Obituaries

Patricia Jane Vining

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Patricia “Pati” Jane Vining, 57, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at her home in Pacific Palisades.

She is survived by her husband, Steven Vining, and her children. Kaitlin, Colin and Alison.

Pati was born on June 25, 1959 in Harmony, Minnesota to James and Florence Netland. She was the third of their four children, Cindy, Kathy and Mark. In 1983 she met Steven Vining and in June 1984 they were married in Minneapolis. Together they raised their children as they moved to Georgia in 1989, Connecticut in 1991 and finally to California in 1996.

An incredibly kind and giving person, Pati made many lasting friendships and left her mark in each home they made. She was known as a volunteering dynamo, involving herself in civic, educational and church groups everywhere she lived.

In California she was involved in the Marquez Elementary Parents Group, AYSO Youth Soccer, Palisades High School Parent Booster Club, Palisades High School College Center, Women Helping Youth Organization, Girl Scouts, Palisades Lutheran Church and the Palisades Lutheran Preschool. She will be greatly missed and all those who met her will remember her laugh and infectious spirit.

She was buried on Sunday, March 5, surrounded by her family at the East Norway Lake Church in New London, Minnesota.

A memorial will be held on Saturday, April 8 at the Palisades Lutheran Church at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Pati’s name to her two favorite charities: the Heifer Organization and the Los Angeles-based Women Helping Youth.

Fred Weintraub

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Born April 27, 1928, in The Bronx, Fred Weintraub was the son of Anne and Izzie Weintraub. His mother’s no-nonsense approach shaped Fred’s can-do spirit. His father, eager to utilize his Wharton Business School graduate son, allowed Fred to transform their mom-and-pop toy store into a chain of 80 stores.

But it was showbiz that was Fred’s true calling. Fred started in a jazz club in Cuba, but his career really began in a chess game in which he won a piece of real estate. 147 Bleeker St. was fitted with used church pews and a stage, transforming into The Bitter End, a Greenwich Village open mic coffee shop that attracted up-and-coming talent. Here, Fred discovered many artists, including Peter, Paul and Mary, Neil Diamond, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Joan Rivers, Richard Pryor, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal, Linda Rondstadt, and Frankie Vallie.

Bequeathing The Bitter End to an employee, Fred moved west. In 1970, Weintraub became vice president of Creative Services at Warner Brothers and joined their board. His first business was the production of Woodstock. Initially, the deal was falling through, but, according to Artie Kornfeld, promoter of Woodstock ’69, “Freddie … told the guys of the board he would quit if he didn’t close the deal.” Woodstock won the 1971 Oscar for best documentary. Roger Ebert later wrote, “It was the film that gave a generation a voice. And made Woodstock a part of American myth.”

Fred continued to shape careers and film, producing 40 films, including “Rage” starring George C. Scott, “High Road to China” starring Tom Selleck, “Tom Horn” starring Steve McQueen, and the iconic “Enter the Dragon” starring Bruce Lee, the latter, introducing the world to the martial arts craze and named to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2007. He created, wrote and produced 50 television episodes.

In 2011, Fred published his memoirs, “Bruce Lee, Woodstock and Me.” Fred’s greatest production was his own life, richly imbued with long-lasting friendships, great humor and a tremendous passion for the business of entertainment.

Fred passed away March 5 in Pacific Palisades due to complications with Parkinsons. He was 88. He is survived by his wife, Jackie; his children, Sandra, Barbara, Max and Zachary; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Jewish Women’s Theater, The Discovery Cube Los Angeles or Kehillat Israel.

Joyce Elaine Stein

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Joyce Elaine Stein passed away on Jan. 29, 2017. It was the best possible, most peaceful death one could imagine. The hospice care people were fantastic and we were all able to say what needed to be said and sing what needed to be sung.

She was a brilliant woman, the first in her family to go to college; she started at UCLA at age 16. She was a classically trained pianist who demanded that her three sons take piano lessons from an early age.

She was a sophisticated consumer of the arts, enjoying folk art from around the world, the best Disney Hall had to offer, all the great museums and her grandsons’ band, Finish Ticket, when they played at the Troubadour and the Greek Theatre in LA. And she was herself an accomplished poet, with several publications under her belt, as well as poetic collaborations with visual artists.

She travelled many times to Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and islands in between. She went to Mongolia in 2006 for the 800th anniversary of the Mongol Empire. One of our favorite pictures of her was taken then, when she was traveling through the Gobi desert, dressed somewhat like a French Legionnaire. She was 75 at the time. Even after that she went on a camping trip to the Australian outback. She always preferred the floor of a hut to a hotel bed, because she wanted to know the people.

On a family car trip across the U.S. in 1947, she visited relatives in Memphis, Tennessee and what she saw there galvanized her into a committed and active anti-racist for the rest of her life. She volunteered at the ACLU through most of our childhood; she worked on numerous Democratic political campaigns; she took guff from no man. If she didn’t like what she saw, she spoke up. Loudly.

Joyce is survived by her sons Abbott and wife Mary Joy, Adam and wife Berta, Barney, and four grandsons: William, Zak, Nick and Gabe.

In lieu of a memorial, the family asks that you make donations to one of her favorite causes: ACLU, Planned Parenthood or Southern Poverty Law Center.

Anne H. Carson

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Longtime Palisades resident Anne H. Carson passed away peacefully on Jan. 29, 2017, surrounded by family and caregivers after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s.

A graduate of the University of Akron, Anne, the daughter of Andrew and Anna Maria Holb, was born on Dec. 23, 1924 and raised in Akron, Ohio.

She married Robert Van Houter Carson on Dec. 19, 1947. They moved to the home on Greentree Road in 1951 when her husband took a leadership position with Helms Bakeries. In that home they raised four children: James, Cathleen and twins, Patricia and Robert. She is survived by her four children and six grandchildren.

Anne was active in many Palisades activities, including the National Charity League, Fashionistas and the Bel Air
Bay Club.

Anne’s loving and lively spirit will be missed by all who knew her. The Carson family would like to extend their grateful thanks to loyal caregivers: Lynn, Nessie, Evelyn and Elizabeth.

She was laid to rest on Feb. 24 in private family services at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and interred at Woodlawn Cemetery next to her husband who preceded her in death.

Fernando Morales

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In the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, Dr. Fernando Morales passed. At close to 98 years old, his mind and opinions were as sharp as his 30-year-old self.

Born in Cuba and raised in various parts of the country, including Camaguey, Havana and Guantanamo, he came to the United States at 23 years old to complete his internship at Santa Monica Hospital, eventually becoming an anesthesiologist for many, many years.

He was the real life “most interesting man in the world.” He loved his family, first and foremost, motorcycles, tennis, waterskiing, animals, radio-controlled airplanes and photography, and had an affinity for building projects.

One thing that always stood out was his ability to recall memories, events and names. Back in the early 2000s, he wrote an autobiography titled “The Memories of My Childhood and Things I Have Built.”

He married Marilyn Marshall on June 1, 1949 at her parents’ home in Santa Monica. Friends of theirs thought it wouldn’t last six months. They were coming up on 68 years!

Fernando and Marilyn built their home in Pacific Palisades in 1952 and they haven’t left since. They raised their two daughters, Teresa and Marilyn, and many pugs, cats, canaries, bunnies and a monkey. There, they opened their home to visitors from around the world and hosted hundreds and hundreds of friends and family members for parties, weddings, dinners, holidays and good times over the years.

Fernando (“Ferdi” to his friends) loved to travel, and travel he did! Planes, trains, ships and automobiles (how he loved the automobile). Think 10-day road trip to, oh … New York City … for a honeymoon, in 1949, long before Google Maps and Waze.

He played tennis all over the world with People to People (and even played at the White House), rode his motorcycle in Europe with the BMW club and took his family on road trips everywhere. His two favorite places, besides his beloved Santa Monica, were Lake Arrowhead (where he spent 16 years enjoying water skiing and teaching myriad friends to ski) and San Francisco, where he had been a long-time aficionado of Beach Blanket Babylon, The Slanted Door Restaurant (way before its current popularity) and hoofing it up and down those hills with his wife in tow.

Besides his wife, Marilyn, of almost 68 years, and his daughters, Teresa and Marilyn, “Popi” is survived by his grandchildren: Travis, Chloe, Caroline (Talen), Alexandria, Drew and Jessica (Mike); his great-grandchildren: Thaddeus and Grant; special nephew, Ignacio, to whom he was very close; many other nieces and nephews; an extended family in Spain; and an “in-law” family, the Berger bunch, who adored him.

We will miss you, Popi. There will never be anyone quite like you. Rest in peace.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Charlotte Bell Jacobs

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Charlotte Bell Jacobs, a Pacific Palisades resident for 60 years, died on Feb. 6, 2017.

Born in Chicago, Illinois on April 23, 1933, Charlotte attended Roycemore School and Sullivan High School in Chicago.

Charlotte received a B.S. in elementary education from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana in 1954, and a master’s degree in education with specialization in reading improvement from California State University, Northridge in 1974.

Much of Charlotte’s professional and volunteer work was centered on reading. During the years when her children were in elementary school, Charlotte was involved in several school related activities.

As a volunteer, she worked to establish the Marquez School Reading Improvement Center and was chairman of the Marquez Elementary School Library Committee, which operated the library.

As a volunteer teacher, Charlotte conducted classes in library skills for fourth through sixth grade students, and was active in the school PTA. Charlotte participated in many activities at the Jewish Congregation of Pacific Palisades during the 1960s, including establishing and setting up the synagogue library.

After completing her master’s degree, Charlotte spent seven years as a teacher and one additional year as coordinator for college guidance and admission at the Newbridge School in Beverly Hills.

Charlotte spent several additional years performing one-on-one reading tutoring for students with reading problems.

Charlotte was an independent, self-driven person, both with her volunteer and professional activities. She had creative talents, enjoying crafts such as painting and copper enamel, as well as a love for gardening and cooking. Above all, the center and focus of her life was her family. She was a wonderful wife to her husband and the best mom imaginable for her three children. She taught her children by example, that you can be driven and direct, as well as kind, sweet and loving, even through times of difficulty.

To all family and friends, Charlotte will be missed dearly and always remembered.

Charlotte’s husband of 62 years, Larry, passed in 2015. Charlotte is survived by her children, Sharon (David), Cynthia (Robert) and Everett, and her granddaughters, Rachel, Kimberley and Kaela.

Donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association or the American Cancer Society will be appreciated by the family.

Sharon Kerr Sitrin

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Sharon Kerr Sitrin peacefully passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades surrounded by her family on Feb. 20, 2017 after her long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 73 years old.

Sharon was born on April 14, 1943 in Los Angeles, California to Mac Rae and Maxine Kerr. She attended Marlborough High School and went on to graduate from the University of Southern California where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and became a lifelong Trojan fan.

Sharon and her husband Marcus were married in 1977. They moved to the Palisades in 1980 where they raised their two children, Ryan and Scott. She is survived by her husband, children and three grandchildren: Lyla, Conor and Sydney.

Sharon started her career as a fifth-grade teacher at Elysian Heights in 1968. She later teamed up with her mother to form Kerr Interiors, an interior design firm. Her interests then turned to real estate where she had a very successful 30-year career.

Characterized by warmth, a generosity of spirit and contagious sense of humor, her husband gave her the well-earned nickname “Sunshine.” Throughout her professional career, her passion was never the specific profession, but the people she was able to help.

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine / You make me happy when skies are gray / You’ll never know dear, how much I love you / Please don’t take my sunshine away.”

Austin Sherman McIntosh

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Austin Sherman McIntosh “Austo” died peacefully in Santa Barbara, California on Feb. 10, 2017 at the age of 67. His greatest joys were shared alongside his three daughters, Marissa, Meghan and Kelly, and their mother, Adelaide, as well as his two granddaughters and sisters.

Austin, a Pacific Palisades native, shared his childhood memories with his parents, Robert and Joan McIntosh, and his three sisters Nancy, Elaine and Catherine.

He attended St. Matthew’s Parish School and Harvard School, followed by time at Pepperdine University, University of Arizona and UCLA where he contributed his athletic talents in cross country and volleyball.

Later, Austin became a teacher and mentor to many when he returned to St. Matthew’s as a P.E. coach and then proudly owned and operated his restaurants, The Pelican’s Nest (Santa Monica) and Austin’s (Pacific Palisades). Some of his greatest lessons came from his time at The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission where he participated in the men’s recovery program and stayed on to run the kitchen and inspire others to overcome their personal challenges.

Austin most enjoyed life’s simple pleasures—supporting his daughters’ athletics and academics, visiting his grandchildren, cooking a good meal, hosting friends, and spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, gardening or simply taking a walk.

His loved ones will remember him as gracious, hospitable, humble and one of the most hilarious men someone could know. You could always count on a good laugh when you were with him, and he had a special way of making everyone feel like a best friend.

Family and friends will celebrate his life at a private service in the coming months. Contributions can be made in Austin’s memory to organizations that spoke to him: The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, Ducks Unlimited or The Santa Barbara Channelkeeper.

Eleanor Buck

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Eleanor “Ellie” Jayne Buck, singer, pianist and composer, passed away on Feb. 13 after a long illness. Ellie, a second generation Californian, was born in Los Angeles in 1929, and attended University High School and later USC, where she majored in music education. Married in 1950, she and her husband, Norton B. Buck, an electrical engineer and jazz musician, moved to Pacific Palisades where they built their home in 1952.

During the 1950s, Ellie studied and performed many classical soprano roles in semi-professional opera within the Los Angeles area. After retiring from operatic performance in the 1960s, she turned more to composition, and became interested in the music and religious teachings of India. She composed, performed and recorded many songs that were inspired by Hindu chants and devotionals. During this time, and over the next three decades, she taught voice and piano privately, and held semi-annual recitals for her students. Later in life, her interest turned to hymn writing. She was a life member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, at whose annual meetings she performed. Three of her hymns were published.   Other devotional compositions she wrote were arranged and performed at churches in the Los Angeles area, as well as elsewhere in the country. Ellie was also active in the Assistance League of Southern California and she was programs director and president of its Fine Arts Auxiliary during the 1990s.

Ellie remarried late in life to architect Robert G. Bundy Jr., and the two were able to share 10 happy years until his death in 2014. Ellie was well known for her warm and loving personality, which she shared with everyone she met. She made friends easily and often, and children loved her. Every Christmas morning, she would open her home in the Santa Monica Mountains to all in the neighborhood and serve “Breakfast for Jesus.” She was admired and cherished by all who knew her.   

Ellie is survived by her son John A. Buck, of Marietta, GA, daughter-in-law Angela, and two granddaughters, Amanda and Olivia—in addition to many other “sons” and “daughters” who were her students and friends over the years.   

Utalee ‘Lee’ Minderhout

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Utalee Minderhout, known as “Lee,” died early Thursday morning after battling ill health for the last several years.

A 63-year Palisadian, Lee was a founding member and past president of Theatre Palisades. The first fundraiser for the theater building was held at her home. She spent years producing plays, heading the play selection committee, building sets and much more. She, along with her husband Bill, received the rarely awarded Leila T. Pearson award, given for exceptional service to the group over an extended period of time.

Lee will be remembered for her large circle of friends and family with whom she kept in close contact even in her final years. She was a member of a book group that has met for over 30 years and stills meets today.

As her health declined, they began meeting at her home so she could continue to attend. She was a loving Pi Phi sister and attended a reunion every year in Washington state until two years ago when ill health made it too difficult.

Lee grew up in Yelm, Washington and was attending Washington State University when she met her future husband, a Santa Monica resident, who was stationed at Lewis Air Force base. After they married, they moved to the area, buying a house on Mesa Road.

Lee and her husband Bill raised three children in the Palisades. She coached softball at Rustic Canyon Park, was a room mother, member of the PTA and did multiple turns as a Girl Scout leader. She often could be seen dominating the tennis courts at Rustic Canyon.

She was known for her aggressive net play and was not afraid to come to the net even in mixed doubles. On weekends and during the summer, her family, along with several other Rustic Canyon families, went camping and waterskiing all over the state of California with the Crescent Bay Boat Club.

About the time her children went off to college, Lee joined her husband in his insurance agency. There she took classes and eventually computerized his entire operation.

This was in the early 1980s, before most people even had a computer in their homes or offices. This was not an easy transition and she could be seen cursing the computer or trying to coax a report to print.

Later in life Lee became a devoted grandmother to her 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She cheered on each of her grandchildren in their endeavors and attended many sporting events and concerts in which they participated.

No matter how amateur these events, Lee felt her grandchildren had done a great job! One memorable family event was when she and her husband took all of their children and grandchildren to Playa del Carmen, Mexico to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

Lee and her husband enjoyed traveling. Some of her most interesting trips were to Russia, East and West Germany, Egypt, Bali, and Thailand. She traveled on bicycle through the San Juan Islands, the English countryside and Napa Valley. At last count, she had traveled to more than 20 countries.

When she wasn’t traveling she was known as a great hostess and a gourmet cook. Friends recount stories of many lively New Year’s Eve parties or delicious dinner parties hosted by her and her husband at their Rustic Canyon home.

Lee is survived by her husband of 63 years, William “Bill” Minderhout, her brother, Duane Medley, her three children and their spouses, Jill and Scott Baskin, Jeff and Marie Minderhout, and Dirk and Karen Minderhout, and their 10 children and grandchildren, Jake and Isabel Baskin, Tyler, Katie and Sadie Mac Burdick, Hannah and Karly Minderhout, Cory, Jessica, Aaron and Charles Minderhout.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. To find out the information, please contact the family directly.

Donations may be made in Lee Minderhout’s name to Theatre Palisades, P.O. Box 881, Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272.

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