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Donald Mosbarger (1925-2020)

Donald Mosbarger (1925-2020)

Donald Orley Mosbarger passed away from natural causes on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at the age of 94. Don was born on October 10, 1925, in Fillmore, California. After graduating from Fillmore High School in 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army. He served during World War II in both the European and Asiatic-Pacific Theatres of Operations with the 342nd Infantry Regiment.
Don was honorably discharged in 1946 and attended Woodbury College on the GI Bill. Upon graduation, he went to work for the Fillmore School District in the accounting department and remained there until his retirement in 1988. In 1954, he married Beverly Clarkson. They made their home in Fillmore and were married for fifty-five years.
Don was an accomplished tennis player and for many years played weekly with a local group of serious competitors. He played in numerous local tournaments, winning several trophies. Don was very gifted musically and sang and played his clarinet in various musical groups in Fillmore over the years. Dixieland Jazz was a favorite of his. After retirement, he and Beverly traveled often to Jazz Festivals. Most recently, he was a member of the choir at Santa Paula Presbyterian Church. Another favorite activity of Don’s was playing bridge. He and Beverly were regular players in a couples’ bridge group. In recent years, he enjoyed playing in a men’s group with other bridge enthusiasts.
Don had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. He was easygoing and had a positive outlook on life. He was much loved and will be greatly missed. Don was a wonderful husband and father who is survived by his daughters, Joy Mosbarger and Jill Sobieski; and eight nieces and nephews and their families. Don was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; his parents, Orley and Margaret; and his sister Peggy Bartels.
A private graveside service will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery.

 
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Mabel "Tobey" Bowers (1934-2020)

Mabel "Tobey" Bowers (1934-2020)

Tobey Bowers, 85, of Fillmore, California, born Mabel Gertrude Klink, passed away peacefully at home on March 25, 2020. Tobey, wife of Loren “Chub” Bowers and daughter of Wayne and Lilly Klink; was born April 7, 1934 in Salem Center, Indiana. Tobey was the 3rd child of eleven. As the oldest girl she developed lifelong gifts: a magical way with babies, an artful command of the kitchen and a love for entertaining. Tobey was a devout Christian read her Bible daily, and loved sharing devotions with her sisters. Her favorite hymns were The Old Rugged Cross and I Come to the Garden Alone.
She received her nick-name at age 14 when Chub teased her, calling her Tobey because one day she was “to be” his wife. Married for 66 years, Chub proceeded her in death by 8 months. Also preceding her death were brothers Michael and Charles Klink and grandson Kevin Roberts. Tobey is survived by 4 children: Tami (Gary), Terri, Todd, Tracy (Debbie), 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Tobey attended Salem Center High School where she enjoyed cheerleading, choir, acting in plays and musicals and office work for the Principal. Her Senior trip was to New York City where she climbed to the torch in the Statue of Liberty. She worked at Ashley Bait Factory, General Telephone as an operator, and General Electric as a receptionist. She also modeled and was a top-10 Mrs. Fort Wayne finalist from hundreds of contestants. She was beautiful, kind and gracious. She routinely hosted ladies-luncheons and family dinners at home on Saint Joe Road.
In 1964, seeking warmer climate to aid a son’s ill health, Chub and Tobey left Indiana for Sylmar, California via Route 66. An entertaining trip full of song and games, historical sites and tourist traps, Trading Posts, and the Grand Canyon. Tobey worked long hours and was quickly able to create a happy new home. Tobey ensured each child participated in their chosen activity: church, baton twirling, Job’s Daughters, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Indian Guides, swim team, cake decorating, band, parades, or farm animals. She volunteered with each organization and hosted team dinners, kidnap breakfasts, retreats, Jamboree’s, sleep-overs, make-up parties, modeling, piano lessons, fashion show luncheons, and fund-raising. She gave from her heart; tirelessly with elegance, love, and skill. Chub and Tobey built a successful business together; Bowers Concrete Construction Company. Tobey also worked for the Los Angeles County School District and at Sylmar High School.
In 1978 they purchased the “Big Yellow House on the Hill” east of Fillmore, California. It was a glorious era of family gatherings, philanthropy, entertaining and “home base.” BBQ’s, luau’s, weddings, holidays, and birthdays were always on the agenda. She loved her “Red Hat Ladies” group, their luncheons and parades.
Tobey was passionate about philanthropic work. She was a 20+ year member of The Republican Women’s Organization and proud to serve as President. She hosted fundraisers and outreach gatherings for Senators, Assemblymen, District Attorneys, and others at her home. She ensured everyone she met was registered to vote. Tobey and Chub flew a large American flag high from their hill overlooking Highway 126.
Tobey was a 30+ year member of the Fillmore Women’s Service Club where she also served as President. Through community events $20,000 each year was raised and awarded as college scholarships for local students. At a fundraiser-auction, her apple pie sold for more than $100.
Tobey loved caring for her family and visiting with each one. She passed along her love of cooking, baking, sewing, and community service. To know Tobey, was to have made a life-long friend. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and community.
A memorial will be planned for California, and funeral in Indiana at a later date.

 
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Louis “Lou” Andrew Amen (1929-2020)

Louis “Lou” Andrew Amen (1929-2020)

Louis “Lou” Andrew Amen passed away peacefully on May 5, 2020 at his home in Corona del Mar, CA at the age of 90.
Louis, the middle of five sons, was born on May 17, 1929 in Flint, Michigan, to Bishara Ameen Tannous and Marcella Ann Radwin, both immigrants from Lebanon. He graduated from Northern High School in 1946. Lou was a lifelong entrepreneur and the perfect example of the “American Dream,” starting his first business as a teenager selling Eskimo Pies to the GM factory workers. He used the $1500 profits he saved to help relocate his family to Los Angeles, where they could enjoy warmer weather.
At the age of 17, Lou held his first management position in the grocery industry as the Produce Manager at the A&P store in Hermosa Beach, California. He leased the produce department from the Vernon Vermont market in 1952. On his first day, he started with $60 in produce that he sold for $100. The next day he bought $100 in produce that he sold for $200. Within two years he had become a full partner. For a decade they had the grocery concessions in the back of Leonard’s Discount stores. Shortly after they formed S&A Foods that grew into a 10 store chain, which was later sold to Arden-Mayfair.
In 1971, Lou started Super A Foods, which grew to over 500 employees and currently has eight locations. Even in his older years, he continued to work four days a week, including the morning he passed. He fiercely loved the grocery profession and became an industry leader, serving as Board Member and Chairman of both Unified Grocers of California (for over 40 years) and the California Grocers Association. Lou Amen received several honors as a grocery advocate throughout his lifetime including his induction into the Food Industry Hall of Fame in 2016. He is well known and respected in the industry for his deep knowledge and love of grocery, business acumen and strong relationships with peers. Four of his children, son-in-law and two grandchildren continue his legacy at Super A Foods.
In 1949, Lou met the love of his life, Dolores "Dorie" Ara at a Lebanese picnic on Labor Day. Their first date was at the Lime House Chinese restaurant where they shared curry noodle soup. They were married February 18th, 1950 in Los Angeles. He always teased that he needed to get married so he could get back to work; even then dating was exhausting!
Lou and Dorie raised seven children in Encino and later relocated to Corona del Mar in 1974. Their family continued to grow in Orange County and their tight knit clan currently includes 21 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, with two more on the way. His seven children credit their father’s strong work ethic and moral example to their modern day success. He has been a role model to many including his grandchildren, employees and industry colleagues.
You would often find Lou playing cards with Dorie, his children and grandchildren. His competitive spirit made him quite the card challenger and beating him was the ultimate bragging rights in the Amen household. Lou also loved nature, regularly tending to one of his many flower pots or taking sunset pictures from his balcony of 45 years.
In 1983, Lou and Dorie purchased a family ranch in Fillmore, where he enjoyed hand picking oranges, avocados and lemons to give to his family and friends that frequented their home. After establishing several citrus ranches, he served on the board of the Fillmore Piru Citrus Association for three years. Shortly after, the city council approached him about opening a local market in Fillmore and so he added a Super A Foods store to the area.
Louis is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Dolores, father to Christine Amen, James (Sherrie) Amen, Dr. Daniel (Tana) Amen, Jeanne (Ken) Miller, Mary Anne Amen, Renee Amen and Joanne (Joud) Tedmori. Grandfather to Jeff (Kashauna) Roberts, Nicole (Christopher) Wasgatt, Jimmy Amen, Matt (Charly) Amen, Andy (Meghan) Amen, Anton Amen, Breanne (Jesse) Payne, Kaitlyn (Kyle) Brumleu, Chloe Amen, Kenny (Niccole) Miller, Krystle (Chad) Meyer, Celina (Brian) Coffman, Daniel (Dalise) Falkenstein, Michael Amen Falkenstein, Nicholas Falkenstein, Jaclyn (Tyson) Petrovich, Amanda (Kevin) Steinbeck, Jina (Christian) Provensen, Jennifer (Paul) Raftery, Jude “JJ” (Alex) Tedmori, and Jeffrey (Bianca) Tedmori.
Memorial donations may be made to The California Grocers Association Educational Foundation, the fund providing scholarships for Lou’s employees and their family members for over 20 years. 7200 Dominion Circle, City of Commerce, CA 90040.

 
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Benjamin Aparicio Jr. (1973-2020)

Benjamin Aparicio Jr. (1973-2020)

Benjamin Aparicio Jr., (Ilhuicamina Cuahxochitl) beloved son, brother, father, grandson, nephew, uncle, cousin, companion, teacher and friend made his journey back to his heavenly home on March 27, 2020 after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was 46 year old.
Son of Ben and Lila Aparicio, Benjamin was born in Lake Terrace, CA. on May 30, 1973. Raised in Fillmore, CA, he attended Fillmore schools and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1991 where, following his father’s footsteps, was part of the Track and Cross Country teams. Developing his love for nature at a young age, Benjamin received the highest rank of Eagle Scout in the Boys Scouts of America. Benjamin’s indigenous ancestral roots inspired his love for the arts, math, and science. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s in Chicano Studies and Chemistry. In 1996, Benjamin was drawn to the mass student movement to stop Proposition 209, an enacted anti-affirmative action law. It was then, in the midst of academia and student activism that Benjamin’s love for native ceremony flourished.
His love for the MÄ“xihcatl & Indigenous culture and native ceremony became a great part of who he was. Benjamin became a danzante and eventually organized and led the KALPULLI HUITZILIN IHUAN XOCHITL (danzante group) in the Fillmore-Piru area and throughout Ventura County. For 20 years he played a big role in the Peace & Dignity Journey runs. Every four years, through the Peace & Dignity Journeys, numerous and diverse indigenous nations reunite and reclaim dignity for their families and communities to forge unity and peace for the future generations.
Many remember Benjamin as the master organizer that he was. His uniqueness was that he never attended or traveled to an event alone. Benjamin was always accompanied by his large family, which is what many felt made the events whole. Benjamin was a Maestro, completely dedicated to serving and teaching our communities as a researcher, and practitioner of ancestral traditions.
Benjamin was a loyal, dedicated son. He worked hard at running the family’s tax business, BA INCOME TAX & IMMIGRATION SERVICES in Santa Paula for over 20 years. As a tax preparer, he was diligent and was always seeking the best for his clients. All who entered would spend quality time with Benjamin, he was as his father describes, a good narrator, clients always left with filed taxes and gained knowledge of native traditions and customs.
He found great joy in sharing his knowledge. He had a generous and kind heart. May Benjamin’s love for all our relations continue to inspire us to channel the rivers of our hearts to the best directions and to share happiness, love, kindness, generosity, compassion and remind us that what we do on this earth matters. We will forever be reminded of Benjamin's love for the Creator, Jesus Christ. Benjamin's memories will continue in our hearts as we embrace the Hummingbird and Flower; Hawk and Eagle; and will always be in the lodges, mountains, rivers, lakes and ocean and in our dreams.
He is survived by his parents Ben and Lila Aparicio, his siblings Maribella Aparicio Hernandez , Lilibell Meza , and Jared Aparicio. His sons Ollin Quetzal, Juan Diego-Ocelotl, Alotl Tlaloc-Xochitl, Mazatepeyolotzin Xihuipahtekatl, Izkalli Cuauhtlatoa, Leo Yeh Cuauhyotzin T, Cuauhtlahuac Q., Cuauhtemoczin T. Benjamin's family would like to express our deepest appreciation for each of you who demonstrated great love to our family during his final months with us here on earth. Benjamin is surely missed but never forgotten. Family is requesting that in lieu of any donations, you give a moment of silence in the open air and embrace all the great memories of Benjamin and pay a kind deed forward to one another. A special memorial service in his honor will be held at a later date.

 
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Marge (Margaret) Remeta LeBard (1924-2020)

Marge (Margaret) Remeta LeBard (1924-2020)

Marge (Margaret) Remeta LeBard was born on September 24, 1924 in Rahway, New Jersey. The sixth of eight children, her parents came to America from Austria-Hungary. Marge moved to Fillmore in 1949. In January 1951 she married Harold (Hap) LeBard (deceased). They lived in the home built by Harold's grandfather in 1890. They raised 2 children in that home, Joyce LeBard Robertson (deceased) and Jim LeBard. Marge lived in the home until 6 years ago when she could no longer care for herself and moved into Greenfield Care Center. Marge called GCC home until her passing on March 21, 2020.
She was a realtor for over 30 years earning many awards. She served on many boards and donated her time to many local organizations.
Marge is survived by stepdaughter Lois (Boots) Brown, son, Jim and wife Kathy, Grandsons Bryan Stafford, Michael LeBard, wife Cheyenne, Great granddaughter Skyler. Step grandsons Eric Brown, wife Tracie, step great grandsons Travis, wife Sue, step great, great granddaughter Avery. Step grandson Philip and step great grandson Austin. Marge has a sister, Arlene Mueller of New Jersey and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to Bardsdale United Methodist Church-restoration of LeBard social hall or new parking lot. The Fillmore Rotary Club or a charity of choice.

 
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Susan Banks (1945-2020)

Susan Banks (1945-2020)

Susan Banks passed away unexpectedly of an aortic aneurysm rupture on February 14, 2020. She was 74 years old.
Susan Christine Banks was born in England on April 3, 1945. At the age of nineteen, she left home and came to the United States by ocean liner. She worked as a temp in Boston for several months, then continued her adventure across the upper United States by Greyhound Bus. She arrived in Los Angeles and met her future husband, Keith Banks. They were married in England on her 21st birthday. The couple returned to the United States and Susan became an active mother to her three children.
The family moved to Fillmore in 1974. Keith and Susan became well known in Fillmore for their home remodeling business, House Doctors, where Susan specialized in tile work and painting. They also became Real Estate Agents. Susan was a regular as a volunteer in the children's classrooms and she became very active in the community.
After the death of her husband, Keith, in 1996, Susan began working with her daughter Taurie and they opened Iron Horse Saddlery, an equestrian equipment store, in Moorpark and Fillmore. When her father had a stroke Susan retired, becoming a caretaker for her parents until their passing. For the past several years she has kept busy doing painting jobs and helping her daughter Taurie with her business ventures.
Since moving to Fillmore, Susan has been very active in the Fillmore Women's Service Club, holding many offices and holding the position of president several times. She was an advocate for the scholarship program and helped develop the Adult Women's Scholarship, for women returning to education, and the Trade Scholarship, for those students with special talents. She encouraged her daughter, Taurie to join the club and Taurie is now the current president, continuing Susan's legacy of helping our community.
Susan also enjoyed fostering kittens for the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center. She was very proud of the fact that she and Taurie had fostered 115 “bottle babies” in two years and was looking forward to continuing that work. She was excited to be a “Foster Failure” by adopting the 115th kitten, a beautiful black kitten, coincidentally named “London”.
Susan had an amazing spirit that is evident in the love and respect that so many people had for her. She was quick to laugh and loved to dance. She was kind and giving to everyone she met. She loved to encourage the young people of Fillmore to find their passion and believe in themselves.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Keith Banks; her parents, Frank and Kathleen Dray; and is survived by her three children: Dray Banks; Taurie Banks; and Davin Banks-Casas; a son in law: Sergio Casas; and one grandson whom she adored: Sabian Howard, all residing in Fillmore
A memorial for Susan will be planned after the current Coronavirus pandemic is over and will be celebration of her life.
For those who would like to honor Susan, we ask that women look into joining the Fillmore Women's Service Club to carry on Susan's great work. People can also make a donation to one of the organizations that Susan dedicated herself to; the Fillmore Women's Service Club for a scholarship in Susan's name and The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC).

 
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Marianne Steppler Skinner (1942-2020)

Marianne Steppler Skinner (1942-2020)

Marianne Steppler Skinner of Georgetown, Texas passed away at home on January 27, 2020 after a brief illness. She was born in Ventura, California on January 29,1942 to William Albert Steppler and Gladys Mary Steppler of Fillmore, California. She attended local schools through high school. After high school, she attended Ventura College.
Marianne enjoyed a long career as a Program Analyst with the Department of Defense, working in Washington D.C., Jackass Flats, Nevada and Port Hueneme, California. She retired in 2004, remaining in California until 2010, when she and husband, Lee Skinner, moved to Georgetown, Texas. Marianne and Lee were married on April 11, 1992 and were absolute soul mates.
Marianne enjoyed physical fitness classes of all sorts, was a voracious reader, loved dogs and the California beaches. She and Lee enjoyed many camping trips to the Rincon area of Ventura County. All the trips included their dogs, of course. Marianne was very spiritual, was baptized while in high school, and was very active in her faith. Marianne was an active member of AA with over 34 years of sobriety. She actively worked with hospitals and institutions and sponsored numerous women over the years.
She is predeceased by her parents; brother, Charles; and grandparents. She is survived by her husband, Lee; father-in-law, Wilford Skinner of Grand Saline, Texas; sisters, Kathryn Westerberg (husband Roger) and Susan Adams (husband Curt) of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Due to the Coronavirus, the Service had to be cancelled.

 
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Nancie Jean DeFever Hart (1946-2020)

Nancie Jean DeFever Hart (1946-2020)

Nancie Jean DeFever Hart, 1964 Fillmore High School graduate, passed away peacefully in her beautiful home surrounded by her loving family on April 3, 2020. Nancie was the daughter of Bernard and Donna DeFever. She is survived by her loving husband, Don Hart (class of 64’), the son of Pete and Irene Hart. Nancie was the niece of Oscar DeFever, long time Fillmore Fire Chief.
Nancie is mother to her four surviving sons: Eric, Keith, Jeff, and Cary. She is also survived by her six wonderful grandchildren: Scott, Kevin, Jace, Cody, Emily, and Tyler. She was also gifted with two great-grandchildren: Kameron and Quinn.
Some of Nancie’s greatest attributes are her loving and caring nature. She could spend hours at home playing scrabble or painting colorful floral creations. Back in the day, Don and Nancie could be found eating taquitos at We Three in Fillmore.
At her request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made in her name to the American Diabetes Association.
She will be greatly missed by all.

 
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Herbert G. Sauceda (1945-2020)

Herbert G. Sauceda (1945-2020)

Herbert G. Sauceda passed away on the land he loved the most inside his home on Friday, March 27, 2020. Herbert was born on October 3, 1945 and a lifelong resident of Piru, California. He spent his career as a top technician at Polly Carbon Inc. in Valencia, CA., in which he eventually retired from.
He is survived by his only brother Ruben his wife Ramona. Nephews; Ruben wife Maria, Timothy, Isaac and Mateo. Nieces; Romelia her husband Matt, Lorraine, Enjoli and his princess and only great Niece Elize Mercedes. He enjoyed watching Elize dance taking her to most dance classes and always encouraging her dreams. He never missed one of her recitals, shows or competitions and weekly stops at IHOP after practice was there must have routine!
In his earlier years he played as a lead guitarist in a band and was and a huge fan of the outdoors specifically fishing and hunting. After retirement he even worked at one of the local shooting ranges in Piru, CA. He worked there for many years and was admired by all who knew him and was known to always get you on target. One of the things he was most proud of was serving his Country. He served in the Vietnam War for the U.S. Army first Battalion 28th infantry first infantry division. He received several metals during his term but one most recognized was his accommodation for heroism. After a massive rocket attack his entire battalion was in golfed in fire yet he rushed to assist in treating and evacuating the wounded men. Despite being hit several times with flying Shrapnel he still continued delivering vital resupplies of ammunition to forward positions. He was truly the definition of an American war Hero and admired by all who knew him. Although He will be dearly missed, he will continue to live in the hearts of his loved ones. He always said, his “Princess Elize” was his world so for now we’ll be his moon until we meet above the Sun.
Graveside services for Herbert will be held on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM at Piru Cemetery. Funeral Services are under the direction of Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services.

 
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Gumesindo “Tory” Cervantez Jr. (1941-2020)

Gumesindo “Tory” Cervantez Jr. (1941-2020)

On Monday, March 16, 2020 Tory passed away peacefully at the age of 78. He was a long time resident of Fillmore. Tory was born on May 4, 1941 to Gumesindo and Mary Cervantez. He attended elementary and high schools in Fillmore. Soon after leaving school he started working for Chaney’s Trucking as a hauler, from there he started his career as a Stressor Operator for Ameron Pole Products in Fillmore and retired after 30 years of service. That is where he met the love of his life Gloria Ramirez and they would share 36 years together as husband and wife. Tory loved the outdoors. He was an avid fishermen, hunter, enjoyed working in his garden at home and at the school farm. He also enjoyed raising Canaries, Cockatiels, loved to BBQ, he enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball, and playing washers. He was a die hard New York Giants fan and Dodgers fan.
He is proceeded in death by his parents Gumesindo Cervantez and Mary Zuno, wife Gloria Cervantez, Brother Ony Cervantez and sister Lupe Rizo. He is survived by, Step-Daughter Donna Underwood (Scott), Pete (Emilie), Joe (Marla), Tony (Rosie), Georgia (Joe), Frank, three Grand Children and numerous Nieces and Nephews.
Viewing will be Wednesday, March 25th from 5pm-7pm and Rosary to follow at Chapel of the Angels 600 E. Pleasant Street, Santa Paula.
Burial will be Thursday, March 26th at 10am, Bardsdale Cemetery.

 
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Rose Terrazas (1943-2020)

Rose Terrazas (1943-2020)

Rose Marie Terrazas, age 76, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family the evening of Monday, March 9, 2020. She was born to the late William and Josephine Tongate on May 21, 1943.
Rose worked many years in the medical field caring for so many as a CNA in in various hospitals and nursing homes. Additionally, she was a caring and loving wife, mother, and grandmother and homemaker. By far the greatest “job’ title she ever held was grandmother, the amount of love and the special bond she shared with her grandkids was unmeasurable. She enjoyed to cook and bake, not only for her family but also for anyone who would come to her house. Rose was a warmhearted, kind, and caring person who truly enjoyed making others happy and would always go out of her way to ensure that others were happy and will be missed by many.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years Raymond Terrazas, sons Anthony and Tommy Terrazas, Grandchildren Alex, Brianna and Courtney Terrazas, and Daughter in law Maria Teresa Terrazas, and a number of close family members and friends who she loved deeply.
A celebration of life will take place on April 11, 2020 at 440 River St. Fillmore, CA. 93015 at 2pm.

 
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Billie Mae Stimac (1927-2020)

Billie Mae Stimac (1927-2020)

On March 7, 2020, Billie Mae Stimac (née Elkins) passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, at age 92, just shy of her 93rd birthday.
Billie was born at home in Bardsdale on March 19, 1927 to Carl Ward and Hazel Ione Talmage Elkins, the second of four children. She moved with her mother and siblings Patricia, Carl, and Carolyn to Fillmore after the death of her father. After graduating from Fillmore High School in 1944, she got a job at the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company as a switchboard operator. It was during this time she met the love of her life, John Robert Stimac. She thought he was very handsome and a good dancer. They married on December 7, 1946, and shared 56 years together.
While John continued his work as a lineman, Billie raised their four children—Stephen, Joanne, Catherine, and Joseph. After living in Ventura and Fillmore, the family finally settled in Van Nuys. Once all of her children were in school, she went back to school herself, eager to rejoin the working world. She graduated from business school and began working at the Valley News and Green Sheet as a tele-typesetter. It was deafening in the machine room, but she loved the 15 years she spent there.
Her house was not just a home for her children, but also their friends; the door was always open to whomever needed refuge. She was generous and compassionate, and only wanted to see her children happy and successful. Over the following years, she welcomed their respective spouses—Anne, Roger, Thomas, and Darlene—with open arms. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her biggest delight; she had twenty-two in total, with one more on the way.
After John's retirement and a move to Moorpark, the couple stayed busy, caring for their grandchildren, golfing, and participating in local clubs. Billie was a member of the Moorpark Women's Fortnightly Club and The Altar Society at Holy Cross Church. They could also fully indulge in their empty nest and travel the world. Billie was always up for adventure, whether the destination was a campground with a leaky tent, a suite on the seas, or a tiny room in a quaint hotel.
John's death in 2003 didn't dampen her need to socialize, travel, and give back to her community. Before his death, they had finally settled in Leisure Village. She dove into everything the Village had to offer, working backstage with the Player's Guild, joining the bowling league, and playing bridge and bunko. She continued to travel with family, though her trips got shorter and she stayed closer to home.
Billie was an accomplished hostess, baker, and seamstress. She tap danced, taught herself to paint, set a high standard for doing things right even if it meant exhausting herself, and bowled a 200 game at age 84. She loved the color aquamarine, Franzia boxed wine, fast food, musicals, Frank Sinatra, getting lost in a good book, the film Casablanca, lighthouses, and roses. She had a knack for telling jokes at unlikely moments.
Billie is preceded in death by her firstborn son, Stephen “Rocky,” and her husband, John. She is survived by her sister Carolyn Sherman, her four children and their spouses, her ten grandchildren and their spouses, and her twelve great-grandchildren. She will be remembered as a strong woman who inspired and guided her family to lead lives as joy-filled and giving as hers. She was loving and much loved.
Memorial services will be held Friday, March 20th, with a viewing at 9:00 a.m. and a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. at Padre Serra Parish, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo, CA. Following the mass, a private family ceremony will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery.

 
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Anice Christine (Boblett) Clinton (1924-2020)

Anice Christine (Boblett) Clinton (1924-2020)

Anice Christine (Boblett) Clinton, age 95, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at Shiloh Nursing and Rehab in Springdale. She was born on September 18, 1924, in Clarendon, Arkansas, to Frank and Nora (Wilhite) Sanders. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, James Boblett; her son, Jerry Boblett; three half-sisters; and her grandson, Jeffrey Talent.
Anice was a homemaker by trade, but it was also something she took great pride in. Her doors were always open to a child in need. She loved everyone that she met. She thoroughly enjoyed life and had a wonderful laugh.
She is survived by her six children, Frank Boblett and wife Peggy of Ventura, California, Dellia Thorn and husband Jimmy of Alma, Jimmy Boblett and wife O’detta of Kingman, Arizona, Patsy Oxford of Springdale, and Danny Boblett and wife Glenda of Van Buren; fifteen grandchildren; and many great and great-great grandchildren.
Cremation and arrangements are under the care of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home.
To place an online tribute, visit www.nelsonberna.com

 
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Nicolas Landeros (1924-2020)

Nicolas Landeros (1924-2020)

Nicolas Landeros, age 95, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2020. He was born on September 10, 1924 in Bronsville, Texas. He became an agriculture laborer and settled in Fillmore, California in 1959. He loved Ventura County and took advantage of all the beauty it has to offer. He taught each of his children how to swim at the Piru Lake and how to fish at the Ventura Beach. For work he planted and harvested crops throughout many fields from Southern to Northern California and into Washington State. He also enjoyed growing fruit trees of his own and had an uncanny ability to produce a unique version of sweet oranges and tangerines. His grandchildren were big fans of his fruits and it was something they always enjoyed. Nicolas could often be found among his many citrus trees that line his beloved home on Foothill Drive. During his retirement years he remained active taking daily walks, tending to his crops at the school farm, and attending events at the Senior Center, where he proudly received a Best Dancer award. Nicolas will be fondly remembered as a loving family man and a kind friend. He is now united in heaven with his wife, Gabriela (1999) and son, Rigo Landeros (2016). He is survived by sons Nicholas Landeros (Gail Simpson) of Ventura, CA, Francisco Landeros, Cristobal Landeros of Fillmore, CA and daughters Abigail (Salvador) Sandoval of Adelanto, CA, Anna (Gerald) Cervantes of Fort Wayne, IN, Josie (Tony) Alamillo of Palmdale, CA and Laura Landeros of Fillmore, CA. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren who will miss their "Grandpa Nico" dearly. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A visitation for Nicolas will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 5-9pm (Rosary at 7pm) located at the Perez Family Funeral Home, 600 Central Avenue in Fillmore. Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 10am located at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Paula. Burial will follow at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery in Santa Paula. Assisting the family with funeral arrangements is the Perez Family Funeral Home located in Fillmore 805-524-0439. Please sign Nicolas’ memorial at www.FillmoreMortuary.com

 
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Gloria M. Warring (1927-2020)

Gloria M. Warring (1927-2020)

Gloria was born on November 6, 1927, in Willowbrook, CA, to Earl and Ethel Mauck. She was the youngest of six children. Her family lived throughout California, from Long Beach to Auburn, but always seemed to come back to their beloved town of Fillmore. Gloria was known to be a bit shy until she stood on stage and sang. One of her fondest memories was when she sang for injured Veterans at the Port Hueneme Naval Hospital. In 1945, Gloria married her sweetheart, Gene Warring, when he returned from the war in the South Pacific. Their first home together was in Long Beach, CA, while Gene was stationed at the Naval shipyard. After the war, they then returned to Fillmore to be near their families. Gloria was very close to her siblings, especially her sisters, creating a tight-knit extended family for which we are all very grateful.
God blessed Gloria and her husband, Gene, with four children. Twins, Christopher and Kathleen, daughter Crystal, and son Philip. Unfortunately, Christopher passed when he was just three days old which was an incredible loss. Making a home for her family became Gloria’s true passion. She also loved gardening and was a member of the Fillmore Garden Club. As her children grew, she was a Girl Scout Leader and Sunday school teacher. Gloria’s most fulfilling work outside the home was beside her husband as a co-owner of a local Union Oil distributorship. Gloria was her happiest when camping with family and friends, whether at beaches or in the mountains. After retiring, they traveled throughout the country in their RV, which created fond and lasting memories. Gene and Gloria relocated to Mariposa County during their later years to be close to their grown daughters and their families. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren filled her life with love and joy. There was no place she’d rather be than with her family.
There was something very special about Gloria that is hard to put into words, and she will be missed dearly by our family. She often said “she loved too much,” and she certainly taught her family well what it means to love and be loved. God blessed our family with her presence; we were all so lucky to call her mom, grandma, sister, aunt, and friend. Now He blesses us again with her sweet return to Him. Gloria Warring passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 6, 2020, in Mariposa, CA, at the age of 92.
Gloria was preceded in death by her husband Gene Warring, her son Christopher and by her six siblings; Thelma Robertson, Virginia Gilmore, Juanita Nichols, Wayne Mauck, and Clifford Mauck. Gloria is survived by her three children, daughter Kathleen (Vernon) Crofford of Mariposa, daughter Crystal (Gary) Cox of Mariposa, son Philip (Jessica) Warring of Millbrae; her seven grandchildren, Leah (Ron) Zawadzki, Kelly (Ryan) Rettig, Summer (Justin) Gish, John (Gianna) Cox, Seth (Leanna) Cox, Alexander (Kari) Warring, and Sam Warring; and ten great-grandchildren Kenzie, Ben, Jack, Joe, Kate, Violet, Leo, Micah, Ezra, and Ford; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives who loved her so much.

 
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Ana Rodriguez de Diaz (1929-2020)

Ana Rodriguez de Diaz (1929-2020)

In the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day, our beloved mom and grandma passed away peacefully in her sleep and was reunited with the love of her life, Pedro Diaz. Ana Rodriguez de Diaz was born on February 10, 1929, in Tangancicuaro, Michoacan, Mexico to Antonio Rodriguez and Maria de Jesus Lopez. Pedro and Ana met in their hometown and began their relationship after Ana accepted a flower from Pedro while they walked through the town plaza. They were married on July 27, 1949, and together they had seven children. During the 1950’s Pedro took the opportunity to come to California to work as part of the Bracero Program, while Ana and the kids stayed in Mexico. While Pedro was working in the United States Ana took on the responsibility of caring for the kids. She made their clothes, made sure they went to school, did their homework and their chores. In order to provide extra income for the family, she made clothes for other people in town as well as making and selling jello and bread. In July 1969 Pedro fulfilled Ana’s wishes and obtained legal residency for the entire family. It was always said that it was important for them to come together and all at once. They made their home in Fillmore, California and were married for 62 years. Ana enjoyed crocheting, listening to Los Huracanes del Norte, Mariachi music, taking care of her family, her house and her birds. She was more than just our mom and grandma, she was the glue that held us all together. Sundays were spent at grandma and grandpa’s house, as were all the holidays. We are filled with a lifetime of these memories that will never be forgotten. Ana leaves behind a beautiful legacy of seven children: Luz & Javier Alcaraz, Luis & Jenny Diaz, Ramiro & Trini Diaz, Rafael & Lupe Diaz, Ramon & Eva Diaz, Ana & Agustin Campos, Pedro Diaz & Sami Tarrab; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Our family would like to acknowledge and thank the Greenfield Care Center of Fillmore and the hospice staff who took such good care of our mom for the past month. Thank you for your kindness, patience, and for allowing us to be with her at all hours.
Vigil service and Rosary will be held on Monday, February 24th at 7:45 pm at Saint Francis of Assisi Church. Mass will be on Tuesday, February 25th at 10:00 am also at Saint Francis Church. Interment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.

 
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Leanora Cardona Ainsworth (1928-2020)

Leanora Cardona Ainsworth (1928-2020)

Fillmore – Leanora Cardona Ainsworth 91 passed away peacefully at her home in Long Beach, California on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
Leanora was born in Fillmore on November 6, 1928. In her younger years she worked for Olga Company as a supervisor which she enjoyed and made many friends.
She was a very kind and strong lovely lady. She lived a rich full life before the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Now she is at home in heaven with her son Ronald Strawn husband Eddie Ainsworth and brother Max Cardona.
She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
Memorial Services will be held at Piru Cemetery, California on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 10:00am.

 
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Irene Gonzalez (1923-2020)

Irene Gonzalez (1923-2020)

Irene "Nena" Gonzalez passed away peacefully on February 7, 2020, after 96 years living a beautiful life.
Irene was born in Fillmore, CA on March 23, 1923 to Carlos Sanchez and Ventura Rivas Sanchez. She graduated from Fillmore High School and was a proud member of the Flash's Class of 1941.
Irene married the love of her life, Jaime V. Gonzalez, in 1952 and shortly after their wedding, they left the small town of Fillmore to build their life in the big city. Once in Los Angeles, they were blessed with two children - Linda and Jaime. Irene was a homemaker most of her life and she took great pride in caring for her husband, children, grandsons, nieces, and nephews, while in Los Angeles.
Irene and Jaime were married for 43 years before she was widowed in 1995. In 2000, Irene returned to Ventura County to join Linda and her family in Oxnard. When age should have slowed her down, Irene did not stop. She loved to spend hours tending to her garden, she could whip up dozens of tortillas whenever someone kindly requested a batch, she loved to attend her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's sporting events, and was a fixture at church every Sunday. Irene also had the opportunity to travel to Hawaii, Mexico, Italy, and the Holy Land over the years. In 2016, at the age of 93, she embarked on her most memorable trip. She traveled to Washington D.C. to see herself, her family's story, and her grandmother's heirloom (a molino used to grind corn to make tortillas) on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. "Can you believe it?" she exclaimed at the site of the exhibit. She lived a full life and was a dear friend and a "bonus grandma" to many and she will be deeply missed by all that knew her.
Irene is preceded in death by Carlos and Ventura Rivas Sanchez (parents), Jaime V. Gonzalez (husband), Eva Maria Sanchez (sister), Sal Godoy (son-in-law), along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She is survived by her two children: Linda Godoy and Jaime Gonzalez (Maria); her five grandchildren: Rene Gonzalez (Melissa), Carlo Godoy (Annie), Natasha Godoy, Adrian Gonzalez (Debbie), and Armando Gonzalez (Cynthia); her six great-grandchildren: Fernando, Suzy, Rachel, & Andre Godoy; Emma and Micah Gonzalez; her sister: Susan Austin Beyerl; as well as many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The Godoy and Gonzalez families would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Coastal View Healthcare Center, where Irene resided the last three years of her life. Also, a special thank you to the caring doctors, nurses, and staff at Community Memorial Hospital, who cared for her the last nine days of her life.
A rosary will be recited at 10:30am on Thursday, February 27, 2020 with a Funeral Mass to begin at 11:00am at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 Ventura Street in Fillmore, CA. Interment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 South Sespe Street in Fillmore.
To sign the family's online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit www.garciamortuaryoxnard.com and click on Irene's name located below "Obituaries."
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated GARCIA MORTUARY, 629 South A Street, Oxnard, CA. For further information, please call (805) 486.9148

 
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Ygnacio Garcia (1942-2020)

Ygnacio Garcia (1942-2020)

Ygnacio Garcia went with his Lord after a lengthy illness on February 10, 2020.
Ygnacio Garcia was a lifelong Fillmore resident born March 14, 1942. After graduating from FHS in 1961 he joined the United States Air Force.
He returned to Fillmore where he met the love of his life Belen, who he affectionately calls "sweetheart." They married February 15, 1969 and have celebrated nearly 51 years of marriage.
Nacho was part of the Union Pipe Fitters local 345, and The American Legion. He retired from SBCC in 2004.
He is survived by his wife Belen, daughter Yvonne, son Michael grandson Matthew and granddaughter Jasmine, brother John and sister Esther all from Fillmore.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to his brother John and his grandsons girlfriend Amri friends Alice and Rosario for all that you have done to help support him.
Viewing will be at Perez Funeral Home in Fillmore, Tuesday, February 18th. Rosary Mass will be Wednesday February 19th at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 9:30AM burial will conclude at the Bardsdale Cemetery.

 
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Ernie Vasquez (1956-2020)

Ernie Vasquez (1956-2020)

Ernie Vasquez our beloved brother passed away on January 16, 2020 at 63 years old. Ernie was born on June 10, 1956. He graduated from Fillmore High Class of 1975. After graduation he went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps, he lived in Wilmington, North Carolina. Ernie is survived by his father Eliseo Vasquez, brothers Miguel Vasquez, Guillermo Vasquez and Tyler Dees Vasquez, Sisters Lucrecia Vasquez, Rosa Vasquez and Carmen Vasquez, Children Jonathon Vasquez and Andrea Ross Vasquez and four grandchildren. Ernie will be missed and will forever be in our hearts. Services will be held February 1, 2020 at 2:00pm at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore.