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o_Coonan102414.1 COONAN, Jr., Daniel J. Died on October 18, 2014, at the age of 97. Born January 6, 1917, in Jersey City NJ to Elizabeth and Daniel Coonan, Sr., Dan was raised in Warwick RI, a suburb of Providence. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. While attending college he and his brother, Bud, earned their civilian pilot's licenses. Upon graduation his brother joined the Navy and Dan joined the Army Air Corps (now the Air Force). His cadet training began in June 1941 at Chanute AFB IL as an engineering student, followed by AT-6 maintenance training in Jan 42 at Stockton CA. He finally entered primary flight training in the PT-22 in Nov 42 in King City CA, followed by basic flight training in the BT-13 in Jan 43. He won his pilot wings after AT-6 advanced flight training back at Stockton CA in May 43. Before heading off to war he convinced his sweetheart, Helen Connor of Auburn MA to marry him.After a Sep 43 wedding they headed west. Their first few homes as a married couple consisted of single rooms in farm houses in Roswell NM and Ardmore OK while Dan learned to fly the B-17 bombers that were to be used in the war effort. Over 5000 of these bomber crews did not make it back. Dan and his crew ferried their airplane from Ardmore OK to Parham UK arriving in Mar 44. They flew 31 successful missions over Germany, France, Belgium, and Czechoslovakia in their B-17 (Dan named her "Ain't Misbehavin"), for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in aerial combat. Anyone who has talked with Dan has quickly realized that participating in that great effort was the capstone of his life. After his combat tour he transitioned to the C-47 transport and flew support missions in the theater for the remainder of his tour in Europe. He returned to the States in Dec 44 and was assigned as a B-24 test pilot at the production factory in Willow Run MI. In 1948 Dan returned by ship to Germany with Helen and two children to fly C-54 transports in the Berlin Airlift. The airlifters provided food and supplies to Soviet-blocked West Berliners in a non-stop West Berliners in a non-stop operation that had planes landing at Templehof airfield every 48 seconds over a period of a year. Returning finally to the States in Oct 51 with three children in tow, Dan was stationed at Hanscom AFB MA, near his homes in Billerica and Bedford MA.Here he kept his currency by flying the C-45 while assigned to an aircraft maintenance job. In Oct 56 it was time to go back to the cockpit. He transferred with four children now to Ellsworth AFB SD where he flew the B-36 and B-52 aircraft. After adding a fifth child to the family, he moved to Fairchild AFB WA in Aug 64 as the Base Commander, followed by an assignment as the 15th Air Force Civil Engineer at March AFB CA in 1965. It was from here that he was called again to war in Vietnam as the Commander of the 555 Civil Engineering Squadron (Red Horse) at Cam Ranh Bay. His final assignment of his distinguished 30-year career was at Vandenberg AFB CA as the Base Civil Engineer. Dan Coonan was decorated with the Legion of Merit and retired as a full Colonel in Mar 71. After his retirement from the Air Force, Dan and Helen took a round-the-world, first-class trip for two, compliments of their children. They settled in Lompoc CA in a home they loved for many years. During that time he worked for Martin Marietta Corporation and performed engineering work in residential development in Vandenberg Village. They had many wonderful experiences and adventures throughout their 55 year marriage. All told they moved over 12 times while raising their five children. In retirement Dan's lifelong passion for travel took him to countless countries, including Russia for a cruise down the Volga River, China for a second river cruise down the Yangtze, and to several countries in a multi-national tour of South America. In his later years Dan left Lompoc and moved to Santa Barbara to be closer to family. He will be remembered as a courageous warrior who always had your back. Dan was one of the few remaining patriots who laid his life on the line repeatedly for his country. Our family will always be very proud of him. In return he was very proud of all of his children and always took an interest in their lives. Dan was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, his daughter, Betsy, and his son, Kevin, who died at birth. He is survived by his sons, Daniel (Frances) Coonan of San Antonio TX, Stephen Coonan of Las Vegas NV, son Tim (Michelle) Coonan of Escondido CA, and his daughter Patty (Jon) Colman of Santa Barbara CA. He was blessed with eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The family would love to thank all his friends at Maravilla for their comradeship, in particular Paula Long for her humor, love and support of Dan these last 5 years. In addition, we would also like to express our gratitude to all of the employees of Maravilla, the caregivers and nurses of Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, for all of their support. Finally, the sons of the family would like to express publicly the admiration and gratitude we hold for our sister, Patty, and her husband, Jon, who gave selflessly of their time to care for Dad in his final years. It was truly a labor of love which we could never repay. A celebration of Dan's life will take place at Glen Annie Golf Course on November 6th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers Dan would have loved donations be made to the 390th Bomb Group Foundation in Tucson or Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Santa Barbara. Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
o_Jackson102314 JACKSON, Susan Annabel Formerly Susan Rosenberg, born Fourteenth November 1959 in Bromley, Kent, died Fourteenth October 2014, in Santa Barbara, California, after a truly heroic battle against breast cancer, peacefully, and surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by her husband Ben Morahan, mother Elizabeth, and sister Caroline with Daniel and John. Services will be held privately. Susan enjoyed a long and highly successful career in independent film distribution, which included founding sales company Turtles Crossing and co-founding Freestyle Releasing, and apart from ignoring glass ceilings, she also thoroughly enjoyed Taos deep skiing, mad dog whispering, tournament tennis playing, cool disco dancing, the Big Island lolling, trying to be captain of everything, and thankfully also loving her devoted husband, Ben, who is really going to miss her. To all her friends, you have the family's fondest condolences. Meanwhile, Susan has taken a steep line down through the trees, and she will just have to wait for the rest of us at the bottom of the mountain. As usual. The Family requests that in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara Arrangements By McDermott-Crockett Mortuary
o_Kelley102414 KELLEY, Anne Kathleen •Anne Kathleen Kelley was born on November 18, 1953 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to R. Timothy Kelley and Barbara A. Kelley. She was a 1971 graduate of Pacific Palisades (CA) High School and attended Occidental College, Santa Monica City College, San Francisco State, and UCSB. Anne was employed by American Heyer-Schulte Company as a Computer Analyst from 1978-1985. From 1985 to 1987 she was a partner in the Z Corporation. She also was a volunteer at the Health Resource Center of Sansum Clinic. •She is survived by her mother Barbara Kelley, brothers Richard (Nadine). and Paul (Cathy), nephews Ryan Kelley (Eva), Justin Kelley (Ashley), great nephew Hudson. A Memorial service will be at 10:00 am Saturday, October 25 in the Chapel, First Presbyterian Church. Memorial donations may be made to Lupus Foundation of America, P. 0 Box 96864, Washington D.C. 20090, or online
o_Newswanger102414 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
o_Post2102214 o_Post102214 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.
o_Sands102414 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.