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Huffman, Florence Emma
Florence Emma Huffman, Mutual 15, died April 19, 2014, at home.
She was the daughter of Henry and Meta Venske of Wausau, Wis. She graduated from North Central Bible Institute in 1951.
She met her husband, Henry Huffman, at North Central and as of Feb. 3, 2014, they were married 63 years.
In 1973 Florence returned to college at Azusa Pacific College in Azusa, Calif. She received a teachers certificate and taught elementary education in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Kern counties for more than 20 years. She retired in 1997, when she moved to Huntington Beach, Calif.
She moved to Mutual 15 in Leisure World in 2011.
She is survived by her husband Henry Huffman of Leisure World; a daughter, Susan Folse, Paradise Valley, Ariz.; two sons, Donald, Long Beach, Calif., and Jeffrey, Marina del Ray, Calif.; four grandchildren, Angela Sarafin, Houston, Texas; Aundrea Volland, Fullerton, Calif.; Chad Folse, Padron, Spain; and Samantha Ignarro, Marina del Rey, and four great-grandchildren. She has two brothers, Wilbur Venske, Stoughton, Wis., and Frank Venske, Wausau, Wis.
Florence loved to crochet and paint. Flowers were her favorite subject to paint. When her health permitted she attended the Leisure World Assembly of God Church, which meets in Clubhouse 3. The family is scattered; therefore, she requested no funeral service. She was cremated and the ashes scattered at sea.
Johnson, Martha Muriel
1916 - 2014
Martha Muriel Johnson, former resident of Mutual 3, died May 1, 2014.
Martha was born March 14, 1916, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved by train to Pasadena, Calif., at age 4. She resided there until 1973, when her husband, Arthur, retired and they moved to Old Town, Seal Beach. Following his death, she moved to Leisure World, Seal Beach, in 1982 and subsequently to Quaker Gardens, Stanton in 2009.
In her words she was a “Jill of many trades” during the Great Depression as a department store salesperson, Kraft Cheese demonstrator, Columbia Records office staff member, dedicated and loving mother raising three children, and finally a medical secretary for over 20 years. She was affiliated with many organizations, including Leisure World Community Church, as the head of shepherds for many years, and at Quaker Gardens as a volunteer grading prison ministry papers and providing encouragement to inmate authors.
Martha always placed her family as the number one priority. Married to Art, her high school sweetheart, 42 years, they had three sons, Douglas, and twins Bruce (deceased in 2009) and Robert. With 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Martha expressed “Family is the most important thing in my life. I have been blessed always with love - from my parents and brother, my husband, and my sons and their families.”
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m. at Quaker Gardens, 12151 Dale Street, Stanton, Calif.
The family requests that contribution to a charity of choice be made in lieu of flowers.
Ruebsamen, Marvin L.
Rev. Marvin L. Ruebsamen, 83, Mutual 12, died May 7, 2014.
Marvin passed away peacefully at home under the attentive care of his wife, Jinna Yoon, family members and his hospice team. He battled prostate cancer for almost two years.
He was born April 28, 1931, in Giltner, Neb. He received his clinical pastoral education (CPE), post baccalaureate graduate certificate and a master’s of theology from Southern Methodist University; and his BA from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Marvin was the hospital Chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., where the “Marvin L. Ruebsamen Chapel” is named in his honor. In the 1970s, he was an early advocate for hospice care and family counseling in hospitals. During his three-decade tenure at Good Sam, he touched the lives of countless patients, staff and community members through weddings, funerals and grief counseling.
He was a 30-year member of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos and in Lake Elsinore, Calif. His work to serve others included decades of chaplaincy service throughout San Jose; six years in Seoul, Korea, as a Methodist missionary; and five years as an associate pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Neb.
Marvin was an expert wood worker, handyman and tinkerer who loved helping his children and loved ones with handy projects.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jinna Yoon, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial is planned for 3 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at the Leisure World Community Church.
LeRoy Doyle 88
Raymond Hurley 31
Barton Bakker 50
Mary Grant 94
Stanojka Pantich 85
Mary McKenna 87
Nell Merrifield 94
Henry Van Oudheusden 62
Herman Mintz 72
Catherine Langhammer 60
Joanne Ritter 77
Michael Rubly 44
Dorothy Woods 89
Sharon Simrin 67
Robert Tanner 69
Dennis Rucks 79
Hilda Brown 89
Vasil Kallco 57
Christine Roy 62
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