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Barker, Thomas Justin  
BARKER, Thomas Justin Thomas Justin Barker passed away peacefully on June 27, 2015, at the age of 62, from complications of pancreatic cancer. The battle was short and he fought valiantly. Tom is one of five children born to Francis and Dee Barker. He was born in Bakersfield, California and because of his father's job, spent his school years moving frequently with his family, including a residence in the Canary Islands. After graduating from high school in Midland, Texas, Tom attended UCLA receiving his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Tom then attended the University of California at Berkeley earning his Masters in Electrical Engineering. After his receiving his credentials, Tom began his 35 year career at Southern California Edison as a Senior Project Engineer. It was during this time that he met his beloved wife Lisa Tadlock Barker, who he married in 1987. Lisa and Tom have three boys, Timothy (Michelle), Matthew and David. He is also survived by his four siblings, Andy, Fred (Su), Joe (Andrea), Judy and his mother Dee. Tom and Lisa loved to travel and spend time at the beach. He had many hobbies and passions including woodworking, playing piano, hiking, and body surfing. His family and faith always came first. Tom loved volunteering, especially at church and in the community of South Pasadena. Whether it was coaching, refereeing, scouting, or volunteering, he always felt the need to make the world a better place. A Celebration of Tom's Life will take place at Holy Family Church, 1501 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena at 11:00 am on Monday July 6th. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena Directors.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 1, 2015
Fisk, Roberta Gill  
Roberta Gill Fisk August 5, 1913 - April 1, 2015 The family of long-time Monrovia resident, Roberta Fisk, gathered recently to celebrate her life; one lived with purpose, compassion and great dignity. Roberta believed in community involvement, family values and in creating opportunities for children. With the support of her husband of 54 years, Charles N. Fisk, she pursued those values through many years of volunteer service and community activities. Roberta died quietly at her current residence in Westminster, CA where she felt nurtured, surrounded by love, and at peace.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 5, 2015
Freeman, Terence Richard  
Terence Richard Freeman June 1, 1948 - June 7, 2015 Terence Richard Freeman died peacefully on June 7, 2015 at Citrus Valley Hospice and Home Health in West Covina at the age of 67. Terry, as he was known, grew up in Westchester to parents Richard and Ruth Freeman. He was the oldest son of three. Terry was an avid reader and loved American and world history. One of his favorite genres was reading about World War II. He also served in the United States Army. Terry loved learning about different cultures and learned to speak Spanish in adulthood. Terry was a certified nursing attendant who worked for Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood for more than a decade. He always enjoyed the beach and one of his favorite places to visit was Marina Del Rey. Gardening was a passion, and usually Terry felt at peace tending to the gardens in the homes he lived in. Family, friends and those who knew Terry said they will always remember his kind nature and compassionate heart. He also will be remembered for his sense of humor. Terry is survived by daughters Rita and Jennifer; sons, Christopher and Thomas; two grandchildren; father, Richard; sister, Boni Grainger; two nieces, a great nephew and great niece. Brother Greg passed away in 2004 and mother, Ruth, died in 1999. A celebration of life service will be on Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6323 West 80th St., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Union Station Homeless Services at 825 East Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91104.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 7, 2015
Gilbertson, Mary C.  
GILBERTSON, Mary C. Mary C. Gilbertson, passed away June 21, 2015. She moved to Pasadena when she was 5 with her family from Providence, RI. She graduated from St. Anthony High School and proceeded to work for Avon for over 42 years. She married Ed Gilbertson in 1965. Mary is preceded in death by her two sisters and three brothers. She is survived by 7 nieces and nephews, 18 grandnieces and nephews and 23 great-great-nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be Thursday at 11:00 am at Cabot & Sons Chapel, Pasadena.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 7, 2015
LAPPAS, DINO BASIL  
DINO BASIL LAPPAS Oct. 23, 1934 - July 1, 2015 Cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family in the early morning of July 1, 2015. He is survived and missed by his wife, Virginia, three children, Andrea, Maria, and Vincent, his son-in-law, Eli, and his two grandchildren, Max (20) and Dina (17). The youngest of three brothers, he also leaves behind his older brother Tony. A native of Los Angeles, CA, born October 23, 1934, Dino lived in San Marino, CA for the past 45 years. He was an active member of St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church in Pasadena, CA. After serving as a Sgt in the US Army reserves, he built a 25 year career in the recording industry as Director of Recording for United Artist and Capitol Records in Los Angeles. Accolades from his recording days include numerous gold and platinum records and mentoring many in the industry. After his time in the recording industry, he spent the next 20 years as co-owner of Gus's Barbeque in South Pasadena, CA where he enjoyed his time working with his son, his brother-in-law as his partner, the wonderful staff who was like family, and the treasured customers who made every day at work a pleasure. When it was time to retire, the restaurant was purchased by close family friends, so it was a peaceful transition into retirement knowing that it was in good hands and he enjoyed always learning about the successes of the new Gus's Barbeque. Dino enjoyed spending time with his whole family, working on his antique Cadillac collection, puttering around the house and garden, repairing with love any and everything that needed to be repaired, but mostly he enjoyed being with his wife, Virginia, without whom he was incomplete. Trisagion service will be Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:00pm. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 10:30am, both held at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church, 778 So. Rosemead Blvd. Pasadena, CA. Interment will follow at San Gabriel Cemetery. E-mail condolences to www.ChapmanFuneralDirectors.Com .
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 7, 2015
mace, margaret  
MACE, Margaret (Peggy) Evelyn [nèe O'Connor] August 3, 1919 - July 2, 2015 Passed away peacefully at home. Loving wife of Bill (deceased), mother of Maureen St. Clair (Tim), Marilyn Cooper (Louie Day), Bill, Paul (Patty), Phyllis Cassel-Mace (Cathy) and John. Grandmother of 16, Great Grandmother of 9 and the seemingly countless nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews in the ever expanding Mace and O'Connor clans. Peggy was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to John and Mary O'Connor, the second among eight siblings. She immigrated to Los Angeles in 1947 and worked as a book keeper. She met her husband, Bill, and they were married in 1948, living happily until his passing in 1989. Her home was the center of family activities as she was the anchor of the family through love, wisdom and graciousness. Peggy lived in San Gabriel for 47 years and was an active parishioner at the San Gabriel Mission until her health recently intervened. A Rosary will be said at 7:00 pm, July 17 at Cabot & Sons. Funeral Mass is at noon, Saturday, July 18 at the San Gabriel Mission. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Renovation and Celebration Campaign for the San Gabriel Mission. Cabot and Sons Funeral Director. (626) 793-7159 .
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 8, 2015
Neroes, Chester  
Chester Neroes Chester Neroes passed away June 26, 2015. He is survived by his wife Annie B. Neroes; son, James W. Neroes; 6 Grandchildren; 8 Great Grandchildren; 3 Great Great Grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation today, 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.. Services Friday, 11:00 A.M., Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, 1180 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 9ll03. Interment, Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier. Woods-Valentine Mortuary, Pasadena, Directing Since 1928
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 2, 2015
parker, thomas  
PARKER, Thomas Linwood Thomas Linwood Parker, a long-time summer resident of La Canada succumbed to advance stages of melanoma on July 2, 2015 at Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles Ca. He was 56 years old. Tom lived with his father in La Canada, CA where the family had moved from Cranford NJ in 1969. Tom was graduated from High School in La Canada in 1977. He attended Pasadena City College and was graduated from UCLA in 1982, where he received a Bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Tom worked for over ten years as an associate editor for a legal publishing firm, specializing in the updating of changes int states' insurance codes. . Tom's mother, Jane Webster (Eddy) Parker died in 1997. Tom is survived by his father, Keith, of La Canada, CA and Wolfeboro NH, three brothers, James, Anthony and Stephen, and two sisters, Alexandra and Susan, as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 12th, 1:00 p.m. at Cabot & Sons Chapel in Pasadena CA, and interment will be in Tuftenboro, NH.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 8, 2015
Persson, Violet Eleanor  
PERSSON, Violet Violet Eleanor Persson passed away peacefully at her home in Arcadia, CA on June 9, 2015. She was 90 years old. Vi grew up in Whittier, CA and graduated from MAD high school in Monrovia in 1942. She married Walter Persson in 1945. They built their home in Arcadia soon after and enjoyed 66 years of marriage. Walt and Vi were the owner/operators of Persson's Nursery, Inc. in Pasadena for more than 30 years. Vi is survived by her brother Harry, daughters Linda and Wendy, son-in-law Dana, granddaughters Jessica and Katie, and many nephews and nieces. She will be greatly missed, but will be forever in our hearts.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News from July 4 to July 7, 2015
Schneider, Dorothy McDermott  
SCHNEIDER, Dorothy McDermott Dorothy McDermott Schneider, longtime resident of San Marino and Pasadena, passed away June 20, 2015 at age 71. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she was the daughter of Genevieve and Bernard McDermott of Hancock Park. She attended Immaculate Heart High School and was a graduate of Marquette University. Dorothy enjoyed a 35-year career as a devoted teacher and able administrator. She taught first at John Marshall High in Los Angeles and then at San Marino High going on to serve as Assistant Principal at Huntington Middle School and Principal at Calabasas and Arcadia High Schools. Dorothy touched the lives of many students over the years. With her love and knowledge of American history, she fostered enthusiasm and appreciation for the subject. An insatiable reader, she loved books as well as travel, touring Europe, Asia and enjoying time in India. A member of the Pasadena Navy League, she served as President representing the League at the launch of the atomic submarine, SSN Pasadena. Dorothy is survived by her son, Michael Schneider of Charlotte, North Carolina, a sister, Rosemary Claire of Solvang and niece, Kathleen Ngiam of Washington D.C. Memorial service plans are pending. Contributions in her name can be made to the Pasadena Humane Society, 361 South Raymond, Pasadena, CA 91105.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News from July 3 to July 4, 2015
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