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 2, 2010

    Sorry I was not able to attend Tomi’s Celebraion of Life ceremony.

    I will always remember Tomi as a great gentle person and a wonderful golfer.

  2. November 15, 2010

    One of my favorite memories of Tomi is when Al and I came to visit in February 1972. Dave and Tomi took us to Tijuana, Mexico. Tomi showed us a good time and was such a good sport with us on the streets of Tijuana.

    I’ll always rember the visits in the summertime when Tomi would come out with her parents. Tomi fit right in with her Country Cousin; riding horses, playing in the barn hayloft and feeding the animals.

    In love to Tomi’s family.

  3. October 29, 2010

    We are saddened to learn of Tomi’s passing. We were aware that she had been fighting cancer for several years.

    We have fond memories of the times that we shared food and drinks together. She really enjoyed life.

    With loving thoughts.

  4. September 28, 2010

    There are a couple of old ladies in Oregon who are very sad to hear that dear Tomi is gone. We’ll miss her a lot.

  5. October 2, 2010

    My Dear Friend,

    I have never been so uplifted at a time usually of great sorrow. Tomi’s family and circle of close friends formed a phenominal support team.

    However, as the story of the past few years was told, the question remains – who was supporting who?

    Tomi’s strength in the face of terrible suffering and long odds was the glue that kept all optimistic that recovery was possible.

    Indeed a very extraordinary person, Tomi will be dearly missed.

    May warm memories sustain you and may you be comforted, too, by the thoughts and compassion of others who are sharing this sorrow with you.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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