Ignacio H. Arechiga, 81, resident of Santa Maria, CA, passed away March 18, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Pedro M. Melero, age 92 of Nipomo, passed away surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren who cared for him with compassion, grace and respect. Our fathers last wish was to pass away in the home that he built 59 years earlier for his family, his wish was honored. His memory will live on in this home, as we have profound memories, joyous celebrations and we will celebrate his love of music that will continue to echo throughout our home.
Pedro also known as “Pete” was born in Los Pascuales, Durango Mexico on June 29, 1927, to parents Pedro Sr. and Manuela Melero. They had 9 surviving children. While in Mexico Pedro Sr. passed away leaving our Dad as the patriarch of his family. During that time our father became a provider, a pillar for his family and cultivated a work ethic that would transcend for years to come. Our fathers mission was to bless his family with the basic essentials of life, in order to simply survive. His love and compassion for his family speaks volumes in his actions, commitment and promises he made to provide a better future for his family.
In 1947, under the first wave of the Bracero Program, Pete was given the opportunity to come to the United States, with dreams to earn $1,000.00 which would sustain his family in Mexico. This experience opened the door to many endless opportunities our father experienced in the United States. In 1950, our father fell in love with Santa Maria. He worked in agriculture in the area and as a dishwasher at Ricks Rancho Restaurant he had the opportunity to meet a worker who asked our father if he had ever worked construction, because they needed a laborer for a day. That conversation paved the way to a wonderful career in construction that would later be a beacon for the Melero family.
Approximately in 1951, Pete went to work for AJ Diani Construction. He quickly caught Mr. Diani's eye for his work ethic. One day of work paved the road to 18 years of service with this company. The Melero family thanks Mr. Diani for seeing potential in our father. We send the Diani family a gratitude of thanks. Through this job our father cultivated a special relationship with Mr. Diani, who would come to sponsor our father in becoming a United States citizen. Our father viewed Mr. Diani as a second father and was so blessed and honored to have known him. Mr. Diani's act of kindness opened the door for our father to sponsor his mother and siblings so that they had the opportunity to come to this country for a better life.
In our father's journey with work he transitioned into a new job and met Larry Cabral at Burke's Construction. Pete became best friends with Larry and latter had the privilege in becoming his God father. Our father held Larry's friendship to heart and throughout the years he shared countless stories about them. It was our father's wish to have Mr. Cabral walk in front of my father's casket in his journey home. A friendship fostered in time, memories that will last a life time. A heartfelt thank you to Mr. Cabral for being a loyal friend and loving our father.
Pete Melero married Lucila Esparza and would have celebrated 66 years of marriage this July. His wife Lucila, lovingly cared for her husband, supported him and stood by his side until his last breath. Our mother will miss her husband, father of her children, but will cherish all the memories they created. Her faith will carry her through this life journey and will sustain her in her time of grief.
Our father called Nipomo his home and was blessed to raise six children; Jumaro, Pete, Sylvia, Diana, Elza and Maria. Our father was a great provider, encouraged his children to excel academically and taught us many life lessons that would carry us through life. Some of those lessons were to always extend a hand to others in need, it's a good day to work and always save money for the unexpected. Those lessons have shaped our lives and made a great impact on how we (his children) live our life today.
Music was a passion for Pete that began as a young child. He carved his first instrument out of a piece of wood that was in the shape of a piccolo. Our father taught himself to play and had a good ear for music. The first instrument he played was a guitar that his uncle Jesus Melero gave him. From the strings of a guitar led to the musical notes of keys on a saxophone. He mastered the saxophone and formed his own band with a horn section and played at the Rose Garden in Pismo Beach for many years and latter playing at the Commercial Hotel in Guadalupe. Through his gift of music, he dedicated his life to God and played at various Catholic Churches during Sunday mass. Our father took pride in his devotion to play the saxophone while serving God. This act of kindness brought much joy to our father. (Psalm 91:11) (Isaiah 41:13). Pete's love of church, music and community lead him to help rebuild the churches in Pascuales and Corrales, Durango Mexico, so that all can gather and worship.
His grandchildren and great grandchildren held a special place in his heart. He loved them dearly and always celebrated their lives and accomplishments by acknowledging their hard work and aspirations.
Pete is survived by his loving wife Lucila Melero, sons Jumaro Melero, Pete and Maria Melero, daughters, Sylvia and Al Torres, Diane and Steve Heckman, Elza and Gary Conklin and Maria Melero. Sister Dora and Tomas Caballero and Lecha Melero. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Pedro and Manuela Melero, brother Rafael Melero, sisters Teresa Melero, Isabel Alonzo, Lupe Roten, Lucy Rodriguez and Margret Pelayo.
“Until we meet again rejoice in the arms of our lord.”
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Stanley Lawrence Boswell, 86, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away March 23, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Mary Kathaleen Richmond passed away March 16th at the age of 90. Mary Kay was born in LeMars, Iowa on 3/25/29 to Clifford and Mary Lee. Her mother passed away soon after her birth. She was raised by her aunt, Nina Lee, and came to Los Angeles when she was about 10 years old.
She met her husband, Bud, when they were in junior high school, dated through high school, and married in 1950. They would have been married 70 years in May. They lived in Lawndale, CA before moving to Santa Maria in 1994.
She is survived by her husband, Bud, of Santa Maria, sons Dan (Patti) of Hayden, ID, Jay (Janda) of Lawndale, CA, Dean (Cindy) of Camarillo, and daughter, Donna Nance (Bob) of Orcutt. She was Granny to seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her Aunt Nina, brother, Orville, and sisters, Marion and Mildred.
Mary Kay was a talented seamstress and prize winning quilter, having quilts featured in national quilt shows, magazines and calendars. Her quilts numbered in the hundreds and are treasured by family and friends all over the country. Mary Kay excelled at whatever other crafts she tried, including knitting, crocheting, embroidery, braiding rugs, wood carving, refinishing furniture, and mosaic work.
At her request, there will be no services. Arrangements will be handled by The Neptune Society.
Edna Frances Wingate was born January 19, 1933 in Orlando FL. She peacefully went home to be with the Lord February 29, 2020 in Atascadero Ca. Edna was Born and raised in Orlando Florida, to William Raymond and Lillie May Laing, the family moved west in the mid 1940's. She was married to Robert Lee Wingate in Tucson, Arizona in 1949.
Edna is survived By her son Dwight R Wingate and his wife Joyce Wingate of Atascadero Ca, her grand-son Israel Michael Wingate of Atascadero Calif. Her grand-daughter Deborah Dawn (Wingate) Hummell, and great-grandsons Jacob Malvarose, Walker and Hunter Hummell, all of Katy TX, and Her daughter in law Renne' Wingate of Riverside Ca. and daughter in law Ruth Wingate of Melrose NM, and grandson Micah Wingate of Canyon TX, and Her sisters Bibby White of Florida. and Virginia Smith of Arkansa.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert Lee Wingate, her sons Dale Robert Wingate of Riverside Ca, and Gary Lee Wingate of Melrose NM, her sisters Christine, Dora, Jainie, and brother Raymond.
Edna worked as a school bus driver for Alvord School district, Riverside Ca. early in her career, and later drove for SMAT in Santa Maria Ca. where she retired.
Edna was an avid crafter, especially enjoyed ceramics, wood working, and crocheting. She also had a very green thumb, everything she put into the ground seemed to flourished.
Edna will be sorely missed by all who knew her, family and friends alike, but we rejoice that she knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and is forevermore in His presence as we await our joyful reunion. Please join us in her ongoing remembrance at www.forevermissed.com
Jose E. Rubalcaba was born on September 27, 1928, in Pacific Grove, California.
After living a full life of 91 years, he passed away with family by his side on March 14, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife Simona of 51 years; his mother, Martha; father, Esteban; infant son, Martin; and first wife of 17 years, Teresa.
He leaves behind his 8 children, Teresa “Lita” (Ronald), Alicia, Rebecca, Jose Jr., Margarita “Maggie” (Rick), Gerald “Gerry” (Yolanda), Gina, and Javier (Heather); 21 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren, several brothers and sisters, as well as many extended family and friends.
Jose was a longtime resident of Santa Barbara County, of which he lived in the City of Guadalupe for over 55 years.
At the age of 17, in 1945, he enlisted in the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1947. Shortly after he was discharged, he met and married his first wife Teresa and they had 7 children together. They were married for 17 years until her passing. While working as a foreman in the strawberry fields, he met his second wife, Simona.
They had 2 children together and were married for 51 years before her passing in 2016.
Some of our fondest memories include sitting around listening to him play his harmonica, playing catch the falling dollar, and playing Mexican music on the record player while dancing and singing with mom.
His many hobbies included gardening, fishing, barbequing, watching sports on TV, and going to the Guadalupe Dunes in which he was also a park ranger.
Jose's greatest and cherished accomplishment was when he was president of the Guadalupe Historical Society. His passion for history made this an easy labor of love as he invested countless hours researching and collecting items of significance to preserve the history of Guadalupe. His proudest project was restoring the old 1926 Guadalupe jail.
A Graveside Service will be held for Jose at Guadalupe Cemetery, on Friday March 27th, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Lori Family Mortuary, Santa Maria.
Dr. Suresh Lodha, 76, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away March 18, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Jacqui Foster Reynoso, 75 of Santa Maria, Ca. Passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 11, held by her husband and surrounded by family.
Jacqui was born in Oakridge Tennessee on February 23, 1945 to Jean Cameron Cook and John Boyer Foster. She had a wonderful childhood with brother David , and had many stories of their adventures. Family favorites are the cemetery story, or the time he told her he was running away from home, packed his things then left through the bedroom window only to hide outside where she was too small to see. When she ran downstairs hysterically pleading for their mother and grandmother to investigate, they found him unpacked, laying on the bed, smiling, and denying the whole thing. Since Jacqui's Dad worked for the telephone company, they traveled quite a bit and even spent two years in Cuba. Her family moved briefly to Santa Maria where she attended Santa Maria High, and met her future husband Arthur (Mickey) C. Reynoso. Jacqui returned to New Jersey where she graduated from Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School. After her graduation and Mickey's return from the Army, they married in Santa Maria on January 29, 1966.
Jacqui had many hobbies and interests. First and foremost was spending time with loved ones, but others included, painting, photography, sculpting, and baking. In fact, some folks who never met her may have teared up at the news of her passing as that signaled the end of the weekly cookies she baked for nephew, or nieces workplaces. Baking was an extension of her love. She loved traveling, gardening, music, film, horse back riding, shopping, entertaining, internet surfing, and much more. Each month she enjoyed dinner with High School friends, and Thursday's lunch with Linda Chavez and Cindy Schneider were also among her favorites. In the past few years she would use her talents to paint for Orcutt Rocks. She took great joy in sharing these small treasures. It was only in this past week, that her sons admitted to previously seeking out a couple each after she supplied clues as to their whereabouts.
She is survived by husband Arthur, sons David F. Reynoso (Didi), Michael S. Reynoso (Monica) and step son Arthur C. Reynoso Jr.( Lisa Arellano). Her beloved grandchildren Renee Lino (Joe), Christian Cortez, Jeffery Reynoso, Michael Reynoso II, Alyssa Perez (Joe), Lauren Padilla (Adam), Cameron and Jacquelyn Reynoso, and Derek Reynoso. Great Grandchildren Matthew and Anthony LaRocco, Cayden Reynoso, Layla Perez, Marlee Lino, and Joseph and Gabriella Padilla. Her brother David C. Foster (Susan Brereton), nieces Tracy C. Foster, Jennifer Teixeira (Mark), cousin Donald B. Cook, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and members of the Reynoso, Ponce, Rojas, Borjas, Silva, Teixeira, and Lemos families and her four legged kids Doby and Fletcher.
Jacqui was an excellent wife, mother, sister, friend, and teacher. She taught love, kindness, patience, strength, understanding, bravery, and wisdom. Even at the end she openly discussed profound lessons about death and dying. She was amazing, made a positive impact on those who were fortunate enough to know her, and on more people than we will ever know. It is testament to her that our family received so many warm thoughts, words, and prayers. She will of course remain in our hearts forever as someone so loving leaves a strong imprint. This is her endless tribute and her success at making our world a much better place.
Jacqui requested no formal viewing or memorial, but the family is planning an informal gathering celebrating her life on April 18th at her son Michael's home.
Geraldine Margaret Biorn, 85, resident of Nipomo, CA passed away March 18, 2020. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com