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

  1. October 1, 2010

    Tomi truly was an amazing person. She was funny and witty. She made everyone happy. On the golf couse she made fun of herself if she made a bad shot. She was just a pleasure to be around.

    She talked me into following her as President of our Ladies Club. When I finally said ok she presented me with a necklace that said “oh shit”. She and her partner in crime – Judy Soulakis – did “incredible” tournaments.

    She will be missed.

  2. October 1, 2010

    One of our favorite memories of Tomi is when she was bouncing Quincy on her knee at a Christmas party and then he threw up on her & she went to clean herself up, came back out the party and had fun. Tomi was a very strong, passionate women who loved her family very much. We will all miss her very much.

  3. October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite memories of Tomi is inspiring to play golf.

    May you rest in peace in God’s hand!

    May your family be blessed with strength and health during this difficult time.

    With warm wishes,

  4. Mary Dean says:

    October 2, 2010

    One of my favorite memories of Tomi is her hearty laugh. She really helped me when I took over the tournament chair job at San Juan Hills. She knew how much work it was going to be, patted me on the shoulder and handed me the big boxes with that hearty laugh. I did the same when I turned the job over to the next tournament chair.
    Thank you, Tomi, for all you did for SJHWGA.

  5. Mary Dean says:

    October 2, 2010

    Dear David,

    What a lovely service and life celebration your family provided for Tomi. It was a wonderful opportunity for her family and friends to gather in her memory. I appreciated the chance to get to know your daughters and their families. Thank you.

    I’ve included for you some of the e-mails I received from our SJHWGA memories. I meant to leave it with you on Friday. Tomi was such a vital part of our organization. We are all indebted to her and her influence and impact will remain in our hearts.
    I hope that your memories of your life together will comfort you in these next days.
    Mary Dean

    Oh my gosh, Mary, I am so sad to hear about Tomi. I had a lot of fun with her. She was a wonderful person. Will you pass on my condolences to her family.
    Sue Hill

    So sorry to hear this! She was too young. She was membership chair when I first was joining and took me around the course.
    Mona Clark

    My thoughts are with her family and good friends.
    Mary Church

    I am so sorry about Tomi’s passing. It was a long struggle for her.
    Thanks, Joyce May

    Thanks for the sad news. Tomi sure fought for a long time. Will miss her.
    Sally Cowperthwait

    Tomi fought a good fight & I know she is at peace with her creator & enjoying the presence of Perfect Love, My Jesus. My heart goes out to her family; also my love and prayers.
    Alexis Albers

    Thanks for the information regarding Tomi’s service. I will be in Cape Cod at my son’s wedding – a joyous time for me and a very sad time for Tomi’s family. My thoughts will be with you all at San Juan while you celebrate Tomi’s life.
    Claire Fisher

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