Obituaries of Kearny Teachers
Dorothy J. SAN DIEGO -- Dorothy J. Campbell passed from this earth on
February 26, 2013, was born in Drumrite, Oklahoma, on December 6, 1922.
She lived in Oklahoma, Toledo, Ohio, and San Diego, California. Dorothy
graduated from Toledo, University in 1944 and moved with her parents to
San Diego soon afterward. She worked at various jobs here until she
started her teaching career in the early 50s, teaching physical
education and home economics at Montgomery/Kearny
Jr./Sr. High School and at Crawford High School. She was
a counselor at Hale Jr. High School, and finished her career with
fourteen years as a vice-principal at Einstein Jr. High. Dorothy was
predeceased by her parents, Alvin and Ella Campbell, her sisters Ida
Holewinski and Leona Leslie, and by a nephew John Holewinski. She is
survived by her nieces and nephews, Barbara Leonard, David Leslie,
Dennis Leslie, Anita Smith, Dorothea Exarhos, and Pat Davis. She also
leaves great-nieces and nephews, Derek Leslie, Dan Leslie, Angela
McGibney, Sandra Leonard, Scott Leonard, Ben Mistretta. Vincent
Mistretta, Jason Ramirez, and Marissa Ramirez and great, great nieces
and nephews. Dorothy will be well-remembered by her good friends and
neighbors, her caregivers (Ora Rodgers and Carol Miklavic) , and her
family. Services have been held.
Published in U-T San Diego on March 21, 2013
FIERRO, 77, long time resident of San Diego passed away
November 20,1995. He is preceded in death
by beloved son Leonard Fierro Jr. Survived by loving wife Mary, dear
children Elissa Collins (Tim), Gilbert Fierro, grandchildren Maria
Williams, Monica Collins, Tim Collins Jr., Leonard Fierro III, Mario,
Lisa, Carri & Rosina Fierro, 6 great grandchildren. Visitation Sun.
2-8 p.m. Rosary 6 p.m. both at Goodbody Mortuary. Mass Mon. 9 am at Our
Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery
GOODBODY MORTUARY 582-1700
Born in El Paso, Texas, Mr. Fierro spent
72 of his years in San Diego. He attended San Diego High School and
earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from San Diego
He served in the Army during World War II
and received the Purple Heart after he was wounded by shrapnel.
Mr. Fierro, whose parents immigrated from
the Mexican state of Chihuahua, started his teaching career at Kearny
High School and transferred to Clairemont High in 1959. He taught
history and government. An activist in the Chicano movement during the
1960s, he helped develop an English as a Second Language curriculum for
San Diego Unified School District.
His efforts were partly funded by the
federal government since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 required schools
to better address the linguistic needs of non-English speakers, said
Alberto Ochoa, a colleague. "He traveled throughout California
assisting school districts that needed to comply with the federal
mandates," said Ochoa, a professor at San Diego State.
In 1968, Fierro began working at a center
for English as a Second Language that was located on National Avenue.
Ochoa said it was one of the first of its kind. The center later moved
to San Diego State, as did Mr. Fierro, becoming an employee of the San
Diego State Foundation. Mr. Fierro helped establish the Association of
Mexican-American Educators (AMAE). He also was a key founder of the
local Chicano Federation, Ochoa said.
Since retiring in 1987, Mr. Fierro had
been interviewing local activists in the Latino community for a book,
which he was almost ready to begin writing, Ochoa said.
"He was documenting the voices of
those who came before us," Ochoa said. "What's going to happen
to that document?"
DEWEY JUDY, 104, explained his longevity by saying he was in limbo:
not quite ready for heaven and too good for that other place. So he
settled for being on hold. "I'm sure lucky I can handle myself pretty
well yet,” he told the Sunnyvale Sun last May.
Mr. Judy, a former educator in East County and San Diego, whose life
spanned parts of three centuries, died of pneumonia Saturday at Kaiser
Medical Center in Santa Clara, two months shy of his 105th birthday.
After living in San Diego County for more than 75 years, he moved from
La Mesa to Sunnyvale last year to live with his son, Harold.
Unencumbered by any senior stereotypes, Mr. Judy did his part to
redefine the parameters of age - thanks in part to largely good health
and a zest for adventure. A lifelong fisherman, Mr. Judy at 100 reeled
in a salmon off the coast of San Francisco that weighed more than 35
pounds. "I had my hands around him, keeping him steady, but he ended up
bringing it in, "his son said. "It was the biggest fish caught on the
boat, the Wackie Jackie, that
Mr. Judy went turkey hunting for the first time at 90, shooting a bird
after one of his grandsons put him on a hunting stand in a town outside
San Antonio. "He just asked for one shell and that's all it took," his
Mr. Judy toured Alaska at 96, and drove until he was 99. At 65, he
earned a pilot's license, primarily so he could share flying duties with
his son-in-law, Winfield Imel. “They flew all over the western U.S.
together," his son said. "Dad continued to fly for six or eight years."
Most days found Mr. Judy walking five minutes on his treadmill and
performing strengthening exercises on a pulley he attached to a door.
His biggest indulgence? A slice of cherry pie for dessert, sometimes
topped with ice cream.
Mr. Judy was born May 12, 1898, in Potomac, IL, and raised on land his
parents homesteaded in Garden City, Kansas. Horses provided the
transportation and kerosene lamps were used for lighting.
. During World War I, while enrolled at Bethany College, he joined the
Student Army Training Corps. "Before he finished the program, the war
ended and he was mustered out," his son said.
Mr. Judy finished his under graduate work at San Diego Normal School,
the predecessor of San Diego State College. He later earned a master's
degree in education at the University of Southern California.
He began his teaching career in 1926 at San Diego High School and taught
from 1927 to 1938 at Grossmont High, specializing in business courses.
He left Grossmont to teach adult education at night at Hoover High. The
pay was better at night school - $2,300 a year compared with the $1,800
he earned at Grossmont, he told the East County Californian last year.
During World War II, he taught civil defense courses at the request of
the city of San Diego. His last teaching post was at Kearny High, from
which he retired in 1959.
In the mid-1930s, Mr. Judy served a term on the La Mesa City Council. He
also served on La Mesa's parking and planning commissions. His council
term coincided with the political career of local legend Ben Polak Sr.,
a La Mesa mayor for 12 years and councilman for 16.
For all the time he spent in a classroom, Mr. Judy was an outdoorsman at
heart. He hunted duck and deer, camped and backpacked for most of his
adult life, keeping his once-6-foot frame lean and fit at about 160
Mr. Judy owned a home in La Mesa from 1934 to 1990 and lived in
Grossmont Gardens, a senior’s residence, before moving to Sunnyvale. "He
kept his mind active by reading about current events," his son said. "He
handled his own finances and fixed his own breakfast (cooked cereal,
orange juice and toast) and lunch (usually cottage cheese, toast and
milk) each day."
Mr. Judy could attribute his long, healthy life in part to genetics. His
mother, Fanny Judy, died at 107. His father, Charles E. Judy, died of a
stroke in his 70’s.
He was married 58 years to Irene Finn Judy, who died in 1984. His second
wife, NovaLee Phelps Dickenson Judy, whom he married in 1985, died in
1995. She had served on the board of deacons at Central Congregational
Church of La Mesa, where Mr. Judy donated his services as auditor.
In addition to his son, Mr. Judy's survivors include his daughter,
Dorothy L. Imel of Lancaster, Pa.; sister, Reba Morrison of Topeka,
Kan.; five grandsons; and 17 great-grand-children. A memorial service is
scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday at Central Congregational Church, 8360
Lemon Ave., La Mesa. Donations are suggested to the La Mesa Historical
Society or a charity of choice.
CATHERINE FITZGERALD RISTY passed from this world on October 19,2005,
after a mercifully quick course of cancer; that night a bright star fell
from the heavens. She was born on February 26, 1918, to Anne Murray
Fitzgerald and Maurice Fitzgerald. Irma grew up in Gardner,
Massachusetts, with her sister Alma and brother Edward, graduated from
Middlebury College, and taught at private schools in New England before
moving to San Diego during World War II. She was an engineer at
Consolidated Aircraft, where she met her husband Don, whom she married
on April 9, 1944. They lived in La Jolla, Ocean Beach, and Pacific Beach
until the birth of their only child, Donald, in 1953. Two years later,
they settled in the house she lived in for the next 50 years, near San
Diego State College, where she earned a Master's degree in mathematics.
After the war, Irma joined the San Diego City Schools and taught
Mathematics at Kearny, San Diego, and Point Loma high
schools, also coaching a long run of champion math teams. Later, as a SD
Community College traveling instructor she taught Calculus at Crawford,
Morse, Hoover, and Point Loma. After her retirement in June 1983, Irma
was active in the SD Chapter of the California Retired Teachers
Association, serving as Treasurer for 15 years, and she was especially
proud of managing its college scholarship fund for many years.
Throughout her life Irma enjoyed swimming, sewing, playing the piano,
reading mysteries, and watching sports (particularly tennis, basketball,
and golf), and she was a long time fan of the Chargers and the Padres.
She loved everything about living in San Diego and treasured the view
from her cabin on Palomar Mountain, but above all, Irma's most enjoyable
fun was playing Bridge with her groups of cherished friends -- she was
everyone's favorite partner. Irma was bright, cheerful, industrious, and
unselfish, and she was exceptionally kind and generous to family,
friends, students, neighbors, and strangers. She was a devoted caretaker
for her husband Don before his passing in April 1998. She also was a
wonderful, doting mother and grandmother who took special delight in
hosting breakfasts for her family and visitors at the Big Kitchen in
South Park. Irma is loved and missed by her son Donald and his wife
Susan (in San Diego), granddaughters Christy Mach (a campaign finance
director in Boston) and Jinna Mach (a Special Education teacher in
Arlington, Virginia), and grandson Nicholas Risty (a Camp
Pendleton-based Marine Corps Lance Corporal deployed in Iraq) -- as well
as her extended family of co-grandparents Ken and Lois Frahm, plus Chuck
Mach and his father Ed (in Phoenix), her many local friends, and
generations of students.
DELPHINE DELIGHT SMITH died on
January 10, 1979 in San Diego, CA
Miss Smith, Dean
of Girls, held the position of "chief trouble shooter" for every senior high girl, by being "head keeper" for the Girl's League, and the Dianas. Miss Smith makes her made her headquarters in the
office where anyone was welcome to drop in and say hello.
TRENFEL, born February 12, 1917 and died on February 9, 1967 at
the age of 49.
for Jacqueline Trenfel, a Point Loma High School language teacher,
aviator and former commander of the Civil Air Patrol here, will be
held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Pacific Beach Mortuary.
Miss Trenfel 49, of 4776 Baird St. died
Thursday in a hospital, She was a native of El Cajon and a lifelong
county resident. She was a graduate of San Diego State and
earned a master's degree in history from the University of California
at Berkeley and also studied in France, England and Germany.
She began her teaching career at San Diego
High School at the age of 20, was on the faculty at Kearny High School
from 1941 to 1957, and taught at Point Loma High since 1957.
A pilot 19 years, Miss Trenfel joined the
Civil Air Patrol in 1950, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In
1964, she became commander of San Diego County operations of CAP, an
Air Force search and rescue organization. In 1960 Miss Trenfel
was selected California CAP wing "Woman of the Year". She
retired from the CAP in 1965 because of ill health.
Survivors include her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. William Trenfel of El Cajon, and a brother, George an automobile
dealer of La Jolla.
known as "Mr. Science Fair" to generations
of San Diegans, died Thursday, May 30, 2002 at his home in Loma Portal.
He was 91.
believed that, given the proper stimulus, students could find science as
compelling and exciting as he did.
While teaching at Kearny High School in
1954, he organized a competition for young, creative minds that became
an international model: the Greater San Diego Science & Engineering
The cause of death was heart failure,
said son-in-law Chuck Persons.
For the past 48 years, Mr. Weisbrod was a
regular at the San Diego event, attending his last one in March at
Balboa Park. He saw it grow from about 120 entries to 750, reinforcing
his confidence that students would respond if they "found out they can
do something for themselves that is productive, constructive and
In 1978, his decades of contributions to
science education resulted in the Distinguished Service to Science Award
from the National Science Teachers Association.
After launching the Greater San Diego
Science & Engineering Fair with the help of the late Bryant Evans, a
former San Diego Union science writer,
Mr. Weisbrod became a teacher consultant in the city schools'
gifted-child program. From 1957 to 1967, he served as a science
For the next four years, he directed
international science fairs as coordinator of the Science Services
organization in Washington, D.C.
"It would be impossible to say with any
degree of accuracy just how many hundreds of thousands of young science
and engineering students throughout the world have benefited from the
dedicated service of Howard Weisbrod," said King Durkee, president
emeritus of the Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair.
Mr. Weisbrod left the San Diego Unified
School District in 1971 to serve as environmental education coordinator
and consultant for the county Department of Education. He later served
nearly two years as chairman of the education and activities department
of the San Diego History Museum.
Mr. Weisbrod, a native of Lake County,
began his teaching career in 1942 at Redlands High School after
graduating from the University of Redlands.
In 1943, he joined the faculty at Kearny,
where for the next 13 years he taught biology, botany, physiology and
When he arrived at Kearny, it was in its
third year as a junior-senior high school. For the previous two years,
all classes had been conducted in bungalows on horseshoe-shaped
Ingersoll Street in Linda Vista.
Mr. Weisbrod, who had worked in landscape
gardening before studying science at the University of Redlands,
directed landscaping for a campus on Ulric Street.
A decade later, in 1953, Kearny's 10th-,
11th-and 12th-graders moved to the high school's current site on
Wellington Street. The Ulric Street site became the nucleus for what
today is Montgomery Academy.
A former Boy Scout, he remained active in
Scouting circles during his teaching career. He once took six Boy Scouts
to Washington, D.C., stopping to see the sights along the way. "Those
Scouts remained his friends for life," Persons said.
Mr. Weisbrod also was active in First
Presbyterian Church of San Diego, serving as a Sunday School teacher and
His wife, Dorothy, for whom he had been a
care giver for 11/2 years, died in April.
Survivors include a daughter, Marion
Weisbrod Persons of San Diego; a son, Donald of Bosnia; a sister, Helen
Moore of Sacramento; a brother, Kenneth of Long Beach; six
grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service is scheduled for 12:30
p.m. June 9 at First United Methodist Church, Mission Valley. Donations
are suggested to the music program at the church or to the Greater San
Diego Science & Engineering Fair, P.O. Box 120191, San Diego, CA 92112.
Kay Bryan wrote on
5/30/02: I saw Mr. Weisbrod at the retired teachers luncheon in
April. Talked with him for some time. (He even remembered me!) His
wife was in the hospital at that time. At that time he was sharp as a
tack and surely didn't appear to be over 90. I followed him out of
the parking lot - He was still driving. He also said that Virginia
Mashin and Mr Sipple where still alive.
WELNETZ - R.O.T.C.
Instructor at Kearny High was born on March 23, 1919, and died
on May 1, 1961.
Obituary: May 2, 1961 in the
Antigo Daily Journal
Leo P. Welnetz, 42, who was
discharged four months ago after 23 years in the U.S. military
service, was drowned yesterday afternoon while fishing in Moose
Lake eight miles southeast of Antigo.
Mr. Welnetz had gone to fish in
the lake where his brother Nick of 1022 Seventh avenue has a
summer cottage. About 6:30 last night Nick Welnetz went to the
place to do some work on the cottage. He saw his brother's
automobile in the yard, and then noticed an overturned boat
about a block from the cottage.
The anchor of the boat was out
and fishing tackle was found with the grapple hook used by
authorities. The body was found about 500 feet from the
overturned boat and about 100 feet from the north shore of the
Mr. Welnetz was born March 23,
1919, in Antigo, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Welnetz He
was graduated from St. Hyacinth's Catholic (grade) school and
Antigo High School with the class of 1937. On Dec. 1, 1939, he
enlisted in the Marines, serving with Company B, First
battalion, Sixth regiment, Second Marine Division.
During world war two he saw
action in the South Pacific, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan and
Tinian. He was discharged a gunner sergeant Sept 22, 1945 and
returned to Antigo. He enlisted in the Army at Chicago Sept.
27, 1948 and served in the Korean conflict. He was discharged
Jan 1, 1961 at Fort Riley, Kansas.
He never married. His parents
reside in Antigo. Also surviving are two sisters and six
brothers. A brother died in 1944. Burial will be in Soldier's
Circle in Antigo Cemetery.
The above information
was provided by Frank Welnetz, the nephew of Leo
Welnetz. Frank was also the Godson of Leo.
Frank was born in San Diego at Camp Callen Army
Hospital while his father was in the Army.
Frank's father and mother, were originally from
Antigo, WI. After Frank's dad went overseas to the
Pacific, his mother traveled back to WI where they
lived until he graduated from high school.
Leo was the 3rd child of
10 born on Frank's dad's side of the family and was
raised in Antigo, Wisconsin. Frank remembers him as
stern but fair man who didn't back down from
anything or anyone. Coincidently, he taught Frank
how to shoot a Remington Nylon 66, 22 rifle that he
gave to him when he was in high school. After his
death, Frank received Leo's car, a brand new Chevy
Corvair, to practice his driving and take his
drivers license test in.
ELWYN RICHARD ZALOUDEK died on 09/21/1982 in San Diego, CA