Funeral Home and Crematory
Phone: (805) 925-2753
Fax: (805) 922-4930
600 E. Stowell Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93454
FD 270 CR 255
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Funeral Home and Crematory
Phone: (805) 925-2753
Fax: (805) 922-4930
600 East Stowell Road
Santa Maria, CA 93454
SANDRA L. ELLIOTT
1936 - 2018
Sandra L. Elliott, 81, of Santa Maria, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018.
Private cremation was requested.
1944 - 2018
John Allen, 74, of Santa Maria, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
Memorial Mass will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at St. Louis deMontfort Church.
GARY L. HEFFRON
1942 - 2018
Gary L. Heffron, 76, of Ventucopa, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018.
MARION KATHERINE PENNEY
1927 - 2018
My mom wrote her own obituary, which follows, in its entirety, and I promised that I would insure it was sent to the newspaper. I did not promise I wouldn't add to it. What she has written below is like saying the Gandhi was a nice balding man who volunteered feeding others.
My mom was a "saint in thin disguise", perfectly imperfect, deeply and selflessly devoted to serving others with true Irish grit, fortitude, unflinching loyalty, unending generosity to all. In the army of the Almighty, she was the one that carried the shovel, sunscreen, snacks, and a smile. She loved her children fiercely, and true to our Irish roots, we are and were a complicated bunch that didn't make loving us easy. She continued anyway, and was there for us through thick and thin, illnesses, marriages, divorces, estrangements, a couple of coming-out days, and feuds worthy of the McCoy’s and Hatfield’s.
She nursed my dad through his Parkinson's disease with compassion, boundless love and humor. He once fell in the bathroom and got wedged between the commode and tub. She could not get him up, so she got down on the floor with him, and said, "Well since we're going to be down here awhile, Bob, let's say our daily rosary--which they did. She did not want to bother the Fire Department or spend money for an ambulance. They would wait until Brian came home and rescue them.
My mom deserved better, and now, at last, with her Lord, will finally be rewarded for all she did. She was a brilliant light and that will never, ever dim. When Irish eyes are smiling upon you, they never stop.
In the last decade of her life in assisted living and later board and care, she was tended to by Lynn Chico, and her extraordinary team, Jovie and Ruby. Mom would have taken a bullet for any one of them, and loved them dearly. My gratitude to the three of them renders me speechless.
In lieu of flowers, my mother asked that you support Parkinson's research
Visitation will begin at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 pm. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Neumann’s on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 10:00 am.
And at last, what my mother wanted you to know about her life.
Marion Katherine Penney was born on September 18, 1927 in Los Angeles, as an only child to Thomas and Katherine Maloney. She attended local schools, including Mount St. Mary's College, and finally UCSB.
She married Robert Penney on June 14th, 1948 at St. Mary Magdalene Church. First born <John Penney>
Marion worked at Coca Cola, the County Law Library, and Allan Hancock College, but mostly as a volunteer at St. Mary's and St. John's churches. Her favorite activity was helping at St. John's and as a Eucharistic Minister distributing Holy Communion at Marion Medical Center, and homes throughout Santa Maria.
EDWARD SPALINGER, JR.
1941 - 2018
Edward Spalinger, Jr., 77, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, May 28, 2018.
Private cremation was requested.
MARIANITA P. EDRALIN
1964 - 2018
With love in our hearts we announce the passing of our beloved Marianita Pauline Edralin, 53, of Santa Maria. She passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2018.
Marianita was born June 1, 1964, to Faustino and Maria Edralin. She was a lifelong resident of Santa Maria, CA where she attended local elementary schools, Fesler Junior High, Santa Maria High School, Allan Hancock College and graduated from Santa Barbara Business College.
Some of her biggest passions included baking, she was known for her famous homemade flour tortillas, her yummy baked breads and irresistible peanut brittle. She was an avid knitter and enjoyed listening to music. By far her greatest joy was being surrounded by her loved ones. She was always there for each and everyone. Marianita's love was unconditional. She truly loved life and those around her.
Marianita is survived by her children Marianita, Michael, Mario and Michelle Edralin; mother Maria Edralin; brothers Tomas, Richard, Bobby, and Faustino; sisters Ana, Darling and Vicki; eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Faustino, and her sister Beatrice.
Marianita was a devoted, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and auntie. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be held in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home, 600 E. Stowell Rd. on Friday, June 1st from 11am to 2pm, with burial following in the new section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
FRANCIS G. COLLIHAN
1935 - 2018
Francis G. Collihan, 82, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, May 25, 2018.
Services will be private.
ELIZABETH "BETTY" ORYALL
1928 - 2018
Elizabeth J. (Lawniczak) Oryall, 89, passed away peacefully at home on May 23, 2018. Her daughter, Susan was with her and told us that Mom’s face was glowing and that she looked like an angel.
Betty was born in Green Bay WI on July 15, 1928 to Andrew and Elizabeth Lawniczak. Married for 62 years, she met the love of her life, Orland O. Oryall in the ninth grade and she knew that he was “the one”. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Orland, her mother and father, her son Mark and her two sisters, June Shoemaker and Gini Minc.
Betty is survived by her daughters Susan Oryall Tring and Linda Otero, son David Oryall and his wife Jennifer Roberts. She had 6 grandchildren, Hollin (Erin), Jon (Ashley), Vanessa (Joey) Shawbell, Elizabeth and Victoria Tring and Matthew Rogers (Veronica). Also, five great grandchildren, Jack, Eric, Makailyn, Owen and Nash.
As a young woman, Betty enjoyed playing softball, was an avid golfer and a champion bowler. She was an “Air Force Wife” for 32 years and had many adventures with Orland. She lived in Wisconsin, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, Massachusetts, California and Yakota AFB Japan. While at Yakota in 1975, Betty volunteered for the “Saigon Baby” flight, a 747 that was filled with babies being evacuated out of Saigon. President Gerald Ford met the plane when it landed in San Francisco to thank and shake hands with all the volunteers.
She was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan and followed the team’s ups and downs as only a true fan can do—you always knew when the Packers were playing because she wore one of numerous Packer outfits. In later years, her interest in bingo grew and she was fondly known as “Betty Boop—the Bingo Babe”. Her bingo friends will miss her joy in playing, her kind words, and impish sense of humor.
Regardless of her passing, Betty’s love for family and friends coupled with her kindness and enjoyment of life will continue to comfort and be a guiding light through all the lives she touched. There will be a celebration of life to be announced later. In lieu of flowers she can be remembered by sending donations in Betty’s name to: St. Joseph’s High School Scholarship Program; 4120 South Bradley Road; Santa Maria, CA 93455.
ROSA MARIA SALINAS GONZALEZ
1979 - 2018
Rosa Maria Salinas Gonzalez, 38, of Santa Maria, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018; followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018 at St. John Neumann Church. Interment will follow in the new section of the Santa Maria Cemetery.
RICHARD W. AREBALO, SR.
1931 - 2018
Richard W. Arebalo Sr. was called home on May 21, 2018 at the age of 86 years. Richard will be lovingly remembered by his children Richard (Chris), Diane Velasquez, David, and Susan (Willie) Becerra. He will also be fondly remembered by his 10 grandchildren, Michael, Gabriel, and Ruben Arebalo, Robert Ontiveros, Vincent, Steven, and Daniel Velasquez, Paul, Teresa, and Sara Becerra, by his 18 great-grandchildren, by his sisters Barbara Baez, Marie Renkert, and Juanita McIntyre and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Socorro Arebalo. He was also predeceased by his brothers Benny, Raymond, Daniel, and James Arebalo and his sisters Georgia “Rita” Marquez, Genevieve Marquez, Pauline Elisarraras Fernamburg, and Helen Elisarraras.
Richard was born November 22, 1931 to Roman and Carolina Arebalo in Pozo, CA. He served in the Army and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He married the love of his life, Socorro Baez, on January 28, 1956. They settled and raised their family in Santa Maria. He worked in the agricultural industry for several years followed by a career in the construction field. Richard was a member of the local Laborer’s Union for 55 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge for many years and you could find him at the fair happily cooking up Moose Burgers, and he loved to call Bingo at the hall. In his later years he enjoyed going to play Bingo and playing board and card games with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the original section of the Santa Maria Cemetery. A gathering to celebrate his life with food and fellowship will follow at the VFW, 200 E Battles Rd, in Santa Maria. W. Arebalo, Sr., 86, of Santa Maria, passed away Monday, May 21, 2018.
1934 - 2018
William McDonald, 83, of Santa Maria, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2018.
TOM B. URBANSKE
1929 - 2018
Thomas Blosser Urbanske died peacefully early Thursday morning, surrounded by members of his family. He was 88 years old.
Tom was born on October 13, 1929 in Arlington, VA to Lois Blosser and Leo Urbanske.
After graduating from Washington Lee High school, Tom attended the University of California in Berkeley and earned a degree in economics. After graduating, he enlisted in the Marines and returned to Virginia where he was stationed at Quantico. It was there he met his wife to-be for 64 years, Barbara Mae Robertson. They were introduced by Francis Watts at a Sorority Party and got married six weeks later.
Six months after getting married, Tom was off to Korea to fight in the war. He served there for one year and earned the rank of Lieutenant. When he returned to the States he realized his passion was working with people and helping others and soon decided to become a teacher. They returned to Berkeley and the University of California, and Tom began to work on his Masters Degree in Economics.
At the same time, Tom also went to work for Crown Zellerbach. While working his “day job” he earned his teaching credential and then his Masters Degree. When he heard Santa Maria needed teachers, he jumped at the opportunity to apply and was hired in 1961. At the same time he enrolled at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo where he would earn a Masters Degree in Education.
They came to Santa Maria and have lived here since.
Tom would teach various subjects at Santa Maria High School for 31 years and later served on the Elementary School Board for five years. One will often speak with locals who still today comment: “Mr. ‘U’ was my teacher!”
Always one to give back and serve the community, he decided to enter politics and was first elected to the Santa Maria City Council in 1972 where he would serve 14 un-consecutive years.He stepped down in 1994 to make a run for the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and was elected for the fifth district where he served eight years before leaving in 2002.
Mr. Urbanske is well known for his devotion to the community and his involvement in local service. In addition to his elected positions, he was active on several nonprofit organizations including the Good Samaritan Shelter, Catholic Charities, the Committee to Improve North County, CASA, and many others.
A big sports fan and physical activity enthusiast, you would often see him (usually undera safari hat) walking through all parts of the county, riding his bike around town, or swimming lap after lap at assorted pools.
He especially enjoyed spending time along the local levee where he was a long time champion for recreational activities. In 2016 his work and passion were recognized when the path was re-named the “Tom Urbanske Levee Trail.”
He is survived by his brother Dave, wife Barbara Mae, children Moneka (husband Robert Muehlbauer), Stan (wife Mary), Veroneka Reade, Thereece (husband Randy Hahn), nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and countless others whose life he touched.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, May 25th 2018 at 1:30 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church.
All who would like to attend are invited.
DONALD H. LAUBOROUGH
1926 - 2018
Don Lauborough, 92, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018.
IRENE MARY FONSECA
1950 - 2018
Irene Mary Fonseca, 67, of Santa Maria, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018.
MARY EMMA HINSHAW
1935 - 2018
Mary Emma Hinshaw, 82, of Santa Maria, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2018.
Private cremation was requested.
RICHARD R. JAMISON
1962 - 2018
Richard Robert Jamison born to Barbara Anne Leitner Jamison and Robert Basil Jamison on March 7th, 1962 in Porterville, CA passed away into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus at the age of 56, on April 23rd, 2018.
Richard grew up in Porterville, CA graduating from Porterville High School. He is remembered as being an excellent trombone player in the Porterville HS Band and Fabulous Studio Jazz Band under the direction of Buck Shaffer, including marching in the Rose Float Parade all four years. He went on to graduate from Cal Poly Technic in San Luis Obispo in 1986 with a B.S. in Electronic Engineering and a M.S. in Computer Science. Richard was involved with the Rose Float Club all four years. In his final year, Richard was the Rose Float Club Chairman and his own design, Bubble Trouble, was awarded the Founder’s Trophy at the Rose Float Parade in 1986.
Shortly before graduation, AT&T recruited Richard and he started with AT&T Government Solutions out at VAFB working for a division that was at the time providing guidance to the Titan-3 rockets. Over the next 30 years, Richard worked on a variety of AGS initiatives and contracts working up to the title of Senior Member of Software Technical Staff. His technical leadership over the latter years was highly recognized and rewarded.
Richard started attending Santa Maria Foursquare Church around 1990 and served as a deacon and small group leader, which is where he met and married his bride, Rhonda Lynn Ross. They would have celebrated their 24th Anniversary on May 7th, 2018. He started attending Pacific Christian Center in 2004 and soon became a Media Tech lead over the media ministry. He was a perfect fit. He also is remembered for his great bass voice in the Celebration Choir at Pacific Christian Center. He will be most remembered for his participation in PCC’s 2006 Easter production, Godspell, for eight amazing performances. Richard also served as deacon on PCC’s board. He will be remembered for his expertise in research, troubleshooting and volunteer hours for the installation of new media and computer equipment.
When Richard was not immersed in work or church, he thoroughly enjoyed working in his garden, camping, fishing up at Bridgeport with the guys, relating to his two great kids and being a wonderful, life-partner with his wife, Rhonda.
He is survived by his wife, Rhonda, his son, Jordan Robert Jamison and daughter, Emily Nicole Jamison, of Santa Maria, CA and his parents, Robert and Barbara Jamison and sister, Cynthia Jamison of Morro Bay, CA.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Richard’s memory to his children’s education fund at Coasthills Federal Credit Union as “College Shares ” Fund – 129104-01.
1930 - 2018
Maureen Forbes, 87, of San Luis Obispo, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018.
Cremation was requested with private services.
JOHN "STEVE" WILLIAMS
1953 - 2018
Steve Williams, 64, of Los Alamos, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Cremation was requested with private services.
RUTHANNE SHEEHY TOMPKINS
1923 - 2018
With sadness, nostalgia and enormous gratitude for the life she shared with us, the family of Ruthanne Sheehy Tompkins announces her death at the age of ninety-four on Saturday April 14, 2018. Surrounded by her children and caregivers, including Rosa Vargas and Heather Hazelton, who made it possible for her to spend her final days at home, Ruthanne died on the Casmalia ranch where she had lived for sixty-eight years, the last twenty absent her devoted husband, David Tompkins. In her long, rich and inspiring life, she was sustained by the love she shared with her spouse and family, by the depth and vitality of her faith and by her magnanimous commitment to improve the lot of anyone she met who was less fortunate.
Ruthanne was born on August 27 1923 to Dan and Lizzy Sheehy, and raised, along with her brother “Dinny" and sister Mary (Baxter), in Nipomo. Her mother was a proud descendant of the David Dana family, pioneering Nipomo residents and ranchers; Ruthanne took great pleasure in the heritage she shared with so many of her relatives. She was also proud of her father’s Irish ancestry, of his gregarious good nature and his success as a pitcher for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, and later in ranching, farming and, briefly, in politics. Ruthanne undoubtedly derived her lifelong enthusiasm for sports under his tutelage. She was educated in Nipomo’s two-room primary schoolhouse and then at Arroyo Grande High School, where she graduated as president of the Class of 1941. The experience of losing, in the darkest days of WWII, almost half of her senior class to Japanese internment camps would profoundly shape her later political interests and viewpoints.
After spending three semesters at Santa Maria Junior College (later Allan Hancock College), where she was editor of its campus newspaper, Ruthanne turned down a full scholarship to Columbia University to attend UC Berkeley. She majored in history and political science (and played on the university’s tennis team), and spurned an invitation to join a sorority so that she could experience the diversity of life offered at Berkeley’s International House. Her fondest college memory was of a class she took with numerous war refugees that was taught by one of the constitutional architects of the Weimar Republic. Upon graduating with honors, she became one of a handful of women to take up legal studies at Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley’s College of Law.
Ruthanne worked briefly after that as a journalist in Fall River Mills CA before moving to Washington DC. After compiling entries for the Encyclopedia Britannica, she landed a job with US government intelligence agencies, a period in which the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was being absorbed by its successor, the CIA. While in the nation’s capital, she was befriended by Fr. Charles Corriston, a brilliant and convivial Benedictine abbot. Along with several other ambitious young women who would grow into lasting friends, she became a lifelong Benedictine oblate.
To her parents’ relief, Ruthanne finally abandoned her peripatetic life and career, earned a teachers’ credential and began teaching English and history at Santa Maria High School. Even in her extreme old age, former students remembered with affection her practiced delivery and the tough demands she placed on them in the classroom. And her teaching skills followed her forever: a frequent substitute teacher in her children’s schools, she taught countless local children to sew as a leader for fifteen years of the Bonita 4-H. She also instructed generations of young Casmalia inhabitants in catechism classes. In her later years, she taught religion to young residents at the Juvenile Hall in Santa Maria, and helped many others to improve their English, their writing, and their embrace of the Catholic faith.
On a blind date arranged by mutual friends in the late 1940s, Ruthanne met a handsome young rancher who would become her partner and the love of her life. They were married on August 5, 1950, and nine months and three days later (the math always mattered to her), they welcomed Elizabeth, the first of their five children, to their home in Casmalia. From the beginning of their marriage, and in addition to raising four other children, Ruthanne was involved with Dave in their cattle and real estate businesses. After his death in 1998, she continued to run a cow-calf operation for almost a decade, and to oversee the small collection of rental properties that had carried them through the toughest times. It was impossible for anyone who knew them, and especially their children, to miss the value they attached to a strong work ethic.
After their children had grown, Ruthanne and Dave found time to travel frequently to Europe, to take college classes, to attend professional conferences, and to become involved in numerous community groups. Ruthanne was a member for years of the Catholic Daughters of America, of St. Mary’s Church Altar Society, of a local women’s investment group known as the Stockettes, of a Thursday luncheon circle at Little Jocko’s in Nipomo, and of a bible class at St. Louis de Montfort Church which, until the very last months of her life, fed her insatiable intellectual curiosity.
Ruthanne, who was predeceased by husband and her youngest grandson, Jack Ready, is survived by her five children: Elizabeth Tompkins Bilich, Mary Tompkins Lewis, Nick Tompkins, Bridget Tompkins Ready and Nora Tompkins Comee, twelve grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They will forever cherish her memory, honor her indefatigable spirit, and bask in the glow of the love, faith and constant good humor that shapes her legacy.
Memorial services include a rosary at Magner-Maloney Funeral Home in Santa Maria at 6 p.m. on Monday April 23, and a funeral mass on Tuesday April 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Louis de Montfort Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Jack’s Helping Hand, a non-profit charitable foundation established in memory of Ruthanne's late grandchild.
1974 - 2018
Veronica Perez, 43, of Santa Maria, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Thank you for being a leader, and showing true courage and strength. God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers. The fight is not over; you are now beyond this world fulfilling a greater purpose. Although we wish you could stay a bit longer, just know you’re greatly appreciated for the gift of your time and presence. You have touched many lives and your spirit will continue to do so. God bless you, Veronica, and your sons will carry you forever in their hearts. We love you.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16
Gracias por ser un líder y demostrar verdadero valor y fortaleza. Dios da sus batallas más duras a sus soldados más fuertes. La pelea no ha terminado; ahora estás más allá de este mundo cumpliendo un propósito mayor. Aunque deseamos que pueda quedarse un poco más, simplemente sepa que es muy apreciado por el regalo de su tiempo y presencia. Has tocado muchas vidas y tu espíritu continuará haciéndolo. Dios te bendiga, Verónica, y tus hijos te llevarán para siempre en sus corazones. Te amamos.
“Porque tanto amó Dios al mundo que dio a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo el que cree en él no se pierda, sino que tenga vida eterna.” ~Juan 3:16