Lawrence “Larry” Arthur Berger
May 18, 1943 – June 30, 2015
Larry passed away on Tuesday, June 30th while on a safari in Africa with his grandson. Larry was one of three boys born to Lawrence Nicholas Berger and Irene Horkheimer in Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated from Boy’s Town in Nebraska. Larry was enjoying retirement after selling his company, Electro-Chemical Devices (1979 – 2007). He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marie Berger, his brother, James “Jim” Berger, his children, Kim Berger, Julie Simpkins and Jerry Berger, and his grandchildren, Rick and Kira, Austin and Kassidy, and Jay, Briana and Joshua. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He loved life and made every day full of excitement. He will remain in our hearts, always.
Castro, Otilia (Tillie) D.
Otilia (Tillie) D. Castro (1926-2015) died peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. She is predeceased by her parents; husband of 63 years, Henry, son, Steven; 5 bothers and 2 sisters. Survived by son, David (Carmen);Daughters Anna (Jaimie) and Stephanie. 10 grandchildren, 4 great grand children and many nieces and nephews.
Marrero, Gilbert P.
Gilbert P Marrero (Gil) passed away on July 15th, 2015 at the age of 59.
Gil was born June 4, 1956, in Youngstown, Ohio the first son of Paula Montalvo and Gilbert Marrero. As a teenager he moved to New York and graduated from Uniondale High School in 1974.
He then attended the State University of New York, Stoney Brook, before transferring to the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he graduated in 1979 with a major in Economics. After graduating from college, he moved back to New York.
Gil then traveled across county ending up in Phoenix, Arizona. Years later he moved to Orange County where he worked for 25 years with Voit Commercial Real Estate.
While on a golfing trip in Palm Springs, Gil met his wife Wanda. On Feb 3, 2001 Gil and Wanda were married in Lake Tahoe, and began their life together in Orange County.
He had a commitment and dedication in helping to establish the Santa Ana Artist Village and was an asset to the community. He enjoyed traveling, music, collecting art and jamming with friends. He was a Santa Ana Elks Lodge member for over ten years.
When Gil was first diagnosed with cancer in 2012, he never complained or asked, "Why me?" He approached his illness with bravery. He was always optimistic that a cure for his illness would be found before his death. He inspired everyone in his life to live each day to the fullest. Even when his health was declining rapidly, he continued to work, play music and stayed positive.
Gil is survived by his wife Wanda, mother Paula Montalvo, brother Ernest Marrero, sister Louisa and her husband Don Bauer, and two nieces Sasha and Sophie. He didn’t have children but he was a wonderful step father to Wanda’s daughter Kathie.
If Gil were here to speak to us he would remind each of us to be patient with each other, say something kind to one another, laugh every day, enjoy music and most importantly live a healthy life. Everyone loved Gil for his kindness and he was an inspiration to many. When using words to describe Gil all can agree that he was a “Wonderful Guy”.
Memorial Service is being held on July 27th at 12 Noon at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Waverley Chapel in Santa Ana, CA.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in memory of Gilbert P Marrero to support cancer research. USC Norris, 1441 Eastlake Ave. Suite 8302, LA, CA 90089 or at www.uscnorris.com/support.
McFarlane, James Wilton
Was born on December 12, 1945 to Robert and Bernice (Dickerson) McFarlane in Inglewood, California. He was raised and attended school in Santa Ana, California. He fell in love with Becky (Hunter) McFarlane at a high school graduation party and was married on Jan 7, 1966. James graduated with his teaching credential from California State University, Fullerton in 1971 and was a favorite teacher and coach at Rancho Alamitos High School for 34 years. He was a loving father to Sharon (McFarlane) Steele and Jason McFarlane. Family always came first and he made all of his friends, students and neighbors part of our extended family.
He loved the Lord with all his heart. He enjoyed bicycling, golf, music, family trips, skiing, fishing and hiking. James loved his dogs.
He is lovingly remembered and will be dearly missed by his wife, Becky, his daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Roger Steele, his son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Maria McFarlane; brother, Rick McFarlane; and grandchildren, Ryan, Lauren, Lindsey and Trevor Steele. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Say, Peggy J.
Say, Peggy Jean, a resident of Orange County, California for fifty-six years, passed way July 7, 2015 at the age of 87.
On May 18th, 1928, in Santa Maria, California, Clarence and Mary Harris, proudly announced the birth of their daughter, Peggy Jean Harris. At the age of eighteen, on August 6, 1946, Peggy married William Bruce Say, a Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. On September 23, 1947 they were blessed with a son, Michael. On February 16, 1950, they were again blessed with their daughter, Cynthia.
Peggy, was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her family always came first, which is why she chose to be a stay at home Mom, until her children were of age to care for themselves. She then worked various jobs including a clerk in the PX at the El Toro Marine Base and assisting her husband in their delicatessen/bar in Santa Ana. Peggy was well liked, fun loving and had many friends, who she continually kept in contact with throughout the years.
Peggy was an avid reader, absolutely loved working crosswords and enjoyed working in her yard. One of her favorite pastimes was spending time at the cabin her and her husband owned in Crestline, California. She loved sitting on their deck, enjoying the view of Lake Gregory, while playing Backgammon and listening to classical music.
She is survived by her son, Michael Say; daughter, Cynthia Olis; and grandson’s Chad Olis and Christopher Say.
To celebrate Peggy’s life, a Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. in the Mortuary Chapel at Fairhaven Memorial Park & Mortuary in Santa Ana. A reception will immediately follow in the Gallery.