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o_Reno2061318 o_Reno1061318 CHACKEL, Candid Reno Candid Reno Chackel passed through the gate to heaven after living his entire life in Santa Barbara. Reno passed away peacefully on June 5th, 2018 two days after his 92nd birthday, in the comfortable home his family created for him after they lost everything in the Montecito debris flow. Reno, or CR, as his friends often called him, was born June 3, 1926 to Candido A. Chackel and Luisa Favaro Chackel. Reno served in the Air Force after his graduation from Santa Barbara High School. Reno graduated from Santa Barbara College of the University of California with a bachelor of arts degree. In 1951 he married Carol Ann Korbus at All Saints Episcopal Church. From this union Robert, David and Barbara Chackel were born. While in college Reno was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Reno worked at Harris and Frank and Silverwood's during college and the early years of his first marriage. He later became a real estate broker and worked over 50 years in the industry. Reno married Joan Giovanola in 1969 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. They were blessed with two children, Julie and Paul. The family led an active life. Reno learned to snow ski in his late forties and could not be stopped as he sped down the mountains. Reno liked to fish and organized groups of friends to fish in the waters of Alaska and Mammoth Mountain. In his early years he earned his pilots license and loved to fly his plane. Golfing became his game of choice. He never lost his sense of humor and enjoyed having his friends and family near him until his time of passing. Reno is survived by his first wife Carol Thompson and sons Robert and David (Connie) and daughter Barbara Chackel, his wife Joan and daughter Julie Stevens (Chris) and son Paul (Meredith). He has nine grandchildren; Jennifer, Katie, Danny and Kelly Chackel, Hayley Trimble, Allie and Chase Stevens, Taylor and Madelyn Chackel, and three great-grand children, Harper and Evie Heffington and Carson Livermore. The family wishes to thank Reno's dedicated caregiver, and guardian angel on January 9th, Violetta Orlanda, physician Dr. Michael Bernstein, and Hospice of Santa Barbara. A celebration of Reno's life will be held at the end of summer. In lieu of flowers, donations in Reno's name may be made to the charity of your choice.
o_Detjens061718 DETJENS, Phyllis Jean (Jones) Phyllis Jean (Jones, Dominguez) Detjens, 80, of Santa Barbara, California, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 surrounded by her family. Born August 5, 1937 the oldest of 4 children and the only girl in Moline, Illinois to Albert and Phyllis Jones, Phyllis faithfully served her family and church out of her deep love and commitment to Christ. Phyllis was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ray, her parents, 2 brothers Benjamin and Michael Jones, her first husband Henry Dominguez, and two grandsons Jacob Ray Detjens and Frederick Cook MacDonell. Phyllis is survived by sons Gerald Ray Detjens, Leonard Ray (Share ) Detjens, daughters Eileen Rae (Ricky) Smith, Rena Rae (Fred) MacDonell, brother Jonathan (Peggy) Jones, sister-in-law LeAnne Jones, grand daughters Amber Rae Detjens, Melanie Rose Gilbertson, grandsons Alexander Ray MacDonell, Ian Patrick MacDonell, Justin M Smith and Michael J Smith, great grandsons Jacob J Smith and RJ Smith and great granddaughter Olivia Naomi Pinkley; as well as loving nieces, nephews and other friends. Phyllis was a loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother and friend to all. Phyllis graduated from high school in Lindsay, CA. She later met and married Henry Dominguez and bought a home in Santa Barbara. On a dark night while she and Henry were driving home late, a drunk driver hit their car head on taking Henrys life and leaving Phyllis fighting for hers. After multiple surgeries, she recovered and opened her heart to love again. This time to a widow with four children! She and Ray met and married in 1971 in Santa Barbara, California. She was a courageous woman to step into the role of mother, and she did it with much love and grace. Phyllis was known for her gift of hospitality. She loved to have people into her home and treat them as family and serve delicious home-cooked meals. She also spent many years in the kitchen at Living Faith Center cooking and serving for all types of events. She devoted her prime years to caring for her children and her home, and when her children were older, she worked behind the scenes at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust until she retired. When she retired she and Ray worked with MAPS RVers traveling around the country working at different churches, camps and schools. Phyllis would serve in any way needed. One of her favorite places was Spencer Lake Christian Center in Wisconsin where she and Ray worked for many summers in their later years. Once the time for traveling the country was over, they settled in at home in Yucaipa, California where she spent her final years cared for and surrounded by her devoted children. Funeral services for Phyllis will be at the Yucaipa First Assembly, 12226 Second Street, Yucaipa, CA on June 25, 2018 arranged by Weaver-Hughes Mortuary in Yucaipa. In lieu of flowers Phyllis requested memorial donations be made in her name to Spencer Lake Christian Center, N1385 Cnty Hwy E, Waupaca, WI 54981 or online at under Get Involved/Foundational Partners.
o_Furman061718 FURMAN, Robert J. Saratoga Springs, NY - Robert J. Furman, 68, completed his earthly sojourn on June 6, 2018. Bob was the son of the late John and Irene Furman, and is survived by his sisters Carol A. Furman of Delmar, NY and Sister Janet K. Furman, CSJ, based in Latham, NY and currently stationed in Camarillo, CA; his niece, Deborah I. Ungerer (Matt) of Delmar, NY, nephew Anthony J. Umina of Saratoga Springs and several cousins. After graduating Salutatorian from St. Peter's Academy, Class of 1968, Bob obtained his Civil Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. He worked for both New York State and California departments of transportation as a civil engineer and held city engineering positions in Santa Barbara, CA and Saratoga Springs. In Bob's free time, he travelled through 49 states, many in his blue VW bug. Bob's creatively-penned cartoon sketches of normal everyday events that happened with friends as well as his annual anticipated Christmas card will continue to bring smiles to those he loved and cared for. His wanderlust for travelling the Hudson River in a homemade rowboat to NYC at age 15, then to Canada the next year and at age 66, covering the gap from Schuylerville to the Port of Albany with his friend Bill Armstrong will continue to motivate all ages to have a dream and persevere. His solo bicycle trip from the Pacific coast of California to the Atlantic coast of Massachusetts inspires us to have faith and confidence in our abilities. Bob will be remembered for his zany, wry sense of humor, his love and appreciation of nature, his long walks and bike rides through town and his talent and skill in playing pool. Friends are invited to gather at 10am Monday, June 18, 2018 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373). A memorial service will be conducted at 10:30am followed by a luncheon reception. In lieu of flowers, please consider taking a walk in the woods, calling a friend, donating to Sustainable Saratoga, PO Box 454, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to a charity of your choice. Online remembrances may be made at
o_Welch061718x o_Goena2061718 GOENA, Elvira Casso 10/19/19346/2/2018 Elvira Casso Goena was born October 19,1934 in San Antonio, Texas. She passed away peacefully on June 2, 2018 surrounded by family. Vera was the most patient, kind, loving mother one could ask for, always there to help anyone in need or lend an ear to listen. She will be greatly missed by all. She is survived by her three children Mina (Sam), Lisa (Ed), Steven and former daughter-in-law Christine; eight grandchildren, Michael (Kim), and Raymond Cisek, Wyley and Oliver Welch, Jake, Robby, Matthew, and Alex Goena; and great- granddaughter Riley. She is survived by her siblings Jesse Casso, Aurora Cervantes, Erlinda Gomez and Philip Casso. She was predeceased by her husband Raymond Lopez Goena and by her parents Consuelo and Marjil Casso, brothers Marjil, Raymond and Rudy. Special thanks to Aegis Living and Memory Care of Ventura and Oakhurst Hospice. Services will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 11:30 a.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery. A reception will follow services at the Lions Park Lodge.
o_Howen061718 HOWEN, Georgina "Geo" Mimmack Georgina "Geo" Mimmack Howen was born on February 5th, 1928, to Rufus F. and Georgina I. Mimmack (Smillie) at the Vorbeck Maternity Hospital in Los Angeles, California. She passed away peacefully, with her family at her side, on May 23rd, 2018, just a few months after her 90th birthday. Mom grew up in La Crescenta, and would often talk about her childhood home, which the family lost when the 210 freeway was built. She would always talk of her time in the United Presbyterian Church, and she stayed in contact with many for much of her life. The church was the venue for her wedding to Thomas Colin Howen in 1961. Before meeting Colin, mom was mostly referred to as "Jeannie" or "Gina" by friends and family. She was a lover of the outdoors and made the decision to follow her father in his vocation as a teacher. She attended a few secondary education institutions, but received her associates degree from Pasadena City College, and then her teaching credential from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in Physical Education. As with her father, she was hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District and began working as a PE teacher and substitute. Her natural affection for hiking and camping, along with her ability and experience with teaching physical fitness to teenagers, was the basis of her being hired as a summer camp counselor with the Camp Fire Girls. This proved to be the beginning of a long-standing passion for mom, as she volunteered in many different capacities for decades with the organization. Mom would go on to apply for an opportunity to be a counselor with YWCA at a camp in Mendocino. Mom and dad met at an end-of-summer party at the home of the director of the camp, a woman named Emelita Cohen, after the ladies both returned from a summer together at Timbertall. Once married, mom continued to teach as a PE teacher. She held a "Life Diploma" credential from the California State Board of Education, which she was very proud of and used to support many of her volunteer positions. Geo was the consummate volunteer, generous with her time, talents and treasure. The list of people she helped, groups she belonged to and organizations that she was a part of is long. At the top of the list was Camp Fire Girls, the Moreland School District, Stephen's Ministries, Good Samaritan Hospital, and various missional activities at both Saratoga Federated Church and South Hills Community Church. She was a "10+" gallon donor at the Stanford Blood Bank, and knitted more blankets, sweaters, beanies and pot-holder's than could be counted. In 2006, mom made the decision to move from San Jose to Santa Barbara. It was difficult at first because of having to leave behind her amazing groups of friends and the neighborhood. She moved into the guest house of the property that she picked out with Marshall, and really liked to tell people that she "lived in the back yard." Geo was no stranger to Santa Barbara either, having spent a lot of time already due to trips for holidays, musicals, games and matches, momentous events and other adventures. Once she settled in, she found herself once again in the middle of a few wonderful groups of friends at Trinity Baptist Church, and then Santa Barbara Community Church. She continued to do what she could to assist with care giving, providing help at church events, knit articles to be sold for the benefit of Royal Kid's Camp and other groups. Geo was so thankful, too, for her group of Sunday school friends and the "lunch bunch," and for her homegroup that loved on her and cared for her so well. Mom will be missed by many and leaves behind her brother Dr. Fred Mimmack (wife Barbara) and his family; daughter, Helen Wieland (husband Ken); her son Marshall (wife Celia); 2 grandchildren, one great-grandchild (due in November); and, an extended family of adopted grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins and dear lifelong friends. Memorial service is planned for Saturday, June 23rd, at 11:00 with reception to follow, at Santa Barbara Community Church 1002 Cieneguitas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
o_Kuhns061718 KUHNS, Doris Murray September 24, 1929 May 25, 2018 Doris Murray Kuhns was born in Neenah, Wisconsin, the year of the stock market crash. Although the depression years followed, Doris grew up happily as the daughter of the small town doctor. After her father passed Doris, her brother, mother and grandmother moved to New York City where she attended the Brearley School. She went on to Goucher College for a year but obtained her BA in Fine Arts at Barnard College in NY. After college Doris worked at MOMA in the Architecture/Design department during the era of Phillip Johnson and later moved on to the Guggenheim museum as assistant publicity director where she collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright on his '60 Years of Living Architecture'. During this time Doris also married writer William B. Murray and had three children. As a family they lived in New York City and Princeton, Rome, and the South of France. In the mid sixties the family moved to Malibu, California where they settled on a ranch with a myriad of dogs and horses. Doris adapted well to the outdoor lifestyle of Malibu, embracing her love of tennis, outdoor family activities, and horseback riding. She also loved to cook, read, attend concerts and theatre, and was an adventurous soul who loved to travel. Hearth and home and wonderful holiday festivities were traditions where Doris created warm and loving atmospheres for family and friends. In 1978 Doris remarried William C. Kuhns and together they built a home in Malibu and later settled in Montecito, California where they retired comfortably surrounded by gardens, mountains and the sea. Doris continued to pursue her love of the arts, travel, and kept her mind acute by reading three newspapers each day and attending to the NYT daily crossword puzzle. Her house there was filled with a variety of dogs, children, and joy. Her door was always open. A kind and charitable person, Doris gave to many organizations through the years, volunteering to feed the homeless well into her eighties. Doris was beloved by family and friends and will be greatly missed by all. Her three children, daughter Natalia Casemore, daughter Julia Murray, her husband Natt Portugal and their daughters Asha and Danielle, son Bill Murray and wife Stephanie Sher Murray, her cherished granddaughter Alessandra Murray, and her beloved dog Rudolfo survive her. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to her favorite charities, DAWG of Santa Barbara, CAMA, or the Unitarian Church.
o_Loman061718 LOMAN, Gary John Gary John Loman of Santa Barbara, California passed away at the age of 74 on April 26, 2018.He was born in Norwich, England to Monica and Jack Loman during a blitz in World War II, while his father served in the US Army Air Corps.His family brought him to the United States when he was 2 years old and by 1950 moved to Santa Barbara where Gary attended school and college and lived for the rest of his life. In his early career he was a Quality Manager at local technology companies, and later he became President of Servo Dynamics (Servo Technologies in California), an international oil technology company. Gary was an avid surfer and sailor in his younger years and throughout his life experienced travels and adventures to distant locations. At home Gary enjoyed reading, his family, his dogs, gardening, and spending most Thursday nights with his friends at the Beachside Bar and Cafe. Gary lived his life always upbeat with a positive and uplifting outlook, he will be deeply missed by those that survive him.Gary was the loving husband of Jackie Loman. He is survived by his sons, John and Ken; daughters, Jennifer and Heather; mother, Monica; brother, Michael; and grandchildren, Mike, Marcus, Spencer, Joshua, Enola, Elliana, Michaela, Dylan, Jackson, Caden, and Brendan. All services will be private. Contact for additional information about a TBD celebration of his life.
o_Morreale061718 MORREALE, Charles Robert 8.23.23-5.17.18 Charles Robert Morreale passed away at Santa Barbara's Serenity House on May 17, 2018. Charles was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 23, 1923 the son of Vincenzo Morreale and Rosa Bruccoleri, Italian immigrants from the island of Sicily who moved to America shortly after World War I. Vincenzo and Rosa had three children; Nofrio, Charles and Maria. Maria was not quite three when she died in a tragic accident and as family lore tells it, Rosa passed away soon after from a broken heart. Vincenzo then returned to his hometown of Grotte, Sicily where he met and married Antonina Zaffuto and returned with his family to Boston. During that year in Sicily, Charles recalled wearing a uniform to school and being ordered to salute Mussolini's portrait. Some of Charles' most memorable experiences came from his service during World War II. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 as an Electrician's Mate 3rd Class and during his three years of service was stationed on four ships. In 1946, Charles received an Honorable Discharge having been recognized with a World War II Victory Medal, an American Theater Medal and an Asiatic-Pacific Medal. Charles met Margaret (Peg) Morreale in a dance hall in 1950 and married her the following year. Shortly after, they moved cross country to begin a new life in Orange County, California. Early on, Peg set her sights on a beach community and they soon moved to Corona Del Mar followed by Laguna Nigel before settling in Laguna Beach where they raised their sons, Steve and Phil. Chuck is predeceased by his wife, Peg, and survived by his brothers Frank and Sam, sons Steve and Phil Morreale (Catharine), granddaughters Ali Manset Morreale and Jessica Morreale Therkelsen (Peter), great grandchildren Soren and Sage Therkelsen and numerous nieces and nephews. The family offers a warm thank you for the care provided by the wonderful staff at Serenity House. Chuck, we will miss your warm smile and incessant humor. Salud! A service celebrating Charles' life will be held at the Santa Barbara Cemetery Chapel on June 22 at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions in Charles' name can be made to the "George and Peggy Manset Memorial Scholarship Fund" (made payable to the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 3620, SB, CA. 93130 ) Arrangements made by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
o_Reith050718 REITH, John John Reith (93) passed peacefully on December 22, 2017, in his home in Camarillo, California. John ("Jack") grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles High School and competed in many sports. He matriculated at Sheffield Scientific School just after it became part of Yale University. After two years, the US Air Force took Jack away from Yale and sent him to be trained as a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot. He proceeded to become a 2nd Lieutenant, flying F-16 fighter planes during WWII. Following an eye injury, he was honorably discharged. After the war, Jack graduated with the Yale Class of 1945W, majoring in a special program combining electromechanical engineering with business administration. Upon graduation, Jack worked for a fast-growing electromechanical engineering company. He became a Program Manager of an inertial guidance system used in commercial airplanes. Jack's work was recognized by his appointment as the Western Regional Director of the American Management Association. He was a member of the American Society of Training & Development (ASTD) and worked in fields as diverse as aerospace, retail, and banking. During his professional career, Jack was an author of many articles and book chapters in the field of Organizational Development. He also sold real estate in his beloved Lake Arrowhead, and he prided himself on being a business coach and friend to many. Following his "retirement" from Hughes Aircraft, Jack settled in Goleta, California, and dedicated his time to education. He served for over 20 years as an elected member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Education. He was also a member of the Elk's Lodge and several cultural organizations. Jack met the love of his life, Adeline, on a blind date, and they were married in 1951.They had four children and moved all over Southern California - settling in San Marino for many years before the early death of Adeline in 1976. Jack never remarried. He is survived by his four children and seven grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held in Camarillo in August 2018.
o_Zuzalek061718 ZUZALEK, Jane Jane Marie Zuzalek died in Santa Barbara on April 23 at age 94. She was born in Santa Maria, California on August 8, 1923. Her parents were Henry T. and Gertrude James Kortner. Her maternal grandparents, Jane Hall James and Charles James, were early settlers and pioneers in the Santa Maria Valley. Jane's great-grandmother arrived in California via covered wagon. Upon the early death of Jane's father, she and her mother moved to Santa Barbara, where Jane started her schooling. She attended Wilson School where her aunt, Miss Dottie B. Phoenix, was principal. Even at a young age, Jane was enamored with Santa Barbara and declared it was the only place where she wanted to live. It continued to be that way with Jane forever. She never stopped appreciating the magnificent ocean and mountain views afforded by lovely Santa Barbara. Jane always felt fortunate that she enjoyed the early days when Santa Barbara's population totaled 8,000, it wasn't necessary to lock doors, and State Street was the shopping hub where one was almost always certain to meet a friend. At Santa Barbara High School, Jane met and fell in love with Ed Zuzalek. She married the young ensign on February 26, 1944, ten days before he was shipped overseas to the Pacific area during World War II. Three daughters, Yvette, Nanette, and Janette were born from the union. The marriage lasted thirty-four years, until Ed died in December, 1978. Jane graduated with honors from Santa Barbara High School in 1941. She was a Seal-bearer with the Scholastic Society of California. Upon graduation from Santa Barbara Business College, she worked for Seaside Oil Company and the City Contracting Company until her husband returned from overseas. Later and upon his return from the South Pacific, she took a seven year hiatus from office work and devoted her time to her then teacher/ principal husband and their three daughters. Eventually she continued her schooling, graduated from Santa Barbara City College and attended classes at UCSB. She then went to work at the Central Office of the Santa Barbara School District. She worked as Dr. Leonard Bowman's secretary. Later she transferred to San Marcos High School, then Santa Barbara High School, and later she worked for the Adult Education Division of Santa Barbara City College. This spanned a period of over thirty years. She always felt fortunate to have spent so many years working with both young and old students, doing the sort of work she truly enjoyed. Jane and Eddie had a very active social life. The both loved ballroom dancing and were members of several dance clubs. Jane was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She taught Sunday School in the First Presbyterian Church, and Eddie was head usher for many years at the same church. Surprisingly, on the same day, but at different schools, Ed and Jane were honored with a PTA Life Membership because of their school activities. Their summers were always spent travelling within the United States with their daughters. In later years they traveled to Mexico, Canada, and Europe. After Eddie's death, Jane visited more exotic areas such as New Guinea, Thailand, Guatemala, and China, when it was first opened to tourists. Jane also found great pleasure in playing bridge with her friends, attending Adult Education classes, and reading. One heard Jane often say, "The only thing better than reading a good book is discussing it with friends and family." Jane is survived by her two daughters, Yvette Peden and Nanette Covarrubias. The youngest daughter, Janette Zuzalek, preceded Jane in death. Also surviving her is her grandson, Jacob Covarrubias, and her son-in-law, Jack Peden, as well as her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Williams. Jane's surviving nieces and nephews are Carol Ann Roe, Sandy Ventress, Dave Zuzalek, Pam Contreras, Paula Coomer, Matthew Williams, and Dan Zuzalek. Jane's friend, Bob Keats, also survives her. Donations may be made in Jane's memory to the Mental Health Association, 617 Garden Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, or to a charity of your choice.