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
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.
EMILE "SOL" DE SOLMINIHAC
1927 - 2017
Emile “Sol” De Solminihac, 90, of Santa Maria, passed away Saturday, September 30, 2017.
Sol was born in Patagonia, Arizona on July 2, 1927 to Paul and Ada Rose De Solminihac.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Velma; one sister Louise Bridges; 23 nieces and nephews; two God Children Michael Jennings (Debra) and Linnie Simiryan (Yosif); and dear friends Daniel and Ileen Barberena, Mary Shouse, Susan Jessee. He will be dearly missed.
GEORGE "SANDY" OLIVER
1945 - 2017
Friends and family were saddened by the news of the passing of Sandy Oliver at Marian Regional Medical Center on Saturday, September 30, 2017. He was the only child of Vera and George Oliver and lived his whole life in Santa Maria. He attended St. Mary’s School, Santa Maria High School, and Allan Hancock College. He and wife Jody were married in 1979.
Sandy loved cars and at an early age purchased a small, two pump service station next to the Santa Maria Inn. He was at one time, the youngest station owner in Santa Barbara County. He soon moved to Peppertree Chevron at the corner of Broadway and Donovan Road where he continued serving the public until he retired several years ago. He loved his work and many of his customers became close, personal friends.
Sandy love God, Santa Maria, his wife and family, his Portuguese Heritage, his dogs, Jocko’s, Pepsi, and Santa Maria Style BBQ. Please remember him in your prayers.
We will celebrate Sandy’s life on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home.
MINERVA DE LOS SANTOS
1934 - 2017
Minerva De Los Santos, 83, of Nipomo, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017.
RODNEY LEE CARLES
1954 - 2017
Rodney Lee Carles, 63, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017.
RAY E. VINEYARD
1935 - 2017
Ray E. Vineyard, 82, of Lompoc, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017.
KARL A. MARSHALL
1924 - 2017
Karl A. Marshall, 93, of Nipomo, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017.
1934 - 2017
Vi Dallessandro, 83, of Nipomo, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at her home.
Vi was born on March 21, 1934 in Enid, Oklahoma to Reavis and Alma Gerken. In her teenager years, her family relocated to Inglewood, where she graduated from High School. Vi spent most of her life in the Orange County area. She worked as a Market Research Analyst for Rockwell in Anaheim for 35 years. In 1999, Vi settled in Nipomo.
Vi’s passion in life was Bridge. She was the President of the Santa Maria Bridge Club. She could be found playing, setting up, and teaching Bridge four days a week.
Vi is survived by her daughter Dennise Gello and her husband Dan; son Brad Dallessandro and his wife, Maryann; brother Delbert Gerken; sisters Annette Lalicker and Ramona McGroaty; grandson Jason Dallessandro and his wife, Janna; and great granddaughter Claire Dallessandro.
Services will be held at Noon on Monday, September 18, 2017 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the new section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
SYLVIA M. HAGEN
1921 - 2017
DONALD "DON" FOXEN
1929 - 2017
Don Foxen was born in Los Angeles, California on May 21, 1929. He was a fifth generation Californian. After graduating from High School he joined the Marine Corps Reserve and trained at Camp Pendleton. During summer training in 1950 he was activated into service and sent to Korea. He landed with the First Marine Division at Inchon, South Korea and helped capture Seoul. The Marines eventually ended up at the Chosin Reservoir. From there he was part of the evacuation to the south. He was very proud to be one of the “Chosin Few”. After 14 months, he returned home as Sgt. Foxen.
Don met Patty Hamilton at age 15 at dancing school. They were married in February 1952 and were married for 65 years. In June, 1953 Don joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He worked his way up to the rank of Captain, commanding several Sheriff stations during his 32 year career. He was an integral part of the planning for the 1984 Olympics in LA as Commander of the Emergency Operations Bureau.
Don and Pat had six children. These children produced 12 wonderful grandchildren and, so far, 7 beautiful great grand-children.
After retiring in 1985 Don and Pat moved to Santa Ynez, where they built their dream home “Rancho Foxen” in 1981. Both became active in the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Auxiliary and loved it.
Don’s wit resulted in many jokes and a life time love of puns. His grandchildren will always remember him for his corny jokes. Holidays were full of his war stories and political advice. He always had plenty of that to give.
He also loved to plunk away on the piano, rarely finishing a song! He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. His family is comforted to know that he is with his daughter in a better place.
Mass will be 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Los Alamos. Private interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
EUGENE "GENE" KUNTZ
1948 - 2017
Eugene "Gene" Kuntz, 69, of Los Alamos, died Monday, September 4, 2017.
Sister Regine Donner was born in a little shtetl called SOKAL in Poland, now totally off the map; it was absorbed by Russia during the war. Her birth certificate could not even be obtained, so the exact date of her birth is unknown.
The family immigrated to Antwerp, Belgium, where they lived as foreigners until the war in 1940.
Called to report to the Gestapo gathering in Malines, Belgium, Regine ran away. She reached the Swiss borders but was refused entry in 1942; the excuse given was that Switzerland had just closed the borders the day before.Regine came back to Belgium and hid in a small village in Grez-Doiceau with the HANQUET family. She converted to Catholicism in 1943, and remained with the family until she entered the Daughters of Mary and Joseph in 1955. She was hiding from her father, who had returned from hiding during the war.
After her first vows in 1958, she went to the mission in Burundi, in Bujumbura, where she was the boarding school bursar and taught a class in the Lycee. After two years, she was sent to the interior, to Kanynya, where she taught until 1962.
She joined the Province of Uganda and studied in Mbarara for her O levels while teaching French at Mbarara High School.
In 1968, she went to England, to the University of Cardiff, South Wales, to study. She received her B.A. in French with a minor in German and an M.A. in Education. She could not return to Uganda because of Amin Dada; being Jewish, she would have put the whole community in danger.
She accepted a lecturer post in Nigeria, at the University of Ile-Ife, and transferred later to the University of Port Harcourt River State in Nigeria, where she was a founding member of the new University opened for the persecuted Ibo tribe. She lectured French and German at both Universities from 1973 to 1983.In 1983, she took one sabbatical year in Israel at The Biblical Institute in Jerusalem. She visited the country from North to South, and between courses she spent time with her family, with whom she reconciled and reconnected.
In 1984, Regine returned to Uganda, to Mbarara, and taught for a year. Then, for serious health reasons, she came to the U.S. in 1985. She came to Santa Maria, where she devoted her time teaching at St. Joseph High School and started the Volunteen Program, which she coordinated all these years.
Sr. Regine will be missed by her DMJ family in California, Europe and Africa, as well as by her family in Belgium and Israel. We can safely say that Regine was loved and esteemed by those whom she touched in her extensive ministry. They will hold her in their hearts forever.
We are most grateful to the many doctors and members of the medical staff who ministered selflessly to Sr. Regine and enabled her to live beyond the “expected” years. You are friends in the true sense of the word. An exceptional thank you to Sr. Catherine, her faithful DMJ caregiver for her friendship, caring, dedication and love, and to her amazing caregivers, Teresa and Rosemary, and to Visiting Nurses Hospice Care.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to DMJ Retirement, DMJ African Ministry, the Sr. Sheila Tellis Scholarship, Good Samaritan Shelter. Addresses may be obtained from Sr. Catherine.
Vigil and Celebration of Life will be 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Mass of the Resurrection will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Both services will be held at St. Louis deMontfort Church. Interment will be 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in the Original Section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.