Aug 20, 1957 - Nov 19, 2023
Maria de Jesus Lechuga Balderrama
Jan 17, 1939 - Feb 03, 2024
On February 3, 2024, Maria de Jesus Lechuga Balderrama, our beautiful, holy and righteous Mother, went to Heaven to rest with the Angels. Our Mom always watched over us, had unwavering faith and believed always in the unity of family, faith and being an honest and faithful true believer in Jesus. Maria never wavered from her faith and gave a lot of blessings to all of us in addition to helping to raise her grandchildren. She was a constant source of love as she lovingly cared for her soul mate, Rodolfo Balderrama, raised seven children and enthusiastically cooked for all of us infusing in her cooking her love. Maria’s children would always gather together in the family home and her children were a united family proud to be her children. Maria’s grandchildren also proudly carry her legacy of family, love, unity and pride in being Mexican and American. Maria ascended to Heaven surrounded by her Family, Maria was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico on January 17, 1939, to Vicente and Luisa Lechuga where her family owned cattle and meat packaging facilities. Maria met and married her husband Rodolfo in 1957. Rodolfo had already been established in the United States having initially arrived in the Brasero Program and subsequently working in Texas. Rodolfo’s employer sponsored Maria to arrive in the United States and she and Rodolfo became proud United States citizens. They then traveled to Ventura County, California and settled in Oxnard. Maria was very humble and became a fixture in Oxnard where she became reknown for her honesty, loyalty, ethics, open mindedness, dedication to the Catholic Church, pride in her family and hard work ethic. She would always say the Family came first and emphasized unity in the Family. Maria raised seven children and would often take them to Church while praying every day and night in her home. She always gave the same amount of love to all of her children with unwavering dedication and respect. She replicated this love with her grandchildren several of whom she proudly raised. She lived the life of the holiest examples of the history of saintly women and she could always proudly walk in her community with the knowledge that she lived a truly holy life beyond reproach without asking for any recognition. Maria’s children and grandchildren walked in her ways and lived a holy life in her example as they watched this holy righteous woman who lived and walked in the way of the teachings of Jesus including love for all human beings, love of one human being to another human being, love of the stranger, ultimate faith in Jesus and the Virgin Mary and trust in God. Maria would make sure all that wanted to eat would eat, and she would wait patiently and with pride watching her family be sustained. She would then eat quietly near the window and pray at night with her rosary always by her side. Maria never gossiped and always was careful with her words, a righteous holy woman in our midst. Maria raised her seven children and they were first generation Americans all with university degrees and most with graduate degrees as Maria knew that the way to be successful in the United States of America was through education. Maria always enjoyed her grandchildren and would make blankets for them with care and patience that matched her holiness. Maria worked very hard her entire life to provide for her family alongside her beloved Rodolfo, who was her soulmate. She was a woman above reproach, a holy diamond in this world who lived and walked in the path of the most righteous. All of Maria’s children and grandchildren will be eternally grateful for all of the gifts that Maria has given us which include unwavering faith and trust in God, faith in the ultimate redemption of this world, faith in other human beings, forgiveness which is one trait she truly embodied even when wronged by others, belief in the holiness of oneself, hard work ethic, trust in one another, unity in family, unity in the home, the understanding that Family comes first along with faith, hand in hand, not being judgmental, embracing loved ones, belief in education, pride in being a United States citizen and pride in the United States, care and devotion to the Church and devotion to all of those around her. This world will never be the same without our Mama and Abuelita and we will strive to move forward holding Maria, Mom, Abuelita, Tita and Chita close to our hearts with love and admiration and we will always be in her brazos held up as she flies up to Heaven on the wings of angels. Maria is survived by her husband Rodolfo and by her seven loving children and their spouses, Rodolfo (Rudy), Guadalupe (Lupe), Gloria, Irma and her husband Richard, Rosa and Hector (Los Cuatitos), Olgalilia (Ollie) and her husband Jonathan, and her grandchildren, Nina, Krystal, Julian, Ricardo, Karena, Rudy Marcos, Nicolas (Nico), Arturo, Sarah Ramona and Ramon. Visitation and rosary will be on Thursday, March 7, 2024 commencing at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the rosary will take place at 6:00 p.m. at Santa Clara Mortuary located at 2370 North H Street, Oxnard, California. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, March 8, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Santa Clara Church, located at 323 South E Street, Oxnard, California. Burial will immediately follow at the Santa Clara Cemetery located at 2370 North H Street, Oxnard, California. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .
Mary Lou A. Gutierrez
Jul 08, 1941 - Feb 01, 2024
Mary Lou A. Gutierrez, 82, of Oxnard, passed away peacefully at home with her loved ones at her side early morning on February 1, 2024. After a long battle with multiple myeloma (bone cancer) she had a very sudden decline in her health. Her departure comes as a great shock and deep wound, and is greatly felt by her entire family and countless others who loved her deeply. Her family is profoundly saddened. Mary Lou was born July 8, 1941, to Maria Camacho Aguilar and Jose Julian C. Aguilar. She was born and raised in a small town called Numaran in Michoacán, Mexico. Mary Lou was very intelligent and had a passion for helping others. She began studying to become a nurse and worked as a doctor’s assistant. She was awarded a scholarship to further her education in nursing. In 1958, when she was 17, her family moved to Tijuana, Baja California. It was during that time she met John A. Gutierrez through family. She and John began courting through letters and John would frequently visit her in Tijuana. When she was twenty her father had decided that the family would go back to Michoacán. She called John to inform him that she would be leaving to go south with her family and John immediately drove to Tijuana to ask for her hand in marriage. They were married by court on December 4, 1961. Mary Lou valued her purity and John honored her. Even though John and Mary Lou were married they waited to consummate their marriage until they were married in a Catholic Church in Tijuana on June 30, 1962. Although she was in an unfamiliar place, in an unfamiliar country, she began to build a life and family together with her husband. In 1967 she attended school to learn English and received a certificate from Oxnard Evening High School for the completion of her English courses. She then went on and became a US citizen. She began working for the El Rio Processing and Smuckers, both strawberry packing houses, as well as Nabisco Del Monte (the chileria). After a few years, she became a supervisor (floor lady). She worked seasonally for the companies for 32 years. Mary Lou decided to take an early retirement to take care of her grandchildren and to travel with her family. In her later years, Mary Lou enjoyed going to Chumash with her Cousins Max, Stella, and Gloria. She enjoyed crocheting, making hand crafted clothes and hemming clothes for family and friends. She also enjoyed watching YouTube videos of her favorite Mexican bands, Spanish comedy shows and Sunday Catholic Mass with her sister Teresa. Mary Lou and her sister spent weekends together building an inseparable and admiring sibling bond. They understood each other when no one else did and leaned on each other in times of need. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband John A. Gutierrez. parents Maria C. and Jose C. Aguilar. She is survived by her sister Teresa A. Barajas, son Emilio, daughter Arlene, grandchildren Michellina, Paulina, Johnny, Yohan and Emilio II, and great grandchildren, Jayce and Zya and countless family members. Mary Lou was a loving, supportive and dedicated mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her and her husband enjoyed taking their children and grandchildren on family outings, camping, and frequent trips to Las Vegas. We were truly blessed to have Mary Lou as a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Tia, Nina, and friend. She embodied the best of qualities, unconditional love, strength of spirit and unending generosity that could be seen in her care for all of her family members and the family pets. You could always count on her to have fresh homemade salsa, fresh homegrown chiles to spice up any meal, and a warm meal on the table. She was big hearted, vibrant, and radiated light. She accepted everyone with an open heart, open arms, and a perpetual smile. She had immense passion for her family, spiritual work, singing and dancing with her husband. She actively participated in the lives of her family whether it be family celebrations, sporting events, or awards assemblies. She made it a point to be present in all her family's successes and accomplishments. She taught her grandchildren to be generous, caring and to respect one another. Her innate ability to nurture and comfort her family members was angelic. Growing up, her grandchildren yearned for the weekends to spend with their grandparents. Grandma’s house was home to many. In loving remembrance of Mary Lou A Gutierrez, All funeral services will be held at Santa Clara Cemetery, 2370 North “H” Street in Oxnard. Services will begin Wednesday, February 28th at Santa Clara Cemetery Chapel, viewing will begin at 5 pm with the rosary to immediately follow at 6 pm. The Interment Ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 29th at 10 am. Her Celebration of Life will be held at the Oxnard Elk's Lodge 801 S “A” St. We love Mom, Grandma and Greatgrandma XOXO to infinity. Truly missed and never forgotten. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .
Alice Sánchez Turner
Aug 22, 1931 - Feb 01, 2024
Born in Los Angeles, California to Angel Obregón Sánchez and Gertrude (Tórrez) Sánchez. Alice attended Oxnard High School and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Ventura College. She would later advance in her career by earning an Associate of Science degree in Accounting from Oxnard College. In addition to accounting, Mom loved music, art, and history. Mom began her career working at the Navy Exchange on the CBC base in Port Hueneme, where she worked to help provide for her family. That is where she met Dad and he managed to sweep her off her feet. Mom could not resist a man in uniform and finally gave into his charms. Shortly after they were married, they began a family. As a military spouse, she would follow him to Pennsylvania and Rhode Island before finally settling back down in Oxnard, CA. Mom had her hands full raising six children alone during Dad’s long deployments. While Dad was out serving God and country, we fell on tough times and were truly fortunate to have the support of a very loving family. We never had much, but Mom always sacrificed to make sure we had what we needed. To help support us, Mom worked from home providing bookkeeping services to small businesses. In 1973, she landed a temporary accounting job with the City of Oxnard. Her career lasted over thirty years and she made her mark working for the Oxnard Housing Authority and the Treasurer’s Office. She was active on several committees and the employee union. Mom was awarded for her community service creating opportunities for women and Latinos in the county. She enjoyed being politically active and also supported numerous charities with what little time and money she had. Many refer to her as the sweetest person they had ever met. Her kindness was never-ending and, like Grandma Gertie, many sought peace and refuge within her home. There were many good times and good memories made there as well: tamale making parties, holidays, birthdays, epic rock ‘n’ roll parties…Mom also enjoyed the simple things in life like BBQs and family get togethers at the park or the beach. She gave her all to her family her entire life. Her influence is reflected in all of us, especially in her grandchildren. She was so proud of them and loved watching them grow and thrive. Alice is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Raymond and Frank; and ex-husband William R. Turner. She is survived by her loving sister and brother-in-law, Yolanda and Patrick Woods, and sister- in-law Patricia Sánchez. She is also survived by her six children; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren with two on the way; many nieces, nephews, their families, and lifelong friends. Thank you, Mama, for teaching us about faith and sacrifice. Your quiet strength and love surround us now as we mourn. You will be with us forever, sorely missed, but never too far away. Services will be held at Santa Clara Mortuary & Cemetery located at 2370 North H Street, Oxnard, CA 93036. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m., Rosary at 11:00 a.m., Funeral Mass at noon with burial to follow. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .
Oct 21, 1931 - Dec 22, 2023
Rodrigo Cabezas, 92, passed away in peace on Friday, December 22, 2023, at home surrounded by his family. Rodrigo will be fondly remembered for his love of family, warm smile, easygoing nature, strong work ethic, and wonderful sense of humor. He was a talented illustrator and calligrapher, an avid photographer, and a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. Among his many talents, he always enjoyed swing and Latin ballroom dancing with his wife. He also never cooked a meal that you didn’t like! He is survived by his loving family, wife, Mary, and children, Michael and Tish, brother Fernando, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Funeral mass will be held at 10:00am, Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at Santa Clara Church, 323 South E Street, Oxnard, CA. 93030 Graveside service (weather permitting) will be held approximately at 11:15am at Santa Clara Cemetery, 2370 North H Street, Oxnard, CA. 93036 A reception will be held at River Ridge Golf Course immediately following the graveside service. Lunch will be served. 2401 W. Vineyard Avenue, Oxnard, CA. 93036 Please RSVP for the reception to: Flowers and gifts are not necessary. Instead, please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. The family asks that those who wish to can make a donation to Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Rodrigo. https://act.alz.org/donate To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .
Manuel B. Perez
Mar 30, 1939 - Jan 16, 2024
Manuel B. Perez Obituary It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Manuel B. Perez at the age of 84 on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. He peacefully passed away in his home surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Manuel was born on March 30, 1939, in Zacatecas, Mexico to Guadalupe Perez and Ignacia B. Perez. He was a Ventura County resident for over 80 years. Manuel will be fondly remembered for the love of his family, warm smile, easygoing nature, strong work ethic, and wonderful sense of humor. He was a talented carpenter, jack of all trades, and avid fisherman. Among many talents, he enjoyed woodworking, drawing and dancing. In 1960, Manuel met Paula in Tecate, Mexico. Manuel and Paula went on to have 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Manuel was preceded in death by his parents Guadalupe and Ignacia, his stepmother Pancha Dominguez Perez, his brother Guadalupe “Lupe” Perez and granddaughter Amy Burke. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years Paula Perez. Daughters: Mely Burke, Rose Perez. Sons: Manuel Perez Jr. (Marla) and Louie Perez (Bety). 8 Grandchildren: Amanda (Jose), Siara, Erich, Amber, Hailey, Shea, Justin and Marissa. 5 Great Grandchildren: Alijah, Enzo, Emiliana, Josiah and Riker. Siblings: Juan Perez(Adela), Teresa (Jose) Paz, Rachel (Richard) Donate, Adela Aguilar, Alice (Rick)Villa, Gloria (Johnny) Zambrano, Jessie Rodriguez, and Robert (Emma) Perez; and numerous nieces and nephews. Manuel “Ampa” will always be remembered and loved by those who had the privilege of knowing him, he will be dearly missed and will forever live in our hearts. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2024 at Santa Clara Mortuary, 2370 North H Street, Oxnard. Rosary will begin at 6:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 23, 2024 at Santa Clara Church, 323 South E Street, Oxnard. Interment will follow at Santa Clara Cemetery, Oxnard. Please RSVP for the reception to: The family asks that those who wish to can make a donation to The Parkinson’s Foundation in memory of Manuel: http://tinyurl.com/manuelbperez To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .
Dec 29, 1937 - Nov 27, 2023
David Giron, (85), of Oxnard, California, passed away on November 27, 2023. David was born to Manuel Giron Ramos and Maria Cruz Arreola Soto on December 29th, 1937, in a small town named Tecolotlan, Jalisco, Mexico. He was the oldest of 11 siblings. Having immigrated to the United States in 1957 as part of the Bracero program he worked throughout the state of California before settling in Oxnard in 1965. David quickly found work in the rich agricultural fields of Ventura County where he met the love of his life. They were married in Ventura on December 2, 1972 and raised their four children. Shortly after, he moved onto Nabisco Brands in 1980 and retired in 1996. His quick wit, jokes, and stories made him a beloved person who had many friends and acquaintances. David and Rosa moved to Ojai in 2008 to settle and retire. He was truly one of a kind who always was caring, a helping hand, would go out of his way to ensure you had what you needed. He loved to cook, made the best salsa, and was the best frutero. He enjoyed gardening and would tend to his gardens and share the fruits, vegetables, and flowers. He enjoyed going to the Chumash Casino, the Ventura Swap Meet, and spending time with his family. He would drop everything to help family, friends, neighbors or anyone who needed help. He is survived by his wife Rosa Lila Giron, his four children Johnny, David Jr, Darlene, and Zobeida (James); eight grandchildren Elijah, Chyna, Ariel, Noelia, Jimmy, David III, Dillon, Zia; four great-grandchildren Chance, Gianna, Carmela, and Kalina. David Girón, (85), de Oxnard, California, falleció el 27 de noviembre de 2023. David nació de Manuel Girón Ramos y María Cruz Arreola Soto el 29 de diciembre de 1937, en un pequeño pueblo llamado Tecolotlán, Jalisco, México. Era el mayor de 11 hermanos. Habiendo emigrado a los Estados Unidos en 1957 como parte del programa Bracero, trabajó en todo el estado de California antes de establecerse en Oxnard en 1965. David rápidamente encontró trabajo en los ricos campos agrícolas del condado de Ventura, donde conoció al amor de su vida. Se casaron en Ventura el 2 de diciembre de 1972 y criaron a sus cuatro hijos. Poco después, se mudó a Nabisco Brands en 1980 y se jubiló en 1996. Su ingenio, sus chistes y sus historias lo convirtieron en una persona querida que tenía muchos amigos y conocidos. David y Rosa se mudaron a Ojai en 2008 para establecerse y jubilarse. Él era realmente único en su clase, siempre se preocupaba, ayudaba y hacía todo lo posible para asegurarse de que tuvieras lo que necesitabas. Le encantaba cocinar, hacía la mejor salsa y era el mejor frutero. Le gustaba la jardinería y cuidaba sus jardines y compartía las frutas, verduras y flores. Le gustaba ir al casino Chumash, al Ventura Swap Meet y pasar tiempo con su familia. Dejaría todo para ayudar a familiares, amigos, vecinos o cualquier persona que necesitara ayuda. Le sobreviven su esposa, Rosa Lila Girón, sus cuatro hijos, Johnny, David Jr, Darlene y Zobeida (James); ocho nietos Elijah, Chyna, Ariel, Noelia, Jimmy, David III, Dillon, Zia; cuatro bisnietos Chance, Gianna, Carmela y Kalina. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .
Milton Del Fierro MADARANG
Jan 05, 1934 - Nov 26, 2023
Milton Del Fierro MADARANG, 89, of Oxnard, CA, died November 26, 2023, born January 05, 1934. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .
May 20, 1944 - Dec 01, 2023
Herlinda VERDIN, 79, of Oxnard, CA, died December 01, 2023, born May 20, 1944. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .
Delfina (Dale) Molano Avila
Jan 14, 1943 - Dec 04, 2023
Delfina (Dale) Molano Avila January 14, 1943 – December 4, 2023 On December 4, 2023, Delfina Avila peacefully entered into eternal rest and finally reunited with her beloved sisters. Delfina was born on January 14, 1943, to Demetrio Molano and Marcelina Santanna in Hidalgo Texas. She was 2nd of 5 living daughters. In 1973, she moved her children to Oxnard, California. She was a single parent working two jobs while raising 5 children. She started working at Employment Development Department part-time in the 80's when ultimately was hired full-time. She shortened her name to Dale to fit in the professional level. During those 33 years, she volunteered as a union stewart knowing that without her union job, she would not have been able to support a family of 5. Being bilingual and assisting farm laborers with their unemployment claims, my mother worked with the likes of Cesar Chavez and Delores Huerta with the UFW. Eventually, her union activities took her to Sacramento where she protested and was then arrested for civil disobedience fighting against unfair policies. She knew and always believed that being a part of union was essential in caring for her family. She fought for equal pay for all. She is preceded in death by her parents Demetrio Molano and Marcelina Santanna; sisters, Yolanda Gamboa, Irma Navarro, and Ercilia Molano. She is survived by her sister Margarita Hinojosa, daughter Julie Pech (Jose); son Anthony Avila (Patricia); son Michael Avila (Veronica); son Carlos Avila (Clara); and son Edward Avila (Irasema); 17 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren The Avila family would like to thank the caring staff of Assisted Living for their compassion during this difficult time. Services will be held on Friday, December 29, 2023 at the Santa Clara Mortuary from 11 am to 1pm (viewing and open mic) & a Prayer Service at 1pm located at 2370 N H St., Oxnard, CA 93036. There will be a reception following the viewing at the Moose Lodge from 2:30-5:30 pm. 1935 S Oxnard Blvd Oxnard, CA 93030 To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .
Feb 26, 1947 - Nov 20, 2023
In loving memory of Neptali Viveros, fondly known as Tali, we celebrate a life well-lived, filled with love, laughter, and compassion. Tali was born on February 26, 1947, in Michoacan, Mexico, to Rafael and Carmen Viveros. He was the third of nine children, and his strong work ethic was evident from a young age. For the majority of his adulthood, Tali dedicated himself to the agriculture fields of Ventura County. However, a back injury forced him to change his path. With unwavering support for his wife, he transitioned to assisting her in her licensed daycare facility. It was in this role that he found true joy, watching over and caring for the children. From carpooling to their school, taking them on daily walks, or simply observing them play outside, Tali cherished every single moment spent with the kids. A lifelong Dodger fan, Tali could often be found at Chavez Ravine, cheering on his beloved team and relishing the taste of a few Dodger Dogs. He had an impressive knowledge of the players, especially those from the 1988 World Series team. In his leisure time, Tali had a green thumb and took great pride in his beautiful garden. But above all else, he treasured spending time with family and friends. To Tali, there was no distinction between family and friends; if you were one, you were undoubtedly the other. He thrived in social gatherings, effortlessly captivating everyone with his storytelling skills. His ability to make friends wherever he went reflected his humble and generous nature. Tali's compassion knew no bounds, and he was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness and warmth that will forever be remembered. Tali is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Elia, their three children Patricia (Patty), Yolanda (Yolie), and Eduardo (Eddie), along with six grandchildren Jovanna, Anthony, Albert, Natalie, Anyssa, and Gavin. He also leaves behind two great-grandsons, Emmanuel and Angel. Tali's impact on his family and the countless lives he touched will never be forgotten. To honor and remember Tali, a funeral service will be held at Santa Clara Cemetery (2370 N H St, Oxnard, CA 93036) on Friday, December 15th, 2023. The viewing will begin at 9:30 am, followed by the service at 1 pm and burial shortly after. Please join the family for a reception afterward; details will be provided on the day of the service. The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for the condolences received during this challenging time. Your support and care have brought comfort to their hearts, knowing that so many people cared deeply for their beloved father and husband. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .