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
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.
KIYA RAE'ANN MCBRIDE
2003 - 2017
Our beloved Kiya Rae'Ann McBride passed away on November 1, 2017. She was born on May 1, 2003 in Las Vegas, NV. Her family returned to Santa Maria in 2007, where she attended Valley Christian Preschool, Patterson Road Elementary, Lakeview Junior High, Olive Grove Charter School, and Righetti High School. Kiya attended SM Vineyard Church with her family and played soccer in OUSL and on two All-Star teams. She loved animals, babies, music, her friends, art, sunflowers, and the color teal. Kiya will be remembered for her beautiful smile, cute dimples, sassy wit, caring heart, and sensitive soul.
She is survived by her parents, Amanda and Mark McBride; brother Brendan Gage; "adopted brother" Austin Culkins; grandparents, Linda Reed, Tim and Trish Reed, and Janet McBride; great-grandmother Mona Relihan; auntie Michelle Reed Elling; uncle Caleb Elling; first cousins, Eli and Jacob Elling; plus numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, William “Doug” Thomas; great-grandfather, John Reed; great-grandparents, Richard and Catherine See; and great-uncle, Steven See.
A memorial service will be held on November 17 at 11 a.m. at Pacific Christian Church on Santa Maria Way. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Transitions Mental Health Assoc. www.t-mha.org or the charity of your choice.
1926 - 2017
Dorothy Earing, 91, of Santa Maria, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017.
1927 - 2017
Vernell Hanselka, 90, of Santa Maria, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017.
ANITA G. ACUNA
1919 - 2017
Anita G. Acuna, 98, of Santa Maria, passed away peacefully on October 29, 2017. She was born in El Paso, Texas and came to Santa Maria at a very young age.
Anita volunteered many hours of her time to the Cancer Society and Catholic Charities. She was an active member of the UPPEC and Our Lady of Guadalupe Club (aka Club Guadalupanas).
Anita was a very hard worker, working in various jobs. She was a very dedicated mother to her five children. She is preceded in death by her husband Tomas, her parents Florentino and Lenor Garcia, also her son Robert Acuna, her brothers Gilbert, Roy and Florentino, and her sister Eva. She is survived by her son David, her three daughters Eloise, Jenny, and Sister Mary Magdalene (Petra). She has many grandchildren and several great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother Joe Garcia from Dana Point, CA, sisters Alice Campa of Oceanside, CA and Mary Solorio from Baja, CA, and sister-in-law Anna Garcia of Santa Maria.
Services will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017 beginning with Visitation at 8:00 a.m. and Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, interment will follow in the new section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
RENE B. MONTERROSA
1960 - 2017
Rene B. Monterrosa, 57, of Santa Maria, passed away October 21, 2017.
1946 - 2017
Leticia Dayrit, 71, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, October 20, 2017.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary, followed by Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017 at St. John Newman Church. Interment will follow in the new section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
1954 - 2017
Felicia Escalante, 94, of Santa Maria, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017.
SISTER NORBERTA DIERINGER, OSF
1931 - 2017
Sister Norberta Dieringer (Angierose Dieringer) 86 passed away on October 16, 2017 in Santa Maria, California. Angierose was born on May 22, 1931 in Milwaukee, Oregon to Norbert Dieringer and Angela Rose Bellarte. Angierose had three older sisters, three younger sisters, and two brothers. During her high school years, Angierose attended St. Mary’s Academy in Toledo, Washington where she grew to know and love the Sisters of St. Francis. After graduation, she joined the Sisters, following in the footsteps of her older sister, now Sister Angela, OSF, and also that of her three aunts, Sister Noella (who founded Sisters’ Hospital here in Santa Maria), Sister Epiphfania, and Sister Manuela (who had the distinction of living to 107). Angierose entered the Sisters in Sierra Madre, California, and was given the name of Sister Norberta.
Sister Norberta’s first teaching assignment was at St. Mary’s School here in Santa Maria. That was followed by ministries in various schools in Los Angeles, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Havre (Montana), and Bothell (Washington). Her gift for teaching and organizational skills were recognized early on, and Sister Norberta was principal in charge of the schools on more than one occasion.
In 1975, Sister Norberta was assigned to the Sisters’ international school in Rome, Italy, where she was both teacher and principal for seven years. This was one of the most special times for Sister, as she truly reveled in the culture and flavor of this international and cosmopolitan experience. After returning to the States, Sister had a brief sabbatical in the Bay area, and then returned to Santa Maria as the principal for St. Mary’s School.
After completing her ministry in these various schools, Sister Norberta continued her teaching career with the seminarians who were in the Franciscan Conventual Order in Arroyo Grande. With them, Sister could use her extensive knowledge about St. Francis and his life that she gained as a student at St. Bonaventure’s in New York. Known as an excellent seamstress, Sister also share this skill with many others making both habits for the Franciscan brothers and clothes for some of her Sisters.
In 2010, Sister Norberta retired and moved to Marian Residence (Convent), There she continued her deep love of all things Franciscan, and delighted in attending daily Mass. She was diagnosed with cancer almost twenty years ago, but never let that keep her from living with a full and grateful heart. She is missed by her Sisters of St. Francis, her caregivers, and her family.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and three sisters. She is survived by her three sisters, Sister Angela, Edna Jean, and Mary, and by her brother, Father Jim and by many loving nieces and nephews. She is also survived by the members of her community, the Sisters of St. Francis.
Vigil services will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2017 in the Chapel at Marian Residence, 124 S. College Drive, Santa Maria. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Monday, October 23 in the Marian Residence Chapel. Reverend James (Jim) Dieringer will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
IGNATIUS MATTHEW ARKO
1929 - 2017
Born in Pasadena, CA on December 17, 1929. He died October 15, 2017 at his home in Santa Maria, CA. He is one of eight children, four siblings and parents predeceased.
He attended schools in Pasadena and during his childhood served Masses as a young boy and especially enjoyed serving Bishop McGuigan of the L.A. Diocese. He entered the seminary at the age of 14 in Los Angeles. Matt was there for two years.
After coming out of seminary he joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years: going to Japan, Guam and Hawaii. After his four years, he entered Muir Jr. College in Pasadena and went on to graduate from Cal State Los Angeles with a B.S. in Accounting. He became a licensed Certified Public Accountant while working at the firm of Windes and Mccalary. Later he opened his own office in Newport, California. He retired from owning his office and went into being a controller for several companies.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Altadena, Ca. joining at the age of 24. During the ensuing years he achieved the status of 4th Degree Knight. Served many offices, including Grand Knight.
In approximately 1960, he joined the National Exchange Club in Newport Beach. He was a member for 50 years. He served as President twice and made many friends during his association with the Club. At the time of his death, he remained a member of both the Knights and the Exchange Club. At his funeral, a chalice will be presented by the Knights and he wishes the chalice to go to the Order of the Josephites for their missionary priests of their Order overseas.
He married MaryLou Taggart in 1954, living in Costa Mesa, Ca. During the marriage, they had five children: Bill (deceased), Greg, Sharon (deceased), Michele and Carmel. They reside in Irvine, Ca.
In the year 2000, he married a longtime friend, Judyth Markey, at St. Louis De Montfort Church and came to live in Santa Maria. Matt became a very active member in the Knights of Columbus of Santa Maria, serving as Treasurer of the club, as well as the Columbian Club. He volunteered for all the years prior to his death as Treasurer of the Elwin Mussell Senior Center and was a helper to the Community Partners in Caring doing paperwork and helping various people with their taxes.
He and Judy traveled quite a bit, going to Alaska, Canada, Hawaii and many more locations, joining the Seniors many times.
Matt was preceded in death by his older brothers, Frank and John, his sister Teresa, his daughter Sharon, his son Bill, and first wife, MaryLou. He is survived by his wife, Judy Markey Arko, two daughters, Michele Arko and her husband David Wilson; Carmel Arko and husband, Marco Galli; and Greg Arko, his son; two grandsons, six granddaughters, his brother Bob and wife Dolores, brother Leo and wife Dottie, sister Betty Arko; brother-in-law, Jack Whelan and sister-in-law Betty Arko.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be 6:00 P.M. on Monday, October 23, 2017 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at St. Louis deMontfort Church, interment will follow in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery. A reception will be held after the graveside service at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lincoln Street.
Matt would like to be remembered as a person who loved his God and the Blessed Mother very much and looked back on his days of serving Mass with much fondness. This love was transferred in small part to his wife, Judy, of (17 years). We know with a certainty that he is happy now with the God he served so well.
SISTER CAROL MAHONEY, O.S.F.
1921 - 2017
Sister Carol Mahoney (Nanette E. Mahoney) 95 passed away on October 11, 2017 in Santa Maria, California. Nanette was born on November 12. 1921 in Buffalo, New York to J. Neil Mahoney and Agnes LaReau. She was the eldest of eight children, three girls and five boys. Nanette attended school with the Franciscan Sisters at Stella Niagara, New York and after graduation joined the community in 1939 when she received name of Sister Carol.
After receiving her teaching certificate from the Sisters Normal School, Sister Carol began her teaching ministry in Ohio at the Sisters’ schools in New Lexington and Columbus. In 1947 she moved to the West Coast in order to be near to her family, and continued to teach in many of the schools staffed by the Sisters in Santa Maria, Los Angeles, Sierra Madre, Portland (Oregon), Seattle, Winlock and Bothell (Washington), and Havre, Montana. After her many years of teaching, Sister Carol then spent a year in Rome, Italy doing secretarial work for her international community.
When Sister returned to the States, she became a librarian in the motherhouse in Redwood City, California. She continued in this ministry for a number of years, and also was asked to live with the Sisters in training at the novitiate in Oakland for a few years. In 2001 Sister Carol moved to Santa Maria, where she lived with some of her Sisters for a few years in a home in Foxenwoods. In 2005, Sister began her retirement when she moved to Marian Residence to share her life with her Sisters in the Convent there.
Sister Carol had a great love of music, and played the piano and organ for many years. She delighted in sharing this gift, and often, even after retirement, could be found seated at the piano in the convent, playing for herself and others. She was also a great story teller, and had many pithy saying which she shared on all occasions with guests and Sisters. In her younger years, Sister Carol had a great spirit of adventure, and even if she never learned to drive, often took a bus to venture out to explore her surroundings.
Sister Carol was a gentle woman, much loved by all who came in contact with her. She was a favorite with the caregivers at the care center in the Convent at Marian Residence. She was faithful at daily Mass attendance until just three days before her death, and loved to join the Sisters in prayer in spite of her failing eyesight and hearing. She is truly missed.
Sister Carol was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings. She is survived by her nieces and nephews and other relatives. She is also survived by the members of her religious community, the Sisters of St. Francis.
Vigil services will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Chapel at Marian Residence, 124 S. College Drive, Santa Maria. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 17 in the Marian Residence Chapel. Monsignor Emigdio Herrera will be the celebrant. Interment will follow at the Santa Maria Cemetery.
ROGER C. WAGNER
1945 - 2017
Charles Roger Wagner, 71, of Santa Maria, California passed away peacefully on October 9, 2017 at Marian Medical Center.
Roger, as he was known to his friends and family, was born in Glendale, California on November 25, 1945 to Charles and Harriett Wagner. He graduated from Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, Texas. Roger then went on to earn a bachelor's degree in economics before serving as a Tech Sergeant in the United States Air Force for six years. Roger married Marie Lancaster in 1967 and had one son, Charles David Wagner.
In his early career, Roger worked in regional retail management for the Montgomery Ward Corporation where he met Marie A. Comstock. Roger and Marie married in 1980. They were blessed with five children during their 17 year marriage, Michael C. Wagner, Stephen A. Wagner, Jenna M. Wagner, Cara M. Jones, and Charles Joseph Wagner. After four of their five children were born Roger and Marie settled on the Central Coast, where Roger found his calling and began his contracting career. As the owner of Wagner Construction, Roger delighted in hand-crafting custom wooden pieces for his clients. His passion for woodworking was rivaled only by his talent in transforming local businesses, residences, and even places of worship. It was through his business that he met his next love, Alicia Nowicki, to whom Roger was married in 1998.
While Roger enjoyed working with his local customers, his true joy in life was spending time with his children and grandchildren. Roger reveled in each of the thousands of slices of pizza the family consumed while gathered together in his great company. He was a devoted, loving, and supportive patriarch.
Roger is survived by his beloved children and former spouses listed above as well as his ten grandchildren, his siblings, Sandy Adamek-Filiatrault, Charlene Devine and Craig Wagner in addition to his son-in-law Shawn Jones, and daughters-in-law, Marisa Wagner, Maya Fuller and Karin Wagner. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Harriett Wagner.
Family and friends are invited to funeral services Friday, October 13th at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, on Church Street in Santa Maria. Interment will commence immediately following at Santa Maria Cemetery.
1957 - 2017
Victoria Ann Garcia passed away October 1, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family, after a long battle of Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Victoria was born June 21, 1957, in Santa Maria, CA. She married Jerry Garcia on January 21, 1994. Together, they enjoyed watching their Falcon games and some good BBQ with the family. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren fishing and going to Red Rock. Victoria loved to listen to oldies and dance around the house with her Budlight. She worked at the RAD Thrift Store before she got ill and was always willing to help her customers.
Victoria will be loved and missed by her surviving husband, Jerry Garcia; daughter, Isabel Navarro; son-in-law, Larry Navarro; four grandchildren, Devonne Ruiz, Devinna, Marcos and Angel Navarro; brother-in-law, Jimmy Garcia; mother and father-in-law, Jerry and Frances Garcia. She is preceded in death by his mother and father, Joe and Linda Espinoza; brother, Benny Arrellanes.
Due to her sudden death, no services will be held. There is a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral expenses gofundme.com/victoria-garcias-funeral-expenses. The family is grateful for all the condolences and donations.