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.
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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Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and business owner Mary Lou Stremfel passed away July 22 after a short battle with cancer. Mary Lou retained her mischievous wit and childlike charm until the very end, and was surrounded by all five of her children at the time of her death.
The Stremfel family originally relocated from New York City in 1960. Both she and her husband, Joseph, were born and raised in Iowa.
Shortly after arriving in La Cañada Flintridge, her husband began opening local community pharmacies. Cal Med Pharmacy was opened in 1965. Then in 1969, the Stremfels opened Cal Med Pharmacy East (since renamed Flintridge Pharmacy).
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April 6, 1959-Aug. 3, 2017
Michele Looney Gardenier passed away peacefully with her family and friends by her side on Aug. 3, due to surgical complications. She is survived by her husband, William M. Gardenier, and her mother, sister, sister-in-law and four precious nieces. Their dad was her brother, Michael James Looney, who passed away in 2009 from cancer.
Michele was born on April 6, 1959, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She graduated from La Cañada High School in 1977. Her career was spent working with her dear friend James Pokorny at his law office, during which time she bravely fought and won her battle with lung cancer. Continue reading “Obituary: Michele Looney Gardenier”
Hanne Ward, 74, of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away on July 20 with her family by her side. Born in Søborg, Denmark, Hanne and her family immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1951, and then to Altadena in 1955. They ultimately settled in La Cañada Flintridge in 1966.
Hanne graduated from John Muir High School and later received her cosmetology and real estate licenses. In 1993, Hanne moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where she bought commercial property and ran several small businesses, including the popular Hanne’s Hayden Lake Espresso Hut. Hanne later returned to Southern California to be closer to her family.
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Oct. 3, 1928 — July 19, 2017
Eleonore Maria Moroder von Massenhausen, age 88, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family in Newport Beach on July 19.
Eleonore was born in Bolzano, Italy, on Oct. 3, 1928. She met her future husband, Arnold, at a ski lodge in Austria. Following their marriage in June, 1956, Eleonore joined Arnold in the United States to pursue the American dream together and build a better life for themselves and their future family.
Eleonore was known by many names in her life (Eleonore, Nora, Mom, Oma). One constant was the love she had for all, and Oma (as she was called by everyone once she became a grandmother) was fiercely driven to unite her entire family. Whether it was holidays at her house, family dinners, annual vacations or travel to spend time with out-of-town children and grandchildren, family time was always a priority.
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Beulah Lynch Oakes, a 29-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on El Camino Corto on June 21. She was 105 years old. Beulah was an active member of the Thursday Club for many years, having moved to La Cañada Flintridge to live near her son and his family following the death in 1988 of her husband, Dr. Harold Oakes.
Beulah was born in a ranch house on Nov. 16, 1911, near the town of Salt Lake, New Mexico, the youngest of six children. After growing up on the ranch and graduating from Albuquerque High School, Beulah traveled to Washington, D.C., to work for the Department of Labor. She worked in the office of Frances Perkins, secretary of Labor in the Franlin D. Roosevelt administration, who was the nation’s first female cabinet member.
Beulah met Harold in El Paso, Texas, and following their marriage in 1942, she received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley while Harold was serving in the Army in the South Pacific.
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Roger Herrling passed away on June 8 of natural causes at the age of 88.
He was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Duluth, Minnesota, and came to California when he was 19 with his father and brother. He met Toni Bonifield when he was 21. The couple married two years later and were together for the next 67 years. They had five children, Dana, Cindy, Grant, Randy and Brad. The family often spent time together on wonderful summer vacations to Lake Tahoe, Carmel and Hawaii.
Roger attended UC Berkeley and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. While at Cal he was a member of the crew team where he rowed under legendary coach Caroll M. “KY” Ebright. His college career was cut short by the Korean War. At that time, Roger was accepted into the Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he earned the rank of second lieutenant. The war ended just as he was ready to deploy.
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His family and many friends lost a creative, talented, principled, caring and witty man on June 15 with the passing of Daniel B. Downer, 98, a resident of San Marino for 63 years.
Born in St. Louis and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Dan relocated to Southern California with his family in 1939 and graduated from Pomona College in 1941. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII in Fairbanks, Alaska, and married his college sweetheart, Mary Louise Geis of South Pasadena, in Juneau, Sept. 1, 1945. Continue reading “Obituary: Daniel Bush Downer”