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Lovie Jean Herin, 1928-2013

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Lovie Jean Herin

Lovie Jean Herin


Lovie Jean Herin of Tehachapi, while at home, quietly slipped away from her earthly bonds on Feb. 17. Graveside services were held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Tehachapi Public Cemetery – Westside; and her life was honored in eulogy by Pastor Andy Walker.

She was born Lovie Jean Campbell on Jan. 17, 1928, in Shawnee, Okla., on the cusp of the Great Depression. Growing up found her traveling from state to state and eventually back to Oklahoma City, where she attended high school.  She met and married Lou Ginestra, a Naval Ordnanceman stationed there.  They had two daughters, raising their family in Glendora.  

She furthered her education by attending Citrus College and pursued her career with Aerojet General Corporation in Azusa. She subsequently moved to Nevada to help work on the technology which sent the first rocket to the moon.  

She spent her remaining 20 years living in Tehachapi, where she helped take care of her younger brother, a 100 percent disabled veteran from the Korean War. She involved herself enthusiastically working with the Tehachapi Humane Society, as she loved all God's creatures, big and small.  She also volunteered for the Grandparents Reading Program, helping local students with their reading.

She is survived by two daughters, Louanna Goodwin from Orange and Judy Muell from Tehachapi. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.  She will be missed by many friends and neighbors as well, as she touched the hearts of all those who knew her.

Donations can be made to the Tehachapi Humane Society in remembrance of her good deeds. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. handled the arrangements. For condolences please visit

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