Fran Reinhard, a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident, passed away February 21, 2021. She was 98!
Fran was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina, and was the youngest of eight children. While working as a health clerk for the Army in Fort Benning, Georgia, she met the love of her life, Bill Reinhard. Shortly after getting married, Bill was called to war. After he returned, they moved to Montrose, California, where Bill’s family lived. They shared 71 years of marriage and had three boys. Bill and Fran were also one of the owners of the Indian Springs Swimming Pool Complex in Montrose. As a devout Christian, Fran, along with Bill, used to teach Sunday School at La Crescenta Baptist Church. Continue reading “Fran Reinhard | Obituary”
Toni Herrling passed away peacefully at her home in Big Bear Lake on November 2, 2020. She died of natural causes at the age of 91.
Toni was born Antoinette Mary Bonifield on April 7, 1929, in Sacramento, California. She was the daughter of William Elwood Clinton Bonifield of Eureka and Antoinette Louise Gianelli, daughter of the pioneering Gus Gianelli family of Stockton. She spent her early years in the Bay Area where she graduated from Piedmont High School, attended UC Berkeley where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. It was at Cal where she met Roger Herrling, who came to California by way of Duluth, Minnesota. They married two years later and were together for 67 years until Roger’s passing in 2017.
He was Uncle Bill to a long list of extended family and friends, stretching through California, into Washington state, to the Canadian Midwest, to Australia. Trips to visit Uncle Bill and his beloved Cypress Mountain Ranch highlighted vacation plans, reunions, and road trips for years. William “Bill” Jacobson, a long-time resident of Glendale, and living his love of everything cowboys and trails in and around Paso Robles, made it clear he’d have none of this nonsense of hospital tubes and hospital confinement, and fitting in a bit of frank ranch talk, made it clear when it’s time, it’s time, get me the hell outta here, and have yourselves a party, at the ranch. No more cows and hummingbirds and ranch vistas on his terms? – then, no, thank you, time to bow out, with a fist, and in control. As that early evening descended on Feb. 22, he lassoed a shooting star, fully content with a life well lived, and rode out into the sunset, smiling at the moon. He was 81.
It’s been a year since the very sad loss of our dear friend and brother Greg Doyle. Greg was a Glendale native, fun, friendly and always entertaining. Greg was born January 11, 1958, the fourth of Mark and Elizabeth Doyle’s eight sons. He attended Holy Family Elementary School, Pater Noster High School, Glendale Community College and Cal State Los Angeles. Greg was always a hard worker and very entrepreneurial. In school, he was drawn toward journalism and was the editor of the El Vaquero newspaper at GCC and did similar work at CSULA. Just after college, while barely into his twenties, Greg started own business in Glendale, called Complete Graphics, which was in operation during the 1980s and early 1990s. While running Complete Graphics, Greg helped co-found what was later to be known as LA Parent Magazine with Jack Bierman, a classmate of his from CSULA. Greg married his beloved Lynne in 1981 and enjoyed a wonderful life together in the Riverside Rancho area of Burbank. In 1996, Greg and Lynne moved from Southern California to Gold Hill, Oregon, to pursue a more rural lifestyle, one more compatible with Lynne’s love of horses. Greg continued to work hard, first as an executive for DMI Graphics and later as a sales manager for Charter Spectrum. Along the way, Greg dabbled talk radio syndication as a principal with Talk Radio Network. He was a true Renaissance man. Greg had a larger than life personality. He was a beloved character, fun, friendly and enjoyed the company of family and friends. Those who had the pleasure of working with him loved him greatly and always came away from the experience wiser and appreciative. Greg left this life on March 15, 2020 after a lengthy illness. In the last days, Lynne was at his side non-stop providing love and comfort. The day prior to his passing, Greg was able to speak to all seven of his brothers and bid a fond farewell to each. One year later, we continue to mourn his loss. Due to the pandemic, a small gathering of family and friends commemorated Greg’s life a few months after his passing in Oregon. The family would love to hear from local Glendale-area friends of any fond memories of Greg. Please email to: email@example.com.
Anna Waite passed away peacefully on February 15, 2021, at the age of 104, at her home in Glendale, CA. Anna Linelle Shrock was born on April 10, 1916, in Marion, IN, to Ferdinand and Rebecca Shrock. She was the eldest of 7 children. She graduated from Western College for Women in Oxford, OH, where she majored in music. She came to California in 1939, and was married to Harlan Rees Waite on August 18, 1940. They had three daughters: Anna Rebecca (“Becky”) Haase, Judith Lynn, and Claudia Eileen Turner. Anna had a 21-year career as a teacher in schools throughout Southern California, and was an active member of the United Methodist Church, where her husband served as a pastor. She was an avid reader, and published two books on the family’s genealogy. Anna is survived by her sister, Margaret Sturtevant, of Pasco, WA; four grandchildren: Christine Walters (Wayne), Kimberly Le Duff (Michel), David Turner (Elizabeth) and Philip Turner (Cambria); her sons-in-law Sheldon Haase and Lloyd Turner; and 10 great-grandchildren, as well as a large and loving extended family.
Mary Martha Wilkinson (née Evans), 89, of Glendale, California, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, February 16, 2021, surrounded by her loving family, six days shy of her 90th birthday. Mary Evans was born in Little Falls, Minnesota, on February 22, 1931, to Martin Evans and Susan Evans (née Danko). She grew up on the family farm in nearby Randall, Minnesota. She loved to tell stories of life on the farm growing up without electricity or indoor plumbing, and of good times spent with family and friends. Mary was one of eight children — George, Martin, Margaret, Jack, Ann, Jim, and John — all of whom preceded her in death. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Robert, and by their two children Matthew of Palm Springs, California, and Patricia of Boise, Idaho. She also leaves behind her son-in-law, Patricia’s husband Aaron Belsher, a grandson, Aidan Belsher, and a granddaughter, Sophia Belsher.
All are invited to livestream Jim Wallace’s memorial service which will be held at 2:00 pm this Saturday, March 13. Just click on live.lacanadapc.org at that time. NOTE: This is livestream ONLY. Please do NOT come to the church.
James Wendell Wallace (Jim) was born in Norris, Tennessee, on July 13, 1930 and died on December 27, 2020 at age 90. Jim passed away peacefully of natural causes in his La Cañada home of 52 years, after holiday visits from all his children and grandchildren in his final days.
Jim was a kind, loving and generous man who had open arms, a warm hug and a helping hand for anyone that needed them. Jim was the ultimate optimist that enjoyed every day and every person he met. Jim valued family, faith and education above all else and demonstrated these values through his everyday actions.
Jim was a devoted husband to Jeanne Wallace, his wife and constant companion of 68 years when she passed in 2018. Jim was an equally devoted son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to countless people whose lives were made better by knowing him and basking in his spirit of joy and love. Continue reading “James W. Wallace | Obituary”
Vicky Maxine LeGallienne, 81, beloved daughter, mother and grandmother, died of natural causes at Huntington Hospital. She was predeceased by her parents, Maxwell and Mary LeGallienne and Max, the pug. She is survived by her children and their spouses Glynda (Gus) Gomez, Curtis (Barbara) Booth, grandchildren Amanda Gomez, Ian Booth, Brittany (Patrick) McLeod, step-grandchildren Valerie and Marcos Galindo and Blue, her parakeet. She was laid to rest next to her parents at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens in Forest Park, Georgia.
Kathy Stevens, a longtime resident of Santa Rosa, died Wednesday in Pasadena at the age of 80 joining her husband, Tom, brother, Michael, parents, Art and Esther, and countless other relatives. She is survived by her children Lisa Stevens (Robert Gallo), Brian Stevens (Michael Hayes), Dan Stevens (Katie) and grandchildren Joey, Michaela, Ben, Olivia, Ella and Estelle, sister Mary Green (Tom) and numerous cousins, nephews, a niece and friends. On March 8th we celebrated International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is #Choose to Challenge. Kathy challenged all of her friends and family every day to appreciate each other, be kind, and see the beauty in everyone, to have fun and to stand by her values that family, friends and her faith (in God and people) was at the center of everything.
Margaret H. Sedenquist passed away on February 9, 2021, after a courageous battle with COVID-19. She was 94. Trailblazer, entrepreneur, business owner, community leader, philanthropist, and deeply cherished mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, mentor, and loyal friend, Margaret was loved and admired by everyone who knew her.
Born and raised on a cattle ranch near Douglas, Wyoming, Margaret’s childhood fostered a deep understanding of self-sufficiency, an abiding love of family and community, and the knowledge that individuals working together can accomplish great things. After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming, Margaret worked at General Electric in Schenectady, New York, as a research psychologist. Moving back to Wyoming, she worked as a school teacher in Cody, Wyoming, where she met her husband, Charles Sedenquist, a chemical engineer with Husky Oil. Her three children, Mark, Daniel, and Diana were born in Cody. Continue reading “Margaret H. Sedenquist | Obituary”