Recent Obituaries

  • Friday, Dec 05 2014 05:10 PM

    Carol Ruth Horwedel, 1936 — 2014

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    Carol Ruth Horwedel, age 78, passed away peacefully at home in her husband's faithful and loving arms on Dec. 3. Carol, the daughter of Thomas and Jenell Anderson, was born on May 15, 1936 in Long Beach.

    On April 16 of 1955, Carol married the love of her life, Gerald Horwedel. God blessed them with five children, Jerry (married to Brenda), Mark (married to Bev), Jeff (married to Kim), Peach (married to Russ Frazier) and Marcie (married to Steve Perez). Carol and Jerry also lovingly welcomed Joel and Penny Nessa and family into their home as their own. Their 59 year marriage grew into a beautiful family consisting of 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

  • Friday, Dec 05 2014 04:03 PM

    Maria Terrazas, 1913 — 2014

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    Maria Luisa Terrazas, a resident of Santa Cruz, an expert baker and lover of fine food, drink and conversation, a woman who never let life’s challenges slow her down, died on Dec. 5. She was 101.

    She was a kind and generous woman who always extended her support to others. For those fortunate to have known her, especially during her younger days, they would instantly be captivated by her curiosity and free spirit, as well as her ability to make one feel welcomed, as family, by her warmth, good cheer and tasty cooking. She savored every day as a celebration.

  • Friday, Dec 05 2014 11:24 AM

    Jacqueline Pearle Pappas, 1938 - 2014

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    Jacqueline Pearle Pappas of Tehachapi lost her battle with cancer on Nov. 26. Jackie was born in Los Angeles on May 19, 1938, to parents Bud and Nellie Dwinell. She is survived her husband, Rudy; her three children, Rudy Pappas, Jr. of Big Pine, Mike Pappas of Ridgecrest, Vicki Pappas-Ayers of Tehachapi; stepdaughter, Glenna Tracy of Balboa; and her sisters, Charlene McDaniel and Karen Ritch.

    Jackie attended Burroughs High School and later married Rudy Pappas, Sr., on Jan. 22, 1955. She retired from Boeing in China Lake, and was active in the PTA of Ridgecrest. Jackie was talented in catering and wedding planning, and arranged many marriages. She would want us to mention her sisters in her church and the wonderful hours spent quilting. Jackie's legacy was the love of her life, seven grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.

  • Friday, Dec 05 2014 10:54 AM

    Elizabeth Ann Moen, 1966 — 2014

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    On Nov. 30, Elizabeth Ann Moen left this physical world suddenly and joined her loved ones in God's Kingdom. She will be greatly missed by her loved ones left behind.

    She was a free spirit who always had a smile for everyone. She didn't know the word “no” when it came to family and friends. She was a special kind of mother that loved her children like no one else.

    She was preceded in death by her fiance, Edward Emory, her mother, Sandra Moen, and her brother, Brian Moen.

    She is survived by her son, Eric Moen; her daughters, Amanda Moen and Courtney Emory; her Grandson, Tristan Couture (born Dec. 1, 2014); her Father Rex Moen (Janine Moen); her sisters, Karen Brumit, Susan Rinkle (Edward Rinkle), Jennifer Keith (David Keith) and Bernadette Campanella; her brothers, Richard Moen (Kristen Moen) and Domenic Moen; and more than 20 nieces and nephews.

    You have never met anyone in your life that was so good natured and so friendly to everyone who crossed their path. "LATE"

    Memorial services for Elizabeth Moen will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Wood Family Mortuary 321 W. F St., in Tehachapi. Family contact Susan Rinkle, (661) 823-4617.

  • Friday, Dec 05 2014 10:42 AM

    Mary Elizabeth Melton, 1932 — 2014

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    Born in Stillwell, Okla., Mary Elizabeth Melton spent her life here from the age of 12, graduating from Tehachapi High and marrying her high school sweetheart, Billy Melton, with whom she shared the last 63 years. Preceded in death by son Richard Charles Melton. Survived by her husband Billy Charles Melton, daughter Peggy Elizabeth Selby, son in law David and brother Joel Langston. She loved her grandchildren Thomas Charles Linney, Ramica Marie Ayala, Cynthea Ann Mendoza, Heather Marie Powell and great grandchildren Nina Blanco, Marissa Dimaculangan, Anessia Blanco, Jr. Ayala, Cynthea Alva, and Vanessa Powell. Memorial Services will be held on at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Mountain Bible Church, 630 Maple St., in Tehachapi. Reception to follow.

  • Wednesday, Nov 26 2014 09:48 AM

    Mary Elizabeth Glasgo, 1924 - 2014

    Former Tehachapi resident Mary Elizabeth Glasgo entered into rest on Monday, Nov. 17, in Camarillo, CA. She was 90 years old. Burial will be in Springfield, IL. Wood Family Funeral Service is handling the arrangements. For condolences please visit

  • Wednesday, Nov 26 2014 09:46 AM

    Robert "Gary" Strickland, 1945 - 2014

    Robert "Gary" Strickland, 69, of Alpine Forest passed away on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Keck School of Medicine of USC, in Los Angeles. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with his care.  For condolences please visit

  • Wednesday, Nov 26 2014 09:43 AM

    Elsie Mae Aragon Fletcher, 1949 - 2014

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    Elsie Mae Aragon Fletcher was born in Bakersfield on Nov. 4, 1949, to Lee and Delfina Aragon.  Her spirit entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on Nov. 15, after a sudden and brief illness. The Mass of the Resurrection was held on Nov. 24, with the Rite of Burial and interment at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside.

    Elsie was a very special person. She loved the Lord, had a relationship with Him, and made Him known to others. Her journey here is over, but her spirit lives on in her children, Ernie Aragon of Oklahoma, Frankie Ledesma, and Tina Syscho both from Tehachapi. Elsie was raised in Tehachapi with three brothers, Lee Aragon Jr., Robert Aragon of San Marcos, Angel Aragon of Hutchinson, Kansas; her sisters, Margaret Bivins, who preceded her in death, and Beatrice Aragon of Folsom.
    Elsie was married to Raymond Fletcher on May 1, 1992. Fletch was a devoted husband and made Elsie very happy. She expressed that she wanted to marry him again. They moved to Lake Benton, Minnesota where they made their home with their two little Yorkies, Phoebe and Isabella, who she loved dearly.

    They shared an avid love for cross country Harley rides, meeting new people and enjoying life. She impacted the lives of many people, and she had the most beautiful smile, a smile we will all miss very much. Raymond’s work took them to many parts of the country, and also Canada. Elsie remained by his side through all his travels.

    Elsie was a beautician who owned and operated two beauty salons, Style Country in Tehachapi and a shop in Lake Benton. She also worked in a nursing home, attending to the needs of others. She had a loving heart and wanted to comfort those who were ill.

    She loved her husband, children, two puppies, and her family with all her heart. She enjoyed the changing colors of the trees in the fall, celebrating Christmas, and loved ice cream even though she was lactose intolerant.

    Elsie is survived by her husband, three children, one son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, three brothers, three sisters-in-law, one sister, eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two nephews, nine nieces, and numerous cousins, and extended family and friends.

    Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend.

    Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. was entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit

  • Wednesday, Nov 26 2014 09:35 AM

    Janet Latson Hersey, 1938 — 2014

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    Janet Latson Hersey, 76, was lifted up into Heaven on Sunday Nov. 23, her husband Cliff devotedly by her side.

    Janet was born in Whittier Aug. 5, 1938 to Murray & Mary Latson. She attended & graduated Whittier College, majoring in Education. On January 22, 1960 she married her sweetheart, Clifford Baker Hersey. After teaching first grade in Montebello, they moved to Ventura, where their son Clifford Bryan was born, followed by daughter Carolee. The family resided in Camarillo, CA for over 35 yrs. where she also enjoyed a lengthy career as a Realtor. Retirement in 2002 brought Janet and Cliff to Bear Valley Springs, where they continued their lifelong adventure together.

  • Monday, Nov 24 2014 03:04 PM

    Daniel Riegert, 1929 — 2014

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    Daniel Riegert of Tehachapi passed away peacefully on Oct. 17, in Bakersfield, one month after his 85th birthday.  
    Dan was born on Sept. 20, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Adolph and Hulda Riegert, one of seven children. Born at the beginning of the Great Depression, he developed a strong work ethic at an early age, later related stories of selling newspapers with his brother on the street corner for pennies, doing odd jobs for neighbors, or working as an usher in the movie theater for anything he could do help the family. As was not uncommon in those days, he and his siblings worked together to ensure financial stability for the family and to open doors to the highest educational opportunities they could all achieve. These experiences proved foundational to Dan's belief in hard work, determination, staying busy and love of family.  
    Dan attended Hughes High School in Tiffin, Ohio and in Dec. 1946 - a year shy of graduation - Dan enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the Counter Intelligence Corps until his discharge in 1949. The GI Bill put college within his reach and enabled him to attend Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio where he was awarded dual degrees in math and physics in 1953. During this time he also continued his military involvement by serving in the reserves. Dan was recruited out of college by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) to work as an aeronautical engineer at the High Speed Flight Research Center (HSFRC), at Edwards Air Force Base. While at Edwards, Dan went on blind date and met Florence who also worked on the base. They became engaged on Easter Sunday, and while vacationing in Las Vegas with Florence's parents and aunt and uncle, walked down the aisle on June 14, 1955 at Little Church of the West. Lore (as she prefers to be known) said life with Dan was always interesting, and on that day a flash flood raced through the Las Vegas strip with golf ball sized hail! 
    Dan's employer (NACA) was originally focused on the supersonic flight of fixed wing aircraft and Dan was assigned to work on the X-15, an experimental rocket plane which inspired manned space flight. In 1958, Congress approved the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and shortly thereafter, Dan and family were transferred from Edwards to Virginia's Langley Air Force Base to work with a newly formed Space Task Group. Dan was among a large group transferred to Houston, Texas in 1961 to work at the Manned Spacecraft Center (later renamed Johnson Space Center - or JSC). Dan's forte was instrumentation, and he was a conscientious and dedicated engineer and later, manager. He rose through the ranks to become Branch Chief over the General Instrumentation Group. He was recognized for his excellent work on the subsystems for ten missions of the Apollo program. To recall him tell it, those were unforgettable days. He remembered the dedicated personnel - both men and women - who worked at HSFRC, in the STG, and later at JSC - and how the challenge of the space race was so exciting that many nights the guys simply lost track of time and worked late into the night.  

    While working at JSC and living on Clear Lake, just south of Houston, Dan also dabbled in City government and was a Councilman for Clear Lake Shores and president of the Civic Association. Dan wasn't all work and no play, though, and each year the family took a road trip to one of many iconic destinations including Big Bend, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and California. The family also traveled cross country for Riegert family reunions, where Dan reconnected with his siblings and their families - sharing memories, horseshoes, cabins, and wonderful times. Dan's adventurous spirit led him to purchase 50 acres of land in Trinity, Texas as a family retreat. Scuba diving off Galveston, canoe trips down the Trinity River with his JSC buddies and time well spent on a friend's yacht helped fill his spare time. 

  • Friday, Nov 21 2014 11:09 AM

    Elsie Mae Fletcher, 1949 - 2014

    Kern County native Elsie Mae Fletcher went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Chicago Heights, Ill. Visitation is scheduled from 4 - 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, at Wood Family Funeral Service, 321 W. F St. The funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 407 W. E St., with interment to follow at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside. For condolences please visit

  • Thursday, Nov 20 2014 04:53 PM

    Jeremy Glen Wiggins, 1972 – 2014

    Jeremy Wiggins of Bear Valley Springs passed away Nov. 13, at the age of 42. There will be no services. Donations may be directed to Kern County Search and Rescue Tehachapi Mountain Group. For more information please visit

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