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JOE VOCI Joe Voci died on July 13. He was born on Feb. 11, 1922 in an Italian neighbor- hood of South Philadelphia. He traveled to California for a boxing match, and vowed to return. A man by the name of Chuck O'Connell, invited Joe to come out to Catalina as his guest for a day. He stayed on the Island, working as many jobs as he could, and marded 11na Saucedo on October 5, 1949. Joe worked at the Rock Quarry tor 30 years until his retirement. HiS home on the comer ot Sumner and Beacon was a ~bute to his collecting interests, from electric trains, tools, music of the 40's and 50's, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra to an array of Catalina memorabilia. His love extended also to Avalon dogs, that would follow him anywhere for one of the treats that filled his pockets. A celebration of his life is planned for February 4, 2012. TERRY DENNIS BEADLE Terry D. Beadle was born in Glendale. In the early '60s the famj!y settled upon Avalon as their home, and Terry graduated from Avalon High School with the class of 1967. He entered the Air Force after his graduation, and while in the service, marded his wife, Mary C. Hemandez Beadle, on August 14, 1971. They had two children. Terry was very involved in the Uons Club, worked for the Conservancy as a ranger, and for the Post Otlice. H=s regular tall-time JOb was serving as tire chiet of the Avalon Fire Department. He retired in 2003 after 32 years of service. After ;etidng he and Mary traveled for about eight years until the need for them to stay closer to home and his doctors became apparent. On June 15, 2011 (after waiting more than nine years) he received his much needed new liver. Despite all of his l)rogress and recovery Tern/died after an unexpected fall on Monday, Sept. 12. MONSIGNOR CYRIL NAVIN Monsignor Cydl Navin died Fdday, June 24, 66 years to the day after he was ordained a Roman Catholic pnest. Many islanders will remember him as the pastor of St. Catherine's parish from 1967 to 1971. Navin was born in Ireland on July 7, 1921. The church sent Navin to serve the archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1946. He came to Catalina in 1967 dudnK the summertime. Although he was stationed in Avalon, he would perlorm Sunday Mass on the sand ot Ben Weston Beach, tlown there by the Sheriff's Department helicopter. The kids of Avalon loved him. He was also an avid fisherman and spent a lot of time f~hing in the Middle Ranch area. He was relocated to St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Encino in February 1971. However, Navin's connection to the Island and the people he had known there did not end with his transfer. WE REMEMBER... Josephine "Jo" Marin Josephine Reyes Marin, "Jo," a life- long resident of Avalon, died Aug. 26, 2011 in Torrance. She was 97. Born May 1, 1914 in Wilmington, California to Panfilo and Asuncion Reyes, she met and married Frank Matin, a well-known barber, on the Island where they enjoyed danc ing to the big bands in the Casino ballroom. Frank also worked as a Stevedore, and tragically died in a work related accident Jan. 31, 1943. Young and widowed, Jo moved into the family home on Tremont Street with her father Panfilo and brother Silky who helped Jo raise her two young daughters, Marina and Vir ginia. A devout Catholic, she is best remembered as a woman tiny in stature but large in her faith. Jo was the final surviving member of the Reyes family whose roots on the Island date back to 1902 when her father Panfilo fi~t came to Catalina. Ricky Hernandez Raquel Hernandez died sud denly on November 4 at Avalon Hospital. She was 81 years old. Raquel made a life in Avalon and touched the hearts of every- one she met. Rarely did you leave a conversation with "Ricky" with out a smile on your face. She was married to Odie Hernandez Sr. for 50 years. They worked and lived in Avalon, raising their chil dren Olivia and Odie Jr. She is survived by her daughter Olivia and her sister Cookie and neph ews Chris and Greg. Raquel was involved in many worthy causes in Avalon over the years and gave her time and energy to help others. In lieu of flowers, find a cause you are passionate about and give selflessly in Ricky's memory. Ricky personified all that is right with Avalon. She will be missed. Donald E. Kruse Donald E. Kruse, age 81, passed peacefully with his family at his side as he lost his battle with cancer. Don began his career at First Federal Savings and Loan in Alhambra and retired after many wonderful years as a Harbor Pa trolman in Avalon. Don's lavorite days were spent with his tamily sailing, spending time in Avalon and enjoying his pool. Walk-in flu clinic Gayley Suzanne Moore Gayley Suzanne Moore died on Monday, June 27, 2011. She was born and raised in Sacramento. Growing up, Moore and her sister Michele (Bestudik) spent their summers with their parents in their tamily home on Catalina Island. Moore descended from early Island settlers, the Whittley family, who first came to Santa Catalina Island in 1850. Widowed at a young age, Moore loved family visits to the Island, sharing her favorite spots; Lov- ers Cove, the Casino, Descanso Beach, Country Club (where the lamily home used to be) and the walk up to the Memorial Gardens. Moore was known for her love and generosity. Paul Anthony Shonafelt Paul Anthony Shonafelt, Avalon High School graduate of 1939, died Sept. 17, 2011. He moved to Avalon with his parents, Paul Buell and Mary Stokes Shonafelt and their two older children in 1929 at age 9 from Ventura. Paul was the only member of the immediate family to go to school in Avalon. He worked numerous summer jobs, including taking tickets at the Casino for the Big Bands in exchange ibr admis- sion and especially for Gene's Photo Studio making picture post cards while gaining a life-long passion m photography. His Iather, Remembrance, Page 11 Tuesday, Nov. 1 1:3o - 4:3o p.m. Two Harbors Baywatch Station Call 31o-51o-oo96 for appointments. Walk ins welcome. Available out-patient services include: General preventative care Well-child checks Minor wound care On-site laboratory work including: Urinalysis Hemoglobin Phlebotomy (blood draws) Island Medical Center P.O. Box 156~. lOO Falls Canyon Road Avalon, Calif. 90704 (31o) 51o-o7o~ Appointments (31o) 51@oo95 www.CIMedicalCenter.org 1rile CATALINA iSLANDER Friday, December 30, 2011,9