Mary Alice Hibbard Apalategui was born to Thirza Marie West Hibbard and James Frank Hibbard on February 11, 1927 in Fellows California. About 5 miles from Taft, Fellows developed as an oil boomtown after the Midway Gusher was discovered. Oil workers of the 1920s were commonly housed in tents there. She was named after her great grandmother Mary Alice Hunter Kryhl a descendant of Mohicans.
When she was a baby, the family moved to North Benwiley Avenue in Santa Maria where her grandparents Clarence Edward West and Alice Kryhll West owned some lots. Her dad built their home on Benwiley and was said to be a terrible carpenter with a wonderful sense of humor. Mary Alice's heart was always in that home until her last days.
During WW2, as a girl of Santa Maria High, Mary Alice learned to be a telephone operator and would recite her famous line “Number Please.” After WW2 Mary Alice met her husband Frank Apalategui a veteran recently returned home. They bought a new home on Airport Street later to be renamed College Drive and stayed there all of their lives. She worked most of her life as a cook for the Santa Maria Bonita School District at Fesler, El Camino and Robert Bruce schools among others. She never travelled outside of California and not far outside of the Central Coast. She loved clamming at Pismo with her mom, dad and the whole clan.
She tended her grandparents, parents and husband in old age and carried a badge of honor that all were able to stay at home. She had 3 children – Lee Alan Apalategui, Sally Jean Apalategui (Payne) and Edward Frank Apalategui. Her 4 grandchildren Matthew West Apalategui, Jason Alan Apalategui, Jeffrey Dale Payne and Alison Lindsey Payne (Bartsch) were the joy of her life. She is preceded in death by her husband Frank, daughter Sally Payne and foster grandson Charles “Robb” Bennett.
She is survived by her sons Lee and Ed, her 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren – Tristan Apalategui, Jackson Payne, Joseph Payne, Parker Bartsch, Landon Bartsch and Jillian Payne. In her final months the people nearest her failing mind were her beloved mother Thirza Hibbard and the daughter she dreamed of, Sally Payne. It was a pleasure to be with her at every age and an honor in her final years. We did our best to keep her laughing, but Alison brought a special twinkle to her eye in any weather.
The family owes an unpayable debt to Vangie Aguinaldo and her team of CNAs, the staff at Apple Ann's RCFE, Dr Timothy Jones, Dr Joy Vantrpool, Dr Monica Rocco, Angela O'Brien BSN, Lori Gross, Richard Weldon, Trent Benedetti, Rhonda Murphy, Marian Extended Care and many others. God bless you.
Gary Wayne Silva, 85, of Orcutt, California passed away surrounded by family in the comfort of his beloved home on November 19, 2019
Gary is survived by his daughters Susan Berban and Cathleen Matevousian, son Wayne Silva, sister Sharon Dias, brother David Silva, granddaughter Katelyn Matevousian, former wife Grace Young, many loving nieces nephews and extended family. Gary is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Verna Silva, bother Danny Silva, former wife Vickie Silva. Gary was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to everyone.
Gary was a hardworking man. It started at a young age when he delivered newspapers to the soldiers at camp cook. He mowed many lawns and washed a lot of cars in Old Orcutt where he grew up before graduating from Santa Maria high School. From there he served his country proudly as a US Marine . He attended Fresno State University as a business major. He then found his passion as a truck driver with Bud Richards Trucking. This led him to work with his father Frank and brother Danny at F&S trucking before starting his own business Gary Silva Trucking. He later worked for Speeds before retiring at 83.
Gary enjoyed spending time with his friends reminiscing of the “old days”. He could tell you about his days of racing with the Santa Maria Dragons where they raced all over the central coast . He broke and held records, and even Vic Damone came to watch him race. He loved his days of working on cars. Gary and his father also enjoyed boxing. He was always someone you could count on when you were in need. Gary supported his community at every opportunity. He was adored and loved by so many as he was “one of a kind”. Gary was a very proud Marine, he took great pride in our American flag and what it stands for.
A special thank you to the people of Dignity Healthcare and Hospice, for their care and support during his final days. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude towards Dudley Hoffman Mortuary for being so accommodating and understanding during this difficult time.
Service to be held at Dudley Hoffman Mortuary on Sunday December 1, 2019 at 1pm .
Donations can be made in Gary's memory to the Orcutt American Legion at 145 W Clark Ave. Orcutt, Ca 93455 or Dignity Home Health Hospice at 124 S. College Dr. Santa Maria Ca 93454
Anna Lisa Luis-Zacherle, 86, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away November 21, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Julian Porfirio Aguilar, 89, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away November 15, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Pauline Eugenia (Snapp) Ahlemann, 90, with family by her bed, peacefully passed away November 15, 2019 at Lompoc Nursing and Rehab. She was born September 30, 1929 in Grover, Vermont to parents Marguerit (Melin) Snapp and Rev. Albert M. P. Snapp. Her father was a United Methodist Church minister and a Chaplain in the Army, so Polly and her siblings traveled a lot. Following graduation from Towson State Teachers College, she became a world traveler, visiting every continent except Africa. She taught in Maryland, Japan, Iceland, Vandenberg AFB, CA, and England. Polly was Principal in Iceland when she met Paul Ahlemann who was stationed in England with his two children, Damaris (Dee) and Larry Ahlemann. Polly and Paul were married on Christmas day in London, 1959. She and her new family moved to Santa Maria, CA. where she taught for 26 years at Vandenberg Air Force Base, spent a year in England as an exchange teacher, and received 'Teacher of the year' in 1973. During her years teaching, she and 7 of her teacher friends formed a lunch group they named “The Crazy Eights”. They continued after retiring and remaining members still meet monthly for lunch. Polly and Paul attended regularly and were devoted members and functionaries of Bethel Lutheran Church. Polly and Paul also loved Dixieland music and were members and officers of the Basin Street Regulars, Central Coast Hot Jazz Society. Polly's family, scattered around the east and west coasts, loved her deeply. She cherished them and made regular trips to visit. She will be missed and lovingly remembered by her famiy and numerous friends. Her spirit, faith, stories and sense of humor lifted those around her. Polly is survived by brother Wesley Snapp; step daughter-in-law Vicki Ahlemann; stepdaughter Damaris Ahlemann, two grandchildren, sister-in-law Shirley Snapp; nephews Thomas Snapp, Alan Snapp, Brian Snapp, Daniel Snapp, Gregory Snapp and Douglas Snapp; nieces Virginia Cunningham, Eve Lentz, Melanie Knokey, Paula Schafer, and Allison Bigelow; and step nephews Stanley Marks, Travis Marks, and Troy Marks. Polly was predeceased by parents, Marguerit Snapp & Rev. Albert M. B. Snapp; husband Paul E. Ahlemann; sister Marjorie (Snapp) Curry; brothers Lloyd Snapp, and Earle Snapp; stepson Larry Ahlemann; niece Joylin Snapp; brother-in-law James Curry; and sisters-in-law Rosemary Snapp and Susanne Snapp. A celebration of life will be held January 25, 2020 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Santa Maria, CA.
Jon Charles Hinchliff, a life-long resident of Santa Maria, passed away peacefully November 16, 2019 at the age of 58. He was the son of the late Doug and Nicey Hinchliff. He is survived by his wife, Nallely, daughter's, DeAnn Lynch and Renee VanderWeele, Step-mother Jeannie Hinchliff, sisters, Jennifer Hinchliff Buck (Nicole Kelsey, Brandon and Andrew St Aubin) and Kristine Hinchliff Ketchen, (Cameron and Lauren Ketchen), step children Briana and Marco.
Jon Was born on June 7, 1961 and lived life to the fullest. He graduated from Santa Maria High School and soon after joined the Marine Corp where he learned his trade that led him to work for Boeing. He Retired from Boeing after 30 years in 2016. Jon loved the beach and made frequent trips to Avila and Hawaii. His distinctive laugh was often heard BBQing over his oak pit for family and friends He was one of the most meticulous and handy people who ever lived and could build, take apart and rebuild almost anything. Jon heard the call of the mountains where he found his cabin in Pine Mountain Club. He loved spending his time at the “Hinchy Cabin” in PMC , where he developed so many great relationships. Jon was a down to earth, genuine person who loved his family first. He will be sorely missed.
Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Fitts passed away in Lompoc, CA on Sunday, November 17, 2019. Betty was born in San Francisco, CA on December 3, 1935 but at a very young age moved to her mother's hometown of Santa Barbara, CA. Betty was a sixth generation Californian and appreciated her Santa Barbara heritage as a descendent of the Romero family who date back to the founding of El Presidio de Santa Barbara built by Spain in 1782. During high school, Betty's family moved from Santa Barbara to Lompoc where she would live for the rest of her life. She graduated from Lompoc High School in 1955 and married the father of her five children, Douglas Fitts in 1956. Her family was her “heart's treasure,” and she dearly loved each one of them. She is survived by son Michael Fitts (Karen) of Santa Barbara, CA, grandchildren, Katie and Taylor, daughter Susan Wyatt of The Dalles, OR, grandsons, Keith and Kevin, daughter Karen Christensen (Mark) of Newcastle, CA, grandchildren Erin and Peter, son Matthew Fitts (Ysabel) of San Bernardino, CA, grandchildren, Matthew Jr, Anthony, Kylie and Emily and daughter Kristine Amason (Jerry) of Smithville, TX, granddaughters, Samantha and Melissa. Betty is also survived by six great grandchildren, her sisters, Bridget Cass of Mesquite, NV and Willa Olson of Hartland, WI and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Focusing on her home and young family for many years, Betty eventually ventured beyond “The House of Fitts” and enjoyed working for the Lompoc Flower Festival Association, Moore's Department Store, Vicky's Attic and, for over 25 years, Lester's Carpet & Interiors before retiring in 2011. For decades, Betty followed the varied sports careers of her children and grandchildren at the youth, high school, college and even professional levels. She was always proud of and interested in their many achievements both on and off the sporting fields. She was an avid reader and enjoyed movies, opera music, gardening and decorating. Betty loved to cook for her family (they will miss her rhubarb pies and albondigas soup and many other tasty dishes). She was a long-time member of La Purisima Catholic Church. A memorial mass will be held on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 10 AM at La Purisima Catholic Church, 213 West Olive Avenue, Lompoc. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Betty's memory be sent to Assisted Home Health and Hospice, 302 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101