Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 15, 2022

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 15, 2022 



Richard “Dick” Denton Wheeler, Sr. died on December 30, 2021, 
after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 80. He is survived by his 
wife of 55 years, Suzanne (Henkels), his two sons, Richard, Jr. and 
Patrick, daughter-in-laws, Michelle and April, and three granddaughters, 
Sofia, Madison, and Abigail. 

Dick was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on June 7, 1941 to Ernest 
and Dorothy Wheeler. The youngest of three, Dick was the last 
of his siblings, Donna and Don. He moved to Altadena in 1953, attended 
elementary school in Pasadena, and graduated from Muir 
High School in 1958. 

After high school, Dick joined the army and was stationed in 
Alaska for two years. It was there that he embarked on his path 
to becoming a member of the Roman Catholic Church. Not long 
after returning home from service, he proposed to his childhood 
sweetheart, Suzanne, who is 13 of 15 siblings. They were married 
on October 1, 1966. 

Dick’s employment began in Los Angeles for the Telephone Company. 
Subsequently, he began his 30+ year career working for the 
aerospace manufacturing company, Pierce Precision Sheet Metal. 
During his retirement, Dick and Suzanne have travelled the world with trips to Africa and Europe 
and spent time at their vacation home in Lake Arrowhead. He has also enjoyed the company of his 
three granddaughters. 

As a loving husband and father, he will be greatly missed by all that have known him. His family and 
friends are all blessed for having been a part of his life. 

Rosary services will be held January 21, 2022, 5:00pm at: 
Cabot & Sons Funeral Home 
27 Chestnut Street 
Pasadena, CA 91103 

Funeral service will be held January 22, 2022, 10:00am at: 
Saint Rita Church 
50 East Alegria Avenue 
Sierra Madre, CA 91024 

With burial service held immediately after at: 
Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery 
601 East Sierra Madre Blvd 
Sierra Madre, CA 91024 


NOTE: Beginning January 12th, The Sierra Madre Public 
Library Will Temporarily Close To The Public For 30 Days 
Due To The Increase In COVID Cases. 


The Sierra Madre Public Library is honored to announce 
the 2022 One Book One City selection, The Midnight Library 
by Matt Haig. 

One Book One City is a community reading program that 
invites everyone in Sierra Madre to read and discuss the 
same book during February 2022 and participate in exciting 
programs and events. 

This fabulous community program includes presentations 
from interactive storytellers, a wishing well display, an interactive 
“make a choice” adventure, a staged reading by 
the Sierra Madre Playhouse, and an inspirational presentation 
on the Healing Power of Stories by one of our very 
own, Library Trustee,Rich Procter. 
What makes life worth living? Nora Seed attempts to find out, at the Midnight Library. Existing 
beyond the edges of reality, the Midnight Library is filled with infinite books. Each book tells the 
story of another life that could have been lived had a different choice been made. 

Follow Nora Seed as she travels through the Midnight Library and explores the possibility of 
exchanging the life she has lived for a new one. 

Throughout the month of February, The Midnight Library will be available for checkout at the 
Library. Connect all month long through engaging themed programs that are free and fun for 
the whole family. 

Call the Library at (626) 355-7186 for more information 


January 2-8, 2022 

During this period, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded 
to approximately 120 calls for service. This list is 
not intended to be considered exclusive or all-inclusive. 

Monday, January 3 
In the 500 block of W. Sierra Madre Blvd, the victim re

ported that an unknown suspect(s) illegally withdrew 
$700.00 from their EBT account at a bank ATM. The Detectives' Bureau is following up on 
this incident for leads. 

Thursday, January 6 

Officers responded to the 00 block of W. Carter Ave regarding a subject that vandalized the 
victim’s property. The victim saw the neighbor on security surveillance video vandalized 
their property. The victim requested a private person’s arrest for the vandalism. The neighbor 
was cited and released at the location for the vandalism. 

Thursday, January 6 

In the 00 block of S. Baldwin Ave, the victim reported that an unknown suspect(s) illegally 
obtained and altered their personnel check. The suspect(s) then cashed the check for 
The Detectives' Bureau is following up on this incident for leads. 



by Deanne Davis 

“Hope is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the 
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.” 
Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886 

This is the time of year when we are 
usually making resolutions. In years 
past we decided on things like losing 
ten pounds, getting more exercise, 
watching less TV, reading more, 
cleaning out various places in our 
home that are stuffed with stuff we 
don’t want, doesn’t fit, is broken, or 
is totally useless. 

I had to laugh when I read the following 
paragraph, written by 
Columnist Harvey Mackay: 

“Unfortunately, the only exercise 
some people get is jumping to conclusions, 
running down others, side-stepping 
responsibility and pushing their luck!” Harvey also celebrates the pleasure of walking, 
as do I. There is nothing nicer than going out to see what might be blooming, thinking 
about blooming or is just flat out beautiful. Walking is even good for you! 

This year, instead of “resolutions,” we’re calling them “intentions” or “suggestions.” Resolutions 
seems to be way too difficult for where we are currently, in the midst of a pandemic 
that seems to develop new and more horrendous forms on a daily basis. I didn’t write the 
following thoughts, they are anonymous, but I thought they were very helpful and I’d share 
them with you: 

1. I am not Atlas. The world does not rest on my shoulders. 
2. It doesn’t hurt me to give compliments freely and generously. Compliments are 
a mood enhancer, not only for the recipient, but for me, too. And if someone gives me a 
compliment, I have quit protesting that I didn’t deserve it, I just say “thank you!” 
3. I don’t spend time with people who don’t value me. We don’t need people around 
us who don’t see us for the splendid people we are. That person who says something mean 
and then covers it up with a hearty laugh and a “I was just kidding!” isn’t someone we need 
to be with. 
4. I’m learning not to be embarrassed by emotions. I cry in most movies, lots of TV 
shows, and Kodak commercials are guaranteed to make me tear up. It’s OK! 
5. I am learning to live each day as though it were the last. It might be the last! 
6. I am doing what makes me happy. I am the only one responsible for my happiness 
and I owe it to myself to do my best. In our family, we have always said that we bring our 
good time with us in our pocket and it’s not somebody else’s job to be sure we’re happy. In 
short, this means if we want to put our pajamas on at 4:00, have a glass of wine and watch 
an old movie on Turner Classic Movies instead of the news, that’s OK. Or if we want to 
keep them on all day, that’s OK, too. Brushing teeth and flossing is a necessity, however, no 
matter how relaxed we plan to be. 
7. Going the extra mile to be as nice as possible to all people who are out there working, 
i.e., store clerks, Post Office people, waitpersons in restaurants, is a good idea. They are 
just as worried about themselves as we are but doing the job anyway. 
8. Just be kind. That’s pretty much it. 
You’ve all heard the idea of picking one word to be your New Year’s intention or mission 
statement for the year. I’ve already been seeing so many people picking JOY! 

The word I picked last year and the year before and the year before that is: HOPE! 

And I’m going to pick it again this year. I’m going to lean heavily on HOPE to help me keep 
going in these difficult times. Hope helps me believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jeremiah 
29:11 is for all of us: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans 
to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

So much has been written about HOPE: 

“HOPE is the little voice you hear whisper “maybe” when it seems the entire world is shouting 

“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 

The picture is a pencil drawing by my Dad. It shows an old rusty shovel with a wooden 
handle, thrust into the ground. Amazingly, the wooden handle has come to life and sprouted 
leaves and branches and a bird is perched on one of them, singing a hopeful song. This 
shouts HOPE to me. 

So that’s my word again for the year, HOPE. I’m hoping you’ll pick one that will work for 

“At the end of the day, all you need is hope and strength. 
Hope that it will get better, and strength to hold on until it does.” 


 My book page: Deanne Davis 
I know Christmas is over, but just in case you forgot someone, my book:
“Sunrises and Sunflowers Speak Hope” 

As part of the Sierra Madre Cares effort, the City Council re

cently approved the COVID-19 Nonprofit Grant Program. Uti-

Would be a really nice gift. 

lizing $200,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, 

You can find it on and they’ll even send it for you! 

Sierra Madre nonprofit organizations will be able to apply for 
up to $50,000 in grant funding. The purpose of this program is 

to provide immediate financial support to organi-zations that 
have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic 
and to implement COVID-19 prevention or mitigation 

Grant applications and guidelines will be available online Monday, 
January 10 at 12pm. Visit 

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cares for more information. 

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