Two longtime Hancock Park residents passed away recently. Here are details from recent obituaries in the Los Angeles Times:
Mary C. Hickey, former Director of Hickey Pipe & Supply Company of Los Angeles for over 50 years, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 101 surrounded by family and friends. A native Californian, Mary was pre-deceased by her parents, Agnes O’Neill and Thomas Hickey as well as brothers Thomas Jr. and James. She is survived by her younger brother, Joseph, of Pasadena, as well as nine nieces and nephews. As a resident of Hancock Park since 1936, Mary was a graduate of Immaculate Heart High School and UCLA, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. Mary was a faithful parishioner of Cathedral Chapel Church where, for many years, she was a daily communicant. Mary was also an active golfer and enjoyed participating in numerous ladies tournaments at Wilshire Country Club where she played for over 70 years. As a loyal Bruin, Mary would always bet “a dollar to a donut” on all of the cross-town sports rivalries between UCLA and USC. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 20th at 10:30 a.m. in The Mausoleum Chapel at Calvary Cemetery with graveside services immediately following outside the Chapel. A very special “thank you” to Diana Parreno and Nora Abilo, both faithful caregivers for many years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anne’s Guild (213-381-2931) or the Scholarship Fund at Loyola High School (213-381-5121). Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 14 to Mar. 18, 2018
Kenneth Oscar Olsen, June 13, 1918 – March 4, 2018, passed away peacefully March 4th at the age of 99 in the comfort of his home. Ken’s faith and his family were his fortune. He is survived by the love of his life, Dickie, sons Chris, Paul (Judy), Ken (Mary), Steve, and daughters Pat (Mike) Smith and Jodi (Tom) Kelly. He was preceded in death by son Mike (Pam). Ken’s spirit is carried on through his children, 18 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren, his sister Margaret Leach, and an extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life. Those who’ve taken his lessons to heart will ensure that friends who are sick never feel forgotten; that those who make life easier, like the mail carrier, gardener and trash collectors are never forgotten; will put everything back where you found it; turn out the lights; keep phone calls short; and understand that the RMA (right mental attitude) makes all the difference in life. Most of all, those who carry on Ken’s spirit will live fully every day and follow his dictum: Be responsible, be charitable – it’s a wonderful life.
Born June 13, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY, Ken was the son of Norwegian immigrants Sophia Abrahamsen and Mikal Marcellus Olsen. He was enrolled at NYU when the war broke out and changed the direction of his life. Ken served in the Army artillery for five years and was honorably discharged at the rank of major. The journey from NY to California led him to meet his future wife and settle in Los Angeles. After the war, Ken started work at VONS and almost as quickly as he moved through the military ranks, he ascended the corporate steps to his eventual appointment as president and CEO. Ken oversaw many of the innovations we enjoy in today’s supermarket and was a driving force behind VONS as the leading grocery chain in Southern California. He received numerous awards that recognized him as a retail and civic leader, among them the Sydney R. Rabb Award, the highest honor in the food industry, and Man of the Year Among Christians and Jews. Ken served on numerous boards including the Archdiocese of LA, St. John of God, Carl’s, Jr, Sports Chalet, St. Anne’s, Loyola High School, the Wilshire Country Club and 10 years as a Trustee at Loyola Marymount University. He was Vice President of the LA Chamber of Commerce, and in retirement became a founding member of the Food Industry Crusade against World Hunger.
Baptized into the Lutheran religion, Ken converted to Catholicism citing the devotion and goodness of his wife, Dickie, with whom he celebrated 75 years of marriage last November. With a deep belief in the teachings of Christ as his compass, Ken was a daily communicant who tried to live the message of the Gospels. He was accepted into the Knights of Malta and St. Gregory and supported dozens of local and international charities, but few touched his heart like Little Sisters of the Poor. Dickie was Ken’s counterbalance and it was with her that his world opened up to embrace all life had to offer. They spent 66 of their 75 years together in the same home in Hancock Park. Now, as a loyal and faithful servant of the Lord, we believe he has moved on to heaven. Thank you for showing us the way, Dad. We love you. A celebration of life [was] held Tuesday, March 13th…at St. Brendan’s Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Little Sisters of the Poor or the City of Hope. Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 7 to Mar. 11, 2018