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
TORIBIO OCHOA VARGAS
1952 - 2017
Toribio Ochoa Vargas, 65, of Santa Maria, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
SVEN H. KRISTENSEN
1927 - 2017
Our beloved husband and father, Sven H. Kristensen, passed away on Monday, December 11, 2017 in Orcutt, California.
Sven was born in Denmark on November 10, 1927. He grew up in Denmark, immigrating to the United States in 1950; where he met his wife Ellen. They were married two years later. During the same year Sven was drafted into the Army during the Korean War, where he served for two years. When he returned stateside, he received his general contractor’s license. He started his own business building many beautiful, custom homes in Malibu, Bel Air, and the Los Angeles area, as well as churches and commercial buildings.
A Celebration of Life will be held 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 4725 Bradley Road in Orcutt. Private burial will be at a later date.
SHEILA M. CRAGG
1938 - 2017
Sheila M. Cragg, 79, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017.
1937 - 2017
Patricia Stukey, 80, of Santa Maria, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017.
JEANINE R. FINCH
1946 - 2017
Jeanine R. Finch, 71, of Santa Maria, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
1938 - 2017
Edwina Schroeder, 78, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, December 4, 2017.
1954 - 2017
Robert Pirkey, 63, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, December 4, 2017.
1923 - 2017
Frank Osborne was born on June 15, 1923 in Butte, Montana. He attended primary school in Great Falls, Montana, secondary school in Santee, California and high school in Great Falls, Montana. He joined the Army Air Corps in July 1941 and served at various Army Air Corps bases in the USA as an airplane mechanic, crew chief and flight engineer. Starting in December 1944, he served in the China-Burma-India campaign and returned to the USA after the war in December 1945. He was honorably discharged in January 1946.
After the war, he graduated from Spartan College of Aeronautical Engineering in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He worked as an aeronautical engineer at Rohr Aircraft, Chance Vought Aircraft and Douglas Aircraft. He met his future wife the first day at Rohr Aircraft when she escorted him into the secured area of the plant. They were married in Dallas, Texas on December 3, 1949.
In 1988, he and his wife Joni moved to Orcutt, California after retiring from Douglas Aircraft after 33 years. He was offered a job as a design consultant at Aerocell in Santa Maria where he worked a flexible schedule until he was 78 years old.
Survivors include daughter Susan Osborne of Orcutt, son Jon Osborne and daughter in law Joyce Osborne of Clovis, grandsons Kevin Osborne of Pismo Beach and Jason Osborne, wife Angela Osborne and great granddaughter Shaylee Osborne of San Diego. He is also survived by his brother Glenn Osborne, sisters Carole Lovinger and Ione Osborne, all of Great Falls, Montana and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years and 7 months, Gladys (Joni) Osborne; his mother Catherine Osborne Burnette, sisters Jeanine Dawdy and Catherine Spencer and father Frank W. Osborne.
His hobbies were a lifetime interest in building and flying model airplanes and motorcycle touring and camping.
He belonged to the IBMC (International Brotherhood of Motorcycle Campers), AMA (American Motorcycle Association), VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and the American Legion Post 534.
Frank and Joni were regular members of the Orcutt Christian Church. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Orcutt Christian Church, 204 Patterson Road with Pastor Archie Miller officiating. Graveside Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017 in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Salvation Army.
CARMEN R. MELENA
1930 - 2017
Carmen Rea Melena, 87, formerly of Santa Maria, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Fresno.
Carmen was born in Bakersfield on July 14, 1930 to Henry and Deonesia Rea.
She is survived by her children: Ysabel (Carl) Sanders of Marion, Ohio; Martha (Peter) Cohen of Santa Maria; Tony “Junior” (Margret) Melena of Fresno; Rose Ann (Hugo) Martinez of Sanger; Mary Jo Rosas of Fresno; and Manuel (Riva) Gonzalez of Fresno. As well as numerous Rea siblings, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Carmen was preceded in death by her parents; baby daughter Maria; and siblings.
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017; followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Scripture Services will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home; followed by interment in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
ALBERT W. FINLAY
1954 - 2017
Albert W. Finlay, 86, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, December 1, 2017.
MARY E. LOCKETT
1936 - 2017
Mary Elizabeth Crockett Lockett, 81, of Santa Maria, passed away on November 26, 2017.
A Rosary will be held Thursday, November 30, at 10 am, at Magner Maloney Funeral Home, with a memorial Mass later in the day, at 2 pm, at St. Mary of the Assumption.
Mary was the eldest of 5 children, born in St. Louis, Missouri, to William and Virginia (Mason) Crockett, on August 28, 1936. She was proud to be a direct relative of Davy Crockett. The family moved to Seattle, WA when Mary was in high school, and it was there she met her future husband, James F Lockett, whom she married on May 4, 1955. Together they had 6 children. It was important to her to stay home with her children as they grew up, so in addition to being stay-at-home mother she did in-home child care, and also worked as a home health care aide to seniors. She was a devout Catholic and taught CCD classes for several years as well as volunteered in various capacities at church. After retirement she enjoyed walking, swimming, and volunteering at the Santa Maria library.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Bud Crockett and Jeffery Crockett, as well as her beloved grandson Kevin Ray Jaquez Jr., in August 2011.
Mary is survived by her children: Susan Scozzari, Lucy (Terry) Reed, and Aimee Lockett of Santa Maria; Nancie Marquez of Seattle, WA; Mary Zoe (Kevin Sr) Jaquez of Ventura; and her only son and her baby, James F Lockett, Jr. of San Diego. She also leaves behind her devoted sisters, Kathy (King) Cushman of Seattle, WA and Ann (Jim) Miller of St. Louis, MO. She is survived by her grandchildren, Staci (Sam) Hunter, Anthony Scozzari, Alana Scozzari (Victor Villalovos), Christopher Marquez, Andre Ruth, Alan (Cody) Boyer, Nick Jaquez (Heather Long), Tyler (Krista) Reed, Lindsay Reed, Alex Wallin and Zachary Lockett-Moore, as well as 14 great-grandchildren, numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Catholic charity of your choice or Central Coast Hospice.
FILOMENA DO ESPIRITO SANTO
1926 - 2017
Filomena passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, on November 25, 2017 at the age of 90. She was born on December 27, 1926, to Manuel Elias Machado and Conceição do Espirito Santo in the small town of Santa Luzia, located on the island of Pico in Azores, Portugal. On November 6, 1947, Filomena married Manuel Luis Batista, Jr. and together they raised three sons [Manuel Fernando, Eliseu and Dinis] and a daughter [Maria Elvira]. Together they lived almost entirely off of the land. They grew and harvested their own crops and they had a variety of farm animals (chickens, goats, pigs, cattle, etc.) which provided them with basically all the essentials. As a skilled carpenter, Manuel built almost everything they ever needed from farming tools and fishing poles to the wood floors, cabinets, tables and chairs in their home. Filomena was very good at sewing and crocheting. She made all of their clothing and blankets and even taught others how to sew and crochet. She also had a gift for gardening and always had beautiful flowers growing all around her home. On April 9, 2006, after fifty-nine years of marriage, Manuel passed away at the age of 86. Four years later, Filomena left Pico and moved to California to live with her daughter and family in Santa Maria where she resided up until her death. In the years following the move to California, Filomena made two trips back to her home in Pico and she took a trip up to Toronto for the first time to visit family she had there. She very much enjoyed spending time with her family and watching it grow.
She is survived by her sister, Rosa Elias Machado, children: Manuel Fernando, Eliseu, Maria Elvira and Dinis. grandchildren: Elisabete, Brian, Ana Bela, Glenn, Nathan, Eliseu, Joel, Leandro and Edgar, great-grandchildren: Liliana, Sol and Violet, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017; 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, December 1, 2017 at St. John Neumann Church. Interment will follow in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
1953 - 2017
Tomás Curiel was born to José Maria Curiel and Ester Peña on December 21, 1953 in Mascota, Jalisco, and passed away at his home in Santa Maria, California on November 11, 2017 at the age of 63.
Tomás was a dedicated employee of Betteravia Farms for close to three decades. He spoke fondly of the lifetime friends he made at his job and was proud of his accomplishments. Once he retired, Tomás devoted all of his time to his family. He loved visiting with his brothers and reminiscing about his childhood in Mexico. He routinely met his friends for coffee and donuts and was known for always having a story to tell. Tomas was an avid walker and he treasured the times his grandchildren followed him around the neighborhood. His contagious smile and his sense of humor will be greatly missed.
Tomás was preceded in death by his son, Rene Curiel; brothers, Salvador Curiel and Alberto Curiel; sister Guadalupe Topete; and his parents.
He is survived by his wife; Martha Curiel of 39 years; son; Hector Curiel, daughters; Narda Stacy (Shane) and Susana Magaña-Curiel (Raul), grandchildren; Natalie Stacy, Jonathan Stacy, Sara Stacy, Rene Magaña, Alexis Curiel and Raul Magaña. He will be deeply missed by his brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, in-laws, and dear friends.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017 at St. John Neumann with visitation to follow. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at St. John Neumann. Interment will follow at the Santa Maria Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service will be Hector Curiel, Jonathan Stacy, Raul Magaña, Jorge Curiel, Alonso Curiel, and Salvador Curiel.
1929 - 2017
Long-time Guadalupe resident Lupe Adame passed away November 10, 2017. Lupe was born in 1929 in Bakersfield but moved to Guadalupe shortly afterwards. He attended Guadalupe Elementary School and Santa Maria High School. In 1947 Lupe joined the Army and served eighteen months before leaving to help his mother raise his siblings. He retired from his job as a machinist for Unocal after 36 years of employment.
Lupe was a true “Jack of all Trades”: There was little that he couldn’t repair or build and he patiently pursued any repair challenges until he found a solution. He greatly enjoyed gardening, especially starting plants from seed or cuttings. Lupe was active in the Boys and Girls Club of Guadalupe. He loved hunting and was part of Sportsman’s Club. He also enjoyed sand-dune buggying. He often volunteered for St. Joseph’s fund raising activities especially if it allowed him to prepare his mean, delicious, and unique tri tip.
Lupe is survived by his wife, Maria Elena. He had five children Rebeca, Mona Lisa, Theresa, Andrew (deceased) and Kelly, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
For decades, Lupe was a respectful adversary of deer from Cuyama to Poso, looking forward all year to deer hunting season. Lupe started his final season in 2015 when he fell in his garage while retrieving his hunting and camping gear a few days before opening day. It was not possible to repair the leg fracture, but Lupe fought valiantly to improve his condition. We are grateful for the care and attention given to him at Country Oaks Care Center for these past two years.
Lupe will be fondly remembered by his friends and family whom he welcomed to his beautiful backyard, serving them delicious tri tip from his homemade BBQ while listening to musica ranchera. It is now up to us to remember and share his many stories about Guadalupe and Santa Maria valley lore, and, of course, those memorable hunting trips.
LEONARD RUSSELL CANNING
1954 - 2017
Leonard Russell Canning, 63, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, November 10, 2017.
1927 - 2017
On August 22, 1927, Barry Ivan Dolan was born in Salinas, California to Jean Bennett Holt Dolan and Peter Dolan, who was the son of Irish immigrant, Philip Dolan, an original homesteader of the Big Sur and Salinas Valley. He attended Salinas Valley schools, and graduated from Salinas High School in spring of 1944. Barry joined the Merchant Marines and completed three tours from 1944 to 1946; traveling to Guam and other ports of call. At the end of the war, he was “stranded” in New York for weeks because of a dockworkers’ strike. He returned home to California to marry his high school sweetheart, Yvonne Happ, on March 18, 1947. Barry began his career with Pacific Gas & Electric and the young couple started their family at the historic Boronda Adobe in Salinas, CA, where Dennis, Timothy, and Patrick were born in quick succession. In 1955, the family transferred to Santa Maria where Barry learned the ropes as an estimating engineer with PG&E. He worked for PG&E until his retirement in 1986. Over the years, Barry was very involved with St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed spending time with his many friends and coworkers in the Santa Maria Valley. He passed peacefully at Marian Extended Care on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Barry’s pride and happiness came from his relationship with God and his family. Barry was a stern disciplinarian, teaching his sons right from wrong and to have a solid work ethic. “Stern” is not the term his grandchildren or great-grandchildren would use to describe “Papa Barry.” From taking grandkids to church (with breakfast or donuts afterwards), telling ghost stories during sleepovers, to trips to Waller Park feeding the ducks, he was a central figure in our lives. His generosity, not only to his family, but to friends, neighbors and his church was legendary. Our most dearly held memories are holiday gatherings at the Far Western, our annual PCPA Christmas show (Dolan – Party of 30), and many summer vacations at Bass Lake. Barry was an avid gardener with a true “green thumb.” He also enjoyed antiques, cars, and Dodger baseball.
Barry is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Patrick (Kerry) Dolan and Timothy (Mardelle) all of Santa Maria; his grandchildren Amy (Gaby) Dolan-Asistin, Brett (Crystal) Dolan, Patrick (Kimberly) Dolan, Jennifer Dolan (Curt Greeley) all of Santa Maria and Matt (Lizette) Dolan of Walnut Creek, California. For the last 22 years, he has enjoyed spending time with his 13 great-grandchildren plus many others’ kids and grandkids of our extended family who affectionately called him “Papa.” He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Joan & Jerry Brannon of Salinas, and his nephew Gary Brannan. Barry was preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years, Yvonne Happ Dolan, his parents, his sister, Barbara Holt Sorenson, his second wife, Mary Porfiri, and his son, Dennis of Bass Lake.
The family thanks everyone for their support, prayers, and kindness over the years, particularly those who helped in his care and comfort in the past few years. A rosary will be held at Magner Maloney Funeral Home at 6:00pm on Tuesday, November 21st. A funeral mass will be held at St. Louis De Montfort Catholic Church at 10:00am on Wednesday, November 22nd with reception to follow at the Santa Maria Country Club. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to any Catholic charity of your choice.
RICHARD "DICK" GRUBER
1943 - 2017
Richard "Dick" Gruber, 74, of Santa Maria, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
CRAIG J. RYLANT
1947 - 2017
Craig J. Rylant, 70, of Santa Maria, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017.