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John S. Hedges 1926-2015

  By Jack Casey, Special to the Independent John Hedges, my dear friend from Laguna Beach, left us Saturday, March 14. Although I live across the country in upstate New York, our families have shared much over the past 40 years. His beloved Barbara asked if I would write...

John Horvath

Our beloved son, John Miklos Horvath, who was born April 26, 1969, passed away on March 9, 2015. He leaves behind a son, a sister and her family, and his mother Elizabeth Horvath, a registered nurse. We will never forget him and we will always love him for eternity

Mary Jo Mancuso

Laguna lost a bright star and true Laguna original on March 1 with the passing of Mary Jo Mancuso. She would have been 80 on March 6. Mancuso was actively and energetically involved with a host of causes and organizations dating back to 1969, when the family first moved to...

Deirdre Naughton

Deirdre Carmel Ann Naughton, fashion maven and former Hollywood costume designer, passed away in Los Angeles on Feb. 27. She was 63. Naughton, who was always referred to as Dee, was a long time Hollywood resident. Born on Friday the 13th in the West of Ireland, she lived...

Ceramic Artist Richard White Dies at 63

By Bolton Colburn, Special to the Independent Richie White, a well-known contemporary ceramic artist and professor at Saddleback College’s Art Department, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at his home in San Clemente. Former students, peers, friends and family flocked to the campus in...

Lu Campbell, Festival of Arts Exhibitor, Dies at 82

Former Festival of Arts artist and Laguna Beach resident Lu Campbell passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at home with her husband, John, and daughter Darcy by her side. Campbell had been fighting lung cancer since 2007. Lu was born in Whittier, Calif., on Feb. 19, 1932, to...
Posted On 13 Feb 2015

Ezat Pakpour

Ezat Babazadeh Pakpour was a warm-hearted woman, known for her strength, endearing stubbornness and unmatchable sense of humor. Never straying from a strong and positive conviction for her beliefs, she never complained about life and could find humor in the most challenging...

Judith Macdonald

Judith Alexandra Macdonald, a long time resident of Laguna Beach, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, with her two daughters, Rhea Foley and Rebecca Judy, by her side. Born Dec. 2, 1945, in Pasadena, Judy was the newest member of a prominent Pasadena family and was...

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....