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Christina Mae (Goldenberg) Wood (1923 – 2016)

Christina Mae (Goldenberg) Wood (1923 – 2016) Christina Mae (Goldenberg) Wood died peacefully on October 13, 2016 at age 93.  Tina is survived by her loving children Laurie (Carl) Rogers of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Jim Wood of Arcadia, California; grandchildren Brian Rogers of Long Island City, New York, Nathan Rogers of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Jessica Rogers of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; great-grandchildren Forrest and Destin Rogers of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Natalya Rutherford of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; sisters June Scott of Spokane, Washington, and Georgie DZiadul, of Laguna Niguel, California; and many other family members and friends. Tina was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 38 years, James L. Wood, who died in 1986; and her first husband Harvey Davis, who died while serving our country in 1944. Tina said “the highlight of my life, other than raising my children, was being secretary to Ahmed Zewail at Cal Tech” who later received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Tina also enjoyed gardening, was a world traveler and a life-long volunteer for many organizations including the PTA, Girl Scouts, Santa Anita Church, and the Arcadia Police Department. A Memorial Service celebrating Christina’s life will be held on Saturday November 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Santa Anita Church, 226 W. Colorado Blvd., Arcadia, California, 91007. –– For more information or to amend this tribute, email or call (626) 794-7133.   Links for researching genealogy and family history: – Discover your place in history with Family Tree, an easy way to preserve your genealogy online. See what others have contributed, and share your family story. – Free genealogy and family history online...

Linda Kay Bernal Granillo (1953 – 2016)

Linda Kay Bernal Granillo, 62, of Fontana, California passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2016 surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her father Ben Bernal and sister Olivia Nayola. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Gilbert, son, Daniel, daughters, Celeste and Sarah, sister Sherry Guzman, mother Celia Bernal and many other family members and friends. Linda was an employee for Kaiser Permanente for the  last 29 years. She and her family are members of Living Waters Church in which they joined in 1987. She became a licensed minister in the ministry and was ordained as a Reverend in 2015 by World Harvest Fellowship Ministries, Inc. In her role with the Church, Linda was able to touch the lives of so many people through her work with the Church as well with her own God appointed ministry and is well respected and loved by all. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (Isaiah 61:1-NKJV) Services will be held on October 18, 2016 at Living Waters Church, 835 Hastings Ranch Drive, Pasadena, CA 91104 at 10:00 am and then the Committal/Burial will take place at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA 92518 promptly at 1:45...

JANE ASKEW LEE (1936 – 2016)

JANE ASKEW LEE May 22, 1936-September 12, 2016 Jane was the fourth child and only girl born to Beulah and Cecil Askew in Pasadena, California. Along with her three older brothers, she attended Longfellow, Marshall, and PCC. In 1955 she married Robert E. Lee Jr. After Bob returned from service in Germany, they continued living in Pasadena and had three children. Jane took an active role in her children’s education, and in addition to being a part time student, served on school committees and assisted in their classrooms. In 1969 Jane completed a business degree at Cal State, LA, and was employed as a commercial banker with Bank of America. After Bob’s death in 1982, Jane continued to have a successful career in banking, and in 1988 she left Pasadena and moved to Laguna Beach. Jane will always be remembered for her positive attitude and warm personality. She liked to travel and had a profound interest in learning the culture and customs of new places. No one was a stranger, and she met new friends wherever she went. Jane was an avid sports fan and she loved tennis, first as a player, and later as a spectator. She attended the US Open and Wimbledon, and for many years volunteered as an usher at the Dinah Shore Classic in La Quinta. She also enjoyed watching the Dodgers, the Angels, the Lakers, and any sport being played by one of her seven grandchildren. Jane’s parents, husband, and three brothers; Jim, Raymond, and Eddie, all preceded her in death. She is survived by her children, Debbie Betts, Larry Lee,  and Deanne Lee, and her grandchildren,...

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...
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