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o_Dowhower072514 DOWHOWER, Frederick E. •Fred Dowhower of Orcutt, CA and formerly of the Santa Ynez Valley passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Santa Barbara. Fred was born September 27, 1945 in Ord, Nebraska to Richard and Lorraine Dowhower. Shortly after, his family moved to Santa Barbara establishing their home on the Mesa. Fred was educated in Santa Barbara schools graduating from Santa Barbara High School in 1963 where he excelled in the sports of baseball and football. He graduated from U.C.S.B. in 1968 and received a teaching credential in 1969. Fred taught history and coached football and baseball in both the Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara High School Districts for twenty-five years before pursuing a career as a financial advisor until his retirement. Fred is survived by his son, Ryan (Amy) and their five children; Lucy, Hannah, Clare, Cecily and Benedict, his son, Andy (Beth) and their sons Jack and James and his two beloved dogs, Spud and Jack. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Patrick and his parents. Fred also leaves behind two brothers, Richard and Rod (Nancy) and several nieces and nephews. In his honor, his family asks that contributions be made to the local animal shelters and to Serenity House Hospice. Graveside Funeral Service will be held at 11am on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard. Hawaiian shirts and ’island attire’ are appropriate. A barbeque reception will follow. Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.
o_Halseth072314 HALSETH, Martin William November 27, 1938 to July 17, 2014 •Martin Halseth, 75 years old, of Santa Barbara, California passed away peacefully with his children by his side on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Martin was born in Berkeley on November 27, 1938 to Marian and Martin Halseth. He lived in Walnut Creek for his childhood. He attended UC Berkeley where he received his Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and PhD Nuclear Physics. He received his Masters Degree from MIT.He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.He worked in the defense industry at Lincoln Laboratories, Delco Electronics and later General Dynamics for 35 years. He met Catherine Ryan Mills on a blind date in San Diego in 1964 and they were married in September of 1966. They moved to Santa Barbara in 1976 and lived in the San Roque neighborhood where they raised their three children. They were married for 36 years. Martin’s beloved wife, Cathy, passed away in March of 2003. He cared for her during her struggle with lung cancer. Martin remained active in his church and kept busy doing volunteer work for local charities. He loved to work in his vegetable garden and tend to the roses at his home in Santa Barbara. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, attending operas with his friends and travelling the world. Martin will be greatly missed by his children, Erik Halseth, Monica (Halseth) Sanders and Philip Halseth, and grandchildren Emma Halseth, Ethan Halseth, James Halseth, Maya Sanders, Isaac Sanders and Kara Halseth. His sister, Genevieve Deppong, as well as many nieces and nephews. He will be fondly remembered by all those who knew him. A celebration of life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Lutheran Church on Thursday, July 31st at 1pm. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Martin’s name to the Los Angeles Opera (213) 972-8001.
o_Heiduk071814 HEIDUK, Margaret Jeanne 9/18/40 - 7/14/14 •A NEW BRIGHT LIGHT SHINES IN THE HEAVENS AT NIGHT •Margaret passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on Monday, July 14, 2014 after a gallant 10 year battle with cancer. •Margaret was born in Santa Barbara at St. Francis Hospital, attended San Roque Catholic Grammer School and graduated from Santa Barbara Catholic High School in 1958. Her happy childhood memories included summers spent on her Basque grandfather's farm in Santa Maria and spending time at her Irish grandmother's cabin at White Rock on the Santa Ynez river. She is survived by her husband of 54 years Robert, four sons, Robert V., John (Denise), Thomas and Don (Allison), three granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Jillian and Riley, three grandsons, John K .(Elizabeth), Sean and Tim, and two great grandsons, John K. Jr. and Ryder. Also surviving Margaret are two brothers, James and Michael Morrissey and ten nieces, two nephews and many cousins. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents James J. Morrissey and Rose (Apalategui) Morrissey, two sisters, Kathleen Morrissey, BVM, and Bobbie (Morrissey) Lewis. Her love for her family was complete and unquestioning. She always said her children, grandchildren and great grandsons were true gifts from God that completed her life and filled it with happiness. Margaret was a loving, kind and caring person which can be attested to by not only her family, but by her many, many friends, the patients she cared for during her 35 year career as a nurse at Cottage Hospital and in her time spent as a volunteer with Hospice. Margaret loved to travel and visited many areas in the States as well as many foreign countries with her husband and friends. Memories of attending the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany in 2010 and her pilgrimage to Lourdes, France in 2011 remained highlights of her life. She loved to knit and over the years made innumerable scarfs, gloves and blankets for just about everyone she knew. A rosery will be held at Saint Raphael's Catholic Church on Monday, July 28th at 7:00 P.M. and a funeral mass will be celebrated at Saint Raphael's Church on Tuesday, July 29th at 10:00 A.M. with a reception to be held in the church hall following the service. The family wishes to express a special thanks to Dr. Tomas Woliver and the nurses and staff of the Cancer Center and Dr. Michael Kearney and the nurses and staff of Serenity House for their professional and loving care shown to Margaret. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Santa Barbara Cancer Center or the Hospice Serenity House. Margaret, you were my first and only love, I will miss you every moment until we are united again. Until that time comes, save a place next to you for me.