Obituary: John Day Horrall

John Day Horrall
John Day Horrall

John Day Horrall, longtime California resident, passed away on Jan. 5 in Laguna Hills. He had moved there from Corona del Mar after the September death of Barbara, his beloved wife of 71 years. They had previously lived in La Cañada Flintridge for 60 years.
John was born in 1922 in Spokane, Washington, to Albion and Mary Irene Horrall. In the late 1920s, the family moved to San Jose. John graduated from San Jose High School before attending Stanford University (class of 1943). He was a journalism major, member of SAE and editor of the Stanford Daily newspaper. Continue reading “Obituary: John Day Horrall”

Obituary: Maurice Rudolph Brody

Dr. Rudy Brody
Dr. Rudy Brody

Dr. Rudy Brody — beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, doctor and lifelong Dodgers fan — passed away peacefully on Jan. 6. He was 80 years old.
Rudy grew up in Brooklyn, where he had the quintessential New York City childhood, playing stickball in the streets with classmates from P.S. 181 and walking to Ebbets Field to see the Brooklyn Dodgers. His father died when Rudy was only 6, but the boy had a close and loving family that included his mother, Tinnie, and sisters, Doris and Bea. Continue reading “Obituary: Maurice Rudolph Brody”

Obituary: Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes

Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes
June 15, 1917-Dec. 26, 2018

Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes

Beloved by all who knew her, Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes passed away gracefully at age 101. In her lifetime she left a legacy of love, kindness and beautiful memories.
She was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, to Caroline and Worrie Swingle. After graduation from Benjamin Franklin High School in Carbondale, she joined her older sister at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she was an active member of the Alpha Phi sorority. There she met the love of her life, Thomas Earl Hughes (Tommy), a captain in the Army Air Corps. After a short time, he proposed and she accepted. They were married in 1941, soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and moved to California. While he was overseas, she worked for Lockheed.
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Obituary: Michael Bruce Montgomery

Michael Bruce Montgomery
Michael Bruce Montgomery

It is with great sadness that the family of longtime Pasadena-area attorney Michael Montgomery announces his passing on Nov. 28 from natural causes at the age of 82 in Pasadena. He was surrounded by his loving children. Michael was born in Santa Barbara on Sept. 12, 1936 and was a graduate of South Pasadena High School, UCLA and USC Law School. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1954-58. Continue reading “Obituary: Michael Bruce Montgomery”

Obituary: Dennis Welch

Dennis Welch
Dennis Welch

Dennis Welch, 67, of Sunland passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, after an eight-week stay in the hospital due to complications from pneumonia, low platelets, cardiac problems and renal failure.
Dennis was born July 2, 1951, at the Methodist Hospital in Los Angeles to Arthur Welch and Beatrice “Ruth” Welch (nee Housego). He grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and attended school in Monrovia and Temple City. During the summer after high school, Dennis spent time at the U.S. University of the Performing Arts in San Diego, where he was a sound technician. Continue reading “Obituary: Dennis Welch”

Obituary: Catherine Vuolo Erskine

Catherine Erskine

Catherine Vuolo Erskine, a longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, died Friday, Nov. 30, after a long and valiant battle against cancer. She was 59.
Catherine Erskine was active as a parent volunteer in a range of organizations around the community, where she raised four children. In particular, she was a member of the site council at Palm Crest Elementary, responsible for student safety and emergency preparations. Teachers there remember her for her humor, people skills and sly “Mona Lisa smile.”
At La Cañada Presbyterian Church, she was the board chair for the popular Parent Ed program in 2006-07, a transitional year between directors. She also served on the search committee that hired the program’s current director, Anne Bierling.
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Obituary: Douglas ‘Dougie’ Sibbald Dolfie

Douglas ‘Dougie’ Sibbald Dolfie
Jan. 9, 1936 – Dec. 5, 2018

Douglas “Dougie” Sibbald Dolfie

Douglas “Dougie” Sibbald Dolfie passed away at Royal Oaks Manor in Bradbury on Dec. 5, 2018, from complications of heart disease.
Dougie was born Douglas Hungerford Sibbald in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 9, 1936. She was the daughter of Dr. Reginald Spalding Sibbald and Minerva Lawson Sibbald. Her father was the head of the romance language department at Ursinus College in Collegeville. Her mother was a rare woman for her time with a college degree, and a music teacher who later roamed the mountains of West Virginia instructing students in 100 schools.
Dougie graduated from Elkins High School in 1953. During those four years, she was a majorette in the marching band and proudly carried the letter “S” at all performances.
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Obituary – Erik Francis Dowling

Erik Francis Dowling
Erik Francis Dowling

On Sept. 2 at 6:35 a.m., Erik Francis Dowling went to be with his dad, Thomas, and brother Kevin. Erik passed away surrounded by people he loved — his mom, girlfriend, godfather, and his brother and sister. He is survived by his mother, Betty Dowling; sister, Sarah Dowling; brother, Joey Dowling; girlfriend, Kellie Alcantara; and his many cousins, aunts and uncles. Erik was an example of what “living the dream” was, even when he was fighting a difficult battle with cancer.
He was always able to make those around him laugh, even in his last days. The number of people who showed up for him is a tribute to how cared for and loved he was by so many.
We will celebrate Erik’s life Thursday night, Sept. 13, at La Cañada Country Club at 7 p.m. Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Bede the Venerable Church.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the dowlingstrong55 scholarship, with checks made payable to St. Francis High School, or visit

Obit: Thomas Jason Cataldi

Thomas Jason Cataldi
Thomas Jason Cataldi

It is with heavy hearts that his family announces the passing of this talented young man. Thomas passed away suddenly at his home in Montrose at the young age of 59.
Born in Los Angeles’ Echo Park area, Tom spent his early years growing up with his brother and many cousins. Raised by his father, Rudy, and grandmother, Nona, Tom enjoyed going on camping trips, exploring the neighborhood and raising a little hell here and there. Continue reading “Obit: Thomas Jason Cataldi”