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Sunday RITCHIE-ROJAS, Laura Became an angel in Heaven on August 4, 2016 after fighting a valiant 23-year battle with breast cancer.She was born in Santa Barbara and graduated from San Marcos High School in 1985.She will be greatly missed by her sister, Nicole, of Springfield, VA, and her parents, Clark and Charlene, of Goleta, CA.She was a wonderful mother to Xela and Ahau and wife to Estuardo in Moorpark, CA.
Sunday WISE, Myrna Knudsen Passed away August 21, 2016 in Lompoc. Age 87 Myrna was born June 2, 1929 to long time residence of Solvang Carolina Madsen Knudsen and Hans Knudsen. She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon E. Wise Jr. and daughter Danielle Wise. She leaves behind children Janine Radford (Roger) of Lompoc and Monte Wise (Carolyn) of Sparks Nevada. Three grand-daughters, Denise Gardner (Barry) of Lompoc. Courtney Wise and Carissa Wise, of Sparks Nevada. Five great-grand children, Jimmy and Luke Gardner, of Lompoc. Jaxson and Austin Harris, and Audrina Wise, of Sparks Nevada. Arrangement made by Neptune Society with private service at a later date. The family would like to thank Dr. Lisa and Staff of the Comprehensive Care Center for the friendship and care given to Myrna in her last years. Donations to Myrna's memory may be made to the Elverhoy Museum in Solvang and Lompoc Valley Medical Center.
Sunday SAGADY SHAIEB, Louise Louise Sagady Shaieb, 90, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of August 19, 2016 at Serenity House in Santa Barbara, California. She is survived by her beloved husband Joseph E. Shaieb, with whom she spent twenty two wonderful years; her son Stephen W. Sagady, her two grandchildren, Shawn and Crystal Sagady; her step-children Dona, Dora and Mark Shaieb as well as her step-grandchildren, Zachary and Kylie. She was preceded in death by her first husband William G. Sagady, in 1991. A Michigan native, Louise was born on October 31, 1925 in Fennville to Christian Rasmussen of Assen, Denmark and Ethel Berg of Chicago, Illinois. She moved to Detroit in her late teens and worked in the accounting department of a munitions factory during World War II, before meeting her first husband William and moving to Arcadia, California. She was a brilliant business woman, working as co-owner to build the dental manufacturing company, Ditec Inc. Louise has been a resident of Santa Barbara since 1963 and an active member in the community throughout the years, with memberships including the Elks Club, the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum League and the Santa Barbara Womans Club. She was a long-time volunteer at Cottage Hospital and received a Volunteer Service Award from President Barak Obama. Louise was an avid ballroom dancer, competing until the age of 88. One of her favorite places to compete was Las Vegas, where she could combine two of her greatest passions: dance and casinos. She also danced with multiple clubs including the Stardusters, La Estrella Dance Club and Fairs 'n' Squares. When not dancing, Louise loved to travel the world, visiting six of the seven continents multiple times during her life. Louise will be greatly missed as a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a friend to many. As per Louise's wishes there will be no memorial service. However, in lieu of flowers, friends and family are encouraged to donate to her favorite charities: the Visiting Nurses Association, Cottage Hospital and the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum League. A memorial site with links can be found at LouiseSagady.com.
Sunday JACKSON, Mary Dunn Passed away on August 17th, 2016. She leaves behind her husband Dr. William Jackson, her 3 children Deborah Dunn, Bryan Dunn and Michael Dunn and daughter-in-law Lynn Shapiro; her 4 step-children Janette, Caroline, David and Bobby (pre-deceased); 9 grandchildren; and 4 great-grand children. Mary also leaves behind her sister-in- law Doreen Balfour-Ritchie, her nephew Steve and niece Sandra and both of their families, and was pre-deceased by her brother Gordon Balfour-Ritchie. Mary was born in Glasgow Scotland with the very Scottish name of Balfour-Ritchie. As WWII began, Mary at the age of 10, grew up with black-out curtains, carting a gas mask to school, bomb shelters and bombs falling, strict rationing on food and goods, and her brother Gordon, whom she adored, off to war at the age of 17yrs. At the end of the War, a Major Anthony B. Dunn (Tony), whom Marys brother befriended on the battlefields, came to their family home to introduce himself. Mary opened the door and, almost swooning, thought, "Well now hes a bit of alright". Six months later they were married and immigrated to the United States, a visit that was to turn into a lifetime. Tony and Mary moved to the Santa Ynez Valley where Tony took a job teaching at Midland School. Eventually, some of the large ranch owners in the valley encouraged Tony and Mary to found The Dunn School, a college prep boarding school. In 1957 the Dunn School was born with Tony being Headmaster and Mary continuing to be a driving force behind the school, serving on the board, running the kitchen and much more behind the scenes. The Dunn School continues to thrive today. Marys husband Tony Dunn died unexpectedly at the age of 48 yrs. leaving Mary at 38 yrs. old with three young children to raise. Moving to Santa Barbara, she established a new start for the family. Seven years after the death of her first husband, Mary married a longtime friend of the family, Dr. William Jackson (Bill). Mary and Bill had been married over 40 years when she passed away. They built a happy life together which included their love of deep-sea fishing on their boat, great fun with their dance club, traveling and, of course, having fun with their grandchildren. We will miss you so much mom and we will always cherish your "wicked"sense of humor and wit. Love you always and see you on the other side. Our family wants to thank Montecito Care and More for the wonderful, loving care they gave to our mother and to our family. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to The Dunn School by visiting: http://www.dunnschool.org/giving
Sunday CIABATTONI, Orlando "Londi" Devoted husband and loving father, passed away peacefully at his home on August 15, 2016. Londi was born onMarch 23, 1925, in Reading Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael. Londi is survived by his wife of 71 years, Helen (Sokol) Ciabattoni, his daughters Karen Ciabattoni and Sally (Ciabattoni) Saenger, his son-in-law Skip Saenger, and his grand daughter Mahealani Ciabattoni. He also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews. Londi was a good athlete and excelled in track and football. He served in the Army Air Corps, married the love of his life, Helen, and they headed out to California in 1946. Londi was employed by the Office of Architects and Engineers at UCSB for 30 years. As chief construction inspector, he had a reputation for holding the bar high. Londi continued to work in the private sector after his retirement from UCSB in 1984, with inspection projects at SBCC and Cottage Hospital among them. In 1987, Londi was the Goleta Man of the Year, in recognition of the many services he provided to the community and the state. He organized the first boys baseball team in Goleta Valley and was instrumental in relocating the Goleta Depot to the current location. In 1959, Londi joined the board of Alpha Resource Center and immediately took a leadership position. In the early part of the 1960's, he fulfilled his commitment to establish a permanent school for children with developmental disabilities who were not eligible for public school. For over four decades, at both the state and local level, Londi's leadership empowered families, changed public policy and enhanced community acceptance of children and adults with disabilities. For 62 years, Londi was a member of the Rancheros Visitadores. As an honorary member of the Mozos camp, he served as the camp captain for many years, and was known as "Mozo 1". Londi was an honorary member of Los Gringos, Borrachos, Amigos and Flojos camps, among others. He staffed and ran the field office during the annual May Trek. Londi looked forward to and enjoyed the RV rides immensely. Londi also looked forward to working with his staff at the fiesta parade each year. He took great comfort in knowing that his good friend, Roger Padilla, will be carrying on the parade work as well as creating the handcrafted leather badges for which Londi was known. Londi had a great sense of humor and never passed up the chance to tell a joke. He believed in the importance of family and was very proud of his Italian heritage. He founded and presided over the Honorary Italian Club for those who were not blessed with being born Italian. He was a mentor to many and made everyone feel welcome in his presence. His good friend Jack Bowie said of him, "Londi was known to be a perfectionist, very honest, and meticulous in all his affairs. He was well respected by all who knew him." A generous man who was well loved by many, Londi Ciabattoni will be greatly missed. Private services were held at Goleta Cemetery. A Celebration of Life is planned for September 30. Details to be published at a later date. Donations may be made in Londi's memory to the Alpha Resource Center in Santa Barbara, alphasb.org. Arrangements Entrusted to McDermott-Crockett Mortuary