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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...

Robert K. Josephson

Robert K. Josephson passed Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at his home in Laguna Beach following a three-month battle with lymphoma. Josephson was emeritus professor of biology at University of California, Irvine. He was 81 years old. Born in Somerville, Mass., in 1934, he attended Tufts...

John Strotkamp

John Strotkamp (Johnny), who was 100 years old, passed away peacefully of natural causes at his Laguna Beach home on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. John was born in Alameda, Calif., on Oct. 3, 1915, the only child of Johan Heinrick Strotkamp and Emelia J. Vanselow. In his younger years,...

Glenn Arthur Arentz

Nov. 18, 1963 – Jan. 11, 2016 Glenn Arthur Arentz died at home in Santa Ana. He had been a resident of Laguna Beach from 1980 to 2005. For those who would remember him, he worked at Wells Fargo bank as a parking attendant and would always hold the door open for you. He was a...

Dorothy Catherine Scott

Dorothy Catherine Scott passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2016, at the age of 95. Scott is survived by her two daughters, Susan Kollmansberger of Laguna Beach and Sherry Scott-Tyler of North Fort Myers, Fla.; two son-in-laws; two granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews,...

Fannie Lum July 10, 1927- Dec. 2, 2015

Fannie Lum passed away with family by her side on Dec. 2, 2015. She was 88 years old. Seu Fun “Fannie” Lee was born July 10, 1927, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Fannie and her three siblings attended Chinese language school in addition to public school. She left Hawaii and crossed the...

Robert P. Powers 1952-2016

Robert P. Powers, 63, died quietly at home in Santa Fe, N.M. on Jan. 2, 2016, following a courageous 10-month battle with cancer. Bob was born in Laguna Beach in 1952, attended El Morro and Thurston schools and graduated Laguna Beach High School in 1970. He was the son of Porter...

Dorothy Catherine Scott

Dorothy Catherine Scott passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2016, at the age of 95. Scott is survived by her two daughters, Susan Kollmansberger of Laguna Beach and Sherry Scott-Tyler of North Fort Myers, Fla.; two son-in-laws; two granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews,...

Mass Set This Week for Dolores Treviño

Dolores Marie DuPont Treviño passed away peacefully with her family by her side at her home in Laguna Beach on Dec. 30, 2015. Born in Pasadena on Sept. 24, 1935 to Joseph and Lauretta DuPont, Dolores attended St. Andrew’s High School and Pasadena City College. Through her older...

Disabled Advocate Lived Courageously

John Andrew Leaf  June 13, 1945 – Dec. 21, 2015 On Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, kidney failure ended the life of John Andrew “Andy” Leaf. He is finally at peace. He died at home in South Laguna, surrounded by love, family and friends. Leaf was 71, one of the longest surviving victims...

Joseph Richard (Dick) Jahraus

Joseph Richard (Dick) Jahraus II died Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at the age of 90.   A Laguna Beach era is rapidly coming to a close.  An era when Richard’s stepmom would tell him to go to Fisherman’s Cove (Boat Canyon) to get a couple of abalones off the rocks because they were...