Recent Obituaries

  • Friday, Oct 10 2014 11:57 AM

    Edward Robert Ivora, 1939 - 2014

    Edward Robert Ivora
    1939 - 2014

    Mr. Edward Robert Ivora, 75, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Bakersfield. Services will be scheduled at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Tehachapi. Please call the mortuary for more information. Next week's edition of the Tehachapi News will contain a full obituary. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Oct 10 2014 11:55 AM

    Ray Leon Dalangauskas, 1942 - 2014

    Ray Leon Dalangauskas
    1942 - 2014

    Long time resident Ray Leon Dalangauskas entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. He was 72 years old. A full obituary will appear in next week's edition of the Tehachapi News. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care. For condolences please visit

  • Friday, Oct 10 2014 11:49 AM

    Ruth Hannah Connell, 1928 - 2014

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    Ruth Hannah Connell
    1928 - 2014

    Ruth Hannah (Gipe) Connell left the world in style, as she lived her life. The night before her peaceful passing on the night of Sept. 23, 2014, she danced at the Harvest Moon Festival with close friends. She was 86.

    An active Tehachapi community member for 28 years, Ruth donated her time and love (and garage space!) to many causes, notably LIBRA, the group that helps purchase equipment and technology for local school libraries. The books you’d find at the Fall Harvest Festival and Springtyme Faire often came via Ruth’s garage. Ruth and the members of LIBRA raised over $100,000 over the years to help boost academics for Tehachapi youth.

  • Friday, Oct 10 2014 11:38 AM

    John Charles Gilman Brawner, 1980 - 2014

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    John Charles Gilman Brawner
    1980 - 2014

    Once upon a time, a young Knight John Charles Gilman Brawner was born in Lodi, on Dec. 22, 1980, to Ron and Trudy Brawner. The young knight traveled with his parents from San Andreas to Boulder City, Nev., and finally settled in their castle in Tehachapi in 1989.

    Sir John attended Heritage Oak School, where he graduated in 1999. After graduation, Sir John chose to pursue the art of electrical engineering and made his way to Seattle, where he continued his education until graduation from Seattle Pacific University in 2004. Sir John sought long and hard to fulfill his educational gifts and was hired at Edwards Air Force Base. Sir John then began his quest for a princess.

  • Friday, Oct 10 2014 10:18 AM

    Donna Rae Krucki, 1956 - 2014

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    Donna Rae Krucki
    1956 - 2014

    Donna Rae Krucki, 57, recently of Tehachapi, died Sept. 29 in San Juan Capistrano with her family by her side. She was very unexpectedly overtaken by cancer within weeks of entering the hospital.

    Donna was born Dec. 4, 1956 in Chicago to parents Chester Joseph Krucki (deceased) and Christine (Zasczurynski) Krucki, who survives her. Donna is also survived by her partner/husband, Michael Coughlin, and two step-sons, Steve and Raymond; sisters, Sharon Erickson (Bill) of Eau Claire, Wisc., and Lynda Lefave (Michael) of Three Rivers; niece, Casey LeFave, nephews, Justin Colht, and Jim LeFave.

  • Wednesday, Oct 08 2014 04:30 PM

    Thomas Burly Loustalot, 1944 - 2014

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    Thomas Burly Loustalot
    1944 - 2014

    A funeral service will be held in the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home Chapel, 501 Lucard St., Taft, on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at 10 a.m. for Thomas Burly Loustalot, 69. Rev. Mark Fitzsimmons, pastor of Lighthouse Foursquare Church, will officiate. Burial will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at 10:45 a.m. in the Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 E. Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin. Mr. Loustalot was born in Bakersfield, on Nov. 29, 1944 and passed away in Taft on Oct. 7, 2014. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the years 1967 – 1972, achieving the rank of E-6. He grew up in Bakersfield, lived in Taft, moved to Tehachapi then returned to Taft. He was a member of Lighthouse Foursquare Church. Mr. Loustalot is survived by his wife, Sue Loustalot of Taft; his son, Mike Loustalot and wife, Sharon, of Boise, Idaho; son, Kevin Dennis of Taft; daughter, Shelly Dennis of N.D.; daughter, Kim Loustalot of Bakersfield; son, Keith Tichenor of Bakersfield; daughter, Trina Burke and Clay of San Jose; son, Joe Eggleston and Sara of Frazier Park; and daughter, Dayleen of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Zevin, Chasidy, Karl, Cody, Kendra, Kenny and Bryan; and great-grandchild, Landon. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To sign an online registry please visit

  • Wednesday, Oct 08 2014 01:53 PM

    Elbridge Gerry Chickering, 1914 – 2014

    Elbridge Gerry Chickering
    1914 - 2014

    Elbridge Gerry Chickering passed away on Oct. 2, 2014 in Bakersfield. He was 99 years old.

  • Friday, Oct 03 2014 10:58 AM

    George Joseph Marantos, 1934 - 2014

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    George Joseph Marantos
    1934 - 2014

    George Joseph Marantos, age 80, died Oct. 2, 2014, in Bakersfield. He was born to William Andrew and Sarah B. (Davis) Marantos on March 19, 1934, in an old railroad shack located in Cameron Canyon. George lived in Tehachapi his whole life and had been married to Marge Elizabeth Marantos for 51 years.

    George proudly served his country in the United States Navy for four years and then the Reserve for seven years. He served on the SS Hancock during the Korean War, where he was an airman first class, aviation mechanic, and radioman for the Lieutenant Commander on a bomber plane.

  • Friday, Oct 03 2014 09:51 AM

    Ellsworth Edgar Kennedy, 1921 - 2014

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    Ellsworth Edgar Kennedy
    1921 - 2014

    Ellsworth Edgar Kennedy of Tehachapi, passed away on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. He was 93 years old.

  • Thursday, Oct 02 2014 04:10 PM

    Cynthia Ann Farwell Pumphrey, 1957 – 2014

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    Cynthia Ann Farwell Pumphrey
    1957 – 2014

    She was a daughter, mother, grandma, sister, aunt, niece, and friend…and we miss her greatly. Cynthia (Cindy) Ann Farwell Pumphrey, born March 30, 1957 passed from this life on Sept. 27, 2014.

    She was born in Oxnard and grew up in Camarillo, attending El Rancho Elementary, Los Altos Jr. High and Adolfo Camarillo High School. A child of the 60s and the 70s, she was a free spirit, and expressed that freedom as an artist and a lover of nature, dancing, and laughing.

  • Monday, Sep 29 2014 02:23 PM

    Dorothy Jeanne Fritz Marble, 1920 – 2014

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    Dorothy Jeanne Fritz Marble
    1920 – 2014

    Dorothy Jeanne Fritz Marble (known to most as Grandma Newt and Dottie) was called to her resting place on Sept. 25, 2014. She passed away in her home in Tehachapi at the age of 94.

    Dorothy was born in Torrington, Conn., on Feb. 8, 1920, one of four children born to Julius and Jeanne Fritz. At the age of eight, Dorothy's family moved to Tehachapi and purchased a ranch which became known as “The White Feather Ranch,” on Old Towne Road, where they raised white turkeys for market. She attended local schools and loved playing sports.

  • Friday, Sep 26 2014 12:18 PM

    Dorothy "Dottie" Jeanne Fritz Marble, 1920 - 2014

    Dorothy "Dottie" Jeanne Fritz Marble
    1920 - 2014

    Dorothy Jeanne Fritz Marble, 94, of Tehachapi, entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. A viewing for Dottie will be held at Wood Family Funeral Service on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at Tehachapi Public Cemetery – Eastside. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit

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