Antoinette “Toni” Mary Bonifield Herrling | Obituary

1929 – 2020

Antoinette “Toni” Mary
Bonifield Herrling

Toni Herrling passed away peacefully at her home in Big Bear Lake on November 2, 2020. She died of natural causes at the age of 91.
Toni was born Antoinette Mary Bonifield on April 7, 1929, in Sacramento, California. She was the daughter of William Elwood Clinton Bonifield of Eureka and Antoinette Louise Gianelli, daughter of the pioneering Gus Gianelli family of Stockton. She spent her early years in the Bay Area where she graduated from Piedmont High School, attended UC Berkeley where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. It was at Cal where she met Roger Herrling, who came to California by way of Duluth, Minnesota. They married two years later and were together for 67 years until Roger’s passing in 2017.

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LCF Golfer Makes History in Walker Cup Win

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Collin Morikawa, a 2015 graduate of La Cañada High School, plays his second shot on the 14th hole during singles at the 2017 Walker Cup at the Los Angeles Country Club on Sunday.

La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa capped a remarkable summer with a momentous victory, helping Team USA defeat Great Britain and Ireland, 19-7, to reclaim the prestigious Walker Cup this weekend at the Los Angeles Country Club.
“It’s the biggest honor to be on the USA team and represent my country the entire week,” said Morikawa, who was one of 10 American amateurs selected to take on their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland. “We lost two years ago and the main goal was to win, no matter what it takes. I’m just really proud of this team.” Continue reading “LCF Golfer Makes History in Walker Cup Win”

LCF Centenarian Honored for a Life of Progress

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Mary Naff prepares to cut her birthday cake, which lauds her as an “American Pioneer.” About 70 guests celebrated Naff’s 100 birthday at the Democratic Club’s Summer Picnic at Nalini and Bob Lasiewicz’s home in La Cañada Flintridge.

La Cañada Flintridge’s Mary Naff celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by more than 100 friends associated with the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club that she helped found 12 years ago. The crowd included some noteworthy area politicians, including state Sen. Anthony Portantino and state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman.
“We do this every year, but it was only because of my 100th that I was anything, because I’m not an officer or anything,” Naff said. “We had a mixture of all ages and races and Anthony gave me a proclamation; it was a nice little presentation. He belongs to our club, and he’s particularly important right now.” Continue reading “LCF Centenarian Honored for a Life of Progress”

Local Brothers to Teach in Japan

Rikio and Mako Inouye

Local residents Rikio and Mako Inouye recently graduated from UC Berkeley, earning bachelor’s degrees in political science and history, respectively. The twins made the Phi Beta Kappa Society and, after having toured China and Japan last summer with Cal’s band, were hired by the JET program (Japan Exchange Teaching). Both young men will teach English. Rikio will go to Toyama, Japan, and Mako will go to Yoshino, Japan. They both attended Paradise Canyon Elementary School and La Cañada High School and were Eagle Scouts with St. Bedes’ Troop 507.