Obituary: Capt. Francis Patrick Flynn Sr., USN (Retired)

June 6, 1929-May 18, 2019

Francis Patrick “Pat” Flynn Sr.
Francis Patrick “Pat” Flynn Sr.

Patrick was born in Los Angeles on June 6, 1929, son of Frances D. and Matthew P. Flynn. Predeceasing Pat were his wife of 53 years, Joyce, and his brothers Matthew P. Flynn Jr., and Michael D. Flynn. He is survived by his brother Ronald B. Flynn; children Pat Jr., Tom (Katie), Tim and Peggy; and four grandchildren, Alexander, Sydney, Matt and Emily.
Pat attended Incarnation Catholic School in Los Angeles, Loyola High School and the United States Naval Academy (class of 1953). Pat continued in the Navy Reserve until his retirement in 1983 at the rank of captain. As the Blue and Gold Officer for the Los Angeles area, he helped numerous graduating seniors gain admittance to the Naval Academy. Continue reading “Obituary: Capt. Francis Patrick Flynn Sr., USN (Retired)”

Obituary: Mary Paniccia

March 5, 1924-May 11, 2019

Mary Paniccia
Mary Paniccia

Mary Napoleon Paniccia passed away on May 11 at Aegis of Granada Hills, a memory-care residence where she lived for the last two years of her life.
Mary was born March 5, 1924, in Trenton, New Jersey, the daughter of Italian immigrants who came to the United States from Norcia, a small town in the hills of Umbria. Shortly after the start of World War II, Mary married Valentino Paniccia, an Italian immigrant who enlisted and served in the South Pacific. Mary then raised their firstborn son alone until the war ended. They then moved to Los Angeles and lived at Roger Young Village, which was temporary GI housing that consisted of quonset huts along the L.A. River in Griffith Park. Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Paniccia”

Obituary: Seena Wolin

Seena Wolin
Seena Wolin

Seena Wolin, age 89, passed away peacefully on April 30. Born in New York City on March 2, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ida Switzer. Seena was a long-time resident of La Cañada Flintridge and Glendale. She taught in the Glendale Public School District for many years and, after retiring, volunteered for the Glendale Police Department and Verdugo Hills Hospital. She was a member of Temple Sinai in Glendale and of Descanso Gardens, where she enjoyed spending time. She had a youthful spirit, a great sense of humor and will be missed by many friends of all ages. Continue reading “Obituary: Seena Wolin”

Obituary: Mayris Meskill Wells

April 3, 1941-April 11, 2019

Mayris Meskill Wells
Mayris Meskill Wells

Mayris Meskill Wells, 78, passed away peacefully, and surrounded by her family, on April 11 due to complications from a stroke. She was born April 3, 1941, in Philadelphia, the only child of Irma Holton Meskill and James Meskill. She is survived by her husband, Frank, of 55 years; her children Andrew, Susan and Peter; son-in-law Daniel Frazee; grandchildren Ryan, Ella, Bryn and Dash Frazee; and cousin Lisa Grives.
Mayris attended Germantown High School and the University of Pennsylvania. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris for a glorious summer, securing her love of the French language, art, history and travel. Continue reading “Obituary: Mayris Meskill Wells”

Obituary: Warren G. Walker


Warren G. Walker, DVM
Warren G. Walker, DVM

Our beloved patriarch, Warren, died peacefully on April 2 at Monte Vista Grove Homes, where he had been a resident for six years. The staff at MVGH treated Warren and the rest of his family with love, kindness and strong support until the end.
Warren was born in Venice Beach as the youngest son of Campbell Gardner and Faye Walker. During his adolescence, the family moved to Sunland-Tujunga, where he raised turkeys, rabbits and horses on the family’s small ranch. He graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in 1940 and went on to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado A&M, now Colorado State University. Continue reading “Obituary: Warren G. Walker”

Obituary: Ruth Benson Roschke

Nov. 13, 1933-March 27, 2019

Ruth Benson Roschke
Ruth Benson Roschke

Ruth Lois Benson Roschke passed away on Wednesday, March 27, at her home in Westlake Village at the age of 85.
Ruth was born in Chicago to Arthur Frederick Benson and Ada Hulda Kirchenberg Benson on Nov. 13, 1933. She graduated from high school from Luther Institute in 1951. In 1954, she married Elfred John Roschke (1930-2007) from St. Louis, and four years later they moved to California to begin their life there. Ruth had a beautiful voice, was a member of her church choir for many years, and kept her family, friends and associates entertained with her spirited singing through the last days of her life. Ruth was a born leader. Continue reading “Obituary: Ruth Benson Roschke”

Obituary: Mary Emma McGee

April 8, 1922-Dec. 7, 2018

Mary Emma McGee
Mary Emma McGee

Mary Emma McGee, 96, of La Cañada Flintridge passed away on Dec. 7. Mary Emma had lived in LCF since 1990 with her daughter, Kathleen; son-in-law, David; and grandsons, Andrew and Jason Holmes.
Mary Emma was born on April 8, 1922, in Brandon, Mississippi. She was the youngest child and only daughter of Harvey Hasty Bullock and Mary (Williams) Bullock.
Mary Emma graduated from Brandon High School in 1939. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mary Hardin-Baylor College in 1943. After teaching mathematics for a year, she went on to complete legal studies at the Jackson School of Law. Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Emma McGee”

Obituary: Patrick Donald Keating

Nov. 4, 1947-April 16, 2019

Patrick Donald Keating
Patrick Donald Keating

“Pat Keating? He was the nicest guy you’ll ever want to meet.” This is the kind of comment that one often hears when Pat’s name is mentioned. His life was filled with service and kindness. Fittingly, his final act was donating his corneas. Pat passed away in Santa Cruz after battling serious health issues.
Patrick Donald Keating was born in Brooklyn, New York, the oldest of seven siblings. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1957 when, according to family lore, the Dodgers left Brooklyn. Patrick grew up in La Cañada-Flintridge, where he attended St. Bede elementary school and St. Francis High School. Pat graduated from Pasadena City College and then studied business at Northern Arizona University. Marriage followed and soon thereafter the birth of his daughter, Jenna. Continue reading “Obituary: Patrick Donald Keating”

Obituary: Peter Berger

Dec. 26, 1933-April 16, 2019

Peter Berger
Peter Berger

Peter Westfall Berger of Pasadena died peacefully at home on April 16, surrounded by family.
Peter was born in Hollywood in 1933, the third of four children to Paul Francis and Inez Westfall Berger, and grew up in Pasadena, attending Mayfield
Jr. School and St. Philip the Apostle,
before moving on to Loyola High
School and then Santa Clara University. After college, Peter joined the Navy, earning the rank of LTJG and learning to land fighter planes on aircraft carriers. Continue reading “Obituary: Peter Berger”

La Cañada Boys Win Meet of Champions, Girls Place 15th in Team Standings

Photo courtesy LCHS Athletics The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming team won the Mt. SAC Meet of Champions. The squad includes Braden Beagle, Eddie Cosic, Mark Fanelli, Juan Grases, Noah Hirshon, Thomas Hoffman, Joshua Kim, Chris O’Grady, Ryan Silva and Danny Syrkin.
Photo courtesy LCHS Athletics
The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming team won the Mt. SAC Meet of Champions. The squad includes Braden Beagle, Eddie Cosic, Mark Fanelli, Juan Grases, Noah Hirshon, Thomas Hoffman, Joshua Kim, Chris O’Grady, Ryan Silva and Danny Syrkin.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming team dominated the Meet of Champions at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut last weekend, taking home the first-place banner with 533.5 points.

Danny Syrkin had a career day for the Spartans, winning two singles races and placing among the top two in two relay events.

He won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.89 seconds and the 100-yard butterfly with 48.72 seconds.

The junior standout teamed up with Eddie Cosic, Thomas Hoffman and Chris O’Grady to win the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:32.92, establishing a new school and meet record. The quartet also competed in the 200 freestyle relay and placed second with a time of 1 minute, 24.84 seconds. Continue reading “La Cañada Boys Win Meet of Champions, Girls Place 15th in Team Standings”