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A couple notes received this past month.
Sally Fesler Hamill says she ran into Keith Baker in Arroyo Grande the other day. He still lives in Pozo, CA and is still in the carpentry business as a consultant.
Janice Barca Battles ran into Fred Money.... she says.... He looks great. Has been back from Italy where he ran a bowling alley for the government for a short time. Said it was a disaster over there. He is hoping to get back on as manager at the bowling alley at VAFB sometime soon. Sure was nice seeing him. I used to run into his wife but haven't for a long time. He said he downsized homes. Sold his house and bought an expanding mobile home.
In today's Santa Maria Times was the obit of Bruno J. Zemeitas. He ran a private security firm. In about 1953 on his night rounds at Santa Maria High School he ran into an intruder and a gun battle erupted in which good old Bruno shot the intruder dead.
I don’t know whether you’ve been paying attention or not, but on September 11, 2005, the city of Santa Maria will be celebrating its 100 year anniversary as a city. As part of the centennial celebration, on September 11 of this year, the city unearthed the time capsule buried in 1955. Since my dad made the capsule, Sara and I went down for the ceremony. While I didn’t see anyone from our class, I understand from talking with several of you afterwards, that quite a few from our class participated in the burying of the capsule 49 years ago. I was a bit disappointed in what they though was important and would be interesting to see 50 years later. None the less, it was a nice get-together with some enjoyable entertainment and speeches put on by the city parks and recreation department. Jan Froom
Jan holding 50 year old capsule
The last time we "saw" each other was at our 2003 reunion.
The next morning as Lou and I were traveling down Miller .........we were hit by a red light runner as we started across Main St. The reason we weren't hurt was because our car wasn't held together with "duct-tape" (as was the other car)...........
Now this may surprise you but, he was unlicensed uninsured and didn't speak a word of English !! We were happy that we were able to "walk" away from this accident and I felt it was an omen. So, within a few months after we left California and got back to Virginia we made the decision to move into a retirement community in Va. Beach. We've now been here a year.............and count our blessings each day.............We are on the 12th floor overlooking the Chesapeake and Fort Story ............I watch the sun come up each morning..........never forgetting "who" has given us a 2nd chance .
We leave for Hawaii next week..........where we'll spend 2 weeks as a guest of the United States Marines!! Actually, we have rented a cabin at Bellows AFS .............on Lanikai Beach...... And you can bet the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii would love to buy back this piece of land. This is also where our "Seals" practice............ and............. I don't mind the "view" (if you know what I mean). We also play golf on some of the finest "military" courses available...................We will return November 12th and hopefully around that time might hear from some of you ..............
Aloha Rosalee Vertrees Evans
Just wanted to pass along our two latest miracles;
(actually three) Joshua Harrison Ruskauff (First R. Ruskauff grandson),
Ronnie's new bod (It's HOT);Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! God!!
Love you all, and enjoy our news,
Jean Rubel in Eugene says,
"I finished landscaping the backyard and patio this summer.
Now I spend a lot of time there enjoying the peace and quiet.
The ashtray belongs to a neighbor. I quit in 1975."
Took this picture behind the house in Grants Pass last week.
Pretty fall colors in Southern Oregon. Click on picture to enlarge.
2290 Rogue River Highway
Grants Pass, OR 97527
Tel: (541) 479-0851
I have some good news, I'm healthy, just bought a new motor-home and plan to
travel extensively in 18 months when I retire. The more obits I read, the
quicker I want to go! Susan Carroll Walmsley!
Linda Ester Wolf Carter
Linda Ester Carter, 63, longtime resident of Santa Maria, passed away in Petaluma on Oct. 8, 2004. Daughter of the late Anita and Alois Wolf. Loving mother of Nancy Bohard and her husband, Don of Santa Maria, and Scott Carter of Petaluma, Calif.; dear sister of James Alois Wolf of Santa Maria, Calif.
Linda graduated from Santa Maria School in 1958. She enjoyed going to 4-H and FFA sheep shows to watch her son's sheep win. She also enjoyed designing floral arrangements.
A private service will be held at al later date. Family assisted by Parent-Sorensen Mortuary and Crematory, Magnolia Ave. & Keokuk St., Petaluma, CA.
Richard H. 'Dick' Beall
Dick was born November 18, 1940 in Santa Maria, California to Berol
As a young boy, Dick's life revolved around sports,
especially baseball. In 1953, his little league team was the Western States
Champion, finally losing to British Columbia one game shy of the Little League
World Series. In high school he lettered in baseball, basketball, and football,
and he played baseball for the semi-pro Santa Maria Indians. Although he was
recruited heavily by the major colleges to play football and baseball, he signed
a major league baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds on the night of his
graduation in June of 1958. He spent his first summer of pro ball with Visalia
of the California League, where he earned Rookie of the Year and AII-Star
honors. In February of 1959, Dick married his high school sweetheart, Anna Mae
Barca. Shortly afterwards they left together for Tampa, Florida where Dick
attended spring training with the Reds major league club. After spring training,
he was assigned to Topeka, Kansas for his second season. The next two baseball
seasons, he played in South Carolina with the Columbia Reds of the Southern
Association. His final season as a professional ball player was in 1962 in
Macon, Georgia where his first daughter Teresa was born. Dick and his family
returned to Santa Maria after the season and he resumed working for Smith
Transportation, where he would continue to work for the next 26 years. In 1970,
his second daughter Andrea was born.
Although sports was his passion, Dick's favorite
role was as a father. Most of his time outside of work was spent with his
family—supporting their interests which included 4-H, accordion lessons, dance
and sports. He spent several years coaching the Orcutt Express traveling
softball team and also gave private hitting lessons to many area athletes.
Dick and his family spent many summers camping at
the beach and
Dick loved going out to dinner and spending time
with his friends and family. He loved all types of music, with a real fondness
for country, bluegrass, cajun, and celtic. He also enjoyed cooking at home,
attending cooking classes and watching the Food Network. He was a great Santa
Maria Style BBQ'er, and no one in the family could match his buttermilk pancakes
or potato salad.
As do many young ballplayers, he dreamed of playing
in the World Series. While this dream was not realized, Dick was able to attend
one. Always an Anaheim Angels fan, recently Dick became a season ticket holder
and was in the stands for two World Series games in 2002, rooting his beloved
Angels to victory.
Dick was a devoted husband, father, and friend and
never lost sight of
is survived by his wife of 45 years, Anna Mae Beall, of Orcutt; daughter, Teresa
Beall, of Paradise, Calif.; daughter, Andrea Moriarty of Pasadena, Calif.; and
sister, Rebecca Sylvester of Santa Maria.
He was preceded in death by his father, Berol "Kansas" Beall, in 1993, his mother, Mildred, in 1999, and an infant sister, Dixie Gay, in 1939.
family is deeply grateful for your love, kindness, support and prayers during
Memorial donations may be made in Dick's name to the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, or a favorite charity.
Sorry I missed the last Class Reunion but was scheduled to be on the east coast at the time. I just looked at the pictures and I can see that I missed a great time. So when is the next scheduled Class reunion?
Sharon L. Elam
It was with great sadness that family and friends learned of the passing of Joe Lancon, who went to sleep quietly at his home in Pittsfield, N.H., June 19, 2004.
Our Joe was born April 1, 1939, in Elgin, Texas. At the age of 7, he and his family moved to Santa Maria, where he resided for most of his life. He attended local schools and worked for Union Sugar (later Holly Sugar) for more than 30 years. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.
He was a lover of the outdoors, the ocean, fishing, birds, cars, barbecues, menudo, baseball, the Yankees and a bulldog named Portia.
He was a friend to one and all, joking, laughing, arguing, and a handyman.
He loved music of all kinds: mexican, country, oldies and Fats Domino. He enjoyed going to Denny's Restaurant and the House of Donuts.
Someone told him he had so many friends he could run for mayor and win!
In addition to his wife of 24 years, Donna, he is survived by his sisters Carmen, Alice, Evelyn and Carol of Santa Maria and his brother, Fred, of Lompoc; nieces, nephews, stepchildren and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Jose and Esther Lancon.
A memorial service was held June 27, 2004, in New Hampshire.
Well this sure isn't any fun... our fun page has turned into an obituary column. Surly someone has some fun stuff to tell us about.... Jan
Joel D. Punches
Joel D. Punches, 88, passed away at his home, April 26, 2004. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 30, 2004, at the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. Military honors will be rendered by the Vandenberg Air Force Honor Guard. A private reception will be held at the Punches residence following the services.
"Joe" was born in Wymore, Neb., in 1915. He attended college in Greley, Colo., and soon after, he met and married Margaret Locke in 1940. After a couple years of teaching in Colorado, the U.S. Air Force beckoned him. He flew 24 bombing missions into Germany, and on this 24th venture his plane was shot down. Parachuting over Holland, Punches evaded Germans for nine months with the aid of anti-Nazi Dutch farmers before finally being rescued. His patriotic duty to serve continued by becoming a member of the Air Force Reserves. He served a total of 33 years for his country.
He accepted a teaching position in 1949 at Santa Maria High School. Mr. Punches joined both the teaching and coaching staffs where he was an educator until his retirement in 1975. The SMHS Saints, under the track guidance of Coach Punches, were league champions nine of 10 seasons (only season not won was to San Luis Obispo High and Coach Bob Punches - Joel's older brother). In addition to the track coaching duties, Punches headed the cross country team, assisted with the basketball and wrestling programs, and instructed P.E. and math classes.
After his double retirement of Air Force Reservist and SMHS instructor/coach, both in 1975, Punches and his late wife Margaret; enjoyed traveling in the states and abroad and also spending time farming on some acreage at Nipomo on a site which was affectionately named "The Puncherosa." Growing avocados, and raising tomatoes and onions absorbed many, many enjoyable and relaxing hours.
Punches was an avid Santa Maria Country Club golfer and also a longtime member of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge.
He is survived by sons, Joel Punches, Jr. and wife, Lili of Nipomo, Brian and Joylen of Grass Valley, Calif.; grandsons, Marcello Punches, 17, of Nipomo, Kolby, 9, of Grass Valley; brothers, Harold of St. Louis, Mo., and Dick of Georgetown, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret in December 2002, and brothers, Bob of San Luis Obispo and Max from Idaho.
Ashes will be placed in the burial plot of wife Margaret in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Santa Maria lost a dedicated and legendary coach and also one of the few remaining World War II heroes. We salute you airman Major Joel D. Punches as "Off we go, into the wide blue yonder, Flying high, into the sky."
Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.
David Stanley Isle
David Stanley Isle, 63, passed away peacefully April 10, 2004, at an assisted living home in Santa Maria following a three-year illness. Cremation will be under the direction of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory. A celebration of his life will be held at noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, 2004, at the Pioneer Picnic Grounds, Foster/Blosser Rd., Santa Maria. Please RSVP (805) 937-3113, 934-9946 or 922-1253.
David was born Oct. 26, 1940, in Santa Barbara to Stanley and Bernice Isle. He was educated locally and graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1958. He joined the Army in 1961, and served in Germany. He began working for Okonite in 1968, retiring due to his illness in 2002. In life, David enjoyed sprint-car racing and spending time barbecuing with his friends and family.
David is survived by his daughter, Kristen Timmons and husband, Ken; son, Charles Isle; sister, Joanne Hopkins and husband, Steve; four grandchildren, Ashley Fail, Zakary, Tyler and Koby Timmons all of Santa Maria; and his brother, Ron Dellar and wife, Camille from Santa Barbara. He is preceded in death by his father Stanley Isle in 1988; mother, Bernice Isle in 1987; step-mother, Ruby Isle in 1984; and sister, Judy Roe in 2001.
David's family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to caregivers Joyce Ruiz and Robert Martinez.
Essy N. Jeckell, 104, passed away in Napa Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004.
Miss Jeckell was born Dec. 19, 1899, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Her family relocated to Brawley, Calif., in 1908. She graduated from Brawley High School and then moved with her family to Berkeley, Calf., where in 1922, she graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science from the College of Commerce. Miss Jeckell received her teacher's credential in 1923, and taught at Yuba City and Berkeley high schools with the majority of her teaching career spent at Santa Maria Union High School. She taught there from 1926 until her retirement in 1962. She served in various capacities in the Minerva Club, the Santa Maria Library volunteers and the Women's Guild at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Santa Maria. In 1995, Miss Jeckell moved to Napa.
She is survived by her four nieces, Margaret Smith of Petaluma, Marion Durham of Tempe, Ariz., Patricia Dannenfelzer of Santa Barbara and Dorothy Arata of Napa; one nephew, Robert Gould of American Canyon; eight grandnephews, nieces and nine great-grandnephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her four sisters and one brother.
Ernest Daniel Fimbres
Ernest Daniel Fimbres, better known as the Pismo Clam painter, died in his home at the age 64, after a battle with cancer.
For nearly a dozen years Fimbres decorated the large Pismo Clams in downtown Pismo Beach for the holidays and annual Pismo events, while also running a fulltime sign business, The Fimbres Sign Gallery, that he started in the early 80s, making signs for businesses throughout the Central Coast.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Fimbres; daughters, Debra Ujano and Danielle Shipman; sisters, Yolanda Jaime, Erma Kelly and Elsa Pacheco; grandchildren, Zachary Ujano, Joshua and Taylor Shipman.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at 1 p.m. at 564 Mesa View Drive in Arroyo Grande.
His presence and great sense of humor will be missed by many.