Elaine Angelina Ciraulo Halter
Ventura - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Elaine Angelina Ciraulo Halter. She was born in San Jose, California on April 16, 1938 and departed this world on January 4, 2021 at the age of 82.
She spent her early years working at the canneries in San Jose along side many other relatives at the Pruneyard and Del Monte; far prior to this area becoming Silicon Valley. She was fortunate to grow up with a large Italian family who remained close their entire lives. Elaine met the love of her life, Ron Halter from Canton Ohio, while he was stationed in Alameda serving in the Navy. They married on July 15, 1956 but later divorced in 1975. They parented three children together and she was so proud of all of them as family meant the world to her. In 1969, they moved to Concord, California so that Ron could pursue a career in data processing in Oakland California for Carnation Dairy. In 1982 she moved back to San Jose to be close to all her family members. After her oldest son, Randy Halter passed away in 2003 she decided to retire from her career as a legal secretary for Farmers Insurance and move to Ventura California where her younger son, Doug Halter and his husband, Randy Encinas had established a successful career in retail and landscaping and had become very involved in a community that they loved. Every morning, Elaine would comment on how beautiful Ventura was and how it was like waking up in heaven and wondered why she didn't make the move sooner. Two years ago, her daughter, Cindy Spies and husband Gordon joined them and set up their dream home on the beautiful Ventura coast.
Elaine is survived by her sister Sharon Stott Ciraulo of Santa Cruz, brother and sister in law Anthony and Margaret Ciraulo of Saratoga, her youngest son Doug Halter and husband Randy Encinas of Ventura, daughter and son in law Cindy and Gordon Spies of Oxnard, two grandchildren, Jacey Spies of Humbolt and Jameson Spies of Ventura. In addition, Elaine has many relatives of which numbers have grown too large to name each one as her Italian family flourished amoungst the opportunities provided by our diverse and blessed state of California. Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Salvatore and Angelina Ciraulo, her brother Jasper Ciraulo, son Randy Halter and many aunts, uncles and cousins that also enriched her life and made it so remarkable.
Elaine was loved by so many and her gentle soul is reflected to this day in her family. Due to COVID restrictions a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. In honor of Elaine please donate to any one of the charities in Ventura such as Rubicon, Ventura Botanical Gardens, Ventura Music Festival or any other good cause that Elaine was so proud that her family make a priority to support. A life well lived and a family who's love and devotion is eternal. Til we meet again.
Family and friends are invited to a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30am January 30, 2021 at Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 3175 Telegraph Road Ventura. Arrangements are under the direction of the JOSEPH P. REARDON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, Ventura.
Published in Ventura County Star from Jan. 7 to Jan. 10, 2021.