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o_Carpenter052715 CARPENTER, Elsa 12/25/17 - 5/25/15 Elsa was born to Emily Von Bergen Fehrman and B. George Fehrman on December 25, 1917 in Greenwich, CN. She attended Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, VA and Univ. of Texas, Austin, studying English Lit. She worked for the federal government in Washington DC and Dallas. She met and married Darrell Carpenter while he was in law school at UT, moved to Lubbock where their daughter Carol was born in 1954. They lived in Hobbs, NM for 7 years and then moved to Daly City, CA. A few years after her divorce from Darrell she moved back to her beloved Virginia (Falls Church) and worked for the federal government in DC. In 1999 she moved to SB to be closer to her daughter. She greatly enjoyed life at Encina Royale, where she served a term on the Board in 2002. Elsa enjoyed traveling, spurred in part by her residing in Switzerland for a year as a child. Besides her love of bridge, crossword puzzles, reading, golf and snow, she was a devout Episcopalian and served on the Altar Guilds and Vestries of the various churches to which she belonged. She is survived by her daughter Carol (Janet). The caregivers who enabled Elsa to stay in her home until the end of her life were remarkable, Laura, Natasha, Mary, Paloma and Jessica. A Memorial service will be held on May 30 at 2 pm at Christ the King Episcopal church followed by a reception at her home. Any donations would be requested to be made to Sarah House or ASAP.
o_Chapman052715 CHAPMAN, Arthur S. •88, long time resident of Solvang, California passed away, May 20, 2015. •Arthur retired in 1982 as Chief Engineer for Hughes/Raytheon Space Sensors Laboratory, Santa Barbara. •He was born in Cuba, but grew up in Tampa, Florida. •At age 16 he joined the "Brain Busters," a WWII group that worked on wind tunnel projects at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. After high school and service in the Air Force, he moved to California where he became an industrial designer and mechanical engineer. He was proud to have been on teams at Hughes that worked on Landsat for NASA, the TOW missile, and the Cobra helicopter. During the Vietnam War he kept track of casualties as a reminder to allow no shortcuts in his work. He held 20 patents for optical and medical inventions. Arthur is survived by his wife Pierrette, sisters, Iva and Laura, and was predeceased by sons Gary and Duane. Memorials may be made in Arthur's name to: Gary Chapman Memorial Fund, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs?University of Texas, P.O. Box Y?Austin, TX 78713-8925 or to Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, 400 West Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors
o_Gira2052715 o_Gira1052715 GIRA, Paul A. •Paul Gira, formerly of Santa Barbara, CA, passed peacefully on May 20, 2015 at the age 96 in Richmond, VA. Paul was born on Nov. 6, 1918, in Custer, SD. Born before the days of local hospitals, Paul's Aunt Margaret rode out on horseback to fetch the doctor when his mother, Cassandra Roy Gira, went into labor. When Margaret arrived with the doctor, he found Paul being kept warm on top of the open oven door. Paul grew up in the hard days of the depression but always had a positive, "can-do" attitude. His mother encouraged him to seek his future outside of hardscrabble Custer. Paul put himself through college (BS from Colorado State University) and graduate school (MS from Duke University) by working logging camps in the summers under the encouragement of his Uncle Roy, a US Forester. After enduring the hard labor and dangers of forestry, Paul decided that was not the life for him. He served 4 years in the US Navy as a lieutenant during WWII. He married Audrey Jean Hamblen on July 26, 1947. Together they raised two daughters, Paula Shoemaker (Jim) of Rancho Palos Verde, CA, and Nancy Miller (Jeff) of Mechanicsville, VA. After briefly working for his brother, Paul went on to have two-30 year careers in marketing, retiring at the age of 82. His first was with Cosmodyne Corporation and the second with Hydranautics. Well-liked by all he met, his word always trusted, he brought success to the companies and provided well for his family. Paul and Audrey lived for 66 years in California before coming to Richmond in 2013. Audrey passed in May of that year. Paul continued to bring joy to his family for another two years. In addition to his daughters and sons-in-law he leaves behind 5 grandchildren who will cherish his memory. They are Lisa Thompson (Aaron) of Virginia, Kelly Miller of Ohio, Julie Miller of Texas, and Brian and Jean Shoemaker of California. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery along with his wife, Audrey. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff and caretakers of Brookdale West End Richmond for their loving care of Dad. Dad was kind, gracious, and appreciative throughout his life. In lieu of donations, please do an act of kindness for someone.
o_LaGrandeur-052715 LA GRANDEUR, Alphonsus Alcide "Sid" •96, died of natural causes at his Camarillo home on May 16, 2015 while under the care of Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association Hospice. Sid was born in Miles City, Montana on November 3, 1918 to Al and Elsie La Grandeur. He was the second of two sons. Sid began playing the trumpet in fourth grade and played in several dance bands in eastern Montana as a teenager. •He fulfilled a dream of living in the warm climate of Santa Barbara in 1939 where he met his future wife Anna Rosalind Beebe. They were married in Santa Barbara on June 15, 1941. Sid served in the U.S. Army in Europe from 1942 to 1945 where he played in the 132nd Army Band entertaining the troops. He studied musical instrument repair in Elkhart, Indiana and later opened A.A. La Grandeur Music in Santa Barbara. He combined his love for playing music with the skillful repair of musical instruments for many years. Sid continued to play in bands in the Santa Barbara area throughout his life, finally giving up trumpet playing in his nineties. He was a member of the Santa Barbara Downtown Lion's Club for many years and served as president for 1966-1967. Sid and Rosalind enjoyed travelling in their Airstream trailer, took several cruises, and visited Europe. They were also members of First United Methodist Church in Santa Barbara. Sid is survived by his four daughters Jan (Sherman) Pope of Twin Falls, Idaho; Celine (Bob) Shilkett of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Marcia (Bob) Lapschies of Coarsegold, California; and Elizabeth Dorenkamp of Ojai, California. He is also survived by nine grand children, nine great grand children, and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Fred in 1976 and wife Rosalind in 2007. Sid and Rosalind will be interred together at Santa Barbara Cemetery following a family service at a later date.
o_Larsen052315 LARSEN, Lorna Louise (Kluss) •Lorna Louise Larsen passed away peacefully after a long battle with congestive heart failure on May 12, 2015. She was born Lorna Louise Kluss on July 6, 1933 in Santa Barbara, CA to Dr. Edwin and Emelia Kluss.•She was the oldest of three children. •She graduated from Santa Barbara High School and went on to attend UCSB graduating with a BA in Psychology. She married Walter Larsen in 1959 after meeting him on a blind date arranged by a friend and worked until her first child was born giving her three daughters the luxury of having a stay-at-home mom. She went back to work when her youngest started school and spent the remainder of her work life as a legal assistant/paralegal in husband, Walter's, law practice. Lorna had an endless supply of energy and was always involved in various activities from home improvement projects--an original DIY'er (re-finishing furniture, gardening), to interests like oil painting and Adult Ed art classes, playing the piano (which she taught her three daughters to play), and taking Spanish dancing classes from Jose Manero for several years in the 1970's. She was an enthusiastic world traveler making two trips to Tibet, a country and culture that held a special life-long interest for her as well as to many other interesting and exotic destinations. Her many lovely oil portraits and landscapes were displayed at her home, given to friends and family, and exhibited at the Santa Barbara Library's Faulkner Gallery while she was a member of the Santa Barbara Art Association. She had a life-long interest in others and would go on to become a prolific volunteer for many different organizations over her lifetime--the last being her several years of volunteering as a Senior Peer Counselor for the Center for Successful Aging in Santa Barbara. She was a member, since childhood, of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Santa Barbara and was a devout Christian. She is survived by husband Walter and three daughters: Jennifer, Priscilla, and Polly Larsen, one grandchild, Taylor Mae Meijer, nieces Julie and Terrie Kluss, nephews Gary and Eddie Kluss, and numerous other extended family members. Her legacy as a wife, mother, friend, nurturer, artist, musician, voracious reader, and volunteer lives on! She imbued her grateful offspring with a love of the arts, creativity, world travel, and a keen interest in others and the world around them. There will be a Memorial Service in her honor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3721 Modoc Rd, Santa Barbara, CA on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 10:00 am. All who wish to honor her memory are invited to attend. Donations can be made to: The Humane Society of Santa Barbara and The Center for Successful Aging in Santa Barbara.
NITIKMAN, Hersch Born Feb 18, 1924, Died April 29, 2015, at 91 Hersch (b. Herschel) Nitikman was born and grew up in Manitoba, Canada, to Michael & Esther (Kerman) Nitikman, the oldest of 4: Arthur (deceased), sister Idele (deceased), and foster sister from Belgium, Michele Pakula. An aeronautical engineer, moved to Los Angeles, CA. Hersch & Ann (August) married in May 24, 1951. He enjoyed a long and productive career in aerospace engineering, a recognized expert in missile defense. He was a devoted father of 5 kids and grandpa to 2, imparting his love of learning to all. Hersch was an excellent photographer, an avid reader, knowledgeable in a wide range of subjects, from Beethoven to folk music to history to Shakespeare to tensor calculus. He is survived by his five children, Mark's wife Martha and Emily's husband Peter, and two grandchildren, Sara and Michael. He died peacefully, in his sleep, attended by family, at the age of 91.•He is greatly missed.
RAMIREZ, Leonard Michael Passed away peacefully at home with his family on May 17th, 2015. Our heavenly father opened the gates to heaven allowing an angel to come home. He was born January 10th, 1942 in Wilmington CA. He is survived by his wife Maria Ramirez and daughters Illa Ramirez, Desiree Ramirez. Grand children Jazmine Martinez, Destiney Martinez, Noel Cavazos and Great Granddaughter Sofia Martinez and sister Maria Elena Ramirez. A mass will be held on Friday the 29th at 11 am at the Santa Barbara Old Mission with reception to follow at the Moose Lodge in Santa Barbara.
o_Vedder052715 VEDDER, Winifred Marilyn Aug. 24, 1923 – May 16, 2015 Teddie, as she was known to all her friends and family, died the evening of May 16, 2015. A lifelong Californian, she was the youngest daughter of Lyda and Charles Holt. She was born in Taft, California, but shortly thereafter the family moved to Santa Barbara, where she attended elementary school. The family then moved to Bakersfield where Teddie graduated from Bakersfield High School. She was also a graduate of Armstrong College in Berkeley. Her only child, Phillip, was born during her brief wartime marriage to Leroy Dockstader. In 1951 Teddie married Dwight Vedder, and they shared a wonderful, adventurous life until his death in l991. Their travels were extraordinary, and after his death Teddie enthusiastically continued to travel with family and friends throughout her life. Teddie and Dwight were great lovers and collectors of art. She was a generous supporter of many charities and organizations. Teddie is survived by her sister, Charline Holt Mackessy; her son Phillip Vedder and his wife, Sarah; her grandchildren Jason Vedder and his wife Michele; Rachel Vedder and her husband Jamie Fortin; and Asia Vedder; as well as great-grandchildren Kasey Vedder and Tatum Vedder, and Kian Vedder Fortin. Memorial services will be held Friday, May 29, at All-Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church at 11:00 AM., to be followed by a reception at Casa Dorinda, 300 Hot Springs Road, at 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Braille Institute of Santa Barbara, 2031 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93105. To Leave an online memory or condolence, please visit www.wrhsb.com. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.