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Today WOODWARD, Robert "Robbie" S. •Robert (Robbie) Schneider Woodward passed away peacefully on August 19, 2014 at the age of 84, surrounded by his family and his beloved dog Oscar at Serenity House in Santa Barbara. •Robbie was a proud eighth generation Californian. He loved to regale friends with fascinating stories of old Los Angeles, where he was born and raised. His mother, Camilla Schneider Woodward, was a Californian of early Spanish and French descent. Her father was a partner in J.W. Robinson's Co. Robbie's father, Tyler F. Woodward, also a native Californian, founded Southern Calif. Petroleum Corp. and Camay Drilling Co. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he met his wife Brenda, Robbie served for two years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Sasebo, Japan, doing intelligence work. Following that, he worked for Southern California Petroleum Corp. for two years, partly in Texas. Moving back to Los Angeles, he pursued a career in interior decorating at the behest of a family friend who believed in his innate talent. That first client gave him the opportunity for his decorating ideas to materialize and it was met with great success. He had found his passion and flourished. His talents produced perfection in a room, putting a modern spin on the classic and cleverly using space and color with exuberance, often spiked with humor. Flowers were ever present. Robbie made the world a more beautiful place to live than it could ever have been without him. He loved people and will be remembered best for his wonderful, quick wit and charming sense of humor. He is survived by his son, Brendan Brady (Woody) Woodward; his daughter Camilla LaMer, formerly Victoria Camilla Woodward DeLoreto; his granddaughter Caroline DeLoreto Taft; his grandson Robert James (R.J.) DeLoreto and a great-granddaughter Lilianna DeLoreto, and his brother Paul S. Woodward. His wife, Brenda Brady Woodward predeceased him, as did his brother, Tyler F. Woodward. Robbie was very appreciative of all the love and support given by his family and friends. Donations may be made in his honor to Serenity House (Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care or VNHC) at 509 E. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, 93103, to whom we are very grateful for his peaceful last days. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 5th at 11:30am at St. Barbara Parish at the Old Mission.
Sunday ROGERS, Beatriz Valadez Beatriz, loving mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on August 15, 2014. Beatriz was born in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, on February 23, 1933. Beatriz was preceded in death by her loving husband, Vernon, and infant son Thomas Peter.
Today O’TOOLE, Cormac Slater •It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Cormac Slater O’Toole, who died August 24 at 11:40 am, after a four month battle with a rare form of central nervous system melanoma. Although we are terribly saddened, we have been blessed with Cormac’s love, presence, and influence on our lives during his 12 years with us. Cormac loved loving: his mother Susan, his brother Connor, his father Jim, and his extended family all experienced Cormac’s special bond, one will continue forever. •Cormac was a rare thinker, and continual tinkerer; asking questions and thinking them through to their logical (or illogical!) end was his central hobby in all areas. He was completely at ease discussing any topic with his parents and family, and his wry sense of humor made any conversation joyful. A continual hand raiser at St. Vincent’s Elementary School and an outside the box thinker, he loved science, history, social studies and historical cultures. A regular Petaluma National Little League and Petaluma Youth Soccer League participant, Cormac’s attitude and humor brought smiles to his coaches, and he was extremely proud of being selected as team captain for his PYSL team last year. But Cormac’s two central loves were inventing and the outdoors: whether it was Lego creations, building Fort Redwood at our house, winning the solar car contest at St. Vincent’s, camping at Samuel P. Taylor and Plumas Eureka State Parks, or making an award winning robot for Fundamonium, Cormac’s inquisitive nature continued to amaze. From his diagnosis in late April, we could see Cormac getting stronger physically and emotionally each day as he weathered substantial treatment. •With kayaking at Spring Lake, hiking at Helen Putnam, climbing trees at Samuel P. Taylor, and rock climbing at the gym, Cormac assumed a ‘Take that, Cancer!’ stance that continued to fortify us throughout this trial. As the community rallied around us, our collective prayers of a miracle were manifest in our Make a Wish Foundation trip to Yellowstone. Cormac felt good the whole trip, and we jammed as many experiences as we could: kayaking and fishing at Jenny Lake under the Tetons, Old Faithful under a full moon, elk, bison and grizzly sightings, and Cormac hooking into the biggest trout on the planet at sunset on Yellowstone Lake. It was like God was talking to us. Cormac’s overall condition began to decline last weekend, and he was admitted to the pediatric ICU Tuesday night. He passed peacefully at 11:40 am, surrounded by his loved ones. We look back on his last four months of relatively good health, and our trip to Yellowstone in July, as a gift, and we remain in awe of his strength and courage. Please join us in prayer for Cormac and in the celebration of his life. •Rosary and mass services will be held at St. Vincent’s Church, 35 Liberty Street, in Petaluma. Rosary services will be Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 pm. •Cormac’s Celebration Mass will be Friday, August 29 at 11:00 am. Family assisted by PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, Petaluma.
Sunday LYONS, Evelyn Evelyn Lyons, 98, passed away peacefully on the morning of August 18th, 2014 after a long and happy life. In lieu of flowers, Evelyn would have appreciated contributions to the local ADL, Tri Counties Anti Defamation League Office located at 1528 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or CALM located at 1236 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Per Evelyn's wishes, ...
Sunday BERTERO, Ann Gibson 75, died Thursday, August 14, 2014, at home in Solvang CA, of natural causes. She was born July 16, 1939 in Los Angeles, CA to Alfred T. Gibson Jr. and Dixie Clayton Lazenby. Ann was a devoted and active Catholic, a loving wife and mother, and a tireless volunteer over five decades at Los Angeles County Women's Hospital, Los Angeles; U.S. Forest Service, Angeles ...