Class of 1964 Obituaries
Sharon Michele Angus Piscopo
September 13, 1946 - May 22, 2014
She was a graduate of San Diego State University in Education. She taught elementary school in Missouri, Colorado, and Arizona. Sharon was survived by her husband, Phil Piscopo 63, brother Steve; daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Todd Piscopo Williams, and grandson, Wiley; son and daughter-in-law, Dominic and Kate Piscopo, grandson, Odin, and granddaughter, Violet.
I was saddened to learn that Sharon Angus, my beloved classmate from Euclid School, Horace Mann, and Crawford passed away. She was married to Phil Piscopo '63 -- Barbara Earley Powell '64
Evelyn Balderman Hutt
December 18, 1946 - October 23, 1991
Evie died after a four-year battle with lymphoma. She had four young children that were ages four to nine when she died. Her children are now in high school and college--and doing beautifully. She was married to Larry Hutt. Their home was in Santa Monica and both she and her husband were attorneys in Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA, Evie taught high school in East LA. She then traveled throughout Mexico, Europe and North Africa. She went back to school and graduated from UCLA School of Law and soon became a partner in a major LA law firm. She was always a wonderful sister, wife and mother and truly a most amazing woman. She is deeply missed -- Gail Balderman Covitt '62
Judy Bale Pitts
My wife passed away February 13, 2013. I know she enjoyed your newsletter -- Gary Pitts
January 14, 1947 - July 28, 1973
Betty Jeane Black Schwetz
December 24, 1946 -- February 25, 2005
She was born in San Diego and worked for the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Survivors include her husband, John Schwetz; son, Jason Schwetz; and sister, Janice McKeon.
Stephen "Beanie" Bonwell
Steve passed away on Friday, November 22, 2013. His survivors are his wife, Robbi of 47 years, his children Joe and Jennifer, his granddaughters Kasey, Taylor, Kaitlin, and Kylie, and his brother Bill '67
January 25, 1946 - February 14, 2009
My husband Archie had been ill for six years. We both have enjoyed your newsletter and thank you for all the work you put into it. -- Janet Lee Brack 69
Sherry Bruce Schatzle
November 16, 1946-June 18, 2003
Sherry Jean Schatzle, 56, was born in San Diego and was a credential analyst at San Diego State University. Survivors include her husband, Stephen; daughter, Kathleen Wolsfeld, of San Jose; son, Gregory of San Diego; mother, Marie Bruce; and sister, Helen Ireland of Santee.
December 2, 1945 - May 10, 1968
March 14, 1946 - December 11, 2014
Janice Casteel Mills
May 12, 1947 - November 11, 2014
Janice was born in San Diego and passed away in Marysville, Ohio. She was a retired associate of the Navy Exchange where she worked for many years as a retail buyer. Her job included many journeys throughout the world. She was an active volunteer at La Maestra health care center for women in San Diego. Known for her active spirit, she enjoyed dancing, swimming, basket weaving, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is survived by, among others, her sister Lenore Casteel Mosteller 67, brother James Casteel 69, two children, seven grandchildren and a great-grandson.
August 13, 1945 December 9, 2003
He was born in San Diego and was a warehouse manager. He served in the Marines during the Vietnam War.
November 16, 1946 - January 11, 2002
Gene died in the Marshall Islands, where he had lived for about fifteen years David Shannahoff-Khalsa 66
October 12, 1946 - July 15, 1999
John was a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Polo Club and
died of a heart attack while participating in the sport he loved.
October 17, 1945 - September 22, 2004
My Uncle Mike passed away at his San Diego home of a liver hemorrhage (we dont know why -- but not alcohol related) at the age of 59. I "inherited" his senior yearbook, and can see he was well-liked, and thought you would want to know. He is survived by his sister Lucy Collura Hebb '65 my mom -- Jennifer Hebb Kay '89
June 12, 1946 - January 26, 2013
Richard was predeceased by his wife and classmate Jean Klock
April 15, 1946 - September 13, 2002
Joe was born in San Diego and was a communications technician for Pacific Bell Telephone Co. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
July 16, 1946 - May 5, 2012
Richard succumbed to cancer. He's survived by his daughter Ashley, a source of particular joy and happiness to him. He maintained communications with many of his Crawford friends over all these decades. He was widely loved and appreciated by those many friends from boyhood until now. He was one of the good ones, and will be missed -- Eric Selten '64
Bill De Hass
June 26, 1946 - July 18, 1976
November 8, 1946 - May 18, 2014
A lifelong San Diegan, John worked in the food industry as a produce manager. When he wasn't working, he was most likely camping with a fishing pole in hand or cruising around the sand dunes in his "little red car". John suffered from cancer and other illnesses for several years without a complaint until ultimately he couldn't hang on any longer. He is survived by his siblings Judy Dovey Watkins 60 and William Dovey, Jr
April 14, 1945 - May 6, 1984
June 25, 1945 - November 4, 2011
A San Diego native, Rod served three tours in Vietnam and was very proud of his Air Force search and rescue work. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years. He passed away in Norfolk, VA from cancer.
I just wanted to let you know that my dad died March 31, 2015 -- Amber Dunbar-Truehart
April 12, 1946 - August 26, 1967
Rim Casts A Long Shadow
A poem from a friend
Rim Dungy was one of the older Colts of our neighborhood we younger kids looked up to. Most of us were 5-6 years younger. It was easy for us as young teenagers to see he was different than most of the other guys
he was always patient and looking out for us younger Colts to be. He will always be missed --Don Rogers 69
July 11, 1946 - December 12, 2016
In his youngest years, Mike lived in North Dakota until his family moved permanently to San Diego. He lettered in football and wrestling while at Crawford. Mike was inducted into the army August 27, 1968, serving in the Vietnam as part of the CO B 2/12TH 1ST CAV (AM) USARV. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Metal, Combat Infantrymans Badge, Bronze Star Medal W/V Device (2ND OLC), ATP Medal, Army Commendation Medal W/V Device, and the Purple Heart. After his discharge from the Army, Mike worked at Lamco Industries for several years. Mike then ventured into carpentry work. In 1976, Mike married Elizabeth Nunnally and together they had a son, James Michael Falconer. Mike and Elizabeth later separated in 1980. Mike continued working as a carpenter in the San Diego area until his move to Concrete, WA in 1990. In 1991, Mike married his current wife Lisa and raised Lisas daughter, Talia Rae Hill, as his own daughter. In 1991, their daughter, Megan Lanae Falconer was born. The family has remained in Concrete.
March 12, 1945 - June 13, 2015
Bob worked as an art teacher for over 35 years in San Diego with most of his time spent at Crawford and Hoover High Schools. His teaching extended to his sons where he enjoyed his time coaching their various youth sports teams. He was an avid fan of the Padres and Chargers and also loved to bowl. Bob is survived by, among others, his sister Merrilee Fortin Newport 65.
I am traveling in Asia but do read the San Diego Union-Tribune on line and was saddened to see that a Crawford class of 1964 member and fellow high school teacher Bob Fortin had died. Rob's wife of 42 years, Christine, died less than three weeks earlier. Rob was one of the Catholic boys I attended weekly catechism classes with during high school. He was also an outstanding hurdler (below) -- Maurice Barringer '64
"Congratulations to Bob Fortin, Crawford's speedy high hurdler. Bob broke the school record for the 120-yard high hurdles, which he had set last year, by streaking to a 14.7 seconds victory in the Eastern League track preliminaries. The old record was 15.1 seconds. What added to the feat was the fact that Bob beat Lincoln's Jimmy Fox, one of the top hurdlers in the county."
Tom Mangione, for "The Pacer" May 21, 1964
November 1, 1946 - July 11, 1991
Cynthia Ann Free Sutherland
August 17,1946 - September 14, 2001
Cindy passed away due to a brain aneurism at Grossmont Hospital. She was married to Sam Sutherland for 32 years and had two sons, Douglas and Dennis
November 5, 1946 - April 30, 1987
My brother died in San Diego. He is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery on Point Loma. He served in Viet Nam as an Army Corporal from 1967 to 1969. He was a Safeway store manager from 1972 to 1976 and Safeway truck driver from 1976 to 1985 -- Chuck Gilbreth '66
July 19, 1946 January 12, 2010
Dan served in the Army during Vietnam and was a communications technician for AT&T afterwards. He moved his family to Nevada in 1980. An avid gardener, he earned his Master Gardener Certification from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and volunteered countless hours to the program. Daniel was a dedicated fan of the UNLV Rebels, the San Diego Padres and Chargers. He is survived by his wife Faye Evola Gilmour 66, sons Daniel, Dominic, David and Douglas; and sister Donna West of San Diego.
November 10, 1946 - May 13, 2016
Don died in Sandpoint Idaho after a courageous battle with ALS. Don was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania. In 1950 the family moved to San Diego. Don attended Mesa College, followed by four years in the Air Force where he fought in Vietnam. While stationed in Cheyenne Wyoming he met his first wife Kathy at the Library. They were married on February 14th, 1969 and resided in Longmont Colorado. They raised their daughters Jami and Keri there. He loved doing things together with the girls, and was a great coach to Keri and her softball team for years. Kathy fought a courageous battle with breast cancer, with Don by her side the whole way, but sadly lost that fight. Don was a long time employee of the Gates Corporation. Don is survived by his second wife Andrea.
November 16, 1946 - July 18, 2013
Rick moved to the Oak Park neighborhood at four years old and attended Oak Park Elementary, Horace Mann Junior High, and Crawford. Rick was active in Oak Park Little League and Sunset Pony League, becoming an accomplished pitcher. On August 1, 1960, he pitched his dream game against Encanto Pony League: no hits, no runs, no errors -- and his own home-run won the game for Sunset. Rick was a survivor of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Army, 335th Transport Company, Task Force Oregon, from 1964 to 1967. After the service, Rick returned to San Diego where he worked at various automotive parts businesses until moving to Northern California. There he worked in the metal fabrication and metal supply industries, ending his working years in the industrial ceramics business. A self-taught and talented artist, Rick created many beautiful oil paintings in the Impressionist style. He also expressed his remarkable artistic talent in charcoal and pencil drawing. Excelling at any sport he played, golf became Rick's consuming passion. He was a low handicap golfer, and was particularly proud of the enviable scores he posted at Pebble Beach. Rick's life came full circle when he returned to live in the family home in San Diego, where he passed away peacefully.
Rick had a lot of medical problems and they all combined and finally took him away . He was a Viet Nam survivor and was in the army air force and did pilot some. I knew Rick since we were about three years old. He moved to the San Francisco area about 35 years ago and, about two years ago, returned to San Diego and bought the family house from his sister when their mom passed away. He will be missed dearly. He will be cremated and wanted his ashes buried in the sand in Hawaii.-- Mike Abbott 65
Thought you may want to know that Michael passed away October 4, 2011. I do not have much information other than an email I received from his son Patrick.-- Betty McCoy Cook '64
December 27, 1946 - cannot find death date
December 8, 1946 May 28, 1998
Robert A. Kennedy, Jr
Bob died of a massive stroke on September 17, 2010. He was raised by a military family and spent part of his youth living in Japan, Hawaii, France, and then later in the San Diego area. After Crawford High he went on to earn a degree at San Diego State. He immediately joined the US Air Force, serving with distinction and earning several medals for bravery in action in Vietnam. He later left the Air Force and developed a career in house renovation and restoration. Towards the end of his life he lived in Salisbury, North Carolina, and is survived by his partner Rennix Bernard. Bob will be remembered by many of us for his quick wit, his keen interest in classical music, his masterful ability to mimic our beloved high school teachers--and ultimately for his devotion to serving our country during a challenging time for all of us Lauren Brown 64
Jean Klock Couch
October 25, 1946 - August 14, 2001
Jean was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Richard Couch of Patagonia, Ariz.; daughters, Kimberly Applebaum and Julie Couch of San Diego; mother, Rene Klock of San Diego; and two grandchildren.
Cheryl Lawrence Duncan
September 6, 1946 - October 6, 1980
January 22, 1946 - September 8, 1984
Frederick R. A. Lewis
March 11, 1947 August 8, 2008
Fred was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to San Diego with his family in 1960. He graduated as a history major from San Diego State University. He enlisted in the Army, served in Airborne, and Special Forces, and retired as a Major from the U.S. Army Reserves. He also taught history, was a substitute teacher for the San Diego Public School System for eight years, and was an active member of All Souls' Episcopal Church in Point Loma.
Stephen James Lewis
September 17, 1946 - July 1, 1993
My brother was a remarkably good father and an exceptionally positive influence on his siblings. He knew how to properly balance work and family. He loved surfing and worked hard to return to the San Diego area after a few years spent in Sacramento. The family thinks of him daily and misses him very much -- Dan Lewis 62
March 1, 1946 - July 1987
December 13, 1946 - April 11, 1997
Im sad to say the San Diego Union-Tribune, April 22, 1997 published a lengthy obituary for Mike Meador. In part it reported: "He was a district retail manager for Home Base in Thousand Oaks when he died at age 50 of congestive heart failure April 11 in his Thousand Oaks home. Survivors include Mr. Meadors wife of 27 years, Sue Ann; two daughter; two sons; two sisters and a brother." Mike was not only a classmate but his father Dr. James Meador was my grandmothers physician and in 1966 delivered my sisters first baby -- Dolores Schneider Moe '64
Robert Ward Mitchell
Robert Mitchell passed away Saturday July 16, 2005 in Richmond, CA. Bob was a longtime resident of Marin County. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Sarah Bell and Christopher Mitchell; his father, Ward Mitchell; and his sister, Ann Mills.
March 25, 1946 - August 18, 1992
December 20, 1946 - March 14, 2016
A 40-year resident of Bullhead City, Arizona, Wayne passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family. He was born in San Diego, the only child of Mel and Lila Morgan. Wayne's early years were spent trap shooting, hunting and playing baseball. He went on to pitch at Crawford, where he was on the all-time Crawford Team. He graduated from San Diego State University in 1970 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. After moving to Bullhead City, Wayne and Karen enjoyed their leisure time boating and camping on the lake, off-roading in the desert, dove hunting, and playing cards with family and friends.
October 13, 1946 - June 21, 2015
My cousin John passed away at home in White City, Oregon with his daughter and sister at his side. He had heart problems but died of pancreatic cancer -- Nelson Moore 61
Virginia Murrell Powell
February 4, 1947 April 30, 2010
Ginger was a native Californian born in La Mesa on February 4, 1947. She attended John Muir Elementary, and Horace Mann Junior High. While attending Crawford, Ginger was Drill Team Major. She was past Honored Queen and Majority Member of Job's Daughters Bethel 60, La Mesa. Ginger attended San Diego State University. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and an avid Aztec fan. Ginger began a 30 year career with Pacific Bell in 1966.
Susan Musante Rogge
November 10, 1946 - October 30, 2011
Sue passed away surrounded by her family. For anyone who had the privilege of being her friend they know she never had an unkind word to say about anyone. If she were your friend, she was your friend for life. She always "had your back", was kind, loyal and loving. It was my honor to consider her my closest friend for 50 years. Sue decided to go back to school in the 80s. With two kids in school, she drove three hours a day to attend CSU Chico. She graduated in 1987 with a Bachelors Degree in social work, went to work in Redding, near her home, and retired in 2006. I can't even imagine the number of people she helped, and she loved her work. Sue is survived by her husband and best friend of over 40 years, Karl Terry Rogge, children Scott and Kara, and the lights in her eyes, granddaughters Alexah and Jolea. She was preceded in death by her mom and dad, stepparents, and sister Carol. After she died, Terry found this quote she had written in her journal shortly before passing: "My spirit grows stronger as my body grows weaker." -- Judy Bale Pitts '64
October 23, 1946 - January 1981
Anne Marie Parent Richardson
March 14, 1946 - May 1, 2011
Friends and family will miss Anne Marie's passion for music, dancing, travel, and laughter. She leaves behind her brother Don Parent, and sister Denise Parent Lewis 73, two children and five grandchildren.
My cousin Anne Marie and I both graduated in 1964. She loved to go to the dances at the Colina Rec Center. She and Mark Stutz would try and knock the house down. She belonged to the social girls club at the time and was fairly popular. She worked as a secretary for many years and was the co-owner of Richardson Steel until her divorce from John. She always seemed to want to make someone laugh -- or correct someone about what they were doing wrong, especially me. She had a huge heart for everyone and will be missed enormously -- Marc Parent 64
Patricia Parker Headley
July 30, 1946 - August 23, 2015
My cousin lost her most recent battle with cancer. She and her husband Darryl lived in Bullhead City, Arizona -- Kathy Houser Nolan '63
June 18, 1946 - October 27, 2001
Robbie Lynn Pierson
A 25-year resident of Hermosa Beach, Robbie passed away April 25, 2009. Robbie worked as an administrative assistant in the brokerage business for over 30 years. She loved life and laughter and was passionate about animals, especially dogs, and has lovingly cared for seven dogs in her lifetime. She is survived by her mother Mary Pierson, her sister Claudia Pierson Lindwall 61 of Hermosa Beach and her beloved Chihuahua, Chico.
June 11, 1945 - May 29, 1967
He was in the Army and killed by hostile fire (Booby
Trap Connected) in Vietnam Mary Gale Rogers
My brother passed away on Sunday night, July 1, 2012. He battled lung cancer for six years before succumbing -- Tracy Reed 73
Carole Riley Erickson
November 16, 1946 - February 15, 2013
My good friend Carole died after a very short illness from some type of neurological disease. I was informed by her daughter Sarah. Carole's children Dawn, Christopher and Sarah all graduated from Crawford. Carole and I met in the 7th grade and became and remained good friends all these years. I went to Rolando Park, Horace Mann and Crawford. My family moved to Oregon in my senior year and after graduating I returned to San Diego. Both my children graduated from Crawford. Thank you for keeping us all informed of our classmates and I enjoy all your history about San Diego -- Freda Robinson Hart
November 1, 1946 - June 1, 1974
December 6, 1946 - May 18, 1986
February 25, 1947 July 9, 1995
I just received word from his family that Joe passed away the evening of November 9, 2014 from cancer. I had the great privilege of being a close friend of his for 55 years. His family was with him for his last few days as he prepared to move to a better place. I was able to visit him on Friday the 7th to say goodbye. He was a very good man and will be missed -- Ron Morse 64
December 22, 1946 February 3, 1997
January 2, 1947 - March 23, 2006
A resident of Spring Valley, Larry was born in San Diego and was an assistant parts manager at Philip Thearles Autowerks. Survivors include his companion, Bonnie Jones; daughters, Renee, Nicole and Monique Scheid; stepdaughter, Amy Thorpe; stepson, William Jones; sisters, Clara Loney, Annette Scheid and Sally Tarnow; brothers, Paul, Don, Richard and Dave Scheid; and eight grandchildren. Donations: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 8575 Gibbs Drive, Suite 262, San Diego, CA 92123
September 29, 1946 - March 22, 2014
Dick was born in Minneapolis, the youngest of three sons. In 1948, the family moved to San Diego, where his mother Delma taught gifted and special needs children and father Manfred was the Dean of Education at San Diego State College. Dick attended San Diego State before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, where his service took him to several U.S. bases as well as Guam and Germany. It was while serving at RAF Bruggen in Germany that Dick found himself appearing on stage in "The Brides of March," a comedy directed by Flying Officer Alison Rowlands, WRAF. Although that was the beginning and the end of his acting career, he married Alison in London in 1975. Soon after their wedding, Dick was reassigned to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M., where he served until he decided to re-enter civilian life and become a real estate broker. In 1990, the family moved to Sacramento and, in 1998, Portland, Oregon. Dick passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at home. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Fritz, and is survived by brother Jim 61
October 24, 1946 - February 12, 2015
Bob was born in San Diego and died in Madera County, CA of complications following a stroke.
October 13, 1946 - January 3, 2003
January 25, 1947 - January 6, 1993
June 16, 1946 - December 15, 1964
Sue was killed in an auto accident while attending San Diego
Junior (now Community) College -- Clarke Stillwagen, '64
February 6, 1947 - December 4, 2016
Bob was an Air Force veteran and served in Vietnam. After his military service, he began his 41 year career with T. M. Cobb Co. and retired in 2010. Bob enjoyed his "motorcycle" days, beach life and a good joke.
May 7, 1946 - May 23, 2006
Mike died of cancer at San Diego Hospice. He was a local contractor
and is survived by a 13-year old daughter in Seattle.-- Terry Hudson 63
Marilyn Stagge Philbrook
June 9, 1946 November 15, 2004
Marilyn was born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and lived in El Cajon. She was retired from Union Bank. Survivors include her husband, Leonard; stepdaughters, Jolen Punches and Lorin Rappaport; brother, Jack Stagge; and four grandchildren.
March 11, 1946 - January 3, 1975
November 12, 1945 - March 1980
Carole Stevens Thunberg
August 17, 1946 - July 30, 1995
Carole passed away at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut, from complications related to diabetes. She was a member of the Ivoryton Congregational Church, the choir and was co-chairwoman of the board of deacons. She was the social director of Essex Meadows and was also a member of the Capella Cantorum. She is survived by brothers Robert Stevens and William Stevens, both of San Diego.
June 15, 1946 - December 22, 1972
August 17, 1946-February 26, 2005
Marc was born in San Diego and was a construction worker and carpenter. He was a member of the Old Mission Beach Athletic Club. Survivors include his daughter, Raquel Stutz of Campbell son Drew Stutz of La Mesa; Sister Marlene Tischler of San Diego, and brothers Martin Stutz of Santee, Mike Stutz of San Diego and Mitchell Stutz of San Marcos.
Susan Terdik Tippets
November 8, 1946 - May 30, 2012
Susan was born in Riverside, California. A varied set of passions filled her life. The outdoors brought her happiness and purpose. Whether planting and caring for yards or exploring Southern Utah, to be outdoors was her instinct. Her love of classical music started early, purchasing her first classical music record as a kindergartener. She was equally at ease listening to NPR or watching Monday Night Football. A love of learning and reading is one of the great gifts she leaves her family. Susan is survived by her four children, five grandchildren sister Karen Terdik Greenwood, brother Brian Terdik; and her parents George and Beverly Terdik.
My husband worked briefly in the last year with Susan, who we discovered was a Crawford High School graduate a couple of years younger than me. After celebrating my 50 Year Reunion last October we discovered the coincidence and she was excited to become acquainted with your web site and look for old friends --Sharrin Mass Miller 61
Terri Thrash Craft
December 19, 1946 - June 5, 1990
She had two sons, Chance and Brett. She was a beautiful woman and a good friend -- Marcia Sanders
December 15, 1945 - November 6, 2001
Mike was born in San Diego and was employed by the Department of Motor Vehicles in East Riverside. Mike served in the Air Force. He was a member of the San Diego Speed Boat Club and the Riverside Free Methodist Church. He is survived by brother David E. Thompson of La Jolla and sister Suanne Rogers of San Diego.
October 22, 1945 - September 19, 2004
My brother died of a hole in his lungs and throat from smoking since he was 18 years old. A good advertisement for our youth who think it won't happen to them -- Carol Tyler Daniels 66
November 13, 1946 - November 21, 2005
John passed away after a short illness. He served the United States in Europe during the Cold War and then earned a degree in Political Science from San Diego State University in 1974. John joined his father in Waters Consultants full time in 1979 and worked in the corrosion control industry. He is survived by his wife Barby and his sister Holly Waters Duran 69. His brother Donald Waters '59 passed away in 2004
October 22, 1946 - December 24, 1986
Louis William Duke Wellington
February 27, 1946 - August 10, 2016
Duke passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. He was born at the US Naval Hospital located on Camp Pendleton, CA. Duke spent most of his youth in Snohomish, Washington, before moving back to San Diego. He left school early to join the Marines. He fought in Vietnam during 1964-66. While home on his 30-day leave from he met Esther Perez at a party. He knew then she would be his wife, and after a one-week romance, they eloped and married on June 28, 1966. Duke and Esther recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. After he completed his military service, Duke began a career in the construction field. He was a skilled carpenter who built and renovated homes and commercial businesses, he did roofing, fencing, and retired as an acoustic ceiling installer at the age of 55. Duke was a true outdoors man who enjoyed golfing, family camping trips, deer hunting in the Sierras, and was an avid fisherman throughout California and Mexico. He was preceded in death by his sister Carol Wellington Bennett 63
July 21, 1946 - November 6, 1988
I regret to inform you that my father passed away after a nine-month battle with liver cancer. Though the government has yet to agree with us on this, it is believed that he developed cancer at such a young age due to his overexposure to Agent Orange while he was a road clearer in Vietnam. He is survived by his wife Holly Wittenberg and his two daughters Desiree and Theresa, who were 7 and 5, respectively, at the time of his death. He was and is loved dearly and is kept in the hearts of many -- Theresa Wittenberg
Leslie Zeidell Smith
A resident of Del Cerro, Leslie passed away on May 26, 2005. She was 59 years old. Her husband of 36 years Robert; her son Matt; daughter-in-law Maribel; grandson Ruben; brother Marshall; sister-in-law Amy; six nieces and one nephew survive Leslie. She was pre-deceased by her parents, George and Muriel. Leslie was born in New Haven, Connecticut and moved to San Diego at the age of one where she resided all her life. She became a medical assistant in 1967. She worked for La Jolla cardiologist Charles Fitch until 1975. She truly enjoyed caring for her patients and they showed their appreciation by sending her gifts and cards. Leslie later became a travel agent and enjoyed traveling with friends and family. About three and a half years ago, Leslie suffered a stroke and an aneurysm. Even though she was a quadriplegic, she continued to fight for life and spent many enjoyable hours with her family and friends.
August 19, 1946 - November 20, 1988
(Most of the above dates courtesy of Mary Gale Rogers '67)