Howard Anthony PARKER
Howard Parker (Tony) born February 26, 1937, passed away on September 23, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Becky; his two sons, Mark and Wayne; and his daughter-in-law, Julie. He also leaves behind three granddaughters, Amanda, Allison and Zoe; and his brother Jim.
J. Leonard Lilley
J. Leonard Lilley, 95 of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA passed away October 7, 2014.
He was born December 22, 1918 in Durant, OK to Willard and Naomi Lilley.
Leonard served his country honorably during WWII in the US Navy.
Following his military service Leonard had several interests but found his passion as a traveling salesman.
He married Loretta Lilley and together they had two children, Ronald and Paul Lilley. He later married Alene Lilley.
He is survived by his sons, Ronald and Paul Lilley; stepsons Larry, Jay and Ronald Carry; grandson, Jonathan Lilley and great-grandson, Connor Lilley.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA. A reception will follow at Fairhaven Reception Center.
Burial will follow the reception at Good Shepherd Cemetery with Military Honors.
John Alfred Roberts
John Alfred Roberts, 94 of Coto de Caza, passed away October 12, 2014.
Survivors include his daughter, Sally Palmer and her husband Keith; son, Jack Roberts and his wife Susan; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Daniel, Katie, Christopher and Colin.
Memorial Services will be Celebrated on Saturday, October 18th at 2:30 PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 Corporate Dr., Ladera Ranch, CA.
Interment with Military Honors will be held at Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego at a later date.
Max John Mizejewski III
Max John Mizejewski III was born to Max J. Mizejewski II and Vida Wall on December 6, 1944. He lived in Southern California, went to San Francisco State University on a Football Scholarship and obtained a Business degree. He married his High School Sweetheart Joey Strickland and from that union came his son Max J, Mizejewski IV. He volunteered to go to Vietnam and he was stationed in Duc Pho where he was shot down while also having a mechanical failure 6 weeks after being in country. He was shipped in a body cast to Hawaii where he stayed for 6 months recovering from a shattered femur and other injuries. He received an Honorable Discharge but wanted to go back. Civilian life was not easy, talking frankly about the war was not an option in 1968; but he was successful in business. He was an entrepreneur all of his life and ran business from installing Air conditioning to selling electronics and Cellular Phones. In the meantime he followed his other passion: he wanted to become a Formula I race car driver. He lack the big sponsor's name so he taught racing skills to celebrities such as Paul Newman, James Garner and Steve McQueen. He won several races in Formula II in the Ontario race track until he "broke" his car and ran out of funds. His first marriage ended and he decided to drive from California to Ushuaia in a renovated VW Bus. His trip took months and he made contacts along the way in different countries such as Argentina.
In 1992 he moved to Argentina in search for a new life and a business opportunity. He needed a Bilingual Secretary to help with his 12 words of Spanish vocabulary and he met his wife Rebeca Di Leo. Vietnam had not healed yet; and Max decided to go in 1995 in a tourist trip. He was very eager to deal with his experience instead of putting it aside. Max always had time to listen and help a veteran if he was 22 or 82 years old. He would stop in the street, offered his open hand and said "Thank you for your service and welcome home".
Max and Rebeca married in 1997 and lived in Sun City, CA for a while where Max was working in a double decker RV. In 1998. They moved to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and lived in a house on the water for 11 years. There they were blessed with their daughter Elizabeth Mizejewski in 2003. In 2009 they moved back to Southern California. Max was retired and worked with his life long friend Al Lissoy in Irvine. He was the Chief Executive Officer of a non-profit organization providing housing to widows and orphans of military personnel and first responders, and battered women and children. Max was very involved in YMCA Adventure Princesses with his daughter and he was very active in the St. John's Church. Max was a member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association and the Quiet Birdmen where he shared flying with fellow pilots.
Max loved flying; he had a commercial license and started flying small aircrafts a year ago. He would describe the joy of being alone in the skies and one with the airplane. He loved the check list and the pre-flight; the fact that there was nothing left to talk about. His departure was unexpected, his life was full and the void that he leaves immeasurable. He flew west, a flight we all will take some day.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, October at 5:00 PM at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 30382 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. A reception will follow at 7:00 PM at Fairhaven Memorial Services Reception Center, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA.
March 7, 1923 - September 9, 2014
Violet was reunited with her husband John, son Jesse and son-in-law Bob on September 9, 2014. She lived a long and fulfilling life. Violet was very proud of her military service with the USMC, where she met her husband of 40 years, John.
Violet worked for many years in the medical field. In retirement she enjoyed playing Pinochle, Bingo and loved the slot machines, especially video poker. She volunteered as a Pink Lady, served the church as an extraordinary minister, and was a Commander in the American Legion Post 41.
As a military wife, Violet lived in many areas including Mondovi, WI, where she was born to Jesse and Isobel Teela, Santee, CA, Jerome, ID, Hermiston, OR, and Laguna Niguel, CA. She also lived in many other duty stations where John was stationed throughout the years.
Violet is survived by children, David (Susan), Gary (Patrice), Jo Nelson, Bruce, and Tina (Stan) Cherry. Siblings Lorraine, Rosemond, Carol and John. She will be dearly missed by her many Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.
A special thank you to her Granddaughter, Heather, for her devoted care of “Grams” in her final years.
A memorial mass will be held on November 7, 2014 at 8 am at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Jerome Idaho followed by a graveside service at Jerome Cemetery at 11am.
Theodore "Ted" Johnson
Theodore “Ted” James Johnson, 57 of Lake Forest, CA passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 with his family at his side. He was born August 6, 1957 in Venice, CA to Anthony Johnson and Kathleen (Gorny) Johnson. He grew up and attended schools in Garden Grove, CA. Following his education, Ted worked for Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Good Earth Restaurants; it was while working for Good Earth that he met Marie DeLillo who he married two years later at St Bonaventure Catholic Church in Huntington Beach, CA. The couple have celebrated over 29 years of marriage.
Following Ted’s restaurant employment he went to work for Orange County Transportation Authority as a Coach Operator. Later he was promoted to the Training Department. Ted loved transportation and all things related to transportation. He collected miniature busses and trains. He knew the OCTA Bus Routes by heart. Ted had truly found his passion in transportation. “If you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.
Ted is survived by his loving wife, Marie Johnson; daughter, Theresa (husband, Russell) Reese and their children, Nicholas, Jonathan, and Zachary; daughter, Maureen (fiancé, Patrick Bailey)Wills and her children Sarah and Sienna along with their father, David Wills; one brother, Tony (wife, Thea) Johnson and a host of friends from the OCTA.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA with a reception to follow at the Fairhaven Memorial Reception Center.
Victor Javier Gutierrez, 65 of San Juan Capistrano passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Sunday, October 12, 2014.
He was born to Victor Gutierrez and Gloria Espinoza in Puebla, Mexico. He grew up and attended schools in Puebla before moving to the United States. Victor met Yolanda Rodriguez at the local Moose Lodge in San Clemente the couple fell in love and later married on November 30, 1974 in Tijuana, Mexico. Together they made their home in San Juan Capistrano. Victor had owned his own restaurant at one time as well as worked for the Ritz Carlton, several local restaurants and most recently at Disney Land. He truly had a heart for service and helping others.
Victor enjoyed going to church, playing handball and cars. He was passionate about his cars; cleaning them, maintaining them and keeping them looking sharp. What Victor valued most though was family; he loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Yolanda Gutierrez; daughter Jessica and her husband Jason Miller; son, Christian Gutierrez Rodriguez; grandchildren, Mia Miller, Niya Gutierrez and Ian Gutierrez; his mother, Gloria Espinoza and a host of co-workers and friends.
Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, October 23 at 2:00 PM at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA.