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GONE - NEVER FORGOTTEN VIRGINIA SHIMEL NOVEMBER 27, 1927 - OCTOBER 28, 2012 Virginia Shimel, 84, a loving wife and mother, companion and devoted friend, has passed away. Born in Manila, PI on Nov. 27, 1927; Died at Sandalwood Manor, Calimesa, CA on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. Virginia survived the Japanese occupation and atrocities by marrying Ulderico Santamaria. They had four children. Two were born in the Philippines and two were born on Guam. The two older children joined their father in the United States. When he was killed in a car crash Virginia brought the younger two to the United States where the five of them resided with her Aunt and Uncle in Santa Maria, CA. She worked in a frozen food packing plant until she landed a job working with her Aunt and three other Filipino women at a dining hall on Vandenberg AFB. This is where she met her present husband, Marvin Shimel and were married July 2, 1960. In 1963 Marvin was reassigned to Germany but Virginia didn't go along. When he returned in 1965 she attended Cosmetology School in Santa Maria. In 1966 he was sent to Vietnam for a year tour and was then assigned to Pope AFB, NC. The oldest daughter had graduated and decided to get married. Virginia and the three other children moved to NC. In 1969, Marvin was reassigned to American Forces Radio/TV in Berlin. Due to housing shortage and low rank Virginia returned to California to be near her Aunt and Uncle. Upon his return, we moved to San Bernardino where Virginia worked at a Hair Salon in the Inland Center Mall. In 1971 she opened her own salon, Virginia's, in Colton and later also owned Marci's in Redlands which her son Ben managed. In 1974 we took up residence in Grand Terrace and she sold both salons and opened The Bushwacker in Grand Terrace. In the 90's she had rotator-cuff surgery in both shoulders and cataract surgery on both eyes. In the late 2000's she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and eventually had to retire. In June 2012 we were told her kidneys's were failing. She is survived by her husband, four children, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two sisters, a brother and other relatives. Viewing will start at 9AM, November 9th followed by the funeral services held at Hermosa Gardens Cemetery Chapel in Colton east of the corner of Meridian and Olive Street. The interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery at 22495 Van Buren Blvd. west of Hwy 215. Reception will be held at the Norton Younglove Senior Center at 459 Center Street, Highgrove following the service at Riverside.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 1, 2012
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