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Category: Obituaries

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Charlotte Marie McManus

Charlotte Marie McManus

  Charlotte Marie McManus, a resident of Laguna Beach for 53 years, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013. She was 86. She was our mother, mentor, benefactor, and friend. She was born Nov. 29, 1926 in Chicago, Ill., to Albert Frank Comiskey and Charlotte Ann (Lottie) Verry.  She came to California as a young woman […]

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Philip Herbert

Philip Herbert

Philip C. Herbert, 73, a long time resident of Orange County passed away on March 12, 2013, in Prescott, Ariz., with his loving wife Katherine by his side. He is survived by children Scott, Kristine, and Penny; grandchildren Brynna, Stephen, Gianna, Kristin, EvaJean, Justin, and Meghan; great grandson Taylor; brothers Mick and Larry and sister Mollie. […]

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Lylah Almon

Lylah Almon

April 18, 1926 – Feb. 5, 2013   Lylah Jean Runingen Almon, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, died peacefully at her Laguna Woods home Feb. 5, 2013 at the age of 86. Lylah had a simple upbringing. She was raised on a small family farm in Houston, Minn., along with her brothers Reginald and Glen […]

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Josephine Ann Conroy Upham Billings

Josephine Ann Conroy Upham Billings

May 15, 1927-Feb. 10, 2013                         You are beloved daughter of Margaret Gertrude and Thomas Henry Conroy; charming wife to David William Upham, Sr., and Cmdr. Richard Newman Billings, USN (deceased); resolute mother to David William Upham, Jr., (deceased), Jonathan Conroy Upham (Patty), Christopher Allison Upham (Susannah) and Jennifer Upham Saunders (Dan); untiring grandmother […]

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Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman

Former Festival of Arts artist and board member Robert Freeman, aka Philip, died of natural causes on Feb. 13, 2013. Freeman was born in River Rouge, Mich., in 1925. He met his wife to-be Jean Sampson at the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, which was later renamed the Center for Creative Studies. Both studied […]

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Lyle Evans Proctor

Lyle Evans Proctor

Lyle Evans Proctor of Laguna Beach passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 13, 2013. He was 88. Born in Soldier, Kan., Lyle moved to Southern California with his family as a boy, and attended Belmont High School in Los Angeles. Patriotic and brave, at age 18, Lyle began service for the U.S. Coast […]

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Betty Louise Striley

Betty Louise Striley

Betty Louise Striley, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away with her family by her bedside Feb. 18 at the age of 86. A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, at Seven-Degrees from 2-6 p.m.

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Rona Perley

Rona Perley

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 7, for Rona Perley, 75, of Laguna Beach, co-owner of Laguna Cookie Co. She is survived by her loving family, husband Howard; children Sue, Steven and Robin (Jim Benton); and grandchildren Alison and Chad.  

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William Bird

William Bird

William D. Bird, Jr. passed away early on Jan. 29, 2013 in his Laguna Beach home with his beloved wife Nancy at his side. He was 89. Bill was born in Bird’s Point, Mo., a small town on the Mississippi River settled by his ancestors preceding the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 before it was part […]

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Daniel Dugger

Daniel Dugger

Daniel Aldon Dugger passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at the age of 59 at his home in Sage, Calif., of a heart attack. Danny was born Dec. 28, 1953 in Bakersfield. In his lifetime, he touched so many people’s lives with his generous heart, twinkling eyes and warm handshake. Dan graduated from Laguna […]

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Pauline Shubel Bužan

Pauline Shubel Bužan

  A longtime resident of Laguna Beach, Pauline Shubel Buzan passed away peacefully on Jan. 30, 2013, at the age of 92. Pauline (Pauli) was born Oct. 22, 1920 in New York, the day after her parents immigrated from Slovenia.  She grew up in a cultural milieu and was active in her Slovenian-American community in […]

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Martin Joseph Miller DDS

Martin Joseph Miller DDS

Martin Miller passed away peacefully on Feb. 2, 2013, at his home in Laguna Beach. He was 87. Martin was born in Seattle, Wash., on July 19, 1925, the oldest son of Martin J. Miller and Teresa E. Miller. A life-long Catholic, he attended St. Alphonsus Grade School and O’Dea High School graduating in 1943. […]

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George Witt, 1931 – 2013

George Witt, 1931 – 2013

George (Red) Witt, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, died Jan. 30, 2013 after battling cancer with bravery, good humor and grace. Witt enlisted in the Marines during the Korean War, and about that time his great pitching arm was discovered, leading him ultimately to pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they won the 1960 World Series. Witt […]

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Devin Lowell Aitken Hands

Devin Lowell Aitken Hands

Devin Lowell Aitken Hands passed on to his next adventure on Jan. 19, 2013.  He was surrounded by his immediate family.  He would have been 23 years old on Jan. 28. He was born Jan. 28, 1990, in Laguna Beach, where he lived his entire life.  He was a kid and a young man . […]

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Mary Louise Ferguson

Mary Louise Ferguson

Mary Louise Ferguson of Laguna Beach passed away peacefully at her home on Dec. 31, 2012 after 94 years of vibrant living. She had a smile on her face until the very end. Born in Detroit, Mich., Mary Louise spent her young years in Glendale and raised a family in Whittier and Newport Beach. She […]