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Fernando Andrew Carpenter

Mass will be celebrated Dec. 30 for Fernando Andrew Carpenter, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease Dec. 22, 2005, at Rowland Convalescent Hospital in Covina, Calif. He was 70.

Andy was born Oct. 11, 1935, in Lynbrook, Long Island, N.Y. He served as an active member of the U.S. Navy for 21 years and seven months, where he achieved the rank of MMCM (chief petty officer.) He was a Vietnam veteran and received many commendations. He was a member of American Legion Post 795, Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge, all in South Lake Tahoe. Andy was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother and uncle, who will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and dedication to his family and his country.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah Pauline and Richard Irwin of Ontario, Calif., and Denise Pamela and Kenneth Westervoorde of West Covina, Calif.; daughters, Mary Ellen Carpenter of Poway, Calif., and Rita (Penny) Mae Clough of Las Vegas, Nev.; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin Andrew and Lynn Carpenter of Brentwood, Calif.; son, David Gonzales of West Covina; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Mary F. Carpenter; father, Hosea Wallace Carpenter; mother, Frances Pease; brother, Hosea Wallace Carpenter Jr.; and sisters, Aleta Hasse and Mae Merrick.

Visitation will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 29 at McFarlane Mortuary, 887 Emerald Bay Road. Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1041 Lyons Ave. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Dec. 30 at St. Theresa, followed by burial at Happy Homestead Cemetery. A reception will follow at American Legion Post 795 at 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.alz.org.

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