In Memoriam


Ethel Mae Trinkaus

Ethel Mae Trinkaus

Ethel Mae Trinkaus

Ethel Mae Trinkaus, 85, longtime resident of Canyon Lake, passed away at her home on August 11, 2015.

Ethel and her husband Al built their retirement home in Canyon Lake in 1988. They made lifelong friends here and loved living their retirement years in “A Bit of Paradise.”

Ethel was a great role model to her family and is survived by her three children: Debby (Wayne) Haskell, Gregory (Beth) Trinkaus, and Roberta (Billy) Meeds; three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Vera Oom, of Grand Haven, Michigan.

The family was blessed that Ethel was able to spend time with every member of her immediate family in her final weeks. She has left this “Bit of Paradise” for the eternal one!

John Albrecht

John Albrecht

John Albrecht

John M. Albrecht, age 78, passed away peacefully at home on August 18, 2015 surrounded by his loving family and his dog Sasha, his constant companion.

John was born in Long Beach, California on July 16, 1939, the son of Leonard and M. Adele Albrecht of the Bixby Knolls area. He graduated from Poly High School and Long Beach City College prior to graduating from California State University at San Jose with a degree in Business.

After meeting Barbara in high school and dating her throughout college, John and Barbara married in 1962 and would have celebrated their 53rd anniversary on August 26. They soon moved from Long Beach to Orange County, where they raised two children: son Dr. Derek Albrecht of the Murrieta/Wildomar area and daughter Tracy Taber of Costa Mesa.

John worked as a sales representative for both Proctor & Gamble and the Travelers Insurance Company prior to becoming a commodities broker, selling precious metals at Monex Credit Company in Newport Beach.

John lived a life of success, adventure, world-wide travel, family, friends and love. He was an avid handball player and golfer, in earlier times having a single-digit handicap. He was also a snow skier and a prolific reader. In addition, he enjoyed dominoes and card games, especially bridge, and spending time at the family’s vacation homes in Coronado and Palm Desert. He had a passion for automobiles, his favorites being his Porshe 928 and his 1948 Jaguar drop-head convertible.

Following his retirement after 30 years at Monex, John and Barbara moved to Canyon Lake in 2002, where he was a member of the Men’s Golf Club, Travel Club, CLAMS and the Over the Hill Game golf group.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his brother. He is survived by his wife Barbara, son Derek and daughter-in-law Rachael, daughter Tracy and son-in-law Tim Taber and six grandchildren: Clayton, Lauren and Carson Albrecht and Toby, Tristin and Timory Taber.

John’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Canyon Lake Country Club on Tuesday, September 3, at 3 p.m.

Marian D’Onofrio

Marian D’Onofrio

Marian D’Onofrio

Marian D’Onofrio, a 28-year resident of Canyon Lake, passed away August 15, 2015.

She was born August 10, 1921. At the age of 6, she came with her mother to the United States from Southern Italy to join her father and older siblings.

Although she was not allowed to complete high school, Marian enrolled in beauty school and became an accomplished hair dresser at a very young age. This training and experience served her well and she was always meticulously groomed.

Marian was raised and married in Indiana and Michigan, but in 1951 moved to California with her husband, Leslie, and three children. Marian was an accomplished seamstress and cook. Having to work outside of the home as well, Marian went to work in the electronic assembly industry and eventually retired from Rockwell as a prototype engineer’s assistant, building intricate components for the defense industry.

During the 1970s, Marian and Les invested in duplexes to rent. They designed and maintained these expertly, which provided them the ability to retire at 55, and eventually settle in Canyon Lake.

Marian and Les spent several days on their lawn chairs, watching the views from many Canyon Lake lots to pick the site of their retirement home. They did an amazing job and built a custom home to accommodate their expected lifestyle.

They played pinochle with a Canyon Lake club and joined several bunco groups. They bowled for several decades at Cal Oaks Bowl in Murrieta and have many trophies to show for their efforts. Marian and Les entertained regularly and enjoyed playing cards, ping-pong and pool.

Their lakeside swimming pool was a joy and center of the family’s entertainment as well. Marian swam daily and was still swimming at age 89. She was proud of her ability to dive and was still doing this well at age 87.

The family celebrated her 90th birthday at the bowling alley where she bowled in a No Tap League. She was a member of St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Sun City and attended regularly.

Family always came first for Marian. She hosted nearly all the holidays, birthdays and special events for her family. Dementia set in by 2008, and was aggravated by Leslie’s passing that same year.

Marian will be sorely missed by her children, JoAnn Dietz (Donald), John D’Onofrio (Julie), and Judi Walker. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Don (Cathy), Michael, Lori (Greg), Chris (Melissa), Cheryl, Les, Colleen (Chris) and Shari (Frank); and was so proud of her great-grandchildren, Dana, Kelly, Robin, Abigail, Sarah, Jenna, Aurora, Natalina, Brett and Christopher.

The viewing for Marian will be on Sunday, August 30, between 4 and 8 p.m., with the Rosary at 6 at Miller-Jones on Murrieta Rd. in Sun City. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church on Monday, August 31, at 11 a.m. Internment will take place at Menifee Valley Cemetery and reception at Miller-Jones guest house will immediately follow.

Anthony Munio

Anthony Munio

Anthony Munio

Anthony Carmello Munio, 95, passed away in Menifee on August 16, 2015. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 12, 1920.

Anthony served in World War II as an ariel engineer staff sergeant. He has been a resident of Canyon Lake since 1974, enjoying the dream home he built for him an his wife, Jordis Munio.

Anthony enjoyed being a member of the Canyon Lake Tennis Club for several years, as well as fishing and building things. He also liked having breakfast at the Country Club.

Anthony is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Kirk and Wendy Munio of Canyon Lake; son, Anthony Munio of Huntington Beach; daughter, Rose Ann of Whittier; and seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held August 28, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Evans Brown Mortuary, 27010 Encanto Dr. in Sun City. He will be laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery.


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