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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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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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Tom Spires

Tom Spires

May 15, 1938 - March 29, 2019

Tom Spires, 80, born on May 15, 1938, in Jacksonville, Florida to Merrill and Lucille (Powell) Spires, passed away March 29, 2019 after a 5-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Tom leaves behind his wife and best friend of 36 years, Susan Spires, his daughter Pam Spires (Jon Braam), granddaughter Kaitlin Taszarek of Saint Louis, Missouri and daughter Kit Ottmar (Scott), grandchildren Colin Ottmar and Grayson Ottmar of Monterey, California, as well as Tom's brother, Jim Spires (Vivian) of Jacksonville, Florida. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard Spires, sister Linda Ryan, and sister Susan Taylor.

Tom had a long and successful career at Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon. He "grew up" on the F-15 Radar Program first as a hardware engineer and then as its System Engineering Laboratories Manager. In 1989 Tom became the F-15 Radar Programs manager and oversaw development, production, and support of the F-15 radar for the USAF and several foreign customers. When Raytheon acquired Hughes Aircraft Company in 1997, Tom served as associate manager of the Air Combat and Strike Systems (ACSS) business unit. He retired in 1999. He served as Project Manager to successfully complete a water reclamation project as well as served on the Board of Directors at Lake Arrowhead Country Club. Tom came back to Hughes as a consultant and co-led with Dick Johnston ACSS's successful recovery from a major manufacturing crisis.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Parkinson's Resource Organization, 74090 El Paseo #104, Palm Desert, CA 92260. www.parkinsonsresource.org.

Tom resided in La Quinta, California at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Cathedral City, California.

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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. 

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Donald C. Cavanaugh

Donald C. Cavanaugh

- February 23, 2019

Palm Springs - Donald C. Cavanaugh, owner of the Blue Coyote Grill in Palm Springs, passed away at his home on February 23, 2019 due to complications of Parkinson's disease. 

He was a beautiful man inside and out and lived his life to the fullest and on his own terms. 

Don was born in November 1944 to Dolores and Van Cavanaugh. He grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and made lifelong friendships that exist even today. He launched his restaurant career in 1966 with Jack-in-the-Box and later managed several full-service restaurants in Chicago, Madison, and Denver along with dabbling in real estate. In 1992 he moved to Palm Springs and opened the Blue Coyote Grill on North Palm Canyon. Blue Coyote Grill was an instant success and has been voted one of the top restaurants, famous for its Wild Coyote Margarita, beautiful patio and atmosphere. 

Don loved Palm Springs, the year-round weather, playing golf, and the casual life style. He was popular and enjoyed meeting customers, and entertaining friends and family. He often commented that living and owning a restaurant in Palm Springs was beyond his wildest dreams. 

He is survived by his loving daughters Kelle (Mike) Baker and Shayne (Troy) Alloway, five grandchildren, twin brother Dave and girlfriend Kami French. He leaves behind an incredible restaurant, a loyal and dedicated staff and family and friends that will love and miss him forever. 

A Celebration of Life is being held on March 11, 2019 from 1-4 at Indian Canyon Country Club at 1100 E. Murray Canyon in Palm Springs, all are invited. A private service will be held at a family gravesite at the East Cemetery in Dodgeville Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers consider donating in his memory to Parkinson's Resource Organization in Palm Desert (parkinsonsresource.org).

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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

 

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Charles R. Cabrera

Charles R. Cabrera

July 19, 1944 - January 9, 2019

The next Men's Club Association members tournament at The Citrus Club won't be the same. There will be no final-round charge from Charles R. Cabrera.

Chuck died January 9, 2019, after a 15-year-battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74.

He was a dedicated golfer and a born competitor, and he also was a gentleman straight out of Central Casting, known for his kindness to everyone he encountered. He'd let you play through.

Along with his love of golf, Chuck loved learning. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1966 — but he refused to leave campus, holing up in his room with his text books and the phone number to his favorite pizzeria. He earned an MBA from the school and then continued on to UC Hastings College of Law.

He was accepted to the California Bar in 1972 before putting aside the law to become an investments advisor at Dean Witter & Co. in the Bay Area. He quickly built a successful career, earning the trust of clients and business associates alike due to his intelligence, hard work, decency, and, always, good humor. It was at Dean Witter that he met Linda Hall Perry, a fellow broker. They fell in love and married, and Chuck became a beloved stepfather to Jeff, Doug and Zack. 

In 1990, Chuck and Linda merged their respective businesses to become one of the first husband-and-wife teams at Morgan Stanley. During their 25-year business partnership and 33-year marriage they built their life around their family, their friends, and their clients.  

Chuck was born July 19, 1944, in Caracas, Venezuela, to Charles and Anita Cabrera. During much of Chuck's and his younger brother Robert's early years, the family lived in South America, where their father worked for Chevron Oil Co. as a government liaison, and Chuck became fluent in Spanish.

Chuck embraced sports and good-natured competition from an early age. He was on his high-school golf team, and he later took up tennis and became a first-rate club player. He enjoyed fly-fishing trips to Alaska, Belize, and other far-flung destinations. He spent many years playing shuffleboard at the Kingfish Pub in Berkeley, and during his school and bachelor days he rarely missed a Cal football game.

His dedication to staying active and playing golf lasted to the very end, despite the limitations Parkinson's imposed on him. In honor of Chuck and his indomitable spirit, the Men's Club Association at The Citrus Club in La Quinta renamed its members tournament The Cabrera Member/Member Calcutta, and his CITTCO Golf Group renamed its tournament The Cabrera Cup.

He leaves behind his wife and stepsons, their wives (Kelly, Deborah and Hayden), his beautiful grandchildren (Jordan, Kody, Anastasia and Beckett), his brother, and a host of friends far and wide.    

A Memorial/Celebration of Life will be held at The Citrus Club, January 25 at 5pm. Donations may be made to The Parkinson Resource Organization in Palm Desert

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Judith Mae Gundersen

Judith Mae Gundersen

January 16, 1942 - September 25, 2018

Judith Mae Gundersen, of Neosho, MO, died Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at her home in Glendora, CA. She was 76.

Judith was born on January 16, 1942 in Neosho, MO. She metriculated at Biola University, and attained her Masters from Cal Poly Pamona. She worked as an elementary school teacher, was a mother of two, Carol & Kenneth, and grandmother to four. She enjoyed traveling which took her around the world.

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