Harry Gesner, Architect of Soaring California Style, Dies at 97

Harry Gesner, the dashing, surf-loving architect whose soaring designs celebrated California’s dramatic landscape in houses that straddled canyons, perched over beaches and cantilevered from cliffs, died on June 10 at his home in Malibu, Calif., A whorl of a place called the Sandcastle. He was 97. The cause was complications of cancer, said Casey Dolan, … Read more

Beloved, pioneering Pittsburgh puppeteer Margo Lovelace dies

Puppetry is for kids – but not just for kids, according to Margo Lovelace. The puppeteer beloved by generations of Pittsburghers was an arts pioneer in several ways. She died May 7, at age 99. Lovelace was best known for her Lovelace Marionette Theater Company, which operated on Shadyside’s Ellsworth Avenue from 1965 through 1978, … Read more

Takeyia S. ‘Precious’ Fraling, a peer counselor at Glenwood Life Counseling Center and community activist, dies – Baltimore Sun

Takeyia S. “Precious” Fraling, who overcame her own addiction and used it to help others similarly afflicted as president of the client advocacy team and later a peer recovery coach at the Glenwood Life Counseling Center in Govans, and was also a well-known community activist, eco-activist, and master gardener, died of respiratory failure April 28 … Read more

Dorothy Molstad, who helped promote hopeful authors, dies at 79

Dorothy Molstad spent most of her career marketing books. But she had an eclectic mix of interests – entertaining, fishing, volunteering, crafts, golf, home decorating, dogs – and was devoted to all of them. “She was incredibly smart, and her mind was sharp, sharp, sharp,” said her daughter, Jenny Geisler of Coon Rapids. “When she … Read more