April 01, 2011

Martha L. (John) Jones

Martha L. (John) Jones, 83, passed away peacefully at Kindred Hearts, Clintonville, WI on March 23, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband William (1984) and son Brian (2000).

She was the beloved mother of Bill Jones of Tigerton, WI, Kathy (Irving) Splies of Santa Paula, Sherman Jones of Santa Paula, and Virginia (Chad) Chapin of Tigerton, WI; beloved grandmother of Damian, Dominic and Daniel Diaz of Santa Paula, Elizabeth (Seth) Breitenfeldt of Bonduel, WI, and Douglas Chapin of Tigerton, WI; and beloved great-grandmother of Cyrus, Trinity and Marcus Diaz. Martha is also survived by her brothers Herman (Helene), George, and Robert John of Milwaukee, WI, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Martha was born November 13, 1927 in Milwaukee, WI. She married William Jones in 1955. Together they raised their children in Phoenix, AZ.

Upon William’s death, Martha moved to Santa Paula to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. She returned regularly to Wisconsin, particularly to Summit Lake where she spent her summers as a child. From 1984 until 2000 she sold Fuller Brush and Avon, and was known to many as “Bee.”

She had a deep reverence and love for God, country and family, and through her faith weathered many storms throughout her life. She volunteered for clown ministries and numerous other ways.

A memorial service will be held in Wisconsin, with interment at Ivy Lawn in Ventura.

Special thanks to Camarillo Care Home, Kindred Hearts, Heartland Hospice, and many other people who cared for her! She’s in heaven.

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Ralph F. Leon

Ralph F. Leon, age 85, of Fillmore, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2011 at Fillmore Convalescent Center, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Ralph was born on September 19, 1925 in Los Angeles to Gabriel C. Leon and Nicolasa Z. Frias.

A product of local schools, Ralph graduated from Fillmore High in 1943. Soon after graduating high school, Ralph became a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps serving honorably during WWII in the Pacific Theater from October 11, 1943 until August 1, 1945.

Returning home from the war, Ralph continued his education and attended Ventura College and received an Associate’s Degree in 1949. He then went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering from the University of Southern California in 1952. All of his education prepared him for his position as a senior bridge engineer, having retired in 1989 after 37 years of service.

Our father enjoyed coordinating family functions, especially our annual reunions. He was an avid traveler. He traveled all over the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada and Africa.

Our father was a lector for St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Santa Paula, as well as a parishioner of the church, and that of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fillmore.

He enjoyed watching sports, especially USC Trojans, and building projects. His memberships included the VFW, Knights of Columbus, Optimist, Odd Fellows, Toastmasters and California Parliamentarians.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Hernandez Leon; son and daughter-in-law Ralph S. Leon Jr. and family; son and daughter-in-law Gabriel and Cecilia Leon; son and daughter-in-law Gilbert and Marguerite Leon; daughter Susan D. Leon; daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Manuel Torrez; son and daughter-in-law Jose Luis and Irma Hernandez; his sisters, Eva and Larry Diaz and family, and Lupe Ramos and family; brother Jess Leon and family; 22 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Ralph was preceded in death by his sister, Elena Canchola, and brother, Elias F. Leon.

Funeral services honoring the life of Ralph F. Leon were held March 31 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, with committal and interment following at Bardsdale Cemetery. Mercer-Prieto VFW Post 2043 and Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 56 provided military honors.

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Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula, 229-7054.

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