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Category: Obituaries

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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 […]

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Margot Seeholzer

Margot Seeholzer

Margot Seeholzer, resident of Laguna Beach of over 40 years, passed away suddenly in her home Saturday, Sept. 14. Born in Germany in 1942, her wanderlust brought her to sunny Laguna Beach in the early ‘70s, where she joined her cousin, Anneliese Schimmelpfennig, to help teach at her new school, Anneliese’s. In the early years […]

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David Campbell Winckler

David Campbell Winckler

David Campbell Winckler passed in peace and comfort on Wednesday, Aug. 21 from Alzheimer’s dementia. Born in Long Beach on Feb. 4, 1937 to his parents Richard and Elizabeth, Dave spent his youth in both the avocado fields of Tustin and the sunny sands of Newport Beach.  In these places, Winckler began to foster what […]

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‘Doc’ Blacketer, Artist-Craftsman, Dies at 96

‘Doc’ Blacketer, Artist-Craftsman, Dies at 96

By Belinda Blacketer, Special to the Independent   Francis LeRoy “Doc” Blacketer, an artist with ties to Laguna Beach’s early settlers, died in Atwater, Calif., on Aug. 30. Born on July 10, 1918, to Lewis Sherman Blacketer and Frances Mae Lovelace Blacketer on a farm near Seward, Neb., he was the youngest of 10 children. […]

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Mary Louise Hart Delaney

Mary Louise Hart Delaney

Mary Louise Hart Delaney passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 8., at her home in Whitefish, Mont., surrounded by her loving husband Laurence Delaney, daughters Elizabeth Phillips and Jennifer Clemente, and son Morgan Hart Delaney. Life began for Mary Louise in 1941 where her parents Doris and Arthur Hart raised her with her sisters Helen and […]

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Andrew Lyon

Andrew Lyon

  Ten months after triumphantly crossing into Canada having walked there from Mexico, Andrew Lyon, 24, passed away on the morning of Aug. 30, 2013 cradled in the arms of his mother and sister. Lyon took his final breath at Ananda, a spiritual community in northern California where he had spent many months throughout the […]

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Anne Komarek Mudge

Anne Komarek Mudge

Anne Komarek Mudge, persistent giver, gourmet cook, bonne vivante, New Yorker magazine devotée, dear mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, died Aug. 23, 2013, from cardiac complications following a car accident. Mudge lived life like she was hopping between a Shel Silverstein children’s book and a Noel Coward play, always giving and always alert for a […]

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Wilhelmina Wise

Wilhelmina Wise

Mina Wise led a wonderful life. She passed away on July 31, 2013, at the age of 93. She was born Wilhelmina Gordon in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 22, 1919. As a young lady, she moved to Carmel, San Francisco and Hollywood. In the 1950s, she was employed as an administrative assistant for Capitol Records […]

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Rudolph J. Basile

Rudolph J. Basile

Rudolph John Basile passed away on Aug. 29, 2013 at his family home in Laguna Beach. He was 86. R. John or Rudy was born at home in New York City on March 10, 1927, to John and Maria (Raia) Basile, with two older brothers and a sister, a first-generation American.  He grew up in […]

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John A. Garau

John A. Garau

On Thursday Aug. 23, 2013, we lost our father and our community lost one of its most unique characters and longtime citizens, John Aurelio Garau.   When Dos Equis XX created the “Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign they could have easily taken from Garau’s adventures because in many ways he was the most Interesting […]

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Debra Deem

Debra Deem

Debra Healy Deem, 58, of Laguna Beach passed away on Aug. 28 after succumbing to injuries received in a tragic bike accident on Aug. 27, 2013. Debra was born in St. Paul, Minn., and grew up in Southern California. She received her bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from California State Polytechnic University of […]

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Dr. Harry Bruce Cohen

Dr. Harry Bruce Cohen

Dr. Harry Bruce Cohen passed away at 75 in his home in Laguna Beach on Aug. 21, 2013 after a prolonged battle with multiple myeloma. Retired since 2011, Dr. Cohen was a graduate of Brandeis University, and received his Ph.D. in psychology from McGill University in 1963. Until 1972 he was engaged in research at […]

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John Jeffrey Thompson

John Jeffrey Thompson

Without a word, a small boy takes my hand, and pulls me gently to where my backpack sits.  I pull out a red plastic cup and he takes it to the water’s edge.  John fills the cup with water and brings it to his elbow.  Slowly he pours the water down his forearm and watches […]

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Maureen Olsen

Maureen Olsen

On Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, God reclaimed an angel after a courageous battle against cancer.  Maureen (Mauri) Rose Clarke Olsen, 47, of Laguna Beach, passed away with her family by her side. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Rd., […]