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In Memoriams

Stanford Baker Stockdale

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Stanford Baker Stockdale on April 7, 2014. Stanford died peacefully at Tri City Medical Center in Oceanside, California surrounded by the love of his family and friends.

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Robert (Robin) Dean

Robert (Robin) Dean, Veteran and Commercial Real Estate Professional, died of an unexpected illness January 2nd, 2014 in San Diego. He was 76 years old.

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Charles J. Lepore

Charles J. Lepore, my father, died 23 years ago, this month, but in many ways he remains alive to me as I continually strive to imitate the man. If you recall the John Wayne movie, "The Quiet Man", that was my father; a man of silent strength after years of pugilism.

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Gail (Richardson) Cordova

Gail (Richardson) Cordova, 72, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA died on December 14, 2013. Beloved wife of Gary Cordova, who grew up on Coronado. Loving mother of Heather (Tarrant) Foley of Darien, CT, Katie (Tarrant) Heller of West Hartford, CT and Peter Tarrant of Darien, CT. Grandmother of Hannah and John Foley, Maggie, Sam and Finn Heller and Lily and Russell Tarrant. After attending Arizona State University, Gail stayed home to raise her three children. She was a prolific and talented artist. In the 1970s, Gail worked as an executive secretary in the San Francisco offices of brokerage firm Drexel Burnham Lambert. Her most impressive professional achievement came during the years Gail and Gary lived in Vail, CO where she opened Petals of Provence, a highly successful florist and home accessories store. Gail went on to become one of the leading florists in the Vail Valley before retiring to Rancho Santa Fe in 2011. A beautiful, loving, selfless wife, mother, grandmother and friend…Gail will be sorely missed. A private celebration of Gail's life was held on January 11th. Donations in Gail's memory can be made to Art Reach San Diego, ( a non-profit organization that provides free art programs to children in K-6 schools.

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LT Phil R. Meyer, United States Navy, Ret.

LT Phil R. Meyer, United States Navy, Ret., age 67, of Diamondhead, passed away on January 17, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mike Meyer, his step-mother, Mary Meyer, a brother, Victor Meyer, a grandson, Jacob Ethridge.

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Nancy MacDonald Rodger Welch, MFT

Nancy Welch, a Navy widow, mother of two sons, grandmother of four, retired Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor and Therapist, and, 46-year Coronado resident and active community member, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2013, at Sharp Hospital in Coronado. She was 82.

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Colonel Stanleigh K. Fisk (Army Ret.)

Stanleigh K. Fisk of Sierra Vista, AZ passed away December 19, 2013. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio Fisk served with the Seabees in the South Pacific in WWII. His passion for the sea continued throughout his life. He attended Bowling Green State University on the GI Bill, graduating in 1951. Always dramatic, he was proud of being one of the founding members of the Huron Playhouse, and appreciated music of all types. 

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John Halsey “Jay”Brickley, Jr.

Jay passed away on November 24, 2013, after a very long and valiant fight with cancer. He was surrounded by friends and family while watching the Chargers game against Kansas City, which the Chargers won. He was the son of John Halsey “Jack” Brickley, Colonel, USMC and Jean Henderson Brickley, both deceased.

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Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke of Solana Beach, California passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 23, 2013.

First and foremost, Rupert leaves behind a wonderful, lasting legacy of most loving husband to his wife of 67 years, Betty Lou Brooke, and of a really great Dad to his children, Wendy (Brooke) Toomey and James Brooke. And of course, the absolute joys of his life were his six grandchildren, Patrick, Andrew and Hollyn Toomey, and Alex, Collin and Peter Brooke.

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Severine Albert Mikalson

Severine Albert “Mike” Mikalson, born February 10, 1915 in Bismarck, ND, was the older of two children of Severine and Marie Mikalson. From Hazelton, SD, to Salt Creek, WY, and even briefly Van Nuys, CA, Mike’s favorite and longest locale growing up was Billings, MT. 

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Annora Kamler, 92

Annora Kamler, 92, St. Joseph, Missouri died Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Vintage Gardens. She was born March 18, 1921 to Wilber and Minnie (Brown) Means in Mound City, Missouri. She married Donald Fletcher December 28, 1946 and he preceeded her in death on August 29, 1956. 

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Dr. Richard Bruce Markgraf, 78

Richard was a longtime Coronado resident living part time since 1972, then moving permanently to the city he loved in 1990. 

Over the years he wrote many humor columns for newspapers around the United States, including the San Diego Weekly News, the Coronado Journal, as well as the Coronado Eagle. His column “Bludering On” was published for over 25 years.

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Donna R Tapia

It’s only been a few months since you left us and we miss you so much. You have always been the heart of the family. Now it’s coming up on your birthday next month then the holidays. After the New Year, it will be your wedding anniversary. Four months after that you will be gone a year.

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Robert T. White, 66

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free

to follow the path God made for me.

I took His hand when I heard Him call.

I turned my back and left it all.

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Eleanor Lant, 89

Born Eleanor Virginia McGuire on July 21, 1923 to Kareen and Walter McGuire, Eleanor was one of six children. She resided in Shadyside, Ohio until she completed high school and moved to the East Coast. She met and married her first husband, Colin Raymond Gallagher and had the first three of her four children: Linda Gallagher, Sharon Hill, and Patsy Hargett. 

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Ruth K. “Patty” Schmidt, 85

Three years have passed, but within our hearts, the one we love is never really gone - In spirit and memory her legacy lives on.

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Laurie Wack, 21

Laurie Ann Wack died June 19, 1983 at the age of 21 via injuries suffered in an auto accident in which she was a passenger.

Hard to believe how much we continue to miss her beautiful face and her sparky personality. We will always feel the pain of her loss and imagine what her life would have been among us.

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Alice May (Denham) Eckenroth, 85

My mother was born October 29, 1919 in New Bedford, Massachusetts and had resided in Rhode Island in Bradford, Kenyon, Wood River Junction and Carolina before spending the past 25 years in Westerly.

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