Joy Wilson – Obituary

Aug. 3, 1933 – March 30, 2020

Joy Wilson

Joy Wilson, of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away on Monday, March 30, at the age of 86.

Joy was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 1933. She was the eldest of four children born to Fred and Eva Pfiester. She grew up in Cincinnati and attended Withrow High School before entering the University of Cincinnati. She was an active member of many organizations while at the university and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She served as vice president of her senior class and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts.

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Joel A. Thvedt – Obituary

Joel A. Thvedt

Joel A. Thvedt, age 57, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Feb. 8, in Altadena after a five-year battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare progressive neurological disease. He was born on May 14, 1962, in Newcastle, Wyoming, the son of Pastor James and Gloria Thvedt.

Joel grew up in Sisseton, South Dakota, and attended the University of Chicago, receiving his bachelor’s degree with honors in political science in 1984. He then headed west for law school and graduated from UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and a board member of El Centro Legal, a network of student-run legal aid clinics. While at UCLA, Joel met his wife, Patricia Libby, who was a fellow student, and they married on Aug. 9, 1986.

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Vernon Charles Sanders – Obituary

Vernon Charles Sanders

With great sadness, the family of Vernon Charles Sanders announces his passing on Jan. 10 at age 89.
Born on March 21, 1930, in Ventura, Vernon was adopted by Gertrude and the Rev. Charles Sanders, a Baptist minister. Along with sister Betty, they settled in Venice, California.
A smart, precocious child and teen, Vern tells the tale of riding his motorcycle through the halls of Venice High School, only to escape to the beach to play volleyball with his buddies.
He attended Santa Monica City College and USC, and enlisted in the Navy in 1949, serving aboard the USS Springfield and USS Gen. H.W. Butner until his honorable discharge in 1952.
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Mary Borgny Dorland Wynton – Obituary

Mary Wynton

It is with grieving hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Borgny Dorland Wynton. On March 1, we lost a beloved mother, sister, friend and vibrant member of the community. Her spirit will be with us always.
Mary was a kind and generous soul, intelligent and faithful. She loved learning, traveling both nationwide and abroad, and was extremely active and involved

in many organizations, holding offices in a number of them. These include the Shakespeare Club, Tuesday Musicale Juniors (incoming president, former treasurer), the Stanford Club, Sigma Alpha Iota, St. Bede Italian Catholic Federation, Pasadena Presbyterian Church Food Ministry, the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association, the Girl Scouts and Pasadena Heritage.
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Obituary: Phil Shackel

April 4, 1958-Feb. 8, 2020

Phil Shackel
Phil Shackel

Phil Shackel passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Feb. 8, with his loving family by his side. Phil was a man devoted to his wife, Lori, and their two children, Samantha, 24, and Spencer, 21.
Born Philip Anthony Shackel on April 4, 1958, in Burbank, Phil grew up in Panorama City in the San Fernando Valley. Phil was the sixth of eight children. He always felt blessed by his four brothers and three sisters, his many nieces and nephews, and lots and lots of cousins.
Phil was rooted in his faith, which was fostered from an early age by his family. His parents, Roy and Adriana, were founding members of St. Genevieve Parish, in 1949, where Phil spent his formative years. Continue reading “Obituary: Phil Shackel”

Obituary: Robert Shahnazarian

July 24, 1937-Feb. 9, 2020

Robert Shahnazarian
Robert Shahnazarian

Robert Shahnazarian was born on July 24, 1937, in Mashhad, a city in northeast Iran, to parents Ashot and Rose Shahnazarian. Robert, a 50-year resident of Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, passed away Feb. 9, 2020, at his home in Rancho Mirage.
Shortly after immigrating to the United States with his parents and siblings George and Kent, Robert enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961 and was stationed at Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn, New York. While honorably serving in the Army for six years, Robert worked as medical lab specialist and received a marksmanship badge for the M-1 rifle. Robert received an honorable discharge in August 1966. Shortly thereafter, he married the love of his life, Hilda Shahnazarian, on Dec. 4, 1966. Continue reading “Obituary: Robert Shahnazarian”

Obituary: Dr. Robert R. Ferber

Dr. Robert R. Ferber
Dr. Robert R. Ferber

Dr. Robert R. Ferber was born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania, to Rudolf F. Ferber and Elizabeth Robertson on June 11, 1935, and passed away on Jan. 31, 2020, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. At his side were his beloved wife, Eileen (former city editor of The Outlook) and his son Robert Jr. and daughter Lynne Case, both graduates of the La Cañada Unified School District. Bob is also survived by son-in-law Stan Case, daughter-in-law Linda Maepa and three grandchildren: Jeremy and Stephanie Case of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Bobby Ferber of Woodside, California. Continue reading “Obituary: Dr. Robert R. Ferber”

Obituary: Josette Dietrich

Josette Dietrich
Josette Dietrich

Josette Dietrich, a longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away on Jan. 2. She had recently celebrated her 95th birthday, surrounded by her adoring family.
Josette was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland. When she was 26 years old, she moved to the United States to follow the love of her life, who was working in San Francisco. Ten years later, they relocated to LCF, where they planted their roots and raised their three children.
Josette had a zest for life and personal charm that was magnetic. She was always singing, dancing, laughing and living life to the fullest. She loved family parties and eating good food with good company. She was always up for a deep, meaningful talk with you and wanted to know all about your life at that moment. She loved to share her wisdom so that you could benefit from it, too. She jokingly called it her “unsolicited advice.” We called it her “pearls of wisdom”. Continue reading “Obituary: Josette Dietrich”

Obituary: Loretta Tyska Levy

Loretta Tyska Levy
Loretta Tyska Levy

Loretta Tyska Levy, a La Cañada Flintridge resident for more than 40 years, passed away peacefully on Jan. 24. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Loretta moved to California in 1968 with her husband, Roy, and daughter, Laurie.
Loretta was an active member of the LCF community and beyond. She served in the local and national PTA, Assistance League of Flintridge, National Assistance League, St. Bede Bereavement Ministry and several other charitable organizations.
Loretta loved to travel, cook, do needlepoint and play bridge, but her greatest joy was being a grandparent to her twin grandsons.
Loretta was predeceased by her husband, Roy, and is survived by her daughter, Laurie Smith; son-in-law, Jeff Smith; and grandsons, Marshall and Owen.

Obituary: Marian Merrill Brubaker, M.D.

Dr. Marian Brubaker
Dr. Marian Brubaker

Dr. Marian Brubaker, 92, passed away after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her son, David, and daughter, Ann, and many grandchildren.
Marian was born and raised in Utah, the daughter of a physician. She graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1954 and continued her training as an intern and resident in dermatology at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Marian was indeed a pioneer as one of the few women in the medical field; she gained further acclaim for achieving an advanced degree in her specialty. She continued her association with USC as a clinical professor in the department of dermatology, mentoring many future dermatologists in the sub-specialty of pediatric dermatology. Continue reading “Obituary: Marian Merrill Brubaker, M.D.”