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Bill Seal

Bill Seal

January 5, 1937 - June 23, 2018

Bill Seal passed away peacefully at his summer residence overlooking Balboa Bay in Newport Beach, California surrounded by his family. He died from infection complications following back surgery.

Bill was raised in St. Helen's, Oregon. He was active in high school, co-captain of varsity football and voted "most inspirational." He received his B.S. in History from the University of Oregon, where he was a member of Theta Chi. Bill was a retired Captain of the United States Army Reserve. Bill's career included over 20 years at Georgia Pacific, followed by Forest City Trading Group after which, ahead of his time, Bill made what was then the unconventional decision to join his wife at Barbara Sue Seal Properties, focusing on corporate relocations. Over the years, Bill and Barbara Sue had opportunities to travel nationally & internationally associated with their careers. 

Bill married Barbara Sue Cortese in Rochester, New York on November 30, 1963. Together they raised three children, eventually settling in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Bill was generous with his time and energy for his children and community. He coached his sons in soccer, basketball and baseball. Bill served on the Foundation Boards of the University of Oregon and Portland State University, and for over 20 years on the Board of Goodwill Industries. He was a member of the University Club, Lake Oswego Country Club, Waverley Country Club and Astoria Country Club. Beginning in 1989, Bill and Barbara Sue began splitting their time between Lake Oswego and Palm Desert, California, where the Seals joined Ironwood Country Club. 

Bill was a voracious reader, particularly of military and world history. He loved golf, forming lasting friendships as a result of the game in Oregon, Palm Desert and Newport Beach, CA. He never tired of a view of the water, spending countless hours overlooking lakes, bays and oceans at home and while traveling, usually with binoculars. He and his wife treasured all their friends…frequently hosting impromptu dinner parties and being sure to celebrate milestones for many of them. But more than anything, Bill loved time with his family—he and Barbara Sue hosted many family reunions in places he knew his children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews would enjoy. Each and all of them remember Bill as someone who was unconditionally enthusiastic about every call or visit from his family, and all of them remember Bill as someone whose generosity, love and kindness gave them valuable life lessons. 

In the last 15 years of his life, Bill battled Parkinson's Disease. Despite considerable and advancing challenges, Bill remained positive and energetic about all that he still could do, providing yet another valuable lesson his family and friends will remember. And every evening at 5pm, he and his bride Barbara Sue would enjoy a glass of wine with each other. They continued this tradition of cherishing one another, right down to the evening he came home from the hospital and began Hospice care.

Bill is survived by his wife, Barbara Sue and his children, Debbie (and Jeff Paulson), Scott, and Craig (and Prae Seal), his six "perfect" grand-children, Spencer, Avery, Laurel, Joseph, Wil and Maggie, and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. His is pre-deceased by his sister Norma Heurung and survived by his brother Deane. 

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Joseph Campanella

Joseph Campanella

November 1, 1924 - May 23, 2018

Joseph Campanella, a versatile actor whose television career began in the 1950s on anthology series and continued for decades on shows like “Mannix,” “The Bold Ones” and “One Day at a Time,” died on Wednesday at his home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 93.

His wife, Jill Campanella, said the cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease.

For many years, Mr. Campanella appeared to work to the point of ubiquity. Tall and lean, with wavy hair, he played doctors, lawyers, criminals, cops and judges, including one named Judge Joseph Camp on the TV show “The Practice” from 1998 to 2001.

He starred in “The Bold Ones: The Lawyers,” with Burl Ives and James Farentino, and “The Doctors and the Nurses,” with Michael Tolan. And he was a regular on the first season of “Mannix,” the long-running detective series starring Mike Connors, but left in 1968 when he was told that his role would be reduced.

Mr. Campanella found his stride as a frequent guest star. He was a crafty criminal suspected of planning a prison break in a 1966 episode of “The F.B.I.”; a cattleman on “Gunsmoke” in 1968; and Mary Richards’s hard-to-forget ex-boyfriend on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” five years later. And in eight episodes of the sitcom “One Day at a Time,” from 1976 to 1982, he played the ex-husband of Ann Romano, the character played by Bonnie Franklin, the star.

His workload was noticed in 1972 by one viewer who, according to an article in TV Guide, wrote to an executive producer asking, “Why must we see him or hear him everywhere else, wherever we turn on our TV set?”

In response, Mr. Campanella told the TV Guide interviewer, “An actor, like everyone else, must make bread for his family — and my wife and four sons eat a lot of bread.”

Joseph Anthony Campanella was born in Manhattan on Nov. 21, 1924, to Sicilian immigrant parents. His father, Philip, was a pianist. His mother, Maria (Onofria) Campanella, was a homemaker and dressmaker. Joseph graduated from Manhattan College in the Bronx with a bachelor’s degree in English literature, studied drama at Columbia University and served in the Philippines as second in command of a Landing Craft Infantry ship.

A skillful baseball player, Mr. Campanella was offered a contract by a low-level New York Giants minor-league team in Georgia, but turned it down, preferring to pursue an acting career.

After nearly a decade of television work, he had roles in three Broadway shows in the early 1960s. For one, “A Gift of Time,” with Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland, he was nominated for a Tony Award as best featured actor in a play. And while appearing in another, the short-lived musical “Hot Spot” (1963), he met Jill Bartholomew, a singer and dancer in the chorus of the show. They married in 1964.

In his review, Howard Taubman of The New York Times called Mr. Campanella “engaging” in a role that required him to sing. “An Ezio Pinza, I wasn’t,” he told TV Guide, referring to the opera singer who starred in “South Pacific.” “But at least I got the girl.”

In addition to his roles in theatrical films like “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” (1967) and “Ben” (1972), Mr. Campanella did television commercials for BMW, Maybelline, Napa Auto Parts, Quaker State Motor Oil and Dash dog food; narrated “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” and various National Geographic documentaries; and hosted a revival of “This Is Your Life” in the 1983-84 season.

He also appeared in several soap operas, including “The Guiding Light,” “Days of Our Lives” and, most recently, from 1996 to 2005, “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Among his last acting roles was as an arbitrator in a 2001 episode of “Star Trek: Voyager.”

In addition to his wife, Mr. Campanella is survived by his sons, Philip, Robert, Joseph Jr., Dominic, Anthony, John and Andrew, and eight grandchildren. His brother, Frank, also an actor, died in 2006

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Royce J. Yust

Royce J. Yust

December 19, 1934 - April 24, 2018

Royce Yust passed away April 24, 2018 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was at home with his wife Kay O’Hara and her son Kevin Gorden. He was the third child of Raymond and Veronica Struckhoff-Yust. He is preceded in death by his parents, older sister Barbara Hopen, and stepdaughter Laura Gorden. His brothers Raymond (Carmita), Dan (Ruby) and sister Beverly Whitworth (Allen) survive him as well as his children by his former wife (Bonnie Schulte Yust), Royce Lee and Stacy Terbrock (Greg), five grandchildren (Jessica and Jamie Yust and Clayton, Austen and Mitchell Terbrock), and Kay’s son Kevin Gorden. He will be mourned by all of them and many, many other friends and relatives.

Royce was employed by the Ladue School District in 1959. His skill set in the trades along with his ability to organize, supervise and motivate led to his selection as Facilities Director in 1964. The thousands of square feet of buildings and hundreds of acres of grounds were maintained perfectly for 35 years until he retired in 1994. During that period of time, he earned the utmost respect of staff, students, board members, and constituents. Early on friends learned he was a relentless competitor. When hunting it was he who took home the pouch full of game. When skeet shooting it was not how many he hit but how few he missed. And if playing golf with him in a certain tournament he would be the winner of the green jacket.

Royce was a gentleman, a true friend, a fine human being, and a family man.

RIP Royce

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018, at 5 p.m. at All Saint’s Catholic Church in St. Peters, Missouri with a reception following in the church annex.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Parkinson’s Resource Organization.

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Richard Bernard Kranzdorf

Richard Bernard Kranzdorf

- April 17, 2018

Richard Bernard Kranzdorf, aged 80, passed away on April 17, 2018, at Bob & Corky’s assisted living home in San Luis Obispo.

Early in life when Parkinson’s disease was unforeseen Richard said he wanted four words to mark his tombstone: “he gave a damn.” His wish became a self-fulfilling prophecy: his life made a positive difference to so many.

Born in New York City, the only child of Fannie and Joseph Kranzdorf, he grew up with loving parents and a close extended family of Schulman and Kranzdorf relatives, located in New York, Pennsylvania, and southern California. Add to good roots his innate qualities and you have the man Richard became: curious, puckish, idealistic, empathetic, trusting, and scrupulous.

Like many of his generation, he sought advancement through education. After obtaining a Bachelors of Arts in 1958 and a Masters of Arts in 1959 from the University of Pennsylvania, he worked as an editor in Boston. Two years later he decided to pursue a doctorate in Political Science from UCLA, which was awarded in 1974. His passion for the piano and music, nourished by his mother, remained an avocation.

In 1971 a fortuitous event changed his life. Attending a west coast conference, he learned that Cal Poly had an open teaching position in the Political Science department. He received the position and began a new chapter. In Richard’s words, “The boy from New York City found nirvana in San Luis Obispo.” He loved teaching, the company of colleagues, and his beautiful hometown.

The list of what Richard cared about is extensive: social justice, the students that he taught as a Political Science professor at Cal Poly from 1971 to 2008, and the town of SLO. Over the decades he partnered with kindred spirits, the Sierra Club, environmentalists, and city officials to help maintain the town’s quality of life. An incomplete record reveals the extent of his activism: statements to the City Council, letters to newspaper editors, radio broadcasts, and many speeches at critical events. Besides civil persuasion, he marched, protested, and supported worthwhile causes and candidates. He was progressive in its classic meaning: “an advocate of better conditions who employs liberal ideas and embraces new and experimental methods to effect change.” His contribution was best summarized by a friend: “SLO would not be the same without Richard.”

In 1961 he joined the Peace Corps and began his travels in Africa, teaching journalism and piano at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka for two years. Later, he said of the Peace Corps stint that it made him a more empathetic university teacher. He went on to travel around the world. Some trips, like his Fulbrights to Pakistan, Poland, and Hungary and teaching semesters in Cal Poly’s London program, had an academic focus; others were simply for pleasure. A lovely scroll that lists these trips attests to his amazing energy and love of adventure.

Unconventional, Richard spent his time and money on what he deemed important: causes, travel, and people in need. He indulged himself in simple pleasures: concerts, films at the Palm theatre, running, his men’s group, getting together with friends, keeping in touch with distant loved ones, food, outdoor activities, books, and newspapers.

His contributions to the world are noteworthy but what made him special was personal: his reflexive decency, his incredible kindness to others, and his ability to savor and share the moment. He shared and gave pleasure to so many people.

Richard anchored his active life with family, a wide circle of cherished friends, and colleagues. At a birthday celebration and well-attended ‘roast’ in 2012, he said with arms extended in an embrace, “I have no wife or children; you are my family.” His SLO ‘family’ — along with a caring, attentive fiduciary and many loving caregivers prolonged and enriched his last years. Even as Parkinson’s eroded his body and mind, Richard would say, “I’m a lucky man.” This characteristic gratitude explains why he was surrounded by people who cared for, and about him, until the end.

What will linger in memory is his essence: his warm, deep, welcoming voice, the throaty chuckle that emanated when he saw you, the way he threw his head back in delight when making a clever retort, and his smile so wide that it crinkled the skin around his eyes. Rest in peace, dear Richard; you will be sorely missed.

Predeceased by his second wife, Ilona Ing, who died in 2008, he is survived by remaining loving cousins and their families and by many devoted former colleagues and friends in SLO and elsewhere.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations.

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 4:00 pm, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at Congregation Beth David. Your contacting if you plan to attend would be greatly appreciated.

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Mitzi Shore

Mitzi Shore

- April 11, 2018

In the 1970s, David Letterman baby-sat her children and Jay Leno slept on the back stairs of her Sunset Strip club, where Jim Carrey later tended the door.

Mitzi Shore was “the den mother of some berserk Cub Scout pack,” as Letterman once said — one that brimmed with a breathtaking array of now-famous comics who broke through because she tapped them to perform.

Shore, who was regarded as the godmother of comedy in Los Angeles and whose Comedy Store was one of the most important showcases for stand-up in the country, died Wednesday, according to a statement from the Comedy Store. She was 87.

“Mitzi was an extraordinary businesswoman and decades ahead of her time who cultivated and celebrated the artistry of stand-up comedy. She was also a loving mother, not only to her own four children, but to the myriad of comedians who adored her. She leaves behind an indelible mark and legacy and has helped change the face of comedy. We will all miss her dearly,” the statement said.

Shore long battled Parkinson’s disease and had been in hospice care for some time. (No official cause of death has been given.) Her son, actor Pauly Shore, had been helping care for her and tweeting updates about her final days.

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Elva C. Gonzalez

Elva C. Gonzalez

June 13, 1933 - April 5, 2018

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, Elva C. Gonzalez, 84, went home to be with her loving Husband, Federico B. Gonzalez, and our Lord Jesus Christ. She was born in Donna, Texas but moved to California at the age of 14. She is survived by her 6 children, Olga S. Castro, Linda S. Alvarez (Vince) Ida S. Ochoa, Federico C. Gonzalez (Karen), Lorena Gonzalez, Yvonne Gonzalez (Tony), 24 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Also, her sister, Esperanza Hernandez. She was preceded in death by her husband, Federico, parents, Antonio and Dolores, Sisters, Juanita, Margarita, Angela, Elida and brothers, Manuel and Antonio. Elva was a hardworking, loving mother and businesswoman.

From the age of 9, she worked to support her family. For most of her young adulthood, she worked in the agriculture industry as a foreman. With the love and support of her husband she opened and successfully owned/operated several small businesses in the Coachella Valley. She also served as a planning commissioner for the City of Coachella and was in charge of organizing the fiestas mexicanas held in the City of Coachella. She worked at the Riverside County courthouse for several years as an interpreter. She retired from Riverside County Nutrition Program as the Nutrition Supervisor for the Coachella Senior Center. Of all her accomplishments, her greatest joy was her family and helping others.

She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Services will be held to honor her memory on Wednesday, April, 11, 2018 from 5:00pm-9:00pm at Forest Lawn in Coachella with a rosary to be held at 6:00pm.

Mass will be Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Our Lady of Soledad Catholic Church in Coachella at 11:00 interment at Coachella Valley Cemetery. Services under the direction of Forest Lawn

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Parkinson’s Resource Organization or mail to 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert, Ca 92260

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David Jeffrey Steenbergen

David Jeffrey Steenbergen

January 7, 1949 - March 15, 2018

Born January 7, 1949 – Lafayette, Indiana

Entered Heaven March 15, 2018 – Anaheim, California

Dave was the oldest of five children, born to Jeff and Agnes.  He is survived by his siblings, Greg (Lorna), Holly, Cheryl (Paul), and Kimberly (Luis), and their extended families.

Dave is also survived by his father, Jeff, and Jeff’s wife, Anita; Dave’s wife, Sally; Son, Jeff, his wife, Valerie, and their three children, Charlotte, Violet, and Desmond; daughter, Amanda, her husband, Nick, and their two children, James and Noah.  

In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Parkinson’s Resource Organization.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

–2 Timothy 4:7-8

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In Memoriam
Bertram K. Massing
In Memoriam

Bertram K. Massing

December 31, 1969 - March 6, 2018

Bertram Kermit Massing, 84, passed away peacefully at home on March 6, 2018, after a long, happy, and fulfilling life.

Bert is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Phyllis; his children Greg Massing, Robert Massing, and Lisa Aronson; and his grandsons Harrison, Luke, and Jake.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1933, Bert moved with his mother to Los Angeles in August 1948 and attended L.A. High School. In 1955, he graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Accounting. From February 1955 through October 1960 – except for 21 months he served in the U.S. Army – he worked at the public accounting firm of Price Waterhouse where he became a CPA. He attended night school at the University of Southern California Law School, graduating in 1960. While at USC, he was a top student in the Tax Law class taught by Professor John W. Ervin, who invited Bert to join his law firm, Ervin, Cohen & Jessup, upon graduation. Bert spent his entire law career there, retiring in 2016, having created and led the firm’s Corporate Law Department. He specialized in corporate governance, public and private finance, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance with securities laws.

Bert was an active member of the American Jewish Committee for over thirty years, serving on the Executive Board of the Los Angeles regional chapter and as a member of AJC’s National Board of Governors. He was active in and served on the Board of Directors of the UCLA Alumni Association, from 1974 to 1976 as Vice President, and from 1980 to 1982 as General Counsel. Bert also served on the Board of Directors of the UCLA Friends of Jazz. Bert was a lifelong Dodgers fan (with a faint memory of his love for the Cleveland Indians), and loved music, especially jazz, and theater. His favorite musical was “My Fair Lady.” Donations in his memory may be made to the American Jewish Committee, Los Angeles Chapter; the Parkinson’s Resource Organization (PRO)

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Roger Bannister

Roger Bannister

March 1, 1929 - March 3, 2018

Roger Bannister, the British runner who raised the bar for athletes all over the world by breaking the four-minute mile in 1954, has passed away at the age of 88, his family said Sunday.

Bannister died in Oxford “surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them,” relatives said in a statement. A medical student at the time of his historic record in 1954, when he completed a mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds—a feat previously thought impossible—he went on to lead a distinguished medical career but later suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Speaking to the Associated Press of his record-breaking run in 2012, he said, “It became a symbol of attempting a challenge in the physical world of something hitherto thought impossible. I’d like to see it as a metaphor not only for sport, but for life and seeking challenges.”

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Randolph O'Neal

Randolph O'Neal

September 25, 1939 - January 28, 2018

Mr. Randolph O’Neal, age 78, of Higgston, died Sunday, January 28, 2018, in The Oaks - Bethany in Vidalia, after an extended illness.  He was a native of Montgomery County, attended school in Kibbee, and was a 1957 graduate of Montgomery County High School.  He was a member of the McGregor Presbyterian Church, where he served in several capacities, and was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Braine.  He began his telephone career with Pacific Telephone Company in San Diego, California, then transferred to Southern Bell and American Telephone in Georgia, and retired after thirty-five years of service.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin O. O’Neal and Johnnie Adelaide Fulghum.

Mr. O’Neal is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Sandra “Sandy” Pope O’Neal; son, James Marvin O’Neal and wife Gloria, and a grandson, Andrew O’Neal.

Funeral serves were held Wednesday, January 31st at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home with Reverend Wayne McDaniel officiating.  Burial will follow in the McCrimmon Cemetery.

A special thanks to the staff at The Oaks Bethany on the West Wing, for their love and care of our husband, father and grandfather.

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