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Obituary: Craig L. Slawson

Craig L. Slawson, 60, who had lived in Idyllwild since he was 7, died Wednesday, May 11, 2005 in his sleep. He kept this poem framed on his wall and those who knew him would agree that he lived by these words by William Penn: “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can...

Obituary: Robert Leonard Kozera

A memorial service for Robert Leonard Kozera, 61, of Pine Cove was held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Idyllwild Church of Religious Science. He died of heart failure Saturday in Pine Cove. Mr. Kozera is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons, Brad, Kevin and Blaine; a daughter, Shannon; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Obituary: Sonia Eleanor Horvath

Sonia E. Horvath, 89, formerly of Idyllwild, died Saturday, April 16, 2005 in Klamath Falls, Ore. of natural causes. Mrs. Horvath was born Feb. 1, 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her education there, earning her registered nurse certificate from St. Vincent Charity Hospital on Sept. 3, 1943. She enjoyed working as a registered nurse until March 17, 1946, when...

Obituary: Kenneth E. Gooding

Kenneth Gooding, 82, of La Quinta died Friday, April 22, 2005 in Rancho Mirage of diabetes complications. Mr. Gooding was born to Charles and Nellie (Baber) Gooding on Dec. 7, 1922 in Cushing, Okla. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force, flying on 35 missions during World War II. On his first leave, he came home to marry his...

Obituary: Irving Theodore Severtson

Irving Theodore Severtson, 80, of Cathedral City, died Friday, March 25, 2005 in Palm Desert. He was born Nov. 5, 1924 to Ole Tobias and Inga Tomina Severtson in Milford, Iowa. Mr. Severtson married Shirley Andersen on June 13, 1953 in Minneapolis. He was the owner of the Idyllwild Gift Shop for 25 years and previously employed at Business...

Obituary: Lucille D. Johns

Lucille D. Johns, 94, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at Chapman Convalescent Hospital in Riverside of natural causes. She was born Feb. 6, 1911 in Breckenridge, Minn. Mrs. Johns and her husband, Earl, who passed away March 6, 2002, loved Idyllwild where they would stay in the cabin they owned since 1959 every weekend or more. It was their favorite, happiest...

Obituary: Hugh Bonnell

Hugh McKenzie Bonnell, 85, of Hemet, died Monday, March 7, 2005 at the Ramona Manor Rehab Facility in Hemet following hip replacement surgery from which he failed to recover. Mr. Bonnell was born Dec. 5, 1919 in Los Angeles. He was retired from the Air Force and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Bonnell was a long-time Idyllwild resident before his recent...

Obituary: Harold E. Slater Jr.

Harold E. “Mike” Slater Jr., 74, of Garner Valley, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005 in Rancho Mirage. He was born July 6, 1930 in Northville, Mich. and was a manufacturer of motor homes. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Friday, March 4 at Staging Area No. 2 in the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. Mr. Slater is survived by his wife,...

Obituary: Stephanie ‘Stefi’ Marianne Chase

“Magic is the hearth where the welcome-fire burns — where joy lifts a beacon in the gathering night,” wrote Stephanie “Stefi” Marianne Chase, a published and prolific poet who fell deeply in love with Idyllwild, writing fondly about the mountains throughout the half-century she lived here. Stefi died about 7...

Obituary: Clarence Howard Black

Clarence Howard Black, 80, of Banning, died peacefully at home Monday night, Feb. 28, 2005, ending a long life of duty and honor. Grandson of pioneer citrus rancher and Redlands City Councilmember M.L. Black, he was born Dec. 7, 1924 in Redlands and grew up on a 20-acre citrus grove on Prospect Street in Loma Linda. While attending Redlands High School,...
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