Eleanor Jean Perkins (1927-2012)

Eleanor Jean Perkins (1927-2012)

Our beloved Eleanor Jean Perkins passed away at Santa Paula Hospital on September 6, 2012, following a long and hard-fought battle. She was born in Fillmore, California on March 22, 1927 to Lester and Ruth Burroughs. Her family consisted of two older sisters, a younger sister and younger brother, placing her squarely as the middle child, the peace keeper. She graduated from Fillmore High School in 1945 and went on to marry Eddie Earl Perkins in 1947, a WWII Navy veteran. In 1949, they were blessed with a daughter, Susan, and then welcomed their second daughter, Peggy, two years later. Eleanor’s whole life was spent as a dedicated home-maker, wife and mother, with the majority of her life spent on Perkins’ ranch where Eddie and she made their home. She worked in town from time to time and enjoyed her work at Western Auto and the Fillmore Bootery. Eleanor always remembered those times in her life fondly as she loved meeting new people, seeing old friends and doing something that she took pride in.
The cornerstone of Eleanor’s life was her unwavering faith in God. She was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fillmore and lived her life following Jesus’ example of living simply and with purpose. Her faith was what sustained her throughout her life, saying nightly prayers and turning to God not just for the big things, but also to thank him for the little ones. She was passionate about nature, often choosing to spend her time outside with her flowers or perusing the ranch on her walks she so enjoyed. In 1996, Eleanor and Eddie reached a milestone in their lives, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with their family members by their sides. In 1999, Eddie suffered a stroke and Eleanor unselfishly became his primary caregiver, spending her days caring for him in their home until he passed away in 2002.
They shared a special bond that demonstrated to those who knew them the dedication and love that is possible between two people. Eleanor had a deep devotion to her family and is survived by her sister Kathleen Amrhine (nee Burroughs), daughters Susan League and Peggy Evans (Gene Evans, D.D.S.), granddaughters Carrie Alamillo (Timmy), Amy de la Piedra (Doug), Linsey Evans, and Abby League, great-grandchildren Moneh Tello, Evan Alamillo, Anthony Chessani, Della Alamillo, and Thomas Alamillo, and great-great-grandson David Tello, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Eddie Perkins after 56 years of marriage, beloved parents Lester and Ruth Burroughs and siblings Elaine Moller, Patricia Erickson and Donald Burroughs. Eleanor’s life was one spent loving God, her family and friends.
She was happiest surrounded by beauty and believed everyday was worth living to its fullest. She will be truly missed by all those who knew and loved her, whether it was by the name Mom, Mimi, Grandma Nor or simply and blessedly Eleanor. “You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.” We’ll keep on smiling, Eleanor, because we were honored that you were here to teach us how. Eleanor’s family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to all the men and women at Santa Paula Hospital, and a special and heartfelt thank you to Norma Viorato for her dedication to caring for Eleanor and the love and happiness she shared with her daily. A private memorial service will be held Thursday, September 13, 2012. Arrangements were entrusted to Ted Mayr Funeral Home in Ventura. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Fillmore Alumni Association in Eleanor’s name.

Joseph Alcocer Jr. (1948-2012)

Joseph Alcocer Jr. (1948-2012)

Joseph Alcocer Jr., age 64, passed away Sunday August 27, 2012 at UCLA Medical Center after a 5 month courageous battle with leukemia.
Joseph also known as “Joe” was a life-long resident of Piru, Ca. Joseph graduated from Fillmore High School and shortly after married his high school sweetheart, Josephine Alcocer. They were married for 42 years and together raised 3 children.
Joseph had a love for deer hunting and being outdoors. He looked forward to his yearly hunting trips to the Sierra Mountains and traveling out of state with his close friends. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. Joseph had so many great memories and stories of his adventures with his buddies. In his younger years Joseph was fond of his motorcycles and cars and took pride in them.
Joseph worked for General Motors as an auto worker for 35 years and retired at the age of 54. The years following his retirement Joseph was able to lead a more relaxed and enjoyable life with his family. He enjoyed working in his yard and spending time with his dogs. He was able to spend quality time with his wife. He cherished the times he got to spend with his children and grandchildren.
Joseph is preceded in death by his father, Joe G Alcocer and mother, Elisa Alcocer. He is survived by his wife, Josephine Alcocer; son, Joseph Alcocer and wife Julia; daughter, Sunshine Gray and husband Jeremy Gray ; son, Mike Alcocer. He is also survived by his sister, Olivia Magallon and husband Joe; sister, Sonia Oseguera and husband Felix. He also leaves 3 grandchildren: Joseph Miller Alcocer; Sierra Gray, and Gerrit Gray and 6 nieces and nephews.
Joseph was a very generous man who was always willing to help others in time of need. He had a kind heart and gave unselfishly to family and friends. We will forever remember his love and devotion to his family.
Funeral Services Honoring the Life of Joseph Alcocer Jr. will be held at San Salvador Mission Parish in Piru, CA., beginning first with the recitation of the rosary at 7pm, Friday, August 31st. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am, Saturday, September 1st with Father Barney Gatlin Officiating. Committal & Interment will follow immediately at Piru Cemetery. A potluck reception will take place at Britt Park in Piru, CA following the interment.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family's online guest book, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: and click on Joseph's name located below "Recent Obituaries".
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr Funeral Svcs., Santa Paula. 805.229.7054.

Laurabelle J. Starnes (1928-2012)

Laurabelle J. Starnes (1928-2012)

Laurabelle J. Starnes passed away on Friday August 17, 2012, 2012 in Fillmore, CA. She was 84 years old. Her husband Jack of 49 ½ years, preceded her death in 1997. Laurabelle is survived by daughters Linda Faris (Jim) and Kathy Campbell both of Fillmore and brother Stanley Jones also of Fillmore. Grandchildren include Laurie Best (Jon), Mike Campbell (Jenny) and Jimmy Faris (Mindi) Great-grandchildren are Miriam (10), Hannah (10), George (8) and William (4) Campbell of Gibsonville, NC, Emma (7) and Elena (6) Best of Stockton, CA. and Bryn (10months) Faris of Thousand Oaks, CA

At the request of Laurabelle, there will not be a public memorial or graveside service. The extended family will gather around Christmas time and will collectively honor her at that time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3160 Geneva Street, Los Angeles CA. 90020, Attn: Gene Raymaud, Interim Administrator or to Miracle League of Ventura County, 345 N. Kimball Road, Ventura CA. 93004, or to your favorite charity.

Gretchen Anderson (1912-2012)

Gretchen Anderson (1912-2012)

Gretchen Anderson, 100, died peacefully on Wednesday August 15 in Fillmore, California. A funeral was held last Saturday, August 18. Born as Gretchen Stewart, at age 10 she moved with her family to Fillmore from Bolivar, Missouri. A 1930 graduate of Fillmore High School, Gretchen had a sharp mind, a love of other people and an excellent sense of humor. She worked for the telephone company (what is now AT&T) for 43 years, as Fillmore’s chief operator, then as a regional manager. At one time she was the only woman manager out of the 600 managers in Southern California. She enjoyed people and had many friends from the organizations she belonged to: Business and Professional Women, Ebell Club, and the Women’s Society Circle of her the Faith Community Church. Gretchen was married and widowed twice to Ralph Stanley and Ray Anderson. Gretchen was one of eight children. Kenny Stewart, Sid Stewart, Walt Stewart, Guy Stewart, Ruth Howard, Effie Hancock, and Mayme Hurt. She is survived by fourteen niece and nephews, all who will miss her greatly.

Marilyn Joyce Kernen (1929-2012)

Marilyn Joyce Kernen (1929-2012)

“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.”
-Mitch Albom
Our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, Marilyn Joyce Kernen, of Fillmore, passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2012.
Marilyn was born in Covina, California on October 15, 1929. She attended Clearwater Junior High, where she was always the perfect student, sitting in the front row, getting excellent grades. That was where she met the love of her life and her best friend, Bob Kernen, in the 8th grade, when he was sent to the front row for talking too much in the back of the class.
After graduating from high school, she spent several years working as a bank teller. She married Bob in 1956 and they had 51 beautiful years together before his death in 2007. After the birth of her first child, she quit her job at the bank and began her job as a full-time mother. Marilyn and Bob raised their family for several years in Costa Mesa, spent 10 happy years in Hemet, California, and then moved to Fillmore in 1981.
Marilyn had a wry sense of humor and loved late night TV, murder mysteries, black coffee, and family dinners on the weekends. She was the world’s best listener and any problem seemed easier to handle once it was talked over with her. She made Christmas and birthdays so special for her kids and grandchildren, and lived her life with quiet strength and dignity. We will miss her more than words can express, but we take comfort in the many memories we have of all the years we spent with her. We know she is reunited with Bob, and is now at peace.
Her husband, Robert Kernen, and mother, Marie Smith, preceded Marilyn in death. She is survived by her three daughters, Diane Smith (husband Tony) of Ventura, Joyce Davantzis, (husband Dean) of Los Osos, and Beverly Garnica (husband John) of Fillmore. Marilyn also leaves her six grandchildren; Natalie, Laura and Grace Garnica, Candice and Matthew Davantzis and Alex Munoz, her beloved sister and brother-in-law Carol and Jim Painter, and her three nephews, Scott, Paul and Darrin Walker.
A memorial service for Marilyn is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th, at 1:00 p.m. Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Avenue, Fillmore, California.

Albert R. Bellio (1926-2012)

Albert R. Bellio (1926-2012)

Albert R. Bellio july 5, 1926 - july 29, 2012
Albert Roy Bellio, born July 5, 1926 in Chicago; he passed away after a brief illness on July 29, 2012 surrounded by his family in Cape Coral, Florida. Son of Joseph and Clara Bellio, widower of his loving wife Mary Ann, he was an Army veteran and self-made Entrepreneur.
Albert was employed with Eaton Laboratories and Mars Co. for many years. He became a Real Estate developer in California and Florida. Albert loved his work in Construction and Investments all his life. He enjoyed boating, fishing and traveling the world. Cherishing his memory, he is survived by his loving children Dean Sr., Debra and Dari, his brother Richard, his companion Lillian Burn, his grandchildren Dean Jr., Kristin, James III, Jennifer, Jamie, Stevie, Julie and Nico, and his great grandchildren Dean III., Ashley, Brandon, Brittany, Tyler, Ashton, Jeramiah, Josiah, Jacob, Taylor, Hailey, James IV, Jayden and Ashton. They will keep him in their hearts forever.
A Tribute Service will be held on Saturday August 18, 2012 at 10:30am. at Bastian and Perrott, Oswald Mortuary, 18728 Parthenia St. Northridge, CA 91324. He will be interred immediately afterward at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery, 11160 Stranford Ave. Mission Hills, CA 91345.

Viola Riesgo Garnica (1932-2012)

Viola Riesgo Garnica (1932-2012)

Viola Riesgo Garnica, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully after a brief hospitalization for an infection, the morning of Sunday, August 5, 2012, at her home in Fillmore surrounded by her family. She had bravely battled non-Hodgkins Lymphoma since 2009. She had just celebrated her 80th birthday, having been in remission from cancer for a year.
Viola Catherine Riesgo was born on June 25, 1932, to cement mason James and housewife Lou Riesgo of Fillmore. The third of four Riesgo children, she began her education in Fillmore’s segregated schools during the height of the Depression. A determined 5-year-old, Viola enrolled herself in Sespe School kindergarten instead of the old Mountain View School. Her innocent determination to attend school with her friends broke the ‘color’ barrier of the time opening the doors for many others to follow. She excelled in mathematics, spelling, reading, writing and sports. While attending Fillmore High School she lettered in four sports and was vice president of the Girls’ Athletic Association. She graduated from Fillmore High with the Class of 1950 and had hoped to attend college but the Korean War and family necessity required her to go to work. She worked as an office clerk for the Frank Munoz Pipeyard until 1955 when she married her next door neighbor, Louis Garnica. The couple started a family, raising three daughters, Catherine, Luanne and Debra. As a working mother Viola was first a seamstress, then a payroll clerk and office administrator for the Fashion Development (Olga) Corporation in Fillmore. She was an officer with the Business and Professional Women’s service club and also served on the Fillmore Planning Commission.
Viola and her family helped to fundraise for the new St.Francis of Assisi Church on Highway 126 in Fillmore. Louis and she chaired the St. Francis Church fireworks booth for 16 years with help from family and friends. Viola and Louis also made many friends as members of the church-affiliated Padrinos and Los Caballeros organizations. When Viola retired from the Olga Company after 25 years she was able to help raise her five grandchildren, one of the greatest joys of her life. And, because she and her husband missed the chance to attend college, she made sure that her three daughters attended and graduated from Pepperdine University. She also encouraged four of her five grandchildren -- Will, Marie, Karen and Jim -- to graduate from California public universities, with the fifth grandchild, Megan, on track to graduate from Cal State University, Monterey Bay in two years.
Viola was an affectionate “Nana” to her family and as a consummate cook. She lovingly prepared everything from tasty lunches and snacks to lavish meals of Mexican, Italian and All-American fare for “family night” dinners and special occasions. She loved to tend to her rose garden and backyard filled with fruit trees and exotic plumeria plants. In later years she enjoyed road trips along the historic “Route 66” highways through Nevada and other western states, visiting the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and attending mariachi festivals in Arizona, New Mexico and Las Vegas.
Viola is survived by Louis, her devoted husband of 57 years; sister Eleanor Vargas of Fillmore; brothers Frank Riesgo of Santa Paula and James Riesgo of Ventura; daughters Catherine Garnica of Fillmore, Luanne and son-in-law John Schaper of Simi Valley and Debra and son-in-law Kevin Louth of Fillmore; grandsons Will Schaper of Madrid, Spain, and Jim Schaper of Simi Valley; granddaughters Marie Schaper of San Diego, Karen and Megan Louth of Fillmore; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, goddaughters, godsons and friends.
Family and friends may visit 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2012, at Skillin-Snyder Mortuary in Fillmore. Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fillmore on Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m. Graveside services will follow at Bardsdale Cemetary. A reception will follow at the St. Francis of Assisi Church hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or to the “Relay for Life” fundraise.

Joseph G. Tirado (1957-2012)

Joseph G. Tirado, 54, of San Francisco, passed away July 15, 2012, while surrounded by family and close friends.
Joseph was born July 30, 1957, in Santa Paula, California, to Jose Guadalupe Tirado and Ida (Sanchez) Tirado.
He graduated from Fillmore High School in 1975. He continued his education at California State University, Northridge, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and obtained his Master of Business Administration Degree from California State Polytechnic University Pomona.
He found great joy in philanthropic works, active involvement in his parish community, and the years he served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Bishop of San Jose, P.J. McGrath. He enjoyed traveling, the arts, and fine culinary experiences. He treasured time with family and friends and will always be remembered for his thoughtfulness and remarkable sense of humor.
He is survived by his father, J.G. Tirado of Piru; brothers and their spouses, Frank and Karen Tirado of San Antonio, Texas, and Greg and Annie Tirado of Riverside, California; his sister and her spouse, Nini and Joseph Trafecanty of Newhall, California; his sister Julie Jimenez of Pisa, Italy; and several nephews, nieces, and great nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida (Sanchez) Tirado.
The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 10, 2012, 11:00 a.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fillmore. Interment at Bardsdale Cemetery will immediately follow.

Joyce Lee Zavala (Stoner) (1937-2012)

Joyce Lee Zavala (Stoner) (1937-2012)

Joyce Lee Zavala( Stoner), born on November 16, 1937 in Tuckerman, AR, went to meet her Lord on Thursday July 19, 2012 in Plano, TX at the age of 74, after a lengthy battle with several illnesses. Mom was a resident of Frisco, TX for the past six years and was a longtime resident of Fillmore, CA. She graduated from Fillmore High School in 1956. She worked for Sunkist in the Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association beginning in 1969 and retired in 2000 after 31 years. Mom loved spending time with her children and grandchildren when they came to visit.
She will be remembered for her dry sense of humor, quick wit, undying compassion and her willingness to help wherever and whenever she could.
Our lives have changed forever. Learning to live without your physical presence is a daily challenge. We love you and miss you more than words could express.
She will be deeply missed by all her family. She was preceded in death by her mother (Alma Jackson) father (Lewis), sister (Mary Vest) and granddaughter (Amber Zavala). She is survived by her brother, Lewis Jackson Jr, children Richard, Regina, Joe, Michael (Ronnell) and Patrick (Angelica). Also, by her grandchildren Suzanne, Jenna, Kristopher, Cameron, Devyn, Joseph, Julia, Jennifer, Shane, December, Destyni, Brandon, Nathan, Anthony, Dezeray, Jazmine, Matthew, Ethan and Isabella Zavala. And, two great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Richard.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date, per family request.

Reva “Irene” Horn (1921-2012)

Reva “Irene” Horn (1921-2012)

Reva “Irene” Horn
May 28, 1921 – July 20, 2012
Irene was the second child of Frank and Fern Parks of Success, Arkansas.
Wearing a blue dress, she married Cyrus Horn in 1936 and moved to Fillmore, California in 1946.
She worked for several local businesses and retired from the Fillmore School District as a cafeteria manager for San Cayetano Elementary School.
Irene was an active member of the Fillmore Church of Christ since 1946, helping with Vacation Bible School, opening her home and cooking for potlucks. Her dishes were always made with love: especially her famous Missouri cookies.
“Rene” loved the colors red and yellow; she enjoyed crocheting, visiting with friends, walking, telling stories, feeding guests and serving others in any way she could.
She was preceded in death by parents Frank and Fern Parks, husband Cyrus Horn, brothers George and Rufus (Buck) Parks, sister Helena (Sis) Brazell and son Jim Horn.
Irene is survived by her sister Violet (Red) Shephard, son Frank Horn (wife Debbie), daughter Betty Brown (husband Roger), six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, many nephews and nieces, and a large circle of friends.
“The best is not too good for me or mine.” –Irene Horn
Viewing is scheduled for Thursday, July 26 3:30-8:30pm at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore.
Graveside service will be held on Friday, July 27 2:00pm at Bardsdale Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Santa Clara Valley Hospice P.O. Box 365 Santa Paula, CA 93061.

Evelyn Cozier Grove (1920-2012)

Evelyn Cozier Grove (1920-2012)

Evelyn Cozier Grove passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2012.
Evelyn was born in Omaha, Nebraska on November 6, 1920 to parents, Ethel and Harold Cozier. She attended Fillmore Elementary School with two sisters, Doris and Eileen. Evelyn graduated from Fillmore High School in 1938, Santa Barbara State College in 1942, and graduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle.
She married Hollis Grove on October 25, 1946, and lived in Kimberly, Idaho from 1946 to 1950, moved to Seattle, Washington from 1951 to 1956 where she taught first and second grade. Evelyn moved to Mesa, Arizona in 1957, then to Long Beach, California where she again taught first and second grade. She moved with Husband, Hollis to Las Vegas, Nevada and taught first and second grade from 1959 to 1960.
Evelyn arrived in Ventura in 1960 and taught first and second grade at El Camino, Will Rogers and Junipero Sierra schools until retirement in 1977.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Hollis Grove, her Sister Eileen and good friend Glen Marcus. Evelyn is survived by Sister Doris Kennedy and many nieces and nephews.
Evelyn dearly loved cats, gardening, and telling jokes. She attended weekly business discussions at the Senior Center, bingo at McDonalds, enjoyed walking in the mall, San Buenaventura Women’s Club, and College Methodist Church.
Upon her request, no services will be held.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3150 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Condolences may be left at

Joe Bart Nunez (1910-2012)

Joe Bart Nunez (1910-2012)

On July 6, 2012, just 49 days short of his 102 birthday, Joe Bart Nunez was finally able to rest. He was born on August 24, 1910, in El Monte, CA, the eldest son and only remaining of 10 children born to Ramon & Ysabel Martinez Nunez. Passing before him were his siblings Pauline Ruiz, Lillian Aguirre, Jess, Sylvester, Ralph, Eleanor Dominguez, Carmen, Ramona and Carmen. In 1993, he was preceded in death by Nettie, his beloved wife of 56 years.
He was a man of faith, a member of the St. Francis of Assisi parish in Fillmore. He belonged to the Holy Name Society, was an usher and volunteered for various activities, and later attended services at the San Salvador Mission in Piru.
Joe saw & experienced many changes in the century of his life. He was known for his extraordinary recollections of all things. He told many stories, like being sent out as a teenager to look for victims of the San Francisquito Dam tragedy, and of growing up during the boom-town days of Piru.
Joe worked for over 50 years as the only employee of Goodenough Ranch. He was the embodiment of the term "hard-working", spending his entire week working on the job and then tending to his yard during his time off. Upon his retirement, he and Nettie moved to their home in Piru, where he had l6 fruit trees, including a sweet lime tree that had been grafted to an orange tree by his father, which produced both types of fruit.
He was truly an outdoors-man, be it hunting or camping and fishing with his family in the eastern Sierras as a younger man, or simply tending his extensive array of fruit trees in his yard. He took particular joy in harvesting macadamia nuts from his tree. He always enjoyed giving away whatever his trees happened to be producing. One of his greatest joys was curing olives from his trees & giving jars away to anyone lucky enough to be around before they ran out. He loved his flowers, caring for his rose bushes, poinsettias, and geraniums. He especially loved all his dogs, always having one for a pet and growing so close to them that their loss was always hard. He leaves behind his beloved companion Harley.
Joe was an athlete, playing baseball in his youth for the team from Piru. He remembered playing teams from Carpinteria as well as others from the county. He played second base. He followed all sports, but it was no surprise that he was an avid baseball fan, rooting for the Angels, a particular source of contention when it came to the Dodger fans in the family.
Although he had to quit school to help support his family, and probably because of that, he valued education. It was with his help that his grandchildren were both able to graduate from college.
The family would like to thank all the staff from the Fillmore Convalescent Center and Assisted Home Hospice, who provided excellent care for Joe during his last 3 years.
Joe is survived by his only child, daughter Joanne and her husband Wayne Fore, and much-loved grandchildren Brianna Fore and Chad Fore. He also leaves his friend and brother-in-law Eddie Villa, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Thursday July 12, 2012 from 5-8pm with a rosary recited at 7:00pm, at San Salvador Mission in Piru. Funeral mass will be held Friday, July 13, 2012 at 9:00am, Also at San Salvador Mission. Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary Fillmore. Condolence messages may be left at

Pedro Diaz (1923-2012)

Pedro Diaz (1923-2012)

Pedro Diaz was born on March 2, 1923 in Tangancicuaro, Michoacan, Mexico to Luis and Guadalupe Diaz. In the early morning hours of June 30th, Pedro passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife of 62 years, his 7 children, and loving grandchildren.
Pedro was born and raised in Tangancicuaro, Michoacan, and at the age of 26 he married Ana Rodriguez on July 27, 1949. In the years that followed they began expanding their family with the births of their 7 children: Luz, Luis, Ramiro, Ramon, Rafael, Ana, and Pedro. They would’ve had 7 sons, sadly, two of them passed away to childhood illnesses. Despite his difficult childhood Pedro was a responsible and loving father, who taught his children the value of love, respect, and strength. All of which was necessary when Pedro began going to the United States in the 1950’s as part of the Bracero Program. The program required him to spend a good deal of time away from his family but as a devoted husband and father he always mailed them his earnings from his work. In 1969 he obtained legal residency for himself, his wife and his children; and brought them to the United States. It was always said, that it was important for them to come together and all at once.
Once his family was settled into Fillmore he began working in neighboring cities, in the fields of a chicken farm and in a factory that produced airplane windows. Even after he retired at the age of 65 he continued to work part-time taking care of a small ranch in Moorpark. He always kept himself busy working on one project or another and could often be seen riding his bike to the store to buy groceries for him and his wife. One of his sister-in-laws said it best, Pedro was like an ant, always moving, always working, and very persistent. When he wasn’t working he enjoyed being at home either watching or listening to a Los Angeles Dodger game.
Pedro will now be a guardian angel to his wife, Ana, his children, Luz and Javier Alcaraz, Luis and Jenny Diaz, Ramiro and Trini Diaz, Ramon and Eva Diaz, Rafael and Lupe Diaz, Ana and Agustin Campos, and Pedro Diaz, 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Our family would like to acknowledge and thank the Fillmore Convalescent Home and Assisted Home Hospice staff who took such great care of our father in his last days. Thank you for your kindness and patience and for allowing our family to be with our father at all hours. We will be forever grateful for your help and hospitality.
Viewing will be held on Friday, July 6th at Skillin Carrol Mortuary in Fillmore, Ca. from 3-6pm, followed by the Rosary at 7pm. Mass is Saturday, July 7th at 8:45am at Saint Francis Church, burial to follow immediately at Bardsdale Cemetery.

Robert (Bobby) Tubbs, aka Bubba (1963-2012)

Robert (Bobby) Tubbs, aka Bubba (1963-2012)

Bobby joined the Lord, his parents, other members of his family and friends on June 20, 2012. He was at Ventura County Medical Center where he passed away peacefully in his sleep after a brief battle with Cancer.
Bobby was born in Santa Paula, California on November 22, 1963. He is survived by his wife Kathy of 21 years, his amazing daughters Kristy and Candace, sister Jo Ellen Tubbs-Smelcer and brother Paul Tubbs (wife Sharon). He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Grave side services will be held at on Noon, Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Santa Paula Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome at the services and reception immediately following.
The family would like to stay a special thanks to Dr. Michael Tushla, Santa Paula Hospital and VCMC for the excellent/caring care they provided to Bobby. We would also like to thank his employer Thompco for being there for Bobby and our family as well as a big hug to all our friends and family for their support during this time of sorrow.

Freda M. Hoy (1923-2012)

Freda M. Hoy (1923-2012)

Freda M. Hoy died peacefully in her sleep with her family at her side on Sunday, July 1st 2012. She was born on February 21st, 1923 in San Francisco, California. She was a devout Episcopalian and loved her family. She was very active in her faith and was the first woman appointed to the Vestry in the Southern California Diocese Region. She lived in the San Francisco area, Van Nuys and moved to Fillmore, Ca; 20 years ago. She was very active in her community and Trinity Episcopal Church. She was in charge of their Thrift Store for over 10 years, helping many locally and benefiting the community greatly.
Freda had a passion for flowers, sewing, cooking, bird watching and her family. She was always willing to help others and volunteer to bake for an event. Freda’s favorite flowers were red tulips and yellow daffodils. She passed on to be with her husband, but cherished memories will live on in the hearts of her family.
Two special family favorite memories are: her famous Christmas Persimmon Pudding with Hard Sauce and Lemon Sauce for dessert for every Christmas Dinner for the last 32 years. It wouldn’t be the Christmas season without Freda making her special dessert for her family to enjoy. Another treasured memory is her also famous Chocolate Cake that she would make every 4th of July, this was the special cake that won her husband’s heart the first time they met over a dinner for the Merchant Marines her mother had planned. The chocolate cake won her husband and we would enjoy it every year with her re-telling the story.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Robert J. Hoy Jr.
Freda is survived by her 5 children: son Christopher Hoy (wife Yuwadee), daughter Sue O’Flynn (husband Maurice), daughter Nancy Zeise (husband Peter), son Patric Hoy and daughter Annette Ross; 4 granddaughters: Nancy O’Flynn, Carmel Larson (husband Brian), Brandy Lopez (husband Edy) and Anya Zeise; 3 great-grandchildren: Eddy Lopez, Claire & Claudia Larson.
Her family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff that attended to her in her final days. She received excellent compassionate care at Fillmore Urgent Care and Santa Paula Hospital.
Freda always had a kind word to anyone that came to her, she was a sweet generous lady in all aspects of her life. She will be sorely missed here on Earth by her family, but her passing is eased knowing that she will be reunited with her husband again and be in God’s presence.
There will be a funeral service on Sunday, July 8th, 2012 at 1pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 600 Saratoga St, Fillmore, Ca 93015.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church in Fillmore, Ca in Freda’s memory.

Charles Lee Randall (1934-2012)

Charles Lee Randall (1934-2012)

With great sadness the family of Chuck (Hoover) Randall announce his passing on June 25, 2012 after a brief illness.
Chuck enjoyed a long career in marketing in the asphalt pavement industry. He represented the Newhall Refinery from 1965 to 1989, then Fletcher Oil from 1989 to 1992 and finished his career with San Joaquin Refinery from 1992 until retirement in December, 2011.
He was born in Danville, Arkansas on March 2, 1934. His family moved to California in the early 1940’s. Chuck served his country for 11 years in the US Air Force. He married Nadine Gunn in 1955 and they were married 29 years until her passing.
Chuck is survived by his wife of 27 years Edith, sons Ron (Susie) Randall and Bill Randall. Step sons Eric (April) Hutchins, Neal (Heather) Hutchins and step daughter Janet (Rod) Schrock. Brother David Randall, 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Lorene Randall, brothers Bob, Carl, Billy Randall and sister Louise Gunn.
He was a member of the Asphalt Paving Association of California and the Piru Petroleum Club. Chuck loved golf and he was a member of the Mt. View Golf Club. He was proud to have made three holes in one, the last one at Mt. View just a few months before his passing.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 6 at 11 a.m. at Bardsdale Cemetary, 1698 S. Sespe St., Fillmore. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 Cental Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015 805-524-0744.

Alfonso Anguiano Arroyo (1928-2012)

Alfonso Anguiano Arroyo (1928-2012)

Alfonso Anguiano Arroyo was born August 2, 1928 and went to be with our Lord on June 24, 2012. His devoted wife and his loving family surrounded him.
Alfonso was born in Tendeparacua, Michoacan in Mexico to Julia Anguiano and Jose Arroyo. He came to the United States in 1947, and met and married the love of his life, Carmen Reyes (Arroyo). They had 60 wonderful years of marriage. Not to say it was perfect, but it was filled with love, forgiveness and much laughter. Together they raised 12 children, Jenny Romo, Mary Flores, Daniel Esquivel, Carmen Ortiz, Joe Arroyo, Ana Pari, Armando Arroyo, Arthur Arroyo, Annette Fox, Albert Arroyo, Alisia Arroyo, and Amie Bradford. They also enjoyed 25 grandchildren and 18 grandchildren.
Alfonso was a very hard working man, who always took pride in providing for his family. Together with his wife, he bought his very own home in 1963. He loved being in his yard, gardening, planting fruit trees, and caring for his famous roses. Everyone that knew him knew that his fruit from his yard was delicious! He had oranges, lemons, grapefruit, strawberries, tomatoes, grapes, and pomegranates to name a few.
He loved sports and always made time to be there for his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. He loved attending the Fillmore Flashes football games, Little League games, and Fillmore Raider games. His favorite sports teams were the Los Angeles Dodgers, The Los Angeles Lakers, and The Los Angeles (now St. Louis) Rams. He was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus and was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program.
Alfonso’s life was filled with much laughter and love. When we remember him we will always remember how as much as he tried to show that macho side of him, he was a very loving man to all of us. We all hold our own special memories of him in our hearts. We are at peace knowing that he is now with our Heavenly Father and is no longer in pain. He is free to walk, and garden up in heaven now.
Our family would like to send a huge THANK YOU to Vista Cove and their hospice staff who cared for our father in his last days. They were a tremendous amount of comfort to both our father and our family. They went above and beyond to make us all happy and comfortable during a difficult time. We will forever be grateful.
Isaiah 41:10- Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand…
Viewing is Thursday June 28th at Skillin Carrol Mortuary in Fillmore, Ca from 3-8pm. Rosary will be recited at 6pm. Mass is Friday, June 29th at 10am at St Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore. Ca. The burial will immediately follow, but it is requested that it be immediate family members only.

Henry James "Hank" Data

Henry James "Hank" Data

Henry James "Hank" Data passed away peacefully at Home to be with his Heavenly Father, Friday June 8, 2012 at age 95. He was born to Joseph and Catterina Data December 8, 1916 in Krebs Oklahoma where he was raised until coming to Los Angeles, year 1937. He was employed at E. A. Hoffman Candy Co. where he met his Wife Floreine J. (Anderson)
They were married Year 1940 and have celebrated 72 wonderful years. Henry was a WWII Veteran and served in the U.S. Navy as Boatswain's Mate Aviation-2nd Class. After leaving the Navy, year 1945. He attended GENERAL MOTORS INSTITUTE, Flint Michigan where he received his training as a Parts and Service Manager. He was employed at JONES BROS. PONTIAC, Fillmore until 1961 and then WM. L MORRIS, Chevrolet - Oldsmobile as Parts Manager until retirement 1986.
Henry was preceded in death by his entire Family. He is survived by his wife Floreine, Son James A. Sr., Ojai, Ca. Grandsons, James Jr. great Grandsons Dillon and Dalton, Fillmore, Ca. Joshua, wife Lorie and great-grand-daughter Sophia, Oak View, Ca. Nieces Dottie Stone, Mc Alester, Ok. Alice King (Jim) Blue Rapids, Ks. Great Niece Kara Friedman (Brian) Great-great Nephew Nathan and Great-great Niece Maya. Great Niece Jeanie Dancer (Kelly), Bixby, Ok. Niece Pat Paris (Phil) San Antonio, Tx, Nephew Walter D. Wallace, Hawaii, Kathy Logerberg, Great-nephew Justin, Encinitas, Ca. Great Niece Jessica Norris (Greg) Great-great Niece Sofia, Carlsbad, Ca. Nephew Robert Plumbley Jr. and Wife Pamela, Coronado, Ca. Great Niece Patty Green (Ron) Great-great Niece Sienna, Prescott, Az. Great-Niece Deborah "Debbie" Plumbley, La Mesa and Great-great Niece Alanna Saenz. Great-Nephew Rob Plumbley (Sarah) and Great-great Nephew Jake, Gilbert, Az.
Henry was an avid Golfer. Fifty years ago when Elkins Ranch Golf Club was formed, he was a fixture there. He served as a member of Directors many times. Year 1984. GOLF DIGEST ALMANIC listed his "ELKINS RANCH COURSE - Holes in One" of Four Years- 1976, 1984, 1994 and 1998. He reported two more there, all at Hole #16, shot from a different terrain. His retirement in 1986 allowed more Golf. His Senior PGA Marshalling for 27 Years was his pride.
The Family extends Special Thanks to Sister-in law, Juliette II C. Aprato and her beloved departed husband, David E. Aprato; Nephew and Niece Robert and Pamela Plumbley. Friends, Richard and Marie Foster; Doctors and Staff: Richard J. Tushla, M.D. and Thomas Q. Kong Jr. M.D. for the many years of service and for always being there for us.
Honoring Henry's request, there will be no Service, a Family Bedside Goodbye occurred and Cremation has taken place.
Donations in Henry's Memory may be made to Charity of choice - or Assisted Home Hospice 4450 Westinghouse St. Suite 103, Ventura, Ca. 93003

Jean R. Jeffery (1923-2012)

Jean R. Jeffery (1923-2012)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Jean R. Jeffery, who passed away peacefully after a brief illness Thursday, May 31, 2012. Jean was born on January 9, 1923 at home near Selden, Kansas. She grew up on the family farm until 1935, when the family moved Laton, California. Jean met the love of her life, Raymond A. Jeffery, at Laton High School. They were married in 1942, shortly before Ray left for the Pacific Campaign with the United States Army.
In 1951, Jean and the family moved to Ventura, California. She worked as a bookkeeper for Spitler Accounting in Ventura, and then Cowell and Barrow CPAs in Fillmore, California until her retirement.
Jean’s loves were her family, her many friends, her cat “Pretty Baby”, and of course , Channel Islands Chapter #78, Order of the Eastern Star in Ventura, joining in 1971. During her 41 years, she became Worthy Matron in 1979 and again in 2005.
Jean is survived by her two sons, Jerry L. Jeffery of Ventura, California, daughter-in-law Barbara Jeffery, grandson Eric Jeffery, granddaughter Kathy Bilodeau and her husband Jim Bilodeau, great-granddaughter Mandi Bilodeau, great-grandson Matthew Bilodeau, great-granddaughter Madison Olachea and her husband Josh Olachea and great great- grandson Landen Olachea; as well as son, James A. Jeffery of Ojai, California, daughter-in-law Marcie L.R. Jeffery, granddaughters Stephanie “Stevi” Jeffery, Kym Jeffery, Tara Jeffery and her husband Rick Bisaccia, grandson Ty Jeffery and his wife Michelle Evdokimov, great-grandson Kiran Bisaccia and great-granddaughter Simone Jeffery. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff and volunteers of Community Memorial Hospital and the outstanding CMH Palliative Team.
Services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012, 11:00 A.M. at the Masonic Lodge , 482 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Channel Islands Chapter #78 OES, 482 E. Santa Clara Street, Ventura, California, 93001.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3150 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Condolences may be left at

Robert Frederic (“Bob”) Huestis (1922-2012)

Robert Frederic (“Bob”) Huestis (1922-2012)

Robert Frederic (“Bob”) Huestis died in Sabetha, Kansas, on Sunday, June 3, 2012, three weeks shy of his 90th birthday, having enjoyed a long and wonderful life.
Bob was born on June 27, 1922, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Howard Huestis and the former Eleanor H. Schilling. He moved to Fillmore with his parents and older brother Howard B. Huestis as a youngster when his father was transferred to the Fillmore Post Office. He graduated with the Fillmore High Class of 1941.
Coach Harry Bigger described Bob in his 1991 Memories as “a big, strong, likeable kid, and in my estimation the best all-around athlete Fillmore HS ever has had.” He was all-league tackle in football as a sophomore, junior, and senior; two years all-league in basketball; and the league’s most valuable player in baseball. He was chosen as team captain in every sport.
Baseball was Bob’s favorite, and his reputation as a pitcher was well known. “It took courage to stay in the batter’s box against Bobby,” recalled Coach Bigger. “Many batters ‘bailed out’ on called strikes.” Bob umpired for the Fillmore Little League for many years and was a long-time Dodgers fan.
Bob was inducted into the Fillmore High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, an honor that he treasured.
After playing college baseball briefly in Oklahoma, Bob answered the call of duty. He joined the Marine Corps in November 1942 and served in the Pacific during WWII. He took shrapnel on Saipan, received the Purple Heart, and returned to Fillmore in November 1945.
Mindful of the casualties of war, Bob had searched for assurance that he would have a place in heaven if he didn’t survive. It was not until he was back home, out of harm’s way, that he sensed God speaking to him, inaudibly calling, “I want you to be My son.” Bob responded to that call and received God’s gift of love and assurance of eternal destiny.
Bob married Virginia June LeBard of Fillmore on October 11, 1951. They enjoyed 60 happy years together and raised three children.
Bob spent most of his working years with the Fillmore Post Office in the days when mail carriers walked routes, carrying a mail bag on the shoulder or pushing a cart. Having covered the two largest routes in town, at one time he knew most of the people who lived at each address. He often stopped to greet residents as he delivered the mail and was a friend to many.
During years when the high school was without a swimming pool, Bob opened his own pool to neighborhood youth after work and served as life guard. His home was the location of many a dinner, party, Bible study, and get-together.
He was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served for many years as Sunday School superintendent, as a church elder, and in other capacities.
Answering another call, Bob retired early from the Post Office in 1970 and together with Virginia joined New Tribes Mission of Sanford, Florida, which specializes in evangelizing unreached people groups. After preparatory train¬ing in Pennsylvania and Missouri, they spent five years in Papua New Guinea where Bob was in charge of purchasing and shipping for mission personnel located in remote areas of the country. He and Virginia also operated a guest house for mission personnel in the coastal town of Wewak.
Upon returning to Fillmore for furlough in 1978, Bob was diagnosed with a chronic form of leukemia and suffered a back injury, resulting in retirement from the mission. He then served as a part-time pastor, visiting the sick and elderly. He also drove a bus part time between Fillmore and Ventura for the Fillmore transit system.
Affectionately nicknamed Poppy by his grandchildren, Bob constantly spent count¬less hours loving and caring for them. He got to know each one as he played imagina¬tively with them as youngsters and followed their special interests as they grew older. It was in this way that he passed on his most important values as an ongoing legacy. Each one of his grandchildren carries a piece of his heart and character.
Bob and Virginia moved to Ventura in the late 1980s and from there to Fairview, Kansas, in 2007 to live near their son Sam and his wife Linda, who had just established a home there. Although Bob’s leukemia never progressed, within a year of the move his general health declined, and he became a resident of the Apostolic Christian Home in nearby Sabetha. He enjoyed many visits from family who came often from around the country.
Bob spent his entire adult life serving others and will be remembered as one of the kindest and gentlest men one could ever meet.
He is survived by his wife Virginia; children Sam Huestis of Ventura and Fairview, Alice Mikos of Oak Harbor, Washington, and Margaret LaRue of Ventura; grand¬children Nathan Huestis, Ryan Huestis, Kimberlee Mikos, Matthew Mikos, Christina Mikos, Aimee LaRue Sywulka, Rachel LaRue Culver, and Bobby LaRue; and great grandson Kysen Mikos.
Interment will be on June 8 at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Bob’s memory to the Apostolic Christian Home, the Sabetha Legion baseball team, or other charities.