Category Archives: Obituaries

OBITUARY: Virtual Memorial on April 17 for Jan Ostendorf, 68; Businesswoman, Volunteer, Mom

With heavy hearts, the family announces Jan Rutkin Ostendorf’s passing on February 11, 2021. Jan was born August 12, 1952 to Ruth and Todd Rutkin, and grew up in North Hollywood. After graduating from North Hollywood High School, she attended … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: James Roberston McNiel, 76, Long-time Palisadian

Long-time Pacific Palisades resident James R. McNiel passed away on January 5 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica from a recently diagnosed lung cancer. He was 76. Born in Los Angeles on October 9, 1944, he was the eldest … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Actor Cliff Simon, 58, Dies in a Kiteboarding Accident

  Actor Cliff Simon, best known for playing the villain Ba’al on the “Stargate SG-1” television series, died on March 9 in a kiteboarding accident. His wife Collette reported his death on his Facebook page, writing “To Friends, family and … Continue reading

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Obituary: William Soren Mortensen, Long-time Resident

  William Soren Mortensen, who was born on July 19, 1932, passed away on February 28 at his home of 50 years in the Huntington Palisades. He was born in Philadelphia to Helen and Dr. William L. Mortensen, where his … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: David Galvan, Owner of a Temescal Food Truck

David Galvan, owner of the popular food truck Galvan’s Catering, which has been a mainstay on Temescal Canyon Road since 1999, died on February 21. David was 52. He was born in the coastal town of Barra de Navidad in … Continue reading

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Death of Molly Steinsapir: Letter from KI Clergy

  A reader sent the following letter to Circling the News that was sent by clergy from Kehillat Israel. To Our Wonderful KI Community, By now many of you have learned about the loss of Molly Steinsapir, a bright, thoughtful, … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Richard Charles Wulliger, 88; a Dedicated Member of Four Palisades Organizations

Richard Charles Wulliger, an attorney who was active in four local organizations, passed away December 11. Born May 9, 1932, to Jack and Carrie Wulliger, he was a life-long resident of Pacific Palisades. Wullinger was praised by fellow board members of … Continue reading

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OBIT–Self-Realization Fellowship Sister Parvati

Sister Parvati, a long-time nun with the Self-Realization Fellowship, passed away on December 11. Sister Parvati came to study and work under Paramahansa Yogananda at age 13 and was a direct disciple. She took formal vows of renunciation and was … Continue reading

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OBIT: Roy Robbins, Former Swarthmore Store Owner and Chamber of Commerce President, Succumbs

Roy Robbins, a former business leader in Pacific Palisades, passed away at his boyhood home in Long Beach sometime on November 25. He was 70. Born on June 3, 1950, Roy attended David Starr Jordan High School in Long Beach … Continue reading

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Bob Vickrey’s Brother Ray, a Minister and 1950s Sports Standout, Passes Away 

(Editor’s note: Circling the News columnist Bob Vickrey’s brother Ray died on September 17.) By BOB VICKREY CTN Contributor I lost my brother last Thursday. That also meant I’ve lost my best friend and lifelong hero. Ray Vickrey died in … Continue reading

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