Frances Cagney, 95, wife of the late actor Jimmy Cagney, died Monday in Standfordville, N.Y. Born in Crawfordville, Iowa, she had lived in Stanfordville, 54 miles south of Albany, since 1955. Jimmy Cagney died in 1986.
Shirley Chernela, 73, a former administrator of Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City and the first woman to be president of the National Association of Temple Administrators, died Saturday of cancer at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She was president of the national administrators group from 1982 to 1985. She was the first woman to be certified a Fellow in Temple Administration in a program set up by the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the National Association of Temple Administrators.
Nola Luxford, 97, a New Zealand-born movie actress and pioneering radio broadcaster who was dubbed "Miss Anzac of the USA" during World War II, died in her sleep Monday at a convalescent home in Pasadena, Calif. In 1936 in New York, she joined NBC's Four Star News as its only female radio announcer, paving the way for women to enter a male-dominated field. Among her best-known achievements was the creation of an Anzac Club -- short for Australia-New Zealand Army Corps -- to entertain servicemen from that part of the world in New York during World War II.