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Chavez, Rosie - Oxnard  
Rosie "Chayo" Chavez, 67, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. She was born October 9, 1947 in Portland Oregon and had been a long time Oxnard resident. She was an avid reader of books and loved to do her word search puzzles. Rosie will be missed by all who knew and loved her.She is survived by her life partner, Philip Rivas; sister, Lilly Herrera; brothers, Ben and Carlos Larios; children, Vincent "Danny" Avila, Nancy Avila, Gary Avila, Louie Ramirez and Eugenia Robles. Viewing is planned for Saturday, Dec 20 from 4-10 p.m, with a Celebration of Life at 7 p.m. at Funeraria Garcia Mortuary 629 South "A" St, Oxnard, CA 93030 (805)486-9148.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Dec. 18 to Dec. 21, 2014
Costello, Robert John - Ventura  
Robert John Costello died on December 11, 2014 after bravely battling lung cancer. Bob was born July 4, 1943 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of John Patrick and Mary Broderick Costello. Bob was a compassionate person who cared deeply about people who are less fortunate. He loved a good joke, the Lakers, Kings, Galaxy, travel, and his beloved family. Bob was employed in several different positions that involved caring for people who need a helping hand. He was one of the first educational advocates for children with disabilities in the 1970s. He was proud to be co-author of a successful piece of litigation, Yarber v Riles, that ensured the rights of California Special Education students to be educated despite financial shortfalls. He worked with ex-offenders, managing re-entry houses; was the Executive Director of Mental Health Associations in both San Bernardino and Santa Barbara Counties; and worked with homeless people in both private and public sector positions. Bob ended his career as a Social Worker for the County of Ventura and was proud to be part of the founding of the RAIN Transitional Living Center. Bob was well know and loved by many people "on the streets" and was often called by law enforcement or mental health officials to assist in difficult circumstances. It was not uncommon for people to come up to Bob and thank him for having helped them get out of the cycle of addiction, untreated mental illness, or chronic homelessness. In retirement, he walked Main Street Ventura every day, keeping an eye out for "his people". He has a treasure trove of amazing stories to tell. Bob met his wife, Fran Arner-Costello, through their mutual passion for helping people with disabilities and Bob was always a devoted supporter of Fran's career in Special Education. Bob and Fran realized their dreams of travel to many places around the world and loved raising their children together. Bob believed in the dream of world peace and was involved with the peace movement for many years. He participated in numerous protest marches and demonstrations and never stopped hoping that peaceful solutions to world conflicts can be found.Bob was especially proud of his six children and devoted himself to all aspects of their lives. His oldest daughter, Theresa Costello, died in 2010. His surviving children are cheryl Kopp (husband Gus), Jason Costello (wife Katherine), Sarah Hale (husband Nate), and Ian Costello. He leaves behind six beautiful grandchildren, Alexis Stouff, Joshua Kopp, Mika Jenkins (husband Casey), Avery Hale, Michael Kopp, and Isla Hale and two great grandchildren Jayden and Rylan Stouff. A Celebration of Bob's Life will be held on January 17th, 2015 at 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church,1338 East Santa Clara Street Ventura. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Food Share of Ventura County, a charity that Bob believed made a difference in helping people in need.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Dec. 16 to Dec. 19, 2014
Dickson, Beatrice June Zehrung - Oxnard  
Beatrice June Zehrung Dickson was born in Mishawaka, Indiana to Josie and Carl Zehrung, June 27, 1929. She was the youngest of four sisters and four brothers. She was known by both "B" and June. Mishawaka is a city just east of South Bend, Indiana. June went through the Mishawaka school system, attended both Bethel and William Jennings Bryan Colleges graduating in 1953. She met Grover J. Dickson in College in 1952 and they were married in September, 1953. They served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1990 and have lived in Oxnard from 1985 to the present. June had a Bachelor's degree in Christian Education and used her skills and expertise every place she lived. She had a natural and cultivated talent in painting and sewing and her friends and family will greatly miss her landscapes and portraits. She had a winsome smile for everyone. June attended services at the Seabee Chapel, Port Hueneme and the First Christian Church, Santa Paula. As it is written in Proverbs 31:28, she was a blest mother "Her children rise up and call her blessed." She died at UCLA Hospital after a lengthy illness, Tuesday, 09 December, 2014. June is preceded in death by her parents Josie and Carl Zehrung: Brothers, Albert, Chester, Ralph and Harvey Zehrung: Sisters, Mildred, Kelley, and Gertrude Crocker. She is survived by her sister Edna Mae Burner: her Husband, Grover J. Dickson, Oxnard: Sons, John (Debbie) Dickson, Las Vegas Nevada and Joel (Julie) Dickson, Ukiah Ca: Daughters, Jacqueline (Kevin) Walters, Sherwood, Oregon, and Jill (Scott) Lewis, Vallejo, Ca. Grandsons: Derrick Martinez, Sacramento, Ca. and Adam Martinez, Susanville, Ca., Jacob Walters, Sherwood, Oregon, and Cooper Dickson, Las Vegas, Nevada. Granddaughters: Alisha and Charlotte Dickson, Ukiah, Ca. and Hannah Walters, Sherwood, Oregon. Memorial Services are pending for sometime in January, 2015.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Dec. 16 to Dec. 19, 2014
Finley, Tommie McGuire - Sheridan  
Tommie McGuire Finley of Sheridan, Arkansas was born October 12, 1928 in Temple, Oklahoma, the daughter of the late Raymond Carter McGuire and Viola Lemons McGuire. S he loved her Lord and was a member of Little Creek Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, crocheting, knitting, watching the Atlanta Braves and reading Zane Gray novels.Ms. Finley died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Sheridan Healthcare and Rehab at the age of 86. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Denny Milburn Jackson. Survivors: sons, Kenny Jackson and Randy Jackson both of Sheridan; daughter, Peggy Camper of West Hills, California; brothers, Terry McGuire of Ventura, California and Jimmy McGuire of Texas; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren and a host of friends. No services will be held. Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan (870) 942-1306. To sign the online guestbook, www.memorialgardenssheridan.com
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Published in Ventura County Star from Dec. 18 to Dec. 21, 2014
Francis, Nancy Lee - Simi Valley  
(1936-2014). Nancy Lee Francis, 78, of Simi Valley passed away peacefully on Monday, December 15, 2014, surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. Nancy and her two sisters were raised in Ohio by parents Earl and Jean Jones. She married Domenic Francis and had two sons, Russ and Steve. They moved to Simi Valley in 1969, and called it their home ever since. Nancy retired from JCPenney after a career of nearly 30 years. She loved gardening, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. Nancy was an active member of her Presbyterian Church and volunteered regularly. She was a very spiritual woman who gave her life to God, family and friends. Nancy had been hearing impaired most of her life and was very passionate about helping others like herself. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Don Francis. She is survived by her son Russ of Simi Valley, CA, and grandson Justin, his wife Traci, and great grandson Anthony of Coeur D Alene, Idaho, and also her son Steve of Moorpark, CA, his wife Kim, and grandchildren Tyler, Kylie and Madison. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). A celebration of life will be held at 11 am on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at StoneBridge Community Church, 4832 Cochran Street in Simi Valley.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Dec. 18 to Dec. 21, 2014
Freeman, Norma - Santa Paula  
Norma Freeman was born on May 28, 1930, and passed away after a short illness on December 11, 2014, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Norma's maiden name was Driver, and she was also known to many by her nickname of "Deenie." A loving mother and wife, she was married for almost 65 years to William J. "Bill" Freeman, who predeceased her earlier this year. Norma was the daughter of Lester T. and Jewel Mae Driver. She had four sisters, Rita Bogan, Naomi Bailey, Allie Brown, and Sue Laidler, and one brother, Lester L. "Bud" Driver. She was born in Midlothian, Texas, where she was by her own account, spoiled rotten by her grandfather, and where she was able to ride her bicycle to school. When she was in junior high school, the Driver family moved to Santa Paula. After moving to Santa Paula, she went to Isbell School, and then to Santa Paula High School, where she graduated in 1949. She always spoke with great fondness for the special friends she made during her school days. Immediately after high school Norma and Bill married, and later had two sons, Dean and Lynn Freeman. She and Bill spent much of their lives on cattle ranches, first on the Freeman family ranch in Aliso Canyon, and then on their ranch in north central Arkansas. Norma was an active partner in the business, keeping the books and managing the finances. She and Bill spent many wonderful years on the ranch in Arkansas. While they lived in Arkansas, Norma became an avid genealogist and took great joy in tracing her family roots back to the Revolutionary War. About ten years ago, Norma and Bill returned to Santa Paula, where they were welcomed back by family, including her sisters Naomi Bailey and Sue Laidler, and many other wonderful people who filled their lives with love. Norma is survived and will be greatly missed by her sons Lynn Freeman and Dean Freeman (and his wife Cindy); grandsons Chris Lang (and his wife Cindy) and Will Freeman; and great grandchildren Evan, Noah, Shelby and Riley. She also leaves sisters Naomi Bailey, Allie Brown, and Sue Laidler.A graveside service is scheduled at the Santa Paula Cemetery on June 18, 2014, at 11:00 am.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, 2014
Guite, Betty Jean - Thousand Oaks  
Betty was born October 13, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois and she died December 10, 2014 in Thousand Oaks, California. Betty's family moved to Los Angeles when she was a year old after her father got a job as the movie critic for The Illustrated Daily news. As a young woman she was an usherette at Carthay Circle Theatre in Beverly Hills and at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood where she attended the premieres of such classic movies as "Gone With the Wind" and "Snow White". She also had a job traveling for the American Chicle Company, handing out chewing gum samples throughout the west. Betty Jean worked at Lockheed Aircraft Company during World War II, aiding in the war effort. Outgoing and bubbly she had friends all over the world. She was a devoted Jehovah's Witness for over 64 years. Betty is survived by her children, Robert Teasdale, Pamela Cunningham (Herman), Debra Guite and Kimberly Ehrlich (Greg), grand daughters Brette Teasdale,Jaclyn Teasdale, Tami Cunningham, Shonnah Judd, grandsons Taylor and Dylan Ehrlich and great grand daughters Brooklyn Wilson and Gwendelyn Betson. She will be greatly missed. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint" Isaiah 40:31
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Published in Ventura County Star from Dec. 17 to Dec. 20, 2014
Hale, Mary Bacon - Leisure Village, Camarillo  
Obituary of Mary Bacon HaleBy Nancy Wilt WWII United States Marine, Marshall Field's Model, Business Woman, Author, Beloved Wife, Gentle FriendJuly 24, 1921 - November 26, 2014 Leisure Village, Camarillo CAJust touching the life led by Mary Peterson Bacon Hale was a unique event. Mary was born at Fort Sheridan, IL, into the family of Adolph Peterson, US Army. Born of noble birth, her father escaped Russia as did his brothers just prior to the Russian Revolution. Arriving in America alone and cut off from his family, he joined the US Army to serve his new country. His extensive knowledge of European languages and motorized engine design brought him to the attention of General John Pershing. SgtMaj Peterson remained on Pershing's staff until Perishing's retirement. Mary's pride in her father never diminished and she was proud of his military career. Following high school and business school, Mary was offered a position as a model by the illustrious Marshall Field's store in downtown Chicago. Mary worked as both a legs model and runway model. In early 1944 Mary was leaving her modeling job when she spotted a United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve recruiting booth in the lobby of Marshall Field's. She enlisted that day and after completing boot camp at Camp Lejeune, NC, Mary was assigned to Camp Pendleton, CA, (Area 16) and the First Marine Division. Mary spent month's reviewing photos taken by the Marines and news photographers in the Pacific theatre to ensure that families, and especially mothers, would not see their sons either dead or terribly wounded in the photos. Mary was then assigned to the Staff Judge Advocate as an administrative clerk and Court Reporter, thereby utilizing her business school training. In 1945 Mary was selected for duty in Hawaii; only 1500 women out of some 23,000 women Marines met the qualifications for duty in the Territory of Hawaii. Mary was on a troop transport enroute to Hawaii when Japan surrendered. While serving at Camp Pendleton, CA, Mary met the Marine she knew she would marry. MSgt Edward "Frosty" Hale had shipped out for the Pacific area of operations, not long after they met. Months later when Mary arrived for duty at Manoa Ridge on Oahu, she learned that Frosty's unit had returned to Hawaii. Neither had any doubts about their love of each other and they were married at the Women Marine Chapel, Manoa Ridge on Oahu. The ceremony was conducted by the base chaplain and witnessed by both their respective Commanding Officers and Marine friends. Frosty had presented his bride and the other women Marines attending with lush Hawaiian orchid corsages. War time regulations required that Frosty receive special permission, in writing, authorizing the women to wear corsages while in uniform. Frosty soon returned for mopping up duties in the Pacific Islands. Mary was notified months later that Frosty, again at sea with his unit, was returning by hospital ship having become extremely ill. Mary was discharged in Hawaii and placed aboard the hospital ship with Frosty since he was in a serious condition. Frosty did recover and was selected to be commissioned as a Marine Officer. During their early married years Mary held civil service jobs as an executive assistant to multiple senior officers at the bases and commands where Frosty was stationed. Retiring as a Captain, Frosty worked for IBM and Xerox with great executive success. Mary and Frosty enjoyed life in a number of cities, but San Francisco and Hawaii remained their favorite places. Sailings on San Francisco Bay on their sailboat were some of their happiest times during a marriage Mary frequently said "was meant to be". Mary and Frosty's love affair never ended even with his passing. Mary continued before and after Frosty's death as a vital, active woman. She opened one of the first recognized protocol schools, teaching government and business officials needed skills. Mary then undertook teaching acceptable manners and social skills to younger generations, something she saw as missing in young Americans. Mary was active in early beautification projects for her beloved Camarillo. Her passion for Hawaii never ceased and she spent many years in the various homes she and Frosty purchased in Hawaii and her home in Camarillo, CA. In 1980 Mary joined the Women Marine Association to once again be with women who shared the pride and traditions of the United States Marines. The Association has always been and remains today a vital and recognized veteran's organization with multiple missions. Mary leapt into the organization and served as a chapter president, area director of WMA's largest area (the state of California); she founded ten new WMA chapters and then became head of Plans and Policies for the Board of Directors of WMA. Not stopping, Mary wrote three books on Women Marines which told the personal stories of the women Marines from World War One through the beginning of the Global War on Terror. This massive project of soliciting the histories from thousands of women Marines, researching and proofing their stories, the gathering the photos and writing the chapters then creating the final lay-out while handling all publishing costs and publishing house interface, was truly an act of love of "Corps". Mary was recently involved in early planning discussions of the possible development of a Book 4 of the series, willing to step up and assume the role of Consultant at the time of her passing. In 2002, Mary Hale provided financial and personal support to a developing effort to preserve not only the personal histories but also the memorabilia and artifacts of the women who served the United States Marine Corps, past, present and future. Her enthusiastic and continuous support has led to the Women of the Corps Collection, the largest existing collection on the history and service of women who have served as United States Marines. The Women of the Corps Collection provides exhibits, historical information, and articles for publication, preservation of uniforms and artifacts as well as a graduate program for master and PhD candidates and an undergraduate intern program on history. Mary was also instrumental in the development of the Women of the Corps Foundation (WCF) whose mission is to provide financial support for the Women of the Corps Collection. Her support and guidance has been unwavering from the inception of both Collection and Foundation until her passing. Mary was also a major contributor for the creation of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, VA. Being humble, she was rather embarrassed when she learned her name appears on the wall in the lobby of the Museum. She also provided early and continued support to the Women in Service to America Memorial (WIMSA) built in Washington DC and opened by President Bill Clinton during his presidency. This memorial honors all women who have served in the United States military and is located at the entrance of Arlington National Cemetery. Over the decades Mary has helped many in need, always quietly and with no fanfare or desired recognition, be it from her sister Marines or others throughout the Marine Corps Family. She was an American who served her country proudly and the United States Marine Corps faithfully. Semper Fidelis, Mary Your will be loved and missed, always, by your unofficially adopted family, Michael Scully, (TX), Nancy Wilt, Ned Wilt (CO), Joseph Woodbury (ME), and Clare Sterling (CA).
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Published in Ventura County Star from Dec. 18 to Dec. 21, 2014
Johnson, Ron - Ojai  
Ron was born on 1-3-57; he passed away 10-22-14 in Ojai, CA. He grew up in La Mirada, CA with his parents and brother. He moved to Ventura County where he excelled in the carpet business, and where he met his wife, Marge Johnson, in 1977. Marge left Ventura County in 1978 and Ron was right behind her and got a job at VB Anderson Welding Supplies and married in November 1979. They bought their home in Corona, CA, and in 1982 they were blessed with their daughter, Michelle. In 1986, Ron and family moved back to the beach in Ventura County; they separated and ultimately divorced in 1988. Ron and Marge continued to raise Michelle cooperatively throughout her childhood and adolescence. Ron is survived by his first wife Marge Johnson, daughter Michelle Johnson Miller, son-in-law Ryan Miller, his brother Bob Johnson, his wife Sharon Johnson, and step-son Nick Biava. Memorial service is 11-1-14, 2-4pm, at Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home in Ventura.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Nov. 24 to Dec. 24, 2014
Mead, Kay Marilyn - Ventura  
Kay Marilyn Mead died at the age of 76, following a long and often painful illness in Ventura. Kay peacefully made her transition into Spirit on Saturday, December 13, 2014, after a day of joking with family, friends and staff; while waiting for her next cup of coffee. Kay is now sharing that coffee with her late husband Frank and having a nice dance to some Benny Goodman music. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 7, 1938 to Frank and Gladys Forsythe. She moved with family to California at age five. Kay graduated from Saint Ferdinand High School in San Fernando, CA, in 1956. She married Frank Allen Mead in 1956 and moved to Ventura in 1962. Kay worked for Ventura Unified School District for 17 years as a Special Education Teachers Aide and later as a district Buyer. She was an active member of Our Lady of Assumption Church and served with Frank in Marriage Encounter for many years. Kay is survived by her son, Thomas Mead; daughter, Laureen Renar; grandchildren, Brittany Alanna Palma, Tyler Espinoza, Claire Renar and Wyatt Renar. She is sister to the late June Seiber, late Lois McGinley and Donald Fancher. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura, from 5pm until 7pm. A rosary and vigil will begin at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Assumption, 3175 Telegraph Rd., Ventura, on Thursday, December 18th, 11am. A reception at the church will follow the interment at Santa Clara Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at TedMayrFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Ventura County Star from Dec. 16 to Dec. 19, 2014
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