Martha M. Reynolds
Martha M. Reynolds died on Friday at her home in Simi Valley.
She was born January 31, 1931, in Illinois. Married to her husband, George, now deceased, she spent most of her life in Malibu raising her family.
Reynolds is survived by her sister, Peggy, sons Greg, Mark, Doug, Andy and Keith, and five grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Jan 11, 11 a.m. at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 2816 Sycamore Dr. in Simi Valley (Sycamore Dr. at Allamo).
Posey Carpentier, a well-known real estate broker for 30 years in Malibu, died on April 10, 2003 after battling complications from a series of strokes she suffered beginning November 1992.
Carpentier was born on April 2, 1916 in Hillsborough, Texas. She left her hometown for Los Angeles to work for Hughes Aircraft, where she met and married Charles Carpentier. In 1955, she and Charles built their home in Malibu.
At the height of her real estate career, Carpentier operated three offices with 30 salespeople, held important positions with the California Association of Realtors (including director), earned a master's degree in English literature, wrote "Posey Carpentier's Master Plan for Real Estate Selling Success" (Prentice Hall, 1984), raised two children and enjoyed her marriage to the late writer and musician Charles Carpentier.
Throughout her career, Carpentier was a strong supporter for the advancement of women in business in Los Angeles. She was active in the League of Women Voters, on the board of directors at the First Women's Bank in Santa Monica, and ran for General Assembly of California in 1979.
Her vibrant and productive life casts a long shadow on those who follow her: her two children, Carla Carpentier (a flutist and music teacher in San Francisco); and Nelson Carpentier (employed in advancing sustainable fuel technology); her grandson Luke Carpentier; sister Leta Posey; 11 nieces and nephews and their children; her many friends; and her late-life companion, Chad Harper.
A memorial service will take place on Friday, April 18, 11 a.m. at the Malibu Nature Preserve (Malibu Riding and Tennis Club), 33905 Pacific Coast Hwy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Aviva, 7120 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046; 323.876.0550.
John "Jack" Hanton
Forty-year Malibu resident, John "Jack" Hanton, died at home on June 14, 2003.
Hanton was born March 24, 1921 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada and grew up in Minneapolis. He fulfilled a childhood dream to fly when he joined the Army Air Corps in 1942; the same year he married his high school sweetheart, Catherine ("Kay") Schatzlein.
During World War II, Hanton earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and 11 Air Medals for his heroism and victories in aerial combat. His military service career took him and family to worldwide duty in Europe, the Far East and numerous stateside bases. Hanton completed his distinguished Air Force career of 26 years as one of the select Air Force advisors at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica. In 1968 he began a second career in civil aviation.
Hanton is survived by Kay Hanton, his wife of 61 years; his children, Tom Hanton, Johanna Edmonds, Susan Whitney and Steve Hanton; and six grandchildren, TJ. Hanton, Christine and Scott Whitney, Emile, Jon and Paul Mocey-Hanton; two great grandchildren, Madyson and Jack Hanton; and brother, Carl Olson.
A Memorial Mass will take place June 21 at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church, 3625 Winter Canyon Rd., Malibu. Donations may be made in his memory to Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church.
Hayden Finley, an Agoura Hills resident who was a part of the Malibu community for many years, died last week at age 71.
Mario C. Quiros
Malibu resident Mario C. Quiros died on Jan. 7, 2003. Born on May 13, 1919, in San Jose, Costa Rica, he was the second-born in a family of seven children.
Frederic (Bob) MacLeod
A former member of the Malibu Township Council, Robert Frederick MacLeod of Malibu died on Monday.
Jessica Linn, granddaughter of The Malibu Times columnist Pam Linn, died Jan. 25, 2003 in an auto accident near Lancaster. She was 16.
Bart S. Brodkin
Bart S. Brodkin, 61, died Jan. 25, 2003 from complications from treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Malibu resident Robert Rockwell, an actor who played numerous TV and film characters, died of cancer on Saturday. He was 82.
Anita Ann Yocum
Anita Ann Yocum died Jan. 18, 2003 in Canoga Park after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Walter Young, a longtime resident of Malibu, died Jan. 23, 2003 while on a cruise of the Panama Canal with his wife, Ellen.
Screenwriter Rudolph Borchert dies
Rudolph Borchert, a well-known screenwriter, died at his Malibu home on Saturday, March 29, 2003. He was 75.
Mary Jane Bayless
Mary Jane Bayless died peacefully at home on May 16, 2003, after a lengthy fight with cancer. Patricia Quinones, who was like a daughter to her, was by her side.
Richard A. Stewart
Richard A. Stewart, a resident of Malibu for 30 years, died suddenly from a heart attack on May 3, 2003. He was 57.
Former Pepperdine basketball standout Anthony Frederick dies
Former Pepperdine basketball forward Anthony Frederick, who completed his NBA career in 1992 with the Charlotte Hornets, died of an apparent heart attack last Thursday while driving with his wife in the San Fernando Valley.
Alice L. Cunningham
Alice L. Cunningham, founder of Malibu's Fig Tree Ranch/Vital Zuman Organic Farm, died on Sunday. She was 90 years old.
Bill Dowey, who was a founding member of the Malibu Optimists Club, and who wrote a book about Malibu's history, died on July 22, 2003 from cancer. He was 84.
Entertainer Bob Hope dies at 100
Comedian Bob Hope, whose legendary career spanned eight decades and included stage, radio and television performances, and entertaining U.S. troops abroad, died at his home in Toluca Lake on Sunday night from complications from pneumonia. He had celebrated his 100th birthday just two months before.
Douglas L. Forde
Dr. Douglas Forde died at home on Feb. 1, 2004. He was 84. Dr. Forde was born in Clinton, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the beach in 1944 and lived in Malibu Colony until 1990 when he and his wife, Jo Giese, moved to Broad Beach.
Dr. Genevieve S. May
Dr. Genevieve S. May, a longtime Los Angeles psychiatrist, died in her sleep at her Malibu home on Feb. 28, 2004. She was 94.
May was one of the only women in her generation to actively pursue a career as a physician. Born in 1909 in India, she received her education in the United States from the Women's Medical College in Philadelphia and began her career in the new and developing field of psychiatry and psychoanalysis. After doing her analytic training in Los Angeles with Dr. Ralph Greenson, she launched her successful practice.
May lived in a home called "May's Landing" in Point Dume. Her late husband, Dr. Philip R.A. May, was an international expert in the treatment of schizophrenia and headed various research groups in the field. Following her husband's death, May announced her intention to donate May's Landing to the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute to be used as a study center. Subsequently, the Philip and Genevieve May Psychiatric Endowment Fund was enacted at UCLA to support the maintenance and care of May's Landing.
May is survived by her brother, Paul Stewart, her children, Margaret R. Park and Peter Rheuby, and her grandchildren, Laura Jane Milanette, Daniel vom Saal, Adele Rheuby, Amy Tibbets, Kevin Rheuby and Troy Yardley.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Drs. Phil and Genevieve May Memorial Fund. Checks can be made out to UCLA Foundation and mailed to the attention of Ken Hurd, UCLA Medical Science Development/NPI, 10945 Le Conte Ave., Suite 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
Ralph F. Redemske
Ralph F. Redemske died at his Malibu home on Sept. 2, 2004.
Redemske was born in 1915 in North Tonawanda, N.Y. From an early age, he exhibited a strong interest in science.
Redemske was a pioneer in the field of microelectronics and integrated circuitry. After receiving his degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, he worked for several companies in the New York City area. Redemske then co-founded Servomechanisms Inc. in the mid-1940s in Long Island, N.Y. He moved to Southern California in the early 1950s when the company relocated to the West Coast. The company later merged with Teledyne Inc., where he was a senior scientist. It was in this capacity that he consulted with companies around the world.
Redemske had a wide range of interests and activities, including sailing, photography, gardening, Jeep rides, hiking, camping and world travel.
Redemske is survived by his wife of 34 years, Virginia, his three daughters and their husbands, Carole and Dennis Boshears, Nancy and Max Meierhans and Susan and William Ahearn, his stepson, Robert Teer and his two children, Jenny and Christopher, his three grandchildren, Gregory, Elizabeth and Christopher and his great-grandchild, Tristan.
Warren Cameron Dowling
Former Malibu resident Warren Cameron Dowling died Sept. 20, 2004 at a hospital in Bremerton, Wash. following a two-year struggle with a brain tumor. He was 51.
Dowling was born March 26, 1953 in Santa Monica. He was a resident of the Malibu area all his life until moving to Washington in July 2002. Dowling received his education in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
While in college, Dowling was busily engaged in his own retail rug business in Malibu. His career evolved into an independent contractor and landscaping business that he operated for friends. Dowling's home was on leased land at the junction of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway that is now being converted into a state park.
Dowling was a bachelor who loved life on the Pacific Ocean and in the mountains. After he had helped his parents move to the Olympic Peninsula in 1994, he became an enthusiastic explorer of the Olympic National Park and British Columbia.
Dowling is survived by his parents, William and Dorothy, his brother, Wendell and his sisters, Carol and Janet.
Dowling will return to the Pacific Ocean in a private ceremony for members of his immediate family.
Donna Barrett Gilbert
Donna Barrett Gilbert died suddenly on July 17, 2004 after a brief illness.
Gilbert was born in Santa Monica on Nov. 23, 1945. She grew up on the west side of Los Angeles and graduated from Venice High School with the goal of becoming a successful hair stylist in the entertainment industry. Gilbert realized her dream when she landed her first job as stylist to Kate Smith. She then went on to work at CBS studios on "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Red Skelton Show," "Smothers Brothers" and "The Carol Burnett Show."
During her 40 years in the hair industry, Gilbert obtained many accolades and awards, her most notable being an Emmy Award for the television version of "The Miracle Worker." Most recently, her peers honored Gilbert with the Outstanding Achievement Award for her exceptional talent in working with wigs for a popular 2003 movie. Donna's latest endeavor was her company, "Hair Again," which was her way of helping people with hair loss.
In addition to enjoying a wonderful career, Gilbert's real love was for God, family, friends, and her favorite charity...Childhelp USA. Friends say she enjoyed spending time with family, volunteering for a worthy cause and planning a party.
Gilbert is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Greg LaRue, her son, David Sturt, her sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Allen Sarlo, her niece and nephew, Sophia and Colton Sarlo and her mother, Pauline Barrett, as well as many extended family members.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Childhelp USA. A memorial service will take place on Friday at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, which is located 1847 14th St. in Santa Monica. A celebration of Gilbert's life will follow at the Sarlo residence in Malibu.
Ellen Regina Bechtel
Ellen Regina Bechtel, granddaughter of longtime Malibu resident Patricia Kenney, died May 24, 2004. She was 14.
Bechtel was a preschool student at the Carden School of Malibu when she was diagnosed at age 5 with a malignant brain tumor. She had more than 38 surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Bechtel lived many years beyond what was expected, and family members said she touched countless lives through a testimony of faith and love through all her trials.
Bechtel attended Webster Elementary School before moving with her family to Newbury Park. In January 2003, she suffered a stroke that kept her in the hospital for three months. She learned to walk and talk again, laughing, smiling and pressing her way through recovery. A new tumor was discovered in December 2003. After it was removed and found to be malignant, Bechtel expressed a strong wish to not be treated aggressively again. She told doctors at UCLA, "I just want to rest in peace forever."
Bechtel died at home in her own room with family surrounding her bed. She is survived by her father, James Robert Bechtel, her mother and stepfather, Teíne and Patrick Kenney, and her siblings, Claire, Fiona and Sean.
A memorial service will take place at the Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, located at 3353 Old Conejo Road in Newbury Park, on Saturday at 12 p.m.