October 03, 2008
Donald E. Snyder Donald E. Snyder, age 87, of Santa Paula, passed away on Monday, September 22.Don, past district governor and Santa Paula Lions Club secretary, was born in New Madison, Ohio. He was enrolled at Wilmington College for three years, from 1938 to 1941, and then entered George Williams College Graduate School in 1941.In 1942, at age 22, Don was drafted and served in the U.S. Army 69th Div. Field Artillery during World War II. He graduated O.C.S. as a 2nd lieutenant and was a captain at the time of his discharge.After his discharge he returned to George Williams College, where he did his thesis and received his master’s degree in Physical Education.Don joined the Troy, Ohio Lions Club in September of 1950, and in 1951 transferred to San Diego to the La Jolla Lions. In 1952 he transferred to the Santa Paula Lions, and taught civics and driving and coached football at Santa Paula High School from 1953 to 1978.In 1954, Don was elected secretary/treasurer of the Santa Paula Lions. At that time the club had approximately 45 active members. In 1956, Don became deputy district governor, then in 1958 he became district governor.In 1959 he became chairman of the Student Speakers Contest at the Multiple District (California and Nevada) level. Along with Past International President Fred Smith and Past International Director Dwight Stanford, Don formed the 4th District Student Speakers Foundation.In his years of public service, Don has received six fellowship awards from the Student Speakers Foundation.He was preceded in death by wife Betty Jean Snyder and wife Phyllis B. Snyder. He is survived by wife Marjorie D. Snyder of Santa Paula; son Michael S. Snyder and grandsons Michael P. and John R. Snyder of Merritt Island, Florida; daughter Cynthia K. Barber and grandson Willie W. Kaminsky of Silver Creek, New York; stepsons Daniel Thaxton of Camarillo and Ted Thaxton of Nipomo; and stepdaughters Mary Carlisle of Ventura, Linda Fleming of Keene, and Charline Wade of Winter Park, Florida.Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 6 at the Fillmore Lions Club in the Boy Scout House, 157 Sespe Ave. in Fillmore.Eva Rocha VenegasWith deep sadness in our hearts we announce the passing of a lifelong resident of Santa Paula, Eva R. Venegas, 50, who entered eternal life on Friday, September 26, 2008 in the comfort of her home.Eva was born on April 29, 1958 in Ventura, CA, and was the third of four children born to Fidencio Venegas and Florence Rocha. Eva was full of life, a contagious personality that would have anyone laughing for the smallest reasons. What she loved the most were going to the beach, morning walks, breakfast at McDonald’s, and especially being surrounded by her grandchildren and people she loved and who loved her in return.She’s now reunited with her grandparents, Juanita and Candelario Rocha, brothers Lupe, Larry, Jesse and Richie Venegas, and nephew Richard Macias.
She is survived by her parents, Fidencio and Florence Venegas; Aaron Saenz, Albert Pineda and Pepe Dominguez, who were a big part of her life; daughters Rosanna Saenz and Hopie Dominguez, and sons Anthony Pineda and Joel Dominguez, all of Santa Paula; sister Gloria (Richard) Macias of Santa Paula; brothers Gilbert Venegas of Santa Paula, and Sammy, Joe and Raymond Venegas of Fresno; and grandchildren Cruz and Zach Pineda, Alyssa, Jesse James and Nicholas Romero, and Issac and Adrianna Dominguez, and Bella Love Ayala, all of Santa Paula. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.Mom, I will always brush your hair; until brush and hair meet again I will always love you. The MostestA visitation will be held on Friday, October 3 at Skillin Carroll Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. A memorial service will be on Saturday, October 4 at Skillin Carroll Chapel at 10 a.m. with Pastor Joe Soto officiating.Arrangements are under the direction of Skillin Carroll Mortuary, 738 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula, 525-3391.Raymundo AlvarezIt is with both sadness and joy we announce the passing of our husband, father and grandpa Raymundo Alvarez, 82, on September 29, 2008. Sadness that we will miss him, and joy that he’s gone home to heaven.Raymundo was born on March 15, 1926 to Juan Alvarez and Felipa Manzano in Cerritos, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. At the age of 20 he came to a decision to seek his fortune and what he thought and believed was the promised land. He later returned and married the girl of his dreams, Camerina Reyes, and God blessed them with nine children.Mr. Alvarez was a family man, always looking for ways to improve his loved ones’ lives, devoting his good years by working and providing for them. One of the things that brought happiness to his life and a smile to his face was dancing the “Guapangos” at family gatherings.He is now reunited with his sister, Amalia Alvarez Manzano. He leaves behind his loving wife, Camerina Reyes de Alvarez, and his nine children, oldest to youngest, Raymundo Alvarez Jr., Elvia Alvarez, Virginia Alvarez, Maria Alvarez, Chela Alvarez, Carmen Alvarez, Nora Alvarez, Juan Alvarez and Rosie Alvarez; brothers and sisters, Antonio Alvarez, Genaro Alvarez, Doroteo Alvarez, Sebastian Alvarez and Paula Alvarez; 31 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces.A funeral mass was held Thursday, October 2 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Paula.Raymundo was a resident of Santa Paula for the last 30 years, but his heart remained in Cerritos, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, so his final wish was to return to “a la tierra que lo vio nacer.” In love and respect for him, his family is following his last wishes.Arrangements are under the direction of Funeraria del ángel Stetler Mortuary, 128 S. 8th St., Santa Paula, 525-5595.

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