​Mark Heinz

​Mark Heinz

4/19/1977 - 12/6/2014

Marky Heinz, 37, of Carpinteria, Calif. passed on Dec. 6, 2014. He was born on April 19, 1977. He was the son of Pam Heinz of Carpinteria and Mark Heinz of Redding, Calif.

Mark is survived by daughter Kori Jo Heinz, son Levi Heinz, brother Ryan Heinz, sister Shilo Wasilko and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

He was the owner and contractor of Heinz Heating and Air Conditioning.

Mark loved and enjoyed being with his children and family. He was an avid surfer, hiker, hunter, fisherman and motorcyclist. He always greeted everyone with an infectious smile.

The time and place of Mark’s memorial service will be posted on Facebook.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kari and Levi Heinz in care of Pam Heinz, 3950 Via Real #55, Carpinteria, CA 93013.

Lenae Lynn Stahr

Lenae Lynn Stahr

Lenae Lynn Stahr, 55, of Carpinteria, Calif., was welcomed into heaven’s gates on Nov. 29, 2014. Lenae was born in Santa Barbara. Lenae had a beautiful heart, she loved making people smile, she had a great love for the outdoors and the beach. She will be missed by all.

Lenae is survived by her daughter Samantha Stahr, mother Sally Abdalla, siblings Linda (Roger) Bales, Bob Lytel, Laura (Richard) Lechuga, nieces and nephews, Roger, Jamie, Sheldon, Kaden, Nicole, Aiden and Vivienne and her fiancé David Rodgers. Lenae is preceded in death by her daughter Stephanie Stahr and father Robert Lytel.

Services will be held on Tuesday Dec. 9, 2014, 1:30 p.m. at Carpinteria cemetery, the Rev. Jarrett Johnson, pastor of Carpinteria Community Church, officiating.

Laurie N. Styles

Laurie N. Styles

Laurie N. Styles, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Daughter, Aunt and Friend, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 surrounded by those who loved her most.

Born Sept. 29, 1952 in Berkeley, Calif. to Richard and Jeanne Nichols, Laurie spent most of her life in the Bay Area where she met lifelong friends, enjoyed the journey through young adulthood and started a family.

Laurie was a skilled dancer and a lover of music, art and theater. Whether it was taking in a Beatles concert or dancing in a production of “Westside Story,” Laurie had a deep love and talent for all things musical.

She had an infectious personality and an incredible ability to befriend anyone and everyone. She loved to laugh and share her unique experiences. Her love and friendship was radiant, and those around her could not help but love and be loved by her. She was truly one-of-a-kind.

She played an essential role in so many lives, but none gave her more pride than that of mother and grandmother. After following in her parents’ footsteps and moving to Carpinteria in 1988, she quickly realized that this was the perfect town to raise her own children. Whether it was a walk on the bluffs or a Friday night Warrior football game, Laurie loved everything about the town that took her and her family in as one of their own.

Laurie is preceded in death by her father Richard Nichols and grandmother Lucille Jay. She is survived by her daughter Amanda Gocong (Chris), son Eddie Styles (Nicole), granddaughter Layla Gocong, mother Jeanne Nichols, sisters Sharon and Wendy Nichols, brother David Nichols, niece Justine Nichols, nephews Conrad and Beau Nichols, as well as three step-children and several step-grandchildren.

She will be forever missed and loved beyond words. The energy and love that she embodied so well will continue to live on through her family and friends every day.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Lane. A reception will follow at the Carpinteria Woman’s Club, 1059 Vallecito Road. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara.

David Lee Huff, Sr.

David Lee Huff, Sr.

David Lee Huff, Sr. passed away on Nov. 14, 2014 at U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif. He graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1962. He got into his life’s passion of horse training at a young age, and got his start by working at the Polo Fields. He was a Vietnam vet and recipient of a Bronze Star. He continued his horse training throughout the rest of his life. He is survived by his son David of Ventura, daughters Bobbi and Dawn of Yuba City, and several grandchildren. Services will be held at Halwood Nazarene Church in Marysville, Calif. on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.

Mary Helen Rowe Post

Mary Helen Rowe Post

5/14/1921 – 10/16/2014

Mary Helen Rowe Post died in her sleep on Oct. 16, 2014, at her home in Santa Barbara, with her family close by. Mary Helen was born May 14, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Everett Rowe and Evelyn Weber Rowe. The family moved to California in 1921, eventually settling in Carpinteria where Mary Helen and her two brothers, Everett Jr. (Bill) and John, attended elementary school. As a young teen, she worked in the local lemon packing houses and played piano in local churches to help her family, graduating from Carpinteria High School in 1937 at age 16. Awarded a full scholarship to Occidental College by Emma Woods, Mary Helen graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1941, teaching in Arcadia and then at Wilson School in Santa Barbara.

She married Edwin Rudd Post in 1948 and moved to Lancaster, where the Post family was involved in farming alfalfa. Rudd and Mary Helen were together 58 years until Rudd’s death. In 1956, the couple and their three daughters moved to Santa Barbara. During the 1960s and 70s, Mary Helen taught at Roosevelt, Wilson and Lincoln schools, working both as a classroom teacher and a teacher/parent mentor in Head Start programs. She was a longtime member of the Santa Barbara Shakespeare Club and a founding member of Christ the King Episcopal Church, where she served as organist and on the vestry. A life-long Christian, musician, reader and lover of the outdoors, she enriched the lives of all who knew her with her quiet spirituality and her love of music, literature and nature.

She is survived by her daughters and their families: Sarah and Geoffrey Sarkissian (Modjeska Canyon) and their daughter Julie Post Fitzpatrick (son-in-law James), and son David Sarkissian; Janet and Cliff Van Renterghem and their daughters Eliana and Elizabeth (Santa Barbara); Alice and Todd Amspoker and their children Stephen, Rachel and Meredith (Santa Barbara); and by many precious nieces and nephews and their children. Mary Helen was excited by the recent arrival of her first great-grandchild, William Rudd Fitzpatrick, born to Julie and James Fitzpatrick (Brooklyn, New York).

A memorial service will be held at Christ the King, 5073 Hollister Ave., on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. Private burial will be held at Carpinteria Cemetery. Gifts in her memory may be made to Christ the King Episcopal Church or the Santa Barbara Music Club Scholarship Fund.

Mort Barrish

Mort Barrish

Mort Barrish was born on March 8, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Joseph and Sophia Barrish. He grew up during the Great Depression and attended Cleveland public schools, including Cleveland Heights High. Three months prior to graduation in 1943, he quit school to enlist in the army to fight against Hitler. He was a medic in the 42nd Rainbow infantry division and saw combat in France, the Rhineland (Battle of the Bulge) and Germany. The Rainbow Division liberated the main concentration camp at Dachau. Man’s inhumanity to man was a theme that played out for him during the rest of his life. Upon discharge, he returned to Cleveland and on Nov. 23, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart Renee Resnick. He started his long career of “volunteering” as a volunteer fire fighter.

In the 1950s they moved to California and settled in the San Fernando Valley. Mort went to work at the L.A. Examiner and remained in the typographical field until 1972 when he entered the insurance field. Upon securing his broker’s license, he joined with a friend to form Parker-Barrish Insurance located in Reseda. He and Renee moved to Carpinteria in 1978.

Mort was always active in civic, veteran and fraternal affairs. The list below shows all of his involvements and accomplishments. He is survived by his three children, Lory Perry (married to Tom), Marvin Barrish (married to Gail) and Marlene Shann (married to Myron). His wife of 62 years, his beloved Renee, passed away in 2009.

1965-1966 State Commander of the Jewish War Veterans
1975 Scottish Rite and Al Malaika Shrine Temple
1980 Master of West Gate Masonic Lodge
1985 Master of Carpinteria Masonic Lodge
Also member of Past Masters Shrine Club, Legion of Honor and Santa Barbara Shrine Club

Member Board of Directors of Bob Hope Hollywood USO 1980-1984
Member City of Carpinteria Architectural Review Board 1981-1983
Member Santa Barbara County Human Services Commission – 6 years
Member Board of Directors Carpinteria Summerland Fire Protection District 1985-2001
3-day a week Volunteer at the Carpinteria Station of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Dept.
1-day a week volunteer driver for HELP of Carpinteria

Gold Medal receipient of U.S. Governments “People to People” program in 1965 for veteran affairs. Certificate signed by WWI ace Eddy Rickenbacker
Certificate of Commendation from Los Angeles City Council 1980 for civic activities.
Recognition from both the Northern Calif. Holocast Survivors Assoc. and the Santa Barbara Jewish Federation for being a concentration camp liberator.
Mort was also interviewed by the Steven Spielberg Holocaust Library Foundation.

Richard Casarez

Richard Casarez

4/2/1946 – 10/4/2014

Richard Casarez, aka Peach, aka Richie, aka GP, entered into eternal peace on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. Richard was born April 2, 1946 in Los Angeles, Calif. In 1977, he made Carpinteria his home where he worked as a tradesman in construction and as a painter. He will be deeply missed by the ones he laughed with, lived for and loved—his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family members as well as many loving friends. Richard thoroughly enjoyed life. He loved going fishing at Mussel Shoals, bike riding around town, going to garage sales and just hanging out with friends. We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him.

I will thank the Lord at all times. My mouth will always praise him. My soul will boast about the Lord. Those who are oppressed will hear it and rejoice. Praise the Lord’s greatness with me. Let us highly honor his name together.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the members of Serenity House Hospice for their dedication and providing loving care for their father. God bless you.

Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Carpenter’s Chapel, 4951 9th Street, Carpinteria. Relatives and friends are welcome at the service and the reception. Reception location to be announced.

Evelina (Linky) Ochoa Lopez

Evelina (Linky) Ochoa Lopez

Evelina (Linky) Ochoa Lopez, 82, a lifelong Santa Barbara resident, passed away peacefully at the Hospice Serenity House from pancreatic cancer. She is the daughter Agapito and Rebecca Leon Del Rio Ochoa. The youngest of four children, Evelina attended Franklin Elementary, Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School, Santa Barbara City College and UCSB. She taught fifth grade at Aliso Elementary School in Carpenteria until her retirement. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Santa Barbara College of Law and studied at Oxford University.

Evelina is predeceased by her sisters Sally Clift and Mary Venegas and her brother Eddie Ochoa. She is also predeceased by her wonderful and loving husband, Julio. Together they shared their love and devotion of their Catholic faith, attending mass at The Old Mission and San Roque Church, supporting of the Cross of Peace in Santa Maria, joining rosary and prayer groups and watching EWTN. Evelina’s travels included Medjuorje, Fatima, Lourdes, Italy and England.

Evelina will be terribly missed by her family, Mark and Mary, Julie and Garrett, and her grandchildren, Ryan, Megan and her husband Shaun, John Taylor, Parker, Dylan and Miranda. She cherished her friendships with Brenda Andrade, Cindy Hogan (Feed My Sheep), Laureen Lewis, Esther Garland and all those who shared the journey throughout her life.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be appreciated in care the Aliso School Library Fund, Carpinteria Union School District, 1400 Linden Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93103.

Michael George “Ojo” Ornelas

Michael George “Ojo” Ornelas

5/26/1951 – 10/4/2014

Michael George “Ojo” Ornelas, 63, of Carpinteria left us too soon on Oct 4, 2014. He was born on May 24, 1951 to Abran and Aurelia Ornelas at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He resided in Carpinteria where he attended school and grew up with his many siblings, family members and friends.

Michael married Carol Farmer of Carpinteria, a loving and caring woman, whom he had a son with, Anthony Ornelas. They began a journey in Washington where they lived for 12 years, where Michael worked as a Drywall Laborer until Carol died.

He and Anthony made their way back to the California coast, where Michael loved to play hard. Carpinteria fourth beach is where you could find him basking in the sunshine, drinking a beer surrounded by many friends and family.

Michael was a charismatic, outgoing, loving man who adored his family and his only son Anthony. He was a free spirited individual, who lived life to his full potential. He loved music, sports, dancing, singing and was always the funny guy at the party. He could always make you laugh!

He held a special place in his heart for all his nieces and nephews of all ages, and he will be truly missed and loved by all.

Michael is survived by his 86-year-old mother Aurelia Ornelas, his son Anthony Ornelas, his sisters Frances Alvarado, Alice Ramos (Pablo), Lydia Hernandez and Roseanne Dugan (Tim), his brother Joe “Mighty” Rivera (Gloria) and countless nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends.

He is preceded in death by his father Abran Ornelas, his wife Carol (Farmer) Ornelas and brother Tony Ornelas.

A Rosary Service will be held on Monday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m.

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

Carol Ellen Duran

Carol Ellen Duran

7/5/1955 – 9/28/2014

Carol Ellen (Dobbins) Duran died peacefully in her home in Ventura on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at the age of 59. Carol was born July 5, 1955 in Greer, South Carolina. She moved to Ventura with her family when she was 8 years old and attended local schools, graduating from Ventura High School in 1973. Carol was director of activities at The Lexington Senior Care Facility for the past eight years; prior to that she served for seven years as assistant to the executive director at Rancho del Rey in Oak View. Carol was a kind, giving person and a natural caregiver.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Dobbins. She loved, and is loved by many including her husband, Mike, her children, Mollie and Travis Cutsforth, Shannon and Liv Jones, Denise and Christopher, as well as her father, Ken, and brother, Steve. Her grandchildren Chance and Serenity Jones were a great joy in her life. She touched the lives of many and will forever be in our hearts.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Grace Church, 65 South McMillan Ave., Ventura, with Pastor Rex Holt officiating. Private burial will take place at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura.

Memorial donations may be made to her nephew’s foundation, the J.D. Probasco Memorial Fund, Account #1129860, Ventura County Credit Union, Ventura Branch.

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

Reyes Villalpando

Reyes Villalpando

1/6/1934- 9/18/2014

The Villalpando family mourns the passing of Reyes Villalpando, beloved brother, husband, father and grandfather. Reyes passed away peacefully on Sept. 18, 2014, in Santa Barbara, Calif., surrounded by his immediate family.

Born in Fillmore, Calif., on Jan. 6, 1934, to Jesus and Eloisa Villalpando, Reyes moved with his family (including three brothers and three sisters) to Carpinteria when he was 6 years old. He could often be found helping in the family grocery store near their house on Linden Avenue. After graduating from Carpinteria High School, Reyes went on to receive a B.A. in Education from Fresno State University and a Master’s Degree in Education from San Diego State.

Reyes served in the U.S. Army for two years and was honorably discharged in 1958, having spent time in Korea. He then began his teaching career as a fifth grade teacher at McKinley School in Santa Barbara. After seven years at McKinley, Reyes was transferred to Franklin School, where he taught ESL and bilingual first grade for 28 years. Reyes retired in 1994, but his love for teaching children continued to burn brightly. He later went to work as a part-time ESL and reading teacher in the Carpinteria school system. He leaves behind many cherished friends and fellow teachers.

While teaching at Franklin, Reyes met the love of his life, Peggy Morin. Their marriage of 47 wonderful years produced five children—four boys and one girl—who helped fill those years with joy and happiness. At the time of his death, Reyes and Peggy still lived in the house in Carpinteria in which they raised their family.

A patient and thoughtful man, Reyes enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading and playing the clarinet. He also cared very much for his three dogs. His greatest love outside of his family, however, was likely camping, including month-long excursions through the Western United States in a beige family station wagon, with tent trailer in tow.

He is survived by his loving wife, Peggy, five adoring children, 10 doting grandchildren, two sisters and a brother who will all miss him dearly each and every day.

Services for Reyes will be held on Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Carpinteria. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Serenity House in Santa Barbara or the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

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

Denise K. Escareno

Denise K. Escareno

5/30/1951 – 8/25/2014

Denise K. Escareno, 62, of Carpinteria passed away Monday, Aug. 25 at home peacefully in her sleep.

Born in Los Angeles on May 30, 1951, Denise was the daughter of the late Laurence A. Lewis and Doris E. Lewis (Porter). Denise attended schools in Northridge, Calif. and Santa Barbara City College.

Denise met and married her husband in 1971 and shortly after opened The Spaghetti Factory Restaurant in Santa Barbara. She later opened Casa Del Charro Mexican Restaurant in downtown Carpinteria. After the sale of the restaurant, Denise stayed in the restaurant field and managed such restaurants as Love’s, The Red Onion and IHOP before retiring in 2008.

Denise will be remembered for her love of her family, for the love of country music, for her love of animals (Bubba, her cat companion for 20 years), her vacations in Hawaii, Catalina Island, Disneyworld in Florida, and visits throughout the United States, and her love of football ... always for the underdog.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Joseph G. Escareno of Carpinteria, son David DeAnda (Leanne Roth) of Carpinteria, and three grandchildren that were her world, Jordan Escareno of Carpinteria, Nickolas DeAnda of Denver, Colo., and Danielle DeAnda of Carpinteria. She is also survived by one brother, Laurence Lewis, and sister-in-law Barbara (Escareno) Siddle; Tom Siddle, brother-in-law Charles Escareno, Jessie “Tia” Dominguez, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and long, life friends.

Denise is preceded in death by her son Justin Joseph Escareno, father-in-law Joseph I. Escareno, mother-in-law Carmen V. Escareno and sister Barbara Rungaitis.

A memorial will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. and followed by a reception at the Carpinteria Cemetery gazebo.

You will be deeply missed. This is not goodbye but until we meet again. We love you beyond words, your family.

Norman Edward Savage

Norman Edward Savage

7/20/1933 – 8/22/2014

Norman Edward Savage passed away peacefully at Serenity House on Aug. 22, 2014.

Born July 20, 1933 at Cottage Hospital, Norm was a lifelong resident of Santa Barbara and resident of Carpinteria since 1975. He was a graduate of UCSB and served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. His career was Chief Electrical Designer at Archer Spencer Engineering, and he was proud of his work on many buildings around town.

Norm was happiest with his feet up on a cruise ship balcony with a cocktail in his hand. He enjoyed travel, cared for animals and appreciated good food.

Survived by wife Barbara, son Mark (Debi), daughter Debbie, grandchildren Michelle, Chris, Denise, John, Heather, Brandon, four great-grandchildren and his furry best friend Maxx.

Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Visiting Nurse and Hospice SB.

James Franklin Shook Jr.

James Franklin Shook Jr.

10/28/1929 – 8/24/2014

James “Jim” Shook, 84, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer, Aug. 24, 2014, at the Serenity House, Santa Barbara. Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Shook; his sister Patricia Wilson, and brother-in-law Robert Wilson. Also surviving are his children Ken (Michelle) Shook of Tujunga, Calif.; Stephanie (Richard) Lampke of McMinnville, Ore.; Denise (Paul) Terrio of Champaign, Ill.; and his grandchildren Katie (Santiago) Figueroa; Joshua (Rebecca) Terrio; Nicholas Lampke (betrothed Nina Hansen); Kelli (Steve) Frketich; Jerome Terrio; Crystal (Julian) Miranda; Chelsea (Robert) Anderson and Heather Shook. As well as great-grandchildren Adan Figueroa, Jiraiya Miranda, Amelia Frketich, Eloise Frketich, Natalia Figueroa, Evan Terrio and two more on the way.

Born to Frank and Viola Shook on Oct. 28, 1929, in Moline, Kan., Jim Shook graduated from Barstow High School in 1947. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from UCSB in 1953. Jim married Ruth Stickney shortly after graduation and went into service in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. Jim then started his 30-year career with Santa Barbara Elementary Schools. He was a founding member of Oaks Bible Church and donated his time for many years to the Gideon’s. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening and traveling. His generosity was demonstrated by the fruits and vegetables, time and energy he shared with family, friends and neighbors. He’s infamous for his vegetable soup.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 at noon at Oaks Bible Church, 560 N. La Cumbre Road, Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Serenity House (Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care), 512 E. Gutierrez Street, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA; www.vnhcsb.org or Oaks Bible Church, 560 N. La Cumbre Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.

Eleanor Delarosa Castro

Eleanor Delarosa Castro

4/6/1923 – 8/22/2014

Eleanor Delarosa Castro, 91, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 following a prolonged illness. She was surely welcomed into the heavenly gates with trumpets sounding, bells clanging and a welcome party like no other. Eleanor was a longtime resident of Carpinteria. She was born on April 6, 1923 in Colton, Calif. to the late Louis and Frances Delarosa.

Eleanor worked at various restaurants in her early life and it was here that Eleanor met Alfred Castro, an Air Force Corpsmen on leave from World War II. Alfred became a regular at the restaurant and the two married in 1949. Eleanor loved caring for her family and soon became a fulltime homemaker to her large family of six sons and one daughter. She was gifted in the kitchen remembered for her bountiful feasts and family get-togethers. Her home united family, was open to friends, and there was always something on the stove ready to feed whomever walked through the door. Eleanor loved to sing and spent many hours at her parties dancing with the love of her life, Alfred Castro. She enchanted those around her with her charisma and strength. Strong willed, stubborn and filled with an unconditional love for her family, Eleanor has left a lasting impression on those who were fortunate enough to know her.

Eleanor loved the Lord with all of her mind, body and soul. Her passion was evident in everything she did. On her morning walks, Eleanor prayed for people as she walked by. She was a Greeter at church for many years and would bring her personal tambourine to play worship with the band. Her life mantra was Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

Eleanor attended Word of Faith and, most recently, Carpenter’s Chapel, both in Carpinteria.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Alfred C. Castro; sisters, Nora Cordova and Esther Macias.

Eleanor is survived by her sons, Louis Calderon and wife Nancy, Edward Calderon, Robert Calderon, Daniel Castro and wife Martha, Freddy Castro and Abel Castro; daughter, Joann Dommeyer; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will take place at the The Carpenter’s Chapel, 4951 9th Street, Carpinteria, on Friday, Sept. 5 with viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. and funeral immediately following at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Lane, following the church service.

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

Margaret “Bee” Moran Handler

Margaret “Bee” Moran Handler

3/6/1954 - 6/26/2014

Following a 10-year battle, our beloved Margaret succumbed to breast cancer at home in Carpinteria, on June 26, 2014, surrounded by loving family and friends. A Los Angeles native, Bee graduated from Grover Cleveland High School, earned a BA degree in biology from U.C. Santa Barbara and a teaching credential from Cal State University Northridge. Bee was passionate about teaching, particularly teaching children with learning or physical disabilities, and spent several years teaching before becoming a quality control specialist testing cancer diagnostic kits for a medical device company in Carpinteria. Margaret leaves behind her daughter, Lauren Ana Choy (Chris), son Michael Handler, and sisters Mary Reischl, Kathleen Eastham and Frances Zarella (Rich), as well as nieces, nephews, and friends who loved her dearly. Margaret’s sweetness and kind temper will be greatly missed, but she will be in our hearts forever. Arrangements for a memorial service are pending. If you would like to be contacted when details are set, please email bees.memorial@yahoo.com.

Miyeko Ota Fukasawa

Miyeko Ota Fukasawa

9/9/1917 – 6/19/2014

Miyeko Ota Fukasawa was born in Arcadia, Calif., the fourth of eighth children of Kijuro and Hideko Ota. The Ota family moved to the Carpinteria area in late 1922, when Kijuro was hired by R.W. Bates to work on the Bates ranch. The Ota family at first lived near the beach on the Ventura County side of the Rincon, and later moved to a larger home on the Santa Barbara County side. Miyeko graduated from Carpinteria High School, attended Ventura Junior College and worked for the Hammet family in Montecito until the outbreak of World War II. Prior to the war the Ota family acquired a farm adjoining Parson’s air park where the brothers and Kijuro farmed.

Miyeko married John Fukasawa, Sr. on March 31, 1942 shortly after the outbreak of World War II. They were both initially interned at the Relocation Center at Manzanar, California, as newlyweds with her husband’s family. Miyeko and John later transferred to the Gila Bend Relocation Center where the Ota family was interned. Husband John served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Italy. After the war, she and her family returned to Carpinteria where they were welcomed back by the families who knew them from before the war, including the Ramirez family who helped the Otas retain their land.

Miyeko and John enjoyed wonderful neighbors, friends and family, and were active in scouting, the booster club and the community. Both were employed by the Carpinteria Unified School District. John became the supervisor of grounds for the school district, and Miyeko became a cafeteria manager. Miyeko especially enjoyed accompanying John during his time as mayor of Carpinteria. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and got great joy from gardening, taking care of and cooking for her family.

Miyeko was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband John, her brothers Tom (Mary), Ken and Min, and sister Masaye Bisson (Bob). She is survived by her sisters Sumi Fukasawa, Kay Yoshimura and Hanaye Honda, her sons John Jr. (Jo) of San Jose and Paul (Linda) of Aurora, Ore., her grandchildren Jennifer Henderson (Zac) of Fountain Valley, Jim (Christine) of San Jose, Carol Moss (Aaron) of Laguna Beach and John Paul of Oxnard, five great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Miyeko’s life will be held at the Pavillion at Carpinteria Cemetery on Aug. 15 at 11 a.m.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers gifts in Miyeko’s memory be made to the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society or the Warrior’s Booster’s Club.

Paul F. Chesley

Paul F. Chesley

1926 - 2014

With his loving family at his bedside, Paul F. Chesley died peacefully at home after a mercifully short battle with cancer.

Originally from Pontiac, Mich., Paul and his family moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1944. He met his future wife, AnnaBelle, at church in 1949. They were married for 62 wonderful years.

In 1952 Paul graduated from USC. After working for Chrysler and Lockheed, he came to Valley Federal Savings & Loan where he was Senior Vice President and Savings Administrator. After 29 years there he retired, and he and AnnaBelle moved to their favorite place in the world, Carpinteria.

He will be missed immensely by his wife, AnnaBelle, his four children, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many friends.

Services will be held at Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road, on Aug. 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. Donations can be made in Paul’s name to Visiting Nurses & Hospice Care, 512 Gutierrez St., Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.

Miguel Lawrence “Larry” Cervantes

Miguel Lawrence “Larry” Cervantes

4/14/1927 – 7/25/2014

Miguel Lawrence “Larry” Cervantes, 87, of Santa Barbara peacefully passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Serenity House in Santa Barbara. A small memorial will be held for family.

Larry was born on April 14, 1927 in Santa Barbara at St. Francis Hospital to Candelario and Teresa Cervantes and had one brother Rudy Cervantes, Sr. He graduated from Carpinteria High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy (Calif., National Guards) at the tender age of 16. He trained to be a sailor in San Diego. Over his time on active duty he was assigned to four different ships. The USS McKee (DD575) is where he saw most of wartime action. He ranked Seaman 2nd Class Captain Army Reserve. Honored as a War Hero and honorably discharged from the Navy, he returned to Santa Barbara to study architecture and design. He became a carpenter and later opened “Sierra Madre Construction” company. He built numerous houses over the following years.

Larry married his childhood sweetheart Victoria Villalpando on Jan. 20, 1952, a marriage that lasted 62 years.

He was active with the Native Sons of Santa Barbara, Lions Club, Elks Club and enjoyed working with the Old Spanish Days events. He had a passion for the sea. One of his favorite pastimes was fishing, and he loved sharing his “Catch of The Day” with family and friends. He was known as the chef of our family and prepared many wonderful dishes throughout the years.

Larry was such a loveable, kind and caring man. He hugged most everyone he met. His big heart has touched so many people in his life and was dearly loved.

After retirement, Larry enjoyed most of his days pruning his beautiful fruit trees and tending to his vegetable and herb garden. He spent countless hours building beautiful things and working in his tool shop.

Larry is preceded in death by his loving brother Rudy Cervantes, Sr. and beautiful eldest daughter, Victoria Conley. He is survived by his amazing wife, Victoria Cervantes, his daughters and their husbands, Teri and Brent Ritz, Diane and Erwin Thomet. He loved his family dearly. He adored his beautiful niece and nephews, Elizabeth, Rudy, Jr., Michael, Jonny, Joe Cervantes, their wives, husband and loving children.

The family wishes to thank the Santa Barbara Kidney Center, Dr. Kamal, Dr. Gilbert, Veterans Association, Dr. White, Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, Buena Vista Center and Serenity House.

Larry will be remembered for his passion for life, big smile, humor and a heart of gold for helping people and animals. He loved being with his family, friends and brought much happiness and laughter to all of us. He was an unbelievable man full of surprises. We will miss him dearly, especially his big hugs and kisses.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Veterans Association or the Serenity House. Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-8409.

Irma Mytinger

Irma Mytinger

11/26/1934 – 7/2/2014

Irma Mytinger was called home on July 2 while being tenderly cared for at Serenity House. Irma would have celebrated her 80th birthday this Nov. 26. Irma slipped away in the early evening hours with the sound of birds calling to each other outside and the room bathed in soft afternoon sunlight.

Pastor Edgar Arroyo of Faith Lutheran Church attended her bedside, as he had faithfully in her last weeks.

She endured a hard three-year struggle with cancer with determination and grace.

Irma was truly loved coast to coast, as she recently left her home and friends in Waterville, Maine. She leaves behind two loving church families—Faith Lutheran in Carpinteria and The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Waterville. She will be missed in both church homes, particularly by her “pew buddies.”

Irma will also be missed by her friends at Sandpiper Mobile Village, especially the elite members of the exclusive Dog Park Club, where everyone is introduced by their dog’s name first. Her friends in Sandpiper supported her with love, flowers, garden visits and tending her dog when she no longer could.

Irma’s legacy includes her two daughters, Robyn Rydalch of Phoenix, Ariz. and Rebecca Johnson of Carpinteria, Calif. Irma was Nana to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nana leaves five grandchildren: Mandy Huffaker Chinn and her husband Chris, Carly Medel and her husband Stephen, Brett Rydalch and his wife Catherine, Casey Rydalch and his longtime girlfriend Rachel Crutchfield and Rick Rydalch, our baby, at 24 years. Nana also leaves five great-grandchildren: Rose Huffaker Chinn, Jackson Medel, Emma Rydalch, Eli Medel and our youngest, Jacob Rydalch. Irma also leaves behind her one surviving sibling, her brother Al Yarberry and his wife Jean of Waterville, Maine.

Among her many talents, Irma was an accomplished Master Gardener and her plants still thrive wherever she herself was planted. She was surrounded by her own roses and ferns at her passing. Her varied careers included being a small business owner, realtor, veterinary technician, landscape designer and hospitality service lead at the Simpson House Inn in Santa Barbara. Irma’s hobbies included obedience training for dog show competitions with her German Shepherds, sewing, horseback trail riding, weaving rugs, pottery design, Seal Watch counting at the Bluffs and as a volunteer docent at Lotusland. Irma loved our Carpinteria Bluffs and walked them for as long as she could. Irma was naturally curious, thorough, thoughtful and interested in the natural world—all plants and animals. She never did anything halfway. She was in it 110 percent, whatever it happened to be.

Services to honor Irma will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Carpinteria on July 19 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her name to Serenity House of Santa Barbara.

All our admiration, love and deepest gratitude to Janet Murphy of Visiting Nurses, who helped us keep Irma here at home for as long as we could. And to all the staff at Visiting Nurses of Santa Barbara and Serenity House, how do you so cleverly keep your wings folded and hidden in your clothes? You are truly angels among us. God bless you all.

​Steve Luera

Steve Luera, born July 7, 1954, passed away on Wednesday, June 18. He was an amazingly kind, humble person who enjoyed outdoor life. Steve, as a Carpinteria native, enjoyed surfing the local beaches, camping and fishing. He served in the U.S. Navy for eight years. A passion of Steve’s was cooking. He worked as a chef at many places, including 10-plus years at U.C. Santa Barbara. He was also an active member of the American Indian Movement.

He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Luera. He is survived by his mother, Lupe, brother John (Julie), sister Rebecca (Kevin), daughters Jessica, Renee and Robin, his son Andrew (Katie), granddaughter Violet, niece Franchesca, nephews Albert (Cassie), Lucian and great-nephew Rio.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Steve on Saturday, July 5 at 1 p.m. at Toro Canyon Park.

John Humphries

John Humphries

John Humphries, a resident of Carpinteria, California, died on June 26 at the age of 77. He owned Montecito Village Travel for 20 years and was a Carpinteria ocean lifeguard for 10 years. For condolences messages to his beloved wife Bette, the families and the full obituary please see mcdermottcrockett.com.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the City of Carpinteria Pool, 5775 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013, in memory of John Humphries. The community is invited to celebrate John’s life on Sunday, July 20 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Building, 941 Walnut Ave.

Faye Nadine Cook Walsh

Faye Nadine Cook Walsh

10/23/1921 – 6/25/2014

Faye Nadine Cook Walsh, 92, passed away peacefully at home on June 25, in Carpinteria, Calif., surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Oct. 23, 1921 to Ray and Anna Cook in Flandreau, South Dakota. She moved to Carpinteria with her family when she was a teenager, and thus commenced a journey of developing deep roots within her community. She married Ralph E. Walsh on Dec. 1, 1943 and enjoyed a loving union for 52 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and through her tireless efforts, she created an abundant degree of happiness and closeness within her family. She was the co-owner (along with Ruth McIntyre) of Ruth & Nadine’s Flowers for 15 memorable years where she was able to use her creative talents to bring much joy others. Her flower shop (along with her husbands market “Ralph’s Market” next door) was known as the social hub for many in the town, and laughter could often be heard within the walls of their adjoining shops, for Nadine was widely known for her keen sense of humor.

Upon Ralph and Nadine’s mutual retirement in 1984, they embarked on their grand adventure of seeing the country in their RV and reveled in their ability to visit 46 states. Nadine also traveled to Alaska, Australia and Ireland. She had an adventurous spirit and loved to water ski in the ocean and on surrounding lakes. She was very active in her church teaching Sunday school for many years, and was always at the ready to help out in the church kitchen for those famous “spaghetti dinners” and whipping up her much appreciated “Texas cakes.” She always readily welcomed visitors into her home and treated them like extended family, as her generosity knew no boundaries

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, eldest son, Ralphie, and four brothers. She is survived by her two sons and their wives: Bob and Lynne Walsh of Carpinteria, Calif., Dave and Sue Walsh and their two daughters, spouses and grandchildren (Alex and Brittany Jacobson, Matt Morgan and Rachel Bopp, Matthew and Jayden) of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, granddaughter Amy Walsh and great-granddaughter Maya Ling of Boulder, Colo., daughter-in-law Jackie Nielsen and her husband Gary, and her loyal canine companion, Hannah.

For those of us who loved you, your wisdom, patience, humor and grace will be dearly missed. We will continue to carry your memory in our hearts.

The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Santa Barbara. Your dedication and merciful assistance has meant so much to our family.

Arthur “Neal” Robertson

Arthur “Neal” Robertson

1925 - 2014

Father, grandfather, husband and friend, Neal Robertson passed away at age 89 in Santa Barbara, Calif., from pulmonary fibrosis. Neal grew up in East Los Angeles, attending Garfield High School. His parents, Arthur Hugh and Eula Bessie, along with Neal’s three siblings, Myrtle, Waymond, and Cecil, preceded him in death.

Many of the Robertson clan lived long, colorful lives, and Neal was no different. He loved to travel, whether to drive to Yosemite or fly to London. He served in the Navy during World War II. As a football player at East Los Angeles Junior College, he met and eventually married the cheerleader, Diana. He went on to graduate from USC and remained an avid fan of that football team. Diana and Neal made their home in Whittier, Calif. and raised two daughters, Robin and Randi. He taught them much about the beauty and humor in life. He also passed this wisdom on to their children: Amber (Armando), Amanda (Brian), Eddie, and Jason and Caitlin (Pablo).

After almost 25 years of marriage, he lost Diana to cancer in 1973, leaving him to raise his 16- and 18-year-old daughters. After they graduated from high school, he moved to Chicago, where he met and in 1978 married Bette Walshon. She brought two more children, Sharon Brunner and John Walschon (Joan), and their families into his life. He loved his new extended family, and they stayed close to him over the years.

He and Bette moved to Pasadena and spent 17 years together. Upon retirement at the age of 69, Bette persuaded him to take up golf. It became his passion and he made lifelong friends with his golf partners in Pasadena. He lost Bette to multiple myeloma in 1995.
Shortly thereafter, he finally moved into his beloved beach house in Carpinteria. There he began a new life of walking the beach, golf and new friends. He joined the Newcomers Club where he found new golf partners who became fast friends. He continued to play with them three times a week at the Montecito Country Club up until nine weeks before he died.

Also at Newcomers he met Billi Saucier, who became his best friend, companion and wife. Billi brought a world of joy and caring into his life. They had many wonderful years of fun and love together. Neal embraced her children, Steve, Renee, Todd and John and their families, as his own. Billi stayed at his side until the moment he passed on.
Neal will be so missed by all of those who loved and cherished him.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara or to the Visiting Nurses Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.

Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider.

Katharin Mack Roberts

Katharin Mack Roberts

9/13/1957 - 6/18/2014

Katharin Mack Roberts passed away on June 18, 2014 from a critical illness she battled for seven years, undaunted, with her customary grace, strength, sense of humor and aplomb. Katie was born in Santa Monica, Calif. on Sept. 13, 1957. The daughter of the late Ann and Art Mack, Katie spent her childhood in La Cañada Flintridge and later graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Scripps College with a bachelor’s degree in Medieval Studies. After finishing her master’s degree, Katie was honored as Teaching Assistant of the Year while working on her doctorate at UCSB. She subsequently became a tenure-track professor of history at Williams College and later a teacher at Santa Barbara City College.

Katie met Matt Roberts, her future husband, while in school in La Cañada, but it was their mutual interest in competitive swimming and diving that drew them together. For the past 35 years, Katie has lived in Carpinteria with her husband, Matt, on his family’s avocado ranch where they raised their two children, Aaron and Claire Ann. Strong, funny, compassionate, sassy, bright and upbeat, Katie had a multitude of interests, whether it be the beauty of a David Austin Rose, the Brahms’ Concerto in D for Violin, a small but formal Anglophile luncheon on her mother-in-law Claire’s deck to coincide with Prince William playing polo in a nearby field below, or a brand new copy of a yet-unreleased Louise Penny novel that a friend coaxed from a publisher just before Katie passed away. Katie could take up and pass along a new recipe for minestrone with sweet sausage and tortellini with the same enthusiasm and thoroughness she applied to her telling of Harold Godwinson’s oath-swearing to Duke William, the future Conqueror and King of England, in the Bayeux Tapestry. Her recall of people, places and dates remains legendary.

In her pursuit of right, Katie was a tireless volunteer and activist in Carpinteria politics, education, the environment and the community. She was an active board member of the Carpinteria Valley Association and, later, Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs, the nonprofit that formed in 1996 to lead, in partnership with the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, the challenging but successful public acquisition efforts of the Carpinteria Bluffs. Following that success, Katie was the driving force each year on offering every third grader in the Carpinteria School District the opportunity to visit the Carpinteria Bluffs as part of a Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs Earth Day. In 2013, she became President of the Citizens group. She was also an active parent volunteer at Aliso School, where she was involved with the Battle of the Books program; at Friends of VADA supporting the Visual Arts & Design Academy of Santa Barbara High School; and at the Santa Barbara Middle School, where she worked in the Deli, wrote and edited the Scoop, coordinated food for Songfest, and worked in the library, once running it for two weeks to enable the librarian to be with her daughter while her granddaughter was born.

Katie’s primary love and focus was her family. Besides her husband, Matt, her son, Aaron, and her daughter, Claire Ann, she leaves behind a brother, Robert “Uncle Bob” Mack, as well as hundreds of friends and colleagues who will deeply miss her funny stories, her sharp wit, her deep intellect, her irrepressible energy and her loyal friendship. Katie’s family is planning to hold a memorial for her in August, but a date, time and place has not yet been set. Contributions in Katie’s name may be made to: Citizens for the Carpinteria Bluffs or Friends of the Carpinteria Library.

Arrangements Entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary

Celia Macias

Celia Macias

Celia (Gonzalez) Macias, 79, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother entered the Kingdom of Heaven June 18, 2014 surrounded by her family. She was born January 1935 in Guadalajara, Mexico. She came to Carpinteria at age 12 and attended local schools. She married Joe “Bunky” Macias in 1956. She worked at the local lemon packing company, but her favorite job was raising four sons and nurturing and spoiling her grandchildren. Celia was a loving woman whose greatest joy was her family and the families of her siblings. You would find her in the kitchen cooking delicious Mexican dishes for family or for larger family gatherings. Family traditions were important to her. Christmas and birthdays were some of her favorite times as she was blessed to be surrounded by her sons Joey (Annette), Ricky (Cheryl), Ruben (Cyndi), Mario (Martha) and all 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Celia is also survived by her sisters, Anna Lomelí and Esther González, and her brother, Frank “Pancho” González. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and brother. Please join us in celebrating her life at a Rosary Service to be held at St. Joseph Church in Carpinteria at 7 p.m. on June 26, 2014, and again at 10 a.m. on June 27 for graveside services at Carpinteria Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo Del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-8409.

​Vincent T. Burns Jr.

9/19/1936 – 6/11/2014

Vincent T. Burns Jr. of Santa Paula and Carpinteria, Calif., passed away from heart failure on June 11, 2014 at his ranch in Santa Paula after a brief illness. Vince was the first child of an Irish-American family, born Sept. 19, 1936 in Utica, N.Y., to Vincent T. Sr. and Helen (nee Farmer) Burns.

Vincent grew up in Pasadena and Coronado, Calif., where his father was assistant manager at the Huntington and Del Coronado hotels. Vince was a member of the class of 1954 at Loyola High School in Los Angeles and of the class of 1958 at Santa Clara University. With his wife of 56 years, Debby, Vince devoted his energies and passions to the Santa Paula Boys Club beginning in 1974. Under Vince, the club was one of the first in the nation to accept girls as members, becoming the Santa Paula Boys and Girls Club. The club enjoyed increased membership and programs under Vince, and was nationally recognized for its after-school programs and role in improving life in Santa Paula. To further the club and his community, Vince was active in Santa Paula’s service organizations, including Kiwanis. After retiring from the Boys and Girls Club, Vince devoted himself to the family’s orange ranch on South Mountain Road, irrigating, pruning, spraying and making sure the fruit was picked on time. Since 1996, Vince and Debby have split their time between Santa Paula and their home on Rincon Point Road in Carpinteria.

Exacting and imbued with a strong spirit of competition, Vince was always proud of his family’s achievements. He is survived by his wife, Debby, of Santa Paula and Carpinteria; brother Anthony Burns of Arcadia, Calif.; sister Darcy Williams of Sacramento, Calif.; son Vincent T. Burns III (wife Ann) of Ventura, Calif.; daughter Laura Burns Brown of San Diego, Calif.; and grandchildren Nicholas John Burns, Ventura; Amy Nicole Brown, San Diego; Eric Brown, San Diego; and Emily Laura Burns, Ventura. A family remembrance of Vince’s life will take place at a later date. Donations in Vince’s name to the Santa Paula Boys and Girls Club or Alcoholics Anonymous of Santa Barbara are appreciated.

​James “Jim” Burns Heth

James “Jim” Burns Heth of Carpinteria, Calif. died April 16, 2014. Formerly of Dallas, Texas, he is survived by his first born daughter, Patricia Louise Phillips, nee Heth, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla, his first born son, James “Jay” Burns Heth, Jr. of Nassau Bay, Texas, and his second born son, Robert Kenneth Van Dyke of Friendswood, Texas, as well as five accomplished grandchildren and one remarkable great-granddaughter. Memorial services were held at the Summerland Presbyterian Church in Summerland, Calif.

Don M. Lee

Don M. Lee

Don M. Lee, age 64, of Carpinteria passed away in his sleep on May 12, 2014 in Kernville, Calif.  Don was with his wife of 26 years, Marty Hart Lee. They enjoyed a wonderful visit with his mom and dad on Mother’s Day. They stayed in a fishing lodge next to the Kern River. They were to have breakfast with his parents before going home the following day. Don never woke up that morning. 

Don was born in Inglewood, Calif. He went to Hawthorne High School and graduated with the Class of 1968. He was inducted in the Army and served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 in the 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment. Don then went to college on the G.I. Bill, but left to build fuel systems for the racing industry for 25 years. Don also worked for the Post Office in Santa Clarita for 12 years before retiring.

Don leaves behind his wife, Marty Hart Lee, parents Bill and Peggy Lee of Kern River, his brother Billy of Oregon and his brother Mark of Texas. He also leaves behind ex-wife Suzan of Calif., daughter Alicia (Eddy) Gomez, of Calif, sons Adam J. and Donald F., of Calif. and son Jimmy Matthews. He leaves behind three beautiful grandchildren. He also leaves behind step-sons Joey (Starr) Karalius of Calif. and Dave (Catherine) Karalius of Hawaii. He leaves behind eight more loving grandchildren. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. He also leaves many fishing buddies from up and down the coast of California. 

Don’s Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, July 2 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 5026 Foothill Rd. Carpinteria, CA 93013

Joan “Abba” Georgine Sinclair Gunther

Joan “Abba” Georgine Sinclair Gunther


“Can’t say it ain’t been wonderful” were some of this incredible woman’s final words, making it easier on her family and friends to let her go. She lived her whole life with this sense of humor. Even during difficult times, she would make fun of any situation. She is missed so much.

Even though her family was her favorite, other passions were art, cooking, teaching, traveling, playing cards with her local buddies, and beating her children in iPad scrabble (most of the time).

After growing up in Tom’s River, New Jersey, attending Cooper Union Art School in New York City, marrying Allan Gunther and having three children, Joan and her gang moved to Carpinteria in 1960 (no more bundling up the kids to play in the snow, yay!!). Two more children later she continued her creative journey, selling her paintings along Cabrillo Blvd and showing her work in galleries all over California. She was a long time art teacher at Adult Ed in Santa Barbara and at Cate School in Carpinteria. She was a member of the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Santa Barbara Art Association, and Santa Barbara Arts council and assisted with the birth and future expansion of the Carpinteria Arts Center. She was also known as a “Foodie,” although her five children didn’t appreciate her gourmet cooking until much later. She and a friend established their own catering business, Cooking Cousins. They were an awesome duo, feeding Carpinteria and Santa Barbara clients with scrumptious and elegant meals. She did all of this while raising five children. Joan also loved to travel, especially to Mexico and Asia, and always wanted to visit India. Actually, she took any opportunity to explore the world, always with art in mind. One of her favorite places to visit was Figueroa Mountain in Santa Ynez. These are only a few of the many joys and accomplishments in her life.

She is preceded in death by her husband of almost 40 years, Allan Gunther (mathematics teacher at Cate School, Calif.). She is survived by her brother, William Sinclair of South Carolina, and his family, and by her five children: Jeff Gunther of Pasadena, Calif.; Kim Gunther (Sandy) of Watsonville, Calif.; Linda Gunther Swearingen (Bruce) of San Jose, Calif.; Jill Gunther Matthews (Tom) of Reno, Nev.; and David Gunther (Dianne) of Carpinteria, Calif. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Matt, Mandy, Conner, Wes, Sydney, Ben, Jenna, and Cooper, and two step-grandchildren, Bev and Perry. Many more relatives, caregivers and friends survive her. All were honored and fortunate to spend time reminiscing, joking and enjoying each moment with her before she went on her way.

Friends and family, please join us in celebrating this dear woman on July 5. In lieu of flowers please contribute to your favorite organization that supports the arts, in Joan’s honor.

Leonard De La Cruz

Leonard De La Cruz

11/6/1923 – 6/7/2014

Leonard De La Cruz was born Nov. 6, 1923 in San Juan de Los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico. He proudly served in World War II as a army medic. After the war he met the love of his life, Celia Medina; they then married in East Los Angeles and settled in Carpinteria 

He lived in town, doing several jobs. Later he found a great job as a foreman at Twin Pines Ranch where he raised four children. He welcomed friends and family with good food and lots of music and fun for everyone. All who asked for the De La Cruz Ranch knew where the family lived. Lots of great memories were made there. 

Leonard is survived by his four children; Anita, Irma, Sylvia and Leonard Jr., his 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Many people loved him and respected him. He was an honest, straightforward man and a great example to everyone he came across. He taught his family to be strong, honest, respectful and loving human beings. In turn he received the same from his family and friends.

A Rosary will be will held Friday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Carpinteria. A Mass will be held on Saturday, June 14 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, followed by a burial service at Carpinteria Cemetery.  

“My Grampa wasn’t a Great Man, what he was, was a good man who just wanted to spend his life with a Great Woman… he didn’t aspire too much, and gave it all to us. To be Great on our own. My Grampa is A WONDERFUL MAN… Greater than the greatest person I know. And he will live on through us. We are his stories. We are what has kept him going and what will keep us going.” ––Fernando Vergara

Albert Benjamin Medel Sr.

Albert Benjamin Medel Sr.

4/8/1922 - 5/30/2014

Albert Benjamin Medel Sr., 92, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on the beautiful morning of Friday, May 30, 2014. He passed in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Albert was born on April 8, 1922 to Refugio and Jesusita (Saragosa) Medel. When he was just 16 years old, his mother passed away, and Albert began working full time in the Foothill ranches of Carpinteria to help support his five siblings. After Pearl Harbor, Albert was one of the first in his family to enlist, and he served during World War II from 1942 to 1945 with the U.S. Navy Armed Guard. Albert was a petty officer, second-class gunners mate manning 3-, 4- and 5-inch cannons. His crew helped to defend U.S. and allied merchant ships from enemy attack. He was extremely proud of his service to his country.

Upon his return from the war, Albert began working in the Mutual Lemon Packing House in Carpinteria. It was there he met his wife to be, Carmen Curiel. They married on June 22, 1947, and would have been celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary this month.

Albert had a passion for cultivating his garden and a gift for nurturing his ever-growing family. He and Carmen raised their seven children among the avocado and lemon orchards of Gale Ranch for 48 years, where he worked as the head foreman. In that time, the ranch and his family flourished. Albert taught his family the meaning of hard work, loyalty and generosity by example. He dedicated 34 years of service to the Kiwanis Club of Carpinteria and looked forward to spending time with his fellow Kiwanis members every Wednesday night. He enjoyed sharing fresh vegetables from his garden, and delivering them in his little red Chevy Luv truck, often “taking a break” at the ranch with his buddies to “watch the garden grow,” and visiting extended family and friends that he loved so dearly.

Most know Albert as “Papa” and will never forget his genuine laugh and loving nature. If you had the pleasure of meeting Papa, he probably called you “Mijo” (son) or “Mija” (daughter) and instantly made you feel like family. Our family is comforted by knowing that Albert was welcomed into heaven by his siblings Amalia, Lucio, Carmen (Olivares), Henry, and many other loved ones. He is survived by his wife, Carmen; sister, Josephine Holland; children, Sylvia (Ronn) Sturgis; Albert Benjamin Jr. (Heidi); Leonard; Katheryn (Kent) Boisen; Gloria “Gogi” (Tony) Burquez; Theresa (Marty) Medel-Martinez; and Andrea “Andi” (Mike) Duffield. Albert was also blessed with 17 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Friday, June 13, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, located on El Carro Lane at Linden Avenue, in Carpinteria. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the loving care provided by the Hospice nurses of Santa Barbara and all who have offered their condolences to the family at this difficult time. Vaya con Dios, Papa … “It was a wonderful life.”

Maria Beatrice Sanchez

Maria Beatrice Sanchez

9/22/1949 – 6/1/2014

Maria Beatrice Sanchez, 64, was born Sept. 22, 1949 and passed away on June 1, 2014. She is the daughter of Jesus Chagolla and Beatrice Chagolla, sister of Robert Chagolla, dedicated wife of 42 years to Arturo Sanchez and proud mother to Arturo, Micheline and Aaron. In addition Maria was a mother-in-law, grandmother and a friend to many people.

Maria had been battling cancer for about 13 years, and it never stopped her from doing the things she loved to do which included going to work, being a grandma, a wife, a sister, a friend, shopping, traveling and especially cooking, which was her passion. These are just a few things that proved to cancer every day that it could not stop her from living her life the way she wanted to live it.

If you knew Maria, you knew that nothing ever stopped her or slowed her down. She went to work every day with a smile on her face every day even though she felt ill. Maria has been and will continue to be an inspiration to everyone she has crossed paths with. She will always be remembered for her beautiful smile, friendship, love, courage, generosity and especially her fabulous cooking.

She might be gone, but she will never be forgotten.

Please join us for a Memorial Service on Saturday, June 14 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Church on Linden Avenue with a Celebration for Maria at 4327 Carpinteria Ave. to follow.

Carl Henry Zangger Jr.

Carl Henry Zangger Jr.

Carl Henry Zangger Jr., 93, of Dana Point, Calif., beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, died on May 28, 2014. He was born in Remsen, Iowa to Karl Henry Zangger and Rose Marie Wyffels Zangger and moved to Altadena, Calif. at age 16. He graduated in 1938 from John Muir Technical High School, Pasadena, Calif. He served in the South Pacific during World War II with the U.S. Navy. Carl began his lifelong career at Tuttle Brother’s Nursery. Later he became co-owner of Perry’s Plants Nursery. He was a past President of California Association Of Nurserymen, active in the horticultural industry and a consultant for Sunset Magazine. Carl is survived by his wife of 72 years, Alice Neely Zangger; son James M. (Ann); daughters Jane Guccione (George) and Lori Tebbs Austin (Daryl); eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; brother James B. Zangger of Round Rock, Texas; sisters Kathleen Dahlquist of Laguna Beach, Calif. and Lorraine Johnson of Palo Alto, Calif. Services will be held at O’Connor Mortuary, Laguna Hills Chapel on Thursday, June 5 at 1 p.m. and will be followed by graveside services on Friday, June 6 at 1 p.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery with reception at the Carpinteria Community Church. O’Connor Mortuary (949) 581-4300

Mike Anthony Hayes

Mike Anthony Hayes

12/22/1952 - 5/6/2014

Mike Anthony Hayes moved from Los Angeles to Carpinteria over 25 years ago with his brother Matt Hayes. Construction work had become their specialty. Mike quickly fell in love with the beach community here. He always reminded his kids, Mikey and Jasmine, how lucky they are to have been raised in paradise. There isn’t much that made Mike happier than riding his bike down palm-tree-lined streets to watch the waves break at First Beach or fishing for halibut down by Fourth with best friend, Petey. Mike is survived by his children Michael and Jasmine, brothers, John, Matt and Danny; sister Kathy and loving mother Tina.

There will be a memorial BBQ this Saturday, June 7, at noon at First Beach. Look for the green balloons.

His positive attitude touched the lives of many. He will be missed. Peace and Love.

John Romero

John Romero

9/10/1923 - 5/16/2014

Carpinteria’s Son and member of the Greatest Generation

John Romero was born Sept 10, 1923. Son of Juan Romero and Ramona Lopez Romero, John grew up on the Fithian Ranch, where his father was in charge of all horses and mules (the most reliable mode of transportation in those days). John experienced the hard work that goes with ranching including driving cattle from Montecito to Simi Valley. These experiences would serve him well when his father started his own ranch and orchard.

John was drafted into the US Army while studying animal husbandry at Cal Poly SLO. His ranching background gave him real world experiences. One might say he had a “leg up.” While in the Army, John saw hostile action during the Philippine Campaign as a crew member of an armored tank destroyer. As such, his vehicle was a prime target, but his luck held.

John drove a mule team under contract for the Forest Service, but his primary responsibility was to his family farm and his own growing family. It is said that there wasn’t an acre in the local Los Padres National Forest that didn’t show John’s footprint. An avid sportsman, hunter and fisherman, John was an active member in several organizations which supported conservation and wildlife management.

John is predeceased by his father Juan and Mother Ramona, his sister Emma Romero Paluch, ex-wife Joyce Romero and son Joel.

He is survived by his daughters Janeen, Jennifer, and Johanna; sons Joseph Romero (Carpinteria) and JB Romero (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ); grandson Anthony Moreno (Camille); granddaughters Katrina Moreno (Jesus), Jacquelyn Moreno Stroud (Allen), Sierra Ward and Allyssa Romero; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014 at St. Joseph Church, located on El Carro at Linden Ave, Carpinteria. Donations in lieu of flowers to assist in defraying burial expenses can be sent to Bank of America, FTAO John B. Romero, 4994 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, Calif., 93013.

David Garcia

David Garcia

David Garcia, 88, formerly of Carpinteria, died on May 19, 2014, at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, where he had lived for the past 11 years. The Rosary Service will be held on Thursday, May 22 at 6 p.m., and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 23 at 10 a.m., both at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Ventura, CA. Interment will take place immediately following at Carpinteria Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-8409.

Johanna Hendrika van Egmond 

Johanna Hendrika van Egmond 

10/14/1933 – 5/2/2014

Johanna van Egmond passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara, Calif. due to complications of ALS.

She was born in The Hague, Netherlands to Roelof and Jannetje van Egmond. She and her sisters, Corrie and Diek, all survived World War II.

Johanna left home at age 17 to begin a lifetime of travel visiting every continent but one. She worked and lived in Lourdes and Paris, France, then on to Lucerne, Switzerland. In 1957, her next adventure took her to Australia, where daughters Ruby and Gigi were born. The family immigrated to the USA in 1967.

Johanna loved children and enjoyed a teaching career for over 50 years, including 25 years as the owner of Carousel Pre-School in Long Beach, Calif.

She loved her family, reading, the beach, the gym and her garden. Her great sense of humor kept everyone laughing.

She leaves behind her daughters Ruby (Ken) and Gigi (Dave); grandchildren Spencer, Hayley (Joe), Alyse and great grand-child Sienna; best friend and sister Diek and brother-in-law Wim Schippers; brother-in-law Ruut van Zanten; nephews and nieces in Holland, England and Australia; friends in Long Beach and thousands of children who attended Carousel Pre-School.

We are all so happy to have enjoyed so many wonderful years and have such great memories.

To a life well lived!

John I Peterson, Jr.

John I Peterson, Jr.

7/13/1949 – 5/5/2014

John Peterson, Jr. 64, died on May 5, 2014 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara. He was plagued with liver cancer, which spread to his lungs. He lived at Shepard Place in Carpinteria, and everyone there knew him and loved him. He never hesitated to give of himself and was instrumental in staging many of the senior complex’s activities, dinners and parties. The word “no” was not in his vocabulary. When his neighbor needed to be driven to the VA hospital in Los Angeles, John, without any hesitation, drove him down and back for each of his appointments.

He was born in New York on July 13, 1949 and moved with his family to California in 1976.

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Heidi, and is survived by his wife, Shirley, his four sons, John III, Lars, Kenny and Allen and adopted daughter Danielle, his sisters Judy and Laura, and his brother Chris.

He joined the Carpinteria Masonic Lodge in 1986, and served as Master of the Lodge six times. He served as mentor to many of the future officers, and also served as Worthy Patron of the Carpinteria Order of the Eastern Star. He received the Lodge’s highest honor, known as the “Hiram Award” in October 1990.

A waffle breakfast served at the Lodge by Order of the Eastern Star is planned for Saturday morning, May 17 at 9 a.m., and is dedicated to his memory. Memorials should be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

May Jackson

May Jackson


A Carpinteria resident of over 50 years, May Jackson has passed away.

May was a kind, compassionate woman with a good word and a smile for everyone.

Her strong faith guided her life. Devoted to her children and grandchildren, she spent her working life providing for them. Proud of her Irish heritage and the number one Dodger fan, now she gets to see every game from the good seats.

She is preceded in death by her daughters Brenda and Holly.

May is survived by son Lee of Idaho and daughter Barbara of Florida, and grandchildren Rob, Debbie, Kelly, Randy, Shannon and Marcy.

She is also survived by long-time friends Mel and Jeanette Munoz and family of Carpinteria, and the Davis family of Carpinteria.

Services will be held at the Carpinteria Cemetery on Friday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. Followed by a celebration of her life at 1339 El Portal Street, Carpinteria.

Go with the angels, Mom.

Patricia Hales Griffith

Patricia Hales Griffith

1923 – 2014

Pat, a fourth generation Carpinterian, passed away on Friday, May 2. She was raised on a ranch in Lillingston Canyon, and from early childhood became a lover of nature as she experienced it around her every day. Helping her parents, Jake and Dolly, and her grandparents, Tate and Maggie, around the ranch, helped her to realize a deep joy and appreciation for family ties and traditions.

At a young age, she became an avid reader—a passion she followed all of her long life. During her childhood years and into her teens, she was always quite active, especially with horseback riding, camping and going to the beach. She and her two brothers, Peter and John, were good friends, often in a competitive, playful way, as she was the oldest of the three and maybe a bit of a bossy tomboy.

Pat loved classical music and chose the piano and the double bass as the instruments she learned to play in high school. This, along with her good grades won her a scholarship to Occidental College after graduation from Carpinteria High in 1940.

During her first year in college, she impulsively fell in love and married a handsome, bright young Masters student named Ed Hennessy, and soon had a baby boy named Edmund, Junior. She dropped out of school to become a full-time housewife and mother while her husband earned his degree. Then the little family moved east when the breadwinner landed a teaching position in North Carolina.

After that year, they decided to return to Carpinteria to live in a house at the Lillingston Canyon ranch, while Ed Sr. started teaching at SBCC. Several years later, a second son, Jack, was born. From that time on, Pat never left Carpinteria for more than a week or two. Then, as now, it was a great place to raise a family.

Ever resourceful, when the marriage unraveled after 10 years, she re-invented herself and took on some interesting jobs here in the valley: running a summer day camp for kids at the local beach, and starting a nursery school at the family ranch.

She met and later married David P. Griffith, originally from Anaheim, Calif. He had two young daughters, and so evolved a new, larger and happier family. Several years later, Pat realized that she needed to help support the family if the kids were to get the best education. She enrolled in the Santa Barbara Business College and learned the business of being a secretary.

Her natural intelligence and organizing abilities served her well in this pursuit. Soon she got a job at UCSB, where she worked in several departments over 22 years and rose to the level of administrative assistant. While there, she befriended several professors and students who remained lifelong members of her extended family.

In retirement, Pat continued to work part-time for various organizations, including The Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara, the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce and the Carpinteria Nursery Growers Association.

For many years, she volunteered time to the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society, working to preserve the unique historical essence of her lifelong home. She authored an essay, which captured the flavor of her early childhood in the Canyon of the late 1920’s. It filled almost an entire edition of the society’s newsletter.

She was a devoted member of the Carpinteria Community Church, where she taught Sunday School for years, and sang in the choir for decades. On Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m., a Memorial Service for Pat will be held at the church, at 1111 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013.

She has requested donations to the church choir fund in lieu of flowers.

Ronald L. Cordero

Ronald L. Cordero

9/30/1941 – 5/4/2014

Ronald L. Cordero, 72, of Kenosha, passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Born in Santa Barbara, on Sept. 30, 1941, he was the son of the late Clarence and Rosalie (Rivera) Cordero. Ron was educated in the schools of Santa Barbara and moved to Kenosha in 1995.

On July 28, 1984, he married Marlene Symonds in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ron was a heavy equipment mechanic for most of his life at various different businesses. Currently, he was employed with Olson Transportation. He enjoyed going to garage sales and was known as a man who could fix anything.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene of Kenosha; three daughters, Colleen (James) Frazier of Las Vegas, Kelli (Keary Jr.) Ingrum of Palmdale, Calif., and Sara Jereda of Kenosha; eight grandchildren, Anthony, B.J., Christopher, Dylan, Loray, Gary, Erin and James; four great-grandchildren with two more on the way; a sister, Cynthia Beard of South Carolina; his special aunt, Dora Fletcher of Santa Barbara; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bobby and Richard; and two grandsons, Keary Ingrum, III and Aiden Ordonez.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha and the ICU staff at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee for all the kind and compassionate care they gave Ron.

As per Ronald’s request, private services were held.

Carol Sue Wilcox

Carol Sue Wilcox

Carol Sue (Hines) Wilcox, 69, passed away peacefully into heaven with her husband at her side on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, following a brief illness.

She was born in Jackson, Mich. to Ervin and Pearl Hines. Carol had a large family with nine brothers and sisters.

At the age of 15, Carol married the love of her life, Paul Wilcox. They moved to California in 1975, driving across the country in a blue Buick with their five kids. Carol, along with her beautiful family, lived in and loved Carpinteria for the last 38 years. In her spare time she enjoyed shopping with her daughters and granddaughters. Carol loved playing board games and barbecuing with her family. Her presence filled up the room. She also loved playing bingo, poker and bunko with family and longtime friends, blue gill fish fries with her relatives in Michigan who she loved to visit, and traveling to Europe with her husband. She could often be found at grandchildren’s sporting events and dance recitals.

She worked hard all of her life to provide for her family. Carol was a caring, giving and loving person who lived her life to the fullest. She had a deep love for Jesus. Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Carol is going to miss her laugh, contagious smile and outgoing personality. Her husband, children and grandchildren are going to miss her immensely.

Carol is survived by her husband of 53 years, Paul Wilcox; sons, Dana Wilcox (Jeanne), and Scott Wilcox (Veronica); daughters, Wanda Alonzo (Ron), Holly Smolnikar (Chuck), and Sabrina Blum (Josef); along with 16 grandchildren, Amy, Giana, Leanna, Breanna, Deanna, Cheyenne, Dakotah, Montana, Lauren, Brooke, Brittany, Nathan, Cydney, Brandon, Madison and Justin.

Carol was laid to rest on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Carpinteria Cemetery.

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

William T. “Doc” Carty

William T. “Doc” Carty

William T. “Doc” Carty, a man of care, love, humility and Christian faith, passed on to eternal life with Jesus on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the age of 87.

From the Linden beach volleyball courts to Carpinteria High School, Bill enjoyed helping to make the Carpinteria Valley the special place that it is. Working with others, he was instrumental in the launch of many organizations and projects in Carpinteria, including the Rotary Club of Carpinteria, Carpinteria Education Foundation, Carpinteria Beautiful, and the Carpinteria Community Swimming Pool. Bill’s spiritual life was of great importance, and his service as an active member of Faith Lutheran Church spanned over fifty years. His positive attitude, boundless energy, and desire to serve is a legacy carried on by family, friends and countless others influenced by Bill’s vision and determination.

Following his service in the U.S. Navy, Bill graduated from George Pepperdine College and received his masters and doctorate degrees from USC. He began his career in education in 1949 as an elementary school teacher, then as a secondary teacher, assistant principal and principal in Inglewood, Calif. In 1960, he moved his family to Carpinteria where he served as Superintendent of Schools for 26 years, after which he continued his educational service as a member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Education.

Bill is survived by his bicycle pedaling partner and beloved wife of nearly 68 years, Daphne; their six children, including Bill, Kathleen Mills, Martin (Marybeth), Gregg (Geri), Susan Van Der Kar (Scott) and Carolyn Connell; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; his brother, Dick Carty of Ventura, California; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Mark; sister, Patricia Bigbee; and son-in-law, Joe Connell.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, a simple, private family celebration will be held. For those wishing to honor Bill’s legacy, gifts can be made to any of the above organizations.

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:14

Rose Marie Shreve

Rose Marie Shreve

6/7/1928 – 3/15/2014

Rose Marie Shreve passed away March 15 at Santa Barbara Convalescent Hospital. She was born June 4, 1928 in rural Jefferson County, Iowa to Ivo I. and Marion Pratt Hunt. She finished elementary school in a one-room country school and graduated from Fairfield High School before moving to Waterloo, Iowa.

There she met and married Merle “Ted” Shreve in 1948. They spent several years traveling the United States where Ted did electrical work on military bases before settling in Carpinteria. While living in Carpinteria, Rose was active in Los Chiquitos, Eastern Star and school activities with her children. Rose moved to Santa Maria in 1994, where she enjoyed retirement, especially in cooking, gardening and visiting friends. She also volunteered her time to help others.

She is survived by her children, Beth Germanetti of Carpinteria and Rick Shreve of Ventura; a granddaughter, Crystal Germanetti; her sister Juanita Koele of Des Moines, Iowa, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Margaret Hafar; a nephew, Allen Koele, all from Iowa; and a nephew, Ed Hafar of Oakland, Calif. Private services for her family will be held at Carpinteria Cemetery.

You will be missed more than words can say, but we hold on to the promise we will reunite one day.

Rick Paratte

Rick Paratte

1/12/1960 – 4/17/2014

Rick Paratte, 54, of Carpinteria, was born on Jan. 12, 1960 in Santa Barbara. Rick passed away unexpectedly on April 17, 2014 in a fatal boating accident while fishing off the coast of Baja California. He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Paratte. He is survived by his mother, Rosa Paratte of Carpinteria, and his daughter, Rebecca Paratte Lynch (Nate) of Bend, Oregon. He is also survived by his three grandchildren, Nolan, Olivia and Addie, and the love of his life, Jennifer Thomas, also of Carpinteria. Rick had a great passion for fishing, which he did every chance he got. His great personality, kind heart, sense of selflessness and friendly smile will be sorely missed by all his friends and family.

Robert John “RJ” Hutchings II

Robert John “RJ” Hutchings II

2/11/1933 – 4/1/2014

Robert John “RJ” Hutchings II died on April 1, 2014 at the age of 81. RJ was born on Feb. 11, 1933 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His parents were George and Alice Hutchings. He was the third of six children. He grew up on an oil lease in Cut Bank, Mont. His family then moved to Billings, Mont. when he was in sixth grade and later moved to Denver, Colo. when he was a senior in high school. He served in the Army for two years working as a scrub nurse. After leaving the Army, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Denver University. In 1956 he married Kika Welles. The couple moved to Bakersfield in 1957 when he began his career as an English teacher at Bakersfield High School, where he taught for 36 years. He worked with “special” students at the Discovery Center for seven years after retiring from BHS. He encouraged Kika to become a teacher also, which would allow them to spend their summers together traveling in their tent trailer with their children throughout the U.S. and Canada. Once the children left home, they traveled via RJ’s BMW motorcycle around the country. In 2003 they moved to Carpinteria, Calif., achieving their lifelong dream of living near the ocean. He was well known for his dry sense of humor as well as his love of playing cards and other games. He enjoyed reading, loved cats, chocolate and opera (especially The Three Tenors). RJ surprised many with his beautiful singing voice.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kika, daughter Pam Gonzales (Lee), and son John (Annie). He is also survived by his granddaughters Erika and Heather Hutchings, Kendall Gonzales and step-grandaughter Chrissy McAfee. RJ was also blessed with three great-grandchildren Kyfearah, Kyden and Brooklyn. He is also survived by his siblings, David (Dee) Hutchings, Carol Wright and Barbara VanDerWal, along with several nieces and nephews.

We will all miss playing cards and other games with him and listening to his crazy jokes. The family would like to thank the many nurses, physicians and therapist at Cottage Hospital who participated in his care. We especially want to thank Dr. Ronald Ungerer, Dr. Claudio Bonemetti, Dr. George Messerlian and the wonderful people at Mission Terrace.

Those of you who knew RJ knew that he would not say goodbye but rather, “Write if you get work.”

RJ’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the El Montecito Presbyterian Church, located in Santa Barbara at 1455 East Valley Road. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the deacons at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108.

James “Jim” Burns Heth

James “Jim” Burns Heth

9/28/1932 – 4/16/2014

James “Jim” Burns Heth, 81, of Carpinteria, Calif., passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Jim was born on Sept. 28, 1932, in Dallas, Texas. His passion for aviation began at age 14 when he flew crop dusters in Dallas. After attending Texas A&M University at College Station, Jim joined the U.S. Marine Corps and earned his wings at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an aviator and flew reconnaissance missions during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Korean War. Jim retired from the military as a Major. In 1959, Jim set a world aviation endurance record by spending 51 days in the air in the “Old Scotchman,” a Cessna 172. After a 37-year career as a commercial pilot for American Airlines, Captain Jim retired his wings in 1992. 

Jim was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning and was the visionary for the Tomol Interpretive Play Area on Linden Avenue. Jim served as a Rotarian for more than 50 years, and his friends affectionately called him “Smooth.” 

Jim is survived by the love of his life, Linda; his four children, Patrick Heth, of Flower Mound, Texas, Stephanie Heth, of Watkinsville, Georgia, Kenneth Heth, of Singapore, and Hillary Davidson, of Newport, Rhode Island; and his 10 grandchildren, Shawna, Mackenzie, Zachary, Trevor, Madeline, Claire, Penelope, Oliver, Charles and Mary Rose. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was a member of Summerland Presbyterian Church and a memorial service will be held at the church on Thursday, June 5 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning Foundation or Hospice of Santa Barbara.

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.

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


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


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.