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Obituaries for the week ending
November 7, 2003
Edward James Callender
Edward James Callender, 96, of Ojai,
died at his home Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003. He was born April 8, 1907
in Effingham, Ill., and raised in Indianapolis, Ind. A star athlete
in high school, he lettered in football, basketball, track and
baseball, was selected to the all-state basketball team in 1926,
and attended DePauw University.
Mr. Callender was a dancer and musician, performing with ballet
companies and touring the Midwest with his own band.
In 1937 he moved to California and settled in Ventura where,
in 1939, he married Juanita Rodriguez, a member of a pioneer
Ventura County family. He worked in the furniture business in
Oxnard and played in dance bands around the county. During World
War II he served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific.
The Callenders moved to Ojai in 1950 where he and his wife established
a furniture business, Callender's Interiors.
Mr. Callender had a lifelong interest in helping others. He organized
English classes for Mexican workers, providing them with materials
and transportation to school. He was a Jaycee Man of the Year
in 1967, a founding member of Help of Ojai, member of the Ojai
Planning Commission, chairman of the Ojai School Attendance Review
Board, and a recipient of Rotary and Optimist Club awards. He
was instrumental in the development of Soule Park Golf Course
and mentored young golfers, coaching golf at Villanova until
he was 80 years old. The Sundowners League at Soule Park Golf
Course yearly awards the Callender Cup to the winner of team
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Susana and Robert
Arce, of Ojai; grandsons Tomas Arce of Santa Barbara and Peter
and Samuel Arce of Ojai; grandaughters Gi Sook Arce of New York
City, and Ynez and Amalia Arce of Ojai. Amalia was his caregiver
in his final months of life. He also leaves great-grandaughters
Carissa and Alexandra Arce of Oxnard, sister-in-law Ynez Rodriguez
of Ventura, and nephew, Maurice Emerson Callender of Westfield,
Mr. Callender was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years,
Juanita, in 1999, and his grandson, Juan Arce, in 1973.
Memorial contributions may be made to Help of Ojai, P.O. Box
621, Ojai, CA 93024.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m.
at Clausen Funeral Home in Ojai. Arrangements are under the direction
of Clausen Funeral Home
George Janos, 75, of Ojai, died at his
home Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003 after a short battle with pulmonary
fibrosis. He was born Jan. 26, 1928 in Easton, Pa., son of John
and Merope Janos. Mr. Janos had lived in Ojai for 18 years, and
had been a Ventura County resident for 40 years.
He graduated from Lafayette College in 1949 with a degree in
electrical engineering. Mr. Janos retired from Fuller Paint and
Glass in Ventura after working many years in the paint department.
He was a Lakers fan and his interests included sports, bowling,
politics, reading and music.
He is survived by his brothers, Paul Janos of Mount Vernon, N.Y.,
and Bill Janos of Easton, Pa.; and sister Callie Olexy of Trenton,
Mr. Janos was preceded in death by brothers Gus and Alex and
sisters Helen and Mary.
No services are planned.
Arrangements were under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home
Emily Nicole Alstot
Emily Nicole Alstot, 20, of Ojai and
San Luis Obispo, died in the afternoon of Oct. 31, 2003 in Santa
Barbara County as a result of a car accident. She was born on
Dec. 5, 1982 in Bakersfield, Calif., and lived in Ojai for 16
Emily was a third-year architecture student at California Polytechnic
State University-San Luis Obispo. She worked hard and was very
focused in everything she did. She spent time with her family,
her soul-mate Nick Acevedo, and the family pet Labrador, Kacee.
She is survived by her father and mother, Creighton and Kathleen
Alstot of Ojai; sister and brother-in-law Erika and Charles Venable,
and nephews Ayden and Bryce Venable, all of Ojai; grandmother
Mary Catherine Alstot of Ojai; grandfather John Marks of Fresno;
great-aunts Dorothy Jean Warren and Virginia Bogus of Ojai; and
numerous aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Benson Alstot,
and grandmother Corky Marks.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003 at 2 p.m.
at Clausen Funeral Home, Ojai.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Emily N. Alstot
Fund, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Attention
Sandy Edar, Building 5, Room 212, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo,
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home,