Miscellaneous Santa Barbara County, California Obituaries


First Name:
Last Name:
BLOMFIELD, James Stanley
died May 8, 1999 at home.
He was born to Mr Edward & Gladys Blomfield (deceased) on April 7, 1919 in Minneapolis, MN.
He graduated from Marshall High School and attended Hamlin University in Minneapolis.
He began his sales career working for Remington Rand - selling typewriters. During the beginning of World War II he worked several years for U S Treasury Dept as investigator. In 1942 he accepted a position in Hibbing, MN with the radio station WMFG as disc jockey and a m announcer and selling radio time in the afternoon. In 1943 he met and married Mary Kristanoff and moved to Santa Barbara to accept a position at KDB Radio where he remained for 11 years. He briefly worked at KTMS & KIST. In 1984 he worked at KRUZ until his retirement in 1985.
He was a charter member of Downtown Optimists, Masonic Lodge #42, 32nd Degree Mason, Elks Club, Board of Director of the Salvation Army, Men's Christian Breakfast Association and the First United Methodist Church for 56 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, a daughter, Bonnie and a son, Edward. A daughter-in-law, Teri, granddaughters: Moriah and Ashleigh. Brother and sister-in-law, Mr & Mrs Richard Blomfield of Florida. He was preceded in death by his son Harvey James in 1968.
James was deeply committed to the family. His love and devotion was demonstrated by the time he spent counseling, consoling and comforting and having fun with the family. He enjoyed living in Santa Barbara and gave much of himself in volunteer services.
The family wishes to express our thanks and appreciation to the endless love and support from our church family and friends which gave him much peace and comfort. Also for the excellent care from doctors Joel Brandt, Thomas Woliver, and Stephen Lemon. Also for Hospice, for the excellent physical, mental and emotional care and support for the entire family, and a special Thanks" to "Big Bob" for his tender, loving care.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 15, at 1:00 p m at the First United Methodist Church. Welch-Ryce Haider Funeral Chapels in charge of arrangements.

CHATEL, Anna Marie
a Santa Barbara resident since 1969, died on Friday, May 7, 1999 in Victorville. Born in Chicago on October 21, 1920, She was 78
She was active at St Raphael's Parish in the Women's Auxiliary, the Bible Study Group and the Sociable Seniors. She enjoyed reading and sewing, and after her husband's retirement traveling to visit family and friends.
Mrs Chatel is survived by her children, Bertrand Edmund Chatel of Phoenix, AZ, Christine Louise Crown of Paradise, CA, Janice Claire Martell of Phelan, CA, William Clifford Chatel of Bixby, OK, and a very close niece and nephew Jeanne Mc Bride of Oakridge, TN, and Charles Bellemare of Modesto, CA. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Bertrand Chatel (1998) and two children Barbara Anne Chatel (1979), and Elizabeth Marie Bouras (1980).
A Funeral Mass was held yesterday at St Raphael's Church. Interment services are today May 12 at 10:00 at Calvary Cemetery
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to VNA/Hospice of San Bernardino County, 12421 Hesperia Rd, Victorville, CA 92392. Welch-Ryce-Haider is in charge of arrangements.

Born March 14, 1926 in Fullerton, CA, a long-time Long Beach and Santa Barbara resident scummed to a lengthy illness at home on May 9, 1999. He was many things to many different people: father, friend, coach and competitor. Known to family and friends as "Big Jim" not only because of his stature but his outgoing demeanor. He served with the US Navy during World War II on tug boats in the Philippine Islands. Upon his return from the war went to work as a member of the Long Beach Harbor Fire Department. Throughout his entire life he pursued his life long love, that of being in and around the ocean by organizing the first spearfishing club club in Long Beach "The Long Beach Neptunes". "Big Jim" set many state and world records for spearfishing and was the first to land a Black Seabass in California in 1957. He was named athlete of the year in the National Spearfishing Hall of Fame and in 1962 inducted into the Spearfishing Hall of Fame in Miami, Florida. "Big Jim" coached and competed on 6 US National Spearfishing teams and was the first coach and member of the United States team in world competition. He was one of the early pioneers of scuba diving as one of the original founder of Scubapro and their first vice president leading to his many diving inventions and patents. He was also accomplished in falconry, achieving the rating of Master Falconer.
Jim was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his sister Joan Cook of Veradale, WA, sons Eric of Santa Barbara and Don of Long Beach, daughter Vickie of Ventura, CA and one grandson, Peter. He will always be with us in our ocean endeavors.
A Memoria Service is scheduled on May 15, 1999 11:00 am at the Little Brown Church, 600 East 5th Street, Long Beach, CA.
The family asked, in lieu of flowers a donation may be made in Jim's name to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1441 Eastlake Ave, Room 8302, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9181. Phone 323-865-3000.

LOEWE, Reverend Doctor Richard
of Santa Ana, California, lately of Santa Barbara died Friday, May 7, 1999 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after a brief illness. He was born September 3, 1913 in Chicago, Illinois.
Richard Loewe moved from Chicago to California in January 1952. He resided in Sherman Oaks (1952-1966) and Santa Ana (1966-1998) before moving to Santa Barbara (Villa Santa Barbara) in March 1998.
He graduated from Northwestern University with a diploma in Commerce, and obtained a CPA degree; Loyola University of Chicago with a Juris Doctor; Harvard Business School with a certificate in Business; and Bloy House Theological School in Pasadena, California with a Diploma on Theology.
Rev Dr Loewe was employed as a CPA in Illinois in 1936 and as an Attorney at Law in Illinois in 1942. During World War II he served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant. In 1947 Richard Loewe married Jane Wilson Loewe who predeceased him in 1974. In 1952 he moved to California and became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Litton Industries in Beverly Hills. In 1966 Rev Dr Loewe moved to Orange County and opened a private law practice. In 1971 he was ordained as an Episcopal Priest and worked in numerous parishes while still maintaining a successful law practice.
He is survived by a daughter Diane Loewe Pannkuk, her husband Terry and two grandsons; Riley Wilson Pannkuk and Rory Quinn Pannkuk.
A small Graveside service will be held 3:00 pm Friday May 14, 1999 at Pacific View Memorial Park in Newport Beach, California.
Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.

"Uncle Jimmy" quietly passed away May --, 1999 at the home of his niece and nephews after 82 seasons of baseball. Born July 10,1916 in Pennsylvania coalmine country, the only son of Earl and Hudreth, he pitched and played shortstop his first two years out of high school in the Northeast League Minors. Rather than join his father in the coalmines, he joined the Merchant Marine and began a career of seamanship that spanned more than five decades. Serving aboard Naval supply vessels in the Pacific during WWll, he survived kamikaze attacks to his ship, actively supported coastal forces and combat troops at Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and The Philippines. Jimmy's quick, easy smile, his life and the stories he told of his years at sea were a constant source of fascination and inspiration to all who knew him. After retirement from a life at sea, he dedicated himself to his wife and soulmate, Thelma. Relocating to the Yucca Valley and Las Vegas, they enjoyed a quiet life together far from the siren call of seafaring life. Her untimely death created an emptiness that was only filled when Jimmy joined his nephew Robert McCullough, his wife Suzanne, and their sons Nicholas and Chance in their Montecito home Suddenly a part of an active, growing family, Jimmy became a surrogate grandfather to his great-great-great nephews, single-handedly building their massive playhouse, and teaching them the finer points of baseball Over the period of his decade in Santa Barbara, Jimmy became a passionate fixture at hundreds of youth basketball and baseball games, keeping a careful eye on all the young players and their "stats". Throughout his years in Santa Barbara, Jimmy's idea of the perfect day was a double-header at MacKenzie Park watching Pony Baseball with a hot dog in one hand and a scorebook in the other. Even in his last months of failing health, he remained keenly interested in the progress of his favorite young ballplayers. Jimmy had great affection for all the local baseball players and their families, as well as his many devoted friends in Las Vegas. He had patience for everything but pretense. Jimmy's favorite restaurant was Esau's. Favorite team: Dodgers Miller Lite or Corona or whatever you had handy. Crumb donuts. Pizza. Crossword puzzles. The American Legion. "Tiger" and "Partner".
Epitaph: Behold and see as you pass by, as you are now so once was I; As am now so you must be; Prepare for death and follow me.
He leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, including Minka Ruben and Robert Averill of Murrietta, Ray Stephens of Idylwild, Steve Pavlick of Huntington Beach, and Robert, Suzanne Nicholas, and Chance McCullough of Santa Barbara. Memorial Service will be private. Contributions to Pony Baseball of Santa Barbara POBox 41652, SB Ca 93140

WILKS, James Henry
74, of Santa Barbara died Sunday, May 9, 1999 after a lengthy illness. He was born on February 20, 1925 in Berea, Ohio. He moved to Santa Barbara from Ohio in 1958. He was a Merchant Marine Ensign during WWII and survived the sinking of a torpedoed ship in the Mediterranean Sea. He started his own plumbing business in 1968. He later sold it in 1989 James enjoyed traveling the world for 20 years with his wife. His survivors include his wife Cecelia (Jessie) Wilks, son Tom Wilks, daughter Kathleen (Kitt) Nelson, and grandchildren Amber Nelson, Rory & Bronson Wilks.
There will be a Graveside service at Santa Barbara Cemetery at 10:00 AM on Thursday May 13, 1999.
Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.

OKSNER, Chester Marvin
74, a noted Santa Barbara attorney, author, sailor and artist died on Saturday, May 8, 1999 at Cottage Hospital. Chet was born to the late Bojas Oksner and Bertha Mae Steinberg Oksner on June 27,1924 in St , Louis, Missouri. He was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Estherville, Iowa where he entered the Army Air Corps in 1942 flying C-46s between Alaska, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. After his military service, he entered the University of Minnesota and graduated with a BA in aeronautical engineering and later with a law degree in 1950.
In 1951 he moved to Los Angeles, CA and while studying for the Bar, he worked for Lockheed Aircraft. He began practicing law in 1952 in Los Angeles where he became a partner in the law firm of Fitzpatrick & Wiley, and practiced before the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Washington, DC. He handled cases before the California Supreme Court and the California Court of Appeal. He was admitted to the US District Court, Central District of California.
Once Chet was cited for contempt of court in a real estate case he was arguing when he refused to hand over original documents to the Judge. This was reversed on appeal in Oksner vs Superior Court of Los Angeles in a landmark decision in which it was held that a judge cannot enforce an order he has no jurisdiction to make.
In 1973 he moved to Santa Barbara and was associated with the law firm of Brazelton, Clifford, Smith & Oksner. From 1977 to 1980, Chet was a founding partner in the law firm of Samuelson & Oksner in Santa Barbara with Peter Samuelson. During those years he also began exercising his creative aesthetics by designing and building three unique homes on Dover Hill Road on the Riviera.
In 1980, Chet retired from the practice of law so that he and his wife Dorothy could embark on the adventure of a lifetime. They sailed their 42-foot sloop, the Tempest, from Ft Lauderdale, FL through the Bahamas to Venezuela, through the Panama Canal and up to Santa Barbara accompanied by their dog Susie.
Upon returning from their cruise in 1982, Chet began his life long dream of writing full time. Prior to the publication of his first novel, he and wife Dorothy set out on their second cruise on a new 46-foot pilothouse cutter-rigged sloop, also named Tempest, from San Pedro, CA to Annapolis, MD. When ready for land-lubing again they sold the boat in Annapolis and drove to Maine where they designed and built a house in West Bath, and lived there for eight years.
In addition to designing homes and being a gifted oil painter, Chet was revered as a masterful author of the legal thriller genre.
His first novel, Punitive Damage, published in 1987 by William Morrow, received glowing reviews, and attorney Melvin Belli called his second novel, Burdens of Proof, published in 1989, by Knightsbridge, a classic. His work-in-progress, I Killed Bobby Kennedy, was being readied for publication at the time of his death.
In addition to his wife of 24 years, Dorothy Sarah Jones Oksner, and a circle of friends that stretches around the world, Chet leaves his son Steven Barry Oksner of Paris, France; daughter Terry Jo Laurentine and son-in-law Fredric Laurentine, of San Francisco; stepson John Anton Mueting, Ill of Santa Barbara; sister Zelda Faye Bumford of Dublin, CA; and five grandchildren, Lance Oksner of San Francisco; Samuel Oksner of Paris; Kyle, Emma and Claire Laurentine of San Francisco; and nephews Daniel Bumford of Dover, NH; and Jerry Bernie of Hayward, CA.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 15,1999 at 1:30 pm at 1120 Via del Rey, Goleta, to celebrate the life of this revered man.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Sansum Medical Research Institute, 2219 Bath St , Santa Barbara, CA 93105, or The John Wayne Cancer Institute, 2200 Santa Monica Blvd , Santa Monica, CA 90404

At her request, no services will be held for Thelma E Schuyler (82), of Lompoc, who died Tuesday May 11, 1999 at her home.
Mrs Schuyler was born October 1, 1916 in Woodland, CA to Peter and Sophie George. She was raised in Santa Paula and Santa Barbara. and graduated from Santa Barbara High in 1934 She attended Santa Barbara State Teachers College and the University of California at Berkeley. Following college she was a medical lab technician at the Santa Barbara Clinic.
She was a homemaker. In the past, she had been a member of the Lompoc Junior Alpha Club, 4-H Leader, Lompoc Hospital Auxiliary and the Cotillion Club. She was currently a member of the Santa Barbara Cattlewomens Association and the Delta Sigma Epsilon Sorority Alumni Group.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years - Glenn Schuyler of Lompoc, whom she married July 14th, 1941 in Reno, Nevada; two daughters, Debbie Manfrina and Lorraine Richardson, both of Lompoc, son Jack Schuyler of Solvang; brother Jack George of Hartford, Conn; four granddaughters Kim Adams of Solvang, Traci McMahan of Paso Robles, Donica Moir of Santa Maria, and Jodi Torres of Lompoc; four great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Donations in her memory may be made to Visiting Nurses, Marian Hospital Home Care, Lompoc Historical Society, Lompoc Hospital Auxiliary, or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are directed by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary in Santa Barbara.

PALKE, Dr William England
Bill died of a heart attack on May 10, 1999. It is fitting that he died at UCSB because he spent his whole life doing what he loved, going to school.
He was born in Youngstown, Ohio on February 5, 1941 and attended public, schools in Girard, Ohio, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated from high school in 1958, where he met his future wife, Nancy. Bill received his BS degree from California Institute of Technology in 1962 and his PhD from Harvard University in 1966. He spent two years doing post doctoral work at CalTech before joining the chemistry faculty at UCSB in 1968.
Bill's family will remember him as an active and vigorous individual who very much enjoyed his life. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, children Tom and Amy and their mates Keri and Matt.

ABBOTT, Ronald Arthur
86, of Santa Ynez, CA died May 12, 1999 at his home in Santa Ynez, California. He was born April 19, 1913 in Burlington, Colorado.
His parents were Archie and Juanita (Martin) Abbott. The family moved to Southern California in 1920, where Ronald attended school and graduated from Citrus Union High School in 1932. He attended Whittier College, then worked as a foreman in Citrus Ranch in Laverne, California.
On August 13, 1937 Ronnie married Joaquina (Caneat) Arbelaitz of Santa Ynez, CA. They had three children: daughter, Ronnie Jean, sons, Glen Arthur and Raymond Steve.
In 1945 he moved his family to the Santa Ynez Valley where he was a walnut and grain farmer.
In 1947 he started working at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, part-time, taking over as manager and in 1949 and retired from that position in 1980.
In 1978 he sold his walnut property on Refugio Road and moved to his current Tiana Drive residence.
Caneat passed away of cancer in December of 1968.
He married Judy Harris of Santa Barbara in September of 1970, and in 1987 they purchased Fancy Flowers which they continue to operate.
Ronnie was always fond of sports and greatly enjoyed the many rounds of golf he played after his retirement. He played the last time the day after his 86th birthday. He was a past member of Odd Fellows of Lompoc, Elks Lodge of Santa Maria, past Farm Bureau president, the Original Zoning Board of Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Ynez Valley Advisory Board.
He was preceded in death by parents, first wife, and his brother Glenn Abbott of Portland, Oregon. He is survived by his wife, Judy of Santa Ynez, daughter Ronnie Jean and husband Jay Holan of Florida, son Glen and wife Celine of Omaha, son Raymond and wife Vonnie of Buellton. Seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren; brother, Claire Abbott of Pasco, Wash, sisters, Evelyn Early and Louise Torrey of Los Osos.
Graveside Funeral Service, Monday, May 17, 1999 at 11:00 AM at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, CA. Officiant: Fr Charles Stacy of St Mark's Episcopal Church. Loper Funeral Directors.

GRIMMITT, Arthur William
75, long time Santa Barbara resident and European automotive repair shop owner died at his home in Vancouver, BC Canada on Thursday, may 6, 1999.
Art and his wife Kathleen had moved to Vancouver in 1976, and Art retired soon after from C A A a few years later. Art was born in Hong Kong in 1923 and raised there until his family moved to Vancouver when Art was 16. Soon after college, Art joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and started his career of mechanics. Art owned British and European Car Service in Santa Barbara from the early 60s till 1976 when he moved to Vancouver. Art was also known in the US for the sport of Lawn Bowling, belong to Santa Barbara Lawn Bowling Club, Arroyo Seco Club in Pasadena, and was a charter member of MacKenkie Park LBC in Santa Barbara. Art won two United States Championships in Lawn Bowls, one in pairs play, the other in singles competition. Art gathered many local and national awards in Bowls, but the one he was most proud of was being chosen to represent the United States at "World Bowls" held in Australia. He learned the game at age 9 in Hong Kong from his father and played it with all his heart most of his life.
Arthur is survived by his wife Kathleen Grimmitt, two sons, Arthur Grimmitt Jr of Lompoc, CA and David Grimmitt of Santa Maria, CA, four sisters, and five grandsons, and a houseload of cats. Cards may be sent to Kathleen Grimmitt, 679 W 71st Ave, Vancouver, BC Canada V6P-2Z9.

loving husband, father and grandfather passed away May 5, 1999, at home with his family by his side. He fought a courageous battle against a lengthy illness.
Onni was born February 12, 1915 in Finland. He married Hilkka Korhonen on February 28, 1946. Onni and Hilkka left Finland in 1947, for Caracas, Venezuela, where they lived for almost five years. From Venezuela, they moved to Toronto, Canada, where they lived for three years. They settled in the United States in 1955, moving directly to sunny Southern California. After 14 years in the San Fernando Valley area, the family moved to Santa Barbara. Onni worked for Raytheon Company for 27 years, retiring at the age of 80. After his retirement he continued to travel, enjoy his family and his beautiful mountain views.
Throughout his life, Dad exemplified hard work, integrity, honesty and dignity and he instilled these values in his children. He will always be remembered for his love of travel, ice skating, nature, the mountains and the oceans.
Dad will be dearly missed by his wife of over 52 years, Hilkka Kilpelainen; daughter Ritva Vadeboncoeur and son-in-law Gerry, of Ventura; son Tim Kilpelainen and daughter in-law Niloofar of Santa Barbara; son John Kilpelainen and daughter-in-law
Lori of Nipomo. He was a special grandfather to Katjana and Larissa Vadeboncoeur, AIexandr and Nikolas Kilpelainen and Kirsi, Matti, Leena and Mika Kilpelainen.
He was also a beloved brother to his sisters Liisa, Annikki and Jenny in Helsinki, Finland.
When we think of you Dad, we think of a man with a great zest for living. You made the time to spend time with us. You made us feel special. You took us hiking and skiing and on excursions, and to sporting events and to special places. We know that behind all of this there was a great love for us. We want to thank you for being the great husband and dad that you were. You will always be in our hearts.
Per Onni's request there will be no service. His ashes will be interred both in Santa Barbara and in Helsinki, Finland. Dad asked that any memorial donations be made to Hospice Services of Santa Barbara. The family wishes to thank all of Dad's caregivers and especially Dr P Joseph Frawley and his nurse Julie, for their loving care and support.
Interment arrangements were under the direction of Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

MYERS, Ricardo
who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, on June 5, 1935, lost his valiant battle against cancer and died in his home surrounded by his beloved family, on Tuesday, February 2,1999, at the age of 64.
Ricardo came to this country as a young boy along with his family in search of a better life, and always worked very hard on behalf of his family. His younger brothers and sisters appreciate that because of his sacrifice, they now enjoy richer and fuller lives.
Ricardo will be remembered by those who knew him as a loving father, husband, brother and friend who generously gave of himself; but above all, he will be remembered as a spiritual man. In 1969, he started studying the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses, and was baptized in 1970. At that time, he began his faithful ministry; which became the focus of his life. He firmly believed in Jehovah God's promise of a cleansed earth and of the resurrection hope for himself and for all of mankind.
Ricardo is preceded in death by his mother, Catalina, and his father, John Tomas. He is survived by his loving wife, Lori; his daughters Ruth and Eileen; his son-in-law, Tomas, and his granddaughters, Cheri and Megan. He is also survived by his beloved brothers Tomas, and Charles; his sisters Irma, Anna, Nancy, Jessie and Edna, and his brothers-in-law Ramiro, Dale, Jim and Tom.
His family wishes to express their appreciation and sincere gratitude to the Cottage Hospital Medical Staff, the Visiting Nurses Association, his friends and co-workers at the Hope School District, and to all of his spiritual brothers and sisters for their great support and encouragement. A special thanks is extended to Dr Martin Walker for his outstanding care and compassion in treating Ricardo's illness.

PEASTON, Rev Dr Monroe
My father went home to be with his Lord on April 12, 1999.
The youngest of ten children, Dad was born in Liverpool England in 1914. After graduating from Oxford University (Brasenose College) he was ordained in 1938 and served as Chaplain/Schoolmaster at Wrekin College.
In 1948 he was invited to accept the parish of Wadestown/Northland in Wellington New Zealand. Three and a half years later he moved to the University of New Zealand in Christchurch to become Master and Vice Principal of College House.
He was awarded his degree of PhD in Psychiatry and Religion by Union Theological Seminary, New York in 1964, and in the same year was appointed Associate Professor of Pastoral Psychology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. From 1965-1974 he was also the Principal of Montreal Diocesan Theological College.
Semi-retired in 1980 he moved to Santa Barbara where he served as Pastoral Assistant at All Saints By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito, until his retirement from active ministry in 1989. A final move to Valle Verde Retirement Community in 1994 enabled him to continue an active life pursuing his love of people, reading and writing.
Although an Anglican Priest, Dad spent most of his time as a teacher in a school or at a College or University. He maintained a life-long interest in the relationship between University and the Behavioral Sciences and in the areas of religion and psychiatry - they both deal with the wholeness of the person. He was a devoted member of the American Association of Family Therapy and during his time in Montreal maintained a private practice as a Marriage Counselor and short-term Psychotherapist. He also served as a volunteer for many years in the Palliative Care Unit at Montreal General Hospital.
Dad had a way with words-whether a note of comfort, a word of advice or encouragement to someone in need, or in his published books and poetry, he always knew just what to say. He also loved a good mystery and an exciting soccer match.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Phyllis, daughter Ann and her husband Terry Staten, and his two grandsons Tim and Philip. Dad, we will always have you in our hearts and as you said to me every day, "Go with a blessing".
A Memorial service will be held at All Saints-By-The-Sea, Montecito on Friday May 21 at 4.00 pm. In lieu of flowers, friends who wish to remember him may do so by making a donation to All Saints Episcopal Church: Monroe Peaston Memorial Fund, 83 Eucalyptus Lane, Montecito, Ca 93108.
Goodnight Dad, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest

SWANSON, Virginia Pimentel
died May 8, 1999. She was born March 5, 1905. Her parents, Maria and Joseph Pimentel emigrated to ranch in the Santa Maria Valley from the Azore Islands at the turn of the century.
Virginia moved to Santa Barbara in 1925. She had many careers. She worked for the City Building Department, she was the North Coast Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and employed many years by I Magnin.
Her husband, Leonard Swanson, was an early News-Press staff writer. She was the subject of many "Como se Va" columns.
Virginia loved people, animals, art and most importantly her garden. She was an independent woman with many talents.
She will be tremendously missed by her sister, Ida House, her niece Susanne and husband, William McEwen, nephew William and wife Candy House. She had five great nieces and nephews and two great-great nephews, all who love Aunt Deenie dearly.
Please remember her with love and if you would like, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Art Museum or Catholic Charities in her memory.
A Memorial Mass is planned for 10:00 am Monday, May 17, in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the Old Mission. Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels are in charge of arrangements.

DOUGAN, Robert Ormes
died Saturday morning, May 8, 1999 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was a long-time resident of The Samarkand.
An eminent librarian, bibliographer, bookseller, and collector, Dr Dougan was born August 21, 1904 in Ilford, Essex, England, an educated in an "old grammar school" where he won a foundation scholarship. He received his diploma in librarianship from University College, London, in 1929; his MA from Trinity College, U of Dublin, Ireland, in 1954; and honorary D Lit from the U of Redlands in 1974. The Association of Colleges and Public Libraries awarded him a Citation of Honor in 1973.
Rob was Librarian of the Royal Historical Society, London, 1925-35. The groundwork for his success as an antiquarian book connoisseur was done in London at E P Goldschmidt and Co, Ltd, 1926-40. Here he was "apprentice" to a Cambridge scholar.
Service with the Royal Air Force took him to Scotland, the land of his ancestors, in 1940, where he remained after the war to become Librarian of the Sandeman Public Library in Perth. In 1950, when the Festival of Britain 1951 was in preparation, Rob was invited to build Exhibition collections of 18th and 20th century Scottish books and publish catalogues of them.
In 1952 Rob accepted the newly-created post of Deputy Librarian of Trinity College, Dublin. Here he studied the ancient Book of Kells, which led to his reputation as an expert on the 8th C manuscript, on which he lectured widely. He was invited to be Librarian of the Huntington Beach Library in San Marino, California, in 1958 where he continued until retirement in 1972. He was naturalized in 1964.
In addition to his remarkable accomplishments as a librarian and scholar, Rob also collected historically interesting photographs. His first collection, begun in 1939, is of DO Hill's negatives and prints dating from 1840-1848. The collection resides in the University of Glasgow. A larger and more comprehensive collection of historical photography was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is shared among the Metropolitan, Princeton University and the Museum of Modern Art in new York.
Rob is survived by his wife Terry Purcell, also a resident of The Samarkand.
He is predeceased by his first wife, Olive McMicken and his second wife, Margaret Truax Hunter.
His memberships include The Librarian Association and the Bibliographical Society, Great Britain; Grolier Club, New York; Assn Int de Bibliophile, Paris; ALA; California Advisory Council, Saltire Society. His publications include "Scottish Tradition in Photography," 1949.
Dr Dougan is recognized for his scholarship in the Marquis Who's Who in the World; Men of Achievement, published in Cambridge, England; and more than 20 years of Who's Who in America.
A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at The Samarkand on Saturday, May 22nd at 3:30 o'clock in the afternoon.

age 77, passed away on May 11, 1999 at Kaiser Hospital in Woodland Hills. Betty was born in San Diego, California, had lived in Ventura County since 1963, and was a resident of Simi Valley. Betty had been employed as a secretary at many places and her main employer was UCLA when she was a technical editor. Betty served three terms as president of the Emblem Club at Simi Valley Elks. She also enjoyed traveling and doing work at her computer. She had been married to her husband, John for almost 39 years.
Survivors: Husband, John Gillis of Simi Valley, son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Nora Marks of Simi Valley, daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Chris Jones of Santa Barbara, grandchildren, Christopher and Bradley Jones of Santa Barbara, Caroline Marks of Simi Valley, Debra Andrews of Boise, Idaho, Diane Reyburn of Simi Valley and Doug Marks, of San Francisco, 6 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 1-800-955 4LSA. Arrangements are under the direction of Reardon Simi Valley Mortuary, 805 526-6677.

aged 90, beloved mother, grandmother, artist and poet, died at home on May 15, 1999. She was born in Boston, Mass and has been a resident of Santa Barbara since 1967. She was a member of the Las Padres Watercolor Society and of Poetry, Etc.
She is survived by her daughters; Evanne Jardine and Deborah Kort, her sons; John Jardine and Paul Jardine, and grandchildren; Sean Gilleran, Lauren and Jennifer Kort, and Nadine Jardine.
Graveside Services will be Wednesday, May 19 at 1:00 PM at Santa Barbara Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Hospice of Santa Barbara or Alzheimer's Association of Santa Barbara. Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

KELLY, George Vincent
died May 15, 1999 of a heart attack. He was born in Chicago, Ill Jan 2, 1925. George served in the Air Force in WWII and enjoyed a long career in politics.
He will be sorely missed by his wife, Jan Noble Kelly, children Jeff Kelly (Pat Chock) Lyn Kelly and his step-children Fritz (Kris) Noble, Jon (Liesl) Noble and Ted Noble. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be offered Wednesday at 11 Am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels in charge of arrangements.

OPDAHL, Jennifer
Dec 16, 1984-May 15, 1999.
Survived by her parents Gary and Deborah Opdahl and her brothers Michael, Nicholas and Derek.

of Santa Maria passed away Saturday, May 15, 1999 at her home following a long illness. She was 80.
Born in Gainesville, TX, in 1919, she married WE (Bill) Spencer in 1949 and raised her family in Santa Barbara. She was a partner in Cash Register Mart and active in Channel City Airmen.
She is survived by her husband; Kirk and Fran Spencer of Santa Maria; Pamela and Peter Jacoby of Danville; grandsons Wyatt Spencer, Nick and Jack Jacoby; granddaughters Jessie and Cody Spencer; two sisters, Jean Miller of Santa Maria and Jo Horton of Escondido; and one brother, Morris Proffer of Ft Lauderdale, FL.
Remembrances may be sent to the American Cancer Society in her name.

80, of Portola Valley, Calif died March 6, 1999. He was the step-son of the late Arthur E Oilvy, prominent early-day Montecito resident and Santa Barbara businessman.
Robert, born in Boston, Mass, came to Santa Barbara in 1924 and brother, Richard. He was a 1936 graduate of Santa Barbara High School. He attended Crane Country Day School.
Following his graduation from Stanford University, Class of 1940, he entered the US Army and served as infantry captain in World War II with the 42nd (Rainbow) division in the European Theatre.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Audrey Steele Connell of Portola Valley, and three sons, three granddaughters and one grandson.
His business career was with advertising agencies, marketing and public relation firms in San Francisco. He was a member of the Press Club of San Francisco, Society of Professional Journalists and Phi Kappa Sigma.

LUNDBERG, Ellen Wittmond
went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 16, 1999. She joined her husband, Harry who died on February 5, 1996. Ellen and Harry were married for forty-three years. She will be missed greatly by their children Jane Pena and Cathy Uldnick, her grandchildren, Katie, Clare, and John Pena, Alex and Andrew Uldricks, and her brother, John Wittmond.
Ellen was born on July 2, 1924 in Saint Louis, Missouri. Ellen lived in Santa Barbara for thirty-five years, during which time she was active in the community. She was an original member of the first board of directors for Marymount school where she was very involved during the 1960s and 1970s. Ellen was a Member of The National Charity League, and a Courthouse Docent. A lover of antiques, she worked for Burton Decker Antiques for more than ten years.
Ellen and Harry were Yacht Club members since 1962. With her family, she sailed throughout California, Mexico, Washington and British Columbia. She enjoyed playing bridge and her rose garden, but mostly, she loved her family. Ellen was a selfless giver. She cared for three elderly aunts, her mother-in-law, and for Harry during his illness. When Ellen suffered stroke in 1997, she moved to the Santa Ynez Valley where she could be near her grandchildren and cared for in a loving fashion at The Friendship House.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, May 22, 10:00 AM in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the Santa Barbara Mission. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Friendship House in Solvang.
Arrangements handled by The Loper Chapel.

died at home with his family Saturday, May 15, 1999 at the age of 64. Paul was the son of Elizabeth D and Roger H Smith, both deceased. He is survived by his spouse of 37 years, Delia Mullin Smith and their children: Deborah A Daily an her husband, Brent of Santa Ynez; Christine M Smith of Incline Village, Nevada; Paul D Smith and his wife, Joan Lee of Fresno; Bernard J Smith and Joan M Smith of Santa Barbara. He was the brother of Roger H Smith of Maryland and Gordon J Smith, deceased. He is succeeded by his grandchildren, Matthew Gordon and Tristan James Daily, and Paul D Smith, II. His extended family includes: his mother-in-law, Mrs Donald P Watson of Santa Barbara; five nieces: Marybeth Smith Kelley, Lisa and Suzy Smith, Sharon Ochsner and Karen Mullin, one nephew, Bart Mullin. Amber the Dog, and Pouncer the Cat, mourn his passing.
Paul was a graduate of Santa Barbara Catholic High. He then graduated cum laude from UC Santa Barbara in Economics in 1958. He retired as Associate Budget Director of UCSB ten years ago. He is a member of the UCSB Alumni Association. He was President of the Parish Choir of Mission Santa Barbara and served on the Parish Council. He also was a Minister of the Holy Eucharist. He was the founding President and a member of the Santa Barbara Boys' Choir.
His service will be held at the Santa Barbara Cemetery Chapel on Thursday, May 20 at 11 am.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, The National Brain Tumor Foundation (1-800-934-CURE), or Direct Relief Kosovo Effort.
Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels in charge of arrangements.

STOCKER, Kathleen
the only child of Walter J Sullivan and Mildred Kitto Sullivan born December 20,1926 in Hollywood, California, passed away Friday May 14,1999 with her family at her side.
Kay graduated from Fairfax High School and attended USC where she met her husband Jim. She was an active member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Kay and Jim moved to Santa Barbara in 1949. Kay stayed at home raising her two daughters until they were well on their way in school and then took a job as the school office manager at Ellwood School. She loved the children, the teachers, and the school Kay went with her principal to Mountain View School and retired in 1983. Her years at the schools were some of her happiest memories.
Kay enjoyed her affiliation with the Sigma Tau Psi Sorority as a long time member and past president. She loved the Santa Barbara mountains and the ocean and never tired of local outings in and around the Santa Barbara County.
Kay's smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed by her husband of 52 years, Jim Stocker, her daughters Ann and Jane, her grandson Dan, her cousins Robert Pierce, Charles Pierce and Eleanor Kelso, her brother-in-law John Stocker and sister--in-law Juanita Upton.
We will celebrate her time with us on June 5 from 3:00-7:00 at an open house at our home.
Please remember her with love as we will and if you would like to make a donation the family suggests: Ellwood School Library 7686 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117, the ICU Education Fund at Cottage Hospital or the Sansum Medical Research Institute. 

Search this massive database of obituaries, cemeteries, and death records: