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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.


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Joseph Hlavac

October 15, 2017

Joseph Hlavac passed away on Sunday October 15th. Born in Manhattan, N.Y. on April 22, 1945 and a veteran of the U.S Army, he is survived by two sons, two nieces, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as well as many great friends countrywide. An avid car lover, he owned literally countless street rods and classic cars throughout the years and was very active in the Houston and...
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Joe Willie Abner

July 14, 1929 - October 12, 2017


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Mildred F. Stolzoff

December 11, 1919 - October 8, 2017

Mildred "Mickey" Stolzoff , 97 years old, passed away on Sunday October 8 at her home in Oceana where she had been a resident since 1978. She was surrounded by her children , family members and friends that dearly loved her. Mickey was born in Hemet California to Thomas and Esther Parker on December 11, 1919. She was a resident of Oceanside since 1925 along with her siblings George Hillam Sr ...
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Nicole Therese Stanford

December 18, 1984 - October 8, 2017


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Dolores Ramona Klotz

December 22, 1931 - October 7, 2017

Dolores, also known as "Loli", was born in Los Angeles to Aasta (Esther) and Sigurd Shervik. Her father emigrated from Joa, Norway through Ellis Island. Her mother emigrated from Hegra, Norway. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran Collage in 1953 and did post-graduate engineering studies at UCLA. Dolores worked in data processing and numerical analysis for Lockheed flight test for 11 years, then...
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Maude L. Briggs

October 29, 1935 - October 6, 2017


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Anthony Perricone

August 31, 1921 - October 4, 2017

ANTHONY PERRICONE August 31, 1921 – October 4, 2017 Tony Perricone, 96, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend left this earth on October 4, 2017. He was the son of an Italian immigrant and carried on the Italian traditions of warmth and family. His parents were Joseph and Lucy Perricone, and he is survived by his sister Mary Santoro, and was pre...
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Judith Hardacre

June 14, 1944 - October 4, 2017


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Beverly Patencio Diaz

October 1, 2017

Beverly Patencio Diaz was born September 30, 1936 to John Joseph Patencio and Frances Saubel. Diaz's mother, Frances Saubel, came from Morongo and was known for her amazing cooking. Diaz's father was the Last Ceremonial Singer of the Kauisik Clan of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Beverly grew up in Palm Springs and married her husband, Arthur "Sonny" Walter Diaz when she was 18 years...
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Robert Lee Porter

December 24, 1935 - September 28, 2017


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Fabian Eduardo Torres

November 2, 1979 - September 26, 2017

Fabian Eduardo Torres, 37, of Indio, CA passed away on September 26, 2017. He was born November 2, 1979 to Edward Torres and Martha Ferrat (Torres) in Indio, CA. He was an electrician for 12 years. Fabian is survived by his wife Indira Quintanilla Torres, daughter; Isabella Torres of Arcadia, CA; son, Isaiah Torres of San Diego, CA; parents: John and Martha Cervantes of Clovis, CA, Ed Torres of...
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John M. Lea

September 25, 2017

On September 25th, 2017, following a heart attack, Mr. John M. Lea, 84, passed away. He was born July 3rd 1933 in Saginaw, Michigan. He served in the 82nd Airborne then moved to Palm Springs in the 1960's. He also worked for the postal service for over 30 years. He was a Life Time Member of the American Legion Post 519 as well as a member of other organizations and served on the Palm Springs...
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Brian Jackson

September 24, 2017


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Margaret Lander

September 29, 1927 - September 23, 2017

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Wesley Ralph Gilstrap

July 1, 1934 - September 23, 2017

Wesley Ralph Gilstrap, age 83, of Cathedral City passed away on September 23, 2017. He was born July 1, 1934 to Ralph and Mary Gilstrap in Picher, Oklahoma. Wesley is survived by his son, Mark Gilstrap of Cathedral City; daughter, Diana Jameson of Palm Desert; grandsons: Brant Jameson of Seattle, WA and Darrell Jameson of Waukee, IA. Additionally, Wesley has a sister, Norma Stevens of Thousand...
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Rosanna Madrid

June 16, 1951 - September 22, 2017


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Katherine F. Lugo

January 18, 1945 - September 20, 2017


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John Allevato

September 19, 1928 - September 19, 2017


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Mary Callaway

November 10, 1935 - September 17, 2017

Maria Dolores Zapata Callaway also known as "Mary" and "Lola" returned to her creator on Sunday, September 17, 2017; she was 81. Maria was born on November 10, 1935 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Refugio Zapata and Sofia Tejeda Zapata. Maria was raised by her step father Maximiano Saenz after her father's passing. In the 1950's, she moved to the Coachella Valley with parents, brother Adalberto...
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Pattie Daly Caruso

September 17, 2017

Pattie Daly Caruso was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina on March 28, 1944 and passed away on September 17, 2017 at her home in Palm Desert, California. Pattie was an actress, writer, producer, television/radio host and philanthropist. She had her first radio show, "Pat's Platter Party" on an ABC affiliate at the age of 17. Years later, after graduating from the Pasadena Playhouse, she had...
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Yoshio Nagata

March 25, 1921 - September 16, 2017

Yoshio Nagata, age 96, a long time resident of the Coachella Valley, passed away on Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Indio. Mr. Nagata was born in Riverside, California on March 25, 1921, and was a farmer for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Chavez Nagata; sons: Jeffrey Nagata and Edmond Moreno and two grandchildren. Services will be held at the Pentecostal Church of...
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George Englund

September 14, 2017

Producer, Director, Screenwriter and Author George Englund passed away on September 14th following complications from a fall. George is known for such films as The Ugly American, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Zachariah and Challenger. His literary works include, The Way It's Never Been Done Before: My Friendship with Marlon Brando, and Cloris: My Autobiography. The son of actress Mabel Albertson...
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Rosalina Spears

February 6, 1937 - September 10, 2017

ROSALINA P. SPEARS, 80 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). Rosalina "Nena" Spears ascended to heaven with the sunset on Sunday September 10, 2017. She was surrounded...
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Jean MacQueen Burgner

September 7, 2017

Jean MacQueen Burgner was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1926 to Donald and Harriet MacQueen and passed away September 7, 2017 at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, of complications from pneumonia. She is survived by two sons and their wives, Paul Burgner and his wife Karyn and Daniel Burgner and his wife Cathy. She has four grandchildren, Michelle Wong, Brooke Subert, Matthew Burgner and Edward...
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Bette M. Kobashigawa

January 9, 1937 - Unknown


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Ronald Young

October 7, 1935 - September 7, 2017


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Salvatore R. DeBlasi

April 27, 1922 - September 5, 2017

Salvatore was born on April 27,1922 and passed away on Sept 5,2017. Sal was a resident of San Marcos.
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Vincent Edney

September 5, 2017


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Laurie Gerken

September 4, 2017

On Monday, September 4, 2017, Laurie Gerken passed away after a valiant battle with cancer at the age of 51. Predeceased by her father, William Gerken, Laurie is survived by her mother, Loretta Gerken, brother Billy Gerken (Christine), nephews Brian and Michael, niece Dianna, many close cousins and other loving family in New York and New Jersey, along with cherished friends from across the...
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Laurie Gerken

April 14, 1966 - September 4, 2017


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Carlina Maanao

March 23, 1932 - September 3, 2017


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Roman Servey

September 3, 2017

Roman Gabriel Servey, born November 4th, 1965, passed away on September 3rd, 2017 at Desert Regional Medical Center at the age of 51. A Celebration of Roman's Life will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 16th in the clubhouse at Ranch Club Estates, 1415 N. Sunrise Way in Palm Springs.
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Jo Elaine Davidian

December 22, 1931 - September 2, 2017

Jo Elaine Davidian of Palm Desert, California was born December 22, 1931, in the shadow of a soft coal mine in Nason, Illinois to Joe and Mona Fairchild. She entered into the House of the Lord on September 2, 2017. After the family moved to Southern California, Jo Elaine always recounted her first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean in 1948. She graduated from Inglewood High School in 1949. She...
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Marion Maurice Fedora

February 10, 1915 - September 1, 2017

Marion Fedora was born on Feb. 10,, 1915 and passed away on September 01, 2017. He was was a resident of Landers, Ca
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Floyd Charles Beeney

September 17, 1935 - August 31, 2017

Floyd was born on Sept 17, 1935 and passed away on Aug 31, 2017. Floyd was a resident of Oceanside, CA.
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Dominic F. Tate

January 19, 1930 - August 29, 2017


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Ernie G. Nassimbene

August 15, 1934 - August 27, 2017

Ernie Nassimbene, 83, of Palm Desert, CA passed away peacefully at Eisenhower Medical Center, Palm Desert on August 27th. He was married to the former Andrea Harbay for 43 years. He was predeceased by his father, Ernie Nassimbene, Sr. and his mother, Rose Prentice Nassimbene. Ernie graduated from South High in Denver, CO in 1952 and University of CO Boulder in 1959. He worked for IBM in San...
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Bobby Cantu

January 19, 1948 - August 24, 2017

Bobby Cantu, lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley, born January 19, 1948 in Mercedes, Texas passed away like a warrior, fighting cancer, on August 24, 2017. He and his wife Janie built Desert View Tree Service, a successful family run tree trimming business for 30 years. He was a beloved friend to everyone and highly respected within the community. He enjoyed many activities in life...
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Bernard S. Styles

August 23, 2017

Bernard S. Styles, long time resident of Rancho Mirage, formerly of New York City, passed away on August 23rd in his 100th year. He was preceded in death by his parents Samuel and Regina as well as his brother Michael. He was also a veteran of World War II. Bernie owned "Bernard Styles Casting Director" Company, which was located in New York City and Los Angeles. A graveside service will be...
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Svetlana Rubakovic

August 22, 2017

Dr. Svetlana Rubakovic Loving Mother of Triplets Cherished Sister and Daughter Beloved Physician, Friend, and Colleague to Many It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Svetlana Rubakovic. Dr. Rubakovic passed away on August 22, 2017 surrounded by her children and family, from complications related to cancer. A pillar of the Coachella Valley community, Dr....
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Robert Thompson

October 16, 1947 - August 22, 2017


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Christopher Michael Carlisle

September 23, 1977 - August 18, 2017

Chris Carlisle, 1st Sgt USMC (Ret) went to his glory on August 18, 2017. Chris was well known for his bravery during his 3 tours in OEF/OIF, where he received a Purple Heart after suffering combat wounds while serving with 3/5. Chris lost his life while racing with the Warrior Built organization in the Vegas to Reno event in a tragic dirt bike accident. Many people knew Chris as a Marine - but...
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Harold Diot

June 1, 1929 - August 18, 2017


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James John Obrien, Jr.

October 17, 1919 - August 15, 2017

Mr. James John O'Brien,Jr. age 97 a 65 year resident of the Coachella Valley, passed away on August 15, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, Ca.. He was born October 17, 1919, to James John O'Brien, Sr. and Sarah Mullins - OBrien in Oakland, California. Mr. O'Brien was a Farmer for over 35 yrs. Mr. O'Brien served in the United States Marine Corp. and obtain the Rank of Major. He was the Mayor of...
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Thomas D'Amboise

August 12, 2017

Thomas D'Amboise, born May 6th, 1958 in Lewiston Maine, passed away August 12th in Loma Linda. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, August 15th at Wiefels Palm Springs Mortuary.
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Patricia Panico

August 12, 2017

Patricia Jean Panico was born January 12th, 1933 in Columbus, Ohio. She passed away peacefully on August 12th, 2017 in Cathedral City, California. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Thomas Panico and is survived by her daughters Carita Hatmaker, wife of Scott Hatmaker and Karen Panico-Willis, wife of Steve Willis. "Grandma Patty" has 5 grandchildren: Steve, Terry, Erick, Jennifer and...
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Marc Camarra

August 11, 2017

Marc Camarra, age 50 passed away on August 11th at his home in Cathedral City. He was born January 26th, 1967 in Massachusetts. He is survived by his husband Richard Jenkins, his parents Jane and Lee Camarra, his grandmother Margaret Corbett, his brother and sister-in-law Mike and Tina Camarra, his niece and nephew Elizabeth and Anthony, an Aunt and Uncle and many friends and family.
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Donald Bane Hiatt

August 11, 2017

Donald Bane Hiatt July 13, 1924 - August 11, 2017 Donald Bane Hiatt was born on July 13, 1924, in Santa Clara, California to Elwood and Berniece (Bane) Hiatt. After graduating from Santa Clara High School, he enlisted in the Army Airforce and served as a pilot from 1942 to 1945. He returned home and joined the family construction business, Hiatt Brothers. Later he formed Hiatt and Zolezzi...
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Frederick L. Pieper

August 22, 1920 - August 9, 2017

Frederick was born on August 22, 1920 and passed away on August 9, 2017. Frederick was a resident of Oceanside.
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Fredrick L. Pieper

August 22, 1920 - August 9, 2017

Frederick was born on Aug 22nd, 1920 and passed away on Aug 9th, 2017. Frederick was a resident of Oceanside.
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Charles Richard Brown

December 13, 1953 - August 6, 2017

The family of Charles Richard Brown, a longtime resident of Yucca Valley, is saddened to announce the passing of Rick on Aug. 6, 2017. He was 63 years old. He was the son of Joseph R. Brown and Betty J. Brown (Latham) of Newark, Ohio. Rick served in the U.S. Air Force for six years, making staff sergeant. Rick worked for the Show Factory, the Annenberg Theater and the Rock Garden over many...
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Virginia Ann Bona

December 20, 1922 - August 6, 2017


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Rick "Ricky" Nelson

August 3, 2017

Ricky Nelson, born June 30th, 1962 in Burbank, California, passed away on August 3rd in Palm Springs. A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, August 12th at Wiefels Palm Springs Mortuary 690 Vella Road, Palm Springs.
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Ralph M. Clinger

September 29, 1948 - August 2, 2017


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Ramon Alvarez

August 1, 2017

Ramon Alvarez, 54, of Indio, CA was called to our Lord on August 1, 2017. Born to Maria Cruz Sanchez of Coachella, Ramon graduated from Coachella Valley High School Class of 1981. He attended University California of Riverside and upon his return to the Coachella Valley, Ramon married his high school sweetheart, Mercy, in 1982. Ramon was part of the Desert Sands Unified School District family...
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Kahlan C. Chapparosa-Torro

December 23, 1995 - July 30, 2017


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Joan E. Perrigo

July 21, 1930 - July 27, 2017


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Bryce Alan Lee Sterling

May 12, 1992 - July 26, 2017

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Natalie Sara Carpenter

February 5, 1974 - July 26, 2017

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Carol Champion Callaway

July 25, 2017

In Loving Memory of Carol Callaway Carol Champion Callaway, age 88, of Sun City, Palm Desert passed away peacefully July 25, 2017 in Palm Desert. She was born on April 11, 1929 to Donald Bartlett Champion and Frances Lundberg Champion in Los Angeles. She married Daniel Blayne Callaway on May 28, 1955 in Santa Monica. She worked for many years for the Los Angeles Rams and for Corpus...
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Bruce Allen Grund

August 31, 1951 - July 23, 2017


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Eileen Edgar

July 23, 2017

Born July 19, 1926 - Deceased July 23, 2017 It is with great sadness that the family of Eileen P. Edgar announces her passing on July 23, 2017 at age 91. She was preceded in death by her parents Bruce and Nellie Edgar, her sister Nellie White and her brothers and their wives William Bruce and Maxine Edgar and Lawrence and Carol Edgar. Eileen was a native of Chicago, Illinois; however, she...
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Virginia Clawson

May 11, 1933 - July 22, 2017


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Mary Walling

April 11, 1927 - July 22, 2017


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Paul Atkinson

January 14, 1991 - Unknown


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Albert Manuel

December 2, 1946 - July 21, 2017


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Larry Farmer

May 2, 1944 - July 20, 2017


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Bernard "Bern" Lewis Porchenick

November 28, 1938 - July 19, 2017

Bernard "Bern" Lewis Porchenick of La Quinta, California, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. He was born November 28, 1938 in Jamaica Queens, New York to Samuel and Laura (Schlossberg) Porchenick. He achieved a Master's Degree in Finance from Pace University in Manhattan. His entrepreneurial spirit resulted in multiple...
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Marilyn Budzinski

September 1, 1962 - July 18, 2017


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Joyce Stodart

July 5, 1931 - July 17, 2017


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Steven Stevens

July 30, 1985 - July 17, 2017


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Lolita Thompson

May 9, 1957 - Unknown


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Paul Bellardo

July 16, 2017

Born February 5th, 1924 in Hartford, Connecticut, Mr. Bellardo passed away peacefully on July 16th in Rancho Mirage, California.
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Eliane Pepper

May 29, 1933 - July 12, 2017

Eliane Marie Pepper, age 84, died at Glenbrook Skilled Nursing in Carlsbad, CA on July 12th. Ms Pepper was born in Rio de Janiero, Brazil to George and Maria Barthel. Eliane was a strong, independent, talented, woman who accomplished anything she set her mind to. In 1951, she left her family in Brazil to come to the United States at age 18. Speaking Portuguese, French, and Italian, she soon...
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Joseph Andrew Williams

August 17, 1924 - July 10, 2017

Joseph Andrew Williams, 92, of Palm Desert, California, died July 10, 2017. Born August 17, 1924, to Martin Williams and Clara Matern Williams, in Chicago, Illinois. Both parents are deceased. Joe graduated 1941 from St Patrick's Academy, Catholic High School on Adams Street in Chicago. Joe married Alice Regnier on February 17, 1948, in Chicago. Alice and Joe moved with their family to Palm...
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Ida Levin Goldberg

August 1, 1915 - July 10, 2017

Ida (Levin) Goldberg, beloved family member, cherished friend to many, and dedicated Jewish community leader, died on July 10, 2017, just before her 102nd birthday. Born and raised in Chicago, Ida married Joseph Goldberg in 1940. She was a natural leader with a warm and magnetic personality, serving as president of her synagogue sisterhood and local Hadassah. When Joe retired in 1975, they...
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Kent William Roth

February 18, 1954 - July 9, 2017

Kent William Roth, son of William and Eva Mary Lazingsky Roth was born February 18th, 1954 in Toronto, Canada. He passed away on July 9th, 2017 in Palm Desert, California. Kent is survived by his children whom he was very proud of: Christopher Roth, 29, of Cathedral City, CA, Joshua Roth (28) of Palm Desert, CA, Rikki Hoffmann (20) of Palm Desert, CA and Jaden Barron (15) of Palm Desert, CA. He...
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Gregory Paul Welch

July 10, 1974 - July 6, 2017


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Anita Jo Collins

June 22, 1961 - July 6, 2017

Anita Jo Collins age 56 a life long resident of Indio, passed away on July 6, 2017. Born in Indio on June 22, 1961 to Leo Collins and Carmen Espinoza Collins she attended Indio High School. Anita worked as a Gardner for approx. 5 yrs.. Anita is survived by her mother Carmen Collins of Indio, Sisters and brother Rita Collins, Sandra Zapp, Lucille Collins, and Pete Collins...Anita was preceeded...
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Edward Dore

February 18, 1946 - July 1, 2017

Edward George Doré, of Palm Springs, transitioned to the heavens on Saturday, July 1 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA at the age of 71. Ed was born February 18, 1946 in New Iberia, Louisiana to Advance "Eddie" and Elaine Doré. He spent his childhood in Louisiana and his adult years expanding his horizons with Andrew his partner. They lived in New York, Connecticut,...
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William L. Hamling

June 14, 1921 - June 29, 2017


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Francis H. Munnikhuysen

June 29, 2017

Born in Washington DC in 1922, Mr. Munnikhuysen passed away peacefully in Palm Desert, California on June 29th, 2017. He is survived by his son Jason Munnikhuysen of Las Vegas, Nevada, his daughter Gail Johnson of Palm Springs, California and by his son Carvel Munnikhuysen of Dodge Center, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his wife Nordis Munnikhuysen in 2016. A nicheside service will be...
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Micaela Herrera Urrutia

June 29, 1938 - June 29, 2017

Micaela Herrera Urrutia age. 79, A longtime Resident of the Coachellla Valley, passed away on her Birthday . Micaela was born on June 29, 1938 in Mexico , to Cristobal and Maria Del Refugio Castillo-Urrutia , and passed on June 29, 2017 in Palm Desert. Micaela owned her own Home Cleaning Business for 30 yrs. and prior to that ,she worked for R.A. Glass Co. and Cal Dates for approx. 5yrs....
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John "Tom" Thomas Libby III

August 10, 1942 - June 28, 2017

John Thomas Libby III, 74, of Palm Desert, California passed away on June 28, 2017 in Palm Desert, California. He was born August 10, 1942 to John T. Libby Jr. and Rose Eileen Libby in Vallejo, California. He married Carolyn Libby on September 26, 2962 in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. John served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 - 1969 with a ranking of AF-IV. He was a General Contractor for 40...
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John "Tom" Thomas Libby III

August 10, 1942 - June 28, 2017


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Mary F. Castronovo

June 2, 1936 - June 28, 2017


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Encarnacion Walton

January 4, 1928 - Unknown


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Clement "Lucky" DesCoteaux

May 25, 1924 - June 23, 2017


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Edward Mc Duffee

December 18, 1923 - June 22, 2017

Edward Prescott McDuffee, (formerly of Hollis, NH), Carlsbad, CA – died peacefully on June 22, 2017 at his home in Carlsbad, CA at the age of 93. Edward was born December 18th,1923 in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of Lester and Gertrude McDuffee. Edward is survived by his three loving children, Pamela (Ken), Bruce (Laurie) and Laurie; eight grandchildren: Ryan, Nicolas, Kaitlyn, Samuel,...
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