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Victoria Wolfskill Swackenberg


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Victoria Wolfskill Swackenberg Obituary
June 10, 1917 - April 8, 2017 Victoria Wolfskill Swackenberg, 99, of Los Angeles, passed away on April 8, 2017, in Culver City. She was born in Los Angeles on June 10, 1917, to Victoria Juarez Wolfskill and Martin Wolfskill. She was a fifth-generation Angeleno and descendent of the Lugo, Estudillo, Pedrorena, and Wolfskill early California families. Her forebears include the California settler William Wolfskill. Victoria graduated from Compton Junior College, where she enjoyed performing in theatrical productions with the Pasadena Community Playhouse Association. In 1943, she married Vincent Phalen Swackenberg, and they moved to San Diego for several years. On returning to Los Angeles, they settled in Burbank and Toluca Lake, where Victoria was active in the Red Cross as a Grey Lady and in her church. In 1972, Victoria and Vincent moved to Hancock Park, close to where she was born and her many friends. Always proud of her heritage and city, she championed all things Californian and Angeleno. She loved California Chardonnay, never missed the concert series at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and was a 44-year active member of the Ebell of Los Angeles, where she held a variety of leadership positions, chaired several benefits and events, enjoyed directing and acting in plays, and started a California history series. She was also a longtime member of Sisters Servants of Mary Guild, Costume Council of LACMA, Christ the King of LA Parish, and Nichibei Fujinkai, the Japanese-American friendship society. Known for her beautiful and wide-brimmed hats, Victoria loved planning, hosting, and attending parties. She hosted her annual March Hare Costume Party and June Bug Birthday Party in her home for decades, and was generous in feting the achievements of others. For 10 years, she enjoyed traveling on the tall ship, Sea Cloud, trips that were always bookended by bon voyage and welcome-home parties. Predeceased by her husband Vincent, she is survived by her daughter, Victoria Anne Umans, grandson Andrew Umans (Elizabeth), great-grandchildren Clara and Zachary, and several nieces and nephews. Sister Elena Thornton and brother Frank Burke also predeceased her. Services will be held Tuesday, April 18th, 11am at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sisters Servants of Mary, 2131 W. 27th St., LA 90018 or Marycrest Manor, 10664 St. James Dr., Culver City 90230.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2017
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