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Obituary: Remembering Joseph Diaz, 91, of Victorville

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Joseph Diaz passed away peacefully at home on 8/28/19 at the age of 91.  He served in the Coast Guard, the Navel Reserves and worked at Southwest Portland Cement in Victorville for 30 plus years.  He became a Correctional officer at age 58, eventually retiring from there and continued working as a security guard until he was 82.  

To say he had a strong work ethic is an understatement.  He could be cantankerous but had a heart of gold.  

He is survived by his wife of 25 years Sally Diaz of Colton, his son Mark Diaz (Becky) of Riverside, daughter Sandy Diaz (Bill) of Oxnard, son Juan Alegria (Nancy) of Redlands, son Gabriel Alegria of Oklahoma and a brother Felix Diaz from Victorville.  

He leaves behind several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. He was preceded in death by his first wife Olegaria and his brothers Frank and Lupe.

Graveside services for Joe Diaz will be at 10:00 am on September 10, 2019, at Victor Valley Memorial Park in Victorville.  All friends and family are welcome to attend.

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Ajani Wilson – A Beautiful Life

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 Ajani Wilson     March 30, 1998 – May 28, 2020

Ajani Wilson was called home to be with our Lord on May 28, 2020 at the age of 22. The dash between his birth and his departure was full of love, kindness, his unforgettable smile and laughter. 

Ajani was born on March 30, 1998 in Pomona, California and was the second of three children. In 2002, his daddy Jack Wilson came into his life. His mother Na Tiesha, along with Jack, enrolled him in school at Barfield Elementary School in Pomona where he attended until he and his family relocated to Victorville, California in 2006. 

It was evident early on that Ajani was gifted in music and he learn to play both guitar and piano. He attended Liberty Elementary School where he played the piano for his 6th grade graduation; Mesa Linda Middle school; Cobalt Middle school where he, his siblings and best friend took home 1st place in the school’s talent show, beating even the music teacher; and Encore Jr./Sr. High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. It was at Encore that Ajani came out of his shell. He was no longer that reserved, semi-shy little boy.  Once the braces were removed from his teeth out came a remarkable young man with his signature award-winning smile. He never seemed to stop smiling after that. 

It was at Encore that Ajani reluctantly took a photography class at his mother’s request to help her to learn a bit more about it as she ventured into the photography business.  But Ajani hit the ground running and fell in love with photography, leaving his mama in the dust to fend for herself, though he enjoyed helping his mother with photography projects at their church. Ajani quickly became the life of the party, and the school for that matter. He performed at numerous piano recitals, he sang in choirs and won numerous photography awards. He was crowned Homecoming Prince his junior year and took the throne as Homecoming King his senior year. 

Ajani was the star of his senior yearbook – though it was nice of the school to mention a few other students. He was pictured more than any other student in the yearbook winning titles of “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day” and “Most Spirited,” which isn’t surprising because his favorite biblical scripture is Hebrews 10:24: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Ajani loved the Lord and often encourage his friends by reminding them of God’s promises. He has a tattoo that says “God is greater than the highs and the lows,” and he, his mother and his brother Akil have matching tattoos of a biblical scripture found in Romans 8:35-39. 

Ajani finished high school with the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in photography and continued to pursue photography in college at The Art Institute in San Bernardino. He developed a large network of friends and associates in college and moved on to pursue his dreams in music, photography and acting. 

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Ajani is survived by his loving parents Jack and Na Tiesha Wilson; wife Kalia H. Wilson; brothers Jeremie and Akil Wilson; sisters Amita “Michelle” Eunique Wilson, Reonna and Divonna Stovall; grandmother Jerelean Tillman; uncle Don Swan; aunts Yvonne Holmes and Debbie Crawford; honorary aunts Tonya Young, Kinyada Colbert and Marisha Bolden; best friend Shayla Presto and a host of loving extended family members and friends. 

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Michael David Mesquit

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Michael David Mesquit died peacefully at home on February 16, 2020 with his friends, family, and devoted wife Sherry by his side as she has been for 36 years.

Mike was born in San Jose, CA on November 11, 1950 to Fred and Jeanne Mesquit, Mike lived in Apple Valley since 1956 and retired from Cemex Cement Company.

He is survived by his wife Sherry Mesquit, his daughter Mary, and 5 brothers and sisters: Freddie Mesquit, Don Mesquit, Bob Mesquit, Linda Vasquez, and Michelle Gerardo.

As a Christian man, “Papa Smurf” had a heart of gold and was devoted to his family. “Trike Mike” was also an avid Harley rider and loved spending time on the open road.

Ride with the angels, Mike! We all love you!

Link to Gofundme account: Mike Mesquit Family Fund

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Eleanor Ann Filippi

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Eleanor Ann Filippi, 88 years old passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family, on January 17th 2020.

She was born to Annie Nasif, and father John Nasif, whose occupation was a Silk-weaver. She was born at; Homeopathic Hospital in the city of Providence Rhode Island on March 28th 1931.

She married the love of her life, Alfred Roy Filippi on January 12th 1952.  In 1962, they left Rhode Island and traveled to California where they settled in Lucerne valley. Together, they owned and operated Filippi’s Country Kitchen for over 20 years, they had 4 children and retired in 1984.

She is survived by her sister Glady Halleck, her son Raymond Filippi, and her daughter Janelle Kelley she left behind 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and beloved nieces and nephews.

Her graveside services will be held on February, 10th at 12 o’clock at Desert View  Memorial Park located at 11478 Amargosa Rd, Victorville CA 92395

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