Published: July 11, 2012
Patricia Lee McConnell
Patricia Lee McConnell passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in El Dorado Hills, CA on May 27, 2012.
Patty lived a long life, full of romance and adventure. Born October 4, 1931 in Santa Paula, she graduated from Santa Paula High School and Ventura College.
Patty leaves behind devoted daughters Pam Lee, son-in-law Tim, grandchildren Ryan, Megan and Austin; daughter Cindy Driscoll, son-in-law Frank, grandchildren Trace and Lena, great-granddaughter Bailey; daughter Stephanie McCorkle, and grandsons Brandon and Cameron.
Informal services will be held at the Pierce Brothers Cemetery, 380 Cemetery Road, Santa Paula, on July 20 at 2 p.m. Casual BBQ to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor can be made to the Santa Paula Art Museum.
Peggy Gavenman Mahler
Peggy Gavenman Mahler passed away peacefully at home Wednesday evening, June 27, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.
Peggy Ann Margolin was born May 16, 1927 in Deadwood, South Dakota to Sam and Sarah Margolin. She attended the University of Nebraska, where she met her husband, Lawrence “Gavvy” Gavenman. They were married December 28, 1947 and resided in Deadwood, where she gave birth to two sons, Howard and Scott.
In August of 1961, the family moved to Santa Paula after Gavvy secured a teaching position at Isbell Middle School. Peggy worked as a lab secretary and pathology transcriber at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital for 28 years. In addition, she enjoyed time with her family and friends, dancing to big band music, and being a member of Soroptimist.
After Gavvy’s passing in 1983 she spent time with her children and grandchildren, and she traveled with her sister Faye and friends. In 1994, Peggy married Leo Mahler and moved to Thousand Oaks. They enjoyed traveling to a variety of locales and had many adventures together before he passed away in December 2006. Peggy then moved to Ventura to be closer to her family, where she especially enjoyed watching her great-grandchildren play and grow and made many friends at the Bonaventure.
Peggy is survived by her sister Faye Gitter; her two sons Howard (Ilene) and Scott (Julie); six grandchildren, Rachel (Keith) McKnett, Jeff (Laura), Jason, Aaron, Joseph (Kathleen), and Erica; four great-grandchildren with a fifth due in August; sisters-in-law Glenda Gavenman and Harriet (Gavenman) Rosenbaum; and many loving extended family members including nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Hugh, brothers-in-law Eugene and Harold, and husbands Gavvy and Leo.
Services for Peggy were held Friday, June 29, 2012 at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society or Livingston Memorial Hospice.
Ofelia A. Covarrubias
Ofelia A. Covarrubias was born February 4, 1940 in Los Cimientos, Mexico. She passed away on July 5, 2012 at home after a lengthy illness, surrounded by loved ones.
She is preceded in death by her husband Jose V. Covarrubias, mother Rebeca Alvarez, and father Jose Maria Alvarez. Ofelia is survived by sons Joe (wife Angela), Walter, and William (wife Inez), and eight grandchildren: Ashley, Joey, Isaiah, Stephanie, Ahlexsys, Faith, Kianna, and Arianna.
Viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at Skillin-Carroll Mortuary, with rosary at 6 p.m. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 13 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, with funeral services to follow at Santa Paula Cemetery.