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Today POST, Mary Helen Rowe Mary Helen Rowe Post died in her sleep on October 16, 2014, at her home in Santa Barbara, with her family close by. Mary Helen was born May 14, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Everett Rowe and Evelyn Weber Rowe. The family moved to California in 1921, eventually settling in Carpinteria where Mary Helen and her two brothers, Everett Jr. (Bill) and John, attended elementary school. As a young teen, she worked in the local lemon packing houses and played piano in local churches to help her family, graduating from Carpinteria High School in 1937 at age 16. Awarded a full scholarship to Occidental College by Emma Woods, Mary Helen graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1941, teaching in Arcadia and then at Wilson school in Santa Barbara. She married Edwin Rudd Post in 1948 and moved to Lancaster, where the Post family was involved in farming alfalfa. Rudd and Mary Helen were together 58 years until Rudd's death. In 1956, the couple and their three daughters moved to Santa Barbara. During the 1960s and 70s, Mary Helen taught at Roosevelt, Wilson, and Lincoln schools, working both as a classroom teacher and a teacher/ parent mentor in Head Start programs. She was a long-time member of the Santa Barbara Shakespeare Club and a founding member of Christ the King Episcopal Church, where she served as organist and on the vestry. A life-long Christian, musician, reader and lover of the outdoors, she enriched the lives of all who knew her with her quiet spirituality and her love of music, literature, and nature. She is survived by her daughters and their families: Sarah and Geoffrey Sarkissian (Modjeska Canyon) and their daughter Julie Post Fitzpatrick (son in law James), and son David Sarkissian; Janet and Cliff Van Renterghem and their daughters Eliana and Elizabeth (Santa Barbara); Alice and Todd Amspoker and their children Stephen, Rachel, and Meredith (Santa Barbara); and by many precious nieces and nephews and their children. Mary Helen was excited by the recent arrival of her first great-grandchild, William Rudd Fitzpatrick, born to Julie and James Fitzpatrick (Brooklyn, New York). A memorial service will be held at Christ the King, 5073 Hollister Avenue, on Sunday, October 26 at 1:30 pm. Private burial will be held at Carpinteria Cemetery. Gifts in her memory may be made to Christ the King Episcopal Church or the Santa Barbara Music Club Scholarship Fund.

Goleta South

Sunday 5043 Rhoads Avenue A 2 bd 2 ba 12-4 $559,500 New Listing! www.5043RhoadsAveA.com Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Mary Layman, 805-448-3890 55 Goleta - South OHD

Downtown Open House Directory

Sunday 1234 Castillo Street 1 bd 1 ba 2-4 $549,000 Charming & secluded 1BD/1BA Victoria Craftsman in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Mary Whitney, 805-689-0915 11 Downtown OHD

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Today TUCKER, Kenneth Aug. 8, 1924 - Oct. 17, 2014 Retired entomologist, died at the age of 90 at Serenity Hospice House. Born to John and Jessie Tucker in Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Ken grew up enjoying the beach and adjacent mountain sides accessible on foot or by bicycle with his seven brothers and sisters. He attended Lincoln grade school and Santa Barbara High School. A school teacher in Santa Barbara got Ken interested in keeping honeybees when he was a boy, an interest that he continued through his teen-age years on Fellowship Road. During World War II he enlisted in the navy and served as a radioman on an LST ship for two years in the south Pacific. On returning, he enrolled at the Riviera campus of Santa Barbara College for a term, then transferred to the University of California at Berkeley, where his brother John was a graduate student in Botany. Ken transferred to the UC-Davis campus as a graduate student in the Honeybee laboratory, and graduated with a Ph. D. in entomology. While at Davis he met Shirley Cotter, a botany graduate student; they were married in 1953. After obtaining his Ph.D., Ken worked as an extension entomologist at the University of Minnesota, taught biology at Lake Forest College in Illinois, and then worked for many years as an apicultural scientist at the federal Honey Bee Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA. Ken worked on Africanized bees in Venezuela and other South American countries before they advanced to the U. S. His wife Shirley was a professor of Botany at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. They enjoyed travel to many parts of the world. They both retired in 1995, and moved to Santa Barbara. They have been ardent advocates for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and have endowed a staff position for a plant systematist there. Ken enjoyed the many venues in Santa Barbara for classical music, the Humanists Society meetings, the Farmers' Market, as well as hiking, fishing and kayaking. Ken will be greatly missed by his wife Shirley of 60 years, his brother Stanley (Marion), sister Mary Kraft, niece Linda Tucker, and many other nieces and nephews. The family thanks the staff of Serenity Hospice House for their excellent care and help. Memorials can be made to either the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden or Serenity Hospice House. Arrangements are by Welch-Ryce-Haider. No immediate service; a celebration of his life will be held at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in mid-November.
Today NEWSWANGER MD, Warren John June 19, 1927 October 13, 2014 Dr. Warren Newswanger passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara of natural causes on October 13th at the age of 87. He will be remembered by many as a wonderful doctor who dedicated his life to his patients. Warren was born on Father's Day, June 19, 1927 in Los Angeles. He was a charismatic child who had fun, but also demonstrated a sense of responsibility that propelled him in life. He become an Eagle Scout when he was just 13. While attending Marshall High School he worked in his father's machine shop to earn money to buy a car, but said he was "scandalized" when gas prices increased to 10 cents/gallon! He put his skills to good use as a Machinist Mate in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the war he attended Occidental College and married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jean Van Degrift. Together they had one son. He attended medical school at UC San Francisco, did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harbor General Hospital, and specialty training in gynecologic cancer surgery at the City of Hope in Los Angeles. He opened his first medical practice in Santa Maria in 1960 where he practiced for 14 years. He married Kathleen Monahan in 1970. Warren joined the medical staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in 1973. In addition to his private practice, he also provided care at the Santa Barbara County Clinic. In 1991, Cottage Hospital presented him with the Distinguished Physician Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for his outstanding service to the people of Santa Barbara in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was delivering an average of 50 babies per month. His record was 102 babies in one month. He delivered 20,000 babies during his 50 year career, and sometimes delivered three generations of children in a family! Warren was a Diplomat of The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the Santa Barbara Medical Society for 50 years, and served two terms as President of the Tri-Counties Obstetrics and Gynecology Society. Warren retired in 2007. Many patients, nurses, and doctors remember him as a respectful, gentle and skilled physician who was dedicated to the care of his patients. His colleagues described him as an outstanding, well-respected physician who was always ready to help. Nurses called him "the John Wayne of obstetrics." Warren was raised in the Presbyterian faith and served as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Maria. He later joined the Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic minister at San Roque Parish in Santa Barbara. Fishing was his favorite sport and his favorite way to bond with his son. He owned several boats over the years that he used for fishing and joy riding with his grandchildren. He enjoyed reading history.He married Clare Montana in 1986. They enjoyed traveling, working together, fishing, and being a part of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. Warren is survived by his wife Clare Montana, his son David Newswanger, daughter-in-law Susanne Lennon Newswanger, and 3 grandchildren, Sarah, Paul, and Carolyn. A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday October 28th at 10 AM at San Roque Catholic Church, 3200 Calle Cedro, Santa Barbara, CA. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Visiting Nurse & Hospice care, 512 E. Gutierrez St., Ste. A, SB 93103
Sunday MIRATTI, Susan E. Third generation Santa Barbarian, died October 9, 2014, at Serenity House from complications from Multiple Myeloma, just one month before her 65th birthday. Upon her return to Santa Barbara, Susan attended Santa Barbara Business College and worked as a bookkeeper for Miratti Liquors, her father's chain of businesses. Susan's memorial Mass will be held at her Parish, ...
Today JACOBS, Julie Anne 54, Santa Barbara, CA 3/1/1960 10/16/2014 Julie Jacobs, 54, of Santa Barbara has passed away, unexpectedly and peacefully. The world is now without the company of this bright, beautiful, deeply genuine and loving human being. Born to parents Van and Annie when they lived in Downey, CA, Julie graduated from Downey High School, and in 1979 she made Santa Barbara her home for life. She earned her Bachelor's at UCSB and was very proud to have accomplished that while working full time. She was highly respected in her career. She was a very supportive and inspirational manager, consultant and executive. Julie was quite brilliant with financial matters, all the way up to the level of CFO. In the non-profit community, she was also a welcome board member and fundraiser. If a meeting or conference included Julie, it was likely to be quite successful- and certainly not boring. Julie loves God and all He created. She came to know Jesus a number of years ago, and her relationship with Him became ever deeper, especially when she met others who shared her belief. She loved her church, cherishing its loving family-like acceptance and support. She was very loyal and loving to her friends, of whom she had many through the years. She kept friends close to her heart and was willing to do anything for them . . . and she did. Julie loved every single living creature, no matter how large or small or scary or friendly. When she bought her first home with a yard (one of her dreams), she was able to adopt Lacey, a spirited, sometimes demanding, gregarious puppy who grew to share in Julie's adventures. Julie adored the water. When she was swimming in the ocean off Hendry's Beach, with Lacey waiting for her eagerly on shore, those were among Julie's happiest moments. For someone who loved to swim, hike, bike and paddleboard, Santa Barbara was the perfect place to live. Julie also loved to travel, and her favorite travel companion was her mom, Annie. Julie is survived by her adored parents, Annie Robinson and stepdad Bill Robinson, and by her brother Kristi and sister-in-law Mary. Preceding Julie in passing were her father Van Jacobs and brother Van "Ringo" Jacobs. Julie will be forever missed by so many who were fortunate enough to know her and benefit from her wisdom, friendship, humor and spirit. Mortuary services were provided by Welch-Ryce-Haider. A memorial celebration for Julie will be held on Monday, October 27th at 3:00pm at the Free Methodist Church, 1435 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made either to the Free Methodist Church, or to Girls Inc. of Santa Barbara. Or, if you choose to adopt a rescue animal, this would surely make Julie smile.

Hope Ranch

Sunday 825 Centinela Lane 5 bd 3.5 ba 1-3 $2,695,000 Campanil Hills adjacent to Hope Ranch. Rare unobstructed ocean views from almost every room of this ranch style home. Minutes from Hendry's Beach, fine restaurants & shopping.