Toetie Hogenboom, 85, of Ojai, died
in her home Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002. She was born in Batavia,
the Dutch East Indies, where she lived until the age of 12. During
their family holiday in Holland, Toetie's father died.
During the Nazi occupation of Holland she was working with The
Dutch Railroad. When the railroad went on strike against the
German transport of guns and Jews, she joined the Dutch underground
movement. She and her sister, Tonny, distributed forbidden papers,
secret documents and money to the starving railroad men.
During the strong winter of 1944-45 most of the Dutch families
suffered from starvation, as did Hogenboom's family. On occasion
she and her sister traveled as much as 100 miles by bike to get
food from the farmers to bring home to their family.
After the war she worked for the Dutch World Wide Radio Broadcasting
Corporation. In the '50s she left for America and later went
to Hawaiian where she cared for two teenagers of a Hawaii king.
Later she worked for the French Embassy School in Thailand for
Her interest in theosophy and the Krotona Institute brought her
to Ojai, more than 20 years ago, and she became an active patron
of the Krotona School and Theosophical Society in the Ojai Valley.
Hogenboom was also actively involved in the Ojai Valley Land
Conservancy and other environmental and beautification projects.
Her personal concerns for those in need led to her work with
homeless shelters, hospice and correspondence with prisoners.
She visited two men on "death row" at San Quentin.
Her nephew Jan Th. Veen from Holland was with her during her
last weeks of life.
She is survived by a sister in Holland, Tonny Wagenaar-Hogenboom,
a brother and sister-in-law, and many nieces and nephews in Europe.
Requiem Mass will be held at Our Lady and All Angels Liberal
Catholic Church, 1502 E. Ojai Ave., Friday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m.
A celebration of Hogenboom's life, to which her friends are invited,
will be held at her home, 29 Taormina Lane, on Sunday, Jan. 27,
at 1 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of McDermott-Crockett Mortuary
in Santa Barbara.
Florence Josephine Robinson
Florence Josephine Robinson, 78, of
Ojai, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at her home following a long
illness. She was born May 2, 1923, in Kingman, Ariz., and graduated
from Excelsior High School in 1941. She moved to Ojai in 1967,
coming from Bellflower, Calif.
Mrs. Robinson's interests included walking in Matilija Canyon,
watching sporting events and playing bingo. She also spent time
as a volunteer for Help of Ojai.
She is survived by her daughter, Celia Ann Demers of Kentucky;
sons Steven Robinson of Carmel Valley, Calif., and Casey Robinson
of Ojai; sister Dorothy Lomeli of Long Beach, Calif.; 10 grandchildren;
and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton "Robbie"
Robinson, in April of 2001.
Memorial contributions may be made to Help of Ojai, P.O. Box
621, Ojai, CA 93024.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral
Home in Ventura.
Edward "Red" Daniel Gutierrez
Edward "Red" Daniel Gutierrez
Sr., 76, a 75-year resident of Ojai, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002,
after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born April
5, 1925, in Los Angeles, and moved to Ojai at the age of 2.
When he was 8 years old, his mother died of heart failure and
his sister, Marion, continued to raise him. He went on to attend
school in Ojai, but during his junior year at Nordhoff High School,
he volunteered for the Navy and was sent to the South Pacific,
where he served from 1943 to 1946. After serving his country,
Mr. Gutierrez met and married Mary Jo Adams and they raised three
In May of 1949, he became a Ventura County firefighter and was
stationed at the Ventura Avenue Station No. 24 at Ventura Avenue
and Vince Street. He moved up the ladder and in three years became
the first captain of the Meiners Oaks Fire Station at La Luna
and Lomita avenues in the Ojai Valley. In 1964, he was promoted
to the Bureau of Fire Prevention and Arson. On Oct. 1, 1966,
he was promoted to chief of the bureau stationed in Santa Paula
at the VCFD Headquarters, and in February of 1973, he transferred
to the position of battalion chief (B2) in charge of five stations
in Ojai, Meiners Oaks, Oak View, Ventura Avenue and the Rincon.
Mr. Gutierrez was also the first in his department to acquire
an associate of arts degree and a degree in fire science.
He was active in his professional affiliations as president of
the Ventura County Employees Association, and was president and
vice president of the Ventura County Firefighters Association.
He was co-founder and president of the Safety Members Association,
and was secretary, vice president and president of the Ojai Optimist
Club. He was a member of the Ventura County Retirement Board,
the California State Firemen's Association Retirement Committee,
and the Foot Printers Association of Ventura County. He also
faithfully represented all the southern counties in the state
of California as the director of the League of County Employees
Mr. Gutierrez retired prematurely on May 18, 1976, after injuring
himself on the job; he had spent more than 27 years in the VCFD.community.
Shortly after retiring he became chairman of the Ventura County
Red Cross where he worked for 15 years. On Sept. 1, 1976, he
was honored with a commendation from the State of California
for his years of service to the community.
Mr. Gutierrez was a lifetime member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Gutierrez, of Ojai; daughter
Catherine Gutierrez of Ventura; sons Edward Daniel Gutierrez
Jr. and James Michael Gutierrez, both of Ojai; his 85-year-old
sister, Mary Luis Hernandez, of Ojai; three grandchildren; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be held today from 1 to 4 p.m. at Reardon Funeral
Home in Ventura and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas
Catholic Church in Ojai, followed by reciting of the Rosary.
Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m., also at St. Thomas
Aquinas, followed by burial at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.
A reception will be held at the St. Thomas Aquinas Hall following
Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph Reardon Funeral
Home in Ventura.
Louise H. Gentry
Louise H. Gentry, 94, of Ventura, died
Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, in an Oxnard residential health care facility
following a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 2, 1907, in Owens
Mills, Md., to George and Augusta Chenowith. She was an Ojai
and Ventura resident for more than 50 years, coming from Maryland.
Over the years, Mrs. Gentry was an active member of the Cloverleaf
Rebekah Lodge #207 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; the
Order of the Eastern Star, Ojai Chapter #528; and the Order of
the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Mount Olive Shrine #45 of Ventura.
She was also president of the Ojai Valley Woman's Club from 1973
She is survived by her sons, Donne Swank of Pinole, Calif., and
Eugene West of Oxnard; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle "Bill"
Gentry, of Ojai, and son Theodore West of Auburn, Calif.
Visitation is being held today at 1 p.m. at the Ted Mayr Funeral
Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Services will follow at
2 p.m. in the chapel, with the Rev. Dave Horning of College United
Methodist Church of Ventura. A reception will follow at the West's
residence in Oxnard. Private inurnment will take place at Ivy
Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral
Catherine "Golda" W. MacNamee
Catherine "Golda" W. MacNamee,
87, of Oak View, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, at Ojai Valley Community
Hospital after a long illness. She was born
July 31, 1914, in Newton County, Mo., and lived in Oak View for
30 years, coming from Georgia.
Mrs. MacNamee had worked as a hostess at many restaurants in
Joplin, Mo., and also participated in manufacturing aircraft
during World War II. Her interests included needlepoint.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Harold
Haley, grandson and his wife, Kenneth and Lauretta Haley, and
great-grandsons Kenneth and Taylor Haley, all of Oak View.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Howard W. MacNamee,
in 1971, and sisters Edna Irelan and Mildred McMillen.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at Carl Junction
Cemetery in Carl Junction, Mo.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral
Home in Ojai.
Mervin Dean Jansen
Mervin Dean Jansen, 81, resident of
Ojai for 31 years, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2001 unexpectedly
in Ridgecrest, California, where he had resided since 1973.
He was born September 7, 1920, in Stamford, Nebraska, the youngest
child of Henrietta Katherine Poppert and Edward Henry Jansen
both of Stamford, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his sister
Marada Jansen, brother Melvin Jansen, mother and father.
Mervin was stationed in Camp Robinson, Arkansas in 1941 in the
Army's 134th Infantry. He was next stationed at Camp Lah Weh
Lah His in Ojai. He was a member of the band and played the trumpet,
trombone, saxophone, clarinet and French horn. He was also the
bandleader. This is when he met and married Eva Lee Williams
of Ojai who came from a long line of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews
and cousins. Mervin laughed and said that he was married to Ojai.
Mervin was a member of the Ojai American Legion, Post 482 for
15 years where he served as the Commander, Past Commander,Vice
Commander and Past Vice Commander. He was also a member of the
First Baptist Church of Ojai. He was a member of the Ridgecrest
American Legion for 28 years. Mervin was owner/operator of the
Ojai City Taxi before leaving in 1973.
While residing in Ridgecrest, CA, Mervin worked for the sanitation
company at China Lake Naval Weapons Center, then as a security
guard for H.L. Yoh Company, and retired from the City of Ridgecrest
Street Department as a heavy equipment operator.
Mervin is survived by:
Wife - Eva Lee Jansen of Ridgecrest, CA.
Daughters and son-in-laws - Katherine (Kathy) C. and William
(Doc) Martin, of Carson City, NV, Diana M. and John E. Dodd of
Midland, TX and Cynthia (Cindy) L. and William (Bill) Dyer, of
Alameda, CA. Four grandchildren - Dean Hoffman, Stephanie Martin
Mansfield, Carrie Martin, and Dawn Hoffman Sarna. Six great-grandchildren
- Dylan Hoffman, Kelcey Hoffman, Colton Mansfield, Gavin Hoffman,
Laityn Sarna and Katie Mansfield.
"Mervin was a very kind and special man. He was always there
to lend a hand to those in need. He never asked for anything
in return. He was easy to love and not easy to forget. He will
be in the hearts of those who knew him forever. He is our hero.
A smile and laugh never to be forgotten."
Mervin was cremated. His family and friends will gather for a
memorial service at the family reunion in Ojai the weekend of
June 15-16, 2002.
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