Obituary – Arlene Kelly

Arlene Kelly
Arlene Kelly

Arlene Kelly, 84, passed away peacefully April 27 with her family by her side.
“Artie” was born in Grinelle, Kansas, to Francis and Emma Holdforth. At the age of 4 she and her brothers and sisters moved to Fredericksburg, Texas.
While attending McNay Art Institute in San Antonio, she met and married Lt. Cornelius B. Kelly III. In their 61 years of marriage they shared 20 homes, countless travel adventures and raised seven loving children. After moving to San Marino in 1978, she became an active member of the community. She was on the board and held numerous positions in the San Marino Women’s Club, Garden Club and PEO.
She was a gracious, kind, fun-loving and generous woman who was loved and treasured by all that knew her.
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St. Bede the Venerable Choir Holds Spring Concert May 19

St. Bede the Venerable Church in La Cañada Flintridge Music Ministry is proud to announce its annual spring concert, featuring the works of Franz Schubert Mass in G and Beethoven’s “Hallelujah; Christ on the Mount of Olives,” on May 19 at 8 p.m.
The concert, which costs a donation of $15 for adults and $5 for children, will take place at St. Bede the Venerable, located at 215 Foothill Blvd.
Franz Schubert’s Mass in G was composed in 1815 in less than a week, the year after his first Mass had been successfully performed in Shubert’s home parish. The second Mass was originally more modestly scored than the first, which is characteristic for Schubert; he is more interested in an over-all devotional mood of a religious composition than in individualistic romantic text-expression, compared to those, for example, that Beethoven would use in his Masses.
“Hallelujah; Christ on the Mount of Olives” (Christus am Olberge Op. 85), is an oratorio by Ludwig van Beethoven portraying the emotional and dramatic humanistic portrayal of the Christ passion, which includes the popularity of the finale chorus “Hallelujah,” frequently performed by church, high school and college choirs.
For more information, call (818) 949-4300 or (818) 321-5503.

Obituary – Morgan Danielle Manning

Morgan Danielle Manning
Morgan Danielle Manning

Morgan Danielle Manning was born on Feb. 6, 2003, at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena to Kerwin and Madelyn Manning. Morgan was the second child of this union. Both she and her older sister Madison were miracles considering Kerwin and Madelyn were told they could not conceive children.
Morgan was a chubby little baby. People would say she looked like her dad and others would affectionately call her “Little Mona” because she looked so much like her grandmother, Ramona. As Morgan matured, Madelyn took pride in seeing Morgan starting to look and sound just like her.
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Maryann Moran Ukropina Jan. 31, 1926-April 22, 2017

Maryann Moran Ukropina
Maryann Moran Ukropina

Beloved wife of John R. Ukropina and devoted mother of Marsha Aguirre (Edward) of San Gabriel, Jan Devens (Michael) of San Diego, Rob Ukropina (Joyce) of Newport Coast, and Bill Ukropina (Linan) of Pasadena. Loving grandmother of Scott Reynolds (Ali), Katie Nafius (Ted), Tara MacMillan (Paul), Dwight Devens, Dr. Molly Hall, (Dr. Mark), Jack Ukropina, Jillian Sabaugh (Jason), Max Ukropina, Nicolas Ukropina, Grant Ukropina and Conrad Ukropina. Continue reading “Maryann Moran Ukropina Jan. 31, 1926-April 22, 2017”

Jewel City Fun & Fitness Day May 21

The Noon Rotary Club of Glendale will host its fifth annual Jewel City Fun & Fitness Day at the Glendale YMCA Sunday, May 21.
The family-oriented community festival will begin at 7 a.m. with three separate bicycle rides that will depart from the Glendale YMCA: the Jewel City Ride/Tour de YMCA, a 30- to 40-mile circuit around the Verdugo Mountains that will include La Tuna Canyon Road, Chevy Chase Drive and a lap around the Rose Bowl Stadium Recreation Loop; the East Tour de YMCA, a 15-minute bike ride that will pass by Brand Park and the Burbank Community YMCA; and the 30-mile Verdugo Gravel Adventure that will travel over climbing mixed terrain into the Verdugo Mountains via the Stough Canyon Nature Center, the Tree of Life and Cherry Canyon (CX or mountain bikes are recommended for the mixed terrain ride). The $35 registration fee for each of the bike rides will include a special souvenir, raffle ticket and lunch.
The free Family Fun Ride for bicyclists ages 7 and older will depart from the Glendale YMCA at 9 a.m. with a police escort through downtown Glendale. The free Glendale Family Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Glendale YMCA will include games and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle as well as live music, rock climbing wall, free yoga and Zumba, health and fitness demonstrations and more. Food will be available for purchase at the Family Fest.
Event proceeds will benefit Glendale YMCA, Homenetmen Glendale and Glendale Adventist Medical Missions.
The Glendale YMCA is located at 140 N. Louise St. For more information, or to register for fee-based bike rides, visit or call Sevada Hemelians, the event coordinator, at (818) 335-6585.

Dilbeck Agents Help Build Nine New Habitat for Humanity Homes

Those on hand to help build nine Desiderio Bungalow Homes include (in wheel barrow) Tanner Arden, along with (middle row, from left) Pam Heiberg, Julie Ann Martin, Kali Lamarine, Diana Kronfli, Andrea Kaufman and Kathleen Boss. Back: Greg Cowell, Jeff Arnott and Mark Dilbeck, president of Dilbeck Real Estate.

Dilbeck Real Estate and the Dilbeck and Associates Charitable Foundation teamed with Habitat for Humanity to help build nine new, affordable homes in Pasadena on April 20.
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Descanso Appoints New Executive Director

Juliann Rooke

Juliann Rooke, chief operating officer at Descanso Gardens, has been selected to be the new executive director of the La Cañada Flintridge botanic garden. The announcement was made Tuesday by Amy Lamb, chair of the Descanso Gardens Guild board of trustees. Rooke will step into the position on Sept. 1, following the retirement of current Executive Director David Brown on Aug. 31.
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Obituary: Guglielmo D. Dadomo

Aug. 3, 1932-March 29, 2017

Guglielmo D. Dadomo

Engineer, architect, artist, beloved husband and father and proud American.
Guglielmo D. Dadomo, known fondly as “Bill,” was born and grew up in Santa Stefano, Italy.
After serving in the Italian military, he immigrated to the United States. He served in the United States Army and proudly became a United States citizen in 1961. Living in Chicago, Bill worked for a large architectural design and engineering firm. He designed the International Business Building on the Notre Dame Campus and part of the Sears Tower.
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Project Scientist Founder Wins Women of Influence Award

Sandy Marshall

Project Scientist Founder Sandy Marshall is the 2017 winner of the Orange County Women of Influence President’s Award sponsored by the Connected Women of Influence. The President’s Award recognizes a woman CEO, president or owner who has demonstrated success, growth and achievement in her business enterprise.
Marshall was chosen from nine finalists who were acknowledged at the awards luncheon held at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach. The finalists received a certificate of recognition by state Sen. John M. W. Moorlach.
“It’s such an honor and privilege to receive this award,” said Marshall. “Our mission at Project Scientist is to educate, coach and advocate for girls with an aptitude, talent and passion for science, technology, engineering and math. We hope to dispel the stereotypes around girls in STEM and winning this award gives us another platform to inspire girls to become women of influence in fields that are predominantly male dominated.”
While funding national STEM initiatives through the NASCAR Foundation (that Marshall also founded), she learned of the disadvantages that girls and women have in STEM majors and careers, and became committed to doing what she could to make a difference. As a mother of two young girls with a passion for science, Marshall remains committed to changing the status quo for her girls as well as girls across the country.
Project Scientist is now on four university campuses serving more than 1,000 girls annually. For more information about upcoming Project Scientist Summer Academy, visit