Runa Coen, of South Laguna Beach, died on Aug. 24 of natural
causes. She was 86. She had been an accountant for the Laguna Beach
Unified School District.
Mrs. Coen is survived by her husband, James; son Scott; daughter
Suellen Coen; and two grandchildren. Services will be private.
Melvin Erger, a 38 year resident of Laguna Beach, died Sept. 6. He
was 86. Mr. Erger suffered from Alzheimers Disease for the past six
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth, and two grown
children, Steven of Holland and Kathryn Gorup, (Denny), of Laguna
Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Valhalla
Memorial Park, 10621 Victory Blvd. North Hollywood.
Tommy Basaker of Laguna Beach died Sept. 10 in his sleep after a
long battle with cancer. He was 39.
Mr. Basaker was a life-long Laguna resident and graduated from
Laguna Beach High School in 1981.
He is survived by his children, daughter Dakota, 10, and son Max, 9 and his mother, Dallas.
There will be a ceremony to celebrate Mr. Basaker's life at 3 p.m.
today at the Downtown Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church. There also
will be a pot luck gathering at Alta Laguna Park at Top of the World.
In lieu of flowers, send any donations to the Tommy Basaker
Memorial Fund, Fidelity Bank, 310 Glenneyre Street, Laguna Beach,
Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Margretta
(Gretta) Cooper Gee passed away on Sept. 11 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She was 88. She had been ill for several months and was staying with
her daughter, Betty Gee Kelly.
Mrs. Gee was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland on Oct. 24,
1913. Her family moved to Toronto, Canada in 1920. She married Harold
Frederick Gee on February 25, 1932 in Essex County, Ontario. They
later moved to Laguna Beach in 1939.
Mrs. Gee was a long-time hostess and waitress at the historic
Victor Huge Inn at Laguna Beach. Her husband, Fred operated a
beachfront barber shop. He served in the U.S. Army during World War
II following which the family became American citizens.
She is survived by her daughter Betty Kelly of Salt Lake City;
three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great
grandchildren; her sister Millie Gall of Oakville, Ontario and
numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceeded in death by
her parents, James Cooper and Margaret Ann Bowden, one sister, Alice
Cooper and three brothers, Robert, Edward and Samuel Cooper all of
Mrs. Gee will be buried at the Riverside National Cemetery with
her husband. There will be a family graveside service on Sept. 16 at
Hilgenfeld Mortuary in Anaheim. In lieu of flowers the family
suggests a contribution to Care Source Home Health and Hospice
Center, 1624 E. 4500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117; or to the
American Heart Assn.