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The Wiefels family has been serving Southern California families in times of death since 1908. We maintain our tradition of personal service with individual attention for every family.

Because we are aware that each family's need varies, we offer a wide range of funeral options, which include not only Traditional Funeral Services, Memorials and Cremations, but also Pre-Arrangement Planning. We strive to make every service special, reflecting the requests and needs of your family and of the deceased.


Our Obituaries

Nancy W. Semones

July 27, 1936 - December 1, 2016

Nancy W. Semones, 80, of Palm Springs took the last of her many difficult respirations, finally surrendering to COPD on December 1, 2016. She was born in Evanston Illinois, received RN degree from Northwestern University and ended her career as a travel consultant at Anderson Travel. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, two sons, two daughters and 5 grandchildren. Before the final six...
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Nicolas Montemayor, Sr.

October 10, 1928 - November 25, 2016


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Kathie Denham

January 29, 1949 - Unknown


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Geraldine Farrar Finlayson

September 28, 1927 - November 20, 2016


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Thomas James Walsh

November 13, 1951 - November 14, 2016

Thomas J. Walsh, 65, of Palm Springs, CA passed away unexpectedly on November 14, 2016. Thom was the son of Thomas J. and Claire Ann Walsh (Toledo, Ohio). Thom was a registered nurse for over 40 years having graduated from St. Vincent School of Nursing in 1974. He subsequently completed his MBA at the University of Redlands and his MSN at Loma Linda California. He served at hospitals, hospice,...
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Jana L. Ploss

March 3, 1952 - November 14, 2016


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Violet Lea Felix

January 9, 1922 - November 11, 2016

A bright light faded November 11, 2016 as Vi Felix died peacefully in her sleep. lt's not surprising she passed in her sleep; she was known as a doer and a fighter who even in the last few months of her life repeatedly stated, "What are you going to do? Don't give up easily - You just keep trying!" Having had what she described as "not an easy" childhood, Vi created a full life and did so with...
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Frank (Rose) John Gadomski

February 26, 1927 - October 31, 2016


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Robert John Holler

May 22, 1945 - October 30, 2016


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Roy Louis Densmore

January 11, 1941 - October 27, 2016


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Charles E. Murrell

May 12, 1952 - October 26, 2016


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Bruce Peter Chagin

January 18, 1955 - October 26, 2016


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Melvyn Haber

October 24, 1936 - October 25, 2016

Melvyn "Mel" Haber, internationally-acclaimed restaurateur and innkeeper/owner of the historic Ingleside Inn and Melvyn's Restaurant, passed away early Tuesday morning, October 25 from lung cancer and complications of pneumonia. He will be remembered as a gracious host to the world's elite and a generous humanitarian and philanthropist. His wit and talent for storytelling was legendary. In his...
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Robert Sutton

June 9, 1931 - Unknown


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Darryl Bortvit

October 11, 1946 - October 22, 2016


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Mark Jon Hawkins

January 25, 1947 - October 22, 2016


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Leeona Hostrop

May 14, 1928 - October 21, 2016


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Leroy Williams

September 19, 1951 - October 17, 2016


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Patrick Donald Conway

August 26, 1947 - October 17, 2016


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Sharlee Blow

May 8, 1924 - October 15, 2016

Our mom, Sharlee Blow, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 15th. We are so sad to see her go, but so glad that she died in peace, surrounded by family telling her how much she is loved. She was 92 and had an amazing life - as a young pilot in the '40s, a professional ice skater, and volunteer until she was well into her 80s. She always made time for her two children and her...
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Michael Higgins

August 9, 1937 - October 15, 2016

The death has occurred of Michael Higgins of San Diego, Palm Springs and formerly of Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland. Michael was born in Athenry on 9th August 1937. He was one of 6 boys in a family of 9 and was educated in Ireland before moving to the dioscese of San Diego, California where he worked tirelessly until his recent passing on October 15th 2016. Michael was a canon lawyer and founded...
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Fred Rocha

September 27, 1943 - October 13, 2016


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Antonio Cardoso Ramirez

May 11, 1946 - October 11, 2016


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Frederick J. Xalis

March 15, 1925 - October 7, 2016


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Earl R. McMillin

May 6, 1947 - October 7, 2016


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Myra Mandel Halpern

April 25, 1944 - October 5, 2016


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Demetrio Urias

December 22, 1941 - September 28, 2016


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Waldron Hale

October 29, 1920 - September 27, 2016


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Sharon Sue Pearson

April 12, 1943 - September 20, 2016


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William Bill Croce

March 18, 1933 - September 19, 2016

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce that our dear Bill has passed away. He was born to parents Emil and Helen Croce in Stockton, California. He married his life partner of 43 years Clay Brown on December 6, 2013. He was a Certified Shorthand Reporter for the Los Angeles Superior Court for 30 years. He also served in the U.S. Army as a Dental Officer. Bill is survived by...
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William Wilkins

December 11, 1934 - September 15, 2016


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Martha Lee Patterson

May 25, 1931 - September 13, 2016


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Jane U. Connor

June 1, 1946 - September 8, 2016


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William "Bill" Ransom

September 5, 2016

Bill Ransom, world traveler, painter, photographer, sculptor and great lover of the arts, passed away on September 5, 2016 after a valiant six and one-half year battle with cancer. Bill was born in San Francisco to the late William and Maria Ransom. He was a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Fine Arts. In his early years, he worked for the Robert Dollar Company...
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Benita F. "Bennie" Diaz

January 19, 1949 - September 2, 2016

Benita Fransica Diaz "Bennie", daughter of Anita Murillo and Arnoldo Sotelo, passed away surrounded by those who loved her on 2 September 2016 at 67 years old. Bennie was born in Brawley, Ca on 19 January 1949 as the youngest of 12 children. Bennie, a loving mother, sister and friend is survived by five siblings Gloria Garcia, Amparo Munoz, Ted Cruz, Alex Cruz, George Cruz. Additionally, she...
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Josephine Cravens

July 30, 1921 - August 28, 2016


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Betty Lee Rogers

September 27, 1934 - August 27, 2016

Betty Lee Rogers passed away peacefully in her home August 27, 2016 at the age of 81. She was born on September 27, 1934 in Hoopeston, Illinois to Edna Naomi Franklin and Richard Earl Franklin. She married Lawrence Rogers on Sepember 4th, 1954 in Hoopeston, Illinois . She was employed at Jessup Auto Plaza for many years. Betty leaves behind her two daughters; Sharon Lee Rogers Gadley, and Sandra...
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Morris DeWitt Sale

March 27, 1929 - August 12, 2016

Born March 27, 1929, in Santa Monica, California, Morris died on August 12 in the Palm Springs Desert Hospital. He was the oldest of 39 cousins. Because Morris suffered with asthma, the pediatrician suggested that the dry desert climate would benefit him. In response, the family moved to Palm Springs in 1934, where his parents, Mabel and Marvin, opened the Sale's Plaza Market. Morris had a...
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Steven Mark Kolesar

October 11, 1955 - August 11, 2016


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Alexander Valera Eros

November 27, 1928 - August 5, 2016


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Allan "Al" Reichle

May 11, 1934 - July 19, 2016

Born in Detroit, Michigan to Arthur and Helen Reichle, he came to the desert in the early 1940's and attended school in Palm Springs. He joined the Navy and served his country during the Korean Conflict and when discharged in 1955 he returned to Palm Springs. In 1956 he married Dianne (Weatherford) and shortly thereafter had two sons John and David. He worked for Cal-Electric as a lineman and...
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Virginia Swallow

October 17, 1925 - Unknown


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Corey David Ryan Farrar Walker

September 30, 1980 - July 15, 2016


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Travis Duane Loftis

August 22, 1985 - July 15, 2016

Travis Duane Loftis, 30, of Palm Springs, CA, passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2016 after a long battle with heart disease. He was born on August 22, 1985 in Palm Springs. He graduated from Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, FL in 2004 and currently worked as a Traffic Enforcement Officer at the Palm Springs International Airport and was a California certified security guard. He loved his...
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Richard Dean Helton

July 12, 1952 - July 2, 2016

Richard Helton, loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle, left us on July 3rd 2016. A wonderful man that left us suddenly will be greatly missed by his family and friends who loved him. Ric lived a fulfilled life and had a long successful career as an airline mechanic with United Airlines. He was a natural athlete and was a champion water skier, avid snow skier and golfer who lived life...
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Luben Jordan

June 5, 1927 - Unknown


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James S. Binder

October 19, 1938 - Unknown


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Thomas M. Henry

November 14, 1926 - June 28, 2016


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James Curto

January 23, 1943 - June 27, 2016


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Wallace A. Davis

January 26, 1924 - June 21, 2016


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Everett Page Jones

October 4, 1934 - June 20, 2016


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Deborah Ann Peterson

September 4, 1960 - June 15, 2016

Deborah Ann Peterson passed away on June 15, 2016 at the age of 55. Deborah was born September 4, 1960 in Longview, WA to proud parents Marvin and Judith Peterson. She attended Covina High School, and soon after the family moved to San Francisco. Deborah worked for the family business, Cala Foods, for a period of time while she lived in San Francisco. She was so proud of her two daughters and...
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Lewis L. Johnson

April 15, 1927 - June 14, 2016


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Brian Shay

January 9, 1938 - June 14, 2016


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Michael Adrian Perera

April 13, 1967 - June 8, 2016

Michael Adrian Perera born April 13, 1967 and was called to Jesus on June 8, 2016. Loving husband of Cindy (nee Outschoorn). Dearly beloved Father of Shenolene (24), Marc (20) and Matthew (18). Son of Lorraine (Nee Ratnam) and the late Merrill Perera. Son-in-law of Winston and Eva Outschoorn. Loving Brother of Lalith Perera. Beloved Uncle of Nathan and Stefan. Brother-in-law of Vanessa Perera and...
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James Drake

November 5, 1930 - June 5, 2016


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Arthur Thomas Volpe

December 21, 1954 - June 2, 2016


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Martha R. Laprade

February 25, 1939 - June 2, 2016


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Alessandro V. Vejar

January 22, 1931 - May 27, 2016


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Daniel Robert Hood III

August 15, 1990 - May 25, 2016


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Robert G. Arthur

January 2, 1938 - May 22, 2016


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Margaret Ann Morales

August 21, 1950 - May 19, 2016


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William Thomas Kerr

March 31, 1925 - May 19, 2016


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Lloyd M. Mattson

September 7, 1944 - May 13, 2016

Lloyd M. Mattson, 71, of Palm Springs, died Friday, May 13, 2016, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. He was born September 7, 1944, to Clarence and Evelyn [Olson] Mattson, in Glenwood, Minnesota. Born during the transition between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers, he had a foot in both camps and trudged through years of cancer with the tenacity of the...
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Max Chodak

May 8, 1920 - May 12, 2016


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Rose Angela Gadomski

July 21, 1927 - May 10, 2016


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Edward Lupper

January 4, 1936 - May 6, 2016


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Francisco Rodriguez Bernal

October 22, 1961 - May 2, 2016


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Melvin Creston

April 22, 1929 - May 2, 2016


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Patricia Frank

August 19, 1924 - May 1, 2016

Patricia Bright Frank, born August 19, 1924, peacefully passed away at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda, California, on Sunday, May 1, at the age of 91. Patty was a former resident of Palm Springs. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Philip Frank. Survived by three children; their spouses; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
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Ronald T. Combs

June 22, 1943 - April 29, 2016

Ronald Thomas Combs, age 72, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016. He was surrounded by his family in Desert Hot Springs, Ca and went peacefully. Ron was born in Upland, Ca on June 22, 1943. He grew up in Ontario, Ca with his parents, Richard E and Marion Combs. He currently lived in Calexico, Ca. He graduated from Chaffey College in Alta Loma, Ca in 1963. Ron enjoyed time with his friends...
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Kim Eugene Peckham

December 28, 1953 - April 27, 2016


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Wilbert Lee Patrick

September 10, 1936 - April 26, 2016


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Andrew Machupa

April 9, 1944 - April 23, 2016


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Daniel Lazovsky

November 23, 1924 - April 23, 2016


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Paul Yurica

November 13, 1932 - April 21, 2016


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Enrique Kiki Pena

September 20, 1991 - April 21, 2016


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James C. Schmerbauch

December 24, 1922 - April 19, 2016

James C. Schmerbauch peacefully passed away at his home in Palm Springs California on April 19, 2016 at the age of 93. Jim was born on December 24, 1922 on Kaskaskia Island, Illinois, where he attended school and spent his early years with 9 siblings and his parents Louis Schmerbauch and Charlotte Buatte. Jim served in the US Army in Italy and Africa from 1943 to 1945 and returned to marry ...
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Leslie Page Schultz

September 8, 1918 - April 16, 2016


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Frederick Mesa

November 7, 1942 - April 11, 2016


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Myrtle Wiley

May 4, 1929 - April 8, 2016


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Jessie D. Nicholson

September 30, 1926 - April 8, 2016


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Ruth Cione

October 23, 1937 - April 3, 2016


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Caroline Willhide

January 15, 1945 - March 29, 2016


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Constance Elizabeth Salinger

July 28, 1955 - March 26, 2016


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Robert H. Littlejohn

October 30, 1935 - March 26, 2016


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Sanford Short

March 30, 1929 - March 26, 2016


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Steven William Wright

June 15, 1959 - March 24, 2016


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Philip Leslie Tyrrell

April 15, 1922 - March 22, 2016


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Russell G. Wolfe

April 8, 1942 - March 22, 2016


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Jean Louise La Vasseur

July 26, 1926 - March 17, 2016


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Maurice Wesley Law

September 27, 1925 - March 14, 2016


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Albert P. Injijian

September 12, 1931 - March 8, 2016

Dr. Albert P. Injijian passed away at his home in Palm Springs after a lengthy illness. Dr. Injijian was born in Cairo, Egypt, on September 12, 1931 to Hagop and Maireni Injijian (née Farsakian). In 1956 he graduated from Yerevan State Medical University in Yerevan, Armenia, specializing in cardio-thoracic surgery. In 1959 he married Leah Fedyanin in Rostov-Don, Russia, and last year celebrated...
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Quasanh Brian Diaz

June 10, 1976 - March 5, 2016

Quasanh Brian Diaz, 39, of Palm Springs, CA died March 5, 2016. He was born June 10, 1976 to John Tona and Darlene Diaz in Palm Springs, CA. He was a tribal member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. He is survived by his parents; his brother Randall Ruiz; sisters; Kahnema (Javier) Diaz-Torres; Angelina Tona; Kahlani Diaz; Marissa Ruiz; Alicia Ruiz; grandparents Arthur and Beverly Diaz...
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Yvonne F. Loggins

September 9, 1921 - March 1, 2016


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Helen Scanzoni

July 27, 1924 - March 1, 2016


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Emily H. Bruckman

April 3, 1925 - February 27, 2016


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Mary Helen Shain

December 2, 1931 - February 23, 2016


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John Jose Tamayo

September 1, 1960 - February 21, 2016


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Ronald William Grottke

September 14, 1935 - February 17, 2016

Ronald William Grottke was born on 09/14/1935 and passed away on 02/17/2016. Ronald was a residence of Oceanside, CA.
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