renaissance

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,...

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...

Helen Jacqueline “Jackie” Nelson

Helen Jacqueline “Jackie” Nelson died peacefully in Mission Viejo on Jan. 23, 2014,  at the age of 94. Born to Emelia Hagely and Amos Sapp on Oct. 27, 1919, in Newnan, Ga., Jackie grew up in Quartzsite, Ariz., and entered Colton Union High School at the age of 12. She...

Lionel “Train” Mytinger

Lionel Mytinger, a longtime Laguna Beach resident known to many as “Train,” passed away on Jan. 17 from natural causes. He was 68. Mytinger was a surf legend, a nurseryman, a caretaker, and lover of people. Born on June 24, 1945, in New York City, Lionel was a young...

Flora Schoenleber Taylor

Longtime Laguna Beach resident Flora M.Schoenleber Taylor passed away on Feb. 4, 2014. She was born Sept 10, 1920, in Pasadena to Catherine and William Gray, the third of four daughters. While attending Pasadena City College, she met her best friend’s brother, James...

Sandi Carter

Sandi Carter, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 25, 2014, following a recurrence of breast cancer. She was 69 years old. Sandi was born on Oct. 24, 1944, in Los Angeles, to Darrell and Doris Bogardus. She grew up in Los Angeles,...

Edward Graney

Edward T. Graney, 84, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11. Born and raised in Illinois, he was a member of the Chicago police force from 1953-63, during which time he helped provide security for then-presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and was a member of the local St. Jude...

Tracy Neu

Tracy Christine Neu, (Beach girl), Feb. 18, 1964 – Jan. 21, 2014, is survived by her fiancé, Randy Redwine. [email protected]

Enid Greaves

Enid Patricia Greaves, 91, a 49-year resident of Laguna Beach’s Top of the World neighborhood passed away Jan. 16, 2014 due to a sudden bout with pneumonia. Born on the Mediterranean island of Malta in 1922, she was known as “Paddy” to all her close friends. As a young woman,...

Annette Louise Stephens

Annette Louise Stephens, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, died Dec. 14, 2013, due to the complications of Widely Metastatic Uterine Cancer.   She was 78 years old. Stephens was born in Union City, N.J. to Gerard and Zoe Steencken on May 5, 1935.  There she was educated and...

Robert E. Roper

  Dr. Robert E. Roper, 80, passed away at home in Laguna Beach on Christmas Day, 2013. He was born in Kewanee, Ill., on Oct. 1, 1933, to Dr. Robert Wilson Roper and Florine Effie Roper. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University as a high school senior, joined the Sigma Chi...

Laguna’s First Female Mayor Dies

Phyllis Sweeney, the first woman mayor of Laguna Beach, died Monday, Dec. 3. Sweeney became active in Laguna politics during the campaign against high rise development in 1971 and was appointed to the City Council in 1972, elected in 1974 and served a contentious term as mayor...

Charles Ernest Maier Jr.

  Charles Ernest Maier Jr. was born Jan. 12, 1931, in Pasadena, though he grew up in Laguna Beach, attending the public schools there and was active in all aspects of school life. In 1948 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Korean War, 1950-1953. He was an air...

Laguna’s First Woman Council Member Dies

Helen Keeley died peacefully at her home in Borrego Springs, Calif., on Nov. 20, 2013.  She was 102 years old. Keeley was the first woman to be elected to the Laguna Beach City Council and also served as president of the Festival of Arts.  Memorial services will be held early...

Mary Redwitz

Mary Redwitz, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, died peacefully at home Nov. 19, 2013. She was 87 years old. Beloved mother of three children, Randy, Tom and Ellen, Redwitz was the quintessential “Mom” and completely focused on the well being of her family. Her life’s passion was...