Carol Sawyer Hollen passed away peacefully on Oct. 26, in Glendale, California, surrounded by her family. She was 80 years old.
Carol was born to Iona and Walter Sawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she spent most of her childhood. She later moved with her family to Pasadena and attended John Muir High School and Pasadena City College. She was proud of the fact that she was a flag twirler in the Tournament of Roses Parade while in school, and watching the parade as an adult was one of her greatest joys. She worked in the banking business for many years, both at Security Pacific and Glendale Federal. Continue reading “Obituary: Carol Sawyer Hollen”
Glenn M. Perrin, long-time community member and educator, passed away after a courageous battle fighting esophageal cancer. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Charlotte, son Jeff, sisters Bess and Georgia, brother David and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Gilbert Edwin and James, and sister Ruth.
Glenn was born in Berry, Kentucky, to Gilbert and Hallene Perrin. The family soon moved to Tucson, Arizona. As a teenager he played on the Catalina High School basketball team that took the state championship his senior year. He then received a basketball scholarship to the University of Arizona, where he played as a freshman. Upon moving to California, he attended Pasadena Nazarene College, where he met his future wife, Charlotte. He received his master’s degree from Cal State L.A. Continue reading “Obituary: Glenn M. Perrin”
Cleve Van Dyke Traughber, 80, of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away on Oct. 14 after a short battle with cancer.
Born July 29, 1937, in Hollywood to parents Frank and Mildred Traughber, Cleve began life with a bang as Hollywood’s highest paid actor for his 30-second role opposite Greta Garbo and Charles Boyer in the Academy Award Nominated “Conquest.” Moving from the glitz and glam of Hollywood, the 3-year-old and his family settled in nearby Flintridge (today La Cañada Flintridge), where he was later joined by his younger brother John. Cleve attended La Cañada Elementary School, John Marshall Junior High and La Cañada Middle School, where he met several life-long friends. Continue reading “Obituary: Cleve Van Dyke Traughber”
Robert (Bob) Emmet Ryan passed away peacefully at his home in La Cañada Flintridge on Oct. 4, 2017, at 83. Bob was born in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 8, 1934, to Thomas Raymond Ryan III and Lucille Margaret (Roulo) Ryan. He was the youngest of four children, with Eleanor, Mary, and Thomas.
Bob graduated from University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1952 and attended University of Detroit’s College of engineering and science. Bob earned an associate’s degree in Engineering Design from Glendale College and later a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from California State University Los Angeles. Bob joined JPL in 1956 and joined the Navy. Bob’s career highlighted a span of countless rocket and deep space missions including Pioneer 10 and 11 and Voyager 1 and 2, but was best known for his work as mission manager on the Stardust Mission. Stardust became the first spacecraft to successfully return cometary and interstellar dust particles to the Earth.
Bob and Kay Campbell married on June 21, 1958, and moved from Sunland to La Cañada Flintridge in 1963. They had four children; Rob, Margaret, Kathy and Tom, and nine grandchildren. Kay passed away in December. Bob and Kay are together again with God.
Mass will be held with the Rev. Tony and the Rev. Ed, followed by a reception at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at St. Bede the Venerable Church in La Cañada Flintridge. Bob will be interred at Mission San Fernando Cemetery.
Mayfield Marshall Jr. survived a wonderful boyhood in Des Moines and Okoboji, Iowa.
He saw both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at 17 years old, compliments of the U.S. Navy, which also provided the World War II GI Bill and paid for his degree from Grinnell College.
During those college years he married the bewitchingly beautiful Carolyn Root and shared with her three children and countless adventures for the next 49 years. After college, he joined the “Mad Men” in New York in 1957 and an even madder group in Los Angeles in 1962. He moved to La Cañada Flintridge then, and was active in civic affairs, serving on the planning commission during the early days of cityhood.
He also built the Flint Canyon Tennis Club. A lifelong interest in cars was rewarded with 17 years with Datsun (Nissan) and the charismatic Mr. Katayama, who generously shared a wealth of experiences.
Travel and fun started a new chapter when he married Sarah Kniering. His wife, Sarah, and his children Karen Schroeder, Bob Marshall and Annie Mayfield Stone survive him.
Michelle Margaret Kaye wanted so much to fight through large B-cell lymphoma. She retired from the Burbank School District in June of 2017, imagining she would have more time to spend with her three boys. She wanted to plant more roses in her garden and she planned to volunteer extensively in her retirement as a trauma counselor and with teen suicide prevention programs.
Michelle, the daughter of Margaret and Arthur Kaye of La Cañada Flintridge, was born in the Glendale Adventist Medical Center in 1956. She attended Palm Crest Elementary, Foothill Intermediate School and La Cañada High School, graduating in 1974. Michelle swam competitively throughout her youth and for USC. She graduated from USC with a master’s in education in 1979. Continue reading “Obituary: Michelle Margaret Kaye”
Theodore (Ted) Ernest Johnson, age 82, went to be with our Lord after a fun-filled life and final day doing what he loved: helping friends on a construction project and having a great dinner filled with his typical jokes and lots of laughter with close friends and his beloved wife, Denise.
Ted was born April 8, 1935 in Monterey Park to Theodore and Sarah (Tourigney) Johnson. He graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale in 1953 and attended virtually all of the high school reunions that were held quarterly for the last several years. Ted would often joke that he went to HKU (Hard Knocks University). He began work as a framing contractor and worked his way up to be part-owner of Wier Casady Company, a construction company in Glendale, from 1970 through 1981. Wier Casady built many restaurants throughout the United States, including El Torito Mexican Restaurants, Womphopper’s, TGI Friday’s, Farrell’s and many more. Continue reading “Obituary: Theodore “Ted” Ernest Johnson”
Penny Lusche was born Jan. 14, 1939, in South Dakota to Dr. Fred and Hazel Zeiss. Penny’s father was an army surgeon during WWII and his duties took them to many places. Penny lived in California, Wyoming, Arkansas, Texas and Boston. The family settled in Chicago, Illinois, where Penny, her younger brother and sister attended high school. Penny was a student at Purdue University where she met Jay Lusche. They were married in 1954.
They came to California in 1960 and lived in La Cañada Flintridge for 27 years. Their four children, Peter, David, Christy-Joy and Jonathan, grew up there. When the children were grown, they moved to Pasadena where they lived for 28 years.
At the time of her passing, Penny and Jay had been married for 63 years. Penny always loved the arts, and volunteered for the Women’s Committee of Pasadena Symphony Association, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Penny leaves behind her husband Jay, their four children and spouses, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service celebrating Penny’s life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 2:30 p.m. at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Pasadena Conservatory of Music (website: Pasadenaconservatory.org).
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.
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.