April 23, 2009

Edward E. Chandler, Richard J. Stanczak

Edward E. Chandler

Edward E. Chandler, born Dec. 19, 1923, died April 20, 2009. He was a La Crescenta resident, a graduate of Hoover High (’42) and University of Southern California.

He retired after a career with Southern California Edison. He was a member of the Elks Club, the Chrysanthemum Society and numerous local bands.


Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Chandler. He is survived by his brother, Byron Chandler; children: Mickey Chandler, Susan Campana, Nancy Johnson; and eight grandchildren.

His great strengths, a sense of humor, love of animals, and generous nature, will live on in his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to City of Hope. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Cabot & Sons in Pasadena.

Richard J. Stanczak

Richard Joseph (Dick) Stanczak, born June 21, 1926, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2009. He was 82.

He will be remembered as a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and enthusiastic Dodgers fan. He was a person that took advantage of his quick sense of humor to break the ice in difficult situations and to cheer up the sad.

He was raised by his mother, Rose and father, Joseph during the depression era in Chicago, Ill. and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at DePaul University.

In the mid-1940s, Richard served in the Army Air Corp and was based in Bakersfield, where he learned how to preflight B-25 airplanes and prepare them for their next mission. He was also a skilled photographer which teased his career interests.

He married his wife, Natalie, in 1950. Together they moved to La Cañada in 1962 and have resided in the same home for 47 years. He was an active member of St. Bede the Venerable Parish and served as a lector for many years.

For much of his career, Stanczak was CFO for MJ Brock and Sons, a home builder, and was closely involved with the building and financing of the Glendale Galleria and Magic Mountain theme park.

He held senior-level positions with Charter Oaks Mortgage Corp., Griffin Homes and Century Painting Corp. during the ’80s and ’90s before he retired.

He was the president of the Los Angeles Chapter of Financial Executives Institute from 1978 to 1979. As a member of the Rotary Club, he was awarded the distinguished Paul Harris Fellow award for his valuable contributions to the community.

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