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BANKS, Roderick  
BANKS, Roderick Earl Roderick Earl Banks (Big Banks) passed on his 57th birthday December 7, 2014, in Wichita, Kansas. A memorial service has been scheduled for January 31st., 2015 11:00 am at Friendship Baptist Church, 80 W. Dayton ave Pasadena, Ca. 91105. At Rod's request, no black attire please! This is a Happy home going birthday celebration!
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Published in Pasadena Star-News from Jan. 25 to Jan. 30, 2015
BIANCHI, Paul  
BIANCHI, Paul Paul Bianchi went home to be with the Lord on January 13, 2015. He passed away peacefully at the age of 99 surrounded by his family. Paul was born on June 29, 1915 and grew up in Texas and Michigan. He moved to Chicago, Illinois when he married Delphina Grisciotti in August 1945. They moved to California in 1958 to be near family. He worked at Ford Motor Company in Michigan and was a tool and die maker by trade. In California, he became a General Contractor and retired early to pursue construction full-time, building many beautiful custom homes. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Delphina, and is survived by his daughters Delphine (Gary) Flentie and Celeste (Jon) Wood, grandson Matthew (Nancy) Flentie, granddaughters Julie (Chris) Kimbro, Michelle Flentie, Stacy Wood and Nicole Wood, and great-grandsons Cash and Broxton Kimbro. His family will always remember him as a devoted and supportive father and grandfather. Services will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance, 600 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia with Interment to follow at Live Oak Memorial Park, 200 E. Duarte Rd., Monrovia.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Jan. 23, 2015
Brigham Jr., Daniel  
Brigham, Daniel Morgan Daniel Brigham Jr. passed away peacefully at Hoag Hospital on January 10, 2015. Dan was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 24, 1927, to Daniel and Constance Brigham Sr. He attended high school at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, CA, , served in the Armed Forces, and graduated from Occidental College (class of '50). Dan and Louise Grout were married for 62 years, living 23 years in San Marino with their three daughters Connie, Cindy and Libby, before moving to Corona Del Mar in 1974. Dan continued his father's insurance business as an agent with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and only recently retired. Dan was active in his community and served on the Boards of the Army Navy Academy, Planned Parenthood, and the Huntington Medical Research Institute of Pasadena. Everyone who knew Dan knows how he loved music and enjoyed singing. His greatest joy was breaking out in song with family and friends, every family celebration was not complete without a solo. He particularly enjoyed his involvement with the Pasadena Maestros. Surviving Dan are his wife, Louise, his sisters Betsy Tarbell and Judy Brigham, daughters Cindy (Robert Hambleton), Connie (Mike Markovich), and Libby (Jim Huyck). The eight grandchildren are Lindsey MacFarlane, Rob Hambleton, Courtney Hambleton, Charles Hambleton, Brent Belote, Zach Markovich, Nathan Markovich, Jen Huyck and four great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hoag Hospital Foundation (949) 764-7217 and Crystal Cove Alliance (949) 715-0931.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2015
Coates, Helen Tarr  
COATES, Helen Tarr Helen Tarr Coates died Friday in Sherman Oaks where she spent her last two years since leaving her home in Altadena. She was 92. Born January 5th, 1923 in Flagstaff, Arizona to Helen Woodrow Tarr, originally of Cincinnati, and Earl Mendum Tarr, MD, originally of New Auburn, Wisconsin, she was preceded in death by her older brother, Earl and is survived by her younger sister Jean Tarr Fleming. She is also survived by four of her five children, Robin Coates Jaffe of Tarzana, Robert Elmer Coates III of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jonathan Randolph Coates also of Santa Fe and Dana Justin Coates of Pasadena as well as six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is survived by six nieces and five nephews and their families. Her son David Bradford Coates passed away in 2009. She was married in 1943 to Robert Elmer Coates, Jr. originally of Hopkinsville, Kentucky who moved to Pasadena when he was nine. They were married for 28 years. Helen moved from Arizona to La Canada as a very young child and lived surrounded by orange groves. She remembered milking the cow and having an Indian paint horse to ride. She was considered the "tomboy" of the family, acquiring the nickname "Tommy" from her dad. She attended local schools including Elliot Junior High and South Pasadena High School. She attended Reed College in Oregon for one year and then attended Scripps College in Claremont. As a young mother she was active in the Pasadena Junior League where she spearheaded development of a cookbook and helped organize a John Raitt concert at the Civic. Her children remember that she was a gifted seamstress and artistic person. She designed her own wedding dress, made almost all the clothes she and her children wore, refinished furniture and decorated their home. She often made amazing flower arrangements for their home. Later she took up dying fabric and making artistic garments and banners. She was also a reader, writer and thinker and was very involved with efforts to preserve the Earth and humanitarian issues. She was always an elegant, beautiful woman and will be greatly missed by her family and her friends. A memorial service will be held for her at All Saints Church in Pasadena Sat., Jan. 24th at 11am. In lieu of flowers donations to one of her favorite charities, the Environmental Defense Fund would be appreciated. Donations may be made online or mailed to EDF, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20009.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Jan. 20, 2015
Gonzalez, Rona Marie  
Gonzalez, Rona Marie June 1, 1962 - January 15, 2015 Rona Gonzalez passed away with the sunset on January 15, 2015 after a short battle with breast cancer. She was born on June 1, 1962 in Eugene, OR to Robert and Jo Rinker. She later moved to Pasadena, CA where she was active in Pasadena's First United Methodist Church and John Muir High School. .After marrying Jesse Gonzalez on August 2nd in Ventura. Here she raised two daughters, Sara and Camille, and made an impact in the community through activities such as PTA treasurer, Girl Scout council treasurer and Troop 299's leader, youth group director and financial treasurer at Ventura First United Methodist Church, board member for Happy Ventures Preschool, swim instructor for City of Ventura, aquatics director at the Pierpont Racquet Club, and innumerable volunteer efforts benefiting programs such as Food Share, Project Understanding, and Relay for Life. A service will be held at Ventura First United Methodist Church on the 31 of January at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to Rona Gonzalez's Memorial Fund at: http://www.info-komen.org/goto/rona_gonzalez
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Published in Pasadena Star-News from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2015
HASHIMOTO, Fuyuko  
HASHIMOTO, Fuyuko Fuuuko Hashimoto, age 91 passed away on December 31, 2014. Predeceased by her brothers, Taro, Jiro, and Kenji Matsumura; she is survived by her husband, William K. Hashimoto; sons, Philip (Heather) and Lewis (Katherine) Hashimoto; grandchildren, Meryl, Evan, Gwendolyn, Patricia, and Caroline Hashimoto; she is also survived by other relatives. Private family services were held on Sunday, January 18 at Green Hills Memorial Park Graveside in Rancho Palos Verdes. www.fukuimortuary.com (213) 626-0441
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Jan. 20, 2015
JACOBS, VIOLET  
VIOLET JABARA JACOBS OCTOBER 4, 1915 - JANUARY 12, 2015 Violet Jabara was the daughter of Syrian immigrants. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1915, she was an avid reader and a lively child, the first of her family to attend college. She graduated from Wellesley in 1937 with a major in languages. After a gap year, which she spent in Beirut, she met and married Joseph Jacobs, also a second-generation Syrian. They were married in Brooklyn in 1942 and moved to northern California in 1945. They started a family and had three daughters, Margaret, Linda and Valerie. Joe founded Jacobs Engineering in 1947, and they moved to Pasadena shortly after. Vi was active in building the business from a startup to what is now one of the largest engineering companies in the world. She and Joe were philanthropists, believing that they should return to their country and community a large part of their fortune. They set up the Jacobs Family Foundation in 1987 in San Diego and gave generously to Brooklyn Polytechnic, Joe's alma mater, as well as to the Sam Maloof Foundation and the Lebanese Ladies Cultural Society to provide scholarships for Lebanese children. After Joe's death in 2004, Vi continued her own philanthropic interests by providing major support to the Near East Foundation, Huntington Hospital, the Elementary Institute of Science, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Vi moved into assisted living in 2012 and adapted cheerfully and fully to it. She was known as the "mayor" of the residence, because she knew the name of every resident and every staff person. She greeted every person she saw, provided them with candy and cookies at every opportunity, and listened with interest to whatever they had to tell her. They in turn loved her. She went out to dinner with friends several times a week, played blackjack, bingo, bridge and Scrabble with gusto, and never lost her enthusiasm and curiosity. She kept everyone around her grounded, because she never lost her humility, her sense of humor, or her insistence on the truth. She had a keen eye and a big heart-a winning combination. Vi is survived by her daughters, Linda Jacobs and Valerie Jacobs Hapke and Valerie's family: her husband, Norman, and Vi's two grandchildren, Andrew and Claire. Her eldest daughter, Meg Jacobs, passed away in February, 2012. Her beloved husband, Joe Jacobs, passed away on October 23, 2004. A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, January 24 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1757 North Lake Ave., Altadena, CA 91104 on January 24th at 4 PM. All are invited. Donations in her name may be sent to Carmel Bach Festival ( www.bachfestival.org ).
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Published in Pasadena Star-News from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2015
Salinas, Robert James  
Robert James Salinas July 25, 1941– January 13, 2015 Bob was born in Monterey Park to his parents Santos and Harriett Salinas. He and his sister Dora grew up with in Montebello, California. They worked at the family owned gas station in East L.A. He attended St. Alfonsus' Catholic School and graduated from Cantwell High School in Montebello. He then studied photography at East LA College. While in high school he met the love of his life Linda Anderson (Pownall) whom he married in 1967. They moved to Altadena where they spent the last 48 wonderful years together. Bob worked as a medical photographer for L.A. County USC Medical Center for 45 years. He became a master in theclassic way of developing the perfect print. His many interests included playing guitar in the church choir, woodworking, building model planesand trains and volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. His 25 year scouting career began as aPack Chairman for his two sons which ultimately led up to serving as a District Commissioner and receiving the District Award of Merit and the Distinguished Commissioner award. Many family vacations were taken with the scout troop. Bob's passion for model airplanes started when he was very young and even up to the end he could be found surrounded by his beloved models and tools. He was also a proud member of the NRA and enjoyed visits to the gun range with his adult children. Later in life he completed his lifelong dream of taking flying lessons to become a pilot. Some of his happiest moments were when he was soaring over the San Gabriel Valley in the family plane. Bob was overjoyed to watch some of his children and grandchildren become accomplished pilots. He will be remembered as a devoted father and husband who taught us to respect all thingsespecially ourselves and others. He showed by example that nothing comes above family. He loved to tell his childhood stories and had the gift of bestowing great advise. Bob lit up when visiting with any of his grandchildren. Through his many health struggles and setbacks he taught us that we can overcome anything in life if we are determined enough, which he did so many times. He is survived by his wife Linda and their four children, Rob (Julie), Steve (Kari), Susanne (Art), Christy (Sergio) and 10 grandchildren. In spite of lifelong health issues with hemophilia, he lived a full and abundant life before taking his final flight on January 13, 2015. Rest in peace. On Thursday January 22, there will be a viewing from 4:00 to 8:00 pm with a Rosary at 5:00 pm at Mountain View Cemetery Altadena, CA in Sunrise Chapel 2400 N Fair Oaks Ave or enter off of Woodbury Rd. A celebration of life will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 1870 N Lake Ave Altadena, CA on Friday January 23 at 2:00 pm. Final internment will be at Resurrection Cemetery 966 N. Potrero Grande Dr Montebello CA on Monday January 26 at 11:00 am. In lieu of Flowers, donations made be made to the National Hemophilia Foundation 116 W. 32nd St, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001 in Bob's name.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Jan. 21, 2015
WHITING, Davis Sanford  
WHITING, Davis Sanford Sept. 30, 1926 - Dec. 27, 2014 A true gentleman has passes on. Davis Whiting was an honorable, kind, and loyal husband and dad. Highly respected by his family, friends and the community. Born in Los Angeles in 1926 to Annette Davis Whiting and Sanford Reynolds Whiting, Davis attended Los Angeles high school and then during WWII he joined the Army Air Force as a pilot. When the war was over Davis went on to graduate from the University of Southern California where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. On a bet from a friend, Davis opened his own business "Ideal Loan Company" which he successfully expanded and operated for over 30 years. Davis was equally successful in other business investments such as the Bali Hai Hotels in French Polynesia, Maxwell Noll Investments in Pasadena, the Central Pacific Tile Company in Honolulu and many other ventures. Davis met his wife Susan Coggeshall, the daughter of Betsy and Howard Coggeshall, at a house party in San Marino. They were married 9 months later. Davis and Sue resided in Arcadia for nearly 35 years before moving to San Diego to be near family. Davis enjoyed traveling (primarily in the South Pacific), camping in the Sierra Nevada's around Huntington Lake where he was one of the first campers in 1933 and then later counselor at Gold Arrow Camp. He loved water skiing and was still skiing on Mission Bay until his 80s. Best of all he proudly drove around town in his 1959 blue corvette with the USC fight song on the horn. Davis and Sue spent half the year at their vacation home in Hawaii relaxing, swimming and entertaining friends. Davis is survived by his wife Susan, his son Sandy and daughter Carol, grandchildren Kelly and Shannon. No Services are to be held. We love you Dad/Papa. In GOD we trust.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2015
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