November 11, 2011

Charlotte Bouvet-Lara

Charlotte Bouvet-Lara, 68, of Santa Paula, died Saturday, October 29, 2011. 

She was born to the late Arturo Delgado Bouvet and Cruz Torres Bouvet, July 2, 1943, in Ray, Arizona. Charlotte graduated from Santa Paula Union High School in 1961. 

Charlotte was a patient representative until she retired in 2006 and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of her patients at the Buenaventura Medical Group. Additionally, she worked as a teacher’s aide and had a lasting and caring bond on the lives of hundreds of children under her care. This caring bond would manifest itself to the present day as these children, now adults, would call out to her and would greet her with hugs.   

Charlotte listened to and counseled family and friends throughout her life and she always encouraged everyone to do their best. Although, she never received any prestigious awards in her lifetime, seeing someone she had counseled transform their life was the greatest award for her.

Charlotte was an active member of both Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Sebastian Catholic Churches in Santa Paula. She loved to watch movies and Spanish telenovelas, listen to oldies, and visit with friends. She especially loved her trips to Yosemite.

Charlotte is survived by two sons: Michael Lara and Arnold Lara, of Santa Paula. She is also survived by her siblings: Lydia Mendoza of Ventura, CA, Augustine Bouvet of Sylmar, CA and Albert Louis Bouvet of Chico, CA.

No flowers please. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in memory of Charlotte Bouvet to any one of the following ministries: For the formation of Catholic Priests - Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception, 984 Monte Vista Dr., Santa Paula, CA 93060; Saint Sebastian School, 325 E. Santa Barbara St., Santa Paula, CA 93060; Saint Francis of Assisi Religious Education, 1048 W. Ventura St., Fillmore, CA 93015.

Rosary and Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi in Fillmore, CA at 10 a.m. on December 2, 2011. Burial will be held at 2 p.m. at Santa Paula Cemetery.

A potluck reception will take place after Mass in the St. Francis of Assisi Church hall. Contact Jackie Kammerer at 524-2001 regarding donations of food items for the potluck. For more information, please contact Michael Lara at 907-5287.

Helen Borjas Perez “Nena”

January 12, 1931-November 1, 2011

Helen Borjas Perez, daughter of Enrique and Felipa Borjas, passed away peacefully at her home with her daughter Cindy by her side.

She worked at several packing houses, the last one being Briggs Lemon Association. She worked at Community Memorial Hospital as a housekeeper, and then became a stay at home mom.

She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, baking her famous persimmon cookies that everyone loved to eat, and crocheting numerous blankets for family members, and also loved a variety of music. She asked for little, but gave all her love to everyone, especially to all her nephews, nieces and godchildren.

Helen is survived by her daughter Cindy, and siblings Griselda “Chela” Mora, Jennie Rodriguez and Gerald Borjas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Enrique and Felipa Borjas, and brothers Henry Borjas and Rudy “Pelon” Borjas.

Viewing will be held on November 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Funeraria del ángel Stetler Mortuary, with Rosary being recited at 6 p.m. Mass will be at St. Sebastian on November 14 at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery.

Special thanks to everyone at Vitas Hospice, especially Irene Duncan and Father Charles.

Safely Home

I am home in Heaven, dear ones;

Oh, so happy and so bright!

There is perfect joy and beauty 

In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over, 

Every restless tossing passed;

I am now at peace forever, 

Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly

Trod the valley of the shade?

Oh! but Jesus’ love illumined

Every dark and fearful glade.

And He came Himself to meet me

In that way so hard to tread; 

And with Jesus’ arm to lean on,

Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,

For I love you dearly still;

Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,

Pray to trust our Father’s Will.

There is work still waiting for you,

So you must not idly stand;

Do it now, while life remaineth – 

You shall rest in Jesus’ land.

When that work is all completed,

He will gently call you Home;

Oh, the rapture of that meeting,

Oh, the joy to see you come!

Priests of the Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart Monastery

Steven Farnsworth

Sunrise: July 16, 1959

Sunset: November 6, 2011

Steven B. Farnsworth, born in Redding, CA to Richard and Norma Farnsworth, crossed over Sunday.

Steven graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in 1978 and the University of California Santa Barbara in 1996.

The friendships Steven cultivated through his life remained very important to him. One in particular is Jim Patterson, who was always there for him.

He is survived by his beloved daughter, Rachael Leigh Farnsworth of San Luis Obispo; brother Sheldon of Pine Grove; and his parents, Richard and Norma of Yuba City; all in California.  

Steven fought through many medical challenges; may he now rest in peace.

The family wishes to thank his former wife, Tami Bradley, for the special times she helped.

At Steven’s request no services will be held.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, Ventura. Condolences may be left at

Jo Ann McLaughin

Jo Ann McLaughin of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away peacefully on November 5, 2011.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held November 19 at 1 p.m. Services will be at the Bunkers Mortuary at 925 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas.

Jo Ann (Jody) was born in Fredrick, Oklahoma on July 23, 1930. Jo Ann is survived by her daughter Teddy Sue (Robert) Guerra, her brothers William (Bill) Austin and Gene Austin, and many nieces and nephews. Jo Ann is preceded in death by her son Dale Stubblefield.

Jo Ann will be remembered by many Santa Paula and Ventura friends.

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