Esther
Esther Katheryn Mason Brown (Ochs), a long time resident of Glendora, CA passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at Pomona Valley Hospital, Pomona, CA following a short illness; she entered into her Heavenly home. Esther was born in Wolf Point, Montana on March 21, 1925 and has resided Glendora since 1960. Her mother's family emigrated from Germany to Turtle Lake North Dakota in the early 1900's where the Presser family homesteaded the area around Turtle Lake. A Lutheran church and a family cemetery were also established there by the family. Many, many cousins and their family members still live there and enjoy the fellowship of summer family reunions every five years as hundreds of relatives from all over the United States, Canada, and Germany have gathered in Turtle Lake over the past 20 years or more. The Presser brothers from Oberstaufen Germany, Karl and Adi Presser, always attended the reunions regularly and brought a special joy to the cousins who attended. Esther's family also lived on a farm in Vida, MT for a time and supplemented their income with the sale of milk from their dairy cows. As a small child it was her job, along with her brother Mickey who lead the horse and plow in the field while she dropped the peas they were planting. They also owned and operated a restaurant in Terry, MT for a while before moving to Redondo Beach CA in the early 40's. Several of her younger sisters graduated from high school in Redondo while the older ones graduated in Terry. She previously lived in Duarte CA and retired from Thrift Drug Stores after a long career. She also lived in Covina during the late 50's and worked at Giannini Corp. in Pasadena; during the war years and in the early 50's she worked at Douglas Aircraft. Esther's personal interests mostly included spending time with her friends and grandchildren. She enjoyed having dinner on Friday evenings with her friends Bob and Doris Lee and others for many years who were part of the 'Friday Night Dinner Group". She played piano at a small church on Grand Avenue in Glendora for many years. She also 'called Bingo' during a time while living at Heritage Oaks in Glendora. She also had a passion for collecting Indian dolls in their native costumes, coffee mugs from her travels, and was known for her extensive array of Turquoise jewelery she collected and wore. Esther was very fond of country western music and Barry Manilow songs. She is survived by sisters Lu Mason (Drake) from Everett, WA, Viola Mason (Goodale) from Billings, Montana, and Lisa Mason (Mrs. Sam Owen) from Los Gatos, CA; and a sister-in-law Sue Schafer of Council Grove, Kansas. She leaves six children: Lynda Brown (Mrs. John Neitz) from Bullhead City, AZ; Esther Brown (Smith-Fenton) from San Bernardino, CA; Mike Brown and wife Rose from Norwalk, CA; Wanda Brown (Mrs. Mike Falls) from Lancaster, CA; Danny Brown and wife Teri from Eagle Rock, CA; and Katheryn Ochs (Mrs. Evan Schut) from Patterson, CA. She is also survived by the following grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jeffrey Allen Neitz and his children Lexi and Jake of Las Vegas, NV; Brian and Tracy Neitz and their children Rebecca and son Atrayu, Dustin and son 'little D', Aaron, Kayle, Breanna, and Jacob of Kingman AZ; Maria (Smith) and Roger Fugit and their children Stephanie and Katie of Glendora, CA; Terri (Smith) and Esean Morris and their daughter Britnie Strickland of Highland, CA; Matthew Brown of Phoenix, AZ; Kelly (Brown) and Mark Ashton and their daughter Teagan of Cave Creek, AZ; Sheena Falls of Lancaster, CA; Mark Brown and Jennifer Brown of Eagle Rock, CA; Kristin Brown and her son of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Sadie, Ethan, and Ewan Schut of Patterson, CA. Esther was also survived by the following nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews: Mr & Mrs Chris Sundahl of China; Chris' daughter Sheila Davis (Mrs. Patrick) and their child Dakota of Longview, WA; Jeanne Sundahl of San Diego, CA; Doug and Joan Wilson and their children and grandchildren, Bruce and Patty Wilson and their children and grandchildren, Mark and Kay Owen and their children Scott, Elizabeth, and Jay of Boga Raton, FL; Kent Owen and his partner Bill Cooper of San Jose CA; Terry Drake of Everett WA; Heather Knowles of Everett WA; Margie (Unnerstall) Peckham and her children Kevin and Angie of San Jose, CA; David Unnerstall, Santa Barbara, CA and his children Jaime (Unnerstall) and her husband Sung Cho and their children Brandon and Sammie; and son Chad and his Stephanie Bobby Joy Dedrick of Lancaster, CA; Emily Unnerstall and her daughter Hailey of Lancaster CA and Clariece Unnerstall. Also, Chuck and Jackie Mason of Las Vegas, NV; Rick Mason and his children Wendy (Mason) and Kevin and their children; and Brett and Stacy Mason and their children. Nieces and Nephews on the Brown side of the family include these: Ken and Pat Morris of Grass Valley and their children and grandchildren; Ron and Nora Morris of Lake Elsinore; Cherie (Morris) Eide and her children of Santa Cruz, CA; Chuck and Sue Brown and their children of Thousand Oaks, CA; Barbara (Brown) and her son Matthew of Durango, CO; Bruce and Jill (Schafer) Chance of Wichita, Kansas; Ron and Joyce (Schafer) Morgan and their children of Shoreham VT; Phill & Kathy (Morris) Palmquist and their children of Huntington Beach CA. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Minnie Mason who owned and operated the Redondo Beach Hipodrome on the pier during the late 40's and early 50's. It was a popular establishment at the time for skating and dining. Also, her brother Charles and his wife Dorothy and son Jerry Mason from Lancaster, CA; her sister Margaret and her husband Ted Sundahl from Santee, CA; and her sister Irene Unnerstall Herchkorn and her husband Larry who lived in Lancaster, CA. In addition, sister-in-laws Helen Brown and her husband Jack Morris from Long Beach, CA; Marie Brown from Emporia, Kansas; and brother-in-law Howard and Betty Brown from San Luis Obispo, CA; Donald Drake and his daughter Nancy Knowles also passed away. 3 Great grandchildren also preceded her in death. Family and friends will gather for services to be held at Pacific Crest Cemetary in Redondo Beach, CA on Thursday, December 10th, at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by a crypt side service at 11:30 a.m. The address is 2701 West 182nd Street at Inglewood Avenue in Redondo Beach. Family and friends are invited to share memories and letters of remembrance during the services. Please use this website, www.LAfuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories and obtain directions to services.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. We were friends for many years and I have a lot of wonderful memories of fun times we had together. She will be missed.

  2. We are one with the family in this time of grief. “A loved one is a treasure of the heart and to lose a loved one is like losing a piece of yourself. But the love that this person brought you… did not leave, for the essence of the soul lingers. It cannot escape your heart, for it has been there forever…”–D.Burton

  3. We are saddened by the death of your mother. We enjoyed her visits back to North Dakota for the Presser Family Reunion. We have wonderful memories of this very sweet lady. Our loving sympathy is extended to all of her family. You are in our prayers –

  4. “May you find peace and comfort in knowing that your grief is shared by so many. Your mom will be sorely missed. God bless you and your wonderful family. “

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