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o_Abraham2111818 ABRAHAM, Charles Anthony Charles Anthony Abraham, 67, suddenly passed away on October 11, 2018. Chuck, aka "the Gorilla," was a fixture of the Santa Barbara art community for most of his life. He created stained and leaded glass windows for homes and churches throughout southern California. He also taught stained, leaded, and fused glass at Santa Barbara City College Adult Education for over thirty years. He designed, built, and donated works of art for many local charities throughout Santa Barbara. He also designed and built the award used by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation each year for decades, which was presented to a variety of notable people, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Noam Chomsky. Chuck was a creative genius, a polymath, and an unconditionally kind and caring person.He will be deeply missed by his wife Janna, his daughter Xia, and his son Sparky and daughter-in-law Kelsey Burdick. He will forever be in the hearts of his sisters Susie Patrich, Dana Monk, and Jennifer Abraham, with her husband Bill Taylor, along with his nephews, Christopher and Daniel. A Celebration of Chuck's life will be held on Sunday afternoon, November 25th.Please join us in Morgan Hall of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 4575 Auhay, Santa Barbara at 1pm for a service and lunch, and for continuing festivities at The Imperial, 320 S. Kellogg, Goleta. All are welcome. Gorilla Fizz will be served.
o_Ise111818 ISE, John August 4, 1923 October 2, 2018 Born to John and Lillie Ise of Lawrence Kansas.Following in the footsteps of his father who was a College Professor of Economics, he found the love of books and learning.He graduated from KU when he was only 13 years old.He continued with more education and became a Nuclear Physicist, and a College Professor as well. John was well respected as a physicist and worked on the Manhattan Project. He enlisted in the Navy as an officer and was stationed in the south pacific on a mine sweeping ship during WWII.John met his future wife of 53 years, Dorothy who was working as a flight attendant with TWA, on a flight from Albuquerque to San Francisco.They married in Chicago on her birthday in 1957.After a long honeymoon in Europe they began a new life in Santa Barbara. Dorothy accompanied John on most of his business trips abroad until their two children, Jennifer and Christopher were born.John loved the outdoors and spent many days hiking the back country and took trips to national parks.He also loved to ski and took trips to Mammoth often. He loved wine and food, and was a member of the Santa Barbara Food and Wine Society, and was wine director on several occasions. Dorothy passed away in 2010, and John kept active by walking his dog Cindy multiple times a day and he also loved his regular Tuesday lunch with his good old friends called the ROMEO's (retired old men eating out).John was a generous, caring man, who was involved in many charities and good causes. He was a firm believer in climate change and had been fighting for it since the early 80's.The natural disasters from December and January took a big toll on John and he spent the last 8 months of his life in a care facility.His family would like to thank the staff at Mariposa as well as all the people from Hospice who helped with John over the final months of his life. He is survived by his two children, Jennifer and Christopher, three grandchildren Zoe, Maile, and Dino. A celebration of John's life will be held on Saturday November 24 at 1:00pm.Please join us at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 450 Ward Dr., Santa Barbara for service.All are welcome. Arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
o_Olsen111818 OLSEN, Barbara Jean Barbara Jean Olsen, aged 87, entered Heaven peacefully on November 6, 2018 at home in Santa Barbara, CA. Her beloved children were by her side.Barbara was born November 18, 1930, in Aransas Pass, Texas the daughter of Curlie and Marie Terry. Barbara was raised in Aransas Pass, Texas. She was the oldest of five siblings, Betty, Shirley, Carlotta and Curlie.After she graduated high school she was employed by a local insurance company. When her parents' earthly departure came all too early, she was partially responsible for raising and caring for the two youngest in her family, Carlotta and Curlie.From an early age, Barbara was bright, responsible, and dedicated to the well-being of others. Barbara married the love of her life, Phil G. Olsen in Corpus Christi, Texas after meeting him in a local Spanish class.The small-town Texas beauty queen swept Phil off his feet at first glance during his Naval training in south Texas.The life-long fairy tale love unfolded from there.Barbara followed Phil throughout the world as a dedicated military wife as he served our country as a lieutenant commander in the Navy.During this time, two handsome sons were born, Grant and Greg.While these two little bouncing boys were growing, Barbara was often left flying solo as a strong and confident mother in foreign lands such as Japan, due to Phil's service as a Navy pilot.Upon his retirement in 1965, their daughter Dana was born, and they moved to Santa Barbara. Barbara and Phil resided happily in Santa Barbara for the duration of their lives.In addition to raising three children, Barbara pursued her love of serving others by such things as volunteering as PTA President of Jefferson School, Rockwood Women's Club and the Museum of Natural History.Barbara was also heavily involved in the arts and taught ceramics at her studio in Mission Canyon. Over the years she befriended and was loved by many artisans in Santa Barbara.To support her friends and their talents, Barbara opened the Galeria del Mar on Stearns Wharf which gave local artists the opportunity to show and sell their beautiful artwork.It gave Barbara immense pleasure to support and encourage those she loved. Additionally, Barbara had a great appreciation for the outdoors and enjoyed camping, backpacking, hiking, birdwatching and wild flowers.Barbara also loved to travel and took many trips to spend time with loved ones in Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, New Zealand, Europe and Mexico.Barbara kept her mind sharp and educated with her love of books and she read everything and anything.Her most treasured time was spent laughing and chatting with her children, grandchildren, family and friends. Barbara will be remembered for many things but most of all for being a virtuous woman.She had the full confidence of her husband and she brought him good all the days of his life; she worked with eager hands and she added to the provision of her family; she helped those that were needy through deeds and words; she was clothed with strength and dignity and she laughed at the days to come; she spoke with wisdom and watched over the affairs of her household; though she is gone, her children arise and call her blessed. She had a zeal for truth and was not in favor of manmade religion, but she believed in God and His son and claimed Jesus as her personal savior. What is remarkable is that Barbara was so confident in knowing that she was a virtuous woman that she claimed Proverbs 31:10 for her gravestone which says, "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies." May our beloved Barbara be "honored for all that her hands have done and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." Proverbs 31:31 Barbara is preceded in death by her beloved husband Phil.She is survived by her sister, Carlotta LaLonde; son Grant Olsen and his wife Dyan; son Greg Olsen and his wife Kathy; daughter Dana Panossian and her husband Paul, and eight beautiful grandchildren that are the jewels in her crown, Wyatt, Erik, Jacob, Lily, Joseph, Chloe, Daniel and Sophia and many nieces and nephews. A private graveside service was held for immediate family members at the Santa Barbara Cemetery shortly after her passing. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 24th to which family and friends are invited. While our mama, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend will be greatly missed, we are confident that she rejoices in Heaven with our Lord Jesus, her husband Phil and other loved ones that have gone before her.We love and miss you Barbara Jean Olsen!
o_Pilorz111618 PILORZ, Bruno Harrison Bruno Harrison Pilorz died peacefully at his home in Santa Barbara on November 12, 2018. Bruno was born in 1922 in Honolulu, then Territory of Hawaii, to Bruno Paul and Elizabeth Vivian Snyder Pilorz. He spent his boyhood in Mindanao and Hawaii before his family moved to California in 1937. He graduated from Piedmont High School in 1940, where he was President of his senior class. Bruno enrolled at Cal Tech where he lived in Ricketts Hall (and where, along with his two best friends, he originated a ceremony involving a brake drum which persists to this day). He lettered in Water Polo, Football, and Swimming, he was Vice President of his senior class, and he was Company Commander of his Naval V-12 unit. He graduated in 1944 with a BS in Chemistry. He was commissioned as an officer in the Submarine Service, USNR. He was assigned to the USS Entemedor as communications officer, but almost the first message he decoded on his first cruise was the V-J message: "Cease Hostilities". He was demobilized but then recalled during the Korean War, serving on the USS Catfish. He was discharged as a Lieutenant, USNR, in 1952. In 1951, while visiting friends in Pasadena, he met Martha Baird Ingram. They were married in August 1951. In civilian life he worked for 40 years for as a chemical engineer and engineering manager for The Shell Chemical Company. His initial assignment was in Houston, followed by seven years in Ventura before a 1960 posting to the Head Office Engineering Group in New York and subsequently Houston. In 1972 he created Shell's Environmental Engineering Group, which he managed until his retirement in 1987. In retirement he and his wife Martha returned to Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. He amassed 3000 hours Reading for the Blind and Deaf, where his ability to read technical textbooks was highly valued. At Valle Verde, his retirement community, he was active as a parts reader in the drama production group. Through his life Bruno was an avid golfer - collecting 7 holes-in-one - and in retirement playing four or more rounds a week, always walking. He was known by friends and family for his penetrating and sometimes impish dry humor. Bruno is survived by his wife of 67 years, Martha Baird Ingram Pilorz, his sons Paul Ingram, Philip Baird, and Stuart Harrison, and his grand daughter, Alison Christine Pilorz. A memorial service will be held Monday, November 19 at 2pm at Valle Verde.
o_Roche111618 ROCHE, Carolyn Ann Carolyn Ann Roche, 65, of Santa Barbara, CA passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 after a heroic two and a half year battle with Cancer. Carolyn was truly a "Princess Warrior" who battled to the end and never gave up. Her mantra was "I can beat this, I am going to be OK". Carolyn was born in Waterloo, Iowa on August 5, 1953, a daughter of Kenneth F. May and Helene May. Carolyn is survived by her mother Helene May, her husband of 42 years Theodore K. Roche IV as well as her son Shaun Michael Roche, her daughter Kellie Ann Roche Clenet, son-in-law Damien Clenet and granddaughter Coco May Clenet, all of Santa Barbara, CA. Additional family members that preceded her in death include her father, Kenneth F. May, her sister Michelle May and her brother Kevin J. May. Other survivors include her grandson (to be) Cash Clenet, nephews Simon Blanco and Tyler May and niece Joanna Means. Carolyn is also survived by many grand nieces and nephews, cousins and friends to numerous to mention. Carolyn was a longtime resident of Santa Barbara. Her Mom & Dad were eager to leave the cold winters of her birthplace in Iowa, and when Carolyn was a very young girl the family moved to California. They originally settled in Corona, CA and then in 1969 the family moved to Santa Barbara. Carolyn graduated from San Marcos High School in 1971. After high school she first worked at a Doctor's office where she found her passion for nursing, and the seed was planted which grew into the dream and eventual reality of her becoming a Registered Nurse. Carolyn was fun loving, a true sun goddess with a beautiful smile who loved the beach and as a young woman enjoyed traveling to Mexico and Hawaii. In 1973 she began a life-long relationship with her soon to be husband, Ted Roche. They were married in 1977, which began a life-long love story. Carolyn was a fantastic person; a caring wife, a devoted mother to her children, a supportive daughter to her widowed Mother, a life partner and a fiercely loyal friend to many. She was unselfish, always giving and thinking of her children and husband first. Their life together took them to live in many places including Scotland, New Zealand, Alaska and Louisiana, but always coming home to Santa Barbara. While living in Alaska, Carolyn obtained her Nursing Degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She worked as a Registered Nurse for almost 20 years working at Providence Hospital in Alaska, Goleta Valley and Cottage Hospitals here in Santa Barbara. She also worked for 12 years at Associated Hand Surgeons here in town. Ultimately, the most important thing in Carolyn's heart was her devotion to her family. She was most proud of her son Shaun, daughter Kellie, nephews Simon and Tyler and niece Joanna. They always came first. Carolyn was also a role model and "Hanai" mother to many, many others. She had a big heart and accepted all. Her keen advice and non-judgmental guidance helped numerous friends and family members along the way. Her house was always open to friends and family, and was the location for countless parties and numerous celebrations. When you heard that there was a "party at the Roche's" you knew it was going to be a good time. Carolyn will truly be missed by many. While there will forever be a hole in our hearts, and regret for the memories that we were unable to make, we are thankful for the time we spent together and will cherish the many memories we did create. There will be a Celebration of Carolyn's Life, open to all, commencing at 2 PM on Sunday, November 18, 2018 located at the Santa Barbara Club, 1105 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Bring your smiles and your love to celebrate a life well-lived. In lieu of flowers we ask that memorial contributions be sent to either of the following charitable organizations: Stand Up for Cancer, St. Jude's or Heal the Ocean.