For the week of Nov. 20, 2009

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Posted: Friday, November 20, 2009 12:00 am

Anthony James Sembach

Anthony, 26, died Oct. 31, 2009. Born Jan. 12, 1983 in Redlands, Anthony was a resident of Cherry Valley and Banning. He was a security officer for Agua Caliente Resort and Casino. He was a member of Faith Builders Family Church of Banning. He was a loving family man who loved to tell jokes. He loved working the soundboard at church, family time and football games. He is forever etched into the hearts of all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Candice Sembach; son, Dylan Sembach; father, Jim Sembach; mother, Barbie Para; brother, David Stephens; five grandparents, great grandmother and many other relatives. Visitation is to be held on Nov. 20 from 2 to 8 p.m. with services on Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m., both at Weaver Mortuary Chapel; burial to follow at San Gorgonio Memorial Park. Arrangements were entrusted to Weaver Mortuary.

Richard Daniel Payment

Richard Daniel Payment, 84, born on Aug. 16, 1925 in Cincinnati, passed on Nov. 12, 2009. He was a resident of San Diego for 35 years. Richard worked as a waiter for 40 years. He is survived by his sister, Joan (James) Lazaroni of Banning. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna Payment. Arrangements were entrusted to Weaver Mortuary.

Beatrice R. Andrade

Beatrice R. Andrade, 79, born March 16, 1930 in Beaumont, passed on Nov. 9, 2009. She was a resident of Banning for 79 years. Beatrice was a cafeteria food service worker for Banning Unified School District for 10 years.

She is survived by daughter, Virginia (Ron) McDaniel of Banning; son, Pedro Andrade of Banning; brothers, Richard (Mercy) Rios of Las Vegas, Ben (Mollie) Rios of Beaumont, Fred (Beverly) Rios of Running Springs, Robert (Josephine) Rios of Twin Peaks, Calif.; sister, Vera (Robert) Mendoza of Lake Elsinore; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by her spouse, Aristeo Andrade, Sr.; daughter, Rebecca Guerrero; son, Aristeo Andrade, Jr.; and brothers, Edward Rios, Vincent Rios and Leslie Rios, Jr.

Visitation was to be held on Nov. 19 at Weaver Mortuary. A rosary is to be held on Nov. 20 at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church at 10 a.m. with a mass to follow at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Calimesa immediately following service.

Eileene Flippen

Eileene Flippen went to be with the Lord on Nov. 10, 2009. She was born in Green County, Miss. to Elijah and Mary Van Zandt on Aug. 30, 1909. In 1959, she bought, worked and lived on a chicken ranch in Cherry Valley.

While in Cherry Valley, she became a Christian and was an active member of her church. In the 60’s she was the secretary and helped out often whenever needed. In 1978, she moved to Citrus Heights, Calif. and Forest Hills, Calif. for 10 years. After the loss of her husband, she returned to Cherry Valley to be with family and friends in 1989.

She is survived by son, Harold Allsop and family residing in Oregon; daughter, Joyce Ross residing in Levelland, Texas; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She lived a long and joyous life. She will be missed very much by her loved ones and friends, but they all know she is home and happy.

Graveside service was on Nov. 18 at Roosevelt Memorial Park in Gardena and a celebration of life was held at Mariners Church in Costa Mesa.

Hod W. Schurman, Sr.

Hod W. Schurman, Sr., 72, of Walhalla, N.D., died on Nov. 12, 2009, at his home. Hod was born Aug.19, 1937, in Leydon, N.D., to John and Eileen (Cook) Schurman. He attended school in Banning. In 1954, he joined the US Navy and was discharged in 1957. Hod farmed and raised cattle in the Walhalla area. He we was a member of the Bartlette-Resler Post #62, Walhalla American Legion, and a past member of the Pembina County Stockmans Association and V.F.W. On Aug. 19, 1958, he married Anna Klaus in Banning. Survivors include his wife, Anna; children, Erika (Mark) Bjornstad and Hod (Kristie) Schurman, all of Walhalla, and Bridgette (Steve) Schwartz, Manvel, N.D.; grandchildren, Jeff, Travis, and Becca Bjornstad, Brittany, Brett, Brooke, and Jesse Schurman, Scott and Josh Schwartz; great grandchildren, Wyatt and Remington; nieces and nephews, Vickie Mayfield and her children, Hannah and Shannon, Temecula; John and Chad “Chip” III Brinton; Jim, Kenny, Deanie, and Dawnlee Brinton. Preceding him in death were his parents; stepfather, John Brinton; sister, Barbara LaRosa; and step brothers, Chad and Gene Brinton. A Memorial Mass was held on Nov. 16, at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Walhalla, N.D. Visitation was on Nov. 15 with a prayer service at the church. Burial was in the St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Military Rites by Bartlette-Resler Post #62, Walhalla American Legion. An online guestbook is available at Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson-Askew Funeral Home.

Elaine Goodwin Leabman

Elaine Goodwin Leabman was born on Jan. 30, 1942 in Willimatic, Conn. to Melvin and Dorothy May Doerr and passed away peacefully Nov. 10, 2009.

Elaine died at home in the company of her husband, family, good friends and her animals that she dearly loved. A resident of Cherry Valley for more than 20 years, Elaine was a constant source of happiness for many in this small community.

Elaine was a woman of understated grace and elegance, who’s hobbies included painting, gardening, traveling throughout the world, the love of good food, Friday night martinis with her girlfriends, but especially providing a loving home for all her animals.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Leon; brother, Bryan; as well as several step-children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Elaine is to be laid to rest Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. at San Gorgonio Memorial Park, which is located at 2201 N. San Gorgonio in Banning.

In lieu of flowers Elaine has requested that donations be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741.

Arrangements under the direction of Weaver Mortuary.

Valerie Gail Linnemann

Valerie Gail Linnemann, 65, of Yucaipa, died Nov. 15, 2009. Linneman lived in Yucaipa for 32 years. She was born on June 18, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska. She was married to J.D. Linnemann for 39 years. She was an active member of the Yucaipa Valley Presbyterian Church serving on numerous community boards. She was also a member of the Los Montados Riding Club, the She Riders from Hell and the Snow Line Riding Club.

She is survived by her son, Christian Linnemann; daughter-in-law, Donna; and two grandchildren, Ryan and Alyssa.

Services will be held at Yucaipa Valley Presbyterian Church, 34558 Avenue E in Yucaipa, on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m.

The family will be available a half hour prior to the service. Lunch will be provided following the service.

Dimitri George Chapparosa

Dimitri George Chapparosa was born Oct. 26, 1951 to Caroline and George Chapparosa.

He passed Friday morning on Nov. 13, 2009. Dimitri was a beloved husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Marlene; his children: Uriah, Aaron, Andrea and Dimitri Jr.; and grandchildren: Giavonna, Francesca, and Gianni.

Dimitri had a couple of nicknames; most knew him as “Meat’ and his grandchildren called him “Papa Joe.” Meat brought so much laughter to everyone. His common phrase was, “time to go to work,” which really meant it was time for him to head to casino.

Dimitri organized and managed the Southern California Braves Softball Team, a great source of pride for himself and joy to many others.

He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.  Meat may be gone, but he certainly isn’t forgotten – and never will be.

Visitation was held Nov. 18, 2009 at Wiefels and Son Memorial Chapel. Graveside Service was held Nov. 19, 2009 at Jane Augustine Patencio Cemetery in Palm Springs.

Richard Leonard Holmes

Richard Leonard Holmes, 49, of Cherry Valley, passed away on Nov. 12, 2009 at the San Gorgonian Pass Memorial Hospital in Banning, surrounded by his family. He was born Aug. 31, 1960, a tribal member of the Morongo Indian Reservation who lived in the Banning Pass area most of his life. For the past three years, Richard waged a brave battle against kidney disease before succumbing to complications. 

Richard is preceded in death by his father, William Pablo Holmes; mother, Gladys Agnes Holmes; and brothers: Arthur Roberson, Carl Leonard Ward and Wayne Thomas Ward.

He leaves behind daughter, Elizabeth Ann Holmes of Banning; son, Robert Linton Holmes of Cherry Valley; life partner, Martha Olivia Silva of Cherry Valley; grandchildren: Genesis Lara of Banning, Ariya Lara of Banning, Dominic Lara of Banning and Sonia Holmes of Cherry Valley; brothers: Charles Ward of Thermal; Robert C Holmes of Hercules, Calif.; William Schunke of Riverside; and Angelo Schunke of Yucaipa; sisters: Linda Anguiano of Banning, Deborah Briones of Banning, Diane Castillo of Thermal, Calif., Rosalie Neilly of Rialto, Elizabeth Perez of Cherry Valley, Juanita Lombardi of Cherry Valley, Alice Sano of Hercules, Calif. and Desiree Schunke. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and extended family, who loved him very much.

Memorial service was held on Nov. 19 at Wiefels & Son Mortuary in Banning. There will be an all-night wake on Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. at Morongo Community Center, 13000 Fields Road, Morongo Indian Reservation. Funeral Service will be held on Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. at Twin Eagle Ministry, 12755 Ruiz Road, Morongo Indian Reservation. Interment will be at Morongo Catholic Cemetery.

Duane Keith Mohler

Duane Keith Mohler, 56, passed away Nov. 11, 2009 in his Banning home with his family by his side. He was born in Detroit, Mich., and was a resident of Banning since 1977. Duane will be laid to rest with his son, Dallas, at the Summit Cemetery in Banning. 

Duane is survived by his daughters: Celena Ann Mohler (Danny) Radke and Vicky Eckland; brother, John (Kristi) Mohler; sisters, Cindy Knapp and Joeanne Filippi; grandchildren: Amber Marie Radke, Angela Ann Rake, Daniel Francis Radke, Dallas Cruz Radke; nephew, Dallas Mohler; and niece, Katina Mohler. He is preceded in death by his son, Dallas Cruz Mohler.

Services will be held at San Gorgonio Memorial Park on Nov. 22 at 12 p.m. in Banning.  Arrangements entrusted to Wiefels and Son Mortuary.

Marcella Anastasia Coleman

Marcella Anastasia Coleman, born Oct. 17, 1917 in Wadena, Minn. to Theodore and Louise Walters, was one of 11 children and was preceded in death by all except Arillia Koch.

As a child Marcy grew up on the family farm. Moving to Indio in 1936, where she was a nurse and met a very special patient, Benford “Ben” Coleman. The two were married in 1940 and started a family. Ben and Marcy moved to Compton where Marcy worked in many different capacities; her favorites were wife, mother and grandmother. Ben and Marcy retired to Bullhead City, Ariz., but not for long. They moved to Beaumont in 1972 to be closer to family and friends and made many new ones including Ralph, Alvita and Linna. Marcy worked as an LVN for Dr. Agee and also worked as a school nurse in Banning. Ben preceded Marcy in death in 1992.

Marcy will be missed by her four children: Linda Appleton, Sandra Gustuson, Ted Coleman and Janet Coleman-Burke, and their spouses.

Not only was she a devoted wife and mother, she was the best grandmother in the world, just ask her grandchildren: Brent Bon, Roxanne Martin, Jimmy Bon, Randy Bon, Kathy Kwappenburg, Stephanie Bollinger, Susan Bartoli, Michelle Petite and Ben Gustuson.

She also had many great grandchildren: Josh, Brandy, Christopher, Shauntil, Michael Paul, Christine, Lauren, Evan, Zach, Ian, Miranda, Lilly, Jeremy and Jacob, and one great-great grandchild, Mason.

She will be missed, but will be kept alive through the many memories and stories that will be shared and passed on to the next generation. We will miss your sense of humor, sparkling blue eyes and the “wink,” but most of all the way you loved all of us.

A requiem mass will be held at Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Beaumont on Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. Any donations can be sent to the American Cancer Society in her name. Arrangements were entrusted to Weaver Mortuary.

Robert P. La Franco

Robert P. La Franco, 73, passed away in Hampton Manor in Yucaipa after a valiant battle with leukemia on Nov. 15, 2009. Bob was born in Newark, N.J. on Oct. 18, 1936 to Leo La Franco and Evelyn Cole Van Duyne. He was a master auto mechanic for 47 years. He was a dedicated member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for 24 years and held many positions, his pride was being elected to the Hall of Fame. A friend to many. If he had it, he gave to any in need. He always has a smile for all and a very large and tender heart.

Bob is survived by his devoted wife and dance partner of 30 years, Paula. He is also survived by his sons, Garrett Glen and Robert Wayne, both of New Jersey; daughter, Barbara Kay Board of Virginia; stepdaughters, Judith Johnson of Georgia and Lynda Killian of Maryland; and sister, Lynn Nick of New Jersey.

Memorial services will be held on Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #3768, 5200 W. Ramsey in Banning. Arrangements were entrusted to Weaver Mortuary.