Obituary: Joe Bergen

Joe Bergen
Joe Bergen

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”

Obituary: Carol Forgey

Carol Forgey
Carol Forgey

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”

Obituary: Robert Akers Martin

Feb. 14, 1926 – Feb. 24, 2019

Robert Akers Martin
Robert Akers Martin

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”

Obituary: Steve Dancsecs

Steve Dancsecs
Steve Dancsecs

Steve Dancsecs, 78, of La Cañada Flintridge passed away at his home on Feb. 19. Steve was born on Jan. 6, 1941, in Csorotnek, Hungary, but left his family at the age of 15 during the Hungarian Revolution to escape Communism. He and some friends walked through the forest to reach Austria, landing at an Austrian refugee camp until immigrating to the U.S. via Kansas City, Missouri, in 1956. From there, he came to California, where he resided for the past 60 years.
After graduating from Glendale College, Steve became a general contractor and founded D&N Construction, where he worked until the day he passed. Steve met his beloved wife, Anke, and was married in 1967. Continue reading “Obituary: Steve Dancsecs”

Obituary: Virginia Cree

50-Year LCF Resident Dies at 94

Virginia Cree
Virginia Cree

Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident Virginia Cree passed away in her sleep Tuesday, Feb. 19, at her assisted living residence in West Covina. After enjoying wonderful health her whole life, she finally succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease. She was 94.
Virginia was born in Chicago but spent most of her youth in Medford, Oregon, where she and her brother lived with their aunt and uncle. After the war, she moved to Los Angeles, where she met her husband, Chuck Cree. They were married in June 1946 and had two children, Ed in 1949 and Janet in 1952.
Virginia loved her family, and took a very active role in her kids’ lives. She volunteered in all their activities, including Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Little League baseball.
Shortly after moving from West L.A. to La Cañada Flintridge, Virginia obtained her real estate license and began a career in real estate that lasted for 35 years.
In 1983, her first grandson, Alex, was born and she became known affectionately as “Grandmommy,” a name that stayed with her to the end. Virginia took a very active role in Alex’s life, much as she had with her children. She introduced to him his two greatest passions, the drums and golf.
Virginia’s husband, Chuck, died in 1984 and she never remarried. She is survived by her two children and their spouses, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a sister-in-law and two nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to any charity that deals with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s. The most notable one is the Alzheimer’s Association.

Obituary: Annemarie Sophie Hahnlein

Annemarie Sophie Hahnlein
Annemarie Sophie Hahnlein

Annemarie Sophie Hahnlein, age 83, passed away at her home in La Crescenta on Friday, Feb. 15. She was born July 30, 1935, in the city of Westerland on the island of Sylt in Germany, to Hermine and Johannes Bahnsen. She married Gunter Ernst Hahnlein on Oct. 4, 1957, in Monterey Bay.
She worked as a pharmacy technician with Verdugo Hills Hospital for more than 30 years, exuding such kindness and generosity toward everyone she met. Annemarie truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, spending time with her granddaughters, chatting with friends and family, gardening and baking delicious German pastries. Continue reading “Obituary: Annemarie Sophie Hahnlein”

Obituary: John Day Horrall

John Day Horrall
John Day Horrall

John Day Horrall, longtime California resident, passed away on Jan. 5 in Laguna Hills. He had moved there from Corona del Mar after the September death of Barbara, his beloved wife of 71 years. They had previously lived in La Cañada Flintridge for 60 years.
John was born in 1922 in Spokane, Washington, to Albion and Mary Irene Horrall. In the late 1920s, the family moved to San Jose. John graduated from San Jose High School before attending Stanford University (class of 1943). He was a journalism major, member of SAE and editor of the Stanford Daily newspaper. Continue reading “Obituary: John Day Horrall”

Obituary: Maurice Rudolph Brody

Dr. Rudy Brody
Dr. Rudy Brody

Dr. Rudy Brody — beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, doctor and lifelong Dodgers fan — passed away peacefully on Jan. 6. He was 80 years old.
Rudy grew up in Brooklyn, where he had the quintessential New York City childhood, playing stickball in the streets with classmates from P.S. 181 and walking to Ebbets Field to see the Brooklyn Dodgers. His father died when Rudy was only 6, but the boy had a close and loving family that included his mother, Tinnie, and sisters, Doris and Bea. Continue reading “Obituary: Maurice Rudolph Brody”

Obituary: Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes

Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes
June 15, 1917-Dec. 26, 2018

Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes

Beloved by all who knew her, Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes passed away gracefully at age 101. In her lifetime she left a legacy of love, kindness and beautiful memories.
She was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, to Caroline and Worrie Swingle. After graduation from Benjamin Franklin High School in Carbondale, she joined her older sister at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she was an active member of the Alpha Phi sorority. There she met the love of her life, Thomas Earl Hughes (Tommy), a captain in the Army Air Corps. After a short time, he proposed and she accepted. They were married in 1941, soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and moved to California. While he was overseas, she worked for Lockheed.
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Obituary: Michael Bruce Montgomery

Michael Bruce Montgomery
Michael Bruce Montgomery

It is with great sadness that the family of longtime Pasadena-area attorney Michael Montgomery announces his passing on Nov. 28 from natural causes at the age of 82 in Pasadena. He was surrounded by his loving children. Michael was born in Santa Barbara on Sept. 12, 1936 and was a graduate of South Pasadena High School, UCLA and USC Law School. He honorably served in the U.S. Army from 1954-58. Continue reading “Obituary: Michael Bruce Montgomery”