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Mary E. Dakan


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Mary E. Dakan Obituary
October 15, 1940 - September 24, 2017 Mary Elizabeth Dakan, cherished mother to Earl, Michael, Jennifer and Michelle, nurturing grandmother to ten grandchildren and wife of Thomas Dakan, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Mary died peacefully, with her family by her side, at her home in Pasadena, from Lewy Body Dementia, a disease that she endured for the last decade of her life. Mary created an open home that welcomed family, friends, boarders, spontaneous arrivals, and international travelers. She was a cinephile, a lover of jazz, an elegant dancer, with a fondness for language, art, and stimulating conversation. Mary was born in Washington D.C. to William and Lenore Kass. In her early years her family moved to California where they settled in Beverly Hills and welcomed her much loved brother Michael. She attended Immaculate Heart High School and graduated from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles. In 1961 she married her husband of 56 years, Thomas Dakan. What will be missed the most is her listening ear and quiet acceptance and the countless moments in her kitchen, that was filled with raucous laughter, conversation and compassion. A mass in her memory will be held at 1:00 pm on October 14th at St. Phillip the Apostle Church, 151 S Hill Ave., Pasadena. A memorial celebration will follow at 3:00 pm at The Waverly School,108 Waverly Drive in Pasadena.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 4 to Oct. 8, 2017
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