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The Wiefels family has been serving Southern California families in times of death since 1908. We maintain our tradition of personal service with individual attention for every family.

Because we are aware that each family's need varies, we offer a wide range of funeral options, which include not only Traditional Funeral Services, Memorials and Cremations, but also Pre-Arrangement Planning. We strive to make every service special, reflecting the requests and needs of your family and of the deceased.


Our Obituaries

George Henry Wooten

July 4, 1923 - November 26, 2016

Papa George Wooten, 93, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 26, 2016. He was born on July 4, 1923 in Troy, Texas to Rollie E. and Beatrice Wooten and has lived in the Coachella Valley for 91 years. In WWII he served in the U.S.C.G. as a Seaman 1st Class from 12/7/42 until 1/9/46. On 9/23/1945 he was aboard the USS Cambria docked in Nagasaki Japan just after the surrender document...
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Evangelina Barboza Tamez

August 9, 1940 - November 21, 2016


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Mary Ursula Sorensen

January 4, 1928 - November 19, 2016


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Lucina De La Garza

December 11, 1938 - November 19, 2016


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Guadalupe "Lupe" Romo Rodriguez

December 12, 1934 - November 17, 2016


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Juventino N. Cerevantes

January 25, 1934 - November 10, 2016


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Doyal L. McNutt

January 26, 1935 - October 26, 2016

Doyal L. McNutt age 81 a longtime resident of the Coachella Valley passed away on October 26, 2016, in Indio,Ca... Mr. McNutt was born in Arkansas on January 26, 1935, to John Hollaway and Vivian M. McNutt-Pack. Mr. McNutt served in the U.S Airforce 20 yrs., retiring on January 1, 1975. He served from December 20, 1954 til December 31, 1974 and held the rank of Technical Sergeant. Mr....
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Leah Jean Lambert

May 7, 1949 - October 23, 2016

A precious mother, grandmother, friend,teacher, but foremostly a steadfast and fearless servant of God, Leah Jean Lambert was taken home to be with Jesus Christ, her beloved Savior and the Lord of her life, on Sunday, October 23, 2016. To her children and grandchildren, Leah was one of the most fearless and passionate of women. Never daunted by adversity, her courage and passion provided her...
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Simon Carrillo Rodarte

September 28, 1929 - October 23, 2016

Simon Carrillo Rodarte, 87 years old of Indio, California died October 23, 2016, in Indio, California. He was born September 28, 1929, to Jose Rodarte and Micaela Carrillo at the Point Happy Ranch in La Quinta, California. He served with the United States Navy during the 1950's and returned to the Coachella Valley. He started his own ice delivery business in 1955. While delivering ice, he met...
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Betty Gordon

August 6, 1925 - September 20, 2016

Betty Gordon age 91 passed away in Bentonville, Arkansas. Betty was born in Augusta, Georgia to Hurbert C. Orr and Orie E. Verdery. She was a former resident of Hemet, Ca.. Betty is survived by her two children Pastor Dave Gordon of Indio and Carol Kobe of Bentonville,Arkansas. Betty has 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She also leaves a Sister Dorothy Paschke of Chatsworth,Ca.....
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Sherry (Sher) Gail Veling

December 9, 1946 - September 14, 2016

Sherry Gail Veling, (Sher) 69 of La Quinta, California, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 14th, 2016, due to complications of breast cancer. She was surrounded by her husband Doug and close personal friends. Sher was born in Riverside, California on December 9th, 1946 to Fred and Kay Garlick and went to Ramona High School where she graduated in 1964. She attended San Jose...
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Richard Lee Macknicki

November 12, 1940 - September 8, 2016

Richard Lee Macknicki age 76 a longtime Residence of the Coachella Valley passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in Indio,California. Richard was Coachella City Council Member, 3- Time Mayor of Coachella, Coachella Valley Association of Governments Board Member, Coachella Valley Rotary Member, Former Exalter Ruler of the Indio Elks Lodge,Member of the Vector Control Board and an active...
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Ora Lee Castleberry

September 9, 1925 - September 1, 2016

Ora Lee Castleberry, 90 years young of Indio, California passed away September 1, 2016 surrounded by family and friends. Ora Lee was born September 9, 1925, to Goldist and Hattie Lou Roberson in Henderson, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband of 63 yrs., Willie Jene Castleberry and daughter in law Thelma Castleberry. Ora Lee is survived by her six children: Charles Castleberry,...
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Rosie Alvarez Benavides

March 18, 1933 - August 31, 2016

Rosie Alvarez Benavides age 83 of Thousand Palms, passed away peacefully August 31, 2016 in Palm Desert, with loved ones at her side. She was born on March 18, 1933, in Indio to Ramon and Maria Benavides of New Mexico and was a Coachella Valley resident all her life, attended East Valley elementary schools, playing summer league Bobby Sox softball. Early in her adult years she worked as a...
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Felix H. Mercado

December 14, 1952 - August 23, 2016

Felix H. Mercado, age 63, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2016; in his home in Palm Desert. He was born in Brush, Colorado on December 14, 1952 to Silvino and Maria Guadalupe Mercado. He majored in agriculture and horticulture and was an avid tennis player. Felix is survived by his wife, Maria Mercado; his sons: Felis and Joaquin; and his daughter, Jennifer. He is also survived by his...
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Hildegard Hefftner

October 12, 1924 - August 19, 2016

Hildegard "Hilde" Hefftner was born in Nuremburg, Germany on October 12, 1924. She passed away on August 19, 2016 in Indio,California. Hilde was an orphan at age 8 and then taken in by Richard and Karoline Strauch who made her a part of their family along with there children Inge, Irene and Herbert. Hilde lived through and survived World War II and was once used as a human shield by allied...
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Roger Hahn

March 17, 1955 - August 10, 2016

Roger Allen Hahn was born March 17, 1955, in Shakopee, Minnesota to Eugene and Lorna Chapman-Hahn. He passed away at his home in Mountain Center, Ca. on August 10, 2016. Roger graduated High School in Shakopee,MN. and went on to earn a degree from University of Minnesota at Morris. After College he spent time doing counseling at youth camps in Mn. and WI. and later would own a canoe outfitting...
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James Edward Roberts

May 4, 1939 - August 5, 2016

James Edward Roberts age 77 a longtime resident of Blythe, California, passed away suddenly on August 5, 2016 in Blythe. Mr. Roberts was born in Nebraska on May 4, 1939 to James and Maxine( Peterson)-Roberts. He served in the United States Marine Corp from 1959-1963. He worked for Mueller Water Products in Blythe for 20 years. He is survived by his only sister Carol Nagata of Brea,Ca... ...
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Linda Sue Harlow

October 30, 1958 - July 17, 2016

Linda Sue Harlow age 57 born in Indio,California to Roger and Gwen Harlow, passed away in San Rafeal, California on July 17, 2016. Linda fought an 8 year battle with cancer. Linda worked for 35 yrs. in Public Safety For Riverside County Sheriff, Newport Beach PD,, Cathedral City PD., Mill Valley PD., and 15 yrs. with the Corte Madera Fire Dept. before retiring in 2014. Linda sang in many...
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Aurea A. Carrillo

November 17, 1941 - July 8, 2016

Aurea Anguiano Carrillo age 74 a resident of Indio for over 50yrs. passed away at home Friday, July 8, 2016. Born November 17, 1941 in Mexico to Leoedas and Maria De Jesus( Naranjo) Anguiano, She took care of Private Homes in the Valley. She is survived By three children Maria of Indio, Joe J. of Arizona and Tony of Indio. She is preceded in Death by Parents, her husband and one son. ...
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Irene Cooper

February 1, 1937 - June 21, 2016

Irene Inez Cooper age 79 a resident of Cathedral City, California, passed away in Palm Desert,California on June 21, 2016. Born in Texas on February 1, 1937, to William Sneed and Myrtle Hodge, Irene worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant for 30 yrs. Irene is survived by children Dr. Robert Sneed, Charles Cooper,III, Charlene Johnson-Walton, Tracy Mapp and Mary Martin. Services will be held...
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Sai Kun Sandy Wong

June 12, 2016

Sandy Wong passed away on June 12th in her home at the age of 64 with her loving husband by her side. She fought a courageous battle with cancer for the past 8 years and never let it stop her from living her life fully and passionately. Sandy was born in Shanghai, China and immigrated to the United States as a young adult. She managed and owned Ho Sai Gai Chinese restaurant/Country Western bar...
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Frances G. Hopkins

October 4, 1927 - June 9, 2016


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Betty Lou White

October 14, 1942 - June 9, 2016

Betty Lou White, 73, of Palm Desert, CA was reunited with her daughter Cindy in heaven on June 9, 2016. She was born on October 14, 1942 in Newport, AR as the daughter of Bennie & Orene Taylor and is survived by her loving son Jerry White of Indio, sisters Shirley Champion and Phyllis Manley, brother Ben Taylor, granddaughter Makena Hull and many other nieces and nephews and good friends...
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Amparo Ross Cardenas

October 19, 1926 - June 2, 2016

Amparo Ross Cardenas age 89, a life time resident of Indio, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at her home. Amparo was born on Oct. 19, 1926 in Arizona. She married Jose Luis Cardenas 37 years ago. Amparo is survived by her husband Jose Luis of Indio, 6 children: Irene Castro of Indio, Angie (D.C.) Looper of Arkansas, David Fraijo of Indio, Raymond (Mary) Fraijo of Indio, Bill Fraijo of...
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Ruben Uribes, Jr.

July 17, 1987 - May 23, 2016

Ruben Uribes, Jr., 28, of Indio, California died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, May 23, 2016. He was born July 17, 1987 at Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs, CA to Rachel Jasso Uribes and Ruben Uribes Sr.. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rachel. He is survived by his girlfriend, Crystal Zacarias and their young children, Ruben III and Raylene Uribes. His father, Ruben...
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Evelyn Grace Thompson

July 10, 1919 - May 13, 2016

Evelyn Grace Thompson age 96 passed away peacefully on May 13, 2016, in Rancho Mirage, Ca. Born in Tucson, Arizona on July 10, 1919, to George and Rosetta Boomer; she came to Indio, Ca. in 1920. She married her husband Russell Thompson October 4, 1941. She attended local elementary schools in the Valley and graduated from Coachella Valley School in 1937. She worked for Desert Sands School...
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Eloise Goodyear

January 25, 1924 - May 7, 2016

ELOISE GOODYEAR, age 92, passed away at her home in Palm Desert, California, on May 7, 2016. She was born in Port Allegheny, PA to parents, Edith and Edwin Guncheon, who both predeceased her. Eloise married Clyde J. Goodyear, Sr., in 1942 in Pennsylvania before moving to Southern California where they both worked and raised their three children who all survive her along with their children. ...
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William Jerome Macy

December 24, 1921 - April 30, 2016

William Jerome Macy, resident of Rancho Mirage, Ca. passed away on April 30, 2016. Born to Glen and Gladys Macy on December 24, 1921 in Oregon. He is survived by his wife Nancy Macy. He was a Marble and Granite Contractor for 50 years.
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Bobby Joe Colvin

February 17, 1942 - April 27, 2016

Bobby Joe Colvin, resident of Mecca passed away in Indio, Ca. on April 27, 2016. Born in Texas to Ray and Bobbie Colvin on February 17, 1942. He was a mechanic for 50 years. He is survived by wife Debby Colvin.
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Kelly Ann Yarchever

August 18, 1963 - April 25, 2016

Kelly Ann Yarchever, 52 resident of Yucca Valley passed away in Palm Springs, Ca. on April 25, 2016. Born to Howard and Margie Turks in California on August 18, 1963. She is survived by her children: Sara Osborne, Christina DeRoche and son Adam Hector.
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Harriet (Kay) Arriola

July 14, 1928 - April 20, 2016

On the morning of April 20, 2016 our sister and aunt went to her heavenly home. Kay as she was known by family and friends was born in Indio, Ca. on July 14, 1928 to valley pioneers Herlindo and Eulalia Arriola. Kay had been a resident of Indio all her life. She was employed at the family business Arriola's Totilleria as a cashier until her retirement. Kay was the youngest sister of eight...
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Joe Richard Moya, Sr.

November 17, 1937 - April 20, 2016

Joe Richard Moya, Sr 78, resident of Indio, Ca. passed away on April 20, 2016 in Palm Desert, Ca. Born in Texas on November 17, 1937 to Jose and Francisca Moya. He was a mechanic his adult life. He is survived by his children Juan F. Moya, Joe R. Moya, Jr., Ruben Moya, Amelia Silva and Martina Abundis, 24 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents: Jose and...
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Kacie Rae Rickert

April 25, 1989 - April 16, 2016

Kacie Rae Rickert, 26, resident of Coachella, Ca. passed away on April 16, 2016. Born in Indio, Ca. on April 25, 1989 to Robert and Andrea Rickert. She is survived by her parents Robert and Andrea and her two brothers: Cody & Robert and three sisters: Stevie, Mary and Hunter. She was preceded in death by her brother Matthew. A Celebration of Life will be held at Destiny Church 82545 Showcase...
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Eddie Robinson

June 19, 1962 - April 13, 2016

Eddie Robinson, 53, resident of Thermal, Ca. passed away in Rancho Mirage, Ca. on April 13, 2016. Born in Indio, Ca. on June 19, 1962 to Roy and Phyllis Robinson. He was an engineer for the Agua Caliente Casino. He is survived by his wife Tammy Robinson.
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Phyllis Doucette Oswald

December 14, 1923 - April 11, 2016

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt, Phyllis Phillonese Doucette Oswald passed away on Monday, April 11, 2016 in Rancho Mirage, California. Born in Portland, Oregon as her parents, Eugene and Caroline Doucette traveled west to settle in Pleasanton, California. Phyllis spent many childhood summers during the depression era, living in Yosemite Valley while her mother...
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Gordon W. Clease

June 19, 1930 - April 8, 2016

Gordon W. Clease, resident of Indio, California passed away in Rancho Mirage, Ca. on April 8, 2016. Born to Edward and Loretta Clease in Los Angeles, Ca. on June 19, 1930. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an Aerospace Machinist for 43 years. He is survived by his wife: Betty Clease of Indio, his son's Michael Clease and Paul Clease both of Anahiem, Ca. nine grandchildren and twelve...
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Thomas Jack

September 9, 1942 - April 6, 2016

Thomas Eugene Jack, 73, resident of North Shore, Ca. passed away in Rancho Mirage, Ca. on April 6, 2016. Born on September 9, 1942 to Robert and Lucy Jack. He is survived by his wife Rebecca Jack and son Scott Jack. He was an owner of a auto mechanics shop for many years.
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Antonia Carrasco Cervantes

September 24, 1920 - April 3, 2016

The Lord gently passed and lifted the beautiful life and precious soul of Toni Cervantes on Sunday morning, April 3, 2016 at the family ranch in Coachella. Toni passed peacefully with her loved ones at her side. She was born Antonia Rivera Carrasco on September 24, 1920 in El Paso, Texas, just two days old the family journeyed to the Coachella Valley arriving on the tenth day, the family made...
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Mary Carter

June 1, 1954 - April 3, 2016

Mary June Carter, resident of Indio, Ca. passed away on April 3, 2016. Born in Nebraska to Edward and Alexia Lanning. A Service will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Indio, Ca. on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the hour of 11:00 a.m. with interment private.
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Robert Eugene Scrivens

September 19, 1935 - April 1, 2016

Robert Eugene Scrivens, 80, resident of Indio, Ca. passed away in Indio, Ca. on April 1, 2016. Born on September 19, 1935 to Robert and Edith Scrivens. He was a general contractor in construction for 45 years. He is survived by his wife Shirley Scrivens and son Greg Scrivens.
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Josephine A. Rubalcaba

August 27, 1921 - April 1, 2016

Josephine A. Rubalcaba, 94, died at home on Friday, April 1, 2016, in La Quinta, Ca. She was born on August 27, 1921 in Asherton, Texas to Joseph and Nicolasa Aguirre. She was married to I.R. (Rube) Rubalcaba on January 18, 1942 in Asherton, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, "Rube", as well as her brothers, Randy and Joe and sisters, Tillie, Lillie and Eva and her...
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Nancy Brandon

September 29, 1943 - March 28, 2016

Nancy Joe Brandon, 72, resident of Indio, Ca. passed away in Indio, Ca. on March 28, 2016. Born in Mississippi to Paul and Mary Mercer. She is survived by her husband Donald Brandon. She was a postal carrier for many years.
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Lee Hernandez

April 19, 1961 - March 17, 2016

Lee Mathew Hernandez, 55, resident of La Quinta, Ca. passed away on March 17, 2016 in Indio, CA. Born in Wyoming on April 19, 1961 to John and Cora Apodaca Hernandez. He was a Truck Driver. He is survived by his wife Gladys Hernandez.
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Monica Flores

May 14, 1983 - March 10, 2016

Monica Flores 32, was born May 14, 1983 in Yuma, Az. Monica passed away at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Ca. on March 10, 2016. She was a Tribal Member of the Fort Yuma Quechan Tribe of Winterhaven, Ca. She is survived by her parents Juan Flores and Marla Flores and her two children, daughter Anissa Flores and son Adam Samuel Gonzalez Jr. and brothers Charles Jose and Juan...
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Benjamin Beal

November 13, 1919 - March 5, 2016

Benjamin R. Beal passed away peacefully at home in Indio, Ca. on March 5, 2016 at the age of 96. He departed this world for heaven to join his wife Ethel who passed in 2012. Ben was born in Greene, Iowa on November 13, 1919 to Ralph and Nettie Beal. In August 1942 he was drafted in the Army and served three years. He trained at Camp Young near Chiriaco Summit, Ca. and served throughout Europe...
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Bruce McClelland

May 21, 1937 - March 4, 2016

Bruce P. McClelland, resident of San Pedro, Ca. passed away on March 4, 2016. Born in California on May 21, 1937 to Frank and Grace Potter McClelland. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Military.
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Donald Laurila

May 28, 1928 - March 4, 2016

Donald H. Laurila, resident of Palm Desert, Ca. passed away in Palm Desert, Ca. on March 4, 2016. Born on May 28, 1928 in Trenary, Michigan to Herman and Lydia H. Laurila. He was a veteran of the U.S. Military.
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Sharon Bass

October 13, 1951 - March 2, 2016

Sharon Marie Bass resident of Indio, Ca. passed away in Palm Desert, Ca. on March 2, 2016. Born on October 13, 1951 to Vigil and Virginia Hayes Beal. She was a homemaker her adult life. She is survived by her three siblings. Burial will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Ca.
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Jose Vera

June 18, 1955 - March 1, 2016

Jose Vera, born in Mission, Texas on June 18, 1955 and passed away in Rancho Mirage, Ca. on March 1, 2016. Beloved father of four children and brother to ten brothers and sisters. He was a grandfather to numerous grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the hour of 11:30 a.m. with a Mass to be said at the hour 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Soledad Catholic Church...
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Celia O. Quintero

October 29, 1927 - February 23, 2016

Celia Quintero of Indio, CA was called home to be with the Lord on 2/23/16 surrounded by the love of her life and family. She was born on October 29th to Gabriel Arias and Mercedes Ortiz in Fullerton, CA. She married Joe A. Quintero on 6/28/58 in Coachella, CA. Celia was a loving mother to many in our community as a babysitter, foster care provider, mother to her children, grandmother and...
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Mabel Simonson

May 19, 1916 - February 21, 2016

Mable C. Simonson of Indio passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, from natural causes. She was born on a farm near Parker, S.D. on May 19, 1916. Mable was the seventh of nine children born to William A. and Grace Baker Parry. She was a graduated in Canistota, S.D. She met Conrad R. (Connie) Simonson in 1937 and were married on June 29, 1938. They became parents to son Boyd and Daughter Cynthia. She is...
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Ramon Sanchez Ramirez

August 31, 1956 - February 11, 2016

Ramon was born on August 31, 1956 in Mexico to his parents Edmundo and Maria Sanchez Ramirez and passed away in Rancho Mirage, Ca. on February 11, 2016. He is survived by his son Daniel D. Ramirez and six siblings: Edmumdo Ramirez, Victor Ramirez, Antonio Ramirez, Rosa E. Aviles, Bertha Ramirez and Christina Ramirez and a granddaughter. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Service...
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Nancy S. Goodart Miller

August 29, 1938 - February 9, 2016

Loving Mother, Grandmother and Friend Nancy went to be with the angels above after complications from heart disease. Her family was by her side. Nancy was born and raised in North Hollywood California and attended North Hollywood High School. It was there where she met the father of her four children. After marrying they resided in Covina and were later divorced. She and the children moved to...
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George McClure

October 2, 1939 - February 7, 2016

George Detter McClure; "Bucky" of Indio, Ca went home to be with the Lord on February 7, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. Born in Kalkaski, Michigan on October 2, 1939 he was the son of George and Mildred McClure. He married the love of his life Frances Christian on Oct. 27, 1959. Together they raised 6 children whom they loved very much. George lived in the desert...
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Rafael Solis

July 26, 1942 - January 31, 2016

Rafael Solis was born in Mexico on July 26, 1942 to Abraham and Alicia Solis Torres and passed away in Indio, Ca. on January 31, 2016. Services will be held at the Funerales San Jose Mexicali Baja California, Mexico.
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Roy S. Salazar

August 10, 1911 - January 31, 2016

Roy S. Salazar, age 104, was born on August 10, 1911 in Ignacio, Colorado to David and Domitilla Salazar, passed away in Indio, Ca. on January 31, 2016. He was the Owner Operator of his trucking business for 50 years. He is survived by his four children Nellie Smith, Helen Mason, David Salazar and Rod Salazar, twelve grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren....
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Ruth Blackstone

April 22, 1920 - January 28, 2016

Ruth was born in Ohio on April 22, 1920 to William and Blanche Blackstone and passed away in Palm Springs, Ca. on January 28, 2016. She was a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. Ruth was a Emergency Responder for the American Red Cross. She is survived by her niece Blaine Clark.
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Christina Richter

December 22, 1924 - January 28, 2016

Christina "Tina" M. Richter was born in Sheboygan, WI. on December 22, 1924 to Frank and Elizabeth Vrtochnick and passed away in Indio, Ca. on January 28, 2016. She was a homemaker her adult life. Services will be conducted by the Olson Funeral Home in Sheboygan, WI. with burial in Calvary Cemetery Sheboygan, WI.
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Celia Camacho

June 24, 1940 - January 25, 2016

Celia Vega Camacho, 75, resident of Indio, Ca. passed away in Palm Desert, Ca. on January 25, 2016. Born in Mexico on June 24, 1940 to Ray and Maria Mendoza Vega. She was a surgery technician for many years. She is survived by her daughter Virginia Camacho and son John V. Camacho, five grandchildren Britiny Zapata, Jessie Zapata, Christopher Camacho, Michael Camacho and Cameron Camacho, two Great...
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Noe Lerma

July 17, 1941 - January 24, 2016

Noe C. Lerma, 74, of Coachella, California passed away on January 24, 2016 from natural causes. Noe was born in San Ygnacio, Texas on July 17, 1941 to Dionicio and Esperanza Lerma. He came to the Coachella Valley as a migrant farmworker in the 1950s and would eventually settle in Coachella. Noe was 17 when he enlisted in the Air Force. He was stationed in Greenland. Noe met his future wife, Maria...
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Ovidio Garcia, El Grande

February 10, 1927 - January 23, 2016

Ovidio Garcia moved to the Coachella Valley in the early sixties. He worked at R.A. Glass for man years as a forklift operator helping transport much of the citrus out of the desert. Grande was a true gentle giant, compassionate, considerate, and a very giving man. Always up to date with (and argue) politics, current events and baseball. And boy did he love his Dodgers! And let's not forget his...
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Tuey W. Wong

February 3, 1927 - January 18, 2016

Mrs. Tuey W. Wong, a resident of Culver City, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2016 at the age of 88. Mrs. Wong was a long time resident of Indio, California where she and her late husband Wing Chun Wong owned and operated the Canton Café up to the 1980's. Mrs. Wong is survived by her three daughters; Marilyn (William Fogle) and their children Rebecca (Jonathan Borah), William (Kim Fogle);...
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Gilbert L. Salado

February 4, 1929 - January 13, 2016

Gilbert Salado was born on Feb. 4, 1929 in Flagstaff, AZ. to Jose Pedro Salado and Felicitas de Lopez. He passed away on Jan. 13, 2016 at 86 in Indio, with his family by his side. He married Nestora Aguilera on Sept. 25, 1950 in Yuma, AZ. He is survived by his wife, Nestora, of 65 years; four daughters, Delilah Dobbins, Margaret Salado of Palm Desert; Diane (John) Carey of Rancho Mirage and...
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Blaine John Jozefowicz

July 14, 1946 - January 12, 2016

Blaine passed away peacefully in the evening after spending time with family and friends. He had been battling illness for several months, yet he never lost his sense of humor and enthusiasm for living. Blaine was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His family moved to California when he was a child. He was a graduate of San Jose State, and he was a Realtor in Cupertino for over 30 years...
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Walton Vaughan

April 5, 1935 - December 23, 2015

Walton Wayne Vaughan, April 5, 1935 – December 23, 2015. Walton Vaughan was born April 5, 1935, in the Huntsville Community of Butler County, Kentucky, to the late Osborn J. and Doxie Ferrell Vaughn. After a courageous struggle against cancer he passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 23, 2015, under the care of Gentiva Hospice at Manor Care of Palm Desert, Ca. Walt was the youngest of...
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Lucy Walker

December 12, 1921 - December 23, 2015

Lucy Walker, 94, resident of Thermal, Ca. passed away in Indio, Ca. on December 23, 2015. Born in Kansas on December 12, 1921 to Mike and Angelina Garcia Villa. She was a housekeeper for many years.
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Benjamin Franklin Montoya

May 24, 1935 - December 19, 2015

Benjamin F. Montoya, 80, resident of Fairfield, California passed away on December 19, 2015 in Fairfield, Ca. Born in California on May 24, 1935 to Benjamin and Margaret Ramirez Montoya. He is survived by his wife Virginia Cox Montoya and their seven children. He was a retired U.S. Navy Admiral. A wake will be held on Tues. Jan. 5, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church Palm...
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Fred Williams , Jr.

September 8, 1935 - December 12, 2015

Fred Williams Jr. 80, resident of Indio, Ca. passed away in Indio, Ca. on December 12, 2015. Born in Indiana to Fred and Lucille Douglas Williams Sr. on September 8, 1935. He is survived by his son Mike Williams of Indio, Ca. Fred was a U.S. Army veteran.
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Dorothy Carrougher

February 1, 1930 - December 10, 2015

Dorothy Ann Carrougher, 85, resident of Bermuda Dunes, Ca. passed away on December 10, 2015. Born in New Jersey to Clifford and Mary Kelly on February 1, 1930. She was a homemaker her adult life. She is survived by her husband John Carrougher and three children.
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James Walter Collins

October 17, 1937 - December 9, 2015

James Walter Collins age 78, resident of Indio, Ca. passed away in Indio, Ca. on December 9, 2015. He is survived by his friend Lana Hall and a son James Bradley Collins. James was a Disabled Rights Advocate for many years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
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Lynda S. Bevens

February 11, 1948 - December 8, 2015

Lynda S. Bevens, 67, resident of Indio, Ca. passed away in Indio, Ca. December 8, 2015. Born in Missouri on February 11, 1948 to William and Opal Jones Dunson. She is survived by her husband Harry Bevens, two daughter's and one son Rebecca Binion of Georgia, Jennifer Moreno of La Quinta, and John Bevens of Arizona, and eight grandchildren.
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Michael William Erickson

July 3, 1944 - December 6, 2015

Michael William Erickson, 71, resident of Indio, Ca. passed away in Indio, Ca. on December 6, 2015. Born in Long Beach, Ca. to Ernest and Helen Erickson. He is survived by his wife Lee Ann Erickson and two children Tim Ward, Allison Lee Ward and his beloved dog Molly Puff Erickson and a sister Irene Massey. He was an Art Teacher for 8 years at Indio High School before retirement. He had been an...
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Raymundo C. Torres

October 28, 1934 - December 4, 2015

Raymundo C. Torres "Pancho" completed his life's journey and entered the gates of Heaven on December 4, 2015. He was 81 years old. He was born in Coachella Valley Hospital in Coachella, California on October 28, 1934 the son of Juan and Eloisa Carrasco Torres. On Oct. 24, 1964 he married the love of his life, Cecilia Pescador. He is survived by his daughters Margaret Nieto and son-in-law Steve...
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Russell M. Bolton

November 10, 1947 - November 29, 2015

Russell was born November 10, 1947 in Wichita Falls, Texas to W.L. and Flora Bolton and passed away in Indio, Ca. on November 29, 2015. He is survived by his wife: Mary A. Bolton, children: Jeanie Bolton Amaya, Jesse James Bolton, Jason Russell Bolton, Jeremiah W. Bolton, five grandchildren: Joel Bolton Amaya, Amanda Nicole Bolton, Travis Russell Bolton, Charles Luhm and Liliana Marie Gutierrez....
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Sarah Perez

October 25, 1927 - November 28, 2015

Born in Oasis, California to Marciano L. and Antonia Duran on October 25, 1927 and passed away in Indio, Ca. on November 28, 2015. She is survived by her daughter's Pinky (William) Rafidy, Carol Perez and Presila Perez, son's: Joe L. Perez Jr. and Albert (Estella) Perez, sixteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren. Her sister's Carmen Munoz, Juanita Alvarez and brother Elias Duran....
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Joseph Carpini

May 16, 1928 - November 21, 2015

Joseph was born on May 16, 1928 in Gallo, Italy to Dominic and Rose Carpini and passed away on November 21, 2015 in La Quinta, Ca. He is survived by his wife Shirley Carpini, daughter Margo Dew (Rick) and son's Joe Carpini (Sandy), Wayne Carpini (Tracy). He is also survived by three grandchildren, a sister Theresa Serra and brother John Carpini. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was a...
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Joanne K. Oliphant

July 12, 1929 - November 20, 2015


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Denis R. Keller

January 22, 1951 - November 19, 2015


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Douglas A. Bell

September 27, 1936 - November 17, 2015

Douglas was born in North Dakota on September 27, 1936 to John and Thelma Bell, passed away in Loma Linda, Ca. on November 17, 2015. He is survived by his wife Susan Bell, daughter Tracy Noll and step son Matthew Davy. He was a Construction General Contractor for many years. Douglas was a U.S. Air Force Veteran.
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Alice T. Suski

December 12, 1917 - November 5, 2015

Long time Coachella Valley resident Alice T. Suski passed away in Indio, Ca. on November 5, 2015. Born in Carlsbad, California on December 12, 1917 to Tokuzo and Mura Sakemi. She was Co-Owner and Office Manager of a Retail & Repair store in Indio for many years. She is survived by her daughter Margie Suski. A Memorial Service will be held at Shepard of the Valley UMC in Indio on December 12, 2015...
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Rachel J. Uribes

December 30, 1959 - November 5, 2015

Rachel J. Uribes was born in Indio, Ca. on December 30, 1959 to Cipriano and Marina Jasso and passed away in Indio, Ca. on November 5, 2015. She is survived by her husband Victor Rodriguez, her daughter Marissa Renee Zamudio and son-in-law Michael Zamudio, her son Ruben Uribes Jr. and grandson Ruben Uribes III all of Indio, Ca. She had been employed as a ACR Tech III for the Riverside County...
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Susan M. Ortega

September 21, 1961 - November 3, 2015

Susan was born in California to Vernon and Mary Hightower on September 21, 1961 and passed away on November 3, 2015. She is survived by her husband Andrew (Andy) Ortega and sons Jeff Reynolds and Scott Reynolds and her 7 grandchildren. She was a homemaker her adult life.
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Lester L. Thompson, Jr.

September 25, 1946 - November 3, 2015

Lester L. Thompson Jr. was born in California on September 25, 1946 to Lester L. Thompson Sr. and Vera Thompson. He passed away in Indio, Ca. on November 3, 2015. Lester is survived by his wife Virginia Gomez-Thompson. He had been employed by the Mosquito Abatement District for 39 years. Lester was a Veteran of the U.S. Army.
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Dominic Andrew Hutchinson

February 20, 1985 - October 24, 2015

Dominic Andrew Hutchinson, born on February 20, 1985 in Indio, CA. to Dana Hutchinson and Genevieve (Genny Moreno) Sanchez, passed away in Cathedral City, Ca. on October 24, 2015. He is survived by his parents, children Dominic Andrew Hutchinson, Devin Augustine Hutchinson, Jasmin Vargas, Sisters Patrice Harding and Katrina Walls, Candice Mendoza, Brother Phillip W. Sanchez and his former wife...
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Laura Rodriguez

November 23, 1991 - October 22, 2015

Laura Rodriguez was born in Indio, Ca. on November 23, 1991 to Juan and Gloria Rodriguez and passed away on October 22, 2015. She is survived by her baby daughter Sofia, step father Rafael Garcia, three sisters and a bother Melissa Rodriguez, Olivia Haney, Luciana Rodriguez and Peter Cesena. She was preceded in death by her mother Gloria Cesena and grandmother Petra Cesena. Visitation will be...
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Christina M. Curlee

May 12, 1983 - October 22, 2015

Christina M. Curlee of Indio, Ca. passed away in Loma Linda, Ca. on October 22, 2015. Born on May 12, 1983 in Indio, Ca. to Terry and Shelley Curlee.
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Joe Edward Herrera

August 18, 1954 - October 20, 2015

Born in Indio, Ca. to Roger Herrera and Lucy Ogaz on August 18, 1954 and passed away on October 20, 2015 in Desert Hot Springs, Ca. He is survived by his mother Lucy Ogaz, and two brothers and one sister Gary Herrera, Roger Herrera, Jr. and Sandra Herrera. He is preceded in death by his father Roger Herrera, Sr. and a brother Jimmy Herrera.
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Catherine M. Schroeder

July 2, 1925 - October 17, 2015

Born in Chicago, Illinois on July 2, 1925 to Patrick and Margaret Malloy and passed away in Palm Desert, Ca. on October 17, 2015. Catherine is survived by her daughter Margaret Newland. She was a bookkeeper for many years. A private graveside service will be held.
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Jack E. Haney

August 14, 1950 - October 14, 2015

Born in Illinois on August 14, 1950 to Ernest and Vonda Haney, passed away in Rancho Mirage, Ca. on October 14, 2015. He is survived by his wife Susan Haney of Indio, CA. He had worked in construction for many years.
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Mary Jane Eglinton

June 13, 1950 - October 13, 2015

Mary Jane (Dorning) Eglinton, 65, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2015 in Rancho Mirage, California. Mary began her life on June 13, 1950 in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of three daughters and one son born to Charles and Dorothy (Watson) Dorning. She enjoyed a wonderful childhood with her sisters and brother, Kayan, Connie and Dallas. Preceding her in death are her...
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Theodore Leonte

January 21, 1935 - October 13, 2015

Born in Redondo Beach, Ca. on January 21, 1935 to John and Minadora Leonte and passed away in Indio, Ca. on October 13, 2015. He is survived by his wife Helen Leonte of Indio, Ca. Graveside services will be held at the Coachella Valley Cemetery on Friday, October 23, 2015 at the hour of 2:00 p.m.
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Martha Melendez Quevedo

November 11, 1938 - October 12, 2015

Born in Mecca, Ca. on November 11, 1938 to Manuel and Natalia Melendez and passed away in Indio, Ca. on October 12, 2015. Martha is survived by her husband of 60 years, George Rodriguez Quevedo and her three children, Eleanor Q. Parra, Veronica Q. Levario and George Anthony Quevedo all of Indio. She was grandmother of seven, Joe Julian, Erica Christina, Andrew Lee, Anthony Tyler, Rudy Angel,...
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Josefa C. Mirelez

May 30, 1954 - October 6, 2015

Born in Fresno, CA. on May 30, 1954 to Casimiro & Jennie Chagoya, passed away on October 6, 2015 in Indio, CA. She was a homemaker her adult life. Josefa is survived by her six children Tania Mirelez, Cynthia Perez, Aimee Beltran, Chris Mirelez, Shawn Mirelez and Richard Mirelez and her twenty-one grandchildren. She is also survived by her six sister's and three brother's: Irene Nunez, Theresa...
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Charline John Thompson

April 1, 1925 - October 1, 2015

Born in Texas on April 1, 1925 to Oscar and Zadie Garland and passed away in Indio, Ca. on October 1, 2015. Charline is survived by her three daughter's: Joyce Thompson, Patsy Roberts and Mary Elizabeth Norris all of Indio, eleven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her four sisters and two brothers: Betty Harper of Indio, Annie...
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Maurice Claire Elsner

June 20, 1933 - September 28, 2015

Born in Wisconsin on June 20, 1933 to Ewald and Levenia Elsner passed away on June 20, 1933. He is survived by his wife Joan and two son's: Chris Elsner and Dan Elsner. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Services will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, Palm Desert, Ca. on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the hour of 11:00 a.m.
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George Lee Sirbu

September 18, 1944 - September 27, 2015

Born September 18, 1944 and passed away in Desert Hot Springs, Ca. on September 27, 2015. George is survived by his brother Greg J. Sirbu. A Graveside service will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Ca. on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the hour of 11:45 a.m.
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Ruth Alta Millsap

May 11, 1921 - September 26, 2015

Ruth was a long time resident of Indio, Ca. before moving to Chico, Ca. She was born in Kenmore, Ohio on May 11, 1921 and passed away in Chico, Ca. on September 26, 2015. She had worked as a Rural Carrier for the Post Office for 32 years. Graveside Services will be held at the Coachella Valley Cemetery on Monday, October 5, 2015 at the hour of 10:00 a.m.
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Richard Friestad

May 28, 1927 - September 23, 2015

Born in Bode, Iowa on May 28, 1927 and passed away in Indio, Ca. on September 23, 2015. Mr. Friestad is survived by his second wife of 27 years, Betty Ann Friestad of Indio, Ca., step-daughters Dr. Leiann Harker and Laura Roberts. His first wife of 37 years, Naoma Friestad and their daughter Jill Friestad and four granddaughters, Brook Friestad, Britney Friestad, Bria Friestad and Ashley...
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Joseph David King

September 20, 1957 - September 19, 2015

Born in Lynwood, California on September 20, 1957 to Michael and Julanne King. Joseph was a long time resident of Palm Desert, Ca. He passed away in Rancho Mirage, Ca. on September 19, 2015. He had been a waiter for many years. He is survived by a daughter, his brother Sam King and sister Debbie Walker. A Service will be held at the Palm Springs Wiefels Chapel 690 Vella Rd. Palm Springs on...
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