Obituary: Mayfield Marshall Jr.

Nov. 12, 1928 — Aug. 31, 2017

Mayfield Marshall

Mayfield Marshall Jr. survived a wonderful boyhood in Des Moines and Okoboji, Iowa.
He saw both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at 17 years old, compliments of the U.S. Navy, which also provided the World War II GI Bill and paid for his degree from Grinnell College.
During those college years he married the bewitchingly beautiful Carolyn Root and shared with her three children and countless adventures for the next 49 years. After college, he joined the “Mad Men” in New York in 1957 and an even madder group in Los Angeles in 1962. He moved to La Cañada Flintridge then, and was active in civic affairs, serving on the planning commission during the early days of cityhood.
He also built the Flint Canyon Tennis Club. A lifelong interest in cars was rewarded with 17 years with Datsun (Nissan) and the charismatic Mr. Katayama, who generously shared a wealth of experiences.
Travel and fun started a new chapter when he married Sarah Kniering. His wife, Sarah, and his children Karen Schroeder, Bob Marshall and Annie Mayfield Stone survive him.

Obituary: Michelle Margaret Kaye

MIchelle Kaye

Michelle Margaret Kaye wanted so much to fight through large B-cell lymphoma. She retired from the Burbank School District in June of 2017, imagining she would have more time to spend with her three boys. She wanted to plant more roses in her garden and she planned to volunteer extensively in her retirement as a trauma counselor and with teen suicide prevention programs.
Michelle, the daughter of Margaret and Arthur Kaye of La Cañada Flintridge, was born in the Glendale Adventist Medical Center in 1956. She attended Palm Crest Elementary, Foothill Intermediate School and La Cañada High School, graduating in 1974. Michelle swam competitively throughout her youth and for USC. She graduated from USC with a master’s in education in 1979.
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Obituary: Theodore “Ted” Ernest Johnson

April 8, 1935 — Sept. 23, 2017

Theodore Johnson

Theodore (Ted) Ernest Johnson, age 82, went to be with our Lord after a fun-filled life and final day doing what he loved: helping friends on a construction project and having a great dinner filled with his typical jokes and lots of laughter with close friends and his beloved wife, Denise.
Ted was born April 8, 1935 in Monterey Park to Theodore and Sarah (Tourigney) Johnson. He graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale in 1953 and attended virtually all of the high school reunions that were held quarterly for the last several years. Ted would often joke that he went to HKU (Hard Knocks University). He began work as a framing contractor and worked his way up to be part-owner of Wier Casady Company, a construction company in Glendale, from 1970 through 1981. Wier Casady built many restaurants throughout the United States, including El Torito Mexican Restaurants, Womphopper’s, TGI Friday’s, Farrell’s and many more.
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Obituary: Penny Lusche

Penny Lusche was born Jan. 14, 1939, in South Dakota to Dr. Fred and Hazel Zeiss. Penny’s father was an army surgeon during WWII and his duties took them to many places. Penny lived in California, Wyoming, Arkansas, Texas and Boston. The family settled in Chicago, Illinois, where Penny, her younger brother and sister attended high school. Penny was a student at Purdue University where she met Jay Lusche. They were married in 1954.
They came to California in 1960 and lived in La Cañada Flintridge for 27 years. Their four children, Peter, David, Christy-Joy and Jonathan, grew up there. When the children were grown, they moved to Pasadena where they lived for 28 years.
At the time of her passing, Penny and Jay had been married for 63 years. Penny always loved the arts, and volunteered for the Women’s Committee of Pasadena Symphony Association, the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Penny leaves behind her husband Jay, their four children and spouses, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service celebrating Penny’s life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 2:30 p.m. at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Pasadena Conservatory of Music (website:

Obituary: Ruth Oswald Schneider

Ruth Oswald Schneider

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.

Obituary: Kevin Joseph Dowling

Kevin Joseph Dowling

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

Obituary: Robert Walter Rowley

Robert Rowley

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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Obituary: Mary Lou Stremfel

Mary Lou Stremfel

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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Obituary: Michele Looney Gardenier

Michele Looney Gardenier

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”

Obituary: Hanne Ward

Hanne Ward

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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