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.