Westside Obituaries
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Francisco Jose Zamarripa
November 19, 1968 - September 9, 2003



Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held Monday, September 15, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at West Side Family Mortuary for Maricopa resident, Francisco Jose Zamarripa. Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, September 16th, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Mary's Catholic Church with burial at the West Side District Cemetery, Father Marth will be officiating the services.

Francisco was born on Novemer 19, 1968 in Los Angeles, California to Francisco and Rosalba Zamarripa and he passed from this life on September 9, 2003 due to a trigic car accident at the age of 34. He honorably served his country as an Army Medic in the United States Army before he was honorably discharged. He was employed at Hot Line Electric as a lineman for the last 6 years of his life. He was an active member of the Internantional Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local # 769.

He is survived by his loving wife, Koni of Maricopa, son, Francisco Rogers Zamarripa of Maricopa, stepson, Hudson Sanders of Colorado, sister, Angie Zamarripa of Maricopa, mother and stepfather, Rosalba and Brand Sanders of Colorado, brother-in-law, Scott Royal of Maricopa and by his niece and nephews, Mogran, Brice and Cole Royal all of Maricopa.

No viewing is scheduled and all funeral services are under he care and direction of West Side Family Mortuary, 1150 4th Street, Taft.
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Ella Zeller
December 12, 1926 - May 21, 2010



A funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church located at 220 North Street, Taft, on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. for Ella Zeller, 83. Rev. Scott Pearson will officiate at the service and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mrs. Zeller was born on December 12, 1926 in Taft and passed away on May 21, 2010 in Valley Acres. She was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1945. Mrs. Zeller was a member of the First Baptist Church and was a life member of the Eastern Star. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who everyone loved. She was very crafty and over the years her family has several things she has made for them. She also enjoyed reading. After retirement, she has enjoyed for 25 years traveling with her husband in their motorhome.

Mrs. Zeller was preceded in death by her father, Corbet Landon; her mother and stepfather, Mabrey and Fred Thomas; her granddaughter, Rebecca Joellla Cates; and by her great-grandson, Dusty Thomas. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joe Zeller of Valley Acres; her children, Marcia Grantham of Taft, Becky and Bob Cates of Taft, and Fred and Nancy Zeller of Taft; her grandchildren and their spouses, Tammy Grantham, Bryan and Claudia Grantham, Kirk Grantham, Kim Grantham, Darrin and Angie Ramage, Denice and Steve Klaus, Jenny and Chris Blaska, Louis Cates, Anesia Zeller, Kalena and Mike Edwards, Jana and Clark Peters, and Jessica and Kevin Rascoe; her eighteen great-grandchildren; her brother and his wife, Cass and Marilyn Landon and their family of Sacramento; and by many nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Joseph "Joe" Zeller
February 5, 1922 - February 12, 2011



A funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church located at 220 North Street, Taft, on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for Joseph "Joe" Zeller, 89. Rev. Scott Pearson will officiate at the service and burial will follow in the West Side District Cemetery.

Mr. Zeller was born on February 5, 1922 in Taft, and passed away on February 12, 2011 in Valley Acres. He was raised and educated in Taft and graduated from Taft Union High School in 1941. Mr. Zeller was a member of the First Baptist Church and also a member of the Masons. He was a loving father and grandfather whom everyone loved.

He worked for Standard Oil, now Chevron, for 37 years. After retirement, he enjoyed 25 years of traveling with his wife in their motor home to Quartzite, Arizona and Riddle, Oregon which were their homes away from home. Mr. Zeller enjoyed gold dredging. He never knew a stranger and could talk to anyone.

Mr. Zeller was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Zeller; his mother, Matilda Zeller; his father and his stepmother Otto and Cloie Zeller; his granddaughter, Rebecca Joella Cates; and by his great grandson Dusty Thomas. He is survived by his children, Marsha Grantham of Taft, Becky and Bob Cates of Taft, and Fred and Nancy Zeller of Taft; his grandchildren and their spouses, Tammy Grantham, Bryan and Claudia Grantham, Kirk Grantham, Kim Grantham,Darren and Angie Ramage, Denise and Steve Clause, ,Jenny and Chris Blaska, Louis Cates, Anesia Zeller, Kalena and Mike Edwards, Jana and Clark Peters, Jessica and Kevin Rascoe; his 21 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; his two sisters and their husbands, Mary and Willis Tallent and Rosemary and John Butler; his brother-in-law and his wife, Cass and Marilyn Landon; and by many nieces and nephews.

Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 3:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. at Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. www.EricksonAndBrown.com
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Judith Ann Ziegler
January 25, 1944 - March 3, 2012



Judith Ann (Ridley) Ziegler, retired Financial Supervisor at Taft College and 20 years resident of Taft died Saturday, March 3, 2012 at Rosewood Health Center in Bakersfield, California. She was surrounded by her family. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December, 2005 and under went intensive in-patient chemotherapy at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California. After her leukemia went into remission, she received a bone marrow stem cell transplant from her sister Susan Casanova. She enjoyed 18 months of relatively good health before graft versus host disease and anti rejection medication from her bone marrow transplant caused progressive deterioration ending in massive and on going bone and lung damage. She spent the final two years of her life at Rosewood Health Center in Bakersfield, mostly in the company of her husband Eric.

Judy was born in Monroe, Michigan on January 25, 1944 to Dr. Roger W. Ridley and Bessie Jane (Root) Ridley. After WWII her family moved to Rochester, Minnesota and later to Riverside, California. She graduated from Riverside Poly High School 1962 and in 1967 was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Michigan State University where she met her husband of 45 years Eric Ziegler. They were married at the Alumni Memorial Chapel on the Michigan State University Campus on September 3, 1966. After graduation, she and her husband Eric remained in East Lansing, Michigan where she was the accountant for the Science and Math Teaching Center at Michigan State University. After moving to Delaware in 1968, she worked in the accounting department of paper manufacturer Crown Zellerbach and later as Controller of the DeSabatino Companies of Wilmington, Delaware. After moving to California in 1974, she worked as an accountant for Karl Brown Bookkeeping in Barstow and ultimately as Finance Supervisor at Taft College retiring in January, 2006.

Judy is survived by her husband Eric; sons David of Bakersfield and Brian of Rota, Spain; daughters Karen Ziegler of Bakersfield, Sheryl Horn and husband Steve of Riverside, Janet Pinkley and husband Patrick of Oxnard; by Kristen Ziegler and Patty Lopez, both of Bakersfield; and by 4 grandchildren Spencer, Morgan, and Nathan Zeigler of Bakersfield and Ryan Horn of Riverside. She is also survived by her mother Bessie Jane Ridley of Riverside; brothers Roger and wife Christine of Nipomo, Alan and wife Yumiko of Chula Vista, Robert and wife Tessie of San Gabriel; and by sister Susan Casanova and husband Bill of Bradenton, Florida as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Judy treated everyone she met with love, kindness, generosity and respect; she was well liked by most everyone who knew her. Her family and friends loved her dearly and will miss her greatly. May she rest in peace in the God's loving arms.

Funeral services will be at the Greenlawn Mortuary Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2012; a short graveside service will follow. Rev. Jerry Buzzell will officiate with music by her long time friend Cindy Stone. Viewing will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 8, also at Greenlawn Mortuary.
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Helen Genardini Zimmerman, 83
October 30, 1913 - October 13, 1997



Graveside funeral services will be held in the Cayucos Morro Bay Cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for Taft resident Helen Genardini Simmerman, 83.

Mrs.Zimmerman was born in Morro Bay on October 30, 1913 and passed away in Delano on October 13, 1997. She moved to Coalinga in 1945 where she owned and operated a dress shop until she moved to Taft in 1965. While living in Taft Mrs.Zimmerman worked at Broadway Brocks, Ford City Emporium and 11-C Market. She was well known for her gardening abilities, something she took great joy in.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred W. Zimmerman, in 1954; her granddaughter, Lorraine Diane McNinch; and her two brothers, Stanley and Alfred Genardini. Mrs. Zimmerman is survived by a daughter and her husband, Joan and Hazen Mc Ninich of Taft; her grandchidren and their spouses; Christopher and Mary McNinch, Stacy and David Curschman, Andrew and Christy McNinch, Amy McNinch and Melissa McNinch; her gret grandchildren: Tera Lynn McNinch, Zachary Andrew McNinch, Anthony Chazen McNinch, Michael Todd Murray, and Andrew Peter Murray; and her great-great granddaughter, Dayle Julianna McNinch.

Friends may call at the Erickson and Brown Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to pay their respects.
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William Abe Zimmerman Jr.
January 20, 1962 - December 8, 2001



Kenai resident William A. Zimmerman Jr. died Saturday, December 8, 2001 at his father's home in Kenai, he was 39.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2001 at New Life Assembly of God Church in Kenai. Pastor Steve Brown will officiate. Visitation will be 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Private burial will be in Spruce Grove Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Zimmerman was born January 20, 1962 in Taft, California. He moved with his family to Alaska in 1976. He graduated from Kenai Central High School and also attended many trade schools. He also served in the U.S. Navy for a short time.

Mr. Zimmerman lived in Taft, California, Soldotna and Sterling before moving back to Kenai. He worked for Great Land Machine, VECO and APC. His hobbies and special interests were his children and fishing.

He is survived by his daughters, Quilla and Robbie Caye; sons James and John; his mother and step-father, Judith Arlene and Jack Leonard; his father and step-mother, William Bill Sr. and Sue Zimmerman; brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Kathy Zimmerman and Fred and Debbie Zimmerman; a sister, Cynthia Anderson; his grandparents, Deward and Juanita Maize; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his ex-wife, Lori Renfrow-Zimmerman.

At the family's request, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations are encouraged to the First National Bank of Anchorage, c/o Lori Renfrow-Zimmerman on behalf of his children. Donations can be made at any First National Bank of Anchorage.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
Questions: Bill Zimmerman 283-7402.
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Ralph John Zmotony
March 29, 1926 - October 12, 2003



Ralph Zmotony loving husband, father and grandfather passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2003 at his home in Taft. Ralph was born March 29, 1926 in Maramac, Oklahoma to Lewis and Henretta Zmotony. He was the brother of the late Angela Morgan.

Ralph served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and fought in the South Pacific. He moved to Taft in 1956 and went to work for ARCO Oil Company for 35 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He married Mary Breedlove on his birthday, March 29, 1972.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary of Taft; his sister, Arlene Homan of Wagoner, Oklahoma; his sons, Michael and Marvin; his daughter-in-law, Cathleen; his step-children, Paul Breedlove, Kathryn Young and Mac Breedlove; his grandchildren, Travis Zmotony, who is in the Navy, Tassie Zmotony, Crystal Keiper and Randy Keiper. He will also be missed by many friends.

Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, October 20, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate the service. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so on Sunday, October 19, 2003 from 3:00 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home.
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Johnie Newton Zumbro, 82
July 15, 1913 - September 24, 1995



Graveside funeral services will be held in the West Side District for Taft resident Johnie Newton Zumbro, 82. The Rev. Scott Pearson, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate at the services.

Mrt. Zumbro was born in Bynum, Texas, on July 15, 1913 and passed away in Taft on September 24, 1995. He came to Taft from Oklahoma in 1942 and for a short time worked at Gardner Field. In 1943, he was employed by Standard Oil Company as a small crane operator and continued working there until his retirement in 1974. Mr. Zumbro enjoyed traveling, gardening, attending sports activities, visiting friends and being with his family.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia in 1957. He is survived by his wife Betty Zumbro of Taft; a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Linda Zumbro of Taft; three grandsons and their wives, Tim and Patty of Santa Maria, Chris and Phyllis of Bakersfield, and Brad and Maureen of Granda Hills; six great grandchildren; three brothers an their wives, Bill and Edna of Taft, Woody and Ann of Riverside, and Vernon and Velma of Oklahoma City; and a sister, Lucille Meadors of San Pabelo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Side District Hospital Foundation or a favorite charity. Those who wish to pay their respects may do so Tuesday until 8:30 p.m. and again Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
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He came to Taft from Oklahoma in 1942 and for a short