Recent Obituaries

  • Monday, Apr 27 2015 08:56 AM

    Judge gives city 'thumbs up' on Walmart project

    Superior Court Judge Kenneth Twisselman, at a hearing held Friday, April 24, in Bakersfield, approved environmental documents prepared by the City of Tehachapi, ruling against the group Tehachapi First, which had challenged the adequacy of review under the California Environmental Quality Act.

    Only attorney Mark R. Wolfe of San Francisco was present in court for Tehachapi First. Most of about a half dozen Tehachapi residents in the courtroom said they were in favor of the project.

  • Saturday, Apr 25 2015 09:26 AM

    Margie Lee Frederick, 1942 - 2015


    Margie Lee Frederick, 72, of Tehachapi, went to live in eternity with her Heavenly Father on April 21, 2015, as a result of a sudden heart attack.

    Margie was born in Bell, on Sept. 22, 1942. She graduated from Azusa High School. Margie worked as a Chaplain for the Salvation Army for 37 years. After retirement, she continued her service for the Lord by volunteering at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center of Bakersfield twice a week until the day of her passing, when she left this temporary life to go be with her Heavenly Father in her eternal life. She dedicated her life to the Lords ministry and touched many lives while doing so. She lived and breathed to do the Lords work and now she is in heaven with him.
    Margie was the rock that held the family together, and she loved them dearly. Everyone’s birthdays and all holidays were celebrated at her house. She also loved her two pit bulls, Rocky and Boots, who loyally cared and took care of her.
    Anyone who knew Margie fell in love with her instantly. No one was an enemy and everyone could be helped.

  • Friday, Apr 24 2015 11:25 AM

    Gloria Motta, 1953 – 2015


    Gloria Motta
    1953 – 2015

    Gloria Motta passed away on April 20 in Bakersfield. Gloria was born to Magdalena Barajas and Juan Valencia in Michoacan, Mexico, on Feb. 18, 1953.

    In 1972 she moved to the Los Angeles area where she met her husband, Jesus Motta, and started their family, having three girls and two boys. They moved to Tehachapi in 1992 to finish raising their children.

  • Friday, Apr 17 2015 10:40 AM

    William Joseph Wohleb, 1946 — 2015

    Died April 14, 2015
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    William Joseph Wohleb
    1946 — 2015
    William Joseph Wohleb, 68, of Tehachapi passed away early on the morning of April 14. “Bill” is survived by his wife Gloria Wohleb, and his children Liz Bachik, Annie Dodd, Carol Petersen, and son William Wohleb Jr.  He is also survived by his 11 grandchildren Peter, Gage, Ariel, Brendon, Zoie, Marque, Wyatt, Demarco, Kai, Cobi, and Leighton.  

    Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was able to see the good in every person he encountered. He was a free spirit and artist who loved the desert surrounding Kern County. He had a fervent love for Joshua trees that led to his photography of many of them in the area. He believed that, “they came to life in the right light.”

    Bill would never want anyone to mourn the loss of a father, grandfather, husband or friend, but rather to celebrate the life he led. A person is only gone when you stop thinking about them. As long as we remember the life we had with him, we will always have “Bill W.” in our hearts. His bright smile with a cigarette on his lip, donning flip flop sandals and blue coveralls, will forever be ingrained. Rest in peace, and we can only imagine how beautiful the light is in heaven.

    A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 11 a.m., at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel. For condolences please visit

  • Thursday, Apr 16 2015 12:37 PM

    In memory of Debra Galloway-Hughes-Woodley, 1955 - 2015

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    Debra was born Aug. 17, 1955, and left for Heaven on April 2, 2015. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Christy Hughes, and her granddaughter, Holly Elizabeth Hughes.

    Debbie married our son, John Hughes in 1974, and they were married for 26 years. During this time, both Debra and John served in the U.S. Air Force. On the last week of Debra's service, she gave birth to her and John's beautiful daughter, Jennifer Christy Hughes. She was born at the Air Force Hospital at March Air Force Base in Riverside. Jennifer was with them almost constantly as she grew up.

  • Wednesday, Apr 15 2015 01:49 PM

    Patsy Ruth Rodgers (Lane, Boxwell), 1933 - 2015

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    Patsy was born in Altus, Okla., on Aug. 2, 1933, to Clifford and Evelyn Robertson, and passed away peacefully on April 9, 2015. She spent most of her life in Bakersfield, raising her family, and she retired as a social worker from the County of Kern. She lived life to the fullest, enjoying camping trips, water skiing, bowling, square dancing, crocheting and her love of flowers.

    Patsy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter," E.E. Cummings. She loved to laugh and hear a good joke, plus spending time with her family and beloved cat, "Tiger." Her passion was traveling in their motor home, going on cruises around the world, and to Stateline, Nev., playing her favorite slot machines.

  • Wednesday, Apr 15 2015 10:21 AM

    George James Hicks, 1941 — 2015

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    George Hicks, age 74, passed away on April 12, 2015 in Upland, following a brief illness. George was born to Bill and Audrey Hicks on Jan. 15, 1941 in Tehachapi. He spent his youth and teenage years in the Tehachapi area, living first in Monolith and later in the City of Tehachapi. While working at Monolith Cement Company and Smith’s Union 76, George met and married Lucille Girado in 1966. They celebrated 49 years of marriage this past Aug. 18, and George enjoyed good health until the very end of his life.

    In 1966, George and Lucille moved to Banning, where he started his career in the garment industry. After seven years with Banning Shirt Company, George partnered up with Dave Hammond and moved the family to El Centro. They started El Centro Garment Company where he was general manager for seven years. In 1980, George sold his home and moved the family to Montclair, where he worked various positions in the garment industry in and around San Bernardino County. In 1998, he hired on with Safari-land as a sample technician producing body armor and worked eight years before he retired in 2006.

  • Friday, Apr 10 2015 10:49 AM

    Mary Ruth Murley, 1944 - 2015

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    We lost a gracious and giving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, on Palm Sunday. Mary Ruth Murley passed away at the home of her beloved sister and brother-in-law, Theresa and John Foster, on March 29, 2015.

    Mary was born to Elizabeth and Charles Cotant on Aug. 20, 1944, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Mary was the youngest of eight children. She moved to Hermosa Beach at the age of eight. She graduated from Redondo Beach High School. After she married, she moved to Georgia for several years and then moved to Ripley, Tenn., where she resided for 16 years. She owned a family-owned restaurant and always made sure that no one went hungry, even if they could not afford meals. In 1987 she returned to California and resided in Tehachapi.

  • Friday, Apr 10 2015 08:47 AM

    Samuel E. Powell Jr., 1950 - 2015


    Samuel Earl Powell Jr. died unexpectedly on Saturday March 28, 2015 at his home in Sallisaw, Okla., of congestive heart failure. Sam was a long time resident of Tehachapi, from 1988 to 2012.

    Sam was born Nov. 8, 1950 in Huntingdon, Pa., to Samuel and Myrtle Powell. He married the love of his life, Susan E. Smith, on March 6, 1971 in Mc Sherrystown, Pa., at the Annunciation BVM.

  • Wednesday, Apr 08 2015 05:39 PM

    Debra Louise Woodley, 1955 - 2015

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    Services have been scheduled for Debra Louise Woodley, age 59.  A visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 10 a.m., at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin, at 12:30 p.m., with full military honors.

    Debra was born on August 17, 1955, in Loma Linda, to parents Cecil Johnson, Galloway, Jr. from California, and Margaret Elizabeth Galloway from Missouri. Attending and graduating from Glendora High School, Debra excelled in music. She enlisted in the United States Air Force on Dec. 9, 1976, and separated from the military on Dec. 8, 1980, as a Medical Administrative Specialist Sergeant. She was married to Paul F. Woodley on Sept. 26, 2009, after a lengthy engagement. She spent 30 years with the Department of Corrections, retiring on Nov. 17, 2010, as a secretary.

  • Tuesday, Apr 07 2015 09:02 AM

    Jonathan Michael Marinelli, 1997 — 2015

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    Jonathan Michael Marinelli was born in Lancaster on May 19, 1997. Jon was a senior at Denham Springs High School in Denham Springs, Loa.

    Jon had just been accepted to Louisiana State University with plans to pursue a career in physics and space exploration.

  • Friday, Apr 03 2015 10:44 AM

    Mary Ruth Murley, 1944 - 2015

    Mary Ruth Murley
    1944 - 2015

    Mary Ruth Murley of Tehachapi entered into rest on Sunday, March 29, 2015.  She was 70 years old. Recitation of the Rosary will be on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at 6 p.m., and the Mass of the Resurrection is planned for the following morning, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 9 a.m., both to be held at St. Malachy Catholic Church. The Rite of Interment will follow at Tehachapi Public Cemetery – Westside. A full obituary will be in next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the services. For condolences please visit

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