Patricia “Pati” Madrid

It is with a heavy heart that the family of Patricia Madrid announce the passing of their beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother on February 3rd, 2023. She passed away peacefully in the comfort of her youngest daughters’ home surrounded by her loved ones.

Patricia was born in El Potrero (Cosala, Sinaloa) on December 14th, 1929 and was the second child of a total of nine siblings. She was raised on a ranch and held many responsibilities in helping her parents maintain the upkeep of their land and livestock. Later in her adult life, as a widowed single mother, she decided to take up a very life changing offer her cousin Julia had suggested. It was to move out of the only life they knew, and move to Mexicali with her and work towards a new life for her daughter Blanca and herself. They then saved up enough finances towards their main goal, which was to move to the U.S. and continue prospering in a new life.

Patricia and her cousin Julia then settled in a town in Los Angeles named Glassell Park, where Patricia raised her two daughters Blanca and Cynthia. She also made lasting friendships and many cherished memories with neighbors and people from all walks of life. She was known for her compassionate heart, hospitality, selflessness, and willingness to help those she loved and cared for dearly. She carried a spirit of nobility and the heart of a servant for God. It was through her faith in God that she persevered in tough times, and was resilient. She lived a long life filled with love, of laughter, and left a lasting impact on the lives closest to her.

She will be missed immensely by all family members and friends who became like family, but her memories will live on with everyone who loved her and knew her.

Join us to celebrate the life of Patricia Madrid

Throop Unitarian Church
300 S. Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
@10a.m. – noon

Oakdale Mortuary & Memorial Park
1401 S. Grand Ave
Glendora, CA 91740

To be announced

Vernardo S. Watts Sr.

Vernardo Steven Watts Sr. was born in Chicago, IL on May 25, 1953; he was the fifth child of seven, born to Eugene Robert Watts Sr. and Agnes Ann Kelly Watts.  Chicago would be his home through most of his 20’s and this is where he would graduate from Carver High School as well as Chicago State and DeVry, eventually obtaining a degree in audio engineering. He obtained what was at the time cutting-edge video training in the late 1970’s at Bell & Howell.It was his uniquely combined audio and video training that would allow him to leave his mark in the television and radio broadcast industry no matter where he went. In 1980, Vernardo left the Chicago area in order to make a new life and provide better opportunities for himself and his television career and he would go on to build, innovate and operate television and radio stations all over the country.

Vernardo worked in Bloomington, IL, Cincinatti, OH, Nashville TN and the country of Mexico.  His footprint in the West extended to KOLO-TV in Reno, NV, then to KCRA-TV in Sacramento, CA and then to KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, CA.  At all these stations, he learned the basics of operating a television station, including maintenance of all equipment needed to keep a station on the air and what each on-air position needed to have a successful broadcast.  His career advanced when he undertook Director of Engineering and Chief Engineer positions at various private companies and radio stations throughout Los Angeles and Burbank.  He did everything at the station from maintaining all the equipment that kept the station on the air to running the satellite truck and being a cameraman.  He had the opportunity to build a few radio and television stations from the ground up by building their gigantic broadcast antenna, maintaining it, and installing every piece of equipment to make the station operable and FCC-compliant.  His audio, video, and engineering talents were tapped by the U.S. Dept. of Defense where he worked on the development and perfection of some of America’s most secret weapons, for which he had Top Secret Clearance.  He was a Master Engineer that could fix anything that requires electricity to operate.

Vernardo was a multiple Emmy Award-winning Production Engineer and he worked for 45 years in the television and broadcast industry; he also received California’s prestigious Aurora Award among others.He worked on iconic shows like Joker’s Wild, Solid Gold, Romper Room, The BET Awards, The Oscars and so many more. He made many friends in the industry including Mr. T. and Comedian George Wallace.

Vernardo had a few hobbies and interests, mostly centered around electronics, video and audio productions, music, and cars.  He also was an avid pool player, especially in his younger days and wherever he lived he always had a pool table as a permanent fixture in the house.  He liked to watch true crime television and he loved to watch boxing as well as The L.A. Clippers. His favorite music artist was Stevie Wonder but he also loved The Isley Brothers and Jimmy Hendrix.  Vernardo enjoyed the company of good friends and family members, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He liked to engage the kids in trivia, help build things, show them his new toys and tell them jokes (although several of thegreat-grandkids are still very young, and as we all know most of his jokes are not suitable for little ears!).  He was always happy to share knowledge, information, and wisdom and many of his family and friends valued his guidance and insight and often sought his counsel.

Vernardo left behind dozens of family and friends who will remember him fondly in various ways:

  • He was the father of four children: Vernardo S. Watts Jr. (Jennifer), Nichon Watts Shannon, Randall D. Watts (JeanAnn), and Skyneska P.V. Watts

  • He was the coolest grandfather to six children: Vernardo S. Watts III, Bria N. Shannon, Meko L. Watts, Madison V. Palmer Watts, Christopher M. Shannon II, Ezekial A.P. Watts and Rose D. Watts

  • He was the most fun great-grandfather to six children: Kason C. Shannon, Kynnedy K. Shannon, Grayson Young, Karter M. Walls, Stephon Watts and Christopher M. Shannon III

  • He was a devoted and loving brother to two remaining siblings: Donotta Hill and Darlene Watts

  • He was the favorite and most fun uncle to more than a dozen nieces and nephews

  • He was the caring and ever-watchful Godfather to Phoenix Dymally

  • He was predeceased by his father, Eugene Robert Watts Sr., his mother Agnes Ann Kelly Watts, one sister Bonnie Whitsell and two brothers, Eugene Robert Watts Jr. and LaPepea Watts Sr.

  • He was a trusted and loyal friend to many, including Michael Jones, Gary Brainard, Stuart Dotson and Carolyn Balthazar. The family sincerely thanks you for your friendship with our father and the many years of laughter.

  • The children are eternally grateful and thankful to Sharon Hill for the years of loyal companionship and especially for all of the assistance she provided in the weeks and days leading up to our Dad transitioning.

  • The children would like to thank Daddy’s neighbors, The Campbells’, who were true neighbors and provided assistance (emergency and otherwise) and always provided support for our Dad whenever we called them.

A memorial video will be made and sent to everyone as a keepsake.  We thank you so much for all of the messages and prayers for comfort and strength.  This has not been easy but we are thankful for each of you.

Captain Thomas J. Bernsen, Jr. USN (ret)

It is with great sadness that the family of CAPT Thomas J. Bernsen, Jr., USN (ret.), announcesthe passing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, and combatveteran, on January 3rd, 2023.

Born December 13, 1948, in St. Louis, MO, he grew up in a sailing family in Long Beach, CA.  After graduating from CSU Long Beach with a BA in Mathematics,Thom dedicated his life to serving his country as a Navy helicopter pilot and test pilot.

Sea assignments included HS-2 in Imperial Beach, CA, involving service aboard USS Enterprise,in HS-2 Det One, Vietnam. Highlights include numerous rescues during Operation Linebacker II and later being a primary pilot for the initial flights into North Viet Namduring Operation End Sweep to negotiatede-mining Haiphong Harbor.Captain Bernsen served as a department head with HS-8, on staff with CVW-15, and commanded HS-4 aboard USS Carl Vinson in WestPac.  Ashore, Captain Bernsen attended the US Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, MD, and later became Director of the Test Pilot School and Commanding Officer of the Systems Engineering TestDirectorate there.  Notable projects included primary Test Pilot for the initial test article of the SH-60B Seahawk.Captain Bernsen retired from FASOTRAGRUPAC, at NAS North Island in June 1994, after 26 years in uniform.

Captain Bernsen’s Post Navy positions included being a Director for Horizons Technology Inc., Senior Director SAIC Corporation, COO for National Dispatch Center,Inc. in San Diego, and owner/operator of DryerVent Wizard, all while cultivating his love for German sports cars.

Thom was a devoted husband and a proud father and grandfather.  Thom and Linda made their home in Point Loma, CA, where they enjoyed many happy years together.  He was known for his sharp mind, quick wit, keen sense of humor, and ability to find the silver lining in any situation.  He was an avid sailor and loved nothing more than being out on the water, a calling he passed on to his two children, Eric and Lauren.  Thom was a master of the deadpan and could keep a straight face even when delivering the corniest of dad-jokes. He was as sharp as a naval officer’s sword and could express an entire conversation through a single look.

Thom will be deeply missed by all who knew him, but his memory will live on in the hearts of his family and friends.  Thom is survived by his wife, Linda, children, Eric and Lauren, and four grandchildren, Charlie, Havana, Jack, and Zoe.

A celebration of Thom’s life, complete with humorous anecdotes and tall tales of heroism, will be heldat a later date, when known. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Thom’s memory to the Semper Fi Fund or Disabled American Veterans.

Fair winds and following seas, Pappy.


We think about you always, we talk about you still, you have never been forgotten, and you never will.
We hold you close within our hearts and there you will always remain.
To walk and guide us through our lives, until we meet again.
Jessica Carmen B. Castorena
June 16, 1979 – September 22, 2021
Services: All Saints Catholic Church
3431 Portola Ave, Los Angeles ca 90032
10 AM
Reception: To be announced

Robert Norman Bernier

Robert Norman Bernier was born on December 2, 1938. He was a hard working, kind, loving, and easy going man. After retirement, he considered himself blessed to find a second chance for love and married Perlita Hess. He loved his life living on the hood canal in Washington state for many years and recently moved to Palm Springs during his battle with cancer. He was at peace knowing Jesus Christ as his savior and was mercifully taken home in his loving arms on November 3, 2021. Bob will be forever remembered and missed by all who knew him.


Hector Manuel Ulloa was welcomed into the gates of Heaven on Friday, February 4th, 2022. He may have lost his battle with cancer, but his Christian faith was steadfast. He leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family and friends who were always entertained by his stories, his good sense of humor, and an even better laugh. He knew how to bring life to the party. Hector loved music, dancing, pretty girls, and driving in his truck to the beach and mountains. He was a loyal brother and humble father. Hector will never be forgotten and missed by all who opened their
heart to him.

Hector is survived by his loving mom, brothers, nieces, nephews, too many
cousins to count, and a large extended family.

*December 21, 1967 – February 4, 2022*
Services: Saturday March 26th 5:00pm

Mt. View Mortuary & Cemetery
570 East Highland Ave
San Bernardino, Ca 92404

Family, children, friends welcome
Attire: Casual

Shuzhen Xin

Shuzhen Xin, 83, passed away on July 31, 2022.

Born in China, Shuzhen spent most of her life there. After immigrating to the U.S. in 2015, she established many hobbies and enjoyed traveling with her family, going to the farmers’ market, dining out, attending her grandsons’ school concerts, chatting with friends, singing Chinese songs, watching TV shows, and listening to her hometown radio.

Shuzhen is survived by her children, children-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. She is dearly loved, warmly remembered, and sadly missed by her family and friends.

Andrew John (Jack) Kopko

12/20/1939 – 8/12/22

Andrew John (Jack) Kopko was born in Gary, Indiana on December 20, 1939, and died peacefully on August 12, 2022, with his wife and daughter at his side. His parents were Anna Kopko (Stropki) and Stephan Kopko. He is survived by his wife Adele Kopko, daughter Kari Kopko Bancroft (George Reid), their children Sophie Ann and George Andrew, stepdaughter Vickie Craig (Christopher), their children Christine, Kelly, and Katherine, Stepson Jeffrey Meister (Kimberly), and their son Noah. Jack’s brothers, Stephen Kopko and Thomas A. Kopko, and sister, Paula Jean Novak preceded him in death. Education included Portage High School 1957 Salutatorian, University of Notre Dame 1961, University of Notre Dame Law School (JD) 1964. Indiana and Illinois State Bar Admission 1964. Portage Park Dept.

Attorney for 18 years. Practiced law in Northwest Indiana for 55 years primarily in the field of creditor and debtor rights and bankruptcy. Lived in Ogden Dunes, IN for 37 years before retiring and moving to Palm Desert, CA in 2018 to be with his daughter.

Andre David Johnson

11/14/94 – 04/18/23

Andre David Johnson was born November 14th, 1994 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was a funny, intelligent, and sensitive person who was loved by many. Andre will be missed by his family and friends forever. He went to Racine Montessori School, The Prairie School, and Santa Monica College. Andre loved snowboarding, soccer, playing piano, music, good food, and laughing with his friends. Andre passed peacefully surrounded by his family on April 18, 2023, at Sherman Oaks Hospital in California.

He is survived by his parents Glenn and Manijeh Johnson and his sister Sabrina Johnson. His family asks that in lieu of sending flowers you plant something beautiful, donate to a charity of your choice, or share a meal with your loved ones in his honor to remember him.

A gathering for family and friends to remember Andre will be arranged and communicated at a later date in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. A special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Bahadori, Dr. Peleg, and all the nurses and CNAs- “Andre’s team of Angels” -who took care of him.

Joseph Andrew Lebzelter


On the evening of May 20, 2023, Joseph Andrew Lebzelter of Portland, Oregon, died in Palm Springs, California, after a month-long critical illness. His daughters were at his bedside where throughout his illness he showed both his strength and humor. He was 86 years old.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Glenda Chaite of Portland, Oregon; his children, Jennifer of Salem, Massachusetts, Judith of Portland, Oregon, and Christopher of Kernersville, North Carolina; and his grandchildren, Kate and Elizabeth Harten, Basil and Sebastian Allen and Collin Lebzelter and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters Catherine (Reynolds) and Elizabeth (Leib) and his parents Elizabeth (Krieg) and Paul.

Joseph was born on March 27, 1937 in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in Irvington, New Jersey. He graduated high school in Irvington in 1955. He went on to graduate from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken in 1959, earning his degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and was stationed in London, England. He was employed for over 20 years at Picatinny Arsenal and obtained a patent for pneumatic cylinder position detection in 1975. He raised his family in Sparta, New Jersey, before eventually retiring and relocating to the Pacific West coast.

Joseph was an avid reader, birdwatcher, traveler, gardener, hiker and handyman. His travels took him throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and all the wooden toy trains he built.

A memorial service for Joseph is scheduled for July 20 at 11 AM at Ascension Catholic Church, 743 SE 76th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. It will be immediately followed by a reception at the same location. Interment at Willamette National Cemetery will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Portland Audubon Society or Hansen House Foundation Inc. in Palm Springs.

Ann Marshall Johnston MacEwan

We are heartbroken to announce that Ann Marshall Johnston MacEwan passed away peacefully on June 6, 2023 at the age of 86 while in hospice care in Los Angeles, California.

She leaves behind her daughter, Allison MacEwan, and granddaughter, Dana MacEwan. She was preceded in death by her son, David MacEwan, in 2016 – a loss from which she never fully recovered.

Ann was born in East Texas to Frederic and Pauline Johnston. Tragically, she lost her father just before her 5th birthday when the plane he was piloting for the RAF Ferry Command crashed on take-off. Luckily, she was blessed with a large and loving extended family that gave her both comfort and joy throughout her long life.

Growing up, Ann was one of those girls with looks, brains and talent. Indoors, she played piano and sang beautifully and excelled at math. Outdoors, she was climbing, digging, bird watching and exploring caves as part of her lifelong appreciation of geology. Her interests led her to a career in the oil industry and then computer analysis & programming, which kept her employed well into her 80’s.

Ann married and divorced twice, raising her two children for the most part as a single mother and stepped in to help raise her granddaughter after she lost her own mother at an early age.

Her family and friends remember a sweet, loving woman with a sly sense of humor and an enduring love of good gossip. Ann loved nature and animals of all kinds. Her home was filled with colorful fish tanks; she rescued birds with broken wings and took in stray cats and dogs. Ann also defiantly nurtured an abiding love affair with sugar, celebrating her retirement with a cake made entirely of buttercream frosting. And yes, she ate the whole thing.

Per Ann’s request, her family will hold a private ceremony to scatter her ashes, along with her son’s, off the coast of Hawaii. Please celebrate her long life and so many happy memories and always remember her with a smile.

Nenita Ymas Jimenez

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Nenita Ymas Jimenez who departed from us on August 29, 2023 at Glendale Adventist Hospital.

Nenita or (Nitz) called by her friends or (Oma) which she loved to be called by her granddaughters was born in the Philippines on January 13, 1947. She was a devoted wife to Miguel Jimenez, who now greets her in heaven, a loving mother to Jerome, Jason, and Rebecca, a grandmother to Audrey (Awj) and Delilah (Didi), who Nenita loved so much, a supportive sister and aunt to Linda, Mila, Erik, Chantal, and Gene.

Nenita was a devoted Catholic always putting God first and a long time parishioner of Holy Family Church in Glendale. What she valued the most is spending time with her family especially her granddaughters and taking care of her late dog Brownie. Nenita was thoughtful, humble, not materialistic, and selfless always putting others first. Nenita’s presences we will always miss, but the memories we will always treasure. Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, September the 14th 2023 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at Holy Family Church in Glendale.

On behalf of Nenita (Nitz), we like to thank you for all prayers and thoughts. We’ve truly felt your love. You’ve helped to make the hardest time more bearable and we will never forget the love you’ve shown.

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre- Auguste Renoir

Helene "Boricona" Quintana Sarda

12/15/1931 – 12/02/2023
Palm Springs, CA
Helene was born in France, a city near Grenoble called La Tronche – Her parents were Spanish and moved to France – She was the youngest of 3 girls – When she became an adult, she had the opportunity to move to the African Continent, in Gabon, the city of Port Gentil – She worked for a few airline companies while living and travelling the African Continent – In the 70’s, another occasion came up in the USA, she took it and never left – Helene worked and retired as a retail store manager for various well-known French brands in Palm Springs, CA where she lived 45+ years –
Helene married twice, divorced once and a widower – She never had children of her own but helped raised her 2 stepdaughters –
“Beautiful memories are silently kept of an aunt. We loved dearly and will never forget.”
“De beaux souvenirs d’une tante sont gardés en silence. Nous l’aimions tendrement et nous ne l’oublierons jamais.”
“Los hermosos recuerdos de una tía se guardan en silencio. Lo amamos mucho y nunca lo olvidaremos.”
Helene is survived by her 2 stepdaughters, her nieces and nephews and close friends –

Linda C (Granger) Ridgley

September 1, 1955 – January 31, 2024

Linda C Ridgley passed away in her Panorama City, California home on January 31, 2024. She shared her home with her husband, Mark Anton Ridgley, and their dog, Teddy, up until they both passed away in 2023. Her ashes will be laid to rest in Baker, Montana where her parents George Samuel Granger and Romelda Julia Schmitz were born.

Eleanor “Baby” Zervoulakos

Eleanor “Baby” Zervoulakos passed away on January 23, 2024 at the age of 74 in Glendale CA. Born and raised in the Philippines, she was nurtured with traditional values yet had a vision to give her family an enhanced life by immigrating to the United States.

Eleanor was a home maker to sons John Derrick Yao, Charles Richard Yao and Husband Richard Yao. She was a generous person. She gave time and help to family members in need. Whether having family member Maryjo live with the family until her marriage and migration to the US, financially assisting her brother Edmund, prepping birthday celebrations for her nephew Edward and giving life advice to her niece Ana Lisa.

During her later years, she would demonstrate a fighter’s will to recover from ailments and injuries, and yet be in command of enjoying local traveling and restaurants.

She was a rare human of charity, love and forgiveness.

Eleanor was an amazing Wife, Sister, Daughter, Aunt and Friend. A Memorial and Interment Service on March 9, 2024 will be held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Services start at 12:30 pm.

Philip Christopher Swainson

September 15, 1962 — February 21, 2024

On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, Philip Christopher Swainson unexpectedly passed away at the age of 61. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Born in Richmond, VA, raised in Fairfax, VA, Philip was the second oldest son of Gerard C. Swainson and Janice H. Swainson, both native Virginians. He graduated from Robinson High School, Fairfax, VA where he played Trumpet both in the marching band and symphonic band. He earned a BA and MBA from George Mason University.

Philip loved the arts and music, frequently attending concerts and museums. He enjoyed traveling and found Europe, especially Holland to be enjoyable. Throughout his life, Philip achieved his dream of entrepreneurship; from building homes to becoming a small business owner of a successful accounting firm.

Philip enjoyed connecting people with others and ran many social MeetUp groups in Los Angeles. He loved life, the catholic church, and especially his son, Christopher. Philip was extremely compassionate with a heart full of love. Philip loved to laugh and spend time with family and friends, but nothing meant more to him than his relationship with his son.

Philip will forever be remembered by his son, Christopher, of Virginia Beach, VA, his siblings; Frederick, Maria, Sharon, Angela, Carol, and Timothy, his parents; Gerard and Janice, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family awaits specifics on the circumstances surrounding his death.