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o_Bennett082715 BENNETT, Elrine Rose •Of Grass Valley, CA. passed away peacefully on August 18, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 19, 1922, in Johnson, MN to William and Anna Andrews (Norenberg) Elrine grew up in Graceville MN. and graduated from Graceville High in 1940. During her senior year, Elrine met Al Bennett and a lifetime romance blossomed. Married for 72 years there was seldom a day they spent apart. •Elrine is survived by her loving husband Al Bennett, Grass Valley, daughter Vicki Habib of Kula HI, son Dan Bennett (Denise Witzig) of Oakland, CA, grandchildren Lisa Joslin, Rae Anne Lovell, Nolan Bennett, Gracie Bennett, and great granddaughter Nicole Joslin. The Bennett family were long-time residents of Santa Barbara. Elrine & Al moved to Santa Barbara in 1953. In 1954 Elrine took a position with Ott Hardware and for many years was the executive secretary to General Charles Ott. In 1977 their career as well-respected jewelers in Montecito Village became a reality. They served the residents of Montecito for all their jewelry needs till 1991 and retired to Grass Valley, Ca. A memorial service will be held in Grass Valley. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough and Ready Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.
LEDDY, William Waldron 78, of Santa Barbara, CA died August 25, 2015. "Bill" is survived by his wife, Beth, his children, Greg and Suzanne, daughter-in-law Jamelah, son-in-law Rick Ascher and his grandchildren, Katie and Kelly Ascher and Luke Leddy. Bill was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1936. After graduating from Midwood High School he joined the US Army and was stationed in Washington DC. Upon entering civilian life he graduated from Brooklyn College, married the girl next door and earned his MBA from NYU. Bill was fortunate, entering the world of Wall Street in the days of partnerships. He loved the action, camaraderie, and challenge on the trading floors and investment banking at CF Childs, Lehman Brothers, AG Becker and Prudential. Settling in Port Washington NY the family grew along with his love of running, tennis, sailing and later golf. After retirement, both adult children having decamped for the West Coast, Bill and Beth settled in Santa Barbara, CA. Moving to this new community was made so easy by wonderful neighbors and new friends. Bill contributed his financial knowledge and expertise to various boards along with "hanging" with his new buddies, playing golf, bridge and just "shooting the breeze." He connected with people in his own special way. He was a delightful man, appreciated for his wisdom, humor, and warmth. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Services will be held at All Saints By the Sea on August 31st at 3PM. His favorite charities were the Santa Barbara Foundation and Transition House.
o_Pilchard082515 PILCHARD, Patricia Anne Lewis August 17,1927 - April 9, 2015 •Patricia Pilchard, Aeronautical Engineer, daughter of Loy and Ethel (Nickell) Lewis, died of cancer April 9th, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California after a brief illness. At the time of her death she was at peace, surrounded by all of her children and many of her grandchildren. •Patricia was born in Sturgis, Michigan and from an early age dreamed of taking flight. One of her earliest memories was trying to find a way to affix wings to her tricycle. She soon realized that would not work and vowed then and there she would learn how to build airplanes that would fly. At 16 she went to work to pay for her own flight lessons, and flew solo even before having a license to drive a car. She graduated Sturgis High School in 1944 and gained admission to the University of Michigan where she graduated in January 1950 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. She had indeed learned how to build airplanes that would fly. During her time at U of M she met her first husband, Henry (Hank) Bruner. Hank had been a 2nd Lieutenant flight instructor in the Army Air Corps and was also in the engineering program, attending college on the G.I. Bill. They married in Sturgis, Michigan (January 29, 1949) and after college moved to the Los Angeles area where Pat found employment as an engineer with North American Aviation. Hank began working for Johns Manville and was soon transferred to corporate headquarters in New York City. As the family began to grow, Pat took a break from her career. Hank was killed tragically in an airline crash in December 1960, leaving Pat with sons Jeffrey and Barton and pregnant with daughter Jill. Jill was born in April of 1961 and that summer Pat moved the family cross country to Santa Barbara, California. Sadly, Jill died suddenly December 14, 1961. In Santa Barbara, Pat met and married Charles (Chuck) Pilchard (November 14, 1964) With Chuck, the family expanded, adding daughter Julia and son Charles. As the children grew, Pat returned to college, earning a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Applying her degree, she and Chuck opened Montessori-By-The-Sea in Ventura California. The school lasted several years, providing quality preschool eduction to hundreds of children. After closing the school, Pat returned to the world of engineering and took a position as a project coordinator for the U.S. Navy at Point Mugu (1982). Here she worked on many notable projects including the development of unmanned aerial vehicles. Pat retired from working for the Navy in 2000 and returned to the "quiet" family life surrounded by her children and grandchildren. In her final days she confided that it had been a full life, well lived with some hard times but plenty of good times as well. She was confident her family would continue to prosper and was proud of all in their accomplishments and unique talents. Patricia was preceded in death by husbands Henry C. Bruner (1960), Charles W. Pilchard (2008), and daughter Jill (1961). She is survived by sister Dorothy Patterson, sons Jeffrey Bruner, Barton Bruner, daughter Julia Pilchard, son Charles A. Pilchard and eight grandchildren: Audrey and Mia Bruner; Jasmine Pilchard Gosnell; Jacob (Jace), Cassidy, and Piper Bruner; Charles (C.J.) and Emily Pilchard.
o_Ruiz2715 RUIZ, Vincent Lee March 12, 1964 – August 19, 2015 Vincent went to be with our Lord, at home surrounded by family. He was born in Santa Barbara, had a great love for music, fast cars and especially his family. He cared about everybody and was very deep and sensitive. He is survived by his mother Erlinda Marie Gilbert, his father Donald Lee Ruiz, his daughter LeeAna Tacadena Ruiz, his brothers Donnie Patrick Ruiz, Jesse Ruiz, and sisters Stephanie Dawn Ruiz, Desire Perez Milling, and grandchildren Aaliyah Cordero and Cali Escobedo. He will be missed by all who truly knew him. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, August 29 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel on Sola St., with viewing from 12:00 3:00 pm, service following. For online condolences log onto www.wrhsb.com

In Memoriam

o_Doherty082815 In Loving Memory of CINDY THOMPSON DOHERTY 8/28/1956 7/26/2008 You are in our hearts forever. Your Loving Family
o_Jones082315 In Loving Memory Thomas "Tommy" Wynne Jones 3/12/42 - 3/26/15 Memorial Services at St Joseph's Church, Carpinteria (Linden Ave and El Carro) August 28, 2015 4:30 - 5:30 Reception to Follow Info: Lonokona@gmail.com