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Category: Obituaries

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Charles Ernest Maier Jr.

Charles Ernest Maier Jr.

  Charles Ernest Maier Jr. was born Jan. 12, 1931, in Pasadena, though he grew up in Laguna Beach, attending the public schools there and was active in all aspects of school life. In 1948 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War, 1950-1953. He was an air controller in the Chosin […]

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Laguna’s First Woman Council Member Dies

Laguna’s First Woman Council Member Dies

Helen Keeley died peacefully at her home in Borrego Springs, Calif., on Nov. 20, 2013.  She was 102 years old. Keeley was the first woman to be elected to the Laguna Beach City Council and also served as president of the Festival of Arts.  Memorial services will be held early next year at a date […]

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Mary Redwitz

Mary Redwitz

Mary Redwitz, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, died peacefully at home Nov. 19, 2013. She was 87 years old. Beloved mother of three children, Randy, Tom and Ellen, Redwitz was the quintessential “Mom” and completely focused on the well being of her family. Her life’s passion was insuring her family was happy, and she did […]

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Dale Turner

Dale Turner

Dale Merlin Turner, known as Dal, died on Nov. 2 at his home in Palm Springs. Turner was the son of the Rev. Dallas R. Turner, longtime pastor of then Community Presbyterian Church in Laguna Beach, and his wife, Virginia Howland Turner. Born in Berkeley, Dal was the brother of three younger Turner sisters, Nancy […]

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George Staight

George Staight

George Staight, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, peacefully passed away at home on Nov. 12, at the age of 65, after battling stomach cancer.  He was comfortable and surrounded by his wife of 42 years, Lisa, and their three children, Patrick, Kevin, and Annie. Staight treated life as an adventure. Born on Dec. 27, […]

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Jenny Elizabeth Mercer

Jenny Elizabeth Mercer

Jenny Elizabeth Mercer, 34, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, on Hilton Head Island, S.C. Mercer lived on Hilton Head Island and Pittsburgh as a young girl and recently moved back to Hilton Head Island from Laguna Beach. Mercer was a graduate of Proctor Academy in Andover, N.H. While at Proctor Academy she participated in the […]

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Memorial Service: Jeannette York Merrilees

Memorial Service: Jeannette York Merrilees

The life of Jeannette York Merrilees will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. with a service at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave., followed by a 2:30 p.m. reception at the Woman’s Club, 286 St. Anne’s Dr.  

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Ira Silverstein

Ira Silverstein

Dr. Ira Silverstein, 74, of Laguna Beach, passed away on Oct. 9 after an accident while traveling overseas. He grew up in New Jersey where he graduated from Hillside High as class valedictorian. At Princeton, he was pre-med but majored in English. After graduating from University of Pennsylvania Medical School, he did an internship in […]

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Clarence Boyd

Clarence Boyd

Clarence Hagood Boyd III, or “C” as his friends knew him, a long-time resident of Laguna Beach, passed away suddenly on Oct. 23.  He was 72. Born Aug. 15, 1941, to C.H. Boyd Jr. and Alice Boyd, he grew up in the Forest Park area of Fort Worth, Texas. He married his high school sweetheart, […]

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Virgil Marvin Irwin

Virgil Marvin Irwin

Virgil Marvin Irwin, 87, died peacefully at home in Ventura, Calif., on Oct. 25.  He left a far flung, extended family and many friends to celebrate his long life. Marv was born on Jan. 13, 1926, in Spokane, Wash., to Lila White and Joseph Irwin.  He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1944 […]

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Sally Ann Kennedy

Sally Ann Kennedy

Sally Ann (Rusestine) Kennedy, 71, succumbed to lung cancer on Oct. 10, 2013. Kennedy resided in Santa Ana since 1993. She was born on Aug. 15, 1942, in Ferndale, Mich., the city in which she grew up. Sally graduated from Ferndale High School in 1960 and was her class homecoming queen. She moved to Southern […]

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Open-Space Advocate Merrilees Dies at 83

Open-Space Advocate Merrilees Dies at 83

Jeannette York Merrilees, age 83, died on Oct. 14, 2013. She was a resident of Laguna Beach since 1973. Jeannette was born (Jeannette Faas York) on March 18, 1930, in Newark, N.Y., the second child of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Whittier York.  Her father died when she was still an infant. Jeannette was raised by […]

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Robert French

Robert French

Dr. Robert E. French, a prominent Orange County orthodontist, passed away peacefully On Saturday, Oct. 12, with family members at his bedside. The cause of death was related to complications from a degenerative lung condition. Bob was born an only child to Ursula and Schuyler French on May 7, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo. In […]

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Katherine McGilvray Pitts

Katherine McGilvray Pitts

 Katherine Pitts passed away peacefully Sept. 13, 2013, in Newport Beach’s Hoag Hospital after a 48-day illness. She was 66. Kathy was born in Pasadena, Calif., on Sept. 30, 1946, to Donald Alexander and Judith Bailey McGilvray. She was raised in Arcadia and attended Arcadia High School. Kathy was a ranked tennis player in high […]

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Richard S. Clark

Richard S. Clark

Richard S. Clark, longtime resident of Laguna Beach, died peacefully on Sept. 22, 2013. Clark was born in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Feb 13, 1923. He graduated from Ithaca High School at age 16 and attended Cornell University. At the outbreak of World War II, he joined the Army where he served in the Pacific. It was […]