Jack James Bilello, 86, of Villa Park, California, passed away on September 5, 2014, surrounded by his family at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton.
Jack was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 9, 1928. He was the first child of Charles and Mary Bilello. He went to Boys High School until 1944 when his family moved to Los Angeles, California. In California, Jack participated in track and wrestling at George Washington High School where he also met lifelong friends, including Frank Lampasi, who later married his sister Rosemarie.
After graduation in 1946, he attended Northrop Aeronautical Institute, and worked at Bank of America. From 1950 to 1952, Jack served in the U.S. Army, 40th Division, where he attained the rank of Sergeant. He spent time in both Korea and Japan. Upon his return to the states, Jack worked as a Design Engineer at Northrop Aircraft. He was joined at Northrop, if briefly, by his brother-in-law Frank and cousin Will Sala, and even by his father for a time. In 1958, he left to run his own business – B&S Service Station – with his uncle Joe Sala, Will’s father. Jack sold his business, and took a job with Sears in the Automotive Division in January 1960.
Around that time, Jack was introduced by his cousin Vivian (Sala) Roach to Irene Lozano and, on July 30, 1960, the two were married. They purchased their first home in La Mirada in 1962. Their daughter Laurie Ann was born July 20, 1963, and their son Thomas Charles was born July 4, 1964.
Jack stayed with Sears in positions of increasing responsibility for nearly 20 years. Overall, he spent 35 years in the automotive industry, including 15 years as an independent business owner. He retired in 1993. Jack stayed busy in retirement. He and Irene traveled extensively to places such as Caracas, Curacao, Istanbul, Athens, Italy, Costa Rica, and he even visited his ancestral home of Santa Margarita Di Belice in Sicily. He spent time with his family and friends, and was always ready to help. He enjoyed gardening, playing pinochle, keeping up with politics and current events, watching his grandchildren – Jack and Mia – play sports and perform, emailing friends, making people laugh, and looking for the next adventure—whether a vacation spot or new restaurant. He also participated in the design and build of his custom home on his daughter’s Villa Park property. But most of all Jack enjoyed spending time with Irene.
Jack had a spiritual side that was always with him. He loved his church family and was actively involved. Jack always knew God, but in the last 15–20 years of his life he grew closer to Him. He knew that Jesus Christ was his Savior but his walk with Him became much more personal. Jack was so confident of his final resting place that when one of the doctors tried to prepare him for the worst, Jack replied, “I’m not worried; I know I’m going to heaven.” As Jack looked back at his life, he was so thankful for all the things that God had blessed him with and all the difficulties that Christ had sustained him through including cancer. In his final days Jack was hoping for a miracle, not for his sake but his family’s; he hated to see them suffer….Jack truly lived out his favorite passage of Scripture, Proverbs 3:5-6,
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Jack, thank you for the incredible example you were to all of us. We will miss you but we’ll see you again.
Jack is survived by Irene, his wife of 54 years; his daughter Laurie Campos and her husband Ricardo, of Villa Park; his son Tom Bilello and his wife Tracy, of Tustin; his grandchildren John Michael (“Jack”) Bilello and Mia Katherine Bilello; and his sister Rosemarie Lampasi.
It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Barbara Clark after her long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Brett, her daughters Patricia and Laura, her son Ryan, her grandchildren Gabriella and Ian, her son-in-law Carl, her daughter-in-law Giavanna and her loyal cat Sable.
Per her wishes there will not be a service.
Barbara enjoyed a long career as a certified public accountant. She traveled extensively with her daughters and especially enjoyed her mountain home in Big Bear. Later she accepted her husband’s love of the beach and spent time during the year with him on the North Shore of Oahu.
She was very active in charities for Children’s Hospital of Orange County and most recently in the Jack & Jill Guild serving North Tustin. If you feel you need to make a gift in Barbara’s name, CHOC and the Jack & Jill Guild would appreciate the act.
Cooper, Robert King
Robert King Cooper took the checkered flag of his life on June 22, 2014 in San Bernardino, California, having completed nearly 61 laps. He leaves behind his loving companion and biggest sponsor, Hope Eggleston, her daughters Beth and Dana, his adoring sister Kathy Cooper and two nephews, Paul Dukes and Jimmy Dukes, all of whom were huge fans. His parents, Laurel Lee and Robert Eugene Cooper, collected their trophies many years before.
Bobby took his green flag on June 24, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island. He spent his childhood laps on the farms of Orange County during the fifties and sixties. He was bit by the auto racing bug at one of his first jobs at the Orange County Raceway. Bobby had a variety of jobs during his life, including rock knocker, maintenance at Lion Country Safari, truck driver, rock plant operator, and mechanic.
He loved animals, especially all kinds of cats. Bobby even enjoyed a couple of pet birds during his life too. He loved various kinds of racing, and on most Sundays, you’d find him watching the NASCAR race on TV. But it wasn’t enough to just watch the races in the living room. Part of the fun was witnessing a race live, like at Perris Auto Speedway, Irwindale, Pomona, or at the big track in Fontana. He also loved to fuel himself with delicious foods, mostly sweets, treats and meats! Maybe more than anything else, he loved making other people happy. His friends and relatives can easily share stories of how Bobby did favors, played jokes, and happily gave the shirt off his back for someone in need. He didn’t need to be the leader of every lap; he wished to give the lead to his friends and family so they could get the bonus points too.
Bobby got a yellow flag in October of 2013 when we received the cancer diagnosis. We hoped it was early enough that we’d be able to take it on and win. Lots of doctor appointments, two surgeries and four hospital pit stops later, Bobby was tired. The repairs could not be made. Coming down the front straightaway to the start-finish line, he was peaceful and without pain. The race was over. The checkered flag flew two days short of his 61st birthday.
Retired from racing, Bobby will rest forever at Fairhaven – in the same vault with his father – just a monkey wrench’s throw from his mom and her parents. Spending eternity with his two biggest fans, he’s now a spectator at your race. He’s cheering you on, now from the bleachers. Be sure to give him a great race to watch!
Florentino "Flory" Artadi Justiniani was born on December 17, 1932 to Margarita and Ramon Justiniani in Cebu, Philippines. He was the oldest son in a family of 6 children: Conception, Rodolfo,Carole, Pilar and Fe. He attended the Cebu Institute of Technology for college and studied Civil Engineering. Following his graduation, he traveled throughout the islands as an engineer overseeing the construction of local infrastructure. After learning from a friend employed at the US Consulate that there was a need for skilled workers in the U.S., he submitted his immigration application and was in Honolulu with a U.S. working visa just eleven weeks later.
Florentino was known for his generous and loving nature, always thoughtful of how to help others. His home was known for welcoming friends and family members as guests for several weeks or months at a time, after first arriving from the Philippines. Their children would often lovingly joke that their home could also be called the Justiniani Hotel. Always surrounded by aunts and uncles, their children were raised to learn of the joy and importance of Family.
Florentino loved to fish off the pier at Balboa Beach and on the Newport Beach jetty for hours at a time. Friends and family always recalled his favorite pastime: singing like that of his idol “Frank Sinatra”. At a party gathering or just relaxing at home, he sang with a rich and warm voice his favorite songs,including “My Way” and “New York, New York”.
He and his wife were active members in Couples for Christ, and local rosary groups including that of the St. Norbert Church Filipino community. He led a leading weekly traveling Devotion to the Rosary as well as a weekly Devotion to the Mother of Perpetual Help Novena at Holy Family Catholic Church. He was a good friend to many, and took much joy in a life rich in prayer, family and friends. Flory and his wife traveled on pilgrimage trips throughout Europe, as well as Medjugorie, Croatia, the Holy Lands in Israel, Jordan and Egypt. They also returned home often to visit the Philippines. Flory had a special place in his heart for the island of Kauai and the city of New York, where their son Jed went to college and resided for over 15 years.
Florey was a prostate cancer survivor since 2001. He had also undergone a triple bypass surgery for cardiac disease. In July of 2014, Florentino was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colorectal Cancer. Always optimistic, and led by a strong faith and zest for life, this did not dismay him. Prior to having his surgery to remove his cancer, he was happy to have traveled again on a cruise with his wife, their daughter Jewell, and her family along with members of close extended family to Miami and the Bahamas. He returned home and confidently underwent surgery on September 8, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital. Unfortunately, he suffered complications and passed away on September 12, 2014.
Florentino is survived by Lucille Willkom Justiniani, his wife of 41 years; his daughter Jewell Justiniani-Allen; his son Jed Justiniani; son-in-law Daniel Allen; his grandchildren Kayla and Catherine. He also leaves behind younger sisters Fe Justiniani of Cebu City, Philippines and Carole Justiniani Ocampo of Appleton, Wisconsin. He will be remembered as a gentle, loving and optimistic man who led his life always filled with faith, hope and love.
Born the son of Alva and Emma King on January 29, 1932, in Cool, Iowa, Marvin King lost his father at age 5 and was placed in foster care by the State until relatives Lloyd and Betty Nichols adopted him at age 10. After graduating from Beech High School, Marvin fulfilled his promise to help build a fence across the pasture before enlisting in the peacetime USAF in June, 1950. “I’d see these single engine aircraft flying across the skies, and I just was longing to be up there with them,” he said. Keeping promises was a hallmark of his character.
After undergoing basic training in San Antonio, Texas, Marvin found himself at Lowry AFB in Denver, Colorado, where he began aerial gunnery school. In November 1950, he assigned to a B-29 bomber squadron at March AFB in Riverside County, California, where he met his future bride Virginia at the First Baptist Church.
The pair became engaged shortly before Marvin shipped off to Okinawa where he flew bombing missions over North Korea with the 371st Bomber Squadron. Shortly after turning nineteen, Marvin’s plane was shot down by Russian fighter jets over North Korea. He bailed out and was captured by enemy forces.
After the war, on September 4, 1953, Marvin was released from “Camp 2”, a communist concentration camp, and walked over “Freedom Bridge” to safety. He returned to marry his sweetheart Virginia in Riverside on October 30, 1953. He called her “Ginnie” and she affectionately called him “Gene”.
After a brief stint in the postwar air force as an in-flight refueling operator, Marvin left the service and settled in Indianola Iowa for several years where his first two children, Linda and David, were born. Marvin attended Iowa State College while working at a farm. He took his young family back to Southern California to more temperate weather and a growing economy. Marvin got an entry-level job in a local bank as a repo man.
While Virginia bore him three more children, Cathy, Dan and Douglas, Marvin attended night school and eventually worked his way up from the role of repossession officer to the position of branch manager with United California Bank, which became First Interstate Bank. Marvin was active with his sons in Boy Scouts, Little League, his church and the Kiwanis Club. Gene and Ginnie enjoyed square dancing, too. They took their family on memorable summer road trips to visit relatives in the Midwest and Northeast.
Marvin passed at 12:55 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26th. During his final days, he was surrounded by those who loved him.
The viewing and funeral will be held at Fairhaven Memorial Park located at 1702 Fairhaven Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705.
Viewing: 4 - 8 pm on Wednesday, September 3rd.
Funeral: 9:30 am on Friday, September 5th.
Marvin was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Virginia. Marvin is survived by his five children, nine grandchildren, and his half-sister Mary-June Cates.
Gerald McDonald was born on July 13, 1927 in Niagara Falls, New York. He was this eldest of six children - Gerald or Gus as they called him, Donna, Helen, Doug, Bob and Una were born to Roland and Christine McDonald who were native Canadians. Gerald enjoyed growing up in upstate New York where he met his life-long friend, Louis Baney, and quite frequently spoke of their antics they shared throughout their lives.
In 1946, at the age of 18 he entered the Army and traveled to Japan. After the service he moved out to California to join his family, who had relocated to the Lake Elsinore area from upstate New York. By 1950, the McDonald family had relocated to Anaheim, California where he took a job at a car dealership. It was at this dealership that he offered to teach a particular customer, Miss Virginia Carlson how to drive. And as they say, "the rest is history". In December of 1951 Gerald and Virginia were married. They were married almost 63 years and share 5 children - Susan, Mark, Scott, Jeff and Jill and 4 grandsons - Jacob, Michael, Adam and Colin. They call him "Mac". Mac spent the rest of his life in Anaheim, California in the homes he built. Mac was a "Jack of All Trades" and enjoyed woodworking, homebuilding, home repair, plumbing and loved to share his knowledge with others.
Gerald/Gus/Mac was a quick-witted character that enjoyed telling a good story, fiddling on his guitar and banjo, listening to his bluegrass and country music, appreciating vintage and model planes and trains, telling a good joke and spending time with his family. He may have been known to have a temper or even to stretch a dollar, but those traits don't compare to his "good as gum" nature, hardworking ethic, love for his family and country or his bright blue eyes and warm smile which undoubtedly will be missed.
Mac is survived by wife, Virginia, sons, Mark, Scott and Jeff McDonald, daughters Susan McDonald and Jill Huerth, Grandsons Jacob and Michael Huerth & Adam and Colin McDonald. Sisters Donna Mattson (Sevierville, TN) and Una Smith (Riverside, CA) and Brother Bob McDonald (Kona, HI).
John A. Miscovich
John Arthur Miscovich, 96, a long-time Orange resident passed away Friday, August 22nd 2014 at home with his loving wife and family by his side.
The third of seven children, John was born on March 7th in 1918 to Peter and Stana Bagoy Miscovich in Flat, Alaska.
John Miscovich completed grade school in Flat’s one-room schoolhouse and in late September 1933, he left Flat for the very first time to attend Fairbanks High School. In 1935, he travelled to Los Angeles, California with his father seeking relatives from Croatia.
While in Los Angeles, he would eventually meet and then marry his beautiful bride Mary Stankovich in 1957 who would become his loving and devoted wife of 57 years.
John Miscovich was self-educated and curious throughout his entire life. He held over 300 US and foreign patents and he is best known for his 1946 Intelligiant© invention, a high-powered automatic hydraulic water monitor first equipped for fire trucks and fire boats. The Intelligiant is now used in hundreds of different industries worldwide from mining to fire prevention to the US-NASA space program.
After WWII, John Miscovich travelled the United States in 1946 demonstrating the Intelligiant. In 1951, the NY City Fire Department added the Intelligiant to its fire boats and soon the Los Angeles Fire Department followed using the Intelligiant on both its fire trucks and fire boats.
In 1968, a unique honor was granted to John Miscovich’s invention. The British Post Office issued a stamp commemorating emergency support vehicles using the Intelligiant. The Intelligiant could also be seen working with rescue crews during the 9/11 New York City Twin Tower terrorist attacks as well as the Fukushima nuclear disasters.
John Miscovich was a dedicated American patriot and a WW II veteran. He served in the US Army 807 Engineering Battalion, from 1941 to 1945, reaching the rank of Staff Sargent. He was stationed on Adak and Umnak in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands during the Japanese invasion.
As a mining engineer and consultant John Miscovich travelled the world from Alaska to Australia to Papua New Guinea and to the Philippines and throughout all of Latin America. He embodied the virtues of impeccable honesty, hard work, patience, and self-sacrifice. John was an educated and worldly gentleman and he kept up with current world events. He was sought out for his vast knowledge on hydraulic engineering and mining engineering.
John Miscovich was known for his generosity never turning away anyone needing his help and support. He captivated family and friends with his quick witted charm while entertaining many guests over the years with his many humorous anecdotes and stories of the Alaskan frontier.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary; Sons Peter Miscovich and John Jr Miscovich; Daughters Maria Obradovic and Sandra Stelmas; Sons-in-law Damon Owen, Matthew Stelmas and Blasko Obradovic; Grandchildren, John Gregory, Sasha Anica and Addison Michelle.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange Cardiac Care Research Foundation at the following website in memory of John A. Miscovich: https://donate.sjo.org/
Montee, Maxine Denise
Maxine Denise Montee
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was survived by her husband Keith Montee, whom she was married to for 56 years. She was also survived by her children Jill, Steve and Tracy. She was a loving sister to one brother, and four sisters. She also had nine grandchildren, and one great grandson.
She was born on January 3rd, 1938 in Arcadia, California, and flew to Heaven on September 4th, 2014. She resided in Orange County for over 60 years.
She enjoyed having fun and spending time with her family and friends at the river and at the beach. She had a kind smile and a huge heart that touched anyone she met. She will be greatly missed, and remain forever in the hearts of those who loved her dearly.
We will celebrate her life on Wednesday, September 17th 2014, at 12:00PM. The service will be held at The Villa, at 510 East Katella Ave., Orange, CA 92867.
Georgia Morales passed away peacefully at her home in Buena Park on September 16, 2014 and surrounded by her family at the age of 95. Georgia was born on May 27, 1919 in San Elizario, TX (suburb of El Paso) to Ysidra De La Rosa Moreno and Gregorio Moreno. Grandpa Gregorio accidently drowned before Georgia was born as the family came across from Mexico to Texas. They were traveling with other families and were on their way to California. Grandma Isidra stayed in Texas with her other four children until Georgia was born.
Once Grandma Isidra was able to travel after giving birth to Georgia, she traveled to California with all her children and caught up with the other traveling families. She worked as a migrant worker…following the harvest of different crops. As Grandma Isidra traveled to the different cities harvesting the different crops, she met her second husband, Conuto Guerrero. They had two sons – Daniel and Miguel. Miguel drowned in the Kern River in Central California at a young age.
Grandma Isidra and Conuto Guerrero converted to the Apostolic Faith, and Conuto became an ordained minister. Georgia grew up in a Christian environment as the family continued working as migrant workers. She would wait until later years to convert to the Apostolic Faith
Georgia met Jose Dolores Morales and they married in October 28, 1933 in Visalia. They had 12 children of which only 9 lived through infancy. Living children are Mary Torres, Rita Rincon, Vera Cardenas, Mike Morales, Margaret Morales, Rosie Toral and Roy Morales.
Georgia and Jose Dolores continue working as migrant workers with the family, and they made Brawley their base home. They eventually moved to Norwalk, California. It was while living in Norwalk that Georgia and Jose converted to the Apostolic Faith in 1961. It happened when God healed their youngest son, Roy, who was born very sickly and given no chance to live. Because of their conversion and how they changed, most of their children also converted to the Apostolic Faith.
Georgia developed a strong relationship with God, and her interests were church related. Not only did she enjoyed being in the church services and activities as often as she could, she also held varies positions in the local ladies auxiliary group “Dorcas” of the Anaheim Apostolic Church. She loved doing fund raising projects like making tamales, making and selling embroidered dishtowel sets with crocheted ends. Georgia created beautiful pillowcases sets and crocheted beautiful blankets.
After retiring from her job as a cook in a convalescent home, Georgia began babysitting various grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her family was her passion, and she would help them out as much as possible.
Her husband, Jose Dolores Morales, passed away in January 13, 1980 after 47 years of marriage. Georgia remained faithful in her relationship with God which lasted 53 years. Surviving her are 7 children, 25 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren and 38 great great grandchildren.
Not only was she a true soldier of God but a faithful wife, lovely mother and wonderful grandmother and great grandmother and great-great grandmother. God granted her to see 5 generations living at the same time.
Fern "Star" Voll, born August 7, 1927, passed away on August 30, 2014, in her home with loved ones by her side, at the age of 87.
She was born in Paris, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Calvin and Luella Steinhoff. Fern was the second to youngest of seven children. She later went on to meet and fall in love with her husband Gordon Peter Voll. They were married in 1950 and had three beautiful children. In 1963 they moved from Canada to their home in Orange County, California where Fern completed her journey on Earth for 51 years.
Preceded in death by her husband Gordon, sisters Mini, Carrie, Lily, brother Huis and her beloved grandson, Andrew Thomas Voll. Also her forever friend Mary Meyers.
She is survived by sister Violet, brother Clarence, sons Terry, Thomas and daughter Lorrie. Daughter-in-law's Debbie and Sharon. Grandchildren from Terry & Debbie; Gordon, Lisa, Scott, Tiffany and Amanda. From Lorrie; Savannah and Angela. Great Grandchildren Sairah, Terrence, Mason and Austin, Logan and Ethen, and loved by so many of her beautiful relatives and friends and companion dog Macy.
Fern had an amazing relationship with God. She was one of the first original members of Covenant Community Church where she made life long relationships with wonderful people. She led a good moral life that consisted of helping those less fortunate and in need. She was a talented artist and won numerous prizes for her paintings. She was not a stranger to music either, Fern played the piano beautifully. She was loved and cared for and will always remain on top of the world, our bright shining star!
Any contributions can be made on Fern's behalf to the Alzheimer's Foundation.