Poling, 91, of Ojai, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003 of natural
causes. She was born Feb. 7, 1911 in Jefferson City, Mo., and
had lived in Ojai for two years, coming from Santa Paula.
Mrs. Poling was a homemaker. She was a member of the Santa Paula
Eastern Star, and her interests included fishing, hunting, sewing
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Marjorie and
Cal Carnaham of Laguna Niguel, and Pinky and Gary Belshe of Ojai;
sons and daughters-in-law Martin and Arlene Poling of Thousand
Oaks, and Carl and Paula Poling of Thousand Palms; 14 grandchildren;
and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Leonard
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 4:30 p.m.
at St. Joseph's Chapel in Ojai.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home
Acosta, 41, of Idaho Springs, Colo., died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003,
after a long battle with cancer. He died at University Hospital
in Denver, with his wife, Katie, and stepson Michael by his side.
He was born April 10, 1961 in Ojai.
He grew up and spent most of his life in the Ojai Valley.
Mr. Acosta is survived by his wife, Katie, of Idaho Springs;
son Todd of Beaverton, Colo.; stepchildren Elaine, Michael and
Christopher, all of Colorado; mother Judy Acosta, and father
and stepmother Ernie and Bettye Acosta, all of Ojai; mother-in-law
Cammie Conlon of Fort Bragg, Calif.; brother and nephew, Ron
and Tyler Acosta, and sister and niece Jennifer and Jessica Ammerman,
all of Ojai; maternal grandmother Dorothy Todd of Ojai; paternal
grandmother Angelina Hull of Santa Paula; maternal aunts and
uncles Jerry and Jack Todd, and JoAnn, Ron and cousin Kelly Hager,
all of Ojai; paternal aunts and uncles Richard and Marlene Acosta,
Linda and Doug Kaser, Katy and Dick Johnson, all of Ojai, Elaine
and Bob Johnson of Sonora, Calif., and Allan and Juanita Acosta
of Reno, Nev.; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, C.B. Todd and Manuel
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m.
at Clausen Funeral Home in Ojai. Private interment of ashes will
follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a cancer fund of your choice.
Local arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral
Richard J. Ortega
Ortega, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 in Cadet, Mo. He was born
Nov. 5, 1923 in Ventura, Calif., a descendant of Ventura County's
pioneer Ortega family. He was the son of Joseph and Adelina (Bracamonte)
He was in the U.S. Army, 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry
Division during World War II, serving in the European Theater
in Ardunnes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was a rail-splitter.
Mr. Ortega volunteered for the Red Ball Express and was awarded
the Purple Heart, the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct
Medal, American Campaign Medal, and European/African Middle-Eastern
Medal. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign
Wars and the Ventura Power Squadron.
Mr. Ortega was the owner of Ortega's Tortilla Factory in Ventura
during the 1950s, and owned Don Ricardo's Restaurant in Ojai
during the 1960s. He retired in 1985 and moved to Missouri.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta Ortega, of Cadet, Mo.; daughters
Jacqueline Ortega-Aguirre and Geraldine Romo, and sons Rick and
Kirk Ortega, all of Ventura; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel
of the Joseph P. Reardon Funeral Home, 757 E. Main St., Ventura,
where friends may visit from 2 p.m. until the service time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Joseph P. Reardon Funeral