Rosemary Leon (November 1926 - July 2024)

Rosemary Leon (November 1926 - July 2024)

Rosemary Leon passed away peacefully at home with her children by her side on July 7, 2024, in Fillmore, CA at the age of 97.

Born and raised in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. She came to the US in the 1940’s. Rosemary was a strong, lively and courageous person. She married Ralph E. Leon in 1955 and was a homemaker, mother to her six children. She enjoyed cooking meals for her family.

The family will al
ways remember her delicious homemade tamales at Christmas. She also kept herself busy gardening and crocheting.
She is preceded in death by her husband Ralph F. Leon and son Jose Hernandez.
She is survived by her five children, Ralph Jr., Gabriel, Gilbert, Susanne and Patricia. With numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The Leon Family would like to thank all of her caregivers, Marissa, Michael, Margaret, Olivia, Eva, Elena, Diane and Irma. All of you allowed the family to keep our mother home where she felt happy and safe.
The family would also like to thank the staff from Angel of God Hospice Agency for all of their support during this very difficult time.

A Rosary will be held Thursday, July 25, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. with a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m., both to be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 Ventura Street, Fillmore, CA 93015.
Internment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery 1698 S. Sespe Street Fillmore, CA 93015
To sign the family’s online guest book please visit our website: and locate Rosemary’s name in “Recent Obituaries.”

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owner & Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, SANTA PAULA, CA 805.229.7054

Emma Grace Patterson (March 1923 – July 2024)

Emma Grace Patterson (March 1923 – July 2024)

Emma Grace Patterson passed away peacefully at her home in Fillmore on July 5,2024, at the age of 101.
Emma was born March 17, 1923, on Boardman Ranch in Fillmore, California. Her parents were William Scott Walters and Edith A.J. Walters. She was named after Grace Boardman who helped deliver her and who was later lost in the St. Francis Dam Disaster.

Emma loved school and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1941. She married Harvey Patterson the same year. Emma and Harvey spent over 70 years together building their family, their business, and their legacy.

She was predeceased by her parents, her step-father, William Gazzaway, her husband, son Dennis, brothers Bill and J.C. Walters, sisters-in-law Mildred and Kiyo Walters, brothers-in-law Sidney and Richard Patterson, sister-in-law Helen Patterson, son-in-law Frank English, granddaughter Michele Tompkins, and great-grandson Will Tompkins.

She is survived by children Patricia Tompkins (David), Nancy English, Michelle Patterson, and David Patterson (Shannon). She is also survived by grandchildren Rick English, Jeff (Elizabeth), Greg (Jerri), Becky, and Kathryn Tompkins, Steven (Amanda), Nathan (Stormie), and Faelan Patterson and great-grandchildren Teressa English, Cole, Clarissa, Ava, Logan, Ty, and Jaime Tompkins, Adam Mascarenas, Adeline, Samuel, Elizabeth, Isabel, Caleb, Joshua, Braylon, and Gwendalynn Patterson.

Special thanks to the Fillmore Fire Department, Dr. Caffrey, Betty, Jess, Adrian, Vanessa, and Marisol.
Visitation / Viewing will be from 9AM - 10:45AM on Wednesday, July 17, at the Perez Family Funeral Home at 600 Central Avenue, Fillmore. Graveside service will follow at 11AM at Bardsdale Cemetery.

Ramon Diaz (January 1961 – July 2024)

Ramon Diaz (January 1961 – July 2024)

Ramon Diaz was born on January 1, 1961, in Tangancícuaro, Michoacán, Mexico to Ana and Pedro Diaz. Ramon was a loving husband of 40 years, an amazing father of 3 children, and one of 7 siblings. Ramon came to the United States with his family in 1969 where they settled into their loving home in Fillmore. The importance of family and staying together was a value growing up, as his mother Ana would often say “a todos juntos o ninguno.”

Ramon valued three things most: soccer, teaching and family. During his senior year, Ramon helped form the first ever varsity soccer team at Fillmore High School in 1979. As team captain, he was instrumental in leading the team to the CIF Competition and winning that year, a historical accomplishment for Fillmore High School. After his graduation, Ramon found his calling for education where he worked for the Migrant Education Program and touched many students’ lives in the classroom as well as on the soccer field. He became a role model for many Latinx students and children of migrant workers as Ramon experienced and understood the disparities migrant students faced in the educational system.

Ramon pursued his career in teaching, and he served as an amazing math teacher for 35 years at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills until his retirement in 2019. He was known for being a funny and patient teacher, often inserting humor into his lessons to alleviate the stress of mathematics on his students. He valued making math a subject all could learn with the help of a few jokes, creating a classroom environment that was truly memorable. He enjoyed teaching and genuinely cared for each one of his students throughout the years.

Ramon was often referred to as Superman by his family because of his ability to make time for all the people he loved in his life. Despite working long days, he would balance tutoring students in the community, often working late nights grading papers, helping his children with their homework, and packing their school lunches every morning. Even so, Ramon made time for fun weekends with his family in Santa Barbara, riding bikes and going to the pool for a swim. His family is especially fond of memories at Six Flags, Disneyland, Yosemite, and Hearst Castle, where Ramon was always with a video camera in his hand to capture life’s precious moments. He never let life get too busy to be with his family.

Ramon enjoyed the simple things in life. He enjoyed celebrating his children’s accomplishments, being spoiled on his birthday and Father’s Day, playing tennis with his son and brother, and kicking the soccer ball at Shiell’s Park during his daily walks. He had a love for movies and often quoted his favorite lines from many films. He was a generous, kind, funny, silly and loving man. But more than that, he was one of a kind.

More than anything, Ramon adored his wife, soulmate, and best friend Evangelina Diaz. Prior to his passing, Ramon had just celebrated 40 years of marriage with his wife. Ramon always referred to the first time he fell in love with Eva as the same day he met her in Spanish class. “I wanted to be with her the moment I saw her.” Ramon carried a picture of her in his wallet for all those years. An avid Beatles fan, Ramon would often dedicate the song “Woman” to his beloved. Even in his last days, he would refer to Eva as his “eighth grade sweetheart.”

Ramon passed away on July 8, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his siblings Luz & Javier Alcaraz, Luis & Jenny Diaz, Ramiro & Trini Diaz, Rafael & Lupe Diaz, Ana & Agustin Campos, and Peter & Sami Diaz-Tarrab.
Ramon will be a guardian angel to his three beloved children, Natalie, Andres and Gabriela, and to his soulmate and wife, Eva. He will be cherished as the #1 husband and dad anyone could ever ask for. He will be forever missed.

Viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 23rd, at Perez Family Funeral Home in Fillmore, from 3-7pm, followed by the rosary at 7:45pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Mass will be on Wednesday, July 24th, 10am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, burial to follow immediately at Bardsdale Cemetery.

Robert A. Vossler (October 1948 – June 2024)

Robert A. Vossler (October 1948 – June 2024)

Robert A. Vossler passed away at his home in Oregon on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at the age of 75, after battling cancer.
Born to Joyce Patterson Vossler and W L “Dub” Vossler on October 7, 1948. Bob as he was fondly known, grew up in Fillmore. As a little boy he lived a cowboy fantasy, riding his stick horse thru the neighborhood. He was never without his Hopalong Cassidy six shooter sagging around his waist or his floppy black felt cowboy hat and boots. Had it been allowed, he would have slept in all of it. Bob attended all the Fillmore schools K-12, graduating Fillmore High School in 1967. He participated in football, basketball and track. He then went to Ventura College for 2 years.

Bob enjoyed the outdoors and made numerous trips to the Sierras, namely Bridgeport area to camp, fish, hunt and relax beside Robinson Creek with family and friends.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1969. After 8 weeks of training at Ft. Leonardwood, MO, for combat engineering, he volunteered for Special Forces and entered airborne training at Ft. Benning, GA as a paratrooper. On August 16, 1969, Bob received his Green Beret classification. Due to a knee injury, he had to leave the Green Berets and went into the 82nd Airborne Regiment at Ft. Bragg, NC, 307th Engineering Battalion. He was honorably discharged November 1971, as SGT E-5. He was in the reserves for another 4 years.

With military service now over, Bob started his career in the electric power industry. First job with SoCal Edison in Frazier Park. He then transferred his job to Palmdale where he met his future wife, Sherry Banta. They were married October 1977. While working for Edison, he had the chance to go to work for Aramco in Saudi Arabia. Sherry had to stay behind the first year but was finally able to join Bob. They lived at the large Aramco compound in ABQAIQ for about 9 years before coming back to the U.S. They were able to travel extensively while at Aramco, as the policy was “work a month, off a month”. On those off months, they could go anywhere on the globe, and so Bob figured he had probably been around the world 7 times.
Bob and Sherry resided/worked in Texas and Oklahoma for a few years before locating in Oregon, where Bob was the electric power grid operator for the city of Eugene and surrounding areas. After a long career in the electric business, retirement called his name in 2014. They settled in the little town of Fall Creek, Oregon overlooking the small river of Fall Creek-a culmination of almost 30 years in Oregon.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Sherry. Also, by sisters Linda (Jerry) Crockett and Nancy (Ray) Cervantez of Fillmore, plus 2 nieces and 2 nephews on the Vossler side. Also, Gary Banta of Palmdale, Bobs father-in-law, and sisters-in-law Tamra and Susan and several nieces and nephews of the Banta family. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Joyce and Dud Vossler.

A memorial service for Bob is being held at Sherrys church in Fall Creek, Oregon. A military graveside service will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. We invite family and friends to join us as we honor Bob

Patty Sue Cantwell (July 1935 – March 2024)

Patty Sue Cantwell (July 1935 – March 2024)

Patty Sue Cantwell passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones on the evening of March 2, 2024, after battling dementia and other progressive health issues.

She was born to Lorraine Moree Dixon and David Wilburn Allen in Lawton, Oklahoma on July 9, 1935. Her family moved her to Fillmore California where she met her first husband and father of her four children working at the local town theater. They had four children, Brad, Shelley, Brenda and Ernie.

Later she met and remarried Kenneth Cantwell, who was her best friend and soulmate. They enjoyed big family barbecues fun on the Colorado River and traveling in between spoiling their grandkids. She always had a big smile, open arms, and love for all. Patty Sue carried herself with grace and overcame so much always straightening her crown fixing her make up and carrying on for the love of the family.

There was not a person that she met that she did not touch their lives. This Saturday, July 13th there’ll be a celebration of life at Sheills Park in Fillmore California at 1 pm. We encourage all friends, family and those whose who knew her to come eat and celebrate the memory of her life and love.

Pamela Gayle Smith (February 1949 – June 2024)

Pamela Gayle Smith (February 1949 – June 2024)

Pamela Gayle Smith, 75, of Fillmore, Ca., passed away on June 28, 2024. Pam was born on February 1, 1949 in Morenci, Az. to Emil Kumer and Chiona Harrell. As a small child she lived in Bellflower, Ca., where, at the age of 5 years old, she had to have major heart surgery to correct a heart defect at the City of Hope hospital. After her recovery the family relocated to Bryant, IL.

Pam graduated from Lewistown High School in 1967 and after her graduation she worked for Ozark Airlines in Peoria, IL. While working for Ozark Airlines, she met her future husband, Walter “Fred” Smith on a blind date. On July 12, 1969, Pam and Fred were married in Bryant, IL. The new couple relocated to Fred’s hometown of Fillmore, Ca. to start their life together and were happily married for 35 years until his death in 2004.

Pamela was known for her work ethic and enjoyed working. She worked for State Farm Insurance for 35 years until she retired. She and Fred bought La Flor Bonita Flower Shop in Fillmore in 1993. After Fred’s passing, she and her daughter Brandi ran the flower shop until it closed in 2009. After closing the flower shop, Pam continued to work as an office manager for an oil company in Ventura, Ca. She was known for her friendly personality and willingness to help others.
Pam loved to stay busy and was involved in several volunteer organizations throughout her years. She loved contributing to her community in any way she could. She volunteered with the Boy Scouts as a den mother and Fillmore Little League when her son Shane was a child. She spent time assisting Girl Scout troops for both her daughter Brandi and her granddaughters Jadinn and Harley. She also volunteered her time to the VFW, Fillmore Women’s Service Club and with the Fire Station for Elections. She always greeted people with a friendly smile and enthusiasm to serve her community.

In 2016 she met her partner Dana Wentling and they went on many adventures together. She enjoyed being out in the world with the people she loved. Pam was known for her friendly smile, warm hugs and ability to make conversations with everyone and anyone. She was loving and devoted to her family. She embraced many people throughout her years and was like a second-mother to many of her daughter and sons friends and a grandmother to their children.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Chiona Kumer, her step-mother Madge Kumer, her husband Walter “Fred” Smith, son Eric Smith and her sister Lynnea. She is survived by her daughter Brandi Smith-Gurrola (Crystal Gurrola), her son Shane Smith (Kit Smith), grandchildren Jadinn, Harley, Joshua, her partner Dana Wentling and her honorary son Will Christmas. Her siblings Lyle, Brenda, Brian, Max, Marcy and Marty and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Perez Family Funeral Home in Fillmore, Ca. Interment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers please donate to The City of Hope in Pam’s name, a place dear to her heart.
Services on July 8th at 10:30am at the Perez Family Funeral Home in Fillmore.

Jodie Lynn (Harm) Lloyd (July 1960 – June 2024)

Jodie Lynn (Harm) Lloyd (July 1960 – June 2024)

Jodie Lynn (Harm) Lloyd was born on July 29, 1960, in Murray, Utah. She was called back to heaven on June 18, 2024, in Fillmore, CA, at the age of 63. Life will no longer be the same for many as she is deeply and terribly missed.

Jodie lived in the Lakewood area in her younger years before her family settled in Fillmore around 1973. Fillmore is where she met her lifelong friends, whom she deeply cherished. Jodie graduated from Fillmore High School class of 1979 and loved seeing her friends at the annual alumni dinner, where she enjoyed dancing the night away.

Fillmore is also where she met her soulmate, RayMel Lloyd. Their lives were forever changed for the better. Jodie and RayMel were together for a total of 47 years and married for nearly 45 years. They were planning on renewing their vows this upcoming anniversary in October. They had a special love that allowed them to go through many chapters of life together and yet they continued to choose each other every day.

Shortly after Jodie and RayMel married, they moved to Santa Paula and raised their three children: Travis, Amber, and Nicholas. She was always so proud of her kids and loved them with all of her heart. She attended every sporting event to cheer them on. She was also a bonus mom to many of her kid’s friends throughout the years, as she welcomed and loved with no judgment.

If you were blessed to know Jodie, you knew the unconditional love she had for all. She greeted and parted everyone with a hug and a kiss on the cheek, whether she met you once or had known you for years. She welcomed everyone into her home with open arms. She enjoyed having people over to swim and unwind in the pool, especially when her daughter’s family came over with her grandbabies.

Jodie loved having her nails done and loved to paint her granddaughter’s nails and toenails. She enjoyed creating rose bouquets using the roses from her garden, going out to eat with her group of girlfriends, doing diamond art, going to concerts, vacationing anywhere near a beach, and visiting Big Bear on her annual trip with RayMel. Most recently, her daughter and her family have been joining in on the Big Bear trips and creating memories with the grandbabies. She loved talking on the phone with her siblings, especially when she and her sisters, Laura and Tracy, learned they could 3-way call. She loved to shop and could never turn down a bargain.

Jodie loved her family with all of her soul. She is survived by her husband, Raymel Lloyd; her children and their spouses, Travis and Jenny, Amber and Jose, Nicholas, and Connie; and her beloved grandchildren, Ava, Austin, Diego, Cruz, and Coreina. They miss their Mimi terribly. She is also survived by her mother, Barbara Harm, and siblings and their spouses, Russell and Lorraine Harm, Jace-C and Rebecca Harm, Tracy and Clark Wade, Laura and Johny Palmateer; sister in law Jackie and Darryl Allen, and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Jodie’s dad, John Harm, was awaiting Jodie at heaven’s gates, along with one of her best friends, Cathy Jenkins, her mother-in-law, Lynda Lloyd, her brothers-in-law, Melvin and Jeff Lloyd, and Nana Eltevina Menchaca.

The viewing for Jodie Lloyd will be held at Perez Family Funeral Home, 600 Central Ave, Fillmore, on Sunday, June 30th 4-6pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 1, from 9 am to 11 am at Faith Community Church, 355 D. Street, Fillmore. Graveside services to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe Street, Fillmore.

If you can, please wear brown for the services on Monday, July 1st, in honor of Jodie’s favorite color.

Carmen A. Valenzuela (November 1927 – May 2024)

Carmen A. Valenzuela (November 1927 – May 2024)

Carmen A. Valenzuela, a radiant soul whose kindness knew no bounds, peacefully departed this world on May 10, 2024, at the age of 96. Born in the serene town of Fabens, Texas, Carmen’s tender spirit was nurtured by the embrace of her extended family after the loss of her mother. From their care, she blossomed into the epitome of warmth and compassion, a legacy she carried throughout her life. She lived a simple life, nothing “fancy” as she used to say.

She found her lifelong partner, Raymond, amidst the charm of Piru, where their love blossomed and bore fruit in the form of three cherished children. Carmen’s devotion to her family was boundless; she was both a pillar of strength and a wellspring of affection. Her selflessness knew no bounds, ensuring her loved ones lacked for nothing and was enveloped in her boundless love. She loved spoiling her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, sneaking them a little cash when they visited.

Carmen’s days were adorned with the simple joys that life had to offer. She often spent time scouring garage sales alongside her dear friend Emerita Real, a tradition that brought her immense delight. Even as mobility waned, her heart remained steadfast. She reached out to loved ones, ensuring their well-being with unwavering care.

Undeterred by the challenges life presented, Carmen’s journey led her from the cotton fields of Texas to various roles at Fillmore/Piru Citrus, The Foxboro Company, and MicroAire. Her unwavering dedication and work ethic were not just personal virtues but guiding principles she instilled in her children, along with the importance of responsibility and resilience.
Her departure leaves an emptiness in the hearts of all who knew her, from family to friends, who cherished her endearing quirks and steadfast presence. Fondly referred to as Mama, Nana, Granny, Granny Goose, The General, and Carmelita, Carmen’s absence is deeply felt, her memory a treasure held dear.

Carmen is reunited in eternity with her beloved husband, Raymond, and her parents, Sabas Guzman and Francisca Acuna, along with her brothers Antonio Cortazar and Manuel Guzman. She leaves behind a legacy of love survived by her adoring children: Yvonne Alverdi, Lorraine Beserra, and Raymond (Kelly) Valenzuela. And the following nine grandchildren, Vincent (Rosie) Alverdi, Tina (Kenneth) Leighton, Brandy (Jamie) Luna, Mark (Tiana) Valenzuela, Joshua (Lily) Valenzuela, David (Nicole) Valenzuela, Alex (Mandy) Valenzuela, Anthony Valenzuela (Samantha) and Amanda Valenzuela. Along with 15 Great-Grandchildren: Ethan, Joseph, Raymond, Alyssa, Mariah, Nevaeh, Michael, Rosalia, Manuel, Alexander, Brianna, Nathan, Alexis, Riley, and Brandon. In addition, two beautiful Great-Great-Grandchildren, Abigail and Kai.

Carmen was a member of the San Salvador Mission church in Piru for many years. She loved her beautiful church. We would like to give special gratitude and thanks to Father Barney for all the prayers and blessings he gave to our mother.
A heartfelt appreciation is extended to all who gave their love and support during this time, particularly to the “Rey of Sunshine,” whose care and compassion eased our burden. We do not know what we would have done without you. We are also very grateful for the compassionate team at Livingston Hospice for their exemplary care.

Though she may have bid farewell to this world, Carmen’s love and legacy will forever illuminate the hearts of those she held dear. Until we see each other again, rest in eternal peace, dear precious Mama.

A Rosary will be recited at 9:00am on Friday, June 21, 2024, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at San Salvador Mission Church, 4045 E. Center St. Piru, CA 93040.

Interment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 South Sespe St., Fillmore, CA 93015.
To sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website and click on Carmen’s name located in Recent Obituaries.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owed & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula, CA. 805.229.7054.

PFC Fred Raymond Ponce III (October 2002 – April 2024)

PFC Fred Raymond Ponce III (October 2002 – April 2024)

PFC Fred Raymond Ponce III, affectionately known as Freddie, passed away on April 16, 2024, at the young age of 21. Born on October 11, 2002, at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital, the cherished and beloved first son of Jennie Rose Menjuga and Fred Ponce Jr. At the age of 2, Freddie was given the nickname “Tonka” meaning “Buffalo” in the Native American language. Papa Ray said Freddie’s personality reminded him of the “Tatonka”, the great animal which gives completely of itself for others. Freddie attended Fillmore Unified School District and graduated as a Sierra High Warrior, Class of 2020. After high school Freddie decided to follow in the footsteps of many family members by joining the military, the United States Army. Freddie earned the rank of Private First Class Ponce III was assigned to Bravo Company (Beast), 65th Engineer Battalion (Bayonets), 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Freddie’s adventurous spirit was evident in his love for the outdoors. He loved his family trips to Convict Lake. Fishing, hiking, hunting, BBQing and camping were just some of his favorite hobbies. Freddie loved all genres of music, often volunteering to DJ any get together and always hitting the dance floor. Driving his Papa Fred’s 64 Impala and cheering on his Raiders, Dodgers and Lakers was another favorite pastime.

Known for his quick wit, sarcastic humor and infectious smile, Freddie left a lasting impact on everyone he met. Freddie loved family time, hanging out with friends, holidays and especially his birthday! He always went big for his special day. Freddie loved being a brother, always trying to keep up with each of his 7 siblings. He also cherished his friendships and considered many of them his brothers and sisters. He married his high school love Ayleen and together they had their “fur babies” Jack, Honey & Whiskey.

Freddie’s journey, though brief, has touched so many people and his legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew him. The city of Fillmore mourns this bright, young soul. We thank him for his service to our Country. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten. His beautiful smile, handsome face, white tee with 501’s and Jordan’s is an image we will hold near and dear when we close our eyes and see Freddie. May he rest in power and peace. And forever be our guardian angel.
Freddie is survived and deeply missed by his loving parents, Fred Ponce Jr and Jennie Rose & Phil Monroe, his sisters Destiny, London, Peyton & Dallas. His brothers Maxx, Joey & Jayden. His wife Ayleen Castaneda Ponce. He also leaves behind his maternal grandparents, Ray Mejuga & Rosie Frias, his paternal grandparents, Fred Sr & Yvonne Ponce, Sam & Isabel Diaz. Great grandparents Raymond & Elma Ponce and Teresa Marquez. And a close-knit family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. He was predeceased by his great-great grandparents Lillie Torres, Isabel “Chubby” Armendariz, Ramiro Marquez Sr, Isabel Arroyo-Newlon. Aunt Tammy Menjuga-Arbaugh and cousin Michael “T-Bird” Alamillo.

Jesus Cervantes (March 1923 – April 2024)

Jesus Cervantes (March 1923 – April 2024)

Jesus Cervantes was born on March 9, 1923, and passed away at his home surrounded by his children on April 25, 2024. Jesus was the last living parent, grandparent, and great grandparent of the Cervantes family and now he is their guardian angel and reunited with his beloved wife in heaven.
The family is forever grateful for the love that Jesus gave and the example he led. He provided the best childhood for his children and a large family to rely on. Jesus provided the family roots in two countries and gave them what they needed to live long and fulfilling lives.
Jesus lived an incredible 101 years on this earth and though we are broken hearted to lose him, we rejoice in knowing he is at eternal peace.

Jesus was preceded by his wife Juana and his sons Pete, David, and Salvador Cervantes. He is survived by his daughters Margarita Quezada (Braulio), Rosario Cervantes, Lupe Hoover (Roy), Maria Cervantes, Bertha Cervantes, and sons Gerald Cervantes (Anna) and Tony Cervantes (Bruce). Jesus also has 22 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews, and other family member.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Jorge Bautista for the care he provided. The family also thanks Roy, Ana, Linda, Eva from A1 Health Care for all their support.

A Rosary will be recited at 9:30am following a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am on Wednesday, May 15th, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 427 N. Oak St. Santa Paula, CA. 93060. Interment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe St. Fillmore, CA. 93015.

To sign the family/s online guest book, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: and click on Jesus'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. 805.229.7045.

“Judy” Mary Judith (Goodwin) Dressler (Slater, Scholz, Mellison)

“Judy” Mary Judith (Goodwin) Dressler (Slater, Scholz, Mellison)

September 5th, 1931 - March 30th, 2024 (92.5 years)
Judy was born in El Paso Texas to Mary and Gordon Gatlin Goodwin. She moved to El Segundo California when she was 3, with her mother and young brother.

She graduated from El Segundo High School, married and moved to Torrance to raise her children.
Judy launched her career in aerospace where she eventually became a high ranking executive secretary at TRW. She made many close friendships and had amazing memories of her time there.

In the 60’s there was a popular song by Dolly Parton; “Harper Valley PTA”. This song exemplified Judy in her mini skirts and platinum blond big hair; she was the cool mom!

She had been divorced and widowed when she met and married Ray Dressler; they sold the Torrance home and moved to Fillmore California to retire near Judy’s parents; Mary and Joe Beyerl.

Judy had so many talents; she was an accomplished oil artist of seascapes, portraits and still life. She was a gourmet cook and entertainer extraordinaire, hosting many dinner parties in her beautifully self decorated home.

She joined Soroptimist’s, Art Guild and other civic groups, winning Citizen Of The Year award of which she was so honored.
She leaves behind many friends made in her 92.5 years here; Judy was predeceased by her brother Ted (Gordon Gatlin Goodwin II), her 4 husbands, and many friends. She is survived by her son Paul (Sandra), her daughter Kristen (Bob), stepson Dean, 7 grand children, and 7.5 great grands.

Her family will scatter Judy’s ashes at sea off of the Long Beach coast, into the ocean that she loved and that inspired so many of her paintings.

In remembrance, please recall a fond time with Judy and say a little prayer for her.

Pete Cervantez (January 1937 – April 2024)

Pete Cervantez (January 1937 – April 2024)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Pete Cervantez, who departed from this world on April 14th, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. Pete’s life was a testament to dedication, love, and service to both his country and community.

Born with a spirit for adventure on January 18th, 1937. Pete grew up to cherish the simple joys of life, finding solace in the great outdoors. His passion for fishing and hunting knew no bounds, especially when shared with his beloved sons, cherished memories that will endure for generations to come.

Pete’s commitment to service was evident throughout his remarkable career of 41 years with the Fillmore School District. His unwavering dedication and tireless efforts left an indelible mark on the lives of countless students, colleagues, and the community he served.

Prior to his career, Pete proudly served his country in the Army, embodying the values of honor, courage, and selflessness. After his military service, Pete returned home to marry his beloved Emilie. Together, they began their family, building a life rooted in love and commitment.

Pete’s legacy is one of love, loyalty, and kindness. He leaves behind a legacy of warmth and compassion that will continue to inspire all who had the privilege of knowing him. Though he may no longer be with us in person, his spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those he touched.

Pete is survived by his loving wife, Emilie, who stood by his side through every chapter of their extraordinary journey together for 62 years. He is also survived by his devoted sons, Peter, James and John (Anabel), and his daughter Anita. His three cherished brothers, Joe, Tony (Rosa), Frank, one dear sister Georgia (Joe), and a legacy that will continue to thrive through his ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren who will forever carry his spirit in their hearts.
Services are Friday, April 26, 2024, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, in Fillmore, Rosary 9:30am, Mass 10am Bardsdale Cemetery to follow.

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.