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May 18, 1991
Rollin L. McNitt Jr., 75, who developed Rose Hills Memorial Park from an 18-acre country cemetery to the world's largest with 2,500 acres. A Stanford-trained lawyer and financial expert, McNitt worked for Rose Hills for four decades, including 24 years as president and chief executive officer. The World War II Navy veteran served as president of the National Assn. of Cemeteries, member of the state Cemetery Board, and secretary-treasurer of the Interment Assn. of California.
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May 17, 2012 | By Rick Rojas and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Mercedes Adilia Rodriguez's wishes were precise and meaningful: Her casket would be closed during her funeral, and she refused to be buried in the chilly earth of a Southern California cemetery. Instead, following tradition, she would be interred above ground in her hometown in Nicaragua. But in the days after her death, family members say they were summoned to Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuaries in Whittier and told the funeral home had made a mistake. She had been confused with someone else.
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BUSINESS
September 21, 1996 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rose Hills Memorial Park, the largest cemetery in North America, said Friday that it will be sold for $240 million and the money would be used to create a charitable foundation that would rank among the largest in Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
North America's largest cemetery is finally vowing to unclog its plumbing. Neighbors in Pico Rivera have long complained that two flood channels draining Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier were so plugged with trees and dirt that they backed up every winter and flooded nearby homes and businesses. The 50-year-old ditches are little more today than a dip in the ground covered by a jungle of bamboo and willow.
NEWS
May 13, 1990
The winning pictures selected from among 62,000 entries in this year's annual Mom & Me Children's Art Festival will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Pageant of Roses Garden at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade from 22 school districts participated by drawing or painting pictures in their classrooms about what Mother's Day means to them. The most outstanding pictures were selected from the classrooms for display at the cemetery.
NEWS
August 17, 1987
In an effort to find those responsible for the rash of animal poisonings in the Beverly Acres area near Whittier, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and felony conviction, according to Charlene Drennon, director of the society's West Coast office in Sacramento. More than a dozen cats, dogs and, most recently, a horse have been poisoned, and dozens of other pets have become ill, according to area residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1995
Funeral services for sheriff's Deputy Stephen Blair, who was shot Friday night while on patrol in Lynwood, are scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday in Downey. Blair, 31, was hit by gunfire after stopping to question two pedestrians near Ham Memorial Park. He died shortly afterward. Services will be at the Calvary Chapel of Downey, 12808 S. Woodruff Ave., followed by burial at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3900 S. Workman Mill Road in Whittier.
BUSINESS
November 21, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A partnership between Vancouver-based Loewen Group, the nation's second-largest funeral and cemetery services company, and the Blackstone Group investment bank of New York has completed its $240-million purchase of Rose Hills Memorial Park. A charitable foundation, Rose Hills Foundation, has been created with the proceeds of the sale and will be setting up guidelines to apply for funds, said Victoria Rogers, executive director. Dennis C.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2000 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rose Hills Memorial Park, one of the world's largest cemeteries, is the final home to a diverse mix of artists, musicians, actors, political leaders and regular Joes in the world. Modern dance legend Alvin Ailey, rapper Easy E and Keystone Kop Ted Edwards are among those buried in the Whittier cemetery's 1,400 acres.
NEWS
September 26, 1985 | CARLA RIVERA, Times Staff Writer
A woman who sued Rose Hills Memorial Park for failing to return a set of dentures belonging to her deceased mother has won a partial judgment in Whittier Municipal Court. Virginia Ramos, 74, of Pico Rivera had sued the Whittier mortuary for $1,500, claiming the dentures--made with a solid gold tooth in Juarez, Mexico, nearly 40 years ago--were worth that amount.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2000 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rose Hills Memorial Park, one of the world's largest cemeteries, is the final home to a diverse mix of artists, musicians, actors, political leaders and regular Joes in the world. Modern dance legend Alvin Ailey, rapper Easy E and Keystone Kop Ted Edwards are among those buried in the Whittier cemetery's 1,400 acres.
BUSINESS
November 21, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A partnership between Vancouver-based Loewen Group, the nation's second-largest funeral and cemetery services company, and the Blackstone Group investment bank of New York has completed its $240-million purchase of Rose Hills Memorial Park. A charitable foundation, Rose Hills Foundation, has been created with the proceeds of the sale and will be setting up guidelines to apply for funds, said Victoria Rogers, executive director. Dennis C.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1996 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rose Hills Memorial Park, the largest cemetery in North America, said Friday that it will be sold for $240 million and the money would be used to create a charitable foundation that would rank among the largest in Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1995
Funeral services for sheriff's Deputy Stephen Blair, who was shot Friday night while on patrol in Lynwood, are scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursday in Downey. Blair, 31, was hit by gunfire after stopping to question two pedestrians near Ham Memorial Park. He died shortly afterward. Services will be at the Calvary Chapel of Downey, 12808 S. Woodruff Ave., followed by burial at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3900 S. Workman Mill Road in Whittier.
NEWS
May 18, 1991
Rollin L. McNitt Jr., 75, who developed Rose Hills Memorial Park from an 18-acre country cemetery to the world's largest with 2,500 acres. A Stanford-trained lawyer and financial expert, McNitt worked for Rose Hills for four decades, including 24 years as president and chief executive officer. The World War II Navy veteran served as president of the National Assn. of Cemeteries, member of the state Cemetery Board, and secretary-treasurer of the Interment Assn. of California.
NEWS
May 13, 1990
The winning pictures selected from among 62,000 entries in this year's annual Mom & Me Children's Art Festival will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Pageant of Roses Garden at Rose Hills Memorial Park. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade from 22 school districts participated by drawing or painting pictures in their classrooms about what Mother's Day means to them. The most outstanding pictures were selected from the classrooms for display at the cemetery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2012 | By Rick Rojas and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Mercedes Adilia Rodriguez's wishes were precise and meaningful: Her casket would be closed during her funeral, and she refused to be buried in the chilly earth of a Southern California cemetery. Instead, following tradition, she would be interred above ground in her hometown in Nicaragua. But in the days after her death, family members say they were summoned to Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuaries in Whittier and told the funeral home had made a mistake. She had been confused with someone else.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1988 | MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writer
Rex Owens recently drove by his father-in-law's grave at Rose Hills Memorial Park, expecting to see flowers his wife left there the day before. Instead, Owens found seven deer clustered around the grave, busily munching on the blossoms to the sound of freeway traffic less than a mile away. What would be an incongruous sight to some came as no surprise to Owens, park supervisor of the enormous Whittier cemetery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1988 | MARY LOU FULTON, Times Staff Writer
Rex Owens recently drove by his father-in-law's grave at Rose Hills Memorial Park, expecting to see flowers his wife left there the day before. Instead, Owens found seven deer clustered around the grave, busily munching on the blossoms to the sound of freeway traffic less than a mile away. What would be an incongruous sight to some came as no surprise to Owens, park supervisor of the enormous Whittier cemetery.
NEWS
August 17, 1987
In an effort to find those responsible for the rash of animal poisonings in the Beverly Acres area near Whittier, the Humane Society of the United States is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and felony conviction, according to Charlene Drennon, director of the society's West Coast office in Sacramento. More than a dozen cats, dogs and, most recently, a horse have been poisoned, and dozens of other pets have become ill, according to area residents.
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