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December 18, 1937 – August 14, 2021 Patrick D. Conroy We regretfully announce the passing of Patrick D. Conroy, 83, of Escondido, California. He passed away on August 14, 2021, ending his battle with congestive heart disease and respiratory failure.Patrick was born on December 18th, 1937 to Mary Belle and Bernard Conroy in the bustling city of Detroit, Michigan. After Patrick and his family moved to Los Angeles County, Patrick graduated from Alhambra HS then earned his AA at Pasadena City College, his BA from UC Santa Barbara and his MA in Teaching Spanish from the University of New Mexico, where he was a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma Language Society.

June 8, 1935- August 7, 2021 John Lester Erickson (“Jack”) John L. Erickson (“Jack”), age 86, of San Marino, California, passed away August 7, after three weeks in the hospital with pneumonia. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary, and multitudes of friends and family.Jack was born in Pasadena, CA, on June 8, 1935. He was raised in San Marino and graduated from South Pasadena San Marino High School in 1953. He graduated from UC Berkeley in June 1957, where he was a proud Alpha Delt. Being an adventurous young man, he told his then sweetheart of two years, Mary, who had missed her own graduation from USC to attend his, and that he wanted to “date other people.” Without a blink, she agreed that she would as well.

Jeanne Walker Cornwell April 30, 1929 – July 26, 2021 Fifty-year San Marino resident Jeanne Walker Cornwell died peacefully on July 26, 2021, in Yorba Linda, California. She was 92.Jeanne was born in the Imperial Valley town of Brawley, California and grew up in the nearby town of Westmorland, not far from the Mexican border in southeastern California. Her grandfather Robert A. Walker was an early pioneer of Imperial Valley farming and helped introduce the cantaloupe as a crop in the Valley. Her father Glenn Danforth Walker was a WWI pilot who returned to the Valley after the war and became a Security Bank manager and farmer, and her mother Florence Mathers Walker was a homemaker. Jeanne and her older sister Mary Frances grew up in their tiny desert town surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins, playing the piano, and getting root beer floats to ward off the heat. During her teen years, Jeanne worked as a volunteer aircraft spotter during WWII, was active in several school clubs, and was elected Prom Queen. She graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1947 and followed her sister to the University of Redlands. While at the U of R, Jeanne was a member of Delta Kappa Psi, a cover girl for the campus literary magazine “The Siren” and was a finalist in the California State Maid of Cotton pageant. She was a gifted artist and majored in art with the intention of becoming a fashion illustrator, but a college professor convinced her…

August 15, 1923 – July 11, 2021 Helen Liacouras Lambros Helen Liacouras Lambros, surrounded by love, passed away peacefully. She led an incredibly full life of nearly 98 years. She was born to Greek immigrants, James and Stella Lagakos Liacouras, on Aug. 15, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA. Helen was forever rooted by the ideals instilled by her parents and a robust family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her upbringing in the Philadelphia Greek community had an indelible impact on her life.From an early age, she was drawn to music, dance, education and the church, all aided by a thirst to tackle whatever the world had to offer. Many of her cousins were musical and got together frequently to play. She recounts these memories as among the happiest of her life. “We entertained everyone,” she would say, referring to how music brought her family and community close together. Helen embraced each day with a spirit and vigor like nobody else. She had a larger-than-life personality and seemingly infinite energy, creativity and resolve to make projects, productions and programs succeed.Following graduation from Philadelphia public schools, Helen attended Beaver College, now known as Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. She regularly credited her parents for their courage in allowing her to attend school away from home, which was unusual for a Greek American girl at the time.

March 16, 1925 – June 6, 2021 Jeanne Howlett Schmid Our beautiful 96-year young mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and dear friend passed away on Sunday, June 6th at her daughter’s home in Pasadena, CA. She was surrounded by family as she gracefully exhaled on earth and inhaled in heaven, joining her cherished husband Ben and family and dear friends who rejoiced to welcome her.Born into one of the original Los Angeles ranching families, Jeanne was raised in Hollywood, graduating from Hollywood High School. From an early age as best friend of child actress Jane Withers, Jeanne was immersed in the film industry and prominently featured in entertainment and publicity photos and news articles. That friendship endured and enriched her life through the years.Childhood sweethearts in Hollywood, Jeanne married Ben in 1947 at the Stanford University Chapel, recalling the local news headline: “Ten years of friendship ends in marriage.”Their first child Nancy was born in the Stanford Hospital, and they continued their lifelong preference for Stanford sports, especially when their twin granddaughters were co-captains of Stanford Soccer, despite their 3 children holding USC degrees!

January 12, 1934 – June 11, 2021 Lawrence Aristide Del Santo Lawrence “Larry” Aristide Del Santo, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went home to God on June 11, 2021 at the age of 87. Larry was born in 1934 in Ross, California to Marie and Aristide Del Santo, later moving to San Mateo where he was raised with his cherished sister, Mary Lou (Brignolo) Harris. He attended Serra High School and the University of San Francisco (USF), graduating with a B.S. in Marketing. Following graduation, he fulfilled his ROTC responsibilities, moving to Germany to serve as an officer in the Army. He lived in Stuttgart for two years, where the first of his 12 children was born.Larry was considered a titan in the supermarket industry having led both Vons Companies, Inc. and Lucky Stores. He began his career in 1957 for the Vons Grocery Company progressing to President and CEO. In 1975, Larry joined Household International, the parent company of Vons, and was promoted to Executive Vice President. In 1984, he left Household to ultimately assume the title of CEO and member of the Board of Lucky Stores. In 1993 he returned to where he began his career, Vons, as Chairman and CEO, retiring in 1997.Early on in his life, Larry showed his exceptional ability to lead people. From the football team in high school and college to his early days at Vons, Larry knew every person on his team and cared about the details of their lives. People looked forward to his quick…

Susan Giokaris Patzakis Our precious and beloved Susan Giokaris Patzakis fell asleep in the Lord on July 9, 2021 at the age of 79 after a long battle with a debilitating disease. Susan was a rare soul who was universally loved by all. She devoted her life to her family, including her loving husband of over 59 years, Dr. Michael J. Patzakis, her four children, Michele, Theresa, John and Peter, and twelve grandchildren. Her husband Michael, the love of her life, endlessly adored, cared for and supported her, especially throughout her illness, when he was always at her side.Originally from Lima, Ohio, and a 50-year resident of San Marino, California, Susan was the fourth of five children born to Greek immigrant parents Peter (Petros) John Giokaris and Theresa (Athanasia) Kanatas Giokaris. Susan was baptized Stamatia in Greek after her maternal great-grandmother. After graduating from Lima Senior High School, she went on to attend Ohio State University, from which she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, and where she met and married Michael, who was attending medical school. Following graduation, Michael’s acceptance into LA County-USC Medical Center internship and orthopedic residency programs precipitated a move out West. Susan passed her nursing licensing exam and worked on a medical-surgery ward at the LA County-USC Hospital until motherhood beckoned her full attention.

November 10, 1927-July 2, 2021 Byron Richard “Dick” Marsh Beloved father and grandfather, Dick, passed away from natural causes on July 2nd at age of 93. Dick was born in Los Angeles to Wes and Betty Marsh. He grew up in San Marino where he attended South Pasadena High School. After high school, he graduated from UCLA and then went on to earn a Juris Doctorate at USC Law School. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate Officer.He then returned to Los Angeles, where he began a long legal career from which he retired in 2008. He spent the majority of his career as a partner in the law firm of Knapp, Marsh, Jones, and Doran. He was General Counsel for the Los Angeles County Sanitation District from 1968 to 2008.He was a lifelong member of the Jonathan Club, where he regularly attended Toastmasters, Breakfast Club, and club events. He thoroughly enjoyed Sunday brunch with his family.Dick was an avid traveler, opera enthusiast, reader, UCLA football fan, and dog lover. In fact, he never met a dog that he did not like.Dick is survived by his son David, daughter Diane (George), granddaughters Katherine and Megan, and his former spouse Carolyn.Family remembrance will be held in the future.

John Lucas John W. Lucas was born on March 14, 1923 (Pi Day) and passed peacefully on June 19, 2021 at the age of 98. His parents were Leo J. and Mary G. Lucas. His father was a member of the Lucas family that owned and operated the Lucas Ranching Company in Cucamonga, California. John’s mother’s maiden name was Schwamm. John had two brothers, Richard and Don, who predeceased him.During the fall of 1944, John was a member of the 13th reserve class at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He received his commission as an Engineering Officer in December 1944. He then reported aboard a “baby” aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Casablanca-CVE 55, and served in the South Pacific during 1945. While on the ship, he was the ship’s band manager and conductor. Music and dancing were always a deep passion of his. He became an accomplished pianist and danced into his 90s with the Stardusters Ballroom Dance Club.John attended UC Davis and Berkeley for his undergraduate and graduate degrees, and he received his Ph.D. in Engineering from UCLA in 1953 after marrying his ever-lasting love Genevieve Marie Blessent on February 9, 1952. Shortly after their marriage, he was granted a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the National Science Foundation and moved with Genevieve and their first son to Berlin, Germany to conduct research at the Fritz Haber Institute (formerly the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physical Chemistry).

Graziella Almanza On May 31, 2021, Graziella Almanza passed away after a short non-respiratory illness. A native of Italy and a long-time resident of San Marino, she came to live in the United States as a result of meeting her future husband, Robert, at a train station in Paris in the summer of 1958. They both were on their way to London — she to work as an au pair to practice her English, he on leave from his U.S. Army posting in Germany — and were seated in the same compartment. At the end of the ride, he gave her his address in Los Angeles. She wrote him that November, by which time he was back in California, and he went to visit her in Italy that December. So began a courtship involving Robert taking many transatlantic flights. On July 16, 1962, in her hometown of Perosa Argentina, Italy, Graziella Bresso and Robert Almanza were married.