PONG will be missed by so many from the Big Bear Valley, including this editor, E T Russell.
A gathering in memory of Puangmanee Neatherlin, known to her
friends as Pong, will be at Pong’s Restaurant.
Wednesday March 4th at 12:00 Noon, friends can
join her family for a service and lunch of Pong’s Favorites.
Donations are greatly appreciated, to help with expenses.
was very saddened to lose our friend Pong,
I have been supporting her Sushi since she was in the Get The Burger
Bldg. For years a group of ladies met at Pong’s every Thursday to eat
after Aqua Exercise at a local B & B. Lois Briley, our friend and
cohort would take our orders and the food would be waiting when we
arrived. Pretty Sweet! Lois and Pong shared many years and birthdays
together. We all trotted down to Aqua Caliente for black jack on the
social side, including her sister, Alie who will be devastated by the loss of
Pong. We will all miss her smile and good nature. Pong
loved her husband Ed, her dogs, family and her family. Pong
will be missed by us all! Barb Willey
was a neighbor to my mother for many years and a dear friend of our family.
Pong was a hard-working business
woman who served our community for over 30 years. She and her husband Ed
worked together until his death, and then Pong continued to work tirelessly to
keep their business going. She was a kind person, neighbor, and
friend. We appreciate her and all that she contributed to our community,
and we will surely miss her! With love from the Hunter and Shaffer families
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UPDATE: Official Press Release from theSan Bernardino County
Coroner Case #701501729. On 2-26-15 at 11:11 AM, emergency
personnel responded to a residential fire in the 40000 block of Fox Farm Road
in Big Bear Lake. During a search of the
residence, firefighters located Puangmanee
Neatherlin, a 71 year old resident
of Big Bear Lake, and removed her outside. She was
subsequently pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. An autopsy will
be performed to determine the cause of death. The San Bernardino County
Sheriff Department Bombs and Arson Division is investigating the
incident. [022715 1315]
Thursday morning February 26th, shortly before 11:15 A.M. Big Bear Sheriff deputies and Big Bear Fire emergency personnel
responded to a report of a house on fire in the 42000 block of Fox Farm Road,
in Big Bear Lake.
Information was received that someone may have been inside
the residence at the time of the fire. Emergency responders arrived on scene
within a matter of minutes of being dispatched to the call.
Fire Fighters forced entry through the back door of the two-story
residence and located an unresponsive female inside the house. Immediate rescue
efforts were made; however, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The structure fire was contained mostly to the basement area
of the house with minor damage to the first floor. There was extensive smoke
damage throughout the residence. Firefighters worked quickly and efficiently to
extinguish the fire.
The San Bernardino County Coroner responded to the scene, as well as personnel
from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Bomb and Arson Division. As a matter of
protocol, the Bomb/Arson Division of the Sheriff’s Department responds to fires
involving fatalities. The victim’s identification and cause of death will be
determined and released by the Coroner’s Office.
Multi-agency response to this incident is a coordinated effort
of the Big Bear Sheriff personnel, Big Bear Fire, the Coroner and the Bomb and Arson
Division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Many residents and
observers at the structure fire know the owner of the Fox Farm Road residence and
Pong’s Restaurant located on Big Bear Boulevard to be the same person. An update will be posted when positive
identification is confirmed by the San Bernardino County Corner.