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Sunday WINTER, David K. Went to be with the Lord he so dearly loved in the early morning hours of August 15, 2015 at the age of 84. He was born September 15, 1930 in S. Pasadena to Otto and Hazel Winter. Dave's greatest hope for his life was that God be glorified in him. In 1998, Dave suffered sudden-onset blindness.
Sunday TIMMONS-BLASINGAME, Margaret "Peggy" Peggy Timmons-Blasingame passed away peace fully at home on July, 28, 2015. After Jack's death in 1985, Peggy continued her philanthropic work as a devoted member & Past President of Assistance League of Santa Barbara, The Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation and P.E.O. Chapter AC. In 1992 Peggy again found love and married B. Paul Blasingame ...
Sunday SHAKAS, Pauline Entered into eternity August 12, 2015. Pauli was a classical pianist, poet and inventor. She enjoyed sharing her faith and relationship with God and loved and encouraged her two grandsons Tevis Johnson (Meggan) and Joshua Obers.
Today RUIZ, Vincent Lee March 12, 1964 – August 19, 2015 Vincent went to be with our Lord, at home surrounded by family. He was born in Santa Barbara, had a great love for music, fast cars and especially his family. He cared about everybody and was very deep and sensitive. He is survived by his mother Erlinda Marie Gilbert, his father Donald Lee Ruiz, his daughter LeeAna Tacadena Ruiz, his brothers Donnie Patrick Ruiz, Jesse Ruiz, and sisters Stephanie Dawn Ruiz, Desire Perez Milling, and grandchildren Aaliyah Cordero and Cali Escobedo. He will be missed by all who truly knew him. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, August 29 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel on Sola St., with viewing from 12:00 3:00 pm, service following. For online condolences log onto www.wrhsb.com
Sunday PODLESNY, Nina Faye Nina Faye Podlesny was born to Leonard Albert Watson and Ada Watson, (n e Ada Estelle Crumbly) on May 4, 1928 in Round Mountain, Alabama. She attended Texas Tech University and earned a B.A. in business. Faye met Paul McCleister when he was stationed in Texas during his army days.
Today PILCHARD, Patricia Anne Lewis August 17,1927 - April 9, 2015 •Patricia Pilchard, Aeronautical Engineer, daughter of Loy and Ethel (Nickell) Lewis, died of cancer April 9th, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California after a brief illness. At the time of her death she was at peace, surrounded by all of her children and many of her grandchildren. •Patricia was born in Sturgis, Michigan and from an early age dreamed of taking flight. One of her earliest memories was trying to find a way to affix wings to her tricycle. She soon realized that would not work and vowed then and there she would learn how to build airplanes that would fly. At 16 she went to work to pay for her own flight lessons, and flew solo even before having a license to drive a car. She graduated Sturgis High School in 1944 and gained admission to the University of Michigan where she graduated in January 1950 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. She had indeed learned how to build airplanes that would fly. During her time at U of M she met her first husband, Henry (Hank) Bruner. Hank had been a 2nd Lieutenant flight instructor in the Army Air Corps and was also in the engineering program, attending college on the G.I. Bill. They married in Sturgis, Michigan (January 29, 1949) and after college moved to the Los Angeles area where Pat found employment as an engineer with North American Aviation. Hank began working for Johns Manville and was soon transferred to corporate headquarters in New York City. As the family began to grow, Pat took a break from her career. Hank was killed tragically in an airline crash in December 1960, leaving Pat with sons Jeffrey and Barton and pregnant with daughter Jill. Jill was born in April of 1961 and that summer Pat moved the family cross country to Santa Barbara, California. Sadly, Jill died suddenly December 14, 1961. In Santa Barbara, Pat met and married Charles (Chuck) Pilchard (November 14, 1964) With Chuck, the family expanded, adding daughter Julia and son Charles. As the children grew, Pat returned to college, earning a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Applying her degree, she and Chuck opened Montessori-By-The-Sea in Ventura California. The school lasted several years, providing quality preschool eduction to hundreds of children. After closing the school, Pat returned to the world of engineering and took a position as a project coordinator for the U.S. Navy at Point Mugu (1982). Here she worked on many notable projects including the development of unmanned aerial vehicles. Pat retired from working for the Navy in 2000 and returned to the "quiet" family life surrounded by her children and grandchildren. In her final days she confided that it had been a full life, well lived with some hard times but plenty of good times as well. She was confident her family would continue to prosper and was proud of all in their accomplishments and unique talents. Patricia was preceded in death by husbands Henry C. Bruner (1960), Charles W. Pilchard (2008), and daughter Jill (1961). She is survived by sister Dorothy Patterson, sons Jeffrey Bruner, Barton Bruner, daughter Julia Pilchard, son Charles A. Pilchard and eight grandchildren: Audrey and Mia Bruner; Jasmine Pilchard Gosnell; Jacob (Jace), Cassidy, and Piper Bruner; Charles (C.J.) and Emily Pilchard.
Sunday PARTIDA, Richard Carlos April 1, 1952 - July 30, 2015 Passed away peacefully at home after losing his two-year battle with multiple myeloma on Thursday July 30, 2015 at the young age of 63. Richard was a loving husband, father, grand father, and friend to all. Richard was born April 1, 1952 at his home on Cramer Road in Carpinteria, California to Ramon and Antonia Partida. <...
Today LEDDY, William Waldron 78, of Santa Barbara, CA died August 25, 2015. "Bill" is survived by his wife, Beth, his children, Greg and Suzanne, daughter-in-law Jamelah, son-in-law Rick Ascher and his grandchildren, Katie and Kelly Ascher and Luke Leddy. Bill was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1936. After graduating from Midwood High School he joined the US Army and was stationed in Washington DC. Upon entering civilian life he graduated from Brooklyn College, married the girl next door and earned his MBA from NYU. Bill was fortunate, entering the world of Wall Street in the days of partnerships. He loved the action, camaraderie, and challenge on the trading floors and investment banking at CF Childs, Lehman Brothers, AG Becker and Prudential. Settling in Port Washington NY the family grew along with his love of running, tennis, sailing and later golf. After retirement, both adult children having decamped for the West Coast, Bill and Beth settled in Santa Barbara, CA. Moving to this new community was made so easy by wonderful neighbors and new friends. Bill contributed his financial knowledge and expertise to various boards along with "hanging" with his new buddies, playing golf, bridge and just "shooting the breeze." He connected with people in his own special way. He was a delightful man, appreciated for his wisdom, humor, and warmth. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Services will be held at All Saints By the Sea on August 31st at 3PM. His favorite charities were the Santa Barbara Foundation and Transition House.
Sunday HARVEY, Dianne 71, died peacefully in her sleep July 28, 2015, in Santa Barbara, California. "Let peace begin with me Let this be the moment now. To take each moment And live each moment With peace eternally".
Sunday GENNA, Joseph F. Age 90, passed away on July 30, 2015 in Santa Barbara. Joe was a pioneer computer designer with an aerospace career spanning 40 years. Joe and Mary Elizabeth, his wife of 49 years, came to Santa Barbara in 1972 with Delco Systems.
Sunday DAVIS, Gregory Lowell Was born on January 27, 1931 to Joe T. Davis and Fannie Lue Davis in Duncan, Oklahoma. Because Gregory Davis had an enormous love for children, and the sanctity of life, any gifts may be directed to Network Medical 185-C S. Patterson Ave. Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Interment at Santa Barbara Cemetery was followed by a private family reception.
Today BENNETT, Elrine Rose •Of Grass Valley, CA. passed away peacefully on August 18, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 19, 1922, in Johnson, MN to William and Anna Andrews (Norenberg) Elrine grew up in Graceville MN. and graduated from Graceville High in 1940. During her senior year, Elrine met Al Bennett and a lifetime romance blossomed. Married for 72 years there was seldom a day they spent apart. •Elrine is survived by her loving husband Al Bennett, Grass Valley, daughter Vicki Habib of Kula HI, son Dan Bennett (Denise Witzig) of Oakland, CA, grandchildren Lisa Joslin, Rae Anne Lovell, Nolan Bennett, Gracie Bennett, and great granddaughter Nicole Joslin. The Bennett family were long-time residents of Santa Barbara. Elrine & Al moved to Santa Barbara in 1953. In 1954 Elrine took a position with Ott Hardware and for many years was the executive secretary to General Charles Ott. In 1977 their career as well-respected jewelers in Montecito Village became a reality. They served the residents of Montecito for all their jewelry needs till 1991 and retired to Grass Valley, Ca. A memorial service will be held in Grass Valley. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
Sunday BARTLETT, Bruce Allan 1946-2015 Bruce Allan Bartlett passed away peacefully on August 7, 2015, in the loving presence of his family and caring staff of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Bruce grew up in the fifties, fondly remembering throughout his life the idyllic times of his childhood. Bruce truly cherished Santa Barbara.