Obituary Maria Zulema Antunez

May 02, 2014

Maria Zulema Antunez

 Maria Zulema Antunez, 78 of Santa Paula, CA passed away on Monday April 28, 2014 of Alzheimer’s at home, with her family by her side. Maria was born on March 23, 1936 in El Paso, Texas. Maria was raised and lived the remainder of her life in Santa Paula. Mom lived her dream of nursing until she retired in 1986.

 She was loved by many and will be dearly missed. Maria, a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Albert Antunez Sr., daughters Hortensia Antunez-Castro, Denise Antunez (Dennis Wadkins), Myra Chavez (David Chavez), and son Albert Antunez Jr. (Staci Simus). Grandchildren; Ronald A. Castro (Kerrie Jane), Derek B. Castro, Shannon N. Antunez, Alicia C. Antunez, Yvonne R. Antunez. Great-Grandchildren; Amanda Maria Castro, Kaden L. Castro, Ariana R. Villegas. Brothers Artemio Porras, Porfirio Porras, Enrique Porras, Ricardo Porras, and sisters Patricia Whiteside, and Velia Newport. Preceded in death by her brother Arturo Porras and mother Guadalupe S. Porras.

 In appreciation for exceptional care given by Assisted Hospice, Dr. Scott Tushla, and Dr. William Rajala, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to 80 Wood Rd. Camarillo, CA 93010.

 A visitation was held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at Chapel of the Angels, 600 East Pleasant Street, Santa Paula, CA. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 427 North Oak Street, Santa Paula with Father Charles Lueras, C.R.I.C. officiating. Committal and Interment will follow at Santa Paula Cemetery. 

To sign the family’s online guestbook, share stories, and post pictures please visit our website: and click on Maria’s name located below “Recent Obituaries.”

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned and Operated Robert Rey Garcia Jr. Funeral Services, Santa Paula 805.229.7054

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