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John Leonard (Jack) Schleimer (1925-2017)

John Leonard (Jack) Schleimer (1925-2017)

After a gallant battle with congestive heart failure, John Leonard (Jack) Schleimer passed away on November 19, 2017 in Ventura, CA at the age of 92. A long-time resident of Fillmore, CA, Jack was born on August 9, 1925 in Los Angeles to Gertrude and John Schleimer. He attended Fillmore High School where he played basketball and was a band member and graduated in 1943.
After high school, he joined the Merchant Marine and became a commissioned officer and served for two years during and after World War II and during a train trip to San Francisco he met his future wife of 67 years, Jeri Carpenter. After his service, he became a master carpenter and had a long and distinguished career in the building industry from project foreman to superintendent to home builder himself. One of his greatest accomplishments was the re-building of the famous Piru mansion to its original glory after it had completely burned down.
He was proceeded in death by his wife, Jeri, and is survived by his son, John H. Schleimer (Celeste) and his daughter, Susan Dudley Morales (Gilbert); his sister, Josephine Myers and brother, Jim Schleimer (Nikki); his grandchildren Tiffani Ross, Krystol Stemm (Terry), Ashley Powell (Isaac), Tyler Dudley (Jazzymn) and Catlin Czirban; and his 12 great grandchildren. He spent his last three years with his companion, Cathy Barringer.
At the request of Jack, there will be no services but his ashes will be spread this summer near his beloved second home in Pagosa Springs, CO.

 
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Joyce L. Basolo (1931-2017)

Joyce L. Basolo (1931-2017)

Joyce L. Basolo passed away peacefully on November 28, 2017 at the age of 86.
An only child, she was born, Joyce LaVonne Krink on August 5, 1931 to parents Ethel and Jim Krink in Fillmore where she lived her whole life. Joyce married her true love, Buck Basolo, shortly after graduating from Fillmore High School in 1949. Joyce was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was predeceased by her husband, Buck and her grandson, Michael.
Joyce is survived by son, Doug Basolo and daughter, Debby Basolo-Curnett (Tom Curnett), grandchildren, Bryan, Kammi, Linzi and Beau Basolo, Denae Curnett-Garrett (Dave Garrett) and LeAnna Curnett-Thompson. Great grandchildren are Conner, Peter, Adan, Mia, Austin, Alice, Oliver, Kyle, Emily and Greyson.
Joyce worked as an office manager for Fillmore High School for many years, and in addition to the daily routine of a busy office, she enjoyed chaperoning dances and field trips, was voted as grand marshal for homecoming and was considered a “second mom” by many students there. She also worked as secretary at Piru Elementary School and ended her 28 year career with the district as secretary to the assistant superintendent.
Joyce enjoyed camping and fishing at the beach and the Sierra Mountains. Buck and Joyce loved dancing and had their own unique style. Not many dances were held in the area that they did not attend. She enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes (some of which are a story for another time). She also loved playing cards…any card game and taught her children and grandchildren to play as well. Hundreds of hours of fun were had playing cards after family dinners. In recent years Joyce enjoyed making several trips a year to the Chumash Casino with her friends. She also enjoyed knitting and has donated dozens of baby hats for the newborns who leave Santa Paula Hospital with nice warm little heads.
A graveside service will be held Friday, December 8 at 11:00AM at the Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore. Immediately following the service a reception will be held at the Trinity Episcopal Church located at 600 Saratoga Street. in Fillmore where friends are invited to share memories and celebrate Joyce’s life.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Joyce’s name located below “Recent Obituaries”.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, Santa Paula, CA 93060. 805.229.7054

 
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Mark Douglas Maxwell (1959-2017)

Mark Douglas Maxwell (1959-2017)

Mark Douglas Maxwell, 58 years old, beloved dad, grandpa, brother and friend passed away at his residence in Kasilof, Alaska on November 10, 2017. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held December 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Elkins Golf Course.
Mark Douglas Maxwell was born March 25, 1959 at Santa Paula Hospital. He graduated Fillmore Union High School in 1977, where he was president of the Future Farmers of America and was very active raising market swine.
He was on the varsity tennis team and played football his freshmen year.
Mark married Tammie Barthel in 1982 and they had two children, daughter Jennifer and son James (J.D.). Mark worked in the oil fields in and around Coalinga, CA until he joined the Department of Corrections and graduated from the course in early 1988. He retired from the state in 2009, and lived life and enjoyed retirement by doing what he loved, hunting, fishing and golfing. Mark enjoyed traveling and especially visiting his grandkids, Julieanna and Maxwell (his namesake) in Tennessee. He moved to Kasilof, Alaska in 2013 to be near his brother Todd and to enjoy God’s country, as he would say.
Mark is preceded in death by his mother, Jalaine Helms, grandmother Mildred Dewey, grandfather Franklin Dewey and his aunt Helen Powell.
He is survived by his daughter Jennifer and her husband Danny, their children Julieanna and Maxwell, by his son James (J.D.), his brother Todd, his uncle Bill and wife Ellen, nieces Cathy and Kris and their children, his two dogs Sissy and Marbles, and numerous friends who lived near and far. Max, as he was called, was well loved and adored by his family and friends. He will forever be missed and never forgotten.

 
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Joe Luis Magallon (1949-2017)

Joe Luis Magallon (1949-2017)

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce that our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, & Great-grandfather, JOE LUIS MAGALLON, was called home to be with the Lord at the age of 67. He fought a very lengthy fight with Pulmonary Hypertension and COPD. October 31, 2017, marked the 45th wedding anniversary for Joe and his wife Olivia. Unfortunately, he lost his battle and passed away that morning at home where he wanted to be with his loving wife by his side.
Joe is survived by his Wife Olivia Alcocer Magallon of Fillmore, CA; Sons, Joe Magallon (April), Johnny Magallon (Clarissa); Daughters, Crystal Montañez (Luis) and Arlene Hokafonu.
He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren; Shalyssa Magallon (Ty Casey), Alexandra Arteaga, Janessa Magallon, Jayleen Magallon, Joseph Magallon, Isiah Magallon, Jeremiah Magallon, Johnny Magallon, Jazzlynn Magallon, Jasiah Magallon, Jason Magallon, Jayden Magallon, Angel Heredia, Abreyana Molina, Angel Montañez, Amy Montañez, Abel Montañez, Alahni Montañez, Jonathan Allen, and Aurora Allen; Great- grandson Jordan Casey.
Joe also leaves behind his mother Elisa De La Rosa Magallon, Brothers, Ernie Magallon, Armando Magallon (Martina), and Pablo Magallon; Sisters, Margarita Byrami, Elisa Cassino, and Leticia Dickerson (Dennis), numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his Father, Pablo Magallon, Brother Ralph Magallon, Sisters Angelica Magallon, Rosie Magallon Sumner.
Joe was born on December 22, 1949, in San Fernando, California, to Elisa De La Rosa Magallon and Pablo Magallon. When Joe was 1 year old, his family had moved to Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico, where he was raised for the next 8 years. At 9 years old, Joe and his family returned to California and settled at the Old Rancho Sespe, where he grew up. Joe loved music and was a talented musician who played by ear. At 17 years old he joined a Mexican band named “Los Latinos” who’s female vocalist was Alicia Juarez, who later became a famous Mexican singer. After leaving Los Latinos, he joined a few other groups playing gigs, parties, and weddings throughout Ventura County.
In October of 1973, Joe married his lovely wife Olivia Alcocer who was from Piru. Joe continued his music career until he became a Truck driver for the next 20 plus years. During his trucking career he worked for a few companies before settling with Carpinteria Motor Transport (CMT). Joe worked long hours days at a time, many times missing his family while on the road. On his days off he enjoyed taking his family on camping trips, fishing, boating. He volunteered coaching soccer and baseball when his sons were younger. When his daughter entered high school in the 90’s, he would volunteer chaperoning events like her class car washes and school dances. Joe would try to be a part of his children’s extracurricular activities when he could.
In December 2009, Joe was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension at that time he was given two years to live. However, he was a fighter and was determined to prove the doctor wrong. Well he did! We were blessed to have him for the next 7.5 years. In that time, he was blessed to welcome 7 more grandchildren, 1great-grandson. January 2017, Joe’s health started to slowly decline, yet he kept his sarcastic fighting spirit until the very end. We the family would like to thank Xavier Bobholz for being a great caregiver to our father. To Dad you weren’t just his caregiver you were family. Each of us have numerous memories of Dad that we will forever hold close to our hearts.
The Rosary Service will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 7:00 pm at St. Francis of Assisi in Fillmore. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017, also at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 W. Ventura St., Fillmore, CA. Burial will take place immediately thereafter at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe St., Fillmore, CA. A potluck reception will follow funeral services for family and friends located at the Youth Building BEHIND the Veterans Memorial building, 511 Second St., Fillmore.

 
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Ethel Lowedith Legan (1927-2017)

Ethel Lowedith Legan (1927-2017)

Ethel Lowedith Legan was born August 3, 1927 in Ringling, Oklahoma. She passed away November 9, 2017 in Fillmore, CA at the age of 90. Preceded in death by her husband, Forrest V. Ward, Samuel W. Legan, and son, Forrest G. Ward. She is survived by son, Anthony L. Ward, and daughter Vanessa C. Hathaway, stepsisters, Lorie Korte, Barbara Matchette, along with 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 3 sisters. Ethel was a member of Church of Christ in Fillmore. She had many friends and family.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 17, 9:00am to 10am at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 N. Central Ave Fillmore, CA.

 
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Patricia Lucille Rees (1930-2017)

Patricia Lucille Rees (1930-2017)

Patricia Lucille Rees, 87, of Fillmore, CA - It is with sorrow that the Rees/Faith family announces the passing of Patricia (Pat) Rees, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who went to be with Jesus on October 20, 2017, after a second stroke. Pat was born May 30, 1930, the only child of Leonard and Avice (Owen) Young, in Los Angeles, California. Pat grew up in Whittier, CA, and attended Cal. State Santa Barbara where she met Ralph Rees, her husband of sixty-six years. After their wedding in Whittier, the young couple had a three-year stay in Mendota, CA, while she finished her bachelor's degree in art at Fresno State University. At that time she gave birth to their firstborn, Janine. In 1953, Pat and Ralph moved to Fillmore, their home for the next 54 years. In the coming years she would be blessed with four more children, Wendy, Robin, Jason and Brady, to whom she lovingly devoted all her energies and talents, in the house that she and Ralph built, known around town as the "round house" on Third St. In the early 1970's, Pat shared her skills educating parents and preschoolers in the Head Start program at Piru and San Cayetano School. Highly creative and artistic in all she did, Pat loved working with fabric, sewing and quilting, and worked at the local fabric store. All the members of her family and many a newborn at church received one of her hand-crafted quilts. She started her own business creating first of their kind windsocks, wind wands, custom banners and flags—her artistry spread far and wide through street fairs. Pat was devoted to her Lord and took great joy serving in her church fellowships. She was one of the founding members of Faith Community Church of Fillmore. Pat was warm and sympathetic, and was a blessing to every life she touched.
Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, and her daughter, Janine Rees (Bill Faith). She is survived by her children Wendy and Robin Rees, Jason (Bethann Buddenbaum) and Brady (Ina Rosales); her grandchildren Luke (Nadya) Faith, Hannah Faith (James Horn), Tara, Nora and Claire Faith and their father Bill Faith, Nathan Reeder, Emma and Fiona Rees; great grandchildren Peyton and Bradley Reeder, and Lillian, Samuel and Victoria Horn.
A Life Celebration will be held at Faith Community Church of Fillmore, 355 D Street, on November 11 at 1:00 p.m., Pastor Mark Rathe officiating. For those wishing to makes a donation in her memory Pat’s favorites included: the Senior Nutrition Program-Meals on Wheels—donations could be sent payable to the City of Fillmore with a notation that’s what it’s for; Ventura County Rescue Mission - Lighthouse for Women & Children, 234 E. 6th Street, Oxnard, CA 93030; Mission Aviation Fellowship, P.O. Box 47, Nampa, ID 83653; or Faith Community Church - Building Fund, 355 D Street, Fillmore, CA 93015.

 
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Denise K Bashford Ables (1960-2017)

Denise K Bashford Ables (1960-2017)

Denise K Bashford Ables went home to be with our Lord on October 19, 2017. After being diagnosed with a fatal lung disease, Denise was admitted to the Santa Maria Hospital over a month ago.
Denise was Born June 13, 1960, to Dennis and Elaine Bashford in Whittier CA. The family moved to Fillmore in 1972 and purchased the Western Auto Store. Denise was a 1978 graduate of Fillmore High School and also attended Ventura Jr.College.
On October 26,1980, she was united in marriage to Wayne Ables, son of Faye Ables and R.W. Ables (deceased) of Fillmore. Denise and Wayne had two daughters, Mellissa Ables Arvizu, husband Jose, two sons, Aiden (6) and Alex (3) of Tucson AZ; and Lindsay Ables Howland Millsap. Lindsay has two daughters, Hailie Ables-Howland (14) and Dakota Millsap (5). Lindsay and Dakota live in Hawtowne NV and Hailie lives in Ripon CA.
Denise enjoyed visiting with family and friends. She enjoyed cooking and baking and quite often shared with others including friends, relatives, church members and senior citizens. She was very talented and creative when it came to arts and crafts. She had a fondness for making Unicorns. She donated many hours of service to the Senior Center Club in Santa Maria CA. She was a very giving person.
Denise was preceded in death by her father, Dennis Bashford. Denise's mother, Elaine Bashford lives in Ripon CA. Denise had one sister, Donna Hanna, husband Azar and four children, Christopher, Andrea, Steven and Brent who reside in Fremont, CA.
Services to be in Tehachapi CA.

 
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Mae D. Gonzales (1928-2017)

Mae D. Gonzales (1928-2017)

Mae D. Gonzales was called home to our Lord on Saturday October 7, 2017.

Born May 9, 1928 to Martin and Angelita Dominguez.

She worked for the Piru/Fillmore Citrus, where she retired from. She was full of life with her beautiful smile.

She was preceded in death by her parents Martin and Angelita Domingguez and her son Frank (Two Bears) Ortiz.

She survived by her husband David Gonzales. Children John/Carmen Ortiz, Ruben/Sherel Ornales, Peter/Wendy Ortiz, and Judith. Grandchildren Timothy Brisby III, Erika/Carlos Chavez, Paula Laureano, Nakoami Padilla, ZebasJian Chavez, Malcolm/Brenda Montes, 13 other grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

Mass will be held at Saint Francis of Assisi Church on October 26, 2017 at 10am. We would like for you to attend after mass for a gathering at Shields Park.

 
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Roger Campbell (1950-2017)

Roger Campbell (1950-2017)

On Sunday October 15, 2017, Roger Campbell, a lifelong resident of Fillmore, California died peacefully at the age of 67 with his son and daughter by his side. He was born to George and Lawanda Campbell on August 22, 1950 in Santa Paula, California.
Roger served his beloved community of Fillmore and the County of Ventura through the office of City Council from 1984 to 2000, including being a two-term Mayor, Assistant Fire Chief, member of various boards and committees at the county and state level, and as a Political Consultant. He loved his lifelong home town and always sought the good of Fillmore and its residents. His accomplishments and years of service will last for generations to come. He has touched the lives of many and the loss will be felt by colleagues, friends and family.
Roger greatly loved and cared for his family, who will deeply miss him. He is survived by loving parents Chief George Campbell and Lawanda Campbell; brother Richard Campbell and wife Kathy Yakal; sister Carol and husband Chief Pat Askren; first wife Kathy Campbell; daughter Laurie and husband Jon Best and their children Emma, Elena and Daniel; son Mike and wife Jenny Campbell and their children Miriam, Hannah, George and William; his nephews Patrick Askren, Jimmy Faris, and niece Chrissy Fratzel.
A memorial to honor his life and service will be held Saturday, October 21st at 10:30 am in front of Fillmore City Hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Autism Speaks.

 
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Juanita Campos (1929-2017)

Juanita Campos (1929-2017)

Juanita Campos, beloved wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother and Great-Great grandmother went home to join her loving husband Roberto on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the age of 87. She passed at Greenfield Care Center in Fillmore.
Juanita was a faithful woman, a warrior, a fearless little lady. Her selfless acts of kindness helped multiple families achieve the American Dream. She sacrificed to help others without hesitation. Juanita had a God given gift to help the sick and did so faithfully. Her love for life included helping to raise many of her grandchildren. Her green thumb showed in her ever blooming roses and the bountiful supply of fruit and vegetables she loved to share with her neighbors. A lifelong devotion was her dedicating every 1st day of the month to our Blessed Virgin Mary. She loved to pray and teach her children the word of God.
Juanita is survived by her 10 children; Ignacio (Nacho), Trinitario (Tallo), Fernando, Manuel (Pepe), Cuca, Malle, Jaime, Rosie, Mari and Roberto (Beto); 31 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren and lots of extended family.
Her legacy will continue to flourish through her large family and roots planted in Fillmore.

 
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Michael Edward Torres (1953-2017)

Michael Edward Torres (1953-2017)

Michael Edward Torres, 64, went to be with the Lord on October 1,2017 surrounded by his family. Michael battled cancer and fought hard until the end.
Born and raised in Fillmore, CA, Michael was known and loved by many, many people. He had a heart of gold and a selfless person who continuously went out of his way to help friends and family at all hours of the day.
He often mentored those he came in contact with, treating them like family and taking them in. It wasn't a surprise at family gatherings for Michael to show up with friends to join him at the dinner table or at a family dinner. His love and passion was spontaneous trips to Chumash Casino and barbequing with his special sauce.
Michael was an owner and operator of Torres Distributing and a produce stand on Highway 126, next to Yamaguchi's Flower Shop of Santa Paula. Shortly, after he joined the family business as an owner of Dino's Drive-In Restaurant and manager of Margaret's Cocina where he hosted car shows and Fourth of July events.
Michael leaves behind his parents; Margaret and Rudy Torres of Fillmore, CA. His sons; Michael Torres of Jersey City, NJ and Kristopher Torres of Newport Beach, CA. Siblings; Paula Lopez of Fillmore, CA and Rudy Scott Torres of Los Angeles, CA. And, granddaughter Samantha Torres of Jersey City, NJ.
Special Thanks to the staff of Assisted Home Health & Hospice Care and all the loving people who stopped by to support the family.
In lieu of flowers, the Torres family suggests that donations be made to the Michael Torres Memorial Fund in support of Prostate cancer research at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to USC Norris and note they are to go to the Michael Torres Memorial Fund. Checks can be mailed to USC Norris, 1441 Eastlake Avenue Suite 8302, Los Angeles California 90033. Attn: Lee McCabe.
The celebration of Michael's life will be held in Fillmore, CA at St. Francis of Assisi Church on Friday October 13, 2017 at 9:30am. The officiant will be Father Alex and a reception will be held afterwards with friends and family members.
To sign the family's on line guestbook, share stories, and post pictures please visit our website: http://www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Michael's name located below "Obituaries."
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Robert Rey Garcia Jr Funeral Services, 830 E Santa Paula St, Santa Paula, CA 93060. For further information, please call (805) 229-7054.

 
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H.W. (Bud) Woods Jr. (1943-2017)

H.W. (Bud) Woods Jr. (1943-2017)

In Memory Of H.W. (Bud) Woods Jr.
December 22, 1943 – August 9, 2017
It is with heavy hearts we announce that our loving father, beloved papa, brother, uncle and friend, H.W. (Bud) Woods Jr., passed away on August 9th, 2017 at the age of 73. After years of battling health problems, his body grew tired and he passed peacefully in Illinois.
Bud was born December 22, 1943 in Sikeston, Missouri to H.W. and Bobbye Woods. After graduating Centralia Township High School in Centralia, Illinois, he courageously enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He bravely served and survived two tours in Vietnam.
After returning to the U.S., Bud enjoyed life in sunny Southern California. He used his dependability, initiative and leadership skills in upper management with Vons for over 25 years, while raising his family in Fillmore. Bud moved to the town of Moorpark for several years to stay with his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Recently, Bud decided to move back to Centralia IL, which he always considered his home. While he was missed immensely, we knew this was his wish.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Bud, one of which was living with dignity. He had many health problems in his life, but refused to let them deter his cheerful outlook. He showed us that in life, attitude is everything; it is what shapes our beliefs. He never stopped proudly cheering on his grandchildren at their many events. He never stopped listening to his favorite music and singing loud enough for the entire neighborhood to hear. He never stopped meeting new people, nor did he lose his charismatic personality and sharp wit. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him would agree that he was a man of great character. He showed us that you don't stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing.
As a proud USMC veteran, Bud taught us the values of respect, duty, and personal courage. One would rarely catch him without his favorite USMC hat or shirt displaying his pride. He took the motto Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) to heart, always offering unwavering loyalty to his country and the corps.
Bud was the moral fiber of our family, a true hero to each and every one of us. We were lucky enough to be a very tight-knit family and spend a great amount of time with him. The bond Bud had with his children and grandchildren was unbreakable. We are better people for having known him. Bud will remain an inspiration to our family and will forever be missed.
Bud is survived by his proud children Kacey Woods and Adam Woods (with daughter-in-law Lindsay); his adoring grandchildren Tyler and Ava Woods; and his devoted sisters Carol Pawlisa (with husband Augie), & Jan Just (with husband Butch). Bud was preceded in death by his upstanding parents H.W. Woods and Bobbye Woods, and his cherished brother, Tom Woods.
A private family memorial service will be held in Illinois, honoring his wishes. Contributions in memory of Bud may be made to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, c/o Wounded Warrior Center, Bldg H49, Camp Pendleton North, CA 92055

 
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Gilbert Ernest “Mo” Sosa, Jr. (1939-2017)

Gilbert Ernest “Mo” Sosa, Jr. (1939-2017)

Gilbert Ernest “Mo” Sosa, Jr., 78, of Fillmore went on to be with God on September 30, 2017 surrounded by his family and loved ones.
A memorial service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi in Fillmore on Friday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. The memorial service will be preceded by the rosary at 9:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Relay for Life of Fillmore-Piru.
Mo was born on January 7, 1939 in Ventura. His is survived by his wife, Betty. They married December 1, 1962 in Fillmore. They have four children, Ray (Leticia) Sosa, Steve (Valerie) Sosa, Leonard (Claudia) Sosa, and Art (Adela) Sosa. They have six grandchildren, Celeste, Kyle, Kendall, Tyler, Jacob, and Daniel.
Mo was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert Sr., and Alice. He has a sister, Becky (Sosa) Morales, who is living.
Mo was retired from Fillmore Unified School District where he held a number of positions, including bus driver and maintenance. Prior to his work with the school district he was employed by General Motors in Van Nuys.
He grew up on Rancho Sespe where he formed lifelong friendships. He went to local schools and he played many sports. He was particularly talented at basketball where he earned the nickname “Big Mo” by his head coach. The American battleship, USS Missouri, also known as “Big Mo” was the last American battleship ever built and the last to be decommissioned and now rests in Pearl Harbor.
Mo was a Fillmore High School alumni and was well respected at the school and in the community. He was elected Homecoming Grand Marshall in 1988 and in 2014 he received the Charles A. Mozeley award through the Fillmore High School Hall of Fame. He and Betty, the love of his life, were nearly inseparable. They enjoyed spending time with the entire family, following their grandchildrens’ activities, and watching the beloved Dodgers.
Our Dad was our role model. He always carried himself with class and humility. He was a good person – devoted husband, great father and grandfather. He will be missed.

 
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Felicitas Valdez (1945-2017)

Felicitas Valdez (1945-2017)

It is with great sadness, after battling health complications. We announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and grandmother on Thursday September 22, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Felicitas was born in Temastian, Jalisco , Mexico on November 23, 1945. She was married to Salvador Valdez and together they would’ve celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day. They had four children , Maria Concepcion Valdez Vasquez, Jaime Simon Valdez, Rosemary Valdez Cortez and Rosaura Valdez Magaña.

 
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Terry S. Olson (1945-2017)

Terry S. Olson (1945-2017)

FILLMORE, CALIF./MADISON, WIS. – Terry S. Olson, age 71, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. He was born on Dec. 15, 1945, in Madison, Wis., the son of Milo and Marion (Bondehagen) Olson. While growing up in Madison, Wis., Terry attended Trinity Lutheran Church and graduated from Madison Central High School. Following graduation, he worked as a carpenter, then moved to San Francisco, Calif. Terry then began a long work career with the California prison system at San Quentin, where he rose through the ranks to become manager of their maintenance systems. Terry volunteered to teach inmates carpentry skills. Later in his career, Terry transferred to the Camarillo Youth Correction facility, where he continued as a supervisor until his retirement. In retirement, Terry moved to Fillmore, where he spent his spare time volunteering at the local gun range. He also made many trips back to Wisconsin to visit with family and spend time with his mother. Terry is survived by his loving mother, Marion; and many wonderful cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Milo; and brother, Bruce. Funeral service will be held at SKAALEN NURSING & REHAB CENTER - CHAPEL, 400 N. Morris St., Stoughton, Wis., at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, with the Rev. Sue Schneider presiding. A time for visiting will take place during a light reception following the service. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

 
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Patrick Lee Pastoret (1966-2017)

Patrick Lee Pastoret (1966-2017)

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce Patrick Lee Pastoret, 51 went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
He leaves behind his beautiful daughters Krysta (Philip), Tara, Samantha, and Justine; his Mother Donna Fletcher; his sisters Keli Lankford (Jimmy), Shirley, and Peggy; brothers Jimmy and Ricky and his grandchildren Gracie, Chase, and Ethan.
His Father James Fletcher and brother Michael Pastoret precede him in death.
His parents Donna and James Fletcher raised Patrick in Fillmore. In his early years, Patrick enjoyed riding dirt bikes and water skiing. He graduated from Fillmore High School in 1984 and attended Ventura College.
Patrick enjoyed his craft in welding and creating art.
Patrick had a huge passion for helping others and was committed to the Santa Barbara Mission for many years. He enjoyed playing softball; kayaking and spending time with his daughters, family, and friends.
The family would like to thank all who have donated towards Patrick’s celebration of Life.
Memorial donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/life-celebration-patrick-pastoret
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 30th, 2017 from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm at the Flight 126 Cafè , 824 E Santa Maria St, Santa Paula, CA 93060.

 
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Billie J. Inman (2017)

Billie J. Inman (2017)

Billie J. Inman, long-time Fillmore resident passed away peacefully at her home on September 4th, 2017. A memorial service will be held on September 16, 2017 at 10:00am, at the Fillmore Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, or a charity of choice.

 
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Norma Martinez (1936-2017)

Norma Martinez (1936-2017)

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we announce that our wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Norma Martinez began her heavenly journey on August 28, 2017 at the age of 81. Norma was born on March 27 1936 in Fillmore. Where she was raised on Rancho Sespe Ranch. She was a long time resident of Fillmore. She graduated from Fillmore High school in 1954. After many years of raising her children she returned to the workforce, working for Fillmore Unified School district as a teacher aide. She work many years at the High School and Continuation School. Norma has inspired and encouraged many students in the High School. So many students have memorable stories about her from her time at the High School. After many years with the FHS family, she retired in 1994. She enjoyed life traveling and going on adventures with her family.
Our mom Norma is survived by her husband of 49 years, Leo, daughters Peggy (Art) Escoto, Carol(Jorge) Palomares, Melinda(Adam)Harma, Corinna(John) McGill, Jazmin Martinez, sons Fred(Rose)Tepesano and Rocky Tepesano and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her mother Rosa Ramirez, father Tiquio Ramirez, 2 sisters, a brother and her daughter Arlene Carrillo.
Services will be on Thursday Sept 7, 2017 at the Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 Central Ave, Fillmore, CA 93015 Friends and Family viewing will be from 6-7pm, rosary to follow at 7-8pm.
Friday Sept 8, 2017 at 10am Catholic Mass will be at St. Francis Assisi Church 1048 W. Ventura St, Fillmore, Ca 93015 Burial will follow at the Bardsdale Cemetery, Reception will follow burial at the St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall.

 
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Anthony “Tony” David Grande (1947-2017)

Anthony “Tony” David Grande (1947-2017)

Anthony “Tony” David Grande, beloved husband, father, papa, brother, teacher, coach, mentor and friend, went home to be with the Lord on August 31, 2017 at the age of 69. After fighting a 4-year battle with lung cancer, he passed away in his Fillmore home surrounded by the presence and love of his wife and five children.
Tony was born on December 6, 1947 in Sacramento to Antonio and Irene Grande. He moved to Fillmore at 3 years old, making many wonderful memories with his seven siblings and friends. He was active in Boy Scouts, where he gained lifelong mentors, which he attributed to making a lasting impact on his life.
At Fillmore High School, Tony played varsity Football, Baseball and Basketball, and served as Student Body President his senior year in 1966. He attended Ventura College where he wrestled and was involved in student government. Anthony graduated from Fresno State where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and earned his Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential.
Anthony married the love of his life, Marcia, in June of 1970 at the Fillmore Presbyterian Church. Together they raised five wonderful children in Fillmore. He taught his children and students the three signs of success: “Think Positive, Set Goals, Never Quit.” He loved spending time with his grandchildren, taking road trips, visiting new places, and exploring National Parks, his favorite being Yosemite. He took pride in having visited all 50 states, and was always looking forward to planning the next road trip with his wife.
Everyone who knew Tony witnessed his passion for inspiring others and helping them realize their value and potential. He had a charismatic personality making friends everywhere he went, and embodied his lifelong motto to “everyday make a difference.” He was able to pursue his passion through teaching, starting in 1971 at Hart High School in Newhall. There he coached a number of sports including Cross Country and Tennis, and also served as the Business Department Chair. He spent many years of his teaching career as FBLA Advisor, developing leadership skills in students, encouraging them to set ambitious goals for themselves, and believing in them when many had no other mentor in their life. After spending a decade working for Glencoe-McGraw Hill publishing company, Tony returned to the classroom in Porterville. He spent the last 11 years of his career at Monache High School, where he coached the Girls Golf team, was FBLA advisor, ran the student store, and was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2014. Throughout his 37 years in the classroom, he quickly became a favorite teacher to many students.
Tony was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2013. Throughout his battle he remained positive, fighting the disease until the very end. Tony gave his life to the Lord during High School, and through the trials of his illness he knew that God had a plan for his life – to provide courage and motivation to others, when they needed it most.
Anthony is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marcia Sharpe Grande, his children Melanie Munoz (Michael), Tiffany Grande, Lacey Hansen (Kevin), Anthony J. Grande (Melissa) and Ashley Grande. His grandchildren; Katelyn and Brooklyn Fiers, James Hansen, step-grandchildren; Gabriella, Charlie, AJ, Genevieve, Caleb and Jillian Munoz; siblings, Angela Galbreath, Linda Grande, Veronica Tucker, Loretta Raines, Richard Grande, Olivia Grande and Cathy Grande.
He is predeceased by his father Antonio Grande, mother Irene Musgraves, stepfather Joe Musgraves, and infant brother Mariano Grande.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 9th at 11am at Faith Community Church, 461 Central Avenue, Fillmore. A reception will follow at FCCs D Street campus, 355 D Street, Fillmore. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Tony’s name to the FHS Alumni Association scholarship fund, the Monache High School Girls Golf team, or Boy Scout Troop 406.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Anthony’s name located below “Recent Obituaries”
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, Santa Paula, CA 93060. 805.229.7054

 
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Jesus “Chuy” Solis Zavala (1919-2017)

Jesus “Chuy” Solis Zavala (1919-2017)

On August 30th 2017 Piru lost one of its oldest residents.
Our dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and great-great grandpa Jesus “Chuy” Solis Zavala changed his address to heaven at the age of 97. He is now at peace with our Lord and Savior, and reunited with his beloved wife Ma. Luisa “Licha” Zavala. Jesus was born on October 20, 1919. At an early age he ventured to the United States. He visited many towns, but Piru was where he decided to settle. He met and married our mother Ma. Luisa Hernandez. and together they were blessed with eight children: Hess (Joy) Zavala, Victor Zavala, Gloria Davalos, Gabriel Zavala all of Piru, Gilbert (Irene) Zavala of Exeter, Tommy (Martha) Zavala of Fillmore, Rosie (Salvador) Hurtado of Piru and Martha (Steve) Hope of Fillmore.
Jesus is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 25 great- grandchildren, and 4 great- great grandchildren, with 3 more babies on the way.
Jesus was a good and hardworking man who loved and cared deeply about his family. He was most proud of the fact that there were 5 generations of Zavala’s.
Jesus had a beautiful voice and loved to sing, and write songs. He wrote a Corrido (a ballad in a traditional Mexican style, typically having lyrics that narrate a historical event) about his beloved town of Piru. Around the mid 50’s, when the Santa Felica Dam was being built. Any chance he got to sing his “Corrido De Piru” he would sing it. When dad would sing his Corrido, you could see and hear the love he had for his beloved town of Piru. Jesus had a thirst for knowledge and read continuously. He loved to debate any topic, and of course he was always right. He had a lot to say about history, and what he had experienced in life.
He was known for riding his beautiful horses, and would dress in his Charro suit and participate in parades around the county. He had many pets but he had some that were very dear to him. His horse “Nightshade”, his best friend and companion Chiquera his German Shepard, and most recently his cat Chiquito.
He was involved in many clubs through the years, The San Salvador Church Club, Piru Seniors, and the Fillmore Lions Club to name a few.
Jesus family would like to thank Janet and Kurt with Livingston. Also his many Caretakers over the years, especially Estela Vigil Aguilar, who loved Jesus like an “Abuelito”.
In Lieu of flowers, the family asks to please donate to Fillmore Lions Club, or San Salvador Catholic Church in memory of Jesus “Chuy” Zavala.
Ending lyrics of Jesus’ “corrido de Piru”
“Ya me voy a despedir, ya me voy a retirar, este Corrido de Piru no se les vaya olvidar”
The recitation of the rosary will be held on Friday September 8, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at San Salvador Mission in Piru, CA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at San Salvador Mission Catholic Church on Saturday September 9, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Piru Cemetery.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Jesus’s name located below “Recent Obituaries”.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, Santa Paula, CA 93060. 805.229.7054