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Ronald F. Amberg

Ronald Frederick Amberg, 74, passed away on Feb. 27, 2016, in the O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, N.Y. He was born on Sept. 18, 1941, in New York City and grew up in New Hyde Park, Long Island. Amberg lived in Laguna Beach for many years and had many great friends who will sorely...

Yogi Bear

On April 13, 2016, we lost our beloved chow chow, Yogi Bear. He was not just our “only child,” but he was also our best friend and protector. Almost everyone living in North Laguna Beach knew Yogi as he was frequently seen being walked or sitting in the passenger seat...

Ronald F. Amberg

Ronald Frederick Amberg, 74, passed away on Feb. 27, 2016, in the O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, N.Y. He was born on Sept. 18, 1941, in New York City and grew up in New Hyde Park, Long Island. Amberg lived in Laguna Beach for many years and had many great friends who will sorely...

Barbara Jean Burkhardt Barnett

Aug. 17, 1937-April 2, 2016 Barbara Barnett, a long time resident of Laguna Beach, passed away at home Saturday, April 2, 2016. Barbara was born Aug. 17, 1937, in Middletown, Ohio, to Issac and Bessie Burkhardt. While Barbara was very young her mother passed away and Barbara...

Beverly Blumenfeld

Longtime Laguna Beach resident and Sawdust Festival member Beverly Blumenfeld passed peacefully in her Canyon Acres home on Tuesday evening, April 5. Born on Sept. 3, 1944, in Hornell, N.Y., Bev met her husband Mark in 1963 while she was attending beauty school and he was...

Memorials

Friends Plan Tribute to Tom Rizzo Friends and family of Tom Rizzo are invited to a 10 a.m. celebration Saturday, April 16, in Heisler Park on the bluff’s southern end overlooking Rockpile Beach. Participants are invited to share pictures or memories of Rizzo and a paddle out will...

Roxanne Martin

Roxanne “Roxy” Marie Martin, age 32, passed away on March 3, 2016, at her home in Ladera Ranch. Roxy was born Feb. 1, 1984, at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, and was a lifelong Southern California girl. She was a passionate person who loved being a mother, creating...

Nancy Makowsky

Nancy Benjamin Makowsky, 61, of San Clemente, passed away at home, surrounded by family on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. Nancy was born June 28, 1954, in Kansas City, Kas., the daughter of J. Philip and Doris (Roesler) Benjamin and raised...

Jackie Stanford Porter

1/19/24 -3/7/16 Jackie was born Sipp Bayes Stanford on Jan. 19, 1924, in Catlettsburg, Ky. She and her mother shared the name Sipp Bayes (commemorating a Kentucky riverboat), but she was always known as Jackie, after her father Jack Stanford. An only child, Jackie attended St....

Ann Peacock Sokoloff

Ann Peacock Sokoloff of Talent, Ore., left us on Feb. 19 after a brief illness. She was born in Fulham, England, and at the age of 22 immigrated to the United States, settling in Laguna Beach where she raised her family. Sokoloff was beautiful, charming, artistic, and...

Gail Converse

Gail Converse, 65, of Laguna Beach, passed away on Feb. 14, 2016, surrounded by her family after a six-year battle with cancer. Gail was born on June 10, 1950, in Los Angeles to Robert and Melva Goodwin. She was the youngest Goodwin daughter, following behind Judy and Nancy. She...

Richard (Dick) Allen Loomis

Richard (Dick) Allen Loomis Richard (Dick) Loomis, age 84, of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 26, 1931, to Dale and Margaret Loomis, Dick graduated from Withrow High School and Ohio...

Thomas Rackowski

Thomas P. Rackowski, a former resident of Laguna Beach, has died at 69 years of age. He was attacked by intruders in his home in Belize, Central America, on Saturday, Feb. 13, and died on Monday, Feb. 15, after undergoing surgery. Arrests have been made and a trial is pending....

Obituary

Marc Pitz By Taylor Pitz, Special to the Independent Marc Pitz of Laguna Beach passed away on Feb. 15, 2016, at the age of 51 after a courageous battle with cancer. Marc was “made in Canada”, but born in Laguna Beach to Marcel and Monique Pitz. He grew up in Laguna, and attended...

Caroline Hoover

Caroline B. Hoover, 94, passed away in her home on Jan. 30, 2016, in Laguna Beach after a brief hospitalization. Hoover over was born in November 1921, in Glendale, Calif., to parents Charles and Laura Bugg. She graduated from Pasadena Junior College and went on to receive a...