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o_Comastra100415 COMASTRA, Norma Jean Aug. 26, 1941 - Sept. 30, 2015 •Norma Comastra passed away suddenly on Sept. 30, 2015. She was an incredible woman whose love, intelligence, and courage knew no bounds. She had a heart of gold and was deeply loved and respected by those that knew her. Norma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was a lover of life, family, mystery stories, nature, learning and all things good. We were privileged and blessed to have her in our lives and will miss her immensely. •Norma was born in Santa Barbara, CA on Aug. 26, 1941. She was the youngest child of Hilario "Fred" Romero and only daughter of Marcelina "Stella" Romero. She graduated from Santa Barbara high school in 1959. In 1965 she moved to San Jose with her four beloved children. It is there where she met the love of her life, James Comastra. They married in 1970 and spent 45 wonderful years together raising a family and creating a lifetime of cherished memories. Norma was a member and a tribal elder of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. She is survived by her loving husband, James Comastra, beloved daughters, Leona Napier and Leslie Mendoza, 12 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by a very large and loved extended family that includes her siblings, Grace Romero-Pacheco, Mary Pendleton, and Alfred Romero, nieces, nephews, cousins, and sister-in-law, Nelly Dally. She is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Jack and Greg Dally, and Rudolph and Rachel Romero, and by her beloved children, Deborah Mendoza, Christopher Kegg, and Melody Perez. No services will be held. In lieu of flowers her family requests a donation be made to the Gentiva hospice chapter in San Jose.
o_Fuller100615 FULLER, James Franklin June 6 1937-Sep 14 2014 •Jim was born in Chicago IL to George Ernst and May Hochel Fuller, joining brother Ronald. He attended St. Philomena's School and Lane Tech before his family moved to California, settling in Altadena. He graduated from Elliott Junior High and Pasadena High School. Like his father and brother, he joined the Electrical Union becoming a journeyman electrician, working in this trade and as a contractor for over 40 years. But his real interest was classic cars. He restored hundreds of cars to mint condition. He was a part of the local car scene, showing his Buicks, Cadillacs, Fords, and race cars. He also became a remarkable chef, enjoying French cooking ,tri-tip barbecues, and inventing his own recipes. Jim was a gentle man with a dry sense of humor. Jim leaves his wife of 55 years, Barbara, three sons Chris, Gary, and John and 11 grandchildren. He loved his family. Funeral will be 11:00 am, Dec 23 2015 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 1300 E. Valley Rd., Montecito. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Jim's name to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, Parkinson Association of Santa Barbara, or Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church,
o_Sherrill100615 SHERRILL, Marshall King •Age 86, passed away peacefully in his sleep, at home, on Wed. 30th Sept. 2015. •Born and bred in Santa Barbara, schooled at Laguna Blanca and obtaining a BSC at UCLA, he was a singer all his life. •He was a member of the Santa Barbara Master Chorale, the Choral Socy, and the choir of El Montecito's Presbyterian Church for many years. •Marshall was a professional orchid grower for some years and would give talks on their care. Then he became a landlord, energetic and popular, managing his rental properties himself, until his stroke in 2011. •He generously donated to numerous charities, in particular, the United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County where he was a member of the Board. He is survived by Barbara, his wife of twelve years and his stepdaughter, Valerie. A Celebration of his life will be held in due course. Many thanks to the Visiting Home Hospice Nurses, in particular nurse Lea Ann Palmer, for her advice and care. Thanks also to his caregivers at home, Oscar Vides, and Dionisio Zafra, whose help has been invaluable. Deo Gratias.