San Clemente's Megan Wood Receives O'Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award; Plans Extensive Array of Events and Outings for Seniors

A blackjack tournament is scheduled for Sunday and yoga practice begins Tuesday morning prior to a scenic trip to the beach. While this sounds like the event calendar for a five-star resort, these are just a few of the activities San Clemente’s Megan Wood is planning for a thriving community... - December 22, 2011

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Receives O’Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award

Lindlee Sims, a long-term care ombudsman for the Council on Aging Orange County, has been announced as the November 2011 O'Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award recipient. - November 23, 2011

Rebuilding Together Orange County Executive Director Receives O’Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award

Mission Viejo resident Steve Carpenter has dedicated his life’s work to rebuilding Orange County with a hammer, nails, some dry wall and a huge stockpile of compassion. As executive director of Rebuilding Together Orange County, Carpenter has led thousands of volunteers in the revitalization... - October 26, 2011

O’Connor Mortuary Recognized for Community Outreach Programs at National Funeral Home Convention

Recognized nationally as a leader in the areas of strategic community outreach, education and professional development, O'Connor Mortuary recently carried the distinction of presenting to more than 100 industry peers on these topics at the 93rd annual Selected Independent Funeral Homes National Convention. - October 14, 2011

Chaplain Provides Spiritual Guidance to First Responders, Receives O’Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award

Chaplain Jeff Hetschel has been honored as the Sept. 2011 recipient of the O’Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award for his dedication to providing spiritual guidance and counsel to numerous police and fire department personnel throughout Orange County. - September 17, 2011

Dana Point Social Worker Receives O’Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award for Service to Local Marines and Their Families

The ideals of bravery, service and commitment are central to the U.S. Marine Corps. They also describe the unique mission of Dana Point resident and social worker Terry Rifkin. As a founding member of the Dana Point Fifth Marine Regiment Support Group, she provides invaluable and inspirational... - August 18, 2011

Costa Mesa Hospice Nurse, Community Heroine, Receives O’Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award

Costa Mesa resident recognized with July 2011 O'Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award for her courage, benevolence and unyielding service. A hospice nurse by trade, Julia spends her days bringing comfort and assurance to individuals in their greatest time of need. Julia has also been lauded as a community heroine for rescuing her neighbor from a burning building. - July 14, 2011

92-Year Old World War II Veteran Honored for Service to Community; Orange County Resident Decorated with O’Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award

Highly decorated for service to his country during World War II and the Korean War, Ward Payne has dedicated much of his life to protecting the freedoms of others. But even upon returning to civilian life, he still maintained his own personal legacy of service – this time by donating... - March 16, 2011

Laguna Niguel Teen Effecting Change by ‘Being the Change’; Philanthropic Endeavors Recognized with O’Connor Mortuary’s Heart & Soul Award

A few years ago, Laguna Niguel resident Kaitlyn Waterbury adopted Ghandi’s simple philosophy of “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” At just 18 years old, the Dana Hills High School student has already accomplished remarkable things for her school, her community and even... - March 09, 2011

78-Year Old Mission Viejo Woman Helps Feed Hundreds of Families; Recognized with O’Connor Mortuary Heart & Soul Award

78-year old Orange County native Jan Brick is no stranger to hungry mouths, having fed nine children, 22 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren over the course of her enriched life. But beyond Brick’s commitment to feeding her own family, her decade-long resolve to the plight of more... - February 22, 2011

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