Alan Jay Wax

| Obituaries | February 22, 2020

Alan Jay Wax, a workers’ compensation attorney and life-long resident of Southern California, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, after a one-year battle with cancer, on February 18, 2020, at his home in Valencia, at the age of 60.
Alan is survived by his father, Harold; wife, Debbie Reynoso; children, Beverly and Deirdre; son-in-law Joshua; siblings, Jon, Pamela and Maureen. He is preceded in death by his beloved mother, Beverly.
Alan was born on June 9, 1959 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Taft High School then Pierce College before earning his BA from UCLA. After receiving his law degree from Glendale University of Law and, subsequently, passing the bar exam, he was admitted to The State Bar of California on December 11, 1986. Alan went into practice with his father, helping to build what would become the law firm of Wax & Wax in Glendale. He achieved the high distinction of becoming a certified specialist in the field of workers’ compensation law. He met his wife, Debbie on December 3, 1990, and married the very next year on September 1, 1991. The birth of their two daughters, in 1992 and 1994, respectively, highlighted Alan and Debbie’s idyllic marriage. He will be remembered by his family as having an indomitable spirit.
Alan was an excellent golfer as well as a dedicated member of his church. A weekend rarely went by when he was not out on the links, or humbly practicing his faith, or at Gold’s Gym working out with his daughters, or simply spending quality time at home. He was fond of his outdoor Jacuzzi, weekend barbeques and family outings. He was a generous, witty and hardworking soul who championed the rights of the working man and labored diligently on behalf of the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association. He touched many lives and devoted himself to the service of others.
A funeral service will be held on February 29, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, at 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Santa Clarita, California 91350. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Alan’s well-lived life.

In Loving Memory – Rose Ohler – April 18, 1927-Oct. 31, 2019

| Community, Obituaries | November 21, 2019

Rose Ohler, owner of Backwoods Inn Restaurant in Canyon Country, passed away on Halloween at the age of 92. She was blessed to live a long, happy and successful life. She was loved by so many and will be greatly missed.

Rose and her husband Bob were married in 1947 and had been married for 54 years when Bob passed away in 2001. After Bob’s death, Rose and their daughter Carol continued to run the business.

At the beginning of their restaurant careers, Bob was a bartender, and Rose was a waitress. They worked at Rose’s sister’s restaurant, Sutter’s Mill in Mission Hills, learning the business for eight years before moving to Canyon Country to purchase Backwoods Inn in 1968. They sold their home in Granada Hills and risked everything on an area that was quite small back then. Also, in 1968 the restaurant was very far away from Granada Hills since the 14 freeway hadn’t been built yet. The only way to get from Granada Hills to Canyon Country was on old Sierra Highway.

In the early days of Backwoods Inn, Bob and Rose soon found out that starting your own business, especially a restaurant, can be very trying and requires putting in lots of hours. They did office and book work by day and then went back to the Inn at night. Rose would greet and seat the patrons, and Bob tended bar. As a hostess, she would dress to the nines. A couple of months ago, while talking about her, a long-time customer said, “We used to come in on Friday nights just to see what she was wearing.” Rose was a beautiful woman inside and out, with a smile that would light up the room, and she was a fashionista.

Carol was 16 when they purchased the restaurant, and after school she would go in the kitchen and stuff potatoes, a restaurant favorite, and bus tables on weekends. She became a server at age 21, did bookkeeping, bartending and learned all aspects of the business in general. Carol will continue to run the restaurant just the way her folks taught her.

Rose loved antique collecting, which is evident in the decor of the restaurant. But her real love was animals. She loved her dogs. Early on, she had schnauzers, and then for the past 15 years, dachshunds were her pets. Rose never wanted to travel, as she would have to leave her dogs. Her happy place was at home with her fur kids. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to honor Rose, a donation to No Paws Left Behind, ASPCA or your favorite dog rescue in her name is what she would want.

A small family service was held, and Rose was buried alongside her beloved husband and life partner, Bob, at San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Gwendolyn Gay Bright

| Obituaries | July 19, 2019

Gwendolyn Gay Bright was born on December 28, 1935. She past away quietly on July 09, 2019. She was tired, having worked hard all her life. Gwen was a retired bartender that single-handedly raised 3 children and a grandson. Gwen is pre-deceased by her youngest son, Chester William Bright. She is survived by her other two children, Lynn and David.

Anthony Michael Princiotta December 25, 1984 – December 5, 2018

| Obituaries | January 10, 2019

Anthony Michael Princiotta, 33, passed away at Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital on December 5, 2018 due to a motorcycle accident on Sierra Highway.

He is survived by his wife, Deana; their two Labradors, Baileys and Belvedere; his parents, Pam and Phil Princiotta, and his brother Michael and wife Heather in North Carolina.

Princiotta was born on December 25, 1984, in Van Nuys California. He grew up in Valencia and Florida before settling down in Acton.

He married his wife Deana Dannull on May 30, 2015, at Château des Chenes in Sand Canyon.

He worked for a company called MSX. Specifically, he was in charge of handling the Toyota account, and traveled to and from Toyota dealerships across the west coast.

When he was not working, he loved helping other people, riding quads and dirt bikes, hunting, fishing, camping, surfing, and international travel. He was also the founder of Elks Riders – Lodge 2379, a motorcycle club at Elks Lodge.

A service will be held on Saturday, January 12 at 11 a.m., at Santa Clarita Elks Lodge located at 17766 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita CA 91351.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either https://www.gofundme.com/anthony-princiotta-medical-expensememorial-fund or Elks Riders – Lodge 2379 toward the Brain Injured Children ride, which is going to be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

“I was lucky enough to meet and marry one of the most wonderful, big-hearted men I’ve ever met,” said his wife Deana. “He was my best friend, my soul mate, and his early departure from this world has left me forever hollow.”

Duane Dye Remembered by Family and Fellow Rotarians

| Community, Obituaries | September 27, 2018

Duane Lee Dye, “a Nebraskan Cornhusker” of Fillmore, Calif. passed away at the age of 85 on September 19, 2018.

Duane was born to Mildred and Ralph Dye on September 23, 1932 in Stanton, Nebraska. He was raised on the family farm, along with his sister Carol, near Pilger, Neb., and that farm remains in the family today. Growing up in Nebraska always held a special place in Duane’s heart, even though he left Nebraska for California in 1957.

When Duane was 17 years old, he contracted polio, which swept through the Midwest. Ultimately, leaving the cold and difficult weather that Nebraska offered was what Duane needed.

His determination allowed him to champion the physical difficulties that the polio presented, and after attaining his college degree in Accounting, he left Nebraska for California.

When he arrived in California, he took a job at Wayside Honor Farm in Castaic, working as a supervisor within the Accounting Department. At the same time he was working at the Honor Farm, he was developing income tax clientele. These connections ultimately led to him starting his own insurance agency, Duane Dye Insurance, in Newhall. The area of Newhall was a community of only 15,000 people, and it was on the cusp of great growth. Duane Dye Insurance is still a vibrant insurance agency in the Santa Clarita Valley today.

Duane married his wife Linda in August of 1965, taking on not only a wife, but a wife with three children, named Lori, Luanne and Larry. Duane and Linda added another sibling, Jef, to the family in 1968.

Between running a business and raising a family, Duane was an active member of the Newhall Rotary Club and a member of the Baha’i Faith. His devotion to his faith helped to guide him through his life and his commitment to Rotary was the foundation of his many years of community service to the Santa Clarita Valley. His greatest desire was to help the world through Rotary International, by making people aware of the need to eradicate polio throughout the world. He helped raise awareness of the issue through the Rotary Polio Plus program. Duane and Linda, through contributions and fundraising, were responsible for inoculating approximately 88,000 individuals throughout the world with the polio vaccine.

Not only did Duane devote his life to serving his community, he devoted much of his time to one of his favorite hobbies: collecting vintage cars.

“One of Duane’s favorite hobbies was his collection of old Chryslers,” said Jef Dye. “Including a 1964 300k convertible he drove in the summers, (a) 1963 Imperial and a 1965 Crown that the family jokingly named, ‘The Pimp Mobile.’ He loved driving each of them, and it did not matter where he and Linda went, there was always someone who flagged them down and commented on how impressed they were with the vehicle. He took impeccable care of each of them, with the help of some great mechanics.”

Until just a year ago, Duane remained active in Rotary, even while dealing with many health complications caused by advancing age and his physical challenges. Duane’s fellow Rotarians were greatly affected by his life.

“Duane Dye was one of a kind,” Connie Ragen Green said. “He mentored me as a new Rotarian, sharing his insight on topics I had no experience with and introducing me to people in the Club and the community who would go on to help me personally and professionally. He also took an interest in me as a human being and truly cared about my welfare, and for that I am eternally grateful to have known him.”

Santa Clarita Rotary Club President Tom Cole expressed his appreciation for Duane.

“Our Rotary Club family was truly sorry to hear of the loss of Duane Dye,” said Cole. “His community service spirit will always be with us locally and internationally. Duane’s passion for our End Polio Now campaign was near and dear to all our hearts. Duane will always remind me of one of our Rotary sacred creeds, ‘Service above Self.’ He will be truly missed, but the memories and our Rotary Club of SCV will continue to serve in his honor.”

“I have been associated and friends with Duane and Linda for over 50 years, as he and I were in the same business of different fields. In the 32 years Duane and I have shared Rotary, He has been an attentive supporter of RI and our Foundation, often leading our charge to raise funds and contributing to our programs.,” said Jim Lentini.

The recent months were indeed very difficult for Duane, and he bore the burden in a stoic and determined fashion.

“I have never met a person who was as thoughtful as Duane was, and the courage he had to attend the meetings with his physical condition, for all the years I’ve been in Rotary, was a testament to how much he cared about Rotary. Rest in peace, Duane,” Dave Reeves said.

Steve Colf added, “Duane always acknowledged our great granddaughter, Heather, with respect and encouragement. Heather had started a little business at our ranch and donated all the proceeds to Polio Plus. Duane made sure she was aware of the importance of her gift.”
Upon his death, Duane was surrounded by his family and loved ones. Duane touched and affected all those he met through his example of courage, determination, humility, patience and compassion for others. His wise counsel and ability to listen was extraordinary and impactful. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Duane will be buried in a private family graveside service, and a celebration of his life is being planned for the near future. In lieu of flowers, Duane’s family encourages contributions to the Rotary End Polio Now program in Duane’s name at the web site https://www.endpolio.org/donate.

Harry M. Edwards – 1938-2018

| Obituaries | August 2, 2018

Harry M. Edwards was born on August 7, 1938. He died on July 1, 2018, due to indirect complications from Alzheimer’s. A retired California State Police Officer, Edwards loved to travel, having visited over 42 foreign countries. Edwards is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pamela Edwards.

Frank Lee Cadena 1963-2018

| Obituaries | July 19, 2018

(Frank) Lee Cadena passed peacefully on Monday July 16, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Judith Cassis, his children, Ryan James Avery, and Jon Gabriel Cadena, his mother Mary Salas Cadena, his sister, Alice (Cadena) Blanchard, sisters-in-law, Diane (John) Aouad and Nikki (Jay) Haddad, niece and nephew Venisa (David) Fitz, Aunt Angie Gutierrez, Uncle Johnny (Olivia) Gutierrez, many nephews, nieces, cousins, Godchildren, and close friends.

Please join us for a Celebration of Life for (Frank) Lee Cadena on Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Northbridge Clubhouse from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The service and program will be at 7:00 p.m. The Northbridge Clubhouse is located at 23804 Grandview Dr. in Valencia, on the corner of Grandview and Farview.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frank Lee Cadena Foundation for Musicians and Artists.

Linda Ruth Lambourne – 1949-2018

| Obituaries | April 19, 2018

Santa Clarita resident Linda Ruth Lambourne lost a two-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) on Friday, March 23, 2018. Considered a “great lady and a friend to so many” by her loved ones, she passed away at her home in Canyon Country, which she shared for 40 years with her husband, Steve, by her side.

Linda was born in Van Nuys, California on December 10, 1949, to parents Bruce and Ruth Cramer; her father had his own lumber business. She graduated from Simi Valley High School in 1967 and soon relocated to the San Fernando Valley, where she worked in computer programming and sales. Linda met her loving husband Steve in mid-1970 when they lived in the same apartment building. Steve knew a good thing when he saw it and they exchanged wedding vows on September 26, 1970.

Linda and Steve moved to Canyon Country in 1978; they found the perfect home in Sand Canyon where they have remained all these years. Soon it was time to enlarge the family and they were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Lindsey and Angie.

Linda wasted no time getting involved with various charities and local activities. It seems she loved to volunteer and made friends with so many. The many programs she was part of include: Brownies leader, Sulphur Springs PTA Holiday Store and Halloween Carnival, SCV Historical Society, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Guild, Safe Rides, and so many more. One of Linda’s friends said, “I remember Linda for her kindness, her humor and great spirit, and for her creative ideas.” Many have benefitted in Santa Clarita due to Linda’s hard work and dedication to this community.

Linda’s professional life in Santa Clarita primarily surrounded the local political scene. She was a field representative for Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, a district director for Assemblyman Scott Wilk, and assisted members of the Santa Clarita City Council. For her personal enjoyment, it was all about family. Linda loved to go house boating, writing books for her grandchildren, customizing gift wrapping paper, participating in the chili cook-off, turtle races and spending time with her friends at bunco and book club. The really special times were sitting on the patio with a glass of her favorite wine and her husband, Steve.

Say her loved ones, “Linda, we all will miss you and know that you were loved by so many.” She is survived by her husband, Steve, daughters Lindsey and Angie, and five grandchildren.

A memorial service for Linda will be held at the Sand Canyon Country Club, 27734 Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country, on April 21, 2018 from 4-6 p.m.

In Loving Memory – Valerie Bernstein

| Obituaries | March 22, 2018

Valerie ‘Val’ Bernstein

Val Bernstein of Stevenson Ranch passed away peacefully at home on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the age of 83.

Born in Riverdale, New York on February 26, 1935, Val married Herb Bernstein in California in 1955. The couple moved back to New York so they could save money, and returned to California several years later to start a family and put down roots. Val remained in California for the rest of her life. She was a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.  She was a voracious reader and a prolific writer with an incredible vocabulary. In fact, she was competitive at Scrabble, with an almost undefeated record.

Val received a teaching degree from California State University, Northridge at the age of 33. She went on to become a tireless advocate for both her own children and many special needs children, working in special education for the Los Angeles County School District for most of her professional career.

Val loved traveling the world with her husband and experiencing other cultures. This included multiple home exchanges with families on various continents. She was both generous at heart and donated to many charities.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert Bernstein; sons Donald Bernstein, Edward Bernstein (Marlene) and Robert Bernstein (Lisa); four grandchildren: Daniel, Joshua, Jeffrey and Miles Bernstein; and a brother, Allen Earnest.

A private memorial will be held on April 7, 2018. Donations in Val’s memory can be made to Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF): https://www.icrfonline.org/donate

Memorial Scheduled for Longtime Resident Dennis Marazzito

| Community, Obituaries | November 16, 2017

Members of the Marazzito family, who settled in Canyon Country more than 50 years ago, are grieving the loss of Dennis Marazzito, 67, who died Monday, November 13, 2017 after a long battle with heart disease. Dennis and his wife of 31 years, Rose Marazzito, owned The Drifters bar on Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

He was born in New Jersey on March 15, 1950 to Emily and Joseph Marazzito. Following graduation from William S. Hart High School in Newhall, Dennis joined the United States Marines.

Always an advocate for the needs of children, Dennis and Rose raised funds every year to purchase and donate 10-20 bicycles for the holidays. He placed barrels at The Drifters to collect toy donations, which were filled to the brim, and every holiday the couple served free meals to anyone from the community who gathered. Dennis never wanted anyone to be alone or hungry on a holiday.

Services will be held on Saturday, November 18 at Heart of the Canyons Church, 24551 Valley Street in Newhall. A viewing will be held at 9 a.m. and a service at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Eternal Valley, 23287 Sierra Highway in Newhall. The family welcomes visitors to attend a reception held in his honor at 2 p.m. at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country.

Dennis and Rose

Dennis is survived by his wife, Rose; his children, Dennis, Joey, Sheri, Angela, Barbara Ann, and Jessica; and 11 grandchildren, including the youngest, Hendrix. He is also survived by four siblings, Barbara, Joe, Eddie (Bridgett) and Lydia (Sid) and many more family members.

“There must be a big job for Dennis in heaven,” says the Marazzito family. “He will be missed by so many, because he touched so many lives. Dennis, you are and always will be a legend. Rest in peace.”

Agnes Noel Urbanovich 1933-2017

| Obituaries | October 26, 2017

By Jim Urbanovich

Born Agnes Noel Pryor on July 30, 1933 in the New York borough of the Bronx, Noel’s parents were James Aloysius Pryor and Helen Garland. According to firsthand accounts from Noel, her father, who passed away in November of 1963, was the ultimate showman who never backed away from a microphone or public appearance. Her mother, who died in March of 1986, from this writer’s firsthand account, was not much different, as it did not take much for her to recite and dance to her unique rendition of “Red Hot Mama.”

Noel did not inherit the showman chip. Rather, she grew up in Brooklyn, and rather than break out in song like her parents, would be constantly wiping the noses of her siblings Jim, Bill and Jack, in a big sister, motherly-type role. She later attended nursing school, and left for the promised land of California circa 1955. It was then that she met another New York State native, David Stephen Urbanovich.

Shortly thereafter, she gave birth to Marybeth on July 27, 1960, to Julie Anne on January 9, 1962 and to James Aloysius on March 3, 1963. Noel gave up her nursing profession in order to take on the full-time job of raising children. It was in this role that her kind, caring and loving matriarchy would shine brightly. She took the role of mother and wife very seriously, striving to meet the needs of her children.

Her love and dedication to her family was perhaps no more evident than when she went back to work for the sole purpose of earning enough money to pay the fees for her daughter’s high school cheerleading expenses. However, Noel did not feel comfortable immediately going back into nursing after taking nearly two decades off, so she got another job — as a cashier at McDonald’s. Not just any McDonald’s, it was the McDonald’s directly across the street from her children’s high school. When her kids objected, her staunch, confident and unabashedly shameless response was, “There is never, ever any shame in earning an honest dollar … and don’t ever forget that.”

Her acts of kindness and selfless love are far too numerous to mention — the stories are seemingly endless and infinite.

Noel went back into nursing in 1980, when her children no longer needed a full-time mother. Evidence of her self-proclaimed greatest personal achievement can be found on a plaque at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, California that honors her for her more than 20 years of excellent service as a post-surgery nurse.

Noel is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Steve, her three children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. On her final day on this planet, October 18, 2017, her surviving husband was asked if he wanted a post mortem confession service. His reply was, “Why? There is nothing to confess. She was perfect.”

Noel will be greatly missed, beyond words.

Nina Mae Marquis

| Obituaries | June 30, 2017

In loving memory of Nina Mae Marquis who passed away suddenly at age 73 on June 15, 2017. She was a loving wife, mother, granny and friend. She was a house wife, licensed cosmetologist and business ower along with her husband Gerard Marquis. She was born in Ventura, California and spent her life close to the coastline of California. She loved camping, traveling and spending time with family, especially when it allowed time for “granny spoils”. She is survived by her daughters; Lisa Coffin, Susan Marquis, Lynn Martinez, her son John Daniel Barnes, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Nina was preceded by her husband of 41 years, Gerard Marquis and her daughter Shannon Buttram Nina always wanted the best for everyone around her and will be deeply missed by all her friends and family. She was a truly a generous soul.

Nina Mae Marquis

| Obituaries | June 30, 2017

In loving memory of Nina Mae Marquis who passed away suddenly at age 73 on June 15, 2017. She was a loving wife, mother, granny and friend. She was a house wife, licensed cosmetologist and business ower along with her husband Gerard Marquis. She was born in Ventura, California and spent her life close to the coastline of California. She loved camping, traveling and spending time with family, especially when it allowed time for “granny spoils”. She is survived by her daughters; Lisa Coffin, Susan Marquis, Lynn Martinez, her son John Daniel Barnes, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Nina was preceded by her husband of 41 years, Gerard Marquis and her daughter Shannon Buttram Nina always wanted the best for everyone around her and will be deeply missed by all her friends and family. She was a truly a generous soul.

Celebration of Life for John David Holt

| Obituaries | October 29, 2016

Santa Clarita resident John David Holt passed away earlier this month at the age of 69.

John’s friends and family are celebrating his life with a gathering on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at Drifters Bar, located at 18240 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

John was born on June 27, 1947 and died on October 2, 2016. He is survived by daughters Eden and Shelly Holt and Sheila Karhu; and grandchildren Cameron Holt, Ashley Rich, and Gaelan, Garrett and Anthony Karhu.

For more information about the celebration, call Dennis at (661) 609-3153.

Gloria Dell Stowell

| Obituaries | October 28, 2016

Gloria Dell Stowell passed away peacefully on October 22, 2016 at Grand Valley Healthcare Center in Van Nuys, Calif. She was laid to rest at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar next to her beloved mother and father, Mildred and John

Gloria was born in Glendale, Calif. on April 21, 1934 and was a longtime resident of Granada Hills, Calif.

She was the beloved mother of Brenda Marie Cowan, Christine LaRue Anderson, John Dodge Old (Cecelia McGrew), Mildred Elizabeth Beierschmitt (Wanda Elaine Glass), and adopted daughter and son Hillary Ann Mulligan and Dan Farnsworth. Gloria was stepmother to Bob, Craig and Marty Stowell, and neighborhood mom to many.

Gloria was also the beloved grandmother of Misty Marie Pedrazoli, John Robert Anderson, Joshua Ryan Beierschmitt, Shelly Joanne Anderson, Aaron Michael Beierschmitt, Sabrina Renee McGrew, William Scott Laurence Cowan, Ryan John Alexander Cowan, Calvin Paul McGrew, John Don McGrew and William Thomas Farnsworth. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Lane McGrew and Layla, Mikey, Nathan and Cassidy Beierschmitt.

Cpl. Richard Raymond Nordland, February 25, 1990-September 23, 2016

| Obituaries | October 25, 2016

Last month, the Santa Clarita Valley lost one of its own in a motorcycle accident in Orange County. Richard “Ricky” Nordland lived in Canyon Country and Agua Dulce, attending Valley View Elementary School from Kindergarten through sixth grade, and both La Mesa Jr. High and Sierra Vista Junior High School. Ricky attended Vasquez High School for three years before returning to Canyon Country where he attended Canyon High, then graduated from Bowman High School in 2008.

An all American athlete, Ricky participated in athletics through the City of Santa Clarita youth sports programs and competitive leagues, including soccer, basketball, karate and T-ball. He also played baseball at Canyon Country Little League and at William S. Hart League. Ricky also participated in Pop Warner Football through the Canyon Country Athletic Association (CCAA) for four years, and continued to play in high school.

When he wasn’t on a field with a ball in his hand, Ricky could be found in karate classes or riding his dirt bike. He enjoyed BMX racing from a young age, which led to his passion for dirt bikes.

Ricky joined the United States Marines in 2013, where he served in the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. In June, he returned from deployment in Okinawa. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he recently was promoted to corporal and accepted an offer to reenlist.

Ricky had a positive attitude that affected all who encountered him. He had a passion for adventure and his motto in life was “never give up.” Loved ones say he always had a smile and was there to offer help for a friend in need. Coaches, teachers, friends and fellow Marines all echo that Ricky was a natural leader and always there to lift your spirits and help to motivate you to succeed.

Ricky is survived by his son, Joseph, parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. He has been laid to rest at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Santa Clarita Opportunity for a Recreational Experience (S.C.O.R.E.) program, which provides financial scholarships for local children to participate in athletic programs. To donate to S.C.O.R.E., make checks payable to the City of Santa Clarita, and write “SCORE” in the memo line.

Donations can be mailed to: Cynthia Victor, Recreation & Community Services Supervisor, City of Santa Clarita, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91350.


PIET VAN CALBERGH 1/5/1951 – 8/28/2016

| Obituaries | September 15, 2016

Piet Remi Van Calbergh of Santa Clarita passed away on August 28, 2016 at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. He was 65.

Originally from Waregem, Belgium, Piet was born on January 5, 1951 to Marcel Van Calbergh, a carpenter and artist, and Marie Louise De Lombaerde, a professional seamstress. He grew up with seven older siblings (Jan, Therese, Jeff, Lieve, Mieke, Maryke and Lutje) in a house built by his father, which remains occupied by family to this very day.

Following the untimely death of his mother, Piet attended a nearby boarding school at the age of three. Though small for his age, he made up for his size with a fiery personality and love of mischief.  Piet moved to America at the age of 17, and ever since, he has been in love with the USA. If there ever was an argument about the United States with his European pals, Piet defended this country, tooth and nail.

He has worked as a travel agent for the past 37 years with his wife, Mary. Their first child, Ann Maki, was born in 1974, followed by Casey Emile, born in 1982.

In 1988, Piet moved his family into their house in Santa Clarita, where his remaining years were spent raising his children, traveling, spending time with friends, getting to know his in-laws and grandchildren, and operating The Travel Affair with Mary. During this time he was also an active member of Rotary International, and co-founded the Belgian Business Club, an organization dedicated to promoting Belgian culture in Los Angeles.

Well-known for his keen sense of humor, razor-sharp wit, generosity and love of fun, Piet cultivated seemingly countless friendships over the decades, spanning multiple continents. A freethinker, he remained open to new ideas, though he was never afraid to defend his own, always enjoying a spirited debate.

Among other things, he was passionate about art, history, literature, film, chess, good food, music, soccer and wine. A master storyteller, Piet could bring any room to life with colorful tales of his many exploits. To match his vast stores of knowledge, he maintained an array of practical skills; he could lay a new floor in his house just as well as he could discuss the aesthetic principles of Monet. He loved entertaining, and could be frequently sighted at the center of a crowd, perhaps most famously at his annual Christmas Eve parties. Piet strongly felt that the key to happiness was in the enjoyment of small things in life, a philosophy he embraced in full, knowing always that moments spent with loved ones held the most value. Brave and valiant to the very end, Piet’s life was one truly lived, and he will be sorely missed by all.

He is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Ann and Casey, grandchildren Kyle, Mia and Sienna, sons-in-law Brian and Tom, and a great multitude of other beloved family and friends.

Santa Clarita Residents Mourn the Passing of Lloyd Sreden

| News, Obituaries | June 30, 2016

lloydOn Monday, June 27, 2016, surrounded by his family, Lloyd Sreden lost his fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 55 years old.

Lloyd was born to Barry and Maxine Sreden in February 1961 and grew up in Granada Hills, Calif.

A resident of Santa Clarita, Lloyd was known for his generous service to several local non-profit organizations, but perhaps more, for his reputation as a practical joker.

Lloyd got involved early as a coach and volunteer with the William S. Hart Baseball and Softball organization. He generously shared his expertise in finance and served as a long-term board member.

Lloyd also served on the board of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years, often as the board treasurer. And in 2010, Lloyd joined the College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors.

An active member of Rotary Club of the Santa Clarita Valley, Lloyd freely donated his financial talents to the group.

“Not only did he serve on the governing board for 15 years straight, he was the treasurer of the Foundation board,” said Michael Berger in his eulogy at Lloyd’s funeral, held Thursday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley, Calif. “Being a 501C3, it was a lot of work, including all the accounting, annual reports and tax returns. In those 15 years, he never charged the club a penny. The money he saved the club went to support a local charity in our community every year.”

The service organization devoted part of its meeting Wednesday to remembering his legacy.

“Lloyd has been a great Rotarian, always helpful with SCV Rotary books and foundation billing and audits,” Jim Lentini said. “He always supported our functions, offering his home, and his family was always involved and supportive. Lloyd was a wonderful family man, always having his family first and being involved in our Rotary programs and what’s important in support of our community. Because of his support and giving demeanor, many of our Rotarians were clients of his firm.”

Lloyd was a senior partner at Stern, Kory, Sreden & Morgan in Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
“He was serious and very good at what he did, and he had a sense of humor, which made things bearable, especially during tax season,” said Ron Morgan, another partner at the CPA firm. “He knew practically everybody in Santa Clarita.”

Berger’s eulogy underscored how Lloyd’s clients trusted his work.
“Lloyd had a stellar reputation,” Berger said. “The ultimate professional. Over the past few days I have heard so many people telling me how much they trusted him and how he has made such a positive difference in their business.”

lloyd and vickiLloydWEB“His favorite things that I know of were his family … golf, and he loved the Dodgers, even when they let him down,” Morgan said. “He also loved his dogs.”

Called “the ultimate prankster,” one of Lloyd’s tricks involved swapping his yellow Labrador with the neighbor’s, seeing how long it took the dog-sitter to catch on.

“He loved to laugh and he loved to play practical jokes on people,” Morgan said. “It made his day when he could successfully do something like that, and he loved retelling the stories.” Steve Corn, Lloyd’s friend of many years, listed some of his favorite pranks.

“He’d un-strap your golf bag, and when you drove off in the golf cart it would fall off the back. He’d use exploding golf balls on unsuspecting golfers. He put itching powder on one guy’s neck at a Dodger game. … At Rotary, if you got up he’d salt put salt in your ice water,” said Corn. “I think he lived to prey on people with his shocking pen.”
Lloyd’s sense of humor was a natural part of his personality, according to friends and colleagues.

“Lloyd was blessed with charisma,” Berger said. “You can see this by how many different friends he had. Everyone wanted to spend time with him.”

Many of Lloyd’s friends voiced their sadness at his passing.

“I knew Lloyd to be a loving family man and upstanding community and business leader,” Tom Christensen said.

“He was generous with his time, his talents, and financially. I was lucky enough to have called him a friend. He will be missed.”

Lloyd is survived by his parents, Barry and Maxine; his wife, Vicky; and his children, Matt (Jessica), Mandy and Travis.

“Looking at him as a man and as a friend, husband, dad, brother and son, it’s hard to find anybody more dedicated to those around him, so concerned about others,” Corn said. “He’s taught us all to relish every minute, to be grateful.”

Rotary President Louis Esbin sent a letter to members with a take-away that would honor Lloyd Sreden.
It said, “May his smile, wit, humor, good nature, and legacy of service above self guide each of us in our own lives.”


Walter Charles Miles 1914-2016

| Obituaries | April 21, 2016

Walter Charles Miles passed peacefully from his 102 years of a life well-lived on April 11, 2016 at his home in Valencia, California. He was a beloved father to Ted and Ken, a doting grandfather to Kenny and Cassie, the fond brother of Sarah and an adoring great-grandfather to Kayler.

Walter was born in Omaha, Nebraska on March 17, 1914, St. Patrick’s Day. He worked in the seafood business with his father, Charles, until the Great Depression. Work then took him to California, where he thrived in the garment and aircraft industries, and where he met his loving wife of 51 years, Vernie, who predeceased him in 1995. Walter loved cars, so his interest switched to the automotive industry, working for several car dealerships until he retired at the young age of 72!

Family, friends and colleagues remember a man filled with generosity, intelligence and humor. We will miss his stories, which spanned a full century, and how he watched our country grow after the birth of industrialization.

A public viewing will be held on Sunday, April 24 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., followed by graveside services on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 Sierra Highway, Newhall, California 91321.

Clarice Secrest McElroy 1920-2016

| Obituaries | March 25, 2016

One month short of her 96th birthday, Clarice Secrest McElroy passed away in Newhall, Calif. on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 following a brief illness. Born in La Habra, Calif. on April 13, 1920 to Horace and Eva Tinker, Clarice had five brothers: Nylen, Warren, Calvin, Leland and Millard. She moved to the Santa Clarita Valley in 1958.

Over the years she was active in her church, as well as the L.A. County foster care system, the P.T.A. and the Santa Clarita Senior Center. For over 20 years she owned the cake decorating and candy supply business named “Clarice’s” that is still in business today on Lyons Ave. in Newhall.

Clarice is survived by her two children, Barbara and Kenneth; his wife, Lynne; and their daughter, Jessica. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, husbands Ray and Garland, and grandson Erik.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016 in the Chapel of the Oaks at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 Sierra Hwy, Newhall, California 91321. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Praise Chapel in Canyon Country would be appreciated: Praise Chapel, 25876 The Old Road, Newhall, CA 91381.

Eusebio “Chevy” Javier Basulto 1953-2016

| Obituaries | March 17, 2016

Eusebio “Chevy” Javier Basulto passed away unexpectedly following a sudden illness on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the age of 62. Chevy was the only son and youngest child born to Theodora and Eusebio Basulto on October 5, 1953 in San Fernando, California.

Chevy grew up alongside his sisters, Sarah Basulto-Evans and Frances Shupe, in the cities of San Fernando and Sylmar, California. He always remained very proud of his hometown. Chevy attended San Fernando Elementary School, Olive Vista Middle School, and later graduated from Sylmar High School in 1972.

When Chevy was 20 years old, he followed his family’s history of military tradition by enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served with great pride as a Hercules Missile crewman in Military Intelligence with MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) Unit 406 ASA from 1974 to 1976, where he achieved the rank of specialist, fourth class. He served overseas in Germany and received the National Defense Service Medal and Letters of Appreciation. Chevy was very proud of his service to his country, and considered his military service to be one of his greatest accomplishments.

Chevy was an accomplished baseball player who began playing as a pitcher for the Sylmar Independent Baseball League. He was recognized for pitching a no-hitter at the age of 12. Chevy would continue his pitching career at Sylmar High School.

Chevy was a very active child. His mother kept him busy with baseball, and also with what would become his second love – bowling. Every week he was bowling in the junior leagues. He became quite an accomplished bowler, with a 236 average. Although his family members weren’t accomplished bowlers, Chevy would ask his family to join his team at Woodlake Bowling in Woodland Hills. He wanted his family to spend time together. Chevy was frequently invited to play in countless tournaments and won many bowling awards. He made many good friends and spent some of the best days of his life bowling.

Chevy also loved golf. He played with the Rantec Golf League for many years and continued playing until his illness.
Chevy loved the Dodgers, UCLA, and his Sylmar Spartans. He enjoyed indulging in his love of classic TV shows like “Mork and Mindy” and “The Honeymooners.” He also never missed “The Big Bang Theory.”

After he was discharged from the Army, Chevy worked a short time at Garrett Aerospace and Rantec Anechoic. but he found his place at ACUSON, which later became 3M. Chevy initially worked as a technician and later became the surface preparation “guru.” He was an incredibly special and important member of the 3M family.

Chevy is survived by: his sister, Sarah Basulto-Evans, and her husband, Floyd Evans; his sister, Frances Shupe, and her husband, Kent Shupe; his nieces, Jennifer Vo, Tara Manly, Amanda Evans and Victoria Shupe; his nephews, Michael Evans and David Shupe; his great nephews, Ryan Vo, Jacob Manly, and Benjamin Manly; and his great nieces, Jessica and Melina Shupe. Chevy also leaves behind countless cousins and friends whose hearts were touched by his smile.

A gathering for Chevy was held at Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary on Wednesday, March 16 from 4-8 p.m., including a rosary.

A funeral mass will take place on Thursday, March 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help in Newhall, Calif.

Jeanette Oneal Quinn 1956-2016

| Obituaries | March 10, 2016

On the morning of February 21, 2016 at 6:30 a.m., Jeanette Oneal Quinn passed away in Valencia, California, after an eight-year struggle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She was 59 years old.

She was born in Glendale, Calif. on August 18, 1956, the first child of Virginia and Ron Oneal. Jeanette always had many friends while growing up in La Crescenta, Calif. Everyone she met instantly liked her. They could see that she really cared about others, and that it was a true caring from deep in her heart. And she loved to laugh! She had a happy laugh that was contagious and made everyone around her feel good. That was the effect she had on people, according to friends and family.

Jeanette married in her teenage years, and in 1975 moved to Miami, Florida. In 1976, at the age of 20, she gave birth to her only son, Benjamin Ellis. The Ellis family then moved from Florida back to Tehachapi, Calif. In addition to raising her son, she drove a bus for the State of California, mainly transporting special education students, while at the same time working on her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Bakersfield.

Poetry and art were Jeanette’s passions. One of her favorite poets was Edna St. Vincent Millay. “I Dreamed I Moved among the Elysian Fields” was her favorite poem. Jeanette would include phrases, thoughts, and mental images of the Elysian Fields in many of her own poems as well.

And then there were the elephants. She loved elephants. Jeanette had paintings of elephants, pastries made in the shape of elephants, jeweled rings made of elephants, necklaces with interlocking elephants, elephant bracelets, elephant statues and bookends, coffee table books filled with elephants, etc. Though she would have if she could, she never found a residence where they would let her have her own live elephant. So she often visited the Santa Barbara Zoo to see them.

Jeanette always wanted to be a special education teacher. So, after remarrying in 1997 to Steve Quinn, becoming Mrs. Jeanette Quinn, she attained her master’s degree and got her teaching credentials from California State University, Channel Islands in Camarillo, Calif. Once she got her credentials, she began teaching special education students in Ojai, California.

In 2002, at the age of 45, Jeanette gave birth to daughter Maya, and daughter Liamissa in 2004. She was a wonderful mother to them. In 2008, Jeanette was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which led to her death.

Jeanette was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Oneal; her father, Ronald Oneal; her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Quinn; her father-in-law, William Quin; and her brother-in-law, Thomas Quinn. She is survived by: her two grandchildren, Emma and Noah; her two daughters, Liamissa and Maya; her son, Benjamin; her sister, Robin; her brother, Larry; and her husband, Steve.

She will be laid to rest at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary in Santa Clarita, California.

Judy R. Miller Aug. 22, 1941-Feb. 25, 2016

| Obituaries | March 3, 2016

A beloved mother and grandmother, Judy R. Miller lost her life from complications arising from her battle with cancer. She was strong in her fight, as well as throughout her life.

Born in Oakdale, Calif., Judy eventually moved to Canoga Park, Calif. and graduated from Canoga Park High School. She remained nearby, raising her family primarily in Northridge.

In her later years, she went to work for the United States Postal Service in Van Nuys, before transferring to a facility in Valencia and retiring around 2000. At this time, she met Mott Miller, and was married soon afterwards. Mott predeceased Judy in 2004.

Judy is survived by her faithful companion, Barney; her sister, Mary Freeman; her five children, Cynthia Letham, Nancy Morgan, Jeffrey Davis (Laura), Ronald Davis (Gia), and Toni Rex (Bob); as well as 15 grandchildren (You know who you are).

She will be laid to rest at Eternal Valley in Santa Clarita on Friday, March 4 at 10 a.m.

Erika Elizabeth Faulkner 1961-2016

| Obituaries | February 17, 2016

Erika Elizabeth Faulkner, 54, passed away on the night of February 8, 2016 at Hi-Desert Memorial Hospital.

On April 13, 1961 she was born to Carl and Veronika Moessner and raised by Veronika and Ken Thomas.

Erika graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She worked for many years as a high school math teacher at Bell High School and John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles. She was nominated for the prestigious Jaime Escalante Award as a math teacher.

In her early 20s, she proudly dedicated a lot of time to convert to Catholicism, and was adamant about raising her daughters Catholic. She was not afraid of saying what was on her mind, and her personality worked as a magnet to the people around her.

Erika was loving and giving and she will be remembered for her contagious laugh. She enjoyed garage sale and thrift store shopping, and enthusiastically grew her various collections. Erika was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of getting to know her.

She is survived by her boyfriend, John Garner; her daughters, Morgan Faulkner and Shaun Faulkner; and her four-legged sidekick, Troubles. She was predeceased by her mother, Veronika Thomas; her father, Carl Moessner; her stepfather, Ken Thomas; and her brothers, Paul and Brad Moessner.

A memorial service will be held for Erika Faulkner on February 19, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Eternal Valley Memorial Park, 23287 Sierra Hwy, Newhall, California 91321.

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