amanda is servived by her mother Maggie Gibbons, sister Jessica Crawford, Stephanie Morris, Melody Capler, God sister Sunshine Noal, God brother Kenneth Robinson, uncle Terry Capler, Jerry cappler, Johnathan Green, Aunty Latirce...
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Barbara Maurine Connel

February 24, 1929 - July 23, 2013

OBITUARY OF BARBARA M. CONNEL Our mother was a wonderful and loving person. She was a very generous person and had no enemies. She was the church organist at the Seventh-day Adventist churches in Colton, Indio, and Palm Desert for 50 years. She taught piano lessons and played the violin too. She was born Barbara Maurine Follett in Liberal, Kansas on February 24, 1929. Her...
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Jaime Gonzalez Salgado

August 16, 1961 - July 19, 2013

Jaime Gonzalez Salgado, 51 of Cathedral City, California passed away peacefully on July 19, 2013 in Palm Desert with his wife Rena by his side. He was born on August 16, 1961 in Chihuahua, Mexico to Ricardo Gonzalez and Hortencia Salgado. He graduated from high school in 1979 and entered the United States Army right after graduation. After serving four years in the army he moved to Desert Hot...
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Wendell "Joe" Amidon

October 31, 1915 - July 6, 2013

Wendell H. "Joe" Amidon, CLU, passed away July 6, 2013. Joe was born October 31, 1915 to Ralph and Mae Amidon in Dedham, Mass. He began his extensive working career delivering groceries for the local A&P during high school and moved on to caddying at a golf course and unloading banana boats at United Fruit Company where he was promoted to delivery truck driver. When Hitler invaded Poland, he...
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Edward Pierce Marksbury

March 31, 1946 - June 7, 2013

Edward Pierce Marksbury was born on March 31, 1946 to Albert Marksbury and Omah Alexander Marksbury in Long Beach, California. He married Susan Allison Collins on October 12, 1991 in Palm Springs, California. He passed away on June 7, 2013 at the Redlands Community Hospital in Redlands, California. Mr. Marksbury worked for the City of Palm Desert for 15 years as a Street Maintenance Worker....
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Lelah Patricia Dippner

May 7, 1928 - June 1, 2013

Lelah Patricia Dippner (nee Garrison), the beloved Mother of Vicki, Ric, Danny and 11 grandchildren, peacefully passed away in her own home on Saturday 01 June 2013. In death, she will be joining her devoted husband, Richard Dippner and darling grandson, Nic Dippner. Pat was born in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada on 07 May 1928 to her parents Ivan and Annie Garrison. Her grandparents, Lelah...
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Robert Joseph Evans

March 2, 1930 - May 29, 2013

Robert Joseph Evans of Palm Desert, California, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Eisenhower Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Robert (Bob) was born on March 2, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, the only child of Robert Patrick Evans and Olga Anne Gluck and spent his childhood there. After graduating from Fenwick High School, he served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 playing...
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Ellen Marie Cahill-Gomieo

December 7, 1961 - May 4, 2013

Ellen Marie Cahill-Gomieo (nee Franko), 51, of Twentynine Palms, California, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2013 at home with her husband, daughter, son, grandson, sisters and family pets, after a long battle with cancer and living many years with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Ellen was born on December 7, 1961, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Joseph John Franko and Betty Alice Franko (nee Brown). She...
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Paz Berioso Hatcher

May 1, 1941 - May 1, 2013

Paz Berioso Hatcher born in the Philippines on May 1, 1941 went to her eternal reward on May 1, 2013. She is survived by her husband, David A. Hatcher, Jr. Her four step-children, Arnel Hatcher of North Richardson, Texas; Helen Hatcher-Smith of Virginia Beach, Virginia; David A. Hatcher, III of Los Angeles, California; James Dean Hatcher of North Richardson, Texas and nine grandchildren. She...
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Kermit Lantz Shettel

March 2, 1952 - April 28, 2013

Kermit Lantz Shettel, 61, of Palm Desert, California died April 28, 2013 in Rancho Mirage after suffering a massive heart attack. He was born March 2, 1952 to Randall B. Shettel and Helen M. [Eckels] Sidle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Kermit was a PGA golf professional, serving at courses in Palm Desert, Calif., Wilmette IL, Long Grove Ill., Carson City Nev., and Waukegan Il.. He served as Head...
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Gordon DuWayne Nelson

August 26, 1943 - March 29, 2013

Today we celebrate the life of Gordon DuWayne Nelson, 69, of Joshua Tree, California, born August 26th, 1943 to George and Lois Nelson in Des Moines Iowa. Gordon passed from this world on March 29th while in the care of Desert Regional Hospital. Gordon was a resident of Joshua tree, California for three years and before that, a resident of Desert Hot Springs, California for 40 years. Gordon...
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Rena Mae Radee

November 2, 1926 - March 10, 2013

Rena Mae Radee, of Hemet, California, entered into the Eternal light on March 10, 2013. She was born on November 2, 1926 to John G. and Audrey Bradley Seilter in Albion, Michigan. She graduated from Washington Gardner High School in 1945. She married her loving husband, Harry Radee, Jr. on June 22, 1946 in Albion Michigan. While living in Michigan she worked as Service Caster, Consumer Power...
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Arlene Plager Marks

March 19, 1931 - March 6, 2013

Arlene P. Marks, of Cathedral City, California, passed away in her sleep at her home of 23 years on Wednesday night, March 6, 2013, fewer than 2 weeks shy of her 82nd birthday. Arlene and her husband, Sidney Marks (1926-1994), ventured out West from New Jersey back in the 1960s, with fresh promises of sunshine, orange trees, beaches, and mountains---and the opportunity to avoid shoveling any...
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Julia Szegedi Low

August 14, 1932 - March 1, 2013

Julia Low age 80 resided in Desert Hot Springs, California departed on Friday, March 1, 2013 Born August 14, 1932 in Sao Paulo, Brazil to Hungarian parents Francisco and Julianna Szegedi one of 6 children, 5 sisters and one brother Julie moved to New York at the age of twenty she spent some time as a hair model and then she met and married Bernard Low. They...
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John Thomas Morrison

March 13, 1921 - February 25, 2013

John Morrison, 91, Desert Hot Springs, passed away February 25, 2013. He was born in Greensburg, Pa. to Clifford and Cecilia Morrison. He was preceded in death by his wife Sally and his sister Marjorie. He served in the Army Air Corps until 1945, serving several years in India. He is survived by his loving daughter Janis Buller (Emil), sister-in-law Norma Meehan, several nieces and nephews...
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Tracy Betta

April 16, 1970 - February 15, 2013

Tracy Betta, 42 of Desert Hot Springs passed away on February 15, 2013 in Rancho Mirage, Ca. She was born April 16, 1970 to George E. Betta and Ella D. Knott. She worked most of her life as a technician in the automotive industry. She is survived by 2 brothers Deano Betta of Greenville Ca. Tommy Deskins of N. Albany Or. and 3 sisters Debbie Duhn of junction City Or., Ledora Kelsin of Harrisburg...
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Roxie Lee French

November 11, 1937 - January 30, 2013

Roxie Lee French passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 in the home of her daughter, Sharon Stevens, where she lived in La Quinta, CA. Roxie Lee was born on November 11, 1937 in Blackfoot, Idaho. Roxie Lee graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in Los Angeles, CA in 1955 and attended Brigham Young University. She resided in Los Angeles, Palos Verdes, Mission Viejo, Moreno Valley...
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John Leonard Morgan

February 26, 1938 - January 25, 2013

John Leonard Morgan was born in Detroit Michigan on February 26, 1938 to Leonard and Susan Morgan. He lived in Desert Hot Springs for 26 years, working first for the City of Desert Hot Springs, then working as the Manager of Operations for the Mission Springs Water District. He served on the citizens committee that set up the Desert Hot Springs Police Department. He and his wife Gloria stayed...
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Irene Leocadia Petke

April 5, 1923 - January 21, 2013

Irene Leocadia Doniec Petke, 89, born on Apr. 5, 1923, passed away peacefully on Jan. 21, 2013. She had been a resident of Yucca Valley , California since 1987 and prior to that she resided in Chicago, Illinois. She is survived by her two sons James (Teresa) Petke, Ronald (Mary) Petke, daughter in-law Mary Cassiano-Petke, eight grand-children (Jerome, Juliet, Christian, Teresa, Rachel, Anita,...
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Arnold G. Martens

September 4, 1928 - January 21, 2013

Arnold G Martens September 4, 1928 – January 21, 2013 Born in Davenport, Iowa to Herman and Frieda Martens. He married Doris Lee Seabold in 1949, eventually moving the family to Southern California 1955. He is survived by his wife, Doris, sisters Betty Hepner and Darlene Norton, Children Linda Bergen, Debra Nicol, Kathy Furr, Robert Martens, and 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren....
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Donald Lawrence Johnston

June 5, 1948 - January 19, 2013

Donald L. Johnston June 5, 1948 – January 19, 2013 Born in Long Beach California to Mary and Bruce Johnston, growing up in the Long Beach area. He is survived by his parents, a sister, Claudia Rizzo, Nephew John Rizzo and a niece Jaclyn Rizzo and many, many friends. He graduated from Lakewood High School in 1965, from Long Beach City College in 1971 and from University of Southern...
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Linda Lee Curtis

July 6, 1947 - January 15, 2013

The Lord gives, the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Linda Lee Curtis, (Lee Maxwell) our precious Daughter, went to be with her Lord early Tuesday Morning January 15, 2013. Her Family was at her side to till the end praying and holding her hand. We thank our Lord for allowing us to be with Lee until the end. Lee's life began July 6, 1947 in Athens Ohio. In 1952 Lee migrated...
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Marlene Pagliaro DeFrisco-Harrison

August 27, 1931 - January 10, 2013

Marlene DeFrisco Harrison (nee Pagliaro) found eternal peace on Thursday, January 10, 2013, age 81 years. Preceded in death by her beloved husband of 41 years, Joseph DeFrisco, and her loving husband of nearly 14 years, Atapwg "Harry" Harrison. Devoted mother of Joseph (& Lesleah) DeFrisco, Jeanne (& Robert) Strauss, and Patricia (& Ronald) Schmeling. Proud grandmother of Ryan DeFrisco, John (&...
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Gary Allen Nelson

October 26, 1950 - January 5, 2013

Gary Allen Nelson was born on October 26th,1950 in South Gate, California to Bud and Dorothy Nelson. He went to school at Roosevelt Elementary School, Paramount Junior High School, and Graduated from Paramount High School. Gary married his wife JoAnn Armijo on February 21st,1970. They were married for 42 years and had 3 children, Tina, Crystal, and Erick. They resided in Bell, California for...
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Jeffrey Jay Makus

October 23, 1941 - December 11, 2012

Jeffrey Jay Makus passed away December 11th, 2012 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. The eldest of three siblings, he was born October 23, 1941 in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin to Albert and Joyce Makus. He attended Cheyenne (now Central) High School where he met Sharrie Miller. They married in 1960 and had two sons, Jon and Jim Makus. In 1962 they moved to Riverside,...
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Christopher Gaylord Lance

February 1, 1950 - December 2, 2012

Christopher G. Lance was born in Watertown, New York on February 1, 1950. He loved running and playing in the mountains when he was a child and he played with the timber wolves, black bears, mountain lions and all of the other forest creatures. He was a child of nature and enjoyed the outdoors. He joined the United States Marine Corp. just out of high school in June, 1967 and trained at Camp...
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Richard William Dippner

November 20, 1927 - November 27, 2012

Richard William Dippner Richard Dippner, the devoted husband of the love of his life, Pat Dippner, loving father of Vicki, Ric and Danny and doting grandfather of 11 grandchildren passed away peacefully with family at his bedside on Tuesday 27 November 2012. Richard was born in Calgary, Alberta Canada on November 20, 1927. He was a man of many talents. A multi-faceted career led him and...
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James Barron Madrid

September 2, 1944 - October 29, 2012

"Big Jim" passed suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday October 26, 2012 at age 68. Jim was friends to many and most importantly, the family Patriarch for the Madrid clan. Jim is survived by his mother Yaya, his wife of 35 years, Joyce, his son and daughter-in-law Jim and Shelley Madrid, his daughter and son-in-law Christine and Lars Grossmith, his brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Angela Madrid,...
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Archer David Huott, M.D.

May 21, 1930 - October 9, 2012

Archer D. Huott, MD of Palm Desert, California passed away on October 9, 2012 after a short illness. He was 82 years old. He was preceded in passing in 1990 by his wife, Rita Lorraine Schneider originally of Rib Lake, Wisconsin, and also by his only sibling in 1989, his sister, Catherine Doris Finn. Dr. Huott was born in Nyack, New York and spent his childhood in Haverstraw, New York, where he...
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Mildred Mae "Mickey" Trukke

September 22, 1924 - October 9, 2012

Mildred Mae "Mickey" Trukke, 88, of Twentynine Palms, California, passed to her rest on October 9, 2012 at the Desert Rose Elder Care, 73511 Sunnyvale Drive, Twentynine Palms, California. Mrs. Trukke was born on September 22, 1924 in Wagner, South Dakota to Herman Lincoln Olson and Rose Charlotte Thaler Olson. She left South Dakota when she was 18 years old, and lived in California the rest...
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Arthur Bernard Yorba

July 26, 1920 - October 2, 2012

Arthur Bernard Yorba passed way peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loved ones on October 2, 2012, at the age of 92. Arthur was born in Placentia, CA on July 26, 1920; and is preceded in death by his wife Emma, his parents Trinidad and Esperanza and 8 siblings. Arthur served his country in the United States Army during WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star for Bravery. When he returned...
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Alma Delvalle Scheffler

November 3, 1938 - September 22, 2012

Alma Delvalle Scheffler Mrs. Alma Devalle Scheffler, Age 73 of Desert Hot Springs, passed away on September 22, 2012 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. She was born November 3, 1938 to Emilio Bayani and Gregora Delvalle Bayani in Surigao, Philippines. She had been a resident of the Coachella Valley since 1990. Mrs. Scheffler worked for 25 years as a Certified Nurse's...
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Sterling Kent Davis

August 23, 1947 - September 8, 2012

Sterling Kent Davis passed peacefully from this mortal existence at home surrounded by his loving family, into the presence of the God who created him on September 8, 2012. Kent and his twin sister, Kathy, were born August 23, 1947 in Logan, Utah to Sterling and Joyce (Webster) Davis. After living in many cities throughout the west they located to Riverside where Kent spent the next 47 years of...
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