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Natalie Brenot

Natalie Brenot

February 27, 1938 - June 19, 2020

Natalie Brenot, age 82, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek. Natalie was born on February 27, 1938 in Shirley, MA to parents Arthur Gendron and Anita (DePontdriand) Gendron. Natalie moved to Ohio in 1957, spending the next years raising her family in West Toledo. Mom was a devoted Catholic and it was her strong faith and huge heart that characterized her life. She loved going to mass, being a lector, volunteering at fish frys and other activities. She also spent countless hours working with the ladies auxiliary at VFW 606 on public service projects. Most of all Natalie lived for her family. She was a loving sister and mother who took great joy in being a wonderful grandma to her four grandchildren. A visit to grandma's home usually turned into a sleepover and the kids only complaint was having to go home. In her later years she developed a special bond with her granddaughter Erin, who provided unending love and companionship for her grandma.

Natalie was preceded in death by her parents; and her grandson, Kevin. She is survived by her sisters, Iris Aube and Rollie (Art) Cournoyer; sons, Mike (Mary Ellen) Luffy, Howard (Karen) Luffy; grandchildren, Brad (Abigail) Luffy, Erin (Chris) Livingston, Eric (Julie) Luffy; along with eight great grandkids. She also leaves behind many cherished friends, including Myrna, Judy and Joanne.

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Robert "Bob" Minnihan

Robert "Bob" Minnihan

December 10, 1936 - June 16, 2020

On the day of June 16, 2020, Robert (Bob) Minnihan of Rancho Mirage, CA died at the age of 83. Bob was born to Louis and Katherine Minnihan on Dec. 10, 1936 in Jefferson, IA. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1958 from Iowa State University.

Bob enjoyed racquetball, skiing and sailing. He is known affectionately as "Captain Bob." He believed in being fair in all matters. Bob started Dynamic Systems Inc., a successful business in waste water treatment technology, where he served as CEO and President until his retirement in the year 2000. His blue eyes, silver hair and warm smile touched everyone he met.

Bob is preceded in death by his father, mother and son, Peter. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, son, Paul and his mother Katharine, his stepdaughter, Erin Johnson and his grandson, Conor Crissy. He is also survived by his brother Richard (Linda) and sister Marcia.

Services are pending.

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Larry Boles

Larry Boles

October 5, 1948 - May 18, 2020

Larry was born in San Diego and attended Alexander Hamilton Elementary, Horace Mann Junior High and Crawford.  A lifelong runner, Larry was captain of the Crawford Cross Country team during his senior year.  Larry and Linda Francis '68 were married in 1970.  After graduating from San Diego State and San Francisco Theological Seminary, Larry served as a Presbyterian minister for twenty-five years.  He followed that by serving as a director of Hillcrest Retirement Community in La Verne, California.  In addition to Linda, his wife of 50 years, Larry is survived by their children Tammy and Paul, four grandchildren, and brother Bob Boles ’63 -- Rob Shepherd ’66

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H. Ken Whitehouse

H. Ken Whitehouse

April 25, 1948 - May 10, 2020

Rancho Mirage - Whitehouse, Harry Kenneth April 25, 1948 - May 10, 2020 Ken Whitehouse of Rancho Mirage, CA passed away after 72 years of love and laughter. Ken is lovingly remembered by Candy (Christina and Sunshine) and his brother Paul (johnny) of Vancouver BC. He is predeceased by his parents Stuart and Mary Whitehouse and will be interred at the family plot at Mountain View cemetery. Ken was born in Vancouver and moved to the Coachella Valley in 1979 to operate Canyon Furniture and later Custom Renovations. He was a hardworking and a funny guy. He chose to keep in touch with family and friends with his regular phone calls. Ken was also generous and kind. He kept moving, laughing and making us happy despite his failing health. Ken passed away at home peacefully after a stubborn fight with Parkinson's disease.

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Stephanie R. Goetz

Stephanie R. Goetz

February 21, 1937 - April 28, 2020

Our beautiful Stephanie "Stevi" Goetz passed away at home just the way she wanted – comfortably and with loved ones, she was 83 years old. Beloved Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Aunt, Glam-mama and Friend. Our Mighty Mouse, you were a brave soldier! We will miss your big heart, smile, laughter, gentle touch, grace, friendship and unconditional love! Mom you were a life force that filled the room with light and love! Like you always said; if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans! And, it's all about the dash'! You lived your life fully and touched so many lives! You're a class act kid! Make sure you've got your eye lashes and high heels on as you go party at the Studio '54 in the sky! 

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Martin Louis "Marty" Kaucher

Martin Louis "Marty" Kaucher

December 26, 1931 - April 25, 2020

Palm Springs - On Saturday, April 25, 2020, Martin Louis Kaucher, devoted loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 88 in Palm Springs, California after a valiant 12-year battle with Parkinson's disease. Martin, or "Marty" as he was most known, was born on December 26, 1931 in Rossmoyne, Ohio to Elmer and Dolores Kaucher. After graduating from Bell High School in California in 1951, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served four years and was discharged as an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd class. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal as well as a service ribbon for National Defense for his service during the Korean War.

On December 19, 1959, he married Elizabeth "Liz" Hurtado in Kingsburg, California. They settled in Santa Monica, California and raised two sons, Keith and Mitchell. Marty attended Santa Monica College at night while working a full-time job and started a career as an aircraft engineer in 1962. He was hired by Northrop Corporation in 1966 where his talents set him on a path to work on such well-known aircraft as the Boeing 747, the Northrop Tiger Shark, F18 Hornet, B2 Bomber and the YF-23. He retired from Northrop after 27 years of service.

After 33 years in Santa Monica, he and Liz moved to a beautiful home in Palm Desert, California that he and Liz helped to design. After losing his beloved Liz to cancer in 1996, he married Marlene Miller in 1999. They were married for 16 years. Marty had a passion for airplanes that he shared with his older brother, Bill, since they were kids. Marty was also an accomplished athlete who played as a pitcher for Bell High School's baseball team. His love of baseball continued after high school, as he played in company softball leagues, and he was a true-blue Dodger fan to the end. He took up tennis in the sixties along with his wife Liz, which became a shared lifelong passion. He played tennis and golf into his seventies. He was also an avid water skier, something that his entire extended family on both sides enjoyed. Family houseboat trips were some of Marty's happiest times in life. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. If Marty was your friend, you had a brother.

Marty was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Dolores, his two sisters, Nena and Susan, and his wife of 37 years, Liz. He is survived by his two children, Keith and Mitchell, his daughter-in-law Lisa, his siblings William, Jeanne, Alberta, Robert, and Thomas, his grandchildren Lauren, Miles and Kristen and many cousins, nieces, nephews and more friends than would be able to be listed.

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Joel Havemann

Joel Havemann

July 16, 1943 - April 25, 2020

Joel Havemann, who served more than 20 years in the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau as an economics reporter and a senior editor, has died after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Havemann, who died April 25, was 76.

In addition to his work in the Washington bureau, Havemann served a tour as Brussels bureau chief. His appointment came a year after his Parkinson’s diagnosis. Despite his advancing illness and the need for extensive travel in the overseas assignment, he provided comprehensive coverage of the economic collapse of the Soviet Union and the development of the Common Market.

Havemann was also the author of two books. The first, in 1978, provided a detailed analysis of the new federal budget process instituted as a reform after the Watergate scandal that ended Richard M. Nixon’s presidency.


The second, a more personal book, was published in 2002 after he returned to Washington from Europe. It was a candid account of his painful struggle against the ravages of Parkinson’s, as well as a detailed description of the disease and its causes.

At the time, many experts believed the disease, which today afflicts an estimated 1 million Americans, would be cured within five years, a goal that remains elusive.

As an editor, he was remembered by colleagues as having a rare ability to strengthen their stories while retaining their own voices and their confidence in their own abilities.

Doyle McManus, a former Times Washington bureau chief and now a columnist for the paper, said, “Joel was not only an accomplished reporter and editor; he was universally loved and admired by his colleagues — loved for his kindness and wry humor, and admired for his refusal to let Parkinson’s disease get in his way.”

It was that determination to live his life as fully as possible despite increasing physical impairment that struck many of his colleagues.

Janet Hook, who worked closely with Havemann as the bureau’s longtime chief congressional correspondent, said, “What a life well-lived. Joel was such an inspiration, as a thinker and journalist, as man with a big brain and even bigger heart.”

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Robert "Bob" Gibson

Robert "Bob" Gibson

March 14, 1940 - April 15, 2020

Bob was born on March 14, 1940 in Louisville, KY to Ernest and Cornelia Gibson. He was one of four brothers growing up and was proud of his Kentucky roots. After graduating from Southern High School in 1958, Bob joined the US Army as an infantryman. He was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany where he met and married Anneliese, his wife of over 40 years and mother to his four children. Bob was part of a team that opened the first McDonalds store in Germany in the 1960's. The family moved to Washington State in 1973, and Bob went on to practice real estate in Snohomish County for many years, making lots of lifelong friends along the way. In 1993 Bob became an owner and operator of Travel Designers in Lake Stevens, WA, leading to many world travels and adventures. Bob was extremely active in the alcoholism recovery community and had a passion for helping people to get and stay sober. He founded the Union Club in Snohomish, WA, sat on boards for several treatment centers, and was a frequent speaker on the topic of recovery. He was instrumental in the path to sobriety for many, and wouldn't hesitate to be there at any hour for a friend or stranger. For the last 15 years, Bob escaped the rain of the Pacific Northwest and lived in the desert in Indio, CA with his companion, Lily. He was known for his resonating laugh, positive and caring attitude, and infectious smile. He had a zest for life and cherished time spent with family and friends. He had a lifetime passion for golf, with a hole-in-one to his credit. He loved traveling the world, music, sports, and was a crossword puzzle master. Bob played a mean ragtime-style piano, and despite his modesty on the topic, was a true entertainer. He loved being a father and was active in his children's lives, coaching sports teams and always there with solid advice and words of encouragement. He embraced any reason to celebrate, was the loudest voice in any rendition of "Happy Birthday" and the first to pull out the Christmas decorations each year. Bob is survived by his longtime companion, Lily Garvic; his four children, Carmen (Dale), Eric, Desiree, and Fabienne; his brother, Richard (Trudy); and six grandchildren.

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Richard Vander Brug

Richard Vander Brug

November 12, 1931 - April 12, 2020

WHITINSVILLE - Richard H. Vander Brug, 88, of Whitinsville passed away on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 at the Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, Northbridge. He was the husband of Gertrude G. (De Jong) Vander Brug.

Mr. Vander Brug had been a mechanic for Anchor Motor Freight for 23 years before retiring in 1998. He also worked at Casey Equipment in Mendon and Koopman Tractor for 18 years.

He was born November 12, 1931 in Whitinsville, the son of the late Henry and Edith (Harkma) Vander Brug and was a graduate of Northbridge High School, class of 1950. Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korea conflict.

Richard was a former deacon and church elder at the Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church and was a board member for the Whitinsville Christian School. He also enjoyed his bowling league, gardening and family gatherings.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, Gertrude, he is survived by two sons, Wayne R. and his wife Pat Vander Brug of Whitinsville and Henry R. and his wife Cynthia Vander Brug of Uxbridge; two daughters, Debra L. and her husband David Hartman of Thornton, CO and Melissa F. and her husband John Hinken of Hudsonville, MI; a sister, Katheryn and her husband Bob Vander Baan of Whitinsville; eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, William and his wife Janet Vander Brug.

Visiting hours and graveside funeral services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to a Parkinson's Disease or Dementia Foundation of one's choice.

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Irwin Gershow

Irwin Gershow

- April 6, 2020

Irwin Gershow, beloved father, grandfather, community member, and friend, died peacefully on Monday, April 6 at 9:54pm in Eugene, Oregon. He was 83-years-old.

Irwin was born in Brooklyn in 1936, an only child to Frieda Gershow (nee Rutstein) and Moshe (Morris) Gershow. He spent his childhood and early adulthood helping in his parents' grocery store and soaking up New York's culture, including subway rides to live theater and the Philharmonic. His early love for the arts continued through his life. He was an avid reader, classical music lover, and especially, art collector, filling his homes with modern art and later, photography.

He moved to Ann Arbor, MI to attend the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan, and ended up spending most of the next forty years in Michigan, first in Detroit and then Huntington Woods, with his wife, Eeta, and two daughters, Rebecca and Miriam. He had particular love for Detroit, which he called, "a big city with a small town feel," as only someone from New York City could. He spent most of his career as a marriage and family therapist with the Henry Ford Hospital systems, before retiring and opening the Third Eye photography dealership from his home, specializing in black and white photography from around the globe. Even in his final days, as other parts of his memory failed, he could look at a piece of art and immediately name the artist. Though he left New York in his late 20s, he was always a New Yorker at heart; a bathroom in his Huntington Woods home was wallpapered in collected New Yorker magazine covers, its centerpiece a framed letter to him from then-editor Tina Brown.

Irwin spent much of his life grappling with his identity. At age 65, he came out to his family and friends as gay. This process was not without pain, though it opened a new and necessary chapter in Irwin's life. He moved to Palm Springs CA, where he found a close community of friends, including many other older gay men, who became a dear, late-in-life family for him. He met his partner, Joe Pon, who he spent three years with before Joe's death in 2017. He saw and celebrated a remarkable shift in cultural attitudes during his lifetime. As a boy in Brooklyn, he had not even known of the existence of the word "gay;" by the end of his life, he was attending Pride celebrations and witnessing marriage equality.

Irwin's final move was to Eugene OR to be with his children and grandchildren for the last three years of his life. Irwin was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in his late 60s, and he faced the disease with stubbornness, determination, and a fair bit of his characteristic kvetching. He was proud to announce he was in the "top 9%" of Parkinson's patient longevity. He tried nearly every Parkinson's disease drug and treatment modality, and remained at least semi-ambulatory until the last weeks of his life.

Photographs from Irwin's personal collection have been donated to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. After a childhood being dragged along to art museums across the country, Irwin's children look forward to future generations of children being dragged along to see the work that brought Irwin such joy.

Irwin is survived by his ex-wife Eeta Gershow (Freeman), his two daughters, Rebecca and Miriam, his sons-in-law, Tim Black and Jordan Bishko, his three beloved grandchildren, Eliza, Nora and Eli, and many friends across the country. "I have lived many lives," Irwin often said. These lives were rich in people he loved and who loved him dearly.

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Updated: August 16, 2017