Obituary: Ruth Benson Roschke

Nov. 13, 1933-March 27, 2019

Ruth Benson Roschke
Ruth Benson Roschke

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”

Obituary: Mary Emma McGee

April 8, 1922-Dec. 7, 2018

Mary Emma McGee
Mary Emma McGee

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”

Obituary: Patrick Donald Keating

Nov. 4, 1947-April 16, 2019

Patrick Donald Keating
Patrick Donald Keating

“Pat Keating? He was the nicest guy you’ll ever want to meet.” This is the kind of comment that one often hears when Pat’s name is mentioned. His life was filled with service and kindness. Fittingly, his final act was donating his corneas. Pat passed away in Santa Cruz after battling serious health issues.
Patrick Donald Keating was born in Brooklyn, New York, the oldest of seven siblings. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1957 when, according to family lore, the Dodgers left Brooklyn. Patrick grew up in La Cañada-Flintridge, where he attended St. Bede elementary school and St. Francis High School. Pat graduated from Pasadena City College and then studied business at Northern Arizona University. Marriage followed and soon thereafter the birth of his daughter, Jenna. Continue reading “Obituary: Patrick Donald Keating”

Obituary: Peter Berger

Dec. 26, 1933-April 16, 2019

Peter Berger
Peter Berger

Peter Westfall Berger of Pasadena died peacefully at home on April 16, surrounded by family.
Peter was born in Hollywood in 1933, the third of four children to Paul Francis and Inez Westfall Berger, and grew up in Pasadena, attending Mayfield
Jr. School and St. Philip the Apostle,
before moving on to Loyola High
School and then Santa Clara University. After college, Peter joined the Navy, earning the rank of LTJG and learning to land fighter planes on aircraft carriers. Continue reading “Obituary: Peter Berger”

Obituary: Dr. John Privett

Dr. John Privett
Dr. John Privett

John Rupert Privett was born in Woonsocket, South Dakota, on Jan. 26, 1933, to parents Rupert and Agnes Privett. John passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 9.
When John was a young boy, his family moved to Boise, Idaho, where his dad set up his medical practice. John was an avid skier who felt at home in the outdoors. He loved to explore, hike, climb mountains, camp, cycle and run marathons.
He also had dreams to follow in his dad’s footsteps as an ophthalmologist. And in 1961, John graduated from Creighton University Medical School and after his residency in ophthalmology he packed up and moved his family to La Cañada Flintridge, where he practiced for 47 years. Continue reading “Obituary: Dr. John Privett”

Obituary: Mary Bronson Potter

Mary Bronson Potter
Mary Bronson Potter

Mary Bronson Potter, 94, of La Cañada Flintridge passed away on March 5 at her residence at Windsor Manor in Glendale, surrounded by her family and close friends.
Mary was born on Dec. 21, 1924, in Detroit. She was the second daughter born to Karl Bronson and Catherine (Dunn) Bronson. Mary married Edward J. (Ted) Potter of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, on June 29, 1946, in Detroit. Both Mary and Ted attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The Potters moved from Birmingham, Michigan, to Deerfield, Illinois, in the mid-1950s. There Mary became a substitute teacher for elementary and junior high school students. Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Bronson Potter”

Obituary: Eileen Hanson O’Kane


Eileen Hanson O’Kane
Eileen Hanson O’Kane

Eileen Hanson O’Kane, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend and judge, passed away peacefully on April 4, surrounded by her husband, children and siblings. Eileen and her husband of nearly 45 years, John Joseph O’Kane III, were longtime residents of La Cañada Flintridge.
Eileen was born on Dec. 31, 1950, the eldest daughter of Joseph Patrick Hanson and Eileen Cavanaugh Hanson of Rhode Island. She was raised in Pawtucket, then earned her bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America. She excelled on the national debate team, where she met her husband, then a student coach. They married in June 1974. Continue reading “Obituary: Eileen Hanson O’Kane”

Obituary: Mary (Kay) Fleming

Mary (Kay) Fleming
Mary (Kay) Fleming

Mary (Kay) Fleming, 92, of La Cañada Flintridge passed away peacefully on March 21. Preceded in death by husband, Joel. Survived by stepdaughters Kathy and Mary; grandchildren Julie, Tony and Rachel; three great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Kay retired after many years as a nurse for the Glendale Unified School District. She was also a talented painter and enjoyed being part of the Valley Porcelain Artist Club for many years.

Obituary: Jack (John) H. Willoughby

April 3, 1917-June 8, 2018

Jack (John) H. Willoughby
Jack (John) H. Willoughby

Jack, a 70-year La Cañada Flintridge resident, passed away peacefully last summer after living his 101 years to the fullest.
Jack grew up in Plymouth, North Carolina, and Williamsburg, Virginia, near areas occupied by Willoughbys since the 1600s. At an early age, Jack’s gifts as a photographer, athlete and charming extrovert became evident.
After attending William & Mary College, where he met his future wife, Marx Figley, he served in the Army and then graduated from the New York Institute of Photography. Having this prestigious degree, he and Marx rode across the U.S. in a Model T’s rumble seat to get to where the work was — Hollywood! Continue reading “Obituary: Jack (John) H. Willoughby”

Obituary: Paulette Bertot Keating


Paulette Bertot Keating
Paulette Bertot Keating

She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her. (Prov. 31: 27-28a)
Paulette Bertot Keating, resident of La Cañada Flintridge beginning in 1957 and beloved matriarch of the extended Keating family, passed away peacefully on March 30.
Paulette was born in 1924 in Price, Utah, to immigrant parents from Italy and France. She graduated from Carbon College (now called College of Eastern Utah) and was working as a secretary in Salt Lake City when she met and soon thereafter became the faithful wife of well-known La Cañada Flintridge figure Joe Keating. Continue reading “Obituary: Paulette Bertot Keating”