Tomasina Arlene Gettel

Tomasina Arlene Gettel

December 08, 1946 - September 24, 2010

Tomasina Arlene Gettel

December 08, 1946 - September 24, 2010


Tomasina Arlene Gettel

Born in Lynwood, CA – December 8, 1946

Passed away September 24, 2010

Memorial Services: Friday, October 1, 2010 10:00 a.m. – O’Connor Mortuary, Laguna Hills

Reception and ‘Celebration of Tomi’s Life’ immediately following 12:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. – San Juan Hills Country Club, San Juan Capistrano

Interment: Saturday, October 2, 2010 Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills

Tomasina Gettel was an amazing lady! Tomi grew up in Downey, CA. She worked 10 years for Dun & Bradstreet rising to Chief Bookkeeper until she met and married David Gettel on December 14, 1974. Soon after, Tomi relocated her family 13 times in 25 years, including Louisiana twice, Iran, Washington State, West Africa, Indonesia and up and down California before finally settling in Lake Forest and Palm Desert, California.

Tomi was an active member of the San Juan Hills Women’s Golf Association holding several positions including Membership Chairman and President.

Tomi was creative, funny, witty, strong, loving, caring a true fighter – the epitome of a hero! Tomi was a devoted wife, phenomenal mother, and loyal friend.

She leaves behind her husband, David Gettel; two daughters, Kristen Jim Gettel-Barrett, Brooke Rob Duval; four grandchildren, Joshua and Kailee Barrett, Jaydon and Collin Duval. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Elizabeth Evenson.

She will be missed!

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41 responses to Tomasina Arlene Gettel

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  1. The Gettel family is in our prayers.

  2. Hey “Sis”
    I remember when we got our first “poodle skirts”. We thought we were pretty cool. It was amazing how we both “thought” alike. WE did enjoy the same people……!!!!!
    The last 15 years were the best though. We reunited as family and it was awesome. I’ll never forget the “catcus issue” and I am sure you won’t either. I was so happy when you bought the “beach house”. Finally – you are definately an “EVENSON” and everyone just has to love those Norweigens. We were family because we had the same features, BUT we were “sisters” because of our love for each other. We’ll finish that bucket list later. I love ya and miss ya sis. God got a good one with you.

  3. Tomi,
    I will never forget our early years together: working at D&B, going to Ensenada on weekend trips, being maid of honor when you and David married, and the proud owner of your Karmann Ghia when you moved to Iran. May God bless and keep you close. Love, Max

  4. Knowing Tomi and her family has been a pleasureable experience. The dinners at their home, golf tournaments and other activities I was able to attend are fond memories. To watch her children grow and interact with their great parents was enjoyable. To be part of her history and see her fight and recovery allowed her true personality to shine endearing her more to all. Tomi holds a special place in the hearts of people who knew her and will missed. She will always hold a special place in our memories.

  5. From your dental team! We will miss your visits Tomi! Tomi has been a patient of ours for many years. I have known Tomi, as a patient for 17 yrs, and Araceli for 15yrs, and Im sure Dr. Peery has known her much longer. We were blessed to have “grown up” around so many wonderful patients who inspire, encourage, and share they’re lives with us. It’s an intimate relationship and we will miss her very much. We will miss her beautiful SMILE and positive attitude. God Bless you always, and your family. Much LOVE, PEACE and PRAYERS.

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