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Miscellaneous Santa Barbara County, California
Obituaries (2000)


Age 46, born on September 3, 1953, died January 1, 2000. "Of all of God's children, he was the most innocent". Cliffy was a student and resident of Alpha School and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home of the West for most of his life. He asked for nothing during his short lifetime, but gave strength, love and compassion to all who knew him. He gave meaning to the word "family" and made our family strong and unified. We have always loved him and will always miss him. His suffering and pain are now gone and God has lifted him up to walk among the angels. Cliffy is survived by his father and mother, Bob and Ruth Kallman, brother Kris and sisters Tina and Carol, plus his aunt Kelly Saunders and many nieces and nephews. A private memorial service was held at the Kallman residence and friends may remember Alpha School, 4501 Cathedral Oaks Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110 and the Good Shepherd Fund, 346 Moore Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

DONNELLY, Iona Marion
Age 83, resident of Santa Barbara, passed away on Saturday, January 1, 2000 at Cottage Hospital after an extended illness. She was born October 8, 1916 in Chicago, IL. Beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is survived by 8 children, 21 grandchildren and 21 great grand- children. Above all else Marion loved her family. Her happiest memories were of the love and laughs shared with her brother, sisters and cousins. We will always remember her sense of humor and her ability to turn adversity into a positive outcome. Her life was a commitment to her children. Her deepest joy was their happiness and success. She believed anything was possible, she made the ordinary seem extraordinary. We love you mom. There will always be a part of you in each of us. Rosary today, Jan 4 at 7:00 PM at Padre Serra Catholic Church, 5205 Upland Rd, Camarillo. Mass on Wednesday, Jan 5 at 10:00 AM at Padre Serra Catholic Church with Father Kevin officiating. Burial at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, 11160 Stanwood Ave, Mission Hills. Assisting the family in the arrangements is Pierce Brothers Griffin Mortuary, Camarillo.

DARLING, Joan Mercy
71, of Oceanside Calif passed away Friday, Dec 17 at the home of her daughters in Carlsbad, Calif. Jodie was a resident of the Santa Ynez Valley for 32 years. She is survived by her daughter Deborah Hagen of Carlsbad; sons Stephen & Mark Darling of Tahoe, and sister Audrey of Oklahoma. 4 granddaughters & 7 great grand children Funeral Services are Jan. 7th, 2:00 pm at Oakhill Cemetery, Ballard.

KELLEY, James D.
Passed away on January 1, 2000 at his home in Goleta. He was born in Texas on February 5, 1922 and was raised in Oklahoma. He was the son of Harmon and Lorene Kelley. James served five years in the US Marine Corps. He was stationed at the Marine Corps Base in Goleta and served in the South Pacific, returning to Goleta in 1944. He and Betty Stronach were married that year. He became an auto mechanic, owning his own business, E & K Motors. He retired in 1980. He was an original member of the Safety Patrol of the Santa Barbara Co Sheriffs Dept. He was a member of the Amvets and the 1036 Travel Club. He enjoyed many years of volunteering his time at the Food Bank. James was a loving and devoted husband, father, and Grandpa. His love and caring included his entire family. He was a loyal friend to all who knew him. James is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Kelley, three sons, Eldon, Bill and Charles Kelley, two daughter-in-laws, Diane and Dody, six grandchildren, Billy, Jason, Dustin, Michelle, James and Matthew and four great grandchildren, two sisters, Betty Bingham and Helen Joyner. One brother, Frank Kelley, two sister-in-laws, Nancy Stronach and Margie Alegria and nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be Thursday, January 6 at 1:00 pm at the Goleta Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rehabilitation Institute of Santa Barbara, 427 Camino Del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Arrangements handled by Welch-Ryce-Haider.

KOOMER, Bernard "Happy"
Of Santa Barbara died Saturday at 10:30 pm. From 1950 through 1971 Mr. Koomer was the proprietor of the 400 Club located at 3330 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, whose patrons included many Hollywood celebrities and politicians. He is survived by Janet Lyon and Adam Ellis of Las Vegas, and Herman Goldstein of San Diego. Executor of his estate is David Shor. The funeral is scheduled for 11:00 am, Thursday, January 6 at Congregation B'nai B'rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Road in Santa Barbara. Internment will follow at the Home of Peace Mausoleum in Los Angeles.

NICHOLS, Richard "Dick"
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, was born in Los Angeles, CA on April 6, 1925 and passed into the arms of the Lord on December 31, 1999. He is survived by his wife and companion of 50 years, Jeanne, daughters Sharon Nichols, Laurie Styles and Wendy Nichols, grandchildren Amanda Styles, Eddie Styles, and Justine Nichols, all of Carpinteria, son Dr David Nichols, daughter- in-law Rita Nichols and grandchildren Conrad Nichols and Beau Nichols, all of Belmont, CA. As a young boy delivering newspapers on the streets of Los Angeles, he began what would become his lifelong profession in the newspaper business, a career interrupted only by his enlistment in the US Navy at the age of 17. In WWII he served aboard the USS Guam, and following his discharge, attended USC. Dick and Jeanne met after the War and married on July 16, 1949. They celebrated their Golden Anniversary this past summer, surrounded by family and friends. He resumed his news- paper career, concen- trating on the advertising side of the business. From the Los Angeles Examiner he transferred north in 1952 to work for the San Francisco Examiner. He and Jeanne raised their family in the Bay Area and in those years he represented the New York Times Western Edition, Oakland Tribune, Knight Ridder and Gannett Newspapers and the San Jose Mercury News. In 1988 Dick and Jeanne retired and moved to Carpinteria. Although he spent most of his adult life in Northern California, he considered Carpinteria "home". He was well known around town, and Carpinterians may remember seeing "Grandpa" at all the football, baseball, softball and basketball games in his wheelchair, cheering on his grandchildren. His family and friends, however, will remember him as he was before he became ill... a hardworking, friendly man with a quick wit, who loved a good game of golf and always had a good joke to tell. He loved to dance and had a passion for music and sports, which he passed down to his children and grandchildren. Neighbors often commented that they knew when Dick was home because they could hear the sounds of the "big bands" emanating from the Nichols house. In later years, he served on the Board of the Parkinson Association of Santa Barbara and for several years he published the organization's newsletter. He was first and foremost a family man who never failed to be loving, supportive and "there" for all of us. We will forever be proud to call him "husband", "Dad", "Grandpa" and friend. Our lives are better for having loved him. A graveside service will be held at the Carpinteria Cemetery on Friday, January 7, 2000 at 3:00 pm, followed by a reception for family and friends at the Carpinteria Women's Club. Donations may be made to the Parkinson Association of Santa Barbara.

Born January 16, 1904, in Mannheim Germany passed away early January 1, 2000. Ottilie was one of eight children born to Theodor and Rosina Reinacher. She emigrated to the United States in 1924, later sending for her youngest sister, Margarethe, who later was to become Mrs Ernest Caesar in Santa Barbara. Sponsored by a family friend in Dayton, Ohio, Ottilie attended Business classes at night in order to improve her English language as well as learning secretarial and accounting skills. Her initial employment was as a cook to the Patterson family in Dayton. The family maintained a winter home in Santa Barbara and brought their domestic staff with them. Once she saw the beauty of Santa Barbara, she never returned to Dayton. She took a position with the J J Newberry store on State Street, eventually becoming the head cashier at the store where she worked for 25 years. She retired in 1969 and enjoyed her retirement by traveling to her native homeland and working as a volunteer with the Emanuel Lutheran Church. Ottilie was pre-deceased by her sister Margarethe who had traveled from Dayton, Ohio to join her in Santa Barbara in 1942. She is the last of her eight brothers and sisters to join the Lord. She is survived by her nephew, Tom Caesar, his wife Janice and her grand nephews, Darren and Gary Caesar. Also surviving are her nieces, Dina Cassidy of Santa Barbara, Anneliese Mannes in Frankfurt Germany and grand niece, Dina Luise in San Jose, California. A memorial service will be held Thursday morning, 10:30 am in the small chapel at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Home, 15 E Sola Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Internment will follow with family only attending, at the Santa Barbara Cemetery. Friends are requested to remember the Emanuel Lutheran Church Fund at 3721 Modoc Road, in lieu of flowers.

SHERMAN, Llana Helene
Llana Sherman passed away at her Ventura residence on December 30, 1999, surrounded by loving family members, after a courageous 7 1/2 year battle with cancer. She was born in the Bronx, New York on October 29, 1944, welcomed by her parents Sidney and Kate Tobias and brother Ivan. Llana attended public schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn, followed by a year at Hofstra University for which she had received a drama scholarship. She returned to complete a BA degree with honors at Brooklyn College, where she majored in political science. In the summer of 1963, she met her husband-to-be Robert Sherman; they were engaged on February 14, 1965 and married 1 1/2 years later. They resided in New Haven, Connecticut, where Llana taught in nearby grade schools while completing a M. S. degree in eduction at Southern Connecticut State College. In June, 1969, the couple moved to Santa Barbara. Llana taught at La Patera Elementary School until the birth of their son, Jonathan Colbert Sherman, in November, 1970. Colbey's sister, Relissa Anne Sherman, was born December, 1972. In 1971, concerned about the adverse effects of rampant growth in the area and how the water demands were exceeding available resources, Llana ran for election to the Goleta Water Board on an environmentalist slate. She was elected and helped influence action that led to the Goleta Water Moratorium. This significant measure dramatically curtailed growth in the area for many years, raising awareness about considering limited natural resources as a central factor in the planning process. Several years after serving a second four-year term on the Water Board, Llana was appointed as the Planning Commissioner for the Third Supervisorial District of Santa Barbara County where she continued her environmentalist efforts. In the 1980's and 1990's, Llana was employed by UCSB, Santa Barbara Research Center, the Community Environmental Council, the City of Ventura, and the County of Ventura, the latter two affording opportunities for her to apply her interest and skills in the water conservation area. Llana's zest for life went well beyond her political and career accomplishments. In 1998, she independently trained for and successfully completed the New York City Marathon. Her long-time outdoors interests included running, walking and biking. Her passions for traveling, jazz music, and the theater took her on many trips. She attended several jazz festivals in New Orleans, among others in Montreal and Monterey. Her appreciation for the theater was lifelong. She enjoyed attending plays and musicals from coast to coast. Her trip to Europe while her daughter Relissa was one in which they both gained a new appreciation for living life to its fullest. Llana's impact on those around her cannot be described fully by words. During her tremendous fight for life over the past 7 1/2 years, she developed a true appreciation for the unique individual qualities her friends and family possess. She was able to depend on many people during the toughest of times and for these relationships, she was very grateful. Those who has the privilege of spending this time with her were rewarded with a new understanding of what courage really means, and respect for what life is really all about. Family and friends are all-important; stress and the "small stuff" are not deserving of time. Thank you Llana for these perspectives. Llana is survived by her mother Kate Tobias of Ventura, daughter Relissa Sherman of San Francisco, son Jonathan "Colbey" Sherman and his finance Tracy Cline of Long Beach, brother Ivan Tobias and his wife Carol of Calabassas Park along with their children Andrea and Debra, her former husband and close friend Robert Sherman of Santa Barbara, Robert's parents David and Goldie Sherman of Florida, and many precious friends in Santa Barbara, Ventura and elsewhere. A memorial service will be held at Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road in Ventura on Friday, January 7, 2000, at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, friends my remember Llana through a contribution to The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, One Penn Plaza, Suite #1610, New York, NY 10119. Arrangements by Ted Mayr Funeral Home, Ventura.

WOLF, Carl Arthur
Of Santa Barbara, age 76, passed away peacefully December 28, 1999, at his residence. He was a veteran of World War II, an avid hunter, fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Viola Gittner Wolf and two daughters, Suzanne Woolever and Roxanne Reginato. In additional he was survived by his mother Emily Jane Wolf Rheams of Grant, Louisiana; 5 sisters: Lois Baily of Michigan, Mona Mahaffey of Livingston, Texas, Norma Dollries of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jeanie Johnston of Kinder, Louisiana, Sandra Maddox of Grant, Louisiana; 3 brothers, Philip Wolf of Santa Barbara, California, Roy Rheams of DeRidder, Louisiana, Felix Rheams of San Antonio, Texas, 3 grandchildren: Brian Reginato, Chun-lin Dyatt and Giustina Reginato and one great grandchild Jessica Dyatt. The services will be public and held Saturday, January 8, 2000 at 1 pm at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapel, 15 E Sola, Santa Barbara.

HOAG, Cleopha L.
Cleo Hoag, a twenty year resident of Santa Barbara, passed away on January 3, 2000 in Merced, California. She was 85. Born Cleopha Lorraine Farrell in Wibaux, Montana in 1914, to Dennis C Farrell and Mary Agnes Handley Farrell, Cleo (as she was called) later moved to Omaha, where she spent the better part of her childhood. She graduated from Barat College in Lake Forest, IL with a Bachelors degree in English. Relocating to California in 1943, she first settled in Santa Maria, but eventually moved here in 1945, where she raised four children. Cleo was a Laboratory Technician throughout her professional life, and spent nearly 20 years working for the Sansum Clinic, Medical Arts Clinic and County Hospital here in Santa Barbara. In 1966, she moved to Antelope Valley to work for the County of Los Angeles in their Mira Loma Medical Facility near Palmdale. Much of her retirement was spent living in a nearby mountain community called Green Valley, but she eventually took up residence in Merced. She is survived by two sons and a daughter, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church today, January 6 at 10:00 AM. Internment will be at Calvary Cemetery alongside her son, James, who passed away in 1995.

PARSHALL, Barbara Cowles
Passed away at home on December 29, 1999. She is preceded in death by her husband, Douglass Ewell Parshall, and her son-in-law Bruce Pruter of Roseville, CA. She is survived by her daughter, Cecilia (Ceci) Parshall Pruter, of Roseville, and by her grandsons, Eric Michael Mauss of Portland, OR and Matthew Douglass Pangburn of Roseville, CA. She is also survived by her great grandson, Michael Thomas Mauss, and her great granddaughter Alexis Marie Pangburn. There will be a Memorial Service at Welch-Ryce-Haider Mortuary at 11:00 am Saturday, January 8, 2000. Interment will be at Santa Barbara Cemetery on January 10, 2000.

SMITH, Maria Estelle
A long time resident of Santa Barbara, passed away on January 3, 2000. She was 86 years old. She was born in Johnston, PA to Joseph and Stephanie Srednicki. Mrs Smith was the owner of Dol-Mar Studio's. Maria was an artistic craftsman where she created and designed pieces of art. She enjoyed teaching and sharing her knowledge with others. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph E Smith in 1977. She is survived by her daughter, Merilyn Rose Smith of Connecticut; five grandchildren Maria, Barbara and Robert Antonini, Laurie D Viem, and Marilyn Victor; five great grandchildren and many god children. She is also survived by three sisters. The Rosary will be held on Thursday, January 6, 7:30 pm at Welch-Ryce- Haider Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 7 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Sorrows. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Cornerstone Residential Care House, PO. Box 5462, Santa Barbara 93102.

STOLTZE, Jacqueline Ramming
First came to Santa Barbara in 1951. Born in St Louis, MO, she grew up there, in Mill Valley, CA, and in Ft Worth, Texas. Initially married to Royce S Rearwin, she lived in Kansas where his family manufactured Rearwin Airplanes prior to moving to Santa Barbara with their two daughters. In 1955 she married R Van A Stoltze, a local contractor who built homes and offices here. While president of the Santa Barbara Planning Commission, he was well known for work in preserving Spanish and Mexican architectural details as seen in downtown Santa Barbara today. Jacque, as she was known to friends, was active in various charities. She served as president of the local Children's Home Society and on the State Board for a number of years. Subsequently she was president of the Board of the Alta Vista Foundation. And she was often doing work for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, as well as the SB County Museum of Art. She is remembered as a beautiful lady with a gracious and gentle manner. As a homemaker she enjoyed cooking, entertaining and decorating, often surrounded by flowers and refined beauty. She and Van Stoltze traveled extensively for many years. Her daughters are Diane L Root of St Helena and San Francisco, CA and Linda R Tripp of Tiburon, CA and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They have made arrangements with McDermott-Crockett Mortuary. Donations to the Alta Vista Foundation, 325 E Figueroa St would be appreciated.

CADMAN, Kenneth "KC"
Born on January 26, 1921 in Pasadena, CA, died on January 3, 2000 in Santa Barbara, CA at home peacefully with family. Surviving loved ones include loving wife Lila of Santa Barbara, daughter Denise and family. Adopted son, Kevin McNally of Irvine, CA. Son, Don Cadman and family of South Carolina. Son, Mike Cadman and family of San Diego. Daughter, Midge Wyers and family of Virginia. Nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Fishing buddy, Gus Ballas and family of Santa Barbara. He was a WWII veteran and lived in Santa Barbara for 27 years. He managed SB Home Improvement Center for 18 years. He will be best remembered for his love of handy work, fishing, and playing with his grandkids. He is greatly loved and missed by all. Memorial party will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2000 at 634 Fremont Ave, Santa Barbara immediately proceeding burial at sea.

GREEN, Arthur H.
Age 69, passed away at his residence on January 4, 2000, after several month long bouts with cancer. Born on January 4, 1930 in Heidehammer, Germany (now Koszwice, Poland), Arthur came to the United States by ship in 1959 with his sister. He took a train to Santa Barbara from New York and had resided here ever since. Arthur grew up during the WWII era and ran a boarding home for 13 years in Santa Barbara with his wife. Later, he became self-employed as a real estate manager. Arthur will be remembered for his life of hard work and for his dedication to providing for his family. He rose from being an immigrant with only one suitcase to becoming a great businessman. He is survived by his wife, Sofia Green; his daughters, Eva Vega (Israel), and Monica Green; and his sister, Erna Green, all of Santa Barbara. A Rosary Service will be held Friday, January 7, 7:00 pm at McDermott- Crockett Mortuary Chapel. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 8, 10:00 am at the Old Mission followed by a Graveside Service at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.

KESTER, Erik Adriaan
Age 15, passed away on January 4, 2000. Erik was born on September 21, 1984 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He and his family resided in Carpinteria until moving to Goleta in June 1998. He attended Canalino Elementary School and then Santa Barbara Christian School. He was currently a sophomore at Dos Pueblos High School. Erik is survived by his parents, Phil and Debi Kester, grandparents Nick and Paula Kester and grandparents Bo and Wanda Pedroia, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Erik was preceded in death by a sister, Jordyn Lynn Kester, and by a grandfather, Harry Mengis. Erik's story is one of courage and character. His sister, Jordyn, then 1 year old, was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia in 1988. Erik, then 4 years old, became her donor and best pal through two bone marrow transplants. Sadly, neither transplant was successful, and Jordyn died in 1989. In the following years, Erik transformed the Kester home from one of grief to one of joy. He played soccer and basketball. He enjoyed rollerblading and surfing with his pals. With his parents, Erik shared hobbies like Karate and watching movies and pets named Pockets, Stripes, and Keesy. Together, they made countless friends at the El Montecito Presbyterian Church. Then, in July of 1997, Erik was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. Erik, then 12 years old, faced the long struggle leading up to and beyond his own bone marrow transplant. Erik simply lifted his spirit to a higher power. Unable to play contact sports, he became an avid golfer. Unable to surf the ocean, he learned to surf the web. Already a good student, he became better. He smiled and joked and he loved. He also won that battle. His bone marrow transplant was successful. In September of 1998, Erik came home. In his new home in Goleta, Erik continued his academic excellence. He added new hobbies like making custom CDs or playing on-line games with friends. He went to school, he went to church, he went to the movies. Everywhere he went, he took love and hope with him. And then he was gone. In December, 1999, Erik contracted viral pheu- monia. He succumbed after a battle lasting several weeks. A quote from Erik's autobiography reads, "After my life on earth is done, I plan to go up and say hello to my sister and granddad, and then spend eternity with all my family, friends, and my Lord." A private graveside service will be held on Monday, January 10 at 2PM at Santa Barbara Cemetery followed by an open celebration of Erik's life at 3PM at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 E Valley Rd, Montecito. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Pro- cessing, City of Hope Medical Center, 1500 E Duarte Rd, Duarte, CA 91010. Make note: Dona- tion to the BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) in memory of Erik Kester.

Mrs Mary L. Guntle of Santa Barbara died January 5, 2000 at Cottage Hospital after a brief illness. She was born June 15, 1922 in Orcutt, California. She was preceded in death by her late husband, George Guntle in 1995. Survived by her loving children; two sons, Darrel Guntle of Phoenix, Arizona and Bill Guntle and daughter, Darlene Guntle of Santa Barbara. Sister, Josephine Porter of Santa Maria and several niece and nephews. Visitation, Friday at 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at McDermott-Crockett Mortuary. Graveside services on Saturday, 10:00 am at Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary.

McCULLOCH, William (Billy) Lawson
Age 81, passed away on 12-16-99 in Roseville, CA. He is survived by his wife of 58 yrs, Audrey Metz McCulloch; 3 children and their families: son, Charles Leonard McCulloch (Carolann; sons Benjamin, Christopher and Andrew); daughter Karen Wall Henderson (Don; sons Jason and Lane, daughter Dana) all of Elverta, CA; and daughter Jan McCulloch Gruman (Robb, son Blair Lawson, daughters Kendra and Tennille) of Minnetonka, MN; brother Forrest D McCulloch and sister Virginia Brosemer both of Huntsville, AL. To all of us that knew him and loved him, he was quite simply, the nicest and kindest man that there ever was. His passing is devastating to us but this loss is tempered in its harshness by the wonderful memories of him that we will cherish always. The family prefers memorials in his name to the Alzheimer's Association, National Headquarters, 919 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611-1676 (1-800-272-3900).

PIER, Ynez Carrillo
Direct descendant of two early Santa Barbara families the Carrillo and Ruiz families, died January 2, 2000. She was born November 28, 1905 and lived in Carpinteria. In 1926 she attended Hart Business School in the present News-Press building. Her first position was with the Southern California Edison Company which was located on Carrillo Street where the present Santa Barbara Bank and Trust is today. She also worked for the Auto Club of Southern California both here and in Century City until retirement in 1964. She is survived by her son Edward T Hartnack, Jr and daughter-in-law Peggy Hartnack of Churchton, Maryland. Three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister Carmelita Aspinwall of Santa Barbara. Interment will be in the urn garden, Santa Barbara Cemetery. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services.

TAYLOR, Wayne F.
Of Arroyo Grande, California, died Tuesday December 28, 1999 at a San Luis Obispo, California, nursing center. He was 96. Mr Taylor was born July 24, 1903 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. His parents, Frederick Manly Taylor and Cecilia Marie Rogers Taylor, preceded him in death. His wife, Pauline Mitchell Taylor, passed away in November, 1983, in Arroyo Grande, California. Mr Taylor spent most of his career in the field of retail automotive management. The position he was most proud of was serving as the General Manager of the Homer C Thompson Ford agency in Santa Barbara, California, from before World War II until 1950. During much of his life, Mr Taylor was an active member of the Masonic Temple. In the 1960's, Mr Taylor changed careers and went into the food service field. He was the Executive Chef for the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course in Irvine, California, when he retired in 1977. He and his wife moved to Arroyo Grande in 1979. Mr Taylor is survived by his three children; Jonathan W Taylor, of Tullahoma, Tennessee, Nancy J Taylor, of San Diego, and Kent M Taylor, of San Luis Obispo. He is also survived by four grandchildren. At Mr Taylor's request, no formal services are scheduled. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made tothe donor's favorite charity.

NEWCASTLE, Virginia Catherine
Born on February 12, 1914 and passed away January 3, 2000. The youngest of two daughters, Virginia and her family moved from Chicago to Cleveland, Ohio when she was three years old. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a major in economics and spent the next twenty years in the business world. In 1952 she married Lloyd A Newcastle, a mechanical and architectural engineer. She earned her teaching credential and a BS degree from the University of Pittsburgh and began an elementary school teaching career. She taught in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and California. In 1960 she earned an MA degree in history and human relations at the University of Detroit. In 1975 Virginia retired from teaching and she and her husband moved to Santa Barbara. After her husband's death in 1982, she became active in the American Association of University Women and in Pi Lambda Theta, a national honor society in education. Mrs. Newcastle is survived by her daughter, Helen Newcastle, a Professor at California State University, Long Beach, three nieces, and many loving friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 8, 2000 at the Welch-Ryce-Haider Goleta Chapel followed by internment at Calvary Cemetery.

Longtime California rancher, Al Vail died suddenly of a heart attack on Tuesday, January 4. He was 78. The Vail family, in a century-old partnership with the Vickers family, owned and managed Santa Rosa Island, a 54,000 acre cattle ranch off the Santa Barbara coast. Alexander "Al" Lennox Vail was born November 24, 1921 in Los Angeles, California, thirty minutes after his twin brother Russ. Al attended the University of California at Davis and UCLA. He began working full-time on Santa Rosa Island as a cowboy in 1942 and became general manager of the ranching operation in 1962. Al was respected throughout the livestock community for his ethics and stewardship of the bounteous resources of an island that was in his family for almost 100 years. Al claimed he couldn't remember when he wasn't "cowboying". He started out working summers under the foreman CW Smith, riding the island's steep country with the other cowboys and learning the business from his father N. R. Vail and his uncle Ed Vail. Al and "Uncle Ed" traveled the intermountain west buying cattle to stock the island from such renowed ranches as the YP and the TS. He was married for 43 years to writer, Catherine "Kay" Sutherland of San Francisco. Al Vail was known for his modesty and old-fashioned integrity. His handshake was truly his word. A quiet perfectionist, Al always put the well-being of the animals and the land before his own. He rode the longest circles, weathered storms and droughts in high spirits, and always kept a positive attitude. Al loved his island-born horses, airplanes, good books, football, basketball, and boats, especially the Vaquero II. He was a member of the Los Alamos Society and the California Cattlemen's Association. He is survived by his wife, Kay, his two daughters Nita Catherine Vail of Sacramento, and Mary Louise Vail of Moorpark, his twin brother Russell Vail, and sister Margaret Vail Woolley, and their families of Pasadena. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, 6 Harbor Way, #177, Santa Barbara, California 93109. The family's celebration of his life will be held Sunday.

Friends and family will gather on Sunday, January 9 on the grass overlooking the ocean at San Clemente at Cliff Drive to bid farewell to longtime Santa Barbara couple Oscar and Cecilia Nicholas. This view was at their doorstep and they loved it almost as much as they loved each other. Burns and Allen, soup and sandwich, peanut butter and jelly, Oscar and Cecil none of the above sounds right without the other. Both came to Santa Barbara as children attended school and made their lives here. Their accomplishments were not of great heights. Their lives held Santa Barbara in their hearts. Cecilia made friends while working at Oakleys frame shop and golfing. Some of the areas famous artists were her friend and made special pictures just for her. She made it always a point to have soft drinks , cookies, snickers and dog bones for any friend to visit. She battled cancer for the last 20 years making a walker a must but battled life to be around to care for her husband. Surgery in June turned to an infection taking her life at Cottage Hospital. Take care of your Uncle whispered out of her mouth, the battle was over. Cecil passed away at the age of 85. Life could never be the same for Oscar Nicholas. He used to describe Cecil as a beautiful babe and she was. The glisten was still in his eyes as he spoke of her in his dreams. At the age of 87 the first time in his life he was alone. Well taught a poet and scholar, Oscar made his living as a tree specialist. He knew every tree in Santa Barbara. His scrapbooks contained the Dupont Estate, Fess Parkers home trees on Parkway's and Orchards in surrounding cities. Elks pool champion and many a hole in one, Jack of all trades but master of nothing was his saying. His wit and charm kept many a friend. He recently told his niece he felt ignorant and was embarrassed to ask what in the heck a dot com was. She explained it was a computer address. With a twinkle in his eye and a slow smile his answer was I thought so but I was afraid to ask anybody. Last year the couple celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Their niece Diana rented a limo and took the couple for hours around the city they loved so much. This sight that had been so normal all of their lives had not been seen in awhile. These last few years with Cecil refusing to move to the LA area to be closer to family, the couple grew dependent on friends and nieghbors for rides, meals and companionship. These relationships gave them their last wishes. To never leave their home. Phone calls, postcards and visits kept them independent. When asked to move with his niece Oscar replied, no I have good people here, people who like to tell me what to do. What would they do without me? Besides Johnny the barber needs my money. He's cut my hair for 30 years and I can't skip out on him now. Oscar Nicholas passed away in his home. Farewell to a grand couple. Anyone wishing to pay respects may visit Sunday, January 9th on the grass at San Clemente and Cliff Drive. A short gathering will be at 11:00 am.

HERRERA, Lauren Ashley
Our dear Lauren Ashley Herrera passed away at the age of 14 on January 3, 2000, at St Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California, due to complications of pneumonia. She was surrounded by her entire loving family. She was born on December 3, 1985 in Santa Barbara, California to Martin and Debra Herrera, and was little sister to her brother Lucas. Lauren attended Saint Raphael's Elementary School from kindergarten and was to graduate this year with her 8th grade class. She was a beloved friend and classmate to many. Lauren was a bright and eager student and was involved in many special school projects, most recently her Christmas play. Lauren was a leader and an instigator of fun among her friends. She enjoyed singing, soccer, shopping, and was a major fan of the Back Street Boys, and loved attending a recent concert of theirs. She loved to express herself through writing, and shared many poems and stories with us. Her dad lovingly called her "Doll", and she enjoyed other nicknames of "Princess", "Dolly" and "Dolly-Face". Lauren was a beloved cousin to Joseph, Matthew, Marc, Danielle and Darren. She spent many summers and much of her spare time with her younger cousins in the Santa Barbara area, and had a special gift of patience and love, which she shared with the children. She had a talent for "teaching" the children, whether it was chores, or the lessons of God's love. Lauren recently attended her school's 7th and 8th grade Retreat, and was one who volunteered to speak at the closing Mass. We have vivid memories of her poignant words of wisdom about life and faith, and she wanted everyone to remember that "We are all one in the body of Christ". In her time with us, she touched so many lives in special ways. She was a sweet, kind, and generous young woman, who was very gentle and loving. She is survived by her parents, Martin and Debra Herrera, her brother Lucas, her maternal grandparents, Nancy and Ronald Allen of Eureka, CA, her aunt and uncle Suzanne and Craig Allen of Eureka, CA and her cousins Danielle and Darren Allen of Eureka, CA, her paternal grandparents, Mercedes and Ernest Herrera of Santa Barbara, CA, her aunts and uncles, Irene Herrera of San Pedro, CA, Annette and Robert Hidalgo of Lompoc, CA, Josie and Carlos Fimbres of Rancho Cucamunga, CA, and cousins Matthew and Joseph Hidalgo and Marc Fimbres. She is also survived by many beloved great and great-great aunts, and special cousins. Lauren was preceded in death by her great- grandparents, Mary and Albert Batini, and Josefina Lopez, and great uncles, Robert and Russell Allen. A celebration of her life will take place at 10:00 am on Monday, January 10th at St Raphael's Catholic Church in Santa Barbara, CA. Our Lauren will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara. Friends are invited to attend a reception celebrating her life at the parish hall at St Raphael's Catholic Church immediately following. Donations in her memory may be made to Bishop Garcia Diego High School, 4000 La Colina Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93110 or Saint Raphael's Elementary School, 160 St Joseph Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Arrangements handled by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.

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