Local Obituaries: Mary Frances Fenady and M’Leigh Koziol

 

A brief note about the passing of two local women with strong ties to the Larchmont area:

Mary Frances Fenady
August 8, 1930 – May 19, 2019

According to her LA Times obituary, Fenady was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in Ohio.  After marrying Andrew J. Fenady, she moved to Los Angeles, where Andrew launched a career as a writer-producer.  The Fenadys were married for 63 years, and had six children – Gena Fenady-Ryan, Duke Fenady (and Di), Sean Fenady, Shannon Fenady (deceased), Andrew F. Fenady (and Regina) and Thomas Fenady, as well as seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. Mary Frances also volunteered at Children’s Hospital, St. Brendan Church, the Assistance League,  Pi Beta Phi, and Loyola High School, where all five of her sons attended. Mary Frances and her husband also sponsored several scholarships and scholastic awards in both Los Angeles and their hometown high schools and universities in Toledo.  A committed Catholic and daily communicant, Mary Frances received the Papal Honor ‘Benemerenti’ bestowed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, “in recognition of her committed service to Christ and the Church.”  Finally, according to Heather Duffy Boylston, public relations manager for the Larchmont Business Improvement District, Mary Frances was also an original board member of the Larchmont Property Owners organization, and helped to form the Larchmont BID.  “She was dedicated to maintaining Larchmont Village as a community gathering place with neighborhood serving uses and could always be counted on to give her time to ensure that,” said Boylston.

The family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Loyola High School or St. Brendan Catholic Church.

 

Melinda Leigh (M’Leigh) Koziol
May 23, 1958 – May 18, 2019

According to an obituary published in the LA Times, Koziol was born in Los Angeles, and graduated from Marlborough School and Pitzer College.  She later worked at Prudential Securities/Wachovia and Wedbush Securities.  In addition, she “had two lifelong passions – antiques and charity work,” which led to her owning Remember When Antiques at 122 N. Larchmont Blvd., and becoming active in the Junior League.  Koziol will be buried in Danbury, IA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Catholic Charities of Los Angeles for the Angel’s Flight Program, 1531 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015, or the President’s Scholarship Fund, Junior League of Los Angeles, 630 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004.

 

 

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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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