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The Memorial Wall

Honoring Those Who Have Gone Before Us

The Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is dedicated as a tribute to those who lost their battle with Parkinson’s disease.

This special way of remembering the loved ones in our Parkinson's community arose from the requests of families and friends asking us to design a place for healing of those who were left behind.

The purpose of the Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is a virtual place to 

- hold the memory of someone who lived with Parkinson’s and/or their family members
- memorialize families who were touched by Parkinson’s
- maintain the memory of others who suffered from the same or similar conditions
- allow family and friends to grieve and heal from the loss of someone they now can only remember
- bring greater awareness of the passing of Parkinson's sufferers than can otherwise be accomplished through print publications
- acknowledge and appreciate those who have made a donation and posted sentiments in memory of someone’s loved one
- provide a place for the living to visit so they can gain solace and understanding around the battle of a loved one with Parkinson’s, or a similar disease
- establish a memorial event honoring the legacy of the decedent and family
- serve as a memorial when the family prefers donations in lieu of flowers or tributes at anniversaries or other significant dates.

If you wish to honor your loved one and share your memories in a public fashion or establish a memorial event, such as a golf tournament, tennis tournament, or special award presentation in the name of the family or decedent, please contact us at


Donations made to the Memorial Fund go towards funding Parkinson's Resource Organization activities globally.

Recent Memorial Wall Additions

Robert "Bob" Minnihan

Robert "Bob" Minnihan

December 10, 1936 - June 16, 2020

On the day of June 16, 2020, Robert (Bob) Minnihan of Rancho Mirage, CA died at the age of 83. Bob was born to Louis and Katherine Minnihan on Dec. 10, 1936 in Jefferson, IA. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1958 from Iowa State University.

Bob enjoyed racquetball, skiing and sailing. He is known affectionately as "Captain Bob." He believed in being fair in all matters. Bob started Dynamic Systems Inc., a successful business in waste water treatment technology, where he served as CEO and President until his retirement in the year 2000. His blue eyes, silver hair and warm smile touched everyone he met.

Bob is preceded in death by his father, mother and son, Peter. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, son, Paul and his mother Katharine, his stepdaughter, Erin Johnson and his grandson, Conor Crissy. He is also survived by his brother Richard (Linda) and sister Marcia.

Services are pending.

Remembering Robert "Bob" Minnihan

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Larry Boles

Larry Boles

October 5, 1948 - May 18, 2020

Larry was born in San Diego and attended Alexander Hamilton Elementary, Horace Mann Junior High and Crawford.  A lifelong runner, Larry was captain of the Crawford Cross Country team during his senior year.  Larry and Linda Francis '68 were married in 1970.  After graduating from San Diego State and San Francisco Theological Seminary, Larry served as a Presbyterian minister for twenty-five years.  He followed that by serving as a director of Hillcrest Retirement Community in La Verne, California.  In addition to Linda, his wife of 50 years, Larry is survived by their children Tammy and Paul, four grandchildren, and brother Bob Boles ’63 -- Rob Shepherd ’66

Remembering Larry Boles

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Samuel “Big Mike” Selfman

Samuel “Big Mike” Selfman

April 22, 1910 - April 12, 1987

Samuel Selfman, 76, who had a long career in the food industry, died April 12, 1987, at Santa Barbara Convalescent Hospital after a seven-year struggle with Parkinson’s Disease and the effects of two strokes.

Born April 22, 1910, in the Ukraine, he emigrated with his parents and older brother to New York via Rumania in 1922. He began his career as a waiter, then chef, in the Catskills in New York. After a short stint as an airplane machinist at Curtiss-Wright in Columbus, Ohio, during World War II, he became the proprietor of a grocery store in Mansfield, Ohio, installing a deli counter to make “Big Mike’s” the town’s first delicatessen. He was an active member of B’nai Jacob Congregation in Mansfield. His family always said, “More people knew Daddy than knew the mayor.” 

He moved his family (wife, Zena, and two daughters) to Los Angeles in 1960 and became the owner/chef of Jordan’s Bar-B-Q in Santa Monica. Many of his customers were well-known entertainers and crews from foreign airlines who stayed at the Miramar Hotel (now Fairmont Miramar). Jordan’s and the Selfmans were written up frequently in the local papers; one called it the “Little U.N.” for the variety of its clientele. Later he became dietary supervisor for a chain of convalescent and acute care hospitals in the Los Angeles area, supervising not only a kosher kitchen but also learning to communicate with a staff who spoke several different languages. 

Mr. Selfman was also a vocational training teacher, for which he received numerous awards. He was a member of the local Parkinson’s associations in both Los Angeles (pre-PRO) and Santa Barbara. 

Mike was also an accomplished painter and sculptor who created ice statues and prepared culinary artworks for his many catered affairs from 1945-64.

He studied oil painting with the Impressionistic painter Samuel Markitante; his paintings were exhibited in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

He was tall, handsome, quiet, moral, and unfailingly kind. He and his wife (also from Ukraine; they met in New York) were immensely grateful to live in America and passed that love of country on to their children. 

He is currently survived by his daughters, Flo Selfman of Los Angeles and Julia A. Stephen of Santa Barbara, son-in-law, two grandsons and a granddaughter, all of whom he knew, and four great-grandchildren, who came along well after his passing.

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William Rehburg

William Rehburg

May 21, 1932 - March 21, 2014

Bill was born May 21, 1932, in Westfalen, Germany. He came to the United States in 1952, later joining the Army 6th Armored Division Battery "C" in 1954. After the Army, he worked on the DEWLine Project in the Aleutian Islands.

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Richard Tuchscherer

Richard Tuchscherer

May 5, 1930 - October 27, 2015

Richard N. Tuchscherer, 85, of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., died peacefully on Oct. 27, 2015, at Kenosha Memorial Hospital.

He was born on May 5, 1930, in Chicago, Ill., son of the late Pauline and Ralph Tuchscherer.

He married Rosemary (Whitson) Tuchscherer on May 7, 1960.

He was drafted into the United States Army in 1951, and served as a Corporal in an artillery unit in Korea from 1952-1953.

After the war, Dick studied journalism at University of Chicago – Navy Pier and University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. He had a long and distinguished career in his field at WKRS Radio in Waukegan, Ill., (24 years) and The News-Sun in Waukegan, Ill., (14 years). In the years preceding his retirement in 1997, Dick mentored students from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Dick was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kenosha, Wis. During his life he enjoyed reading, jogging and travelled all over the world.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; his two daughters, Ann (Ron) Rude of Peoria, Ill., and Paula (Todd) Tuchscherer-Jones of Milwaukee, Wis.; and one grandchild, William Richard Rude of Peoria, Ill. Further survived by one brother, Donald (Irene) Tuchscherer of Chicago, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Ralph and Thomas Tuchscherer, and his sister, Margaret Tuchscherer.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Hospice Advantage as well as the doctors and staff of the Kenosha Veterans Administration.

Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 7307 40th Ave, Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. A visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Internment at All Saints Mausoleum at a later date.

Remembering Richard Tuchscherer

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74090 El Paseo #104
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Updated: August 16, 2017