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Publisher Dan Teckenoff Editor Dennis Kaiser 0tlllice MaNier Jennifer Leonhardi THURSDAY GATHERING 7P1'4 Accounting Judy Murray - ADVERTISING DISPLAY CLASSIFIEDS " LEGAL ADS Subscriptions Editorial Letters to the editor Obituaries 101 MARILLA #6, AVALON, CA 90704 [ (310) 510-0500 I FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 1 (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree NO. 377598, Date of '--.dl.'PJ Adjudication: Oct, 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon. CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islanbe[ are copyrighted by The Catalina islander. NO part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION DEADLINES Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday I Display Adver- tising: 2 p.m. Tuesday i Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday ] Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Ode Year Subscription: Catalina .............................................. $39 MainJand ............................................ $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $SO/year Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Paul Anthony Shonafelt dies SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING THE CHURCH, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATAUNA AVE Paul Anthony Shonafelt, Ava- lon High School graduate of 1939, died Sept. 17, 2011. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Chapel of the Ris- en Christ in Holy Cross Cemetery, 5838 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City. He is survived by his wife, Connie, five children, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: Shonafelt moved to Avalon with his parents, Paul Buell and Mary Stokes Shonafelt and their two older children in 1929 at age 9 from Ventura, having been born in Twisp, WA. They had followed Mary's sis- ter and her husband, Harriet and Lorenzo Watson, who was a fore- man at the quarry. Shonafelt's parents purchased a two-story house at 316 Sumner Avenue for $4,000 for the family, keeping it until his mother Mary left the Island in 1961, at the urg- ing of her eldest son, Austin. Many Islanders still remember Mary who died in 1972. Austin's daughter, Barbara was , born in that house, but Shonafelt was the only member o/" the im- mediate family to go to school in Avalon and graduated with the class of 1939. Shonafelt spent his forma- tive years in Catalina, hunting goats, diving for coins, boating Do we have photos of you or your friends and family?. our facebook page to find _Tt006 NEWSPAPER and was an active member of the Boy Scouts and Catalina Swim Club. He worked numerous sum- mer jobs, including taking tickets at the Casino for the Big Bands in exchange for admission and es- pecially for Gene's Photo Studio making picture post cards while gaining a life-long passion in pho- tography. His father, Paul Sr.,was care- taker at the Bird Park and was an air raid warden in Avalon during World War II while Paul Jr. was in the Amphibious Corp of the US Navy helping to retake Guam. His mother, Mary, managed the grill at the restaurant at the Coun- try Club, made salads to sell out of the butcher shop at Hoovers Grocery Store on Catalina Avenue (where you could buy GOAT jerky for five cents), belonged to the lo- cal Red Cross, American Legion Auxiliary, Avalon Bridge Club and St. Catherine's Parish. Shonafelt remembered engaging in many hijinx with his friends including Norm Perluss. One not planned was that he may have been the first person on the Island to have been run over by a car, driven by Gud- mund "Goody" Hall, AHS Class of 1931. Then there was Chuck Ginnett's initiation into the Swim Club. Be- cause'at the time Chuck was a non-swimmer, they hauled him through the ocean with a rope and a row boat. He also remembered the hay rides to Little Harbor and the time they found Indian artifacts on Sumner Avenue when new sewer lines were being installed. One In- dian bowl was put in the crotch of a eucalyptus tree at the far south- west comer and left there so the tree grew around the bowl and eventually enveloped it. He continued lifelong friend- ships-he made on the Island, attend- ing the Catalina Reunions at Bixby Park in Long Beach, keeping in touch with Noel "Satch" Turner who now lives in Matin County but grew up at Middle Ranch, Alfonse "Smash" Bermudez and "Speed" Hampton. "Speed" was in the AHS Class of 1934 and was the last name' spoken by Shonafelt, causing the family to humorously wonder if "Speed" was escorting Shonafelt to the pearly Gates. SECONDARY BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT Avalon Middle and High School ,Back to School Night" will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. All parents are encouraged to attend this informa- tive evening without their children. "Back to School Night" will begin with a parent meeting at 5 p.m. in the auditorium to be introduced to Avalon's new principal, Angelica Gonzalez. Along with some im- portant school updates, parents will be voting for members of the School Site Council. If you are interested in serving on the School Site Council please contact the office to have your name included ori the ballot. Fol- lowing the meeting in the audito- tium, parents are invited to visit their Child's classrooms and meet with their teachers. Also avail- able in the library throughout the evening will be assistance in sign- ing up for SchoolLoop, an on-line tool used to monitor your student's grades and assignments: We hope to see you there. Before you go back i to the mainland.., take a little Catalina with you. T00(3 Subscribe Today. @g00flLll00fl ISI0000]BDEB P.O. Box 428 Avalon, CA 90704 Tel: (310) 510-0500 Fax: (310) 510-2882 2 i Friday, September 30, 2011 THE CATALINA ISLANDER