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BARNHART, Steven Edward

Steven Edward Barnhart was born in Los Angeles on December 31, 1944 to John Edward Barnhart and Clarice Virginia Barnhart (Krogstad). Steven was raised in a close knit family made closer by their early years of travel while following their U.S. Navy Dad from Washington D.C. to Honolulu, Hawaii. You could always find the family and their friends gathered together at Steven’s parents house in Long Beach after church on Sunday. They played games, watched baseball, talked about life and planned for the future. He and his twin brother Phillip were into everything, they especially loved to play tricks on their older sister, Roberta. Steven could fix anything (like everyone in the family back then). He always worked hard and could be a perfectionist. But he never let his perfectionism stand in the way of getting things done. Steven together with his brother Phil, brother in law Austin and father John built or remodeled just about every home in the family. There was a saying between ‘the boys’ when they were working together, “it’s good enough for Roberta’s house…” or whichever woman’s house it was. When one of them said that you knew that whatever “it” was would last forever. Perhaps it was the love of fixing things or his perfectionism that lead Steven to become a civil engineer. Steven didn’t love school. In fact, Steve found school really, really, hard. That said, Steve was always up for a challenge and he didn’t mind working hard to accomplish the things he set out to do in life. After graduating from David Starr Jordan High School he went to Long Beach City College at night and worked at Douglas Aircraft during the day. After doing his math and science courses to obtain an A.A. degree from Long Beach City College he earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Cal State Long Beach. After a few more years of night school and work he completed his Masters of Science Degree in Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering and received his California License as a Registered Civil Engineer. If you live in Orange County you are probably the beneficiary of Steven's work. Like the modest man he was, you don’t see much of his work because it’s mostly under ground. But when it rains and your streets and homes don't flood, it’s because Steve knew how to calculate the flow of water better than just about anyone else in civil engineering. His colleagues nicknamed him Mr. Storm Drain because of this talent. So the next time you’re driving home in a big rainstorm around here, thank Steven Barnhart for helping make your journey a safe one. Steven was a deep thinker (like his father) and when he had something to say it was always good to hear him out. You might not always agree with him, but if you had an open mind you would always learn something new. You might even see the world a little differently because he had shared his ideas with you. Above all of his professional accomplishments Steven was most proud of his family. He waited a long time to be a dad and he loved his son Jonathan more than anyone can probably understand. He loved being a father and had so many great stories of Jonathan building things, learning to ride a bike, falling in the pool with the bike, and learning to swim. Steven loved Jonathan so much that he fought hard for his first marriage through many years of relationship counseling. When he found himself single after 25 years of marriage he devoted himself to raising his son Jonathan. They rode bikes at the beach, went on dude ranch vacations and did their homework together. Even though it was often hard, he loved the closeness he and Jonathan had during those years together. Eventually Steven found his life's true love and partner in Carolee. He adored Carolee and wanted to fill her life with happiness. He even set aside his own dream of continued flight training and building his own airplane and he generously provided the wedding of her dreams. When they met, Steven was a regular member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Carolee was long time member of The Life Church. Because they wanted to be sure they started off on the right path they began their lives together as members of both churches. Their marriage lasted almost 18 years and was cut short when Steven lost his valiant three-year battle with Esophageal Cancer on November 15, 2014. He was at home, surrounded by his family when he left this life. Through all of the recent challenges, including his failing health over the last few months, Steven always found the support he needed in Carolee. We know he will be standing tall, with his cowboy hat off, waiting to greet her when they meet again in heaven. Steven valued Carolee’s opinion as well as her beauty. He would listen intently to her ideas and supported her in all of her projects. He loved Carolee’s talent as a seamstress and was always making something to assist with her next project. As much as Steven adored Carolee, he also loved being a father to her kids and grandkids. Nothing pleased him more than to have all the kids and their friends in the pool with contests for the biggest splash off the end of the water slide. His favorite recent project was building a special boys retreat, out of the way of all the big sisters, for his youngest grandson Kody. We will all truly miss Steven’s strength of character, his willingness to help anyone in good times and bad, his devotion to family and his deep and abiding love for the Lord Jesus Christ. He always hoped that the way he walked through life was a witness to the power of God. Steven is survived by his wife Carolee Barnhart, his son and daughter in law Jonathan and Jerusha Barnhart; his stepdaughter and son in law Juanita and John Davis and grandchildren Kyle and Natasha; his stepdaughter Tammy Whitmer and grandchildren Kandyse, Keesha, Kryshawna, and Kody; his sister and brother in law Roberta and Austin Pruitt, their daughter and son in law Darcelle Pruitt and Aimen Al-Refai and their daughter Yasmine; his brother and sister in law Phillip and Janna Barnhart, their son Erik Barnhart, their daughter and son in law Kirsten and Kevin Garcia and their son Benjamin; his cousins Karen Card and Katie Orman Little and their families. Services for Steven will be held at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, Ca, 92692 this Sunday 11.23.2014 commencing at 1pm. read more...

Donald F. De Luca

Donald F. De Luca, 79, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 22, 2014 at his residence in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Donald was born September 27, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York to Paul and Clara De Luca. He grew up and attended schools in Brooklyn. Following his education, Donald enlisted in the US Army and served his country honorably. Donald had worked for the city of New York and later for the Palos Verdes School District as a landscaper. He was a simple man who especially loved spending time on his boat off Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn and enjoyed his retirement. He is survived by his sister, Anita Zinkin and her husband Arthur; one brother, Robert De Luca; nephew, Jason Zinkin and his husband, John Perasco. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 1, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA. Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at exactly 1:45 PM at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Ave., Riverside, CA. read more...

Norma Rodriguez

Norma Rodriguez, 44 of Lake Elsinore, passed away unexpectantly on Saturday, November 22, 2014. She was born November 15, 1970 in San Pedro, Tacaro, Mexico to Efrain Morales and Ma Guadalupe Juarez. She grew up and attended schools in San Pedro. Norma married Arturo Rodriguez in 1991. The couple has celebrated over 23 years together. She is survived by her parents; her husband; one son, Ulises Rodriguez; two daughters, Daniela Rodriguez and Adi (husband, Salvador) Bustamante; one granddaughter, Emily Bustamante; two sisters, Petra and America; five brothers, Ultiminio, Rene, Omar, Noe and Pedro. Norma loved dancing, laughing and simply spending time with family. Norma’s legacy will live on in those she loved. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 28th, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, Ca Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Mission Basilica Catholic Church, 31520 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery, Lake Forest, CA. read more...

Sarah Elizabeth Parkins

Sarah Elizabeth Parkins July 13, 1914...dash...November 27, 2014 and this is how she lived that “dash”. Sarah was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to John & Luella Cromie. Everyone has probably heard of the great Flu Epidemic of 1918. Sarah & her father were both stricken by it and she became hearing impaired as a result of the high fever but sadly, her father didn’t survive. Her mother worked for the B & O railroad cleaning the passenger coaches and Sarah would travel alone (under the conductor’s watchful eye) every summer to stay with and work on her grandparent’s farm. Those were times she enjoyed very much and spoke of often. Sarah and Chester May were married in 1931 by sneaking across state lines, because Sarah was under-age. They had two children, Mildred & Robert. She married Herbert Schlichter in 1945 They moved to Ripley, New York and ran a diner named Sal’s. Herb was the short order cook and Sarah did all the baking and was well known for her excellent pies. Sarah & Herb moved to Pacoima, California in 1951 then later purchased a house in Reseda where Sarah ran a children’s daycare for many years. They both served at the LA temple and made many close friends there. After living 15+ years in Reseda, they moved to Bluejay, CA, a small community in the mountains near Lake Arrowhead. It was a favorite gathering place for the family at Christmas time and throughout the year. Even after the move, they continued to come ‘down the hill’ as Sarah would say, to work at the LA temple. Herb’s health began to fail him and he passed away in 1978. Sarah continued to work at the LA temple along side Bob Parkins. Their friendship grew and they were married in 1981 and lived in Long Beach, CA. The love Sarah felt from everyone in the Parkins family meant so much to her and she considered them family. Sarah & Bob made lots of adventures together having the best of times travelling across the US in their Volkswagen camper van as well as trips to New Zealand, and Hawaii. Bob & Sarah moved into a large mobile home in Westminister, CA where they lived for several years. It was the gathering place for many family feasts especially Christmas with her homemade Raviolis of course...pies. Her close friend, Ruth moved in with her there after Bob’s passing. She eventually moved to Orange, CA where she helped care for her daughter Millie, who was diagnosed with a very rare brain disease, until the disease progressed to the point where she could no longer care for her. Her efforts made it possible her daughter to remain at home much longer than expected. Millie went to be with The Lord in 2007. At that time, Sarah moved up to Grants Pass, Oregon and lived close to her son Bob & Nancy and with her granddaughter, Tama. In 2010, Sarah’s health was declining and Ruth’s daughter, Cynthia and her husband Carson Brassfield, invited her live with them in Victorville, CA. After just 6 months, Sarah’s health continued to decline and she moved down close to her grandson, Alan and Cathy DiCato in Vista, CA. She needed to find a whole new set of doctors after moving to Vista and when they saw the advanced stage of her condition, Sarah became a candidate for an experimental heart procedure. At the age of 97, she was the second oldest of only 7 people in the country who had received this procedure. We all know how tough Sarah was and she came through with flying colors and was out of the hospital within a week. With a new lease on life, Sarah lived independently in her own apartment, became close friends with Ida, Muriel & Linda, and shared 3 more years of happy memories with all of her family and her adopted family of Lou & George McCartney and Mickey & Diane Romero. She graduated to heaven peacefully on November 27, 2014. Sarah was the proud matriarch of 5 generations: Her daughter Mildred Schlichter married Alfred DiCato, She was the grandmother of their sons, John & Alan and grandmother in-law to their wives Susan & Cathy Her son Robert Schlichter married Nancy. She is the grandmother their son Brian, and daughter Tama and grandmother in-law to Heather. John DiCato has two daughters, Sarah & Emily and one son Christopher Alan DiCato has two daughters, Alison, married to James Tunney & Kimberly, married to Kyle Ahlquist All of which comprise Sarah’s great-grandchildren Sarah was very pleased to have two great-great-grandchildren: Christopher Jensen & Kaden Tunney and was the first to know about a 3rd great-great-grandchild expected this coming July. A Celebration Service for Sarah will be held in the Chapel of Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA, 92692 on Tuesday 9th December 2014 commencing at 11.30am. Refreshments to follow in the Reception Center of Fairhaven Memorial Services. read more...

Steven Alvarez

Steven W. Alvarez, 59 of Lake Forest died Tuesday, December 8, 2014. He was born July 19, 1955 in Montebello, CA to Mario Alvarez and Angelina (Laguna) Alvarez. He grew up and attended schools in Rosemead. Steven spent the majority of his life working in finance primarily within the automotive industry. He was a very simple man who enjoyed tinkering in his garage and spending time with family. His passion however was his church. He was an active member of Saddleback Church spending many volunteer hours ushering, greeting and most recent with the Pics Team photographing members and friends as they fellowshipped and worshiped. If you needed to find Steven and he was not home, chances are he was at the church. He had a heart for serving and loved the Lord. Steven is survived by his wife Nenita Alvarez; daughter, Stevie Zaccaro and her husband Michael Zaccaro; son Jeremy Alvarez and his girlfriend Marisa Aponte; brother, Mario Alvarez; sister Patricia “Patty” Delessandro and last but not least his Saddleback Family. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA. A Celebration of Steven’s life will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2104 at 10:00 AM at Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630 Faithful servants never retire. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God. – Rick Warren read more...

Ted Thompson

Dr. Ted Nolan Thompson, 83 of Dana Point died unexpectedly on Thursday, October 30, 2014. Ted was born January 6, 1931 in San Francisco, CA, the eldest child, with a younger sister Brooke, to Edward Addis Thompson and Theda Rose Gillespie. He grew up in San Francisco attended Military High School where he graduated with honors. Immediately following, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served his country honorably during WWII era and Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge, he attended UC San Francisco, then University of California Medical School where he graduated as a medical doctor, continuing on with his residency and internship in neurology. His marriage during his internship and early medical practice produced four children and during this era, he attained northern and southern California weightlifting champion titles. Ted was a driven individual who loved life and wanted to make a difference. He did everything with passion and excellence. He started his own Neurology medical practice. He was constantly learning and challenging himself; he authored many books, dabbled in politics and continued his challenges in medicine and sports. He spent countless dedicated hours researching a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. His concern for truly helping his patients was paramount. He documented his research and made his findings available on a website he created MSRemedy.com. He was a life long lover of sea and was an avid, skilled sailor. He earned Gold and Bronze weightlifting medals while in his 80s. Ted’s intelligence, intuition and motivation allowed him to accomplish much, always wanting to make the world a better place, always learning to share his knowledge with others. Ted is survived by his wife Phyllis Schuessler, of Dana Point; five children, Susan E. (husband, Rob) Braniff, Sabrina L. (Thompson) Powell, Gregg O. Thompson, Cheryl A. Thompson and Jill D. (Thompson) Sandek; five grandchildren, Jeremy, Jason, Jennifer, Sabrina Molly and Claire Michelle, Jacob; and a great daughter India Rose, a great mentor and friend to Dave Littlewort; sister Brooke T. Ewoldsen, niece Brook Ann, great niece Mercedes, nephew Curtis Thompson, niece Cathy Thompson and a host of friends, acquaintances and People Who Make a Difference worldwide. Ted was buried with Military Honors at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA read more...

William "Bill" Godsey

William “Bill” Earl Godsey, 49 of Mission Viejo, CA passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Bill was born in San Diego, CA. He grew up in Walnut Creek with his parents, Frank William Godsey and Catharine (Spray) Godsey and his sister Cathy. He graduated Northgate High School. Attended college in Bellingham, Washington and Cal State Fullerton graduating with a degree in Marketing and Communications. Bill was a very giving, genuine man, who was extremely passionate about; God, family and music. He found simple things like fishing with his father or strumming his guitar to be very satisfying. Bill met the love of his life, Jeannine Mary 20 years ago, shortly after meeting the couple married. They were each other’s everything. For Jeannine, he taught her what real love was. He was her rock and her comfort; he made her feel safe. He provided unconditional love to her, his son Keith and everyone he came into contact with. Bill found the same unconditional love, trust, and comfort in Jeannine. Soul mates in every regard, what they gave to each other was a circle of love, they completed one another. People loved Bill because he made it very easy to love him. Even in his last days his doctor’s who previously attended to him, would visit his room as “a visitor” and “not a Doctor”, simply a friend; in fact one of his previous surgeons came into his hospital room to watch a movie with Bill and his son Keith the night before Bill passed! He gave his time freely, to sit with you, talk with you and even entertain the neighborhood kids. He is survived by his loving wife, Jeannine; son, Keith; mother Catharine Godsey; sister, Catharine Godsey Meeks; three nephews, William, Jessie and Chance and numerous friends from work, the community and the Orange County Lacrosse organization. William “Bill” Earl Godsey, 49 of Mission Viejo, CA passed away Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Bill was born in San Diego, CA. He grew up in Walnut Creek with his parents, Frank William Godsey and Catharine (Spray) Godsey and his sister Cathy. He graduated Northgate High School. Attended college in Bellingham, Washington and Cal State Fullerton graduating with a degree in Marketing and Communications. Bill was a very giving, genuine man, who was extremely passionate about; God, family and music. He found simple things like fishing with his father or strumming his guitar to be very satisfying. Bill met the love of his life, Jeannine Mary 20 years ago, shortly after meeting the couple married. They were each other’s everything. For Jeannine, he taught her what real love was. He was her rock and her comfort; he made her feel safe. He provided unconditional love to her, his son Keith and everyone he came into contact with. Bill found the same unconditional love, trust, and comfort in Jeannine. Soul mates in every regard, what they gave to each other was a circle of love, they completed one another. People loved Bill because he made it very easy to love him. Even in his last days his doctor’s who previously attended to him, would visit his room as “a visitor” and “not a Doctor”, simply a friend; in fact one of his previous surgeons came into his hospital room to watch a movie with Bill and his son Keith the night before Bill passed! He gave his time freely, to sit with you, talk with you and even entertain the neighborhood kids. He is survived by his loving wife, Jeannine; son, Keith; mother Catharine Godsey; sister, Catharine Godsey Meeks; three nephews, William, Jessie and Chance and numerous friends from work, the community and the Orange County Lacrosse organization. A Celebration of Billy’s Life will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Crossline Church 23331 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills CA 92653. read more...

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