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Frank L. August

Frank L. August died the weekend of Nov. 8. He was born in Ohio and graduated from the Ohio State University School of Architecture. The summer prior to his graduation he came to Laguna Beach and worked for an architect here. He loved Laguna and returned in December 1961, again...

A Principled, Exemplary Leader

Bill Rihn (1930-2015) By Tom Osborne Civic valor defined Bill Rihn. Steadfastly, for 11 years (2003-2014) he served with distinction as president of the South Laguna Civic Association. Almost single-handedly he achieved the removal of South Laguna’s only remaining billboard along...

Water District Leader Scherer Dies

Bruce Scherer, a local resident who served on the board of the Laguna Beach County Water District, died Nov. 11. He was 80. Scherer was appointed to the board in 1976, which began his 39-year tenure protecting and ensuring Laguna Beach’s water supply. When the district became a...

William David Stallone

August 31,1943 – October 18, 2015 William (Bill) David Stallone was born Aug. 31, 1943, in Berkeley. He was delivered by his father Jasper, a general practitioner, with the help of forceps to cut short a long labor. (His mother joked that she was never again the same.) He...

Larry Delaney

Larry Davis Delaney passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at his home in Whitefish, Mont., surrounded by family.  He was born Sept. 24, 1938, in Little Rock, Ark., to Evelyn P. Morgan and Charles Mims. For those who knew him, Delaney was “the most interesting m...

Donald Edward Charhut

Donald Edward Charhut, 83, a former long-time resident of Laguna Beach, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Saint Camillus Center in Stamford, Conn., after a brief illness. Don was born Sept. 8, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., and was the second of three sons born to Genevieve...

Sandra Silka

March 3, 1942-Sept. 6, 2015 Sandra “Sandi” Silka lost her battle to cancer on Sept. 6, 2015 at her home in Clarksville, Vir. She was born in Chicago, Ill., March 3, 1942, to the late Joseph Frank and Emily Kulis Silka. Her parents moved to Southern California when she was 14....

Margie Marie Erick

Margie Marie Erick, a 20-year resident of Laguna Beach, passed away on Sept. 29, 2015, of natural causes in Yucca Valley. She was 89. Margie was born Nov. 19, 1925, in Ennis, Texas.  As a child she picked cotton, was cousin to Clyde Barrow and attended the Consolidated School of...

Sandra Silka

March 3, 1942-Sept. 6, 2015 Sandra “Sandi” Silka lost her battle to cancer on Sept. 6, 2015 at her home in Clarksville, Vir. She was born in Chicago, Ill., March 3, 1942, to the late Joseph Frank and Emily Kulis Silka. Her parents moved to Southern California when she was 14....

Joyce Lowell, Descendent of Early Laguna Pioneers, Dies at 95

Joyce McElree Lee Lowell, a grandchild of the “pioneer mother” of Laguna Beach, Catherine Aurora Brenizer Skidmore Brooks, died Sept. 1 in Long Beach. She was 95. Lowell’s mother, Anita Skidmore, was one of four siblings from the marriage of Catherine and George Skidmore. Her...

Architect Mark Singer Dies

The Laguna Beach staff of noted local architect Mark Singer, who for 30 years has designed award winning homes, art galleries and commercial properties with a distinctive contemporary style, confirmed his death Thursday, Sept. 17. The architect’s signature was so well known...

William Hamilton McFadden

William Hamilton McFadden, of Palm Desert, passed away on Sept. 3, 2015. He died of natural causes after battling cancer and diabetes. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and is survived by his four children, two step-children, five grandchildren, and two...

Dr. Dennis Hudson Cadreau

January 22, 1953-August 26, 2015 Dennis Cadreau was visiting his family in Laguna Beach for a long weekend from East Jordan, Mich. A body surfing accident at Divers Cove left him paralyzed and after a 16 day battle he died from complications from his injuries. He was 62 years...

Karl F. Kramer

Aug. 3, 1935 – Aug. 29, 2015 Karl Francis Kramer Jr., a 44 year resident of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully with his family at his side Aug. 29, 2015. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Diana Lee Kramer, in 2014. Born in 1935, Karl grew up in Beverly...

Lew Williams

Llewelyn Lloyd Williams, Jr., also known as Lew, 96 years young, passed on Aug. 12, 2015, surrounded by his immediate family. Lew grew up in Orange and was a 1938 graduate of Orange High School. He also attended Fullerton Junior College and UCLA and remained a huge Bruins fan....