Myrtle L. Warnberg

Myrtle L. Warnberg

March 04, 1915 - June 28, 2014

Myrtle L. Warnberg

March 04, 1915 - June 28, 2014


Myrtle Lorraine Warnberg passed away in her home at age 99 on June 28, 2014. Born March 4, 1915 to immigrants from Norway, she was second youngest of 10 children raised on the family farm in Clayton, Wisconson near the Minnesota border.

As a teenager, Myrtle stayed by her mother’s side during her long battle with cancer. Shortly after her mother’s death, she left Wisconsin for California at the age of 20, knowing only one person when she arrived. She found work as a nanny and then took a year of training to be a nurse. Myrtle married Al Warnberg in Santa Barbara on July 11, 1941. Their first home was in Los Angeles at 9th and Jefferson, just a block from the end of the red line street car. They had three daughters, raising them in Van Nuys from 1949 to 1956, and then in Northridge. They were proud to be the original owners of these two houses. While raising their family they were active members of various churches in the San Fernando Valley.

In their later years, grandchildren became the center of their lives. Myrtle delighted in showing her grandchildren how to pick berries, juice oranges, feed their kitties, and sew their own clothes. She was an incredible story teller – especially tales about growing up on a farm. Al suffered a stroke in 1979, leaving Myrtle with added responsibilities for many of the following years. Three years after they moved to Mission Viejo, Myrtle lost her beloved husband on December 17, 1997. On March 24, 2011 she lost her youngest daughter, Trudy Warnberg.

Myrtle maintained her strong personal faith throughout her life living the deeply held principles of her Christian faith. She was a blessing to all around her. Even days before she passed Myrtle kept her unique sense of humor, often surprising those around her with witty comments and delighting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with her playful antics.

Throughout her 99 years Myrtle’s greatest pleasure was her family. However, she often professed her readiness to be with the Lord. Her wish was to be buried with her husband at El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest. Particular appreciation goes to the wonderful caregivers who helped Myrtle in her final months, as well as to her daughter Nancy who oversaw the details of her life for the past many years.

Myrtle is survived by two daughters, Nancy Saviers of Mission Viejo and Mary Bristow of Alhambra, her grandchildren Michelle, Ashley, Kelly, Kristy, Kevin, and Erik, her 7 great grandchildren, and her sister Florence Wold of Minnesota. She touched our lives profoundly with her gentle spirit and will linger in our memories forever.

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5 responses to Myrtle L. Warnberg

  1. Myrtle was my neighbor since we moved here in 2008. She was 93 and was still on her own most of the time. Our sleeping schedules and waking times were the same and often I would open my front door to listen for the morning birds and I would see her at 4:30 am step outside her door and pick up her daily newspaper and sometimes we would say good morning. I always watched for her light to go on in the morning bringing comfort that she was granted another day. I was so amazed at her wit and cheerfulness that someone of her age would still be so engaging and present. A while later she had caregivers that would come during the day that would always remark about her positive attitude and cheerfulness. They said that she was such a delight to work with and that she was more like their friend and family than anything else. She also had a countenance reflecting a joy and peace about her of someone who knew they were loved with a hope for eternity with Christ. It’s hard to believe that she was 99 years old. She was a young spirit in an older body and yet she was so agile up until a few months ago. Last night I looked for her light as I would do every morning, but there was no light in the window, but I know in heaven her light is on and will never go out again. We love you Myrtle and we will miss you until we meet again. Until then we will think of you with precious memories and know that you are safe in our Saviors arms. Psalm 116:15
    With love and deepest sympathy to your family, Bill and Debbie Kauble

  2. Thank you Debbie. She was a truly gentle soul.

  3. Thank you for being such a wonderful neighbor Debbie and for playing beautiful hymns at my mother’s memorial service.

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  5. Beautiful pictures of mom and our family. Thank you for posting those Mary.

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