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Category: Obituaries

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Annette Louise Stephens

Annette Louise Stephens

Annette Louise Stephens, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, died Dec. 14, 2013, due to the complications of Widely Metastatic Uterine Cancer.   She was 78 years old. Stephens was born in Union City, N.J. to Gerard and Zoe Steencken on May 5, 1935.  There she was educated and graduated from Emerson High School with honors.   […]

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Robert E. Roper

Robert E. Roper

  Dr. Robert E. Roper, 80, passed away at home in Laguna Beach on Christmas Day, 2013. He was born in Kewanee, Ill., on Oct. 1, 1933, to Dr. Robert Wilson Roper and Florine Effie Roper. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University as a high school senior, joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity, graduated one year early […]

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Laguna’s First Female Mayor Dies

Laguna’s First Female Mayor Dies

Phyllis Sweeney, the first woman mayor of Laguna Beach, died Monday, Dec. 3. Sweeney became active in Laguna politics during the campaign against high rise development in 1971 and was appointed to the City Council in 1972, elected in 1974 and served a contentious term as mayor from 1976 to 1977 as part of a […]

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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 […]