Obituaries Sept/Oct 2014 The Desert Sun, Palm Springs CA – Barfknect; Barth; (Boim) Berg, Brandi

William Howard (Bill) Barfknecht (1930 – 2014)

Published in The Desert Sun from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28, 2014

 William Howard (Bill) Barfknecht passed away quietly Friday evening, Sept. 19, 2014 after losing his battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 84. Bill was born Aug. 3, 1930 to Fritz William Barfknecht and Cena Rose Sutter in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. He grew up in this small town and attended Flambeau High School where he ran track. He graduated in 1949. As a youth, one of his first jobs was as a fire watcher for the Forest Service. He also picked green beans, which seems to account for his lifelong dislike of the vegetable. As a hobby he built model airplanes and crystal radios. In 1950 he joined the United States Air Force where his hobbies were transformed into a lifelong career. As a trained aircraft radio repairman he was sent to war in Korea where he worked on F-80 fighter jets. His time in the Air Force took him and his family all over the world. In fact, he had children born in Texas, Alaska, Italy and France. In 1963 he was transferred to then March Air Force Base near Riverside California. From then on, he did the moving while the rest of the family stayed put. These moves included a tour in Vietnam, a tour in Japan, and an assignment with Aerospace Command at Vandenberg Air Force base near Lompoc, California, among others. He retired as a Master Sergeant in 1970. With children still at home, Bill, sought work after the Air Force. He also tried his hand at domestic chores. Some of his “experimental” dinners will never be forgotten. Eventually he landed a job as a communications technician with San Bernardino County. He worked there for 18 years and retired just as he reached the age where his Social Security kicked in. He was extremely proud of being a “triple dipper.” Shortly after the passing of his wife, Dolores Barfknecht, he moved to Lebanon, Oregon. There he spent 20 years fishing, carving wood, studying the stars, camping, building radio receivers from scratch, watching birds and enjoying life. He was an active member of the Lebanon Moose, Elks, the American Legion, and was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He had many friends in Lebanon and he really enjoyed his time there. In 2011, after a bout with cancer, he moved to Indio, California to be closer to family. He and his patch jacket quickly became known around town. Bill was an extremely likable man and he loved to talk to people whether he knew them well or not. If he had an opinion on something, you could bet it would not be long before you heard it. And, there were very few subjects on which he did not have an opinion. He loved to laugh and he loved to joke.
Bill was preceded into death by his brother Ray of Fresno, California, and his sister Marion of Vancouver, Washington. He is survived by son Craig of Nuevo, California; his son Mark (Minerva) of Indio, California; his daughter Galyn of Oxnard, California; and his son Bill of Norfolk, Virginia. He also left behind eleven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, a great friend, and a loving companion and he will be sorely missed.
A memorial gathering will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at Indio American Legion Post 739, 44200 Sun Gold St, Indio, CA 92201. Internment will be at the National Cemetery in Riverside, California, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation the America Legion Post 739, at the above address.

Harrison Valentine “Harry” Barth died

 Published in The Desert Sun on Oct. 1, 2014

Harrison Valentine Barth
Harrison Barth (Harry), 82, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died September 22, 2014 in Palm Desert, California. Harry was born in Flasher, N.D., on July 4, 1932 to Harriett and Valentine Barth. When he as a boy, his family moved to the state of Washington, where he graduated from Lake Stevens High School. Upon graduation he entered the US Navy and served in the Korean War. Harry was blessed with four sons, Harrison Jr., Thomas, James and Steven with his first wife, Evelyn Ramsey, and four stepchildren, Nanci, Bill, Michael and Robert Kosten with his second wife, Gwen Kosten. Harry and Gwen made their home in Yakima, Washington, before they relocated to the Palm Springs area.

Harry was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for more than 43 years. Upon becoming clean and sober, he began a new career as a drug and alcohol counselor. Later, he and Gwen co-founded Barth Clinic, which he directed until his retirement. As a devoted member of AA, a counselor, and a friend, Harry showed hundreds the peace and happiness of sobriety and the value of taking it one day at a time. With his cherubic face, infectious smile, and genuine laugh, Harry brought joy to all who knew him. He asked that a memorial service not be held, but rather that those who knew him gather together to celebrate his life.

Millie (Boim) Berg died Sept. 16, 2014

Millie Berg, 86, of Palm Springs, Calif., died Sept. 16, 2014, in Grass Valley, Calif., of natural causes. She was born June 8, 1928, to Allan Boim and Lilliam Boim in Los Angeles. She married Dave Berg on Jan. 5, 1947, in Los Angeles. She was a loyal and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Ladies of the Nobles of the Palm Springs Shrine Club.
She is survived by her husband, Dave Berg, of Palm Springs; sons Robert Berg of Nevada City, Calif., Richard Berg of Lake Elsinore, Calif. and Aaron Berg of San Diego, Calif.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Private services will be held. The family suggests that donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, Los Angeles.
Published in The Desert Sun on Sept. 24, 2014


Louis Rudolph Brandi  died Sept. 8, 2014

Published in The Desert Sun on Sept. 26, 2014
Louis Rudolph Brandi Louis Rudolph Brandi, 85, of Palm Desert, California, passed away on Sept. 8, 2014, in Palm Desert ,California. He was born July 29, 1929, to Rudolph Brandi and Lena (DeFeleice) Brandi in Port Morris, New Jersey. Louis married Marjorie Jean Enos on Dec. 5, 1950, in Mountain View, California. He served in the U.S. Navy from April 1948 to April 1952 as a RM3. He served as the Vice President of Bank of America, Palm Desert, for over 30 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the American Veterans Association.

Louis is survived by his sister, Mary Borum of northern Maryland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Jean Brandi. Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, with a 10:30 a.m. Rosary and an 11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment will be private. FitzHenry-Wiefels Palm Desert has been entrusted with arrangements. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:
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