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Sweeney IHM, Noel - Los Angeles  
January 13, 1918 - March 9, 2016 Noel Sweeney, IHM, entered her new life on March 9 in Canada, which was her first mission, followed by 20 years teaching in CA IHM schools and a total of 23 years teaching in First Nation Canadian schools. She received Canadian citizenship in 1980. Noel was 98 and had been a member of the Immaculate Heart Community for 80 years. She will celebrate her jubilee in heaven. The youngest of eleven children born to Incarnation Lorna and Sam Theodore Sweeney in Florence, AZ, Noel moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1926, where she attended Our Lady of Lourdes School and Bishop Conaty H.S. She entered the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart in 1936, when the novitiate was at the motherhouse in Hollywood and was assigned to teach at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Soledad, and other IHM schools, while earning her B.A. from Immaculate Heart College. She earned her M.A. in 1966. Noel described her feelings about teaching First Nation students, "I knew in 1948 that this was my place¿my heart belongs in B.C. where I taught for 23 years." She was devoted to students and friends, loved life and learning, and maintained correspondence with many friends over the years until health issues limited her activity. With gratitude to her dear friends, Marie Cooper and Fran Ertle, and her caring companions, Harry (RIP) and Cheryl O'Connor, and faithful IHMs in Canada, Margaret Baumann, Laura Distaso, and Anita Tavera, the Immaculate Heart Community honors the life of Noel Sweeney, who exemplified joy and patience, even with failing health. She was prayerful, with deep faith in God and devotion to Mary, ever grateful and feeling blessed by the loving care of those who accompanied her through life and on her final journey home. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. The Memorial Mass to celebrate the life of Noel Sweeney, IHM, will be on Tuesday, June 7, at 10 a.m. in the Mortuary chapel, Calvary Cemetery, 4201 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles 90023. Donations in Noel's honor may be made to Immaculate Heart Community, 5515 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 27 to June 5, 2016
Tweedie, James Andrew - Los Angeles  
January 19, 1926 - May 23, 2016 James Andrew Tweedie passed away on May 23, 2016, in Palo Alto, California. He was 90 years old. He devoted his life to children and families, both his own and the many he helped bring into the world as a doctor. When he died, he was surrounded by his wife and four children. Dr. Tweedie was born at Hollywood Hospital in Los Angeles in 1926. He was raised in El Monte with his sister, Joyce, and younger twin brothers, Don and Dale. After graduating from El Monte Union High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces, trained as a pilot, and served in the military for two years towards the end of World War II. When the war was over he bought a surplus airplane with his friend Gordon Porter and flew across the country, landing and resting in open fields, before resuming his life in southern California. He studied at the University of Southern California with the support of the G.I. Bill, and received a bachelor's degree in 1950, a master's in 1954, and a medical degree in 1957, all from U.S.C. During a residency at Kaiser in Los Angeles, he met his future wife, Isabelle Trotti, a lawyer and Chicago native. He specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and accepted an academic position at the Research and Educational Hospital at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He and Isabelle were wed in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1963 and remained married until his death 53 years later. Their first child, a daughter named Elizabeth, was born in Chicago. In 1964 Dr. Tweedie returned to Los Angeles with his wife and daughter to raise a family and establish a medical practice. Three more children-a daughter, Marissa, and sons James and Patrick-were welcomed into the family. He spent most of his career on staff at Saint John's and Santa Monica Hospitals, and he was Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at both during the 1980s. He was also a longtime clinical professor at UCLA and a member of many professional organizations in his field, including the Pacific Coast Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. Beloved by his patients, he had practiced medicine for over 50 years when he retired in 2010 at the age of 85. He delivered thousands of babies and took great joy in watching them grow up in the community around him. He is survived by his wife, Isabelle; his daughter, Elizabeth Plaschke, her husband, Bob, and their four sons, James, Andrew, Robert, and John, of Menlo Park; his daughter, Marissa Brandon, her husband, Michael, and their daughters, Fiona and Bay, of San Francisco; his son, James Tweedie, Jr., his wife, Sasha Welland, and their children, Lino and Zola, of Seattle; his youngest son, Patrick Tweedie, of Palo Alto; his sister, Joyce Evans, and her husband, Jim, and family. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Marlene Shepard, and the families of his two brothers, Don and Dale Tweedie, who predeceased him. A funeral mass will be held at St. Albert the Great Church in Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Abilities United of Palo Alto or Hope Services of Mountain View, both of which support people with disabilities.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 27 to May 29, 2016
Villa, Edmund "Eddie" (In Memoriam)  
July 6, 1941 - May 29, 2011 Saying you are missed isn't big enough ! Kathleen Noel, Perry, Nicoletta, and Rebecca I know you hear me.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 28 to May 29, 2016
Ward, James (Jim) (In Memoriam)  
February 15, 1936 - May 24, 2006 You may be gone from our sight but you are never gone from our hearts. Nicole and Mary Ann
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 24, 2016
Ware, Thomas M. - Los Angeles  
April 29, 1937 - April 27, 2016 Thomas M. Ware, 78, longtime manager of Rompage Hardware in Hollywood, California, passed away on April 27, 2016 in Glendale, California. Tom graduated from Hollywood High School in 1955, and spent most of his life residing and working in Hollywood. He is survived by his son Thomas Ware II and wife Marnie, daughter Michele Sundaram and husband Jawahar, son Jason Ware, and grandchildren Courtney, Jason, Chris, Kellen, Michael Christine, Kirin, and Maya. There will be a wake in celebration of his life on Saturday, June 4th at 3 p.m. at 3428 Griffith Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 28 to May 29, 2016
Weiss, James Asher - Los Angeles  
June 9, 1927 - May 21, 2016 Surrounded by family and friends, James Asher Weiss passed away peacefully in his Palm Desert home. Jim was a resident of the San Fernando Valley for over 60 years and enjoyed sports - football, baseball and the ponies, as well as his life with family and friends. He was born on June 9, 1927 in Philadelphia, to Irv and Rose Weiss. He moved to California when he was 14 years old but his Philly roots stay embedded his entire life. He was a die hard Phillies, Eagles and USC Trojan fan until the end. He went to college at USC, and was a member of ZBT. While at USC, he met the love of his life Gerry. They were married on May 10,1958 in Chicago. Jim was a great salesman, and sold textiles to women's wear manufacturers. Jim and Gerry had three amazing daughters - Marcia, Michele and Liz, three beautiful granddaughters - Melissa, Laura and Leah, and one great-grandson - the awesome James. Jim and Gerry were very social and entertained family and friends always. Jim had an incredible sense of humor and adventure. They traveled with family and friends around the world, and shared their special spots in New York with all who wanted to join in. Jim was a huge fan of the horses and traveled to some great spots around the world to watch them run. He went with friends and his son-in-law Steve to the track and OTB. Jim had a full life - filled with lots of love, and will be missed by his family and friends. Jim's family has requested that anyone wishing to make charitable donations in his memory to: The Troung Neuroscience Institute. 9940 Talbert Avenue #204, Fountain Valley, CA 92708. His service will be Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Forest Lawn in Cathedral City at 10:00 am, followed by a celebration of his life at Tommy Bahamas at 73595 El Paseo in Palm Desert.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 25 to May 27, 2016
Wexler, Alex B. - Los Angeles  
August 26, 1959 - May 21, 2016 Alex Bruce Wexler of Long Beach, California passed away on Saturday after a long struggle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Thelma Miner and Bernard Lewis Wexler, and is survived by his husband, Gregg Milano, their sons Jacob Milano-Wexler and Michael Crane, and his brother Mark Wexler. Alex was born at Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles, the city that he called home for much of his life. He received his education there, graduating from Hollywood High where he is well remembered by his classmates for his standout performances in many of the school's theatre productions, and later attending Los Angeles City College. He continued his career in acting and producing on the stage and on screen before turning his attention to writing and business. He enjoyed a successful career in real estate development, and authored many projects including the musical Lost in Hollywoodland, which saw a well-received theatrical run in New York City and Los Angeles in 2007. Alex, along with his husband Gregg, was devoted to helping at-risk foster youth and was active in many charitable organizations, notably Kidsave Los Angeles. At the time of his death, he was finishing memoirs of his family's life with their adopted children. They will be published posthumously. A memorial service celebrating the life of Alex Bruce Wexler will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Kidsave.org in memory of Alex Wexler.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 27 to May 29, 2016
Wilke, Stephen Howard - Lenoir City  
March 13, 1948 - May 21, 2016 Mr. Stephen Howard Wilke, age 68, of Lenoir City, TN passed away May 21, 2016 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center after a brief illness. Steve was a loving husband, son, brother, and uncle, and a true friend to many. Born in Evansville, Indiana to Howard and Geraldine (Peltier) Wilke, Steve lived most of his life in Southern California. He graduated from James Monroe High School in Sepulveda, and from Pierce College in Los Angeles. During the Vietnam War, Steve served in the infantry with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Airborne Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in 1968-1969. He was always proud to call himself a Currahee. He retired after serving nearly thirty years in the Internal Services Division of Los Angeles County government before moving to Tennessee six years ago. Steve was an avid outdoorsman. His true lifelong passion was fishing of any kind and being on and around the water. He liked nothing better than standing in the middle of a cold river or mountain stream, casting flies that he had tied. He also loved his books and reading about everything, bicycling and, in younger years, hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In recent years, his joy has been working in his yard to create a lush garden. He cared deeply about enjoying God's beautiful world and protecting it for future generations. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Betty Boyd Wilke; sisters Ellen Wirsing and Linda Wilke, Spring Hill, TN; brother and sister-in-law David and Heather Wilke, Nipomo, CA; mother-in-law Frances Boyd, Lenoir City; brother-in-law and wife, Michael and JoAnn Boyd, Marietta GA. In addition, he is survived by nieces and nephews Kevin Wirsing, Philip Wilke, Joyelle Wilke (Michael) Oakes, Blair Boyd (Will) Zant, Noelle Boyd, and Ryan Boyd, along with great-nieces and nephew Caledon and Bree Wirsing, Barrett Oakes, and Katie and Bethany Zant. He loved them all deeply. Following Steve's wishes, there will be no traditional services and his ashes will be scattered in his favorite places in the mountains and streams. There will be a private celebration of life for family and friends at a later date. Evans Mortuary, Rockwood TN is serving the Wilke family.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 25, 2016
Williams, Donald Freeman - Newport Beach  
October 4, 1934 - May 20, 2016 Visitation will be at Pacific View Memorial Park from 5-8 pm on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Private Burial at Pacific View Memorial Park Friday June 3, 2016. Memorial Service at Pacific View Memorial Park Chapel, Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10 am. A reception to celebrate his life will follow at his residence following service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Lung Association in his memory. Please visit Pacific View Memorial Park at dignitymemorial.com for full obituary.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 28 to May 29, 2016
Wittstadt, Richard W. - Los Angeles  
November 19, 1951 - May 19, 2016 Richard W. Wittstadt passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on May 19 at his home in Sherman Oaks, CA. He was 64. Born to Evelyn and Richard Wittstadt, he is survived by his soul mate of 38 years Susan Paré, sister Diana Haynes, nieces Corin Blade and Audette Sophia and great niece Maliya. Richard grew up a Yankees fan in New York City where he graduated from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx before completing his education at Syracuse University. Richard enjoyed a long illustrious career in advertising. Starting off as a true MAD MAN working at Young & Rubicam on Madison Avenue, he later relocated to the Los Angeles office of Y&R as Vice President, Media Director. Richard later worked with Chiat Day Advertising before becoming President of Vista Marketing. Richard loved to travel. His favorite places were Syracuse for minor league baseball, Germany for the Christmas Markets and National Parks for their spectacular beauty. His family and friends will forever treasure our loving memories of his wisdom, generosity, kindness and compassion. Service arrangements pending.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 22 to May 25, 2016
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