John David Snyder
John David Snyder, 56, of Ventura, died
unexpectedly in Ventura the week of Sept. 15, 2002. He was born June 6, 1946, in Spokane,
Wash., and lived in Oak View for two years before moving to Ventura.
Mr. Snyder was a graduate of the University of Idaho, and attended
and taught at San Francisco City College. His hobby was working
on the computer.
He is survived by his son, David Joseph Snyder, of Pacifica,
Calif.; parents Joe and Bernadine Snyder of Ojai; and brothers
and sisters Stephen J. Snyder, M.D., of Encino, Calif., James
M. Snyder of Portland, Ore., Mark F. Snyder of Los Angeles, Calif.,
Mary K. Frankum of Ridgefield, Conn., Philip C. Snyder of Glendale,
Calif., Anne Perri of Portland, Ore., Joan Snyder of Oregon City,
Ore., Alan G. Snyder of Portland, Ore., and Suzenne Seradwyn
of Burlington, Vt.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.
at Clausen Funeral Home in Ojai, with Father Michael McFadden,
Memorial contributions may be made to Help of Ojai, or to St.
Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home
Joan Van Beusekom
Joan Van Beusekom, 79, of Ojai, died
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002. She was born June 24, 1923 in New
She was a lifelong member of the Theosophical Society community
and the Liberal Catholic Church to which she dedicated much of
her time and energy.
She moved with her family to the Netherlands during the Depression
and was present in Holland during the Nazi occupation where she
actively helped her father who was a leader in the Dutch resistance.
Together with her family she saved many Jewish people from deportation
to concentration camps in Germany.
She lived in Seattle for many years where she raised her children,
graduated from the University of Washington, and taught high
school French and German.
She met Hein Van Beusekom in the late 1940s at the Liberal Catholic
Church and then introduced him to the Theosophical Society and
the Round Table. This meeting was to change their lives. After
each raising separate families and spending years apart, they
became reacquainted and were married in 1977 and lived on Orcas
In 1990 they moved to Ojai when Hein was appointed resident head
of the Krotona Institute.
She is survived by her husband, Hein Van Beusekom, of Ojai; children
Mark and Pearl Ray, both of Seattle, Wash.; and her siblings.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the
Liberal Catholic Church of Our Lady and All Angels, 1502 E. Ojai
Ave., with Bishop William Downey officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDermott-Crockett Mortuary,
Elsie R. Chambers
Elsie R. Chambers, 77, of Oxnard, died
Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002 in Ojai of a long illness. She was born
Sept. 15, 1925 in Minnesota.
Mrs. Chambers worked at Point Mugu Naval Base for 40 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Foster, and grandsons
Bobby and Eric Foster, all of Oxnard; sister Elaine Brake of
Ojai; brother Bob Cookson of Fontana, Calif.; and many nieces
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Chambers.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. at
Ivy Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, with interment immediately following.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home,
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