We started this web page in 2003, consequently we do not have
obituaries for many of our classmates.
If you have a copy of a missing obituary, or would like to post a note regarding a lost classmate, please send your note to Chat@Classof58.org and we'd be glad to include it.
1940 - 2009
Jacqueline Vera Silva, 69, born May 4, 1940 and died on October 28, 2009.
We assume this is correct...
In all our searches we fine a birth record for a Jacqueline Vera Silva born May, 4th 1940 in Alameda County, California and mother's maiden name was Jones.
Our records in 2011 indicate she was living in Salinas, California and her last name was Becker.
We have been able to fine a Find A Grave listing for a Jacqueline Vera Becker, born May 4th, 1940 and died October 28, 2009.
And there is a Social Security Death Record for a Jacqueline Vera Becker born May 4th, 1940 and died October 28, 2009 in Stockton, California.
We have Jackie married to a Gerald Duane Seaman 1961, a James O'Donnel in 1978, and a Steele Becker. Any additional information would be greatly appreciated... please send it to Chat@Classof58.org
Dudley Lee Russell
1940 - 2016
Dudley Lee Russell, "Russ", 76, was born March 22, 1940 in Ventura, California to Lawton Thomas Russell and Dora Mell Plott and passed away Friday, August 5th, 2016.
Russ was one of nine siblings; Lawton Thomas, Glen Edwin, Glen Edward, Barbara Ann, Dora Mae, George Paul, Juanita, and Norma Jean.
Russ married Christine Ann McLean on April 15, 1961 in Hayward, California.
They had three children; John Lawton, Charles Lee, and Ronald Alan.
Russ and family lived in California but moved multiple times from Hayward, San Lorenzo, Newark, Lincoln, Hollister, and finally setting in the small town of Galt.
The Russell's lived in Gault and raised the boys until they graduated from high school.
Russ always supported the boys by starting a football league when they were younger, to being the president of the booster club when they were playing sports in high school.
During most of Russ's adult life he was employed in the garage door industry.
Later in life he decided he was bored and became the oldest new hire for the starte of Oregon at Coffee Creek Detention Center.
The Russell's moved from California to Lake Oswego, Oregon in 1988 and later to Salem.
Russ, Chris, and their son, John joined the Elks and supported the BPOE #336 for years including Russ being the Exalted Ruler.
After 34 years of marriage, Russ's wife Christine passed away from cancer in 1995.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannette L. Carlton; son and daughter-in-law Charles Russel and Caroline Geer, son and daughter-in-law Ronald Russell and Della Palomeque;
granddaughters, Canda Russel, Andrea Russel, and Carissa Ruseell, grandson Cameron Russel; sister and brother-in-law Norma Jean (Russell) Ahiskog and Richard Ahiskog; stepson Kevin Minahan.
1939 - 2017
June 24, 1939 - March 23, 2017
Juanita Zepeda, 77, of Salinas passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 with her husband, children and family by her side.
Born in Oso Flaco, CA., San Luis Obispo County and lived in Arroyo Grande/Santa Maria area until 1963, when she and her family move to Salinas.
She graduated from Arroyo Grande High in 1958 and worked for the Dioceses of Monterey as a secretary for over 25 years for the Hispanic Ministries in Salinas.
Juanita was a very loving wife, mother, sister and friend to everybody and will be missed by all that knew her.
Juanita was survived by her husband of 55 years, Audomaro "Maro" Zepeda, her children; Deliana "Didi" Signorotti and Robert Zepeda.
Siblings: Matilde (Nellie) Zepeda, James (Rosenda) Zepeda, Mary Lou (Richard) Koller, Jose (Rachel) Zepeda, Ricardo Zepeda and Sister-in-law, Alicia M. Zepeda.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Matilde and Celestina Zepeda; Brother, Charles Zepeda; Son-in-law, Loren M. Signorotti; Sister-in-law, Genoveva Zepeda.
Visitation will be held at Healey Mortuary on Sunday, April 2, 2017, from 1 to 9pm. A Rosary will be recited at 7pm.
The Funeral Mass will be held, Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10 am at Madonna Del Sasso Church, 320 E. Laurel Dr., Salinas, Ca. 93906.
Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St, Salinas, CA 93901O
Cynthia Clark Prewett Glage
1941 - 2015
On April 18, 2015 Cynthia Glage, long-time resident of Westport, CT., passed away peacefully in her home. Cynthia was born in Los Angles County, California on February 14, 1941.
Her memory is held tight by three children, five grandchildren, a sister, a growing extended family, and a league of exceptional friends.
It is the belief of at least one of her children that Cynthia, after beating back and humbling cancer for many years, finally took pity on it.
Superb at bridge, a skilled tennis player and a lover of golf, a brilliant cook and an incomparable mother, Cynthia was beloved and admired by family and friends alike.
She taught her children the importance of speaking their minds, but also the value of sometimes holding their tongues.
Although she was not idle, she knew the sublimity of sitting still, the happiness of just being.
"Happy as a clam," she once said when she was stuck in a ski lodge for several days after hurting her shoulder. She said these same words only weeks ago, when she could no longer walk unassisted.
She was loved truly by the late Wolfgang Glage; some would say there is no better recommendation in all the universe than that. Her wisdom and her strength still accompany all those who knew her. She is loved and missed.
She is survived by her sister Linda (husband Otie); her children Senta (husband Chris), Alexander, and Jolina (husband Brett); and her five beautiful grandchildren (Jake, Carolyn, Tessa, Elsa, and Ashlyn).
Donations may be made in Cynthia's memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, at www.PanCan.org.
Clifford Dean Shaw
1939 - 2017
Born May 4, 1939 in Santa Maria, California and passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 in Winchester, Oregon.
Dean ran a muffler shop in Roseburg, OR for many years. His dad was Bud Shaw of Santa Maria's Shaw's Restaurant fame.
Robert Floyd Bickmore
1940 - 2013
Robert Floyd Bickmore, 73, of Cindy Drive, Greeneville, Tennessee, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee.
Bob was born May 10, 1940 in San Bernardino County, California and graduated from Santa Maria Union High School with the class of 58.
He was a truck driver and an active member of Greeneville Church of Christ. Mr. Bickmore enjoyed model trains, antiques, old cars and truck, and all sports.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 43 years: Nancy Y. Toney Baur Bickmore; sons: Kenneth Neil (Deann) Bickmore, Robert Edgar (Shellie) Bickmore, and John Raymond Bickmore; 19 special grandchildren; 11 special great-grandchildren; two brothers: Dale Bickmore and Bill Bickmore; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Charles and Janet Toney, Morris Toney, and Geraldine Powell; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog: Abraham.
He was preceded in death by his father: Raymond William Bickmore; mother: Beatrice Gertrude Sagaser; two sons: Anthony Baur and Michael Baur.
Kay McKenzie Gustafson
1940 - 2018
January 22, 2018, Kay McKenzie Gustafson passed away at home with family in attendance.
Kay was raised in Guadalupe, California.
She graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1958, and Pasadena City College School of Nursing in Pasadena, California in 1962, as a Registered Nurse.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Barry Gustafson, and her parents, Ruth and Kermit McKenzie, of Guadalupe and her brother, Max McKenzie, of Running Springs, California.
She is survived by her children, Kristen (Eddy) Dimock of Lompoc, Kevin (Kim) Gustafson of San Antonio, Texas and Kurt Gustafson of Puyallup, Washington.
Kay had seven grandchildren, Landon, Donovan and Blaine Dimock, Hailee and Hannah Gustafson and Kayla and Kolbe Gustafson.
She is also survived by her sister Alyce McKenzie Taylor of Santa Maria, California and numerous nieces and nephews.
After several years in Riverside, California the family moved to Lompoc in 1971, where Kay began working at Lompoc District Hospital OB Department until she retired in 2000.
Kay will be remembered by the many families where she assisted in the delivery of multiple generations of babies.
Kay was an avid crafter who sold her bears and woodwork at craft shows all over the Central Coast.
Kay also loved to travel and enjoyed visiting Lake Tahoe and cruising with family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary in Lompoc Friday, January 26 at 10:00 am with Pastor Clete Doyal officiating.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers you may donate to the Lompoc Hospital Foundation.
1939 - 2017
Richard Martin Hart born December 6, 1939, passed away December 7, 2017 at the age of 78.
He is survived by his brothers George, Mike and Jim; his children Marty and Hana; and his grandchildren Marty, Ryker, Helena, Alexa, Penelope and Korra.
He volunteered for many years at the Nipomo senior center and was a member of the Woodcarvers Club and Garden Club.
He was much beloved by his family and friends and will be dearly missed.
1940 - 2017
Frederick Drew Stettler of Isleton, CA died peacefully at this home October 10, 2017, with Dorenne his wife of 58 years by his side; He was 77 years old.
Fred was born to Bert and Reta Stettler in Hanford, CA February 29, 1940.
Freddie spent his childhood in Pismo Beach, CA before moving to Santa Maria, CA where he attended El Camino Junior High
and graduated from Santa Maria Union High School with the Class of 58.
In 1959 he married Dorenne Hollingsworth. In 1969 they moved to Alamo and then to Vieira’s Resort in Isleton in 1988.
In the 70’s, Fred was a member of the High Hat Motorcycle Club and participated in many races with his son, Fred, Jr.
Fred was an avid fisherman and loved deep sea fishing on the Cobra with his children.
In the 70’s Fred and Dorenne hosted monthly potlucks for Contra Costa Christian Singles and he taught Sunday School for singles at Calvary Temple in Concord.
When Fred moved to Vieira’s Resort his neighbors referred to him as “The Preacher” because he was pastor of The Cornerstone Church in Rio Vista.
He taught weekly bible study at Delta Camp for 25 years. He felt strongly about giving the inmates every opportunity to see how Jesus could turn their lives around.
Fred will be remembered for his passion for Jesus and love of the Bible, which he was constantly studying.
We will remember his kindness, generosity, selflessness, sense of humor and his contagious laugh.
He was the perfect example of a loving father and husband. His godly influence on his family will be his legacy.
Fred was preceded in death by his siblings, William Stettler and Linda Mueller, and his first born son, Fred Jr.
He is survived by his wife Dorenne Stettler of Isleton, children Randal Jon Stettler of Isleton, Lisa Gay DiMaggio of Pittsburg, Lori Ann Stettler of Rio Vista, and Daniel Thornton Settler of Sacramento,
6 grandchildren and 3 great grandsons.
Kathleen Dianne Cocking
1940 - 2017
Kathleen Dianne Cocking, 77, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away November 6, 2017.
Born to Thomas Cocking and Hazel Hanson Cocking in Los Angeles County, October 22, 1940.
Attended local schools and graduated from Santa Maria Union High School with the class of 58.
After attending school locally, became a secretary at Vandenberg Air Force Base in 1968.
Her father was manager and VP of the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, and her mother was a stenographer for Carpenter's Local 2277.
Peggie Annette Simas Bourdon
1941 - 2017
Peggie, age 76, was born in Santa Maria, California on January 3, 1941, and died at home in San Luis Obispo on Setember 3, 2017.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Laura Simas; and her brother, A.J. Simas.
Peggie is survived by her son, Creighton Bourdon and his fiancee, Christian Poquette; grandchildren: Kayla and Dylon Bourdon; and other family and many friends.
She was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Peg enjoyed traveling in her RV with her friends and showing and loving her beloved dogs.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Thursday, October 12, 2017, at the Santa Maria Elks Club.
Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Oct. 8, 2017.
Claudia Ann Smith Winn
1940 - 2006
Claudia Ann Smith, born April 25, 1940 in Tormey, Contras Costa County, California, died December 20, 2006 in Alantic Beach, Duval County, Florida.
Daughter of Albert Henry Smith and Dorthy Helen Cooper.
Married Ernest R. Winn of Taft, California, June 29, 1957.
John H. Timberlake
1939 - 2000
After may years of searching for John... we finally found something at ancestry.com indicating that John had lived in Santa Maria all along, and died there about 2000.
I first met John at El Camino Jr High when we were class mates in the class of Ms Hunt and Logan. John marched to a different drummer than the rest of us,
but we were always amazed at his space drawings. John could easily have been Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown, Ph.D, from the movie Back to the Future.
The last time I saw John... I was at the dump, dumping scrap metal, and John was up to his neck in trash... pulling tubes from old TV sets; we exchanged "hi"s.
David Morgan Drum
1939 - 2016
David Morgan Drum, 77, originally from Los Alamos, California, resident of Nipomo, California, passed away December 12, 2016.
Richard Edward Gorzell
1939 - 2012
Richard was born on 4 Nov 1939 and died on 6 Oct 2012 at age 72.
Richard's father was killed in World War II when Richard was 3 years old.
1940 - 2016
The city of Guadalupe is mourning the loss of a man frequently described as its ambassador.
In a statement released Friday, city officials announced the death of Ron Estabillo, current manager of Guadalupe's Parks and Recreation Department.
Estabillo died Thursday at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.
“Aside from managing the parks and recreation programs, he was often considered the city ambassador,” Mayor John Lizalde said.
Estabillo served the city for more than a decade, starting in April of 2004.
He was an active member of the community and was known for his giving and caring nature.
City leaders said his contributions to and his absence from the city of Guadalupe will be felt for a long time.
“His level of service to the community far exceeded any employment expectation. The positive impact of Mr. Estabillo will be felt for many years to follow, as will his loss,” Lizalde said.
1940 - 2016
William Lapp William "Bill" James Lapp of Santa Maria and former longtime resident of Lemoore passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in San Luis Obispo, California, at the age of 75.
Bill was born in October 1940 in Hanford, California, to William "Leo" and Clara Lapp.
He worked for Kings County Rehabilitation Center before moving to San Luis Obispo.
Bill attended Lemoore High School Class of 1958. During high school Bill was well known as a young local athlete and made Tri-County All-Stars in football and track & field.
He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and will be best remembered as a kind loving son, brother, uncle and cousin. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his sister, Jeannie Bork and husband John of Paso Robles; nephew and niece, Timothy James and Taylor Anne Bork; nephew, Patrick Austin Butler;
cousins, Mary Jo Foote, Marcia Buyense-Kahl, and John Buyense.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William "Leo" and Clara Lapp, and sister, Mary Ann Lapp-Butler.
A Memorial Rosary and Mass will be held Wednesday March 9, 2016, 10:00am at St. Peter's Catholic Church, followed by interment at Lemoore District Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Phipps-Dale Funeral Chapel in Lemoore, Calif.
See article about Bill in our Post It 2013 web page... 09/08/2013.
1939 - 2016
Louis Donald Drenon, 76, of Santa Maria, passed away peacefully at his home with his family on January 10, 2016.
Don was born on January 12, 1939 in Santa Maria to Louis Drenon and Edna Mae Beal Drenon. He went to Santa Maria High and graduated in 1958.
He then served in the US Navy and returned to Santa Maria, where he would live the rest of his life.
Don met and then married his best girl, Jane Marie Adam Drenon, in 1963. They started their home and raised their family, enjoying a beautiful marriage for 52 years.
Over his life, Don worked for some amazing companies: Union Oil Company, farmed with Bill Adam, and was a Field Representative for Knudsen Frozen Foods, Union Sugar, and Kellogg Seed.
After “retirement”, Don and Jane purchased and ran Action Car Wash on Main Street.
They became members of the Santa Maria Country Club and spent many enjoyable days golfing and socializing with friends.
Don is survived by his wife, Jane; daughter Mary Drenon Shouse and her husband, David, of Ceres; daughter Susan Drenon Jessee and her husband, Randy, of Tracy;
grandchildren Matthew and Jacob Shouse, Sarah and Scott Jessee, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Edna Drenon, sister Betty Lou Drenon, and nephew Patrick Mahoney.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home, with Rev. Ed Jalbert, C.J. officiating. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Santa Maria Country Club.
Jack W. Patten
1925 - 2015
Jack W. Patten of Santa Maria, CA passed away at the age of 90 on December 25th, 2015.
The Lord called him "Home For Christmas" and everyone who ever knew Jack would agree that it is a perfect day for him to leave this earthly
dwelling to be in the presence and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jack was born in Denver, Colorado to Tunis and Flora Patten on December 11, 1925.
After growing up on a working cattle ranch in Lemoore CA, named after the famous horse Cimmaron, he joined the Army Air Corps and began pilot training in 1944.
After the war ended, he was released from service and went on to graduate from Whittier College with a Degree in Sociology.
While at Whittier he met the love of his life, Carley, and the two were married in the City of Orange before moving to Santa Maria taking a job as a sixth grade elementary school teacher.
The next year he was awarded principal of Miller Street School where he served for the next 32 years much beloved by faculty and students alike.
Jack loved his job and the kids as well as his teachers and staff.
He was fondly given the nickname the "prince of bull" by one of his students who thought that was how his title was pronounced.
Jack was active in his church and served on various mission outreach programs including a local Christian TV station and Gleanings for the Hungry.
Jack's happy place in this world where he spent almost every summer with his family, including his honey moon with Carley, was a rustic cabin in Shaver Lake CA he built with his Dad in 1938.
He worked each summer as a Forest Service Ranger, fondly known as Ranger Jack, and spent evenings and weekends skiing, boating, fishing and jeepin' with his wife and children.
His favorite food was Santa Maria style barbeque and all chocolate milkshakes.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Carley Lorraine Patten; three sons, Brent of Prather CA, Kyle and Reid of Shaver Lake, and a daughter, Jaimey Brown,
of Santa Maria along with nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A memorial celebration of Jack's life will be held Saturday, February 13th, at 1 pm at First Christian Church of Santa Maria.
And Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." John 11:25
Omer Dean Meeker
1927 - 2015
April 5, 1927 - November 29, 2015
Omer Meeker passed away on November 29, 2015 in Bakersfield, CA during a brief stay in the hospital. At age 88, he was still vibrant and his mental acuity was amazing.
Omer was born and raised in Nebraska. He learned to hunt and fish at an early age. During his high school years, he ran track and played basketball and baseball.
Upon graduation from high school he joined the military. After serving overseas in the Army during WWII, Omer returned to Nebraska and graduated from Peru State Teachers College.
There, he still holds the record for most points scored in a game - 57. Omer was named an All-American in basketball and was described by his teammates as 180 pounds of dynamite.
He was also inducted into the Helms Hall of Fame. After graduating college, he played one year for the AAU team from the Allen-Bradley Company of Milwaukee.
He migrated to California and played several seasons as part of the semi-pro Santa Maria Golden Dukes basketball team and settled down to teach elementary school
in the Orcutt School District as well as biology, kinesiology, physiology and anatomy at Santa Maria High School and Allan Hancock College.
During that time, he also earned his Masters degree in education.
He was a successful baseball and football coach, and even more so, a beloved and respected educator for thirty-two years.
Omer played guitar throughout his life, starting from his very early beginnings accompanying his father, who played the fiddle.
He had his own dance band for almost forty years playing gigs throughout the central coast.
He was an avid fisherman and loved his garden and fruit trees. Omer thought the only way to barbecue was to do it Santa Maria style.
He was a huge fan of the Dodgers and followed the Lakers.
After retiring in 1982, he remained active in many endeavors throughout his life in Lake Tahoe, Carson City, Nevada and finally, Bakersfield, California.
Omer never met anyone he couldn't talk to and he loved to tell jokes and stories.
This remarkable human being was full of life and made everyone's life richer for having known him with his wonderful sense of humor and love of people.
He has left a trail of cherished memories for all of us.
Omer is survived by his wife, Dorothy, five children and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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Patty Simas passed away October 7, 2015. No obituary has been found.
If anyone has any information about Patty that they'd like to share, please pass it along to us so we can share with her classmates.
1940 - 2015
June 6, 1940 - August 4, 2015
John Rudometkin, a record-setting two-time All-American center in the early 1960s who is regarded among USC’s greatest men’s basketball players,
died on Tuesday (Aug. 4) in Newcastle, Calif., of chronic lung disease that was the lingering effect of the cancer he overcame in his 20s. He was 75.
Known as the “Reckless Russian,” Rudometkin played bigger than his 6-6 height.
An All-American first teamer in 1961 and 1962, he set USC career records in points (1,484; the mark stood for 23 years), scoring average (18.8) and rebounding (831).
He still stands seventh on the school’s scoring chart and fourth on the rebounding list.
He helped lead the Trojans to the 1961 conference title (that was the last time USC won an outright league crown).
A 3-year letterman (1960-62), he topped USC in scoring all 3 seasons and was Troy’s team MVP each year.
He twice posted 20-point, 20-rebound games at USC (versus Denver and Wyoming in 1961). He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1962.
Rudometkin was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and his No. 44 USC jersey was retired in 2010.
He went on to play 3 seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks (1963-65) and San Francisco Warriors (1965).
His basketball career was cut short by non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in his chest near his heart and lungs, but after a trying battle he overcame the disease.
His inspirational ordeal led to a book, “Rudo The Reckless Russian,” based on a nickname given to him by USC’s broadcaster at the time, Chick Hearn.
On the lighter side, Rudometkin found a bit part in the 1962 Disney movie “The Absent-Minded Professor.”
He’s one of the basketball players flying around the gym with the chemically-altered “flubber” shoes on.
After basketball, Rudometkin became a real estate investor, a minister and a motivational speaker.
John grew up in Santa Maria, California. When he was 10 he was so enamored with basketball that his mother got him a ball with redemption stamps.
In 1958, his senior year at Santa Maria Union High School, John was the top CIF Basketball player scoring 966 points avering 30.2 points per game.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Carolyn, along with 3 sons, Ron, JD and Nathan, and 4 grandsons.
A memorial service will be held on Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. at Auburn Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12225 Rock Creek Rd., Auburn, Calif., 95602.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations in Rudometkin’s name to World Vision (worldvision.org).
Frances Mary Conn, of Pismo Beach, passed away peacefully at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday, February 20, 2015.
She was 84. Born in Yonkers, New York, the daughter of Irving and Eleanor Conn, Frances was raised and educated in the New York metropolitan area.
She received a B.A. in English from Barnard College in 1952, and an M.A. in English Teaching from Columbia University.
She moved to Santa Maria in 1955 where she taught English at Santa Maria High School and was advisor for the school paper The Breeze.
In 1964 she was hired to teach English at Allan Hancock College. In 1970, she received a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from Claremont Graduate School.
Returning to Hancock, she served as Dean of Instruction, Vice President of Instruction and served one year as Interim President before retiring in 1993.
Frances was selected Woman of the Year in 1985 by the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women for her contributions to education.
In addition to the satisfaction that she got from seeing her students, colleagues, and Allan Hancock College blossom;
Frances enjoyed seeing her family and friends, the theater, her garden, her magically unique house, discussing current events,
volunteering with the San Luis South County Democratic Club, singing popular songs of the 1930's and 1940's, and traveling.
Frances is survived by her life partner, Nancy Hay and Nancy's children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren; her brother, David Conn in Potter Valley, Calif.;
her brother, Peter Conn (Paulina) in Santa Barbara; her nephew, Eric Conn in Nashville, Tenn.; and her niece, Caroline Conn (Michael Dobson) of Agua Dulce, California.
Donations in honor of Frances may be made to: Friends of the Allan Hancock Library, P.O. Box 5170, Santa Maria, Calif., 93456-5170;
the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County 2212 Golden Hill Rd Paso Robles, Calif., 93446; or a favorite cause.
A Celebration of Frances' Life will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, April 17, at the Allan Hancock College Student Center, 800 S. College Dr, Santa Maria.
Judith Louise Anderson Pike
1939 - 2011
1940 - 2015
Hollis Keith Brandon
1939 - 2014
Keith was born on November 30, 1939 in Courtney, OK, to Parents Earl Brandon of Texas, and Neoma Patterson of Arkansas.
He spent his childhood in Lompoc, CA and spent his teen years in Santa Maria where he delivered newspapers on horseback to earn enough money to feed his loyal horse and dog.
He graduated Santa Maria High School in 1958. He married his wife Joyce Brandon 52 years ago.
In his lifetime, he has won two roping saddles, and 7 silver buckles for Team Roping.
In 2002 he retired with 44 years from Celite World Minerals as a Dozer Operator and was a member of Chemical Workers Local.
He was a member of Lompoc Elks for 29 years.
Keith's favorite quotations were: "I'm glad you got to see me", "You're burning daylight", "It's not like me to sugar coat it", and "You always need a pivot point and a blue print!"
Keith was always ready at a moment's notice to go roping, push cattle, or ride on his three horses. He enjoyed watching his 5 grand children grow up, and was truly proud of them all.
He always cherished encounters with family and friends. As we all know, he definitely had a true gift of gab and could talk to anyone. His favorite tools were duct tape, electrical tape and hot glue gun.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Brandon, Son: Edward Brandon, Daughters: Sherrie (Doug) Hunt, and Mary (Steve) Rowell.
Sisters: Mary (George) Hall, Jene Brandon, Brother: Don (Sharon) Brandon.
Five Grandchildren: William, Jacob, Mikayla, Justin, Chase, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded by in death by his parents Earl and Neoma, and Brother Oscar.
No services are planned, but a Celebration of Life is scheduled for High Noon on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Schuyler River Bottom in Lompoc.
Additional questions can be routed through Starbuck-Lind Mortuary at 123 North A Street, Lompoc, CA.
In Lieu of flowers the family request donations to your favorite charity in his name.
The family would like to thank Dignity Health Hospice and our caregivers: Vivian, Carmen, Naomi and Marissa.
Robert Bob Butler
1938 - 2014
ROBERT BOB BUTLER was born in Paris, Illinois in 1938 and moved to the Central Coast at the age of 13.
He was a resident of Old Orcutt for 47 years, and retired as a foreman with Waste Management after 33 years.
He died Tuesday (3/18/2014) evening at his home after a short battle with lung cancer.
He had a cantankerous charm that will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years Linda (Baird) Butler; three brothers, William, Leland and Ronald Butler;
three daughters - Vickie Cork (Chris), Linda Jensen (Tom), Deanna Barnes (Rick); one son, Bobby Butler (Miranda);
and two stepsons, Dewayne Hall and Carey Hall along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He leaves a legacy of 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of his life at Los Alamos Park on May 3rd at 1pm.
To leave a condolence for the family visit www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
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1940 - 2013
LEONARD L. LENZ, 73, of San Diego, CA, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2013.
Leonard was born in Santa Maria to Adolph and Marian Lenz, April 13, 1940.
He went into the US Navy immediately after graduating from SMUHS, Class of 59, and retired 20 years later after achieving rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Leonard served on the USS Gudgeon (SS-567) Tang-class Submarine May 1960 - September 1961 and on the
USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN 624) Lafayette Class Ballistic Missile Submarine from December 1962 until May 1975.
Leonard lived in San Diego for 35 years. He jnjoyed working on his home and in his yard.
In his younger years he competed in several marathons and enjoyed bike riding.
He was a good traveler whether alone or with family members. He covered much of the USA as well as visiting parts of Europe, China and the Caribbean.
Leonard is survived by his sister Nadene Lenz Rasmussen and brothr-in-law Doug Rasmussen of New Port Beach, CA.
Survivors also inclue nephews, Rod Rasmussen, Scott and Todd Lenz, niece, Susan Williams and sister-in-law, Ethel Lenz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his older brother Eugene Lenz.
Leonard started with the class of 1958 at Orange Street Kindergarten in 1945, but ended up graduating with the class of 1959.
1940 - 2013
DON WILLIAMS, 73, of Grover Beach, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
1939 - 2003
Leonard's actuall name was Leonard James Mann.
He was born on 25 May 1939 in Santa Margarita, CA and died on 20 November 2003.
Leonard died of cancer and his last known address was Paso Robles.
He is buried in San Luis Obispo County but so far we cannot locate the cemetery.
Joanne M. Lambert Santos
1939 - 2011
Born October 29, 1939 - died October 8, 2011
Joan was a resident of Nipomo, California - No other information available.
Gertrude Ugsang Saucedo
1939 - 1990
Born October 13, 1939 - died July 3, 1990 in Santa Barbara County, California - No other information available.
1939 - 2008
Joan C. Schmidt Shea
Born October 27, 1939, died November 16, 2008 in Martinez, California - No other information available.
Robert William Bingham
1940 - 2013
Robert William Bingham Sr. of Aptos and Santa Maria California passed away peacefully June 24, 2013 at his home in Aptos.
Bob was born in Santa Maria on December 14, 1940, the son of the late Robert and Charlotte Bingham and loving brother to Carol Bingham. Blessed as a gifted athlete and passionate sports fan from the start Bob led his little league baseball team to the state finals where they came within one out of advancement to Williamsport and the World Series. He graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1958 after excelling in baseball, basketball and general good times. After high school Bob married the late Joanne Cicero of Santa Maria and together had two sons, Bobby and Patrick. He then teamed up with his father Bob Sr. to begin his career as a farmer in the Santa Maria Valley where he continued for many years while developing life long friendships along the way. He was proud to be a member of the Elks and Santa Maria Country Club. Always one for adventure Bob stunned everyone in the late eighties when he decided to move to Santa Cruz and open his first beauty supply and salon. Armed with an undeniable intuition and business passion he launched his first store in 1988, built it into a success and subsequently opened four more locations. Bob joined forces with son Patrick in 1993 and together they continued to build Westside Beauty Supply into the success that it continues to be today. He always gave credit for his success to the great employees, stylists, and friends he surrounded himself with over the years. Bob was blessed with a loving and generous heart and was always giving to others. He enriched his family, friends and everyone else fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him and spent moments with him during his amazing life. We thank him for being our friend and Dad, and will miss him forever.
He leaves loving memories to be cherished by his sister, Carol Brayton of Santa Maria, California; proud sons, Robert Bingham Jr. of Oceanside California. and Patrick Bingham of Boulder Creek, California; daughter in-laws Rian Bingham and Leslie Barnes; grand children, Courtney Bingham, Cristian Bingham, Dakota Bingham, Riley and Audrey Bingham; great grandson Paxton Bingham; nephews, Ricky and Nickie Brayton, Robby Brayton, Rodney Brayton and their respective families.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob's name to Santa Cruz Hospice.
Barbara J. Rosbrugh Parson Kinney
1940 - 2013
Private Services will be held for Barbara J. Kinney, 73, of Gridley CA. She passed away on June 4, 2013 in Gridley CA.
She was born April 13, 1940 in Phoenix AR, to Harry and Peggy Rosbrugh.
She was a former longtime resident of Santa Maria, having moved to Gridley 11 years ago. She enjoyed her pets and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sons, Mark and Dusty and brother Jimmy.
She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Ron Kinney of Gridley, sons Scott (Annie) Parson of San Jose CA, Tim Parson of Phoenix AR, daughter Cindy (John) Petrella of Reno NV, Step-son Cole Kinney of San Francisco CA, Step-daughter Jill Kinney of Santa Maria CA, brother, Harvey and Harvana Rosbrugh of San Jose CA, sister Jackie (Butch) Wenderoth of Yuba City CA, five grandchildren and numerous great and great-great children.
Joseph Gilbert Diaz
1939 - 2009
No obituary found.
Judith Louise Anderson Pike
1939 - 2011
1939 - 2013
Henry Hank Hernandez Flores, 73, of Nipomo was born July, 17 1939, in Santa Maria, CA. He passed peacefully on May 23, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family and a dear friend.
Henry is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Flores and his five children; Rachel Flores (Benton), Andrew (Shelly) Flores, Irene Flores, Monica (Mario) Rodriguez, Adam (Debbie) Flores, 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He is survived by brothers Gonzalo and Jesse Flores; sisters Mary Lou Drymon, Nancy Anderson, Mickey Borjas, Helen Niboli and Sandra Cardona. He was preceded in death by his parents Gonzalo and Mary Flores and brother, Paul Flores.
Henry attended Santa Maria High School where he was active in Track and field, and held the title of Golden Gloves Lightweight Boxing Champion. He was active in the community as a little league coach and played Adult City League Softball for many years. He was a three time recipient of the Santa Maria Beautiful Award for his yard upkeep and landscape. Henry enjoyed life, loved spending time with his family and friends, BBQ, gardening, travel, music, sports, working on his award winning classic cars and attending car shows.
Henry worked for the City of Santa Maria for 37 years, and at retirement, held the record of being employed second longest by the City of Santa Maria. Henry was owner/operator of Flores Landscaping and Maintenance with his sons and grandsons.
His garage was a special hangout place where everybody wanted to be with Dad/Papa/Hank. He was always fixing or building something or just kicking back. He would give his sons a haircut in the garage and the neighborhood boys would line-up with a dollar to be part of the action. Later the grandsons and great-grandsons would be part of the garage barbershop tradition. Henry was a passionate, hardworking man and always made time for everyone. He was our rock, our hero, our mentor, and he left us with many beautiful memories. He was extremely loved and appreciated by his family and friends and will be deeply missed.
Funeral Services will begin Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 9:30am, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church; 414 East Church Street, Santa Maria, CA. Burial to follow at the Santa Maria Cemetery. Arrangements made by Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary.
1939 - 2013
Geraldine JoAnn Kaba Morrissey
1940 - 1972
Born September 20th, 1940, died July 19th, 1974, burried Plainville Cemetery, Plainville, Rooks County, Kansas, USA
Thank you... Paula Hendrickson... for passing this to us.
1939 - 2011
A rosary for Raymond Lopez will be recited at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Mass will immediately follow the rosary -10:00 a.m., at St. John’s Catholic Church. Fr. Juan Antonio Gutierrez, OFM will officiate. Raymond Lopez of Roswell passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 23, 2011 in Lubbock, TX. Raymond was born on January 15, 1939 in Santa Maria, CA, he was the 7th of 9 children born to Severiano & Ruth Lopez of Santa Maria, CA. The Lopez family mourns the loss of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, Nino and friend. Raymond served in the United States Air Force from 1957 – 1961, the reserves from 1961-1963, and received an honorable discharge. He completed his military service at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, NM where he met the love of his life Evangelina Lopez. Raymond was employed during his lifetime in various capacities but retired from Hinkle Investments after 26 years of employment. Raymond lived in Roswell for 52 years. He loved his family, music, the outdoors and the Lakers basketball team. Preceding him in death is his first born daughter, Emily Lopez. His parents, Severiano Lopez, Sr., & Ruth Lopez, sisters; Esther Martinez and Mary Andrade. Brothers; Willie Lopez and Jessie Lopez. Raymond is survived by his wife of 52 wonderful years, Evangelina Lopez. His sons, Raymond Lopez, Jr., and his wife RuthAnn, daughters Monica & Jessica of Albuquerque, NM. Sotero Lopez and daughter Vanessa of Roswell, NM, David Lopez and his wife Stephanie, daughters Torey & Rayann of Roswell, NM. Grandson Raymond Roy Hinds & his wife Julie, great-grandchildren,Tori, Kaylee, Brandon, Whitlee and Lacey of Roswell, NM. Sister-in-laws Alice & husband Jesus Vega and Rachel Alvarez & companion Irvin Marrujo. Brothers; Freddie Lopez and Luis Lopez of Santa Maria, CA, and Severiano Lopez, Jr., of Las Vegas, NV. Sisters; Frances Acosta of Grover Beach, CA and Ruth Limon of Santa Maria, CA. Numerous nephews, nieces and great-nephews and nieces. Raymond and Evangelina during their 52 years of marriage became Godparents to 15 children. Raymond was known to many as “Nino” during his lifetime. Raymond was cremated according to his wishes. Family and friends may pay their respects online at Agape Funeral Chapel, Lubbock, TX. www.agapefuneralchapel.com
Gordon Jonathan Hall
1940 - 1991
Gordon Hall, 51 was born May 29, 1940
in the Seattle, Washington and died in San Diego, California y on
December 28, 1991.
He served in the US Navy as an Electronics Techniciam (RADAR) Petty Officer 3rd Class (ETR3) USN, San Diego California. He is buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery near San Diego
Survived by an older brother, David Hall (class of 1956) of Lincoln, CA. His late father, Alvin Hall, was a chemistry teacher at Santa Maria High School.
Joanne Cicero Root
1941 - 2012
(Cicero) Root, 71 of Santa Maria, passed away August 25, 2012.
Joanne was born at Sisters Hospital in Santa Maria to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cicero.
Joanne attended Orange St. Kindergarten, EI Camino Jr. High, Santa Maria High School class of '58, and Allen Hancock Jr. College.
Joanne had a working career with Tony Cossa Insurance for several years, then later with Pollard and Cossa Insurance. She was one of the founders of Santa Maria Insurance Women, and served as President the first 2 years.
She enjoyed building a vacation home at Lake Nacimiento, and enjoyed short trips in their motor home visiting family and friends.
Golf was Joanne's passion. Being a member of the Santa Maria Country Club, and some of her most memorable times were playing with her husband Ron, and her parents. In later years she was always watching golf on T.V.
She is survived by her husband Ron, son Robert W. Bingham (Oceanside), son Patrick Bingham(Rian) Boulder Creek, stepson Craig Root (Santa Paula). Grand Children, Riley Bingham, Audrey Bingham, Courtney Bingham, Cristian Bingham, and Jesse Root. She is also survived by her sister Susanne Cisney, and brother Carl Cicero.
The family would like to send a very special thank you to all the care givers for making Joanne's life at home so very comfortable.
Donations, if you wish can be made in Joanne's name to: Canine Companions, POBox 446, Santa Rosa, Ca. 95402.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens.
1940 - 2012
Gerald "Jerry" Hicks, 72, passed away July 31, 2012 at Marian Regional Medical Center from a brief illness of Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was born on February 24, 1940 in Wasco, California.
Jerry is survived by his wife Carolyn, children Rodney Hicks (Eva), Cori Hicks, stepdaughter Valerie Schubert (Mark), stepson Michael Vasquez, brother Dale Hicks (Elaine), sister Janice Renfrow (Eloy), brother-in-law Robert Simas (Kaye), grandchildren Kieryn and Kyle Hicks and Audrianna, Briana and Tommaso Ferre and numerous nieces and nephews.
He worked for Sears in delivery for 20 years and then in the Oil Fields retiring as a working foreman for Torch.
Jerry and his wife enjoyed traveling with the Santa Maria Senior Travel Club. They traveled to Alaska, Canada, the East Coast and the National Parks. He loved being with his family and friends and everyone enjoyed his sense of humor and story telling.
Special thanks to the nurses, doctors and staff at Marian Regional Medical Center
Funeral Services will be Monday, August 6th at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Assoc. or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Crematory. Sympathy notes and words of support may be expressed at www.magnermaloney.com.
1920 - 2012
Patricia Jean Boyd
Patricia, (Patty) Jean Boyd died peacefully in her sleep July 13, 2012, following a brief illness. She was 91. Ms. Boyd taught piano for many years and was on the faculty of Allan Hancock College. She was active in local cultural affairs and served on the board of the Santa Maria Symphony Society.
Born in Santa Maria, Ms. Boyd was the only child of Gertrude Rice France and Elmer Boyd. She was the granddaughter of Florence and W.H. Rice, early settlers of the Santa Maria Valley. After attending local schools, she graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1938.
Ms. Boyd attended Wheaton College in Illinois, and graduated from San Jose State College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music. She did post-graduate work in music at the University of Denver and was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, a music honor society.
In 1945, Ms. Boyd began teaching piano in Santa Maria; she later joined the faculty of Allan Hancock College, where she taught advanced piano to selected students. She continued to teach piano into her late eighties and continued her involvement with the college until her death.
Ms. Boyd was a respected and inspiring figure in the community and will be fondly remembered by numerous cousins, several generations of students, and her many friends and colleagues. Memorial contributions may be made to the Allan Hancock College Music Department or the Pacific Conservatory Performing Arts Foundation of Santa Maria. Per her wishes, funeral services will be private.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens.
Cynthia B. Burnside
Dr. Cynthia B. Burnside passed away peacefully at home in Fredericksburg, Texas on Thursday July 5th surrounded by people who loved her.
Born January 9, 1941 in Santa Maria, California to a pioneer ranching family, her life reflected the spirit of the American West. Many will remember her indefatigable soulfulness, her love of folklore and her father's saddle in the entryway of her home.
Dr. Burnside began her career as a second grade teacher in Salina, Kansas. She worked for many years as a volunteer for CALM - Child Abuse Listening Mediation and was a longtime parishioner and vestry member at All Saints-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, California. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, Counseling & Guidance from California State University Northridge and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her passion was to help those who needed an advocate or the encouragement to speak up for themselves.
After many years of family life and a recognized career as a child psychologist in Santa Barbara, Dr. Burnside chose to build a new life in Fredericksburg, Texas. She continued as a family therapist and brought her expertise in Jungian sandplay therapy to many who needed her guidance. She was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. She traveled extensively and celebrated her faith in June 2010 with a pilgrimage to the tiny island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. Dr. Burnside took great joy in the calm beauty of her Creek Street garden which was admired by many. There is no doubt that she lived her life fully and with intent.
Dr. Burnside was pre-deceased by her father Bun W. Burnside and her mother Lucille Hicks Burnside. She is survived by her sister Cille B. Williams of Denver, CO; her daughters Erin Haskell Ross of Washington, DC and Brooke Danielson-Haskell of Bayside, CA; and her grandchildren Kadie Paige, Emma and William Ross of Washington, DC. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and colleagues.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday July 27th at 10:30 a.m. in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg, TX
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Hill Country Community Needs Council, P.O. Box 73 Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, or to the charity of one’s choice.
It was Cynthia's desire to have her ashes divided and spread at several of her favorite places in California, Texas and Scotland.
James A. Meagher
Anadelle Righetti Rubalcava
1940 - 2011
Anadelle Righetti; of Santa
Barbara; born April 12, 1940, died August 17, 2011; she was 71.
Services will be private. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider.
Norma June Lansford Phillips
1940 - 2011
Norma was born April 21, 1940 in Visalia, CA and died January 14, 2011 in Santa
She was proceeded in death by her parents Raymond and June Lansford.
Norma was called "Sam" by her close friends and she was an amazing and accomplished woman who loved the Lord and her family with all of her heart. Norma worked for Santa Barbara County Juvenile Probation Department, served on the mission field for many years, and later in life she returned to school earning her degree to fulfill one of her life-long dreams of becoming a teacher. She completed her professional career as a history teacher at Kermit McKenzie Jr. High School in Guadalupe, CA.
Norma had many hobbies. She was an avid reader, quilter, photographer, and enjoyed gardening. She traveled to all but one continent and her favorite continent was Africa. This past fall she took her last trip to England and Scotland with two of her daughters. Norma truly epitomized what it means to be a life-long learner with a spirit of adventure and hunger for learning. Her greatest joy in life was family and her legacy will live on within each of them.
She is survived by "Aunt Mom" Faye Lansford, her brother Hugh Lansford, and a close family friend Vic Leedy.
She is also survived by her children: Anastacia "Stacy" McCarney (Jerry) of Lemoore, CA, Desiree Loporchio (Pete) of Santa Clarita, CA, David Phillips Jr. (Tammie) of Turner, OR and Beth Flamm-Overby (Jay) of Santa Maria, CA. Norma loved and cherished her 17 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren (with 3 more on the way), a nephew and 2 nieces, and many cousins.
Norma "Sam" Phillips has touched lives here in Santa Maria and many places all over the world, and now it is time for her to go and be with her Lord and Savior.
The family will host a viewing at Dudley Hoffman Mortuary on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 from 3:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church and a Graveside Ceremony for family and close friends at 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Maria Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please send a gift to the Lupus or Diabetes Foundations.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens.
Edward Vaughn Silvera
1939 - 2010
Eddie (Ed) V. Silvera, a native of Santa Maria, passed away at his home with his family at his side on Sunday, November 14th, 2010 at the age of 71.
Ed was born June 3rd, 1939 to Edward D. Silvera and Vanda C. Tapscott in Santa Maria, California. He joined the Navy at the age of 17, where he was a Gunners Mate on the USS Irwin. Ed owned the "Pic" in Old Town Orcutt for many years. He was an outdoorsman and life long member of the NRA. He loved to hunt and spend time with his family and friends. Ed was a private man, but those who knew him best can remember the stories and times they shared.
He is survived by his wife Martie, and children Joe, Chris, and Daniel Hermosillo; grandchildren Lilliana, Calais, Rachel, Savannah, Ivie, Christian, and Aidan, along with nieces, cousins, and many close friends.
There will be a memorial BBQ from 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 at the Y.O.Y.O. Hall located at 725 East Foster Road in Santa Maria.
1940 - 2010
Tom died on June 17, 2010... 1day after turning 70. Colon
cancer. He lived in Rocklin, Ca.
If anyone has any more information or an obituary for Tom... please send it to us at Chat@Classof58.org.
Susan Cobb Robinson
1940 - 2010
Susan C. Robinson, long time resident of Santa Maria, left us on July
6, 2010 at the age of 69.
She was born in Los Angeles October 27, 1940. Susan lived in Santa Maria Valley most of her life where she attended grade school, high school, then returned to raise her two children. Susan touched many lives and will be greatly missed. She was a cherished mother and grandmother and friend.
Susan is survived by her daughter Hilary Robinson of Santa Maria; her son Don Robinson, his wife Rachel and her two grandchildren Ashley and Joshua of Idaho Falls. She also has two brothers Herschel and Christopher Cobb.
At her request, there is no service planned. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Lung Association of Santa Barbara County, 1510 San Andres St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary
1927 - 2010
Ken Milo, long time Santa Marian, passed away on June 22, 2010. He was born on December 1st, 1927 in Pattenberg, New Jersey. Ken moved to Oakland, California as a child. He graduated from Oakland High School and entered the U.S. Army. After discharge, he enrolled at Modesto Jr. College and received a basketball scholarship to attend Pepperdine University. Ken graduated from Pepperdine with a teaching credential and was offered a teaching job in Santa Maria. He was also recruited to play for the Santa Maria Golden Dukes basketball franchise. He played and coached basketball for many years in Santa Maria. Ken served the Santa Maria Bonita School District in several capacities; Teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent and School Board Member, for nearly sixty years. The basketball court at El Camino Jr. High is named in his honor.
In addition to his love of teaching, coaching and basketball, Ken was an avid golfer, played for the Santa Maria Indians Baseball Team, was a horseman, poker player and he loved to fish.
Among his many accomplishments, Ken is in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, was Club Champion at the Santa Maria Country Club and holds the record for the longest service to the Santa Maria Bonita School District.
Ken is survived by his wife, Karen of thirty-two years, daughters Karen Porter, Connie Allen, Kathy Milo, Carla Minor, and their families, step-sons Mark and Todd Amarillas, brother, Tom Parrish, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ken's memory to Marian Hospice, 506 E. Plaza Drive or Youth Welfare Account in care if Matt Beecher, Santa Maria Bonita School District for the Scholar/Athlete Award.
A special thanks to Dr. Mundit Debral for his care.
A celebration of life will be held on July 7, 2010 at the Santa Maria Country Club at 4:00 p.m., 505 Waller Lane, Santa Maria, CA.
Published in Santa Maria Times from June 25 to June 26, 2010
Larry Branquinho (Joe), 69 of Sutter
Creek, Ca., passed away on February 17, 2009 in a hospital facility
surrounded by his loving family after an unexpected illness. He was born
May 31, 1939 in Santa Maria. Joe grew up in Santa Maria and joined the
Army in 1962-1964. He was a member of the Operating Engineers for 54
years and a few years after his retirement, he and Bonnie moved to
property in the foothills of Sutter Creek where he enjoyed taking care
of his deer, tinkering on his jeep and spoiling his dogs Bear and Bucky.
Priscilla Ann Calvin Cramer passed away suddenly Wednesday September 3, 2008 in the comfort of her home with her family by her side. She was born November 15, 1940 in Santa Maria, CA., to Vance G. and Hallie Calvin. She grew up and attended area schools, graduating from Santa Maria High in 1958 and later from Allen Hancock College in 1981. She was a lifelong resident of Santa Maria. Her loss is irreplaceable, but her love for us is Eternal.
Priscilla was predeceased by her parents Vance G. and Hallie Calvin, husband Marvin L. Cramer, son Kenneth W. Gaertner II and sister Patricia Smith. She leaves behind her son, Kevin W. Gaertner and daughter in-law Sharon, daughters Monica Cramer (Brad), Bobbie Albright (Clinton), granddaughters Megan Albright and Ashlee Torpen, son in-law Don Albright, brothers James Calvin and Jeanette, Malcolm Calvin and Jenny, numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.
Funeral services were held September 11, 2008 in the chapel of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary with private interment at the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Jose Balcorta, 69, died July 1, 2008 at Marian West with his family at
his side. Jose was born and raised in Santa Maria, born to Joe and Amalia
Balcorta on Sept. 19, 1938, now deceased.
|Published in the Santa Maria Times on 7/5/2008.|
William Herman Sohl 1938 - March 13, 2008
Vera Lou Hale Ford 1940 - 2008
Lou Hale Ford Born June 8, 1940 in Santa Maria, CA, passed away February
21, 2008 in San Jose, CA. She is survived by her husband, Royce Ford.
Services will be held at Oak Hill Funeral Home & Memorial Park in
the Chapel of the Oaks on Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.
under the auspices of the Golden Oak Chapter 128 OES. In lieu of
flowers, contributions may be made in Vera Lou's name to the Eastern
Star Scholarship Fund or the Alzheimer's Association. Published in
the San Jose Mercury News on 2/24/2008.
Vera Lou and I became friends in the third grade. I
was an awkward lump of a child, and she was bright, tidy and organized.
I was amazed and grateful that she wanted to have anything at all to do
Arcenio "Hito" Vasquez 1940 - 2008
Arcenio "Hito" Vasquez, Age 67, passed away February l7,
2007 at Marian Medical Center. He was born November 23, l940 in Tucson,
Hito's family moved to Casmalia, CA in l94l where he was raised and attended elementary school. He graduated from Santa Maria High School in l958 and while in high school was active in many different sports. He then attended and graduated from Allan Hancock College. For many years he played semi-pro baseball for the Santa Maria Indians. He formerly worked as a quality control manager for General Electric at Vandenberg Air Force Base, and then went into construction in plastering while at the same time beginning a career in bartending, having worked for different bars and restaurants in this area.
Hito is a former member of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge # l538 and former member of the Optimist Club. He also has a longtime passion for Golf, playing in many local and statewide events and tournaments.
He is survived by a son, Michael P. Vasquez of Phoenix, AZ, a daughter and son-in-law Valarie & Mark Schubert of Santa Maria, CA, three brothers, John and George Vasquez of Santa Maria and Armando "Gabby" Vasquez of Irvine, CA and a sister Marylou Smith of Casmalia, CA. Five grandchildren also survive, Michael Jr., Bernadette, Katie, Angelina and Anthony Vasquez of Peoria, AZ along with several nieces and nephews.
In honor of his request there will be no local services. A Requiem Latin Mass will be celebrated at a later date at the Our Lady of Quito Catholic Church, 9009 South l8th Street in Phoenix, AZ with burial to follow in the City of Glendale Memorial Park Cemetery, 7844 North 6lst Avenue in Glendale, AZ.
Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory in charge of funeral arrangements.
Judith Evelyn Chandler Chidwick 1940 - 2007
Judith Evelyn ‘Judy’ Chidwick, 67, passed away Sunday, November 25, 2007 at her home in Florence, Montana after a brief battle with cancer.
She was born August 20, 1940 in Pasadena, California.
The couple lived in Nipomo, California where they resided until moving to Montana in June 2007.
She is survived by
her husband Tom and children; Tom Jr. (Karen) of Vancouver, Washington, Andrew
(Sherry) of Stevensville, Montana and Ruth of Vancouver, BC and four
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2007 at Lone Rock Bible Church with Rev. Jim Carlson officiating. Burial at Sunnyside Cemetery.
Ronald W. Lewis 1940 - 2007
W Lewis, 67 former resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away September
30, 2007 after a brief illness in Paradise, CA.
Ron was born July 3, 1940 in San Luis Obispo, CA to Bill and Laura Lewis. He grew up and lived most of his life in Santa Maria, CA, graduating from Santa Maria High School in 1958. He worked for Lockheed-Martin from 1959 until retirement in 1999. Ron loved the outdoors, running, backpacking, mountain climbing and horseback riding and was always planning his next big adventure. During his last year he spent time with his four children and grandchildren traveling, camping and co-writing a book called "Northern California Horse Trails & Camps" with dear friend Bonnie Davis.
Ron is survived by his son, Barry Lewis and wife, Kelly, of Paradise, CA; daughter, Kelly Nix and husband, John, of Nipomo, CA; daughter, Lori Brown and husband, Joe, of Nashville, TN; son Mike Lewis and wife, Caprielle, of Sisters, OR; six grandchildren, John Nix Jr, Ashley Brown, Tyler Lewis, Tristan Lewis, Amy Nix and Brendan Lewis. Sister, Linda Boyington and husband Baxter of Atascadero, CA, brother Greg Lewis and wife, Lisa, of Santa Maria, CA; Mother, Laura Lewis of Atascadero, CA; nephews Chris and Joey Lewis. Ron is also survived by former spouses and friends; Ann Blair, Patricia Graham and Joyce Lewis and daughter Pam Wherry. He was preceded in death by his father William H Lewis.
Memorial donations may be made in Ron's name to:
The Tug McGraw Foundation
1303 Jefferson Street
Napa, CA 94559
A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor at the Santa Maria Inn, Saturday, October 13, 2007 from 2:00 to 5:00pm.
Safe travels Ron, We love you.
|Published in the Santa Maria Times from 10/6/2007 - 10/8/2007.|
Dale R. Scott 1920 - 2007
MR. DALE R. SCOTT, SR., 87, of Santa Maria, passed away August 28, 2007. Published in the Santa Maria Times on 8/30/2007.
Dean Wayne Dunson 1940 - 2006
Dean Dunson a long time resident of Santa Maria Valley passed away January
Dean was cremated and his ashes were spread over the ocean. Dean was born on January 11, 1940 in San Bernardino, California. He moved to this area as a child and attended local schools here. He graduated from Santa Maria High School. Dean enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country from 1962 to 1963. Dean was employed as a mechanic before retiring in 1999.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents Harriet and Warren Dunson, brother, Ronald M. Dunson. Dean is survived by his daughter, Deana Dunson, daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and Richard Reyes, Jenny and Tony Nguyen, Cindy and Bob Kerze, grandchildren, Joey Reyes Dunson, Ryan Dunson, Cambria Kerze, Niece, Patricia Dunson and her son Jacob. Also survived by many friends that loved. him.
A memorial BBQ will be held at a later date to celebrate his life.
Arrangements are under the care of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.
Robert Allen "Bob" Shoun 1939 - 2006
Vernon Earl Graham 1919 - 2006
Vernon Earl Graham, 86, of Santa Maria went to be with the Lord on Monday,
January 2, 2006. Vernon was born September 13, 1919 in Rocky Ford, Colorado to
John and Rose Graham. Growing up, Vern worked on a farm to earn enough money to
enroll in the University of Colorado. He worked several jobs while attending the
University, played football and was an outstanding scholar. His college
education was interrupted by 4 1/2 years of service in the U.S. Navy as a
fighter pilot. He was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism. Vern was an
"Ace-in-a-day." While stationed in San Diego he met the love of his
life, Bavia, whom he married and enjoyed 49 yrs. of marriage.
Following WWII, Vern taught and coached 3 years in Colorado before attending Stanford University where he received a M.A. in Guidance. Vern and Bavia moved to Santa Maria in 1950. He served 30 years as a teacher/counselor and principal at SMHS and ERHS. After retirement he continued to teach home and hospital bound students. Vern was active in Kiwanis, the Elks Lodge, and Hospice. Vern was truly devoted to his country, to the institution of education, and especially to his family and friends.
Vern is survived by his daughter, Deborah Castillo, and 5 grandchildren, Michael, Jason, Sarrah, Tony, Tyree. He is also survived by 4 great-grandchildren, Joseph, Lilly, Issaya, and Gracie Ann.
Memorial contributions can be made in care of Hospice. We appreciate the love and care they provided to all of us during this difficult time.
Vern was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Graham in 1992 and his beloved wife, Bavia, in 1993.
Curtis Reid 1940 - 2005
Curtis Reid born March 25, 1940 in California and died November 12, 2005 - age 65
According to Social Security Death Records
George Peter Muro 1925 - 2005
George Peter Muro, retired Hancock College Art Instructor, died Wednesday, August 10 in Prescott Arizona at the Margaret Morris Alzheimer Center.
George lived in Santa Maria for 50 years. He taught art at Hancock College for 38 years and was head of the Art Department.
George is survived by his daughter Renee Roach of Vancouver, Wa.; sons Jeff Muro of Cottonwood, Az. and Peter Muro of Canby, Oregon, his brothers Thomas Muro of San Clemente, Ca., Eugene Muro of Alhambra, Ca., sisters Mary Louise Sambrano of Palm desert, Ca., Virginia Watts of San Dimas, Ca., and Rose Gonzalez of San Clemente, Ca.
George was born January 4, 1925 in Los Angeles, Ca. and served 4 years in the navy during World War II and was stationed in Alaska. After leaving the navy, he attended San Jose State University where he received his B.A. degree in Art and then went on to receive his M.A. degree in Art from Stanford University.
He was quoted as saying he was most proud of his students who had taken his classes and rewarded him by becoming award winning artists who achieved prominent positions in the field of art. His passion for the arts was demonstrated through his philosophy,”If I can give people just one thing, I hope it will be awareness of their surroundings and the impact on their community.”
Among George’s other accomplishments include his planning the design of the Humanities Building at Hancock College, The Growth and Development of The Arts Department under his direction, and his artistic expression that was recognized not only in Santa Maria but also through exhibits at The DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, The Pasadena Museum (Norton Simon Museum) and The Springfield Museum of Art in Mo.
He was celebrated as man of the year on April 8, 1995 as a leader facilitating The Communities Cultural Identity with his art and design experience.
Funeral Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at the Orcutt Presbyterian Church, 993 Patterson Rd. in Orcutt at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers guests may make memorial donations in George’s name to The Alzheimer’s Assoc, of CA. Central Coast Chapter Inc. at 3480 So. Higuera St., suite 120, San Luis Obispo, CA. 93401, Attn: Lisa or Kay, or Santa Maria Arts Council, Individual grants, P.O. Box 5, Santa Maria, CA. 93456.
The Santa Maria Times reports that we lost two teachers from our High School Days this Month. Vernon Pinky Beberness and Robert Penny.
Vernon "Pinky" Nelson Bebernes 1919 - 2005
Vernon “Pinky” Nelson Bebernes was born September 7, 1919 in Danaverke Nebraska, then moved to Solvang in 1921 where he was raised. He passed away April 13, 2005 at his residence in Santa Maria, CA.
Pinky was a member of the United States Army Air Corps from 1941-1945. He was a B-17 pilot for the Air Offensive in the Northern European Theater. He was a member of the 563rd Bomber Squadron, 388th Heavy Bombardment Group, also known as the Mighty Eight” a unit of the 3rd Division. he was stationed at Knettishall, England, station 136.
He has been a resident of Santa Maria since 1950. His teaching career started with the Orcutt School District in 1950, the Santa Maria High School from 1955-1967, then ended with Allen Hancock College 1968-2000.
He has coached various sports inducluding baseball, football, basketball & golf. He taught math, science and drivers education. He was the Assistant Dean of the Evening Division at Allen Hancock College.
Sports was his passion. He has been inducted into 3 Halls of Fame: Santa Ynez Wall Of Honor “Succeeded Excellence” Student/Athlete 1934-1938. Cal Poly Hall of Fame for Football and Baseball. In football, his record for the best punting average set in 1949 at 41.9 stood for 35 years. In baseball he earned the highest batting average in 1946 and tied for the second highest batting average in CCAA standings in 1948-1949. Pinky played professional baseball for two years with The Stockton Ports. he also played for the Santa Maria Indians.
Pinky joined the Santa Maria Country Club 1953. he has won numerous club championships. To date he has 24 holes in one. he was a member of the Southern California Golf Association Rules and Rating Committee.
Respect, honor, and loyalty, was how he lived his life. He had a great belief in people, and the gift to make you believe in yourself. He has touched many lives by his giving ways. There are no words to express how he loved his family.
He is served by his daughter, Debra L. Bebernes-Buckler, husband Keith, of Nipomo, Ca; son Kenneth Robert Bebernes, partner Chel, of Mariposa, Ca; brother, Kenneth “Mosse” Wm. Bebernes, wife Beverly, their 3 sons and their families, of Solvang, Ca; granddaughter, Danika Rae Silva, partner Brian, of Santa Maria, Ca; grandson, Robert Bodie Bebernes; great granddaughter, Kaiden Paige Wilkinson.
He is preceded in death by his daughter Denise Lee Bebernes, June 19, 1982 and by wife Bonnie Lou Bebernes, June 3, 2000.
A memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. Cremation was requested with private inurnment to be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in memory of Vernon “Pinky” Nelson Bebernes can be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 2944 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 or the Children’s Hospital of LA Cancer Research Center, 4650 Sunset Blvd, LA 90027.
Robert Laurence Penney 1926 - 2005
Robert Laurence Penney died at Marian Medical Center on Tuesday, April 19, 2005, at the age of 79. He had been struggling with Parkinson’s Disease for several years.
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Marion (Maloney) Penney, of 56 years.
They had six children:
John (who was stillborn), Brian Roberts of Santa Maria, Greg Penney of Ben Lomond, Alice Gillaroo of Santa Ynez, Mary Hershey of Santa Barbara, Matt Penney and grandson Robert Penney of Santa Maria, his sister Virgina Kirst and brother-in-law Ray Kirst of Huntington Beach; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert was born March 9, 1926 in Omaha, Nebraska. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1928. He attended high school there until his graduation in 1943. Upon completion of high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard to serve his country in a time of war. He then enrolled at Loyola University in Los Angeles, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1950, with double degrees; one in English, and one in Theology.
He received his California Teaching Credential, a Master’s Degree in Education, a Counseling Credential, and numerous specialties and awards.
Robert taught High School in three locations, including Santa Maria. He loved teaching , and saw each student’s potential. He was asked to head the counseling staff at the high school and finally at Allan Hancock College. His gift of seeing every student’s potential enabled him to council the undecided at Hancock, and later in his Church.
At St. Mary’s Parish, he was a Lector, President of many Societies, founder of the Christian Family Movements, and the first Prayer Group Community.
In retirement, he became the first director of the R.C.I.A. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, until Parkinson’s struck and kept him inactive.
Visitation will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2005 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon Chet Bartlett.
Holy Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. by Pastor Vaughn Winters in St. John Neumann’s Church, 966 W. Orchard on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Association at 1600 N. Rose Ave. in Oxnard, CA 93030. (805) 925-2753
Kari Windingstad White 1940 - 2005
Born June 10, 1940 died January 13, 2005 age 64. Los Angeles CA
Soprano Kari Windingstad White, an adjunct professor of voice in the Department of Music, UCLA from 1984 through 1996, died on January 13 at the age of 64 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, UCLA math professor James White.
Noted for her ability in a wide range of music from Baroque to contemporary, she received critical acclaim for performances in all styles and periods. She began her professional career as a member of the New York Pro Musica and toured as a soloist with the Roger Wagner Chorale, with whom she performed throughout the United States, Canada and South America. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and sang with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas. In addition, she soloed in opera and oratorio with conductors Robert Shaw, Maurice Abvranel, John Green, John Barnett, Robert Page, Gerhard Samuel and Nicholas McGegan.
Linda Ester Wolf Carter 1941 -2004
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 1940 - 2004
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.
Joe Lancon 1939 - 2004
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
Joel D. Punches 1915 - 2004
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 1940 - 2004
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, 1899 - 2004 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 1940 - 2004
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.
Larry Dean Mefford 1940 - 2003
Born October 23, 1940 died August 29, 2003 age 62. U.S. Consulate Canada
Alberta L. Estacio Azevedo 1939 - 2003
Born October 10, 1939 died May 6, 2003 age 63. Santa Clara County, CA
Samuel LeRoy Mougeotte 1939 -
Born May 16, 1939 died July 17, 2002 age 63
Waren D. Eastridge 1938 - 2002
Born January 17, 1938 died April 1, 2002 age 64. Santa Maria, CA
George William Barber 1941 - 2002
Born 1941 died February 2002 age 61. Fresno, CA
Joseph Villegas 1939 - 2002
Born August 24, 1939 died February 2002 age 62
Barbara Lee Spears Moorehead 1940 - 2001
Born August 12, 1940 died November 30, 2001 age 61. Santa Maria, CA
Alice Joy Blackwood Murray 1940 - 2001
Born April 6, 1949 died November 7, 2001 age 61
Burl Longest 1939 - 2001
Born October 11, 1939 died September 30, 2001 age 61
Henry John Abels 1940 - 2001
Born August 15, 1940 in Pittsburg, CA, passed away March 18, 2001 in Cayucos, CA age 60
Services were held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Fresno, CA
Antonio "Tony" Joseph Renteria 1940 -
Born July 5, 1940 died March 5, 2001 age 60. Santa Maria, CA.
Mr. Renteria passed away March 5, 2001 at his residence in San Jose, California. He was born July 5, 1940 in Wasco, California and moved to Santa Maria at an early age. He attended local schools and graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1958. He then received his Associate of Arts Degree from Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Gunners Mate 3rd Class being discharged in 1964.
He was a Past President and member of the Latin American Social Organization (LASO) and member of the Union Funeraria Mexicana.
For the last 25 years, he has resided in San Jose working as a Purchasing Manager and Security Officer.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Irene Renteria, San Jose; son, Anthony and Judy Renteria, San Jose; daughter, Melinda and Bob Bassett, Manteca, Calif.; sister, Mrs. Helen Reyes, Santa Maria; brothers, Louie Almendarez, Ariz., Andrew Almendarez, Santa Maria, Frank Perales, Santa Maria, Larry Perales, Santa Maria, Steve Renteria, Santa Clara, Calif.; 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; several half-brothers and half-sisters; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Rosa Perez and by a sister, Mrs. Augustina Iturra.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary.
Tetsuo Uno 1940 - 1999
Born February 17, 1940 died November 28, 1999 age 59. Lancaster, CA
Dr. Uno was a highly respected Veterinarian in Lancaster, CA
Marilyn Alma Talley Hawkins 1941 -
Born May 15, 1941 and died on November 11, 1999 age 58. Fresno, CA
Hall of Fame Nurses of
the San Joaquin Valley A lifetime of care
Marilyn Talley Hawkins gave 37 years of her life to health care before
succumbing to breast cancer in 1999. She grew up in Fresno and Santa Maria, and,
according to her parents, Erwin and Audrey Tally, was already, at the age of 4,
“very caring and determined to be a nurse,” just like her aunt. She went
into the nursing program at CSU Fresno right out of high school, graduating in
1962. She also received a master’s from the University of San Francisco in
Hawkins began as a surgical scrub nurse, was a junior college nursing
instructor, school nurse, and hospital supervisor at Sierra Community Hospital.
She was the only nurse on the negotiation team that worked on the merger of
University Hospital and Community Medical Center in Fresno, and took nursing
leadership to a new level as the first female senior vice president, chief
operating officer, and chief nurse executive for Community Medical. In this
role, she led the development of the medical program during construction of
Community’s downtown regional medical center.
Some of her innovative ideas included pushing for nurses to be at the center
of hospital decision-making (before the concept of patient-centered care was a
popular model) and developing the short-stay surgery unit. Her own battle with
breast cancer led her to improve patient delivery systems, such as the Innerlink
model at Sierra.
Highly honored and respected among her peers, Hawkins had a passion for her profession. “She loved nursing and made it a fun job,” her parents say. Lopez adds, “She led with her heart, and looked for leaders with this quality. … You can see a little bit of Marilyn in each employee who worked with her, since she had that level of impact on so many. … From Marilyn’s example, we learned the following: stay true to your values and principles, embrace change, nothing is impossible to achieve, take risks, there is value in teamwork, be there for people, and, finally, you gotta have fun!”
Evelyn Joan High Gheno 1940 - 1999
Born June 10, 1940 died July 1, 1999 age 59. Santa Maria, CA
Evelyn was born in Santa Maria and attended local schools, graduating from Santa Maria High School with the class of '58.
Known as "Grama Joan" to her grandkids and her many day-care children, she provided day care and foster car for many hears. She was awarded the Foster Care Parent of the Year Award. She was also a realtor for 15 years. Joan's favorite past time was attending garage sales with her mother and family. They could be found any Saturday or Sunday shopping for bargains. Joan enjoyed playing Bonco and was also active in Little League and 4-H. Joan never met a stranger. She opened her heart and her home to everyone. She saw the good in everyone and everything. She will be dearly missed by all.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Luciano; mother Bula Fay High; sisters: Barbara Ortiz, Brenda Cuzick and Cindy High; brother Steve High; sons: Danny, Donald, Dave, Ricky, Mark, and Anthony Gheno: daughter Nancy Hutchinson; daughters-in-law: Sandy, Christy, Debbie and Tammy Gheno; grand children: Ashleigh, Samantha, Joseph, Nicholas, Tyler, Devan, Jeaninne, David, Paul, Austyn and Matthew
Joan was preceded in death by her father Edwin High in 1977 and brother Butch High in 1966.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association..
Alfred "Sonny" Rosso 1939 - 1998
Born January 19, 1939 died September 22, 1998 age 59. Guadalupe, CA
FRAZIER PARK - A memorial service will be held at 2:p.m. Saturday oat Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Guadalupe for Al "Bear" Rosso, 59 of Fraizer Park. His remains will be taken care of at a later date by his wife.
Mr. Rosso was a musician and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years Barbara Rosso; son Ronald Edward Rosso of Fontana; stepson Clifford A. Shields III of Fontana; and half brothers Leslie and George Feiock.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Canyons Mortuary in Frazier.
Larry George Chrisman 1940 - 1997
Born February 12, 1940 died November 1997 age 57. Died in Tennessee
Sheila Ann Allee Gilhooly 1940 - 1997
Born July 23, 1940 died May 28, 1997 age 56. Sacramento County, CA
Married David Gilhooly in 1963, divorced in 1983. Four children, David, Andrea, Abi and Peter. She now has 10 grandchildren. Sadly, she did not get to enjoy any of them.
Kenneth Kudron 1941 - 1996
Born January 26, 1941 died September 1, 1996 age 55.
Betty Jean Motley Lansdowne 1940 - 1994
Born December 1, 1940 died February 28, 1994 age 53. Santa Clara County, CA
Marcella Louisa Moreno Tovar 1939 - 1996
Born November 11, 1939 died February 3, 1996 age 56
Richard Lyle York 1940 - 1994
Born March 16, 1940 died December 26, 1994 age 54. Alameda, CA
We don't have an obituary for Richard... but we do have a newspaper article from the Eureka newspaper, March7, 1968
BERKELEY (AP) - The Reverend Richard York will be ordained a priest Saturday at St. Mark's Episcopal church in the area of the Telegraph Avenue hippie communities. He graduated from Espiscopal Church divinity school last June.
Officiating at the services will be the Rt. Rev. Richard Millard, suffragan bishop of the Espiscopal Diocese of California.
The service will feature the music of the Indian sitar, flutes, a special hippie litany and a dinner served by the Digger sect, the hippies who provide food free for other hippies.
Invitations to the ceremony read: "come and bring your celebrating clothes... the liberated zone (kingdom of God) is come."
Roy Lee Carpenter 1938 - 1994
Born November 22, 1938 died December 25, 1994 age 56. Santa Maria, CA
Joyce Elaine Nesmith Bol 1941 - 1993
Born March 20, 1941 died December 12, 1993 age 52. Sonoma County, CA
David Barajas (possibly Gregory?) Hernandez
1940 - 1993
Born October 23, 1940 died February 27, 1993 age 52. Santa Maria, CA
Gary Edwin France 1940 - 1992
Born October 17, 1940 died December 30, 1992 age 51. Santa Barbara, CA
Richard Emery 1938 - 1992
Born January 1, 1938 died September 1992 age 54. Santa Maria, CA
Billy Don Jones
Born in Texas September 12, 1939 and died on March 31, 1992 age 52. Is buried in Arwine Cemetery, Hurst, TX
Rosiano "Roy" Estrada 1939 - 1992
Born April 28, 1939 died February 19, 1992 age 52. Santa Maria, CA
Edwin Dixon Hammond Jr. 1940 - 1989
Born June 29, 1940 died September 22, 1989 age 49. Santa Maria, CA
Doyle Edmond Thomas Jr. 1940 - 1989
Born May 4, 1940 died August 2, 1989 age 49. Santa Maria, CA
Chiyoko Jeanne Henmi 1940 - 1989
Born August 18, 1940 died July 5, 1989 age 48. Santa Maria, CA
John Francis Bettiga 1941 - 1989
Born January 26, 1941 died April 19, 1989 age 48. Santa Maria, CA
John Francis Bettiga was born and raised in Santa Maria and graduated Santa Maria High School in 1958.
He died on April 19, 1989 in Kimberly, Idaho. John is buried at the Santa Maria Cemetery near his Mother and Father.
He attended Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo. He worked for several years in the Allan Hancock College book store as well as Fuller's Stationary Store in Santa Maria.
In 1983, he moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he was assistant manager of the University of Colorado book store and manager of text books for six years.
He had to leave Colorado after he became very ill and, with his wife Kimberly, moved to Kimberly, Idaho.
Vincent Michale Martone 1940 - 1988
Born March 16, 1940 died February 23, 1988 age 47. Santa Maria, CA
Born December 22, 1939 died January 19, 1988 age 48. Tacoma, WA
Ralph Overton Rush Jr. 1939 - 1985
Born November 8, 1939 died August 1985 age 45. Indiana
James Joaquin Robles
1937 - 1983
Born 1937 died 1983 age 46. Santa Maria, CA
Phyllis Jean Boyd Aldrich 1940 - 1982
Born June 28, 1940 died July 22, 1982 age 42. Los Angeles County, CA
Larry Gene Anthony 1939 - 1980
Born 1939 died November 21, 1980 age 40. Santa Maria, CA
Michael C. Barnardo 1940 - 1980
Born March 1, 1940 died April 29, 1980 age 40.
Lindon "Lin" Peder Karo 1940 - 1973
Born September 3, 1940 died March 21, 1973 age 32
A rare form of cancer brought death to the Reverend Lindon Karo, pastor of Salem Baptist Church, New Brighton, Minnesota.
A 1958 graduate of Santa Maria High School, Reverend Karo's story is told in a book, "Adventure in Dying." written by his widow, Nancy, with the help of a St. Paul writer Alvera Mickelsen (Moody Press).
In a letter to the Santa Maria times, Mrs. Karo recounted that she and Lin were married in 1961 and lived in Santa Maria for two years. It was then that Karo went to Minnesota to finish his college and seminary education at Bethel College and Theological Seminar.
Lin was survived by his wife Nancy, sons Steve, Rob and Scott.; his mother and step-father Irma and Ralph Smith of Santa Maria, CA..
Lorna Mae Newman Stone 1940 - 1972
Funeral for Mrs. Lorna M. Stone, 31, of Santa Margarita, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary with the Rev. Dr. Charles N. Gibbs of the First Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Mrs. Stone, was born March 26, 1940, in Nampa, Idaho, and died March 20, 1972 in a San Luis Obispo hospital.
Survivors are her widower, Robert Stone of Santa Margarita; two sons, Larry and Robert Stone, both of Santa Margarita; her mother, Mrs. Sarah Ragains of Galt, and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Mears of Auburn, California.
Friends, if they wish, may make memorials to the American Cancer Society or to the City of Hope.
James Harvey McCoy 1938 - 1965
Born 1938 died April 11, 1965 age 26. Santa Maria, CA
Irene Rovenstine 1941 - 1959
Born April 17, 1941 died April 16, 1959 age 18. Los Angeles County, CA
Boonie Lee Rogers 1940 - 1956
Born 1940 died November 14, 1956 age 16. Santa Maria, CA
John Timberlake No information available.