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13243 Poway Road
Poway, CA 92064
About UsAt Poway-Bernardo Mortuary we believe in the importance of local ownership and management. You can depend on our compassion and attentive personal service which has become a hallmark of our Mortuary.
Whether you are planning for the future with pre-arrangements, or have an immediate need, Poway-Bernardo Mortuary can provide complete funeral services; ranging from Customized Cremation and Burial Services to Traditional Burials and Veteran's Services.
Our directors will work closely with you and your family to create an individual and personalized ceremony.
A Legacy of Caring
Poway-Bernardo Mortuary has established a reputation of caring for families and helping people to celebrate and honor life in the communities of Poway and Rancho Bernardo, as well as all of San Diego County, since 1967. Our family and staff of professionals understand the difficulties families face during a time of loss, and are here to support you in any way we can.
Our "Family Owned" mortuary provides families with the most complete and compassionate service, ideas and recommendations to personalize and celebrate life, high quality and attractive merchandise, and beautiful facilities.
June 3, 1943 - December 2, 2013
Susan Jill Durrant passed away at her home in Escondido with her loving family by her side on Monday, December 2, 2013. She was born in San Diego, California on June 3, 1943 to Edwin & Jackie Wilkins. Susan was 70 years old.
She was a trail blazer in her lifetime, not worrying about what others thought. She was very involved with all aspects of art and design including painting, dance, jewelry and graphic design and weaving. She and her husband Doug were members of many art museums along the west coast. Susan was honored to have her work displayed in the Smithsonian and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art among others.
She enjoyed spending time at home and taking in the beautiful views of the San Pasqual Valley and Lake Hodges from the balcony. She was always an animal lover and her dog Armando was her baby.
Susan is survived by her husband of 45 years, G.D. "Doug" Durrant; Daughter & Son-in-law, Jessica and Raffi Guiragossian of Long Beach, CA; Brother Lawrence "Larry" Wilkins of Inkopah, CA; Nieces Tanya Wilkins Aiau of Jacumba Hot Springs, CA and Keri Strother of Gautier, MS and many special friends who have become like family over the years. She will be deeply missed.
A celebration of life will be held at 1pm on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Mission Point Park, 2600 Bayside Lane, San Diego, CA. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Cancer Society.
March 10, 1934 - December 1, 2013
Theresa Ann Giesemann
March 10, 1934 - December 1, 2013
Theresa, 79, died peacefully at 4:22 AM on December 1st, 2013 surrounded by her loving family at Palomar Hospital in Escondido, CA.
Theresa was born in Omaha, NE on March 10th, 1934 to Sam and Mary Douchey as the sixth of eight children. She married Thomas Giesemann in Omaha, NE on June 2nd, 1956. Together, they raised seven children and lived in Iowa, Arizona, California, Alabama, and finally settled in Ramona, California in 1982.
Theresa was a kind, loving spirit who brought joy and happiness to all those who knew and loved her. She wouldnt think twice about challenging any of her children or grandchildren to a game of rummy. She will be greatly missed for her quick-wit and generous heart. Theresa endured so much in her life; and she was always so remarkable in her will, her memory, and in her persistence to endure so many challenges. Theresas primary joys in life were the happiness of her family, devotion to her Catholic faith, and reading books of all kinds.
She is survived and loved by her beloved husband of 57 years - Thomas Giesemann; their children Mary Giesemann, Tom Giesemann and wife Patti Pedersen-Giesemann, Joe and wife Andrea Giesemann, Barry and wife Yvette Giesemann, Amy and husband Paul Stastny, Mike and wife Leslie Giesemann and Pat and wife Corinne Giesemann; their grandchildren Jessica and husband Adam Sisson, Corey Giesemann, Alexandra Giesemann, Brielle Giesemann, Grant Giesemann, Spencer Giesemann, Max Giesemann, Sam Giesemann, Lucca Stastny, Eli Giesemann, and Benjamin Giesemann; their two cats Lucy and Molly; and her two sisters Irene Larkin and Dorothy Slimp.
A Viewing and Rosary will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5-8 PM at Poway Bernardo Mortuary, 13243 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064 with the Rosary at 7 PM.. Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10 AM at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at 537 E St, Ramona, CA 92065 with the Committal to follow at 1:30 PM at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Theresas honor to the National Alliance on Mental Illness Donations can be made by visiting www.nami.org. If you would like the Giesemann family to receive receipt of your donation, you may use the following address: 7770 Regents Rd., P.O. Box 113-582, San Diego, CA 92122. Arrangements are by Alhiser-Comer Mortuary.
September 20, 1922 - November 28, 2013
Beverly Neville Fawcett, born September 20, 1922, died on November 28, 2013, at home in Rancho Bernardo. Her husband John Fawcett proceeded her earlier this year, her sister Barbara Best passed away 30 years ago, and her only child, Linda Fawcett lives in Ben Lomond, CA.
With Beverlys passing, one of the great bridge players and creative party planners has left us. Her daughter remembers telling people that her mothers profession was playing bridge, rather than her real job as an elementary teacher. For her numerous parties, she loved to pick a theme and plan around that, decorating and dressing for the occasion. She also loved tradition, and even when living in Panama they had traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, tropics be dammed! Beverly was a natural leader who often rose to leadership positions in her many activities for her church, womens groups, AAUW and alumni events (University of Redlands, Redlands, CA).
Beverly was born and lived in Panama for almost 60 years. Her grandfather first moved to Panama in 1903, where he was a paymaster for the Panama Canal Company. While Beverly enjoyed living in Panama, by the time she was graduated from high school, she eagerly looked forward to moving to the States; once in California, she intended to stay there. But meeting John Fawcett changed her mind. Her future husband, who hailed from Coronado, loved to hear stories about Panama, and convinced her that he needed to see it for himself. A teacher, like Beverly, and a football and track and field coach, there wasnt anything about Panama he didnt like, and there they stayed for over 30 years.
Beverly was a creative teacher, choosing themes for her classroom like she did for her parties. One year every lesson in her room had a circus theme and the children created a circus in their classroom. She also wrote crossword puzzles as a way to teach vocabulary. She created the first live local television show in Panama, sponsored by the Armed Forces Network, called Kiddies Korner, where kids created projects based on stories she had read to them. Beverly described the projects in detail so that children watching at home could replicate them.
After daughter Linda left to attend the University of the Pacific, Beverlys dream of living in California finally came true, and she and John moved to San Diego. Although retired, they led active lives, becoming involved with their alma mater (University of Redlands), and her sorority, organizing and planning fundraisers and events, and of course parties. She was an active member of the Lady Lions, the Rancho Bernardo Republican Women, the Rancho Belles and the Women of St Bartholomew's. Beverly spent many hours as a volunteer at the St. Bart's Thrift Store and at Pomerado Hospital through the Health Foundation. They had season tickets to the San Diego Chargers and attended Padres games. They also enjoyed travelling, often with friends from Panama, and went to Hawaii, China, Japan, Europe and the British Isles, as well as much of the US.
In addition to her daughter Linda, Beverly is survived by three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Linda is especially indebted to her daughter and son-in law, Carol and Bill Seifen, who moved closer to Beverly and John to help with their care in their declining years.
Wherever Beverlys spirit may be, may she have a multitude of grand slams at the heavenly bridge table.
August 3, 1950 - November 28, 2013
Joseph Anthony Bridgman
August 3, 1950 November 28, 2013
Joe, 63, died at home in Poway with his family around him on November 28, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He was peaceful, and not in pain when he passed.
Joe was born in Columbus, Ohio to John and Mary Bridgman and was the first of three children. John, Mary and Joe moved to California in the mid 50s and bought their first home in Poway in 1958, where the family was raised and remains to this day.
Joe was preceded in death by his mother and father John and Mary Bridgman, his brother Bill Bridgman and is survived by his sister Tina (Bridgman) Martedi of Vista, CA his brothers Scott Bridgman of Poway, and John Bridgman of Columbus, Ohio. Joe has several nieces and nephews in California, Ohio and the Pacific North West.
Joe spent over 30 years in the field of security, and access control locking devices. He was highly respected for his knowledge and ability to design systems for projects such as the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, the San Diego Convention Center and many hospital and college campuses.
Joes true love was for the track. Horses! He was a member of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. He was an avid handicapper, and loved to share his knowledge with others about the ponies. He made several trips to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.
Joe also loved the coast, as he made it his home for the past 30 years. Whether it was simply lying in the sun, walking on the beach or just watching the sunset, the beach is where you could always find him. Joe also was an avid Padres, Laker and Charger fan and he could swing a mean golf club as well.
Joe had an easy going disposition. He was quiet, reserved and always had a smile on his face. He was slow to anger and you could tell him anything, as he always had an ear to listen.
Planning a Funeral
Life ChoicesMost of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.
Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at (858) 748-4101 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
Why Pre-Plan?Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
Immediate ArrangementsIn Time of Need
We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
Please call us at (858) 748-4101 to make arrangements in person with a caring, professional Funeral Director.
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13243 Poway Road
Poway, CA 92064