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BEIL­HARZ, Mary E.

Oc­to­ber 15, 1918 - April 12, 2015

Mary was born on a farm in Crete, Ne­braska, one of 11 chil­dren. She died peace­fully and of nat­u­ral causes at age 96 at her home in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia, sur­rounded by her lov­ing fam­ily. At age 20 Mary came out to Cal­i­for­nia in a Model T with sev­eral of her sis­ters. It was de­scribed as quite an adventure. Not long af­ter her ar­rival she met the love of her life, John Fran­cis Beil­harz, to whom she was mar­ried for 57 years. Mary was de­voted to her fam­ily, in­clud­ing chil­dren, Christine, John, and Lori as well as her grand­chil­dren, and great grand­chil­dren. She will be missed tremen­dously, yet her wis­dom and love will be car­ried with us al­ways, along with her strength, spirt, and love of life. A me­mo­rial is planned on April 24, at 1 pm at For­est Lawn in Glen­dale

ROB­BINS, Don­ald B.

Oc­to­ber 9, 1934 - April 18, 2015

Don passed away af­ter a long coura­geous fight with caner and COPD. Born in Brook­lyn, a life time Dodger fan, he at­tended games in Brook­lyn at Eb­bets field. His fam­ily moved to Los An­ge­les and the Dodgers fol­lowed. He was an avid sports fan of UCLA foot­ball and bas­ket­ball. He loved deep sea fish­ing, ten­nis and so proud of his Hole in One Golf game. Body surf­ing with his fa­ther-in-law in Del­Mar was a must ev­ery sum­mer, also the horse races and be­ing a jockey agent for a brief time. He grad­u­ated Hamil­ton High S’52 and Los An­ge­les City Col­lege. A Korean War Vet­eran. He was a suc­cess­ful busi­ness owner in West Los An­ge­les. His great­est love was his fam­ily. Mar­ried to his best friend, the love of his life Rita for 59 years. De­voted lov­ing daugh­ters Karen and Deb­bie, three grand­sons, three grand­daugh­ters and one great grand­son. Don never missed his grand­son’s base­ball games, in­clud­ing ev­ery week­end in San Diego at Uni­ver­sity of San Diego. Pre­de­ceased by his par­ents, Sid and Ruth, par­entsin-law Harry and Tem­mie Silbert, sis­ter Ca­role, broth­ers-in-law Burt Silbert, Hal Men­del­sohn and Rick Mat­tel. Sur­vivors are beloved wife Rita, daugh­ters Karen Rob­bins, Deb­bie and son-in-law Marty Adel­stein, grand­sons Randy Curtis (Dar­line), Brett Curtis, Kevin Lerner (Stacey), grand­daugh­ters Hannah, Emily and Sara and his most pre­cious great grand­son Ja­cob Don­nie Curtis, sis­ter Judy Mat­tel, sis­ter-in-law Mar­lene Men­del­sohn, brother Stan Silbert and best friends Joe and Mar­lene Has­son, nu­mer­ous nieces, neph­ews, cousins and good friends. We will all miss him so very much, he was our hero. Ser­vices will be held Mon­day, April 20, 2015 at noon, Hill­side Me­mo­rial Park.

WINTHROP, Arthur S

March 22, 1924 - April 17, 2015

To­day we honor the life of our dear Arthur who passed away at home on Fri­day, April 17 af­ter a brief ill­ness. Arthur, born in New York City, started his jour­ney in Har­lem and with an ad­ven­tur­ous spirit, trav­eled west to the Uni­ver­sity of Colorado. Seek­ing adventure, Arthur trav­eled to Alaska in a Model T, be­came one of the first cam­era­men at NBC, and even­tu­ally landed in St. Paul, MN where he fell in love with Bar­bara Oki­now. Arthur’s great­est joy was his wife of 58 years, Bar­bara, and his chil­dren Sally, Emily and Richard, Daniel, and Anne and Gary. Also sur­viv­ing him are his beloved grand­chil­dren, Claire, Abigail, Jack, and Jane. Ser­vices will be pri­vate.

MAC­GRE­GOR, Brian Don­ald

April 2, 1955 - Fe­bru­ary 23, 2015

Brian Don­ald Mac­Gre­gor, 59, died un­ex­pect­edly at his home in Northridge on Mon­day, Feb. 23, just six weeks shy of his 60th birth­day. He lived alone and con­cerned neigh­bors checked on him Mon­day to find him in his kitchen, un­re­spon­sive.

A life-long Cal­i­for­nian, Mac­Gre­gor born Apr. 2, 1955, to Gerda Mary Ann Furth Mac­Gre­gor and Don­ald Fred Mac­Gre­gor, who pre­ceded him in death.

Mac­Gre­gor vol­un­teered as a coach of foot­ball and base­ball at James Mon­roe High School. He also coached at St. Genevieve School for sev­eral years. Brian played semi-pro foot­ball and trav­eled to Mex­ico and Fin­land with the team. He was pas­sion­ate about all types of sport, and was a spe­cial fan of the UCLA Bru­ins and Ana­heim An­gles.

A life­time rail­road and avi­a­tion en­thu­si­ast, he built and col­lected mod­els of trains, his first love, and mil­i­tary air­planes and land based equip­ment. He of­ten could be seen at train-swap meets, sell­ing from his col­lec­tion and al­ways look­ing to im­prove his own col­lec­tion. He also was a ded­i­cated train chaser and pho­tog­ra­pher and was of­ten found at the Te­hachapi Loop or in El Ca­jon Pass. He also was a long-time mem­ber of Wings-Over-Wendy’s, a group in­ter­ested in fly­ing, es­pe­cially mil­i­tary fly­ing, that meets at Wendy’s restau­rant in Wood­land Hills.

Brian loved to travel with his fam­ily and friends, and trav­eled ex­ten­sively in the US. For the past 20+ years, he had suf­fered from back ail­ments, sus­tained in a work re­lated in­jury. This slowed him down but did not keep him from en­joy­ing what he liked do­ing, be­ing with like-minded friends and with fam­ily.

He is sur­vived by a sis­ter, Joanne Han­i­fan of Mar­ble Falls, Texas; a brother, Mal­colm Mac­Gre­gor and fam­ily of Yelm, Wash., a cousin, Robert Stephen Mac­Gre­gor and fam­ily of the Los An­ge­les area, his adopted fam­ily, the Le­fevre’s of North Dakota, his neigh­bors on Ro­mar Street, along with sev­eral nieces and neph­ews. He is also sur­vived by a long-time spe­cial friend, Va­lerie Huerta. The most of­ten quote from his friends and ac­quain­tances’ upon hear­ing of his death was “He was such a nice man” and in­deed he was.

The fam­ily will hold a cel­e­bra­tion of his life on May 2, Satur­day at the fam­ily home start­ing at 1:00 p.m. and all who knew him are wel­come. Light re­fresh­ments will be served. In lieu of flow­ers, dona­tions may be made in Brian’s mem­ory to the Amer­i­can Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion or a char­ity of your choos­ing.

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