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Obituary: Ronnie Cardell (1958-2022)


Submitted by Bonnie Holder–
Ronnie Cardell, a longtime resident of Citrus Heights, died on April 19, 2022 at Arbor Nursing Center in Lodi after a long illness. Ronnie was born on July 14, 1958 to Dock Shelton Cardell and Loretta Mae Cardell at the Old Roseville Hospital.

Ronnie Cardell

Ronnie is survived by his longtime partner Eva Shuster, sons Sam Page, Ronnie Cardell, Jr., and Ryan Manzano, and grandsons Gabriel, Dominic and Aaron, twin sister Bonnie Holder, sister Betty Lucchesi, and Janice McCarthy. He was preceded in death by brothers Loyd Cardell, William (Tom) Cardell, and John Cardell.

After graduating from Casa Robles High School Ronnie held several different jobs including working as a mechanic, as a fire fighter in Granite Bay, and as a janitor for San Juan Union School District where he was hurt and became disabled.

Unfortunately, Ronnie suffered from the disease of alcoholism, and spent time on the streets of Citrus Heights. Ronnie loved talking with people and was a very generous friend who will be missed. It was common to see Ronnie sitting, speaking to passersby, giving them the peace sign, and when someone smiled at him it made his day. Ronnie liked talking with and helping others.

During the last six years of his life, Ronnie had gotten off the streets. He lived with friends, and for the last three years because of health issues he lived in a care home and then the nursing home.

Ronnie loved being outside, especially fishing and teaching others to fish. Ronnie was very handy and could fix anything: boat, vehicle, TV, you name it. He always was ready to help and found time to talk about the Lord with others.

Memorial service is to be held at Cross Roads Church Ministry, 5501 Dewey Dr., Fair Oaks, CA 95628 on Thursday June 16, 2022, at 11 a.m.

Ronnie would have wanted donations to go to Grace House Ministries, 6121 Marwick Way, Carmichael CA, 95608 – Ronnie loved how this ministry helps so many people in need.

*Publisher’s Note: As a free service to family members who have lost a loved one, The Sentinel publishes online obituaries of Citrus Heights residents or former residents at no cost. To submit an obituary, click here

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