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November 26, 1999 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lorraine Johnson Murphy, a fourth-generation Californian who worked extensively with a Pasadena agency that provides education and care for the developmentally disabled, has died. She was 74. The widow of insurance executive William E. Murphy died Tuesday at St. John of God Nursing Home in Los Angeles, her family said. Earlier this year, she was selected woman of the year by Villa Esperanza, the agency for the disabled.
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November 26, 1999 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lorraine Johnson Murphy, a fourth-generation Californian who worked extensively with a Pasadena agency that provides education and care for the developmentally disabled, has died. She was 74. The widow of insurance executive William E. Murphy died Tuesday at St. John of God Nursing Home in Los Angeles, her family said. Earlier this year, she was selected woman of the year by Villa Esperanza, the agency for the disabled.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1993 | KURT PITZER
The Villa Esperanza home for developmentally disabled adults this week kicked off a campaign to raise $200,000 to complete a new kitchen and common room so its clients can eat and work together. "The kitchen is so cramped here, and there's no room for everyone to be together or work together," said Young Lee, director of development for Villa Esperanza. "It will be good to train people all in one place, to do crafts or in cooking.
NEWS
September 25, 1994 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
Sitting on a bench near a recreation area in his South-Central apartment complex, Jorge Mercado remembers the living conditions that he and his family faced just a few weeks ago. "We showered with buckets because there wasn't any water pressure. We felt extremely unsafe because the gas water heater was in the kitchen next to the stove with no ventilation," said Mercado, 32, who is married and has three children younger than 10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1993 | KURT PITZER
Most days, the developmentally disabled men and women take odd jobs not so much for the money but to gain enough confidence to get a job on their own. Although none of them are paid even minimum wage for doing gardening, assembly and other work, the residents of Villa Esperanza in Agoura take perhaps more pride in their efforts than the typical person, said John Eicher, one of the program's directors. "Just being productive gives everyone here a really healthy attitude," Eicher said.
NEWS
September 25, 1994 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
Sitting on a bench near a recreation area in his South-Central apartment complex, Jorge Mercado remembers the living conditions that he and his family faced just a few weeks ago. "We showered with buckets because there wasn't any water pressure. We felt extremely unsafe because the gas water heater was in the kitchen next to the stove with no ventilation," said Mercado, 32, who is married and has three children younger than 10.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1994 | KURT PITZER
The Villa Esperanza home for developmentally disabled adults has raised $660,000 needed to build a new kitchen and common room so its clients can eat, socialize and train for careers together. The construction project, which is scheduled to begin June 8, also will include outfitting the rustic camp in the hills of unincorporated Agoura with an elevator and wheelchair ramps for the 20 residents and their visitors.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1989 | RUTH REICHL
If you want to celebrate the start of summer, here's one nice way to do it. Saturday night from 7-9 the Urban Gourmet, 132 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, will host a wine tasting with all the proceeds going to benefit Villa Esperanza and the Crippled Children's Society. Wines from Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara, Sanford, Gainey and Zaca Mesa wineries will be poured; an appetizer buffet is being cooked up by the Parkway Grill's Lorraine Oakley with desserts from Cafe Jacoulet's Ron Barbata and breads from the Old Town Bakery.
NEWS
February 23, 1988
Anna E. Loebbecke, 76, founder of Pasadena's Villa Esperanza Guild. She also founded the Muses, a support group for the California Museum of Science and Industry, and was an active supporter of the Roosevelt School for the Handicapped in Pasadena. In Pasadena on Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1994
Several Agoura Hills businesses recently gave a very generous donation of food, toiletries and paper goods to our program at Villa Esperanza, a nonprofit corporation for developmentally disabled adults. We thank McDonald's, Lumber City, Jack-in-the-Box and Agoura Equipment Rentals for this great kindness arranged by the retired restaurateur and founder of Santa Comes to Agoura, George Annino. JOHN EICHER Agoura
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1994 | KURT PITZER
The Villa Esperanza home for developmentally disabled adults has raised $660,000 needed to build a new kitchen and common room so its clients can eat, socialize and train for careers together. The construction project, which is scheduled to begin June 8, also will include outfitting the rustic camp in the hills of unincorporated Agoura with an elevator and wheelchair ramps for the 20 residents and their visitors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1993 | KURT PITZER
The Villa Esperanza home for developmentally disabled adults this week kicked off a campaign to raise $200,000 to complete a new kitchen and common room so its clients can eat and work together. "The kitchen is so cramped here, and there's no room for everyone to be together or work together," said Young Lee, director of development for Villa Esperanza. "It will be good to train people all in one place, to do crafts or in cooking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1993 | KURT PITZER
Most days, the developmentally disabled men and women take odd jobs not so much for the money but to gain enough confidence to get a job on their own. Although none of them are paid even minimum wage for doing gardening, assembly and other work, the residents of Villa Esperanza in Agoura take perhaps more pride in their efforts than the typical person, said John Eicher, one of the program's directors. "Just being productive gives everyone here a really healthy attitude," Eicher said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1989 | RUTH REICHL
If you want to celebrate the start of summer, here's one nice way to do it. Saturday night from 7-9 the Urban Gourmet, 132 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, will host a wine tasting with all the proceeds going to benefit Villa Esperanza and the Crippled Children's Society. Wines from Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara, Sanford, Gainey and Zaca Mesa wineries will be poured; an appetizer buffet is being cooked up by the Parkway Grill's Lorraine Oakley with desserts from Cafe Jacoulet's Ron Barbata and breads from the Old Town Bakery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1998
Ernest J. Loebbecke, business executive and founding chairman of the United Way's Los Angeles branch, has died at age 87. Loebbecke, who also served as president of the California Chamber of Commerce, died Monday at his home in Arcadia, his family said Wednesday. He was the former chief executive officer of Title Insurance Co. (Ticor) and was a member of the boards of eight other major companies.
NEWS
August 11, 1998 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stender Sweeney, an oil industry pioneer who guided exploration of Alaska's rich North Slope oil fields and developed standards in labor relations and benefits, has died. He was 97. Sweeney, a vice president and director of Richfield Oil Corp., died Wednesday at his Pasadena home, said his son, Stender E. Sweeney, retired vice president of finance for The Times. Born in Sisterville, W.Va.
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