Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Deacon Robert "Bob" Soikkeli: Memorial mass at Santa Clara de Asis Catholic Church

The Funeral Mass was on October 23 at St. Germaine's Catholic Church, 7997 East Dana Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

Deacon Bob was interred at Heritage Memorial Park, 12000 E.Heritage Memorial Ln, Dewey, AZ 86327.

Robert "Bob" Soikkeli, 65, of Prescott Arizona departed this life Thursday October 9, 2014 in Chandler, Arizona. He was born Friday May 27, 1949, in Van Nuys, California to Robert Soikkeli and Betty Wise Foster (Step-father Donald "Pat" Foster) He married Miriam Edith Green on Sept. 11, 1971, and they had three children, Jennifer, Laura and Jonathan. Bob lived in California most of his life. He graduated from UC Riverside in 1971 and later received a PH.D in Psychology from Trinity College of Graduate Studies in Anaheim, CA. He worked in the aerospace industry for 20 years and later as a school psychologist. Bob was a pilot and loved to build small planes in his garage. He was ordained a deacon on May 19, 2007 in the Diocese of Orange, CA, and he earned certification as a spiritual director. He and Miriam moved to Prescott, Arizona, in 2013.

Bob is preceded in death by his mother Betty Foster.
He is survived by his wife Miriam Green Soikkeli, Step- father Donald "Pat" Foster, daughters Jennifer "Jennelle" (Scott) Vanderstouw and Laura (Pavel Popov) Popova, son Jonathan (Rebekah) Soikkeli, sister Jody Foster (Bob) Brillhart, grandchildren Svetlana Popova, Gwynivere Soikkeli, and Pyotr Popov.

...Beloved Husband, Son, Dad, Grandpa, Brother and Friend. He will be greatly missed!

A good man, and devoted Christian as I had witness and to have known through the years at Santa Clara De Asisi, Yorba Linda, California.


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