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Carole Ann Bennett

Carole Ann Bennett

November 18, 1929 - July 23, 2019

November 18, 1929 - July 23, 2019 Carole Ann Bennett nee Messenger passed away, in her home in Brentwood, on Tuesday morning from complications relating to Parkinson's disease. She was 89 years old. Carole was born on November 18, 1929 in Sonora California. She was a descendent of the Messenger family who emigrated to Massachusetts in 1627 and went on to settle various areas of New England that would become the original Colonies. Her great grandfather, Hiram Ashley Messenger, was an early settler of California and figured prominently in early California history. Carole met her future husband, Charles "Grant" Bennett when she was 16 and he was 19 and she married him two years later, one week after her 18th birthday. Carole moved with her husband to Southern California in 1952. She attended UCLA and worked as a librarian while she was a student. Many years later she would become the Head of Foreign Language Acquisitions for the main UCLA research library. Grant's scientific research took the couple to the Panamanian Rain Forest where they lived with the Embera and the Cuna peoples, gathering data. While in Panama, Carole created the library for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. One of Carole's greatest passions was ballet and in the 1970's she served as the Chairman of the Pacific Ballet Theater in Los Angeles. Throughout their lives together, Carole and Grant traveled and lived in Central and South America, Spain and France. Carole is survived by her husband of 71 years, her daughter Ashley and her granddaughter Gisele.

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Lee Iacocca

Lee Iacocca

October 15, 1924 - July 2, 2019

Lee Iacocca passed away at the age of 94 on July 2, 2019, at his home in Bel Air, California,of complications from Parkinson’s disease.  He was born Oct. 15, 1924, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. A child of Italian immigrants who grow up in humble conditions, Iacocca became one of the most powerful — and best known — executives in Detroit.

Originally started on an engineering track. He got into the automotive industry in 1946, when he joined on as an engineering trainee at Ford. From there, he eventually moved on to sales and marketing, where his career flourished. In 1960, he became vice president and general manager of the whole Ford division.  Iacocca rose to become president of Ford Motor in December 1970.

Iacocca became famous not only as Chrysler’s chairman and CEO but its TV pitchman, where he made famous the tag line, “If you can find a better car, buy it.”

In his latter years with Chrysler, Iacocca spent an increasing share of his time doing charitable work, among other things spearheading efforts to restore both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the immigration port in New York Harbor where his own parents came into the United States.

Iacocca was married three times. His last marriage, to Darrien Earle, ended in 1994. His daughter Lia Iacocca Assad said Lee Iacocca died of natural causes, but that he suffered from complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He is survived by two daughters and eight grandchildren.

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Judie Finwall

Judie Finwall

March 20, 1937 - June 28, 2019

Judith N. Finwall, 82, of Rancho Palos Verdes, lost her 20-year fight with Parkinson's disease on June 28th, 2019. Judith was born on March 20th, 1937, in Boston Massachusetts to Kenneth and Marion Nighman. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 6th, at 11:00 AM, at McNerney's Mortuary, with a reception to follow at the family home. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Parkinson's Resource Organization (PRO), 74090 El Paseo, Unit 104, Palm Desert CA, 92260.  

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Jim Pike

Jim Pike

November 6, 1936 - June 9, 2019

Jim Pike, co-founder and lead singer of The Lettermen, died on June 9 at his home in Prescott, Arizona. The cause of death was from complications of Parkinson's Disease.

Pike is survived by his brothers, Gary and Donny Pike, his sister, Candace Doyle, his wife Sue, and his daughter, Kelly Pike.

As a member of the Lettermen, he is best remembered for his lush vocal harmonies.  Pike co-founded the Grammy-nominated trio in 1961 with college friend Bob Engemann and completed the line-up with fellow vocalist Tony Butala.

After signing with Capitol Records in 1961, the group had its first hit and earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Performance by a Vocal Group with “The Way You Look Tonight,” which peaked at No. 13 on Billboard’s Hot 100. They also earned Grammy nominations for best new artist of 1961 and for 1962′s “A Song For Young Love." 

The Lettermen became one of the most popular vocal groups of the 1960s and would place 19 more songs on Billboard charts over the next 10 years. Some of their most popular songs include, “When I Fall in Love,”  “Everything is Good About You,” and “Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.”  Pike also published an autobiography titled, 'My Lettermen Years: The Journey To Hell and Back!' in September 2012. 

After living in the heart of Hollywood for thirty-five years, Jim and Sue Pike decided to move to the quiet solitude of Big Bear Lake, California, where they enjoyed fishing, boating, and entertaining their numerous friends from all over the world. They subsequently moved to the desert, where they shared a love for swimming, golf, tennis, biking and visits from friends, and their daughter Kelly. The Parkinson’s Resource Organization (PRO) is especially grateful to the Jim and Sue Pike family for their entertainment contribution to the 2004 PRO Spring Gala.

 

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Janice Yvonne Hayhurst

Janice Yvonne Hayhurst

- May 28, 2019

Janice Yvonne Hayhurst left her mortal state on May 28, 2019 after living 79 years of an active and heroic life. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, but their relationship actually started at college when they both were 18 years old, so they were together for over 61 years. She also is survived by her two children, Ren Hayhurst and Jill Upton, and by her brother Larry Schmidt. Janice lived an active life, including being a house wife until her children were in school; taking on the role of bookkeeper for the family business; being a private a banker at Wells Fargo Bank; and, being the senior officer for a medical supply business. Despite her working life, she always loved and attended to her children's, husband's and family's needs and activities; including attending all of her children's sporting practices and games; always cooking healthy and delicious meals every night; and, making sure that her children's respective friends always felt comfortable by having their favorite snacks and beverages on hand. Janice always showed love to all of her extended family members and created a loving home for every person who ever entered her family home. Janice also was a brave person, skiing until she was 68 years even though she had Parkinson's Disease for 35 years, and she continued her inspirational life for at least 31 years after she was diagnosed with her disease, because she wanted to live life to the fullest, which she did. She was beloved by all of her family and friends because of her sense of humor and her commitment to everything she did for those persons who had the benefit of having a relationship with her. She leaves this world with a footprint of joy and love for everyone who had the pleasure of interacting with her. Love and service where her mark that she leaves for those who loved her and mourn her passing.

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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.

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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

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Jon and Lyn Hanson

Jon and Lyn Hanson

- May 13, 2019

Jon Charles Hanson

February 6, 1943 - May 13, 2019

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Lyn Carl Hanson

October 22, 1940 - August 16, 2016

 

Jon Charles Hanson and Lyn Carl Hanson were born to Frances Bjorgum and Carl Hanson. Lyn was born in Deadwood, South Dakota. Jon was born in Long Beach, California.

When Jon was five years old the family moved to Azusa, California, where he lived for 22 years and where Lyn’s first job was in an ice house.  When Lyn turned 21, he began working for the Azusa Fire Department. 

Jon served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1967 stationed in South Korea along the demilitarized zone (DMZ).

Lyn married Carolyn Ray on August 27, 1960.  They moved to the Sacramento area where they had relatives and friends.  Lyn tried out for the Rancho Cordova Fire Department and made it. After several years, he decided he wanted to become an engineer so he could drive the fire trucks.  He took the engineer’s test and came out number one.  He worked for the Rancho Cordova Fire Department, subsequently the county station for Sacramento Metro, for 35 years and retired when he was 54. 

Jon married his wife Martha and they settled in Glendora, California where they lived happily married for 49 years until his passing. Jon served as a Glendora mail carrier for 27 years. He had a love of working on vehicles so spent time restoring cars that included a 1955 Austin Heely, a 1955 Triumph TR-3, and a 1962 Chevy truck. Jon is survived by his loving wife, Martha.

Lyn and Carolyn were married for 56 years when he passed away from Parkinson’s Disease.  He was 77.  Lyn and Carolyn had three children: Shari, Jon, and Mike.  They also have four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

 

NOTE: When making your donation please include your message to the Hanson brother’s family member. A personal card, on your behalf, will be sent by Parkinson’s Resource Organization (PRO). We thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers to the family and your contribution to the work of PRO.

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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.

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Irwin Allen

Irwin Allen

September 28, 1933 - April 4, 2019

September 28, 1933 - April 4, 2019 Irwin Allen died peacefully on April 4th at the age of 85 after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. Loving and devoted husband to Joan Allen, his wife of over six decades, he lived in Los Angeles. Born in 1933 in Wilmington, Delaware, Irwin was a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, served in the United States Army, and spent the first part of his career rising to the level of Division Vice President at Scott Paper Company. After additional executive management roles at Sherwin-Williams Paints and Intercraft Industries, Irwin was for twenty-four years the President and CEO of Michels & Company, a furniture manufacturing firm based in South Los Angeles. A longtime member of the Brentwood Country Club, Irwin loved relaxing at the beach, eating good barbecue, and being the family patriarch at dinners with his nephews, nieces and grandchildren. Irwin is survived by his wife Joan, son Bradley, daughter-in-law Rebecca, grandchildren Cecelia and Garrett, nephews and nieces Linda Berkowski, Carol Gaines, David Lipstein, Steven Lipstein, and Cynthia Olinger, and their spouses and children. Funeral services will be held at Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 7th at 1:00pm. After services, the family will sit shiva on Sunday at his son Bradley's residence in Manhattan Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be sent to the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1000, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 5, 2019

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