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
GEORGETTE G. MAQUINALEZ
1947 - 2018
Georgette G. Maquinalez, 70, of Santa Maria passed away March 18, 2018 at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA with her family by her side.
Georgette was born on July 14, 1947 in Santa Barbara, CA to Joseph and Mary (Romero) Gutierrez. She was raised and educated in Santa Barbara, CA where she later met and married Vincent V. Maquinalez in 1967. Georgette and Vincent later moved to Santa Maria, CA where they raised their three children, Vincent, David and Mary.
Georgette will be remembered for her big heart, her loyalty, her sense of humor, and the tremendous love she had for her kids and grandkids.
Georgette is survived by her beloved husband, Vincent Maquinalez, of 50 years, sons Vincent (wife Silvia), David (wife Jodi), daughter Mary Fox, son-in-law Jeff (wife Deanna) and grandchildren Devyn (wife Sierra), Cristian, Gabriela, Syerra, Jeremy and Luke.
MARTIN LEOPOLD SHIFFRAR
1920 - 2018
Martin Leopold Shiffrar, a long-time resident of Santa Maria, California passed away on Sunday, March 18th, 2018 in Bend, Oregon at the age of 97 years old.
Martin was born on April 10, 1920 in Nipomo, California to parents Joseph and Mary Shiffrar. He was the third of twelve children. He attended Arroyo Grande High School and went on to Alan Hancock College to learn the trade of welding. After working as a ship builder and a ranch hand on the John Wineman Ranch, he was drafted into the Army in 1945. Martin was sent to Europe to work as a Counter Intelligence Corps Agent. While serving his country, Martin met Rosemarie Neuhauser, who he married in 1947. They were married for 69 years. After returning to America, Martin resumed his work at the Wineman Ranch. In 1957, he went to work for Jake Will at Coast Rock Products in Garey as an Operations Manager. He worked there for 28 years until his retirement in 1985. As a special retirement gift, he was presented with a new Ford Pickup and a once in a lifetime elk hunting trip. With his life-long friend, Steve Wineman, they packed into the wilderness of Idaho and came back with a beautiful 6 point bull and countless pictures and stories. He never left the rock crushing business far behind though remaining a consultant for many years following retirement for Union Asphalt.
His retirement years found him most days back in Nipomo. In partnership with his daughter and son-in-law, he was active leasing ranches to run a cow-calf operation. His granddaughters also kept him busy building livestock equipment for their 4H projects and going to the County fair to watch all of the 4Hers show their animals. One could find him busy hauling tack boxes, display boards and equipment to and from the fair. His favorite place for lunch was Jockos. He could eat the Jocko’s salsa faster than the waitresses could put it on the table. As a member of Farm Bureau, Rosemarie and Martin were able to go on many trips throughout the States. They were able to travel back to Rosemarie’s home in Germany to visit with her family and see the sites that he had left behind so long ago. After Rosemarie’s death in March 2016, he went to live at the Hermreck Ranch in Central Oregon. Even at the age of 97, he still enjoyed riding in the Polaris to check cows and seeing the deer and the elk.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Nipomo. Interment will follow 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.
(SR. MARIA TERESA O.C.D.S)
1918 - 2018
Dolores Valladares (Sr. Maria Teresa O.C.D.S.), 99, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018.
Dolores was born March 22, 1918 and is survived by her daughters Anita Arce, Toni Charbonneau, Nancy Cooper (Donald), and Maria Wray (Jim). Nineteen grandchildren, Nineteen great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in passing by her husband Manuel in 1989.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at St. Louis deMontfort Church. Private interment will be at Riverside National Cemetery.
DONALD A. SOUZA
1933 - 2018
On the morning of March 16, 2018, Donald Angelo Souza passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Nipomo. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Geraldine, his parents Angelo M. and Thelma Silva Souza, siblings Beverly, Jeannette and David Souza as well as son-in-law James Bauer.
Donald was born in 1933 at the Santa Maria Hospital and grew up in Guadalupe, Santa Maria and Nipomo. He attended Arroyo Grande High School and joined the U.S. Navy upon graduation. He served on the destroyer, USS Rogers DD-876 during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. Upon returning to Santa Maria he married Geraldine Stone. Donald was employed as a truck driver at various farm related businesses in the Santa Maria area and eventually settled into a role at Western Farm Service where he retired after a long and successful career in 1999.
The union of Donald and Gerry produced four children: Cynthia, Donald Jr. (Deniece), Michelle and Katey (Dave), six grandchildren Dawn Souza Moye (Richard), Kristopher Souza (Anna), Skyler Souza, Colter Souza (Kristi), Jason Eckenrode and Daniele Eckenrode and four great grandchildren Mia Souza, Graham Souza, Byron Moye and Connor Souza. He is also survived by sibling’s LaVerne Phillips (Tommy), Wayne Souza (Tricia) and sister-in-law Virginia Souza.
Donald was active in various community service organizations throughout his life: Mesa Riders, Nipomo Men’s Club, Nipomo Youth Recreation, BPO Elks Lodge 1538 and the Lions Club. His participation and dedication to the community of Nipomo earned him the Citizen of the Year award by the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce. In recent years Donald took great pleasure in being driven throughout his beloved Santa Maria Valley, north Santa Barbara County and neighboring San Luis Obispo County reminiscing and sharing historic information regarding farms throughout the area. He also loved playing poker at the Chumash Casino and working in his yard.
Donald was a much loved Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and community member. Wherever he went he was quick with a smile and a greeting for all and he will be sorely missed by both his family and friends.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 6:00 pm on Monday, March 26th, 2018 in the chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10:00 am Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 at the Santa Maria Cemetery, original section; with a reception following at the Santa Maria Elks.
CLARENCE ALBERT DONATI
1926 - 2018
On March 15, 2018, Clarence Albert Donati passed away at the age of 92.
Clarence was born in Santa Maria on January 26, 1926, at the Lucas Sanitarium. He was the youngest of seven children born to Louis Clorindo and Lillian Becwar Donati. Clarence lived and worked in the Santa Maria Valley his entire life.
After graduating from Santa Maria High School with the class of 1944, he entered the U.S. Army in April of 1945. Clarence was stationed in Inchon, South Korea with the 762nd Engineer Light Equipment Company as a construction equipment repair foreman. He supervised the work of six enlisted mechanics in the repair and maintenance of cranes, bulldozers, and road graders, and was honorably discharged in November 1946 as a Technical Sergeant.
Clarence met Nancy Boden in 1944 while they were attending Santa Maria High School. They were married in 1947 and were blessed with a family of six children. His family and friends were extremely important to him.
Clarence farmed for over 40 years, first with The Donati Family Farm on Donovan Road, and later he started his own farming operation near the town of Garey, CA. He also co-owned and managed Romar Carrot Company in Guadalupe, and managed Santa Maria Chili from 1980 until his retirement in 1988.
Clarence embraced his retirement years. Nancy and he toured the United States, Mexico and Alaska in their RV. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, winemaking, projects around the house, helping other family members with projects, as well as being a weekly regular on the golf course.
Clarence was a member and a volunteer of the Santa Maria Valley Pioneer Association for many years and served as president from 1987-1989. When a new Pioneer Park was needed Clarence was the driving force in getting the park built from the ground up. Clarence recruited donations of equipment, materials, money and the help of many volunteers. Clarence and his team of volunteers transformed 15 acres of bare land into what is known today as Pioneer Park.
Clarence was a longtime member of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge, a member and volunteer for the Santa Maria Valley Historical Society Museum, a member of the City of Santa Maria Landmark Committee, and a proud member of the Men’s ROMEO Club.
Clarence was preceded in death by his father and mother and his six siblings, Samuel Donati, Clifford Donati, Margaret (Donati) Corcoran, Edith (Donati) Handel, Evelyn (Donati) Liebert, and Louis C Donati Jr.
Clarence is survived by his wife of 70 years, Nancy Boden Donati and his six children; Jane (Herschel) Rouse, Leslie (Will) Webb, George (Kristi) Donati, Jim (Chrissy) Donati, John (Carole) Donati, Tricia (Mike) Bouquet, 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 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 Thursday, March 22, 2018 at St. Louis deMontfort Church. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Clarence Donati Family Scholarship Fund at St. Joseph High School, 4210 S Bradley Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93455 or to St. Mary of the Assumption School, 424 E. Cypress St, Santa Maria, CA 93454.
RUBEN J. GOMEZ
1960 - 2018
Ruben J. Gomez, 57, unexpectedly passed away of natural causes on March 9, 2018.
He was born in San Diego, California on December 6, 1960 and was raised in Santa Maria. He was the son of Jose C. Gomez and Marylou Gomez both of Santa Maria, CA. He spent three years in the United States Marine Corps. He worked in the labors union as a construction worker. Ruben enjoyed hunting with his brothers, deep sea fishing, camping, watching football especially his team (Raiders), and he admired classic cars. He loved spending quality time with his children and grandchildren, brothers and sisters and looked forward to family barbeques and outings.
He will be remembered for his big heart, his loyalty, his sense of humor, his laughter and the tremendous love he had for his kids, grandkids, siblings, nieces and nephews and all his Cousins.
Ruben is survived by Teresa Gomez, their kids, Ruben (Laurie) Gomez Jr, Angelina (Art), Monica (Matthew Jara), James and Joey. His grandchildren Savannah, Israel, Mason, and Milah. His siblings Lupita (Johnny Garcia), Sophia (Victor Garcia), Rebecca (Bobby Ramos), Jose Gomez, Rudy Gomez; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jose C. and Marylou Gomez and his nephew Victor Garcia.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday March 23, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home, 600 E Stowell Rd, Santa Maria, CA. Immediately following will be the Procession through his neighborhood, to the Santa Maria Cemetery.
MITCHELL DEAN MOHLER
1958 - 2018
He could not reject an invitation from his Heavenly Father to join him in the wonderment of the hereafter. So at fifty-nine years of age and after battling a recent illness, Mitchell Mohler accepted the offer of continuous life. He arrived in this world in Sister’s Hospital in Santa Maria, October 18, 1958. He was the second of five sons born to Beverly and Lonnie Mohler and lived an adventurous life in Nipomo attending public schools in Nipomo and Arroyo Grande. He was a normal teenager exploring the gifts of those promising and curious opportunities.
Mitch did his best work in the classrooms of Arroyo Grande High School securing passing grades while adding to his store of knowledge. He will be noted for his skills and abilities on the Varsity Football team where he was known to keep the ball to himself running towards the goal line while escaping the clutches of defensive tacklers. An Eagle who’s wings worked to his advantage winning more games then he lost (or so the story goes) he was not exactly Mr. Football, but was awfully close. With a super handsome self his high school social life was not at all dull, no way. He volunteered members of the football team to visit elementary school children sharing stories with them while enriching their lives.
His quest to help those with troubled lives guided him to Cuesta Community College. Mitch secured a degree in Psychiatric technology leading him to responding to the needs of individuals at the Atascadero State Hospital. He had an uncanny love for those in trouble, and took great delight in responding to lost dogs, little or large it didn’t matter, sparing them from dog catcher.
He leaves behind his brothers Marc (Dixie), Mike (Molly), and Matthew Mohler. His mother Beverly and Bill Castallanos, son Wyatt (Nydia), step-son Matt (Sarah), ex-wife Jenny Mohler, his four legged companions Lupita and Little Girl and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents George and Mildred Corella, Ben and Frances Mohler, his father Lonnie Mohler and his brother Marlin Mohler.
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
DELTON EDWARD SILLMAN
1923 - 2018
Delton Edward Sillman, 94, of Santa Maria, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018.
ROY W. GRISSO
1921 - 2018
On March 10, 2018, Roy W. Grisso passed peacefully from this life to be rejoined with his wife in the presence of Jesus.
The youngest of three boys, Roy was born August 23, 1921 in Roanoke, Virginia to Carrie and Jesse E. Grisso. At the age of two, his family moved to a farm in Mount Airy, Maryland where he grew up with his brothers tending the animals, vegetables and trees as well as attending school in a small, one-room schoolhouse. He left school in the 10th grade to help the family full-time on the farm.
In 1943, at the age of 22, Roy entered the U.S. Navy. He served as a Pharmacist's Mate aboard an attack transport ship, the U.S.S. Elizabeth C. Stanton. He served in active duty and Navy reserve and completed his service in 1947. By that time, his family had relocated to Evanston, Illinois. He joined them there and worked in the pharmacy at Walgreens close to their home. During that time, he saw an ad in California Cattleman magazine looking for help at the Bell Ranch in New Mexico. Roy headed out West and worked at the Bell, herding and roping cattle and living the ranch-hand life.
Roy eventually returned to Illinois and worked for the City of Evanston but missed the ranch life. A friend told him of a man with a large ranch in Wyoming looking for a ranch hand and Roy again headed West. He worked on the ranch for a year or so and then entered the University of Wyoming, starting out by taking Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry all at once to complete his high school math requirements as well as working at a shipping company and also at American Express. He enrolled in the University's School of Pharmacy and then, during the summer of 1951, a beautiful young teacher from California named Jeannetta Milton drove back to attend summer school in Wyoming. The two met, fell in love, and when the summer session came to a close, Roy promised Jeannetta he would come out to California as soon as he could – which he did in December of that year. Roy met Jeannetta's family, received their blessing and Roy and Jeannetta were married in Carmel, California in August 1952.
Roy changed his field of study at that time to Agriculture and continued his education at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. They then moved to Atascadero so that he could enroll at Cal Poly. In June of 1956 their first daughter, Janice, was born and, along with becoming a new dad, Roy became a new grad – graduating from Cal Poly in 1957 with a B.S. Degree in Soil Science. Their little family moved for a short time to Paso Robles and then to Bakersfield where Roy worked for Shell until he was recruited by Frank J. Olocco to join his company in Santa Maria. Accepting the offer, Roy & Jeannetta settled in Santa Maria in 1958. Their second daughter, Nancy, was born in May 1963 and their family was complete. Roy worked at Olocco Agricultural Pest Control as an Agronomist until 1987 and helped to build that company through successful business relationships and was highly regarded by local growers and many in the Santa Maria agricultural community. Following his years at Olocco, Roy did various independent contract work including the USDA as well as other personal business ventures.
Family was extremely important and treasured by Roy. After challenging years growing up, and in a family of three boys, becoming a dad to two daughters was new – but a role he was so committed to. He is a true testimony to the healing and transforming power of love. Roy was Jeannetta's right hand – her strongest and most loyal supporter during her teaching career, and was the most devoted and loving Dad two daughters could ever ask for. He had a soft and understanding heart we will treasure forever.
Roy had the most wonderful sense of humor and loved to laugh – sharing stories, poems and songs throughout his days. He was genuinely interested in people, always wanting to know where each person he met was from originally. And his parting phrase at the close of every visit was “Keep smilin' now...” He loved music, especially favorites from the old West – Marty Robbins and the Sons of the Pioneers as well as the Oak Ridge Boys, Statler Brothers, George Strait and Alan Jackson. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing and sharing those with his daughters and grandsons and doing backyard barbeques for the family with his own signature seasoning loved by all. He was an avid reader, loved to learn and was always on the quest for improved health and nutrition, continuing to read the dictionary and his well-read “Stop Aging Now” book until very recently. Roy had a deep faith and was a long-time member of First Christian Church in Santa Maria where he served as Deacon and Elder and was a member of many Bible study groups with dear and treasured friends.
Roy was preceeded in death by his wife of 65 years, Jeannetta; his father and mother Jesse E. Grisso and Carrie Aeling; brothers J. E.(Bo) Grisso and Eugene (Tiny) Grisso.
Roy is survived by his daughters, Janne Pytell; Nancy Reilly and her husband Stephen; Grandsons Jarrod Pytell and Jeff Pytell; Grandaughter Stephanie Reilly; Great-grandchildren Viktor, Adrian, Nevaeh and Jaxon; Sister-in-law Barbara Milton; and many cherished nieces and nephews on both the West and East Coast.
A private family graveside service will be held. A memorial service celebrating Roy's life will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at First Christian Church in Santa Maria. Donations in Roy's honor may be made to First Christian Church in Santa Maria or In Touch Ministries, P.O. Box 7900, Atlanta, GA 30357
Saying farewell for now is so hard yet our joy is the promise of being together again. Rest well sweet Dad, Grandfather, Uncle and Friend ~thank you for a lifetime of love and wonderful memories...you will live on in our hearts forever.
“...I will miss you every day, but I know that you're alright
There's a new star shining up in Heaven tonight.”
KATHLEEN D. OBLAK
1953 - 2018
Kathleen D. Oblak, 64, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018.
Cremation was requested.
PATRICIA ANN DOWELL
1935 - 2018
Patricia Ann Dowell was born on March 22, 1935 in Redwood City, CA to Dorothy and Clint Maloney. During her childhood, Pat and her mom moved to the Santa Maria area. Pat graduated from Santa Maria High School with the class of 1953. While studying nursing in San Francisco, Pat met William Dowell of Nipomo. The couple married in October of 1955. They started their family in Nipomo, and eventually settled in Orcutt. Aside from raising their family, Pat enjoyed boating, gardening and swimming. She also enjoyed volunteering in her community and helping others.
Pat passed peacefully in her sleep at home surrounded by family and loved ones.
She is survived by her brother Bob Illenstine and his wife, Sara, of Santa Maria; brother-in-law John Dowell and his wife, Delores, of Nipomo; daughter Kelly Fairbrother and her husband, Byron, of Orcutt; son Dana Dowell and his wife, Kathryn, of Santa Maria; son Bob Dowell of Buckeye, AZ; son Joe Dowell of Salinas; daughter Kate Dowell of Hayward; son Chris Dowell of Santa Maria; daughter Elizabeth Edmondson and her husband, Donny. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, William Dowell.
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Nipomo. Interment will follow in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
WILLIAM MICHAEL GOMES
1983 - 2018
William Michael Gomes, 34, of Ojai, passed away Friday, February 23, 2018.
Cremation was requested.
1943 - 2018
Mary Catherine Tintle passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018. She was born on February 4, 1943, to John and Leona Pinter. Soon after graduating from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, she began working at Matson Navigation Company where she met her true love, John Tintle. After dating for three months, Cathie accepted John’s marriage proposal while he was driving 65 mph on the Harbor Freeway, and were married a year later on June 6, 1964. They lived in Orange County for almost twenty years before moving to Nipomo in 1982.
Cathie ran a busy household, guiding her children in their various activities. She cheered in the stands, disputed bad calls by a referee, and was always happily carpooling young people to and from each event. An avid reader and photographer, Cathie took great delight with these hobbies. Cathie also had an incredible work ethic, especially with her final employer, Ed Rose of the Ball Seed Company.
Originally diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1998, her complications eventually became too much for her, and she retired in 2006. She dedicated her final years to loving her husband and family with all of her heart.
She is sorely missed but is finally at peace and together again with her son, Chris, in heaven. We will always remember her infectious and positive spirit, generous heart, and concern for others. Her loving nature will live on through her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 54-years, John; sons Mike (Judith), Jeff (Pamela), Matt (Lisa), Pete (Salpi); daughter Susan; grandchildren Sarah, Hannah, and Luke; great grandchild Kai; and her siblings Christine and Greg.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be on Sunday, March 4, 7 p.m. The funeral Mass and celebration will be on Monday, March 5, 10 a.m., with a reception immediately following in the church hall. All activities will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 298 S Thompson Avenue, Nipomo, CA 93444.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
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SHAWN A. SAGAWINIA
1968 - 2018
Shawn A. Sagawinia, 49, of Santa Maria, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
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.