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Edward Paul Simon

Edward Paul Simon

Edward Paul Simon passed away September 2, 2009, after a lengthy illness at the age of 56. Edward will be deeply missed by his wife of 30 years, Mercedes Simon; his five children, Lindsay Woods (husband, Adam), Erika Simon, Alexandra Simon, Warner Simon and Grace Simon; his grandchildren, Tyler Woods, and Ava Woods; sisters, Vivian Simon and Anita Simonson; and brother, Mark Simon. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Warner H. Simon and Ruth Simon; and brother, Donald Simon.

Edward was born February 27, 1953 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Early in life, his family moved to California and settled in Canoga Park. Later, while attending Humboldt State University, Edward studied acting and developed a passion for the stage. His acting experience enhanced his ability to tell vivid and animated stories for his friends and family. Edward later began his career in the metal industry while working for his parents at their well-established company, U.S.Welding. In 1991, shortly after moving to Fillmore, he started his own successful business, Simon Metals Company. His passion for the outdoors inspired him to create a line of his own camping equipment, which became his second business venture, Titan Mountain Sports.

As an avid cyclist, he enjoyed exploring the mountains for hours at a time on his bicycle. Edward’s longest ride began in Fillmore and ended in Reno, NV (even riding as it snowed). He shared his love of nature with his family, taking them hiking and camping at national parks all throughout the West Coast. At home, he would make sure that everyone started the day with a hearty breakfast and their daily horoscope. Family was the most important thing to him, and the lasting memories of his love and enthusiasm for life will be cherished in the hearts of his family.

A celebration of his life will be held at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen St, Chatsworth, Ca., at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2009. Arrangements are under the direction of Crawford Mortuary, (818) 349-9701.

 
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Gloria Henderson

Gloria Henderson

Gloria Henderson, also known as Glo, Nan, and Nanner, died from a sudden illness on August 18th. She was 79 years old.
Gloria, was born in New York City, to Jack and Betty Hodgkins and was the youngest of four children. Gloria married James Vesce in 1949, and moved to California where she raised four children. In 1968, the family moved to Dallas, Texas and it was here that Gloria found her career in the insurance field working for Dick Foster and Associates. In 1979, she remarried and became Gloria Henderson. She retired in 1991 and moved to Fillmore, California. Gloria made many friends along the way in life, but she especially loved being with her family. She also enjoyed reading, old movies and bridge. She was a member of the Fillmore Ebell Club was able to play bridge in her retirement to her hearts content.
Gloria is survived by her four children, Denise Hovivian of North Hills, Nancy Janes of Ventura, California, James Vesce of Charlotte, North Carolina and Thomas Vesce of Boston, Massachusetts; her sisters Betty MacFarlane of Lumberton, Texas, Phyllis Thompson of Bellingham, Washington, brother Jack Hodgkins of Oregon; her 12
grandchildren, two great-grandaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. She was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations made in her name to the American Heart Association.

 
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Elmer Edward Steiger

Elmer Edward Steiger

In Loving Memory of Elmer Edward Steiger, M.D.
Elmer Steiger passed away on August 17, 2009 at the age of 94.
He was born in Greenwood, Wisconsin on December 11, 1915. He attended the University of Wisconsin where he received his Medical Degree. He met his wife to be, Hallie Jane Hall, while he was an intern in Duluth, Minnesota and she was a Registered Nursing student. They married in 1941. They had two children, William Charles and Mary Jane.
Elmer and Hallie established a Medical Practice in Plum City, Wisconsin. He was a General Practitioner with special interests in Obstetrics and Surgery. Dr. Steiger and his wife were both very much loved and respected by the Community where he administered the only hospital for the area.
In 1956 the family moved to Canoga Park, California. There he became an orange Rancher. He also had a Medical Practice in Newhall, California. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hallie, in 1975. His last home was in Fillmore, California where he continued to grow oranges.
His family will miss him very much. Son William Steiger and his wife Dani. Grandchildren Daniel, Charlie, Catee, Lesha and Forrest Steiger of Fillmore, California. Daughter Mary Iwasiuk and her husband Gösta. Granddaughter Amber McCalister and her husband Michael. Great Granddaughter Hailey McCalister of Santa Paula, California. Sister Elsie Arneson and her husband Ary. Their children Charles, Sally, Jay, and Sarah and their extended families of Spring Valley, Wisconsin.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday, September 6, 2009.

 
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Beverly Jeanne Mosbarger

Beverly Jeanne Mosbarger

Beverly Jeanne Mosbarger died at home surrounded by her family on Friday, August 21, 2009, after a brief battle with cancer. Beverly was born on December 27, 1924, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. As a child she moved with her family to Whittier, California and attended schools there, graduating from Whittier High School in 1942. After receiving an A.A. degree from Fullerton Junior College, She went to work as a secretary for the Union Oil Company in Santa Fe Springs. A few years later she accepted a transfer to the company office in Santa Paula. In 1954, she married Don Mosbarger. They made their home in Fillmore and were married for fifty-five years.
Beverly worked for a number of years as an administrative assistant at William L. Morris Chevrolet in Fillmore and later for ten years as the secretary to the principal at Fillmore Junior High School. She was very involved at the Faith Community Church in Fillmore where she severed faithfully on the missions Committee, in leadership of the Mariners Fellowship Group, and in numerous other church ministries. Beverly was also involved in the community and volunteered at Fillmore Convalescent Center. She enjoyed spending time with her circle of friends in Fillmore and Whittier. After retirement, she and Don traveled often; Jazz Festivals were a favorite destination. A priority for Beverly was gathering family together especially at holidays.
Beverly was a wonderful wife and mother who is survived by her husband, Don; daughters, Joy Mosbarger and Jill Irwin; and sister, Jackie Cauffman. She is also survived by eight nieces and nephews and their families. Beverly was preceded in death by her younger brother, Bob Clarkson
A graveside service will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
Donations may be made in Beverly’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or to the Missions Fund at Faith Community Church, 355 D St., Fillmore, Ca 93015. Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 805/ 524-0744.

 
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Beulah L. Brewer

Beulah L. Brewer

Beulah L. Brewer,97, of Fillmore, CA, passed away Sunday, Aug 23, 2009. Beulah was born in Madisonville, TN, April 18, 1912. When she was young the family moved to Ventura County where she has been a resident for 85 years. She was a homemaker for 68 year. Besides loving her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren she enjoyed sewing.
Beulah was preceded in death by her husband, William P. Brewer, her parents and 2 brothers and 7 sisters.
Surviving her are daughter, Marla (Larry) DeSha, of Camarillo; son, William (Alicia) Brewer of Sacramento; daughter, Renee (Edward) Evans of Fillmore; Grandchildren, Michael Horn, Heidi Brewer, Deanna Brewer, Adan Brewer, Shelley Boblett, Stacey Mutz, Amy Drummond and Scott Evans; Great grandchildren, Ryan Horn, Eryn Horn, Justin Boblett, Logan Boblett, Emily Hara, Dakota Drummond, Riley Drummond, Kaden Evans, Kylie Evans and Kelsi Evans, Allison Brewer and Suzanne and Diane DeShae, Heather, Casey, and Sarah Mutz and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at Fillmore Convalescent for the loving care they gave to our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt.
Visitation will be Thurs, Aug. 27, 2009, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Skillin Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore, CA. Services will be Aug. 28, 2009, 1:00 pm also at the Skillin Carroll Mortuary, Fillmore, CA, with the burial following at the Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 Sespe St., Fillmore, CA
Arrangements are under the Directions of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA (805) 524-0744.

 
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Kenny Bishop

Kenny Bishop

Kenny Bishop passed away on Monday, August 17th at his parents home in Fillmore. Kenny, you will be missed!

 
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Jason "Jay" Michael Steel

Jason "Jay" Michael Steel

On the morning of Sunday, Aug. 16th, Jay took his last breath at home, in the presence of his parents. He was 37. Jay was a Ventura Co. resident for 33 years and resided in Burns Flat, Ok. for 4 years.
He is survived by his two sons, whom he loved dearly, Michael Jay and Wyatt as well as his step-daughter, Kaelyn. He is also survived by his parents, Mike and Phyllis Steel, sister, Pam Hernandez (Adrian) and his nephews who adored fishing with him, Adrian and Isaiah, as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins. Jay leaves behind numerous friends but especially his two best buds, John Edison and Mike Palmateer.
When Jay wasn't working, you could find him hunting, fishing and/or camping. In addition to his hobbies, Jay was most proud of serving on Search and Rescue in Fillmore.
We already miss you so much, bub but we know you are no longer hurting and you're having a great time in Heaven! Jason loved the Lord and in his final days said, "I keep seeing Jesus and He's telling me to come home." You're home now bub, so have a great time and we'll see you soon! We love you!
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 19th at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore from 6 to 8pm. The funeral will be held on Thursday, Aug. 20th, at 10:30 am at West Coast Fellowship, 406 Acacia Rd., Santa Paula.

 
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Gregory Gene McConnell

Gregory Gene McConnell

Gregory Gene McConnell died Aug. 2 in Grass Valley after a long illness. He was 60.

He was born Dec. 13, 1948 in Ventura to Frank (Mac) McConnell and Kathryn McConnell Mowrey.

He graduated from Fillmore High School. He served in the Army in the 529th Military Police Company, a coveted assignment within the military police corp. As a member of the USAREUR Honor Guard he participated in Change of Command ceremony of General A.H. Goodpaster and General L.L. Lymnitzer at Supreme Headquarter Allied Powers in Europe. Also, in ceremonies of review by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and others. He worked in Europe for a number of years during which time he became a founding member of the Spirit Motorcycle Club started in 1976 by American Soldiers in Germany and still active. In recent years he worked for Grass Valley Veterinary Hospital. He was a gentle giant who loved animals and the people who worked there. His hobbies were fishing and motorcycle riding. He will be missed by all who loved him.

He is survived by his mother, Kathryn McConnell Mowrey of Grass Valley, brother, Rodney F. McConnell and his wife, Marjorie of Nevada City, sister Susan McConnell Moreno and her husband Al of Big Oak Valley, nephews and niece.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank (Mac) McConnell and stepfather James R. Mowrey.

Greg will be buried with his father in Bardsdale, CA. There will be no graveside services. A private memorial is being planned at a later date.

Arrangements are under direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary & Crematory in Grass Valley.

 
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Josie Tapia Escalante

Josie Tapia Escalante

Josie Tapia Escalante
November 11, 1919 – June 22, 2009. A loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. A caring sister and a loyal friend. A woman of great faith and perseverance. Josie could find humor in every situation. With her infectious laughter and playful personality she won the hearts of many. She will be greatly missed. Until we meet again.
The lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shell I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

 
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Claudia McElroy

Claudia McElroy

Claudia McElroy 82, formerly of Fillmore passed away on July 5th in Bakersfield where she lived for the past 35 years.
Claudia had 9 children, 28 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Troy McElroy, sons: Royce, Richard, Leonard, daughter Jeanette and grandson Julian.
She is survived by sons Harlon (wife) Kathy McElroy of Oregon, Donald (wife) Robin McElroy of Colorado, Daughter Jeaniece (Husband) Frank Manasco of Porterville and Laurencine Rogers of Bakersfield.
Services were held at Greenlawn in Bakersfield July 10, 2009.

 
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Kenneth Kern Glenn

Kenneth Kern Glenn

Kenneth Kern Glenn of Fillmore, peacefully passed away into heaven on Sunday, July 05, 2009 after a brief illness. He was 93 years young!
Ken or Kenny known to his family and friends, was born in El Paso, Texas on March 25, 1916 to William and Iva Glenn. He moved with his family to Quincy, Illinois for 2 years. When he was 6 years old, they moved to Glendale, California. He graduated from Glendale High School in 1934. He received a degree in subtropical horticulture from U.C.L.A. in 1939. One of his first jobs after college was at the soils lab at Rancho Sespe. He then worked in the San Joaquin valley at a vineyard, working in a soils lab. It was in Delano, where he met Dorothy Root, and on December 22, 1943, they were married. He and Dorothy had 60 wonderful years together. Ken and Dorothy moved back to Rancho Sespe in 1947, where he worked as a Field Superintendent and Assistant Manager, working his way up to Executive Vice-President by the time he retired in 1978.
Ken was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church, Fillmore Bible Church and most recently, Faith Community Church in Fillmore. He was a member of the Gideons International Ventura Camp. There were several organizations that Ken took an active role in for the community of Fillmore including: Fifty + year member of the Fillmore/Santa Paula Masonic Lodge #291 (recipient of the Hiram Award, 1991); Fifty + year member of the Fillmore Chapter of Eastern Star #361; Fifty + year member of the Scottish Rite; Al Malaikah Shriners; Past President of the Fillmore Elementary School Board; member of the board of the Associate Insectory; Past President of the Ventura County Farm Bureau; member of the Toastmasters Club; Volunteer for Food Share for 20 years; member of the Fillmore Citizens Patrol. He was nominated for Citizen of the Year in Fillmore in 1991.
Ken was a very devoted Christian man, and always had a positive attitude with a zest for life. He was always willing to help if asked by a friend or a stranger. He enjoyed being with his family, gardening, camping, traveling, bee keeping, raising decollate snails and most recently providing a Farmer’s Market for the residents at The Palms assisted living facility in Ventura where he resided. Ken will truly be missed by all who knew him. On Father’s Day, June 21, 2009, Ken told his children that they were his legacy, we have always been so very proud of our Dad.
Ken was preceded in death by an infant son, Gordon Wilbur Glenn in 1944, and his wife, Dorothy Glenn in 2004.
Ken is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Eleanore and Mark Hanson, of Gardnerville, NV, son and daughter-in-law, Bailey and Sherrie Glenn of Fillmore, CA, grandsons, Brian Hanson of Costa Mesa, CA, Mike Hanson of Santa Paula, CA and Matthew Glenn of Virginia Beach, VA. Step-grandchildren, Kelly Aguilera, Matthew Van Why and Amy Lynch, all of Fillmore and six step-great grandchildren.
The Garden
Here in it’s beauty, characters were molded,
Like buds as they open,
Pour thoughts were unfolded.
Let’s pause for a moment, and in silent prayer,
Be most grateful to God, for this garden so rare.
Hold fast to this thought,
That where ever you roam,
With love and affection,
We will welcome you home.
Written by Ken’s father,
William Holt Glenn
Christmas 1939
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the TLC Home Hospice, Gideon International or the Abiding Memorial Fund of the Faith Community Church.
A celebration of life for Ken will be held on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 12:00p.m. at the Faith Community Church, 461 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA.

 
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Charles Eugene Harris

Charles Eugene Harris

Charles Eugene Harris answered the ultimate call to worship and went home to be with His Lord and Savior on July 1, 2009. Charlie was born on February 14, 1958 in Phoenix, AZ and was a long-time resident of Ventura County. Foremost a disciple of Christ, he was thus a man of purpose, devoted to his family and to his church, where he was an associate pastor for nearly twenty years. A faithful man, he gave liberally of his time and energy in instructing people in the Word of God and in helping his friends with computers and all things technical.
Charlie was also known for his love of soccer, heart of worship, family trips in California, and invariable straight-faced teasing with a chuckle at the end. He was well-loved by the Lord, his family, and his friends; his "most favorite" verse was Romans 8:38-39 — "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Charlie will be greatly missed by all who knew him, most significantly his wife, Karen, and two daughters, Michelle and Erin. He is also survived by his mother, Eve Stone, and siblings: Trevor Harris and family, Brenda Segal and family, and Lisa Harris. A celebration service will be held Sunday, July 19 at 4 p.m. at the Fillmore Foursquare Church, 324 Sespe Ave. Bright, cheerful attire is requested. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the family can be bestowed through the Fillmore Foursquare Church.

 
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Joan A. Kennedy McKeown

Joan A. Kennedy McKeown

1933-2009

Joan Kennedy McKeown born Jan 4th in Ontario Canada, residing in Fillmore passed away Tuesday June 30th at 7:26p.m. in Santa Paula Hospital surrounded by all three of her children. She passed after a brief battle with cancer.
She is survived by son Stephen McKeown of Fillmore California, Jennifer McKeown of Floyd Co. Virginia, and Shawna (McKeown) Sturm of Wausau Wisconsin, 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

 
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Virginia Sanchez Alcoser

Virginia Sanchez Alcoser

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 (Irene’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 Assisi’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.
Virginia’s life was all about God, family, country and friends. Her priorities have brought value to us all and we will miss her greatly.

 
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Virginia Sanchez Alcoser

Virginia Sanchez Alcoser

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.

 
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Eleanor Martinez

Eleanor Martinez

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.

 
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Toni Lea Nelson

Toni Lea Nelson

Santa Paula
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 “Dun Deluxe” (Dundee) in 1995. Years later it was her wish to donate her horse to “Heart of a Horse” 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

 
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Marilyn Godfrey

Marilyn Godfrey

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 women’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.

 
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Nita Hastings-Perkins

Nita Hastings-Perkins

"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.

 
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Adolfo Ortiz Lugo

Adolfo Ortiz Lugo

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 “A” Street, Oxnard, California. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.