A Service of Remembrance for Ronald S. Wu, M.D., will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m., at the Vallejo Drive Seventh-day Adventist Church, 300 Vallejo Drive, Glendale.
Dr. Wu passed away in his home on Sept. 8, 2020, following a long, heroic battle against lung cancer. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Glendale.
A public memorial service was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Wu was born in 1941 on the island of Gulangyu, near the coastal city of Xiamen, China. He graduated from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, California in 1968.
For nearly half a century until his retirement in June 2017, Dr. Wu helped deliver more than 20,000 babies at Adventist Health Glendale. A highly respected specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, he dedicated his practice to helping women with difficult pregnancies and deliveries.
Dr. Wu is survived by his wife of 52 years, Georgiana; daughters Roxanne Wu and Crystal (Bryan) Simpson; granddaughter Eryn Wu Simpson; brother Gary Seng Hock Wu; and many other relatives.
Due to current pandemic conditions, CDC COVID-19 guidelines will be followed at the service, which will also be livestreamed on graceunconditional.com/ronaldwu.
Former La Cañada resident Robert “Bob” Hakman, 87, died peacefully on September 21, 2021, at his Altadena home.
Bob was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 29, 1934, to Jack and Julia Hakman. He developed a love of theater and musicals from a young age, performing plays with his brother and neighborhood friends. Continue reading “Robert ‘Bob’ Hakman | Obituary”
George Patrick Cummings, Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on September 22, 2021, at the age of 97. He was born on January 31, 1924, in Plainfield, New Jersey. He was the second oldest child and the eldest son in a family of eight children.
Upon graduating from Dunellen High School, he joined the Navy in 1943. He trained in Virginia and Rhode Island and was then assigned to the U.S. Battleship New York as a radioman during WW II. While in the Navy, he served in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was honorably discharged in January of 1946. During his time in the Navy, he was awarded three medals: the U.S. Navy Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two battle stars, and the WW II Victory Medal. Continue reading “George P. Cummings, Jr. | Obituary”
Susan Marie Whitesel was born on August 15, 1929, and passed away on September 17, 2021. She lived a long, full life during her 92 years.
Susan was born in Columbia, Missouri, to Thomas and Alice Kent. She grew up in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Minnesota. In the spring of 1940, she was crowned a princess at the Memphis Cotton Carnival. She was a registered nurse and graduated from Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis in 1950.
Susan was a loving wife to her husband of 60 years, Kenton. Continue reading “Susan Marie (Kent) Whitesel | Obituary”
Carmen loved life! She was a talented soprano singer and during World War II performed at the USO and other engagements throughout her life.
Family was very important to her. She had 5 children: Toni, Tracy, Bruce, Russell and David (dec.) Continue reading “Carmen Kim | Obituary”
Vince Dundee Jr., visionary restaurateur, businessman and first Mayor of La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge, passed away earlier this month at the age of 90.
Dundee is best known for owning and operating several themed restaurants and liquor stores in the Crescenta Valley foothills and Glendale during the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, including the Scotch Mist Restaurant, Kona Kai Inn, Guv’nors English Pub, Sherlock’s Disco and Christophers Restaurant. He also ran his famous Vincent Dundee Continental Catering Co., that catered hundreds of events and weddings throughout Southern California. Continue reading “Vincent Dundee Jr. | Obituary”
Donna Jean Spaziano-Shields, 61, of Tacoma, Washington, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021, following a brave battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Donna was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to Robert and Eleanor Spaziano on July 7, 1960. The family moved to La Crescenta, California, when Donna was 3 years old. Continue reading “Donna Jean Spaziano-Shields | Obituary”
Jean MacArthur Brown, 1926-2021, passed away peacefully on July 27th in Mission Viejo after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, the youngest of seven children and attended Lynn English High School, nursing school and Glendale Community College. She moved to Glendale, California, in 1953 where she lived for the majority of her life. Continue reading “Jean MacArthur Brown | OBITUARY”
Savey “Shoushig” Tufenkian, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away on August 25 at home in Glendale. She was born in Garadagh, Iran, to Vagharshak and Verjin Shirvanian, survivors of the Armenian Genocide. Her family consisted of 5 children — Anelka, Hagop, Angel, Savey and Kosti.
She received her high school education in Beit Mery, Lebanon, and received a scholarship to attend American International College in Mass, where she graduated in 1954. Savey and her younger brother Kosti moved to California in 1955. Together they founded Western Disposal Company — later known as Western Waste Industries. Continue reading “Savey Tufenkian | OBITUARY”
Dr. Gerard Joseph Schilling, 88, passed away at the Villa Scalabrini Special Care Unit in Sun Valley on August 26, 2021.
He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on February 13, 1933. He attended Gannon College in Pennsylvania and the Kansas City Missouri College of Osteopathy and Surgery, graduating in 1958.
Dr. Schilling moved to southern California and completed his medical training in January 1965. For nearly 40 years, Dr. Schilling practiced medicine in the Boyle Heights section of East Los Angeles, performing thousands of eye exams and surgeries for his patients who were low-income residents of East Los Angeles. He remained in Boyle Heights because he believed passionately in helping the less fortunate and the poor through service and financial generosity. Continue reading “Dr. Gerard Joseph Schilling | OBITUARY”