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o_Forsyth040115 FORSYTH, Margaret May •83, of Santa Ynez, went home to her Lord & Savior, on Saturday, March 28th. •Margaret was born May 2nd, 1931 in Hull, IL to parents John and Julia Lawson. She had a large family of five brothers and one sister which she adored. Preceded in death by her husband David J. Forsyth, and siblings Marie E. Waters, Robert Oliver Lawson and Richard Junior Lawson. Survived by brothers Norman Eugene Lawson, L. Kenneth Lawson, and George Leon Lawson. Daughters Dana Lynne Forsyth and Darcy Ann Day (Derrick) and grandchildren Chelsea Kai Johnson (Roy), Jasmine Mei Hanson and Dominic Jude Day, along with many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Margaret attended the Blessing Hospital School of Nursing in Quincy, IL, graduating in September 1954. The class motto was "Today we launch - where shall we anchor?" Margaret met her husband David, while they were both living in Alaska. They were married on July 17, 1963, in Scottsdale, AZ. They eventually settled in Inglewood, CA where David was a mechanic for United Airlines and Margaret started her career at Centinela Hospital as an RN. Once their children Dana & Darcy were born, they decided they needed to move to a safer environment for their family. They moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1969. Margaret continued her career helping people as an RN conducting insurance physicals, working in the emergency room at the Santa Ynez Hospital and then onto being a school nurse in Lompoc for over 30 years. Even after her her retirement, she continued to work at the local clinic. She had a deep love for nursing and helping others. Margaret had a sense for adventure and exploration. She traveled extensively to China, Russia, Europe and just about every place in the United States. One of her greatest joys was taking the family to Africa for the trip of a lifetime in 2004. One of Margaret's greatest joys was family... The ones she grew up with and the ones that came later. She loved being a grandma. Chelsea, Jasmine and Dominic were such a light in her life. She gave them all her love, strengths and desire for travel and new adventures. We will love and miss our dear Margie... She was a powerful force of strength, living & leading by example for all that knew and loved her. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 3rd at 1pm at the Presbyterian Church in Ballard, CA, where she was long time devoted member. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara spcsb.org or Children's Burn Foundation childburn.org. Loper Funeral Chapel, Directors.
GARDNER, Arnold Searle Age 98, was born June 16, 1916 in Columbus, Ohio and died February 22, 2015 in Goleta, California. Arnold received his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University in 1938 and received his master's degree in bacteriology from The Ohio State University in 1940. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy and was in the Philippines during World War II. He was the retired president of the Gardner Manufacturing Company, which made custom designed men's shirts. Arnold resided in Bexley, Ohio from 1920-1973, in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1973-1977, and in Goleta, California from 1977-2015. Arnold was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Goleta, California. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary (Bush) Gardner and his daughter, Nell Gardner. He is survived by his children: Philinda (Richard) Dunne of Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada; Anne Burggraf; Lester Gardner; Molly (Robert) Gruenberg; and Maria Gardner, all of Goleta and Santa Barbara, California, and his grandchildren, Joseph Ludwig, Sarah Ludwig (Jolyon Ade), Marie (Joel) Sander, Charles Burggraf, Alexander Gruenberg (recently deceased), Kristina Gruenberg (granddaughter-in-law), Andrew Gruenberg, Adam Gruenberg, Danielle Gruenberg, and Jesse Gruenberg. He is also survived by two great- grandchildren, Harrisson Ade and Isla Ade. A graveside funeral service for family and friends was held on March 3, 2015 at the Goleta Cemetery in Santa Barbara, California. Donations in his memory can be made to: Christ Lutheran Church, 6595 Covington Way, Goleta, California 93117.
o_Prutzman033115 PRUTZMAN, Paul "Ed" •Passed away after a brief illness surrounded by his family on March 17, 2015. He lived as an honored Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grand father, Mentor, Leader, Friend and Marine. •Born on June 28, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA the family shortly thereafter moved to Santa Barbara, CA. After graduating high school, Ed enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly fought in the Korean War. Ed earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and masters in psychology. He spent his entire career in the Aerospace industry and retired as President of Sunbank, a subsidiary of the Danaher Corporation, in Paso Robles, CA before moving to the Santa Ynez Valley. Ed's acting career began with "The D.I." produced by Mark VII Limited in 1957, and distributed by Warner Brothers. His last performance was in the Ibsen play, "An Enemy of the People" with a local theatre group in the Santa Ynez Valley. Giving of his time and talents to community and volunteer services including serving as the President of the Solvang Theaterfest, member of the St Mark's Vestry, and as President for the Rotary of Los Olivos. Considered by his family to be a master craftsman, he shared his talents with the community with projects including the building of the playground at Sunny Fields Park as well as improvements to the preschool and church at St Mark's in-the-Valley Episcopal Church. Ed is survived by his wife Judy, his three daughters Joan Henry (Patrick), Stephanie Turner and Amy Jennings (Bob), his three granddaughters Katelyn Monday, Brenna Keeler (Ian) and Maeve Willis (Brian), his great grandson Enzo Willis, and his adopted grandson Eddie Lopez. He is preceded in death by his grandson Jackson Turner. The family would like to thank Dr. Ron Ungerer, Dr. William Heringer, Dr. Thomas Woliver, and Dr. Thomas Watson along with the nurses and staff at the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital and the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for their loving care of Ed. The celebration of life for "the most interesting man" will be held at 12:30pm, April 11, 2015 at St Mark's in-the-Valley. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to either the "Ed Prutzman Vocational Scholarship fund" through the Los Olivos Rotary Club Foundation PO Box 903 Los Olivos, Ca 93441 or to the Solvang Theaterfest PO Box 917, Solvang, Ca 93464.
o_Romero040115 ROMERO, Laurel Sue •Of Lompoc died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at the age of 72. •Laurel was born July 9, 1942, in New Orleans, Louisiana to Russell and Nadine Curry. Raised and educated in Virginia, she came to Santa Barbara County in the 1960s and completed her education by earning an associate's degree at Santa Barbara City College. Before becoming a fulltime mother and homemaker she was employed as a quality control inspector for a medical device manufacturer in Goleta. A resident of Lompoc for more than 20 years, she enjoyed photography and spending time with her family. She was a member of Trinity Church of the Nazarene. Laurel is survived by her husband of 32 years Alfred Romero, her son Stephen Brant Wall, Jr. of Ventura, her daughters Melissa "Missey" Jo Boothe of Lompoc, Donna Lynn Bennett of Solvang, Annette Nadine Ortiz of Ventura, her son Anthony Daniel Parker of Santa Ynez, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. The funeral service will be Friday, April 3, 2015, at 11 am in the chapel of the Starbuck-Lind Mortuary. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Solvang.