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Ludes, Susan Motley - Ventura  
Susan Motley Ludes, 63, died peacefully on Jan. 15, 2015 at Ventura County Medical Center after sustaining injuries from an accident at home. Susan was born May 14th, 1951, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Dr. Hurley L. Motley and Dr. Cornealia Ellis Motley. Susan was very involved in the Girl Scouts in her youth. With her troop, she hiked the Sierras, rafted through the Grand Can-yon, and toured across Europe. Susan attended Hollywood High School and went on to graduate from USC with an English Literature degree. In 1975 she went back to school to learn to be a paralegal. In 1978, Susan married Tad Ludes, and they spent their early married years in San Diego running a casino company business, where she dealt blackjack, roulette, and craps at fundraising events and private parties. They sold the company in 1985 and her focus shifted to raising their daughter, Annie. In 1987 Sue and her family moved to Ventura and started attending Community Presbyterian Church, where she served faithfully for many years. At various times during the last 27 years, she has served as a deacon, bell choir member, interim nursery director, and head of the communion setup committee. She was also very involved with Bible Study Fellowship. After going through the classes herself, she then went on to be a discussion leader, children's leader, and children's supervisor for many years. Susan loved the Lord and spent her life serving him and loving the people around her. She was kind, selfless, thoughtful, and a loyal friend. She is survived by her husband, Tad, and daughter, Annie, as well as her brother Dale Motley and his wife Mary, and brother Jim Motley and his wife Sandy. A memorial service will be held at Community Presbyterian Church in Ventura on February 7th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Deacons fund at CPC would be an appreciated way to celebrate her love of the church and its people.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28, 2015
Ludwig II, Raymond Culver - Simi Valley  
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Raymond "Ray" Culver Ludwig II. Ray was born on September 4, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio, and passed away on January 23, 2015, in Simi Valley, CA. Ray was a veteran of the United States Army, and was proud to have served his country during the Korean War. He worked for many years and retired from GTE (now Verizon), a job which he enjoyed very much. Ray leaves behind four daughters: Suzanne Longfield, Sheryl Ludwig, Sondra McLaren and Stacey Ludwig; grandchildren, Nicole Castaneda, Marcus McLaren, Mitchell McLaren, Brooke Overton, Hayley Blackwell, and Ashley Hassler, and a great grandson. He is also survived by brother and sister-in-law Bob & Punky Soares, sister-in-law Fran Staben and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Margaret "Peggy" Soares Ludwig. There will be celebration of Ray's life on Friday, January 30th, 2015, at 11 o'clock in the morning, at Ivy Lawn Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Valentine Road, Ventura, CA, 93003.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Jan. 27 to Jan. 30, 2015

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Lanning, Mary Elizabeth Eckels - Visalia  
Mary Elizabeth Eckels Lanning, born Oct. 23rd 1927 passed from this life on Jan. 19th 2015 at the age of 87. Mary, the daughter of Allen Martin Eckels & Georgia Margaret Almany Eckels, was born in Tennessee. She lived there a few years, later moving to Chicago, IL and after another few years moved to California, where she lived until her death. Mary graduated from San Fernando High in 1945. She volunteered at the local USO during World War II. While visiting her sister Helen in North Dakota, she met Milton (Mick) Lanning. They married in February of 1946, and moved back to California. Mary worked in the newly developing plastics technology, later transferring to the aerospace industry where she perfected her skills in fiberglass fabrication at the Northrop- Grumman Corporation. She and her husband, Mick, were part of the NASA Gemini & Apollo programs as well as the Boeing 747 production team. In connection with Northrop, she attended UCLA where she obtained her Industrial Arts Vocational Teaching Credential. She began the first ever Plastics Technology course in the Ventura Unified School District; teaching eager students at Buena High to make their own surfboards or flare their car fenders as part of a 3 year Northrop training program. At the end of the program, she returned to Northrop Ventura until her retirement in 1985. She moved to The Central Valley, where she lived in Springville, later moving to Porterville and finally to Exeter. Mary was very active in the Church of Christ while living in the cities of San Fernando, Ventura and Springville, teaching and assisting with Vacation Bible School, while health permitted. Many Ventura parents received clay handprints of their children attending VBS as part of her efforts. Her hobbies included ceramics and making porcelain dolls which she gave to family and friends. In her later years, having a lifelong love of music, she enjoyed having fun with Karaoke, at the encouragement of her Brother Kenny & his wife, Gigi Eckels. She loved traveling with her sister, Reba Sepulveda along with her niece Solyra Sepulveda, to visit her niece, Aanda Slocum and other family & friends across the states. One of her greatest joys was becoming a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, tracing her family heritage and compiling that information in books for other family members. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Hamlin Lanning and is survived by her two Sons, Don Martin Lanning, his wife Jana of Exeter and Curt Lee Lanning, and his wife Ronda of Bakersfield. Mary had eight Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren. A Memorial Service is being planned at the West Visalia Church of Christ on February 7th The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. www.woundedwarriorproject.org
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Published in Ventura County Star from Jan. 24 to Jan. 27, 2015

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Loyola, Rafael Levardo - Oxnard  
Rafael Levardo Loyola, (husband, father, father-in-law, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, friend (Sadik), tailor, carpenter, painter, dancer) 83, born December 24, 1931 to Leonarda Mapanoo Levardo and Benjamin Baylon Loyola, was called home by God after 61 years of marriage to his faithful and dedicated wife, Teodosia Ronquillo Oesmer. He is survived by 9 children: Nenita Loyola Atangan (married to Chito), Rebecca Loyola Reyes (married to Elmer), Milagros Loyola Alcazar (widowed by Ronnie), Benjamin Oesmer Loyola (married to Violeta de Guzman), Melinda Loyola de Mesa (widowed by Reynaldo), Anicia Loyola Reyes (married to Arnel), Dr. Jean Oesmer Loyola (widowed by Martin Donnellan), Michelle Loyola, and Rafael Loyola, Jr. He also left behind precious grandchildren: Christian Marc Atangan, Christopher Loyola Atangan, Chariz Reyes Mancilla (married to Markmann Noel "Maki"), Ivy Kristin Reyes Ramos (married to Odon), Katrin Reyes, Rhodessa de Mesa Bobadilla (married to Roderick), Rae Mae Loyola de Mesa, Ron Christian Loyola Alcazar (married to Aileen), Mary Grace Loyola Alcazar (married to Paolo), Ralph Albert de Guzman Loyola (married to Jocelyn de la Rosa), Diane de Guzman Loyola, John Alfred Loyola Reyes, Patricia Loyola Reyes, Frances Anthea Loyola Donnellan, Mikhail Francis Loyola Donnellan, plus great grandchildren: Christiana (Boo) Jenks Atangan, Nicole Loyola, Haily Kaitlyn Loyola, Andres Gabriel De Mesa, Amber Alcazar, Prince Alcazar, plus numerous relatives and friends. Tatay/Papa/Lolo, Tiyo, Kuya, Mang "Dide" worked as a tailor then assumed different jobs on and off for over 14 years outside the Philippines and paved the ways and means for the education of his children. Our fun memories of his positive attitude in life revolved around his friendly smile, his charming personality, sense of humor, and willingness to help others. The talents and treasures bestowed upon him are made evident on what he left behind on his children. His trust in our abilities to do well, knowing what is right from wrong, guided us to strive even more to attain our dreams and goals in life. Witnessing how he changed throughout his aging years, from the infirmities he suffered from, taught my family the value of loyalty, true faith, the glimpses of hope, and the love, from the sacrifices each one endures, as nothing but the very essence of living life, the precious gift from God. Eternal rest grant unto the soul of Tatay and may he rest in peace, Amen. Funeral arrangements under the care of Santa Clara Mortuary 2370 North H Street, Oxnard, Ca 93036 Visitation, Sunday, January 25, 2015, strictly 4-8pm, Holy Rosary at 6 pm. Funeral Mass, Monday, January 26, 2015 at 10am at Santa Clara Chapel, 1333 East Ventura Blvd & Rose Avenue, Oxnard/El Rio, Ca 93036. Tatay's body will be laid to rest in the Philippines, subsequently upon meeting the requirements for International transport. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff; they comfort me. Thou prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23
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Published in Ventura County Star from Jan. 23 to Jan. 26, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

Lind, Dorothy Jean - Ventura  
Dorothy Jean Lind, 86, passed away peacefully at home in Ventura, on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. She was born in Evans, Colorado on July 24, 1928, the daughter of Frances Larsen and Leslie Griffith. While attending Colorado A & M College, she met Allen Whitford at a freshman dance. After a whirlwind romance, the couple married in September 1946. Dorothy worked as a bookkeeper while Allen finished his studies. They moved to California in 1951 with their young daughter. The couple soon added another daughter and a son to their family and moved to Ventura in 1956. Widowed three years later, Dorothy began working part-time as a bookkeeper while remaining active as a Camp Fire Girls leader and camp counselor.After a while, neighbors introduced Dorothy to Bill Lind, who swept her off her feet and danced her to the altar for "The Second Time Around" in September 1963. Bill's son and daughter soon joined the lively household. The family enjoyed camping and houseboat trips, boating and water skiing at Lake Nacimiento and the Colorado River. In 1965, Dorothy and Bill joined Dorothy's mother, Frances Bergman, to manage The Red Hen restaurant in Ventura. Always a busy person, Dorothy continued to work as the bookkeeper for Coast Hardware. After selling the restaurant in 1972, Dorothy worked for G & S Building Supplies and later managed the Hi Ho Burger # 2. It was there that she acquired her nickname, "Grandma Hi Ho," from her grandson Jonathan. In 1981, Dorothy's career took a new path when she and Vickie Cook Whitford opened Vickie's Pampered Pet grooming shop in Montalvo. Always a pet lover, Dorothy learned to bathe and groom dogs and cats, and, of course, she handled the books. After 25 years, Dorothy retired in 2006.Dorothy had great fun playing bridge, canasta and other games with friends and family. Dorothy and Bill had a standing Friday night game with Dorothy's brother and sister-in-law. The couple also enjoyed frequent trips to Laughlin, Nevada, as well as travels to Alaska, Hawaii, Norway and other world destinations. In addition to her husband, Dorothy is survived by her children and their spouses, Karen and Glenn "John" Stallings, Pam and Mike Mundy, Marilyn Whitford, Brian and Chris Lind, and Ken Whitford; sisters-in-law, Arline Griffith, Dorothy Brewster, and Vickie J. Whitford; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends; and her devoted caregivers, Romeo and Richard. Dorothy also leaves behind her beloved cats, Dusty and Tabitha Jules. Private services are being planned. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Ventura County. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be left at TedMayrFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Ventura County Star from Jan. 18 to Jan. 21, 2015
Long, Philip Frederick - Ojai  
Philip Frederick Long, loving husband to Maren, and father of Kimberly, Philip, and Margaret, died peacefully in the night on January 17th, 2015. Born on May 8th, 1929 in Pontiac, Michigan, Phil was a long-time resident of Ojai, California. During his time spent in Ojai, Phil was well-liked and had many friends. He loved to work on his cars, and enjoyed spending time with his family. Phil was preceded in death by his loving parents and daughter, Kimberly. Phil leaves behind son, Philip Charles Long; daughter, Margaret April Hoff; and many loving grandchildren. There will be a service for family and friends on Saturday, January 24th, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the New Hope Christian Center. Reception to follow. The address is: 590 Old Ventura Avenue, Oak View, California, 93022. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Ventura County Teen Challenge. Arrangements are in the care of Channel Islands, Cremations, A Heritage Life Tribute Center Ventura, 805-240-1359
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Published in Ventura County Star from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24, 2015
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