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.
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”
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”
Mary Waldsmith Dirckx, 85, longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away on Sunday, March 3, in Bradbury. She was born in Los Angeles on March 1, 1934, and raised in Beverly Hills. Preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Laura Waldsmith; her sister Margy Cocherell; and her grandson Eric Hahn. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, David Dirckx; Donn and Nancy Dirckx; Devin and Matt Hahn; Leslie and Wayne Henriksen; and her grandchildren: Elizabeth, Katherine and Ryan Hahn; Julia, Sarah and Matthew Dirckx; and Laura and William Henriksen. Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Waldsmith Dirckx”
Thelma Petersen Gerlach, beloved mother and wife, passed away Feb. 12. Thelma was born in Glen Ellen, California, on March 13, 1921. She was the fourth daughter of Irene Fleur Petersen and Daniel Christian Petersen. As a child, she lived with her family on the estate of Jack London in the Valley of the Moon, California. Thelma and her family moved to Covina and then to Pasadena.
The Petersens spent many summers in June Lake, California, where Thelma learned to love nature and the Sierras. She was a good fisherman and loved to garden, cook and enjoy classical music. In 1937, she entered the Mark Twain beauty contest and won the title of Miss Mono County. Continue reading “Obituary: Thelma Petersen Gerlach”
Surrounded by loved ones, former La Cañadan of the Year Sherrill Carbonetti passed away March 13 at a memory care facility in San Dimas. She was 87.
In April 2016, Sherrill suffered a stroke resulting in dementia and aphasia, which is the loss of her ability to understand or express speech.
Sherrill was a well-known active volunteer in countless LCF community organizations. Born in Hackensack, New Jersey, she grew up in nearby Rutherford. After numerous family transfers around New York, Mobil Oil offered husband Jim an opportunity to move to the Los Angeles area in 1969, and the family settled in LCF. Continue reading “Obituary: Sherrill Carbonetti”
Irene R. Elshoff, 88, passed away peacefully in her home on March 5. Irene was born on May 23, 1930, in Martins Ferry, Ohio. She attended Catholic grade school, Martins Ferry High School, and the University of Cincinnati from which she earned a bachelor of science in home economics. It was at the university that Irene met E. Calvin (Cal) Elshoff, an architecture student. The two married in 1953.
Irene and Cal lived in Cincinnati where their first four children, Matthew, Cindy, Heather and Jennifer, were born. A job transfer brought the family to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where their youngest child, Drew, was born. In 1965, Cal was again transferred, this time to California, and the family moved to La Cañada Flintridge and joined St. Bede the Venerable Church. Continue reading “Obituary: Irene R. Elshoff”
Joe Bergen, 61, of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away surrounded by family and friends at his home on March 6 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his daughters Amelia and Megan Bergen, his sisters Annmarie Bergen Donahoe and Mary Bergen Harrison, and his former wife, Ann Penners Bergen.
Joe was born in 1957 in the Bronx, New York, to Joseph Bergen and Eileen O’Sullivan Bergen. His father, a New York City firefighter, moved the family to Pearl River, New York, when Joe was a small child. Joe’s childhood was filled with all the fun and adventure that a child surrounded by extended family and growing up in the ’60s could experience. Continue reading “Obituary: Joe Bergen”
Carol Forgey, beloved wife of Darrell Forgey and proud mom of Ryan, Allison and Spencer, passed peacefully on Feb. 16 at age 67 after a valiant two-year battle with liver cancer. She confronted death with the same grace and dignity she used to face life these last few very difficult years.
Carol and Darrell moved to La Cañada Flintridge in 1986 and remained there until her passing. An inveterate shopper and real estate connoisseur, she loved to look at properties in the area and guess their value. She also devoted much time to her children and participated actively in their schooling. Continue reading “Obituary: Carol Forgey”
Father Time is slowly but surely thinning out the ranks of the heroes who fought in World War II. He has just taken another veteran, 10 days after celebrating his 93rd birthday.
Robert was born on Feb. 14, 1926, to Onnie Lee Martin and Mary Corinne Akers in Glenmora, Louisiana. He was married to Linda Eileen Edgerton on July 9, 1960. Robert is survived by his three children: Michelle (Stephen) Wright, Michael Martin and Katie Martin McHenry; his former wife, Linda Bourassa; and seven grandchildren: Trevor Martin (25), Madelyn Martin (21), Ethan Wright (21), Cameron Wright (20), Matthew Wright (17), Jack McHenry (16) and Elijah McHenry (14). Continue reading “Obituary: Robert Akers Martin”