Funeral Home and Crematory
Phone: (805) 925-2753
Fax: (805) 922-4930
600 E. Stowell Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93454
FD 270 CR 255
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Funeral Home and Crematory
Phone: (805) 925-2753
Fax: (805) 922-4930
600 East Stowell Road
Santa Maria, CA 93454
JO ANN CORBIN
1941 - 2018
Jo Ann Corbin, 76, of Santa Maria, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
VERONICA A. MCDOWELL
1926 - 2018
Veronica A McDowell, 92, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018.
Visitation will begin 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at St. Louis deMontfort Church. Interment will follow in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
1941 - 2018
Winnie Bow, 76, of Santa Maria, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018.
1954 - 2018
Juan Soto, 63, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018.
Visitation will begin 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018, followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Private interment will be at a later date in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
1930 - 2018
Vernon McEntire, 87, of Santa Maria, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2018.
LARRY J. LETTERS
1936 - 2018
Larry J. Letters, 81, of Santa Maria, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018.
ALICE MAE BRYAN
1922 - 2018
Alice Mae Bryan, 95, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, January 29, 2018.
AIDA "MARLENE" AGUIRRE
1965 - 2018
Marlene Aguirre, 52, of Santa Maria, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Iglesia de Cristo Miel, 522 West Chapel Street, Santa Maria. Graveside Services will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in the new section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
PHILIP N. HICKS
1933 - 2018
Philip N. Hicks, 84, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, January 26, 2018.
GARY FLOYD BOYD
1945 - 2018
Gary F. Boyd, 72, of Santa Maria, passed away after a long battle with lung cancer January 24, 2018 at Marian Medical Center with his son and daughter-in-law by his side.
Gary was born August 15, 1945 in Santa Maria, CA to Floyd and Gladys Boyd. Gary was raised and lived his whole life in Santa Maria. After graduating from Santa Maria High School, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and dedicated his professional life to helping others. He worked as a Psychiatric Technician at Atascadero State Hospital in the 1980’s and for Santa Barbara County Mental Health office located in Santa Maria from the late 1990’s into 2000’s where he eventually retired from. In between those stints he was a crisis counselor for the Klein Bottle in Santa Maria. Gary took pride in the fact that he was helping others on a daily basis. Gary’s other passion in life was for the outdoors. He enjoyed hiking and fishing with friends and family. Some of his favorite places to explore were Clear Creek, Rockfront Ranch, Figueroa Mountain and the dunes of Oso Flaco Beach.
Gary is survived by his son Steven, daughter-in-law Alison and his two grandsons Jackson and Evan.
REANEE IRENE ROBERSON
1945 - 2018
Reanee Irene Roberson, 72, of Nipomo, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018.
LEO JOSEPH FORGETTE
1932 - 2018
Leo died at home in Santa Maria early in the morning of January 22nd, with Audrey and family at his side. He was born in a taxi in Chicago, anxious to get busy with his life. With his parents Felix and Mary and older brother Raymond, the family moved to California and settled in the San Fernando Valley when he was 13. As a teenager, he helped his father build their home in the Valley. He attended St. Elisabeth School and St. Monica High School. After school, he served honorably in the Coast Guard on an icebreaker. In Cleveland, Ohio he met the love of his life, Audrey Bush, whom he married on November 6, 1954. The young couple settled into a small house in North Hollywood and began a family. As the family grew in size, homes in Van Nuys, Victorville, San Dimas, and Chatsworth followed, eventually downsizing to retire in Santa Maria.
Leo worked hard as a provider, and he had a long and successful career in banking. He began his banking career in 1955 as a branch inspector in the auditing department, earning promotions to loan officer, assistant manager, and manager. He eventually retired from banking as a senior vice-president. During his career, he worked for United California Bank, First Interstate Bank, and National Bank of California. Leo was active in Rotary and service to his community. His charming and engaging way with business associates, acuity with finance, and attention to detail, allowed him to thrive in his professional life while Audrey cared for home and family.
Together they raised seven children, Adrienne Forgette, of Farmington NM, Kristin Fasana, of Duarte, CA, Raymond Forgette, of Walnut, CA, Geoffrey Forgette, of Los Angeles, CA, Renee Panec, of Placerville, CA, Marie Passaglia, of Albuquerque, NM, and Janelle Cardona of Santa Maria, CA. He was tremendously proud of all his children, 16 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, all of whom survive him.
Leo loved Audrey, his wife of 63 years, family weekends and vacations, home improvement projects, barbecuing in the back yard, cooking breakfast, and occasional trips to Laughlin. He loved watching college football, tending his yard, and keeping the trim painted on the house. His dedication and love for his family will always be cherished.
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018; followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018 at St. Louis deMontfort Church. Interment will follow in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
ANTONIO "TONY" BUCHAN
1926 - 2018
Tony Buchan, 91, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018.
Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018; followed by a Scripture Service at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
DOMINICK "NICK" GARGANO
1937 - 2018
Dominick “Nick” Gargano was born on November 26, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY to Anthony and Josephine Gargano. He passed away at the age of 80 on January 15, 2018 in his Orcutt home, from a long, hard battle with cancer.
After high school, he enlisted to serve his country during the Vietnam War, he worked as a Telecommunication Specialist in the U.S. Air Force. He was a firm lover of his country, family, football, and God. Upon retiring from the Air Force in 1979, he worked as a bartender in the Santa Maria community.
Nick is survived by his two sons Nick Gargano, Jr. and his wife Cynthia and Rick Gargano and his wife Kelly; three grandchildren Tedi, Elizabeth, and Chase Gargano; he is also survived by his sister Margaret Balsamo and her husband Danny; niece Andrea Lindermann Balsamo; and nephew Danny Balsamo, Jr.
Nick was preceded in death by both parents and his wife Yui-Tze “Charlie” Gargano.
Papa Nick, you are so loved and we will miss your “Hey Bud” you know what I mean!
JIMMY L. RICHARDS
1944 - 2018
Jimmy L. Richards, 73, of Santa Maria, passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018.
1924 - 2018
Esperanza Marlett, 93, of Santa Maria, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
TONY M. MELENA
1927 - 2018
Tony Meza Melena, “90” of Santa Maria, passed away, and went to heaven, on January 7, 2018. He was born in Lompoc, on March 17, 1927. Tony attended El Camino Jr High. Tony lost his father when he was 8. He completed 7th and 8th at El Camino Middle School. Then, he went to work to help support his mother and siblings. At the young age of 17, Tony enlisted in the United States Army, fought and earned Purple Heart at the Battle of the Bulge in 1945.
He married Carmen Rea in Yuma Arizona in 1948. Tony and Carmen lived in Santa Maria. Then, Tony married Patricia Carr in 1983. Tony belonged to the Cement Mason union for 35 years. Tony was preceded in death by his parents Pascual and Ysabel Melena, his wife Carmen, and daughter Maria, brothers John and Pricilla Melena, Santos Melena, Joseph Melena, sisters Lupe Melena, Margarita and Rudy Flores, Cresentia and Lino Diaz. Tony is survived by his wife Patricia Melena, his sister Mary Lou Garcia and her husband Ray, his daughter Ysabel Saunders and her husband Carl, Mary J. Rosas, Marta Cohen and her husband Peter, RoseAnn Martinez and her husband Hugo, sons, Tony Jr. Melena and his wife Margaret, George Melena and his wife Tina and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Private visitation will be at Chapel Magner-Maloney Funeral Home on Thursday January 18, 2018 at 3pm-4pm, Public visitation will be at 4pm-6pm and a Rosary at 6:00pm in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be on January 19, 2018 at 10:30am at St. Mary of the Assumption Church with a burial in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Crematory. Sympathy notes and words of support may be expressed at www.magnermaloney.com.
1951 - 2018
Silvia Govea, 66, of Guadalupe, CA passed away January 1, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family.
Silvia was born on July 3, 1951 in Santa Maria, CA to Felix and Lupe Zepeda. Silvia was raised in Nipomo Mesa, went to Arroyo Grande High School, and lived most of her working life in Guadalupe. She worked almost 30 years at the Guadalupe Senior Center, it was her passion to work with seniors; feeding them at lunchtime and also delivering meals on wheels to seniors at their homes. She loved doing Zumba dancing, it was another passion of hers. They would call her the Zumba Mama or Zumba Queen.
Silvia is survived by her husband Ramiro Govea, daughter Monica Noriz and her husband Israel, son Ramiro Govea, Jr. and his wife Selena, son Anthony Govea. Grandchildren Israel Noriz, Jr., Isaiah Noriz, Emmanuel Govea, Mariah Govea, Olivia Govea, and Jaida Govea. Great grandson Izayah Govea. Sisters Susie McCormack and Sonia Urbina. Brother Peter Zepeda.
Visitation will begin 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018; followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Interment will follow in the Guadalupe Cemetery.