Ventura County's
St. Mary's

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all that have contributed

These are some of the contributors to the cemetery restoration:

Colorado Skye
for the beautiful music
“Amazing Grace”

Paul Starling for the beautiful song "Cemetery Park"

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Special Thanks to all that have contributed

  1. Ventura County Chinese American Historical Society (VCCAHS)
    See slide show of the Figueroa St. mural dedication
    Read newspeper article from 6/27/04

  2. Mel Sheeler Moving & Storage

  3.  Previous and current editors of the Capital newsletter Richard Closson and Edward Cella, respectively, for their keen insight and detective work tracking down the field research work of Dr. Deetz, former Head of Anthropology, UCSB.

  4. To Michael Glassow, Professor & Head of the Anthropology Department, UCSB, and Brent Leftwich of the Anthropology Repository, UCSB.

  5. For the music “Amazing Grace”

  6. To all of the anonimous employees of the City of San Buenaventura, who for the obvious reasons cannot use their names, but who sincerely and secretly are helping to correct the terrible wrong that has been done to the 'final resting places' of this City's founding fathers. To all of you, we owe a special debt of gratitiude!

  7., California Historical Artillery Society, organizers Jay Paddock and Ed Mann for their hours of planning and staging. And also to all of the volunteer Civil War re-enactors, both Confederate and Union, men, women and children, from the furthest corners of California, that have walked the procession route in 140 year old shoes and clothes to the Cemeteries.

  8. See burial records , To all of the 3000+ people buried at St. Mary's Cemetery and the Ventura Cemetery that have died but haven't given up on us poor living souls, that desecrate our ancestors graves in one breathe and turn on the television with the next.

  9., To Sister Mary of the Cross and all of the Sisters of the Society of Saint Pius X, Sacred Heart Novitate, 540 West 8th Street, Browerville, MN 56438-5025 for their supportive prayers; To the Reverend Fr. Brian J. Hawker, for his leading and blessing our processions to the cemeteries; To the Reverend Fr. Ward, the Rosary Society and all of the parishioners of Our Lady of the Angels, Catholic Church, 1100 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia, CA 91007, 626-447-1752 for their moral support and ongoing prayers.

  10. for being so kind as to allow us to use their office at 144 California Street on 05-31-04 for our Major General William Vandever funeral procession. This building is where the Major General died in 1893. Please see photos.

  11. Subsurface Surveys To Pol Mairesse for providing geophysical investigation to determine the locations of the graves. (Read his letter in the Cemetery Blog)

  12. Sons of Confederate Veterans 1st National Flag The citizen-soldiers who fought for the Confederacy personified the best qualities of America. The preservation of liberty and freedom was the motivating factor in the South's decision to fight the second American Revolution. The tenacity with which Confederate soldiers fought underscored their belief in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. These attributes are the underpinning of our democratic society and represent the foundation on which this nation was built. Their participation and support for the restoration of the desecrated St. Mary's Cemetery and the desecrated Ventura Cemetery underscore their belief in the rights guaranteed the "Faithful Departed."

  13. The Boy Scouts of America, "Troop 102 San Buenaventura," took some time off from their regular duties and helped prepare for the Memorial Day 2005 services at St. Mary's and Ventura Cemetery by placing some 500 U.S.A. flags on the 55 desecrated Civil War Veteran's graves and 3000 desecrated County Founders' graves. Troop 102 have shown more respect and honor for our grandmothers and grandfathers buried at the Cemetery than all of the City Council members of San Buenaventura of the last 50 years. Vote for a Boy Scout the next Council election!

  14. Paul Starling for the beautiful song "Cemetery Park," which he selflessly created in honor of the almost-forgotten Cemetery Park souls.


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