The Memorial Wall

Remembering and Honoring Those Who Have Gone Before Us

The Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring those who lost their battle with Parkinson’s disease. Over the years, Parkinson’s Resource Organization, at the requests of families and friends, has been asked to create this special way of honoring their loved one, and to design a place for healing of those who were left behind.

The purpose of the Parkinson’s Resource Organization Memorial Wall is to create:

  • A virtual place to hold the memory of someone who lived with Parkinson’s and/or their family members.
  • A virtual place where other families who were touched by Parkinson’s are also memorialized.
  • A virtual place that holds the memory of others who suffered from the same or similar conditions.
  • A virtual place where family and friends can grieve and heal from the loss of someone they now can only remember.
  • A virtual means of publicizing the passing to a greater number of people than can otherwise be accomplished through a tangible publication.
  • An actual acknowledgment and thank you, to those who have made a donation and posted sentiments in memory of someone’s loved one.
  • To create a virtual place for the living of a loved one who battled with Parkinson’s, or a similar disease, to visit and gain solace and understanding.
  • To create actual events that continue the legacy and name of the honoree/decedent/family in a public fashion, such as a golf tournament or other event, special award presentations in the name of the family/decedent, etc.

Recent Memorial Wall Additions

Jack B. White

Jack B. White

July 3, 1933 - May 23, 2019

July 3, 1933 - May 23, 2019 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack B. White, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, mentor, coach, and community leader. Jack was born in Oklahoma on July 3, 1933. On May 23, 2019, he passed away peacefully at the age of 85 in his home in Baldwin Park after a hard-fought battle against cancer and Parkinson's disease. Jack enlisted in the Army at age 17 and became a proud member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He left the Army as Sergeant First Class, and a few years later joined the Los Angeles Police Department. During his time at LAPD he earned his BA at Cal State, Los Angeles. He moved through the ranks of the LAPD and retired at the rank of Commander. Upon retirement from the police department, he became Chief of the Bureau of Investigation for the County of Los Angeles. Throughout his working and retirement years, Jack was a Little League coach, a member of the Board of Education in the Baldwin Park Unified School District, and a member of Baldwin Park City Council. He was the first elected mayor of Baldwin Park. He served on the council for ten years, and on the School Board for a total of 22 years. He is survived by his wife, Edna; his children: Angie, Stan (Sarah) and Jackie, grandchildren Michael (Patricia), Jack (Heather), Susie and Simon; his sister Lois (Ronnie) Wieting, and many nieces and nephews. Jack was a great man who loved his community, and who touched the lives of many. We miss him, and we'll love him forever. Visitation will be held on June 10, from 5-9 p.m., and services will be held on June 11 at 9:30 a.m. Both will be at Church of Our Heritage chapel at Forest Lawn in Covina. The family would like to thank Cinta Hospice for their kindness and assistance during this difficult time.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 4 to June 8, 2019

Remembering Jack B. White

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Donald H. Bodel

Donald H. Bodel

January 25, 1938 - February 22, 2019

Donald Howard (Fairbanks) Bodel, born January 25, 1938 passed into the presence of his Lord and Savior February 22. 2019 at home in Palm Desert, CA due to complications from Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by his loving wife Joan of nearly 55 years, and their three sons - Ken (wife Julie & children Kayla, Justin & Jenny), David (wife Karen & children Kate & Alex), John (wife Jessie & son Trevor) and two brothers, Peter (deceased) and James living in Paris. Don was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and moved to Winnetka, IL in 1978. He was held in high regard throughout his career in the commercial real estate investment sector. He served on numerous Boards, developed senior living facilities, cared for the elderly and served the Church in multiple leadership capacities. He also loved to play golf. He was a kind and Godly man in every way. A service was held in Palm Desert with family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:30pm on April 5, 2019 at the Harvest Bible Chapel in Deerfield, IL. Donations can be made to the Parkinson's Resource Organization (www.parkinsonsresource.org).

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Mar. 20, 2019

 

Remembering Donald H. Bodel

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Carmelo (Mickey) Rindone

Carmelo (Mickey) Rindone

October 22, 1919 - May 24, 2019

Carmelo (Mickey) Rindone
Resident of Livermore
October 22, 1919 – May 24, 2019

Carmelo (Mickey) Rindone passed away May 24 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Veteran, husband, father, he was beloved by all who knew him.  Carmelo was born in Ansonia, Connecticut, to Anna and Antonio Rindone, Sicilian immigrants.  He was one of five children.  His sister, Constance, cared for him the last four years of his life.

He met Lee in San Antonio, Texas, while stationed there for flight training during the war, and they married in 1946.  They moved around for a time, to Florida, Connecticut, and finally El Paso, chasing jobs in a post-war world.  Since housing was scarce, they lived in a variety of rented rooms, making life-long friends along the way, before purchasing a tiny trailer in El Paso and giving birth to daughter, Carolyn.  Mickey worked for GE in El Paso, and then moved the family to Huntsville, Alabama, to work with the beginnings of the rocket program.  In 1951, he got a job with Sandia in Albuquerque, New Mexico, moving the family yet again.  When Sandia started the facility in Livermore, they sent the Rindone family out to visit before deciding to move.  They loved Livermore and moved there permanently in 1956.

After retiring from Sandia, Mickey took up jewelry making as a hobby, to the delight of his family and friends.

Carmelo is predeceased by his wife, Lee, parents Anna and Antonio, brothers Joe and Phillip, and sister Angie.  He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Rindone of Palm Desert, granddaughter Melissa Walker of Los Angeles, sister Constance Charleson of La Quinta, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida.  Others who are just like family are Pat Stewart and Marie Taylor of Bronte, Texas, Margarita Logan of San Diego, and Cathrin Grevesmühl of Pinneberg, Germany.

The family wishes to thank Charter Hospice, and Senior Helpers for their excellent care, compassion, and professionalism.  Donations in Carmelo’s memory may be made the Parkinson’s Resource Organization, 74090 El Paseo, Suite 104, Palm Desert, CA 92260 (www.parkinsonsresource.org) or the charity of your choice.

There will be a brief ceremony for both Mickey and Lee at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 3873 East Ave, Livermore, California, at 11:00 A.M. on June 4, 2019.

Remembering Carmelo (Mickey) Rindone

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John Walter Rentsch

John Walter Rentsch

January 14, 1952 - March 12, 2019

John Walter Rentsch, former Director of International Marketing and Publicity for Paramount Pictures' motion picture division, has died. He was 67. The highly respected executive died on March 12 in his Palm Springs home of complications from Parkinson's disease. 

Born on January 14, 1952 in Horsham, Australia, to Wally and Betty Rentsch. Wally owned an electrical contracting business. Betty was a homemaker.

After completing his studies at Horsham Technical, John joined "The Australian" newspaper in Melbourne covering the political aspects of local government. John's coverage was noticed by executives and he was transferred to Manhattan in 1976 where he began writing for the New York Post. The majority of his coverage was also published in Australia. Eventually he began covering New York's entertainment scene.

In 1979 Murdoch launched "The Star" newspaper, and John was transferred to Los Angeles to activate the newspaper's entertainment coverage. His copy was objective as well as favorable, and he began interacting with studio and personal publicists. He was quickly invited to participate in the various studios' press junkets. 

The Screen Actors Guild went on strike in 1980. John's Australian editor did not understand the lack of copy and decided to recall John to Australia. Instead, John took a position at Dennis Davidson & Associates where he wrote press releases and film press kits. In 1984 he segued to Lorimar Motion Pictures as a temporary publicist in the international division. In 1987 he was hired by Paramount Pictures where he remained until 2002. The films he guided to international recognition include "Brave Heart," "Titanic," The Hunt for Red October," "The Butcher's Wife," "The Accused," "The Adams Family" and "Mission Impossible."

A master of reinvention, John and his spouse, Carl Levine, opened The Barracks, an extremely high-profile leather bar in Cathedral City in late 2002. He retired in 2012.

John loved to travel and he and Carl took many a Cunard cruise to Asia, Latin America, Europe, Canada and Alaska.

John Walter Rentsch is survived by his husband of 37 years, Carl Levine, his sister Sue, brother Mark, 4 nephews and 2 nieces. 

Remembering John Walter Rentsch

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Buddy Travis McPhail

Buddy Travis McPhail

November 27, 1936 - May 4, 2019

Bud is survived by his wife Ritchie, his kids Bart (Ronda), Buddy Jr., step daughters Marie and Sharon (Leo), many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many other family and friends. He was a lover of nature, square dancing, and loved his pets. He will truly be missed by all those who loved him.

Remembering Buddy Travis McPhail

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74090 El Paseo #104
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Updated: August 16, 2017