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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 26, 2012 





Lucille “Nana” Meyers 
Hoegee died May 14, 2012 
surrounded by her family at 
her granddaughter’s home 
in Klamath Falls, Oregon. 
Lucille Meyers Rasmussen 
was born February 29, 1912 in 
Chicago, IL, but soon moved 
to Lancaster, California. She 
would spend her childhood 
there on her father’s ranch 
and graduated from Lancaster 
High School in 1931. She 
then met and married the 
love of her life, becoming 
Mrs. Vinton A. Hoegee on 
Valentine’s Day 1932. 

Vint and Lucille settled in 
Sierra Madre, California, where, in 1907, the Hoegee family had 
opened Hoegee’s Campground Resort in Big Santa Anita Canyon. 
Lucille was a talented painter, avid gardener and fantastic cook. 
She delighted in preparing large family meals and having everyone 
gathered in her home. 

Lucille stayed busy as a member of many clubs and organizations, 
including The Elks, Emblem Club, Sierra Madre Woman’s Club, 
Sierra Madre Historical Society, Republican Women’s Club, San 
Gabriel Fine Arts, Garden Club and her Lutheran Church. She 
enjoyed camping, bowling and sewing, but more than anything 
she loved spending time with family and friends. 

After her husband’s passing in 1975, Lucille traveled the world, 
including many countries in Europe, Mexico and South America, 
as well as The United States and Canada. Lucille’s beautiful blue 
eyes have been passed down as a distinguishing family trait and 
those that didn’t get her eye color carry her genuine heart and zest 
for life. 

Lucille moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon to be closer to family in 
February of 2012 after her family celebrated her 100th birthday at 
her home in Sierra Madre. 

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, her 
husband and her only child, Arnold. Lucille is survived by two 
grandchildren, Karen (Bob) Baker and David (Heather) Hoegee, 
six great grandchildren, Brandon (Alley), Justin, Jessica, Haley, 
Jake and Ben, and a great, great grandson Vinton Robert. The 
family is grateful to Heather, Lucille’s granddaughter-in-law and 
her great, great grandson, Brandon and Alley, who provided 
wonderful loving care for the last three years of her life. Lucille 
was a truly amazing woman, loved deeply by her family and a 
blessing to those whose lives she touched. 

A memorial service will be held at 7pm on Friday evening, June 8, 
2012 at Turner & Stevens Live Oak Memorial Park, 200 E. Duarte 
Rd., in Monrovia. 

The Sierra Madre Woman's Club, founded in 1907, just 
completed a whirlwind 30 day stretch in which they granted 
scholarships to three outstanding High School Seniors, 
raised a record setting amount of money at their annual 
fashion show, and installed its new officers for the coming 

 The club, which has been a member of the International 
General Federation of Women's Clubs and the California 
Federation of Women's Clubs since 1909. AS GFWC/
CFWC members, they are also members of the CFWC 
Area C, San Gabriel Valley District #20 (of 22 California 
districts) holding their 501(c)3 under the GFWC/CFWC 
umbrella. With over 100 members (all volunteers), they 
donate between $13,000 and $20,000 per year to community 
charities, as well as maintaining the historical ambiance 
of Sierra Madre by maintaining the 1914 craftsman-style 
Essick House, which is available for rental, near the western 
entrance to Sierra Madre.

The 2012-2013 Board members (above), Left to Right: 
(front), Alma Mays (Auditor), Phyllis Chapman (Membership); 
(Rear) Mary Carney (President), Karlene (Essick 
House), Rosemary Morabito, 1st VP), Beverly Clifton 
(Treasurer), Anne Montgomery (Recording Secretary), 
Mike Ruggles (Tea Coordinator), Shahrzad Arzani (Community 
Events), Trini Ornelas (Rentals Coordinator), Elma Mays (2nd VP, Wistaria Shop), Mary Jane Baker 
(Corresponding Secretary). Missing: Denise Reistetter (Philanthropy Coordinator). 

 Also pictured on the right (above) is member Genevieve Stubbs as she modeled at the club’s Luncheon of the 
Goddesses Fashion Show in April. The event, one of SMWC’s major fundraisers, was chaired this year by Shirley 
Anhalt and Sheila Pierce.


July 26, 1932---May 21, 2012

James Douglas Moffat, Sr., known as Doug to his friends 
and family, died Monday. Doug was born in Los Angeles to 
Jack and Florence (Stevenson) Moffat. He grew up in Sierra 
Madre, CA and attended Sierra Madre School. It was at Sierra 
Madre School that he met his wife Janice “Jan” Heasley. Their 
fathers were good friends that packed mules together in the 
San Gabriel Mountains.

Doug and Jan married December 14th, 1952 after Doug 
returned from fighting in the Korean War. They lived in Sierra 
Madre before moving to Fair Oaks, CA when Doug was hired 
at Aerojet. In 1969 Doug and his family moved to San Diego 
where Doug worked for Gulf Atomic for five years. The family 
moved to Halsey, OR in 1974 and started a mini farm raising pigs, 
chickens, and rabbits. Doug worked for REM Metals Corp. in 
Albany as a journeyman tool and die maker, and was a machine 
tool technology professor at LBCC in the 1980’s. He also worked 
for White’s Electronics until he retired in 2002.

Doug was once an accomplished pianist, playing since he was 
four years old. He once played the piano live on the radio in 
Pasadena, CA when he was 8 years old. He enjoyed photography 
and created many beautiful oil paintings from the photographs 
he took. Doug loved to cook gourmet meals for his family and 
had several recipes published in Sunset Magazine. 

Doug is survived by his daughter Jennifer Gilbert and her husband 
Richard of Halsey, son Jeff and his wife Rhonda of Pueblo, CO, 
and son Jim and his wife Debbie of Albany; brother in law Russ 
Heasley of Grizzly Flats, CA; 12 grandchildren; and four great 
grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife 
Jan, and daughter Juliann Moffat.

A celebration of Doug’s life is being planned for July 26th. 
Details will be announced at a later date. Because of Doug’s love 
of music and art, contributions may be made to the Central Linn 
High School Music & Art Departments c/o Fisher Funeral Home, 
306 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321. Online condolences 
for the family may be posted at 





By Bill Coburn 

Gene Goss, who came seemingly out of nowhere to nearly 
find himself on the City Council in the April election, will 
begin hosting a political talk show on 
beginning Thursday night at 7pm. The show, “Village Intersections 
with Gene Goss”, will air weekly, with a rebroadcast 
on Saturdays. To find the Saturday rebroadcast airtime, visit 


It’s going to be a political talk show with a Sierra Madre flavor,” 
said Goss. “(I) Hope you find it interesting and possibly 
entertaining. Please let me know what you think!” Goss 
added that he is looking for topics for future shows, as well, 
and hopes people will contact him with their suggestions, at


Goss has a Masters in Political Science, and for twenty-one 
years, has taught Political Science at Long Beach City College. He also chairs the History and Political Science Dept. at LBCC.

Gene Goss, host of new RadioFishbowl show “Village Intersections 
with Gene Goss”, photo courtesy of 
Photo courtesy of Radio Fishbowl


“Dream Big - Read!” is the theme for Sierra 
Madre’s eight-week 2012 Summer Reading 
Program, which runs from Monday, June 
18 through Saturday, August 11. There 
are programs for all age groups, including 
adults. Come in and register any time 
during this period and win prizes along the 

In the children’s program, each child will 
receive a reading log, bookmark, and a 
theme-related book bag at registration. 
Age-appropriate books, read at home, are 
recorded on the log, and a prize is awarded 
after the weekly reading requirement is met. 
Children may enter one of these divisions: 
Night Owl, for our very youngest patrons 
who do not yet read on their own; Dreamer, 
for school-age readers in Grades 1 – 6; 
Challenger, the most demanding division, 
for children in Grades 2 – 6, in which 35 
hours of reading must be completed in eight 

“Own the Night” is the special theme for the 
teen division of the program. Participants 
read eight books by the end of the program 
and earn prizes for every two books read.

Library patrons 18 years of age and up 
are invited to join the Summer Reading 
Program for Adults. Participants will 
automatically be entered into the Grand 
Prize Drawing once they have submitted 
their first title read (book, eBook or 
audiobook) to Library staff. There will be 
weekly drawings for all participants with 
increased chances to win per number of 
books read. A book bag gift set will be 
given to the first 40 registrants. Drop by 
the Library for information on the program 
rules and guidelines. 

Teen volunteers in Grades 7 and up are 
needed to help with the Summer Reading 
Program. Volunteers work at least two 
hours per week for eight weeks, helping 
with the program and performing other 
light tasks during their shifts. Sign up at 
the Library between now and June 18. This 
is a great way to fulfill community service 
hours and meet new friends.

The Summer Reading Program is supported 
by the Friends of the Library and the 
Sierra Madre Firefighters Association; the 
Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club sponsors the 
Children’s Challenger Division.

The California Summer Reading Program 
is a project of the California Library 
Association, supported by the U.S. Institute 
of Museum and Library Services under 
the provisions of the Library Services and 
Technology Act, a federal grant program 
administered in California by the State 

For more information, please contact 
Sierra Madre Public Library Youth Services 
Librarian, Meegan Tosh, at (626) 355-7186 
or The 
Library is located at 440 W. Sierra Madre 
Blvd., in Sierra Madre. www.sierramadre.