Sierra Madre Edition
SIERRA MADRE EDITION SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 – 5:00 PM SANTA ARRIVES AT SIERRA MADRE FIRE STATION 41 SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2016 VOLUME 10 NO. 52 SIERRA MADRE CIVIC LEADER JAN REED PASSES AWAY Happy Holidays FROM ALL OF US TO ALL OF YOU Sierra Madre has lost another Treasure, a woman who was greatly admired by this writer. Her achievements were an inspiration to me and the words of encouragement she shared inspired me to continue with the publication of this paper. There aren't enough words to tell her story on this page,however the words of her daugthers will help those who did not have the pleasure of meeting her to understand what a great loss our community has suffered. Susan Henderson, Editor and Publisher of the Mountain Views News. JANNENE G. REED 2/8/29 - 12/17/16 Our mother, Jannene G. Reed, was an amazing optimist who considered herself “the luckiest person in the world.” She passed onto her new heavenly life incredibly peacefully on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the enviable age of 87. In fact, a veteran nurse at Huntington Memorial Hospital who witnessed her transition stated that she had never witnessed such a peaceful death. She truly was a mother who taught us how to live and then how to pass on. Mom was born the youngest of four daughters to Frank James and Pearl Margaret Griffith on a farm outside of Wayne, Nebraska on February 8, 1929. Family lore has it that it was 21 degrees below zero. As a girl Mom loved to play piano, make up songs, write poems and stories. Later she started drawing comic strips. She drew constantly, illustrating most stories she studied and various classical stories she read. As a young woman, she began to work at the Wayne Herald (the local newspaper), collecting subscriptions at first, then she went into writing. Later she became Features Editor. Mom attended Wayne Prep High School where she was Homecoming Queen and valedictorian — which came with it four years of college classes at Wayne State College FREE. Mom met Don Reed at Wayne State College in their junior year (she was 4 months his senior) and they were married April 5, 1953. He had enlisted in the Air Force and they were stationed first in Madison, Wisconsin; then Sault St. Marie, Michigan; and then Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago Mom worked as a layout prospective artist for General Telephone Company. They subsequently moved to Kearney, Nebraska where Dad was a news director and Mom was a copy writer. When Dad decided to go to law school, they moved again to Vermillion, S.D.. As Dad got his JD, mom taught art in the local schools. After law school they moved back to Wayne, Nebraska where Dad became a partner in a law firm. Their first child, Cameron Leigh (Camee) was born on October 5, 1959 and their second child, Barbara Jayne (Barbee), was born December 20, 1961. Mom and Dad moved our family from Wayne to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1972, then they settled permanently in Southern California in 1974, first in San Marino, then Sierra Madre and finally retiring in Pasadena. In San Marino Mom worked for the local newspaper, the Tribune. Her dream was always to own a small newspaper and be editor and publisher, so when the Sierra Madre News became available in 1980 she and Dad bought it. Mom called it “a broadsheet, typical ‘country’ weekly newspaper.” Sierra Madre was wonderful to Mom and Dad. Camee and Barbee had left the nest and Mom was truly a town leader. In the 1980s, she kept very busy with the paper, the printing business that came with it, and also was invited to serve on the board of the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia. This was a golden time for Mom and Dad. By 1994, though, Mom was getting pretty tired (her hours were horrendous as both editor and publisher) and they sold the paper. Unfortunately, the paper itself folded (without her inspired leadership) in 1996. Mom stayed very active in town, belonging to several groups including Kiwanis (she was the first woman member), and she was humbled and thrilled to become Sierra Madre Citizen of the Year in 1995. She was also a member of the Sierra Madre Women's Club and was chosen in 2010 as one of the Sierra Madre Treasures at the Annual Wistaria Festival. She stayed active and vital, rarely sitting still. At their retirement community in Pasadena, Mom wrote profiles of many of the employees and residents. She continued to find humor in many situations and to be positive even as the years caught up with her. Mom is survived by Dad,(Don Reed) Camee, Barbee and four beloved grandchildren — Wesley (Megan), Jayne, Sara and Henry. We are confident that St. Peter met Mom at the Pearly Gates with a typewriter, a deck of bridge cards, and directions to the nearest piano. She won’t sit still long. The family will hold a private ceremony and Jan will be laid to rest in Sierra Madre's Pioneer Cemetery. However on February 11, 2017, a public Memorial will be held. Details for that event will be forthcoming. Artist Sonny Salsbury created this painting depicting The Osti Christmas Decorations. Salsbury is also a Grammy nominated musician who was born in Pasadena. He is the brother of Judith Brandley, owner of Leonora Moss in Sierra Madre. His holiday artwork has been on the cover of every Christmas Edition of this paper. MEANING OF CHRISTMAS Christmas means something big has happened: God came for a visit. Think of what this means. The Creator becomes our neighbor. And why does God do this but to reconcile us to Himself by restoring us to our original purpose. And "What is that purpose?" You ask. It's to know God and live in joy through Him. So we celebrate Christmas to commemorate the birth of God's Son Jesus, and to rejoice in the hope that through His birth, we are understood in our humanity and loved in spite of our human failures. Jesus described it this way: "God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) The Shepherds who came seeking Him that first Christmas were greeted with "Good news!" When the angels announced this good news, the shepherds did what anyone of us would do when we get good news, (Luke 2:10) they rejoiced. But they did not just rejoice, they kept on rejoicing (V.14) singing, "Glory to God in the highest!" Can't you feel their excitement? Imagine what it would be like if you were there on that first Christmas' you just got news that after centuries of darkness, sin and death, God was breaking in to rescue you. Do you see why they rejoiced? Now they could face life and all its challenges, knowing that among them would live one who could identify with them in their humanity, but who was God, incarnate. You too can celebrate this good news, with great joy because "To you is born a Savior." This is personal. "To you." Jesus came to you, and He still comes to you. Bethany Church of Sierra Madre, welcomes you to join us on Christmas morning to celebrate some good news! Our service begins at 10 am and you can check us out at www.bethanychurchsm.org. Oh, and can I tell you one more thing about this good news? It has no expiration date. Hope to see you this Sunday! Merry Christmas! Pastor Briant HANUKKAH Happy Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights to our Jewish readers! This year the holiday season celebrations for Christians and Jews coincide with each other. Hanukkah begins on December 24th and ends on January 1st. Hanukkah commemorates the Jewish people’s successful rebellion against the Greeks in the Maccabean War in 162 BCE. A ritual cleansing and re-dedication of the Temple occurred after the Jewish people’s victory. It is believed that there was only enough consecrated oil to keep the lamp burning for one day but the small bottle of oil miraculously lasted for eight days. Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah, is referred as the Feast of Lights or Festival of Lights for this reason. Moreover, the survival of Judaism over the many years is also celebrated during this period. The last day of Hanukkah, which marks the end of Hanukkah, falls on the eighth day of this period. Many Americans of Jewish faith also eat food fried in olive oil, such as potato cakes, and different fried breads. Hanukkah dishes include sufganiot (Hanukkah donuts), potato latkes(pancakes), mandelbrot (this can be sliced like a hard bread), and rugelach (pastry that with different fillings). The first day of Hanukkah is the start of a celebratory period in which a four- sided toy called dreidel is used for games. The first night of Hanukkah is also a night when people sing traditional songs to celebrate Hanukkah. Gift- giving is also popular at this time of the year.
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