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William (Bill) Holman Hurt, born March 29, 1927, aged 94, passed away peacefully at his San Marino, California home on September 2, 2021.Born and raised on the South Side of L.A., he chose to graduate early from L.A. High School to get a year of college under his belt before joining the U.S. Navy. He later earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, graduating magna cum laude in 1949. After graduating Harvard University with an M.B.A. in 1951, Hurt headed back to Los Angeles to start his investing career at Dean Witter & Company; he served for 20 years in several roles, including executive vice president for marketing and research, and head of institutional and retail sales. “I was a cage rattler,” he noted.

Alyce Virginia (Apoyan) Doney was born on November 20, 1923, to Misak and Esther Apoyan in Oak Park, Illinois.Raised as the youngest of three girls, Alyce had a magical childhood between growing up in Oak Park and summers spent at Tower Lakes. As Alyce was an excellent student, she was able to skip third grade and free to spend much of her childhood dancing and singing. These passions continued throughout her time at the University of Illinois where she was a part of the Illini Union Department of Dance and University Chorus. She was also president of her sorority, Phi Mu, and a member of both the Spanish and French club. 

Julie Condon was a loving and generous wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She passed away suddenly and peacefully on September 8, 2021, at the age of 79 with her husband, Tom, of 57 years by her side.Julie was the eldest of three daughters born to Harry and Norva Harkins of Altadena. She attended St. Andrews High School in Pasadena and graduated from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, where she studied both art and French.Following her time as a dedicated homemaker, Julie devoted herself to a life of philanthropy, focusing especially on the needs of the most vulnerable: the poor, the gravely ill and those marginalized by society. She served in leadership roles with charities throughout Southern California, including Catholic Education Foundation, Mayfield Senior School, Holy Family Catholic Church, National Charity League, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and many more. Julie also earned membership in several Catholic charitable organizations, including as a Dame of Malta, a Dame of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a Dame of St. Gregory the Great and as a member of Christ Child Society of Pasadena.

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.