Leo Edwards (Jume 1929 – March 2024)

Leo Edwards (Jume 1929 – March 2024)

Leo Edwards left this experience on March 20, 2024, at the age of 94, at his home in Ventura, Ca with his family near him. As a husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor, Leo Edwards lived a life that embodied the essence of a positive attitude and a talent for teaching. Leo Edwards was born June 30, 1929, in California to Jessie Espinoza Flores & Antonio Benitez Flores. Leo’s brother Richard Flores, was born 2 years later.

Leo’s early childhood was difficult. His mother Jessie passed away when he was 6 years old, leaving him and his brother Richard in the foster care system. Leo was taken in by the Santa Paula Fire chief during his early teens, and changed his name from Leopoldo Flores to Leo Edwards, in honor of the Fire chief. In his teen years Leo found a home in Santa Paula with Russell & Josephine Clark, and their daughter Martha Jane. A cousin, Exoa, from the Clark extended family, had just moved out of the Clark’s home which gave Leo a place to call home.

Leo’s athletic career at Santa Paula High School, where he played football, baseball and track, then graduated in 1948, gave Leo a new purpose in life, athletics, in which he immersed himself with passion, until his passing at 94. Playing football at Ventura College led to meeting his wife Virginia Diane Goodwin of Fillmore, California and mother of his 4 children. After playing football at Ventura College, he earned a football scholarship to play at Cal Poly Pomona, where after his Junior year, the Korean was came calling. Leo was drafted into the Army, where he served with distinction in Korea. He managed to return after earning 2 Purple Hearts for being wounded in action and a Bronze Star for heroism and meritorious service and was lucky to come back in one piece, but with extra perforations.

After being discharged from the Army Leo became a police officer in Santa Paula, & married Diane in
1953. Leo, who left school as an engineering student before he was drafted, took up that path again &
went to work for Rocketdyne in the aerospace industry. Leo & Diane moved to Diane’s hometown of Fillmore, & raised 4 children there together – Linda, William, Barbara, & Kathleen. Leo was active as a coach for his children in their various teams & athletic pursuits. He was a Fillmore Raiders Youth Football coach & a coach in the first girls’ softball league in Fillmore for the Barnett Bombers. Leo Loved to jog, and it was how he learned about meditation. He could be seen all over town & miles away jogging after work.

Sadly, Diane passed away from lupus in 1979. A few years later Leo met Mary Vifquain Shipp & they
married in 1983 and relocated to Ventura where they lived until Leo’s death. Leo & Mary enjoyed
travelling & spending time with their families. As grandchildren came along, they had plenty of sports contests & school events to enjoy. Leo especially loved going to granddaughter Courtney’s
softball games.

Leo retired in 1994 from Rockwell International, the successor to Rocketdyne, where started his 2nd “career” as a fitness enthusiast & later a certified fitness trainer, earning that certification at age 80! He was a regular at the Ventura YMCA for many years & taught Qi Gong & senior fitness in Ventura. He was also a regular with the “guys lunch group” at Danny’s Deli in Ventura, where he said they solved all the problems of the world over lunch.

In 2017 Leo did something that would change his life – he submitted his dna to He
wanted to know if he was Native American. It turned out that he was Native American, Mexican,
Spanish, Filipino, with a bit of European and sub-Saharan African added in for good measure. And it
turned out that his father, whom he had thought died when he was very young, had lived until 1976, &
had 2 children with his 2nd wife. Leo discovered his half-brother Ruben Flores & his half-sister.
Rosemary Rosas. It was an amazing discovery, as his brother Richard Flores had died in 1985. Both
Ruben & Rosemary, plus, their families became close to Leo. Rosemary, also known as Nena, gave him his favorite tee shirt that said, “Leo the Lion – Meow!” on it. He wore that tee shirt all the time. Leo was
also thrilled to discover that his brother Richard had a son, Nick Flores, and was happy to be able to meet him at a gathering of the whole “found” Flores clan.

Leo leaves his wife Mary Edwards, children Linda Edwards, William Edwards (Suzanne), & Barbara Edwards, plus stepchildren Roger Shipp (Tonya) & Patrick Shipp (Grace), along with grandchildren Steven Frazier, Courtney Terrazas, William Rico Edwards, Noah Arca, & Anastazsa Ragatz, great-granddaughters Nala & Elena, plus many others who will miss his quick smile, bright bow on his head during birthday or holiday party and his boundless support and wisdom. Leo was predeceased by his first wife Diane Edwards, his brother Richard Flores, his sister Rosemary Flores Rosas and his daughter Kathleen Susan Edwards.

In tribute, Bill wrote the following –

In loving memory of a cherished father,
Whose heart was as grand as his years were long.
For thirty years at the YMCA's side,
He stood as a pillar, both caring and strong.

His laughter, a melody, echoed in halls,
Where seniors found joy in his comforting presence.
Each story he shared, a thread in the weave,
Of a tapestry rich with his life's luminescence.

He taught us to live with compassion and grace,
To reach out a hand, to uplift and embrace.
His legacy lives in each life he has graced,
A beacon that time nor tide can ever erase.

So here's to a man who was more than a father,
A mentor, a friend, in service to others.
His memory, a treasure we'll always hold dear,
A guide for our journey, year after year.

There will be a memorial gathering to honor Leo on Saturday, April 20 at noon at the clubhouse at
Rancho Ventura, 1220 Johnson Drive, Ventura. Anyone wishing to honor Leo could do so by helping out
his favorite place – the Ventura YMCA.

Louis Lopez Garnica (March 1930 – April 2024

Louis Lopez Garnica (March 1930 – April 2024

Louis Lopez Garnica, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away the morning of Thursday, April 4, 2024, at his home in Fillmore, California, surrounded by family members. He had recently been hospitalized for end stage renal disease and serious infections and had just celebrated his 94th birthday on March 4. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Viola Riesgo Garnica, who passed away in 2012.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 15, 2024, from 1 pm to 8 pm, with recitation of the Rosary at 7pm, at Perez Family Funeral Home, 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore.

Mass celebrating Louis’ 94 years of life will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1048 West Ventura Street in Fillmore at 10 am on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Graveside services will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery. Reception details are forthcoming.

Louis Lopez Garnica was born on March 4, 1930, delivered at home to his parents Luis and Catalina Soto Garnica. The oldest of the Garnica children, Louis was a protective big brother to sister Katie Garnica Ramirez and younger brother George Garnica, who passed away in 2021. The three Garnica children grew up on Clay Street in Fillmore and attended Fillmore schools during the Depression and WWII. Louis’ mother Catalina died in 1945 but Louis excelled in school and earned his athletics letter. He delivered the graduation speech as 1948 FHS Senior Class President. Louis enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1948 and was stationed in Tokyo, Japan, during the American occupation under the administration of
U.S. General Douglas MacArthur. After serving for three years in Army administration, Louis was honorably discharged on Aug. 5, 1951.

When he returned home in 1951, Louis lived in Los Angeles and enrolled in the National Schools occupational training program, under the GI Bill, hoping to find work as a mechanic. However, Louis had already begun corresponding with Viola Riesgo, his next-door neighbor in Fillmore and the two became engaged in 1953, marrying in 1955 and living for a time in South Los Angeles. The young couple relocated to Fillmore where they started their family and raised three daughters, Catherine (Garnica), Luanne (Schaper) and Debra (Louth).

Louis was a true “girl dad,” supporting his daughters’ aspirations to attend college after graduating from Fillmore High School. He proudly attended their respective college graduations from Pepperdine University, Seaver College, in Malibu, California in 1978, 1979 and 1982. Louis was especially proud that all five of his grandchildren graduated from the University of California and California State University colleges, reflecting Louis’ belief in the value of higher education.

Louis worked for the Fillmore School District as a janitor, bus driver and grounds worker before he became a bus driver for Newbury Park High when it was still part of the Oxnard High School District. While Viola began working for the Fashion Development (Olga) Corporation at the Fillmore plant, Louis eventually found employment in the early 1970s as a quality control technician with the Diamond Shamrock Corp. in Oxnard, which produced polyurethane and polyester resin for various fiberglass products. Louis commuted to Oxnard for more than 25 years as the company merged and changed names to Koppers Inc., and Reichold Corp. He retired when his youngest granddaughter, Megan Louth (Kullback), was born and he and wife Viola lovingly provided childcare for their five grandchildren.

Louis and Viola happily switched to grandparent mode and took the grandchildren on many adventures and vacations. They were also avid grandparent volunteers for youth track and took on chuck wagon duties for band competitions and Louis was a swim meet timer. They attended every race, concert, competition, performance, and awards ceremony for each grandchild that they could.

As the grandkids grew, Louis and Viola helped to fundraise for the new St. Francis of Assisi Church located on Highway 126, which just happened to be built adjacent to C Street in Fillmore where Louis’ family continued to remodel and enlarge their family home in the Los Serenos neighborhood. Louis and Viola co-chaired the St. Francis Church fundraiser fireworks booth for 16 years with the help of family and friends. Louis and Viola also made countless friends as members of the St. Francis Church-affiliated Los Padrinos and Los Caballeros organizations. In retirement the couple traveled along the historic “Route 66” highways through Nevada, Arizona, Colorado and South Dakota, visiting the Grand Canyon, San Antonio, Texas, and Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

Louis was a dedicated L.A. Dodgers’ fan, attending games in the L.A. Coliseum when the team first relocated to the West Coast in 1958. He also enjoyed kicking back with a glass of wine in the backyard spa while enjoying good music.
Louis and his beloved wife Viola enjoyed 57 years of marriage before she died in 2012. He is survived by his sister Katie Ramirez of Fillmore and sister-in-law Eleanor Vargas of Fillmore; daughters Catherine Garnica of Fillmore, Luanne and son-in-law John Schaper of Simi Valley and Debra and son-in-law Kevin Louth of Fillmore. He is also survived by grandchildren William Louis Schaper (wife Sarah) of Brooklyn, NYC, Marie Schaper Zanderson (husband Sean) of Encinitas; Karen Louth Churchill (husband Ross) of Valencia, James Thomas Schaper (wife Allison) of Ventura, and Megan Louth Kullback (husband Kevin) of Saugus. In 2022 Megan and husband Kevin presented Louis with his first great- grandson, Kooper Louis Kullback.
Louis is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, godsons and goddaughters and friends. Services are under the direction of the Perez Family Funeral Home of Fillmore.

Flower arrangements are welcome and memorial donations in Louis Garnica’s name may be made to the Fillmore High School Alumni Association.

Nancy Padelford Noel Lesperance (March 1935 – March 2024)

Nancy Padelford Noel Lesperance (March 1935 – March 2024)

Nancy Padelford Noel Lesperance 88, of Paradise Valley passed away peacefully on March 12, 2024. Her husband and caregiver, Tony, was at her side throughout. She had suffered a difficult illness for the last two years of her life and fought a hard battle to survive to her goal of 89 years of age. She fell short by 11 days.

Nancy was born in Santa Paula, California on March 23, 1935. She was raised by her parents, Frank Sumner Padelford and Nina Verna Stoll Padelford, both deceased. Sumner was a long-standing citrus grower in Fillmore, nearby Bardsdale and Piru. Nina was a long-time teacher in the Fillmore School District.

Nancy attended school from kindergarten through high school in Fillmore. She was a straight A student throughout her education and was her senior class president and valedictorian. After graduation, Nancy moved to Las Vegas and became involved in the ongoing hotel construction on the Strip. There she met a returning veteran, Don Noel, and was married in 1955. Soon she and Don came to the conclusion that Las Vegas was not the best setting to raise children in so they decided to move back to Fillmore. Don became involved in the Padelford citrus farms. Nancy enrolled in college to study accounting. She became a gifted accountant and worked for many business entities in Ventura County as a head accountant over the years.
After their girls were raised, Nancy gradually shifted her interests from accounting to the family orchards. She became active in the day-to-day operation, working with the packing houses to maximize the efficiency, success of picking, and marketing the fruit. Nancy was always interested in trying new types of citruses. Altogether, at one time or another, she had produced three varieties of grapefruit, Valencia oranges, naval oranges and finally her long time dream, lemons.
Don was a military veteran who had seen action in both WWII and Korea and passed away on December 30, 1986.

Nancy took her position as her high school senior class president very seriously, and consequently had headed up class reunions every five years. A decision to make the thirty fifth year (1987) celebration special was made; Nancy contacted all surviving class members to do their best to attend the upcoming event. One person she had not spoken to in 35 years owned a business in Elko, NV, Tony Lesperance. Once contacted, Tony explained to her that he might not be able to attend as he lived nearly 700 miles from Fillmore. However, as the date approached, he chose to attend the upcoming event. Nancy and Tony had not seen nor spoken to each other in the intervening 35 years, other than her telephone conversation telling him of the event. However, as the evening progressed Tony and Nancy seemed to have much in common and danced several times. Nancy suggested they should stay in touch, and Tony took the initiative by calling her a few days after returning to Elko.

Nancy always loved mountains and Tony was extremely knowledgeable of the many mountain ranges in Nevada. He invited her to fly to Elko and she did in the spring months of 1988 and was totally impressed by the many snow-capped ranges one could see from the plane. Nancy moved to Elko in the spring of 1990 and she and Tony were married in the Episcopal Church on June 23, 1990.

Nancy soon took over the entire fiscal responsibilities of Tony’s Business, Great Basin Agriculture, as well as frequently going with him on his mine reclamation work, as well as the water monitoring work he was doing for ranches throughout Northern Nevada.

Nancy also became very active in Soroptimist in the City of Elko. Soroptimist was a long-standing activity in the Padelford Family, as both her mother and grandmother had been active in the organization.

Nancy clearly understood Tony’s love of cattle production, and suggested, as the years went by, that perhaps one day they should buy a small ranch and retire from the rigors of business life. Tony loved Paradise Valley, a beautiful high mountain valley, surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains in northern Humboldt County and once Nancy saw it, she declared “This is the place for us”. And their dream came true when they bought a small ranch in this beautiful valley in 1997.

Liberty Land and Livestock, as they called their place, was soon a home to 25 angus cross cows and a suitable sire. They spent every possible moment exploring the nearby Santa Rosa Mountain range, having picnics in every possible place, fishing miles of streams and just plain enjoying what they always referred to as God’s World. In due time, Nancy’s love of Soroptimist began to resurface, and to her dismay, there was no such organization in nearby Winnemucca, so she took it upon herself to change that situation. After a few weeks of walking the streets and talking to every adult female involved in any business capacity she obtained enough support to start a chapter in Winnemucca. Soon she had promoted sufficient monies to start offering at least one scholarship annually. Her interests were in helping young single mothers that wanted to improve their lifestyle by going back to college, or at least to the local junior college.

A side of Nancy not generally known about was that she had a permit to carry a concealed weapon. In talking with the officers that tested her they all claimed she was the most accurate lady they had ever tested. Both in how she handled her gun, as well as her accuracy. She did not pack normally, instead she felt that preparedness on their somewhat remote ranch was the correct thing to do. Her husband, Tony, also an excellent shot with a side arm, can attest to the fact that he could never outscore her in side-by-side competition.
Nancy was a beautiful lady, always friendly, always interested in the welfare of the young ladies she was trying to help, as well as the community of Paradise Valley and the nearby town of Winnemucca. Her lifestyle, her overall attractiveness, and her friendship were her calling card and well known throughout the community. It is worth noting that Nancy’s favorite saying as: “Family First Foremost and Forever”. Considering all that she accomplished in her 88 plus years, it might be more appropriate to say, “Family and Community First Foremost and Forever.”

Nancy is survived by her husband, Tony, two daughters, Holly Mraz (Rocky), Candace Rousselet, one grandson, Travis (Brittany), one granddaughter, Miranda and three great-grandsons, Declan, Jameson, and Beckett. Additionally, she has three stepdaughters, numerous other step grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as several cousins.
Nancy is preceded in death by her younger sister, Peggy Jean, a number of years ago.

Nancy will be buried in the Padelford portion of the beautiful Bardsdale Cemetery near the city of Fillmore on April 19, 2024, at 11:00 am with a reception to follow at the Railroad Museum. A graveside Episcopalian service will be conducted to complete the event. Later in the year, once the temperature has warmed, and the grass has become green, a celebration of life will be conducted at the community center in Paradise Valley.

Nancy’s family is deeply appreciative of the efforts put forth by the nurses associated with Genesis Home Health Care and Hospice. Their constant efforts to supply all that was needed, as well as their constant display of support and love at all levels will long be remembered. The family also wishes to express deep appreciation to Tomi Flemmer who worked tirelessly throughout this two-year ordeal to ensure that Nancy and her caretaker husband were properly well nourished and cared for throughout. In lieu of flowers or other such remembrances, the family would ask that all remembrances be directed to Genesis Hospice of Nevada, 2620 Ruby Vista Drive Elko, NV 89801.

Crystal Annette Sandoval (September 1963 – March 2024)

Crystal Annette Sandoval (September 1963 – March 2024)

In Loving Memory of Crystal Annette Sandoval

With profound sadness yet gentle reverence, we bid farewell to our beloved Crystal Annette Sandoval, who peacefully departed from this world on March 15th. Crystal's life was a symphony of love, laughter, and cherished moments shared with those she held dear.

As a devoted daughter, Crystal's love knew no bounds, extending endlessly to her two remarkable sons, David and Alex, and her four beautiful grandchildren, who were the center of her universe. She absolutely loved spending time with them, going to their baseball games, dance recitals, birthday parties, having them spend the night with her. She was one special “Grammy”. She lived and breathed for her family, finding boundless joy and purpose in their happiness and well-being.
Crystal's nurturing spirit transcended familial bonds, as she embraced her brothers Joseph and Anthony with a mother's love, guiding and supporting them with unwavering devotion. Her presence was a beacon of light, bringing warmth and comfort to all who were fortunate enough to know her.

After graduating from Fillmore High School in 1981, Crystal embarked on a fulfilling career as a Clinic receptionist, where her compassion and kindness touched the lives of many at Community Memorial Hospital/Midtown Medical Group throughout Ventura County. Her radiant smile and infectious laughter had a way of brightening even the darkest of days.
Beyond her professional achievements, Crystal found solace and joy in the simple pleasures of life, whether it be indulging her love for Oldies music at concerts or embarking on memorable shopping excursions with her closest friends. Her favorite pastime was spending quality time with the “Golden Girls”, creating treasured memories filled with laughter, tears, and endless love.

Crystal's heart overflowed with warmth and generosity, her kindness touching the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing her. She was a true friend in every sense of the word—thoughtful, helpful, loving, and kind. Her spirit will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of those she leaves behind.

Though she may no longer walk among us, Crystal's memory will forever be etched in our hearts, a gentle reminder of the beauty and grace that she brought into our lives. As we gather to honor her life, let us find comfort in the memories we shared and the love that will endure for eternity.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Joe Sandoval and Dorothy Sandoval, her grandparents, Raymond and Mary Morales and Tom and Nellie Sandoval. Crystal is survived by her children, David (Nicole) Valenzuela and Alex (Mandy) Valenzuela, her grandchildren Nathan and Alexis Valenzuela, Riley and Brandon Valenzuela and her brothers Joseph Sandoval and Anthony (Jocelyn) Sandoval, along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A very special “thank you” to the nurses and doctors at St. John’s Hospital Sub-Acute in Camarillo and to Jocelyn Piche and Raymond and Kelly Valenzuela for their continued support, care and love throughout this difficult time that Crystal was in the hospital.

Let us come together to celebrate the remarkable life of Crystal Annette Sandoval, a beacon of light whose love will continue to illuminate our lives. Though we mourn her loss, her spirit will live on in our hearts forevermore.
A rosary in remembrance of Crystal will be held at Saint Francis of Assisi in Fillmore on Thursday, April 11th, at 6:30pm, followed by a funeral Mass on Friday, April 12th, at 10:00am.

Darlene Rose Creason (February 1941- December 2023)

Darlene Rose Creason (February 1941- December 2023)

Darlene Rose Creason passed away at the age of 82 years. She was the oldest child of Merwyn A. McDermont and Ima Jean Waldroph. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, three grandchildren, son-in-laws and sister: Kenneth C. Creason, Kathleen R. Flinn, Cecelia R. Flinn, Brian E. Flinn, Cynthia R. Brozik, Cory J. Brozik, Hayley R. Brozik, David J. Brozik, and Carole J. Converse.

She was born and raised in Riverside, California, graduated from Romona High School and attended Riverside Junior College. She was a past Honor Queen of Riverside Jobs Daughters Bethel No. 257 and served as guardian of the Irvine Jobs Daughter Bethel No. 306.

Kenneth and Darlene married in 1959 and were married 64 wonderful years as soulmates. They traveled the world and had many friends in the far east, New Zealand and Australia. They loved the South Pacific and had visited Fiji, the Cook Islands, and French Polynesia many times.

Darlene was a real estate broker, owned and operated Golden West Properties in Fillmore. She also served the Fillmore Santa Paula Board of Realtors as their President. She was a gourmet cook and volunteered in her daughter’s activities. As per Darlene’s request, we will not be having a memorial service and only ask that you keep Darlene in your thoughts and prayers.

David Ronald Godfrey (August 1944 – January 2024)

David Ronald Godfrey (August 1944 – January 2024)

In Loving Memory of David Ronald Godfrey (Ron)

With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to David Ronald Godfrey (Ron), who peacefully passed away on January 8th, 2024, at Community Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. While our grief weighs heavily upon us, we find comfort in knowing that Ron has found peace, reunited with loved ones who have gone before him.

Born on August 10, 1944, in Santa Paula to Vancel and Vena Godfrey, residing at that time, in a duplex across the street from his cherished home of 44 years. He often quipped, ‘I’ve come a long way in life; right across the street.’ In his 79 years, Ron spent just one year outside of Fillmore, cultivating watermelons in Terra Bella.

Ron’s love for Fillmore and its people was unwavering. As a 1962 graduate of Fillmore High, he led as captain of the football team before excelling as a two-sport athlete at Ventura College, where he played football and baseball. His commitment to community continued throughout his life, serving as both a member and captain of Fillmore Search and Rescue, and contributing as a board member of the Fillmore Club. Ron was a steadfast supporter of various community events, including the Annual Sheriff’s Barbecue, Fillmore Bicycle Rodeo, and Fillmore High Alumni dinner. He also generously contributed to organizations such as the Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association, Fillmore School Farm, FFA, and 4-H Clubs.
In his agricultural pursuits, Ron’s journey began at 16, working on citrus ranches and with custom farmers until joining Rancho Sespe. After the ranch’s sale in 1979, he established his family’s custom farming business, working alongside his son, Garet, on numerous citrus and avocado ranches in the Fillmore and Piru area. Ron’s expertise even led him to collaborate with Good Earth Teas, where he constructed an orange blossom harvesting machine and diligently harvested orange blossoms for years.

Ron’s love for the outdoors was boundless, evident in his countless tales of local cattle roundups, fishing and hunting adventures. He cherished his family and friendships forged over the years, sharing the thrill of hunting big game and casting lines in lakes, rivers, and deep-seas across North America with those he held dear.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Vena, father, Vancel, two brothers, Loren and Rick, son Garet, and first wife Linda. He is survived by his wife Debbie, daughter Shannon, son-in-law Dustin, son Timothy, ‘son-from-another-mother’ Patrick, grandchildren Calista, Hunter, and Colton, and great-grandson Jasper, who will carry forward his legacy of love and strength.

Friends and family are invited to join us in a non-formal, open house “Celebration of Life” on Saturday, March 16th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at 455 Saratoga Street in Fillmore.

Ron’s memory will forever remain in our hearts, a beacon of love, strength, and community spirit.

Lauro Recendez (October 1956 - January 2024)

Lauro Recendez (October 1956 - January 2024)

Penned in Fillmore High’s 1976 “Copa De Oro”, yearbook - a young Lauro Recendez signed off to his graduating peers and fellow underclassmen as follows: “I Lauro Recendez, am glad to leave Fillmore High School and leave the rest of you to suffer.”
On Jan 31, 2024, at 5:10 AM, in the home he built, on the street he lived on for 60 years (Lemon Way), in his favorite place - the garage (now converted into a bedroom), a 67-year-lived Lauro Recendez, surrounded by the love of his family, peacefully signed off and was born to God, beginning his spiritual life and, well, “leaving the rest of us to suffer.”

Lauro was a son to Andres and Josefina, a brother to Esther and Rodolfo, a husband to Maria Del Carmen, a son-in-law to Maria and Antonio, a father to Antonio Andres and Juan Marcos, an uncle to Adriana, Jose, and Javier, a great uncle to Isaac and David, a father-in-law to Lorena and Tanya, a grandfather to Jared, Andrea, Tatiana, and Baby Elora (on the way), and a friend and brother to many (you know who you are).

Lauro was a dreamer, a son, a brother, a husband, an uncle, a father, a grandfather, a friend to many, a field worker, a seed of Lemon Way, a mechanic, a musician, an Extraño, an architect, a builder, a doer of everything - a dreamer until his very last day. He was, he is, and he will always be, everything.

Lauro’s Rosary and Viewing will be on 02/15 from 4 PM-630 PM at St. Francis of Assisi. His funeral services will on 02/16 begin at 10 AM at St. Francis of Assisi, followed by his 11 AM burial at the Bardsdale Cemetery.
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Guadalupe Morales (December 1921 – January 2024)

Our beloved Guadalupe Morales reunited with her late husband, Leonardo Dupont Halcon on January 27, 2024. Lupe was 102 and passed peacefully surrounded by family.

Lupe was born on December 12, 1921, in Salaices, Chihuahua, Mexico. Lupe is survived by her 5 sons Marcos Morales, Victor Morales (Julia Morales), Oscar Morales, Manuel Halcon (Angela Halcon), Bobby Halcon (Milala Halcon), sixteen grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, as well as many family and friends. Lupe lived a long life and enjoyed maintaining her rose garden, feeding the birds, going for walks, and watching her favorite shows. She was known for her honest opinions, her luscious nails, and gold jewelry. Lupe was known as Mom, Tia Lu, and Grandma Lupe and will be missed by all who knew her.
Upon her request, Lupe’s Services will be private.

To sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website www.santapaulafuneralhome .com and click on Guadalupe’s name located in Recent Obituaries.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr Funeral Services, Santa Paula, CA. 805.229.7054.

Manuela, (Nellie) C. Carrillo (January 1927 – January 2024)

Manuela, (Nellie) C. Carrillo (January 1927 – January 2024)

Manuela (Nellie) C Carrillo was born January 7, 1927 in Fillmore, California to Guadalupe and Encarnacion Carrillo. Nellie peacefully passed from this earth on January 27, 2024 at the age of 97, surrounded by nieces, nephews and close family friends.

Nellie was the last surviving original Carrillo family member and was proceeded in death by her siblings, Josephine (Chirina) Ortiz, Helen Romero, Agapito (Peter) Carrillo, and Simon Carrillo. She graduated from Fillmore high and spent her entire life in Fillmore. She lost her father at the very young age of 8 years old. Because of her loss she developed a very strong work ethic and was very frugal with her earnings. She was very active and knew many people in the community, in her younger years she enjoyed being a member of the alter society at St. Francis of Assisi Church. She’s shared stories that as a young girl her family had no extra money to donate to the church so in a effort to give back to their church her mother would wash and press the linens for the alter at the old church on Central Ave.

As a young high school girl she worked in the local packing house packing oranges and lemons while attending school and also picked up other side jobs along the way.

Upon graduation she began to work at the local bakery, then Cloughs Pharmacy as well as working a short time at a local downtown jewelers. In addition she worked at Bank of A. Levy prior to her mother becoming ill, at which time she had to quit to become her mother’s full time caregiver. Nellie was a part time caregiver to a number of elderly family members who had no one else to care for them. She continued these tasks until her mother’s passing in 1986.

She then began a new career running a family fruit stand, The Piru Country Store, Piru, Ca. stocked from oranges picked from the families citrus ranches. She and her sister Helen enjoyed making new acquaintances they made from customers stopping by to purchase fruit and sometimes just stopping by to say hello. Nellie retired from the fruit stand in 2015 at the young age of 88.

Nellie and her family sacrificed and worked together to acquire numerous properties in the Fillmore area.
In addition Nellie was a very knowledgeable family historian. Up until her death she had a very sharp mind and she was the go to person for anyone seeking information about a family member or member of the community. Nellie was incredibly devoted to her Catholic faith, praying daily for family members as well as enjoying daily mass on television. She looked forward to receiving weekly communion from Deacon Ramon and we thank him for his dedication.

In addition the family would like to thank family friend Lupe Solis for her years of loving devotion and care of our beautiful aunt.

Her services will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Fillmore, Ca. Services begin at 10:00 am. Rosary followed by mass at 10:30. A private burial will take place on a future date.

Jeronimo Laureano De La Cruz (September 1942 – January 2024)

Jeronimo Laureano De La Cruz (September 1942 – January 2024)

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Jeronimo Laureano De La Cruz.
“Don Jero” was born September 30, 1942, and passed away on January 30, 2024, after a lengthy illness surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

Jeronimo was raised in Tenamaxtlan, Jalisco and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2005, an accomplishment he was ecstatic about. As a young man he would run races against area horses, defeating the four-legged beast in a sprint to the finish line much to the delight of the locals in town and his running skills have been passed down to his future generations.

He enjoyed watching his sons compete in soccer matches, dancing, listening to rancheras and corridos, attending concert performances and rodeos, tending to his rose garden, painting, barbequing, eating Mexican Food, and raising chickens and roosters.

Jeronimo is survived by his wife Matilde, sons José Luís and wife Yolanda, Jeronimo, Jesús, Cuauhtémoc and wife Lucero, Rafael and wife Viviana and daughters Rosa, and María and husband Michael. He was a loving grandfather to 26 grandchildren and blessed with 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Irma and son, Juan.
A rosary service will be held at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21st, at Perez Family Funeral Home, 600 Central Ave. in Fillmore. The funeral mass will be held on Thursday, February 22nd, at 10:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1048 Ventura St. in Fillmore, with graveside services to immediately follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe St. in Fillmore. Friends and family are invited to pay their respects.

Jose Juan Laureano (March 1974 – January 2024)

Jose Juan Laureano (March 1974 – January 2024)

In loving memory of Jose Juan Laureano.

Jose Juan Laureano, 49, of Fillmore Ca, passed away on January 17, 2024. He was born March 27th, 1974.
Jose Juan was a devoted father of four and dedicated his life to providing love, guidance, and support to his beloved children. His memory will forever be cherished by those who knew and loved him, especially that smile of his that always lit up the room.

Jose Juan is survived by his parent Matilde and Geronimo Laureano, five brothers and two sisters, as well as his children Paula Laureano, Juan Carlos Laureano, Angel Laureano and Ada Gabriella Laureano, and his only grandson Xander Lee Golson.
A mass will be held at Saint Francis of Assisi Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, at 10:00 am and burial at Bardsdale Cemetery, a memorial/rosary service will be held Wednesday, February 21st, 2024, at 5:00pm at the Perez Family Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to join in reme5brance and support during this difficult time.

May José Juan Laureano rest in peace, and may his family find strength and solace in the memories of the love they shared. We love you apa siempre. And his famous saying to everyone No Te Aguites.

Elaine Van De Mheen (September 1936 – January 2024)

Elaine Van De Mheen (September 1936 – January 2024)

Elaine Van De Mheen was born Mary Elaine Smith to Beecher and Virginia Smith on September 11, 1936, in Allen, Oklahoma. She left this world on January 29, 2024, at the age of 87. When she was 5 years old, her family moved to Fillmore, California. Elaine attended Fillmore schools and graduated from Fillmore High in June 1954. For most of her adult life, she was a homemaker, although she sold real estate in the mid-1960s.

She enjoyed being a mom but not nearly as much as she enjoyed being Nana to 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Mom loved attending all their sporting events including T-Ball, Little League, football, basketball, and soccer games, Tae Kwon Do, and Cheerleading competitions. Mom never missed any of their school activities whether they were plays, singing performances, promotions, or graduations.

Besides being a homemaker, Elaine enjoyed many different hobbies over the years. She was an avid reader and loved to write poetry. She painted on canvases as well as Tole painting. She worked with stained glass and ceramics. She also loved to sew and created many costumes for her grandchildren. During mom’s later years when she wasn’t able to leave the house much, she fell in love with the Dodgers. Whenever they were playing on a channel she didn’t have she would get very upset. Her favorite player was Will Smith.

Elaine had an adventurous nature and visited many places with family and friends. She was able to visit Malta, Italy, Colombia, Singapore, the Netherlands, and the Great Wall of China. She also loved camping with the Rig Runners group, going to the beach, and going on cruises.

Elaine is survived by her daughter-Vicki Murphy (Tom), grandsons-Derek, Tomlyn, and lan Murphy, son-Michael Van De Mheen (Deirdre ), grand- sons-Scott and Matthew Van De Mheen, son-Todd Van De Mheen (Victo- ria), granddaughter Niki Galindo (Manuel) and great-grandchildren-Enzo and Indy, brother David Everson, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband G.R. “Van” Van De Mheen, son Rick Purves, brother Donald Smith, and her parents Beecher Smith and Virginia Everson.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, February 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Bardsdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Elaine would be honored if you would donate to the Fillmore Alumni Association.

Hugo Ernesto Elizondo (May 1962 – January 2024)

Hugo Ernesto Elizondo (May 1962 – January 2024)

Hugo is preceded in death by his parents Ventura and Laura Elena “Nena” Elizondo, his sister Eva Elizondo Roriguez and his four-legged companion Pancho.

He is survived by his Brothers and Sisters; Franciso “Kiko” Elizondo (Graciela), Leticia Elizondo, Arthur Elizondo (Barbara), Eddie Elizondo, Cuca Gonzales, Teresa Avalos, Melinda Elizondo-Yeksavish (Jerry), Laura Elizondo-Jaquez (Juan), Elizabeth Elizondo-Casillas (Chuck). Multiple “knuckleheads” known as his nieces and nephews.

Hugo attended Fillmore High School, Class of 1980. Joining the Army in 1983 and had 20 years of active duty, achieving the rank of Sergeant as an Expert Combat Medic. Serving numerous tours overseas, including multiple deployments in Afghanistan. Sergeant Elizondo, Hugo was awarded innumerable Decorations, Medals, Badges, Citations and Campaign Ribbons.
Hugo was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying; skiing, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, and hunting. He also had a love for golf and most importantly he was a prolific “trash talker.” Hugo’s love of the outdoors and sense of adventure was definitely passed on to his “knuckleheads.”

He will be deeply missed by family, friends and all who knew him.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, February 3, at 11:00 am

Bardsdale Cemetery
1698 S. Sespe St.
Fillmore, Ca 93015

A Celebration of Life Reception to follow at Shiell’s Park
649 C St,
Fillmore, CA 93015

The family asks that anyone with fond memories, stories, or keepsakes feel free to attend and share. The family also asks that he be remembered for the joy he brought to others in life and not the sadness of his passing.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Veterans group.

Donald Lee Grainger (April 1922 – January 2024)

Donald Lee Grainger (April 1922 – January 2024)

January 1st 2024 Donald Lee Grainger was called to rest. Born on April 15th, 1922, Don Grainger was a lifelong rancher. Born to his parents Bert and Mary Grainger, he grew up in Santa Paula, California and as a young boy he worked on the family ranch delivering milk for their small dairy to the residents of Santa Paula with his brothers. An avid mechanic from a young age, he would repair Model T Fords to drive around as he grew up. Graduating from Santa Paula Union High School in 1941, he quickly found himself signing up for Naval service following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served our nation from 1942 till after the close of the war in 1946, ending his service as an Aviation Machinist Mate, Third Class, Petty Officer.
That year he met the first love of his life Dorothea Grimaldi. They were married in June of 1947 and settled into a home Don had built on the family property in Santa Paula. Returning to farming, in 1951 Don and Dorothea purchased a ranch in Antelope Valley eventually moving there with their two daughters Sheryll and Darlene. There he grew alfalfa and wheat on his farm and 7000 acres of leased land with the help of his family. Active with the 4-H and FFA he taught farm equipment repair as well as working as an irrigation engineer and was an active member in the community joining the Lancaster Lodge 437 Masons. He and his family faced the challenges of farming in the Antelope Valley continually growing his farm until a new opportunity arose close to childhood home.

In 1976 the orange ranch in Fillmore come up for sale and became their home in 1977. This would be Don and Dorothea’s home for the rest of their lives. Applying all he had learned he quickly became a successful Citrus farmer and fixture amongst the Bardsdale population. The beauty of the ranch brought so much peace to Don and Dorothea; his wife would describe it as their “little piece of heaven.” With visits from their daughters and grandchildren happiness abounded on this ranch for many years. They would take many travels together seeing the world. Don would unfortunately lose Dorothea to cancer in 1990, leaving a large hole in his life.

In the following years, a friendship with an old high school friend, Virginia MacMurray, developed into a loving partnership between the two and eventually into their marriage in 1993. As the years went on Don would continue to run the farm and get to meet his great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He and “Ginny” would take time to travel and making new friends on their travels around the world as well as great friends through the Bardsdale United Methodist Church. Ginny would pass in December 2019 leaving Don alone again. With the support of family Don would continue for another four years until his passing in January 2024. He is survived by both his daughters, his four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren and a legacy to work hard and be a good person to those around you.

John E. Pressey Jr. (August 1931 - January 2024)

John E. Pressey Jr. (August 1931 - January 2024)

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John E. Pressey Jr., 92, of Fillmore, CA on January 7, 2024.

John was born in Maryland on August 3, 1931; where his father, John E. Pressey Sr. had been stationed with the U.S. Army 1"Infantry Division. As a small child and the oldest sibling of four, John’s family moved to South Gate, California, where he was raised by his father, who was employed with the USPS as a letter carrier.

John attended Bell High School until the tenth grade, when he joined the U.S. Army into the 160" Infantry Regiment of the California National Guard stationed in Maywood, California. In June 1950, when the North Korean army invaded South Korea his Regiment was assigned to Occupation duty in Osaka, Japan. John was then transferred to the medical corps attached with the 27" Infantry Regiment of the 25" Infantry Division, called the “Wolfhounds”. John’s Wolfhound Regiment was sent to Pusan, South Korea on the decks of Japanese freighters.

While in Korea, John was wounded by artillery/mortar fire.

Returning stateside, John was shipped by train from Madigan Army Hospital in Washington State to Las Vegas, Nevada where Army trucks took them to Yucca Flats Atomic Test Site. There he would be exposed to atomic radiation for experimental purpose by the U.S. government.

John left the Army as a Sergeant First Class (E-7). He received the following military awards ; Combat Medic Badge, Wounded Purple Heart, Army of Occupation ribbon for Japanese Occupation after World War Il, Korean Service ribbon with three battle stars, The Bronze Star with the V clasp for Valor for rescuing fallen Infantrymen, while under mortar and machine gun fire, and the Good Conduct Medal.

John came back home to California and went to work at Douglas Aircraft as a riveter and aircraft mechanic. Retiring with a pension from Lockheed Aircraft Company and VA pension for his residual shrapnel war wounds. In retirement he went back to school and earned his Associates of Arts degree from Ventura Community College.

John was a faithful Episcopalian where he met and married his wife, Nancy. They were happily married for 65 years. John and Nancy raised two children, James and Ruth, and in 1973 made Fillmore their home. John was actively involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Fillmore (VFW Post #9637) and served as Commander, and later as Chaplain for many years.
John is survived by his loving wife - Nancy Pressey of Fillmore, his siblings — David Pressey of Ojai, California, Esther Moon of Orcutt, California, son and daughter-in-law James and Janice Pressey of Newbury Park, California, daughter – Ruth Baker of Fillmore, California, grandchildren — Jennifer Garibay of Anaheim, California , Sara Oglesby of Simi Valley, California, Megan Gomez of Medford, Oregon, and Jason Pressey of Newbury Park, California ; along with multiple great- grandchildren.

The Pressey Family and Fillmore VFW will conduct a graveside ceremony at Bardsdale Cemetery on January 23 at 11 AM with the Rt. Rev. Bob Hammond of the traditional Anglican Church officiating.

A reception with light refreshments will be held after the ceremony in Fillmore. If you wish to attend the reception, please RSVP to David Pressey (John’s Brother) at 805-646-1967 by January 19th.

Jim F. Beaty (April 1944 – December 2023)

Jim F. Beaty (April 1944 – December 2023)

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we announce the passing of Jim F. Beaty, 79. Jim was born April 15, 1944 in Kingman, Az. and passed away on December 2, 2023 In Bakersfield, Ca. Jim was known for his wicked humor, ornery nature and chili! He was a generous, hardworking and fair man. He possessed a wealth of knowledge that he generously shared with those around him.

Jim was raised in Fillmore Ca and moved to Bakersfield in 2004. He tried several occupations before settling on a career as a union carpenter where he excelled and was recognized as the Apprentice of the Year setting the stage for a successful career. After years working with his tools he became an instructor with the carpenter’s apprenticeship program. He would go on to become the Apprenticeship Coordinator for Southern California.

Outside of work, Jim had a passion for cooking and participated in competitive chili competitions for over 40 years. He loved to cook chili and won over 30 regional and state cook offs. He achieved the ultimate honor of World Champion in 1986. Jim catered countless BBQs for local union halls. He was well known for his award winning chili, blended spices and great BBQ.

He also enjoyed hunting and looked forward to his annual Colorado hunting trip which included family and friends for over 30 years. He also loved to fish in Bridgeport and Ensenada. He was a Master Mason of Fillmore Masonic Lodge 379. He was an active member of the Elks Lodge and took pleasure in woodworking projects.

Jim is survived by his children Darren Beaty and wife Suzi, Dyan Beaty-Phillips and husband Ronnie, and Jeb Beaty and wife Stephanie. He was a loving grandfather to Jacob Beaty, Nate Beaty and wife April, Jordan Martens and husband Michael, Austin Martinez, Joshua Martinez and wife Alexa, and Cole Beaty. Jim was also blessed with great-grandchildren Kaleigh and Jace Martens and Opal Beaty. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eileen Beaty, his brother Larry Beaty, his father Marvin Beaty, and his mother Geneva Beaty.

A graveside service will be held in Jim’s honor at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 Sespe Street, Fillmore, on January 5 at 11:00 am. Friends and family are invited to attend and pay their respects to a man who touched the lives of many with his humor, generosity, and zest for life.

Patsy Tripp Murphy (March 1953 – December 2023)

Patsy Tripp Murphy (March 1953 – December 2023)

Patsy Tripp Murphy passed away peacefully after a long illness on 12/18/2023, she was 70 years old.

She was born in Arkansas and moved to Fillmore as a young child and spent the remainder of her life in Fillmore.
Patsy graduated from Fillmore High School in 1972, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the high school track team. She married former Fillmore City Councilman and Mayor, John Murphy in 1975. She was married to John for almost 24 years before his death in 1999.

Patsy worked for the County of Ventura, Fillmore Episcopal Church and the Fillmore Flower shop. She was well known for her artistic ability and spent many Christmases painting windows throughout Fillmore.

Patsy is survived by her two sons Joshua (Ashley), and Adam (Leanne). Her grandchildren Madison, Savannah, Brady, Kloee and Preston, her brothers Charles, Melvin, and David. Her sisters Gwin, Alice, Carolyn and Peggy and numerous nieces and nephews.
Patsy is proceeded in death by her husband John, parents Melvin and Beatious Tripp, her sister Rosalee Ramirez, her brother Jimmy Tripp and grandson Jordy Murphy.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, on Thursday, January 18, 2024 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 600 Saratoga St, Fillmore, CA. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Fillmore Trinity Episcopal Church.
Patsy loved spending times with her family and friends, she had a big heart and was a friend to everyone she met. She will be dearly missed by family & friends.

Esther E. Garcia (October 1944 – December 2023)

Esther E. Garcia (October 1944 – December 2023)

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the passing of Esther E. Garcia, 79, of Fillmore, CA. Esther entered into eternal life with Christ on December 16, 2023 due to complications with her heart.

Esther was born in Fillmore in 1944 to Cipriano and Soledad Garcia. Her cherished memories growing up as a young girl in Fillmore include roller skating, going to the town theater with her siblings, attending the Black and White Ball, and being around her parents at the family store, La Victoria Market. She graduated from Fillmore Union High School in 1962 and after many years, she started working for the County of Ventura where eventually she retired in 2008 with over 20 years of service. A few years after retiring, one of Esther’s most memorable experiences was being able to travel to Spain in 2012 with a church group from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

One of Esther’s favorite things to do was baking for Christmas and was known for her rice krispie treats. With those baked goodies, she loved to make plates and give them to her close family and friends. Even when she was dealing with her health issues that never stopped her from wanting to bake. Whenever the holiday season was approaching, she made sure to make a list of everyone who would receive a plate. She would also make a list of everything she would be baking along with how much of each ingredient she would need. As she got older and with her health issues increasing, she could no longer bake on her own and for the last few years with the help of her daughter, she was able to continue doing what she loved. Her baked goodies for Christmas was something that many enjoyed, looked forward to, and will be missed.

Esther will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, loving heart, and friendly personality. We’ll always imagine hearing her say “Ay mija” and “I’m feeling better than I was” one more time. She loved animals especially her fur babies and they loved her, even at the end they stuck by her side. She was the best grandmother, mother, sister, and aunt anyone could ever ask for and we will truly miss her each and everyday.

Esther was preceded in death by her parents Cipriano and Soledad, and her siblings Eleana “Helen”, Irene, Carlos, Guillermo, Margarito, Santos, Pete, Phillip, and Ignacio “Nacho”. She is survived by her brother: Juan “Johnny” Garcia, sons: Franky Ponce, Edward (Carmen) Ponce, and daughter: Vanessa Garcia, grandkids: Sandra, Alex, Matthew, and Janessa, fur babies: Joker, Honey, Bolita, Coco, Smokey, and Bandit, and all of her nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Esther will be as followed: The viewing will be held on Thursday, December 28th, from 4:00-8:00 pm with the rosary starting at 6 pm at Perez Family Funeral Home, 600 Central Ave. in Fillmore. The funeral mass will be held on Friday, December 29th, at 10 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1048 Ventura St in Fillmore. Graveside services to immediately follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe St. in Fillmore.

Teresa Rojo Sanchez (August 1936 – December 2023)

Teresa Rojo Sanchez (August 1936 – December 2023)

Teresa Rojo Sanchez passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on December 12, 2023, at the age of 87 years. She was born in Mocorito Sinaloa Mexico, to Tirso Rojo and Isabel Rivas. She moved to Fillmore in 1965 living in Rancho Sespe. She moved to Yuma Arizona in 1970, returning to Fillmore in 1975.

She worked at Olga Company as a seamstress for many years. She also cleaned houses and shared her love to the children she baby sat. During the holidays she enjoyed cooking for the family and friends that came over to celebrate, which brought great joy to her heart. She was a prayer warrior always praying for her children and grandchildren, she was a faithful saint that gave her all to those in need.

She is proceeded in death by her Father Tirso Rojo, Mother Isabel Rivas, Sisters Ofelia Rojo, Eva Corral and Brother Saul Rivas and Great grand son Jason Rojo. She is survived by her Sons Francisco Rojo his wife Joann, George Sanchez his wife Catherine, David Sanchez and Daughter Brenda Sanchez. Grandchildren Michael Rojo, Brandon Rojo, David Sanchez, George Sanchez wife Letty, Jordon Sanchez wife Gaby, Isaiah Sanchez, Mason Sanchez, Jace Arcega. Granddaughters Leana Hernadez Husband Albert, Krystal Rojo, Ayleen Rojo, Emonee Sanchez, Jade Arcega. Great grandson Brandon Rojo, Joesph Rojo, Andrew Sanchez, Silas Rojo, Jesse Rojo, Noah Sanchez, Manolo Sanchez, Joaquin Sanchez & Great granddaughter Olivia Sanchez.
Funeral Services for Teresa will be held with a viewing on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Garcia Mortuary, 629 south A street, Oxnard, CA 93030. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at 9:00am at the United Pentecostal Church, 700 East Pleasant Valley Road, Oxnard, CA 93033, with a burial service to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 south Sespe Street, Fillmore, CA 93015.

For map, directions to the ceremony location, to sign the family's online guest book, share stories, and post pictures please visit www.garcia and click on Teresa's name below Obituaries. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Garcia Mortuary, 629 south A street, Oxnard, CA. For further information please call (805) 486-9148.

Juanita “Jennie” Chavez-Diaz (September 1946 - November 2023)

Juanita “Jennie” Chavez-Diaz (September 1946 - November 2023)

Juanita “Jennie” Chavez-Diaz passed away peaceful at her home surrounded by her loving family on November 23, 2023, at the age of 77. She was the wife to her ever loving Husband of 57 years David Diaz of Santa Paula. Dads “darling” was born in Fillmore California on September 11, 1946, where she resided most of her life. She was the daughter of her late parents Cruz and Patricia Chavez. Mom was a former Fillmore high school graduate. After high school she attended cosmetology school and took some courses at Ventura College. She was employed at Proctor and Gamble, worked as a teachers aide at Fillmore high school and Sunkist packing house. But mostly she was a house goddess taking care of her 3 children and husband. Jennie was a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic church. She enjoyed Baking, camping, collected Religious prayer cards, redecorating her home and dancing to the as she would say “oldies but goodies”. She is Survived by her ever loving sister Virginia Ayala, Brother Joe Chavez, Sister n law Cathy, daughters Catherine Sanchez and Son n law George Sanchez, Patricia Escamilla and her son David Diaz. Grandsons David Sanchez, George Sanchez his wife Letty, Jordan Sanchez his wife Gabby, Isaiah Sanchez, Seth Escamilla, and Mason Sanchez. Granddaughters Dominique Diaz, Miranda Escamilla, Serena Escamilla, Emonee Sanchez and Zoe Diaz. Great-grandchildren Andrew Sanchez, Noah Sanchez, Olivia Sanchez, Manolo Sanchez and Joaquin Sanchez. Celebration of life will be held privately at her home in Fillmore.