Tracie Virene Klosowski

Tracie Virene Klosowski

Tracie Virene Klosowski passed away Sunday, April 6, from Evans Syndrome. She was our daughter, sister, soulmate, granddaughter, niece, cousin, soon to be auntie, best friend, friend and hairstylist. Tracie had an energy that will never be forgotten. She was our princess and will live on through the hearts and souls of all of us. The service will be held Friday, April 11, at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel in Santa Barbara from 5 to 7 p.m. Donations to help the family with funeral costs can be made at Montecito Bank & Trust.

Steve Roberts

Steve Roberts

1/17/1924 – 3/18/2014

Born in Winona, Minn. on Jan. 17, 1924, Steve was the youngest of six children born to William and Grace (Atwood) Ctibor. Steve passed away on March 18, 2014. His last day on earth was filled with an afternoon of music and song attending a St. Patrick’s Day program at Santa Barbara Convalescent Hospital where he was recovering from heart surgery. It was a most wonderful way for this lifelong entertainer to pass through his last day, singing Irish songs with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face. As Steve would put it, he had a lifelong “love affair” with music that began at an early age surrounded by a family of music makers: an uncle who was a traveling carnival musician, an aunt who lived with Steve’s family and played piano and his mother who loved Polka music and dancing. Later on, Steve was mentored by his high school music teacher and bandleader, Mr. Harold Edstrom, who was the innovator of the “Pointer System” for piano. Steve played trombone in the Winona High School Band. He also learned to play drums and string base. Later, he became a professional vocalist and bandleader at the Stardust Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. While still in high school, Steve had the distinct honor of being hired to play with Louis Armstrong’s Dixieland Band aboard the Mississippi River Excursion Boats. Throughout life, he shared his love of music, performing as an emcee, musician, dancer and singer on stages, in bands, church services, weddings, birthdays, ballrooms, senior clubs, convalescent hospitals—wherever he could ‘lift spirits’ and spread good cheer.

After graduating, Steve entered the Marine Corps in May 1942 and was honorably discharged in Dec., 1945. During his years of service, he was assigned to the First Marine Division, taking him into combat on Guadalcanal Island; he later participated as an amphibious tractor driver in landings on the Marshall Islands, Pelilu, Guam and Okinawa. Even during the tumultuous war years, Steve continued to make music, playing in the Marine Corps Band while stationed in San Diego during the first part of his enlistment. When he was on liberty while in San Diego, he sat in with such famous Big Bands as Les Brown and Tommy Dorsey along with the Dick Jergens orchestra. One of Steve’s fondest memories from those years in San Diego was to sing “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” as the featured soloist backed by a 50 voice choir on national radio and heard by his parents in Minnesota.

After World War II, Steve moved to California where he resumed his musical career, playing with bands all over the state, finally settling in Whittier in 1949 where he married and started a family which eventually included two sons, Bruce and Gary, and a daughter, Cheryl, who was born on his birthday. During that time, Steve became the choir director for The Whittier Methodist Church with Tennessee Ernie Ford as a member of his choir. For the first 10 years after WWII, Steve earned his living and subsidized his musical endeavors by owning and operating a printing shop, a trade he had learned from his father who was a graphic arts tradesman. The family later moved to Modesto where he operated printing plants until 1970. Steve then made another “quantum leap,” moving from California to Kansas. There, he became co-owner of a large trucking company that included 48 trucks traveling throughout the U.S. While still in Wichita, Kansas, Steve expanded his business by adding two restaurants, and as owner/manager he enjoyed the variety of being back in the “meet and greet” people business working in restaurants afforded him—he also liked dabbling in the kitchen, creating tasty new dishes to add to the menu. When the lure of the west once again called him, he sold his trucking and restaurant businesses and accepted a position as regional director for the National AutoFingers Company. He was once again “on the road,” traveling throughout seven western states and servicing 40 car dealerships.

In 1985, Steve and his wife, Leona, “retired” in Shell Beach, Calif. where Steve became president of the Central Coast Senior Citizens Club in Oceano. His volunteer work there was given recognition from President George Bush. He set up entertaining and educational programs and social activities for the senior members, including trips, weekly bingo, potlucks, holiday parties and speakers. He was awarded “Senior of the Year” in 1990 for his outstanding work with the Oceano Improvement Association.

Finally, in 1995, he moved to Carpinteria where he once again found numerous ways to make contributions, sharing his time and talents, always willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed. He joined the Carpinteria Senior Citizens Club. He went on to serve as their President in 2002 and for the following 10 years served as the club’s Travel Director, organizing monthly trips to a variety of places: Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Laughlin, Hollywood Park, Palm Springs, Magic Castle and Classic Car Museum, to name a few. With his sparkling personality, wonderful wit and dedication to planning fun and interesting travel experiences for seniors, Steve got the word out about all the “fun-raising trips” and the club’s membership increased to over 250 active members. In addition to organizing trips, Steve was “instrumental” in planning and performing in lively entertainment programs over the next 12 years.

Among his many accomplishments, he attained a 32nd degree honor as a Mason and the rank of Commander of the VFW and American Legion Posts.

Steve is survived by his long time, onstage and offstage partner and forever friend, Jeanna Boyd; his three children, Bruce, Gary and Cheryl; his grandchildren, Jacleen (Josh) and Kyle; his great-grandchildren Joran and Josie, nieces and nephews, and many, many lifelong friends.

Steve packed a lot of living and giving into 90 years; leaving a trail of treasured memories, uplifted spirits, and gratitude for the special gift he was in our lives. With his close personal relationship with God, his gift of musical ministry, acts of kindness and compassion, he was truly an emissary of Light and Love. His life’s message will continue to bless us and remain in our hearts forever. He will always be our “Sunshine Man,” inspiring us to appreciate the gift of life God has given each one of us.

A service to celebrate Steve’s amazing life will be held at the First Baptist Church, where he is a member, located at 5026 Foothill Road, Carpinteria, Calif. A reception will follow at the Fellowship Hall next to the chapel. The family would be grateful for remembrances in Steve’s name made to “Cold Noses, Warm Hearts Dog Rescue,” 5758 Hollister Ave., Goleta, CA 93117

Robert “Bob” Macias

Robert “Bob” Macias

1/2/1937 – 3/26/2014

Robert “Bob” Macias, 77, died on March 26, 2014 at Cottage Hospital with his two sisters and niece at his bedside.

He received a liver transplant 23 years ago and lived a full life until his health worsened this past year. His strength, lack of self-pity and sense of humor awed and inspired us.

He was born Jan. 2, 1937 in Ventura. The family moved from Santa Paula to Carpinteria in 1941. He attended Aliso, Main and Carpinteria High School, graduating in 1955. He enlisted in the Navy in 1956, serving aboard the USS Alamo, traveling throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. He served four years of active duty and two years in the Naval Reserve until 1962. He lived and worked many years in San Francisco. He returned home and worked for the State Department of Health Services for 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Refugio and Mary Macias; brothers Martin, Manuel and Michael; sister Mary (Elena) Manriquez, sister-in-law Marie Macias, brother-in-law Phillip Vallejo, niece Diana McElearney, nephew David Vallejo Sr. and, lastly, his most beloved 22-year-old-plus kitty, “Babaloo,” who passed away four days before him.

He is survived by his two sisters Ruth Villalpando and Eva Vallejo and his extended family, which includes his brother-in-law Daniel Manriquez, his sisters-in-law Gloria and Ivy Macias, many nieces, nephews and cousins, Uncle Ernest (Porf), Aunt Sally, Aunt Becky, many friends locally and his long-time Palm Springs buddies Gerry, Larry and Jack.

He was generous to a fault, sarcastic, funny, hard-headed and soft-hearted. We all confided, argued, laughed and cried with him. He had the ability to form an individual bond with each of us. We loved him and miss him.

Gratitude and thanks to Dr. Beamer, the staff at Sansum Clinic, at Cottage ER and MICU and the Carpinteria Emergency Response Team, who all treated him with care, respect, dignity and kindness.

Dolores Granada

Dolores Granada

7/18/1940 – 3/22/2014

Dolores Granada, 73, passed away peacefully in the presence of her husband and children on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Dolores was born to the late Vicente and Juanita DeAlba, on July 18, 1940 in Carpinteria, California. She attended Carpinteria High School. Dolores married Joe F. Granada on Aug. 4, 1956.

Dolores, “Lola”, along with her husband Joe, “Pops”, raised their children, along with being there for her siblings and grandchildren. She was active in St. Joseph Catholic Church and volunteered countless hours for the St. Joseph’s Resale shop. Dolores was known for her kindness and gentle caring nature.

Dolores has been quietly battling a lung disease for the past 14 years, never complaining of her affliction. She was amazing in her love for her family and life.

Dolores was preceded in death by her brother, then both parents.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Granada Sr., and six children; Joe Granada Jr., Liz Granada, Patti Parsons (Patrick), Peter Granada (Julie), David Granada (Heather) and Rose Keiser (Jon). She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; Christie, Steven (Lindsay), Tessie, Christopher (Amanda), Ted, Britney, Josh, Mercedes, Linsey, Nick, Jade, Vance, Genevieve, Colby and Savannah, along with Gabriel, Eli, Ezren, Isaiah, Kyira, Calvin, Kyro and lastly Paxton.

Dolores also had 11 siblings: Adelina (Oswaldo), Margie (Luis), Barbara (Robert), Mary (Carl), Vincent (deceased), Regina, Tony (Susie), Maggie (Greg), Greg (Kathy), Richard (Lorraine) and Fred. 

“Because someone we love is in Heaven, a little bit of Heaven is in our hearts.”

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Cottage Pulmonary Hypertension Center, P.O. Box 689, Santa Barbara, CA 93102 in memory of Dolores Granada.

Services for Dolores will be held Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Carpinteria. Burial Mass will be held Friday, at 10 a.m., at the church, followed by burial at Carpinteria Cemetery immediately after. 

Nadene Noel Compton

Nadene Noel Compton

12/24/1958 – 3/19/2014

Nadene Noel Compton died in the early morning hours on Wednesday, March 19. She is survived by her only son, Robby Compton of Carpinteria, and her sister, Kathlene James of Cushing, Maine. Robby would like to thank the staff of Cottage Hospital for giving Nadene another year of life, holidays and joy. Their bond grew even tighter that year. Those who knew Nadene will forever remember her in fondness. The family is trying to raise money to afford a cremation and asks those who wish to make a donation to send it to the Worker Bee Café on Linden Avenue or to the home address: Robby Compton, 4140 Via Real #17, Carpinteria, CA 93013. Thank you and God bless.

Dorothy May Trelatsky

Dorothy May Trelatsky

5/7/1926 – 3/4/2014

Dorothy May Trelatsky, 87, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away March 4, 2014. Dorothy was born May 7, 1926, in Chicago, Ill. to Alonzo and Edith Latimer. Dorothy had four older brothers. She married Sam Trelatsky on Jan. 17, 1948, and they had three sons, seven grandchildren and three great-grandsons. They moved to Sylmar, Calif. in 1954 and retired in Carpinteria in 1974. Dorothy is survived by sons Thomas and Lonnie, daughters-in-law Kathy and Sylvia, grandchildren Philip, Marc, Melissa, Brian, Matthew, Adam and Jonathan, and great-grandsons Sam and Scott. Husband Sam, son Norman, great-grandson Tyler, and brothers Wilbur, Arthur, Robert and Clifford sadly passed away prior to Dorothy. Dorothy was a member of Carpinteria Community Church and Carpinteria Senior Citizens. She actively participated in community events. She supported many charitable organizations and had a special place in her heart for all veterans. She had a genuine love for all her family and friends, and she will be missed by all.

Tommye “Rita” Fryer

Tommye “Rita” Fryer

1/27/1924 – 3/6/2014

Tommye “Rita” Fryer passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on March 6. She is survived by her husband, Alan P. Fryer, and children Linda Fryer Lopez, Alan P. Fryer III and Kathy Fryer, Patricia Fryer Kelley, Margaret Fryer Kempf and Randall Kempf, Joyce Fryer and Kathee Christie, and Thomas Fryer. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Loreto Lopez, and her son Roger.

Tommye was born on Jan. 27, 1924 in Carpinteria. She graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1943, with high hopes of becoming an aviator pilot. Instead, she attended Santa Barbara Business College. Afterwards, she worked for the U.S. military at Pt. Hueneme. Mom met Dad at a dance in Ventura. The rest was history, as they recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. While raising seven children, she delved her artistic talents in the fine art of tailoring, folk dancing, jewelry making and painting.

Tommye loved and lived her life to the fullest. Mom, we miss you but know in our hearts that you will always be with us.

Visitation is on March 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Home, 450 Ward Drive in Santa Barbara. The funeral will be held at the Goleta Cemetery, 44 S. San Antonio Road in Santa Barbara on Friday, March 14 at noon.

Edna Mae (Wills) Billings

Edna Mae (Wills) Billings

4/2/1934 - 2/9/2014

Edna Mae (Wills) Billings passed away peacefully on Feb. 9, 2014 surrounded by her family. Edna was born on April 27, 1934 in Berkeley, Calif. to parents Richmond T. and Juanita T. (Durbin) Wills. In her early life, Edna sang in her school choir, twirled a baton and was an active member of the Oakland Assembly #11 of the Rainbow Girls, where she received her majority in 1953. She was a Girl Scout Leader in San Antonio, Texas in 1962 to 1963. After moving to Carpinteria, Calif. in 1971, she was active in the Vallecito Chapter #523 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Carpinteria where she served as Worthy Matron in 1975. She was also the chairman, secretary and board member of the Carpinteria Rainbow Girls from 1971 to 1986 and Mother Advisor in 1986.

Edna became a teller in the First National Bank of Reno, Nev. in 1958, Bank of America in Oakland, Calif. from 1958 to 1962, and Santa Barbara National Bank in Carpinteria, Calif. from 1975 to 1983. She worked briefly at the All-Star Inn from 1983 to 1985 and then for the City of Carpinteria from 1985 to 1997, where she retired as Finance Assistant. During her time in Carpinteria, Edna was on the board of the Sister City Group and traveled often to San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. She also enjoyed traveling across the U.S. and to Hawaii, Europe and Australia.

After moving into her dream house in Santa Maria during her retirement, Edna volunteered as a reading tutor for the Laubach reading system in Santa Maria from 1999 to 2007. She loved her students and taught them reading and English, gave advice and gifts to her students and their children. She was also very skilled in all of the sewing arts and has been a member of the SAGA (Smocking Arts Guild of America) since 1992. Her family members have been the lucky recipients of the many beautiful sewing projects she created.

Edna considered her family her greatest treasure and contributions to the world. Among them are her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: daughter Debra E. Hart and her children Sarah Hart and Tim Welsh (parents of Edna’s great-grandchildren Greyson and Adelyn); Patrick, Emily and Timothy; daughter Jennifer A. Wildman and children Caleb and Lindsey; daughter Mary Fennell Champagne (deceased) and son Jason Fennell; and daughter Susan C. and husband, Dave LaMothe, and children Camille and Julia. Edna was predeceased by her mother, Juanita Durbin Wills; father, Richmond T. Wills; sister, Joyce L. Wills; half-brother, Larry Wills; daughter Mary Fennell Champagne and grandchildren Katherine L. G. Hart and Joshua A. Wildman.

Everyone who knew Edna described her as quite a character! In her last year at Merrill Gardens in Santa Maria, she spent her days at social gatherings, holiday parties and happy hour, and worked vigilantly at the jigsaw table. She spent many loving hours with her gentleman friend Joe, who made her very happy. Edna’s grit and determination was an example for all, and carried her into her final days. We hope that all who read this will raise a glass and toast to her memory. We’ll miss you, Mom!

The funeral will be on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery.

Edna Ruth “Eddi” Hastings

Edna Ruth “Eddi” Hastings

12/31/1918 – 2/14/2014

Edna Ruth “Eddi” Hastings, born Dec. 31, 1918, passed away peacefully at 95 years of age on Feb. 14, 2014. Eddi was born in Kentucky but grew up in Nashville, Tenn.

After graduating from high school, she spent a year at the Chicago Art Institute. She then enrolled at Vanderbilt University where she met her future husband, William Paul Hastings. After graduation they married.

The war broke out and Bill enlisted in the army. Eddi thoroughly enjoyed the role of an officer’s wife and looked upon their 30 moves as adventures. They lived all over the United States as well as numerous overseas postings including Germany, Belgium, Korea and Okinawa. After being sent to Vietnam numerous times, Bill decided to retire from the Army, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

In 1966 they chose Carpinteria for their permanent home. Bill passed away in 1986 and Eddi rekindled her artistic talent and became involved in the local art scene. She was a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association and served as president. She was a very gifted artist, and her award winning paintings were hung in many galleries in town.

One of the most gratifying events later in her life was attending, along with her entire family, the graduation of her oldest granddaughter, Michelle, from Vanderbilt University exactly 50 years after her own graduation.

Eddi is survived by her son, William Hartwell Hastings, and his wife, Sandy; her grandson William Keith Hastings and his fiancée Rachel; granddaughters Michelle Hastings Doyle and Jessica Richardson; and great-granddaughters Lauren and Lindsay Doyle. She was predeceased by her daughter, Frances Small, in 2009.

Services will be held at a later date as it was Eddi’s wish to be buried with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Eddi’s name to the Santa Barbara Art Association or the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council.

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Roy Frederick Olsen

Roy Frederick Olsen

8/13/1925 – 2/7/2014

Roy Frederick Olsen went to be with our Lord on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Roy was born on Aug. 13, 1925 to Herbert and Gladys Olsen in Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital. The second of seven children, Roy grew up attending local schools and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. He served in the U.S. Army in the occupational forces in Japan at the end of World War II. Roy always enjoyed working in agriculture. Universities and other institutions would often contact him for advice regarding crop and cattle projects. I vividly remember him telling me that he loved planting things and watching God make them grow. Roy met Norma Jane Greer while working in Malibu, and they were married in 1953. Roy and Norma moved to Santa Barbara where their first daughter, Deborah, was born. They later moved to Maria Ygnacia Ranch where their second daughter, Cynthia, was born. After a move to a neighboring ranch, Roy accepted a position managing Rancho Monte Alegre in Carpinteria, where both girls graduated from high school. Roy and Norma then moved to Rancho San Carlos in Santa Barbara. They had been married for 39 years when our dear mother, Norma, passed away. Roy retired and moved to Ventura where he married Marylou Decker in 1994.

Always a cowboy at heart, Roy raised his girls with a love of animals, a respect for nature, a strong work ethic and the belief that honesty is a requirement in life. (“If you never lie, you never have to try to remember what you told someone,” he once told me). He never hesitated to help anyone, whether they asked or he volunteered assistance. I remember once stopping and helping someone at the side of a road. It turned out to be a greater need than it appeared at the time, and he told me afterward, “God tells you when to stop.”

Roy is survived by his wife of 20 years, Marylou; his daughters, Cindy (John) Ferguson of Ventura, and Debbie (John) Pascaloff of Keswick, Va.; his sister, Kathi Krystal (Bob Buswell) of Seaside, Calif.; grandchildren, Jessica Macias (Carlos Rodriquez) and Alex (Amber) Macias; great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Jasmine Estrada and Bailey Macias and numerous nieces and nephews. Roy was preceded in death by his first wife Norma, and his siblings, John, Clara, Art, Anne and David.

Roy will be greatly missed for his love, his sense of humor, his advice and his knowledge. The world will be a much smaller place without him. Daddy, we miss you so much and look forward to the time when we all are together again.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. at Charles Carroll Funeral Home, 15 Teloma Dr., Ventura, CA (805-642-8134). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Roy’s memory.

Luis Lopez Goena

Luis Lopez Goena

2/16/1928 – 2/9/2014

Luis Lopez Goena was born at home in Old Town Carpinteria on Feb. 16, 1928 and died of natural causes in Santa Barbara on Feb. 9, seven days short of his 86th birthday.

He is predeceased by his parents, Ascencion and Jose Goena; brothers Joe and Arnold, sisters Charlotte Goena, Emma Echeverria, Madeline Goena and Aurora Kountz; in-laws Nadine Goena, Francis Goena, Miguel Echeverria, Eugene Kountz and Al Tryon, and granddaughter Rosalind Adams.

He is survived by a large and much-loved family; wife Annette Levy Goena; children Cecilia Adams Berry, Linda Goena Caldwell, Cynthia Goena, David Goena (Suzanne Woodcock Goena), Chris Goena (Diane Bury Goena), Mark Goena (Linda Noel), Maria Leigh (Hunter Leigh) and Sofia Goena; grandchildren Calisto Caldwell, Louie Caldwell, Damien Pearson, Marisa Goena (fiancée Garrett Gamache), Alejandro Goena, Ana Goena, Jacob Goena (Mandie McKeon Goena) and Vivian Goena; great-granddaughters McKayla and Kalise Goena; brother Ray Goena (Vera Goena) and sister Virginia Tryon; many nieces and nephews; former wife Mary Ayala-Ranson, and former daughter-in-law Jill Palmer (Rob Palmer).

Luis loved his home town of Carpinteria. He shared memories of climbing the hills behind town, catching salmon bare-handed with his brother Ray and good friend Lawrence Cervantes, and playing on all the sports teams at Carpinteria High School.

As a local folk dance instructor, goat herder, farmer, gardener, and wine and cheese maker, he met many people, established lasting friendships, and thoroughly enjoyed the fun times he shared with each and every one of them.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Welch-Ryce-Haider, 15 East Sola Street, Santa Barbara.

A private gathering for Goena and Ayala family members will be held on Luis’ birthday, Feb. 16.

A celebration of Luis’ life for friends and family will be held on April 19 at a location to be determined.

Genevieve Manset Thornburgh

Genevieve Manset Thornburgh

1927-2014

Geneviève Marie Manset was born in Paris, France, on Jan. 3, 1927. Her mother, Genevieve “Gigi” Robinson-Riley was born in San Francisco. At two years old, Gigi moved to France where her father had been appointed U.S. Vice Consul in Nice. In the early 1920s, Gigi married Georges Octave Manset. They had four children: Eliane, Genevieve, George and Frances.

When Genevieve was just 7, her father died, leaving Gigi alone to raise four young children. She moved the family to Nice where little Genny attended a small convent boarding school. During vacations, Gigi took the children on adventures all over Europe to see the sights and visit family. They were in Rome when the war broke out in ’39. They quickly moved to the seemingly safer family home on the coast of Brittany. It did not take long for a German general to commandeer the house for their local headquarters. One night, Gigi “stole” back her car, gathered up the children and headed to Portugal. With her dual citizenship, Gigi was able to gain passage on one of the last ships out of Lisbon. They came straight to Santa Barbara where Gigi’s parents had relocated in the early 1930s.

So in 1941, at age 14, Genevieve found herself at La Cumbre Junior High. Her teenage girlfriends were intrigued by this seemingly sophisticated newcomer with heavy accent and a strand of pearls. She was outgoing and made many friends. One Santa Barbara High yearbook caption reads: “Swing and sway with Genny Manset.”

In 1946, at 19, she married Robert Laselle Thornburgh. The following year their first daughter, Yvonne, was born. The young family moved to Stanford where Bob attended law school, and soon their second daughter, Suzanne, was born.

Upon graduation they moved back to Santa Barbara. Bob went to work with his father Laselle at the law firm of Griffith and Thornburgh. They built a modest, single wall, board and batten cottage on their family lot way out of town on the beach at Padaro Lane. In time the tiny house was added on to. Two more daughters, Annette and Mimi, were born. The young Thornburgh girls grew up with the freedom to roam the beach in ways that would have made Tom Sawyer proud. The Padaro house has been the focal point of many long beach days, tide pooling, steamed clams, volleyball, bodysurfing, cocktails, bonfires, babies, weddings and Fourth-of-July fireworks.

Genny and Bob enjoyed many a night socializing with lots of dear friends over the years. Some of their favorite haunts were Casa de Sevilla and Joe’s Café. At the Miramar, she would chat in French with Jacques the beach guard. She partook in an occasional bourbon Southside at the Valley Club. She was an active member of the Junior League, once dancing in one of their Lobero performances.

But where Genny was most content was at the beach, in shorts, barefoot, cooking up great meals, sharing her energetic spirit, humor and mischievous looks. She had a quick wit, a sarcastic roll of the eyes, was well-read, and lovingly tended her garden of roses, herbs, annuals and fruit. She loved board games, played bridge well and worked a weekly crossword. Daily she read the paper outside, chatting from deck to deck with neighbors. She loved watching sports, especially tennis (her father had been a French tennis champion). She engaged us in “Genny-speak”—her lively non-linear storytelling. She couldn’t sit still for a minute. She was like a fifth sister.

Genny and Bob loved to fish, and when she wasn’t surf casting or dropping a line at the Islands, one would most likely find them fly fishing at Mammoth Hot Creek. They bought a cabin there in 1965 where yearly they spent the six months of trout season. In later years, they also left for New Zealand every January for further pursuit of that mythical trout. Just like the beach house, the Mammoth House was generously shared with four generations of family, friends and acquaintances.

Genny had the smallest kitchen with an old electric coil stove. Out of this little corner came the best meals with the freshest ingredients, a blend of her French roots and earthy sophistication. For those of us fortunate enough to share in these meals, there was never a doubt that we were experiencing food beyond measure. An exquisite meal was a daily occurrence whether the table was full of grateful guests, or on quieter nights when it was just she and Bob and a little candlelight.

She loved her little town of Carpinteria. It is hard to imagine how her favorite eateries are going to manage without her slipping into the back kitchen with “suggestions” as to a spice or technique. Café Luna will not be the same without Geneviève dipping her brioche in her café au lait each morning on the sunny porch, while chatting away with some complete stranger.

Genny was modest, unpretentious and generous. She gave anonymously to our local charities. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always there at just the right time to lend her support to enrich the lives of each. We all had extra courage to push our boundaries because deep down we knew that if we fell, “Granny” would be there to pick us up.

She will be deeply missed by her husband of 67 years, Bob Thornburgh; her daughters Yvonne Neumann (Andy), Suzy Blossom, Anny Annable (John), and Mimi Sheehan (Tom); her grandchildren Emilie Neumann (Sameer Pandya), Tarek Neumann, Mya Thornburgh (Michel Brewer); Chris, Chase and Abby Blossom; Genny Rose Annable; her great-grandsons, Ravi and Ishan; and her multitudes of Manset, Maher, Adolph and Thornburgh nieces and nephews.

Genny is survived by her sister Frances Maher. She is pre-deceased by her brother George Manset and her sister Eliane Adolph. The Catholic Church was a constant in her life. On Jan. 8, 2014, with all the family by her side, Father Steve from Our Lady of Mount Carmel gave the last rites. A beautiful special mass was later held at the church in her honor to celebrate the vivacious woman she was.

Memorial contributions in Genny’s name may be made to “George and Peggy Manset Memorial Scholarship Fund” (made payable to the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 3620, Santa Barbara, CA. 93130) to support scholarships for students who play tennis and have financial needs.

Genny did not want a funeral. “Just paddle out in front of the house for me.” The same house and beach where hundreds of friends and family have gathered for over six decades. Where she always held court on the deck, greeting with open arms, leaning over the balcony, orchestrating each of us with waving hands, making sure we were enjoying ourselves, enjoying it all.

She enjoyed it all. She lived life well. We miss her.

Faith Girard

Faith Girard

12/24/1930- 2/6/2014

Faith Girard passed away peacefully on Feb. 6, 2014 in Santa Barbara, Calif. surrounded by her loving family and friends. Born in West Virginia in 1930 and raised in Chicago, Faith became the executive assistant to the president of the Ambassador Hotel until she married Edward “Bud” Girard. They lived for a short time in Bagdad, Ariz. before moving to Upland, Calif. where they lived for 35 years. Faith was kept busy raising her five children: Valerie, Jeff, Mia, Daniel and Bradley. She was an ardent volunteer, giving of her time to the Assistance League’s dental clinic and the Girl Scouts of America. After relocating to her dream community of Carpinteria, Faith enjoyed volunteering with Carpinteria Beautiful and the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens.

Faith and Bud, married for 60 years, enjoyed a beautiful circle of friends both in Upland and Carpinteria, employing an open heart and an open door policy to their children’s friends, who thought of Faith as a second mom. She loved being the grandmother of Sarah, Trevor and Gabrielle in her later years. Even in her final hours. Faith was able to use her wit and charm to brighten the day of family, friends and her loving caretakers at Villa Alamar.

Her memorial service will include a mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Friday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to The Alzheimer’s Association and the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens.

John Soley Selfridge III

John Soley Selfridge III

11/6/1949 – 1/9/2014

Jock Selfridge passed away quietly at his much-loved home on Jan. 9, 2014. He was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer in August of 2006. He faced the challenges that accompanied this devastating disease with stoic courage. He chose to see his glass half full, not half empty. 

Jock was born in San Francisco on Nov. 6, 1949. He first came to the Santa Barbara area when visiting his maternal grandparents, Ruth and John Rock (Pi and Jack) who settled in the Carpinteria Valley in 1917. Jock returned to Carpinteria to attend Cate School and graduated from Cate in 1967. He attended Dartmouth and U.C. Riverside, where he met his future wife, Marty McCreary, in 1969. Jock joined the Navy Reserve in 1970 shortly after the lottery for the draft. He served two years on active duty. Following his discharge from the Navy, Jock decided to do what he loved most—ski! He moved to the Sierras and skied professionally at Mt. Reba/ Bear Valley for 10 years. He worked first as a ski instructor, then as a ski patrolman and finally as a lift mechanic. Jock made skiing look easy. His flowing style was distinctive on the mountain, and he had a reputation for being able to ski gracefully in any kind of snow and over any terrain.

 He returned to Carpinteria with his wife and son in 1987 and began the Electrical Apprentice program in Santa Barbara. He excelled in the program and was named Outstanding Apprentice in 1988-1989. Jock worked as a journeyman electrician until a back injury inspired him to return to school. He enrolled at Santa Barbara City College and it was there that he fell in love with chemistry. He continued his studies at UCSB, earning a degree in Chemical Engineering in 2002. Jock happily began a new career as a test chemist at NuSil that same year. He was a true scientist and derived great pleasure from labors in the lab. He was able to continue to work at NuSil until 2011.

Jock will be remembered for being a true original. He lived life on his own terms. He possessed a keen intelligence and a wonderful sense of humor, as well as a much rarer commodity—common sense. He was able to do so many things well, but he was humble and unassuming concerning his talents. Jock loved libraries. He visited them often and he read voraciously. He wore only shirts with pockets so he could always have a pencil handy. His pencil might be employed to write down a revelation or a pun, to sort through numbers of a “killer” Sudoku or to solve his favorite crossword puzzle—the Sunday New York Times. Jock was practical, honest and kind. He was a gentle soul and his quiet presence will be greatly missed.

Jock is survived by his wife, Marty; his son, Sam; his mother, Adele Rock Nickel (Dodo); and his siblings: Sally, Kinzie, Susan, Jim, Buzzie and Nancy, along with a large and loving extended family.

A special thank you to Jock’s caring and competent doctors: Dr. Mukul Gupta, Dr. Michael Kearney, and Dr. Jeoffrey Benson; to everyone at Sansum Oncology and the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara; to the dedicated team from Visiting Nurse and Hospice; and to all the loving caregivers who made it possible for us to keep him at home. 

There will be a celebration of Jock’s life in Carpinteria in March. In lieu of flowers please donate to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara or Friends of the Carpinteria Library. 

Margie Mason, DVM

7/13/1956 – 1/15/2014

Margie Mason lost her long struggle with cancer at Cottage Hospital. She was born in Albuquerque, N.M. and moved after her studies to work at several pet emergency clinics in Santa Barbara. She joined the staff of Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital, forming many long ties with owners as well as rescue organizations. Margie also did relief work for veterinarians from Oxnard to Ellwood. But she was best known as the owner of House Calls for Pets, a mobile animal practice designed to treat pets where they are most comfortable rather than in an office. She often became a member of the family to so many of her clients. Dr. Mason was gentle, caring, thorough and thoughtful, often getting on the floor with her patients in an effort to calm and comfort them. She was a brilliant vet researching treatment possibilities long after she had left a client’s home. Margie touched many lives and will be dearly missed by friends as well as clients and their pets. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ASAP Cat Shelter or to SB County Animal Services in Dr. Mason’s name.

Thelma “Timmie” Bauhaus Gilliland

9/30/1921 – 1/26/2014

Timmie Gilliland, aged 92, passed away Jan. 26, 2014 in Frederick, MD. She was born Sept. 30, 1921 in Los Angeles and spent most of her life in Carpinteria. She was the daughter of the late Frank Bauhaus, a Carpinteria aviation pioneer, and Minnie Bauhaus, former postmistress of Carpinteria. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Carl.

Timmie is survived by her daughters, Gail Jones and Joan Lund, three granddaughters and three great-grandsons. She was a devoted daughter, mother and grandmother. She always enjoyed the visits of her granddaughters during the summers. Timmie especially enjoyed the visits of her first great-grandson, Brian, and reading with him in the early mornings.

An inveterate volunteer, she was active in several Carpinteria institutions. Her love of meeting people and making them feel at home made her an ideal docent for the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History and the Visitor’s Center. She enjoyed traveling and meeting people during her travels.

Donations may be made in her name to the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History.

Terri Wullbrandt

Terri Wullbrandt

1954 - 2014

Carpinteria native Terri Wullbrandt passed on Feb. 1, 2014 at the age of 59. She was an expert accountant, administrator, gardener, rancher, cowgirl and, most of all, lifelong animal lover.

Daughter of the late Ernest Wullbrandt and Mary Wullbrandt of Carpinteria, Calif. she is survived by her mother Mary, sister Janie Davidson of Sun Valley, Idaho, brothers John of Carpinteria and Chip of Ballard along with extended family members including stepson Scott Martin. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Frank Reis. 

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to the caregivers at Sarah House. No service is planned. Memorial contributions in Terri’s name may be made to Sarah House, 2612 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara.

Dorothy M. Kendall

Dorothy M. Kendall

1921-2014

Dorothy Kendall, our beloved mother, passed as the sun set on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

She leaves behind dear friends, many who had time to write to her of their love and prayers before she died.

Dorothy always used her time in service of others. As an RN, as a member of the United Methodist Women, Church Women United, AARP, Seniors, and HELP of Carpinteria, her accomplishments were boundless and her efforts acknowledged.

As a life goal, she was always reading and learning new things. She especially enjoyed her bridge friends and the Mah Jongg group.

Faith was key in Dorothy’s life, and she was a devout Christian. As she entered her 90’s, the drive to Santa Barbara became harder, so she joined Carpinteria Community Church where she felt very welcomed.

Preceded in death by Jack, her husband and “best friend for over 50 years,” Dorothy leaves behind her five daughters, JoEllen, Penny (Morgan), Beverly, Barbara (Michael), Nancy, and her former son-in-law, Bob; her grandchildren, Lisa (Greg), Jay (Yang), Melissa (Josh), Brett, Brian, Spencer, Adam and Alison; and her great-granddaughters, Hailey and Erika.

Friends are welcome to attend her memorial on Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. The service will be held at Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road. In her memory, please give of your time to the cause of your choice.

“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence...” Psalm 16:11

Bob Duncan

Bob Duncan

Hero and friend
9/24/1934 – 1/29/2014

For years, Bob Duncan donned a blue Union Army Civil War uniform and fought it out with gray-clad Rebs. He was such an avid lover of history he wanted to experience it, live and out loud, himself. Maybe it was in his genes, passed down from his great-great-grandfather, a Civil War veteran who survived the sinking of the USS Cumberland in 1862. And maybe it was just his all-out zest for living, an attitude that characterized everything he undertook.

Robert Evans Duncan, U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant, Korean War era vet, historian, photographer, builder, Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District board member, civic activist, and good friend, passed away on Jan. 29 in Santa Barbara.

Bob was born in Somerville, Mass. on Sept. 24, 1934 and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from The College of William and Mary, Virginia, with a degree in English literature, and moved to Santa Barbara in the mid ’60s. Once here, he began a photographic journey that lasted the rest of his life. His photos were featured by multiple media, and his dramatic pictures of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill were published internationally.

Throughout his life Bob was acutely aware of the importance of preserving the memory of those who fought and died for his country. He was past Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, General William T. Sherman Camp 28. He was responsible for restoring the Cieneguitas Civil War veteran’s cemetery in Goleta.

Bob’s signature accomplishment was leading the enormous and costly effort to rescue and relocate the Summerland Veterans Memorial monument and flagpole from an obscure, overgrown and forgotten position below the 101 freeway. Once the monument was moved to Summerland Memorial Park in the heart of town, Bob tended it assiduously, assuring that monument, flag and pole were always well and respectfully maintained.

Bob Duncan was an outgoing man, a talker and a people pleaser, and his interests were wide-ranging and infectious. Golfing friends remember him as a pretty decent hacker. He founded the Slicers and Hackers Invitational Tournament to extend fun on the greens. Skiing buddies remember him as good on the downhill and organizing for the Santa Barbara Ski Club.

Bob’s gregariousness and inclusiveness, his love of life and people, attracted a legion of friends. Women loved his courtliness and manners, and men loved his comradeship and loyalty. His passing leaves a gap in the lives of many. True to his devotion to flag and country until the end, Bob requested that the Summerland Memorial Park flag be kept flying as well as lighting the Carpinteria Cemetery Flag near where he will rest.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. at Lions Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Summerland Citizens Association, marked Veterans Memorial Park Fund, 1140 Eugenia Place, Carpinteria, CA 93013.

Thomas Edward Branigan

Thomas Edward Branigan

1/5/1931 – 1/28/2014

Thomas Edward Branigan died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 in Camarillo, Calif. He was born in Burbank, Calif. to the late Eunice and Tom Branigan.

Tom was raised in North Hollywood, Calif. and attended St. Charles Grammar School, Loyola High School and California State University, Los Angeles.

He served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. He began his career in the Motion Picture Industry at Disney Studios as a sound technician. He became a newsreel cameraman at KTLA, Channel 5, in the early 1970s and from there spent the next 25 years at NBC, Channel 4. Tom also worked in the television industry as a stunt cameraman on “Dukes of Hazard,” “The Highwayman” and various TV and motion pictures. His friends and family have enjoyed his many stories of his years “in the business.”

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy; his daughter Carrie Mellon of Santa Barbara, her husband Fred and children Conner and Katie; his son Dennis of Las Vegas, his wife Susan and children Mary Kate and Elizabeth; his daughter Darleen Ewing of Camarillo, her husband Dave and children Kyle, Cameron and Kelly.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Joseph.

Funeral services will be private.

Manuel “Joseph” Nova

Manuel “Joseph” Nova

9/10/1926 - 12/30/2013

Manuel “Joseph” Nova was born in Gary, Indiana and passed away in Carpinteria, Calif. He served in the Army/Air Force, and retired after working for U.S. Steel for 40 years. He loved to go to the gym, and loved the Chicago Cubs!

Manuel is survived by his children and grandchildren. A military honors memorial was held in Carpinteria on Jan. 26, 2014.

Anita S. Quiroga

Anita S. Quiroga

12/15/1923 – 1/23/2014

Our mother, Anita S. Quiroga, 90, finished her life on this earth on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at her residence in Carpinteria, to be with the Lord and her family and Love. She passed away peacefully with the graceful stroke of God’s gentle hand, her family by her side as her spirit ascended to Heaven.

Anita was born on Dec. 15, 1923 in Carpinteria, Calif. She attended local schools and was a “True Carpinteria Warrior.”

She loved her family unconditionally through “thick and thin” and never passed judgement on other persons or situations. Her house was always open to family and friends any time of the day. Friends would come and talk for hours or just to have “un taco.” Anita had the tendency to help everyone see the other side of their problems—to see the good in things, to find the “silver lining” in every situation. In her eyes, “anything was correctable except death,” because once you are gone, you could never say, “I’m sorry.” She loved her pets, KOA and Nino.

Anita is survived by her children: Linda A. Hernandez (Tom), Alicia M. Gutierrez (Jose), Joseph B. Quiroga, Richard M. Quiroga (Lisa), Denise M. Torres (daughter-in-law); brother Louis G. Soto (Angela); brother-in-law Ernest P. Quiroga and sisters-in-law Elvira Quiroga and Julia Unzueta; loving grandchildren Tom and Chris Hernandez, Anna Goodmanson (Sean), Amanda Macias (Frank), David Gutierrez, Ryan and Andrew Quiroga, and Isabella Clare Quiroga Jaquez; great-grandchildren Alyssa and Shane Goodmanson, Frankie III and Grace Anita Macias; and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

Anita was preceeded in death by her loving husband of 44 years, Manuel J. Quiroga; her parents, Pedro and Mary G. Soto, brothers Santos, Jess and Bob Soto; and sisters Aurora and Mary Soto and Abolonia Moreno.

Mother lit up every room with her beautiful smile and laughter. She lived a good life and will be missed dearly. Rest in peace, Mom.

The Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Church in Carpinteria. Interment will follow immediately at Carpinteria Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services, 895-8409.

Joseph Goena, Jr.

Joseph Goena, Jr.

6/23/1939 – 1/17/2014

Joseph Goena, Jr., also known to us as Joe or Junior, passed away at the age of 74 on Jan. 17, 2014 in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was born to the late Joe and Nadine Goena on June 23, 1939 in Carpinteria, Calif.

He attended Main Elementary School and graduated from Carpinteria Union High School in 1958. He grew up in the Carpinteria Valley wandering the foothills and creeks with his friends. During his high school summers, he worked for the Los Padres Hot Shot Crew.

He left Carpinteria to work as a horse groomer following the polo circuit to Palm Springs, Texas and Florida and worked on horse ranches in San Jose and Arizona. After an injury, he returned to Carpinteria and on his bike, he continued his wanderings downtown and to the beach.

He was preceded in death by his sister Annabella Goena. He is survived by five sisters and numerous family members, including aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at Carpinteria Cemetery presided over by Msgr. Martini of St. Joseph Church. Welch-Ryce-Haider Mortuary provided other services.

Happy trails, Junior.

William A. Hazen

William A. Hazen

6/12/1933 – 1/12/2014

Our beloved husband, father and grandfather, the Reverend William A. Hazen, died peacefully at home on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Bill had successfully undergone open-heart surgery and treatment for prostate cancer during 2013, and had appeared to be doing well; nevertheless, he was unexpectedly called from this life.

He is survived by his wife of almost 57 years, Marlene, and children, Rob (Deolinda), Deborah, Denise (Victor), Diane (Bruce); grandchildren, Kristina, Justin, Christopher, Andrew, Allegra, Hollister, Hutton and great-grandchildren, Angelina and Raymond. He is also survived by his remaining sister, Joanne Thomas.

Bill was a native of Los Angeles. He received a B.A. from Occidental College, and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. Bill was ordained in 1958 by the Presbytery of Los Angeles at his home church in Los Angeles. Bill served both the First Presbyterian Church of Trenton, N.J. (’58-’59) and Anaheim, CA (’59-’62).

He served as Pastor of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church (’62-’67) and of Wilshire Presbyterian Church (’67-’96), both in Los Angeles. He retired in 1996, but continued to give service to the church community on numerous committees, commissions, as Moderator of the Presbytery of the Pacific and as a part-time member of the Presbytery staff for 11 ½ years. His M.F.C.C. license, his counseling background and his experience as a successful urban pastor working in cross-cultural settings, made him an invaluable counselor, mentor, advisor and advocate for other pastors and congregations. He will be remembered by his colleagues as hard-working, deeply conscientious, rooted in faith, loving and gentle in spirit, filled with the wisdom that comes from living a life dependent upon God, and always engaged in learning something new along the way.

In retirement, Bill and Marlene moved to Carpinteria, a community to which he’d been coming for many years, both as a child during camping vacations with his parents and three sisters, as well as with Marlene and their children. He and Marlene have been active in the Carpinteria community, and Marlene will continue to be grateful for their many friends.

One of the other places that was special and much loved by Bill was his property and rustic cabin on the Old West Ranch in the Tehachapi Mountains. During his years as a Presbyterian minister in Los Angeles, he loved to spend time at the cabin studying and writing. Bill frequently said how grateful he was to Marlene’s parents, Bob and Florence Hutton, for locating the parcels that the family purchased on the Old West Ranch. We treasure our memories of Thanksgivings with family and friends at the cabin, and hosting many church related activities.

A memorial service for Bill will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara, or to the charity of your choice.

Fred Gowland

Fred Gowland

Santa Barbara artist Fred Gowland, 73, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16 after a brief illness.

Fred not only painted unique and colorful canvases, he lived an artist’s life in his conversation, travels or at his delightful home in Summerland. When you walked in the door you were not in a house, but part of a living, exuberant canvas.

Fred’s home was filled with indigenous art from his world travels, vibrant paintings, fabrics, birds hanging from ceilings, giant Balinese bunnies on the terrace, coral and shells and gifts from the sea. Some he painted, some were left intact the way nature intended them to be.

Fred loved nature and it was evident in all parts of his world and art. Even his car was filled with sand, old shells and bits of driftwood.

Fred traveled the world, both alone and with his longtime companion, the late artist Jack Baker. Fred would absorb the world, save it to his visual memory card and then return home and paint his version of it—thus sharing the world with others through his canvases.

Bali, India, New Guinea all appeared in brilliant tableaus that he created whimsically each day in his studio. He had a way of making the most mundane seem magical and the magical seem totally normal. It was a great gift and one he was willing to share with others. He mentored and encouraged young artists. This was part of his giving, engaging nature.

His last shows were in Hong Kong and Singapore where they could not get enough of his imaginative, yet quasi-realistic images and vivid colors.

Fred was born and raised in Redlands, Calif. and moved to Santa Barbara in the mid-1970s. He called Carpinteria and Summerland his home until his passing.

Fred loved walking on the beach, bringing home shells and rocks and debris the sea tosses up and deposits on the shore. He would take them home, paint them and turn them into mementos that he would then give to his friends. 

Those of us who knew him have those colorful bits of his imagination to remember him. Fred Gowland will be greatly missed by many. At his request, no services will be held. Memorial contributions in Fred’s name may be made to a favorite charity.

Roger Douglas Fryer

Roger Douglas Fryer

1946 - 2014

Roger Douglas Fryer passed away on Jan. 2 in San Jose, Calif. after a brief illness. San Jose was his home for the past 35 years. He is survived by his son, Thomas Rank Fryer of Petershausen, Germany and daughter, Serena L. Fryer of San Jose. Other surviving family members include his parents Alan and Tommye Rita Fryer from Goleta, and his siblings Linda Fryer Lopez, Alan Fryer, Patricia Fryer Kelley, Margaret Fryer Kempf, Joyce Fryer and Thomas Fryer.

Roger was born in Portland, Ore. in 1946. However, he was raised in Carpinteria, where he attended Aliso School and graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1965. As a young boy, Roger was interested in cars, beginning with putting together car models that eventually led him to restoring old cars. His pride and joy was a 1955 Chevy sedan.

Roger joined the U.S. Army in July of 1966 and received an honorable discharge in February 1968. He served in Germany and Vietnam and received the National Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals. In 1977, Roger moved to San Jose and worked as a QA mechanical inspector for the biomedical, defense/aerospace and high tech industries, retiring in 2012.

A memorial service will be held at the Carpinteria Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m.

Eugene A. “Tony” Burns

Eugene A. “Tony” Burns

4/25/1931 – 1/11/2014

Eugene A. “Tony” Burns was born in San Diego, Calif., April 25, 1931, and grew up in Chula Vista, Calif. He was a third generation native Californian and his family had a number of school teachers and principals. Tony played trumpet and piano, loved musical plays, popular music and was an enthusiastic dancer.

Tony and his wife Kay met at Pomona College where they participated in scholastic activities, sports and music. He was a chemistry major, and upon graduation he and his wife moved to Cambridge, Mass., where Tony obtained a PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry from MIT.

While in Massachusetts, Tony and Kay traveled up and down the eastern seaboard, and back and forth to California, crossing the country by different routes to visit many states. Over the years, they also traveled to Europe, Hawaii, Canada, and spent many summers on Balboa Island.

Upon receiving his doctorate from MIT, Tony was employed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where he worked on development of rocket fuels for Sputnik and other successful rocket launchings. His other career choices were Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, Calif. and Thompson Ramo Woolridge (TRW) in Redondo Beach, Calif. He established the Chemistry Laboratory at S-Cubed in Del Mar, Calif. Many of Tony’s proposals to the Environmental Protection Agency for research have been accepted. Tony also has many patents for inventions relating to his field.

Tony and Kay were married 62 years and had three children; Karen Burns, Kristy Michel and Kevin Burns (deceased) and four grandchildren; Dustin Michel, Derrick Michel, Anthony Burns and Raymond Oakes.

In 1998, after retirement, Tony and Kay moved to Carpinteria where they remodeled the Cadwell family home on Montvalmar Ranch (the original home is over 100 years old and was constructed by Kay’s ancestors and avocado growers the Cadwells). Tony was 82 years old when he passed away peacefully, painlessly and quickly in this home on Jan. 11, 2014.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery with a reception at Montvalmar Ranch immediately following. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

James Norman Robinson

James Norman Robinson

6/3/1931 – 1/9/2014

James Norman Robinson, age 82, of Carpinteria, CA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Santa Barbara Serenity House. Jim was born June 3, 1931 in Hartford, Connecticut and moved to Carpinteria where they raised their family and enjoyed life in paradise.

Jim is survived by his wife, Gladys, three loving children, Linda Priester, Jimmy Robinson, Jr. and Beverly Robinson. He will be lovingly remembered by his two grandchildren, Mitchell & Michelle Macias, Great grand daughter Alba Macias, along with Emily & Erynn Wanek who all truly loved him.

Although, Jim’s life consisted of many challenges, he lived it to its fullest! Shelly wrote this, “My grandfather was a great man who inspired me beyond belief. Always supportive and extremely brilliant. He helped shape the intellectual person I am today. He will always be a role model to me and others as well. I loved him with all my heart.” Also Erynn Wanek put into words, “He was a man with a great heart, he nurtured, my sister Emily and I into the young women we are today. He instilled so much in us, from taking our first steps to tying our shoes, and even taking us to Chucky Cheese. He was our caretaker, teacher, first mentor, biggest supporter and most importantly, he was as close as any grandfather could be.”

Poppy will forever and always be in the hearts of those who knew him, he was a Great Man, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great grandfather and Friend.

Poppy with a heart of gold, will be truly missed and always loved.

Treva Lee Shoop

Treva Lee Shoop

12/10/1935 – 1/10/2014

Treva Lee Shoop, 78, passed in her sleep during the morning of Jan. 10 with family by her side.

A lifelong resident of Carpinteria, Treva was born in Santa Barbara to Otto and Ina Doran. She was the youngest of four sisters. Treva graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1954. She would later become a licensed cosmetician. In 1960, she married husband Lloyd Shoop of Illinois. Treva spent 33 of her years working as a jeweler for Jostens.

The last surviving Doran sister, Treva, is also preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Ina Doran, and her husband, Lloyd Shoop.

Her daughter, Tabitha Shoop, and her grandson, Christopher Myers, survive her.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18 at the Carpinteria Cemetery.

Greg Lewis

Greg Lewis, 50, of Carpinteria passed away on Dec. 16, 2013. A paddle out is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 5, at noon at second beach.

Tomio Satow

Tomio Satow

8/8/1920 – 12/5/2013

Tomio “Tom” Satow passed away peacefully at his home in Carpinteria on Dec. 5, 2013. Tom was the third son of Tomijiro and Shiku Satow of Hawthorne, Calif. His siblings were Hideo, Toshiko, Takeo, Tadao, Kunio, Setsuo and Fumio.

As a boy, Tom enjoyed model building and built many radio-operated planes that he liked to fly. He graduated from Leuzinger High School in 1938 as the class Salutatorian. He attended Compton Junior College and graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

Tom met his wife Masa in a relocation camp in Rower, Ark. They were married in Chicago, Ill. in 1944 and moved to Minneapolis, Minn. where their first daughter, April, was born in 1945. Although Tom was incarcerated in the war, he was drafted into the Army and became a sergeant serving in the Military Intelligence Service. He received a Congressional Medal of Honor for his service to the United States in 2010.

After the war, the Satow family moved back to Hawthorne, Calif. to work in the family flower business. Tom and Masa had two more daughters, Elizabeth in 1948 and Janet in 1952. He devoted his life to the Satow family flower business, moving to Carpinteria in 1970 to continue growing carnations and avocados. He became a member of the Carpinteria Kiwanis Club where he served as their secretary for many years.

His loving wife Masa preceded Tom in death in 2011. He is survived by his youngest brother Fumio (Chieko) and devoted daughters April Riessen (Marty), Liz Butcher (Andrew) and Janet Harris (James); granddaughters Jennifer Riesssen Rickard (John), Cristina Riessen Broderick (Cris) and Vanessa Peterson; and four great-grandchildren Catherine and Jack Broderick and Riesse and John Rickard. Tom was also an uncle to many nephews and nieces. Tom was an avid reader all his life and had a keen memory; he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The family held a private celebration of his life on Dec. 21, 2013.