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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
Sunday SUMMER, Mitchell April 2, 1950 to September 9, 2014 Our beloved Mitchell passed away at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, with his loved ones by his side. The family would like to extend sincere gratitude to the nurses and doctors of the Santa Barbara Med Center, the Santa Barbara Gastroenterology Consultants, the Santa Barbara Kidney Center, ...
Sunday SANDS, Roger Wellington 85, died on October 7th, 2014 in Santa Barbara, CA. Roger was born in Boston Massachusetts the son of Donald Phipps Sands and Lucile Nash Sands on June 5th, 1929. 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...
Sunday 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. She married Edwin Rudd Post in 1948 and moved to Lancaster, where the Post family was involved in farming alfalfa.
Sunday 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. Warren joined the medical staff ...
Sunday MERENBACH, Lynne Dana Petersen Lynne passed away peacefully the morning of October 18, 2014. On one of her visits home in 1974, Lynne met the love of her life, Dennis Merenbach. Lynne developed a passion for sports and shared Dennis' commitment and passion for his alma mater, USC.
Today MACDONALD, Martha Marty passed peacefully in her home on October 27, 2014. She was born on Sept. 2, 1927 in Santa Barbara, California. She graduated from Santa Barbara High School and became a supervisor at Prudential Insurance.Marty formed many friendships in her youth which she maintained throughout her life. She was warm, genuine, outgoing and athletic. It was at the Santa Barbara municipal tennis courts where she met the love of her life, Frank Macdonald. A few years after getting married, they moved with 2 children to Washington, DC, starting on what would become a great adventure living in four Latin American countries over the next 15 years while also having 5 more children. Marty was a loving wife, mother and friend. She had a zest for life that was felt by all who knew her. She was an excellent bridge and tennis player and enjoyed working in her garden. She was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church for 38 years. She was also a long-standing member of the Nu Phi Delta Chi Sorority. Marty is predeceased by her loving husband, Frank, of 58 years. She is survived by her seven children: Kathleen (Jim) Tulley of Titusville, FL, Mary (Carl) Klingelberger of Foley, AL, Patrick (Helene) Macdonald of Boulder, CO, Michael Macdonald of Santa Barbara, CA, Jeanne (Tom) Bowman of Fallbrook, CA, Rod (Juli) Macdonald of Centennial, CO, and Eileen (Craig) Herrin of Goleta, CA. She was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Marty was also preceded in death by her parents Mary (Harry) George of Santa Barbara and Paul Michelet of Gordonsville, VA, and by her brothers Paul Michelet and Allen Michelet of Santa Barbara. A service will be held at St. Raphael's Catholic Church on Friday, Oct 31 at 10 a.m. followed by a reception at the Macdonald residence. The rosary will be prayed at 8:45 a.m., Friday, Oct 31 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, Ward Drive, Goleta.
Sunday JORDAN , Jonathan E. Died October 16, 2014 at the age of 52 years old. Jon was born March 14, 1962 in Denver, Colorado to Clifford E. Jordan and Margaret J. Jordan. span> And Jon's comment to Debby, about the above words he quoted to her from the Bible, was: "If I knew nothing else about Jesusthis would be enough!"
Sunday 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. 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. Julie loves God and all He ...
Today GRAINGER, Robert E. Passed away on October 5, 2014 at the age of 93. Robert was born July 22, 1921 and was raised in Lima, Ohio. He served as a Sergeant in the Army Air Force stationed in Italy during World War II, and earned two Bronze Stars. After his military service, Robert moved to California where he met and married his loving wife, Marcean, in 1957. Together they were blessed with five wonderful children. Robert worked for Barker Bros. Furniture of Los Angeles for 11 yrs. and then worked for the U. S. Postal Service as a dedicated letter carrier for 38 yrs. He loved everything related to aviation and enjoyed reading, especially medical literature. Robert is preceded in death by his beloved wife, parents and brother, Donald. He is survived by hisbrother, Richard, and his five children; Michelle Wood (Rudy) of Fallbrook, Michael Grainger (Tammy) of Colorado Springs, Chris Grainger (Becky) of San Diego, Jacqui Leicht (Ed) of Goleta and Shawn Grainger (Sara) of Yucaipa, as well as 13 treasured grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Raphael Church in Goleta on Sat., Nov. 8th, 10 am with private interment and military honors at Miramar National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center or Villa Majella of Santa Barbara.
Today DOEHLER, Mary Sparks Mary died peacefully on October 26, 2014 in Santa Barbara. She was born to Claude and Cassandra Sparks on February 29, 1920, the third of four daughters. She grew up in Lily, Wisconsin and graduated from Antigo High School. She attended the Milwaukee Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing graduating in November 1943 and volunteered for the US Army Nurse Corp. in January 1944. She served with the 105th General Hospital in New Guinea and the Philippines during WWII until she was discharged as a Captain in October 1946. After returning to Wisconsin, she entered the University of Wisconsin in Madison to pursue a college degree. It was here that she met her husband Edgar and they were married November 1, 1947. Mary graduated from UW with a degree in nursing in 1950. After graduation Mary and Ed moved to Milwaukee and raised a family of two daughters, the oldest, Suzanne, died in 1980. Mary worked continuously as a nurse while raising her family and for the last 10 years of her residence in Milwaukee she taught nursing at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. In 1973 Ed's job with Delco Electronics moved to Santa Barbara and Mary's nursing days were over. She became a homemaker and participated in various charitable and church activities until she died. She will be greatly missed by her husband and her daughter Joanne (Wisconsin) and is also survived by various nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Emanuel Lutheran Church on Thursday, November 6th at 10:30 am. Memorials to Emanuel, Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, or the charity of your choice.
Today de la TORRE, Joseph R. A sixth generation Santa Barbaran, Joseph R. de la Torre at age 86, passed away on October 24th, 2014 in peace and surrounded by his family. He was born on August 31, 1928 to Joseph B. de la Torre and Mary (Encinas) de la Torre. His great, great grandmother, Maria de los Angeles Cota, was the daughter of Don Pablo Antonio Cota, one of the founding officers to arrive in Santa Barbara in 1782. She was born in the Presidio in 1790 and later married Don Jose Joaquin de la Torre, a Spanish soldier who arrived in Santa Barbara with Father Junipero Serra traveling from Monterey, California in 1801. Joe attended local schools, graduating from SBHS in 1946. He earned eight varsity letters in three sports and was named Best All-Around Athlete in his senior year. He played for the Kandy Kids baseball team and attended UCSB on Riviera Campus where he played basketball as well. After serving in Korea with the US Marine Corps, Joe completed his degree at UCSB. He worked for his family's business and Aerophysics Development Corp in Goleta before embarking on his true calling in teaching. Joe had a gift for teaching, counseling and molding young people. He began at Carpinteria Junior High in 1957. He moved to La Colina Jr. High in 1962 where he served as a teacher, counselor and assistant Principal for nineteen years. Before his retirement in 1988, Joe served for seven years as the assistant Principal at his alma mater SBHS. Joe's legacy is highlighted by the many students that he positively affected in his career. He was often approached around town by young men and women who thanked him for his influence on their success in life. Joe was also very active in his community and served with many organizations, including as President of the Santa Barbara 20-30 Club; as a Board member of the Santa Barbara Citizen's Council on Crime; the SBHS Alumni Association; a long time official at the SB Easter Relays; Work Training Programs, Inc.; the SB Elks Lodge; and past Wagonmaster of the Caravaneers RV group. Joe is survived by his wife of sixty six years, Jacqueline (Jackie) Ator de la Torre. He is survived by his son David de la Torre (Georgianna) San Francisco, daughter Karen Menzel (Paul) of Seattle, grandchildren Mateo de la Torre, Marisa Menzel Sheneman (Brent), Erica Menzel Downing (George), Jeff Menzel and Great Grandchildren Sofia, Thomas, Charlie, Austin and Blake. Joe is also survived by his younger brother Robert of Camarillo and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe's younger sister Delia preceded him in death. He very much enjoyed watching all of his children of each generation participate in sports. His passion in retirement was attending to his gardens in Mission Canyon and keeping up with his many friends throughout his lifetime in Santa Barbara. Mass will be held at the Old Mission, Friday, November 7 at 11 am. Private internment will follow. In liew of of flowers, the family requests donations to Visiting Nurses and Hospice Care, 512 E. Gutierez Street, Santa Barbara, 93101
Today BERTRAM, K. J. Died October 27, 2014, age 97, in Apple Valley, CA. Born February 2, 1917 in Queens, NY to Edward and Theresa (Feaster) Bertram. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Stanislas Felicia (Zarow) Bertram in 2007 and his son Fred Bertram in 2006. Survived by his three daughters, five sons, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Viewing and Rosary from 5 to 7 pm Sunday, November 2 at Oceanside Mortuary, 602 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054, (760) 722-4264. Mass will be held at 11am Monday, November 3 at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 3821 Adams Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008, (760) 729-2866. Interment will follow at Old Mission Cemetery, 4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92507, (760) 757-3651. Donations may be made in memory of K.J. & Stanislas Bertram to: Altar Society, St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, 3821 Adams Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008, (760) 729-2866.