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The Wiefels family has been serving Southern California families in times of death since 1908. We maintain our tradition of personal service with individual attention for every family.

Because we are aware that each family's need varies, we offer a wide range of funeral options, which include not only Traditional Funeral Services, Memorials and Cremations, but also Pre-Arrangement Planning. We strive to make every service special, reflecting the requests and needs of your family and of the deceased.


Our Obituaries

Donald Carlsen

January 12, 1930 - April 17, 2017


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James Scott Capwell

November 25, 1968 - April 16, 2017


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Dirce Oropeza

February 15, 1932 - April 15, 2017


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Lorraine "Lupe" Carrillo

September 9, 1937 - April 14, 2017

Lorraine "Lupe" Carrillo was called to heaven on April 14, 2017 in Thermal,California. Lorraine was born in El Paso, Texas to the late Martin and Elauteria Nunez. She is also preceded in death by 4 sisters. Lupe is survived by her husband Jess Carrillo, daughter Elise Stevens, granddaughter Stefanie Stevens. She also leaves behind 3 sisters and 4 brothers and many nieces and nephews. ...
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Emmett Richard Passow

October 5, 1924 - April 10, 2017

Emmett Richard Passow, age 92 1/2 peacefully passed away April 10, 2017 at the Eisenhower Medical Center. He was born October 5, 1924 in Los Angeles, California to Carl Passow and Anna Johnson. He lived in Downey and surrounding towns his working years. Emmett always loved the desert, residing in Indian Wells and Palm Desert the last 40 years. Out of high school World War II was raging and he...
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Elvira O. Hayman

November 27, 1920 - April 10, 2017

Elvira O. Hayman, 96, passed away of natural causes while sleeping, on April 10, 2017 at the Spanish Peaks Community Living Center in Walsenburg, Colorado. She was born November 27, 1920 in Azusa, California to Victoriano Orozco and Carmen Rodriquez. Elvira married Maynard Edward Hayman, MGSgt, USMC, retired, and they raised four children together. Elvira loved the military lifestyle and...
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Michael Kevin Capwell

July 31, 1961 - April 9, 2017


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Antonio Perez

January 13, 1936 - April 9, 2017

Antonio Perez, Age 81, resident of Indio, CA for 32 years, passed away in Anaheim, CA on April 9, 2017, surrounded by his family. Antonio was born in Indio, CA on January 13, 1936 to Fausto and Evarista (Martinez) Perez. Antonio served in the U.S. Airforce as a U.S. Police Officer from 1954-1958 and was a member of the Herman Granados American Legion 739 of Indio, CA. In the late 50's, after...
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Judith Rose Andreshak

September 19, 1949 - April 8, 2017

Judith Rose "Judy" Andreshak, a 44 year resident of Twentynine Palms, passed away April 8, 2017 in Joshua Tree, California. She was 67 years old. The daughter of Stanley and Florence Andreshak, she was born September 19, 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Judy graduated from high school and college in Milwaukee, WI; worked for the City of Milwaukee in the comptrollers office; Moved to 29 Palms...
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Helen Newman

July 14, 1931 - April 5, 2017

Helen M. Newman (nee Miller) July 14, 1931 - April 5, 2017 Beloved daughter of the late Morris & Lillian Miller (nee Bernstein), sister of Dorthy Mintzer and Rosaline Friedman, Loving wife of late Al Newman, dear mother of David (Alexis), Richard, Marc (Janice), Craig (Marie) Newman, and Susan Vaught (late Mark Vaught); grandmother to Lauren (Jason) Schwartzwald, Samantha and Brett Newman,...
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Annita Johnson

November 23, 1927 - April 3, 2017


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Tina Louise Miller

October 19, 1965 - April 1, 2017

Tina Louise Miller, age 51, went home to be with the Lord on March 31, 2017, after a valiant fight against cancer. Tina was born on Oct. 19, 1965, to her parents, Charles and Carole McPherson, in Orange, California. Tina was a resident of California for 41 years, and a resident of Yucca Valley for 22 years. Tina graduated from Yucca Valley High School in 1983. In 1984, Tina married Terry...
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Irene Avila

March 24, 1950 - March 31, 2017

Irene Avila entered this life on March 24, 1950 and entered eternal life on March 31, 2017. She is survived by her 4 children, Jessica, Albert, Ignacio, and Rachel; 15 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert "Tinky" Avila, her mother and father, Jesus & Jenny Munoz, and her brother Juan Munoz. A visitation for Irene...
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John R. Turner

April 2, 1952 - March 29, 2017

John Robert Turner, a 25 year resident of Yucca Valley, passed away March 29, 2017 in Palm Springs. He was 64 years old. The son of Robert and Georgia Turner, he was born April 2, 1952 in Stella, MO. John retired as Lt. Colonel with the United States Marine Corps. He also served as Church of Christ Minister for 22 years. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Patricia Turner of Yucca...
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Donna Van Dyke

December 2, 1946 - Unknown


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Robert Cataldo

August 20, 1953 - March 26, 2017


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Elaine Moore

September 25, 1944 - Unknown


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Earline White Oliver

February 21, 1931 - March 21, 2017

Earline White Oliver age 86 a resident of Indio, Ca. for 80 yrs,. passed away at her home on March 21, 2017. Born in Texas on February 21, 1931, to Rev.James and Lucille White. Earline was a Registered Nurse for 20 yrs. She was member of the Indio Police Citizens on Patrol, she was involved in Scouting, a Volunteer with Desert Sands Unified School District and very active in the Community. ...
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Evelyn Manese

June 20, 1941 - March 18, 2017


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Maria Diaz

February 24, 1951 - March 17, 2017


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Carmelo Cruz Horta, Sr.

April 10, 1948 - March 14, 2017

Carmelo Cruz Horta, Sr. age 68 a 50 years resident of the Coachella Valley, passed away on March 14, 2017 in Indio, California. Born in Puerto Rico on April 10, 1948, to Carmelo and Eladia(Cruz) Horta, Mr. Horta was a Farmer for 55 yrs. Mr. Horta is survived by his wife Anna (Lermus) Horta of Indio, Two Sons and Two Daughters: Carmelo Horta, Jr., Miguel Horta, Julie Horta and Fabiola Horta...
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William Nichols

April 5, 1939 - March 12, 2017


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Maria Dolores Segura, "Lita"

April 7, 1930 - March 12, 2017

Mother of 7 Children Grandchildren 12 Great Grandchildren 14 Retired Teacher of South Oceanside Elementary from 1990 to 2001, 2nd and 3rd Graders Resident of Oceanside from 1990. Originally from Santa Ana, California Member of Oceanside's; Women's Club Newcomers Group Red Hatters Friends of the Library
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Tonya Elaine Thompson

December 22, 1955 - March 12, 2017

Tonya was born on December 22, 1955 and passed away on March 12, 2017. Tonya was a resident of Oceanside.
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Eric Johnson

May 7, 1971 - March 11, 2017

Eric Johnson, 46 years old born May 7, 1971 gained his angels wings March 11, 2017. Son of Virginia (Doug) Smith, and Glen Johnson. He was preceded in death by his father, Glen Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Dauwn Johnson; childen, Christopher (Antoinette) Johnson and Eric (Angie) Johnson; grandchildren Christina, Cherish, and Erica; siblings Dean Johnson, Aron (Jessica)...
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Frances L. Schmerbauch

May 28, 1930 - March 8, 2017

Frances L. Schmerbauch peacefully passed away at her home in Palm Springs California on March 8, 2017 at the age of 86. Frances was born on May 28, 1930 in Sikeston, Mo. where she attended school and spent her early years with her parents Laura and E.P. Ingram, her older sister Tessie Freeman and brother Lynn Ingram. Frances married James Schmerbauch on January 20th 1949. The newly weds...
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John Mast

July 20, 1941 - March 5, 2017


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Jaque Lee Shank

August 30, 1945 - March 4, 2017


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Cherly Rae "Cheri" Saubel

June 18, 1953 - March 2, 2017


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Gary M. Palmer

July 19, 1944 - March 2, 2017


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Leonor J. Guerrero

June 6, 1938 - March 1, 2017

Leonor J. Guerrero age 78 a longtime resident of Thermal, Ca. passed away in Palm Desert on March 1, 2017. Born in Mexico on June 6, 1938 to Refugio and Felipa Roman, she worked in Agriculture as a Sorter. Leonor is survived by her husband Jose C. Guerrero of Thermal and her Children. Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Indio on Avenue 48 and Monroe...
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Ernest Ray Smith

March 3, 1935 - February 27, 2017

Ernest Ray (Ernie) Smith passed away peacefully at his home in Cathedral City, CA on February 27, 2017. Ernie was born March 3, 1935 to Roscoe and Alma Forson Smith of Columbus, KS. Along with his brothers Bob and Bill, and sister Doris, Ernie and his family emigrated from Columbus in 1944 to San Fernando, CA, where he eventually met the one and only love of his life, Kathryn. They were...
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Adolfo R. Gutierrez

March 21, 1969 - February 24, 2017

Adolfo R. Gutierrez age 47 a former resident of the Coachella Valley and a Resident of Hemet,Ca , passed away in Hemet on February 24, 2017. Adolfo was born on March 21, 1969, to Adolfo Gutierrez and Esther (Reyes) Gutierrez. Adolfo was a Communication Engineer for 25 yrs.. He is survived by his wife Elaine Palomares Gutierrez of Hemet and his parents Adolfo and Esther Gutierrez of Indio. ...
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William Ruff

February 11, 1937 - February 22, 2017


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Marjorie Marie Smith

August 28, 1927 - February 21, 2017

Marjorie was born on August 28th, 1927 and passed away on February 21, 2017. Marjorie was a resident of Palm Desert, California.
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Marjorie Smith

August 28, 1927 - February 21, 2017


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Susan Hoopes

March 20, 1939 - February 21, 2017


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John Anthony Polak, Jr.

May 24, 1937 - February 20, 2017

John Anthony Polak,Jr. age 79 resident of La Quinta, Ca., Passed away on February 20.2017 in Rancho Mirage. Ca.. He was Born in Schenectady, New York on May 24, 1937, to John Anthony and Frances(Somlarsky) Polak,Sr., he was an Electronic Engineer in the Areospace Industry. He served in the U.S. Navy and Retired after 20 yrs. of service. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Francis of...
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Elisa Franco Montoya

April 27, 1939 - February 18, 2017

Elisa Franco Montoya, 77, passed away on February 18, 2017 in Palm Desert, CA. She was the wife of Arthur I. Montoya and they shared fifty-one years of marriage together. Born in Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico on April 27, 1939, she was the daughter of Jose Franco and Candelaria Uranga Franco. She was the youngest of their eight children. At the age of 9, she came to the United States with her...
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Loretta Pauline Henry

July 3, 1929 - February 18, 2017

Loretta Pauline (Mattson) Henry, age 87, of Indio, California passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017, after a short illness. A Catholic mass and funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm Desert. Internment will be on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Riverside National Cemetery. Loretta was born on July 3, 1929 in Conception,...
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Anita Sue Sutton

January 11, 1953 - February 17, 2017

Anita Sue Sutton age 64 a former resident of Indio,Ca. and Riverside, Ca., passed away in Natalia, Texas on February 17, 2017. She was orn January 11, 1953. Vistation will be held at Noah's Ark Christian Church 45-231 King St. Indio,Ca. on Wednesday, March 13, 2017 from 9am til 11:00 am, a Graveside Service will be held at 11:45am....
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Irene Archuleta

June 25, 1955 - February 17, 2017


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Marian Canon

April 4, 1936 - February 16, 2017


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Richard (Dick) F. Dill Sr.

February 20, 1931 - February 16, 2017

RICHARD (DICK) F. DILL, SR. Dick, 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 16, 2017. He was born February 20, 1931 in Thibodaux, LA. to Rodger and Kathleen (Nichols) Dill. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1948 to 1951. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant, and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, a Korean Service Silver Star and a Presidential Citation. ...
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Lois Childs

February 21, 1924 - February 14, 2017


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Sharon Rounds

October 7, 1942 - Unknown


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Patrick Michael McCarthy

November 5, 1934 - February 14, 2017

Longtime Indian Wells resident Patrick McCarthy (82) died February 4, 2017 at his home with his loving wife at his side. His passing was due to complication from cancer and a virus infection. Patrick was born in Los Angeles on November 5, 1934. He moved with his family to New York in 1938 and spent the next 60 years there. Patrick served in the United States Navy before representing Merrill...
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Shuet Chiu

November 17, 2017 - February 11, 2017

Shuet was born on November 17th 1932 and passed away on February 11th 2017. Shuet was a residence of San Diego County.
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Daniel Soto Sr.

February 10, 1931 - February 11, 2017


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Glen Max Burnham

March 5, 1924 - February 10, 2017

Glen Max Burnham was born March 5, 1924, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the eldest child of Eliza Gertrude "Billie" Ellis and Clark Burnham. Glen spent much of his childhood in Farmington, Utah, as a child of the Depression, he also lived in California and Washington state, while his father sought employment. As a result, Glen learned tolerance of diversity and an ability to adapt to...
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Loree Mae Burton

December 3, 1932 - February 9, 2017

Loree Mae Burton, 84, of Thermal, CA passed away at home in Thermal, CA. She was born December 3, 1923 to Leroy and Eleanora Burton in New Mexico. Loree Mae is survived by 2 daughters: Teresa (Terri) Cooper (Arthur), Debi Gardner (Bruce Brown) and one son; Roy Burton (Kim); 5 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. Loree is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Wilbur Dean...
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Lucia Piceno

January 22, 1941 - February 8, 2017

Lucia is survived by: Bertha Gonzalez, Alicia Mendez, Lydia Vasquez, Josie Gonzalez, Miguel Gonzalez and Sandra Piceno
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Patricia Martin

February 12, 1947 - February 8, 2017


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Horace D. Sapp

June 8, 1924 - February 7, 2017


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John Koch

March 15, 1951 - Unknown


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Allen R. Wing

May 22, 1945 - February 3, 2017


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Lawrence Gawitt

April 3, 1951 - Unknown


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Neva G. Arnold

November 17, 1921 - February 2, 2017


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Angela Turco

October 19, 1924 - February 1, 2017


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Tracy Leigh Kvinge

May 2, 1960 - February 1, 2017

Tracy Leigh Kvinge passed February 1st, 2017 in Palm Desert, CA surrounded by friends and family after a very sudden and unexpected battle against breast cancer over the past month. Tracy was born May 2nd, 1960 to her loving parents, Bryce and Norma Hadley in Long Beach, California. Her family, including her sister Lisa, moved to Indio in 1962. Tracy found her passion young, taking her...
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Daniel "Dan" Ramirez

August 6, 1943 - January 31, 2017

DANIEL "DAN" ALFRED RAMIREZ PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 31, 2017, SURROUNDED BY FAMILY. DAN WAS BORN ON AUGUST 6, 1943 IN SUPERIOR, ARIZONA TO ROBERT F. RAMIREZ AND ALEXANDRA QUIROZ. DAN ATTENDED INDIO HIGH SCHOOL. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL HE JOINED THE UNITED STATES NAVY AND SERVED ON THE USS RODCHESTER ( A HEAVY CRUISER), AND THE USS YORK TOWNE (A AIRCRAFT CARRIER). WHILE SERVING ON THE USS YORK...
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Petra Collins-Perez

May 30, 1959 - January 31, 2017

Petra Collins-Perez age 57 passed away in Rancho Mirage,California on January 31, 2017.. Petra was born on May 30, 1959 in Mexicali,Mexico to Leo Collins and Carmen (Espinoza) Collins. Petra lived in Indio all her life and worked as a CNA for 31 yrs. Petra is survived by her children Sandra Perez, Kenny Collins, Aylssa Perez, Jamilla Norris. She leaves 9- Grandchildren and 3 great...
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Dennis O'Connor

February 10, 1934 - January 30, 2017


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Louise Barclay

December 19, 1919 - January 30, 2017


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Amparo Montiel

November 3, 1923 - January 28, 2017


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John Laner

October 21, 1926 - January 28, 2017


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Carol Givens

July 1, 1947 - January 26, 2017


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Duane Anderson

February 9, 1930 - January 26, 2017


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Nathaniel Turner

February 24, 1981 - January 26, 2017


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Steven Allen Bergere

May 4, 1953 - January 25, 2017

Steven Allen Bergere age 63 a resident of Indio, Ca., passed away at home on Jan. 25, 2017 with his wife at his side. Born in Glendale, California on May 4, 1953, to Maurice and Violet Bergere. Steven was a Rehabilitation Counselor for 20 yrs.. Steven is survived by his wife Olivia Mendoza-Bergere and His Beloved Mother Violet Bergere, his Beloved Daughters Simon Le Compe and Alexandra...
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Jacquie M. Bethel

August 26, 1932 - January 24, 2017

Jacquie M. Bethel a long time resident of Indio,California passed away on January 24, 2017 at home. Jacquie was member of the Indio Planning Commission for many years. Services will be at St. Andrew's Community Presbyterian Church In Indio, on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM. Interment will be private.
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Georgette Niculescu

August 13, 1931 - January 21, 2017


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Robert Taylor Macdonald

April 23, 1940 - January 21, 2017

Robert Taylor Macdonald, 76, of Palm Springs, California passed away Saturday, January 21, 2017. He was born April 23, 1940 in Long Beach, California to loving parents Clarence Macdonald and Margaret Irwin. Robert was a chef for 20 years for Louise's Pantry then worked another 12 years as a chef for the Betty Ford Center. He was a member of Northgate Community Church (formally Palm Springs...
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Arielle Antoinette Healy

April 19, 2001 - January 20, 2017


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Lloyd McCartt

September 4, 1926 - Unknown


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Carl G. Wehrli

April 18, 1933 - January 18, 2017

Carl G. Wehrli, 83, passed away peacefully in his home in Palm Desert, surrounded by family on January 18, 2017. He was born on April 18, 1933 to Carl and Bernice Wehrli in San Rafael, CA. Carl married Judy Funk in 1987. He was in commercial sales for many years and moved to Palm Desert in 1989. He continued in commercial property sales and management until his passing. Carl is survived by...
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David Colton

May 12, 1961 - January 18, 2017

David Wayne Colton was born May 12 1961 in Glendale, CA, the oldest of three children, to parents Arthur & Judith Colton. He passed away January 18, 2017 at age 55 at Tri City Medical Center in Oceanside, California when his heart stopped. He is survived by: his wife of 30 years, Lyn Colton, his daughter, Megan Sarah Miller, son-in-law, Shawn Thomas Miller, granddaughter Haley Jessica Miller,...
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Don Ritter

July 21, 1932 - January 16, 2017


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John Francis Bork Jr.

December 19, 1942 - January 14, 2017

John Francis Bork, Jr. age 74, died peacefully on January 14, 2017, at home after a brave fight against cancer. John was proceeded in death by his mother Francis Bork, father John Bork Sr., and wife Peggy Bork. He si survived by his brother Robert Bork (Bonnie Bork), daughter Denise Connors (Mike Connors), son Kevin Bork (Nolma Bork), daughter Christina Kendler (Dean Kendler) and son Stephen...
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Gary Privetts

December 21, 1947 - January 8, 2017


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Lynne Bloom

January 26, 1935 - January 6, 2017


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Doris J. King

April 27, 1924 - January 5, 2017


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Rose Goodson

June 27, 1921 - Unknown


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Alfred Silvas

March 22, 1949 - January 2, 2017


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Bernard E. "Bernie" Kuhn

November 11, 1925 - January 1, 2017

Bernard E. "Bernie" Kuhn, age 91, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2017 in Palm Desert. Born in Indiana on November 11, 1925, Bernie lived in Indio for 58 years. He was employed at Coachella Valley High School in the Maintenance Department for 17 years. Bernie is survived by his son, Stephen, and step-son, Russell Meadows (Terri). He also leaves two grandchildren, Tina Welch and...
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Elizabeth Margaret Gorey

July 13, 1913 - December 28, 2016


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Robert Marquez

February 16, 1967 - December 27, 2016


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John J. Benoit

December 27, 1951 - December 26, 2016

Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit died at 9:30pm on Monday, December 26, 2016 at his home in Bermuda Dunes with his family at his side. He was 64. His death followed a weeks long battle with pancreatic cancer that forced the former California Highway Patrol officer to cut short a political career that lasted nearly two decades. John J. Benoit spent 31 years in law enforcement and went...
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Manilla Betty Groves

March 21, 1914 - December 26, 2016


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Skyler Chad Siva

April 3, 1992 - December 25, 2016


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Sherrion Louretta Davis

January 9, 1959 - December 24, 2016

Sherrion Louretta Davis age 57 a long time resident of Indio,Ca., went home to be with her Lord on December 24, 2016. Born in Arizona to Clarence Davis and Velma Beavers-Davis on January 9, 1959, Sherrion worked as a Security Guard. Sherrion is served by her Mother Velma Brown of Indio, and by four Children: Charles Coleman,Felicia Coleman,Jamell Lockhart, and James Lockhart. She leaves...
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Sherrion Louretta Davis

January 9, 1959 - December 24, 2016


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Howard "Ed" Reinecke

January 7, 1924 - December 24, 2016

The 1960's was a pivotal time in American politics and Ed Reinecke was in the middle of it all. While Senator Barry Goldwater lost the Presidential race to Lyndon Johnson, the election that year set in motion big changes in the Republican Party that still are its core more than a half century later. In 1964 two men were elected to the United States Congress. Ronald Reagan's old Hollywood buddy...
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John Talley

November 7, 1933 - Unknown


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Renee Spencer

July 31, 1928 - December 20, 2016


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Paul E Courtney, Jr

July 18, 1964 - December 20, 2016


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Renee Spencer

July 31, 1928 - December 20, 2016


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Lillian Anderson

January 22, 1923 - December 20, 2016


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