David “Bozo” Ortiz (1956-2022)

David “Bozo” Ortiz (1956-2022)

David George Ortiz also known as Bozo passed away peacefully on November 21, 2022 in Bellevue, Nebraska after a battle with cancer. Bozo was born on August 17, 1956, in Santa Paula, CA to Virginia and Fred Ortiz. Bozo grew up in Fillmore where he attended school and graduated in 1975. Bozo was active in sports in high school and continued his love of the game long after. He loved to coach, umpire and play slow-pitch softball. His dream was to play just one game with his children but played until he couldn’t physically play anymore. Bozo had a big heart and loved everyone. He loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his four grandkids. He is survived by his wife of 27 years Colleen Ortiz, his children Sandra Gutierrez, Jaymee Whitlock (and her husband Robert Whitlock), Jennifer Walker, Staff Sargent David Ortiz Jr, Samantha Ortiz and his grandchildren Isaak Gutierrez, Jakob Gutierrez, Harley Whitlock, Nikolas Gutierrez and Clint Walker Coyle. His siblings Patricia, Linda, Julia, Frances, Ramona, Fred, Richard, Fernando, Robert and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Virginia and Fred, baby Larry and grandparents. We will be having a Celebration of Life on February 25,2023 12:00pm at the Piru Community Center, 802 Orchard Street, Piru CA.
Please join us in celebrating Bozo!

Roger Laurin Baker (1936-2023)

Roger Laurin Baker (1936-2023)

Roger Laurin Baker, age 86, passed away on January 27, 2023 in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Roger was born on October 8, 1936 in Hollywood, California, to Theodore and Isabel Baker. Roger grew up in Fillmore where he worked at his father's dealership, Ted Baker Buick on Central Ave. After graduating from Fillmore High, he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the General Motors Institute. He then went on to work with Buick Engineering and later the GM Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan. He spent many years at the GM Desert Proving Ground in Mesa, Arizona, prior to finishing his career at GM in Flint, Michigan. Roger was a member of the Central Christian Church in Mesa, Arizona, a member of the Buick Retirees Club, and also a member of the Mastersingers of Flint, Michigan. Roger was a man of God, full of character and good humor. He will be remembered for his deep, loud laugh and love for his family, including his pet Dachshunds. He survived by his wife of 58 years, Suzanne P. Baker; sister, Kathleen E. Baker; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Stanley W. Baker; and sister, Carol B. Wahl. Inurnment will be held mid-February at Bardsdale Cemetery in Bardsdale, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Genesee County Humane Society in Burton, Michigan, in memory of Roger. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Baker family.

Frank Hernandez (1959-2022)

Frank Hernandez (1959-2022)

Frank Hernandez (Frankie) passed away peacefully on December 20, 2022 at the age of 63. He was born on Jan. 31, 1959, in Santa Paula, California to Virgina Garcia and Frank Hernandez Sr. who passed away before Frankie was born. When Frankie was 2 years old, Virginia married Oscar Carrillo who loved and raised Frankie as the eldest of 4 sons.
Frankie lived in Fillmore most of his life and graduated from Fillmore high school in 1978 where he excelled as an athlete in football and enjoyed participating in FFA. He was a sharp dresser and voted “best dressed” of his senior class.
Frankie enjoyed sports and was a fan of the Rams and the Dodgers. He loved spending time with his dog Charlie and playing his guitar. Frankie was a friendly guy well known in Fillmore and Santa Paula. He looked forward to visiting his mom in Fillmore and chatting with the many friends and neighbors he grew up with on Lora Lane. He had a big heart and a sincere love of the Lord. Frankie kept a bible close at hand and enjoyed talking about his faith with those who shared his love of God. His kindness and carefree spirit will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
Frankie was preceded in death by his father Oscar Carrillo, brother Alex (Beetle) sister in-law Arlene Carrillo and nephew Alex Jr. He is survived by his daughter Alicia Deckers (husband Zack) 4 grandsons, mother Virginia Carrillo, brothers Felix Carrillo, Tommy Carrillo (wife Kimberly), and nieces Marissa, Sonia, Sierra and Savana (Michael).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 26 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 1045 W. Ventura Street in Fillmore. Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am with mass immediately following at 10:00 am. Committal and Interment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Rescue Mission of Ventura County.

Wanda Seigler (1930-2022)

Wanda Seigler (1930-2022)

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Wanda Seigler on December 26, at age 92. Wanda was born on October 28, 1930 to Winnie and Noble Brehm in Santa Paula, CA and was proud to be a life-long member of the Ventura County community.
In 1955, Wanda married her true love and soul mate, Jake Seigler. They shared 67 years of love, laughter and adventure that included fishing, travel, camping, the Los Angeles Dodgers and raising a family including son Richard (Clara), daughter Mary Ann (Clint) and granddaughter Angel. She is survived by her sister Jean Jones.
One of Wanda's passions was her love of photography, leaving the family a treasured legacy of the rich life she shared with friends and family. She was also known for her expert skills in food preservation with specialties in canned pickles, fruit preserves, jams and jellies. Candy making was another favorite hobby and she also baked a delicious lemon pie, Jake's favorite.
Wanda also volunteered at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital for over 20 years and she loved the many friendships made while participating there and in local garden clubs, book clubs and her favorite weekly Fillmore exercise group.
Wanda's warm smile, sense of humor and quick wit will be missed but always remain in the hearts of those who knew her. Wanda is now with her love, Jake, who passed April 27, 2022.
A remembrance gathering is planned from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on February 18th at the Fillmore Historical Museum Train Depot, Main Street, Fillmore.
In lieu of flowers you are invited to make donations to Shriners Hospitals for Children, or an organization of your choice.

Angela Rangel (1949-2022)

Angela Rangel (1949-2022)

Angela Rangel was a beloved, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother sister, aunt and friend. She left this world suddenly to be with the Lord on December 22, 2022, at the age of 73.
She was born on June 22, 1949, in Santa Maria De Los Angeles, Jalisco, Mexico to Isidoro Hernandez and Guadalupe Ramos. She was the fourth child out of ten children. At the age of seven, her family relocated to Tijuana Mexico.
Her sister, Manuela, recalls our mother as a happy child who liked to be around her family, as well was a hard worker.
At the age of 19, Angela chose to be brave by being the first to venture to America to help her parents provide for the family - first to San Diego then to Ventura County with her loving cousin Fita, the wife of Jesus Rangel. Shortly after, Angela met Jesus’s brother Ramiro Rangel, whom she later married on July 22, 1972. Angela and Ramiro had 5 children.
Angela displayed a life that loved the Lord and worshipped him with her whole heart. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and would do anything for them.
Angela will be remembered as strong and independent, never holding back from speaking her heart so as to love all unconditionally. Angela daily recognized the very many blessings from God, including having much love from her husband & family.
Angela enjoyed spending time at church and being with her family and friends. She also enjoyed outings to Chumash Casino and sending beautiful messages through phone calls, text and social media to family and friends.
Angela worked hard as a homemaker and as an employee in the community. By example, she taught her family “where there is a will there’s a way”. Though Angela did not drive, by her love & determination, she managed to find a way to get wherever she could to be productive and a blessing. Even with her limited English, she always found a good job. And after all of these years Angela still managed to use much of her wages to support her family in Mexico who never ventured to California as she had. She will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Angela is survived by her husband of 50 years, Ramiro; her children Ramiro Jr, Rosario, Imelda, Sandra (George), Marcos (Amber); 15 grandchildren, Aime (Austin), Brianna (Richard), Javier (Marina), Rafael, Cristopher, Jacob, Angel, Julian, Hasmin, Cesar, Gabriel, Natalie, Ramiro, Sophia and Marcos Jr.; 7 great grandchildren, Dexter, Everly, Hazel, Briella, Eden, Lorena and Javier Jr. Her siblings Juan, Sabino, Manuela, Refugio and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Isidoro and Guadalupe Hernandez; her brothers; Pedro, Gabriel, Luis, Jorge, and her sister Benita Hernandez.
Vigil Service and Prayer, will be held on Friday January 20, 2023, at 6:00 pm at Perez Funeral home located at 600 Central Ave., Fillmore, CA. A Rosary and Mass will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 9:30 am at St Francis of Assisi Church located at 1048 Ventura St., in Fillmore, reception to follow at St Francis of Assisi Hall.
Our family would like to thank every single one of you that prayed for us and continue to do so, and for the love and support from all of you during this difficult time.

Edith Hutchins Randall (1929-2022)

Edith Hutchins Randall (1929-2022)

After a productive and well lived 93 years Edith Hutchins Randall passed from this life peacefully on November 1st, 2022. She was born to Ulys and Perna White in Red Oak, Oklahoma on August 31st, 1929. When she was two months old she traveled to California on the train with her mother to join her father in Santa Paula, CA. Edith grew up in the courtyard on the Limonera Ranch along with many of her Oklahoma family that also migrated to California, including her grandmother Una Coy who lived on the ranch until her passing in the late 1960s.
Edith walked to Briggs School for her elementary education and graduated from Santa Paula High School in 1947. She met her high school sweetheart and love of her life Dale “Hutch” Hutchins when she was a freshman. Edith was a cheerleader and Hutch was a star football player for the Santa Paula Cardinals. After graduation she continued her education at Ventura College and then worked for the Limonera Ranch as an office clerk. Hutch and Edith were married in Santa Barbara on September 2nd, 1950 and moved to Fillmore in 1952.
Hutch took over the family business, Hutchins Cleaners in Fillmore while they enjoyed a great life together surrounded with family and many friends. Hutch’s two sisters, LaRue and Beverly married Fillmore boys so all the cousins were fortunate to grow up together in a close knit small town. Their first child Eric was born in 1956 followed by Jan in 1957 and Neal in 1964. Edith worked part time as a bookkeeper for Robert “Bud” Spitler, then Safety Striping Service and helped Hutch at the cleaners while raising her children. They never lacked for her attention, she was the room mother for their classrooms and helped with all the sports, scouts and other activities they were involved in. She was also an active member of the Fillmore Business and Professional Women’s Cub and enjoyed bridge club with her friends.
Hutch’s father owned a beach cabin on the Rincon Beach where the family enjoyed many weekends and week long trips. They also took the kids to Big Bear for memorable family vacations. Hutch and Edie were big supporters of the Fillmore Flashes Athletic teams. They often took a van full of kids to the away games and the family van was the official bus for the FHS cheerleading squad in 1974/1975.
Edith was a member the Trinity Episcopal Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and she and Hutch spearheaded the annual prime rib dinner fundraiser. They belonged to the Fillmore Dance Club, had many Fillmore friends while maintaining their friendships with the Santa Paula friends they grew up with. Edie and Hutch provided a wonderful life for their children full of love, family and friends. Some of the friendships have continued to the next generation where the children have become lifelong friends and the cycle is beginning again with the great grandchildren. They built an incredible foundation of friendship.
Tragically Hutch passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack in 1979 which left a huge hole in the Hutchins family. Edith was the rock that held everyone together. She could not have been stronger, closing out the family business and carrying on. Three months after Hutch’s death she welcomed their first grandchild Melanie. What a blessing she was and brought such joy to Edith’s life during a very difficult time. In 1984 her second grandchild Jeremy was born followed by Eric, Joe and Jenna, her family was complete. Her grandchildren were the light of her life, and she was the most loving Nana anyone could ask for.
The next few years she enjoyed traveling with girlfriends to Hawaii and Avila Beach. She continued to work for Safety Striping Service and spent most of her free time with her grandchildren. She took up tole painting and discovered a hidden talent. The family has many pieces of her work to treasure and keep the memories of her close. She also enjoyed antiquing and acquired an extensive collection of butter pats and other antiques they will always cherish.
In 1985 Edith found love again when she married Charles “Hoover” Randall at the Ferndale Ranch in Santa Paula. They enjoyed a good life together with lots of friends and fun times at the Ferndale Ranch. They traveled to Hawaii and with friends in their RVs to Yellowstone, Sedona, Colorado and the local campgrounds in Ventura County. They also enjoyed many trips to Laughlin and Las Vegas, Edie had a fondness for the one armed bandits!
Edie and Hoover were very involved in the grandchildren’s lives. They never missed a ball game and were always available when the grandkids needed them. They regularly traveled to visit Eric and his family in Old Station, Lake Isabella and then Twin Falls Idaho. Sadly when Hoover passed away in 2012 Edith’s life took another unexpected turn but again she absorbed the loss with grace.
In 2015 while recovering from a serious illness she moved into an apartment in the Fillmore Country Club assisted living facility. She recovered well and was able to enjoy the last years of her life, especially spending time with her family and great grandchildren, Danny and Skyler. She was very close to Danny. He visited often and enjoyed having lunch with Nana in the dining room. Neal and his family lived a block away so she saw them often and enjoyed weekly weekend lunch dates. Jan and Rod, along with Melanie and Jeremy and their families were also close by for frequent visits and family gatherings. It was a blessing when Skyler was born in 2020. Nana was ecstatic to meet and hold her precious great granddaughter.
Edie made many friends at the Fillmore Country Club and was close to several of the caregivers. They became family too. The family would like to thank the staff at Fillmore Country Club for the assistance she received, especially from the caregivers. It greatly enhanced the quality of her life during her last years.
Edith is survived by her son Eric Hutchins and wife April of Twin Falls Idaho, daughter Janet Schrock and husband Rodney of Fillmore and son Neal Hutchins and wife Heather who recently moved to Elkridge, Utah; Grandchildren Melanie Chisholm, Jeremy Schrock, Eric Hutchins, Joe Hutchins, Jenna Hutchins and great grandchildren Danny Chisholm and Skyler Schrock. Services will be held at a later date when all family members are able to be here. Edie was a wonderful wife, mom, grandmother and friend. Her family will be forever grateful for the life she lived, the never ending support and the good health that kept her here 93 years.

David Dollar (1945-2022)

David Dollar (1945-2022)

David was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on November 1st, 1945. He was raised in Piru, California and attended Piru Elementary School. David was President of the Fillmore High School Class of 1963. He was a member of the Cross Country and Track Teams at Fillmore High School. He attended Ventura College and graduated with a degree in Data Processing.
He worked for IBM from 1966 until his retirement in 1996. The last seven years he was a Financial Analyst for the Western Region. David was civic minded and was a member of the Fillmore Unified School District Board of Education from 2002 to 2010. David belonged to Fillmore Club Piru Petroleum Club and was a proud supporter of the Ventura County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. He was a life member of the NRA. David was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved dogs and was proud that he owned a dog all his life. Buttons his current pet will miss him dearly.
David went to Alaska multiple times fishing for salmon and halibut. He hunted in New Mexico and Utah. He loved fishing Panguitch Lake. He spent most of his summers in the cabin at Panguitch Lake. He loved the ranch in Anlauf Canyon and enjoyed counting the deer and other wildlife that resided on the ranch.
He is survived by his wife Susan Case Dollar. They were married for 57 years. He is also survived by sons Mathew Wm. Dollar and Christopher Keith Dollar and one grandson Garrett Christopher Dollar. He will be greatly missed by them.
A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, January 11th at 11:00am in Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 So. Sespe Rd. Fillmore, California 93015
To sign the family's online guest book please visit our website: and locate David's name in "Recent Obituaries. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owner & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula, Ca 805.229.7054.

Consuelo V. Ortega Ruiz (1922-2022)

Consuelo V. Ortega Ruiz (1922-2022)

Our beloved Momma went to be with our Lord on Saturday, November 26th, 2022 with her loved ones at her bedside. Our beautiful Momma was born to Ignacio and Amanda Abalos Ortega, on March 23rd, 1922 in Piru Ca. At the time of her passing, momma was 100 years 8 months and 3 days old.
During the War, Momma went to live with one of her cousins and her cousins husband to work at McDonald Douglas. They were the home front workers “Rosie the Riveters”. She returned back home to Piru, where she met and fell in love with this handsome man (our daddy) from across the street.
Mom and Dad married on February 4th, 1951 at St. Francis of Assisi church in Fillmore. Momma & Daddy built our family home just up the street from where she was born and raised. And this is where they raised their 6 children.
Mom worked at Fillmore Piru Citrus Association for 50 plus years. After retiring, Mom would take care of some of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed the outdoors and having a few “cold ones” and just being surrounded by family and friends.
She was also a devoted Catholic and loved going to church. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Society.
Momma had so much unconditional love for all her children, her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and anyone else who came into her life. There isn’t anything that she wouldn’t do for any of us. Momma & Daddy always had their door open and welcomed everyone into their home.
She leaves behind her children Jim Ruiz Jr. Of Piru, Cathy Chavez (Joe), Denise Ruiz (Bear) of Fillmore, Anna Ramos (Julio), Jamie Rodriguez (Gilbert) of Piru. As well as 14 Grandchildren, 30 Great grandchildren and 11 Great great Grandchildren. She also leaves behind 2 sisters Delfina Ortega and Catherine Cervantes and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom was preceded in death by her loving husband (our daddy) James N. Ruiz Sr., her son (our brother) Lonnie K. Ruiz, her Grandson “JJ” Topete and great Grandson Michael “Mikey” Lopez and many other family members. She will be greatly missed by all.
Te extrañamos mucho mamá. Siempre estarás en los corazones. It is not goodbye, but “Until we see you again” Madrecita Querida.
Funeral service will be held on December 31st, 2022 at. 10 am at San Salvador Church, 4045 Center St. in Piru, California 93040
Internment to follow at Piru Cemetery, 3956 Center Street Piru Ca. 93040
Immediately following the Internment, we will have a reception at San Salvador church hall.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary in San Fernando, Ca.
To sign the Family’s online guest book, please visit Mission Hills Mortuary at http://www.missionhills, click the menu link go to obituary and in search bar type Consuelo Victoria Ruiz.

Frank P. Wahl Jr. (1940–2022)

Frank P. Wahl Jr. (1940–2022)

Frank P. Wahl Jr. of Fillmore, CA went home to be with the Lord early in December of 2022. He was born in 1940, in New Jersey, the son of Frank P. Wahl and Elizabeth Jesson. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, William Wahl, first wife, Anna Marishak, and second wife, Carol Baker.
Frank is survived by his wife, Jeanne Wahl of Fillmore; daughters Anna Louise and Patricia, of Atascadero, CA; sons Frank P. Wahl III (Jennifer), Kevin (Heather) of Ventura, CA, Keith (Gloria) of Gilroy, CA, Edward of Valley Village, CA and Brandon (Kristine) of Camarillo, CA, Chantel (John) of Morgan Hill, CA and Daniel (Tracy) of Soulsbyville, CA.
He leaves behind 14 grandchildren – Amanda, Charlie, Pablo, Sean, Caleb, Elijah, Sarah, Magnolia, Elizabeth, Oliver, Amelie, Kyla, Kaison and Owen.
Admired by many for his loyal and calm demeanor, his faith in the Lord, keen intelligence and witty sense of humor, Frank will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 7th at Community Pres. Church in Ventura, at 11:00a.m., with Reception to follow.
The full obituary for Frank can be found at

Kenneth Gordon Lyon (1930–2022)

Kenneth Gordon Lyon (1930–2022)

Kenneth Gordon Lyon, 92, passed away on December 6th, 2022, in Paso Robles, CA. Ken lived a long, happy life and died peacefully at Creston Village Assisted Living from complications of cancer. He was born September 9th, 1930, in Turlock, California, to Marvin E. Lyon and Altha Mae Tucker Lyon. He was the youngest of five children and grew up on Roseburg Avenue in Modesto, California. He and his four siblings, Evelyn, Dorothy, Shirley and Clarence, were raised by their father, their grandmother Phoebe Lyon and their Uncle Howard and Aunt Gertrude Cardey who lived next door. There were epic football games between the Roseburg Gang and the Orangeburger Gang. He would tell his cousin Donna exactly where to run to and she would catch his pass every time.
Kenneth graduated from Modesto High School. He had a knack for basketball and although work after school prevented him from joining the high school team, he quite successfully participated in men’s night league play against older men and college level players. He served in the Army in Korea during the Korean War and his name is listed on the Roll of Honor in the Washington National Cathedral. While working at JCPenney in Modesto he met the love of his life, Dorothy Reasy, and they married June 14th, 1953. Ken and Dorothy were married 55 years before she passed away in 2007.
Ken began his oil career in Coalinga, CA. He was hired by Sun Oil Co., where he worked his way up in the organization to Field Technical Specialist. Eventually his job moved him to Taft, CA, where he and Dorothy raised their children, Marvin, Cheryl and Howard. In 1973 Sun Oil transferred him to the Santa Clarita area and he and Dorothy chose to live in nearby Fillmore, where he lived until the last several months. Ken worked into his 80s doing part-time work for his son-in-law, also in the oil business. When he finally tired of negotiating the ladders and getting on top of tanks, he decided it was time to give it up and enjoy the time he had left.
Although typically quiet in a crowded room, Ken had a great singing voice and would belt out an old tune now and then to the delight of all, especially the staff at his local bank. Hours before his death he woke up and sang some of the song I Believe. He was also very adept at whistling tunes. Ken enjoyed attending sports activities that his grandkids were involved in. He loved to be the chauffeur when the opportunity would arise to take them to school or sporting events.
Ken believed in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was a member of Heritage Valley Bible Church in Fillmore where he attended regularly for many years.
Kenneth is survived by his sister Evelyn McDonell, cousin Donna Cardey Meeks, children, Marvin (Arleen), Cheryl (Mark), and Howard (Rusty), seven grandchildren, Kenneth (Callie), Evan (Rebecca), Michelle, Grant (Brande), Harrison, Garrett (Kelsey) and Ariana (Roland), and eight great grandchildren, John, Oscar, Jivan, Ezekiel, Vivian, Hunter, Vera and Canyon.
Special thanks to the staff at French Hospital, his caregivers, especially Susanne, Central Coast Hospice, and all who were praying for him. A service of remembrance will be held at 10 a.m., January 21st, at First Baptist Church (Heritage Valley Bible Church), 1059 First Street, Fillmore, CA.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

Loretta C. Dunehew (1944-2022)

Loretta C. Dunehew (1944-2022)

Loretta C. Dunehew was born on October 13th, 1944, to Manuel and Amelia Rangel in Santa Barbara, California. She passed away October 24th at the age of 78, joining her husband of 55 years, Jimmy W. Dunehew. Loretta is survived by her 7 children and many, many grandchildren who will miss their Nana.
Loretta was a hardworking and loving mother and wife. She loved driving bus #1 for Fillmore Unified School District and was known as the friendly Mrs. D., unless you messed around on her bus. Loretta was known for her funny sense of humor and all her crazy shenanigans. If you knew our Mama, then you know what we are talking about.
When the grandkids came around it was always Nana, never grandma. She would say, “I am not old enough to be a grandma.” Of course, we let her believe that.
She had a love for the Lord and all her special friends from church.
The world will never be quite the same without her. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts and minds. Loretta planted love and memories wherever she went, and that legacy will continue to grow.
Please join us for the “Celebration of Life” on Saturday, January 28th, 2023 at 12:00pm at Britt Park in Piru, CA, off of Highway 126. A potluck luncheon will follow.

Rosemarie C. DeLano (1936-2022)

Rosemarie C. DeLano (1936-2022)

Rosemarie C. DeLano was born on February 20,1936 to Ida Viola Preciado & Epigmenio Cervantez Torres in Piru, California. She passed away November 29, 2022, joining her parents and many before her, including her other father, Ira Carter, step-father Gerald Muth; Sister, Elsie Simonson; Brother, Albert Carter; and her beloved husband, David E. Delano. We imagine a grand welcoming on the other side of the veil.
Rosemarie is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Valerie & Cecil Ward; Vicki & Allen Smart; Pepper DeLano-Doty; and Kristi DeLano, as well as her precious Grand, Great Grand, and Great Great Grandchildren, too numerous to list, whom she adored beyond measure.
She called Bakersfield home in 1959. She was known to many as Mom, Nana, Rose, Rosie, and Officer DeLano in her service as a correctional officer at Tehachapi State Men's Prison. After retirement, she was busy as Grammanana at Downtown Elementary and Queen Mumzy in her much-loved Red Hat Ladies chapter. She was blessed to have a large immediate family by birth and marriage and an extended family of close friends, with some specifically deemed so by the title of Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, or child. She was a maverick and trailblazer, fiercely independent and strong, funny and unapologetically honest with stories so vibrant and deep about all that she experienced in her 86 years of life, and oh, what a life!
Rosemarie was an avid reader and gifted storyteller; she loved to garden with an affinity for cacti & succulents, roses, and Newhall Ranch orange trees. Rose loved to travel and shop for good bargains; she was a fantastic cook and loved all things culinary; she found meaning and joy in the smallest things and loved with all her heart.
She was the source of the most delightful creativity that has carried on throughout her family, along with the shared memory of taking every child & grandchild to get their first library card, inspiring our shared love of reading.
The world will never be quite the same without her. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts and minds. Rosemarie planted love and memories wherever she went, and that legacy will continue to grow.
Graveside Services will be held on December 17 at 2 pm. Piru Cemetary, Piru, CA, followed by a reception and celebration of life directly after.

Louis Kelton Lovelace (1934-2022)

Louis Kelton Lovelace (1934-2022)

Louis Kelton Lovelace, 88, of Fillmore, CA. passed away on December 2nd 2022 after a brief illness. Born on January 29th, 1934 to Dewey Kelly Lovelace and Gladys (McGariety) Lovelace. He was the 6th in line of 8 siblings. Louis was the last living member of his family. His parents, grandparents, 3 brothers and 4 sisters all preceded him in death.
Many stories have been told of his childhood growing up in the countryside of West Tennessee. While visiting family in Memphis, he would often meet-up with Elvis Presley through his childhood and into adulthood. He attended grade school in a two-room schoolhouse; he proudly called “Gaines University.” Entering High School, he was very active in baseball and had scouts watching him for a possible pro career.
At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Navy and after basic training he was stationed in San Diego to begin his Navy career. From there, he was transferred to Port Hueneme and appointed to the USS Norton Sound - noted for being the first guided-missile ship in the Navy. Being an experimental ship, he spoke of many exciting experiences while onboard. Many of the rockets and missiles tested from this ship are now on display at the Kennedy Space Center.
While stationed at Port Hueneme, he spent much of his spare time at the skating rink in Ventura. It was there that he literally “fell” over a pretty girl while skating backwards. A friendship developed which resulted in marriage. Louis and Sandra Voorhies were married in 1952. Until his discharge, they remained living in Ventura County.
During his enlistment, he was trained to be a Barber and became the Ship-Captain’s personal Barber. Upon his discharge, he continued with his Barbering skills and became a Master Barber. He was in great demand for his flat-top cuts.
In 1954, a son Louis Timothy was born and the young couple decided to move back to Tennessee. A daughter, Cynthia Ann was welcomed into the family shortly after. It was also around this time that California was calling them to return, so they journeyed back. While living in Taft, CA. for a short period of time, he helped establish a Barber College in Bakersfield, CA. He eventually settled in Fillmore, CA. and continued Barbering at The Poplar Barber Shop. This was a special meeting-place with Louis and his co-partner Olen Core, becoming the very best of friends.
In 1964, Louis & Sandra welcomed another son, Kelly Lee. Sandra sadly passed away in 1989 and Kelly tragically passed in 2006. Louis and Sandra were married for 34 years.
In the early 1970’s, Louis decided to make a career change and became employed at A&F Testing Company, as a salesman for the company. He remained in this field until 1991 when he went into semi-retirement.
It was also in 1991 that he asked a friend, Gertrude Thompson out to lunch on a Sunday afternoon. She said, “Yes” and they were a couple from then on. They were married on June 1st of that same year. They shared 31 years of marriage.
Upon full retirement, Louis became involved with Elkins Ranch Golf Course. He was a Marshall there for over 20 years. In his younger years, he became a very accomplished golfer and enjoyed a game of golf with friends, family and especially his wife Gertrude.
In the late 1990’s a van conversion was purchased and Louis & Gertrude began their travels. Every state was visited including a trip to Alaska and several vacations in Hawaii.
At home and while on their many years of travel, trails were hiked, paths were walked and sidewalks trod. Many pairs of shoes became very worn. The couple was always recognized and greeted by friends and neighbors while taking their daily walks, which would often surpass 6 miles a day, in their Fillmore neighborhood.
Louis is survived by his wife Gertrude, his son Tim (Julie) Lovelace and daughter Cynthia (Paul) Vaiz. Grandsons Michael (Erashel) Vaiz, Richard (Michelle) Vaiz, Granddaughters Rachel (Danny) Jones and Nicole Lovelace.
Louis’ Great Grandchildren are Sandra Vaiz, Sophia Vaiz and Jersey & Hailey Jones.
Through marriage, Louis had 14 Grand and Great-Grand children with 2 more on the way.
Louis had an inherited family through his marriage to Gertrude. Children Robert (Debbie) Thompson, Rosemary (Robert) Flory, Richard (deceased) and Deborah Thompson. 9 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren and 6 Great-Great Grandchildren.
Graveside services are scheduled for Wednesday, December 14th at 11am, at Bardsdale Cemetery. Reception following at Britt Park in Piru, CA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Louis’ memory to the Fillmore Athletic Boosters Club. He was instrumental in getting this organization established at Fillmore High School.

Lupe G. Alcozar (1928-2022)

Lupe G. Alcozar (1928-2022)

Lupe G. Alcozar born March 1st 1928 on Camulos Ranch. He passed suddenly on November 25th 2022.
Lupe lived a humbled full life to the age of 94 years old. He was a lifelong resident of Piru. He served in the United States Air Force for 4 years and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant a very proud American. Later Lupe was employed with General Motors where he worked for 36 years, after retiring he kept busy working on yard projects. He really enjoyed family get togethers and his favorite pastimes were listening to Big Band music “Tommy Dorsey” he also enjoyed watching Boxing but he was a True Blue Avid Dodger fan…. Go Dodgers!!!
Lupe is survived by his daughter Genevieve (Sam), Sons Danny (Nelfa), Richard (Debbie), 10 Grandchildren, 24 Great Grandchildren, 12 Great Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Lola, Sons Ronnie Sr, Greg Sr, Grandson Greg Jr.
Services will begin at 8:30a.m. on Saturday, December 17th, 2022 at San Salvador Church, 4045 Center Street, Piru CA 93040. Internment to follow at Piru Cemetery, 3956 Center Street, Piru CA 93040. To sign the family's online guest book please visit our website: and locate Lupe's name in "Recent Obituaries. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owner & Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula, Ca 805.229.7054.

Mary P. Molina (1920-2022)

Mary P. Molina (1920-2022)

Mary P. Molina, the eldest of 11 siblings that included 10 sisters and 1 brother, was a remarkable centennial woman who was blessed to see 3 generations of her family beyond her own. Due to the demands of life in her era, she aided her parents, as a teenager herself, in the care of her siblings. In her youth, she was everyone's older sister and developed a pseudo-mother-figure persona very early in life that was filled with genuine affection for wanting the very best for those she cared about, in her own family and community. Within her immediate family, she was a window through the time of the generations before and after her, and the stories she would tell continue to be cherished by the family to this day.
Through the years, Mary's passion for being in the servitude of others led her to seek work for the Piru community while working at the Piru General Store next to her husband, and owner, from the 50s to the 80s. A devout Catholic, Mary's faith guided her into servitude of the San Salvador Mission church since the late 50s as a Sacristan (a Sacristan is an officer charged with the care of the sacristy, the church, and its contents). Mary eventually became a member of the sacred heart society. "Grandma Mary" will be truly missed, and her remarkable life celebrated by the family. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Molina, and son, Roy Molina, and survived by her son, Danny Molina, her 4 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 3rd 2022. Services will begin at noon at San Salvador Church 4045 Center Street, Piru CA. Interment to follow at Piru Cemetery 3956 Center Street, Piru CA. To sign the family's online guest book please visit our website: and locate Mary's name in "Recent Obituaries." Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR. FUNERAL SERVICES, SANTA PAULA, CA 805.229.7054.

Janet C. Howarth (1931-2022)

Janet C. Howarth (1931-2022)

A longtime resident of Fillmore, Janet C. Howarth, passed away peacefully on August 29th, 2022 in Santa Barbara at the age of 91.
Janet was born on June 19th, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA, and was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Walter E. Howarth. She graduated from Frankford High School in Philadelphia in 1949 and moved to Fillmore, CA in August of 1956 when she married her husband, Fred Howarth. They started a family with daughter Joan and son John and lived on their citrus ranch in Bardsdale for over fifty-six years.
While living in Fillmore, Janet was a long-standing member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, and her Christian faith was always the center of her life. In addition, she was actively involved in the Farm Bureau Young People’s Group, the Ebell Club, Job’s Daughters, and other related organizations and activities.
Janet loved her family and spending Summers and Holidays together in Nevada City where the family enjoyed a second home in the Sierra Mountain foothills. Janet also valued the many friendships she had made both in Philadelphia and California and was passionate about staying in touch with everyone by celebrating birthdays and other special occasions.
After the passing of her husband and moving to the Samarkand Retirement Community in Santa Barbara, Janet started a new chapter in her life and spent the next nine years continuing what was important to her; faith, family, and friends. Janet volunteered at The Samarkand’s Chapel where she established many wonderful new friendships. She also continued to stay in touch with her many old friends and enjoyed the love and support of her children.
A loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Janet is survived by her daughter Joan Swift and husband Tim, of Marina del Ray, CA, son John Howarth and wife Barbara, of Granite Bay, CA, grandson Dr. Kyle Howarth, of Dallas, TX, and granddaughter Sara Howarth, a RN in San Francisco, CA. In addition, Janet is also survived by her older sister Jean Latimer, of Cincinnati, OH. Janet’s twin sister, Joan Igler, passed away in 2017.
The family asks that any donations be made in the name of Janet Howarth to further the ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 306, Fillmore, CA 93016.

Kenneth Duane Mittan

Kenneth Duane Mittan

Kenneth Duane Mittan, 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Fillmore, on September 16th, 2022. Born in Chadron, Nebraska, Ken lived most of his life in Southern California. Growing up in Torrance, in later years he often recalled that it was an area of farmland, of chickens and rabbits, bordering the busy ports of Long Beach and San Pedro during World War 2. He graduated from the University of Santa Barbara for whom he played baseball, and he also lived and taught in Moorpark. But it was the City of Fillmore, to which he moved with his wife Cathy in 1975, that Ken really called home.
Ken loved life. He brought dedication, passion and humor to everything he did. He loved his family: a kind and devoted husband to Cathy, for fifty-seven years, an adventurous and fun dad to his three children, and the consummate pet-lover, sharing his life with a multitude of cats and dogs over a lifetime.
Ken also loved teaching. He began his career teaching in the National Guard, and was dedicated to his students at Fillmore Junior High and Fillmore High School for over thirty years. Nothing made him happier than to meet former students and to reminisce about hours spent together in the classroom, or perhaps just the few minutes of a conversation which inspired or motivated them for the future.
A raconteur and story-teller, Ken enjoyed playing poker, working with Fillmore Lions Club, and acting and directing with the Sespe Players for many years.
And Ken loved God. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and served his community faithfully.
Ken is survived by his wife Cathy, his children Meghan, Jane, and Mark, and his grandchildren Ethan and Olivia, who brought him so much joy. He will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Ken’s life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fillmore on November 20th at 2:00 p.m.

Myrna Mae Bartlett Taylor (1929-2022)

Myrna Mae Bartlett Taylor (1929-2022)

Myrna Mae Bartlett Taylor, widow of Walt Taylor, passed peacefully on November 1, 2022 at her home in Bend, OR. Born on April 28th, 1929, Myrna lived a long and full life—sailing, backpacking, hunting, and boogie-boarding, to name a few of her passions. She loved God and her family above all else—leaving behind daughter Pam (Pat) and son Bart (Annalee), as well as 8 grandchildren (Kim, Greg, Christopher, Colin, Bethanna, Esther, David, and Violet) and 14 great grandchildren (Rowan, Adeline Mae, Emanuel, Edmund, Quinton, Sterling, Mercy, Blaze, Coal, Ember, Flint, Phoenix, Walter, and Sterling—with another on the way!).
Myrna lived in Fillmore for over 65 years and was extremely active in many aspects of the community; she was named Fillmore Honorary Citizen of the Year for 2012 for contributions to the town she loved so much.
Anyone wishing to honor Myrna is asked to please donate a new or gently used book to the Fillmore Library or a local school.

Jerry Wayne Edmonds (1942-2022)

Jerry Wayne Edmonds (1942-2022)

Surrounded by his wife of almost 58 years, his two sons and his loyal dog Heidi, Jerry Edmonds graduated from this earth to his heavenly home on the evening of October 13th, the National Day of the Farmer. Born in Morris, Oklahoma he came to California at the age of 17 and found work in the citrus orchards. This was to become his life long occupation. Jerry began his own ranch management business along with mechanically hedging citrus trees and chopping brush in the area. At the same time he was the manager of Southside Improvement Company for the last 55 years supplying irrigation water to the ranchers in Bardsdale he recently retired on September 30th, 2022. As a jack of all trades, along with his wife and brother he owned and operated Edmonds Furniture during the 80’s in downtown Fillmore. For over 10 years he traveled throughout Southern California picking up and delivering furniture and appliances to his customers.
During his life he was active with his kids sports teams coaching T-Ball and Farm League along with serving on the boards of Youth Football, Little League and the Fillmore Athletic Boosters Club. Jerry was also very active in the citrus industry serving on numerous boards over the years. In the community he loved being a member of the Piru Petroleum Club with his friends where many times a year he would help cook for Friday lunches and weekend parties.
He loved traveling and exploring the United States in his motorhome with his wife and made friends wherever he went. He never met a stranger and was always willing to give anyone who needed it a helping hand.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Harvey & Georgia Edmonds, his brothers Bill & Charles and great niece KaraBeth Whitney. He is survived by his wife Lynda, his sons Brian (Paula) and Brad (Ed), his four grandsons Taylor (Isabella), Evan (Maria), Hayden and Ryan, his great grandchildren Jaxon, Leni & Nico, his sister Pat Bun yard (Bob), his two aunts, Ray Stephenson (102) and Laverne Silvas, in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.
He will be remembered as a loving and generous husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and a great friend to many.
The family would like to thank Drs. Nissen & Osipov of Cedars Sinai Hospital, Barbara and Angela of Hematology Oncology Specialist for their exceptional care over the past 4 years, Dr. Micah Dickey and Bristol Hospice.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 25th, 11AM at the Bardsdale Cemetery followed by his “Graduation Party” at the family home in Bardsdale.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN Purple Stride Walk Run) The Cedars-Sinai Whipplers Team Captain Nick Nissen at: ; to the Light Fund for the “F”, Fillmore Alumni Association, 555 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore, 93015 that Jerry started so the lights may continue to shine or the charity of your choice.

Otto Heinz Klittich (1930-2022)

Otto Heinz Klittich (1930-2022)

Otto Heinz Klittich was born August 15th 1930 and passed away October 20th 2022 at the age of 92. He was born in New York where his family was trying to immigrate to the US. At the age of 4 he was sent back to Germany for health reasons to live with his grandparents. His parents came to Germany in 1939 to bring him back to the US but were unable to return because of the beginning of World War II. Otto’s father was conscripted for the war and was never seen again.
Times were challenging in Germany after the war and when Otto was 18, he decided to use his US citizenship and move to Illinois where he had an uncle that had a greenhouse operation. He left his uncle’s employment to work at Electro-Motive a company that built locomotive engines. He also did Landscaping on the side when the weather permitted.
When he was 20, he went with his friend Wally to a local café for dinner. A talkative waitress named Jeanne brought them their dinners and sat down to join them while they ate. The evening got late and she missed her trolley home. Otto offered to drive her home. Along the way, he invited her to a party the next night at Wally’s place. They went to the party and during the night he leaned over and asked her if she would marry him! She said YES! It was love at first sight. Jeanne was 17.
Soon after he was drafted into the army and sent to Korea. While in Korea he had a number of harrowing experiences. One of which earned him a Purple Heart.
While recovering in California he realized that this was a good place to do horticulture. Once release from active service he returned to Illinois and married Jeanne on July 11th 1953. He then moved to California and started Landscape by Otto that served the Los Angeles area.
While landscaping he would collect plants and slowly built a nursery. In 1976 he moved to nursery work full time. They needed a larger space to grow and they rented a property in Sylmar. Still looking to expand they found a 38-acre property in Fillmore.
Over the years all 4 boys worked in landscaping and then the nursery and for one reason or another left to pursue other endeavors. Their 3rd son Scott, returned after college to work in the nursery and took over managing the nursery in 1988. This gave Otto and Jeanne an opportunity to retire and travel to pursue a hobby of his that he never made time for, Precision Bench Rest Shooting.
Otto and Jeanne traveled across the country following shooting matches for over a decade. At one point he was ranked in the top 25 shooters in the US. He was passionate about his sport and made many lifelong friends along the way.
Otto passed away quietly at home with family and friends nearby on October 20, 2022. The family would like to thank the VA for all the excellent care and service that they gave to Otto. There were many caregivers who gave Otto love and support throughout the last few years and we truly appreciate them.
Otto is survived by Jeanne, his wife of 69 ½ years, and their 4 sons, Bob, Bill (Carla), Scott (Cindy), and Karl. Grandchildren: Jeff (Luanna), Kenny, Kristen (Matt), Mena, Danny (Steffani), Andy (Pam), Timmy, and Kayla. Great-Grandchildren: Ethan, Alice, Inez, Bennet, Chase, Luke, Abigail, and Doris.
Otto was never one for funerals but he did like a good party with good beer and German food. The family honored him with just that and many memories were shared and a few made.
If you are inclined to make a donation in his name, woundedwarriorproject was always their favorite charity. His life story and photos are available at - where you could leave a message or memory. A celebration of life is planned for November 12th at 3pm in The Garden at Otto & Sons Nursery, 1835 E. Guiberson Rd, Fillmore.