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.
Gunnar F. Lindal passed away on Jan. 17 at the age of 81 due to natural causes. He was born on March 24, 1936, in Oslo, Norway.
Gunnar came to the U.S. in 1961 to attend Stanford University on a scholarship. In 1964, he received his doctorate’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked at Stanford as a post doctoral fellow from 1964 to 1969. From 1969 to 1992, he worked at JPL as a senior research scientist and lived in La Cañada Flintridge. Gunnar participated in unmanned space missions, including the Voyager Grand Tour, and received two gold medals from NASA for his outstanding contributions. After he retired from JPL in 1992, he and his wife moved to Malibu.
Gunnar was dedicated to his family and his work. He is fondly remembered for his intelligence and brilliant mind. Gunnar F. Lindal is survived by his wife of 55 years, Wendy Lindal of Malibu; his son, John Lindal of La Cañada Flintridge; and his granddaughter.
Adam Carmeli, 29, of San Diego, died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, Dec. 30. He was born in October of 1988 in Santa Monica, the son of Cynthia Gates and Israel Carmeli. He attended the La Cañada Flintridge schools and upon graduation, he went to the Marshall School of Business at USC in Los Angeles, and graduated in 2011. During his tenure at USC, he spent a semester abroad at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Adam has been employed by Expeditors International for the past six years, most recently as Air Export Manager in the San Diego office. Continue reading “Obituary: Adam Carmeli”
Bryan Louis Herrmann, 82, longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family at dawn on New Year’s Eve.
Born Dec. 19, 1935, in Los Angeles to Carl and Henrietta Herrmann, he was a true and proud example of a wonderful Southern California life. He made many friendships over the years, attending schools in Glendale, Notre Dame and graduating from Hoover High School, where he loved playing football. There, he would also meet Carol Hutt, who would become his future wife and to whom he would be married for almost 60 years. Continue reading “Obituary: Bryan Louis Herrmann”
To say that Jeane Edwards was “one of a kind” is an understatement. Her tremendous style, humor and sense of fun were legendary among her friends and family. She was the life of every party and dressed to the nines with a margarita in hand.
The longtime San Marino resident died peacefully on Dec. 26 at the age of 92, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Jeane Winslow Rowe was born to Sara and Edgar Rowe in Richmond, Virginia June 3, 1925, but was raised in San Francisco. She and her sister Carter were the vivacious belles of the city. But Mom was not to remain single for long. At the age of 19, she married Capt. Andrew Ray “Bunny” Edwards on Feb. 7, 1945. Continue reading “Jeane Edwards – Obituary”
Philip Vernon Swan of Pasadena passed away peacefully on Dec. 7. He was 88 years old.
Phil was born on March 25, 1929, in Pasadena. He grew up in San Marino, lived in South Pasadena for 54 years, and most recently was a resident of Pasadena. He was a graduate of Pomona College and Stanford University School of Business. Phil had a successful career as an investment counselor and entrepreneur, eventually founding his own investment counsel firm in Pasadena, now Clifford Swan Investment Counselors.
In the 1970s he co-founded Books on Tape, which made it possible to listen to books while driving. Phil continued working into his 80s as a private trustee. In addition to his professional life, Phil was extremely active in the community. Over the years he gave his time and leadership skills to the South Pasadena Community Redevelopment Agency, the Oneonta Club Scholarship Committee, Oneonta Congregational Church, Los Angeles Rotary, the Economic Roundtable, the Huntington Library Board of Overseers, the Braille Institute and Forest Lawn Boards of Directors and Scripps College where he served on the board of trustees. Continue reading “Philip Vernon Swan – Obituary”