James W. Wallace | Obituary

July 13, 1930 – December 27, 2020

James W. Wallace

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.
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‘In-Person’ Graduation Date Set For LCHS Seniors

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With hopes that COVID-19 cases will continue falling, district school officials said they are committed to providing an in-person graduation ceremony for seniors in June. Last year, seniors had to suffice with a drive-thru ceremony (above).

With the final stages of reopening schools for limited instruction nearly complete, the La Cañada Unified School District is shifting its focus to a specific group of students.
“We want to prioritize [La Cañada High School] seniors,” said Superintendent Wendy Sinnette.
The district announced late last week a list of events to celebrate its seniors. Student leaders and administrators are hopeful that public health officials will continue to ease restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to dramatically fall after an alarming winter surge. With coronavirus metrics improving locally, Los Angeles County is not far off from moving out of the most restrictive purple tier, which indicates widespread infection, into the less-restrictive red tier, which would allow more on-campus activities.
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Obituary | Pamela ‘Pam’ Robin Beauer

Pamela “Pam” Robin Beauer

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of, Pamela Robin Beauer. Our loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She left us peacefully from our family home on January 31, 2021. She was 77 years old.
Pamela was born on July 27, 1943 in Alhambra, Ca. to Philip Robin Oiler and Barbara Jean Barber. In 1949 the family moved to Glendale, Ca. and Pamela got a second mother, Betty Preston-Oiler.
She attended Glendale High School and was a proud “Dynamiter.” On her way to University of Arizona over the summer of 1961, Pam met William on the tennis courts at Sunland Park and they were an instant match! They were married at La Cañada Presbyterian Church on August 17, 1963.

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Church Bells to Ring on Christmas Eve

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“I think it’s just a reflection that COVID can’t keep God from coming to us,” the Rev. Chuck Osburn, associate pastor at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, said of the Christmas Eve event.

The churches of La Cañada Flintridge are inviting members of the community, wherever they are in the city, to sing a carol and reflect during an event on Christmas Eve.
Residents will be able to hear bells tolling from the churches that have bell systems, including St. Bede the Venerable Church and St. George’s Episcopal Church, from 8:57 p.m. until 9 p.m., when they will stop to allow La Cañada Presbyterian Church to play “Silent Night” through its system.
The sound will be most audible on Foothill Boulevard, and those within earshot — whether they be out for a walk or on their front porch — are encouraged to sing along with the song or simply ponder the lyrics. Even those who are out of range of the bells’ sound are invited to take a few minutes to sing with their families at 9 p.m.

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LCPC Resumes In-Person Church Services…Outdoors

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La Cañada Presbyterian Church hosted its first live church service since March this past Sunday. The 6 p.m. gathering was held outdoors in the church parking lot, as nearly 150 people were in attendance, wearing masks and sitting in pre-marked circles for physical distancing.
The worship band played familiar songs and hymns while the masked congregants sang and hummed along. LCPC Senior Pastor Jeff Hoffmeyer preached his first sermon of a two-part series titled, “Benedictions: Blessed Beyond Measure.”
“Wow, after more than five months, it was so wonderful to worship together,” Hoffmeyer said. “It clearly meant so much to those who gathered for worship to be together, sing together, and pray together.”
Said Jack Lantz, LCPC’s director of music, worship and arts: “It was almost like a homecoming atmosphere. People were moved to gather together. Everyone had missed seeing their friends.
“Everyone arrived wearing a mask and, perhaps surprisingly, practiced social distancing and the appropriate safety protocols. Although we could not see them, it seemed as though there were many smiles behind the masks. [Pastor] Jeff stated that it was so much more rewarding preaching to a live group of people, rather than to a camera.”
A second outdoor worship experience is scheduled for Sunday evening, Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Online registration is required.

Obituary | Sally Reid Samuelson June 1, 1926 – July 14, 2020

Sally Reid Samuelson

Sally Samuelson lived a long and wonderful life. Born in Salem, Oregon on June 1, 1926, only child of James Morton Reid and Sarah E. Reynolds, she made California her home at a young age. Moving to Long Beach as a child, she experienced the earthquake of 1933, and went onto to live in Los Angeles County for all the years thereafter. Sally lived in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge for more than 55 years with her husband, Jack Samuelson, before moving to Royal Oaks Manor, a senior community in Duarte. She was an active community and church member. She joined the La Cañada Presbyterian Church in 1952 where she served as an elder, was responsible for family church dinners and knit hats and scarves for Operation Christmas Child.
Residing in Los Angeles, Sally graduated from Dorsey High School in 1944 and traveled, across town, to attend Occidental College (Class of ’48) where she received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and was an active member of the Delta Sorority. She met Jack, a fellow Math major, at Oxy and they were married in August, 1948. Sally continued her education at USC where she received a Masters and became an Algebra teacher before raising a family.
Married for nearly 72 years, family, faith and friends were at the center of Sally and Jack’s life. Sally spent her marriage supporting Jack in his business endeavors and caring for their family. Together, they built a family of 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, along with spouses, totaling 39. Always on the go, Sally was an active and energetic lady. She and Jack traveled the world, visiting over seventy countries during her lifetime, and loved their weekends at the beach and desert. She was an avid golfer and a loyal Dodger and USC fan; enjoyed bridge, reading and crossword puzzles. Known as “Mama Sally” to her family and friends, she took joy in spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, celebrating holidays together and summers boogey boarding right alongside them.
Sally Reid Samuelson, a strong and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, passed peacefully at home on July 14, 2020 at the age of 94. Survived by her husband Jack and sister-in-law Doris Samuelson, son Reid (Joyce) Samuelson, daughter Lisa (Chuck) Paugh, daughter Laura (Kevin) Murphy and son David (Michelle) Samuelson along with her eight grandchildren: Heather (Carl) Dene, Lauren (Patrick) Elliott, Todd (Palin) Samuelson, Holly (Matt) Krivos, Brad (Shannon) Paugh, Kayley (Tom) Danielson, Torre (Joe) Berro, Conor Murphy and thirteen great-grandchildren. She will live on in the hearts of her family and friends forever. A private service commemorated her life and passing at Forest Lawn Glendale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beacon Housing, 5000 Edenhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039.