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Michael Lavelle remembered for love of learning and time with family Michael Sean Edward Lavelle: Nov. 11, 1944. February 26th, 2014 Michael was born in Wilkes- Barre, Pennsylvania on Nov. 11, 1944 to Isabelle and Robert Lavelle. The second of six chil- dren, Michael grew up in a home built on an Irish Catholic tradi- tion of music, food, and faith. Surrounded by his four sisters and one brother, he was raised to value education and the arts. It seemed only natural that like many in his family, he would become an edu- cator. He had an immense love of languages and majored in French in college. After graduating from King's College in 1966, Michael trav- eled to California and enlisted in the Air Force in 1969. He used his love of education and lan- guage to teach English to troops in training in Vietnam. His love of cultural experiences grew while in Vietnam and would shape his !;i! i future upon his return to the States in 1973. Michael's love of travel and foreign countries led him to the airlines, specifically Pan Am, working out of Los Angeles International Airport. While working at LAX, Michael met Michael Laqvelle3 is seen in two photos: On the left he is in the military as a young man. The photo above shows the Michael that most of Avalon knew. Courtesy photos and fell in love with a girl who worked at Western Airlines, Elena Alegria. Michael and Elena were married September 25, 1976 in Redondo Beach. In 1986, they made the decision to move to Catalina Island to be closer to family and escape the hustle, bus- tle and commute of life in Simi Valley and work in Los Angeles. They were blessed with the births of their three daughters, Lisa Katharine, Jennifer Marie and Sarah Michelle and were fortu- nate to have their niece, Christy Alegria join their family in her last few years of high school. Being life-long learners, Michael and Elena instilled a strong sense of respect for knowl- edge, curiosity, education, and the arts in all of their girls. He made delicious food and had a way with soups and dumplings you wouldn't believe. He loved to cook and knew how to put a meal together without a single recipe. He loved Sunday morning breakfasts, the Sunday Times, and some music or sports for background noise. Michael could tell you every fact about any player or sport at any time. He loved the Lakers; he rarely missed a Dodger game. He loved hearing the games on radio - just to be able to hear Vinny or Chick call it - and would often mute the sound on televised games just so he could listen to it over the airwaves. He enjoyed parliamentary dis- course and made sure his girls knew when the new session of British Parliament was opening. He enjoyed singing along to songs and would sometimes break out and sing a Capella if the mood hit him. He had a great affinity for turning average sentences into soaring musical scores at the drop of the hat. He taught his girls (and every co-worker) to "read the directions, the directions are our friends - make sure you read them all the way through before you start". His booming voice and hearty laugh will be missed by all who knew him. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Isabelle; Health From page 4 FREE SUMMER LUNCHES FOR CHILDREN AT AVALON SCHOOL youth a priority in the future. Additional grant seeking has begun to subsidize future pro- grams in the community and at Avalon School: Matthews and Rhonda Kalish, program coordinator, have worked over the past school year to offer various community and school activities, assemblies and oppor- tunities to encourage healthy life- style change for all age groups. The Marathon and Flying Fish Festival Fun Runs were very pop- ular with the kids. Adults are encouraged to par- ticipate in weekend hikes (details available on the SIH Facebook page) and other local fitness offer- ings. Matthews is looking for volunteers to organize and lead the hikes every Saturday through the summer and hopefully on an ongoing basis as the community strives to improve its health out- comes. A parent and youth oriented program called "We Can" from the National Institute of Health will begin at Avalon School in September to involve parents and kids to energize families, help to maintain healthy weight, and find fun in physical activity. "Less sit and more fit- decrease screen time and increase activity" is the goal. Kids playing outdoors and par- ticipating in healthy meal planning and smart snacks are just some of the ways to reduce and prevent obesity and the many health risks associated. "Stepping Into Health" pro- vides Youth programs, Parent education, adult groups and com- munity events to decrease the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, sleep disorders, social and psy- chological problems. No enrollment, No paperwork, No income qualifications OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. All children ages 2-18 are welcome. No infant meals will be available. Lunches served June 30th - August 1,2014 (closed July 4th) ALMUERZOS DE VERANO GRATIS PARA LOS NINOS EN LA ESCUELA AVALON No necesita inscribirse, Ni Comprobar ingresos ABIERTO AL POBLICO de 10:30 a.m. a 11:00 a.m. -rodos los nifios cuyas edades sean de 2 a 18 afios son elegibles. No habr, alimentos disponibles para beb6s Habrh almuerzos disponibles del 30 de junio al 1 o de agostO, 2014 (cerrado el 4 de julio) ISLn gI) NOW FIIRING Island Spa Catalina (American Leisure, Spa operator) is hiring for all positions. 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