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Patrick Thomas Roud (1933-2022)

Patrick Thomas Roud (1933-2022)

Patrick Thomas Roud passed away February 9th, 2022 at his home in Fillmore, California with family by his side.
Patrick, or Tom depending on how you knew him, was born on January 19th, 1933 in Dublin, Ireland. At the age of 23 he left Ireland for Canada to work as a painter for the Canadian government. At a dance hall in Vancouver he met Maureen Dineen and they married in 1958, having their first child one year later. In 1960 Tom and Maureen immigrated to the United States and settled in Van Nuys, CA. Over the next 12 years Tom worked hard to earn his contractor’s license and establish his painting business. While living in Van Nuys they had four more children. In the little free time Tom and Maureen had they belonged to a square dancing club and Tom raised canaries in their backyard. In 1972 Tom moved his family to Fillmore. He continued his painting business and became a self taught weekend rancher raising animals and growing oranges and avocados. Shortly after moving to Fillmore, Tom discovered a new hobby of raising pigs. He enjoyed sharing his time and knowledge with local 4-H clubs. He was so proud when the kids did well at the county fair with one of his pigs.
In 1976 Tom became a United States Citizen. Throughout the years Tom made many trips back to Ireland but was always happy to return to his "little piece of heaven" in Fillmore. Tom rarely stayed still and usually had some sort of project started. He always had a garden and mostly grew his plants from seeds. He loved spending time on the ocean fishing, regardless of the fact that he usually got seasick. He also enjoyed scuba diving and telling stories about what creatures he had seen. During the summer he would take his family on long road trips or camping at Leo Carrillo and Montana De Ora State Beaches. Tom was quite the story teller and singer of Irish songs. You didn't have to ask him twice to tell a joke, sing a song, or tell a story about his younger days in Ireland.
Tom always saw the potential in each new day. One of the first things he would ask is “ what’s on the agenda for today?” His passing has left a void in our hearts but we are comforted by the beautiful memories he made with us.
Tom is survived by brothers Sam Roud (Noreen) and Noel Roud (Zaida), his son and daughter in law Daniel and Deborah Roud, daughter and son in law Kathleen and Andrew Aguirre, his grandchildren Benjamin (Dana), Noah, and Brooke Aguirre and Ronnie Duenas, great grandson Liam Aguirre, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his wife Maureen, daughter Anne, sons Thomas and Brian, his parents, sister Margaret Hughes, Eva Roud and brother Brendan Roud.
Services will be held March 17th, Rosary at 10:00 am and Mass to follow at 10:30am at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Santa Paula with burial to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.

 
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Helen Jean Cowell (nee Abreu) (1933-2021)

Helen Jean Cowell (nee Abreu) (1933-2021)

Helen was born in a small town near Rangoon, Burma. She was the only daughter amongst seven brothers.
Her father, Isaac Francis Abreu, was a Deputy District Superintendent of Burma Police. He was awarded the King’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service by King George V. in 1932.
Helen’s mother was Lilian May Abreu (nee Sherard). She kept her children together after Isaac was captured and died during WWII and the Burmese civil unrest.
After independence, Helen’s family relocated to the newly created nation of Pakistan.
She attended boarding school at the Jesus and Mary Convent school for girls in Murree which still exists today at the foot of the Himalayas in Punjab, Pakistan.
After graduation from high school, Helen married Peter Cowell, an Army Captain stationed in the highlands of Pakistan. He too was from Burma.
They were together for 70 years. They had two children, a daughter, Janice Lillian and a son James Henry Cowell.
Their young family immigrated to the United States entering New York Harbor April 14th, 1959 on the ocean liner the Queen Elizabeth. Helen was 25 years old and had a 3 and 6 year old.
While raising her young family and working part time, Helen pursued higher education. Starting at Citrus Junior College on to Cal Poly, Pomona, University of Washington and finally earning her Masters in Far Eastern Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She went on to obtain a teaching credential at University of California, Santa Barbara.
She was a teacher for 28 years, first at Santa Clara High School then at Sespe Elementary, Fillmore where she spent 25 years teaching 5th grade. She had many wonderful students and colleagues who became dear friends.
Besides her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her beloved stepfather, Basil Disney, as well as her son, James, and five brothers: Herbert, Patrick, Tony, Derek and David.
Her survivors include her brothers in England, Dave Disney (Grace) and Colin Abreu (Yvonne).
Helen’s greatest joy was being a grandmother to Emily (Ed) De La Llave and Kevin (Tracy) Waldron.
She considered it a blessing to have her son in-law Mike Waldron and nephew, Mark Abreu close to her.
As a mother’s heart has no limits Helen’s even greater joy were her great grandchildren, Peter and Julia De La Llave and Finley and Pippa Waldron. She loved watching them play in her garden, feeding and fussing over them.
Helen considered herself blessed to have kept in close touch with her many Abreu and Cowell nieces and nephews around the world in England, Bahrain, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand as well as those closer to home in the States. They all loved to eat her authentic curries and burmese dishes. One of her greatest pleasures was to cook for others. She was well travelled having visited six continents. No matter which hemisphere or continent, she marveled at the night sky and enthusiastically named each constellation!
The family extends our highest praise and infinite gratitude to Helen’s devoted caregivers, Bing Compendia and Beth Ilano. Additional thankfulness to Michelle Dore, RN and the staff at TLC Hospice.
Internment was August 24th, 2021 at Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, CA.
A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 12th, 2022 at 10 AM at St Francis Assisi Catholic Church, Fillmore, CA 93015. Officiants Father Alex Amayun and Deacon Manuel Martinez. Luncheon to follow 11am-1pm.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Helen Cowell’s name to the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake 2265 Hwy 154 Santa Barbara, CA 93015.
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Peter James Cowell (1926-2021)

Peter James Cowell (1926-2021)

Peter was born in Maymo, Burma a city just north of Mandalay. Peter’s autobiography, self published in 1999 described an idyllic childhood as the youngest of eight siblings.
This all changed when WWII came to Burma December 1941 when Peter was 15 years old. He and his elder brother, Alfred, escaped by walking from Burma to India across the Chindwin River route. Unfortunately his father, James Henry Cowell, died on the trek through the northern Hukwang Valley-Patkai mountain route. Peter’s mother, Mildred Cowell (nee Garnier) and her six daughters had evacuated earlier while airplanes were still transporting women and children to India.
As refugees, Peter and his brother found temporary shelter at the Loreto Convent in Calcutta. Although he did not know it at the time, a young nun who later in life would be known as Mother Teresa was also there as a Loreto sister.
After reuniting with his mother and sisters in Musoori, India, Peter was sent to boarding school at St Joseph’s Academy in Dehra Dun which is north of Delhi near the Nepal/China borders. After high school graduation he joined the British army in India. After officers training he was assigned to the Gurkha Regiment about the same time as the American and British forces began reclaiming Burma. Peter was posted to Rangoon as a Lieutenant in the 4th Burma Regiment under the command of the British Empire.
After the war and his family scattered, Peter, age 22, found opportunity with the newly created Pakistan Army, eventually reaching the rank of Bridgade Major in the Artillery.
He was stationed in Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Kashmir, and Karachi. While stationed in Quetta he visited a Burma family who had a 17 year-old daughter, Helen Abreu. As a young girl Helen used to ride the train to school with Peter’s nieces in Rangoon. In high school she had seen the boy from Burma, Peter’s pictures in the newspapers winning diving and boxing championships for the Army.
Helen and Peter were married Dec 29, 1951 in Quetta.
In 1959 at age 33 with a wife, two young children and $500, Peter immigrated to America. Their journey included sailing through the Indian Ocean and Suez Canal past the Rock of Gibraltar to England then on to New York. After traveling by train across the entire United States the family arrived at the downtown Los Angeles Union train station and settled in El Monte, California.
Peter found work as a book keeper during the week and unloaded train cars on the weekend for $2/hr. He took classes at UCLA and pursued his education, passed the CPA exam and landed a job with Coopers & Lybrand then at Arden Mayfair. At age 46 years Peter left the corporate world to build his own accounting practice in Fillmore, CA.
Peter and Helen bought their home in Bardsdale on 10 acres of Valencia oranges. All his family and friends loved visiting their home and observed that the landscape with the Sespe Mountains reminded them of his hometown, Maymyo.
In 1994 his sisters and nieces journeyed to Fillmore for a Cowell Family Reunion. It was the first time in 50 years the siblings were all together. His daughter and grandkids still refer to those few weeks as the time of “the ancient ones” because of all the family stories, seeing the siblings singing, laughing, teasing, cooking and eating were a gift.
Peter and Helen loved America. They had both lost their fathers and their homes as children. They were so proud to be citizens of their new homeland. A country whose people welcomed them with generosity. A place with abundance and opportunity.
Peter was preceded in death by his son, James in 1998. By Helen 2 months before his own passing. And by all his sisters: Myrtle in England, Minna, Gertrude, Olga and May in Australia, and Elvera in New Zealand and by his brother Alfred in West Covina, CA.
Peter is survived by his daughter, Jan (Mike) Grandchildren Emily (Ed) and Kevin (Tracy) and great grandchildren Peter, Julia, Finley and Pippa.
Over the years Peter’s indulgences included Burma cheroots, Ballantines, Dry Sack sherry, Cuban cigars, mini Palmiers and lots and lots of ice cream. After retiring he was dedicated to going to the gym, riding his exercycle and walking the treadmill, five days a week without fail. He enjoyed indulging his wife’s love for travel. They enjoyed dancing at weddings and parties and loved listening to all the “old music” from the 40’s.
Internment was Dec 29, 2021 at Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, CA which was their 70th wedding anniversary.
A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 10 AM at St Francis Assisi Catholic Church, Fillmore, CA 93015. Officiants Father Alex Amayun and Deacon Manuel Martinez. Luncheon to follow 11am-1pm.
In lieu of flowers a donation in Helen and Peter Cowell’s name may be made to the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake 2265 Hwy 154 Santa Barbara, CA 93015
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Bianca Lizette Tapia (1989-2022)

Bianca Lizette Tapia (1989-2022)

It is with heavy heart we announce that Bianca Lizette Tapia was tragically taken from us in a car accident on March 2, 2022. Because of the senseless act of a drunk driver, her life ended in the blink of an eye. Our family is completely heartbroken and devastated. We know things will never be the same from this immense and painful loss.
Bianca was a kind, loving, intelligent woman. She lit up any room she walked in and her energy was always beaming through her every smile. Bianca had always found different ways of expressing herself. She enjoyed painting, dancing, singing karaoke, and playing trivia games and never hesitated to ask everyone to join her. She also loved cooking for her family and friends, her home cooked meals always made you full with love. Bianca was always such a strong, selfless and beautiful soul. We are so blessed to have shared 33 wonderful years with her, full of laughter, warm embraces and everlasting love that will be greatly missed by her family and friends. We will never forget how brilliant her soul shined through to luminate everyone around her and, most special of all, how much she inspired everyone to love unconditionally and endlessly.
Bianca was born in Ventura on January 8, 1989 and grew up in Fillmore, graduating Class of 2007 from FHS. She received her Associate's Degree at Ventura College and later her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from CSU Channel Islands. She worked as a Community Skills Instructor in Thousand Oaks serving individuals with developmental disabilities for 5 years, and loved her job. Bianca was a resident of Ventura and Fillmore for many years. She had everything going for her; she had goals of traveling all over the world and trying different things. Bianca had dreams and aspirations for her bright future and to have her life taken so tragically and so soon is just devastating and unfathomable. Her spirit will continue in legacy through her family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her brother Ismael Uriostegui Jr.; her grandmother, Bertha Tapia; her uncle Felipe Tapia; her aunts Sylvia Romero, Graciela Romero, Rose Marie Mendez and Rosa Romero. She is survived by her mother Nancy Tapia, her father Ismael Uriostegui, Sr., her sister Gissel Uriostegui, her brother Erik Uriostegui; step sister Beyance, step brother, Ulysses; her uncle Frank Tapia and aunt Lisa Tapia; many cousins, Susy, Patty and Ramiro, Victor Mendez; Krystle, Frankie, Desiree, Mariah and Anthony Tapia; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Lastly her boyfriend Hector Molina with whom she had 2 dogs Kobe and Benji with. Thank you to all the families and friends that have helped during this difficult time. Memorial services will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 Ventura St, Fillmore, CA, at 10am on Friday, March 25, 2022. Interment will be held at Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, CA. To conclude services, guests are invited to join family for Bianca’s Celebration of Life at 511 Second St, Fillmore, CA, starting at 3pm.

 
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Daniel M. Montañez (1938-2022)

Daniel M. Montañez (1938-2022)

Daniel M. Montañez 84, long time resident if Fillmore, went to the presence of the Lord on February 23, 2022 surrounded by his beloved wife and children. He was born on January 3, 1938, in Calera V.R. Zacatecas, Mexico. At the age of seventeen, he met his wife Antonia Hernandez, married in 1956 and had three children. In 1966, as a Bracero, he migrated his family to the small town of Fillmore where he raised his family. He worked for F & P Growers for 14 years and later retired from Dick Elkins Trucking. His favorite thing to do was spending time with his grandchildren, especially watching them compete in sports, he also enjoyed taking long walks, going to the gym, and playing with his dog Manchas.
As an only child he was incredibly grateful to be blessed with a big family. Now he has reunited with his parents Jose and Antonia Montañez.
He is survived by his wife Antonia H. Montañez of 66 years, daughter Esperanza M. Hurtado (Alferdo), son Jose H. Montañez (Bernalda), daughter Angelica M. López (Ricardo). He had 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.
Visitation will be held March 9, 2022, from 3pm – 9pm at Perez Family Funeral Home at 300 Central Ave., Fillmore, Ca, 93015. A Celebration of Life Service will be held March 10, 2022, 10am at Sembradores Church, 324 Sespe Ave., Fillmore, Ca, 93015 followed by the burial at Bardsdale Cemetery at 1698 S. Sespe St., Fillmore, Ca. 93015.
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Rachel Suzanne Chavez-Gonzalez (1984-2022)

Rachel Suzanne Chavez-Gonzalez (1984-2022)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Rachel Chavez-Gonzalez on Monday, February 14th, 2022. Rachel was born on February 14th, 1984, to the loving parents of Jennifer Crockett and Adrian “Little Man” Chavez. Rachel was raised in the city of Fillmore, where she attended school and would go on to cheerlead and play softball. Rachel graduated from Fillmore High School in 2002 and set her sights for Oklahoma, where she would eventually go on to get married and raise a family.
Rachel had an energy that was contagious. She loved making people laugh – but more than anything, she loved being a mother. Rachel embraced motherhood, a commitment to raising smart, adventurous, and loving boys with her husband, Jorge. Along with being a loving mother and wife; Rachel enjoyed reading, cooking, and, at any chance she had – singing to Mariah Carey at the top of her lungs. She loved watching marathons of I Love Lucy, while snacking on pickles dipped in sugar, and learning dance routines. Rachel was her own person, who followed her own set of rules. On the surface, she always appeared to be tough. But underneath, she was genuine, goofy, witty, and fun. She will be remembered for the unconditional love she had for her family and the loyalty she had for her closest friends.
She will be greatly missed by all who have had the privilege of having her in their lives. Rachel is survived by her husband Jorge Rodriguez, and their sons; Devon, Bently, and Xavier. She is also survived by her mother Jennifer, step-parents Sylvia and Timothy, grandparents: Dolores “Lola” Chavez, Jerry and Linda Crockett, and her siblings: Selina, Angela, Adrian, Aaliyah—and countless uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by her daughter Jordan, her brother Joshua, her father Adrian, and her grandfather Adon.

 
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Juan De La Rosa (1929-2022)

Juan De La Rosa (1929-2022)

Born January 27th, 1929, in Colton, CA. Passed away January 25th, 2022, at 92 years old, 2 days before his 93rd birthday. He was born to Pedro and Margarita De La Rosa who were in the Bracero program.
Shortly thereafter, during the depression, the family moved back to their hometown of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico, where dad and younger brother Martin helped their father carry water to homes and other hard labor to make ends meet. He excelled in school up to the 6th grade. Eventually, in his teens, the family moved back to the U.S. and he began taking correspondence courses to earn his GED in his spare time when not working in the citrus fields. The family made their way back to Mexico where he set up a mom-and-pop store for his mom in the family home. He would later go into trucking, hauling construction materials with a 1953 GMC dump truck that he bought in the U.S. using mostly his money for a down payment. It was during that time that dad met his beloved wife, Maria who blessed him with eight beautiful children. After the fourth child, he left everything behind and brought his growing family to Rancho Sespe, near Fillmore, where he was a field worker for several years.
Eventually, he began taking correspondence courses in automotive technology and began servicing automobiles for friends and relatives. Dad was thrifty and smart with his money to the point of being criticized for being frugal. However, each of his children can testify that those were the most wonderful, God-given days of their lives! When his boys asked for bikes, he came home with a box of parts and several frames and showed them how to build their own! This seemingly show of frugality which may have yet been another act for criticism, was a HUGE calculated move by dad to help his boys develop an interest in technology, which led to careers in Automotive Training and Education, Government Fleet Vehicle Repair and Oilfield Facility Management, Computer Engineering and Design and Farming Equipment Repair and Maintenance. Dad was also tireless in helping and encouraging his girls to start their own business from financing a beauty shop for one and helping each one to purchase their home.
Because of years of careful management of the family's resources, he was able to save and buy his first property, his house. Soon after, with mom's encouragement, dad bought an investment property in Ventura consisting of 18 cottages, which helped each of his children at the start of their own families, as each had a cottage available to them if they chose. This property also taught his kids the skills needed to manage and maintain residential properties, skills being utilized to this very day.
Dad was always looking for investment opportunities and found one at Wagon Wheel Groceries in Oxnard. As a family-established business, he and mom operated a community store where customers would come specifically to sample her home-made burritos, meeting a lot of good local people along the way. This was a springboard to his next endeavor.
After his retirement, dad leased a gas station on Hwy 126 near Central Ave in Fillmore. He and several of his kids, nephews, and nieces ran it until new underground storage tanks were required. Since owners would not help with the cost, he decided to end the lease and founded the present De La Rosa Auto Repair facility in Fillmore. His life-long dream finally came true the day he stepped into HIS shop and was able to re-build it from the ground up. When not at home going through every piece of mail that came to him, you could always find him there almost every day until the end of his life.
Dad will be remembered for his big heart! Being the first to move here in his family as well as in his in-laws, he helped every single one migrate here, always making his home available to them. Although he helped anyone who asked, he could be very hard, but fair! He did not spare the rod as his boys can attest, especially for ditching school, and each of his boys acknowledge they deserved every single punishment. WE MISS YOU DAD!
Juan was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro and Margarita De La Rosa, sisters, Rosario De La Rosa and Cruzita Ramos, brothers, Martin, Agustin, and Alphonso De La Rosa.
Juan is survived by his beloved wife Maria De La Rosa. Sons, Bill (Anna), Alex (Susan), John (Christina), Peter (Elvia). Daughters, Linda (Steve), Martha (Jess), Margaret (Chris), Maria (Richard). 21 grandchildren and 18 great - grandchildren and another great grandchild on the way. Sister Elisa Magallon and Brother Gamaliel De La Rosa including numerous nephews and nieces.
A Rosary will be recited at 9:30am on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 with a Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 10:00am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 West Ventura Street, Fillmore, California. Interment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 South Sespe Street, Fillmore, California.
To sign the family's online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Juan's name located in Recent Obituaries.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey GarcĂ­a Jr Funeral Services, Santa Paula, CA 805.229.7054

 
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Marlene “Marla” Cervantez (1946-2022)

Marlene “Marla” Cervantez (1946-2022)

Marlene "Marla" Cervantez was born November 24th, 1946 in Fillmore CA, and joined her loved ones in Heaven on January 15th, 2022.
While attending Fillmore High School, she met the love of her life, Joe Cervantez and married in 1966. They spent 55 wonderful years together and had four beautiful children.
Marla enjoyed trips to Vegas, Chumash, Bingo, Flashes sporting events, and trips to the Eastern Sierras. She enjoyed scratching scratchers, watching The Price is Right, and Dodger Baseball. She also loved spending time with her family, whether it be barbequing, parties, family get togethers, or just sitting and listening to her scanner. 10-4.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Modesto and Maggie Cardona, Mother in-law Mary Zuno, sisters Ruby Riesgo, RoseMarie Gallardo, Madeline Davis, brother Robert Cruz, and brother in-law Jeff Moreno.
She is survived by her husband Joe Cervantez and children Joe (Missy) Cervantez, Denise (Jesse) Camarillo, Liz (Kevin) Hinklin, Dave (Brenda) Cervantez, grandchildren, Ren, Trevor (Natalie), Lauren (Marco), Dustin, Nicole, Heidi, Kaylee, Jason, and great-grandchildren Aleana, Naleah, and is expecting her third great-grandchild in August. She is also survived by her siblings Ronnie (Helen) Riesgo, Norbert (Stella) Riesgo, Bill (Annette) Cardona, Sam (Genevieve) Cardona, Angie (Steve) Appleton, Gloria "Chachi" (Jimmy) Ledesma, Barbara Moreno, and numerous Nieces and Nephews.
On behalf of her family we would like to thank the staff at UCSD Medical Center (Hillcrest) where she received her transplants, Dr.Hakansson and staff, and to all our family and friends who supported us along the way.
Visitation will begin at 5:00pm on Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 with a Rosary to be recited at 6:30pm at Church of Angels, 600 East Pleasant Street, Santa Paula, CA. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 at St. Francis of Assisi, 1048 West Ventura Street, Fillmore, CA. Committal and Interment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 South Sespe Street, Fillmore, CA.
To sign the family's online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Marlene's name located in Recent Obituaries.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey GarcĂ­a Jr Funeral Services, Santa Paula, CA 805.229.7054.

 
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Laura May Knutson (1941-2022)

Laura May Knutson (1941-2022)

Laura May Knutson, age 80, of Bakersfield passed away Monday, January 17th, 2022.
She grew up in Fillmore, California and was a valedictorian graduate of Fillmore High School in 1959. She enjoyed bowling, dancing, road trips in the family motorhome and camping with friends and family. She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family.
Laura is preceded in death by her parents Chester and Gennave Kruse, and two brothers, Marvin and Roy Kruse. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dave; daughter, Sharla Frank and sons, David Knutson, Lee Knutson and Christopher Knutson.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony for Laura will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 at Church of Angels, 600 East Pleasant Street in Santa Paula, California. Interment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 South Sespe Street in Fillmore, California.
To sign the family's online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Laura's name located in Recent Obituaries.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey GarcĂ­a Jr Funeral Services, Santa Paula, CA 805.229.7054.

 
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Alan Daniel Johnson (1927-2021)

Alan Daniel Johnson (1927-2021)

Alan Daniel Johnson, of Fillmore, CA, died peacefully on December 13th, 2021. He was 94 years of age. Al spent much of his childhood in Scotia, New York and enlisted in the Navy during WW2. He graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in English, Journalism.
Al’s professional life in journalism began as a reporter for the Capitol District Gazette in Schenectady, New York. It was during this time he met and married Dorothy Defazio Johnson, his wife of 53 years.
The bulk of his professional life was with the General Electric Company in Schenectady and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as Senior Publicist for the Missile and Space Program. The family relocated to the suburbs of Philadelphia in 1958, where Al and Dot raised five children. The family spent every weekend skiing in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, where Al volunteered on the ski patrol and life-long friends were made. The wider influence resulted with several of his children and grandchildren achieving highly competitive and professional success within the ski industry.
In 1972 the family moved to Manchester Vermont, purchasing a sporting goods store and Bed & Breakfast. The move to ski country was Al’s dream where he joined the ski patrol at Bromley Mountain. In retirement, they moved to Venice, Florida and enjoyed many years in a warmer climate. Al returned to Maine for some years where he participated in Maine Handicap Skiing at Sunday River, well into his 80’s and eventually, to California where he reunited with the youngest family members.
The three passions that defined Al were his love of reading/writing, skiing and a good adventure! Al remained active in retirement reporting for local newspapers and volunteering for Literacy programs. The YMCA in Venice, Florida acknowledged his reporting of their program to help promote literacy in parents of young children.
Al was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Defazio Johnson; his parents, Ernest Elden Johnson and Esther (nee Thunborg) Johnson. He is survived by his children, Alan Daniel Johnson and his partner, Susan Shay, Kristin Esther Johnson and her husband David Beam, Nissa Johnson Avery and her husband Mark, Karin Johnson Hardy and her partner Don Campbell, Erik Charles Johnson and his wife Mary; as well as his grandchildren, Anders Johnson, Alyssa Jonson, Gabriel Johnson, Aaron Landry, Mathew Beam, Ryan Beam, Lars Remsen, Christopher Remsen, Greg Hardy, Colton Hardy, Jessie Hardy, Nicholas Johnson, Katherine Johnson; as well as his great grandchildren, Theodore Johnson, Jackson Landry, Cohen Landry, Charlotte Beam, and Finn Remsen.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Fillmore Country Club, a senior community, for the kindness and care they provided Al in his final days.
A family service will be held this summer in Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, Maine.

 
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Limhi Perez (1983-2022)

Limhi Perez (1983-2022)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of Limhi Perez on Sunday, January 2nd, 2022, due to complications from pneumonia. Limhi was born on August 24th, 1983, to loving parents Fernando and Cristela Perez. Limhi was raised in the city of Fillmore, along with his 4 brothers and sister, where he attended school and enjoyed playing baseball as a youngster (Limhi would go on to coach his nephews little league teams). Limhi graduated from Fillmore High School in 2001. Shortly thereafter he welcomed his first daughter, Krystella, with then wife Isabel. Limhi began working for UPS around this same time and eventually worked his way up to a full time driver. Limhi enjoyed his job and all of the coworkers, customers, and dogs he met along his route. Through out Limhi’s life, he enjoyed so many things; the Misfits, his Dobermans, the Los Angeles Dodgers, snowboarding, spending time on the lake with his brothers, riding his motorcycle, watching movies, and spending time with his friends and family. Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting Limhi was instantly won over by his charming personality. Limhi was outgoing, funny, and smart; he made people laugh without even trying. Limhi was never afraid to speak his mind, even if it meant rattling some cages along the way. Recently, Limhi welcomed his second daughter, Ellianna, into this world with Jenna. There was nothing that Limhi loved more than being a daddy. In addition to his fatherly duties, Limhi always made time for his friends. He was considerate, kind, and he loved hard. His spirit will be truly missed. Limhi was proceeded in death by brother Fernando Perez Jr, grandmother Manuella Felix Perez, and grandparents Juan Antonio and Isabel Granados. Limhi is survived by his parents, Fernando and Cristela Perez, daughters, Krystella (Isabel) and Ellianna (Jenna), brothers and sisters Jared and Julie Perez, Gloria Perez, Jose and Araceli Pascual, Alex Perez, and Jacob and Diana Perez, as well as grandfather Fransisco Perez. Limhi also leaves behind 8 nieces and 6 nephews, whom he loved dearly, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends. The world will not be the same without this special soul. We love you. Till me meet again!
Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing, from 9-10 AM, and the service, from 10-11 AM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1017 First Street, Fillmore, on Friday, January 14th, 2022.

 
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Eleanor Davison (1957-2021)

Eleanor Davison (1957-2021)

Eleanor “Elly” Marie Davison, 64, peacefully passed away in her sleep on December 29th, 2021. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 20th,1957 the fourth child out of seven children born to John and Lorraine McKinnon. Elly was married in her late 20s and had three beautiful boys Tony, Nick and Harlan and one boy, Shariar (who passed away in infancy) who were the lights of her life. She loved to spend time with family and was always either with them, on her way to them, or calling them. Elly was a sassy prankster notorious for holding out on the punchline until you were squirming in your seat when she would finally give in to let you know she was just kidding. If she wasn’t pranking you, chances were she was warming up to bust out her signature dance moves, which were truly indescribable and a joy for all to behold. She had recently added a move to her repertoire: lifting her stiff, broken leg, ankle straight up next to her ear like a limber cheerleader. Elly had the biggest heart, and despite not having much for herself always went out of her way to give to others. She was also forgiving, never holding a grudge. She had a very deep faith in Jesus Christ and it sustained her every day of her life. She was truly an example in that way for all of us. Elly was preceded in death by her mother and father, Lorraine and John McKinnon and her infant son Shariar Bahnani. She is survived by her sisters Joanne, Cathy, Arlene, and Lauren, brothers Jack and Steve, sons Tony, Nick and Harlan, grandson Nixon and granddaughter Roxy. Funeral Service to be held Friday, January 21st, 2022 10:00-11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1017 First Street, Fillmore, CA 93015. (805) 524-1536.

 
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Deborah “Debbie” Kaye (Hunt) Gudgel (1948-2021)

Deborah “Debbie” Kaye (Hunt) Gudgel (1948-2021)

Deborah “Debbie” Kaye (Hunt) Gudgel, age 73, passed away peacefully on November 10th, 2021 at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Debbie was born on September 8th, 1948, in Fillmore, CA to Leonard and Ila (Boyer) Hunt and was the eldest of 4 children. It is there in her hometown she attended and excelled in grade school and would graduate from Fillmore High School, Class of 1966. After graduating, Debbie worked for Montgomery Ward in retail, moving up to Catalog Manager. She would work there for a few years before taking a position at ADB Systems. During her employment with ADB Systems, she decided to go back to school to receive her degree from Waterson College to further her career and combine her love of traveling to become a travel agent. This is where she would end her working journey into retirement.
From an early age, she had a passion for traveling and saw some of the most beautiful places with pictures of beautiful scenery and amazing sunsets. She also had a love for reading and I am sure that she personally made Nora Roberts a millionaire. I have no doubt she had every book she ever wrote. Anyone that knew her would know she was a bookworm and always had a book in tow.
Debbie was a devout Christian and had a very strong faith and a sincere love for her congregation. It was her faith in the end, that helped us all in knowing she was going home to be with our Lord, and that one day we will meet again.
The most important, above all, was her family! Debbie was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, Great-great grandmother and friend. She was always there with an open ear and arms with words of encouragement and could be quite the comedian at times with her quick wit. So many cherished memories…she will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege to have had her as a part of their lives.
Debbie is proceeded in death by Leonard Hunt (father), Ila Hunt (mother) and Rene (Hunt) Craig (sister).
Debbie is survived by her 2 daughters Tammy Gudgel (Edward), Terri (Gudgel) Wright (Tommy), 8 Grandchildren Ashley Ponce, Tommy Wright Jr., Tasha Wright, Ellyse Lucas, Alyssa De La Huerta, Gabriella Ramos, Skyler Ramos, and Taylor Wright, brother Richard Hunt (Mary), sister Shannon (Hunt) Kellner (Ken), 16 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild arriving soon, her faithful companion & adorable fur baby of 9 years Taffy; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family of Debbie wishes to extend a special thank you to John and Dee McFarland & John and Heather Lewis of Decatur, AL for all of your love and support. May God bless you always! And to the wonderful staff at Huntsville Hospital for your prominent care and Roselawn Funeral Home for their exceptional aftercare. A private memorial service will be held for immediate family and friends at a later date. God Bless!

 
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Ruben Adolfo Talamantez III (1964-2021)

Ruben Adolfo Talamantez III (1964-2021)

Ruben Adolfo Talamantez III, 57, passed away Nov. 23, 2021 with his family by his side. Born on July 17, 1964 in Oxnard, he grew up in Fillmore before raising his family in Santa Clarita.
Ruben was the best husband, dad, and “wompa.” He was blessed with a beautiful marriage of 36 years to his high school sweetheart, Gracie Talamantez. He lived to make her happy and together, they made the best team and built a loving, close-knit family. Whether going for a cruise, taking an adventurous trip, having a nice dinner or watching a movie on the couch, they were inseparable and their love transcends all space and time. Ruben took great pride in his children and shared extraordinary bonds with them. Through sacrifice and hard work, he provided and met all of their needs. From sports games to birthdays, learning to ride a bike and swim, school awards and graduations, driving lessons, navigating jobs and life, he was there for every moment big or small. He showed true unconditional love, offered the best advice, instilled life tools and gifted wonderful memories that they will carry in their hearts forever. Spoiling his grandchildren with love made his heart sing. From whistling and tickling to giving them “the claw” and playing outside nonstop, he enjoyed every minute with his grand babies and imprinted their hearts during their most impressionable years.
Ruben loved spending time with family and friends, especially beachside - camping or at the beach house - where long days were spent listening to old school music, napping, indulging in favorite snacks with a nice cold beer, barbecuing, watching the sunset, and sleeping by the hot campfire. He enjoyed hosting others alongside his wife and the good conversation, laughs and memories that were created. Other favorite pastimes included attending Dodger and Rams games, riding his motorcycle, and playing pool. He enjoyed being there for others, looking after his mother Rita Talamantez and acting as caregiver to his aunt Cecilia Flores.
Also known as Chubeno, Ruben’s family called him “the Mayor” of Fillmore because of how many people he knew and would stop to talk to. While the Mayor has reached his permanent home in Heaven, rest assured he is watching down on loved ones in his beloved hometown and along his produce truck route.
Always encouraging his family to say their prayers, Ruben regularly gave God thanks for the awesome life he lived, which he felt was truly blessed. Preceding his death is his father, Ruben Talamantez II, and his grandmother and grandfather, Josephine and Merced Flores. Ruben is survived by his wife Gracie; his children; Deanna (Paco) Avila, Ruben, Joseph and Michael Talamantez; and his grandchildren Jay and Olivia; and his sister Rosanne (Edward) Limon.
His family thanks family, friends and neighbors for all of their continued prayers and loving support. A Holy Rosary will be recited in his honor at 11 a.m. followed by mass at 11:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore on Saturday, Dec. 18. A celebration of life will take place immediately after at Britt Park (Piru Petroleum Club) at 3825 East Guiberson Road, Fillmore, CA 93015.

 
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Frankie Lopez Jr. (1971-2021)

Frankie Lopez Jr. (1971-2021)

Frankie Lopez at age 50 passed away after a long valiant struggle after an unsuccessful surgery due to several health complications on October 30, 2021. Frankie was born on October 24, 1971 in Santa Paula, CA. He was a lifelong Fillmore resident born to Blanca and Francisco Lopez. Frankie was a father, son, brother and good friend to many. He always had a smile on his face along with a contagious laugh and a big humble heart. His children and niece were the pride and joy of his life. The legacy of his fun-loving spirit, passion for barbecuing, his love for music and nature will live on through them. Frankie was generous and very giving anytime anyone was in need even if it meant giving the last dollar in his pocket. He also volunteered his time for several years with the St. Francis Church Food Share Program in Fillmore. Frankie is survived by his mother Blanca and Francisco Lopez, sisters Elizabeth and Athena Lopez, sons Xavier and Jacob Lopez, daughter Jazzy Ramos and niece Juanita Pillado.
All services will be held on Friday, November 26, 2021 at Piru San Salvador Mission Church, 4041 Center Street, Piru, CA 93040. Rosary will begin at 9:00 a.m. with mass to follow. We will lay him to rest at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore.

 
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Jeaniece Evelyn Manasco (1943-2021)

Jeaniece Evelyn Manasco (1943-2021)

Jeaniece Evelyn Manasco went to be with her Lord & Savior on October 21, 2021. Jeaniece was born to Troy & Claudia McElroy on July 10, 1943, in England, Arkansas. Jeaniece spent most of her growing up years in Fillmore and Piru, CA. She also spent some time living in Arkansas where she met the love of her life, Franklin Eudell Manasco. They were married on September 29, 1961, enjoying 60 beautiful years of marriage. Frank & Jeaniece had two children, Dale Manasco and Gail Allen, son-in -law Bill Allen Jr., and one grandson, Wil Allen. Jeaniece was the second child of nine children. She was preceded in death by Harlen, Royce, Donald, Jeanette, Richard, Vernon, and Leonard McElroy. She is also survived by her baby sister Laurencine McElroy Rogers. Jeaniece enjoyed life. She enjoyed photography, sewing, camping, hiking, cooking and throwing a backyard party. But the things she truly LOVED were God, family and friends. There was nothing more important to her than God. She was truly a servant of Christ and an example to all. She always said if you put God first, your family will not lack, God will always give you balance. Jeaniece was loved and will be missed by all. Graveside service to be held at the Bardsdale Cemetery on Thursday, November 11, 1021, at 11:00 a.m. Viewing prior to service at the Perez Family Mortuary in Fillmore from 9 to 10 a.m.

 
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Ami Gonzales (1986-2021)

Ami Gonzales (1986-2021)

It’s with great sadness we announce the passing of Ami Gonzales after a prolonged illness. Ami passed away on October 2nd, 2021, at the age of 35, while visiting cousins in Las Vegas. He was born on July 25th, 1986, in Simi Valley and grew up in Fillmore. He was the beloved son of Ernie and Techi (Esther) Gonzales of Fillmore. He was proceeded in death by his father Ernie Jr., grandfather Ernie Gonzales Sr. and David Lopez, uncles Carlos Lopez, Dennis and Matt Gonzales. He is survived by his mom, sister Eula, brother-in-law Chris, nephew Griffin Hunter from Utah and brother Josiah Gonzales; Grandmothers Noemi Loza of Santa Paula and Bella Gonzales of Fillmore, many loving Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
Ami graduated in 2004 from Moorpark High. After high school he traveled to many places, he accomplished his dream of traveling before his was 25-years old. At 18 he moved to Hawaii with his sister and from there he went to Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma and Utah, making new friends which he still kept in touched with till his last days. Ami will be remembered for the unconditional love he had for animals. He always had his dog Chapo with him, who is missing him dearly. He will be remembered for his big and beautiful heart--he would give the shirt off his back to help those in need, a place to stay, eat or just to take a shower. He will be remembered for his love of knives and home-made weapons that he use to practice with; he was never seen without a knife on his belt. He was a survival freak and was ready for the Big One (earthquake).
Ami was a joker and loved playing tricks on people, loved the outdoors, hiking, camping and fishing, taking pictures of the sunset and moon, cooking, history, kids and Frank Sinatra.
Ami was a donor and his kidneys were successfully recover and transported to save two lives. He was always a giving person till the end.
Amadeus’ celebration of life will be held on November 12th at 11:00am at Perez Funeral home, reception to follow at the Veterans Memorial Building in Fillmore.

 
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Ami Gonzales (1986-2021)

Ami Gonzales (1986-2021)

It’s with great sadness we announce the passing of Ami Gonzales after a prolonged illness. Ami passed away on October 2nd, 2021, at the age of 35, while visiting cousins in Las Vegas. He was born on July 25th, 1986, in Simi Valley and grew up in Fillmore. He was the beloved son of Ernie and Techi (Esther) Gonzales of Fillmore. He was proceeded in death by his father Ernie Jr., grandfather Ernie Gonzales Sr. and David Lopez, uncles Carlos Lopez, Dennis and Matt Gonzales. He is survived by his mom, sister Eula, brother-in-law Chris, nephew Griffin Hunter from Utah and brother Josiah Gonzales; Grandmothers Noemi Loza of Santa Paula and Bella Gonzales of Fillmore, many loving Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.
Ami graduated in 2004 from Moorpark High. After high school he traveled to many places, he accomplished his dream of traveling before his was 25-years old. At 18 he moved to Hawaii with his sister and from there he went to Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma and Utah, making new friends which he still kept in touched with till his last days. Ami will be remembered for the unconditional love he had for animals. He always had his dog Chapo with him, who is missing him dearly. He will be remembered for his big and beautiful heart--he would give the shirt off his back to help those in need, a place to stay, eat or just to take a shower. He will be remembered for his love of knives and home-made weapons that he use to practice with; he was never seen without a knife on his belt. He was a survival freak and was ready for the Big One (earthquake).
Ami was a joker and loved playing tricks on people, loved the outdoors, hiking, camping and fishing, taking pictures of the sunset and moon, cooking, history, kids and Frank Sinatra.
Ami was a donor and his kidneys were successfully recover and transported to save two lives. He was always a giving person till the end.
Amadeus’ celebration of life will be held on November 12th at 11:00am at Perez Funeral home, reception to follow at the Veterans Memorial Building in Fillmore.

 
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Debbie Vierra (1954-2021)

Debbie Vierra (1954-2021)

Debbie Vierra, 67 years of age, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2021. A Memorial Mass for Debbie, and for all who mourn her passing, will be celebrated at St Francis of Assisi in Fillmore, on November 6, at 2:00 pm. The Celebration of Her Life will continue after Mass at Sow a Heart Farm with music, food, and friendship. All are welcome!
In 2001, Debbie was preceded in death by her soulmate and the love of her life, Ron Vierra. Debbie was lucky enough to find love a second time and she has always said how grateful she was that God would give her two great loves; her second husband and great love, Ronnie Brooks, passed away in 2020.
Debbie is survived by her son, Billy Vierra of Seattle, Washington; stepdaughter and family, Kellyn (Luis) Flores, precious grandchildren: Nathan, Andrew, and Grace Flores of Santa Clarita, step son, Shane Brooks of Santa Paula; sister in laws Kristi (Kevin) Grudzinski of Duarte, Kathy (Greg) Socia of Santa Paula, nephew Mark Reddick (Nikki) of Neenah, Wisconsin, and nieces Michelle (Sanjeev) Balakrishnan) of Atherton, Ca; Jennifer (Jamie) Schmidt of Ventura, as well as many other beloved family members and lifelong friends.
At 40 years of age, Debbie returned to school pursuing her lifelong passion for law. She opened her own employee advocate law office in 1996, and, opened Santa Clara Valley's Legal Aid Clinic which is still in operation today. She was honored by Ronald George, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California and served on the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)'s board of directors. In 2005 Debbie began working for cPanel while continuing her law practice which included cases against some of the largest employers in the world. After juggling both positions for nine years, in 2014 she closed her law firm to begin a new phase in her career and became the Employee Relations and Employment Legal Counsel for cPanel full time. She retired from cPanel in 2020 to spend more time with her family and friends who were her whole world. Debbie loved to travel and immerse herself in the culture, cook meals for her friends, host parties in her courtyard, and listen (and even dance) to all her favorite music with her girlfriends.
Some people come into your life and see who you can be and then help you to see it, too. Then there are a precious few who go a step further and push you to become that person they see, and, won't quit until you do. Debbie Vierra was that person to so many people. All who knew her, whether it was for one week, one year, or 40 years, are all thinking the same thing: "It just wasn't enough time!"
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Santa Clara Valley Legal Aid Clinic, or, your own favorite charity.

 
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Raphael "Ray" Francis (1926-2021)

Raphael "Ray" Francis (1926-2021)

Raphael "Ray" Francis Severeid passed away June 16th, 2021, at his son’s home in Murrieta, CA. Born in Des Moines, Iowa on January 14th, 1926, he was 95 years old. Ray was preceded in death by his second wife Virginia E. (nee Foster) Severeid. Ray is dearly missed by the loving family he leaves behind, including his sister, Mary Hsia of Canada, his son, Steve Severeid and daughter, Susanne Van Renterghem; 3 stepdaughters, Nancy (Dave) Probstfeld, Ginny (Doug) O’Dell and Debi Mueller, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Ray was a WWII Navy Veteran. He was an active member of his community, serving as President of the Burbank (CA) YMCA during his working years. After retirement, Ray and Virginia moved to El Dorado Mobile Estates in Fillmore, CA where Ray resided for more than 30 years. Ray and Virginia loved to travel, sometimes simply to see where a road would take them. Together they participated in community events in Fillmore; among them, helping at the Red Cross Food Kitchen in Fillmore six days per week for four weeks during the 1993 earthquake. Ray was also an amazing storyteller, providing detailed accounts of his life beginning with his earliest childhood memories. Ray also assisted many of the elderly residents in El Dorado. He was never too busy to help someone in need. Ray was a quiet man, never boastful or profane; he was a gentle Christian man. He was active in his church, Wayfarers Chapel Lutheran Church of Fillmore. Ray’s pastor, Reverend Leslie Lanier will preside over Ray’s memorial service and interment at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore on Friday, October 22nd, 2021, at 11:00 am. He will be laid to rest next to his wife of 27 years, Virginia. While their earthly remains are interred at the cemetery, they both reside in Heaven with our Heavenly Father.