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Manson, Michael Wayne - Buda  
Michael Wayne Manson, 55, of Buda Texas passed on Monday April 20, 2015 after a brief illness. Michael was born November 3, 1959, in Gilroy, California and resided in Oxnard California for a majority of his life before moving to Buda Texas in 2004. He is survived by his wife Barbara Manson of Buda Texas, his son Michael Wayne Manson, Jr., his siblings Brian Manson, Lynette Manson, Pamala Manson Davis, Dacosta Burroughs, Rashad McClanahan. He is preceded in death by his Mother Geraldine Burroughs and father Emanuel Manson Jr., and his brother Emanual Manson III. Contributions in memory of Michael may be made to the Texas Kidney Foundaton 45 NE Loop 410, Suite 255, San Antonio, TX 78216. www.txkidney.org
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Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 23 to Apr. 26, 2015
Mars, Stanley Joseph - Moorpark  
It is with great sadness that we announce that Stanley Joseph Mars (Miarczynski) died on April 18, 2015, from complications of battling Alzheimer's. Stanley was born in Power's Lake Wisconsin on April 30,1926. Born to Joseph and Anna Miarczynski, both Polish immigrants. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Adele and four sons, Michael, wife (Patricia) and granddaughters, Mary and Elizabeth; son, Lawrence wife (Amelia) grandsons Christopher, Kenneth, Ryan, and Brandon, granddaughters Janessa, Rachell, Charmaine, Michelle, Miranda,and Emily; son, Brian wife (Tracy) granddaughters, Molly, Anne, and Kendall; son, Stephen and granddaughter Vianna. Stanley grew up in Chicago Ill., during the Depression and was he fourth child out of ten siblings. His passion was baseball and played with the farm team of the Washington Senators. He was a veteran of the World War II and served as a belly gunner on a B24 bomber as member of the United States Air force. He was the only child in his family to attend college and he enrolled at Illinois Institute of Technology and earn an Electrical Engineering degree. His brothers called him "The Professor". While working for Ford Aircraft in Chicago, he met and married Adele Bykowski who was a dance teacher for Arthur Murray. Stanley, moved the family to Northern California and was employed with Aerojet Aviation in Rancho Cordova. The family migrated south in the late 60's and eventually made a home in Simi Valley, California. Stanley was employed with Lockheed Aircraft and was instrumental in the design of the L1011 Aircraft. In Simi Valley, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus of chapter 5803, a 4th degree member and where he was appointed by Supreme as the financial secretary. Upon his retirement, Stanley supported and helped various charities including Meals on Wheels, Catholic Charities and Moorpark Food Pantry. He travel to Europe, the Middle East, Mexico and his native, Poland. He enjoy gardening and working on his banana orchard. He was known as the "Banana Man" of Moorpark. He was very physically active and avid weight lifter well into is late 70's and early 80's. He became a member of the Knights of Columbus 9969. He loved being with his family and participating in the lives of his 16 grandchildren. About four years ago, due to the progression of his Alzheimer's, we was admitted to Simi Care Center. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation for the care that Stanley recieved at the Simi Care Center. Stanley's mathematical skills, superior intellect and rugged charm, will be missed by his family and friends He was a kind soul and always took of his wife and family. He will always remain in our prayers, our hearts, and our thoughts. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 4-8pm located at the Perez Family Funeral Home Moorpark Chapel, 887 Patriot Drive, Suite J in Moorpark. The vigil will begin at 6pm. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8am located at Holy Cross Church in Moorpark. Burial will follow at Assumption Cemetery in Simi Valley.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 24 to Apr. 27, 2015
Marshall, Orland - Oxnard  
Orland William "Buck" Marshall, Jr. passed away peacefully at home at the age of 76, on April 15th, 2015 In Oxnard, CA. Buck is survived by his Wife, Christina Sturm Marshall, Sons, Todd Alan (wife Trish) and, Brett William Marshall, (Oxnard CA), Step Daughter October Stillwell, (San Francisco CA), His 3 Grandchildren, Nicole, Zachary, and Jagger Marshall, (Oxnard CA), Sisters Patsy Somers and Jean Balderson, (Crisfield MD), along with many extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by Parents Orland William Sr. and Margaret Ward Marshall, his first wife, Mary Carolyn (Pigg) Marshall, and his Sister Doris Faye Balderson, (Crisfield MD). Buck was born on February 20, 1939 in Crisfield MD, where he spent his youth until 1956 when he joined the Navy Seabees, stationed at Port Hueneme, CA. Upon discharge he made Oxnard his permanent home. After a short time working in the oil fields Buck began his apprenticeship with Sheet Metal Workers Local #273. In 1976 he opened "Fire and Ice Systems" which he operated until 1988. He then worked alongside his son's in the Sheet Metal, HVAC trade until his retirement. During his career he was active in SMACNA and VCCA trade associations. Buck was an unforgettable man who touched many people's lives. He was a loving Husband, an actively involved Father, Grandfather and a good friend to all who knew him. Buck enjoyed life and people. He had many hobbies and loved sports but his true passion was Golf. He was active in Buenaventura Men's Golf Club for many years, serving on the Board of Directors for 15 years and as President in 2013 and 2014. He never passed up an opportunity to be out on the course and this passion carried him through the last months of his battle with cancer. Friends are welcome to an informal Celebration of Life which will be held from 12:00-3:00 Sunday April 26th at The Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center on the Buenaventura Golf Course in Ventura. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Ventura County Jr. Golf Association, http://www.vcjga.org/contactus.shtml . The family would like to thank the Doctors and Staff at the Greater LA VA Facility and Rose Room Hospice.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 22 to Apr. 25, 2015
Mervyn, Catherine Antolino - Oxnard  
Catherine Antolino Mervyn passed away at 3:00 a.m. on April 16, 2015 in her home while holding hands with her husband of nearly seventy years, William Mervyn. Born Concetta Maria Grazia Antolino, Catherine was the oldest child of Giuseppe Antolino and Carmela Limotta. She born near the village of Vallata, Province of Avellino, Italy and spent her early childhood in the village of Bisaccia, Province, Avellino. Her father departed when she was four months old to join the Italian Army during WWI. Catherine recalled collecting shoe polish cans which the family used for their pots and pans to cook in. After the war her father traveled to the United States to look for work before sending for the family. For nearly eight years Catherine stayed with her mother who earned money as a seamstress while Catherine attended school taught by the nuns but after the 5th grade the school was abandoned. Her mother's brother also traveled to America and helped Catherine's father get a job with the Pennsylvania Rail Road. Her father located in Columbus, Ohio sent for his family, 13 year old Catherine and her mother who sailed on board the ship Columbo arriving in to the New Your Harbor June 27, 1928. Soon after, Catherine welcomed two more additions to the family, brother Ralph and sister Michelina "Mickey." Catherine attended Chicago Avenue School on the west side of Columbus Ohio where she an influential teacher, Miss Grace Kearney. Kearney quoted a line from Samuel Johnson that made an indelible mark on Catherine, "Friendship does not lie in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice." A few years later Catherine was set up in an arranged marriage to an older man. She bore two children, Gene Santoro and Ronnie Santoro. However her husband moved on and took the children, leaving Catherine with a decision on what to do with her life. Service to her country became a reoccurring theme and in 1943, at the age of twenty-eight, Catherine joined the US Army. Working as a telephone operator she was stationed in the Philippines. After the war ended in 1945, Catherine used the GI Bill to attend Ohio State. Her English was still evolving but she met another Army vet who helped her get through her classes and eventually married, William "Bill" Mervyn on June 30, 1948. She followed Bill's teaching career in New Mexico and finally California. Catherine attended several colleges in obtaining her teaching credential including Ohio State University, Cal State University Fresno, UCSB and Cal Lutheran College where she received her Master's. Catherine and Bill also started a family by adopting two children, Chris and David. Catherine's first day of school in the Hueneme School District was September 13, 1965 at Parkview School where she taught grades 4 & 5 for fifteen years in Room 15. Catherine touched the lives of many of her students. She took great pride in teaching about the California Missions, Immigration to America and pride in the United States. She was a devout Catholic and proud American who let her strong beliefs permeate the classroom. Catherine also incorporated all modes of learning to help immerse the students in to learning. She would read to the class, do accompanying art projects, have the students' perform plays, travel on field trips as a culminating activity. She also included sports and a class newspaper with student's writings. Catherine often talked about her love for teaching saying they were the happiest years of her life. She continued teaching through the church after her retirement from public school. Catherine was also prolific writer having published several books and articles. A Tower in the Valley, the History of the Santa Clara Church; Historic Moments with California Federation of Women's Clubs; The Replication of the Father Serra Statue; children's books including Sammy, Pepe and Mumbo-Jumbo; A Lesson from a Tree; Call Me Nona; Obie and the Open Door and Monkey in the Cage. Catherine also maintained lifelong communications with many of her former students including Rosemary Stewart, Lorayna Castro Gonzalez and Jeff Maulhardt. Special thanks go out to Catherine's caregivers Dante Tabing and Barbara Scheibelhut who put in many long hours of dedicated and loving service. Catherine is survived by her siblings from Ohio, Ralph and Mickey, numerous nephews and nieces and her four children. Viewing will be at Reardon's Funeral Home at 511 A Street, Oxnard on Wednesday, April 22 from 4:00-8:00. Rosary and Mass at Santa Clara Church at 323 South E Street, Oxnard on April 23, starting at 9:30 a.m. followed by burial at Santa Clara Cemetery a reception will take place back at the Hall at Santa Clara Church. Donations can be made in Catherine's name to the Santa Clara Altar Society at 323 South E Street, Oxnard, CA 93030, Oxnard Historic Farm Park Foundation at 961 N Rice Ave. Suite 1A, Oxnard CA. 93030 or your favorite charity. Catherine has been entrusted to the care of the family owned and operated Reardon Funeral Home, 511 North A st, Oxnard. www.reardonfh.com
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Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 22 to Apr. 25, 2015
Miller, Charles Robert - Ventura  
Charles Robert Miller, 90, peacefully passed away at home on March 30, 2015. Born in Santa Maria on October 31, 1924 to Max and Arabella Miller, Chuck grew up in Santa Barbara with his older brother Wendell Bryant Miller (deceased) and younger sister, Roberta Maxine Clark who survives him. When he was a young boy, one of his uncles taught him to sail which became his lifelong passion. In 1943, he joined the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Rehoboth during WWII. After separation from the military, he met and married Billie Catherine "Kay" Collins in 1949. Together, they raised four children in El Rio in a home that he built with his own hands. An avid, almost fanatical sailor most of his life, Chuck loved the feel of the wind in the sails, the rhythm of the seas beneath the hull, and the challenge of sailing in general. He compared living to sailing, and throughout his life used sailing metaphors to help guide his life and the lives of his children. His passion for sailing took him many places including the Pacific Coast, two Trans Pac races to Hawaii, and many ports of call around the world. Chuck was a member of the Ventura Yacht Club where he was instrumental in helping the club to grow over the years. Chuck was blessed with two loves in his life; his first wife, Kay, who passed away in 1980, and then his current wife, Collette Emmons (nee Dewey), whom he married in 1981. He is survived by three of his children, Linda Sue Woods (Gary) of Lacey, Washington, Skip Miller (Paula) of Camarillo and Terri Lynn Fox (Greg) of Olympia, Washington, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, step-children Randy Emmons (Joan), Annette Ramirez (Mike) and Chris Emmons (Ruth), seven step-grandchildren and eleven step-great grandchildren.The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Livingston Hospice for their support in his final days and give special thanks to Jaime Giron for aiding the family and taking such loving, good care of Chuck in his last year of life. Your compassionate heart brought much joy and many smiles to Chuck which we are forever grateful for. Chuck will be remembered as a loving, kind, generous and gentle man who loved his family and was loyal to many friends. A private family service to spread his remains at sea will be held at a future date.Your boat has anchored in God's harbor. Your life voyage has been a great one. Now you shall sail the Heavenly Seas. So may the wind be at your back. Fair weather and God Speed!
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Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 23 to Apr. 26, 2015
Moore, Evert Junior and Erika Paula - Ventura  
Erika Paula Moore passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2015 at the age of 74. She was born on June 6, 1940 to Joseph and Erika Schmidt in Chicago, Illinois. Evert Junior Moore passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the age of 87. He was born on October 7, 1927 to Evert M. and Hazel M. Moore in Grafton, West Virginia. He served four years in the U.S. Army and three years in the Reserves with the rank of Sergeant. Erika has two daughters and five grandchildren from a previous marriage. Evert and Erika were married for forty five years. The Moores came to California from Chicago in 1969 and located in Brea (Orange County). Evert was employed by Econolite Control Products in Anaheim. He was an estimator for a traffic signal manufacturer. Erika enjoyed being a housewife and working with her beautiful ceramics. Upon retirement, they moved to Ventura and purchased a home in Ventura Country Estates. Erika was the official "lock and unlock" person for the Park's facilities every morning and evening. They were happy in their east Ventura home until Evert developed kidney failure and Erika developed a severe form of leukemia. They are survived by Sherry Guse (William), Christy Lisitza (Steve) and five grandchildren, Jonathon, Zachary, Jacob, Matthew and Victoria Charlotte,all of the Chicago area. Also, Evert's niece Joyce Bealer of Durham, North Carolina.Arrangements are entrusted to Charles Carroll Funeral Home with inurnment at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 22 to Apr. 25, 2015

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Martin, Patricia Ann - Ventura  
Patricia Ann Martin passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Tuesday April 14th after a long illness. She is survived by her son Ray Jr., daughter Robin, grandson Robert, all residing in Ventura, brother Larry Robbins of Long Beach as well as many nieces and nephews spread out. Patricia was pre-deceased by her husband Raymond, daughter Cari, and son Daniel. Patricia was a longtime resident of Ventura County. She worked briefly at the Ventura County Sheriff's department and was the proud wife of a Ventura City Fire Department Capitan for many years. Over the years she was affiliated with multiple Masonic fraternities noting Order of the Eastern Star and Rainbow for Girls. She was an avid seamstress, quilter, enjoyed crocheting and relaxing in her garden. She was also always involved with her children's extra curricular activities, whether it be a bake sale, working a pancake breakfast or rooting against the opponent's team in little league. The family would like to give a very special thanks to Assisted Hospice Care of Ventura for their immediate assistance and care. Helen, Kristy, Linda and Melanie were extremely kind and compassionate during this difficult time. In honor of her wishes, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice. She has been entrusted with Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home of Ventura.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 21 to Apr. 24, 2015
Mendoza, Frances N. - Oxnard  
Frances N Mendoza passed away on April 8, 2015 after a lengthy illness, she will be dearly missed. She is survived by her daughter Rosemarie Mendoza, 2 granddaughters Trina and Rhonda, 2 great-granddaughters Jacklyn and Nicolette, brother Joe and wife Linda and sister Nellie and husband Lefty. There will be a viewing held on April 21st 5-9 pm at the Reardon Funeral Home with rosary starting at 7pm. A mass will be held on April 22 at the Mary Star of the Sea Church at 10am with a graveside service to follow. Frances is entrusted to the care of the family owned and operated Reardon Funeral Home 511 North A st. Oxnard. www.reardonfh.com
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Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 21 to Apr. 24, 2015
Merriken, LaVerne E. Johnston - Thousand Oaks  
LaVerne E. Johnston Merriken of Thousand Oaks passed away with her family by her side on April 10, 2015. LaVerne was born to Elmer and Vera Ferguson on October 16, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois. In 1949, she married the love of her life Charles L. Johnston. After three of their five children were born, in 1956 LaVerne and Chuck moved to Anaheim, California then to Orange, California in 1965 where they raised their children until settling in Thousand Oaks, California in 1971. Five years later in 1976, LaVerne lost Chuck, and then years later married William E. Merriken. Laverne and Bill loved to travel, taking cruise trips and vacationing in Hawaii which were great pleasures to them.LaVerne loved her family and was very special to all that knew her. Her beauty and elegance radiated as she would enter a room, as her beautiful smile would tell you how much you meant to her. The amount of love and kindness that she had will forever be remembered. LaVerne is preceded in death by husbands Charles L. Johnston and William D. Merriken, daughter Christine J. Osborne, sons Richard E. Johnston and John C. Johnston. She is survived by son Steve Johnston and daughter-in-law Karen Johnston, daughter Carolyn Johnston Christian and son-in-law Drew Christian, daughter-in-law Melody Johnston and son-in-law Skip Osborne. Her grandchildren, Allen OsBorne- wife Sara, Jennifer Christian Lindsey-husband Mark, Drew Christian Jr. and Jessica Connella, Reece, Brooke, Danielle, and Garrett Johnston and her great grandchildren, Anabelle Osborne and Skylar Christian. Thank you God for blessing us with our mother, grandmother, and friend; she is an angel in heaven to watch over us all until we are together again. There will be a graveside service on Wed., April 22 at 11am at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village, CA 91362In Leui of flowers donations can be made to m.alz.org \donate.asp
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Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 19 to Apr. 24, 2015
Minnehan, Ronald K. - Westlake Village  
Ronald Keith Minnehan of Westlake Village passed away unexpectedly on April 17, 2015. Ron was born and raised in Churdan, Iowa. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Cal Luteran University and his Juris Doctor Degree from Ventura College of Law. He will be greatly missed by Barbara his wife of almost 50 years; his children, Mark (Jessica), Megan Smith (Greg), Andrew (Lisa) and his grandchildren; Mirko, James Thomas and Matthew Minnehan, Parker and Mackenzie Smith and Kate Minnehan. Ron loved spending time with his family and golfing buddies. His positive attitude and his great sense of humor will be missed. A memorial mass will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude's Catholic Church, 32032 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village, CA 91361.
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Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 21 to Apr. 24, 2015
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