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Arthur E. Tipples
Arthur E. Tipples, 92, of Simi Valley passed away Nov. 21, 2001, from congestive heart failure. Mr. Tipples was born Oct. 21, 1909, in Wales and had been a Ventura County resident for 35 years, coming from Chicago. He worked for International Harvester in Chicago, Ill. Mr. Tipples was a master of Masons Lodge 891 in Chicago, Ill. He was an artist. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Josephine M. Tipples; sons, Donald R. Tipples of Simi Valley and Arthur E. Tipples of Anaheim; five grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Tipples was preceded in death by his grandson Darrell S.Tipples, a U.S. Marine Corps captain. A memorial service and Masonic rites were held Nov. 24, 2001.

Laura L. Taylor
Laura L. Taylor, 63, of Port Hueneme passed away Nov. 26, 2001, after a short illness at St. John's Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Taylor was born Jan. 30, 1938, in Wymore, Neb., and had been a Ventura County resident for 37 years, coming from Columbus, Ohio. She was retired from the Oxnard office of the state Department of Motor Vehicles in 1996. She enjoyed gardening, reading and her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Taylor, in 1996. Mrs. Taylor is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, George and Sharon Allen of Newbury Park; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dallas Tory of Ojai; grandson, George Luttrell of Ojai; and granddaughters, Melissa Sue and Emily Allen of Bellflower. Arrangements are under the direction of Neptune Society.

Donna M. Popular, R.N.
Donna M. Popular, R.N., 51, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, in the Upper Ojai Valley. Born in Amsterdam, N.Y., on Aug. 12, 1950, Donna was the daughter of Walter A. and Sophie Carvalho DeGroff. She was a graduate of the School of Nursing at Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass. She was employed as a registered nurse for St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam and later for the Ojai Valley Community Hospital in Ojai. Donna is survived by her loving family including her sons, Jimmy Popular and Wade Popular, both of Ojai; mother, Sophie DeGroff of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brothers, Donald DeGroff of San Antonio, Texas, and James DeGroff of Amsterdam; and sister, Catherine Toper of Amsterdam. Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. with services at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Betz, Rossi and Bellinger Family Funeral Home Inc., 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, N.Y. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson, N.Y. Contributions may be made to the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation.

Roxanne (Almanza) Teseira
Roxanne (Almanza) Teseira, formerly of Oxnard, passed away on Nov. 12, 2001, after a long affliction with cancer. She was born July 2, 1959, graduated from Rio Mesa High in 1977, and lived in Oxnard, Las Vegas, and ultimately in Boston, Mass. She worked in the medical field for many years in Oxnard and around the Los Angeles area, and as a bartender in Las Vegas and Boston. She was a vivacious, adventurous person, who lived her short life to the fullest. All who knew her will dearly miss her. She is survived by her beloved husband, William "Billy" Teseira of Boston; her three children, Rachelle, Nikki and David, all of Carson City, Nev.; beloved daughter of Rodolfo Almanza of Camarillo and Carmen Almanza of Carson City, Nev.; brothers, Rodolfo and Randolph Almanza and sister, Rebecca Vujovich, all of Ventura County; and brother, Rene Almanza of Carson City, Nev.
God saw you getting tired
When a cure was not to be,
So He closed His arms around you
And whispered "Come to me."
You didn't deserve
What you went through
And so He gave you rest.
God's garden must be beautiful
He only takes the best.
And when He saw you sleeping,
So peaceful and free of pain,
We could not wish you back
To suffer that again.

-- Taken from anonymous poems
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 1, at Padre Serra Parish in Camarillo. All friends and family welcome.

Kevin Matthew Deel
Our beloved son, Kevin Matthew Deel, a beautiful soul, you will have peace at last. We will miss you so much. Aug. 12, 1966, to Nov. 17, 2001. He is survived by his parents, Ruth Deel of Thousand Oaks and Guy Deel of Cambria; brother, Christopher Deel of Agoura; sister, Kimberly Deel of Chatsworth; aunt, Mary Banner of Thousand Oaks; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kevin's name are requested to be sent to Valley Village, 20830 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91306. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Plan Funeral Directors.

Christopher T. Crowley
Christopher T. Crowley, 26, passed away Nov. 1, 2001, at Fairview Development Center in Costa Mesa from cerebral palsy. Christopher was born May 21, 1975, in Hartford, Conn. and had previously been a resident of Thousand Oaks for 13 years. Christopher is survived by his parents, Thomas and Marilyn; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cheryl and Rick Derring of Ojai, Debra and Adrian Blackman of Milwaukie, Ore., and Lynn Crowley of Thousand Oaks; grandmother, Marion Reilly of Thousand Oaks; nieces, Jennifer and Heather Derring of Thousand Oaks; nephews, Daniel and Gregory of Milwaukie, Ore.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Northern California, Germany, Indiana, Texas and Pennsylvania; and friends from everywhere. He was predeceased by his sister, Susan. Christopher had a smile from ear to ear that won everyone over and eyes that shined all the time. He fought a long and hard battle and we will miss him forever! Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. Patrick's Church on East High St., East Hampton, Conn. Services will also be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Fairview Developmental Center, 2501 Harbor Blvd., Building No. 27, Costa Mesa. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Fairview Developmental Center, Group 101, 2501 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, in Christopher's memory.

Ruben 'Kiki' Nieto
Ruben "Kiki" Nieto, 21, of Oxnard passed away Nov. 9, 2001. Kiki was born to Ruben Nieto and Anna Ballesteros. He will be greatly missed by his precious maternal grandparents, Gabriel and Joseph Ballesteros, who raised and cared for him his entire life. Kiki cherished everything in his life from watching his favorite television shows including WWF Wrestling. Most of us have good bodies to do the things we want to do, but some of us are just too lazy and we just want to kick back and let time pass -- unlike Kiki, who was never able to do what he wanted to do because of kidney disease. Now he is in heaven with a good body and doing the things that he wanted to do when he was alive. Now he is free and feeling no pain. Kiki loved the attention he received from his special teacher, Ms. Miller, from Oxnard High School and also that of his friend, Raul Sandoval, who worked and cared for Kiki at St. John's Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his brother, Tony Rosales; sisters, Tasha Nieto, Elaine and Tiffany Beas; aunts, Desiree Tellez, Virginia Nieto and Kathy Roman; uncles, Johnny, Gabriel "Totie," Eddie Ballesteros, James Tellez, Rudy, Paul and Jesse Nieto; cousin, Johnny Ballesteros Jr.; godparents, Eddie Gonzales and Maryann Diaz; grandmother, Delia Nieto; and many more family and friends who cared and loved him. Friends are welcome to visit beginning at 2 p.m., with rosary recited at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, at Garcia Mortuary Chapel in Oxnard. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Santa Clara Church in Oxnard. Interment will follow at Santa Clara Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard.

Carolyn M. Pitchford
Carolyn M. Pitchford passed away Nov. 19, 2001. Carolyn was born in Pittsfield, Mass., on May 25, 1922. She resided in Glendale and San Fernando Valley for several years before moving to Camarillo in 1987. She was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey. Carolyn is survived by her husband, Eric; son, Gregory and his wife, Jane; grandsons, Matthew and Michael; brother, Robert Maguire and wife, Judy of Honolulu, Hawaii. Carolyn, you are loved and will be forever missed. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Camarillo Springs Recreation Center on Irena Avenue. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the American Cancer Society, 250 W. Citrus Grove Lane, No. 200, Oxnard, CA 93030.

Richard Brian Williams
Richard Brian Williams, 45, passed away Nov. 2, 2001, in Oxnard. Richard was born Oct. 16, 1956, in Fresno. He was an avid knowledge seeker. Richard was fun-loving and a free spirit. He was most happy when he was camping out in the "great outdoors." He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and being a "philosopher of life." "Livin' on the edge." He is survived by his parents, Virginia and Paul; sisters, Cathy and Linda; nephew, Jake, all of Fresno; wife, Jill; and children, Tara, Heather, Danielle, Paul, Doug, James and RitaJoy, all of Ventura. Richard will always be remembered and loved in our hearts forever.
"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me."
-- From Amazing Grace
by John Newton
So they say memories are golden
Well, maybe that's true,
But we never wanted memories
We only wanted you.
A million times we needed you,
A million times we cried,
If love alone could have saved you,
Then you never would have died.
Now our family chain is broken
And nothing seems the same
And if we could,
We'd walk the path to heaven,
And bring you back again.
So now that you are gone,
We still feel the same,
But as God calls us
One by one,
The chain will link again.
-- Author unknown
A memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

Mary Lou Worley
Mary Lou Worley passed away after a brief illness on Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at her daughter's home in Camarillo. Mary Lou was born Marie Louise Munn on July 16, 1927, in Pasadena. She was a graduate of the University of Southern California where she met and married Robert Lloyd Worley. After his death in 1963, she returned to school, gained a teaching credential and taught elementary school for over two decades in the Delano School District. She was active in the teacher's union, serving as president of her local union for several years. She retired to Ventura County in 1994. She had a deep faith in Jesus Christ. In addition to her husband, Mary Lou was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon. She is survived by her sister, Joan Staton of Los Osos; daughters, Mary Ann Worley of Las Vegas, Nev., Lynda Phillips and Nicolette Worley Marselian of Camarillo; and seven grandchildren. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at All Saint's Episcopal Church in Oxnard.

Bob Beckner
A lifelong resident of Ventura, Bob Beckner, passed away in a traffic accident at the age of 46. Bob was a loving brother and father. He took great pride in his work as a painter, which can be seen on many homes and major buildings in the community. With his caring personality, Bob formed many lasting friendships. Bob's love of family and kind heart touched us all. He will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Martin and Jean Beckner. Bob is survived by his sons, Corey and Chad Beckner of Ventura; brothers, Greg and Tom Beckner of Oxnard; sisters, Sandy Beckner and Lynda Sentes of Ventura; brother-in-law, Frank Sentes; sisters-in-law, Becky and Mary Beckner of Oxnard; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at Our Lady of Assumption Church. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park.

Simon Benjamin Villa
Simon Benjamin Villa died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at his home in Taylor, Ariz. Mr. Villa was born in Oxnard, where he grew up. He lived in Mexico for five years, El Paso, Texas for five years and Santa Ana for about 10 years before moving back to Oxnard. He moved to Taylor, Ariz., about two years ago. Mr. Villa worked for Xerox as a copy repairman for three years while in Oxnard. Before that, he worked as an electrician for Hilton Hotels in El Paso, Texas and Santa Ana. Mr. Villa graduated from high school in Oxnard. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Taylor Spanish Branch. He attended Xerox school in Los Angeles and received the top award for his class. He enjoyed photography and hunting. Survivors include: three children, Dina Flores and Daniel Villa of Santa Ana, and Simon Jr. of Taylor, Ariz.; mother, Rosie Villa of Taylor, Ariz.; grandfather, Julissa Flores; sisters, Carmelita Sigh, Terri Borja, Juanita Washington, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; brothers, David Villa-Rodriguez of Mesa and Anthony Villa-Rodriguez of Taylor. He was preceded in death by his father, Manuel Benjamin Villa-Rodriguez. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Taylor Stake Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Interment was at Mesa Cemetery, Mesa, Ariz. Fletcher's Mortuary of Snowflake, Ariz., was in charge of the arrangements.

Jennifer Lei McPhee Taylor
Jennifer Lei McPhee Taylor, 42, of Lindon, Utah, graciously returned to her Heavenly Father, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001, after a courageous battle with melanoma. She was a loving friend, daughter, sister, wife and mother. Jennifer was born Nov. 26, 1958, to Theodore and Letha Holyoak McPhee in Twin Falls, Idaho, and grew up in Elko, Nev. She loved her family, she loved the Lord and she genuinely loved all those whom she knew. She loved to cook, read, cross-stitch and decorate her home with homespun elegance. Jennifer was a 1977 graduate of Elko High School, where she was an outstanding student and member of the Choraliers. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 1981 with a degree in home economics. A lifelong and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she married John Taylor on April 18, 1980, in the Salt Lake Temple. Jennifer raised, loved and nurtured four beautiful children, Larissa, Nicole, Brian James and Brigette Marie. She loved serving in her church as a primary president and teacher, Relief Society counselor, homemaking teacher and visiting teacher. She especially loved teaching the children in primary. Jennifer accomplished much in the corporate world as an account team lead for Modus Media International, Lindon, Utah, and loved her co-workers. She is survived by her husband of 21 years, John Taylor of Camarillo; parents, Theodore and Letha (Holyoak) McPhee of Elko, Nev.; children, Larissa, Nicole, Brian James and Brigette Marie; brothers, Michael (wife, Marcy) McPhee of Salt Lake City, Utah, Gregg (wife, Betsy) McPhee of Alpharetta, Ga., and Paul (wife, Gloria) McPhee of Henderson, Nev.; two sisters, Rebecca (husband, Delyle) Danner of Puyallup, Wash. and Marilyn (husband, Douglas) Christensen of Salt Lake City, Utah. She was loved and admired by all who knew her and she will be greatly missed. We loved, we prayed, we wept, we laughed and we lived life to the fullest. We'll miss your lovely touch and your charming grace. Her favorite saying was "Home is a good place to be." We'll miss you, Mom. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Sundberg Olpin Mortuary, 495 S. State St., Orem, Utah. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. with a funeral service from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Lindon 15th Ward Chapel, 1051 E. 200, S. Lindon, Utah. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Josephine Bustamante Barajas
Josephine Bustamante Barajas, 77, passed away Nov. 17, 2001, at Glendale Adventist Medical Center after a brief illness. Josephine was born in El Paso, Texas on July 19, 1924. She was a 76-year resident of Ventura County but had recently moved to Twelve Oaks Lodge, a retirement home, in La Crescenta. She was a dental assistant for Dr. O'Neill and an assistant to otolaryngologist Dr. Howarth of Santa Paula. She later worked as a bookkeeper for general practitioners Dr. Barker and Dr. Barnes of Ventura. She also worked as secretary to the director of human relations in Ventura and was later employed for 10 years as a secretary at Ventura County Department of Health. Josephine was a graduate of Santa Paula High School and an active member of Our Lady of the Assumption parish. She was a regular member of the YMCA group, "Twingers in the Hinges" and had recently been invited to become a member of the board of directors at Twelve Oaks Lodge. She was a devoted wife and mother, who always put her family first. She was a generous and thoughtful person, whose love of family was boundless and whose appreciation of friendship was unmatched. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, John Barajas; daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine B. and T. Blair Megowan of Glendale, Calif.; brother, Robert Bustamante of Metuchen, N.J.; sisters, Alice Romero, Hortense Chavez and Helen Leal of Santa Paula; four godchildren; and many nephews and nieces. Josephine Barajas was preceded in death by her father, Joe Bustamante; mother, Angela Bustamante; brother, Joe Edward Bustamante; and nephew, Daniel Chavez. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Holy Redeemer Church, 2411 Montrose Ave., Montrose, CA 91020. She will be laid to rest in Glendale Forest Lawn Cemetery after the religious services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation (arthritis.org) or to Parkinson's Disease Foundation (pdf.org). Arrangements are under the direction of Crippen Mortuary Directors.

Thomas William 'Bill' Lewis
Thomas William "Bill" Lewis, 54, passed away peacefully at his home in Dewey, Ariz., on Nov. 15, 2001. Bill was born Dec. 28, 1946, in Los Angeles, Calif. He attended school in Santa Paula, graduating in 1964 from Santa Paula Union High School. He also graduated from Ventura College in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army from 1964-1967. After working for numerous oil field service companies, he joined the U.S. Minerals management services, Department of the Interior. He started as an inspector of offshore operations, and retired in 1999 at the national headquarters working on regulations for offshore operations. After his retirement, he moved to Dewey, Ariz. Bill enjoyed fly fishing and traveling. He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence William "Bill" Lewis in 1993; and an aunt, Margaret Lewis in 2000. He is survived by his mother, Marian L. Lewis of Santa Paula; sister, Rebecca G. Hutte and husband, David, of Santa Paula; niece, Kristin Keriavage and husband, Rick, of Tucson, Ariz.; nephew, Dave Hutte and wife, Carol, of Fullerton, Calif.; great-nephew, Matthew Kerlavage of Tucson, Ariz.; uncles, Robert Lewis and wife, Jo, of Boulder, Colo. and Harold Lewis and wife, Joanne, of Dacono, Colo.; Denny and Darlene Rau and family of Ventura; and numerous cousins and friends. A private family service with scattering of ashes at sea will be held near the oil platforms off the Ventura County coast, where Bill had worked. Arrangements are under the direction of Pierce Bros. Stetler Mortuary in Santa Paula.

Stan Eastwood
Stan Eastwood passed away Nov. 17, 2001, after a valiant battle with cancer. He died peacefully in the arms of his wife and children with family members from England and Australia in attendance. Stan immigrated to the United States from his native England in 1970 and had lived in Newbury Park for 25 years. He had been very active in youth soccer, both as referee and as a state administrator. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Holly Eastwood; daughter and son-in-law, Erica and Mike Pollock; father-in-law, Reg Sherlock and extensive family in England and Australia. Memorial services were held Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Evangelical Free Church of the Conejo Valley, 999 North Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park.

Martin Vance 'Bud' Smith
Martin Vance "Bud" Smith passed away peacefully at his home on Nov. 18, 2001, from complications associated with Parkinson's disease. A longtime Ventura County resident, Smith was a leader in real-estate development throughout the county for over 50 years. Born in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Oct. 18, 1916, Smith moved to Southern California as a teenager. In the early 1940s he acquired a small hamburger stand in Oxnard. From that evolved a multi-million dollar real estate organization with holdings throughout Southern California. His Colonial House Restaurant became popular with celebrities making the trip from Los Angeles to the Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Smith founded Commercial and Farmers Bank, whose 34 branches were ultimately acquired by Union Bank. He was instrumental in the creation of Oxnard's Channel Islands Harbor and the construction of the Casa Sirena Hotel and Lobster Trap Restaurant. Other real estate holdings include Oxnard's Financial Plaza; the Ventura County Railway; and Channel Islands Hotel Properties, a chain of 11 hotels which included the historic Santa Maria Inn and the Financial Plaza Hilton. An avid sportsman, Smith enjoyed hunting and fishing the waters surrounding the Channel Islands and Mexico. He was also a longtime member of the Rancheros Vistadores. Smith's philanthropic generosity touched many organizations in the county including the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts of America, United Way and the American Lung Association. As a founding member of the Ventura County Community Foundation, he shared in its vision of enhancing the quality of life for Ventura County's citizens. His significant donations to California State University Channel Islands, St. John's Regional Medical Center and the Oxnard Boys and Girls Club have served to enforce that belief. Martin V. Smith is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Martha; daughters, Toni Gardiner of Camarillo, Marjorie Tegland and husband, Ron, of Oxnard, Victoria Pozzi and husband, Bruno, of Camarillo and Cindy Daley and husband, Stuart, of Camarillo; and seven grandchildren. He will always be remembered by the many friends and employees whose lives he touched. Future generations will benefit from the legacy of caring he leaves behind. A memorial service in celebration of Smith's life will be held for family and friends from 3 until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Tower Club, 300 Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Martha K. and Martin V. Smith Fund to Benefit the Community in care of the Ventura County Community Foundation, 1317 Del Norte Road, Suite 150, Camarillo, CA 93010; or to a charity of choice.

William H. 'Bill' DeCrow
William H. "Bill" DeCrow, 68, of Fillmore died Nov. 17, 2001, at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. Bill was born on Oct. 10, 1933, was raised in Westwood and raised his children. For the past 20 years, he lived and worked in various locations throughout Ventura County. His primary occupation was that of a purchasing agent. Since retiring from Technicolor in January 1997, Bill enjoyed refurbishing his little Ventura house and yard, "playing" with his cars and lots of bike-riding along Ventura Promenade. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Alice, earlier this year. He is survived by his daughter, Michele; son, Brent; grandchildren, Chelsea and Geoffrey Lyon; brother, Charles; former wife, Connie; and some very close and dear friends. As requested by Bill, no services are scheduled. Mr. DeCrow has been entrusted to the care of the privately owned Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home in Ventura; (805) 643-8623.

Eric Lyle Parkhill
Eric Lyle Parkhill entered into rest on Nov. 14, 2001. Eric was born June 23, 1965, in Encino, Calif. He lived most of his life in the Santa Rosa Valley, Camarillo. Eric was self-employed in restoration of antique tractors and farm equipment. Eric is survived by his parents, Clifton and Eileen Parkhill of Santa Rosa Valley; sister, Peggy Eileen Kelley of Houston, Texas; and brothers, Clifton A. Parkhill Jr. of Oxnard and Todd Andrew Parkhill of Los Angeles. After cremation, a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, in United Methodist Church, 291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo. Memorials are suggested to the Camarillo United Methodist Church.

Thomas William 'Tom' West
Tom West, 45, passed away Nov. 13, 2001, after a brief illness. Tom was born Dec. 19, 1956, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He grew up in Citrus Heights and Oxnard. Tom graduated from Oxnard High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in telecommunications from Loyola Marymount College in 1980. Tom married Denise Van Arsdale on April 25, 1987. They have two children, a son, Kyle (age 10) and daughter, Alexandra (age 8). In 1982, he formed a partnership with Patrick Daily in a grip company called Grips from Hell. Tom was well-known and respected in the trades as the greatest Best Boy. Tom is survived by his parents, Eugene and Patricia West of Oxnard; sisters, Kathleen West of Oxnard, Mary Bagdazian of Santa Paula and Jeanne Padre of Camarillo; brothers, Greg West of Foster Park and Patrick West of Oxnard. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. with funeral Mass celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Lyons Avenue in Newhall. Burial will follow at Eternal Valley Memorial Park on Sierra Highway in Newhall. A reception for family and friends will be at West's residence in Valencia.

Raymond Moreno Ontiveros
Our beloved pastor, Raymond Moreno Ontiveros, entered into the arms of his loving Savior on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001. Pastor Ray was born in El Rio on Feb. 5, 1940. He worked for several years for Ventura County's landscaping division and later became the owner of his own landscaping company. Ray became a born-again Christian at the Evangelistic Center Assembly of God in Oxnard, where he became an active member. In his final years, he served as a senior pastor of Getsemani Asambleas de Dios in Santa Paula. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Estella; sons, Pastor Raymond Jr. and Lucy Ontiveros of Oxnard, Gabriel and Nora Ontiveros of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Steve Ontiveros of Kona, Hawaii; grandchildren, Amber, Joshua, Jade, Adam and Mark; brothers and sisters, Frank and Maria Ontiveros of Lancaster, Manuel Ontiveros Jr. of Oxnard, Joe and Connie Ontiveros of Oxnard, Jesse and Barbara Ontiveros of Fillmore, Linda and Ruben Yubeta of Flagstaff, Ariz., David and Sylvia Ontiveros of Oxnard, and Rose Briones of Flagstaff, Ariz.; and mother, Rosa Ontiveros of Oxnard. Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Camino del Sol Funeral Home, 200 North C St., Oxnard. A memorial service will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at First Assembly of God Church, 346 N. Kimball Road, Ventura. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura. Arrangements are under the direction of Camino del Sol Memorial Center and Funeral Home, Oxnard.

Betty Lou Murphy
Mrs. Betty Lou Murphy, a 64-year resident of Ventura County who moved to San Diego this year, passed away Nov. 12, 2001, after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Murphy was born in Decatur, Ill., in 1926. She is survived by her husband, John of San Diego; brother, Frank Pope and his wife Betty of Coppell, Texas; daughter, Patricia Walton and her husband Joel of Julian, Calif.; son, William and his wife Kimi of Lake Head, Calif.; granddaughter, Erin Fauquier and her husband Rick of Ventura; and grandson, Kevin of Trinidad, Calif. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Dearborn Cemetery in Poway, Calif. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers to the Zoological Society of San Diego.

Filiberto 'Phil' G. Rubio Jr.
Filiberto "Phil" G. Rubio Jr., 29, of Oxnard passed away Nov. 10, 2001. Phil was a lifelong resident of Ventura County. He was employed by the Pleasant Valley School District. A Hueneme High School graduate, he was a very talented artist. He loved the ocean, open air and that was one of his greatest inspirations. He was young and full of life. Phil always had a ready smile, was good-humored and had a big heart. He had plans of finishing college. A loving son, brother and friend. Phil was a good man. He was a kind, caring and thoughtful person. He is survived by his loving parents, Filiberto "Phil" Rubio Sr. and Concepcion Rubio; brothers, Albert and Ivan Rubio; and sister, Monica Rubio. Phil will always be with us and his spirit will live on through our memories. No words can ever express what Phil truly meant to us. He will be missed greatly. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Garcia Mortuary Chapel in Oxnard. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Santa Clara Church, corner of Third and E streets. Interment will follow at Santa Clara Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard, (805) 486-9148.

Elizabeth Ann Graham
Elizabeth Ann Graham, 53, of Oxnard passed away Nov. 6, 2001. Elizabeth was born June 18, 1948, to Moses James Paul and Annie Lee Thompson. She was employed by the Department of Defense as a contract specialist and had been a county resident for two years. She is survived by her children, Verne Lynn, Vernique Lynn, Rochon Green and Robin Green; brother, James Michael Paul; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at St. Paul Baptist Church in Oxnard. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard, (805) 486-9148.

Marilyn Y. Flanderka
Marilyn Y. Flanderka of Camarillo died suddenly on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001. Mrs. Flanderka was born Aug. 22, 1930, in Los Angeles. She graduated from Marshall High School in June 1948 and was married to the "love of her life," Charles "Chuck" Flanderka, for 45 years. The Flanderkas lived in Woodland Hills with their son, Dennis, for more than 30 years. They moved to Arroyo Grande in 1984 and after Charlie's death in 1994, Marilyn moved to Camarillo in 1998. Marilyn was an artistic, active, adventuresome, funny, outspoken and delightful person who will be dearly missed by her son, Dennis; cousins, extended family and numerous friends. She was an "original" who cannot be duplicated. A memorial service will be held on Dec. 1, at the chapel of Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to your favorite charity or the Pacific Lodge Boys Home, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91364.

Anita Lavin
Anita Lavin, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away in Thousand Oaks on Nov. 13, 2001. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Kamenir Chapel. Burial will be at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley. Arrangements are under the direction of Mount Sinai Mortuary.

David Deneal Day
David Deneal Day, 44, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., passed away Nov. 9, 2001, after a lengthy illness. David was born Aug. 26, 1957, and had been a Ventura County resident for 29 years, coming from Northridge. He worked as a roofer. David enjoyed playing the drums and he loved water sports, especially sailing. Now David has set sail into heaven and his dream has come true. He is survived by his wife, Wendy of Rancho Cordova; daughter, Jolene Day of Rancho Cordova; son, Joseph Day of Rancho Cordova; grandchild, Nicholas David Haro of Rancho Cordova; parents, Joseph and Delores Day of Henderson, Nev.; sister, Debbie Gocke of Henderson, Nev.; and nephew, Tony Interrante of Simi Valley. A service will be at 2 p.m. with burial at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park.

Nick Mitrofanis
Nick Mitrofanis passed away Nov. 13, 2001, two weeks shy of his 71st birthday. Mr. Mitrofanis was a 25-year resident of Thousand Oaks and was recently residing in Las Vegas. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joanne; son, Dean Mitrofanis; daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Ken Kledzik and Karen and Tony Harris; and grandchildren, Christine, Nicholas, Kathy, Kyle and Austin. A service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Palm Mortuary in North Las Vegas.

Robert Vincent Morales
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed."
-- 1 Corinthians 15:52
The family of Robert Vincent Morales announces the heartrending news of the passing of the much loved man on Nov. 8, 2001. His death came suddenly after he suffered a fatal stroke Friday, Nov. 2, 2001. During his journey of 61 years on this Earth he became a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Socorro Morales; daughters, Nancy Morales and Julie Morales (husband Mike); grandchildren, Dolly Villa Alonso (husband Anthony), Angel Villa, Leah Villa, Camille Gomez, Robert Tellez, Steven Tellez, Samuel Tellez, Isaac Tellez and Mike Morales Jr.; and great-granddaughter, Grace Alonso. Mr. Morales was born April 5, 1940, in Ventura to the union of Modesto Prieto Morales and Amada Medrano Morales. He was the fifth in a family of seven. He was preceded in death by his eldest brother, Henry Morales, both parents and his first great-grandchild, Anthony Alonso Jr. He is survived by his siblings, Charles "Chale" Morales, Modesto "Calangie" Morales (wife Susan), Angel Morales (wife Margaret), Gloria "Mana" Morales Davis (husband Herb), Delia "Giga" Morales Rodriguez (husband Danny); brother-in-law, Luis Estrada; as well as many nieces and nephews who knew him as "Tio Matie." Mr. Morales was a United States Army veteran and a City of Oxnard employee for 32 years. He was anticipating retiring in a few months. Proud of his service to his country, he was patriotic in his own right. He loved the Lord Jesus Christ and knew the way of salvation. For this his family is thankful to God. Robert, also known as "Bob" and "Matie," enjoyed playing in golf tournaments and taking the weekend 18-hole swing. He was an alumni member of the Mexican American Golfers Association. Baseball was a big part of his life while growing up in Saticoy. As a grandfather, he enjoyed watching his granddaughters play softball, never missing a game. On weekends, he enjoyed taking his grandchildren to the swap meet. The .99 cent store was a frequent excursion for "grandpa" and his grandkids, for fun. He provided financial and emotionally for his grandchildren. We all love and miss him. For all of the encouraging visits and support, the family thanks the City of Oxnard financial department, administration, co-workers and friends. For all the prayers from all of the participating ministries, especially Victory Outreach, we pray God's blessings upon you. A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Victory Outreach. A service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, Oxnard.

Irv Jim Dworkin
Irv Jim Dworkin, 95, of Shrewsbury died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, N.J. Mr. Dworkin was born in Russia and lived in Camarillo for five years before moving to Shrewsbury, N.J., one month ago. He was an active supporter of the City of Hope Hospital in California. He is survived by his son, Darryl Dworkin of Ocean Port, N.J.; daughter, Candy Rich of Camarillo; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, Ocean Township, is in charge of arrangements.

Erminie Ruth Clark
Erminie Ruth Clark, 86, recently of Thousand Oaks and a 50-year resident of South Pasadena, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001. Mrs. Clark was born April 28, 1915, in Brewer, Maine. She married James H. Clark on Sept. 14, 1936, and was married to him for 50 years before his death in 1987. She was active in South Pasadena PTA, Oneonta Church and other community activities. Mrs. Clark is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Candee Clark McDaniel and Bill of Thousand Oaks; son and daughter-in-law, James S. and Bobbye Clark of Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren, Rob McDaniel of Kirkland, Wash., Jamie Enderby of Denton, Texas, Meghan Donnelly of Thousand Oaks and Douglas Clark of Maryville, Mo; and great-grandchildren, Erin and Anna McDaniel and Ian and Jillian Enderby. A private family service was held on Monday, Nov. 5, at Forest Lawn in Glendale. The family requests that any memorials be made to a local Meals on Wheels foundation.

Mary Jane 'Dolly' Stack
Longtime Ventura County resident Dolly Stack died following a brief illness in Glenview, Ill. on Nov. 9, 2001, at the age of 88. She was born Mary Jane Winslow in Brainerd, Minn., on Sept. 5, 1913. She graduated from Denfeld High School in Duluth, Minn., and went on to receive her teaching certificate from the University of Wisconsin in Superior, Wis. In 1938, she was married to George X. Stack of Duluth, Minn. The couple moved to Santa Monica, Calif., in 1941. During World War II, Dolly worked at Douglas Aircraft. The couple and their two daughters relocated to Ventura in 1959 and eventually settled in Oxnard in 1961. George worked at the U.S. Naval Base in Port Hueneme until his death in 1967. In the early 1960s Dolly welcomed new residents to the community in her work as the "Welcome Wagon" lady. She was active in Santa Clara Church and worked as the school secretary at Santa Cara Elementary School from 1967 to 1971. She also worked for the City of Oxnard from 1989 to 1993 as the information desk clerk at the City Hall. Dolly will be remembered for her enthusiasm for life; her keen sense of humor; her passion for sports, especially Notre Dame football; and, most of all, her love of family and friends. Dolly is survived by her daughters, Patricia Stack of Glenview, Ill., and Dixie Elwell of Marietta, Ga.; and grandsons, Jonathan Elwell of Marietta, Ga., and David Elwell of Roswell, Ga. Dolly's life will be celebrated at a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Santa Clara Church, 323 South E St., Oxnard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, 2821 Central St., Evanston, IL 60201-1221, (847) 467-7423. Arrangements are under the direction of Payton Mortuary, 426 W. Fifth St., Oxnard, (805) 487-5333.

Rudy Peralta Nunez
Rudy Peralta Nunez of Oxnard passed away Oct. 30, 2001, at home. Rudy was born Sept. 9, 1934, in California. He was a self-employed shoe repairman for 45 years. Rudy loved to play the guitar and entertain everyone with his special technique of using the strings to make the sound of a crying guitar. Rudy is survived by his children, Teresa Valdez, Gina Amador, Lisa Ruiz, Rudy Nunez and Randy Nunez; and brothers and sisters, Cecilio Nunez, Francisca Nunez, Henry Nunez, Victoria Mendez, Edward Nunez, Luis Nunez, Felicitas Gonzalez and Rosa Nunez. He was blessed with 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Garcia Mortuary. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A St., Oxnard, (805) 486-9148.


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