Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View… (August)

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…

That August end of summer heat wave has come and gone and we are keeping our cool as the long Labor Day Weekend refreshes our spirits.

We congratulate all our Altadena neighbors that took a walk through our historic Mausoleum on Marengo Avenue and viewed our Sistine Chapel style fresco of “The History of Christianity” during the heat wave.

It must be the imported Italian marble inside the Mausoleum that helps keep the temperatures down. Great to see everybody.

"I'd rather have roses on my table, than diamonds on my neck."
                                                                               - Emma Goldman

Speaking of all things Mausoleum, they are back. “They” are those colorful people that walk around talking to themselves. I guess you have to admit, talking

to yourself and professional acting go hand in hand. I guess you call it developing a character. Here’s the good news, actors rehearsing their lines, can mean only one thing.

It means that Wicked Lit is back with their series of skits and stories that make our Mausoleum come alive with the lighting, unique sets, and those colorful players that make Wicked Lit such a welcome and wonderful part of the Mausoleum landscape as we enter September and transition into October and all things Halloween.

This is Wicked Lit’s eight season at Mountain View Mausoleum, performing their special theatrical magic. Click on their website for performance times and make your reservations. The shows sell out, so it’s ‘The Quick and the Dead’ type scenario. Great to see you all once again. Break a leg guys.

Here at Mountain View Cemetery, whether it’s the parade of local history buffs, the healthy-walking brigade, family members placing flowers on graves or mourners attending a

morning graveside service, the same question is asked over and over.

“How do I get back to the main gate?” GPS? Think LOOP.

Our Mountain View Cemetery is bordered by a big loop. Sort of a long street that cleverly changes its name as it curves and arcs through our scenic grounds. Read our curbside stenciled names to help you navigate.

Our loop begins at our office parking lot. Turning right through our gate,you pass Sunday lawn. As our Pasadena Mausoleum and Sunrise Chapel come into view, the loop curves slightly left, passing Memory Circle and Poppy Fields. The curve passes Sunrise Terrace and Morning Star and heading straight up, you’ll find Mountain Vineyards as the curve turns left.

Curving still, you now pass Mountain Meadows, Windsong Lane and Twilight Terrace as our Drawing Room Chapel tall steeple comes into view. A blink of an eye and you’re back at our Fair Oaks Avenue parking area. Navigating our loop is quite easy. No fears. No tears.

However,it was a tear and a smile for all of us on Friday evening, September 1st. The Mausoleum Art Gallery.

It was a goodbye dinner for Ken, our family counselor, as heretires after serving our Mountain View families for twenty years.

A wonderful time. Delicious catering. Good cheer. Good wine. Friends. Families. Workmates. Stories. More stories. Selfies. We wish Ken well. We’re going to miss you buddy.

 

Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…

Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383 Party photo courtesty of Wanda Poston

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View… (July)

 Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…

August is upon us and July 4th has come and gone. Celebrating America’s birthday is always fun. Especially here at Mountain View. Maybe it’s the mouth watering smell of those lunch time hot dogs and hamburgers cooking, that makes it such a good time. Aiding and abetting all the fun is always the Rose Bowl evening fireworks, that can be seen and enjoyed especially, here in Altadena.

Our grounds and landscapes are all about lovely flowers and a single Rose always brings a smile. Small wonder that during family services, flowers and every color of Rose brings such solace to both families and friends.

“Earth laughs in flowers”
                                 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here’s a helpful hint about flowers. As with planning a wedding, all the flowers should blend together artistically. Be sure to tell our family counselors, Theresa and Ken, all about your loved one’s favorite flowers and especially their favorite colors, so they can help you plan your memorial service.

It’s also important to make sure that you share these insights with your local flower shop and flower artists. It will help them add style and sparkle to your service.

We had a lovely service last summer. A family Matriarch had passed. Her favorite color was purple. The flowers were lovely. Our Mountain View team wore ties with flecks of purple in them. It looked awesome.

Speaking of doing your family history homework, part of any Sunrise Chapel service is a slideshow of your loved one’s life and times. Heads up: Best to bring any visual/song presentation to us at least one day prior to your service. 

Bring a flash drive and two CD copies on disc, so we can test and make sure they are compatible with our Sunrise iTunes System. Help us avoid any embarrassing ‘On the Day’ technical hiccups.

It’s also a good idea to keep the slideshow less than 4 or 5 minutes. The length of the loved one’s favorite song is the real charm. Your picture story will be easier to follow by keeping the pictures in chronological order. Baby pictures, Teen years, Wedding, Children, Grandchildren, Retirement. Help us tell your family story in a professional and entertaining way. Thanks everybody.

July into August seems to be the time when traffic in the City of Angels, not to mention I-210, only minutes away from Mountain View, is what they call “Holiday light.” Less traffic on our July and August roads is a good thing.

Speaking of good things, like vacations, Mountain View’s Luis Treto and his wife Ana had a great vacation break. Just ask any kid, vacations are all about fun. They know.

Always wonderful to see Jim’s guys, Kalen and Christian. They stopped by to hang out and say hello. They covered a lot of ground. LA beaches. A toe-tapping LeAnn Rimes concert. Great smiles. Cool guys. Always a pleasure.

It wouldn’t be a Southern California summer without Comic- Con and once again our native-son Keith was our offical Mountain View rep in San Diego. Glancing at his cell phone costume shot, the word ‘Scary’ comes to mind.

The walking traffic through our Mountain View Cemetery grounds and through our Mountain View Mausoleum seems to have picked up in the last few weeks. It’s wonderful to see our local neighbors and their summertime out-of-town visiting relatives and friends.

Any questions? Ask our grounds people: Sammy, Brian, John, Jesus, Oscar & Eleo. They are always happy to chat and to answer any questions that may come to mind.

One of our walking visitors asked a friendly question that inspired this picture. It’s the only wooden grave marker, here at Mountain View Cemetery. It’s a quick healthy one-minute walk from our offices, in our scenic Sunset Lawn area. Take a look. Bring a friend. Snap a selfie.

Summertime, and the living is easy, so the Porgy & Bess song says. Keep cool. Take care.

Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…



Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383
“Striking a pose” photo courtesy of Luis & Ana Treto 
“Beachcomers” photo courtesty of Jim Sickonic 
“Comic-Con” photo courtesy of Keith Brown

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View… (June)

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…

June is here. The good news: All that June gloom is almost gone with the wind. Gone girl, like a summer wind.

June gloom. That’s what the TV weather people in Southern California call that damp, foggy marine layer that lingers over Altadena and Pasadena and most of Los Angeles during most days of June.

OMGosh, it’s been a busy month. June started off with the anniversary of D-Day, the 6th of June, commemorating those WW II heroes that stormed the beaches of Normandy, way back when. Many of those heroes rest here at Mountain View and as always, gentlemen and ladies, we salute you.

GPS aside, one of the easiest questions we answer to our out of town visitors is how to find us on Fair Oaks Ave. “Up Fair Oaks, past Woodbury Rd. and look for the lovely flowers” is our response.

Speaking of flowers, check out the pink roses that are a blink of an eye

from our Drawing Room and Chapel, close to our office entrance and parking lot on Fair Oaks. Pink is the new Black, is the new Orange. LOL.

Folks, here at Mountain View, we always need patience. Patience to deal with our bereaved families. Patience to organize our family services, flower deliveries, calls to clergy and the countless logistics that go into serving our families in need.

Well, we finally have been blessed with some patience. Yes, the powers-that-be have made another good call. She’s new. She’s here. Her name is Patience.

Patience is a local lady from Pasadena and is completing her studies at Pasadena City College. She’s the friendly voice you hear answering our phones, greeting family members and helping corral all the engulfing coroner forms and backstage activities of a modern family-driven, family-owned and family-serving business like Mountain View. Welcome aboard Patience. Break a leg!

The longest day of sunlight. June 21st. The best place to enjoy the Summer Solstice is always in the ‘Radiance’ wing of our Mountain View Mausoleum. The summer sunlight filtering through the stained glass is both a joy to the heart and a joy to the eye. See for yourself. Selfie time.

There’s nothing like the sound of a HORSE WHINNY to make people stop and look up from their troubles and smile. Well, once again our friends from Homeward Bound Funeral Carriages were part of the show and pageantry and healing at yet another family service during the month of June.

Styling as always, horse mistress Suzanne was holding the reins and guiding ‘Kandy’ as she CLOMPED, CLOMPED along the streets and avenues of Mountain View Cemetery, much like all those New Orleans funeral processions we’ve all seen at the movies.

The June sights and summer sounds of Mountain  View included a lovely wedding ceremony at our historic Mausoleum over on Marengo Ave. It all began late Saturday afternoon. Our best wishes to Bride & Groom, Sarah & Brian, as they begin their life journey. We were honored to be the backdrop to their sweet, romantic vows and the beyond-awesome dance-till-dawn reception that followed.

 

July 4th is almost here everybody. Traditions still endure as we celebrate Lady Liberty’s birthday. Hot dogs. Paper plates. Evening fireworks at the Rose Bowl. American flags will dot the historic grave sites once again, here at Mountain View.

That summer breeze is slowly stirring away the heat here in Altadena. That’s your invitation to cool your jets and cool your heels and visit our cemetery and mausoleum.

Call your Mom, get the girls together, put on your walking shoes and take in the sights and sounds of our historic Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum. Yes, Virginia,
we’re open seven days.

Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…

Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383 Mausoleum photos courtesy of Luis Treto

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View… (May)

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…

It’s May. It’s May, the merry month of May. Sounds like a song doesn’t it? OMGosh. It is a song. It’s Camelot!

Speaking of songs and all things cheery, they are back. Yes, those lovely Jacaranda blooms are back. Nothing says May in LA, more than the purple hues of the Jacaranda.

May means Moms. Always has. Always will. Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 14th started with a Mountain View mystery. It was a whodunit right out of those Nancy Drew Mysteries that our sisters and Moms used to read to us, way back when.

Let’s call it “The Mystery of the Mother’s Day Flowers.” (With a sweet nod to Carolyn Keene, the awesome author of all those mystery stories.) It was early. There it was.

A mist of morning dew sparkling like a diamond on lovely red roses. A basket of orphan flowers. Left just outside the locked Mausoleum gate on Marengo. No address. No name tag. The Mausoleum visitors were on their way. Mother’s Day morning sun was also rising.

We made a command decision.

We placed the anonymous Mom’s Day flowers at our Mausoleum front door, a flowery greeting to all the visitors, paying their respects.

Respects to all the nurturing ‘Mom’ figures in our lives: Loving Step-Moms, older Sisters, guiding Aunts, inspiring teachers and friendly neighbors. Sweet memories of all the women mentors that have touched all of our lives. You might say that all of our Mausoleum statues are all about Sisterhood in all her glory.

The mystery flowers were a big hit. All day long. Thanks secret benefactor. Flowers always bring a smile.

Flowers mean a lot and help the healing during family services. Best advice: Have your flowers reflect the personality of those being remembered. Have a chat with your local florists. Give them the back story. His/Her favorite colors. Favorite flowers. Then give them enough time to create a coordinated colorful tribute.

Okay, we all need a break from time to time. Especially our embalming team. Know locally as Batman & Robin. Maybe Penn & Teller might be more accurate. Known with affection, alphabetically speaking (left to right), as Damien & Keith here at Team Mountain View.

They went hiking. The whole nine yards. Back packs. No Tommy’s. No In-N-Out. No kidding. Hills. More hills. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Stories around the campfire. Songs around the campfire. It was a Kumbaya couple of long days journeys into longer nights. Welcome back guys.

Memorial Day was all about remembering the Fallen of yesterday and honoring the Veterans of today.

Our annual Mountain View Memorial Day afternoon celebration was a roaring success. They all came. Young. Old. History majors. History minors. It was beyond awesome. Flags. More flags. Speeches. A 21 gun salute. Period Costumes. Tears. Smiles. Those ‘Daughters of the Union’ sure can tell a story or two. 

Speaking of all things historical, our website is always in a state of evolving. More history profiles. More insights into early Altadena, CA and the way we were.

Open that laptop. Order yourself a Starbucks. CLICK on YouTube. It’s our latest look @ historical Mountain View. Yes, that is The Man of Steel. Yes, early TV pioneer George ‘Superman’ Reeves, rests here in our Pasadena Mausoleum.

Have a wonderful June. Stop by and say hello. Our Cemetery and Mausoleum are tourist-friendly. Open seven days.
Take care everyone.

Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…

Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383

‘Kumbaya’ photo courtesy of Damien

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View… (April)

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…

It was all about music. It was all about marching. It was all about pride. Winding up March, the African-American Pride parade down Fair Oaks Avenues was something wonderful to see. It had been planned for January, but Mother Nature got in the way with rain. And more rain.

There was music and plenty of marching bands. Hats off to all the Middle School students and band members that burned the midnight oil to make it all happen. Awesome! Good work guys and gals. You did us proud.

April is all about Easter. Celebrating Easter is a celebration of our Mountain View Mausoleum. Inside is our own version of the Sistine Chapel.

Visitors are most welcome weekdays and weekends, especially during Easter Week. Stop and view our historic ceiling and “The Story of Christianity” in all her glory.

It starts where we all began. With Genesis. Make sure your cell phone has plenty of memory to capture Mother Mausoleum in all her Easter grandeur.

At our cemetery offices, we are celebrating. Celebrating that one of our at-need family counselors has been brightening the walks and halls of Mountain View for nineteen years.

 

Nineteen years is a long time to be looking after our families. Guiding broken hearts takes a very special kind of personality. It take Empathy. It takes Heart. It takes a gentleman like Ken.

Think Priest. Think Minister. Think Rabbi. Think a devoted nurturing high school teacher or football coach. Think best friend.

Whether Ken is talking about his days growing up in Philadelphia, his love of all things Eagles or what makes a good Philly Steak sandwich, Ken puts family members at ease with his grace and with his smile.

Ken is one of our most respected human resources. It’s an honor to have Ken on board Team Mountain View.

Sunrise. Sunset. You find these words on many a family service program. These two gentle words describe the lifespan a loved one has spent here on earth. Sunrise also refers to one of our most popular chapels, our Sunrise Chapel.

When you visit our Sunrise Chapel be sure to look at the detail of the stained glass windows. Every artistic picture tells a story of Southern California. Look closely. This is a view of Catalina. In rainbow colors.

It is quite an interesting story that goes back to earlier days of Mountain View Cemetery. Our staff are great storytellers. Ask them to tell you the back story.

The days are getting longer. Take a walk through our cemetery or mausoleum and enjoy our spring flowers.

Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…

Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View… (March)

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…

The Ides of March is upon us here in Altadena. The days are slowly getting longer and longer. Heads up. Spring forward with your clock Sunday, March 12th. We’ll have to get the message to all the squirrels that scurry through the cemetery grounds here at Mountain View.

Wow. We had a wonderful time with our old friends and with many new friends from Atlas Obscura Tours on Sunday, March 5th.

Wanda, Jim and yours truly took a stroll through memory lane as we walked the streets and avenues inside our scenic historic Mountain View Mausoleum. Our Atlas Obscura host, Benjamin, arrived with some goodies from Porto’s Cuban Bakery. Coffee and cookies started off the fun and the fellowship.

Introductions. Then inside our Chapel of The Gardens it all began. The history. The backdrop of early Altadena. Citrus was in the air. Altadena was being born. And so was our Mother Mausoleum. Wanda painted such a vivid picture of The Way We Were.


Once underway, it was questions. And more questions. It 
was such a joy as we talked and walked with everyone during our Sunday morning journey through the art and the history of our Mausoleum.

Our tourists guests were awe-struck as we dramatically opened our front Mausoleum door as they glanced up at our Sistine Chapel style ceiling. It’s our “History of Christianity” in all her timeless glory. Naturally, we had to take a Selfie, sort of, with our  Tourist-visitors. So many personalities. So many friendly folks. It was a great walking history lesson.

Wonderful to see one and all. Our Mausoleum is open 7 days a week, so bring any visiting friends and relatives. Anytime. Any day. Be sure to knock on our office door and say hello.

I guess it had to happen. Damien, one of our embalming staff is soon to appear in the latest version of GQ Magazine. Well, maybe not. Still we admire his taste in the latest fashions in all things funeral. Check it out. His newest black Hoodie says it all. What a guy! Had some thoughts about family funerals. You might call these thoughts “A Guide to Family Funerals.” So to speak. Let’s say your family viewing begins at 10am.

Focus on the family and your out-of-town guests. A good time to arrive, say at our Sunrise Chapel would be about 9:45am. Don’t be early, early.

Our devoted staff needs time to receive those lovely flower arrangements. To set the air conditioning. To Windex a few windows. To prepare your loved one to look their very best. We know this will be a difficult day for all of the family and we need time to place your family needs under our wings. Give us the time we need. Thanks for your help and understanding. Remember, Spring forward. Enjoy the extra hours of daylight as we March forward in 2017.

You’re invited. Both our Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum are open seven days. Walk our way. Join us.

Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…

Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View… (January)

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…

 

It was raining and raining. We sure needed the rain and Mother California has a smile on her face after all the almost drought-ending H2O fell on Southern California and here at Mountain View in Altadena in January, Twenty-Seventeen.

The cemetery soaked in all the rain, our flowers and our greenery look wonderful. Wonderful and refreshed!

Those natural soothing colors of Mother Nature will be part of the enjoyment of our upcoming Mausoleum Tour Sunday, March 5th. Yes, a tour or two is in the wind as we hinted at, in our last MV blog. www.atlasobscura.com

Our good-will ambassador and genealogist Wanda is doing her best Nancy Drew and is deep into researching family histories. She’s unearthed some hair-raising stories that go all the way back to when we first started serving families in 1882!

Our tours will be a lot of fun. The Mausoleum is ready to tell her stories. From the ground floor to the upper floor our stories will be told with a touch of history and a dash of class. All in stained glass. OMGosh that rhymes!

We are always asked “Can we bring flowers?” Yes, flowers are always welcome. To help you honor those that have gone before, we have little flower rooms throughout our cemetery and mausoleums complete with water and plastic vases, all lit by rainbows of stained glass.

You know, you can’t watch a TV show or pick up a Kindle or any Smart Phone or device without a lecture on losing weight and getting healthy.


Team Mountain View is all about staying healthy. You can start your get-fit New Year’s resolutions by walking our scenic grounds and you can start right here. Enjoy the walk. Enjoy the sights. Enjoy good health.

After you finish walking and wondering through our Mausoleum on Marengo Avenue, you can continue your healthy history lesson by walking through our
cemetery, on Fair Oaks. You’ll find one of the original ‘Global Warming’ pioneers is right at your feet. You’ll find his story by clicking here.

The question always comes up. The answer is always the same. Yes, we have facilities for your family or church repast or luncheon after your service.

It makes more sense to have your luncheon here at Mountain View, instead of having out-of-town family and friends sitting in LA’s gridlocked traffic, struggling to GPS a restaurant. You’ll have enough on your mind. Think here. Dine here.

Here, we have luncheon areas for families large and small. Relax with your family and friends inside our Mausoleum or if Art is your passion, inside our intimate Art Gallery.

Ask Theresa or Ken in our mortuary office. They’ll tell you how it all works.

As you know, the movies were born here in Southern California. And, as you know, we host movie and TV shoots here at Mountain View all the time.

Actors, Directors and Location Managers help tell their stories with our beautiful grounds and historical authentic looks and sets. What is their favorite set here? You wouldn’t read about it.

It’s not the Sunrise Chapel or our ‘Sistine Chapel’ Mausoleum or our colorful cemetery walk ways. Wait for it. It’s one of our wood paneled offices! It has a great Hollywood film noir old-school 1950’s ‘Look.’ Yes, we hear there is Oscar buzz. We wish our wood paneled office located in our Mausoleum the very best.

Okay we all love our cats and dogs, even lately, when it’s been raining cats and dogs. But, we fell in like and love when one of our flower-artists created this sweetheart Doggy to help cheer up some broken hearts. It sure brought some smiles to the family service.

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!

Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…

Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View… (December)

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…

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Santa Claus has come and gone. Now it’s Twenty-Seventeen (2017) and the New Year is upon us.

Team Mountain View had a wonderful time just before Christmas with a dinner, gift exchange and plenty of good cheer. There was plenty of rain too but that was what Mother California needed. We all made our way through the raindrops to Buca di Beppo on Green Street in Pasadena,  the Italian cuisine was beyond awesome. We partied like it was 1999!

It’s the New Year and it’s the first time we can remember that the world-famous Pasadena Rose Parade was actually held on Monday, January 2nd. Apparently the Rose Parade powers that be, decreed that when January 1st falls on a Sunday, the parade will be held on the following Monday.


roseKeith, our Mountain View Rose Parade point-man was a little under the weather just after Christmas, but with the help of some Vitamin C, he bounced back and once again joined the behind-the-scenes Rose Parade worker bees and helped make theflowers event look like never before.

It looked awesome, the floats, the costumes, the horses and the military fly-over. We like to think that we did our part by admiring the flowers in our Sunrise Chapel Rose Garden and the lovely flowers adorning our Pompeian Court Scattering Garden.

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Saw a sight while driving our black hearse. It was on a Saturday afternoon. We had just finished a family service and it was time to drive our hearse back down to the garage. It was on four legs. No, not that horse-drawn New Orleans type hearse. It was a coyote! A coyote strutting his stuff as he cut across the cemetery. In a New York heartbeat, he was going, going, gone.

Coyotes seem to like chasing squirrels and eating flowers and are often seen in cemeteries in California. To be on the safe side: Bewonders sure to leave any cuddly pets, like your family dog, locked in your car while visiting family grave sites.

 

wordsSometimes all you have to do is look up to see something exciting and inspiring. Look up at the ceiling of our Mountain View Mausoleum. It’s sistine-chapela breathtaking series of scenes that is called “The History of Christianity.”

Back in the day, this dynamic series of paintings took four and a half years to complete. It spans 180 feet of story telling. Genesis. The Old Testament. The New Testament. Our own ‘Sistine Chapel’ and it’s all right here in Altadena. There’s some good news too.

checking-notesThe good news is that our adopted family research genealogist Wanda Poston will be conducting a special Mountain View walking tour coming up in February. As usual, Wanda will be spinning some amusing and fascinating tales.

We profiled Wanda a few months ago in our Mountain View blog and it will be a wonder to listen to her homespun stories of the historical personalities that are interred here at Mountain View. What a storyteller! It promises to be educational, informative and plenty of fun.

We’re looking forward to it. See you there!!!

 

Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…

Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View (November)

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…

 

 

Thanksgiving has come and gone. It was the best of times and the best of tastes from turkey to cranberry sauce to pumpkin pie.

The long Thanksgiving weekend: The dash to LAX. The lost luggage. Visiting with family and friends. Black Friday shopping. Both off and online shopping.

The game: USC vs Notre Dame. After too many helpings of turkey, falling asleep in front of the big screen TV. What else is new?mv-styling

In November, Veteran’s Day came and went. It was handshakes all around with our respective Mountain View vets: George, Denny and Oscar.

mv-wheres-oscarWhen Oscar isn’t embalming or helping organize our database of families, he carries a camera. He sure knows how to take a great photo or two, or three.


Oscar tells a veteran’s back story. The United States Air Force. Oscar’s a medic-type in training. One day, a fellow airman  is standing in line. He’s retired. He now flies loops in air shows. He needs a physical. Oscar looks up from his paperwork. It’s the man that broke the sound barrier. General Chuck Yeager.


mv-chuckYeager, like in the movie, The Right Stuff. (General Yeager played a cameo role as a non-speaking bartender.) Oscar was touching history. Oscar tells a great story.

Speaking of veterans, during November we welcomed ex- Marine, Damien, to our Mountain View family. Damien is in training and learning how we look after families big and small. He was last seen riding with Keith, heading off to another family service. It looked liked he was asking a lot of questions and taking a lot of notes on all things Mountain View.

Speaking of history, as we were helping a family with a graveside service, in our scenic Morning Star lawn area, we took notice, stopped and saluted some American History right at our feet.mv-h-2-o

It was the headstone for a telegraph operator during the Civil War, interred here at Mountain View.

As you probably know, Mountain View Cemetery is theresting place of the most Civil War veterans this side of Mark Twain’s celebrated Mississippi River. Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum. We’re all mv-welcome
about history.


Every day visiting family members stop by and use our foyer touch-screen TV archives, researchingmv-civil both American history and family history. You type in the surname and year of passing and about sixty seconds later, our printer maps out the quickest way to find your family grave.

As we head into mv-a-roseDecember, we have been treated with some wonderful news: Rain. Mother California needs her rain. Rain is a vital part of keeping our grounds green and our flowers looking their best. That’s our wish for this festive season. More rain.

Heading into December means Christmas is almost imagehere. Christmas, the season of hope and joy. Hoping for short shopping lines and good times, with family and friends. A time to count our blessings. Yes, kids of all ages and stages, Santa Claus is coming to mv-rose-1town.

Right after Christmas, things are coming up Roses, here in Altadena and Pasadena and especially here at Mountain View. Team mv-rose-2Mountain View has been a big supporter of all things Rose Parade for many a parade and for many a moon.

This year Keith is our point-man once again. If he seems to yawn once or twice during this busy month leading up to the Rose Parade on January 1st, you’ll know why.

mv-stain-storyA heart-felt note: Just prior to Thanksgiving we lost our Mountain View office work-mate, Betty Summers.

Betty’s passing was a shock to all of us and we fondly remember her sweet smile and sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and church friends and especially her son Dennis, a book author and Marathon runner. She will be missed!

 

 

Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…

 

 

Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383 ‘Air Force’ photos, courtesy of Oscar

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View (October)

Looking Out The Window Here at Mountain View…thanksgiving

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October has come and gone. Voting
choices are in the air, and so are the aromas of Thanksgiving and all those holiday goodies.

A couple of recent after-service catering visits has left our mouths watering. Most families kindly invite our staff sistine-chapel-catering
to join them for their repast luncheons. We are always honored to break bread, time permitting.
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Just a thought, if you’re planning a repast luncheon. Stage it here at Mountain View. It will save reciting those clunky GPS directions and sitting in grid-locked traffic. It’ll open up more precious visiting time, with out-of- town family and friends.

bette-davis-eyesOne of the first people you meet when you visit here at Mountain View, is Theresa. She’s therunners-world point person for families when they arrive to make final arrangements.

She’s just what the doctor ordered for broken hearts. Theresa has a wonderful smile and an even more wonderful kind heart. She’s a complete professional and a compassionate listener as well.

Theresa spends her weekends, keeping in shape by running marathons. What a gal. When she hangs up her running shoes,
she likes to watch Bette Davis movies on TCM. Don’t we all?

Now more than ever, families keep seeing us on TV shows, You Tube, in student film festivals and on the big screen in major motion pictures.

film-laCreative Location Managers, actors, directors, and producers love to film here, showcasing our historical cemetery grounds and our
jail-setscenic vistas.

Always happy to have you Hollywood guys andseeking-redemption gals with us. It’s all part of what makes our unique family-owned location very special.

Our newest movie set, by the way, is a jail cell with steel bars. The bars are actually, wooden. Watch those parking tickets. Hate to see you behind bars.

flower-artist-luellenBeautiful flowers can help express your condolences with their fragrance and natural beauty. Flowers help families get through the heart break of family services. One of our favorite inspired flower collaborators is flower artist, Luellen, of elegantdesignsinbloom.com.

From weddings to special events to family funeral arrangements, Luellen brings her own special artistic eye and color insights to all things, flowers.

We are so pleased to have Luellen providing her own special style, care and TLC for our MV families. Keep that under your hat.amanda-judi

Kudos to Wicked Lit., our visiting thespian cast and crew for their annual October Halloween evening plays and entertaining performances. SRO again this year.

eddieAs we say goodbye to Wicked Lit., we also say Adios to Eddie, one of our behind-the-scenes hardworking grounds persons. He passed the CA State Board and is now officially, a Nurse.

You might say Eddie is losing his shovel, and gaining a stethoscope. Parents Brian and Tina are proud of his efforts, as are we, his friends and coworkers here at Mountain View. Break a leg, guy. So to speak. 

Till we look out the window here at Mountain View once again…

Photos & Text by Denny Dormody F.D. 3383 ‘Runner’s World’ photo, courtesy of Theresa

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