November 18, 2022
Donald Ray Basham January 31, 1934 – October 30, 2022 Age 88 Age 68 Age 18 Donald Ray Basham passed away October 30, 2022, at the age of 88 from chronic illness. He was surrounded by close family and Friends as he passed peacefully. Don Basham was born January 31, 1934, in Harrisburg, Illinois. He was the youngest son of 10 children. Donald spent his formative years hunting the woods of Illinois, caring for all manner of wounded woodland animals, and learning everything he could about cars. At 18 he married the love of his life, Marlyss Olney. Their courtship was spent dancing, going to the drive in, roller skating at the local roller rink, attending her singing competitions and cruising around town in Don’s old Ford. They were married 70 years. After high school, Don completed his certification exams and became one of the youngest Ford Master Mechanics in the Bay Area. People knew Don far and wide as a mechanic you could trust for quality service. Business moguls, movie stars and athletes would periodically come asking for Donald. Players from the Oakland As would hand him wrenches and football players would help him set lug nuts on wheels. Don’s love for anything with an engine was contagious and his work showed that passion. He would often say he could fix anything with an engine and at least 2 wheels…” except for “Stupid-bakers” but they went under, so I never had to worry about them after that.” Donald had a great circle of friends and hobbies. As a lifelong member of the Moose Lodge association, he could be found playing cards with the boys, donating his time, and helping others. In his off time, he was a prodigious angler, radio-controlled airplane pilot, DIYer, outdoorsman and entrepreneur. He could often be found playing pool at a pub near home. He enjoyed life, was a good husband and father, and a nice all-around guy. He will be missed by family and friends. Marlyss Basham is receiving calls at 714 846-7729
September 12, 2022
In Fond Memory of Betty Ann Cantrell (5/7/1925 – 9/1/2022) Heaven gained another angel September 1, 2022. Betty Ann Cantrell (Vertrees) joined other family and friends in the kingdom of God a few months after celebrating her 97th birthday on May 7th. The last of what was known as the “Modern Nine” and “The Nine Shy Babes” of her high school class that stayed in touch throughout their entire lives. She is survived by her two sons Kevin Blake and Craig Lee, her grandson Christopher Blake and great grand daughter Olivia Grace. Betty was preceded by her late husband of 58 years Gerald Eugene Cantrell (5/12/1925-12/24/2014). A kind and loving soul, Betty will be greatly missed by all. The Cantrell family will be having an intimate private graveside gathering at Riverside National Cemetery per Betty’s request. Flowers and condolences can be sent to the Cantrell family’s Anaheim home. I’m Free Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free I’m following the path God has chosen for me. I took His hand when I heard Him call I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way I’ve now found peace at the end of day. If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss Oh yes, these things, I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow Look for the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch. Perhaps my time seems all to brief Don’t lengthen your pain with undue grief. Lift up your heart and peace to thee, God wanted me now – He set me free.
June 1, 2022
In Loving memory of Robert Ibarra. Robert was born on March 12, 1966 and passed away on May 16, 2022. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast, (800) 678-0669.
May 9, 2022
Phillip Arthur Rose February 6, 1966 – April 3, 2022 Phillip Arthur Rose Jr. was our beloved son, brother, uncle and friend. On April 3rd he passed on to be with the Lord. He was our gift of love from the very highest source – Jesus. I vow to live, laugh and love for the both of us to honor him. Until we met again in heaven.
May 2, 2022
James Carl Sahlstedt passed away on April 10, 2022 at the age of 75 in Anaheim, California, where he had resided for the better half of his life. His battle with a serious health condition that turned into something unexpected left us all in shock, but he showed us what it was like to be brave and courageous during life’s challenges with a smile. James was a lover of music and played the bass guitar in his high school band as well as other small groups in his retirement years. Listening to music always made him full of joy and would often bring a tear to his eye. He was a gentle, emotional man with a huge heart. James is survived by his beautiful wife, Beverly, whom he was with for 45 years. He was a proud father to two kids, Stephanie (sp. Sean) and Andrew (sp. Eileen) and adored his three grandchildren. He also had a close relationship with his sister, LaVerne (sp. Warren). He always enjoyed goofing off and joking with people wherever he went. He often stated “I just like having fun!” with a big grin on his face. His spunk and zest for life will be missed tremendously.
February 9, 2022
Charles “Chuck” Frederick Vondra, 92, of Irvine, CA., passed away peacefully on February 4, 2022. He was preceded in death by his daughter Sharon Kay Vondra and his sisters Carol Vondra Rustad and Marilyn Vondra. Left to cherish his memory are daughter, Susan V. Crosland (Dudley) of Virginia Beach VA; son, Charles N. Vondra (Lisa-beth) of Chester Springs, PA; son, Alan J. Vondra (Hassina) of Irvine, CA; grandchildren, Edward D. Wood (Sammy); Neal M. Wood (Erin); Virginia R. Schiappa (Andrew); Kai Vondra; Clare Vondra; great granddaughters, Elizabeth R. Schiappa; Lavinia P. Wood and much-loved nieces and nephews. Chuck was born on December 1, 1929, in Detroit Lakes, MN. He graduated from Carleton College, served in the Army and worked in sales for Honeywell. Chuck was devoted to his family and spent his life loving and supporting his children and grandchildren. Online condolences can be expressed by visiting www.cremationoc.com
December 13, 2021
On December 8th 2021, Frank Martin Estes passed away at the age of 62. Frank was an adoring father, doting grandfather, brother, uncle, best friend and stepfather. He was born in Concord, California on April 22nd, 1959 to Faith Georgia Haviland and Herbert Wayne Estes. Frank was raised by his loving grandmother, Katherine Erma Estes. He was a devoted brother to his siblings, Daniel, Donna, Chris and Nancy. He grew up in Northern California and later moved to Southern California where he graduated high school from Los Alamitos High School. He was incredibly hard working and devoted himself to the casino industry. He also worked part time in construction doing drywall and worked in many areas of the casino business, first in Northern Nevada and then in Southern California. His nickname in his casino workplaces was “Chicago.” He eventually retired from the casino management industry in California. In retirement, Frank enjoyed the simple times of making special memories with those who loved him the most. He was very grateful for the love and caregiving Wanda gave. They enjoyed the simple moments with their dog Toby. Until the last day, Wanda was at his bedside, caretaking and selflessly loving him. His favorite name was “Papa” to his 4 grandchildren, Benjamin(14), Madyson(12) Kylee(5) and Connor(4). He was an adoring father to his daughter, Paula and cherished his amazing son in law, Ryan. He loved spoiling his babies and always made time for a good chess game with his oldest granddaughter. He looked forward to his favorite holiday every year, Thanksgiving where he would visit his daughter Paula and make cherished memories with family. Frank had 5 stepchildren, Brian, Stacy, Susan, Pisay, and Vongsai. He also treasured his 12 step grandchildren, and 1 step great grandchild. One of his favorite memories is attending the Navy-Army game in Philadelphia and was incredibly proud of his stepson Brian’s military career and service in the Navy. He was so very proud of all his kids, each a special part of his life and he loved them all very much. Frank loved to watch baseball, The Dodgers, ride motorcycles, fish, ski, boogey board, the ocean, watching sunsets, traveling, cruising, dog Toby, a good poker game, wheeling a good discount, debating and his favorite meal at Katella Deli restaurant. Frank will be remembered as selflessly devoted to those he loved, generous and kind. He had the greatest sense of humor, a gentle man who so much wanted peace and love for himself and all he loved. He found faith and hope in God and felt very blessed in his life after many personal struggles and hardships. We find much comfort in knowing he is now in his heavenly home, free of pain and suffering. Frank would want to thank his wonderful healthcare workers who took care of him many times over the years during times in the hospital. Frank Estes is survived by his siblings, Daniel, Donna, Steve, Chris, Nancy, daughter Paula and son-in-law Ryan, 4 grandchildren- Benjamin, Madyson, Kylee, Connor, Wanda, stepson Brian, stepdaughters Susan and Stacy, stepsons Pisay and Vongsai, many step grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Frank wished no services and final resting place will be at Mountain View Cemetary in Reno, Nevada. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” | Philippians 4:6-7
November 9, 2021
In loving memory of Kirsty Lynn Hardwick. Kirsty was born on March 9, 1971 and passed away on November 1, 2021. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast, (800) 678-0669.
October 26, 2021
On Monday, September 20, 2021, Sondra Darline Lariz passed away at the age of 68 years old while surrounded by her loved ones. Sondra was born on May 13, 1953 to Harold and Dora Edwards, their 4th child (They had 6 children) and youngest of 3 sisters. Sondra loved being a Mom to her children, she was their best friend and confidant. They felt very fortunate to have such a very close loving relationship with her. She adored being a grandmother more than anything, they were all her babies.(no matter how big they were). She had a way of making all of her grandchildren feel special. She really enjoyed spending time with all of them, whether they were watching a movie, playing games, watching sports or watching them play a sport, it never got old, she just loved being around them. She was a big fan of the SF Giants, SF 49ers and even liked watching basketball and rooting for the Lakers. If you spent time with her, she was probably making you take a selfie with her, she had a great smile and loved sharing it with everyone. Sondra had such a big heart, she always worried about others before herself. Her ability to connect with people was a gift and she didn’t take it for granted and made sure to spread love while bringing people together. She will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved her. We will cherish and be forever grateful for the ways she impacted our lives and make her proud as we live on. She is survived by her three children, Jason, Jeremy (Sonya) and Jennifer (David). Sondra had seven Grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers as well as brother in-laws, sister in-laws, and a large extended family across the country. A memorial will be held in her honor on November 6th at 11am. at Camden Assembly of God located at 2275 Camden Ave, Campbell, CA 95008.
September 30, 2021
Zella Yvonne “Bonnie” Davis, 90, of Irvine, California passed away September 12, 2021. She was the oldest of 14 children born to Alvin and Ellen Paramore on August 14, 1931, in New London, Ohio. She graduated high school in 1949 from Ruggels Troy High School. She is survived by her husband Raymond A. Davis of 32 years. She is also survived by her daughter, Jennifer (Terry) Asbury, son Thomas (Morag) Neer, and stepchildren Janell (Rick) Dankert, and Rod (Carla) Davis. She is also survived by 5 granddaughters, 5 grandsons and 7 great grandchildren, 4 sisters, Jean, Eleanor (Lennie), Marilyn and June and 4 brothers, Harold (Susan), Marion (Mary Jo), Mark (Patty) and Richard and an extensive family. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Art, Jim, Robert, Lawrence, sister Mary, brothers in law Jack and Chuck, and sister-in-law Thelma and son Timothy. Raised in a large family she was given to kind generosity, a loving nature, stubbornness, strong will and a mischievous sense of humor most likely passed on from her father. What can you say about a woman who has given us life? As a mother, she was simply the best. Our Heavens shine brighter! Bonnie and her husband Ray spent their retirement years cruising the continental United States on Casper, their Honda Gold Wing during summers visiting family and friends. They also headed up the organization MARC (Motorcycling Amateur Radio Club) for many years in Southern California. Cremation was handled by Cremation Society of Orange Coast, Garden Grove, Ca. Interment is scheduled for June 2022 at Greenwich Greenlawn Cemetery, Greenwich, Ohio.
September 15, 2021
William Douglas Morton, 25, passed away September 8th, 2021, in Huntington Beach, California. Will was born January 19th, 1996 in Pineville, North Carolina to Terry and Lori Morton. Will attended Fort Mill, SC schools and most recently finished his education in Huntington Beach, CA. He was employed at Tanners Oceanfront Restaurant and Cruisers Pizza Bar and Grill. From the beginning of Will’s life, he was on the move and born for adventure. Will thoroughly enjoyed skateboarding, extreme sports, photography, art, the outdoors, a nice day on the beach, and spending time with his family and friends. Will would embrace any and every opportunity to try new and interesting activities any chance he got. Everyone describes Will as an eccentric, genuine, caring guy, the kind to give the shirt off his back to others. He had an energetic and magnetic personality that had an impact on many lives. His earlier years were spent in the Carolinas, he was well known at Cinder Skateboard Park, in Fort Mill, SC and for his street skating adventures in Charlotte, NC. In 2017 Will moved to Southern California, to start a new chapter of his life. Ultimately, he fell in love with Oceanside, CA, after the locals took him in as one of their own. He moved to Huntington Beach in 2021, and pursued his career in fine dining, along the way he made lots of new friends in the few months residing there, no one was a stranger to Will. Although Will’s life was cut tragically short, he was living out his life’s dreams and looking forward to the future with positivity. He is survived by his parents, Terry Morton Jr., Lori Akers, and stepfather Paul Akers. Siblings, Mary Morton, Macie Morton, and Benton Akers. Grandfather, Mark Cooney. William is predeceased by his grandparents, Terry Morton Sr. and Kathy Cooney. Will’s services are private, and his family will be scattering his ashes in a burial at sea, in the place he loved the most, Oceanside, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Skate4life. Skate4lifenc.com He’s in the sun, the wind, the rain, He’s in the air you breathe with every breathe you take. He sings a song of hope and cheer, there’s no more pain, no more fear. You’ll see him in the clouds above, hear him whisper words of love, You’ll be together before long, until then listen to this song.
September 1, 2021
William (“Bill”) Crosby Milo was born on April 3, 1935 in Montpelier, Vermont. He passed away on August 6, 2021, at the age of 86 in Orange, California, surrounded by loved ones. Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet Cecilia Papen Milo, and their children: Sandy Milo of Anaheim, California; Rebecca Hansen (Allen) of Castle Rock, Washington; Rich Milo (Davida) of Huntington Beach, California; and Kathryn Gibson (Tom) of Huntington Beach, California. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Katherine (Ramsey) Milo of Montpelier, Vermont, and his brothers, George Milo and Tom Milo. Bill also has many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews with whom he enjoyed spending time. Bill loved to spend time with his large extended family. Education was very important to Bill. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. army with the goal of attending college through the GI Bill. Upon his return from serving 18 months in the Korean War, Bill was discharged and achieved his goal by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont. The taste of warmer climates he was given in the army drew him to look towards the Southwest for a job, culminating in a move to Southern California where he’d soon get married and start a family. Bill demonstrated the love and respect he had for education to his children by earning an MBA from Pepperdine University while they were young, still working full time along the way, later leading to motivate each of his children’s own college degrees. Bill worked in aerospace his entire career. The job he’d take in Southern California was as an electrical engineer for North American Aviation, later Rockwell International and now a part of Boeing. Just some of his accomplishments include several patents and programs on exhibit in the Smithsonian, research hanging from the ceiling of the National Air and Space Museum on the X-15 aircraft, and building the first digital fingerprint machine for the FBI. Bill married Janet Papen at St. Boniface in Anaheim, California, on August 24, 1963. Jan and Bill enjoyed going out dancing together, which they continued to do well into their 70s. They had four children and lived in the same house in Anaheim for over 50 years. Bill and Jan enjoyed their home and neighborhood and attended church weekly at St Justin Martyr and St Boniface. They spent many summers with their family traveling and exploring the country, usually by camping and visiting national parks in trailers and RVs, enjoying campfires, hiking, site seeing, fishing, and exploring. In retirement, Bill and Jan completed their world travels via plane trips and cruises covering all 7 continents. Bill was a positive staple of his community through his hobbies, volunteer work, and playful personality. He loved dogs and had them as pets as a child, when his kids were young, as well as later playing with his kids’ dogs — his “granddogs”. He enjoyed joking and being silly to entertain his and other children, including making them laugh at Mass, earning him the nickname “Grandpa Silly Billy”. His corner lot house was nearly a suburban farm when his kids were young between the rabbits, pheasant, and quail being raised in the backyard, beer brewing in the bathroom, and a thriving garden including an abundance of fruit trees. He helped lead an “Indians Guides” YMCA troop, including taking charge of “crafts” (weapons). At 40 years old he started running marathons (later triathlons), a running club at work, and running 5 and 10ks with his kids as well as bicycling events with his coworkers and son. He coached AYSO soccer and little league baseball for many years, beginning with local youth sports when he was single, then his own kids’ teams when they were young, and finally his grandson’s first soccer team. Along with his wife, Bill was very generous with his time and talent. When their family was young, they opened their home to a foster child for a year. Bill volunteered with charitable organizations such as St Vincent de Paul Society, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Halcyon Interfaith Shelter. He helped many of his family members, friends, neighbors, charities, and later his own kids over the years with home repair and construction. He was experienced in woodworking and construction, including electrical and plumbing. He maintained and fixed his own cars (even when his children caused the damage) and household appliances. After retiring in his late fifties, Bill spent much of his time visiting extended family, volunteering, camping, fishing, golfing, and teasing his grandchildren. His love of education stuck with him through extensive reading and travel, providing knowledge of many topics, and Bill even worked to learn Spanish. He was a frequent golfer at his local course, Dad Miller in Anaheim, and became so well known by the employees and other regulars that he’d often spend more time talking than golfing. Bill enjoyed fishing with his kids and grandkids, or even by himself up in the Sierras. He participated in an annual “opening day” trout fishing trip with his son for many years, and multiple times won the “biggest trout” contest. It wasn’t enough to just fish and golf for Bill, he actually assembled his own custom rods and clubs — some of which are enjoyed now by his kids. Funeral Mass will be offered at St Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim, California, on Friday, September 3, 2021, at 10 am. Friends and Family are welcome. Bill was a man of science as well as a man of faith. Therefore, for the safety of all and to honor Bill, vaccination (except for those 12 and under), social distancing, and mask use (covering mouth and nose) will be required.
July 23, 2021
In loving memory of Rick Leonard Burns. Rick was born on June 28,1952 and passed away on July 21, 2021. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast, (800) 678-0669.
July 23, 2021
In loving memory of Curt George Gaxiola. Curt was born on July 10, 1951 and passed away on July 13, 2021. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast, (800) 678-0669.
July 23, 2021
In loving memory of Gilbert McCroey. Gilbert was born on May 3, 1957 and passed away on June 16, 2021. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast, (800) 678-0669.
July 23, 2021
In loving memory of Carol Ann Madle. Carol was born on September 1, 1936 and passed away on July 18, 2021. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast, (800) 678-0669.
July 23, 2021
In loving memory of Patricia Carol Engle Mays. Patricia was born on January 8, 1974 and passed away on June 29, 2021. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast, (800) 678-0669.
March 24, 2021
Lois Blanche Cook, 97 passed away Monday March 22, 2021 at her home in Garden Grove. She was born to Jeanette and John Haringsma on March 23, 1924, in Holland, Michigan. Lois was one of 5 sisters, Anne Lamb, Doris Lorraine Hoffman, Isla Jean Prelesnik and Ruth Elaine Hieftje. She had 3 brothers John Raymond, Henry George and Richard Vernon. She was brought up in the Dutch Reformed Church of Holland and the Christian faith and her love of Jesus Christ was the corner stone of her life. She grew up in Decatur Michigan on a rented farm during the Depression in 1930 and in Montello Park Michigan in 1940, but mostly she lived in Holland Michigan. Lois graduated from Holland High School. She had an amazing voice and loved to sing and was second soprano in her high school choir. After graduation she worked in Holland at a bookstore but during WWII she worked at Fafney Bearings factory making ball bearings for our airplanes. In 1944 right after Christmas, her brother Richard introduced her to the love of her life, Ervin G. Cook, whom he had met at the Vets club. Erv had enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1941 and had been overseas in the Pacific for 30 months straight during which the Marines lost his paperwork and forgot to give him leave. So Erv had 120 days of leave all at once in Holland where his family lived on a farm there, and when he met Lois, they dated as much as possible getting to know each other until he had to return to the Marine base in California. In her own words, Lois told me: “I followed him to California. I bought an old car (I don’t remember what kind) and was going to travel from Holland Michigan to Long Beach California. Being unmarried I traveled with Erv’s mom, Mary Helen Pontius Cook, until the car broke down in Benton Harbor, Michigan. From there we took a bus to Erv’s brother Clyde and his wife Fanny’s, and then I took the train to California alone. I lived with Erv’s sister Vivian in Long Beach and later with Pat and Jonny in Garden Grove. Until we married, I traveled to Santa Ana on the Pacific Electric train to visit Erv every other week from April to August, while he reported to work as a marine to the base. We married on August 3, 1945 in Sana Ana and Auntie Pat and Mrs. Morgan, a USO lady, were the only guests… No fancy dress for me… we only had a few pictures… but it was perfect!” How courageous she was! An amazing woman, during that tumultuous time! Erv and she lived in Santa Ana, on base at El Toro, but mostly in Anaheim after Erv retired from the marine Corps in 1953, where they raised 3 children, Julie Anne, Douglas Irving and Kristina Marie. They were very supportive and active in PTA, Band Boosters and Drill team and went to every football game and parade to help out and encourage us kids. We were blessed with wonderful loving parents… encouraging each of us in our endeavors and talents. Eventually, in 1986 they moved to Garden Grove. Lois was very generous in giving of her time and support… for her children’s activities, school events and church ministries. With her love of singing and her talented voice, she sang in the First Presbyterian Church of Anaheim’s church choir and was active in the women’s ministry and she organized, set up and baked 6 crock pots of her delicious baked beans for every buffet… and there were many! As well she made centerpieces and did the setup and serving… I know as I helped. She learned to sew at school in 3rd grade in Decatur Michigan and loved to sew! Lois became an excellent seamstress. She started a very successful sewing business she ran out of her home and sewed hundreds of custom designed drill team uniforms for all the local high schools. Lois was all about family… and she was very close to hers. Erv would save up all his weeks of vacation and every 2 years they would carefully plan a tent and car trip to Holland Michigan, driving a different route each time visiting many national parks on route to Michigan to give us children the chance to see and explore the magnificent places in this great land she and Erv loved. (later we traveled by RV) So many wonderful memories…. and it was not easy, stopping to set up a tent with 3 young kids and sometimes two more when Doug and Julie brought friends. When I asked her about her happiest moments (and saddest) for her 90th birthday scrapbook she said: “August 1970 we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary… lots of friends and family. In August 1995 we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at Julie’s home on Orange Ave.So many happy occasions! Birthdays, graduations, Christmases, summer get-togethers… Celebrating with family is so special to me!Of course there were Julie’s weddings, your wedding Kris, the birth of 4 grandkids… Melissa, Carrie, Stacey and Eric! And now 5 great grandchildren… Ryan, Holly, Noah, Matthew and William! God is so good!” “Mostly wonderful years… but into every life… sad times too. In 1980 my father (John Haringsma) died in August at the age of 91. My mother Jeanette died on Sept 27th, 1986 at the age of 93. They were both wonderful parents! And of course the sadness of losing Julie, so young to cancer at 52. It was so hard on us, especially your dad. He said it wasn’t right for a parent to bury their first born child. Last of all, the loss of my Erv. (He died in 1999 of congestive heart failure) There aren’t words to express that loss. Life continues to change my life. And yet now I have 5 great grandchildren to bring joy to my life. God continues to bless our family!” Lois lived her […]
February 25, 2021
In loving memory of Roberto Gaia. Roberto was born on July 3, 1929 and passed away on February 14, 2021. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast, (800) 678-0669.
February 25, 2021
In loving memory of Lindsay Duncan Browning. Lindsay was born on April 9, 1930 and passed away on February 2, 2021. Entrusted to the care of Cremation Society of Orange Coast, (800) 678-0669.