"It was the darkest day in my life when my husband of 55 years passed away. I didn’t know what to do or where to go but I knew I wanted him buried at Fairhaven. I called them and they put me touch with our Family Service Counselor. She helped and guided us with love and compassion.

Sincerely,
Jean Hamann & Family

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Behnaz Nuvene Afghani

Ms. Behnaz Nuvene Afghani, 53, our beloved sister and daughter, passed away at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California on August 19, 2014. She had been battling lung cancer for approximately two years. Behnaz was born in Tehran, Iran on June 22, 1961 to Alimohammad Afghani and Ghamar Niknejad. When she was 17 years old, she moved to the U.S. to pursue her educational aspirations. At age of 22, she completed Bachelor of Science with a degree in math and computer science at University of California, Los Angeles and then received a degree in management from UC Irvine. One of her initial employments was at Xerox as a software developer. She then worked her way up to Vice President and CIO level positions in very large public and private organizations. She never got married or have any children but she deeply cared for her family and close friends. She had a special love for German Shepard dogs. In fact, she recently published a book related to safety of children around dogs. She enjoyed playing tennis and sand volleyball and loved watching the Laker games. Behnaz was well-traveled around the world and was known for her strong will and character, her creativity and intelligence as well as her love for family and close friends. She is greatly missed. Behnaz is survived by her father Mr. Alimohammad Afghani, and her three siblings, Behrooz, Behnoosh and Bahram Afghani, and their spouses, and children. Please join us for a memorial service honoring her life on Sunday August 24, at 2 pm at Fairhaven Memorial Services located at 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, California 92692. Phone, 949-380-8911. There will be no burial services as Behnaz has wished to be cremated. Food will be served at Bahar Restaurant, next to the Mortuary at 3:30 pm. In loving memory of Behnaz Nuvene (Afghani), the family requests in lieu of flowers, a donation to support lung cancer research and patient care at UC Irvine Health’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. We will have a donation box available at the Memorial Service on Sunday. You can also send your check to: UC Irvine Foundation In Memory of Behnaz Nuvene Afghani Lung Cancer Research Fund 333 City Blvd. West Ste. 605 Orange, CA 92868 read more...

Beverly Ventura

Beverly Ann Ventura, 77 of Laguna Niguel, passed away Sept 14, 2014. Prayers for Beverly will be held at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo on Friday 9/19 at 6:00 PM. The Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Saturday 9/20 at 9:00 AM at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 24252 El Toro Rd., Laguna Woods read more...

Christine Legg

Christine Legg 75 of Mission Viejo, CA passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at her residence. She was born 10/21/1938 in Clifton, England to Nelson Berry and Kathleen (Beech) Berry. Christine grew up and attended schools in England. While on holiday in the States, she met Robert Legg. The couple fell in love and married in 1986. Together they have celebrated over 28 years of marriage. Christine was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Brian Pinder. She is survived by her husband Robert Legg, Sr, three sons, Robert A Pinder (wife, Carey ) of Yorkshire, England, Andrew D. Pinder (wife, Elizabeth) of Yorkshire, England and Robert Legg, Jr., (wife, Jackie) of Sheridan, Arkansas; one daughter, Stephanie M. Hooks (husband, Harry) of Petal, Mississippi; one brother, Brian Berry of Brighouse, England; seven grandchildren, Matthew, Rachel, Caroline, Blake, Caleb, Colton, and Aiden; brothers in laws, sisters in law, nieces, nephews and many friends. Visitation will be held on Thursday, 9/4/2014 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Dr., Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, 9/5/14 at 11:00 am at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, Ca with a reception to follow in Fairhaven Memorial Services Reception Center. Should friends desire, memorials in Christine’s name can be made to: Saint Jude’s Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 Or City of Hope Hospital, 1500 E. Duarte Rd., Duarte, CA 91010 read more...

Donald Sheldon Lee

Donald Sheldon Lee, 77, passed away on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA. He was born in Bronx, New York, on November 29th, 1936, to Virginia Joyce and Alvah Sheldon Lee, Sr., but has lived in California since he was in his teens. He is survived by his wife, Maria; daughter, Cheryl Labrecque and husband, Victor; daughter-in-law, Demetria Lee; son, Marc Lee, and wife, Clea ; son, Alex Lee and wife Anjanette; daughter, Yvette Penner and husband, Jason; son, Allan Lee and wife, Kristen; and 8 grandchildren, Bryan and Megan Labrecque, Jake and Zoe Lee, Cole Penner, Brody Lee, and Hunter and Michael Lee. He was preceded in death by a wife, Shirley, and son, Alan Lee. Those who knew Don will remember his favorite car, “Ol’ Yeller”, and how good he was at fixing everyone else’s cars. He loved his country, sailing, and anything made in the USA. He was always willing to tell you what was on his mind and made those around him laugh. He will be missed. Please join us for a memorial service honoring his life on Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 11am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 26176 Antonio Parkway in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Floral contributions and remembrances should be directed to Fairhaven Memorial Services , 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA. , www.fairhavenmemorialservices.com. read more...

Elisa Esparza

Elisa Esparza, 73, of Ladera Ranch passed away with her family at her side on September 9, 2014. She was born July 31, 1941 in Culiacan, Mexico to Gilberto Tostado and Candelaria Martinez. She is survived by her loving husband Ruben Esparza, Sr; two sons, Ruben Esparza Jr., (wife, Maury) Javier Esparza (wife, Sarah); one daughter, Monica Esparza; three grandchildren, Chloe, Miles and Annelisa; as well as numerous siblings and cousins. Memorial Services will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, Ca. read more...

Joan Meindertsma

MEINDERTSMA, Joan Evelyn (Juett), 81, of Laguna Niguel, passed away September 7, 2014. She is survived by the love of her life, husband Don of 32 years and her five children, Paul (Brenda), Wendy (Guy), Julie (Curtis), John,  Amy and grandchildren Brian, Patrick, and Nicole.  She also leaves behind four step-children, Laura (Paul), Donn (Robyn), Elisabeth(Ralph), Mary(Jerry).

In 1951 Joan graduated from Pontiac High School with her life-long best friend Joyce Cowie Hetherington. She graduated from Cleary College beginning a long professional life. Work began at GM Truck Division where she met and married Howard Rummell in 1952.  Joan moved into Oakland County government and was gradually promoted to Assignment Clerk.  In 1981 Joan married Don Meindertsma and they moved to Grand Rapids, MI where she served as Assignment Clerk of Kent County. By 2005, retirement finalized Joan’s working career and continued her active life in Laguna Hills, CA.  

She was full of energy, well ahead of her time and her sharp sense of humor remains in the hearts of her loved ones.  

Donations to American Cancer Institute in Joan’s honor would be greatly appreciated.
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Madeline WADDELL

WADDELL, Madeline, 98, of Laguna Woods, passed away September 11, 2014. Madeline was born in Ridgewood, Queens, New York on January 19,1916 and was an Executive Secretary for almost 30 years in the Legal Department of AT&T in New York City. She enjoyed traveling with her friends and visited Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska & the Caribbean Islands. Her friendly spirit and sense of humor will be missed by all of her family & many friends whose lives she touched over the years. She is survived by her sons Russell and William. Madeline’s funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo on Wednesday 24th September 2014 commencing at 10am. read more...

Michael Photoglou

Michael Photoglou, “the Big Kahuna”, passed away at the age of 68 years old in Mission Viejo on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Born on October 21, 1945 in Los Angeles, California to Hope Seraph Photoglou and George Michael Photoglou. Michael grew up and graduated high school in Los Angeles. He attended college until he served his country in the US Army. Shortly after being honorably discharged, he put his creative talents to work as a wedding photographer. His love for cars lasted throughout his life, fixing things, making people laugh and anything with a motor is what Michael enjoyed doing in his free time. Michael found his greatest happiness being with family and friends sharing his gift of cooking barbequing, and working on projects at home. Survived by wife Thaylea, children Jay, Mark, Brian (Amy), Adam, and Nicole, grandchildren Addison, Cash, Andi, Raya, and Taytum, brothers Jim and Paul, and mother of his children Hope. Predeceased by his sister Maria. Services will commence for Michael on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 1:00pm at Mariners Church Chapel, 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, Ca. 92603. Visitation will be held for family and friends one hour prior at 12:00 noon. read more...

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