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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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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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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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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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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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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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Clement "Lucky" DesCoteaux

May 25, 1924 - June 23, 2017


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Kathryn Russell

June 8, 1924 - June 14, 2017

Interment will be private at Green Hills Memorial Park in Palos Verdes, California
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Alan Goldstein

May 18, 1924 - June 10, 2017

Mr. Goldstein is survived by his wife Doris Goldstein and daughters Linny Frickman and Margaret "Peg" Goldstein. A graveside committal service will be held at 2:30PM, Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.
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Prudence Marie Capovilla

July 26, 1923 - June 1, 2017


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Jarrod Dougherty , Jr.

June 29, 2003 - May 8, 2017

Jarrod Anthony Dougherty Jr. was born on June 29th, 2003, in Indio, California to Cassandra and Jarrod Dougherty. He slid into heaven on May 8th, 2017, in Rancho Mirage, California. He grew up in both Palm Springs and Cathedral City, California. With time spent in Oklahoma. He had many nicknames, family members mostly called him Bub, Bubba, Bubbas, Baby Boy or Jr. and as time went on he picked up...
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Barbara Ann Berlanti

January 18, 1945 - May 6, 2017

BARBARA ANN BERLANTI January 18, 1945 - May 6, 2017 Barbara Ann Berlanti a proud mother, even more proud grandmother, loving, devoted though not very obedient wife, and friend to all she met died on May 6th due to complications from lung cancer. Barbara Ann Moller was born in the Bronx to Bertha and John Moller. Though she left the Bronx as a young girl the Bronx never left her and...
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Ogden "Denny" Edwards III

July 24, 1934 - April 28, 2017

Son of the late Mary Edwards Jenny and Harkness Edwards, Denny grew up in East Hampton and Lexington, KY. He was a stockbroker in New York then in Los Angeles he owned International Terra Cotta inc. Later in life Denny moved to Palm Springs,CA where he died from complications of Parkinson's disease. Denny leaves behind many in California, especially business associate and dear friend Jesse...
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Ogden "Denny" Edwards III

July 24, 1934 - April 28, 2017

Son of the late Mary Edwards Jenny and Harkness Edwards, Denny grew up in East Hampton and Lexington, KY. He was a stockbroker in New York then in Los Angeles he owned International Terra Cotta inc. Later in life Denny moved to Palm Springs,CA where he died from the complications of Parkinson's disease. Denny leaves behind many in California, especially business associate and dear friend Jesse...
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Ogden "Denny" Edwards III

July 24, 1934 - April 28, 2017

Son of the late Mary Edwards Jenny and Harkness Edwards, Denny grew up in East Hampton and Lexington, KY. He was a stockbroker in New York then in Los Angeles he owned International Terra Cotta inc. Later in life Denny moved to Palm Springs,CA where he died from complications of Parkinson's disease. Denny leaves behind many in California, especially business associate and dear friend Jesse...
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Luz Rodriguez

March 13, 1920 - April 13, 2017

Luz Rodriguez (Lucy) 97, of Palm Springs, CA, passed away on April 13, 2017 in her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born March 13, 1920 in Guanajuato, GTO Mexico, to Juan Valdivia and Tiburcia Urbina. She is survived by her daughters Leticia (Gilbert) Rodriguez of Palm Springs, Micaela (Lonnie) Judd of Riverside, Sons, Raul (Patricia) of Indio, Frank (Lilia) Garcia of Cathedral City,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Doris J. King

April 27, 1924 - January 5, 2017


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Robert Marquez

February 16, 1967 - December 27, 2016


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Skyler Chad Siva

April 3, 1992 - December 25, 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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Paul E Courtney, Jr

July 18, 1964 - December 20, 2016


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Jean Phillip Root

September 25, 1929 - December 16, 2016


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Nicole Attia

October 3, 1940 - December 14, 2016

Nicole Attia of Northbrook, IL. passed away early afternoon on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. She was born Oct. 3, 1940 to loving parents Maurice and Esther Nadel in Cairo, Egypt. On April 8, 1962 she married Roger M. Attia in Paris, France. Together they owned a HVAC company of which she managed for 25 years. She was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women. She is survived by her loving...
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Tony Moore

July 29, 1940 - December 11, 2016


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Nina Sue Marcinek

March 3, 1945 - December 4, 2016


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Imelda Romo DeSalas

September 8, 1955 - December 3, 2016


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Daniel James McNamara

December 19, 1945 - December 1, 2016

Dan McNamara suddenly passed away this December. Our Danny Boy left the earth much too soon for all of us who loved him. Dan enjoyed best spending time with good friends & his family. Whether it was out on the golf course (he got his 1st hole-in-one this November!); summer days spent with Patty & their many visitors at their lake cabin on Gold Lake; watching his grandsons' play sports; travel...
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Nancy W. Semones

July 27, 1936 - December 1, 2016

Nancy W. Semones, 80, of Palm Springs took the last of her many difficult respirations, finally surrendering to COPD on December 1, 2016. She was born in Evanston Illinois, received RN degree from Northwestern University and ended her career as a travel consultant at Anderson Travel. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, two sons, two daughters and 5 grandchildren. Before the final six...
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Norman L. "Herbie" Dart

June 24, 1938 - November 29, 2016

Norman L. Dart, 78, known affectionately by his family and friends as "Herbie", passed away on November 29, 2016, due to complications of Lymphoma. He was born June 24th, 1938, to Albert and Anna Dart in Detroit, Michigan. He married Colleen MacNeish in 1959 in California, the couple had three sons. Herbie owned Dart Insulation in for many years and later he also owned The Squire Cocktail...
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Nicolas Montemayor, Sr.

October 10, 1928 - November 25, 2016


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Kathie Denham

January 29, 1949 - Unknown


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Geraldine Farrar Finlayson

September 28, 1927 - November 20, 2016


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Thomas James Walsh

November 13, 1951 - November 14, 2016

Thomas J. Walsh, 65, of Palm Springs, CA passed away unexpectedly on November 14, 2016. Thom was the son of Thomas J. and Claire Ann Walsh (Toledo, Ohio). Thom was a registered nurse for over 40 years having graduated from St. Vincent School of Nursing in 1974. He subsequently completed his MBA at the University of Redlands and his MSN at Loma Linda California. He served at hospitals, hospice,...
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Jana L. Ploss

March 3, 1952 - November 14, 2016


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Violet Lea Felix

January 9, 1922 - November 11, 2016

A bright light faded November 11, 2016 as Vi Felix died peacefully in her sleep. lt's not surprising she passed in her sleep; she was known as a doer and a fighter who even in the last few months of her life repeatedly stated, "What are you going to do? Don't give up easily - You just keep trying!" Having had what she described as "not an easy" childhood, Vi created a full life and did so with...
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Frank (Rose) John Gadomski

February 26, 1927 - October 31, 2016


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Robert John Holler

May 22, 1945 - October 30, 2016


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Roy Louis Densmore

January 11, 1941 - October 27, 2016


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Charles E. Murrell

May 12, 1952 - October 26, 2016


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Bruce Peter Chagin

January 18, 1955 - October 26, 2016


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Melvyn Haber

October 24, 1936 - October 25, 2016

Melvyn "Mel" Haber, internationally-acclaimed restaurateur and innkeeper/owner of the historic Ingleside Inn and Melvyn's Restaurant, passed away early Tuesday morning, October 25 from lung cancer and complications of pneumonia. He will be remembered as a gracious host to the world's elite and a generous humanitarian and philanthropist. His wit and talent for storytelling was legendary. In his...
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Robert Sutton

June 9, 1931 - Unknown


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Darryl Bortvit

October 11, 1946 - October 22, 2016


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Mark Jon Hawkins

January 25, 1947 - October 22, 2016


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Leeona Hostrop

May 14, 1928 - October 21, 2016


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Leroy Williams

September 19, 1951 - October 17, 2016


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Patrick Donald Conway

August 26, 1947 - October 17, 2016


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Sharlee Blow

May 8, 1924 - October 15, 2016

Our mom, Sharlee Blow, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 15th. We are so sad to see her go, but so glad that she died in peace, surrounded by family telling her how much she is loved. She was 92 and had an amazing life - as a young pilot in the '40s, a professional ice skater, and volunteer until she was well into her 80s. She always made time for her two children and her...
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Michael Higgins

August 9, 1937 - October 15, 2016

The death has occurred of Michael Higgins of San Diego, Palm Springs and formerly of Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland. Michael was born in Athenry on 9th August 1937. He was one of 6 boys in a family of 9 and was educated in Ireland before moving to the dioscese of San Diego, California where he worked tirelessly until his recent passing on October 15th 2016. Michael was a canon lawyer and founded...
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Fred Rocha

September 27, 1943 - October 13, 2016


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Antonio Cardoso Ramirez

May 11, 1946 - October 11, 2016


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Frederick J. Xalis

March 15, 1925 - October 7, 2016


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Earl R. McMillin

May 6, 1947 - October 7, 2016


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Myra Mandel Halpern

April 25, 1944 - October 5, 2016


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Demetrio Urias

December 22, 1941 - September 28, 2016


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Waldron Hale

October 29, 1920 - September 27, 2016


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Sharon Sue Pearson

April 12, 1943 - September 20, 2016


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William Bill Croce

March 18, 1933 - September 19, 2016

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce that our dear Bill has passed away. He was born to parents Emil and Helen Croce in Stockton, California. He married his life partner of 43 years Clay Brown on December 6, 2013. He was a Certified Shorthand Reporter for the Los Angeles Superior Court for 30 years. He also served in the U.S. Army as a Dental Officer. Bill is survived by...
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William Wilkins

December 11, 1934 - September 15, 2016


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Martha Lee Patterson

May 25, 1931 - September 13, 2016


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Jane U. Connor

June 1, 1946 - September 8, 2016


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William "Bill" Ransom

September 5, 2016

Bill Ransom, world traveler, painter, photographer, sculptor and great lover of the arts, passed away on September 5, 2016 after a valiant six and one-half year battle with cancer. Bill was born in San Francisco to the late William and Maria Ransom. He was a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Fine Arts. In his early years, he worked for the Robert Dollar Company...
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Benita F. "Bennie" Diaz

January 19, 1949 - September 2, 2016

Benita Fransica Diaz "Bennie", daughter of Anita Murillo and Arnoldo Sotelo, passed away surrounded by those who loved her on 2 September 2016 at 67 years old. Bennie was born in Brawley, Ca on 19 January 1949 as the youngest of 12 children. Bennie, a loving mother, sister and friend is survived by five siblings Gloria Garcia, Amparo Munoz, Ted Cruz, Alex Cruz, George Cruz. Additionally, she...
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Josephine Cravens

July 30, 1921 - August 28, 2016


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Betty Lee Rogers

September 27, 1934 - August 27, 2016

Betty Lee Rogers passed away peacefully in her home August 27, 2016 at the age of 81. She was born on September 27, 1934 in Hoopeston, Illinois to Edna Naomi Franklin and Richard Earl Franklin. She married Lawrence Rogers on Sepember 4th, 1954 in Hoopeston, Illinois . She was employed at Jessup Auto Plaza for many years. Betty leaves behind her two daughters; Sharon Lee Rogers Gadley, and Sandra...
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Morris DeWitt Sale

March 27, 1929 - August 12, 2016

Born March 27, 1929, in Santa Monica, California, Morris died on August 12 in the Palm Springs Desert Hospital. He was the oldest of 39 cousins. Because Morris suffered with asthma, the pediatrician suggested that the dry desert climate would benefit him. In response, the family moved to Palm Springs in 1934, where his parents, Mabel and Marvin, opened the Sale's Plaza Market. Morris had a...
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Steven Mark Kolesar

October 11, 1955 - August 11, 2016


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Alexander Valera Eros

November 27, 1928 - August 5, 2016


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Allan "Al" Reichle

May 11, 1934 - July 19, 2016

Born in Detroit, Michigan to Arthur and Helen Reichle, he came to the desert in the early 1940's and attended school in Palm Springs. He joined the Navy and served his country during the Korean Conflict and when discharged in 1955 he returned to Palm Springs. In 1956 he married Dianne (Weatherford) and shortly thereafter had two sons John and David. He worked for Cal-Electric as a lineman and...
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Virginia Swallow

October 17, 1925 - Unknown


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Corey David Ryan Farrar Walker

September 30, 1980 - July 15, 2016


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Travis Duane Loftis

August 22, 1985 - July 15, 2016

Travis Duane Loftis, 30, of Palm Springs, CA, passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2016 after a long battle with heart disease. He was born on August 22, 1985 in Palm Springs. He graduated from Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, FL in 2004 and currently worked as a Traffic Enforcement Officer at the Palm Springs International Airport and was a California certified security guard. He loved his...
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Richard Dean Helton

July 12, 1952 - July 2, 2016

Richard Helton, loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle, left us on July 3rd 2016. A wonderful man that left us suddenly will be greatly missed by his family and friends who loved him. Ric lived a fulfilled life and had a long successful career as an airline mechanic with United Airlines. He was a natural athlete and was a champion water skier, avid snow skier and golfer who lived life...
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Luben Jordan

June 5, 1927 - Unknown


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James S. Binder

October 19, 1938 - Unknown


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Thomas M. Henry

November 14, 1926 - June 28, 2016


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James Curto

January 23, 1943 - June 27, 2016


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Wallace A. Davis

January 26, 1924 - June 21, 2016


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Everett Page Jones

October 4, 1934 - June 20, 2016


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Deborah Ann Peterson

September 4, 1960 - June 15, 2016

Deborah Ann Peterson passed away on June 15, 2016 at the age of 55. Deborah was born September 4, 1960 in Longview, WA to proud parents Marvin and Judith Peterson. She attended Covina High School, and soon after the family moved to San Francisco. Deborah worked for the family business, Cala Foods, for a period of time while she lived in San Francisco. She was so proud of her two daughters and...
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Lewis L. Johnson

April 15, 1927 - June 14, 2016


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Brian Shay

January 9, 1938 - June 14, 2016


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Michael Adrian Perera

April 13, 1967 - June 8, 2016

Michael Adrian Perera born April 13, 1967 and was called to Jesus on June 8, 2016. Loving husband of Cindy (nee Outschoorn). Dearly beloved Father of Shenolene (24), Marc (20) and Matthew (18). Son of Lorraine (Nee Ratnam) and the late Merrill Perera. Son-in-law of Winston and Eva Outschoorn. Loving Brother of Lalith Perera. Beloved Uncle of Nathan and Stefan. Brother-in-law of Vanessa Perera and...
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James Drake

November 5, 1930 - June 5, 2016


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Arthur Thomas Volpe

December 21, 1954 - June 2, 2016


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Martha R. Laprade

February 25, 1939 - June 2, 2016


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Alessandro V. Vejar

January 22, 1931 - May 27, 2016


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Daniel Robert Hood III

August 15, 1990 - May 25, 2016


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Robert G. Arthur

January 2, 1938 - May 22, 2016


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