Bill Harding, 80, of Trabuco Canyon, passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014 at home with family by his side. Bill was born December 9, 1933 in Baltimore, MD to Wilmer and Bessie Harding. Those left to cherish his memory include loving wife, Norma L. Harding; daughter, Cheryl Harding Bartlo; daughter, Laura Hoisington (husband, Richard); son, Michael Harding; and granddaughters, Jenna Bartlo and Diana Hoisington. Bill was a proud marine, serving our country for over 22 years. Graveside service with military honors will be held 1:00 pm, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at El Toro Memorial Park- 25751 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest, CA. Memorial donations may be made to Semper Fi Fund- 825 College Blvd., Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.
Bradley, Burton N., 83, of Mission Viejo passed away at home with family by his side. He was born and raised in Long Beach, graduated from Poly High school, then attended Long Beach City College. He was born on July 24, 1930, was the son of the late Nicholas and Gertrude Gay. Burton was an avid Ham Radio Operator and enjoyed entertaining at a variety of senior homes, playing the bass, ukulele or piano. Those left to cherish his memory include loving wife, Becky; three children, Kenneth, Richard and Barbara Graham; four grandsons; two granddaughters; and two great grandchildren.
Colleen Stuart, 85 of Rancho Santa Margarita, passed away July 22, 2014. She was born May 13, 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph Edward Bloomquist of Utah and Constance Dawson Crofts (Bloomquist) of England.
Colleen was preceded in death by her husband of over 58 years, Spencer Frederick Stuart.
Survivors include her four children, Scott (wife, Vicki), Cathy (husband, Jeff), John (wife, Becky) and Elizabeth; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Mary, Thomas, Iain, Hunter, Amanda, Logan and Jack; two great grandchildren, Aiden and Brystol.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM with a reception to follow at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel.
Colleen will be laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery with her husband. The family of Colleen Stuart deeply appreciates the kindness expressed by everyone.
Hellman, Dave, 73, of Mission Viejo, passed away July 11, 2014 at his residence, comforted by his wife, after an eight year battle with ALS. Born on August 9, 1940 in Waukegan, Illinois the only child of the late Vencel and Mitizi Hellman. Married to Margaret Mary Heeran on June 29, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois. Graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BS in Mathematics/Education and later earning a Masters. Moved to California in 1963 and began teaching math at Santa Ana High School that same year, retiring in 1995. He resided in Mission Viejo for the past 38 years. An avid golfer, Dave began his affinity for the game when he was 11 years old and qualified for the US Junior Amateur at age 17. He was a member of Mesa Verde Country Club and a founding member of Mission Viejo Country Club. Dave played in 4 USGA events including the 1991 US Senior Open. He won 7 Club Championships at three different clubs. Seven career hole-in-one's including one on a final hole to win a tournament. He set five course records and played 223 consecutive holes without a three putt. 2011 Mission Viejo Country Club Founder's Cup honoree. Although golf was Dave's passion, his true love was for his family especially spending time with his three grandchildren and vacationing in Hawaii.
Survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Marge Hellman of Mission Viejo. His daughter Kelly Wolford of Rancho Santa Margarita, her husband Tom and grandchildren, Connor, Cassidy and Callan. Dave was preceded in death by his son John. Dave's wealth of selflessness and deep love of family will be celebrated with a memorial service at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo on Thursday, July 17 at 2:00pm. Please join the family for a reception following the service in Fairhaven's Reception Hall.
From his birth in Santa Ana, California on May 7, 1989 until his death on July 15, 2014, John Carlos Foster brimmed with life, energy, and vitality. He was raised in Mission Viejo by his father, David James, and his mother, Maria Concepcion. As a child he was always in motion, always smiling, and always making others laugh with his eccentric humor. He skateboarded through neighborhoods and in skate parks, hiked in the creeks that ran alongside his childhood home, camped all over California, rode dirt bikes in the hills of Hemet and in the deserts near Barstow, and raised and cared for two ducks, Zacky and Quacky. After high school he enlisted in the United States Army and served his country honorably as a combat medic in Afghanistan. Following military service John enrolled in Mt. San Jacinto College in pursuit of a nursing degree. Between classes and homework he sketched, with great talent and no formal training, wonderful pieces of art. Throughout his life he loved video games and he loved to make others laugh. His quirky sense of humor was offbeat and endearing, and he will be missed dearly by all who truly knew him. John is survived by his parents, his two brother, David and Fred, and his sister, Letty Hernandez.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, Mission Viejo.
Judith "Judy" Ellen Bartholomew, 70, of Mission Viejo, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at her residence. She was born January 24, 1944 in Elizabeth, NJ to Harry and Muriel Garthwaite. Those left to cherish her memory include loving husband, Jeffrey; devoted son, David (and wife, Jennifer Gore); and granddaughters, Audrey and Sophie. Judy's Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Fairhaven Memorial Services, Mission Viejo, CA.
Lloyd Lee Eliason
Lloyd Lee Eliason, 59, of Lake Forest, CA, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at his home following a lengthy illness.
Lee was born March 27, 1955 in Escanaba, MI to Lloyd Carlton John Eliason and Audrey Marie Ann (Drossart) Eliason. He was born and raised in Escanaba and graduated from the Escanaba School District. After High School (Go Eskimos!!), Lee enlisted in the US Navy where he served his country honorably for eight years. While in the Navy, Lee developed a passion for electronics. Following his enlistment, he attended Devry University in Ohio earning his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. Soon afterwards he found himself being recruited by Rockwell International in Anaheim, CA. It is there, in Orange County, that he met the love of his life, Linda Thurman. The couple married August 24, 1991 and they made their home together in Southern California.
Lee enjoyed all things electronic. He could build computers from scratch and mastered computer games. He was a true Sci-Fi Techie. He also loved the Green Bay Packers, playing pool, bowling and eating out.
Lee is preceded in death by his Mother and Father.
He is survived by his lovely wife, Linda Eliason; children, Timothy Thurman and Katie Thurman; grandchildren, Henry Thurman and Mack Thurman; three sisters, Nina (Al) Marohnic, Candy (Don) Soper and Jodi (Dave) Hurthibise; two brothers, Randy (Sandy) Eliason and Derrick (Cheryl) Eliason; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services with Military Honors will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 10 am at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA.
Maria "Madeleine" Banagas
Maria Magdalena “Madeleine” Banagas, 61 of San Clemente passed away July 18, 2014 at her home with her family at her side. She was born September 8, 1952 in Salinas, CA to Albert Canchola and Anita (Hernandez) Canchola.
Maria worked as a nurse. She enjoyed taking care of others and loved spending time with her family.
She is survived by three daughters, Christina (husband, Peter) Engelerdt and twins Cynthia and Catherine Banagas; one son Gilbert Banagas; one sister, Annie Duran; four brothers, Joe Canchola, John Canchola, David Canchola and Angel Lopez; seven grandchildren, Eamon, Isabella, Conlan, Sabrina, Alexander, Julian and Carter; one great grandson, Enzo; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July, 24, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA.
Mass will be Celebrated on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St Thomas More Catholic Church, 51, Market Place, Irvine, CA 92602.
Interment to follow at Holy Sepulcher in Orange, CA.
Mohammad Hassan Nikbakhshian
Mohammad Hassan Nikbakhshian, 67 of Laguna Niguel passed away July 24, 2014.
He leaves behind many family members and friends. He will be missed.
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA.
Burial at El Toro Memorial Park
Norman Soto, 68, of Rancho Santa Margarita passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014 in Mission Viejo, CA. He was born to Orlando and Rosalia (Duron) Soto in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He went to grade school in Tegucigalpa, high school in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and then attended the University of Miami as a student athlete where he represented the UM track team in 800 meter track and javelin while studying architecture. He further continued his studies in architecture and design in New Zealand.
Norman’s passion for travel and his work as an architect took him all over the world. He has traveled and worked on projects on six different continents, with countries including New Zealand, Canada, The United Arab Emirates and many more. Norman loved his work as an architect and the many great friends he made during his career. “Doing what you love is freedom; loving what you do is happiness”
Nothing meant more to Norman than his family. He was the first-born son of Rosalia and Orlando and an older brother to Jimmy and Frank. He had three beautiful children of his own, Melissa, Ale and Carlos. Most of all, he adored his three grandchildren, Ethan, Dylan and Thomas. He will be dearly missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA, with a reception to follow.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to CHOC Hospital:
1201 West La Veta Ave, Orange, CA 92868 www.choc.org
Rodney "Rocky" Gibson
Rodney “Rocky” Gibson, 61, of Mission Viejo, passed away from cancer on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at his home with his family at his side.
He was born May 18, 1953 in East Chicago, Indiana to Robert and Aquina (Eikenhorst) Gibson. He grew up in Griffith, Indiana and lived there most of his life until he moved to Mission Viejo in 1992.
Rocky was a sports fanatic, passionate about his football teams, the Green Bay Packers and Notre Dame and his beloved baseball team, the Chicago White Sox. In September 2012, Rocky was thrilled to travel to Ireland to watch the Notre Dame-Navy football game. He enjoyed camping and fishing and took many trips with his nephews Kevin and Mark to lakes all around California. He also loved cooking for family and friends, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Rocky was an awesome brother, a great brother-in-law, and a fun, loving uncle.
He is survived by his sister Susan (husband, Max) Withrow; nephews, Kevin and Mark Withrow; many friends and coworkers from the Home Depot and of course Taffy, his “pretty baby girl” cat.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM at El Toro Memorial Park, 25751 Trabuco Rd., Lake Forest, CA.
Umelina De La Caridad Marques, 88, of Mission Viejo, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Kathryn Jane Residential Care. Umelina was born May 23, 1926 in Cuba to Manuel and Apolonia Valdesuso. Vigil will be held 5:00 pm Friday, July 18, 2014, at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, Mission Viejo, CA. Funeral Mass will be held 10:00 am Saturday, July 19th at St. Thomas More Catholic Church- 51 Market Place, Irvine, CA. Following mass, Umelina will be laid to rest at Ascension Cemetery, Lake Forest, CA. Please join the Marques family, following the burial, at Villa Roma restaurant- 25254 La Paz Rd., Laguna Hills, CA.
Viola Harkey Garner
Viola Harkey Garner, 93, of Mission Viejo, CA passed away on July 8, 2014. Viola was born in Belleville, Arkansas, February 26, 1921 to the late John K. Harkey and Edna McBride. She is survived by her son, Larry W. Garner of Mission Viejo, CA. She is preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Ray Garner, and her first son, Wendell R. Garner. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. After graduating from high school, Viola attended nursing school and became a nurse's aide in Russellville, Arkansas. She and her husband moved to California in 1946. Viola became a devoted homemaker and mother to her two sons. The family moved from South Gate, CA to Downey, CA in 1960. Viola was later employed by North American Rockwell Corp. where she worked on the Apollo Mission Project for the first human lunar landing. In 1982, Viola and Ray retired to Mission Viejo, CA. Viola enjoyed her family, grandchildren, family holiday gatherings, especially the many family summer barbecues and picnics. She loved cooking, sewing and craft projects. Viola and Ray belonged to the first Senior Club of Mission Viejo where they remained very active for several years. Viola enjoyed endless road-trip vacations by car, which allowed her to see 48 states over the years. Viola was a member of Grace Hills Church, Aliso Viejo. Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Fairhaven Memorial Services Chapel, Mission Viejo. Viola was laid to rest with her husband, Ray, at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, CA.