Written by her “Best Uncle David” Monique Valenciano, a lifelong resident of Eagle Rock, passed away peacefully on April 10 at Huntington Memorial Hospital after a long battle with COVID-19. She was 48. Monique was raised in her family home which is still owned by her aunt and uncle, Racquel and Rudy Zepeda. She attended […]Continue Reading
By Jane Demian
An unhoused resident of Eagle Rock, Gabriel Estrada, 38, died in his tent on N. Figueroa Street under the 134 Freeway overpass on February 19, 2022.
He seemed to be on the path to greater stability when he died. It’s a tragic story. You can read it here by clicking on the photo above.Continue Reading
Richard Rauen, the longtime owner of the family-run Verdugo Hardware on Eagle Rock Boulevard, passed away on December 16, 2021 at the age of 96.
Richard, a Los Angeles native, was raised in Glassell Park, attended St. Dominic’s Grammar School and graduated from Cathedral High School.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
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By Daniel Wright When Diana Barnwell of Mount Washington died on May 17, age 82, her family, friends and colleagues grieved their loss while celebrating her life of inspired and exemplary civic involvement. Barnwell was a pioneer in the historic preservation movement in Northeast Los Angeles, an activist in efforts to enhance the cultural life […]Continue Reading
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Katherine “Kaye” Marie Beckham – loving wife, mother, nana, great-grandmother, daughter, sister – and pillar of the Eagle Rock community, died on Sunday, July 19. She was 78. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1942, the daughter of Michael and Josephine Stech, Kaye was nine years old when her family moved to Eagle Rock. The Steches […]Continue Reading
Joe Roice Hagemier, lifetime resident of Eagle Rock and Glendale, passed away on June 16, 2020, shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia. He was 67. Joe, who went by both “Joe” and “Roice,” was born in 1952, the son of Joe G. Hagemier and his wife Roma Speirs Hagemier. The elder Joe Hagemier worked as […]Continue Reading
Ann Walnum gave NELA decades of energetic advocacy that touched all corners of NELA and spanned local politics, history, education, the arts and the environment.Continue Reading
Irene “Goldie” Harasta, 98, passed away surrounded by dear family on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Goldie was born in Detroit, Michigan on Valentine’s Day of 1921 to Julia Nays and Camil Sehovich. The family relocated to Glendale, California when Goldie was 6 years old. Goldie was just 16 when she met the love of her […]Continue Reading
Doris Thielen, who turned 100 on February 5, died on March 11. Mrs. Thielen, who was born in Eagle Rock and lived here her entire life, was honored by many of her friends at a tea on February 16 at the Women’s Twentieth Century Club. I attended the tea, and was so delighted to be […]Continue Reading
Shirley Joan Wisdom, a.k.a. “Granny,” a longtime resident of Eagle Rock, passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the age of 83. She worked many different jobs, including furniture sales at Montgomery Wards and as a billing clerk at Glendale Adventist Hospital. But she was best known as one of the founders of the […]Continue Reading
Eileen Harmon, a longtime resident of Highland Park, died in her sleep of natural causes on Oct. 26, just a few days shy of her 97th birthday. Eileen was born in Ohio to Frances and Harley McGlone, both of whom were born and raised in neighboring Kentucky. Along with her siblings, Normajean, Hazel and Marvin, […]Continue Reading
Lauretta Louise Turner, a resident of Eagle Rock for 70 years, died peacefully on July 25 at age 100. The daughter of Lloyd and Hazel Milner, Lauretta was born on a farm near Longmont, Colorado in 1918. After graduating from Barnes Business School in Denver in 1938, she took a job as a stenographer in […]Continue Reading
Merritt George Tritch, co-owner of Tritch Hardware in Eagle Rock, has died. His passing, on Nov. 14 at age 88, is one of those events that give a community pause. His long life was well lived in loving service to family, friends, community and country. It was also so deeply rooted in one place, Eagle […]Continue Reading
Cherished wife, mother and friend, Charlotte Belle Gornto passed away peacefully on May 12 at her home in Palm Desert. She was 95. The older of two children of Clara and Jerry Morris, Charlotte was three years old when her family moved from Portland, Oregon to Northeast Los Angeles. She attended Aragon Avenue Elementary School […]Continue Reading
Nancy Moylan (Snyder) Barry, a lifetime resident of Eagle Rock, passed away peacefully on February 27, 2018 at the age of 49. As a child growing up in Eagle Rock, Nancy attended Dahlia Heights Elementary and Saint Dominic’s, before attending and graduating from Flintridge Sacred Heart High School in 1986. While attending college at Saint […]Continue Reading
Sister Dolores O’Dwyer, the principal of St. Bernard Catholic School in Glassell Park for 36 years – from 1968 to 2004 – passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2017, age 94. Sister Dolores, who entered the religious order of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) in 1941, grew up in San […]Continue Reading
Aileen Albrecht, who passed away in Newport, Wash., on Dec. 6, 2017, just shy of her 92nd birthday, spent the longest stretch of her long life in Eagle Rock, where she lived from 1957 to 1999. Eagle Rock was a long way from the Midwestern dairy farm where Aileen grew up, but shortly after […]Continue Reading
When William G. Westbrook, III moved from Tampa to Eagle Rock in 2013 to be closer to family, it wasn’t just his family but his new community that benefitted from his relocation. “Bill,” who passed away on January 6 at age 74, brought with him his irrepressible creative spirit expressed in a love of […]Continue Reading