Obituary: Ruth Oswald Schneider

Ruth Oswald Schneider

Ruth Oswald Schneider of La Cañada Flintridge passed away on Aug. 11 peaceably at home at the age of 93 with family by her side. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her family moved to Beverly Hills when she was 2. She graduated from Marlborough School and UCLA. After college, she fell in love with her brother Telford Oswald’s roommate, Frederick Schneider, whom she married in 1948 and then moved to New York where they raised three children. They moved back to California and settled in La Cañada Flintridge in 1983. Fred passed away Aug. 12, 1991. She is survived by her three children, Edith Howes of Toulouse, France; Adam Schneider of Lafayette, Colorado; Fred Jr. of La Cañada Flintridge, and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Villa de Vida Offers Hope, Housing for Disabled

Photo courtesy Villa de Vida
La Cañada Flintridge residents and Villa de Vida Chairman Dr. Edward “Ted” Merchant, with his family, Betsy, daughter Mollie and son Matt, are shown at a 2015 Villa de Vida fundraiser.

For Pasadena-based nonprofit Villa de Vida and families of those with developmental disorders, hope that springs eternal really can come true.
It began as a question posed by a group of concerned parents from La Cañada Flintridge: What would happen to their children with developmental disabilities when they reach adulthood? What would happen when they, the parents, are no longer able to care for them? The group residences the parents had seen, while few and hard to find, were restrictive, solitary or lonely places that just didn’t fit the happy homes they dreamed of for their children.
Now, over the course of some five years, that discussion has turned into the viable nonprofit organization that has secured exclusive negotiating rights to build a 54-unit residential project for adults with developmental disabilities.
It’s taken a combination of luck, perseverance and an unexplained generosity, say two of the group’s founders, Denise Longo and Dr. Edward “Ted” Merchant, who began the nonprofit over neighborhood coffee talks in La Cañada Flintridge.
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Constantine Family to Read at Flintridge Bookstore

The three Constantines

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes actor/writer Michael Constantine and his son and daughter, poet Brendan Constantine and novelist Thea Constantine, for a talk on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. Join them for a special (family safe) event where a family reads eventfully.
Michael Constantine is an award-winning actor whose career spans more than half-century. He has created groundbreaking roles on stage, screen and television. He is perhaps best known to audiences for the role of Gus Portukalos in the “Big Fat Greek Wedding” franchise. In recent years, he has emerged as a compelling author. He is currently shopping his first novel, “The Sins of Holy Men.” This book was printed on the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) at Flintridge Bookstore.
Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Field, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly and Ninth Letter, among other journals. His most recent collection is “Dementia, My Darling” (2016 Red Hen Press). He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School and regularly offers classes to hospitals, foster homes, veterans and the elderly.
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Lighted Window Preschool Hosts Sensory Integration

Lighted Window Preschool is hosting a parent talk series about sensory integration and how it can impact behavior on Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the preschool.
The discussion, led by occupational therapist Jamie Chaves, will address what sensory integration is and how it can impact emotional regulation and development.
“Sensory information pervades our lives; how our clothes feel, what the air smells like, what the radio is playing, how we navigate a busy room, how we sit upright in a chair, what our food tastes like, how bright the sun seems … to name a few. How do our brains make sense of this constant bombardment of information?” LWP said in its statement. “Discovering the answers to these questions will open a world of understanding for your child and his/her behaviors so you can support your child in the best way possible.”
The discussion costs $20 to the general public, $10 to LWP alumni and is free to LWP families. Tickets may be purchased at lightedwindow.eventbrite.com. LWP is located at 1200 Foothill Blvd.

Adventist Health Doctors Head to Armenia on Medical Mission

With more than 45 volunteer medical professionals, Armenia Fund and Adventist Health Glendale are gearing up for their third medical mission to the Noyemberyan Hospital, located in Armenia’s northeastern Tavush region, near the border with Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The annual medical mission has been carried out since 2015, with the aim of helping upgrade Armenia’s rural medical infrastructure and providing much-needed medical care to residents across Tavush.
This year’s medical mission will take place between Sept. 17 and 22, offering free medical services, including surgeries, to residents of Noyemberyan and the surrounding 30 villages. As in previous years, the mission will also provide the opportunity for physicians, surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals from Glendale to continue their strong partnership with Noyemberyan Hospital staff in working closely on this mission.
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Training for Warriors Launches 8-Week Challenge

Training for Warriors is starting a new eight-week Transformational Challenge beginning Sept. 18. Not only is the challenge a way to be introduced to the Training for Warriors program, it has the added benefit of jump-starting someone’s fitness level ahead of the holiday season. It consists of three days each week over eight weeks. It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is. Training for Warriors welcomes anyone who wants to be a part of a team that works together for a healthier mind and body.
Anthony David, owner of Training for Warriors La Cañada has tried or taught most of the latest physical fitness programs in one way or another. Disappointed in most programs’ single focus, he looked hard to find a program that encompassed a holistic approach to working out, an approach that supported his mantra: Lose Weight, Build Muscle and Feel Good.
“Training for Warriors’ philosophy is to combine metabolic conditioning with strength training in a group environment that brings out teamwork, support and friendship,” David said. “In our classes, we focus intently on form and doing exercises properly. Our goal is not to get hurt, but to build stronger bodies for a fuller, healthier life.”
Training for Warriors is located at 457 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge. For more information, call (818) 968-6458 or visit tfwlacanada.com.

Manager Receives Best Boss Recognition

Penny Ledbetter, president

C. Sanders Emblems, a San Fernando-based advertising specialty company, has announced that the promotional-product industry magazine PPB has named C. Sanders Emblems’ President Penny Ledbetter one of the industry’s best bosses of 2017.
The announcement comes as C. Sanders Emblems marks 60 years in business as one of the nation’s largest sellers of custom-made lapel pins. Ledbetter bought the company in 2007.
“It’s a tremendous honor, not to mention a surprise, and I’m especially excited about the publicity this award will bring to the company as a whole,” Ledbetter said. “I’m grateful to my employees for their hard work and support, and I’m all the more energized to make big things happen for a truly wonderful company.”
PPB has issued its annual list of managerial standouts each year since 2010.
This year, the editors received more than 90 reader nominations and selected 14 individuals for the distinction based on their “ability to create a great work environment, manage by empowerment, mentor their employees and make coming to work a joy.”
PPB is published monthly by Promotional Products Association International, a nonprofit organization representing more than 10,000 member companies. The magazine’s 2017 Best Bosses list will be published in its forthcoming October issue.

Obituary: Kevin Joseph Dowling

Kevin Joseph Dowling

On Aug. 18 at 2:55 p.m., Kevin Joseph Dowling went to be with his dad. Kevin passed away surrounded by people he loved; his mom, girlfriend and all his brothers and sisters. He also is survived by his many cousins, aunts and uncles, and the lives he touched as a St. Francis football coach. He truly showed everyone what it meant to be Kevinstrong, and we will never forget his ability to show strength, courage and love throughout his long, hard-fought battle with cancer.
He was always able to bring a smile to everyone’s face and the number of people who were there for him during his last days is a tribute to the number of lives he touched.
We will be celebrating Kevin’s life Friday night at La Cañada Country Club at 7 p.m. Mass will be held at St. Bede Church on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the kevinstrong55 scholarship, with checks made payable to St. Francis High School, or visit the website sfhslc.ejoinme.org/kevinstrong55.

Obituary: Robert Walter Rowley

Robert Rowley

Robert “Bob” Walter Rowley, died on Saturday, July 22. He died peacefully at home in La Cañada Flintridge at the age of 82. His death was the result of complications from congestive heart failure.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Norma Rowley, eldest son Don Rowley and wife Gigi Rowley, granddaughters Darla and Alana Rowley, and youngest son Jim Rowley; brother David Rowley and wife Del Rowley and their daughters Kathy Bork (husband Stan Bork), Chris Linkletter (husband Scott Linkletter) and Kim Rowley-Rodriguez (husband Carlos Rodriguez). Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Jeff and Dorothy Rowley.
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Blood Donations Urgently Needed in the Final Weeks of Summer

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.
In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.
As a special thank-you, those who give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or (800) 733-2767. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.