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William Hanna

Posted in Ascension Cemetery with tags , , on February 24, 2014 by Cade

hanna1July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001

As one half of the most successful film and television animation duo in the history of Hollywood, William Hanna created cultural icons like Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo and The Jetsons. Hanna started his career in animation in the Harman and Ising1 studio out of a simple need for a post-Depression job. He quickly rose through the ranks and moved on to MGM. At MGM, he met Joseph Barbera and the two quickly teamed up and started a 60 year partnership. Hanna-Barbera’s early success with the classic cat and mouse series Tom and Jerry (which won 7 Academy Awards) led to more an more successes – especially among adult viewers. Sensing they had something to offer, they forayed into prime time television with a spoof of The Honeymooners called The FlintstonesThe Flintstones became the first truly successful animated prime time series and ran for 6 seasons. William and Joe never looked back. 100’s of cartoon series, 1000’s of characters and nearly 50 years later, they were still producing successful cartoons for all ages. William Hanna died at the age of 90 from throat cancer. He will always be remembered as one of the great animators and producers of the golden age of studio animation.


Ascension Cemetery – Lake Forest, CA

Specific Location

Section A, Tier 16, Grave 81: Behind the mausoleum, about 4 rows back from a tree at the southwestern corner of the building.


1 – Harman and Ising were responsible for the Warner Bros. animation department, which produced the original Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. They also studied under Walt Disney. So, pretty good place to work.


Nicole Brown Simpson

Posted in Ascension Cemetery with tags on December 17, 2013 by Cade

brownsimpson1May 19, 1959 – June 12, 1994

Maybe, just maybe you have heard about the death of Nicole Brown Simpson.

Born in Germany, Nicole Brown’s family moved to California when she was young. She dabbled in acting, modeling and photography and lived the quintessential Orange County affluent life. When she was just 18, she met former football star O.J. Simpson. The two began a long relationship and were married seven years later. They had two kids together. However, the relationship – apparently – wasn’t all roses and sunshine. I know, right?

After the marriage ended in 1992, things got worse. The next thing anybody knew, Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman were dead, the “Trial of the Century” forced its way into every living room in the country and O.J. was eventually acquitted of the double murder. I’m not here to say that O.J. did or didn’t do it (but, come on!) but one thing can’t be denied, a woman in the prime of her life was tragically killed and two kids were left without a mother. The case remains officially unsolved to this day.


Ascension Cemetery – Lake Forest, CA

Specific Location

Section A, Tier 17, Grave 97; Behind the mausoleum, about 3 rows back from the wall at the southwestern corner of the building.


Jean Vander Pyl

Posted in Ascension Cemetery with tags , on October 1, 2013 by Cade

vanderpyl1October 11, 1919 – April 10, 1999

An American radio and voice actress, Jean Vander Pyl’s name may not be that familiar, but her voice should be. She voiced Wilma Flintstone on the Hanna-Barbera classic, The Flintstones. Her work wasn’t limited to Bedrock, though. She made a nice career of lending voices to popular characters on shows such as Huckleberry Hound, Snagglepuss, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons and Scooby-Doo as well as reprising her role of Wilma in various incarnations of The Flintstones up until the late 1990s. She also act-acted. Ms. Vander Pyl made guest appearances on many of the great, classic sitcoms like The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Leave it to Beaver and The Donna Reed Show. She died of lung cancer (a lot of people died of lung cancer) at the age of 79.


Ascension Cemetery – Lake Forest, CA

Specific Location

Section A, Tier 33, Grave 351; Behind the main office, about 4 rows back from the hedge.