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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...

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...

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...

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...

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.  

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...