1958,59 Donna Cotterell remarries. Ned LaRocca dies.

Donna Virginia LaRocca Cotterell marries John “Jack” Holroyd in Las Vegas on October 3, 1958, per online Vegas wedding records difficult to decipher. Found on ancestry.com. Patriarch Joseph Ned LaRocca dies of lung cancer towards the end of 1959. Ned LaRocca’s grave is in Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar. Below are closeups of Ned LaRocca’s death certificate. It looks like he spent about…

1950s #2 Diana Cotterell in the SFV. Grade School. Horses. Sepulveda Stables. Van Nuys Junior High.

Diana started grade school in about 1950. It appears she lived in Gardena in 1950 per the 1950 census. It’s unknown where she did start grade school in Gardena. Grandmother Virginia LaRocca is listed in an online Gardena 1951 phone directory as a Christian Science Practitioner. Husband Joseph is not listed. The family probably moved to the location 13055 Moorpark St between 1952-1954. Riverside…

1950s #1 Updated 07/16/22: 1950 Census. Gardena. Move to San Fernando Valley. Ned LaRocca & Virginia & Family. Recording Industry LA. Leith Stevens.

San Fernando Valley abbreviated SFV. The newly released 1950 census gives us more information about the LaRocca/Cotterell family unit: they are listed at a residence in Gardena. Joseph’s occupation, Radio Orchestra Manager, Virginia, Christian Science Practitioner, Donna has an empty box for occupation, granddaughters Constance S is listed as 7 years and Diana L as 5 years. An online Gardena phone directory from Gardena…