2005-11-23T00:00:00Z Obituaries Santa Maria Times
November 23, 2005 12:00 am

November 25, 2005


Danny and David Villarreal passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2005 in Santa Maria. Danny was 16, and David was 15 years of age.

A visitation will be on Monday, November 28, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the chapel of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. The recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 7:00 p.m. led by Deacon Ricardo Beruman. Father Vaughn Winters will celebrate the mass of Christianburial at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at the St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 966 West Orchard in Santa Maria. Interment will follow in the Santa Maria Cemetery.

Danny was born March 7, 1989 in Santa Maria. As a young boy he played Little League baseball and soccer with Santa Maria Youth Soccer Association. He was in his junior year at Santa Maria High School. He enjoyed drawing, playing practical jokes, and working on his Mitsubishi Eclipse. He loved the Dallas Cowboys and his dog Princess. As someone who enjoyed working with his hands, his ambition was to pursue a career working with automobiles.

David was born July 11, 1990. He too played soccer and Little League baseball. Currently enrolled as a sophomore at Santa Maria High School, he played baseball and wanted to be a professional baseball player. A fan of the Oakland Raiders, he especially enjoyed playing with his cousins, and neighborhood paintball wars. He also enjoyed playing with his pit-bull Buffy.

Both Danny and David enjoyed listening to their music. In the last few weeks, they and their older brother Jose were inseparable.

Danny and David are survived by their parents, Rebecca and Jose Villarreal, Sr. of Santa Maria, their brother and sister-in-law Jose, Jr. and Stacy Villarreal of Santa Maria, maternal grandparents, Francisca and Cipriano Salinas, Jr. of Santa Maria, great grandparents Maria ßMami-amaà and Cipriano ßPapi-apaà Salinas, Sr. of Santa Maria, numerous cousins, aunts and uncles including Maria Margarita Salinas, Theresa Salinas, Almadelia Salinas, Celia Salinas-Zamudio, Ricardo Salinas, Yolanda Salinas, and many other relatives in the Salinas, Bretado, Zamudio, Morales, Pena, Ceballos, Valdez, Robles, Jimenez, Tinoco, Espinoza and Chavez families in Santa Maria.

The Villarreal family requests that memorial donations be made to a fund, established in their sonsÞ names at any branch of Mid State Bank.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.


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EMIL WUNDER, 96, of Santa Maria passed away November 22, 2005. Arrangements are under the direction of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


Elmer T. Anderson, 88, of Arroyo Grande passed away Saturday, November 19, 2005.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 25, at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.

Elmer was born in Pismo Beach on October 26, 1917, and was a 1937 graduate of Arroyo Grande High School. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Sipan. On November 15, 1947, he married Thelma Murray. He was a life member of the V.F.W. in Santa Maria.

Elmer was a truck driver for 44 years, having worked with Growers in Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande Truck Company and Certified Freight Lines. In 1982, he was California Truck Driver of the Year.

Elmer is survived by his wife, Thelma; son, Don Anderson and wife, Rosemary of Atascadero; grandson, Tom Anderson of Atascadero; and cousins, Dorothy Nelson of Atascadero and Lorraine Anderson of Joshua Tree. he was preceded in death by one son, Larry Anderson.

Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.


John Carl Eliseo, beloved husband, father and grandfather, departed this world November 21st, 2005, with the quiet dignity and resolve that exemplified his life. Surrounded by his family, he drew his last breath at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara as a brilliant pink sunset ignited the sky over the ocean and mesa outside his window.

John was born March 29th 1933, in Youngstown, Ohio. After completing school, he enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and had a long and distinguished career in the firefighting and missile safety fields until his retirement in 1971. His military career included service at March Air Force Base, Greenham Common Air Force Base and Upper Hayford Air Force Base in England, and Vandenberg Air Force Base.

He continued in the field of safety engineering with Guy F. Atkinson Construction between 1972 and 1974, followed by 21 years with the Federal Civil Service, during which time he served as a Complex Safety Officer and worked on Titan Satellite program, among many other projects. Between 1987 and 1989, he was an engineer and ground safety manager refurbishing C-130 aircrafts at Detachment 36 of the Italian Air Force Base located in Brindisi. After his retirement from Civil Service, he worked for SRS and Hernandez Engineering. During his long and distinguished career as a systems safety engineer, he received numerous awards and honors, including an Air Force Commendation Medal.

John loved his work. He knew his business, aimed for the highest standards and expected the same commitment in others. But work was not his life. He and his wife, Pat, enjoyed many memorable vacations, traveling extensively and visiting friends and family throughout Europe and the United States. One of his favorite accomplishments was taking a road trip to Alaska in his motor home.

As a young man, John had raced cars while stationed in England, and he spent years as mechanic for Robert PurgarichÊs Car #5 at the Santa Maria Speedway. He also loved working on his 1955 Thunderbird, 1967 Jaguar and 1970 Bronco.

John was a longtime member of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 and a founding member of the Vandenberg Safety Society. Throughout his life, he remained a firefighter at heart, proudly founding in 1997 the Strategic Air Command Senior Firefighters group, which got together once a year to tell tall tales on each other.

Though most often characterized by his professional affiliations and accomplishments, John also had a poetic side; for years he was a member of the Robert Burns Association. John also dedicated himself to tracing his genealogy back to his fatherÊs family home in Tornimparte, Italy and his motherÊs family in Maropati, Italy.

John was dedicated to those he cared about, and his quiet devotion will be keenly missed by his family and friends. Although no one can fill his shoes, JohnÊs strength of spirit, courage and determination will continue to serve as an inspiration to all who knew him.

John is survived by his wife, Patsy Eliseo; daughters, Renae Spanne and her husband, Laurence, of Lompoc, Shirley Shellenberger and her husband, Mark, of Sacramento, Shavon Ditty and her husband, Roger, of Florida, and Valerie Parks and her husband, Kevin, of Germany; brothers, George Eliseo of Manifee, Carl Eliseo and his wife, Jennifer, of Lake Elsenore, and Ben Eliseo and his wife, Paula of Illinois; sisters, Irene Eliseo of Texas, Virginia Eliseo of Montana, and Mary Eliseo of Moreno Valley; grandchildren, Autumn Spanne, Laurel Spanne, Jennifer Shellenberger, Michael Shellenberger, Tim Ditty, and Eric Parks; great grandchildren, Joseph Spanne and Dominic Spanne; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2005 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home. A Scripture Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 in the Chapel of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home, with Rev. Mark Newman, C.J. from St. Louis de Montfort Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Santa Maria Cemetery.

ÌAe fond kiss, and then we sever!

Ae farewell, and then forever!……

Fare thee weel, thou first and fairest!

Fare thee weel, thou best and dearest!……

Thine be ilka joy and treasure.

Deep in heart wrung tears IÊll pledge thee.Ó Robert Burns

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