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o_Castagnola051217 CASTAGNOLA, Italo Italo (Sonny) Castagnola, grandpa extraordinaire, commercial fisherman, war veteran, and survivor of inviting Julia Child over for a home cooked meal has passed away at the age of 89. He was born in Santa Barbara, California, February 24, 1928 to Salvatore and Cesira (Ghio) Castagnola. The youngest of 11 children, "Sonny" is predeceased by his brothers Baptisto, Albert, Victor, Laurence, Dario, George, Americo, and sisters Mary Acquistapace and Della Malengo. He is survived by sister Eva Bregante, 103. Sonny attended Santa Barbara Jr. High and Santa Barbara High Schools. At the age of 16 he joined the merchant marine and served on a merchant vessel during WWII. While his ship was in Okinawa, his brother Dario who was in the Army was on the island fighting. Sonny later served two frigid years during the Korean war. Our father was a devoted family man, any decision ever made was based on what was best for our family. He had an old world selflessness probably inherited from his turn of the century immigrant parents, and his living through the depression. This selflessness was so profound that my brother and I could not remember our father ever buying anything for himself. Our dad got pleasure from cooking, and he certainly got the opportunity to pass on a lot of knowledge. He fished for 40 years on the family boats, and some of the trips could be overnight, or as in the case of summer swordfishing, these trips could take 2 weeks. He did the cooking. He also loved to have family and friends come over and visit so he could cook the meal. In fact, celebrity TV cook, "The French Chef", Julia Child was a regular customer of our fish market. My dad used to talk about his recipes and one day invited her over for dinner. After a one week delay because she forgot, she did come to dinner and loved her meal. After his fishing career ended he worked for 5 years on the 'Vaquero II' with his friend Russ Collins. The "Vaquero II' a large wooden cattle vessel that hauled cattle to and from Santa Rosa Island. He enjoyed these trips very much and knew all the cowboys on the island, and sometimes cooked spaghetti for them. Sonny absolutely delighted in children and loved doting on his three granddaughters, Gina, Andria, and Marcella when they came along. He is also survived by his sweetheart and wife of 64 years, Carolyn. Together they continued to connect between the tiny gaps in his dementia. Also surviving are son Michael (Cristina), and son Matthew (Josie), many nieces, nephews and friends. A special thank you to all Sonny's caregivers, Hector Guerrero, Luis Castrejon, Rudy Guerrero, and Liliana Hernandez while he was at home. To Joe Franken and all the staff at Oak Cottage Care and the wonderful Assisted Care Hospice Nurses, Marianne, Colleen, and Pat. A celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 3rd from 11:30am-2:30pm at Chase Palm Park Center, Santa Barbara.
o_Erickson052117 ERICKSON, Mary Virginia Born November 21, 1923 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan to parents Frances and Sherrod Noe, Mary Virginia Erickson passed away on May 4, 2017 in Solvang, California. Virginia will long be remembered for her independent thinking, strength of character, sense of humor, and love of life. There was always room for one more at her table, not only because of her great cooking, but also for her joy to be surrounded by family and friends, and her many pets. In their early years together, Virginia helped her husband Rod in his construction business. They built a number of homes for their family in the San Fernando Valley and Lake Arrowhead, eventually settling at "the ranch", their beloved home In Solvang. Virginia was always active and athletic. She was a champion water skier, showed Welsh Ponies, and was a member of both the Santa Ynez Valley Hunt Club and the Sage Hens. Many friends will remember her for the delicious homemade jams that she made in vast quantities, a tradition that she lovingly passed on to her great-granddaughter. This truly expresses the wonderful spirit and generous nature that we will all remember her for. She was preceded in death by her husband Eric Roderick Erickson. She is survived by her 3 children; Eric Roderick Erickson (Neil E. Korpinen), Gregory Standfill Erickson (Annie Y. Erickson), and Lisa Kristina Erickson, 3 grandchildren; Jennie Anderson Prudent (James Prudent), Karl Grey "Bear" Erickson, and Nico Naretto, and a great granddaughter, Payton Anderson. A Memorial Funeral Service will be held at 2pm on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Loper Funeral Chapel in Ballard, California.
o_Morales052117 MORALES, John Michael John Michael Morales (Jack) 69 passed away April 16, 2017. Jack was born February 18, 1948, to Frank and Sylvia Morales in Santa Barbara. Jack attended local schools, Wilson Elementary, SB Junior High, SB High, and SBCC before being drafted into the Unites States Army. He spent 18 months in Vietnam and 6 months in Germany. Jack worked for Troys Metal Works for a few years and American Indian Health and Services as an Outreach Worker Counselor, he enjoyed working with the elders. He retired in 2006. Jack loved his family, hunting, riding his Harley, and camping. He was an avid reader, liked movies and watching the news. Our mother and father preceded in him death. He leaves behind his sister, Pat Martinez, his brother, Ron Morales (Marla), Carol Preger, 4 nieces and 11 nephews, and numerous other relatives and countless friends. He will be greatly missed by all. A memorial celebration will be on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Mission Santa Ines Solvang, CA, 1760 Mission Dr. Reception to follow.
o_Nockey052117 NOCKEY, Charles "Chuck" R. March 25, 1938 - May 5, 2017 HEMET Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle Charles "Chuck" Richard Nockey, 79, peacefully passed away on May 5, 2017. Born in Canonsburg, PA, Chuck was the eldest of three children of Samuel and Anna Nockey. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Electrical Engineering, he loaded up his Triumph convertible and moved to the San Fernando Valley to work at Hughes Aircraft where he ended up leading the team that created the electronics for the Maverick Surface to Air Missile. While living in the Valley, the dashing young engineer with the cute convertible met Valley native and love of his life, Dianne Sue Cain. They married in 1965 and started their family that grew to four with the birth of two daughters. In the 1970s he moved his young family to Santa Barbara to join Hughes subsidiary, Santa Barbara Research. He later used his analytical skills in a new career as a Certified Financial Planner. In 1999 he and Dianne relocated to Northern San Diego to be closer to their grown daughters and grandchildren. Chuck was an active member of Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas, where he initiated their Dolphin Legacy Endowment Program and Dianne was ordained as a minister. When Dianne was offered the position of Senior Minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Hemet, they moved there in 2011. He continued to serve as a Master Mason at the Masonic Lodge in Hemet as he had done previously in Santa Barbara. Chuck is survived by his cherished wife of 52 years, Dianne; brother James Nockey of Canonsburg and sister Carol BonAnno of San Diego; daughters Kristin (Walt) Edwards of Solana Beach and Dina (Jim) Johnson of La Canada; grandchildren Austin and Alexis Edwards and Haley and Hannah Johnson; and nieces and nephews Christopher Parker, Julie Millet, Paul BonAnno and Stacey Robe. Family and friends will hold a celebration of life in June.
o_Pratt051717 PRATT, Dr. Glenn J. Dr. Glenn J. Pratt passed away in the comfort of his home in Goleta, CA on May 12, 2017 surrounded by his beloved wife Judy and his children, Kathy (Andre), and Steve as well as grandchildren, Michelle (Blake), Alex and Patrick and great grandchildren, Hewitt and Yvonne. Born in Springfield, Illinois June 30th 1929, Glenn grew up with a love of nature and adventure. He graduated from University of Illinois dental school in 1953 and served as a dentist in the Air Force shortly after where he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. After discharge in 1955, Glenn's appreciation for Alaska's untouched frontier inspired him to settle in Anchorage. He opened one of the first dental practices in Anchorage where he practiced family dentistry and was loved by his many patients. He hired and then later married his dental assistant, Judy, in 1958. They made their home together in Anchorage with their 3 children, Kathy, Steve and Diane (who passed away 2009). In 1972, Glenn discovered the beautiful California winter climate and moved his family to Santa Barbara. He was an active tennis league player as well as a member of Men's Garden Club of Santa Barbara. Glenn and his family continued to spend the next 25 summers enjoying the log cabin that he built on the water of Big Lake, Alaska. His passion for fishing, camping, piloting his Cessna 185, and photographing grizzly bears was shared and taught to his children and grandchildren. In later years, he became a full-time resident of Santa Barbara, where he enjoyed frequent family gatherings around the fire pit, a continued love of learning, and a good game of poker. A pioneer and entrepreneur, Glenn will be remembered as a man who embraced and lived life to it's fullest. As one fisherman says to another: "We will see you a little further up the creek."
o_Russell051817 RUSSELL, Edward Howard Edward "Ed" Howard Russell, age 85, passed away in his Goleta home Thursday, May 11, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife, sons, sister, niece, granddaughter and daughter in law. Ed was born February 2, 1932 in Mechanicsville, Maryland to Patrick Edward and Marie Estelle Russell. Ed was the eldest son of 5 siblings, Al, Ann Nelson, Rosemary Arch, and Dorothy McNally. His family moved to Pomona, California in 1947 where Ed attended school Pomona High School. Ed served in active duty in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1954. Ed met the love of his life, Shirley Lou, in 1964 and they were married in 1965. They made their home in Corona and welcomed their son, Chris, in 1966 who joined Brent and Bruce, Shirley's sons from a prior marriage. Ed had a long and successful career as an electrical engineer at General Dynamics spanning 32 years. Upon retirement from General Dynamics, Ed and Shirley moved to Santa Barbara, settling on the Mesa where they lived until 2016. Ed did not stay retired for long, joining Raytheon as an engineer and teaching classes at SBCC. Ed was a life-long musician and loved to play the banjo and guitar. He loved to listen to all types of music, especially jazz and 70's rock. Ed and Shirley enjoyed many years at the Mackenzie Lawn Bowls Club. Ed took up art in his retirement years and was an accomplished artist in many different mediums, including pencil and oils. He had a passion for building model ships to scale and completed several amazing ship models that demonstrated his gifts of art and patience and detail. Ed was also famous for his skills at the bbq. The family enjoyed many a Sunday dinner of Dad's bbq ribs and chicken and gathering as a family. Ed is survived by his loving wife, Shirley, his son, Chris Russell, his step sons, Brent and Bruce Reichard, his daughter in laws, Julianna and Peggie Reichard, his six grandchildren, Bennett, Isabella, Alexandra, and Mason Reichard and Jacob and Mandy Russell as well as his loving baby sister, Dorothy Mc Nally. Ed was known for his patience and steadfast love for his wife and family. He will be greatly missed, inspiring his family in his last days with his peace and intense faith and joy to be going home to join His Father. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, May 22 at 10:00 am at St. Raphael's Church in Goleta, California with a memorial luncheon to be hosted at Encina Town Hall, 250 Moreton Bay Lane, Goleta, CA following interment at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara, CA. The family welcomes all who would like to attend.
o_Stanczyk051917 STANCZYK, Margaret Margaret "Peggy" Stanczyk slipped quietly away on the morning of May 13th to join her husband Stan in their next great adventure. Peggy, as everyone knew her, was born June 27, 1923 in San Luis Obispo to William J Black and Annie Arvilla Black. After losing both parents at the age of two, she lived with her grandmother for a short time until she and her only brother Jimmy, were adopted by her mother's best friend and husband , Irene and Alan Hauan. They moved to Santa Barbara where Peggy lived the rest of her life. Peggy graduated as a "Proud Don" with the Santa Barbara High School Class of '42, and also attended Santa Barbara Business College while working as a bookkeeper at I Magnins. She met her soulmate when she was "The Hostess with the Mostest" at the USO while he was stationed at the Marine Corp Airbase at the Santa Barbara airport during WWII. She and Stan were happily married on March 19, 1944 and spent their honeymoon in Chicago, IL just before Stan was shipped overseas. After the war, Peggy and Stan moved to a Mesa apartment building owned by her step-parents. In 1952, Stan started construction on the home that Peggy was still occupying at the time of her passing. They moved in on August 18, 1953 and never thought of leaving. Peggy was very active with Stan, in fact they were inseparable. They enjoyed square dancing with the Taws N Paws and travelled to many large dances around the country. She was also a bowler until she started golfing with her husband. They would love to report about the $10-$15 they would win while playing with the Hits and Misses. Stan would drive the ball far down the course and Peggy would be in charge of finding the ball in the woods and hitting the next shot to straighten everything out -- a perfect couple, working together. During the 50s and 60s, when Stan played softball, Peggy was always there, 3 or 4 nights a week, cheering him on. The only thing that separated them was Stan's passing in 2003. Peggy and Stan enjoyed traveling. Whether it was camping up and down the California Sierras, a cruise to Alaska or the Panama Canal, numerous trips to Europe, or just to visit friends and family, they were together and on the go. Peggy took great pride in her home and various collections of roosters and lighthouses. Through her 80s and 90s, you would still find her out walking Shoreline Park, more recently with her friend, Julie Potter and dog, Magic. She had a pleasant walk just hours before she was rushed to the hospital. She spent the last 70 years of her life living within a two block area of the Mesa. Many other residents considered her the "Grand Dame" of the neighborhood. She was always willing to help her neighbors and others. Peggy was an active member of the Altar Society at Holy Cross Catholic Church during the early years of the church. She also enjoyed a good game of Bunco with her group of friends over many, many years. Peggy had two children, Suzanne (Brown), and son Stephen and his wife Becky; they were the pride of her life. She is also survived by her three grandsons, Jeffrey Brown, Daniel Brown and his wife Lori, and Eric Stanczyk and his wife Kelsey, along with her sister-in-law Virgie Glow, nieces Jennifer Black Taylor, Marilyn Pulaski Gabrysiak, Susan Glow Weyhe, Nancy Glow Reynolds, Jillian Glow Jarema, and nephew David Glow. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Annie Black, brother Jimmy Black, and her husband of 59 years, Stan Stanczyk. Services will be held on Monday, May 22nd at 10:00am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, with a reception following at the church hall.
o_Torres052117.1 TORRES, Natalie 12/1/1928 - 5/14/2017 Natalie Torres passed away Sunday morning in Thousand Oaks California after a recurring battle with thyroid cancer. Natalie was born in Ontario California. She was one of 4 children. Natalie is survived by her two sisters, Margaret Rubio and Alva Gutierrez. And by her five children, James Rivas, Carol Di Gregorio, Rachel Pappas, Sylvia Clark and Teresa Diaz. Natalie had 8 grand children and 4 great grand children. Natalie was a resident of Santa Barbara for most of her life. She raised her children here and was a big part of her grandchildrens life. Natalie enjoyed walking and shopping in the city she loved, Santa Barbara. Natalie spent her last days surrounded by the family she loved. There was a steady stream of her children, grandchildren, extended family and friends to hold her hand, stroke her hair and tell her how much we all loved her. As each family member would visit, Natalie would acknowledge their presence with a slight nod. Natalie would always preface any sentence about future plans with God Willing. It was a constant reminder of her love and belief in the Almighty. Natalie Torres will be deeply, deeply missed by her family and friends. We love you Mom We love you Grandma We Love you Natalie Viewing will be at Welch Ryce, 15 E. Sola st. Santa Barbara 0n Monday 22nd 2017 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm Service at, Our Lady of Sorrow Church, 21 E. Sola st. Santa Barbara on Tuesday 23rd 2017 at 10:00 am.