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OBITUARY

Angeline Irene Mitchell

March 27, 1921September 4, 2020

Angeline Irene Mitchell, age 99, of Escondido, California passed away on Friday, September 4, 2020. Angeline was born March 27, 1921.

Angeline had 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

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Roy Mitchell

September 18, 2020

In 1974, Guy and Angeline became grandparents for the first time with the birth of Laurie Caro Mitchell. By the time of her death, Angeline had 11 grandchildren all total (Laurie, Greg, Andrew, Erica, Kyle, Julie, Jessica, Anthony, Austin, Kristin and Jacob). Her first great-grandchild was born when she was 87 years old in 2009. From 2009 to 2014, she was blessed to have 14 great-grandchildren born (Elisabeth, Wyatt, Amy, Aiden, Calvin, Alan, Brett, Brady, Rhett, Lane, Carter, Dean, Felix and Mazeo)!
There is nothing she liked better than spending time with family and considered time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren especially sweet. She attended family high school and college graduations, weddings, baby showers, birthday parties, and holiday family gatherings.
She strongly encouraged her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to learn and study hard and do well in school. She believed in the power of education and reading, reading, reading! She loved to buy books for the children in the family and give them out as birthday and Christmas presents. She often quoted a Polish proverb that “one who asks questions rarely blunders” and encouraged us to ask questions when we did not understand something, so that we were always in a lifelong “learning mode”.
Written by Susan Mitchell before her passing. We miss you both.

Roy Mitchell

September 18, 2020

He returned to Camp Pendelton and again was put in charge of the Tank Mechanics School. Roy was born in 1953, and Jack in 1954, and Guy retired from the Corps in 1966 and went to work for the City of Oceanside where he eventually became the head mechanic for their entire fleet of trucks and cars.
During their years in Oceanside, Angeline and Guy were very involved in the lives of their children. Angeline served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, helped with Camp Fire Girls activities, and served as a “room-mother”. She and Guy served as the Superintendents of the church Sunday School and were involved in the PTA. All three boys were involved in sports, and the family attended countless Little League and Babe Ruth games over the years, including following Gary’s Babe Ruth AllStar team all over southern California the year he coached the team. They also attended tennis tournaments and wrestling matches, as well as piano recitals and band and orchestra concerts for Susan, Roy, and Jack. They also hosted an American Field Service student from Switzerland, Martha Hauser, in 1968-69 and she became our “Swiss sis” for one year, resulting in four children in high school all at one time!
That was a busy and wonderful year for the entire family except for the fact that Gary had joined the Army in 1966 and served in Vietnam for two tours of duty in 1967-68. We all lived for letters from him during this time and Angeline was always greatly relieved when one would arrive. All in all, her husband and son served for almost five years in war zones while she prayed for their safe returns.

Roy Mitchell

September 18, 2020

Less than one month later, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and in April, 1942, he was deployed to the south Pacific where he spent the next 26 months serving in a tank battalion fighting in many battles such as at Guadalcanal and Tanahmerah Bay.
Like many women during World War II, Angeline worked in a factory, initially working on the line producing items for the war effort. Not long after arriving at the factory, her employers discovered how good she was at math and she was reassigned to figuring out how many different parts were needed at what times to keep the factory going as fast as possible. She loved math and was excited she could put her skills to work in such a way that helped with the war effort.
When Guy returned from the front, he was stationed at Camp Pendleton where he was put in charge of the Tank Mechanics School, and Guy and Angeline began their life in California. In 1947, he was transferred to Guam where he and the other 13 Marines stationed there, built homes for their families in advance of their arrival. Later that year Angeline, and 2 year old Gary, and the other families flew to Guam on a small military transport plane the day before a typhoon hit the island. The 18 months they spent there were some of the happiest in her life, living less than a block away from the beach, picking shells every day and enjoying the island life. She often described it as paradise! They returned stateside on a troop ship with 1300 Marines, and were chased by a typhoon, causing the trip to take sixteen days, during which she was horribly seasick the entire time!
Upon their return, Guy was stationed at Camp Pendleton, and they settled into life in Oceanside until war intervened to separate them again. The day after Susan was born in February 1952, Guy left for Korea where he served under fire for 13 months.

Roy Mitchell

September 18, 2020

On Easter Sunday, March 27, 1921, Angeline Irene made her entrance into the world, the 6" child of Antoni and Elizabeth Michalak who had both immigrated to America from Poland and married in 1907 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She spent most of her early life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She told stories of loving to skate or skip to school, but not loving trudging to school in the snow. She talked about their house burning down when she was just a little girl and the kids being farmed out to the neighbors until a new house could be built. She also shared stories of the many times she performed on the stage at Polish events often dancing or reciting long poems written by a doctor at their church.
After high school, she ended up living in Virginia with her older sister, Harriett, and her husband, Frank. One night she ended up at a Polish dance and had a great time dancing each dance, including dancing with some Marines stationed at Quantico. During the evening, the couple who was going to drive her home, was called away due to an emergency, and she worried about how she was going to get home. One of the Marines she danced with that night noted that her home was right on the way back to the base, and that he would ask the Marine who owned the car they had arrived in, if they could give her a ride home. He also noted that the driver, even though he had not participated in a single dance, had watched her from the sidelines all evening, and would probably not mind dropping her off! Sure enough, when they arrived at her house, the driver walked her to the door and asked her out for the following Sunday. That Marine was Guy Cecil Mitchell, from Fitzgerald, Georgia. When he arrived at her house for their first date (going to see the Rockettes!) she thought he was the most handsome man she had ever seen! In less than two years, on November 8, 1941, they were married in Baltimore, Maryland.

Roy Mitchell

September 14, 2020

Roy Mitchell

September 14, 2020

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FROM THE FAMILY

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