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Sunday FRAGALA, Peter Anthony 47, of North Andover MA, formerly of Santa Barbara, passed away at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. As a young boy Peter was an Eagle Scout, he was educated in North Andover and graduated from North Andover High School. Peter is survived by his siblings, John S. Fragala and Paul Fragala, both of North Andover, Tom Fragala and his ...
Sunday PEREZ, Rafael "Ralph" 10/23/1926-4/l/2014 Rafael "Ralph" Perez 87, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2014 after a long illness with his family by his side. Services were held on April 8 th at Hemsbrothers Mortuary at El Centro, Ca. Go in peace with the Lord you will be forever missed, loved and remembered.
Today ORTEGA, Hortensia Luera 91, passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on Friday, April 18, 2014. Hortensia was born April 29, 1922 in Hurley, New Mexico to Rumaldo and Jennie Luera. The family moved from New Mexico to Santa Barbara where they stayed and started the La Paloma Cafe Restaurant. She was know to most of her family and friends as ‘Tencha.’ She worked alongside her family in the restaurant for at least 35 years. She spent her later years living in Oxnard, California but returning back home to be with her family in Santa Barbara the last 3 years of her life. She is survived by her daughter Josephine Reynoso (David), grandchildren Katharine and Daniel Reynoso; great-granddaughter Jennifer, her sister Amelia Sarinana and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband Arnold Ortega, her parents Rumaldo and Jennie Luera, her sister Virginia Gusman and her grandson David Reynoso, Jr. A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Church, 5444 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA. The family would like to thank the staff at Mission Terrace for taking such good care of my mother.
Sunday MITCHUM, Dorothy Clements Spence A daughter of William Lemuel Spence and Ina Clements Spence, born in Camden, Delaware, May 2, 1919, passed peacefully at Serenity House hospice in Santa Barbara, California on April 12, 2014, just 20 days shy of her 95th birthday. Dorothys writing career was put on hold when she gave birth to her first son, James Robin Mitchum, on May 8, 1941. On March...
Today MAINZ, Dorothy Sumner •Dorothy passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 17, 2014. She was born October 7, 1929 to Dr. Willard and Marie Sumner in Edgerton, Wisconsin. Dorothy was a 1947 graduate of Edgerton High School in Wisconsin and attended Downer College and Prospect Hall Secretarial School in Milwaukee. She met Robert Mainz, her husband while attending Prospect Hall. They married in 1952 and resided for over 20 years in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin raising their two daughters, Susan and Sara. In 1972, the family was transferred from Whitefish Bay Wisconsin to Santa Barbara, California where Dorothy remained a resident there until June 2012 at which time she moved to the Eskaton Lodge, Granite Bay to be closer to her family. Her husband preceded her in death in 2007. She was a loving daughter, wife, sister-in-law (Jeanette Wilhelm), mother of two girls, Susan Watts (Bob) and Sara Marks, grandmother to Julie Clouse (Jeremiah), Lindsay Strong (Scott), Nicole Marks, and Kyle Marks and great-grandmother to Cameron and Tyler Clouse, Connor Cavanaugh and Claire Strong, aunt (Mark Wilhelm and Dirk Wilhelm) and cousin (Carl Schorsch). Dorothy will be remembered for her welcoming smile, gracious demeanor, thoughtfulness; her witty sense of humor, beauty, kindness and generosity. She was a long time member of the Santa Barbara Assistance League. A family memorial will take place in Santa Barbara, California. Remembrances may be made to the American Lung Association http://action.lung.org/memorial or the American Cancer Society (800) 227-2395 or http://cancer.org.
Today MADISON, Jack R •Jack entered this world on August 6, 1930 in Montebello, East Los Angeles. He quietly left us early Easter Sunday morning April 20, 2014, while peacefully sleeping, as was apparent in his countenance. •Sports were very important to Jack. In his junior high years, he participated in Track and Field. Later in high school, he excelled as a football player and in his senior year, in 1948, he was honored as 'Most Valuable Athlete of East Los Angeles.' After that, for a time, he played professional football, but then decided to attend and graduated from Bible college in Pasadena. •Soon thereafter, Jack answered the military call in 1954, joined the army and was eventually sent to Korea. Upon return from military duty he worked for Railway Express and after their closing, he went to work for the Santa Barbara County Road Department. He retired in 1992 due to declining health. •Jack was a man of strong Christian convictions. Even in his many years of declining health due to diabetes and other health challenges, he had a solid faith in God which always sustained him. A very special 'thank you' to Dr. Daniel Berger who gave Jack excellent care and ongoing help for many years. •Jack is survived by his wife of 61 years, Alix Madison, his sister Gwen Hughey (Hank) and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by both of his parents and three siblings. There will be a Memorial Service at Living Faith Church, 4597 Hollister Avenue, on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. (There will be no graveside service.) In lieu of flowers, if you wish to honor Jack's memory, please consider a contribution to the American Diabetes Association at www.donations.diabetes.org (or) to any Christian organization, such as: -Samaritans' Purse at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/donate-online -The Salvation Army at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org -The Gideons International at www.gideons.org/sendtheword
Sunday JOHNSTON, Owen Granville Passed away on April 2nd, 2014 at his Santa Ynez Valley ranch home. Owen participated in community organizations including Semana Nautica and the Junior Chamber of Commerce while living in Santa Barbara. Owen is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gay; sons Owen (Beverly) and Brad (Janet); daughter Kathy (Bruce); five grandchildren and one great- grandchild.
Sunday JEFFERS, Richard (Jeff) Passed away peacefully at home on March 20, 2014 after a long illness. After returning to Santa Barbara, Jeff continued to provide master upholstery for antique and specialty cars. In lieu of flowers, please support the Igniter Scholarship Fund, c/o Santa Barbara High School Alumni Association, P.O. 6121, Santa Barbara, CA 93160, Visiting Nurse Association/...
Sunday HIEBERT, Randall D. September 25, 1940 - March 16, 2014 Randall Dale Hiebert, Ventura, was born September 25, 1940, in Santa Paula, to Wallace Francis and Lucille Albright Hiebert. Randall was a fine craftsman who owned and operated Counter Craft in Santa Barbara, manufacturing and installing countertops in many homes and businesses in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
Sunday HETH, James Jim Burns 81, of Carpinteria, California, passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Jim was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning and was the visionary for the Tomol Interpretive Play Area on Linden Avenue. Jim was a member of Summerland Presbyterian Church and a memorial service will be held at the church at 11 a.m. Thursday...
Today GREER, Juliette Marion Kathryn Gartrell •Juliette Marion Kathryn Gartrell Greer passed early Easter morning, April 20, 2014 in Fresno. Juliette was born on May 22, 1922 on a farm outside of Kansas City, Missouri to Charles W. Gartrell and Kathryn Walsh Gartrell. •In 1925, they moved to Santa Barbara, CA where Juliette was raised with her siblings, Charles and Greg Gartrell. She attended Santa Barbara State College Elementary school - which eventually became UCSB. She attended La Cumbre Junior High, Santa Barbara High School and Southern Methodist University and returned to Santa Barbara as the war was beginning. She belonged to the Coedetts, an organization that transported soldiers to and from dances at Army and Air Corps camps. It was at one of these dances that she met her future husband, Harry J ‘Barney’ Greer, who she later married on January 16, 1943 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara. Over the next 5 years, the Army transferred Barney and they lived in Texas, California, Oklahoma and Kentucky until Barney was sent to Germany. Juliette lived with her parents in Santa Barbara. When Barney returned after the war, Nash Finch Co. hired him and they moved to Liberal, Kansas. In 1948, they moved back to Santa Barbara where they started their family. They had four children Candida, Sally, Chuck and Katie. She became an active volunteer for the church, the Assistance League and the Hillside House. She taught classes at the Museum of Natural History and St. Michaels preschool in Goleta. In 1981 they moved to Tulare, CA where their daughter, Sally lived. Juliette became the Curator for the Tulare City Historical Museum. After 50 years of marriage, Barney died in 1992, and Juliette moved to Fresno where her daughter Katie lives. She got a job with Valley Caregivers Resource Center in the Ombudsman program. She was a docent at the Metropolitan Museum, an active parishioner of St. Columba church and was involved in the Newcomers Club and the Fiber Arts Guild. Juliette loved playing tennis, golf and water skiing. She was an advocate for preservation of the environment and the humane treatment of animals and the elderly. She took art classes at Fresno State and loved going to writing class, reading and visiting her children. Juliette was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and her husband. She is survived by her four children, Candida Brush and her husband Dave from Duxbury, MA, Sally Curti Ringer and her husband Tom from Visalia, CA, Chuck and his wife Libby from Santa Cruz, CA and her daughter Katie Zenovich-Wightman and her husband Paul from Fresno. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held as St. Columba Episcopal church on Sunday, May 25 at 1:00pm 5072 N. Palm Ave. in Fresno, CA 93711.
Today CRAIG, Patricia We sadly lost our mother on 4.17.14 at Cottage Hospital. She passed away peacefully. All her children and grandchildren were by her side. She was born in S.B. and raised here. She leaves 2 biological sons as well as 2 stepsons. Michael and wife Karen, Mark and his wife Lisa, Terry and Jeff and their wives. She was loved by many.
Sunday BOONE, Caroline Jane Tighe Was an inspiration to most, a "favorite aunt" to many and the one who always enjoyed a swim in the lake after a round of golf on a sunny summer afternoon. Carol died at her daughter Anne's home in Santa Barbara, California, on April 12, 2014. Carol had four lovely daughters, two grandsons and 4 granddaughters.
Today BATEMAN, Gary L. 1951 - 2014 Our dear husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 surrounded by his loving family in Ogden, Utah. Gary was born April 2, 1951 in Emporia, Kansas to Paul Bateman and Glenda Clemmer. In 1962 he and his family moved to Santa Barbara, California, where in the days of his youth he developed a love of art and became skilled in painting and drawing. Gary graduated from San Marcos High School in 1969 and soon after met Karen Paul, the love of his life. They decided to face the world together and so they married in 1973. Gary was very much a family man. He filled his life with music, art, and his family, who loved him deeply. Gary liked everyone he met and was full of compassion and kindness. He will be remembered always. Gary is survived by his wife, Karen; children Jeremy, Chris (Brittney), and Sarah; his beloved grandchildren Charlie and Ellie; his mother Glenda, brothers Phil (Pam) and Tim, sister Barbara, sister-in-law Katherine (Larry), mother-in-law Gayle, father-in-law Richard (Zelma) and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Gary’s life will be held on April 24, 2014 at the Lindquist Alumni Center at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Weber State University for the Gary L. Bateman Art Scholarship Fund.