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Barbara Sonia Adams, aka Madame Rosinka: 1947-2014

Wishing the World Well

She made many people’s dreams come true by helping them believe in themselves; her positive attitude was contagious. Read story.

Sojourner Café: 1978-2015

Veggies, with a Side of Nonconformity

A grateful remembrance of Canon Perdido’s beloved health food joint and community club house. Read story.

Rosa Margaret Pace: 1929-2015

Celebrated Chumash Elder and Tribal Advocate

Rosa Margaret Pace helped modernize the Chumash reservation and founded its first medical clinic. Read story.

Bob Whitney: 1941-2015

A Warrior for the Environment

Remembered fondly by all who worked with him, Bob Whitney helped preserve significant areas in Santa Barbara and Northern California. Read story.

Karen Sinsheimer, 1942 - 2015

Curator of Photography at Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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Willy Chamberlin: 1940-2015

Expert in County Politics and Team Penning

The former county supervisor brought political power to the North County when he won and lost the same election in 1992. Read story.

Erno Daniel: 1946-2015

Pioneer in Geriatric Medicine

Erno Daniel, MD, practiced at Sansum Clinic since 1978 and was an early pioneer in dementia and Alzheimer's disease, lecturing across the country and writing extensively on the topics. Read story.

Merlyn Kelly: 1941 - 2014

Police Officer, Gentleman, and a Gentle Man

The Santa Barbara Police Department family remembers Merlyn Kelly as a kind and gutsy public servant. Read story.

Gwendolyn DeBard Strong: 2007-2015

A Young, Yet Full, Life Lived

In her 7 years and 9 months, Gwendolyn Strong touched the hearts of many and gave birth to a foundation to fight spinal muscular atrophy. Read story.

Vivian ‘Vie’ Marie Hapeman Obern: 1921 - 2015

Restored Hope House, Championed Trails, a Dedicated Volunteer

Children, bicycles, horses, history, and trails — all became the focus of Vie Obern's forward-looking civic efforts. Read story.

Debby Davison: 1950-2015

Longtime News Anchor, Exceptional Friend

Debby Davison anchored newscasts for KEYT for almost two decades and was a frequent host for charitable events after arriving in Santa Barbara in 1990. Read story.

George (Jürgen) Wittenstein: 1919-2015

A Member of WWII's White Rose

Dr. George Wittenstein was one of the only survivors of Nazi Germany's White Rose resistance group. Read story.

Antonio Martinez Guevara

1924-2015

The patriarch to a large family of children, friends, and customers, Tony Guevara also turned his hand often to repairs. Read story.

Audie Love: 1941-2015

A Teacher in a Million

Audie Love was a noted art teacher nationally, and his encouragement of many students led to professional art careers. Read story.

Cliff Sponsel: 1910 - 2014

Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

Cliff Sponsel's life spanned from a one-room schoolhouse to an engineering career to a love of cars to some major philanthropy. Read story.

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Stephanie Foster Burkard

Steffie (“Don’t call me Stef!”) was born at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City to Glen ... Read

Aaron Louis Lieberman

Born January 12, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA. Aaron Louis Lieberman died peacefully at home in Santa Barbara ... Read

Ann Montgomery Brower

Ann Montgomery Brower, writer and artist, died at age 83 in her home in Goleta, Calif., on ... Read

Ronald Ousey

Ronald Ousey was born in Rochdale England on March 6, 1928. His parents were William and Florence ... Read

Robert Bryan Jameson

DATE OF BIRTH: 3/23/1950 DATE OF DEATH: 6/15/2016 AGE: 66 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Memorial Service ... Read

Joseph Michael Navarro

DATE OF BIRTH: 3/23/1991 DATE OF DEATH: 6/14/2016 AGE: 25 RESIDENCE: Santa Barbara. SERVICE INFORMATION: Private Services. Read

James Siebert

Dearly loved friend, father, and fine artist extraordinaire, James Siebert, swiftly and peacefully passed away in Santa ... Read

Dr. Jennifer Fortman

Born in Stevenage, England in October of 1948 to American WWII veteran, Bob Sulzbach, and English woman, ... Read

William "Bill" Underwood Jr.

Bill Underwood, 89, died peacefully in his sleep at home in Long Beach, CA on May 5, ... Read

Lavell Canley

DATE OF BIRTH: 12/20/1946 DATE OF DEATH: 6/10/2016 AGE: 69 RESIDENCE: Oxnard. SERVICE INFORMATION: Visitation at Welch- ... Read

Maria Anna Herzog

Maria Anna Herzog “Ann,” age 88, resident of Oxnard for over 40 years, passed away on Friday, ... Read

Katherine Jones Starr

STARR, Katherine Jones was a spirited, generous, and courageous woman of uncommon fortitude. She succumbed peacefully at ... Read

Sue Leota Harris

On Sunday June 5, 2016, Sue Leota Harris passed away at her home in Santa Barbara CA, ... Read

Manuel Mata Barajas

Manuel Mata Barajas, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on May 11, ... Read

Gilles Dupuis

Gilles Dupuis passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in southern Oregon on May 20, ... Read

George Taborsky

George Taborsky was born in Budapest, Hungary on February 12th, 1928, to Dr. Otto Taborsky, a historian, ... Read

Brian Craig Hutchinson

Brian Craig Hutchinson passed away on May 24th, 2016 peacefully and surrounded by loved ones after a ... Read

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