Gail Nadine Lotspeich Sampson

May 22, 2024 In the tapestry of life, Gail Nadine Lotspeich Sampson was a vibrant thread, weaving warmth, and love into the lives she touched. On May 22, 2024, at the age of 78, Gail concluded her earthly journey, passing away at her home Hemet, California, after a courageous struggle with ALS. Gail’s legacy is cherished by her beloved husband Terry Sampson, her children Kimberley (Jeff) Leivo, Karen Sampson, and Patrick (Norma) Sampson; her siblings William (Nancy) Lotspeich, and Sandra (James) Walchel. Her life’s melody resonates through her nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren, each a note in her harmonious symphony. She joins in eternal rest her father Herb, her mother Leona, and her sister Audrey (Bob) Wimberly. Gail was born in Palmdale, California, on November 22, 1945, the youngest child of Leona and Herb Lotspeich. Gail’s early childhood was spent in Hanford, California, and Easton, California, where she was always chasing after her brother, sisters and cousins. The Lotspeich family laid the foundation of finding joy in family that Gail was known for. When the family moved to Norwalk, California, Gail attended Lampton Elementary, Los Alisos Jr. High, and Excelsior High Schools. At these schools, Gail met many lifelong friends, who introduced her to the love of her life, Terry Sampson. After a whirlwind romance, and a little nudge from cousin Steve, Terry and Gail joined their lives in marriage in February, 1964. Together they crafted a home filled with love, joy and open hearts. They welcomed daughter Kimberley in 1966, daughter Karen in 1968 and son Patrick in 1976. Between chasing Kim down from the roof, finding Karen when she took off on her bike, or keeping Pat from dropping screwdrivers down the drains, raising her children was an exciting and delightful adventure for Gail. In 1986, her role as Grandma Gail began with the birth of their first grandchild. Gail loved being a grandmother and building special bonds with each of her nine grandchildren. Teaching them to play cards, crochet, sew, bake, or just have fun and be silly. As the seasons of life turned, with their children grown and starting families of their own, Terry and Gail started a new chapter of life by moving from Norwalk. California, to Hemet, California, in 1994. Gail always made her family her priority, from helping to organizing the annual Lotspeich reunions with her siblings, playing cards or Wahoo with her nieces and nephews, to enjoying time with her grandchildren, or planning exciting trips with Terry. Every moment with Gail was special, but her greatest joy was found with her sixteen great-grandchildren. She adored playing, loving and giggling with each of the greats. Being Gigi was one of Gail’s most cherished accomplishments. Service Times:  A final farewell to Gail will be held at Riverside National Cemetery on June 24, 2024, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception at Seven Hills Golf Club 3050 Jacaranda Way, Hemet CA 92545 immediately after. Surviving Family Members: Her beloved husband Terry Sampson, her children Kimberley (Jeff) Leivo, Karen Sampson, and Patrick (Norma) Sampson; her siblings William (Nancy) Lotspeich, and Sandra (James) Walchel. Her life’s melody resonates through her nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren, each a note in her harmonious symphony. She joins in eternal rest her father Herb, her mother Leona, and her sister Audrey (Bob) Wimberly. grace. Or to Team Gleason, who generously gave her the equipment that helped her live with ALS. In lieu of flowers and in the spirit of Gail’s enduring generosity, contributions in her memory may be made to The ALS Association, to assist them in continuing her fight against the ailment that she faced with unwavering courage and grace. Or to Team Gleason, who generously gave her the equipment that helped her live with ALS. ALS Foundation or Team Gleason

What to Expect From a Memorial Service in a Menifee Funeral Home

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In times of grief, memorial services offer a sacred space for families to gather, share memories, and find solace. Memorial Funeral Services understands the profound importance of these moments. For those seeking a Menifee funeral home, we can be of service. Our commitment is to provide compassionate support and guidance to help you honor your loved one in the most meaningful way. Learn More About the Memorial Process Memorial services are profoundly personal yet often share common elements that provide comfort and structure. Eulogy A eulogy is a heartfelt tribute from a family member or close friend. It reflects on the departed’s life, achievements, and character. This speech is a way to celebrate their legacy and share cherished memories. Music Music often plays a crucial role in a memorial service. Whether it’s a favorite song of the deceased or a meaningful hymn, music helps express emotions that words sometimes cannot. It creates an atmosphere of reflection and remembrance. Sharing of Memories During the service, friends and family often share stories and memories. People can do this through a eulogy, written notes, or memory boards. These shared moments foster a sense of community and collective mourning. Do you need help to plan a memorial service? Contact us. We’re here to help. How to Plan a Meaningful Memorial A personalized memorial service in a Menifee funeral home will become a unique celebration of life. Here are some ways to make the service special: Select Readings Choose readings that resonate with your loved one’s personality and beliefs. This could be a poem, a passage from a religious text, or a beloved book excerpt. Readings can offer comfort and insight during the service. Integrate Personal Mementos Incorporate items that were significant to the departed. Whether it’s a favorite piece of jewelry, a sports jersey, or even a collection of photographs, personal mementos help tell their life stories. Create a Sacred Space Transforming the venue into a space that reflects the essence of your loved one can be deeply comforting. Consider using flowers, candles, and other decorations that hold meaning for them. Creating this sacred space allows family and friends to connect more deeply. The Role of Memorial Funeral Services At Memorial Funeral Services, our role is to ease the burden of planning so you can focus on honoring your loved one. We offer comprehensive packages, from coordinating the logistics to providing emotional support. Our team takes care of every detail carefully and respectfully. Guidance and Support From the moment you contact us, we are here to guide you through every step. We assist with choosing the right service options, coordinating with clergy or celebrants, and even helping with obituary writing. Our goal is to make the process as smooth as possible during this difficult time. Empathy and Professionalism Our team approaches each service with empathy and professionalism. We understand the intricacies of grief and strive to create an environment where families feel supported and understood. We hold your trust in us in the highest regard. Choose Memorial Funeral Services At Memorial Funeral Services, we offer a chance to say goodbye and celebrate the life of a loved one. We support you with compassion and care. If you require assistance, please contact us at 951-357-2315. Let us help you create a beautiful and meaningful tribute that honors your loved one’s legacy. As part of this healing journey, we find solace in words that resonate with our emotions. Consider the poignant lines from “When I am Dead, My Dearest” by Christina Rossetti: When I am dead, my dearest, Sing no sad songs for me; Plant thou no roses at my head, Nor shady cypress tree: Be the green grass above me With showers and dewdrops wet; And if thou wilt, remember, And if thou wilt, forget. I shall not see the shadows, I shall not feel the rain; I shall not hear the nightingale Sing on, as if in pain: And dreaming through the twilight That doth not rise nor set, Haply I may remember, And haply may forget.   Let these words bring you comfort as we honor the legacy of your loved one.

Robert Michael Muniz

May 5, 2024 My pops always lived for the moment, and he loved to dance, and his smile would light up a room. He impacted many families throughout his life and the children were always drawn to his childlike attitude. Pops had a very easy-going personality. Every caregiver that has crossed his path throughout the Alzheimer’s/Dementia in the last 5 years truly enjoyed how he would just joke around and just watch Golden Girls, Bonanza and any other show of his with delight. He loved movies, the beach and just chilling. California was his home and now his new home is with Jesus. We see you dancing in heaven with the Glory of the Lord upon your face. Love you and forever in our hearts. Anyone is welcome to send flowers, however if you would like to donate instead then I know he would have loved to help out St. Jude Hospital. Service Times:  June 14th: 10am – noon at Memorial Funeral Service 1111 South State ST. Hemet CA 92543 Viewing is 5-9pm on June 13th Surviving Family Members: Edith Muniz-Ruiz (daughter) and Oskar Ruiz (son -in-law), Erica Muniz(daughter) and grandson Jonathan Muniz, Sisters: Oliva Lopez, Marcella Rendon, Delfie Salazar, brothers, Pat Muniz, Marty Muniz

Robert Griffin Jr

June 12, 1948 – February 5, 2024 Richard Lee Griffin, Jr., a native of Los Angeles, was born on June 12, 1948, to Bernice and R. L. Griffin. He graduated from Jordan High School (Los Angeles) and received his associate degree at Los Angeles Southwest College. Richard proudly served his country in the United States Navy receiving an honorable discharge from April 26, 1968 to April 26, 1974. Richard was a good provider for his family. His career led him to serve as a clerk in the federal building until his well-deserved retirement in 2016. Even in retirement, Richard continued his commitment to service being an active and faithful member at The Way, The Church, where he devoted his time to serving the Body of CHRIST. More than 40 years ago, Richard accepted JESUS CHRIST as his LORD and SAVIOR, guided by his sister, Yolanda Hooks. Afterwards, Richard became a member of The Way, The Church, where he served in the Audio Ministry, performed in plays, was a skilled percussionist, sang as a tenor in the Choir and Covenant (men’s group). He also was a faithful member of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry. He loved fishing, bicycling, gardening, and driving his truck. At The Way, The Church, Richard encountered the love of his life, Marydeane Lofton. The couple married on February 15, 2003, blending their families together: Toni Griffin, Joanna Griffin, Jonathan Griffin, Mark Lofton, Matthew Lofton, and Marriam Lofton. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Bernice and R.L. Griffin, grandparents, Pearlie Mae and Curtis Evans, and siblings, Lloyd Griffin, Caroline Griffin, Betty Morris, and Charles Morris. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 21 years, Marydeane, and their six children, Toni Griffin, Joanna Griffin, Jonathan Griffin, Mark (Nikki) Lofton, Matthew (Theresa) Lofton, and Marriam Lofton; one sister, Yolanda Hooks; four grandchildren, Ishmael Doby, Amora Griffin, Grayson Lofton and Kayden Lofton, along with a host of in-laws, cousins, nephews, nieces, friends, and Church family. Richard Lee Griffin, Jr. will be deeply missed but forever remembered for his love, faith, and enduring impact on those fortunate enough to have known him.

Armand Gallien

April 9, 1929 – December 1, 2023 Armand Leon Gallien left this world to be with God on December 1, 2023 after a brief illness. Armand was born in Athol Massachusetts.  He was a strong, adventurous, kind and giving gentleman; who was always willing to help his neighbors in Hemet.  In his younger years, Armand took after his father; who was in the logging industry.  He was a Merchant Seaman from 1956-1979 and also in the Navy from 1969-1970. Armand loved football and his sweets, which his nieces Patty, Connie and Doreen sent him often. Armand had pride working on his house and yard and feeding the birds. He was pre-deceased by his parent’s Maxim Gallien and his mother Mary (Hachey) Gallien, whom he lost at a very young age; his brothers John, Francis, Wilfred, Arthur, Edward, and sisters Yvonne Cassin; Bertha Blaser and Ann Wilcox.  He is survived by his brother Emile of Arundel, Maine. Services will be at Riverside National Cemetery February 7th at 2pm with Navy Funeral Honors.

Rosa Argentina Lopez

January 22, 1936 – December 28, 2023 In Loving Memory of Rosa Argentina Lopez Rosa Argentina Lopez, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and matriarch, passed away on December 28th, 2023, at the age of 87. She was born on January 22, 1936, in Managua, Nicaragua, and her remarkable journey touched the lives of many. Rosa was a woman of strength, resilience, and boundless love to God. In December 1979, Rosa embarked on a new chapter in her life by moving to the United States, seeking a better future for her family.  She faced many challenges with grace and determination, establishing a home filled with warmth, love, and a strong sense of unity. Rosa’s dedication to her family was unwavering, and she became the heart and soul of the household. Rosa had eight children and is survived by six children, each a testament to her enduring legacy: Vladimir, William, Mario, Fabio, Maria, and Blanca. Her nurturing spirit extended to her 29 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and the anticipation of a great-great-grandchild soon to arrive. Rosa’s impact on multiple generations is immeasurable, and her memory will be cherished in the hearts of her extensive family. Beyond her role as a devoted mother, Rosa was known for her incomparable delicious meals she lovingly prepared. Her home was a haven for laughter, shared stories, and the comforting aroma of traditional dishes that will continue to be part of the family tradition for generations to come. Rosa’s life was a beautiful tapestry of experiences, and she leaves behind a legacy of love, resilience and culture. Her memory will be forever etched in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. May she rest in eternal peace, and may her family find solace in the cherished memories they shared with this remarkable woman.  

David Grant Baker

May 31, 1938 – December 30, 2023 David Grant Baker was born in the State of New York on the 31st of May 1938, and he passed on the 30th of December 2023. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Baker and was predeceased by his parents Chester and Kathleen Bower. David served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1964, and he will be laid to rest at the Riverside National Cemetery on the 25th of January 2024. For those wishing to attend, Riverside National Cemetery is located at 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside CA 92518. The service will begin at 1:15 p.m.  

Tyrone Cosmos Lawrence Hypolite

September 21, 1952 – October 8, 2022 Tyrone Cosmos Lawrence Hypolite was born on the 21st of September 1952 and passed unexpectedly on October the 8th, 2023. He was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and has lived for many years in the United State. While growing up on St. Vincent he attended St. Mary’s RC School and St. Martin’s Secondary School. Tyrone is survived by his lovely wife, Bernice Browne-Hypolite and children Orande, Duane, Jason, Marsha, and Tyrone Jr (TJ). There are four grandchildren in the family: Osharde, Duanna, Kanye, and Skylar. He was predeceased by his sister, Bernice, and has surviving brothers and sisters Frank, Ian, Alinda, Julian, Bernard, Ronald (Iman-I), Joan, Pat, Garfield and their respective families. Services for Tyrone will be conducted on Wednesday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m. at The Lamb’s Fellowship church located at 21901 Railroad Canyon Road, Lake Elsinore CA 92532. Interment will follow at noon at the Elsinore Valley Cemetery, 18170 Collier Avenue, Lake Elsinore CA 92530. There will be a Repass Gathering at Tyrone and Bernice’s home following services: 24240 Lilac Lane, Lake Elsinore CA 92532.

Michael Martinez

July 24, 1985 – September 30, 2023 Michael Martinez was born in San Angelo TX on July 24th, 1985, along with his twin brother, Charles. The family moved to Hemet in 1986 and he grew up here among family and friends. A graduate of Hemet High School he started playing the drums in junior high and loved to play them. He enjoyed music and a few years after graduating from school he was blessed with a daughter, Emery.  Emery came into his life in November of 2006 and from that moment on she was the light of his life.  Even though he worked for Stater’s grocery for many years, his real claim to fame was being a “gold digger.” He passed from this life while working in Nevada for a gold mine, KinRoss.  “Michael brought such an amazing aura of infectious energy. The kind of energy that excited people, the kind of energy that people needed when they were down. He was truly someone used by God to bless the lives of others… a goofy laughter, toothy smile, and infectious personality.”   He is survived by his daughter, Emery Martinez and his parents, Rock and Kathy Martinez. He is also survived by brothers Khristopher and wife, Nichole; Charles and wife, Michelle; and his sister, Elizabeth and husband, Willian. He is also survived by five nieces and two nephews.   A Rosary service for Michael will be at the chapel of Memorial Funeral Services on Monday, October 16th at 4:30 p.m. His Funeral Mass will be at Holy Spirit Catholic Church Tuesday, October 17th at 11:00 with interment following at San Jacinto Valley Cemetery. 

Delmar Ewing Bittle

February 18, 1935 – October 2, 2023 Delmar Ewing Bittle was born in Wilton, Missouri as the oldest of 8 children. He joined the Marine Corp at the age of 17 and served from 1952-1954. A few years after his service, he married Mary Jane ono the 12 of July 1958 in New Franklin, Missouri. He was certified and worked as a plumber prior to moving to Pomona, CA in 1964. Later, he and Mary Jane moved to Hemet in 1976 where they were blessed with four children.   Ron, Rand and, wife Ema; Rick, and wife, Lisa; Robyn and husband, Kraig provided Delmar and Mary Jane with many grandchildren, great, and great-great grandchildren.    Delmar enjoyed traveling with his family, camping, and most especially the Masonic Lodge, Shriners, and Scottish Rite and Eastern Star. 

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