Obituaries for June 14, 2006
Onetia “Sally” Barbara Maness, a longtime Poway resident, died June 7, 2007 at the age of 88. Born in Castle Rock, Colo., she lived in Poway for 33 years.
A devoted wife, mother, homemaker and nanny, Mrs. Maness enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening and the walking and company of her many beloved dogs over the years.
Survivors include her sons, Larry Jay Maness and John William Maness, both of Poway; her daughter, Sandra L. Maness; her sister, Cleta Schell of Silver City, N.M.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John William “Bill” Maness, in 1984.
A family graveside service will be held at a date to be determined at Dearborn Memorial Park in Poway.
Margaret Y. Thomson
Margaret Young Thomson died at 89 on May 15, 2007 in Rancho Bernardo. Born in Flint, Mich., Ms. Thomson was a resident of California for more than 40 years and lived in Rancho Bernardo for more than 20 of those years.
Ms. Thomson’s positions included employment at General Motors in Flint, Mich., founder and president of her own travel agency in Los Angeles and later as an executive for the Travel Lodge Corporation based in El Cajon.
For many decades, Ms. Thomson was an advocate and practitioner of independent women’s travels.
She leaves behind several relatives, including her second cousin, Nancie Crowley of Los Altos Hills, Calif., and numerous friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. June 30 in the Neptune Society’s Chapel, 14065 Olde Hwy 8 Business, El Cajon.
The family suggests donations to a charity of choice.
Robert W. Hoke
Robert W. Hoke, Jr. of Rancho Bernardo died June 4, 2007 at the age of 87. Born in Lewiston, Maine, Mr. Hoke lived in Rancho Bernardo for 18 years.
Mr. Hoke was a mechanical engineer and had a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He also fought in the Marines during World War II. Some of his interests included golfing, tennis and traveling.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Paula Hoke; his son Robert W. Hoke III of Fair Haven, N.J.; and his sisters, Beatrice Bilton of Rancho Bernardo and Joanne Stalker of Westminster, Colo.
All services are private. Mr. Hoke will be buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Virginia R. Riedy
Former Rancho Bernardo resident, Virginia R. Riedy, died on June 3, 2007 at the age of 85. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., and lived in Rancho Bernardo from 1985 to 2000.
Mrs. Riedy was a bookkeeper in the construction industry for 30 years. She loved to dance, travel and play bridge. She also played the piano.
Survivors include her sons Thomas Barber of Aptos, Calif., and Gerald Barber of Redondo Beach, Calif.; her daughter Jan McElroy of Encinitas, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Following a private ceremony, her ashes will be scattered at sea.
The family suggests donations to the UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0948.
William G. Vulliet
Longtime Poway resident William G. Vulliet died June 8, 2007 at the age of 78. He was born in Pueblo, Colo., and lived in Poway for 59 years.
A retired nuclear physicist, Mr. Vulliet worked in the aeronautical industry for 30 years. He was a deacon and organist at the First Baptist Church of Poway, where he was a member since 1959. Mr. Vulliet also played the piano.
Survivors include his daughter, Jill Kolas of Carlsbad; his sister, Dorothy Vulliet of Poway; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, who died in February 2005; and his son, Gary Vulliet, who died in 1988.
Services were held June 13 at the First Baptist Church of Poway (The Well). Burial was at Dearborn Memorial Park.
Wendi A. Ashworth
Poway High School alumna, Wendi A. Ashworth, died at age 37 on May 16, 2007 due to complications resulting from Crohn’s Disease.
Ms. Ashworth attended Poway High School from 1984 to 1988 and later graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California in 1993. While at Poway, she was a successful soccer player and coach.
Survivors include her parents, William and Ann; and brothers and sister, John, Jerry, Michael and Heather.
Services were held June 1 in Wheaton, Ill., at Saint Michael’s Catholic Church.
The family suggest donations to Donation for Wendi A. Ashworth, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, 17th floor, 386 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10016.
Services will be held today (Thursday) for Dudley Norman, who died June 9, 2007 at the age of 86. Born in Idaho, he lived in Poway for 36 years.
Mr. Norman was a fi nish carpenter and loved working with his hands. During World War II he served in the Army. He was a member of the American Legion, the Carpenter’s Union and a Padres fan.
Survivors include his daughters, Diane Crocker of Mission Viejo and Becky Rzewuski of Rancho Bernardo; his sister, Midge Graves of Caldwell, Idaho, and Reeva Durning of Lewiston, Idaho; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Norman.
Services will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Poway-Bernardo Mortuary. Private burial is at Dearborn Memorial Park.
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