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Category: Obituaries

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Richard Balzer

Richard Balzer

Richard Havlin Balzer passed away on June 12, 2014, in Springfield, Ore., from a bad heart valve. He was born Aug. 25, 1945 in Los Angeles to Carl and Elsa Balzer. Balzer is survived by his son Vaughn Balzer; his grandson Calvin Balzer; his brother Rick Balzer and his niece Shannon Balzer Palmer. Richard, or […]

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 Major Laguna Sculptor Dies

Major Laguna Sculptor Dies

By Bolton Colburn, Special to the Independent Long-time Laguna Beach resident and ceramic sculptor Jerry Rothman died Thursday, June 5, of a heart attack at a hospital near his sculpture park and home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. During the last few years of his life Rothman was unable to work due to the […]

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Georgette Robertson

Georgette Robertson

July 28, 1924-May 28, 2014 A great lady, mother, grandmother and dear friend, Georgette La Roque Robertson entered her heavenly home at age 89. She was born in San Angelo, Tex., to Annis and Forest Shakelford. After her father’s early death, her mother married a wonderful man, Robert La Roque, who adopted Georgette. Growing up […]

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Beatriz Lopez Mead

Beatriz Lopez Mead

June 22, 1946 – May 23, 2014 Beatriz Lopez Mead, known to her friends affectionately as Bianca, passed away peacefully after an 18-month struggle with cancer. Her loving spirit, sharp sense of humor and contagious laughter will remain with all that knew her. Mead spent the better part of her life working in the arts. […]

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Beatrice Ruth Hillard

Beatrice Ruth Hillard

Beatrice Ruth Hillard, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away April 8, 2014.   Born Sept. 29, 1924, Bea grew up in Milwaukee, Wisc., before moving to New York. There, she received her master’s in nursing from Columbia University in 1959.   Specializing in pre-natal care and child birth, she wrote numerous published articles and traveled […]

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Alma Marie Fedorsin 1923-2014

Alma Marie Fedorsin 1923-2014

Alma Marie Fedorsin, of Laguna Woods, passed away from natural causes April 17, 2014. Her husband was with her at the time of her death. Alma was born in Ambridge, Penn., on Nov. 13, 1923. She was the youngest of 13 children born to Carmela and Joseph Caracci, who immigrated to the U.S. from Italy. Alma […]

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Diana Lee Kramer

Diana Lee Kramer

May 6, 1936-April 12, 2014 Diana Lee Kramer, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on April 12, the 56th anniversary of her wedding. She leaves her loving husband, Karl Kramer, three children, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and an army of beloved family and friends. Diana was born […]

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Holden Obituary

Holden Obituary

Melanie Ott Holden passed away at her home on March 31, 2014. Born in Evanston, Ill., on May 12,1938, Melanie moved to Laguna Beach with her family in 1941. Her father was renowned sculptor, Peterpaul Ott. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School, Melanie continued her education in Germany, mastering six foreign languages and working […]

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Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards and ended up shaping a culture, passed away at his home in Palm Desert on Saturday, March 29. He was 80 and had been in declining health for some time. The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves,” by Laguna Beach author Paul Holmes, […]

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Stuart Wilson

Stuart Wilson

Stuart Wilson Ph.D., age 80, died Monday, February 24, 2014, in Laguna Beach. Congestive heart failure overtook Wilson in the weeks prior to his death, and in keeping with his wishes, he remained at home among family and friends. He was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on Feb. 6, 1934, and earned a Ph.D. in […]

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Obituary

Obituary

Barbara Painter 1934-2014 Laguna Beach icon and longtime resident Barbara Northam Painter passed away peacefully on March 8, 2014, with family and friends. She was born on Dec. 9, 1934, to Charles and Arline Baker in Albany, N.Y. Barbara was raised in Pelham Manor, N.Y., as a young child. She moved to Pasadena and attended […]

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Alan Thomas George Bryan

Alan Thomas George Bryan

Memorial Alan Thomas George Bryan Alan Thomas George Bryan, poet, song writer, roving minstrel, quantum reader, dog lover, stone mason, seaman, ship’s cook, bon vivant and friend, died Dec. 12, 2012, in Laguna Beach. Bryan was born
Nov. 2, 1955, in Huntington, England. He is survived by
two brothers and a sister, all of Ontario, Canada. His […]

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William F. Garman

William F. Garman

2/22/34-2/12/14 William (Bill) Francis Garman passed away on Feb. 12, 2014, from Parkinson’s disease in his home in Ocean Hills, Calif. He was 79. William was a Van Nuys High School, UC Santa Barbara and Hastings Law School graduate. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps as a first lieutenant airplane, jet and […]

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Armen Tigran Gasparian

Armen Tigran Gasparian

Nov. 25, 1933 – Feb. 15, 2014 Armen Tigran Gasparian, a contemporary Impressionist painter, was born in Abadan, Iran, on the Persian Gulf of Armenian parents. The family moved to Calcutta, India, where Armen spent his formative years in an English boarding school in Darjeeling, in the Himalayan Mountains near Tibet. Gasparian went on to […]

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Ralph Vanderhoof Jr.

Ralph Vanderhoof Jr.

Longtime Laguna Beach resident Ralph Wilson Vanderhoof Jr., passed away on New Year’s Eve. Known to his friends and family as Bill or Dutch, he moved to Laguna Beach in the early ‘80s after living for many years in Arcadia. Born on Oct. 5, 1921, in Newark, N.J., Vanderhoof’s life was a full one highlighted […]