August 27, 2008
Josephine W. Curran Josephine W. Curran, 90, a long time resident of Santa Paula, died suddenly of natural causes on Saturday, August 16, 2008.Our Mom was born September 22, 1917 in San Francisco and raised in Northern California. She graduated from high school in Trinity County at the age of 16 and followed her parent’s footsteps to UC Berkeley, graduating in 1939 with a major in biochemistry.While at UC Berkeley, she met her future husband Edward J. Curran Jr. on a blind date. They married May 30,1941, moved to Santa Paula in 1946, and raised seven children. They had been married 60 years when he passed away in 2001.She was actively involved in the lives of her children and was a role model to them, teaching the importance of volunteer work. She served in a variety of roles, including Cub Scout den mother, 4-H leader, and PTA leader. She taught all seven of her children to cook and all the girls to sew. Many young children have been recipients of her famous “dollies” that she made and donated to Santa Paula Hospital newborns in the 70s and 80s, and to the Rotary Christmas baskets in recent years. At last count, she had made over 4,000 dolls.Mom was a past president and charter member of YLI (Young Ladies’ Institute), having joined in 1949. She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, and took an active part in establishing St. Sebastian School in 1952.In the early 1950s she established a small medical laboratory in a doctor’s office in Santa Paula and worked there as a lab technician. When Santa Paula Memorial Hospital was being planned, she helped design the laboratory and worked there as needed. She also worked part-time as a bacteriologist at Fruit Grower’s Laboratory in Santa Paula for more than 20 years.She remained active throughout her life and, at her request, celebrated her 89th birthday by going on a hot air balloon ride over the Santa Clara Valley. She was treated to a surprise party for her 90th birthday last year.She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Jr. in 2001, son and daughter-in-law, Edward III and Karen Curran in 1975, and great granddaughter Katherine Rae Cooper in 2004. She is survived by her sister Elsie Williams of Ventura, CA; brother Frank Williams of Pleasanton, CA; children Margaret (Charlie) Booker of Ventura, Barbara (Gilbert) Lovio of Santa Paula, JoAnne (Robert) Turnbull of Diamond Bar, Bill (Amy) Curran of Long Beach, Cathy (Dr. Robert) Beilin of Ventura, and George (Mary) Curran of Hampton, Virginia; 19 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one niece and one nephew.Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Saturday August 23, and a funeral mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Sebastian Church in Santa Paula, with Monsignor Ed Renehan officiating. Msgr. Renehan has been the “family Chaplain” since the mid 1970s. Interment will be at Santa Paula Cemetery.In her own words, Mom’s philosophy was, “In life, you will succeed if you always go more than halfway - do more than is expected of you, more than you are obliged to do, more than “your share”.“If you go more than halfway, and the other person doesn’t, then you have scored points. And if you both go more than halfway, the overlap is the frosting on the cake: it’s love, it’s friendship, it’s respect, it’s happiness, it’s peace.”“If everyone went more than halfway wouldn’t this world be a beautiful place?”Mom was known as a caring and gracious lady who cared deeply for her family and her Catholic faith. There was no person whom Mom did not like. She always saw the good in everyone.
The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Tushla, who took good care of her medical needs, and the wonderful caregivers who were so helpful in her last years.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Sebastian School at 325 E. Santa Barbara St. in Santa Paula.And, every time you said goodbye to one of us, you said, “God bless you”. So, God bless you, Mom.Estorfio BurboaEstorfio Burboa, age 78, passed away on August 21, 2008 in Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Estorfio was born in Santa Paula on September 30, 1929 to Jose Maria Burboa and Santos Flores. He was a lifelong resident of Ventura County.He was a man that worked very hard to help his kids. Estorfio was a veteran. He served in the Army for a few years. He was a man that liked telling jokes to his friends and family, he would make us all laugh from his jokes.He was a loving and caring person to be around. He had many friends and family that supported him all through his life. To all the people that donated, thank you and God bless you always. Love, the Burboa Family.Estorfio is survived by his loving wife, Virginia Burboa; three sons, Ruben, Freddie and Frankie Burboa; granddaughter Destinee Burboa; and sisters, Gordy and Trini Burboa.Visitation was scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 from 5 to 9 p.m., with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Paula. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 27 at 10 a.m.Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia Mortuary, Robert Garcia, Jr., Funeral Director, 629 S. “A” St., Oxnard. For further information, please call 805-208-6843.

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