Jose Luis Almendral entered into rest October 2nd 2014 in Santa Ana, California. The first born son of Jose Manuel Almendral and Martha Delores Serrano Almendral of Santa Ana. Jose was born August 26th 1957 in Guantanamo, Cuba, the family birthplace. Jose, his parents, brother Jorge and family immigrated to the United States in the early 1970’s and settled in Santa Ana, California. Jose was a postal carrier in Orange County for more than 25 years and sat as Union Stewad for his office. Jose leaves behind Jorge, his younger brother, aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews
Ian Andrews was born on May 25th, 1974, in Cortland New York. Ian's new life was celebrated by his Great-Grandparents - Eva and Mike Korczynski
of Lisbon, Connecticut and Grandma Judy, Paul and Keshia Andrews and Chris Pariseau and Tony Sobotor.
At 6 years old, Ian moved from the NY/NJ area to Tustin, CA. Ian loved sports, particularly baseball and football. Ian loved sacking
Ian was a very spiritual soul. He could sit by the ocean for hours watching the waves come and go. Ian appreciated all kinds of music
but his favorite was still rock and roll. He lived with his Aunt Christine Pariseau for the last 7 months and enjoyed spending time with her.
He began his life studying Catholisism and most recently Buddhism which he practiced in his daily life. We recently found writings of Ian
which included Metta Meditation. Metta is from the Pali language meaning loving and kindness.
We would like to share one of his writings we found:
"Think of yourself, the friend, the neutral person and the enemy. Have a sense of waves of loving, kindness spreading from your heart to
everyone and to all beings everywhere."
That is how Ian began his day.
Ian was also a very creative person which was reflected in his artwork. He used different mediums from cool-aid to charcoal to watercolors. His
wide array of self-expression can been seen in his work from gothic-style to delicate flowers. Ian was a member of the San Pedro Art Association
where he had some of his art work for sale.
Ian loved his family and is predeceased by his great-grandparents, his paternal grandparents, and cousins, Joshua Sobotor and Zachary Gibbons.
Ian is survived by his:
Denise(Mother) and Dennis (Step-Father)Bremner of Bothell, WA,
Paul (Father) and Janet Andrews (Step-Mother) of Orange, CA
One sister Keshia Andrews, of Long Beach, CA and one brother Dylan Bremner of Everett, WA
Maternal grandparents and his 4 children, Ian Jr., Jake, Kaylin and Joshua of Oklahoma
as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Bernhardt, Sandra L.
Sandra Lee (Osbun) Bernhardt, a longtime resident of Orange, has left us to be with the Lord's Angels. Sandy wa a bright spirit that conitnues to shine within all she has touches. Sandy was born September 8, 1947 in Quantico, VA and passed away October 12. Sandy leaves behind her loving husband of 49 years Jim Bernhardt; her daughters, Deanna Bernhardt, Donna Salinas; and son-in-law Frank Salinas: and grandsons, Jim Aguilera, Mark Aguilera, Branden Becker, Frank Salinas and grand-daughter, Krystal Salinas; great- grandchildren, Gavin Aguilera, Joseph Rocha; Sisters; Sally Samoya, Genia Shaw; and brother-in-law Greg Shaw. Everyone that had the pleasure of meeting Sandy loved her. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
GWYNETH D. L. BOYD, passed away October 19, 2014. Born in Galt, Ontario Canada 01/14/1931 to Leonard and Lucy Lewin. Preceded in death by brother Raymond Lewin. Survived by two brothers, Lawrence and Barry Lewin, children Karen Eckl, Valerie Boyd and Timothy Boyd, grandchildren Amber, Tyson and Sara Eckl, Samantha Hill, Christopher Pokorney and one great grandchild Juan Rodriguez. Gwyneth was a proud Canadian and loved to dance. She enjoyed playing games, traveling and having fun with the family. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Orange. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Robert W. MacFarlane, 58, Lake Forest, CA.
Jan. 3, 1956 – Oct. 26, 2014
Many hearts are broken from the loss of this great man. After a difficult 3 yr. battle with Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer, Bob, sadly lost his fight, but not without a true spirited, honorable effort. Bob was born in Orange, Ca. He had spent over 45 yrs. in the trucking industry, most recently managing a large terminal in Orange. Bob also served 20 years in the Orange County Deputy Sheriff Reserves. He also volunteered his time on a cooking crew for the Elk’s Lodge. Bob was active in youth sports, coaching for over 20 years in football, baseball and basketball. He was a 2nd degree black belt and enjoyed riding his Harley on weekends. Bob was also very faithful to his Green Bay Packers since the 1960’s. Bob was an active man who actively loved life. Those that had the privilege of knowing him loved him. Though taken from us too soon, the lasting memories he’s given all that knew him, are infinite in number, for he will always be remembered and forever in our hearts. Bob is survived by the love of his life and wife, Gail, their 3 children, Matt, Jason and Andrea, 1 grandchild, Taylor Marie and by sister, Darlene. He was truly the best husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and person and he is greatly missed by all. Until we meet again. We love you.
Severo Ponce Mercado passed away peacefully on October 5, 2014, slightly a month shy of his 94th birthday. He was the fifth son of Marcos and Juanita Mercado, born in Trabuco Canyon (Orange County, California), in the shadow of Mission San Juan Capistrano. He is survived by daughters Patricia Mercado-Allinger and Jeannie Caro; sons-in-law Walt Allinger and Richard Caro; grandson, Justin Acciacca; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends; and his adorable pit bull, Lola. He is predeceased by his parents, brothers (Lyle, Pete, Joe, Pino, and Larry) and the love of his life, his wife of nearly 53 years, Eugenia Palacio Mercado.
Severo was committed to family and country, sacrificing his education to work during the Great Depression and proudly serving in the U.S. Navy (Pacific Theater) during World War II. Golfers who frequented Ben Brown’s Country Club (Aliso Creek Golf Course) in Laguna Beach knew him as “Heavy,” a nickname that he embraced with humor. He began working at the golf course in 1952 and served as the superintendent from 1958 until his retirement in 1993. He will long be remembered for his consistently warm and joyful personality. His daughters can attest that Severo would talk and joke with anyone and everyone.
The family is especially grateful for the loving care provided by caretakers Nicolasa ____________, Manuel __________ and their children (_______________). With their help, Severo was able to spend his final days at home.
Visitation will be held at Fairhaven Cemetery on October ____, ___ p.m. Funeral mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (541 E Central Ave., Santa Ana) on October ___, at _____, followed by a graveside service at Fairhaven Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome! Alternatively, memorial donations may be sent to either Mission San Juan Capistrano (http://www.missionsjc.com/store/store.php?cats=DONATION; Mission San Juan Capistrano Preservation Funds, 26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675) or the Admiral Nimitz Foundation (https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/nimitz/donation.jsp; ) in support of the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Frances Marie Merriott, of Santa Ana, CA, died on Tuesday, October 15th, 2014 in her home, Santa Ana, CA. She was 91. Frances was born on September 21st, 1923 in Jackson County, MO. She attended Northeast High School in Kansas City, MO. In 1946 she married Cletus J Merriott (lovingly known as CJ) and together they had 2 children Sherry and Mark and 3 grandchildren, Marti, Travis and Patrik. They were married 68 years before CJ went on before Frances on June 9th, 2000. Frances worked in a war time plant during World War II, as a Millinery sales woman in Kansas City, MO after the war and as a stand in Avon Manager in Norco and Corona, CA. Her favorite job was being a wife to her beloved CJ and mother to most of the neighborhood. A unique soul, Frances was very funny and loving and enjoyed visiting and talking to neighbors telling them a new story about life every time they saw her, taking care of neighbors children and even being one neighbors errand buddy to watch her baby in the car or store or where ever the adventure lead. She attended two churches and will be greatly missed. Frances is survived by her sister Mary Gross of Lee’s Summit MO, brother-in-law Harold Merriott of Charleston, NC, her daughter Sherry Sullivan-Glover, her son-in-law Steven Glover, step grandson Patrik Glover, son Mark Merriott, daughter-in-law Candi Merriott, granddaughter Marti Merriott, grandson Travis Merriott, and was predeceased by her husband , CJ. Memorial donations may be made in Frances’ name to the Hope Alive program, New Hope Presbyterian Church, Orange, CA. ( http://www.mynewhopepres.org/#/events-matter/hope-alive)
Nigam, Harish Chandra
Mr. Harish Chandra Nigam, born 19 September 1941, passed away peacefully in his sleep in Corona, CA on Saturday October 4, 2014.
He is survived by his wife Rammi; sons Sameer,Rishi,Rajat; daughter-in-laws Bhawana, Amrita, Anamika and grandkids Riddhi, Aryan, Risa, Gautam, Aanya and Kashika.
Funeral will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, October 9 at 1702 Fairhaven Ave, Santa Ana, CA.
Dixie Novak passed away at her home in Tustin on October 16, 2014 after a 3-1/2 year struggle with breast cancer. Dixie was born in Plainview, Texas on December 18, 1951 and lived in every corner of the state before moving to California at the age of 25. She was an accountant for Lantronix at the time of her passing, and the company awarded her the first annual “Dixie” award, created for the Lantronix employee who exhibits dedication and integrity in their work life. She is survived by her husband and soul mate, Bob Novak, as well as her sister Elaine Briers, parents Joe and Frances Boultinghouse, step-mother Laura Boultinghouse, her dog Buddy, and numerous neighbors and friends. Dixie will be remembered most of all for her caring and sensitivity for people and animals who are abused or neglected.
Pacetti, John Bartola
John B. Pacetti
8/8/63 – 10/19/14
John B. Pacetti was born in Germany, the oldest child of Renate Pacetti and John B. Pacetti. He was an engineer prior to meeting Grace de Castro, his beautiful wife of 18 years. John and Grace settled in Tustin, California with their two children Michelle and John for 14 years. He was an inspiration, a best friend, and an amazing father.
Jewel Diamond Patterson passed away on October 3, 2014 in Anaheim, California from complications of breast cancer. Jewel was born in Hope, Arkansas June 16, 1921.
She is survived by her seven living children, Sonja Sellers of Hemet, CA; Fred Patterson of Kerrville, TX; Nancy Ruth Cole of Corona, CA; Martha Jeanette Ronspiez, Hope Patterson, Regenia Patterson, and Stephen Patterson, all of Lake Havasu, AZ.
She is also survived by her one living brother, Russell Stowers of Claremore, OK.
Jewel was the matriarch of five generations including 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great grandchildren.
She was much loved and will be missed by all.
William "Bill" Swisshelm passed away at home on October 20, 2014 after a valiant battle against skin cancer. He was 78 years old.
Bill was born to Irene and Bruce Swisshelm on February 18, 1936, in Santa Ana, California. As a child, Billy thoroughly enjoyed friends he met while attending grade school. He gaduated from Santa Ana High School in 1954, where he excelled in football and set various track and field records. He was awarded the 'Southern California Track Athlete' of the year award by the Helms Foundation. Bill attended Santa Ana College where his excellence in track and field continued, holding numerous records. On September 26, 2004, he was inducted into the Santa Ana College Athletic Hall of Fame. Billy completed his athletic career at USC.
Bill joined the US Navy Reserves at age 17, where he served as a Seaman on a US submarine for ten years. Bill's primary occupation in life was construction, where he held the position of General Contractor. He worked and lived in Hawaii for many years, subcontracting for the military and winning key civilian construction projects. He finally returned to his native California and settled in San Clemente, CA.
Bill will be deeply missed by many friends and family. He is survived by his son Mark Swisshelm of San Clemente, two daughters: Milisa Swisshelm-Senate of San Clemente, and Kirsty Santibanez of New York, formally of Tustin; his sister Shirley Duncan of Corona; his brother Jerry Swisshelm of Post Falls Idaho. He has five grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and great grandchildren. He leaves behind many loving and loyal friends.
We will forever treasure the good times, love and friendship he shared.
RICHARD W. WILSON, 76, passed away October 11, 2014. He was born in Lima, Ohio to George and Dorothy Wilson, who are deceased. He is survived by brother Darrell and sister Mary Joanne Fife. He was preceded in death by sister Linda Wheeler.
On September 28, 1957, he married Wanda Fay Sexton, who survives. Two children: Sherri (Tempe, Arizona), Steven Warren (Tustin, CA), and granddaughter, Kassandra.
A Graveside Service will be held at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, on Sunday, October 26, at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers: the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.