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
1930 - 2018
Maureen Forbes, 87, of San Luis Obispo, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018.
Cremation was requested with private services.
JOHN "STEVE" WILLIAMS
1953 - 2018
Steve Williams, 64, of Los Alamos, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Cremation was requested with private services.
RUTHANNE SHEEHY TOMPKINS
1923 - 2018
With sadness, nostalgia and enormous gratitude for the life she shared with us, the family of Ruthanne Sheehy Tompkins announces her death at the age of ninety-four on Saturday April 14, 2018. Surrounded by her children and caregivers, including Rosa Vargas and Heather Hazelton, who made it possible for her to spend her final days at home, Ruthanne died on the Casmalia ranch where she had lived for sixty-eight years, the last twenty absent her devoted husband, David Tompkins. In her long, rich and inspiring life, she was sustained by the love she shared with her spouse and family, by the depth and vitality of her faith and by her magnanimous commitment to improve the lot of anyone she met who was less fortunate.
Ruthanne was born on August 27 1923 to Dan and Lizzy Sheehy, and raised, along with her brother “Dinny" and sister Mary (Baxter), in Nipomo. Her mother was a proud descendant of the David Dana family, pioneering Nipomo residents and ranchers; Ruthanne took great pleasure in the heritage she shared with so many of her relatives. She was also proud of her father’s Irish ancestry, of his gregarious good nature and his success as a pitcher for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, and later in ranching, farming and, briefly, in politics. Ruthanne undoubtedly derived her lifelong enthusiasm for sports under his tutelage. She was educated in Nipomo’s two-room primary schoolhouse and then at Arroyo Grande High School, where she graduated as president of the Class of 1941. The experience of losing, in the darkest days of WWII, almost half of her senior class to Japanese internment camps would profoundly shape her later political interests and viewpoints.
After spending three semesters at Santa Maria Junior College (later Allan Hancock College), where she was editor of its campus newspaper, Ruthanne turned down a full scholarship to Columbia University to attend UC Berkeley. She majored in history and political science (and played on the university’s tennis team), and spurned an invitation to join a sorority so that she could experience the diversity of life offered at Berkeley’s International House. Her fondest college memory was of a class she took with numerous war refugees that was taught by one of the constitutional architects of the Weimar Republic. Upon graduating with honors, she became one of a handful of women to take up legal studies at Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley’s College of Law.
Ruthanne worked briefly after that as a journalist in Fall River Mills CA before moving to Washington DC. After compiling entries for the Encyclopedia Britannica, she landed a job with US government intelligence agencies, a period in which the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was being absorbed by its successor, the CIA. While in the nation’s capital, she was befriended by Fr. Charles Corriston, a brilliant and convivial Benedictine abbot. Along with several other ambitious young women who would grow into lasting friends, she became a lifelong Benedictine oblate.
To her parents’ relief, Ruthanne finally abandoned her peripatetic life and career, earned a teachers’ credential and began teaching English and history at Santa Maria High School. Even in her extreme old age, former students remembered with affection her practiced delivery and the tough demands she placed on them in the classroom. And her teaching skills followed her forever: a frequent substitute teacher in her children’s schools, she taught countless local children to sew as a leader for fifteen years of the Bonita 4-H. She also instructed generations of young Casmalia inhabitants in catechism classes. In her later years, she taught religion to young residents at the Juvenile Hall in Santa Maria, and helped many others to improve their English, their writing, and their embrace of the Catholic faith.
On a blind date arranged by mutual friends in the late 1940s, Ruthanne met a handsome young rancher who would become her partner and the love of her life. They were married on August 5, 1950, and nine months and three days later (the math always mattered to her), they welcomed Elizabeth, the first of their five children, to their home in Casmalia. From the beginning of their marriage, and in addition to raising four other children, Ruthanne was involved with Dave in their cattle and real estate businesses. After his death in 1998, she continued to run a cow-calf operation for almost a decade, and to oversee the small collection of rental properties that had carried them through the toughest times. It was impossible for anyone who knew them, and especially their children, to miss the value they attached to a strong work ethic.
After their children had grown, Ruthanne and Dave found time to travel frequently to Europe, to take college classes, to attend professional conferences, and to become involved in numerous community groups. Ruthanne was a member for years of the Catholic Daughters of America, of St. Mary’s Church Altar Society, of a local women’s investment group known as the Stockettes, of a Thursday luncheon circle at Little Jocko’s in Nipomo, and of a bible class at St. Louis de Montfort Church which, until the very last months of her life, fed her insatiable intellectual curiosity.
Ruthanne, who was predeceased by husband and her youngest grandson, Jack Ready, is survived by her five children: Elizabeth Tompkins Bilich, Mary Tompkins Lewis, Nick Tompkins, Bridget Tompkins Ready and Nora Tompkins Comee, twelve grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They will forever cherish her memory, honor her indefatigable spirit, and bask in the glow of the love, faith and constant good humor that shapes her legacy.
Memorial services include a rosary at Magner-Maloney Funeral Home in Santa Maria at 6 p.m. on Monday April 23, and a funeral mass on Tuesday April 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Louis de Montfort Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Jack’s Helping Hand, a non-profit charitable foundation established in memory of Ruthanne's late grandchild.
1974 - 2018
Veronica Perez, 43, of Santa Maria, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Thank you for being a leader, and showing true courage and strength. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. The fight is not over; you are now beyond this world fulfilling a greater purpose. Although we wish you could stay a bit longer, just know you’re greatly appreciated for the gift of your time and presence. You have touched many lives and your spirit will continue to do so. God bless you, Veronica, and your sons will carry you forever in their hearts. We love you.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16
Gracias por ser un líder y demostrar verdadero valor y fortaleza. Dios da sus batallas más duras a sus soldados más fuertes. La pelea no ha terminado; ahora estás más allá de este mundo cumpliendo un propósito mayor. Aunque deseamos que pueda quedarse un poco más, simplemente sepa que es muy apreciado por el regalo de su tiempo y presencia. Has tocado muchas vidas y tu espíritu continuará haciéndolo. Dios te bendiga, Verónica, y tus hijos te llevarán para siempre en sus corazones. Te amamos.
“Porque tanto amó Dios al mundo que dio a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo el que cree en él no se pierda, sino que tenga vida eterna.” ~Juan 3:16
HARLEY DAMON SWANSON
1940 - 2018
Harley Damon Swanson, 78, of Oceano, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018.
1941 - 2018
Josephina Blessing, 76, of Santa Maria, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018.
BARBARA L. ROSENQUIST
1925 - 2018
Barbara L. Rosenquist, 92, of Santa Maria, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018.
1919 - 2018
Sally L. Quaresma, 98, of Santa Maria, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
Sally was born on September 29, 1919 in Arroyo Grande to Joseph and Anna Silveira; spending her life on the Central Coast.
She is survived by her daughter Beverly Quaresma; grandchildren Joey and Julie Silva, Justine Silva, and Mike and Tara Gularte; great grandchildren Evan, Tommy, and Jane; brother Tony Silveira and his wife; sister Phyllis Silveira; brother-in-law Eddie Quaresma and his wife; sisters-in-law Maxine Silveira and Virginia Silveira. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph E. Quaresma and son Frank Gularte.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 800 Bello Street in Pismo Beach. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at St. Paul’s. Interment will follow in the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
SILVESTER "SAL" MORENO
1923 - 2018
Silvester “Sal” Moreno, resident of Santa Maria and formerly of Santa Barbara, passed away on April 4, 2018 at Bayside Care Center at the age of 94. Sal was born in Carpinteria, CA. in 1923.Sal enlisted in the Armed Forces in 1943. He was a veteran of World War II. Involved in the Rhineland, Central Europe and Northern France, where he was wounded in combat. He received the WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 3 bronze stars. He was discharged from a medical hospital after 2 years.
After returning home, Sal married Bernice Valenzuela in Arroyo Grande on July 19, 1947. They settled in Santa Barbara where they raised their family. Sal worked at Ott’s Hardware and Smarden-Hatcher Company for many years. Building a travel trailer which kept getting bigger until it was a 25 ft motor home, he and Bernice packed up the kids, cousins and friends and camped in all the National Parks of California and Oregon.
In 1980 they moved to Santa Maria where he became member of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 for 30 years Sal and Bernice volunteered for many Elks events.He was a skilled handyman and a plumber and was always ready to help family, friends and even strangers who needed a hand. He made friends with everyone he met. He was famous for “drawing you a picture” to fix your sink or a map (before and after GPS).
We will lovingly remember his dedication to family, love of animals, great sense of humor and generosity. He passed these values on to all of us.
He will be sadly missed by the many people who knew him, and especially by his family: his wife of 70 years, Bernice Moreno; his children Mary Ann (Laren) Ogle and Monica (Dane) Moreno-Hornsleth; his grandchildren Laren (Ivette) Ogle and Glen Ogle, Kelly Ogle and Geoff (Keryn) Ogle; his great grandchildren Lily and Cateleya Ogle, Jasmine, Iyesha, Oceana, Sequoia, Kyla and Geremy.Vigil Services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Interment will follow in the new section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Interment will follow in the new section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
ALICE C. EARDLEY
1936 - 2018
Alice C. Eardley, 82, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018.
LOWELL E. MOBERG
1921 - 2018
Lowell E. Moberg, 96, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018.
STEVEN A. SMALL
1958 - 2018
Steven (Steve) passed away after a long and valiant fight with cancer at the Keck USC Hospital surrounded by family. Steve was born on September 15, 1958 in Nipomo, CA, to his parents Maynard A. and Norma J. (Soares) Small. Steve graduated high school from Arroyo Grande and graduated college from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Steve worked at Vandenberg Air Force Base as a Safety Engineer where he was admired and loved by numerous very loyal friends to whom his family would like to thank for their loving generosity during his fight for life. They are all deeply appreciated.
Steve had a wonderful and bright mind. He lived his life with an unmatched level of honesty and integrity. He raised his daughters to be strong, and did so with an endless supply of smiles, energy and love. When he became ill, he walked the path of his disease with a grace and strength that awed his family. He never complained or questioned, and, with his dry sense of humor, continued to his last day as a loving, generous, and FUN son, brother, father and “Papa.” He will be loved and missed “tremendous amounts” by all, forever.
Steve is survived by his parents Maynard and Norma Small, Nipomo, CA, his brother Clark (Linda) Small, his daughters Shayna (Tyler) Adams of Florence, MT, Kristen (Blake) Jordan of Orcutt, CA, and four grandsons who were all very special to him: Micah and Colt Adams, and Wyatt and Gage Jordan. He was so proud of his daughters and their families. Steve is also survived by his uncle’s Winslow O. (Lois Buhr) Small, Frank (Yolanda) Soares, nephew Bryce Small, and five cousins Jeffery and Lars Small, Frank and Dena Soares, and Rosa DeLeon.
Steve told his father and brother that he didn’t want his family and friends to have sorrow or tears over his passing, as he had a wonderful life, great daughters, family and friends.
REFUGIO "CUCO" RODRIGUEZ
1965 - 2018
Refugio Barrios Rodriguez (Cuco) age 53, resident of Santa Maria, California was born on March 28, 1965 to Mauro Barrios and Florentino Rodriguez, in El Plateado Zacatecas, Mexico. When Cuco moved to Santa Maria in 1991 he brought his love and dedication of wheel polishing with him. A very detailed skill and talent he knew so well. Starting his business, Santa Maria Pro Wheel Polishing, he worked day in and day out perfecting every wheel and rivet he could get his hands on. Classic car clubs and enthusiasts from all over the Central Coast brought their car parts to be polished and chromed by Cuco. He loved the job he did so well. Cuco worked as a salesman for Calderon Tires for twenty seven years. He will be remembered in the community for his work at Calderon Tires and for being a family man ready to extend a helping hand to anyone in need. Cuco was taken home to be with the Lord on Monday April 2, 2018 at Marian Medical Regional Center surrounded by loved ones.
He is survived by sisters Maria de Luz Ramirez, Angelina Flores, Josefina Solis, Marina Rodriguez, Guadalupe, Liseida Manorna, Claudia Rodriguez; wife Eva, son John Gabriel Aleman (Marci), daughter Jessica Munoz (Francisco), daughter Andrea Ulloa (Julius), daughter Erica Rodriguez (David), son Paul Rodriguez (Marbella), daughter Clementina Rodriguez, daughter Valentina Rodriguez, Stepson Moises Ramos (Ashlyn), step-daughter Leahona Ramos Step-daughter Ana Mendoza, Step-daughter Norma Montoy; grandchildren: Vanessa, Alicia, Elena, Frankie, Yesenia, Benjamin, Lorena, John Gabriel Jr., Melody Rose, David, Enrique, Lisa.
A viewing will begin at 4:00pm on Thursday April 5th, 2018 at St. Louis de Montfort followed by Rosary at 5:00pm. A full service mass will be held at 10:00am on Friday April 6th, 2018 at St. Louis de Montfort. Interment will follow in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
ANGELINA RODRIGUEZ GONZALES
1928 - 2018
Angelina Rodriguez Gonzales, 89, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, March 23, 2018.
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.
He will always be remembered as loving to spend time with his family, socializing with friends at the Elks Club, riding horses, reading a good novel and hunting. A good meal with apricot pie for dessert was his favorite.
Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemarie Shiffrar and his siblings: Joe Shiffrar, Mary Shiffrar, Arthur Shiffrar and Donald Shiffrar. He is survived by his daughter, Susie Hermreck, his son-in-law, Andrew Hermreck, his two granddaughters, Jill Layton and Anne Jenks, his grandson-in-laws, Derek Layton and Elliot Jenks, and his four great grandchildren, Jack Goodwin, Avery Layton and Walker and Mason Jenks. He is also survived by siblings Louise Walsh, George Shiffrar, Dolores Brum, Betty Tremper, Barbara Faulkner, Richard Shiffrar and Harold Shiffrar.
Donations may be made to San Ramon Chapel c/o St Louis de Montfort Church, 5075 Harp Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455 or a youth organization of your choice.
The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27th in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Church in Nipomo. Interment will follow in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
(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.