Ward Abraham passed away peacefully at his home in Santa Ana on Sunday, February 23, 2014. He leaves three sons, Marvin Abraham and his wife, Marion; Greg Abraham and his wife, Betty; Chris Abraham and his wife, Yolanda; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was born in St. Charles, South Dakota in 1922 and moved to Santa Ana the following year, becoming a life long resident. He graduated from Santa Ana High School in 1940 and then worked in the Long Beach Shipyards as a welder, building Navy ships while attending Santa Ana College for two years.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He took part in the Invasion of Normandy, landing on Omaha Beach with the 862nd Engineers shortly after D-Day and cleared obstacles from the beach, building a road across the beach to the top of the cliffs. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge.
In 1946, he built a house in Santa Ana and married his childhood sweetheart, Robbie Galaway, in February of 1947, eventually becoming the father of four sons. Robbie passed away in 2005 and his oldest son, Paul, was killed in Viet Nam in 1968.
Ward joined the Santa Ana Fire Department in 1947, becoming a Captain and making it his career for 28 years. He spoke fondly and often of the life long friendships he made while on the department, retiring in 1975.
He was an avid sportsman, enjoying fishing and hunting as often as possible. He always enjoyed good comversation and could tell a story well. Always a family man first and always speaking kindly of others, he will be missed by us all.
VIEWING: Tues. March 4, 2014 4:00-8:00pm Admin. Bldg. to left as you past entry gates
SERVICE: Wed. March 5, 12:30-1:30pm Mortuary Chapel Admin. Bldg. to left of main gates
Dan Johnny Arnold
Dan Arnold died of natural causes in Orange, CA on February 10, 2014, the fifty-first anniversary of his Baptism. He was eighty-eight years old.
"Pop" was born at a farm near Delano, CA in 1925 to John and Elizabeth Arnold, the first of three children followed by Laurel and Harry. Dan was in the first class to go through the local Avenal, CA school system together from first grade to High School. He went on to earn a degree in Engineering from Fresno State University. Dan worked for United Concrete Pipe (later, U.S. Pipe & Foundry) for thirty-six years. Starting in a line shack, he was eventually promoted to plant manager and retired a vice-president.
During World War II, Dan served in Intelligence and Reconnaissance for the Army's famed "Blackhawk Division" as the personal driver of Major Herman Hankins. Dan fought in both the European and Pacific Theaters, served as the custodian for the Hungarian Crown Jewels, and was twice decorated for bravery. At a 1990s Blackhawk's reunion, Dan and Major (now retired General) Hankins rekindled their relationship. Over the next several years, they went on to visit many historic U.S. sites together - only this time, they took their ladies and shared the driving.
After the War, Dan married Myrna Mae Tune in a modest 1946 ceremony. They would have been married sixty-eight years this April 30th. Dan is survived by Myrna and their three children, Deborah, John, and Matthew, as well as eight grandchildren: Austin and Evan, Macklin, Mary Grace, Kevin, Emmy, Sean and Anne.
In 1963, Dan was baptized at the Congregational Church in Orem, Utah where he served as a Deacon. A natural outdoorsman, Dan enjoyed camping and fishing from his boyhood well into his retirement. A long-time benefactor of Cal Farley's Boy's Ranch, Dan's family asks that, in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his name. For information on a memorial gift, visit: www.calfarley.org/donate/Pages/MemorialGift.aspx
Patricia “Pat” Baskins was born in Kansas City, Missouri on October 7th, 1940, to her proud parents Robert and Virginia Stricklin. She had six siblings: Bobbie, Bob, Ginger, Annie, Tom, and Barbara. Money was very tight growing up in a family of nine, but the love in the house was always overflowing. The strong values, encouragement and love provided by her parents gave Pat the foundation she needed to become the strong and caring person she was throughout her life.
Pat spent her childhood in Kansas City before the family moved to Hawthorne, CA in 1955. The family moved to a house directly across the street from the Baskins family in 1956. This is where Pat met and fell madly in love with Larry. They were married in 1957. Larry was the love of her life. Pat had three children: David, Lorraine and Robert. She and Larry moved to Huntington Beach, CA in 1964. This is where they raised their three children and were blessed with 4 grandchildren: Shawn, Melissa, Stephanie and Rebecca.
Pat loved being a Grandma and showered her grandchildren with love every day of her life. She never missed one of their activities, was always there for support, and would always provide them with special moments. Christmas was her favorite time of the year. She invited all the kids over for a baking day. We made tons of goodies and boy, could she bake! It was so much fun for all of us. It wasn't just the great baked goods we enjoyed, it was the love and laughter she put into them. She was the best Grandma ever. It’s moments like these that will be missed the most.
Pat worked hard all of her life to contribute to the needs of her family. In the early years she was an excellent seamstress, working both in the home and for a Boutique. She worked at Zodys department store for many years before starting her 21-year career at Safeco Insurance. Pat retired in 2006. During her leisure time, Pat enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cooking, camping, bowling and spending time with her family. She was a lifelong friend to many and had a heart of gold. She opened her home to all and could whip up a meal at a moments notice whenever anyone showed up unexpectedly. We sure loved her culinary talents.
Pat was preceded in death by her son, David Baskins, her father Robert Stricklin, her mother Virginia Stricklin, her brother Robert (Bob) Stricklin and her sister Betty (Annie). She joined them to be with our Lord in Heaven on Wednesday February 5th, 2014 at 10:45pm, after a heroic battle against cancer. Pat's optimism and will to stay strong throughout her illness was an inspiration to all who knew her. During the last days of her life, she was surrounded by loving friends and family, which is exactly what she wanted. She passed away peacefully with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter by her side.
Pat was a very caring and compassionate woman who lived a very full and blessed life. Her faith in God and love for her family gave her the courage that is beyond what most would consider humanly possible. She was the best mother and grandmother to our family. She was absolutely amazing! Rest in peace, Patricia. You will be missed by many and will live in our hearts forever. The viewing will be held at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, CA 4:00 -8:00 Tuesday, February 11th, 2014. Services will be held at the same location on Wednesday, February 12th at 12:00.
Edwards, Ernest Gray, M.D.
Ernest Gray Edwards, M.D.
Ernest Gray Edwards of Santa Ana, CA passed away peacefully at his home on March 2, 2014 at the age of 86. Born to Flora Lee and Clifford Ernest Edwards in Gloucester, Virginia, Gray remained in the region through graduation from The College of William and Mary and the Medical College of Virginia (Richmond) where he received his Medical Doctorate. After medical school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as an Officer in the Medical Corps during the Korean War. He was stationed in both San Francisco and Guam and spoke fondly and with pride of his time in the service. After his service, he returned to the Medical College of Virginia finish his specialty in Pathology, and there he met and married Consuelo Mercé. Together they moved to California where he practiced Pathology at hospitals and laboratories throughout the state, most notably as Chief of Pathology of the Santa Ana Tustin Community Hospital from 1969 to 1980. An accomplished artist, Gray developed his skills as an illustrator, sculptor, and most notably as a painter throughout his life. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Consuelo Mercé Edwards, his children Teresa Edwards-Shook and James Edwards, his grandchildren Elijah Edwards and Roane Edwards, his son and daughter-in-law Stanley Shook and Rosalind Wiseman-Edwards, his siblings Fred Edwards and Betty Byrd Hamilton, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and a multitude of friends and colleagues. Funeral service at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA, Sunday March 9th at 12:30.
Fortuna, Jeffrey, L.
Jeffrey Louis Fortuna, DrPH, 66, a resident of North Tustin passed away on February 22 surrounded by his loving family. Jeff was born on December 8, 1947 in San Bernardino, California as the oldest of two children of Louis and Florence Fortuna, both originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Jeff was raised in San Bernardino and graduated from Pacific High School in 1966. After high school, Jeff attended the University of Arizona, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1972. He continued his studies and graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Loma Linda University with a Doctorate in Public Health. Jeff embarked on a long, successful career as a professor, teacher, writer, lecturer, researcher, and interventionist in the fields of public health, nutrition, pharmacology, and related health sciences. His passion was always with his students, and he was a highly respected member of the Cal State University, Fullerton faculty for over 27 years. He also taught courses at Chapman University, California State University, Long Beach, and was a consultant to GlaxoSmithKline Beecham amongst his numerous professional achievements. In his spare time, Jeff was a life long runner, a music lover, and an avid sports fan for his beloved Cleveland teams, the University of Arizona, and California State University, Fullerton. Jeff loved to vacation in Maui with his family, and enjoyed beautiful Napili Bay and Honolua Bay as two of his favorite places to relax and snorkel. He was the beloved husband of Ann (Ballard) Fortuna, father to brothers James and Andrew Fortuna, and grandfather to Michael and Sarah Fortuna from son James and his wife Elizabeth. Jeff is also survived by his brother Jim and sister-in-law Connie Fortuna of Rancho Cucamonga, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jerry and Cheryl Winstead of Bishop, and four loving nieces and their respective families. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be provided to one of the following charities in Jeff’s name: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's California Southland Chapter, 765 The City Drive South, Suite 260, Orange, CA 92868 (contact www.lls.org, or call (714) 481-5617), or the Childhood Leukemia Foundation, 807 Mantoloking Road, Brick, New Jersey 08723 (contact www.clf4kids.org or call (888) 253-7109).
Eugene Don Knutzen (September 22, 1937 - Februrary 15, 2014) Age 76
Husband to his beloved Yoshiko Knutzen, Father to his children Yoko Fujita, Susan Campbell, Arlene Knutzen, John Knutzen and grandfather of five, Jennifer Fujita, Justin Fujita, Kimberly Campbell, Kaylee Tesich, and Jeremy Knutzen.
Beloved Patriarch and American patriot. His service to his country surpassed only by his faithful dedication to family.
Lomasney, John “Jack”, 85, of Westminster passed away on January 23, 2014.
He is survived by his wife Irene; sons Richard(Suzanne), John(Bonnie), Patrick(Anna), Michael and Paul; grandchildren Chantal, Sklyer, Aaron, Dakota, Daria and Sean; sister Patricia Corbari; many nieces, nephews.
Services have been held.
In Lieu of flowers, donate to your favorite charity in Jack's name.
Lena McElroy Mason was born in Oklahoma, the youngest of three children. She was a school teacher prior to meeting Bryan Mason her husband for 52 years. Lena and Bryan relocated to Elkhart, Kansas before moving west to Santa Ana, their home for 50 years. Lena was a wonderful mother to her 12 children and an even better grandmother to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Lena's name to the Alzheimer's Association of Orange County.
Sandford, Carolyn Wagner
Sandford, Carolyn Wagner (May 29, 1928 - February 23, 2014)
Carolyn Wagner Sandford was born in Fort Scott, Kansas. As young children, she and her brother Robert were a comedy and dancing duo and often performed in the Kansas City area. Carolyn attended the University of Missouri in Kansas City where she majored in music criticism. Carolyn and her husband John and four children moved to Orange, California in 1955. During the mid-1950’s, Carolyn wrote music criticism for the Orange Daily News. Carolyn later attended court reporting school. After graduating, she went to work as a court reporter for the State of California Workers Compensation Appeals Board, where she remained for almost 30 years before retiring.
Carolyn was a loving mother and grandmother. Carolyn is survived by her four children; Deborah, Charlotte, Paul and John and her two grandchildren; Nicholas and Lauren.
Jovita Pilar Jimenez Tabler
Born 20 August 1923 Deceased 7 February 2014
Our mother was born in the village of Barrio Wawa on 20 August 1923. Barrio Wawa is located in Lingayen, Province of Pangasinan, Philippines, 150 miles north of Manila and about 5 miles from where General MacArthur landed in Lingayen Gulf during World War II.
Her sister, Florencia, mom’s only living sibling is now 89 years old, is blind and lives with her daughter Glory, in Bugallon, the Village where Jo’s parents, Basalisa and Ramon, lie peacefully, looking forward to seeing their daughter in heaven. Mom was number 4 of 14 children.
Jovita, her husband Glenn Everett Tabler and their son Glenn Everett Tabler, Jr. settled in Long Beach, California in 1950, with Glenn Everett going to work as a roustabout in the oil fields to support his family. Soon thereafter Joelienn Jimenez Tabler was born on 20 March 1951 followed by Lee LaVerne Tabler on 26 June 1952.
Jovita’s legacy is her family. Glenn Everett Jr. produced her first two grandchildren, Albert Everett and Miriam Ann. They produced great grandchildren – for Albert, his daughter, Ariana who is now 14 years old. Miriam produced Jacob, now 19, followed by Ethan aged 9 and Liam age 7. Julie produced Darth Tabler Rimmer, now aged 37 and finally Lee LaVerne’s two daughters, Cynthia Jimenez Tabler aged 15 and Juliana Gillis Tabler aged 13, both adopted from Jo’s country of birth.
It’s now time to send Jo on her next journey, on the next stage of her evolution. We say goodbye for now, with our love, affection and blessings for a safe and peaceful voyage.