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Edelman, Richard J.  
September 25, 1924 - November 28, 2014 Dick died peacefully and painlessly after a long illness. He is survived by wife Ann, daughter Eleanor van Alderwerelt (Peter), son Paul Edelman (Dash), and grandchildren Karsten, Brennan and Marleigh van Alderwerelt, and Chet and Holly Edelman. He grew up in Chicago, graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School, and took his psychiatric residency in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he met and married Ann. He served in the Army as division psychiatrist in Germany, and when his service was over, he and Ann joined Ed Stainbrook in Syracuse, New York, where he taught at the medical school and had a private practice. When Dr. Stainbrook moved to Los Angeles, he invited Dick to join the faculty at USC, which allowed him to get training as a psychoanalyst at the Los Angeles Institute. He spent many years as a compassionate and caring therapist, and was also a training analyst. Basically a Freudian, he had an active and curious mind and was always interested in exploring other theories. He was particularly taken with the ideas of Wilfrid Bion. He loved his children and grandchildren, and truly enjoyed life. He and Ann and the family loved to travel, and took numerous trips to far-off places, including trekking in Nepal and Peru, and camping with the children in Africa. After a small stroke in his 80's, he immediately signed up for a trip to Antarctica, as he was determined to go there before he became too infirm. He took a year off in 1986 to walk from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. with the Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament. Tennis was his passion, and for many years he played three or four times a week at the Mulholland Tennis Club. He loved skiing and backgammon and occasional gambling, and was a voracious reader and an active member of the Skeptic Society. It was a good life. We loved him and will miss him terribly. A memorial service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to a charity of your choice.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 7 to Dec. 14, 2014
Edwards, Bernice Evelyn - Newport Beach  
May 22, 1913 - December 11, 2014 Incredibly loving and generous, kind and compassionate, always putting others first. Feisty and quick-witted, possessing quite the sense of humor-Bernice Evelyn Edwards "Bee"-you will be missed. At 101 years of age, Bee passed away peaceably and surrounded by family on Thursday, December 11, 2014. She was born to Herman and Edith Eastlund in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on May 22, 1913, while her family was on a short visit. She grew up in San Gabriel Valley where she eventually met and married her husband, Jim, of 65 years in 1932. As founders of the Edwards Theatres chain, Bee and Jim experienced a long career paralleling Southern California's burgeoning love affair with "the talkies." They opened their first theatre in Jim's hometown of Monterey Park during the height of the Great Depression. In moving to Newport Beach in the 1950s, their plan was to retire at the beautiful coast. Instead, they built their first theatre in Costa Mesa in the 1960s, calling it the "Cinema." Fashion Island was their next project, and over the next 40 years the business grew to more than 100 locations in California, Texas, and Idaho. It should be noted that Bee was in charge of the décor and interior design of each and every theatre. Bee always had a great love for the Hawaiian Islands and enjoyed a lifelong passion for dancing the hula. Ask anyone and they would tell you that she was better than the best. Along with her dancing, Bee pursued the arts well into her 90s through her playing of the piano and organ and the taking of art classes at Orange Coast College. She was an accomplished painter of china and an artist in oils, as well as watercolor. On the occasion of her 100th birthday party, she received a proclamation from the mayor of Newport Beach highlighting her civic contributions (along with her late husband) to the city. They had helped to ensure Newport Beach would have an abundance of water for future generations through the community development of Big Canyon Reservoir. She was a proponent of safe boating and enjoyed the benefits and resources of Newport Harbor and nearby Catalina Island with her family. She is survived by three children, Joan Edwards Randolph, Carole Ann Ruoff, and Jim Edwards III, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, nine grandchildren, five spouses of grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren. The family thanks you for your prayers of support, there is comfort and strength in them. We have the knowledge through God's grace that our beloved Bee is peacefully at home with the Lord, without pain, and full of joy. There is a celebration going on right now in Heaven over her. Memorial Service for Bernice Evelyn Edwards Wednesday, December 17 at 11am Mariners Church, Irvine (5001 Newport Coast Drive), at the Chapel Followed by a reception in the Upper Room (also at Mariners) In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send a contribution to your favorite charity in her name.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, 2014
Fagan, Sara Beth  
January 17, 1948 - December 5, 2014 Sara Beth Fagan (nee Goldsmith), 66, of San Diego and Los Angeles, CA, passed away after a 5 year battle with Ovarian Cancer on December 5, 2014 surrounded by family. She was born in Boston, MA on January 17, 1948 to the late George and Edna Goldsmith. Sara was a loving mother and grandmother, avid Mahjong player and Red Sox fan. She is survived by her daughters, Jayme Lubben (Curtis) and Jodie Vandervort (Scott); granddaughters, Ashley, Kaylee & Camryn; and brother, Ben Goldsmith. Memorial details can be found at CaringBridge.org/visit/SaraFagan . Sara is cherished by countless loved ones and dear friends; she will be deeply missed.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 10 to Dec. 14, 2014
Fedychynsky, Stephen  
June 4, 1945 - November 27, 2014 Stephen Fedychynsky passed away peacefully on November 27, 2014 at the age of 69 from multiple illnesses. He lived in Rowland Heights, CA and was born in Hof, Germany and grew up in New York City and Rochester, NY. Steve was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a trivia buff, played soccer and loved to travel, scuba dive, ski, fish, golf, cook and spend time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Valerie, daughter Kristina, son-in-law David Molinar, sister Anna, his grandchildren, niece, nephew, and grandniece and grandnephew. We grieve his death but celebrate his life and he will forever be missed.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 14, 2014
Fehr, James Russell - Los Angeles  
James Russell Fehr passed away December 11, 2014 at age 88. Russell is survived by his wife Ruth Fehr, 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-laws, Robyn & John Ospital, Rozlyn & Pat Sheridan, Ricki Fehr, 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren. The memorial service will be held at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 150 N. Palm St., La Habra, CA, on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 11:00am. Lunch will be served immediately following. The family invites you to wear Aloha Wear to the service.?
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 16, 2014
Freely, William Bryant "Skip" - Los Angeles  
January 15, 1938 - December 2, 2014 William Bryant "Skip" Freely, beloved husband, father, and friend, passed away peacefully at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA after fighting metastatic melanoma (skin cancer). Skip was born in Hollywood, CA to William Schaefer Freely and Ethel Rode Freely, initially lived in Laurel Canyon in North Hollywood, and moved to Balboa Island in 1949 where he attended Newport Beach Elementary, Horace Ensign Middle, and Newport Harbor High Schools, graduating in 1955. He loved to sail from an early age, and extended his interest in boating to be a Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland during its first 2 summers of operation. Skip majored in electrical engineering, taking classes at Orange Coast College, Calstate Long Beach, and Georgia Institute of Technology; he graduated from the University of Arizona in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He worked as a Student Trainee Engineer with the Federal Communications Commission, then for Babcock Electronics Corporation, Gonset, TRW Systems, Philco-Ford, Hughes Aircraft Company, and California Institute of Technology in engineering and management positions involving radio communications and radar systems for aerospace applications. He joined the California Air National Guard in 1960, and retired in 1990 as a Colonel with 9 years of command at the 222nd Combat Communications Squadron in Costa Mesa, CA. For about 60 years, he was active as a licensed amateur radio operator (ham) with the call sign K6HMS; he was a life member of the American Radio Relay League and certified to have conducted two-way communications with all 50 states, every continent, and over 225 countries. He was also active in Masonic organizations, including Order of DeMolay, Scottish Rite, National Sojourners, Grand Lodge, and Seafaring Lodge #708 in Newport Beach where he served as Master in 1976. Other organizations in which he was active included Air Force Association, Boy Scout Troop 330 of Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor High Alumni Breakfast, Amigos Viejos (an association of 99 fine gentlemen with longtime ties to Newport Harbor), Old Geezers Book Club, Bones West (a trombone choir), and the Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar, where he served on the board of directors 2005-14. His love of baroque and classical music was one of his greatest pleasures in life, and one that he shared with his spouse, Sharon Deena Crowl. They married in 1962 and remained married until her passing in 1999. They raised sons Roger Douglas (1963) and David William (1970). Skip lived in Newport Beach the remainder of his life, and spent the last 15 years with the close companionship of Mary Kryder of Newport Beach. Skip requested no services; he will be cremated with interment at sea and Inglewood Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar: PO Box 838, Corona del Mar, CA 92625. He will be missed by his sons, his sister Marcia Berger and her family, other family members and his many friends. We will one day again be united.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 9 to Dec. 14, 2014
Friedman, Ann  
Loving wife of Al, mother of John (Jean), William (Jo Pitesky), and Daniel; grandmother of Shana and Chava. Services will be private. Donations in Ann's memory may be made to City of Hope.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2014
Furlong, Irene Brenda  
April 15, 1944 - December 10, 2014 Irene was born to Anthony Kantor and Sylvia Newmark Kantor in Hollywood, CA in 1944. She was a shrewd businesswoman, proud mother and grandmother, and inspiration to the community. She is a medical anomaly, surviving 2 heart transplants, numerous chemotherapy treatments, and everything in-between. Irene was the epitome of courage. Her no-nonsense attitude, and drive for survival taught us the power of our thoughts and that every day is truly a gift. She is survived by her amazing husband of 50 years, Conrad, her sister Betty and brother Michael, and her son Aaron and daughter Nanette. She shared in the lives of her six wonderful grandchildren, Parker, Riley, Odin, Hunter, Katie and Tyr. Services to be held Sunday, December 14th at 11AM at Hillside Memorial, 6001 West Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 12, 2014
Geges, Dina Connie  
October 19, 1928 - December 15, 2014 Dina Connie Geges (nee Vengel) died peacefully in her home in Manhattan Beach, California on Monday, December 15, 2014, with her family at her bedside. She was 86 years old. Born on October 19, 1928, Dina was the youngest of seven children of Dimitrios and Angeliki Vagelatos, one of the pioneer Greek immigrant families to call Manhattan Beach and Los Angeles their home. Dina graduated from Redondo Union High School in 1946, and completed her Associate of Arts Degree, a feat not accomplished by many women of her generation, in 1948. While working in the family floral business, in 1952 she married the man who was her best friend and the love of her life for 64 years, Nicholas Geges. Together, they had four children and a successful liquor store business until their retirement in 1981. With Dina's astute business sense, they acquired various properties in the South Bay, and continued to work into their golden years managing them. Dina was preceded in death by her brothers George and Jerry in 1992; her sister Sophia in 1995 and sister Martha in 2009. Dina is survived by her sisters: Louise Sotiriou of Manhattan Beach, Amalia Ambatielos of Hermosa Beach; her husband Nicholas Geges of Manhattan Beach; her children Caliope Lavine of Redondo Beach, John Geges of Garner Valley, Demetra Johal of Pasadena, and Maria Pena of Oceanside, California; her beloved grandchildren Nicholas, Dimitri, David, Peter, Alethea, Ana, namesake Kostantino "Kosta", and Dominic; her great-grandson Nikolas, and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Trisagion services will be held at White and Day Colonial Mortuary, 901 Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA on Friday, December 19 at 7 pm. The Funeral will be held on Saturday December 20 at 11am at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church 722 Knob Hill Ave. Redondo Beach CA. Makaria luncheon at the Church Hall to follow interment. Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 17 to Dec. 19, 2014
Goldman, Gideon  
March 23, 1928 - December 12, 2014 It is with immense sorrow that we announce the passing of Gideon Goldman on December 12th, 2014. A war hero that helped save Jerusalem, a successful CPA and property investor, Gideon traveled the world, made hundreds of friends and lived his life to the fullest. Born on March 23rd, 1928 in Palestine, now Israel, he was the only son of Rebecca and Benjamin Goldman and brother to Ruth Meggido and Noah Hatzoff. Growing up as a strong Zionist youth, he protected Jerusalem against attack in 1949 and was severely wounded at the battle of Notre Dam. Moving to America soon after his recovery, he completed his BA, MA and CPA exam in California and opened his practice in Los Angeles. His daughter, Nectar, was born soon afterward. In 1968 Gideon married Lorraine Dolly Lipschutz and Andrew Goldman became his son. Gideon is survived by his wife Margi Kaufman Goldman, son Andrew Goldman and his wife Tracey Goldman, grandson Benjamin Goldman, daughter Nectar Redman and granddaughter Rebecca Redman. Services will be at Mount Sinai Hollywood on Sunday, December 14th at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to B'nai B'rith or Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2014
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