Bernard
Bernard "Gene" Fosket, 72 of Torrance, CA passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on Monday, September 14, 2009. Born in Soda Springs, Idaho, he moved as a young child to western Nebraska and attended Hemingford High School. He went on to attend the University of Nebraska where he played football in 1955-56. After serving our country in the U.S. Marine Corps for 4 years, he landed in Denver, Colorado where he met his wife of 46 years, Annette Phyllis Traxler of Minnesota. They were married in Huntington Park, CA and eventually settled in Torrance, where they have lived for the past 37 years. Gene retired as President of Plasma Technology, Inc. in 2002 after 33 years of service with the surface engineering company. He was a parishioner of St. Catherine Laboure Church in Torrance. He held office of President in The St. Vincent de Paul Society and was also an active member of The Holy Name Society. Gene was an avid sports fan of the Los Angeles Rams and the Nebraska Cornhuskers football teams. He enjoyed researching his family tree, and working on his computer. He coached his children in baseball and softball, and also served as Cub Scout Leader. He enjoyed watching and supporting his grandchildren in their sporting activities. He and his wife Annette enjoyed traveling abroad and touring the Mediterranean, The Holy Land, France, South America and Canada. He loved his family and five grandchildren. Dear father of Sheila Ann (Terry) Mc Millan of Atascadero, CA, Julia Marie Fosket of Lomita and Matthew Dennis (Janet) Fosket of Downers Grove, IL, proud grandfather of Brandon and Sarah McMillan, Alexander, Brian and Eric Fosket; fond brother of Donna Marie and the late Dennis Fosket. Visitation will be Friday, September 18, 2009 from 5 to 9 p.m. (Rosary at 7:15 p.m.) at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance. Funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 2009 at St. Catherine Laboure Church, 3846 Redondo Beach Boulevard, Torrance. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum, 5835 Slauson Avenue, Culver City. Reception to follow at the family home. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Providence Trinity Care Hospice, 2601 Airport Drive, Suite 230 Torrance, CA 90505 Trinity Care Hospice Please use this website, www.Lafuneral.com to send the family messages, share memories and obtain directions to services.

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  1. DEAR NETTIE,SHELIA,JULIE, MATT,AND FAMILIES, WE ARE SO SORRY. IT IS HARD TO FIND THE RIGHT WORDS. WE HAVE SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES AND WE ARE SO FORTUNATE FOR THAT. WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE ARE CONSTANTLY THINKING OF YOU AND PRAYING FOR YOU ALL DURING THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME. WE LOVE YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL. HUGS AND KISSES TO ALL OF YOU.YOU ARE ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS AND IN OUR HEARTS. LOVE, MIKE AND LINDA

  2. We know of the goodness of this dad through a wonderful son, Matt and his family. Our prayers and love are with you. St. Joseph School Community

  3. Hello Annette, So sorry to hear about Gene. Think of you often – you and Gene were wonderful neigbors and so kind to my Mom. God Bless – Craig and Arlene

  4. Dear Annette, Sheila, Julie, Matt and families, I’m so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Some of my earliest memories are of visiting with all of you in LA. We always looked forward to spending time with you. Gene was such a wonderful man, so genuine and sweet. He will be missed so much. Please know my heart and prayers are with you all at this terribly sad time. God bless. Love, Margie

  5. Dear Annette and Family, We extend our condolences on your Great loss. It was such a privilege to know and work with Gene. He will be missed by all, but especially by us. God Bless, Frank and Marie

  6. With all of my heart, I hope God brings His peace to all of you. I am so very sorry for your loss. Julia… I miss you and love you. E-Mail me someday when you feel that the time is good for you.

  7. Grandpa, Thank you for all of our special memories together and for all of the love and support throughout the years. You have inspired me in so many ways. I love you with all of my heart!

  8. Dear Annette & Family, We are saddened by Gene’s passing but grateful that we had the opportunity to know and respect him. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Warren & Linda

  9. My thought and prayers are with all of you Annette, Shiela, Julia,Matt, Terry, Janet and all the kids. I wish you all the best and I am here for you always. Gene will definatly be missed. Love you, Jo Ann

  10. Annette, Matt, Sheila and Julia We have all lost a true friend and fellow countryman. Gene was truly the best in everyway. He was a “First Class Person” and will surely be missed by all who knew him. I am proud to have known Gene and to have served with him in the Marines. Semper Fidelis to him and the Corps. Bruce Madden

  11. Annette: I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of working with Gene for over 20 years. He was a fine man, trusting and honest yet strong of character and an an excellent leader. It was my pleasure to have known him and worked with him. I am sorry to be unable to miss the service. I am sure Rice with do the same fine service as they did for my mother a while back. All my best, Mike Bell

  12. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Annette and your family. We have many fond memories of our friendship with Gene and you. Bob & Pat Riglin

  13. Annette,Sheila and the entire Fosket Family….Not sure if you remember me. I was in SCROC with Sheila many moons ago and I think about you guys often. In fact I thought about you Annette just the other day when I was at Little Co. of Mary Hospital. The reason I thought of you was you were so kind to come and say Hello to me when my son was in the Hospital there and I truely will never forget that. It was a few years back but I still remember. I wanted to tell your whole family that I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Mindi Roles

  14. Dear Aunt Nette, We ask God to comfort you, Julia, Sheila and Matt and their families, as we all mourn with you, for the loss of a wonderful man. Gene was always a kind and thoughtful uncle! Love, Paul & Sarah

  15. Julia, my heart goes out to you and your family. Please give Mom a big Hug for me. She reminds me of my Mom so much in so many ways. Julia, I’m giving you a Hug right now do you feel it, I can. May God’s love and light be with you and your family. Love You, Joyful

  16. Matt, Janet and Boys. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. Matt, your Dad’s love, wisdom and memories will always be with you to carry on in the years ahead. God Bless, The Canty Family

  17. Matt, our condolences to you, your mom and family members for the loss of your father. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ken, Jill and boys

  18. Annette, Sheila, Julia and Matt, There’s no words how heavy our hearts are today. We are remembering the fun times we have had over the years. We are so blessed to have had Gene as a part of our family. Mainly because he brought all of you into our lives. Our love, prayers and thoughts though this difficult time. Mike and Mary Tahash

  19. Matt and family, We are keeping you in our thoughts this weekend. We are sorry for your loss, but keep in your hearts the love that Gene had for all of you and you for him. He will always be with you. Cherish the memories of the time you spent together. Love and hugs to all, Michael, Joelle, Adam and Abbey Scheg

  20. Sorry for your loss. Gene and I were classmates at Hemmingford High. I remember Gene as a good basketball player. Sincere sympathy. Jim Shimek

  21. I knew Gene from school at Hemingford. Even though he was just graduating when I entered High school I remember what a good athlete he was. My prayers are with all the family at this time of sorrow.

  22. We are all very saddened for your family. We are thinking of all of you and keeping you all in our prayers. I always thought it was fun when your dad would load us all up in the car on Saturdays to go watch you girls play softball. Gary remembers having fun with your dad and the neighborhood guys watching Matt’s football games. There are lots of memories and happy times to think about. God Bless You All! We are sending you our love! Gary and Kathy

  23. Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow and the days ahead. Matt, Janet, Alex, Brian & Eric , and family you are in our thoughts and prayers always. May Gene Rest in Peace in “Husker Heaven”

  24. Annette and the entire Fosket family, I am so extremely sad for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. I just watched the video, WOW, what a wonderfully moving memorial to Gene. I have grown up with your family and it has been a blessing to have all of you in my life. I love each and every one of you. I will see you tonight. Another wonderful man once told me, “To be absent from the flesh is to be present with the Lord”. All my love, Lori McMillan-McClelland

  25. Matt, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this sad time. Take care, and have a safe trip. We will keep you all in our prayers. –Noelle & Joe

  26. To Matt and the entire Fosket family, I would like to offer our condolences to each of you and let you know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Celebrate the good times and memories together as a family.

  27. Dear Annette, Sending you & your family my heartfelt sympathy & condolences. I worked as Accounting Manager for Plasma Technology & Gene was my big boss. I’ll always treasure the fond memories of meeting his sweet & lovely wife at work & at some company events. I owe Gene a world of gratitude for the opportunity of working for him & for Plasma Technology. You & your family will be in my thoughts & prayers. With best wishes, Anita Bullock

  28. To the Fosket families, Gene and I were friends since the 1st grade in school. He will be missed by all who knew him and the memories of when we were kids are priceless. Larry–Bonnie Riggs

  29. Annette, We are so sorry for your loss. Thank you for being a part of my life. Letting your daughters care for me when I was little to attending my wedding. I know that your husband is up in heaven waiting for you and smiling down on you now. You will be together again. With warm wishes and a heavy heart, Elizabeth Tracy and my five J’s

  30. Dear Sheila and Family, I just viewed the video tribute for your dad. What a wonderful life and amazing legacy he has left in all of you, his beautiful family. I am thinking and praying for you daily. This time you are all having together as a family is precious and healing. Although I miss you, don’t hurry back. Take Care. Love…Joyce

  31. Sheila, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at the passing of your father. Our family will pray the rosary for you all. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts as you continue this journey.

  32. Shelia, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Natalie Rizer Rn BSN CCM Case Management Twin Cities

  33. Julia, Nettie, & the entire Fosket family, Gene was blessed to have such a wonderful and loving family. His spirit will live on forever and will guide you always. With Love, June & Jae Chang

  34. Betty and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Fosket family. I attended grade school, high school, and a semester of college with Gene and he has been a good friend. I appreciated his interest in, and contributions to our high school class news letter and in more recent years our correspondence on the Internet. We shared many experiences as students and I always admired his willingness to stand up for anyone he thought was being treated unfairly, and backed it up physically, if necessary. He was an outstanding athlete who never lost his interest in sports. He was obviously a devoted family man who will be deeply missed by them and by anyone who knew him.

  35. Dear Annette,Shelia,Julia and Matt Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and father.Gene was a true gentleman,kind and soft spoken.We will always remember his sweet smile and gentle ways. God give you strength and peace thru this difficult time.May his wonderful memories keep him close in your hearts.God Bless you all. Love, Ray & Nadine Windhab

  36. Annette, Sheila, Julie, and Matt, Annette, you and Gene were our first married couple role models when we moved in next door to you in Hawthorne. We enjoyed being your neighbors. Then you moved to Torrance, we moved to Torrance also. Through the years we have kept track of each other through lunches, phone calls, Christmas letters, weddings and showers. Thanks to Gene, as President of Plasma Technology, he showed our son one kind of engineering with a tour of the company. He gave Ryan some direction into a career path. We send our sincere sympathy to each of you and know that Gene will be missed by his family and his friends. Clliff and Donna Heise

  37. Dear Mrs. Fosket, I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband Gene, was a kind, gentle, caring soul. The few years that I knew him he was certainly a respected person. Anytime that I would say “hello” he always gave that sweet smile. He was an attribute to the company and I know that I and everyone that knew him will certainly miss him. Bless you and your family, Judy Plescia

  38. Sheila & Family, I hope you have found peace with the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With much love, Marsha Walters

  39. dear sheila and family, i just wanted to send my love and prayers to all of you. we are all thinking of you! im glad you were able to be there sheila to help comfort your family! taylor sends her love to sara and hopes she is ok. hope to see you soon! love, chris wedderien

  40. Dear Matt, Janet, and Boys – Our sympathy and prayers to out to all of you during this difficult time . . . May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends. Cyndi, Rick, Addison, & Bailey Karmik

  41. Sheila and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The obituary was beautiful. Your Dad was a great man. I am very familiar with St. Vincent De Paul. He is now up there watching and protecting your family. I wish you all peace and all the time you need to grieve. All my love! Lisa Mariucci

  42. Dear Sheila, I’m working today with Marsha, Jo, Kristin, Merlie, and Courtney. Anyway we all watched the video of your dad and really loved it!God bless you and your family. We are all thinking of you. Love, Vicky

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