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Margie Verna

Marjorie “Margie” Verna

Long-time resident of La Crescenta, passed on to be with Jesus on Sept. 6. She lived in Las Vegas at the time of death. Margie was very active in PTA organizations at the schools her children attended as well as her daughters’ Brownie and Girl Scout Troops. She worked at many local places in the Glendale-La Crescenta area and one of the most memorable to her family was as a car-hop at the Original Bob’s Big Boy restaurant in Glendale. She also worked at Klemer’s Drug in Tujunga and Cal Med West Pharmacy in La Cañada for several years. She also worked at Jobyna’s Bridal Shop as a wedding consultant before relocating to Las Vegas, where she worked at The Golden Nugget Hotel, the Mirage Hotel and various slot areas as a change hostess.

Margie leaves behind her daughters Nancy Brown and son-in-law Jim of Frisco, Tex.; Jan Beyer and son-in-law Pat of La Crescenta: and son Rick Verna of Montrose. She leaves behind six grandsons: Greg and Dennis Brown of Frisco, Tex; Ben and Trevor Ealy of Detroit, Mich.; Casey and Josh Verna of Canyon Country; seven great-grandchildren and her sister-in-law Betty Bissing of Mesa, Ariz.

Mom-We are so comforted to know you are with Jesus now. We miss you and will always, “Love you more!”

A memorial service to celebrate  Margie’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Crippen Mortuary on Honolulu Avenue in La Crescenta. There will be no graveside services.


Ludwig A. Vogl

Ludwig A. Vogl

A local Certified Public Accountant with an office in Montrose for over 40 years, died on Sunday, Sept. 27  in Gardnerville, Nev. while being cared for by his son W. Peter Vogl.  He was born April 4, 1920 in Munich, Germany. In 1949, he and his wife Edith moved their family to California and in the mid 1950s settled in the La Crescenta area. He loved the town because it reminded him of Germany. Before becoming an accountant in the area, he worked for The Shopping Bag grocery store where OSH is now located. He owned Ludwig’s Delicatessen in La Cañada for several years until the passing of his wife in 1963. Mr. Vogl earned his master’s degree in Greek Theology from the University of California, Los Angeles and was a guest lecturer there for many years. He was fluent in seven languages and had a great love for learning. He also volunteered for many years for The Optimist Club for Boys and was in the process of writing a memoir of his days of fighting in WWII in Italy. Ludwig is survived by his son and his wife, Harald Vogl and Paula; his daughter, Anne Ericsson; his son and wife, Harry-Joe Vogl and Angeline; his daughter and husband, Christina and Paul Mills; his son, Peter Vogl; grandchildren, Jim Vogl, Jessica (Vogl) Knox, Gina (Ericsson) Walker, Brigetta (Ericsson) Schwaiger, Martin Vogl, Matthew Vogl, Nathaniel Singh, Roman Singh, Dylan Singh, Sean Vogl and Allyson Vogl. He is further survived by13  great-grandchildren and his nephew Michael Helffreich and family in Germany. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Edith, their daughter Brigitte, and their son Ludwig John (Johnny) Vogl.  He was also preceded in death by his second wife Helga who died in February 2008. A graveside service for Ludwig A. Vogl will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale Ave.

Ethel Mae Heath

Ethel Mae Heath

Jan. 5, 1926 –Sept. 26, 2009

Born in Marion, Iowa, Ethel was the youngest of six children.

She loved school and all things related, graduating early and moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the FBI from 1943-44 cataloging, filing, and checking fingerprints.

While still in high school, she played oboe in the band at Marion High School where she met her future husband, Howard, all the way over in the saxophone section. When she left the FBI, she traveled to Long Beach, Calif., and they were married at the First Baptist Church of Glendale in February 1945.

The couple moved to La Crescenta in 1948, just in time for one of Southern California’s rare snowstorms. Along with raising two children, she spent several years at Edwards Photography in Montrose, and then at Don Baxter Laboratories in Glendale.

She was also active for nearly sixty years at the First Baptist Church of Montrose  (now Light on the Corner Church). In addition to her children, she was the proud grandma to four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Ethel passed away at home on Sunday, Sept. 26. She is survived by Howard, her husband of 64 years; her children David Heath and Barbara Summers; grandchildren Stephen Summers, Robyn Harvey, Joseph Summers and Rebekah Maurice; great-grandchildren Robert, Kimberly, and Maylynn; and also her sister, Mabel Raetz in Iowa,

as well as many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m., at Light on the Corner Church, 1911 Waltonia Drive in Montrose, preceded by a viewing beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Interment will be at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar.


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