Thomas “Tom” Gorecki passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, April 8, at age 50. A resident of Burlington, Connecticut, Tom graduated in 1986 from La Cañada High School, where he excelled in basketball among other sports.
After high school, Tom enlisted in the Navy, later moving to Connecticut, where he worked as an emergency medical technician and then as a licensed practical nurse, and started a family. At 32, he suffered a severe back injury at work that changed the course of his life and eventually led to many surgeries, numerous health issues and eventually paralysis. The injury may have robbed him of his health at a young age, but he also found numerous moments of joy with his family, friends and caretakers, and in his faith in the intervening years. Continue reading “Obituary: Thomas Gorecki”
Warren Gannon passed away peacefully at home on July 21 in San Jose with his wife of 52 years by his side. He was 92.
Warren was a devoted husband to Beverly and father to David and Patrick, loving father-in-law to Kristin and Tammy, and was beloved by his grandsons Tucker and Cole. Warren is also survived by his loving sister Margaret, sister-in-law Barbara and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
Warren was born on Nov. 18, 1926, in Cleveland to Joseph and Floy Gannon. He attended South Pasadena High School, where he was senior class president. Continue reading “Obituary: Warren Gannon”
Barbara Jean Sherman, a 61-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully and gently at her home on June 18. She was 92 years old.
She was born Barbara Jean to Thomas and Frances Ryan in San Diego in 1927, and lived with her parents and sisters Patricia, Annabelle and Geraldine in Point Loma, attending Point Loma High School. She then attended San Diego State where she met her future husband, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, Arthur J. Sherman, another San Diego resident. They were married in 1947 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Point Loma. Continue reading “Obituary: Barbara Jean Sherman”
Richard Mueller was born Jan. 9, 1929, in Milwaukee, the second-born child of
Ernest and Stacy (Radomski) Mueller. He was predeceased by his older brother, Ralph, and younger brother, Wayne, his younger sister, Charlotte (Mueller) Funk of Lubbock, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois; children Tom, Teri, Mary Kay and Suzanne; grandchildren Jason, Luke, Eric, Alexis, J.P., Casey and Kyle; and six great-grandchildren. Richard and family moved to La Cañada Flintridge in 1965 and resided there until he “retired” to Torrance in 2003.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church, 1900 S. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, with private interment to follow.
Patrick was born in Los Angeles on June 6, 1929, son of Frances D. and Matthew P. Flynn. Predeceasing Pat were his wife of 53 years, Joyce, and his brothers Matthew P. Flynn Jr., and Michael D. Flynn. He is survived by his brother Ronald B. Flynn; children Pat Jr., Tom (Katie), Tim and Peggy; and four grandchildren, Alexander, Sydney, Matt and Emily.
Pat attended Incarnation Catholic School in Los Angeles, Loyola High School and the United States Naval Academy (class of 1953). Pat continued in the Navy Reserve until his retirement in 1983 at the rank of captain. As the Blue and Gold Officer for the Los Angeles area, he helped numerous graduating seniors gain admittance to the Naval Academy. Continue reading “Obituary: Capt. Francis Patrick Flynn Sr., USN (Retired)”
Mary Napoleon Paniccia passed away on May 11 at Aegis of Granada Hills, a memory-care residence where she lived for the last two years of her life.
Mary was born March 5, 1924, in Trenton, New Jersey, the daughter of Italian immigrants who came to the United States from Norcia, a small town in the hills of Umbria. Shortly after the start of World War II, Mary married Valentino Paniccia, an Italian immigrant who enlisted and served in the South Pacific. Mary then raised their firstborn son alone until the war ended. They then moved to Los Angeles and lived at Roger Young Village, which was temporary GI housing that consisted of quonset huts along the L.A. River in Griffith Park. Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Paniccia”
Seena Wolin, age 89, passed away peacefully on April 30. Born in New York City on March 2, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ida Switzer. Seena was a long-time resident of La Cañada Flintridge and Glendale. She taught in the Glendale Public School District for many years and, after retiring, volunteered for the Glendale Police Department and Verdugo Hills Hospital. She was a member of Temple Sinai in Glendale and of Descanso Gardens, where she enjoyed spending time. She had a youthful spirit, a great sense of humor and will be missed by many friends of all ages. Continue reading “Obituary: Seena Wolin”
Our beloved patriarch, Warren, died peacefully on April 2 at Monte Vista Grove Homes, where he had been a resident for six years. The staff at MVGH treated Warren and the rest of his family with love, kindness and strong support until the end.
Warren was born in Venice Beach as the youngest son of Campbell Gardner and Faye Walker. During his adolescence, the family moved to Sunland-Tujunga, where he raised turkeys, rabbits and horses on the family’s small ranch. He graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in 1940 and went on to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado A&M, now Colorado State University. Continue reading “Obituary: Warren G. Walker”
Ruth Lois Benson Roschke passed away on Wednesday, March 27, at her home in Westlake Village at the age of 85.
Ruth was born in Chicago to Arthur Frederick Benson and Ada Hulda Kirchenberg Benson on Nov. 13, 1933. She graduated from high school from Luther Institute in 1951. In 1954, she married Elfred John Roschke (1930-2007) from St. Louis, and four years later they moved to California to begin their life there. Ruth had a beautiful voice, was a member of her church choir for many years, and kept her family, friends and associates entertained with her spirited singing through the last days of her life. Ruth was a born leader. Continue reading “Obituary: Ruth Benson Roschke”
Mary Emma McGee, 96, of La Cañada Flintridge passed away on Dec. 7. Mary Emma had lived in LCF since 1990 with her daughter, Kathleen; son-in-law, David; and grandsons, Andrew and Jason Holmes.
Mary Emma was born on April 8, 1922, in Brandon, Mississippi. She was the youngest child and only daughter of Harvey Hasty Bullock and Mary (Williams) Bullock.
Mary Emma graduated from Brandon High School in 1939. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Mary Hardin-Baylor College in 1943. After teaching mathematics for a year, she went on to complete legal studies at the Jackson School of Law. Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Emma McGee”