Obituaries

Melva Johnston, 88

Melva J Johnston, 88, passed away on May 23, 2020, at her home in Tucson, Arizona of natural causes.  Mrs. Johnston was born March 18, 1932 in Mills, New Mexico. She lived most of her life in Escondido, California, where she retired from the school district. She and her loving husband, Roger spent a short time in Oregon. They settled […]

Kirsten Lauge Gunn, 94

Kirsten Lauge Gunn, longtime Escondido and San Marcos resident, passed away in her sleep, at home, June 2, 2020.  She lived a wonderful 94 years. Mrs. Gunn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to Lauge and Gertrude Christensen. After college she travelled to America with her father on a business trip, and fell in love with California. She later emigrated and […]

Dan Paul Tyler, 73

Dan Paul Tyler of Valley Center passed away Saturday May 16, 2020 in Escondido, California at the age of 73 years.  Mr. Tyler was born July 19, 1946 in Sioux City, Iowa to Paul & Lois Tyler. After his father passed away, he moved with his family to California at the age of 10 years and grew up in Escondido, […]

Carole Anne Leigh, 76

 Carole Anne Leigh, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, after a valiant battle with both cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. She was just two weeks shy of her 77th Birthday. Mrs. Leigh was born in Cooperstown, New York and moved to California at the age 19. She lived in Poway, Escondido, Menifee, and finally Valley Center.   […]

Judy VanKampen

Judy VanKampen passed away at her home on April 22, 2020 in the care of her family and The Elizabeth Hospice.  She was born Judith Ann Stroheker in Greenfield, Massachusetts to Harry & Irene Stroheker.  Judy and her sisters were Navy brats, attending schools all up and down the East Coast and California.  Judy always considered herself as being from […]

Daniel Rocco, 61

Daniel Edward Rocco, a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather passed away unexpectedly at age 61 on May 2, 2020.  Mr. Rocco was born in Ashtabula, Ohio on January 24, 1959. His devoted parents Vincent and Eleanor Rocco raised him in Geneva, Ohio where he spent most of his childhood. He grew up in the countryside, with a great […]

Richard “Dan” Daniel Cowden, 90

Richard “Dan” Daniel Cowden was born May 14, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio to Evart and Helen.   He was one of five children including his surviving sister Mary Rose of Virginia.  He had been a resident of Westmont Town Court in Escondido and passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Oceanside, California five days short of his 91st birthday. Mr. […]

De Julien: A 67-year love story

Dr. Lorenz F de Julien DDS left for Heaven on July 13, 2019.  His wife, Carleen de Julien, met him there on April 27, 2020.  Their love story blossomed for 67 years.  They are survived by their five children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Although their accomplishments were many, what meant most to them were the friendships that they sparked […]

Thomas A. Hogarty, 82

A celebration of what his many friends and family members agree was a “life well lived” will be held this fall for Thomas A. Hogarty, a highly visible and warm-hearted Escondido business and community leader who passed away unexpectedly.  Tom Hogarty, 82, died April 15 of complications following a heart attack at his Scottsdale, Arizona home where he and his […]

Dorothy “Dottie” Evelyn Harris, 95

Dorothy “Dottie” Evelyn Harris was born January 29, 1925 in Scranton, Pennsylvania to Samuel Gockley and Jennette Curry-Gockley. She enjoyed a large family of eight siblings of whom Mrs. Harris was the last survivor.  Mrs. Harris passed on April 21, 2020 in Escondido, California, at the age of 95. She was married to Wilfred Harris Sr. for 57 years until […]


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