Jim F. Beaty (April 1944 – December 2023)

Jim F. Beaty (April 1944 – December 2023)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patsy Tripp Murphy (March 1953 – December 2023)

Patsy Tripp Murphy (March 1953 – December 2023)

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

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

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

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

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

Esther E. Garcia (October 1944 – December 2023)

Esther E. Garcia (October 1944 – December 2023)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teresa Rojo Sanchez (August 1936 – December 2023)

Teresa Rojo Sanchez (August 1936 – December 2023)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keli Jean Lankford (September 1956 – November 2023)

Keli Jean Lankford (September 1956 – November 2023)

Keli Jean Lankford, 67 of Fillmore, CA passed away peacefully on November 23, 2023 surrounded by her family. Keli was born September 22, 1956 in Burbank, CA. She graduated from Whites Canyon High school in Saugus, CA in 1974. It is there that she met the love of her life, James Lankford.

They were married May 15th, 1976 and welcomed three daughters. Keli was a stay at home mom, but later returned to work finding her niche as a Service deli manager at Ralph’s grocery store. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, crime tv shows and she loved her Dodgers, rarely missing a game. Keli loved spending time with her family and cherished them more than anything. She had a sweet and caring soul and would do anything for her family, especially her grandchildren.

Keli is survived by her loving husband Jimmy, Daughter Lisa Carrillo (Frank), Amy Lankford (Craig) and Kristy Mackey (Corey). Grandchildren Jordan, Anthony, Kayla, Hailey, Elizabeth, Chloe, Ryan and Riley. Great grandchildren Rayne, Ayden & Paxton. Sisters Peggy (Greg) Turner and Shirley Pastoret. Brothers Jimmy (Gigi) and Ricky (Tammy) Fletcher and many nieces and nephews.

Keli is proceeded in death by her father Michael Pastoret, mother Donna Fletcher, stepfather Jim Fletcher, brothers Michael and Patrick Pastoret.
Funeral services for Keli will be held on Friday, December 15th at 10 am at Perez Family Funeral home, Fillmore, CA.

Ruby Fern Bennett (Granny Ruby) (October 1935 – November 2023)

Ruby Fern Bennett (Granny Ruby) (October 1935 – November 2023)

Ruby passed away peacefully at the age of 88.

She is survived by her Son- Joe LaCotts (Barb) FL, Daughter Donna Elam (Bill) ID, Daughter Shirley Bennett TN, Daughter Sabina Real Ca, Daughter Kim Galarza (Derek) Ca, Son Henry Bennett Ca, Son In Law Richard Beall Ca, Daughter in Law Kim LaCotts AR.
Ruby worked in the Food Service Industry her entire life until retiring in 2005 from Hart High School
Her greatest joy in life was raising her nine children and attending numerous sporting events for her children, grandchildren and Great grandchildren. When she wasn’t enjoying her grandchildren you could find her at the casino or going to dinner and hanging out at the beach on the river with her extended family.

Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Lopez Jimenez (February 1960 – November 2023)

Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Lopez Jimenez (February 1960 – November 2023)

Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Lopez Jimenez, 63, was born in Las Huertas Viejas, Jalisco México on February 1st, 1960, and passed away in Santa Paula on November 18th, 2023. Son of Genaro Lopez Lopez and Ana Maria Jimenez Sanchez, he was one of sixteen children. Ignacio married Maria de Jesus Imelda Lopez Ramirez for 40 years and had 12 children together (Elva, Ana Nidia, Gabriela, Ignacio, Genaro Misael, Imelda Rocio, Saul Arturo, Salvador, Carolina, Elia Guadalupe, Vicente Roberto, and Julie Aurora). The eldest (Elva) was born in 1983, and youngest (Julie) was born in 2008.

Ignacio spent his early life in Agua Negra, Jalisco Mexico working on “Las Huertas Viejas”, the Lopez family cattle and forage crops ranch. In his early adulthood, he came to the United States and established his family in the Bardsdale area near Fillmore, California. He was a proud member of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church where he attended church every Sunday and you could find him at the adoration chapel frequently at 2 am in the morning. He also served as a member of the church’s “Los Cruzados” men’s group dedicated to serving the community and the Catholic church. In addition to his service to his church community, Ignacio was an avid supporter of the Fillmore FFA program and Fillmore School Farm as he would help the FFA program with his services and support whenever needed.
Ignacio was known for being a hard worker and a provider for his family as he was proudly employed by three generations of the Morris Family (Paul, Bob, and Sean Morris) throughout his entire career as a farm manager for Morris Ranch from 1988 until his passing. Ignacio was immensely appreciative of the Morris family for giving him the opportunity to earn a living in the United States and provide for his family.

Ignacio also employed three labor crews of farm workers as a Farm Labor Contractor from 2006 - 2015. He titled his farm labor contracting company “Las Huertas Viejas Farm Labor” in honor of his family’s ranch in Mexico, “Las Huertas Viejas”. Ignacio always put his employees before himself as he would pay his laborers above the average rate and feed them on the field on a weekly basis. He valued the hard work our farm laborers provide for this world.

During Ignacio’s later adult life, he was a grandfather to eight grandchildren (Guillermo Alejandro, Maria Isabella, Sebastian, Jesus Ignacio, Cristiano, Adiela Ramona, Alani & Cataleya Emma). His eldest grandchild (Guillermo) born 2015, and his youngest (Cataleya) born 2023. He spent his last years with his grandchildren who he loved so much, and he was able to dedicate his dues to the soil in his ranch “Las Huertas Viejas” in his final years. Ignacio will always be remembered as a man with proud family roots and as a dedicated American Farmer who immersed his knowledge, love, and respect for agriculture among his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed singing loudly and had a great sense of humor. He will be remembered for his charitable compassionate nature as Igancio always served others with humility. His family will carry on the positive legacy and memories he left behind.

His visitation will be on Monday, December 4th, 2023, from 4:30 - 9:00 pm, (Rosary at 6:30 pm), at Chapel of Angels in Santa Paula, 600 E. Pleasant Street, Santa Paula, CA. His Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023, at 10 am at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 Ventura St, Fillmore, CA. He will be rested in his ranch “Las Huertas Viejas” in Jalisco Mexico. For map, direction to ceremony location, to sign the family’s online guest book, share stories and post pictures visit and click on Ignacio’s name under Obituaries. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, 830 East Santa Paula St. Santa Paula, CA 93060. For further information please call (805) 229-7054 Paula St. Santa Paula, CA 93060. For further information please call (805) 229-7054.

Janet (Westerberg) Cadena (January 1946 – June 2023)

Janet (Westerberg) Cadena (January 1946 – June 2023)

Janet (Westerberg) Cadena passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Fresno CA. on June 13th, 2023, after a long and courageous battle with COPD. Janet was born on January 16th, 1946 in Fillmore CA. to Art and Shirley Westerberg. She grew up on Clay St. where she met many childhood friends, including her lifelong best friend, Jennifer (Myers) Lawrence with whom she shared many laughs and adventures. As confidantes, Janet and Jennifer were like inseparable sisters during their 70+ year friendship. Janet attended Fillmore High School where she was known as a good athlete and a great dancer, receiving many compliments on her great legs. After graduating Fillmore High School in 1963 Janet married Rick Cadena Sr. on June 5th, 1964 in Santa Maria California. Rick and Janet first made their home in Piru, CA where they welcomed their oldest son Rick Jr. in 1965. In 1969 they moved to Fillmore where they bought a new home on Cook Drive. In 1970 their youngest son Michael was born. Janet was very proud of her boys and worked very hard to provide a good loving home for them. Janet worked at variety of places to provide for her sons including, Camarillo State Hospital, Thrifty’s Drugstore, Dick’s Market, Northrop (where she received industry recognition for her innovative Quality Assurance engineering procedures), Longs Drugs and finally retiring from Santa Clara Valley Bank. Janet continued to be active by playing on numerous softball teams throughout her life, starting with the Hit & Mrs. fast pitch team coached by Hank and Mary Lou Carrillo. She went on to play on various slow pitch teams both women’s and co-ed and even was able to play on several co-ed teams with her oldest son Rick Jr. Janet was forever proud of her boys accomplishments, from their high school sports achievements, to when her youngest went off to college, to successes in their careers, to when they got married and started their own families. As proud as she was of her sons, nothing compared to the joy and pride she had for her grandchildren. You could see the sparkle in her eyes when she would talk about them and the big smile she had when they came to visit and spend time with her. She would always buy them little gifts and play whatever games they wanted to play. As Janet’s disease progressed she moved in with her oldest son Rick Jr. and his family in Fillmore. She was able to have great quality time with her grandchildren. It was during this time after being single for years that Janet attended the Fillmore Alumni Dinner and reconnected with acquaintance from high school, Jim Hunter. Little did we know that this connection would turn into Janet finding the love of her life and that Jim would remain by her side and caring for her for the rest of her life. It was around this time that Janet and Jim made the decision to move to Fresno to be closer to her son Michael and his family. There she was able to spend lots of time with her youngest grandchildren, enjoying watching them grow and play sports. Traveling became difficult for Janet so she enjoyed the holidays when all her family could gather at her son Michael’s home and could be together with all her family at one place, it brought real joy to her heart for everyone to be together. Janet was a diehard Dodger fan and spent her later years watching Dodger games and calling and texting family and friends with updates, cheering when they were winning and expressing her frustration when they were losing. Janet is survived by her brothers, Roger Westerberg and his wife Kathe and Victor Westerberg and his wife Pat, her sons, Rick Jr., his wife Cindy and their children Joshua, David, Janaye and Ricky, Her son Michael his wife Michelle, and their children Madeline Rose, and twin boys Cameron and Christian. Janet is also survived by her partner who loved her and cared for her through her illness, Jim Hunter, who will always be considered a part of our family and we will always be grateful for the way he cared for our Mom. Janet had a heart of gold, especially for underprivileged children and woman. She regarded Vietnam Veterans with honor being particularly proud of her brother Victor’s service in Vietnam. Her loving generosity supported charities who helped these people. Per Janet’s wishes, there will be a simple graveside service at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore on December 22nd at 11 AM.

Victor Hernandez Zavala (August 1945 – October 2023) Because of his smile, he made life more beautiful!

Victor Hernandez Zavala (August 1945 – October 2023) Because of his smile, he made life more beautiful!

It is with great sadness that the Zavala family announces the passing of our beloved brother Victor Hernandez Zavala 78 of Piru California on Friday, October 27, 2023.

Victor was born August 13, 1945, in Tijuana Baja California Mexico. Our brother had a kind heart, great smile, and will be greatly missed by all his loved ones and all those who knew him.

Victor attended the ARC Program in Santa Paula for many years. He enjoyed being around horses, farm animals, being outside, sitting and talking with his brother Gabriel, walking to his brother Hess’ house, visiting with his neighbor friend, and getting a nice BIG burrito from La Terraza Restaurant. He loved watching Bonanza, drinking a nice cold Coke, but most of all he loved attending the ARC program.

Victor is survived by his siblings Hess (Joy) Zavala, Gloria Davalos, Gilbert (Irene) Zavala, Gabriel Zavala, Tommy (Martha) Zavala, Rosie (Chava) Hurtado, and Martha (Steve) Hope. Also survived by 16 nieces, nephews, many great nieces and nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents Luisa “Licha” Zavala, Jesus “Chuy” Zavala, and nephew Ralph Davalos.

The family would like to thank the following people Dr Bundy, and his staff Dee and Joyce, for your great care. Christina, Veronica, and Desirae with Los Robles Hospice. Thank you for being so caring, compassionate, and helping us with Victor’s care. Yesenia Felix with ARC and Eduardo Cahue (Tri-Counties) for the years of help, compassion, and for always being there for our family. Emilee, and Chanda thank you for loving and caring so much for our brothers. To the current, and past staff at the ARC program of Santa Paula, you all played an important part in our brothers’ life, thank you for being so kind. The family would also like to thank Eddie Carrillo for being our brother’s best friend. Every time we passed your home, he would remind us that his best friend lived there.

Our hearts are broken, but we were blessed and thankful to God to have had our special brother Victor in our lives for so many years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be recited at 10:00am on Saturday, November 18th, 2023 at San Salvador Mission, 4045 E. Center St. Piru, California. Interment to follow at Piru Cemetery, 3580 Center St. Piru, California.

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

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The ARC of Ventura County in Santa Paula, CA, to which we would like to extend our gratitude for being such a blessing to our family.

Joan Largen July 1943 – September 2023

Joan Largen July 1943 – September 2023

Joan “Joanie” Largen passed away peacefully on 9/9/23 after a lengthy battle with Parkinsons.
She was 80 years old.
She was a lifelong resident of Fillmore and was known by many in the town as “Joanie”.
Joan grew up in Fillmore and married her high school sweetheart, William “Bill” Largen in 1961. She had premature twin boys in August, 1962, Mike and Scott. Scott passed away 2 days after his birth, Mike was raised as an only child. They had many fun times and family trips throughout the years.
Joan worked most of her life in Fillmore. She worked for the school district for a few years as the “school nurse”, then moved onto the banking industry working the rest of her career for different banks due to changing ownership, Ramona Savings and Loan, Bank of A Levy, First Western Bank, Santa Clara Valley Bank and retiring with Bank of Sierra. She had many friends and clients throughout the town that she spoke with regularly wanting to come and talk to “Joanie”.
She was married to Bill Largen for nearly 40 years before his passing in 2000. She then met James “Jim” Burress and married in November 2000. The two of them had a great time enjoying life, took multiple trips to Hawaii, Indiana, Texas, Oregon & Arizona and many states following her grandson playing football for the Tulsa Hurricane.
Joan treasured her family. She would do anything for them. She always remained a positive person, despite her illness.
She is preceded in death by her mom and dad, Verneil & LD Scott, her 1st husband William ”Bill” Largen, and her newborn son Scott Largen. She is survived by her husband Jim Burress, son Mike (Julie) Largen and grandchildren Nathan (Alyson) Largen & Aaron Largen.
We are eternally grateful for all the caregivers at the Fillmore Country Club for all their love and support the last 2 years and a special thanks to Sam at Devine Hospice Care for coordinating her final week of care.
Private family burial.
She will forever be missed until we meet again.

Geraldine Hardison (December 1946 – September 2023)

Geraldine Hardison (December 1946 – September 2023)

Geraldine Hardison Sauer passed September 26th after a long illness while at the family ranch property near Fillmore. Gerry was born in 1946 to Betty and Russell Hardison and raised on their citrus, avocado, and dairy farm in the Sespe area.

After kindergarten in Fillmore, she attended St. Sebastian's School in Santa Paula, then graduated from St. Catherine's Academy-By-The-Sea in Ventura.

At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees and her teaching credential.

Her first work was at Old Orchard School in the rapidly growing Newhall School District. For over 40 years Gerry taught kindergarteners and others in that district. She was always pleased when she found a new generation of students whose parents she had also taught.

She met and married Jerry Sauer and they lived and taught in that district, earning the respect and affection of students, parents and fellow teachers and staff members.

Jerry and Gerry had their greatest pleasure when their daughter Stephanie Anne arrived and became the focus of their lives.

The Sauers bought a second home in Big Bear Lake where they enjoyed the climate and their community of friends. Gerry had recently decided to make Big Bear her primary home.

Gerry loved her family and teaching and her friends - and, despite chronic back pain, enjoyed chocolate, house-boating on Trinity Lake, "game night", old Hop-along Cassidy shows, Buck Owens music, NASCAR, her pet cats and, especially, her pug dogs.

Preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry and her brother Philip Hardison, Gerry is survived by her daughter Stephanie Sauer, her brother Tom Hardison, her many friends and her beloved pets.

A memorial lunch is planned for 11AM on November 11th at the William S. Hart Park Hall, 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to The Cal Poly Alumni fund, the Children's Home Society, the Fillmore Historical Museum, or the Pug Queen rescue

Roy Lee Culver, II (August 1957 - September 2023)

Roy Lee Culver, II (August 1957 - September 2023)

Roy Lee Culver, II, 66, of Ventura, passed away suddenly on Sep. 28, 2023. Roy is survived by his children; son, Roy, wife, Kristi, and granddaughters, Kylee and Kenzie; son, Marshall, wife, Rachel, and grandsons, Wiley, Liam, Micah, and Hayden; and daughter, Randi. His sisters, Audrey Allred, husband Jim Allred and family, and Freda Storey, husband Alan Storey and family. Also, Victoria and many other family and friends. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Carmen Culver, and grandson, Nathaniel.

Roy was in FFA and an all CIF-1A division champion pitcher in 1975 for Fillmore High School, and got to throw the first pitch at a Dodgers game. He was an accomplished salesman specializing in windows and doors. He was the top salesman both monthly and annually during his career at Pozzi Windows. He worked for numerous other door and window companies throughout his career. He loved to help people build their dream home.

Roy loved the outdoors; surfing, riding his motorcycle, climbing, biking, hiking, fishing, being on the lake, and off-roading in his Land Rover. He took pride in everything he did. He loved to tell jokes, especially dad jokes. He loved to be with his family and friends. Being a dad and grandpa was his greatest accomplishment. Roy enjoyed having his children and grandchildren out to his ranch where his grandchildren would run around and he would BBQ. Roy loved to celebrate others and their accomplishments. He always made sure to attend all events. He loved to think of new inventions. He was always so optimistic and the biggest dreamer.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

His service will be Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1:00 PM at Reality Church in Ventura

Please send flowers to Reality Church Ventura, 1954 Goodyear Ave., Ventura
Flowers can be delivered Monday through Thursday.
For any delivery questions contact Billy Hunter (805)279-0006.

John Lopez Muñoz (May 1923 – September 2023)

John Lopez Muñoz (May 1923 – September 2023)

John Lopez Muñoz, age 100, devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather, passed from this life into eternal life with Christ on September 11, 2023, at Renown Hospital in Reno, Nevada.

John, the youngest of ten children, was born on May 6, 1923, in Fillmore, California, to Cayetano and Natalia Muñoz. He graduated from Fillmore Union High School in 1943. During high school, he discovered his athletic prowess on the football field and developed a lifelong love of the sport.

He was united in holy matrimony to Lydia Rico on February 9, 1945. The union was blessed with seven children. They were married for 72 years. Lydia preceded him in death on May 16, 2017.

As he and his wife raised their young, growing family, John worked alongside his brother Frank at the Muñoz Pipe Company in Fillmore, whom he had worked for since he was 15. His career path next took him to work for Union Construction. After a few years, John realized he wanted more control over his work life and the freedom to make decisions, so he decided to take the reins of the Muñoz Pipe Company and become his own boss. After working in the pipe business and construction, John turned over the family business to his sons and started truck driving for Fillmore-Piru Citrus.

In 1994, John and Lydia relocated to Reno, Nevada, along with several family members. At age 71, John started working at the Salvation Army in Reno. John worked until he was 83 years old. He and his beloved wife Lydia enjoyed a retired life surrounded by the beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

John was fond of the great outdoors and traveling. He spent many happy days camping with his family and hunting with his sons and grandsons. He and Lydia traveled to numerous places, including Hawaii, Mexico, Israel, Egypt, and Italy; he most cherished visiting Vatican City in Rome.

John and Lydia were active members of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore and St. Therese Church of the Little Flower in Reno. He volunteered at numerous church events and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, and the Los Padrinos Club, a local church organization. In the 60s, John and his wife organized and hosted Black and White dances for the local community. Despite his busy schedule, he still found time to follow his passion for USC football and the Los Angeles Rams.

John had a great sense of humor, encouraged others, and remained positive no matter what. Our family will always hold him in our hearts and remember all the treasured memories, love, and laughter we shared. John is preceded in death by his daughters, Theresa and Marie, and his son Martin. He is survived by four children, John (Jane), Martha, Kathy, Peter (Debbie), and his granddaughter Danielle, whom he helped raise from a young age. John had 20 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren who all loved and adored him.

A funeral mass will be held on October 28, 2023 at St Therese Church of the Little Flower, 875 E Plumb Lane, Reno NV 89502. Reception to follow.

Harold J. Burns (March 1941 – September 2023)

Harold J. Burns (March 1941 – September 2023)

Harold J. Burns, 82, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, September 10th, 2023. Harry resided in Oak Park Ca, though his heart was always in Fillmore.

Harry was born March 10th, 1941, in Fall River Massachusetts. After the loss of his parents at a young age, he was raised by his aunt Louise Finucci. In 1959 after graduating from high school, Harry joined the army. He served in the 82nd Airborne with the 501 infantry division. Harry received an honorable discharge on March 31st, 1965. After leaving the army, Harry packed his bag and headed to California with an army buddy, and fell in love with the weather and the beach.

Harry then attended CSU Dominguez Hills on the G.I. Bill where he earned his teaching credentials. Harry started his teaching career at our Lady of the Valley Los Angeles, where he coached the middle school boy’s basketball team. They won the Los Angelo’s City Champions in 1975.

Later that year, Jerry Dann hired Mr. Burns to teach and coach at Fillmore Jr. High School. He enjoyed teaching english, history, math, and journalism though one of his great passions was on the court coaching basketball. Later he went on to coach both boys and girls varsity basketball teams for Fillmore High School. In 2009 Coach Burns retired after 34 years of teaching and coaching from Fillmore High with a special group of girls on his varsity team that year.

Mr. Burns was everyone’s favorite teacher. He believed in all of his students, supported their ambitions and taught them many important life lessons as well. He held all of his student dear to his heart, keeping many thank you notes over the years. One reading “If it weren’t for great teachers like you, there wouldn’t be grateful students like me!”

Along with his many achievements in athletics Mr. Burns was also very passionate about teachers rights and was an active member of the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association for 33 years. He served as president 6 times, vice president 4 times, grievance chair 6 times, charter member and writer of the first contract for 1978-79. He was proudly known as the “Union Man” among his colleagues.

His golden years were spent traveling, spending time with his friends and family, and watching his grandchildren play sports as he was their biggest fan.

Harold J. Burns is survived by his wife Yvonne Burns, step daughter Dana Schlossberg, brother in-law Eric and wife Christine Koenig.

He is also survived by his first wife Amelia Burns, their daughter Carina and husband Eric Crawford, and their son Casimiro and wife Jessica Burns; their grandchildren Kasey, Dylan, Porsche, Alexander, Madison and Asher; their great grandchildren Anastasia and Theodore.

A Celebration of Life for our beloved Dad, Grandpa, Husband, Friend, Teacher, Coach and Colleague will be held on Saturday, March 9th at 1pm at the Bardsdale United Methodist Church in the Labard Hall; 1498 Bardsdale Ave Fillmore Ca, 93015.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in honor of Mr. Burns to the Fillmore Alumni Association.

Cruz Martin Munoz (April 1946 – August 2023)

Cruz Martin Munoz (April 1946 – August 2023)

Cruz Martin Munoz known as Martin passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 14th, 2023. Martin was born on April 28th, 1946 and was the second oldest of seven children to John and Lydia Munoz. Martin grew up in the city of Fillmore where he attended Fillmore High school and participated in track, basketball, and football. He graduated in 1965.

Martin joined the United States Army in 1966, during his service for our country, he severed in Vietnam. Martin was a Vietnam Veteran. After returning from the war, he worked at General Motors and then joined the Laborer’s Union and then went to work for the family business Munoz Pipe Company where the Munoz family provided irrigation services to local agriculture industries for their crops. Martin eventually was hired as a Maintenance worker for the City of Fillmore where he worked his way up to the Public Works Supervisor until his well-deserved retirement.

Martin loved a good old western movie and enjoyed his time fishing the lakes and rivers in the Eastern Sierras. Martin had a love for USC football and was a die-hard Rams fan. Martin enjoyed furthering his knowledge of American History, he could be found in his recliner browsing the internet keeping up on sport stats and news around the world.

Martin is proceeding in death by his parents John and Lydia Munoz, sisters Anne Marie Griffin and Terri Munoz. He is survived by his wife Betty Munoz, daughters Kimberly (Robert) Herrera, Amanda (David) Montes and Brandi Carrillo and sons Michael (Kimberly) Munoz and Robert Molina. Grandchildren Kyara, Robert, Nathan, Cristian, Julissa, David, Jacob, Jasmine, Aryanne, Cruz, Taylor, and Faith. Great grandchildren Jocelyn, Paisley, and Addison. Brothers John and Peter Munoz and sisters Martha Vargas and Kathy Meza and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Martin will be held on September 25th at 11am at the Bardsdale Cemetery with a celebration of life to follow. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local Veteran group.
Martin’s smile will be missed by all that knew him.

John F. Scoles (June 1941 – August 2023)

John F. Scoles (June 1941 – August 2023)

With profound gratitude for the life he shared with us, with deep sorrow at his passing, the family of John Francis Scoles informs of his death on August 14, 2023, at home in Fillmore, California.

John was born to George and Kathleen Donohue Scoles of Fillmore on June 30, 1941, in Oxnard, California. His parents and older sister, Barbara Scoles Agler, predeceased him.

John graduated from Fillmore High School Class of 1959, and from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1963. He played scholarship football at OSU for Coach Tommy Prothro and was on the team that played in the Liberty Bowl in 1963. John served in the US Army at the Presidio in San Francisco, and in Japan from 1966-1968.

John met Kelly Collins at McGeorge Law School in Sacramento, California, and they married in Sacramento on January 2, 1972, after his graduation, despite the fact that she had lost his Liberty Bowl watch somewhere in San Francisco.
He passed the Bar Exam and joined the office of Joseph P.D. Kern, and then Arthur Taylor for nearly 40 years in the practice of law in what eventually became Taylor, Scoles, and Bartels. John was fortunate in his many travels abroad for clients, and in his remarkable secretaries and law partners.

Their daughter, Mary Caitlin Scoles, was born in Ventura, California, in 1978, and was the light of her father’s life.
He is a former past president of the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International and was very pleased to be elected to the Fillmore High School Sports Hall of Fame and the OSU 1963 Team Hall of Fame.

Following a Mass of Christian Burial at Mission Santa Ines on September 13, John was inurned near his parents in the old Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard in his maternal ancestral home, the Santa Ynez Valley, as was his wish.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly Collins Scoles, daughter Caitlin (Marv Stainbrook), granddaughter Marin Eileen, nieces Anne Agler Mercer (Del) and Carolyn Agler Porter (Adam), and the large Collins family of in-laws, nieces, and nephews. May perpetual light shine upon him.

Ernest J. “Ernie” Morales (March 1935 – August 2023)

Ernest J. “Ernie” Morales (March 1935 – August 2023)

Ernest J. “Ernie” Morales, 88, beloved husband, father, friend and trailblazing Hispanic leader, died Sunday, August 13th, 2023 surrounded by his loving family following a brief illness. A pillar of the Fillmore community, his humble and compassionate leadership has inspired countless individuals in the county and throughout the state. Born in Fillmore on March 18th, 1935, Ernie attended local schools where he excelled as a student-athlete. A standout baseball and basketball player at Ventura College, he earned an Associate’s Degree before continuing his studies at San Jose State University. An avid sports aficionado, he was a lifelong fan of Notre Dame football, the Los Angeles Rams and the Chicago Cubs. Ernie was a proud U.S. Army veteran, serving in Alaska before returning to marry his beloved wife of 62 years, Rebecca “Becky” Sosa of Rancho Sespe. As a Project Analyst for the U.S. Navy, he earned numerous accolades during his 31-year career as a federal civil employee. Ernie was a pioneering leader in the Latino community, serving three terms as Mayor during his 16-year service as a Fillmore City Council member. He served as President of the League of California Cities and was leader of numerous church and community organizations. A Fourth Degree Knight, Ernie founded the St. Francis of Assisi Chapter of the Knights of Columbus where he was a tireless and principled advocate of those less fortunate.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Becky and their three children, Jeff (Kimberly), Brian (Kristi) and Michelle. He is also survived by his sister Sonia Morales Getty (Gene) and six grandchildren, Sofia, CJ, Gabriel, Finn, Luke and Stella. Their “extended” family includes countless adoring relatives, godchildren, old friends and mentees who continue to be inspired by their loving guidance. Ernie will be welcomed to eternal joy by his parents, Georgia and Frank “Pancho” Morales, his sister Frances “Pancha” Morales Jimenez and brother Joseph Morales. Ernie was a man of remarkable grace, compassion, intellect, humility, dignity and wit, a living example of the Christian values he held so close to his heart.

A rosary will be held on Friday, September 29th at 9:30am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fillmore, followed by a Catholic Mass at 10:00am. Private interment will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to the Fillmore High School Mariachi Band, “Los Rayos” c/o of the Fillmore High School Alumni Association.

David Villaseñor (May 1945 – August 2023)

David Villaseñor (May 1945 – August 2023)

David Villaseñor passed peacefully in his sleep on August 11, 2023. David was the oldest of nine children born to Herculano and Enriqueta Villaseñor. In his youth, David served as an altar boy at the old St. Francis Church on Central Ave., was active in Boy Scouts and played the accordion. He joined the United States Air Force and received an honorable medical discharge in December 1968 as a Sargent. As a young man, David was generous with is younger siblings, and bought gifts for his sisters when he was able.

David met his wife Sharon Horn Villaseñor at Sawyer Business School and the two were married on July 7th, 1973 at St. Francis. David and Sharon celebrated 49 years of marriage together before Sharon’s passing earlier this year.
David worked at Camarillo State Hospital in Human Resources for over 20 years, and he was very active in his St. Francis of Assisi Parish, or as Sharon would call it “The Holy Land”. Whether it was organizing bingo night, helping with the altar servers or helping count weekly collections, David was a fixture at St. Francis for many years. David and Sharon were very much inseparable for their nearly fifty years together. They enjoyed taking part in Fillmore High School Alumni reunions and special events and enjoyed eating out around town and taking trips, including summertime visits to family in Texas, Mexico, several national parks, including Yosemite, one of David and Sharon’s favorite places, and once-in-a-lifetime trips to Niagara Falls and Graceland. David was an avid photographer and enjoyed taking many photos during their travels and at family events.

David prided himself on being a disabled Veteran and kept up on Veteran affairs throughout his life. He enjoyed gatherings with his Villaseñor siblings, his Horn family and his many nieces and nephews on both sides and eventually their children. David will be greatly missed, but his family and friends find comfort in him being reunited with his sweetie Sharon.
He is preceded in death by his wife Sharon, his parents Herculano and Enriqueta Villaseñor, his brother Louie Villasenor, nephew Alex Villaseñor and niece Stacey Richey. He is survived by his sister-in-law Pauline Villaseñor, brothers Ricky (Chris) Villaseñor, Victor (Ana Rosa) Villaseñor, Andy (Joanne) Villaseñor, Albert (Christina) Villaseñor and sisters Becky (Alex) Zuart, Quina (Rick) Wilson and Judy (Alfonso) de la Torre and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Fillmore Country Club for their care and attention to David and Sharon and Angels of Mercy Hospice for their care of David in his last weeks. Funeral services will begin at 9am on Friday, September 15th 2023 at San Salvador Mission Church in Piru, follow by internment at Bardsdale Cemetery, and a luncheon reception at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church: 1048 West Ventura St. Fillmore, CA 93015, (805) 524-1306 and Gold Coast Veterans Foundation: 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite D, Camarillo, CA 93012 (805) 482-6550 (EIN # 27 2105467).

Susan Elizabeth (Schleimer) Morales (August 1952 – August 2023)

Susan Elizabeth (Schleimer) Morales (August 1952 – August 2023)

Susan Elizabeth (Schleimer) Morales was born on August 10, 1952, in Santa Paula, California, to John “Jack” and Melba “Jeri” Schleimer. Adored by her older brother John, she was the perfect caboose to their family of four. Sadly, after a brief illness, Susan passed away August 17, 2023.

As a little girl growing up in Southern California, Susan loved curling her hair with soda cans, wearing white lipstick, while singing to Diana Ross and the Supremes, pretending the hairbrush in her hand was her microphone. She grew up attending Trinity Episcopal Church in Fillmore, spent many Sunday afternoons hiking to the “F” or along Pole Creek, and sliding down the hill on cardboard behind the family home with “the gang.”

Susan was part of the Fillmore High School “Flashes” Class of 1970. She loved keeping in touch with her classmates and attending class reunions. Susan had amazing legs and was known for kicking the highest in all her song leading routines. She loved cheerleading, song leading, dressing up for dances, and pulling into the high school parking lot while driving her big brother’s Volkswagen. However, not everything came easy for Susan at Fillmore High. No matter how hard she tried, she detested her Spanish class because she couldn’t roll her “R’s” like the rest of the students.

Susan had a persistent work ethic which she learned from her parents. Her first job was at the Plunge, Fillmore’s public swimming pool. She started handing out towels the first year, but quickly became the lifeguard where she would not only ensure pool safety but work on that bronze tan that became her signature trademark for years to come. Susan loved the water so much she took it upon herself to teach nearly every one of her grandchildren how to swim in her pool.

After high school, Susan secured employment at Magic Mountain at a quaint ice-cream shop where she earned money to pay for her college classes at San Diego State. While living on a college budget, money was tight, and on more than one occasion Susan could be seen hitch hiking to San Diego State in bib overalls.

Susan spent more than 30 years as a mail carrier and postal employee with the United States Postal Office. Her service included lengthy stints at the Fillmore and Mariposa Post Office. It was an honest living, but certainly never measured up to the standards of her dream job. Susan was an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed camping at Rincon Beach Park with her parents. She loved laying out on the beach or Piru Lake. Sunbathing became her obsession and anyone who knew her immediately noticed her golden, glowing, sun-kissed skin

Susan first met Gilbert Morales at the Cruise on Main Street in Merced on Halloween Night in 2002 wearing a “Santa’s Little Helper” outfit. Gilbert asked her: “How is Mrs. Santa’s Little Helper doing tonight?” She replied “everything is fine.” And the rest was history!

In June 2012, after more than a decade of dating, Susan married her sweetheart and love of her life, Gilbert. They loved traveling to Hawaii and Mexico, sipping on margaritas, dancing, and Sunday drives in Gilbert’s 1966 Corvette. Their homes and gardens were always spectacular, the perfect home for hosting gatherings and raising their beloved schnauzer Bentley and goldendoodle Lexi.

Susan never passed up a tall glass of white wine or a Bloody Mary with Gilbert, loved all things gardening, needle pointing, Bruno Mars band, and watching cooking and game shows on the big screen.
There is so much Susan will be remembered for, including her famous sugar cookies with secret recipe frosting, homemade strawberry jam and eggs benedict. She was a member of the Merced Garden Club where her home and garden were on full display annually at the Christmas and Spring Garden Tour. She was known for her green thumb and her relentless attention to detail and cleanliness.

Susan is survived by her husband, Gilbert, her three children, Ashley Powell, Tyler Dudley, and Caitlin Czirban, and her nine grandchildren Hayden, Brooklyn, Kinley, Taytem, Tanner, Tristan, Merick, Pyper, and Tate.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held Saturday, October 28 at the Vista Ranch Winery in Merced, CA (7326 East Highway 140) starting at 11am - 3pm. If you wish to remember Susan with a donation, please make it in her name to the Merced Garden Club, attn: Judy Smith, 2181 Almondwood Lane, Merced, CA, 95340.