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Theresa Gurrola (1930-2022)

Theresa Gurrola (1930-2022)

Theresa Gurrola, age 92, passed away on August 1st, 2022. She arrived into this world on May 17th, 1930 born to Jesus and Frances Vasquez in Los Angeles, California.
Theresa spent her youth in Casa Blanca (Riverside, California) until she graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School. Her family moved to Santa Paula, California in 1949. She met our father, Camilo Gurrola shortly after and they married in November 1952 residing in Fillmore.
Theresa was a homemaker, until her three children were out on their own. Then she began working at Broadway, then after as a teachers aide at Piru Elementary School. Theresa’s longest job was helping her daughter Anna Marie Gurrola, a CPA, in Fillmore as an office manager.
Our mother was diagnosed with a rare Carcinoid Tumor in October 1994. Her cancer doctor gave a timeline of five years to live, but our mother’s determination, courage, and love of God stopped the progression of the tumor.
Theresa is survived by her children Anna Marie Gurrola, Gloria Irene Mendez, and Lawrence Daniel Gurrola. She is also survived by her grandchildren Christine Hernandez, Naomi Qualls, Daniel and Anthony Mendez, and Danielle Gurrola. In addition, she is survived by her 9 great grandchildren with a 10th due in February 2023 and two great great grandsons.
Her favorite pastimes were playing Bingo, Loteria, and any chance to go to a casino. She loved reading, shopping, crossword puzzles, and most of all spending time with family. Family was very important to her and we will all miss her deeply.
Funeral Services are on Tuesday, August 16th, 2022 at St Francis of Assisi in Fillmore with 9:30 a.m. Rosary and 10:00 a.m. Mass. Burial is immediately after at Bardsdale Cemetery.

 
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Garet David Godfrey (1966-2022)

Garet David Godfrey (1966-2022)

On July 12th, 2022, Garet David Godfrey passed unexpectedly and peacefully at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Although we are heartbroken, it brings us comfort knowing that he has been reunited with his mother, Linda Godfrey whom he never stopped longing for.
Garet was born on October 25th, 1966, in Santa Paula, California to Linda Godfrey and Ron Godfrey. He immediately brought love and joy into the lives of his parents and family. Some folks affect countless people in their lifetime, and Garet was one of them. We were all blessed with his genuine kindness, generosity and welcoming spirit.
Garet was an avid trap shooter and won many junior competitions. He volunteered for Ventura County Search & Rescue and had a profound love for hunting and fishing. His professional career consisted of working with the family business farming the lands of Fillmore and Piru with his father, his idol, his best friend, Ron Godfrey and wouldn't be caught anywhere without his sidekick, Bugdog.
Garet was preceded in death by his mother Linda, maternal grandparents Dorothy and Pat Wilson and paternal grandparents Vena and Vancel Godfrey. He is survived by his wife Teresa, daughter Hunter, son Colton, father Ron, Stepmother Debbie, "brother from another mother" Patrick, sister Shannon and brother-in-law Dustin "Blister", brother Tim, niece Calista, great nephew Jasper, uncle and cousins. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Friends and family are invited to a "Celebration of Life" on Saturday, August 20th at 2:00 p.m. at Britt Park, located at 3824 Guiberson Road near Piru. Food will be served between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 
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Larry Jack Cassidy (1981-2022)

Larry Jack Cassidy (1981-2022)

Lifelong resident of Fillmore, Larry Jack Cassidy, sadly passed away on July 12, 2022, at the young age of 40. He was born on July 20, 1981. He graduated from Fillmore High School in 1999. He is survived by his parents, Janna and Kelly Cassidy, his siblings, Lacey Hinson and Cody Gilbert Cassidy, and his 10 year old son, Larson Komatsubara Cassidy, as well as other extended family.
He was a wonderful father, a fun uncle, and a well-loved member of the community here in Fillmore. For many years, he participated in The Great Cycle Challenge to raise money for children’s cancer research as well as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. He was often seen pedaling his bike all over town in his efforts to raise as much money as possible each year. It was so commendable.
Larry was kind, generous, creative, and had a great sense of humor. He had a very big heart. He had a gentle sensitive spirit. He loved nature and spending time outdoors hiking, riding his bike, and hunting for cool rocks. He was an animal lover who always had several rescued pets. He was a collector of many things including comic books, rocks and Legos.
If you were lucky enough to have known Larry, you understand this loss is huge. If you never knew Larry, you missed out on a special person who we will all miss dearly. He touched this earth and left an imprint. Larry will be buried at the Bardsdale Cemetery alongside his grandparents, Larry and Jacqueline Cassidy. The funeral will be held Friday, August 5th at 10am.

 
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James Edward Arundell (1941-2022)

James Edward Arundell (1941-2022)

James Edward Arundell, 80, passed away peacefully on July 14th surrounded by family in the home he built in Fillmore, California. Jim was born in Oxnard on October 20, 1941, to Glenn and Jane Arundell. He graduated from Fillmore High School in 1959, attended Ventura College, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Upon returning to Fillmore, Jim was married to Diane Southwick on August 5, 1967, in the Fillmore Presbyterian Church. Jim and Diane were both lifelong residents of Fillmore and were married just shy of 55 years. They both earned their teaching credentials and taught side-by-side for 30 years.
Jim was a standout football, basketball, and baseball player at Fillmore High School and was later inducted into the Fillmore High School Sports Hall of Fame. He garnered the nickname “Thumper,” for his quickness and big feet. After a season of football at Ventura College, Jim enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving as an aircraft avionics technician in Jacksonville, Florida and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Upon discharge from active duty, he worked as a surveyor while earning his teaching credential from California State Northridge. After earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education, he landed a job as a teacher at Piru Elementary School where he taught 5th grade in the same storied classroom for over 30 years. Jim also served as the school’s drama teacher, directing performances of several highly anticipated school plays that were loved by the faculty, parents, and students. During his early years of teaching, he coached Fillmore High girls basketball and assistant coached Fillmore High boys baseball and basketball. Upon starting a school farm at Piru School, Jim was recognized and featured in an interview by KNBC LA local news for being a leader in innovation, dedicated to keeping kids outdoors and teaching them about agriculture, gardening, and caring for livestock. After retiring in 2002, Jim became a full-time grandfather, rancher, mentor, coach, and Dodger fan who could always be found riding a tractor in the sunshine through his avocado orchards in Fillmore.
Jim will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend, teacher and coach. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Diane; daughter Jamie and son-in-law, Leroy; daughter Julie and son-in-law, Ian; sister Judy and brother-in-law, Mike; brother Oz and sister-in-law, Barb; sister-in-law Barbara; brother-in-law Gary and sister-in-law, Susan; grandchildren Nohelani, James, Leah, Jackson, and Julianne; his nieces and nephews and great-grandchildren. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Jane; stepmother, Ellen; and his brother, John.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Jim’s life on Friday, August 12, at 10:00 am at the Bardsdale Cemetery, located at 698 S. Sespe St in Fillmore. A “Celebration of Life” reception will follow at Jamie & Leroy’s residence at 1520 Oak Ave in Fillmore.

 
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LaRoyce Simpson Hicks (1929-2022)

LaRoyce Simpson Hicks (1929-2022)

LaRoyceUgene Simpson opened her eyes to the light of the world on November 12, 1929. LaRoyce Simpson Hicks opened her eyes to the light of Heaven on July 1, 2022, joining her husband, family, and friends who went before.
After growing up during the Depression and WWII, she began a life teaching in public school in 1951. On her very first day, she lit the kitchen incinerator in her kitchen in her newlyweds’ apartment, blowing trash all over the ceiling, wall, and her new dress. Sigh…
In 1950 or thereabouts, she met this guy with flaming red hair, on a blind date arranged by a friend, and decided there and then that he was “The One.” Proudly, she cooked “40 Clove Chicken” early on in their marriage, although she thought a “clove of garlic” was the whole thing. The neighborhood enjoyed the redolence of garlic for days…
She LOVED teaching and was good it. In addition to her public school work, she also taught Sunday School and an afternoon program called Good News Club.
A devout Christian her entire life, she taught Good News Club, Mailbox Club, and the adult-oriented Crossroads Prison Ministry all her life. She traveled the world after being widowed, as far away as Thailand and West Africa, in her service to others.
When encroaching age left her unable to travel physically, she doubled down on her written and correspondence work, becoming active in the Wycliffe Bible Translating Society, assisting in many areas.
She was also widely known for her total love of working in her gardens and orchards, running an adorable stand called “Grandma’s Garden” as many as THREE days a week!
This brief writing absolutely cannot express the sheer magnitude of a large life splendidly livedor convey the open-armed love with which she approached the world.
She leaves her three sons, Lloyd, Larry, and Lynn, her daughter-in-law Alicia, and her grandchildren Soleil and Freeman, along with too many other family and friends to county.
Rest in Power, Mom.
Memorial service will be held August 6th, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Faith Community Church, 355 D St., Fillmore, CA 93015.

 
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Urbano Zavala Gonzalez (1929-2022)

Urbano Zavala Gonzalez (1929-2022)

Urbano Zavala Gonzalez, age 93, passed away on June 13, 2022 in Morgan Hill, CA. Urbano was born in Abasolo, Guanajuato, Mexico on May 31, 1929. He is survived by his children Silvia Lucero, Leticia Gonzalez-Ponce, Rosalba Viera, Ricardo Gonzalez, and Lucila Gonzalez and was predeceased by his wife, Elisa Gonzalez, in 2016 and his son, Joel Gonzalez, who passed away in 1979.
A visitation for Urbano will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2022 from 8am to 8:30am at Funeraria Del Angel Santa Paula. A Holy rosary service is set to be recited at St Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore at 9:30am and funeral services at 10am. Interment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery since the family had lived in the Piru-Fillmore area for 39 years. All of the children are Fillmore High School graduates.

 
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Beverly Jean Brisby (1928-2022)

Beverly Jean Brisby (1928-2022)

Beverly Jean Brisby, 94, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2022 in Camarillo, CA. She was a resident at Bernadette Home Care, where she was cared for lovingly over the past four years.
Beverly Jean Payne was born in San Bernadino, California on March 23, 1928. She was the youngest of ten children born to James Luther Payne and Emily Henrietta Brandes. She graduated from Redlands High School in 1946. She met her husband William Lee Brisby while attending Compton College and they married in September 1949. Bill and Beverly settled in Fillmore, California where he was a high school biology teacher, and she was a homemaker and mother of three children. Later in life, Beverly was employed by the City of Fillmore where she worked for many years, retiring in 1995.
Beverly was a member of the Ebell Club and the Trinity Episcopal Church where she loved worship in the beautiful little church. She was an avid antique collector and created well appointed homes. She enjoyed living in the El Dorado Mobile Home Park community during her retirement years.
Beverly is survived by her son Lee Brisby and his wife Kay of Elbert, CO, daughter Kathy Brisby of Santa Paula, and son Tim Brisby of Concrete, WA. Also surviving are grandsons Tim Brisby II, Noah and Ryan Brisby, granddaughter Amanda Kinyon and great grandchildren Raven, Sensi, Aleksandra, Madden, Taylor, Trinity, and Ruby.
Our mother will be honored by her family privately and her ashes scattered at sea– there will be no formal services.

 
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Melissa Alamillo (1950-2022)

Melissa Alamillo (1950-2022)

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of our mother Melissa Alamillo.
She passed away in Bakersfield Calif. on June 12th, 2022 at age 71yrs. She was born in Ventura Calif. on September 24th, 1950.
Melissa lived in Fillmore Calif. for most of her adult life until moving back to Bakersfield (Her old stomping grounds) about 12yrs ago. She was a wonderful mother who was always there for her kids whenever we needed her. She enjoyed hanging out with friends and family, hunting, horseback riding, playing softball and most of all cooking for everyone. She was a woman of MANY talents and ALWAYS willing to help anyone at any time. Melissa is proceeded in death by her father Robert (Flo) Matthews and her mother Barbara (Paul) Pippin, her Husband for more than 45yrs. Tommy Alamillo and Son Michael (T-Bird) Alamillo whom she loved VERY much. She is survived by her brothers Tom (JoAnn) Matthews and Tim (Laura) Matthews. Also her children Dennis (Agnes) Alamillo, Lesley Alamillo, Rachel (Larry) Tepezano & Tim (Carrie) Alamillo. Her Grandchildren Christina, Diane, Moneh, Evan, Della and Tommy. Plus 8 great-grandchildren and MANY nieces and nephews.
She will TRULY be missed!
Fly with the Angels Mama!
Until we meet again.......WE LOVE YOU!
*Services to be determined at a later date.
Sincerely, The Alamillo Family

 
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Lin Thomas (1941-2022)

Lin Thomas (1941-2022)

Lin Thomas, 81, of Fillmore, California, went to be with his Lord on Friday, May 27, 2022, while at home in Fillmore.
Lin was born January 8, 1941 to Elizabeth Campbell Thomas and Raymond Luverne Thomas in Ventura, California. Although the family moved a few times throughout his childhood, he ended up back in Ventura County where he graduated from Fillmore High School in 1959. From there, he headed to Fresno State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts. During college, in 1961, he married high school sweetheart Judith Rae Gregory and together, they moved back to Grand Avenue in Fillmore where they have lived ever since.
Lin leaves behind a legacy both widespread and profound. He was a teacher by trade, a preacher of the Word by purpose, and an old car enthusiast by passion. He taught various industrial art classes, first at Thousand Oaks High School, then at Newbury Park High School, and finally at Fillmore High School until his retirement in 2002. In each of the final 3 years of teaching he led an auto restoration project that entailed he and his students restoring a Ford Model A pickup which they subsequently drove in the History Channel’s Great Race.
Since retiring, Lin spent some time working for Fillmore Irrigation Company, but mostly spent time on the family’s homestead ranch in Fillmore fixing up old cars or at the family cabin in Wawona, California, dreaming about lunkers, both past and future.
All who knew Lin soon learned about his deep faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He ministered wherever he was, whether as a Sunday School teacher, song leader, and choir singer; or, at a swap meet, under an old rusty car with a torch, or by the campfire in the high Sierras. His love for Jesus was open and apparent to all.
Lin was a servant by nature and lived to help others. Whatever was needed, whether an encouraging word, an old car part, or a welding job, Lin was glad to help anyone, and always with a smile and a story.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, of Fillmore; daughters Lindy Reilley of Fillmore and Michelle (Mike) Bly of Lewiston, Idaho; grandchildren Brandelin (Grant) Wade, Andrew (Krista) Reilley, Garrett Reilley, Cameron (Ana) Reilley, and Grace (Kevin) Reilly; and great grandchildren Vivian and Hunter Wade, and Judith, Sebastian, and Arden Reilley; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
A memorial service will be held on July 30, 2022, 4:00 pm at Santa Paula First Presbyterian Church, 121 Davis Street, Santa Paula, California, with a celebration of life afterwards at the family ranch located at 2206 Grand Avenue, Fillmore, California. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Santa Paula First Presbyterian Church or to a cancer research foundation of your choice.

 
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Carolyn “Kay” Lois (King) McAdam (1941-2022)

Carolyn “Kay” Lois (King) McAdam (1941-2022)

We gather to mourn the loss of our beloved Kay McAdam, who succumbed to cancer at age 81.
Kay, the oldest of three, was born in Culver City, California, to Charles and Lois King. She graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1959. When fellow student Thomas McAdam walked into her class at San Fernando Valley State College (now Cal State Northridge), she had a feeling that he was the man she was going to spend her life with…and she was right. After she graduated in the spring of 1963 with a degree in childhood education and a teaching credential, she married Tom that August.
The young couple settled in Huntington Beach where Kay taught school for two years, until she became a full-time mother to their two daughters and son. In 1972, the McAdam family moved to a drafty old farmhouse in Fillmore, full of dogs, cats, and other animals. At one point, the family operated a flower shop in Moorpark, but even after it closed, she never lacked for the flowers she adored. Kay returned to work at the Fillmore Public Library as our much-loved children’s librarian, ready with a smile and reading recommendation. In later years, she was also a librarian at the Moorpark, Simi Valley, and Thousand Oaks public libraries until she retired in 2003.
A lover of antiques, cozy mysteries, decorating, Victorian style, shopping, and shoes–giving Imelda a run for her money–she also played the piano and gave the grandchildren lessons. She and Tom traveled widely, both internationally (Spain, France, England, Italy, Germany, and other places) and within the United States, including, most recently, trips to Hawaii. A trip to Europe with the grandchildren had some secret adventures we still don’t know. She also enjoyed spending time at Lake Berryessa in Napa County, at their tiny house with a great view.
Kay, a little, blue-eyed lady with red hair, was lighthearted, friendly, fun, and generous with her heart and time. She’d spend hours playing with her grandchildren and generally spoiling them rotten. She blessed the lives of everyone she met, and we are better people for having known her.
She is survived by Thomas, her husband of 58 years; her children, Karen Hodge, Kelli McAdam, and Thomas McAdam Jr.; four grandchildren, Kevin Hodge, Kristen Vail, Joseph McAdam, and Fiona McAdam; two great-grandchildren, William Vail and Calvin Vail; her brothers Charles King and Robert King; and numerous extended family and friends, all of whom miss her very much.

 
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Virginia Marie Chessani (1945-2022)

Virginia Marie Chessani (1945-2022)

It was on Mother’s Day May 08, 2022 that the Chessani and Alcantar families paid their final tributes to Virginia Marie Chessani: a Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, and Friend in the community of Piru. With hearts heavy the family sat in vigil by her side as she was called home to join her husband Arthur “Art” Chessani, lost only 2 years earlier on Father’s Day 2020. Her final moments were nothing less than peaceful, as she was truly surrounded in love by the family who filled her life with meaning and joy.
Virginia Marie Chessani was born Virginia Marie Alcantar on June 22, 1945 to parents Julio and Josephine Alcantar in Santa Paula, California. She was the eldest of five siblings, survived in life by: Rudy Alcantar Sr.; Irma Torres; Maria Troyke; and Cristina “Cris” Aguilar. Virginia grew up in the town of Piru, raised as the next-door neighbor of her eventual sweetheart and late husband Arthur Chessani. The two attended Fillmore High School where their three children would later graduate in their footsteps. In high school Virginia worked as a carhop at the local A&W Root Beer Stand in Fillmore, California during its prime. Shortly after graduating high school in 1963 she attended Bernard’s Beauty School in Ventura, California. She enjoyed a brief career as a beautician before venturing into business with her husband as the proud owners of Lechler’s Store in their hometown of Piru, California. Virginia went on to join the Retail Clerk’s Union as a Grocery Checker with Alpha Beta and later Ralph’s where she eventually retired after 30 years of dedicated service. After retiring she quickly found herself restless and went to work for Kohl’s retail store in Ventura shortly after it’s local premiere in California. Virginia demonstrated a strong work ethic in each job she held and in her unending dedication to her family at home. Before leaving to work each day, she woke early to prepare meals to feed those she loved at home. Her pantry was always full of goodies for grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and the front door was always open with a welcoming invite. She was a quiet but generous personality with a warm heart and a cloaked sense of humor. When Virginia laughed so did those around her, as she would suddenly burst into tearful laughter at the most unexpected but humorous moments.
Virginia will be remembered by her family for her love of Chumash Casino. She enjoyed regular trips to Chumash with her late husband, late mother, daughters, and sisters, always eager to play those quarter slot machines. Each year she marked her birthday with a trip to Las Vegas with family by her side. Virginia was always ready for a road trip and would never miss the opportunity to travel for the games and sporting events of her children, grandchildren, and nieces & nephews. Each year the Chessani family traveled to Convict Lake Resort just outside of Mammoth Lakes to enjoy an annual Opening Day Fishing trip. Virginia faithfully fed the fishermen in her life, waking early each morning to cook a full breakfast meal to warm them upon their return to the cabin. She loved to pack a picnic lunch to share with her family on camping trips and in remote parks along the way. Virginia was famous for her Macaroni Salad at any family function, and loved a good Banana Cream Pie and a simple cup of coffee with her late husband Art. You knew Virginia was done with a meal when she sneezed 3 times, always prompting the laughter of her family.
Always dressed in her favorite color blue Virginia was a true Dodger fan, a Pokeno player, never missed a Piru Christmas Parade, was a devoted mother and grandmother, and certainly never missed a beat when it came to caring for those she loved. Virginia leaves behind her three adult children and their respective families: Cynthia Chessani; Annie Alvary; and Phillip Chessani. While Virginia loved her children greatly, it was her grandchildren that became her pride and joy. She is survived by 8 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, and a great grandson on the way. Auntie V, as her relatives would lovingly call her, was a caretaker to everyone in her life. She demonstrated her unconditional love by showing up with reliable commitment and by opening her home and feeding those she welcomed inside. Virginia was headstrong and never complained in life. She knew what she wanted, couldn’t be persuaded, and enjoyed her routine. Virginia carried that same stoic and steadfast perseverance into her final years and days with grace.
Mother’s Day will forever be marked in the hearts of those who knew and loved Virginia Chessani; not only for the loss that it now symbolizes, but for the tribute it has always paid to the mother and grandmother that Virginia was in her lifetime. As a family the Chessani’s and Alcantar’s are comforted to know that she is now resting with her best friend and husband “Uncle Art,” and is joined by her parents in eternal life.

 
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James Leonard Farrell

James Leonard Farrell

My brother James Leonard Farrell passed away May 18, 2022. He was 88-years old.

This must be more a reminiscence of the life of my eldest brother than an obituary. A typical obituary would be too short in recalling a few events and accomplishments. I knew him well before he graduated from high school but heard from him less after he entered military service. When I compare his life to that of any other member of the Farrell family, I find my brother Jim to be most admirable, but least recognized. He was first of all a humble, devout member of his Catholic Church, from his earliest days to the day he died. No one who knew him could doubt that. In my lifetime I never heard Jim utter a curse or swear word. Few recognized his accomplishments because of his quiet, retiring personality, never asking for anything, always generous with what he had to give.

He was, ironically, the greatest man I have known during my life. I say "ironically" because of all the Farrell family members, Jim's talents were always unnoted and unappreciated. The irony is due to the fact that despite doing everything right he grew up in a hyper-critical family atmosphere, leaving him to think everything he did was somehow flawed. This finally sacked his self-confidence. In my childhood I could see unjustified parental criticism fall upon him relentlessly and couldn't understand why. In most important endeavors Jim surpassed his six siblings, unacknowledged.

He did well in school, attending academically challenging Loyola High School in Los Angeles as a boarder. His grades were excellent. He shuttled back and forth over the old Conejo Grade between school and the ranch in a rattly Model-A our father bought for him.

Later, Jim graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Horticulture. He always had a love of growing things, like his pioneering namesakes, great-grandfather James Leonard Sr. and grandfather James Leonard Jr., who first began farming in 1859, before there was an Oxnard or a Ventura County.

Following college, Jim joined the US Marines. After a 4-year hitch he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant E-5, difficult to achieve in the 1950s, and far superior to any rank achieved by his four siblings who served as well in the Army, Air Force, and Marines.

But Jim could not find a niche in the regular business world that suited him. Instead, he favored propagating various species of palms, berries, etc. The joy of his life was always to visit with old friends, relatives and their families, many from his grade school years. As friends and relatives faded in time, or moved away, Jim found himself somewhat isolated. Remaining single without children, his own family saw less of him. For many years he lived alone near a desert area continuing to propagate fruit and various specialties for market.

Jim visited me in Fillmore a few times over the years when in town on business. He lived an undeserved life of solitude but found great comfort in his Savior, Jesus Christ. As a member of a large family of plenty, he deserved significantly more than he received.

But I know he was received with great joy in eternity by all of his many true friends and relatives who awaited him, because "The last shall be first, and the first last” - Matthew 20:16
A Funeral Mass will be held on June 8, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Padre Serra 5205 Upland Rd., Camarillo, Ca. 93010, with reception to follow.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord.

 
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Wanda Lou Haynes (1927-2022)

Wanda Lou Haynes (1927-2022)

Wanda Lou Haynes, 94, passed away in the early hours of May 6th, 2022 in Fillmore, CA.
“Always be happy in what you do, this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This was Wanda’s philosophy, and what guided her life, along with a foundation of kindness and hard work, instilled by her late mother and father, Olen and Sue Core.
Wanda was born in Ratcliff, Arkansas in 1927 and lived the majority of her 94 years in Fillmore, CA, where her family settled when she was a young girl. Wanda was a strong fixture in the community. She began working at the Fillmore Theater while in high school, ushering guests to their seats while her father ran the projector. She went on the graduate from Fillmore High School in 1945. She then moved to the “big city of Ventura” with a few girlfriends, where she worked as a telephone operator and billing clerk. She once said she moved with her girlfriends so they could “meet their husbands”. In the interim she progressed to a supervisor with the phone company and, eventually, to a management career in banking at Ramona Savings and Loan, where she worked from 1953 until her retirement in 1990.
While Wanda retired from her career in banking, she did not retire from life. She went on to travel extensively throughout the world with long time friends, while making new friends along the way, even luring one to start a business in her precious, small town of Fillmore. She continued to support her friends and local organizations through her administrative work for a local chiropractor, financial firm and law firm, as well as her volunteer work with the Fillmore Alumni Association, where she served as a board member and President.
Wanda married the love of her life, William “Bill” Haynes, in 1953, and was blessed with two children, Paula and Steve. Wanda lost her husband to cancer in 1974, but her love for him was sustained through her family. Her children blessed her with four grandchildren, who went on to bless her with five great grandchildren. The joy of her life was family. She devoted herself to them. All who knew her, could feel in every word and action that her family was at the center of who she was. She also lived a life of service to the Lord, who we know welcomed her into the gates of heaven with a warm embrace, where she rejoices in His love, and is now reunited with her sweet Bill. She was fully loved, is greatly missed, and will survive through us who were blessed to be a part of her; daughter Paula Collins and husband Jeff; son Steven Haynes. Grandchildren Kimberly Ritchey; Melisa Ritchey Collins and husband Justin; William Haynes and wife Jessica; Christopher Haynes and wife Courtney; step grandson, Jacob Collins and great grandchildren; Gavin, Raegan and Milo Collins and Garrett and Tristan Haynes.
“I am glad that God made me the way I am. He is my inspiration when I am sad, and when I am glad. Be happy in all that you do and always think positive. He will lead you all the way.” Wanda L Haynes
In lieu of flowers donations to the Fillmore High Alumni Associated would be greatly appreciated.

 
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Steve Alfred Acosta (1960-2022)

Steve Alfred Acosta (1960-2022)

Our father, Steve Alfred Acosta, died at the age of 62 on April 21, 2022, in Piru, CA. Steve was born on April 11, 1960, in Oxnard, CA, to Viola Anne and Alfred Andrew Acosta. Steve was raised in the great town of Piru, CA, and graduated from Fillmore High School. He was brother to Jeffrey Curtis Acosta and Stephanie Ann Acosta. Steve was a jack-of-all-trades and enjoyed his work as a professional welder for 25 years. He enjoyed the waters and canyons of greater Piru and loved spending time with his family. He was a genuine friend, and his kindness was well known by many. Steve now leaves his legacy, hopes, and dreams in the hearts and hands of his children, grandchildren, and family.
Steve is preceded in death by his brother, Jeffrey Curtis Acosta, father, Alfred Andrew Acosta, grandmother, Lupe Dominguez, and grandfather, Fermin Ramirez. Steve leaves behind his daughters, Diana Marie (Acosta) Sawyer and Amber Natividad (Acosta) Campbell, sons, Steve Andrew Acosta and Daniel Thomas Drum, and grandchildren, Maya Isabella Thompson, Madison Natividad Thompson, Aiden Orion Campbell, Slade Lee Campbell, Rhyder Dakoda Bear Campbell, Harper Faith Campbell, and Finley Sawyer. Steve also shared his love and influence as a father to Hailey Drum and Aubree Drum, and had love for his friend of many years, Kimberly Drum.
Steve was a well loved, good man, who, at his core, strived to be an honorable father, son, and brother. Our dad is truly and deeply missed. There are no words to convey our sorrow over the sudden and tragic death of our father. We miss you dad, we love you dad, now and always. Your soul has been returned home; be at peace.
Steve will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Thank you to our dear family and friends for your love and support during this difficult time.
To sign the family's online guest book please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and locate Steve's name in "Recent Obituaries".
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, SANTA PAULA, CA 805.229.705

 
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Ellen Mae Gravley (1931-2022)

Ellen Mae Gravley (1931-2022)

Ellen Mae Akers passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 15, 2022 in Santa Clarita, CA. She was 90 years old. She was born in Arkansas City, Kansas on May 27, 1931 to Carl and Ada Akers and was the eldest of 7 children. She graduated High School in 1948 and started working at General Electric where she met the love of her life Joe Gravley. In 1955 they married and had 5 children. In the early 70’s they moved to Fillmore, California to be near her family and raise their kids. She worked as an office manager at her families business for almost 30 years in Saticoy, CA. Ellen and Joe were married for 57 wonderful years before he passed away in 2012. She was a loving Christian who was cherished by all that knew her and a very active member at the Fillmore Foursquare Church for years. She enjoyed going to yard sales and playing dominoes and cards with her family and friends. Her family was the most important part of her life especially with the grandkids and great grandkids. She is loved and will be dearly missed. Now God has a new angel by his side.
Ellen is survived by her 5 children and their spouses Angela and Steve Core, Joe and Thaisa Gravley, Rhonda Asfor, Shiryl and Bob Mandeville, Leanne and Phil Mori along with 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held on May 27, 2022 between 1:00pm -6:00pm in Santa Clarita, CA. Please contact a family for more details.

 
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Silvestre Torres (1939-2021)

Silvestre Torres (1939-2021)

Silvestre Torres took his last breath on May 11, 2021.
Almost a year later, we can barely get past the tears to write this. When someone you love dies it is so common to hear countless expressions that are meant to ease the terrible pain and void left in your heart.
The truth is that death is a terrible enemy. It stings and leaves a gaping hole in your heart and the realization that everything you once had is gone.
Yes, he is finally resting. You would rather he be alive, but not at his expense (while in grueling pain). Coming to grips with that makes it easier to see them fall asleep in death. Yes, you would rather hug them and spend hours talking with them and having a good time, but not at their expense. Love helps us to let go…to be at peace when they are ready to close their eyes and finally rest. The fight is over. Your heart is torn, but they are resting.
The person you knew with all their wisdom and life experience is gone. A life snuffed out. Gone, just gone. Memories can ease the pain, but nothing can replace that void. Why? The only true way to fill that terrible void is to have your loved one alive again and well. To hold them in our arms again. To talk, laugh and enjoy life together with them again.
That is what our King Christ Jesus made possible when he gave his life as a ransom sacrifice. Yes, Christ died so that those exercising faith in him might have everlasting life. Even those who have fallen asleep in death will be resurrected or be brought back to life here on earth and to be reunited with their loved ones. That future promise is what truly comforts our aching hearts and helps us to cope in the meantime.
Silvestre lived an incredibly simple yet rich and fulfilling life. At the center of it was family. That is what drove his work ethic and love of life.
He worked hard being the 6th child in a family of 12. As soon as you were 4-5 years old grampa would sit you down and give you “the talk” – it’s all about working together as a family, helping each other, and showing respect. His father taught him to farm - sugar cane and maiz. Later, he left his hometown Ameca, Jalisco eventually settling in Santa Paula. Picking oranges and lemons was hard work, but dad never complained. He loved working hard to provide for his wife and 5 children (Letty, Juan, Javier, Teresa, Luly).
He was never too tired to spend time with us at the dinner table. We had so much fun always going to the beach, Steckel Park or just making carne asada at home while listening to Pedro Infante music.
Dad had a photographic memory. He related stories with detailed descriptions of people, places, and dates. He had a smile that hardly left him. His positivity was a source of comfort – “nothing was beyond hope” he would say.
Dad loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchild so, so much. You could feel it and he made sure you knew it. He always made children smile and always had something sweet in his pocket for them. His greatest love was for mom (Rita)- his wife, dance partner and soul mate for 53 years. You could see it in his eyes. Even right down to the end when he could hardly speak -he held her and kissed her. We will see you soon dad.

 
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Sally Horn (1964-2022)

Sally Horn (1964-2022)

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we share the passing of Miss Sally Horn, 57, beloved wife, mother, grandma, daughter, sister, Tia, niece, cousin and friend to many. Sally entered into Heaven smiling peacefully at her home on Cinco De Mayo, May 5, 2022 with her family at her side after a 5 year long dignified battle with cancer. Sally was the youngest daughter born to John and Juanita (Jenny) Alvary of Piru California on November 13th, 1964, and grew up there with her brothers and sisters. She attended both Piru and Fillmore schools, graduating from Fillmore High in the class of 82. Growing up Sally had a special bond with her family who always kept a watchful eye on their baby sister “Chole”. That relationship is a forever one. In 1978 Hollywood came to Piru where Sally and her other childhood playmates were in Rod Stewart’s rock video “Hot Legs” as extras along side of the band. In High School and Moorpark College Sally was highly athletic excelling in fast pitch softball as pitcher and shortstop. After graduation Sally began her banking career as a teller at the Fillmore Bank of A. Levy, later becoming Well’s Fargo. Sally worked at various branch locations throughout her distinguished 36 year career in the banking industry earning her the title of Premier Banker, and receiving that award in 2010 at the Wells Fargo corporate office in San Francisco. She was a well-respected Wells Fargo team member who always carried herself with integrity and professionalism. On October 1st, 1988 Sally married her husband and best friend Mike of 34 years, and together started their family on a relatives little orange grove ranch at the edge of town where she would later give birth to Ryan & Eryn, the two most precious joys of her life. Sally recently became a proud Grandma “GiGi” to her sweet little grandson Charlie. When Baby Charlie would run into the room Sally’s face would light right up and she would say “hey baby”…Sally was a proud and devoted mother always making sure her family was taken care of and had what ever they needed. Sally attended the San Salvador Mission in Piru sitting in the family pew, and never once through this journey questioned her faith. Sally always worked hard but made time to laugh and have fun. She loved hosting large gatherings of family and friends in her home and cooking. Chili verde was her favorite requested dish though she had many family recipes that she often baked. She always made sure everybody had enough to eat and some to take home for later. Sally enjoyed gardening and tending to her roses, Sunday drives to the Santa Barbara pier for ice cream, Friday night date night with her husband and camping at the beach on the Rincon to name just a few. But most of all Sally just absolutely enjoyed being around family and friends talking, laughing or watching a good movie. Sally was preceded in death by her father John Alvary, sister Geraldine Alvary and her little brother Tony Alvary. She is survived by her husband Mike Horn, children Ryan Horn, Eryn Horn, Charles (son in-law), Baby Charlie (grandson), mother Jenny Alvary & Rafael Lara, mother and father in-law Marla and Larry DeSha, sisters: Christina Alvary and Leticia Alvary, brothers: Robert, George, Juan (Poncho), and Jesse Alvary, Sister in-law Heidi Glass and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. The Family would like to thank Sally’s Oncology / Radiology team of Doctors and staff, all the nurses, caretakers and the folks at Buena Vista Hospice. The Family would like to especially thank Dr. Oh, for giving us 9 more memorable months with our dear sweet Sally. Our family misses Sally so very much and her beautiful spirit and smile will forever be in our hearts.
Visitation will be held Monday, May 16th from 1pm to 9pm with the Rosary commencing at 7pm, located at the Perez Family Funeral Home 600 Central Ave. Fillmore CA. 93015.
Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 17th at 10:00am at the San Salvador Mission in Piru CA. 93040. Graveside services to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore May 17th 2022.
Please join us in a celebration gathering at Sally’s home located at 981 Meadowlark Drive, Fillmore Ca.93015 right after graveside services. Catered lunch will be served.

 
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Jacob Seigler Jr. (1928-2022)

Jacob Seigler Jr. (1928-2022)

Jacob Seigler Jr, born in Bardsdale CA on July 3rd, 1928, the youngest of 10 children to Jacob and Myrtle Seigler, passed away peacefully at his Fillmore home on April 27th.
After graduating from Fillmore High, class of ‘46, Jake spent 2 years in the U.S. Army serving in Korea, earning both the Bronze Star and UN Service Medal as a member of HV Mortar CO 223D.
Upon returning home, he met Wanda, his soul mate and wife of 67 years. Their life together was filled with much love and adventure. Jake enjoyed camping, hunting and a special passion of fishing on his boat, Mai Toi. He could sure tell a good fish story, some actually true.
Jake was a hard worker who earned praise as one of the best mechanics and heavy equipment operators in Southern California. He was always willing to teach his skills to others and generously gave his time and equipment to help develop and improve the Santa Paula Little League Field, Fillmore HS student farm and the Santa Paula Airport. He also continued the family tradition of farming by maintaining a 10 acre ranch in Bardsdale, growing both oranges and avocados.
In addition to being a loving husband to his beautiful wife Wanda, Jake was a proud and loving father and grandfather to his son Richard (Clara), daughter Mary Ann (Clint). And granddaughter Angel Hernandez.
We would like to extend this special thanks to Jake's caregivers and the staff from Mission Hospice for their excellent and loving care.
A remembrance gathering for Jake will be held June 12th at 1 PM at the Fillmore Railroad Museum. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Fillmore Alumni association scholarship fund.

 
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J.C. Taylor (1927–2022)

J.C. Taylor (1927–2022)

J.C. Taylor, age 94, of Long Beach, California, whose growing up years were in Fillmore, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022 from declining health problems.
J.C. was born on December 4, 1927 in Newport, Oklahoma to James Claudie and Ellen Taylornee Talbot and came to Fillmore, California with his family in 1936.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife Eva, sisters: Geneva Rich and Kathy Kappler, and his brother: Boyce. He is survived by his son, Ernest Bruce Taylor (nee Boyer), Daughter-in-Law, Janet Taylor (nee Hocker), grandsons: Elliot Henry Millerd-Taylor and Neal Spencer Millerd-Taylor, and his sister Maxine Holley Merry. J.C. is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was dearly loved by all his family and acquaintances.
J.C. attended Fillmore schools, graduating with the Class of ’45. In his high school years he excelled in several sports, most notably at the time basketball. In one particular competition in the gym he made 76 straight free throws. Someone remarked “that guy is as sharp as a razor!” “Razor,” that was the name his fellow students and many adults continued to call him throughout his life. It was immortalized by a tattoo on his arm. To his family “J” was the name of choice.
J.C. enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and served for 20 years, primarily in the AF Security Forces. In 1952 he married Evangeline Pearl Boyer. They had been married for 66 years at the time of Eva’s death in 2018. With their son, Ernie, they lived at 6 different USAF Bases during his career and J.C. deployed twice on his own. It started at March, AFB, CA; Abilene AFB, KS; Ben-Guerrir AB, French Morocco; Davis-Monthan AB, AZ; Yokota AB, Japan; Malmstrom AFB, MT; Fairchild AFB, WA; U-Tapao AB, Thailand; and, finally Beale AFB, CA. J.C. retired from the Air Force after 20 years and the family settled in Long Beach, CA where he was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years.
J.C. and Eva loved to dance. They participated in square and round dance events in many states, and Canada.
J.C. was also a bowler, starting while in Japan. He learned quickly and became the ABC PACAF bowler of the year in 1960 after rolling a 707 series. He bowled regularly in the Orange County area. He competed in State and National tournaments, and was a regular at the High Roller competitions. He bowled eight 300 games and two 800 series and was admitted into the International Bowling Hall of Fame in 1997. The closure of all bowling alleys in 2019 for the COVID-protocols ended his bowling years.
Being chosen to be a member of the Fillmore Union High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2011, meant a lot to “Razor.” He had very good memories of growing up in Fillmore, especially the high school years and sports. He loved coming back for visits staying with his sister at the Holley ranch, driving around town to see how it had changed and attending the annual Fillmore Alumni dinners.
J’s other hobbies included working any daily crossword puzzle in the newspaper, coin collecting and gardening. He was always a fan of 40’s music, especially Benny Carter.
J.C.-Razor-J was a wonderful and helpful “big brother” to his siblings, a loved husband, Dad, Grandpa, Pops. His remaining family members will miss him very much.
If you wish to make a memorial contribution, the family suggests they be made to the Fillmore High School Alumni Association or the Fillmore High School Sports Hall of Fame.

 
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William “Bill” Brewer (1944-2022)

William “Bill” Brewer (1944-2022)

Former Police Chief of Fillmore passes.
William “Bill” Brewer passed away April 5th, 2022 at 18:34 in Roseville, California.
Bill was born June 10th, 1944 in Trona, Ca; moved to Piru, Ca in 1947 and lived on his grandfather's dairy farm until 1950 when he and his family moved to Fillmore, Ca.
He graduated in June of 1962 from Fillmore High and worked several local jobs including being a reserve policeman for the City of Fillmore. Bill's career in law enforcement continued to excel up the ranks. He attended the FBI Police Chiefs' Academy in Virginia February 1974 and became Chief of Police, City of Fillmore, January 1975 until he left in 1986. After leaving Fillmore he and his family moved to Sacramento where he worked for the state until he retired in 2001.
Bill was married to Rayna Lammers but divorced in 1972. In July 1980 Bill married Alicia Deana Ramirez. She passed March 2015 in Sacramento, Ca. They have two children Deanna Louisa (Brewer) Perez and Adan Cristobal Brewer along with two grandchildren, Dominic William Robert Brewer and Marisol Lola Brewer. Bill is also survived by two sisters, Marla Desha and Renee Evans and many nieces/nephews/cousins.
Bill was also affiliated with the Masons of California over 53 years in Fillmore; Santa Paula; and Sacramento area. He received the Hiram award in 2015 and also the 25 year and 50 year anniversary awards.
Viewing is scheduled May 12th, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Perez Family Funeral Home, Central Avenue, Fillmore, Ca. Graveside services will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery May 13th, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.