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Paula Jean Brown

Oct. 8, 1946 –Dec. 23, 2014 Paula Jean Brown was a gentle, generous soul: lover of animals, children, travel, satire, fashion and literature. She was born and raised in San Gabriel, Calif., and graduated from San Gabriel High School. Subsequently she attended the University of...

Bridget Graney

Bridget C. Graney, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach and Dana Point, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Jan. 13. She was 91 years old. Born and raised in County Mayo, Ireland, “Bridie” spent more than four decades running an in-home day care in Laguna Beach....

John Mancuso

The man known to many in our community of Laguna Beach as “Mr. Giovanni,” John Carmen Mancuso, began his life in Hastings, Penn., Nov. 6, 1932. His parents, Michele Mancuso and Carmela Todaro, immigrated to the U.S. at the turn of the century from Grotte, Sicily. He was the...

Andrew Berner

Andrew Berner, 69, died at his home in South Laguna on Dec. 2, after a brief battle with lung cancer. Berner was born in Los Angeles in 1945 and attended Loyola High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco and a master’s and Ph.D. degrees from...

John Parsons

  John V. (Jack) Parsons, a resident of Laguna Beach for 68 years, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Saddleback Memorial Hospital on Dec. 12, 2014 surrounded by love. Born in Grand Junction, Colo., on Nov. 11, 1934, he was the son of Floyd Sr. Parsons and Edna (Tuttle)...

Otho Budd

Otho (Sonny) Mansfield Budd was born on Sept. 12, 1923, and crossed over the rainbow bridge peacefully on Dec. 8, 2014.  At his side were June, his beloved wife of 55 years, Kathleen, his only daughter, and Stephen, his only son. His grandchildren Chloe, Aria, Quinn, Eric, Dallen...

Richard Bracebridge Challis

Richard Bracebridge Challis was born at home in London, England on Aug. 12, 1920. He died in his home in Laguna Beach of natural causes on Dec. 10, 2014. His father, Lionel Stevenson Challis, served as a captain during WWI and his mother, Eileen Owen, was a classical violinist....

Swayne, a Role Model for Philanthropy, Dies at 73

Judy Kjellberg Swayne was born April 4, 1941, in Chicago, Ill., and died on Nov. 29, 2014, after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She resided in Laguna Beach from 1970 until 2012 at which time she became a resident at Silverado Memory Care in San Juan Capistrano. Judy...

Marje Adams

Active in Laguna Beach senior life and well-known around town, long time resident, Marje Adams died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 20, surrounded by family and friends. She was 87 years old. Born Marjorie Ann Bernell Johnson on Nov. 26, 1926 in St. Paul, Minn., she had two older...

Gerald Allen Cohen

Gerald Allen Cohen, 83, passed away Oct. 1, 2014, at his home in Laguna Beach. Cohen was born March 5, 1931, in St. Louis, Mo., to Benjamin and Leah Cohen. He was a remarkable mathematician and a very talented engineer who contributed greatly to the U.S. space program and several...

William J. Kremer

  William “Bill” Kremer, born in Chicago, Ill., to Maria and Christian Kremer on Feb. 9, 1932 passed away Oct. 15, 2014, at the age of 82. As a young man, Bill joined the Air Force and was stationed in France during the Korean conflict. Upon his return to the states, he began his...

Mary L. Farrar

Dec. 22, 1925-Oct . 5, 2014 Mary L. Farrar, affectionately known as MiMi, passed away peacefully with family by her side Oct. 5, 2014. She was born on Dec. 22, 1925, to Luis John and Maria Lawrence Santos in Tulare, Calif. She was raised on the family farm west of Tulare. For...

The Music Man: Roger Charles Bailey 1923-2014

Roger Charles Bailey, a man of honor, pride and distinction, served his country, but cherished his family as well. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on July 15, 1923. One of five kids, Bailey loved to play baseball and sing in the church choir. His singing used to annoy his...

Noel Selby

Noel Selby, born in Australia in 1936 and a resident of Balboa Island, died on Sept. 2, 2014. He received his law degree from Melbourne University in 1956. Selby excelled in tennis, Aussie Rules football and cricket. He retired from Xerox in 1995 after 30 years in the human...

Ever Upbeat, Reed Signs Off With a Cheery Epitaph

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Darrin John Reed, a longtime Laguna Beach resident whose parting words revealed his unending enthusiasm for life, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, after a two year battle with leukemia and its complications. Last month, Reed was admitted to Hoag hospital’s ICU...