Obituary | Dushan (Duke) Vukovich

Dushan (Duke) Vukovich

Our family circle was broken with the death of our beloved patriarch. Duke was born in Globe, Arizona to parents who emigrated from Montenegro in the 1920s. He excelled in sports at a very young age, but rheumatic fever at 11 changed the course of his life. After graduating in accounting from Arizona State University, he came to Los Angeles and began work at Haskins and Sells. He then was employed by Cyprus Mines Corporation for 25 years, finishing his employment as Director of Taxes. When Cyprus Mines moved out of state, Duke chose to stay in Los Angeles and was hired as International Director of Taxes at U.S. Borax, where he remained for 13 years, until his retirement.
Duke married Nancy Field in 1955, and they moved to Glendale. They became active in Glendale Presbyterian Church, where Duke later served as deacon, elder and adult Sunday class president. During those many years, Duke continued his lifelong interest in sports. Having overcome rheumatic fever’s effects, he enjoyed playing softball and volleyball. He played tennis into his 80s.
Duke’s retirement years were happily spent in Carlsbad, where he and Nancy made cherished friends at Carlsbad Community Church. Being part of the Maranatha class and a small group Bible study were rewarding for him in his senior years.
Duke leaves Nancy, his wife of 65 years; his three daughters, Dyana Vukovich, Jana Vukovich Byeman (Andy) and Marta Vukovich; grandson Joshua Dushan Byeman (Karen) and great-granddaughters, Ava and Alice; granddaughter Julianne Byeman Folin (Steve) and great-grandchildren, Amelia and Abram; sister Nada Pitt; sister-in-law Ida Vukovich; grand godson Ari Abramovitz; and 14 nieces, nephews and cousins. His sister Desanka (Dee) and brother Lazo (Louis) predeceased him.
The values of integrity, responsibility, fidelity, generosity and empathy defined the life Duke lived. We thank God for the blessing he was to our family and many others during his 91 years.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Free Wheelchair Mission in Duke’s name, using the following link:

Obituary | Dorothy Louise McLeod

Dorothy Louise McLeod

Dorothy Louise McLeod, 91, of Glendale, CA, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2020. She was a granddaughter of Glendale early pioneer settlers, Mary and Joseph Maier, and daughter of Marie Maier McLeod of Glendale and Fred McLeod of Boston, MA. Dorothy lived her early childhood in Glendale and in western states along Route 66 where her father was employed by TWA. Later Dorothy attended schools in Kansas City, MO and The Kansas City Art Institute. Her career began at City Hall, Kansas City, MO and continued in Glendale, CA in 1955 at City Hall, The City of Los Angeles, until her retirement in 1985 after 30 years of service. She was a former member of The First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, CA. She continued living in Glendale until 2014 when she moved to Thousand Oaks, CA to be closer to family. Her lifelong interests were art, music, traveling and her family. She is dearly loved, honored and remembered by her sister, Grace Byard of Thousand Oaks, niece Beverly Adelman and her husband Eric Adelman of Moorpark, great-niece Ashley Adelman and her husband Ryan Murry, great-niece Haley Adelman, Suzanne Barger, Joan Byard and Robert Byard. Private services were held at Glen Haven Memorial Park.

Obituary | Allan Forrest Scott

Allan Forrest Scott

Allan Forrest Scott passed away peacefully on Dec. 21 surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 13, 1944 in Washington to Doreen M. Hanlin (deceased) and Forrest Scott (deceased). Allan was raised in the Kings County area by his mother and stepfather Clifford R. Welborn.
He served in the USAF. Graduated from Glendale College. Allan retired as a manager for the City of Glendale Public Service Dept. after over 35 years. He spent over 15 years as an American Legion Post #127 commander to serve veterans. Allan’s passions included backyard basketball games, dirt bike riding, playing tennis with his brothers, swimming, boogie boarding, collecting rocks, movies, reading and his classic rock albums. Of all the people he touched, none was greater than his daughters Tamara and René … known as “his girls.” Others who meant a great deal to Allan were his grandson Grayden Baker; sons-in-law Matt Baker and Bill Tuck; brothers Ron Bowman (Shelley), Tim Bowman, Mark Bowman, Bob Bowman (deceased); and sister Teresa Sweet (John). He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, Dodgers fan, “Scotty,” proud patriot and U.S. Air Force veteran.
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Bertha Amelia Hernandez

Bertha Amelia Hernandez

Bertha Amelia Barboa Hernandez, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, died Saturday evening, December 12, of cancer at her home in San Marino. Bertha was born June 17, 1932, in Tucson, Arizona, the youngest of four sisters, to Amalia Lujan Barboa and Federico Barboa. Upon her father’s death while in military service during World War II, Bertha moved with her family to be near relatives in Los Angeles. Bertha attended Roosevelt High School, where, at age 15, she met the love of her life, Enrique “Hank” Hernandez, a schoolmate.

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Obituary | Walter Philip Hurley

Walter Philip Hurley passed away peacefully on December 10, 2020.

Walter Philip Hurley

Walter was born in Long Beach, California, on February 5, 1931, to Cornelius and Cornelia Hurley of Los Angeles. He grew up in Los Angeles and attended John Marshall High School.  Following his graduation from Cal. St. Univ., L. A., he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was last stationed in San Francisco. Following active duty, he continued serving his country through the Naval Reserve, ultimately achieving the rank of Commander. 

Following his active service in the Navy, Walter returned to Los Angeles to begin his career with Travelers Ins. Co., for which he worked 33 years. Following his retirement, he enjoyed traveling, tennis, trout fishing, and being with family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Walter is preceded in death by his sisters, Virginia Frear and Mary Parker. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Nancy; his children, Jim Hurley and his wife, Nancy, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Steve Hurley and his wife, Dolores, of Simi Valley, and Linda Hurley and her husband, Richard Pachorek, of Burbank; three grandsons; three great-granddaughters; and, his older brother, Neal, and his wife, Sandy, of Medford, Oregon. 

The family would like to thank Foothill Retirement in Tujunga for their loving care of Dad during the past five and one-half years. 

Obituary | James Morley Gibson Sr.

James Morley Gibson Sr.

James Morley Gibson Sr. will be remembered as a big man with a big personality. Jim passed away December 7, just days from his 89th birthday, which gives us pause to celebrate the many years he has shared with us. Jim was born December 16, 1931 in Glendale to Carl and Cleo Gibson. Jim was the younger of two children and was preceded in death by his elder brother, Carl Reeves Gibson Jr.
On July 26, 1952, Jim married the love of his life, Joyce Marie Petersen, whom he had met at Burbank High School. They were married and lived in Burbank for 51 years before she preceded him in death on May 27, 2003. Jim and Joyce are survived by their three children and spouses: Jim M. Gibson Jr. and wife Anne, Julie Kropf and husband Russ, and Janis Dickey and husband Brad; their six grandchildren: Carrie Hibbard and husband Don, Kristy Willer and husband John, Jennifer and Jaqi Gibson, Kyle Dickey and wife Megan, and Emily Dickey; and their two great-grandchildren, Tim and Brandice Hibbard.
In 1953 and 1954, Jim served as a Sergeant in the Army’s 38th Infantry Regiment during active duty in Korea, earning a Purple Heart, following a celebrated football career at Burbank High School, Glendale College, USC and with the Army; even receiving an invitation to play professional football with the N.Y. Giants.

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Obituary | Carl T. Mattera

Carl Thomas Mattera

Carl Thomas Mattera, age 93, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
Carl loved life, and lived it to the fullest. To his beloved family and friends he leaves the memory of a truly good man: strong, honest, caring and loyal, with a winning smile, solid character, genuine faith and a gentle heart.
Carl came to the Los Angeles area in 1952 from Providence, Rhode Island. He fell in love with the Golden State and made sure his mother and siblings could join him. Along with his brothers, Carl opened a costume jewelry manufacturing plant, Trail Trends, which he successfully managed for over 35 years. On April 7, 1956, Carl married Maria Luisa Mares and they welcomed 4 children together. He was an active member of Kiwanis Club and he loved baseball. He coached little league teams and players all the way up to the collegiate level. His passion for sports could only be surpassed by his delight when shooting dice at a craps table.
Carl was preceded in death by his life partner, Maria (Nina), his brothers Michael and Tom Mattera, his sister Marie Richards, niece Carleen Ortiz and grand-nephew Tommy Richards. Left to honor him are his children, Elizabeth Hise, Carl M. Mattera, Susan Mattera and Patricia Saraceno, sons in law Steven Hise and Frank Saraceno, along with fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Private services were held on December 8 at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Francis Xavier Baseball: Thomas Mattera Memorial Scholarship or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. “Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (Corinthians 13:7)

Kathleen Lee O’Neill – Obituary

Kathleen Lee O’Neill

Kathleen Lee O’Neill, much loved sister of Taryn O’Neill Petterson, James O’Neill III, and aunt of Riley Petterson, died peacefully at home November 20, 2020. She was preceded in death by parents J. Norman O’Neill Jr. and Rebecca Lee O’Neill. She attended San Marino schools and graduated Class of 2002.
Katie was full of love, which she shared with everyone she met. She had a unique sense of humor and an infectious laugh. She loved to tease, especially godmother and best friend Tina Johansing. Katie left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, Katie’s family asks that a donation be made to the Nephrology Department of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Obituary | Norma Jean Askeland

Norma Jean Askeland

A longtime resident of Burbank, California, from 1942-2020, Norma passed away peacefully at home. Grateful to finally join her beloved husband, Robert Lee Askeland, who has been waiting for her since May 17, 2004.
Norma was born in Lipan, Texas, to Hazel and James Sublett, moving to Los Angeles, California, at the age of 6 months. She attended Triffin Ave. School, Franklin High School and Glendale College nursing school. Norma and her family spent many years traveling to the family ranch in northern Colorado. Norma and Robert were married May 17, 1947, after Robert returned from service in the Armed Forces, stationed in Iceland during World War II. They are Mother and Father to and survived by Sandra, Ronald Liane and Judith. Loving grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents to 27 children.
Her life was filled with dear friends, many wonderful years working in the Glendale Memorial Hospital in the newborn nursery, a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scouts, the PTA, hospital volunteer, active in the Daughters of Rebekah and the Burbank-Valley Garden Club. Her last years were filled with caring for her beloved home she and Bob built in 1950 and tending to her garden. Her love for her children, grandchildren and flowers filled her life with joy!!
Service Information: The burial is Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12:30pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles CA 90068.

Obituary | Jerome (Jerry) Leventhal

Jerome (Jerry) Leventhal

Jerry, aged 90, passed away October 17, 2020, at Leisure Vale Retirement Home in Glendale, CA, where he had resided for the past seven years. He is predeceased by parents Miriam Kosson Leventhal and Louis Leventhal as well as brother Ralph Leventhal and wives Josephine Ann Leventhal and Anita Ross Leventhal. Jerry is survived by brother Howard Leventhal (Patricia) as well as nephews Scott and Alan Leventhal and niece Luellyn Wotanis.
Jerry was born in Passaic, NJ. He lived his early years in New Jersey before relocating to California in 1954. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Korea.
Afterward, he held his career which included thirty years with Chandler Shoes and twelve with Nordstrom’s. After his retirement, Jerry was an active volunteer at Adventist Hospital and with the Glendale Police Department. He was the Dodgers’ number one fan.
A graveside service was held on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at Forest Lawn in Glendale, CA, at 3:00 p.m.