No one wants to write an obituary. Trust me on that! This obituary, or something like it, was started years ago after Dad and I watched an episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” where Raymond writes his dad’s obituary while he is still alive. Dad thought that was a great idea, I thought it was weird. I started putting a few thoughts together and asked him what he would want his obituary to say. Being the modest guy he was, he said he really didn’t know but to let him think about it. Although he never told us what he wanted we knew our dad wouldn’t want anything sad, he wouldn’t want anything traditional. He would want something that let everyone know he was ok. That WE were ok. With very heavy hearts, our family has lost a loving husband (wife Susan) an amazing father, daughter Wendi (husband Bill Hammond), son Darren (wife Nancy), son Brad and a wonderful “Papa” (grandchildren Weston and Carli Hammond, Zachary and Tucker Haines). Continue reading “William James Haines | Obituary”
Jorge Adrian Garcia-Gonzalez, 36, of Burbank, California, died unexpectedly on March 28, 2021.
Jorge was born July 1, 1984, in Michoacán, Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and son Jaxon (2 years old), his mother Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez, sisters Candy, Jackie and brother Josh.
Jorge enjoyed playing soccer, tennis, and basketball with friends. His favorite thing to do was spending time with family, watching action movies, going on walks, listening to 2000’s Hip Hop, and enjoying his life.
Jorge was working as a school age counselor at the Burbank YMCA helping children with their distance learning. Before working at the Y, he worked many years at Coral Café as a bus boy and their first male server.
He was a people pleaser and always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.
Louise C. Kent (neé Emily Louise Shippey) was born December 13, 1924 in Los Angeles, and died of natural causes in Glendale on March 19, 2021. She was 96. Louise grew up in the house her father built in South Los Angeles until her family lost their home and business during the Great Depression. They moved in with extended family and she continued to live in Los Angeles until joining her new husband on his various U.S. Navy appointments during WWII. They had two children, Laurence Clarke (Larry) and Susan. The family moved to Lakewood where they lived until her husband’s untimely death in 1954. Being a single working mother in the 1950s was difficult, so in 1960 the family moved to Vista to be near Louise’s parents. That is where she met the love of her life, Charles Kent, and they married two years later. Charles also had two children, Marcia and Chris, and the family enjoyed taking vacations together.
Diane Sharon Landisi, 78, passed away at her home in Glendale, California, on February 26, 2021. Diane was born December 6, 1942 to Luigi Louis and Emily Melitta Sabatini in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. At 13, her family moved to Burbank, California. After graduating high school, she worked as a secretary in the international division at Crocker National Bank. On October 25, 1976, Diane married Anthony Gerard Landisi. They were married nearly 46 years. Diane was a secretary for over two decades at Glendale Community College. She was proud of her work and always went above and beyond. She was efficient, organized and reliable. Diane loved languages, culture, movies and books. She valued education. No doubt this is what inspired both of her children, Tracey Renee and Brian Anthony, to learn and teach Spanish, enjoy traveling and pursue advanced degrees. Diane was a powerful force and loved her family fiercely. She loved conversation, and treasured her close friends. Diane is survived by her husband, son and daughter, son-in-law, Kenneth Raymond Jones, and five grandchildren: Elena Diane, Anthony Kenneth, Leo Gerard, Dominic Brian and Monica Renee Jones. Diane was laid to rest on March 26, 2021 at Forest Lawn, Glendale.
Johanna Hahnlein, November 22, 1922 to February 10, 2021, age 98, of Glendale, California, passed away suddenly but peacefully. Her life was filled with adventure and her passion for conversation. Johanna was born in the farmhouse her grandfather built in the small town of Waizenbach, Germany. She graduated high school in 1936 from a neighboring town and would help out on the family farm after school. She continued her education by taking classes in bookkeeping, cooking, and sewing. Johanna also sang in the local Lutheran Church. During World War II, she became efficient in collecting, organizing, and sending donations to soldiers. Her work ethic caught the eye of the mayor. He asked her to become his assistant. This included being the town’s bookkeeper and distribution of rationing stamps. Over the course of the next fifteen years, she served under three mayors. In 1945, her town was bombed briefly and several fires were started. Fortunately, her home survived. When she arrived in Glendale, California, in 1957, she married her sweetheart and has lived here ever since. She was a step mother to Eugene, Richard, and Caryl. She was an avid golfer. She and her husband joined the Chevy Chase Country Club. She hit three holes in one during her golfing days. Her husband, Henry Hahnlein, owned a local manufacturing company and Johanna would frequently help with bookkeeping, parts assembling, and other odd jobs. Johanna loved to sing and was a member of the Damenchor Frosinn out of Alpine Village in Torrance. She was also a long standing member of the Glendale Women’s Athletic Club. She enjoyed playing Bingo while at Windsor Manor, an assisted living facility, and was quite good at knitting and crocheting. She had an energetic attitude and a genuinely loving demeanor. She is survived by her brother, Hermann, her stepson, Eugene, and several grandchildren and nieces. Johanna’s family would like to thank friends and extended family for their support and kindness during her stay at Windsor Manor. Her family will celebrate her life privately. May she rest in peace.
Mary Ashe Papac, a loving wife and a devoted mother, was born April 12, 1960, to her parents Richard Gavin and Alice Dorgan in Chicago, Illinois. Mary passed away peacefully on January 13, 2021, after her courageous battle with lung cancer.
She is one of four siblings, including her brothers Richard Gavin, Daniel Gavin, and her sister Cheryl Gavin. Mary leaves behind numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. In addition to her siblings, Mary is survived by her loving husband Michael Andrew Papac and her twin daughters Claire Marie and Catherine Paris Papac. Continue reading “Mary Ashe Papac | Obituary”
Charles O’Reilly Doud, patriarch, husband, father, grandfather, cowboy, and friend to many, passed away in the early morning of March 18, 2021, surrounded by his wife Anne and extensive family at their residence in La Cañada, CA.
Known more affectionately by family and friends as Charlie, Chuck, Gertrude, No-Neck, Oso or nicknames not fit to print here, he was a gentle bear of a man, larger than life with a smile that welcomed all whom he met and an all-enveloping handshake that tested one’s threshold for pain and endurance.
Charlie was born in Oxnard, CA, on January 21, 1932, to parents J. Robert and Laura Doud, and grew up with siblings Jim, Geraldine, and Sally and many Doud and McGrath cousins in the Oxnard area. A gifted athlete, Charlie attended Villanova Prep in Ojai where he became an outstanding lineman and exemplary teammate. Continue reading “Charles Doud | Obituary”
Marta Bertero O’Rourke, 69, passed away at her home on March 19, 2021. Born August 7, 1951, the last of four daughters to Jules F. Bertero, MD, and Mary L. Bertero of Santa Maria, California, Marta grew up amidst the strawberry fields of the Central Valley. She attended St. Joseph’s High School before attending Lone Mountain College (now part of USF) in San Francisco.
During her junior year, she spent a fateful year abroad in Italy where she studied at Loyola University of Chicago, Rome Center. It was here that she met Pat O’Rourke, a Chicago native. This led to a long-distance romance when they returned to the states to complete college.
Taylor’s Steak House had been a staple in Southland dining circles for decades before local resident Bruce Taylor decided to expand on the success of the family’s downtown Los Angeles restaurant and bring an eatery to his hometown in 1996. A quarter century later, Taylor’s La Cañada Flintridge location is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 22. If the local supper club has proven anything, it’s that a fine dining experience and affordable prices aren’t mutually exclusive. Perhaps food critic Merrill Shindler best summed up Taylor’s standing when he said, “This is an upscale steakhouse with prices half those of its competitors. Taylor’s doesn’t have competitors. It’s achieved the status of legend.” Continue reading “Taylor’s Steak House Celebrates 25th Anniversary”
Longtime local resident Sid Karsh has been announced as the first-ever recipient of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation’s Leadership Award. “We can’t think of a more perfect time to bring positivity and recognition to an exceptional community member that has been a leader for our schools and community for over 40 years,” said LCFEF Executive Director Marilyn Yang. “Sid has been driving change and making a positive impact in our community and beyond.” Continue reading “Karsh Presented With LCFEF’s Leadership Award”