It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jean Kueneman, a wife, mom, sister, daughter, grandma and friend to everyone she met. Jean’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease was courageous, however, would prove to be unsurmountable in the end and on March 21, 2015, we said our goodbyes.
Jean was born on Nov. 2, 1933 to Percy and Estelle Wilson, in Long Beach and eventually, they settled in San Marino. Growing up, her family was close knit, which yielded a special bond with her brother Bill; they remained close throughout her life. Her brother Bill will miss her, but holds sweet memories of his little sister, in his heart.
Jean’s first love was dance, learning to dance from a very young age, she performed and loved all types of dancing.
Eugene Carl Neuhalfen, 87, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, passed away Dec. 19, 2014, at his residence.
Gene was born on Jan. 17, 1927 in Phillips, Neb. He was a retired general contractor, life member of VFW, and a member of Holy Trinity Church in Kona, and Good Sheppard Church in Tehachapi.
Mabel L. Depew
1927 - 2015
Mabel L. Depew, 88, passed away March 3 at 9:30 p.m. at Pacifica Senior Living in Bakersfield. Her eldest son, Ron Depew, his wife Doris, and Ron’s eldest daughter, Allison, were at her bedside as she peacefully slipped into God’s hands. Mabel’s husband of 56 years, Jack Depew, passed away Feb. 9, 2003.
Benjamin Ruben Culp, a resident of Henryetta, passed from this life on March 8, 2015 in Henryetta at the age of 31. Ben was born on Sept. 1, 1983, in Bakersfield to Roger Dale Culp and Debra Ann Winfrey.
Ben grew up in Tehachapi where he attended school as a young boy. He later finished his education while living in Mesa, Ariz. with his family. For the past several years, Ben was working as a pipeliner for Precision Drilling Company. Ben was married to his wife Amber Fay Owens on Dec. 12, 2007, in Okemah, Okla. Ben always took great pride and enjoyment in raising two sons, Tyler and L.J. He loved his family, and he will be missed by his entire family and his many good friends.
Ben is survived by his wife, Amber Culp, and two sons, Tyler Owens and L.J. Crawford of the home; a daughter, McKenna McIntire, of Oak Harbor, Wash.; his parents, Roger and Debra Culp, of Camano Island, Wash.; his four sisters, Michel Culp Harmon and husband Sammy Dal, of Henryetta, Colleen Winn and husband Daniel of Tehachapi, Stacy Scott and husband Joshua of Ft. Collins, CO, and Sarah Vidmar Rene Garcia of Tuscon, Ariz.; his grandmother, Betty Culp, of Tehachapi; mother-in-law, Deborah Minnick, of Henryetta; brother-in-law, Ryan Minnick, of Checotah, Okla.; 23 nieces and nephews, one great-niece and two great-nephews; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, other extended family and many good friends.
Diana Louise Blatt passed away in her home on March 8, 2015. She was 66 years old.
Diana was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother. She put her family first in all that she did. Her family was the primary focus in her life.
Mariah Ruth Estes was called home to her God on Feb. 14, 2015. She was nine months old. Services were held at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel in Tehachapi on March 12, 2015.
Mariah was born to parents Samantha Ruth Dockery and Antwine DeAndre Estes on May 23, 2014, in Bakersfield. Although she was here for only a short time, she touched the hearts of all who knew her, and she will forever be loved.
Those left to cherish her memory are her parents, Samantha and Antwine; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Dockery; paternal grandmother, Stephanie Willis; brother, Isaiah Estes; sisters, Arianna and Elizabeth Estes, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
On March 1, 2015, Donna D. McDonald was called by her angels to be with her Lord in Heaven. She was born in Glenvil, Neb., in 1926. From there her family moved to Washington’s Entiat Valley. She was the youngest in a family of eight siblings, a twin to her brother Don. The family eventually settled in Modesto where she met her husband and had two daughters. She accomplished her dream of becoming a nurse and worked in that profession for 48 years.
Donna and her family moved to Bellflower in 1954, where they lived the next 40 years. In 1994, Donna became a resident of Tehachapi. She loved this little community.
Alvin Victor Hansen, age 91, of Tehachapi went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. He was born Jan. 10, 1924, in Glover, N.D. Alvin was a veteran of World War II, proudly serving in the United States Army, where he was stationed in Germany from 1945 to 1946. He was in Unit "A" Company, 70th Tank Battalion.
He married Elaine Beverly Jacobson on July 19, 1953, who preceded him in death on Dec. 5, 2007. They had seven children.
Dorothy J. Laren passed away at her home in Tehachapi, on March 1, 2015.
A Rosary will be held at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Tehachapi, on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 6 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Malachy Catholic Church on Monday, March 9, 2015, at 9 a.m. Dorothy will be interred at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin, on Monday, March 9, 2015, at 1:15 p.m.
Alma Viola Woolf, 104, was taken by the Angels to Heaven to be crowned at Jesus' feet on Feb. 19, 2015.
Born Aug. 25, 1910, in Magazine, Ark., to Evin Jacob Hudson and Leona Tobey Hudson, Alma was one of four children. She attended a one-room school.
Alma married Jackson Woolf on Aug. 16, 1930. They had five children. They moved to California in 1950, and she worked at several farms. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tehachapi. Her interests included writing poetry, reading and gardening. One of her favorite reading choices was the Bible. Alma loved people, and would help them in any way that was needed. She was a good Mother, and was special to her children and grandchildren.
John Byron Pruden, Sr. of Bear Valley Springs entered into rest on Feb. 15, 2014. He was 98 years old. Mr. Pruden will be interred at Bakersfield National Cemetery, Arvin.
John was born on Jan. 28, 1917, in Globe, Ariz., to parents, John and Willhelmina Farnham Pruden.
Mary Lenita Clyde, 71, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 10, 2015. She was the daughter of Ralph E. Barker and Dorothy Barker.
Mary graduated from Bakersfield High School and from there embarked on many adventures around the country.
Mary was a bright, artistic, and patriotic person and a staunch supporter of the United States military. She was qualified to join the Daughters of the American Revolution, with 17 Revolutionary Patriot ancestors identified.