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Today TURNER, Barbara Baertschi Passed away October 9th 2014. Her family would like to invite all who knew her to a celebration of her life Saturday, November 8th from 2pm at her home 960 Tulare Street, Pismo Beach CA 93449
Today TUCKER, Kenneth Aug. 8, 1924 - Oct. 17, 2014 Retired entomologist, died at the age of 90 at Serenity Hospice House. Born to John and Jessie Tucker in Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Ken grew up enjoying the beach and adjacent mountain sides accessible on foot or by bicycle with his seven brothers and sisters. He attended Lincoln grade school and Santa Barbara High School. A school teacher in Santa Barbara got Ken interested in keeping honeybees when he was a boy, an interest that he continued through his teen-age years on Fellowship Road. During World War II he enlisted in the navy and served as a radioman on an LST ship for two years in the south Pacific. On returning, he enrolled at the Riviera campus of Santa Barbara College for a term, then transferred to the University of California at Berkeley, where his brother John was a graduate student in Botany. Ken transferred to the UC-Davis campus as a graduate student in the Honeybee laboratory, and graduated with a Ph. D. in entomology. While at Davis he met Shirley Cotter, a botany graduate student; they were married in 1953. After obtaining his Ph.D., Ken worked as an extension entomologist at the University of Minnesota, taught biology at Lake Forest College in Illinois, and then worked for many years as an apicultural scientist at the federal Honey Bee Laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA. Ken worked on Africanized bees in Venezuela and other South American countries before they advanced to the U. S. His wife Shirley was a professor of Botany at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. They enjoyed travel to many parts of the world. They both retired in 1995, and moved to Santa Barbara. They have been ardent advocates for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, and have endowed a staff position for a plant systematist there. Ken enjoyed the many venues in Santa Barbara for classical music, the Humanists Society meetings, the Farmers' Market, as well as hiking, fishing and kayaking. Ken will be greatly missed by his wife Shirley of 60 years, his brother Stanley (Marion), sister Mary Kraft, niece Linda Tucker, and many other nieces and nephews. The family thanks the staff of Serenity Hospice House for their excellent care and help. Memorials can be made to either the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden or Serenity Hospice House. Arrangements are by Welch-Ryce-Haider. No immediate service; a celebration of his life will be held at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden in mid-November.
Sunday TONISSON, TOMAS R. 1934-2014, passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 Born in Tartu, Estonia to Cap. Tom survived the bombings of WWII in Dresden and Berlin, Germany. Tom immigrated with his mother and sister to USA in 1948.
Sunday SILLARS, Patricia Sites Longtime Goleta resident Patricia Sites Sillars passed away on September 28, 2014 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara, after a courageous fight with cancer at the age of 78. Patricia (Pat) was born in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey in June, 1936 to Kenneth and Marjorie Sites. Memorial gifts may be made to Serenity House, or the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of ...
Today SANDS, Roger Wellington 85, died on October 7th, 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA. He will be remembered as a kind, fun and generous man that deeply loved his wife and family. Memorial Services will be held at the Samarkand Chapel in Santa Barbara on Saturday October 25th at 2:30pm. A reception will follow immediately afterwards. Roger was born in Boston Massachusetts the son of Donald Phipps Sands and Lucile Nash Sands on June 5th, 1929. He graduated from Bordentown Military Institute ('47) and Babson College ('51) with a degree in Business. Roger and Marcia married in the summer of '49. Soon after graduating from Babson, he responded to the call 'Go West Young Man'. His first career stop was Cleveland, Ohio and the birthplace of his son Donald Phipps Sands the III. Shortly thereafter they headed to San Francisco where their daughter Marie Elizabeth was born. In 1955 they purchase their first home in Silicon Valley where Roger built a successful career at Ampex and Lockheed. In the early 70s Roger became restless as the entrepreneur within bloomed. He started a retail cycling business that pioneered the introduction of high-end touring and racing bicycles to the west coast. For the next 20 years Roger and Marcia worked side by side at The Bicycle Center in Santa Cruz. Roger's cycling passion and confidence started at age 12 when he and a neighbor friend had an impactful 10-day bicycling adventure, which started in Boston and wove its way through New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. His love for exercise and the outdoors continued as an adult through his active involvement in the Sierra Club and numerous cycling tours with Marcia throughout US and Europe. In 1990 they retired to Carmel for 10 years where he became an active tennis player. 2000 was the year of 'serious grand parenting'. The Sands moved to Cupertino to be close to Ryan and Samantha the children of their son Donald, and Sheena and Amber the daughters of Marie Elizabeth. Roger was also a generous mentor. He helped Dean (his son-in-law to-be) start a retail cycling store in Los Altos and his son Donald land his first job in cycling that quickly transitioned into a successful sales career at a cycling distributor. In 2001 the Sands moved to Santa Barbara taking residence at the Samarkand Retirement Community. Roger remained active in retirement by helping Samarkand residents sell/retire their automobiles, 73 altogether. Roger is survived by his wife of 65 years Marcia, his brother Richard, his son Donald Sands and wife AmyJo, his daughter Marie Elizabeth and husband Dean Hovey, grandchildren Ryan and Samantha Sands, Sheena Mawson and Amber Heffernan, and great grandchildren Serevina and Samuel Mawson. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Santa Barbara, 1528 Chapala St. #204 Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Today POST, Mary Helen Rowe Mary Helen Rowe Post died in her sleep on October 16, 2014, at her home in Santa Barbara, with her family close by. Mary Helen was born May 14, 1921 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Everett Rowe and Evelyn Weber Rowe. The family moved to California in 1921, eventually settling in Carpinteria where Mary Helen and her two brothers, Everett Jr. (Bill) and John, attended elementary school. As a young teen, she worked in the local lemon packing houses and played piano in local churches to help her family, graduating from Carpinteria High School in 1937 at age 16. Awarded a full scholarship to Occidental College by Emma Woods, Mary Helen graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1941, teaching in Arcadia and then at Wilson school in Santa Barbara. She married Edwin Rudd Post in 1948 and moved to Lancaster, where the Post family was involved in farming alfalfa. Rudd and Mary Helen were together 58 years until Rudd's death. In 1956, the couple and their three daughters moved to Santa Barbara. During the 1960s and 70s, Mary Helen taught at Roosevelt, Wilson, and Lincoln schools, working both as a classroom teacher and a teacher/ parent mentor in Head Start programs. She was a long-time member of the Santa Barbara Shakespeare Club and a founding member of Christ the King Episcopal Church, where she served as organist and on the vestry. A life-long Christian, musician, reader and lover of the outdoors, she enriched the lives of all who knew her with her quiet spirituality and her love of music, literature, and nature. She is survived by her daughters and their families: Sarah and Geoffrey Sarkissian (Modjeska Canyon) and their daughter Julie Post Fitzpatrick (son in law James), and son David Sarkissian; Janet and Cliff Van Renterghem and their daughters Eliana and Elizabeth (Santa Barbara); Alice and Todd Amspoker and their children Stephen, Rachel, and Meredith (Santa Barbara); and by many precious nieces and nephews and their children. Mary Helen was excited by the recent arrival of her first great-grandchild, William Rudd Fitzpatrick, born to Julie and James Fitzpatrick (Brooklyn, New York). A memorial service will be held at Christ the King, 5073 Hollister Avenue, on Sunday, October 26 at 1:30 pm. Private burial will be held at Carpinteria Cemetery. Gifts in her memory may be made to Christ the King Episcopal Church or the Santa Barbara Music Club Scholarship Fund.
Today NEWSWANGER MD, Warren John June 19, 1927 October 13, 2014 Dr. Warren Newswanger passed away peacefully in Santa Barbara of natural causes on October 13th at the age of 87. He will be remembered by many as a wonderful doctor who dedicated his life to his patients. Warren was born on Father's Day, June 19, 1927 in Los Angeles. He was a charismatic child who had fun, but also demonstrated a sense of responsibility that propelled him in life. He become an Eagle Scout when he was just 13. While attending Marshall High School he worked in his father's machine shop to earn money to buy a car, but said he was "scandalized" when gas prices increased to 10 cents/gallon! He put his skills to good use as a Machinist Mate in the U.S. Navy during WWII. After the war he attended Occidental College and married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jean Van Degrift. Together they had one son. He attended medical school at UC San Francisco, did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harbor General Hospital, and specialty training in gynecologic cancer surgery at the City of Hope in Los Angeles. He opened his first medical practice in Santa Maria in 1960 where he practiced for 14 years. He married Kathleen Monahan in 1970. Warren joined the medical staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in 1973. In addition to his private practice, he also provided care at the Santa Barbara County Clinic. In 1991, Cottage Hospital presented him with the Distinguished Physician Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for his outstanding service to the people of Santa Barbara in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was delivering an average of 50 babies per month. His record was 102 babies in one month. He delivered 20,000 babies during his 50 year career, and sometimes delivered three generations of children in a family! Warren was a Diplomat of The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the Santa Barbara Medical Society for 50 years, and served two terms as President of the Tri-Counties Obstetrics and Gynecology Society. Warren retired in 2007. Many patients, nurses, and doctors remember him as a respectful, gentle and skilled physician who was dedicated to the care of his patients. His colleagues described him as an outstanding, well-respected physician who was always ready to help. Nurses called him "the John Wayne of obstetrics." Warren was raised in the Presbyterian faith and served as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Maria. He later joined the Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic minister at San Roque Parish in Santa Barbara. Fishing was his favorite sport and his favorite way to bond with his son. He owned several boats over the years that he used for fishing and joy riding with his grandchildren. He enjoyed reading history.He married Clare Montana in 1986. They enjoyed traveling, working together, fishing, and being a part of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. Warren is survived by his wife Clare Montana, his son David Newswanger, daughter-in-law Susanne Lennon Newswanger, and 3 grandchildren, Sarah, Paul, and Carolyn. A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday October 28th at 10 AM at San Roque Catholic Church, 3200 Calle Cedro, Santa Barbara, CA. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Visiting Nurse & Hospice care, 512 E. Gutierrez St., Ste. A, SB 93103
Sunday MIRATTI, Susan E. Third generation Santa Barbarian, died October 9, 2014, at Serenity House from complications from Multiple Myeloma, just one month before her 65th birthday. Upon her return to Santa Barbara, Susan attended Santa Barbara Business College and worked as a bookkeeper for Miratti Liquors, her father's chain of businesses. Susan's memorial Mass will be held at her Parish, ...
Today MERENBACH, Lynne Dana Petersen Lynne passed away peacefully the morning of October 18, 2014. She was born in Hoosick falls, New York on November 7, 1945 to Thomas and Jocelyn Petersen. She was the eldest of six children and at an early age, stepped in to help her parents and beloved grandmother Esther raise her two younger brothers and the triplets, two girls and a boy who blessed the family in 1957. This early responsibility surrounded by her loving family defined Lynne's warmth, generosity and lifelong love of family celebrations. In 1958, the family moved to Goleta and Lynne graduated from San Marcos High School in 1964. Following high school, Lynne joined UCSB to pursue an administrative position in the office of the Chancellor. The role of Administrative Assistant proved to fall short of her desire to travel and see the world so in 1966 her father drove her to an interview for a job as a flight attendant for TWA. Of the many applicants, Lynne was the only candidate from Santa Barbara who was offered a job. After completing her training in Kansas City, Missouri she was stationed in San Francisco where she launched a glamorous and exciting 37 year career of flying to some of the most exotic places on earth. Lynne loved her job, and traveled all over the world, visiting every important sight in every major city of the world. As a Flight Attendant, she would go on to log so many miles flying across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that she could have traveled to the moon and back ten times. On one of her visits home in 1974, Lynne met the love of her life, Dennis Merenbach. They married November 26, 1977 in Santa Barbara where they lived a happy and exciting life together filled with travel, adventure and a love of life. Lynne developed a passion for sports and shared Dennis' commitment and passion for his alma mater, USC. Together, they embraced the USC motto "Fight On", attended many Rose Bowl games together and lived the USC motto to the fullest during the challenges that life inevitably presents. She also loved the NFL's San Francisco 49'ers and went to two of their most exciting Super Bowl games. Not content with field sports alone, she also developed a love for sports cars and Formula One racing, having travelled to see races in many exotic cities of the world, including twice to the ne plus ultra of Formula One, Monte Carlo. When not enjoying the excitement of watching Formula One with Dennis they were often found touring in their Corvette and spending time with their good friends in the Santa Barbara Corvette Club. But Lynne's greatest passion was for her family. She dearly loved her husband, his children, her parents and her three brothers and two sisters. She loved to have her family close and host celebrations of life's big events. Being the most gracious hostess and gourmet cook, Lynne loved to entertain and decorate her home during the holidays. One of Lynne's happiest times of the year was when her family and all their children gathered to celebrate Christmas together. Her Christmas trees decorated in all their splendor with beautiful ornaments from around the world always delighted the children and made their anticipation of opening presents that much sweeter. Lynne was most loved, had the biggest, most generous heart, and always wore a smile that was full of Life. Lynne passed away on October 18, 2014, one month before her 69th birthday and her 37th wedding anniversary. "Perhaps they are not stars in the sky but rather openings in the heavens through which our loved ones pour out their love and let us know they are happy." Lynne is survived by her husband, and her two stepchildren, Michael William Merenbach (Vickie), Ogden Susan Merenbach, and her brothers Leif Petersen (Dana), Lloyd Petersen (Helen), Thomas Petersen (Jennifer) and her sisters Tina Perkins (Rick) and Thea Townsend and her many nephews and nieces, Brett Townsend, Britta Petersen, Cole Petersen, Addison, Andrew and Samantha Hunter, Louisa Petersen Breakey (Matson), and Kirstie Petersen Miller (Robert). In celebration of Lynne's life there will be private memorial and her ashes will join her father and mother off the coast of their home in Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, the family humbly requests a memorial donation be made to the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara.
Sunday McFARLAND, Robert "Bob" Alton 71, of Santa Barbara, California, died October 7, 2014, after a 12-year battle with multiple myeloma. Bob practiced family law and estate planning in Santa Barbara for more than thirty-five years. Growing up, Bob was active in Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Today JACOBS, Julie Anne 54, Santa Barbara, CA 3/1/1960 10/16/2014 Julie Jacobs, 54, of Santa Barbara has passed away, unexpectedly and peacefully. The world is now without the company of this bright, beautiful, deeply genuine and loving human being. Born to parents Van and Annie when they lived in Downey, CA, Julie graduated from Downey High School, and in 1979 she made Santa Barbara her home for life. She earned her Bachelor's at UCSB and was very proud to have accomplished that while working full time. She was highly respected in her career. She was a very supportive and inspirational manager, consultant and executive. Julie was quite brilliant with financial matters, all the way up to the level of CFO. In the non-profit community, she was also a welcome board member and fundraiser. If a meeting or conference included Julie, it was likely to be quite successful- and certainly not boring. Julie loves God and all He created. She came to know Jesus a number of years ago, and her relationship with Him became ever deeper, especially when she met others who shared her belief. She loved her church, cherishing its loving family-like acceptance and support. She was very loyal and loving to her friends, of whom she had many through the years. She kept friends close to her heart and was willing to do anything for them . . . and she did. Julie loved every single living creature, no matter how large or small or scary or friendly. When she bought her first home with a yard (one of her dreams), she was able to adopt Lacey, a spirited, sometimes demanding, gregarious puppy who grew to share in Julie's adventures. Julie adored the water. When she was swimming in the ocean off Hendry's Beach, with Lacey waiting for her eagerly on shore, those were among Julie's happiest moments. For someone who loved to swim, hike, bike and paddleboard, Santa Barbara was the perfect place to live. Julie also loved to travel, and her favorite travel companion was her mom, Annie. Julie is survived by her adored parents, Annie Robinson and stepdad Bill Robinson, and by her brother Kristi and sister-in-law Mary. Preceding Julie in passing were her father Van Jacobs and brother Van "Ringo" Jacobs. Julie will be forever missed by so many who were fortunate enough to know her and benefit from her wisdom, friendship, humor and spirit. Mortuary services were provided by Welch-Ryce-Haider. A memorial celebration for Julie will be held on Monday, October 27th at 3:00pm at the Free Methodist Church, 1435 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made either to the Free Methodist Church, or to Girls Inc. of Santa Barbara. Or, if you choose to adopt a rescue animal, this would surely make Julie smile.
Sunday BRANIFF, MaryLee (Moore) Our beloved MaryLee (Moore) Braniff passed away peacefully at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Phoenix, Arizona on February 16, 1937, to Bill and Annalee (Melby) Moore, MaryLee was the eldest of four children. MaryLee taught school and enriched young lives teaching kindergarten ...
Sunday BRADLEY, Dora Bromfield Dora died peacefully on the night of October 7 , 2014 having enjoyed a glorious and event-filled 96 years of life. Dora met her husband, fine artist, Joseph Bradley, at the old Casa de Sevilla in Santa Barbara, and they were married in 1945. Dora was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, daughter, Wendy and brothers, Innis & Arthur Bromfield.
Today ADAM Sr., Richard E. Richard E. Adam Sr., 84, of Santa Maria passed away at his home on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Richard was born August 14, 1930 in Berkley, California to John and Hester Adam. He was a Great Grandson of William Laird Adam, one of the founders of Santa Maria. Dick, as he was known to some, attended local schools, both UC Davis and UC Berkley where he graduated with a degree in agricultural economics and served in the Air Force before returning to Santa Maria to farm and raise his family. After just a 4 month courtship, he married Bernadette Florence Lippert of San Francisco, on August 25, 1962. Richard farmed with his brother Jack until 1994 when he and his sons struck out on their own. He served his community on the Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary School board, Santa Maria Valley Water Conservation District board and was a member of numerous agricultural and civic organizations. He was instrumental in the adjudication of the Santa Maria Groundwater Basin, ensuring that his grandchildren and beyond would have water to farm with. He was a pilot and enjoyed flying his Cessna 206 and the 337, an inline twin that made the cover of AOPA Magazine that he was very proud of. He enjoyed hunting various game including quail, doves and deer. Hunting together was a favorite activity with his sons as we were growing up. His favorite "sport" was watching his beloved sons grow their business. He held court each day at lunch at various local restaurants where he would have lunch with his sons and numerous guests. He was a mentor to many, both with free advice and a few times, with money, land or other support. He acquired 2 patents and invented many aides and process improvements to make farm work easier for those working the fields for him and others producing and harvesting the same crops. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Bernadette, sons Peter (Amy), Kerry (Diane), Richard Jr. (Carrick) and Dominic (Hala) and Grandchildren Victoria, Joseph, Olivia, Mattie, Meryl, Audrey, Kate, Henry, Jacob, Austin and Luke. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Hester Adam, his brother Jack and his grandson, Carl Peter. He is loved and will be missed. A Mass will be held for Richard at 11am, Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church, 1190 E. Clark Avenue in Orcutt. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project in his name. Arrangements are in the care of Magner-Maloney Funeral Home and Crematory.