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Violet Elinor Boise
Violet Elinor Boise, 80, passed away on Dec. 29, 2001, at her home in Ojai, after a lengthy illness. She was surrounded by her loving family. Violet was born June 7, 1921, in San Diego, Calif. She was an avid reader her entire life, with a great understanding of world and current events, always eager to discuss them. She had a love of gardening, family and a great sense of humor. She always lived with a strong spiritual belief, as did her family, which is a blessing of peace with her passing. Violet is survived by her devoted husband, George; daughters, Louise and husband, Ron Konstanzer of Ojai, and April Sodeman of Valley Center and husband, Paul Sodeman of Escondido; grandchildren, Jeff Konstanzer, Shelley DeLano of Ojai, Greg, David, Steven and Brian Sodeman of Valley Center; and brother, Fred Young of Altadena. The family wishes to thank the loving and excellent care given Violet by her caregivers. Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society and memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association; or your favorite charity.

Ramona Ayala Vargas
Ramona Ayala Vargas, 69 of Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico, graciously returned to her Heavenly Father on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, after a short and courageous battle with leukemia. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Ramona was born Aug. 10, 1932, to Casimiro and Paulina Ayala. She worked at La Chileria for over 41 years. In 1955, she met the love of her life and married him, and started their family in Oxnard. Ramona loved to cook and feed everyone who walked through her door. She loved to travel and did much of it in her retirement, with numerous trips to Laughlin, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Mexico, with Chavito always at her side. She is preceded in death by her parents, Casimiro and Paulina Ayala; brother, Raphael Ayala; and sister, Guadalupe Vasquez. Ramona is survived by her "Honey'' of 45 years, Salvador Vargas; loving daughters and sons-in-law, Jennie and Robert Dolan, Alicia and Peter Zuniga, and Stela and Andy Melendez; six granddaughters that she cherished, Christy and Monique Zuniga, Monica and Laura Dolan, and Marisa and Michelle 'Cachito' Melendez; and sister, Maria Luna. She will always be remembered by her family, friends and neighbors, whom she touched. She will always live in our hearts. A special "thank you'' to the caring staff of UCLA Medical Center at 8 East and 10 East, to all her friends and family for all their support and prayers. May God Bless You All. You all now have one more angel in heaven watching over you. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Garcia Mortuary Chapel in Oxnard, with a rosary being recited at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Oxnard. The Holy Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Oxnard. Internment will follow at Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.

Vital William Bisbee
Vital William Bisbee, 79, of Ventura, died Dec. 13, 2001, at Community Memorial Hospital, after a short illness. "Bill" Bisbee was born Jan. 14, 1922, in Saint Louis, Mo. He lived in Saint Louis, Ventura and the Bay area. He had been a Ventura resident since 1969. During World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, he served in the Merchant Marines. During World War II, he survived the sinking of a merchant ship by a U-Boat in the North Atlantic. He retired from Keystone Tankship Corp. as a chief engineer in 1984. He enjoyed cars, reading and his grandson, Clint. He is survived by his wife, Nancy of Ventura; son, Matthew of Clearfield, Utah; sisters, Patsy Robinson of Dallas, Texas, Mary Katherine Grant of Tuolumne, Calif., and Suzie Wickstrom of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brother, Farnsworth Bisbee of Media, Pa.; grandson, Matthew Clint Bisbee of Clearfield, Utah; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the direction of the Charles Carroll Funeral Homes of Ventura.

Joe Talmadge Bryant
Joe Talmadge Bryant, 87, of Ventura, passed away Dec. 10, 2001, of complications from advanced Alzheimer's. He was born in De Leons Springs, Fla., spent his teen years in Texas, his working years on Cecil B. DeMille's yacht, "Seaward" and Todd Shipyard in San Pedro. He has lived in Ventura for the last 10 years. Joe's hobbies included painting, travel, writing and home projects. His love of the sea is reflected in many of his paintings. His travels included Alaska, British Columbia, Haiti, Cuba, Japan, Hawaii and extensive travel in the United States. He will be remembered by those who knew and loved him for his sense of humor and wit, his steadfastness, his charm, his love of beauty and nature, and his willingness to reach out to those in need. He is survived by his wife, Doris I. Bryant; sons, Joe Talmadge Bryant III of Long Beach and James Franklin Bryant of Red Bluff; grandson, Joe Talmadge Bryant IV of Anaheim; niece, Louise Ketchum of Westlake Village; and nephews, Joe Allen Bryant of Iowa and Robert Goon of Santa Monica. There will be private memorial observances and his ashes will be scattered at a later time, at a place to be determined by his two sons.

Cline A. Skeeters
Cline A. Skeeters, 82, of Oak View, passed from this life on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at Ojai Valley Hospital. Cline was born Feb. 19, 1919, in Salem, Mo., and had been a resident of Ventura County for over 74 years. He grew up in Ventura and graduated from Ventura High School. He retired from Vetco Offshore Inc., in 1981, finishing his career there as a procurement agent in the research and development department. He earned his private pilot's license in his late 50s and loved flying. He was also an avid golfer. He was loved and admired by his family and many friends. Cline was preceded in death by his parents, Artie and Mabel Skeeters; and brother, Eugene Skeeters. Cline is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Skeeters; sister, Dorothy Smead; son, Jim Skeeters and daughter-in-law, Pamela; daughter, Karen McEntee and son-in-law, George; grandchildren, Kimberly, Kendall, David, Annie, Kerri, Chris and Miranda; and great-grandchildren, Lauren, Ryan and Makaio. Cline's family is celebrating his long and happy life. Interment will be private.

Karen Caleen Benton Womack
Karen Caleen Benton Womack passed away Dec. 7, 2001, in San Francisco. Karen was born at Luke Air Force Base on March 12, 1959, in Phoenix, Ariz., to her parents, Della Josephine Raven and Wallis Lee Benton. She grew up in California surrounded by her sisters, Kathy and Donna, and her brother, Bill. Karen later moved to San Francisco, where she met and married her husband, Tim Womack. There they blossomed as artists and were certified by the City and County of San Francisco Art Commission to sell their artwork. Karen and Tim brought two beautiful children into the world, Shoshone and Brett. Shone and Brett have followed in their parents' creative footsteps. Shone is a gifted writer, who has contributed her writings to newsletters. Brett is an experienced actor, who has had starring and supporting roles in numerous plays at various venues. Her children were the joy of her life and she loved them dearly. Karen was making transitions in her life which were demanding, yet hopeful and positive. She had recently completed course work at Bryman College and was finishing her internship at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco. This was a hard fought accomplishment and all in her family were extremely proud of her. Karen was also growing in her faith and had been baptized in April of this year into the Roman Catholic Church. The Christian Community of the Star of the Sea in the diocese of San Francisco, joyfully welcomed her and recognized in Karen the beautiful and sensitive person that she was. In addition to leaving behind her children, husband, mother, sister and brother, she will be missed by her many nephews and nieces, extended family members and friends, all who have been blessed by having had Karen in their lives. There can be comfort in knowing that Karen is at home with her sister, Kathy, and that together they are in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father. Arrangements are under the direction of Pierce Bros. Valley Oaks Mortuary in Westlake Village.

William J. Neidig
William J. Neidig, 68, a resident of Westlake Village, passed away Dec. 9, 2001, after a battle with cancer. Mr. Neidig was born Nov. 27, 1933, in New York. He served in the U.S. Army in New York and Germany. In 1990, he retired from the New York Telephone Co. (NYNEX) after 33 years of service. He moved to Westlake Village in 1995, where his love of golf had him out several times a week playing different courses. His love of golf was exceeded only by his devotion to family. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Joan; daughter, Susan Pardo (Maurice); son, David Neidig (Carole); grandchildren, Lianna, Connor and Kaylee; sister, Edith Ondras (Vince); many nieces and nephews and their families; step-children, Bill, Robert, Bette, Barbara and Bonnie and their families; golf buddies and many friends. A graveside service was held Dec. 11, at Valley Oaks and a Celebration of Life service immediately followed at Westlake Lutheran Church.

Sherman Day Tichenor
Sherman Day Tichenor, 97, of Simi Valley, passed away Dec. 9, 2001, after a lengthy illness. Sherman was born May 2, 1904, in San Francisco, Calif. He had been a resident of Barstow, Calif., for 33 years, before moving to Simi Valley 10 years ago, to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren. Sherman is survived by his wife, Mary of Simi Valley; daughter and son-in-law, Ali and Jerry Sweeney of Simi Valley; grandchildren, Jeremy Michael and Kaitlyn Marie Sweeney of Simi Valley and Aryn Day Sweeney of Houston, Texas; and nieces, Miriam Hagensen of Vancouver, Wash. and Virginia Carmichael of Ryderwood, Wash. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at Mead Mortuary Chapel in Barstow, Calif. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Barstow, with burial to follow at Mt. View Memorial Park in Barstow. Donations may be made to the Knight of Columbus, Frey Garcis Council 1830, Barstow, CA. Services are under the direction of Mead Mortuary, Barstow, CA.

Juan S. Cisneros
Juan S. Cisneros, 73, of Port Hueneme, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at St. John's Regional Medical Center, after a lengthy illness. Juan was born on Jan. 27, 1928, in Kansas City, Mo., and had been a resident of Ventura County for over 43 years. Juan is preceded in death by his parents, Felipe and Maria Cisneros; and son, Juan Alberto Cisneros. Juan is survived by his wife of 34 years, Ramona G. Cisneros; two sons, Jesus and Marco Antonio Cisneros; three daughters, Maria Guadalupe and son-in-law Robert Dominguez, Maria Elva and Ramona Cisneros; 11 grandchildren, Robert, Anthony, Elizabeth, Ariana, Jessieca, Manuel Jr., Jesse Bryan, Marco Antonio Jr., Alejandro, Aaron Daniel, and Rosalinda; two great-grandchildren, Margarita and David Anthony Jr.; and brother, Alberto Cisneros. The family is truly grateful to Dr. Falcon, the nurses and staff at Shoreline Convalescent Home, for the care and attention that was given to our father. Visitation will be from noon to 10 p.m., with a rosary being recited at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at Garcia Mortuary Chapel in Oxnard. Private interment to follow. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.

Lois Bracy Strutton
Lois Bracy Strutton, 84, of Colorado Springs, Colo. passed away Dec. 13, 2001. Mrs. Strutton was born April 4, 1917, in Norwalk, Ohio to Rex Ford Bracy and Hazel McLaflin Brace. She married Louis D. Strutton on Sept. 27, 1941. Mrs. Strutton was a registered nurse. She was a member of Camarillo Presbyterian Church and was the organist for more than 15 years. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Sims of Monument, Colo; sons, Fred Strutton of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Stephen Strutton of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sister, Virginia O'Neal of Valdosta, Ga.; and brother, Burton Bracy of Simpsonville, S.C. Mrs. Strutton was preceded in death by her brother, Carroll Bracy. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation is planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Swan-Law Funeral Directors, Inc., 501 N. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CA 80903, (719) 471-2128.

Frank Hyrum Talley
Frank Talley passed away at his ranch on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River in Montana, where he was surrounded by his wife and children. Frank was born March 23, 1918, in Thatcher, Ariz., to Hyrum and LaRue Robinson Talley. When Frank was an infant, his parents moved to Los Angeles. It was here that he lived for the next 60 years. He graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Pasadena City College. He and Arline were married in Alhambra in 1940. The marriage was later solemnized in the Los Angeles Temple in 1971. He grew up during the Great Degression, which taught him many valuable lessons that helped shape his life. He learned to work hard and well at an early age. He valued honesty and integrity, which he tried to incorporate in all aspects of his life. For a short while, during World War II, he worked at North American Aircraft and Douglas Aircraft. After learning about specific machinery, he borrowed money and bought half ownership of a machine on which he made aircraft parts for the P38. Within a year he bought out his partner and began his own manufacturing plant. This was the beginning of the Talley Corporation, an aircraft manufacturing company that had plants in southern California, Kansas, Puerto Rico, Germany and Utah. He loved all aspects of the aircraft industry, including the flying of his own plane. This was his one real hobby. Frank believed in service and was generous with his time and resources. He was patron member of the Boy Scouts of America in Ventura. Many missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were supported in full by Frank, including all of his grandchildren who chose to serve. He also helped to provide college educations for many. His love of America and the Constitution was manifested through his patriotic service. In his later years, Frank became active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While living in Puerto Rico, he assisted four mission presidents and served as a regional representative of the church. He spent countless hours flying around the Caribbean Islands serving the members and missionaries. Most recently, Frank was happiest on the ranch in Montana, where he chose to spend the last days of his life. He is survived by his sweetheart and beloved companion of 61 years, Arline Deatrick Talley; children, Debra Goodson (husband, Ray), Rae Ann Hassell (husband, Gary), Jeffrey Hy Talley (wife, Audrey) and Jill La Rue Christensen (husband, Max); 26 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, James Franklin Talley. Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah. Funeral services will be at noon Monday, Dec. 17, at the Capitol Hill First Ward, 142 West 200 North, Salt Lake City. Viewing will precede the services at 11 a.m. in the chapel. There will be a graveside service at the interment at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Oakwood Park, Chatsworth.

Don M. Chism
Don M. Chism, 85, of Camarillo died at St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital from a massive heart attack Dec. 5, 2001, his 65th wedding anniversary. Don was born Oct. 9, 1916, on a farm near Carlock, Ill., the son of Walter and Gertrude Chism. He married Ardith Walton on Dec. 5, 1936. At the time of his retirement, he was president of Chism and Ogg Inc., a construction company in Springfield, Ill. He was a 25-year resident of Camarillo. Don was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Camarillo for 24 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason, member of the Camarillo Masonic Lodge, Camarillo High Twelve Club and Scottish Rite in Ventura. He is survived by his wife, Ardith; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Robert Mullennix of Thousand Oaks; grandsons, Bryan Mullennix of Salem, Ore.; granddaughter, Lisa Sylvester and her husband, Marc, of Camarillo; great-granddaughter, Devan Sylvester of Camarillo; great-grandsons, Caleb Mullennix of Salem, Ore., and Jake and Cody Sylvester of Camarillo. Don was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, three brothers and his son Gary in 1995. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2304 Antonio Ave., Camarillo with Rev. Kent Meads officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Don's memory may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2304 Antonio Ave., Camarillo, CA 93010; or Camarillo Hospice, 400 Rosewood Ave., Suite 102, Camarillo, CA 93010. Arrangements are under the direction of Pierce Bros. Valley Oaks Mortuary, Westlake Village.

Flossie Ruth Imus
Flossie Ruth Imus of Cottonwood, Ariz., died Nov. 5, 2001. Mrs. Imus was born Feb. 22, 1909, in Anaheim and had been a resident of Oxnard for over 70 years. She moved to Arizona four years ago to be near her son. She was the wife of the late Earl O. Imus, former Oxnard city engineer. Mrs. Imus worked at the Naval hospital in Port Hueneme for 10 years. She later cared for the elderly in her home in Oxnard for 30 years. She leaves her son and daughter-in-law, Eugene E. "Steve" and Nancy Imus of Cottonwood, Ariz.; granddaughter, Bonnie Jean Miller and her husband, Greg of Flagstaff, Ariz.; great-grandsons, Lear and Sydney Miller of Flagstaff; and great-grandsons, Charles Wadey of Glendale, Calif., and Andrew Wadey of Cottonwood, Ariz.

Joe L. Garcia
Joe L. Garcia, 75, of Oxnard went to be with our Lord on Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at Community Memorial Hospital from acute leukemia. He passed away peacefully. His wife and family were by his side. Joe or "Lefty," as he was known by many, was born Dec. 5, 1926, in Santa Paula. He was raised in Saticoy. He faithfully served his country during World War II. He later went on to earn his degree from Ventura College. In 1959, he married Aurora Castanon and together they raised five sons. He lived in Oxnard for 42 years, where he worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 35 years. He is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Aurora; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Renee; sons Thomas and Joseph; granddaughters, Cameron, Kaylin and Nicolette, who were the apples of his eye; brother, Frank Garcia of Ventura and Philip Garcia of Port Hueneme; along with several nephews, nieces and in-laws with whom he was very close. Joe was preceded in death by his sons, Anthony and Daniel. We are truly grateful to Dr. Pankratz and the nursing staff for the compassion and respect they showed toward our family and the gentle care that they gave to our father. Joe will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with rosary recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Santa Clara Church, 323 South E St., Oxnard. Burial will follow at Santa Clara Cemetery, 2370 North H St., Oxnard. Arrangements are under the care of Garcia Mortuary, Oxnard, (805) 486-9148.

Andrew Sepulveda Hernandez
Andrew Sepulveda Hernandez, 62, of Moorpark passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2001. Andrew was born on June 7, 1939, to the union of Andres Hernandez and Delfina Sepulveda. I never thought I'd be here writing your obituary, Racer, but here I am. We miss you so much; your sudden death is unreal. Love, Traci. Andrew was a lifelong resident of Moorpark and recently moved to Port Hueneme. He worked for Tapo Citrus, Simi Valley School District for many years and other various jobs. He loved to spend time with his family and friends and working to create his own mini Chuy's Cantina. He also loved working around his yard. Andrew loved western movies and enjoyed listening to his oldies LPs. Andrew is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Carmen Hernandez of Oxnard; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Pat Oyler of Alaska, Traci and Ray Delgado of Oxnard and Shari and Candido Castillo of Oxnard; only living brother, George Hernandez of Moorpark; and grandchildren, Kiana Hernandez of Oxnard, Drew Oyler of Alaska, Irene, Matthew, Michael, Steffani and Valerie Delgado, Coreena, Mando, Monique and Paul Castillo, all of Oxnard. He will also be missed by his many family and friends. Special thanks to Mike Torres of Thousand Oaks, Maryellen and John Kinkaid of Moorpark, Alice Sepulveda of Moorpark and Racer's special friends, Rod Hanks and Rick Martinez and Jose Venegas and family. Thank you so much for being there in my dad's time of need. He and George loved you all so much and appreciated your help. Good-bye, Racer, we will forever miss you but we will carry you around in our hearts always. R.I.P. Pop Racer. Your children and family. Visitation will be from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Garcia Mortuary chapel in Oxnard. Private interment will be scheduled. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.

Timothy Gerard Mellein
Timothy Gerard "Timmy" Mellein, infant son of Thomas and Mary Mellein, died at Community Memorial Hospital, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001. He is our beloved son, brother and grandson and will be deeply missed by his family. Timmy is survived by his parents, Tom and Mary Mellein of Ventura; brothers and sisters, Br. John Thomas, O.P. of Oakland, Jennifer, Aaron, Claire, Maria, Peter, Micaela, Elizabeth, Alexander and Christiana, all of Ventura; paternal grandparents, Josephine and Al Dolezel of Ojai; maternal grandmother, Patricia Paniccia of Ventura; and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. Timmy was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Joseph F. Mellein; and maternal grandfather, Elmo A. Paniccia. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Ventura, with the Reverend Wilfred Borden, O.M.I. officiating. Burial will follow at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura.

Betty Jean Colley
Mrs. Betty Jean Colley, 79, of Oxnard, passed away Dec. 4, 2001, in Oxnard. She was born on June 5, 1922, in Boulder, Colo., and had been a county resident for 53 years. She was a music teacher at Oxnard College, member of the Music Teachers Association, and active in various formations of Little League Baseball Association throughout Ventura County. She is survived by her husband, Elmer Colley of Oxnard; son, Stephen Colley (Linda) of Altadena, Calif.; and brother, Claude Garey of Oxnard. There are no services scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Conrad-Carroll Mortuary in Oxnard.

James Michael Park
James Michael Park, 50, of Ventura passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at the Ventura County Medical Center, after a lengthy illness. Michael's last thoughts were of his family and friends, telling them he was ready to go and he would be ok. He called for his best buddy since childhood, Bob and wife, Jan, to come to the hospital at 4:30 in the morning for a last visit. Among his last words were "I'm going home". He thanked his attending doctor, who stayed with him until the end, and all of the nurses for the wonderful and appreciated care they had given him. Mike was born in Huntington Park, Calif., on Aug. 11, 1951, the eldest son of James Waiden Park and Patricia Lawrence Park. Mike began school in Anaheim, Calif., attended school in Lebanon, Mo., for two years and moved to Ventura in 1965 with his family. He attended Buena High School and was an active participant in athletics. He was an All Channel League tackle in his senior year. He attended Ventura College for two years and was on the football team. After school, he worked for Western Electric in Ventura, then for Kentron-Hawaii for a year in Kwajalein, for Straw Hat Pizza in San Luis Obispo, Rusty's Pizza in Santa Barbara, and then joined his family in the insurance business. Mike was an insurance agent-broker and life agent for more than 20 years. After his entry in the insurance business, Mike participated in the Pop Warner program for several years, coaching. He enjoyed his work with the program and made many friends through the years. Mike loved sports, horses and his family. Mike was preceded in death by his father, James W. Park; as well as his grandparents and uncles. Mike is survived by his mother, Patricia M. Park of Ventura; sisters, Judith K. Park of Ventura and Janice Park Husseini of Anchorage, Alaska; brothers, Jon Patrick Park and Jay W. Park; nieces, Judith Elizabeth Park of Ventura, Tina M. Bennett of Oakland, Calif., Alison M. Butler of Greensboro, N.C., Angela R. Butler of Anchorage, Alaska, and Sara E. Park of Ventura; nephews, Gerard Steven Bennett of San Diego, Calif., and James W. Park of Ventura; great-niece, Alycia Bennett of Oakland, Calif.; and many cousins. He was also very close to his aunts, Peggy, Pat and Janet of Missouri and Illinois and Edith of California. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Charles Carroll Funeral Home, 15 Teloma Drive, Ventura. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, also at the Charles Carroll Funeral Home, with Father Jerry Kahler of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Ventura officiating. Internment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Terrace of the Seasons, in Whittier, Calif.

Martha 'Marty' J. Moritz
Martha "Marty" J. Moritz of Port Hueneme passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, after a brave battle with cancer. She was a resident of Ventura County for 37 years. She is survived by her devoted husband of 23 years, Max; sister, Mary Roberts of Burlington, Iowa; brother, Lawrence Keller of Centerton, Ark.; daughters, Jane Aiello of Oxnard, Janet Haddad of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Pam Glass of Lancaster, Calif.; sons, Al Ray of Quapaw, Okla., and Dan Jasper of Chesapeake, Va.; and stepson, Monty Moritz of Ventura. She was the "grand matriarch" of 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored and found great pleasure in their presence. Her husband and all of her children were blessed to have been with her in her final days. She will be greatly missed and our emptiness will be filled with our love and devotion to one another. Special gratitude to Dr. Williamson, 3rd floor-north nurse's station and Dr. Slater and staff, all of Ventura County Hospital for their outstanding and compassionate care. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of Conrad-Carroll Mortuary in Oxnard.

Jake (Judson Clifton) Arnold
Jake (Judson Clifton) Arnold, 72, of Glendale, Ariz., died peacefully at home Nov. 28, 2001, after a long struggle with rheumatoid arthritis and lung disease. Jake was born June 30, 1929, in Catlette, Ga. He dedicated 42 years to serving his country. He was in the U.S. Navy as a heavy equipment operator for the Seabees stationed with various battalions in Port Hueneme. He was a Korean and Vietnam veteran before retiring in 1967. He then worked in civil service at CESO in Port Hueneme until 1990. Jake enjoyed reading, woodworking and his computer. He was very proud of his family and he delighted in playing with his grandchildren. Jake is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Marlene J. Arnold; daughter and son-in-law, S. Blake "Sherry" and Charles Wade of Ventura; son, Steven W. Arnold; son and daughter-in-law, Michael D. and Cindy Arnold, all of Glendale, Ariz.; son and daughter-in-law, William D. and Wendy Arnold of La Quinta, Calif., Robert L. and Krysta Arnold of Temecula; grandsons, Alan, Sean, Ryan and namesake, Jake; granddaughters, Kirsten, Augusta and Alexandra; sisters, Martha Ann Pivarnik and Patricia Casaletto; and brother, John Arnold, all of Georgia. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to Hospice of the Valley West Office, the American Lung Association or Arthritis Foundation.

Charles Randolph Pride Jr.
Charles Randolph Pride Jr. of Ojai died Dec. 1, 2001. Born Aug. 20, 1921, in Florence, Ariz., Chuck was the seventh son and one of 12 children born to Charles Randolph Pride Sr. and Myrtle Maude Mize Pride. He attended Washington State University on a full football scholarship. World War II interrupted his studies. He served with distinction and attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Army Air Force. He joined Continental Airlines as a captain upon his honorable discharge. In 1953, he moved his young family to Ventura and was self-employed as a general contractor until his retirement. He is survived by his son, Charles Randolph Pride III of Raton, N.M.; daughter, Polly Susan Pride of Santa Barbara; elder sister, Lola Frank Curtis of Emmett, Idaho ; younger sister, Alta Mae Crenshaw and husband, Virgil of Victorville; and numerous nephews and nieces.
The precept by which he lived his life:
Invictus
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with
Punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.
-- William Ernest Henley

Richard P. Dyckma
Richard P. Dyckma passed away Nov. 19, 2001, in Sylmar, Calif. Mr. Dyckma was born Feb. 14, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., and was a resident of Simi Valley for 30 years. He was known to friends and family as "Dick." He was very involved in organizing and coaching Viking Football and Little Miss Softball. Dick will be well remembered for his generous spirit shown by his dedication in coaching and developing young athletes in our valley. He leaves behind two daughters, Susan Lee and Diane Glenn; sons, George Dyckma and Craig Dyckma; and grandsons, Jess Dyckma, Michael Lee, Matthew Lee and Jack Glenn. Private family services were held at Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth.

Richard W. Bock
Mr. Richard W. Bock, 57, died Dec. 3, 2001, at his residence in Simi Valley. Born Dec. 30, 1943, in Mojave, Calif., Mr. Bock was a resident of Ventura County for 25 years, coming from Oklahoma. He was employed at Boeing as a machinist. He enjoyed gardening. Mr. Bock is survived by his wife, Linda Bock; sons, Marvin Gordon Bock and Brian Wayne Bock; grandson, Hyrum Bock; granddaughter, Elizabeth Mary Bock; and adopted daughter, Diane Austin. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Simi Valley Public Cemetery, 1461 Thompson Lane, Simi Valley. Arrangements are under the direction of Reardon Simi Valley Mortuary, 2636 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley (805) 526-6677.

Clydonna May Warinner Jarrett
Clydonna May Warinner Jarrett passed away Nov. 21, 2001. Many family members were at her side when she passed away. Mrs. Jarrett was born Nov. 7, 1931. She moved to Simi Valley in 1940 from Missouri and lived in Vancouver, Wash. from 1997 to 2001. She went to Simi Valley High School, where she met Edward J. Jarrett. Clydonna and Edward were married and had six children, Susan Jarrett Ridgway of Lancaster, Patricia Jarrett Ballow of Simi Valley, Cynthia Jarrett Boothe of Lancaster, Maureen Jarrett Buckner of Vancouver, Wash., Kelly Jarrett Moore of Thousand Oaks and John F. Jarrett of Vancouver, Wash. She was a loving grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of eight. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Clydonna rests in peace at Skyline Memorial Gardens in Portland, Ore.

Stella Dominguez Jimenez-Soliz
Stella Dominguez Jimenez-Soliz, 60, of Santa Paula passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. Stella was born March 15, 1941, in Texas, to the union of Alberto and Mercedes Dominguez. She was a resident of Ventura County for over 15 years. Stella is preceded in death by her son, Guy Gilbert Jimenez. She is survived by her children, Lisa Jimenez, Delores Morales, Edward Soliz and Bill Soliz; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Onesima Ramos and Esther Webb; and brothers, Andrew Dominguez, Floyd Dominguez and Ned Dominguez. Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Church of Angels Chapel in Santa Paula. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Pierce Bros. Santa Paula Cemetery in Santa Paula. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard. For further information, please call (805)486-9148.

Margaret Ruth Postas Roderick
We, the loving family of Margaret Ruth Postas Roderick, 78, of Ventura, would like to announce her passing on Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at a Ventura hospital following a brief illness. Margaret was born Feb. 3, 1923, in Erie, Pa. While serving in the Women's Army Corps, she met Bill Roderick on Aug. 14, 1957, at Fort Dix, N.J. They later married on Dec. 7, 1957, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She was a 32-year county resident coming from North Carolina and graduated from Ventura College, earning her associates degree in social services. She was the president of the Honor Society at Ventura College, the ASB treasurer and was listed in the Who's Who of Junior Colleges of America. Margaret also set up a scholarship fund for Ventura College and was very involved in fundraising for the college. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She thoroughly enjoyed cooking, knitting, sewing, crocheting, bowling and golfing. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, William "Bill;" daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah Ann Roderick-Herder and Douglas of Simi Valley and Mikki and Jeff Schafer of Dalbo, Minn.; her grandchildren, whom she was a big fan of, Mark, Megan, Nicholas and Joseph; brother, Peter P. Postas of Erie, Pa.; and sister, Mary Survovick of Girard, Pa. A celebration of Margaret's life will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, (Bill and Margaret's 44th wedding anniversary) at First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road, Ventura, with the Rev. Jim Deck officiating. Private inurnment will take place at Pierce Bros. Valley Oaks Memorial Park, Westlake Village. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Margaret's memory, to the First Assembly of God Church of Ventura, 346 N. Kimball Road, Ventura, CA 93004. Arrangements are under the direction of Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Ventura.

Bettye Rockett
Bettye Nell Rockett was born Aug. 28, 1931, in Sentinal, Okla., and passed away Nov. 29, 2001, in Ventura, after a lengthy illness. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother. Bettye (Betsy) grew up on the Limoneira Ranch along with her sister, Phyllis. Her parents, O.T. and Peggy Haley lived on the ranch for more than 50 years. Bettye had seven children, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. After 25 years of living in Eastern Texas, she returned to Santa Paula, where she met and married her soulmate, Dale Rockett. They lived in the upper Ojai for the past 15 years. They enjoyed camping at the beach and traveling in their motorhome. There wasn't much of the coastline between Canada and Mexico they hadn't explored. She loved the ocean and it gave her peace of mind. In their adventures eastward, she couldn't pass up a night or two in Las Vegas. She almost never passed up the opportunity to play bingo or keno. She loved her family, the outdoors, traveling and collecting ceramic pigs. She and Dale could put on the best tri-tip barbecue in southern California. Bettye was preceded in death by two of her sons, Keith and Kenny Crockett. She is survived by her husband, Dale; sister, Phyllis and husband, Merle Crisman; daughter, Cathy Lucky of Fairfield, Calif.; sons, Tom and wife, Linda Brookes of Fillmore, Gary Brookes of Texarkana, Ark., Van and wife, Frances Brookes of Camarillo, and Von Brookes of Seattle, Wash.; stepson, Danny and wife, Nina Rockett of Simi Valley; and stepdaughter, Jina Shalender of Oxnard. Bettye will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Santa Paula. Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin-Carroll Mortuary in Santa Paula.

Blair Barness
Mr. Blair Barness, 52, died Nov. 29, 2001, at Simi Valley Hospital. Mr. Barness was born Sept. 9, 1949, in Rice Lake, Wis., and was a resident of Simi Valley for 11 years, coming from the San Fernando Valley. Blair was employed with H.R. Textron as an aerospace supervisor; he was in the aerospace industry for 36 years. His interests were family, friends, motorcycles, music and fishing. He was a member of the Modified Motorcycle Association. He is survived by his wife, J.C. Barness; daughter, Christa Marie Barness; parents, Clifford and Marylou Barness; brother, Bob Barness; sister, Debbie Parra; and special love, Debbie Smith. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Reardon Simi Valley Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sarah's House Maternity, P.O. Box 382, Moorpark, CA 93020. Their mission statement is: "To provide shelter, care and encouragement to pregnant women." Arrangements are under the direction of Reardon Simi Valley Mortuary, 2636 Sycamore Dr., Simi Valley, CA (805) 526-6677.

Gloria Martinez
Our beloved Gloria V. (Maes) Martinez passed away Nov. 26, 2001, at the age of 72 at Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa, Ariz., from complications after surgery. Gloria was born in Alamosa, Colo., on Feb. 5, 1929. She was a graduate of Annunciation High School in Denver, Colo. She owned and managed gift stores in Santa Barbara and Isla Vista. Her adult life was one of total devotion to her family as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Gloria was active for 27 years of her life in various ministries of the Catholic Church, which included Marriage Encounter, Evenings for Couples, Choice for Single Adults and Sacrament preparation for the developmentally handicapped and Catholic Engaged Encounter. She was also active as lector and Eucharistic minister in parish ministries. Gloria will be greatly missed by all who came into her life-giving sphere of love. Gloria is survived by her husband of 52 years, Richard Martinez of Goleta; son and daughter-in-law, Richard Martinez and Kathleen Cross Martinez; daughter, Christine Bentz; daughter and son-in-law, John Testa; and nine beautiful grandchildren who were each special to her and will deeply miss their Grandma Gloria's loving presence. Gloria was also greatly loved by her brothers and their families of Denver, Colo. A vigil and memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 5444 Holister Ave., Goleta. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church. Refreshments in the church hall will follow the Monday service.

William 'Bill' Daley
William "Bill" Daley of Simi Valley went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001. A memorial service and funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Chapel of the Oaks at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen St., Chatsworth. The services will be performed by pastor Kurt Fredrickson of Simi Covenant Church.

Donald Edward Taylor
Donald Edward Taylor went to be with the Lord on Nov. 25, 2001, after an accident. Donald was born Dec. 28, 1952, in Ventura. He had a happy-go-lucky personality. He loved to watch football, music and hang out with family and friends. He loved his children and was looking forward to being a grandfather. He was preceded in death by his father, Bert Taylor. Surviving members of his immediate family are his estranged wife, Wanda of San Diego; son, Donald Jr. of San Diego; daughters, Helen Taylor of San Diego, Keyanna Taylor and Celeste Taylor of Oxnard; stepdaughter, Marylin of San Diego; granddaughter, Jazznyn of San Diego; mother, Vastie Taylor; brothers, Isaac Hughes, Robert Sterling, Marvin Taylor (wife Elvina), Timothy Taylor of New York; sisters, Susan Ward, Jefferie Sterling, Joyce Taylor, Tony Taylor and Angeles Daly (husband George), all of Oxnard; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Donald will be missed by his family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Garcia Mortuary Chapel in Oxnard. Interment will follow at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard, (805) 486-9148.

Virginia G. Scott
Virginia G. Scott, 87, of Ventura died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at Ventura Convalescent Hospital after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Scott was born Oct. 4, 1914, in Nevada, Mo., to David and Vivienne Crandall. She was a 43-year county resident, having come from Kansas City, Mo., in 1958. She was a homemaker for 53 years. Mrs. Scott was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Ventura, I-DA-KA Club and the Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was also a member and past president of the Olivas Park Ladies Golf Association. Mrs. Scott loved painting and gardening and could be found each year at the Ventura County Fair, where she judged the artwork. She will be dearly missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Marie Scott of Pleasanton, Calif.; devoted friends, Barbara and Joe Kielty and family of Ojai, Beth Hamilton and Mike Van Atta of Ventura and Roger and Arlene Case of Ventura; as well as many dear friends in the Ventura County area. Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, with the Rev. Dan Stevens of Eastminster Presbyterian Church officiating. Private burial will be at Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona Del Mar, Calif. As an expression of love, memorial donations may be made in Virginia G. Scott's memory to Interface Child Abuse and Neglect Program, 1305 Del Norte Road, No. 130, Camarillo, CA 93010; phone (805) 485-6114. Arrangements are under the direction of Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Ventura.

Phyllis Louise McKenney
Phyllis Louise McKenney passed away Nov. 25, 2001. Phyllis was born Jan. 6, 1917. Originally from Calais, Maine, Phyllis came to California in 1951 with her husband, Joseph. They were Ventura County residents for 46 years. She was a warm, sweet, soft-spoken woman who loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart. Her generosity and kindness defined her. She retired from ABEX Aerospace after 20 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Jan. Phyllis leaves behind her daughter, Kathy Barnes; son-in-law, Dr. Pete Barnes; son, Peter McKenney; grandchildren, Matthew, Cassandra, Joshua, Brian, Mark and James; great-grandchild, Brian; many friends; and her cherished dogs, Cha Cha and Chico, who she loved so much. Phyllis will be deeply missed but the love will never end. We love you, Mom! Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Garcia Mortuary Chapel in Oxnard. Interment will follow at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo. The Rev. Robert Ingliss will officiate. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard, (805) 486-9148.

H.B. 'Bud' Otto
H.B. "Bud" Otto, 67, has lost his courageous battle against lung cancer on Nov. 24, 2001. Diagnosed with the disease in 2000, he continued his passion for playing golf with his cronies at Buenaventura and River Ridge, where he served on the board of directors. Born Oct. 26, 1934, in Hollywood to famed restaurateur "Bud" Otto, he spent his early years hanging around movie studios watching craftsmen making magic. Enamored by this, he graduated from USC in 1957 with a degree in cinema and set out to make his mark. He began by delivering the studio mail at Four Star Television. There he learned from the best. He became a script supervisor in 1960 and worked on many television shows at Four Star. Moving on to movies in the '60s, Otto worked on many films and movies of the week. He was particularly proud of "Sybil" with Sally Field. He reunited with her on "Norma Rae," for which she won an Oscar. Amongst his credits were "Jeremiah Johnson," "The Omen," "10," "S.O.B." and "War Games." His last assignment was on the successful "Jag." He retired in 1997. Otto was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He served on the board of directors at Rancho Adolfo Estates, his last residence. While golf was his passion, he enjoyed reading and watching movies. Always ready with a quick quip, he will be missed by his playing partners, who had to put up with his endless banter. Otto leaves a daughter, Lisa, who resides in Chicago, Ill.; and a brother in Los Angeles. Private services will be held. Donations in his name can be made to the American Cancer Society and Assisted Home Hospice, Ventura.

Federico Albillar Lopez
Federico Albillar Lopez, 46, of Santa Paula passed away Nov. 26, 2001, at his home with his family at his side. Fred was born June 27, 1955, in Casa Grande, Ariz. A 16-year employee with the U.S. Postal Service, Fred was well-known to many and will be remembered for his favorite quote, "The check is in the mail." Fred also served his country faithfully as a sergeant with the U.S. Air Force. He had many hobbies and pastimes, which included fishing, spending time outdoors and repairing almost anything, especially electrical equipment. Fred is survived by his wife, Rita Garcia Lopez of Santa Paula; son, Xavier Ryon Lopez of Santa Paula; mother, Estella Brazel; stepfather, John Brazel; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Alice and Ernest Mendoza; niece, Irene Mendoza; and nephews, Robert and Ernie Mendoza. Federico's family would like to give heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been there for our family in our time of sorrow. Friends are welcome to visit from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Church of Angels at Sixth and Pleasant streets in Santa Paula. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at St. Sebastian Church in Santa Paula. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at St. Sebastian Church. Interment will follow at Pierce Bros. Santa Paula Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard, (805) 486-9148.


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