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Category: Obituaries

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Susan Bollingmo

Susan Bollingmo

Susan Bollingmo was born Aug. 2,1940, and died July 15, 2014, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Formerly married to Daniel Weston, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Known for her gracious ways of loving and caring for others, she will be remembered for her many acts of kindness. A successful single mother prior […]

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Anne Haynes Price Fike

Anne Haynes Price Fike

Former Laguna Beach resident and well-known psychotherapist with the Saddleback Pediatric Medical Group, Dr. Anne Haynes Price Fike, died on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her home at Brethren Hillcrest Homes in La Verne. She was the only child of George Nash and Mildred Haynes and was born on May 31, 1936, in Bassett, Va. […]

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William Powell

William Powell

Retired real estate broker William “Bill” Powell passed away peacefully on July 3, 2014, in his hometown of Shreveport, La. Powell was born Aug. 23, 1929, in Shreveport and lived there until he attended Loyola University in New Orleans. After college, Powell proudly served in the US Coast Guard before moving to Bakersfield, Calif., to […]

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Susan Estelle Spivak Bollingmo

Susan Estelle Spivak Bollingmo

Susan Bollingmo was born Aug. 2,1940, and died July 15, 2014, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Formerly married to Daniel Weston, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Known for her gracious ways of loving and caring for others, she will be remembered for her many acts of kindness. A successful single mother prior […]

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Father of Nicole Brown Simpson Dies

Father of Nicole Brown Simpson Dies

We are saddened by the death of our beloved husband and father, Louis Hezekiah Brown Jr. Brown, born in Havana, Kan., on Aug. 10, 1923, died July 3, 2014 with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Juditha; daughters Wendy, Denise, Dominique and Tanya; sons Rolf and Tracy; and grandchildren and […]

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Roger Mack Williams

Roger Mack Williams

Captain Roger Mack Williams, 77, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2014, in Georgetown, Texas. Roger “Tosh” was born on Oct. 3, 1936, to parents, Ike O. Williams and Anna Alice Carroll Williams and is a native son of Williamson County, Texas, where his ancestors helped tame the new county and became prominent contributors to […]

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Richard Balzer

Richard Balzer

Richard Havlin Balzer passed away on June 12, 2014, in Springfield, Ore., from a bad heart valve. He was born Aug. 25, 1945 in Los Angeles to Carl and Elsa Balzer. Balzer is survived by his son Vaughn Balzer; his grandson Calvin Balzer; his brother Rick Balzer and his niece Shannon Balzer Palmer. Richard, or […]

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 Major Laguna Sculptor Dies

Major Laguna Sculptor Dies

By Bolton Colburn, Special to the Independent Long-time Laguna Beach resident and ceramic sculptor Jerry Rothman died Thursday, June 5, of a heart attack at a hospital near his sculpture park and home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. During the last few years of his life Rothman was unable to work due to the […]

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Georgette Robertson

Georgette Robertson

July 28, 1924-May 28, 2014 A great lady, mother, grandmother and dear friend, Georgette La Roque Robertson entered her heavenly home at age 89. She was born in San Angelo, Tex., to Annis and Forest Shakelford. After her father’s early death, her mother married a wonderful man, Robert La Roque, who adopted Georgette. Growing up […]

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Beatriz Lopez Mead

Beatriz Lopez Mead

June 22, 1946 – May 23, 2014 Beatriz Lopez Mead, known to her friends affectionately as Bianca, passed away peacefully after an 18-month struggle with cancer. Her loving spirit, sharp sense of humor and contagious laughter will remain with all that knew her. Mead spent the better part of her life working in the arts. […]

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Beatrice Ruth Hillard

Beatrice Ruth Hillard

Beatrice Ruth Hillard, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away April 8, 2014.   Born Sept. 29, 1924, Bea grew up in Milwaukee, Wisc., before moving to New York. There, she received her master’s in nursing from Columbia University in 1959.   Specializing in pre-natal care and child birth, she wrote numerous published articles and traveled […]

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Alma Marie Fedorsin 1923-2014

Alma Marie Fedorsin 1923-2014

Alma Marie Fedorsin, of Laguna Woods, passed away from natural causes April 17, 2014. Her husband was with her at the time of her death. Alma was born in Ambridge, Penn., on Nov. 13, 1923. She was the youngest of 13 children born to Carmela and Joseph Caracci, who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy. Alma […]

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Diana Lee Kramer

Diana Lee Kramer

May 6, 1936-April 12, 2014 Diana Lee Kramer, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on April 12, the 56th anniversary of her wedding. She leaves her loving husband, Karl Kramer, three children, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and an army of beloved family and friends. Diana was born […]

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Holden Obituary

Holden Obituary

Melanie Ott Holden passed away at her home on March 31, 2014. Born in Evanston, Ill., on May 12,1938, Melanie moved to Laguna Beach with her family in 1941. Her father was renowned sculptor, Peterpaul Ott. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School, Melanie continued her education in Germany, mastering six foreign languages and working […]

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Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards and ended up shaping a culture, passed away at his home in Palm Desert on Saturday, March 29. He was 80 and had been in declining health for some time. The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves,” by Laguna Beach author Paul Holmes, […]