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Today KALSTROM, LaVella (Dene) Mar 2, 1932 - Dec 8, 2014 It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of LaVella at her home in Goleta, CA.•Services will be held at Goleta Valley Church, 595 N Fairview Ave on Dec 20 at 11 am. LaVella is survived by her husband Richard, son John and daughter-in-law Diane Kalstrom of Goleta, her sister of Camas Valley, OR, her brother of Tucson, AZ, and cousins in CA and MO.
Sunday ZANINOVICH, Martin John August 7, 1923 - December 9, 2014 Martin J. Zaninovich, respected Delano grape grower and shipper, dedicated family man, and another proud member of the "Greatest Generation" passed away peacefully on December 9, at the age of 91. He was born at home in Dinuba, California to Mary and John Zaninovich and raised with his four siblings in Porterville on the family ...
Sunday ULBRICHT, Ruth Carolyn Squire Passed away on September 19, 2014, in Ridgecrest, CA, at the age of 87. She is survived by her husband Emil Paul Ulbricht, with whom she shared 63 wonderful years, two daughters Ann Gordon and Jan Moramarco, and son Paul Ulbricht. Other surviving decedents include grandchildren Tomas Walker, Brett Walker, John Gordon, Megan Ulbricht, Alexis Gordon, Drew Walker and Ryan Ulbricht, and great grandchildren Derek, ...
Sunday TOYE, Alfred "Malcolm" Passed away December 9, 2014 Malcolm was born February 2, 1927, in London, England to Herbert Toye and Stella Brown. In WWII, at age 16 Malcolm joined the British Merchant Marine. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to SB Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.
Today SLATTERY, Margaret "Marmie" Edwards •Died peacefully in her sleep on Nov, 13, 2014, in Santa Barbara, Calif. at the age of 92. Born in Springfield, Mass. on May 14, 1922, Marmie was the daughter of Marguerite and Richard Edwards, a career navy Chief, and grew up on Naval bases from Norfolk to Honolulu. •In 1943 she married Foster Lee Lemly, a fighter pilot who was killed in the opening months of World War II. Marmie and her mother lived out the war years in Santa Barbara, Calif. where she worked as a personal secretary for Donald Peattie, a well-known naturalist and writer. At the close of the war, she met Theodore Slattery, a Marine Corps lieutenant, at a tea-dance for returning veterans at the Biltmore Hotel. They were married on November 12, 1946 at Mount Carmel church in nearby Montecito. Marmie and Ted settled in Ventura, Calif., and had three children: Richard, Kerry and Celia. Ted's career took them back east for a few years, but they dreamed of living in Santa Barbara. They got their chance in 1957 when Ted returned to work for General Electric’s TEMPO division, located in the Balboa Building on State Street. In 1963 the family moved to Washington, D.C.; subsequently, Ted left G.E. to work for the State Department in developing countries around the world. Marmie accompanied him and established homes in such far-flung places as Penang, Malaysia; Athens, Greece; and the Gambia. She loved to travel and took adventurous side trips to off-beat locales, making friends wherever she went. Marmie and Ted retired to an old house on a lake in Oxford, Maine, where she became president of the Thompson Lake Environmental Association, a leader in the community, and co-author of The Thompson Lake Book, A Narrative History . She was an active and loving mother and grandmother to her large family who enjoyed many long summers and holidays together. After Ted passed away in 2008, Marmie moved back to her "spiritual home" of Santa Barbara where her son Kerry and daughter-in-law Karen Slattery (daughter of Marmie's dear friend, Carol Salisbury Hinsdale) cared for her in their home. Marmie will be remembered as a bright and vivacious lady who touched the lives of everyone who knew her. She exemplified style and joie de vivre yet possessed a strength that gave others courage. She is survived by her three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Today PANOSIAN, Ernest Joseph •Our beloved father is safely home forever. We grieve, though not as those who have no hope, knowing that, for him, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. •Ernest was born on October 6, 1916 in Alameda, California to his parents Jacob Serop Panosian and Azniv Jenanyan Panosian. With his brother Howard he enjoyed the warmth and security of a lively, loving family. A bright and inquisitive child, he was often reading several books in a single day by the age of eight. By the time he was fourteen, Ernest was ready to assume the responsibilities of an adult. He began working after school at Campus Shoe Repair in Westwood Village, the largest business of its kind in Los Angeles. There his father put him in charge of a dozen men who manufactured and repaired shoes. It was not long before his father had begun to entrust the entire business to Ernest for extended periods. Following graduation from Beverly Hills High School in 1934 and from UCLA in 1939, Ernest joined the Army, expecting to complete his enlisted service obligation within a year. But war clouds were gathering, and all enlistments were soon declared of indefinite duration. By the conclusion of his eleventh month on active duty Ernest had been promoted from the lowest to the highest enlisted rank. He was sent to Officer Candidate School in Wyoming where, in 1942, he was commissioned an officer in the Army of the United States. Shipped to Guadalcanal at the height of the war in the South Pacific, Ernest commanded a Quartermaster company of 300 men under perilous conditions. His return to California in late 1943 for treatment of malaria unexpectedly opened the door to the greatest joy of his life. After a brief courtship, Ernest and Carolyn were married on June 17, 1944 in one of Oakland's largest wartime weddings. Shortly after Ernest's discharge from the Army in 1946, Ernest and Carolyn built their first house in Brentwood. Jeffrey was born in 1948 and Claire in 1951. While Ernest developed Pan-Pack Foods, his food processing and packaging business, Carolyn made their house a home. School, church, scouts, travel, and family visits filled their busy lives. Moving to Santa Barbara in 1964 and into their new house in Hope Ranch in 1966, Ernest and Carolyn enjoyed a blessed life together as their children pursued their educations and careers. Just as Ernest's success as a military officer had led to prospects for further promotion after the war, so also did Ernest's success as a businessman and commercial real estate principal lead to offers of senior positions in the corporate world and the federal government. These offers he uniformly declined. Ernest had determined that he would never subordinate his family's best interests to career aspirations and never allow himself to be distracted by matters of lesser importance than his family. He was never too busy to help Carolyn, Jeffrey, and Claire, never too busy to help others inside and outside his extended family, and never too busy to spend time together at home and away. He sought the "quiet and peaceable life" that the Scriptures commend. Widely admired for his integrity, industry, intellect, wit, and bearing, Ernest was characterized above all by his love and devotion. He gave himself for those he loved. In this respect he sought to imitate Christ, ever more so as he grew in faith and understanding. Ernest confronted his greatest spiritual challenge during the early part of his final illness. He had been outwardly brave following Carolyn's departure to be with the Lord in 2011, but, as his health problems multiplied, his inner suffering on account of her absence left him disheartened. Then, seemingly without explanation, his attitude began to change. Throughout the last half of his long hospitalization, Ernest impressed those who cared for him with a joy and serenity that was remarkable for someone in his situation. The Lord's grace would be sufficient for him even as the Lord's strength was being made perfect in his increasing weakness. Once again encouraged, and having fought the good fight, Ernest finished his course on November 13, 2014. With Carolyn, he awaits the crown of righteousness which the Lord has laid up for His own. A service of thanksgiving for Ernest's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, located at 1455 East Valley Road in Montecito. A reception will follow at the Montecito Country Club, located on Summit Road a short distance from the church.
Today MORRIS, Michael Leahy Michael Leahy Morris of Goleta passed away peacefully under the tender care of the Sarah House staff on November 26, 2014 after visiting with family and friends. Born on June 5, 1954 in Pasadena, California to Helen M. and Edward F. (Ted) Morris, Michael grew up in Pasadena, California, attending elementary school there, then attending St. Francis High School in LaCanada, where he made important lifelong friends. He spent his early summers in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria, and for the past forty years made the Central Coast from SLO to Carpinteria his home. He is preceded in death by his parents, and survived by his family, sons Joe and Tim, and former spouse Connie, as well as his siblings, Pam Suess, and Patrick and Bob Morris. Michael was cherished by his family and many friends, who wish him peace. A Memorial Mass will be held at the Old Mission Santa Barbara December 19 at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday LING, Jessie Chan January 15, 1914 - December 8, 2014 Jessie Chan Ling, our beloved mother, grand mother, great grandmother and caring friend, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2014 at the age of 100. Jessie leaves her children Michael (Lorraine Spilker Ling), Vivian (Jim Dew), and Angela (Terry Scandrett); grandchildren Stephen Hsu (Maggie), Andrea Hsu (Michael Laris), Melecia Ling...
Today JOHNSON, Cyril •Cyril Johnson, 93 passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Valle Verde Health Center after a brief illness, with family members at his side. •Cyril was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jean, 5 siblings and grandson Brian A. Lehner. He is survived by his four children and their spouses; Judy (Norton) Lehner, David (Katie) Johnson, Charlie (Paula) Johnson, Bruce (Roxann) Johnson; 10 Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren and a large extended family. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Valle Verde Health Center as well as Visiting Nurse & Hospice for their compassion and care during Cyril's final days. A celebration of life service has been planned for Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:00pm at Cambridge Drive Community Church, 550 Cambridge Drive, Goleta, CA 93117 reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Valle Verde Health Center, 900 Calle De Los Amigos, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.
Sunday DAVIS, Lila Lee Known as Lee, Yi or Catherine, died Nov. 20, 2014 in Albuquerque, N.M. from complications of pneumonia. She is survived by daughters Janine Parakletos of Los Gatos, Calif. and Denise Lin of Albuquerque; grandsons Kian Kaul of Portland, Ore.; Tamon Ahmadian of Santa Barbara; Jeremy Lin of Capitola, Calif. and Derek Lin of Berkeley, Calif. A private memorial service was ...
Sunday CASPERS, Sethma Sethma was one of a kind! Sethma was a loving mother who spent much time with her three children: Anne, Marelena, and Bill Jr. Besides her three children, Sethma had 11 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren.
Today BASSETT II, Michael James •We regretfully announce the sudden passing of, Michael James Bassett II on December 6, 2014 at the age of 44. •Michael was born in•Santa Barbara, Calif., on December 10, 1969 to parents Michael J. Bassett Sr. and Linda Coleman. •As a lifelong resident of the area, he attended Harding Elementary, La Cumbre Junior High and Santa Barbara High School. •Michael was loved by many. He was an honorable, loyal, warm hearted, compassionate person and had a great sense of humor. Michael had a great outlook on life and always stayed optimistic despite all odds and obstacles placed in his path of life. He can now rest in peace knowing that he is very well loved and will be missed by all. Michael is survived by his wife Michelle Bassett, his three children, Brandon Bassett, Monica Bassett, and Siandra Bassett. He is also survived by his mother Linda Jean Coleman Razo, sister Michelle "Shelly" Bassett, brother Edward Razo Jr. (Cindy), 8 nephews, 2 nieces and many dear friends. Michael is preceded in death by his father Michael James Bassett Sr. Memorial Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19th at First United Methodist Church, 305 East Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara. Celebration of life Sat, Dec 20th Noon – Dusk, at Shoreline Park. (Please bring your favorite dish). Memorial Donations can be made at Wells Fargo "Michael Bassett Memorial Fund". Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services (805) 895-8409.
Today BARNES, M.D., Elbert Donald March 22, 1925 – November 26, 2014 •Dr. Elbert Donald Barnes, aged 89, of Santa Barbara died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Cottage Hospital after suffering a sudden heart attack. Donald was a long time resident of Levelland, Texas prior to moving to Santa Barbara in the early 1970's. •Born in Levelland, Texas, on March 22, 1925, Donald spent the first four decades of his life in Texas, where his primary concern was that of serving as a family doctor in his community. The second child, and firstborn son of Elbert and Odie Faye Barnes' eleven children, Donald was always a joy to his family. Following graduation from high school in Levelland, Donald entered Baylor College. After earning a B.A. degree at Baylor, in 1943 he was inducted into the US Army to serve his country during World War II. While in the U.S. Army, Donald served in Central Europe earning the rank of Sergeant. He was decorated with numerous ribbons and medals prior to his honorable discharge in May, 1946, when he returned to Texas to continue his studies. In 1948 Donald resumed his studies at University of Texas, Galveston, where he graduated in 1954, with his MD degree. He took and passed his State Board Exams that year and immediately began what would become a truly illustrious career. Following his internship, which he completed at Robert Green Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, Donald began practicing as a General Practitioner at Phillips-Dupre Hospital in Levelland, Texas. Donald would later become a partner and eventually the sole owner of the very hospital in which he had started his medical career. Donald was an amazing physician and a true asset to his community. He thoughtfully and lovingly treated many of the citizens of Levelland and delivered more babies than on could possibly keep count of. In 1973 the Texas State Senate awarded Donald with the distinguished designation of Capitol Physician for his effforts treating the legislators of the 63rd Legislature. In 1974 Donald married his childhood friend, Bessie "Betsy" Kitchen Cooper. Soon thereafter the couple moved to Santa Barbara where they have lived happily ever since. Donald was a member of the Nu Sigma Nu Fraternity and of the First Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed photography, travel and adventure. His other interests included attending theater performances, listening to great music and reading. Donald was predeceased by his beloved parents, Elbert and Odie Faye Barnes (nee Bowers), and his sisters Eva Vaughn, Florence Holloway and Barbara Cooper. His sisters Odie Faye Walker, Mildred Childress, Linda Burns and Eula Jane Funk, and brothers Royce Barnes, David Barnes and Douglas Barnes and their spouses survive him. His beloved wife, Bessie "Betsy" Barnes also survives him, as do many nieces and nephews and their children. A graveside service was held at Santa Barbara Cemetery on December 16, 2014. It was attended by his wife and members of his immediate family. According to his wishes Dr. Barnes was buried in Santa Barbara so that he and Betsy may rest in peace in the community that has become their home. Funeral Arrangements were arranged by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
Sunday ANDERSON, Donald M. Donald M. Anderson, 86, died on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Valle Verde retirement community in Santa Barbara after a long illness. Don was recruited by the founders of Santa Barbara National Bank in 1969 to join their small community bank, founded in 1960, and serve as president. Under Don's leadership, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust gained 30% of the banking ...