October 4, 2005
Carol Mae Whiteaker 76, of Nipomo, CA passed away Oct 1, 2005 of a lengthy illness. The daughter of Harold and Hazel Casner (Guill) she was born on Feb 23, 1929 in Fort Scott, KS. She married Jack Whiteaker on Dec. 31, 1949 and she and their family, sons Danny & Randall, followed construction opportunities across the country for 20 years before settling in Nipomo. Carol & Jack bred and raised Peruvian Paso horses for many years and were involved with the Central Coast Peruvian Horse Club and the Peruvian Paso Registry of North America. One of her proudest accomplishments was twice riding her Peruvian "Sabe" in the Pasadena Rose Bowl parade. She traveled many times to other countries, especially enjoying Peru. Carol was an avid quilter and contributed greatly to the organizations she belonged to. For many years she was employed by Pac Bell in San Luis Obispo and retired there as Asst. Traffic Office Mgr. Her husband, Jack, sons, daughter in law, Lorna, granddaughter, Danna and sister Joan Barton of Colorado survive. No services are scheduled at her request.
DAVID S. GONZALES 1917 - 2005
David Solis Gonzales passed away at his home in Santa Maria Friday, September 30, 2005. He was 88 years of age.
The visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. The funeral service will be on Thursday, October 6, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pacific Christian Center, 3435 Santa Maria Way in Santa Maria. Pastor Rick Bloom will officiate. Interment will follow in the Santa Maria Cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by members of his own family
Mr. Gonzales was born June 29, 1917 in Guanajuato, Mexico. He came to the United States with his family when he was two years old and was raised and educated in the San Fernando Valley. He joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the South Pacific. A resident of the Santa Maria Valley since 1940 he worked for the Guadalupe School District as a bus driver and custodian, retiring from the Orcutt Union School District after 19 years as a custodian. As someone who found great joy serving God, he was a deacon and elder at the Templo Christiano El Salvador for many years, and attended Pacific Christian Center for the last seven years. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and an avid Doger fan.
Mr. Gonzales is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rebecca Gonzales of Santa Maria, sons and daughters-in-law, David L. and Gloria Jean Gonzales of Morrilton, Arkansas, Daniel A. and Mary Lou Gonzales of Santa Maria, Donald L. and Gloria Gonzales of Santa Maria, daughter Diana Vera of Santa Maria, 14 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren, three brothers and four sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Paz Gonzales, step-mother, Antonia Gonzales, and two brothers.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary.
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FATHER MICHAEL OÞSULLIVAN 1924-2005
Father Michael OÞSullivan, 81, of Arroyo Grande passed away Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, and from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach. A vigil service will be held at 7p.m. Wednesday at St. PatrickÞs Catholic Church in Arroyo Grande. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10a.m. Thursday, Oct 6, also at St. PatrickÞs.
Father Mike was born April 18, 1924 in Cork City, Ireland. He attended All Hallows Seminary in Dublin and in 1948 was sent to New Zealand in his first assignment as a priest. In 1967, Father Mike came to the United States and spent the rest of his ministry in the Diocese of Monterey. He served as the former pastor of St. PatrickÞs Church in Arroyo Grande from 1974 to 1989.
Father Mike was a runner who competed in many marathons, including the Boston and Dublin Marathons. His last marathon was the 2003 Dublin Marathon, where he raised ,20,000 in pledges for the American Cancer Society.
He was a member of California State Parks Volunteer Mounted Assistance, where he enjoyed riding his horses on the beach at Pismo and Oceano.
Father Mike is survived by his sisters, Sister Angela OÞSullivan and Maureen Phelan, both of Dublin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, Father Denis and Finbarr OÞ Sullivan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Woods Humane Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel in Grover Beach.
JOAN E. KNISS 1932-2005
Joan E. Kniss passed away September 29, 2005 at her home in Santa Maria. She was 73 years of age.
Joan was raised and educated in Chicago, Illinois. She was an executive secretary in the aerospace industry in Southern California for many years. She came to Santa Maria in 1990 when she retired. She was an active volunteer for the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society.
Joan is survived by her sister, Della Kay Pappas of Chicago, Illinois, brother and sister-in-law, N. Gary and Josephine Lellenberg of Surprise, Arizona, daughter Sharon Samson of Lafayette, California, three grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Colonel Floyd W. Kniss, USAF, Ret. in 1995, parents Merle N. and Ethel M. Lellenberg, brothers Donald G. Lellenberg and Davey Neal Lellenberg.
Cremation will be followed by inurnment on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Memorial donations may be made to Marian Homecare Hospice in care of Marian Medical Foundation, 1400 East Church Street 93454, or the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, 751 South Black Road, Santa Maria, CA 93454.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.
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MAURICE ßMOà CESAR CABREANA 1957 - 2005
Maurice ßMoà Cesar Cabreana, 48, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2005 in Santa Maria
Maurice was born on April 22, 1957 in Santa Maria, and was a lifelong resident of Santa Maria. He attended local schools, and graduated from Santa Maria High School where he proudly played on the SaintsÞ championship football team. He worked as a groundskeeper at local golf courses, was a cook at the Far Western Tavern, owned a landscaping business, and worked in the construction field framing houses for the past several years.
Maurice loved his family, his extended family, and the families that had adopted them into their own. He enjoyed playing sports as a youth, going to the lake and water skiing, and playing poker with friends. He was famous for his ßMoÞs Barbequeà, and often volunteered his time and culinary talents for any special occasion, often on short notice. ßUncle Moà was a special favorite to all of his nieces and nephews. He was known to be a tireless worker, often mentoring younger co-workers.
Maurice was preceded in death by his mother, Iree Cabreana, and is survived by his son, Maurice ßLilÞ Moà Cabreana, USMC, San Diego; father Ernie Cabreana of Santa Maria; brothers Cedric Taporco, Syracuse NY, Jimmy Florita, San Bernardino, Michael Cabreana, Santa Maria, Bernard Cabreana, Santa Maria; sisters Candice Telles, Whittier, Nellette Perkins, Riverside, Robyn Kocyla, Midland, Oregon; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends. He will be deeply missed.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, October 5, 2005 at 11:00 am in the chapel of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. Cremation was requested with private inurnment.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.
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WENDYð LEEð GARCIA, 38, passed away October 2, 2005. Resident of Santa Maria. Funeral arrangements pending at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary and Crematory.