2017 OBITUARIES

April

The death has occurred of Laurence DONNELLAN, Cloonreleagh, Mountbellew, Galway Donnellan, Cloonreleagh, Mountbellew, Co Galway, April 11th 2017. Laurence, be-loved husband of Angela, and loving father of Mark, Elaine and Laura. Predeceased by his brother Paddy and sister Ellen. Sadly missed by his loving family, his brothers Peter, An-thony, John, Francis, Kevin, Declan, his sister Mary Stout of Huntington Beach, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, neighbours and friends.

Mary Donnellan Stout lost her brother Patrick “Paddy” on 2nd June 2012 in Mountbellew; lost her husband Michael Stout on 27th January 2015 in Santa Monica; Lost her sister Mrs. Ellen Donnellan Harverty in Mountbellew in 2015.

Keep Mary and her family in your Prayers.


March

Martin McGuinness (66) died March 17th 2017, at Derry's Altnagelvin Hospital surrounded by his family, following a short illness.
The former member of the IRA's Army Council, Sinn Fein leader and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, was diagnosed with a rare heart condition in December 2016. He resigned in late January this year.


One of Sinn Fein’s chief negotiators of the Northern Ireland peace process, McGuinness led the party into power-sharing with the Democratic Unionists Party in 2007. He served as Deputy First Minister alongside Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster.
McGuinness, born in 1950, was one of seven children. His mother came from Buncrana, in County Donegal and his father from Derry city. At the age of 15 McGuinness left school and took up an apprenticeship at a butch-er’s shop.
By 1972, the time of the Bloody Sunday killings by the British Army, in Derry’s Bogside, McGuinness was a sen-ior figure in the local Irish Republican Army (IRA).
In 1974 McGuinness was released from Portlaoise Prison having served a sentence for his membership in the IRA conviction. McGuinness never denied or apologized for his membership in the IRA.
President Michael D Higgins led the tributes. On Tuesday morning he released a statement saying “The world of politics and the people across this island will miss the leadership he gave, shown most clearly during the difficult times of the peace process, and his commitment to the values of genuine democracy that he demon-strated in the development of the institutions in Northern Ireland.
“…His death leaves a gap that will be difficult to fill.”
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said "Throughout his life Martin showed great determination, dignity and humility and it was no different during his short illness.
"He was a passionate republican who worked tirelessly for peace and reconciliation and for the re-unification of his country. "But above all he loved his family and the people of Derry and he was immensely proud of both. "On behalf of republicans everywhere we extend our condolences to Bernie, Fiachra, Emmett, Fionnuala and Grainne, grandchildren and the extended McGuinness family.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness. An Taoiseach (Ireland’s Prime Minister)
Enda Kenny said he "was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Martin McGuinness to-day. His passing represents a significant loss, not only to politics in Northern Ireland but to the wider political landscape on this island and beyond."
Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair says the peace process in Northern Ireland wouldn't have been possible without Martin McGuinness. In a statement, Blair referred to McGuinness setting “aside that armed struggle in favor of making peace."
Blair was prime minister when the Good Friday Agreement, between Northern Ireland's Protestant and Catholic political leaders, was signed in 1998.

 

December 28, 1921 - March 18, 2017 Peggy Keelaghan passed away peacefully at the age of 95 in the early morning of March 18, 2017, the day after Saint Patrick's Day. Her vocation as a teacher of young children inspired her to create Mel-O-Dee Montessori Preschool on Motor Avenue in Culver City in 1976. Using the innovative Montessori teaching method, she provided the foundation for a lifetime of fulfill-ment to thousands of children in Los Angeles. Peggy was born on December 28, 1921, in Ballybay, Monaghan County, Ireland, the fourth child of nine children of Greta and John James Moen. She attended school with the Sisters of Saint Louis in Monaghan and studied teaching at the Limerick National Teacher's Training College. She began teaching primary school at the Glasthule National School in Sandycove, Dublin, Ireland. Peggy mar-ried Kevin Keelaghan, also of Ballybay, an aeronautical engineer, having graduated from the Califor-nia Institute of Technology in Pasadena in 1943, at St. Bartholomew's Church in Long Beach in 1950. Peggy and Kevin had seven children, Joe, Therese, Eithne, Patrick, Margaret, Colum and Moira, all educated at Saint Jerome's Elementary School, and later Loyola High School, Saint Mary's Academy and Saint Bernard's High School. Peggy and Kevin were active members of the Los Angeles Cinema Club, writing scenarios and creating films together, for which they won numerous awards, including awards at the Cannes Amateur Film Festival. As a parishioner of Saint Anastasia's Parish, Peggy was a frequent reader at weekly and Sunday Mass, helped bring communion to the sick of the parish, and was always available to lend a hand to a new mother of twins or tidy the rectory and care for its garden. Peggy will be greatly missed by the staff of Mel-O-Dee Montessori Preschool, parish members and many friends. Peggy is survived by six of her seven children, their spouses and nine grandchildren: Joe and Toya Keelaghan of Los Angeles; Therese Keelaghan and Michel Silvestre and grandchildren Claire Silvestre Longin and Damien Silvestre of Aix-en-Provence, France; Eithne Keel-aghan and Brian Masters and grandchildren Conal, Bronwyn and Cormac Masters of Baltimore; Melissa, widow of Patrick Keelaghan, and their children, Nikolaus and Ryan Keelaghan of Los Ange-les; Margaret Keelaghan of Los Angeles; Colum and Megan Keelaghan of Richmond; and Moira and Sandy Solowitz and grandchildren Samantha and Molly Solowitz of Los Angeles. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kevin Keelaghan, and her son, Patrick Keelaghan, of Los Angeles. She is survived by three of her siblings: Betty Corcoran and Liam Moen of Dublin, and Marie Durkan of Baltimore. Services held at Saint Anastasia Catholic Church on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., were followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Peggy Keelaghan to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org. To offer online condolences, please visit www.douglassmortuaryelsegundo.com.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 26, 2017

Bernadette McTeague Born 1938 pasted away suddenly 15th March 2017 in Belfast. Bernadette was the youngest
of the family, predeceased by her brothers Eddie, Tom, and Jimmy also predeceased by her two sisters
Teresa and Mary. Survived by brother Gerry who lives in North Hollywood with his wife and children.

Jeremiah T. Murphy August 19, 1937 - March 1, 2017 Monsignor Jeremiah Timothy Murphy, the in-spiring, eloquent and forward-thinking pastor of St. Victor Catholic Church in West Hollywood, CA, passed away on March 1, 2017. He was 79. Monsignor Murphy, a Los Angeles native, was the son of Patrick Joseph Murphy and Marie Cremins Murphy. During his education at Transfiguration, he decided that he had a calling to the priesthood and entered St. John's Seminary. He was ordained at St. Vibiana's Cathedral on May 1, 1963 and began his lifetime career as a dedicated and innovative priest in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Over the course of his graduate education, he obtained Master's degrees in Science, Arts and Religious Studies from Mount Saint Mary's University; a Master's of Business Administration and Doctorate of Education from Pepperdine University; and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Southern California. After being ordained, Monsignor Murphy was tapped to helm numerous positions for the Archdiocese. During his first years as a priest, he was the associate pastor of American Martyrs School, Manhattan Beach; the associate pastor of our Lady of Guadalupe, La Habra; and was in residence at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim as well as at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Baldwin Park. While he was in residence at St. John the Baptist, Monsignor Murphy was the vice principal of Bishop Amat High School. He went on to teach at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs from 1967 to 1973 while simultaneously serving on the Liturgical Commission. In 1973, he was made principal of Bishop Amat High School, a position he held untill 1976. Monsignor Murphy subsequently served as associate superintendent of high schools for the Archdiocese and was promoted to superintendent of high schools and colleges, serving for nearly a decade in this position. While in residence at St. Basil's, he was named administrator pro tempore and again, named administrator pro tempore at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 1986 -1988. Elevated to the position of Monsignor in 1978, he served as secretariat director for the Archdiocese from 1986 to 1991 and pastor of St. Brendan, Hancock Park from 1988 to 2000. Appointed as Administrator of St. Victor, West Hollywood in 2000, Monsignor Murphy was named pastor in 2003 where he served until his passing, continuing to shepherd the parish beyond the customary retirement age of 75 for priests. Despite suffering from a very debilitating illness, Monsignor Murphy continued to say Mass multiple times a day with his congregation. As St. Victor's Pastor, Monsignor Murphy introduced many initiatives and programs to keep the Parish vital and vibrant. One of his many successful outreaches was the launch of the Church's new pre-school, which brought West Hollywood families to St. Victor. With his deep commitment to continued education for his flock, Monsignor instituted many programs at the Parish such as weekly meditation hours, nightly Eucharistic adoration and thought-provoking speaker series. Monsignor Murphy was on the board of the Dan Murphy Foundation, the Don Bosco Technical Institute, Junipero Serra High School and Queens Care in Los Angeles County. He also founded the McIntyre House, a non-profit substance abuse recovery home for men. Remembering Monsignor Murphy, Monsignor Gregory A. Cox, the executive director of Catholic Charities, said, "Even though Monsignor Murphy was blessed with many spiritual and intellectual gifts, his humility helped him maintain his spirit of service to God and others." Monsignor Murphy is survived by his sister Kathleen Justice Murphy, brother Patrick (Connie) Murphy, his nieces and nephews Kevin Muno, Mike (Judy) Muno, Therese (Sam) Hernandez, Maureen (Tom) Hensley, Larry (Kim) Muno and Patrick (Robyn) Murphy. He is also survived by many cousins, great-nieces and nephews. Monsignor Murphy was preceded in death by his beloved parents Patrick and Marie Murphy and his brother Michael Murphy. A vigil will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM at St. Victor Church, 8634 Holloway Dr., West Hollywood, CA 90069. The funeral Mass will be said at St. Victor on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McIntyre House, 544 N Kenmore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323.662.0855. Monsignor Murphy's leadership, guidance and compassion will be remembered and greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know him.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 10 to Mar. 12, 2017

 


 

January

Dominic Agustus “GUS” Dennison

Gus was born in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal in 1933. He was the youngest boy (of 8 children) when his father died, and as such he was allowed to get away with murder. He worked on the family farm and when he was 15, he worked at the Carrigart Hotel as a bartender.

He soon got the wanderlust, and sailed to NY when he was 21. He worked as a carpenter and he served in the US Army from 1954-57. When he got out it wasn’t long before he met a Scottish lass named Cathy Cairns. They were married in 1961 and decided to vacation out in California in a ’57 Chevy. Soon after, they had their first son, Sean, and never left California.

They found a tight-knit Irish crowd in Alhambra and specifically St. Therese Church. It was at this time he began his career as a master landscaper (the rectory and convent were among his accounts). They had Irish dances with Irish bands with Irish whisky.

He grew his business and as a result became more financially comfortable, leading to more children and a move to a bigger house. Brian was born and then Kyle.

In 1971, they moved from El Molino in Alhambra to De Sales in San Gabriel. Gus and Cathy bought a camper and we would go back-packing in the Sierras, riding trail horses up the High Uintas, whitewater rafting down the Stanislaus or, on special occasions, we would take that trip to Ireland and Scotland. We learned how to fish, to light fires and become young men.

We spent summers in Coronado and winters in Big Bear in our cabin. All the while dad was working from 4:30 am to 4 pm to put his 3 sons through private grade school, private high And when those three sons had children, he would do anything for his grandchildren. He told them stories of the wee leprechauns and slipped them a buck or two every time he saw them. He brought pink donuts to one and gave his army jacket to another. He gave them avocados to sell and played with them on the swings. school, and private college. Incredible. We never wanted for anything.

His whole life he was very mischievous and made everybody laugh. He was a gentleman and a scholar. Survived by his wife, Cathy; his children, Sean, Brian, Kyle/Valerie; his grandchildren, Rory, Ciara, Liam, Shayleigh, and Fionn.

 

In Memory of Annie Kathleen Doody October 12, 1928 - January 26, 2017

Kathleen was born in County Leitrim to James and Annie McGowan. Kathleen had three brothers – Patrick, James, and Michael. The en re McGowan family except for Michael immigrated to Los An- geles. Like many immigrants at that me, Kathleen a ended Irish dances at Fi h and Western and it was at one of those dances she met her future husband, James Doody.

Kathleen and James were married on June 28, 1952 and shortly a er that moved to Alhambra where they raised a family with four children – Kathy, Kevin, Jimmy, and Eileen. Kathleen and James were very ac ve and loyal supporters of various organiza ons, including Ireland’s Own Social Club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. They enjoyed a ending Irish eld days, dances, and concerts.

Kathleen was a proud American ci zen and, a er caring for her family, she earned a high school di- ploma by a ending classes at night,. Kathleen loved to garden and she par cularly loved rose bush- es. She also enjoyed reading and took great pride in sewing many of her own clothes. She enjoyed taking trips with her family to the beach, to na onal parks, and back to Ireland.

A er a long ba le with Alzheimers, Kathleen died on January 26, 2017 at her home in Alhambra sur- rounded by her four children, seven grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren plus one on the way.
A rosary and funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 beginning at 10:00 am. She will be interred at Calvary Cemetery with her husband James. Both her parents are also interred at Calvary. The rosary and mass will be held at St. Thomas More Church, 2510 South Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803

Church: 626-284-8333
Recep on: Saturday, February 11, 2017 St Therese Church 1100 E Alhambra Rd, Alhambra, California


 



On Sunday, January 22nd, Liam Butler peacefully departed this life at the age of 79 surrounded by family. Born in Birmingham, England on May 6th. 1937 to Michael Kieran Butler and Anne Doyle, Liam grew up at Desart, Cuffes Grange in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. St. Kieran's College enabled Liam to pursue academic excellence, igniting a lifelong love of literature, language, mathematics, and hurling. Following matriculation, Liam worked for the Kilkenny County Council but later moved to London, England seeking continued opportunity. Finding little, he followed his family to Los Angeles. In California, Liam met and married Margaret (néeCampbell) in September 1970. After receiving a bachelor's and master's degrees in Mathematics from Long Beach State University, he secured work with the federal government, moving with Margaret to Washington, D.C. It was there that their daughter was born. Longing to return with his family to California, Liam was poised to take the first federal position that became available outside of Washington, D.C. Offered a position in Biloxi, Mississippi, he waited for a second position to open up. It was this second opportunity, at the NIDDK (NIH) Phoenix, Arizona branch that Liam seized. He served as its IT Director until his retirement. In retirement, Liam continued to build computers and tweak other electronic devices with treasures gathered from his temple, Fry's Electronics. In quietude, he could be found sharing an ice cream cone with a dog and French fries with his cat. Despite living far from Ireland, Ireland was never far from his heart as he stoked an interest in Irish sporting events, music, and current events, especially with other Irish expatiates like his friends the Loreto sisters.

Liam is sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Fionnuala; sisters, Elizabeth, Anne, and Marie; brothers, Michael and Patrick, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends. He also leaves behind his beloved cats, both feline and Kilkenny. Liam's keen insight, quick wit, teasing humor, hearty laugh, and kind smile are now gone from our presence. May his imperfections be perfectly preserved in the memories of those of us who loved

Stella Josephine Guinan (nee McNally) was born in Belfast on 17th September 1931 and passed away in Long Beach on 19th January 2017. Stella was predeceased by her husband, Pat- rick Guinan--from O aly--on 6th June 2009. Stella is now in heaven with her husband "Pat" and her beloved mother and father and sister Kathleen.

Stella is survived by a son: Anthony Guinan who lives in Long Beach; daughter: Patricia Barre & granddaughter, Julia both living in New York.

Also survived by sister: Marie Moore in Belfast; sister Susan (Ann) Moore of Norfolk, UK and brother Frank Connolly of Belfast.

Stella worked for Paci c Telephone for several years with life me friend Nancy Murphy--(West Covina). Stella was a professional ballroom dancer. She was a member of AOH Ladies Division (Orange County); was involved with People for Others at St Cornelius Church in Long Beach. Stella was a willing helper to Sister Alicia at the Irish Social the second Sunday of each month at St Cornelius Church hall. Stella was also a published poet.

The services for Stella Guinan took place at St Cornelius Church, Long Beach on Saturday 28th January with Father Michael Gleeson the celebrant

 

Terry Anderson was born July 16th 1943 to Lucille and Albert Anderson in Cleveland Ohio and passed away here on 19th January, 2017.
Terry a ended Baldwin Wallace College, Cleveland Ohio gradua ng Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a scholarship to John Marshall Law School.

In the late 70's Terry joined his family in California. Terry’s professional career included working for the Los Angeles County Counsel, Assistant City A orney for the City of Pasade- na, and later a private prac ce

In the 1970’s Terry discovered his love for Ireland and par cipa on with the Ancient Order of Hibernians. In the 1980’s Terry was the founding President of the Southern California Irish Fair Founda on and Rose of Tralee Pageant. Terry was also “the leading light” at the yearly Los Angeles City’s St Patrick’s Celebra ons at City Hall.

As President of the Irish Fair Founda on, Terry was the face of the Southern California Irish American community. His interest was furthering Irish culture, music and goodwill.

Services for Terry Anderson were held at St Charles Borromeo Church on 28th January 2017. Terry leave his brothers, Allyn Anderson, Dale Anderson and Gary Anderson, and hundreds of friends who all will deeply miss his conversa ons, with and poli cal opinions.

Terry is now in heaven planning another Irish Fair

 

Noel John Devine was born on 17th December 1924 in Longford and died peacefully on 16th January 2017, at his home in Long Beach. Noel was the last surviving sibling of sixteen children born to the late Thomas and Margaret Devine.

Noel emigrated from Ireland to California in 1961. He originally met his wife Mary in Ireland and then reunited with her in Long Beach in 1962. They were married in 1963. Noel never forgot his roots and his family; he and his family were regular visitors to Longford and else- where in Ireland and England over the years. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, and uncle. A sel ess and hardworking provider, Noel was a man of deep faith and kindness with the most genuine spirit. He was a devoted parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Long Beach for more than 50 years and a faithful Catholic his whole life.

Noel will be fondly remembered for his love of old movies, taking photos ("Ready...steady...go!"), and all things automo ve. His sense of humor was infec ous. Even while his health was in decline, he could be counted on for a joke out of the blue in the Longford lilt that he never lost.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lynch Devine; daughter, Margaret Devine; son, Thomas Devine; daughter, Anne-Marie Devine Tasto (Ma hew); granddaughter, Monica Mary Tasto; and a grandson to-be. Services were held at St Joseph’s Church in Long Beach on 28th Janu- ary 2017.

 

September 6, 1925 - January 8, 2017 Reverend John Joseph Daly leapt into eternal life on the feast of the Epiphany, Sunday, January 8, 2017. Fr. John was born in Ardee, Co. Louth, Ireland on September 6, 1925. He was the sec- ond son of Peter Daly and Rose Reilly and was raised on the hills and country roads around his beloved Ballapusta. At age 23 he went o on his rst over- seas adventure which took him to New South Wales, Australia. There he worked on a sheep farm. During this me, Fr. John heard the call of the Lord

to serve him as a priest. Following his seminary training at All Hallows College Seminary in Dublin, Ireland, he was ordained on June 14, 1959. His rst assignment was to the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia. He spent the next 15 years in Australia. In 1974 he traveled to California where he served the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in various parishes. He re red as pastor of Holy Trinity parish in Atwater Village in 1997 but remained ac ve both at Holy Trinity and the SungSam Korean Center un l recently. Fr. John is preceded in death by his parents, Peter Daly and Rose Reilly; his sisters, Phyllis and Mary; and brothers, Peadar and Micheal. He is survived by siblings, Imelda, Patrick (Frances), Joe (Ailish), Oliver (Maureen), Tommy (Marge), Ann, and Gerard, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand- nephews, family and friends who will cherish his memory forever. Services were held at Holy Trinity Church, Los Angeles on 14th January, 2017. ( L. A. Times )