Catherine Vuolo Erskine, a longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, died Friday, Nov. 30, after a long and valiant battle against cancer. She was 59.
Catherine Erskine was active as a parent volunteer in a range of organizations around the community, where she raised four children. In particular, she was a member of the site council at Palm Crest Elementary, responsible for student safety and emergency preparations. Teachers there remember her for her humor, people skills and sly “Mona Lisa smile.”
At La Cañada Presbyterian Church, she was the board chair for the popular Parent Ed program in 2006-07, a transitional year between directors. She also served on the search committee that hired the program’s current director, Anne Bierling. Continue reading “Obituary: Catherine Vuolo Erskine”
Douglas “Dougie” Sibbald Dolfie passed away at Royal Oaks Manor in Bradbury on Dec. 5, 2018, from complications of heart disease.
Dougie was born Douglas Hungerford Sibbald in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 9, 1936. She was the daughter of Dr. Reginald Spalding Sibbald and Minerva Lawson Sibbald. Her father was the head of the romance language department at Ursinus College in Collegeville. Her mother was a rare woman for her time with a college degree, and a music teacher who later roamed the mountains of West Virginia instructing students in 100 schools.
Dougie graduated from Elkins High School in 1953. During those four years, she was a majorette in the marching band and proudly carried the letter “S” at all performances. Continue reading “Obituary: Douglas ‘Dougie’ Sibbald Dolfie”
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”