Obituary: Jeanne Mary Ellen (Newlin) Wallace

Jeanne Mary Ellen (Newlin) Wallace

Jeanne Mary Ellen (Newlin) Wallace was born in Asheville, North Carolina, on June 2, 1930, and died at the Huntington Hospital in Pasadena on May 4, 2018. A memorial service to remember and celebrate Jeanne’s life will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
Jeanne moved with her family in 1933 from Asheville to Anderson County, Tennessee, where her father supervised the building of the waterworks for the town of Norris, which housed the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Jeanne grew up with her beloved younger brother and sister, Jerry and Judy, in that little town, which had a population of about 1,500. Following her graduation from Norris High School, she enrolled in the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, later transferring to East Tennessee State College.
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Honda Helps Boy Find Service Dog

Until very recently, whenever little Jude DeMatteis needed to have blood drawn, or to undergo a procedure or testing, he’d recoil in terror the moment he saw a hospital or doctor’s office, said his mom, Jasmine DeMatteis.
Now nearing 5 years old, Jude has been primarily living off a feeding tube since he was just 4 months. He suffers from Crohn’s disease, and was diagnosed more than a year ago with medical post-traumatic stress disorder.
For the past few weeks, however, Jude’s anxiety has seemed to decrease. What’s more, the side effects that result from having to take chemotherapy medications such as Imuran seem less intense.

Photo courtesy Jasmine DeMatteis
Jude DeMatteis, 4, has bonded quickly with his new service dog, Grady, who was presented by the SoCal Helpful Honda campaign and the nonprofit Pawsitivity, which trains service dogs.

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LCPC Holds New Grief Support Seminar Jan. 14

La Cañada Presbyterian Church has announced a new, six-week grief support group to begin on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. in the church library.
Parish associate Peter Hintzoglou, who facilitates the seminar three times a year, has worked with hospice for a number of years. He writes: “Grief is not a weakness. Grief is a normal part of the human experience. There is no timing that one can set when grief will be over. Often, we don’t get over it, we learn to manage it.”
During the seminar, the class will look to such experiences as coping with loneliness, depression, anger and other subjects related to the journey of grief.
All are welcome. There is no fee for the sessions. For more information, call (626) 790-6708. LCPC is located at 626 Foothill Blvd.

LCPC Hosting New Class on Prayer and Christian Mystics

Janna Gosselin

Back for a fourth summer, Janna Gosselin will teach a five-week lecture series titled “Deepening Your Prayer Life, Learning From the Christian Mystics” in the Family Life Center at La Cañada Presbyterian Church starting on Wednesday evening, July 26, and continuing every Wednesday evening through Aug. 23. The classes meet from 7-8:30 p.m. and are free. The public is welcome to attend individual sessions or the full series.
This summer, Shelley Irvine, LCPC’s director of Spiritual Formation and Equipping, will lead a special prayer practice segment. The classes will focus on particular prayer practices of the Christian mystics, ranging from the Orthodox practice of the Jesus Prayer to Teresa of Avila’s Prayer of Quiet to means of praying with the body as well as ways of praying with images. The hope is that the classes, together with the practice segment, will help students to enter into deep, spiritual prayer to better connect with God and allow for transformation of their lives.
Gosselin and Irvine are members of LCPC and long-time students of the mystics. A professor at the New Theological Seminary of the West and adjunct professor at Fuller Theological seminary, Gosselin holds a doctorate’s from USC, having written her dissertation on the Christian mystic Julian of Norwich, and a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Irvine is a retreat leader, teacher and certified spiritual director who has written curriculum, study guides and retreat resources.
To register, visit lacanadapc.org/christian-mystics or call (818) 790-6708, ext. 216.

Global Leadership Summit Comes to LCF Aug. 10-11

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will be among the headliners at the 23rd Global Leadership Summit, presented by Willow Creek Association, on Aug. 10-11. The event will feature insight from individuals who will challenge leaders to maximize their influence. The two-day event will be simulcast live by satellite in HD to 600 sites in North America, including La Cañada Presbyterian Church (626 Foothill Blvd., LCF).
Sandberg, who is widely regarded as a key to Facebook’s meteoric success, and television host Marcus Lemonis of CNBC’s “The Profit,” will be among this year’s featured speakers. They are among those who will offer unique perspectives, enabling participants to challenge their learning.
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Obituary: Beulah Lynch Oakes

Beulah Lynch Oakes

Beulah Lynch Oakes, a 29-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on El Camino Corto on June 21. She was 105 years old. Beulah was an active member of the Thursday Club for many years, having moved to La Cañada Flintridge to live near her son and his family following the death in 1988 of her husband, Dr. Harold Oakes.
Beulah was born in a ranch house on Nov. 16, 1911, near the town of Salt Lake, New Mexico, the youngest of six children. After growing up on the ranch and graduating from Albuquerque High School, Beulah traveled to Washington, D.C., to work for the Department of Labor. She worked in the office of Frances Perkins, secretary of Labor in the Franlin D. Roosevelt administration, who was the nation’s first female cabinet member.
Beulah met Harold in El Paso, Texas, and following their marriage in 1942, she received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley while Harold was serving in the Army in the South Pacific.
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LCF’s Spence Remembered as Kind, Fun-Loving Public Servant

Dave Spence’s sons, Steve and Andy, were among the former city councilman’s many loved ones in a crowd of more than 500 who attended the memorial service.
Dave Spence’s sons, Steve and Andy, were among the former city councilman’s many loved ones in a crowd of more than 500 who attended the memorial service.

There were tears, yes, but there was also laughter, as more than 500 family and friends remembered longtime City Councilman Dave Spence, 80, at a memorial service Wednesday at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
The Rev. Chuck Osburn asked those gathered if they recalled Spence — a six-time La Cañada Flintridge mayor who was serving his seventh City Council term when he died May 16 from an apparent heart attack — gleefully riding down Foothill Boulevard on a fire truck in past Fiesta Days parades. Hundreds of hands shot up. Continue reading “LCF’s Spence Remembered as Kind, Fun-Loving Public Servant”