Mildred Stauffer

Mildred Stauffer

On the first of December, Mildred Stauffer, 95, gave up her life. It had been 79 years since we first met and held one another on a Lake Michigan beach. Mildred lived in the Carpinteria Valley from 1946 until the end. Recently the peace corner was a real passion, and she worked it hard, but a bigger love was to make people laugh. In conversation she always seemed to have some little twist or quirk that did just that. Now a cheering voice has been lost from the world. – Royce Stauffer

David Victor Boggis

David Victor Boggis

12/7/1953 - 11/06/2013

David Victor Boggis, a long time resident of Carpinteria, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Known around town as "Devo Boggio," or "Beatle Dave," he was well known for his lifelong love of The Beatles and making family and friends his top priority. Dave's love for people and family shined brightly in his kind and gentle ways.

Dave loved playing his guitar, composing songs and walking his dog Chico around Carpinteria before heading to his beloved beach where he always felt peaceful. Although Dave cherished his quiet moments, he was always eager to welcome neighbors and his large extended family to his home. There was always music and laughter on his front porch as he lit up a barbecue, never missing a beat with his quick wit and humor. He especially enjoyed being around his many nephews and nieces where he was the beloved "young Uncle Dave" ready to tease them and have fun. His children DJ and Taly were the loves of his life.

Although born and raised in Burbank, Dave's aunt and uncle, Anita and Ed Tepper, talked him into moving to Carpinteria in the early '80s where most of the Tepper family resided. He quickly settled in and proudly made Carpinteria his permanent home where he put down roots and raised his family.

Dave is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Jean Boggis, and his brother, John Boggis. His father, who passed away when Dave was only 3, was a well known Burbank musical conductor who undoubtedly handed down his musical gifts to David.

Dave is survived by his son David "DJ" Jr. (Shelly), his daughter Talia Miele (Frankie) and the mother of his children, Silvana Boggio Troccoli; his grandchildren, Izabella, Evangeline and Gino; his sisters, Ann Boggio and Lynn Volz; his sister-in-law, Olwen Boggis, and his close Tepper cousins, Mary Tepper-McWhirter and Gabrielle Tepper-Hotchkiss. Dave considered all his Carpinteria friends as his close family—too numerous to list.

An informal gathering to celebrate David's life will be held sometime in early 2014. Those close to David will be notified when plans solidify.

Rudy P. Puentes

Rudy P. Puentes

Rudy P. Puentes passed away peacefully on Nov. 30, 2013 at the age of 90. Rudy was born Aug 12, 1923 in Santa Barbara to Eulalia and Pedro Puentes, who preceded him in death.

Rudy attended schools in Santa Barbara and graduated from Santa Barbara High. During the war, he worked in the shipyards at Port Hueneme, and in 1946 he married Betty J. Puentes. In 1947, they settled in Carpinteria. Rudy was an avid golfer, and over the years, he served as President of the Santa Barbara Men’s Golf Club and Los Paisanos Latinos Golf Club. He spent most of his career as a Contractor and State Building inspector and oversaw much of the construction at Santa Barbara City College.

Rudy is survived by his three daughters, Susanne (Steve) Gemeinhardt of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Peggy Puentes of Carpinteria; Teri (Carlos) Gonzales of Lompoc; his grandchildren Tiffany (Shad) Haller-Seldovia, Alaska; Niccole Puentes Nielsen of Carpinteria; Alejandro Medina of Buellton; his great-grandchildren Ashley, Taylor, Chance and Logan Haller of Seldovia, Alaska; and Hollister Puentes and Hunter Nielsen of Carpinteria. His brothers David and Peter and sister Carmen preceded him in death.

Per his request, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.

Myrtle (Robertson) Swinford

Myrtle (Robertson) Swinford

7/12/1920 - 11/22/2013

Myrtle Swinford was born in Los Angeles, Calif., to Arthur and Eula Robertson on July 12, 1920. She passed away on Nov. 22, 2013, at Aegis Assisted Living in Ventura. She is now with her beloved husband of 61 years, Robert M. Swinford Jr., who preceded her in death in 2002.

To mark the significance of her birth, Los Angeles experienced an earthquake that evening, causing her father to travel back to Los Angeles French Hospital by streetcar to check on mom and new baby. Myrtle, who was the eldest of four children, had three brothers: Waymond, Neal and Cecil. She grew up in East Los Angeles, attending Ford Boulevard Elementary School and graduated from Garfield High School in the Class of winter 1938. She met the love of her life, Robert, on a blind date and they were married on Aug. 30, 1941. After high school she worked at Sears Roebuck on Olympic Boulevard and then became a stay at home mom after the birth of her two sons, Robert and James.

The family moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1952 to be closer to Robert’s work at Lockheed Aircraft. Myrtle later returned to the working world, first to Vons Markets and then as an Office Manager for the Los Angeles County Health Department in Van Nuys. She resided in Arleta until 2009 when she moved briefly to Carpinteria before residing at Aegis. After their retirements, she and Robert traveled extensively throughout the United States, including Alaska, in their motorhome and made many RV friends, especially at Death Valley and Quartzsite, Ariz., where they went many times.

Myrtle was preceded in death by brothers Waymond and Cecil and is survived by her brother Neal and his companion Billi Saucier of Carpinteria, as well as her son Robert of Wrightwood and son James and his wife, Donna, of Carpinteria and four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Funeral services will be at the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel in Chatsworth on Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. with graveside services to follow.

Leonides Huerta

Carpinteria resident Leonides Huerta, 96, passed away on Nov. 13. Funeral services were held last weekend.

Susan Taggart MacDonald

Susan Taggart MacDonald

9/22/1952 – 11/14/13

Susan Taggart MacDonald, a lifelong resident of Carpinteria, passed away on Nov. 14, 2013.

Susan is preceded in death by her parents, Stan and Margaret Taggart, her brother Tom Taggart and her soulmate Darryl. She is survived by her children Kim (Soupy) Garcia and Tim Hendricks; step-children Darrin (Heather) MacDonald, Dan’ell (Jaime) Saragosa, Chad MacDonald and Ian (Kristie) MacDonald; grandchildren Daniel, C.J. and Samantha Garcia; and step-grandchildren Teryn and Tylie Saragosa, Marin MacDonald and Kade and Locklyn MacDonald.

Graveside service will be held on Friday, Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. at Carpinteria Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road.

Garnet Hendrickson

Garnet Hendrickson

Garnet Hendrickson, 96, died peacefully in her sleep in Santa Barbara on Oct. 17. In 1957 Garnet, her husband, the late Cecil Hendrickson, and their daughter, Barbara, moved to Carpinteria. Reminiscing about living here, Garnet related, “Cecil took me to see a little restaurant he was interested in buying. It only had a counter and three stools. I said, ‘It’s such a tiny spot.’” Hence, the hamburger stand they opened in 1958 was, and still is, called The Spot. With Cecil’s outstanding hamburgers and Garnet’s delicious chili, The Spot became an immediate success. On Nov. 1 a memorial for Garnet was held in Carpinteria at Russ Salzgeber’s  Butterfly Farm, followed by lunch at Delgado’s Mexican Restaurant.  

Steve Kosztics Jr.

Steve Kosztics Jr.

1/28/1923 – 10/21/2013

On Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, Steve Kosztics Jr. of Ventura, Calif. passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in La Conchita. Born in Turda, Hungary (now Romania) on Jan. 28, 1923, Steve and his family immigrated at Ellis Island, in 1927. His family settled in Portland, Ore., where he and his brother Louie attended the local schools. Shortly after graduating from high school, Steve enlisted in the U.S. Navy, at the age of 18. A year later, Steve and his brother both found themselves at war in the Pacific. Steve served proudly aboard the USS Neville, APA-9, which carried 24 landing craft. They made amphibious assaults at Tulagi, (Guadalcanal) Tarawa, Saipan and many others. He also served in the European Theater, at the invasion of Sicily.

When the war ended, he married his sweetheart Jean Terry, on Nov. 18, 1945. They lived in Gardena for several years before eventually settling in Canoga Park, where they resided for about 30 years. Steve was employed by the Los Angeles Board of Education as a grading and paving inspector for approximately 40 years. In 1985 he retired to La Conchita, where he built their home, and has lived there for the past 28 years.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Kosztics; his brother, Louie; and by his three daughters and their spouses: Ilona and Mike Hemperley, Lisa and Bill Taff, and Lorraine and Brian Thompson. He and Jean have seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was a loving and caring husband and father who always put his family first. His many talents and hobbies included woodworking, fishing, gardening and walking in La Conchita.

Steve lived a full life and was a blessing in the lives of all who knew him. He is remembered by many as a loyal friend and an honorable and charitable man who was full of genuine love for all. He was the best of all of us. We will miss him greatly, but his legacy will live on eternally.

Robert Donald Groves

Robert Donald Groves

3/7/1946 – 11/8/2013

Robert “Bob” Groves passed peacefully on Friday with family at his side at his home in Newark, Calif. after a brief battle with cancer. Bob was born and raised in Carpinteria, served in the Navy in Vietnam, worked on the cutting edge of computer programming in the 1970s and had the good fortune to retire early. Growing up by the beach, Bob had a lifelong love of the water and the outdoors and was an avid waterskier. He had a passion for cars and boats and spent much time working on both.

Bob is survived by his two daughters, Jessica Groves of Annapolis, Md. and Jaime Jones of Angwin, Calif.; his granddaughters, Mazlyn and Eden Jones; and his brother, Tom Groves of Buellton. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife, Elaine Groves of Patterson, N.J.; his parents Don and Justine Groves; and his brother James Groves all of Carpinteria.

Bob was happiest when surrounded by good music, good food, a loyal dog and close friends and family. Those good times are fondly remembered and sadly missed. Friends are asked to remember their favorite cancer charity or Save the Bay (San Francisco) in Bob’s memory.

Olga Carmen Mann

Olga Carmen Mann

Olga Mann of Carpinteria passed away peacefully at the age of 80 on Sept. 22, 2013. Olga was born in Mexico City on May 17, 1933. She was the daughter of General Julio and Carmen Monroy. Both her parents predeceased her, as well as Olga’s much-loved sister, Yoli, and her husband, Ross Mann.

After a brief career in modeling and accounting in Mexico, she met Ross B. Mann, whom she later married in 1954. The two moved to California in 1972, where they bought Foster’s Donuts in Carpinteria and worked there with their family. After selling the donut shop, Olga began working at Jostens and Hall Surgical, where she retired after 24 years.

Olga was beautiful, kind, fair-minded and had a giving and supportive nature. She has an independent spirit and traveled the world on her own, relishing the places she saw and the people she met along the way. She was a political activist with firm convictions. She had a passion for music and dancing and was talented in both.

Her biggest passion, however, was for her family. She is survived by her adored daughter, Bernice “Bo,” and her husband, Joe Williams; and her beloved son, Ross, Jr., and his wife, Marleny. She was very close to her stepson Robert, whom she lovingly raised from a child, and his wife, Katy. She took much pride and pleasure in her six grandchildren: Darryl, Jordan, Ryan, Richard, Robin and Renee, and her great-grandson Terrence. She has five surviving siblings. Olga loved and was deeply loved.

A service will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Cemetery.

Deanna Johnson-LeGassick

Deanna Johnson-LeGassick

5/10/1943 – 10/10/2013

Deanna Johnson, 70, died on Oct. 10 after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was born and raised in Arcadia, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents Dean Iles Bowler and Joan Becker Bowler and her brother Jimmy. She is survived by her children, Chris Johnson and Paige Johnson-O’Donnell, her grandchildren Mary and Grace Johnson and Riley and Gregory O’Donnell, her loving husband, Richard LeGassick, and many LeGassick step-children and grandchildren.

Deanna was a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona. She married her first husband (Greg) and raised her family in Manhattan Beach, Calif. where she worked as a Laboratory Technician at South Bay Hospital. In 1983 she followed her dreams to the Sierras where she lived and worked in Mono (June Lake) and Inyo (Bishop) Counties as a therapist and was co-founder of the non-profit organization, the Eastern Sierra Family Resource Center.

For the last eight years she lived in Carpinteria where she was surrounded by loving family and where she was best known as “Gummy.” Deanna will always be remembered as adventurous, a “Mountain Mama” and most of all a loving mother and grandmother.

In lieu of flowers, Deanna requested that donations be made in her honor to Assisted Home Hospice of Santa Barbara.

Mary Faye Babcock

Mary Faye Babcock

6/23/1926 - 9/30/2013

Mary Faye Babcock was born on her family’s sheep farm on June 23, 1926 in Australia, where she developed a deep love for animals, hoping to one day become a veterinarian. The family relocated to London when Mary was a young girl. World War II later broke out and her hopes of going to veterinary school were dashed. She decided to apprentice as a hair dresser, met her future husband, Ralph “Boots” Babcock, at a USO dance, got married and settled in Santa Monica. Mary got work as a stylist for well-loved television shows like “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” “Nanny and the Professor” and “Mash,” as well as features including “Hello, Dolly” and “Planet of the Apes,” while Ralph enjoyed a successful career as a sound man on T.V. classics “Cheers” and “Happy Days,” as well as many of Clint Eastwood’s movies.

Mary had always loved antiques and dreamed of opening her own shop one day in an old Victorian house somewhere near the beach. After many unsuccessful road trips up and down the California coast, they finally purchased a large parcel of land in the foothills of Carpinteria, as well as some property in town, one of which was the old Rockwell house. Angels Antiques was born, and shortly purchased by her middle son, Wayne.

With the money they received from the sale of the corner lot to Sansum Clinic, Mary and Ralph built their dream house on the ranch property, only to lose Ralph prematurely, due to complications after a knee surgery.

Mary continued to love going to yard sales and was a talented crafter, but mostly loved spending time in her English Garden tending her beloved rose bushes and playing with her birdie, Bingo. She had many longtime friends here in Carpinteria and will be much missed by them all.

Mary passed peacefully at home, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her three sons, Brett, Wayne and Bill, as well as her five grandchildren, Sarah, Noah, Katy, Matthew and Paul, and her favorite niece, Wendy.

A private memorial service will be held by the family.

Ernest J. Johnson

Ernest J. Johnson

Ernest J. Johnson passed away Sept. 21, 2013 at the age of 85. He had been convalescing at Mission Terrace after suffering from several strokes. Mr. Johnson is survived by this wife Dorothy Trelatsky-Johnson and her family; his daughters Linda Luckey and Nancy Mckinney; his grandchildren Randy Luckey, Laurie Andrews, Vanessa Williamson and Felicia Glacier; and his great-grandchildren Montana Erickson, Cody Luckey, Cheyenne Andrews, Irelynn Luckey and Brevin Williamson. Also surviving Mr. Johnson is his sister Audrey Francis and all of his nieces and nephews. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and a great friend to so many people. He will be greatly missed.

Orie A. (Skeet) Ware, Jr.

Orie A. (Skeet) Ware, Jr.

4/2/1942 – 8/6/2013

Orie A. (Skeet) Ware, Jr. went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 6, 2013. He was born on April 2, 1942 in Newhall, Calif. He proudly served in the Navy from 1961 to 1964 as an electrician and settled in Goleta afterwards, where he met his future wife, Maureen. They moved to Carpinteria in 1974 and raised their family. Orie was a lover of the outdoors, the sea and fishing. The outdoors was where he liked to spend his time, and he always had a fishing pole ready to catch the next big fish.

Orie is survived by his wife of 45 years, Maureen, his sons, Scott and Jeff (Jamie) of Phoenix, Ariz., and two granddaughters. He is also survived by two sisters, Marian Westergaard of Lake Havasu, Ariz. and Raylene Senke of Santa Barbara. We miss you and love you.

The memorial service will be Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Carpinteria Valley Baptist Church, 800 Maple Ave.

June M. Kistler

June M. Kistler

6/24/1913 – 8/15/2013

June M. Kistler, born in Saginaw, Mich. to Edwin and Alice Cornish on June 24, 1913, passed away in her sleep on Aug. 15, 2013. June was the third in a line of six children. Each of her siblings lived to be more than 95 years old. June recently celebrated her 100th birthday at a family gathering held in Orange County, near her home, where she lived on her own, until a month prior to her death. She had five children; David (husband of the CVCC’s Pat Kistler), Denise, Erin, Sheila and Craig; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. June retired from the City of Alhambra in the 1980s, traveled the world and enjoyed her family very much. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion, one of her children (Erin), one grandchild (Ken) and one great-grandchild (Sophie). June will be buried at Rose Hills, in Whittier, Calif.

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” 
––John Lennon

Maurine Blair Zimmerman

Maurine Blair Zimmerman


Maurine Blair Zimmerman, a longtime resident of Carpinteria, passed away on Aug. 6, 2013 at the age of 91.

Maurine was born in McPherson, Kansas in 1922, the daughter of John and Ruth Blair. She was a graduate of Kansas University, where she trained to be a physical education teacher.

Maurine was married to Charles L. Zimmerman in 1943. Following World War II, Charles and Maurine moved to Los Angeles, Calif. Maurine was a homemaker and later worked at UCLA. Upon Charles’ retirement in 1975, they moved to Carpinteria. Charles and Maurine were married for 50 years, until he preceded her in death in 1993.

Maurine loved Carpinteria and felt that it was the perfect community for her. During her 38 years in Carpinteria, Maurine was an active member of the community and of her church. She volunteered as a HELP dispatcher for many years and enjoyed assisting with the after-school program at the Carpinteria Community Church. She loved music, had a lovely voice and thoroughly enjoyed singing in the church choir, and playing in the handbell choir. Many of Maurine’s most treasured and lasting friendships were with people from her church.

Maurine also loved walking on the beach, watching sports, delighting in her granddaughter and her cat. When Charles was alive the two enjoyed many camping trips.

Maurine is survived by her two daughters, Gail B. Paulik of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Janet Z. Sobel of San Clemente, Calif. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Lauren Blair Paulik of Corvallis, Ore.

To honor Maurine, a graveside service was held on Aug. 13. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation at

Maurine will be missed by her family and her many friends in Carpinteria. We will each carry her memory in our hearts.

Beverly Joan Staniforth

Death Notice
Beverly Joan Staniforth, 80, of Carpinteria passed away on Aug. 11, 2013. Graveside service will be held on Monday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. at Santa Barbara Cemetery. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider.

Cindy Lynn Voigt

Cindy Lynn Voigt

Cindy Lynn Voigt, 53, passed away at her home in Goleta, Calif., following a long illness. She was born in Santa Barbara but raised in Carpinteria.

Cindy loved animals. She also enjoyed camping up in the mountains.

Cindy is preceded in death by her father, Joseph Osinga. She is survived by her mother, Linda Anderson of Summerland; her sister, Stacy Moore of Santa Barbara; two sons, Joshua and Isaac Voigt, both of Goleta; her daughter, Martha Clark of Santa Barbara; two granddaughters, Jasmine and Ebony; Aunt Judy and Uncle Bobby, both of Carpinteria; two nephews, Nicholas and Michael Moore; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may attend memorial services at House of Judah, which meets at the Canalino School auditorium, 1480 Linden Ave., Carpinteria on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to their favorite charity.

James A. McIntyre

James A. McIntyre

James A. McIntyre, 80, of Carpinteria, Calif., died peacefully on Aug. 1, 2013, after suffering a sudden, acute medical condition.

Jim was born in Los Angeles and raised by Lee and Maurine McIntyre with his brother David. He lived in a number of cities on the West Coast. Jim was a proud graduate of University High School in Los Angeles, where he played baseball. He attended the University of Southern California and achieved his BA in accounting and CPA in the same year. Jim was an accomplished and astute accountant and businessman in insurance and finance. He was past-CEO and Chairman of the Board of the former Fremont General Corporation, a multi-billion dollar publicly-traded company.

Jim is survived by his living wife, Amanda, daughter Tracy, son Bill, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his son Jimmy McIntyre, and his daughter Melinda McIntyre-Kolpin. His compassion, generosity and love of family were boundless. His honesty and ability to go straight to the point were constants. Jim was a supporter and encourager of business education.

Jim will be sorely missed, but his best qualities will live on in future generation of McIntyres, Kolpins and Fredricks.

As he wished, there will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carpinteria Education Foundation at 5201 8th Street, Suite 311, P.O. Box 9, Carpinteria, CA 93014 or the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council (, P.O. Box 597, Carpinteria, CA 93014.

For those who love baseball, go to a game, have some popcorn, a hot dog, smile and enjoy—just the way Jim would have.

Maureen Roberta Turner

Maureen Roberta Turner


Maureen Roberta Turner, 63, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2013, in her Ventura home with her children, her husband and her sister by her side, after a long and gallant fight against brain cancer.

She was born Sept. 23, 1949, in Glendale, Calif., to Robert and Dorothy Williams. She spent over 20 years in Paradise, Calif., raising her family. Since 2009 she had been a resident of Ventura.

Maureen recently retired from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to working in education, she owned a small, custom stained glass business. Maureen loved the outdoors and felt blessed to be able to work near “her” ocean. She led a very active life that included skydiving, scuba diving, snowboarding, surfing, sailing, flying and coaching volleyball.

She loved the Lord, had a steadfast devotion to her family and passionately cared for all of her friends. Maureen loved music and art, but nothing as much as a good laugh. She also enjoyed the thrill of a good adventure, especially involving the ocean and its creatures. Maureen lived life every day by being engaging and sincere to everyone she met. Her enthusiasm was that of a young child—filled with energy, optimism and a beautiful outlook on life.

Maureen is survived by her husband, Michael Bastine; and her children, Carah Turner of Seattle, Wash., and Reed Turner of Chico, Calif. Maureen is also survived by her two sisters, Christine Blackman of Leucadia, Calif., and Kathleen Grant of Spokane, Wash.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meningioma Mommas,

A memorial service for Maureen will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, at noon at Reality Church, 1954 Goodyear Ave. in Ventura, Calif. Immediately following the celebration of her beautiful life, there will be a gathering at her home and then an evening “paddle out” so she can catch one last wave. For additional information regarding Maureen’s memorial, please call (805) 714-6108.

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

Lilia Zapata Perez

Lilia Zapata Perez

8/18/1930 – 7/3/2013

Lilia Zapata Perez, born Aug. 18, 1930, died peacefully on July 3, 2013. She is survived by three children, Anna, Michael and Sharon, and four stepchildren, Alice, Terry, Rudy and Tony. She is also survived by six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three sisters, one brother and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at a later date.

John Norman Tissot

John Norman Tissot

5/31/1926 – 7/14/2013

John Norman Tissot, a longtime resident of Carpinteria, passed away peacefully at home on July 14 with his family at his side. John is survived by his loving wife, Beatriz (“Bea”), his daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Rick, grandchildren Scott and Kristen of San Luis Obispo, and brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and Judy of Sequim, Wash. John and Bea would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on July 30.

Born and raised in Riverside, Calif., John graduated high school and immediately enlisted in the Navy. He was a chief petty officer and piloted LST landing craft during the advances on the Pacific Theater. After his tour of duty, he attended and graduated U.C. Berkeley where he obtained his BA and teaching degree in Spanish and history. He obtained his graduate degree in Spanish from UCLA. Further studies took him abroad to Mexico and Colombia. In Colombia he met the love of his life, Bea. After an overseas courtship, they were married by a Bishop in a private family ceremony in Ibague, Colombia. John and Bea started their life together in Jackson, Calif., and in 1955 came to Carpinteria. He loved the time and holidays spent with his family and grandchildren, playing cards, flying kites and painting.

John loved to travel, and he and Bea enjoyed vacations throughout Europe, Africa, Central and South America. In 1967 John took a year sabbatical so they could spend time with Bea’s family in Colombia. While living there, he taught English at a community college and at a university.

John was a prolific artist and a published author. He was a member of the Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley Art Associations. His zest for life, his generous heart, his love of humor, classical music, and of course, we can’t forget, chocolate, seemed to touch and influence everyone who knew him. In a Santa Barbara News Press, Volunteer of the Week, article, he was described as “a quiet, modest, humble hero. He quietly devotes his free time to helping all kids.”

John was a dedicated Spanish teacher at Carpinteria High School for over 30 years and mentor to many student teachers who successfully entered the field or related fields. He served as the president of the teachers association and personally welcomed new teachers to the district. He was the Spanish Department Head and an advisor for CFS and AFS. The family also hosted an AFS student from Jordan. As the advisor for CSF, he supervised the ticket booth at every Friday night home football game. John also spent four years with Amigos De Las Americas training the volunteers to speak Spanish in order to assist doctors who went to rural towns and villages in Mexico and Central America.

A colleague once said, “In a time of tumult, you were a calming influence; that in an era of artificiality, you always told the truth; that in an age of permissiveness, you had standards. Always here, sharing yourself with our students, giving them, by example, the most important qualities: pride in work; belief in self; dedication to the task. Our students had to set the highest standards for themselves because you always set the highest standards for yourself. And because we have known you, each one of us will take a little piece of John Tissot into our future classes.”

John’s dedication as an educator continued well into retirement. The year after he retired, he was an instructor in the UCSB education department, working with future foreign language teachers. He volunteered every Wednesday at the Dyslexia Awareness & Resource Center for 15 years. He was the Center’s receptionist and Spanish Coordinator. He was elected to the Carpinteria Unified School District Board for one term, and made it his mission to visit every school in his district to speak with principals and teachers to see how he could help them. For many years John and Bea hosted international students and John spent many nights tutoring and helping with homework. Many of the students have returned to visit and keep in touch, always remembering to call on birthdays and holidays.

Even though John used a wheelchair for the last four years, he continued writing articles and short plays, painting, playing cards and tutoring Spanish. He loved playing bridge and for more years than can be remembered, has shared good times, laughter, grand slams and even sorrow as friends and partners passed away. At the end of each Spanish lesson, and during the dessert break while playing bridge, he loved to read humor and share a good laugh. To his bridge partners here and beyond, to his friends, students and pen pals, thank you for the wonderful friendships and memories.

Bea and Janet would like to thank all their dear friends who have poured out their love and condolences. They would especially like to thank the staff at BrightStar and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care who helped keep him comfortable in the end. He will be missed by many, but will live forever in the hearts of those who knew him and through his artwork that he shared.

“I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” John 11:25-26

Antoinette “Toni” Borrello

Antoinette “Toni” Borrello

7/7/1923 – 7/25/2013

Antoinette “Toni” Borrello, age 90, of Carpinteria, Calif., passed away in peace and surrounded by family on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. Born on July 7, 1923 in Scottsdale, Ariz., she was the daughter of the late Vincente and Ambrosia Ramirez. Toni and her family moved to Carpinteria in 1938.

Toni was a kind, loving, hardworking woman with a big heart. She dedicated her life to serving the Lord and lending a helping hand to those in need.  She set the spiritual example for her children and grandchildren by living the Word of Jesus Christ. Her life was an example of “me last and others first.”

In her earlier years she thoroughly enjoyed volunteering her time to help Army soldiers during the war and serving as a proud member of the American Business Women’s Association. She strongly believed in the promotion of women in the workplace and in education. She was an avid reader. Her favorite books were autobiographies and history.  She also enjoyed many travels. 

She met the love of her life, Anthony “Tony” Borrello, in 1954. They opened their first restaurant, Tony’s Italian Restaurant, in 1962 in Carpinteria. It is still open today. Tony and Toni owned and operated three Italian restaurants in Santa Barbara County during their careers. They were an excellent team.

Toni’s enduring faith carried her through all of her challenges in life.  Her love for her family was unconditional and unyielding.  Toni lit up every room with her beautiful smile and laughter. Toni’s heart was kind, her mind fierce and her spirit brave. Her legacy will live on in her family.

Preceded in passing by her loving husband of 20 years, Anthony Borrello, and son, Christopher Borrello; Toni is survived by her sister, Lucy Bellant; her children, Michael (Lucy) Borrello, Anna (William) de la Rosa, Susan (Dan) Dubé, Carla (Frank) Ramirez, and daughter-in-law Linda Borrello; grandchildren Ashley, Anthony, Michael Paul, Christopher, Theresa, Guillermo, Bernadette, Alexandrea, Danny, Francesca, Christopher, Natalie and Angelina; great-grandchildren Shane, Gianna, Alexa, Noah, Joseph, Evan, Natalie, Layla, Christopher and Isabella. She will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and loving her.

A visitation will be held at Welch-Ryce, 15 E. Sola St., Santa Barbara on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 from 1 to 8 p.m. Funeral mass will be on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5048 El Carro Lane, Carpinteria with a graveside service to follow at Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Lane, Carpinteria.

Alvin J. Gnuse

Alvin J. Gnuse

Alvin J. Gnuse, 95, went to be with his Lord on June 28, 2013. He was born and raised in Blair, Neb. He was a resident of Carpinteria since 1960. He is survived by his wife Lorraine of 66 years and his four daughters, Lana (Dave) Fulwiler of Redmond, Wash., Pam (Vince) Straub of Corvallis, Ore., Kim Pettit of Carpinteria, Calif., and Shelley (Kirk) Takeuchi of Goleta, Calif., six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. After he served in the Coast Guard during World War II, he was a general contractor in Fremont, Neb. He moved to Carpinteria where he built Faith Lutheran Church. As well as building and remodeling many homes, he was a master woodcarver and a member of the Ventura Wood-Carvers Assoc., Labors for Christ, and Lutheran Braille workers.

Services will be held on July 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1335 Vallecito Place, Carpinteria, where he was a member for over 50 years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Faith Lutheran Church.

LaVerne C. Bouldry

LaVerne C. Bouldry

8/9/1922 - 6/8/2013

LaVerne Christine Bouldry loved walking to the beach and spending time with her family. LaVerne married her true love, Larry Bouldry, in Whitman, Mass. in August of 1940.

They lived in Goleta, Morro Bay and Carpinteria, enjoying 68 years of marriage until Larry’s passing in 2008. LaVerne knew the true meaning of what it meant to be a loving wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. She will be deeply missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Larry and LaVerne Bouldry, together again.

Maria Luisa Perez de Requejo

Maria Luisa Perez de Requejo

8/28/1924 – 6/9/2013

Mary Lou Requejo passed away on June 9, 2013, after a prolonged illness. She was 88 years old. Born Maria Luisa Perez de Requejo on Aug. 28, 1924 to parents Jose Inez Requejo and Juanita Perez, both from Coahulia, Torreon; Mexico, her journey began.

After the passing of her mother, Mary Lou came to the United States as a young woman and lived in Carpinteria with her aunt, Refugio Perez de Escareno. She worked for a few years at the Carpinteria Lemon Packing house. She saved her money to later enroll herself at the Santa Barbara Beauty Academy, and after one year received her beautician certificate.

She later moved with a family friend, Lucy Curial, to Los Angeles to find work. The very first beauty shop that she went into looking for a job hired her on the spot. Over the next 10 years Mary Lou worked at the same salon, building up her clientele.

A savvy businesswoman, she became interested in running her own business and opening up her own hair salon. Soon after she was able to open up her own shop and her clientele followed her. At a time when single women were seen as homemakers first and breadwinners last, Mary Lou was able to break the cycle and hold her own in the business world, which afforded her the ability to purchase her home in Carpinteria. Once retired, Mary Lou returned to Carpinteria to live in her home and volunteer her time to her church assisting in different capacities.

Mary Lou would spend the next 10 years working and traveling back and forth to Torreon and Carpinteria to visit with her family. A survivor, Mary Lou dedicated her life to her brothers and sisters. She leaves behind her sole surviving brother, Ricardo Requejo. Her brother Romualdo Requejo and sisters Margarita Soto and Juanita Lomeli preceded her in death. Not having married or having had any children of her own, she surrounded herself with many nephews and nieces.

Mary Lou’s journey has come to an end, but her fighting spirit will live on in our hearts and in our minds. God Bless you, LuLu. Know that the family loves you and will miss you dearly. Rest in Peace.

Services will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church on Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. Following mass services there will be a procession to the Carpinteria Cemetery where Mary Lou will be laid to rest. A reception will follow to honor Mary Lou at Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road.

Patricia Ruth (Neuman) Barban

Patricia Ruth (Neuman) Barban

3/14/1927 – 5/29/2013

Artist, gardener, lover of words, happiest sharing God’s love and her wonderful cooking, she volunteered countless hours in schools and church. Pat spent her early and final years in the California sun, and 50 years in Seattle raising family and working on Boeing planes. She met Buzz Barban, husband of 51 years, at UCLA, together they enjoyed traveling. Pat faced MS with “firmness” and courage. Preceded in death by Buzz and daughter Michelle, survived by sister Paula Shields; children Tony and Leslie Barban, Cindy and Ron Bauleke; seven grandchildren; great-granddaughter Athena; niece Sue; six nephews; cousins Bob and Pat Neuman of Santa Barbara; and dear friend Carolyn Edwards of Carpinteria. A celebration of her life will be held on June 29, at 2 p.m. at Magnolia Presbyterian, Seattle. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, Carpinteria, with gratitude for their love and care of Patricia.

Serifo John Menegon

Serifo John Menegon

5/8/1924 – 5/25/2013

Serifo John Menegon was born in Santa Barbara on May 8, 1924 and passed away at home on May 25, 2013. He served in the 10th Mountain Division in the 604 field artillery and then studied architecture at U.C. Santa Barbara and U.C. Berkeley. Serifo and Dorothy married in 1950 and had four children in Berkeley. After obtaining his architectural license in 1958, his family moved to the Santa Barbara area where he started his architectural practice of 40 years. He loved architecture and won several awards.

Serifo was an honorable, ethical and highly energetic man. In 1977 he lost his daughter, Laurie, and also his son, John, in 1982. His family was surrounded by his creativity, and he was greatly loved by them: wife Dorothy, son Tom (Mary), grandsons Myles and Cole, daughter Leslie (Rick) and granddaughters Lauren and Lanette Renz. We will miss Serifo and are extremely proud of him. Services are private. Those who wish may contribute to Santa Barbara Hospice. Many thanks to Darlene and Irma for their care these last few months.

Tom Colson

Tom Colson


Thomas Shepard Colson passed away in Stockton, Calif. on May 15 after a long battle with Emphysema/COPD. Tom was born in Santa Barbara, the son of Frank and Mary Colson, and grew up in Carpinteria. He attended local schools and graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1964. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served two years. In 1971 he married Gwyn Sturmer, and they moved to Los Angeles. After Tom was certified as a structural steel welder, he and Gwyn moved to Stockton. Tom worked as a structural steel welder throughout the Central Valley and the Bay Area, and later became a welding inspector. Tom loved old cars, and spent 15 years lovingly restoring his 1934 Chevy coupe, which he showed in recent years at Carpinteria’s Rods ‘n’ Roses event.

Tom is survived by his wife Gwyn, his brothers Jim “GG” (MaryAnn) and Frank Jr., his sister Clare Westfall (Bob) and his stepmother Regina, all of Carpinteria. He leaves many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Carpinteria Cemetery gazebo on Saturday, June 15, at 11:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of San Joaquin, 3888 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95204-1953.

Chuck Thompson

Chuck Thompson

Chuck Thompson passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 after a bout with esophageal cancer. He was 76 years old. Chuck is survived by his wife, Connie, to whom he was happily married for 55 years; his three sons, Charlie (Linda), Craig (Mark) and Chris (David); his brother, Don (Judy), and sister, Alice; his brother-in-law, Ed (Lynn); grandchildren Carly, Maggie and Charles, and great-granddaughter Lilly. 

 After a career at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, Chuck moved with his family to Carpinteria in 1967. There, he started a new career as an avocado farmer. Chuck’s family still lives on the ranch today and continues to enjoy the beautiful property.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in Chuck’s name to the Carpinteria Education Foundation (Post Office Box 9, Carpinteria, California 93014) to support the Athletic, Music, and/or Drama departments. If you would like to leave an online memory or condolence, please visit

A Graveside service will be held on Friday, May 24 at 1 p.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery (1501 Cravens Lane).

Ray Manzo

Ray Manzo

5/2/1970 – 5/13/2013

It is with great sadness that the family of Ray Manzo announces his passing on May 13, 2013. Ray turned 43 on May 2. He was born in Santa Barbara and was raised in Carpinteria.

Ray attended Carpinteria High School, graduating in 1987. He was proud to be a Carpinteria Warrior football player and even prouder that in his senior year the Warriors won the CIF title.

Ray worked as a dedicated insurance agent in Carpinteria prior to his move to Ogden, Utah six years ago. He continued to work as an insurance agent in Utah.

If you knew Ray you know he was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan. He wore his Cowboy gear daily. He loved the Dallas Cowboys!

Ray is survived by his parents, Jose P. Manzo of Las Playas B.C. and Soledad Manzo of Santa Barbara; his wife Sylvia Martinez; her daughters Rebecca Correa and Leticia Campuzano; three grandchildren Adriel Ramon, Tatyana Naomi and Kamila Guadalupe; his five sisters Irma Gonzalez (Jorge), Carmen Manzo, Mary Manzo Burch, Lucy Manzo and Cathy Manzo; two brothers Jose Manzo and Martin Manzo; nieces Veronica Estrada, Sophia Morales, Sandra Lawyer, Monica Hendrix and Andrea Redfield; nephews Paul Rader and Jorge Gonzalez and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, great-nephews and great-nieces.

Ray was an extraordinary man who was deeply loved by his family and will be greatly missed. We love you, Monch. Go Cowboys!

Virginia Gordon Fiske Marshall

Virginia Gordon Fiske Marshall

Ginny lost her battle with cancer on March 1, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, where she lived for the last 10 years with Claude Marshall. Up to the end, whenever she was awake, she remained her open, loving self, responding with joy to all who were able to visit, even as she had increasing difficulty speaking. Memorials have been held in both Santa Barbara and Geneva.

Ginny was born in the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in 1950. After graduating from Stanford University and earning her RN at Boston University, she worked in Boston, Toronto and San Francisco, returning many years later to Santa Barbara, where she continued her concentration in pediatric nursing, eventually specializing in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Aside from the many friends she made through her profession, she had an open, sincere, caring and gregarious way about her that led to friendships with whomever she encountered, wherever she went.

Gifts honoring Ginny’s memory may be made to The Santa Catalina School (1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey, CA 93940-5291), or to the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation (Advancement Dept., Cottage Health System, P.O. Box 689, Santa Barbara, CA 93102-0689). Please include a notation that your gift is in memory of Virginia Marshall so that it can be properly acknowledged.

Frederick Eugene Vance

Frederick Eugene Vance

5/31/1951 – 3/24/2013

Frederick Eugene Vance, born May 31, 1951, passed away March 24, 2013. He was born in Santa Barbara and spent most of his life in Carpinteria. He used to say his address was “train track and creek”, referring to 4th Street at Franklin Creek. He played under the train trestle catching pollywogs and then releasing them; he couldn’t even kill a bug. He loved everyone and every creature. You never knew what he had in his hand, it might be a rock or a huge black and yellow spider.

Freddie was what we called him, although because his middle name was Eugene, several called him Eugenius. He was very gifted and could fix most anything, but where music was concerned, he was really a gifted guitar player and songwriter. We spent many long hours playing and singing in harmony together with our brother Marlan, our brother Nat, and our Sister Georgiana as well as myself, Charlotte. Freddie was witty, generous, kind and will be missed by all of us.

He is survived by Charlotte Sanchez, his sister who currently resides in Buellton. Also surviving is niece Cristina Carreno, who resides in Ventura; nephew Joaquin Carreno III, who lives in Buellton. Another nephew, Daniel Carreno, lives in Pennsylvania, and niece Angela White still resides in Carpinteria. Both nieces Rena Navarrette of Lompoc and Melanie Wells from West Virginia also survive him. He had 16 great-nieces and nephews and many friends. We will hold a memorial on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at Lookout Park in Summerland, on the beachside of Highway101.

Jack Alfred Herold

Jack Alfred Herold

6/13/1922 – 3/28/2013

Jack joined the Lord after a brief illness on March 28, 2013. He was born in Waco, Texas on June 13, 1922. He was raised in Detroit and graduated from Eastern High School in the class of 1940. He then served as an apprentice in tool making at Continental Motors, but his favorite job was making parts for the powerboats that raced on the Detroit River. He loved making the metal chips.

In later years, he became a stereotyper at The Detroit News and several other newspapers. He retired in 1989 after 13 years as the owner of Coast Auto Parts in Carpinteria.

Jack and his beloved Nancy were married on March 16, 1946 and recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. They were blessed with daughter Arden in 1947 and son Timothy in 1949.

Jack was a pillar in the Carpinteria Community, with 35 years in the Carpinteria Lions Club, over 30 years with the Carpinteria Community Church and countless hours with HELP, Seniors, Blood Banks, Sight Center, the Lions Club barbecues as well as many other community endeavors. Anyone that knew Jack knew him as the Carpinteria “Hugger.”

In addition to his wife Nancy, daughter Arden (husband Mike Hjelm) and son Tim, Jack leaves behind grandsons Robert White (wife Mary), Scott White (wife Monica) and Craig White (wife Lori); as well as eight great grandchildren, Nicole, Megan, Matthew, Delanie, Cooper, Hannah, Luke and Grace, and his half-sister Joy Hill.

He is preceded in death by his brothers Robert and Dick, his half-brother Dan and his great-granddaughter Olivia.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at Carpinteria Community Church on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow at the church Parish Hall, 1111 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria (behind Rusty’s Pizza).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack’s memory to the Carpinteria Community Church Deacons and Fellowship Committee, Carpinteria Lions Club or Hospice of Santa Barbara.

Janet Stephenson

Janet Stephenson

6/9/1934 – 4/2/2013

Janet Stephenson was born June 9, 1934. She passed away on April 2 at the Serenity House with her daughter by her side.

Janet was born in Montebello, Calif. She was raised in Pico Rivera. Her mother owned and operated a small diner where she grew up. That’s how Janet learned to cook so well.

She attended Whittier High School, and got married shortly after high school to Charlie Stephenson. They moved to Carpinteria in 1959 where they raised four children. She worked at Barkleys Bank, Security Pacific Bank, as a bookkeeper for Carrow’s Restaurant and at the District Office for the Carpinteria schools.

Her greatest love was playing tennis. She was a member of the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. She was a member of ABWA. Another passion was gardening in her backyard. She never forgot her Champagne ladies, her tennis group and her many friends.

Janet is survived by Charlie, her husband of 59 years; her four children Cris, Lorry (Fernando) Tejeda, Robert (Cheryl) and Ron; grandchildren Carlos, Jesse and Anthony Tejeda and Weatherly Stephenson.

Janet’s wishes were to have a private family-only service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, 512 E. Gutierrez St., Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93103, or

Mildred “Millie” Lucille Scarlett

Mildred “Millie” Lucille Scarlett

11/14/1912 - 3/12/2013

Mildred “Millie” Lucille Scarlett was born in Ottumwa, Iowa on Nov. 14, 1912. There were six children in her family, and she learned housework at an early age, as her mother contracted tuberculosis and died when Millie was only 13. After several years of the family floundering to keep together, she hitched a ride with neighbors in a rumble seat to California to stay with her older brother and his wife. A kindly family in a Pomona church “adopted” her so she could finish school and have a good home. She has said into recent years that the course of her life changed for the better at that point.

She met Homer Kreps, who had just graduated from La Verne College to become a teacher, and they married in 1933, moving to Buena Park for his new teaching position. They moved to Ventura for another teaching position, and by 1939 had three children. During the late 30’s they visited old friends in Carpinteria (the Rennies) often and loved the area. Homer began to work in construction with his brothers, which took them to Pomona and then Montebello. In 1947 Homer and Millie heard of the need for workers to construct the Far East Broadcasting Co., a Christian radio station in Manila, Philippines, and they took the family and belongings on a freighter to this foreign country. Though conditions were often primitive, Homer and Millie were there when the station went on the air and wore many hats filling broadcasting needs. After a year of furlough in the U.S. they returned to Tokyo, Japan, and for five years filled the needs of the many missionaries with Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society all over Japan. They were also active in the Japan Christian Academy, both teaching and helping with the business and dining room.

In 1958 they returned to the States and held various positions, the main one being a Hallmark gift shop, and later Millie ran the gift section at the Mt. San Antonio Gift Store, while Homer was teaching. In 1976 Homer and Millie moved to Huntington Beach and became active in Calvary Baptist Church, where they became an integral part of that church family. Homer passed away in February of 1993, and Millie lived an active life, until after her 90th birthday, when she came to Santa Barbara to be near her daughter and husband, Judi and Bruce Conroy. She enjoyed the many activities and people at Friendship Manor in Goleta until 2009, when health issues caused her to move to Buena Vista Care Center.

There was no craft Millie couldn’t tackle, and she shared her abilities. Millie never knew a stranger and drew people to her like a magnet. She was a vibrant, lively and sweet soul, who was interested in all people, regardless of creed, race and age. Children were very special to her. She kept all her friends in touch and in her heart, and many were able to attend with family at her 100th birthday celebration in Carpinteria last year. She was the ultimate mother, grandmother and friend, and was most unselfish in her speech and actions to the end, a reflection of her great faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior.

Her greatest and consuming wish was to be reunited with her dear Homer, and now she is with him. She is survived by her son, Jerry Kreps (Marilyn), daughters Phyllis Dow and Judi Conroy (Bruce), eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. There will be a private family burial and a celebration of life in Huntington Beach in May.

Donations in remembrance may be made to the Carpinteria Historical Society.

Robert Clarence Hamer

Robert Clarence Hamer

Robert Clarence Hamer passed away March 1, 2013 in Alta Loma, Calif. He was 88 years old. Bob was raised in Michigan and graduated from Detroit’s Western High School in 1942. He was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific.

After Bob was honorably discharged from the Navy, he decided he did not want to return to live in the Midwest. He moved to California and enrolled at the University of Southern California. He was active with the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and in 1948 he met USC sorority girl Gamma Phi Beta Lucerne Sasine. Bob and Lucerne were married at the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles in January of 1949. Both Bob and Lucerne are USC graduates.

Bob loved the ocean, and he and Lucerne moved to Hermosa Beach shortly after their marriage. Their first son, Robert Jr., was born in 1951, followed by Richard in 1952. In 1954 the Hamers moved to Redondo Beach where daughter Ann was born. During the Redondo years, Bob enjoyed sailing, walking, biking and ocean swimming.

Bob worked as a mortgage banker for 38 years. When his company relocated in 1972, Bob and Lucerne moved to Pasadena. While in Pasadena, Bob served as Executive Vice President of First Interstate Mortgage Company. He was also on the Board of Directors of the California Mortgage Bankers Association. Bob retired in 1987, and he and Lucerne moved permanently to Carpinteria. They had purchased a place in 1984, when Lucerne, upon seeing Carpinteria for the first time, described it as “Hermosa Beach, 1938,” since it reminded her of the place where she had grown up. Bob and Lucerne lived in Carpinteria for 28 years.

After the Hamers moved to Carpinteria, Bob resumed his beach walking and took up golf. Bob and Lucerne did some traveling, going to elder hostels with his sister Jane and her husband Art, to Europe in 1990 with son Rick to watch daughter Ann take a degree from Oxford University, and to Disney World in Florida and on a Panama Canal cruise with his sons Bob Jr. and Rick.

Bob became involved in Carpinteria politics, campaigning for local candidates and speaking on behalf of community interests before the City Council and various community boards. Bob defined himself as a “novice curmudgeon,” although his friends and family may have felt he had obtained professional status. Bob was also an active member of Carpinteria’s Mobile Home Rent Stabilization Board, Carpinteria Mobile Home Owners’ Alliance, Carpinteria Community Church, Carpinteria Valley Museum of History, Friends of the Carpinteria Library, Carpinteria Senior Citizens, Inc., and the American Civil Liberties Union. He also served as President of Vista de Santa Barbara, Inc. He was a lifelong Democrat and was a proud and articulate advocate on behalf of liberal candidates and causes. He was also a faithful alumnus and loyal supporter of USC.

Bob is survived by Lucerne, his wife of 64 years, sons Bob Jr. (Mary) and Rick, daughter Ann, granddaughter Lesa (Scott), great-grandchildren Cory, Lily and Ridge, sister Jane Day, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandson Eric.

Robert Hamer was an honest and decent man who dearly loved his family and led an honorable life. He was a talented amateur writer and artist. He was dynamic, decisive and intelligent, and will be missed by all.

A memorial celebration of Bob’s life will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the parish hall of Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria, Calif. Those who knew and cared for Bob are invited to come and share their memories with the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bob’s name in support of Alzheimer’s research, St. Jude’s Children Hospital or the local Hospice agency of your choice. To leave an online memory or condolence, please visit Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

Cresenciano “Cres” DeAlba Jr.

Cresenciano “Cres” DeAlba Jr.

12/19/1938 – 3/13/2013

Cresenciano “Cres” DeAlba Jr., 74, of Buhl, Idaho, loving son, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away after a valiant three-year battle with cancer. He was able to spend precious time with his mother, Pauline DeAlba, 94, of Carpinteria, before he passed.

He was born in Carpinteria to Cresenciano DeAlba and Pauline Alvarado DeAlba. He served in the USMC from 1955 to 1959. In 1958 he married Sharon Fugate. While residing in California, he became a deputy for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and then moved on to the Santa Barbara City Police Department until an on duty injury forced him to retire. He moved his family to Idaho where he became a deputy for the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office, and then moved to Buhl and joined the Buhl City Police Department. He became a detention officer for the U.S. Border Patrol, retiring as a Special Investigator for the USINS in 1995.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon of Buhl, Idaho; his mother Pauline DeAlba of Carpinteria; three sisters in California and a brother in Arizona; two sons, Kris (Juanita) DeAlba of Yuba City, Calif., and John DeAlba of Boise, Idaho; three daughters, Paula (Doug) Gietzen, of Buhl, Idaho; Kelly (Calvin) Huff of Twin Falls, Idaho; Patty (Shawn) Webb of Kimberly, Idaho; 16 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Cresenciano DeAlba of Carpinteria.

A Mass was held March 16, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Carpinteria. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at Rock Creek Military Veterans Cemetery in Hanson, Idaho, with Military Honors. A celebration of life will follow at 1 p.m. at the Moose Lodge in Buhl. For further information call Paula at (208) 308- 4910.

James Robert “Bob” Ragsdale

James Robert “Bob” Ragsdale

9/15/1925 – 3/9/2013

James Robert “Bob” Ragsdale, a 59-year resident of Carpinteria, died on March 9 of a stroke. He was 87. Ragsdale spent most of life as a bartender, listening to tales of bravery and woe for decades at various establishments in Lompoc and Santa Barbara. He served a stint in the U.S. Navy during World War II, working on an oiler ship in the Pacific.

He was known around Carpinteria for his gentle manner and his bonsai trees, which he grew as a hobby and sold from the yard of his home. Ragsdale was the beloved husband of Marie Ragsdale for 60 years and leaves behind a daughter, Mary Anne Babcock of Carpinteria; two grandchildren, Ryan Robert Ragsdale and Paul Hunter Babcock, both of Carpinteria; and one sister Jean Samante of Cathedral City. He was born in Hartman, Ark. on Sept. 15, 1925 and moved with his parents to California as an infant. The family lived in Salinas and later moved to Lompoc. Ragsdale had two brothers and liked to go fishing and hunting around then-rural Lompoc.

His mother worked in a Lompoc bakery and Ragsdale played football at Lompoc High and later at a Community College in Santa Maria. Following his Naval Service, he worked as a bartender at Linds Restaurant in Lompoc, where he met waitress Marie Honeyman. The two wed in 1952 and settled in Carpinteria two years later, where they raised their family. Ragsdale worked as a bartender at Kings Supper Club, Tee Off and the Treehouse restaurant in Santa Barbara. In retirement, Ragsdale enjoyed gardening, selling bonsai plants and other things down at Carpinteria Creative Arts.

Ragsdale is predeceased by his son, Thomas Edward Ragsdale. The family said that there will be no public services.

Thomas M. Medland

Thomas M. Medland

Thomas M. Medland, father of Meredith Medland Sasseen (owner, Carp Yoga on the Beach) passed away, peacefully surrounded within a circle of his family in prayers, on March 7, 2013 his winter hometown of Sun City Grand, Ariz., after a battle with lung cancer.

The funeral liturgy for Tom will in Appleton, Wisc. on Friday, March 15, 2013.

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Ruth K. Lilly

Ruth K. Lilly

10/25/1922 – 3/1/2013

Ruth K. Lilly, a Carpinteria, resident for the past 12 years, left her earthly body on March 1, 2013 to be with the Lord. Ruth was born in Charleston, W.V. on Oct. 25, 1922. After high school, she married Alvin Lilly and worked at the State Capitol in Charleston during the World War II years. In 1949, Ruth and Alvin moved to Toledo, Ohio where they raised their two daughters. Ruth enjoyed her family and many friends and was active in her church. She was employed by Owens-Illinois for 18 years in the shareholder relations department. Ruth and Alvin retired in 1978 and moved to New Smyrna Beach, Flor. where they enjoyed playing golf. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, her daughter, Debby Van Hee, and her brother, James Rawling. She will remain in the hearts of her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Mike Patton; son-in-law Jack Van Hee; grandchildren Jennifer Gonzalez and Ty Patton; and great-grandchildren Keely and Coby Gonzalez. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Reality church in Carpinteria.

Vivian Marion Tomkovicz

Vivian Marion Tomkovicz

8/22/1922 – 3/3/2013

Vivian Marion Tomkovicz, a Pleasant Hill, Calif., resident, passed away on Sunday, March 3, when her heart decided that dementia could no longer continue to have its way with her. She was an amazing woman of determination, loyalty and love who made this world a better place. Vivian was born in Omaha, Neb., in 1922 and graduated from Los Angeles High School. She attended Marinello Schools of Beauty and received her cosmetologists license in the State of California. Vivian worked for many years at Stabers for Beauty in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. She was promoted to salon manager for her tireless efforts and business skills. She then purchased the business and became the owner/manager for many years. She retired to Carpinteria to be close to the beach after her career and moved to Northern California in 2008. She loved silky terriers, music, dancing, jokes, laughter, ice cream, pictures of her family, her Catholic faith, Carpinteria, the beach, L.A. Dodgers, her friends, the color pink, Swarovski crystal and tracksuits.

Vivian raised three sons; Vincent Michael (Sue) of Simi Valley, James Joseph (Nancy) of Iowa City and Steven Anthony (Tracy) of Walnut Creek. She had 11 grandchildren, Maryann, Kristina, Alison, Samantha, Blake, Vivian, Michelle, Henry, Steven, Cooper, and Michael, and three great grandchildren, Alyssa, Jordan and Felicity.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation on Thursday, March 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Oakmont Mortuary in Lafayette, Calif., and a funeral service on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Burial Services will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. in the Mausoleum of Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, Calif.

Please make donations to: Alzheimer’s Association,

Rosemary M. Topham

Rosemary M. Topham

6/4/1936 – 3/2/2013

Rosemary M. Topham, 76, passed in peace March 2, 2013, with her husband by her side in Carpinteria. Rosemary was born June 4, 1936, in Long Branch, N.J. to Roland J. “Bear” and Ruth Guzzi.

Her father owned RJ Guzzi Roofing. Bear and Ruth had six children, and Rosemary was the only girl. Rosemary married Richard H. Topham in 1953. They had a wonderful marriage for almost 60 years. Richard and Rosemary have four children, two boys and two girls. In 1977 Richard and Rosemary moved to California to open Location Sound Corporation. Rosemary worked side by side with Richard for over 25 years growing and expanding the sound company. Upon retirement in 1988 they moved to Carpinteria to be by the sea. You could always see Rosemary selling her “Crafty Designs” at the historical museum in the 1990s. Rosemary also loved to make costumes and write stories for her children and grandchildren. Every Christmas you would see all her children and grandchildren dressed in amazing costumes of different eras. Her interests included family, family vacations, gardening, crafts and reading. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members, including her mother and mother-in-law.

Rosemary is survived by her husband, Richard H. Topham; daughters Debbie Martel and Ruthann Morrison and sons Richard H. Topham Jr. and Martin Topham; and 11 grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass for Rosemary was held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Carpinteria.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Carpinteria Beautiful and/or Carpinteria Historical Society.

Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.

William George Teske

William George Teske

“El Capitan”
4/25/1962 – 2/17/2013

William George Teske, age 50, passed away suddenly while at work Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. Bill was born in Oregon City, Ore. on April 25, 1962. He was a Merchant Marine Captain for 32 years.

He and his wife, Caroline, moved to Ventura coming from Lake Stevens, Wash. two years ago so Bill could take over duties as Captain of the “Doug Sea,” working out of Goleta.

Bill loved to go boating, fishing, hiking, biking, camping, anything outdoors in nature. Also, he loved to cook, take care of his three dogs and take care of his family.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Caroline; his sons Nathan Teske, of Newport, Ore., and Cameron Naylor-Teske; daughters Sara Bloebaum of Mobile, Ala. and Diana Naylor-Teske; grandchildren Julie, Abby, Christopher Jr. Bloebaum; four brothers and five sisters.

Bill is also survived by Natalie, Nathan and Sara’s mother and her family; all his seafaring friends from California, Bayfront in Newport, Ore. to Alaska; his wife’s family and of course his dear dogs, Rocky, Doogie and Buddie.

Bill was predeceased by his parents Arthur Harry Teske and Margaret Young, and infant son Todd Mitchell Teske.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Venoco Goleta Elwood pier with his last run on the “Doug Sea” Saturday at 4 p.m. Funeral services will be later in Newport, Ore. on April 25 at All Nations Lutheran Church with a burial at sea. Condolences and memorials may be sent to 154 Poteau Dr., Ventura, CA 93001.

May we all be at peace knowing he went happily on a boat doing what he loved, serving as Captain of the ship, and that he is at peace with the Lord! Rest in peace, Captain!

Memorials may be sent to Bill’s family at 154 Poteau Dr., Ventura, CA 93001

Jane Leslie Snypp Drain

Jane Leslie Snypp Drain

3/19/1938 -2/7/2013

Jane Leslie Snypp Drain, beloved wife of 54 years, mother to three, grandmother to seven and friend to countless, went from life to LIFE Feb. 7, 2013. She passed just as she lived, with peace, grace and dignity.

She was born to the late Wilbur Evan Snypp and Elizabeth Darragh Snypp on March 19, 1938. Jane spent her childhood summers in the Big Horn Mountains, outside of Sheridan, Wyo. at their family cabins built in 1906 by her Grandfather Nelson Darragh. Jane and her many aunts, uncles and cousins enjoyed hiking and horseback riding. Over the years Jane shared many wonderful memories with her three children, introducing them to life in the Big Horns in the 1960’s.

Jane attended University High School in Columbus, Ohio before attending Montana State College in Bozeman, Mont., where she was an active member of the Chi Omega Sorority. While attending college, Jane met Jim Drain of Butte, Mont. They married in Sheridan, Wyo., Aug. 23, 1958.

Together they raised their three children, James Matthew, Timothy Darragh and Elizabeth Evelyn in Bozeman. The children went through the Bozeman school system, with both boys graduating from BHS. Jane and Jim were active in the Bozeman community, business and social affairs while raising their children.

In 1979 the Drains moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. where Elizabeth graduated from Scottsdale High School.

Jane and Jim were blessed with seven grandchildren. These beautiful, handsome, talented, loving grandchildren are always in their hearts—Drew, 22; Kelsey, 18; Jack, 18; Tommy, Aaron and Sarah Jane, all 15; and Jon Jon, 13.

After a few years in Arizona, they moved to spend the last 21 years in beautiful Carpinteria. Jane was a member of PEO, served on the Altar Guild at All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church, was a dispatcher/driver and two term President for HELP of Carpinteria.

Jane will be thought of and deeply missed every day.

Lee Edward Lopez

Lee Edward Lopez

Lee Edward Lopez of Carpinteria passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, Feb. 21. Lee was born in Los Angeles, California, a third generation Californian. A son, Mark Edward Lopez, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beverly of Carpinteria; daughter Laura Lopez of Carpinteria; daughter Kristin Parker of Riverside; and brother John Eugene Lopez of Belleville, Ill. Lee was blessed to have seven grandchildren: Jennifer Wienke, Kathryn Parker, Kimberly Rock, Rebecca Biscaro, Samuel Biscaro, Joseph Lopez and Ashlee Lopez; and five great-grandchildren.

He was a soldier, sailor, salesman and elder. He served in the Merchant Marines on an ammunition ship in the Pacific and then was drafted into the Army and served for two years during the Korean War. After he returned home to Oakland, Calif., he began a long sales career with John Hancock Insurance and Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation. Lee met and married Beverly in San Bernardino, Calif. and soon moved his family to Carpinteria, where he has been since 1971. The family belonged to the Summerland Presbyterian Church where Lee served as an Elder. He was active in the Santa Barbara Heart Association Board of Directors. He also held a Chairman position on the Board of Friends of Channel Coast State Parks. Lee loved to paint and was a member of the Step One Gallery where he volunteered at the new 855 At The Arts Gallery. Lee also volunteered at the Carpinteria Library’s used bookstore. Once retired, he kept himself busy with two of his favorite jobs; an assistant art teacher for Girls Inc. and packaged candy sales at Robitaille’s in Carpinteria.

Lee had a special knack for soothing crying/fussy babies. He loved dogs, especially his lab, Tucker. His personal mantra was “pretty is as pretty does,” followed by “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Lee had a sense of misadventure, he liked to see how low the gas would go in the car and ran out on more than one occasion. When accompanying his kids trick-or-treating, he liked to partake in innocent pranks—like moving “For Sale” signs. He had a soft spot for the underdog—absolutely would not let us laugh at his first granddaughter, Jen, when she fell asleep in her highchair while eating a taco. It was a very funny sight, but not to him. He loved flowers, going to the Farmer’s Market, small town living and knowing peoples names. Lee loved to sing “I’ll See You in My Dreams” to Beverly. He placed a high moral value on honesty and telling the truth.

Graveside services will be held at the Carpinteria Cemetery on March 9, 2013 at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Friends of Channel Coast State Parks, 1072 Casitas Pass Road, PMB #185, Carpinteria, CA 93014,

Charles W. Nix

Charles W. Nix

4/18/1925 - 2/7/2013

Charles W. Nix, 87 years old, of Carpinteria by way of Waco, Texas passed away on Feb. 7 at home surrounded by loved ones. Nix was a naval mechanic during World War II and the Korean War. He loved to paint, but growing up in Texas on the “back 40,” he was a rancher at heart. After his retirement from GTE he continued his love of working in is garden or, as he would say, “goin fishin” on the boat he and his eldest son bought together. The family enjoyed lots of fishing together at lakes Casitas and Cachuma and water skiing at Lake Tahoe or the ocean.

Nix was a quiet private man who loved his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, parents and the love of his life, his wife of 65 years, Mary Sehn of Santa Barbara. He leaves behind his three children, Michael Nix, Gail (Nix) Draves and Kirk Nix; grandchildren Cyndi (Nix) Macias, Jessica (Draves) Gonzales, Julia Draves, Kirk Nix Jr., Joseph Nix, Lisa Nix, Katie Nix; and great-grandchildren Amanda Macias, Christopher Macias, Mathew Macias, Maverick Gonzales and Estelle Gonzales.

Graveside services will be held at Carpinteria Cemetery on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. All who knew him are welcome. In lieu of flowers please donate to Hospice of Santa Barbara.

Robert Foster Keller

Robert Foster Keller

8/31/1923 - 1/24/2013

Bob was born Aug. 31, 1923, in Los Angeles, Calif., to William and Lessie Keller. After graduation, he was employed by North American Aviation where he met his future wife, Madge.

During World War II, Bob served in the Army Air Corps for over three years as a mechanic on B17 and B29 bombers.

Bob and Madge were married Dec. 9, 1944, in Kerney, Neb. After the war, they moved back to his native state of California where he was employed as a maintenance carpenter and millwright. In 1967, they moved to Carpinteria where Bob was with the Unified School District until retirement in 1985.

In the early years of marriage, Bob and Madge served in church youth ministries. The greatest reward is that some of the young people are now serving the Lord in Christian vocations.

Bob wrote, “Among of the delights of Carpinteria are walks on the beach at sunset. The sand, sea and sky look as if the hand of God had painted them.”

He is survived by his wife Madge.

Bob was a member of the Covenant Church when the Lord called him home on Jan. 24, 2013. Interment by Welch-Ryce-Haider will be at Carpinteria cemetery.

Georgiana Vance Young

Georgiana Vance Young

2/26/1948– 2/5/2013

Georgiana Vance Young passed away Feb. 5. She was born Feb. 26, 1948. She is survived by two daughters Rena Navarrette and Melanie Wells. She has 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, a surviving sister, Charlotte Sanchez, and a brother Fred Vance. Georgiana was born in Santa Barbara and lived in Carpinteria most of her life until she moved to Lompoc 12 years ago. Georgiana attended Carpinteria schools. She was affectionately called Cha Cha or George. She lived a life of love for others and had a giving nature. She was sensitive to others’ feelings and never met anyone she liked that she didn’t become friends with. She loved the Lord and we know that the Lord’s arms were waiting for her. She’d suffered a very long illness and still kept her sense of humor. She will be missed deeply by all who knew her. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m. at Lookout Park on the ocean side of Highway 101 in Summerland.

Ron Johnson

Ron Johnson

9/6/1927 – 2/5/2013

Born in Wolverhampton, England, on Sept. 6, 1927, Ron Ron lived an extraordinary life.

His early years, during the depression, were like a Charles Dickens’ novel, where the kids had to work. Cardboard was put in shoes to protect their young feet. At five years old, he walked several miles to school with his little sister, with no roads and no adults to ensure their arrival.

At 17, Ron became an indentured apprentice jockey for the stables of Buckingham Palace. Just as he began to master his apprenticeship, on a fall day in 1944, he was called into the British army to serve during World War II. Weighing only 95 pounds at exactly 5 feet, his rifle and gear weighed more than he did. Shipped initially to Nice, France, then Karlsruhe, Germany, Klagenfurt, Austria, Trieste & Paola, Italy and Egypt, he ultimately spent a large part of his military time in the Middle East, when Tel Aviv was no longer in Palestine, but part of the new country of Israel. In 1948, he arrived back home in Wolverhampton, very tan, 7 inches taller and 35 pounds heavier. His mother didn’t recognize him.

As was the case with all of the returning soldiers, Ron struggled to find a career. He was too heavy to resume as a flat racing jockey, so he redefined himself as a steeplechase jockey. This was his career path for several years until an unfortunate jumping accident where the horse was killed and Ron barely survived. Hoping initially to become a trainer, Ron instead became a freelance agent for a Blood Stock Agency, where he personally accompanied horses that were shipped all over the world.

Recovering from a broken arm in Exmouth, Ron met a lovely young lady name Valerie Hadley, whom he married three years later in Epsom. After several years with the Blood Stock Agency, Ron accepted a position as a steeplechase trainer for an estate in Pennsylvania, USA. After a 22-hour journey, the couple landed in Philadelphia where they started a new life, including the birth of their first child Richard.

After a few years, hearing of an opportunity at Santa Anita Racetrack in Southern California, the Johnsons bought a travel trailer and headed west. Initially, Ron was in charge of pulling the starting gate via a buggy pulled by horses, which also carried the judges. Later, Ron heard of training opportunities at other tracks, like Del Mar. After a few years, Ron left the track and went into the booming new home construction business, building precast fireplaces with a company called Rampart General. At about this time, there was a new addition to the family, Elizabeth. Ron worked for Rampart when Southern California was growing rapidly while the company blossomed.

The marriage to Valerie ended in the early 70s. At this time Ron developed his singing career and remarried several years later to Joanne Stoddard. Ron and Joanne worked together at Rampart for many years traveled back to England and around the US and finally retired in Carpinteria, where they lived happily for many years. Ron developed his acting skills and played in shows like “Me and My Gal” at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara as well other entertaining venues via his “RJ the DJ” business, where he sang with good friend Dorothy Kelly.

In 2007, Ron was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. As a result, Ron’s health significantly declined and on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, he passed away.

Ron was known for singing to the checkers at the grocery store, a hearty handshake, helping a neighbor in need and sharing a joyful smile with the words, “have a lovely day, Yank!”

Ron is survived by his beloved wife, Joanne, his devoted son, Richard, adoring daughter, Elizabeth, and good friends like Dorothy Kelly and the Cuellars.

Remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice.

Robert Hansen

Robert Hansen

Local Environmentalist

Robert Hansen, a painter and professor of art at Occidental College for more than 30 years, died Sunday, Feb. 10, at his home in Carpinteria. Born Jan. 1, 1924, in Osceola, Neb., Mr. Hansen was a prolific painter, lithographer and sculptor who taught generations of art students with his exacting standards of perspective and excellence, and was a seminal figure to legions of studio artists, graphic artists, commercial artists, and others who simply wanted to learn how to draw or paint better.

During World War II, Mr. Hansen served in the Army as a public relations official in Europe, where he was a member of “The Monuments Men,” helping recover priceless works of art stolen by the Nazis. A graduate of the University of Nebraska (BA, BFA), Mr. Hansen earned his MFA at the Escuela Universitaria de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende in 1949. He studied mural painting with Alfredo Zalce and executed three murals in public buildings in Mexico, while teaching at Bradley University from 1949 to 1955. After a year at the University of Hawaii, he accepted a tenured position on the art faculty at Occidental in 1956 and remained there for the rest of his academic career.

During his time at Oxy, Mr. Hansen traveled extensively in Europe, Southeast Asia and India with the help of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright grant. He exhibited frequently over the years in solo shows in Los Angeles and was featured in group exhibitions nationally and internationally. His works are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art among others, as well as numerous private collections.

Mr. Hansen was profoundly affected by his travels in Mexico and India—and perhaps the fact that his father was a butcher. When he first began exhibiting his work in Los Angeles in the mid-50s, he had already embraced a subject (the human figure) and the technique, Duco lacquer, that would define a movement. Duco was an industrial paint used primarily to coat appliances and cars, and Mr. Hansen would pour the lacquer on pressed wood panels laid flat on the floor. Mr. Hansen painted stylized, fragmented figures, body parts that may have had their origin in his early work as a teenager, helping his father carve steaks and roasts.

He retired from academia in 1987, and stopped painting for a decade to focus on his other passion, the environment. An avid birder, Mr. Hansen spent most of his free time as an advocate for the Carpinteria Creek Commission. In 2011 the Carpinteria City Council voted unanimously to name the city’s creek programs the Bob Hansen Creeks Preservation Program to honor his years of work to preserve the watershed.

Mr. Hansen was pre-deceased by Margaret “Miggie” Kuhlman Hansen, his beloved wife of 64 years, and his older son Eric Hansen. He is survived by his son Fritz Hansen, his daughter-in-law, Katherine Hinds, and his only grandchild, Harper Hansen, of Hamden, Conn.; his daughter-in-law Marilynn Hansen of Eagle Rock; and his sister Margaret Hansen of Laguna Woods. He was eased the last few years of his life by the tender ministrations of Connie MacDonald and Ginny, Shawn, Brenda, Terri, Joe and Rosa, his caregivers in Carpinteria.

A memorial service will be held later this spring. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Bob’s memory to Occidental College, 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90041.

A memorial gathering is planned for March 27. More information will be available closer to the date.

Jess “Chuy” Villalpando

Jess “Chuy” Villalpando

11/17/1935 – 2/7/2013

Jess “Chuy” Villalpando, 77, formerly of Carpinteria, died peacefully at Cottage Hospital and went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Jess, or Chuy, as he was also fondly known, was a beloved husband, grandfather and brother. Chuy was born in Santa Paula on Nov. 17, 1935 and grew up in Carpinteria. He attended local schools and graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1955.

Shortly thereafter, Jess enrolled in trade school and took great interest in electronics. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960. Jess continued his father’s small business presence in the Carpinteria community with a thriving TV repair business, known as Carpinteria TV Sales and Services. In addition, he also operated the Rainbow Ice Cream and Yogurt Parlor, which has become a fixture in the community for the past 50 years.

Jess will be especially remembered for his quick wit and special sense of humor, his hardworking and honest work ethic, and his generosity in helping others. He mentored young people in his area of expertise, television repair. Jess liked music, especially listening to “rancheras.” As he worked long hours, Jess enjoyed going out to eat with his family.

Jess is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Angie; his children, Paul Villalpando of Santa Paula and Alisha (Scott) Testa of San Carlos, Calif.; siblings, Reyes (Peggy) Villalpando of Carpinteria, Ernie Villalpando of Ventura, Jessie Mercado of Santa Barbara, Victoria (Lawrence) Cervantes of Goleta, and Mary Gonzalez of Carpinteria; grandchildren, Moriah, James, Jael, Jeremiah, Tiara and Michael Testa; and numerous others who have been blessed by his life. He would like to be remembered as “a man passing by like the wind that tried his best to live a peaceful life.”

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at 10 a.m., at St. Joseph Church followed by interment at Carpinteria Cemetery accompanied by an Honor Guard.

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

Donald “Don” Walton

Donald “Don” Walton

5-26-1935 – 2-2-2013

Donald “Don” Walton, Dad, died on Feb. 2, 2013 in Santa Barbara after a lengthy illness.  Don was born on May 26, 1935, in Blythe Calif., to Virginia Bernice Phillips and Hugh Walter Walton. Don grew up in Blythe and graduated from Blythe High School in 1952. Don often spoke of riding his horse, a wild Mustang named Boy, to school, and even taking a shotgun to hunt with on his way home.   

Don came to Santa Barbara in the summer of 1955 to work on a construction job.  He met the love of his life, Mary Alice (Bisol) Walton, in August of 1955 and after a brief courtship of dining, dancing, movies and roller skating, they were married on Nov. 2, 1955. The young couple settled in Carpinteria buying their first and only home in 1958.

Don was known as a master of his trade as a land surveyor. He started his career with Penfield and Smith, then worked for Hugh Simpson and later for Joe Water’s surveying, from which he retired. You couldn’t go anywhere in Santa Barbara County and beyond that Don wouldn’t say, “Hugh and I surveyed that,”or “Joe and I surveyed that.”  This included the Santa Barbara Zoo’s original construction. This led to a 10-year family pass to the zoo that the Waltons enjoyed dearly.

Among Don’s many hobbies were his love for music, playing his guitar and singing for his family, friends and dogs. He loved to camp, hike, kayak and go to the beach. In 1985 Don climbed Mount Whitney with his son Thomas and his Brother-in-law, Lewis Venegas. In 1997 Don kayaked a 100-mile section of the Green River with his son Thomas and Grandson Thomas, Jr. Don also loved his dogs, Gidget, Albert Sue, Duke, Molly, Max and Jackie.

Don is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Alice (Bisol)Walton, his children, Deborah Walton McIntyre (Larry), Thomas Walton (Cheryl), Steven Walton (Michele deceased), grandchildren, Christine, Michael, Dale, Thomas Jr., Mick, and great-grandchildren, Jacob and Dylan. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brothers, Hugh and Vern Walton. 

He will be missed, by his many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Services are being handled by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels; Services will be Saturday, Feb.16, at 1 p.m. at Carpinteria Community Church, 1111Vallecito Rd., with a reception to follow. To leave online condolences, please visit

Emmett Raymond Berry

Emmett Raymond Berry

12/10/1918 – 1/31/2013

Emmett Raymond Berry passed peacefully in his home on Jan. 31, surrounded by his loving wife of 70 years, Phoebe, and family. He was a devoted, loving husband and a wonderful father and is survived by his three children, Susan Atencio (Adolph), Brent Berry (Susan) and Mark Berry (Patrice); five grandchildren, Chris Corbet, Kelly Barmby, Erin Bevington, Lisa Bevington and Thomas Berry, and seven great-grandchildren who will also miss this sensitive, kind, playful and affectionate man.

Raymond, also known as Ray, was born in Bakersfield, Calif., on Dec. 10, 1918, the son of Ruth Burton and Emmett R. Berry. The Berry family, including sisters Joan Reynolds and Betty Kaylor/Cameron were a long time Tulare/Kern County family since 1874. Raymond, a third generation Californian, liked to tell stories of his early years in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with his grandmother, Belle Berry. Those years had a huge effect on his life. “Mountain Boy,” a book of stories written by Ray Berry, described with great humor many of his youthful experiences in those mountains. He was drafted into the Army in 1941 and served for “four years, two months and 15 days” as he liked to tell the family. He spent two of those years in the South Pacific. Although he rarely spoke of his time in the war, he never forgot or hesitated to share one thing he learned in the service—that perfect military salute.

Following his military service, Raymond graduated from UCLA and proceeded to devote himself to public education and became a leading educator and mentor in California. He began by teaching in Manhattan Beach and later moved to Carpinteria, where he became Superintendent of Schools. From 1968 until his “retirement” in 1978, he served as Superintendent of the Riverside Unified School District. Following his superintendency, he became a lecturer in the School of Education in the University of California at Riverside, and authored “Super-Intending” by Ray Berry.

Post retirement in 1987, Raymond and Phoebe moved to Cambria, Calif. Raymond “got all caught up” as he liked to say, in wood sculpture and also designed and made beautiful leaded stained glass doors, lamps and windows. One of his greatest joys was giving his art away. Ray and Phoebe would often be seen on the boardwalk near their Cambria home, taking their daily walk. He loved the ocean, birds and critters that he would see, but especially the friends that he met on the boardwalk each day.

The family held a private gathering to reminisce and remember the “good life” of Raymond Berry. In honor of Raymond’s memory, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Albert Hugo

Albert Hugo

1/29/1926 – 1/18/2013

Albert Hugo, beloved husband of Susanne Hugo, father, grandfather, uncle, one of the original founders of Rincon Engineering and friend to many, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home.

Albert was born in Hosbach, Germany and was the youngest of six children born to the late Eduard and Magdalena Hugo. His legacy is amazing and includes many years of expertise in the machining industry and sharing that knowledge with his two sons, Roger and Richard Hugo, who are continuing to serve the manufacturing industry for over 50 years through Rincon Engineering in Carpinteria.

Albert retired in 1988 and lived his dream of traveling the world and achieving his goal of visiting all of the Earth’s seven continents—some several times over—for 20-plus years with the love of his life, Susanne.

Albert’s hobbies, when not being a world cruiser, were building, tinkering and attending many and various German–American Club functions, many of which included more traveling. In Albert’s later years, after a heart attack, he was forced to slow down, opening yet another opportunity to spend more time with family.

He is survived by his treasured wife of almost 50 years, Susanne; sons Roger (Ingrid) and Richard (Colleen); and grandchildren Roxanne, Ariana, Erik, Albert and Thomas Hugo.

A special thanks to his caregivers Letty Pulido, Pat Wheatley and Cindy Matsumura.

A private celebration of his life and the spreading of his ashes in the ocean that he so loved to travel on was held Feb. 2 on the Double Dolphin.

Lester Raymond Koehler

Lester Raymond Koehler

1/7/1919 – 2/1/2013

Lester Raymond Koehler, 94, of Carpinteria, passed away in his home on Feb. 1. Lester is survived by his two daughters, Carol McClellan of Newbury Park, Calif. and Marjorie Binns of Hutto, Texas; a sister, Katherine Coates of Paradise, Calif.; and four granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Naomi Koehler.

Lester was born in Davenport, Iowa on Jan. 7, 1919. After the death of his father in 1935, Lester, his mother and four siblings made the trip out west to join his sister in Carpinteria where he resided for the following 78 years. As a young man, he worked at the Carpinteria Lemon Association packinghouse that was once located on the corner of Palm Avenue and 6th Street. Lester worked on the lemon packing line until the onset of World War II, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was deployed to the Pacific Theatre and participated in the major military engagements at Leyte Gulf and Okinawa. He operated amphibious tractors used to transport troops to the beaches. Lester served his country honorably and was intensely patriotic for the rest of his life.

Upon his honorable discharge at the end of the war, Lester returned to Carpinteria and resumed his work at the Carpinteria Lemon Association. It was at that packinghouse that he met Naomi Robinson of Montecito. They were married at the First Methodist Church of Carpinteria in 1948 and spent 59 loving years together.

Lester was hired into the Carpinteria Unified School District as a custodian in 1947, where he worked for 33 years until his retirement in 1981. Lester worked at Carpinteria High School and then Canalino Elementary. He touched many children’s lives over the years and took great pride in maintaining the school grounds. Lester was a strong supporter of Carpinteria Warrior Football. He attended every single home game and traveled to their games on the road. Lester procured a piece of the goalpost from the team’s 1975 CIF Championship and displayed it proudly. He also took part in the dedication of the Carpinteria Memorial Field.

Lester was an avid sports fan. He lived for Warrior and USC football. He was a meticulous painter and spent summers putting fresh paint on the local schools. He also loved music and enjoyed singing hymns. His joy for music led him to sing in weddings for many years at their church.

Lester had many hobbies, but his true passion was for his wife Naomi. He dedicated his life to loving her and his family. He was a wonderful husband and father. He enjoyed spending every possible moment with Naomi. They were dedicated members of Carpinteria Community Church. As Deacons, they attended service together every Sunday. Together they contributed to their community by serving meals on wheels and driving the elderly to church. They were known to walk the streets of Carpinteria early in the mornings.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. at Welch-Ryce Haider Funeral Home. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. at Carpinteria Community Church.

Arleen Thurmond Sturmer

1918 - 2013

Arleen Thurmond Sturmer, a native of Carpinteria, was born in 1918 and died Feb. 3, 2013 in Clearwater, Idaho. After attending the University of Oregon, she married Myron “Mike” Sturmer in 1943. They moved to Redding in the 1960s, and later lived in Boise. Mike died in 2011. Arleen is survived by her daughters Gwyn Colson (Tom) of Stockton, Gail Rubelt (Justin) of Boise, and Ginny Sturmer of Clearwater. A son, Walter, died in childhood. She is also survived by grandchildren Jacob and Jarrett Rubelt and Kendra Olszowka, and five great-grandchildren. Arleen’s sister Martha Ball lives in Santa Cruz. A memorial will be held in Carpinteria at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Syringa Hospital Hospice, 607 W. Main Street, Grangeville, ID 83530.

Patsy Lee (Moxness) Graziani

Patsy Lee (Moxness) Graziani

8/18/1934 – 1/21/2013

Patsy Lee (Moxness) Graziani, beloved mother and friend, passed away in the early hours of Jan. 21, 2013. Born in Van Nuys, Calif. to Jacob Oliver Moxness and Delia Dorothy O’Neil on Aug. 18, 1934. Patsy was the older sister to one brother, Nels Michael Moxness, whom she loved with all her heart.

To know Patsy was to know that she lived her life to the fullest. Her motto was “Life is not a dress rehearsal,” and she would remind you of this fact often, especially if she felt you were not taking advantage of what life had to offer you.

Patsy spoke of her childhood with great affection and love. She recalled often the wonderful summers of sailing on the family sailboat to Catalina Island. Sometimes just the family, sometimes with best friends, but always with an abundance of fun. 

Upon graduation from high school, Patsy attended College of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. where she received her degree in home economics and also obtained her teaching credentials. She also met her future husband, William Graziani, at COP. Patsy and Bill were married in 1958 and in 1964 moved to Carpinteria. They were soon blessed with a daughter, Melinda Catherine, in 1965 and three years later with a son, James Douglas. This same year they completed construction of the family home where Patsy would live for the rest of her life—second only to her children, her house was her pride and joy, and she loved to share it with everyone. 

Patsy raised her children the way she was raised, with love, understanding and instilling a quest for knowledge and adventure. Every St. Patrick’s Day, while most children were in school, Patsy took her children on an adventure day in Southern California, exploring things like the La Brea Tar Pits, Union Station, Olvera Street, the Museum of Art, the Getty, Santa Monica Pier and so many, many known and unknown places.

Singing and music were a huge part of Patsy’s life, and she cherished her singing days with the Santa Barbara Sweet Adelines Chorus. Patsy also joined the Santa Barbara City College Chorus and traveled with them to London, Italy, Australia, China and Ireland—combining music with her love of travel was the perfect mix. She loved the energy of the young members of the chorus and was always in awe of their singing abilities.

Patsy was a staunch supporter of all things Carpinteria. She was a longtime member of California Women for Agriculture and so loved the ladies that worked so tirelessly to promote and advocate the agriculture business in our beautiful valley. She made sure she was as involved as possible in all the CWA activities, always wanting to do her part. With her daughter Melinda and her son-in-law Peter involved so deeply with the Plaza Playhouse Theater, Patsy jumped in as a huge supporter—acting as a one woman promoter for upcoming events, she would call everyone she could and make sure they knew what was playing.

Patsy cherished her family and wore her pride for them on her sleeve. She adored her children and her son-in-law Peter and made very sure everyone knew how proud she was of all of them. Her loving family will always be grateful for the care, wisdom, fun and love that she provided to them.

Patsy is survived by her two children, Melinda Bie and Doug Graziani of Carpinteria. Patsy also leaves behind her beloved son-in-law, Peter, whom she adored and was so very proud of.

A great example to us all, Patsy’s smile, wit and kindness will be deeply missed. Her guidance, support and love will always be cherished by those of us who were so fortunate to know her.

Donations in Patsy’s name may be made to the Carpinteria Chapter of California Women for Agriculture, the Plaza Playhouse Theater or to the charity/cause of your choice.

A celebration of this wonderful lady’s life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at Carpinteria Community Church, followed by a reception at the family home.

Carmen V. Escareno

Carmen V. Escareno

4/27/1927 – 1/23/2013

Carmen V. Escareno, 85, of Carpinteria, died peacefully at her residence on Jan. 23, 2013, with her family at her side. Carmen was born in San Jose, Calif. on April 27, 1927 and lived most of her life in Carpinteria. She attended schools in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Carmen worked as a cosmetologist for close to 65 years. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed gardening, and was, certainly, the rock, the foundation of our family. She possessed a strong personality and was a force to be reckoned with. She enjoyed music, especially “rancheras,” and her favorite song was “Volver, Volver” sung by Vicente Fernandez.

Carmen was predeceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Joseph I. Escareno, the love of her life. She is survived by her children, Joe (Denise) Escareno, Barbara (Tom) Siddle, and Chuck Escareno; 10 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; siblings Nellie Ulloa, Ernie (Suzie) Valenzuela, Alice Pattini and Alex (Lucy) Valenzuela; sister-in-law Jessie Dominguez; and numerous nieces and nephews.

We love you and already we miss you! The family would like to thank Dr. Beamer, Dr. Trautwein, RN Janet Murphy, Gloria (my girl), Marabella, Gem and Barbara for all of the compassionate care of our mother.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed in Carmen’s name to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, 222 E. Canon Perdido, SB, CA 93101.

The Rosary Service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at 7 p.m., and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m., both at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will take place at Carpinteria Cemetery followed by a reception at the Community Church on Vallecito Road.

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

Priscilla (Pat) K. Dehnke

Priscilla (Pat) K. Dehnke


Pat departed this world accompanied by the tears and loving approval of three children, Dianne (Nick) Tobey, Michael (Cherry) Dehnke, Robert (Elaine) Dehnke; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Pat was born to Walter and Alice Kenyon in Orfordville, N.H. To her last day she carried the Yankee accent and flavor of her New England background and education.

Along with her parents, Walter and Alice; sister, Ruth; and brother, Mumpford (Mump), she moved to Carpinteria in 1938 where her dad bought and operated the Carpinteria Motor Court. Pat worked at the Motor Court and joined in local social and church activities.

At one of these activities, a support group for G.I.’s heading for foreign theatres at the early part of World War II, she met Wilfred (Bill) Dehnke. Married, the two of them proceeded through 68 years of achievement, children, laughter, civic endeavors, shared journeys and eventual contentment of lives well lived and deserved.

Among the journeys they shared were raft trips down the Salmons (all of them), the Green and the Rogue. Three times they traversed the Grand wasn’t Pat that got “dragged out” on the last trip. They frequently visited New England where Pat was remembered and embraced by friends of her youth. She and Bill made several forays up to Alaska. She put her foot down on the last foray (photographing caribou in the Brooks Range), but she put it down gently.

In earlier days, the family tent-camped through the Sierras, particularly Yosemite. From this experience the kids developed a love and appreciation of nature and wildlife. Even more important to Pat, the three—Dianne, Mike and Robert—have remained close and share the values she instilled in them.

In her later years, she and Bill moved to Carson City, Nev., to be closer to all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Installed at Sierra Place, she became not just Mother and Nanny, but Grand Nanny. She also dropped a few hints to the “place” about how to improve. Wherever she’s been in her life, she’s become the “rock” of that place. You always knew where you stood with Pat.

In her early married years, Pat worked at the (then) Lemon Packing House. She and her sister “Dutch” ran the cafeteria at Main School. She was busy and a mainstay at the Community Church. She was active in many political campaigns and elections, volunteering time and effort. Perhaps the thing that pleased her most was the effort she brought to making the Carpinteria Blood Bank a success. She also was a leading light in reseeding the hills after forest fires and a strong supporter of the Children’s Home Society Foundation for orphan adoption. Unboasted and seldom mentioned was her role as a World War II Coast Watcher.

Her hobbies, in lighter moments, consisted of maintaining a beautiful yard with emphases on roses and fuchsias. She, with several friends, created quilts of enduring quality and beauty. She was also a ferocious jigsaw puzzler, a skill taught to grand- and great-grandchildren. Perhaps a reflection of her character as a problem solver and builder.

Throughout her life, Pat was a keen observer and evaluator of events local to international. An avid reader, she also monitored the various media. She was well informed and quietly intellectual. No wonder she had so many her beloved “Friday Lunch Bunch.”

All in all this was a woman of constructive energy and great character, courageous, capable and enduring. Not only a strong woman, but more than that, an admirable lady. Joined with her twin pillar now...going home.

By her request, memorial donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy, 381 Genoa, NV 89411, or Carpinteria Valley Historical Society, 956 Maple Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Sierra Place and its employees for the loving care and support they have given these last several years. We would also like to thank Vista Care Hospice for their invaluable assistance.

A Celebration of Her Life will be held at Sierra Place, Friday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m.

William James Osborn

Former Carpinterian William James Osborn, passed away on Nov. 16, 2012 at 86 years old. A memorial service was held at the Bakersfield National Cemetery on Jan. 10.

Peter Whitten Small

Peter Whitten Small

11/20/1950 – 1/2/2013

Peter W. Small passed away at St. Charles Hospital in Bend, Ore. at the age of 62. He was born at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara to Ward Small Jr. and Marjory Jane Sellinger Small. He graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1968. Peter married the love of his life, Ebony Lea Knapp, in December 1979 and was her best friend for 33 years.

He is survived by three sons: Jonathan, married to Molly Cole in Sisters, Ore. in 2002; Christopher, married to Annie Laurie Lunn in Prineville, Ore. in 2005; and Mitchell, currently attending the University of Oregon. All three sons graduated from Sisters High School.

Peter is also survived by five siblings: Ward Small III of Livermore, Calif.; Sarah-Jane Small of Northridge, Calif.; Timothy Small of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Jory Small of Olympia, Wash.; and Jon Small of Tumalo, Ore. married to Lori Small, a longtime teacher at Sisters Elementary School.

A talented artist and craftsman, Peter was independent of mind while managing many of his own enterprises through the years. He could seemingly teach himself any trade while operating businesses in graphic art, screenprinting, invention, construction and art. Seeking opportunities and motivated to provide his children an improved life, Peter moved his family to Sisters, Ore. in 1993 to reconnect with old friends in that gracious community.

However, he never forgot the community where he grew up, played, was educated, worked, started a business called Galaxy Graphics and served a term on the planning commission. In an effort to give a little something back, Peter enthusiastically shared recollections of early hang gliding experiences through the pages of the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society publication, Grapevine (May/June 2012).

Following a traumatic accident, Peter found bronze casting and knew he had discovered the second love of his life. He built a small foundry adjacent to the family’s new home in Sisters and opened Peter W. Small, Bronze Artware in 1998. Here he created custom bronze front-door hardware shaped like trout and other Northwestern fish along with interior hardware. Peter also worked with Stoller Crystal Works to create bronze art bases for stunning crystals. He has pieces in England and in many of the western states. Peter was also president of the Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild for several years, making friends for life and affecting grace in his wake.

Peter was best known and loved for his sense of humor and kindness. He didn’t know a stranger. He could fix anything, had a strong intuitive sense of engineering, and regularly amazed all who knew him with his inventiveness, creativity and consistently optimistic attitude. He will be greatly missed by all who encountered his deep blue eyes, kind disposition and lively humor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the St. Charles Medical Foundation of Bend, Ore. The family wishes to thank St. Charles Cancer Center, Dr. William Martin and assistant, Taddy, for their warmth, compassion and sensitivity during the last months of Peter’s life. They would also like to thank all the wonderful friends and family who have shown their support throughout this process. A celebration of life will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Sisters, Ore. on Feb. 2.

Martha B. Moran

Martha B. Moran

Martha, age 94, passed peacefully of natural causes with her son Michael Moran of Brooklyn, N.Y. at her side. Her daughter, Susan Hathaway of Carpinteria, fortunately had just visited with her in October of 2012.

Due to her husband Tom’s (passed in 1989) profession as an engineering geologist, Martha, Susan and Michael led interesting lives living and traveling the world until moving to Carpinteria in 1964.

Martha graduated Phi Beta Cappa in Botany from Pomona College in 1941, which explains her love for plants and working in her beautiful gardens.

We love and miss you, Mom!

Frank Max DuBoux Jr.

Frank Max DuBoux Jr.

4/22/1942 – 1/8/2013

Frank Max DuBoux Jr., 70, passed on to the great life on Jan. 8, 2013 surrounded by his family.

He was born on April 22, 1942 in Santa Barbara, the son of Frank and Frances DuBoux. After graduating from Santa Barbara High School, Frank served in the U.S. Navy on board the USS Hancock as an electrician apprentice. He married Cheryll Ruiz and they were blessed with a daughter. Five years later they parted ways. A few years later he married Jeri Jones and moved to Carpinteria. After a lengthy marriage they parted ways last year. Frank worked at Josten’s until he retired. He enjoyed woodworking and painting.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Robert and sister Barbara. He is survived by his daughter, Jeanine DuBoux, granddaughter Shea, his sister Mary, his Aunt Carol and Uncle Ruben and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Frank’s friends and neighbors for the support they gave to Frank.

Services for Frank will be on Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1532 Linden Ave. Interment will follow at Santa Barbara Cemetery.

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Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

Frank L. Colson, Sr.

Frank L. Colson, Sr.

11/28/1923 – 12/30/2012

Frank L. Colson, Sr. died peacefully at home on Dec. 30, 2012 at the age of 89. He was born in Burnside, Miss. on Nov. 28, 1923 to Clyde and Clarice Colson. Frank spent most of his young life in Florida. He graduated and played football for the St. Cloud High School Bull Dogs of Kissimmee, Flor. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943. While stationed in Kingman, Ariz. he met Mary C. Shepard of Carpinteria, who was also serving as a WAC in the Army Air Corps. They wed in 1945 and made their home in Carpinteria. He worked for Van Etta’s Lincoln Mercury, a former dealership in Santa Barbara. In 1949 he decided to open his own business and started Colson’s Garage. Frank was a pioneer in the towing business and was affiliated with the Auto Club of Southern California for over 45 years. He was well known in the community to lend a helping hand when needed. Frank Jr. continues to own and operate the family business.

Back in the early ’50s, the jalopy races started at what was called “The Thunderbowl.” Frank ran the Pit Gate and would be there with his truck to clear the track of less fortunate drivers that crashed their jalopies. Frank also built several jalopies, which he would enter. Lee Hammock, Wild Bill Cherry and Parnelli Jones were among Frank’s drivers who sharpened their skills on that dirt track so long ago. He was also a member of the Carpinteria Lion’s Club and had a passion for ocean fishing.

Frank was predeceased by his wife Mary Shepard Colson in 1974. He is survived by his children Thomas S. Colson (Gwyn) of Stockton, Calif., James E. Colson (Mary Ann), Clare Colson Westfall (Bob) and Frank Colson, Jr., all of Carpinteria, along with six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is survived by his current wife of 33 years, Regina B. Colson, and stepson Jim High (Jean) of Ventura.

We will miss you dearly, Dad.

In lieu of flowers a contribution in memory of Frank may be made to Hospice of Santa Barbara.

A memorial for family and friends will be held on Jan. 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery.

Sue Carol Moyer

Sue Carol Moyer

5/2/1949 – 12/24/2012

Sue took her last walk on the beach with her daughters Trish (left) and Tammy (right) and grandchildren Seth, Khloe and Emily. She will be missed by many friends and family, including almost 50 children she was a loving foster parent to over the last 40 years.

She passed in peace at Serenity House with her mother, Grace Moyer, and brother, John Moyer, at her side. There will be a memorial in Sue’s hometown of Auburn, Calif. on Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at 1300 Evergreen Place, Auburn Ca. 95603.

David James Pettit

David James Pettit

David James Pettit, a long time resident of Carpinteria, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Dec. 21, 2012 in Santa Barbara after a short illness.

David is survived by his four children: Laura Pettit, James Pettit, both of Santa Barbara; Doug Pettit of Oxnard and Joshua (Elizabeth) Pettit of Alabama. Also surviving are David’s two grandsons: Timothy Pettit-Sanchez and Jonathan Pettit-Herrera both of Santa Barbara. In addition, David is survived by his siblings: Linda Karolus of Camarillo, Dennis (Jeanne) Pettit of Ventura and Fred (Cindy) Pettit of Santa Barbara. David also leaves behind an extended family (uncle and aunt, nephews, niece and several cousins).

David was born in Santa Barbara on Nov. 3, 1942, the first child of Douglas J. and Nola I. Pettit (both deceased).

David spent his early childhood living in the Hoff Heights area of Santa Barbara (now the Municipal Golf Course). David was a polio survivor. In 1951, David’s family bought their first home (not yet built), in the new Marine Terrace area on the Mesa. David graduated from Washington School (first graduating class), La Cumbre Jr. High and then Santa Barbara High in 1960. He also attended SBCC.

In 1960, “Dave” began working for Gene Lassman who owned the Fosters Freeze at the corner of Montecito and Bath streets. A couple of years later, Dave found himself managing the Fosters Freeze on the Mesa. Then in 1964, Dave came to the Carpinteria Fosters Freeze to work as manager for owners, Frank and Marie Zanier. In 1975, Dave purchased the Carpinteria store when Frank retired. A few years later, Dave also purchased and operated the Micheltorena Street Fosters Freeze in Santa Barbara, although he later ended up closing that location. Up to Dave’s passing, he was still involved in the operation of the Carpinteria store. Although most all of Dave’s extended family members have at one time or another worked at the business, his two sons Doug and James, have followed their dad’s footsteps and have been actively involved in the business for a number of years. The Carpinteria store had celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011.

Dave was the quintessential Fosters Freeze guy. He was a proud sponsor of Athlete of the Week for Carpinteria High School and Cate School. He loved his family and friends and the town of Carpinteria.

Services in remembrance of Dave will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1335 Vallecito Pl., Carpinteria. Wearing of your favorite Hawaiian shirt is encouraged, but optional. Burial will immediately follow at Carpinteria Cemetery. The family suggests that contributions in Dave’s memory be made to the Carpinteria High School Athletic Boosters Club.

Barbara Ann Hardeman

Barbara Ann Hardeman

Barbara Ann Hardeman, 55, passed away on Dec. 29, 2012 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Barbara was born on Jan. 11, 1957 in Syracuse, NY to Harold and Nora Barrett. Barbara was known as the favorite local chef in Carpinteria and Summerland for 20-plus years with the motto “BARB’S WAY OR THE HIGHWAY.” She was well known and loved by the Carpinteria community. An outgoing, loving, caring, compassionate woman with a sense of humor that was simply unforgettable. She is survived by her father Harold Barrett, brother Bruce Barrett, husband Richard “Peuge” Hardeman of 38 years, daughter Shareese “Reese” Hardeman (fiancee’ Donald “G” Johnson) and grandchildren Jazmin Barbara Hardeman and Daniel “Papito” Rueda, son Justin “Face” Hardeman (girlfriend Roseanne Casso) and their unborn child.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4th Beach on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at 4 p.m. immediately followed by a Celebration of Her Life at 956 Walnut Ave in Carpinteria at the Hendricks/Garcia residence. Come join us for some food, beverages and lots of laughs and memories.