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Farewell to Elks Members

by: Andy Costello
Posted: December 5, 2018


Exalted Ruler Mike Klinger


MISSION VIEJO...The Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge this month held its annual Memorial Service for members who have passed away during the year. The service, which in 2018 honored twenty-six (26) members, included the presentation of colors by Boy Scout Troop #603, Inner Guard Steve Cagnacci ringing a chime of memory and Chaplain Cynthia Wooten assisting family members with the lighting of a candle for each of the twenty-six deceased members as his or her name was read. Exalted Ruler Mike Klinger and his Corps of Lodge Officers performed the Elks solemn memorial ritual. 

Geri Lou Logan and Lori Logan light candle for father Gerald Logan


The service was well attended by family members and friends of the deceased members. The twenty-six (26) members memorialized in this year's service were: Carl E. Berg, Donald Berreth, Jack Beutler, G. Eric Brown, Richard Calderon, Vincent J. Carnevale, Daniel Dahms, Roger Dietterly, Donald G. Eachus, Allen H. Eaton, Henry T. Gutierrez, Robert Hahn, Paul Hantke, David Holmes, PER Michael H. Holohan,  Edward J. Jackowski, PER Gloria R. LeCouvre, Gerald Logan, Michael W. Manginelli, Ernest Ray, James Schroeder, Gary K. Smith, Peter Storino, Lorene Tierney, Irene Tondu, and Jack W. Weston.

Laura Smith lights candle for husband Gary K. Smith


Exalted Ruler Mike Klinger recited the time honored Elks Eleven O'clock Toast which contains the passage, "Living or dead an Elk is never forgotten. Morning and noon may pass them by, the light of day sinks heedlessly in the West, but ere the shadows of midnight shall fall, the chimes of memory will be pealing forth the friendly message, 'to our absent members.'"

Refreshments were served


The ceremony concluded as Taps were sounded, songs were sung, and Chaplain Cynthia Wooten gave the benediction. Members and guests enjoyed light refreshments and exchanged memories of the cherished members whose lives were honored in the Elks simple but reverent memorial service. Photos:MVSVElks

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