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In Memoriam
Carl P Sharp
In Memoriam

Carl P Sharp

January 1, 1921 - January 26, 2002

Carl Ray Sharp, a native of English, IN, and Glendora resident since 1954, passed away January 26, 2002, at the age of 81. Mr. Sharp was a lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in the 101st Airborne as a glider pilot in Europe. As an Irrigation Engineer, he organized Rainbird International in Europe and held several patents. A charter member (1956) of the Rotary Club of Glendora, he thoroughly enjoyed his 46 years of Rotary membership and held the distinction of being a Paul Harris Fellow.

Mr. Sharp had served as president of American Field Service, an exchange program for foreign students, and hosted numerous students in his home for their year of study in the United States. He is survived by his loving wife, Liette; sons, Alain (Bobi) of Spring Valley Lake, Paul (Rune) of Columbia, MO, and Jeffrey (Margie) Sharp of San Dimas; daughters, Liliette (Jock) McGraw of Huntington Beach; Sylvia (Bill) Valencia of Las Vegas and Christina (Jamie) Earl of Glendora, Lorraine Grindstaff of Pasadena; brothers, Melvin of Lake Chelan, WA, John and William of Boulder City, NV and Curtis Sharp of Las Vegas; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Glendora Rotary Charities, P. O. Box 776, Glendora, CA 91 740 or Carl Sharp Memorial Fund, c/o Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 102, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

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Robert R. Bean

Robert R. Bean

December 14, 1915 - September 17, 2001

Robert R. Bean passed away on September 17, 2001, at age 85 of complications of Parkinson's disease. Loving husband of Shirley; adored father of Barbara, Stuart (Nancy) and Richard (deceased) Bean; cherished grandfather of Meghan, Erin, and Ryan. Surrogate father to devoted nieces Bonnie Schumann and Nanci Hiller. Devoted brother of Ed Bean. He is also survived by many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends. Services 1 PM, Thursday, at Mount Sinai Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations will be welcome in memory of Robert Bean to Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74 785 Highway 111 Indian Wells, CA 92210 Suite 208

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Carl Diedrich

Carl Diedrich

March 15, 1915 - July 31, 2001

Carl Diedrich, who developed a coffee roaster bearing his name and whose business later evolved into a chain of coffeehouses, died on July 31 at his home in Costa Mesa, Calif. He was 86. The cause was complications from Parkinson's disease, Mr. Diedrich's son Martin said.

Mr. Diedrich was born on March 15, 1915, in Magdeburg, Germany. He received a degree in mechanical engineering from the Technische Hochschule in Berlin. After graduating, Mr. Diedrich worked as an engineer for the Ford Motor Company in England and other locations in Europe.

In the early months of World War II, Mr. Diedrich enlisted in the German army, where he served as a spotter in an artillery unit. Shortly after the end of the war, he worked for a year as an apprentice at a coffee roaster in Naples, Italy. In 1947, Mr. Diedrich rejoined Ford as an engineer and worked there until 1951, based in the Middle East, where he continued to study the art of making coffee. He then held a series of jobs including college professor, marine biologist, and construction foreman.

In the mid-1960s, Mr. Diedrich and his grandmother went to Costa Rica to try to reclaim a coffee plantation from the government that the family had lost during World War II. They were unable to accomplish that, but Mr. Diedrich was able to meet with coffee growers and became a joint owner of a coffee plantation in Guatemala.

A few years later, he moved with his family to a 40-acre coffee plantation in Guatemala. While growing coffee beans, he developed a new coffee roaster. Mr. Diedrich moved with his family to Costa Mesa in 1962. He rented a one-car garage, where he used his hand-crafted machine to roast coffee. In the beginning, Mr. Diedrich gave away bags of beans, but when more people started to show up he decided to charge for the product.

As the business blossomed, Mr. Diedrich moved his headquarters to a strip mall. From 1972 to 1982, he drove a van seven to eight times a year to Guatemala to take care of the coffee plantation. Mr. Diedrich retired in 1985, the year his son Martin bought the business and expanded the focus from roasting to brewing coffee. There are now 370 Diedrich Coffee stores in 37 states and 11 countries

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In Memoriam
Marilyn Egerstrom
In Memoriam

Marilyn Egerstrom

January 1, 1921 - July 20, 2001

Marilyn Adell (Brunsell) Egerstrom, 71, Kansas City, Mont., passed away Friday, July 20, 2001. Funeral services were held. Tuesday, July 24 at D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Chapel, Kansas City, Mont. Burial in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Parkinson Resource Organization of Palm Desert, California.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Egerstrom of the home, sons, Tom Egerstrom, Lee’s Summit, Mont., and Mark Egerstrom, Manhattan Beach, Calif., daughter, Debra Murphy, McCall, Idaho, brothers, Donald Brunsell, Monticello and Marvin Brunsell, Annandale, sister, Deloris Kaufert, Monticello, grandchildren, Taylor, Matthew, Christopher, Andy and Elizabeth Egerstrom and Brook, and Jesse Murphy.


Mrs. Egerstrom was born in Silver Creek and a graduate of Annandale High School. She enjoyed summers at the cabin on Clearwater Lake. She was a member of the Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran Church, Hillcrest Country Club, Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif., past president of A.F.S. and owned and operated the Guides and Gals from the mid-70s to the early 80s.

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Bella Lipson Schreiber

Bella Lipson Schreiber

March 9, 1912 - June 17, 2001

Schreiber, Bella (Belle) Lipson Born March 9, 1912, Philadelphia, PA; died June 17, 2001, in Boise, ID. Services to be held at Beth Olam Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica, Blvd., Hollywood, CA, Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at 12:30 PM. Her parents were Julius and Rosa (Leshner) Lipson. A graduate of Polytechnic High School in LA in 1930, she married Jacob (Jack) Schreiber Aug. 29, 1937; they remarried on their 50th anniversary in 1987. Lived in the Los Angeles area until 1993 when they moved to Boise. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, PTA President, active in Cheerful Helpers at Cedars Sinai. Instilled a love of arts, theatre, ballet, opera in her children. Excelled at flower arranging and table decorations. Was "hostess with mostest" for family gatherings and new year's day celebrations. She loved to travel with her Jack; she was his "princess." A wonderful wife, and mother who cared deeply for all her family. Survived by daughter, Dorothy Ann Snowball, Boise, ID; son and wife, Jules and Gail Schreiber, San Diego, CA; grandchildren Rick, Randy, Dan and Melissa Snowball, Boise, ID, Ruth Schreiber, Glendale, CA, Beth (Jeff) Licha, San Diego, CA, 4 great-grandchildren, brother Sam (Sydelle) Lipson and many loving nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, husband Jack, two brothers, a sister, and brother-in-law.

Donations can be made to Parkinson Resource Organization, 74-090 El Paseo, St. 102 Palm Desert, CA. 92260.

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Fred Schenirer

Fred Schenirer

September 18, 1922 - June 3, 2001

Schenirer, Manfred (Fred) Died on Sunday, June 3, 2001 at home. Fred was born on September 18, 1922 in Vienna, Austria. He came to the United States by way of England and Bolivia, and arrived in Los Angeles in 1946. Married to Elaine for 50 wonderful years, he is survived by his children, Sandra and Howard Einberg, and Jay Schenirer and Bina Lefkovitz, and four grandchildren, Jennifer, Davita, David and Noah, and his cousin and friend for life Moshe Meisels in Israel. The family is forever grateful to Luis Quinery, who tenderly cared for Fred these past three years. Fred was a kind soul who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hadassah Southern California (310-479-3200) or Parkinson's Resource Organization (1-877-775-4111). Services will be held at Hillside Memorial Park on Tuesday. June 5, 2001 at 12 (noon). Hillside Mortuary (800) 576-1994.

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In Memoriam
Walter Edward Smith
In Memoriam

Walter Edward Smith

January 1, 1930 - April 26, 2000

Walter Edward Smith, a retired Orange County judge, has died after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 70. Smith died last week. He had retired on disability in 1979. Born in Kingston, N.Y., Smith moved with his family in 1944 to California, where he graduated from Compton Junior College and UC Berkeley.

In 1958 he opened a law practice in Anaheim, later moving his office to Orange. From 1963 to 1967, he served as a trustee of the Fullerton Union High School and Junior College District and, later, as a member of the North Orange County Junior College District board.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Smith was a judge for the Orange County Municipal Court. In 1972, Gov. Ronald Reagan appointed him to a seat on the Orange County Superior Court.

Smith, who lived in Monarch Beach, is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley Boone Smith; daughters Alison Smith Fay and Kimberly Smith Fix; and grandsons David Matthew Fix, Ryan Christopher Fix, Thomas Nicholson Fay, and Matthew Edward Fay. Also surviving him are a sister, Dorothy Baker, and a brother, Victor H. Smith.

A memorial is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Newport Center United Methodist Church, 1601 Marguerite Ave., Corona del Mar. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Resource Organization, 73-700 Elf Paseo, Suite 2, Palm Desert, CA 92260-4323.

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In Memoriam
Frank Kowalski
In Memoriam

Frank Kowalski

May 2, 1926 - June 3, 1999

Frank Kowalski, an industry veteran who began as a child actor and later served as a script supervisor and screenwriter, died June 3, 1999, in Panorama City, following a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 73.

As a youngster, Kowalski acted in several Warner Bros. films including "Angels With Dirty Faces" in 1938.

Following his acting career, Kowalski worked in the film industry in various capacities including as a script supervisor; he also wrote several screenplays.

Survivors include his wife, Emma; a daughter, a granddaughter; two brothers, and a sister.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Parkinson's Resource Organization in the name of the Frank Kowalski Memorial Respite Fund, 73-700 El Paseo, Suite no.2, Palm Desert 92260.

 

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David Dunay

David Dunay

December 10, 1923 - March 20, 1999

DUNAY-David. Passed away March 20, 1999. Educated at the George Washington High School in New York City, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. His career began as Visual Presentation Manager at Lord and Taylor in New York. He proceeded to Neiman Marcus, Rich's, and the Hecht Co. He was President of Creative Services at the May Company in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife Patricia Hunter Dunay of Los Angeles, two daughters, Alexia Dunay of New York and Nicole Dunay Calloway of Trumbull, CT, and two grandsons Max Dunay Calloway and Lucas Dunay Calloway. Memorial services will be held at Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA at 3:00 pm on March 23, 1999. Donations may be sent to the Children of Parkinsonians, now Parkinson's Resource Organization 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Bjorn Kjellstrom

Bjorn Kjellstrom

September 9, 1910 - August 26, 1995

Bjorn Kjellstrom, who founded the company that makes the most popular compass in the world and later introduced the sport of orienteering to North America, died Saturday in a hospital in Stockholm.

He was 84 years old. His family said he died of complications of Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Kjellstrom (pronounced SHELL-strum) was born in Sweden and became a national champion there in ski orienteering. The low-cost sport involves the use of a map and a compass to move quickly over unknown forest terrain from one control point to another. Competition is on foot in warmer weather, on skis in the winter.

When he began, compasses had no restraints to keep the needle from swinging. In 1932, he, his brothers Alvar and Alvid, and Gunnar Tillander invented the Silva System (Silva is the Latin word for forest). It combined a compass with a protractor built into the base.

Their invention made it faster and easier to use and read the compass. The protractor baseplate allowed users to take more accurate bearings from maps. The brittle magnetic needle stopped moving in the compass liquid within four seconds as opposed to up to 30 seconds in older compasses.

In 1946, Mr. Kjellstrom came to the United States and started the Silva Compass Company in LaPorte, Ind. In 1948, he founded Silva Ltd., in Toronto. Johnson Wax bought the American company in 1973 and the Canadian company in 1985.

A spokesman for the Johnson Worldwide Associates in Racine, Wis., said more than a half-million Silva compasses were sold in the United States annually, making it the industry leader. The compass is made in 50 models. More than 25 million have been sold, mostly to hunters, campers and the military, helped by such marketing slogans as "Read this or get lost."

Mr. Kjellstrom's 1955 book, "Be Expert With Map and Compass" (MacMillan, revised 1994), has sold more than 500,000 copies in English-language editions. It has also been published in French, Italian and Chinese.

He was a shrewd businessman. Just after World War II, he started selling Silva compasses to Canadian stores for $3, with the stores to re-sell them for $5. When he arrived at the Eatons department store in Winnipeg, he learned the 100 compasses they bought were selling slowly, so they had put the 80 remaining compasses on sale for $2 each.

"Without identifying myself at that stage," he recalled, "I offered to buy their entire stock for $1.50 a compass. Then I went more or less around the corner to a couple of sporting-goods stores, not customers as yet, and sold the compasses to them for $3 net."

He introduced orienteering to the United States in 1946 and co-founded the United States Orienteering Federation in 1971. He later became the organization's president emeritus. He helped bring the 1993 orienteering world championships to Harriman State Park near West Point, N.Y. He was vice president of the International Ski Federation from 1951 to 1979.

Since the 1950's, he had lived in Pound Ridge, N.Y., where he helped develop the trail system in the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

He is survived by his wife, Kathi Kjellstrom of Pound Ridge; five children, Dr. Bjorn Kjellstrom Jr. of Trosa, Sweden; Dr. Tord Kjellstrom of Geneva, Laila Kjellstrom of Edinburgh, Rolf Kjellstrom of Stockholm and Carina Elgin of The Plains, Va., and eight grandchildren.

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74785 Highway 111
Suite 208
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Local Phone
(760) 773-5628

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Updated: August 16, 2017