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Alamillo, Celia Madrid

Beloved Wife and Mother….. Celia Alamillo went to be with her Lord peacefully on March 18 at her Santa Ana home with her husband and family by her side. Celia was born December 18th 1924 in Silver City New Mexico to Maximilliano and Serafina Madrid. Celia had 13 brothers and Sisters. She married Luis Arostigue and relocated to Santa Ana California to start their new lives. Celia was blessed with 2 Sons, Louie II, Robert and 4 daughters, Olga, Olivia, Silvia and Priscilla. After Luis’s passing, Celia remained in Santa Ana and continued raising her children. Her beautiful family continued to grow with 16 Grandchildren- 17 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great-Great Grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Celia years later met Joaquin Alamillo whom she married in October 1977. They remained in Santa Ana and lived happily. The family would like to thank everyone for all their prayers and support during their difficult time. Mom is now resting peacefully. God Bless. *Services will be held Saturday April 5th – 9am at: Fairhaven Memorial Park- 1702 Fairhaven Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92705 read more...

Blank, Amy

AMY IRENE BLANK 1918-2014 Amy passed away peacefully with her family at her side from age related conditions. She was born in North Dakota, grew up in Minnesota, and after graduating from high school move to Santa Ana, Calif. to marry and raise her family. For the pass 10 years, Amy has lived in Victorville, close to her family. Amy not only raised her children, but worked until the age of 84 in both the retail and Title Company fields. Amy attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Santa Ana. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Blank, her brothers, Norman and Harry Ness, her daughter, Bonnie Wilson, her son, Barton Blank, and her granddaughter, Brenda Wilson. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and James Stuart, her son Bob Blank, her granddaughters, Cherie Stokes and Dona Smith, her grandson, Jason Stuart along with their families including 6 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 12:30pm on March 31st at Fairhaven Memorial Park and Mortuary, 1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705. read more...

Clemons, Harry

Harry Clemons, Harry was born May 25, 1926, in Champion, New York and was raised on a farm in upstate New York, by his parents, Edward and Ina. He had two brothers, Stan and Ron, who eventually gave him 9 nieces and nephews. After graduating high school, he served in the Signal Corp of the Army, in Germany, during World War II. He lived in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio with Emily, his wife of 34 years. Harry earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Cincinnati during 9 years of night school. He was employed by Monsanto Chemical Company and was later transferred to Anaheim, California, where he was Plant Manager until he retired. Harry enjoyed a variety of hobbies and interests. He was a director of duplicate bridge, an avid gardener, and a master of jigsaw puzzles. He cooked, and created many beautiful counted cross stitch tapestries. A worldwide traveler, Harry cruised to five continents; his favorite destination was Sitka, Alaska. Giving back was important to Harry, who delivered Meals on Wheels for many years, as well as volunteering at his church. In 2003 Harry met, and soon married, Sue. They shared a love of bridge and travel, and kept their calendar full of both. Harry enjoyed his first experience as head of a family, becoming close to Sue's children Susan, Jeff and Jon, and grandchildren, Tias, Bryce and Eric. Harry and Sue spent their summers at their home near Telluride, Colorado, playing host to visiting family and friends. Harry passed away on the last day of March, 2014. He spent the day surrounded by his family, including his beloved niece, Jolie. A Memorial Service for Harry will be held on May 2 at 11:00am at the First Presbyterian Church of Garden Grove. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Homeless Mission at the First Presbyterian Church, 11832 Euclid Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840. www.fpcgg.org. read more...

De Shazo, Betty

De Shazo, Betty (McDonald), wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend, died Sunday, March 23, 2014, at her home in Orange. She was 85. Born in Cody, Wyo., on Dec. 1, 1928, Betty married Harry De Shazo of Santa Ana on Sept. 14, 1947. He survives her, as do her son, Jeff, and his wife, Beth, of Bozeman, Mont.; her daughter, Diane Foley and her husband, Dennis, of Orange; her sister, Darlyne Plaisance, of Marrero, La.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and their children. Services are scheduled at 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 28, at Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary in Santa Ana. Those wishing to do so may make contributions in her memory to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. read more...

Drury, Emory

Emory Dale Drury was born in Borger, Texas on February 3, 1933. He enjoyed playing football for Santa Ana High School and was known as "The Red Bulldog" because of his red hair and tenacious nature. Emory married his high school sweetheart Joan Baum in 1953. They enjoyed sixty-one years of marriage and raised three children. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and served his country in Germany. Emory worked as Chief of School Claims for the Orange County Department of Education before retiring and moving to Big Bear Lake. He was an active member of the Big Bear Valley Historical Society and enjoyed sharing the history of the Big Bear area. Emory served as Treasurer and Web Master for the club for over 12 years. He also enjoyed traveling in his RV, fishing and hiking. Emory is survived by his loving wife Joan, his three children Bruce, Jill and Scott and two granddaughters Jacquelynn and Christina. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to the Big Bear Valley Historical Society at P.O. Box 513, Big Bear City, CA 92314 read more...

Grover, Martin "Laddie"

Martin "Laddie" Grover, loving husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at his residence in Orange, California, with his wife, Linda and sons, Pete Grover and Kevin Biegler by his side. He was 87. Laddie was born in Oak Park, Minnesota on March 1, 1927 and was raised on a modest farm. He had one brother, Bud, and three sisters, Cleone, MaryAnn and Betty Lu. After high school, Laddie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served from February 16, 1945 to February 15,1949 which included a twenty-two month deployment in China with the 11th Marines, 1st. Marine Division. Following his discharge, Laddie married Barbara Mae Danner and they had three children, Dana, Nancy and Pete. He attended the University of Southern California and was a lifelong Trojan supporter. Laddie spent nearly fifty years in the automobile business as a Chevrolet car salesman and sales manager, retiring in 2002 from Selman Chevrolet in Orange. In 1982, Laddie and Linda Zastrow were married. They enjoyed many trips together, especially Hawaii. Their most memorable trip was to Laddie's ancestral homeland of Norway where he met long lost relatives in Oslo. Laddie was an active member of the Santa Ana Elks Lodge #794 and loved playing golf regularly, up until his 83rd birthday. He also loved watching his Trojan football team, LA Rams and Anaheim Angels. Laddie is survived by his wife, Linda; his sons, Pete and Kevin; his daughters, Dana and Nancy; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service for Laddie will be held on April 28th, at 9:30A.M. at Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary in Santa Ana. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. read more...

Harmon, Thelma

Thelma Harmon Place of birth: Norfolk Virginia City of Residence: Santa Ana Ca./ Corona Ca. Survivors: Husband Jimmie Waites Daughter: Connie Minor Grandson: Elijah-Carter Lee Fernandez Remembrances: She was a loving sister,mother, grandmother and wife that also loved the Dallascowboys and loved to cook, she loved life and would help anyone, she would give you her last dime to help you out and would never ask for anything in return, she is and always will be truly truly missed. We will always love you Thelma. read more...

Hartman-Staudt, Claudia

Claudia “Perky” Hartman-Staudt, born in Kansas, resided in Santa Ana. She never regretted marring Ronald Hartman because she loved having a readymade family. Claudia worked at St. Joseph Hospital from 1948 until she retired in 1991. She continued working as a volunteer at St. Joe’s and was proud to wear the 5,000 hour volunteer pin. Claudia and Jack Staudt were married in 1994. Claudia will always be lovingly remembered by her children: Dan, Nancy, Rick and Caralee; 10 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. read more...

Huff, Betty

Betty Huff-Newman passed away at her home in Tustin, CA on March 25th, 2014 from a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her two sons, Lowell and Dana Huff, her six grandchildren, and her sister Dorothy. She was born Betty Rose Ulmet on December 31st, 1922 in Pierre, South Dakota, and was one of eight siblings. She was married to Wayne Huff for fifty years, and Roy Newman for ten. During her lifetime she was a career nurse, and even after retirement from Gulf Oil, she continued to volunteer her services to the Red Cross, her church, and her community. In whatever spare time she did enjoy, she was an avid puzzler, card player, gamer, property manager, and traveler. She loved being with family and friends, was a wonderful hostess and entertainer, and loved to spend time at her cabin in Barton Flats. She enjoyed anything western, and loved to listen to “Old Timey” music. Her favorite saying was “I’m still in charge here”, and she never let anybody forget it! She lived her life with conviction, inspiring those around her, and has left her imprint on all of us. May she rest in peace, and keep the angels in heaven on task! read more...

Martin, Marguerite "Peggy"

Marguerite (Peggy) Nunn Friend Martin Born April 28, 1928 in Short Hills, New Jersey, Peggy was the beloved daughter of Charles and Kate Nunn. Her parents were both born in England. After her father passed away, when she was two years old, she returned to England with her mother. She grew up in Cheltenham and, during WWII they, as many others, housed allied troops in their home. In 1946, at the age of 18, Peggy took a job in Frankfurt, Germany working as a linguist for the U.S. Military Bipartite Control Office. It was during this time that she met William (Bill) Keith Friend, M.D., a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, on a blind date. They were married February 26, 1949 in the Chapel on the U.S. Military base in Frankfurt. Bill brought Peggy back to California and they made their first home in Santa Ana, California. Peggy and Bill had four children between 1951 and 1957, Janet Friend Pauli (Bill), Mary Kathryn (Kathie) Friend Matthews (Eric), Peggy Anne Friend Zimmerman (Wally) and William Charles Friend (Marian). Peggy and Bill raised their children in Orange Park Acres. For many years Peggy and her children were very active in the local 4-H club. Her husband Bill, a pediatrician, passed away in 1973. Peggy and Philip L. Martin were married March 15, 1980 at La Purisima Catholic Church. Since Phil’s retirement they have had the chance to travel extensively around the world and have many stories to tell of those trips together. During the past 34 years they have been very active supporters of Saint Joseph Hospital and CHOC Hospital in Orange, La Purisima Catholic Church of Orange and the Foundation of the Orange Catholic Diocese. Phil and Peggy’s blended family includes her four children and Phil’s daughter Karen Jean Martin Golde (Richard) and son Craig William Martin (Machelle). Together they have 23 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Over the past eight months Peggy has told us many times that she has had a wonderful, full life. She has many dear friends and a loving family. We all treasure our time with her. Peggy’s family wishes to thank all of the wonderful medical professionals and nursing staff that have helped make her final days peaceful. A viewing is planned for 6:00 pm April 23, 2014, followed by a Rosary, at Waverley Chapel, Fairhaven Memorial Park. Mass will begin at 10:00 am on April 24, 2014 at La Purisima Catholic Church followed by a graveside service at Fairhaven Memorial Park. We will then gather for a reception at the Trinity Hall, La Purisima Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers Peggy has asked that donations be made in her name to either the Children’s Hospital of Orange County Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 1201 West La Veta Avenue, Orange, CA 92868, or Saint Joseph’s of Orange Cancer Center, 1100 West Stewart Dr. Orange CA, 92868. Arrangements are under the direction of Fairhaven Memorial Park Mortuary. read more...

Olsen, Jantzen William

Jantzen William Olsen was born at 11:29pm on Sunday, April 6th 2014. He passed peacefully in the arms of his father at 12:41am on Monday, April 7th 2014. Jantzen was perfect in the eyes of his family and will be proudly remembered and celebrated as the 4th child of his parents and baby brother to his siblings. He is survived by his father, Ian Hans, his mother, Dwana D’che, his brother, Santiago Ioane and his two sisters, Cienna Che’Ri and Tatiana Che. The family expresses their sincere thanks and gratitude for the outpouring of love and comfort they have received during the pregnancy, birth and loss of their son. Any donations made to support the family in loving memory of baby Jantzen are appreciated and can be sent directly to the Olsen Family at 5545 Via Cantada, Yorba Linda CA, 92887. read more...

Rhodes, Kenneth

In loving memory of Kenneth E. Rhodes, born December 9, 1918 in Shallow Water, Kansas. He passed on April 11, 2014 in Yakima, Washington. Kenneth leaves behind his 4 children, 12 grand children and 10 great-grand children. He is always in our hearts and will be missed until we meet again. read more...

Smallwood, Lynda (Landreth Bogardus)

Smallwood (Landreth Bogardus), Lynda 1943-2014 Lynda Lea Smallwood of Anaheim, California, passed away peacefully at home on March 27, 2014 after a 3 year battle with ovarian cancer. Lynda was born June 30, 1943 in Britton, South Dakota to the late Roe and Janice Landreth of Hecla, South Dakota. After graduating from Hecla High School in 1961, Lynda moved to Anaheim California where she met and married Ken Bogardus in 1964. Lynda and Ken had 2 sons. In 1989 Ken passed away. She married Fenton Smallwood in 1996 and expanded their family with Fenton's 2 sons and a daughter. The joy of Lynda's life were her 5 grandchildren, Brianna, Taylor, Chloe, Alex, and Jake. She loved having her family and friends visit when she and Fenton were summering in Hecla. Lynda spent time with her grandchildren baking cookies and playing games. She was an avid gardner, enjoyed shopping, golf, square dancing, bowling, watching Jeopardy, and doing crossword puzzles. She was generous with her time, having worked closely with members of her church, enjoyed her friends, and served as the Walnut Manor Assisted Living Coordinator for many years. Lynda is survived by her loving husband Fenton, sons Brent (Becky) Bogardus and their children, Brianna, Taylor, Alex; and Cory Bogardus (Lynne), and their daughter Chloe; stepchildren Sandra (Mike) Pazak, Brent (Jodi) Smallwood and their son Jake; and Patrick Smallwood; her sister Carla Landreth and brother Robert (JoAnn) Landreth both of Hecla South Dakota. The Memorial Service will be held on April 19 at 11AM at the Lamb of God Lutheran Church, Anaheim California. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to City of Hope. read more...

Warden, Betty Lou

Betty Lou Warden, born in Santa Ana, California on June 8th, 1927 .. Daughter of Walter O. Born, and Pansy Belle Anderess Loyal Sister to her older brother Raymond Born Mother to 3 Sons, Grandmother to 14 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grand children .. Betty was described by her family as “One of God’s wonderful Angels .. She always stepped up to lead and do what needed to be done, starting with being class President to helping organize the reunions for Santa Ana High School. She graduated in 1945 from Santa Ana High School She loved to dance, and loved to help people every chance she had. She spent her entire life caring about, loving, helping, and always putting others ahead of her self .. .. she never gave up on anything or anyone .. when others were in need she was there .. and as each of her friends from her youth passed on .. she was there at their side .. holding their hand all the way, so they were not alone .. She treated everyone fairly .. encouraged them when they were troubled .. was always in the corner of those left out .. left alone .. or left behind .. She was an awesome mom .. grandma .. nana .. great grandma .. to those who were her family .. including many she adopted as one of her own .. She was a servant and caretaker .. loved others without limits .. or exceptions .. had a heart like that of her Creator, and always led with LOVE .. She will be deeply missed .. May you rest in LOVE and eternal peace .. Betty Lou Warden .. April 2, 2014 read more...

Yoshino, Elmer

Elmer Yoshino October 1, 1921 to April 3, 2014 On April 3, 2014 Elmer Yoshino decided it was time to move onto new adventures. Some wonder if he had evolved further than most humans since he was born in 1921 without any wisdom teeth, and even at 92 years of age had perfectly smooth and even-toned skin, hardly any wrinkles, still had lots of black hair and easily looked 20-30 years younger than his age. All this, even though he never used any type of sunblock during years spent outdoors farming in Washington, or out golfing with his buddies in California! His father Frank was a lawyer in Japan before visiting the United States and deciding to make Washington his new home. A pioneer of Kennewick, Washington, he and his wife Kazuye had three sons and one daughter. Elmer was the eldest of the bunch. As a teenager, he and his best friend, Wayne Garber, would get into plenty of mischief. They also played high school football. As an example of just how tough Elmer could be, he played Center–which says a lot since back then all they wore were those flimsy leather helmets. After practice, and most every afternoon, he and Wayne would have a light snack of two burgers and a shake…then he would go home and have dinner with his folks. As a result of Pearl Harbor, Elmer was relocated to the Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming. He was then drafted into the US Army during the time he was still in camp and served as a member of the Military Intelligence Services, or MIS. While heading for Japan and passing through the Philippines, his troop had to bed down in an abandoned building. Soon they all discovered it was infested with thousands of fleas! While describing that moment he said it really gave him the heebie-jeebies. Once in Japan, he worked along side a British General as an interpreter. No matter their location, the General insisted they pause to have tea every afternoon. In 2012, Elmer was a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal for his service in MIS during World War II. After the war he attended college at USC where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry. While attending SC he lived at the "Gak House" or Gakusai Kai. He became a lifelong SC football fan and attended many games even decades later. He enjoyed watching all football–college or pro–and looked forward to the fall and the start of a new season. He married Molly Nishiyama in 1952. They had five kids: Susan, Cyndi, Lisa (Mike), Frank (Peggy) and Pam. He was very proud of them, but he once admitted that he felt as if he was bragging when describing his kids to others. He is also survived by three step grandchildren: Jeff (Autumn), Todd and Megan, as well as two step great-grandchildren, Lillian and Stella. In the early 1970s, he and his family moved south to California where he was involved in a few different business ventures. One included a restaurant in Dana Point, CA where some of his kids occasionally helped out, and many patrons raved about the food. Later he was also General Manager of a company in which he also worked with one of his closest friends, Mas Kinoshita. Once he retired, Elmer enjoyed spending time with Molly, reading three different newspapers every morning and not really enjoying looking (and cleaning up) after his two dogs, Gus and Meshak. He also loved the challenge of problem solving and tinkering in the garage. He could fix just about anything–although soldering is an entirely different matter… After Molly passed in 2003, Elmer moved from Corona, CA back to Orange County in order to be closer to all of his kids. Ever the sharp-dressed man, Elmer always stressed that one should choose quality over quantity when it comes to clothes. Those he met often remarked how well he dressed. Even into his 90s people would often mention how nicely dressed he was and what attractive outfits he wore. He was confident, knowledgeable, good-natured and had a great and hearty laugh. Never the type to yell or become demonstrably angry, instead he would simply clear his throat in a deliberate and obvious manner and everyone knew he meant business and was not amused. Always polite, helpful and cheerful–with not an enemy to be found–he continued to make new friends with practically every new person he would meet. Even up to his last days with us all, he made lasting impressions on everyone. In lieu of flowers or koden, the family requests that donations be made in Elmer Yoshino's name to the Japanese American National Museum: 100 N Central Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90012 (800)461-5266 read more...

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