Marx Willoughby, long-time local resident, passed away peacefully on March 19.
She grew up in her beloved Canton, Ohio, where she could trace back family ancestors for generations. After graduating, with honors, from William and Mary College, she married Jack Willoughby and they made their way to California, riding in the rumble seat of a Model T Ford.
Within a few years, Marx began her first and most favorite job, that of mother to daughters Robin and Jo. The family moved to La Cañada Flintridge in 1950. When her daughters began school, Marx had time to focus her keen mind and energy on community volunteer work. She was active in the PTA, Girl Scouts, Chi Omega Alumnae Association, the Thursday Club, the Republican Party and Community Chest, to name a few. She generously served in leadership positions and was regularly honored for her efforts. Marx had a wickedly funny sense of humor and a great sense of fun. She generously shared this personality trait in all aspects of her life.
Marx combined her creativity, flair for the dramatic and love of art and antiques to venture into the entertainment business. Marx was a gifted writer and wrote a book of children’s poems, numerous screenplays, narration for commercials and documentaries. Because Jack was a cinematographer, they were able to work as a productive team and collaborated on film projects such as the documentary, “American Masterpieces,” which explored the historical antiques in the State Department. Marx traveled throughout the U.S. on the lecture circuit, presenting more than 100 programs about antiques of America and China. She traveled widely, often alone, in order to photograph and gather information for her lectures. Marx also spent a year living in Lausanne, Switzerland with her daughters and spent nine months in Madrid, Spain, while Jack filmed “The Battle of the Bulge.”
When most people retire and begin to slow down in their mid-60s, Marx took a nine-year long paying job as a staff assistant to U.S. Congressman Carlos Morehead. She continued working for Republican elected officials until retiring at 77.
Marx is survived by her husband of 73 years, Jack; daughters Robin Williams and Jo Butcher (Chris); grandchildren Blake Williams, Gavin Williams (Lori), Brandon Butcher (Sarah) and Bryce Altounian (Nick); and great-grandchildren Keegan and Quinn Williams, and Jack Butcher.
Marx loved having her family nearby and was able to enjoy frequent visits, family gatherings and celebrations throughout her life. Her loud and encouraging whistle could always be heard at her grandchildren’s school plays, sporting competitions, art shows, etc.
Although her family is grateful that she was part of their lives for such a long time, she is greatly missed. A family gravesite funeral was held at Forest Lawn and was followed by a reception on March 23.
Patricia Fulham McKellar passed away at the age of 90 on Feb. 17 in Claremont. She was born in 1926 in San Francisco to Harvey and Lelia Parr. Her childhood was spent mainly in Glendale after a short stay in Long Beach. Her sister Susan was born in 1932.
Patricia graduated from Hoover High School and entered her beloved USC in 1944. She was an active member of Delta Gamma sorority and remained close with a group of cherished college friends known as the “Bridge Club.” During her high school-college years, she worked three summers at Curry Village in Yosemite, which was a lifelong happy memory. Continue reading “Obituary: Patricia Fulham McKellar”
Carmita Louise Frost, 81, passed away peacefully in her home on March 20. Carmita, a longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge and Hollywood Beach, was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her children Terry L. Pizzo (Rand Ketchpaw), Michael E. (Anita) Frost and Denise L. (Tim) Fejtek, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Carmita was an avid equestrian and a founding member of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council, established in 1974. She also enjoyed her time as a volunteer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
After relocating to Hollywood Beach in 1985, she became an active member of the Channel Islands Republican Women Federated, where she held many positions on the board.
Carmita loved her home at the beach and the sand on her feet. One of her greatest pastimes was riding her horse, Zoe, through the trails of Ojai. She was also a dedicated yogini, and practiced for more than 25 years. Additionally, Carmita had an appreciation for music and enjoyed attending civic events. She loved her family, friends and animals dearly. Carmita will be greatly missed by all.
Her memorial service will be held at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, on March 26 at 1 p.m.
Chris Valente, 75, passed away on March 3 in Dana Point, surrounded by family. His children, 11 grandchildren and his community were his passion. He loved working with people.
Chris was born in Utica, N.Y., in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army and graduated from UCLA. He was a civics teacher at St. Francis High School for 25 years, starting in 1965. Chris met his wife, Nancy Baker Valente, in 1969 at Dr. Donald Kraus’ dental office on Foothill Boulevard, where she worked and he was a patient.
He was the first and only honorary mayor of La Cañada Flintridge and served on many community committees and organizations, including La Cañada Youth House Community Center for 25 years. He was also an LCF city councilman, Los Angeles County Youth commissioner, Les Tupper Award recipient, president of LCF Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club. After retirement, he volunteered at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
Chris is survived by his wife, Nancy Valente, his children Anne Marie Amigleo, Gina Wendt, Chris R. Valente, Teddy Valente and 11 grandchildren.
A service will take place on Friday, March 17, at 2 p.m., at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 29102 Crown Valley, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Once Upon A Room, www.onceuponaroom.org, 4926 Oakwood Ave, La Canada Flintridge or to Royal Family Kids (www.royalfamilykids.org).
Ronald Carlos Price was born in Glendale on Jan. 2, 1945, and passed away from heart failure on Feb. 19. Ronald went to Clark Junior High School, then graduated from Glendale High School in 1962. He studied architecture at Glendale Community College and worked for the La Crescenta Post Office. He “fell in love at first sight” with Phyllis Hackney when they were just 19. They were married one year later. He was fun-loving, always jovial and fun to be around. Almost five years after their marriage, their daughter Ronda was born. Ronald advanced to postal supervisor just before their second daughter, Kellie, was born. After he bought his ’68 yellow Corvette, their family was complete.
Ronald loved racquetball, baseball, golf, poker, snow and water skiing, camping and fishing. After 38 years at the post office he enjoyed visiting tropical destinations. Ronald is survived by Ronda and Darren DeSantis, Kellie and Chad DeVries, four grandchildren, his wife, Phyllis, his sister Sandi, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. A celebration of his life will be held at Kellie’s home on Sunday, March 19, from noon-5 p.m. For more information, call (818) 395-9608.
Bernard J. “Jim” Poletti was called to his heavenly home peacefully on March 7. Born Jan. 27, 1934, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Barbara and Bernard Poletti, he was their only child. In 1939, the family moved to San Jose where Jim lived most of his adolescent life attending Bellarmine High School where he excelled at track.
Jim attended Santa Clara University and was a member of the cheer squad and he received his bachelor’s in biology in 1955. There he met the love of his life, Charlene, whom he married in 1956. In 1955 he entered Creighton Medical School where he received his doctorate in medicine in 1959. At Creighton, he was made a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Society.
Marjorie Cameron was a longtime resident of La Crescenta. A beautiful person and loving mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, and daughter, Linda. She is survived by her daughter Susan Cameron Kelley, her son James Cameron, a son Steven Cameron, five grandchildren, one great-grandson, nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Continue reading “Obituary: Marjorie Jean Cameron”
Dr. David Harold Schultz leaves behind Judy, his wife of 54 years, daughter Susan and son-in-law Henry Artime, sons Michael and Bill Schultz, as well as his three grandchildren Caroline, Rachel and William Artime. An Interactive Memorial Tribute Page for Dr. David Schultz can be found at CrippenMortuary.com.
It is with tremendous grief, tempered by compassion and understanding, that we share news of the passing of our father, brother, uncle and friend, Bruce Phillip Graham. On Jan. 20, 2017, after a two-year battle to recover from traumatic injuries sustained in a ladder fall at his home, enduring severe, unrelenting and ultimately unbearable pain, Bruce made the agonizing and tragic decision to end his ordeal. For a more detailed explanation of Bruce’s accident and its consequences, this column tells his story: https://goo.gl/g0BcUK. Continue reading “Obituary: Bruce Phillip Graham”
Sally Lewis Horner passed away quietly after a 10-year struggle with dementia, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 24, just two weeks after her 81st birthday. Sally was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Jan. 7, 1936, the daughter of Janet Fraser Lewis and Mahlon E. Lewis. She was raised in Ben Avon Heights, a small community south of Pittsburgh. Sally graduated from Winchester-Thurston School after which she matriculated at Connecticut College for Women in New London, Conn. The summer following her freshman year she met the love of her life, Michael H. Horner, who had just finished his freshman year at Cornell University. Sally graduated in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in Western European History. Continue reading “Obituary: Sally (Hathaway) Lewis Horner”