Miscellaneous Santa Barbara County, California Obituaries


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BURNAM, Pearl Elizabeth
Born on November 27, 1903 in Mahomet, Illinois passed away suddenly on her birthday November 27, 1999. Growing up in Illinois the youngest of five children her family spent winters at their home in Kissimmee, Florida. She moved to California with her husband and infant son in 1924. Residents of Santa Barbara until 1944 when they moved to Ventura where she resided at the time of her death. She was an active member in her church and local community activities. A love for music versed in piano and organ, she played at the theatre in her hometown of Mahomet background music during the Silent Movies Era. Enjoyed travel, reading and collecting many books. Creative with hands at knitting, painting and pottery. Loved a meal out and Sunday afternoon drives. Always quick with a smile, her wonderful sense of humor is what kept her alive, As a granddaughter I had the pleasure of caring for her only after living on her own until the age of 92. What fun times we shared, the stories and all the laughter.
I miss you grandma, but I know you have found the peace you were so desperately waiting for.
Preceded in death by her husband David E Burnam a former Captain of Detectives in Santa Barbara then moving to Ventura in 1944 owning DB Oil Company. Her son David CBurnam. Survived by her son Rollins Burnam of Dallas, Oregon, granddaughters, Nannette Burnam of Ventura, Susan Vrooman of Oregon, Elizabeth Burnam of Santa Barbara, grandson and great grandson Mike R and Michael K Burnam of Kent, Washington.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, December 2nd at 10:30 AM at the Lexington, 5440 Ralston Way, Ventura, CA in the Chapel. Interment will follow at noon at Ivy Cemetery in Ventura.

CRILLY, George Spencer
Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightening they Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay. Rage, rage against the dying of the light
And you, my father, there on that sad height. Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night Rage, rage against the dying of the light
-Dylan Thomas
Farewell to our beloved father and grandfather, who passed away November 29th, 1999 at 99 years of age after a long and full life. He leaves behind his daughter Jo Brown of Santa Barbara, and his grandchildren Max Brown of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Adrienne Danailoff-Wilson of Santa Barbara. Your legacy lives on in us because you taught us ail to be dreamers. Now that you are with Grandma and Uncle.
Bud again it's bound to be just swell. We love you. Au revoir.

LADD, Edmund James
Age 73 of Solvang died in Santa Barbara, CA on November 15, 1999. MrLadd was born January 4, 1926 in Fort Yuma, California and had been a resident of Santa Ynez Valley for 1 year after retiring. MrLadd wan an archeologist recently retiring as Curator of Ethnology at the Museum of Indian Art and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was a member of the Zuni Tribe - a Sovereign Nation. Previously MrLadd was a Pacific Archeologist for the Department of Interior for 26 years in Hawaii. He was a veteran on WWII - US Army stationed in the Pacific and Italy.
Mr Ladd was a past director of Civitan in Hawaii. He was a board member of the Archeological Conservancy, and a member of several archeology professional societies. He was a consultant to the Smithsonian in Washington DC and many universities and other museums in the US and abroad. MrLadd was an independent producer of documentary film, particularly one entitled Surviving Columbus; the story of the Pueblo People which received an Emmy, 7 Film Festival Awards and the Peabody Award.
He was instrumental in winning the Landmark "Repatriation of Native-American Religious and Skeletal Material" case against the U.S. Government, for all native American people.
Mr Ladd is survived by his loving wife - Delphine of Solvang, CA, son - Edmund Ladd of Kona, Hawaii, 3 step-daughters - Marie Mauer of Sacramento, CA, Claire Masters of Thousand Oaks, CA, and Andree Alexander of San Clemente, CA, a sister - Marvella Epaloose of Zuni, New Mexico, 2 grandchildren - James and Sary Ladd. Preceded in death is a daughter Halone Ladd Galvin and a sister - Dorothy MaHooty.
Memorial Mass was held at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, November 21, 1999 at the Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang, CA with Father Daniel Kabat officiating. Interment took place on November 24th after Memorial Mass in the 17th Century Old Mission Church in Zuni, New Mexico. A Memorial will be held at the Museum of the New Mexico in Santa Fe on December 15, 1999, open to the public.
Friends who wish to make memorial contributions to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, William Black Chapel Medical Research Building, 640 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032.
Loper Funeral Chapel - Solvang, CA Directors

Husband, father and grandfather - passed away Friday, November 26, 1999 at the age of 64 with his wife and two children by his side.
Tom, who lived in Santa Barbara for 42 years, was born in Baldwin Park, California. He graduated from Cal Tech in Pasadena with a Master's Degree in Engineering in 1956. During his career he worked at Raytheon, General Research Corporation, GeoDynamics and Toyon Research as a computer programmer in the aerospace industry. While his work always provided a comfortable living and a venue for professional accomplishments, as time went by he devoted more of his energy to personal interests.
His primary quest was to help men of all ages understand themselves better, so they could live fuller and more compassionate lives. Tom was one of four leaders at the men's retreats held twice a year at La Casa de Maria. He was also an active supporter and participant in a men's group that shared stories, poems, and drumming at Lake Casitas at each Equinox and Solstice. More recently, he became an active participant in the Fatherhood Coalition of Santa Barbara and the Ojai Valley Youth Foundation Mentoring Program.
Tom also took great pleasure in nature. He recently owned a house built around a 100-year-old oak tree. He went on numerous white-water rafting trips in California, Oregon and the Grand Canyon. And many of his friends, family and acquaintances joined him on one of the 22 annual Memorial Day hikes he organized through Davy Brown Canyon in the Santa Ynez Mountains.
Tom leaves behind his wife Wini White; daughter Teri Brown of Santa Barbara and her husband Dave Brown and their two daughters, Jenni 10, and Kelsey 8; his son Kevin Plambeck of Thousand Oaks and his wife Lisa Plambeck and their three sons Taylor 9, Eric 7, and Austin 2; and his stepdaughter Denise Musil and her husband Ray and their daughters Kelly 12, Erin 10 and son Jacob 1. He also leaves behind two brothers, Chuck Plambeck and his wife Gae of Fallbrook, California, and Dan Plambeck of Berkeley.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at 7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church, 2101 State Street in Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Fatherhood Coalition, PO Box 22015, Santa Barbara CA 93121; or the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, 300 W Pueblo Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

SNOW, Vernon
Former country music entertainer in the Santa Barbara area, died October 27, 1999 at his home in Tulsa, OK from complications of diabetes. Born in Kellyville, OK on March 31, 1953, Snow grew up in a country music family. His mother was a singer, his step father a guitar player. He began touring with them around the country while still being a child, becoming a guitar-playing country music singer and songwriter and forming his own band. Snow toured with some big name musicians, including Elvin Bishop, Doug Kershaw, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Mel McDaniels.
Snow came to Santa Barbara in 1983 and put together the band Tulsa, which played at country music clubs in Santa Barbara and Goleta, as well as Santa Ynez Valley, Ventura and Oxnard. Vernon Snow and Tulsa became the house band for the Galleon Room in Goleta during the 1980's, marketing an era of entertainment, genuine country music and camaraderie that has gone unmatched. Snow was a "good ol' boy" - a big lovable teddy bear with a charismatic personality that endeared him to everyone, as well as a great country singer and entertainer. He moved back to Oklahoma in 1992.
Vernon will be greatly missed and those who knew him will have a wealth of memories and fun and sometimes crazy times at the Galleon Room.
Members of the Tulsa Band will be performing Vernon's original country songs and other favorites at a celebration of Vernon Snow's life at the Galleon Room in the Orchid Bowl, Goleta on Thursday, Dec 2nd starting at 8 pm. Friends of Vernon are invited to share memories, stories and photos. Vernon loved a party and this one is for him! For information, call Orchid Bowl, 967-0128.

Born on 11/11/31, died on 11/21/99 after a brief illness, due to cancer.
Ruth born to Galvina and Ruth Visco (both) deceased) in Lompoc, CA. She spent 10 years in Cozad, Nebr where she graduated from high school. She moved to Santa Barbara in 1956. She worked for various SB Companies, such as; SB Res Ctr., Raytheon, City of SB, etc where she retired in 1995.
She is survived by her husband, H Werner Hoffmann, brother Ralph Visco of SB, Miki Nakano of Oxnard and Richard Nakano of SB. She has 3 children: Mrs Gloria Wiemann of Corbett, OR, Gene Breach of No Platte, NE, and Tina Bradley of Redlands, CA.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Dec 4, 1999 at 1:00 PM located at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 805 N Quarantina in Santa Barbara.
She will greatly be missed by all who knew her, especially her husband.

RELIS, Walter
86, died on November 29, 1999.
Walter was born on April 30, 1913 in New York City. He was raised in Washington Heights. Though he was a city boy, Walter spent his summers at Relis and Relis, a family-owned guest resort in upstate New York near Swan Lake.
The year of his childhood dreams was spent at Relis and Relis. He attended a one-room schoolhouse, came to know his farming neighbors, handle horses and wagons, and hunt.
Walter attended the City College of New York City and New York University. It was the Depression era when many students around the country were active in social causes. Walter became a leader in the National Student League. He traveled throughout the country speaking at many of the countries finest universities. On a trip to speak at UC Berkeley and UCLA he traveled over the Donner Summit in the Sierra and exclaimed, in the midst of the beauty, I've hit Valhalla."
While still a student, he met his wife, Esther She helped support him through school. In 1941 Walter enlisted in the U S Merchant Marines and served at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. He sought a transfer to Catalina Island, but ended up in Pt Fermin in San Pedro in 1944. He had found his way to California.
A product of the Great Depression, Walter was determined to find a livelihood that would provide maximum security or his young family. He settled on building up a medical distributorship in San Pedro. What began, as a mom and pop business in 1946 became one of Southern California's largest medical distributorships by the 1970s. In addition to running his business, Walter was an amateur inventor. In the late 50s he built headrests for the family car to prevent whiplash long before they became standard automobile equipment.
Walter and Esther moved to Santa Barbara from Long Beach in 1968 following many visits to be with their sons who attended UCSB.
Walter was a life-long supporter of progressive issues including civil rights, nuclear arms and the environment He contributed to many causes and frequently wrote letters to the editor and opinion pieces He participated in the activities of the Community Environmental Council, the Sierra Club and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
In retirement Walter and Esther traveled, enjoyed their family and grand children and tended to their lovely garden
Walter suffered a serious bout with cancer and had a kidney removed in 1989 But he didn't let this setback deter him from a dreamed trip to Lake Baikal, the largest fresh water lake on earth Barely a month after the operation, Walter flew off to Russia alone with nothing more than a backpack and sleeping bag to meet up with the Sierra Club on the shores of Lake Baikal
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Esther, his two sons, Peter and Paul, both of Santa Barbara, his sisters Helen and Shirley, six grandchildren and a great grandchild Friends of Walter may remember the Community Environmental Council, the Sierra Club, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and the Santa Barbara Public Library

70, passed away on Monday, November 29, 1999 after a brief battle with cancer.
Ann was born June 18, 1929 in Long Island, New York. She came to California with her family in 1948 and settled in Atascadero before moving to Santa Barbara.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Vernon A Erickson of Goleta, her sons: Frederick D Erickson and daughter-in-law, Janice of Santa Maria and son, Alan L Erickson and daughter-in-law, Tina Marie of Santa Barbara. She also leaves six grand children and four great-grandchildren, a sister: Regina R Sterner niece, Rachael Skeen of Lompoc of Santa Barbara and
Funeral services will be held today, Friday December 3 at 2 PM at the
Welch-Ryce-Haider Goleta Chapel followed by Interment at Goleta Cemetery. The family requests that any memorial gifts go to Hospice of Santa Barbara.
Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

PAMP, Frederic E
Died on November 28, 1999, in Santa Barbara, California, after a long battle with cancer. He was 83.
Mr Pamp was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the oldest son of a Swedish Covenant minister. The family soon moved to New England and he grew up in the Roslindale section of Boston. He earned his diploma from Roxbury Latin School and then attended Harvard on an academic scholarship, graduating summa cum laude in 1939 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship which let him travel, and he was visiting relatives in Sweden when World War II began. He volunteered to work for the International Red Cross and served as an interpreter. In June, 1940, he left Paris, heading south, as the Wehrmacht marched in from the north.
Mr Pamp then started work on his Masters' degree at Harvard, but he was one of the first men called up by the peace-time draft. The draft board let him finish his degree and he entered the Army in 1941. Trained as a clerk, he volunteered for the newly-created Officer Candidate School program because his first sergeant told him he could not apply. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery despite a marked lack of ease with dealing with mathematics. The Army eventually took note of his fluency in several languages and he was assigned to Intelligence. He was posted to England in 1943 and landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day Plus Six as a member of the headquarters staff of the 19th Corps.
As the Allies moved across Europe, Lt Pamp worked as liaison with the Resistance forces in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, finding out what they knew of conditions behind the German line. He recognized his good fortune in having a staff job in later years he often spoke of his admiration for the front-line troops he tried so hard to help. He also developed a healthy scepticism for official announcements and bureaucratic decision-making. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Belgium Order of Leopold, and the French and Belgium Croix de Guerre. He was honorable discharged in 1945 as a Captain.
Mr Pamp returned to academia, teaching English literature at the University of Chicago and at Smith College where he worked toward a doctorate. He earned his Ph D from Harvard in 1950 but then he changed direction and entered the business world, where he did well despite his life-long habit of telling the truth at inopportune moments. For most of his career, he was employed by the American Management Association, rising to the post of Executive Vice President. He was also President of the international Management Association, setting up its operations in Brazil and Belgium.
Mr Pamp was married in 1942 to Janet Mary Novak, who survives. He is sadly missed by his wife, his daughter, Diane de Avalle-Arce of Santa Ynez, California, his son, Frederic R Pamp of Colorado Springs, Colorado, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two brothers, two sisters, and many nieces and nephews.
Mr Pamp was an avid sailor, golfer, and student of current affairs. He loved to sing and he could be relied on to know the word and how to carry the melody strong in church. All his life, he spoke out against bigotry of any kind. He served the communities where he lived in church work, in politics, or in volunteer activities. He believed deeply in the dignity of the common man and the fallibility of the powerful, writing fierce letters to the editor until the last few months of his life. He was an honest man and a patriot.
In lieu of flowers or to honor his life, donations may be made to the American Civil Liberties Union.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 4, 1999 at Valle Verde Retirement Community in Santa Barbara, CA.

CAREY, Thomas George
Age 77, of Milford, PA died November 26, 1999 at home after a long battle with cancer. Tom was born Aug. 15, 1922 in Hoboken, NJ the son of Augustine and Josephine Andriesen Carey.
A Veteran of the US Army having served in Germany during WWII, Tom worked as a warden and deputy sheriff at the Pike County Jail. He was a life member of the Matamoras Fire Department; past Master of F&AM Lodge #344, Milford, Pa; member of Valley of Scranton Consistory; Irem Temple of Wilkes-Barre, where he belonged to the Arab Patrol Parade Unit; Wayne-Pike Shrine Club, Homesdale, PA; and a duel member of Kittatinny Lodge #164, Branchville, NJ. He was a retired explosives technician at Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, NJ.
He is survived by his wife Gloria Johanna Schneidt Carey of Milford, PA with whom he was married to for 56 years; a son Thomas George Carey Jr of Santa Barbara, CA; one daughter, Ann Brady of Milford, PA' six grandchildren, Nathan and Sam of Santa Barbara, CA, Tanya of WA and Debra, Philip and Chad of PA and six great grandchildren, Misti, Kali and Lindsi of WA and Allyson, Alex and Alesha of PA.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of St John, 1007 Oak St, Pittston Twp, PA 18640 in remembrance of Thomas George Carey.

In Memory of Sophie Overoye a very loving, lovable and devoted wife, mother and friend. Her beauty will never be surpassed. Her strength continually is an inspiration to all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Ben and sons; Arnold, Kenneth, Bruce and Steve, six grandchildren.
We recall her dedicated service to the PTA, State Republican Women, and her own home and family. 

ADAMS, Daniel E
Mount Vernon, Ohio. Daniel Evan Adams, 50, died Nov 13, 19999 at the Grant Medical Center, Columbus, following injuries sustained in an accident in Mt Vernon.
He was born Jan 8, 1949 in Glendale, Calif the son of Evan and Joan (Baer) Adams and had been a Calif resident before moving to Ohio five years ago. He graduated from Downers Grove High in Ill, with the class of 67, and graduated from UCSB in 1974. Dan served with the Army 82nd Airborne Division in the 70's.
He is survived by his mother of Mt Vernon; his wife of 8 1/2 years, Karen (Frank) Adams, a son Trevor Adams, and daughter Jennifer Adams of Mt Vernon, two step-daughters, Krystal Seagoe and Trina Seagoe of Santa Barbara; brothers, Timothy (Mary Beth) Adams of Santa Barbara; Laurie Adams of Gilroy, Calif.
With the Rev John Fullerton officiating Dan was buried next to his father in the German Church Cemetery near Bellville, Ohio.
Dan was received into the loving arms of both heavenly Father and the earthly father, and will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.
Sympathies may be sent to Karen Adams c/o Joan Adams, 929 W High Street, Mt Vernon, Ohio 43050.

CRUME, Dixie Lee
a California native died on Wednesday, December 1, 1999 at her home in Buellton. Born in Los Angeles on July 7, 1935 she moved to Santa Barbara as a child, and to Carpinteria in 1957. A resident of Carpinteria for over 40 years she moved to Buellton in 1998.
Mrs Crume is survived by her husband Richard Crume of Buellton, her children Vivian Crume Erickson of Portland, OR, Richard Timothy Crume and Richard Anthony Crume both of Santa Barbara, her grandchildren Amber Lee Crume of Carlsbad, CA and Shelby Charmaine Erickson of Portland, OR, 1 sister and 2 brothers.
Visitation is planned for Monday December 6, 8am to 8pm at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Sola Street Chapel.
Graveside services are planned for Tuesday, December 7, 1:00 PM at Carpinteria Cemetery.

died Tuesday, November 23, 1999 after living many years with Alzheimer's Disease. Born in Denver, Colorado January 17, 1918 Earle came to California when he joined the Navy during World War II. He returned after his discharge to make it his permanent home.
Earle worked as a salesman of fine paper at Crown Zellerbach Paper Co for 35 years. He was a member of First Congregational Church UCC.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn; his children; Patricia Deaner Caughell of Vashon, WA, Michael Earle Deaner of Bermuda Dunes, CA, Debbie Chiniaeff of Tustin Ranch, William Hamre of Santa Barbara, James Hamre of Ventura, Karen Deitz of Santa Barbara and ten grandchildren. All shared a deep love for their father and grandfather.
Earle was cremated with interment at Riverside National Cemetery. A celebration of Earle's life will be held for family and friends on Saturday, January 15th at 1:00 pm at the Friendship Center, 89 Eucalyptus Lane, Santa Barbara.
The family suggest that donations to Alzheimer's Assoc - 2024 De La Vina, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 or the charity of your choice.
"I am home in Heaven, dear ones,
Oh, so happy and bright.
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed,
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in heaven at last."

long time resident of Santa Barbara, went to Heaven on November 28, 1999, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Ellsworth, Kansas, May 19, 1940, Alex had a chance to see lots of the beauty of this country. His parents, Susan and Alex Dodds, were missionaries to Africa who spent their later working years pastoring churches from La Grange, Illinois to Bagdad, Arizona, where young Alex spent his high school years.
Westmont College brought Alex to Santa Barbara and it was here that Alex made his adult home.
Alex was a tax consultant par excellance who attained the professional designation of Enrolled Agent from the Department of the Treasury. He studied hard and was also a Registered Representative for FINANCIAL NETWORK INVESTMENT CORPORATION, with headquarters in Torrance, California. Alex had a special charm, and a quick wit, and a quick mind that was perfectly suited to his profession. His gift was turning the job of tax reporting and investing into a pleasant experience. The local Enrolled Agent Society meetings were happier because of him. Many clients became part of his extended family. Spending over thirty years at his work, he had a special talent for encouraging and mentoring other tax professionals.
Outside his professional life Alex's main priorities were his relationship to God and his family. His wife, Diane, and their sons Jeff and Alex V., will miss forever his smile and solid Christian leadership. It was a special blessing for him to be part of the AWANA program, a children's ministry at church. His Wednesdays belonged to the children. Cars, racing, sight-seeing, football, the Fifties, were all things that he took pleasure in.
In addition to his immediate family Alex leaves his two sisters Margaret and Jean, and their respective husbands Merritt and Marvin. Alex also leaves two brothers, David and Alan. Alex was so happy to spend time with David and his companion, Madeline. He was especially happy that his brother Alan lived nearby. Nieces and nephews too, were a special part of Alex's life.
Alex was the earthly hero of his wife, and a tower of affectionate strength for his sons. The congregation of Trinity Baptist Church became like a family to Alex, and a special bond of love existed there also. Only the promise of eternal life makes it possible to bear his physical departure.
A Memorial Service for Alex will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2:30 pm at Trinity Baptist Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Road. Private interment will be held at Santa Barbara Cemetery.
In honor of Alex, friends may make contributions to AWANA Clubs International PO Box 967 Streamwood, IL 60107 or Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road 93108 or Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, 300 W Pueblo 93105.
Arrangement by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

NORRIS, Ruth Evans
was born March 29, 1910 in Exeter, California and passed away November 29, 1999 in Santa Barbara.
Ruth was a member of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. She was a charter member of the Santa Barbara Genealogical Society and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mrs Norris was the loving wife of Frank Cole Norris, mother of Merry Geil of Sacramento, California, Sally Wooley of Tigard, Oregon, and Thomas Richard Norris of Orinda, California. Ruth was the daughter of Mable Ella Emory Evans and Thomas Richard Evans of Exeter, California. She has seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He memory will be cherished by family and friends.
A Memoria Service to celebrate her life will be held Sunday, December 5, 2 PM at the First Congregational Church, 2101 State Street, Santa Barbara, California.
Remembrances may be made to Alzheimer Association of Santa Barbara, 2024 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, 93105.
Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

PALOHEIMO, Leonora Curtain
Leonora Curtin Paloheimo died peacefully on November 27, 1999 at the age of 95 in her Acequia Madre, Santa Fe, New Mexico residence where she had resided seasonally and then exclusively since 1972. She retained other residences on her lemon ranch in Carpinteria, California, and also in Jarvenpaa, Finland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Consul George Paloheimo in 1986. She leaves four children, George B Paloheimo, his wife Rita and two grandsons of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Eric Paloheimo of La Cienega, New Mexico, Eva Paloheimo of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Nina Bovio, her husband Vincent and six grandchildren of Brighton, Michigan.
Leonora was born December 7, 1903, in Colorado Springs, the daughter of Thomas and Leonora Curtin. Having inherited her grandmother and mother's passion for the American Southwest, Leonora and her husband assisted in reviving the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, established a living museum of Spanish Colonial history south of Santa Fe called El Rancho de las Golondrinas, entrusted the use of their Pasadena, California property as a museum for the Pasadena Historical Museum and entrusted the use of Consul Paloheimo's estate in Finland to the Sibelius Music Academy, a music school in Finland. All are non-profit efforts promoting the arts and culture.
Lenora has been recognized for her philanthropy by the King of Spain and the President of Finland, receiving the highest civil recognition possible from both countries, and by the Governor of New Mexico for excellence in the arts. She was also awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of New Mexico (honorary doctorate) and Suomi College in Hancock, Michigan.
She leaves behind a legacy of history and art for the education and enjoyment of future generations.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to: El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505.

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