Norman Perry Mandel was born in Los Angeles, California, and lost his battle with cancer September 10, 2020. A first-generation American who attended UCLA but left to proudly serve in the Korean War. On returning to California, he settled in Glendale, and made the decision not to return to college but grow his family liquor store business. He was a proud member of the Shriners and a 33-degree Mason who was committed to serving those less fortunate than himself. He continually volunteered for the Red Cross. Norman loved to golf and spent time relaxing in Palm Springs and Rosarito Beach, Mexico. He spent his retirement years traveling the world; six continents in total. Norman was a mentor to all he met in business and in friendship. Although married and divorced twice, Norman never had his own children; but his nieces, their families and those he called his friends will truly miss him.
Maria Carmen Kenney, aka Maricarmen Kenney, passed away in Spring Hill, Tennessee August 22, 2020. She was born in Panama June 21, 1925, Maria del Carmen Conte Porras, granddaughter of 3 times president of Panama Dr. Belisario Porras; one of 9 children. Her family in Panama called her “Cunga” or “Tia Cunga”; she was “Abuelita” and “Tita” to her grandchildren. She married Mario de Obaldia and had 6 children with him. She later married Joseph Patrick Kenney and moved to Glendale California where she lived for over 30 years and where she dedicated much of her time performing community services and volunteer work for the Red Cross, CYO and YWCA & was awarded Glendale volunteer of the year. She was described as a “Dynamo” in one of the articles of the Glendale News-Press. She was a poet, novelist, painter, singer, gardener (twice won “Best Garden of Glendale”) & a wonderful cook. She truly was a renaissance woman. She was a mother of 6: Marianela Alonso, Amalia Scontas, Mario de Obaldia Jr., Gustavo de Obaldia, David Kenney & Clara Rosa Maranville. She was the grandmother & great grandmother of over 40. She loved them all and they all loved her and will miss her. She will be interned in Forest Lawn at Glendale California.
La Cañada Presbyterian Church will be hosting a blood drive in Fellowship Hall on May 3 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, CA 91011.
“Due to the coronavirus, blood donations are down by 300,000,” according to an event spokesperson. “The Red Cross had a huge outpouring from the public for drives for the month of April; however, months of May, June and July are wide open. Since blood only has a shelf life of 42 days, the Red Cross is looking for blood donation sites during these months.”
Appointments may be made online at redcrossblood.org (use sponsor code: lacanadapreschurch). For those familiar with RapidPass, you may use it to read the necessary information and answer the questions 24 hours prior to coming to donate. Go to redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.
Event organizers request individuals to arrive at the church 15 minutes prior to the scheduled donation time to line up. Social distancing protocol will be followed. Individuals must have a photo ID with them at the event to give blood.
For questions, email Gerard Marzilli at firstname.lastname@example.org or call LCPC Blood Drive volunteer Sheri Morton at (818) 790-7612.
Amid reports that hundreds of blood drives have been canceled recently as fears about coronavirus risks have increased, the American Red Cross has restated its commitment to the safety of donors, patients, volunteers and staff members.
A Red Cross leader made a plea for blood donations and spoke about safety measures the organization has taken.
“We recognize that this health crisis may create some questions about donating blood at this time,” said American Red Cross Biomedical Services President Chris Hrouda. Continue reading “Red Cross Urgently Seeks More Blood Donations”