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Sean Hong of Irv’s Burgers, a WeHo Institution, Has Died

Sean Hong of Irv’s Burgers, a WeHo Institution, Has Died

Wed, Sep 13, 2017 6 Comments

The recent death of Soo (Sean) Hong, brother of Sonia Hong, the owner of Irv’s Burgers, has led to the temporary closing of that famous hamburger restaurant.

A sign posted on the door notes that “… Hong based away September 3, 2017 after a sudden devastating medical issue. The funeral will be held privately on September 21, 2017. Sonia and Mama thank everyone for their support during this difficult time.”

Irv’s Burgers is 67-year-old institution in West Hollywood, originally launched at 8289 Santa Monica Blvd. and known as Queenies’ Burger and Joe’s Burgers. Irv Gendis named it Irv’s Burgers when he bought it in 1970. It was known as a hangout for rock stars such as Jim Morrison of The Doors.

Sonia Hong, her brother Sean and her mother,

Yefim Stolyarskiy, Leader in  WeHo’s Russian-Speaking Community, Has Died

Yefim Stolyarskiy, Leader in WeHo’s Russian-Speaking Community, Has Died

Fri, Sep 08, 2017 3 Comments

Yefim Stolyarskiy, a leading figure in West Hollywood’s Russian-speaking community, died yesterday at the age of 94.

Stolyarskiy was born in 1923 in Brovki Pervyye, a small town to the west of Kiev in what is now the independent nation of Ukraine. The Ukraine became part of the Soviet Union in 1920. During World War II the territory of Zhytomyr, where Brovki is located, was occupied for two years by the Nazi army and was Heinrich Himmler’s Ukrainian headquarters.

Stolyarskiy fought the Nazis from June 1942 to 1945 as a division commander and a squad leader. He served a total of 30 years in the Soviet Army, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Stolyarskiy said he was wounded twice in the war. However, that didn’t stop him from continuing to fight Nazi Germany. “I wasn’t…

In Memory: John H. Underwood

In Memory: John H. Underwood

Sat, Aug 05, 2017 2 Comments

s a soft-spoken person with a big heart and a passion for social justice.

As a founding member of West Hollywood Citizens for Better Police Protection, he dreamed of a community-based police force for West Hollywood. He was instrumental in qualifying the WHPD initiative for the city ballot in 1992 and in waging an issues-oriented campaign that narrowly lost.

During the campaign, he reached out to extended hands from the other side and forged lasting friendships and working relationships. That’s just how John was. When reflecting back on the days of West Hollywood police reform, he was pleased how far the LASD had come in serving the residents of West Hollywood and that the battle fought hard on both sides, ended up bringing the community together in many positive ways.

His journey took him to Palm Spring in later years,…

In Memory: Danny Munoz, Ed’s Coffee’s Charming Waiter with a Passion for L.A. County History

In Memory: Danny Munoz, Ed’s Coffee’s Charming Waiter with a Passion for L.A. County History

Thu, Jul 13, 2017 11 Comments

The customers at Ed’s Coffee Shop knew Danny Munoz for his smile and engaging conversation. Ada Blumstein, the owner of the classic diner on Robertson Boulevard, knew Munoz for the 30 years he worked there as a waiter and came to see him as family. And those with a passion for the history of Los Angeles knew him as a man with a similar passion who served as president of the Associated Historical Societies of Los Angeles County and was a co-founder of the Echo Park Historical Society.

Munoz, 68, died on Wednesday after a struggle Sunday with what appears to have been an undiagnosed case of liver cancer. His death was announced to residents of the nearby West Hollywood West neighborhood in an email today from Manny Rodriguez of the local residents association.

Munoz leaves behind his husband, David Hiovich, who he met decades ago…

Richard Jhin, Foodie, World Traveler, Entrepreneur

Richard Jhin, Foodie, World Traveler, Entrepreneur

Wed, May 31, 2017

Richard Jhin, of West Hollywood passed away on May 15, 2017, leaving behind a rainbow city full of friends.

Rich was a foodie, a world traveler, a hustling entrepreneur; a man who loved to love and loved to laugh. He would be less than thrilled that anyone is reading his obituary. A memorial service (that he would have whole-heartedly approved of) was held in his honor for his family and 100 of his closest friends.

Richard is survived by his mother and father, two brothers, their wives; two nephews, and one niece along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Contributions in memory of Rich may be made to the Abbey where he would want you to go buy a friend a drink.

Mario Maglieri, Owner of Famed Sunset Strip Clubs, Has Died

Mario Maglieri, Owner of Famed Sunset Strip Clubs, Has Died

Thu, May 04, 2017 4 Comments

Mario Maglieri, former owner of famed Sunset Strip rock clubs The Rainbow Bar and Grill and The Whisky a Go Go, died today.

His death at age 93 was announced in a posting on the Rainbow’s Facebook page that read: “It is with great sadness to announce the passing of our beloved Mario Maglieri, owner and founder of the Rainbow Bar and Grill and The Whisky a Go Go. He passed this morning while surrounded by loved ones. We will announce services shortly. We ask that you please allow the family time to grieve. Thank you for your

In Memory: Leslie Gersicoff, Labor Leader and Feminist Activist

In Memory: Leslie Gersicoff, Labor Leader and Feminist Activist

Thu, Apr 27, 2017 2 Comments

Leslie Gersicoff, the executive director of the Jewish Labor Committee Western Region passed away on Monday, April 17th.

Leslie was involved in the movement for single payer health care for all Californians and totally committed to fair labor issues. She had a deep, deep passion to end human trafficking and violence against women, and she was a pro-choice activist, She believed in people having the right to be able to live with dignity and freedom.

Some of you may have seen her being interviewed on live TV a few years back during a candlelight vigil, Leslie had long, straight gray hair, and while being interviewed she accidentally set her hair on fire with her candle. It’s something many of us always teased her about.

She also created a task force committed to ending human trafficking that I, along with many others, for a…

In Memory: Monsignor Jeremiah Murphy of St. Victor Church

In Memory: Monsignor Jeremiah Murphy of St. Victor Church

Wed, Mar 15, 2017 4 Comments

Monsignor Jeremiah Murphy, pastor of West Hollywood’s St. Victor Church, died on March 1, Ash Wednesday. Murphy, who was about to turn 80, had suffered for years from neuropathy, which severely affected his ability to move, but not his ability to serve his congregation. Members of that congregation along with some 70 priests and seven bishops, turned out for a funeral yesterday to memorialize Murphy, who had been pastor of St. Victor since 1969.

Murphy was a native Angeleno and the son of Patrick Joseph Murphy and Marie Cremins Murphy. He graduated from Transfiguration School and was ordained from St. John’s. He taught at St. Paul High School (1967-73); was principal of Bishop Amat High School and from 1977 to 1985 was superintendent of secondary schools. Murphy was named a monsignor in 1978. From 1986 to 1991 he served Secretariat…

Dick Blons: Short in Stature But Large in Character

Dick Blons: Short in Stature But Large in Character

Thu, Feb 23, 2017 13 Comments

This will be a short appreciation for a man who was not large in stature, but was large in character. Dick Blons was an old-fashioned sort, with manners and the firm views of one who had a good start at home. He was full of the little homilies that are the props with which he expressed his thoughts about – well, everything. I can see him in his role as a school counselor, quiet yet commanding and at ease with the most troubled youth as he gave his carefully crafted assistance. Dick had a way about him that made everybody at ease and a quiet, happy view of the world. He was full of aphorisms with which he parried we who were more sour and fretful. That made him a friend to many in our community.

About 40 years ago Richard Blons and Michael Zannella became my neighbors across the street, having moving here from Manhattan. Dick…

Update: Norma Cook, Friendly But Sassy, Died This Morning

Update: Norma Cook, Friendly But Sassy, Died This Morning

Wed, Feb 15, 2017 6 Comments

EDITOR’S NOTE: Chris Salvatore has announced that Norma Cook, his elderly roommate portrayed in the story below, died today. In a post on Facebook, Salvatore said:

It’s with a heavy heart that I share the news that earlier this morning the world lost a truly inspiring, beautiful woman. Norma is now resting peacefully in the eternal and while she may no longer physically be with us, her spirit will continue to fill the hearts of so many people. Perhaps Norma’s lasting legacy is that her story helped the world to see the true meaning of love. Norma reminded me that we all are created to love and all desire to be loved. This year Norma has helped the world see the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. To love another is not about living struggle free or never experiencing hurt or loss, but to fully and deeply open our hearts to one another…

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