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
LEO JOSEPH FORGETTE
1932 - 2018
Leo Forgette, 85, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018.
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
Nick Gargano, 80, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018.
Graveside services will be held on 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018 in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
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.
DONALD N. KREYMER
1922 - 2017
Donald N. Kreymer, 95, of Santa Maria, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017.
1932 - 2017
Louise Yenne, 85, of Santa Maria, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017.
JOY A. HOLLO
1926 - 2017
Joy Arlene Hodgins Hollo, 91, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2017.
She was born on November 16, 1926 to Albert W. and Hazel E. Hodgins. She grew up in the small mining town of Mullan, Idaho with her two sisters and many cousins. After graduating high school, she and her older sister went to college at the University of Utah.
She married Robert A. Hollo in 1953. They moved to Santa Maria, both getting jobs as teachers in the elementary school district. She was a gifted educator teaching kindergarten and first grade for most of her 35 year plus career. She also served as a teacher on special assignment for the A.D.D. program and traveled to Australia in that capacity. After retiring she substitute taught for a time, had her own tutoring business, and helped her oldest daughter in her bookstore.
Joy was a devoted Christian Scientist. She loved the Lord and was a fine example of a Christian woman. She knew first-hand the power of prayer and God’s love. She loved studying the Bible. She served the local church in many capacities.
She had many talents and hobbies. She was an excellent seamstress, making her own clothes as well as clothes for her daughters. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, embroidery, crafts and gardening. She loved baking pies and cookies. She made many varieties of Christmas cookies each year to share with family and friends. She loved music. She played piano and organ and shared her talents at church. She enjoyed going to concerts, especially choir concerts her daughters sang in.
Family was very important to her. Most vacations involved visiting and spending time with family. She was a loving, supportive mother and grandmother. Her grandchildren always brought a smile to her face. She enjoyed time with them supporting school events, their interests and passing her hobbies on to them. Although she was not a sports fan, she was an avid fan of her grandchildren’s sports teams and enjoyed time spent watching them play.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister L. Jean Hodgins, and her nephew Stan Barnard.
She is survived by her sister Alice H. Barnard (Robert) of Casper, Wyoming; daughters Margaret Merisante of Eugene, Oregon, and Kathryn Dowell (Dana) of Santa Maria; grandchildren Chantel Arnold (Nick), Colin Gardner, William Dowell and Brian Dowell; great granddaughter Jocelyn Arnold; nephews Paul Barnard (Sherry) and Andy Barnard (Cindy); niece Sue Barnard; great nieces and nephews Brandon Barnard (Meagan), Bryant Barnard (Catherine), Carly Yang (Michael), Mason Barnard and Spencer Barnard.
As her name would suggest she was a joyful person. Her spirit will live on in the joyous moments her family and friends remember spending with her. If you desire, you can make contributions to your favorite charity in her honor.
1921 - 2017
Harleyetta Duke, 96, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, December 25, 2017.
Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Magner-Maloney Funeral Home.
PATRICIA "PAT" CARRIEL
1935 - 2017
Pat Carriel, 82, of Santa Maria, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2017.
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.