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  • Judy Dorrell Bell

    Updated Mar 6, 2024

    Judy Dorrell Bell, devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11 at the age of 82. Born in 1941 in Santa Monica, Judy spent her early years between the beaches of California and the cornfields of Iowa. She graduated from Fort Madison High School, Iowa State University as well as earned a masters in Nutrition from New Haven University. On a blind date, while in Minneapolis for a Betty Crocker internship, Judy met her future husband of 56 years, Bob...

  • Haruko Johnson

    Updated Mar 6, 2024

    Haruko Johnson, resident of Fallbrook, passed away at home Feb. 26, 2024. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Johnson of Fallbrook, and four children, son Kiyoshi Higa, daughter Sachiko Murata, son Yoshitaka Higa and daughter Kiyomi Hanashiro, all of Japan; 12 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren....

  • Mary Elaine (Brooks) Dake

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Mary Elaine (Brooks) Dake, 88, died comfortably in her home on Dec. 30, 2023, after battling cancer. Elaine (as she was known) was born in the Oklahoma Panhandle at Beaver, Oklahoma on April 6, 1935, to Frank and Evelyn Brooks. She was the third of four children, James Franklin Brooks, who died in infancy, Donald Fayne Brooks, her brother and Shirley, her sister. Growing up in the Great Depression, her family endured much hardship and moved from the Oklahoma Panhandle to the...

  • Matthew John Gausepohl

    Updated Feb 9, 2024

    It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of Matthew John Gausepohl, who passed away on Jan. 12, 2024, at the age of 48. Matthew was born on March 23, 1975, to John and Kathy Gausepohl. Matthew was the youngest of three children. He graduated from Fallbrook High School in 1993 and attended LBCC. Matthew joined his father's insurance agency and brother's mortgage business, launching a successful career. His ability to foster positive connections was a strength many of...

  • John E. Chadwick

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    John E. Chadwick, aged 80, of Los Angeles, Calif., passed away on Jan. 15, 2024. Born on Aug. 13, 1943, in Birmingham, England, John was a man of exceptional character and dedication, whose life was a testament to the virtues of hard work, love, and commitment. A former Fallbrook/Bonsall resident, John was the beloved husband of Suzanne, with whom he shared 56 unforgettable years of marriage. Their partnership was the cornerstone of their lives, filled with mutual support and...

  • Terry Lee Draper

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Terry Lee Draper died in Texarkana, Texas on January 11, 2024. She was born in Oceanside, Calif. And lived many years of her life in Fallbrook. She graduatred from Fallbrook Union High School in 1966. She married Jeff Painter and they had two children, Robert and Jennifer. They were divorced and she married Don Draper and had a daughter, Erin. Terry was employed for many years by doctor offices in Fallbrook and Murrieta as a front office receptionist. She was very good with th...

  • Larry Pierce Knight

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    In loving memory of Larry Pierce Knight, born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 5, 1942, and died Jan. 22, 2024, in Fallbrook, Calif. at the age of 81. Larry grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, attended St. Louis Country Day School, and graduated from St. Louis University with a B.A.in Political Science. Larry had an illustrious career in sales and marketing in the chemical and electronics industries. He was also chairman of the Microwave Integrated Circuits (MIC) Workshop, an...

  • Joellen Beckstrom Maddock

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Joellen Beckstrom Maddock was 100 years old when she passed away peacefully on Dec. 29, 2023, in her home surrounded by family. Joellen was born on Oct. 8, 1923, to Ruth and Lawrence Beckstrom in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Los Angeles and Arcadia with her brothers Andy and Eric. She graduated from Monrovia Arcadia Duarte High School and attended Occidental College. Joellen (Jo) married her husband, Jack, in 1943, and they moved to Fallbrook in 1946 where they...

  • Maurice Carrie Van Roekel

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Maurice Carrie Van Roekel, 85, of Temecula, passed away Jan. 16, after battling Dementia and respiratory issues. Maurice’s health had been in decline. She spent her last years with such loving assisted caretakers at Chateau at Harveston, and Pam Miller, Maurice’s loving cousin. Maurice was born Jan. 1, 1939, to George W. Crowe and Lucille C. (Buck) Crowe. Maurice grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas where she attended Lakeside High School. Both popular and active, Maurice particip...

  • Nora May Garcia

    Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Nora May Garcia passed away Jan. 18 in Escondido, California. She was preceded in death by her sisters Janice Spruell, Lisa Dean, and brother Donald Garcia. She is survived by her sisters Rita Miranda, Alexis Garcia, Cynthia Sluder, Pauline Grisham, Norma Barela, Virginia Garcia, and many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at the Pala Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024 at 10 a.m. Berry-Bell and Hall Mortuary is handling arrangements....

  • Linda Lee Shirey

    Updated Jan 25, 2024

    Linda Lee Shirey (Wion), born in Oakland, CA, February 5, 1951, passed away on Dec. 14, 2023. Linda is survived by her loving husband Rick, daughter Chasi, and cherished grandchildren Bailey, Kylen, Hailee, and Dax. She dedicated her time to Fallbrook Presbyterian Church, enjoying church activities and family moments. A celebration of life will be held at SonRise Christian Fellowship on Feb. 3, 2024, at 11 a.m. . . ....

  • Linda Traut

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Linda Traut lived March 9, 1944, to Dec. 25, 2023. On Christmas morning, we lost the matriarch of our family. Linda was beautiful, loving and kind to the people in her life. She loved to entertain and get together with her friends at her home. Her love for her family was paramount. If her family needed help, she was right there by their side, wherever, doing whatever was needed. Linda moved to Fallbrook when she was 10 years old. She grew up loving horses and always ready to...

  • Radoslav "Roy" Hromin

    Updated Jan 18, 2024

    Radoslav "Roy" Hromin went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 28, 2023. The third of 10 siblings, Roy was born on a small island in Croatia on Feb. 25, 1928 He became a proud American citizen in 1964. He moved to Fallbrook in 1984. Roy was a loving and generous man. He made a lot of friends everywhere he went and he will be greatly missed by his surviving family: his devoted wife, Margrit; his three children, Stella, Rosie, and John; his son-in-law Tim, daughter-in-law Whitney,...

  • Julie Norberg

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Julie Norberg departed this world on Nov. 27, 2023, at her home surrounded by her family. Her journey's end brings both sorrow and gratitude for the profound impact she had on the lives she touched. Born on March 10, 1940, Julie was a loving wife to Paul Norberg, a devoted mother to her daughter, Debby Kirkwood, and sons, Brian Caspino and David Caspino. Her family grew to include her beloved son-in-law, Fred Kirkwood, and cherished daughter-in-law, Michelle Glover. Julie's...

  • Johnnie L. Newton

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Johnnie L. Newton, of Fallbrook, California, died Nov. 25, 2023, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Diego after a brief hospitalization. He was 76 years old. Johnnie was a career Judge Advocate, retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1995 after serving as a Trial Counsel (prosecutor), Defense Counsel and later Military Judge at Camp Pendleton, as a staff officer at Headquarters USMC and in several positions during multiple tours in Okinawa, Japan, including a period as Staff Judge Advocate. Among Colonel...

  • Dorothy M. Zenovic

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Dorothy M. Zenovic, known to her family as Mom, Grandma, or GG, and to friends as Dot or Dottie, passed away at the age of 99 on Nov. 21, 2023, in Escondido, California. Born in River Edge, New Jersey she was the oldest of four daughters of Dalton and Viola (Kroll) Myles. Dot spent her youth and early adulthood in the Rockland County area of New York. She attended college, earning a Bachelor's Degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and returned home to start...

  • Deana C. Weelborg

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Deana C. Weelborg passed away on Sept. 30 with her husband of 52 years holding her hand. Deana was born in 1942 in Warner Robins, Georgia. Deana was Executing Director of Escondido Girls Club for over 20 years. Deana was Director of Scoring Service for the PGA Golf Tournament at Torrey Pines for over 20 years. Deana and Dean traveled to every state in the U.S. for many years on a motorcycle then, in later years, in a 37 ft. motorhome. They lived in Escondido for 30 years then...

  • Kermit Leighton Harrison

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    Kermit Leighton Harrison, 77, passed away Nov. 30, 2023. He succumbed to heart failure after a battle with Parkinson's disease. A lifetime resident of Fallbrook, Kermit enjoyed being an integral part of the community. He graduated from Fallbrook Union High in 1964, and attended University of Arizona, Tucson where he graduated from Pharmacy College in 1969. He returned to Fallbrook, where he worked as a pharmacist for 50 years, originally at Harrison Rexall Drug, followed by...

  • Jennifer Jane Bow

    Updated Nov 24, 2023

    Jennifer Jane Bow, "Jenny, " lived May 25, 1985, to Nov. 16, 2023. Jenny was a young mother who loved playing softball for FUHS from 1999-2003. She played and coached fastpitch softball for Green Machine throughout Indian Country. She enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her children excel in sports. It should be no surprise that's where she fell ill, supporting her children at their games. There's no other place in the world she would want to have been. Born in...

  • Mildred Clark Straight

    Updated Nov 24, 2023

    Mildred Clark Straight, 95, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 12 at her home at Regency Fallbrook. She had been in hospice care after suffering weeks of pain from a fall. Mildred was born on Dec. 9, 1927, in a snowstorm near Sulfer, Oklahoma. She was married for 59 years to Howard Earl Straight who preceded her in death in 2016. Together they had been active in the Reche Club, members of Living Waters Christian Fellowship and were Fallbrook avocado ranchers since 1978. She is...

  • Dorothy Ann Rutledge

    Updated Nov 15, 2023

    Dorothy Ann Rutledge, beloved wife and mother, passed away on Nov. 12, 2023. She was 85 years of age. Dorothy was born on Jan. 12, 1938, in North Adams, Massachusetts, to Edwin and Elizabeth Busby. She moved to California in 1957 along with her mother and sister Judy. Dorothy worked 15 years as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. She met her husband, Gary, through friends, and transferred to the Fallbrook post office in 1988. They were soul mates and spent 35 years together. The first time Gary saw her he said, "WOW!" Their...

  • Malissa Anne Wertz

    Updated Nov 15, 2023

    On Oct. 25, 2023, after courageously battling cancer, Malissa Anne Wertz, 43, of Fallbrook California, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. Malissa filled her entire life with love – love for adventure, traveling, sharing stories, laughing, and, above all, love for her people: her family, friends, students, and colleagues. So, though it is true that her time here was not nearly long enough, Malissa gave and received more love than most people will ever e...

  • Leven Lee Duke Shirey

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Leven Lee Duke Shirey, 41, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho passed away on Oct. 23, 2023. He was born June 1, 1982 in Greeley, Colorado, to Rick Lee and Linda Lee (Wion) Shirey of Fallbrook, California. He is survived by his three children, Kylen Shirey, Hailee Shirey, and Dax Shirey; his former wife of 22 years Brianna Shirey and his sister, Chasi Barrett. Leven grew up in Fallbrook with his family. He graduated from Fallbrook High School, Class of 2000. He was very active in Fallbroo...

  • Celebration of Life for Bryce Herndon

    Updated Nov 8, 2023

    Oct. 26, 1935 to April 7, 2023 Please join us for Bryce Herndon's Celebration of Life. The family will be gathering and celebrating his life at Riverview Evangelical Free Church on Nov. 10, 2023, promptly at 12 p.m., 4980 Sweetgrass Lane, Bonsall, California 92003. Please plan to be at the church no later than 11:45 a.m. to be able to start the celebration service on time. If you knew and loved Bryce, please join us to honor and celebrate his life. Thank you all for being part...

  • Bryce Herndon

    Updated Oct 18, 2023

    Bryce Herndon was a devout Christian, beloved husband, loving father, faithful son, adored grandfather, cherished brother, and loyal friend to many. He was also a revered patriarch, awarded "Master Pilot" by the FAA for over 60 years of flying without accident or violation, an accomplished tenor, successful businessman, avid snow skier, water sports enthusiast of all types: Air chair, kayak, canoe, snorkeler, scuba diver, water skier, and beloved boat captain; horseback rider,...

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