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Sunday SMITH, Alvin "Jack" Jack was born in Portland, Oregon on June 23, 1927 to Eldon and Kathryn Smith. He was the middle son, of three boys. At the age of 2, his family moved to Santa Barbara, California. He attended Harding Elementary School and La Cumbre Junior High School. Once World War II broke out the family moved to Albany. He graduated from Albany High School. After graduation, he joined the Merchant Marines as a radio technician. When the war ended, he returned to the San Francisco area and attended San Francisco University for 1 year. He then joined the Army for two years. After Jack got out he transferred to UCSB in 1959, where he met his loving wife, Dorothy Mossinger, they were married 66 years. He finished his education at UCLA with a degree in Micro Biology. After graduation Jack joined his father's business, Eldon Smith and Son. The business is now run, by a third generation of the family, Don Smith Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Eldon and Kathryn Smith and his brothers, Eldon and Bill. Jack's interests included working on engines for racing motorcycles and diesel engines. He has been credited as the inventor for several patents. Jack leaves behind his beloved wife Dorothy, son Don Smith (Nancy), daughter Karen Torgeson (Jim) and four grandsons; ,Joe Fletcher Smith (Renee), Garrett and Ty Smith and Ryan Torgeson. A grave side service is planned September 30th at Goleta Cemetery 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Assisted Hospice Care.
Sunday RANGEL, William Eugene Brightened our world from December 13, 1947 until September 11, 2016. He was born to Henry and Elvira Rangel, not far from the old lemon orchards in Goleta on upper Fairview where he grew up on a ranch with his family. He attended Goleta Union Elementary and La Colina JHS. Bill's lifelong love of music was first ignited when, with trumpet in hand, he played in the the SMHS marching band where he graduated in 1966. Bill worked hard, first as a paperboy, then at Federal Drugs, and later hired by Rocky- the-Painter Santorelli who not only taught Bill the painting trade but also gifted him with his first set of drums.Bill moved to Santa Cruz for many years, where he got his contractor's license and started his own painting business, his lifelong occupation. He returned to Santa Barbara with his wife Char in 1996 in order to be closer to his family and many friends. Throughout his life, Bill's passion was music. A self-taught drummer and singer, Bill's rhythm and in-the-pocket drum beat enlivened many a dance floor, especially with The Fog, an Oldies fixture in Santa Barbara for over a decade. Bill was a consummate entertainer with his humor and one-liners. Unfailingly cheerful, positive and fun loving, Bill enriched the lives of those around him through his music as well as his contagious zest for life. His legacy is the love and loyalty he inspired in so many people. Bill is survived by his wife, Char; son Bill Jr. (Brandy); daughter Tracey Cruz (Alex); brother Ric (Lupe); sister Carolyn; grandchildren Bella and Lucas Cruz; family and long-time friends. All are invited to join the family at Bill's favorite place for a potluck Celebration of Life on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at Goleta Beach.
Sunday OLESEN, Svend Aage 93, passed away peacefully in his home in Buellton, California, early Sunday morning September 4, 2016.He was preceded in death last year by his wife, Patricia Louise (Wade), his partner in life and business for over 65 years. Dad was born in a countryside farm in Sonder Kongerslev, Denmark in 1923.The family then moved to Lille Arden near the large farm of his father's, birth.Svend attended a Jutland farmer school and served in the Danish Army (1945-1946). He immigrated to the USA under the sponsorship of his aunt and uncle Alma and Knud Andersen at the age of 25 in 1948.Upon arrival to America, working for Knud and Alma, Svend had a mishap with a tractor placing him in St. Francis Hospital where he first met a young nurse's aide, Patricia (Mom), who cared for him during the extended stay. He later worked on the Riverside Dairy (Santa Rosa Road) as well as the Petan Dairy and George Johansen Dairy.In the mid 1950's, Dad began his apprenticeship in the plastering trade with various local Danish craftsmen. In 1954, Svend participated in the Heifer Project when he accompanied a train load of donated cattle across America, boarding a freighter in New York City and continued the care of the animals until reaching Germany. In 1962, Dad and Mom began their own masonry/plastering business, Svend Olesen and Son's Masonry Inc. which spanned 6 decades. Their projects reached as far north as Camp Robert's in Monterey County; to the west , Lompoc Aquatic Center, as well as buildings on Vandenberg Air Force Base; to the south, Lake Casitas Forest Station; to the east. many projects in the Santa Ynez Valley. He was especially proud of the rock work at Alisal River Golf Course and the brick work throughout Solvang.Up until his last weeks, Dad enjoyed buying and selling property which became his avocation many years ago, besides being a farmer at heart all his life. Dad never retired.He worked tirelessly with his business and continued to find projects with his properties or helping others. Svend enjoyed his memberships in the Solvang Danish Brotherhood, Vikings of Solvang and Dania Lodge.Until recently, Svend served as a Trustee for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Local #4.He had been Past Director (1968-1969) with Board of Directors for Santa Ynez Valley Hospital. He and Mom were honored to be selected to serve as Grand Marshalls in the annual valley Fourth of July parade. Though rare to pull him away from work, Dad enjoyed family camping trips to Gaviota Beach, traveling to Denmark as well as trips across the country. To celebrate his wife's 80th birthday, he took his family on their first cruise to Alaska and a few years later, his brothers from Denmark joined him on a cruise to the Panama Canal. Dad is survived by his children, Karen (Lynne), Brian (Laura) and Shirley (Glenn); grandchildren, Abby (Ricardo), Maggie (James), Cory (Erica), Lisa (Dustin) and Eva (Patrick), and great-grandchildren, Eden, Ajani, Ozara, Malachy, "the little guy" Samiro andD'Artagnon. Svend is also survived by his beloved siblings Jens-Jorgen, Hans, Ruth and Annie from (Jutland/Sjaelland) and his cousin, Erik Andersen of San Jose.Mourning their uncle and cousin from afar are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins from Denmark and out of state. He was preceded in death by his siblings, B¿rge, Harry and Grethe. The family is very appreciative and grateful for the good care Dad received by the visiting nurses during his last few months especially from his Personal Assistant, Amber Whitney. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Assisted Healthcare Services, Bethania Lutheran Church, Lung Cancer Alliance and the Heifer Project International or any charitable group of your choice. Services will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday October 1st, at Bethania Evangelical Lutheran Church, 603 Atterdag Road in Solvang.A reception with lunch at the Parish Hall will follow.Interment will be private at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Sunday MUELLER, Sybil Lois Sybil Lois Mueller was the essence of vitality, adventure, and determination. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and member of the Santa Barbara community for the past 12 years, she passed away peacefully on September 4, 2016 surrounded by family and friends. Sybil was an exceptionally active member of the community, participating in organizations such as Newcomers Club, where she was a past president, and volunteering at numerous others including Casa Esperanza Soup Kitchen, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and May Madness for the Music Academy of the West. She was on the Women's Board of the Community Arts and Music Association (CAMA) and an active supporter of the Santa Barbara Symphony and Ensemble Theatre. She frequently could be seen doing yoga at the Bay Club and YMCA, as well as hiking with the East Beach Walking Group. A voracious reader, she was also a member of several book clubs. Sybil was born in New York City in 1939 and lived in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Yonkers until she was 18. During that time, she was surrounded by her immediate family, her grandparents, and countless aunts, uncles and cousins her father, Richard Kagen, had nine brothers and sisters, and her mother, Ethel, had four. Growing up she was a bookworm and an exceptionally diligent student, but her passions during her teenage years were singing, dancing and acting. Sybil performed regularly in plays and musicals. Upon graduating from high school, she attended Julliard School of Music in New York but later decided to pursue a career in education, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in education, majoring in mathematics and science, and then a Master of Science degree in psychology. She devoted her career, which spanned nearly 35 years, to the public education systems of New York City, Lexington (Mass.) and Philadelphia. She began as an algebra teacher, then became a high school guidance counselor, and finally a principal, serving at several inner-city Philadelphia schools over the course of a dozen years. She was also a licensed family therapist and had her own private practice for several years. During her life, Sybil was an avid tennis player, ice skater, golfer, snow-skier, snow-mobiler, jet skier, water-skier, and hiker. She was into everything from camping, motor boating, sailing and bird-watching, to Tai Chi, and yoga. She even rode 3-wheel off-road vehicles. She loved to play all kinds of games, especially bridge, mahjongg, Monopoly and Scrabble, and she also loved crossword puzzles and did one nearly every day. She loved to cook and barbeque, and she would BBQ just about anything on a number of occasions she BBQ'd turkey at Thanksgiving. Sybil travelled the world including the America's, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, New Zealand, and Australia, where she lived for two years. She also travelled extensively throughout the U.S., visiting almost every State and living in several, including New York, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California. She loved lush gardens and beautiful flowers her favorite was the daisy. She loved animals, especially dogs and cats, and always had one or more of them in the house. She was spirited and forthright and often flamboyant. She had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh and could light up a room. She will be dearly missed but never forgotten by all those who knew her and whose lives she touched. Sybil leaves behind her beloved husband, Russ, cherished children Ron (Ri ) and Mark (Alison), stepchildren Sue (Tim) and Karen (Greg), sister Elaine, and adored grandchildren Danielle, Kyle, Naomi, Lucy and Jimmy. A celebration of Sybil's wonderful life will be held on October 1, 2016.
Sunday LORD, Therese DeGrood 59,passed away peacefully, surrounded by family in her Santa Barbara home on Sept. 12, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 22, 1956 in Mankato, MN to John and Shirley DeGrood. Therese was the sixth of 13 children. Therese moved to California in 1984. She married the love of her life, Dan Lord in 2000. Therese first worked as a draftsperson for a landscape architect and for the past 25 years as a personal assistant for Mr. Ernest Bryant. Her family and friends will always remember her bright smile, endless compassion for the less fortunate, quick wit and kind & generous ways. Theresa was a loving wife, stellar sister, fun aunt and faithful friend. She enjoyed meeting new people and would forever remember you by name. Therese had a passion for the arts, gardening, cooking, skiing, but her main passion was helping people. Therese is survived by her husband, Dan, her mother, Shirley, 8 sisters & 3 brothers, many treasured nieces and nephews and her dog Scooter. She was preceded in death by her father, John, and brother Joe. The family is grateful for the loving care and support from neighbors, friends and the hospice staff for their guidance and support in her final days. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her memory to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara. Therese will be laid to rest in Mankato, MN next to her father and brother Joe. Please join us for a celebration of Therese's life on October 1, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Morgan Hall 4575 Auhay Dr., S.B. 93110. The ceremony beginning at 2:45
Sunday JURGENSEN, Neil Edward 52 Years 12-21-1963 - 9-8-2016 Born in Galena Park, Texas, with a congenital heart defect. Neil was adopted at three days old by Cdr. Kenneth Jurgensen U.S.N and Barbara Jurgensen-Dixon. Neil was fortunate to have one of the best pediatric physicians of that time, to have his heart mended by the famous Dr. Denton Cooley at Texas Children Hospital, Houston, Texas. As a child Neil had two major heart surgeries. Neil grew up in Kingsville, Texas - Lemoore, Calif. - Kailua, Hawaii and Santa Barbara, Calif. Where he attended San Marcos High School and graduated taking the test. Parents divorced. Neil moved to Nevada for the many work opportunities in the big hotels, and he stayed there. May 2016 he came to Carpinteria, Calif. to visit his dying father where Neil went by ambulance to Cottage Hospital with a breathing problem. His mother spent nineteen days with him at Cottage Hospital. Later his sister drove him back to Las Vegas after his father passed (deceased 5-11-2016). Neil could not stop smoking. He passed at Sunrise Hospital, Las Vegas. Neil was kind and sensitive with a natural musical talent and played the Yamaha Organ. His ashes will rest at Oak Hill Cemetery, Ballard, Calif., where he will be joining his grandparents and father. Graveside Service Oct. 21, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. "Clouds have rolled away".
Sunday HODGES, Bobby Eugene 76, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2016 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara after a valiant battle with prostate cancer. Bob was surrounded by his family and close friends. Born in Lindsey, CA, Bob is survived by his wife Barbara of Goleta, his son Gary of St. Louis, MO, three grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha Hodges Coveau and Edward Coveau of Sonora, CA. Bob's work as a software consultant for major defense contractors kept him traveling which was perfect because he loved to go places where he had never been. He was truly a worldwide traveler and always had another trip planned. With Dr. Fred Kass of the Cancer Center on his team, treatments were selected and planned based on Bob's travel schedule! Bob loved to hike. In 2012, he achieved a lifelong dream of hiking in the Swiss Alps from Zurich to Geneva. He loved to hike the Sierras and to fly over them in his beloved Piper Arrow One-Five Charlie. He loved music. As a volunteer compeer (social ambassador) with the Music Academy of the West's summer program, Bob took the musicians hiking, biking, dancing, sailing, picnicking and enjoying authentic Santa Barbara living, especially at the local music festivals. Bob, his music and dancing were rarely separated. Bob loved to smile. His friends and family will remember and miss his smile the most. He was our best friend, mentor, our rock, and best husband. A Celebration of Bob's Life will be held at the Santa Barbara Woman's Club on October 2nd. Donations may be made to the The Cancer Foundation at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara at 300 W Pueblo St. Special heartfelt thanks to Dr. Fred Kass and the wonderful staff for their loving and exceptional care of Bob. To all of Bob's friends and family, directly from "Bob in Paradise", please rest assured that he wants you all to "Make it a great day!."
Sunday ERICKSON, Jean Carmichael Jean Erickson passed peacefully in her sleep on August 9, 2016, after a steady decline in her health. Jean was born January 1, 1925 to Mary and Ralph Carmichael in Vallejo, California. She was raised in Berkeley, completing her schooling at The University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). Jean was fiercely proud of her alma mater, and honored to serve on the Alumni Board of the University. Jean later earned degrees in Library Science as well as a Masters in Education. She tirelessly worked in various capacities: as a wife and mother, as a Camp Fire Girls administrator, and as an adult education teacher. She particularly had a passion for providing education to women with dependent children, as well as the refugee Hmong community in San Diego. Jean married Eldridge (Eric) Erickson November 9, 1951. They lived in California, Colorado, and Arizona, settling in San Diego in 1965. Eric preceded her in death in 2006, her oldest child Lee (Ellen Martin) in 2008. Surviving children are Ann (Steve Jacobsen) and Mary (Brock Ladewig), as well as six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Jean was blessed with a strong will, an inquisitive mind, a love of nature, a dedication to women's education, a loyalty to Cal and a lifelong involvement in the Presbyterian Church. She dearly cherished her Scottish heritage, and was always involved in various organizations, including AAUW as well as her beloved Cal. She kept up via cards and letters with many friends and family members. Jean took great pleasure in the natural world. She enjoyed introducing family and friends to her "alley garden" as well as her numerous photographs of wildflowers. After Eric's death, Jean moved to Santa Barbara in 2008 to be near her daughter Ann and family. During the ensuing years, she lived at Maravilla, White Sands (La Jolla, CA) and the Valle Verde Retirement Community where she was lovingly cared for by staff. A memorial will be held on 10/8/16 at 1:00 at Goleta Presbyterian Church; private interment at Fort Rosecrans in November. Donations in her memory may be made to Cal Alumni Scholarship Association.
Sunday DiRADO, Kathryn (Rice) Born August 7, 1953 Passed August 23, 2016 Resident of Carpinteria, California Our beloved Kathryn (Kathy) passed away on August 23, 2016 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Kathy will be remembered for her compassion, love of life, generosity and kindness. Kathy was born on August 7, 1953, at Letterman Army Hospital at the Presidio of San Francisco to Marjorie and Earle Rice and was raised in Los Gatos, California. She attended Los Gatos schools growing up and graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1971. She enjoyed numerous family vacations to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and many trips along the west coast in the family RV. In 1980, Kathy married Mark DiRado and settled in Santa Barbara, California. They later moved to Rincon Point in Carpinteria, California and raised three wonderful children. The family loved the ocean and the Santa Barbara coast. She was an integral part of the family business but, her greatest joy was raising her children and spending time with her grandchildren. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Mark DiRado, her parents Marjorie and Earle Rice, her brother Mark Rice (Nancy), her daughters Jennifer DiRado Hurst (Gregory), Kiley DiRado Evans (Cody) and son Matthew DiRado. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Taylor and Mia Hurst and Charlotte Evans. Kathy is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and countless family members and dear friends. In lieu of flowers, if you wish you may assist in helping find a cure for pancreatic cancer by making a donation in Kathys name to our "Pancreatic Walk for Kathy" on October 1, 2016: http://2016Silicon ValleyWalk.kintera.org or Serenity House Hospice, Santa Barbara: https://interland3donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E9655&id=7
Sunday CASHMAN, Katie Kathleen "Katie" R. Cashman, age 66, died peacefully on September 1, 2016, at home in Simi Valley, California, after a brief struggle with cancer. Katie was born June 2, 1950, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of Lyle Kirk Shores and Dolores R. Shores and had two older brothers, Kirk and Jeff. Katie had many hobbies that she thoroughly enjoyed throughout her life. As a young adult, Katie was in the glee club and a cheerleader for Ganesha High School in Pomona, California. As Katie grew up she developed a passion for cooking, baking and reading.Her cookbook inventory was robust and she had abundant taste testers readily available.Katie received several first place awards in various cooking contests and was known for numerous signature dishes.In addition to these hobbies, you could find Katie at the shooting range, fishing at the lake or watching movies with her adoring husband. Katie built a strong reputation as a land use and probate legal secretary in both Santa Barbara and Ventura County.She began her career at Schramm & Raddue in 1980,and retired from Arnold LaRochelle Mathews VanConas & Zirbel, LLP in 2012.In addition to raising two loving children and mastering her profession, Katie was the President of the Legal Secretaries Association in 1985, and an active Notary Public over the course of her 30-year career.In 1993,Katie married the love of her life James "Kelly" Cashman in Santa Barbara, California, and later moved to Simi Valley. Most importantly, Katie had a zest for life and an incredible sense of humor.She always had a smile, laughed easily and anyone who had the privilege of knowing her knew theyd met a great person.She will be deeply missed. Katie is survived by her mother, Dolores, brother, Kirk and husband Kelly Cashman; daughter, Kristin Chambers, son, John Chambers and step-son, Luke Cashman; grandchildren, Ashley Chambers and Hunter Dahlen, Taryn, Kira and Jazlynn Chambers and Gavin Cashman; 3 nieces and 2 nephews, 1 aunt, 2 uncles, and 2 great grandchildren and her many dear friends. There will be a private graveside service for immediate family members at Cavalry Cemetery in Santa Barbara and a celebration of life in October. For information on attending the celebration, contact Kristin Chambers at Katie.cashman.2016memorial@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society with a card sent to Kristin Chambers at 102 N. Hope Ave., #48, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. You can also donate to the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara by sponsoring her daughter running the 5k in her memory at http://www.ccsb.org/ cancer-center and clicking sponsor a participant: Kristin Chambers.Or join her on the run/walk to honor Katie!