- My Cousin Arcadia Medina (76 KB)
July 26, 1953 - I found this snapshot in my Mother's collection.The beautiful girl on the right is my Cousin, Arcadia (Guera) Medina Rodriguez from Shafter, California. Her Father and my Uncle, Rito Medina was my Father's first Cousin and they were very close.
- Jessie Pacheco and Paul Manriquez (77 KB)
1959 - Me, Jessie Pacheco at the age of 5 with my Cousin Paul Manriquez, age 9.The Go-Cart belonged to my Brother Andy Pacheco and I remember it was always exciting to us whenever he had it out to play with.Of course we had to pose for this picture while we had the chance.The old house in the background is where we lived before we had a new house built in the same location on Cabrillo Street in Norwalk, in the early 1960's.(Carmelas Barrio)
- Kelly's Little Cousins (69 KB)
2001 - Craig and Marti Kussman's children in Connecticut.From left to right: Kaylee, Kiera, Liam and Baby Kelsy in front.Craig is my Husband, Rick's Brother.
- Four Generations (58 KB)
1987 - My Husband Richard (Rick) Lance Kussman, Our Daughter, Racquel (Kelly) Lauren Kussman, Rick's Mother, Bernadine (Bunny) Lee Johnson Kussman and Dr. Bernard Leo Johnson, (Rick's Grandpa Doc).
- Rita Marie and Family (78 KB)
2001 - My beautiful Cousin, Rita Marie Beeman, (Henrietta Marie Martinez) with her Husband, John and Daughter, Rachel.Rita Marie was named after her beautiful Grandmother, Henrietta Cerecer Montenegro, (My Aunt Ricki) and she resembles her very much.
- Kussman Cousins (59 KB)
This is Kelly with her cousins, Liam, Kaylee and Kiera at WindCliff in San Pedro, California.It was great to have them over for Rick's 40th bithday celebration.July 4, 1999
- Rick and Jessie Kussman (55 KB)
Rick and I had a great time at our daughter, Jessica's wedding.We're both very proud of Jessica and James.July 16, 1994
- My Cousins - The Matas (69 KB)
My Cousins when they were children.Surname, Mata - they are children of Agapita Guerrero Mata, who was the daughter of my Aunt Andrea Pacheco Guerrero.
- Andrea Pacheco and Family (88 KB)
My Aunt Andrea Pacheco Guerrero with 3 of her children. Andrea is seated to the left and seated next to her is my Cousin Maria Guerrero Leyba. Behind Andrea are Baltazar Pacheco Guerrero and Agapita Guerrero Mata. My Cousin Maria, who is now 90 years old, tells me this picture was taken in Downey, California.
- Rachel and Jessie as Babies (63 KB)
This is a picture at Irvine Park in the 1950's where we used to have our Montenegro family reunions.The baby on the left is my Cousin, Rachel Espinoza, the baby on the right is me, Jessie Pacheco.My Cousin Margaret (Nini) Valadez is pushing Rachel's stroller and my Sister, Mary Pacheco is pushing mine.
- Bunny at the Antarctic (536 KB)
January 2004 - My Beautiful Mother in law, Bunny Kussman posing while on a cruise down south in the Antarctic.
- They are my Godparents, Also my Uncle and Aunt (66 KB)
My Godparents, as well as my Uncle and Aunt, Seville Montenegro, Esther Perez Montenegro and their daughter,(my Cousin), Helen Montenegro.My Godfather, (Nino) is my Mother's Brother.
- WindCliff (128 KB)
We refer to our property as "WindCliff".In this photograph, WindCliff is located in the very center.The locals here refer to the falling cliffs in front of our house as "Sunken City".Two blocks up the coast is Point Fermin Park and Point Fermin Lighthouse.
- Ivy Chavarin (26 KB)
Fall, 2004 - My Great Niece, Ivy after school, Kindergarten.Ivy is my Niece Bernadette's Daughter and my Sister Mary's Granddaughter.
- In Memory of Bob Keimel (142 KB)
Robert Maffit Keimel September 13, 1917 - December 27, 2001Bob was a very special person and we will always remember him.He was one of the smartest and most honest people that I'll ever know.Bob could build and fix anything.He was in the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Houston C.A. 30.He was also a Merchant Marine for many years and he traveled around the world a few times, serving as Chief Engineer on large ships. He always had interesting stories for us and his legacy will go on through our memories.
- Kenny Roman (146 KB)
I've included this photograph in memory of my very good friend, Kenny Roman.Kenny and I grew up together along with his sister, Kathy, my best friend, all my life.We lost Kenny in spring of 1999 and we miss him very much.Since then, Kenny's family has started the Kenny Roman Musician Foundation for musicians in need.
- Julia and Lucas (104 KB)
December, 2004 - Julia & Lucas Pacheco are my great Niece and Great Nephew.They are the children of my Nephew, Daniel and his Wife, Fernanda and the Grandchildren of my Brother, Andrew Pacheco.
- Kelly Surfing Palms (93 KB)
September 2004 - This is a picture of our Daughter Kelly surfing a San Pedro local spot called "Royal Palms".The picture was taken by a local gal, Michelle and she was sweet enough to share it with us.
- Jessica with her Friend, Wes (150 KB)
This is a picture of our Daughter Jessica with her very good Friend, Wes Wehmiller.What an incredibly talented, beautiful soul.He played bass guitar for Duran Duran from 1997 to 2001.Wes was quite an artist with his music and photography, as well as a sportsman, being an avid hockey player and mountain bike rider.We lost Wes....he passed away January 30, 2005.He was a magnificent friend to Jessica and I will never forget him.I have included a link to his photography website at the bottom of my home page.
- Antonio and Maria (29 KB)
This is Antonio and Maria Gordillo.Maria Montenegro Gordillo was my Mother's older Sister.Maria and Antonio had one Daughter by the name of Eleanor and Eleanor had 2 children, Elsie (Licha) and Freddie Perez.
- Pacheco's at the dinner table (342 KB)
1955 - With this picture of a classic, typical meal at our family table anyone can see why I chose to be born into this Familia.I'm the little, big baby in the center of it all with a content smile on my face.
- Eleanor Gordillo (34 KB)
Eleanor Gordillo posing in front of the well at the Buena Park property where my Mother's Family lived.Eleanor was my Cousin but she was close to my Aunts' Mother's age and grew up with all the Montenegros.
- Little Ernie & Joe (92 KB)
December 2004 - I have four Cousins named Ernie so this Ernie has always been Little Ernie to me.Ernest Epinoza Jr. is the Son of my Cousin, Big Ernie and he's posing with my Brother, Joe.
- My Sister Mary's Wedding (117 KB)
May 13, 1967 - My Sister Mary married Eddie Chavarin at St Paul of the Cross Church in La Mirada, California. Wedding Party from Left to Right: Pete Lucero and Georgina Contreras, Javier Chavarin and Cecilia Montenegro, Joe Pacheco and Juanita Franklin, Bobbie Montenegro and Rosella Lucero, Carlos and Margarita Salazar, David Chavarin and Betty Guerrero, Santana Mata and Linda Burgue��� Steve Manriquez and Jessie Pacheco. Maid of Honor and Best Man: Mickey and Ralph Caraveo.Children, left - right: Carlos Salazar Jr., Kathy Pacheco, Johnny Pacheco and Estella Salazar
- Judy and Ivy (75 KB)
Christmas 2001 - My Sister Mary's Daughter and My Niece, Judy Chavarin with my Great Niece and Judy's Goddaughter, Ivy Chavarin.Ivy is Bernadette's Daughter.
- Jessica Kussman and Jos� Nazar (61 KB)
December 1998 - Here I am dancing with one of my dearest and best friends, Jose Nazar at one of the beautiful formal Christmas parties that he hosts for his Company, Lexicon.
- Jessie, Licha and Noni (20 KB)
02-02-02This is me, Jessie Pacheco Kussman with my cousins Elisa (Licha) Perez Reza and Eleanor (Noni), Reza.I hadn't seen my beautiful cousin, Noni in many years since we used to play together, as children. We all had a great time together.
- Daniel, Fernanda and Lucas Pacheco (49 KB)
My Nephew, (Andrew's Son) Daniel and his Wife, Fernanda have a new son, Lucas.He was born in Englewood, Colorado on March 01, 2002.
- Racquel Lauren Kussman (62 KB)
Ever since Racquel was born, we nicknamed her Kelly.As close family, we always call her Kelly at home but at school she is known as Racquel.
- The D-Maggs (8 KB)
"The D-Maggs", a local San Pedro Band.The girl in the center (with the great smile, dressed in black) is my Daughter, Jessica's friend from High School days, Myra Dominguez.It's great to see her doing great and enjoying her talent with some great music. I've included a link to their website at the bottom of my main page. "WWW.TheDmaggs.com"
- Bishop Hot Springs (82 KB)
Rick and me at Bishop Hot Springs.We love to visit any and all hot spring resorts and areas any chance we get.
- My Very Good Friends....The Salazars (215 KB)
2002 - Michael Salazar was awarded Dispatcher of the year by Sheriff Lee Baca of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept. Here he is posing with one of his Sisters, Guera and his two Nieces.From left to right: Celina Hernandez, Isela Hernandez, Michael Salazar and Margarita (Guera) Salazar Hernandez.I am very proud of Michael and very fortunate that our families are connected as very good lifetime friends from our old neighborhood, (barrio), Carmelas in Norwalk, California.
- Clay Pigeons (53 KB)
Rick and I enjoy going to the desert.Here we are in the badlands, just north of Palm Springs, California.We are shooting clay pigeons for fun.In this picture, Rick is launching 2 clay pigeons at a time, while I am shooting with a double barrel shotgun.
- Corrie, Rosie and Danielle (49 KB)
April 2002 - From left to right: Corrina (Corrie) Alyssa Castillo, Rose Marie (Rosie) Pacheco Ramon and Danielle Lorraine Castillo.My Niece Rosie is my Brother, Boy's Daughter and we grew up together.Here she is posing with two of her Grandaughters, Corrie and Danielle.Danielle was recently born on my Mother's bithday, April 9th, 2002.
- Kelly Kussman (54 KB)
Kelly is posing here at Waiamanalo Bay in Oahu, Hawaii. One of our favorite places in the world!
- Lola & Nina (52 KB)
May 2004 - We celebrated my Cousin Lola's 85th birthday and here she is posing with my Godmother (Nina & Aunt) Esther Montenegro.
- Jennifer Martinez (73 KB)
2002 - Jennifer Martinez is one of my Great Nieces.She is the Daughter of Kathy Pacheco Martinez, my Brother Keeto's Daughter.Jenny just graduated from high school and plans to attend Mt Sac College in the fall.
- Jennie Montenegro Mosqueda (95 KB)
My favorite picture of my Beautiful Aunt Jennie!
- Vanessa, Dolores and Nonnie (49 KB)
May 2004 - Three generations of Cousins, from left to right: Vanessa Torres (Pro Skateboarder), Dolores Torres Sarenana and Mary Dolores Valadez Torres (Nonnie).
- My Niece Cecilia with her Daughter, Corinna (50 KB)
This is my Great Niece, and Goddaughter, Cecilia (Googie) Irene Ramon with her Daughter, Corinna (Corrie) Alyssa Castillo.Googie is my Great Niece because she is actually my oldest Brother, (Boy's) Grandaughter.This makes Corrie my Great-Great Niece.My Oldest Brother, Lupe (Boy), passed away many years ago but he is still very alive because he is always in my heart and in my memories. I know he is very proud of his descendants.
- A Kussman Christmas (72 KB)
Rick with his family during Christmas.Brother, Craig, Mother, Bunny and Father, Dick Kussman.Long Beach, California.
- Jessica & Simon LeBon (81 KB)
Our Daughter Jessica posing with Simon LeBon of Duran Duran.
- Another Kussman Christmas (65 KB)
Palm Desert, California1994- Rick, Dick (Pops), Craig, Marti and Jessica.Kelly is holding their dog, Meggie.
- Jessica with Simon..... (88 KB)
Our Daughter Jessica has been so fortunate to meet many famous people that she admires.Here she is with Simon of the band, Duran Duran.
- Jessica in Chile (103 KB)
Our Daughter Jessica in Chile.....
- Jessica Kissed John for the 1st Time (61 KB)
Our Daughter Jessica was about 12 years old when she met John Taylor of Duran Duran....
- Jessica Kissed John Again (65 KB)
A few years later....Our Daughter Jessica Kissed John Taylor again.
- Jessica With Duncan Shiek (82 KB)
Our Daughter Jessica posing with Duncan Shiek
- Jessica with The Vines... (74 KB)
Our Daughter Jessica posing with a couple of guys from the band called "The Vines".
- Joe With Freddie's Girls (69 KB)
My Brother Joe with my Cousin Freddie Perez' four Daughters.Top Left Picture, from left to right: Valerie, Helen, Joe and Emily.Bottom Right picture, from left to right: Valerie, Emily, Joe, Angela and Helen
- Kelly at Ocean Beach (120 KB)
April 09, 2005 - We went to check out San Diego State University where our Daughter Kelly was accepted.While we were in the area, we went to a few beaches to check them out too.This is our Daughter Kelly at Ocean Beach.
- My Beautiful Mother In Law, Bunny (99 KB)
2005 - This is a very nice picture of my beautiful Mother In Law, Bunny.
- Racquel L. Kussman December 2001 (58 KB)
December 2001 - Our beautiful Baby Daughter, Racquel (Kelly) Lauren Kussman.
- My 20 Year Reunion (40 KB)
August 16, 1992 - Here I am with my old classmates from high school at our 20 year reunion.From left to right: Terry Miller, Jessie Pacheco & Kathy Roman.Kathy and I have known each other all our lives, since we were babies!
- Rick with Miss Ecuador (68 KB)
August 10, 2002 - Independence day for Ecuador. Ecuador's tall ship, "Buque Guayas" was docked at our Los Angeles Port. This is my Husband, Rick posing with Miss Ecuador, Los Angeles 2002.
- Jessica See (60 KB)
Our beautiful daughter,Jessica Marlene Dominguez See(May, 2000)
- Mary & Jessie April 30, 2005 (103 KB)
April 30, 2005 - My Sister Mary and Me, Jessie at Mary's Daughter, Judy's wedding.Judy & Bobby had a beautiful wedding.
- Kelly on Drums (62 KB)
August 10, 2002 - Kelly has taught herself to play guitar, piano and now drums.
- Bernadine Lee Johnson Kussman (58 KB)
Bernadine Lee Johnson Kussman.My beautiful Mother in law is better known to everyone as Bunny!
- Frances Manriquez With Family (115 KB)
August 06, 2005 - Frances Manriquez with five of her ten children.Frances in front center and behind her from left to right: Paula, Rueben, Paul, Joey and Beatrice.Frances Manriquez was married to my Cousin Jose Manriquez, Son of my Aunt Bonifacia Pacheco.
- Jose's Birthday (52 KB)
August 8, 2002 - I am posing here with my very good friend, Jose Nazar on his birthday. It was a magnificent party in his honor and I am always happy to be able to spend a great time with Jose.
- Richard Leroy Kussman (54 KB)
My handsome Father in law is known by friends as Dick but I very affectionately have always called him Pops!Dick Kussman, now retired was a 5th level manager, vice president of sales and marketing of the western region for AT&T Communications.
- Vanessa Torres X Games 2005 (109 KB)
August 05, 2005 - My little Cousin, Vanessa Torres is a pro skateboarder and here she is posing at the X Games, Staple's Center, L. A.
- Vanessa Torres - Pro Skateboarder (304 KB)
Oct 2002 - Vanessa Torres is the Great Grandaughter of my Cousin, Lola Espinoza Valadez and Grandaughter of Nonnie Valadez Torres.Vanessa is 16 yrs old, a pro skateboarder, she has various sponsors and travels and performs all over the world.
- Rick in Maui (80 KB)
1987 Rick during our honeymoon in Maui.
- Kelly on The Swing @ WindCliff (170 KB)
August 2005 - Our Daughter Kelly is never too old to play on the swing at our home, WindCliff.
- Uncle Arkie and Aunt Josie (95 KB)
At a family gathering, my Mother's Brother, Arcadio (Arkie) Montenegro with his wife, Josefina (Aunt Josie) Cruz Montenegro.
- Joe, Jessie and Andy (61 KB)
Joe and I reunited with our brother, Andy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in April of 1998.The occasion was Andy's son, Daniel and Fernanda's wedding and we hadn't seen Andrew in over 10 years, since he now resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, B.J.
- Jessie With Cyndi (49 KB)
July 23, 2005 - I am here posing with my lifelong friend Cyndi Townsend Valencia.Cyndi and I have known each other since kindergarten but hadn't seen each other in about 35 years.
- Ernie and Becky Espinoza (85 KB)
1984 - At my 30th birthday party.My Cousin Ernest Espinoza with his wife, Rebecca (Becky) Martinez Espinoza.
- Mary and Jessie (79 KB)
My sister, Mary and I have always maintained a wonderfully close relationship.
- Kelly With Her Friend Jackie (115 KB)
June 23, 2005 - Our Daughter Kelly with her friend, Jackie Conlin.They had just graduated from San Pedro High and were on their way to Grad Night.....
- Me with Cousin Ernie (73 KB)
Sometime in the 1970's at a family gathering.....Me with my Cousin Ernie, Son of Pete Espinoza.
- Stone Barbeque Designed and Built by Father & Son (101 KB)
(Pops), Dick Kussman and son, Rick Kussman designed and built outdoor stone barbeque patio in 1994. It's built from hand picked river rubble from Whitewater River with variable lighting, ceiling fan, a ramada roof, hot and cold running water, cable tv, telephone, electricity, built in features, such as a high counter bar, incorporates a built in bench seat that accomodates a five spit roaster. Also features a custom tiled inlay featuring desert scene of ocotillos and verbenia.
- Jessie and Doug (50 KB)
2001 - Oahu, Hawaii with a very good lifetime friend Douglas Ortiz.We were in high school together and Doug has lived in Oahu for many years.I was fortunate to run into him when I was there a year ago.
- Uncle John Kussman (4 KB)
Uncle John Kussman at his Company, Decatur Plastics, located in Indiana.There is a link to his Company website at the bottom of this family page.
- Jessie and Rachel (93 KB)
Me with my great Cousin, Rachel (Tweety) Espinoza.I'm so glad we have always been close all of our lives.
- Craig and Martha Kussman & Family (70 KB)
2000 - My brother in law, Craig and his wife, Marti live in Connecticut with their four children. From left - right, Liam, Kaylee, Kiera and Kelsy.
- Kelly Graduated With High Honors (112 KB)
June 23, 2005 - Kelly graduated with High Honors and we're so proud of her.Here Rick and I are posing with Kelly right after graduation.Now she's off to Cal State Long Beach.....
- Kiki and Ralph (77 KB)
1984 - My Cousin, Jessie (Kiki) Espinoza Arias with her Husband Ralph Arias.
- Bernadette & Ivy April, 2005 (170 KB)
April 30, 2005 Our beautiful Nieces, Bernadette Chavarin and her Daughter, Ivy.Bernadette and Ivy were both in the wedding party at Judy & Bobby's wedding.
- Lydia and Gary (74 KB)
1984 - My Cousin, Lydia Espinoza Lopez with her Husband, Gary Lopez.
- Kussman reunion at Lake Gogebic (101 KB)
In summer of 1990 we had a great week at Lake Gogebic, Michigan, just north of Wisconsin.We were able to enjoy Pops, along with all his brothers and families.Being the great fisherman that he is, Pops ended up borrowing and using Kelly's Donald Duck fishing pole because amazingly, she was having the most success.
- Cousin Dodie and Her Family (33 KB)
June 23, 2005 - My Cousin Dodie's Son, Lance graduated from San Pedro High the same day that our Daughter Kelly graduated.From left to right: Lance, Dodie and JoJo...Dodie's Husband Joe standing in back.Dodie is actually my 3rd Cousin, Daughter of Bobby Ramirez and Grandaughter of Floria Espinoza Ramirez.Dodie's real name is Dolores.
- RoseMary and Roberto Adame (81 KB)
My Cousin RoseMary Alvarado Adame with her Husband, Roberto Adame.Rosemary is my Aunt Cele's Daughter.
- Kussmans at Lake Gogebic (53 KB)
1990 - (Pops), Dick, Will, John and Rick Kussman enjoying a summer evening at Lake Gogebic, Michigan, just north of Wisconsin.
- Cousin Monica Mosqueda Caselman (103 KB)
December 2005 - From left to right: Monica Mosqueda Caselman, her maternal Grandmother, Jennie Perez and her Husband, Roger Caselman.Monica is my 2nd Cousin, Daughter of my Cousin Albert Mosqueda and Granddaughter of Aunt Jennie Montenegro Mosqueda.
- Jessica, Me and Kelly (60 KB)
2002 - Wow....I am so lucky to have 2 beautiful daughters, Jessica and Racquel (Kelly).
- Mayor Riordan (53 KB)
December 1999, Rick and Kelly posed with Mayor Richard Riordan, mayor of Los Angeles, California.Rick said he couldn't help smiling because the Mayor had just commented to him that he has a very beautiful daughter, meaning Kelly.
- Cyrus Freedom DeTray and Elizabeth Ingle (69 KB)
Cyrus Freedom DeTray and Elizabeth Ingle were the parents of Ida Loretta DeTray Johnson.Ida Loretta was the Mother of Rick's Grandfather, Doctor Bernard Leo Johnson.They are all direct descendants of the famous d'Estrees family from France.
- John and Maria Halverson (71 KB)
John and Maria Halverson were the parents of Andrew Johnson.Andrew Johnson was the father of Rick's Grandfather, Doctor Bernard Leo Johnson.
- Arcadia and Jessie (76 KB)
2002 - Here I am with my Cousin Arcadia (Guera, Katy) Medina Rodriguez.Katy lives in Shafter, California.
- Pacheco, Montenegro and Espinoza (62 KB)
1997 - Standing from left - right: me, Jessie Pacheco Kussman, my Uncle Marcelino Montenegro, my Aunt Jennie Montenegro Mosqueda, my Brother Joe Pacheco, my Sister Mary Pacheco Lucenti,Seated from left - right: my Cousins, Dolores Espinoza Valadez, Angie Espinoza and Ernest Espinoza.
- 1937 Centralia School Class Picture (124 KB)
I found this classic school class picture among Aunt Jennie's collection.On the back it reads, "Centralia School, June 8, 1937." I'm going to list the names here of the people that are in the picture.Included is my Aunt JennieMontenegro, (2nd from left, front row) and my Uncle Marclino Montenegro, (2nd from left, top row).Elaine Thorsen, Doreen Brown, Virginia Robey, Irene Nic, Paul Kauffman, Ed H. Marsen, William Brown, Calvin Twiggs, Arthur Bartchard, Barbara Bock, Eleanor Rios, Jennie Montenegro, Louise Jones, Harry Simura, Thos. C. Beetle, Marcelino Montenegro and Manuel Ferroz.
- Close Cousins (58 KB)
My two daughters and my Sister Mary's two daughters, seated from left to right: Racquel (Kelly) Kussman, Judith (Judy) Chavarin, Jessica See and Bernadette Chavarin. (1997)
- San Pedro High School Tennis Team (134 KB)
October 14, 2002 - Our Daughter, Racquel (Kelly) plays varsity doubles on the tennis team at her school, San Pedro High School.Kelly is in the front row, 3rd from the left.Standing in back from left to right: Sara, Molly, Shannon, Michelle, Ms Kavanaugh, Tracy, Megan, Mirna, Sonja, Veronica.Front Row: Diana, Paula, Racquel (Kelly), Jackie, Shaq, Shannon and Diana.
- Jim Hill and Jessie Pacheco Kussman (858 KB)
September 28, 2002 - Here I am posing with my great lifetime friend, James (Jimmy) Hill at our 30 year reunion from John Glenn High School in Norwalk, California.Jimmy and I have been friends and were in every class together since kindergarten. I am truly blessed to have such a special friend.
- Jessie's 3rd Birthday (64 KB)
August 1957 - In our backyard on my 3rd Birthday. Standing on left is Erlinda Roman, sitting on table, me Jessie Pacheco, seated behind me is my best lifelong friend, Kathy Roman with my sister, Mary Pacheco.Every year of my childhood, my Godmother/Aunt, Esther Montenegro would bake and decorate a beautiful cake in my honor.
- Ralph Caraveo Sr. (70 KB)
1980 - This is a photo of a very special man, Ralph Caraveo. He was our neighbor and an excellent influence on all of our lives as we were growing up. Ralph and Michaela (Micky) Caraveo raised 10 children of their own and lived 1/2 block down from us. Along with the Romans, our families were all very close and we spent many occasions together.Here Ralph is proudly posing with his outstanding fish catch.
- Mr. Rene Merino and Jessie Pacheco Kussman (230 KB)
September 28, 2002 - In high school, I had 2 favorite teachers.I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to see them both at a recent reunion event.Mr. Rene Merino was my Spanish teacher, as well as our sponsor for "The Latin American Club."He was special because he was always very concerned and involved with all of us students.Here I am posing with Mr. Merino at the faculty 40 yr. reunion at John Glenn High School in Norwalk, California.The school opened its doors for the first time 40 years ago on September 11th and they had a nice celebration at the school library.
- Bernadette and Ivy (67 KB)
My Sister, Mary's daughter, Bernadette Chavarin with her baby daughter, Ivy.
- Mr. Stan Anderson and Jessie Pacheco Kussman (263 KB)
September 28, 2002 - Here I am posing with one of my 2 favorite high school teachers, Mr. Stan Anderson.Mr. Anderson was my English teacher and although English was always one of my favorite subjects, Mr. Anderson managed to make literature/grammar even more interesting for me.He was also one of the coolest, open-minded teachers to all of us.He was so tall, strong and always in charge but never imposed his authority on us.
- Johnny in Salzburg (684 KB)
On the right, is my nephew, Johnny Pacheco, (Boy's son), with his best friend and partner, Scott Anderson. They just returned from Salzburg, Austria and it appears that spring is beautiful in Salzburg. This picture was taken at the gardens at Mirabel Palace.(a residence for one of the Prince Archbishops of Salzburg, late 18th century)
- Bud Winder and Jessie Pacheco Kussman (209 KB)
November 2, 2002 - Here I am with my very good friend, Bud Winder.Bud used to live in my Norwalk neighborhood and was very involved with our school activities.As an adult, I later became closer with Bud because we both worked at Western Electric/AT&T.We worked in the installation department of Pacific Bell central telephone offices and Bud was my boss for a short time.This picture was taken in front of Bud's house in Whittier, California when I went along with Phil Meyer for a visit.
- Catalina Montenegro and Pete Espinoza (116 KB)
Approx: 1920'sMy Mother, Catalina Montenegro Pacheco with her nephew, Tia Cele's oldest Son, Pete Espinoza.
- Maggie Winder, Phil Meyer and Bud Winder (188 KB)
November 2, 2002 - Whittier, California.Phil Meyer is one of my dearest, childhood friends.We spent a memorable afternoon and evening with our great friends, Maggie and Bud Winder.Bud and Maggie lived in our Norwalk neighborhood, had 2 children of their own and were always involved with school and sports activities.
- Jessie Pacheco Kussman (75 KB)
1999 - San Pedro, California at home at WindCliff.
- Boy and Keeto Pacheco (71 KB)
1937My two oldest Brothers, Lupe and Anastacio Pacheco, better known as Boy and Keeto.
- Kate, Jake and Jen (93 KB)
December 2002, These are my Brother, Anastacio (Keeto's) Grandchildren, my Neice Kathy Pacheco Martinez' children from left to right: Katy, Jake and Jennifer.
- Montenegro Roots Approx: 1930's (71 KB)
This photo is from Aunt Jennie's collection. I'm puting together the names with faces but please if you can correct me, feel free to challenge. Front - Left-Right: My Aunt Jennie Montenegro, My Cousin, Floria Espinoza, My Cousin, Carol Espinoza.Back - Left-Right: My Cousin, Angie Espinoza, My Aunt Vera, Baby is My Cousin, Ernest Espinoza.
- Dolores Arias (51 KB)
2003 - This is my beautiful cousin, Jessie (Kiki) Espinoza Arias' Daughter, Dolores Arias.Here she is pictured in a San Diego marathon race.I'm very proud of her competitiveness and her ambition.
- Jessie Espinoza and Joe Pacheco (66 KB)
Approx: 1940's - My Cousin, Jessie (Kiki) Espinoza with my Brother, Joe Pacheco.
- Mama ChuChi at Irvine Park (75 KB)
My Grandmother, Mama ChuChi was truly the matriarch of our very large family.This photo was taken at Irvine Park, Irvine, California approximately in the late '40's.We had many family gatherings at Irvine Park.Standing from left - right:My Cousin, Mary Valadez, my Cousin, Floria Espinoza Ramirez, my Cousin, Lola Espinoza Valadez, my Cousin, Chole Espinoza.In front, from left - right:My Aunt, Rickie Montenegro, Mama Chuchi (Jesus Zavala Montenegro) and my Aunt/Nina Esther Montenegro.
- Terminal Island Classic Photo (97 KB)
I found this cut out article with my Aunt Jennie's photos.It's cut out of the "Van Camp News", unfortunately no date is included but it is Vol.1, No.1. The article is about strained tuna baby food processed at the famous canneries at Terminal Island, California. Interesting to see my Cousin, Pete Espinoza is featured in the photograph.
- Jessie, Boyd and Rosie (70 KB)
We used to love the beach when we were kids.This is Boyd, Me and Rosie Pacheco.Rosie and Boyd are my oldest Brother, Boy's kids and we all grew up together.
- Montenegro/Pacheco/Espinoza Reunion (26 KB)
Every year we get together for our annual family reunion. On the last Sunday of June we attend Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in Wilmington, California and then meet afterward at Cousin Ernie's house for our potluck reunion. This photograph was taken and donated by My Cousin Manuel Mosqueda. From left to right: My Niece Diana Pacheco holding her baby Anthony, My Daughter Jessica See, My Cousin Ernie Espinoza, Me Jessie Pacheco Kussman, My Brother Joe Pacheco, My Daughter Racquel (Kelly) Kussman is standing in front.
- Pacheco, Montenegro and Espinoza (62 KB)
This was a pose at one of our anual family reunions. (1997)Standing from left - right: Me, Jessie Pacheco Kussman, My Uncle Marcelino Montenegro, My Aunt Jennie Montenegro Mosqueda, My Brother, Joe Pacheco, My Sister, Mary Pacheco Lucenti.Seated from left - right: My Cousins, Dolores (Lola) Espinoza Valadez, Angie Espinoza and Ernest (Neto) Espinoza.
- Annual Family Reunion (28 KB)
This Photo was taken and donated by my Cousin Manuel Mosqueda at one of our Family Reunions. From left - right: My Aunt Jennie Montenegro Mosqueda, My Cousin Jessie (Kiki) Espinoza Arias and My Cousin Henrietta (Keta) Espinoza Perez, My Brother Joe Pacheco in the background.
- Aunt Rickie (61 KB)
This picture, found in Aunt Jennie's collection, is dated July 20, 1942.Aunt Rickie's real name is Henrietta Cerecer Montenegro.She was married to my Uncle Marcie and was quite a special person.Her memory will always live on, as she was a high energy spirit that I will never forget.
- Jennie and Rickie (84 KB)
This photo was taken approx. in the late 1940's at Irvine Park.We periodically had family reunions there and this is a pose of my Aunt Jennie Montenegro Mosqueda and my Aunt Henrietta (Rickie) Cerecer Montenegro.
- Trip To Vegas (63 KB)
March 2003 - A bunch of us, Cousins took a weekend bus ride to Las Vegas, Nevada.My Brother, Joe drove us in his bus.We had a great time and we're going to make an effort to have more family trips in the future.
- Las Vegas (62 KB)
March 2003 - This is a pose from our family Vegas trip.My Brother, Joe drove us in his bus.From left - right: My Brother, Joe Pacheco, My Lifetime Friend, Kathy Roman, My Cousin, Paul Manriquez, Me, Jessie Pacheco Kussman and Paul's friend.
- Racquel Kussman Graduated with Honors! (52 KB)
Today, June 21, 2001 Our beautiful daughter, Racquel (Kelly) Lauren Kussman graduated with honors from Dodson Middle School in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.She was awarded with a certificate and plaque naming her Valedictorian, (1 of 3 students out of approx. 500 total) for her 8th grade class.She also received a certificate for being on the Principal's Honor Roll along with her Certificate of Completion for middle school.Of course, we are so proud and love to share this information. "Kelly" is very dedicated and works very hard and she absolutely deserves this.
- Me with Nino (67 KB)
At one of our family reunions.I was very closely gathering family history stories from my (Nino) Uncle/Godfather, Seville Montenegro.Seville is my Mother's Brother and he was a great influence in my life and he will always be my very special Uncle.
- Racquel "Kelly" 8th Grade Graduation (81 KB)
June 21, 2001Our daughter, Racquel (Kelly) Kussman at her 8th grade graduation.She's a beautiful person inside and out.
- Mr. Anaya and Jessie (64 KB)
September 2002 - I had the opportunity to see some of my high school teachers from John Glenn High School in Norwalk, California.Mr. Anaya was a counselor and I got to see him at the Teacher reunion, held at the school library, as well as our 30 yr reunion, class of 1972!
- Racquel at 8th Grade Graduation (82 KB)
June 21, 2001Racquel (Kelly) Lauren Kussman
- Mr. Angotti and Jessie (119 KB)
September 2002 - Mr Angotti was one of my teachers that I got to see after so many years.Here we are at John Glenn School Library at the school 40 year reunion.Mr. Angotti taught me how to drive and I'll always remember him for that.
- Mothers Day at Mama ChuChi's (58 KB)
May 10, 1952 Mother's Day, Dominguez, California at the Rancho where Mama ChuChi and my Aunt Cele lived.
- Kelly Surfing (72 KB)
January 1, 2004 - Our Daughter, Kelly has taken up surfing.Rick and I were thrilled to watch her surf here at a local San Pedro spot called, "Royal Palms".We cheered when she caught the first wave but also thrilled that everyone in the parking lot noticed and also cheered and honked their horns!
- Jessica posing with Ben Affleck (61 KB)
June 2001 - This is our daughter, Jessica See.She just returned from a trip to Japan with her friend Audra and they had the opportunity to pose with Ben Affleck, (the actor). They are big Duran Duran fans and while at a nightclub with the band, they also met Ben.
- Jessica and Simon in Japan (47 KB)
June 19, 2001 - This is a photo of our daughter, Jessica See in Japan with Simon LeBon, lead singer of the band Duran Duran.
- Young Montenegro Family (95 KB)
This photograph was taken in Los Angeles, California, approximately in 1912. These are my maternal grandparents, who migrated from Michoacan, Mexico and settled in Buena Park, California.They are pictured here with their three oldest children. From Left - Right: Celerinia Montenegro, Jesus Zavala Montenegro (Mama ChuChi), Carmen Montenegro, Gorgonio Montenegro, Maria Montenegro.
- Montenegro Family (101 KB)
This family portrait was taken in Buena Park, California of my maternal grandparents posing with most of their children.My Mother is the daughter named, Catalina Montenegro. Standing, From Left - Right: Jennie Montenegro, Vera Montenegro, Eleanor Gordillo, (Grandaughter, Daughter of Maria Montenegro) Catalina Montenegro, Jos� �costa, (Cousin, son of Dolores Zavala Acosta, sister of Mama ChuChi), Carmen Montenegro, Marcelino Montenegro, Seville Montenegro, Arcadio Montenegro.Seated with child in center: Jesusita Z. Montenegro (my Mama ChuChi), Grandparents youngest child, Ernesto Montenegro and Gorgonio Montenegro, (my grandfather).
- Young Pacheco Family (67 KB)
Approximately 1943, my Parents with their three oldest children.From Left - Right: Anastacio (Keeto) Pacheco, Catalina M. Pacheco,(my mother), Joe Pacheco, Jose Pacheco,(my Father), Lupe (Boy) Pacheco.
- Pacheco Family still growing..... (75 KB)
Approximately: 1955, my Mother with her four youngest children.From Left - Right:Joe Pacheco, Catalina M. Pacheco, Andrew Pacheco, Mary Lou Pacheco.Baby: (Me), Jessie Pacheco
- Jennie and Me, Jessie (66 KB)
This photo was taken in 1998 in San Pedro, California.Aunt Jennie, my Mother's Sister and I were very close and I miss her very much. She is in my thoughts and prayers every day.I am so fortunate that she was a great influence in my life. My promise to my beautiful Aunt was that her legacy will live on through me because she will always be remembered and loved and I try to live my life by her good ethics.
- Family Collage, 1930's and older (134 KB)
Various Montenegro relatives. Do you recognize any family members in this collage? You may notice your Parent or Grandparent, Aunt or Uncle. See how many you can recognize.
- Barbie, Rick and Elena (73 KB)
August 2003 - Rick is posing here with our friends, Barbara and Elena.We were riding in Barbie's Dad's boat, out of Naples area of Long Beach, California.
- Bobby & Chela with their daughter Vanessa (70 KB)
This is my Cousin Robert (Bobby) Ramirez, his wife, Graciela (Chela) Zavala Ramirez and their daughter Vanessa.They reside in San Jos�� California.Vanessa will be graduating this December from Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, California; majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
- Me with Cousins and Aunt Vera (132 KB)
2003 - From left to right: Me, Jessie Pacheco Kussman, my Cousin, Angie Espinoza, my Mom's Sister, Aunt Vera Montenegro Silva and my Cousin, Dolores (Lola) Espinoza Valadez.
- Kathy Roman's Children (52 KB)
This is a photo of my best friend, Kathy Roman's children. From left to right - Kathy's Daughter, Liane with Taren's Son, Dayne on her lap, Liane's daughter, Kiane, Taren's daughter, Arielle, Kathy's other daughter, Taren and her son, Dylan.
- "John Glenn Girls" (157 KB)
September 2003 - Here I am with some of my high school friends.Gina Hayes and Lorraine Valencia graciously hosted a beautiful brunch at Gina's house for a few of us girls.Seated from left to right: Jody Fink Murray, Carol Montgomery Costa, Me, Jessie Pacheco Kussman, Dee Dee Valencia, Vicki Foster Hamilton, Gina Hayes.Standing from left to right: Lorraine Valencia, Elaine Ortiz Sinclair, Sue Rivello, Debbie Christensen Morgan, Karen Day Mooney, Amy Africk Cymberg.
- Ike and Celia Cook (56 KB)
This is my Cousin, Celia Espinoza Cook with her husband, Ike. They live in New York and here they are posing on their boat on the St Lawrence River on Memorial Day Weekend, 2001. Great looking couple with a great sunset in their background!
- Me with Art Moran (139 KB)
September 2002 - Here I am with my good friend, Art Moran at our 30 year high school reunion.John Glenn High School, Norwalk, California.
- Kelly's 1st Birthday (57 KB)
January 7, 1988. My Mother in Law, Bunny had a beautiful table set for Kelly's first birthday. Here is Kelly posing on that day with Grandpa Doc in the background.
- Collage of Pacheco Kids (155 KB)
Pictures of me and my siblings when we were children.From oldest to youngest: Lupe (Boy) Pacheco, Anastacio (Keeto) Pacheco, Joe Pacheco, Andrew Pacheco, Mary Pacheco and Jessie Pacheco.It's in my family story but I'd like to mention how my 2 older brothers got their nicknames that stayed with them the rest of their lives.My Father being directly from Mexico, spoke very broken English, so when the family started, he would introduce his 1st Son to his American friends by saying, "this is my boy"....so Lupe Aureliano Pacheco became better known as "Boy".Then when he would introduce his 2nd child, he would say this is my other kiddo...so that's how Keeto got his permanent nickname.I guess after that, it was easier to just say our correct names!
- Jessica, Sean and Kelly (54 KB)
December 1987 - Our Daughter, Jessica has always been like a second Mom to Kelly. Here she is holding Kelly and Sean Swales. Sean is our friend, Mike Swales' Son and Sean is 2 months older than Kelly.
- Dave, Rosella and Me (72 KB)
1981 - I had the opportunity to visit with Dave and Rosella Geck back in 1981.Rosella Lucero Geck is my Sister, Mary's friend from the neighborhood in Norwalk.....so we've known each other all our lives.Dave and Rosie are such great friends and wonderful hosts.On this day they took me for a ride along the Northern Coast of California.
- Boyd, Jessie and Rosie (58 KB)
Approx. 1961 - I am so fortunate to have had a great childhood. Here I am in the center with my oldest Brother, Boy's kids, Boyd and Rosie Pacheco. Boyd and Rosie were like siblings to me because we all grew up and spent much time together.
- My Oldest Brother, Boy..... (70 KB)
This is my favorite picture of my oldest Brother, Lupe (Boy) Pacheco.This was taken in about the mid 1950's on the front lawn of Excelsior High School in Norwalk, California.Everybody knew my Brother by his nickname, Boy.It started when he was a small child and my Father, with very broken English would say, "this is my Boy".He would turn to my second oldest Brother and say, "this is my other kiddo".So, Boy and Keeto are their nicknames that stuck for the rest of their lives!
- Kelly with Michael Landon's Children (64 KB)
Approx. 1989 - We were at LAX airport to pick up my nephew, Daniel when we ran into Michael Landon, his wife and 2 youngest children. My Brother, Joe snapped this picture as Kelly was getting along with Michael Landon's youngest children.
- Kelly, Me, Cousin Angie and Mary (76 KB)
May 2004 - My Daughter Kelly, Me, my Cousin, Angie and my Sister, Mary.We were at my Cousin, Lola's 85th birthday party.
- Jessie Parasailing in Mexico (79 KB)
Approx. 1983 - Here I am parasailing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I've been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to many places. I hope to travel to many more.
- My Nephew, Daniel Pacheco with his Family (99 KB)
2004 - This is my Nephew, Daniel Pacheco with his beautiful Wife, Fernanda and their beautiful children, Lucas (age 2) and Julia (age 4 months).Daniel is my Brother Andy's Son and he lives in Colorado with his Family.
- Daniel and Fernanda (57 KB)
April 1998 - Ft Lauderdale, Florida - My Nephew, Daniel Pacheco with his beautiful bride, Fernanda Silva.Also her Parents, Mauricio and Ana Lucia Jacques Silva, from Brazil and my Brother, Andrew Pacheco.
- Karen Pacheco With Her Girls (105 KB)
June 19, 2004 - This picuture is my Sister in Law, Karen with her Daughter, Rosie on the right and her Granddaughters, Angel and Cecelia (Googie) on the left.Karen has always been more like a Sister in our Family.She is the widow of my oldest Brother, Boy, (Lupe Pacheco).
- My Godparents (61 KB)
August 8, 1961 - Whittier, California at St Gregory the Great Catholic parish on their 25th wedding anniversary. Two very special people, my Godparents, Seville and Esther Montenegro pose with Father Mackey and a gift from God, as they refer to their 1955 Buick that they won at the church raffle of '55.No one deserved it more than them because they have always been the best influence for me and everyone and they're such giving people.I am so proud and honored to be their Goddaughter.
- Baltazar Pacheco Guerrero (53 KB)
Baltazar Guerrero was my cousin, son of my Aunt Andrea Pacheco. He served and was killed in World War II. His decomposed body was returned to the U.S. over a year later and my Papa, Jose recalled there was no mistaking his red hair.
- Young Kussman Family (97 KB)
Otto, Hazel, Arthur, Loretta, Mildred, Allen and Pauline (Degner) Kussman.Allen Kussman is my Father in Law, (Pops), Dick Kussman's Father. Approx: early 1920's
- Gottlieb and Henrietta Kussman (70 KB)
Gottlieb and Henrietta (Heimann) Kussman.Gottlieb and Henrietta met on their voyage to the United States aboard a ship named "Elida" from Germany.They were both born in Prussia and married and settled down to raise their family in Wisconsin.
- Rick Kussman's Fossil Find (89 KB)
Rick discovered a large baleen whale fossil 100 feet down the cliff at the seashore in front of our house.He was featured in our local newspapers and donated the piece to our local Cabrillo Beach Museum.Many volunteers walked around the cliff to help Rick carry the giant fossil to the museum.
- Point Fermin, San Pedro, California (68 KB)
This is an aerial view of where we live in San Pedro, California.Next to the Point Fermin Lighthouse, we are the most southern house in Los Angeles and so fortunate to have the Pacific Ocean as our front yard.Although our home is very old, it is a very special house that survived a major landslide here in the 1930's and we refer to it, as "WindCliff".
- Me with my Cousin Lola (61 KB)
Jessie and Lola at one of our anual family reunions.Lola's Mother, Celerina and My Mother, Catalina were Sisters.Lola is now one of our Matriarchs of our large family.....she is 35 years older than me and still is so beautiful!
- Four Men in a Garden (67 KB)
September 16, 1934 - This photo is from my Aunt Jennie's collection. The names are not listed but there are initials of the men in the photo on the back. I don't recognize the first man, his initials are, F.I.Starting with the second man, from left to right: My Nino/Uncle, Seville Montenegro, Friend of the family, Alfonso Vaca and my Uncle, Arcadio (Arkie) Montenegro.
- Christina, Michelle and Boyd (64 KB)
June 19, 2004 - Boyd is my oldest Brother, Boy's Son.Boyd is here with his Daughter Christina on the left and his Daughter in Law, Michelle.
- Aunt Jennie as a little Girl.... (59 KB)
This is a priceless photo for my family. Aunt Jennie is the little girl on the right, her little Brother, Ernesto Montenegro is standing on the left. (Ernesto passed away at about that age in a house fire) I do not recognize the little baby girl in the chair....if there is anyone out there that knows who she is, please let me know.Classic cars in the background make me keep in mind that Aunt Jennie was born in 1922.
- Boy, Mama & Karen (26 KB)
My Oldest Brother, Boy, Mama & Boy's Wife, Karen Pacheco
- My Grandmother, Mama ChuChi.... (66 KB)
Mama ChuChi was truly the matriarch of our family and I am so proud to have known her and been named after her. She was such a cool Grandma.I guess she had a lot of practice because there are so many of us. Mama ChuChi is always in my thoughts and prayers....she lives on!
- Kelly in Baja (40 KB)
August 2004 - Kelly walking back up to the condo from the beach at K38 in Baja, Mexico
- In Memory of Ronnie (122 KB)
Ronald Charles Martinez is my ex boyfriend who was also a very good friend that I will never forget.Recently I learned that Ronnie passed away 6 years ago of a disease called ALS.I've included this small collage of some good times that we shared with his family in the 1970's.Included in the photos are Ronnie, Myself, My Daughter, Jessica, His Sister, Joyce Martinez, His Niece, Nicole Parra and His Nephews, Rodney Martinez and Peter Parra.I will never forget Ronnie.He was one of the most creative and talented musicians that I have ever known and I'm sure his legacy will always live on through all of our memories.
- Kelly at age 17 (39 KB)
May 2004 - Kelly is 17 years old.This picture was taken at 22nd Street Landing Restaurant, San Pedro, Ca.
- I'm a Proud Mom (57 KB)
June 21, 2001 at Kelly's 8th grade graduation.I am so proud of both my Daughters.Here I am posing with my beautiful baby, Kelly right after graduation.She was validictorian of her class with a 4.0 GPA.
- Angie & Nini (42 KB)
December 2003 - My two Cousins, Angie Espinoza & Nini Gonzalez
- Jessica in New York (59 KB)
August 1, 2001 - This is a photograph of our Daughter, Jessica at the Statue of Liberty in New York City with the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the background.I include this photo because of the tragedy that has now occurred resulting in the towers' and city's distruction.I thank God that Jessica is home safe, as she often visits lower Manhattan.On that trip, just a short month ago, she actually did tour to the top floor of the second WTC Tower that was hit and destroyed as United Airline flight #175 was overtaken by terrorists.Jessica works for United Airlines and ironically flight 175 was one that she was very familiar with, as this was one of the flights that she accounted for in her accounting office. My prayers are with all the souls involved in this tragedy.
- Jessie & Mary (31 KB)
August 1984 - My Sister Mary and I are posing at my 30th birthday party.Our skin sure was smooth back then.
- 5 Yr Old Jessica (86 KB)
August 5, 1977 - My little Jessica was a flower girl 3 times.Here she is pictured, dancing with her partner, Jason Pruet at our friend, Randa's wedding.Jessica was 5yrs old and Jason was 4.It was really cute that Jason asked Jessica to dance and she agreed.Ron Martinez and I are in the background.
- Family Trip to Las Vegas 2004 (50 KB)
April 2004 - 2nd anual Cousin Vegas Trip.Posing with a bunch of Cousins and my Brother, Joe in front of Joe's bus in Las Vegas.
- Kelly and Mike of Linkin Park (61 KB)
November 20, 2001 - Kelly was so happy that her Big Sister, Jessica took her to Bakersfield for a Linkin Park concert.Grammy award winners, Linkin Park is Kelly's favorite Band and Mike is one of the lead singers.
- Johnny, Joe & Jessie (36 KB)
June 19, 2004 - My Nephew Johnny, my Brother Joe and me at Googie & Tito's wedding.
- Kelly and Chester of Linkin Park (52 KB)
November 20, 2001 - Kelly is stoked to be posing with one of the lead singers, Chester of her favorite group and Grammy award winners, Linkin Park.