20 October 2021
Audrey R. Bixby 1926-2021 Au d r e y R. Bixby, 95, a resident of Mutual 5 for 29 years, passed away peacefully on Oct. 6. She was surrounded by love from her family. Audrey was born in Oakland, on Feb. 13, 1926, and graduated from Highland School of Nursing in 1947, beginning a lifetime career in the field. In 1954, she and her husband, Vert Queener, (divorced 1962), and their two daughters moved to Long Beach from Richmond. Audrey worked as a nurse at two area hospitals, becoming a head nurse in the geriatrics department at Community Hospital Long Beach. She later became an instructor of nursing at Long Beach Community College and retired after teaching 16 years there. Audrey enjoyed the outdoors and could be found sunning poolside at home, in her garden or playing tennis. Her interests included playing bridge; attending live theater; and traveling internationally and nationally, including going LW excursion trips. She served with the American Red Cross for several years and delivered Meals on Wheels for 20 years in the Belmont Shore area. Audrey is survived by her two daughters, Kathy Mohr (John) of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, and Connie Queener Peck of Signal Hill; and her grandsons, Brian Mohr (Ashley) of San Francisco and Tyler Mohr (Lacy) of Boston, Massachusetts. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Ruth Roggenbuck; her brother, Melvin Roggenbuck; and sisters, Lorayne Hizer and Everesta Gay Bowers. Per Audrey’s wishes, her ashes are to be scattered off the Seal Beach Pier in the Pacific Ocean by the Neptune Society.
Gloria Plotkin 1929-2021 Gloria Plotkin was born on July 21, 1929, in New York, and died on Oct. 7, in California. Her funeral service and burial was held on Oct. 10 at the Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park, with Rabbi Eric Dangott officiating. Gloria’s family says she was a thoughtful and caring person and a bright light and a shining star. She will forever be missed. Rest in peace, you beautiful spirit. “ADONAI, You are my shepherd; I shall not want. You make me lie down in green pastures;You lead me beside the still waters. You restore my soul; You lead me in straight paths for Your name’s sake. Yea, though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You set a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Eternal forever,” (Psalm 23).
13 October 2021
Frances Leona Johnson 1928-2021 Frances Leona Johnson was born Oct. 31, 1928, at 7:30 a.m. in Hatton, North Dakota to Vigo and Ragnild Onstad. Frances married her husband of 71 years, Wallace Johnson, not long after World War II on Dec. 3, 1949, in the Mission Church of Balaton, Minnesota. She lived with and loved him up to the time of her peaceful passing, in her home on Sept. 18. Frances was strong and ambitious. As a teenager, she harvested potatoes in the blistering heat of Minnesota and North Dakota summers. As a young woman, she beat polio. Frances had two sons, and after they finished school, she worked several jobs outside the home and ran her own successful rental cleaning business. Frances was a Bible Study Fellowship discussion group leader and teacher for many years and had a tough time retiring because the women really loved her. Frances also reviewed and critiqued papers for a prison Bible study group for many years. One of Frances’ favorite things to do, besides traveling to new and interesting places, was singing. Frances and Wally sang hundreds of times over the last 25 years for the Leisure World Baptist and Pentecostal churches, as well as The Salvation Army. Frances and Wally, along with friends and relatives, went on many cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, the Mediterranean and through the Panama Canal and took many trips to countries such as Norway, Sweden, Russia, Germany and Israel. They also drove their camper up to the Alcan Highway to Alaska and to most National Parks. Frances loved to cook big Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners for her family and friends. Holidays and birthdays were special occasions, and she always went out of her way to make everyone who attended feel special. Frances also loved to read, her Bible mostly, but a good mystery was always on the list. Frances embodied the verses out of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, “Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Frances leaves behind her husband, Wally; her two sons, Kim and Tab; their wives, Pam and Sarah; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and countless friends, who all know she is with her savior and Lord, Jesus, who was born, lived a sinless life, died for her and their sins, and was raised again, which gives them the sure and present hope that they will see her again.
Catherine Cecelia Berres Tautges 1939–2021 Catherine Cecelia Berres Tautges died peacefully in Los Alamitos on Sept. 11. She was 81 years old. Catherine is survived by her spouse, David; their six children; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was born in Milwaukee and lived and served as a music minister in various churches in Wisconsin and Illinois. Catherine was also active in the VFW Auxiliary Post 327 in Seal Beach. She will be missed by her family and her numerous friends and colleagues. Catherine’s funeral Mass was on Oct. 13 at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Los Alamitos.
06 October 2021
29 September 2021
Robert James Dominick Robert (Bob) James Dominick , a resident of Mutual 2, died peacefully in Long Beach, California, at the age of 88. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated from Northeastern University, receiving degrees in both mechanical engineering and business administration. Bob served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. He married the love of his life, Mary E. Gallagher. Bob worked for General Alloys Corporation in Boston and then was transferred to California, where he served as president and general manager of Hanford Foundry in San Bernardino. He was a member of the Seal Beach and Navy Yacht Clubs in Long Beach. Bob loved boating, and was also an avid water skier, snow skier, golfer and an accomplished artist. He loved traveling, and dancing and was an amazing cook. He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Mary; their three sons, Michael Dominick (Trisha) of Huntington Beach, Richard Dominick (Liz) of Redlands, and Thomas Dominick (Deborah) of Redlands; daughter, Cynthia Blake (Robert) of Anaheim Hills; grandchildren, Eric Dominick; Ryan, Jared, Heather, Brittany, Tyler, Bradley, Hannah and Owen Dominick; Nicole Hofer, April Selecky and Renelle Leach; and great-grandchildren Kira, Lincoln and Maverick Dominick. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Dominick, and by his brothers, John and William Dominick. A Celebration of Life service for Bob will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Seal Beach Yacht Club, 255 N. Marina Dr., Long Beach.
22 September 2021