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
1940 - 2017
Brunhilde Stadnick, 76, of Santa Maria, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017.
ISABEL MARIE MACHADO
1923 - 2017
Isabel Marie Machado of Santa Maria passed away July 18, 2017 at Santa Maria Care Center. Born on October 29, 1923 in Santa Maria, California to parents Joseph and Constance Silva. She spent her 93 years in the Santa Maria Valley.
She met her husband Frank Machado Sr. at LeRoy Park in Guadalupe while attending a Portuguese Celebration. They were married November 6, 1943 and spent 58 years together until his death on January 15, 2002.
Isabel loved hosting weekend Barbeques. The BBQ pit would be set in front of the old garage and folding lawn chairs would come out. Home was a small 250 acre ranch north of Santa Maria on Bull Canyon Road. Neighbors and friends would drive by and honk and Isabel would respond with a smile and a big wave.
Isabel loved to cook and can. She was known for her bread and butter pickles and a variety of jams. She also worked along side of her husband and kids in the fields when labor was short. Isabel was not afraid of hard work. If she wasn’t in the field she was bringing food and drinks on hot days for the field workers.
Isabel is survived by her son Frank Machado Jr. (Barbara), her daughters Mary Jane Fournier and Teresa Reyburn. Grandchildren Debbie Duguran (Pete), John Machado (Sabrina), Jennifer Dalise, Jeannette Roemling (Rob), Stevie Reyburn and Courtney Reyburn. She also has 12 great grandchildren. Taylor and Hayley Duguran, Chance, Cutter, Makenna and Cash Machado, Travis and Kaitlyn Stewart, Hannah Dalise and Robbie, Alexandra and Ryan Roemling. She is also survived by her sister Hilda De Medeiros and sister in law Daisy Silva and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Machado Sr., brother Manuel Silva, sisters Connie Machado and Alice Pearson and great grandson Cinch Machado.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home at 6:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Louis deMontfort Church at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Interment will follow in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
1938 - 2017
Santa Maria Born, Raised and Lived Life to the Fullest
Sandra Lee (Simas) Knotts passed away at 78 years young on July 18th in her home, surrounded by loved ones. Sandy was born on August 26, 1938 to Vernon and Dorothy Simas. She was the oldest of four children. She attended Orcutt Grammar School and graduated from Santa Maria High School in 1956. Sandy worked at Simas Smart Shoes and Bank of America before marrying the love of her life, Fred. Sandy and Fred were married December 14, 1964 and together they raised five children. Sandy and Fred spent many nights out on the town, not only making friends, but making memories. Sandy was instantly loved by everyone she met. She loved shopping, telling stories, being with family and friends, and her quick trips to McDonald’s for her Diet Coke and chocolate chip cookies. She was a doting wife, mother, and grandmother.
Sandy is survived by her children: Mike and his wife, Kara, of Santa Maria; Pat and his wife, Bonnie, of Evergreen, CO; Shari and her husband, Jerry, of Denver, CO; Dana and her husband, Jeffrey, of Santa Maria. She is also survived by her brothers: Tim and his wife, Christy, and Scott and his wife, Mary. Sandy was also blessed with 21 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved more than anything.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Fred; her son, Joie; her parents, Vern and Dorothy; her sister, Patty; along with numerous loved ones and life-long friends.
A viewing will take place at Magner-Maloney Funeral Home, Thursday, July 20 at 5 PM. Recitation of the Rosary will follow at 6 PM. A funeral mass will take place at Saint Joseph's Parish at 10 AM on Friday, July 21.
In lieu of flowers, Sandy and her family would be thrilled that you consider donations to Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation with special note to direct to hospice care. https://www.supportmarianmedical.org/donate-online
OLIVE M. BAGDASARIAN
1922 - 2017
Olive M. Bagdasarian, 95, of Santa Maria, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017.
TERRY L. SYLVESTER
1948 - 2017
Terry L. Sylvester, 68, of Santa Maria, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017.
LOIS L. LAUER
1930 - 2017
Lois L. Lauer, 87, of Santa Maria, passed away Sunday July 9, 2017.
Lois was born on April 4, 1930 in Osceola, Nebraska to Oscar and Eleanor Anderson; and has called Santa Maria home for the past 55 years.
Lois worked for the California National Guard for 36 years.
Lois enjoyed many crafts, especially making porcelain dolls where she made many friends. In her early years, she enjoyed many sports including softball and bowling. She was an avid racecar fan, and enjoyed watching her sons, and grandsons race through the years. Lois loved the outdoors taking many nature trips with her husband Richard.
She loved walking her neighborhood with her companion dog, Buddy by her side.
Lois is survived by her sons Bill and his wife Chandra, Jim Lauer and his wife Dolly of Santa Maria; daughter Julie Allen and her husband Danny of Santa Margarita; brother LaVerne “Lefty” Anderson of Ashland Nebraska; grandchildren Danny, Carrie, Ryan and Ashlyn; and great grandchildren Ayden, Austin and Aria.
Lois was preceded in passing by her husband Richard; parents; her brothers: Gilbert, and Keith Anderson; and sisters: Evelyn Fleeman, Alice Iseli, and Lila Hannappel.
1925 - 2017
Lois Jean (Chapman) Fishel passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 8. Preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Thomas Barnes Fishel, survived by loving children, Susie (Barrey) Robles, Steve (Jida) Fishel, Terri (Steve Brown) Fishel, Tom (Kim) Fishel, Lisa (Dave) Watkins and grandchildren, Dave Fishel, Erin Fishel, Megan (Chris) Linton, Mirelle (Kevin) Davis, Daylne Watkins, Devyn (Evan) Ellison, Dena Watkins, Ben Watkins, and great grandchildren Cooper Linton, Dean and Dylan Ellison. Born in San Francisco May 27, 1925, Lois was a graduate of Burlingame High School and Stanford University. A proud member of the Stanford Alumni Association, Lois and her husband Tom, were joint chairpersons of the Stanford class of ’47 50th reunion. Lois and Tom were also longtime residents of Redwood City prior to retiring in Santa Maria. Lois will be remembered for her love of her family and friend, her dedication to the SF 49ers, and in her younger days, her volunteerism. She was a teacher and in her early years of retirement enjoyed working with young students helping them learn to read. Private interment will be in the Santa Barbara Cemetery.
JOSE D. PAZ
1968 - 2017
Jose D. Paz, 49, of Lancaster, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home; followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 at St. John Neumann Church. Interment will follow in the new section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
1940 - 2017
Bonnie Royster, 77, of Santa Maria, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017.
MARGARET "MARGO" SANDBOM
1943 - 2017
Margaret "Margo" Sandbom, 74, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, July 3, 2017.
1945 - 2017
Aeja Kim, 71, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017.
1919 - 2017
Dionicio Zacarias, 97, of Santa Maria, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017.
HUBERT "HUGH" SHAFFER
1933 - 2017
Hubert "Hugh" Shaffer, 84, of Santa Maria, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017.
JOSEPHINE E. GOMES
1929 - 2017
Josephine E. Gomes, 87, of Santa Barbara, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
GERARD "JERRY" MACNEIL
1935 - 2017
Jerry MacNeil passed on June 19th, 2017 at age 82.
A kind and funny man; a true Gentleman, with a smile, joke or funny story for everyone he met.
Beloved as a husband and partner of 59 years to Jackie; As a father to 4 sons and 2 daughters; As father-in-law to several charming young ladies and grandfather to 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; And as a mentor/tutor/cheerleader/friend to many Santa Maria 4th graders.
Jerry was born in Portsmouth, NH on February 20th, 1935 to his parents William & Elizabeth MacNeil. Upon graduation from Portsmouth High School, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served our country as a submariner.
After his hitch was up, he attended Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, MA, then began his career as a civilian electronics technician for the US Government.
In October, 1957, he married Jaqueline Garland, and they settled in Massachusetts to begin a family. Between 1958 and 1973, 4 sons and 2 daughters were added to the household.
During the summer of 1975, the family relocated to Santa Maria, CA. Here, the family thrived - all the children growing up, a career completed, and retirement embraced, offering more time for personal travel and for community service.
When not traveling overseas or visiting grandchildren, Jerry was active in supporting learning enrichment programs to the Santa Maria elementary schools, participating is a program called "The World To You". He also spent several years providing tutoring and mentoring to 4th grade student at Miller Elementary School. Jerry was a gentle, friendly, encouraging presence at the school, helping with Math and Reading, always there with a smile and handful of goldfish crackers.
Memorial Services will be 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory to any of the following institutions:
2445 A Street Santa Maria, CA 93455
Northern Santa Barbara County Special Olympics
421 South McClelland StreetSanta Maria, CA 93454
800 Quintana Road Suite 2CMorro Bay, CA 93442
LINDA ELIZABETH SMITH
1954 - 2017
Linda Elizabeth Smith, 62, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017.
Linda was born on September 14, 1954 in San Luis Obispo, CA to Bernard and Jeanie Smith. Linda has lived most of her life in the Santa Maria area. She was employed by California Fine Wire for nearly 20 years. Linda enjoyed crocheting, movies, reading, baking and visiting family in Italy. She was also an avid collector of Mickey Mouse memorabilia.
Linda is survived by her sister Shirley Smith, brother James Smith, aunt Gloria Trett, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Michael J. Smith.
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017; followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery.
BETTY RUTH ORTIZ
1948 - 2017
Our sweet Sister and Aunt, friend to all.
Betty Ruth Vukobradovich Ortiz was born on January 26, 1948 in Glendale California to Michael and Letha Jane Vukobradovich. She spent most of her childhood and teen years in Highland Park California. She attended Atwater elementary school, Irving junior high school and graduated from Benjamin Franklin high school in the summer of 1966. One of Betty’s fondest childhood memories was meeting her lifelong best friend a neighbor by the name of Francis Flores.
As a young woman, Betty enjoyed music, dancing, trying new foods, and traveling to new places. She had an adventurous spirit! The Motown era was her favorite and she loved songs like “My Girl”, “Johnny Angel”, and “Unchained Melody.” Her first job was at a factory followed by her real passion which was taking care of the elderly. Betty began as a kitchen worker at an elder care center, under the mentorship of a man she called Mr.Tibb. Mr.Tibb taught Betty many things there and encouraged her to advance to the position of caretaker at the center. Betty sincerely cared for her clients.
In 1987 Betty married her one true love Juventino “Hoover” Ortiz in a Las Vegas Nevada chapel. Through that union, she acquired 2 step daughters Jeanine and Lina. Betty never had children but always treated the girls as her own. She truly loved Hoover and so they were blessed with the privilege of her love as well.
Betty was more skilled and gifted than some may know. She had a knack for applying makeup and styling hair. All of the photos as a young woman, she stood out as having the best hair! She had great taste in jewelry and clothing despite being modest with her own style. She was also a fabulous cook. Always feeling at home in the kitchen, Betty loved to prepare delicious meals for her loved ones. She was creative and smart in the kitchen. She could make miracles out of days old left overs. And you would never known it. She had the coolest utensils and most useful kitchen gadgets.
Betty found tremendous purpose in caring for others. Beginning at a young age she helped her widowed mother care for her 5 siblings earning the description of “Grammie’s right hand.” As a young woman, she was employed privately as a nanny caring for other people’s children. In the years following that she graciously took care of her nephews Joshua and Lee when their mothers needed her to. Later in her life she blessed her niece Rebecca in taking care of her young son, Bettys great nephew, Luco. Luco has special needs and having her in his life made an enormous, warm and lasting impact. Of which Betty, may have never known.
As an infant Betty endured the physical and emotional trauma of being burned on her face, hands, and body in an accident. Never did she use that event as an excuse, crutch, or sob story. She dealt with it. She faced the torment head on and never portrayed herself as a victim. She chose a life of being positive and giving to others despite her own needs. Her ability to overcome such a tremendous obstacle is truly inspiring and a testament to her character and strength.
Betty exemplified compassion, patience, and humility. She was one of those rare few that come through when you really need someone. Her pure love, selflessness, and sincerity taught us all to be more caring and kind to others in this world.
A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
JAMES W. VEST
1973 - 2017
James W. Vest, 43, of Santa Maria (formerly of Arroyo Grande), passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017.