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Ruth Zarider

Ruth Zarider

June 5, 1931 - September 10, 2015

Ruth Zarider (84) passed away on Thursday September 10th at Northridge Memorial Hospital with her husband Frank Zarider at her side.

Ruth was born in Los Angeles, California on June 5, 1931 to David and Yetta Nessenbaum and has one brother Myron and one sister Charlene. She grew up in Los Angeles attending Dorsey High, UCLA, Cal State Northridge, and received a graduate degree in special education from Northeastern.

She spent 35 years teaching in the LAUSD. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Frank, their children David, Bob and Karen and their spouses Barbara, Fran (2010) and Jeff. Ruth had three passions in life; travel, the continuous quest for learning, and telling others especially her grandchildren, Matthew, Evan (and his wife Maddie), Zachary, Nate, Hanna and Melissa about all her experiences. She will be missed by her entire circle of family and friends.

An open house beginning at 3 PM and a memorial ceremony beginning at 7 PM will be held October 3, 2015 at 9128 Cresta Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90035.
  
To carry on her legacy, the family suggests donations be made in her memory to Parkinson's Resource Organization using the form below. Donations may also be mailed to Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74-478 Highway 111, #102, Palm Desert, Ca 92260.

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In Memoriam
Anthony Micheal "Tony" Vitti
In Memoriam

Anthony Micheal "Tony" Vitti

May 8, 1943 - September 2, 2015

Anthony Micheal "Tony" Vitti, 72, died September 2, 2015, in Newport Beach, California. He was born May 8, 1943, in Stamford, Connecticut to John Terenzio Vitti and Philomena "Fannie" Buzzeo Vitti. He attended St. John's Parochial School and Stamford High School. Tony graduated in the Class of 1965, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, earning a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Tony graduated Summa Cum Laude from the San Fernando Valley College of Law in 1970, finishing first in his class. In addition, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D) to distinguish his years of exemplary service to the California State University Board of Trustees. During his tenure, he served as a Board member, Co-Chair, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was first appointed to the CSU Board by Governor George Deukmajian in 1989 and subsequently reappointed by Governor Pete Wilson in 1997. Tony has been a highly successful practicing attorney since 1971.

An accomplished leader in numerous business enterprises including Legacy Development Company and Golden West Capital Group. Co-founded Commerce Bank in 1979. Established several real estate and financial firms in California including Legacy Financial, Fidelity Financial's subsidiary- Manchester Development Company, Hanover Pacific Bank, and Premier Commercial Bancorp. Drawing upon his extensive legal and business savvy, Tony provided intuitive and trustworthy advice for countless entities. Always impeccably dressed, he had a style all his own. A born leader. a true gentleman, a friend to many, Tony was known for his sensational sense of humor. His battle with Parkinson's was a truly brave and honorable one, void of the complaint.

He is survived by his family, Jan Vitti (Rubel); daughter, Kristen (Justin) Pierce; son, John (Lauren) Vitti; grandchildren, Noah Pierce, Presley Pierce, Stella Vitti, and Jack Vitti (unborn). He is also survived by his brother, Michael Dante of Rancho Mirage, California; sisters, Rose Sette, Yolande Horan, and Carolyn Trachtenburg of Connecticut. Also survived by nephews, Ricky Horan, John Sette, nieces Debbie Ferrer and Mary Sette.

Services will be held October 2, 2015, at 2 PM at Pacific View Memorial Park, 3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona Del Mar, California

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Charles E. Rogers (Chuck) Rogers

Charles E. Rogers (Chuck) Rogers

June 1, 1929 - June 8, 2015

Charles E. (Chuck) Rogers of Palm Desert passed away at home Monday June 8 from complications from Parkinson's with his family by his side. He was born in Aberdeen, WA on June 1, 1929. He lived in Bellevue, WA until he retired as a manufacturer's rep in food service equipment. He moved to the desert in 1993. Everyone who met Chuck loved him. He kept his sense of humor until the end. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Brita, his daughter Karen Anschell (Ed), and sons Fred (Juliann), and Larry, and five grandchildren. A memorial will be held in October.

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Joseph (Joe) Mason

Joseph (Joe) Mason

December 11, 1941 - April 15, 2015

Missed every day, always loved.

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Robert Lewis Shapiro

Robert Lewis Shapiro

May 6, 1939 - March 21, 2015

Robert Lewis Shapiro was born May 6th, 1939 in Ohio and passed away peacefully on March 21st, 2015 in his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He is survived by his wife Linda; his daughter, Eden (Steve) Friedman; his son Gregory (Daria) Shapiro; his brother Aron (Judy) Shapiro; his grandchildren Evan, Jake and Nathan.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Parkinson's Resource Organization http://www.parkinsonsresource.org/  or by mail at 74-090 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

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John Ordner Miller

John Ordner Miller

September 21, 1926 - February 10, 2015

John Ordner Miller was born on September 21, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois and passed away on February 10, 2015 in Newport Beach, California and is under the care of Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Visit his obituary at dignitymemorial.com

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Fred McCown

Fred McCown

- February 2, 2015

February 2, 2015  Fred, a much respected and well known interior designer in Los Angeles, was very talented, a perfectionist, and known for creating stunningly beautiful homes that his clients loved living in. He was raised in College Station, Texas. An honor cadet at Texas A&M University with a degree in architecture, he went on to become a major in the Air Force. He studied at Art Center School in Pasadena, before becoming an interior designer. He loved body surfing, camping, traveling (especially New York, Italy, and Brazil) and being in both natural and man-made beautiful places. For 40 years, he was an amazing, loving, devoted, and fun partner of Art Giser. There will be a memorial/celebration of his life Sunday, June 14. You can contact Art at 415-828-6890 or agiser2@gmail.com.

In lieu of flowers the family suggestions donations to Parkinson's Resource Organization as a means of carrying on Fred's legacy. 

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Mary Maldonado

Mary Maldonado

January 3, 1932 - December 7, 2014

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Richard Nelson Hester

Richard Nelson Hester

September 7, 1930 - November 30, 2014

Richard Nelson Hester of Upland passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014, with family at his side. He was born September 7, 1930, to Francis and Ruth Hester in Anaheim, Calfiornia. Richard grew up in Pomona where he became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Chaffey High School. He is an alumnus of Chico State University where he was named to the Athletic Hall of Fame for his track performance, character and leadership. While serving in the Korean War he was awarded the Army Commendation for Meritorious Service. He taught biology, coached track and cross country at Chino High School and later moved to Don Lugo High School as a counselor. He married Barbara Fullagar in 1962 and for 52 years has been a caring and devoted husband. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters; Melissa Hunt (Vernon) of Yorba Linda and Susanna Kutches (Alex) of Bozeman, Montana; and grandchildren, Alexandra, Hayley and Faith Hunt and Kate and AJ Kutches; and many dear longtime friends. He cherished the time when family was together, especially at Lake Almanor. Memorial service will be 11:00, Saturday, December 20th at First Presbyterian Church of Upland. In additional to your memorial contribution, sentiments for the family can also be listed in the "comment" section below.

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Merritt Eugene Van Sant

Merritt Eugene Van Sant

April 7, 1929 - November 13, 2014

Merritt E. Van Sant, many times a Reagan appointee, died at his Newport Beach home on November 13, 2014. He was 85 years old.

Van Sant was an adviser to Ronald Reagan during his first term as governor of California, serving as Deputy Secretary of Business and Transportation. He also served in the Nixon administration from 1970 to 1971. When Ronald Reagan was elected president, Van Sant served the administration in Washington D.C. and later in San Francisco as a Regional Special Assistant to the United States Small Business Administration. These political appointments were the result of a lifetime of deeply held conservative beliefs and the lessons learned as a young lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Van Sant graduated from Beverly Hills High School in1947. He spent his college years at Stanford University where he was elected captain of the Stanford track team in 1951. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in Political Science in 1952. During his years as a civilian, Van Sant was an insurance executive for the Van Sant Company in Los Angeles. After moving to Newport Beach, he was chairman and CEO of the VSP Corporation until his retirement.

Van Sant is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 34 years, his brother, Thomas R. Van Sant, his nephew, Ryan Van Sant, his four sons, Edward C. Franks, John F. Van Sant, Barry F. Van Sant, James D. Van Sant, his step-son, Michael W. Stanley, his step-daughter, Susan E. Davidson, his god-daughter, Olivia Albrecht-Pieter, nine grand-children, five step-grand-children and five great-grand-children. Van Sant was born in Los Angeles on April 7, 1929. His parents were Merritt E. and Martha Van Sant. Merritt died, as he lived his life, with dignity and grace.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach.

Merritt's wife, Marilyn, lead Parkinson's Resource Organization's Support Group in Newport Beach for 20 years. She understood, supported, taught, loved and counseled all who journeyed though Parkinson's. To honor Merritt's life, have a special memorial card sent to the Van Sants reciting your sentiments by donating to Parkinson's Resource Organization. To make a memorial donation, click below or mail a check to 74-478 Highway 111, No. 102, Palm Desert, CA 92260. Thank you for your support of Marilyn, we look forward to receiving your kind words and very special memorial donation to PRO.

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Parkinson's Resource Organization
74785 Highway 111
Suite 208
Indian Wells, CA 92210

Local Phone
(760) 773-5628

Toll-Free Phone
(877) 775-4111

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