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Virginia Womack of Oak Knolls succumbed to complications of Alzheimer’s on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, with her beloved husband of 47 years by her side.

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Anna Louise Stibor passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 1, 2017. She was 96.

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Ronald John Olofson, 80, of Smithwick, S.D., passed away Jan. 12, 2017, of congestive heart failure with his wife and son by his side. Ron was born April 28, 1936, in Yankton, S.D., to Loyal and Jenny Olofson. Ron graduated from Yankton High School, received his bachelor degree from Northern…

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Baron Lee Brian Smith passed away at only 8 months old Jan. 2, 2017. A memorial service will be held Jan. 13, 2017, at 2 p.m., at Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel, located at 321 W. F St., Tehachapi.

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Richard “Dick” Lubic, 79, passed away on Dec. 14, 2016, in Tehachapi, after a battle with bladder cancer. Richard was born to Ben and Ruth Lubic and grew up in Fresno where he played football and ran track.

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Dorothy Merella Reinbold Stephens, 80, of Tehachapi, passed away Nov. 29, 2016, of respiratory failure with her daughter and grandson by her side. Dorothy was born on April 9, 1936, in Waterloo, Ill., to William and Rena Reinbold.

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Margaret Kathleen "Peggy" (Nolan) Halpin was born in Bessemer, Mich., on Jan. 6, 1930. She was educated under the Sisters at the Holy Name Academy in Seattle, Wash., where she had moved with her family at the age of 9 from Lansing, Mich. She had five older brothers: Leo, Robert, Raymond, War…

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Longtime Tehachapi resident Jerry Ray Lynch, 71, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 27, 2016. He is survived by his wife Sallie Lynch, his children Carla Collier, David Lynch and Sherry Lynch, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, sisters Darlene Bishoff and Sandy Lynch, and brothers Ll…

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Carolyn Belle Bassler, 74, long-time resident of Tehachapi, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. After a lengthy and brave struggle with lung disease, she has gone to be with the Lord.

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Henry “John” Broderick, 91, passed away at his home in the care of his loving wife, Wilma, on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.

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My dear sweet daughter, it's been nine years since your passing on Christmas night, yet it still seems like yesterday that you had to go home to be with the Lord. Every day I still ask myself why, although I know that God must have had a plan for you and only He knows what that is.

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My dear Steven, you passed away in the early morning hours on Dec. 5, 2016, in Tehachapi as I held your hand and told you it would be okay if you had to go. I told you I loved you always and forever. I said I believe there’s another place beyond this world we know, so that when our time on e…

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Janna Rae McLaughlin was born July 13, 1954, in Porterville to Coy and Velma Blair. Janna was one of three children, sisters Kay Blount, of Bakersfield, and Sharon Burke, of Tecumseh, Okla.

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Judith Anne O’Donnell, Tehachapi resident and longtime parishioner at St. Malachy Catholic Church, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 7, 2016, after a lengthy struggle with several illnesses.

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Muriel Jean Kell passed away at her home in Stallion Springs, Tehachapi, on Nov. 25, 2016, with family by her side. She was 85 years old.

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Bear Valley Springs resident Eleanor Prentice, known to her friends as Lea, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 24, 2016, at the age of 89.

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Leah Faber Schaefer rose with a smile in all her grace and glory on Nov. 1, 2016 in Arroyo Grande, Calif., after a lengthy illness at the age of 89. She was born in Peoria, Ill., to Arthur and Mary (Goddard) Faber on Sept. 21, 1927. After high school she attended the University of Arizona wh…

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Gary Don Olsen, M.D., 77, passed away peacefully, after a well-fought battle of ongoing heart/respiratory failure on Nov. 18, 2016, in Orem, Utah.

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Patrick Silas Campbell, known as “Soup” to his firebrothers, passed away on Sunday morning, Nov. 13, 2016, at the break of day, at the unripe age of 53.

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Stallion Springs, Calif., resident Reverend Junior "John" Gollnick, 93, entered into eternal rest with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Nov. 17, 2016, in Bakersfield, Calif. A full obituary will be in next week’s edition of the Tehachapi News.

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Blanche “Eileen” Hahn passed away at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. She was 93 years old.

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Joan (Joann) Paulette Brown, 73, entered into rest on Oct. 30, 2016. She was born on April 22, 1943, in Madera, to Roscoe and Viola Shook. She was their second child, and was surrounded by one brother, Jim Shook, and two sisters, Carolyn Rosenbaun and Christine Muleady.

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Harold “Motsey” Franklin Motsenbocker was called home to our Lord on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Motsey was born on Jan. 31, 1943, in Brawley, the son of Harold F. Motsenbocker Sr. and Sara (Lindsey) Motsenbocker.

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Alice Pearl Hooks of Tehachapi entered into rest on Oct. 29, 2016, at the age of 81. A viewing will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, from 10 a.m. to noon at Wood Family Funeral Service, 321 W. F St., Tehachapi. The funeral will immediately follow. Interment will be on Saturday, Nov. 12, 201…