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Frank Ott (1929 – 2016)

Frank Michael Ott  of Pasadena, CA, died suddenly on August 11, 2016, at age 87.  He was born July 29, 1929, in Glendale and lived his entire life in the San Gabriel Valley.  A veteran of the Korean War, he benefitted from the GI Bill and attended UCLA, graduating with his Bachelor of Science, in Physics.  His 42-year career was spent at JPL working on reliable spacecraft communications, from the Mariner through the Cassini projects, and including the famously long-lived Voyager spacecraft. Are his fingerprints now traveling beyond the solar system?  Frank was a loving and brilliant man. He has spent many, many hours working on an earthquake hypothesis, that he hoped one day would truly predict earthquakes and ultimately save lives.  Pre-deceased by his wife of 39 years, Carolyn, and his son Robert, Frank is survived by his eldest son, Michael (Cindy), daughter-in-law, Cindi, daughter, Lynda (David Albright), grandchildren, Tyler and Hailey Ott, and Rachel, Jillian and Sheridan...

Megan Sterling (1981 – 2016)

Megan Corinne Sterling was born September 5th, 1981 in Arcadia, California.  She attended St. Rita’s school (Sierra Madre), followed by LaSalle High School (Pasadena) before heading to the University of California, Davis where she graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Managerial Economics with minors in Communications and International Relations.  She worked for several different companies after graduation, including Franklin Templeton Investments, the Sacramento River Cats and the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club.  Megan was most passionate about her hobbies including yoga, spinning and running, participating in multiple races across the state.     “No worries” Meg, as her friends knew her, will be most remembered for her upbeat and positive attitude, her vibrant and infectious smile and her ability to lend a listening ear.  Megan passed away on August 5, 2016 and is survived by her mother, Cathie Sterling Kay, her uncle, Joseph Petticoffer, her brother, Chris Sterling (Carina) and her nephew, Gage Sterling.  Megan was preceded in death by her father, Douglas Sterling.  A memorial service for Megan is planned for Friday, September 9, 2016 at 11am in the Sunrise Chapel of Mountain View Mortuary.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Pasadena Humane...

Barbara Chapman (1926 – 2016)

Barbara Chapman (1926 – 2016) Barbara J. Chapman of Camarillo passed away at home on July 27, 2016 at the age of 89.  Barbara Chapman was born September 17, 1926 to Clarence and Marguerite James in Los Angeles, CA. She grew up in Pasadena, and attended Washington Junior High and Pasadena Junior College (now known as Pasadena City College). She graduated from Wilberforce University in Ohio in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1950 she married Kenneth Chapman, and to that union was born a daughter, Cheryl Denise.  Their marriage lasted only three years.  With the support of her family, Barbara began her career with Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.  She worked there for over 40 years in the Radiology Department, and became the assistant to the department head.  Since LAC/USC was a teaching hospital, she oversaw the training schedule for the many aspiring radiologists as they began their internships.  Barbara maintained close friendships with “her doctors” for many years to come. She was a member of Iota Phi Lambda business sorority, Gamma Xi chapter, and had a close relationship with her sorority sisters.  Additionally, with the assistance of her brother Buddy James, she established the James Family Scholarship which the sorority awarded annually to a deserving young female high school graduate. Barbara’s passion was travel.  In that pursuit, she was always planning a trip to some faraway land, and particularly loved barging through England and France.  From Alaska to Morocco to the Panama Canal to Spain, Barbara’s globetrotting kept her busy! No matter where she traveled, she brought back a suitcase full of mementos as gifts for friends and family. After retirement Barbara relocated to Camarillo to live near her daughter, first living...

Charles Stephen O’Neill (1944-2016)

Charles Stephen O’Neill (“Steve”) passed away on July 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 72.  His passing was sudden and unexpected.  He lived life to the fullest until the very end.  He had an insatiable desire to learn and loved meeting new people.  He was kind, charismatic, fun loving, witty and had an amazing ability to connect with people from all walks of life.  He had a larger-than-life presence and will be greatly missed by family and friends. Steve was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and lived in Valparaiso, Indiana for most of his life.  He was a talented basketball player and played for Valparaiso High School and Purdue University.  After graduating from Purdue, he enlisted in the United States Army.  He was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, where he met the love of his life, Elke Wanschura, his wife of 43 years.  After spending several years together in Germany, Steve and Elke moved to Valparaiso and married in 1973.  Steve joined his father, Dr. Martin J. O’Neill, in operating the Holiday Inn and Bridge-VU Theatre.  While Steve and Elke raised their children, they owned and operated several other businesses.  In addition, Steve also managed the O’Neill family farm for over 20 years.  Steve had many hobbies and interests, including fishing, falconry, beekeeping and raising game birds.  However, the thing he most enjoyed was spending time with his family and friends.  In 2012, Steve and Elke moved to Los Angeles, where they spent many happy hours hiking in the mountains and exploring California together. Steve is survived by his beloved wife Elke O’Neill; his five children Charles...

Elizabeth Sedat (1914-2016)

Elizabeth Susan Rusling Sedat (Betty) was born in San Diego, California on October 3, 1914, and passed away on July 15, 2016, completing a lifespan of 101 years, 9 months, and 12 days. Originally she was named Gladys Betty Moir being the daughter of Doris Collins and Henry Moir, but was later adopted by Cora Snider and William Rusling.  Betty attended Los Angeles schools through high school, and later graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California in 1936 with honors. During Betty’s formative years the Rusling family were members of the Church of the Nazarene, and had a close association with the family of Phineas P. Bresee, one of the founders of that denomination. Indeed, she was a charter member of the Santa Monica, California Church of the Nazarene. Cora Rusling had been a missionary to Japan, and instilled in Betty a deep spiritual desire to serve on the mission field, especially teaching young people her passion—music.  Accordingly, in 1936 Betty went to Guatemala to teach music in a Nazarene school, the country where she met William Sedat, originally from Eastern Europe, who had recently arrived in Guatemala to start linguistic translation work among the Kekchi Maya. After a lengthy courtship, mostly by correspondence, Betty and William were married in Guatemala City on August 17, 1940. During the following years Betty not only typed the innumerable drafts of the Kekchi Maya New Testament that William was working on (dedicated in 1961), but also attended to the ever increasing demands of an expanding family, with first a set of twins (Jean and John) and later Nancy and then David. With...

Vonceseal Brent (1935 -2016)

          Vonceseal Brent  Sunrise                        SunsetFebruary 24, 1935       July 5, 2016 Viewing Services Friday, July 15th, 2016 5:00pm – 8:00pmMountain View Mortuary  2400 N Fair Oaks AveAltadena, CA 91001 Funeral ServiceSaturday July 16, 2016 12:00pmNew Hope Missionary Baptist Church Concluding at Mountain View CemeteryAltadena, CA ...

Bently A Linton (1919-2016)

In Loving Memory ofBENTLY ADOLPHUS LINTONApril 29 1919 – June 25, 2016 BENTLY was born on April 29, 1919 in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica, West Indies. He was the firstborn of Alberta and Alfred Linton. His mother had strong Christian values which she instilled in him as a young boy.As a young man he joined the British Army where he was enlisted for 10 years, during which he traveled over Europe and Asia. After leaving the British Army he chose to reside in the United States and resided in Altadena and Los Angeles for many years.In the last 50 years of his life he worked with Boeing, for 10 years as a machinist, after which he became an entrepreneur in the laundromat business.In Pasadena, Ben and his wife Violet fellowshipped at Lake Avenue Congregational Church and they were well known for their contribution in the community for 36 years.Ben married his sweetheart, Violet in 1946. They were married for 58 years before she preceded him in death. Together they loved, laughed and lived by faith and were devoted soulmates. Bently leaves to mourn his passing 3 sisters, Elaine, Ivy and Rachel , several nieces and nephews and many friends. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, they will rest from their labor for their deeds will follow them.”  Revelation. 14:13 SERVICES  Monday, July 11 2016VIEWING: 9:30AM-11:00AM  FUNERAL SERVICE: 11:00AM-12:30PM Reverend Noel P. Gay, Officiating    ...

Verna Parlee (1921 – 2016)

Verna Caroline Parlee        June 1, 1921 – June 7, 2016 Entering this life on June 1, 1921, Verna Caroline Parlee (Grove) was the second of three children born in Buffalo, NY to Paul Owen and Frances Mortimer Grove.  Her early years were spent in Fort Erie, Canada with a close and tight knit tribe of aunts, uncles and cousins on both her parents’ sides. Later most of the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio where Verna graduated from Lakeview High School.  During the early years of WWII, Verna moved to Pasadena, California, along with her cousins Queen and Marjorie where they worked at The Broadway department store on Colorado Blvd. modeling the fashionable clothing they sold.  In late 1944 Verna met her future husband, Lt. Charles Wesley (Wes) Parlee who had recently completed his tours of duty with the 8th and 15th Air Forces in England and Italy respectively. They married in March of 1949 living in South Pasadena until 1953 when they purchased a small house with a large yard in Altadena. There with steady patience, occasional exasperation, but always with un-bounded love they raised four sons: Eric (Dave), Leland (Christine), Martin (Mary), and Robert (Susann).  When the boys were older and responsible enough not to burn the house down, Verna returned to work at The Broadway  and then at LA County DPSS, retiring after eighteen years as an Executive Secretary to a Regional Director of Social Services.  With the arrival of the first of seven Grandchildren, (Wesley, followed by Robert, Richard, Sean, Amanda, Selah and Paul), Verna and Wes moved to Sugarloaf, near Big Bear, California and close...

Jeffrey Hilliard (1979 – 2016)

Jeffrey Martin Hilliard, (Jeff), was born on August 6, 1979, in Pasadena, California to Roby W. Hilliard Jr. and the late Ethel M. Hilliard. Jeffrey was baptized at Community Baptist Church in Pasadena, California and accepted Christ at an early age. Jeff graduated from John Marshall Fundamental High School in Pasadena, California in 1997. Shortly after graduation, he attended Pasadena City College, and worked at a movie theater during his youth. He later became a security guard at Glendale Adventist Hospital, where he received recognition for saving someone’s life. After working at the hospital for a while, he moved on and obtained his real estate license and practiced real estate for a few years. In 2009, Jeff moved to Lancaster, California and during that time the real estate market crashed and he began freelancing computer services. Jeffrey was a caring man of many talents. He loved to share his technological knowledge with people and offer his assistance whenever he could. In 2010, Jeffrey met his soul mate; the love of his life, “Renny”; who happened to be his next door neighbor. They were inseparable ever since. If he was not with her in person, he made sure he checked in with her regularly via his iphone. On may 2, 2015 he asked her for her hand in marriage, which she happily accepted and became his fiancee. They truly complimented each other. Jeffrey obtained his A+ Certification in computer repair and eagerly set out searching for a job in the computer field. He was a true go-getter and would accept any job to keep busy and use as a stepping...

Helen Vrana (1913 – 2016)

Today we wish to celebrate the life of Helen Josephine Vrana, a remarkable woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.   Her story begins over a century ago in Czechoslovakia and ends in California in 2016.    Helen witnessed a phenomenal evolution over the  past 103 years, including living through two World Wars and The Depression. She observed many technological advances during her lifetime.  What a fantastic period in history in which to have lived.  We know she enjoyed a wonderful and exciting life. She will be loved and missed by all of us, forever. Rest in Peace, Helen.Helen is the daughter of Betuska (Betty) Vana Cabrnoch and Jindrich (Henry) Cabrnoch.   Helen’s parents met in Vienna while working in the same bakery.  Jindrich immigrated to Chicago in 1903 with Betuska following later the same year. Helen was born on May 25, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois.  She was an only child.It was noted that Helen was so tiny at birth that she slept in a shoebox.  Her prognosis for survival was poor yet she defied her doctor’s expectation of an imminent  demise and remained  with us, a child of God, for 103 years. Jindrich operated a bakery in Chicago.  Unfortunately, he passed away when Helen was only three months old.  Betuska remarried Rudolph Holman when Helen was three.  Helen’s new family included two older step- brothers, Emmette and Rudy.  Helen remained in Chicago until she was twelve. In 1925, Helen’s parents returned to Czechoslovakia leaving the three children with an aunt and uncle in Cicero, Illinois.  The children rejoined the Holmans, sailing on the S. S. Leviathan to Czechoslovakia with...

Victor Wright (1961 – 2016)

Victor Johnell “Bullet” Wright was born April 8, 1961 in Knoxville,Tennessee, to Donald and Dorothy Wright, the fifth of ten children. He moved with his family to Los Angeles and then later to Altadena where he has resided ever since.  As a youth, Victor was a promising athlete who lettered in five sports at Eliot Jr. High School. As a sophomore at John Muir High School in Pasadena, Victor was injured during the second game of the 1976 season against St. Francis High. After a lengthy rehabilitation, Victor returned home where he was home schooled and graduated with his high school diploma in 1979 on schedule with his classmates. He noted his dream was to play football at the Rose Bowl but receiving his high school diploma on the field was even more gratifying.A year later Victor enrolled in Los Angeles City College. In 1990, he received his Associates degree in Psychology and Counseling becoming one of the first quadriplegics to receive a collegiate degree. Victor has long sought to benefit others. He was a motivation speaker who inspired courage and perseverance to others. He was also the co-founder of the non-profit organization Family of Friends International, a non-profit Christian charity dedicated to providing relief supplies and educational services to children abroad who have lost their parents to natural disasters. Their efforts included assistance to victims of the 2005 Tsunami along the coast of the Indian Ocean and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In 2011, he became an ordained minister and in 2014 he became a published author when his book “The Wright Stuff: A Story of Perseverance, Inspiration...

Darnell Jones (1948 – 2016)

Darnell Ivey Jones Sunrise: November 21st, 1948 – Sunset: May 9th, 2016 Darnell Ivey Jones went Home to be with the Lord at age 68. She was born to Ethel Jones & George Johnson on November 21st, 1948 in San Francisco, CA. Soon after, her mother relocated the family back to Pasadena, CA. which is where Darnell stayed and attended Pasadena High School. She graduated in 1966. She soon met and married Sgt. Eddie “C” Jones {preceded in death} she took on the role of Military wife full time and dedicated the rest of her life to raising their six children. Darnell was a Devoted Daughter, Wife, Sister, Aunt, Mother, Grand/Great Grandmother and Friend. She would always shoot straight from the hip and would tell you exactly what she felt or thought. She could be warm, funny and leave you questioning yourself at the end of every conversation. She loved her Grand & Great Grand Babies. Close to the end of her life that is what made her smile and it always gave her joy to see them. Seeing God’s Promise of her Generations during her life time was her reward in this Life. Darnell is survived by one Sister Debra Fisher, Four Brothers Alfred, Robert, Timothy and Ronald Jones. Children: Daughters Marla Williams & Rhoneisha Jones, Son’s Gregory Gates {Edward Jones, Alex Jones, Donald Jones preceded in death}. Two Daughter in Law’s Christy Gates & Tasha Ross-Jones, one Son in Law Michael Patrick Williams, SR. 15 Grandchildren, 6 Great- Grandchildren, a Host of nieces & nephews and Dear Friends. What a Blessed Life, and so it is fulfilled. All...
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