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o_Carpenter052715 CARPENTER, Elsa 12/25/17 - 5/25/15 Elsa was born to Emily Von Bergen Fehrman and B. George Fehrman on December 25, 1917 in Greenwich, CN. She attended Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, VA and Univ. of Texas, Austin, studying English Lit. She worked for the federal government in Washington DC and Dallas. She met and married Darrell Carpenter while he was in law school at UT, moved to Lubbock where their daughter Carol was born in 1954. They lived in Hobbs, NM for 7 years and then moved to Daly City, CA. A few years after her divorce from Darrell she moved back to her beloved Virginia (Falls Church) and worked for the federal government in DC. In 1999 she moved to SB to be closer to her daughter. She greatly enjoyed life at Encina Royale, where she served a term on the Board in 2002. Elsa enjoyed traveling, spurred in part by her residing in Switzerland for a year as a child. Besides her love of bridge, crossword puzzles, reading, golf and snow, she was a devout Episcopalian and served on the Altar Guilds and Vestries of the various churches to which she belonged. She is survived by her daughter Carol (Janet). The caregivers who enabled Elsa to stay in her home until the end of her life were remarkable, Laura, Natasha, Mary, Paloma and Jessica. A Memorial service will be held on May 30 at 2 pm at Christ the King Episcopal church followed by a reception at her home. Any donations would be requested to be made to Sarah House or ASAP.
o_Larsen052315 LARSEN, Lorna Louise (Kluss) •Lorna Louise Larsen passed away peacefully after a long battle with congestive heart failure on May 12, 2015. She was born Lorna Louise Kluss on July 6, 1933 in Santa Barbara, CA to Dr. Edwin and Emelia Kluss.•She was the oldest of three children. •She graduated from Santa Barbara High School and went on to attend UCSB graduating with a BA in Psychology. She married Walter Larsen in 1959 after meeting him on a blind date arranged by a friend and worked until her first child was born giving her three daughters the luxury of having a stay-at-home mom. She went back to work when her youngest started school and spent the remainder of her work life as a legal assistant/paralegal in husband, Walter's, law practice. Lorna had an endless supply of energy and was always involved in various activities from home improvement projects--an original DIY'er (re-finishing furniture, gardening), to interests like oil painting and Adult Ed art classes, playing the piano (which she taught her three daughters to play), and taking Spanish dancing classes from Jose Manero for several years in the 1970's. She was an enthusiastic world traveler making two trips to Tibet, a country and culture that held a special life-long interest for her as well as to many other interesting and exotic destinations. Her many lovely oil portraits and landscapes were displayed at her home, given to friends and family, and exhibited at the Santa Barbara Library's Faulkner Gallery while she was a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association. She had a life-long interest in others and would go on to become a prolific volunteer for many different organizations over her lifetime--the last being her several years of volunteering as a Senior Peer Counselor for the Center for Successful Aging in Santa Barbara. She was a member, since childhood, of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Santa Barbara and was a devout Christian. She is survived by husband Walter and three daughters: Jennifer, Priscilla, and Polly Larsen, one grandchild, Taylor Mae Meijer, nieces Julie and Terrie Kluss, nephews Gary and Eddie Kluss, and numerous other extended family members. Her legacy as a wife, mother, friend, nurturer, artist, musician, voracious reader, and volunteer lives on! She imbued her grateful offspring with a love of the arts, creativity, world travel, and a keen interest in others and the world around them. There will be a Memorial Service in her honor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3721 Modoc Rd, Santa Barbara, CA on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 10:00 am. All who wish to honor her memory are invited to attend. Donations can be made to: The Humane Society of Santa Barbara and The Center for Successful Aging in Santa Barbara.
o_Raber052815 RABER, Evelyn •Was born on April 18, 1922 and passed away on Sunday May 24th, 2015 at her home, surrounded by her family. •Evelyn will be fondly remembered and missed by a large and loving family, friends, and those fortunate enough to have known her. We will always remember her for her kind and gentle way, her generosity, and her dedication to those around her. She was quick-witted and fiercely intelligent, graduating at the top of her class, but she always possessed a rare grace and humility. •As a girl growing up in Brookyln, her father owned an ice cream parlor and she liked to joke that she wondered if her friends liked her for her personality or because of the ice cream and candy. We certainly loved her for her personality. Evelyn was a loving wife for 73 years, a nurturing mother, and a wonderful grandmother and great-grandmother. Her grandchildren fondly remember trips to the museum of natural history, the theater, the zoo, and countless nights of card games and checkers, where she always let them win. We will miss her for birthday celebrations, Christmas mornings with her bright red bow sweetly framing her face, and family dinners which she prepared for many years while humming her favorite songs. We will miss hearing about her bridge games and watching her read books and work on crossword puzzles in her favorite chair. Evelyn taught us all what it is to live a full life with grace, elegance, and most of all, love. Please contact the family for information regarding a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care www.vnhcsb.org
RAMIREZ, Leonard Michael Passed away peacefully at home with his family on May 17th, 2015. Our heavenly father opened the gates to heaven allowing an angel to come home. He was born January 10th, 1942 in Wilmington CA. He is survived by his wife Maria Ramirez and daughters Illa Ramirez, Desiree Ramirez. Grand children Jazmine Martinez, Destiney Martinez, Noel Cavazos and Great Granddaughter Sofia Martinez and sister Maria Elena Ramirez. A mass will be held on Friday the 29th at 11 am at the Santa Barbara Old Mission with reception to follow at the Moose Lodge in Santa Barbara.
o_Vedder052715 VEDDER, Winifred Marilyn Aug. 24, 1923 - May 16, 2015 ••Teddie, as she was known to all her friends and family, died the evening of May 16, 2015. A lifelong Californian, she was the youngest daughter of Lyda and Charles Holt. She was born in Taft, California, but shortly thereafter the family moved to Santa Barbara, where she attended elementary school. The family then moved to Bakersfield where Teddie graduated from Bakersfield High School. She was also a graduate of Armstrong College in Berkeley. Her only child, Phillip, was born during her brief wartime marriage to Leroy Dockstader. In 1951 Teddie married Dwight Vedder, and they shared a wonderful, adventurous life until his death in l991. Their travels were extraordinary, and after his death Teddie enthusiastically continued to travel with family and friends throughout her life. Teddie and Dwight were great lovers and collectors of art. She was a generous supporter of many charities and organizations. Teddie is survived by her sister, Charline Holt Mackessy; her son Phillip Vedder and his wife, Sarah; her grandchildren Jason Vedder and his wife Michele; Rachel Vedder and her husband Jamie Fortin; and Asia Vedder; as well as great-grandchildren Kasey Vedder and Tatum Vedder, and Kian Vedder Fortin. Memorial services will be held Friday, May 29, at All-Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church at 11:00 AM., to be followed by a reception at Casa Dorinda, 300 Hot Springs Road, at 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Braille Institute of Santa Barbara, 2031 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93105. To leave an online memory or condolence, please visit www.wrhsb.com. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.