Theodore Breshears

Theodore Breshears

Theodore Breshears born in Fillmore on March 4, 1934 passed away peacefully in Albany, Oregon on April 8, 2009 after a short battle with brain cancer. Ted served in the Navy for 6 years. In 1969 he remarried to Martha Marino and moved to Oregon. He retired in early Winter 2007 from Long Haul Trucking. He loved fishing and camping.
Ted is survived by his wife Martha, two daughters from previous marriage, Melissa and Andyce and his two brothers, Nathan and Ernie. At the coming Family Reunion in August the family will have a Memorial Service.

Guadalupe “Lupe” Dominguez Ramirez

Guadalupe “Lupe” Dominguez Ramirez

Guadalupe “Lupe” Dominguez Ramirez. Our beloved Nana, passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Nana was 101 years old.

Lupe was born on February 11, 1908 in Santa Paula to Guadalupe Royallas Ruiz Dominguez and Francisco Huandurraga Dominguez. She was the youngest of sixteen children. When Lupe was seven years old, she moved with her family to Piru Canyon. She was a life long Piru resident.

Lupe attended Temescal School from first grade 1916 through seventh grade 1922 in Piru Canyon, where Lake Piru is today, then attended Fillmore Union High School. Lupe worked for Piru Citrus Association for many years.

Lupe is preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Fermin Arroyo Ramirez, and her son in law, Alfred “Fred” Andrew Acosta both of Piru.

Lupe is survived by her daughters: Viola Anne Ramirez Acosta of Piru, Claudina Lucille Ramirez Root (husband Clyde) of Piru; grandchildren, Jeffrey Curtis Acosta, Steve Alfred Acosta, Stephanie Ann Acosta, Lonnie Root and Beck Root all of Piru; great-granchildren, Diana Marie Acosta Thompson (husband Rich), Amber Natividad Acosta, Steve Andrew Acosta, Daniel Acosta, Gwenn Root, Levi Root and Guner Root; great-great-grandchildren, Maya, Madison, Grace, Erica and Cesar.

Nana loved her family, she enjoyed playing the piano for her family and friends. Nana, Tata, Andre and Louie Torres along with Lillie Torres had their own little band called the Piru Ramblers. They enjoyed playing for the community. Nana enjoyed quilting and sewing and would make her family quilts. She enjoyed sewing little things she would learn at the then Piru Senior Center. Nana had a special way about her. She had an unconditional love of family and would wonder how the animals like the deer were getting along in the canyons with the little rain we would have. Nana was loved so very much and will be dearly missed. Her favorite saying was “One day at a time” - that’s all we have.

A very special thank you to Roze Room Hospice of the Valley, Laurie, Osa, and Andrea who played the guitar to her when she passed from this life to Our Lord. Thank you!

A Celebration of Lupe’s life will be held Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 11:30am at Piru United Methodist Church, 3875 Center Street, Piru, Ca. Interment will follow at Piru District Cemetery in Piru. Family and friends are welcome to visit from 10-11am prior to the funeral.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services. For further information please call (805) 229-7054.

Ronald Cardona Herrera

Ronald Cardona Herrera

With deep sadness in we announce the passing of Ronald Cardona Herrera, 59 who left a void in our hearts on Sunday, April 19, 2009.

Ronald was born in Ventura CA. on March 9, 1950 to Frank and Jennie Herrera. He truly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family. What brought joy in his heart and a smile to his face was spoiling his grandchildren and making sure they all knew he was the best grandpa. Mr. Herrera was a Dodgers Fan at heart he enjoyed watching them on TV or going to Dodger Stadium. His other hobbies were listening to music; especially his oldies and Creedence Clearwater C.D.’s.

-We love you so much and will never forget you. You will forever be in our hearts.

He was preceded in death by his father Frank V. Herrera and daughter Veronica Herrera.

He is survived by Mother Jennie C. Herrera, brother Frank Herrera, sister Christina Gomez all of Fillmore. Son Frank Ronald “Butch” Herrera, daughters Samantha Galvan of Santa Paula and Brandy Estrella (Husband Jorge) of Fillmore. Grandchildren Violet Veronica Herrera, Shyanne Galvan, Daniel Ladd, Ashley Galvan, Alista Jue, Elena and Emma Estrella and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 23rd from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Skillin Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, Ca 93015. Funeral service will be Friday, April 24th at 1:00 P.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, with interment to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery, 1698 S. Sespe st. Fillmore, Ca 93015. Arrangements under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, (805) 524-0744.

Abraham F. Nolasco

Abraham F. Nolasco, 48, of Ventura and Porterville Counties passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from an illness that took away his life leaving behind three kids, a wife, two sisters, four brothers and also his loving mother. He is now with his father with whom he wanted to be with, he passed away 11 years ago, May he find peace. Abraham was born on October 9, 1960 in Juan Hose Rios, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Abraham was a family man and enjoyed gambling at casinos. He also loved soccer, traveling and was a very handy man.

His visitation took place on April 2, 2009 from 5-8pm with a rosary that was recited at 7:00 P.M. at the Skillin Carroll Chapel in Fillmore. A funeral mass was held for him on Friday, April 3, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore, and internment immediately followed at Bardsdale Cemetery. Arrangments under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015. 805/524-0744

Irene Real Kutbach

Irene Real Kutbach

Irene Real Kutbach passed away peacefully on March 15, 2009 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family and friends. Irene was a born in Fillmore, CA on July 25, 1924 to loving parents, Joe and Lillie Real. She was a resident of Ventura County residing in Piru and Fillmore for over 84 years.
Our Mother loved her family and friends, her arms and heart were open too everyone she touched and she was “Mom” to many. Her home hosted many Barbeques, get together’s and the infamous Friday night “Board Meetings” She loved to dance, first one on the dance floor and the last one to leave. She was very special to many people in so many ways.
She was the second oldest of eleven close net siblings, who she loved and cared for dearly, Elma Ponce husband Raymond, Virgie Ortiz husband Fred, Lucile Fort husband Larry, Emily Cervantez husband Pete and George Real wife Mary. Her sons, daughters and their spouses survive her. Frank and Annie Lozano, William Kutbach, Samuel and Patsy Torres, Kathy Kutbach, Macario and Patty Torres, Margaret Willis, Augie Kutbach, Ricky Kutbach, Hilda Hoffman and Manny and Colette Golson. She was blessed with 30 Grandchildren, 44 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great, Great Grandchildren.
Irene is presided in death by her parents, husband Ernest Kutbach, sons, Ernest Kutbach Jr, Eddie Lozano, George Kutbach, and brothers, Joe, Alex, Billy, Dickie, and Freddie Real.
The Family would like to give special thanks to all who loved and cared for Irene and who have helped us in our hour of need.
Viewing will be held, on Friday, March 20, at Skillin – Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore from 9 am to 11:30, with Rosary at 10 am. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 pm at Saint Frances Church in Fillmore with burial following immediately at Bardsdale Cemetery.

Nelson Somers

Nelson Somers

Fillmore has lost a prominent rancher who spent his life conducting business based on “his word and a handshake.” Nelson Somers suffered a fatal heart attack on February 21, 2009. A lifelong resident of Ventura County, he was born in Santa Paula on August 27, 1944.

Beginning his farming/ranching career in high school, Nelson married his high school sweetheart, Barbara, almost 44 years ago. Together they raised three sons and became a vital part of the community. Nelson was well-known for his custom farming and became a successful, well-respected rancher. His love of the land expanded to Oregon, where he pursued the development of hay and cattle ranches. He always looked forward to the family “working vacations” in Oregon. His many loyal and long-time employees were “like family” to him. He was an animal-lover who could be spotted with his devoted Dalmatian, Dottie, by his side in his truck.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and sons, Nelson Jr., Chris, and Shannon, all of Fillmore, as well as his nephew and wife, Dave and Sherri Wright, and their children, Riley and Hayden, also of Fillmore.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28, at Skillin Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore. As Nelson would have insisted, casual ranch dress is appropriate.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to honor Nelson’s memory through a donation to the charity of your choice.

Raymond Beserra

Raymond Beserra

Raymond Beserra, 50, of Fillmore died February 20, 2009 at Community Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born September 23, 1958 in Pomona and had been a resident of Ventura County for over 27 years. He worked in the family business, California Watercress, in Fillmore as a truck driver for over 30 years.
Raymond enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed collecting Eagles and Elvis memorabilia. And those who knew him very well knew that he idolized and also thought he was Elvis at times. He loved attending NASCAR races. He also enjoyed being photographed and going fishing. He enjoyed spending "Special" moments with his mom and dad. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ramon and Teresa Beserra and Teresa Perez.
He is survived by his loving wife Lorraine Beserra of 25 years. His parents Alfred and Teresa Beserra. Children; Bonnie Beserra (Mark), Bernadette Beserra (David), Bodine Beserra (Angel) Bianca Beserra (Angel), Bernice Beserra (Robert), Brenda Becerra (Angel), Brandy Luna (Jaime), Mark Valenzuela, and Joshua Valenzuela (Lily). Sisters; Cathy King (Bobby), Susan Barbera (Ricardo) and Lilian Beserra. Brothers; Alfred Beserra (Lorie), Leonard Beserra (Michelle) and Alex Beserra and 28 grandchildren, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A rosary will be recited on Tuesday, February 24 at 8:00 P.M. at San Salvador Mission Church in Piru. A Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 25 at 10:00 at San Salvador Mission Church with burial immediately following at Bardsdale Cemetery in Fillmore.

Mason Jeffery Dollar

Mason Jeffery Dollar

Mason Jeffery Dollar - November 1, 2004-February 15, 2009. Mason was born November 1st, 2004 at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. Mason leaves behind parents, Christopher and Kristen Dollar, sister Hayley age 16 and brother Garrett age 6 of Fillmore, Ca. He also survived by his grandparents, David and Susan Dollar of Fillmore, Ca. and Rick and Jan Koester of Arroyo Grande, Ca. He had two great grandmothers, Zola Hadley and Audrey Koester. He had several aunts and uncles. They are Matt and Magaly Dollar, Almee and Jason Smith; Tim and Chrissy Koester; Jeff and Laura Koester. Cousins Madison, Payton, Ben, Jack and Karli will miss playing with him.

Mason was rather shy little boy with an impish grin. He was looking forward to playing T-ball for the first time this spring. He has been describe by his cousins as a little shy but easy to play with and very sweet and loving. He especially loved animals and had learned a great deal about many of them. Both Niko, his beloved dog and Hap, Grammy and Papa Dollar’s dog will miss his daily love and kisses.

He attended Saint Francis of Assisi pre-school. He will be missed by Sister Paul-Marie, Miss Maggie and Mr. Vidal Mason loved school and made many wonderful friends this year. His happy disposition and love of life was contagious. He always had a smile for everyone.

His brother Garrett will miss all the time he and Mason spent playing games, building with legos and watching Scooby-Do & Sponge Bo. Dad will miss his pecial good-night time with Mason. We love you Mason Moo-Moo.

His sudden, accidental death leaves a void in the lives of family and friends who knew and loved him and their lives will never be the same. Mason we love you to infinity and beyond.

The family has received abundant love, support and prayers during this difficult time. Fillmore is a fantastic place to live- God bless you all.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Pre-School or a charity of your choice.

An Open Mic will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary from 11:00 – 1:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be at St. Francis Assisi Church at 2:00 P.M. with burial to follow at Bardsdale Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, 600 N. Central Ave., Fillmore, Ca 93015.

Julian H. Rangel

Julian H. Rangel, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on February 15, 2009 at the age of 90 with his loved ones at his side. Julian was born June 19, 1918 in San Pedro, California to his loving parents Felipe and Antonina Rangel. He was one of eleven children. He spent his 89 years of life in Piru, California, where he grew up and raised a family. He worked for Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association where he retired after working for 43 years as a field foreman.
He had many hobbies which included fishing down at Crowley Lake, hunting in the canyons of Piru, and enjoying hosting many BBQ’s with family and friends, many wonderful memories of him were made at these BBQ’s. He was also known for his canning of olives and chilies and making his jerky. He loved to take drives down to Piru Lake with his grandchildren and sit and share stories of his past, this was one of his get away places.
Julian has touched the lives of many people and has been part of many memories. He was a kind man, happy, out going and very well respected in his community. He had a big heart and will be missed dearly.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Margaret Rangel, their daughter, Delfina Beltran (Mommy) her husband John; his brothers, Tommy Rangel, Lupe Rangel and Johnny Rangel, his sister Jennie; his granddaughter, Charlene Montelongo her husband Martin; his grandson, Brent Beltran; also his great-granddaughter, Shyanne Nunez her husband Rigo and his great-grandson, Ryan Montelongo.
Why did you have to go and die?
I don’t want to have to say goodbye.
God must have thought you were very special to take you away,
but couldn’t have waited just another day?
God’s looking after you now,
High, high up in the sky,
Up there in heaven where all the angels lie,
You wouldn’t have wanted us to make a fuss,
After all, you’re still down here with all of us.
Just because we can’t see you, doesn’t mean you’re not here
I know you are somewhere very, very near.
I love you so much but I know it is time to say
Goodbye Julian.
Rest in Peace you will always and forever be missed
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 10:00a.m. at San Salvador Catholic Church in Piru, California. Interment to follow at Piru District Cemetery in Piru, California.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the family owned and operated Garcia Mortuary, 629 South “A” Street, Oxnard, California. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.

Ramona Constance Ortega Golson

Ramona Constance Ortega Golson

Ramona Constance Ortega Golson (Feb 17,1923- Feb 09, 2009)
Ramona passed away into Gods hands, on February 9th, 2009. She was one of 13 children born to Amanda and Ignacio Ortega. She was preceded in death by her husband Lee W of over 50 years. Her daughters Pauline, Mary Margaret, her son's Jerry, Anthony and Lee Golson Jr., Her siblings Jennie Ruiz, Joe Ortega and Victor Ortega.
Ramona was born, raised, married and worked most of her life in Piru, California. She retired from the Piru Citrus Asso.
She will always be remembered for her love of her large extended family, her willingness to forgive and for her ability to enjoy life, when life was not always a joy. She will be fondly remembered by all those whose life she enriched.
She leaves behind a loving family; her son's Ronald, Patrick, Daniel and Timothy. Daughters Lydia Lopez, Cindy Lopez and Valerie Villa, 23 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 1 great- great granddaughter, all of whom she loved very much. She also leaves behind her brothers Angel and Henry (Hank) Ortega. Sisters Mary Rangel, Connie Ruiz, Catherine Cervantez and Delfina Ortega.
Her last joy was being able to share in a 5th generational photo this past January. She held her great- great granddaughter Azaria Rose Aguilar.
Rosary-Memorial services will be held at 6pm, at San Salvador church Piru, Ca on Friday February 13th. Mass will be held at San Salvador church Piru at 10am Saturday February 14th father Barney presiding.
Internment will be at the Piru cemetery on Saturday February 14th following mass.
Anyone wishing to honor Ramona may do so by donating to the American Alzheimer Association in Ventura County in her name.

Bernice Othea Lander

Long time resident of Bardsdale, Bernice Othea Lander has passed away in Reno, Nevada, on January 25,2009
Bernice was born and raised on the family citrus ranch in Bardsdale. She graduated from Fillmore High School in 1938. In January of 1942 she married Bob Lander, they continued to live on the ranch until the time of his passing in 2004. Bernice moved to Fallon, Nevada with her daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Will Smith until the time of her passing after a short illness.
Bernice is survived by her daughter and son-in-law; son and daughter-in-law Bill and Donna Lander of Orangevale, CA.; grandsons Mark and Lisa Lander of Virginia; Todd and Heather Lander of Texas; great-grandchildren Colten Lander and Markelle Lander; sister Aletha Courtice of San Gabriel.
Preceded in death by her parents; brother Harold LeBard; husband Bob Lander.
Graveside services will be held at 10:A M on Friday, January 30, 2009 at the Bardsdale Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Gardens Funeral Home 2949 Austin Highway Fallon, NV 89406 775 423-8928

Virginia Lee Redding

Virginia Lee Redding, 65, of Piru, died Saturday, January 24, 2009, in Abilene, Texas. She was born September 9, 1943, in Santa P aula, California, to Hubert Howell Redding and Ollie Lee Beall. She is survived by her son, Robert Vance McCloud, and grandson, Colton Alan McCloud, both of Piru, and her siblings, Ross Redding (wife Sharon) of Chico, Texas, Stanley Redding of Abilene, Linda Rogers (husband Danny) of Abilene, Nancy Sharpe of Abilene, Diana Reed (husband Richard) of Abilene, and Fred Redding (wife Sachie) of Torrance, California, along with 19 nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, January 27, at 2 P.M., at Elmcrest Baptist Church, Abilene, Texas. Burial planned for Bardsdale Cemetery, Fillmore, California. She may be gone, but will always remain in our hearts.

James W. Whitman

James W. Whitman

James W. Whitman, Sr. passed away quietly in his sleep on January 21, 2009 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 74 years old. James is survived by his wife of 47 years Linda, five children and their spouses James (Jill), Stephen (Lynn), Terry (Steve), Jean (Adrian), and Chrissy, five grandchildren, Phillip James, Shaughn, Kellie, Nathan & Adam, and his mother Naomi.

James and his wife Linda have resided in Fillmore for the last five years, following Linda's retirement from CHP in 2003. They lived in the Northeast Los Angeles/ Glendale area for the other 42 years of their marriage where they raised their five beautiful children.

Services to be held at The Church of the Recessional, at Forest Lawn Glendale in Glendale, Ca. January 31, 2009 at 12 noon. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Jim's name to the American Cancer Society.

Leila Joy Rogers

Leila Joy Rogers

Leila Joy Rogers passed away peacefully in her home with her family by her side on January 16, 2009 after a year long battle with cancer. She was 77 years old.
A life long resident of Fillmore, she was born January 28, 1931 to William and Florence Brockus, who preceded her in death.
Joy will be deeply missed by her husband of 58 years, Kenneth Rogers; her three children, Rebecca Eller (husband, Tom) of Arroyo Grande, Kenneth Rogers, Jr. (wife, Martha) of Fillmore, and Philip Rogers of Fillmore; her four grandchildren, Marie Haase (husband, Brian), Amy Rogers, Kelly Rogers, and Katie Rogers; her two great grandchildren, Carson Haase, and Austin Haase; and her two brothers, Bill Brockus of Glendale, Utah, and Ed Brockus of Glendale, Utah.
As a young woman, she worked for the phone company. Much of her life was dedicated to lovingly care for her family. She was a graduate of Fillmore High School, where she learned to enjoy writing. The computer provided her with much joy and satisfaction in being able to correspond with friends and family. For many years she was the class representative for Fillmore High School Class of 1948 and the class representative for her husband Kenneth's graduating class, the Fillmore High School Class of 1946. As the class representative, she was responsible for organizing both of their annual class reunions. She particularly enjoyed contacting class members and writing the class newsletter summarizing each of their travels, activities, and events.
Genealogy was a great interest of hers. It is her detailed research and documentation that has allowed the family to understand where they came from and who they are. She was notably proud of her Scottish heritage.
Joy and her husband Kenneth were in the cattle ranching business for quite a few years and were active members of the cattle ranching community in Ventura County. The memories of the camaraderie of the cattle round ups and barbecues are something that family and friends will treasure.
She will be remembered as a woman of great integrity and fairness, always ready with a smile and a helping hand. Joy will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Hospice for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in her name to Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice.
Memorial services will be held at the Bardsdale Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2009.

Dennis Bashford

Dennis Bashford

February 9th, 1940 – January 13, 2009.
Dennis Bashford, 68, was a longtime resident of Fillmore. Dennis went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2009, after a lengthy struggle with CREST Disease. He was born in Webster City, Iowa. He moved to California in 1948, along with his parents William and Arlene Bashford and his brother Jack. They lived in Montebello and later moved to El Monte where he graduated from El Monte High School. He attended Pasadena City College and Los Angeles Technical Trade School majoring in printing. He worked in the printing industry for 13 years.
Dennis Bashford met Elaine Murry through mutual friends while still in high school and married in 1959. They had two children, Denise and Donna. The family enjoyed fishing, waterskiing, sightseeing, camping. They were always involved with family and friends both at home and on outings. The girls were involved with FFA and Girl Scouts, which Dennis enjoyed helping out. For many years he and his wife, Elaine, traveled throughout the world. Many trips were taken with their children, grandchildren, and friends while also making new friends along the way; many of whom have kept contact through the years. He was an avid fisherman and shared his passion with his grandchildren and many others. He was also a Member of the Fillmore Lions club, including past President.
Wanting to move to the Ventura County area, he purchased the Fillmore Western Auto Store in 1972 and was the proprietor until 1976 when he sold the business. An insurance representative mentioned to him that he would be good at selling insurance because of his friendly disposition. After consideration, he thought of giving it a try. He was a leading producer of casualty insurance for years. In 1980, he was offered a position at 3M in customer relations. He accepted and traveled on the West Coast for years until transferring to the Plant in Camarillo. 3M later became Immation and continued the manufacturing aspect of 3M. Dennis stayed on with Immiation. He retired in 2000. Through the years, Dennis was also instrumental in restoring houses which were sold to low income families. He took great pride in doing this.
Dennis was a member of the Faith Community Church. He shared in the enthusiasm of preparing meals for the Mariners dinners and home visits of people during difficult times. He transported the Youth Group during their trip to Hume Lake, which was very enjoyable for him. He appreciated the friendship of the members and felt they were very special and giving people.
The family wishes to thank all who have responded so warmly. A special thanks to all at Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles for their excellent and compassionate care of Dennis. Their devotion and outstanding skill enriched Dennis’ life during his final weeks. Dennis was able to thank the doctors and nurses for the care and comfort they provided him before passing. He was incredibly thankful. Dennis always kept a positive and pleasant outlook knowing he would be welcome in the house of the Lord.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elaine; daughter, Denise Ables of Santa Maria; two grandchildren, Mellissa Ables, of Ventura and Lindsay Ables; great grandchild, Hailie Ables Howland of Paso Robles; daughter Donna Hanna and her husband Azar; grandchildren, Christopher, Andrea, Stephen and Brent of Fremont, California. Brother, Jack Bashford and wife, Mary of El Monte; three children, Robyn, husband Frank Lemos; children Austin, Mckenzie, and Katie of El Monte; Eric Bashford, wife Laurie; daughter, Abigail of El Monte; Monica Bashford; daughter Sienna of El Monte. Brother, William Bashford, wife Susie; sons Jayson and Jerimy of Whittier. Dennis also leaves behind many friends good friends which he has been in contract with for many years. He truly is missed.
The memorial service will be held Saturday, January 24th, 2009 at 10:30am at Faith Community Church, 355 D Street, Fillmore. Mark Rathe officiating.

Winfred L. Hill

Winfred L. Hill

Winfred L. Hill resident of Fillmore for 54 years died peacefully at his home on January 13, 2009. He was born at Mt. Ida, Arkansas May 9, 1922.
Winfred served in the Army Air Foce during World War II. He was especially proud of his time in the Fairbanks, Alaska testing cold weather bombs.
He obtained his B.S. from Arkansas College in 1953 and his Master’s from Arizona State in 1954. His first year of teaching was in Watts, California and then in 1955 he came to Fillmore and taught Jr. High until he retired in June 1983.
Winfred was a devoted member of the Presbyterian Church from childhood and continued his membership in the Fillmore Presbyterian Church and Fillmore Bible Church. He attended Faith Community Church after the two churches merged until his health declined. Through the years he served as an elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher and head usher.
Winfred from youth on loved fishing. After his retirement he found a new voice in writing poetry. His prize possession was the large note book of his poems of which have been published in the local papers and recited at church. His poems show his love of God, family, and friends and reveal his country wit.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Evelyn; 2 sons, Dr. John Hill of San Diego and Douglass Leon Hill of Fraizer Park; 2 daughters, Susan Hill of Oceanside and Nancy Hill of Camarillo and and their spouses: Ann Hill, Cherry Hill, Kathleen Helms, and Randy Beucus. Winfred was a proud grandfather to Jeffrey David Hill of Fresno, Emily Hill of San Diego, Raegan Thompson, Dariss Hill and Ian Douglas Hill of Fraizer Park. Also an aunt Dell Pepper of Glenwood, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lora Hill; father Henry Hill, and step brother, Max Brooks
A viewing will be held on Monday, Janurary 19, 2009 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at the Skillin Carroll Chapel. Internment will be on Tuesday, Janurary 20 at 11:00 A.M. at Bardsdale Cemetery 1698 S. Sespe St, Fillmore. A memorial service will be held at Faith Community Church of Fillmore on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Fillmore Unified School District, 627 Sespe Ave Fillmore, CA 93015 Ph: (805) 524-6000 Or to The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. 135 Parkinson Avenue Staten Island, New York 10305. Tel: 1-800-223-2732. Arrangements under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary 600 N. Central Ave. Fillmore, Ca 93015 (805) 524-0744.

Julie Simshauser

Julie Simshauser

Julie was all about love and caring. She loved and cared deeply about all things family, and she was committed and continuous about showing that love. She was a devoted soul mate and partner to husband Duane for over 40 years. She was a loving and nurturing mother to her three children, as well as a caring and dedicated grandmother, sister, sister-in-law and aunt.
She was a friend to hundreds of people. If one includes her former students, that number becomes thousands. Her circles of friends include classmates grade one to twelve and the Class of 1960 at Fillmore High School; the community of Bardsdale Methodist Church; classmates at Fresno State University Class of 1964; the educational community of Ventura—where she taught for 36 years; her P.E.O. sisters of Ventura, Fillmore, and later of Mt. Vernon, Washington; friends she made while breeding Golden Retrievers—involving herself in dog obedience, dog agility, animal rescue, and Canine Companions spay and neuter clinics. She was involved in the art community of Ventura County and of Northwest Washington. And, she loved her dogs, of which there have been many.
She was an accomplished seamstress, loved to knit, read mystery novels, travel, and cook.
Her deep-rooted sense of humor and positive attitude was infectious. She managed to hang onto it even through her illness.
She followed politics closely, and lived and practiced compassion before the word became tarnished.
In order to find a cause and/or a cure for CJD, a rare and devastating disease, contributions could be made to:National Prion Disease Pathology Surveillance Center Case Reserve University 2085 Adelbert Road Rm 419 Cleveland, Ohio 44106 attn: Danielle Cuthbertson The CJD Foundation 286 Cleveland-Massillon Rd Suite N Akron, Ohio 44333.

Harry “Sam” Myers

Harry “Sam” Myers

Harry “Sam” Myers passed away Friday evening, December 19th ,surrounded by his friends and family.
He preceded in death by his parents Dutch Myers and Bill and Estelle Johnson.
He is survived by his brothers and their spouses Larry (Barbara) and Tom (Debbie). His wife of 37 years, Beverly and their two children and their spouses Roni (Holly) Troxler and Jake (Kristen) Myers. He also leaves behind four grandchildren Madison, Marcus and Ryan Myers and Dakota Troxler.
Sam served his country in the Army in Vietnam and worked in the Oil Industry for 27 years. He retired in 2007 from the County of Ventura road maintenance division after 10 years of service. Sam’s family would like to offer thanks to the staff at Ventura County Medical Center, Dr.s Owendijke, Gaal, Rowley and especially Dr. Mike M. Tushla and Dr. Gail Simpson. A special Thank you also goes out to Danny Torres and all of Sam’s friends and family. A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 26 at 12:00 P.M. at Bardsdale Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers Donations may be made to your favorite Charity would be appreciated.
Life is not a journey to the grave,
With the intention of arriving safely,
In a pretty and well preserved body,
But rather to skid in broadside
Thoroughly used up,
Totally worn out and proclaiming,
“Wow, what a ride!!!”

Brenda Cone

Brenda Cone

It is with great sadness that we are announcing the sudden passing of Brenda S. Cone, our loving wife, mother and grandmother. She went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday December 11th, 2008.

She was born May 1, 1956 to James and Wanda Cummings. She was the oldest of eight siblings. She was a Fillmore High graduate. Brenda had various occupations including being a caregiver. She enjoyed helping and taking care of others.

Brenda’s passion in life was taking care of her grandchildren. “Nana”-will always hold the biggest place in their hearts! Everyday of her life was spent with the,. She loved her family and always put them first. She worked very hard to make life good for them. She was a kind, loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.

Brenda is survived by her husband Gary Cone of 34 years, her daughter Keri and Husband Richard Oropeza, daughter Kelly Cone, and four grandchildren: Alyx and Avian Oropeza, Elizabeth and Jaeli Ruiz, also her three sisters Judy Bass of Las Vegas, Nevada, Eva Watson and Audry Gonzales of Oklahoma.

She will be greatly missed by her family, and our world will never be the same without her. A memorial service was held Tuesday December 16, 2008 at First Baptist Church 1057 First St. Fillmore CA. 93015 Reception following the memorial service.

Kathleen M. Nash

Kathleen M. Nash

Kathleen M. Nash, 92, known as Katie, passed away peacefully with family by her side on December 4th, 2008. She was born on January 20, 1916 in Connersville, Indiana to Robert & Julia Wilkerson.
While growing up, Katie worked a few jobs but it was while working at Crown Laundry in the Finishing Department that she met the love of her life, Alfred. They were married on June 19th, 1938 at the Crown Laundry ranch in Jennings County which was said to be the social event of the summer. While Katie stayed at home as a homemaker, Alfred went into the Army.
In 1951, they moved to Fillmore and started attending the Assembly of God Church while raising their son. She loved helping other people and became a Sunday School Teacher and spent countless hours with the Women’s Ministries and even found time to volunteer as a Pink Lady for the Fillmore Convalescent Home.
Throughout her entire life, Katie was always a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to everybody. She always had a smile on her face and never spoke badly of anyone. She loved when relatives would visit and never said no to babysit her nieces or granddaughters. They were her pride and joy and she was ours. She never got mad because she loved her life and the people in it.
In 2003, after 65 years of marriage, her husband Alfred L. Nash, went to be with our Lord and Savior and Katie went to live in Pinion Hills, California with family. They cared for her for the last 5 years until she went to Knolls West Convalescent Center. She was our Angel here on earth and now she is our Guardian Angel in heaven. She will be greatly missed by all of us.
Katie is survived by her son Thomas Arnett, granddaughters Lori (Ray) Medrano, Diane Arnett; sister-in-laws Donna (Gary) Nash, Kitty Wilkerson; numerous nieces and nephews and 5 great-grandchildren and many friends. The family would like to thank the staff at Knolls West Convalescent Center in San Bernardino County for their exceptional care of Katie.
A viewing was held on Monday, December 8th from 5pm to 8pm at the Skillin Carroll Mortuary in Fillmore. Graveside services will be ministered by her nephew Paul Long at the Bardsdale Cemetery on Tuesday, December 9th at 2:00 pm. Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary.

Our Angel
You left our side to return home,
The light inside you had always shone.
A whispered thought and gentle tear,
When in our minds you are always near.
One of God's Angels you've become,
But then again, you were always one.
Take your flight then rest your wings,
It's our turn now to care for things.