His family moved to Torrance in 1923, where his father, a doctor, signed on as a company physician for one of … The wing cut into their roof and landed in their bedroom. DeCamp continued to take on miscellaneous television roles. Judge Shidler, in the meantime, was becoming one of the most respected jurists in the South Bay. Actress Rosemary DeCamp models a patterned hostess blouse with an attached sash, with a pair of black gabardine slacks in a 1947 fashion shoot. In 1942 she played the mother of George Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. The Hollywood-by-way-of-Torrance couple had been married for more than 56 years when Shidler died at the age of 86. Continuing her mother-a-decade role, in the 1970s, she showed up as Shirley Partridge’s mother on The Partridge Family. Meanwhile, DeCamp kept up her acting career while also raising a family that would go on to include four girls: Margaret, Martha, Valerie and Nita. Husband of Rosemary DeCamp She will always be remembered as a caring mother. She continued accepting roles on a variety of television shows from crime dramas to westerns to Love American Style. Shidler was one of the five. In 1960, Shidler was appointed as judge to the Los Angeles Superior Court, where he would go on to be elected to four six-year terms. 1941 was a memorable year for her for several reasons. The following year she died after contracting pneumonia at the age of 90. In 1949, she again played Peg Riley, this time in a television show with Jackie Gleason. She suffered a stroke after filming the episode, and, though she was still receiving offers, she decided to end her acting career. He presided over an estimated 1,000 jury trials before retiring from his Superior Court post, though he continued to work at the court as an arbitrator after his official retirement. Outliving most of her contemporaries, DeCamp died of pneumonia in 2001, age 90. In private life, she was happily married to Judge John Ashton Shidler from 1941 until his death in 1998. DeCamp was born on Nov. 14, 1910, in Prescott, Arizona. John Ashton Shidler, '32, of Redondo Beach, Calif., August 31, at 86, of a heart attack. He served the longest continuous judgeship in California, logging 56 years on the bench. “There are so many memories, but my best memory is John. She brought up four daughters, who survive her and was a respected copper enamel artist. We’ve only reproduced the lower photo here. Of course, Riley was a bit of a bumbling father and husband, but she loved him and put up with his ineptness. “This end” was a house on Camino de las Colinas in the Hollywood Riviera section of Torrance. derricks then were springing up throughout the South Bay landscape, the newly created Torrance Unified School District. She continued her film and radio career during the 1940s while commuting back and forth from Torrance to the studios in Hollywood and Culver City. I couldn’t have done any of this without him,” she told Daily Breeze columnist John Bogert in a 1997 interview. John Shidler was born on May 7, 1911, in Nebraska. John, Ashton Shidler was born on month day 1911, at birth place, Nebraska, to George, Porter Shidler and Mina, Martha Shidler. Her brother Bob was a photographer and play boy and she lived with him, raising her son Chuck and trying to get her brother to settle down. The couple were married until his death in 1998, and they raised four daughters. Rosemary DeCamp played the American mother in a variety of films and television series. Please enable JavaScript in your browser's settings to use this part of Geni. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images). May 7 1911 - York, Nebraska, United States, Aug 31 1997 - Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States, Dr. George Porter Shidler, Mina Martha Shidler (born Ashton), George Francis Shidler, Frederic Porter Shidler, James Galatin Shidler, Margaret Shidler, Valerie Shidler, Martha Shidler, Nita Shidler, June 28 1941 - Los Angeles, California, United States, Aug 31 1997 - Los Angeles, California, USA, 1930 - Torrance, Los Angeles, California, USA, George F Shidler, Frederic P Shidler, James G Shidler, George F Shidler, Frederick P Shidler, James G Shidler, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California, United States. Her younger brother was 14 years younger than her, so they were both raised almost like only children. His family moved to Torrance in 1923, where his father, a doctor, signed on as a company physician for one of the oil companies whose derricks then were springing up throughout the South Bay landscape during the 1920s oil boom. John wanted “down home living” for his family. Rear seat, from left, mothers Margaret DeCamp and Mina Shidler. John married Rosemary, Shirley Shidler on month day 1941, at age 30 at marriage place, California. (Credit: California Digital Newspaper Collection database), The TV roles kept coming, notably as Marlo Thomas’ mother, Helen Marie, on “That Girl,” and a recurring role as Grandma Amanda Renfrew on “The Partridge Family.”. After the taping, she suffered a stroke, and decided to retire from acting. 1941 was a memorable year for her for several reasons. He also served on the school board for the newly created Torrance Unified School District from 1949 until 1954. The Shidlers raised four daughters: Margaret, Martha, Valerie, and Nita. Middle seat, from left: Shidler daughters Valerie, Margaret and Martha. She continued with her film work, mixed in with a few television show roles until 1955 when she played widow Margaret MacDonald on Love That Bob/The Bob Cummings Show. John A Shidler in California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 John Ashton Shidler in California Deaths, 1940 - 1997 John A Shidler in U.S. Social Security Death Index (SSDI) John A Shidler … Known for his sharp attire, which often included white slacks and a navy blue blazer, he was a thoughtful, gracious judge who showed great patience in the courtroom. Publicity photo shows, from left, Jeanne Cagney, Jimmy Cagney as George M. Cohan, his “mother,” Rosemary DeCamp, and Walter Huston from the 1942 film, “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”. Shidler and DeCamp family member ride in a car during a parade in this undated mid-1950s file photo. Her husband worked in an aircraft plant and they had two children. She had also won plaudits for her role in the 1941 drama, “Hold Back the Night,” with Charles  Boyer, which she later described as her favorite film role. (Credit: Historical Archives Database, Torrance Public Library). She was born in November of 1910 in Arizona. She was the voice of reason when her husband got upset about something, typically having to do with Ann’s boyfriend Donald or her living alone in New York. He was very lucky, receiving only a few broken bones and cuts and abrasions. Mother roles would become common for her, and she enjoyed playing them; she was fresh off of playing Sabu’s adopted mother in the film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” when she landed the Nellie Cohan role. After passing the bar, he worked as a lawyer in Torrance, and became a city judge in April 1941. Geni requires JavaScript! Coincidentally, in 1968 she also played the role of Helen on Petticoat Junction. Hughes was rescued by a bystander before the plane exploded. Of her husband, she said, “He reads to me long into the night. In 2000, she published her memoir, Tigers in My Lap. Rosemary DeCamp first met John Ashton Shidler in 1928, while she was attending Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and he was an undergraduate at Stanford. He paid for the repairs for all the homes involved, and luckily, no one else was hurt. He is still the love of my life.”. She worked for a variety of studios. John Ashton Shidler (28 June 1941 - 31 August 1997) (his death) (4 children) Trivia (10) On July 7, 1946, she and her husband were in their house in Beverly Hills, California, when an aircraft crashed into the roof of the house next door, and its wing cut through the roof of her house and landed in the bedroom, where she and her husband were. She appeared in 38 films during her career, including The Life of Riley with William Bendix as her spouse. At the time, he had served the longest continuous judgeship in California. They had 4 daughters: Margaret Shidler and 3 other children. In July of 1946, she and her husband had a close call. DeCamp’s final guest starring performance came on “Dead Letter,” the Nov. 5, 1989, episode of “Murder, She Wrote,” with Angela Lansbury. She also kept a hand in local community affairs, and wrote a breezy weekly column for the Palos Verdes Peninsula News from 1959-1960. It was also the year she married John Ashton Shidler, a local judge. It was also the year she married John Ashton Shidler, a local judge. The Shidler family was active in the community. She found success quickly in radio. After marrying, the newlyweds lived in Beverly Hills where John might have gotten tired of being called Mr. DeCamp a few too many times. She was not Helen Marie though, she was Kate’s sister who came to help take care of the girls when Bea Benardaret who played Kate was ill in real life. (The bride became Rosemary DeCamp Shidler, though we’ll continue to refer to her by her stage and maiden name.). He was president of his class at Torrance High School, graduating in 1928. For years she played the role of Nurse Judy Price on the radio show, “Dr. Again, she had to deal with a husband who usually needed some mediation with the family. In 1952, he became the first judge elected  to the newly created South Bay Municipal Court.