Vivian Dalpiaz

Vivian Dalpiaz Vivian Dalpiaz, 94, of Ridgecrest, went to be with the Lord on June 4, 2013, after a massive stroke while in the Ridgecrest Health Center.

Services will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at 10 a.m. at Holland & Lyons Mortuary, with graveside services to follow. Pastor Greg Rickets from the Ridgecrest Calvary Assembly of God Church will officiate. A reception will be held at the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge, 201 E. Church Ave.

Vivian was burn Sept. 5, 1918, in Purdin, Mo., to Francis Marion Tattershall and Nellie Cassity. Vivian lost her mother at the age of three, and her family moved to Colorado. She had many great memories of growing up with her two sisters, Claire and Nellie, brother Orlen, and three half-brothers, Floyd, Verl and Shorty.

She was mostly known in Ridgecrest as the wife of Fred Dalpiaz, Jr., who retired from the Navy. Both of them managed the China Lake Bowl from 1964 to 1968. In 1968, Vivian and her husband were involved in building what is now called Hall Memorial Lanes at China Lake. Vivian was an avid bowler for many years, bowling in many state and national women’s tournaments with her many lady friends through the years. In 1970 Vivian and Fred ventured off the base to the Ridgecrest Bowl, which they operated until 1975 when Fred became ill.

Vivian and Fred enjoyed square dancing, traveling, mixed-league bowling and, above all, their children and grandchildren. Their travels often took them to where they grew up, in Canon City and Florence, Colo.

Vivian had a great life with family and friends. She also had a great friend for many years, Brandy, her miniature poodle. She picked up on Kobe Bryant some years back and became an avid Lakers fan.

She is survived by her daughters, Sheron Anderson and husband Robert of Ridgecrest and Patty Brown and husband Larry of Nevada; son Ken Dalpiaz and wife Juanita of Ridgecrest; grandchildren Trisha Bertholf of Washington, Debbie Enriquez of Ridgecrest, Danny Ray of Santa Margarita, Shane Dalpiaz of Ridgecrest and Chris and Jeff Brown of Nevada and nine great grandchildren, whom she loved very much.

Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, who died in 1978.

The family would like to thank the Ridgecrest Health Center for taking care of Vivian and at the same time being her friend. She loved everyone who helped her these past eight months and appreciated the compassion all of you have for your patients.

Submitted by the family of Vivian Dalpiaz

Story First Published: 2013-06-12