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Padilla, Violet Kazuko - Thousand Oaks  
Violet Kazuko Padilla Thousand Oaks, CA Violet Kazuko Padilla died peacefully at home in Thousand Oaks, California on August 5, 2015 in the care of her husband and loving family. Violet was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii on February 12, 1935, the youngest of 8 children. Her parents, Shizuichi and Haruyo Daigo Hiratani, had emigrated from Hiroshima, Japan. Violet attended Leilehua High School, University of Hawaii, and CSU Fullerton. She was a devoted wife, mother, homemaker, and a talented seamstress. Violet and Xavier raised three daughters in Whittier, California. Throughout her life she enjoyed sports (tennis, 5K & 10K races, including 3 Bay to Breakers) and travelling (to visit family, explore, and enjoy good food). After she received a BA from CSU Fullerton she worked on the B-2 Project during her 13 years at Northrop. Her special joy was being "Mum" to grandchildren Cory, Alex, and Lana. Violet is survived by her husband Xavier J. Padilla, Sandy and Ed Smith, Lisa Padilla and Greg Hise, Linda and Shaun McCray. Family members will commemorate her life with a private ceremony.
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Published in Ventura County Star on Aug. 30, 2015
Peters, Mason Ryan - Camarillo  
Mason Ryan Peters Camarillo, CA It is with our deepest sorrow to announce the irreplaceable loss of our son Mason Ryan Peters, who passed peacefully in his sleep the morning of August 24, 2015. Our fighter's life would seem too short to many, but for those who were touched by him understand that the impact he made far outweighs the amount of time he gave to us. His sweet soul captivated the hearts of all around him. Mason leaves behind many wonderful therapists, doctors, nurses and caregivers who provided immeasurable amounts of support. All of these special people, too many to mention, showed our family endless amounts of love for which we are forever grateful. We would like to give a special thanks to the Oxnard Fire Department and the Gold Coast Ambulance Company for the boundless love, support, and care they gave to Mason. He is survived by his loving parents, Cindi Collins and Daniel Peters of Camarillo, CA; grandparents, Dale and Ronda Collins and Terry and Yvonne Peters; great grandparents Arthur and Martha Kreps, Marie Troutman, and Joanne Bentz; along with several loving aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts, great uncles, friends and amazing supporters. A celebration of Mason's life is scheduled for 10 am on Saturday, August 29th at the Adolfo Camarillo High School gymnasium. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to http://www.gofundme.com/982ngz7g . A memorial has been set up to raise funds for a special needs playground in memory of this spectacular little boy.
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Published in Ventura County Star on Aug. 27, 2015
Peterson, David Ray - Oxnard  
David Ray Peterson Oxnard, CA David Ray Peterson, 71, entered into eternal rest on August 26, 2015. He was born June 14, 1944, in Riverside, CA. David proudly served his country as a Navy Seabee (EO). He served in Vietnam retiring in 1989, from the CBC Naval base at Port Hueneme, CA. To say he was a sports fan is a huge understatement. The Angels and Lakers were on if a TV was around, but his passion was racing. From watching NASCAR to enjoying his Grandson's Zack Peterson & Matt Peterson tearing up the track at the Ventura Raceway. When his boys were not racing, you would see him on his scooter on the front straight taking in all the racing action he could. He is survived by sons, David Peterson (Angela) of Oxnard and David McNaught of Fresno; daughter, Jamie Redmond (Ron) of Agawam, MA; grandsons, Zack & Matt Peterson, Jacob McNaught, Joshua & Jonathan Breault; and grandaughter, Amanda Breault. David was preceded in death his parents, Raymond L. & Mildred O. Peterson, daughter, Jessica Lewis and grandson, Joseph Borselio. A Celebration of Life is planned for 11 a.m., Saturday, September 5, 2015, in the Chapel at the Camino del Sol Memorial Center & Funeral Home, 200 North C Street, Oxnard (805) 483-3443. Following the service, there will be a gathering at the family's home to share stories and bench race. Arrangements are in the care of Otto & Son's, Camino del Sol, Life Tribute Center, Oxnard.
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Published in Ventura County Star on Aug. 30, 2015
Polino, Daniel Louis - Simi Valley  
Daniel Louis Polino Simi Valley, CA Our loving dad and husband, Dan, passed away August 21, 2015, in Simi Valley, California. He lived an action-packed 92 years. Dan was one of ten children born to Mary and Anthony Polino, Italian immigrants. Having been raised in the big city it wasn't uncommon to find yourself at age 18 never having driven an automobile, which was Dan's situation. He enlisted in the US Navy during WWII, earned a commission as an ensign, and wore the coveted wings of gold. This was one of his proudest achievements. He learned to fly a plane before learning to drive a car! Dan received his degree in mechanical engineering and worked in the aerospace industry. He was involved in the production of the rocket that propelled our astronauts to the first lunar landing. Dan had a beautiful tenor voice and was a wonderful cook. We will miss his minestrone soup, Hawaiian chili, and pomegranate wine. Dan and his wife, Cathy, celebrated 64 years of marriage this year. Dan is survived by his wife Cathy, son Dave and wife Loretta, daughter Lisa and husband Randy, and daughter Tina and fianc?' Armando. They were blessed with six beautiful grandchildren: Daniel Polino, Christopher Polino, Erika Kruse Berry and husband Chris, Brent Kruse, Evan Connor, and Kerry Connor. His sister Josephine, many nieces, nephews, cousins in Italy, and friends also survive him. We celebrate a life well lived by a good and faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. We look forward to a most joyous reunion in our heavenly Father's house one day soon. There will be a Funeral Mass on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 11:00 a.m., at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Simi Valley, with a reception immediately following the service.
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Published in Ventura County Star on Aug. 30, 2015
Richiusa, Salvatore "Sam" - Camarillo  
Salvatore "Sam" Richiusa Camarillo, CA Salvatore Richiusa, affectionately called Sam-a WWII marine and Pearl Harbor Survivor-was born, December 11, 1919 in South Amboy, NJ., and passed away August 13, 2015 around 9:15 a.m. He was 95. Beloved husband of Flora Mae-who passed away two years ago-for 71 plus years and the much loved father of five children, Cheryl, Gordon, Gary, Judy, and Lynda Lee, he leaves all five children, 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Sam was the last living child (a total of eight siblings) of Frank and Cecilia Richiusa. The Life Celebration Memorial Service and reception will be held at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 102 Camino Esplendido, Camarillo, CA 93010 on Saturday August 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers consider a memorial donation in Salvatore's name be made to one of his favorite charities such as: Disabled American Veterans, DAV.org/Donate or American Veterans, supportamvets.org . Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Charles Carroll Funeral Home.
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Published in Ventura County Star on Aug. 23, 2015
Rico, Ernestine Ramos - Santa Paula  
Ernestine Ramos Rico Santa Paula, CA Ernestine "Titina" Rico, 88, peacefully went to be with our Lord on August 24, 2015. Ernestine was born in El Paso, Texas on December 7, 1926 and moved to Santa Paula as a young child. Ernestine truly loved being a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She was a caring second mother to many throughout her lifetime. Ernestine was preceded in death by her parents Leoncio and Soledad (Ramos) Rico, son Waldo R. Nava, sisters Eva Aparicio and Dora Prado, and brother Rudy Rico. She is survived by her grandson Waldo R. Nava Jr., great-granddaughter Lacey Nava, sister Connie Castaneda, niece Yolanda Matchett (Tom Matchett), niece Ida Aparicio, niece Peggy Aparicio, her pug Violet and many other family members whom she loved and loved her. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten; she will always be in our hearts. Graveside services will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, August 31, 2015 at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery. To sign the family's on line guestbook, share stories, and post pictures please visit our website: www.santapaulafuneralhome.com and click on Ernestine's name located below "Recent Obituaries". Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula, CA. For further information, please call (805) 229-7054.
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Published in Ventura County Star on Aug. 30, 2015
Rosales, Jalen Mark - Ventura  
Jalen Mark Rosales Ventura, CA Jalen Mark Rosales was born and raised in Ventura, CA, where he attended Junipero Serra School, Balboa Middle School, and graduated from Buena High in 2012. Jalen attended Ventura Community College receiving his AA degree in Psychology with honors, and then transferring to Cal-State Channel Islands also majoring in Psychology when he was then diagnosed. After almost a yearlong courageous battle with a very "rare form" of Leukemia/Lymphoma, Jalen was called to be with Jesus far too soon for reasons we will never understand. The bible says that "our ways are not His ways," and as our Pastor always says "there are somethings we just won't know, until we get there." But, we take great comfort in the fact that Jalen was an incredibly caring, selfless, positive, and motivating person who absolutely lit up any room with his infectious smile and loving personality. In his short life Jalen accomplished a lot, and he took great pleasure in encouraging people. Motivating them to get the best out of their life, be appreciative of the little things, and always spread the Love of God to others with just the simple way he lived his life. He also loved to lift people up when they were down, motivate them to achieve their goals and dreams, and he would help in any way he could in a time of need, which was evident in all of the wonderful recent Facebook posts from everyone. Jalen was a believer in Jesus Christ, who attended Youth Group throughout his middle and high school years, and was a part of many youth events and camps growing up, always inviting friends and family to come. His favorite verse in the bible, which he had tattooed was Psalm 118:6, which simply read "The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid?" Jalen loved playing soccer, watching soccer, following Manchester City his favorite soccer team, and playing the FIFA soccer video games. He also loved vacationing at the Hanna's lovely vacation home in Bass Lake, CA, every summer. Listening to all his favorite music, going to Warped Tours, watching the Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, writing, working out to cross fit videos, hanging out at Pizza Chief where he worked or "the Chief" as he called it, and most importantly hanging out with and just loving on all his many friends! He is survived by his loving parents, Mark and JoAnn Rosales of Ventura; his identical twin brother Jared Rosales, oldest brother Joshua Rosales both of Ventura, sister Crystal Hernandez, and brother in-law Raul Hernandez of Oxnard; his niece and nephew, Gianna and Isaiah "Jaylen" Hernandez; grandparents Fred and Esther Lopez of Oxnard, Adolfo Rosales of Ventura, and Kathleen Rosales of Oxnard; His many loving aunts; uncles; his numerous loving cousins; his church family; and so many amazing, loving, and supporting friends who he loved deeply. In the end there were times when he was afraid, but he knew that he had God on his side, his family being with him every single step of the way never leaving his side, along with hundreds of friends and supporters lifting him up in prayer and encouraging him when he needed it most. He was an absolute fighter, never quitting, he faced what life threw at him, did everything that was asked of him, endured and then fought like no other, never ever giving up! He loved to post positive Facebook posts sharing his deepest hurts and struggles as he battled, but at the same time always wanting everyone to know he was fighting and making sure he encouraged others. He loved Stuart Scott's recent quote who said it best "you beat cancer by HOW you live, WHY you live, and in the manner in which you live?" The family would like everyone to know that Jalen did not lose his battle, he WON, because with his life he fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the Faith? Jalen has now received his reward in Heaven. We would like to thank everyone who helped us along the way. All who cooked meals, attended the fundraiser, encouraged us and him, and just prayed for us. Also, the UCLA Medical Center's oncology team, the doctors, care partners and nurses that gave him the absolute best care. He did not want to be there, but when he spent weeks & months at a time there, he always felt safe and absolutely loved everyone who cared for him there during his stays. Caregivers would all tell us how much they loved him as well, and shared with us how even though he was sick, he would always ask them as they entered his room "How is your day going," that's who he was. We would also like to encourage people to consider being a bone marrow donor at www.bethematch.org , there are many patients still waiting for a match. A celebration of Jalen's life is scheduled for Saturday August 29th, 2015, 11:00 A.M., at New Life Community Church, 1921 North Rice Ave, Oxnard, CA, with a burial service at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura, CA, immediately following. As Jalen would want, all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial funds be sent to the Jalen Rosales Memorial Fund at Ventura County Credit Union, where some of the proceeds will also go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Ventura County Star from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2015
Ruiz, Bea J. - Ventura  
Bea J. Ruiz Ventura, CA August 26, 1930 ? August 23, 2015 Bea Ruiz aged 84, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015; she died three days short of her 85th birthday. Bea is survived by her sister; Thelma (Danny) Teehee, daughter Vickie (Claude) Plourde, son Allen (Nina Pietrasanta), her granddaughters; Hilary Plourde, Claire Scholl, Brianna Ruiz, her great grandchildren; Isaiah Maddox and Alessa Plourde. Bea was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Irene Hill, her husband, Edmund Ruiz, and her daughter, Valerie. Bea was born on a farm in Woodlawn Illinois and grew up there until her family moved to Chicago during World War II when her dad went to work for Carnegie Steel and her mom with Illinois Bell. Bea graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago and in 1952 took a vacation train trip to California with her Aunt Margie to visit her cousins Bill and Cae Brown who had settled in Santa Barbara. There, Bea met her future husband, Santa Barbara native Ed Ruiz at a church square dance and on October 24, 1953 they were married at the United Methodist Church on Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara. Bea and Ed relocated to Oxnard shortly after their marriage where they raised their family. Bea was active in scouting with her children and her lifelong passion of bowling. Bea's kids will joke that they were raised in a bowling alley! Up until June of 2014, Bea was bowling on two leagues weekly and enjoyed all her friends in those leagues. Bea was a very independent woman, like "hog an ice" she would say and she lived her life to the fullest. Bea loved to travel, visiting Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska and many trips around the country to visit family and friends. She will always be remembered for her love for the Duke..John Wayne. There will be a memorial service for Bea on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Charles Carroll Funeral Home, 15 Teloma Drive, Ventura, California at 11:00 in the morning. In lieu of flowers if you can make a donation to a charity of your choice in Bea's memory.
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Published in Ventura County Star on Aug. 30, 2015
Santiago, Eduardo Nathaniel - Oxnard  
Eduardo Nathaniel Santiago Oxnard, CA On August 16, 2015, our beloved Eddie was called to join the angels at the age of 24. Eduardo Nathaniel Santiago, also known as "Eddie" and "Lalo," was born in Oxnard, and was the oldest of three children. Eddie was a self-motivated and focused individual. He graduated from Rio Mesa High School and attended Moorpark College. In addition to his studies, he played football in both high school and college. He began working at the age of 16 at McDonald's where his abilities and work ethic helped him become a manager. After that, his drive led him to work at Wells Fargo Bank and Citibank. His hobbies included riding motorcycles, playing paint ball and hiking. He always had a smile on his face, which helped him make friends very easily. This smile, his respectful manner and love for his family is what we will miss most of him. Eddie made his family very proud, especially his mother, as he was a great example for his younger siblings, his cousins and his friends because he always made sure he spent time with his family and lived his life in a straight and narrow manner. He is survived by his mother, Maria Esther Santiago, his sister, Edith A. Santiago his brother, Moises Santiago, his uncles, his aunts, and cousins. Eddie will be remembered for his warm smile, his winning attitude and his desire to succeed in life. Visitation will be held from 5:30pm to 10:00pm on Thursday, August 27, 2015 with a prayer service at 7:00pm at the Garcia Mortuary Chapel in Oxnard. A graveside service will take place at 11:00am on Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard. To sign the family's on line guestbook, share stories, and post pictures please visit our website: www.garciamortuaryoxnard.com and click on Eduardo's name located below "Obituaries." Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, 629 South A Street, Oxnard. For further information, please call (805) 486-9148.
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Published in Ventura County Star on Aug. 26, 2015
Silberberg, Mel - Thousand Oaks  
Mel Silberberg Thousand Oaks, CA On August 20, 2015, with his family by his side at his home in Thousand Oaks, CA, leaving the world a little better than how he found it. Beloved husband of Norma Silberberg (nee Scherl), cherished father of Robin (Dean) De Graff and Sheryl (Steve) Blaufeld and loving grandfather of Melissa De Graff, Justin (Nina) Blaufeld and Kara Blaufeld. Preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Anna Silberberg, brothers Arthur and Gerald Silberberg and son Steven Silberberg. Born on February 23, 1930 in The Bronx, NY, Mel graduated in the top 20% of his class from City College of New York with a degree in Chemical Engineering, earning membership in the Tau Beta Pi honors society. In 1952, he married his high school sweetheart, Norma. Together, they raised three children and were married for 62 years. After researching and developing nuclear reactors and nuclear safety for 17 years with Rockwell International, Mel became a charter member of the Senior Executive Service for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Research. There, he served as a branch chief tasked with building and managing the severe accident source term research program, and later, the nuclear waste research program. After 21 years of service, he and his wife returned to Southern California to enjoy their retirement. Mel zealously advocated for aging seniors in Thousand Oaks and Ventura County. In 2005, he founded and led an initiative on behalf of the local B'nai B'rith chapter to build up to 80 apartments for low-income seniors, at a time when no other senior affordable housing projects had been planned in the area. He served as Vice Chair on the Council for Aging for ten years, and was instrumental in developing the city's Senior Adult Master Plan, which he also chaired for six years. He worked with Many Mansions, Area Housing Authority and the City Housing Manager to brainstorm ideas for additional senior apartments in the community. In 2012, the City of Thousand Oaks honored Mel as "Senior of the Year" for his dedicated volunteer service. When he wasn't busy improving the community, Mel enjoyed traveling the world with Norma, including trips to China, Alaska, Israel and Eastern Europe, as well as engaging in political banter, watching the Giants beat the Dodgers and helping his grandchildren, nephew and niece with math and science. A caring husband, father and grandfather, brilliant engineer, tireless community organizer and talented pancake chef, Mel will be missed dearly by his family and friends. Memorial contributions can be made to Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 or http://www.adatelohim.org/ .
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Published in Ventura County Star on Aug. 30, 2015
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