Annual Memorial Service at MV Elks
Andy Costello, Public Relations
Photography by Mike Klinger
Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge No. 2444 (“Elks Lodge”) held its annual memorial service (“Ritual”) to remember twenty (20) of its members who passed away during the past year.
The departed honored members were:
Albert Chandler, Fred Gabel, Jackelyn MacDonald, John Mrak, and William Brummel of Lake Forest, George Shensky, Herman Mowry, Marcia O’Connor, Martin Frankenreiter, Oliver “Newt” Seal, Thomas Drennen, and Thomas Meany of Mission Viejo, Leroy Smoot, and Oliver Kolstoe of Laguna Woods, Joseph Pasquariello of Rancho Santa Margarita, Ja Kozma of Dana Point, Jere Carpenter, and Ralph Griffin of Laguna Hills, Lisa Bhatt of Cerritos, and James Carson of San Clemente.
(above) Lodge Chaplain, Dave Tucker, looks on as Betty Kolstoe lights a candle for her late husband, Oliver.
(above) Mary Carpenter lights a memorial candle for late husband, Jere.
(above) DDGER, Harvey Boelts, lights a candle for Oliver "Newt" Seal, PER.
The reverent Memorial Ritual was attended by Elks Lodge members, friends and family of the departed. Fronting the podium were a flower wreath, twenty (20) white candles and Elks Lodge Emblems. The Program was opened with a welcoming message from Elks Lodge President Camacho Alvarez. As each deceased Elks Lodge member’s name was announced by Secretary Norm Jones, a candle was lit by Chaplain David Tucker or a family member of the departed while chimes were struck by Inner Guard Kevin Hughes. Throughout the Program, music was provided by Elks Lodge Organist, Andy Costello. The Memorial Service was closed with the playing of Taps by member Ray Mallen, a beautiful solo of “Amazing Grace” sung by member Shari Scott, and the recitation of the Elks Eleven O’clock Toast by Lodge president Camacho Alvarez reflecting an Elk creed: “Elks are Never Forgotten, Never Forsaken.” Following the formal program, the evening continued with refreshments of cake and coffee. Members and families gathered in conversations with fond remembrances of passed loved ones.
(right) Dotty Mowry at memorial for late husband, Herman.
(below) Shari Scott sang "Amazing Grace"