Virginia Sanchez Alcoser, 97, of Fillmore died of old age at her home surrounded by loving family on Monday, June 29, 2009, at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Virginia was born on May 22, 1912, in Zacatecas, Mexico. She was orphaned at the age of 5, and then she, her brother and sister were sent to Fillmore, CA, to be raised by their aunt. At the age of 15 she was given in an arranged marriage to Jesus Alcoser, 20 years her senior. During their 62 years of marriage, they produced 14 children: daughter Mary Torrez (husband Chris Torrez, now deceased), residing in Fillmore, CA; daughter Vera and husband Benjamin Banuelos, residing in San Benito, TX; daughter Victoria Alcoser, residing in Lakeview Terrace, CA; Mike Alcozar and wife, Sarah, residing in Camarillo, CA; daughter Lucy and husband, Albert Villa, residing in Santa Paula, CA; son Guillermo Alcoser(stillborn); son Ralph Alcoser and wife, Amelia, residing in Fillmore, CA; daughter Irene and husband, Robert Maciel, residing in Santa Maria, CA (Ireneâ€™s first husband, Louis Rodriguez, now deceased); son William Alcoser residing in Norwalk, CA; daughter Teresa and husband, Armando Marquez, residing in San Ramon, CA; son Joe Alcoser, residing in Lomita, CA; daughter, Josephine, married to Joe Alcocer, residing in Piru, CA; daughter Jenny, married to Luis Diaz, residing in Fillmore, CA; and son Johnny Alcoser, also residing in Fillmore, CA. Through her children, Virginia was blessed with 38 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren and 40 great-great-grandchildren, the joys of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus Alcoser; brother Angel Sanchez, sister Consuelo Bueno, son Guillermo Alcoser, son-in-law Louis Rodriguez, son-in-law Chris Torrez, grandchild Julie Villa and great-grandchild Ricky Torrez.
Although Virginia herself never experienced the joy of her parents and brother and sister as a family growing up, she provided a loving and secure home for her children, finding ways to help provide for her family. Along with all that was entailed in keeping house for her family, she washed and ironed clothes for other families, watched their children, cleaned homes, baked bread and, her favorite, held garage sales. Garage sales were not only a means to earn money but a means to socialize with members of the community. Her financial and budgeting skills made it possible for the family to purchase their first home.
Virginia was an active member of St. Francis of Assisiâ€™s community. Her strong faith and constant prayer protected her four sons while in the military and brought them home safely. She loved participating with members of her church, making tamales to raise money for the new church.
She valued our country more than most, knowing the opportunities and blessings that this country offered her and her family. She proudly displayed the American flag and was a faithful supporter of the Disabled American Veterans.
Virginiaâ€™s life was all about God, family, country and friends. Her priorities have brought value to us all and we will miss her greatly.
1912 - 2009
Virginia Sanchez Alcoser, age 97, residing in Fillmore, California, passed away peacefully of old age on Monday, June 29, 2009, at approximately 9:15 p.m. in her bed, surrounded by loving family. She is survived by her thirteen children, 38 grandchildren, 91 great-grandchildren and 40 great-great grandchildren. A full obituary will be forthcoming. Virginia has been a long time resident and contributor to the community and church. The family welcomes all who wish to attend the funeral arrangements and reception as a way to honor and commemorate her life. Arrangements have been made as follows: Rosary Service will be held on Monday, July 7, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. at St. Frances of Assisi, 1048 West Ventura Street, Fillmore. Mass will be held on Tuesday, July 8, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. also at St. Frances of Assisi. Burial will take place immediately thereafter at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 South Sespe, Fillmore. A reception to be held at St. Frances of Assisi hall on Tuesday, July 8, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. Assisting the family with funeral arrangements is Perez Family Funeral Home, (805) 484-6365.
Eleanor Martinez passed away peacefully on June 16, 2002 in Oxnard, CA, after a long illness. Born October 22, 1924 in Piru, CA to Francisco and Andrea Lozano. Eleanor was a homemaker all her adult life. She worked for Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association for a short time in her youth.
Her sisters, Mary Nunez Gloria Ruiz, Evangeline Barron. And her brothers, Frank Lozano, Daniel Lozano and a young brother Camillo Lozano predeceased her. Eleanor married Manuel Arellanez Martinez on June 16, 1946. The day she passed away, June 16, was their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Eleanor is survived by her husband, Manuel A. Martinez, her daughters Viola Balbinot and her husband Tony of Santa Barbara, Rosalinda Preciado of Henderson, Nevada, Manuel J. Martinez, fsp, of Los Angeles, Steven Martinez of Fillmore. Also, by four grandchildren; Shawn Preciado, Christopher Preciado, of Henderson, NV and Adriana Preciado of Fillmore, also Steven Martinez, Jr. of Colorado. Also by a great- granddaughter, Mariah Holmes, of Las Vegas. She is also survived by her sister, Margaret Romo of Hendersaon,NV and Raul Lozano of Pico Rivera and by several nieces, nephews.
Eleanor was a very simple no non-sense woman who, along with her husband, lovingly cared raised her family with strength and wisdom. She was a devout Catholic and was dedicated to the Holy Rosary
The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, June 22, 2009 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore, CA with Most. Rev. Thomas J. Curry, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles officiating. Burial was at Bardsdale Cemetery. Arrangements are made by Santa Clara Catholic Mortuary, Oxnard.
Toni Lea Nelson, 44, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home on Monday, June 15, 2009 with her loving husband at her side after an eight year battle with cancer. Toni was born February 24, 1965 in Carson City, Michigan to Larry Lee Meyers and Karen Kaye Beltinck.
More than anything in her life Toni was a devoted wife, daughter, sister and friend. Toni was so full of life she had inherited a unique sense of humor. She left this world greatly comforted by the belief that everyone would remember her as the witty, fun-loving, caring and affectionate woman they knew her to be. Her husband Jeff is grateful to have shared the adventurous and thrilling experience that was life with Toni.
Toni was an avid animal lover, especially cats and horse. Growing up in Michigan she was very active in 4-H. One of her favorite things at age nine was to tow her friends through the snow on toboggans using her horse. At thirteen she was barrel racing and eventually went on to win a world championship on her buckskin American Quarter Horse â€śDun Deluxeâ€ť (Dundee) in 1995. Years later it was her wish to donate her horse to â€śHeart of a Horseâ€ť foundation that promotes the well-being of horses and teaches children the value of animals and responsibility of caring for them. Through her life Toni always had at least one cat, but usually several, since she had a real soft spot for recues. She loved to camp at the beach and Ride Mountain bikes with her Husband Jeff.
Toni is preceded in death by her, brother, Todd Meyers in, 1980. She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Scott Nelson, Mother, Karen Torres and half brothers, Brent Meyers and David Meyers.
A graveside service will be held Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10:00am at Bardsdale Cemetery 1698 S. Sespe St. Fillmore, Ca 93015 with Father Tom Dome officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, CA (805) 525-3391
Marilyn Godfrey passed away June 19, 2009 at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. Her family was beside her. She was born Marilyn Kay Bell at Community Hospital in Ventura, CA March 26, 1949. Except for a year in Cairo, Egypt, she attended Ventura schools and graduated from Ventura High School in 1966. She immediately went to work for Bell Telephone Company and was moved up the ranks right away. She met her future husband there, married and moved to Fillmore in the late sixties.
Marilyn became a stay-at-home Mom when her son Greg was born in 1970 and didn't work until he started school. Marilyn and Loren Godfrey were very involved in the Fillmore community and volunteered for the pageant, festival and other various activities. When Marilyn became the head of the Chamber of Commerce, she worked closely with the businesses in town and worked very hard promoting Fillmore with the film industry. When Loren retired from Pacific Bell in 1991, they moved to Las Vegas and stayed there. Marilyn became very involved with womenâ€™s golf and won several tournament championships until her health prevented her from playing; she then switched to bass fishing and had a great time trolling Lake Mead. The last few years she had been working hard with the non-profit organization, Springer Spaniel Rescue. Her own rescued boy, Bandit, is missing her greatly.
She leaves behind her son Greg, his wife Tricia, and her adored grandchildren Emma and Raymond. She also leaves her sister Norma and brother-in-law Gordon, and her dear friend Mary. Following cremation, there are no services planned in Fillmore at this time.
"When a person dies, they only appear to die; they are still very much alive in the past.. .All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed and always will exist." At ninety-two years old, Nita Hastings-Perkins passed peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, June 10th, 2009, where she joined her first husband, Charlie Hastings, in heaven for what would have been their 71st wedding anniversary. Nita was born in Kansas on October 18th, 1917. Her family then moved to Colorado where she was raised for most of her life until she moved to Santa Paula as a sophomore in high school. Not long after, she met Charlie Hastings, a local of Fillmore and married him on June 10 , 1938. The two were married for 25 years when Nita was widowed. Her second husband Ed Perkins also preceded her in death as did her parents, grandparents, and sole granddaughter, Deanna. Nita was a caring mother, a wonderful grandmother, and an adoring great-grandmother. She was deeply loved by her two children, Nancy Bowlin and Michael Hastings, and will be sorely missed by her two grandsons, Chip Bowlin and Derek Hastings and their families. Nita will live on in the countless memories that her loved ones will always hold close to their hearts. A memorial has been planned for later this summer. Any donations may be made to the Fillmore Historical Museum or a charity of choice.
Adolfo Ortiz Lugo, age 89, of Fillmore/Sylmar, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2009. He was a resident of Ventura County for over 67 years.
Adolfo is preceded in death by his wife, Grace Robles Lugo, and his son, Edward Lugo. He is survived by his children: Lupe Hernandez, Alicia and husband Raymond Alverdi, Frank Lugo, Graciela Lugo, Arturo Lugo, and daughter-in-law, Faith Lugo; 14 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be recited on Friday, June 19, 2009 at 10:30a.m. at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2009 at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore. Interment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Garcia Mortuary, 629 South â€śAâ€ť Street, Oxnard, California. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.
It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Ricardo â€śLooneyâ€ť Briseno on Monday morning, June 8th 2009, as the result of a tragic automobile accident. Ricardo was born on January 26, 1982 in San Diego, California. He was a life time resident of Fillmore, where he attended San Cayetano and Sespe Elementary schools, as well as Fillmore Middle school and Fillmore High School, where he made many lasting friends. He enjoyed playing AYSO soccer and Fillmore Raiders Football. Some of his favorite past times were playing darts, listening to old school music, as well as oldies. His favorite rapper was Lil One. He also enjoyed gambling at the casino and watching sports on television. His favorite team was the New York Yankees. His dream was to attend a game at Yankee Stadium. He would always tell a story with a straight face, making it difficult to know if it was true or just a joke. In 2004 he met Yvette Ledesma and together they were the loving parents of two children. Ricardo referred to his son, Ricardo Jr. as his â€śprideâ€ť and his daughter, Inez as his â€śjoy.â€ť In spite of the challenges he faced in his young life, he was able to accomplish much. He has left a lasting mark on those whose lives he touched and he will never be forgotten.
He is survived by his loving companion, Yvette Ledesma, son, Ricardo Jr., daughter, Inez Marie, Yvetteâ€™s parents Monica and Miguel Martinez and her grandparents, John and Cornelia Hernandez, who were very fond of him. He is also survived by his mother, three sisters and his maternal grandmother, â€śMama Lucita,â€ť as well as numerous friends.
â€śIf we could have a lifetime wish, a dream that could come true, Weâ€™d pray to God with all our hearts for yesterday and you!
A thousand words canâ€™t bring you back, we know because weâ€™ve tried. Neither will a thousand tears, we know because weâ€™ve cried.
You left behind our broken hearts, and happy memories too. But we never wanted memories, we only wanted you!â€ť Author Unknown
Services were under the direction of Garcia Mortuary. Please remember Ricardo in your prayers.
As we mourn our beloved son, brother and father Ricardo Briseno, we reminisce of his life.
He came from a family of five including mother Concepcion Enriquez, sisters, Brenda, Carla and Lisa. He was born in San Diego, CA on January 26, 1982 and died on June 08, 2009 in a horrible car accident.
As we remember his life, our thoughts go back to when he was a little boy. We remember him always a practical joker, making people laugh. He was a kindhearted since the beginning of his life. As he grew up he enjoyed being with his friends, he then became a father to Ricardo Jr. and Ines Marie. Fatherhood became his number one priority. His pride in his kids was shown to everyone. So now as we find ways to cope with this sudden loss, we want him to know he will forever be missed and kept in our hearts and prayers. Ricardo, We love you!
The Enriquez Family
Visitation hours will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2009 from 4:15pm to 9pm with a Vigil Service at 7pm at Faith Community Church, 355 â€śDâ€ť Street, Fillmore, California. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 15, 2009 at 10am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 W. Ventura Street, Fillmore, Ca. Interment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe Street, Fillmore, Ca.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula, California. For further information, please call (805) 229-7054.
DOB: 09-22-1935 DOD: 05/25/2009
Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH
Basic Airman for USA Air Force
Medals: Korean Service MedalcUN Service Medal & National Defense Service Medal.
Fathers Name: Leroy W. Crum
Mother's Name: Helen Beatrice Crum
Mother's Maiden Name: Brush
Robert B. Crum, known as Bob for may of the residents in Fillmore, passed away May 25, 2009. Bob was a long-term tenant at the Fillmore Sr. Apartments on Santa Clara St. His sister, Wanda E. King of Rocky River, OH, survives him.
Thank you to all the residents of Fillmore, CA that made it possible for Bob's Cremation. Special Thanks to Super A Foods, Estrella Market, Margaret's Cocina, La Fondita and Bautista Medical Group.
Elias Martinez Lemus, 23, California, MO passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2009. He was born June 22, 1985 in Purandiro Michoacan, Mexico to Miguel Martinez and Martina Lemus Corona who survive of Fillmore, CA. He was employed at Cargill and was a member of the Annunciation Catholic Church in California, MO. Other survivors include; two brothers, Miguel Martinez Lemus and Mauricio Martinez Lemus both of Fillmore, CA; three sisters, Maribel Martinez Lemus, Guadalupe Martinez Lemus, and Maria Del Carmen Martinez Lemus all of Fillmore, CA; maternal grandfather, Jose Guadalupe Lemus of Armadillo, Mexico; paternal grandmother, Tomasso Arroyo of Armadillo, Mexico. He was preceded in death by his fiancĂ©, Marisol Cardoso; maternal grandmother, Maria Corona and paternal grandfather Aurelio Martinez Ceralla. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church in California, MO. Burial will be in Annunciation Catholic
Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 from 4:00 AM â€“ 8:00 PM at the church with a Rosary at 7:30 PM. Memorials are suggested to The Family of Elias Martinez Lemus c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 South Oak Street, California, MO 65018. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services in California, MO.
Beloved Wife, Mother, Sister, and Friend lost her battle with Cancer on June 2, 2009. She leaves behind her husband, Billy Wade of Fillmore, her daughters Michelle Pele, husband David, Brenda Hampton-Ortiz, husband Eddie, of Fillmore, son Nathan Hampton, wife Wendy, of Texas, 10 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Originally from Kerman, CA she was a teacher for 57 years, she retired in Fillmore, CA attended church, shopped yardsales and enjoyed her luncheons with the Heritage Valley Red Hatters. A memorial is scheduled for Tuesday June 9th at 10am at the Kerman Funeral Home located at 538 S. Madera Ave, Kerman, CA followed by her burial at Fresno Memorial Gardens.
Theodore Breshears born in Fillmore on March 4, 1934 passed away peacefully in Albany, Oregon on April 8, 2009 after a short battle with brain cancer. Ted served in the Navy for 6 years. In 1969 he remarried to Martha Marino and moved to Oregon. He retired in early Winter 2007 from Long Haul Trucking. He loved fishing and camping.
Ted is survived by his wife Martha, two daughters from previous marriage, Melissa and Andyce and his two brothers, Nathan and Ernie. At the coming Family Reunion in August the family will have a Memorial Service.
Guadalupe â€śLupeâ€ť Dominguez Ramirez. Our beloved Nana, passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Nana was 101 years old.
Lupe was born on February 11, 1908 in Santa Paula to Guadalupe Royallas Ruiz Dominguez and Francisco Huandurraga Dominguez. She was the youngest of sixteen children. When Lupe was seven years old, she moved with her family to Piru Canyon. She was a life long Piru resident.
Lupe attended Temescal School from first grade 1916 through seventh grade 1922 in Piru Canyon, where Lake Piru is today, then attended Fillmore Union High School. Lupe worked for Piru Citrus Association for many years.
Lupe is preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Fermin Arroyo Ramirez, and her son in law, Alfred â€śFredâ€ť Andrew Acosta both of Piru.
Lupe is survived by her daughters: Viola Anne Ramirez Acosta of Piru, Claudina Lucille Ramirez Root (husband Clyde) of Piru; grandchildren, Jeffrey Curtis Acosta, Steve Alfred Acosta, Stephanie Ann Acosta, Lonnie Root and Beck Root all of Piru; great-granchildren, Diana Marie Acosta Thompson (husband Rich), Amber Natividad Acosta, Steve Andrew Acosta, Daniel Acosta, Gwenn Root, Levi Root and Guner Root; great-great-grandchildren, Maya, Madison, Grace, Erica and Cesar.
Nana loved her family, she enjoyed playing the piano for her family and friends. Nana, Tata, Andre and Louie Torres along with Lillie Torres had their own little band called the Piru Ramblers. They enjoyed playing for the community. Nana enjoyed quilting and sewing and would make her family quilts. She enjoyed sewing little things she would learn at the then Piru Senior Center. Nana had a special way about her. She had an unconditional love of family and would wonder how the animals like the deer were getting along in the canyons with the little rain we would have. Nana was loved so very much and will be dearly missed. Her favorite saying was â€śOne day at a timeâ€ť - thatâ€™s all we have.
A very special thank you to Roze Room Hospice of the Valley, Laurie, Osa, and Andrea who played the guitar to her when she passed from this life to Our Lord. Thank you!
A Celebration of Lupeâ€™s life will be held Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 11:30am at Piru United Methodist Church, 3875 Center Street, Piru, Ca. Interment will follow at Piru District Cemetery in Piru. Family and friends are welcome to visit from 10-11am prior to the funeral.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services. For further information please call (805) 229-7054.
With deep sadness in we announce the passing of Ronald Cardona Herrera, 59 who left a void in our hearts on Sunday, April 19, 2009.
Ronald was born in Ventura CA. on March 9, 1950 to Frank and Jennie Herrera. He truly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family. What brought joy in his heart and a smile to his face was spoiling his grandchildren and making sure they all knew he was the best grandpa. Mr. Herrera was a Dodgers Fan at heart he enjoyed watching them on TV or going to Dodger Stadium. His other hobbies were listening to music; especially his oldies and Creedence Clearwater C.D.â€™s.
-We love you so much and will never forget you. You will forever be in our hearts.
He was preceded in death by his father Frank V. Herrera and daughter Veronica Herrera.
He is survived by Mother Jennie C. Herrera, brother Frank Herrera, sister Christina Gomez all of Fillmore. Son Frank Ronald â€śButchâ€ť Herrera, daughters Samantha Galvan of Santa Paula and Brandy Estrella (Husband Jorge) of Fillmore. Grandchildren Violet Veronica Herrera, Shyanne Galvan, Daniel Ladd, Ashley Galvan, Alista Jue, Elena and Emma Estrella and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 23rd from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Skillin Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, Ca 93015. Funeral service will be Friday, April 24th at 1:00 P.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, with interment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe st. Fillmore, Ca 93015. Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, (805) 524-0744.
Abraham F. Nolasco, 48, of Ventura and Porterville Counties passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from an illness that took away his life leaving behind three kids, a wife, two sisters, four brothers and also his loving mother. He is now with his father with whom he wanted to be with, he passed away 11 years ago, May he find peace. Abraham was born on October 9, 1960 in Juan Hose Rios, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Abraham was a family man and enjoyed gambling at casinos. He also loved soccer, traveling and was a very handy man.
His visitation took place on April 2, 2009 from 5-8pm with a rosary that was recited at 7:00 P.M. at the Skillin Carroll Chapel in Fillmore. A funeral mass was held for him on Friday, April 3, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore, and internment immediately followed at Bardsdale Cemetery. Arrangments under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015. 805/524-0744
Irene Real Kutbach passed away peacefully on March 15, 2009 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family and friends. Irene was a born in Fillmore, CA on July 25, 1924 to loving parents, Joe and Lillie Real. She was a resident of Ventura County residing in Piru and Fillmore for over 84 years.
Our Mother loved her family and friends, her arms and heart were open too everyone she touched and she was â€śMomâ€ť to many. Her home hosted many Barbeques, get togetherâ€™s and the infamous Friday night â€śBoard Meetingsâ€ť She loved to dance, first one on the dance floor and the last one to leave. She was very special to many people in so many ways.
She was the second oldest of eleven close net siblings, who she loved and cared for dearly, Elma Ponce husband Raymond, Virgie Ortiz husband Fred, Lucile Fort husband Larry, Emily Cervantez husband Pete and George Real wife Mary. Her sons, daughters and their spouses survive her. Frank and Annie Lozano, William Kutbach, Samuel and Patsy Torres, Kathy Kutbach, Macario and Patty Torres, Margaret Willis, Augie Kutbach, Ricky Kutbach, Hilda Hoffman and Manny and Colette Golson. She was blessed with 30 Grandchildren, 44 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great, Great Grandchildren.
Irene is presided in death by her parents, husband Ernest Kutbach, sons, Ernest Kutbach Jr, Eddie Lozano, George Kutbach, and brothers, Joe, Alex, Billy, Dickie, and Freddie Real.
The Family would like to give special thanks to all who loved and cared for Irene and who have helped us in our hour of need.
Viewing will be held, on Friday, March 20, at Skillin â€“ Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore from 9 am to 11:30, with Rosary at 10 am. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 pm at Saint Frances Church in Fillmore with burial following immediately at Bardsdale Cemetery.
Fillmore has lost a prominent rancher who spent his life conducting business based on â€śhis word and a handshake.â€ť Nelson Somers suffered a fatal heart attack on February 21, 2009. A lifelong resident of Ventura County, he was born in Santa Paula on August 27, 1944.
Beginning his farming/ranching career in high school, Nelson married his high school sweetheart, Barbara, almost 44 years ago. Together they raised three sons and became a vital part of the community. Nelson was well-known for his custom farming and became a successful, well-respected rancher. His love of the land expanded to Oregon, where he pursued the development of hay and cattle ranches. He always looked forward to the family â€śworking vacationsâ€ť in Oregon. His many loyal and long-time employees were â€ślike familyâ€ť to him. He was an animal-lover who could be spotted with his devoted Dalmatian, Dottie, by his side in his truck.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and sons, Nelson Jr., Chris, and Shannon, all of Fillmore, as well as his nephew and wife, Dave and Sherri Wright, and their children, Riley and Hayden, also of Fillmore.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28, at Skillin Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore. As Nelson would have insisted, casual ranch dress is appropriate.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to honor Nelsonâ€™s memory through a donation to the charity of your choice.
Raymond Beserra, 50, of Fillmore died February 20, 2009 at Community Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born September 23, 1958 in Pomona and had been a resident of Ventura County for over 27 years. He worked in the family business, California Watercress, in Fillmore as a truck driver for over 30 years.
Raymond enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed collecting Eagles and Elvis memorabilia. And those who knew him very well knew that he idolized and also thought he was Elvis at times. He loved attending NASCAR races. He also enjoyed being photographed and going fishing. He enjoyed spending "Special" moments with his mom and dad. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ramon and Teresa Beserra and Teresa Perez.
He is survived by his loving wife Lorraine Beserra of 25 years. His parents Alfred and Teresa Beserra. Children; Bonnie Beserra (Mark), Bernadette Beserra (David), Bodine Beserra (Angel) Bianca Beserra (Angel), Bernice Beserra (Robert), Brenda Becerra (Angel), Brandy Luna (Jaime), Mark Valenzuela, and Joshua Valenzuela (Lily). Sisters; Cathy King (Bobby), Susan Barbera (Ricardo) and Lilian Beserra. Brothers; Alfred Beserra (Lorie), Leonard Beserra (Michelle) and Alex Beserra and 28 grandchildren, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A rosary will be recited on Tuesday, February 24 at 8:00 P.M. at San Salvador Mission Church in Piru. A Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 25 at 10:00 at San Salvador Mission Church with burial immediately following at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore.
Mason Jeffery Dollar - November 1, 2004-February 15, 2009. Mason was born November 1st, 2004 at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. Mason leaves behind parents, Christopher and Kristen Dollar, sister Hayley age 16 and brother Garrett age 6 of Fillmore, Ca. He also survived by his grandparents, David and Susan Dollar of Fillmore, Ca. and Rick and Jan Koester of Arroyo Grande, Ca. He had two great grandmothers, Zola Hadley and Audrey Koester. He had several aunts and uncles. They are Matt and Magaly Dollar, Almee and Jason Smith; Tim and Chrissy Koester; Jeff and Laura Koester. Cousins Madison, Payton, Ben, Jack and Karli will miss playing with him.
Mason was rather shy little boy with an impish grin. He was looking forward to playing T-ball for the first time this spring. He has been describe by his cousins as a little shy but easy to play with and very sweet and loving. He especially loved animals and had learned a great deal about many of them. Both Niko, his beloved dog and Hap, Grammy and Papa Dollarâ€™s dog will miss his daily love and kisses.
He attended Saint Francis of Assisi pre-school. He will be missed by Sister Paul-Marie, Miss Maggie and Mr. Vidal Mason loved school and made many wonderful friends this year. His happy disposition and love of life was contagious. He always had a smile for everyone.
His brother Garrett will miss all the time he and Mason spent playing games, building with legos and watching Scooby-Do & Sponge Bo. Dad will miss his pecial good-night time with Mason. We love you Mason Moo-Moo.
His sudden, accidental death leaves a void in the lives of family and friends who knew and loved him and their lives will never be the same. Mason we love you to infinity and beyond.
The family has received abundant love, support and prayers during this difficult time. Fillmore is a fantastic place to live- God bless you all.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Pre-School or a charity of your choice.
An Open Mic will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary from 11:00 â€“ 1:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be at St. Francis Assisi Church at 2:00 P.M. with burial to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, Ca 93015.
Julian H. Rangel, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on February 15, 2009 at the age of 90 with his loved ones at his side. Julian was born June 19, 1918 in San Pedro, California to his loving parents Felipe and Antonina Rangel. He was one of eleven children. He spent his 89 years of life in Piru, California, where he grew up and raised a family. He worked for Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association where he retired after working for 43 years as a field foreman.
He had many hobbies which included fishing down at Crowley Lake, hunting in the canyons of Piru, and enjoying hosting many BBQâ€™s with family and friends, many wonderful memories of him were made at these BBQâ€™s. He was also known for his canning of olives and chilies and making his jerky. He loved to take drives down to Piru Lake with his grandchildren and sit and share stories of his past, this was one of his get away places.
Julian has touched the lives of many people and has been part of many memories. He was a kind man, happy, out going and very well respected in his community. He had a big heart and will be missed dearly.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margaret Rangel, their daughter, Delfina Beltran (Mommy) her husband John; his brothers, Tommy Rangel, Lupe Rangel and Johnny Rangel, his sister Jennie; his granddaughter, Charlene Montelongo her husband Martin; his grandson, Brent Beltran; also his great-granddaughter, Shyanne Nunez her husband Rigo and his great-grandson, Ryan Montelongo.
Why did you have to go and die?
I donâ€™t want to have to say goodbye.
God must have thought you were very special to take you away,
but couldnâ€™t have waited just another day?
Godâ€™s looking after you now,
High, high up in the sky,
Up there in heaven where all the angels lie,
You wouldnâ€™t have wanted us to make a fuss,
After all, youâ€™re still down here with all of us.
Just because we canâ€™t see you, doesnâ€™t mean youâ€™re not here
I know you are somewhere very, very near.
I love you so much but I know it is time to say
Rest in Peace you will always and forever be missed
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 10:00a.m. at San Salvador Catholic Church in Piru, California. Interment to follow at Piru District Cemetery in Piru, California.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Garcia Mortuary, 629 South â€śAâ€ť Street, Oxnard, California. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.