Miscellaneous Santa Barbara County, California Obituaries

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ARMSTRONG, Alma E 

was born May 21, 1906 in Skien, Norway and passed away October 24, 2000 in Santa Barbara at the age of 44. 
Mother, Grandma and Friend; 
All though our hearts are broken since you have gone away. You gave us such a gift of love and strength to last from day to day.
I wonder if you even knew, or if we told you enough how much you've meant to us. All though your chapter closes we'll carry on our best. We'll take what you have taught us and try to teach the Rest.
What a great example and warrior you've been close your eye's to rest now and we'll see each other again.
Though the paths we cross we don't always understand; but one thing we know for sure YOUR SAFE IN GOD'S HANDS
We love you Grandma. 
A Funeral Service for Mrs Armstrong will be held on Saturday, 1:00 pm at Welch-Ryce-Haider. Burial will be on Monday, 11:00 am at Santa Barbara Cemetery.
 

CAMPBELL, Neil Foster

Passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 79 on October 23, 2000.

He grew up in Beverly Hills and attended Webb School and Phillips Andover Academy. He graduated from Princeton University.

Neil served his country in World War II as a Lieutenant JG in the US Navy in the Pacific. He had a successful career as a financial advisor and proudly served on numerous civic boards.

He is survived by Jean his loving wife of 57 years, his daughter Christy Walters of Santa Barbara, and his sons Neil F Campbell Jr of Carlsbad and Thomas Norton Campbell of San Marino as well as three grandchildren, Benjamin Foster Campbell, Ashley Jean Walters, and Isabelle G Campbell. In addition he is survived by two nieces, Robin Scatena Rouse of Merced and Terrill Scatena Peterson of Rancho Santa Fe.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden or charity of your choice.

Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels in charge of arrangements.
 

DUNCAN, Marian

was born on June 11, 1905 in the small town of Beresford, adjacent to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she lived most of her life. She was the daughter of Vigil Wilson and Ellie Duncan of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She passed away on September 29, 2000 in Santa Barbara. Her primary occupation was as a sales clerk for over 25 years. In 1958 she and her husband moved to California to be near their family. After her retirement, she spent most of her time in volunteer work with various local agencies. She loved nature and all of its beauty, and in particular, walking on the beach, either alone of with groups. Her husband Robert James Duncan, who was born in Edinburg, Scotland, predeceased her in Santa Barbara.

She is survived by her son Kenneth Duncan of Santa Barbara, three grandchildren, John Duncan of Santa Ynez, Scott Duncan of Lompoc and Colleen Duncan Skopnik of Ventra, Great-grand children Danica, Phllips and Eric Skopnik also of Ventura, as well as great-grandchildren, Craig S. Duncan and Kelly Duncan of Lompoc. She also has two surviving brothers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Woodrow Wilson and Douglas Wilson.

The family has arranged private services.
 

PADILLA LARA, Maximiana

In the quiet of her Santa Barbara home Sra Maximiana Padilla Lara at 108 years of age, surrounded by her children and friends, left this world. She was born on June 8, 1892 in Las Raises, Jalisco, Mexico, one of 8 children. She married Gorgonio Padilla in 1909 at the age of 17; he was 21. Having lived in three centuries, she recounted stories of her young life during the time of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1914). 

She first came in 1921 to Texas with her husband and two children. One year later, now with a third child, they made their way to Santa Barbara via train. They lived here until 1931, when the family sold their house at 709 Bond Avenue and voluntarily returned to Mexico. (These were particularly difficult years for citizens and non-citizens alike, since the "Great Crash" of the stock market in 1929 and the resulting Depression caused great privation at every level.) The family returned to Santa Barbara in 1947. Her husband died June 8, 1964, at the age of 76.

Sra Maximiana had seven children. She is survived by: David A. Padilla, Jos Padilla and Maria Esther Gaona (all of Santa Barbara); Alfredo Padilla (San Jos); and Maria de Jesus Muoz (Tijuana, Mexico). Her youngest, Carmen Morales, died on November 2, 1999. Her large family includes 24 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren (at last count) Sra.

Maximiana Padilla worked hard all her life; at the age of 8 she would rise at the crack of dawn to make fresh corn tortillas. When she was 10 years old she began hand-grinding on the "metate" a flat grinding stone, every day at first light. She never drank nor smoked. She loved to work in the garden. Many of the plants in her garden were used in traditional remedies for herself and her family. She cooked her own meals until 1995. She was still very sharp-witted and very clear-minded to the end.. She was very grateful for all that is given to us in our lives, and prayed for all her family daily. On behalf of the family we wish to thank everyone who helped to make her comfortable and who came to her side in the time of need.

Mass Friday Oct 27 10:00 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church: funeral to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
 

WEISHAAR OFM, Father Ralph

Fr Ralph Weishaar, OFM died peacefully in the Lord on October 24, 2000. He had been at Old Mission Santa Barbara for two years in active retirement. He taught for sixteen years on the high school level at the schools of the Franciscan Province on the West Coast. He also did extensive work at various retreat houses as retreat director and counselor.

From 1970 to 1992 Fr Ralph was engaged in pastoral ministry to Catholics in the charismatic renewal in Southern California. A gentle, dedicated Friar, he was always present to his fellow Franciscans and a loving minister to people of all ages.

Funeral service for Father Ralph will be on Friday, October 27, at 7 PM for a Rosary/wake service, and on Saturday, October 28, at 10:00 AM tor the Funeral Mass. Both services will take place in the Serra Chapel at the Old Mission.

Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
 

HAVEL, Rand

Born in Chelsea, MA in 1950, died at his residence on October 14, 2000 after suffering a stroke. Rand, who had courageously fought his way back from a previous stroke in 1997, was a 1986 graduate of Dos Pueblos HS and was attending business classes at SBCC.

Rand was employed by the City of Santa Barbara, where he was considered a good friend to all who knew him. Prior to his illness Rand was a long-time employee of Lucky's in Santa Barbara.

The only son of Eleanor Havel and the late Mel Havel of Santa Barbara, Rand is also survived by three sisters: Jan Cleveland, Nancy Figueroa and Cheryl Friesen; his niece Melanie Cleveland, and nephews Miguel Jones, Dorian Cleveland and Brandon Friesen.

Rand was a kind, independent spirit and will lovingly be remembered by his family, friends and co-workers for his strength and perserverance in the face of adversity. Rand was cremated and the family held a private memorial.
 

GOSNELL, Billie

In Loving Memory of Billie Gosnell. Born July 16, 1936 and died on October 26, 2000. Billie Gosnell survived by her loving husband and soulmate of fifty years, David Gosnell, her three daughters Renee Hartsough, Susie Gosnell and Teresa Gosnell. Billie have seven grandchildren; Orenda, Lindsey, Ansley, David, Thomas, Matthew and Lucy and one great grandson Avery Friend, and a devoted dog, Rosita.

Billie's American Indian heritage played a huge part in her life and spiritual being. Billie's smile, infectious laugh, and presence, affected all of those who knew her and loved her. Wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to all; she will be greatly missed, and live on in all our hearts. We love you

Services will be held on Friday, November 3, 2000 @ 1pm at Godric Grove in Eilings Park.
 

GUILLERMO, Alfredo Manuel

Surrounded by his loving family, Alfredo passed from this life into the arms of the Lord on October 27, 2000. Born August 14, 1910, he was raised in the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippine Islands and immigrated to the US in 1929. He settled in California then began a long successful career as a chef at many fine local restaurants. He retired in 1982 from the University Club of SB after serving as head chef for twenty-five years. 

During WWII he was a sergeant in the US Army, served in the South Pacific and fought in the successful liberation of the Philippines in 1944. After completing his tour of duty, he and many other Filipino veterans proudly became US citizens. He was an active member of the Santa Barbara Filipino Association for many years and was one of its founding fathers. 

In 1941, he married his sweetheart, Obedia Fogata, and their loving relationship lasted until her death in 1989. He later remarried and lived with his wife, Juanita, in Las Vegas until her passing in 1996. Alfredo is survived by his four children, spouses and grandchildren; Judy Guillermo-Newton (Kent Newton), Fred Guillermo (Genny), Rob Guillermo (Janie) of Santa Barbara; Gil Guillermo (Lilliam Cortez) of San Francisco. His grandchildren are Brianna and Alyssa Newton, Chelsea, Leah and Steve Guillermo. He is also survived by two brothers, Lucretio and Espiritu Guillermo, of the Philippine Islands. 

A viewing will be held at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Mortuary, 15 E Sola St, from 12-8 pm on Wednesday with a short dedication at 7 pm. A memorial and celebration of his life will take place at 4455 Via Bendita in Hope Ranch on Thursday at 10:45 am. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Filipino Scholarship Trust Foundation, 422 N Milpas St, Suite 5, Santa Barbara, CA 93 103. 

We love you Papa. You are the hardest working and most generous person we have ever known. We are grateful that you & Mom taught us that love of family is one of the most important gifts we can possess. We miss you both tremendously - there is a big void in our lives. Salamat
 

HEYER-WILLIAMS, Marion 

A courageous mother and devoted grandmother passed away peacefully October 17, 2000, after a long battle against cancer.

As per her wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Marion's memory may be made to your favorite local charity.
 

HOVDE, Adolph Brynjolf (Benjamin) 

age 89 (Al Hovde) died October 26, 2000.

Al Hovde was born in Longmont, Colorado on April 20, 1911. He was the middle son in a family of seven born to Agnus Emile Hovde, and Martha Olson Hovde. The Hovde family moved into the Norwegian farm community of Longmont, Colorado. They farmed the land until it was time for the children to go of to college. Each sibling helped the others until they finished school, and were ready to go out and search for their teaching jobs. Five of the Hovde siblings pursued careers in education. There parents continued to farm, but World War II interrupted the education of the younger brothers. After the War the family members continued their quest for education... a quest that they, passed on to the younger generations. 

Al began his career teaching, and as a principal in the schools in lnacio, Colo. He, his wife Kay, and their children moved to Los Angeles in 1941, and then to San Diego in 1942 where Al worked as a stress analyst at Convair. After the war he went back into education. He retired after 42 years in the field. He started out as a teacher, and then went into administration with the San Diego City Schools Schools where he was principal included; Torres Pines, Paradise Hills, Central, Kate Sessions, Hawthorne, Farrao, Pete Rose and Cadman Elementary Schools. He had a long career which he said was never a "job" -it was always a challenge helping young people develop and it was always interesting. Al was president of the San Diego Elementary Principals Association and the San Diego School Administrators Association. He was a member of the National Educational Association, the California Retired Teacher's Association, the Pacific Beach Lions Club, and the North San Diego Rotary Club.

Al was always interested in the people around him, and quietly enjoyed interacting with them. He especially enjoyed young people and helping them make new discoveries. Traveling with his wife Kay, golf, meeting with friends, and getting together with his family were tines that were very special to Al. We will all miss his happy smile and friendly encouraging words.

Katharine, his wife of 63 years, preceded Al in death. Survivors include daughter: Carol Bowen of Santa Barbara, son Robert John Hovde of Huntsville, Alabama; son James Marc Hovde of San Diego, California, son-in-law Robert Lee Bowen; daughters-in law; Sandy Hovde and Virginia Maggio, grandsons Bradley Bowen, and Greg Hovde: granddaughters: Paula Bowen Canty, Kathleen Hovde Armacost, Kristin Hovde, Michele Stanper, their spouses and children; two brothers: Ted Hovde and Melvin Hovde and their wives, numerous nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, and many old friends in San Diego that he missed when he moved to Santa Barbara in 1991 and the new friends he met at Vista Del Monte.

A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday, Nov 2, 2000, 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church in Montecito, followed by interment at Goleta Cemetery.

Friends are welcome to remember him with a donation to their favorite charity.

Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
 

Martin, Marjorie M

formerly of Santa Barbara, passed away October 29, 2000 in Los Angeles. She was born June 20, 1906 in Auburn, Washington. 

She was a Real Estate Agent, and a resident of Santa Barbara from 1959 to 1998, when she relocated to Palm Springs.

Mrs. Martin is survived by her children, Anne Gage of Los Angeles, Michael Martin of Palm Springs, William Martin of Los Angeles and brother Robert Meade of Portland, OR.

Private services to be held At the Calvary Cemetery. 

Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.
 

VALENCIA, Ruben

also known as "Mundi" born in Santa Barbara on November 20, 1932, ended his courageous battle with cancer on October 28, 2000 at home surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his five children: Dolores Macias, Lany Valencia, Georgia Villarreal, Paul Valencia, and Tony Valencia, along with ten grandchildren, and one great grandson.

Those whose lives he touched carry with them fond memories of his passion for life, his sense of humor, his unconditional love, and his incredible strength. The family wishes to greatly thank Doctor Thomas Woliver and the Santa Barbara Cancer Foundation, as well as Hospice Services for all of their compassion and support. And although we mourn his passing and he will be deeply missed, his spirit will live on in our hearts. "This is not the end, nor is it the beginning of the end. It is the end of the beginning."
- Winston Churchill 

Visitation will be at McDermott-Crockett Mortuary today from 11:00 A.

M. to 5:00 P.M. Rosary will be today at 7:30 P.M. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church Funeral Mass will be Wednesday at the Church at 8:30 A.M. with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.

FONG, Rudy

born May 19, 1956 in Santa Barbara died October 31, 2000 at Cottage Hospital at the age of 44. 

To our beloved Rudy Fong, your passing is our sorrow, but is now your happiness for blessed are the peace makers for they will be called children of God. 

Although your are no longer here with us physically, you will forever live within our hearts. Rudy we will cherish every moment of love, happiness and support you have given us. The memories, we shared will remain with us forever. 

Loving you always, your loving mother, Josephina Pulido Avina; loving soul mate Kazue Shibata; sisters, Janie and Fred Ovieda, and their daughters Kelly and Casey; Amelia and John Bell and their sons John, Jason, and Michael: Alicia Orsua and her children Richard Orsua and Loni Damason. 

There will be a graveside service, noon Friday at Calvary Cemetery. 

Arrangement by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels,
 

SKIPTON, Ethel Pauline

79 died in her home on October 31, 2000, after a short battle with cancer, surrounded by her family. Born in Ruth Mississippi in 1921 she grew up in Oak Grove, Louisiana on a farm with her 11 brothers and sisters. At 17 she moved to Detroit, Michigan and worked in a munitions factory during the war. She met and married Delbert Skipton, known as "Skip" and moved to the Goleta Valley in 1961 and established "Skippy's Custom Floors". Skippy's was the only carpet and flooring store in the Goleta Valley for many years. Pauline lost her beloved husband in 1973, but continued operating Skippy's until she sold it in 1979. Being a business woman she was active in BPW (Business and Professional Woman's Club of Goleta/Santa Barbara) for many years and held various offices in the organization.

Pauline is survived by her son, Duwain Skipton of Goleta, her two daughters and their husbands, Denise and Stephen Green of Goleta, and Donna and Bryan Orr of Santa Barbara. Three grandsons, Daniel Rice and Edward Green of Goleta, and Doug Rice his wife Dawn and first Great Grand Daughter Kailey of San Marcos, CA, her sister Maude Trichell of Oak Grove, LA., and her sister Bessie Campbell of Shelby, Michigan.

Pauline was the Skippo champion extraordinaire of the neighborhood and enjoyed playing the card game everyday with her close friend and neighbor Flo Osborne. She will be dearly missed and Flo says she'll be arranging sets of 12 in heaven.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 4th, 2000, at the Santa Barbara Cemetery. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice Services of Santa Barbara.
 

VARNER, Estelle

Age 84, died Sunday, October 29, 2000 at her home following a gallant battle with cancer. Born in Carter County, Oklahoma, and a 1935 graduate of Douglas High School in Ardmore, Oklahoma, she received a Bachelor of Science

degree from Lanston University of Oklahoma in 1939 and was a charter member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc (Ladies of Distinction). In 1940 she married William D Varner, Sr and they moved to Santa Barbara in 1942. This union lasted 54 years until he preceded her in death in 1996. 

After completing Santa Barbara Business College, she was briefly employed at Port Hueneme Naval Base before her position as Office Manager for Dr Horace J McMillan, where she stayed for 25 years. During these years, she assisted Dr McMillan in his numerous community and civic endeavors. She then retired form UCSB after ten years in the Admissions Office.

Estelle was a hard working mother who was able to balance career and family. She was also a long and faithful member of St. Paul AME Church, where she held several offices over the years.

She is survived by two children Myrlene Montgomery and William David Varner, Jr., three grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. 

Memorial services will be held at Lewis Chapel CME Church on Saturday, November 5, 2000 at 1:00 pm.

Arrangements handled by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.
 

VAZQUEZ, Maria "Gramma"

our loving mother and grandmother, went to her Lord on October 31, 2000. Surrounded by her family, Maria passed away quietly in her sleep. 

Born on March 13, 1914 in Mexico, "Gramma" came to the United States with her husband, Eucario, in 1946. She bore 10 children, six of whom survive. Surviving children are Neyla Jimenez, Joseph Marcelo Vazquez (Alice), Silvia Yolanda Avila (Raul), Ruben Vazquez (Lydia), Frank Vazquez, Martha Christensen (Jim), 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Nachita Arevalo of Guadalajara and Elisa Arevalo of Mexico City a, well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Eucario, son-in-law Danny Jimenez and granddaughter Deanna Vazquez who now rejoice in her company. 

Rosary will be recited Friday, November 3, at 7:30 pm at Welch-Ryce-Haider Mortuary, 15 East Sola Street. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 4, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made in Maria's memory to Santa Barbara Artificial Kidney Center, 1704 State Street, Santa Barbara, Ca 93101.

"WE LOVE YOU GRAMMA"

Jimmie Davis 

Memorial services for Jimmie Edgar Davis, 72, of Buellton will be held Thursday, April 29, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard. The Rev. Jeffrey Bridgeman of Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church will officiate. 
Mr. Davis was born Nov. 10, 1926, in Indianapolis, Ind. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theatre of War. He was a member of the Elks. 
Mr. Davis died Saturday, April 24, 1999, at his home. 
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Davis of Buellton; sons, Mike Davis of Arroyo Grande and Douglas Davis of Orcutt; a daughter, Diana Chaves of Santa Barbara; seven grandchildren; a brother, George Davis of Orcutt; and a sister, Phyllis Bays of Indiana. 
Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Buellton Senior Center, Hospice and the Santa Barbara Cancer Foundation. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Loper Funeral Chapel. 

Bernadette Morson 

Services are pending at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary for Bernadette Morson, 71, of Lompoc who died Sunday, May 2, 1999, at the Buena Vista Care Center in Santa Barbara. 

Tyler Laffoon 

Services are pending at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary for Tyler Laffoon, 2 months, of Lompoc who died Sunday, May 2, 1999, at his home. 

Ernie Ryan 

Services are pending at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary for Ernie Ryan, 31, of Lompoc who died Sunday, May 2, 1999, at his home. 

Emmy Meisterfeld 

Services are pending at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary for Emmy Meisterfeld, 97, of Lompoc who died Sunday, May 2, 1999, at the Convalescent Care Center. 

Elise Libert 

Services are pending at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary for Elise Libert, 80, of Lompoc who died May 2, 1999, at his home. 

Fred Black 

Funeral services for Fred Black, 90, of Los Alamos will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 1999, at the Chapel of the Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria. Pastor Tom Wilson of the Nazarene Church will officiate. 
Mr. Black was born March 14, 1909, in Oklahoma. He had been a resident of the Santa Maria Valley since 1948. He was self-employed in the agricultural business and owned and operated Suburban Rubbish Inc. of Lompoc for a number of years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in England and France. He was a member of the Church of Abundant Life Fellowship in Lompoc. He was an avid trout fisherman. 
Mr. Black died Thursday, April 29, 1999, at a Santa Maria hospital. 
He is survived by his wife, Doris Black of Los Alamos; three sons, Fred Lee Black of Santa Maria, Danny Eugene Black of Sacramento, and John Edward Black of Lompoc; a daughter, Betty Lynn Altman of Yerington, Nev.; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Maude "Abby" Black; 5 sisters; a brother; and two grandsons. 
Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 1999, at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. 

Bernadette Morson 

At her request, private services with close family members are planned for Bernadette M. Morson, 71, of Lompoc. Inurnment will be private. 
Mrs. Morson was born June 18, 1927, in Northampton, Mass. to Josef and Teofilia Kienowska Swiniarski. She was raised and educated in Salem, Mass. She moved to Lompoc in 1966 after living at various military posts with her husband Walter, who was serving with the U.S. Air Force. She worked as a secretary on Vandenberg Air Force Base for 14 years, retiring in 1979. She was a volunteer with the American Red Cross in Florida and knitted baby blankets and booties for Lompoc Hospital and Vandenberg AFB Hospital. 
She died Sunday, May 2, 1999, at Buena Vista Care Center in Santa Barbara. 
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Walter Morson of Lompoc; son, Bill Morson of Lompoc; daughters, Kathleen Mele of Phoenix, Ariz. and Sharlene Baker of Durham, N.C.; sisters, Wanda Swiniarski of Salem, Mass. and Henrietta Swiniarski of East Windsor, Conn.; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Cremation arrangements are directed by Starbuck-Lind Mortuary. 

Elise Libert 
At her request, no services will held for Elise Libert, 80, of Lompoc. Inurnment will be private. 
Mrs. Libert was born March 14, 1919, in Weyburn, Saskatchiwan, Canada to Joseph and Liela Richardson Switzer and came to Lompoc in 1954 from Germany. She studied piano at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and was a former volunteer with VIVA. She enjoyed reading and music. 
She died Sunday, May 2, 1999, at her home. 
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Lindsay Libert of Lompoc; daughters, Carole "Zoe" Jessup of Bisbee, Ariz. and Lynn Andrews of San Diego; brother, Paul Switzer of Abbotsford, B.C., Canada; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Rockert. 
Memorial contributions may be made to VIVA, P.O. Box 896, Lompoc, 93438. 
Cremation arrangements are directed by Starbuck-Lind Mortuary. 

Emmy Meisterfeld 
Graveside services for Emmy Meisterfeld, 96, of Lompoc will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 1999, at Santa Barbara Cemetery with the Rev. Patti Edwards of the Unity Church of Santa Barbara officiating. 
Mrs. Meisterfeld was born Sept. 21, 1902, in Kaiserslautern, Germany to Herman and Margarete Schmitt Graeser. She was the third of six children. She immigrated to the United States in 1921, settling in New York City where she met her future husband, Albert Meisterfeld, also from Germany. They were married April 17, 1926. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1947. She came to Lompoc in 1993 from Santa Barbara were she worked as a property manager. She enjoyed sewing, needle work, gardening and walking. 
She died Sunday, May 2, 1999, at the Convalescent and Residential Care Center. 
Survivors include daughters, Evelyn Libby of Lompoc and Margot Dukleth of Oceanside; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, her five siblings, a granddaughter and two grandsons. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Convalescent and Residential Care Center, 216 North Third St., Lompoc. 
Services are directed by Starbuck-Lind Mortuary. 

Josie Diaz 
Funeral services for Josie Guerrero Diaz, 75, of Sun City and formerly of Lompoc will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, 1999, at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Sun City. A rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 1999, at the Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City. 
Mrs. Diaz was born Aug. 16, 1923, in Sisquoc. She was married Nov. 30, 1940. She moved to Lompoc in 1940 and lived here until 1950. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, reading, sewing, gardening and traveling. 
Mrs. Diaz died Friday, April 30, 1999, in Sun City. 
She is survived by her husband, Guadalupe Diaz of Sun City; a daughter, Adelina Angle of Palm Desert; a sister, Stella Domingues of Morro Bay; brothers, Louie Guerrero of Guadalupe, Mexico, Ralph Guerrero of Santa Maria, Tom Martinez of San Diego; a foster child, Ann Hernandez of San Jose; a sister, Carol Martinez of San Jose; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun City. 


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