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”
Hayley Weddle, a La Cañada Flintridge native and UC San Diego doctoral student, has been nominated to be the 2019-20 student regent by a University of California Board of Regents special committee.
If approved this month, the 2007 La Cañada High School graduate would become the 45th student regent since the position was established in 1975. She would serve as the student regent-designate for the coming year and be able to participate in all deliberations, then will have voting privileges when her one-year term begins in July 2019. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Nominated for UC Student Regent Role”
La Cañada Flintridge resident Scott Kraft was named managing editor of the Los Angeles Times last week, the newspaper reported.
“Scott’s promotion is an acknowledgment of the role he instinctively took on during the past tumultuous year, working with teams throughout the newsroom to produce journalism of the highest quality,” said Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine, according to the Times. Continue reading “LCF Resident Promoted to Managing Editor at L.A. Times”
“Kangi-E” means a “gathering of joy” in Japanese and that is the essence of the Obon Festival that will be held at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple on Saturday, July 21, from 4-9 p.m. and Sunday, July 22, from 4-8:30 p.m. on the temple grounds at 1993 Glen Ave. in Pasadena. Continue reading “Pasadena Obon Festival Returns This Weekend”