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September 25, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Former Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini shared his exciting life story with Glendale Adventist Academy high school students Friday, but not before poking a little fun at himself. Zamperini, 87, first recalled a question from a child at one recent speaking engagement. The child had asked him how old he was, and he told her he was 87. "She said, 'Wow, I didn't know people got that old,' " Zamperini said, to laughter.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | March 21, 2007
Viola Barton celebrated her 105th birthday at Elms Convalescent Hospital on Friday and to get the party going, she played the piano for her friends and guests. Barton played her favorite songs — "Memories" and "Ain't She Sweet " — on the hospital's piano, with Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver and Assemblyman Paul Krekorian in attendance. Her actual birth date is March 11, 1902 — when Theodore Roosevelt was president. Barton's piano playing dates back to when she played piano in a silent-movie theater in her native South Dakota.
NEWS
July 14, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Several of Glendale's elders gathered Tuesday at Elms Convalescent Hospital's activity room to celebrate a man who knows a thing or two about extraordinary longevity. Here's the most eye-popping fact about Orville Selgelid's life: He's been around for the turn of the century -- twice. Orville Selgelid donned a tweed sports coat and a red scarf tucked into his plaid shirt to celebrate his 104th birthday. Selgelid was born in 1900.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | February 28, 2007
Glendale centenarian Hazel Brummett recently celebrated her 101st birthday with her daughter and friends at the Broadview Residential Center. Brummett credited her longevity to growing up on a farm. A combination of healthy eating and no smoking and drinking have also contributed to her living a long life, she said. Brummett has outlived her siblings: Her six brothers and sisters lived to their 80s and 90s, and her 70-year-old daughter, Pat Peck, and granddaughter are her only surviving family.
NEWS
January 14, 2005
Former La Cañadan Fay Cummings, also known as Fay Miller, passed away at her retirement home in Santa Rosa on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at the age of 97. She was the beloved wife of the late Howard Mead Cummings, who passed away in 1959. She was the loving mother of James and to his wife, Anna Cummings, both of Santa Rosa; and loving grandmother of Shane and Arlette Cummings. Fay was a longtime resident of La Cañada, where she was a member for 40 years of Delta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She also was a longtime active member of the Glendale Women's Athletic Club in the golf department.
COMMUNITY
July 24, 2012
Marion Elizabeth McKenzie Petit July 13, 2012 Beloved wife and mother, Marion Elizabeth McKenzie Petit died at the age of 92 in La Canada, California. She was born to J. Wallace McKenzie and Wilhelmina Fitger McKenzie on December 13, 1919, in Great Falls, Montana. She led a full and happy life which came to a peaceful close on July 13, 2012, at home in La Canada, CA. She was a graduate of Scripps College for Women, Claremont, CA (1941) and a nursing school in Boston, where she specialized in pediatric nursing during WW II, a skill she later must have found very valuable as she raised her five children.
NEWS
May 25, 2005
Ani Amirkhanian Edith Colianni is the only surviving member of her family. She is also possibly the only Glendale resident, who at 99, lives by herself and owns and drives a car. If that's not amazing, Colianni will celebrate her 100th birthday this Saturday. The Ohio native moved to the Los Angeles area at six months old with her family and then moved to Napa Valley, where she attended school. She met and married her late husband of more than 50 years in San Francisco and worked for the company formerly know as Pacific Tel, the current SBC telecommunications corporation, for 30 years.
NEWS
August 14, 2003
Ryan Carter Iva May Hanger was born in 1899. William McKinley was president, the lawn mower had just been patented, and baseball's World Series had yet to be conceived. For her 104th birthday, Hanger smiled and joined her family and friends Wednesday at Royal Palms Convalescent Hospital as they reflected on how anyone could live so long. For Hanger, the answer was simple: Her longevity was all about following God and eating pinto beans. "I always lived a clean life," she said.
NEWS
February 11, 2002
Marshall Allen GLENDALE -- Mary Margaret Marie Estes Shaw -- "Margie" to her friends -- celebrates her 101st birthday Tuesday. Her birthday was celebrated at Glendale Presbyterian Church Sunday, where she was given a special greeting by Pastor Brad Calhoun during the 11 o'clock service. Much of Shaw's life has been centered around her strong faith in God and the Bible and the church, she said. She has been attending Glendale Presbyterian since 1972.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | October 31, 2007
Life has been good to Cristina Swanson, so good that she reached 100 with barely a bump in the road, she said. “I made it,” she repeatedly proclaimed. The Glendale centenarian attributes her longevity to her belief in God and credits the people around her who have made her happy. Swanson, a native of El Salvador, has lived her life filled with success and adventure. Since moving to the United States, she’s traveled around this country and the world. Although she no longer travels, she has regular visitors to her home.
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By Megan O'Neil | June 8, 2013
Dear Glendale graduates, The annual commencement issue of the Glendale News-Press is always among my favorites. I enjoyed poring over your faces in this week's graduation photo spreads even more so than usual because I myself recently donned a cap and gown to accept my master's degree at USC. A few weeks ago, we were concurrently willing papers to write themselves, and sweating over final exams. Now we are focused on the summer gigs and out-of-Glendale moves that await. But before you hit the road, recognize that no matter what stage of your education you are in, or what school you are graduating from, you didn't get here alone.
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By Katherine Yamada | November 2, 2012
The old house at 540 West Broadway has sheltered many people during its long life - first as a private home, then as a boarding house and now as Wellness Works, which provides a safe haven for veterans through a program called 'Welcome Home Veterans.' It all stems from the vision of Nancy Rez, who back in 1984 began looking for a place for her new project, Wellness Works. Rez had earned a degree in biology from Occidental College, married and had two children. When her children were older, she returned to work as an office manager at Hoover High.
COMMUNITY
July 24, 2012
Marion Elizabeth McKenzie Petit July 13, 2012 Beloved wife and mother, Marion Elizabeth McKenzie Petit died at the age of 92 in La Canada, California. She was born to J. Wallace McKenzie and Wilhelmina Fitger McKenzie on December 13, 1919, in Great Falls, Montana. She led a full and happy life which came to a peaceful close on July 13, 2012, at home in La Canada, CA. She was a graduate of Scripps College for Women, Claremont, CA (1941) and a nursing school in Boston, where she specialized in pediatric nursing during WW II, a skill she later must have found very valuable as she raised her five children.
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By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | February 18, 2011
Her grandmother lived to be 100 and her mother until 98. Vila and her sister, Blanca Vila, 98, live together at the Broadview Residential Care Center in Glendale. Residents and staff wished Eulalia Vila a happy birthday on Feb. 12 with a chocolate sheet cake, singing traditional Spanish birthday songs and a bouquet of flowers — along with lots of hugs and kisses. “She acts like a 60-year-old,” said Esther Galvan, night supervisor. “She never complains.
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By Michael Arvizu | October 10, 2009
Glendale Community College on Thursday hosted a lecture on the anthropology of ?Star Wars? and ?Star Trek.? Can you see my grin? Daryl Frazetti, an anthropology and biology professor at Western Nevada College in Carson City, Nev., gave the talk. According to campus e-mails, the talk focused on the politics, religion, identity, technology, the cultural role of the individual and the anthropological concept of ?race? that is inherent in both franchises. Of course, I can speak about ?
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By Ani Amirkhanian | October 31, 2007
Life has been good to Cristina Swanson, so good that she reached 100 with barely a bump in the road, she said. “I made it,” she repeatedly proclaimed. The Glendale centenarian attributes her longevity to her belief in God and credits the people around her who have made her happy. Swanson, a native of El Salvador, has lived her life filled with success and adventure. Since moving to the United States, she’s traveled around this country and the world. Although she no longer travels, she has regular visitors to her home.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | September 26, 2007
Glendale centenarian Beulah Hager credits her longevity to daily walks and plenty of rest on the weekends. Friends celebrated her 100th birthday Thursday at Sparr Heights Community Center, and Hager took the time to reflect on her life. She was the youngest child born into a family of 11 siblings in Canada. Her father died before she was born, and her mother died when she was 5. Despite her many brothers and sisters, the family broke apart when her mother died. One sister, who was 20 years her senior and had three children of her own, took Hager in and raised her. But it was not a lonely childhood for Hager, who grew up with nieces and nephews who became more like her brothers and sisters, she said.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | March 21, 2007
Viola Barton celebrated her 105th birthday at Elms Convalescent Hospital on Friday and to get the party going, she played the piano for her friends and guests. Barton played her favorite songs — "Memories" and "Ain't She Sweet " — on the hospital's piano, with Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver and Assemblyman Paul Krekorian in attendance. Her actual birth date is March 11, 1902 — when Theodore Roosevelt was president. Barton's piano playing dates back to when she played piano in a silent-movie theater in her native South Dakota.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | February 28, 2007
Glendale centenarian Hazel Brummett recently celebrated her 101st birthday with her daughter and friends at the Broadview Residential Center. Brummett credited her longevity to growing up on a farm. A combination of healthy eating and no smoking and drinking have also contributed to her living a long life, she said. Brummett has outlived her siblings: Her six brothers and sisters lived to their 80s and 90s, and her 70-year-old daughter, Pat Peck, and granddaughter are her only surviving family.
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By Rachel Kane | January 17, 2007
Juanita De Anda Parsons has the secret to surviving a century. Just have a good breakfast and don't stress yourself out, she prescribes. As Parsons sat among more than 125 of her closest friends and family members at her 100th birthday party, she looked back on her long life. She's been a sister to five, a daughter, singer, beautician, divorcee and resident of Glendale, but most importantly to Parsons and those who love her, she is alive and well. As a young woman, she and her sister, Chinta, were regular guest singers on the local radio station in Globe, Ariz.
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