An ‘Unparalleled’ Civil Servant, Spence Dies at 80

Dave Spence

La Cañada Flintridge lost Dave Spence on Tuesday.
The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor died from an apparent heart attack at his home, according to a statement from the city. Spence, 80, was found Tuesday morning.
Spence loved LCF, and, judging by a quarter-century worth of election results, the city loved him.
In March, he was re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992, including those record six turns as mayor: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.
“Dave Spence’s love for our community was truly unparalleled in our history,” wrote Steve Del Guercio, also a former mayor and longtime friend of Spence, in an email. “Seemingly ubiquitous, he touched the lives of generations of La Cañadans with his kindness, goodwill and dedication to helping others.”
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
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Obituary – Richard Dix Wood

Richard Wood
Richard Wood

 October 14, 1939 – May 6, 2017

Richard Wood, a resident of San Marino for 21 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 6, due to complications of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. His loving family was by his side.
Dick was born on Oct. 14, 1939, in Denver, Colorado, to Frank and Margaret Wood, recently of Lake San Marcos. He was the beloved husband of Patra (nee Thompson), brother of the late Debra (Fred) Folbrecht of Lake San Marcos and Catherine (Wayne) Schultz of Brookfield, Wisconsin.
He is survived by his sons Ron (Anh) of San Marino and Michael of Phoenix, Arizona; stepchildren Tovah (Johnathan) Kolodisnki of Watsonville, California, and Aaron Badart of Hancock Park, California; grandchildren Rachel, Ryan, Nicole, Michael Jr. and Jared, and step-grandchildren Violet and Taytem.
He will be greatly missed by his nephew Eric (Jeanelle) Folbrecht and nieces Amy (Rich) Ward and Tamara Schultz.
Dick graduated from the Mechanical Engineering School of Kansas University. He achieved success as an innovator in the fields of optics and engineering. Being a tremendous leader and dedicated professional, he mentored many during his career. His work ethic, determination and generous nature have touched so many in all aspects of his life. His passions bicycling, boating, hiking and traveling took him all over the world. His enthusiasm for these endeavors was shared by all who knew him.
To those of you who were aware of his accident, and to those who may be learning just now, we thank you on behalf of the Wood family for all your thoughts and prayers. The family asks anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in his honor to please consider riverstone.org, bikeleague.org or City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91011 (attn: Amy Cook), or through the website https://secure.cityofhope.org/donate/main/cardsforhope.aspx and note the gift is in honor of Dick Wood.

Obituary – Arlene Kelly

Arlene Kelly
Arlene Kelly

Arlene Kelly, 84, passed away peacefully April 27 with her family by her side.
“Artie” was born in Grinelle, Kansas, to Francis and Emma Holdforth. At the age of 4 she and her brothers and sisters moved to Fredericksburg, Texas.
While attending McNay Art Institute in San Antonio, she met and married Lt. Cornelius B. Kelly III. In their 61 years of marriage they shared 20 homes, countless travel adventures and raised seven loving children. After moving to San Marino in 1978, she became an active member of the community. She was on the board and held numerous positions in the San Marino Women’s Club, Garden Club and PEO.
She was a gracious, kind, fun-loving and generous woman who was loved and treasured by all that knew her.
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Obituary – Morgan Danielle Manning

Morgan Danielle Manning
Morgan Danielle Manning

Morgan Danielle Manning was born on Feb. 6, 2003, at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena to Kerwin and Madelyn Manning. Morgan was the second child of this union. Both she and her older sister Madison were miracles considering Kerwin and Madelyn were told they could not conceive children.
Morgan was a chubby little baby. People would say she looked like her dad and others would affectionately call her “Little Mona” because she looked so much like her grandmother, Ramona. As Morgan matured, Madelyn took pride in seeing Morgan starting to look and sound just like her.
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Maryann Moran Ukropina Jan. 31, 1926-April 22, 2017

Maryann Moran Ukropina
Maryann Moran Ukropina

Beloved wife of John R. Ukropina and devoted mother of Marsha Aguirre (Edward) of San Gabriel, Jan Devens (Michael) of San Diego, Rob Ukropina (Joyce) of Newport Coast, and Bill Ukropina (Linan) of Pasadena. Loving grandmother of Scott Reynolds (Ali), Katie Nafius (Ted), Tara MacMillan (Paul), Dwight Devens, Dr. Molly Hall, (Dr. Mark), Jack Ukropina, Jillian Sabaugh (Jason), Max Ukropina, Nicolas Ukropina, Grant Ukropina and Conrad Ukropina. Continue reading “Maryann Moran Ukropina Jan. 31, 1926-April 22, 2017”

Obituary: Guglielmo D. Dadomo

Aug. 3, 1932-March 29, 2017

Guglielmo D. Dadomo

Engineer, architect, artist, beloved husband and father and proud American.
Guglielmo D. Dadomo, known fondly as “Bill,” was born and grew up in Santa Stefano, Italy.
After serving in the Italian military, he immigrated to the United States. He served in the United States Army and proudly became a United States citizen in 1961. Living in Chicago, Bill worked for a large architectural design and engineering firm. He designed the International Business Building on the Notre Dame Campus and part of the Sears Tower.
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Marx Figley Willoughby

Marx Figley Willoughby
Marx Figley Willoughby

July 13, 1920 – March 19, 2017

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. Continue reading “Marx Figley Willoughby”

Obituary: Patricia Fulham McKellar

Aug. 29, 1926-Feb. 17, 2017

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.
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Obituary: Carmita Louise Frost

Carmita L. Frost

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.

Obituary: Chris Valente

Chris Valente

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).