Walter James Solverson
December 6, 1937 – January 20, 2019
Walter James Solverson of Anahiem, CA passed away on January 20, 2019. He was surrounded by his family. He is survived by his 3 daughters – Dottie, Mary & Nancy and his son Wally and two sons in law – Bill & Tim. Walter is also survived by 9 grandchildren – Danielle, Dennis, Amber, Alexander, Travis, Nathaniel, Natalia, Nico and Max. Also, 9 great grandchildren – Elisabeth, Lawrence, James, William, Elaine, Alexander, Brooklyn, Addison, Braelyn, as well as 1 great, great grandchild – McKenna.
Walter also cherished his extended family on the East Coast, the Tamburrinos. Walter’s family wants to extend thanks and gratitude to his dear friends, the Dolan family, for their over 50 years of love and friendship. These two families, whether on the East Coast or West Coast, were part of his daily thoughts and conversations. They meant the world to him.
The best way to describe Walter was he was a man’s man and a man of his word. He could always be counted on by family, friends and neighbors to assist with any repair or provide any assistance they needed, regardless of time of day or circumstance. If he said he was going to do something, he did it. His word was his bond.
Walter was a Navy veteran and served his country for 17 years. After that, he worked for Continental Airlines for over 20 years and retired. He decided retirement wasn’t for him and he returned to work for Orion Air. After leaving Orion Air, he worked another 19 years for Federal Express and retired again in 2008.
A Committal Service will be held Friday, February 15, 2019 at Riverside National Cemetery located at 22495 Van Buren Boulevard, Riverside, CA 92518. The service will begin at 1:31 pm. The celebration of Walter’s life will continue immediately following the service at the Solverson family residence.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.funerariadelangelanaheim.com for the SOLVERSON family.
- Committal Service Friday, February 15, 2019
Walter James Solverson
February 15, 2019
The emotions I am feeling are so much like the ones I experienced not too long ago with Grandma Dot’s passing. I will miss you and your many jokes, while you cracked a smile that could lighten the darkest of rooms. Your vibrant energy and love you had for our family was so great, and we will try to continue to give off that happiness and love to one another at the capacity from which you shared. The seven plus years I have gotten to know you and become a part of your family seemed to have passed by so quickly, and I believe that is one of the reasons why I am hurt with your passing. But I am also happy- happy that you are no longer in physical pain, and most importantly happy that you are once again with Grandma Dot as well as Nancy’s Uncle Ed and Aunt Nancy.
Rest in Paradise, Grandpa Walt.
February 14, 2019
I’ve often struggled with how one could ever truly put into words what a person means to them. I’ve come to realize there are no words that can truly define that feeling. Saying I love you so very much, simply doesn’t feel like it does my feelings for you justice.
My entire life we lived on opposite ends of the country. But my heart, love and feelings for you never felt that way.
I remember as a kid looking forward so much to the annual summer visits and how sad I was when they stopped. I remember and cherish that you took the time to fly to the East Coast to attend my wedding. I even remember that you were the first person to give me alcohol.....so much alcohol that I was ungodly sick for 2 days afterwards.....who does that to thier niece?! After I “recovered” and I asked you that question, your response was, “I wanted you to learn here, where you are safe, to not push beyond your limits”. At the time I remember thinking, “crazy old bastard, what’s he talking about.” True story.... but as I got older it made sense.
I love you for always making me feel special. I love you for visiting those summers when I was a kid. I love you for getting me so drunk I was sick for days. I love you for so many reasons that will fill my heart until we meet again.
Give my Grandmom a big hug and kiss for me.
May God Rest Your Soul.
With love always....
“Little” Margie (Tamburrino) McBride.
Amber Solverson Granddaughter
February 11, 2019
To my handsome, bright blue-eyed grandfather....
Thank you for introducing the love of Celine Dion's voice to me at a young age. On my 9th birthday you gifted me a Sony boombox with a few CD's: TLC, BoyzIIMen and Celine Dion- The Power of Love. To this day I think of you every time I hear her voice, I see you sitting in the back bedroom office playing her music and you asking me if I knew who this beautiful voice belonged to!
Thank you for showing me how important it is to work hard, to provide for the ones you love. I remember you waking up just in time to eat supper with all of us on a Sunday night before getting dressed to go work the night shift. You buttoning your crisp shirt, adding small tools and a pen to your shirt pocket and giving us all a big wet kiss.
Thank you for always being honest, for telling it how it was. You had no filter, I appreciate that and thankfully you passed that on to me. We both can come off as rude but to a fault we have hearts of gold.
Thank you for loving my daughter, your great-granddaughter Elisabeth. The smile on your face when she would walk through the door would light up a dark room. You both have these beautiful blue eyes and when you saw one another it was as if you had this special connection. Some of your last words were her name and we all are so curious of what you wanted to say about her. Please visit her as she dreams, she misses you.
I know you would always say "Don't cry, wipe those tears" when we were hurting from something. Yes we do have tears now and they are tears of true happiness. I'm happy that you are no longer in pain, I'm happy you are in heaven watching over us with your family & friends. I'm happy to be a Solverson. We bare your name and truly wear it with pride. We all have a little piece of you, from our temper to our matching thumbs, thank you Grandpa.... I love you.
February 10, 2019
Hey grandpa ! I truly do miss you! You were the only grandpa i really knew!! I love you so much !! Smooth sailings grandpa!! Hooyah!!love you grandpa i know you and grandma will be looking over me and the family !! Love Nathaniel
February 8, 2019
There are so many memories and i am thankful for them all! Like Nancy, I also remember all those Halloween nights when she and I were young and how you took us around the neighborhoods until we had so much candy we were were dragging our pumpkins behind us ! You would take us to Brookhurst Theater to see movies, and drop us at the Buena Park Mall. You would drive us around in your green school bus just because we thought it was fun. Then when we were in high school, you would take us to Studio K and pick us up late at night. You were always there for any of us, at anytime of the day or night, for anything...no matter how big or small. You kept my mom company after we lost my dad (chats over coffee, Saturday game nights, weekly dinners). I cherish the memories of our backyard cookouts, holiday get togethers, and our fun Friday and Saturday nights growing up. None of it could have happened without you. Not having you here with us is strange and heartbreaking, but I smile at the thought of you with your wife, family, and best friends again. You are dearly loved and missed, but you will forever live on in our hearts.
NANCY GARCIA (SOLVERSON)
February 8, 2019
I still can not believe you are not here with me anymore. I truly miss your beautiful smile and your sea blue eyes. I am blessed to call you my dad. You were an incredible man. I can remember every Halloween when I was young like it was just yesterday. You would take Teresa and me Trick or Treating every year riding around on a bike with your flashlight making us go up to houses that looked waaaay to scary for us. You would tell us we were fine, and that nothing would happen to us. Just go get your candy....HAHAHAHA . I am thankful for everything you taught me. I can build, install and take things apart just like any man can... all because you taught me well. You and Mom have made me the strong independent woman that can do anything my heart desires. I am glad I was by your side holding your hand and listening to Celine Dion with you as you took your final breath. You will never be alone. I will be next to you and mom forever. I hope you have found peace, love and happiness with all your family and friends who welcomed you with open arms when you walked through the gates of heaven on January 20th at 12:52pm. RIP DAD.... YOU ARE LOVED AND MISSED VERY MUCH