Obituary: Barbara Jean Sherman

Barbara Jean Sherman
Barbara Jean Sherman

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”

Obituary: Capt. Francis Patrick Flynn Sr., USN (Retired)

June 6, 1929-May 18, 2019

Francis Patrick “Pat” Flynn Sr.
Francis Patrick “Pat” Flynn Sr.

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)”

Obituary: Seena Wolin

Seena Wolin
Seena Wolin

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”

Obituary: Dr. John Privett

Dr. John Privett
Dr. John Privett

John Rupert Privett was born in Woonsocket, South Dakota, on Jan. 26, 1933, to parents Rupert and Agnes Privett. John passed peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 9.
When John was a young boy, his family moved to Boise, Idaho, where his dad set up his medical practice. John was an avid skier who felt at home in the outdoors. He loved to explore, hike, climb mountains, camp, cycle and run marathons.
He also had dreams to follow in his dad’s footsteps as an ophthalmologist. And in 1961, John graduated from Creighton University Medical School and after his residency in ophthalmology he packed up and moved his family to La Cañada Flintridge, where he practiced for 47 years. Continue reading “Obituary: Dr. John Privett”

Obituary: Mary Bronson Potter

Mary Bronson Potter
Mary Bronson Potter

Mary Bronson Potter, 94, of La Cañada Flintridge passed away on March 5 at her residence at Windsor Manor in Glendale, surrounded by her family and close friends.
Mary was born on Dec. 21, 1924, in Detroit. She was the second daughter born to Karl Bronson and Catherine (Dunn) Bronson. Mary married Edward J. (Ted) Potter of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, on June 29, 1946, in Detroit. Both Mary and Ted attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The Potters moved from Birmingham, Michigan, to Deerfield, Illinois, in the mid-1950s. There Mary became a substitute teacher for elementary and junior high school students. Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Bronson Potter”

Obituary: Eileen Hanson O’Kane

1950-2019

Eileen Hanson O’Kane
Eileen Hanson O’Kane

Eileen Hanson O’Kane, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend and judge, passed away peacefully on April 4, surrounded by her husband, children and siblings. Eileen and her husband of nearly 45 years, John Joseph O’Kane III, were longtime residents of La Cañada Flintridge.
Eileen was born on Dec. 31, 1950, the eldest daughter of Joseph Patrick Hanson and Eileen Cavanaugh Hanson of Rhode Island. She was raised in Pawtucket, then earned her bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America. She excelled on the national debate team, where she met her husband, then a student coach. They married in June 1974. Continue reading “Obituary: Eileen Hanson O’Kane”

Obituary: Mary (Kay) Fleming

Mary (Kay) Fleming
Mary (Kay) Fleming

Mary (Kay) Fleming, 92, of La Cañada Flintridge passed away peacefully on March 21. Preceded in death by husband, Joel. Survived by stepdaughters Kathy and Mary; grandchildren Julie, Tony and Rachel; three great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
Kay retired after many years as a nurse for the Glendale Unified School District. She was also a talented painter and enjoyed being part of the Valley Porcelain Artist Club for many years.

Obituary: Jack (John) H. Willoughby

April 3, 1917-June 8, 2018

Jack (John) H. Willoughby
Jack (John) H. Willoughby

Jack, a 70-year La Cañada Flintridge resident, passed away peacefully last summer after living his 101 years to the fullest.
Jack grew up in Plymouth, North Carolina, and Williamsburg, Virginia, near areas occupied by Willoughbys since the 1600s. At an early age, Jack’s gifts as a photographer, athlete and charming extrovert became evident.
After attending William & Mary College, where he met his future wife, Marx Figley, he served in the Army and then graduated from the New York Institute of Photography. Having this prestigious degree, he and Marx rode across the U.S. in a Model T’s rumble seat to get to where the work was — Hollywood! Continue reading “Obituary: Jack (John) H. Willoughby”

Obituary: Paulette Bertot Keating

1924-2019

Paulette Bertot Keating
Paulette Bertot Keating

She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her. (Prov. 31: 27-28a)
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Paulette Bertot Keating, resident of La Cañada Flintridge beginning in 1957 and beloved matriarch of the extended Keating family, passed away peacefully on March 30.
Paulette was born in 1924 in Price, Utah, to immigrant parents from Italy and France. She graduated from Carbon College (now called College of Eastern Utah) and was working as a secretary in Salt Lake City when she met and soon thereafter became the faithful wife of well-known La Cañada Flintridge figure Joe Keating. Continue reading “Obituary: Paulette Bertot Keating”

Obituary: Mary Waldsmith Dirckx

Mary Waldsmith Dirckx
Mary Waldsmith Dirckx

Mary Waldsmith Dirckx, 85, longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away on Sunday, March 3, in Bradbury. She was born in Los Angeles on March 1, 1934, and raised in Beverly Hills. Preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Laura Waldsmith; her sister Margy Cocherell; and her grandson Eric Hahn. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, David Dirckx; Donn and Nancy Dirckx; Devin and Matt Hahn; Leslie and Wayne Henriksen; and her grandchildren: Elizabeth, Katherine and Ryan Hahn; Julia, Sarah and Matthew Dirckx; and Laura and William Henriksen. Continue reading “Obituary: Mary Waldsmith Dirckx”