Obituary of Suzanne Corrales
Published March 22, 2006 in the Ventura County Star, Ventura, Calif.

Suzanne Erin Corrales passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Ventura in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 19, 2006, with her loving mother, husband, daughter and her daughter's boyfriend at her side, after a nearly four-year fight with cancer.

Suzanne's accomplishments in life include raising a daughter who recently graduated from University of California, Los Angeles; winning three national business journalism awards; and membership in the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.

A nearly lifelong California resident, Suzanne has lived in the Ventura County cities of Ventura and Oxnard since 1993. She had previously lived briefly in Los Alamitos and for many years before that in Whittier. She was born in Chicago, Ill., on June 13, 1954, and in 1956 moved to Santa Barbara with her parents, Kathleen and Donald Rathz. She attended Hope Elementary School, La Colina Junior High School and San Marcos High School, where she wrote news for the school newspaper and as an academically outstanding student gave the commencement address. She later attended Santa Barbara City College and then the University of California, Santa Barbara. She graduated from UCSB with high honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Recently, she also attended Ventura College in pre-nursing studies.

Suzanne spent her last 22 years of professional life as a news reporter and editor. At the time of her passing, she was news editor and vice president of Inside Information Group Ltd., an Oxnard and Ventura, Calif., business news and information company, which she had co-founded with her husband and longtime companion, William Donovan, in 1990.

Before co-founding Inside Information Group, Suzanne had been a freelance news reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a staff reporter for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where she first covered the city of Downey and then became the newspaper's legal affairs reporter in the early 1990s.

In 1993, Suzanne left the Press-Telegram to join the news staff of Inside Information Group when it relocated from the Long Beach area to Oxnard. As news editor, Suzanne had the chief role in determining the content of the company's newsletters, supervising freelance writers and writing much of the news herself. She won awards for investigative news reporting in 1996, 1998 and 2002 from the Newsletter Publishers Foundation, which gives awards for the best journalism in business-to-business news publications in an intense annual, international competition.

Notwithstanding her professional accomplishments, Suzanne is probably best remembered by those around her for her quiet calm, kindness and wisdom, which found their best expression in the parental guidance to and confidence she helped instill in her daughter, Kristina Corrales. With Suzanne's encouragement and support, Kristy was avidly involved in leadership and sports in high school and went on to graduate from UCLA in 2005 and landed a job in the advertising business.

Suzanne was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura. She was an avid reader of fiction and journalism; loved movies, the theater and national parks (especially Yosemite); and in recent years, enjoyed skiing and traveling abroad.

"If asked to name the one quality which stands out more in Suzanne than any other, I could not pick between these two: the quality of parenting with which she raised her daughter or the quiet determination and courage with which she fought cancer for nearly four years," said her husband, Bill.

Suzanne is survived by her husband, Bill of Ventura; daughter, Kristy, who resides in Los Angeles and Ventura; mother, Kathleen Rathz of Oxnard; brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Lorri, and their daughter, niece Caitlin Rathz of Oxnard; uncle John and aunt Helen Hartnett of Ojai and their children, her Hartnett-side cousins; aunt Ellen Mangano and her husband, Joe, of Chicago, Ill., and their children, her Mangano-side cousins. Suzanne was preceded in death by her father, Donald Rathz; and former spouse, Rick Corrales of Los Angeles, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Los Angeles Times, father of Kristy Corrales.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m., at the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 3175 Telegraph Road, Ventura, with Monsignor Vincent Puma and the Rev. Anthony Selvan officiating.

 To contact Suzanne's family: please email Bill Donovan at this email address:
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