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Patricia Ann Elbers: 1933-2015

Patricia Ann Elbers was born March 27, 1933, in Schurz, Nevada, to Frances Leah Brown, mother, and George Brown, father. Pat lived in Round Valley most of her younger years growing up with her two brothers, Kenneth and George, and sisters, Bette and Polly. She attended Round Valley School. Her and her siblings rode to […]

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Obituaries: Harold Butterbredt, Wenda Holland

Harold Wayne Butterbredt, Sr. “Sooky” passed away unexpectedly on February 16, 2015 at the age of 48. Harold was born on November 26, 1966 in Bakersfield, CA. After spending part of his childhood in Nevada and Coleville, CA, Harold moved to Bishop, CA in the late 1970s where he attended elementary and high school. Harold […]

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Carl Dondero

Carl Dondero: 1932-2015

Carl Dondero was born on October 10th, 1932 in Lee Vining/Mono Lake, CA and passed away February 13th, 2015 surrounded by his family.  He was raised in Yosemite, CA Indian Village. Throughout his childhood growing up in Yosemite, Carl enjoyed the outdoors while also learning his Paiute culture.  As a teen he attended Stewart Indian […]

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Don Franklin: 1946-2015

Don Franklin passed away on February 6th, 2015 at his home in Chalfant, CA after a lengthy battle with colon cancer. Don was born in Los Angeles, grew up in southern California, graduating from Gardena High School in 1963.  He spent most of his working career in the industrial laundry, linen supply business, rising to […]

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Sue Conn

Sue Carolyn Conn: 1931-2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long time Bishop resident Sue Carolyn Conn on February 7, 2015.  Sue was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was born January 23, 1931 to Erma and Tom Beal. She married the love of her life Richard (Dick) Conn in 1950, not […]

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Lewis Gene Ebersole: 1933-2015

Lewis Gene Ebersole, a Bishop resident for the last 29 years, was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Melvin Lewis Ebersole and Katherine Hershey Ebersole. At home he began his life-long passion for books and had an almost photographic memory for what he read. He died Friday, February 6th, at Northern Inyo Hospital after a brief, […]

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Shirley Blumber

Longtime Mammoth resident Shirley Blumberg dies

Shirley Blumberg, the first chairperson of the Mammoth Lakes Planning Commission, died on January 30 at age 91. She and her husband, Myron Blumberg, began visiting Mammoth in the early 1960s, when there were three chair lifts, two T-Bars and some rope tows. They purchased a condominium in the early 1970s and then built their […]

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Benett Kessler: An appreciation

By Andrea Tetrick Today, February 3rd, is Benett Kessler’s birthday. She would have turned 66 years old. I had the privilege of working for Benett for a time, beginning in 2004 when Sierra Wave was known as K-DAY. She was extremely generous with her knowledge and encouraged me to report on any topic I chose, […]

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Big Pine’s Cleo Miles dies at age 104

Long-time Big Pine resident, Cleo Ava Miles, age 104, born in Floyd, Iowa on September 20, 1910, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on January 20, 2015. At the age of 18, Cleo moved from Iowa to Southern California to attend the UCLA School of Business where she met […]

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‘Slim’ Mather: 1922-2015

Clarence F. Mather passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends, leaving sons Peter and Kim. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta. Clarence, widely known as “Slim”, taught military pilots to fly during World War II, was a physics and science teacher, a world-renowned free flight airplane competitor, an avid […]

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