Consuelo “Connie” Loa, 93, of Lompoc passed away peacefully on Friday, November 8, 2019, in Hanford, California. She was born in Vallejo, California, to Jose and Elvira Moreno on February 16, 1926.
Connie was raised and educated in Guadalupe, California. She was a graduate of Bonita Elementary School. She was a chef for the Far Western Tavern and Imperial Café in Guadalupe, and Jaime's Café in Santa Maria, California. She moved to Lompoc in 1980. She was a member of New Hope Christian Church.
Her special interests were reading, jigsaw puzzles, Rummy, Solitaire, and cooking for her family. She loved her family very much.
Connie was a beloved Mom, Grandma, Nana and “Cali.” Connie is survived by her daughters Elvira Rodriguez of Guadalupe, Monica Baca of Hanford, Ruthanne and husband John Coneys, Lucia and husband Robert Rayos, and Frances Hernandez, all of Lompoc, 21 grandchildren, and numerous greatgrandchildren and great greatgrandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Raymond Seja, Jr., of Santa Maria, and his sister Erlinda Santana of Las Vegas, Nevada. She was preceded in death by her husband Evaristo Moa, sons Peter Rodriguez, Jr. and Romaldo Rodriguez, daughter Maggie Murillo, father Jose Moreno, mother Elvira Seja, stepfather Roman Seja Sr., brother Gabriel Hoyos Sr.
A visitation will be held at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary, Lompoc, California, on Friday, November 15, 2019, from 4 pm to 7 p m. A memorial service will be held at New Hope Christian Church sometime after Thanksgiving with burial to follow at Guadalupe Cemetery.
Margaret Placensia Tagupa, 97, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away November 8, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Betty J. McKibben, 93, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away November 6, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Kathy Ann Vukobradovich, 65, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away November 4, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Michael James Palmer, Age 76, passed away peacefully of complications due to Alzheimer's Disease on September 26, 2019. In Sedona AZ.
Michael is survived by his wife Margarita Palmer, of Sedona AZ; his son Stephen Palmer, daughter in law Tatiana Palmer and grandson Jakob Palmer, of Lompoc, CA.
Michael James Palmer was born on May 27, 1943 in San Francisco, CA. and grew up in Eureka CA. with his loving parents Jack & Renee Palmer. Michael Graduated from Eureka High School, UCSB and UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. After graduating from law school Michael clerked for Judge Stephen K. Tamura at the California Court of Appeal. He then became partner at the law firm of Grossman, cox and Palmer in Lompoc, CA. Eventually he moved on to become a Corporate Lawyer for Copper Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado. Michael finished his law career as a Deputy District Attorney at the Bakersfield D.A.'s office, where he retired.
Michael lived a very full and colorful life. He traveled the world, lived in many different places and had many varied interests.
Besides his career as an attorney he was a ski photographer, scuba dive instructor, law professor, newspaper reporter and real estate broker.
Michael will always be fondly remembered and loved by his family and friends.
Donations in his honor can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Lois Mardelle Thompson, 90, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019 in Morro Bay, California after suffering a stroke. She is survived by her daughter Leslie Thompson and son-in-law Vince Cicero, son David Thompson, and daughter Wendy Thompson, as well as granddaughter Nikki and her husband Derek and 3 grandchildren: Abigail, McKenna, and Kellen. Family members were able to give her lots of love in the last few days of her life. Lois was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert Gilbert Thompson, who was Director of Curriculum for LUSD for decades.
Lois Mardelle Bunger was born in Kearney, Nebraska on November 17, 1928. Her father, mother, aunt and uncle all piled their belongings into their Model T Ford and made the migration to Southern California when Lois was 7. She lived in the golden state the rest of her 90 years of life, which included about 40 years in the Valley of the Flowers in Lompoc, California.
After finishing high school, Lois enrolled at UC Berkeley, and with an emergency credential decided to teach where she was needed, in Kern County. She started her career in Weed Patch, near Bakersfield, where she met another talented musician and teacher, Robert Gilbert Thompson from Cleveland, Ohio. They were married in June of 1949 and remained so for 44 years until his passing.
Always with the support and encouragement from Bob, Lois returned to another UC campus, finishing her degree in the 60s. She went on to acquire her master's degree in counseling from Cal Poly SLO and spent the last of her 30 years as a credentialed teacher and counselor at Lompoc Valley Middle School.
Music, art, dance, drama and literature have always been important to Lois, beginning with cello lessons, continuing with folk dancing, training and performance experience in Reader's Theater, and being an avid reader and promoter of literacy as a reading specialist. She took art classes and workshops, learning techniques in acrylic, watercolor, collage, drawing, and batik. Because of her artistry and appreciation, she had quite a collection of art, much of it original.
There were many fun-filled summers for the family motivated in part by the pursuit of the perfect fishing hole. Multiple expeditions to Oregon and Mexico yielded photo upon photo of Lois (or the other women in the family) having caught the largest fish! Upon retirement Lois was able to expand her horizons with trips across the planet. She made sound investments that allowed her the luxury of travel. Her three passports show evidence of the various places she visited, with Thailand being her favorite of the almost 20 countries she was able to explore.
Lois will be remembered for her wit and wisdom, her passion for the arts, and her open-minded and fearless nature. One of her beliefs, exemplified by the decisions she made in life, was to “try everything once and the fun things twice!” Among her greatest joys was being in the presence of her family, especially her granddaughter and great grandchildren. The Thompson Family hootenannies are among our favorite memories, when the stand-up bass, the guitars, the voices would resound in full force and bring forth tunes from almost every genre, particularly folk and popular music. We will only give brief mention of the competitive board games, the backyard croquet battles, the bridge and gin rummy card games, and the smart lady rolling the dice and shuffling the cards looking forward to her next win. Sweet Lois, you will always be a winner in our hearts. Thank you for your generosity of spirit, enthusiasm for life, and love of people and of all things beautiful.
Donations to the Morro Bay Friends of the Library will be much appreciated.
John Peter Fossa passed away peacefully in the presence of family on September 20, 2019. He was 93 years old. John was born in West Springfield Massachusetts to Philip and Mary (Moran) Fossa. He had one brother, Philip F. Fossa previously deceased.
John was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Caroline Fossa. Together they are survived by their daughter Marianna Muscio of Santa Maria, CA, husband Thomas, children Michael and Anthony; and son Anthony Fossa of Mystic, CT, wife Katrina and children Mallory and Andrea. John and Carol had three great grandchildren Mason, Madeline and Ezra.
At 17 years old, John left home to enlist in the military for World War II. He wanted to be a paratrooper but for other reasons was directed into the Army Air Forces to become a tail and belly gunner on B-24s. He successfully completed 17 missions over Germany. After the war, John went to Harvard University on the GI bill and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1949. He moved to Philadelphia in 1951 to continue his studies in Analytical Chemistry and work for Gulf Oil where he met his soul mate, Caroline, at the Chez Vous dance hall. They were married in 1953. In 1961, John took a position at Vandenberg Air Force Base and moved the family to California which he always considered his home. He worked his entire career at the Aeronautics Space Fuels Laboratory where he tested rocket propellants for the Titan, Minuteman and Space Shuttle systems.
John had many passions in his life and was a dedicated member of the American Legion and VFW. He was a prodigious reader and never stopped learning new things that ranged from the physics of fluid dynamics to Italian literature. His foremost hobbies were gardening and swimming which he avidly pursued to his own drumbeat. The landscape of his home of almost 60 years on East Mill St. was characterized by bonsai shaped olive trees and wavelike sculptured junipers covering the entire front yard as to create a sea around the house. He could be found almost every Sunday at Avila beach with one of his dogs swimming for most of the afternoon well beyond the breakers at the frustration of the lifeguards. He even adapted his car by taking out all the seats, except for the drivers, to accommodate a nice roomy area for the dogs to lie.
John loved spending time with his grandkids. He would succumb to his granddaughters' every wish by playing house, having his hair adorned with ribbons or getting his toenails painted. He would also spend time teaching them how to play cards such as bridge and gin-rummy. While with his grandsons, he would watch videos, attend their swim meets and soccer games, and teach them how to bake and cook Italian dishes. Later on, he enjoyed listening and discussing opera, as well as attending the opera in Los Angeles.
A rosary, mass and celebration of John's life will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 9:30 AM at St. Louis de Montfort church. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for the Santa Maria chapter (Post 56) of the American Legion.
Barbara V. Lopez, 80, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away November 5, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Judi L. Marlette, 74, resident of Arroyo Grande, CA passed away November 6, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Esther P. Sanders, 103, resident of Nipomo, CA passed away November 6, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Vernon Lee Barnett, age 76, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 4, 2019 in Merced. Vernon Lee was born in Dos Palos on October 22, 1943 to Lee Roy and Frida Barnett.
Vernon Lee was a resident of Santa Maria for almost 50 years where he worked as a milkman delivering milk for over 15 years. He was a member of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge, and also was a member of a bowling league. Above all else, he had a love for his two dogs Hershey and Cry Baby that he called his kids.
Vernon Lee was preceded in death by his parents Lee Roy and Frida Barnett, his brother Jackie Barnett, and his cousin Charles Shumake.
He is survived by his cousins: Gloria and her husband Steve Birlew of Chowchilla, Linda and her husband Ken Pack of Dos Palos, Sheila and her husband Jim White of Pocatello, ID, Candy and her husband Ben Hopkins of Le Grande, Peggy and her husband Duane Snyder of Fresno, and Luann and her husband Wes Weber of San Jose.
A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Santa Maria Cemetery in Santa Maria, Ca.
Frances Eugenia Sanborn, 74, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away November 3, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Sylvia Alice Burleigh, 91, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away November 5, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Conner Ruben Graciano, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 27, 2019 and went home to be with the Lord at the age of 15.
Born on July 24, 2004 in Santa Barbara to beloved parents Ruben and Janeen Graciano. He grew up in Solvang with sisters Andrea and Samantha. Conner was an amazing son, brother, and friend to all. Growing up, he loved spending time with his dad, going fishing, building tree houses, and playing outside with their dog Jack. With his family, he enjoyed camping, swimming, going to soccer games, watching movies at the drive-in, and large family gatherings for birthday parties and holidays. He spent summers and winter breaks with his family at his grandparent's home in Grants Pass, Oregon. The summertime was spent swimming in the Rogue River, rafting, jet skiing, and playing with cousins. The wintertime was filled with ice skating, sledding, and building snowmen.
Conner attended the First Baptist Church of Solvang since birth. Here, he enjoyed Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Christmas parade floats, potlucks, and harvest festivals. He accepted the Lord into his heart in second grade, but because of his shy nature he wasn't baptized until 2018, where he publicly conveyed his belief that God was in his heart and was baptized by his friend and pastor, Bob Rush.
Conner went to Solvang Elementary school, where he graduated from eighth grade in June and had begun attending the Santa Ynez Valley High School in August. Conner was known by his friends for being caring, funny, and cheerful with a bright smile. He always invited friends to his house, where he and his family would welcome them with open arms.
Conner is survived by his parents, Ruben and Janeen; his sisters Andrea and Samantha; his maternal grandparents, David and Sheila Petersen of Solvang; his paternal grandparents, Adolfo and Irene Graciano of Santa Maria; his maternal great-grandparents, Joe and Willa Mashburn of Buellton; as well as, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
His Celebration of Life will be Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Solvang at 11:00 am. First Baptist Church is located at 2667 Janin Way, Solvang. The Graciano Family would like to thank the community for their outpouring of love and support during this very difficult time.
“For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Jayne A. Roth, 100, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away November 1, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
Joyce Ann Ujano, 77, resident of Santa Maria, CA passed away November 2, 2019. Arrangements are under the direction of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary, Crematory and Memory Gardens. www.dudleyhoffmanmortuary.com
The Santa Barbara community lost a beloved local treasure with the passing of Pamela J. Webber on October 21, 2019, at the age of 88. Pam was a pillar of the hospitality community and contributed to countless local causes and preservation organizations. A pioneering businesswoman, she worked her way up from hotel manager to hotel owner—becoming the decorated CEO of Santa Barbara Hotel Group, a family-run collection of five distinctive properties. She remained actively engaged in the company and community throughout her three-year battle with cancer.
Born in Plymouth, England on November 23, 1930, Pam grew up during World War II. She emigrated to the United States in 1956 with her husband David Webber. They settled in Santa Barbara, where Pam's career as a hotelier began as manager of the 12-room Hacienda Motel. Hospitality was the family's calling. In 1962, they became co-owners of the Peppertree Motor Inn and purchased the Encina Lodge seven years later. In the 1990s, they added Brisas Del Mar Inn by the Beach, Inn by the Harbor and Lavender Inn by the Sea to their collection, forming the Santa Barbara Hotel Group.
Beyond being a hands-on hotelier and loving mother, Pam shared her boundless energy and sharp intelligence with the community through her nonprofit service. She was the first female ever to sit on the board of the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce. She co-founded Looking Good Santa Barbara and led the effort to create Santa Barbara's Scenic Drive. An avid equestrian, she was Master of the Third Field of the Santa Ynez Valley Hounds and was active in the Los Padres and Hope Ranch trails associations.
Pam's service and dedication have been recognized by countless organizations over her lifetime. Honors include the prestigious Best Western's Chairman's Legacy Award, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation's Rock Star Life Achievement Award, Visit Santa Barbara's Tourism Star and Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce's Businesswoman of the Year.
Pam is survived by her children Jeanette and Philip Webber, granddaughter Erielle Webber and sister Sandy Jones of England. The Celebration of Life for Pamela J. Webber will be held Saturday, November 23, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Marks-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos.