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Thomas Mack

Feb 08, 1935 - Nov 25, 2023

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San Diego, CA

Thomas Roy Mack, age 88, of San Diego, California passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2023. Thomas was born in OH.

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W. Daniel Larsen

Nov 20, 1927 - Feb 01, 2024

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San Diego, CA

W. Daniel Larsen, a prominent San Diego general contractor and a highly respected community leader, passed away peacefully on February 1. He was 96 years old and is now reunited with his wife of 71 years, Yvonne Larsen, also a civic leader and volunteer who passed away in 2023. Both Dan and Yvonne gave tremendously to the community and are fondly remembered as one of San Diego's most influential 20th century couples. Dan's father, Ben Larsen, immigrated to Chicago from his native Denmark in 1909 where he learned the carpentry trade. He married Dan’s mother, Hannah K. Jannson, who came from Sweden in 1916. They moved to San Diego in 1923 where he became a well-known building contractor. Born in San Diego, Dan attended local schools, graduating from Point Loma High School in 1945. He spent three years in the U.S. Naval Air Corps and then enrolled in UCLA’s Engineering School. Dan later transferred to the University of California, Berkeley and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, Dan returned to San Diego and joined B.O. Larsen Construction Company, his father's general contracting business. His father's company had built the Ford Building (now the Aerospace Museum) in Balboa Park, the Convair Aircraft Plant and the Civic Center (now the County Administration Building). With his father Dan managed the building of numerous schools, the Peterson Gym of San Diego State University, the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego City College and the Westgate Cannery. In 1952, Dan married Yvonne Wickstrom and they had two daughters, Christine and Charlene. Dan's and Yvonne's parents instantly had a connection being Swedish and Danish immigrants. From then on, all family dinners and holiday celebrations were filled with Scandinavian traditions. In 1961, Dan formed his own firm and managed construction projects for Mercy Hospital, Children's Hospital (now Rady Children's Hospital) and Hemet Hospital. He was best known for his involvement as one of the joint-venture contractors responsible for the construction of the San Diego Stadium (later known as Qualcomm Stadium). In 1968 he joined F.E. Young Construction Co. as Vice-President and General Manager and supervised the building of the United States Post Office on Midway Drive. In 1968, Dan was appointed by Governor Ronald Reagan to the California Contractors State License Board where he served as president of its San Diego Chapter and to the U.S. Small Business Advisory Council. In 1974, Dan formed the firm of Larsen and Nielsen, specializing in apartment building construction. In 1977, he formed his own construction firm which specialized in the building of parking lots and site improvement projects, retiring in 1996. Throughout his life, Dan was heavily involved in San Diego civic activities. He served on the San Diego Grand Jury, as a member and later Chairman of the San Diego Port District, as President of the San Diego Taxpayers Association, the University Club, the San Diego Consular Corps, and the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC). In 1985, San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock proclaimed that Dan had inspired the redevelopment of downtown San Diego through his years of dedicated service on the CCDC. During his term, the CCDC helped to create new retail, office, and residential developments as well as additional cultural arts, helping to revitalize downtown San Diego. Governor Pete Wilson wrote to Dan, "the gift of your time and talent in serving on the Centre City Development Corporation stimulated and transformed the old tired center into a new and exciting downtown." Dan acted as the Honorary Consul of Denmark for San Diego from 1964 to 1996. He was awarded Denmark's Knight First Class of the Royal Order of Dannebrog for service to Denmark by Queen Margrethe II in 1974. As Consul, Dan was instrumental in bringing Legoland to San Diego. Dan also served on Boards of Directors of several community non-profit organizations including Sharp Hospital, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Lions Club, the Downtown YMCA, the Opera Guild, St Paul's Senior Services, St. Paul's Pace (All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) and the Boys and Girls Foundation. Dan was honored by the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1978, by Meals and Wheels in 1993 and by St Paul's Loving Heart in 2004. In 2015, Dan was inducted into Point Loma High School's Hall of Fame. One of Dan's most significant community involvements was with Sharp Hospital as a Board Member from 1978 to 2003 and as Chairman from 1996 to 2000. When Dan joined the Board, Sharp was one hospital. It soon grew to become six hospitals, several clinics and three medical groups with $750 million in revenue and about 9,000 employees in 1997. With Yvonne, Dan led the first major construction fundraising campaign undertaken by the Sharp HealthCare Foundation, raising $15 million for the construction of Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women, which opened in 1992. In 1997 Dan and Yvonne received the James C. Haugh Distinguished Service Award for their generosity, leadership, and dedication to Sharp HealthCare. Dan was appointed to The Port Commission of San Diego where he served from 1985 to 1993 and as Chairman in 1987. Dan led the Port with a focus on ensuring the San Diego waterfront was not "walled off" by high rise buildings. Also during his term, Harbor Drive was landscaped from Harbor Island to Grape Street, bicycle and pedestrian paths were installed, moorings were put in place to control boat anchorage, a cruise terminal was built on the B Street Pier, a new pier for the Maritime Museum was put in place, the G Street Mole was cleaned up, Seaport Village was developed, Navy Field was acquired for hotel development and Embarcadero Park (22 acres) was created with a 500 boat marina. The Convention Center was also completed, and the America's Cup Races were held in San Diego which brought positive worldwide attention to the city. When he was not working, Dan enjoyed golf, sailing, tennis and traveling with family and friends. For 39 years during football season, Dan and Yvonne joined their friends every week in each other's homes for potlucks and Monday Night Football. Throughout his life, Dan maintained close friendships with a group of childhood friends. He often said he and his friends were all brought up with a strong work ethic and expected to be successful in work and in giving back to their community. He never thought about living any other way. Dan is survived by his two daughters and husbands Christine Andrews (Craig Andrews) and Charlene Larsen (Larry Murrill), two grandchildren: Lisa Andrews Bresnahan (husband Matt Bresnahan) and Daniel Andrews (wife Lauren Andrews) and three great-grandchildren: Madeline, Quinn and Camden Joy. A family service is planned. Donations can be made in his memory to Sharp Healthcare, the San Diego Zoo, and St. Paul's Senior Services.

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Alejandro Martinez

May 05, 1939 - Feb 16, 2024

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San Diego, CA

Alejandro Martinez, age 84, of San Diego, California passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024. A visitation for Alejandro will be held Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Funeraria del Angel National City, 607 National City Boulevard, National City, CA 91950. A graveside service will occur Monday, February 26, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM at Greenwood Memorial Park and Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Ave,, San Diego,, CA 92113.

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Jean Marie Whalen

Oct 17, 1942 - Feb 14, 2024

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San Diego, CA

Jean Marie Whalen “Jeannie”, 81, of San Diego, California, passed away on February 14, 2024 after a two and a half year battle with cancer. She was born on October 17, 1942, in San Diego to Joseph and Kathleen Whalen who are now with her in heaven. Jeannie was born and raised here in San Diego. She attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School, then graduated from Our Lady of Peace High School in 1960. She majored in English and minored in French while receiving her B.A. from SDSU in 1964. After SDSU, she spent a year studying in France and traveling throughout Europe, before getting her Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) in 1968. Jeannie Spent 16 years as a librarian first at Ohio State University, then back here in San Diego before settling in Albany, NY at the University at Albany’s SUNY campus. In 1984 she moved back to San Diego to help her sister care for their ailing father and settled here permanently after his passing. In 1987 she went to work for California Western School of Law. Over the next 27 years she would make herself an invaluable and irreplaceable member of the CWSL Family, before retiring in 2014. Jeannie loved working in the law school admissions department which gave her the opportunity to interact with students that would fondly remember her long after they graduated. Jeannie’s major passion in life was bridge. A voracious bridge player, both with her lifelong SUNY Albany friends who for years gathered in San Diego for fun, laughter and bridge; and her South Pacific Bridge Club which she joined in 1971 and where she would spend the next 53 years with some of her closest friends celebrating births, anniversaries, graduations, and grand kids. They also traveled together frequently and “occasionally” played some bridge. She is surely already bidding it up with Mary Helen, Kathy and Joanne in heaven. She also loved reading, the San Diego Padres, and tennis. In addition to traveling to most major tennis tournaments in the area, she and her sister and their close friends had season tickets to the Padres, the Old Globe theatre, San Diego Summer Pops, and Broadway San Diego. She is survived by her sister Mary McDonald, her two nephews Dan and Joe, as well as numerous close friends and extended family, including Crystal, Donna, Susan, and her Cousin Peggy. She also leaves behind her Bridge Sisters in the South Pacific Bridge Club. Jeannie was a devoted sister to Mary and a beloved aunt to Dan and Joe. She was a woman of strong Catholic faith and possessed an incredible inner light that she used to fight stage 4 cancer for 2 ½ years with strength and dignity, rarely complaining and always grateful for the good days when she could go out and play bridge with the SPBC. Jeannie will be deeply missed by all who knew her, and her memory will live on in the hearts of those she touched. A Visitation for Jeannie will be held at Goodbody Mortuary (5027 El Cajon Blvd. 92115) on Friday, February 23rd, from 5-7pm, with a Rosary at 6pm. The Funeral Mass will take place the following morning, Saturday, February 24th, at 11am at St. Patrick's Church, (3585 30th Street, 92104) followed by a burial service at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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Sequoia Ann Ruppert-Zook

Jul 13, 1953 - Feb 10, 2024

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San Diego, CA

Sequoia Ann Ruppert-Zook, age 70, of San Diego, California passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024.

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James Abulencia Quinto

Oct 09, 1959 - Jan 31, 2024

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San Diego, CA

We are sad to announce the passing of James “Jimmy” Abulencia Quinto. He is survived by his younger brother, 2 sister-in-laws, 3 nieces & 3 nephews, and 3 great nephews. Throughout his 64 years on earth, he lived every day the way he had wanted and always tried to impress upon others that life was fleeting and you owe it to all those who can’t to take full advantage of every opportunity in life. He provided unconditional love and was an exemplary son. He embodied the best of qualities: family first, strength of unique spirit, and unending generosity that could be seen in his care of his parents and beloved dogs. While he is no longer here he will always have a special place in each of our hearts. We will and do miss him dearly!! To honor Jimmy’s memory we are holding a celebration of his life at El Camino Memorial Park and Mortuary Sorrento Valley Chapel, on Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 4-8pm.

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Kenneth Lamoine Olinger

Aug 15, 1935 - Jan 20, 2024

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San Diego, CA

In Loving Memory Kenneth Lamoine Olinger August 15th, 1935 - January 20, 2024. Born in North Manchester, Indiana, resided in San Diego, CA. Ken is now joined with the love of his life, Judy Olinger. Ken held many titles; Son, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Bostenmate 1st class, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, and Friend. He leaves behind 2 brothers. Ronald Olinger, Indiana, Donald Olinger, California. Daughter Karen Olinger, Son Kenneth Olinger. 3 Grandchildren Darnell Seals, Andreas Seals, and Chelsey Seals, all reside in Cleveland. 6 Great Grandchildren. Host of nieces, nephews, Loved ones and friends. A visitation for Kenneth will be held Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Pacific Beach – La Jolla Chapel, 4710 Cass Street, San Diego, CA 92109. Following the visitation will be a committal service from 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Dr, San Diego, CA 92122.

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Carol Axelton

Apr 18, 1933 - Feb 04, 2024

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San Diego, CA

Carol Axelton passed away on February 4, 2024, aged 90. Her long life encompassed a wide range of experiences, from living in railroad boxcars to riding camels in Egypt and elephants in India. Carol was born in 1933 in Salt Lake City to parents Opal and Harry. Harry worked for the railroad, and at one point the family lived in a house next to the train tracks that was built from boxcars laid end-to-end. A child of the Depression, Carol was no stranger to hard work. After her father passed away when she was 7, she helped her mother run the house and care for her two younger sisters. As a teen, she scooped ice cream at the local soda shoppe (a job that cured her of any desire to eat ice cream). Carol earned a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, where she met her husband, Allyn, through the United Methodist Church’s Wesley Foundation. During college, Carol shared a two-bedroom apartment with five other girls. The roommates learned to cook by sharing family recipes, taking turns cooking each night, and hosting their boyfriends for dinner. Several of these couples married, and many couples remained lifelong friends to Carol and Allyn. After Allyn and Carol married in 1956, Carol taught school in Southern California while Allyn attended graduate school. In 1960, they moved to Ohio, where Allyn became a campus minister at Ohio State University, with Carol as a supportive partner in his work. Ohio was also where Carol and Allyn started their family, eventually adopting three children. Carol earned her master’s degree from OSU, often toting a baby to class. In 1970, the couple returned to Southern California, where Carol began her lifelong career teaching elementary school in the L.A. Unified School District. Eventually, she also became a passionate union representative for United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). In addition to teaching at schools ranging from the inner city to the suburbs, Carol also ran the household and cared for her husband, three children, and a rotating menagerie of pets. Most nights she could be found grading papers on the couch until she dozed off watching murder mysteries on TV, then rose at 5:30 a.m. to do it all again. In her spare time, Carol enjoyed watching old movies and reading mystery and sci-fi novels. Family was always Carol’s priority. Regular summer road trips across the country to camp and visit friends and family in New Jersey, Iowa, and California created many memories. Frequent visits to local museums exposed us to art, history, and culture. Whenever we wanted to take art lessons or join youth sports teams, she used the “pocket money” she earned selling Shaklee products. Carol also cared for her mother for many years, moving Opal nearby and visiting her almost daily.By 2000, both Carol and Allyn had retired, and they moved to the San Diego area to be nearer to their grandchildren. They enjoyed their retirement by traveling the world, visiting six continents and over 40 countries, including China, Japan, Italy, Great Britain, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Egypt, and Australia. In 2010, Allyn and Carol moved to Casa de las Campanas retirement community. Carol loved playing with her grandchildren and weekly chats with her sisters on the phone. Smart, feisty, and informed, she regularly read several newspapers a day. Carol kept her sharp sense of humor to the end. Even when suffering from dementia and the effects of a stroke, she still uttered wisecracks that made everyone laugh, and debated with her physical therapists about the best ways to regain her strength. Carol is survived by her husband of 67 years, Allyn; children Karen (Scott), Deborah (Michael), and David (Angie); sisters Audrey and Barbara; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. No service is planned, but donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org) in Carol’s memory.

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HELEN PERSON

Apr 06, 1943 - Feb 12, 2024

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San Diego, CA

When we get to glory land Christ will hold me by his hand United we’ll be! So happy, so free! In the blessed land above, Christ will tell of his love What a glorious day! When we get to glory land.

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Brenda Norris (Koslik)

Oct 15, 1955 - Feb 19, 2024

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San Diego, CA

Brenda Norris (Koslik) Obituary Brenda Norris (Koslik), 68, of San Diego, California, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 19, 2024. She was born on October 15, 1955, in Steubenville, Ohio, to the late Stephen and Margorie Koslik. She was a graduate of Catholic Central High School. She was a free spirit who cherished people and the outdoors, and her smile brightened every room she entered. She is survived by her siblings, Daniel Koslik and Michele Zydel. A memorial mass will be held later in the spring. Offer condolences, www.mostifuneralhome.com Read More

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LI Qing Zhu

Feb 13, 1930 - Feb 14, 2024

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San Diego, CA

LI Qing Zhu, age 94, of San Diego, California passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. A visitation for LI will be held Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at El Camino Memorial - Sorrento Valley, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121. A funeral service will occur Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121. A graveside service will occur Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121.

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