Let the memory of Steven be with us forever
  • 81 years old
  • Born on June 21, 1936 in Oakland, California, United States.
  • Passed away on October 13, 2017 in Laguna Woods, California, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Steven Carpenter, 81, born on June 21,1936 to Carmen Pereida and Joseph Carpenter, and passed away on October 13, 2017.Steve spent his formative years at the Nazareth’s Residence for Boys in the San Fernando Valley and graduatedfrom Loyola High School.  He matriculated at Loyola University where he earned degrees in psychology and teaching credentials.  He was a commissioned officer in the Air Force where he completed pilot training and was in the first Air Force class to graduate with both propeller and Jet plane training. His favorite flying experience was in the T–38 where he enjoyed doing acrobatic moves. Late in his service career he was assigned as the weapons director at Loring Air Force Base in Maine. He left the East Coast in 1965 with his first (now deceased) wife Shirley and their new baby to settle in Inglewood, California. After a short assignment with the El Segundo School District a school psychologist, Steve accepted a position with LAUSD as a math teacher at Webster Middle School where he remained for 28 years until his retirement. During his teaching career he enlightened 4200 children about the marvels of math. In 1994 Steve married Mary Grace and lived happily in Westchester until they moved to Laguna Woods in 2013. Steve loved to dance and took flamenco lessons. His favorite pastime was playing tennis or watching it on TV. Everyone who knew Steve enjoyed his sense of humor. As his memory started failing, he told us the same Air Force story repeatedly and we enjoyed it every time. Steve’s booming teacher voice and infectious laughter will be missed by everyone.  Steve loved to travel and his favorite trip was cruising through the Panama Canal. Steve lost his courageous fight with Alzheimer’s disease on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 8:35 am. He was surrounded by his devoted wife of 23 years Mary Grace, and their daughters Lisa, Michelle and Lynne. He is also survived by daughters Marianne, Jacqueline, Katharine (husband,Steve Killgore) and sister, Joann, and brother, John (wife, Colleen).

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the Village Greens (Gate 12), 24112 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Woods, California 92637. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Steve’s name to: Alzheimer’s Orange County (www.alzoc.org), Companion Hospice (www.companionhealthgroup.com) or a charity of your choice.

We will remember him forever.

Posted by Judy Hohman on 8th August 2018
Jim and I have such wonderful memories of Steve because Steve was a wonderful person. Besides being a devoted father, stepfather, and husband, he found joy in the little events that make up our lives. He loved to laugh and had an infectious laugh. When we think of Steve we immediately think of his love of tennis, "Law and Order," and shopping at Costco. He always found a nice way to say something about something or someone he did not like. If I were to write his resume for a job, I would give him 5 stars for his people skills. Always a positive person, the world has lost a person with an ethic and approach to life that we all should aspire to. Even as he passed from this life to the next, he wore that frequently present smile. We are thankful for the times we spent with him.
Posted by Jim&Germaine Wensley on 7th November 2017
Hi Gracie, We're so sorry to hear of Steve's passing, may he rest in peace. It was a shock. We didn't know Steve all that well, but what we did know of him, he was a really friendly guy. Sending our deepest sympathy to you, Gracie. You are going to miss him so much, may the Lord keep you in his loving hands during this difficult time.
Posted by Marianne Carpenter on 6th November 2017
Dearest Daddy, I went to Laughflin recently and thought of you as I choose my keno numbers. Because you taught me fundamental math like algebra and more progressive math like logistics. I could play a variety of casino games. Further more I was able to understand the stock market in algebra two trig geometrics and other gateways to math. I love you so much and will miss you forever.Your teaching skills that turned into my math skills I will benefit from always out in the big world of math... Lots of love and hugs, Your daughter Marianne
Posted by Lillian Harling on 29th October 2017
Sweet, Sweet cousin Gracie, Even though we didn't see you both often, I have such fond memories of you both and your girls. Steve was such a special soul full of life ad laughter. You and Steve were always so charismatic and loving and fun to be around. My prayers are with you at this most challenging time. Sending you big hugs and lots of love. Lillian
Posted by Michelle Raffo on 29th October 2017
What an amazing person! I feel so lucky to have known Steve and his kind heart and contagious laugh! My heart and prayers are with you Aunt Gracie and all his girls. Sending many hugs! Michelle, Martin, Jack & Andrew
Posted by Barbara Clewell on 29th October 2017
Aunt Gracie & Girls, Our hearts, love and prayers are with all of you, we so wish we could be there to hug and support all of you. We know you will find strength in all the wonderful memories Steve gave to you. He was such a wonderful person always so happy and loving. We could see how happy he made you Aunt Grace which in turn made us happy. We are so honored to call him Uncle Steve and to have him as part of our family and lives. Tom & Barbara
Posted by Paulanne Reif Kraus on 26th October 2017
Steve , when you married my Aunt Grace 23 year's ago . I really didn't know you vary well , even that first time you came back to Scranton and to see Aunt Grace's Mom . It was a couple of year's when Aunt Grace would call Mom and I would talk to her and she sounded happy and she would talk about you with great joy and every time you would come back home I saw how happy Aunt Grace was with you . Then you became Uncle Steve . Uncle Steve we'll miss you , But you'll never be forgotten . Aunt Grace , Lisa , Michelle , Lori , Lynne and Marianne . Our hart felt deepest condolences to all of you . We wish we could be there for all of you , to help support all of you and to do stuff for you . Our thoughts and prayer are with you all at this time of need . We love you all .
Posted by Sunshine Lutey on 26th October 2017
Grace, My heart is with you. I know its not easy to negotiate the road of life after losing such an important part of your life.
Posted by P J on 25th October 2017
I did not know Mr. Carpenter personally but my Dad died at the same age and I still feel the pain of his loss. My condolences to the family. Your loved one really lived life joyfully and enjoyed people. God has promised to bring about a time when we will see our loved ones again at Revelations 21:4. Old age will be a thing of the past and mankind will enjoy perfect health on a paradise earth. May the God of all comfort embrace you during this difficult time.
Posted by Julia Takahashi on 24th October 2017
I didn’t know Steve or your family personally but wanted to share some words of encouragement. From your comments I can tell he definitely had an impact on many people’s lives. His life is proof of the scripture in Ecclesiastes 7:1 that a good name is important and the day of ones death is better than the day of ones birth just beacause a person has accomplished a lot by the time of their death. However death is still hard to accept. We look forward to the time when Revelation 21:3,4 will be fulfilled and pain, tears, and death will be eliminated. Until that time deep sympathy— Julia
Posted by MaryGrace Carpenter on 24th October 2017
Your love lives on in the little things you shared, in the moments we will always treasure, your infectious laughter which was contagious, the way you looked at us out of your sparkling hazel eyes and your smile that lit up the room even at the moment of your death. We will see your face every time we look up at the bright stars in the night sky. The memories of the special love you shared will return each day to bring comfort to our broken hearts. Even death won’t part us now!
Posted by Rita Lambert on 24th October 2017
Thank you for being a gentle man, a joyful Carpenter. You added good to the world, something all of us wish to emulate. Much sympathy to your wife and children who will miss you most of all.
Posted by Patricia Corbett on 24th October 2017
Dear Steve was my favorite cousin and always there for me in an emergency, even when we were children. It was so nice having someone older than me around to pick up the torch and lead everybody in a fun game or adventure! Thank you, Steve, especially for welcoming into your home after my cancer surgery. Peace be with you.
Posted by Judi Turner on 24th October 2017
Steve just laughed and laughed, even if it was at his own jokes. His big smile was omnipresent. I used to play tennis with him and he graciously aimed the ball right in to my racquet. He took pride in his appearance and always looked dapper. Grace & Steve were lucky to have each other. I will always remember you Stveve.
Posted by Manjit Ender on 24th October 2017
Steve was a wonderful man who was always very kind to me and my family. We lived on the same street when he was living on Regis Way and always remember him as a friendly, nice neighbor. My condolences to your family. He will be missed. xo RIP Mr. Carpenter
Posted by Mary Fraser on 24th October 2017
Grace, While I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Steve, I did lose my mother to Alzheimer's three years ago and know the extreme love and devotion you needed to pull from to bring you through the years. My heart is with you as you experience grief and eternal love in all of its forms. A big hug, Mary
Posted by Shereef Ellaboudy on 24th October 2017
Steve, One thing I will always cherish, and miss about you, is your kind heart and big laughter :) I remember your kindness when you drove your old ford to northern California to help me and your daughter, ex wife Marianne, God bless her, when we really needed help and needed another car! Memory is a lovely lane, and there is a beautiful road called remembrance, always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts, may God bless you and rest in peace.
Posted by Gretchen & Mark Uslan... on 23rd October 2017
I will miss seeing Steve out in front of his house. He always gave me a friendly greeting and a wave. Also the " care packages " from Steve and Grace when Gretchen was so sick. Fondly,Mark Uslander
Posted by Marsha & Phil Naideth on 23rd October 2017
Steve always had a smile on his face. He always pitched in in helping setting up events such as the July 4th picnic. We remember Steve walking around our neighborhood and always ready to start up a friendly conversation. Such a nice guy who we will miss.
Posted by Margot Villa on 23rd October 2017
I remember my cousin Steve as fun-loving, kind, wise, and generous, and so pleasant to be around. He was a good example of what this world needs more of. Rest in Peace, Steve. You lived a good, full life.
Posted by April B. Watson on 23rd October 2017
Steve was a beautiful man. I realized that men can be beautiful when my father passed. Steve and dad were a lot alike. Steve was very sweet, loving, kind and giving. He was a GENTLEMAN! He was fun, funny, and sometimes thought he was funny. :-) I'll miss that beautiful man; however, I am all for loved ones resting after a long journey. See you later my friend...

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