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Scolinos, Mary Kanaky Mary Kanaky Scolinos passed away peacefully at her home in San Gabriel, CA on April 16, 2014, just shy of her 97th birthday. Beloved Wife, Mother and Yaya, she was treasured deeply by her family and friends. She left her fingerprints upon all our hearts. Her sparkle and enthusiasm for life were irrepressible. Born on May 17, 1917 in Los Angeles, CA, Mary was the firstborn child to Greek Immigrant parents, Harry and Rose Kanaky. She adored her two younger sisters, Mena and Phyllis. The Kanaky family was active in the San Julian Street Greek Orthodox Church and the tight knit Los Angeles Greek community. Mary embraced her faith and her heritage throughout her life. Mary graduated with High Honors in 1936 from John C. Fremont High School and received the American Legion Americanism Award for Honor, Courage, Character and Scholarship. She was truly a lifelong learner and attending classes into her 90s. She fell in love and married Peter Scolinos in 1940. They raised three children - Mariann, Harry and John. They were married 62 years before Pete died in 2003.Mary was truly a Renaissance woman. She could operate a power drill as comfortably as slipping into a dress and high heels and hosting a dinner party. Confidence and grace were woven into the fabric of who she was. Mary loved and delighted in her family, with whom she gave so freely of herself. She cherished her children, ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and delighted in spending time with them. "How blessed we are!" she often said, and indeed, we were.She had that special quality of imparting great worth to those around her by giving them her undivided attention and focus. She shared much wisdom, wit and encouragement across her small kitchen table to family and friends.We were all so very blessed to have called her Mother, Yaya, and Friend. She was simply one amazing woman and we will miss her so very muchShe is survived by her three children: Mariann Scolinos, Harry (Connie) Scolinos, and John (Linda) Scolinos and their families. Services will be held at St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church, 778 South Rosemead Blvd Pasadena. The Trisagion service will be Wednesday, April 23rd, 7:00 p.m. The Funeral will be Thursday, April 24, 11:00 a.m.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Philoptochos Society of St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Church. Email condolences to www.ChapmanFuneralDirectors.com (855) 628-0447. Terry & Mary Harmon, Directors. Read Obituary
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SERENO, Rita Rita Bianucci Sereno was born September 30, 1932 in Aurora, Illinois. She grew up in Naperville, Illinois with her parents Modesto and Clorenda, her older brother Ray, her older sister Doris, and her identical twin Rena. She graduated from St. Mary's of Notre Dame in 1954 with a bachelors degree in Mathematics and a minor in Education. In 1954 she moved to California where she worked at San Marino High School as a mathematics and English teacher. In 1955 she married Alfred Walter Sereno. She raised six children and worked hard as a loving mother and wife. After her divorce, she began her twenty-one year career as a second grade school teacher at Wild Rose Elementary School. Rita excelled in her job as she was a natural performer as well as efficient and creative. She met the love of her life Robert Joseph Cartwright in 1975. Cartwright and Rita shared thirty years of laughter and love. They were inseparable, travelling, working at "The Hill", and enjoying all the grand children. The loss of Cartwright in 2004 was a difficult time for Rita. The last few years of her life she spent quietly at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Rita is survived by her five children, David, Michael, Linda, Dan and Lisa; her seven grandchildren, Daisy, Nicole, Amy, Trevor, Matthew, Holly and Kate; and her two great grandchildren Dean and James. Rita is predeceased by her son Brian, whom she lost in 1981. Rita's funeral mass will be held Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Immaculate Conception Church followed by interment at Live Oak Memorial Park. Read Obituary
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LUELLA A. SEYDEWITZ July 31, 1917 - April 10, 2014 Luella Seydewitz, Altadena resident for 67 years, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, April 10, with family by her side. She was 96. Luella was born at home in Humansville, MO, on July 31, 1917, several weeks premature, and younger by minutes than her identical twin sister, Marcella. The girls grew up on a farm with their younger brother, Jack, surrounded by a loving extended family. After their mother, Marie, divorced, she met and married Charles Donnelly in California. In 1930, when the girls were 12, she brought them to California, where Charles became their beloved "Daddy." Luella and Marcella attended Berendo Junior High and Belmont High School, in Los Angeles, and Pasadena Junior College, graduating in the Rose Bowl in 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression. After graduation, Luella worked at Kress's in Pasadena and, during the war, at Camp Santa Anita. When she was 19, Luella met Fred Seydewitz at a dance at the Pasadena Women's Club. Fred and Luella dated for four years, during which time war was brewing. Fred joined the Naval Reserve. They married on October 7, 1941, in Las Vegas, while Fred was home on leave. Two months later, Luella and her mother drove him to San Diego North Island for what was to be a two-month cruise. The date was December 7, 1941. Luella didn't know about Pearl Harbor until she got home. She didn't see her new husband for 2 years. Fred returned safely from oversees duty and in 1945, was assigned to a Naval Base in Corpus Christi, Texas, where daughter Julie was born. With the war over, Fred and Luella and their new baby returned to Pasadena, bought a lot in Altadena, and built the house where Luella lived until her death. Sons John and Tom were born in 1948 and 1951. Luella became PTA President at Loma Alta Elementary School in 1955, and was awarded a Life Membership. Her acting talent was discovered when she began being cast in PTA musicals, with original scripts written by parents. She had quite a flair for writing song lyrics, and composed numerous parodies for the plays. While the children attended Eliot Junior High, Luella became the editor of the Eliot Newsletter. Luella was also active in community affairs, participating in the Red Cross Mothers' March Against Polio, and serving as a poll watcher during elections. She was a den mother for Cub Scouts, a Sunday School teacher at Altadena Lutheran Church and participated in "Altadena Old Fashioned Days." In 1961, Luella went to work for what became Republic Federal Savings and Loan, working for 18 years in the loan service department. Although she enjoyed her job, she was happy to retire. More than anything, Luella loved taking care of her home and family. She and Fred loved the people their children married and had special relationships with each one of their five grandchildren and two step grandchildren. Fred and Luella celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1991 with a party at their home in Altadena, the highlight of which was getting to hear Dodger announcer Vin Scully wish them Happy Anniversary on the air during a Dodger game. They were married for 52 years before Fred's death in 1993, at the age of 77. They enjoyed a loving and devoted marriage, which survived the early wartime separation. Although Luella never stopped missing him, she found much to enjoy in life. She saw all of her grandchildren graduate from high school and college and pursue their careers, took an Alaskan cruise and two trips to Hawaii, saw granddaughter Jennifer sing in Carnegie Hall, and welcomed two great-granddaughters. Luella loved life. She especially loved Christmas and annually hosted "Gramma's Christmas Party." She drove until she was 89. Her speeding ticket at age 82, prompted granddaughter Jennifer to compose a parody, "The Little Old Lady From Altadena." In her mid-eighties, she learned how to email, and proudly began calling herself "Dot Com." She was a master at crossword puzzles and knowing the answer to final Jeopardy. At the age of 91, Luella was baptized and joined the Village Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe, which she attended whenever she was visiting her daughter and son-in- law. She was 95 when her younger son, Tom, passed away from a sudden illness, and she bore her grief with grace and strength, honed over the course of her life, and nurtured by her Christian faith. As Luella's sight and strength began to fail her, she was watched over carefully by her children, and was introduced to Liz, Ashley and Marsha, from Visiting Angels. Her family is grateful to them for their kindness and patience, to the medical staff, Dr. Wynstock, Dr. Easthope, and nurse Vicki Tsuchida, whom she thought of as family, and to Gwen and Gina, at Yvonne's Hairstyles, who kept her looking beautiful! Luella was preceded in death by two brothers, J.G. Akins and Jack Akins, husband, Fred G. Seydewitz, and son, Tom von Seydewitz. She is survived by her twin sister, Marcella Whitmore; daughter, Julie MacNeil (Don); son John Seydewitz (Mari); grandchildren, Michael MacNeil ( Kathrin); Jennifer Danenberg (Kevin); Kathleen Hawkins (Hunter); Kelli Seydewitz, Kari Seydewitz; two great-grandchildren, Sophia and Scarlett MacNeil, and Baby Girl Hawkins, due in June; step-grandchildren, Amy and Alex Aldrich, as well as niece, Susan Hunter, and nephews Robert Whitmore, Charles and Bill Akins and other extended family. Funeral services will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, Sunrise Chapel, in Altadena, on Thursday, April 24, at 1 pm. Viewing will be on Wednesday, April 23, from 2-5 pm, in the parlor at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pasadena Convalescent Aid Society, or the American Lung Association. Read Obituary
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