Obituary | Helen von Seggern

Helen von Seggern

Helen von Seggern was born in Salt Lake City but, when she was quite young, the family moved to Los Angeles. After graduating from Manual Arts High School, she graduated and earned her teaching credential from UCLA. Her first teaching position was in Escondido, California, teaching at the high school.
It was there she met her husband, Ernest, son of a pioneer Escondido family and a research engineer. They were married in 1943 and soon moved to Burbank. In spite of the housing shortage, they were able to buy a house, where Helen lived until a few months before her passing.
The focus of their lives were their three children, sharing together music, scouting, and camping.

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Obituary | Gloria C. Ducote

Gloria C. Ducote

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Gloria C. Ducote at the age of 87 on 1/6/21 at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank.
She was born and raised in San Diego. Daughter of Albert and Catherine Goble of North Park. She was a graduate of Rosary High and was a devote Catholic. She then worked at North Island Naval Station until she married James P. Ducote, of Krotz Springs, LA. After moving to several Naval locations, they settled in El Cajon and raised four children, Alphonse, Ruthann, Elainna and Christine. Son Alphonse and daughter Ruthann preceded her in death, as well as did her husband.
After her children were raised she worked at Fireman Fund Insurance and later after retirement she and Jim travel extensively.
She loved the Padres, opera, gardening, singing, dancing and playing Bingo. She moved to La Mesa after her husband’s death in 2003, living at Little Flower Haven until they closed 11 years later.
In 2015 she moved to Burbank to be closer to her daughter and stayed at Evergreen Retirement where she enjoyed many social activities, until her death on 1/6/21 due to COVID.
Always quick to greet everyone with a loving smile and cheerful word. This Angel will be happy serving with our Lord above.
Services will be held at Valley Funeral Home in Burbank on 2/1/21 at 9:30 a.m. She will then be laid to rest at Riverside National at 1 p.m.

PFAR Installs New President in Virtual Ceremony

The Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors recently hosted its 114th annual Inaugural and Awards Virtual Ceremony. The celebratory event, themed “Leading Change,” honored the “local Realtor community in their public service and fight to protect homeownership, while installing the 2021 officers and directors,” according to a PFAR statement.
The event included a message from Congressman Adam Schiff and newly installed Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo.
During the virtual ceremony, PFAR honored 2021 President Barry Storch, who emphasized the importance of planting seeds in order to thrive, a value learned as a former beekeeper. In a time of such uncertainty, Storch fortified his mission to — as the event’s them suggests — lead change in education, training, support services and community.

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Pickleball Board Advocating for More Courts

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The La Cañada Pickleball Association board of directors includes Trina Davidian, Bill Koury, Lisa MacCarley and K.D. Shaunessy. Not pictured: Jack Kozakar.

The La Cañada Pickleball Association is a newly formed nonprofit 501(c)(3), the purpose of which is to advocate for more courts in La Cañada Flintridge and simultaneously promote this fast-growing activity to the city’s 3,000-plus senior population.
Pickleball is exercise, it is social and can be competitive. It is played on Sundays at a court in LCF, where an average of 18 players wait to play a 15-minute game.
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Palm Crest Names Founders Day Recipients

PTAs throughout California recently gave Founders Day awards to volunteers, teachers and/or staff members in special recognition of outstanding service to children and youth. On Tuesday, the Palm Crest Elementary PTA announced its 2020-21 Founders Day Award recipients. The five individuals honored include parent volunteers Ricardo Mendoza and Jennifer Wolpert, PCR technologist Omar Torres, and teachers Kelly Hu (5th grade) and Joan Patterson (1st grade).

Dodgers Historian’s Eventful Spring Training Alongside Lasorda

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Tommy Lasorda (right), who passed away last week at age 93, is pictured at 1988 spring training with newly acquired Kirk Gibson, who would provide the most iconic home run in Dodgers history seven months later. Lasorda’s career included two World Series championships, an Olympic gold medal victory, and more celebrity speaking engagements and free meals than could be counted.

By Mark Langill
Special to The Outlook

My Master’s Class at Tommy Lasorda University began in spring training 2007 with one day’s notice and a late-night phone call that sounded like the opening of an action movie. The unlikely supporting actor was a somewhat mild-mannered team historian who wasn’t scheduled to appear at the team’s Vero Beach training facility until a few weeks later for his publicity department assignments.
“Can you be in Florida tomorrow morning?” asked a Dodgers executive. “Tommy’s assistant has taken a leave of absence and you’re the only one who can do his job.”
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Mike the ‘Donut Prince’ Retires

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Mahmud “Mike” Abdelghani, who served donuts out of his shops in and around Burbank for 40 years, retired at the end of 2020.

By Al Moen
Special to the Burbank Leader

After 40 years of serving his loyal customers in and around the city of Burbank, Mahmud “Mike” Abdelghani, the man known as the “Donut Prince,” retired on Dec. 31.
Abdelghani, 65, a resident of La Cañada Flintridge, adopted his nickname when many of his customers had trouble pronouncing his given name, so he has been affectionately known by “Mike” ever since opening shop in Burbank.
Abdelghani was born in Giza, Egypt, the middle child in a family of three brothers and five sisters. In his early teens, he immigrated to the United Kingdom. in pursuit of furthering his education and improving his English, as he was already fluent in Arabic and French. While studying and living in England, he also worked full time at various restaurants as a waiter. Because of his language skills and his friendly personality, his boss singled him out for serving in his upscale silver service restaurant.

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Local Resident Turns 107

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Burbank resident Helen Von Seggern celebrated her 107th birthday on Dec. 12. The former Burbank teacher has lived in the city since 1958.

Former Burbank schoolteacher and current resident Helen Von Seggern celebrated her 107th birthday on Dec. 12. One of her mantras to a long life is, “Always have something to look forward to.”
“Delta Kappa Gamma Society International’s Beta Epsilon chapter could not be more excited for her,” a spokesperson said. “2020 marked her 50th year as an active member of this chapter in which she fulfilled many roles from chapter secretary to vice president. Until the onset of the pandemic, Helen attended meetings faithfully, greeted members with an enthusiastic smile, and was ready to engage in social discussions on topics ranging from the latest educational trends to the politics affecting education today on a national scale.”
Von Seggern started her career in 1952 in Escondido, teaching high school English. After six years, she moved to Burbank where she began as a preschool classroom assistant and then quickly became a preschool teacher. Her innovative nature and expertise lead to her directing role as resource teacher for the Parent Education Program, located on the grounds of Burbank Unified Schools’ Adult Education Center. She touched countless parents and children through this position from 1976 until 2001, when she retired.

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98-Year-Old Enjoys Drive-Thru Birthday

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Ted Napolitano, 98, parks himself in front of his house to enjoy the birthday parade that his daughter Judy (behind, left) and granddaughter Camille Napolitano planned.

When Ted Napolitano turned 98 the day after Christmas, he knew not to expect a large indoor celebration because of COVID-19 restrictions. But he didn’t anticipate the kind of party his granddaughter Camille organized.
Napolitano, who has lived in the same Burbank house for 65 years, where he and his late wife, Josephine (deceased 2001), raised their seven kids, was surprised and delighted when a birthday drive-thru parade coursed past his house. Family members made posters, yard signs, decorated their cars and had confetti poppers as they drove past waving and honking their horns.
Napolitano was honored to have so many family members and friends drive from Lancaster, Valencia, Boyle Heights, Covina, Play Del Rey, Torrance, San Pedro, Westchester, Huntington Beach and, of course, from North Hollywood and Burbank, all to wish him a happy 98th birthday.
And for those who lived too far away, he received calls and texts from family all across the state, country and a FaceTime call from his granddaughter Alicia, all the way from Scotland.
Napolitano is blessed with seven kids, 24 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren .
When Napolitano is asked his secret to longevity, he usually replies “I eat two pieces of dark chocolate daily.”

Medical Officer Named at Adventist Health Glendale

Dr. Kingman Ho

Dr. Kingman Ho has joined Adventist Health Glendale as medical officer. He brings deep experience as both a physician and operational leader that has led to marked improvements in physician engagement and alignment, significant care redesign, physician and payor contracting, and the development of hospital partnerships that drive innovation and additional service access for patients.
Ho came from Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, a 357-bed acute care hospital and Level II trauma center and advanced stroke center in the Santa Clarita Valley, where he has served as chief medical officer since 2016 and, additionally, Care Innovation Officer and senior vice president of Professional Services since 2018.

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