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Hershel G. Mansir

Hershel G. Mansir

April 21, 1950 - November 16, 2019

Mansir, Hershel, 69 of Santa Ana, died 11/16/2019.

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Monika Linnea "Mogi" Lindqvist

Monika Linnea "Mogi" Lindqvist

September 17, 1941 - November 11, 2019

Monika Linnea "Mogi" Lindqvist passed away on November 11, 2019, at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California. She was 78. Monika was born on September 17, 1941, on the tiny island of Korpo, in Finland's Swedish-speaking archipelago in the middle of the Baltic Sea, during wartime. She was raised in a parsonage on a farm that her Lutheran pastor father cultivated. She was the third of eight children and the eldest daughter. At 17, she won a scholarship to study abroad at a high school in Virginia, Minnesota, from 1959-1960, and attended the prom with a smitten young American, Jerry Wiljanen. She returned to Finland to earn a degree in international business and languages at bo Akademi in Turku, then worked as a nurse's aide in Germany and an au pair in Belgium to achieve fluency in German and French. She traveled widely, eventually reconnected with her high school prom date, and agreed to marry him in 1965. (They divorced in 1993.) The couple first settled in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she worked as an executive secretary and translator for the 3M Corporation. Two years later, they relocated to Redondo Beach, California for Jerry's work. Their two children, Ursula and Joel, were born shortly thereafter. The family belonged to Vasa Lodge, a local Swedish-American cultural organization, and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Torrance, where Monika was an active member for nearly 50 years. While her children were growing up, Monika taught preschool at the church, as well as Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was a Girl Scout leader for 15 years, mentoring her daughter's peer group from Brownies through Senior Scouts and helping them fundraise for and plan a six-week trip to Europe when they graduated from high school in 1986. While her children were in high school, she studied nursing at El Camino College, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in 1985. She loved nursing and had many roles, from delivering babies to helping people recover from surgery. Her skills in starting an IV were legendary. She worked at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance as well as Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital in Marina del Rey. The onset of Parkinson's disease forced an early retirement from the profession she loved, and so she redirected her boundless energy toward advocating for fellow "Parkinsonians," leading exercise groups and organizing educational and social events for her group for nearly 20 years. A lifelong love of travel and adventure took her all over the world, from India to Honduras. She also visited her family and friends in Scandinavia as often as she could. A farmer's daughter, she grew an abundance of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers in her verdant garden, where she loved hosting friends. All who knew her remember her parties, from gingerbread house decorating at Christmas, to extravagant birthday blowouts, when she decked out her yard in Viking longships and papier mache horses and brought in live Polynesian dance troupes and fire eaters. In the final years of her life, she harvested passion fruit from the vines surrounding her yard to make countless jars of homemade jelly, which she sold through her church to benefit hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is survived by her daughter, Ursula Lindqvist, of St. Peter, Minn., and her husband, Remo Alexandri, of Fairfax, Va.; her son, Joel Wiljanen, and his wife, Heidi, of Sammamish, Wash.; two grandsons, Benjamin and Luke Wiljanen, of Sammamish, Wash.; a granddaughter, Anabelle Alexandri, of St. Peter, Minn.; two sisters, Tettan Lindqvist of Pargas, Finland, and Barbro N„se of Karis, Finland; four brothers, Jan-Erik Lindqvist of Helsinki, Finland, Trygve Lindqvist and Vidar Lindqvist of Eken„s, Finland, and Ingmar Lindqvist of Esbo, Finland; along with many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Sven Erik Lindqvist, and her mother, Anna Linnea (Borg) Lindqvist, of Eken„s, Finland, and her brother, Rune Lindqvist, of Pargas, Finland. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, January 18, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Torrance, California.

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Daniel Joseph Louis Brondi

Daniel Joseph Louis Brondi

January 25, 1938 - October 17, 2019

Daniel J. Brondi died October 17th, 2019 at age 81 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.  He was born in 1938 on the French Riviera in Antibes, where he was raised and educated before coming to study and live in the United States in 1966: Terre Haute, Indiana; Seattle, Washington; Fullerton, California; and finally in Long Beach, California.   He always kept a residence during the summer months in his native city of Antibes until his death in Long Beach. He was a popular professor of French language and literature teaching successively at California State University, Fullerton; Irvine Valley College, Irvine, California;  and Fullerton College, Fullerton, California.  

 

Daniel was an avid fan of Opera, ballet, classical music, and American musicals.  He was well-known and loved for his “joie de vivre”. He traveled widely in Europe and the United States and was always eager and interested to discover the cuisine of the countries he visited.  His teaching of French language and literature frequently included the history of French cuisine and traditions - many of which he explored in his own kitchen.

 

Daniel’s life with Parkinson’s disease lasted two and a half years during which time he managed to maintain a positive attitude toward life and living.  At the time of his death he was surrounded by his devoted friend, Rick Schank, and spouse, George Kyle, a relationship of fifty-five years.


 

Donations to Parkinson’s Resource Organization may be made in his name at 74090 El Paseo, Suite 102, Palm Desert 92260.  www.ParkinsonsResource.org

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Kenneth Robert Riley

Kenneth Robert Riley

March 12, 1934 - October 16, 2019

Reno, NV - Ken Riley, 85, passed away on October 16, 2019 in Reno, NV from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Born in Pasadena, CA on March 12, 1934, Ken and his wife of over 60 years, Melinda, lived in Las Vegas, NV; La Jolla, CA; Incline Village, NV and Indian Wells, CA. Melinda Lee Olson Riley preceded him in death on May 17, 2018. Ken is survived by his four children: Kimberley Bowser, Karen Goodrick, Lisa Hills, Christopher Riley and thirteen grandchildren. Ken was a real estate developer in five states for over 50 years as a General Contractor building apartments, condominiums and the owner-operator of Le Baron Hotels. Ken received the Golden Plate Award in 1973 among other business awardees Ray Kroc, Malcolm Forbes, H. Ross Perot, and J. W. Marriott. Ken was featured in the book, Las Vegas Dreams by Jim Bickford in 2002. Ken was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed. Services will be held at Calvary Chapel Reno, 220 Edison Way, Reno, on November 2, 2019 at 2pm. A second celebration will follow near his birthday in March in 2020, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Incline Village, NV.

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Donald James Smith

Donald James Smith

August 7, 1939 - October 10, 2019

Born August 7, 1939 to James Vincent Smith and Esther (Pjerrou) Smith in South Gate, California, he passed peacefully on October 10, 2019 from complications of Parkinson's, a disease he valiantly fought for 23 years.Don was a native Californian and a lifelong resident. Born and raised in South Gate where he attended Junipero Serra High (class of 57), after which he moved to Hermosa Beach and graduated from Cal State University, Los Angeles. He taught at Junipero Serra High School before moving to San Francisco to hang out with the beat poets and write. He returned to Hermosa and started work at the Los Angeles City Housing Authority.

 

Over the next 30 plus years he worked at both the Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County Housing Authorities. He retired as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Housing Authority. Don was an advocate for the underserved and a leader many respected for his commitment to helping people get the resources they needed and deserved. For the last 25 years, he and his wife Julia, have called Monterey Park home.Don was a voracious reader who could speak and debate on any topic, a prolific writer of the short story and Haiku, a music aficionado with a collection and sound system envied by many, a talented athlete who lettered in four sports in high school, was drafted into minor league baseball, played tennis in college and ran his first marathon at 40.

 

He loved to watch sports, especially the Lakers, Dodgers, Golf and Tennis. Later in his life he was a practicing Vajrayana Buddhist, and in his earlier years he was in the seminary for a year. Don was an eclectic, fascinating and funny man who will be so missed by his family and friends.Don was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his beautiful and loving wife Julia, his daughter Cara Peck (Jeffrey), son Michael Smith, and step-son Rene Lopez Sr. (Sueann), grandchildren Ella Smith, Rene Lopez Jr., Ava Peck and Mattea Peck. Don was the oldest of five children and is survived by his three brothers, Vince Smith (Annette), Trayce Pjerrou and David Smith (Theresa), and one sister, Martha Morrow (Glen).

 

He is also survived by his best friend of 60 years, George Schmeltzer.There will be a celebration of life at 11:00 am with a lunch following on Saturday, November 16th at Luminarias, 3500 W Ramona Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754.

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Bart Johnson

Bart Johnson

February 16, 1925 - September 23, 2019

Surrounded by loved ones, Bart Johnson, 94, died peacefully on Sept. 23, 2019, at his home in Rancho Mirage. After battling cancer and Parkinson’s disease with courage and grace, Bart passed peacefully to God, secure in his faith.

 

Born in Rockford, IL, on Feb. 16, 1925, Bart was the son of Harry and Della Johnson. The second of two children, Bart was close with his brother, Stan, and the two maintained a dear friendship that lasted their entire lives, crossing generations through the relationships of their children and grandchildren. The Johnson family moved to Los Angeles when Bart was in junior high.

 

Through the Navy V-12 program, Bart earned his pre-medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles. Though he finished his undergraduate work in less than three years, his love of the Bruins lasted a lifetime. An avid sports fan, Bart held season tickets to UCLA football games for decades and was known to lead an 8-clap at family gatherings and holiday events.

 

The Navy then sent Bart on to Northwestern University for Dental School, where he graduated first in his class. He served in the Navy for 16 years, both as a medical officer and in the reserves, before returning to Los Angeles to open his dental practice, which he operated for more than 40 years.

 

In 1970, Bart married Judie, the love of his life. The two combined their families—each with three children—who affectionally call themselves “The Barty Bunch.” The couple raised their six children and many dogs together, filling their home with laughter and love. They instilled in their children and grandchildren a strong sense of togetherness, instigating summer family trips to Balboa Island, festive holiday traditions and more.

 

Judie and Bart traveled frequently and truly loved seeing the world together, including trips to China, Japan, Israel, France, Italy and many more. Their home base was Encino, where they were entrenched in their community and active members of the congregation at Bel Air Presbyterian Church.

 

The two eventually settled in Rancho Mirage, where Bart could enjoy some of his greatest pleasures: golf, books, and bridge—which he is said to have taken as seriously as his medical exams.  

 

Bart was a man of the highest integrity, morals and a man of deep and abiding faith. He is survived by his wife, Judie; his six children, Kathy, Brian, Dana, Bryn, Greg, and Colleen, and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

 

A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 pm on October 13, 2019, at Desert Springs Church in Palm Desert. A light supper will follow.

 

Well done, my good and faithful servant!  Matthew 25:21

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to http://parkinsonsresource.org or sent to: 

Parkinson’s Resource Organization

74090 El Paseo #104, Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Edman Ray Ross

Edman Ray Ross

January 15, 1940 - September 23, 2019

Los Angeles - Ed passed away peacefully on September 23, 2019. He was born on January 15, 1940, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Ray and Reva Ross. He grew up in Kansas City, Kansas until he was 11, before moving with his mother to Los Angeles in 1951. He graduated from L.A. High School and went on to L.A. City College where he was a member of the college wrestling team. In 1960, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps where he proudly served for 4 years. He was stationed at El Toro, CA and Kaneohe Marine Air Base at Oahu, Hawaii. He went on a six-month cruise aboard an attack aircraft carrier (USS Oriskany) while assigned to VMF 232 fighter squadron. In 1964, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department where he worked many different assignments before retiring in 1985. For years, he was a key competitor in the Police Olympics in handball and then racquetball. 1986, he joined the Orange County District Attorney's Office as an investigator before retiring in 2002 as a Supervising investigator. He met his lovely wife, Donna, on a Caribbean cruise and they were wed in 1979. They greatly enjoyed going on cruises, taking various trips and seeing shows in Las Vegas. In 2002, they moved to the Del Webb Sun City Palm Desert community. Even after many years, they loved their "desert paradise" and always felt this was home. Ed joined various service committees where he met a lot of wonderful people who volunteered their time to help other residents. He joined the Racket Club where he played paddle tennis and tennis and joined two Putters golf clubs where he played in Sun City tournaments.

This smart, witty, humble man was a hero and inspiration to many. Ed was truly an exceptional person, admired and loved by all. May his soul rest in God's eternal peace.

He is survived by his wife, Donna and brother-in-law, Gil (Jeanne) Scarnecchia of Laguna Niguel, CA, and his nieces and nephews, Shawn (Chris) Merto, Mollie (Brandon) McCullough, and Jake Scarnecchia, Brad, Wes and Alex (Ashley) King and numerous family and friends.

Visitation is from 3:00 to 7:00 pm (Rosary at 5:30 pm) Sunday, October 13 at Forest Lawn Ramon Chapel in Cathedral City, CA. Church services will be held Monday, October 14 at 10:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Church in La Quinta, CA. Burial will be on Tuesday, October 15 at 10:30 am at Forest Lawn Ascension Gardens in Cypress, CA.

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December 7, 1939 - September 15, 2019

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Joseph Sessa

Joseph Sessa

November 24, 1942 - August 29, 2019

November 24, 1942 - August 29, 2019, Joe Sessa died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center at the age of 76 after a valiant battle against the progressive complications of Parkinson's disease. Another man who desired to be smart, sweet-tempered, handsome, retired, a globetrotter, passionate golfer and an even more passionate husband and father, might have wanted to be him. Joe was born in 1942 to parents, Anthony J. Sessa and Inez Cavinato Sessa of Brooklyn, New York. As a young child and beyond, he was raised among his younger brother, Tony Sessa, and 11 permanent members of his Italian family. At dinners, they talked and laughed and ate pasta "all at the same time," he said. He was an active sportsman at Princeton University graduating with a BA in Economics in 1967. Afterward, he enlisted in the US Naval Officer Candidate School and later served with distinction as an officer assigned to the USS Ticonderoga (sister aircraft carrier to the USS Intrepid) for four years. Following his tour of duty, Joe attended Stanford Law School receiving a degree in law. In 1968, he married Alice Barbara Van Nuys and moved to Chappaqua, NY where they eventually welcomed their two daughters, first Tina and then, Andrea. With a close, loving relationship, Joe was continuously proud of "his girls." He was a true family man; nevertheless, in 2003, Alice preceded him in death following their retirement in Scottsdale, AZ. Joe began his career with Sterling Drug, Inc. working on legal matters for this global pharmaceutical company. When acquired by Reckitt & Coleman, Inc., a consumer products company (now Reckitt Benckiser), he became General Counsel until it was eventually acquired by Eastman Kodak. He retired at age 55 realizing his true calling had turned to golf. Joe approached the game in the same way he approached everything in life, with enthusiasm and commitment, becoming a skilled gentleman golfer, always in his trademark vests and diet cokes. Recently, he also revived his love of bridge, again working diligently at fortifying his game, never fond of disappointing a partner. In 2004, Joe met Dale Sessa (née Engelson) on a blind date. It was Valentine's Day and Cupid's arrow struck that night resulting in an almost immediate and loving union. She found him to be romantic, astute, sensitive, supportive, kind and caring and when he proposed to her at Westwood's Big Chill Yogurt Shop, she said YES. Joe and Dale married at The Water Club in Manhattan in 2005 and enjoyed a wonderfully full and joyful life with homes in the Los Angeles and Palm Springs areas (where a golf course was close at hand). Knowing that love is the only tool with a chance against death, Joe is survived by his devoted and adoring wife, Dale Sessa, his loving children, Tina Sessa (Chris Otter) and Andrea Sessa Sayago (Ed), his brother, Tony Sessa (Donna), doting step-children, Deena Appel (Ron Miller) and Dan Appel (Kym Bye). "Nonno" to his grandchildren, Nicholas, Sam, Evan and A.J. and "Joe-Joe" to his step-grandchildren, Chloe, Charlotte, and Oliver. Each of them treasured Joe's company and will miss him dearly.

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Daniel C. Cathcart

Daniel C. Cathcart

October 30, 1932 - August 18, 2019

Dan died at the age of 86 peacefully in his sleep at home after a long battle with the progressive complications of Parkinson's disease. He was born in Los Angeles to Daniel Boyde and Elizabeth (Betty) Cathcart. He was raised in Cheviot Hills with his younger sister, Carol. Following graduation from Hamilton High School, Dan attended California Polytechnic and then transferred to USC where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree. He was sworn in early so that he could start his first trial the next day. During his high school years Dan had eyes for only one woman, Jackie Conterno. They were married on June 20, 1954. Jackie passed away in January 2018. Dan had a passion for flying. He held multi-engine and instrument ratings acting as pilot-in-command in Piper, Beech and Cessna aircraft. He parlayed his aviation experience with his legal knowledge to become one the pioneers of plaintiff aviation accident litigation. He tried product liability cases across the country against the general aviation manufacturers with remarkable success. Magana, Cathcart and McCarthy was known as one of the leading national firms representing families who lost relatives in commercial airline crash cases as well. In a career with many highlights, he was honored to present one of his client's cases before the United States Supreme Court. With all his successes, Dan realized that his greatest was finding a love for his God and his family that he did not know in his early years. His attendance at church was first motivated by the Sunday brunch that followed. But, as the years passed, he began a relationship with his Creator that was fostered by his study of the Bible. He moved from the Board of Directors at Bel-Air Country Club to the Board of Directors at the St. James Inn, an organization that provided housing for families of patients admitted at UCLA Medical Center; and to the Board of Directors of Paulist Productions, an organization producing religious movie and television programs. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) he passionately represented children in the Los Angeles County Foster Care System. Dan is survived by his four children, Peter (Tina), Jan Masi (Herb), Monty (Maria), and Kelly (Liz); his nine grandchildren, Jonathan, Christopher (Megan), Frank (Rebecca), Jim (Katy), Anika, Steven, Austin, Jack and Julia; and his sister, Carol Cribbs. Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on August 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 10750 Ohio Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024. A Celebration of Life will be held at Bel-Air Country Club immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74090 El Paseo #104, Palm Desert, CA 92260 and Olive Crest, 2130 E. 4th Street, Suite 200, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, 2019

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Indian Wells, CA 92210

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