Caroline Ellene Kanis
Woodbridge High School student Caroline Ellene Kanis lost her battle
with leukemia May 16 at Children's Hospital in Orange. She was 17. She
had been hospitalized for about six weeks with pneumonia and other complications
of her treatment and her body finally just gave out, according to a family
Services are planned for Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m. at Mariners Church,
5001 Newport Coast Drive in Irvine.
Caroline was featured last summer in the Irvine World News when her
brother Brad, then 17, donated bone marrow for a transplant. Doctors said
at the time that a transplant from a family member would give her the best
chance of recovery from the acute myeloid leukemia that she had been diagnosed
with in the spring.
She was also a recipient in March of a Make-A-Wish Foundation wish
granting, which allowed her to meet the cast of the TV show, "Friends."
Before her illness she loved going to the beach and the mall and playing
basketball at Woodbridge High School. She also participated in track at
Woodbridge where she attended since her freshman year.
She was born April 25, 1985, in Portland, Ore. Her family moved to
Southern California six years ago and she attended middle school at Corona
del Mar High. She played the violin in the Corona del Mar orchestra and
sometimes played first violin despite having no private lessons, said her
mother, Kirsten Kanis.
The last months were difficult with frequent hospitalizations and complications
from her treatment and the disease. But her courage and spirit remained.
"She was an exceptional human being and the world will miss her," said
the family spokesperson.
She was an outgoing young woman with many friends, said her mother.
When she had to spend her 16th birthday in the hospital, about 70 friends
showed up to give her a party.
"She always kept the doctors and nurses at the hospital laughing. She
was always up to something," said her mother.
She is survived by her parents, Kirsten and Doug Kanis of Irvine; her
brothers, Chris and Brad Kanis of Irvine; and her grandmother, Ava Kanis
The family asked that memorial donations be made to Children's Hospital
of Orange County and Make-A-Wish Foundation Orange County.
Mary Virginia Crowley
Irvine resident Mary Virginia Crowley died May 24 at Western Medical
Center, Santa Ana, of respiratory failure. She was 79.
Visitation and vigil were held this week at Saddleback Chapel in Tustin.
Burial was planned beside her husband and son at San Fernando Mission Cemetery
in San Fernando. Mrs. Crowley spent many years as a docent and volunteer
at the mission and her work there was one of the things that were important
to her, according to her cousin, Sister Miriam Therese Larkin.
Mrs. Crowley was born May 19, 1923, in Tucson, Ariz., where her father
worked for the Southern Pacific Rail Road. She graduated from Tucson Senior
High School and attended Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. She earned
her degree as a registered nurse from St. Vincent's School of Nursing in
She joined the U.S. Army as a nurse during World War II. She was a
first lieutenant and was on the first ship to enter Yokohama Harbor in
Japan at the end of the war. She met her husband, Peter Crowley, on the
ship. He was also a first lieutenant. They both left the military after
the war and married in Los Angeles May 24, 1947. Mrs. Crowley died on her
They made their home in Los Angeles and she worked as a nurse until
her children were born. Mr. Crowley was a vice president for Bobrick Corp.
They lived for brief times in Natick, Mass., and Atlanta, Ga., but raised
their three children and lived most of the time in Northridge. After the
children were school-aged, Mrs. Crowley went to work as a nurse for Disney
Studios in Burbank.
After Mr. Crowley died in 1983, Mrs. Crowley moved to Cypress. She
moved to Irvine within the last year.
In her free time she enjoyed knitting. She also had many friends and
maintained contact with people from all periods of her life through letters
and phone calls. She was a great conversationalist, said her cousin.
She worshiped at the San Fernando Mission Church when she lived in
Northridge. She attended St. Hilary's Catholic Church in Los Alamitos when
she moved to Cypress.
Mrs. Crowley was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Crowley; and
by her son, Patrick Crowley, who died in an automobile accident when he
She is survived by her daughters, Susan M. Sanders of Irvine and Theresa
A. Crowley of Buena Park; and five grandchildren.
Edward Vincent Halpin
Edward Vincent Halpin died April 9 at Kindred Care Hospital in Westminster
of natural causes. He was 84 and lived in Irvine for 23 years.
A memorial mass will be celebrated in his honor Saturday, April 27,
at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Irvine. Family
and friends are invited to attend the mass, as well as a luncheon immediately
A memorial service at the Groves Mobile Home Park Clubhouse will begin
at 2 p.m. His ashes will be scattered at sea in a private ceremony off
the coast of Newport Beach.
Mr. Halpin was born March 9, 1918, in Corning, N.Y. He moved to New
York City to live with one of his five siblings and attended St. Anne's
Academy there. After graduation, he earned a degree at Renouard's Embalming
School in New York City.
While attending school in New York, he met his future wife, Mary Teresa
Conroy, in Manhattan. They raised six children and were married 53 years
when Mrs. Halpin died.
Mr. Halpin began his military career with the U.S. Air Force in 1942.
He was trained as a navigator and flew many missions in both World War
II and the Korean War. He was a director of intelligence, CICV, during
the Vietnam War. He retired as a colonel from the 15th Air Force at March
Air Force Base, Riverside, in 1970. He was active with various POW/MIA
After retirement he devoted more time to his passion for long distance
running. He competed in World Masters Track and Field Championships and
won gold medals in the 220, 440 and 880 events.
He also spent many years coaching young runners and officiating at
national track and field meets. He is remembered for his enthusiastic energy
and stamina on and off the track, said his daughter Kate Halpin.
Mr. and Mrs. Halpin moved to the Groves Mobile Home Park in Northwood
in 1979. He enjoyed working on cars for family and friends. He liked to
drive his truck to the high desert to find solace in the warm desert air,
said his daughter.
He was a member of the Groves Service Club and the Emergency Preparedness
Team. He was also an after-school tutor at Thurman Elementary School in
Tustin and supported an orphanage in Haiti.
Mr. Halpin was predeceased by his son, Richard Conroy Halpin, who died
in Vietnam; and his wife, Mary Teresa Halpin who died in 1996.
He is survived by his three daughters, Mimi Emery of Rancho Palos Verdes,
Helen Conroy of Irvine, and Kate Halpin of Long Beach; his two sons, Chip
Halpin of Denver, Colo., and Patrick Halpin of Riverside; and six grandchildren,
Hanna, Sean, Megan, Marisa, Aron and Ryan.
The family asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Haitian
orphanage through Theo's Work Inc., 120 Claremont Road, Ridgewood, N.J.
Richard Koichi Sase
Irvine resident Richard Koichi Sase died April 15 following a battle
with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 65.
Services are planned for Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at Mission
Valley Free Methodist Church, 1201 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel. The
Rev. Carl Yoshimine will officiate. Burial will be at Rose Hills Memorial
Park with arrangements by Kubota Kikkei Mortuary in Los Angeles.
Mr. Sase was born Jan. 24, 1937, in Boyle Heights. He attended University
of California, Los Angeles and remained a lifelong fan. He rarely missed
watching a football or basketball game.
He and his wife, Margaret Masako Sase, met at a church youth group
and even though the two attended rival high schools, they hit it off. They
married in December 1960. Mr. Sase worked as an engineer and his wife worked
for the Los Angeles Police Department until she retired in 1965 when their
first daughter was born. They moved to Turtle Rock in Irvine in the early
The Sases were known in Irvine for their enthusiastic support of their
daughters' athletic careers at University High School in the 1980s.
He coached girls basketball and soccer for seven years, and continued
even after his daughters, Lori and Noelle, graduated from high school.
When he wasn't coaching, he and his wife Margaret were constant supporters
from the stands of Lori's University High School and UCLA soccer games
and Noelle's University High School basketball games.
"He made an incredible impact on people's lives as a mentor, father
and friend," said Noelle.
He is survived by his daughter, Lori Sase of Irvine, and his daughter
and son-in-law, Noelle and Ryan Dey of Aliso Viejo; his brother, Hugo (Sadako)
Sase; his sister, Yuriko Sugita of Japan; his mother-in-law, Martha Yoshida
of Los Angeles; and two brothers-in-law, Gerald Yoshida of San Pedro and
Arthur Yoshida of Las Vegas.
Kristopher Michael Shine
Irvine resident Kristopher Michael Shine, 30, died early April 13 when
his car crashed into parked vehicles on Yorba Street near Santa Clara Avenue
in Tustin. He was on his way home about 2:15 a.m. and died instantly, according
to his father, Mike Shine.
He was born Dec. 6, 1971, in Dallas, Texas. The family moved to the
Heritage Park area of Irvine in 1980. Young Mr. Shine attended Greentree
Elementary School, Venado Middle School and Irvine High School. He graduated
from SELF High School.
He attended Irvine Valley College, Orange Coast College and the University
of North Texas. He lived in San Francisco where he worked in customer service
in the corporate offices of Williams Sonoma, a retailer. He moved back
to Irvine about a year ago and lived in Westpark.
He worked as an administrator for Berkshire Mortgage in Irvine and
loved his job, said his father.
He loved music and in his free time enjoyed playing the electric guitar.
He also liked to read and was an avid bicycle rider, his father added.
Services were planned for April 17 at Saddleback Chapel in Tustin.
Burial was to be at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas, in a family
plot where his grandparents are buried.
He is survived by his parents, Michael and Anna Shine, of Irvine; his
brother, Stefan Shine, of Santa Ana; and his grandmother, Genevieve Turek,
Samuel F. Kniss
Longtime Irvine resident Samuel F. Kniss died April 15 at his Woodbridge
home after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma, a rare and incurable
form of cancer. He was 67.
Services are planned for Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m. at Arbor Park
He was born Jan. 23, 1935, in Oklahoma. He had lived in Irvine since
about 1970. His family and friends recall him as an optimistic person,
always up even toward the end of his life, said his daughter, Kelly Hershey.
Mr. Kniss' career as a civil engineer began in 1964 with the Orange
County Road Department. In 1969, he and Fred McGavran became partners in
a waterfront construction company, Trautwein Bros. in Newport Beach. They
built and designed thousands of residential docks and large commercial
projects, including the Dana Point West Marina, Ventura West Marina and
Peter's Landing in Huntington Beach. After the company closed in the mid-1990s,
Mr. Kniss continued consulting for other firms while golfing nearly every
He was an avid golfer, with a handicap of eight until his illness began.
He was still playing in March despite his illness. He was an active member
of Mesa Verde Country Club in Costa Mesa. If he wasn't on the golf course
he could usually be found in the clubhouse or card room, said his daughter.
Mr. Kniss was an outgoing and friendly man and had many friends, said
his wife of eight years, Carol Winslow Kniss. He liked to go with the flow
and almost never got angry. He was also a generous man.
"He loved everybody and everything," she added.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Winslow Kniss, of Irvine; his son
and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Laurie Kniss, of Cameron Park; his daughter
and son-in-law, Kelly and Michael Hershey, of Bellvue, Wash.; his stepchildren,
who he regarded as his own, David Winslow of Irvine, Tom Winslow of Newport
Beach, and Terri Phillips of Virginia; his sister, Kathy Smith of Carson
City, Nev.; his first wife, Sally Plummer, of Rancho Murietta; and his
grandchildren, Nicole and Sam Kniss, Jenna and Elena Hershey, Steven, Eric
and Andrew Winslow, and Matthew and Colin Phillips.
The family asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made
to the American Cancer Society or the donors' charities of choice.
John "Gary" Pietila
Former Irvine resident John "Gary" Pietila died April 1 in his La Jolla
home. He was 59 and was diagnosed with brain cancer about a year and a
half ago. He had an eight-month remission during his illness but his condition
Mr. Pietila was born Dec. 7, 1942, in Tacoma, Wash. He graduated from
Lincoln High School and was a 1964 graduate of the University of Washington.
He earned his degree in mechanical engineering.
He was a second lieutenant in the Army ROTC program, serving at Aberdeen
Proving Grounds and at Fort Riley, Kan.
Mr. Pietila worked for Proctor & Gamble for 30 years. He retired
as the director of product supply, North American Customer Services/Logistics-Central.
"He was a really nice person. He was loved and respected by everyone,"
said family friend Cheryl Esmond, adding that honesty and integrity were
some of the major themes at his memorial service.
He retired five or six years ago. After retiring, he and his wife moved
from their Northwood home to La Jolla. While living in Irvine he was active
with the Irvine High School football team fund-raising efforts in the early
1990s. He has maintained many of the friendships made in Irvine, according
He was a member of the Torrey Pines Men's Golf Club and served as two-term
president of the Coronado Council of the Navy League of the United States.
"Gary loved his wife, Patty, the game of golf, his country, his company,
his family and friends," according to his family.
A memorial service was held April 11 at Calvary Community Church in
Mr. Pietila is survived by his wife Patty Pietila of La Jolla; his
sons Dan Pietila of Phoenix, Ariz., Jeff Pietila of Olympia, Wash., Erik
Pietila of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Todd Thomas of Davis; his sisters, Pat
Mansfield of Puyallup, Wash., Beverly Bjerke of Billings, Mont.; and his
grandson, Hunter Pietila.
The family asked that memorial donations be made to Vitas Healthcare
Corp (Hospice), 8880 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 950, San Diego 92108.
A memorial service for well-loved Irvine preschool and Regional Occupational
Program (ROP) teacher Mary Carl is planned for Sunday, April 21, at 4 p.m.
at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4400 Barranca Parkway. Friends, family,
students and colleagues are invited to attend. The Rev. Gordon Yeaton,
a friend and pastor at the church, will preside at the service.
Irvine resident Carl, 53, died March 19 at Irvine Medical Center of
stroke and kidney failure. She was working as a teacher at St. Andrew's
Children's Center the day she collapsed and went into a coma. She had been
hospitalized for about a week when she died.
"She was an awesome lady, very loving and always went that extra mile
for her students, her coworkers, for everyone. She just was the most giving
person I ever met," said colleague and longtime friend Glenda Akers.
Staff members at the preschool wore pink for a day in her honor. Many
went to Malibu for the March 23 funeral services.
Ms Carl was born July 11, 1948, in Malibu. She grew up there and was
the fifth of 12 children. She returned to school and earned a degree at
California State University Long Beach after she married and had children.
She taught early childhood education to high school and adults students
in ROP for more than 15 years. She taught at the preschool for two years.
Although she loved to do things with her four grandchildren and looked
forward to the birth of her fifth grandchild, none of them lived locally.
She spent most of her time working her two jobs.
"Her work was the love of her life," said colleague and friend Akers.
She lived in Huntington Beach for many years and then moved to Costa
Mesa. She moved to the Groves Mobile Home Park a few months ago.
She is survived by her three children. Her son, Greg Carl, is a Marine
Corps pilot who recently returned to his home in South Carolina from the
Middle East. Her daughter, Colleen Carl, is a kindergarten teacher in Massachusetts;
her daughter, Debbie Wiersma lives in Denver. She is also survived by 11
brothers and sisters; and four grandchildren.
Joe G. Martinez
Irvine resident Joe G. Martinez died March 24 at his Deerfield home
after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 54.
He was born Nov. 4, 1947, in Upland. He grew up there and graduated
from Upland High School. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1969.
He met his future wife, Katie Marsh, in grade school and they played
in a string quartet together in high school. They married in 1970.
Mr. Martinez had a career as a computer systems analyst. He went to
work for IBM soon after he graduated from college. He and his wife made
their first home in Colorado and then lived in several Southern California
locations while he worked for IBM.
They settled in Irvine in Deerfield. He took an early retirement from
IBM in the mid-1990s and then decided to go back to work for Hewlett Packard
in 1995. As a senior consultant he was the company's representative in
Mexico, Central and South America, particularly in Brazil. He continued
to work from home until a few weeks before he died.
He enjoyed the challenge of his work, but most of all he liked working
"Joe was a passionate man who aimed to make a difference on my behalf,"
wrote one colleague.
"He always found humor when times were tough to help us regain our
perspective," wrote another.
Although he enjoyed his work, his first priority was always his family,
according to his sister-in-law, Violet Marsh. He was active with his children
in their activities.
With his son, Dan Martinez, he was in a remote control model airplane
club, Indian Guides and Boy Scouts. He was an active fan when his son was
on the swim team and the marching band at Irvine High School. He was president
of the Band Boosters for two years.
With his daughter, Shelli Martinez, he participated in the Indian Princesses
and followed her career as a varsity cheerleader at Irvine High.
Mr. Martinez liked being active. He enjoyed hiking and bicycling. He
played softball in a city league for many years.
He also had a lifelong interest in music. He played the viola in the
Orange Coast Symphony and more recently in the Chapman College Symphony
In his spare time he liked to play with his computers. He enjoyed social
things in the neighborhood as well and was an animal lover, said his sister-in-law.
He could be seen almost nightly walking is friendly big brown pit bull,
Rudy, in the park.
Memorial service was held March 26 at New Community Church in Irvine,
where he and his family were members. Arrangements were by the Neptune
He is survived by his wife, Katie Martinez, of Irvine; his son, Daniel
Joseph Martinez, of Beaverton, Ore.; his daughter, Shelli Aileen Martinez,
of Fullerton; his brother, Andrew Martinez, of Garden Grove; and one grandchild,
Savannah Rayne Martinez, of Beaverton.
The family asked that memorial donations be made to donors' favorite
Harriette Anna Basting
Long-time Irvine resident Harriette Anna Basting died March 28 at Irvine
Regional Hospital in Irvine after a short bout with cancer. She was 84.
She was born Jan. 26, 1918, in Pasadena, the only child of dentist
Russell W. Force and Harriette N. Tuttle Force. She grew up in Pasadena
and graduated from a private high school there. She attended Occidental
College from 1934 to 1936, where she studied literature.
She met Roderick Basting through a mutual friend. They married in 1937
and made their home in Pasadena. He was a businessman. They moved in 1956
to Newport Beach to get away from the smog for their son's health.
Mrs. Basting was a devoted mother and participated in many of her children's
activities, including the PTA and the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
"She was born to be a mother," recalled her daughter, Carolyn Kirchhof.
After moving to Orange County, Mrs. Basting also had a career outside
her home. She worked as a purchasing agent in the fishing rod and vaulting
pole divisions of Browning Silaflex in the Newport Mesa area.
As she neared retirement in the early 1980s she worked in the office
of Mineralia, a gem and mineral business. She enjoyed her jobs very much,
said her daughter.
In the mid-1970s she and her husband moved to University Park in Irvine.
He died about four years ago.
In addition to loving children, Mrs. Basting also liked gardening and
loved flowers and plants. She enjoyed birds and had feeders in her yard.
She also loved animals and was saddened by the loss of her 19-year-old
small poodle, Susie, about four years ago, her daughter recalled.
One of the important things she remembers about her mother, said Mrs.
Basting's daughter, was her supportiveness. She would always listen attentively
to her children's problems. She had the gift of offering her opinion without
She was also witty and loved to read and play bridge. Until a few weeks
before she died she continued to play bridge regularly at the University
Park Community Center.
Services were held April 1 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Irvine.
Her ashes were scattered at sea.
Mrs. Basting is survived by her daughter, Harriette Carolyn Kirchhof,
of Costa Mesa; her son, Roderick Russell Basting, of North Bend, Wash.;
three grandchildren, David Gerald Abbot of Glendale, Danielle Erin Basting
of North Bend, and Erik Clayton Nylander of San Diego County; and one great-grandchild,
Tyler Abbot of Glendale.
The family asked that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer
Peggy Pate Sunshine
Longtime Turtle Rock resident Peggy Pate Sunshine was known for her
love of dogs and her support of animal organizations, her devotion to her
family and her outgoing nature. She died March 17 of lung cancer. She was
Mrs. Sunshine was born July 26, 1935, in West Point, Ga. Her father
worked for the Department of Agriculture and the family moved fairly often
during her growing-up years. She graduated from high school in Maryland
and then earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at West Maryland College.
She and her husband, Norman Sunshine, were married in June 1957 in
Westminster, Md. She taught school while Mr. Sunshine earned his doctorate
at the University of Maryland. He went to work for Dupont and they moved
to several locations before settling in Southern California about 1970.
They lived in Newport Beach before moving to Turtle Rock in 1982.
She was a consummate homemaker, said her sister Mary Soper, always
proud of her home and devoted to her children.
"She was probably the world's best mother," said her sister, adding
that Mrs. Sunshine was proud of her children's accomplishments.
Her son Joel Sunshine, was working on his master's degree in engineering
at Dartmouth when he was killed in a mountain climbing accident in 1988.
Her daughter Patricia Ann Sunshine lives in New York City where she works
in the entertainment industry. Both children graduated from University
of California, Santa Barbara.
Mrs. Sunshine was probably best known in the community for her love
of dogs, said her sister. She walked her two dogs, a golden retriever named
Josie and a West Highland terrier named Jerry, two or three times a day
in the park near her home in Turtle Rock.
She volunteered weekly at Irvine Regional Hospital, where she also
made many friends.
Memorial services were held March 23 at Pacific View Cemetery in Newport
Mrs. Sunshine is survived by her husband, Norman Sunshine of Irvine;
her daughter, Patricia Ann Sunshine, of New York City; her sister, Mary
Soper, of Bigfork, Mont.; two nephews, a niece and their spouses and children.
The family asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Irvine
Animal Care Center, Guide Dogs for the Blind, or any animal shelter that
preserves the lives of dogs.
Jim A. Quay
Youth sports coach and devoted sports fan Jim A. Quay died March 22
at his home in University Park. His family worked hard to fulfill his wish
to come home to die, according to a family friend. He was just shy of his
He was born April 6, 1955, in Ferris Hills, outside Philadelphia, Pa.
He studied at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa., and
earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1977. After he graduated he
moved to Bakersfield where he worked as an engineer for Gulf Oil and Tennaco
At Penn State he met Laura Mullaney while playing intramural softball.
They married in 1979 in Las Vegas.
They moved to University Park in 1982. Mr. Quay worked for Tidelands
Oil Production Co. in Long Beach. He was vice president of engineering
when he died.
Mr. Quay was known as a friendly and outgoing man, said family friend
Wendy Donohue. He loved sports and being active and he was devoted to his
family. He coached youth softball and basketball when his daughter Michelle,
now 12, played. He coached Pony Baseball when his son Matthew, now 15,
was a player. His team won the division twice, going undefeated both seasons,
and took second place two seasons, said his son.
He enjoyed playing golf and placed in several golf tournaments, including
finishing in first place at three in 1999. He was still scoring in the
low 70s when he had leukemia and played until he was too ill to go out.
He also played on an adult softball team. He was a longtime member
of the Silver Bullets team. Last year he and his wife started playing in
a coed soccer league.
His friend said Mr. Quay was a "die-hard and devoted fan" of the professional
sports teams of Philadelphia.
Graveside services were held March 27 at Pacific View Memorial Park
in Newport Beach.
He is survived by his wife, Laura Quay, of Irvine; his son, Matthew
Quay, of Irvine; his daughter, Michelle Quay, of Irvine; his parents, Judd
and Mary Quay, of Oceanside; and his brother, Jeffrey Quay, of Langshorne,
The family asked that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma
Society of Santa Ana, 233 N. Broadway, Suite 320, Santa Ana 92706.
Robert W. Hitt
Irvine resident Robert W. Hitt, died Feb. 21 at Hoag Memorial Hospital,
Newport Beach. He had collapsed in his Rancho San Joaquin home and died
after a short stay in the hospital. He was 62.
Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of Mr. Hitt's life
Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. at 2137 Trently Lane, Beverly Hills. Directions
and information are available at (310) 278-1968.
Born in San Francisco on June 22, 1939, Mr. Hitt served in the U.S.
Navy as a radio specialist. After leaving the service, he graduated in
1965 from the University of Arizona and worked for an oil company.
He was working on his master's degree in business administration when
he lost his sight in an accident related to the Sylmar earthquake in 1971.
He was the lone survivor of his third-floor ward in the hospital where
he had checked in for a physical. He was pulled from the basement with
his optic nerve severed.
He went on to obtain his master's degree and started his work as a
stock broker, said his longtime friend Marsha Kaye. At the time of his
death he was an independent financial adviser and investor.
Mr. Hitt moved to Irvine in 1975 and lived in Northwood and Rancho
San Joaquin. He and his companion guide dog, Augie, a black Lab, were a
familiar sight around town, according to Kaye.
He served on the city's Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board's
committee on transportation. His friend Kaye recalled that he was instrumental
in getting the Irvine street medians shortened to make street crossing
easier for people with disabilities.
"He was one of the most fiercely independent people I've ever known,"
said Kaye. "He did just fine."
He was active with Guide Dogs for the Blind, California Council for
the Blind and Lyons Club Guide Dogs of America. He also worked nationally
for blind veterans' causes.
Kaye said Mr. Hitt was outgoing and had many friends from all walks
He enjoyed music and going to plays. He also loved to go out to eat,
though he was a good cook himself, she added.
Mr. Hitt was particularly proud of the accomplishments of his son,
Scott Hitt, a doctor whose specialty is AIDS and HIV. His son was chair
of President Clilnton's Presidential Advisory Council on AIDS and HIV and
is an international expert on the AIDS crisis.
Mr. Hitt is survived by his son, R. Scott Hitt of Los Angeles; his
sister, Carol Key, of Elizabeth, Colo.; four nieces, several cousins, many
close friends, and his guide companion, Augie.
The family said that in lieu and flowers donations should be sent to
the Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Margaret Masako Sase
Margaret Masako Sase died Feb. 9 in her Irvine home following a six-year
battle with cancer. She was 62.
"She fought the most valiant fight for six years. She was such a little
warrior, such an inspiration," said her daughter Noelle Sase, adding that
she outlived doctors' predictions by about five years.
Services are planned for Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at Mission
Valley Free Methodist Church, 1201 S. San Gabriel in San Gabriel. The Rev.
Carl Yoshimine will officiate. Burial will be about 1 p.m. at Rose Hills
Memorial Park in Whittier. Arrangements are by Kubota Nikkei Mortuary in
Mrs. Sase was born Sept. 29, 1939, in Los Angeles. She grew up in Los
Angeles and graduated from Garfield High School.
She met Richard Sase at a church youth group and even though he went
to a rival high school they hit it off.
They were married in Los Angeles Dec. 17, 1960.
Mrs. Sase worked for the Los Angeles Police Department and her husband
was an engineer. She retired when her first daughter was born in 1965.
The family moved to Turtle Rock in Irvine in the early 1970s.
Mrs. Sase was known for her enthusiastic following of University High
School girls soccer, with her daughter Lori Sase, and girls basketball,
with her daughter Noelle Sase. Her daughters graduated from University
High School in the 1980s.
"She never missed a game," said Noelle. "She knew the games better
than the coaches. She was the number one fan."
Mrs. Sase was also an avid Beanie Baby collector. She especially enjoyed
her frequent outings with her "let's go to lunch" friends. She was devoted
to her family, said her daughter.
She was a loving and unselfish person, her daughter added. She did
not feel sorry for herself during her illness. When she went for chemotherapy
she was more concerned about lighting up the lives of other patients than
Mrs. Sase is survived by her husband, Richard Kiochi Sase, of Irvine;
her mother, Martha Misako Yoshida, of Los Angeles; her two daughters, Lori
Sase of Irvine and Noelle Sase of Aliso Viejo; her brothers and sisters-in-law,
Arthur and Amy Yoshida of Las Vegas, Nev., and Gerald and Carole Yoshida
of San Pedro; and her brother-in-law and his wife, Hugo and Sadako Sase
of Monterey Park.
Evelyn L. Copeland
Former Irvine resident Evelyn L. Copeland died Feb. 6 of cancer in
Woodbridge, Va. She was 91.
Mrs. Copeland was born Sept. 28, 1910, in Vienna, Ill. She graduated
from Vienna High School. She and Raymond C. Copeland married in Illinois
in 1938 and moved to San Gabriel. They raised two children and made their
home there until he died in 1963.
Mrs. Copeland moved to Irvine in 1968 and lived there about 10 years.
She sold residential real estate in Irvine from about 1968 to 1977. She
moved to Woodbridge, Va., in 1978 to live near her son, Raymond C. Copeland
She was an outgoing, friendly person and loved entertaining, said her
She was active and taught Sunday school at the Calvary Church in Santa
No services are planned, at her request. Interment was to be at Forest
Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale next to her husband and daughter. Her daughter,
Barbara Duzzel, died in 1973.
Mrs. Copeland is survived by her son, Raymond C. Copeland, of Woodbridge,
Va.; and her brother, Henry Six, of Phoenix, Ariz.
James Campbell Graham
Longtime Irvine resident James Campbell Graham died Jan. 18 after an
eight-month battle with cancer. He was 65 and had lived in Northwood for
Services are planned for Saturday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. at Saddleback
Chapel in Tustin. Interment at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside
will be private.
Mr. Graham was born Sept. 25, 1936, in Athens, Ohio. His father was
a farmer and house painter but making sure all four children attended college
was important to his parents. Mr. Graham grew up in Athens, graduated from
high school and earned a degree in accounting from Ohio University in Athens.
Mr. Graham served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1959 to 1996. He retired
as a lieutenant colonel.
He loved sports car racing and enjoyed attending many local races,
said his wife, Linda Sue Graham. He also enjoyed going to the desert and
relaxing in Palm Desert.
He and his wife met through their mutual interest in snow skiing. They
were both living in the San Jose area and met at a ski club. They were
married Feb. 14, 1982, in Irvine. Each brought two children to the marriage
and both thought of them all as "their" children, said his wife. Mr. Graham
enjoyed doing things with the family and the couple spent much of their
free time doing family things, she added.
Mr. Graham began his career in accounting and went into human resources.
He retired last year as manager of human resources at Ricoh Electronics
after being with the company 12 years.
He was an outgoing, friendly person, his wife recalled. He became a
member of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa in recent months. When he lived
in Northern California, he was active in the Junior Achievement program.
Mr. Graham is survived by his wife, Linda Sue Graham of Irvine; his
son, James C. Graham II of Sun City; his daughters, Grace Dawson of Tustin,
Lori A. Cramer of Tustin, and Lynette M. Rowles of Fullerton; his former
wife, Shirley Heath of Seal Beach; his sisters, Dorothy Duncan of Walnut
Creek, and Anne Mac Nicol of Perth, Scotland; and six grandchildren.
The family asked that memorial contributions be made to the American