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Ellis, Pauline Wright - Palo Alto  
January 7, 1921 - July 21, 2015 Pauline ("Polly") Wright Ellis, formerly of Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA, died on July 21 at 94 years of age at her residence in Palo Alto, CA. Polly grew up in Beverly Hills and attended Marlborough School for Girls, Finch College and Stanford University ('42). She briefly considered acting but her father, entertainment lawyer Loyd Wright, forbade it. In 1946 she married Long Ellis, who joined his family lumber business and they raised their children in Longview, WA, and Kansas City, MO, before Long semi-retired and moved them to Pasadena, CA. She lived in Pasadena until 2006. Polly was an active volunteer throughout her life, with interests ranging from the local Girl Scouts to national committees of the Garden Club of America. She was a past President and long time member of Las Madrinas, the support group of the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. She was a 50-year member of the Diggers Garden Club in Pasadena and served as President from 1988-90, during which time she chaired the Garden Club of America's prestigious Medal Award Committee. She was a past President of the GCA's Western Zone. In 1989, she was invited onto the founding Advisory Committee of the Garden Conservancy. She played an active role when the Garden Club of America collected thousands of slides of notable parks and gardens, a collection that was later donated to the Smithsonian Institute. And when her husband of 50 years died in 1997, she took his place on the Naval War College Foundation Board. Polly will be remembered for her devotion to her children and grandchildren and her belief in the importance of family gatherings. Her friends will remember her prodigious energy and her abilities at shooting, fishing and tennis. Wianno Club members will remember Polly and Long for their love of a good show tune, turning heads as they moved swiftly around the dance floor. Her grandchildren will remember her for her hysterical clues at charades, her passion for a good mystery book, and her favorite meal: an all-beef hot dog, split down the middle with catsup and relish. Polly leaves four children (and their spouses): Pamela Ellis Simons (Richard Simons, Charleston, SC), Sally Lamar Ellis (Stuart Taylor, Washington, DC), Pauline Kingsbury Ellis (Michael Ramsaur, Palo Alto, CA) and Long Ellis Jr (Catherine Buckley Ellis, Rowayton, CT) and eight grandchildren. A Memorial Reception will be held in Pasadena in early October. A service is planned for next June at the family house on Cape Cod, where she spent summers and Thanksgiving until recently.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 25 to July 26, 2015
Epstein, Pat T.  
May 28, 1924 - July 22, 2015 Pat (Tananbaum) Epstein passed away quietly on July 22, 2015, after a long and wonderful life filled with extended family and friends. She leaves her devoted husband of more than 66 years, Jerry. Together, and as individuals, they have been a very special and unforgettable couple who had a meaningful impact on the lives of so many. Pat was born in New York City, NY on May 28, 1924 and raised in Atlanta, GA. She was the only child of Leo and Hannah Tananbaum. She met Jerry, the love of her life, when he was a student at Emory University after the end of World War II. They married on December 26, 1948, in a beautiful ceremony at the Mayfair Club in Atlanta, attended by family and friends, many of whom had traveled on a private train from New York City for the event. Their wedding would be only the first of many spectacular parties Pat and Jerry would plan and host over the ensuing decades, as Pat became the consummate gracious and lively hostess. Pat and Jerry settled permanently in Los Angeles in December 1949. For decades, including up to the last months of her life, Pat was a sculptress, working primarily in alabaster and later in Paper Mache. Her work can be found at St. John's Hospital, the Jewish Home for the Aging, and in many private homes around the country. Pat enjoyed her involvement with the Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Design and Management (FIDM). Pat was also active in Hadassah and the Irene Dunne Guild of Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica. The doctors, nurses, and staff at St. John's Hospital were not just caregivers, but many became close friends for over four decades, and their compassion and attention was particularly meaningful during the last months of Pat's life. Pat and Jerry's generosity and dedication to their many friends and family is legendary, and they leave a legacy of "adopted" children and grandchildren who have and will continue to benefit from their loving advice and assistance. Contributions in Pat's memory would be most welcome to the Irene Dunne Guild at the Saint John's Health Center Foundation, 2121 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404 or to Hadassah, c/o 455 South Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90211. Funeral and Memorial Service arrangements will be private.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 24 to July 27, 2015
Farmer, Caroline  
July 29, 1919 - June 26, 2015 Beloved Mum and Grandmother, Caroline has passed of natural causes in Iowa City, IA. Born in London UK, was a Bluebell Girl dancer and served 6 years in the Women's Royal Army in WWII, sailing to USA in 1956. LA resident since 1958, worked for Bell Tele 25 years then as nanny. Preceded by parents and 7 siblings. Survived by daughter Jeanne, 3 grandsons, 6 grt and 10 grt grt grandchildren. She touched us all with her spirit, spunk and smile.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 28 to July 29, 2015
Fisher, Sister Gemma - Saratoga  
January 18, 1921 - July 23, 2015 Sister Gemma Fisher (Sister Arthur Mary) - The morning of July 23, 2015 Sister Gemma Fisher (Sister Arthur Mary) was called home by the God whom she had so faithfully followed as a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 72 years. Sister Gemma was born in Oakland, California in 1921. Sister Gemma's presence to and genuine concern for each person was a hallmark of her lifetime of ministries. She was in elementary education as teacher and principal at Saint Monica (Santa Monica), Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Sacred Heart (Oakland), Saint Francis de Sales (Oakland), Saint Mary (Los Gatos), Saint Anselm (San Anselmo), Marylrose (Oakland), All Souls (Alhambra), Saint Bede (Hayward) and Saint Elizabeth (Altadena). She was founding principal of Saint Mary, Los Gatos. She served as Director of Adult Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 16 years. In this role she often gave classes and retreats, especially on prayer. Following her work in the Archdiocese Sister Gemma was in parish ministry at Saint Andrew for 6 years. After her ministry at Saint Andrew she was the SNJM Director of Associates for 12 years in Southern California and then for the California Province. She is remembered for her deep faith, spirituality and prayerfulness. With gentleness and graciousness Sister Gemma was present to each person she encountered. Her fidelity to friends, her tireless commitment to the development of lay leadership, and devotedness to her beloved associates were especially important to her. She is survived by cousins, John Babbitt, Diane Flournoy and Ida Ludwig. She will be remembered fondly by the Sisters of the Holy Names and SNJM Associates. Sister Gemma's Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 1:30 pm at Marie Rose Center, 65 W. Rincon Avenue, Campbell, California. Her burial will be at 10:15 am on Monday, August 3, 2015 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California. Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org .
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 29 to July 31, 2015
Fitzhenry, Joseph G. - Pittsburgh  
March 26, 1938 - July 10, 2015 A gathering to celebrate his life will be held on August 1st, 3 pm at the American Legion Post 295, 5646 Corporate Ave., Cypress, CA 90630.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 30, 2015
Foerster, Gilbert Judson - Chowchilla  
May 1, 1961 - June 18, 2015 Gilbert Judson Foerster, Jud for short, passed away June 18th at his home in Chowchilla, CA from heart disease. We love you Jud. You were the sweetest kindest most compassionate and intelligent person ever. You will be missed by all. Your beautiful smile and laugh and your love for sports will always be remembered. You were a wonderful son, uncle and brother. Jud is survived by his Aunt Jean and Uncle Harry his sisters Amy and Gratia and his brothers Tony, Jeff and Bobby and his nieces and nephews and his Stepmother Pat Foerster. Services will be held on Saturday July 25th at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Corona del Mar at 2:00 pm. The reception will be held at Dave and Busters immediately following the services.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 22 to July 24, 2015
Fortino Jr., Louis  
1938-2015 Lou Fortino of Ontario CA Survived by sister Evelyn Bisanti, brother Joseph Fortino, Nieces, Nephew & many cousins. Preceded in death by parents Louis & Carmela Fortino,Brother James Fortino,Niece Sandra Fortino & partner Bob Jensen. Burial service are Aug 2nd Christ Church Ontario, Ca. 909 983-1859 Lou loved gardening so In Lieu of flowers the Family ask donations be made to Christ Church Beautification project which was dear to Lou's heart.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 26, 2015
Galvan, Margaret  
November 16, 1934 - July 20, 2015 Margaret Galvan passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 20, 2015. She was 80 years old. Margaret was born in Los Angeles on November 16, 1934 to Beatrice and Chris Cobos, and graduated from Garfield High School in 1953. She married Philip Galvan in 1960 and moved to Monterey Park where she lived for 52 years raising three children. After years of being a housewife, Margaret went to work for the Garvey School District as a teachers aid in 1979 where she stayed for 24 years. Margaret decided to retire in 2003 after the love of her life, Phil passed away. Margaret sold her house last year and moved to Whittier to be cared for by family after an illness left her unable to care for herself. We celebrated her 80th birthday in November 2014 with a big celebration surrounded by family and friends. Margaret is preceded in death by her husband Phil, five sisters, one brother, and her grandson Cpl. Philip McGeath KIA. Margaret is survived by a son Philip Jr., her daughters Phyllis McGeath (David) and Margo Caruso (John), two sisters, 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends. A celebration of life is planned for August 9, 2015.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 26, 2015
Garcia, Joseph A.  
Garcia, Joseph A., born February 1st, 1932, passed away July 13th, 2015 at the age of 83. He was predeceased by his wife Reida in 2007; and is survived by many family and friends. A visitation will be at 9:00am, and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, July 31st, 10:00am, both at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Eagle Rock. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 23 to July 26, 2015
Gluck, Ruth F. (In Memoriam)  
July 25, 1926 - February 19, 2014 Happy birthday mom. We miss you every single day. You are forever in our hearts. Love, Jill and Peter.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 24 to July 25, 2015
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