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Delores Imler, of York, Pa. (mother of Beverly Wertz), is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, limited lung capacity and pneumonia. Prayers are appreciated.

Michael Smith of Mounds, Okla., is recovering from a broken bone in his foot.

Mary Morelli, 80, of Rhode Island suffers with heart failure and pneumonia.


Charles Ray Black, 74, of Big Sandy, Texas, passed away March 19, 2012. Mr. Black was born Aug. 15, 1937, in Canton Texas. He was a retired coach, teacher and building contractor.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Cathy and Alan Jones of Hawkins, Texas, Cindy and David Martin of Lindale, Texas, Janet and Peter Gordon of Boca Raton, Fla., and Julie Black of Frankston; son and daughter-in-law Carl and Kelley Black of Round Rock, Texas; 11 grandchildren; a brother, Randall Black of Tyler; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara Black; and siblings. His friendliness, hospitality and generosity are greatly missed by all who knew him.


Gary W. Vance, 64, of Tulsa, Okla., passed away March 17, 2012, after a short illness. He was born Oct. 8, 1947, in Chicago, Ill., to John C. Vance and Barbara Smith Vance. Gary married Susan C. French on March 15, 1973. She preceded him in death in 2007. Gary was an entrepreneur by nature and owned Big Red Sales, Cowboy Pete's and Sunbelt Truck & Equipment. He was a college-football fanatic and an avid conversationalist.

Survivors include his son, Gary W. Vance Jr. of Tulsa, and his brother John C. Vance III of Kalispell, Mont., along with several nieces, nephews and friends including employees. Donations may be made in Gary's name to the American Cancer Society. See an article Gary wrote on page 3 of issue No. 146 of The Journal, dated Dec. 20, 2011.




Susan Irene Quincer, 62, of Pasadena, Calif., passed away on June 2, 2011, at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena with her family at her side after a brief illness. Born Susan Irene Rethford Dec. 8, 1948, in Renton, Wash., to Paul Robert and Capitola Rose Rethford, the family moved to Blue Springs, Mo., where Susan spent her early youth on the family farm. Orphaned by the age of 13, she lived with many families in the area from her church until graduating from high school. In 1966 Sue moved to Pasadena to attend Ambassador College. An amazing woman with a generous and joyous spirit, Sue loved God and was devoted to the daily study of His Word. She loved her home, music and art, was an outstanding cook and was always finding ways to care for those around her. Susan's beautiful spirit, sense of humor, infectious laugh and dimpled smile are greatly missed every day.

Susan is survived by her husband, Dick; daughters Jennifer (Erik) Strom and Allison Quincer; and siblings Paul (Thelma) Rethford, Gary (Mary Ellen) Rethford and Nancy Baley. Her Illinois family includes brothers-in-law James (Alice) Quincer of Malta, Ill., Mark (Sandy) Quincer of LaSalle, Ill.; and sister-in-law Bonnie Caswell of Clare; along with many nieces and nephews. By her request Sue was cremated. On June 25, 2011, hundreds of family and friends gathered in Pasadena for a wonderful afternoon to remember Susan Irene Quincer and to celebrate a life lived well.


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