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Category: Obituaries

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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., […]

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Obituary: Douglas Greene

Obituary: Douglas Greene

Linguist, athlete, world traveler, Army intelligence officer and witness to civil rights history: this is but a partial description of Douglas Walker Greene, who died at 74 from complications of primary progressive aphasia on July 23 at his Laguna Beach home. Doug was born to Earl and Alice Greene on Dec. 13, 1938 in Ishpeming, […]

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Albert Butler

Albert Butler

Albert “Monte” Butler, 59, of Mapleton, Iowa, passed away April 20 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born March 8, 1954, in Onawa, Iowa, the son of Albert Kenneth and Helen Evelyn Collins Butler grew up in Onawa and graduated from Onawa High School in 1972. He attended Morningside College for three semesters. […]

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Randolph Hargrave

Randolph Hargrave

Randolph Leonard Hargrave, 72, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at home in Laguna Beach among family and with his dog on his lap. The cause was chronic lung failure due to a severe reaction to a medication. Hargrave, whom family members and close friends knew as Randy, was born to Hallett Leonard and Lena […]

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Lyle "Tiger" Pickett

Lyle “Tiger” Pickett

September 7, 1927 – May 28, 2013       Lyle Pickett, after a very long struggle with his health, has left this world for his next great adventure. He was affectionately known to many as “Tiger”. Born in 1927 to Joe and Martha Pickett, Lyle grew up in Los Angeles where he met the love […]

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Scientist Joie Jones, Presidential Advisor, Dies

Scientist Joie Jones, Presidential Advisor, Dies

Joie Pierce Jones, age 72, passed into the light on June 23 after several years of failing health. As a high school student in Abilene, Tex., Jones won the National Science Fair using a rocket he built to measure radiation in the upper atmosphere. The rocket rose 52 miles, a record that still stands. Jones […]

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Monica Sorce

Monica Sorce

Beloved Monika Sorce passed away to heaven on Friday, June 21. She was surrounded by her family and her animals. Sorce devoted her time to rescue animals and brought them to her home in Laguna Canyon. One of the dogs she rescued, Boomer, the amazing trick dog, was invited to the Jay Leno show. Money […]

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Shirley Grogan

Shirley Grogan

Shirley Virginia Whitman Aguinaldo Grogan, 93, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Wednesday, May 22. She was born Jan. 4, 1920, in her home on 7 Mile Road during the biggest snowstorm in the history of Lake Orion, Mich. She graduated from Lake Orion High School in 1938 and in 1943 she joined the Marine […]

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Henri Hellieson

Henri Hellieson

March 28, 1923 – May 14, 2013   Henri Hellieson had a long and happy life. He had a marvelous deep voice and was a fabulous singer. He sang at several of the church choirs, not to mention any piano bar that was available. He was a chef for many years, including cooking for former […]

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June Esther Campbell

June Esther Campbell

Gay Rights Advocate Dies June Esther Campbell, 89, passed peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2013. She had been in failing health for several months and entered hospice care last summer. Campbell was an active real estate agent in Laguna Beach, selling homes even into her 80s. Legend has it that Campbell sold many local houses […]