Adelaide Finkbine Hixon of Pasadena died at her home on Nov. 6. She was born on May 31, 1918, and lived for 101 years. She is survived by two sons, Andrew Hixon of Santa Barbara, and Anthony Hixon of Cohasset, Massachusetts, as well as seven grandchildren. There are now 12 great-grandchildren whose ages run from 1 year to 30. Adelaide was predeceased by her husband, Alexander P. Hixon, and her first-born son, Lex Hixon.
Adelaide was a uniquely powerful, complex and loving person who has deeply influenced hundreds of people during her long life. She could light a room with her intuitive and lightning-like intellect, yet she also possessed a vivid sense of humor, which ran the gamut from the bathroom variety up into the subtle realms of high wit. Her funny bone often prompted her to tears of pure joy. Continue reading “Obituary: Adelaide Finkbine Hixon”
Marilynn Wheeler, born Feb. 13, 1934, and a longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 13. A graduate of UCLA, she taught swimming, gymnastics and volleyball at the YMCA in the 1960s. Continue reading “Obituary: Marilynn Janet Wheeler”
Patricia (Patty) Faith Olivares, a woman dedicated to her family as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister with a deep and abiding faith, joined the angels in heaven on June 17. Born on June 2, 1939, in Illinois, Patty later lived in Pasadena and did extensive charity work at the Hillside School and Learning Center in La Cañada Flintridge and served as president of St. Anne’s Loretta Young Auxiliary Guild, a charity for single young pregnant women. She loved to travel the world as a flight attendant on TWA and worked for United Airlines for many years. She was a resident of Manhattan Beach for some time and then her loving spouse, Jose Olivares, was assigned to the U.S. Continue reading “Obituary: Patricia (Patty) Faith Olivares”
Wiley Douglas Bunn, an 81-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully at age 90 at Villa Gardens Retirement Community on Thursday, Aug. 8. He leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Marilyn Granger; their children Barbara, Douglas (Deette), David (Kellie) and Carolyn (Steven Nahigian); 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his brother Robert (Ardis); his sister-in-law Elinor; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wiley was born in Glendale on July 22, 1929, to Thomas and Ellen Bunn. He attended La Cañada Elementary School, Eliot Junior High and Pasadena City College. He met Marilyn on the first day of school at Eliot, thus beginning their lifetime relationship. He attended USC with the exception of one year pursuing his interest in Marilyn at Wheaton College in Illinois. Continue reading “Obituary: Wiley Douglas Bunn”
Kimberly Joan “Kim” Bachman passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, from complications related to cancer.
Kim was loved dearly by those who knew her gentle spirit and tender heart. She grew up in La Cañada Flintridge and attended Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, then UCLA, where she graduated with honors. She was a lifelong reader and shared her love of storytelling with friends and family. Her care and respect for the environment began during her girlhood when she earned the WoHeLo Medallion in Camp Fire Girls. Throughout her life she loved animals and cared for many. She was talented in academics as well as the arts, in which she studied flute and ballet. Continue reading “Obituary: Kimberly Joan Bachman”
Paul Whitefield, a veteran editor at the Los Angeles Times who helped guide coverage of many of the paper’s major stories during his 30-year career, died at home Aug. 14 after a five-year battle with esophageal cancer. He was 66.
A longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, he is survived by his wife, Sara Lessley, and two sons, Sam and Ben Whitefield, both of whom grew up in LCF and attended local public schools.
Paul was a familiar figure around LCF for many years, supporting his sons’ athletic careers in baseball and water polo. He was an avid fly fisherman, scratch golfer, huge car buff and devoted Dodgers fan and season ticket-holder for many years. Continue reading “Obituary: Paul Whitefield”
Thomas “Tom” Gorecki passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, April 8, at age 50. A resident of Burlington, Connecticut, Tom graduated in 1986 from La Cañada High School, where he excelled in basketball among other sports.
After high school, Tom enlisted in the Navy, later moving to Connecticut, where he worked as an emergency medical technician and then as a licensed practical nurse, and started a family. At 32, he suffered a severe back injury at work that changed the course of his life and eventually led to many surgeries, numerous health issues and eventually paralysis. The injury may have robbed him of his health at a young age, but he also found numerous moments of joy with his family, friends and caretakers, and in his faith in the intervening years. Continue reading “Obituary: Thomas Gorecki”
Barbara Jean Sherman, a 61-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully and gently at her home on June 18. She was 92 years old.
She was born Barbara Jean to Thomas and Frances Ryan in San Diego in 1927, and lived with her parents and sisters Patricia, Annabelle and Geraldine in Point Loma, attending Point Loma High School. She then attended San Diego State where she met her future husband, a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, Arthur J. Sherman, another San Diego resident. They were married in 1947 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Point Loma. Continue reading “Obituary: Barbara Jean Sherman”
Patrick was born in Los Angeles on June 6, 1929, son of Frances D. and Matthew P. Flynn. Predeceasing Pat were his wife of 53 years, Joyce, and his brothers Matthew P. Flynn Jr., and Michael D. Flynn. He is survived by his brother Ronald B. Flynn; children Pat Jr., Tom (Katie), Tim and Peggy; and four grandchildren, Alexander, Sydney, Matt and Emily.
Pat attended Incarnation Catholic School in Los Angeles, Loyola High School and the United States Naval Academy (class of 1953). Pat continued in the Navy Reserve until his retirement in 1983 at the rank of captain. As the Blue and Gold Officer for the Los Angeles area, he helped numerous graduating seniors gain admittance to the Naval Academy. Continue reading “Obituary: Capt. Francis Patrick Flynn Sr., USN (Retired)”
Seena Wolin, age 89, passed away peacefully on April 30. Born in New York City on March 2, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Ida Switzer. Seena was a long-time resident of La Cañada Flintridge and Glendale. She taught in the Glendale Public School District for many years and, after retiring, volunteered for the Glendale Police Department and Verdugo Hills Hospital. She was a member of Temple Sinai in Glendale and of Descanso Gardens, where she enjoyed spending time. She had a youthful spirit, a great sense of humor and will be missed by many friends of all ages. Continue reading “Obituary: Seena Wolin”