Carolyn Blanche Anderson Amrhine Lasky (1922-2019)

Carolyn Blanche Anderson Amrhine Lasky (1922-2019)

Carolyn Lasky passed away peacefully in her home in Fillmore, CA on March 31st. She lived in Fillmore for 74 years, and was involved in the Ventura Orchid Society, Ventura County Garden Club, the Fillmore Senior Center as well as the Santa Paula Hospital Auxiliary, where she accumulated over 7000 volunteer hours. An avid gardener, she was always proud of her roses, orchids, and green goddess calla lilies, and loved to share them with others in her community. She is survived by her two daughters, Linda and Roberta, her six grandchildren, Brian, Brad, Toni, Jamie, Lisa, and Greg, and her 11 great grandchildren. She had many friends in Fillmore and will be sorely missed by all. Her memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 13th, at Trinity Church, 608 Saratoga Street, in Fillmore from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Irene Sylvia Tello (1936-2019)

Irene Sylvia Tello (1936-2019)

Irene Sylvia Tello, age 83, of Fillmore, California passed away peacefully on Friday March 29, 2019. Irene was born March 3, 1936 in Santa Paula, California to Augustine and “Chita” Guevara.
Irene was a loving mother and wife. She spent her life taking care of her children and family. She enjoyed attending grandkids sporting events. She also loved playing softball, baking, gardening, sewing and camping.
Irene is survived by; son Michael Tello; daughter Cynthia Enriquez (Felipe); son David Tello (Ofelia); and son Don Tello (Natalie); grandson Aaron Tello, grandson Gabriel Enriquez (Stephanie), granddaughter Rebecca Morton (Daniel), grandson Daniel Enriquez (April), grandson Joseph Tello, grandson Jacob Tello, grandson Matthew Tello, granddaughter Taylor Tello, granddaughter Miley Tello and 6 great grandchildren.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Joe Tello; granddaughter Katie and Andrea Tello; daughter-in-law Diane Tello and parents Augustine and "Chita" Guevara.
A visitation for Irene will be held Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM with Rosary at 7:00PM at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Ave, Fillmore, CA 93015. Funeral mass will occur Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at10:00AM at St Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 Ventura St, Fillmore, CA 93015. Graveside service will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S Sespe Street, Fillmore, CA 93015. Services are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary.

Raelene I. Chaney (1929-2019)

Raelene I. Chaney (1929-2019)

Raelene Chaney, a long-time resident of Fillmore, passed away April 7th in her home surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90. After a short battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma, she has now joined her beloved husband Robert Chaney in Heaven.
Raelene was born in 1929 in Yelm, WA and was a graduate of Big Bear High School. Although she had a full and busy life, her life didn’t truly begin until 1964, when a big city girl moved to a small town called Fillmore. Robert & Raelene then adopted two beautiful girls, Chris-Anne in 1966 and Susan in 1969, to bring more light and joy into their lives. Raelene worked for the school district in many different capacities but was best known for being a campus supervisor. You could hear her yelling, “Don’t make me write you up, get to class NOW!” She did this for about nine years and then became the supervisor for In-School Suspensions for another five years. Even though she was a tough cookie, she loved her students like they were her children.
From the moment she stepped foot in Fillmore, Raelene was involved in many community projects and groups, including the Ebell & Optimist clubs, just to name a few. She helped start the FHS Soccer Club, raised money for her daughters' softball team, and even helped one of her students go to the Fiji Islands to run Cross Country. She participated in the annual Flower shows, bike rodeos and over the last few years volunteered at the Wednesday Food Share program.
After the towns devastating loss of a high school senior on graduation night, Raelene co-founded Grad Nite Live in 1990. Raelene and her husband Bob along with several Fillmore residents, worked with local businesses for donations. In later years, the Grad Nite Live Thanksgiving pie sale was born. Seniors sold pies to pay for a dinner cruise so they could have a safe, sober, and fun graduation night experience.
She was best known for driving around in her “Put Put” yelling, “Did you order your pies?” (therefore becoming “The Pie Lady”) which we’re sure you can hear even now. From an overnight dinner cruise to an early morning breakfast at Carl’s Jr., great memories were had by all.
Raelene also received the Making a Difference for Women & Citizen of the Year awards. Then in May of 2018, she was bestowed with Fillmore’s highest honor by receiving Fillmore’s “Lifetime Achievement, Citizen of the Year” award.
She has impacted so many people throughout her long life because she was always the life of the party and loved by everyone who met her.
Raelene’s greatest pride and joy were her six grandchildren, of whom she loved to no end. All of the kids helped her in some way with Grad Nite Live.
She attended all their sports games, picked them up from school, helped them with homework, and taught them to drive in her “Put Put” car.
Raelene leaves behind: Chris-Anne Barker, Susan (Patrick) Golson and Grandchildren: Tenea, Brandon, Zach, Johnny, Samantha, and Tyler. She leaves behind an incredible legacy that her family is proud of. She was a phenomenal woman who will be truly missed but will forever live on in our hearts.
A very special thank you to our Angels at Los Robles Hospice. We would have been lost without you.
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, April 18th 10a.m. at Faith Community Church: 355 D St., Fillmore, followed by a graveside service at Bardsdale Cemetery: 1698 S Sespe St., Bardsdale. Reception to follow and will be announced at service.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked to make donations to Grad Nite Live or FHS Soccer Club in her honor.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, Santa Paula, CA 805.229.7054.

Sofia Martinez (March 2019)

Sofia Martinez (March 2019)

On Monday, March 18, 2019, our mom went to be with her Lord and Savior. Mom was born in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco Mexico. She was known as “Mami Sofia” by her family. She moved to Mexico City where she met her love Alfonso Martinez. They soon married and went to live in, Fillmore, CA.
Mami Sofia accepted Jesus Christ into her heart and soon was involved in the church she attended. In the latter part of her life, she assisted by leading the songs at the church. She loved to sing. She worked at Deeter’s Turkey Ranch then went to work at Saticoy Lemon Association until retirement. Mami Sofia was preceded in passing by her husband Alfonso “Papi Goliat” Martinez and her grandson David Martinez.
She is survived by her loving children: Alma (Jose) Sandoval; Alfonso (Delia) Martinez; Connie (Salvador) Loera; Carlos (Dolores) Martinez, 16 grandchildren and Greatgrandchildren.
The family would like to thank with all our hearts the staff at Oxnard Manor for the loving care they provided and also the staff at Graceful Care Hospice. We will never forget you and God Bless you all.
There will be visitation on April 4th at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary from 6 to 8 pm, for family and friends. Celebration of life will be held on April 5th at 10am to 11:30am at Faith Community Church, 461 Central Ave. Graveside service will follow.

Homer Smith Ezell (1932-2019)

Homer Smith Ezell (1932-2019)

Homer Smith Ezell, age 86, passed away on March 20, 2019 at his home in Enoch, Utah. He was born on April 1, 1932 in Clarksville, Tennessee to Leroy and Eura Green Ezell. Homer attended schools in his home town of Clarksville, Tennessee. During the Korean conflict he served in the US Air force.
He married Gloria Gail Jump on December 1, 1960 in Santa Paula, California. He met Gloria when he was a boarder at her grandmother’s boarding house. Homer was employed in the Citrus Industry for more than 35 years. He worked at Ojai Orange Assn., Ojai Tapo Citrus, Irvine Valencia Growers and Retired from Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association after 18 years of service as Plant Superintendent of the Fillmore Packing House.
Homer was raised Church of Christ. He loved photography and hiking. He will be missed by those who loved him.
Homer was is survived by his wife Gloria and his daughter Connie Marie (James) Reidmiller of California and 3 wonderful grandchildren Christopher, Megan and Joey as well as his sister Mitzi Sudeath of Texas.
He is receded in death by his parents and four siblings.
Service will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 1:00pm in Enoch City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.

Dorothy Ramona Sandoval (1941-2019)

Dorothy Ramona Sandoval (1941-2019)

Dorothy Ramona Sandoval went home to be with the good Lord and her parents on the morning of March 17, 2019. She was a lifelong resident of Fillmore and a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Dorothy was born May 2, 1941 in Fillmore to Raymond and Mary Morales.
She attended the local elementary schools and in high school she was a popular classmate and a cheerleader who proudly represented her school. In 1959 she graduated from Fillmore High School.
Soon after high school she married Joe Sandoval and together they had three beautiful children which were her pride and joy.
Dorothy worked many years at the Saticoy Lemon Packing House in Fillmore. Later she went on to work at The Foxboro Company in Valencia until the closing of the plant. She was also a primary caregiver for her parents until their resting days which was her promise to them.
Dorothy loved gardening, as everyone could see by the pride she took in her yard. Taking 1st place in Candy Cane Lane on Cook Drive, back in the days along with Yard of the Month. She loved working in the home whether it be painting, decorating, sewing, crocheting or embroidery. Some people were fortunate enough to receive her handmade crafts.
She was known for her sense of fashion. She always had her hair and makeup done, her nails perfectly manicured and didn't leave the house without looking glamorous whether she was running errands or going out for a special occasion. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Once she had grandchildren and great grandchildren she loved visiting with them especially on holidays.
She was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Mary Morales, infant sister Arsenia and brother. Dorothy is survived by her children, Joseph, Crystal and Anthony Sandoval, sister Linda Alba, grandchildren Jonathan (Nikki) and Jenna Sandoval, David (Nicole) Valenzuela and Alex (Mandy) Valenzuela, Great-grandchildren Nathan and Alexis Valenzuela, Riley and Brandon Valenzuela, Jurae and Robinson Sandoval along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services for Dorothy will be Wednesday, March 27th at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1048 Ventura Street, Fillmore, CA beginning with the recitation of the rosary at 10:00 AM and followed immediately with a Funeral Mass. A reception immediately following in the church hall.
For map and directions to the ceremony location and to sign the family's online guest book, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: and click on Dorothy's name located below "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

Terri Ann Hastings (1944-2019)

Terri Ann Hastings (1944-2019)

Terri was born Terri Ann Myers December 26, 1944 in Fillmore, Ca. Terri passed away peacefully February 12, 2019 in Santa Paula Ca. surrounded by her family. Terri graduated from Fillmore High School and was named Miss Fillmore in 1962. She graduated from Beauty school and began her career as a Beautician in 1963.
Terri married her high school sweet heart Mike Hastings in 1964 and they spent 51 years together until Mikes passing in 2015.They were lifelong residents of Fillmore, where Terri owned and operated Terri’s beauty salon for approximately 40 years.
Terri was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Peggy Myers husband Mike and her daughter DeAnna. Terri is survived by her son Derrik his wife Michelle, grandchildren Charlie, Jordyn and Griffin Hastings. Joslyn Spieler and Falisha Lemmon. Brother James Myers his wife Janet, niece Melanie Hazlett, Sister in law Nancy Bowlin, nephew Chip Bowlin and many other family members and friends.
No services will be held as was her request.

Mary Tovar (1933-2019)

Mary Tovar (1933-2019)

Mary Tovar, age 86, of Fillmore, CA, formerly a long-time resident of Newhall, CA, passed away peacefully at home on March 9th, 2019. Mary was born on August 15th, 1933 in Madera, CA. She lived in Los Angeles and Torrance, CA before settling Newhall in 1969 to raise her family.
Mary was a devoted wife to her late husband Eddie Tovar. She was a beloved mother to six children, Edward Tovar, Micheal Tovar, Candy Tovar, Cyndie Plummer, Teddy Tovar, and Romona Tovar. She was a much loved grandmother and great-grandmother to 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Mary was a retired butcher, an amazing cook, a story teller, a friend, an artist and a devoted Catholic. She cared for her husband and family for more than 60 years. Her house was always filled with the aroma of her cooking. Her extraordinary nature was a gift that will be missed by all that knew her.
Family and friends will gather at St Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore, CA on March 20th, 2019 at 12:30 for the Rosary followed by a funeral Mass at 1:00pm. She will be interned the following day, March 21st, 2019 in Madera, CA at Calvary Cemetery.

Frieda Ruth Garcia (1959-2019)

Frieda Ruth Garcia (1959-2019)

Dear family and friends, our beloved Frieda entered into Heaven on Sunday, March 10th, caressed by her devoted mother Viola and nieces Tina and Selena by her side; she carries with her the love of her father and mother, and all of her family members and close friends. “Just as I was with Moses, so I will not leave you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:5
Frieda Ruth Garcia was born on October 22, 1959, to Viola and Louie Garcia. She was raised with her six siblings in Fillmore and attended the local elementary schools and high school. While at Fillmore High, she joined the marching band and learned how to play the clarinet.
She graduated from Fillmore High in 1977 and continued her education at College of the Canyons in Valencia where she enrolled in interior art and design. It was her natural creativeness that drew her to interior design and later floral design. While attending school, she was hired to work at Flowers by Richard. It was there that she developed her skills and talent in the industry.
In 1991, the Floral Gallery opened on highway 126, Frieda being the proud owner. She designed lovely arrangements and held floral classes for local residents. Frieda loved spending time with her nieces and nephews; with her close friends, she traveled to places like Hawaii and Mexico. You are deeply missed by all, but we are content in knowing that you are flying with the Angels in Heaven.
A rosary and mass will be held to honor of our loved one on Thursday, March 21st, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church 1048 Ventura St. in Fillmore, burial to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery. The Garcia family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Buena Vista Hospice Care for their compassion and support.

Jesse James “JJ” Topete (1973-2019)

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness, that our loved one “JJ” Topete of Piru, went to be with our Lord on February 26th, 2019.
It comforts us to know that the good Lord wrapped his loving arms around “JJ” and said come with me son and led him to paradise.
JJ was born on August 2, 1973 in Santa Paula Ca. At the time of his death, he lived in Piru, Ca.
JJ leaves behind his grieving mother Denise Ruiz Topete and father Jesse Topete; sisters Carolyn (Frank) Lozano, Mary Topete, Alyssa (Michael) Boschee; nephews Jared, Justin, Jacob Lozano, Nicholas Villanueva, and Sebastian Roberts; nieces Shyann Villanueva, and Irie Jessie Topete. He also leaves behind his maternal grandmother, Consuelo Ortega Ruiz; Tio’s and Tia’s, too numerous to mention.
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Jimmy N. Ruiz; paternal grandparents Andres Topete; and Maria De Jesus Topete, and Uncle Lonnie Kenneth Ruiz.
JJ was employed by Recreational Resource Management where he worked for 4 years out of Lake Piru, Ca, most recently doing various side jobs, whether it be gardening, or tending horses at Dominguez Ranch in Piru Canyon. He also for a time worked at Phil’s Animal Rentals of Piru.
JJ was a very humble human being with a heart of gold as big as you can imagine. Whether his back was hurting him, he’d still help you even it was vigorous just to get the job done.
He would take the shirt off his back or give you his last bite to eat, or give you his last dollar if you needed it more than him.
In all my years, I’ve never known my nephew to have a mean bone in his body, be rude, or to be a fighter. JJ was a very soft spoken guy. There were times he would tell me, “Tia, I’m a lover not a fighter,” and laugh that little chuckle of his, and oh so true are those words.
JJ will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Jay, I pray that you are looking down on us and know how much you are loved by so many, and their love, prayers, and support are being showered upon your family.
Jay, you were truly a free spirit, rest easy Mijo and keep smiling that beautiful smile you have. Love your family.
Celebration of life will be held at San Salvador Church in Piru, on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Rosary beginning at 10:00 a.m. funeral mass immediately after Rosary.
Reception to follow in the church hall.

Jeffrey Lee Dye (1968-2019)

Jeffrey Lee Dye (1968-2019)

Jeffrey Lee Dye was born on October 25, 1968 and passed away on February 2, 2019 at the age of 50. Jef passed away while rendering aid at the site of a vehicle collision while in route to a training in the Mt. Pinos area with the Ventura County Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR) Team 1-Fillmore.
Jef was born in Northridge, California to Duane and Linda Dye. He is survived by his wife Sandy, his mother Linda, sisters Lori Bushnell and Luanne (Dave) Brock, nieces Jenny (Michael) Brock-Arredondo and Becky (Matthew) Heaney, nephew Brent (Nicole) Bushnell, great nephew Finn Heaney, and stepsons Andrew and Alex Kent. Jef was preceded in death by his father Duane Dye, brother Larry Roberts and niece Stacy Gilbert.
Jef grew up in Fillmore California, and in 1986 graduated from Fillmore High School. He earned an Associate Degree in Criminology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. Jef began his professional career as an Investigative Assistant with the Ventura County DA’s office, after which he focused on Digital Forensics and CyberCrime and worked at General Dynamics, Price Waterhouse Cooper and, most recently, Bank of America as Vice President of Global Information Security.
After dating for 10 years, in 2011 Jef married the love of his life Sandy. Jef and Sandy were best friends and filled their life with love for one another, family, travel and bargain hunting. Jef was an extremely devoted son and spent most Sundays visiting and helping his parents. Jef was raised a Nebraska Cornhusker football fan and watched the games with his father and mother as a shared family passion.
Until two years ago, although he was settled into a busy life, Jef felt something was missing, and so he joined SAR, which consists of all volunteer members who train and serve under the motto: “So That Others May Live”. Jef truly found the fulfillment he was looking for with SAR.
The family wishes to express their deepest thanks to members of the SAR team, the Sheriff’s Department and the Fire Departments who were present at his passing and treated him with the utmost respect. A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Friday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas, Agoura Hills. All are welcome to attend. A charitable foundation is being established in Jef’s name to fund college scholarships to help advance education for our incredibly capable younger generation. Checks can be made payable and mailed to:
VCDSA FBO Jeffrey Dye
c/o Ventura County Credit Union
6026 Telephone Road
Ventura, CA 93003

Felix Sanchez Medina (Chapo) (1937-2019)

Felix Sanchez Medina (Chapo) (1937-2019)

Felix Sanchez Medina (Chapo) a lifelong Fillmore resident has passed and is now in the hands of the Lord. He was in the comfort of his home with his family on February 2nd just before noon. He was born to the parents of Simon and Jennie Medina in Fillmore on July 10th 1937. He attend schools in Fillmore and at the age of 17 with the blessing of his parents joined the United States Army in 1956, he served 3years active duty. In July of 1958 he married Jennie Ponce Medina, they were married 60 years. After serving his country he worked for General Motors in Van Nuys for 2 years, and then joined The Labors Union Local 585 in March of 1961. He worked as a laborer / foreman throughout Ventura County and retired after 25 years in 1986, he was a 57 year member. Felix and Jennie enjoyed cruising the “backroads” of California. He enjoyed working with his hands, and was always available to lend a hand. He loved live Mexican music, barbeques and especially family gatherings. He is preceded in death by his parents Simon and Jennie Medina, his Brother Gilbert Medina, Sister Pauline Medina and Grandson Michael Medina. He survived by his Wife Jennie Medina, Son Raul Medina, Daughter Nora Casarez (Steve) Son Danny Medina (Nadine) 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Please check for the celebration of life arrangements.

Ramona “Sego Brown” Golson (1947-2019)

Ramona “Sego Brown” Golson (1947-2019)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Ramona “Sego Brown” Golson has entered the kingdom of heaven to be with her Lord on January 13, 2019. She was surrounded by family and close friends. Ramona was born on April 28, 1947, was raised in El Rio, Ca., and was a member of the first graduating class of Camarillo High School. She was the youngest of 11 children. Ramona worked 10 years for the government and throughout the rest of her career she worked in social work as an advocate for people in need. Recently, she was a leader of a prayer group at her church Higher Vision, in Santa Paula, as well as a prayer warrior for neighbors and friends. She was blessed with a large and loving family, married the love of her life, Patrick Golson and they lived in Fillmore most of their married life. They renewed their vows for their 50th Anniversary on July 29, 2017 in the presence of family and friends. Ramona loved being around her family and friends and always put others before herself. She was very thoughtful and always gave wise advice and she will be missed by everyone, especially her daughter who was with her most of the time. The Golson family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at VCMC Santa Paula who took care of her while she was there as well as those who have surrounded the family with love, gifts, food, phone calls and amazing prayers. Ramona was preceded in death by her mother and father John and Rebecca Brown, brother Johnny Brown, and sister Lorraine Gil. Ramona is survived by her husband Patrick, son Patrick “Boy” Golson (Susan), daughter Rebekah Golson, grandchildren Tenea, Zachary and Johnny Golson; brothers Fred Brown, Paul Brown (Isabel), sisters Alice Garcia, Jessie Hernandez, Lydia Camacho (Victor), Pauline Velasquez (Chuck), Yolanda Gutierrez (Frank), and Lucille Rivas as well as many nieces, nephews, and godchildren. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Higher Vision Church Santa Paula, 501 Ojai Rd. at 11 am with burial to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore. In celebration of her life we are inviting all those who attend to wear her favorite color which was purple. Funeral services are under the direction of Perez Family Funeral Home, Camarillo, Ca.

Donna Sue Houston-Payne (1943-2018)

Donna Sue Houston-Payne (1943-2018)

Donna Sue Houston-Payne, 75, of Thousand Oaks, California was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on December 31, 2018. She was the loving wife of Roy Lee Payne. They shared 58 wonderful years of marriage together.
She was born at home in Alton, Missouri on October 10, 1943. She was the oldest daughter of Lloyd Alexander Houston and Doris Irene Darr-Houston. Donna graduated from Torrance High School in 1961. Immediately following high school and marriage, she attended Marinello School of Beauty, obtaining her Cosmetology license and hair styling skills.
Donna was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Lomita, California and others throughout her life. She always maintained a deep and abiding faith. She enjoyed cultivating roses, and decorating cakes, her home and her yard, but above of all she loved being with and caring for her family, especially her granddaughters. She often conveyed words of wisdom, advice and scripture which she shared with all to further express her love.
She is survived by her husband Roy, her two children, daughter Julie (Jim) Wilkinson of Long Beach, California, her son, Sean (Donna) Payne of Thousand Oaks, California and her two precious granddaughters, Mackenzie Payne and Emma Wilkinson. She is also survived by her mother Doris Irene Darr-Houston of Palm Desert, California and her siblings Michael Houston and Carolyn Houston-Tolman. She was preceded in death by her brother, Mack Alexander Houston and her father, Lloyd Houston.
Her memorial services will be held on January 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Green Hills Memorial Park in the historic St. Peter’s Church and interment at the Summit Lawn, 27501 South Western Avenue, Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275.
You can only have one mother, patient kind and true; No other friend in all the world, will be the same to you. When other friends forsake you, to your mother you will turn; For all her loving kindness she asks nothing in return. As we look upon her picture, sweet memories we recall; Of a face so full of sunshine, and a smile for one and all. Sweet Jesus, take this message, to our dear mother up above; Tell her how we miss her, and give her all our love.

Norma Jean Nunn (1933-2018)

Norma Jean Nunn (1933-2018)

Norma Jean Nunn, long time resident of Moab, passed away peacefully at home on the evening of December 28, 2018, surrounded by three generations of family.
Norma was born May 9, 1933 in Lone Pine California to Clifford (Bud) and Lenore Harper. Her family lived in nearby Independence, California. As a young child, Norma and her family moved to the Fillmore State Fish Hatchery where her dad was employed as a state hatchery man raising rainbow trout. She had many barefoot outdoor adventures growing up in a rural setting.
Norma was a cheerleader and active in student government in high school (graduating in 1951), and went on to receive her Associates of Arts degree as well as an education in Business Administration, both from Mount San Antonio College in California. In addition, she held a certificate from the American Institute of Banking in San Francisco, California. Her profession earned her numerous Real Estate certificates, culminating in the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
As a young adult Norma was a flight attendant for United Airlines. In those days flight attendants had to be thin, beautiful and very well dressed all criteria of which Norma met exceedingly well. Soon after she met J. Richard (Dick) Nunn and they married on July 17, 1955. They ran a successful flooring business in Santa Paula, California for many years, until they decided to relocate to Moab, Utah in 1971. They purchased a ranch on Wilson mesa where Dick ranched and raised cattle, pinto beans, grains and alfalfa, and Norma began selling real estate and became active in rotary club and other community service organizations. Norma was a successful real estate agent for nearly 50 years. She never lost her passion for real estate and worked up until her last three weeks of life.
Norma was fiercely devoted to her family. She was very involved in her siblings, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s lives and loved her family very much.
Norma is preceded in death by her parents, brother (Willard Harper), grandson (Dirk Bierschied), daughter- in-law (Sandy Nunn), and son-in-law (Jody Bierschied). She is survived by her husband, siblings (Albert Harper, Susan Kramer and Harry Harper) aunt (Enid Swartz), children Greg Nunn (Karen), Julie Bierschied and Jeff Nunn (Nancy), grandchildren Buck Nunn, Heather Palmer (Jared), Tiffany Swafford (Robbie), Tara Long (Will), Tammy Woodruff (Johnny), Daniel Nunn (Shania), Christal Nunn, and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Norma was one of a kind. She was very strong in her resolve, devoted to her family, and had an excellent talent for business. She had a heart of gold, always holding the best of intentions and support for all people. Norma gave freely of her advice and council to family and others, and never complained or spoke poorly of anyone. She was one of the great people of our town. Norma Nunn was an icon that will be deeply missed by many.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or Shriners Hospitals for Children, which were among her favorite charities.

Guadalupe G. Aguirre

Guadalupe G. Aguirre

Lupe G. Aguirre passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of December 19th shortly after reaching the milestone age of 95. “Lupita” was known and loved by many. We will miss her, but fond memories of her will live forever.
She was born in Plan de Barrancas, Jalisco, Mexico but lived the majority of her life in Piru where she met her husband, Augustine Aguirre. They had one son, Joe and a daughter, Elvia (deceased).
Lupe leaves behind her son, Joe (Terri) Aguirre of Fillmore; one sister, Angie Perez of Ventura; two grandsons, Kevin (Sarah) and Daniel (Rosie), both of Simi Valley and five great grandchildren, Kami, Kenzie, Ben, Samson, and Emme.
Services will be held at San Salvador Mission in Piru on Saturday, January 5th. Viewing will begin at 8:30 am, with the Rosary at 9:00 am followed by the Requiem Mass. Burial will take place at Piru Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of the Skillin Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore.

Dorothy Julia Hernandez Ramirez (1931-2018)

Dorothy Julia Hernandez Ramirez (1931-2018)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dorothy Julia Hernandez Ramirez who lost her battle with cancer on December 7, 2018 at the age of 87. Julia was born on June 1, 1931 in Oxnard, California to Jesse Hernandez and Michaela Garcia. Julia was the eldest of 11 children.
Julia was known to most as “Grandma Kitty” due to her love and connection to animals. Her passion for music, country music especially, ensured she was the last one off of the dance floor at every event. Julia first fell in love with exercising when she discovered Jack La Lanne in the late sixties. Julia and her daughters would bond together during all of Jack’s exercise sessions. She also had a deep love and passion for gardening; fostering a deep love for all forms of life. Julia was a selfless mother who raised her twelve children on her own.
In 1972, Julia was dedicated as one of Jehovah’s witnesses. Her dedication to Jehovah God played an essential role in her life and her family’s upbringing. Julia loved being one of Jehovah’s witnesses and expressed her love by participating in the full-time ministry for five years. Her passion for reading led her to finish her bible cover to cover several times over. She adored the ministry where she was given the opportunity to share her love for her faith. Julia was able to teach others about Jehovah God and all of his promises, now and in the future. Julia would give a witness to her kids, grandchildren, doctors, and caregivers at any chance she had. Although she was given difficult trials throughout her life, Julia put her full trust in Jehovah at all times and was a faithful witness until the day she died.
Julia is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ramirez; father, Jesse Hernandez; dad, Manuel Flores; mom, Michaela Flores; brothers, Tony Hernandez and Michael Hernandez; sisters, Frances Provencio and Ramona Hernandez; and son, Anthony Tafoya.
Julia is survived by her sisters, Rita Avila, Jenny Avila, Irene Barreras and Lupe Montelango; brothers, Manuel Hernandez and Mando Flores; children, Linda Escoto, Ray Tafoya, Pauline Villasenor, Julie Arroyo, Debbie Davalos, Suzette Carrillo, Sandra Carreno, Ralph Villalobos, Lorraine Luna, Christine Clark, and Shannon Campos; and her 38 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Julia’s sister, Rita, for being by her side from the beginning until she took her last breath. The family would also like to thank Julia’s caregivers: Shadey, Rachel, Antonia, and Dr. Mike Tushla, for keeping her comfortable in her passing.
Services for Julia will be on January 5, 2019 at The Fillmore Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (818 5th Street, Fillmore, California 93015). Services will begin at 12:00 pm with a reception at the Senior Center to follow.

Joseph P.D Kern

Joseph P.D Kern

Joseph Phillip Donald Kern
January 1933 – December 2018
On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Joseph Phillip Donald Kern passed away at his home in Fillmore at age 85, from a prolonged illness.
He was born January 12, 1933 in Los Angeles, CA. His mother: Hannah Geraldine Kern, and father: Boyd Kern; brothers: Robert and David (both deceased).
He married Catherine Lynda Kern, June 26, 1954; he is survived by seven children, 31 Grandchildren and 17 Great-Grandchildren.
Daughter: Hannah Tulberg, husband Clark - grandchildren: Sam, Dorothy, Henry, Joseph, Max and Thomas.
Son: Peter Kern, wife Erica - grandchildren: Sarah, Nick, Martina, Emily and Valerie.
Son: Paul Kern, wife Mary - grandchildren: Molly, Phoebe, Jack.
Daughter: Mary Orellana, husband Robert - grandchildren: Raffael, Gabriel, Helen, Mihkael, Isabella, Regina, Franie, Sofia.
Daughter: Elizabeth Kulwiec, husband Robert - grandchildren: Thais, Ana and Boris.
Son: Charles, Wife Sandrene - grandchildren: Julia, Chloe, Pauline and Louise.
Son: Dominic, wife Tamara - grandchildren: Simon and Shawn.
Joe was raised in Alhambra, CA, and went to Loyola High School in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Santa Clara, and University of Santa Clara Law School. He was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society. He served in the US Army in Austria and Germany, and moved to Fillmore in November 1964, where he opened his law practice. He was a lawyer in Fillmore for over 60 years, serving 19 of those as Fillmore City Attorney.
Joe was a long-time member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, was an active Rotarian for over 50 years and honored as a Paul Harris Fellow. He served through many organizations: Serra Club, St. Francis Parish, Fillmore Chamber of Commerce, Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Society, and Ventura County Transportation Committee; also Docent at the Murphy Car Museum, and many more car clubs.
It was the privilege of his life, he said, to have been involved in supporting Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula.
There will be a 5:00pm Rosary on Tuesday, 12-18-18 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fillmore. The Funeral will be held at 10:00am on Wed., 12/19/18 at Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel at Thomas Aquinas College followed by burial at Bardsdale Cemetery.
Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Michael “Alan” Ortega (1956-2018)

Michael “Alan” Ortega (1956-2018)

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Michael “Alan” Ortega passed away December 2nd, 2018 at the age of 62.
Alan is survived by his wife, Irma, his children, Mike & Melissa, his daughter-in-law, Veronica, his grandchildren, Javier, Monique, Michael & Boss. He is also survived by his dad, Henry, his sisters Vivian (Don) Singer & Brenda Castillo, and his brother John Ortega.
His extended family, sister-in-law Rosalinda(David) Del Real, brother-in-law’s Gabe(Leti) Orozco, Sam(Noelia) Orozco and numerous nieces, nephews, godchildren, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
Alan, as everyone knew him, was born August 7th, 1956 in Santa Paula, California. Alan graduated from Fillmore high school 1975.
After graduating high school, he joined the United States Marines. After completing his term, he was Honorably Discharged in 1978, where he soon after met the love of his life, Irma. They dated for 3 years before they were married in July 1981. A year later in June 1982 brought their first born son, Mike, into the world. Three years after in April 1985, their second born daughter, Melissa was born. In 1988, they moved their family to Lancaster, California.
He worked in the Aerospace industry for over 40 years.
He was an Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Dodgers Fan.
Everyone who knew and loved Al, knew he loved to dance and his favorite musician was “James Brown”.
He enjoyed fishing and taking vacations. He also enjoyed working on his cars and renovating his home.
He was a family man. An extremely hard worker. He will be loved and missed dearly by so many.
He is no longer suffering and is now with all of our loved ones dancing in paradise.
The recitation of the rosary will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at San Salvador Catholic Church, 4041 Center Street in Piru. Followed with a Memorial Mass at 9:30 a.m. Reception to follow.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: and click on Michael’s name located below “Recent Obituaries”.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, Santa Paula, CA 93060. 805.229.7054

Paul Michael Gritz (1946-2018)

Paul Michael Gritz (1946-2018)

Paul Michael Gritz, gone way too soon, passed away unexpectedly at home on November 23 in Lynden, WA.
One of six sons, Paul and his twin brother, John Gritz, were born at Miami Beach Naval Air Station, Florida. They grew up on a variety of Naval bases, including Florida, Ohio, Kauai, HI, and San Diego, and moved to Fillmore in 1958. Paul graduated as Senior Class President of Fillmore High School in 1963. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 406 in Fillmore and attended Ventura College, Humboldt State College, Arcata, and Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC, where he graduated in 1995.
In May of 1965, Paul married the love of his life, Janice Imhoof, who stayed by his side through 27 moves over 53 years. He worked as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in the Los Padres and Sierra National Forests, and as a California Highway Patrol officer in Ventura County. In 1973, he joined the U.S. Army, earning his airborne aviator wings at Fort Rucker, AL and his senior parachutist wings at Fort Bragg, NC. He flew both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, serving in Germany, Korea and Turkey as well as Fort Bragg, NC and the Military District of Washington, DC. Paul was the command pilot for the Army Commander-in-Chief Europe for five out of his nine years in Germany. As part of his service, Paul was honored to serve as the pilot for General “Lightning Joe” Collins, during the 40th anniversary of D-Day in St. Mere Eglise, France. A volunteer senior ski patrol officer in Germany, he also piloted the Golden Knights parachute team prior to retiring as Chief Warrant Officer IV in 1995.
After retirement, Paul was a corporate pilot for Northrup-Grumman in Los Angeles and flew corporate aircraft out of Concord and Sacramento. He acquired almost 15,000 hours during his military/civilian career and was an instructor pilot for the Huey and C-12 aircraft. He and Janice lived in Lincoln, NE, Los Angeles, Roseville, Clarksville, TN and Lynden, WA. Throughout his life, Paul loved telling stories and jokes and, with his outgoing personality, never met a stranger.
Beloved husband, father, grandpa, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, Paul is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Janice; sons John Patrick (Melissa) Gritz of Mason City, Iowa and Sergeant First Class Jeffrey (Kate) Gritz of Fort Campbell, KY; grandchildren Angus Gritz of Seattle, WA and Teagan Gritz of Roseville; twin brother John (Gloria) Gritz of Eagan, MN; brothers Rocky (Mary Beth) MacKenzie of Burbank, Bob (Anita) MacKenzie of Olympia, WA, and Tom (Charmaine) MacKenzie of Atlanta; sister Eva “Missy” Gritz of Saugus; his namesake nephew, Paul “Marty” Gritz of Mason City, Iowa; additional grief-stricken nephews and nieces; and many other loving relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Paul H. “Doc” Gritz and Coral MacKenzie, and older brother, Toby Gritz, also an aviator and 1962 graduate of Fillmore High School.
Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life and burial with full military honors at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at Ivy Lawn Cemetery, 5400 Valentine Road, Ventura. Donations in Paul’s memory may be made to Boy Scout Troop 406, 644 Clay St., Fillmore, 93015, in care of Brett Chandler.