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Wave Wahnita Housholder passed away in her home peacefully on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Arkansas on Dec. 16, 1933 to George and Beulah Drain. She was the youngest of three children. Her family moved to California and made Tehachapi their home in 1945.

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Gayle Palmer of Tehachapi, Calif., entered into rest on Nov. 4, 2019. There are no services scheduled at this time.

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Carol Ann Carnish (Stewart) went home to be with our Lord on Oct. 27, 2019 in Bakersfield, California. She will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery located in Bakersfield, California. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth, and father, Carl Carnish.

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Susan Higgins Hansen was born in Brentwood, Calif., on June 30, 1934, and graduated into Heaven on Oct. 31, 2019, in Tehachapi, Calif.

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Joseph Michael Wiehn earned his Angel wings on Oct. 16, 2019. His tiny feet left large footprints on the hearts of all who loved him.

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Dorothy Morris passed away peacefully on Oct. 19, 2019, after fighting the good fight with five years of health challenges. She was surrounded by love and beautiful testimonies of the many lives she touched.

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In the presence of family, Joyce went to meet the Lord on Oct. 24, 2019, in Bakersfield, Calif. She was born on Jan. 6, 1948, in Wasco, Calif. She was a loving wife, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed.

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The Tehachapi Valley lost a kind, interesting and community-minded man with the passing of Harold Cox, 84, on Oct. 20. Harold had been battling cancer but was still able to get around, and only a few weeks ago celebrated his 84th birthday at Kelcy's Restaurant surrounded by a large group of …

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Carolyn E. Fitzwater, 72, died on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019 at her home in Tehachapi, Calif. She was raised in Bakersfield, Calif., by her parents R.C. and Norma Austin. She is survived by her three daughters: Shelly D. Sprouse of Bakersfield; Tory (Ken) White of Mount Zion, Ill.; and Darcey (…

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Jerry Guardado left Tehachapi, Calif., unexpectedly, on Oct. 2, 2019, Heaven bound. The interment will be on Oct. 18, 2019, at the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd., in Arvin at 9:15 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m., at Bear Valley Church, 26180 Platea…

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Jerry Guardado of Tehachapi, Calif., entered into rest on Oct. 2, 2019. Interment will be at Bakersfield National Cemetery on Oct. 18, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. A Memorial Service will follow on Oct. 18, 2019 at 1 p.m., located at Bear Valley Community Church, 26180 Plateau Way, Tehachapi, CA 93561.

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Harold “Butch” Earl Kurczeski of Tehachapi, Calif., entered into rest on Oct. 6, 2019. A visitation will be held on Oct. 19, 2019, at 5 p.m., at Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc., located at 321 W. F St., Tehachapi, CA, 93561.

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Robert Wallace Thede of Tehachapi, Calif., entered into rest on Sept. 24, 2019. Burial with military honors will be held at Bakersfield National Cemetery with Patriot Guard leaving Woods Family Funeral Service at 8 a.m. Oct. 14, 2019. Following will be a memorial service at Abundant Life Chu…

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Beverly Jean Lane Bemis was born Nov. 13, 1936 and died unexpectedly on Aug. 12, 2019. She was born to Earl and Frances Lane in West Lebanon, N.H.

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Surrounded by her family, Charlotte Mae (Leiva) Villalobos, age 90, crossed over to be with our Heavenly Father on Sept. 18, 2019 at her home in Tehachapi, Calif. She was born March 13, 1930, during a blizzard in a small mountain cabin nestled in the foothills of Tehachapi, Calif. Her father…

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Beverly Lane Bemis of Tehachapi, Calif., entered into rest on Aug. 12, 2019. A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 at Tehachapi Community Congregational Church located at 100 E. E St. Tehachapi, CA 93561.

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Wenceslao Ortiz of Tehachapi, Calif., entered into rest on Sept. 15, 2019. Visitation will be held Monday, Sept. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc., located at 321 W. F St., Tehachapi, CA. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7 p.m.

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Mary Jean Owen, a resident of Tehachapi, Calif., died at home surrounded by her family on Sept. 13, 2019, at the age of 92.

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With profound sadness, we announce the passing of longtime Tehachapi resident Anthony Robert Lopez. Anthony was born on Jan. 29, 1964, in Los Angeles, Calif., and joined our Lord Savior on Aug. 21, 2019.

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Julie was born in a house, in the oilfields of east Bakersfield. She attended St. Joseph Elementary School and graduated from Bakersfield High School in 1940.

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Our Beloved Mother is finally free of her earthly bonds. Teresa, also known as Terry, entered this life as the eighth child of eleven to Manuel and Antonia (Montoya) Duran in Monte Vista, Colo. She started a nomadic style of life moving from Colorado to California when she was 14, with her f…

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Gloria “Nikki” Washburn (born Gloria Dagmar Faith, Oct. 7, 1930) found her freed soul and left this earth to be with God on Aug. 21, 2019. She is survived by her children, Michael John Chesebrough of Tehachapi, Calif., his wife Deanna Chesebrough, and Cheryl Ann Chesebrough-Caffee of Edmond,…

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Gloria “Nikki” Washburn entered into the Presence of God on Aug. 21, 2019. A full obituary with service time and location will be posted in the next issue of the Tehachapi News.

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Theresa Marie Foster gently passed away on the afternoon of Aug. 17, 2019, with her loving family by her side. Theresa was born on Jan. 18, 1941, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Elizabeth and Charles Cotant. Theresa was the seventh of eight children, growing up initially in the Midwest state of Iowa…

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Lisa Jean Miller Rijfkogel was born Aug. 24, 1964, in Ventura, Calif. She died at the age of 54. Her parents are Ross Edward Huth and Shirley Jean Smith. Her Celebration of Life will be held in Tehachapi, Calif., on Aug. 31, 2019.

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Theresa Marie Foster of Tehachapi, Calif., entered into rest on Aug. 17, 2019. Mass will be held at St. Malachy Catholic Church on Tuesday Aug. 27, at 11 a.m.

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Douglas William Griffith entered into eternity with his Savior on Aug. 2, 2019, at his home in Bear Valley Springs.

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Faye Ables, daughter of John Rickman and Dora McCafferty, was born in Fillmore, Calif., on Oct. 18, 1931. Faye married R.W. Ables on July 5, 1945 when she was 14 years old.

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Andrea (Andy) L. Briscoe, 92, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2019, in her Golden Hills home surrounded by her family. She was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 26, 1926, and was raised by her adopted parents, Charles and Maude Brady. She graduated from Immaculate Heart High School of …

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Dianne Hunter, age 71, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at the home of her brother in Ramona, Calif. Dianne was born on Oct. 19, 1947, in Las Vegas, Nev., to the late Carol Brundage Bradley and Nye Kimble Bradley. She grew up in Las Vegas and attended the newly opened Western High Schoo…

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It's really hard to say goodbye to someone you love. But death came and now Wilma is in Heaven with Jesus, and can't you imagine her excitement at all the things she has been shown!

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Charles Roger Smith (Chuck) died peacefully June 26 at Keck Hospital of USC in Los Angeles at the age of 79. His wife of 55 years, Donna Smith (Wold), daughter Kimberly Smith, and son Charles Smith were at his side. Chuck is survived by his sister-in-law Judy Smith, niece Julie Tracy Gibbons…

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Dorothy Louise Damian (“Nana”) was surrounded by her immediate family when she passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Bakersfield, Calif. Dorothy suffered a brief illness in the weeks prior to her unexpected passing.

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Deena was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Sophie and Max Rosen; a high school English teacher, and certified public accountant, respectively.