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Bennett, Eric Paul

In Loving Memory of Eric Paul Bennett, January 8th 1969-May 13th 2015. Survived by his Father Anthony Ray Bennett & Mother Carmen Elaine Bennett, Siblings Heather Minguer, Morgan Cho. Services to be held at Fairhaven Memorial Park and Cemetery in Santa Ana ~ May 22nd 2015 at 12:30pm read more...

Brown, Eddie (Ed)

Eddie (Ed) Dewayne Brown was born September 8th, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. Ed was one of three children, born from Chester Brown and Evelyn Caragianis. Ed attended Humes High School in Memphis, graduating in the summer of 1960. Following his graduation, Ed joined the United States Marine Corps (U.S.M.C.). In April 1962, he was sent from training in South Carolina to be stationed in El Toro, California. During his time in El Toro, Ed met Joyce Carol Brizic and the two went on to marry on June 8th, 1963. After his service in the U.S.M.C., Ed joined the LAPD in 1965 and remained a police officer until 1991, retiring at the rank of Captain. Ed and Joyce bought their house in Santa Ana in 1969 and raised their two children, Eddie and Jennifer, in the house which they still own today. After retiring from the LAPD, Ed worked for ARCO/BP from 1993 until 2007. Throughout his career and personal life, Ed always enjoyed a good laugh and had no problem telling a joke to any audience he could find. Ed’s compassionate personality, coupled with his humor, allowed him the unique ability to make friends with anyone he came across regardless of their walk of life. Ed was a proud grandfather of 5 grandchildren - Michael, Katherine, Patrick, Kristen, Jenna and a great grandfather to Kade and soon to be Kroy. read more...

Cuevas, Antionina

Antonina Cuevas was born in Cerritos, San Luis Potosi, Mexico on May 10, 1943, which happens to be Mother's Day in Mexico. Although she was unable to conceive children of her own, she lovingly cared for and raised countless children both in Mexico and California. Her tenderness, patience, and unconditional love were only some of the many special qualities that illuminated her motherly presence. As faith would have it, she became my mother and I, Arlene Ortiz, became her daughter through the most unusual of circumstances, for which I feel blessed. Antonina and her husband, Francisco Tobias, left the only culture and way of living they knew in search of a brighter tomorrow in California. The transition was full of obstacles; however, my mother always preferred to focus on the positives and viewed each day as a blessing. Antonina worked numerous factory jobs where she made countless friends. In 2009, she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She confronted her illness with grace and humble strength that was admired by all who knew her until her final breath on April 22, 2014. She will be remembered by her mother, Francisca Lauriano; sisters, Maria Felix, Norberta, Elvira, Consuelo, and Martha Cuevas Lauriano; brothers, Salvador, Roque, and Ceferino Cuevas Lauriano; daughter, Arlene Ortiz; nieces, Rosa Casey and Celia Holsted; nephews, Ramiro and David Ortiz; appointed grandchildren, Leesa Castillo, Josiah Ortiz, Noah Ortiz, Alyssa Holsted, and Daniel Holsted; and family and friends read more...

Fincher, Clifton Bryan

Clifton Bryan Fincher, August 4, 1961 to April 27, 2015. Born in Harbor City, California to Charles Hunt Fincher and M. Joan Fincher, Clif is survived by his wife Doreene, his children Charlie, Sydney and William Fincher, his mother Joan, and sister Holly Fincher. An exceptionally valued man who loved life and lived it without reservation, Clif’s faith, family and friends were most important to him. He grew up in Westminster, California, attended Westminster High School, and graduated from California State University, Long Beach. Clif enjoyed a multitude of hobbies, but his first love was for fishing. He was a long-time member of the Southern California Tuna Club and, beginning in childhood, made many adventurous fishing trips throughout his lifetime. An Industrial Real Estate Broker with Lee & Associates in Orange, California for 27 years, Clif was a hard worker and his efforts provided him with great rewards. A member of many professional organizations, including SIOR, he gained many friends through both business transactions and broker relationships. Clif had a true passion for the career path he chose. Clif battled a long and strenuous illness called Myelofibroses that advanced into Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He had a successful bone marrow transplant one year ago and rid himself entirely of cancer. A complication he developed following the transplant eventually took his life. A devoted family man and true-loving friend, Clif’s life touched many people and he will be dearly and deeply missed. His memorial service will be held at 4:00pm this Saturday May 2nd at Santiago Canyon Estate, 8011 E. Santiago Canyon Road, Orange, California. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations at: https://ourhope.cityofhope.org/cliftonfincher read more...

Melendez, Daniel

Daniel Melendez passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Riverside Community Hospital surrounded by his family at his bedside. He was born on January 18, 1952 in Orange, Ca to Edward and Angie Melendez. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward and brothers, Eddie and Joe. His is survived by his wife, Mary Esther Melendez and his children, Danielle Garcia (Jose), Janielle Melendez (Julio Cervantes), Daniel Melendez Jr (Christina Padilla). He had 6 grandchildren, Julio Cervantes III, Ruben Cervantes, Daniel Melendez III, Reanna Cervantes, Kaylie Melendez and Aston Martin Melendez. He was retired from UCI Medical Center in Orange, California. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 10am-1pm at Fairhaven Memorial and Cemetery (Rose Window Mausoleum), 1702 Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana, Ca 92705. Service at 1pm-2pm. Celebration of Daniel’s life to follow at the Moose Lodge in Anaheim, maps will be provided. Daniel will be missed dearly by his family and friends. read more...

Parsons, Eva M.

Eva Marguerite Parsons passed away peacefully in her sleep at age 106 on May 9th, 2015 in Corona del Mar, CA. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. And she was a dear friend to all those fortunate enough to know her. Eva was born on July 28th, 1908 in Lansing, Michigan. Her family moved to Rockford Illinois when she was three and then onto Compton in 1925. Eva was the second oldest of six children. She attended Compton High School, finishing in 1926. In the fall of 1925, she met the love of her life, Lewis Parsons, whom she married on December 15, 1927. Theirs was a match made in heaven. After living through the Great Depression and surviving the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake, Eva gave birth to her first son Richard in 1933 and her second son Delbert in 1935. Lewis built their family home in Compton where they raised their two sons. Eva was a deacon and Lewis an elder at their church in Compton. Their strong faith in Jesus Christ was always at the center of their lives and provided them with a solid foundation from which to raise their children. During World War II she worked with the Red Cross knitting sweaters for the soldiers. Following the war, she continued knitting for both family and friends. Eva and Lewis loved to go camping, and they also loved to square dance. Eva was a den mother to her son’s Cub Scout pack. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood where she made many dear friends. She was an excellent cook and baker. She and Lewis enjoyed “canning” the many vegetables they grew in their garden. She never gave up living life to the fullest. Up until age 100 she took part in the Corona del Mar Scenic 5k run/walk. She drove until age 99. She took part in the senior exercise classes held at the Oasis Senior Center until recent months. She always looked out for and cared for others that weren’t in such great health. She would drive her lady friends to their doctor appointments, run errands for them and assist in any way she could until she could no longer drive. She is survived by her son Richard Parsons, son Delbert Parsons and wife Darlene of Corona del Mar, grandson Jon Parsons and wife Caroline, of Grey’s Creek, NC, and grandson Michael Parsons of Corona del Mar. read more...

Potts, Virginia F.

Virginia Fern Potts Virginia (Ginny) Potts passed away peacefully on May 17, 2015 at Sea Cliff Healthcare & Nursing home in Huntington Beach. She had been undergoing care and treatment for several illnesses over the past couple of years, and was under the care of Hospice Touch since November 2014. Ginny was born as Virginia Fern Morehead, to Archie and Nina Morehead, in Republic, KS on March 13, 1925 and spent most of her younger life as “Fern” in the Kansas towns of Republic, Concordia, and Bellville. She graduated from Republic High School in 1942 and soon moved South into the Wichita area, where she met and married D.O. Potts in 1944. They had four children, Thomas, Jerry (deceased 2001), Sandra, and Kathy (deceased, 1952), all born in Wichita, where the family remained until Aug. 1962. While residing in Wichita, Ginny worked first as a homemaker, also occasionally helping D.O. with his four Cowboy Cleaners stores, then went to work as a buyer, at Boing Aircraft for 10 years. The entire Potts family moved to Orange County, CA in 1962, and Ginny continued her job as a buyer, but now at Ford’s Aerospace Aeronutronic Division in Newport Beach, where she stayed until retiring in 1987. She and D.O. were divorced in 1969, and although she remained in Orange County for a couple of years, she soon took up residence at a mobile home park on the lake, in Lake Elsinore, to be near two of here good friends Betty and Susie. They were inseparable, and often seen out and about town on the dance floor or sharing dinner and a drink at one of the popular local hang-outs. Ginny and Betty would often hop in the car and head out to points unknown to explore the U.S., or team up for a cruise to explore some of the Mexico Shoreline. For several years, Ginny and three of her Lake Elsinore work companions would carpool daily back and forth between Lake Elsinore and Newport Beach, a daily jaunt of exactly 60 miles each way, which showed early signs of her persistence of locking-in on doing whatever had to be done! She was very good at paying attention to detail in both her career and home life. After a freak accident that totally destroyed her mobile home in 1996, she moved back to Orange County to be closer to Tom, Jerry, and Sandy. She then was closer to Dan Silverthorne, a friend from work, she had been dating fro several years. She and Dan continued seeing each other until he passed in Dec. of 2000. After Dan’s passing, Ginny again became very involved in being around the family of kids, grandkids, and quite a few great-grandkids. She was pretty much the center of attention for the last 15 years of her life as she became the matriarch of the Potts family. Although besieged with several illnesses that would put most people in a home, she continually rebounded and fought back enough to re-hab herself to be able to once again “live alone” in her beloved mobile home. Even with severe heart issues, macular degeneration, sepsis, non-existent veins (she had between12 & 16 stents), she was incredibly resilient. Only until the last few months, was she too weak to support herself (although she kept trying) and needed to finally have 24/7 care that was beyond the help that Tom and Sandy could provide. Her favorite caretakers were the loving help supplied by Annie (daughter-in-law) and Jamie (niece) who came to the rescue on several occasions while Ginny was staying with either Tom or Sandy. She deeply appreciated the help administered by Hospice Touch (especially by Marteen). She looked forward to her daily phone calls at 4pm sharp, from her sister Merlene in Overland Park, Ks. Those had gone on for years. Her desire to get up and keep moving, ended up being her downfall, as she kept falling because of being too weak. No one, has more desire or stubbornness, and her will to survive is a lesson everyone could use. She will be greatly missed! Virginia, is survived by: Sisters Merlene Morlan, Reita Brandt, MaryLou Lamb, and a brother, Duane Morehead. Their children, were all loved nephews and nieces by “Aunt Fern”; her children, Tom Potts (& Annie) and Sandy Gomez (& Andrew); her Grandchildren, Sean (& Caryn) Winders, Dani Smith, Jamie (& Wayne) Mack, Andrew (& Juana) Gomez, Joshua Potts, & Trish Raupp; her great-grandchildren Travis Winders, Ashleigh Winders, Chris Smith, Macy Smith, Sierra Mack, Shianne Mack, Skyler Mack, Andrew Gomez IV, Brandy Gomez, Colby Gomez, Michaela Potts, Olivia Potts, Delaney Raupp, and great-great-grandson Andrew (AJ) Abbott. She is preceded in death by: Brothers Keith Morehead and Darrell Morehead, Son Jerry W. Potts, daughter Kathy Potts, several nephews and nieces, and her significant other, Dan Silverthorne. read more...

Prentice, Robert F.

Robert Prentice, A bright light was extinguished on April 20, 2015, when the gentle soul of Robert Prentice was taken to his eternal rest. Those who knew and loved Bob are the poorer for it. Bob was born in Fullerton, CA on February 25, 1941. He attended Zion Lutheran Elementary and Anaheim High School. He worked as a barber for 10 years, cutting hair at Hank's Barber Shop on the Plaza in Orange. He also worked in the Parks Dep't for the City of Orange. At age 48, Bob was diagnosed with spinocerebellar ataxia, a progressive, degenerative disorder. He endured the ravages to his body with grace and dignity. Through his example, he demonstrated how to handle life's challenges with courage and humor. While we mourn his absence, we rejoice in the knowledge that he is now at perfect peace with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bob is preceded in death by his beloved son, Billy. He leaves behind his loving wife of 49 years, Kathy; his brother, Samuel; his grandchildren, Devin, Amanda, and Tori. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 30 at 10:00 am at Covenant Presbyterian Church of Orange, 1855 Orange-Olive Road. read more...

Schneider, Mary

Mary Schneider, 92 a resident of Santa Ana for 62 years passed away April 26, 2015 surrounded by her family. Mary, known as May to friends and family, was born May 4, 1923 to Dominic and Mary Fraczek in Amsterdam, New York. She is survived by two sisters; Sue Fraczek and Sylvia Lavigna, three children; Mary, Linda, and Gary, grandchildren; Sean, Kristen, Peter, and Trina, and great-grandchildren; Keisean, Layla, Nicholas, Victoria, Lily, Peter, and one on the way. May retired after many years as a personnel manager for K-Mart to a life spending time with her family and her many talents: cooking, baking, and gardening. She spent a good part of her early-married life with the love of her life stationed in different parts of the country, with Husband Frank (a Marine!), before settling in Santa Ana. Mary was always willing to help anyone in need. It was a privilege to have her as a Wife, Mom, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. She will be in our hearts forever. Visitation will be at Fairhaven Memorial Cemetery Thursday April 30, 2015 4-8pm. Graveside service will be Sunday May 3, 2015 at 1:30pm. read more...

Sorensen, Stan

Stan Sorensen, 70, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday April 30. Please share your thoughts and memories below. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Advanced Lung Disease Program at UCLA. Please make checks payable to “The UCLA Foundation”, indicate the gift is in memory of Stanley Sorensen in the memo line, and send the check to UCLA Health Sciences Development, Attn: Katie Holland, 10945 Le Conte Avenue, Ste 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Feel free to contact Katie Holland at (310) 206-7620 or kholland@support.ucla.edu with any questions. The Services will be on May 6, 2015 Wednesday at 1:00 in the Rose Window Chapel at Fairhaven Memorial Park. 1702 Fairhaven Ave Santa Ana, CA 92705. Light lunch will follow immediately at The Villa 510 E Katella Ave. Orange Ca 92867. Please consider joining us in Spring Casual attire … no ties. read more...

Sorensen, Stan

Stan Sorensen, 70, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday April 30. Please share your thoughts and memories below. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Advanced Lung Disease Program at UCLA. Please make checks payable to “The UCLA Foundation”, indicate the gift is in memory of Stanley Sorensen in the memo line, and send the check to UCLA Health Sciences Development, Attn: Katie Holland, 10945 Le Conte Avenue, Ste 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Feel free to contact Katie Holland at (310) 206-7620 or kholland@support.ucla.edu with any questions. The Services will be on May 6, 2015 Wednesday at 1:00 in the Rose Window Chapel at Fairhaven Memorial Park. 1702 Fairhaven Ave Santa Ana, CA 92705. Light lunch will follow immediately at The Villa 510 E Katella Ave. Orange Ca 92867. Please consider joining us in Spring Casual attire … no ties. read more...

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