In Loving Memory of Monica Borchard Beck
Monica Borchard Beck, a beloved wife, devoted mother, adoring grandmother, passed away at the age of 71 at Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura, CA on July 14th, 2023. She was born to the late John W. "Jack" Borchard and Patricia C. Borchard on March 21st, 1952, and leaves behind a cherished legacy of love, family, and passion.
Monica is survived by her devoted husband Kenneth Beck, her two children Angelina Juarez and Jacob (Nicole) Talbot, and her four grandchildren, Nicolas Torres, Savannah Quintero, Corbin and Haley Talbot.
Monica is also survived by her older brother, John W. Borchard Jr. (Nancy) of Somis, her older sister Elise Borchard Roginiel of Phoenix, AZ, and her younger sister Anne Borchard of Ojai. Her nurturing spirit extended beyond her immediate family and she leaves behind 14 nieces and nephews, as well as numerous great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews, who will forever cherish the memories shared with their beloved aunt.
Monica was preceded in death by her parents John W. Borchard Sr. and Patricia C. Borchard, her brother Mark C. Borchard, and her sister Corinne B. Burdullis.
Monica grew up on the family farm on Gonzales Road in Oxnard and attended Santa Clara Convent School. She was a proud graduate of Santa Clara High School, class of 1971. During her time at Santa Clara High, she excelled not only academically but also in her involvement with various extracurricular activities, forming lasting friendships that endured throughout her life.
In her youth, Monica studied under Mara Lysona, a former ballerina with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at her Ballet Academie in Oxnard. She danced a variety of roles in the 1962 full length ballet of the Nutcracker. She also danced in Lysova's production of Mood, was the lilac fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and also performed as the orchid fairy, again in the Nutcracker in 1967.
From 1962 through 1965, Monica studied piano lessons at the Santa Clara School from Sister Virginia Joseph C. S. J. She performed her repertoire and received a certificate of achievement as provided under the guidelines set by the American College of Musicians.
Monica's love for music and arts was evident. Embracing the beauty of life and its various expressions, she also delighted in riding horses and was active in 4H.
Monica was a 5th generation farmer on the Oxnard plain, and her orchard was not only her livelihood but also a sanctuary where she found peace and solace. Accompanied by her loyal canine companions, she would stroll through the orchard, marveling at nature's beauty and bounty.
Monica's passion for soccer was a profound aspect of her life. She devoted herself to coaching young athletes, starting with her son Jacob, and later coaching her niece Leslie. Summers were filled with tournaments, where her guidance and expertise led to numerous victories and countless moments of pride. Monica's impact on her players extended beyond the field, instilling in them values of discipline, teamwork, and determination.
Throughout her life, Monica demonstrated the utmost love and care for her family, friends, and community. Her infectious warmth, compassionate heart, and boundless enthusiasm endeared her to everyone she met.
Her passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew her, but her spirit and legacy will live on forever. We invite all who were touched by Monica's love and kindness to join us in celebrating her life.
Viewing and Rosary will be held on August 1st at Perez Family Funeral Home, located at 1347 Del Norte Rd., Camarillo, CA, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Friends and family are invited to come and pay their respects during this time of remembrance.
Funeral services will be held on August 2nd at Santa Clara Church, situated at 323 S E St., Oxnard, CA. The service will begin at 10:00 AM and will provide an opportunity for all who knew and loved Monica to join together in honoring and celebrating her life.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society.
As we bid farewell to Monica, we take solace in knowing that she now rests in eternal peace, forever cherished and loved by all whose lives she touched.