Obituaries

 

Obituary Guidelines

Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

• An “In Memoriam” column is available free of charge. Limited to name, mutual number and date of death.

• An obituary with or without photo is available free of charge for the first 250 words. Additional words will be charged at the rate of 20¢ per word. Notices written by the news staff will be free and no more than 250 words.

• Notices from mortuaries and non-GRF members will be printed exactly as submitted and charged at the non-member classified advertising rate, $10.45 for the first 12 words and 20¢ for each additional word.

• Bordered, decorative obituaries and eulogies are available in any size at the prevailing display advertising rate.

• Obituaries may be published as news articles when the person has been a member of the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors, or when, in the opinion of the managing editor, the passing of a person is newsworthy to a sufficiently large number of GRF members.

• A “Card of Thanks” section is available in the classified section of the News at the member classified advertising rate, $6.60 for the first 12 words and 20¢ per word thereafter, for persons wanting to express their thanks for help during bereavement, sickness, etc.

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Scalambrino, Charles Joseph

1926-2013

 

Charles Joseph Scalambrino, or “Charlie” as he was known, 87, passed quietly on Dec. 24, 2013, at the Alamitos West Health Care Center in Los Alamitos, Calif. He suffered a fall at his home in Leisure World, Mutual 8, Seal Beach, Calif., on Nov. 16, 2013, and then contracted pneumonia.

Charlie was born on Sept. 19, 1926, in Roswell, Ohio. His father, Francesco, or “Frank,” worked in the coal mines in Roswell while his mother, Mary Coletti, raised their six children. Charlie attended New Philadelphia High School in Ohio and while still in school was drafted into the Army in 1945. He was stationed in the Philippines, Wake Island and finished his service as an MP at Hickam Airfield in the Hawaiian Islands, where he patrolled the airfields on a large, Indian motorcycle.

After the war, he returned to New Philadelphia and while shopping one day saw a pretty young lady working behind the candy counter. He went up to her and asked for a free piece of candy, which she refused to give him. He then told her that he was going to marry her someday, and she laughed and told him he was crazy. That night at a dance, he saw her dancing with another man, and he promptly cut in and told her again that he was going to marry her. He proved to be prescient and on July 16, 1950 he and Mildred Marie Seymore of Dover, Ohio, were married at the Methodist Church on 2nd Street in Dover. In July of 2013, Charlie and Marie celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

Charlie was very active in the New Philadelphia community. He was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church where he was the lead usher and a sometime off-key singer and giggler in the church choir (more often than not caused by his son, daughter and wife making funny faces at him). He was active in the New Philadelphia High School booster club, the VFW, the Elks and was a timer for the New Philadelphia track and cross country teams.

He was best known as the scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 90 where he served for over 30 years and had the honor of awarding 51 Eagle Scouts, including one to his son. Troop 90 was the largest scout troop in the county and one of the largest in the United States while Charlie was its head scoutmaster. He was awarded the Silver Beaver award by the Buckeye Council of the Boy Scouts; the highest award a scoutmaster can receive and twice lead a small group of his scouts to a week of mountain climbing at Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico.

Despite his community activities, Charlie’s life revolved around his wife and family. He never missed an activity of his daughter, Linda Marie, or his son, Bruce Charles. Whether it was sewing Linda’s doll dresses or timing at Bruce’s track meets, he was always there offering encouragement and support.

Charlie retired in 1986 after working 30 years at Joy Manufacturing Company in New Philadelphia.

He and Marie then moved to the Leisure World retirement community in Seal Beach, Calif.

While there, he and Marie continued to be active in their church and organized and led church group trips all over the United States.

Charlie also participated in and served as an officer in the VFW, the Italian-American Club,and the Pool and Billiards Club. He enjoyed the company of his friends and family. Their home was always a buzz with friends and family, lots of card playing, jokes and laughter.

One of the things that made him happiest was that he continued to hear from his former Boy Scouts and many, in fact, would stop in to see him when they were in the area. He was proud that many went on to become doctors, lawyers, rocket scientists, college professors and leaders in their communities. One even dotted the “i” in the Ohio State Marching Band’s script Ohio.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Marie, and brothers Anthony and Nicholas Scalambrino and many nieces and nephews; his daughter, Linda Marie Harbin and husband Melvin Eugene Harbin, of Norwalk, Calif.; son, Bruce Charles Scalambrino and wife Carole Kaye Towne, of Chicago, Ill.; granddaughters Stacey Lynn Noel and husband Steven Noel, Tiffany Marie Alva and husband Daniel Alexander Alva, Danielle Harbin Aguilar and Anne Marie Scalambrino; great-grandchildren, Joshua Charles Lindsey, Raelynn Alexandra Noel, Madalynn Marie Alva; Logan Alexander Alva and Mason Vigil and Nateo Aguilar.

A memorial service will be held for Charlie at the Community Church in Leisure World on Jan. 18, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow.

In keeping with Charlie’s wishes, he was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at sea.

Those wishing to honor his memory by a charitable contribution are encouraged to do so by making a donation to the Boy Scouts of America.

—paid obituary

 

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McCoy, William C.

1925-2013

 

William C. McCoy, 88, died Dec. 18, 2013, in his Mutual 4 home in Seal Beach, Calif.

Mr. McCoy’s health had been in decline for several years. The cause of death was atherosclerosis.

Mr. McCoy and his recently deceased wife Marjorie (Townsend) McCoy were longtime residents of Leisure World. Per their requests, Mr. and Mrs. McCoy were cremated.

Graveside services will be held at the McCoy family plot in Napoleon, Ind., later this year.

William (Bill) was born on Dec. 12, 1925, in Osgood, Ind.,to Charles N. McCoy and Anna (Fremdling) McCoy. He was the youngest of four children, preceded in death by sisters Leah (McCoy) Bailey of Texas, Mildred (McCoy) Starker of Indiana, and brother Robert McCoy of Florida.

In his youth, Bill was a star player for the Ripley County Cowboys basketball team from 1941-1943. Bill graduated from Osgood High School in 1943.

In April 1944, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. Initially he was stationed in Miami Beach, Fla., and later in San Antonio, Texas, until the war ended. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII.

After discharge from service Bill attended Indiana Business college in Indianapolis, graduating in 1948.

He married Coletta Schwier on April 18, 1948, and they gave birth to two children Steven and Deborah. The family resided in Covington, Ind., from 1949-1971. Bill and Coletta owned and managed The Green Lantern a popular small town tavern until they divorced in 1971. After the divorce, the business was sold.

Bill married Marjorie Townsend on Sept. 20, 1971. Bill and Marjorie moved to a vacation home in the beautiful Ozark hill country near the town of Hardy, Ark., where they lived for several years. During that time they invested in and managed motels and restaurants in Monticello Fla., and Longview Texas.

After retirement they moved to Leisure World, Seal Beach California.

They are survived by son Steven, daughter Deborah, two granddaughters, three great-granddaughters, and one great-grandson.

—paid obituary

 

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Levey, Natalie

1921-2013

 

Natalie Levey, 92, passed peacefully Dec. 25, 2013 in Carlsbad, Calif.

She was born March 4, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York.

Natalie was a resident of Leisure World for 28 years with her beloved husband of 65 years, Albert (deceased).

She will be remembered for being a dedicated volunteer at Saddleback Memorial Hospital for 20 years, as a member of Reform Temple of Laguna Woods, and as a long-standing member of the Quilting Club.

Natalie’s quilts made with loving care will be cherished for generations by family, friends and members of the U.S. Military around the world.

Devoted mother of Irene and Alan, adoring grandmother of Charles (predeceased), Ted, Caitlin and Tatiana, and loving great-grandmother of Andrew and Ione.

Natalie will be deeply missed by friends and family.

 

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Parker, Donna Joyce

1937-2013

 

Donna Joyce Parker, 76, Mutual 8, passed away peacefully with family members at her side on Dec. 27, 2013, in Seal Beach, Calif.

She was born March 26,1937, at home, in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles, now known as Watts, Calif.

Donna lived a full and active life. She retired from over a decade of employment at the VA Hospital.

She kept busy with volunteer work mostly within the Leisure World community, including the American Legion, Post 327, Auxilary and especially the Woman’s Club of Leisure World.

She is survived by her devoted husband C.L. Parker; sons Edward (Michele) Tharp, and William (Catherine) Tharp; and daughter Deborah Maples. She is also blessed with four grandchildren, Matthew, Elizabeth, Katherine, and Margaret; three great-grandchildren, Travis, Trevor, and Lily; and a nieces and several nephews. Donna is survived by two siblings, DeLoise Swingle and David Frump.

At Donna’s request, no formal services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Interment is at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, Calif.; (562) 699-0921.

 

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In Memoriam

George Olveda 89

Steven Andreoli 31

Glenn Biron 63

Zlata Tomasevic 101

Helmuth Knecht 84

Ian Davis 28

Bob Patrick 54

Manuela Rodriguez 93

Jeanette Lark 63

Robert Mohler 63

Jule Cornick 52

Felipe Bonilla 98

Anthony Palmieri 72

Robyn Dugan 45

Harold Adams 64

James Bearns 86

Kenneth Green 80

Orfelina Palencia 82

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,

961-9301

—paid obituary