Longtime Malibu resident Charles Johnson died at his Sea Vista Drive home on Aug. 8. He was 89.
Originally from Steubenville, Ohio, Johnson attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., graduating in 1938. Johnson then pursued a 30-year Navy career that included duty at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Johnson married Barbara Bassler in 1946. Bassler was the daughter of Malibu residents John and Margaret Bassler. Barbara died in 2002.
After Johnson retired from the Navy in 1968, at the rank of captain, he and his wife settled in Malibu. Johnson began a second career as a power engineer with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, were he designed the electric power installations for much of LAX and some of the newer buildings in downtown Los Angeles.
Johnson is survived by his son, Chris, his daughter-in-law, Stephanie, and his grandson, Daniel.
Antoinette M. Alexander
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Antoinette M. Alexander, a 35-year resident of Malibu, died Friday. She is survived by her brother.
No services are planned. Further information was not available.
Stanislav 'Stas' Ionov
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Stanislav "Stas" Ionov, a laser and optics expert at Hughes Research Laboratories was killed Saturday morning in a Malibu traffic accident while riding his bicycle. He was 46.
Described by his colleagues as "a renaissance man" with a terrific sense of humor, Ionov was an athlete who regularly rode his bicycle along the coast and ran in marathons. Ionov was a Calabasas resident and 10-year veteran at HRL in Malibu. He was recognized as an expert in lasers. Ionov received his undergraduate degree at the Moscow Physical Technical Institute in 1982. He was a research assistant for Nobel Laureate P.L. Kapista's group. Ionov received his doctorate degree at the Institute of Spectroscopy of Soviet Academy of Sciences in 1986. That led to a prestigious directorship at the Research Center for Technological Lasers at the Soviet Academy of Sciences.
Ionov came to the United States and worked at UCLA's Chemistry Department as a postdoctoral researcher from 1989-1991, and then became an adjunct professor. He also worked at USC from 1991-1994. In August 1994, Ionov joined the Optical Physics Laboratory at HRL.
"In 1999, Stas proudly became a U.S. citizen," his coworkers at the lab wrote in a statement issued this week.
"In technical circles, Stas was known as a scientist with great inventiveness, deep scientific understanding and keen analytical skills."
Ionov is survived by his wife, Irina, and daughter, Sophie. Funeral plans are pending.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Beverly Price, who taught for 40 years at Webster Elementary School, died on Nov. 29.
Price was a kindergarten teacher for two generations of Malibu children, teaching from 1962 to 2001. Even after she retired, Price came to Webster Elementary regularly to volunteer in the art studio program and to read with students in the first-grade classes. Price's colleagues often sought her advice and insights when they found themselves dealing with a challenging child. At this time of the year, Price's students built elaborate gingerbread houses.
Price is survived by her niece, Laurie Moore and her family members, Cliff, Alex and Holly.
A memorial service will take place on Dec. 8 at Pierce Brothers, located at 1218 Glendon Ave. in Westwood. The service begins at 4 p.m.
Samuel James Mallen
Thursday, August 25, 2005
A resident of Malibu for more than 55 years, Samuel James Mallen died on Aug. 6. He was 91 years old.
Mallen was born on April 27, 1914 in Cameron, Miss., one of 10 children of Thomas Hugh and Alyce Jane Mallen, who established residence in Ocean Park, Calif. in 1932.
Mallen graduated from Cameron High School in June of 1932 and attended Loyola University from 1933 to 1934. From 1934 to 1944, Mallen worked for several aircraft manufacturing companies including Fairchild, Chance, Northrop, North American Aviation and Douglas Aircraft. He earned his pilot license in 1936.
In 1938, Mallen married Patricia Ann Mahood. Mallen first purchased property in Malibu in 1941. From 1945 to 1950, Mallen owned and operated a logging and lumber operation in Eugene, Ore. He returned to Malibu permanently in 1950.
Mallen was a member of Our Lady of Malibu Church, being one of the first members involved in the construction of Our Lady of Malibu School. Mallen was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Patricia Carl. He is survived by his wife Patricia, 11 children, 30 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Joseph Mickiewicz, a Malibu resident and employee at Hughes Aircraft, died Oct. 13, 2005.
Mickiewicz, born and raised in the Detroit area, enlisted in the United States Army during World War II. He fought in five separate campaigns and received numerous citations including five Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Ribbon.
After returning from service, Mickiewicz pursued his dream of becoming a machinist and acquired a job at Hughes Aircraft. It was there that he was assigned to the Jig Boring machines, where several years later he would be instrumental in the precision machining of parts that went into building the first space and moon surveyor module.
During his time at Hughes Aircraft, Mickiewicz married Jean, who was employed as a public accountant for the company. In 1954 the couple bought a home on Sweetwater Canyon Drive, where they raised several exotic pets.
Mickiewicz tried to run for public office in Malibu because he was upset about the way the city government was organizing things such as weed control, special assessments and the use of sewer verses septic tanks.
After the death of his wife and mother, Mickiewicz bought property in Oregon. He continued working at Hughes Aircraft, where he worked on spacecraft contracts for NASA.
After retiring, Mickiewicz began to work on beautification projects around his yard at home and he also became interested in watercolor painting and music.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Spoony Singh, founder of Hollywood Wax Museum, died in his Malibu home of congestive heart failure Oct. 18. He was 83.
Born in India in 1922, Singh moved with his family to Canada when he was 3. After owning sawmills and a successful amusement park in Victoria, Canada, Singh was approached in 1964 by promoters who thought the popularity of wax museums in England might spark interest in the U.S. He spent two weeks touring Hollywood and stopping into the famous restaurants and popular spots around town. Singh never saw a celebrity and thought Americans would relish the chance to get close to their favorite entertainers, albeit sculpted in wax.
The museum opened on Feb. 26, 1965, with a line of people extending a half-mile along Hollywood Boulevard waiting to get inside. Singh became a self-described "pitch man" for the museum. He joined the Magic Castle, kept in touch with celebrity columnists, traveled with stars to sporting events and even rode an elephant in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. At the same time, he was always teaching his teenage sons about the business and giving them hands-on experience by putting them to work doing anything and everything-from working the cash register to hosting celebrity wax unveilings.
But, Singh, an avid reader-kept his eye out for new business opportunities as well and built Thousand Oaks Self Storage (now Hollywood Storage Center) in 1979. Again, it was his children who learned and assisted, whether they were running plans to the city or running cranes at the site.
In 1990, Singh retired from daily operations but continued to guide the development of the Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum in 1991, the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson, Mo. in 1996 and the expansion and rebranding of the storage facility in 2002.
"He was brilliant but also one of the most fun-loving people I have ever known," said his son, Raubi Sundher. "If a light bulb really did go on every time Spoony had a new idea, there would be no electricity left in the world. There's actually no better tribute than our flashing neon sign that lights up Hollywood Boulevard every night, 365 days a year. He will always be remembered as the bright light in our lives."
Singh is survived by his wife of 63 years, Chanchil; children, Meva (Jocelyn), Janik (Raj), Indie (Loui), Kabir, Jehlam (Kathleen), Raubi (Sue) and grandchildren, Amar, Tej, Sarina, Sanjai, Kristina, Navi, Ryan, Kirin, Miles, Pria and Shaila. Funeral services took place Tuesday at Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills, and a celebration of his life followed at Duke's Malibu.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends honor Singh's memory through either of the following Associations:American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave.,Dallas, TX 75231-4596; Children's Hospital Los Angeles Stem Cell Project; Children's Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Blvd., MS #62, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Daniel Felix Bertonneau
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Former Malibu resident Daniel Felix Bertonneau died Oct. 12. He was 95.
Bertonneau was born in New Orleans of French-speaking parents. He came to California as a child and, joining the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1935, retired as a battalion chief in 1972.
Bertonneau built his Grasswood Avenue house in 1965 with the help of fireman-friends and returned the favor many times. He officially moved to Malibu in 1966, remaining there until 2002. In the '70s and '80s, Bertonneau sold land and houses and was a real estate broker in Malibu.
Bertonneau is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eleanor, a daughter, two sons and four grandchildren.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Cinematographer James Glennon, a Malibu resident, died last Thursday. He was 64.
Throughout his more than three-decade career, Glennon worked on a variety of television shows and movies. Most recently he worked on most of the episodes of the HBO show, "Deadwood." The films Glennon worked on included "About Schmidt," "Election" and "Citizen Ruth," "Ordinary People" and "Return of the Jedi."
Glennon was born on Aug. 29, 1942. He was the son of cinematographer Bert Glennon.
Wyatt M. Heinz, “Our Little Warrior,” died April 2, 2003 in Pleasanton. He was 5.
Wyatt was born in Provo, Utah. He lived his entire life in Pleasanton. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pleasanton, and the California Children’s Services East Bay Regional Center, which provides in home support systems and comfort for kids.
He is survived by his parents Sean and Tiffany Heinz of Pleasanton, grandparents Joel Heinz of San Leandro and Irene Heinz of Fremont, and Jerry and Susan Shaw of Provo, Utah; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services were held April 5 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pleasanton. Burial was at Memory Gardens Cemetery
Contributions may be made to the Wyatt Heinz Memorial Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Pleasanton, CA 94566, acct. #6090732675.
Marvin “Bud” Silva
Marvin “Bud” Silva died April 1, 2003 at Kaiser in Walnut Creek. He was 76.
The Oakland, CA native had lived in Pleasanton for 10 years, moving here from Hayward where he had lived 66 years. He graduated from High School in 1945 and then served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a retired Teamster who drove for Lucky Stores in San Leandro for 32 years. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Pleasanton.
He is survived by his wife Jean Silva of Pleasanton, a son Daryl Silva of Castro Valley, daughters Marvajean Harrell of Louisburg, KS, Luann Silva of Pleasanton, and Lynette Carone of San Ramon; a sister Eleanor Marsh of Nevada, two nephews, a niece, and seven grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated April 5 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Pleasanton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Rd., Burlingame, CA 94010, or to a favorite charity.
Cathy Alison Oberg: Cathy Alison Oberg died March 26, 2003 in Walnut Creek. She was 47.
The San Francisco native had lived in Dublin for 21 years. She worked as a waitress at the Dublin 40 Bowl for nine years. She loved riding motorcycles and camping. She was a member of the Dublin Bowling League “Takes to Balls.”
She is survived by her husband Robert Gerow of Dublin; daughter Caitlin Oberg of Dublin, sons Brian Hobizal of Dublin and Cody Oberg of Dublin, and her mother Jean Cusick of San Ramon. She was preceded in death by her husband Maury Oberg in 2001 and a sister three weeks ago.
A celebration of her life was held at Gallagher’s on April 6.
Steve Terry died March 21, 2003 in Livermore. He was 55.
He was born in Pasadena, CA. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a member of the Air Force Band. He worked for PG&E for 25 years. He loved fishing, traveling, collecting and jazz. He also loved sharing the good times with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen Terry of Livermore, daughter and son-in-law Nadine and Mike McDonald, a son Adam terry, his mother Bettie Terry and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Sat., April 12 at Stony Ridge Winery, Tesla Rd., Livermore. Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Monterey Jazz Festival Education Fund, KCSM Jazz Radio, ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation), or to the American Heart Association.