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Brenda Calderaio

Brenda Calderaio, 75, of Rancho Murieta died on June 5, 2001 while staying with her sister in Camarillo.

Calderaio was born on Jan. 7, 1926 in Cwmcarn, Wales and lived in the Malibu area from 1955 until her retirement in 1981. She was head of the bookkeeping department of Jafra Cosmetics since the company began in Malibu in 1955. Calderaio was a charter member of the Malibu Ladies Lions Club and held many different offices in the organization.

She is survived by her brother, Tom James, of Rugby, England, and sisters Kathleen Praino, of Camarillo, and Anne Wilson, of Thousand Oaks.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to L.M.V.N.A. Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., #101, Ventura, CA 93003.

Myron Smith

Myron Smith, 81, a Malibu resident of 36 years, died at home in his sleep on Oct. 8, 2001 of complications from Parkinson's disease.

Born in Independence, Mo., Smith was educated at the University of Kansas City and Brown University, where he received a Ph.D. in physics in 1950. During World War II, he taught engineering in the U.S. Navy program at Princeton University.

In 1948, he married Betty Mallett, a fellow Brown Graduate School student.

Smith moved to Southern California with his family in 1956, where he was a physicist at RAND Corporation and later worked for IBM Corporation. He presented and published numerous papers on the navigational systems of satellites and underwater sound absorption. He had a passion for music and choral singing, and loved to explore the ancient sites of Greece with his wife.

Smith is survived by his wife of 53 years, Betty, his brother, Lawrence Smith, his son, Marston Smith, his daughters, Shelley Schubert and Shonti McKee, and six grandchildren. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to: The Myron Smith Music Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1006, Malibu, CA, 90265. The fund will assist in the music education of children. A memorial service is being planned.

Archie Sparrow

Champion cowboy Archie Sparrow died at his Malibu home Jan. 1, 2001. He was 73.

Raised on a 150-acre ranch in Florida, Sparrow rode saddle broncos on the rodeo circuit before moving to Malibu in the 1960s. He became manager of Liz Whitney Tippett's Longollen Farms where he trained cutting horses for cattle ranches. It was during that time the cowpoke met his future bride, a worldly and refined opera star named Marina Koshetz, who brought her horses in to Longollen Farms to be stabled. Koshetz died in December 2000.

An accomplished horseman and trainer, Sparrow took pride in his many professional successes, including his work with a thoroughbred Kentucky Derby winner called "Gone Fishing." Sparrow retired from full-time training in the late 1960s to concentrate on writing, but continued to break and train horses for Malibu neighbors and friends. Archie Sparrow is survived by two brothers, a sister and many loving friends.

Pete Bardens

Rock keyboardist Pete Bardens died of cancer at his Malibu home on Jan. 22, 2001. He was 57.

The well-known musician performed with some of the biggest names in the music business.

Born in London, Bardens played backup for legendary vocalists such as Ray Davies, Rod Stewart and Van Morrison. In the 1970s, he put together a progressive band called Camel and was a founding member of the group The Cheynes with Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac.

Bardens launched a career as a solo artist releasing several records, including "Speed of Light." He continued his association with Morrison, performing on his album "Wavelength" and accompanied him on a world tour. He moved to Malibu in the late 1980s. In recent years, Bardens appeared in Europe with his group Mirage. The album titled "The Art of Levitation," which Bardens worked on with daughter Tallulah, who did vocals, and reunited him with Fleetwood, will be released posthumously.

Bardens is survived by his children Ben, Tallulah and Sam, and his father, Dennis, who lives in London.

Cards and letters can be sent to : Bardens, Box 432,10061 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, California 91602

Adrian Dick Kuepper

The family of Adrian Dick Kuepper extends an invitation to friends in the Malibu community to attend his memorial Mass and the celebration of his life.

Kuepper died on June 10, 2001. Services will be held at Our Lady of Malibu Church at 3625 Winter Canyon Rd. on June 20 at 2 p.m.

Malibu resident Robert "Bob" S. Rubenstein died of leukemia on Oct. 12. He was 78 years old.

Rubenstein was born in Portland, Ore. in 1923. During World War II, he served as a radio operator in the Merchant Marine, and then ran the Okinawa radio station for the U.S. Army until 1946. Returning home, he graduated with a master's degree in American history from the University of Southern California. He was a longtime donor and supporter of the USC Andrus Gerontology Center.

Rubenstein was the head of placement and staff development at the Aerospace Corporation for 26 years. He also taught at Santa Monica City College. A worldwide traveler, he and his wife, Mary, particularly enjoyed many trips to their summer home in France.

Rubenstein is survived by his wife of 22 years, Mary, and his brother, Van, and his wife Beverly. Children and their spouses include: Marcia Rubenstein and Brian Soderstrom, Joan Rubenstein, Mary Treloar, Keith and Jane Wilson, and Don and Terri Wilson. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Robert and Mary Rubenstein Scholarship Fund, USC Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191.

Services will take place Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 Centinela Ave.

Vernon White

A Malibu resident for 30 years, Vernon White died of natural causes in his home Thursday evening. He was born in Massachusetts and moved to California in the 1950s. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. Vernon had four children and will be missed for his quick wit, charm, positive attitude and ever-present sense of humor. He was a writer, poet, road manager, best friend, dog lover and family man. He always said, "Live in the moment."

Memorial services will take place Oct. 26, 2001 at 7 p.m. at the Woman's Club, 901 Haverford Ave., Pacific Palisades. For additional information, visit

Albert J. Simone

Former Malibu resident, Albert J. Simone, died May 19, 2001. He is survived by a son, Stuart R. Simone, of West Hills, Calif.

Simone was born Jan. 26, 1916 in Jersey City, NJ.

From 1968-1983, he served on the Malibu Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and was elected president for two terms (1981-1983).

He also belonged to the Optimist International Club, 1968 to 1974, and was program chairman of the Malibu Chapter 1973-1974, and was a member of the Malibu Rotary Club, 1974-1984.

From 1956 to 1981, Simone worked with the Hughes Aircraft Company, including 1968 to 1981 as personnel director and health and safety director at Hughes Research Labs (HRL) in Malibu.

Simone received bachelors' degrees in psychology and chemistry from New York University (NYU), an electrical engineering certificate from MIT, and a industrial relations and management certificate from UCLA.

He served in active duty for the U.S. Air Force from1941 to 1956 and the USAF reserves 1956-76, retiring at rank of Lt. Colonel.

In World War II and the Korean War he served as a bomber pilot, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with five silver clusters, and 10 combat stars. Simone was shot down twice over Europe. He also served worldwide in SAC (Strategic Air Command), including the Japanese occupation force, Bermuda Triangle area and North Pole area.

He was a member of the American Legion, 1945-present, and held the Aviator's Post (of American Legion), 1947-present, and was international secretary for two terms.

John Clement

Malibu's first public works director, John Clement, has died after a long bout with cancer.

Clement, who was 54, is remembered by colleagues as the city's "disaster guru" after helping residents recover from the area's worst firestorm and handled eight federally declared disasters within his six-year tenure. He also completed major projects at Las Flores, Calle Del Barco and Kanan as well as creating the city's first Web site.

"He had an incredible way with words," recalls Nancy Steiner, executive assistant to the city manager. "He could write like no one I've ever seen. He had a way with words and fancied himself a teacher."

Steiner stayed in touch with Clement even after he made a move to become the public works director for the city of Santa Cruz. Soon after, Clement was diagnosed with his illness.

"It was bittersweet. He loved the area and he loved the people," says Steiner. "It was a hard one. We've stayed in touch and I've watched him go through this for three years."

In addition to being a hard working professional putting in 12-hour days, Steiner will remember Clement as a good friend, saying, "It's so sad he's gone. If you needed someone to talk to he was always there."

Legrand Lewis Jordan

Legrand Lewis Jordan died on Nov. 9, 2001 at the age of 100.

Jordan was born in Lagrande, Oregon on Aug. 22, 1901. His family came to Los Angeles around 1905. Jordan graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1919 and married Margaret Neff in 1921.

Jordan was a motorcycle officer for the County of Los Angeles and later for the CHP from 1930 to 1956. In the 1930s, he and his brother, Eugene, designed and built the Jordan Motorcycle, which is currently on display at the Peterson Museum.

Jordan was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Margaret, and his daughter, Bette Simpson. He is survived by his daughter, Gloria Azarian (Edward) of Malibu, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, his brother, Eugene Jordan, and his sister, Jovita Williams.

Gladys Dianne Farnham

Gladys Dianne Farnham, nee Schleif, 67, of La Mirada, Calif., died Oct. 7, 2001 in La Mirada.

Gladys was born on Aug. 7, 1934 in West Bend, Wis. She was awarded the Schowalter Nursing Scholarship and went on to attend the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1955. Gladys married Arthur Farnham, now deceased, in 1955, and they soon moved to California. She continued her nursing career until she retired in 1999.

She is survived by her daughter Dianette (Brian) Strange of Malibu, her son Fred Farnham of Chino Hills, three grandchildren, three brothers, and many other relatives and friends who loved her.

Services took place in La Mirada, along with private family services and burial of her cremated remains in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend, Wis. Memorials to the American Lung Association or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation are appreciated.

Russ Jorgenson

Russ Jorgenson, 81, longtime Malibu resident and World War II veteran, died on July 12, 2001 of a heart attack. It was very sudden, as he had never had any heart problems.

Funeral services took place on July 18 at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills.

He is survived by his wife Mary (married 59 years), his son, John, three grandsons, two brothers in Minnesota and numerous nieces and nephews. His daughter, JoAnne, died in 1994.

Lawrence E. Anderson

Lawrence E. Anderson died on Dec. 4, 2001 at his home on Big Rock Drive in Malibu. He lived in Malibu for 35 years. He was a beloved husband of Lorraine and father of Julie, John, Joan and James. He had seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He loved his family and dearly celebrated his life with them.

Larry was born in Presho, S.D. on May 25, 1917. He attended Waldorf College. Soon after college, he moved to the Los Angeles area where he worked for Lockheed as an electrician during World War II. He worked for 30 years as an agent for Equitable Life Assurance Society and was named Honor Agent in 1961.

A memorial service will take place on Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Malibu Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to: Waldorf College, 106 South Sixth St., Forest City, IA, 50436.

Carroll O'Connor

Family, friends and fans remembered Malibu's Carroll O'Connor this week after his sudden death due to heart failure.

Memorial services took place at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westwood for the man entertained by millions as "All in the Family's" wisecracking bigot, Archie Bunker.

Joining mourners were fellow cast members Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers, as well as close friend Martin Sheen.

Sheen and O'Connor shared a special relationship and bond as the two struggled to help their sons overcome alcohol and drug addictions. While Sheen's son, Charlie, won the battle, O'Connor's son, Hugh, did not. Hugh committed suicide in 1995 following a 16-year battle with drug addiction.

Having lived through that heartache, both O'Connor and Sheen became dedicated anti-drug advocates and the tragedy served to strengthen the actor's religious beliefs.

"He was a man of great generosity," recalled Our Lady of Malibu Monsignor John Sheridan, a close friend of 40 years. "He had a tremendous capacity to reach out to his brothers and sisters and make the world a better place. He reached out to the poor, he reached out to children, he was a marvelous example of Christian altruism at its very best."

Only weeks ago, O'Connor looked healthy and seemed to be in good spirits as he attended the Odyssey Ball to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Institute with Malibu neighbor Larry Hagman. Even so, O'Connor did suffer from diabetes and had undergone coronary bypass surgery in 1989.

During the course of his 40-year career, O'Connor was featured in television shows such as "The Untouchables," "Ben Casey" and "In the Heat of the Night." But it was his role in "All in the Family" that made him a household name and a star.

"He was one of the most intelligent and generous people I have ever worked with," recalled O'Connor's TV wife, Jean Stapleton. "Whenever I have the occasion to catch a rerun, I am reminded of his marvelous talent and humor."

It is that talent, humor and capacity to love that will be remembered. In the words of "All in the Family's" Norman Lear, "Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker was a genius at work, God's gift to the world. He is etched permanently in our memories."

Kathleen M. O'Neill

Kathleen M. O'Neill, 37, died on Nov. 11, 2001. She was a resident of Cranford for several years, prior to living in Malibu.

O'Neill received her bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Central Florida. She was the wife of Jaime Berrios of New York City and the devoted mother of Alex and Raphael Berrios of Cranford. She was the beloved daughter of Edward and Patricia (Chayne) O'Neill of Florida, and dearest sister of Kellie Hillanbrand of Pennsylvania and Michael O'Neill of New York City. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the Sullivan Funeral Home, 146 East Second Ave., Roselle, New Jersey on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the City of Hope, Breast Cancer Research Division, 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017.

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