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John William Kruse

John William Kruse

March 4, 1929 - January 27, 2021

March 4, 1929 - January 27, 2021 John William Kruse passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 91, surrounded by his loving family. He had been battling Parkinson's disease for several years. John was born March 4, 1929 to John William Kruse Sr. and Irene Miller Kruse in Pasadena, CA. He attended UCLA, graduating in 1951 with a degree in Engineering. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and the Naval ROTC. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War for three years, then attended USC, where he received his MBA. He worked as a Civil-Structural Engineer, where a notable project was working as a Project Manager on the Saturn missile test stand in Huntsville, Alabama in the 1960s. He retired from Fluor Corporation in 1992. While in the Navy, he met Paula Bush on Balboa Island in 1952, and they married in 1956. In 1958, they spent five months exploring Europe in a VW Bug they had purchased. This was the start of a life of travel, visiting all the continents and over 100 countries. They designed a house and had it built in La Cañada, CA where their three children were born. In 1975, they moved to Newport Beach where they have lived ever since. John became a member of the Newport Harbor Exchange Club, where he served as President 2002-2003. They joined a group of friends for weekly beach walks at Crystal Cove and holiday celebrations for over 30 years. John is survived by his loving wife, Paula, and his children Dana Kruse Uzzo, Lauren Kruse Moore and David Evan Kruse, and five grandchildren: Alicia & Andrea Jones, Rachel Moore, and Benjamin & Daniel Kruse. He was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn Buckler. Once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, a celebration of life will be held. 

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Donald G. Tober

Donald G. Tober

March 8, 1931 - January 16, 2021

Donald G., beloved husband, admired philanthropist and successful business executive, chose to end his life today after facing the increasingly debilitating effects of Parkinson's disease. He would have been 90 years old in March. Donald was Chairman of Sugar Foods Corporation, whose team he saw as a second family. He served as former Chairman of the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, Vice Chairman of the Culinary Institute of America and as a board member of the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association. He was a patron of associations that serve to elevate the quality and appreciation of food and wine, including of the Commanderie de Bordeaux and the Chevaliers du Tastevin and the Culinary Institute of America (where he was Trustee Emeritus). He was a founder and Honorary Board member of the Citymeals-on-Wheels program in New York City. Donald's contributions positively impacted a tremendous range of institutions beyond the food business. He served on the board of the New York Landmarks Conservancy and was honored in 2019 along with his wife Barbara as Living Landmarks. He also served on the board of the Manhattan Institute, the American Austrian Foundation for Medical Scholarship, the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID), the National Dance Institute with Jacques d'Amboise, and was a long-time supporter of Lincoln Center, the Philodoroi and Amati Societies of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), and The Juilliard School, to name only a few. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, Donald practiced law in New York City before joining Sugar Foods Corporation. In 1973 he married Barbara Maud Starkey. It was not the first marriage for either and proved an unusually happy enduring union for both. A funeral for family only is scheduled. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.  

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Lyndell Austin Samples

Lyndell Austin Samples

January 20, 1940 - January 13, 2021

Lyndell Austin Samples, 91 of Rancho Mirage, California passed away on January 13, 2021, leaving behind his spouse of 41 years, C. Jay Scott, II. Lynn was born on September 11, 1929 in Baxter Springs, Kansas to Paul J. and Florence H. Samples, one of two children. His family moved shortly thereafter to Portland, Oregon where Lynn grew up. Lynn spent his entire working life in clothing retail initially in Portland and later moving to San Francisco, California where he began a 32-year career with Brooks Brothers. Lynn ultimately became the manager of the store's University Shop, which he directed until his retirement in 1989. Lynn's passions were music (in particular playing his beloved Yamaha concert grand piano), collecting antiques and travelling, which he was able to enjoy to the fullest for many years with Jay. They traveled around the world, primarily on ocean cruises, with Lynn particularly enjoying Europe and the Baltic countries, to which they frequently returned. A gentle, kind and caring man, Lynn was a consummate host and gourmet chef who so enjoyed hosting dinner parties with Jay for their family and friends. In addition to Jay, Lynn is survived by his sister, Betty Samples and related family.Interment to be at Riverside National Cemetery.

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Marcella A. Pavlinsky

Marcella A. Pavlinsky

February 18, 1930 - January 12, 2021

Marcella Kasarda Pavlinsky, 90, peacefully joined the choir invisible on January 12, 2021. With dedication and love, Marcella raised her five children with her husband Walter in Danbury, CT. Marcella was a member of Sacred Heart Church and also sang soprano in the choir.

She is survived by her four children: Walter Pavlinsky III of Waterbury, CT, Marcella Davis of Bethel, CT, Robert Pavlinsky of Oxford, CT, and Joan Pavlinsky of Charlestown, RI; her nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Born in Trecskow, PA, she graduated from Hazleton, High School. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and John (Johnson) Kasarda, eleven siblings, her husband Walter Pavlinsky, Jr., her daughter, Christina DuMoulin, and granddaughter, Cassandra DuMoulin.

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Mary Whalen

Mary Whalen

March 1, 1935 - January 12, 2021

We remember the life and cherish the memory of Mary Kathryn (Broderick) Whalen. Mary was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1935. She was the third of five children (Richard, Patricia, James, and Margaret) to Cyril and Eva Broderick. The family moved to Montebello, California in the 1950s, "... and as a young girl, she attended both Sacred Heart of Mary High School for Young Women and Montebello High School.


She met the love of her life, Harry Whalen, at a party. From then on, they were inseparable and were married in 1954. From their home in Whittier, California, they selflessly raised 10 children and taught them the value of family, the virtue of love, and the gift of laughter. Their family grew and grew, and the shared moments of family, love, and especially laughter became lasting memories for all.

Mary loved to sew, cook, and collect various treasures throughout her life. She had an infectious smile and showed compassion to all. She would wake up her children every day with her beautiful voice and sing "Good Morning to You" before they got ready for school. Despite her large family keeping her busy, Mary still made time for everyone. She always enjoyed being with her friends, neighbors, and her church where she volunteered her time regularly.

Mary is survived by her husband, Harry, of 66 beautiful years, and their loving children Tom (Terri), Bob (Karen), Jim (Lisa), Cathy (Larry), John (Kari), Mike (Beth), Rich (Christy), Tim (Suzy), Laura (Bryan), and Patty (Dana), their 23 grandchildren, and their 6 great-grandchildren

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Edward P. Beard

Edward P. Beard

January 20, 1940 - January 11, 2021

Congressman Edward P. Beard of Providence, passed away January 11, 2021 at the age of 80.

Known as “Eddie Beard” to fellow Rhode Islanders, born January 20, 1940 in Providence Rhode Island.

“Eddie” attended the Assumption Catholic elementary school in Providence and Hope high school in Providence. He served in the Rhode Island National Guard, completed high school as well as a college-level course in agriculture. He was a life-long devout Catholic. He was also an avid boxer and competed at a semi-pro level. Eddie could be found at the YMCA hitting the heavy bag when he wasn't jogging. He became interested in politics when, by chance, as a child he met Congressman John E. Fogarty. In the early 1960's he obtained a job as a house painter at the Rhode Island School of Design. While employed there he began his campaigning for State Representative. Eddie would be recognized for his iconic paint brush held in the breast pocket of his suit, a symbol of his blue-collar roots, as well as the holes in his dress shoes from walking door to door to hundreds of his soon-to-be constituents. He began his political career as a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives serving from 1972 to 1974. Elected as a democrat to the Ninety-Fourth Congress, he was reelected to the Ninety-Fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses. Eddie Beard served in the U. S. House of Representatives from January 3, 1975, to January 3, 1981, and was Chairman of the Labor Standards Committee and a member on several the House committees including; House Ways and Means, Elderly Affairs, Labor Standards, Education and Labor, Armed Forces, Foreign Affairs and Veterans' Affairs.

Eddie Beard is remembered for his relentless work on behalf of the blue-collar workers of America and the founder of the “Blue-Collar Caucus.” He was well known for his diligence on cracking down on abuse and neglect at nursing homes and institutions of mental health. He was the elderly and aged champion and gained national media attention for his legislation on “Unannounced Inspections.” He proposed several pieces of legislation that supported veterans' benefits throughout his career as a Congressman. He served as director of elderly affairs for the City of Providence, Rhode Island, from 1986 to 2002

He is survived by his son Edward P. Beard Jr, of PA, his daughter Diane Louise Brennan of RI, grandchildren; Destini, Dustin and Michael, his brother John Beard and a niece and nephew.

He is preceded in death by his father Thomas J. Beard and mother Anne “Fitzpatrick” Beard and siblings Anne and Thomas Jr.

Due to COVID restrictions, services will be private for family only.  A Celebration of his life for the citizens of RI who he served will be announced in the future once restrictions are lifted.

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Rafael “Ray” Vega

Rafael “Ray” Vega

August 27, 1934 - January 9, 2021

Rafael "Ray" Vega, an entrepreneur and restaurateur passed away peacefully on January 9, 2021 at the age of 86.

Ray was born on August 27, 1934 to Rafael and Maria Vega. He migrated to the US from Tijuana with his parents as a toddler. His parents had dreams of owning a restaurant in LA and were able to bring that dream to fruition. Ray grew up on Olvera Street in downtown LA, around his parent's Mexican Restaurant, Café Caliente. He attended John Boroughs High School in Burbank and continued on to study Hospitality at San Francisco State University. He came back to LA at the age of 22 to find a way to support his parents who had recently been forced to close their restaurant. In 1956, with the promise of a few months free rent and while working a few other side jobs, Ray opened Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks on Ventura Blvd. Ray's father was the first bartender and his mother was welcoming guests while keeping an eye on the family recipes coming out of the kitchen. He was very active in local LA politics serving on the LA County Housing Authority and as Commissioner of Dept. of Public Social Service in the late 1960's-1970's. In 1976, Ray married Charleen, a beautiful woman whom he had met at Casa Vega.

As a young businessman, Ray was successful in obtaining government contracts for dining services all around California and Nevada. One of those contracts, Nellis Air Force Base, took Ray and Charleen to Las Vegas in 1978. Las Vegas opened lot of opportunities with Ray's love of work, his vision, creativity, drive and willingness to take risks. Ray started and owned numerous successful businesses in Las Vegas under VEGA Enterprise: VEGA Vending; VEGA Wholesale; VEGA Bar & Concessions; VEGA Foods; VEGA Marketing; VEGA Spirits; VEGA Dairy and many others, along with buildings, warehouses and other business ventures. Ray loved being a businessman and was a trailblazer within the Latino Community. In 1996, Ray was appointed Honorary Counsel General to Mexico for the State of Nevada. He sat on more hospital (Providence Hospitals) and bank boards than we can list.

After retiring from Las Vega, Ray was happy to move back to his hometown of Los Angeles, to spend his days near his first (and favorite) business, Casa Vega. He never missed a day of work. Ray took immense pride in teaching his daughter, Christina "Christy" Vega, how to navigate in business and keep his legacy alive. This year, Casa Vega Restaurant celebrates 65 years of business in Ray's honor.

Ray is survived by his wife, Charleen; his children Kelly, Robbie and Christina; and his grandchildren Anthony, Taylor, Emillee, Lizzy, Jackson, Rafael Palmer, Ryan' Jr., Cruz and Mia.

Services are pending.

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David Brun

David Brun

July 19, 1958 - January 9, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of David Brun January 9, 2021 at the age of 62 after a long brave battle with Parkinson's disease. David was born July 19, 1958 in Chicago but moved to Clearwater at the age of 10. He always considered himself a Florida native and enjoyed living and playing on the beautiful Gulf Coast. David graduated from Tampa College with a BA in Business Administration and Management. He worked at Eaton Cutler Hammer formerly Westinghouse from 1982 to 1999. He then worked for many years at Thasetronics in Clearwater. David is predeceased by his parents, Eleanor and Harold Brun and his brothers, Hal and Rick. He is survived by and will be sadly missed by the love of his life wife, Trina Brun and his sister, Barbara Brun of Chicago. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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William H. "Bill" Kobin

William H. "Bill" Kobin

February 26, 1929 - January 8, 2021

William H. Kobin, a public television executive who led KCET in Los Angeles and spearheaded a diverse range of programs, died Jan. 8 at his home in Brentwood, Calif., due to health complications caused by Parkinson’s disease. He was 91.

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Mike Henry

Mike Henry

August 15, 1936 - January 8, 2021

Mike Henry, a former NFL linebacker and actor known for playing Tarzan in the 1960s, has died. He was 84.

Henry died Jan. 8 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank after many years of dealing with chronic traumatic encephalopathy and Parkinson’s disease brought on by the head injuries in the NFL and at the University of Southern California.

He traded football for acting and went on to star in the Tarzan films of the 1960s and worked alongside Burt Reynolds in the “Smokey and the Bandit” movies.

Henry grew up in East Los Angeles. In high school, former city council member John Ferraro saw him play football and facilitated his tryout for USC’s football team. After college, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, for which he played from 1958 to 1961. Wanting to try his luck with acting, Henry requested a transfer to play for the Los Angeles Rams.

In one of his final games as a Ram linebacker, a producer spotted Henry and asked him to test for the role of Tarzan. Between 1966 and 1968, he starred in three films based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ creation: “Tarzan and the Valley of Gold,” “Tarzan and the Great River” and “Tarzan and the Jungle Boy.”

But he was best known for his role in three “Smokey and the Bandit” action comedies from 1977, 1980 and 1983. He played Junior, the son of Jackie Gleason’s character. His other movie roles included 1974’s “The Longest Yard,” 1973’s “Soylent Green,” 1970’s “Rio Lobo” and 1968’s “The Green Berets.” TV roles included “General Hospital,” “Lou Grant,” “Rhoda,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “77 Sunset Strip.”

Henry worked behind the scenes in film and TV for the rest of his professional career until he retired in 1988 as a result of Parkinson’s disease.

“You could not find anyone who ever spoke ill of Mike. He was one of the loveliest men ever to grace this earth,” said Cheryl Henry, his wife of 36 years.

Mike Henry is also a survived by a daughter, Shannon Noble.

 

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