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). Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Lou Stremfel”
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”
While in Cuba, local resident James Nash noticed a distinct similarity to an organization near and dear to him.
The longtime Rotary Club of San Marino member and retired Emmy-winning news director for CBS-TV recently accompanied a group of legal and medical professionals to the Caribbean nation, which continues to be known for its stubborn dedication to its Communist government and maintaining frosty relations with the U.S. even three decades after the Cold War melted. Continue reading “Rotarian Shares Perspective on Trip to Cuba”
San Marino was spared from a nearby thunderstorm as the city hosted its first National Night Out recently in Lacy Park.
National Night Out is an annual event hosted by law enforcement agencies nationwide to help build a stronger relationship with their communities and raise awareness about crime and safety. San Marino Police Chief John Incontro, who spearheaded the event here as one of the responses to increased residential and commercial burglaries in town, said the inaugural outing was a success, with room to grow. Continue reading “National Night Out Fosters Community Fun, Security”