Marjorie Rumburg | Obituary

Marjorie Rumburg


Marjorie Rumburg was born to George and Alvida Menter in Des Moines, Iowa, at the onset of the Great Depression. Their family farm was destroyed by drought in the 1930s, and like so many families at that time they became part of the great westward migration documented in The Grapes of Wrath.  Her family packed up what few possessions they owned and left Iowa in search of a new beginning.

Marge’s father, George, was already weakened by the Spanish flu of 1918, and had difficulty finding work, first in Albuquerque, New Mexico and later in Hollywood, California where the family settled in a rental home that they affectionately called “the dump.”  Marge’s mother, Alvida, found work as a typist for a local company, and somehow the family managed to make ends meet.

Marge met Ken Rumburg in high school when they were just 17.  Ken went to Glendale High, and Marge went to Hoover High.  They were together until Ken was called up by the US Marine Corps to serve in the Korean War.  Ken was one of the lucky few who survived the battle of the Chosin Reservoir in the frozen mountains of North Korea in 1950.  Within days of returning from Korea, he and Marge were married, and would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in May of this year.

Marge and Ken went on to raise four awesome kids, including Karen, Jeff, Dana, and Karl.  Those kids went on to raise seven kids of their own, including Michelle, Justin, Tamara, Roneil, Alyssa, Kristen, and Karli.  And those seven grandchildren now have four kids of their own, including Rhys, Blake, Clive, and Sienna, the four great-grandchildren of Marge and Ken.

Marge’s family was her pride and joy.  She took pleasure in nurturing her kids, spending time with her grandchildren, and encouraging all to achieve their potential and to always do what was good and right.  As a little girl fleeing Iowa in the teeth of the great depression her expectations were modest, her future uncertain.  And although the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease eventually claimed Marge’s life, she was with us long enough to see her children and grandchildren graduate from great universities, start businesses, earn a PhD, and build their own happy and loving families.

Marge’s other passion was her faith and belief in God.  She was a devout Christian who attended church every Sunday and taught a weekly Bible study.  Even as her memory began to fail her, Marge would read her Bible daily, and never lost faith that an eternity with God in heaven would be her reward for a life well lived.

It has been said that what you do in this life echoes in eternity.  For those who knew Marge, and especially for those who are descended from Marge, you experienced her love and kindness firsthand.  It is no exaggeration to say that she lived an exemplary life.  Let us honor her legacy by leaving our own positive imprint on the sands of time.


Donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Stephanie Shumny | Obituary

Stephanie Shumny

Stephanie Shumny passed away peacefully in her home in Glendale on April 7, 2021. She was 92.
Chased from her home as a young girl in Striy, Ukraine, Stephanie immigrated as a displaced person to America in 1947, learned English, and became a proud American citizen. Through hard work and a disciplined business focus, she built a solid platform for her family to fulfill her American dream. Sons Daniel, Roman and George; grandkids Natasha, Nicholas and Daniel, and their families could not be prouder of her legacy.
Service to be held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on April 27, 2021, at 12 noon.

Michael Charles Hanna | Obituary

Mike Hanna

Michael (Mike) Charles Hanna died in his sleep on March 2, 2021, at age 55.
Mike was born in Detroit, Michigan, and his engineering talents took him to work in California, Oregon, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He invented technologies used by major corporations around the world, and was deeply passionate about his work.
A childhood visit to Marineland sparked a lifelong interest in scuba diving for Mike, and he loved to travel the world to discover new diving spots. His scientific knowledge and expertise were balanced with deep interest in literature, economics, politics, philosophy, and climate action; his passion for any subject or cause he took up was intense. Mike’s family and friends will greatly miss his powerful intellect, wry sense of humor, and holiday visits, as well as the stream of stunning photos from his travels.
In his later years, Mike developed a strong interest in spirituality, and had long and lively conversations with friends and family about Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism. His favorite book was Robert Penn Warren’s 1946 novel “All The King’s Men,” and he loved music ranging from the punk poetry of Henry Rollins to the classics of jazz. He also had a passion for art and architecture, particularly of the mid-20th century.
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Burroughs Blanked by Muir

The Burroughs High School football team fell to Pasadena Muir, 50-0, in its home opener on Friday, April 2.
Senior Luke Rogers was one of the bright spots in the tough loss, garnering 125 yards on 22 carries to lead an Indians offense that struggled to move the ball.
Junior Jon English completed three of seven passes for 26 yards and an interception, and Vincent Harris caught a 15-yard pass. John Alajijian had an eight-yard reception and Gerald Garcia had a three-yard catch.
Ryan Hernandez and Alajijian led the defense with six tackles each, and Angelo Toscano and Drake Fickers each contributed five tackles. Garcia also recorded five tackles and blocked a field goal.
Burroughs (1-2 overall record) hosted Arcadia on Friday, April 9, and will then cap the shortened season at home against local rival Burbank High on Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

Bulldogs Fall to Crescenta Valley High School, 13-6

By Austin Green
Burbank Leader

Crescenta Valley running back Matthew Watson (21) attempts to evade tackles from Burbank’s Kuba Raymond (4) and Mick Richards (33) as teammate Sebastian Wynder (54) looks on during CV’s win at Burbank on April 2.

Nearly 18 months since Crescenta Valley High School football won the 2019 CIF Southern Section championship, the Falcons notched their first victory of the pandemic-altered spring 2021 season, beating Burbank High School, 13-6, on the road.
The victory evened CV’s record at 1-1 in both overall and Pacific League play. Burbank fell to 0-3 and 0-2 in the Pacific League.
CV held the Bulldogs scoreless after the game’s opening drive and enjoyed fantastic second-half performances from star running back/linebacker Sebastian DeLeon and quarterback Brendon Pehar after some trademark in-game adjustments from head coach Hudson Gossard. A week after they struggled with turnovers during their loss to Pasadena’s Muir High School in the Rose Bowl, the Falcons did not allow a single takeaway.
“I’m not gonna lie, it feels awesome. It really does,” Gossard said after his first win in 491 days.

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Teachers Union, School District Sign Tentative Agreement

By Zane Hill and Christian Leonard
Glendale News-Press

Following months of negotiations, the Glendale Unified School District and the teachers union have signed a tentative contract regarding instruction and safety protocols for the remainder of the academic year.
The tentative agreement, which must be ratified by the GUSD Board of Education and members of the Glendale Teachers Association before going into effect, would offer childcare for school-aged children of union members and provide Chromebooks and headsets for in-person students. Students and staff members would also be asked to opt in or out of a COVID-19 testing program; currently, coronavirus testing is voluntary.
Superintendent Vivian Ekchian said in an interview Thursday she was “incredibly excited” to have reached the agreement, which was struck Wednesday.

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Falcons Beaten By Pasadena, 41-20

By Austin Green
Glendale News-Press

Photo courtesy Raymond Quan
Crescenta Valley High School’s Xavier White (11) had two catches for 23 yards in a 41-20 loss to Pasadena on Thursday evening.

Pasadena High School recorded 381 total yards of offense and quarterback Dante Coronel connected with receiver Mekhi Fox for four touchdowns as the Bulldogs defeated defending CIF champion Crescenta Valley High School 41-20 on Thursday, spoiling the Falcons’ only home game of the shortened spring 2021 season.
The game was moved to Glendale High School’s Moyse Field to allow for socially distanced fans in the bleachers, along with cheer squads and a pep band (minus wind instruments per COVID-19 restrictions) on the CV side. The home team also had a short pregame ceremony to honor its seniors.
While Falcons coach Hudson Gossard believed it brought a more “normal” Friday night high school football feel, the result was still very much a spring 2021 affair, with Pasadena continuing its stunning rampage through the Pacific League thanks in large part to Coronel’s breakout season.

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Falcons Beat Burbank, 13-6

By Austin Green
Glendale News Press

Photo courtesy Raymond Quan
Crescenta Valley running back Matthew Watson (21) attempts to evade tackles from Burbank’s Kuba Raymond (4) and Mick Richards (33) as teammate Sebastian Wynder (54) looks on during CV’s win at Burbank on April 2.

Nearly 18 months since Crescenta Valley High School football won the 2019 CIF Southern Section championship, the Falcons notched their first victory of the pandemic-altered spring 2021 season, beating Burbank High School, 13-6, on the road.
The victory evened CV’s record at 1-1 in both overall and Pacific League play. Burbank fell to 0-3 and 0-2 in the Pacific League.
CV held the Bulldogs scoreless after the game’s opening drive and enjoyed fantastic second-half performances from star running back/linebacker Sebastian DeLeon and quarterback Brendon Pehar after some trademark in-game adjustments from head coach Hudson Gossard. A week after they struggled with turnovers during their loss to Pasadena’s Muir High School in the Rose Bowl, the Falcons did not allow a single takeaway.
“I’m not gonna lie, it feels awesome. It really does,” Gossard said after his first win in 491 days.

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City Hall is Now Open

As Los Angeles County moved into the less restrictive orange tier on Monday, La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander announced that City Hall is officially open one year after closing its doors to walk-in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though it is only a partial re-opening, Alexander said hours will be extended when the county moves into the least restrictive yellow tier. Meanwhile, the public can visit without an appointment Tuesday-Thursday between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., but staff recommends making appointments online. Mayor Mike Davitt is hopeful that the City Council will soon be able to hold a meeting in council’s chambers.

Hillside School Reopens for In-Person Learning

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Edward Shanaughy, James Romans, Roman Moretti-Hitchcock and Josh Silverman are among the students who returned to The Hillside School’s campus recently for the first time in more than a year.

It was an exciting, long-awaited, unusual and emotional day on March 31 as the doors of The Hillside School reopened for in-person learning after the school had been closed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hillside welcomed juniors and seniors on campus for in-person instruction on March 31 and will alternate grade levels for
upcoming days. It was not business as usual as students lined up six feet apart, wearing masks, getting their temperature checked and were asked a set of health questions before entering the school.
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