Like a western hero Walker Kozar, 60, of Fillmore, rode off into the sunset on Sunday July 31, 2011. He died peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a two and half year battle with brain cancer. Walker was born October 18, 1950, in Santa Paula to John Sr. and Connie Kozar. He was the fourth child in his family. Walker was a lifelong Fillmore resident. He attended Fillmore schools graduating from Fillmore High School in 1969 where he was an outstanding football player and holds many football records. After high school he was drafted into the Army where he served two years, spending some time in Korea. He went to work for Unocal in 1975 where he worked his way up to become a foreman in charge of Torrey. He worked for Unocal for twenty years and retired in 1995. He then went to work for Bennett Construction as a heavy equipment operator. On April 20, 1974 he married Catherine Antonsen and they had two daughters. They were married for twenty seven years. Walker was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. He thoroughly enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports and was their number one fan. He is preceded in death by his father John Kozar Sr. and his mother Connie. He is survived by his daughters Kimberly â€śQueenâ€ť Villegas and April â€śApesâ€ť Kozar (Danny Nunez), his five grandchildren Ryan â€śSqueeksâ€ť, Bryce â€śBilly Bobâ€ť, Brooke â€śLillyâ€ť Nunez, Tori â€śVictoriaâ€ť and Sammy â€śBusterâ€ť Villegas. He was Papa Walker to them. He is also survived by all his brothers and sisters, Sam Bennett (Sharon), Nancy Carrillo (Simon), John Kozar Jr. (Lois), Penny Zavala and Bobby Kozar. He also had many nieces, nephews and cousins. Viewing will be held on Thursday August 4th 2011 at Skillin-Carrol Mortuary from 5pm-8pm. Celebration of Walkerâ€™s life will be held on Friday August 5th 2011 with a graveside service held at Bardsdale Cemetery at 10am. Gathering of family and friends will be held at the Piru Petroleum Club/ Brit Park on Guiberson Rd. after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society in honor of Walker would be greatly appreciated. We would like to give a special thank you to Kathy â€śSharkyâ€ť Martinez, Dr. Larks and all the staff at the VCMC Oncology Clinic for all the love and support and guidance provided. We would have been lost without you.
Alvin C. Schneider, 74, of Poteau, OK passed away Monday, July 18, 2011 in Poteau. Alvin was born in Titusville, PA on October 23, 1936 to Nicolas & Hazel (Stufflebeam) Schneider. Alvin worked in city maintenance. Alvin & Leora were residents of Fillmore for some 35 years where he was the owner/operator of the Shell Station on Hwy 126.
Survivors include his wife, Leora of the home; 3 daughters, Lori Schneider McKeown of Fillmore, CA, Chery Schneider McGraw of Poteau, OK, Connie Upton of Summerfield, OK; 1 son, Allen Schneider of Poteau, OK; 23 Grandchildren; 9 Great Grandchildren; 1 brother, Robert Schneider of Titusville, PA; other relatives & loved ones, many beloved friends.
Services will be 10 am, Friday, July 22, 2011 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Keith Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, OK.
Mark Russell Stethem, beloved son and brother, was born May 5, 1956 in Norfolk Virginia, and passed away of natural causes June 21, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Mark grew up in Fillmore, CA. He graduated from Fillmore High School, where he was active in FFA. He later attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he studied agriculture and business.
In 1999, Mark moved to Phoenix to work in the medical supply business.
Throughout his life Mark had a love for travel, art and music. He was also a sports fan, and follower of current events. He had a strong faith in God and an abiding love for his family.
Mark was a dear, tender soul who will be missed by his family and friends.
Please join the family at the memorial service to be held July 30, 2011 at 9:00am at 605 Old Telegraph Road, Fillmore, CA 93015
Shirley Elizabeth Brown Moore, 94, born July 21, 1916, in Saskatchewan, Canada, widow of George W. Moore II, passed away Dec. 22, 2010, at home, in Fillmore. She had a busy life as an orange rancherâ€™s wife, mother of four and, for 31 years, the librarian at Santa Paula High School. Her students were her second family. All were treated with dignity and love.
Shirley encouraged and gave direction to many children, helping them to understand and utilize their gifts. She was proudest of the professions and contributions of her 24 blood descendants.
She is survived by her sons, George W. Moore III, Reagan W. Moore, PhD, and Dwight V. Moore, and daughter, Kathleen Moore Bishop, MD, 11 grandchildren, and 9 greatgrandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 740 E. Main, Santa Paula, on Saturday,
July 23 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please read a book and support your local library.
Please sign the guest book at obits.VenturaCountyStar.com.
Consuelo (Connie) PĂ©rez Romero, June 3, 1948-June 20, 2011, was born 9th of 17 children to GermĂˇn ZermeĂ±o Romero and MarĂa del Refugio PĂ©rez Romero. She was raised in Fillmore, California, attended public schools, graduated and then was granted admission to the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus Order on July 26, 1968, where she served the Lord at Little Flower Haven, in La Mesa, CA. for the rest of her life. She became known as and blessed with the name Sister MarĂa RosalĂa de JesĂşs.
As a servant of God she held many positions: Licensed Vocational Nurse, Preschool Teacher, Activities Director, organist and vocalist leading hymns for her Carmelite family and people in residence. She was eventually elevated to the position of Mother Superior. Our â€śhermanaâ€ť took her vows and â€ślivedâ€ť them until the end: chastity, poverty, and obedience.
Our â€śLittle Flowerâ€ť has gone to her â€śHavenâ€ť, to join her departed hermanos JesĂşs, RubĂ©n, and Rebeca as well as her MamĂˇ y PapĂˇ whom she greatly missed and looked forward to seeing, along with her Lord. Many uncles, aunts, and cousins also preceded her in death: Paternal â€śRomeroâ€ť uncles and aunt Hemeterio, Juan, Benjamin, Pedro, Rafael, Esther, and Alfonso. Maternal â€śPĂ©rezâ€ť uncles and aunt were: JesĂşs, Socorro, and Father RubĂ©n, all of Jalisco, Mexico, and cousins, Arturo Romero and Robert Romero.
She leaves behind several siblings, in-laws, aunts, nieces and nephews, as well as a few great-nieces and great-nephews. Siblings include Catalina Romero Mull (Daniel); Francisco PĂ©rez Romero (Francisca, children Laura, Frank Jr., Nancy, and Anthony); Ricardo PĂ©rez Romero (children Richard C., Rebecca Spencer, Teresa Cruz, and Michael); Josefina Romero Guerrero (Richard, children Carlos, Marisa, and Lia); Manuel PĂ©rez Romero (Blanca, children Marisela, and Daniel); Guadalupe Romero GarcĂa (children Arthur Jr., Greg, and Maria); Roberto PĂ©rez Romero; Rosa Romero Supina (David, children Lisa and Stephanie); Juan PĂ©rez Romero; Ofelia Romero-Motlagh (Abbas); Anita PĂ©rez Romero; Irene Romero Page (Darryl, sons Alonzo and Nicolas); and Gloria Romero-GarcĂa (Tim and daughter Cristina). Other in-laws include Arthur Garcia and Jenny Chavez. Her surviving aunt is Dolores PĂ©rez de Diaz of Mexico and aunts-in-law Alice Bustamante Romero and Margarita Morones Romero of Ventura County, California.
Her last â€śRomero home visitâ€ť was a joyful time when family joined to celebrate a graduation at a party for her nephew, Alonzo, on Saturday, June 18, 2011. She attended Mass on Fatherâ€™s Day, June 19 and that evening, spent time listening to Mariachi music, eating her favorite meal: enchiladas. Usually, her free time was spent with her sisters/family at the convent enjoying recreation activities and reading.
She never asked for anything but on her last day, asked for our prayers. She said she needed them. In spite of this, there was not fear but readiness to go to her next home, next life. She passed away unexpectedly in San Gabriel, California with family by her side. She will be remembered for her laughter, Godliness, love of family, and ability to connect with others. This brought her much joy and happiness. She truly lived her â€ścallingâ€ť per her order:
To give God joy is our Vocation.
â€śShe was our â€śgiftâ€ť in this life and she will be greatly missed, always admired, respected, and loved. Consuelo, duerme con los angelitos. Te amamos mucho y asĂ siempre serĂˇ.â€ť
Services were held on June 24 (Rosary) and June 25, 2011 (Mass) at
Little Flower Haven. Donations may be made to:
Carmelite Sisters, DHJ
8585 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, California 91941
Lifelong Fillmore resident, Jalaine Dewey Maxwell Helms, 71, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home July 3 after a long illness. Her loving sons and granddaughter were able to spend several days with her just before she passed.
Jalaine Marie was born September 27, 1939 to Franklin and Mildred Dewey. In 1958 she married Mickey â€śJimâ€ť Maxwell and they had two sons, Mark and Todd. Jalaine was a beautician for many years and enjoyed the creativity of hairstyling as well as the many friendships she made. She was active at Trinity Episcopal Church and especially enjoyed working on the prime rib dinner decorations. She was involved in several service clubs. Her favorite hobby was working in her yard. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed entertaining her friends and family at dinner parties, especially at the holidays.
Jalaine is survived by her son Mark Maxwell of Fillmore and her son Todd Maxwell of Alaska. She is also survived by grandchildren Jennifer, and her husband Danny Paddock, of Tennessee, and James Dillon â€śJ Dâ€ť Maxwell of Alaska, stepdaughter Rhonda Munro, grandchildren Devin and Michael Munro and stepson Rick Helms. She is also survived by her brother Bill Dewey, his wife Ellen, and their daughters, Kathryn Pace and Kristen Dewey.
The family wishes to thank her special caregiver and friend, Maria Gonzales, for her years of loving and compassionate care, and her friend and caregiver David Reeves for his special care in recent months.
At her request there will be a memorial service for family and friends at her favorite place, the beach. Friends and family will be notified at a later date. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in her memory to Trinity Church preservation fund.
Alexander Paul Villasenor, 36, died June 1, 2011, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. Alex passed away peacefully at his home in Ventura with his beloved wife and family by his side. The funeral Mass for Alex was celebrated on June 7th at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Ventura. His interment was at the Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore.
Alex was born Aug.23, 1974 in Ventura to Enrique (Rick) and Christine Villasenor. He was raised in Fillmore and attended elementary and junior high school in Fillmore before graduating from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura. Alex embraced life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed surfing, trips to the beach, reading comic books, camping, and any other activity that involved spending time with his family.
He was a talented artist, a hard worker, and a great cook. But his true brilliance showed in his personal relationships. He was a friend to all, greeting everyone with the same bright smile. His thoughtful ways and genuine nature impressed all who were privileged enough to know him. Alex was cherished by his family and he took advantage of every opportunity to show them how much he loved them as well. He had special relationships with his parents, his siblings and the large family he married into.
Alex has left his wife Anna, his children, Nathan, Andrew, and Natalie, his family and friends a wonderful example of how to face lifeâ€™s joys and adversities with courage, strength and love. Alex never gave up living his life. He was strong in his faith and took comfort in the extraordinary support of his family friends and communities of Our Lady of Assumption Church and parish school. The outpouring of love from friends and strangers would bring tears to his eyes. We can all take comfort knowing that his giving spirit will be watching over us.
Alex was preceded in death by great-grandmother, Hazel Elkins; grandparents Herculano and Enriqueta Villasenor; Alex is survived by his wife Anna, and children, Nathan 9, Andrew 8, and Natalie 6. He is also survived by his grandmother Carolyn Elkins Sherman; father Enrique; mother, Christine; twin sister Alison (husband Robert Jaramillo); and brothers, Christian (wife Briana), Nicholas (wife Nicole), and Noah.
The Villasenor Family would like to thank everyone who supported Alex during his long illness. The prayers and the unending love for him have empowered us. Words cannot express how we feel. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Memorial donations can be made out to the â€śAlex Villasenor Family Fund.â€ť Please visit (www.alexvillasenorfamilyfund.com) for complete details.
Donations may be made at any Santa Barbara Bank and Trust.
Karen Lee MagaĂ±a passed away Friday, June 10, 2011 after a short illness at the age of 53. Born in Santa Paula, CA on June 14, 1957. She grew up in Piru, attended Fillmore schools and graduated from Fillmore High School in 1975. She lived and worked in Santa Paula for much of her adult life. Karen was a kind-hearted person who cared a lot about others and helped them as much as possible. Karen had great love for animals, especially cats and dogs, and would go out of her way to help and find homes for them.
Over the years, Karen worked at various places, such as: McDonaldâ€™s, Twin Pines Healthcare, Elkins Golf Course, and Fillmore CafĂ©. She loved creating relationships with her customers and co-workers.
Karen is survived by her Husband Tom MagaĂ±a, Mother Jane Johnson, Brother Kelly Johnson, Daughter Diane Dominguez & Husband Angel, Son Robert MagaĂ±a & Wife Monique; Grandchildren; Xico, Quetzalli, Nez, Darla, & Citlalin; Aunt Charlene Dryden, Cousin Leah Taylor, Nephew Logan Boe, Cousin Vance Johnson, Cousin Scott Johnson & Wife Patty, Cousin Becky and Husband Tut, Cousin Jan Bryant, & Husband Chuck; good friends Brian Williams & Michael Rummans; pets: cats Rufus & Vladie & Ding the dog.
The family will be holding a potluck memorial at the Johnson Residents at 453 Blaine Avenue, Fillmore, CA.
Stephen Arthur Bly, 66, of Winchester, Idaho, passed away June 9, 2011, of prostate cancer.
Steve was born August 17, 1944, to Arthur Worthington Bly and Alice Wilson Bly, of Ivanhoe, California. He married Janet Chester in 1963 and they raised three sons, Russell, Michael, and Aaron.
He graduated summa [!@#$] laude in Philosophy from Fresno State University in 1971 and received an M. Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary 1974. He served as pastor of Woodlake Presbyterian Church, Fillmore Bible Church (1978 - 1988) and Winchester Community Church.
Steve authored and co-authored with his wife, Janet, more than 100 nonfiction and fiction books. In May his most recent historical western was released, Throw The Devil Off The Train. He was a winner and finalist for the prestigious Christy Award for four of his novels. He was a member of the Western Writers of America. A complete list of his books can be found online at Wikipedia.com.
He is survived by his wife, Janet, of Winchester; son Russ Bly and wife Lois, of Lewiston, Idaho; son Mike Bly and wife Michelle of Lewiston; son Aaron Bly and wife Rina of Lewiston; grandchildren Zachary Bly, Miranda Ross and husband Chris Ross, Keaton Bly, Deckard Bly, all of Lewiston; great-granddaughter, Alayah Ross of Lewiston; sister Judy Walston and husband Bill of Ivanhoe; nephew Stephen Walston and wife Natalie of Eureka; niece Stella Walston and nephew Porter Walston of Eureka; as well as numerous other nieces and nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Winchester Community Church, c/o Brad Ailor, P. O. Box 422, Winchester, Idaho, 83555 or to a cancer research foundation of your choice.
Our beloved husband, dad, papa, brother, uncle/tio, and friend Kenton Stafford, born March 16, 1949, suffered a major heart attack June 4th 2011, while doing what he loved, working in the beautiful Sespe Mountains.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Linda Stafford, his children Leona (Mike), Andrea (John), Reggie (Maylis), 14 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, siblings: Norm (Christy), Darlene (Brad), and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Don and Pearl Stafford, his twin sister Donna and his great grandchild Jennie Rose Palmateer.
He had many loves in his life besides Linda, like football (Go COWBOYS!), camping, golf, fishing, hanging out in the garage with friends, BBQâ€™ing (which he was very good at), and operating his backhoe.
Kenton was loved by everyone he came in contact with. He was a very giving man and would do anything for ANYONE. He never met a stranger. Many of his â€śFriendsâ€ť were not only friends but quickly became a part of his â€śFamilyâ€ť.
Thank you Kenton, for being a part of our family and lives. You will be greatly missed and NEVER forgotten.
Viewing will be at the Skillin Carroll Mortuary 600 Central Ave, Fillmore June 8th from 4:00 p.m. â€“ 8:00 p.m. The services will be at Faith Community Church, 355 D St. in Fillmore June 9th at 10 a.m. There will be a BBQ to celebrate his life at Piru Petroleum Club/Britt Park in Piru at 12 noon.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the American Cancer Society.
Veda departed Wednesday,May 25,2011 at home,at the age of 89. She was born July 20,1921 in Scott County,Arkansas, the first of eight children to John D. and Virginia Belle Alley. She married three times and had six children. Donald, Mary Sue, Johnny, Ronald, Roger, and Patty Sue. Veda was preceded by her husbands,and her son Johnny. Veda is survived by her 5 remaining children, 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren,and 9 great-great grandchildren. In Addition to Homemaker,Veda was a lifetime writer,educator and student of the Baptist Church. Veda held many job titles in the Church. She served God all her life. Veda enjoyed and loved her family and friends. She loved to garden and enjoyed her flowers.Veda will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She lived her last days as she did every day of her life with dignity, respect, courage,hope, love,and in the spirit of God. She will rest in peace in her beloved home town of Waldron, Arkansas.
Funeral Services for Annie Veda Russell will be at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday,May 31,2011
TRIBUTE TO "GRANDMA DOT"
"Grandma Dot" graduated to her heavenly home on her 87th birthday on May 31, 2011 following complications from hip replacement surgery. She was surrounded by her loving family as she peacefully slipped away.
Dorothy Mae (Smith) Hall was born on May 31, 1924 in Booneville, Arkansas to Calvin and Pearl Smith. She was the third youngest of 11 children and learned what it was to work hard at an early age. She worked in cotton fields to supplement her family's income and began working for Dr. and Mrs. McConnell at age 14 as a cook and housekeeper. She always said Mrs. McConnell taught her how to cook, and her family has enjoyed the fruits of that for many years. Nothing compared to Grandma Dot's home cooked meals and her homemade rolls!
She married her one and only true love, Floyd Hall, on May 17, 1941, and she was devoted to him until his death in 1988.
She was an accomplished seamstress and in earlier years was always making clothes for her daughter and two grandsons who proudly wore her handiwork. Her proudest work achievement was her 25+ years working at the Olga Company as a Training Supervisor. She always gave God credit for her good job because she had very little formal education. She was respected by the ladies there because of her fair mindedness and sweet disposition. It was a mutual admiration. She always considered the "girls" her extended family.
She leaves behind her son-in-law and daughter, Frank and Peggy Boblett. She had the gift of always making her daughter feel like she was the most treasured thing in the world. She was also so proud of her grandsons and their wives, Michael Warren Boblett (Shelley Evans) and Andrew Wade Boblett (Rosemary Hidalgo), and great-grandsons Justin Michael Boblett (21), Logan Edward Boblett (14), and Diego Andrew Hidalgo Boblett (11 months).
Her family was the love of her life and she constantly demonstrated her unconditional love and devotion to them her entire life. Everyone in her family knew that she loved them beyond measure because of her constant words of encouragement and loving actions. Nothing will ever replace that. She leaves a void in all of our hearts that will not be filled until we see her again in heaven....which we will!
Her greatest gift to her family and those around her was her steadfast dedication to her Lord Jesus Christ. She constantly showed by example what it meant to put God first in everything.
We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Alexander Meyer, her Family Physician, who showed unending compassion and caring, as well as the staff of Westside Family Practice, who always went the extra mile for her. Dr. Meyer's patience and listening ears always made her feel like she was the only patient he had. We would also like to thank her Surgeon, Dr. Larry Schatz, her Anesthesiologist, Dr. Citrenbaum, her Med/Surg. Nurses, Jennifer and Leanna, Nursing Assistant, Rosa, and the ICU staff of Santa Paula Hospital. Their tender care and comfort helped ease the pain of losing someone so precious.
We love you Grandma Dot and miss you so much already. When God made you, He "threw away the mold." There will never be another angel like you!
Visitation will be at Fillmore Skillin-Carroll Mortuary on Friday, June 3, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and a graveside service were held at Bardsdale Cemetery on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
Mary V. Morales, 91, of Fillmore passed away at home surrounded by family and friends in the early hours of May 29th, 2011.
Mary was born on June 8th, 1919 in Saugus California to Mary Turner Videgain and Miguel Videgain. By the age of 5, both of her parents had passed away and she was raised by her 6 bothers in the San Martinez Canyon area (near Val Verde). At that time children attended school in Piru, Ca. After Mary completed the 6th grade she did not return to school, instead she began working cleaning houses to help support herself. She was able to find work at this early age by saying she was much older than she was.
At the age of 19 Mary met and fell in love with Raymond Morales of Fillmore. They were married soon after and moved to Fillmore where she lived until the time of her death.
Mary was an active member of the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church as well as â€śThe Guadalupanasâ€ť church group for many years. She mostly enjoyed the fundraisers where they made tamales.
Through out her life she continued to work as a house cleaner, in the catering business and retired after 25 years from a local packinghouse due to a work injury. It wasnâ€™t until after she recovered from her injury that she began to enjoy being a full time homemaker. She enjoyed embroidery, sewing, cooking, baking, playing cards with family and friends but especially her gambling trips to Laughlin, Nevada. This was all second to her love for her grandchildren.
Preceding her death, are husband Raymond S. Morales and infant daughter, Arsenia Morales.
Mary is survived by her children Linda Alba, Dorothy Sandoval & Phillip Morales, grandchildren, Jerome, Michael & Robbie Alba, Joseph, Crystal & Anthony Sandoval, Natasha Morales, 13 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Rosary will be held Monday, June 6th 7:45p.m. and Mass will be on June 7th at 9:30 am Saint Francis Church of Assisi. Burial immediately following at Santa Paula Cemetery. Arrangements are under Skillin Carroll Mortuary.
Born August 13, 1955, passed away May 19, 2011, of hearth failure.
He is survived by his two brothers and one sister, Ron (Audrey) Stevens, Bob (Penny) Stevens, and Beverly Myers, along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by his "Friday Night poker Buddies," who he loved and looked forward to having each Friday night. No services at his request, just leaving his memory. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Mark's name.
Josephine Guerrero Flores, 95 of Fillmore, peacefully passed away May 19, 2011 at home with family by her side. Josephine was born on March 11, 1916 in Fillmore, where she had been a resident all her life.
She met and married the love of her life Merced Sandoval Flores for 68 years.
Josephine was truly devoted to her loved ones. She was present at all of their special events and in their times of need. She was surely the #1 Nana around. Her favorite pastimes included cooking and baking, tending to her rose garden, walking into town to pick up a refreshing Coors, and resting on her front porch in the summer where sheâ€™d wave to family and friends passing by. She cherished the company of others and her church St. Francis.
Preceding her death are her husband, Merced Flores; her son, Robert G. Flores; her mother and father, Cleto and Maria Guerrero; her brothers, Tony, Charlie, and Manuel Guerrero Dominguez; and her sister Concha Guerrero Domingues.
Josephine is survived by her daughters; Cecilia Flores and Rita Flores Talamantez; her grandchildren Ruben (Gracie) Talamantez III, and Rosanne (Edward) Talamantez Limon. She is also survived by her great-grand children; Deanna, Ruben, Joseph and Micheal Talamantez and Alyssa (Adrian) Limon Nunez, Robert Limon and great-great grandchild; Darian Nunez.
The family wishes to thank family, friends and neighbors for all of their prayers and loving support. A very special thank you to Assistant Hospice: Sherry, Jose, Rosaro and Diane and well as Lupe Solis and Marlene Cervantez .
A Holy Rosary will be recited in her honor at ?? P.M. at Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore on Monday, May 23, 2011. Mass will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at ?? A.M. at Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore, with Internment immediately following at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore.
Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 805/ 524-0744.
Ruth Jones was born in Bardsdale, Calif on July 28, 1914. She attended Bardsdale and Fillmore Schools. She then attended Claremont College before going to the University of California Berkley where she received her Bachelors degree. Upon graduation from Cal she returned to Southern California to study at the Armstrong Business School.
She then moved back to Fillmore and began work as a Bookkeeper at William Morris Chevrolet in Fillmore. She married Charles L. Dunn in April of 1936. They had a son, Joel in 1938.
During this period she and 8 of her close friends formed a Bridge Club that kept them involved for many many years. Just a year ago when driving home from one of her favorites, lunch in Santa Barbara, she had her family get off the freeway at Sea Cliff to show them Maggie Baldens's beach home where the club spent a few days every summer.
She was very active in the Fillmore PEO (Philanthropic, Educational Organization) chapter. During one of the years that she severed as President she became a State Representative at the National Convention in Philadelphia.
Travel was a big part of her life. In 1933 she and her college roommates traveled to Chicago to attend the World 's Fair. Many stories were told over the years including how hot the summer was that year.
One of her biggest travel adventures covered Europe in 1952. With many trips to the Auto Club she and her family planned taking their '51 Red Ford Convertible from Fillmore across the Atlantic on the USS America. They toured France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Holland on the continent then Ferried to England where they toured from London to Edinibourough and back to Southampton for the return crossing on the USS United States.
She and her husband spent a few winters in Manzillo Mexico with friends and family.
She assisted her son, Joel and his wife, Sherry with welcoming her two grandsons into this world. One in Grosse Pointe Michigan in 1966 and the other in Fremont Calif in 1969.
Her husband Charles for over 30 years passed in 1968. A few years later she married a long time family friend Roy Jones. They were married for over 25 years and again enjoyed traveling. They took a trip to Monte Carlo as a reward for Roy's work in his Pontiac Dealership. They also traveled to Troy Michigan to celebrate Christmas with her family.
She and Roy moved to Oxnard in the late eighties. There she was active in the Senior Center Bridge group.
In the mid nineties Ruth was off on another adventure. She toured China including Beijing, the Great Wall and Hong Kong.
In 2007 Ruth moved to Cypress Place Independent Living. There she made many new friends. Also many friends and family members enjoyed visiting her there. She became active in Bridge, Bingo and Canasta. Always looked forward to the monthly Bingo Store to used her "Bingo Dollars".
Ruth passed away peacefully at home on Thursday May 5, 2011 after a short illness.
She is survived by her brother Tommy and his wife Lordes, son Joel and his wife Sherry, grandson Sean and his wife Valerie, great granddaughter Sasha, and daughter in-law Julie Dunn.
A Memorial Service will be held in the near future at Bardsdale United Methodist Church.
Jose A. Perez passed away from a long time illness at the age of 70 on May 9, 2011, at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital. Jose was born on December 4, 1940 in Mexico. He lived in Fillmore all his life, as a wonderful father, son, brother, grandfather, grate grandfather, uncle and friend. Jose was proceeded in death by his wife Margaret F. Perez. He is survived by his beloved mother, Amelia Perez of Oxnard, two daughters Josie Perez of Fillmore and Sylvia Perez of Boston, Ma, eight grand children, four great grand children, four brothers and ten sisters.
The memorial service will be held at Perez Family Funeral Home, 1347 Del Norte Road, Camarillo, Ca 93010. Visitations will be from 5pm-7pm with a rosary begining at 7pm-9pm on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Mass will be held at 10am, on Friday, May 13, 2011 at Saint Francis Of Assisi Church, 1048 W. Ventura Street, Fillmore, Ca 93015. Burial will follow after mass at 11am to Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe Street, Fillmore, Ca 93015. For more information please go to www.cemarillomorturary.com. Arrangements have been made by Perez Family Funeral Home.
George A. Todd, Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 23, 2011.
George was born in Pasadena, California and moved to Ventura as a young man. He joined the Merchant Marines at the age of 16, later joining the US Navy in World War II.
Married Bernadine Todd in 1949. The Todds lived in Bardsdale for many years before moving to Lemon Wood Estates in Ventura.
He was a 55 year member of Operating Engineers Local 12. In 1979 he was at the controls of the first Caterpillar D10 Bulldozer that debuted in Southern California. In 1962 he set a record that stood for 20 years by winning the 100 mile McCulloch Marathon at Lake Havasu in his hydroplane boat.
George was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Bernadine. He is survived by his daughter, Londa; and sons, Phillip and George â€śSankyâ€ť; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, May 14 at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, California.
Jenna Caryl Bedau of Fillmore entered into eternal life on April 11, 2011, at age 22. She was born on June 20, 1988, in Canoga Park, CA, and lived most of her life in Fillmore. She was educated in Fillmore schools, graduating from Fillmore High School in June, 2006.
Jennaâ€™s favorite school activity was participating in color guard beginning in middle school and continuing into her junior year in high school. In her senior year of high school she was on the wrestling team at Fillmore High School and thoroughly enjoyed it. Furthermore, in both middle school and high school Jenna loved acting in school plays. She was a natural on stage. Jenna also greatly enjoyed working with children and persons with severe disabilities. Her beautiful smile and energetic personality would light up any room.
Jenna will be greatly missed. She is survived by her mother, Cathy Bedau, her father, Steve Bedau, and her brother, Lennon Bedau, all of Fillmore. In addition, she is survived by her half-sisters Danielle and Suzanne and their families, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and one niece. She will also be missed by many friends.
The funeral service was officiated by Rev. Dr. Gerald FitzGerald at First United Methodist Church in Fillmore on April 18, 2011. Interment was at Forest Hills Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA. Prayers and fond memories of Jenna may be submitted for the family at www.mem.com. May our beloved Jenna rest in the eternal peace of God Almighty.
Ralph F. Leon, age 85 of Fillmore passed away peacefully on March 26, 2011 at Fillmore Convalescent Center surrounded by his loving wife and family. Ralph was born on September 19, 1925 in Los Angeles, CA to Gabriel C. Leon and Nicolaza Z. Frias.
A product of local schools Ralph graduated from Fillmore High in 1943. Soon after graduating high school Ralph became a member of the U.S. Army Air Corp. serving honorably during WWII in the Pacific Theatre from 10/11/1943 until 8/1/1945. Returning home from the war Ralph continued his education and attended Ventura College and received an Associateâ€™s Degree in 1949. He then went on to receive his Bachelorâ€™s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and in 1952. All of his education prepared him for his position as a Senior Bridge Engineer having retired in 1989 after 37 years of service.
Our father enjoyed coordinating family functions, especially our annual family reunions. He was an avid traveler. He has traveled all over the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada and Africa. Our father was a lector for St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Santa Paula as well as a parishioner of the church and that of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore. He enjoyed watching sports especially USC Trojans and building projects. His memberships included the VFW, Knights of Columbus, Optimist, Oddfellows, Toastmasters and California Parlimentarians.
He is survived by his wife Rosemary Hernandez Leon, son and daughter in law Ralph & Betty Leon, son and daughter in law Gabriel and Cecilia Leon, son and daughter in law Gilbert and Marguerite Leon, daughter Susanne D. Leon, daughter and son in law Patricia and Manuel Torrez, son and daughter in law Jose Luis and Irma Hernandez, his sisters Evangelina and Lupe and brother Jess, 22 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services Honoring the Life of Ralph F. Leon will begin on Thursday, March 31 at 9:30am with the recitation of the rosary followed by the mass of Christian burial at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 W. Ventura Street, Fillmore. Committal and interment will follow at Bardsdale Cemetery. Providing military honors will be the Mercer- Prieto VFW Post 2043 and Korean War Veterans Assoc. Chapter 56.
For map and directions to ceremony locations and to sign the familyâ€™s online guest book, share stories and post pictures please visit our website: www.mysantapaulafuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Svcs., Santa Paula 805.229.7054