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o_ONeil092417 O'NEIL, Mary Jane Camarillo, CA God saw you getting tired, and a transplant was not meant to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered "come with Me." After a valiant struggle with Polycystic Kidney Disease, Mary Jane O'Neil, age 72, entered eternal life on Aug. 1, 2017 from St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, Camarillo. Her good friend and staff were at her side. Mary was born in Nashua, New Hampshire and lived in Sarasota, FL before moving to the Los Angeles area. After graduating high school, Mary's careers were as a Certified Hospital Central Service Technician and in Information Services at St. Joseph's Hospital, Burbank and Mercy Hospital, Bakersfield and later as an Interior Horticultural Technician in Garden Grove and Santa Barbara, California. Mary loved all God's creatures and provided care for not only her own home, plants and pets but others' as well. Mary is preceded in death by her parents Olive Shirley Merrill and Robert P. O'Neil and by her brother Richard O'Neil and her beloved pets. She leaves behind her brother Robert O'Neil (Dale Janssen), niece/Goddaughter Carree, nieces Kristee and Emilee, good friend Sister Janet Furman, CSJ, her canine companion, Kody Bear and many friends throughout the United States. Mary's loved ones wish to thank her many Doctors and their staffs, DaVita Dialysis Center, UCLA, Assisted Home Care and St. John's Hospitals for their compassionate care. Mary is remembered as an athlete, especially on one water ski, a wise, generous, loving, gentle soul with a winning smile and an Irish wit that would make others want to be in her presence. Her last gift to give was her body that she donated to UCLA David Geffen School of Medical Research. Her favorite saying was "You cannot out give God." A Celebration of Mary's Life will take place on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Leisure Village Recreation Center, 200 Leisure Village Dr., off of Santa Rosa Rd., Camarillo. Tell the guard at the main gate the event you are attending. RSVP 805-910-8022. In lieu of flowers please donate to the ASPCA, the Humane Society or your favorite Charity in memory of Mary.
o_Aparicio092317.1 APARICIO Sr., Salvador Cenen 09-03-1926/ 09-19-2017 Sal passed away at home in peace with himself and God, at the age of 91, with his Son Sal Jr., his Grandson Cenen Aparicio, his friend Rosanne, caregiver Erika and other family and friends. Sal's wife, Elinor Esther Villa Aparicio, preceeded him in death on April 14, 2015. They were married 69 years and enjoyed t raveling, hunting and fishing with family and friends all around the June Lake area in the High Sierras. They were members of the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge #613 and enjoyed dinners and dancing with friends especially the Barflys. Sal and Elinor only had one son Salvador Cenen Aparicio Jr; grandchildren Cenen Richard Aparicio (Monica) and Nannette Echelle Aparicio Navarro; great-grandchildren Maya, Serena, Jada and Jordon and also many nephews and nieces. His siblings Amy Aparicio Thompson, Thomas Aparicio, Joseph (Pepe) Aparicio and Connie (Babe) Aparicio Brisbine have all predeceased him. He was born in LA, CA on 10th Street and moved to Santa Barbara when he was 10, where he lived in a house behind the Rose Cafe on Haley St . He was one of the heads of a gang called the "Wildcats" from Lincoln School. When World War II broke out in 1942, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and was honorably discharged in 1945. He met his future wife Elinor at a dance at the K.P . Hall Carrillo Auditorium. Sal had his own business "Aparicio Tree Service" for several years. He was requested by Mr. William Randolph Hearst to take care of the trees at Hearst Castle. About 4 years later, Sal and Elinor went to Hearst Castle and he showed the people there pictures of him and Mr. Hearst and he was given the VIP treatment. Later he joined the Laborers and Hod Carriers Union Local #591 and became Secretary/Treasurer. During that time Sal lead a volunteer group from the Laborers local to help landscape the Santa Barbara Zoo, where he sat on the Board of Directors for many years. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Laborers International for 10 years. In his golden years he served as a Sales Representative for Secure Horizons. Many thanks to Dr. William Koonce; Dr. Li and Dr. David Laub of Mission Terrance, Erika Rios, Roseanne and all the people from Hospice. A Rosary will be held on Wednesday the 27th at Welch-Ryce-Haider Goleta Chapel at 7:00 pm, with a Funeral Mass on Thursday the 28th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Raphael's Church, with interment at Calvary Cemetery. Followed by a "Celebration of Life" at the Santa Barbara Elk's Lodge at 1:30 p.m.
o_Coy092417 COY, Victoria Rebecca (Guevara) Born September 29, 1935 passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2017 in Santa Barbara where she was born. Victoria was a 7th generation native of Santa Barbara and very proud of her heritage. She was known as "Babe" or Nina Babe to all of her friends and family. She was married in 1957 to the love of her life Jack Coy, also of Santa Barbara, who preceded her in death. Victoria was a wonderful loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them, always with a smile on her face. Victoria attended local schools and graduated Santa Barbara High School. She then spent the next 46 years working for Paine Weber Jackson and Curtis Stock Exchange, later to become UBS. Victoria was preceded in death by her father Raymond Guevara; her mother Margaret Guevara; brothers Raymond Guevara Jr. ; William Guevara Sr., sisters Maryann Cogan and Geraldine Reel. She is survived by her children: Jack Coy (Tracy) and Brenda Coy both of Santa Barbara. She is also survived by her granddaughters: Kelly Shellhart (Tom), Katie Coy and great grandchildren: Madalyn and Jack Shellhart, as well as numerous Nieces and Nephews. Victoria also leaves her in-laws Joyce Guevara of Oxnard, Jim Cogan of Buellton and Jack and Jill Graham of Santa Barbara. Per Victoria's request there will be no church or graveside services. A Private family memorial will be held at a later date.
o_Fischer092417 FISCHER, Alfred George 12/10/1920-7/2/2017 Al Fischer, aged 97 years old, passed away peacefully July 2, 2017. He is survived by his son Joseph (Fritz) and his wife Karla, his son George (Bill), a daughter Lenore, grandchildren Jon and Kristy Fischer and Bella and Jen Walsh, and great grandchildren Alex, Nicolas and Madison Fischer and Braiden and Justin Stanert. Al was born in Germany to George and Thea Fischer. Both parents were American, but their family roots were German, and they had retired to Germany. They moved several times, living in part in Berchtesgaden. While in Berchtesgaden, Al spent his spare time exploring the woods, streams and ponds in the alpine country around the city. The family moved back to Wisconsin before World War II. After high school Al attended the University of Wisconsin and became a geologist. In the geology department he was taught first and foremost to be a scientist, to use the precepts of science to interpret the rocks. He finished at U of W with a Master's degree, specializing in paleontology, the study of fossils. There he also met and married his lifelong wife Winnie. For the next 15 years Al bounced back and forth between University teaching and working for petroleum companies, both domestically and abroad, exploring for oil. In the process he obtained a Ph. D. from Columbia University, and coauthored a widely-used book on paleontology. Winnie was a geographer, and when Al got a chance to do exploration for an oil company in Peru in 1951, they both jumped at it. Five years later Al was hired by Princeton University to teach in their Geology Department, where he stayed for the next 26 years. From there he went to USC in 1983. After retirement in 1990, he stayed on with the department another 10 years as professor emeritus. During his lengthy career in geology, Al always stood by his training-he was a scientist first and foremost, and a geologist in its application. A good scientist is a person who never loses his childhood curiosity; never stops asking "why?" and "how?" and "what is that?" Al constantly questioned the world around him. The result is that he was instrumental in establishing some of the critical controls on deposition of sedimentary rocks. Al has been rewarded for his dramatic pioneering work by being awarded with the highest recognition of significant scientific achievement by countries around the world, including the American and Italian academies of science. After Al's wife died in 2010, he came to live at the retirement community of Maravilla in Santa Barbara. This move allowed him to be close to his eldest son Joseph, also a geologist, and near UCSB where he could use the library. Al will long be remembered by family, students and colleagues for his leadership and his strong influence on them. His family will gather around to scatter his ashes at sea to join his wife's ashes.
o_Flett2092417 o_Flett1092417 FLETT, Phyllis Jeanne Phyllis Jeanne Flett, 93 years old and life-long resident of Santa Barbara, passed away peacefully on the evening of Sunday September 17th, 2017 surrounded by the loving hands of her children, grand-children, and great- grandchildren in her residence of 68 years. Phyllis was born in Santa Barbara on June 3, 1924 to Theda and Fred Lavery.She attended Garfield and Harding Elementary, La Cumbre Junior High School and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1942.She attended Santa Barbara State College for Home Economics and met her husband Robert Flett in 1942 on a blind date while he was stationed in the Marine Corps. They married in 1945 and made a life together in Santa Barbara.Phyllis worked most of her years at Goleta Valley Junior High School as an attendance clerk.She was active in Girl Scouts and was an avid artist and craftswoman with a love for nature and the outdoors.Most importantly, she spread kindness and love to everyone she encountered up until her last day in this life.She welcomed friends and family alike into her home always and bragged, even in the chaos, her heart was as full as it could be.If you knew her, she was grateful to be connected to you and the unique relationship she had with you has an eternal space in her heart. She is survived by her two children, Judy Leeper and Bob Flett and her grand-children Chantelle Sloan, Obie, Mike and Matt Flett and Christina Leeper.She is also survived by her many great-grand children Riley and Cameron Leeper, Nick Thayer and Emily Lorenger, Austin, Anna, and Alek Sloan, Matthew and Cady Flett, Donovan Flett, and Lily Flett. A private graveside service will be held at the Santa Barbara cemetery.Additionally, the family will hold a celebration of life, or "a party" at Phyllis' request, with the date to be determined.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara as they made it possible for Phyllis to be cared for in her home.The address is:512 East Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 or to donate from their website. Please visit to leave an online memory or condolence.Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
o_Kay092217 KAY, M.D., Jerome Thomas Surrounded by his adoring family, Jerome Thomas Kay passed away peacefully on September 15, 2017. Jerry was a loving husband, a devoted father and grandfather, a healer and a dear friend. Jerry was born on March 21, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, one of four brothers born to Henry and Mary Kay. As a child, Jerry developed a quick wit, a love of sports, and a deep respect for hard work and scholarship. This last quality in particular served him well. He earned his undergraduate degree from Marquette University and completed his MD at Northwestern School of Medicine in 1965. Jerry moved to Oahu, Hawaii to complete his internship. It was there that he met the love of his life, a Canadian nurse by the name of Gail Curry. During their courtship, Jerry joined the United States Navy, where, with a desire to aid sick and wounded countrymen, he served as a naval physician in the Vietnam War. After his service, Jerry returned to practice in Hawaii and shortly he and Gail were married in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada in 1967. In 1970 the couple moved to Santa Barbara with their firstborn son John. Brothers Christopher and Matthew were born shortly thereafter. Jerry went into private practice upon arriving in Santa Barbara, where he served the community practicing family medicine for 47 years. He was deeply respected by his colleagues and beloved by generations of patients for his skill, genuine compassion and profound humility. After working solo for many years, Jerry went into practice with two separate partners. The first was Dr. Henry Holderman and then Dr. Kirk Gilbert, with whom he practiced for 23 years. Jerry developed a close relationship with St. Francis Hospital, where he served as Chief of Staff from 1983 - 1985. He also worked closely with Santa Barbara County Public Health and served as president of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society in 1994. In response to the emergence of Health Maintenance Organizations, and in an effort to preserve independent family doctors and their practices, Jerry founded a physicians group named Central Coast Independent Physicians Association in 1982. This group later changed its name to Santa Barbara Select I.P.A., where Jerry served as Board President until his death. Jerry retired from private practice on July 1, 2015, but continued to guide health care at Val Verde Retirement Community and make meaningful contributions to the community at large. Jerry's talents and his commitment to health care and community were matched by the way he approached his personal life. Above all, he devoted himself to his family and friends. He enjoyed playing tennis at Knowlwood Tennis Club, playing golf and bridge with close friends at The Valley Club, and fly fishing with his sons. He and Gail traveled the globe together and with friends, collecting knowledge, perspective and memories. Throughout his life, Jerry treated those he encountered with respect and kindness. He was beloved by his family and friends, who loved his intellect, honesty, constant kindness and ever-present sense of humor. Jerry was a man in full, who lived a rich, dignified and meaningful life, always in service to others. He was a true gentleman. Jerry will be profoundly missed. Jerome Kay is survived in death by Gail, his wife of 50 years; son John and his wife Page and grandsons Jackson and David; son Christopher and son Matthew and his wife Clara. A Memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College.
PETERSEN, Edgar Andersen Edgar Andersen Petersen passed away quietly in his sleep on September 7, 2017 in Carpinteria, CA. Eddie was born April 16, 1957 in Waukegan, Illinois and came to Santa Barbara in 1961 with his parents, Anna and Esper Petersen together with his older sister Ann Petersen and older brother Esper Petersen, Jr. Ed was an avid bicyclist in his youth, as well as a game hunter and a political blogger.As a first generation Danish American, he was extremely proud of his Viking heritage and a very staunch American patriot. Family was very important to Eddie and he kept in close contact with his immediate family, including his brother in law Leslie Pam, as well as his Aunt Edel Simons and cousins Kelley Giffin, Phil Simons and Lise Jacobson in California and his cousins Johan Petersen, Linda Petersen Riter, Karen Petersen, Connie Dempster and Lena Petersen in Illinois. He also had a very special place in his heart for his nephews Esper Petersen III and Martin Petersen, for his extended family in Denmark, and for Danny Winkowski and Jason Petersen. Finally, his friends gave him great comfort and support as he faced his extremely debilitating illness of muscular dystrophy.He was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed. We love you Eddie. The memorial service will be held on November 11 at 11 AM at the cemetery in Solvang on Chalk Hill Road. Rather than send flowers, please donate to Eddie's favorite three charities: The American Legion, Wounded Warriors, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
o_Sandoval092417 SANDOVAL, Jeanie Jeanie Sandoval was born on May 8th, 1921 in Santa Barbara California. She passed on September 18th, 2017 at Heritage House Santa Barbara Calif. Her parents were Lucia and Arnulfo Lopez. She was the second to the eldest of eleven siblings. Of the Eleven, four have passed away Angelo who was only 5 years old, (He was the first Angelo) Stanley Lopez, Annie Ambriz and Connie Padilla and Six are surviving. Brother Manuel lives in Medford Calif, Brother Angelo and Mary Lopez San Diego, and Sister Consuelo Lopez Padilla in Porterville Calif. Brother Paul Lopez Gloria Torres and Catherine Moralez live here in Santa Barbara. They all grew up here in Santa Barbara going to the local schools and graduating from Santa Barbara High School. While attending Santa Barbara Junior High School Jeanie had won a singing competition, from then on her singing career was made known. She would mostly sing for family and friends and during the Fiestas and at her local church that she attended. She enjoyed music and would always sing when she was happy and when she wanted to give thanks to the Lord. At 96 with Dementia she still sang to all those that would visit her at Heritage House and will greatly be missed with her smile and music. She met and married at nineteen years old to her late husband Joe Sandoval; they were married for 51 years. They had one son Francisco Sandoval who passed away in 1989 due to a heart problem. Jeanie has two Grandchildren five Great Grandchildren and Seven Great, Great Grandchildren. They all live in Long Beach California. Jeanie was a hairdresser for 50 years, her pink beauty shop was on Milpas street it was not only her business but also her home for a number of years until her family moved. She enjoyed her shop and the socializing with her customers each day. Her joy was her work and being creative. "Jeanie's Beauty Shop" was the only shop at the time on Milpas street, until she retired. She was quite an entrepreneur she began working as a cook in her younger years and this led to her enjoyment of cake baking and cooking as a hobby. For many special family occasions she always made a home made cake for weddings, baby showers, birthdays and graduations. Her small kitchen and oven would make at least a four tier cakes. For Christmas she would make persimmon cookies, chocolate chip cookies, snicker doodles, as well as luscious fruit cakes as gifts. All the Cousins well remember those crispy new dollar bills to the children in a red envelope. And Uncle Manuel dressed up as Santa Claus; Christmas was a fun happy time that we will never forget. Jeanie had many special interests and hobbies that she devoted time to. She found great pleasure in making exquisite flower arrangements for weddings .. She enjoyed her home and especially enjoyed working in her garden; sometimes even forgetting to eat she would get so involved outside. The Lord blessed her with many talents that gave pleasure to our families, friends and community. She is quite a lady and has a deep Love for the Lord and an understanding of the path that we all must go thru in life, she especially loved family gatherings and all the little ones that she took an interest in, she loved children and small animals. She always had either a dog or a cat that was a part of her family. I think all of us will always remember that she loved the color pink, it was rare that she wore any other color it had to be pink at Heritage House they called her the Pink Angel. A Celebration of Life will be held on September 27th Wednesday from 1to 5. At the Santa Barbara Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the Reception Hall. On 425 Arroyo Road off of Auhay Drive. Arrangements entrusted to Pueblo del Rey Funeral Services.
o_Tally092417 TALLY, Captain James C. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Captain James C. Tally after a brief illness. Born in Los Angeles in 1932, Jim lived most of his life in California. He married his wife, Louise in Sacramento in 1956, raised their 4 children in Victorville then Westlake Village; and for the past 28 years, lived in his cherished Santa Barbara. Jim loved airplanes, the ocean, and golfing but most of all, his family. While raising his children, he enjoyed simple things like taking his wife and kids to the beach and wrestling with the kids in the living room. Once his children became parents, he enjoyed taking the grandchildren to local airshows and was at every holiday and birthday party. Jim's greatest passion was flying. He started his flying career as an Air Force Fighter Pilot flying the F-104. He served for 12 years including two tours of duty in Vietnam. Later he was proud to join American Airlines and after 27 years, retired as a DC-10 Captain. In retirement, Jim flew a small private plane all over the country with Louise. For many years, he enjoyed a game of golf in Santa Barbara always wishing to play another 18 holes. But most of all, he spent time with his family. Jim is survived by his wife, Louise, of 61 years, his children Karen Keyser (Ron Freed), Bryan (Lillian), Eric (Veronica) and Brett along with his son at heart' Scott Lyon (Connie). Jim has 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Jim was one of the nicest men you will ever meet, with a warm and gentle soul. He will be greatly missed.
o_Valencia092417 VALENCIA, Irene 1946-2017 Born Irene Alvera Martinez on April 9, 1946, in Goleta, California, Irene Valencia passed away peacefully on Friday, September 15, 2017, with her loving family at her side. Irene was the youngest of her siblings: Victoria, Louie, Rocky, Anita, Ted, Ruben, Flora, Caesar, Steve, Victor, and Raymond. For over 30 years, she served as a Medical Assistant at Children's Medical Clinic of Santa Barbara. There she cared for countless children and families. Irene enjoyed cooking (especially when making tortillas) and always being surrounded by her family. Irene is preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Valencia. She is survived by her children, Raymond Valencia (Tina) and Jacqueline Knauss (Dan); by seven grandchildren, Marco, Michaela, Joseph, Emilia, Sierra, Jacob, and Jonathon; and by two great-grandchildren, Samantha and Mason. Irene's family would like to thank the amazing staff at Casa Rhoda and Assisted Hospice of Santa Barbara. Family tribute:Our Mom was truly the kindest, most generous, and most loving person we have known. The impact she has made on our family is truly amazing. Your life mattered, Mom. Until next time, we'll catch you later. A vigil will be held on Thursday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m. at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Home, 450 Ward Drive, Santa Barbara, 93111. A mass will take place on Friday, September 29, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Raphael's Church, 5444 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, 93111.
o_Wilson092417 WILSON, Margaret Wilkinson Margaret Wilkinson Wilson passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children, on July 24th, 2017 in Destin, Florida. Born in Shreveport in 1929 to William Scott and Margaret Wilkinson, Margaret attended Byrd High School, Stephens College and University of Colorado-Boulder where she was Miss University of Colorado (1948). She traveled widely and lived for over two decades abroad, in England and Turkey. After raising four children, she became an accomplished wildlife photographer and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS) and member of the Royal Geographical Society. She exhibited her photographs in prestigious venues in Britain and the United States and published articles and photographs in news outlets such as BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Royal Geographical Society magazine. Margaret wrote a children's book about the Chimfunshi Chimpanzee Orphanage in Zambia. She is survived by her three children Margaret Wilkinson (J. Robert Andrews) of Solvang, California, Ellen "Tookie" Everett (Brad Everett) of Destin, Florida and Richard Ashby Wilson (Helene K. Kvale) of New York City, New York and her four grandchildren Alicia Butler, Annalisa Varni, Kai Wilson and Thomas Wilson. She is pre-deceased by her first husband, the Hon. James J. Butler, her second husband Colonel Richard A. Wilson, her sister Susybelle Wilkinson Lyons, and her son Scott W. Butler. Margaret had a zest for life and an infectious Southern charm that touched everyone who knew her. She was truly adventurous, creative, passionate and kind and is greatly missed by her family and friends. A private memorial service will be held in Santa Barbara on September 23rd. If you wish, contributions may be made to the World Wildlife Fund or to the animal rescue service of your choice.
o_Young091919 YOUNG, Ella (Jean) Mae Fisher Mrs. Young was born in Santa Barbara in 1923 and spent her years with her twin sister, Edith Jean Fisher Morse, roaming the hills and beaches of Santa Barbara. Ella and Jean graduated from Santa Barbara High School with a scholarship to Stanford, majoring in Pre-Med. They graduated in 3 years with Ella being nominated to the Phi Beta Kappa sorority. Upon graduation the twins attended National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, Illinois. Ella graduated with three degrees. She fell in love with Robert Dillmann and married, moving first to Kansas and then to Oregon. When things did not work out Ella moved to Los Angeles and taught at the Los Angeles Chiropractic College and married again, Paul Malapirra. They opened a practice in Santa Monica. Eventually Ella moved back to Santa Barbara and opened her own practice and watched over her elderly parents. After several years chiropractic work was too hard for her and Ella became a social worker and met and married the true love of her life, Sidney Robert Young. They travelled extensively in Mexico and Central America where Sidney found the ranch of his dreams in Belize. Unfortunately Mr. Young came down with heart trouble and TB, so they returned to the U.S. for treatment. Ella became a widow soon after and moved back to Santa Barbara where she learned to fly and also became part owner of West Beach Marine where she learned to sail. One of her most interesting adventures came when she captained a large sloop from Florida to Santa Barbara going through the Panama Canal amidst many adversities at sea. She was a great aunt to have. She taught us how to deep-sea fish, love flying, and horses as well as all scientific endeavors, which was fascinating to her and she shared that love with her family as well. In later years she began pastel artwork as her sister, Jean, was an accomplished artist and they travelled in Mexico, living and painting there and in Baja. They moved back to the U.S. and finally settled in Arizona where they lived a quieter life. Aunt Ella passed peacefully away June 8, 2017 in Arizona. She will be missed greatly as she had a true love of family, and a great love and spirit for life. She requested cremation and to be interred with her twin sister and mother at Forest Lawn, Glendale.