Local Veteran, 100, Enthralls With Adventure Tales

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Joe Giocomarra (center), a World War II veteran of the Merchant Marine who turned 100 on Monday, rode in this year’s Fiesta Days parade after introducing himself at the Memorial Ceremony in the park beforehand.

For the past couple decades, over glasses of wine or the occasional margarita, Joe Giocomarra has regaled his pal Tom Caulfield with tales of his fascinating, improbable life.
Giocomarra, one of only about 558,000 World War II veterans still living, turned 100 on Memorial Day.
“I have the privilege of reaching 100,” Giocomarra said. “That’s a privilege a lot of people don’t [have]. And, I don’t know, I really shouldn’t be here.”
Giocomarra retains vivid memories of the war, when he served with the U.S. Merchant Marine, a collection of ships populated by civilian volunteers transporting materials, supplies, equipment and troops to help fight and win World War II. Continue reading “Local Veteran, 100, Enthralls With Adventure Tales”

LCF’s Barba Celebrates 100th Birthday

Alma Barba
Alma Barba

Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident Alma Barba celebrated her 100th birthday, surrounded by friends, family and neighbors on Oct. 1 at a private club in Pasadena.
Barba was born in 1917, in Lexington, Massachusetts. A resident of LCF since May 1956, she remains active and involved locally.
She was a member and past president of the La Cañada Flintridge Women’s Club, a member of Thursday Club, of Children’s’ Home Society and currently is active with Ahead With Horses, a nonprofit that provides therapy, education and recreation through horses to children who are disabled, disadvantaged, at-risk or who have special needs. Barba also volunteers with the La Cañada Assistance League. Continue reading “LCF’s Barba Celebrates 100th Birthday”

LCF Centenarian Honored for a Life of Progress

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Mary Naff prepares to cut her birthday cake, which lauds her as an “American Pioneer.” About 70 guests celebrated Naff’s 100 birthday at the Democratic Club’s Summer Picnic at Nalini and Bob Lasiewicz’s home in La Cañada Flintridge.

La Cañada Flintridge’s Mary Naff celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by more than 100 friends associated with the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club that she helped found 12 years ago. The crowd included some noteworthy area politicians, including state Sen. Anthony Portantino and state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman.
“We do this every year, but it was only because of my 100th that I was anything, because I’m not an officer or anything,” Naff said. “We had a mixture of all ages and races and Anthony gave me a proclamation; it was a nice little presentation. He belongs to our club, and he’s particularly important right now.” Continue reading “LCF Centenarian Honored for a Life of Progress”