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Lau, Bing Gong  
88, beloved husband of Evelyn; father of Leland G., Laurence G. (Cally) and Bing G. Jr. (Diana) Lau; grandfather of Christopher S., Bing G, III, Leann M. (Chong) Lau, Lindsay A. and Katherine Lau and many nephews, nieces and other relatives. Family service was held on Friday, February 27 at Fukui Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Mark Nakagawa of Centenary United Methodist Church officiating. www.Fukuimortuary.com 213-626-0441
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 28, 2015
Lindquist, Kristen  
Kirsten Lindquist died at her home in Glen Ellen, California on February 14, 2015. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. She was born on June 22, 1954 in San Rafael, California. The eldest of three children, she is survived by her mother Mickey Cooke and stepfather Erik Holbek of Glen Ellen, brothers Scott Lindquist of Santa Fe, N.M., and Suren Holbek of Wildwood, CA and sister Mona Lindquist of San Anselmo, CA. She was much loved by her two nephews and three nieces in whose lives she took great interest. Also close to her heart were her aunt Patricia Smith of Glen Ellen and 9 cousins. She completed her earlier schooling in California and moved with family to Northern Virginia where she attended Hammond High School in Alexandria. She attended Northern Virginia Community College and Santa Rosa Junior College. A summer internship led to a job with a CBS radio affiliate in Northern Virginia. In 1976 she joined the Associated Press Radio Network in Washington, D.C. where she covered the White House, State Department, Congress, the Supreme Court and all federal agencies. She left radio in 1980 to join the startup crew of CNN news. She later anchored news for CNN in Los Angeles. In 1985 she moved to Minneapolis where she worked for NBC, anchoring the news and becoming involved in community work. Her 1990 marriage to an apple producer in southern Minnesota opened her eyes to the world of agricultural work and marketing. She ran a farm market at Lake City, MN, was responsible for written communication with Pepin Heights Orchard's 100 limited partners. Here, she served as PR Director for Prairie Island Sioux Tribal Council in Red Wing, MN. Hired to improve the tribe's community relations with the local citizenry, she traveled to Washington with tribal leaders to attend meetings with the BIA. In 1998 she returned to her roots in Northern California. She obtained her real estate license in 1999 and affiliated with brokerages in Sonoma Valley. She found great satisfaction working with conservation buyers of land. Kirsten was a board member of the Sonoma Land Trust, chair of the Sonoma Valley Citizens' Advisory Commission, on the Board of the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation, a mentor with the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and a member of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce. Beyond her broad and extensive career activities, Kirsten loved the outdoors: walking, skiing, hiking, camping, biking and horseback riding. A celebration of her life will be held on April 10, 2015 at eleven a.m. at the White Barn at 14805 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, California She asked that contributions in her name be made to the Sonoma Land Trust, 822 Fifth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Duggan's Mission Chapel Mission Cremation Service Sonoma,CA. 95476
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 28, 2015
Lowe, Marvin  
Marvin "Tonto" Lowe passed away February 8, 2015 with his wife of 55 years at his side. Marv began his education in a one room schoolhouse and went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He joined ROTC while there and completed his service in the California National Guard. He was with the LA County Dept. of Public Works 35 years and retired after working as a liaison between the county and its contract cities. Outside of work he distinguished himself as President of the following organizations: CA Assn. of Professional Engineers, City and County Engineers, San Gabriel Valley Engineers and Cal State Los Angeles American Humanics. He earned certificates to teach Analytical Geometry at Belmont Adult School and Preparation for Registered Civil Engineer Exam through USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Marv received his Master of Science degree and Certificate of Public Administration at the University of Southern California where he became an avid football season ticket holder. He and Dina loved travel, spending time in nature and places that fed their spirit: Maui in spring, New England in fall, Santa Fe in winter. Another passion was Boy Scouts of America. Over his 43 years as a volunteer, he received the LAAC Silver Beaver, Western Region Silver Antelope, John Northrop Award for high adventure, District Award of Merit, Wood Badge, OA Vigil Honor and was named a James E. West fellow for philanthropy. On the LAAC Executive Board 23 years, the committees he chaired too numerous to mention, acting as full-time Director of Camping, and lending expertise to the rebuild of the Forest Lawn Scout Reservation following the Lake Arrowhead fire, but a few of his contributions. Our beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandpa extraordinaire, brother, uncle, mentor and friend now rests high on a hilltop overlooking the city he loved. He came for sunshine and palm trees and found a life he could never have imagined. Should you wish to honor Marv's memory, please consider LAAC Circle X Ranch Foundation by calling (949)305-7831 or write 22145 Bande Court, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 22, 2015
Lu, Wende  
Wende Lu died peacefully at 81 in San Gabriel, California on February 12, 2015. She was born on October 1, 1933 in Guangzhou, China. She married Daoming Zhan on December 26, 1964 . She is survived by her husband Daoming, her sons Liquan and Lihai, and her three grandchildren. Wende graduated from Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, China, first as a nurse in 1952, and subsequently as a physician in 1961. Wende practiced medicine at Sun Yat-Sen University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital until she retired and moved to California in 1994. Wende is remembered as a loving mother, a devoted wife, an exceptionally kind person, and a talented, caring doctor and nurse. Funeral service is scheduled at 1pm, February 26, 2015 at Rose Hills Memorial Park - Memorial Chapel, at 3888 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, California 90601
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 26, 2015
Madden, Minako Akimoto - Los Angeles  
March 3, 1936 - February 10, 2015 Minako Madden passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. She was 78 years old. Minako was born in Oppama, Japan, to Fujiro and Misao Akimoto. When Minako was 16, she met and subsequently married Lee Madden III, who was a U.S. Navy sailor stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. She gave birth to their first son, Lee Madden IV, shortly before accompanying her husband to his next duty station in Long Beach, California. After two years, Lee was transferred to a ship and Minako spent the next year and a half in Navy housing in Seattle, Washington. In May, 1959, Lee left the Navy and he and Minako returned to Southern California. After Lee's first two jobs, he went to college at the University of Illinois. There, in Oct. 1962, Minako gave birth to her second son, Milton Michael Madden. After college, Minako moved with her husband a number of times before settling down in their Glendora CA home for 39 years. She was always the housewife, but also worked evenings as a dinner house waitress from 1970 until retiring in 1998. She loved cooking and taught both sons. She also loved gardening. In 2011, Minako and Lee downsized to a townhouse in Henderson, Nevada. In 2014, suffering from dementia and neuropathy, she entered Delmar Gardens nursing home. She received excellent care, but eventually decided her life was not worth living anymore and she stopped eating. Minako is survived by her husband of 60 years, Lee Madden III; sons Lee Madden IV and Milton Madden; her brothers, Masakazu and Yukio Akimoto; three granddaughters, Jenny, Heather and Krista Madden; and two great grandchildren. A celebration of life service is being planned for April 4 at her son Milton's home. For details please email K@kellyafallucca.com.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2015
Maravich, Nicholas Michael  
January 12, 1950 - February 19, 2015 Born in Sharon, PA; passed peacefully at home in Yucaipa, CA at the age of 65 after a 9 month battle with cancer. Survived by his spouse of 32 years Owen; sister Irene; niece Nicole; nephew Aaron; and mother Irene. Working with Owen at AT&T for 23 years; they transferred to Minneapolis, MN; and Kansas City, MO; retiring in 2007 back to California. Services private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Healing Hands at Loma Linda University Health at www.LLUHEALINGHANDS.org .
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2015
Martinez, Michel G. "Mike" - Los Angeles  
Passed away on Feb. 17, 2015 at the age of 101. Survived by his children Marie, Catherine, Yvonne, Mike Jr. & Jean. He lived in Mar Vista, CA all his life, owned Michel Flowers in Culver City. Viewing will be from 9-10:30AM with a Mass to follow at 11AM on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. All services will be held at Calvary Mortuary 4201 Whittier Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90023. Interment to follow immediately at Calvary Cemetery. Services entrusted to Calvary Mortuary 323 261 3106 www.calvarymortuary.com
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 19 to Feb. 26, 2015
MARUOKA, Romi Kathleen  
September 22, 1967 - February 16, 2015 Romi Kathleen Maruoka, of Gardena, CA, age 47, peacefully passed away on Feb. 16, 2015, in Harbor City, CA, predeceased by her father, Richard Ichiro "Rosy" Maruoka. Romi is survived by mother, Alice, brothers, Richard (Jane) of Long Beach and Mark (Terri) of Virginia, niece, Madison Maruoka and many uncles, aunts and cousins. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. at Fukui Mortuary Chapel, 707 E. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The family kindly request casual attire and no flowers. www.fukuimortuary.com 213-626-0441
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, 2015
Maymudes, Rena - Los Angeles  
July 21, 1934 - February 19, 2015 Rena Maymudes, 80, passed away at her home in Los Angeles, February 19, after a thirteen year battle with cancer. Born Rena Greenblatt July 21, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York to Haskell Greenblatt and Bella Weinstein, immigrants from Poland/Russia, Rena was raised in the "Coops", a workers' cooperative in the Bronx. At 15 she graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in an accelerated science and math program and studied mechanical engineering at City College of New York for one year. In 1955 Rena and her first husband, Martin Cohen, moved to Los Angeles and had two children, Belissa and Evan. Rena and Martin divorced in 1966. In 1967 she married August Maymudes. Their son, David, was born in 1969. At age 41, Rena received her law degree from Southwestern College of Law, passing the bar on her first try. She practiced probate law for 25 years, including much pro bono work for the needy. Throughout her life, Rena was committed to issues of social justice and involved in many Jewish and liberal causes, including the National Council of Jewish Women and the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. In recent years she volunteered regularly at the Fairfax branch of the library. In addition to her public service, she was devoted to her family, an excellent and inventive cook, as well as an accomplished knitter and gardener. Rena is survived by August, her husband of 47 years, her brother Mel Greenblatt, her three children, Belissa, Evan, and David, and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the National Council for Jewish Women at 543 N Fairfax Avenue. All are welcome.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2015
McCormick, William A.  
December 5, 1920 - February 19, 2015 Bill passed away peacefully following a brief illness. He was 94. Born in Grand Rapids, MI, Bill received his MD from Loyola Chicago before serving in the Navy during WWII. After the war, he settled in Arcadia, CA where he practiced Ophthalmology and raised his family. Bill retired to Dana Point where he enjoyed golf and fishing, and time with family and friends. He is survived by wife Jean; sister Irma; brother Tom; 5 children - Pam, Bill, Pat, John, and Jim; 5 step children - Peter, MacCrae, Carl, Mac, and Emeigh; 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Bill was one of those rare and humble individuals who truly left the world better than he found it. He made countless friends and was loved by those who had the pleasure to know him. He will be greatly missed. Donations may be made in his honor to Loyola University School of Medicine in Chicago, IL or St. Mary's Dr. Frank Doran Foundation, Grand Rapids, MI. A celebration of Bill's life will be held for family and friends at a later date.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 24 to Mar. 1, 2015
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