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Raymond Anthony Rodeno

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December 6, 2015 Raymond Anthony Rodeno, having just reached his 93rd birthday, went to join his Bette on December 6, 2015. Ray was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Cathedral Latin High School and Western Reserve University. It was in high school that he met the love of his life, Bette Camerota. Together, over 65 years, he and Bette raised four wonderful kids, Greg (Michaela), Vicki (Mike Calderon) Paul (Robin) and Elizabeth, all of whom survive him. They, in turn, gave Ray's 8 grandkids; Chris Rodeno, Elizabeth Rodeno, Kate Rodeno Harland, Jacqueline Calderon, John Rodeno, Patrick Rodeno, Erin Kobrin and Kai Kobrin. They provided him with much love and support, especially after Bette's passing in 2008. Now they are together again. It was in the business arena that Ray achieved much of his success. During WWII, Ray was one of the 90-day wonders, who served his country admirably as a Navy Lieutenant. In 1948, he began his career with Allstate Insurance. During that time, he attended Cleveland Marshall Law School at night, and received his JD. Ray spent 31 years with Allstate, crisscrossing the United States with his family more than once. His last job with Allstate was CEO and President of Allstate Savings Bank in Glendale. Thereafter he and Bette stayed in Southern California. Following other President/CEO stints at Ticor Mortgage Insurance Corporation and Progressive Savings, Ray retired in 1991 (for the first time). In 1992, Ray came out of retirement to assist Huntington Memorial Hospital develop their planned giving department. Ray and Bette were stalwarts of the charitable community in Southern California. They also worked tirelessly for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Educational Services. They were on the committee to raise the funds to build the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, which opened in 2002. In addition, Ray sat on the Board of Mayfield Senior School. Never content to rest on his laurels, after his second retirement, Ray worked with Meals on Wheels, the Knights of Malta, Legatus, and Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. His devotion to the Catholic Church and his faith never waivered. The memorial service will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mayfield Senior School Raymond and Bette Memorial fund, 500 Bellefontaine Street, Pasadena, CA 91105; or, Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral Outreach programs (in memory of Raymond and Bette Rodeno), 555 West Temple Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, 2015
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