Richard Cupp – Obituary

Richard Cupp

Richard Cupp

La Cañada Flintridge resident Richard “Dick” Cupp, 80, passed peacefully December 22, 2020 of Parkinson’s-related complications. Born May 16, 1940 to Joseph and Elizabeth (Armstrong) Cupp. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol; son Andrew (Susannah), grandsons Alex and George; and daughter Cara. A kid at heart, Dick loved causing a commotion with his grandsons. He attended UCLA for undergrad and obtained his MBA at USC, joking that this allowed him to root for the “best” team in any given season.
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Obituary | Helen von Seggern

Helen von Seggern

Helen von Seggern was born in Salt Lake City but, when she was quite young, the family moved to Los Angeles. After graduating from Manual Arts High School, she graduated and earned her teaching credential from UCLA. Her first teaching position was in Escondido, California, teaching at the high school.
It was there she met her husband, Ernest, son of a pioneer Escondido family and a research engineer. They were married in 1943 and soon moved to Burbank. In spite of the housing shortage, they were able to buy a house, where Helen lived until a few months before her passing.
The focus of their lives were their three children, sharing together music, scouting, and camping.

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Obituary | Gloria C. Ducote

Gloria C. Ducote

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Gloria C. Ducote at the age of 87 on 1/6/21 at St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank.
She was born and raised in San Diego. Daughter of Albert and Catherine Goble of North Park. She was a graduate of Rosary High and was a devote Catholic. She then worked at North Island Naval Station until she married James P. Ducote, of Krotz Springs, LA. After moving to several Naval locations, they settled in El Cajon and raised four children, Alphonse, Ruthann, Elainna and Christine. Son Alphonse and daughter Ruthann preceded her in death, as well as did her husband.
After her children were raised she worked at Fireman Fund Insurance and later after retirement she and Jim travel extensively.
She loved the Padres, opera, gardening, singing, dancing and playing Bingo. She moved to La Mesa after her husband’s death in 2003, living at Little Flower Haven until they closed 11 years later.
In 2015 she moved to Burbank to be closer to her daughter and stayed at Evergreen Retirement where she enjoyed many social activities, until her death on 1/6/21 due to COVID.
Always quick to greet everyone with a loving smile and cheerful word. This Angel will be happy serving with our Lord above.
Services will be held at Valley Funeral Home in Burbank on 2/1/21 at 9:30 a.m. She will then be laid to rest at Riverside National at 1 p.m.

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)