Duane Norman Thackeray

Duane Norman Thackeray

3/3/1925 – 12/19/2012

Duane Norman Thackeray was the world’s nicest guy, according to his daughter, and everyone else for that matter. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa on March 3, 1925. He died on Dec. 19, 2012 in Carpinteria.

Duane moved to Los Angeles with his parents, Bill and Tillie, and his older brother Don. They drove out here from South Dakota in a Model A with another family, parents and two kids. Imagine that trip! Duane graduated from Fremont High School and went on to join the Navy during World War II. He spent two years in the South Pacific. He told about having the job to swim out to the seaplanes and bring the line in to anchor them. When he returned from WWII, he briefly went to Pepperdine College until he received the opportunity to become a Los Angeles City Firefighter. He was on the Department from 1947-1977. Most of that time was spent on Crash Crew at LAX.

Duane married Shirley May LaBeau in 1948. They had two children, Dennis Wayne and Diane Lynn. Even after their divorce he continued to be an integral part of his children’s lives. As an avid body surfer and ocean lover, he bought both kids surfboards in 1962. They both continue to enjoy the sport to this day.

Duane married Nora Elizabeth Newsome in 1967. He became “Dad” to her three children, Jaque, DeEtta and Sandy, and “Grandpa” to their children. In 1978 Nora and Duane moved to Goldsboro, N.C., Nora’s hometown. Here they joined the Good Shepard Lutheran Church where they made many friends and had lots of good times going places with the Recycled Teenagers and helping with the Annual Yard Sale. Unfortunately Nora passed away in 1998, and Dad had to carry on without the love of his life.

In 2007 Duane moved to Carpinteria to live with his daughter, Diane, and son-in-law Mike Hendrix. Here he joined Faith Lutheran Church and made many new friends. During this time he walked most every day through the State Park and went to Senior Lunch at the Veteran’s Hall. He was happy!

Alas, his health took a turn for the worse. He spent the last two and a half months at Pacific View Senior Care Facility in Carpinteria where Cathy Miller and her crew took incredible care of him until he passed. Also, much appreciation to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, especially, Eva, who helped keep him so comfortable.

He is survived by his older brother, Donald Thackeray (Marguerite); children, Dennis Wayne Thackeray, Diane Lynn Thackeray (Michael Hendrix), Jaque Hickman (Art), DeEtta Mitts (Harry) and Sandy Purtle (Judith); grandchildren Wendy Mockett, Brent Anderson, Greg Jordan, Lisa Rice, William Purtle II, Casey Purtle, P.J. Purtle, Adam Purtle; great-grandchildren Dalton DeAlba, Sean Rice and Makenna Anderson.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Faith Luthern Church, 1335 Vallecito Place, Carpinteria. A reception will be held at the church immediately following the service.

Contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, Carpinteria or Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 532 Country Day Road, Goldsboro, N.C. 27530.

Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

Rita M. Wheeler

Rita M. Wheeler

Born in Larchmont, N.Y. on Nov. 22, 1926, Rita M. Wheeler, a resident of Carpinteria, peacefully passed away on Dec. 13, 2012, at Buena Vista Care Center. She is preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Albert Wheeler, and her parents, Thomas and Helen Benrimo. During her teens, Rita accompanied her mother to Santa Barbara. Yet Rita always held the memories of NYC close to her heart. She was the proud daughter of artist Thomas Benrimo, who once taught design at the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn.

Rita will be missed especially by her loving friends Bonnie and Jan. You may wish to make a donation to ASAP in Rita’s name. Interment was provided by Neptune Society. To celebrate Rita’s life, a small gathering of close friends will meet in the clubhouse at Rancho Granada MHP in Carpinteria on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, to honor and celebrate all of our loved ones who have gone before, a “Remembrance Candle-Lighting Service” will be held at Unity Church on Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.

Conway Tombs

1/21/1934 – 12/2/2012

Conway Tombs, 77, passed away on Dec. 2 with his son Cameron by his side. Conway had lived in San Francisco for 40 years where he was employed by Milton Myers Co.

Conway was born in Bell, Calif., on Jan. 21, 1934. The Tombs family moved to Carpinteria to be near the ocean. He graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1952. Upon graduation from CHS he attended Oregon State University for one year, then joined the Army and spent most of his military time in Germany. After his discharge from the Army, he attended Ventura College, then on to San Jose State University where he graduated.

Conway was preceded in death by his parents Don and Helen Tombs. He is survived by sister Kathleen Tombs Aubry who resides in San Diego.

Alfred C. Castro

Alfred C. Castro

11/24/1924 – 12/3/2012

Alfred C. Castro, 88, of Carpinteria, was welcomed into the heavenly gates on Dec. 3, 2012. He was born on Nov. 24, 1924 in Floresville, Texas. As a young man, Alfred, “Freddy,” moved to Santa Barbara with relatives and bounced around California before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. A World War II veteran, he spent time in Germany and France before meeting the love of his life, Eleanor. Freddy settled with his family in Carpinteria in 1958, where he resided until his passing.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; his children Louie, Eddie, Bobby, Danny, JoAnne, Freddy Jr., Abel and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who adore him. Freddy was a dedicated, hardworking man who worked for Penhall for many years and retired as a member of the Operating Engineers Union. Later in life, Freddy’s good looks led to an acting career, and he appeared as an extra in feature films, commercials and even a children’s show called “Critter Getters.”

Freddy looked forward to family gatherings, dancing with Eleanor, loving on his grandchildren, sunsets at Carpinteria beach and watching a good boxing match. He was always there to lend a helping hand and loved to get his hands dirty around the house, in the garden or working on his motorcycle.

He will always be remembered for his contagious smile, unconditional love and for being the Castro family patriarch. The love that he shared will be passed on for many generations to come.

A Celebration of Freddy’s Life will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Canalino School, 1480 Linden Ave, Carpinteria, CA. A reception will follow at the Castro residence.

Betty Doop Zittel

Betty Doop Zittel

2/23/1922 – 12/4/2012

Betty Doop Zittel was born in Wichita, Kan. She and Russel Doop moved to Carpinteria with their son Tracy in 1961. They became involved in the community and helped to incorporate Carpinteria to cityhood. Betty later retired from the U.S. Forest Service after many years.

Betty continued her volunteer work with the Friends of the Library and its used bookstore, and also spent years helping as a docent with the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History. She helped “Save the Bluffs” by purchasing six-square-feet of space for our family; Tomol Park tiles were also bought to benefit the children of Carpinteria.

She loved life, her family and this community. She will be missed by all, especially her husband, Herman Zittel; her only son, Tracy Doop, and his wife, Mary Ann; as well as the grandchildren she loved so dearly: Kate and Travis Doop, Kim, Christian and Challis; and the grandchildren on Herm’s side of the family: Jason, Nick, Chris and Alex, and their children, and young Emmit. “Rest in peace, Grandma Betty.”

All are invited to a casual graveside gathering at Carpinteria Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. Refreshments will follow at the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Betty’s name to Friends of the Carpinteria Library or the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History.

Ramona Gonzales Martinez

Ramona Gonzales Martinez

1931 - 2012

Ramona Gonzales Martinez, 81, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2012 at her home in Carpinteria. Born and raised in Carpinteria, she attended local Carpinteria schools and was employed with various businesses in the Carpinteria area. She was a devoted mother with a big heart and very dedicated to her husband, children and grandchildren. No mother ever loved her children more or wished more for them. She always led by example and was a wonderful role model, instilling in her family positive qualities of respect, kindness, determination and integrity. The joys of her life were her family, gardening and collection of various interior décor items for any open space in her home. She was preceded in death by her father, Juan Gonzales, and mother, Maximina Tafolla, and brothers Luis (Dolores), Gabe (Beatrice), Robert (Betty) and George (Gloria).

She will truly be missed and forever live in our hearts and souls. She leaves behind her husband of 61 years, Mike Martinez; her children, Thomas and his wife Reese of Carpinteria, and Michael and his wife Jennie of Santa Barbara; and grandchildren Stephen, Jon, Kelly, Daniel and David Martinez.

She also leaves behind her sister Rosie Martinez (Lorenzo) and her brothers Joe Gonzales (Otilia) and Fred Gonzales (Eleanor).

A special thanks to our family and friends who have been emotionally supportive during this difficult time. A funeral service is planned for Friday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Chapel, 7th Street, Carpinteria. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara Foundation, 222 East Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Pat Carty

Pat Carty

11/16/1934 – 12/3/2012

Pat Carty, born Nov. 16, 1934, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3 after a brief illness. She is survived by her loving husband, Dick, daughter Dawn Carty, sons Mitchell, Alan and Michael King, and Patrick Carty, seven grandchildren, in-laws Daphne and Bill Carty and many friends and family in Carpinteria who will miss her greatly. Services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Carpinteria Woman’s Club, 1059 Vallecito Road.

Jesse John Shaw

Jesse John Shaw

12/18/1929 – 11/24/2012

Jesse John Shaw, born Dec. 18, 1929, died on Nov. 24, 2012. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Esperanza Shaw, his father Roy Long Shaw, his mother Florence Mary Vasquez and his brothers Patrick Shaw and Timothy Valencia. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Richard Shaw, George Shaw, Mary Jane Shaw, Florence Shaw, Jimmy Valencia, Tommy Valencia and Bernadine Valencia. He is also survived by his close cousin Albert Bustillos of Carpinteria and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jesse grew up in Santa Barbara and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. He also spent many years living in Carpinteria with the Bustillos family. He joined the United States Air Force in 1948 and was honorably discharged in 1952. Soon after his discharge he married Esperanza and settled in Carpinteria. Jesse was a Master Mechanic, working for Colson’s Garage and later owned Shaw’s Arco Station. After closing the Arco Station he started his business Shaw’s Garage. He was also a mobile mechanic for many years.

In addition to being a hard worker he had a zest for life and enjoyed his passion for fishing and hunting. In addition to fishing and hunting locally he made several memorable trips to Idaho, Alaska and Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, just to name a few. Many anglers and hunters accompanied him on these trips including his brothers, cousins, nephews and their sons.

We will miss you, Jesse. You lived a great life and were a good friend to all that knew you.

Services will be held at Saint Joseph’s Church in Carpinteria on Dec. 5 and 6. The Rosary will be held Wednesday, Dec 5, at 7 p.m., and Mass will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. There will also be a burial to follow at Carpinteria Cemetery.

Teodoro Lomeli

Teodoro Lomeli

Teodoro Lomeli, 83, of Carpinteria died peacefully at his home on Nov. 17, 2012. A Rosary Service was held on Nov. 26 and the Funeral Mass was celebrated on Nov. 27 at St. Joseph Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-8409.

Leona Oliver

Leona Oliver

6/2/1912 – 11/18/2012

Long-time Carpinteria resident, Leona Oliver, died at her home Sunday morning (Nov. 18) with her son, daughter and two granddaughters by her side. She was 100 years old.

She was born Leona Ruth McCubrey in Brea, Calif. on June 2, 1912 and moved to Carpinteria with her parents, two brothers and two sisters when she was 17 years old.

She graduated from Carpinteria High School with 16 of her classmates in 1930. She remained in the community for several years, living with her family, and working for a time in her mother’s restaurant (the Village Inn, which was next door to the Palms Hotel at that time), and as the first female lifeguard on any beach in California.

After marrying Wesley Oliver at the age of 25, she moved with him to Long Beach. The couple had three children and spent many summers in Carpinteria with Leona’s widowed mother. Her siblings, Lora Musick, Harold McCubrey, Virginia Schuyler and Lowell McCubrey had all married and lived in Carpinteria.

After years raising her children in the San Fernando Valley, Leona returned to the Carpinteria area, becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse at the age of 50. She worked for many years at Santa Barbara County Hospital.

She had lived at the Silver Sands Mobile Home Park since 1973. She loved wild birds and had an incomparable view from her property of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, a haven for migrating birds. 

She is survived by her three children, Joan Magruder (and her husband Bob), Judith Mulroy, and John Oliver; seven grandchildren, Jody Thomas (and her husband Doug), Adam Khan (and his wife Klassy), Michael Elgan (and his wife Amira), Michael Mulroy (and his wife Mary Beth), Caragh Caddell (and her husband Dave), Linda Densmore (and her husband Gregg) and John Wesley Oliver. She also leaves nine great-grandchildren, five nieces and a nephew.

A service was held at Carpinteria Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are welcome to make contributions in her name to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Richard “Dick” Stuart Tenold

Richard “Dick” Stuart Tenold

1940 - 2012

Richard passed away at his home in Carpinteria on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends. Born Sept. 1, 1940, in Santa Barbara, Richard grew up in rural Montecito.

During his youth he worked several part time jobs in Montecito, one setting up for conferences at the Miramar Hotel, another delivering the Santa Barbara News-Press. He also worked downtown at the Santa Barbara Star newspaper. After high school he enlisted in the Marine Corps, training at Camp Pendleton, Bridgeport and 29 Palms, Calif. Back in Montecito he partnered in business with his stepfather in a Coast Village Road Union Oil service station. Following that he worked for Martin-Marietta at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the Titan 1 and 2 missile programs.

After attending Foothill College in Los Altos, Richard returned to Santa Barbara County and became a firefighter with the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District, where he worked through the ranks for 32 years and retired in 1998 as a Fire Captain.

Richard joined the Masonic Fraternity in 1978, was Master of the Carpinteria Masonic Lodge in 2000 and remained active in that organization, having been an officer of the lodge for most of his membership. In 2004 he received the prodigious Hyram Award for his many years of dedicated service to the lodge and the community. He was an avid motorcycle rider, aviation enthusiast, car collector and world traveler with his wife.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years Sheila (Cook); their son Stuart Thomsen Tenold of New York City; his son Richard Scott Tenold, daughter-in-law Amanda (Taylor) and grandson Brennan Shay of Oxnard; and his sister Marlene Tenold of Girard, Ohio.

He is also survived by cousin William Harrison of Ft. Bragg, Calif.; his uncle Roger Thomsen of Santa Barbara; and many in-laws and cousins.

In addition to his parents Dorothea (Byers) and Richard Ward Thomsen, he was preceded in death by his former wife Ann (Dunning); beloved stepfather Milton Tenold; aunt Millie (Byers); uncle Leroy Byers, and his Thomsen uncles George, David, Gordon and Gene.

A graveside service will be held at the Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Lane, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the Carpinteria Masonic Lodge, 5421 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carpinteria Valley Historical Society or Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse and Hospice in Dick’s name.

Terry George Bliss

Terry George Bliss

Terry George Bliss, a native Carpinterian, died peacefully at home on November 6, 2012. He was born July 19, 1943 in Santa Barbara, the first child of the late Marjorie Kenyon and George Ripley Bliss.

Terry is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia Dillon Bliss; his daughter, Chonnie Bliss Jacobson (Paul) and his granddaughters Lily Marjorie Jacobson and Emily Bliss Jacobson of Snowmass Village, Colorado; siblings Wendy Bliss MacMurray (Tim), Timothy Kenyon Bliss (Ginny); nieces Kristen and Megan MacMurray, Tory Bliss; nephews Jason MacMurray, Teddy Bliss; brothers-in-law John Forrest Dillon (Kristina) and Paul Francis Dillon (Kristi); nieces Anneli and Karalee Dillon; nephews Justin and Zachary Dillon; and Israel Torres.

Terry attended Carpinteria schools from kindergarten through high school and then UCSB where he was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Terry was an avocado rancher and owner of Carpinteria Motor Transport and Ownby Trucking.

Terry was one of a kind and one of the best; always a gentleman with a smile and a kind word. It is difficult to describe how much he meant to his family, his friends and his golfing pals who loved being with him, listening to his stories tinged with his wry sense of humor and sharing a glass of pinot noir.

Terry will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Terry requested no memorial service, but contributions to Family Service Agency, 123 West Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara 93101 are welcomed.

Helen Law

Helen Law

On Thursday, Oct. 11, we suddenly lost Helen Law; a lovely wife, mother, friend and grandmother.

Born in Butte, Mont., Helen was a Navy brat during World War II and then settled with her family in Washington D.C. She later attended Colorado State University, graduating with a Bachelors of Science degree in microbiology and later worked as a medical technician there, in the veterinary department.

During that time, Helen met George, her husband of over 50 years. Shortly after their 1961 marriage in Fort Collins, Colo., they moved to California where they joined the Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital on Maple Avenue and 6th Street, that they eventually owned and operated until 1983. Helen had a long dedication and devotion to animals and their care, and it didn’t end when they left the business.

Helen is survived by her husband, George, and their three children, Todd, Georgia and Kevin. Todd and Georgia live in Hawaii with their families, and Kevin is a successful vintner. We will all miss Helen’s beautiful smile and her comforting voice. A private service is being held for the family, and a memorial service will be held in Carpinteria following the holidays.

Tom Ota

Tom Ota passed away peacefully Nov. 7, 2012. Tom moved to the Carpinteria Valley as a young boy where he and his siblings grew up. Tom was a loyal family man who supported many Carpinteria community endeavors and organizations.

Tom is survived by his wife, Mary, and two children, Marvin (Margie) and Marsha (Robert). He has two granddaughters, Katherine and Christine. He leaves four surviving sisters, Sumiye Fukasawa, Miyeko Fukasawa, Kazuye Yoshimura and Hanaye Honda and brother-in-law Robert Bisson. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Kenji and Minoru Ota, and sister Masaye Bisson. Tom also leaves his nephews and nieces and their families.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carpinteria Valley Historical Society, Carpinteria Community Church or Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care in Tom’s name.

A service will be held in the Carpinteria Cemetery gazebo on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Alberta Louise Wolter

Alberta Louise Wolter

8/19/1922 – 11/5/2012

Alberta passed away peacefully on Nov. 5, 2012 with her family by her side following a long battle with lymphoma.

She was born Alberta Louise McClure on Aug. 19, 1922 in Joplin, Mo. to Humbert and Esther McClure. The McClure family moved out west in 1927 when Alberta was 5 years old. She attended schools in Glendale, Calif., graduating from Hoover High School in January 1941.

After the start of World War II, she became a sort of “Rosie the Riveter,” as many women did, working in manufacturing plants and supporting the war effort.

She met a Navy Veteran named Frederick Wolter Jr. in 1947 and they were married July 4, 1947. They settled in Van Nuys, Calif., where they raised their two children.

Since then she had a variety of jobs, including volunteering until she was in her 80’s with the Foster Grandparents Program in Camarillo, Calif. before retiring in Carpinteria.

She was preceded in death by her parents Humbert and Esther McClure, husband Frederick, daughter Pamela and brother Kenneth McClure.

She is survived by her son Gregory, granddaughters Jannalee and Jillian, sister Katherine Kelly, brother Chester McClure and many, many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.

A fixture at gatherings of family and friends, she will be sorely missed by her large extended family and friends.

Services will be held Friday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Lane. A luncheon will follow at Singing Springs Village Recreation Room, 5455 8th St., Carpinteria.

David Maertens

David Maertens

David Maertens, 59, passed Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Serenity House after fighting esophageal cancer for three years. He was in remission for eight months prior to this, where he succeeded in sharing the best of himself with all his friends, neighbors and anyone who ever met him. Born in Santa Barbara at Cottage Hospital, he lived in his hometown most of his life. While “Uncle” never had the blessing of his own little ones, he proudly and lovingly helped raise his nieces, Teresa and Alisha. He was a heavy equipment operator and loved his job with Lash Construction. Dave took pride in every project that was his, and many of the large construction jobs that he worked on are among the most highly regarded in our town.

His family extends our deepest gratitude to all those who helped us through our grief in the loss of such a wonderful man. He leaves behind a close-knit community of people who will always miss him and remember his loving, joyful and honorable ways.

An informal celebration of David’s life and love will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 5 p.m. at Harry’s Plaza Cafe, 3313-B State Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93105, (805) 687-2800. Please join us and share your favorite remembrances of our beloved David.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.

We love you, Dave. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Armando Perez Martinez

Armando Perez Martinez

7/3/1953 – 11/4/2012

It is with sad hearts that we say goodbye to our son, brother, father and grandfather, Armando Perez Martinez.

On the morning of Nov. 4, Armando left this world and headed to the heavens above.

Armando was a man of many great qualities, including being able to light up a room with his smile and his great sense of humor. He was amazing at making someone feel so important and special with just a few choice words or a simple compliment that seemed to go a long way. He was a handsome man, who dressed nicely, kept his hair perfectly slick and made the brightest shirts or ties look good.

He was a man who would give the shirt off his back to a stranger, a man a friend could rely on, and a man of the Bible. Everyone who knew Armando can rejoice that he is in Heaven with Jesus. “Brother Shando” and “Brother Love” were some of the names his brothers and sisters in the Lord knew him by. Armando served in the United States Marine Corps, served as a men’s home director for Victory Outreach and led countless Bible studies throughout his 59 years on this earth. He is preceded in death by his brother Gerardo and grandparents Amalia and Aurelio Perez. He leaves behind his parents Manuela and Heriberto Martinez, wife Cruzita, sisters Maria (Tony), Norma (John) and brother Eddie (Linda); daughters, Gina, Julianna, Michelle, Krystal and son Andres; and his grandchildren Brianna, Christina, Ryan, Jason, Gabriel, Tiffany, Aliyah, Robert, Steven and Noah; great-grandchild Sophia; nieces Cristina, Emerita, Hannah and Kathryn and nephews, Gerardo and Moises.

A service will be held on Monday, Nov. 12 at noon at Reardon Funeral Home in Oxnard (511 North A. Street). A burial will follow at the Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard (2370 North H Street).

A celebration of his life will also take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Canalino School auditorium (1480 Linden Ave in Carpinteria).

In lieu of flowers, the family has set up an account at Bank of America to help with funeral and burial expenses. (Routing #121-000-358, account #0002-2082-1089.)

Alice Patricia Moreno

Alice Patricia Moreno

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Alice Patricia Moreno passed away peacefully at her home, after a brave 4 ½ year battle with brain cancer. She was 66 years old. She was born on Feb. 27, 1946 to Adolf and Vera Escobar, both of whom have preceded her in death.

Patsy, as she was known, is survived by her husband Thomas Moreno and her three sons, Seferino Stanley Torres of San Francisco, Paul Torres of Guam, and Steven Torres of Chicago. She also is survived by her two elder sisters Eleanor Gonzales and Dolores Silbaugh. She had one brother who preceded her in death, David Escobar. Patsy also leaves two granddaughters, Takoda Torres and Aliciana Torres. Patsy went to Franklin Elementary and SB Junior High School. In 1964 she graduated from Santa Barbara High School. She lived in Carpinteria and enjoyed her little town for the last 28 years, but she was always a Santa Barbara gal.

Our Patsy loved her family, her friends and all her little animals. She had pug dogs, a cocker spaniel and a golden Labrador retriever, together with many kittens, cats and finches. We remember her and how excited she would get as her little birds would hatch. She had so much love for the entire animal kingdom.

It was obvious the love she had and showed for her sons made her so happy. She would always say, “my Stanny!” “my Pauley!” or “my Stevie-wewe!” “How handsome they are!”

Her happiness increased when she had her first granddaughter Takoda, who lives in Australia. Patsy traveled to Australia to visit as often as she could. She was never able to travel to see her second-granddaughter, Aliciana in Guam. But she always received and enjoyed a steady supply of baby photos. Recently, Aliciana and her parents came for a visit so Patsy was able to spend a month with her before she left us. It always was good medicine when she could visit with her baby girls. So much of Patsy’s love, spark and enjoyment of life is in Takoda and Aliciana. We are so thankful for this.

Patsy was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and an active member of the Carpinteria Congregation. She loved her congregation and contributed many heartfelt and colorful comments with her distinct sense of humor. She enjoyed the ministry work. Patsy believed strongly in her creator and the resurrection hope to a paradise earth.

We remember her life on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Cemetery, 901 Channel Drive, in Santa Barbara and Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3208 Via Real, Carpinteria. There will be a reception immediately following the services on Saturday. Place to be announced.

Marilyn (Dean) Fendrick

Marilyn (Dean) Fendrick

1923 - 2012

My mother died a peaceful and mercifully quick death last week. True to her idiosyncratic take on life and her need to share it with you, she wrote her own obituary. A celebration of her life will be held in the new year; you are all invited. -––Jane Benefield, daughter

A cold fact—I was born in Minneapolis—that’s in Minnesota—which is near Canada which is near Alaska which is near the Arctic Circle—a truly frosty frigid place. I certainly would have preferred to be hatched in California, but being both short and unemployable and with a faulty sense of direction; I was forced to locate next to my mother.

Time passed. I got taller, learned to read, got a diploma, got a job, got a husband and got two children who followed their mother’s early example by being short and unemployable.

More time passed. Single now and thawed out for the last time, I decided we three should “get out of Dodge” and head our wagon westward.

Settling in Southern California (Ojai was my favorite), I spent several years as a wildly successful teacher due largely to my perfect Palmer penmanship and my unwavering knowledge of when to use who or whom and lie or lay.

Then I became a student again while still a teacher thus occupying both sides of the desk and acquiring a couple more diplomas to frame, put in a box and push into the closet. Finally with a USC doctorate, I was able to stop paying tuition and get serious about school. Now I was at least ready to join the educational “heavy hitters,” spending the remainder of my teaching career with the ivy-covered faculty in the USC-Northridge School of Education, retiring as a Professor Emeritus (which is Latin for “she behaved nicely while we were watching”).

Along the way I collected a few misadventures, experienced major and minor triumphs, acquired a series of underwhelming husbands (except the last one), lived in 49 different homes and watched a long furry parade of cats polish my ankles and warm my lap.

But clearly and BEST OF ALL have been my children, Jane and Jamis. Their commendable accomplishments, loving generosity and constant concern formed the centerpiece of my motherhood. Completing my family circle was my lovely kind daughter-in-law Margaret and my three handsome “above average” grandsons Dylan, Tyler and Rowan.

Now throw into this mix my many friends—both sweet and spicy—and you end up with one HELL of a cake. And speaking of cake—I have to go now—as I am due at another wonderful party.

See you all there later and—don’t forget to bring more glitter.

Elizabeth “Betty” McDonald

Elizabeth “Betty” McDonald

1/14/1923 - 10/23/2012

Elizabeth “Betty” McDonald passed away peacefully at her home in Carpinteria on Oct. 23, 2012 at the age of 89. She was born on Jan. 14, 1923 in Spokane, Wash. She enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1944, serving in Seattle, where she met Moreland “Moe” Deaderick. They married and he brought her to Carpinteria. She loved Carpinteria and all her friends here. She later married another Carpinterian, Joseph “Joe” McDonald, and they spent many happy years together. She loved traveling with Joe in their motor home to Alaska and fishing trips in California and Oregon.

Betty enjoyed life. She especially loved listening to music and playing and watching golf. She was proud to have made two holes-in-one. She spent many happy years as a member of the Montecito Country Club.

Above all, Betty loved her family. She is survived by her husband, Joe; her children Michael (Lisa), Marsha, Mitchell (Michelle); her five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her stepchildren Robin, Michael and their families. Always a dog lover, she will be missed by her beloved Buster. She will always be remembered as the sweetest wife, mother, grandmother anyone could have.

The family would like to thank Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara for the wonderful care provided to Betty. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to a favorite charity in her memory.

Richard “Dick” Adam Edick

Richard “Dick” Adam Edick

08/16/1924 – 10/17/2012

Dick Edick passed away peacefully at Serenity House in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. As Dad, “Uncle Dick,” Grampa and Great Grampa, he is already sorely missed by his loving family.

Born Aug. 16, 1924 in Schenectady, N.Y., Richard Adam Edick has called Santa Barbara home since 1946. Like many others in his generation he was a “citizen-soldier” during World War II, serving in Italy. After the war ended he married Wilma Wasson and moved to Santa Barbara, where he attended U.C. Santa Barbara (then known as “Santa Barbara College,” with its campus on the Riviera). He graduated in 1950 with a B.A. in Economics, and his primary career in life was in business management and accounting.  His last position before retiring in late 1989 was as head of Accounting at Kilovac in Carpinteria. Prior to his nine years at Kilovac he was in turn accountant, controller, part-owner and general manager of Electro Kinetics in Santa Barbara for about 16 years.

Dick was sharp, articulate, inventive and talented, with a wry sense of humor. Anything he did, he always did extremely well! His interests included woodworking, home remodeling, gardening, reading and puzzle solving. He enjoyed building doll houses and travel with his second wife Laura (Maloney Hutton). He loved music—big band, Dixieland and jazz—western novels and nature. One of his “favorite places in the entire world” was his uncle Elmer’s farm in Hope, N.Y., where Dick worked for several summers in his youth. From that early experience he maintained an appreciation for home-craftsmanship, self-sufficiency and all things rural throughout his life.

Dick is survived by his children Kris Buck and her husband Manor (Beau and his fiancé Gabrielle Gamarello, and Brandon), Coni Edick and her husband Joe Doyle, Michael Edick and his wife Lyn (her children Megan, Todd and Wesley), Tom Edick (Amanda and Brian), granddaughter Jennifer Thatcher and her husband Craig (Luke and Jackson), and stepson Jeff Maloney (Jacob and Jason). 

He is also survived by his sister-in-law Pat Edick, nephew Ed Edick and Mary Lu, and niece Lynn Edick. Dick was preceded in death by his brothers Art and Bob Edick, first wife Willie Edick, second wife Laura Edick and son Richard Edick Jr.

We want to express our sincere thanks to Dr. Alan Rosenblum for all his medical support and advice and to the wonderful staff at Serenity House for their compassionate care during Dick’s final days.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held on Monday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. at Chase Palm Park Center (236 E. Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara). In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Dick’s name to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Humane Society or the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Dad, we miss you so much and will love you always!!

––Your Loving Family

Richard Talamantez Corral

Richard Talamantez Corral

8/15/1957 – 10/15/2012

Richard Talamantez Corral, 55, passed away on Oct. 15, 2012 in Lompoc after a brief illness. He was born on Aug. 15, 1957 in Santa Barbara.

Richard grew up in Carpinteria and graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1975. He later lived in Santa Barbara and spent the last five years in Lompoc. He earned an associates degree from Santa Barbara Business College and then attended Santa Barbara Beauty School. With his certification, he went on to work at Chris Beauty Salon in Carpinteria from 1977 to 1987 and then for the County of Santa Barbara and part-time at Coco’s Beauty Salon. Richard loved to cut hair and loved to cook for his family and friends. He was a caregiver to his mother. Most of all he loved researching his family tree/genealogy, music and restoring old photos.

Richard is survived by his mother Amelia Corral, siblings Raul Corral Jr. Gabriel Corral (Jacquelyn), Helen King, Andrea Corral (Alejandro Tinoco), Robert Corral, Peter Corral (Elizabeth), Anthony L. Gonzalez (Lisa Carini), 27 nieces and nephews and many more.

Join us at a celebration of life on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Saint Joseph Church hall, 1532 Linden Ave.

(Edith) Pearl Hatch

(Edith) Pearl Hatch

1916 – 2012

Pearl Hatch passed away on Oct. 22. She was born in Mt. Sterling, Ill., married her high school sweetheart, Lozelle Hatch, and stayed happily married for 68 years. They moved with their first daughter, Carmen, to California in 1940. Their other two children, Libby and Ruthie, were born in Southern California. Pearl taught nursery school at Parents and Children’s preschool in La Canada for 27 years. She accomplished her dream of earning her Early Childhood Education degree at the University of Redlands in 1974 once her girls had grown up.

In 1984 they moved to Carpinteria and built a retirement home. Pearl was active in the Carpinteria Community Church, strong in her faith and powerful in her prayers. She was an active member of the PEO Sorority. Pearl will be remembered for her sweetness, wit and mischief. She kept her friends and family laughing. She liked to dress up for Halloween. She was a strong supporter of her daughters’ creative, educational and business goals. She was neat and lady-like in her dress and in her later years loved to wear red.

Pearl was the last surviving member of her family of six siblings and three step-siblings. Her husband, Lozelle, predeceased her by 10 years. She is survived by her daughters; Carmen Canfield, Libby (Lanny) Lafferty and Ruth Rahimi. She was much loved by her grandchildren, Peter (Cindy) Vincent, Tom (Lucia) Vincent, Ruthie (Brent) Palmatier, Kevin (Cris) Lafferty and Tina (Alan) Di Cicco and great-grandchildren Amber (Ryan) Olsen, Jorell (Tricia) Vincent, Josh Vincent, Anna Brown, Heather (Jake) Berryman, Tyler Lund, Brandon Palmatier, Sofia Vincent, Camilla Vincent, Olivia Lafferty, and Gabriela Lafferty, Julia Di Cicco and Natalie Di Cicco. Pearl is also survived by seven great-great-grandchildren.

Pearl moved to Maravilla, a beautiful assisted living facility, in Santa Barbara in 2006. We thank the attentive staff and skilled caregivers who gave her such good care.

Arrangements entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.

Jess W. Moore, Jr. 

Jess W. Moore, Jr. 


Jess W. Moore, Jr. passed from mortality at his home in Coronado, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 as a result of renal failure. His beloved wife of 31 years, Charlotte, and loving daughters, 
Stephanie Remick (Darryl) of Santa Maria, Calif., Christina Davis (Matthew) of American Fork, Utah, 
Autumn Jennings (Joel) of Orcutt, Calif., Leanna Watson (Matthew) of Buellton, Calif., and Jessica Zepeda
of Salt Lake City, Utah, grandson, Miguel Ramirez of Patterson, Calif., and lifelong friend, Tom Dorff,
were at his bedside. In addition to his daughters, Jess is survived by his 96-year-old father, Jess Moore,
Sr. of Amado, Ariz., brothers John, of Sneedville Tenn., Charles or Arivaca, Ariz., grandchildren, Alec and 
Maclaine Watson Nicole and Alexandra Remick, Jade, Kimber and Jacob Davis, Porter and Isabella
Jennings, grandsons Martin Zepeda, and Miguel Ramirez, great-grandson, Adrian Ramirez, former 
spouse and mother of Leanna, Christina, Autumn and Stephanie, Lana 1. Clark of Solvang, Calif.

Jess was born in rural Sneedville Tenn., the third son of Jess and Eunice Moore. His family moved to 
Tucson, Ariz. when he was 8. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with 
a degree in accountancy in 1962 and began his C.P.A. career with a move to Los Angeles to work 
for Touche, Ross, Deloitte, Haskins and Sells C.P.A firm. After working for several other firms, Jess 
moved to Solvang, Calif. and established his own successful C.P.A. firm which he sold in 1986. He later
established another practice in 1991 in Carpinteria and retired for a second time in 2003.

Jess was an active member of and centered his life around The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints, which he joined at the age of 22. He gladly served in many leadership and teaching callings
within the church. His volunteerism extended into many avenues as a Rotarian, President of the 
Solvang Chamber of Commerce, mentoring at risk youth, service on the Santa Barbara County Grand 
Jury and served four years on the Private Industry Council of Santa Barbara. He was a member of the 
Mensa Society and was currently a member of the Community Emergency Response Team as a HAM
radio operator in Coronado, Calif.

Rendered a paraplegic as a result of a spinal cord injury at the age of 6, Jess was admired and 
respected for his cheerful countenance and his ability to focus on doing what he was able rather than 
what he was unable to do. He is described by one friend as the most able disabled man he has ever 
met. Jess learned to fly and soloed an airplane, learned to para- ski when he lived in Utah, snorkled in
Tahiti, enjoyed sailing in his young adulthood and was always ready for a road trip or new adventure with his buddy Tom or his wife, Charlotte.

Jess accomplished many things in his life but his greatest joy and accomplishment is his family. He
will be sorely missed, but his family takes great comfort in their faith that they will all reunite with him
in the future. They are cheered to know that he is standing tall and free of all the physical
encumberances he experienced during his lifetime. Earth has lost a bit of heaven with his passing, and we are all infinitely richer for our associations with him.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints, 1501 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, Calif. Interment will be at Oakhill Cemetery, 
Baseline Avenue, Ballard (Santa Ynez Valley) CA. A graveside dedicatory service will be held at the 
cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to donate to charity may contact The Children's Heart Foundation—nationwide medical research for congenital heart defects at
http://www.childrensheartfoundation.org/donate-now or Intermountain Healing Hearts—a support group for families with congenital heart defects (based in Utah, Jess' daughter Christina helped found and serves on the Executive Board of Directors) at http://interm ountainheal in ghearts.org/ donations. Two of Jess' grandsons were born with and survived serious congenital heart defects.

Sandra Davis Vargas

VARGAS, Sandra Davis, of Carpinteria passed away on Oct. 8. A Rosary was held on Oct. 15 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Santa Barbara Chapel and a mass was held at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Oct. 16. She was interred at Carpinteria Cemetery.

Samuel Torres Navarro

Samuel Torres Navarro

11/2/1941 – 10/15/2012

Samuel Torres Navarro, 70, of Carpinteria, died at Cottage Hospital on October 15, 2012, after a valiant fight against cancer. Samuel was born on Nov. 2, 1941 in Tepatitlan, Jalisco, Mexico. He was a resident of Santa Barbara for 38 years.

Samuel worked with horses for 38 years, 31 of those at the Whitney Ranch where he worked closely with his best amigo, Tim Whitney. Samuel was an avid fan of futbol soccer who loved his Chivas. He enjoyed Mexican music especially rancheras and mariachi.

Samuel is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Evelia: his sons, Hector (Brenda) Navarro and Oscar Navarro; and grandchildren, Kameron Alexis, Kelsey Taylor and Lucas Diego Navarro.

The Rosary Service will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Church. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m., also at St. Joseph’s followed by the Graveside Service at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-8409.

John Frederick Risdon

John Frederick Risdon

3/4/1940 – 10/2/2012

John Frederick Risdon, known to many as Jack, passed away peacefully on Oct. 2, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Los Angeles on March 4, 1940 to Fred and Lillie Risdon, he was raised in Carpinteria, residing on a ranch on Cravens Lane and graduating from Carpinteria High School in 1957. He served in the U.S. Navy, making two tours of duty to the Far East, and afterwards attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in agricultural engineering. An outgoing, genial, and consummately capable man, Jack joined the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District in 1964, and in 1969 he was chosen as the department’s fire chief following a statewide selection process, becoming one of the youngest chiefs in the state. He was honored as Carpinterian of the Year in 1971, and in 1973 he was selected fire chief and fire warden for the county of Santa Barbara. During his tenure as county chief he introduced several new measures to prevent and combat fires. Chief Risdon retired from the fire service in 1976, then purchased his father’s Bowes Automotive Supply business. He served on the Carpinteria Sanitary Board of Directors for 12 years and participated in many community activities.

In partnership with his sons, Jack operated Risdon’s 76 Service and Risdon’s Auto Care Center in Carpinteria, resulting in four generations providing automotive services in the Carpinteria valley. Jack was active in the Carpinteria Masonic Lodge #444, serving as treasurer and secretary. He received the Hiram award from his lodge for long and generous service to the lodge and community.

For almost a decade Jack and his wife Elizabeth traveled extensively in their motor home, The Seabreeze, circumnavigating the nation in search of its many wonders. Bold and inquisitive adventurers, they found much to enjoy in their journeys far and near. A student of all things seen and unseen, Jack also enjoyed researching the Risdon family’s ancestry and has thus left a wonderful treasure in the hands of those who follow.

Jack’s many fans will miss his enthusiasm, his generosity, his big heart and his stories. As far as he was concerned, “There are no problems, only opportunities.”

Jack is survived by his wife and soulmate Elizabeth; his son Donald (Andrea) and grandson Bryan; and his son John (Nelly). He was preceded in death by his son Bill, and former wife Karen. Jack is also survived by his sister’s family, Joanne and Bill Bowie of Ventura as well as nieces Jill and Julie and nephew Chad.

Jack and Elizabeth also rejoiced in their love of son Geary (Mary Lee) Bensen, daughter Heidi (Ross) Robins, son Craig (Kerry) Bensen and daughter Alison (Rick) Stuerman, and grandchildren Ginna, Marina and Ryan Bensen, Camille and Adrian Robins and Liliana and Wyn Stuerman.

A graveside service will be held at the Carpinteria Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road in Carpinteria. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Carpinteria High School in support of the FFA Tractor restoration project at the school or the Carpinteria Historical Society.

Joseph Connell

Joseph Connell

12/12/1953 – 9/8/2012

Joseph Connell, 58, went to his everlasting home with our Lord on Sept. 8, 2012 after a courageous battle against kidney cancer. He was born on Dec. 12, 1953 in New York, but spent most of his life in Santa Barbara and Oahu, Hawaii, where he passionately taught in the biology departments at Santa Barbara City College and Leeward Community College.

Joe was a one-of-a-kind Christian man with extraordinary talents who lived his life with honesty and integrity. His deep and abiding love of nature compelled him to share the wonders of the world with others. Joe enjoyed backpacking, hiking, bike riding, bodyboarding, tropical gardening and music. Joe truly adored his beloved wife of 25 years, Carolyn Connell (Carty); his two beautiful children, Christina and Joseph (Zippy); his parents, Joseph and Charlotte Connell; and his sister, Susan Connell Rettig. We will always dearly remember and miss Joe’s gentle kindness, joyful laughter and reassuring smile. His music is everywhere. A memorial service for Joe will be held at Lion’s Park in Carpinteria on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2:30 p.m., casual attire.

Judith Anne Burgett

Judith Anne Burgett


Judy Burgett, 73, passed away peacefully on Sept. 13 after a brief battle with cancer. She was born in Chicago, Ill. on April 23, 1939, to George and Bernice (Ely) Litsinger. Judy grew up in Park Ridge, Ill. After graduating from Maine Township High School, she attended the University of Illinois in Champagne-Urbana as a theatre arts major. After college, Judy went to work at WGN Television in Chicago as an assistant to the station’s general manager. In 1961, Judy married Gordon Burgett, and in 1962, the couple left the United States and spent two and a half years in Colombia and Ecuador, South America, where her husband was employed by CARE. In 1975, Judy moved to California with her husband and two daughters and in July of that year settled in Carpinteria. Judy used her great social skills for the next 10 years in her position with the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce and later as the Production Secretary for the Theater Arts Department at Santa Barbara City College, retiring from that position in 2009. Throughout her life, Judy was active in community theater. As a founding member of the Seaside Theater Group, she appeared in many local productions as well as working behind the scenes on publicity and serving on the board of directors.

Judy is survived by her two daughters Shannon Graydon (Eric) and Kim Pierce (Derek); sister Anita Allen; two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. No formal services are planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.

Patricia “Patsy” Metz Slocum Gradle

Patricia “Patsy” Metz Slocum Gradle

Patricia “Patsy” Metz Slocum Gradle passed away on Sept.10, 2012. She was peacefully sleeping and surrounded by loving family. Patsy would have been 90 years old next March. She lived in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria all her life. Patsy attended Santa Barbara High School where she was the editor of the Forge Newspaper. She was secretary at the Carpinteria Community Church and later she spent many years as a librarian at SBHS. Patsy was an avid tennis player, gardener and dancer, and she played bridge up until her last day. She was unceasingly optimistic and vital, and she loved every single day!

Patsy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janet Blackwell-Fisher and Jack Fisher, her daughter, Nancy Slocum, her step-daughter Janet Gradle Wascoe, her niece, Penny Baird Strand, and three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The family would also like to acknowledge and honor Rachel Munoz for her many years of loving support and friendship with Patsy. A memorial service will be held on Sept. 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road in Carpinteria. In lieu of flowers, the family requests support for Alzheimer’s research through the Alzheimer’s Assn., 1528 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

Jessica Marie Shepard

Jessica Marie Shepard

5/20/1929 – 9/5/2012

Jessica Marie Shepard passed away Wednesday, Sept. 5, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born May 20, 1929 in Brisbane, Australia. She was the youngest of nine children. She met John Henry Shepard, Jr., a native of Santa Barbara County, in 1950 while he was in Australia introducing new varieties of avocado bud wood to her brother-in-law. In 1952 they were married in Brisbane and returned to Carpinteria.

In 1974 she became the librarian at Main Elementary School in Carpinteria. Her dedication to the children was a reflection of her love for life. She would open the library early, help children with their studies and stay late in order to provide a safe place for those who had nowhere to go.

After retiring she enjoyed life being a grandmother to her three granddaughters. She was an avid gardener and loved to spend hours tending her flowers. A favorite pastime of hers was a long walk on the beach looking for shells and listening to the ocean. One of the humorous parts of her life was the neighborhood pets that would regularly come to visit her on their own accord, sometimes overstaying their welcome to the point where she would have to walk them home.

Her husband John Henry Shepard, Jr. passed away in 1987 after 35 years of marriage. She is survived by her two daughters, Nola Shepard Stucky and Allison Shepard Van Wingerden; their husbands, Carl Stucky and Walter Van Wingerden, and her three granddaughters, Erika, Portia and Talia Van Wingerden.

The family would like to thank Bonnie Haave and Maria Dye, Beatrice Ramos and Obdulia Teran of Haave House, and Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association for their unconditional love and care to Jessica.

The family asks those wishing to remember Jessica, to please donate, in lieu of flowers, to the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History or Livingston Memorial VNA.

A memorial service will be held on Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. at All-Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

Concha Medel

Concha Medel

7/5/1930 – 9/6/2012

Concha Medel, 82, passed away on Sept. 6, 2012 surrounded by family and friends. She was born to Reyes and Carmen Gonzalez in Carpinteria on July 5, 1930. Concha attended local schools and married the love of her life, Henry Medel, on Feb. 12, 1949. They were married for 62 years before his passing. Together they raised eight children. She is preceded in death by her parents, son Walter, brothers Guadalupe, Cipriano and John and sister Jennie Franco. Concha leaves behind her daughter Leola (Richard), sons Ronald (Susan), Stanley (Karen), Gilbert (Elizabeth), David (Heather), John, Paul (Corrine), sister Lela Franco, 18 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mom loved a good book, joke and song. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She believed in the value of education and was proud to have worked for many years as a teacher’s aide. Mom was the “best cook in the world.” She was caring, loving and compassionate. Her granddaughter Tallie described her as “wonderfully surprising, funny and emotional.” Thank you, Mom. Because of you and Dad, our home was filled with love, laughter and music.

Funeral services are Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, followed by internment at Carpinteria Cemetery. A celebration of life will follow at St. Joseph’s Hall. Arrangements by Coast Cities Cremation.

Timothy Beau Whitney

Timothy Beau Whitney

Timothy Beau Whitney, long-time horse trainer in Santa Barbara died on September 2, 2012. Please join us at the Celebration of Life Service, Friday, September 14, 2012, 1:00 p.m., at the Santa Barbara Cemetery Chapel, followed immediately by the Graveside Service. Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-9409.

David Jeronimo Mendoza

David Jeronimo Mendoza

David Jeronimo Mendoza, 63, of Carpinteria, died peacefully at his home on Aug. 21, 2012. Affectionately known as “Dozer,” David was born in Santa Barbara and resided nearly his entire life in Carpinteria. Dozer was a product of the local schools and was a proud Warrior who played football and participated in FFA (Future Farmers of America) at Carpinteria High School. In the early 1980s, he drove in the demolition derbies held at the Ventura Fairgrounds and earned the nickname “Madman Mendoza.”

Dozer worked as a mechanic at Wally’s Garage in Goleta for many years and also worked at Carpinteria Lumber Company and Santa Barbara Home Improvement. Later, he also proudly established his own business, Mendoza Handyman Service.

David is survived by his daughters, Rita Mendoza-Smith (James), Carina Mendoza Gonzales (Frank), and Carrie Mendoza Bustillos (Robert); mother, Pauline Mendoza; brothers Ronnie Mendoza and Jimmy Mendoza (Sally); sister Desi Mendoza D’Urbano (Don); and grandchildren, Danny, Brittny, and Leanna Alvarez, Matthew Gonzales, David and Joshua Mendoza, John and Alyssa Bustillos, and Orion Smith.

David was predeceased by his father, Jesus Mendoza; daughter, Denise Mendoza; and his former wife, Loray Mendoza.

Memorial Services were held on Aug. 29 in Santa Barbara.

The Mendoza Family would like to thank all of the family, friends and neighbors who have helped and supported them during this difficult time.

Gary Gerard Vallen

Gary Gerard Vallen

7/23/1950 – 7/24/2012

Gary Gerard Vallen was born on July 23, 1950 in Mineola, N.Y. He grew up in Canoga Park, Calif. Surfing Malibu with his friends during the early 1960s was the beginning of a life filled with adventure and lifelong friendships.

In 1969, Gary, with his wife Patricia and their son Eric, moved to the Santa Susana Knolls near Simi Valley where his career in the landscape industry began.

In the 1970s and 1980s Gary and his brother-in-law Tom opened Tropicana nursery in Valencia. He remarried in 1983 and settled in Castaic with his wife Lori, their son Clayton and daughter Erika. In 2007, Gary moved to Carpinteria to be more involved in his son’s landscape business and enjoyed surfing, skiing and fly-fishing with his family.

Because of the 46-year involvement and leadership in many facets of the Green Industry, Gary was honored last year with induction into the Green Industry Hall of Fame. Although Gary will be remembered by some for his professional accomplishments, it’s his beaming smile, love of life and gravelly voice that his friends will miss most.

Gary was a loving, generous father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He died on July 24, 2012 at the age of 62.

He is preceded in death by his father, George; his mother, Marcella; his brother, George; his uncle, Demetrios; and his sister-in-law, Lisa.

He is survived by his sons, Eric and Clayton; his daughter, Erika; his daughter-in-law, Kristina; his granddaughter, Sonya; sisters Helen (Dick), Ann (Tom) and Linda; and many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Carpinteria Woman’s Club.

Linda L. Ansell

Linda L. Ansell

1/20/1941 – 8/22/2012

Linda Louise Ansell passed peacefully on Aug. 22 at her home in Pleasanton, Calif. Linda (née Massey) was born on Jan. 20, 1941 in Cannelton, W.V. She was the sixth of 13 children and the third of four girls. Her father, James Morris Massey, known as Maurice, was orphaned at a young age and worked in the coal mines of Kanawha County, W.V. from the age of 11.

Linda loved living in the countryside and said as a child she never considered herself poor. They had fresh vegetables from a huge garden the family kept and collected wild berries with her sisters. They canned everything and never went hungry. After graduating from Parkersburg High School, Linda worked for the government processing punch cards before she decided to move to California when she was 21 to live with her oldest brother, Jim, his wife Joan, and their young children. She was looking for a new life and found it in Santa Maria, Calif. She loved working with numbers and soon found a job working as a teller at the Bank of America in Santa Maria. There she met Kathleen Silva who was soon to be Kathy Jones and her best friend. The two of them were still known for giggling and long talks even after 50 years of friendship.

One day a young man, recently home from serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, came to Linda’s window at the bank and asked her out. Despite having a balance of just over $4 in the bank, Linda agreed. The young man, Gary Ansell, took her to Los Angeles to see a Cinemascope showing of “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” They married three months later in November 1964. In 1969, they gave birth to their first son, Michael Albert Ansell. In 1971, they had a second son, Christopher Lee Ansell. Linda was completely focused on raising her two boys. She read to them constantly and took them to the park or to the swimming pool whenever she could. Gary worked for the post office, and in 1974 he was transferred with the family to San Luis Obispo and then in 1977 to Carpinteria.

Linda loved books and spent hours every day reading. She took her sons to the Carpinteria Library so often that between them they read practically every book in the tiny library, and the librarians became like family. When both boys started school she volunteered in their classrooms, with PTO activities and worked as a yard duty at Canalino School in Carpinteria, making close friends along the way. She was greatly loved by all the kids who followed her around the playground. After a few years, she became teacher’s aide for a second-grade classroom. She was like a second mom for many who was greatly loved for her warmth, support, sense of humor and love for all. In the 1980’s and 1990’s she worked as an office manager at Surf Realty and Ralph Brown Realty in Carpinteria. She enjoyed bookkeeping and working with people, especially those new in town who wanted to know what Carpinteria was like.

In the late 1980’s, Linda met with a series of tragedies including the loss of her younger son, her husband and emergency brain surgery that she barely survived. She showed her amazing strength during this time and dedicated herself to making sure her older son, Mike, graduated from college. College was a dream of hers and she made it possible for her son with her strength, hard work and endless support. Mike graduated with a degree in chemistry from CSU, Chico and later a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon thanks to her.

Linda had always been close with her sister, Julie, as a girl in West Virginia. Despite moving to California, they remained very close. As time passed, they talked almost every day. Linda was also close with many friends including her sister, Ginger. All of the sisters were great conversationalists. In 2004, Linda moved to Pleasanton to be closer to her grandchildren, two beautiful little girls. She dedicated herself to reading to them and to spoiling them in every way she could. Linda was happy to make friends at her gym in Pleasanton, the senior center and among her neighbors. Linda is survived by her son, Mike, her daughter-in-law, Sonia, and her granddaughters, Sarah and Lucie; her sisters Julie and Ginger, and her brothers Eddie, David, Johnny and Robert. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ansell Family Scholarship c/o Las Positas College Foundation, 3000 Campus Hill Road, Livermore CA 94551.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. at Callahan Mortuary, 3833 East Ave, Livermore, CA.

Hans Kristian Wold

Hans Kristian Wold

7/20/1952 – 8/21/2012

Hans Kristian Wold quietly passed Aug. 21, 2012. Born in Tacoma, Wash. on July 20, 1952 and raised in Titlow Beach, the Puget Sound provided him many opportunities to enjoy sport and the outdoors. Hans started out as a “tadpole” at the local pool and later became a lifeguard, a member of a hall of fame state champion high school boys swim team and an All-American Swimmer at University of Puget Sound. In 1978 he moved to Carpinteria where he met his future wife. They were wed Feb. 14, 1981. Later, Kristen and Jennifer completed the family. Hans truly enjoyed being a dad and going camping and fishing with his girls. He was a longtime employee at both Kilovac (Tyco) and Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation with the Adaptive Bowling and Special Olympics.

He is survived by his wife Jane, daughters Kristen and Jennifer, and sisters Elizabeth and Pauline. Thanks to our friends for being there, the Alzheimer’s Association for their resources, and Carpinteria Caregivers Support Group for their compassion. Hans was a kind and gentle man and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Warren Sumner Bateman

Warren Sumner Bateman, 78, of Carpinteria, died July 15, 2012. A service will be held Saturday, Sept. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road.

Burdette Eldon White

Burdette Eldon White

8/27/1912 – 8/20/2012

Burdette Eldon White of Ventura died Aug. 20, 2012. He was born on Aug. 27, 1912 to James Arnold and Edna Mae White in Carpinteria, Calif. He was the second of seven siblings, all of whom he outlived. Burdette attended Carpinteria schools, graduating from Carpinteria High School in 1930, a few months after losing his right hand in a dynamite explosion.

After an unsatisfactory semester of majoring in music at Santa Barbara State College, Burdette enrolled at University of California’s agriculture branch at Davis, and he soon became keenly interested in the study of insects. During the summer recess after his first year at U.C. Davis, Burdette met and soon after married Violet Arnold of Santa Barbara, who became his helpmate and inspiration for over 65 years.

Burdette transferred to U.C. Berkeley’s main campus, to complete his undergraduate work for which he received a “Certificate of Honors at Graduation” in agriculture, along with a BS Degree in 1938. He remained at U.C. Berkeley for a year of graduate study in Entomology that earned him an MS Degree in 1939, as well as a Secondary Teaching Credential. This made it possible for him to accept a position on the Merced High School faculty as a biology instructor beginning service the fall of 1939, and where he remained 14 years, the last two as the principal.

In the fall of 1953, Burdette and wife Violet moved to Perris, Calif., where he served as Principal and District Superintendent of Perris Union High School until his retirement in 1967.

Burdette had pursued his entomological interests as a hobby for many years, collecting and classifying dung beetles, among which he discovered and published several new species.

During his school service years, Burdette developed a hobby of photographing wildlife and received many awards in international competition. In 1975, he was elected an “Honorary Fellow” in the Photographic Society of America (FPSA). In 1965 and 1966, he served as Chairman of PSA’s Nature Division.

After retiring from school work in 1967, Burdette served for 12 years as one of National Audubon Society’s Wildlife Screen Tour lecturers, using films he had produced emphasizing wildlife appreciation and conservation. With his wife, Violet, as projectionist, he presented wildlife films and lectures in major cities throughout the United States and Canada, and in the Bermuda and Bahama Islands. His films of hummingbirds, woodpeckers and sea otters were also used in TV productions.

After Violet passed away in 2000, Burdette later married a long-time acquaintance, Elizabeth (Betty) Randall Potts, who was also an enthusiastic wildlife photographer. Together, they vigorously pursued their photographic interests especially in the region of Mono Lake during the five years they lived together at Betty’s home in Oakhurst, Calif., until Betty’s death in 2006.

After Betty’s death, Burdette resided with his nephew John Ueltschi and wife Julia in Ventura, Calif. He is also survived by six additional nephews: Arnold Kluge (wife Jean) of Ann-Arbor, Mich.; Richard White (wife Shellie) of Cameron Park, Calif.; Joseph White (wife Beth) of Texas; Bill Hosten (wife Phyllis) of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Kenn Holsten (wife Christine) of New Mexico; Gary Holsten (wife Tonjua) of Fredonia, Ariz.; and one niece Jackie Donnell of Alpine, Calif.

Per Burdette’s wishes he did not want a service. He will be buried at Carpinteria Cemetery alongside his family members who have preceded him.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3150 Loma Vista Rd., Ventura. Condolences may be left at TedMayrFuneralHome.com.

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Charles James MacGillivray

Charles James MacGillivray

Charles James MacGillivray, age 90, died unexpectedly on Aug. 17, 2012 at his home in Carpinteria.

“Chuck” was born on the family farm at Spirit River in northern Alberta Province, Canada. Shortly after the death of his parents while he was still a teenager, he moved to live with his Aunt Alice and Uncle “Mac” in Fresno, Calif.

Soon after graduation from Fresno High School in 1941 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. During World War II he worked with ground crews servicing the planes as well as preparing/ loading bombs onto the planes at Chelveston Air Base with the “Mighty 8th” Air Force in England. In later years he enjoyed attending many annual reunions of his “Can-DO” 305th Bomb Group.

After the war, Chuck attended Fresno State College where he met his future wife Martha Marie Shaw. In 1950 they relocated to Carpinteria where they began their family of three children. He began his long career in retail hardware working at the popular Carpinteria Hardware Store, which then occupied the entire corner building where we now see the Wullbrandt Mural. In later years he worked with Austin’s Home Center until his retirement in 2002.

While in retirement Chuck began losing vision and thoroughly enjoyed the many activities and friendships provided at the Santa Barbara Braille Institute. Chuck became the “poster” person for Braille through his regular attendance and helpfulness. He loved listening to the many books on audio tape provided by the Braille Library.

He always appreciated the continuing friendships and visits with AFS students who had lived with our family. Chantra “Daeng” Jayanama from Thailand and Martin Gross from Switzerland.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Martha; daughter Jeanne Wood (Brent) in Hesperia, Calif. and son Charles “Scott” MacGillivray (Catherine) in Orange, Calif.; sisters Edith Clark in Seattle, Wash. and Nancy Merkel in Modesto, Calif.; brother George MacGillivray (Ruth) in Alberta, Canada and three grandchildren: Carolyn Lohman, Curtis Wood (Mallory) and Daniel Wood.

He was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Susan MacGillivray Lohman; parents Winifred Humphries MacGillivray and James Stuart MacGillivray and a sister Elizabeth Kelly of Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Braille Institute of Santa Barbara, Calif. or AFS International Student Exchange Program at 71 West 23rd Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010-4102 USA.

Arrangements for a memorial service will be at a later date.

Maija-Liisa Pekkanen

7/23/1925 - 8/17/2012

Longtime Carpinterian Maija-Liisa Pekkanen was united with her Lord on Aug. 17, 2012. Born in Detroit, Mich., Maija moved with her family to her beloved Finland as a 2-year-old and lived there until returning to the U.S. in 1947. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1955 with her husband, Eric Pekkanen, and son Larry. In 1958 the family, now with a baby girl, Lisa, moved to Carpinteria, a town Maija loved dearly and never took for granted. 

Maija worked for the Santa Barbara Probation Deptartment for 25 years, retiring in 1991.

She is survived by her son, Larry Pekkanen, daughter Lisa Price (Len); grandchildren Laura and Erik Price and so many friends from around the community. She had the soul of an angel and will be sorely missed.

Services will be held on Friday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Carpinteria with a reception following. Please feel free to wear cool, colorful attire as Maija would have enjoyed.

In lieu of flowers the family would like you to remember Carpinteria Faith Lutheran Church or Visiting Nurses & Hospice Care.

Donald (Butchy) Seelye Robertson, Jr.

Donald (Butchy) Seelye Robertson, Jr.

2/11/1939 – 7/5/2012

Donald was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. He grew up and attended school in New York and Connecticut. He moved to Santa Barbara in 1961 and lived in that area for the rest of his life. He worked at many jobs, including photography, reporting, bartending and donut making, but his real love was for folk music. He was a self-employed musician and songwriter, and a member of ASCAP. He was a singer, and played the baritone ukulele, nylon and steel string guitar, and twelve string guitar. He recorded at least one album, “Yesterday’s Rain” on Jet Set Records in 1968. One of his songs was recorded by Burl Ives.

As a live performer, he was a member of the Freeway Singers, a folk group that held forth at Me and Ed’s Pizza near Santa Barbara City College. He was well received and a regular at the Rondo. He also played at Gatsby’s, the Nexus and The Timbers. In the late ‘60s, Don was in a duo called Don & Tina that performed regularly at John’s at the Beach in Ventura. He was a regular at the Bluebird Cafe in Santa Barbara in the early 1970s, as well. In the ’80s he sometimes played with The Floyd County Boys, who also sang and performed many of his songs. His strong and beautiful voice will be missed by many.

Donald wrote two columns for Coastal View News in the 1990s and 2000s: “Plane Nuts,” about aircraft and airshows, and ”Out There,” about UFO phenomena. He had tremendous knowledge and love of these subjects.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Beverly and Shirley. He lived in Ventura and is survived by his wife, Elaine, and many nieces and nephews, who will greatly miss him.

There will be a “Celebration of Life” picnic with live music and many photos for all his friends, acquaintances and family, on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Marion Cannon Park in Ventura. Casual dress recommended. For information contact Frances (909) 260-3058, francesborella@yahoo.com.

Dennis “Joe” Hart Austin

Dennis “Joe” Hart Austin

4/4/1931 – 8/4/2012

Life’s journey came to an end for long-time Carpinteria resident Dennis “Joe” Hart Austin on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 after losing a long and very courageous battle with cancer.

Joe was born on April 4, 1931 in Jackson, Mich. At an early age he decided he wanted to see the world, and he joined the Army, serving the United States in occupied Japan at the end of World War II and later in Korea. After being discharged he returned to the states and moved to Florida to start his own heating and air conditioning company. Coming to California in the early 1970s, Joe settled in Carpinteria and completed his professional career working for a national restaurant chain and ServiceMaster Corporation.

Retirement found him enjoying his love of woodworking by making beautiful pieces of furniture for his family and friends.

Joe is preceded in death by his mother, Pearl, and his brother, Richard. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 27 years, Barbara; two stepsons, Robert (Karen) and Aharon of Santa Barbara; a daughter, Andrea (Raul), and two grandchildren, Gabriela and Sam.

A memorial service is being planned, and the date is to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Serenity House of Santa Barbara or the Leukemia Foundation.

“May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
––Always & Forever, Barbara

John “J.R.” Rabatin

John “J.R.” Rabatin

John Rabatin, 79, passed peacefully on Aug. 6, 2012, in the presence of his loving family. He bravely fought a short battle with cancer. He moved to Carpinteria in 1975 and made his home in Ventura for the last 25 years.

He is survived by his beautiful children Maria, Mark and Maureen Granaroli (Mike), grandchildren Vanessa and Max along with the recent addition of Talitha, as well as five loving siblings. Services will be held Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Assumption, Ventura. 

Ronald Ray “Ron” Harris

Ronald Ray “Ron” Harris

4/19/1933 - 7/17/2012

Ronald Ray “Ron” Harris passed away on July 17, 2012, in Santa Barbara. He was 79. Ron was born in Dallas, Texas, on April 19, 1933, to Susan Kemp Harris and Keith Harris. Ron graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1950. He married Donna M. Ellis on Feb. 15, 1952. They lived in Canoga Park before settling in Chatsworth, Calif., where they raised their four children.

In his younger years, Ron worked in the aircraft industry. He was a State Farm insurance agent for 41 years in Canoga Park, Calif. He was active in Canoga Park Kiwanis, serving as their Lieutenant Governor of the Southern Division. Ron was a true “family man” and enjoyed coaching his sons in little league baseball and Pop Warner football. After Ron’s retirement in 2001, he and Donna moved to Carpinteria.

Ron loved his family, his friends and traveling. Traveling throughout the world, he returned with wonderful stories, great pictures and new best friends. When at home, Ron enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, but mostly with his “Sweets.” Ron and Donna celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February. He was generous, fun-loving and kind. 

His beloved wife, Donna; his children, Bob and Sharon Harris of Solvang, Calif., Kimberly and Kyle Branum of Seattle, Wash.; and his brother Tim and Heidi Harris of Bothell, Wash., survive Ron. His seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive him. His children Debra Harris Beardsley and Rick Harris; granddaughter Kelly Harris Stimac; and brother Ken Harris precede him in death.

A memorial service is scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. The service will be held at the Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria, Calif., 93013.

Warren Sumner Bateman

Warren Sumner Bateman

11/24/1933 – 7/15/2012

Warren Sumner Bateman, 78, a resident of Carpinteria, unexpectedly but peacefully passed away July 15, 2012 surrounded by family.

He was born to loving parents Charles Warren Bateman and Dorotha Laritta (Collins) Bateman on Nov. 24, 1933.

Spending a challenging childhood living in many places throughout Southern California, he learned at an early age to get the most out of life. Warren had many interests in life. He enjoyed hunting, camping, anything outdoors, photography and lighting, wrenching on cars, building and fixing just about anything, maintaining his and his wife’s real estate business, assets and much more. Without a doubt, far and away the largest, most important factor and concern in his life was his family, near and far, seconded only by his large, varied network of friends.

Warren married his wife, Sally, in 1955. They met in grammar school, and they would have celebrated 57 years of marriage this past July 30. He would have been presented with a 55-year pin from IATSE local 728 later this year. Most of his adult career was spent as a talented and successful, highly respected and well-loved Gaffer (Director of Lighting) in the Hollywood film industry. He and Sally branched out in many directions and always had a lot going on. They raised a family of three children: Chuck, Chris and Melinda. They spent many years after his retirement enjoying travel, children, grandchildren and business.

Warren had a very loving, giving nature and was thought of as a “second dad,” brother, uncle and grandfather by many. He was a “one of a kind man.” He found great pleasure in helping out others whenever he could. If you had a problem, he was the man to call. He left an indelible mark on so many people who will miss him tremendously for the rest of their time here.

Warren is survived by his wife Sally; sons Chuck (Laura) Bateman and Chris (Linda) Bateman; daughter Melinda (Kyle) Hanson; sister Peachie Starks; grandchildren Camille, Danielle, Sally Anne, Grace, Annie, Joshua and Brent Bateman, Kylin and Jaisy Hanson; one great-grandchild Cailin Smolek, and many nieces and nephews.

His mother Dorotha, father Charles and sister Jeannie preceded Warren in death.

A memorial service will be held at Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria, on Sept. 1, at 1:30 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Toshiyuki Baba

5/22/1917 – 6/21/2012

Mr. Toshiyuki Baba, 95, a resident of Carpinteria since 1969, passed away peacefully on June 21. Born on May 22, 1917, when he was an infant, his father was killed in a car accident, leaving his mother without resources. She returned to Japan, taking Toshiyuki and his siblings with her. Toshiyuki lived in Japan until his teenage years, when he returned to Los Angeles. During WWII, he was interned in a government internment camp in Rohwer, Arkansas and returned to Los Angeles after the war, where he met and married Mitsuko Sera on June 23, 1949. In the 1960s they adopted Reiko and Nori from Japan and started their family in Gardena.

For 25 years after the end of WWII, Toshiyuki worked for Paul Shinoda of San Lorenzo Nursery Company in Torrance and moved to Carpinteria when the nursery was relocated to Santa Barbara in 1961. In 1969, he started T. Baba Nursery in Carpinteria and operated his own flower nursery and avocado orchard.

Before he moved to Carpinteria, Toshiyuki was President at Gardena Buddhist Church. As an active member in the Santa Barbara Buddhist Church, he took special joy visiting with friends at the church’s monthly socials.

He was predeceased by sisters Shizuko and Hayako and brother Hiroshi. He is survived by his beloved sister Setsuko Mukai, daughter Reiko Karl of Carpinteria, son Wesley Nori (Irene) of Los Angeles, grandsons Michael and Tommy Karl, Bradley and Derrick Baba and great-grandsons Nathan and Matthew Karl.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. at Santa Barbara Buddhist Temple, 1015 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara with Reverend Henry Toryo Adams officiating. A burial service will be held on Aug. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Green Hill Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Karen Louise Isaacson

Karen Louise Isaacson

Karen Louise Isaacson, 66, passed away peacefully on June 22 at Buena Vista Care Center. A lifelong resident of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, Karen had a passion for reading, cooking, art and decorating.

Karen always had a recipe to loan, book to share or a party to plan. She spent a lifetime collecting objects close to her heart, none more important to her than her close group of friends. She was a member of her Carpinteria Book Club for over 30 years and met with others weekly over coffee to discuss life’s triumphs and heartbreaks, maybe a little gossip too.

She is survived by her sons, Tyler and Copeland, and grandchildren Max, 10, Lily, 8, and baby Sawyer, born three days before her passing.

To her sons she was a leader, a fighter and an amazing provider. She taught them many of the skills and knowledge that have taken them so far in life. She will be remembered; she will be missed.

A memorial will follow. Please email Tyler at tylerandamy@earthlink.net for details.

James N. Ryan

James N. Ryan

6/4/1925 – 7/16/2012

James N. Ryan passed away peacefully from heart failure on July 16, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.

On his 17th birthday, Jim joined the Navy, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, Jim join the Los Angeles Police Department where he met his wife, Donna, who worked as a records clerk. Jim spent 29 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, 15 of those years as a homicide detective.

Jim and Donna were married in 1949. A year later they had tiny twin boys, Patrick and Michael. They followed with two more boys, Daniel and Timothy. The clan has mushroomed with wives and grandchildren. We seize any excuse to get together.

In retirement, Jim could be found fixing a car for one of his boys, helping a neighbor paint his house or up on the roof in the rain patching a leak. He also drove a car for HELP for three years. Any spare time was spent camping, fishing, golfing or riding his bike all over Carpinteria. He will be truly missed by all.

Jim is survived by Donna, his wife of 62 years; four children; a sister; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service for Jim will be held at Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria, on Aug. 4, at 2 p.m.

Edward Guy “Papa” Guarino

Edward Guy “Papa” Guarino

11/7/1924 – 7/2/2012

Edward Guy “Papa” Guarino of Carpinteria passed away at the age of 87 from natural causes, in his home on July 2, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Ed was born on Nov. 7, 1924 in Chicago, Ill.

He left Chicago at the age of 18 after joining the Marine Corps in March of 1943. After completing his basic training at the MCRD San Diego he wanted to go overseas to help “win the war,” so he volunteered to become a combat field barber and was sent to the Marine Corps Air Station Santa Barbara. During this time he met his wife of 48 years, Jensy L. Renga. They were married in the Santa Barbara Mission and made their home in Santa Barbara. They raised three children, and after they both retired, they moved to Carpinteria. Ed was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend.

Ed worked for the Santa Barbara News-Press for 37 years. He and Jensy enjoyed traveling in their RV and spending time with their family. They both enjoyed going to Maui for summer vacations with their daughter’s family, and that continued after his wife passed in 1995. Ed enjoyed dancing at the Carrillo Recreation Center and lawn bowling at the Santa Barbara Lawn Bowls Club. At home, after his daily one-hour walks, one of his favorite pastimes was to go for a swim and relax in the Jacuzzi, followed by a glass of wine and cheese. Ed had numerous sayings but one of his favorites was, “I have had the most wonderful life.”

Ed is survived by his children, Theresa Romais (Jay), Patty Kusman and Edward A. Guarino, all living in Carpinteria. He was called “Papa” by his four grandchildren, Kristine Krol (Kevin), Wendy Schrock (Dave), Robyn Carigo (Arnel) and John Romais (girlfriend Molly). He was a very special “Papa” to five great-grandchildren, Ryan, Nathan, Charlotte and Tyler Krol and Samantha Schrock. He is also survived by his nephews Michael and Carmen Guarino and niece Sandra Guarino, as well as extended family and longtime friends.

Ed and his family would like to thank the entire staff of the Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care as well as the Friendship Center in Montecito. Also, a special thank you to his caregiver, Connie Wood.

Frederic Holt Ramsey Jr.

1947 - 2012

Frederic Holt Ramsey Jr. was born on Jan. 25, 1947, in Anchorage, Alaska. He grew up in North Hollywood, Calif. In 1967 Fred enlisted in the Army and served during the Vietnam War.

In the early 1970s he settled in Carpinteria and began his lifelong career with music. Fast Freddy inspired everyone with his talent and love for the guitar. Without Fred, there’s a good chance The Upbeat would have never been born. Scaric (Fred’s stepson) and Hossinn watched Fred daily, between school and surf sessions, wailing away on his guitar to classic rock & roll coming through his headphones. After their initial introduction to ska music in 1985, they asked Fred to teach them a song, and he immediately pulled out a bass guitar and electric guitar, and they learned The English Beat’s “Best Friend.” The rest is history. His passion for the music he loved will be remembered by all who knew him. He died on June 15, 2012 at the age of 65, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He is preceded in death by his father, Fred; his sister, Cathy; and his niece, Amber.

He is survived by mother, Peggy; and stepfather, Ken; his daughters Denise Plummer (Brian) and Anisha Koepenick (Nic); stepson Eric Vallen (Kristina); his grandchildren Kory, Kade, Kruz and Kambria Plummer; Tallulah Koepnick and Sonya Vallen; his sister, Carla Nash Ramsey; nephews Jamey MacLellan and Jesse Johnson; and his nieces Erica Gross and Tesse Nash. A celebration of life will be held on the 3rd Beach at Holly Avenue in Carpinteria on Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m.

Ruben Roman Soria

Ruben Roman Soria, 78, of Santa Maria, Calif. passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends at Marian Regional Medical Center on June 21, 2012 after a sudden illness. Ruben lived a full and happy life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working out at the gym, driving around in his yellow 4x4 high riser Ford truck and eating his favorite cheeseburger at Santa Maria Burger where he dined daily.

Ruben lived most of his life in Carpinteria and then moved to Santa Maria in 1990. He was preceded in death by his father, Jesus; mother, Refugio; sisters Velia, Idalia (Lala) and Otilia (Tillie); brothers Gonzalo and Pedro (Cheyenne). He is survived by his wife, Marie; his sister, Rita Martinez; his brothers Rodrigo (Papo) Soria (Dorothy) and Ramie Soria; his two daughters April Lucero (Joe) and Romanda Andrade (Arthur) and son Ruben Soria (Marian). He was also blessed to have seven grandchildren: Ray Anthony Williams Jr., Alicia Marie Calderon, Monica Ann Wilson, Antoinette Adrina Lazcano, Tayanna Marie Escobar, Alyse Micaela Andrade and Eric Jack Lucero and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held for Ruben on July 14, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Waller Park in Santa Maria, Calif. (Lakeside Terrace). A mass will be dedicated to Ruben at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 at Saint Louis de Montfort Church, 5075 Harp Road, Santa Maria.

Nancy Jent

Former Carpinterian Nancy Jent, who was born on Nov. 6, 1943, passed away on May 25, 2012. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 26, at 2:30 p.m. at Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave.

Mary June Billings Champagne

6/30/1967 – 4/19/2012

Mary June Champagne (Williamston, Mich.), age 44, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich. after a brief and unexpected illness. She was born on June 30, 1967 in Grand Forks, N.D., to Msgt Phillip and Edna (Wills) Billings.

Mary graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1985. In her youth, she was active in both sports and Masonic service organizations. She held state office in the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls as a Grand Representative in 1986. She received an AS degree in Administration of Justice from Santa Barbara City College in 1988 and a BS degree in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement from California State University Long Beach in 1991.

Following her father’s footsteps into law enforcement, Mary graduated from the United States Customs Service Academy in 1991 and was a uniformed customs officer for 21 years until her death. Mary served as a K9 handler at LA International Airport in the early 1990s, while residing in Lakewood, Calif. Mary relocated to Burlington, Kent. in the mid-1990s, where she served as both a passenger and cargo inspector in Cincinnati International Airport. Mary resided in Harveysburgh and Farmersville, Ohio from 2005 through 2011 while serving as an international cargo inspector at the DHL cargo transfer terminal, and was also stationed at the Cincinnati International Airport. Mary relocated to Williamston, Mich. in 2011, where she served as an inspector clearing international passengers at both Detroit Metro Airport and Lansing/Capital City Airport. Mary was the recipient of numerous awards for currency, narcotics, and arms seizures. She was also an expert marksman and firearms instructor for the service.

Surviving is her husband Marc. Mary was the proud mother of Jason Fennell of Rohnert Park, Calif., whom she loved dearly. She also leaves behind her mother, Edna Billings of Santa Maria, Calif., three sisters, Debbie Hart of Los Alamos, Calif., Jennifer Wildman of Aptos, Calif., and Susie Lamothe of Carlsbad, Calif., as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mary loved to travel and to cook, and had a mischievous sparkle. We will miss her sense of humor, her freckle-faced grin, her caring for others, and her whole-hearted optimism. She will always be with us in our hearts. Please join us to remember Mary on what would have been her 45th birthday, Saturday, June 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rincon Beach Park in Carpinteria. Wear bright colors, bring something to BBQ and a dish for potluck, and any memories of Mary you have to share.

Fred Ramsey

1/25/1947 - 6/15/2012

Fred Ramsey, 65, of Carpinteria passed away on June 15 after a seven week bout of cancer. Fred was a resident of Carpinteria for over 42 years and is best known for being lead singer in his bands Runaway Max, The Squad, The Team and playing frequently at the Palms restaurant. His love and passion for his music will be forever remembered.

He is survived by his daughters,
Denise Plummer and Anisha Koepenick; his mother, Peggy Akers, and step-dad, Ken Akers; sister, Carla Nash Ramsey; grandchildren, Kory, Kade, Kruz and Kambria Plummer and Tallulah Koepenick; nephews Jessie Johnson and Jamey MacLellan; and nieces, Erica Gross and Tessa Nash.

A funeral service will be held on the 3rd Beach at Holly Avenue in Carpinteria on Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. “Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.”

David S. Noble, PhD

5/1/1922 – 6/9/2012

Dr. David Samuel Noble, PhD., son of James Bowen Noble and Harriet Thomas Noble, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 9 at the age of 90 at his home in Orangevale, Calif. Dave was born May 1, 1922 in Sparta, Wisc. and grew up in the nearby town of Black River Falls. He graduated from Black River Falls High School, where he was class president and attended junior college in Springfield, Ill. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and then served in the United States Navy during WWII as Radar and Sonar officer onboard the Destroyer, USS Gearing. He also received specialized training at M.I.T. and at Bell Laboratories. Dave was discharged from active duty in the Navy in July 1946 and returned to his education, and to meet and marry Virginia Anderson Noble, who would remain his devoted wife for the next 65 years. He earned his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1954, where he worked on the research and development of some of the world’s first electrical computers. He received recognition by the Los Angeles Times and the City of Los Angeles for being a “Friend to Motorists” as a result of his leadership of the team that developed the first freeway call box system, which was successfully installed on the Hollywood freeway in Los Angeles. Dave also designed and built fire alarm systems for Standard Oil that were used on oil derricks in the Santa Barbara channel.

Dr. Noble founded Noble Electronics, Inc. in Carpinteria in 1965 and produced a variety of electronic controls and products while also working as a consultant for other companies, including Standard Oil. He also did repair and service work on just about anything electronic, from antiques and televisions to modern video recording and game playing machines. After hours and at other odd times he could be found holding court as a renaissance type “mister wizard” helping other inventors and entrepreneurs to bring their dreams closer to reality.

Dave loved sailing, music, gardening and gathering with friend and family in California and Wisconsin. Those who knew Dave regarded him as one of the smartest people they knew, and way ahead of his time. He always knew the answer to any question, regardless of the topic, science, math, history, English! He could fix anything and knew how to build everything. He enjoyed helping his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with science fair projects, the favorite being the pineapple generator, which he taught them to understand and build using pennies and pineapples! His daughter remembers her own junior high science fair in 1963 when he taught her about binary numbers and how to build an electronic binary number counter. When she didn’t win, he said it was because the judges didn’t understand computing with binary numbers.

During his years in Carpinteria he helped found the Dance Club, where friends would gather in a local school auditorium for ballroom and square dancing to the sounds produced by the custom build dual turntable stereo system built by Dave himself. He was a member of the Masonic order, along with many other civic clubs throughout the years, including the VFW and the Toastmasters.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Virginia Anderson Noble; three children, Nancy Noble Pinney (Jan) of Granite Bay, Calif.; David S. Noble II (Muan) of Ventura, Calif.; and Thomas James Noble (Alice) of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. John H. Noble of Black River Falls, Wisc., and his sister, Jahala Noble Ford of Mayer, Ariz. He was preceded in death by a sister Patricia Noble Scofield and brothers James L. Noble and Thomas Noble. He will be truly missed by his family and his many friends, associates and acquaintances.

A memorial service for family and friends is planned for Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the home of his daughter, Nancy, in Granite Bay, Calif.

Maxine Therese Apodaca

6/2/1938 – 6/7/2012

Maxine Therese was born to Max and Josephine Montoya on June 2, 1938 in Albuquerque, N.M. and died June 7, 2012 after her battle with cancer. She enjoyed her retirement job as a greeter for the security department at Cottage Hospital. A woman of strong faith, she was a lector and devoted member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. She is survived by her daughter Celine Apodaca, granddaughter Antoinette Romero and great-granddaughter Isela Garcia. A Rosary is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at Mt. Carmel, and a mass will be held at noon on Friday, June 15 at Mt. Carmel, followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery on Hope Avenue in Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Maxine’s memory to  Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, 300 W. Pueblo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Lois Audrey Carbone

12/9/1931 – 5/27/2012

Lois Carbone, our beloved mom, gramma, aunt, sister and friend, was welcomed into the light on May 27, 2012, surrounded only by love.

Born Lois Audrey White on Dec. 9, 1931, in Irvington, N.J. to Randolph and Geneva White, Lois lived a very full life. A life of ups and downs, twists and turns, excitement and peace. As much as she loved her family and the East Coast, Lois ventured to the California coast in 1964 and made Carpinteria her new home.

While raising her five children and being a wonderfully devoted mother, Lois went to college, earning her Master’s degree from UCSB at the age of 48, an inspiration to so many. Lois’ 20-plus years as a school psychologist with Ventura County Schools was impressive, guiding hundreds of students and families through their educational process.

As hard as she worked, Lois played. Traveling to many countries with family and friends, and enjoying the exotic and simple pleasures of life, Lois will most be remembered by her laughter, and by the life lessons she has taught those who loved her dearly.

Lois is survived by her children Laurel, Lili, Matthew and Mitchell; her grandchildren Travis, Nick, Audrey, Caleb, Monica and Lauren; and her brother Robert. Lois was preceded in death by her son, Mason, and her sisters, Connie and Arlyne. Although Lois will deeply be missed, her spirit will live on in each of us. Forever.

A special thank you goes out to all of those at Heritage House who cared so well for her.

A celebration of Lois’ life will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at 2 p.m. at 8316 Bates Road in Carpinteria. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, California Central Coast Chapter, 1528 Chapala Street, Suite 204, SB, CA 93101.

Michael George Middleton

1/4/1945 – 5/29/2012

Michael George Middleton passed away peacefully in his sleep at Buena Vista Care Center in Santa Barbara on May 29, 2012. He had been residing there since 2000 after suffering a stroke in 1993.
Michael was born in Santa Barbara on January 4, 1945 and lived with his grandmother and mother in Carpinteria until his father returned at the end of World War II. As the son of an Air Force officer, he spent his youth and teen years living in many different states, as well as Japan. He graduated from Wasson High School in Colorado and San Jose State University in 1966. He worked for many years as an auditor in the hotel industry in New York and California. Michael loved listening to country music, playing the guitar, watching sports on TV and being with his family. He was always interested in what everyone was doing and what was happening in their lives.

Michael was the oldest of three children born to George and Madelyn Middleton of Carpinteria. He will forever be remembered by his devoted parents and sisters Cathy and Margie, his beloved son Bryan Todd, grandchildren Michael, Matthew and Rebecca; brothers-in-law Edward and Alan, niece Tanya and nephew Christopher and their families, along with many friends and family members who were blessed to know him.

Michael touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity and never said a mean word to or about anyone. Even through difficult times in his life he did not become bitter and maintained his trademark sense of humor to the end. No services are planned and the family request donations be sent to Buena Vista Care Center, 160 S. Patterson Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93111 in memory of Michael and with thanks to the wonderful staff for their years of compassionate care.

“All manner of things shall be well; and all manner of things shall be well!” ––Saint Julian of Norwich

Frank Joseph Chufar, Jr.

4/10/1929 – 6/3/2012

Frank Joseph Chufar, Jr., aka “Sonny,” died peacefully June 3, 2012 in Santa Barbara, Calif. at the age of 83.

He lived his last four months near the Santa Barbara Mission, listening to the mission bells, with his daughter Caroline who took care of him, along with Cody, his companion dog; cats Starlight and Sunshine, and his friend Pat Peteler who graciously opened her home to him. 

Frank was born April 10, 1929 in Pontiac, Mich. and raised in Tulsa, Okla. He married Esther “Nicki” Neukom on October 14, 1950. Like his father, he was a U.S. Navy Seabee from 1953 to 1958 and served as a firefighter on the Beverly Hills Fire Department from 1959 to 1962. He also held a California Real Estate License.

He raised his four children in Carpinteria where they enjoyed the fruits of his labor—their Shetland pony, horses, farm animals and the family swimming pool. He was a Master Mason for Carpinteria Lodge 444 and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Dad followed in his father’s footsteps by working as an Ironworker and Welding Contractor from 1962 to 1985. He then worked for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Carpinteria and subsequently for his friends Larry and Bonnie Donovan at Donovan Electric. In 1990 he moved to Topaz Lake, Nev., where he had a boat and was an active fisherman. He also enjoyed and was good at rolling the dice and loved to play the Wheel of Fortune slot machine.

Frank is survived by his former spouse, Esther “Nicki” Chufar; his children Joe, John (Robert), Bonnie (David) and Caroline; former daughter-in-law Val Knapp; grandchildren Carrie Ann Morgridge, Bethany and Moriah Robinson; his sister Lena Lewis (Jim) of Waterford, Mich.; several nieces and nephews; life-long friend Caroline Hendricks-Ross, as well as his faithful sunrise coffee drinker, Bill McGee, and his best friends Carol and Rick Barringer of Topaz Lake, Nev.

Dad never complained. When asked how he was feeling, he would always say, “I’m feelin’ great. No problems that I know of.” 

Dad was one of a kind, a true, honest, and giving person, a gentleman. He will always be our hero. The world is a better place because of him.

A special “thank you” to Angelica Ordonez, Sheryl Trevethan-Scott, the Visiting Nurse and Hospice and Serenity House for their compassionate care.

Services will be held on Friday, June 15, at 1 p.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Lane.

Marjorie Asselstine Truman

4/4/1920 – 3/25/2012

Marjorie Truman of Carpinteria passed away March 25, 2012 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara one week before her 92nd birthday. Margie, known by many as “Nanny,” was born on an Easter Sunday April 4, 1920, in Portage La Prairie, Winnipeg, Canada.

Marjorie was a loving woman who will be remembered for her sense of humor, her beauty, her love of people and animals. Her door was always open to her friends, her children’s friends, and her grandchildren’s friends.

Marjorie Asselstine, born to the late Harold and Edith Asselstine, was raised with two brothers, Clifford and Robert. The family moved to Santa Ynez in 1927, where she attended Santa Ynez Valley schools and then went on to beauty school in Santa Barbara. She married her first husband, Oliver Crismon, at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos in 1942. The two owned Crismon’s Goleta Market before moving to Los Angeles where she taught dance at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. In 1958 she moved to Carpinteria with her daughters to own and run the Four Horseshoes Motel and Restaurant with her family. She met and married her second husband, Jack Truman, in 1965. He passed away in 1975. She continued to live on Ogan Rd. for the rest of her life, enjoying her friends and being close to her grandchildren.

Marjorie is survived by her brother, Cliff Asselstine, daughters, Judy de la Cruz (Tony) of St. David, Ariz. and Trudy Crismon of Carpinteria. Her grandchildren: Dale and David Yokum; Danny, Wendy, Laurel, Cody and Tessa de la Cruz; Julie Fundak; Kim and Tina Sharp; and Jesse Moyer. Her 10 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews. Her brother Bob preceded her in death.

A private memorial will be held at the Carpinteria Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at Nanny’s field, 5151 Ogan Rd. on Saturday, June 23rd at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Visiting Nurses who provided loving care during her last month: 222 E Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

She will live in our hearts forever!

Harold Victor Garcia

GARCIA, Harold Victor, 71, formerly of Carpinteria, died at Serenity House in Santa Barbara on May 11, 2012. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 10:00 am. The Graveside Service will be held at a later date at Carpinteria Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-8409.

Maria Warren

A memorial service will be held for Maria Warren this Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the Main School auditorium.  She passed away on May 10.  Maria served in the Main Elementary School office starting in 1991, and was the secretary from 1996 until its closing in 2007.  After the Main School closing, she continued in the Carpinteria Unified School District as the secretary of Summerland School.  The community is invited to celebrate her memory with her family and former Main School and Summerland staff.

Juan Aguirre Gonzalez

3/30/1920 – 5/13/2012

Our dad, Juan Aguirre Gonzalez, passed away peacefully at his home in Carpinteria surrounded by his family on May 13, 2012. Juan was born in Dewey, Okla. on March 30, 1920 to Jesus and Maximina Gonzalez. He grew up in Chicago and attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. At the age of 13, his family settled in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he met and married the love of his life, Maria Luisa Laguna.

Juan served in the Mexican Air Force during WWII where he was a member of the Escuadron 201. In 1947, he returned to the U.S. with his wife and young son and settled in Carpinteria where they raised their five children. Juan was employed by the Montecito School for Girls, then worked for the Santa Barbara Lemon Association in Carpinteria and retired from the Valley Club of Montecito where he worked for over 41 years.

Our beloved father will be greatly missed by his sons: J. Rodrigo Gonzalez (Raquel), Louie Gonzalez (Becky) and his daughters: Ana L. Gonzalez, Sylvia Juarez (Jose Luis) and Rebecca Gomez (Jose).  He also leaves behind his grandchildren: Adriana, Daniela, Sara, Diego, Dante, Alan, Andres, Claudia, Marcos, Alexander and Nicolas.  He is also survived by his sisters: Esther Gonzalez, Celia Macias and Ana Lomeli; and his brother, Francisco Gonzalez. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Maria Luisa and sisters: Andrea Cuevas, Mercedes Sanchez, and Guadalupe Tejeda.

His countless stories of growing up in Chicago and Mexico will forever be in our memories as will our many family vacations to Mexico and his travels to Europe with our mom.

The family would like to thank the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.  Any donation of remembrance should be made in Juan’s memory to 222 E. Canon Perdido St., S.B., CA 93101

The Rosary Service will be held on Friday, May 18, at 7 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Church in Carpinteria. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 19, also at St. Joseph’s, at 10 a.m., followed by interment at Carpinteria Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services, 895-8409.

Donald Brian Benedict

11/10/1939 – 04/27/2012

Donald Brian Benedict, 72, of Carpinteria died on April 27, 2012 at Cottage Hospital.

Don was born in Santa Barbara on Nov. 10, 1939 to the late Clifford and Harriet Benedict. He graduated from Carpinteria High School, UC Santa Barbara and the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. Don was married to Betty Joyce Benedict (Mulder) in 1963, and they had three children. His work with Colgate Palmolive took them all over the hemisphere, but the family eventually returned to Carpinteria where Don worked for the City of Carpinteria and the Carpinteria Herald.

Don loved his volunteer work as a docent at the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History and as a driver and dispatcher at HELP of Carpinteria. He was also an avid bridge player and a Master Mason.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 2001 and is survived by Mary Benedict, (George), Leslie Benedict Turnbull (Paul) and Brian Benedict. He is also survived by his much loved grandchildren, Robert, Carlos-William, Gabrielle, Catherine, Alexander Aiden, as well as his brother, David Benedict, and his dear friend, Florence Trouche.

Special thanks to Don’s many friends who helped him survive and even grow in the years following Betty’s death. You played bridge, met him for coffee, taught him water aerobics, tolerated his bad jokes, coached him on laundry, cooking and even drove him to UCLA for clinical trials. Don’s family thanks you all.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held later this month at the Shepard Place Community Center in Carpinteria. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting HELP of Carpinteria or the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society.

David Weinstein

09/11/1952 – 04/24/2012

Dearest David,

I have to write this obituary today for you. It is so hard to face what this means, but I must. You were my light and my love. You were my support and someone who told me I was beautiful when I felt at my worst. You made me laugh. You were my companion and I never fully understood what that meant. Now you are gone and it is impossible to think that the rest of my life will be spent without your laughter and silliness, your kindness, your generosity of spirit, your love. You brought me gifts, you gave me a room full of orchids, you brought beauty into our home and into my life that is lasting and comforting, but you’re not here to touch and talk to. I keep waiting to hear your voice on my phone calling to check what’s up in my day. I want to look in your eyes and tell you how much I love you. I want to hear you sing and play guitar. I want to dance with you. I want to see you laugh with your children. I want to feel your touch.

I miss you beyond measure.

All my love, heart and soul,

David Weinstein was born on an auspicious day, Sept. 11, 1952 to Sydelle Sally Ruth Schlesinger (Weinstein) and Gerald Weinstein at Presbyterian Hospital-Olmsted Memorial in Los Angeles. He grew up on Washington Place in Los Angeles (among other places, the family moved around the area a few times) along with his younger brother Ronald and little sister Ilene.

At age 9 David got his first guitar, a gift from his dad, and started taking lessons from a man who taught Spanish guitar and flamenco. He soon developed a huge passion for music (especially rock and blues) that would last a lifetime, and he had an enormous talent for playing guitar. By the age of 15, he was the youngest member of a successful band called Distortion and they played for a lot of events and at teen centers and schools around the San Fernando Valley. When David was 15, Distortion won a national Battle of the Bands and appeared on the television show, “Boss City.” One of his other favorite band accomplishments was when they opened a show for The Doors and Jefferson Airplane.

When David wasn’t busy playing guitar, he worked a few other jobs. One of his first was a paper route when he was about 9. He made a dime on each paper. He recalled that on the one day he could have made the most money, he was too sad to go to work. It was the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. David had a busy intersection where he usually sold his newspapers, but on that day someone else collected all those dimes.

One of the more fun jobs he had was driving an ice cream truck. Instead of the circus music you usually heard from ‘normal’ ice cream trucks, some of David’s choices were Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Stones, Buffalo Springfield, CSN and the Beatles. Hey, it was the 60’s! He and his brother Ronnie would blast rock and roll music and collect a ton of money selling ice cream on a nice day at the park. What could be better?

David loved baseball when he was a kid. He was proud that he “lettered” in high school. He loved playing it and watching it and was a huge fan of the players. He had a massive collection of baseball cards that today would have to be locked in a safe deposit box. Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Don Drysdale, Tommy Lasorda, Steve Garvey and Stan Musial, were some of his favorite players but that’s only a few! He chewed a lot of bubble gum to get all those, but alas and with regret, they were all lost in a home fire when he was very young.

David lived in the San Fernando Valley in Arleta and various other areas while growing up. He went to Crescent Heights Elementary, Madison Junior High, and then to James Frances Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley. After that he went to North Valley Junior College.

Even though David didn’t carry on with his musical career or baseball, he was very proud of what he did in his life. He had an entrepreneurial spirit and loved doing business and playing in the stock market, but his favorite thing was starting Blue Gem. He moved to Santa Barbara from the Valley in the early 70’s with his former wife Robin, and started Swept Away, a super fun little gift store in Picadilly Square (where Paseo Nuevo is now). The store had an extensive array of unusual things that brought people in from all over the world to shop. One of the best things in the store was the variety of greeting cards. Along with all the usual birthday and anniversary were so many entertaining and even risqué cards. Everything you could imagine! Shoppers would stand in the store for hours looking and laughing and talking about them. On one occasion there were some picketers outside protesting the content of a select few. You can imagine it brought a big grin to David’s face. There was even an article in the Santa Barbara News-Press about it and guess what!? It brought a whole new wave of curious shoppers and Swept Away became the go-to place for cards in Santa Barbara.

With the success of Swept Away, David was able to pay the mortgage on his house. When he got divorced, however, the store was the half he didn’t get, so, needing to figure out how to keep his house, he got creative with his entrepreneurial spirit. He had had some good success with a few sunglasses that he had placed in Swept Away, so there was a seed thought in his head. At the urging of a friend, he rented a wall in a booth at the L.A. Gift Show in the early 80’s. Over a single weekend David was surprised and excited to write nearly $30,000 worth of sunglass orders. “This is what I’m going to do!” he said to himself. He proceeded to warehouse sunglasses in his garage and soon hired a helper to pack and ship. It didn’t take long before Blue Gem outgrew the garage and he rented a space in an upstairs office on Milpas Street. That too was quickly outgrown and by then he had made enough money to buy a small metal building on Gutierrez Street. He shared the building with a print shop, but only a few years later, and not wanting to kick the print shop out so he could expand, he rented his half to Debbie Saucedo (Debbie’s Delights) and moved to a rented building on Montecito Street (oddly enough, right next door to another print shop). Only a short time later, he started looking for another building to house his still growing sunglass business.

By then he had met and fallen in love with Deborah Parmley and decided to get married again. A year later they sold the house on A.P.S. and moved from Santa Barbara to a home in Carpinteria in October 1989. Meanwhile, Blue Gem was again bursting at the seams. Not very long after David and Deborah moved to Carpinteria, Blue Gem, now a small corporation, bought a business condo on Rose Lane, also in Carpinteria, and gladly moved there too. In 1994 David and Deborah had a son, Connor, who at the age of 12, was to carry on David’s musical legacy.

David’s biggest loves were his family, who now survives him: His wife of 24 years Deborah (Parmley) Weinstein; daughter, Jennifer Baron (Weinstein) of Santa Barbara and grandson Rowan Dowdall; sons Mattison Lawenda (Weinstein) and Connor Weinstein, both of Carpinteria; his father, Gerald Weinstein and wife Nancy (Texas); his aunts, Helene Adrienne, Gloria Levy, and Marsha Weinstein; uncles Stan Block and Geoff Seaman; his brother Ronald Weinstein and sister Ilene Gardner. Ron’s children are Joel, Cory, Nicole, Viridiana, Jocey and Sabrina Weinstein, and Ilene’s are Eric Gardner, Elise Stoner and Ethan Gardner. There are numerous great nieces and nephews with surely more to come, and maybe even some more grandchildren? Let’s hope. Cousins Norman and Mitchell Block, Debbie Hamme and Cheryl MacDonald and Robert Levy. Plus all their family members, all much loved by David. His friends encompassed so many, and though not named, you know who you are. You were/are very much loved. He chose you as part of his family on this earth and this is a gift of the highest order. He loved his Blue Gem family too. Nina, Lisa, Carolyne, Laura, Aide, Julia, Marilu, Henry, Uru, Maria, Shawn, Sam and Matt. And others that went before, Scott, Tammy, Lupe, Sanchez family, Amanda…too many to name! You are all etched in his heart and mean/meant so much to him.

David was predeceased in 1996 by his mother, Sally (Sydelle) Weinstein; his aunt Leatrice (Weinstein) Morton and her son (David’s cousin) Steve Morton.

David has left behind a legacy of love, music, laughter, friendship and so much more. He loved his community of Carpinteria and it made him so happy to serve on the board of the Chamber of Commerce. He loved music and concerts and was particularly joyful when Connor took up the guitar and asked him for his very first lesson. (How do you play “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” Dad?) Jennifer is about to release her first cd of original songs and she too got some Daddy lessons. Mattison is passionate about building Blue Planet Eyewear to spectacular heights. Again, lots of Daddy lessons. David is SO proud of his children.

David loved “Star Wars” and thought George Lucas “broke all the barriers in film making.” He loved “Spartacus.” He loved “Napoleon Dynamite” and “The Pink Panther” and Woody Allen movies (Couldn’t STAND “The Exorcist”). He loved to watch The Ed Sullivan Show and Johnny Carson. He loved watching music videos and going to concerts. He loved going to movies and dinner. He loved playing guitar. He was very enthusiastic about collecting knives and coins as well as many guitars and music making equipment. He loved Hawaii. He had a lot of fun remodeling and had a new project every year. His favorite part of working at Blue Gem was developing new sunglass and reader lines. David’s home is a work of art, which he created. His art was so BIG sometimes he didn’t realize what an incredible artist he truly was. He dearly loved his RV and enjoyed putting cool things in it. He loved psychedelic art, he loved to outfit rooms with sound systems and electronic toys. He loved to laugh and saw humor in the goofiest things. He cried when things made him too happy or too sad or were too beautiful. He loved holding my hand and going for walks to the Bluffs. He loved sunsets. He loved us all “too much”.

David was a most special and vulnerable human being. One who cared about everyone and believed that there was enough for everyone to share. One of his mottos was “Be kind. The people you meet on the way up are the same ones who will be there on the way down”. David once described himself as this: “I’m not a black and white person. Life is everything in between and we all have the power to pick who and where we want to be”. He also said his best characteristic was “seeing the bigger picture”. He was very good at that.

David was diagnosed with lymphoma in May 2009. He did everything humanly possible to seek and find wellness and was a valiant spirit who helped everybody else get through all the angst and fear that accompany such a devastating disease. He faced it with grace and humor, and we all found ways to love each other more than we ever thought possible. If there is anything good about cancer, it helps you realize what in life is really important and all the small stuff falls away. Pneumonia was the final and insurmountable challenge. David went to the light on the afternoon of April 24, 2012 on the wings of everyone who loves him. He took with him many hearts full of love and had family and friends all around him. We miss him so very much and will hold him in our hearts forever.

I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes, the dinners you brought over, the phone calls, cards and offers of help. It was appreciated so much. Thank you to the VNA nurses for being so kind and caring, to Dr. Tom Woliver for his expert care and direction, and the numerous other doctors and healers who helped us keep it together for so long. Thank you to Mike Lazaro (and crew) for the Musical Gems concert at the Plaza Theatre. This was the last show David got to see his son Connor play in (with Jaded Cloud) and it made him intensely happy and proud. It was brilliant. Thanks to Lynda Lang, the Chamber members and volunteers for making it possible to visit the Avocado Festival’s Main Stage for a night of rock and roll. Thanks to Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaefer for the wonderful blessings of comfort and peace, and to the outstanding nurses at Cottage Hospital on 6C.

There will be a Celebration of David’s Life on Sunday, May 27, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Carpinteria Lion’s Club Park at 6197 Casitas Pass Road. If you enjoy music and like to make it, bring an instrument and your voices, and be sure to bring your stories too. There will be light food and drinks provided, but if you are so moved, easy to eat desserts would be welcomed. Please carpool if you can. If you cannot, please park very carefully. Cars drive fast through there sometimes, and if at all possible don’t walk in the road. Please be careful!

In David’s name and in lieu of flowers, please support either of these wonderful local organizations. Both have music at their heart and both bring happiness to those who participate.

The Rhythmic Arts Project
PMB #144m 1072 Casitas Pass Rd.
Carpinteria, CA 93013
Or, by pay pal on the TRAP
website: http://www.traponline.org
Tax ID # is: 30-0265346

Carpinteria Events
c/o Musical Gems
1072 Casitas Pass Rd. #103
Carpinteria, CA 93014
Tax Id # 95-3565433

Arrangements McDermott-Crockett Mortuary

Lou Grant

11/ 28/1916 - 5/3/2012

Lou Grant, longtime director of the preschool that bears her name, died at home on Thursday, May 3. She was 95. She served as the school’s director for 25 years, from 1959 to 1984. Formerly known as the Carpinteria Parent-Child Workshop, one of the four preschools affiliated with Santa Barbara City College’s Continuing Education Program, it was re-named in Lou’s honor when she retired.

Born Clara Louise Tuckerman, Lou grew up on the family ranch on Cravens Lane. Her parents were Wolcott and Lilia Tuckerman, a well-known landscape artist. Lou and her four older sisters attended the Howard School and the Santa Barbara Girls School. She graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts in 1938, and in 1940 married artist Campbell Grant. The couple made their home in Hollywood, where Campbell was an animator at the Disney Studio. In 1946 they returned to the family ranch in Carpinteria, where they raised their four children.

After teaching Sunday School at All Saints Church for several years, Lou became the director of the Montecito Parent-Child Workshop in 1959. The school relocated to the Carpinteria Community Church in 1967. Eleven years later the workshop found itself homeless when the church reclaimed the space for its own Kinderkirk preschool. Loyal parents rallied around Lou as the group met for a year at El Carro Park. Lou would ferry trikes and other equipment back and forth from her home in her signature red Volkswagon bug with white racing stripes.

“Never give up,” was Lou’s motto, and after a year in the park and another two years in a portable classroom at the Carpinteria Boys Club, the school moved to leased surplus park property on 6th Street in 1981. Lou was always grateful to State Senator Gary Hart and Supervisor Naomi Schwartz who assisted the school in securing the site. On moving day, Lou waved to supporters from the cab of a Carpinteria Valley Lumber Company truck as the school’s swing sets and playhouse were trucked down Linden Avenue to their new home at 5400 6th Street, where the school continues to flourish.

Lou also taught courses in Early Childhood Education at SBCC for several years. After retiring she volunteered at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and wielded a hammer to help build Transition House. Her volunteer work at SEE International (Surgical Eye Expeditions) was inspired by her mother Lilia Tuckerman’s lifelong work with the blind, as a teacher and transcriber of Braille.

Lou Grant is survived by her four children: Gordon Grant of Coupeville, Wash., Roxie Lapidus of Carpinteria, Sheila Witmer of Ketchum, Idaho and Doug Grant of Carpinteria. There are 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Becky Jackson and Hannah Wood, who brought sunshine into the last months of Lou’s life with their loving care.

A memorial will be held at All Saints by the Sea, Montecito, on Tuesday, May 15, at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Lou Grant Parent-Child Workshop, PO Box 1004, Carpinteria, CA 93014 or to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.

Mary L. Kelley

Mary L. Kelley
1/30/1930 – 4/11/2012
Mary L. Kelley, 82, of Summerlandpassed away on April 11 surrounded by her family.

Mary was born Jan. 30, 1930, in LosAngeles. She had come to live in Carpinteria at the age of 14 and graduatedfrom Carpinteria High School in 1948.

While attending high school, one of herclose friends asked her to come home andmeet her uncle Stewart. On December 12,1947, that man became her husband, andshe was married to the love of her life foralmost 62 years. They built their dreamhome in Summerland in 1948.

Mary started her working careeras a waitress at the Miramar Hotel in Montecito. She later became a Secretaryand Bookkeeper for the Santa Barbara Contractors Association, Martin RoeConstruction, and the one most dear to her heart, Kelley Construction.

While raising three daughters, Mary was busy being choir director for the junior choir at Summerland Presbyterian Church, taking her daughters to music and dancing lessons, and making costumes for her girls to wear for performances during Fiesta.

She was also active in the International Rainbow for Girls and was mother advisor for Carpinteria Assembly while her daughters were active in the group. She and her husband were members of the Santa Barbara Elks Caravaneers group and enjoyed numerous trips in the motorhome and spending time with their many friends in the group.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Stewart Kelley, on Aug. 26, 2009. She is survived by her three daughters, Linda McDonald (Michael), Katherine West, Mary Renee Hurd (James); Grandchildren, Kelly McDonald (Dax), Kyle Kelley (Jennifer), Robert Welch II (Shaneka), Lisa Rocci (Jerry), Stephan West (Carrie), William West (Shelby), Trevor Hurd, Brittany Chatterson (Mark), and Lindsay Hurd (Wes); Great-Grandchildren, Jack Kelley, Rachael Welch, Nicholas Kelley, Kaitlynn Welch, Peter Kelley, Luca Rocci, Sierra Kelley, Matteo Rocci, Wyatt Chatterson and a Rocci baby on the way.

We will miss Mom very much, but we know that she and Dad are now back together having the time of their lives.

Services were held at Carpinteria Cemetery on Monday, April 16.

Roland Picard, Sr.

2/9/1928 – 4/5/2012

Roland Picard, Sr., a longtime Carpinterian, passed away at his home on April 5. Roland lived his life to the fullest, always with a smile and a few wisecracks.

Those who knew him were always glad to see him, and those who met him for the first ime soon shared those same feelings.

Roland was born in Lowell, Mass., on Feb. 9, 1928, and came to California in 1962. He spent many years in Pasadena, where he met his wife Dora, and the two became inseparable. Roland and Dora came to Carpinteria in 1976, and he worked as a supervisor for Carpinteria State Beach. He also worked for All-Around Irrigation. Roland was a working-man’s man. He was a dedicated worker, never turned down a task and always gave a hard worker his due recognition, and he always tried to help a person who was down on his luck. He was a top-notch Christmas tree salesman
for the Boy Scouts of America and never let a family leave without a tree!

Roland served his country in WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946. He always tried to visit the local VFW in any town he was in. Roland enjoyed being around friends and family and never turned down a game of poker. He loved Mexican music and culture. Always a sharp dresser, you knew when Roland entered a room. He was a meticulous man to the point of being a “pain in the @#*!”

He would get a little dust on his house and would want it power washed! All who knew him will truly miss him. A person could not ask for a better friend. His wife Dora passed away in 2011, and
he truly missed her. Roland was preceded in death by his daughter, Judith Ann, in 2005. He is survived by three sons, Roland, Jr., Donald and Wayne Picard. Roland had one granddaughter, Taylor Rose Picard. His family and friends would like to thank his caregiver, Mia Carina, for her loving commitment to his care.

A gathering of friends and family will be held at the Palms Restaurant in Carpinteria on Sunday, April 22, from noon to 3 p.m. Please join us and bring your favorite stories.

Roland always said, “I love the people of Carpinteria, and when I return, I want to come back as a Mexican!” Adios, our friend, until we meet again.

Edelberto Chavez

2/26/1930 - 4/1/2012

Edelberto Chavez, 82, died Sunday April 1, 2012 in Grass Valley Calif. He was born February 26, 1930 in Ventura. He was one of four children born to Juanita and Ralph Chavez. He served in the United States Navy from 1948 to 1952. He worked for the County of Santa Barbara for 30 years.

Bowling was his passion. He also enjoyed biking and walking his dog “Smokey.” He and his wife Sophie (Olivas) Chavez raised their children Richard Chavez, Venita Salcido,and Debbie Gomez in Carpinteria. He later moved to Grass Valley to be closer to his daughter Debbie.

He was preceded in death by his parents Juanita and Ralph Chavez, brothers George and Ralph Jr, Mary, Rigoberto, Rigoberto and wife Sophie Chavez. He leaves behind his three children, five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Hew ill be deeply missed and forever in our hearts.

Funeral service will be Thursday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Carpinteria. A burial service at Carpinteria Cemetery will follow.

Charles Davis Weber -- “Papa Chuck”

03/04/1938 - 04/04/2012

The wind picked up to take Papa home after he battled with dementia for many years. Wearing a Hawaiian shirt and his Carpinteria Chiefs visor, he’s raised the sail, filled the cooler, and with a beautiful girl on each arm, he’s sailed away ... headed for Cabo San Lucas of course!

Born and raised on the peninsula in Long Beach, he spent his youth working in his father’s wood shop and on the beach. He was one of the pioneer players of beach volleyball and loved surfing and sailing. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, attending Cal Poly and graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in architectural design, he settled in Summerland in 1972 to start a family. With an ongoing love of woodwork, he designed and built numerous houses in Santa Barbara County.

He traveled quite a bit over the last 15 years, mostly to Mexico with his buddies to build and design, but when it came down to it, Carpinteria was always home. He loved the town and the people in it.

He is survived by his children, Jessica and Ian, and grandchildren, Shanice and Rayshaun.

We invite family and friends to join us in a celebration to be held at Monte Vista Park (Bailard Avenue) on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. We ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his honor to The Salvation Army Santa Barbara Hospitality House.

Charles Finis McLean

12/12/1953 - 3/30/2012

Charles Finis McLean, 58, passed away peacefully surrounded by much of his family on March 30 at Cottage Hospital. Born in Long Beach, Calif. on Nov. 12, 1953, Charles lived most of his life in Orange County (Bell and Buena Park). Prior to moving to Carpinteria, he lived for nine years in Silverado Canyon where he was employed by Aguinaga Green, a manufacturer of organic compost, mulch, soil and other green products. Charles became an expert in these techniques.

Charles visited his family in Carpinteria often and attended Carpinteria High School for one year in 1968. Two years ago Charles returned for health reasons to live with his aunt, Martha Hickey. He became an active member in his Carpinteria community working with several local organizations. Charles loved to contribute to his community, regularly attending Carpinteria Valley Baptist Church, Bible studies, events and serving as an Awana leader. Charles became the chili maker for the church’s weekly summer BBQ’s. Charles also enjoyed helping with other groups in which he was involved.

Charles is preceded in death by his mother, Betty, and his father, Finis McLean. He is survived by his two sisters, Beth Franssen (children Chris, Amber, Ian, and Joshua), Diane Haynes (daughter Johnna), Aunt Estelle (Fern) Furr, Aunt Martha Hickey and Uncle Tom Fleeman. Charlie will be greatly missed by his wonderful friends and family who take great comfort in knowing he is with His Heavenly Father.

A service will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Carpinteria Valley Baptist Church, 800 Maple Avenue.

Beatrice Margaret Rejino

Beatrice Margaret Rejino passed away on March 31, 2012 in Carpinteria. Born in Oklahoma in 1917, she was raised by Archibald and Jane Nease, along with five other siblings. Bea married Jack Patterson, and had two children, Jack (Ben) and Judy. They resided in La Puente, CA for most of their married life (33 years), where Bea was a homemaker and an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. After Jack’s death, Bea remarried Frank Rejino, and they continued to live in La Puente for the next 31 years.

Bea’s last ten years have been happily spent in Carpinteria with family and the sweet, wonderful friends and staff of the Carpinteria Senior Lodge. Bea is a dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and a beloved daughter of God. She passed away at 95, very old and full of years, and a living testimony to God’s mercy and kindness.

She is survived by two sisters, Mary Armstrong and Geneva Deering, brother Ladue Nease; son Ben Patterson and his wife Lauretta; daughter Judy Aguayo and her husband Ron; six grandchildren along with their spouses, Kim and Tom Grahn, Debra and Eric Aguayo-Smith, Dan and Leanne Patterson, Joel and Erin Patterson, Andy and Mary Patterson, and Mary Patterson; and six great grandchildren.

We look forward with confident hope to the Day of Resurrection. “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting” (I Corinthians 15:55)?

Gomer F. Cool

Gomer F. Cool, 103, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 4, 2012. He was a long-time resident of Carpinteria. He was born in April 1908 in Nevada, Mo., and spent his early life in that state. He studied violin at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music and in private study, after which he was employed at a Kansas City radio station as a musician and writer.
In 1935, he married Margaret Barnum. They moved to Hollywood in 1939 with a musical group called The Texas Rangers. While there, he performed in numerous western films with such stars as Gene Autry and Johnny Mack Brown. He also did free lance writing projects and was writer-director for the “You Asked For It” TV show and the Gene Autry radio show. His work in Hollywood included helping establish the Radio Writers Guild and serving on the National Council of the Writers Guild of America.

After moving to Santa Barbara in 1960, he served as president of the North Santa Barbara Kiwanis Club and twice as distinguished Lt. Governor. He sat on the 1981 County Grand Jury and later served as president of the Past Grand Jury Association. His great sense of humor, gracious manners and positive outlook on life were an inspiration to all who knew him.

He is greatly missed by his family and by his many friends at The Villages in San Luis Obispo. Gomer is survived by two sons Douglas of Carpinteria, and Stephen (Karla) of Arroyo Grande; grandchildren Jeffrey Cool, Lara Golden (Ed) and Monte Cool; and great-grandchildren Lauren Cool and Julia Golden. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret, in 1998. A celebration of life was held on Monday, March 26 in San Luis Obispo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Direct Relief Foundation.

Steven Andrew Samaguey

8/21/1989 – 3/13/2012

A courageous young man, surrounded by his parents and family, his best friend (the woman he planned to spend his life with) and favorite teacher, passed away at USC Keck Hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

Andrew was born on August 21, 1989 in Santa Barbara, California. He started life with a spinal tumor and had many health challenges over his short 22 years. However, his physical ailments never defined him. Andrew patiently submitted to the many hospital stays, tests and interventions over the years and gracefully walked the path that was laid out for him. He was well known and appreciated for his beautiful smile, and positive attitude. It was a joy to spend time with Andrew.

Andrew graduated from Carpinteria High School in 2009. With the support of his favorite teacher, Cindy Rief, Andrew was able to succeed despite the absences due to numerous hospitalizations and surgeries. While at Carpinteria High School, Andrew met his first and only girlfriend, Claudia Van Wingerden. Their love has made them inseparable and gave both the strength to endure his challenges.

Andrew was a talented artist and loved to draw. His dream was to be an architect, and he took courses at Ventura City College towards that goal. He valued life and enjoyed having fun. Some of his favorite activities were drawing, playing football (with his XBOX 360) and paintballing with his cousins in Lompoc.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilled his dream of having a “game room,” and he spent many happy hours between treatments enjoying their gifts. Andrew had a strong faith as a member of the Apostolic Assembly Church in Santa Barbara. He found solace in his faith and comfort from the many supportive friends he made there.

Andrew is survived by his loving parents, Esteban Samaguey and Maria G. Damian; his beloved grandparents, Josefina and Ramon Damian; and his many siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A service for Andrew was held on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Apostolic Assembly Church, 2035 Bath Street in Santa Barbara. The funeral will be on Thursday, March 22 at 11 a.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery on Cravens Lane.

Thank you to all the doctors and nurses who treated Andrew over the last 22 years at UCLA and USC, but especially those that cared for him these last five months: Drs. Eila Skinner and Tanya Dorff, nurse Allyn Edano and all others who supported Andrew at USC Keck Hospital. Remembrances may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 4222 Market Street, Suite D; Ventura, CA 93003 or at their website: tri-counties.wish.org \

Norman Jay Phillips

6/4/1946 – 3/3/2012

Norman Jay Phillips passed away in his sleep on March 3, 2012, after a three-year battle with cancer. Jay was born in Santa Monica on June 4, 1946, and soon moved with his family to the San Fernando Valley where he and his brothers and sisters were active in racing quarter midgets. Jay was #83 and known as the “Jumpin Jay Bird.” They raced around Southern California as well as Arizona, Nevada and Oklahoma. He was also an avid surfer and a successful pole vaulter in high school. After high school he spent four years in the United States Air Force.

Jay became an accomplished sailor, joining his father and brothers in the Marina Del Rey area. He soon began racing in Channel Islands, Ventura and Santa Barbara. Jay was a member of the J-24 fleet and enjoyed many years of competition and camaraderie. Fishing was also a love of Jay’s. Eldorado spent many a day with friends and family on the water trying for the big one. NASCAR racing was always in Jay’s heart and he shared many Sundays with friends and family rooting for his favorite drivers. Jay worked in the construction trades and spent 20 years with Union Oil Co.

Jay is survived by his wife of 32 years, Pam of Oxnard; sons, Brady of Carpinteria, Sean of Ventura; mother, Lynn of Oxnard; brother, Bill of Arroyo Grande; sisters, Darlene of Las Vegas and Debbie of Oxnard. Jay’s grandchildren were so close to his heart: Nya Rose and Kaila Love of Waikaloa, Hawaii, and Zion Sales of Carpinteria, along with many cousins, nephews and nieces.

Special thanks to the doctors and staff at Norris Cancer Hospital, University Southern California, for their kindness and compassion during the last three years. Also, Roze Room Hospice for their support and dedication during this trying time. Thanks as well to Coast Cities Crematory for their thoughtful service.

Jay will be buried at sea on April 28, with a gathering of family and friends at Ventura Yacht Club to follow.

Doris “Doe” Faye Gault D’Agostino Prince

7/3/1929 – 3/7/2012

God called a very special angel home on March 7, 2012. Known to her friends and family as “Doe,” Doris Faye Prince was born Doris Faye Gault on July 3, 1929 to Samuel and Goldie Fay Gault in Oakland. She grew up in Berkeley with brothers William and Robert Gault and married to Ralph D’Agostino and moved to southern California.

After Ralph passed away in 1975, Doris devoted much of her time to raising her three children and volunteering at local hospitals. She married Evert Prince in 1984 and has enjoyed a wonderful life with him. Doe enjoyed family time, traveling, celebrating birthdays and she made every gathering a special occasion. She was very involved in her church, Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch. 

She leaves behind three wonderful children, Michael D’Agostino, Jeff D’Agostino (Sheila) and Mele White (Barry). Doe was blessed with six beautiful grandchildren, Angela D’Agostino Nelson, Colleen D’Agostino Moreaux, Shannon D’Agostino, Kristina D’Agostino Neal, Corporal Christopher White, USMC and Taylor White. She was also a wonderful stepmother to Evert’s three children, Debbie, Melissa and Timothy Prince. She was treasured by many nieces and nephews as well. There will be a celebration of her life at her home in Porter Ranch on Sunday, March 18 at 1 p.m. Memorial gifts in memory of Doris can be made to the Cancer Society.

Robert P. Oldham

3/7/1940 – 1/30/2012

Robert P. Oldham passed away of a heart attack on Jan. 30. He was born on March 7, 1940 in Los Angeles, where he lived until he joined the Navy at 19.  He moved to Carpinteria 45 years ago and worked at the Channel Paper Company in Santa Barbara for many years as a purchasing agent. He then went on to work at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust.

After many years there he retired and continued to live in Carpinteria at the Sandpiper Mobile Home Park. After retiring, he traveled to many places within the United States. He loved the mountains where he used to visit his sister near Sacramento. One of his favorite pastimes was to go walking on the beaches of Carpinteria and also take weekend trips to Cambria.

He is survived by his sister, Sally Hebert of Pollack Pines, and Nancy Lambert of Irvine.

He requested no service, but a gathering is planned at the Sandpiper recreational center on Saturday, March 17, at 11 a.m.

Shirley-Ann Grace Villa

12/11/1969 – 3/1/2012

Shirley-Ann Grace Villa, 42, of Lompoc passed into the Lord’s hands on March 1, 2012, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

She was born on Dec. 11, 1969, in Torrance and was the daughter of Albert and Madaline (Ramirez) Villa. She will be remembered for her love of coffee and music. She was extremely proud of her nieces and nephews, and we will recall her wonderful smile while she watched them play. They will remember her lovingly for the gifts of candy that she always had for them

She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Villa, Sr., and her brother, Albert Villa, Jr.; Shirley-Ann is survived by her mother, Madaline Villa-Sanchez (José Sanchez); brothers, Randy Villa (Eden) of Royal Oaks, Calif., and Anthony Villa (Patricia) of Lompoc; nephews and nieces, Jessamine Villa, Nolan Villa, Andrew Oviedo, Abigail Villa, Rebecca Villa, and Henry John Villa; sister-in-law, Jennifer Villa of Bristow, Va., and her children, Albert Villa, III, Jake Villa, Ariel Villa and Elizabeth Villa.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 9, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at La Purísima Concepción Catholic Church in Lompoc, followed by interment at Carpinteria Cemetery at 1:30 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-8409.

Dorothy “Dot” Gilmour

12/13/1921 - 2/17/2012

Dorothy was born in Salt Lake City to Clyde and Thelma Lambourne. At the age of 6 she moved to Los Angeles where she graduated from Belmont High School in the class of winter 1940.

Dot then attended Los Angeles City College where she met her husband-to-be, John, in early 1940. They were engaged in February 1944 at the El Paseo while John was based at the US Marine Corps Air Station in Goleta. Dorothy and John were married on Jan. 9, 1945 in Wooster, Ohio where John was enrolled in the U.S. Naval Flight Program.

Dot is survived by John and their three children, Ken, (wife Pattie), Eileen and John L. (wife Michele) who were born after the war ended and she had returned to Los Angeles. They provided her with eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Dot has a long history with Carpinteria, starting with camping at Fish Camp while in her teens. She had fond memories of pizza at Tony’s when it was located where Sly’s is now. For many years, beginning in the early 1960s, she and the family camped often at the state park. Many local friendships were formed during those years.

In August of 1969 the family moved to Carpinteria where Dot immediately became involved in the local activities. In November 1969 she was selected to be Head Teacher for the new Headstart Program. She was known as Miss Dorothy to the five aides and the 21 4-year-old students.

When the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History opened, Dot volunteered as a docent and served for many years. She was also deeply involved in the early stages of the Friends of the Carpinteria Library and helped with the Welcome Wagon.

Dot loved to travel, whether it be to Ojai or to lands overseas. At last count, she had visited 48 countries, many of them multiple times. Dot was always an avid reader and enjoyed doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed sewing, embroidery, crocheting and needlepoint.

One of her greatest joys was just to walk all through Carpinteria with John. They became known around town as the “Walking Gilmours.”

It can truly be said that she had a wonderful and fulfilling life. Always a giver, her last gift was the donation of her body to the UCLA Medical School.

The family is particularly indebted to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care for the care Dot received during her last few days at home with family.

As Dot requested, no services nor remembrances are planned.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, 222 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, or at www.vnhcsb.org.

Patricia O. Sim

6/11/1922 – 2/8/2012
Patricia O. Sim was born June 11, 1922 in Seattle, Wash. and passed away Feb. 8, 2012 in Carpinteria. She attended school in Carpinteria and later graduated from Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Neb. Patti continued her education at Santa Barbara State College where she graduated with a degree in art. She met James H. Sim in 1944, and they were married in June of that year. They were blessed with two lovely daughters, Eileen and Luanne.

Patti taught grade school art for two years in Santa Barbara after which she received her real estate license and worked many years with her parents Robert and Kathryn Orrill acquiring, selling and developing properties from Carpinteria to Morro Bay. She also worked as a clerk in the Carpinteria Justice Court. Patti was an accomplished watercolor artist and dedicated much time and love to the Carpinteria Art League, Gold Coast Art Association and Santa Barbara Water Marks. She also enjoyed her association with the Carpinteria Investment Club.

Patti is survived by her daughter Luanne Patricia Sim Cobb and Luanne’s two children, Colin Fraser Purcell and Mackenzie Leigh Purcell. She is also survived by three daughters of her eldest daughter, Eileen Van Norman, who preceded her in death. They are Terri Fricker, Tracy Hastings and Jeanne Hendricks. Patti loved being actively involved with her children and grandchildren. She also has seven great-granddaughters, Amanda, Ashley, Cailee, Kiarra, Trisha, Tiffany and Tina, who were dear to her heart.

A memorial service was held at her home in Carpinteria on a lovely Sunday afternoon, Feb. 12, 2012. All who might like to further support Patti’s love of art may make memorial contributions to the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council, P.O. Box 957, Carpinteria, CA 93014.

Rebecca Joy Paul

Rebecca Joy Paul (Ternes) of Carpinteria passed away at home unexpectedly on Feb. 17, 2012. She was born on Sept. 15, 1958, in Shields, N.D. to Larry and Stella Ternes.

In 1984, she moved to Carpinteria, where she spent most of her time raising her daughter. She owned Becky’s Grooming, Buster’s, and most recently, was a business partner with her husband at Paragon Builders. Her marriage to Steve was one of the happiest days of her life, as she found both her soulmate and her best friend. She had a wide circle of friends, but made each and every one of them feel like they were her best friend. Her generous spirit was evident whenever she welcomed you into her home by being the ultimate hostess. Rebecca’s passions also extended to her many pets, and there was no plant that did not blossom by her touch.

She is survived by her husband, Steve Paul; her daughter, Rachel Eggebrecht (Andy); her parents, Larry and Stella Ternes; her siblings, Jennifer Michie (Dan), Carrie Clement, Barbara Weekes (Francis), Larry Ternes Jr. (Pam), Corin Lopez (Ray), Lauree Riva (Tony), John Ternes (Lori), Alice Konieczny (David), Abraham Ternes, Edna Sanabia (Eric) and Audree Ternes; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, friends and her special pets (Harley and Bentley).

It goes without saying that she lived up to her middle name, Joy.

A service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Carpinteria Community Church. Comments and stories can be shared at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel Web Site at wrhsb.com. Condolences can be sent for Steve and Rachel to 3616 Foothill Rd., Carpinteria, CA 93013.

William (Bill) Kiernan

William (Bill) Kiernan, 58, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 5 after a brief illness. Friends are invited to a memorial on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at 4110 Via Real in Carpinteria.

Sybil Ralphine Barnes

Sybil Ralphine Barnes, 87, passed peacefully into the arms of God on Jan. 25 at her home in Rogue River, Ore. She was born on Dec. 28, 1924, to Ralph and Mary Zerger in Hennessey, Okla., where she was raised and pursued a career in nursing, receiving her R.N. degree. Shortly after World War II, she met and married Wallace (Wally) J. Barnes and moved to California. While raising their four children, she worked at Santa Barbara County General Hospital, retiring as head nurse at the chronic disease unit. She was often called “mom” by patients because of her loving and caring ways. She often opened her home to lonely patients during the holidays for a home-cooked meal. She and Wally lived in Carpinteria for 38 years, where in addition to working full-time jobs, they built Rancho Padaro, growing avocados and running The Pumpkin Patch. The business later became Padaro Floral, where they added growing roses and field flowers.

Sybil’s last years were spent in Rogue River, Ore., where she and Wally had gone to retire, making new friends and memories.

Sybil enjoyed sewing and needlepoint. Her recent project was making beautiful aprons, which she left to all her family and friends to treasure.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wally, in 2003 and is survived by her four children Neil (Sharon), Craig (Gina), Reid (Graciela) and Janet Sharp (Kevin). She was also blessed with six grandchildren, Andrew, Amber, Amanda, Jaclyn, Kyle and Nicholas. There was never a prouder grandmother who delighted in all their accomplishments.

Her celebration of life will be held in Hennessey, Okla., on April 7, 2012. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a favorite charity in her memory.

Flora Garcia

Flora Garcia, 70, passed away on Feb. 6, 2012. On Thursday, Feb. 9, there will be a public viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. and a vigil starting at 7 p.m. at Perez family Funeral Home, 1347 Del Norte Road, in Camarillo. The funeral will take place on Friday, Feb. 10, at noon at Santa Clara Church, 323 SE “E” Street, in Oxnard.

Margaret Ramirez

Margaret Ramirez, 90, a lifelong Carpinterian, died peacefully at her home on January 26, 2012.

While Margaret was a homemaker for many years, she also worked as a housekeeper in the 1950s, at numerous hotels throughout Santa Barbara, including the Miramar.

Margaret was an exceptional cook, and her best samples included chile verde, chilaquiles, enchiladas and other Mexican specialties. Her tapioca pudding was special. Margaret loved all music including rancheras, norteños and country. She enjoyed her novelas, and “Caso Cerrado” was among her favorite programs. Margaret was a feisty woman with a great sense of humor. She was very generous with her time, always helping people in need. Margaret was especially proud of her Chumash heritage, and it is believed she was a descendent of the Romero Family, i.e., Romero Canyon.

Margaret is survived by her children, Beatrice Rosales (Martin, deceased), Lydia Cervantes (Ramon), George Ramirez (Nohemi), Edward Ramirez (Delfina), Madeline Sanchez (José) and Daniel Ramirez; 20 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward Arellano (Carmen) and Rudy Arellano (Mary); sister Carmen Mendoza (Jacinto) and sister-in-law Lupe Arellano. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, George G. Ramirez, her son, David E. Ramirez, and her brother, Lonnie Arellano.

The funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Carpinteria. The Graveside Service will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Carpinteria Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-8409.