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Beloved Cal Phil Violinist Pavel Farkas Dies at 77
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Beloved Cal Phil Violinist Pavel Farkas Dies at 77

The music world lost one of its greatest artists on Friday, April 5, 2019, when violinist Pavel Farkas passed away at the age of 77. Born in 1942 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now the Slovak Republic) Farkas joined the Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17. A mere five years later he became its concertmaster….

Robert J. La Brie
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Robert J. La Brie

March 10, 1929 – Feb. 18, 2019 Robert J. La Brie, a month shy of 90 years old, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Surrounded by his family, he passed peacefully in the home he built and shared with his wife, Linda, for the last 29 years. Robert was born…

Monrovia’s ‘Bungalow Bob’ Was Magnificent
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Monrovia’s ‘Bungalow Bob’ Was Magnificent

By Susan Motander Dr. Robert W. Winter, Occidental College’s Arthur G. Coons professor emeritus of the history of ideas, died on Feb. 9. He was 94. When I last spoke with Bob he was as full of life and energy as ever. I first met the man who would be my academic advisor, mentor and ultimately friend…

Michael F. Carter
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Michael F. Carter

April 21, 1946 – Jan. 22, 2019 Michael F. Carter, 72, born April 21, 1946 in Burbank, Calif., passed away Jan. 22, 2019. He resided in Monrovia, Calif. for 44 years until his time of passing. At age 17, Michael followed his father, D C Carter, and brother, Tony, into the family business of painting…

Monrovia Loses Another Gem: Charlotte Schamadan
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Monrovia Loses Another Gem: Charlotte Schamadan

By Susan Motander Monrovia is known as the Gem City of the Foothills, but in many respects the gems are her many dedicated and involved residents. Sadly, on the Friday before Christmas the community lost Charlotte Schamadan when she lost her almost decade long battle with sinus cancer and other health issues. Charlotte was not a…

Constance Motander Died on Mother’s Day
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Constance Motander Died on Mother’s Day

By Susan Motander Connie (not that I ever called her that, to me she was Mother) was born August 28, 1926 in Arlington, Massachusetts (now a part of Boston). Her parents, Marion (always known as Naya) Whall and Teodoro Eduardo Hartung had married when he, as a young Argentine Naval Officer, had been studying at…

Rowena May Crandell Carlson 1917 – 2018
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Rowena May Crandell Carlson 1917 – 2018

Rowena M. Carlson, 100 years 8 months, passed away February 25, 2018, at her home in La Habra, California, surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Otto Fred Carlson. They shared a beautiful marriage together. Rowena, known as ‘Cissy,’ was born in Monrovia, California, on June 11, 1917. She and her four…

Passing of Maria “Ria” Michael
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Passing of Maria “Ria” Michael

Maria “Ria” Michael 1936-2018. Made her journey home to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 2, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Alan Michael, whom she met at Monrovia High School and married following graduation in 1954. Their love story continued for 63 years. Ria is also survived by her 4 children…

Robert “Bob” Hale Rich Jr. Passed away on February 13
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Robert “Bob” Hale Rich Jr. Passed away on February 13

Robert “Bob” Hale Rich Jr., born October 7, 1941, passed away February 13, 2018. Born in Portland, Maine and a longtime resident of Southern California. Retired after 40 years of service as a General Manager for General Electric. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Robert and Ethel Rich, his sister Sandra Webb and his Grandson…

Fred Bowden Passed Away Last Week
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Fred Bowden Passed Away Last Week

Long time Monrovian Fred Bowden died last Saturday. Despite battling cancer, Fred was on vacation in Mexico when he died. Service has no yet been set for the developer who was a major influence in the redevelopment of Monrovia. As Mayor Tom Adams said in his tribute to Bowden as he closed the City Council…

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