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Edna L. Nelson, former Tehachapi resident and member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at a nursing home in Tulare. She was 99.

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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.

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Jerry Lynn Loyd, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away in the early hours of June 20, 2019. Jerry was born in Dover, Ariz., to parents, Luther and Moria Loyd.

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William “Bill” Barlow, owner of Quality Refinishing and Clock Repair, passed away June 18, 2019 in Tehachapi, Calif. Bill was born March 30, 1940 in Wallingford, Conn., to Dorothy and Edward Barlow Sr.

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Harry Kam Jr. was born on Feb. 4, 1933, in Oxnard, Calif., and passed away after battling a long illness on March 26, 2019, in Lancaster, Calif. He resided for more than 40 years in Tehachapi, Calif.

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Sheila Jean (Doen) Saranpa, of Bear Valley Springs, Calif., peacefully went home to the Lord surrounded by her family on June 13, 2019. She was 87.

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Martin Paul Matheny went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 29, 2019. Martin was born in Fort Lupton, Colo., along with his twin brother, Michael, who preceded him in passing on Jan 29, 2014.

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Cappy Stephens of Tehachapi, Calif., entered into rest on June 2, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Mountain Bible Church in Tehachapi.

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Ellen K. Jackson of Tehachapi, Calif., peacefully passed away on June 6, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Bear Valley Church in Tehachapi.

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Col. (R) Lloyd Richard Laycook, 88, died on May 30, 2019, at Dixie Regional Hospital in Saint George, Utah, from complications of a fall. He was born on July 9, 1930, in Bakersfield, Calif., to William Lloyd Laycook and Neva Novella Stussy, the second of five children.

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Wanda Fay Reed was born April 15, 1931, in Cowlington, Okla., and passed away in Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., on May 31, 2019.

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Linda Laing, of Ramona, Calif., passed away on April 28, 2019. She was born May 26, 1953 in La Jolla, Calif., to William and Anne (Penniman) Ferguson. She graduated from Pacific University in Oregon and married James Palmer in 1975. After her divorce, she married Ralph "Chris" Laing in 1989.

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Born Jan. 28, 1936, in Worthington, MN, Leory went home to be with the Lord Jesus on his 83rd birthday, Jan. 28, 2019. Leroy died unexpectedly at his home in Tehachapi, Calif.

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Ramona M. Mills, 81, of Benton, Ark., passed away May 24, 2019. She was born Sept. 28, 1937 in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Cappie and Lilly (Shim) Smith.

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Ronald C. Hauerwaas, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed into the eternal arms of his Lord and Savior on May 22, 2019.

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Tehachapi resident Juan Antonio Sillas passed away on May 21, 2019, in Tehachapi, Calif. He was 21 years old.