Category Archives: Obituaries

Obituary: Paul Morantz, Champion for Those in Cults

Paul Morantz, a California lawyer who crusaded against brainwashing self-help gurus, crooked psychotherapists and menacing cults, including one that nearly killed him with a rattlesnake, died October 23 at a Santa Monica hospital. He was 77. Palisades resident Bob Vickrey … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Dr. Mike “Mario” Martini, a Pacific Palisades Stalwart

Dr. Mike Martini, 97, a treasured pediatrician in Pacific Palisades for decades and an active, always smiling member of the community, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 12. Longtime residents were quick to mourn one of its beloved individuals. … Continue reading

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Obituary: Mary J. Rapoport, 80; Longtime Resident and a Leader in the National Women’s Political Caucus

Mary J. Rapoport was born in New York City to Sylvia and Joseph Feder on October 19, 1941. She passed away on September 18, with her family at her side. Growing up in Washington Heights, Mary graduated from the High School … Continue reading

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OBITUARY – Susan Orenstein, 79, Longtime Resident and Past President of the Historical Society

By BILL BRUNS Susan Orenstein, an active member of the Pacific Palisades Historical Society and the Temescal Canyon Association for many years, passed away on September 26. Born November 25, 1942, to Randall and Pauline Coates, Susan grew up in … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Alice “Alli” Faye Lockwood Solum

  Long-time Palisadian Alli Solum, 85, passed away on August 16. She was born on December 27, 1936, at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena to Arthur and Sarah “Sally” Lockwood. She was an only child. Known to her 10 grandchildren … Continue reading

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August 31 Park Closure Alert for Caroline Byfield’s Memorial

The parking lot at the Palisades Recreation Center, 851 Alma Real, will be closed all day on Wednesday, August 31. The baseball fields will also be closed to the public that day. The playground and tennis courts will be open. … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Eva Holberg, a Consummate, Decades-Long Volunteer in Pacific Palisades

By BILL BRUNS Former Citizen of the Year Eva Holberg, who served for decades as a creative and dauntless leader at Theatre Palisades and the Palisades Symphony, passed away on August 13. She was 91. Eva was born April 22, 1931 … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Elias Soufo, 74, Long-time Resident, Beloved Shell Mechanic

Elias Soufo, who was born August 1, 1947, passed away on July 13, two weeks shy of his 75th birthday. He was beloved by many in town because of his expertise and honesty in providing car maintenance and repairs at the Shell … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Dale Van Vlack, 99; Legion Member, Aerospace Engineer and Golfer  

Dale Edgar Van Vlack, a 51-year resident of Pacific Palisades, passed away on June 18 at age 99. Dale and his twin sister Gail were born on April 26, 1923, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Family on their father’s side … Continue reading

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Obituary: Patrick Hart, 74, Key Figure in Palisades Homeless Task Force

Patrick Lynn Hart, one of the key figures in the implementation of the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness, passed away on May 30. He had Multiple Systems Atrophy Striatonigral Degeneration, a rare progressive neurodegenerative disorder that had only been … Continue reading

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