Michele Christena Byerly Hutzley | OBITUARY

Michele Christena Byerly Hutzley passed away quietly on 6/14/ 21 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California with her sisters Tena & Greta and dear family friend Bryan Lamb at her bedside.

Michele was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Andree (Tonnis) and Thayer “Bob” Byerly. She grew up in North Hollywood and Burbank after the family moved to California when she was a small child.

Michele Christena Byerly Hutzley

Michele is often described by people she met as “sweet,” “friendly” and “fun.” Those who knew her well knew she was a “rocker chick” who loved live music, dancing, muscle cars, her cats and the Denver Broncos.  Continue reading “Michele Christena Byerly Hutzley | OBITUARY”

Gerald Doran Barrone | OBITUARY

Gerald Barrone, Jerry to his friends, passed away peacefully at his home in Newport Beach on June 22, 2021.

A long-time resident of Glendale, he was born in Tujunga on June 7, 1931, attended Glendale High School and Glendale Community College. He then served 2 years during the Korean War in the Navy before returning to UCLA to graduate college.

After college, Jerry worked at Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan from 1951 to 1986, starting as Teller, working his way up to President. From 1987 to 1996, Jerry also worked at Coast Federal Bank as President and Board of Directors member.

After he retired in 1996, Jerry split Continue reading “Gerald Doran Barrone | OBITUARY”

Gregory Travis McDonald | OBITUARY

Gregory Travis McDonald

Gregory Travis McDonald passed away on April 27, 2021, peacefully in his sleep. Greg was a fantastic son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was raised in Glendale, CA and attended Glenoaks Elementary, Wilson Junior High, and Glendale High School. He later attended Glendale College and The University of Redlands.

He moved East and spent years working for Costco in various locations in New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, and Georgia. He then Continue reading “Gregory Travis McDonald | OBITUARY”

Robert Sherman Eldridge | Obituary

Robert Sherman Eldridge of Coronado passed peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Bob was born May 6, 1927 to Samuel and Marion Eldridge in St. Petersburg, Florida. Bob spent his childhood in Boston then moved west to San Francisco, where he graduated from George Washington High School. He was proud to be the 10x-great grandson of John and Joan Tilley of the Mayflower.
In 1944, he entered the Navy and served in WW II aboard the troop transport USS Pickaway. After the war he attended college at UCLA, where he played clarinet in the marching band. Playing in the band was one of his fondest memories, referring to it as his “claim to fame.”
After graduating he taught junior high school, worked as an arborist, and eventually found his calling as a probation officer in Glendale, California. It was there that he met the love of his life, Phyllis. Bob asked Phyllis if she

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Connie Humberger | OBITUARY

Connie Humberger

Connie Humberger died at her home in Glendale on May 25, 2021 at the age of 91. The only child of Spaniards Maria Rivas and Andres del Tiempo, her birth name was Concha Dolores del Tiempo. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1947, attended Los Angeles City College, and worked for Pacific Telephone in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1951, she married and moved to Glendale where she resided until her death.

Connie began working for the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) in the late 1960s. Fluent in Spanish, she first taught Continue reading “Connie Humberger | OBITUARY”

Ramon Lewis Steelsmith

Ramon Lewis Steelsmith

Ramon Lewis Steelsmith, 92, passed away quietly in Hot Springs, Ark. May 13, 2021. Born November 20, 1928 in Bloomington, IL, the son of Roy and Beatrice (Lewis) Steelsmith, both from Ohio, Ray and his family moved to Glendale, CA in 1940.

An avid golfer at an early age, developing a lifelong passion of the sport, he and his family were members of the Oakmont Country Club, where he eventually became the assistant golf pro. As a young boy, growing up in Glendale, his family and close friends, called the “Tracers,” spent every summer on Crooked Lake in Angola, Ind. where the family had a cottage from 1935-1952. Ray fondly recalled these idyllic times his entire life. Ray was captain of his Continue reading “Ramon Lewis Steelsmith”

Ann Mary Arrobio | Obituary

Ann Mary Arrobio

Ann Arrobio passed on Sunday, February 21, 2021, in the precious home that she had lived in for over 62 years. She lived in the Glenoaks Canyon and always enjoyed participating in the events held at the Glenoaks Park (pancake breakfasts and dog parades).

A native Angeleno, she moved to Glendale, CA, with her family (Guerino and Carmela Musacco, sister Theresa, brothers Louis and George) in 1938. She entered Glendale High School late in her junior year and was honored to be voted May Queen.

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Esther M. Bowen

Esther M. Bowen

Esther Mary Bowen passed away on December 28th, 2020, after a month long battle with complications from surgery and heart disease. She was born on June 23, 1932 to Joseph and Margaret Thompson in the outskirts of London, England. She was predeceased by her parents, brother William, and husband of 59 years Kenneth Bowen. Esther is survived by her loving family, Allison and husband Peter Weir with their three grown daughters, Heather, Michelle and Kimberly Weir, and son Ross Bowen, with his wife Charlotte and their two grown children Spencer and Sidney Bowen.

After WWII, upon leaving school, Esther landed a wonderful job at the new headquarters of Time and Life magazines as a secretary and tour guide. As a young working woman, Esther loved to go dancing with friends. It was this love of dancing that brought Ken and Esther together one night at the Hammersmith Palais.  hen they met, Ken was a shy, but fun loving carpenter. Ken and Esther’s romance blossomed and they were married in 1955.

In 1957, Ken and Esther emigrated to Toronto, Canada where Allison and Ross were born. In 1966, the family moved across Canada to Vancouver, B.C., and three years later in 1970 the family immigrated to the US and landed in Glendale, making it their home.

Ken and Esther continued their love of dancing with the Coronets dance club. They also enjoyed attending the Glendale Symphony orchestra performances. Esther became involved with the Women’s Committee of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra, served as President, and when the orchestra moved to the Alex, she became instrumental in the initial refurbishment of the Alex Theater.

Esther was an avid volunteer. She was a Girl Scout leader and trainer for many years. She served at St. Mark’s church on the Alter Guild, the Vestry, the choir and as a Lay Reader. She drove for Meals on Wheels. She was a long-time active member of both The Oakmont League of Glendale and Las Candelas and enjoyed the hands-on community actives the most. Esther and Ken were members of the Oakmont Country Club and enjoyed combining golf with their love of travel. They golfed all over the country and they traveled around the world.

Esther was an accomplished seamstress, making her own clothes for many years. Later she developed a love for knitting, crochet, needlepoint and quilting. Her handmade blankets and needlepoint stockings are legendary and a reminder of her love and skill in dozens of homes in the US and England. The collection of blankets still in use by the family today dates back to the 1970’s.

Ken and Esther lived in Glendale until 2014 when they sold the family home and moved Ken to the memory care unit at Solheim retirement home in Eagle Rock. Esther joined him there in her own apartment where she continued her handiwork, joined in family events and continued to enjoy the company of friends and family at the Oakmont Country Club and her organizations.

Esther’s presence and love will be missed by all who knew her. The family laid her ashes to rest and celebrated her life at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale on April 16th, 2021.

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