Drew, Delores "Deke" (Sickles)
Delores “Deke” (Sickles) Drew
Delores “Deke” Drew, of Orange, CA, passed away on December 23, 2014 due to complications of a stroke. She was 86.
Delores Irene Sickles was born August 9, 1928 in Wasta, SD, to Carol and Ralph Sickles. Her father was a carpenter, who built a home for the family in Rapid City, SD. She grew up there with her parents, sister, and brothers until the family moved to the Pacific Northwest during WWII. In 1946 she graduated from Yelm High School in WA state. Soon after, they moved to Orange, CA. There, Deke lived in the same ‘historical’ home for 63 years. She recently moved to a retirement home in Santa Ana.
Deke married skilled carpenter and contractor Daniel Paul Drew in 1948. They raised two sons in Orange, and actively enjoyed camping, fishing, and baseball as a family. Deke worked outside the home from time to time as a teacher’s aide, hairdresser, and bookkeeper for the family-owned cabinet shop.
Deke was truly one-of-a-kind. Anyone who met her could never forget her. She loved people more than anything. She befriended every person she met – no matter their age, gender, or station in life. She was genuinely interested in people; their families, histories, cares, interests, dreams, and struggles. She was incredibly generous, freely giving her time, love, attention, assistance, food, funds, or possessions to relatives, neighbors, friends, shut-ins, strangers, everyone – not only the needy. Family, both immediate and widely extended, was her greatest passion and it was her personal mission to keep the relatives of every generation up-to-date on one another. She also kept in touch with old friends all her life – from grade school up through high school – and arranged both school and family reunions wherever she traveled. Some of Deke’s enjoyments included ‘visiting’ people; traveling, especially by train (to see people, not just ‘the sights’), and crocheting. She strongly supported veterans of the U.S. military and was an active volunteer in the Orange community.
Deke was preceded in death by both parents; brothers James Ralph Sickles and Danny Dean Sickles; husband Dan; and daughter-in-law Karla Drew. She is survived by her sister, Marvella May Crowley of Centralia, WA; two sons, Dustin Craig Drew of Corona del Mar, CA and Dirk Allen Drew and wife Debra of Alpine, CA; four grandchildren, Brian Paul Drew (Jennifer), David Allan Drew (Nicole), Sarah Leslie Westley (John), and Alex Keith Drew; two step-grandchildren, Kyle Rosenthal and Jennifer Rosenthal; three great-grandchildren, Dustin, Tyler, and Leah Drew; and four step-great-grand-children, Kylie, Georgia, Henry, and Biddie Rosenthal.
A Memorial Service will be held at Fairhaven Memorial Park, 1702 Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana, CA on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 12 noon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Fearns, Marguerite "Maggie"
Marguerite (“Maggie”) Fearns
Long-time Orange resident Marguerite (“Maggie”) Fearns passed away at her home, surrounded by her family and friends, on January 6, 2015 at the age of 83. The family matriarch, who was lovingly referred to as “the Queen”, leaves a legacy of kindness to others and love for her family. She is survived by her three children, Lisa, Greg and Geoff, her sister Mary Lue, 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and a devoted extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews. She will be buried at Fairhaven Memorial next to her beloved husband Jim, to whom she was married for almost 57 years before he passed away in 2007. A memorial service to celebrate Maggie’s life will be held at the All Faiths Chapel on the campus of Chapman University at 1:00 pm on Sunday January 25th, with a reception to follow immediately thereafter. A donation can be made in her memory to the Braille Institute. www.brailleinstitute.org.
Manuela Gonzales, born Manuela Gomes on December 25, 1918 in Laredo, Texas and entered peacefully into eternal rest January 10, 2015 in her home in Santa Ana surrounded by her family.
She married Manuel Ybarbo who passed away in 1947. She got remarried to Louis Gonzales and together they relocated from San Antonio, Texas to Santa Ana in 1957. They were happily married until his passing in 1990. She remained in their home until the day she entered Heaven. Grandma or Granny as she was known to just about everyone, had a very special way of welcoming you into her home and making you feel as though it was your home. It was the “heart” of so many people’s lives. She made delicious homemade tortillas for her family as well as anyone stopping by for a visit. Her sharp sense of humor, impeccable memory and quick wit remained with her throughout her 96 years on this Earth. She was kind, generous, hardworking and lived her life with dignity and grace. Everyone that knew her, loved her and she will be missed by many. As grandma would say, “Goodbye Chickens”.
She was preceded in death by her first-husband Manuel Ybarbo , her second husband Louis Gonzales, her daughter Pauline , her son Raymond, daughter Lolly and son Albert. She is survived by her daughters Helen Murrietta, Olivia Curiel and Janie McDaniels , 26 grandchildren, 52 great-granchildren and 26 great-great grandchildren.
Lee, Margaret "Eileen"
Margaret "Eileen" Lee, 93 passed away peacefully on January 16th, 2015 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her husband William Arthur Lee, and two sons, William "Alan" Lee and Richard "Kevin" Lee. Eileen is survived by her brother, William Faerber of Orange, CA, two sons Gary (Brenda) Lee of Bossier City, LA and Randall Lee of Kailua-Kona, HI. She also leaves behind 5 grandchildren; Shelley (Bob) Membrila of Fountain Valley, CA, Renee Lee of Huntington Beach CA, Amanda Lee, of Encinitas, CA, Brandon (Valerie) Lee of Bossier City, LA and Chris (Maria) Lee of Casa Grande, AZ; 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Lee was born May 4th, 1921 in Orange California where she was a 1939 graduate of Orange High School and a longtime resident. Graveside services will be take place on January 26, 2:00 pm, at Fairhaven Memorial Park, 1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, CA.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of Kona, P.O. Box 4130, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745-4130.
Dieter Neubert, 81, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at his home in Villa Park. Dieter is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Inge Neubert, his son, Rainer Neubert, and grandchildren Emily and Tony Neubert. His son, Michael Neubert, preceded him in death. Dieter was born in Chemnitz, Germany on June 3, 1933. He immigrated to Canada in 1953, where he married his sweetheart from Germany and started a family. He eventually immigrated to the United States in 1961, and settled in Orange County, CA where he remained the rest of his life. He was a life-long carpenter and cabinet builder. He earned his contractors license in 1967 and built beautiful luxury homes in the Orange County area. Dieter was a long-time member of the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. He was instrumental in the construction of the facility and always enjoyed volunteering for various events. He enjoyed tending to his garden and always looked forward to his visits to Valley View Casino. He will always be remembered as a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, CA.
Janice (Jan) M. Perry, 77 of Santa Ana joined loved ones in Heaven on January 10, 2015. Born July 16, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to the late Richard and Lilian O'Connell she is survived by brother Rick O'Connell and nieces Beth Kohls and Cathy Ma. Married to the late James L. Perry on July 17, 1965, Jan was mother to two step-children, Janis Perry and the late Jeff Perry. She is survived by her step-daughter Janis Perry and grandson Jack Perry as well as daughter-in-law Jeanine Perry and grandson Jeffrey Perry. A well-respected elementary school teacher for 40 years and mentor to many, Jan is greatly loved and will be missed by family and friends. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Janice M. Perry to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org<http://www.cancer.org/
Orville L. Stone, 73 years old, of Laguna Niguel passed away Monday, December 29, 2014. He was born August 10, 1941 in Centralia, Missouri to James Lloyd and Ethel Mae Stone.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Stone, his children Greg Stone and Terri Braukman, his brother James Stone and wife Patricia Stone, three grandchildren Justin, David and Garrett, one great grandson Nolan Orville and his family of cats.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Randall C. Stone and his loving son Steven Stone.
Orville loved reading at the beach, playing poker with his buddies, walking for miles in the sunshine while doing business on his cell, spending time with family and friends and volunteering with an animal rescue group.
He will be missed dearly by all his family and friends.
Memorial contributions to New Beginnings for Animals in Orville’s name would be appreciated. www.greatpets.org or P.O. Box 2444, Mission Viejo, CA 92690.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held Saturday, January 24th at 2:00 pm at the Monarch Summit II Clubhouse located at 31141 Casalero Drive, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.
Neva Louise Stout was born in Dardanelle Ar on July 6, 1938, the eldest of 3 children. She is survived by a sister Patricia Saum, of Rogers, Ar, 2 children, Tereasa Stout-Brown, of Tustin and Keith Stout, of Ontario, CA, and 6 grandchildren.Neva was a resident of Orange county for 57 years and is a retired cosmetology teacher. She found her passion in teaching and was awarded as teacher of the year for the state of CA in 2007. She also loved to teach toddlers and sing worship songs at Santa Ana First Assembly for more than 15 years.
Struthers, Norma Claire
Struthers, Norma Claire, passed away January 15, 2015 at the age of 84, in Orange, CA. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Struthers Murray and her husband Scott Murray of Newport Beach, CA, her son, Tim Struthers and his wife Carol Struthers of Medford, OR. Four grandchildren, David Jordan, Kim McMurtery, Carrie Geaney and Kyle Struthers, eight great grandchildren and her brother, Art Knight of Omaha, NE.
Norma was born March 8, 1930, at Havelock, IA to Walter & Ella Knight. She was the third of five children.
Norma attended Havelock Consolidated School, making friends who would remain in touch throughout her life. Her love of dance, especially to the “Big Bands”, brought out her beautiful smile. In 1947 she married Edward A Struthers, of Rolfe, IA. They were blessed with two children, Kathy and Tim.
The family moved several times during the first 10 years. In 1957 the family moved to Orange, CA. It was not the final move, but it was the final destination. The family was active in the First Presbyterian Church, Norma participated on committees, whether coffee hour, or Breakfast in the park fundraisers.
Norma was many things to her family and friends, Homemaker, Mother, Grandmother, and “Grandma Great”. She spent 38 years as a Banking Associate with BofA. Norma was active in RA-MA #95 Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, Inc. and Orange County Noblettes, dedicated to charitable work for the Shriners Hospital for Children.
She loved to travel and was blessed to have traveled extensively throughout the US and around the globe with family and friends.
She enjoyed watching sports of all kinds, she attend the 1984 Olympics, and remained an avid of fan of “her” Rams and Lakers.
Norma touched so many lives and hearts and the Lord has lifted her up, she is now free of pain.
The family has planned a private ceremony to celebrate her life.
Stevan Duane Wiedmeier was born in San Francisco Ca. on May 8, 1960. He was a beloved son, devoted brother, loving uncle and a faithful friend. He was a kind and helpful soul to those he knew as well as every new person he would meet. He is survived by his mother Ruie Treptow of San Clemente Ca., three sisters, Wendy Wiedmeier, of Davis, Heidi Flynn of Rancho Santa Margarita, and Krystl Wiedmeier of San Clemente, Ca, 1 niece, 4 nephews, 3 great-nieces, and 2 great-nephews. Stevan lived in Lake Elsinore on Ortega Highway among the peace and quiet of the nature he loved. He had been a security guard for many years until he became a hard working civilian staff employee at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton mess-hall were he was a valued and well liked co-worker. His passionate hobby was performing and teaching magic tricks for his family and friends. He was especially proficient at slight of hand tricks with playing cards and continually amazed us all with his skill. In Stevan's honor, family and friends are requested to wear something blue to his memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to your favorite charity in Stevan's name. ~He will live forever in our hearts.