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Ciccone, Grace C.

Aug. 6, 1914 - Jan. 3, 2014


Our loving Mom passed away in her sleep Jan. 3 with her son and caregiver by her side. It was our Dad’s (deceased November 2001) and her 72nd wedding anniversary.

After living in her home on Delta, in Long Beach, for 57 years, she moved to Leisure World in Seal Beach where she was embraced with loving neighbors and dear friends. She enjoyed Bunco with old friends, the Italian-American Club, masses at Holy Family, long walks, and daily visits to the laundry room.

She is survived by her daughter Judy Peyton, son Jim Ciccone and daughter JoAnn (Jim) Herrick, seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to her wonderful caregivers and her dear neighbors who always stopped by to check on her.

A viewing will be held at All Souls Mortuary on Friday, Jan. 17, from 4-8 p.m.; the Rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. The funeral will be Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow.


Smith, James L.



James L. Smith, 81, died Jan. 6, 2014, in the comfort of his home with his family.

Jim was born July 31, 1932, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Bernie and Lenore Smith. After graduation from Roosevelt High School, he enlisted in the Navy during the Korean war.

The first part of his hitch was served on the Island of Guam and the second part was served aboard the USS Shasta, AE6, where they toured the world.

After the service he settled in Southern California working as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in the city of Downey, where he met and married his wife Bonnie Jean in the summer of 1966.

Upon retirement, Jim and Bonnie moved to Leisure World in September 1995.

Jim played golf with the Monday and Friday golf clubs, as well as the bowling, pinochle, and swim clubs.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Bonnie Jean; son, Michael; granddaughter, Leigh-Ann; and grandsons Casey and Tim.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, David; sister, Shirley; son, Chuck; and daughter, Penny.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and his fellow golfers.

Services to be held Sunday, Jan. 19, at 11a.m. in Clubhouse 4, Leisure World.

Jim requested to include these last words to his wife: “I love you ‘my Bon’, see you beyond the sunset.”



Smallwood, Robert



Robert “Bob” Smallwood passed away, after a brief illness, Jan. 5, 2014, at the age of 94.

He was born in Bay City, Michigan and grew up in Pasadena, Calif., with his parents, Albert and Martha Smallwood, along with his brother Elmer and sisters, Norma and Bette.

Bob attended John Muir High School and graduated in the Rose Bowl along with friend and fellow student Jackie Robinson. Bob was very proud of that relationship.

Bob later attended Long Beach City College, graduating with a degree in applied sciences and technology.

After high school, he moved to the Owens Valley where he worked as a cowboy and met the love of his life, Ethel Cline. He was drafted into the U. S. Army in March of 1941 and sent to San Fernando for training. Two years later, Bob and Ethel were married. He was sent to Tennessee for more training and then on to England and Ireland. Bob was involved in the D-Day invasion of Europe, landing on Utah Beach in France. He was later attached to General Patton’s Third Army.

After the war, Bob and Ethel settled in Long Beach, Calif. He worked at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard for 22 years before transferring as an inspector for the Air Force at Northrup Aviation for the next 10 years.

After retirement, Bob took up golf and joined the men’s club at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach, where he became the Pub Links representative for many years.

Bob and Ethel were huge supporters of youth sports in Long Beach and they were both lifetime members of the Wilson High School Boosters Club.

Bob was predeceased by his wife Ethel, 2005, youngest daughter, Deanna Hathaway and granddaughter Christy Innes.

He is survived by his children Robert of Eureka, Calif., Douglas (Diane), Long Beach; and Marilyn (Joe), Lawrence, Kan.; grandchildren; David, Ingrid, Robert, Greg, Mike, Damon, Curtis; and seven great-grandchildren.

—paid obituary


Belben, Susan Elizabeth



Susan Elizabeth Belben was born in New York City, borough of Queens, N.Y., December, 1926. She was the youngest of three children born to John and Susan Kutch.

Susan passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Paso Robles, Calif.

Susan lived most of her adult life in Southern California, but she relocated to Paso Robles in February 2012 to be near her son Ron. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Marshall, her brother Harold and sister Frances.

Her son Ron, granddaughter Dana and nieces, Suzanne, Jeneanne, Peggy, Patricia, and many grand nieces and nephews survive her.

Susan was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt, and she would do anything for her family. She loved all of them with all of her heart; she never missed a birthday, anniversary or holiday card or greeting.

Her family loves and misses her greatly. 

Susan worked at the Broadway Department store in Long Beach in the 1960s. She also did a short stint in a public school cafeteria.  She enjoyed bingo and especially loved to play Scrabble and found little competition with whomever she played with. In other words, she beat almost everyone.

Susan endured many physical hardships over the past few years, but somehow she always managed to flash one of her famous smiles and ask how you were doing. She always showed grace and kindness to everyone, she was petite yet strong, powerful yet loving, proud yet caring.

She will be missed by all of her family, friends and her caregivers that helped her these last few years. 

She was extremely grateful for the kindness, thoughtfulness and the tenderness of those who cared for her.  

Susan’s ashes will be scattered off the Southern California coastline, which she loved dearly. A memorial is pending.

—paid obituary



In Memoriam

Dena Rae Bradley 49

Isidore Schreiberg 90

Brenda Carrington 60

William Wolfe 65

Brigitte Thompson 70

Raymond Price 51

Manuela Rodriguez 93

Susana Tanola 55

Wayne Abel 74

Darrin Koltow 47

Martha Moy 81

Michael Narz 62

Robert Smallwood 94

Robert Murawski 61

Barbara Jones 85

Mary Pope 31

Marlene Brockowski 63

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,


—paid obituary01-16-2014