Elizabeth Whelan Parker
July 18, 1922 - June 17, 2004
A memorial service was held for Elizabeth W. Parker at Christ Episcopal Church in Coronado on June 28 with Rev. Mitch Lindeman officiating.
Parker died Thursday June 17 at Coronado Hospital following complications from a fall. Stan Parker, her husband of nearly 50 years, preceded her in death less than 2 years ago. She was the sole surviving member of the family of James Whelan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Parker was born in Delphi, Ind. and grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, the fourth of five children of James A. Whelan and Jenny B. Crone. After graduating from Ft. Lauderdale High School in 1940 with an ambition to go into nurse's training, she took a job in Washington, D.C. until being called home to help care for her mother, who was in poor health. While there, she worked as a secretary at the local Navy base and met her future husband, Lieutenant J.G. Stan Parker. They were married there in 1944 and she began her 20-year career as a Navy wife. She spent many enjoyable adventure-filled years moving around where the Navy dictated - Philadelphia, Pa.; New Carlisle, Ohio; San Diego, Oakland and Pacific Beach; and Guam, raising four children and still managing to stay connected with all her friends and relatives in various parts of the country. In 1960, the Navy transferred the family to Coronado and 4 years later her husband retired from his 22-year career to pursue a second career as a junior high math teacher and make Coronado their permanent home.
Parker was always active in church, school and community activities wherever she lived, loved singing in church choirs and keeping up with the political scene of the day. In the years when her children were grown she realized a long time dream to attend college and earned a degree in sociology/social work from San Diego State University. She was always a hit in class as the "gray-haired lady" having the ability to connect with people of any age.
She became involved with an organization called "Tough Love" and headed up meetings for parents who needed support with rebellious teenagers that included a 24-hour hotline. She had a heart for kids and their parents which led to her opening a preschool daycare center on the property at Orange Avenue and Fourth Street, formerly Miss Bunny's School, eventually buying, with the help of longtime friend Ann Meyer of Coronado, the property at Ninth Street and C Avenue, currently the Montessori School, and turning it into a preschool daycare center complete with designing and remodeling it herself. She served kids from 2 1/2to 7 years of age and their parents, building relationships that continued to this day.
Throughout her life Parker was fully involved with not only her four children's lives, but the lives of her siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, neighbors, friends and anyone who had a need she might help meet. Her generosity of spirit and readiness to respond to others at any moment was a blessing to all who knew her. As her high school yearbook noted, "Though up to her neck in hot water, the pot continues to boil." Her spirit lives on in the lives of all of us who God put in her life. Parker leaves behind her children Susan Probasco and husband John Probasco of Coronado; Patricia (Tish) Martin and husband Bob Martin of Cuyamaca; Stanley (Bo) D. Parker, Jr. and wife Karen Kearney of Burlingame; and Charles Parker and wife Maria Parker of Coronado; also her 16 grandchildren: Christopher Probasco of Redwood City; John F. Probasco and wife Suzanne Probasco of Portland, Ore.; Hiawatha Bowen of Pacific Beach; Danny Brown of Ramona; Quanah Bowen, Tristan and Heather Lewis; and Daniel and Mikayla Martin of Cuyamaca; Molly Parker Tapias and husband Jorge Tapias of Redwood City; Megan, Kelsey and Declan Parker of Burlingame; and Sarah, Sam and Ben Parker of Coronado. Nephews Joe Van Denburg of Patchogue, N.Y.; Dan Whelan and son Jake of Fresno; Tom Whelan and wife Kate Whelan of San Francisco; and niece Jenny Whelan of San Diego joined the family for the memorial service and reception held at 711 A Avenue, the home of Helen and Leo Hansen. Elizabeth's ashes will be placed with her late husband's at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
in Point Loma.
Brian Christopher Bent
January 4, 1977 - April 2, 2006
Brian Christopher Bent, born Jan. 4,1977 in Portsmouth, N.H., passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 2 in Taipei, Taiwan, from complications due to sleep apnea. Brian had been in Asia for a year, and loved teaching English to Taiwanese students, travelling, exploring foreign cultures, and making many new friends.
Brian moved to Coronado with his parents and sister at the age of two. He attended Coronado schools and graduated from Coronado High School in 1995. He was very involved in sports, including baseball, soccer, basketball, and swimming, but it was in high school that he discovered his true talent, water polo. Through hard work and determination, Brian progressed from a rookie freshman, learning the basics, to co-captain his senior year, All-American, and 1994 CIF Division II Player of the Year. He was honored as the Union-Tribune High School Player of the Month in November 1994, and again as the Amateur Athlete of the Month in October 1995, and was featured in the San Diego Hall of Champions. He traveled and played internationally with the U.S. Junior National Water Polo Team for three years and served as the captain on trips to Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Mexico, Germany, and the Pan-American games in Havana, Cuba, where the U.S. won its first gold medal in 1995. In 1996, he was named to the prestigious All-World Team. He continued his water polo career at UCLA, where he lettered, and contributed strong defense and a goal in their 1996 NCAA National Championship win over USC. While at UCLA, he was also a member of Theta Xi Fraternity, which was another group of wonderful friends who kept in close contact throughout his life. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in history.
Brian worked for two years at ViaSat, Inc., in Carlsbad where his hard work and sense of fun attracted more friends, especially new golf buddies. He also did freelance writing for the Coronado Eagle & Journal, and tutored foreign-born college students, before returning to work on his teaching credential, and making the decision to teach overseas.
Brian was a kind and happy person, and a friend to all. He loved playing with his son, Braden, laughing and being silly, and teaching him all about sports. They could often be found in the front yard, playing baseball or basketball, or at the golf course driving range. Brian will be remembered by many for his great sense of humor, his smile, intelligence, and the joy he spread. People loved to be in his company.
Brian was a member of the Coronado Men's Golf Club, where he won the 2004 Board of Governors Tournament, and the Red Tide Golf Club.
Brian is survived by his parents, Gwyneth and Randy Bent; his sister, Courtney Bent; his grandparents, Phyllis and Lee Mather, all of Coronado; his six-year-old son, Braden L'Heureux; and Jordana L'Heureux of Murrieta; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, May 6, at 1 p.m. at Spreckels Park at Sixth Street and Orange Avenue. In honor of Brian's joyful life, the family suggests cheerful attire. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Coronado Aquatics Club to provide scholarships to deserving athletes, or to a charity of your choice.
Phillip Dudley Eason
January 20, 1911 - May 20, 2004
Phillip D. Eason, formerly of Mendocino County (Boonville), of San Diego died peacefully on Thursday, May 20, of Alzheimer's disease.
Eason worked for both Lucky and Safeway stores in the Bay Area near San Francisco. He owned and operated a trailer park in Boonville and worked in the lumber business for over 25 years both at Hess and Masonite Mills in Mendocino County. He was the devoted husband to Minnie Lee, who preceded him in passing. They were married 48 years.
For the past 5 years and 5 months, Eason lived both in Coronado and in San Diego. He was a 32nd Degree Mason belonging to the San Francisco Lodge No. 120 for 64 years.
Eason was born in Thomasville, Ga. to John B. Gordon and Mary Amelia McKinnon Eason.
Eason is survived by a brother, Lamar Eason of Thomasville, Ga.; a sister, Cora Annie Eason Winter of Bend, Ore.; daughter Dixie Eason McCarthy and son-in-law Matthew A. McCarthy. He also leaves two grandchildren, Gavin James McCarthy of Point Loma and Maren Elizabeth McCarthy-Shawver and two great-grandchildren Fiona Anne and Ainsley Elizabeth of Burlingame.
A Masonic memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Methodist Church at 700 D Avenue June 5, 2004 at 10 am with Chaplain Dave Clark presiding. A brief graveside service will also be held at the Russian River Memorial Cemetery
in Ukiah sometime in late June.
The family respectfully requests good memories, wishes and prayers and please sign the guest book at the church. Phillip win be fondly remembered by family and friends for his ready smile. He was a devoted and caring husband, father and grandfather all the days of his life.
Ricardo Brandao Ferrari
October 14, 1939 - May 18, 2004
Ricardo Brandao Ferrari died May 18, 2004 in San Diego of complications associated with leukemia.
He was born Oct. 14, 1939 in New York, N.Y. to Ruth Brandao Ferrari and Humberto Leo Ferrari. Growing up in the southern port city of Mobile, Ala., he was an honors graduate of McGill Institute where he was a championship debater and editor of the school newspaper. He spoke often of growing up on the water during World War II and in the midst of the Civil War history surrounding Mobile. This most likely led to his lifelong fascination with American history and war strategy. It seems right that his last years were spent in Coronado, where he could see Navy ships come in and out of the bay and enjoy watching the Navy SEALS perform their drills on the beach near his home.
Rick attended Northwestern University in Illinois where he received numerous academic honors including membership in DERU, the senior men's honor society and Norlegamma, the junior honor society. He was a member of Northwestern's winning College Bowl team in 1959-60, the first year the competition was shown on national television. While in college, he met Karen Eppink and they were married in 1963. They were divorced in 1978. He served 2 years in the U.S. Army at Fort Riley and Fort Benning before attending law school at Stanford University where he graduated in 1967.
They moved to Salt Lake City in 1968 and he practiced law there for nearly 20 years. While in Salt Lake City, Rick was involved in local politics working on campaigns and writing speeches for candidates including Governor Scott M. Matheson. He attended St. Mark's Cathedral for many years and was a member of the vestry there.
Rick was not without his eccentricities and he seemed to bring out extreme reactions in the best of people. But he had an amazing mind, an almost savant-like memory for historical and political facts, a sharp wit and a fierce loyalty to a select few. He had great faith in his daughters and always let them know that they were capable of creating happy and successful lives. He loved politics and current affairs, running on the beach in San Diego, hiking in the Utah mountains and taking photographs.
Rick is survived by daughters Anne Lindsey Ferrari of Salt Lake City (Robert Keller); Leigh Courtney Ferrari (Matthew Buck) of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Renee F. Seblatnigg of Riverside, Conn.; grandchildren John Crawford Keller, Thomas Benjamin Keller, and Helen Claire Buck; and two nieces, Alexandra and Venetia Seblatnigg.
A family memorial service will be held in Mobile. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
July 19, 1915 - April 21, 2004
Wilfred Munckton passed away April 21, 2004 at the age of 88.
He was married to long-time Coronado resident Mary Ellen Munckton for 18 years.
Wilfred was born in a tent in a gold mining camp in Wonder, Nev. to Finnish-born Elma Neiminem Munckton and English-born William Munckton, who came to the US from Europe through Ellis Island in the first decade of the 20th century.
His childhood was spent in Fort Bragg in the neighborhood called Puddin Creek. After graduation from Commerce High School in San Francisco, he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp building fire trails.
Wilfred served on the American gunboat USS Panay in China where he was wounded by shrapnel when the Panay was destroyed by the Japanese air force in 1937. He worked during World War II as a welder and foreman at Mare Island Naval Shipyards in San Francisco.
Following the war, Wilfred moved to Sacramento with his first wife Rose Borges where they lived for over 30 years until her passing in 1971. He began his career as a truck driver with National Biscuit Company, continuing to deliver food goods throughout the Western United States for several companies until his retirement in 1975.
In 1985, Wilfred met Mary Ellen Woodhouse on the Love Boat cruise from Naples, Italy to San Diego. The couple were married at Lutheran Church in Coronado on May 3, 1986. Wilfred enjoyed traveling the world with Mary Ellen sampling the cuisines of the planet, hunting in the forests of Northern California, fishing in oceans and lakes all over the globe and delivering literature from the Christian Science Publishing Society to various commercial ships anchored in San Diego Bay.
Wilfred was a gourmet chef who loved cooking for his wife and his adopted Coronado family which included the families of Don and Cheryl Woodhouse, Dan and Sue Runyon and Sam Woodhouse.
Wilfred Munckton was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen of Coronado; his son Jerrild W. Munckton and wife Joan of Sparks, Nev.; his son Jeffry Munckton and wife Karen of Salinas; his grandchildren Katharine Munckton of Berkeley; and Kimberly Munckton of Salinas; and his Coronado grandchildren Ian Koots,
Nolan Woodhouse, Avery Woodhouse, Samantha Runyon, Rebecca Runyon and Kyle Runyon. Donations in his memory can be made to either San Diego Repertory Theater, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101 or to the Christian Science Church, Coronado, 1123 Eighth Street, Coronado, CA 92118.
Evelyn Sensenbrenner passed away April 21, 2004.
A part-time resident of Coronado in Coronado Shores since early 2002, Evelyn previously had owned and operated Southwest Escrow Corporation in Inglewood for many years. An accomplished powder skier, a surfer, a licensed airplane pilot, an opera lover, she was also a gourmet cook. Beloved by many people, she leaves a husband, Dick; a son Lex and daughter-in-law Lu of Crestline; and a daughter Gretchen Norman and son-in-law Bill of Henderson, Nev.
A Memorial Service for Ev, as she was known to her many friends, will be held in the chapel at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 2928 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, at 3 pm Saturday, June 5. Internment will be in the Sensenbrenner family plot in Elk's Rest in Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego.