Obituary: Rabbi Marvin Gross

Rabbi Marvin Gross
Rabbi Marvin Gross

Rabbi Marvin Gross passed away at age 72 on Tuesday night, Nov. 5, in Pasadena following a brief illness. Rabbi Gross is survived by his brother Richard (Roberta) Gross; sister Frances Schnall; his beloved children Tara Rangarajan, Daniel (Anu) Gross and Becky (Austin) Gross; and their mother, Lynn Winter Gross. Rabbi Gross is also survived by his three adored grandchildren: Ari and Eli Rangarajan and Anisha Gross, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Rabbi Gross was born in Evanston, Illinois, and was educated at Amherst College, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Continue reading “Obituary: Rabbi Marvin Gross”

Obituary: Ardella Horsfall

Nov. 3, 1943-Oct. 26, 2019

Ardella Horsfall
Ardella Horsfall

Ardella Horsfall passed away on Saturday, Oct. 26, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Nov. 3, 1943, in Alpha, Minnesota, to Arnold and Gladys Rakness. She had three siblings: Charles, Myrna and Karen. When she was 5, she and her family moved to Fairmont, Minnesota, where she lived during most of her childhood.
After graduating from high school in 1961, she moved to Glendale, California, to live with her aunt and uncle while she attended Glendale College for two years. Then she continued her education at Cal State Long Beach, where she studied accounting and graduated with honors with a B.A. in accounting. After graduation, she also earned her CPA certificate. During her career as an accountant, she was one of the first women to be hired by one of the “Big Four” accounting firms, Deloitte Touche. Continue reading “Obituary: Ardella Horsfall”

Obituary: Leslie Bolt Dennis

Jan. 13, 1945-Oct. 30, 2019

Leslie Bolt Dennis
Leslie Bolt Dennis

Leslie Bolt Dennis, who resided in San Marino for nearly 50 years, died peacefully at her home on Oct. 30 due to complications related to her battle with brain cancer.
Leslie was born on Jan 13, 1945, in Norfolk, Virginia, to Robert and Margaret Bolt. After relocating numerous times during her childhood due to her father’s Navy deployments, Leslie’s parents settled in Northern California, where she graduated from Palo Alto High School. Leslie graduated with degrees in English and French from Occidental College in 1966, and began a 30-year teaching career, which saw her teach numerous elementary and junior high school levels in the Los Angeles Unified School District and San Marino Unified School District. She also obtained a master’s degree in education and a school counseling credential from Azusa Pacific University in 1987. Continue reading “Obituary: Leslie Bolt Dennis”

Obituary: Murlene Horne

Murlene Horne
Murlene Horne

Murlene Horne, a 51-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away while surrounded by loving family on Monday, Aug. 26, of complications from Alzheimer’s. She was 89.
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1930 to Clint and Esta Robbins, Murlene was the delight of a household that included two older brothers, Hollis and Garland, both now deceased. She graduated from Paschal High School, worked at the historic F.W. Woolworth Building in downtown Fort Worth and also served as a dental assistant. By age 19 she fell in love with a fellow Paschal Panther alum, the handsome and athletic Jack Horne, after his return from serving on the high seas with the U.S. Navy and a stint as a sure-handed football receiver at Texas Christian University. Continue reading “Obituary: Murlene Horne”

Obituary: A. William Urquhart

Feb. 20, 1947 – Oct. 4, 2019

A. William Urquhart
A. William Urquhart

A. William Urquhart, who helped transform Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan from a small Los Angeles firm into a global litigation powerhouse and, with his wife, Mary Urquhart, was also known for his generosity in supporting numerous charities, has died. Urquhart, known as Bill, died Oct. 4 from complications stemming from a bone marrow transplant. He was 72.
Over the years, Urquhart was named “one of California’s most successful business lawyers,” “one of the most influential attorneys in California” and one of the “outstanding trial lawyers of America” by various professional publications and organizations. Urquhart was ranked as a leading California litigator by Chambers USA every year since its first publication, and was called “exceptionally bright” (Chambers Global), a “forceful trial lawyer” who “commands a strong reputation in the litigation arena” (Chambers USA) and a “litigation celebrity” (Vault 100 Guide). Continue reading “Obituary: A. William Urquhart”

Obituary: Patricia (Patty) Faith Olivares

Patricia Faith Olivares
Patricia Faith Olivares

Patricia (Patty) Faith Olivares, a woman dedicated to her family as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister with a deep and abiding faith, joined the angels in heaven on June 17. Born on June 2, 1939, in Illinois, Patty later lived in Pasadena and did extensive charity work at the Hillside School and Learning Center in La Cañada Flintridge and served as president of St. Anne’s Loretta Young Auxiliary Guild, a charity for single young pregnant women. She loved to travel the world as a flight attendant on TWA and worked for United Airlines for many years. She was a resident of Manhattan Beach for some time and then her loving spouse, Jose Olivares, was assigned to the U.S. Continue reading “Obituary: Patricia (Patty) Faith Olivares”

Obituary: Wiley Douglas Bunn

Wiley Douglas Bunn
Wiley Douglas Bunn

Wiley Douglas Bunn, an 81-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully at age 90 at Villa Gardens Retirement Community on Thursday, Aug. 8. He leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Marilyn Granger; their children Barbara, Douglas (Deette), David (Kellie) and Carolyn (Steven Nahigian); 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his brother Robert (Ardis); his sister-in-law Elinor; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wiley was born in Glendale on July 22, 1929, to Thomas and Ellen Bunn. He attended La Cañada Elementary School, Eliot Junior High and Pasadena City College. He met Marilyn on the first day of school at Eliot, thus beginning their lifetime relationship. He attended USC with the exception of one year pursuing his interest in Marilyn at Wheaton College in Illinois. Continue reading “Obituary: Wiley Douglas Bunn”

Obituary: Daniel Asher Smith Fausett

Daniel Asher Smith Fausett
Daniel Asher Smith Fausett

Daniel Asher Smith Fausett died Friday, Aug. 30, in Vang Vieng, Laos, from complications following a hiking accident. He was 20 years old. Asher was a junior at the University of Chicago studying economics, with an interest in South Asian history. He graduated in 2017 from La Cañada High School, where he was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team and was president of the Engineering Club. Continue reading “Obituary: Daniel Asher Smith Fausett”

Obituary: Maureen Sweeney Norgaard

Maureen Sweeney Norgaard
Maureen Sweeney Norgaard

After a long battle with cancer that she fought to her last breath, Maureen Sweeney Norgaard passed away on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Huntington Memorial Hospital. With her were her husband of 47 years, Chris, and their children Michael and Anne. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Veronica Sweeney of Pasadena, and her two sisters, both of whom died from cancer. She is survived by her brothers John Sweeney, Robert S. Sweeney Jr. and Mark Sweeney, by Sweeney cousins and other relatives in Southern California and elsewhere.
Although her father was a graduate of Los Angeles High School, Maureen was raised as a young child in Vero Beach, Florida, where she and her St. Helen’s classmates were excused from school only to see Dodgers games. Beside Maureen and her classmates at daily prayer knelt the 6-foot-7 Dodgers slugger Frank “Hondo” Howard. Continue reading “Obituary: Maureen Sweeney Norgaard”