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Costarella MD, Robert J.  
Robert J. Costarella, M.D July 22 , 1935 - February 7, 2015 Dr. Costarella was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The family then moved to Arcadia. He attended and graduated from Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte (M.A.D.) High School in 1952. He earned his B.A. at U.C.L.A. He did his military service of 6 months , followed by 6 years in Reserve as a medical specialist during which he attended and graduated, in 1964, from the University of Chicago Medical School. He interned at U.C.L.A.,did Residency in General Surgery at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; Residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University of South Carolina, Charleston; followed by a teaching Fellowship at University of South Carolina and Chief of Plastic Surgery at V.A. Hospital, Charleston,SC. This was followed by a Christine M. Kleinert Fellowship in hand surgery at University of Louisville in Kentucky. Dr. Costarella practiced Hand Surgery, Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery in Arcadia from 1962 to 1996. Dr. Bob was active in many organizations, such as Kiwanis International(Arcadia Chapter),Safari Club International ( L.A. County Chapter ) and Boy Scouts of America ( San Gabriel Valley Council ) where he served on the Board. He enjoyed being involved in Reunions of his High School Class, his UCLA Fraternity (Lambda Chi Alpha) and his Medical School class. With his three sons he enjoyed Indian Guides (YMCA) Cub Scouts (pack 113) and Boy Scouts (troop 125) where he was Scoutmaster. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting which involved many trips all over the world. There were also travels with his family. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Sophia and Joseph Costarella and stepmother Ethel Costarella He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pam; his sons David (Michele) Steven(Brittany) and Keven(Renee);as well as five well loved grandchildren, Brynne, Grant, Brody, Ethan and Wyatt. He also leaves his brother Joe (Foncine) Costarella and sister Marlene (Curtis) Oliver. Dr. Costarella was very proud of his association with the University of Chicago Medical School and served as an Alumni Council member and helped set up the Class of '64 Scholarship Fund. Please consider a contribution in his name to the Class of '64 Scholarship Fund, University of Chicago, 5235 S.Harter Court, Chicago, IL, 60615 .
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 25, 2015
Franco, Madeline  
FRANCO, Madeline Madeline Franco was born February 3, 1920. She passed away February 18, 2015 with her family and caregiver at her side. She was 95 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Franco and her daughter Sandra Lee Franco. She is survived by her sister Grace (Bob) Sinner, son Don (RoseMary) Franco, her grandchildren Deanne (Robert), Don Jr. (Madonna), and Denise (David), her great grandchildren Domenic, Vincent, Joseph, Nicholas, Daniel, Sophia, Natalia and numerous nieces and nephews. She will deeply be missed!
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 25, 2015
Franco, Madeline  
Madeline Franco passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 18. She joins her husband of 63 years, Frank Franco, who preceded her in death in 2005. Madeline Franco was born Madeline Nicassio on February 3, 1920, into a large Italian family originally from Bari, Italy. The second youngest of six children Madeline enjoyed family gatherings, bowling, making rosaries, being an active member of her parish, Holy Angels Catholic Church and growing cymbidiums. For many years, Madeline donated cymbidium stalks to Holy Angels for Easter Services. She doted on watering, feeding and weeding the plants. Frank would joke one day he would be replaced by a cymbidium, Many years ago, Madeline discovered she had been celebrating the wrong birthday for most of her life. In 1920, it took the midwife several days to file a birth certificate and it wasn't until Madeline and Frank were taking a well-deserved cruise which required a passport she discovered her registered birthday was one week earlier on February 3, not February 10th. This caused quite a bit of consternation in the Franco household, but it was pointed out her astrological sign had not been altered by the date change and, unfortunately, neither had her age. Madeline was a devoted sister and aunt who enjoyed family get togethers and holiday celebrations. She was famous for her fried artichokes, eggplant parmesan, breaded asparagus and an Italian cookie known in English as Christmas Ribbons. She leaves behind her daughter Mary Madeline DelPonti, son-in-law Thomas and her grandchildren, Delaney, Trudy and Thomas, Jr., in addition to a large extended family.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 24, 2015
Frye, Anita  
FRYE, Anita Pasadena native, Anita Frye passed away in February 2015 at age 91. She was an artist and surrounded herself with beauty. Early in her career she painted ceramic figurines, oil and water color paintings then became an interior decorator. She spent her retirement years becoming an expert in Japanese flower arranging. She was privileged to travel to Tokyo, Japan and receive a certificate from a master teacher of the Sogetsu school of this art. She loved her family, adventures in food, travel and art. She is survived by her three children: Sandra Yanko, Gary Frye and Valerie Berry; three grandchildren: four great grandchildren, and her sister, Patricia Barber. She was pre-deceased by her husband Harlan Frye. A graveside service will be held at Live Oak Memorial Park in Monrovia on March 7 at 2:00 PM. Donations to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation can be made in her name.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 26, 2015
Goff, Clifton  
Clifton Hollis Goff Clifton Hollis Goff, Sr., was born in Alhambra, California, on October 9, 1938; he died on February 14, 2015 at 76 years of age. Cliff moved to Monrovia as a small child and resided there for his entire life. He graduated from Monrovia-Duarte High School in 1957 and California State University, Los Angeles in 1970. He married Susan (Kelleher) in 1960 and together they had two children, Clifton, Jr., and Elizabeth Haynes. They survive him, along with his much-loved son-in-law Ken and adored grandchildren, Matthew and Caitlin Haynes. Blanca Galindo, his caregiver and the family's "Angel Lady" attended to him with much love – she will always be in our hearts. Cliff was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Monrovia for more than 60 years, serving in many leadership posts during those years. A celebration of his life will be held there on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Luke's Church, 122 S. California Ave., Monrovia CA 91016.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News from Feb. 20 to Feb. 27, 2015
Hays, Thomas E.  
HAYS, Thomas Edward Thomas E. Hays, Founder and Chairman of United Agencies, Inc., passed peacefully in his sleep on February 16, 2015, at the age of 89. A native Californian, born in Los Angeles on March 26, 1925, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Southern California. He entered the insurance business and founded United Agencies, Inc. in August of 1962. He lived to celebrate UAs' 50th year in 2012 and joked about living to celebrate United Agencies' 100th. United Agencies was his second family. Showing his love for the people and the business, he was in the office, at his desk, the very week before his passing! An avid golfer, he served as President of the Southern California Golf Association and Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena. Married to his high school sweetheart, Marjorie, for 67 years, he was a devoted family man, raising two children, Ross and Cheryl. It was a joy having such a wonderful, supportive father who was so much fun! We shared many laughs and great times, from family vacations to planned surprises. Tom's love of people and bringing people together, were two of his greatest enjoyments! His spirit knew no boundaries. If he had an idea, he knew he could do it, and you could not tell him otherwise. His interests were varied, from golf, fast cars, electronic gadgets to new business ideas, always reading, learning new things, and moving ahead. His race boat, 'All Risk', was another joy that he shared with his son, Ross. Snow and water skiing were also favorites, as well as travel with friends and family. Rooting for the USC Trojans was another great passion! His generosity and tremendous love of life showed in all that he did. If we ever said, "But, Dad, at your age"...he would always say, "What does age have to do with it?" His positive attitude and great sense of humor were always evident and greatly appreciated! He definitely lived life his way, and for that, we all benefited, and loved him because of it! Tom is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie; son, Ross; daughter, Cheryl Conkey and her husband, Gary; granddaughters: Kelli Adams and her husband, Kyle; Megan Raser and her husband, Brian; and great grandson, Cayden Raser. We are honoring Tom's wishes for a small service for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Cardiology/Heart Center at Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA, in memory of Thomas E. Hays. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 25, 2015
Johnson, DeMarco  
DeMarco Red (Tange Tange) Johnson DeMarco Red ( Thange Thange) Johnson passed away February 8, 2015. He is survived by his 2 daughters, Delia Cano and M-Juana Kilo Johnson-Valmer; 7 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Beverlee Johnson , Pasadena, CA, Shelly (Daniel) Green and Renee Johnson of Columbus, OH ; brother, Tyrone Johnson, Pasadena, CA; a host of other loving family and friends. Visitation Friday, 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.. Services 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 28, 2015, New Revelation Baptist Church, 855 N. Orange Grove, Pasadena, CA. Interment, Private. Woods-Valentine Mortuary, Pasadena, Directing. Since 1928
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 26, 2015
Kaser, Joyce Day Hardesty  
JOYCE DAY HARDESTY KASER Joy Day Hardesty Kaser was born in Kensington, Kansas on January 27, 1915, the first child of Albert Walter and Mabel Adelle Day. The family moved to Nebraska, where her brother Keith was born on March 18, 1921. By the time she was fifteen and living in Laramie, Wyoming both of her parents had died. Joyce then lived with a cousin and finished high school in Smith Center, Kansas. Following high school graduation in 1932, Joyce attended Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina with the help of her step-mother Florence Day. After acquiring her teaching certificate in 1935, she taught in a one-room school house in a Swedish community fourteen miles from Salina. After three years she accepted a position teaching fourth grade in Torrington, WY. During summer breaks she attended The University of Wyoming, USC and the University of Oregon. In May 1942, she left Wyoming, moving to California where she worked at Douglas Aircraft Company. She met and married Elmer Hardesty during WWII. They had two daughters, Linda and Ginny. Joyce returned to school at Cal State, Los Angeles and received her degree and teaching credential in 1960. In September of 1962 she accepted a full time teaching position in a fourth grade class at Gidley School in El Monte. She loved the children, her colleagues and teaching, so she remained there until retiring in 1980. She married Eldon Kaser in 1981 and they enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends until his death in 2005. In January she celebrated her 100th birthday. She passed away on February 14th. Joyce leaves behind to celebrate her life her two daughters Linda and Ginny; grandchildren Todd (Maureen) Sams, Kelly Sams, Jeff (Mimi) Drew, Traci (Ben) Parson, David Hamblin, and Scott (Amy) Hamblin; and great-grandchildren Connor and Madison Sams, Rachael, Sarah, Ryan, Kevin and Katie Parson and Marylinn and Tyler Hamblin. Her life revolved around her family and she will be missed.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Mar. 1, 2015
RICHMAN, ROBERT  
ROBERT RICHMAN June 19, 1943 - February 12, 2015 Robert Richman passed away on February 12 with his loving family beside him. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Harold and Roslyn Richman, Robert later moved to Fairlawn, New Jersey. After serving in the U.S. Air Force and attending the Universities of Maine and Tennessee, he eventually found his way to California, where he graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a degree in Political Science. Shortly thereafter, he met his wife-to-be Norma. They settled in the Pasadena area, where their two wonderful children, Deborah and Jason, were born. Robert worked for over 34 years as a stock broker and financial advisor on Lake Ave. in Pasadena. He enjoyed travel, golfing with his local buddies, and an occasional trip to the racetrack. His other passion was music, especially the "American Songbook" selections. Robert leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Norma; his daughter Deborah Hernandez of Laguna Hills; his son Jason Richman of Redondo Beach; his son-in-law Rene' Hernandez; his fantastic grandson Evan Hernandez; and his brother Martin (Joyce) of Hollister, CA. A Celebration of Life is to follow. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Huntington Hospital Office of Philanthropy, the Colburn School Orchestra, or the Pasadena Symphony and Pops.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Mar. 1, 2015
Taylor, Bobbie Jean  
Bobbie Jean Taylor Bobbie Jean Taylor passed away February 19, 2015. She is survived by her husband Earl Taylor; 2 children, Earl Dewayne Taylor and Debra Elaine Taylor; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; 1 sister; 3 brothers; and a host of other family and friends. Visitation Thursday 4:00-6:00 p.m. Services 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 27, 2015, Lincoln Ave. Baptist Church, 1180 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena. Interment, Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Feb. 25, 2015
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