Jeanne Keating, September 12, 1948 - November 10, 2016
     Jeanne Keating was born in Los Angeles and was a second generation Californian. Her early career began at National Semiconductor which took her around the United States and Canada travelling for business. Jeanne’s responsibilities there ranged from education, systems support and regional management. During the 1980’s, Jeanne decided to embark on a new career. Her options were all in professions that helped others; real estate seemed like a perfect fit. She was first licensed in 1988 and became a Broker in 1990. Jeanne Keating was extremely patriotic, and was immensely proud of her grandfather, father and brother who served in WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War respectively. She was an avid reader of history and politics and had a sizeable book collection. Mostly historical non-fiction. She is an animal lover and caring person, giving of her time to many causes. As a REALTOR®, Jeanne had a strong commitment to professionalism and education which led her to earn the Council of Residential Specialists (CRS) designation, Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES) designation and an e-PRO designation from the National Association of REALTORS®. She served the Arcadia Association of REALTORS® in many areas. She has been the Chairperson for the Budget & Finance, Nominating and REP Committees. She also served as a member of the Tech, Grievance, MLS, Local Government, Commercial, and Equal Opportunities Committees as well as the Young Professionals Network. She was a member of the AAR’s Board of Directors for many years and culminated her career at the AAR by becoming President in 2010 and REALTOR® of the Year in 2011. Everyone who knew Jeanne knew her as a respected REALTOR® and a loyal friend.

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Minh Van Lac, October 24, 1980 - May 4, 2016
     Minh Lac was born in Texas and grew up in the local city of San Gabriel, California. Minh started his Real Estate career working as a loan officer at Countrywide Home Loans. While working at Countrywide, Minh financed residential and commercial projects of all sizes. Minh's background in finance, along with his superior knowledge of the local markets, made him a single point of contact for home buyers and sellers. In addition, he was multilingual and was able to communicate in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Vietnamese to better serve his clients.
     His clients were his top priority. It is essential that everyone involved in the transaction is united and feels comfortable throughout the process. He was honest, upfront and hardworking, making sure that all parties were satisfied with the end result while avoiding any bumps in the road. No questions will ever go unanswered. He was ready and willing to help and looks forward to working together for a smooth and successful experience.
     When Minh was not working with buyers and sellers to find their next dream home, you could find him participating in local community organizations or with his family enjoying outdoor activities such as golfing, basketball and hiking.

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Karin Meyer, March 5, 1943 - January 17, 2016
     She was born in Hamburg, Germany, on March 5, 1943, and came to America in 1961. Ms. Meyer first lived in Hartford, Connecticut, married Karsten Meyer, and moved to California in 1966. She received an AA from Pasadena City College, a BS in Real Estate, Finance, and Law and a Master of Science in Economics from Cal Poly Pomona. Ms. Meyer found her professional calling as a successful real estate broker and was an agent for Baldwin Realty and L&C Better Homes and Gardens. She was active in her community and played a pivotal role in mobilizing residents to preserve Monrovia's foothills as open space for future generations. Her passion for travel took her all over the world, including trips to China, Scotland, Russia, Monaco, Argentina, and New Zealand. Ms. Meyer is survived by three children, Andrew, Amber, and Stephanie, and their spouses; four grandchildren; her beloved aunt, Helga; Karsten Meyer; extended family and many friends. Her services were held on March 12, 2016 at Santa Anita Church, 226 W. Colorado Blvd., Arcadia, CA.

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Elmer William Black, 1930 - March 23, 2015
     Elmer William Black, 84, of Arcadia, California, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, at his home with his family by his side. He is survived by his son, Alan Black (Ruth), daughter, Janet Black-Zaiger (Dan), and his grandchildren, Taylor and Daniel Black. Elmer was widowed in 1986 after the death of his wife, Donna Green Black.
     Elmer graduated from Downey High School and John Muir College and went on to serve as a photographer in the United States Air Force (1950-1954) during the Korean War. During this time, his service took him to Idaho where he met Donna Green. They were married in 1956.
     After settling in Temple City, Elmer became a Real Estate Broker. He began his lifelong career in real estate with Herbert Hawkins Realty, and in 1971 he opened his own brokerage, Elmer Black Realtors®. After Donna's death, he sold the business and joined Coldwell Banker, where he continued his career through 2014.
     Elmer was an active member of the Temple City Community and an avid supporter of local businesses and organizations. He sponsored many Little League teams and was often in attendance at games. As a devoted member of the Temple City Kiwanis Club, he served locally and globally in many capacities, including two terms as president, in 1989 and again in 2007.
     He enjoyed boating and golfing throughout his life, but his greatest source of joy and pride was his family.

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  Ettelene A. Whipple, June 11, 1914 - March 18, 2015
     Born to James and Myrtle Hawks June 11, 1914 in Silverton, Oregon, at the age of seven, Ettlelene's family moved to La Habra, California where she attended La Habra High School and later graduated from the San Diego State University.
      After college graduation, Ettelene moved to Long Beach, California and worked at Buffum's Department Store where she met and fell in love with Edward A. Leathem. She and Edward were married in 1939 and in 1941 they were blessed with the birth of their son; Charles Richard Leathem.
      Later moving to Pasadena, California Edward worked as a manager for the Sears and Roebuck Company and the couple became charter members of the Saint James Methodist Church. In 1949, the family moved to Seattle, Washington. After the unexpected and untimely death of Edward in 1951, Ettelene and her young son; Charles returned to live in the Pasadena area.
      It was at this time that Ettelene started her real estate career where she worked as a real estate agent for the Winn Norton Real Estate Agency in Altadena, California. In 1955, Ettelene married Horace Whipple and advanced her real estate career by opening the Whipple Real Estate Agency which was located on Lake and Altadena Drive in Altadena, California.
      Horace Whipple passed away in 1957; the same year that Ettelene opened her second real estate office in Pasadena. Ettelene later expanded the Whipple Realty brand by opening additional offices in Arcadia and Big Bear, California. At its zenith, Whipple Realty employed more than 96 real estate agents and supportive staff. Ettelene was a founding member of the Pasadena Board of Realtors® as well as a member of the Arcadia and Big Bear Board of Realtors®.
      In 1960, Ettelene married Dr. Walter Hendrickson and the couple resided in Pasadena. Dr. Hendrickson passed away in 2000. Ettelene continued to be actively involved with the management of Whipple Reality until her retirement in 2003.
      Ettelene out lived two step children; James and Genevieve Leathem. She is survived by her son; Charles Leathem, her grandchildren; Greg, Hank, Mike and Marie Leathem as well as step children; John and Rodger Whipple, Georgia and Kathy Hendrickson.
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  James Dawson Thomas, May 18, 1933 - December 28, 2014
      Born in Walla Walla, Washington on May 18, 1933 to Michael and May Thomas. Jim, his younger sister Barbara, and his parents moved to Pasadena, California in 1948. As a young boy, Jim was fascinated with aviation and during World War II could name any airplane flying overhead due to the many models he had built that were hanging from his bedroom ceiling! He was an avid reader with a curious mind, enjoyed playing the piano, competing in sports, and participating in many youth activities including the Boy Scouts, in which he attained its highest ranking of Eagle Scout. Jim graduated from South Pasadena San Marino High School in 1951. One of his greatest highlights was getting notice of receiving "the fat letter" from Stanford University, during a surfing trip to "Little Corona" in Newport Beach with his best high school pal, Jim G. Thomas. In order to defer his draft notice, Jim began his studies at Stanford that summer. Stanford was far more difficult than anticipated and he received his first and only "D", in English of all things, during that first summer of classes. But Jim buckled down, acing his Calculus and Engineering classes, while enjoying his time as a member of the Chi Psi fraternity, and he earned his undergraduate degree in Engineering in 1955. Shortly thereafter, he married Jeannette Gary and moved to Inglewood, California to start his family. With a two-year-old daughter (Laurie) and two-month-old twins (Jim, Jr. and Diane) in tow, Jim moved the family to Cambridge, MA to pursue his Harvard MBA. Harvard is challenging enough without a new family and it became even more challenging for Jim as both of his parents passed away during this time. Jim persevered and obtained his Harvard MBA, class of 1960. Family was always important to him and in order to be close to his only sister Barbara and enable his children to get to know their surviving grandparents, Jim took a job with Standard Oil and moved the family to San Rafael, California. As Jim's passion had always been in aviation and the Navy wouldn't let him fly due to his poor eyesight, the family relocated to Southern California in 1964 so he could join the aerospace industry.
      Over the next several years, he spent his time raising and adding to his family with Christine, his final of four children, being born in 1966. Jim was employed by TRW, Northrop and Boeing, mostly performing classified work that he could never talk about. He was however, most proud of his contribution to the development of the B-2 Stealth Bomber. After Jim and Jeannette divorced in 1979, he was fortunate enough to find a second love, Janet Zemba, and in 1982 the two were married. Jim began his second career in real estate in the early 90s. Always a believer in giving back to his career, Jim was elected to the Arcadia Association of Realtors®, serving as President in 1998. In 2009, he was greatly honored to be awarded Arcadia's Realtor® of the Year. Late in this career, Jim managed multiple ReMax offices in the area which gave him the opportunity to experience his greatest joy in business: coaching and mentoring young real estate entrepreneurs. This passion allowed him to continue working up until he literally couldn't speak anymore due to the impact of chemotherapy. In his free time, Jim volunteered in a reading program with underprivileged kids, he loved to walk and hike with his dogs in the Arcadia hills, and he had a passion for travel, especially to Maui, where just this past year he experienced the zip line and giant water slides.
Character, generosity, and integrity were significant attributes of Jim and he was always one to lend his time, a kind word or a caring hand. There was never a moment that he was not there to offer encouragement and support to his colleagues and family. He was a good man and will be dearly missed by all of those whose heart was touched by his love.
      Jim is survived by his wife, Janet Zemba Thomas, his daughters and their families, Laurie Wyatt (Russ), Diane Reifert (Jim), Christine Nickerson (Dave), his son, Jim Jr. (Shawn), his brother-in-law, John Zemba, his cousin-in-law, Christine Casey, his three grandchildren, Ashton Wyatt, Madelyn and Dawson Nickerson, and his beloved sister, Barbara Anderson.

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  Marjorie May Ludecke, August 7, 1939 - November 10, 2014
      A resident of Monrovia California for more than 42 years, Marjorie Ludecke, known as Marge to her friends and family, originally hailed from Brockton, Massachusetts. Born on August 7, 1939 to Oscar Clinton and Marjorie May (Basset) Hammond, Marge was proud of her heritage, an American Indian of the Penobscot Indian Nation (Indian Island, Maine).
In 1957, Marge traveled to Pasadena, California with her Mom, and her two brothers, Paul and Bradley S. Hammond. She obtained her AA degree from Pasadena City College and started working at Hycon Mfg. Co. in nearby Monrovia. While punching missile guidance tapes and wiring electronic boards for the defense industry, she met her soon to be husband Michael W. Ludecke. Determined to live happily ever after, they married on July 31, 1965 and three years later celebrated the arrival of their daughter Wendy. In four and a half more years, they completed their family with their son Clint.
Marge learned the art of stained glass in the late 70s and became so good at her craft that she made many of the windows for their family home, which are still in existence today.
      In 1982, Marge and Mike decided they wanted to try their hand at opening a business. In order to help support and provide benefits to her family while the business got off the ground, Marge decided to get a job at the local Post Office, and in fact became the first female Postal Carrier in Monrovia!
Always a people person, she quickly knew her job so well that she could tell you exactly who lived where, anywhere in town. She was loved by many of her co-workers and became known for hosting the annual Postal parties. By 1983 their family business, Century 21 Ludecke Realty in Arcadia, was up and running. This same business is still in existence today, more than 30 years later.
      If you ask people what they think about Marge, the consensus would be that she had a very giving and kind spirit. That she was always there to lend a helping hand to someone in need. Her generosity extended beyond those she met in ever day life, reaching as far as her favorite charity the Foothill Unity Center in Monrovia. Throughout the year, and especially at Christmas, you would find her donating all kinds of things to help those less fortunate.
      As her family expanded, Marge became a grandmother to three grandchildren, with whom she enjoyed life to the fullest, attending baseball and soccer games, birthday parties and Christmas plays and concerts. She also enjoyed getting away for the weekend with Mike to spend time with a dear friend in Rancho Mirage. She was the type of person that built many special friendships, including with people in her neighborhood, the family next door and her adopted granddaughter Gracie. She kept those she loved dear and constantly in her thoughts. Marge fought metastatic breast cancer for four years. She finally lost her battle on November 10, 2014, at home surrounded by the love of her family. She will be greatly missed.
      Marge is survived by her husband Michael Ludecke. She left behind her daughter Wendy Ludecke Selevitch, son in law Michael Selevitch and grandson Adam Bencosme; her son Clinton GM Ludecke, daughter in law Lisa Ludecke and grandchildren Kate and William Ludecke; and her two brothers, Bradley S. Hammond and Paul Hammond and their children.
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  George Taylor, July 20, 1939 - April 2, 2014
      George Taylor was born July 20, 1939 to William and Kathleen Taylor in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. He was the middle of three brothers. George married his lovely wife of 55 years, Doreen on March 21, 1959. Shortly after his national service, in January of 1963, he and his wife left England to begin a new life in California. They set sail for the United States aboard the ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary, which docked in New York and within hours, the couple were on a flight to Los Angeles, California for the remainder of their journey.
      His achievements include serving in the British Army from 1960 to 1962. He found his niche in real estate where he made his living for over 40 years. In addition, he coached soccer at Arcadia High School, La Salle High School, Flintridge Prep and Pasadena City College. He was a member of the Arcadia Lion’s Club since 1975, and the Elk’s Lodge since 2004. One of his greatest achievements was being one of four individuals to help establish Region 2 of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) founded in 1964. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
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  Thomas Lewis James, April 2, 1965 - March 26, 2014
      Thomas Lewis James was born to Elsie and Lester James on April 2, 1965 in Pasadena, California. Thomas whom all referred to as "Tommy or Tom," was the second child born of three children of this union.
      Tommy was raised in Altadena, California. He attended Field Elementary School, McKinley Middle School and graduated from John Muir High School (Home of the Mighty Mustangs) in 1983. Tommy had a passion for sports, especially football. He attended Glendale Community College and played football for the "Glendale Vaqueros." Tom was presently employed as a Real Estate Consultant/Agent at Century 21 Village Realty located in Sierra Madre, California.
      Tommy leaves to celebrate his homecoming, his Son Tommy James; Mother Elsie James; Sister Alesia James; Brother Lester and his wife Rhonda James and Nephew Michael James; Aunt Zeophia (Zee) Herbert; Aunt Catherine Hampton; Aunt Helen Watson and a host of many great aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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  Clyde William Towles, May 17, 1933 - March 11, 2014
      Clyde William Towles was born in Glendale, California on May 17, 1933. He grew up in Arcadia and attended MAD (Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte High School). Although he played football and basketball, Clyde's true joy came from studying and composing music, and leading the MAD Jazz Band. A versatile musician, he played trumpet, baritone and drums.
He enlisted in the California National Guard's 49th Division Artillery, with his unit shipping to the Korean War immediately following training. Following the Korean War, he served in Japan. Emperor Hirohito invited his unit to provide the 21-artillery salute for his 50th birthday celebration at the Imperial Palace. Clyde continued Guard service stateside, many times participating in active duty during times of disaster. He transported American Indian firefighters to hot spots, and drove bulldozers clearing firebreaks through the San Gabriel Mountains during the fire of 1957.
      Clyde loved all sports, coached football, and organized several Semi-Pro teams, the Monrovia and San Gabriel Vikings, Orange County Rhinos and the Pasadena Dons. He coached freshman football for both Monrovia and Blair High Schools, and Monrovia and Duarte Pop Warner. His love of the outdoors- especially the mountains- is legendary within his circle of friends and family, and he was an avid angler, sometimes staying out on the lake all day waiting for "the big one." Later in life, he also enjoyed playing golf with his two sons, Ron and Mitch.
      First begun as a "fun" project, Clyde and his son Ron formed the Gem City Jazz Cats in 2008, inviting former Monrovia High musicians and professional players to participate. It soon turned into a successful and inspired "hobby'' and the Jazz Cats began to play at many events.
      Clyde worked for several years driving for Manning Brothers (rock, sand and gravel), eventually purchasing his own Mack truck and operating under Towles Trucking. With his strong belief in continuing professional and personal growth, Clyde decided to try his hand at Real Estate. Transitioning successfully from part to full time Realtor®, he worked for Century 21and Prudential Preferred in Sierra Madre, and served on the Arcadia Association of Realtors® in several positions. After more than 20 years in real estate, he retired from full time work, but continued working part time until shortly before his passing.
This year, Phyllis and Clyde Towles celebrated 53 wonderful years of marriage. They have four children, Diana, Ronald and Mitchell Towles, and Linda Shepherd (deceased), five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was a beloved husband, father, and great- grandfather, and a dear and true friend and mentor.
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  Marian S. Rodgers, December 5, 1924 - January 17, 2014
      Marian S. Rodgers, former Realtor® in Arcadia, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014. She began her career in residential real estate in 1977 at Bliss Keeler, Arcadia. In 1989 she was the #1 producer in that office. Marian joined the Arcadia office of Coldwell Banker in 1990 where she remained for the balance of her career. As a member of the Arcadia Association of Realtors® she was proud of her volunteer contributions to that organization. For many years she was a member of the Professional Standards Committee and served as Chairman of this committee from 1991 through 1994. Marian was honored by the Arcadia Association of Realtors® as "Realtor® of the Year" in 1993. After a successful and distinguished career she retired in 1998. She continued as an active volunteer to several community organizations including the Arcadia Thrift Shop and the Alpha Auxiliary of Methodist Hospital.
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  Jack Herbert Lesch, March 28, 1929 - January 16, 2014
      Jack, beloved Husband, Father & Grandfather, unexpectedly left this world and stepped into Heaven in the early hours of January 16, 2014. He is preceded in death by Son, Duke Lesch and is survived by his Wife of 37 years, Ruth Valentine Lesch, Son & Daughter in Law, Scott & Jacquie Lesch & Sons, Conner & Grant, Daughter & Son in Law, Sandy Valentine & Michael Matthews & Sons, Ryan & Bryce Donahue & Wife, Lindsay, Daughter, Deborah Henderson & Sister, Jeanne Suttle. Though teasingly called "Grumps", Jack's slightly crusty exterior could never hide his big heart or the love and devotion he had for his Lord, his family and friends. He was born in Crown Point, Indiana and moved with his family to California in 1932. Upon his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Air Force, Jack pursued careers in wholesale lumber sales and was a Real Estate Broker for many years. His favorite job, however, was taking care of his family and most of all, being a terrific Grandpa to his four Grandsons. The light he shined will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.