Wyndham ‘Wayne’ Chow | Obituary

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The Beatles had just arrived in the U.S., the civil rights movement had reached a crescendo, and President Lyndon Johnson was about to tragically escalate American involvement in Southeast Asia. It was 1964. Under this incredible social and political backdrop, Wyndham “Wayne” Chow was born to Cary and Nancy Chow, their fourth child and singular son. His arrival at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital on May 12 was a joyous note for the Chows, who had very recently immigrated to the US from China. It is not entirely clear how they came to choose Wyndham (a boy’s name of British origin which literally means from the windy village) for their new son, but it may have had something to do with their time spent in Hong Kong prior to leaving China.
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Virginia “Ginger” Alice Clarkson | Obituary

Former longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident Virginia “Ginger” Alice Clarkson passed away suddenly at home in Surprise, Arizona, on October 20, 2021, at the age of 85.
Ginger was born on Valentine’s Day in 1936 to parents Carl and Alice Johnson in Denver, Colorado, and moved to Phoenix as a young girl. She attended the University of Arizona, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Ginger was president of the Mortar Board honor society, a Phi Beta Kappa, and was selected Desert Queen at the U of A. She graduated with a B.A. in education, and won the Merrill Freeman Medal as the outstanding female graduate at the university.
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Mary E. Lillibridge | Obituary

Mary E. Lillibridge

Former Burbank, Calif., resident, Mary E. Lillibridge, died October 15, 2021, at Rosewood Courte in Edmonds, Wash.
Mary was born in Hospers, La., to Nicholas and Elizabeth Graff. The family moved to Burbank, Calif., and Mary graduated from John Burroughs High School in 1949. Mary married Thomas Lillibridge in 1953 and together they raised six children: Martin, Patricia, Margery, Kathryn, Bruce and Diane.
Mary lived at the same Burbank address for more than 50 years until moving to Edmonds, Wash., to live with her daughter Margery.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Thomas; brothers, Donald and Anthony; and her sister, Dorothy. In addition to her children, Mary is survived by nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on November 9, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Erin Lee Johnson Rustingian | Obituary

Erin Lee Johnson Rustigian passed away on Sept. 7, 2021, at the family home in La Cañada Flintridge after a long battle with cancer.
Her Celebration of Life was held at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club on October 3, 2021, beginning with the scattering of her ashes at the Long Beach Congressional Cup race area accompanied by a flotilla of more than 15 boats to honor her. The Race Committee renamed the course marker “Erin” in her honor. She was a long-time race committee member for both LBYC and ABYC.
Friends and family gathered at the yacht club to share stories and celebrate together. Midafternoon, the Long Beach Yacht Club’s fleet of umpire boats passed by in the channel in single file with black flags attached to the stern of their boats.
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Dorothy Anne Williams | Obituary

Surrounded by her three loving children, we lost the heart of our family, our beloved mother, Dorothy Anne Williams on October 12, 2021.
The youngest of three girls, Dorothy was born to Helen and Garry Coon on September 14, 1939 in Glendale, California. With her father in the Navy, the family moved around the country until they happily settled in Burbank, California in 1947. She grew up with her two sisters, Carolyn and Barbara, aka Kitty and Bunny. Dorothy attended Lincoln Elementary School, Jordan Middle School and John Burroughs High School, where four of her grandchildren would become third generation high school graduates. Dorothy was married to the love of her life, Jack Williams, for 44 years from 1957-2001 until his passing. She is survived by her sister, Carolyn Stillman (husband Jim); her three children Garry Williams (wife Teri Williams), Jeff Williams (wife Vicki Williams) and Debbie Lucas (husband Craig Lucas); seven grandchildren (their significant others) and three great grandchildren.
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Christian Michael Tichon | Obituary

Former La Cañada resident Christian Michael Tichon passed away in Seattle, WA, on October 11, 2021.
Christian was born to Michael and Cheryl Tichon on July 23, 1995, and was the best blessing his family could have ever imagined. He was kind, humble, and imaginative and had many interests and hobbies from a young age. Spending quality time with his friends and family was what mattered most to him.
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Lewis J. Hastings, Jr. | Obituary

Lewis J. Hastings, Jr., of La Cañada Flintridge, died peacefully at home October 24 of Parkinson’s Disease, an 18-year challenge he met with grace and fortitude. He was 75 years old.
Lew was born in Glendale, California, to Lewis Hastings, Sr. and Margaret Chase Hastings and was raised in La Cañada, where he went to local schools and Flintridge Preparatory Academy before attending the University of Redlands. It was there he met Julia, his wife of 53 years.
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John Sweeden | Obituary

John Sweeden of Burbank passed away peacefully with his mother, Marguerite, by his side. Also survived by brother, Chris Sweeden (Pam); niece Brianne Kloewer (Kevin); nephew Jimmy Sweeden (Liz) and great niece Hayden Kloewer, all of Omaha, NE. Preceded in death by father, James and brother, Greg. Never married, but Nicky, whom he loved with all his heart was like a daughter to him.
John is finally pain-free and is feeling better than ever. He is STANDING alongside Dad and Greg.