Archive - Obituary
March 6th, 2013
James Lee Ditty
A memorial mass is scheduled for James Lee Ditty at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with an interment at East Line Street Cemetery followed by a potluck at his home at 2300 Loch Lomond. Bring your favorite dish and share a story about our wonderful father.
Mario G. Barsi
Mario G. Barsi, a resident of Chalfant Valley for the past three-and-a-half years, born Dec. 4, 1930 in San Francisco, passed away March 1, 2013 at Northern Inyo Hospital with his daughter Gina and her husband Steve by his side.
Mario was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jan Barsi.
Mario and Jan owned the Lee Vining Market for many years. They resided in Lee Vining for 35 years.
Albert Joe Balen
Albert Joe Balen, 74, of Yorba Linda, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at his home.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia Diane Balen; children, Gregory Balen of Agoura Hill, Denise Freeze of Anaheim Hills and Timothy Balen of Moscow, Idaho; granddaughters, Laura and Erin Freeze and Natalie Balen; grandsons, John and Erik Balen; sister, Joanne Balen of Marietta, Ga.; as well as many friends considered family.
Rosalie Ammerman, 81, beloved mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, great-aunt and artist, went to be with Our Lord, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 peacefully at her home in Lake Elsinore with her children and family at her side.
Wilford Thomas âBuddyâ Summers
Wilford Thomas âBuddyâ Summers was born Dec. 7, 1932 in Round Valley on the Arcularius Ranch and passed away quietly at his home in Bishop on Feb. 25, 2013 with his loved ones by his side. He was 80 years old. Buddy was a lifetime resident of the Owenâs Valley. He was the youngest of five children born to Marjorie and Tom Summers.
Betty Jean Bush
Betty has gone to her final home with the Lord. She was born in Shinnston, W.V. Aug. 7, 1950 to David and Amy Bush. She attended college before going into the Army in 1970 where she was a Podiatry Tech at William Beaumont and Walter Reed Hospitals.
After the military, she moved to Oxnard in 1978. She got into the Civil Service at Port Hueneme Naval Base as a financial analyst and retired in 2003.
Kenneth Snell, 72, of Big Pine, Calif. passed away at St. Jude in Fullerton on Feb. 10, 2013.
Kenneth served nine years in the Navy.
He married Helen Gail Mitts on Feb. 16, 1964 in Sundance, Wyo.
He is survived by his wife of Big Pine; daughter, Rebecca Tietel of Fullerton, Calif.; two grandcsons, Kyle and Cole Tietel of Fullerton, Calif.; two brothers, Sam and Paul Snell; and nieces and nephews.
There will be no services. Burial will be at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.
Lois Van Skike
Lois Van Skike passed away on Feb. 12, 2013.
She lived in Shelton, Wash. with her daughter, Kathryn and her husband, William.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband Charles N. Van Skike.
She is survived by three children, Julius Van Skike and Karyl (Whitney) Van Skike, in Ritzville, Wash., Toby Van Skike and Suzanne (Cushing) Van Skike in Benson, Ariz. and Kathryn (Van Skike) Sundquist and William Sundquist in Shelton. Lois also had nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
La Rae Lyman
La Rae Lyman passed away peacefully on Feb. 17, 2013 at home surrounded by her family. La Rae was born in Utah and lived in Idaho until she settled in Bishop in 1957. She lived, worked and played here, fully experiencing life. She enjoyed her family, many friends and coworkers from her various jobs at The Copper Kettle, Southern California Edison and Dr. William Talbott, D.D.S.
Eugene âGrumpyâ Hornbeck
Eugene âGrumpyâ Hornbeck, age 83, a 14-year Big Pine resident, was born in Elgin, Ill. on May 10, 1929 and passed away on Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:30 a.m.
Geneâs life did not truly begin until 1945 when he first saw Dolores. It was not love at first sight like you would expect. When they first met they both were dating someone else. They actually went on a double date that had them sitting next to one another in a movie theater with their dates on opposite sides. Somehow that night Geneâs hand found itâs way in to Doloresâ and he never let it go.