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  • John Riordan Dies at 96

    Jul 11, 2024

    Longtime business owner and Culver City philanthropist has passed away. He was named citizen of the year in 2017. John was a generous contributor to numerous community organizations such as: Culver City Little League, El Marino Elementary Language School, Culver City High School Vanguard Program, Culver City Education Foundation, Culver City Firefighters, Los Angeles Police Explorer Scout Program, Culver-Palms YMCA, The Senior Coalition, Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Jeffrey Foundation,...

  • Don Ericson 1940-2024, Former Culver City Police Officer

    Jul 11, 2024

    Don Ericsson was born on March 31, 1940 in Texas and passed peacefully on June 13, in Culver City. He is survived by his devoted partner, Darlene Larsen, son Dean and daughters in law Patti Ericsson (wife of Dean) and Shannon Burton Ericsson (widow of Daniel), brother Eric and sister Alesta. He is preceded in death by loving wife Carolyn Sue Ericsson and son, Daniel. At a young age Don journeyed with his mother and two siblings from Texas to California where he established his roots and embraced the community he lived in and served in Culver...

  • On behalf of Karen West and family…

    Jun 13, 2024

    We are overwhelmed by the love, support, and appreciation we have received from friends, colleagues, and basketball fans around the world. Jerry took incredible pride in his life-long association with the NBA. He felt fortunate to have been a player, coach, and executive during a time of explosive growth in the league. Above all else, Jerry cherished the close friendships and mentorships he formed with teammates, coaches and players throughout his 64-year-career. We want to thank you, basketball fans everywhere, for supporting him. You fueled...

  • UCLA men's basketball legend Bill Walton died of cancer Monday at age 71, the NBA announced

    Joseph Crosby, Courtesy aUCLA Daily Bruin|May 30, 2024

    UCLA men's basketball great Bill Walton dies at 71 "We are stunned and saddened about the news of Bill Walton's passing," said UCLA Athletics director Martin Jarmond in a statement. "Bill represented so many of the ideals that our university holds dear and embodied multiple traits on Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success. He loved being back on campus at UCLA, calling games in Pauley Pavilion, and being around our teams. We offer our deepest sympathy to his family, and we take solace in knowing...

  • Aki Wilson

    May 9, 2024

    Last week on Wednesday night Culver City middle school and high school lost a member of the Panther and Centaur Family when Aki Wilson, left, passed away from a heart attack. He was an assistant football coach for the high school and the head football coach for the middle school. He was an outstanding athlete at Culver City high school who graduated in 1995. He was also a member of the Culver City high school Hall of Fame. Pictured with Wilson is Culver City football and track and field coach...

  • Louise McDonald

    Apr 18, 2024

    Sister Louise McDonald, C.S.J., age 83, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at St. John of God Retirement Center in Los Angeles, CA. She was born March 18, 1941, the oldest of five children, in Los Angeles, CA. Graduating from Alemany High School in 1959, she entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, the following September. She was a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 64 years. Louise served in a variety of ministries throughout her years including teacher, respiratory...

  • Sheryl Jane Tompkins

    Apr 18, 2024

    Sheryl Jane Tompkins, 65, died Sunday, February 18, at her home after a long illness. Sheryl was born to Margaret Jane (Russell) and Raymond Owen Tompkins on May 9, 1958, in Orange, CA. She grew up the youngest of three sisters and graduated from Foothill High School in 1976. She married John Burton on May 6, 2007. Sheryl was a long-time resident of Culver City and a beloved bartender at the Prince O'Whales in Playa del Rey, where she cultivated many deep friendships over the decades. An avid...

  • Yoko Shinmoto

    Apr 18, 2024

    Yoko Shinmoto, after a brief illness, passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on March 25, 2024. Yoko was born in Japan and immigrated to the United States where she was a long-time resident of Torrance, California. She is the last of the family founders who established Southern California Nursery which was located in Culver City, California. This iconic nursery was where some of her nieces and nephews worked where they learned the value of determination and hard work and it influenced many of their future career choices. Yoko is survived by...

  • Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory: Advisory for all Los Angeles County Beaches in Effect Until Saturday, March 9, at 3:00 pm

    Mar 7, 2024

    Due to current rainfall, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health advises beach users to avoid all water contact, especially near discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers due to potentially higher bacteria levels in these areas. This includes any runoff that may flow onto or pond on the beach sand. Ocean and bay recreational waters, especially near discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers can be contaminated with bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash, and other public health...

  • Diane Netzel March 4, 1941 - February 13, 2024

    Feb 29, 2024

    Diane Viscount Netzel passed peacefully in the morning hours of Tuesday, February 13, 2024. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA, March 4, 1941. In her 82 years of living, she touched the lives of so many through her philanthropic work, volunteering, mentoring and, most recently, organizing many activities in her senior retirement community in Reno, NV. After the announcement of her passing, there was a great outpouring of love from around the world that had a common thread. All those who loved Diane...

  • In Loving Memory of Lillian Dorothy Happy

    Feb 22, 2024

    Lillian Dorothy Happy, nee Pike was born in Los Angeles, California on May 17, 1924. Lillian, or Lil' as her family and friends called her, lived in Palms and Culver City, CA all of her life. Lillian attended Palms Grammar School and Hamilton High School. Lillian graduated from Hamilton High School in 1943. During World War II Lillian worked at EI Segundo Douglas Company, contributing to the war effort by helping to build US Navy aircraft. Lillian married her high school sweetheart, Walter...

  • Sherwood Clark Kingsley, 84 of Culver City Succumbs After Lengthy Illness

    Jan 28, 2024

    ShSherwood Clark Kingsley, 84, of Culver City, CA, died after an extended illness in Marina del Rey on December 20, 2023. He was born in Los Angeles on July 5, 1939 to Eleanor Veale and William Jackson Kingsley. A few years later Sherwood was joined by a younger brother Sterling Wilson. Sherwood grew up in the city of Pomona and graduated from the Webb School, class of 1958. He continued his education at the University of Southern California graduating in 1962 with a Bachelor’s degree in M...

  • Former Culver High Teacher Louis Del Pozzo Dies

    Jan 25, 2024

    July 11, 1930 - January 9, 2024 Louis ("Lou") Michael Del Pozzo, beloved father, grandfather, teacher and friend, died in his home on January 9, 2024. He was born on July 11, 1930 in Ridgway, Pennsylvania to Lucy DeStefano Del Pozzo and Luigi Del Pozzo and was the last surviving sibling among nine sisters and three brothers. Lou grew up in Ridgway and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1948 after his parents visited on vacation and determined it was "heaven." Lou earned an AA degree at East LA...

  • George Albert Molino

    Nov 30, 2023

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Albert Molino, age 96, of Culver City, CA on September 29, from complications due to Alzheimer's. A beloved husband, father, brother to Herbert and Dagoberto and sister Betty who have passed on, many nieces, nephews and friends. George leaves behind a legacy of fond memories. He was born in Los Angeles to Georgette Nieto, a laundromat manager and Dagoberto Molino, a general practitioner. He grew up in Los Angeles and attended John...

  • Gary Martin, Longtime Sony Pictures Exec and MPTF Benefactor, Dies at 79

    Nov 9, 2023

    Gary Martin, the longtime Sony Pictures executive and major supporter of the Motion Picture & Television Fund who has a historic Wizard of Oz soundstage named for him, has died. He was 79. Martin died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Sherwood Forest, California, a family spokesperson announced. When he retired as president of studio operations and production at Sony in 2013, the studio renamed its storied Stage 15 - one of the largest in the world - the Gary Martin Stage. Built in 1927, it was used for 1939's The Wizard of Oz - the...

  • Helene Mirich Spear Obituary

    Nov 2, 2023

    Helene A. Mirich Spear, a highly respected and successful violinist, pianist, contractor/manager, and teacher in the Los Angeles area has passed away peacefully in her home three months shy of her 94th birthday. For decades Helene managed the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the Peninsula Symphony, the Westchester Symphony, the Culver City/Marina Del Rey Symphony Orchestras and the Carson Symphony among others. Along with her beloved husband, the late Julian Spear, they managed and...

  • Sep 21, 2023

    Patricia Ann Underwood beloved Aunt, Friend, philanthropist and teacher passed away peacefully with family by her side on 29th July 2023. She was 94 years old. Patricia graduated from University of California at Santa Barbara in 1951 and completed her student teaching in Ventura County. She then started her long 37-year teaching career (1954-1991) at Culver City Unified School District and taught at Farragut Elementary where she primarily taught Kindergarten through Second grade. She enjoyed wor...

  • Jozelle Jeanette Lawless Smith

    Sep 14, 2023

    Born in Culver City, CA on June 20, 1939 to Joseph H. Lawless and Hazel M. Truschel; Jozelle passed away at her home in Culver City on August 18, 2023 with her family present. She had an active dad (Culver City businessman, Board of Education and City Council-member, Lions Club), and a stay-at-home Mom. Jozelle graduated from Culver City High School, Class of '57, then spent a year as a Psychology major at UCLA, wearing the engagement ring her husband-to-be, Ken Smith had given her. They were...

  • Culver High Graduate Doreen (Teufel) Campbell Obituary Dead at 80

    Aug 24, 2023

    Doreen Claire (Teufel) Campbell, 80, passed away Saturday, August 5 at her home in Cheney, WA. Doreen was born in Hamtramck, MI to Thelma Snow and Walter Stewart on April 29, 1943. The family settled in Culver City, CA where Doreen graduated from Culver City High with the class of 1960. She dedicated her life to raising her nine children. She was best known for her sewing and quilting skills, making most of her family's clothing and hundreds of quilts for friends, family and the community....

  • Service Held for Vietnam Veteran George Martin Spaltro

    Aug 24, 2023

    George Martin Spaltro passed away on August 8, 2023. George was born February 18, 1943, in Portland Maine. He was 80 years of age at his death. George served as a cook in the US Army; 4th Infantry Division and did a tour of duty in Vietnam. George worked in the traffic lighting industry for over 40 years until his retirement in 2010. He traveled a lot thru those years and often boasted that he had been to every State and State Capital in the United States except one. For the past 11 years he had...

  • Howard "Howie" Zager Dead at 75

    Jul 20, 2023

    Howard "Zager, know to his friends and associates as Howie died on Monday, July 3rd. He was 75 years old. He was a respected teacher at Culver City High School from 1972 until his retirement in 2010.He continued serving as a substitute teacher for a job he loved for years after his retirement. "Zager earned degrees from Santa Monica Community College, University of California at Los Angles, University of Southern California and New York University. During his years at CCHS, he taught English,...

  • Patricia Ann Baker September 3, 1939-May 28, 2023

    Jul 13, 2023

    Patricia Ann Baker, aka Pat Pallas, passed away peacefully at her daughter Laura’s home in Culver City surrounded by her three children, one of her grandsons, and her two beloved Dachshunds. She is survived by her three children Ken Pallas, Laura Singer, Lisa Kneebone and her two grandsons Ryan Pallas and Blake Kneebone. Born September 3, 1939 in Chicago Illinois Patricia came to Culver City with her mother in the late 1950’s. She attended Culver City High School and graduated in 1957. She was m...

  • Howard Mitchell Passes

    Jun 15, 2023

    Howard Mitchell, a former long-time Culver City resident, passed away at his Palm Desert, CA home on April 23. He was 93. Mitch, as he was known to almost everyone, was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Charline, in 2007. Charline taught for many years in the Culver City Unified School District, first as an elementary school teacher and later at the Independent Learning Center. Mitch is survived by sons, Chuck (Angela), Andy (Sandra) and Doug (Sharon); grandchildren, Valerie (Steve), James (I...

  • Here is a glimpse into the life of Carmen Lucero

    Jun 15, 2023

    Country girl, whistler of tunes, off key singer of songs, jokester, crafting queen, friend to all, and teacher to all kids. Born October 18, 1919 in the watermelon city of Crowley, Colorado. Carmen at 103 years of age passed away peacefully on April 14th with family around her. Mom to Douglas (deceased), Fred of Culver City and Anna Alexander of Las Vegas, NV, Grandmother to Rachel Vandergeest-Bleier and Great Grandmother to Siena Bleier of Grayslake, IL. Countless nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the country. Culver City was her home...

  • Armed Robbery at Mall

    Jun 1, 2023

    Armed Robbery at Mall On May 19, at 08:00 pm, the Culver City Police Department received a call for service regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Westfield/Culver City mall parking lot located at 6000 Sepulveda Blvd. Officers arrived on the scene and met with the victim, who explained that three suspects were following him as he exited from Sheikh Shoes. While in the parking lot, the suspects asked him, "Where you from" and showed him a black handgun. The victim continued...

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