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Obituaries

Obituaries of Louis and Jacqueline Zitnik

  Louis James Zitnik passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023, at the age of 99, in his Laguna Beach home less than 24 hours after his beloved wife, Jacqueline Irene Zitnik, aged 98, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023, surrounded by family members. They resided in Laguna Beach...

Obituary: Vivian “Sissy” Caris alias Reynders

May 22, 1954 – January 18, 2023 Vivian “Sissy” Caris alias Reynders (née Thompson) passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at home surrounded by her family.   Sissy was born May 22, 1954, in Midland, Texas. After both parents passed away prematurely, Sissy and her brother, Scott, at a very young...

Obituary: Patricia Whiteside Phillips

March 15, 1934 - January 12, 2023  She loved playing at life. Ebullient artist, activist and teacher Patricia Whiteside Phillips passed away Thursday, January 12, 2023. Her colorful life culminated in participating in more than 50 art exhibits across the country, four decades showing at the Sawdust Festival, Art-A-Fair, and Festival...

Obituary – Fredric Harold Rubel

Fredric Harold Rubel was born on May 25, 1934 in San Bernardino, California to Rose and Barney Rubel. Fred attended Elsinore Military Academy from ages 9 to 18 and then went on to UC Berkeley from 1952 to 1956. While attending Cal to earn his B.S. degree in Business,...

Obituary: In Memoriam Phil Lawes, 73

In Memoriam Phil Lawes, 73 Phil passed away at Providence Mission Hospital Mission Viejo from acute respiratory failure. His son, Christopher N. Bosley, a Laguna Beach High School graduate, was at his side. Phil made the rank of Sergeant in the Marines and moved to Laguna Beach in 1973 after being...

Obituary: Ronald Robert Whitacre

February 9, 1940 - October 31, 2022 Ronald Whitacre, loving partner, artist, and father, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2022 in his home in Laguna Beach, California. He was 82 years old. His last days were eased by calls and visits from friends and family and the loving care...

Obituary: Romaine Keith Friesen

Obituary: Romaine Keith Friesen Feb. 19, 1943 - Oct. 24, 2022 Romaine “Rome” Keith Friesen was born Feb. 19, 1943 to Wendell and Hannah Friesen in Hamilton County, Nebraska. He passed away on Oct. 24, 2022, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 79 years. Passionate about history, Rome always...

Obituary: Al Treviño

Alberto Treviño passed away peacefully on Sept. 29, with family by his side, in the home he built in Bluebird Canyon in the early 1960s. Al was born in Inglewood, the youngest of four siblings, on Dec. 28, 1931, but spent his early childhood in El Paso, Texas. While attending...

Baseball writer, Indy columnist Jean Ardell dies

Jean Hastings Ardell, a nationally-recognized baseball writer and coastal Orange County columnist, died at her Laguna Beach home after a three-month battle with leukemia on Friday, Oct. 7. She was 79. Ardell was born in Brooklyn on Jan. 23, 1943, and grew up in Queens, New York. Her mother's love...

Obituary: Joe Briskey, 78

Joseph Allum Briskey, Marine veteran, carpenter, a 50-year resident of Laguna Beach, a stalwart regular at Main Beach and Crescent Bay, former pitcher for the Utah State Aggies baseball team, known to hundreds of friends all over Laguna Beach as Joe or Jose, died Sept. 16, 2022. He was...