Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, January 27, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 27, 2018 

Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 


Walking Sierra Madre……The Social SideDeanne Davis 

Sierra Madre Resident Helen Stapenhorst was one of many who shared their views onthe proposed library changes. Photo by D. Lee/MVNews

 On Wednesday, at a special joint meeting of the

Last week, Monrovia lost one of its icons. Pat 
Ostrye – former Mayor, City Council Member,
City Clerk, and City Treasurer – passed away onJanuary 13, 2018, at the age of 94. Pat served as 
an instrumental individual in helping to developMonrovia into the premier community that weknow today. Funeral services for Pat have been 
scheduled to take place on January 27, 2018, atImmaculate Conception Catholic Church in 
Monrovia at 10:00 a.m. 

Mary Patricia "Pat" Ostrye died peacefully onJanuary 13, 2018. Pat was born January 12, 1924in Minneapolis the oldest of five children born toWilliam and Cecelia O'Brien. After high school,
Pat worked at Butler Bros in Minneapolis andattended Beck School for Radio at night. She 
subsequently landed a radio show on KYSM inMankato, Minnesota. 

In 1944, she joined the Navy (WAVES)
and was ultimately stationed at Naval DistrictHeadquarters Air Control in San Diego whereshe served as a Telegrapher, 3rd Class. In early1945, while visiting her aunt in Monrovia, 
California, she met Peter Ostrye in the choir ofImmaculate Conception Church. They marriedlater that year.

Between 1946 and 1959, they had eightchildren. In 1974 Pat successfully ran forMonrovia City Council on a slate that includedRobert Bartlett and Eric Faith. She was the first 
woman to serve on the City Council and, in 1978,
the first elected Mayor of the City. Prior to that 
election, Mayors were selected by and among theCouncil members. With the help of talented Citystaff and dedicated members of the community,
she was able to fulfill her campaign promises tobring to Monrovia Meals-on-Wheels, Dial-a-
Ride, home library, and a federally-funded seniorlunch program (SNAP).

In 1980, at the end of her mayoral term she waselected City Clerk and held that position untilretiring in 1986. In 1992, she ran unopposedfor the part-time position of City Treasurer,
thus having served in all four of the City's thenelective offices. In the 1990's she was active 

in Quota International serving for a time asGovernor of the 25th District. For more than 
20 years she wrote human interest columns forvarious community newspapers and publicationsincluding the Mountain Views News, formerlythe Mountain Views Observer. 

Pat was preceded in death by her husband Peter,
her daughter Mary Cecelia who died in infancy,
son Michael and grandson Azja. She is survived 
by her children Colette, Anne Macdonald(Bruce), Madonna Tyler (Carl), Joseph (Louise),
Maureen, and Martin (Gail); grandchildren Erin,
Elise, Sarah, James, Soleil and Ian; her sister Rita 
Smith and brother Roger; and multiple niecesand nephews.

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January27 at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate ConceptionCatholic Church, 740 S. Shamrock Avenue, 
Monrovia. In lieu of flowers, please consider adonation in honor of Pat to the Foothill UnityCenter, (626) 358-3486. 


Sierra Madre Library Board of Trustees and theSierra Madre Community Services Commission 
was held in the Sierra Madre Room at the 
Recreation Center. The purpose of the meetingwas to discuss the city's current dilemma on what 
to do about the Sierra Madre Library's physicalcondition.

 The options under consideration are:

1. Move the Library from its current locationto the Sierra Madre Recreation Center at 611 E. 
Sierra Madre Blvd. and co-locate with the Community 
Services Department. This would requireexpanding the Recreation Center building andwill allow for the enhancement of all Library andCommunity Services programs. Funding for themove would be provided by the sale of the current 
Library properties for development. (No taxincrease) 
2. Keep the Library at its current location, movesome Library programs to other city locations inorder to maintain current service levels, and fundrepairs by selling the back lot for development.
(No tax increase) 
3. Enhance and expand the Library at its existinglocation, expand Library services and programming, 
and fund expansion with a property tax increase. 
(Tax increase, do not sell any city-ownedproperty) 

4. Significantly reduce Library services and limitpublic access to areas of the Library building until 
alternative funding for ADA compliance canbe secured. (No tax increase, do not sell any city-
owned property) 
With few specifying exactly what they did want,
those in attendance were more vocal about what 
they definitely did not want. As a surprise to noone, a parcel tax as an option for funding wasnot popular, although some, like longtime SierraMadre resident Bill Patzert reminded everyonethat the city needs a library that meets the needsof 21st century children and also must serve theneeds of Seniors and a parcel tax might be the 

 Engeland stressed the importance of residentreviewing the information in the survey and theinformation on the city's website. "I want everyone 
to make informed decisions", Engeland said.
"There are no wrong answers".

S. Henderson/MVNews 
by Deanne Davis 

January 8, 2018 

“Hope is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard,
And sore must be the storm, 
That could abash the little bird,

 That kept so many warm.” EmilyDickinson, 1830-1886 

This is it, friends and neighbors...the last, the very lastword on resolutions for this new year. 

There’s a concept going around, brought to myattention by Michelle Griep, successful author andblogger. Look her up, check out all her books and beamazed. Anyway, the concept is to pick one word to beyour New Year’s resolution or mission statement for theyear. There was even a book a few years back: My OneWord: Change Your Life With Just One Word by MikeAshcraft and Rachel Olsen. This is so cool as you canimmediately dump those high-minded and probablyimpossible resolutions like reading all the great booksin one year. Seriously? Have you ever looked at the listof Greatest Books? Here’s the first few: 

1 . Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.
2 . In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust.
3 . Ulysses by James Joyce.
4 . The Odyssey by Homer.
5 . War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
6 . Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
7 . The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
8 . Hamlet by William Shakespeare. 
I repeat, Seriously?? There are some of you out therewho have read these, but most of us are happy witha new Stuart Woods or James Patterson thriller, or 
maybe a new John Grisham or a Danielle Steel, NoraRoberts or an Amy Tan. Lots of us like to just pull outan old Agatha Christie. Speaking of Agatha, the newmovie version of “Murder on the Orient Express” wasterrific! Here’s one I’d really like to read: “Girl, Wash 
Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You AreSo You Can Become Who You Were Meant To Be,” byRachel Hollis. 

The word I picked last year is: HOPE! 

And I’m going to pick it again this year. I’m going to
lean heavily on HOPE to help me make wise decisions
about my future. I’m HOPING for a number of children
I know who have medical problems: Brooklyn, Caleb,
Jake and our own Jessie. I’m HOPING that this year
will bring what they all need in the way of healing. 

So much has been written about HOPE: 

“HOPE is the little voice you hear whisper “maybe”
when it seems the entire world is shouting “no!”
“H.O.P.E. – Hold On, Pain Ends” 
“The only difference between those who threw in the
towel and quit and those who used their energy to
rebuild and kept it going is found in the word...HOPE.” 
“Once you choose HOPE, anything is possible.” 
Christopher Reeves
“Where there is HOPE, there is faith. Where there is 
faith, miracles happen.” 
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without HOPE and confidence.” 
Helen Keller 

This picture is of hot air balloons floating over the
Arizona desert that the Texas family and I saw just a
few weeks ago. There is such HOPE in seeing these
gaily colored balloons lifting up and up and up. 

So that’s my word again for the year, HOPE. I’m hoping
you’ll pick one that will work for you. My beloved John,
now seeing so many dear friends and family who have
gone before us, and most especially his Lord, would
like this.... HOPE! 

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the
LORD, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a
future and a HOPE.” Jer. 29:11 

My book page: Deanne Davis – check 
Noah & The Unicorns...or maybe The Vuillaume Violin
Both available there, along with other goodies!
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