Allison Stefania Houser of La Cañada died peacefully at UCLA Medical Center with her mother by her side at the age of 20.
At birth, Allison was diagnosed with complex congenital heart defects, but she and her family made sure that this did not define her. Instead, Allison attended Palm Crest Elementary, La Cañada High School and California State University Northridge full time, and led an active life.
Allison enjoyed cooking, Girl Scouts, dance, family time, and playing with her dogs. Early on, she took a keen interest in art and carried this passion to high school, where she enrolled in advanced art and completed her portfolio.
After graduation in 2018, Allison enrolled at CSUN. There, she joined SAEPi, a Jewish Sorority, where she thrived. She found a loving environment at SAEPi, made many wonderful friends, and enjoyed great experiences, including beach trips, roller skating and charitable events. Continue reading “Obituary – Allison Stefania Houser”
John L. “Jack” Dawson, age 89, died September 15, 2020, from pulmonary fibrosis and respiratory failure. He leaves behind his loving wife of 65 years, Barbara, and two sons, David and Tim.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, he lived in 42 places throughout his life, but only four places after he was married. He graduated from the 12th grade at Pasadena Junior College in 1949. He served in the California National Guard four years, and in the US Army Reserve ten years. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1953 with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jack became a licensed registered Engineer in the State of California in 1962. Later, in 1979, he received a Masters Degree in Engineering. Continue reading “Obituary – John L. ‘Jack’ Dawson”
Warren Burkhart was a Glendale boy attending R.D. White Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and Glendale High Schools. He graduated from California State University, Northridge earning a B.S. in Health Administration, which he used as a sales executive at CIGNA, Confederation Life, MetLife, and Nippon Life Benefits.
Warren passionately enjoyed friends, music, sports, and his family. He reveled in his sons, David and Stephen, coaching when he could and yelling from the sidelines when he couldn’t, proudly leading the family’s hysterically historical trips, and basking in their accomplishments. Melinda, sweetheart from high school, was by his side laughing all the way. Continue reading “Obituary – Warren Burkhart”
Leo Hendler, loving father, grandfather and friend passed away on September 23, 2020 at the age of 78. Leo was born on August 16, 1942 in Buffalo, New York to Leo and Ruth Hendler. At the age of 10, he moved to La Cañada and attended John Muir high school. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cal State Los Angeles. It was here that he met his wife Terri to whom he was married to for 30 years. They moved to La Cañada in 1975 where they raised their two daughters, Jenny and Shannon. Although Leo and Terri divorced, they remained close friends up to his death. Leo had a successful career in the home health care industry for over 30 years. Continue reading “Obituary – Leo Hendler”
Robert A. Neilson (Bob) passed away September 11, 2020, at age 84, following surgery of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Born and raised in Upland, CA, Bob had two older sisters. He met his wife, Ann, in 1957, while serving as Chairman of the UCLA Rally Committee, a student group which generated and produced card stunts for half-time entertainment at UCLA football games in the Coliseum. Following graduation, Bob worked at local aerospace companies; then in 1962 Bob began work at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the family moved to La Cañada Flintridge. He worked on various projects, including Mariner, Voyager, SeaSat. He retired early and turned his Continue reading “Obituary – Robert ‘Bob’ Neilson”
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 Canada-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 Canada 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. Continue reading “Obituary | Sally Reid Samuelson June 1, 1926 – July 14, 2020”
Pat Taylor, 76, passed away at her home in Burbank, California, on June 18, 2020. She was born on May 27, 1944, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the late Donald Callahan and Gloria Smith. Pat was the oldest of three, now survived by her brother Larry and her sister Vicki.
Pat graduated in 1962 from John Muir High School in Pasadena, California. Shortly after, Pat turned her passion for vintage clothing into a career, and became the sole proprietor of Hubba Hubba! located on Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank for 35 years. Pat was highly admired by her eye for her vintage clothing and her unique way with people. Besides her successful business, Pat supported her local theater community by attending several plays a month and enjoyed writing her weekly reviews as a columnist in the Tolucan Times.
Pat will be dearly missed by her daughter Dana and her son Jeffrey, as well as her grandchildren; Keegan, Kassidy and Kye and her two great-grandchildren.
Pat left a long-lasting impression and will be remembered fondly by her community, friends and family. We are hoping to have a Celebration of Her Life held in the near future.
Earl Anderson passed away on May 22, 2020. He was a longtime Burbank resident. He was born Dec. 21st, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois, of Swedish immigrant parents. When he was nine years old the family moved from Chicago to Burbank, which remained his hometown for the rest of his life. He graduated from Burbank High School in 1944. In January of 1945 he joined the Army and retired from the Army as a photographer.
His career included working at Librascope, also at an advertising company and then as a photographer for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department where he retired after more than twenty-five years. He married his wife Joy in 1970 in Pasadena, California. They enjoyed extensive traveling throughout the United States including many train and bus excursions.
He is survived by his sister Donna Anderson Carlson and brother-in-law Jerry Carlson of Shady Cove, Oregon, niece Kristi Carlson of Playa del Rey, California, nephew Greg Carlson of Germantown, Wisconsin, and niece Donette Carr of Spanish Fork, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joy and his brother Robert.
Sheri Bradsher née Stellburg, of Los Angeles, California, passed away at home, peacefully, surrounded by the love and presence of her “family,” on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Despite a four-year battle with cancer, Sheri truly had a zest for life, and lived her life full of joy, with laughter, and she brought light and love to everyone she met.
Sheri was born February 27, 1957, in Bellflower, California, to Ray Stellburg and Sharon Shannon. She married the love of her life and best friend, Dr. Julia E. Bradsher, two times in their 13 years together. They had a spiritual wedding before God, friends, and family in Novato, California, on March 7, 2009. Then, 4 years later, they were able to legally marry in Palm Springs, California, on November 3, 2013.
Sheri is survived by her wife, Julia; her brother Rick (Diane) Hahn, of Long Beach, California; brother Gary (Bridgette) Stellburg, of Earlsboro, Oklahoma; sister Darci (Mike) Sargent, of Sun City West, Arizona; nieces Lea Hahn, Nicole Sargent, Riana Stellburg, and nephew Joshua Sargent. She is equally survived by numerous friends who loved her dearly and were part of her “family.” Sheri will be deeply missed by her fur babies, Cali and Zorro.
Sheri held numerous job roles and positions throughout her life. She had a great entrepreneurial spirit. At the young age of 12 years old, she placed handwritten note cards in mailboxes surrounding her childhood home where she advertised doing odd jobs such as a dog walker, babysitter, and housecleaner. All of this to be able to pay for her horseback riding. She had a 20-year career in the medical field, primarily as a nurse’s aide and surgical instrument technician. She was also a Senior Airman in the Air Force Reserves and served as a medic. Her career culminated as an insurance advisor as she had a great passion for helping people with life planning.
Sheri was a passionate world traveler and loved to go dancing, attend theater, and Broadway musicals. Sheri and Julia visited almost every continent and had several “Broadway Week” trips to New York. Sheri loved the Lord and displayed it in her everyday life. Sheri and Julia are members of the San Marino Community Church.
A private service was held with “framily” on Saturday, June 13, 2020. A dance party and celebration of Sheri’s life will be held on a future date in the Fall.
The family has established The Sheri Bradsher Memorial Fund, established at Huntington Medical Research Institutes in Pasadena, California, to support scientific, community, and employee education. Donations can be made to HMRI at 686 S Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105 https://hmri.org/give-now/
Sheri’s life is best summarized by a quote from Wayne Dyer, “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”
Dr. Robert R. Ferber was born in New Eagle, Pennsylvania, to Rudolf F. Ferber and Elizabeth Robertson on June 11, 1935, and passed away on Jan. 31, 2020, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. At his side were his beloved wife, Eileen (former city editor of The Outlook) and his son Robert Jr. and daughter Lynne Case, both graduates of the La Cañada Unified School District. Bob is also survived by son-in-law Stan Case, daughter-in-law Linda Maepa and three grandchildren: Jeremy and Stephanie Case of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Bobby Ferber of Woodside, California. Continue reading “Obituary: Dr. Robert R. Ferber”