Toni Prevenas

Longtime Ridgecrest resident Toni Prevenas left for her heavenly home to be with her Lord Jesus after a short battle with cancer.

There will be a Celebration of Life mass and reception at St. Ann’s Church, 446 W Church Ave, Ridgecrest, on Aug. 11, 2018. The service begins at noon with the reception immediately following. The family asks Toni’s friends to join them as they celebrate the life of this wonderful and beautiful lady.

Many of the church family knew Toni as a cheerful greeter at St. Ann’s Church’s 8 a.m. mass; she faithfully kept an adoration hour at church and was a longtime participant at St. Ann’s Christmas Bazaar, where she sold her handsewn quilted wall hangings, hand towels, aprons, etc.

It’s been said that most homes in Ridgecrest contain at least one of her handcrafted designs. She was also active for years in square dancing and round dancing where she made many good friends. She worked for Sprouse Reitz prior to working with her daughter arranging silk trees and plants, designing and sewing curtains, making pillows and accessories for customers at Creations in Silk, by Christine.

Toni was such a talented, loving, productive human being, who made the most of life, always giving of herself and doing for others. She moved to Moreno Valley in 2013 to be with her daughter where she resided until her passing.

She leaves behind her son, Michael Prevenas of Green Valley, Ariz., his son Nicholas and family and his daughter Anna Prevenas,Toni’s daughter Christine and Rudy Diaz, their daughter Jennifer Bitz Tekala (preceded her in death in 2016), and her three children, their daughter Jamie Callahan and family. Others are Toni’s daughter Kathleen Steffek (preceded her in death in 2004), son-in-law Arvid Steffek, granddaughters Michele (Ness) Shields and family, Kimberly (Ness) Green and family; her sister Patricia and Francis Youngblood of Ridgecrest, their families, and sister Linda White of Scottsdale Ariz.,, her sons and their families.

— Submitted by the family of Toni Prevenas

Story First Published: 2018-08-03