Mueller, James “Jim”Jean


A memorial service for James “Jim” Jean Mueller, former director for the Golden Rain Foundation, Mutual 2, will be held at the Leisure World Community Church Saturday, Feb. 8, at noon, with lunch following.

Mr. Mueller died Jan. 12, 2014. He was born Feb. 12, 1926.

Memorial tributes should go to: Gardena/Carson Family YMCA, 1000 W. Artesia Blvd., Gardena, CA 90248; or Los Altos Family YMCA, 1720 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA, 90815.



Johnson, Thelma “Toni”


Toni Johnson, 99, of Mutual 15, passed away peacefully with her daughter and son-in-law at her side, in Los Alamitos.

She was born on July 7, 1914, in Malad, Idaho, at home, the eldest of six children.

When she was 18, she married Jacob Oertle, and they decided to move to California. They had three children and then divorced.

She worked as a waitress and then managed to put herself through real estate school, becoming a real estate broker, while raising her children.

She bought an avocado ranch in Temecula in 1970, and lived there and worked the ranch until 2004, when she moved to Leisure World.

She was then 90 and said she is “finally retiring!” “These were the best 10 years of my life,” she said.

She also loved traveling, visiting 89 different countries in her lifetime.

She thoroughly enjoyed dancing, taking lessons and going to Clubhouse 1 every Saturday night, where she met and made many friends.

She also did oil painting, writing, attended seminars and availed herself of any and all the many activities available.

Her friends called her “The Hat Lady,” as she always wore hats, many of which she had decorated herself.

She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Post and Marta Davis; son, Thomas Oertle; one brother, Boyce Daniels; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild.

Toni will be dearly missed by her family and friends, and all who knew her. “This was a life well-lived and well-loved.”



Lockwood, Herbert H.


Herbert H. Lockwood, Jr., 86, of Mutual 1, was born Feb. 18, 1927, and passed away Dec. 28, 2013 at Los Alamitos Medical Center. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Herb moved to California with his family and worked primarily in the finance industry for Household Finance.

His true passion was horticulture and his “green thumb”could grow anything.

For many years he owned and operated Lockwood Nursery on Stearns and Bellflower in Long Beach until economic conditions changed.

He was the last surviving sibling of four, Warren, Ernest and Lida Ann.

He is survived by daughters Lida and Elizabeth, sons-in-law Kenny Gerenraich and Ron Lindstrom, and grandchildren Chris, Andy, Lauren and Denise. Another granddaughter, Rebecca, preceded him in death.

Herb is also survived by his ex-wife, June Lee Lockwood.

Herb was a longtime Leisure World resident in Mutual 1.

He was known by his neighbors as a man who would always share his homegrown fruit and vegetables, offer dinners and frequently bring back a meal as a surprise for his neighbors.

He took much pride and loved playing his organ, which needs a deserving home; contact his daughter Lida if you know of one. His friends and neighbors will miss the daily unofficial “meeting place” of Herb’s porch where rockers, chairs and table were always in place for anyone to come over and “shoot the breeze.”

Any topic was fair game from politics to old servicemen war stories, to cars, all the way to solving the world’s problems.

Herb’s ashes were scattered at sea by his family, per his request.

A family memorial service/celebration of Herb’s life will be held at the residence of Lida and Kenny Gerenraich Sunday, Feb. 16, from 2-5 p.m. To attend, contact Lida at (949) 322-6508 or or Liz at (760) 902-8220.



The American Legion, Leisure World Post 327, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4048 from Seal Beach will co-host a memorial service for longtime member and friend, Jim Mueller. It will be conducted on Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m., in Clubhouse 4.

Mr. Mueller was a past commander of the American Legion Post and a beloved and respected leader who supported every aspect of military decorum.

At the end of the memorial, there will be a short gathering outside of the clubhouse at the Veterans Memorial Flag Display where Cmdr. Mueller will be transferred from Post 327 to Post Everlasting.



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