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Category: Obituaries

Obituary: Rosalie John

Rosalie John, a caring mother and grandmother, who also loved Idyllwild and blue skies, died in Idyllwild at 5:06 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, of a heart attack. Born Dec. 13, 1910, in Alabama, she would have been 88-years-old this Sunday. Mrs. John lived for 51 years in El Monte before moving to Idyllwild six […]

Obituary: Carl Kenneth Pearlman

An active participant in the Idyllwild Arts Academy and its summer programs, Carl Kenneth Pearlman, M.D., 90, died in his sleep of heart failure on Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998. Mr. Pearlman was at home in Santa Ana at the time. He was born Aug. 18, 1908, in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, N.Y. Grade school […]

Obituary: John W. Wiita

Former Idyllwilder John Wiita, 77, died of natural causes Oct. 12, 1998, in Laguna Hills. He was born May 25, 1921, in Fitchburg, Mass. Mr. Wiita received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University in Boston and worked as an engineer for Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach before entering the U.S. […]

Obituary: Marguerite Bettis

Marguerite Bettis, a 9-year resident of Idyllwild, died at her home Nov. 2. A private family service was held at Forest Lawn in Glendale on Nov. 7. Her daughter, Trish Wimbrow, was very appreciative of community members who assisted in caring for her mother and who were supportive of Mrs. Wimbrow, a former Idyllwild resident. […]

Obituary: Eric Bettelheim

A longtime supporter of Idyllwild Arts Academy, Eric Bettelheim, 66, died of respiratory distress Sunday, Nov. 1, 1998, while on a visit in Borrego Springs. Mr. Bettelheim was born April 4, 1932, in Asyut, Egypt. He worked as an engineer for Ralph M. Parsons Co. in Pasadena until his retirement in 1987, at which time […]

Obituary: Josephine B. Oddous

Josephine B. Oddous, 89, a longtime school teacher at Idyllwild School and in Hemet, died from heart failure at her home in Idyllwild on Monday, Oct. 12, 1998. Ms. Oddous was born July 14, 1909, in Spokane, Wash. Having obtained bachelor’s degrees in arts and education, she was a teacher at the Baptist Christian School […]

Obituary: Ann Maureen Baerwald

Last week, we reported that a well-loved community member, Ann Baerwald, 60, died peacefully after a long bout with cancer on Monday, Oct. 26, 1998. She died at Hemet Valley Medical Center. Miss Baerwald was born in England on March 21, 1938. She was raised in Cleveland. She attended Swarthmore College as an undergraduate and […]

Obituary: Helene P. Mattingly

Helene P. Mattingly, 82, beloved housewife and a retired saleswoman for Petley Postcards, died Monday, Oct. 19, 1998, at the Desert Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Mattingly was born Dec. 13, 1915, in Akron, Ohio to Herbert E. and Edna P. Teeple Petley. A resident of Palm Springs, she also was a part-time resident of Idyllwild. […]

Obituary: Gaylor Edwin Field

Gaylor Edwin Field, 82, a photographer, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998, of cancer at his home in the Los Feliz Hills of Los Angeles. He was a high jumper on the track team at Polytechnic High School in Riverside. After high school, he attended Los Angeles Art Center studying photography. His first job was a […]

Obituary: Gerald C. Walraven

Gerald C. Walraven, a dominoe player and well-loved friend of Idyllwild residents, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, of a heart attack in Rock Haven, Pa. Mr. Walraven, 71, was a resident of Pine Cove and Hemet. He was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Ireton, Iowa, and moved to California in 1957. He served in the […]

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