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Obituaries

News and tributes about the lives of community members who have recently died.
OBIT: Rick Hudson, Chair on Culver City's Parks Commission

OBIT: Rick Hudson, Chair on Culver City's Parks Commission

In addition to being the successful owner of Culver Glass, Chair Hudson was a tireless advocate for the young people of Culver City.
Juanita Moore Dies in L.A. Home at 99

Juanita Moore Dies in L.A. Home at 99

The Times reports that Moore danced at the Cotton Club in Culver City when she had returned to L.A. as World War 2 started.
'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini Dies

'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini Dies

Pellegrini and the other Munchkins are part of Culver City lore, having stayed at the Culver Hotel when the 1939 musical was being filmed down the road at what was then MGM studios.
Patch Inspirational Cancer Blogger Passes Away

Patch Inspirational Cancer Blogger Passes Away

Erin Vidovich touched many readers with her humane, unvarnished yet hopeful posts meant to comfort others. And her care packages for the newly diagnosed will continue via her family.
Funeral for Culver City High Coach Dave Sanchez on Saturday

Funeral for Culver City High Coach Dave Sanchez on Saturday

The 58-year-old Culver City High 2012 Coach of the Year passed away Wednesday following a battle with pancreatic cancer. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Culver City Funeral for Former Foreperson of L.A. County Grand Jury

Culver City Funeral for Former Foreperson of L.A. County Grand Jury

Mary Jean Pew was an assistant to Gov. Jerry Brown in his first campaign for governor and his first appointee to the California State University Board of Trustees.
Culver City Resident Richard ‘Dick’ Heineman Dies at 75

Culver City Resident Richard ‘Dick’ Heineman Dies at 75

A former US Air Force reservist, Heineman was also an LA County lifeguard for 35 years.
Memorial Planned For Muralist David Legaspi

Memorial Planned For Muralist David Legaspi

Legaspi was well-known in Culver City, Malibu, Santa Monica and the San Fernando Valley for his murals, most decorating school campuses.
When I Met 'America's Oldest Teenager'

When I Met 'America's Oldest Teenager'

Patch Editor Saul Daniels recalls his personal encounter with Dick Clark at a Sock Hop to benefit his university's alumni club.
Former Coastal Commission Director Peter Douglas Dies

Former Coastal Commission Director Peter Douglas Dies

Douglas, 69, passed away Sunday following a long battle with throat and lung cancer.
Public Funeral for Songwriter Robert B. Sherman Today in Culver City

Public Funeral for Songwriter Robert B. Sherman Today in Culver City

Together with his brother, Richard, Sherman was responsible for some of the world’s most familiar music, including the Oscar-winning score from ‘Mary Poppins.’
Conservative Blogger Andrew Breitbart Dead at 43

Conservative Blogger Andrew Breitbart Dead at 43

The political blogger-journalist collapsed near his Westwood home and was taken to UCLA Medical Center early Thursday morning.
Whitney Houston Found Unresponsive in Hotel Bathtub

Whitney Houston Found Unresponsive in Hotel Bathtub

The latest on the singer's death.
Whitney Houston Dead at 48

Whitney Houston Dead at 48

The Los Angeles Times and TMZ is reporting that the singer, who famously battled drug addiction, died at the Beverly Hilton. Take our polls and let us know your thoughts on the singer's deat
Mar Vista Family Center Mourns the Loss of Founder Monte Factor

Mar Vista Family Center Mourns the Loss of Founder Monte Factor

MVFC CEO Lucia Diaz said Factor, who passed away on Dec. 5 at the age of 94, used to dress up as Santa for the pre-schoolers at the center located in Culver City.
Elizabeth Taylor Dies at Age 79

Elizabeth Taylor Dies at Age 79

Iconic actress spent her early career working on the lot at MGM, now Sony Pictures Studios
Jackie McCandless Dies

Jackie McCandless Dies

This longtime Culver City resident worked for more than 20 years at Brotman Medical Center.