A much-loved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Edcker Collins (AKA Poppy), 77, passed away June 16, 2015, with his beloved family by his side at his home in California City, Calif.
He was born June 20, 1937 in Oklahoma. He graduated from Fillmore Union High School in 1955.
He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball at Ventura Coast Little League in the 1960s. He also coached VYBA during that time. He was an avid golfer and winner of numerous golfing tournaments. He enjoyed watching Oklahoma Sooner Football and the Oakland Raiders. His family was the most important thing to him.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Johnnie. Sister Shirley; Brother Elton; Son Steve and his wife Karen; Daughter Cindy; Son Doug and his wife Jonni; granddaughters, Amy, Amanda, and Anna; grandsons Jason, Steven, Richard, Peyton; great-grandchildren Jystin, Aaron, Kiana, Jaysen, Brendan, Xavier, Ezekial, Bristol.
He is Predeceased by his parents Walter and Velma Collins; brothers Marvin and Arthur; grandson Robert Collins.
Funeral services will be held at Bardsdale Cemetary, Fillmore, Calif on June 22 at 1pm.
Born in Spring City, Tennessee on July 22, 1922 to Clay and Virginia Groefsema, Ken Groefsema passed away peacefully on June 9, 2015 at his home in Merced, California, surrounded by his family. He was just shy of his 93rd birthday. Ken was raised on the family homestead in Mountain Home, Idaho. After losing his parents at the age of 10, Ken was raised by his extended family and graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1940 and enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley that fall where he began his studies in Agricultural Sciences and played football and rugby for the Bears. In 1943 he enlisted in the Naval Officer Training program, from which he became a captain of a rescue boat and was ultimately stationed on Marthaâs Vineyard Island where there was a military flight training school. The significance of this assignment is that it was on that island that he met a local young lady named Priscilla Ann Bunker whom he married in 1946. He and Priscilla were married for almost 62 years until she preceded him in death in 2008.
Upon his discharge from the Navy, Ken and Priscilla returned to Berkeley to complete his studies graduating in 1948. And though his humility and character kept him from often talking much about his athletic accomplishments at Cal in football and rugby, Ken was a proud member of Pappyâs Boys and was honored to have been on the great Pappy Waldorfâs first football team at Cal in 1947 when they went 9-1 after being 2-7 in the prior year under a different coach. Ken was the 1946 winner of Calâs Andy Smith Memorial Award for most minutes played in conference games. Ken and Priscilla had 5 children: Clay, Bruce, Anne, Sue, and Leigh who have always been proud to have been his children.
A descendent of several generations of farmers, Ken continued the family tradition upon graduation from Cal and devoted his lifetime to California agriculture. He spent much of his career with the Newhall Land and Farming Company where he ultimately became the Senior Vice President for agriculture and oversaw Newhallâs diversified farming operations on 10 ranches throughout California. By the time he retired from Newhall in 1982, he had long been personally investing in California farmland that he began to farm and manage himself. Having raised his children to believe in the future of California agriculture, he provided them all with the opportunity to be involved in the ranches and other than his children, his most proud legacy is undoubtedly the successful farming operations he helped to build and pass on to his next generations.
A man of principle, Ken Groefsema believed in personal responsibility and hard work to accomplish whatever goal was in front of him. Combining his inner strength, determination and dedication with his work ethic, he was indeed successful. He taught his children not so much with what he had to say, but rather how he lived his life. He has been a role model for all of the current 3 generations that are following him.
Ken leaves behind his 5 children: Clay (and Jan) Groefsema, Bruce (and Gail) Groefsema, Anne (and Chris) Hurd, Sue (and Mark) Jones, and Leigh Beermann. He also leaves behind 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Kenâs services will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 1 P.M. in Merced, California at the Central Presbyterian Church (1920 Canal Street, Merced, California 95340). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be made to the Central Presbyterian Church, the Pacific Legal Foundation (930 G Street, Sacramento, Ca 95814), Hinds Hospice (410 W. Main Street, Merced, Ca 95340), or your favorite charity.
Linette Harrold, 65, passed peacefully in her home in Brick, on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Linette was born on July 12, 1949 in Santa Paula, CA. The daughter of Wilbur W. and Betty J. Carpenter. In 1967, Linette married the love of her life, Leo Harrold. They owned and operated a fiber glass company in N.J. for many years. The last ten years she was a devoted caregiver in the community. She touched many lives with her honesty, humor and compassion. She was truly one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew her.
Linette is survived by her husband, Leo of 47 years; three children, Lia Conti, Jason and Bryon Harrold; three grandchildren, Rob, Chloe & Kane; her sisters, Lois (John) and Georgia; 5 nieces, 5 nephews, and numerous relatives and close friends. Services will be held at a later date.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." By Maya Angelou.
Beloved Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother and Great-grandmother
Magdalena (AKA Maggie) P. Garcia passed away in the loving arms of her Husband Johnny Garcia at the age of 73 yrs. June 6, 2015.
Maggie was a beautiful person, on the outside, but more importantly, she was beautiful on the inside. Her huge personality and honesty made her a one in a million and her laughter was infectious to anyone around her. She enjoyed sharing values, stories, lessons and spending time with her family and friends. Every year you would find Maggie enjoying time making tamales and menudo with family, sharing recipes, and laughter. However, in her older age she loved to take her annual trip to Laughlin with her husband and best friend. Johnny. Anyone who knew Maggie saw that at her core was love and being surrounded by her family. She had deep compassion and empathy for others. That type of acceptance and love is rare. It made it so easy to love her, yet so hard to lose her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Maggie is survived by her husband Johnny Garcia of 41 years, five of her children, 12 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, and 3 brothers. She was preceded in death by her Father and Mother, 2 bothers, 1 sister and beloved son.
Maggie will be remembered and greatly missed by her family & friends remaining forever in our hearts.
A viewing is scheduled for Wednesday evening, June 17th, at 6:00 p.m. with a rosary to follow at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore.
The Funeral Mass for Maggie P. Garcia will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore on Thursday, June 18th at 10:00 a.m. The internment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
To sign the family's online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: www.dignitymemorial.com/skillin-carroll-mortuary-fillmore and click on Magdalena (Maggie) P. Garciaâs name located below "Obituaries."
Magdalena (AKA Maggie) P. Gracia
March 7, 1942 â June 6, 2015
God saw you getting tired
and a cure could not be
So he put arms around you and whispered,
âCome to Me.â
With tearful eyes we watch you
and saw you pass away
and although we loved you dearly
we could not make you stay.
A Golden heart stopped beating
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
he only takes the best.
Beverly Gage Haase
Beverly Gage Haase died peacefully from complications do to a stroke May 29, 2015 in
Santa Barbara, CA.
Mrs. Haase came to Santa Paula from Sacramento when she was a child. She graduated from Santa Paula High School and married Richard "Dick" Gage of Fillmore. They resided on his family's citrus ranch in the Bardsdale area for over forty years until his passing in 1995. She then married Paul Haase, who passed away in 2003.
Her career included work as a legal secretary, a bank auditor, and her own business, Beverly Gage Haase, EA, and Associates, Bookkeeping Services, from which she retired April 1, 2015.
She was active in both the Fillmore Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal churches. She taught Sunday school and played piano and organ.
Beverly and her husband "Dick" Gage were leaders of a Girl Scout troop, organizing many camping trips and making their own sailboat and sail. She served as president of the Rotary Club and volunteered at Faulkner Farm, teaching children about California agriculture.
She made many items for charity, including stuffed animals for children and blankets for babies in the Neonatal Unit at the hospital and also for the Rescue Mission. Beverly volunteered at the Blanchard Library, teaching English as a part of the Student Literacy Program.
She was an avid traveler, a selfless friend, and loved her pets.
Beverly leaves behind to cherish her memory step-daughters Michelle Haase and Kathleen Haase and friend Karen Garrett. She also leaves her dogs Buddy and Freckles.
Arrangements are being handled by Neptune Society and services will be private. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 11 at 3 p.m. Contact Michelle Haase at 805-990-5133 for details.
Fillmore resident Virginia âJeanâ Griffin passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015 after a 2 Âœ year-long courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Jean is preceded in death by her parents Ivan and Naomi Winteregg of Van Nuys, CA and her identical twin sister Pat Dixon (Fillmore, CA).
Jean was born and raised in Van Nuys, CA. As a young person Jeanâs life centered around her family and the extended family of the Van Nuys Missionary Church.
Jean began a career in the banking industry shortly after graduating from Van Nuys High School. She married her high school sweetheart Kenny Griffin at the age of 19 and together they had 3 children: Steven Ray Griffin, Karen Griffin Thayer (Fillmore, CA) and Denise Griffin Carter (Conway, AR).
Jean devoted her energy to raising her three children in the San Fernando Valley. Her hobbies included cycling and walking. In her 50âs she and a group of friends walked 60 miles in one day! After retirement Jean moved to Fillmore to be near her daughter Karen and her family. In 2006 Karen and Jean started Mimstar, a personalized photo gift and apparel shop in Fillmore. Jean was hardworking, silent partner in the businessâŠquietly keeping the books and the inventory while stealing the hearts of all who met her.
Jean is survived by her sisters: Colleen Lehman (Placerville, CA and Norma Hanson (Carlsbad, CA) her children: Steve, Karen (Fillmore, CA) and Denise (Conway, AR); her grandchildren: Maia Thayer (Fillmore, CA), Stephanie Rodriguez (Dover, DE), Kirk Kuykendahl (Conway, AR) and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial and celebration of Jeanâs life will be held on Saturday, June 13th at 2pm at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Av., Fillmore, CA with Rev. Ed McRae officiating.
Our Beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother, Madeline M. Davis, 67, of Fillmore, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. She was born on May 12, 1948 in Fillmore, CA to Modesto and Maggie Cardona. Madeline was surrounded by her Family at her home in Fillmore.
She worked at the Olga Fashion Development upon graduation from Fillmore High School in 1966. After retirement, she began working for the elderly as a Caregiver. Madeline loved serving others, never have we known a more Caring, Selfless and Loving Person who always put others first. She touched so many of our lives in many ways because of her âAWESOME SPIRITâ. We will never forget her for âGENEROUS HEARTâ.
She loved going to the local high school sporting events supporting the players. She was an avid LA Dodger and LA Lakers fan. Trips to Las Vegas and Chumash was what she enjoyed doing, she was ready to go in a heartbeat! She also had to have her kitchen clean at all times!!!
She met her future husband and best friend, Adrian, while in high school. They married October 5, 1968. They have three children, Eddie (Marina) Davis, Debbie (Marcelo) Andrade and Valerie (Larry) Tovar. This is where Madeline was already in Heaven with her 9 Grandchildren and 9 Great-Grandchildren!
Madeline was preceded in death by her parents Modesto and Maggie Cardona and her sisters Rosemarie and âNinaâ Ruby.
Surviving her are her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, plus her brothers Robert, Ronnie, Norbert, Sam and Bill, her sisters Angie, Marlene, Barbara and Gloria (âCha Chaâ), and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Madelineâs family wishes to thank all for your visits, phone calls, text messages, flowers, cards and food. And especially to the VCMC oncology staff and a Heartfelt thank you to the Buena Vista Hospice Care, you made Madelineâs Journey Home Comfortable and peaceful!
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015 from 8:00am-9:00am at St. Francis of Assisi, 1048 West Ventura Street, in Fillmore, Ca. followed with the recitation of the Rosary at 9:30am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1048 West Ventura Street, Fillmore. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am, June 19, 2015 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family's online guestbook, share memories and post pictures please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula. 805.229.7054.
Leland William Lewis was born on July 5, 1922, to Lillie Francis Branch Lewis and Coin William Lewis, on top of Old Torrey at the head of Torrey Canyon in Piru, CA. He passed away on May 31, 2015. He will be laid to rest on Wednesday June 10th at 2:00pm, next to his beloved wife Luceal in Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, CA.
The first of three sons he graduated from Fillmore High School in the class of 1940 and shortly thereafter married his wife of 55 years Luceal. During his life, Leland served in the US Army during WWII. He entered active duty on July 12, 1944 and was discharged January 11, 1946. He was in the Philippines under General Douglas MacArthur, a member of the 32nd Infantry Division. Lelandâs awards and decorations include: Combat Infantryman Badge, Two Purple Hearts, WWII Victory Medal, Asia Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal and Philippine Campaign Medal.
After his time in the service, Leland was a 20 year employee of Union Oil Company retiring in 1972. After both he and his wife Luceal, bought a grocery store in Sheridan, MT which they operated together for 7 years. Upon selling the store he spent his time thereafter with friends and family and donating his time to the Church and to the communities in which he loved.
Leland is preceded in death by his parents Lillie and Coin, Lelandâs wife Luceal and his two brothers Floyd and Clarence. Leland is survived by his son Gilbert Lewis from Sheridan, MT and his daughter Gay Newman from Fillmore. He is also survived by 11 Grand Children, 14 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great-Great Grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family asks donations to Sheridan Public Schools Music Department, P.O.Box 586, Sheridan, Montana 59749, or the Fillmore High School Alumni Association, P.O.Box 385, Fillmore, California 93015.
Visitation will be held at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Ave. Fillmore on Wed. June 10th from 11am to 1pm.
In the early morning hours of May 19th, 2015, Maxine Basolo Kenfield passed away in the loving arms of one of her daughters, she was 91 years old. She lived her entire life in the town of Fillmore. Daughter of Charles and Amanda Basolo, grandaughter of Carlo and Celistina Basolo who settled in Bardsdale in 1895. The family farmed citrus and cattle for over 100 years
Maxine (Penny) graduated from Fillmore High School in 1941. She held the title of Queen of Jobs Daughter during her Senior year of high school, of which she was very honored! Her Hobbies were gardening, canning, sewing, and of course cooking meals for family and friends. She must have made a million pies, cobblers, and gallons of homemade ice cream. Later in life she and her girlfriends started a once a month âSupper Clubâ. The food was fabulous and many recipes were exchanged.
Maxine married Dean B Kenfield in June 1942, at he beginning of WWII. Dean and Maxine spent 67 years raising their family, working on their ranch and traveling to several different countries. Dean and Maxine had three children Deana, Sally, and Vernon. When they were in high school, Dean and Maxine joined the Fillmore Booster Club. She enjoyed all the football and basketball games, especially when her son and his gang âthe Freaksâ were playing.
Graveside service will be at Bardsdale Cemetery, Friday June 12th at 11:00am. A memorial service will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Fillmore on Sunday June 14th at 1:00pm. The Family of Maxine Basolo Kenfield would like to express special thanks to Julie Arroyo for her daily care, love, and kindness she gave to their mother.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fillmore Alumni Association, Fillmore CA 93015.
Elbert Evans Ward, 95, died peacefully at his home in Oak View, California on May 2, 2015. He was born February 6, 1920 in Fargo, North Dakota. He was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Dorothy Dennis Ward, on March 15, 2015.
While having been born in North Dakota, he moved with his family to Downey, California at the age of two. He graduated from Occidental College in 1941 and served with the Marine Corps in the Pacific aboard the USS Bunker Hill.
He and Dorothy were married on June 13, 1942, and raised five children: David, Dennis, Mark, Geoffrey and Sarah. In addition, he is survived by 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Evans lived most of his adult life in Palos Verdes, Fillmore and Oak View, California. After a brief career in public school business administration, he moved his family to Fillmore in the late 1950âs where he took up growing citrus and avocados, an endeavor he continued until his retirement. A sincere follower of Christ, Evans was very active in the Presbyterian Church including singing in the choir and serving as elder. He also served on the Fillmore school board and was an active member of the Lionâs Club.
Evans was much loved and appreciated by family and friends alike and will be greatly missed! A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Ojai Presbyterian Church, located at 304 Foothill Road, in Ojai, California.
September 21, 1939 â April 15, 2015
During this time of sorrow, we learn how much our family and friends really mean to us. Thank you so much for your kindness and sympathy at a time when it is deeply appreciated. With much love and gratitude.
The Schrock Family
Jack Wilson, 91, passed into the arms of our Lord on May 17, 2015 with his wife, Katheryn, by his side.
Jack was born on January 7, 1924 to parents, Addison Wheeler Wilson and Christina Louise Barnhart Wilson. He was the oldest of six children. Because his mother passed at an early age, Jack and the other Wilson children were raised by his father and stepmother, Mildred. Jack is survived by Katheryn, his loving wife of 53 years, his children, Ron Wilson of Arizona, Jack Wilson of Arizona, Rex Wilson of Fillmore, Becky Wilson McCarthy of Camarillo, Steve Curnett of Washington and Tom Curnett of Fillmore. His younger sister, Betty Lewis preceded him in death; however, he is also survived by his brothers, Addison âJuniorâ Wilson (Thelma), George Wilson (Jeanne), and sisters, Juliene Wilson Tackett and Helen Wilson Utterback. Jack leaves behind ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Like so many of the âGreat Generationâ, after graduating from high school in 1942, Jack joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He received officer cadet training at the University of Tennessee, flight training (for the B-24 Liberator in Tennessee and aerial gunnery school in Florida. Jack was assigned to the 15th Army Air Corps led by General Jimmy Doolittle. Jack was deployed in early December, 1944 by a âliberty shipâ to the Mediterranean Theater of War, landing at Tunisia, North Africa. From there the unit was transported by boxcar to the Pantanella Airbase north of Rome. Jack was assigned to the 781st Bomb Squadron and was attached to the 465th Heavy Bombing Group. During combat, Jackâs duty was as a flight engineer and the ball turret was his combat station. After bombing attacks, Jackâs job also involved photographing the bombing results.
Upon completion of 25 combat sorties, Jack had been decorated with a Battle Ribbon with Silver Star, the Air Medal with Bronze Cluster, air crew wings, and the EAME Campaign Ribbon.
After the war, Jack returned home to Indiana and started civilian life, raising his family and working for International Harvester. In the early 1950âs he sought new opportunities and moved his family to Santa Paula, California where he became a restaurant owner and weekend race car driver. He raced jalopies on dirt tracks with someone many will remember, Rufus P. Parnelli Jones.
Jack and Kay married in 1962 combining their families to include taking all six children on a road trip honeymoon.
Jack worked for over 50 years as a proud union carpenter. Jack served as an officer for the local union hall and worked as building superintendent for such Ventura county landmarks as Santa Paula Hospital, Fillmore Safeway, Rio Mesa High School, and Ventura Bank of America.
In retirement, Jack played golf, gardened and shared his love of carpentry by helping with remodeling/restoration jobs for friends after earthquakes and floods. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fillmore. Jack and Kay also enjoyed extensive travel and had the great pleasure to see much of our country and several overseas countries.
Graveside services will be held at the Bardsdale Cemetery on Friday, May 22nd at 1:00p.m.
Services entrusted to Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 Central Ave, Fillmore, CA (805) 524-0744.
Jeffrey Lynn Lloyd 50 years old of Santa Paula, CA. Entered into eternal rest on Sunday May 10th, 2015. He was taken and pronounced dead at the Ventura Hospital. He was raised in Fillmore, CA for 20 years, and the remanding years in Santa Paula.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Ray and Marie Gill, mother Melvin Lloyd, cousin Douglas Gill, friend Richard Martin.
Survived by brother Ray Nel Lloyd, wife Jody, sister Jackie and her husband Darrell Allen, and father Robert Lloyd.
Service will be at Foursquare Church 323 Sespe Street, Fillmore CA on May 23rd, 2015 at 2:00pm.
Please send donations Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.
Kenneth (Pop) Roddie Holladay, 70, born November 3, 1944 in Summerville, South Carolina. Grew up in Six Mile, SC. and lived in Fillmore, California for 43 years. He went home to Jesus, May 11th, 2015 at the Vista Cove in Santa Paula after a battle with a long illness and strokes.
Ken is survived by his wife Marion of 46 years and children, Peter (Tracy) Holladay, Spring (Brian) Kraft, Hope (Viktor) Lillvik, Lacey (Rob) Myers, Faith (Wayne) Walters and Levi (Abbey) Holladay and 19 grandchildren and his sister Carolyn Crowe. He is preceded in death by his parents Roddie and Evelyn and his two children April and Luke.
Kenneth met Marion Hardison while he served in the Navy Seabees. They were married after he served in Vietnam in 1969. They were blessed with 8 children. He was a welder by trade. Entered into a farming business in 1972. Heâs a member of the Gideonâs. Long time member of the Fillmore Bible Church. IN 2002 he was called to Skid Row to spread the gospel. He became a pastor and he and his wife started the One At a Time church in LA to bring the good News of Jesus to the people there. Pop was all about bringing Glory to God and getting the word out to people. He had a heart for the lost and would want each and everyone reading this to KNOW the Lord!
Letâs celebrate his life! Memorial Service will be held at the Faith Community Church (Central campus) 461 Central Avenue at 1:30PM on Wednesday May 20th. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Marion Holladay for the Ken Holladay Memorial fund to help cover funeral expenses. Bank of the Sierra, 527 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore, Ca. 93015 Account 93880
Frankie Lee Hibbard, 88, died peacefully in her sleep, at home, on Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Cleveland, TN, after a brave three year battle with cancer.
Frankie is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Loy Hibbard; her son Jimmie (Gigi) Hibbard; Jimâs son Jeff (Rosary) Hibbard, and Jeffâs mother Cheryl Nichols, all of Cleveland; son Ricky (Debbie) Hibbard, and their children, Stacy (Heidi) Hibbard and Stephanie (Berkeley) Dains; daughter Terrie (Michael) Metzler; Terrieâs children April (Sean) Hastings and Justin Tipps, all of Ventura County, CA; daughter Lynn (Daniel) Hernandez, and their children Joey and Alyah, of Cleveland, TN; Lynnâs children, Air Force First Lieutenant Ashley (Chad) Van Winkle, Oklahoma City, OK and Melissa (David) Wilhelm of Lake Tahoe, CA; Frankieâs brother Jack (Faye) Dixon of Flagstaff, AZ; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mabel (Owen) Dixon; son Gary Hibbard; sisters Polly Ogden, Louise Harper and Marie Allen; and brother Odell Dixon.
Frankie was born on November 29, 1926 in Hastings, Oklahoma. She was a long time resident of Fillmore, CA, where she raised her family and was loved by all who knew her. She was the pillar of strength for her entire family, and we will miss her wonderful smile, her infectious laughter, and nurturing spirit. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, TN. She belonged to the Oriental Shrine Club of Ventura County, CA. She enjoyed camping with the âRig-Runnersâ of Ventura County, CA; crocheting; bowling; and making crafts of all kinds for her family members.
Interment will be at Chattanooga National Cemetery, at a date to be determined. The family would like to thank Dr. Krueger and her staff; Dr. Virostek and her staff; Dr. Waycaster and her staff; Dr. Campbell and his staff; and Dr. Bacha and his staff, for the kind and compassionate care they provided over the years of her residence in Cleveland, TN.
Vera was born to Bonifacia Torres Villa and Primitivo Villa on December 17, 1922. She was the 10th of 11 children. All of her family were seasonal pickers, going up north every year to pick grape and other fruits in season. She attended the schools in San Fernando. She met her future husband Dick Tovar when they were picking grapes. She was 16 and they were married one week after she turned 17.
They moved to Fillmore when their first daughter was born. She and her children would go to Moorpark to pick apricots and walnuts. Her husband Dick, became a field foreman for Sunkist. They lived on âCâ street for 14 years. At that time there were about 30 homes for citrus workers. Everyone there knew her well because of her kindness to many. She took many to Drs. Appointments and shopping to Ventura, Oxnard, and even Los Angeles. She was a seamstress for many years and never used a pattern. She made clothes for many and even some wedding dresses and veils, and she would sew bead and pearls by hand. Being one of the first ones to buy a TV in Fillmore, their home was packed every night by all the neighbors, even her husbandâs boss. After 14 years they bought the old chicken restaurant called âThe Grape Arbor.â She made it into a home. Often people would walk in thinking it was still a restaurant.
She was a great friend. She took children to school daily for years. Bought school clothes for many children.
She was a great cook, and will always be remembered for her tamale pie, apple and pumpkin pies, and turkey dinners and many other specialties.
An unbelievable gardener. Throughout the years people would come by and take pictures of her yard. She raised many fruit trees and many kinds of flowers. Roses were her favorites.
When her children were small, Hobos would come to the house asking for food. She always prepared them a full meal.
The greatest thing about Vera was her great love and faith for Jehovah God, and his son Jesus. She was a true Christian in every sense. She loved and cared for others in Godâs caring way. She never complained about her life and was always grateful for what she had. For many years she and her husband would go to Mexico often, taking many gifts and clothes for many relatives and others on the ranches. Most important she took many Bibles to the many people who wanted to learn about God. At 2 of 3 Oâclock in the morning, with kerosene lamps on, she would read the Bible to those who wanted to listen and learn about God. She was 92 years old when she died, but it was still too soon for all those who loved her so much. She was the dearest of mothers, grandmother, great, great, great grandmother and aunt and cousin to so many. She treasured God before anyone, and then she loved everyone else. She had great love for all of her loved ones. She may have been small but when she spoke she was heard.
She was married to Dick Tovar for 35 years until his death in 1974. She later married Salvador Perez for 20 years until his death in 2006, They were married for 20 years. She is survived by her daughter Helen Tovar Lopez. Her daughter Rosalie Arias and her husband Jesus. Her son Ruben Tovar and his wife Dolores. Son Phillip Tovar and his wife Sally. Son David Tovar.
Services will be at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahâs Witnesses at 818 Fifth Street on Saturaday, May 2, 2015 in Fillmore, At 2:00 Oâclock.
Ismael O. Martinez, 64 of Fillmore, Ca. passed away Sunday April 19,2015. Ismael was born December 14, 1950 in Jalisco, Mexico by the age of 16 his father brought him to America.
Ismael worked at P.P.G. also as a machinist for ABEX Aerospace division. His true calling was to transport children to and from school safely. He was a school bus drvier/grounds keeper for Fillmore Unified and up till the time of his death currently working for Briggs School District, He loved driving his school bus.
Ismael enjoyed trips to Las Vegas with family and friends, Visiting his family in San Bernadino. And also enjoyed going fishing trips. He loved to end his day with prayer and a cold one.
Ismael was a beloved son , father ,uncle ,grandfather, and friend.
Ismael was proceded in death by his father Elias Ortiz Martinez. He is survived by his loving Mother Amalia Martinez Children Ricardo Martinez (andrea) Veronica Martinez, Pablo Martinez Grandchildren Maritza, Ava, Jordan Martinez 6 Brothers and 6 Sisters and Godchildren He is also Survived by his long time companion Michelle Medina and her son Gilbert Medina.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family's online guestbook, share memories and post pictures please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula. 805.229.7054.
Maria Amelia Espinoza, better known as Molly, 67, of Fillmore, CA, formerly of Piru, CA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in her home surrounded by her family.
Molly was born on February 22, 1948 in Los Angeles, CA at White Memorial Hospital, daughter of the late Maximo Gonzalez and Victoria Ramirez Gonzalez.
Survivors include two daughters; Daria Espinoza and Jazmin Rodriguez; son-in-laws, Ronnie Simon and Gerardo Rodriguez; seven grandchildren, Dezarae Rubio, David Rubio, Enrique Rubio, Adrian Rubio, Ezra Simon, Lexus Rodriguez and Hazel Rodriguez; two step-grandchildren Nicolas Rodriguez and Gerardo Rodriguez Jr.; five sisters, Maria Lucy Godinez, Marie Carolyn Jimenez, Maria Abelina Gonzalez, Mary Maximina Gonzalez, and Victoria Gonzalez, and one brother, Francisco Gonzalez.
A Rosary was said on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 9:00a.m. at San Salvador Mission in Piru, CA with a Mass that followed. She was buried at Piru Cemetery.
For map and directions to ceremony location, and to sign the familyâs on line guest book, share stories, post pictures please visit www.garciamortuaryoxnard.com and click on Mariaâs name located below "Obituaries".
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Garcia Mortuary 629 South âAâ Street. Oxnard, California. For further information please call (805) 486-9148.
Jeffrey âJKâ King, 58,(FHS class of 1974) of Atascadero passed away April 12, 2015. He was born to Stan and Lucy (Lehrke) King in Los Angeles, California.
He was baptized and confirmed at Ascension Lutheran Church in Torrance. He loved to play basketball and to fish.
Jeff is survived by his sister Julie (Raul) Tarango; nephews Marc (Heather) Tarango and Brian (Sarah) Tarango; nieces Michelle, Paige and Chloe Tarango; aunts Evelyn Witz, Elaine Anderson and Marlisse Klimas; uncle Hartley Ellingson; and many cousins. He will also be missed by his many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held May 2, 2015 in Ventura, California at 1298 Marthaâs Vineyard Court at 1:00 p.m. Parking space is limited. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of San Luis Obispo, 1304 Pacific Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 or the Lutheran Womenâs Missionary League in care of Zion Lutheran Church, 1010 Foothill Boulevard, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. If you have any questions call (805) 801-0024.
Steven took his first breath in Ojai Community Hospital on the early morning of September 16, 1975. He had a happy childhood growing up on Village Square in Fillmore, CA attending all their schools and also Ventura College. He moved to the loving UCP home August 20, 2003 in Thousand Oaks, CA and took his last breath in Los Robles Hospital the evening of March 11, 2015.
We are so happy that Steven had such a positive influence on so many. We are thankful that he shared his life, his love and smile with us. We love and miss you Steven.
In honor of Steven's memory, contributions may be sent to United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, 6430 Independence Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367-2607