Theodore (Ted) Charles Joneson II – Obituary

Theodore (Ted) Charles Joneson II

Theodore (Ted) Charles Joneson II passed away at his home in Burbank, California, early in the morning on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the age of 68.
Ted was born May 29, 1952, in Great Lakes, Illinois, the eldest son of five children of Theodore Charles Joneson and Joyce Diane Nielsen. He was raised in the Chicago area and moved to California in 1968 and graduated from John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in 1970. He married Cheryl Jo Wahl, on October 24, 1970, they bought a house in Burbank and together they raised one son.
Ted had multiple talents: mechanic, handyman, house builder, pool guy and racing crew. Through the years his interest included fishing, camping, riding his Quad, bike riding with the family, playing golf, racing both participant and watching NASCAR.
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Obituary | Sally Reid Samuelson June 1, 1926 – July 14, 2020

Sally Reid Samuelson

Sally Samuelson lived a long and wonderful life.  Born in Salem, Oregon on June 1, 1926, only child of James Morton Reid and Sarah E. Reynolds, she made California her home at a young age.   Moving to Long Beach as a child, she experienced the earthquake of 1933, and went onto to live in Los Angeles County for all the years thereafter.   Sally lived in the hills of La Canada-Flintridge for more than 55 years with her husband, Jack Samuelson, before moving to Royal Oaks Manor, a senior community in Duarte.  She was an active community and church member.  She joined the La Canada Presbyterian Church in 1952 where she served as an elder, was responsible for family church dinners and knit hats and scarves for Operation Christmas Child. Continue reading “Obituary | Sally Reid Samuelson June 1, 1926 – July 14, 2020”

Obituary | Sona ‘‘Sunny’’ Boyd March 23, 1931 – July 15, 2020

Sona “Sunny” Davis Boyd died July 15, 2020 after battling pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her son Scott Boyd and his wife Lupe; her daughter Suzanna Farver and her husband Brett; and grandchildren Lauren Boyd and her husband Wilson Fisher, Sean Boyd, Madeline Farver and Broderick Farver. Sunny was preceded in death by her husband William Boyd in 1996.
A 55-year Burbank resident, Sunny was born March 23, 1931 in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA in 1953 with a B.A. in Apparel Merchandising. After college she worked in the buying office of Handleman & Associates where she met her husband William.
She worked at Fiber Seal in Los Angeles and Pasadena as a sales representative from 1978-1996 where she won 5 ASID (American Society of Interior Design) awards. From 1998 -2000 she was employed at LA Spice catering as a sales representative. She worked at Dean Security as an Administrative Assistant from 2010 to the time of her passing.
In 1987 Sunny joined COPW (Committee of Professional Women). She served as President, Vice President, Treasurer, Activities Chair and was also a member of ENCORE, a subsidiary of COPW. Since 1996 Sunny was an active member of The Muses which supports and promotes the California Science Center Foundation and its education programs for youth. She was also a member of Symphonies for Schools. From 2003 to 2015 she volunteered delivering meals for Burbank Nutrition Services.
Sunny loved traveling, reading, classical music, going to the Hollywood Bowl, and spending time with her grandchildren.
A Memorial service celebrating Sunny’s life will be held next year.
In lieu of flowers, Sunny wished that donations be made in her name to the LA Philharmonic. Please mail memorial gift checks (with her name noted) to: LA Phil, Atten: Joseph Feneck, 151 S. Grand Ave., LA 90012

Film Festival Founder Leaves Legacy of Passion for the Arts

Velvet Rhoades

As one close friend coined it, a light went out on Sunday, July 26, when longtime Glendale resident Velvet Rhodes, the idiosyncratic founder of the Glendale International Film Festival, died in hospice care after a four-year battle with stage-4 cancer.
Rhodes, who was 70, is survived by a brother in Tennessee and a cousin in Arizona. She leaves with her friends and colleagues the memory of a strong-willed woman whose fashion ensemble for the day would often announce her arrival to an event, whose passion for performing arts and her festival were positively radioactive, and who, by numerous accounts, would not take “no” for an answer.
“I think really that’s the thing that stood out most about Velvet,” said Elissa Glickman, CEO of Glendale Arts, which operates the Alex Theatre. “At our first meeting, she pitched me an idea and concept that I wasn’t so keen on, but what her project could have brought to the community was so important that she made us believe that our vision could be her vision and it could translate into something really special to our community.”

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Obituary | Robert Nellis November 9, 1929 – June 18, 2020

Donald Rae EDaves.

Donald Rae Daves passed away peacefully at his home in Newbury Park on June 7, 2020, at the age of 89.
Don was born December 6, 1930, in Los Angeles and grew up in Pasadena and Glendale.
He was an alumnus of USC, a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, president of Trojan Knights and an honoree of the Blue Key Honor Society and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
While at USC, Don was responsible for the expansion of the Troyscope card stunts that took place during televised sporting events, as well as beginning the tradition of the white stallion, later known as “Traveler,” taking the field at football games.
Don worked in the entertainment industry, spending 10 years as the unit production manager and director of the television show Bonanza. In 1973, he became the assistant general manager of Goldwyn Studios (later Warner Hollywood Studios) and was there for 24 years.
Don is survived by his wife of 63 years, Teri, as well as his daughters Torie and Toni and granddaughters Kathleen and Kimberly, in addition to their spouses and significant others Robert, Brad, Matthew and Sean.
Also mourning his loss are his brother Brent, his sisters-in-law Mary, Jeni and Gretchen, brother-in-law Ed, several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
Don will always be remembered as someone who brought love, humor, fun and adventure into everyone’s lives. His was truly a life well lived.

Obituary | Mary Freda Lohman Patrick

Mary Freda Lohman Patrick

Mary Freda Lohman Patrick passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 27th, 2020, after a brief stay in the hospital.
Mary was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Glendale, CA where she attended Fremont Elementary School, Clark Jr. High School and Glendale High School, Class of 1951. After high school she attended the University of Arizona, where she received her degree in Education and was in the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. After college she returned to Glendale to start her teaching career at Horace Mann Elementary School, and she also taught at St. Mark’s Day School, Campbell Hall, Crestview Prep, and to raise her family.
Mary loved giving back to Glendale, volunteering in many school events, was a 30-year member of National Charity League, and her Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Group.
She was an avid bridge player where she played 3 days a week at the Arcadia Bridge Center. She was a beautiful needlecraft artist, where she won a Golden Needle award for best in show in 1979 and honorable mention in ’77 and ’78. She owned It’s a Stitch Needlepoint and Knitting store from 1976-86.
Mary leaves behind her Sister Sally Herdman (Jeff), Daughters Sara, Meg and Son Michael. Grandchildren Carly and Declan. Nieces Mary Palmer and Cindy Valdes (Vince) and her family. She will be missed, she loved her friends and was loved by many.
A celebration of life will be held in the near future.

Obituary | William David Evans II

William David Evans II

William David Evans II passed away on Tuesday, July 14, at his home in La Cañada Flintridge. Bill was born on October 21, 1929, in New York City. Named for his grandfather, he was the only child of parents Riva Cluff Evans and Thomas Richards Evans. Growing up in NYC, Bill’s mother would take him by subway to see the New York Giants’ games at the Polo Grounds. So, from age 5, he became a lifetime fan. Bill attended elementary school at Horace Mann School for Boys in the Bronx. After graduating from Horace Mann High School in 1947, he attended Yale University, receiving his B.A. in 1951. This was followed by Law School at the University of Virginia, where he received his LLB. Bill then began his law career with the legal department of New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in New Haven, Connecticut.
It was about this time, Bill was set up with a blind date for a Yale-Princeton football game in New Jersey by a mutual friend at Riverside Church in NYC. That date turned into a 61-and-a-half-year marriage to Frances Breeland, a recent arrival from Mississippi. In the meantime, Bill had decided to specialize in Labor Law and accepted a position with the National Labor Relations Board in their Los Angeles office. So, after marriage in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1958, the newlyweds honeymooned all the way to California, eventually settling in La Cañada Flintridge in 1961. His career continued as legal counsel for Texaco, Inc. and then in private practice in Los Angeles and Old Town Pasadena.
Bill and Fran soon started their family with daughter Sharon, then son Jeff, and finished off with son James (Jimmy). He enjoyed being a dad and participated in many of the children’s activities, including YMCA Indian Guides, Cub Scouts, coaching sports teams and chaperoning camping trips. One highlight was seeing Jim’s LCHS varsity basketball team win the CIF Southern Section championship.
The joy of family continued with five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law and two grandsons-in-law. Bill participated in numerous community activities, including Tournament of Roses, Rotary International, American Field Service and LCHS Boosters Club. The Evans family was pleased to host two year-long AFS students (Stefano from Italy and Johan from Sweden), and over 25 summer program students from Japan. Bill was an avid sports fan. In addition to being a diehard San Francisco Giants fan, he loved the Los Angeles Rams, Lakers and Kings.
Bill and Fran were founding members of La Cañada United Methodist Church in 1965, remaining active through the present. Bill served as president of the Board of Trustees for many years, as well as playing on the church softball team. Great memories include their travel, both domestic and foreign. Some favorites were camping trips to the beach, desert and mountains, and National Parks, including Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier. Also, trips with Rotary to Ensenada, Baja California, to aid children’s orphanages, and visits to Europe and Japan.
The family is grateful for Bill’s long, productive life and all the friendships he had cherished. He will be missed by so many.

High School Sports Delayed Until December in CIF’s New Calendar

The CIF State office’s revised calendar has a two-season format — fall and spring — that would give each sport at least 90% of a normal season. There will not be any athletic competition until December at the earliest. The first week of football is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8.
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The California Interscholastic Federation released its much-anticipated revised high school athletics calendar for the 2020-21 year, announcing a two-season format scheduled to begin in December.
CIF State, the governing body for prep sports in California, announced its schedule for section playoffs and state tournaments on Monday morning. Soon after, the Southern Section, the largest section in the state with 566 member schools, released a calendar that gives student-athletes an opportunity to play “90% to 100%” of a normal season, according to CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod.
“The reason for [the two-season format] was to help with the overlap of sports and trying to have some separation between two seasons to allow for dual-sport athletes, for coaches that coach more than one sport and for maximizing the utilization of school facilities,” Wigod said in a press conference on Monday.
Fall sports include boys’ and girls’ cross-country, 11- and 8-man football, boys’ and girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ water polo, traditional competitive cheer, gymnastics and field hockey.
Boys’ volleyball would officially kick off high school sports on Dec. 12. Week 1 of football is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8.

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Ronald James Davey – Obituary

Ronald (Ron) James Davey, who served as CEO at Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale from 1977-91, passed away on June 22, 2020, in Medford, Oregon. He was 91.
Ron Davey was the eldest child of Dr. James and Thelma Davey. He was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. As a young lad, Ron worked summers on his uncle’s farm tending crops, raising farm animals, hunting, and fishing.
Ron graduated from Gonzaga Prep then obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Gonzaga University. He continued his higher education at University of California Berkeley, earning a master’s degree in Public Health. He married a local Spokane gal, Barbara Rose Winkler. They started their family there. Ron, a ROTC graduate of Gonzaga, enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served as a captain fighting on the Korean Peninsula.
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Obituary | Ann Marie Herrmann (Gardes)

3/21/34 – 7/10/2020

Ann Marie Herrmann

July 10, 2020. Ann Marie is survived by her children Carl Herrmann III, Carron Riedman (Jim), Chris Herrmann (Pam), and Catherine Kerley (Chris); grandchildren Jon Michael Herrmann (Jen), Bridgette Diehl (Anthony), Mollie and Emilee Herrmann, Brandt, Jack and Claire Riedman, Jeremy, Mandy and Clayton Herrmann, Cameron and Chad Kerley; great-grandchildren Sebastian and Louis Herrmann and Madeleine Diehl. Sister Barbra Gardes Boyd (Laramie), Niece Laura Boyd McMurray, Nephews David, Greg (Tess), and Jimmy (Edie) and their families. She is predeceased by her parents Bernhardt and Helen Gardes.
Ann Marie spent her youth in Glendale, California, attending Holy Family until 1952. She graduated from UCSB in 1956 with a degree in education. While at UCSB she made lifelong friends and was an active member of the PI Phi sorority serving as President her senior year.
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