D. Allen Lund, a community pillar and noted philanthropist, has died following a brief battle with cancer. He was 77.
Allen died Saturday morning at his home in Pasadena with his large family at his bedside and a small choir of Carmelite Sisters singing around him.
In the hours before his death, he was asked by a grandchild how he was. His response, “Wonderful.” Allen’s tremendous life and peaceful death were exactly that, wonderful by any measure. His was a life rich in family, faith and successes.
He leaves behind his adored wife of 57 years, Kathleen “Kathie” Lund. The couple had six children: David Lund, Kenneth Lund, Edward Lund, Natalie (Lund) Peterson, Anna (Lund) Clapp, and Christina (Lund) Doerfler and their spouses. Continue reading “Obituary: D. Allen Lund”
Margaret passed to the Lord surrounded by the love of her family and her husband of 65 years, Doug Gilmour, at their home in La Cañada Flintridge. Margaret was born to Andrew and Catherine Morrow in Brawley, California, where she grew up on their farm. She graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1949 moving on to attend USC, where Margaret was the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi in 1951, earned a bachelor’s degree in education and met Doug Gilmour, whom she would marry on July 16, 1953. Continue reading “Obituary: Margaret Morrow Gilmour”
After La Cañada High School graduate Adam Carmeli was killed in a motorcycle accident in December a week after attending his 10-year high school class reunion, his family designated the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation for donations in lieu of flowers as a way to channel the outpouring of grief into something that was meaningful to him.
Generous supporters donated more than $7,000, for which the organization and his mother, Cindy Gates, are grateful. Continue reading “Donors Contribute $7,000 to Remember LCHS Grad”
Don T. Hibner Jr., a resident of La Cañada Flintridge since 1965, peacefully passed away at home on Feb. 11. Don was born in Boone, Iowa, on April 5, 1934, and three months later was brought to California by his parents Don Telfer Hibner and Thirza Hull Hibner. Don was a graduate of Palo Alto High School, Stanford University (’55 majoring in philosophy) and Stanford Law School (’62). He had an enduring allegiance to “the Farm” and especially to Stanford Law School. Continue reading “Obituary: Don T. Hibner Jr.”
Christopher Michael Erskine IV, a resident of La Cañada Flintridge for 23 years, died in a traffic accident early Sunday while returning home from work on the 215 Freeway near San Bernardino. He was 32.
An avid outdoorsman, photographer and a lover of L.A. sports teams, Christopher attended Palm Crest Elementary, La Cañada High School and Glendale Community College.
He worked as an assistant for production companies in various capacities, including as a production assistant for the NFL Network. At the time of his death, he was a delivery man for nursing homes and elder-care facilities around Southern California. Continue reading “Obituary: Christopher Michael Erskine IV”
Mary Boerger, age 97, a long-time resident of La Cañada Flintridge, died peacefully on March 1. She was born on Sept. 19, 1920, in Los Angeles as the daughter of Raymond and Alice (Smith) Bradford. Mary attended St. Agnes High School in Los Angeles. She married Frederick Robert Boerger on June 21, 1941, and settled into the foothill community of La Cañada Flintridge where they raised six children. She was a longstanding member of St. Bede’s Catholic Church and was active in her community serving as an officer in several organizations such as La Cañada Valley Beautiful, the La Cañada Thursday Club and the Stardusters. Mary was a past president of the Colonial Dames of America and the XVII Century and a proud direct descendent of Gov. William Bradford of the Mayflower. Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Boerger”
Joan Rebecca Pinto Whalen, 62, former resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at her home in Glendale. Already a 20-year cancer survivor, she passed away in the comfort of her home, surrounded by friends and family.
Joan was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to her late parents, Charles W. Pinto and Eloise M. Pinto. She is survived by her brother, John Pinto, and her sister, Jule Pinto. Continue reading “Obituary: Joan Rebecca Pinto Whalen”
Bill was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, to Clemens William and Marie Van Rooy. He attended St. Patrick’s parochial school, where his family members were parishioners. After graduating from Bellarmine High School, Bill enlisted in the Navy in 1945, serving as one of the first to run a desegregated boot camp at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Chicago, Illinois.
Following WWII, Bill attended the University of Washington on the GI Bill, graduating with a degree in accounting. He began his career as a CPA, but by 1963 moved to Southern California to work with his father-in-law in the insurance business. Bill and his business partner grew the company from three employees to more than 100, and RGV was one of the largest insurance agencies in the state by the time he retired. Continue reading “Obituary: William Clemens Van Rooy”
The appropriate measurements of a person’s impact in life are their substantive accomplishments together with their personal interactions with others and demonstrated commitment to uncompromised ethics, values and love.
You completed, thirty six years with one of the world’s largest corporations – The Bell System. Challenging and pivotal assignments rewarded you with a gratified sense of personal accomplishment. When asked to explain your business success, you always responded, “I loved my job and the people I worked with.” You always projected cordiality with an effervescent smile, never losing sight of your mission and dedication to the enterprise.
Doris Stoliker was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Los Angeles. She passed away Jan. 1, of natural causes. She was 90 years old. She graduated from Alhambra High School, class of 1945, and was a resident of La Cañada Flintridge for many years. She was a dancer since childhood, and danced with many Broadway stars such as Ester Williams, Judy Garland, Betty Garret and Fred Astaire. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, of 38 years; her sons Brian, Bart, Brad and Lee; three stepdaughters; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was talented, witty and charming. A loving and caring woman, mother and wife, she will be greatly missed.