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 sfhslc.ejoinme.org/dowlingstrong55.
ROLLINSFORD, New Hampshire — Herbert McWilliams Pickett, 75, passed away on Aug. 3, surrounded by his family. Born April 2, 1943, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Rev. Herbert E. Pickett Jr. and his wife, Sally (Geer) Pickett.
Herb was a celebrated senior research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Continue reading “Obit: Herbert McWilliams Pickett”
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”
Joe Giocomarra, age 100, passed away peacefully in the tender care of the Faith & Hope Hospice on July 22. Surrounded by his closest friends and family, he completed his final mission with dignity and grace. Continue reading “Obit: Joe Giocomarra”
Ellen Hutchinson Ellis died peacefully on June 19.
She was born in Baltimore in July of 1918 to James Howard Hutchinson Sr. and Corabel Palmer Hutchinson.
She graduated from Scripps College with a B.A. in 1939 and later that year married Herbert Bailey Ellis. They moved to La Cañada in 1944. With the exception of two years in Georgia, they lived the rest of their lives in the La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena areas.
They had three children. Continue reading “Obit: Ellen Hutchinson Ellis”
Dr. J. Holt Rose, a pioneer of modern radiation therapy in the San Gabriel Valley who cared for and cured thousands of cancer patients, died March 5, 2018. He served as chief of radiation medicine at Huntington Hospital for three decades. His incisive intellect, talent for asking the right questions, diagnostic and problem-solving skills, and wry sense of humor were praised by colleagues. Rather than retire, Dr. Rose (Emeritus) continued applying his expertise, consulting and performing Locum Tenens. Continue reading “Obiturary – Dr. Joseph Holt Rose”
Ellen Marie Vickers-Schwarz was born in Pasadena, California, on Jan. 8, 1964, and she died on May 30, 2018, in Clovis, California, with her family by her side. Ellen grew up in La Cañada Flintridge and was a graduate of La Cañada High School and Chico State University in 1986 with a degree in geography.
Ellen married William Schwarz on June 24, 1989, in La Cañada Flintridge. They welcomed their first daughter Breanna in 1994 and their second daughter Allison was born in 1999. Ellen and her family moved to Coalinga in 2002 where Ellen was a beloved teacher at Faith Christian Academy for 13 years.
Jeanne Mary Ellen (Newlin) Wallace was born in Asheville, North Carolina, on June 2, 1930, and died at the Huntington Hospital in Pasadena on May 4, 2018. A memorial service to remember and celebrate Jeanne’s life will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
Jeanne moved with her family in 1933 from Asheville to Anderson County, Tennessee, where her father supervised the building of the waterworks for the town of Norris, which housed the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Jeanne grew up with her beloved younger brother and sister, Jerry and Judy, in that little town, which had a population of about 1,500. Following her graduation from Norris High School, she enrolled in the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, later transferring to East Tennessee State College. Continue reading “Obituary: Jeanne Mary Ellen (Newlin) Wallace”
Former La Cañada Flintridge resident Judith Ellen Fogle has passed away at the age of 84 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Judith, originally from Cohoes, New York, was a stage, film, television and radio actress in the ’50s and ’60s and a main player in the 1952/1953 New York stage production of “Time Out For Ginger,” starring Melvyn Douglas. After marrying, she moved to Los Angeles and continued her acting career for a time, before retiring to raise her daughter, Mary.
She found her true passion in a second career as a longtime teacher of students at Belmont High School in Los Angeles. Many of her students were immigrating to the United States from Central and South America. Judith guided many of those students in their college applications and acceptance. Judith is survived by her only daughter, Mary Fogle Mazur, and her son-in-law, John C. Mazur, both former residents of La Cañada Flintridge and now of Phoenix, her adult grandchildren from Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively, Matthew Mazur (Amanda) and Maggie Mazur, and her many Mazur grand nieces and nephews from Southern California and Boston, all of whom she dearly cherished and adored. Continue reading “Obituary: Judith Ellen Fogle”
Arthur Frederick Niemann Jr., 80, passed away on May 4 in Glendale. Arthur, known as Fred, was born in Washington, Indiana on April 29, 1938, to father Arthur F. Niemann and mother Anna (Ann) P. Smith Niemann. Fred was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Rosalie of La Cañada Flintridge and son Douglas and wife Tawny of Eastvale and son Daniel and wife Sarah of Glendale. Fred is also survived by his sisters and spouses, Julie and Don Babrick of La Quinta, Nancy and William (Bill) Current of Eagle, Colorado, and his sister-in-law, Celia McGee of Henderson, Nevada. Fred enjoyed his seven grandchildren: Abigail, Joshua, Savannah, Logan, Evan, Madison and Charlotte. He also leaves his nieces and nephews and families. Continue reading “Obituary: Arthur Frederick (Fred) Niemann Jr.”