Obituaries

Glen Howard Millbank

Longtime Palisadian Glen Howard Millbank passed away on March 30, 2017 at the home of his daughter, Jill. He was born on Oct. 17, 1941 in San Marino, California where he lived with his parents, Howard and Bonnie Millbank, and his brother, Robert, until his graduation from San Marino High School.

Glen attended Whittier College where he received his degree in political science.  In 1960, he joined fellow Whittier College students for a semester at the University of Copenhagen. A highlight of this experience was a train trip through East Germany and into East and West Berlin. It was during this time in Denmark when he met his future wife, Elaine Palmer.

Glen and Elaine married and settled in Whittier. Glen went on to study business and finance at USC after which he joined United California Bank. In 1973, he became branch manager of UCB in Santa Monica and his family moved to the Highlands in Pacific Palisades.

Glen’s most remarkable banking years were as a lending officer at First Interstate Bank in downtown Los Angeles. He took a year off to manage the Roadium Swap Meet in Torrance and then back to banking for a few more years before semi-retiring as a day trader in the stock market.

Throughout his life, Glen had a passion for the great outdoors. He took every available opportunity to backpack with friends and family over passes into the backcountry of the eastern Sierras. When the children were young, the family was packed in on horseback. Those were wonderful years.

Another of Glen’s passions was studying and learning about the universe and discussing theories with anyone who shared his interest. He taught a children’s class on the special theory of relativity. Glen’s greatest joy was being with his grandson Tyler. Spending time with Tyler and taking him on adventures always made Glen’s day.

Glen leaves behind his daughter Jill Crocker, her husband Daniel, son Paul Millbank, his wife Linda, brother Robert Millbank, grandson Tyler, step-grandsons Evan and Matthew, and the friends made over his lifetime.

Patricia Bothell

Patricia “Patti” Ann Bothell, 82 years young, passed away in Newport Beach on April 11, 2017, under the beautiful full “Pink Moon” of springtime.

Patti is survived by her children: Jeff Morris (Lucy), Jennifer Donahue (Michael), Genevieve Perrault (Rick) and Bill Morris. Her grandchildren, Brian and Christine Donahue, Nicole Perrault, Sean and Nathan Matthews, will greatly miss their “fun grandma.” Very close to her family, she attended many events to support them and to cheer them on.

Patti married Bill Morris and raised four children in Pacific Palisades and Brentwood. She was an active volunteer with her children’s activities at Brentwood Elementary School and Paul Revere Charter Middle School, the Brentwood Youth House as Cub Scout Den Mother, Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, and WLA Little League. They attended Brentwood Presbyterian Church where the children were active in Kirk Club.

Patti re-married to Don Bothell. They kept four children busy with boating, water-skiing and other activities. They were gracious hosts, and their awesome parties were much anticipated. More often than not, Patti’s dear mother Genevieve, AKA “Gram,” was with them. Many lasting memories were made by the fire pit and during barbeques. Paddle tennis and volleyball games for their teenage children were frequent, and friends were always welcomed.

A fun, vivacious, kind and generous person, Patti had many dear friendships. She was involved in various groups, was a natural-born leader, talented, tenacious and quick-witted. She was a winning champion on “Jeopardy” and “Queen for a Day.” She was strikingly beautiful and worked as a fashion model for many years.

Later she went into the business world, worked at Pan Am during the heyday and won the “Clipper Award” for her achievements. The travel perks afforded Patti and Don fabulous “first class” trips. She later worked at Technicolor, started a temporary employment agency and then a travel agency.

Patti had a competitive spirit and loved games. She became involved with Newport Harbor Elks Lodge. She volunteered and co-chaired philanthropic events and served as a trustee and officer. Patti enjoyed seeing friends there and attending the social events. The most recent party attended was New Year’s Eve 2016.

Patti will be greatly missed and fondly remembered for her infectious spirit, her enthusiastic dance moves and positive attitude.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to:
Newport Harbor Elks Lodge #1767, 3456 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, CA 92663, Attn: S. Dearborn, In Memory of Patti Bothell/Veteran’s Fund.

Hubert Tamblyn Spiva, Jr

Hubert Tamblyn Spiva, Jr, known as Tam Spiva, a 20-year resident of Pacific Palisades, California, passed away peacefully at home after a long bout with Parkinson’s with Lewy Bodies, on April 30, 2017.

Tam Spiva was born in Minden, Louisiana, on June 18, 1932.

He attended Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois and then went on to Northwestern University where he received a BA in theater.

He worked as an actor after college in New York for a few years, operated a theater in Houston, Texas for some period of time and then went back to New York to work on and invest in the stage production of “Inherit the Wind.”

In addition, he attended the London School of Film Technique, now known as the The London Film School. In anticipation of the birth of his second daughter, he moved from London to the Los Angeles area and established himself as a television writer.

He is best known for his work on “The Brady Bunch,” “Gentle Ben,” “Sea Hunt”, and “Daktari.”

Tam is survived by his wife, Phyllis Resnick Spiva, with whom he has been for 38 years, his children, Aly and Phil Wilkins, Mary Amanda Spiva, Reagan and Danielle Spiva, parents of Lily and Bella Spiva, and Danielle Durkin and Dave Lowther, parents of Beckett Dov Lowther.

He was greatly loved and will be missed by other family members and his multitude of friends from the fellowship.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s or the UCLA Department of Neurology in Tam Spiva’s memory.

Barbara Adelson Zelle

Monday, May 1, 2017, Barbara Adelson Zelle passed away at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She was 73.

A beloved grandmother, mother, mother-in-law, wife, sister, aunt and cherished friend, she will be missed immensely. Barbara fought bravely and with great dignity for years against cancer, and stayed remarkably positive and joyful. Adored by everyone who knew her, Barbara was a vibrant, active, bright, beautiful and loving woman.

Born Barbara Lynn Ford, Aug. 14, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana, she is predeceased by her parents Eileen Campbell Ford (Kessler) and Henry Ford. Raised in Solon, Ohio, she moved to Los Angeles in 1968.

Barbara’s greatest joy was being a grandmother to her four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Ever present, she rarely missed their sporting events, school functions, fundraisers and recitals. Barbara was one of the Pacific Palisades Baseball Associations biggest supporters, always donating her time and money to the organization.

PPBA Opening Day Pancake Breakfast at the Palisades Park was one of her favorite days of the year. You would often find her the morning of the event flipping pancakes, serving coffee and helping with clean up. Due to her generous personality and loving spirit, Barbara knew countless teammates and parents of the PPBA. Barbara was loved and adored by the parents and the players. You could always find her cheering the teams, encouraging players, working the Bat & Grill on Saturdays and carpooling kids to their games. The PPBA lost one of its biggest fans and supporters.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 18 years, Richard Zelle, her son, B. James Ford and his wife Ashley, daughter Melissa Adelson Robledo and her husband Damian; her stepchildren Ben  (m. Janine) Zelle and Erin Zelle Abrams (m. Mike); her grandchildren Davis and Campbell Ford, Ava and Ryden Robledo, her step-grandchildren Sullivan and Jack Abrams; her siblings Karl (m. Iris) Kessler, Fred (m. Judy) Kessler, and Susan (Kessler) Swink; her nieces and nephews Jennifer, Ashley, Katie, Dan, Sam and Derek.

A celebration of Barbara’s amazing life will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the garden of her son’s Pacific Palisades home. Family, friends and loved ones of Barbara and of the family are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara Zelle’s name to the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

Philip M. Wexler

Philip M. Wexler, age 78 (born Dec. 1, 1938), long-time resident of Pacific Palisades, passed away after a two-year battle with a debilitating illness.  Phil had the warmest, most welcoming smile and ready laugh. His smile and laughter brightened the life of everyone he met.

Phil and Ona were married for 53 years. Family was most important to him he adored his two sons, Andy (Jen) Wexler and Ross (Jennifer) Wexler. He was an attentive and loving grandfather to his many grandchildren.

Phil and his wife are very philanthropic with many organizations, and have given of their time and money. His favorite charity was The Optimists Youth Home and Family Services. Both he and his wife Ona were very active. He was on the advisory board for many years, and spearheaded with his wife a fundraising effort to build a Youth Learning Center on their Figueroa Campus. It was a successful campaign and the lobby is named The Wexler Lobby.

Phil worked for Chase Manhattan in New York and then for Union Bank in California for 35 years where he rose to executive vice president. He was an asset to the bank and well respected for his skills in long range planning.

The Wexlers lived on the East Coast for 10 years then moved to Pacific Palisades in 1973. For 17 years after they retired, they spent half the year in Pacific Palisades and half in their home in Palm Desert. They sold their Palisades home a few months ago and their primary residence was their desert home. Indian Ridge was their Shangri-La and they consider themselves so lucky to have found a community that is so vibrant, friendly and where they made so many dear friends. Phil constantly commented on how much he loved his life.

Joseph Bischetti

Joseph Louis Bischetti was born July 10, 1928, in Chamonix, France. He was one of five children, the youngest son of immigrants who fled the rise of fascism in Italy. His father, Luigi, was a farmer who struggled to support his family in his new country during a difficult moment in European history. The difficult financial straits of his family, followed by the second World War, left a deep impression on young Joseph.

Though with little formal education as a youth, Joseph was gifted in languages, ultimately speaking Italian, French, English and Spanish. He dreamed of being an architect, but he learned the construction trade. After working on several projects in southern France, an opportunity arose to work on an U.S. military construction project in French Algeria after the war. It was there that he met Andre’e Boig at a weekend dance. Andre’e and Joseph married in 1955 in Casablanca. Shortly after his wedding, he received a visa to emigrate to California. He moved first to San Francisco before quickly moving to Culver City for the more hospitable climate. His wife received her visa and was allowed to join her husband in 1957.

It was in Southern California that Joseph developed his general contractor business, serving clients on remodeling projects large and small throughout the westside. He moved to Pacific Palisades in 1975, loving its Mediterranean climate and its small town feel. He worked well into his 70s before retiring. When he was 80 years old, he himself put a new roof on his Palisades house.

Joseph and Andre’e became American citizens in 1976. He was a proud American who took a deep interest in politics and world affairs.

He died May 2, 2017, at Providence St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. He was 88. He is deeply missed by his wife, Andre’e; his children: Corine (Erlandson), Patricia, Diane (Sipos) and Francis; his grandchildren: Anthony, Andrew, Amelia, Maria, Miles, Tim and Annabelle; and his sons in law: Greg Erlandson, Mark Rusch and David Sipos.

The funeral is to be celebrated at Corpus Christi Church on May 9, with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.

Lawrence I. Travis

Lawrence “Larry” I. Travis was a resident of Pacific Palisades from the early 1980s who enjoyed both the beauty and climate of the bluff. Husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend passed away on April 16, 2017 after complications from heart surgery.

He is survived by his wife Claire, son David, daughter-in-law Yukari, daughter Abigail, son-in-law Tommy Johnston, grandchildren Sonja and Joe, brother Ross of Ojai, and mother of his children Alice Germond.

Larry was born in Chicago on June 16, 1936 and spent his childhood in Oklahoma and Colorado, learning to ride horses, grunt in oil fields and fly an airplane. He attended Colorado A&M, riding bulls and bucking broncos during on the college’s rodeo team.

He joined the U.S. Air Force and served two years in Iceland. After moving to California to surf and work in the oil fields, Larry attended Valley College, studying journalism, which led to jobs at the L.A. Times as a photographer and then to KTTV, KCOP, KHJ, and KNBC Los Angeles as a news cameraman.

In 1964, he began work for Huntley-Brinkley at the NBC News Far East Bureau. His first assignment dropped him into a riverbed in Vietnam, where he documented the war from the Gulf of Tonkin through Khe Sanh in 1968. From 1966 to 1977, he worked as a freelance news and documentary cameraman, primarily for the CBS Evening News, “60 Minutes” and CBS Reports.

He worked for the studios: At Universal, he shot “Kojak,” “Richie Brockelman Private Eye,” “The Hardy Boys” and “79 Park Avenue.” At Walt Disney Productions, he shot “Hot Lead, Cold Feet” and “The Snatching of Little Freddie”. At MGM, he worked on a segment of “Logan’s Run” and then became Gene Talvin’s operator on the “Waltons for Lorimar.”

At the end of 1979, he covered the Iranian hostage crisis in Tehran for CBS News. In the ’80s he worked in Central America, covering the civil wars in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua for CBS News. His work appeared regularly on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and “60 Minutes.”

He received five nominations for Emmy Awards and won the Emmy for “L.A.Earthquake” for the Walter Cronkite Show. Larry was covering Robert Kennedy the night he was assassinated.

With all of his work and travels taking him around the globe, Larry relaxed with sports, playing polo as a Mort’s Mauraders Team member at Will Rogers Park. Golf and tennis were passions, and he was a member of the Malibu Beach and Racket Club.

Also an avid sailor, he assembled a terrific crew, collecting many trophies at the Los Angeles Yacht Club. Larry was an expert fly fisherman and spent many a season on the Snake River as a guide for the Triangle X Dude Ranch in Moose, Wyoming. He recalled taking future mayor Eric Garcetti down the river when he was a teenager. In addition to his love of the sea and polo, he was a devoted Dodgers and LA Kings’ fan.

In his later years, he went back to the family oil business, flying his planes over the Ventura wells, where he was the supervising partner. With his iPhone, the work crew could send him photos of the problems, and he was delighted with the science that allowed him to engineer from his home office in the Palisades.

A private family memorial has been planned in Larry’s honor and his ashes will be scattered at sea. If you wish to make a donation in his behalf, please consider Meals on Wheels and the USO.

Joan Janet Beliaeff

Joan Janet Beliaeff passed away in her sleep April 7, 2017.

Born Nov. 1, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, her family quickly moved and she grew up a staunch New Yorker. She studied art at New York’s renowned High School of Music & Art and went on to graduate college from Julliard with an art degree.

Joan had a lifelong love of travel and had already traveled the world by the time she met her husband, which happened while working at Swissair in New York. After some time in San Francisco and New York again, she moved with her family to Pacific Palisades in 1972.

Remembered for her kindness and gentleness, she volunteered much of her time working with children at Marquez Charter Elementary School. Later, she served as a travel agent at Travelmoore on Antioch for over 25 years and was able to share her passion for travel with the rest of the Palisades. Some of her fondest memories were safaris in Africa, cruises in Europe and Asia, and even more trips with her best friend from New York, Dolores Steiner.

She is survived by her husband, Alexander; her two sons, Stephen and Nicholas; and her three grandchildren, Eva, Andrew and Alexandra.

Lemuel P. Risher

Mel Risher (aka Lemuel P. Risher) passed away after a long illness on April 23, 2017 at the age of 79. Although born in South Carolina, Mel was brought to Southern California at an early age. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and lived for many years in Santa Monica, Malibu and West Los Angeles.

Mel attended UCLA and CSU, Northridge, where he received his BA degree and teaching credentials and Pepperdine University, receiving an MA degree. He worked for many years as beloved teacher and administrator for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Mel moved to Santa Monica in 1964 and participated in several community organizations. He was a long-time member of the Santa Monica Sister City Association, serving many times in leadership positions, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Association of Mexican American Educators and the Latino Resource Organization.

Mel was preceded in death by his parents Paul W. Risher and Margaret Bailey Risher Wise; his siblings Paul Jr. and Frances Risher Santori; and long-time companion Forrest Marquez Freed. Upon his death, Mel leaves long-time partner Carl Baker, West Los Angeles; niece Yolanda Santori Ruffu, Seattle; cousins Stephanie Marquez and Christel Wilson, Los Angeles; as well as numerous friends and acquaintances in the U.S. and Mexico.

Funeral services were held on May 3, 2017 at Holy Cross Mortuary and Cemetery, Culver City, followed by burial in Harmonsburg, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donation in Mel Risher’s honor and memory to the Santa Monica Sister City Association, 1685 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Lovelace ‘Love’ Stewart MacNelley

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Lovelace ‘Love’ Stewart McNelley, 84, went to be with God just before sunset on April 11, 2017. She joins her husband of 62 years, who preceded her in death by just two months. Love is also preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Evelyn Stewart, and sister, Dorothy Crutcher.

She is survived by her three children: Caroline McNelley, Anne Adams and Don McNelley Jr.; eight grandchildren: Brian, Vanessa, James, Claire, Spencer, Ali, Cass and Zachary; great-granddaughter Parker; and another great-granddaughter expected in August 2017.

Love’s devotion to her family and firm belief in God supported her throughout her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240 or at alz.org/indiana/in_my_community_donate.asp.

Arrangements are entrusted to A.R.N. Funeral & Cremation Services.

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