August 21, 2009 –
Michael Van Stanhoff
Michael was born in Los Angeles, California on January 14, 1959 and passed away on August 18, 2009 in Whittier, California after succumbing to an aggressive form of cancer. He was 50 years old.
He leaves a wife, Maria “Elvia” Stanhoff, a daughter Rachel Stanhoff and a stepdaughter Nancy Stanhoff. Michael is also survived by his father Michael Edward Stanhoff, his aunt Lenora Dyer Hotema and his four sisters: Leslie Stanhoff; Tracy Stanhoff; Allison Hicks and Frances Halvorson.
His mother, Darlene Dyer Stanhoff, his grandmother, Elsie “Sally” Steward Dyer and his uncle, Vernon Dyer, on his Prairie Band Potawatomi side of the family, preceded Michael in death.
Michael graduated from Santa FeHigh School in Santa Fe Springs, California where he lettered in water polo and swimming. He also attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Michael enjoyed working and socializing with his work associates, being employed by Northrop Grumman Corporation, The Boeing Company, Nissan and the Walt Disney Company over the years. A life-long UCLA Bruin football and basketball fan, Michael enjoyed all types of sporting events and was an avid follower of U.S. and world politics.
Private family services will be held at the Rosecrans Funeral Home in Paramount, California on Sunday, August 23 followed by a supper at the Halvorsen residence in Fullerton, California.
(Submitted by the family)