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o_Contreras080215 CONTRERAS, Eileen Heaven gained an angel and the world lost a beautiful soul. Eileen Contreras departed this earth Monday, July 27th, 2015. Eileen will be remembered by those who loved her for her quick wit, contagious laugh, bright smile, love of baseball and her love of life. There are too many words we could use to describe Eileen, but few of them would do her justice. She lived life with passion and tenacity and fought hard until the end. She will join her husband of 50 years, Anthony Contreras, and her friends who have passed before her in heaven. She is survived by her four children Anne Cogan (Allen), Greg Contreras, Terry Contreras (Dave), and Tammy Yates (Frank), five grandchildren, and her four life-long friends (they know who they are).There will be no services per her wishes, the family would like to thank the visiting hospice nurses for all of their help.
o_Forner080415 FORNER, Barbara Olivia RN •On July 30, 2015 Barbara passed away while in the loving care of her family. She fought a courageous battle against a most devastating disease while never complaining, offering a smile to all that visited her and continuing to worry about those around her ahead of her own wellbeing. Such was the nature of this elegant lady who always had a kind word and a gentle appreciation for anyone who had the privilege of knowing her. Many will fondly remember her during her 41 years living in San Mateo. •She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James Forner, daughter Annette Boynton (William), son Rob Forner (Madeline) and daughter Tiffany Forner (Todd Pound) and sister-in-law Nan Forner of Santa Barbara, CA. She leaves behind four grandchildren, Tyler Forner, Wyatt Pound, Sadie Boynton and Everett Pound. They will all miss their "Grammy" and the joy they brought to her as they shared their successes and learnings in life. Barbara was born in Santa Barbara, CA August 20, 1941, the daughter and only child of Charles and Margaret Burke. She attended Santa Barbara local schools graduating from Santa Barbara High School in 1959. Upon graduation, she enrolled in Knapp College of Nursing to pursue her lifelong goal of becoming a nurse. After graduating in 1962 she began her nursing career at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. She left nursing in 1967 to pursue her intended second career as a mother. A stay-at-home Mom for over 23 years, she devoted herself to her three children, their education and activities. When the youngest left for college, she re-entered nursing and spent 10 rewarding years as an office nurse in a local orthopedic office. An avid swimmer, Barbara was a longtime member of the Marlin Masters swim group. During the years following her retirement from lap swimming she could be found at the Joinville pool and, more recently, doing water exercise at the San Mateo Athletic Club at CSM. Barb and Jim, as their friends all knew them, were fortunate to have had numerous opportunities to travel. They shared memories of places visited from Tahiti to Istanbul. Their last trip was to Spain in the spring of 2014. Most memorable to Barb was a trip "home" to Scotland followed by a trip to Nova Scotia in search and discovery of her ancestral families. Add to those her memories of London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Budapest, Vienna, Lucerne and multiple small ship cruises. The family wishes to thank Dr. Richard Jordan for his care of Barbara over the past several years. The family also extends their gratitude to Dr. Gary Pasternak and his group of amazingly gifted nurses at Mission Hospice who helped us through this most difficult loss of wife, mother, grandmother and friend to so many. The family invites her many friends to join them for a celebration of her life to be held at the San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, San Mateo, CA on Friday, August 14 from 12pm until 4pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made in her memory to one or both of her favorite charities, Habitat for Humanity and/or the Nature Conservancy.
o_Gaston080415 GASTON, Katie Burkard 1952-2015 •On July 21, 2015, we unexpectedly lost our mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Katie Burkard Gaston, a Santa Barbara native, died suddenly at her home in North Carolina. •Above all else, Katie loved her children and her family. They will treasure many memories of Katie's loyalty and kindness. She will be missed beyond measure. •Katie was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Annabel and her beloved brother, Richard Burkard. She is survived by her son, Andrew (Wilmington, NC), her daughter, Leah Dallas (Santa Barbara) and her former husband, Ken Gaston. She is also survived by her sisters, Patricia Burkard, Martha Briare (Vince), and Dorothy Olivera, her brother, Michael Burkard (Paula), and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at San Roque Catholic Church on Monday the 10 of August at 1:00 pm. A celebration of Katie's life will be held at Steven's Park following the service.
SMITH, Jane Family and friends mourn the death of Jane Weber Smith who died on July 17th, 2015. Born in St. Louis, 1921, Jane was a long time resident of Atherton, California, where she and Charles, her husband for 50 years, raised five children. In recent years, Jane lived in Santa Barbara. A Stanford graduate, Class of '43, she was a lover of history, bridge, travel, and gardening. She had a lifetime association with Stanford, as well as the Hoover Institute, that included countless international trips sponsored by the University. These far flung itineraries fed Jane's curious mind and nourished her appetite for history. Her only regret was she never made it to the Gobi Desert. She is survived by her five children: Marcia and her husband Dick Bourain in Santa Barbara; Sara and her husband, Lynn Zieske, in Livermore; Michael Smith in Sebastopol; Leslie Adler in Madrid, New Mexico; Eric Smith and his wife, Jacqueline, in Albuquerque. Jane had seven grandchildren, with a great granddaughter expected to arrive any day. A funeral will be held Aug. 28, 10:30 am, at San Roque church in Santa Barbara followed by a reception at Valle Verde at 3:30.
SORIA, Georgette •The viewing and rosary for Georgette A Soria will be August 4th, 7pm•at McDermott & Crockett funeral home, 2020 Chapala Santa Barbara.•Mass at San Roque Church August 5th 10:30 am followed by burial at Calvery Cemetery. •Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary
o_VanWagoner080415 VAN WAGONER, James Lowell 1926-2015 •On July 22, 2015, Jim passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Casa Los Padres, where he was lovingly taken care of for the last two months of his life. •Jim was born November 5, 1926, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Murray D. Van Wagoner and Maxine Kelly Van Wagoner. He was privileged to attend Stewart School, for children of professors at the University of Utah or children living in close proximity to the University. He then attended East High School, followed by the University of Utah, where he earned his B.A. His education was interrupted, in 1946, by a year in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea as chief clerk typist for General Hodge . He was able to visit his missionary relatives, the Underwoods, with the General and his entourage. After completing his B.A. degree, he went on to receive an M.A. from the University of Utah. Shortly thereafter he married and started his teaching career and family in California. He taught English at Redondo Union High School, becoming Vice Principal under Principal L'Cena Rice. He became Director of Curriculum for the District and eventually Assistant Superintendent. All told, he was with the Redondo Union High School District for 32 years. During this time, he co-wrote a script for the TV series "Bonanza’ with his friend and fellow teacher, Jack McClain. The episode was directed by a very young Robert Altman and selected to be shown at the Seattle World's Fair. Throughout his life he wrote poetry and short stories, some of which were published. In 1984, Jim and his second wife Joyce moved from Palos Verdes to Santa Barbara where he continued to write. They enjoyed a long, happy, retirement full of reading, traveling, movies, music, and enjoying their extended family. A literary talent, insightful poet, script and short story writer, and exceptional English teacher, Jim has left a legacy of excellent teaching and writing. His example has led students to achieve their goals as poets and writers, and for all who knew him: a desire to explore the writings of the greats. He is pre-deceased by his parents and brother, Tom Van Wagoner, and first wife Jacqueline Moore and niece, Christina Van Wagoner. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce, his sons Ripley Van Wagoner (Hiromi), Chris Van Wagoner (Cathy) and daughter, Carol Brown (Barry), his step children, Victoria Kunzel (Charles), Lisa Darby (John) and Robert Watson. Other survivors include his sister-in-law, Carol Van Wagoner, his niece, Victoria Moran, his nephew, Steven Van Wagoner and grand children, Jackie, Grant, Jamie, Nick, and two great grandchildren. A private graveside service will be held at the Santa Barbara Cemetery. A•Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, September 19, at 1:00 p.m. at the family home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Assisted Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, whose employees lovingly helped Joyce attend him at home for over a year and until his passing.